Explore the diverse cultural influences that
have created the rich heritage of northern
India. This tour encompasses the holy city
of Varanasi, the resplendent Taj Mahal,
Jodhpur’s blue-washed houses, and the
beautiful lakes and palaces of Udaipur.
Also go in search of the elusive Royal
Bengal tiger in Ranthambore National
Park, India’s premier tiger reserve.
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Fly from London to Delhi with British Airways
(regional connections available). (N)
Transfer to the Lalit New Delhi (or similar) for
2 nights. Afternoon tour of New Delhi, including
India Gate and the viceregal residence, both
fine examples of British imperial architecture.
Continue to the tomb of the Mughal emperor
Humayun and the Qutb Minar tower. (N)
Morning tour of Old Delhi, including a drive
past the Red Fort, a visit to the Jama Masjid
mosque, one of the largest mosques in India,
and Raj Ghat. This evening, join your guide on
an extended walking tour of Old Delhi, taking
you through the bustling alleyways to discover
hidden monuments. (B)
Morning flight to Varanasi. Stay at the Radisson
Hotel Varanasi (or similar) for 1 night. Afternoon
tour of Sarnath, the site of Buddha’s first
sermon. This evening, visit the Dasaswamedh
ghats to witness the Ganga Aarti ceremony. (B)
Take an early morning boat ride along the river Ganges and see the famous bathing 'ghats', the stone steps which lead down to the river where the gathered faithful ritually cleanse themselves. After breakfast, fly to Agra and transfer to the Trident Agra (or similar) for a 2-night stay. (B)
Early morning visit to the Taj Mahal. After
breakfast, visit the huge Agra fort and the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah. Afternoon at leisure or
optional excursion to Akbar’s tomb at Sikandra
(payable locally). (B)
Morning drive to Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted
16th-century, red sandstone city built by
Emperor Akbar as his capital and abandoned
just 15 years later. Continue to Bharatpur and
take the train to Sawai Madhopur. Transfer to
the Dev Vilas (or similar) for 2 nights. (B, D)
Morning and afternoon wildlife viewing. Look out for tigers, sloth bears, marsh crocodiles, wild boar, leopards, deer and an array of prolific birdlife. (B, L, D)
Take a further morning wildlife drive in search of the elusive Tiger. In the afternoon drive to Jaipur and
stay at the Trident Jaipur (or similar) for 2
Explore the ancient Rajput capital of Amber on a full-day excursion. In the morning visit the palace of Amber Fort which displays many examples of Mughal influenced architecture. In the afternoon visit the City Palace and the Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory. (B)
Full-day drive to Rohet via Jodhpur. Visit the
magnificent Mehrangarh fort and the imposing
Jaswant Thada cenotaph. Continue to Rohet
and stay at Rohet Garh for 2 nights. (B, D)
Morning at leisure. After lunch, take a 4x4 safari
to visit the Bishnoi tribal villages. The Bishnoi tribe are known to protect the flora and fauna in the region with reverence and live in tiny tidy hamlets. Their history and customs are legendary and as far back as the 16th century they are known to have resisted royal edicts ordering the felling of trees, by literally wrapping themselves around them. (B, D)
Drive south to the lake city of Udaipur, visiting
the exquisite Jain temples at Ranakpur en route.
Arrive at the Trident Udaipur (or similar) in the
late afternoon for a 2-night stay. (B)
Morning tour of the City Palace and Jagdish
temple. In the afternoon, visit a studio to learn
more about the traditional Rajasthani art form
of miniature painting. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to Mumbai
(Bombay) to connect with the British Airways
flight to London. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a local tour manager from arrival
This tour is based in 4- and
The 28 Feb 2017 and
17 Feb 2018 departures of this tour are timed
to coincide with the colourful Holi festival which
will be celebrated in Udaipur with a visit to the
celebrations at the Maharaja’s Palace. The
31 Oct 17 departure will include the enchanting
Diwali ‘Festival of the Lights’ celebrations in
Due to changes to seasonal
schedules and opening times, there are minor
itinerary variations for certain departure
dates. Please check with your Cox & Kings tour
consultant for details.
can be taken privately on a date that suits
you, for which guideline prices are shown.
Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact
requirements. Please call 020 7808 6788 or
Dev Vilas is set in 3.5 acres of land close to the entrance to Ranthambore National Park, one of the best tiger reserves in India and a habitat for a wide range of other fauna, flora and bird life.
Dev Vilas is designed in a traditional Indo-Saracenic style, recreating the atmosphere of the Maharajas' hunting lodge. Overlooking the Aravalli hills, it has 19 rooms, 7 tented bungalows and 2 suites. No two rooms are alike with each offering an individual style and ambiance. All rooms have a bathroom with a stand-alone shower and separate bath, air-conditioning, cable TV, telephone and mini bar. Located in a grove of trees, the tented bungalows have air-conditioning, TV and hot and cold running water.
