Give your family a fascinating introduction to India by combining the nation’s most celebrated sights with a tiger searching adventure in Ranthambore National Park. Complete this once-in-a-lifetime experience with a relaxing stay on the palm-lined, golden beaches of Goa.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Delhi with Virgin Atlantic. (N)
Arrive in the colourfully chaotic Indian capital of Delhi and transfer (1 hour) to the historic Maidens Hotel (Deluxe Suite) for 2 nights. Discover exciting and bustling Old Delhi on a late afternoon tour including a visit to Chandi Chowk, a lively and colourful bazaar. (N)
Witness the pomp and colour of the morning changing of the guard ceremony held at the Presidents Palace, a fascinating ritual involving a series of military traditions, bands, bugles and an equestrian display. Then take a walk at India Gate, built in memory of the Indian soldiers who fought in the first world war, before continuing to Qutb Minar to marvel at the 13th-century sandstone and
marble obelisk. If you are lucky you might even be able to take part in an impromptu cricket match in the surrounding grounds. This evening, try your hand at creating some local dishes in a cookery class in an Indian home, undoubtedly the best way to truly understand a country and its people. Eat what you prepare while enjoying an evening of stories and traditions. (B)
A train ride can provide a wonderful window into life in India so this morning take the 2-hour ride from Delhi to Agra, home of the world-renowned Taj Mahal. Transfer to the Trident Agra for 2 nights (interconnecting Deluxe Rooms). Afternoon at leisure. In the evening, watch the Mughal era come alive at a Kalakriti dance performance held in a local theatre. (B)
Rise early to see the sun rise over the Taj Mahal, one of the world’s most beautiful buildings. After breakfast, visit the impressive Agra fort and the nearby sanctuary run by Wildlife SOS, which cares for rescued dancing bears and elephants. Chaat is India’s equivalent to fast food. This evening, sample these savoury snacks on a ‘chaat crawl’ around Agra’s best street food stalls. (B)
Transfer by road to Bharatpur (1½ hours) to take a rickshaw ride around the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, spotting some of the area’s endemic bird life. Travel by train to Sawai Madhopur, just outside Ranthambore National Park and transfer (30 minutes) to Kipling Camp (Cottage) for 2 nights. Explore the old Ranthambore fort with its hidden towers, resident monkeys and breathtaking views over the park. (B, D)
Look for tigers, sloth bears and monkeys on a morning jeep safari, when wildlife is at its most active. Other wildlife to look out for includes sambars, panthers and marsh crocodiles. Afternoon at leisure or visit a local village and school to learn about rural life in India. (B, L, D)
Drive to Jaipur (approximately 4 hours) and visit the delightful Dera Amer elephant camp, set in a picturesque valley behind the hills of Amer fort. Bathe, wash and paint elephants in a fully interactive experience before enjoying a delicious dinner at the camp. Transfer to Shahpura House for 3 nights (Deluxe Room). (B, D)
The ‘Pink City’ is a fascinating place to explore and especially so on an early morning cycle ride when Jaipur and its market stalls come alive. The magnificent Amber Fort and the impressive City Palace are both fascinating to wander around. Later, visit the stargazing observatory of Jantar Mantar and marvel at the simplicity and complexity of the instruments created to map astronomical places, planets, galaxies, time and the movement of the sun and moon. (B)
Day at leisure to relax or to explore Jaipur’s many bazaars. Alternatively take to the skies to the see the mighty sights of Jaipur from above on an optional hot air balloon ride. Other options include hand printing at the Anokhi Museum, tasting and making your own traditional Indian sweets or experiencing the buzz of an evening at a local cinema watching a Bollywood film. (B)
Fly to Goa from Jaipur via Mumbai (Bombay). Transfer (1 hour) to the Taj Exotica (Garden Villa ) for 3 nights. Remainder of the day at leisure. (B)
Days at leisure to relax on the beach. Goa has a thriving dolphin population so why not take the option to hop on a boat to spot these intelligent creatures splashing in Goa’s crystal-blue waters. Other options include visiting a working spice farm to learn about the various spices native to India or hike through lush green forests to the impressive Dudhsagar falls, a spectacular four-tiered waterfall. (B)
Transfer to the airport (1 hour) and fly to Mumbai to connect with a flight to London with Virgin Atlantic. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
Where indicated, the tour accommodation is in two-bedroom, shared accommodation for four people. Where two-bedroom accommodation is indicated, alternative, separate one-bedroom accommodation is also available.
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On the outskirts of Ranthambore National Park, overlooking the idyllic Aravalli Hills and surrounded by lush fields and trees, Kipling Lodge is a warm throwback to the old-world charm and hunting lodges that once inspired Rudyard Kipling. Rooms are comfortable and spacious and come with a private garden or terrace while the large courtyard is the perfect spot to dine alfresco.
Features: 16 rooms, restaurant, swimming pool, library, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Television, mini-fridge, safe, tea & coffee...
Built in 1903, The Maidens hotel is a jewel of colonial architecture set amid three hectares of emerald-green lawns which has retained its old world charm down the years. Conveniently located, the hotel is 24km from the airport and 10km from Connaught Place, the main shopping and commercial centre. Rooms are well-appointed and spacious featuring all the amenities of a modern international hotel.
Features: 54 rooms, Wi-Fi, 3 restaurants, bar, outdoor terrace and swimming pool.
Room amenities: Flat-screen TV, safe, radio-alarm, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities and en-suite...
Originally the residence of the scions of the Shekhawat clan of Rajputs, Shahpura House is set in a relatively quiet residential area in downtown Jaipur. This converted hotel with its colourful Shekhawati frescoes and domes reflects the fusion of Hindu Rajput and Islamic Mughal-style architecture. Each of the 38 individually decorated rooms and suites are simply furnished and tastefully decorated by combining traditional features with essential modern amenities. Facilities include a multi-cuisine restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, a rooftop restaurant, which is open for dinner, a well-stocked bar serving Indian wines and liquor, an outdoor swimming pool and a spa offering a selection of treatments and...
Set in 55 acres of landscaped gardens on the southwest coast Goa, beside beautiful Majorda beach and overlooking the Arabian Sea, the Taj Exotica is a 5-star Mediterranean-style resort. It is approximately 18km from Dabolim airport.
The resort offers 140 en suite rooms, which are divided into the main hotel building and two and four bedroom villas located in the gardens. The rooms combine luxury and beauty, with their elegant blend of Goan and Portuguese style. Most rooms have a balcony with views of the sea or the manicured gardens and villas have a large veranda. Some villas even have a private plunge pool.
The two restaurants, lounges and bar offer a range of Asian and Continental cuisine and the resort also provides a range of recreational options, including tennis, beach volleyball, a comprehensive health and fitness centre and the Jiva spa, which offers a range of...
The Trident Agra is set in beautiful gardens and is only a short distance away from the Taj Mahal. The hotel is built of red stone, reminiscent of the Mughal era, and is designed around a landscaped central courtyard with swimming pool and fountains. The hotel features a multi-cuisine informal brasserie as well as an alfresco Italian restaurant.
Features: 138 rooms, Wi-Fi, 2 restaurants, bar, fitness centre, beauty salon, gift shop.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, minibar, tea & coffee facilities, television, safe, en suite...
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