Cross the Ganges plain from Delhi to Kolkata
(Calcutta), taking in the majesty of the Taj
Mahal, remarkable wildlife in Ranthambore,
the spiritual aura of Varanasi and colonial
Lucknow and Kolkata. Finish in the tea
plantations of Darjeeling.
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Travel from London (regional connections
available) with Virgin Atlantic to Delhi. (N)
Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the Trident
Gurgaon for an overnight stay. Afternoon at
leisure. This evening join the rest of your group
and your guide for a welcome drink. (N)
Sightseeing in New Delhi. Take the afternoon train
to Sawai Madhopur and drive the short distance
to Dev Vilas (or similar) for 2 nights. (B, D)
Early morning and late afternoon wildlife drives
in search of tigers (B, L, D)
Morning train to Bharatpur and drive to Agra.
After lunch at a rooftop restaurant overlooking
the Taj Mahal, visit the marble magnificence of
the Taj Mahal and explore the imposing Agra
fort. Overnight stay at Trident (or similar). (B, L)
Travel to Lucknow for a 2-night stay at Lebua
Lucknow. This afternoon enjoy a walking
tour visiting Kaiserbagh, once described as
the most beautiful palace in the world, and
Kotwara House, home to the legendary
film-maker and artist Muzaffar & Meera Ali.
Watch clips of his most iconic films over a cup
of tea. (B)
Half-day tour of Lucknow, followed by a visit
to La Martinière school, the Lucknow Residency,
Asifi Imambara and the magical Husainabad
complex. Rest of the day at leisure before
the highlight of a dinner with a royal family
of Lucknow. Enjoy a live Kathak dance
performance before a home-cooked
Awadhi dinner. (B, D)
Take the morning train to Varanasi for an
overnight stay at Hotel Madin. This evening
watch the mesmerising aarti ceremony on the
banks of the River Ganges. (B)
Early morning boat ride on the Ganges to
see cremation sites and colourful bathing
ghats. After breakfast, visit Sarnath, the
site of Buddha’s first sermon after receiving
enlightenment. Take the evening flight to
Kolkata for 2 nights at the centrally located
LaLiT Great Eastern Hotel or upgrade to the
Oberoi Grand (Deluxe room) from £45. (B)
Half-day tour of Kolkata’s colonial heritage
including a ride on one of Kolkata’s historic
trams. Optional afternoon visit to the Victoria
Memorial, South Park Cemetery and Kumartuli
– the potter’s village where the idols are created
for the city’s festivals. (B)
Morning at leisure. Take the afternoon flight to
Bagdogra and transfer to Darjeeling for
2 nights at the Elgin Hotel. (B, D)
Enjoy a ride on the Darjeeling Hill Railway from
Darjeeling Town, through the picturesque Batasia
Loop. Visit Ghoom Monastery before heading
to the Glenburn Tea Estate (or similar) to learn
about the process of refining tea before a tea tasting session. Walk through the tea fields with
a guide and interact with the tea picker ladies
learning how to pluck the "two leaves and a bud".
Lunch will be served at a scenic location in the
colonial estate. (B, L, D)
Optional early morning visit to Tiger Hill to
watch the sunrise over the Kachenjunga Range.
After breakfast, visit the zoo, famous for its
snow leopards and red pandas, the renowned
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the
Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Centre and Lloyds
Botanical Gardens. Fly to Delhi for an overnight
stay at the Holiday Inn Aerocity. (B, D )
Take the Virgin Atlantic flight to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 3930 5073 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
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 Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport is particularly convenient for transit travellers. Standard rooms are spacious and all have modern features including free wireless internet access, large flat-screen television and triple-glazed windows for a quiet night's sleep. Facilities include a 24-hour gym, spa and swimming pool. There are three separate dining options as well as 24-hour room...
Located in the popular and peaceful Cantonment area of Varanasi, the Hotel Madin offers a refreshing mix of opulent design and traditional local service. Rooms are spacious and fitted with touch panels and other modern-day amenities that you would expect to find in a luxury hotel. The rooftop restaurant serves an expansive menu of international cuisines while offering delightful views of the surrounding area or dine at the poolside barbecue and grill.
Features: 85 rooms, 3 restaurants, bar, swimming pool, spa, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, rain shower, television, minibar,...
Lebua Lucknow is a heritage hotel located in central Lucknow. It is designed as a traditional bungalow with a large green lawn and small courtyards spread around the property. The restored hotel reflects the art deco architecture from the early 20th century. All of the rooms display quintessential Lakhnavi heritage with living spaces opening onto courtyards and terraces, reflecting the ostentatious lifestyle of Lucknow's past with sprawling kothis and havelis.
Features: 41 rooms, bar, restaurant, swimming pool, fitness centre, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Television, air conditioning, safe. Some rooms have a private balcony or...
The Elgin Darjeeling is known as the 'Queen of the Hills'. The name derives from 'Dorji Ling', or the God of Thunder. Small wonder then, that the weather varies from the pleasant to cold. As you enter, the heritage of The Elgin greets you. A silken Khada is drapped around your neck as a traditional Himalayan welcome, as sparkling cherry liquor spreads a Warm glow within. The phrase 'old world charm' is a palpable feeling of being snug and cosy in this quaint and charming 120 year old residence reminiscent of the heydays of the Raj. It is justified, considering that royalty and distinguished Heads of States have spent many moments here, appreciating the lithographs by Daniell and etchings by G.Douglas that adorn its walls. Dominique Lapierre and Mark Tully have found inspiration to write in its relaxed interiors. The Elgin has hosted the Crown Prince of Sikkim Tenzing Namgyal, the royal...
This early 19th-century hotel, which has played host to Queen Elizabeth II, Kipling and was regarded by Mark Twain as the "best hotel east of the Suez", was originally called the Auckland Hotel. Today, after extensive refurbishment, the LaLiT Great Eastern Kolkata is a distinctive blend of Victorian, Edwardian and contemporary architecture. Rooms and suites are spacious and elegantly decorated. The rooms in the Heritage wing evoke the old-world charm of the British Raj era while the rooms and suites in the Modern wing accentuate contemporary style with a touch of Bengali art, craft and design elements. The hotel's bakery is a real highlight and renowned throughout the city as it used to be the meeting place for the East India Company's officers in the 19th century.
Features: 195 rooms, Wi-Fi, 3 restaurants, bar, bakery, outdoor swimming pool, spa.
Room amenities: Television, writin...
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...
Set in seven acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, the Trident Gurgaon is characterised by domes, long walkways, inner courtyards, reflection pools and fountains. The hotel has 136 rooms, which include a Presidential suite and six executive suites, overlooking the garden, courtyards and...
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TJT2018: 12 Nights
The earliest reference to Agra can be found in
the epic Mahabharata. It was in the...
Kolkata (Calcutta) was the capital of British India until 1911 and the character of this...
Originally known as ‘Dorje Ling’ (Place of the Thunderbolt) after the lama who founded...
The Indian capital, is steeped in a glorious, but turbulent, history. In the pulsating old city...
In Kipling’s Kim “no city – except Bombay, the Queen of all – was more beautiful in her...
One of the prime examples of Project Tiger’s
conservation efforts in Rajasthan,...
Set on the riverbanks of the sacred
Ganges, Varanasi is one of the oldest cities