The facilities at Dev Vilas include a bar, a dining room serving Indian and continental cuisine and a swimming...
The centrally located Radisson Hotel Varanasi has 116 comfortable air-conditioned rooms all equipped with mini bar, telephone and satellite television. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and swimming...
The majestic setting and ancient ramparts of this old fort capture the spirit of Rajasthan. Enter through the high walls into the intimate surroundings and beautiful gardens of this family home, still lived in by the town's ruling family. Rohetgarh Fort's traditional style is reflected in the 34 bedrooms and dining room. Unwind by the pool, watch the sunset from the terrace and enjoy traditional folk music and dance performances. In the surrounding area, it is possible to take desert safaris to local...
Located in Connaught Place, Delhi's prime business and shopping district, The LaLiT New Delhi is only minutes away from cultural attractions, shopping malls, government offices and trade fair grounds. The hotel has 460 guests rooms including 47 designer suites located in an exclusive atrium tower, all with modern amenities. Dining on offer is an array of Indian, Chinese, and Mediterranean cuisine. Other facilities at this hotel include a fitness club and outdoor swimming...
The Trident Agra is set in beautiful gardens and is only a short distance away from the Taj Mahal. The hotel is built of the red stone reminiscent of the Mughal era, and is designed around a landscaped central courtyard with swimming pool and fountains. It has 138 elegantly furnished guest rooms, all centrally air-conditioned and equipped with a minibar, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, direct dial telephone, data port connectivity, television set with satellite transmission and a safe. The hotel features a multi-cuisine informal brasserie, a bar and a swimming pool. Additional facilities include 24-hour room service, a fitness centre, beauty salon and gift...
The Trident is located at the base of Amber Fort, 15 minutes drive from the heart of Jaipur. It is a modern hotel, carefully designed to reflect the style and atmosphere of Jaipur and all rooms have modern facilities with views of either Lake Mansagar or the Aravalli hills. The restaurant offers both Asian and European cuisine which can be enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the...
Enjoying an excellent lakeside location, the Trident captures the romance of the Rajasthani city of Udaipur. Set within its own gardens, the Trident is 10 minutes by boat or car from the city centre. The blend of architecture and service transports guests back to a distant age while still providing all the comforts of the modern day. The restaurant offers both Rajasthani and continental cuisine. Views of Lake Pichola and the Aravalli Hills can be enjoyed from the terrace adjacent to the main restaurant where traditional events also take place. The hotel facilities include swimming pool and a...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
Amritsar, the holy city of the Sikhs, is the location of their most sacred shrine – the Darbar Sahib or Golden Temple. Fashioned in marble,
mirror work and gold, it is beautifully reflected in
the surrounding expanse of water.
Amritsar, the holy city of the Sikhs, is the
location of their most sacred shrine – the Darbar
Sahib, or Golden Temple. Fashioned in marble,
mirror work and gold, it is beautifully reflected
in the surrounding expanse of water. This
extension also includes a trip to Wagah to see
the Sunset Retreat ceremony.
Fly to Amritsar. Transfer to Hyatt Amritsar (or
similar) for 2 nights. (B)
Morning visit to the famed Golden Temple,
Jallianwalla memorial and the Ram Bagh
gardens with the summer palace of Maharaja
Ranjit Singh. Go behind the scenes in the
volunteer kitchen at the Golden Temple in
Amritsar, one of the largest volunteer kitchens in
the world. This afternoon, transfer to Wagah on
the India-Pakistan border to see the spectacular
Sunset Retreat ceremony. Each army parades
in an immaculately turned out display of
synchronised marching and bellowed military
commands, with each side doing its best to
out-do the other. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via
Packed with colonial-era architecture and home
to India’s most prolific film industry, the ‘City
of Dreams’ is a melting pot of vibrant bazaars,
hidden temples, art galleries and some of the
continent’s best restaurants. This is an exciting
way to round off a tour to northern India –
experience everything from delicious cuisine
to fabulous art and Portuguese architecture,
fascinating museums and busy markets selling
everything under the sun.
Fly to Mumbai (Bombay). Transfer to Oberoi
Mumbai, located on Marine Drive and an
exclusive city-spa hotel, for 3 nights. (B)
At leisure or spend your days wandering through
Chor bazaar, known as the ‘thieves market’
and one of the largest flea markets in India;
exploring Asia’s largest slum in Dharavi; strolling
through the heritage village of Khotachiwadi
with its Portuguese inspired dwellings; taking a
Mumbai culinary tour; or visiting Kala Ghoda,
an area that houses some of the city’s finest art
galleries and museums. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to London with
British Airways. (B)
The former Portuguese colony of Goa, India’s
smallest state, is a perfect place to relax as it
offers long stretches of beautiful beaches lined
with palm trees, world heritage architecture and
rich flora and fauna.
Fly to Goa. Transfer to Alila Diwa in south
Goa for 4 nights. This property is inspired by
traditional Goan design and set amid lush
paddy fields leading to the Arabian Sea. (B)
At leisure or enjoy a tour of Old Goa and the
capital city of Panjim, or the Sahakari Spice
Farm, which includes an introduction to the
various spices which play a role in not only the
preparation of food, but equally as
preservatives and medications to treat
ailments. The visit to the farm includes a
simple home-cooked lunch and an opportunity
to spend some time in the company of the
resident elephants. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via
Mumbai (Bombay), with British Airways. (B)
In 1590 Quli Qutub Shah started to plan ‘a
replica of Paradise itself’ and Hyderabad, the
pearl of the Deccan, came into being. The city
embodies a culture of gracious living, gourmet
cooking and stylish dressing.
Fly to Hyderabad. Transfer to Taj Krishna* for 3
At leisure or explore Hyderabad and its art
galleries, museums and bazaars. Perhaps visit
the impressive Golconda fort and magnificent
Chowmahalla palace, inspired by the Shah of
Iran's palace in Tehran and built more than
200 years ago. Or visit the Shrishti art gallery,
one of the leading galleries in South India,
where established as well as next generation
artists showcase a variety of contemporary art
Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via
Delhi, with Virgin Atlantic / British Airways. (B)
Luxury Taj Falaknuma Palace may be booked, subject to availability, at a
supplement from £405 pp (twin) or from £745 pp
This extension offers an introduction to the
ancient mountain kingdom of Nepal, focusing
on its capital, Kathmandu, the medieval city of
Bhaktapur and the Himalayan views from the
mountain retreat of Nagarkot.
Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to the Soaltee
Crowne Plaza* for 2 nights. Afternoon tour of
Afternoon visit to Boudhanath stupa and
Pashupatinath temple. (B)
Transfer to Bhaktapur to visit ancient temples
and palaces. Continue to Nagarkot. Afternoon
at leisure. Overnight at the Club Himalaya. (B)
See the sunrise over the Himalaya (weather
permitting). Transfer to Kathmandu. Afternoon at
leisure. Overnight at Soaltee Crowne Plaza*. (B)
Fly to London, via Delhi, with Jet Airways. (B)
The characterful Dwarika’s
Hotel may be booked, subject
to availability, for a supplement from £255 pp
(twin) and £475 pp (single).
Set in the Himalayan foothills, Shimla was
formerly the British summer capital. It remains a
cool retreat, its colonial legacy captured by the
luxurious Oberoi Cecil hotel. Under an hour from
Shimla, the surrounding countryside provides
the setting for Oberoi’s luxurious Wildflower Hall
hotel, available at a supplement.
Fly to Chandigarh and drive to Shimla for 3
nights at the Oberoi Cecil*. (B)
At leisure or take a guided tour along the historic
Mall with its stately buildings, Gaiety Theatre
and Lakkar bazaar. Or visit the Viceregal Lodge,
built in 1888. (B)
Take the narrow gauge toy train ride to Solan
and the express train from Chandigarh to Delhi.
Overnight at the Lalit New Delhi. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to London with
Virgin Atlantic / British Airways. (B)
Oberoi’s luxury Wildflower Hall
(p60) may be booked, subject to availability, at a
supplement from £145 pp (twin) or from £280 pp
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
GTR2017: 13 Nights
Nothing prepares you for the beauty of the Taj Mahal. Even though everybody tells you that the Taj is amazing, you've read about the history and purpose of the building and its significance, and seen many images in the media, the moment you see the Taj Mahal, its presence on the landscape is overwhelmingly emotional. The sophistication of the building, feats of engineering including its numerous underground supports, pillar construction, decoration of unbelievable intricacy and beauty, waterways leave you curious to know more but at the same time exhausted by absorbing what you have seen.Mrs Sally Lowe
Varanasi is an assault on all senses - people, sound, noise smell, colour - and it is also a very spiritual place despite the huge crowds. Unmissable.Mrs Christine Love
[Inspirational moments include the] dawn boat ride at Varanasi, walking out to see the Taj Mahal early morning and the lakes at Udaipur. Dr Alan Watson
The earliest reference to Agra can be found in
the epic Mahabharata. It was in the...
The Indian capital, is steeped in a glorious, but turbulent, history. In the pulsating old city...
Jaipur, which means ‘the city of victory’, was
founded in 1727. Popularly known as the...
One of the prime examples of Project Tiger’s
conservation efforts in Rajasthan,...
Rohet is a picturesque hamlet to the south-east of Luni, settled by the Bishnoi tribal...
Set on the shores of Lake Pichola and
surrounded by hills, Udaipur is possibly the
Set on the riverbanks of the sacred
Ganges, Varanasi is one of the oldest cities