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Group Tour | Solo travellers 14 Days & 12 Nights Lead-in price: £3395 Current prices from: £3395

Starting from India’s historic capital, Delhi, this journey for solo travellers continues to Agra to see the sun rise at the Taj Mahal. Search for elusive Bengal tigers in Ranthambore and marvel at the majestic forts and grand palaces of princely Rajasthan, in the company of like-minded travellers.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • See the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the President’s Palace
  • Stay in a traditional haveli in Jaipur
  • Scenic ride on Deogarh’s metre-gauge train
  • Farewell dinner overlooking Lake Fateh Sagar
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
  • Small group size - average 12 people (maximum 18)
  • No single supplement
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Superior Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Delhi

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Delhi with British Airways. (N)

Day 2: Delhi

Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the Taj Palace for 2 nights. After settling into your hotel enjoy a late afternoon tour of Old Delhi including a visit to the bustling Chandni Chowk market by cycle rickshaw. Welcome dinner at the Haveli Dharampura in Old Delhi with views towards the Red Fort and Jama Masjid. (D)

Day 3: Delhi

Morning visit to the President’s Palace for the ‘Changing of the Guard’ ceremony, a colourful and musical spectacle held in the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Continue on your tour of New Delhi visiting the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun and the Qutb Minar tower. Afternoon at leisure – perhaps explore one of Delhi’s many markets or simply relax at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 4: Agra

Today head to Agra, the home of the unmissable Taj Mahal. In the afternoon, visit the magnificent and imposing Agra Fort and Stay overnight at the Taj Convention Centre. (B, D)

Day 5: Fatehpur Sikri • Ranthambore

Wake up early to watch the sunrise over the mesmerising Taj Mahal. The iconic structure is magical at this time of the day as the marble transforms its colour in the twilight. Then head to one of India’s most beautiful national parks, Ranthambore, via the ancient citadel of Fatehpur Sikri. This deserted, 16th-century sandstone city was built as a tribute to the Sufi saint, Sheikh Salim Chisti, but was abandoned just 15 years after it was built due to a shortage of water. Take the train from Bharatpur to Sawai Madhopur on the outskirts of Ranthambore and stay 2 nights in the Sawai Vilas. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Ranthambore

Wildlife drives in the early morning and late afternoon in search of the elusive Bengal tiger. Although well known for its tiger population, Ranthambore is also home to sambar deer, panthers, marsh crocodiles, sloth bears and leopards, as well as being a bird watcher’s paradise. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Jaipur

Drive to the pink city of Jaipur. A former capital of the Rajput empire, Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II and is a colourful city with a fascinating blend of styles. Stay 2 nights at the wonderful heritage hotel, Shahpura House. Afternoon at leisure. (B, D)

Day 8: Jaipur

Spend the morning just outside Jaipur in Amber, the ancient capital of the Kachwaha Rajputs. Here you will find a majestic fort-palace displaying both Mughal and Rajput designs. This afternoon head back to Jaipur and explore the Pink City including visits to the sprawling City Palace, the curious astronomical observatory of Jantar Mantar and a brief photo stop at the remarkable facade structure of ‘Hawa Mahal’, also known as the Palace of the Winds. (B, D)

Day 9: Pushkar • Deogarh

Morning departure for Deogarh visiting Pushkar and its temples and markets en route. Stay 2 nights at the Deogarh Mahal, a former palace and now a superb heritage hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Evening cookery demonstration. (B, D)

Day 10: Deogarh

This morning take a scenic ride on Deogarh’s metre-gauge train, passing waterfalls, lush landscapes and rural life. Optional afternoon 4×4 safari visiting local Bishnoi tribal villages*. Enjoy an evening of traditional Rajasthani folk dancing. (B, D)

Day 11: Ranakpur • Udaipur

Drive to Udaipur, undeniably one of India’s most picturesque and romantic cities. En route make a stop at Ranakpur to admire the spectacular Jain temples, one of the largest temple complexes in India. Stay 2 nights at LaLiT Laxmi Vilas Palace (or similar). (B, D)

Day 12: Udaipur

Enjoy a guided tour of Udaipur – including the magnificent City Palace, the Jagdish temple and the Garden of the Maid’s Honour. End the tour with a cruise on the lake. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner overlooking Lake Fateh Sagar. (B, D)

Day 13: Fly to Delhi

Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight from Udaipur to Delhi for an overnight stay at Pride Plaza (or similar). (B)

Day 14: Fly to London

Transfer to the airport for the British Airways flight to London. (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Solo Travellers group tours:

These small group tours have been specially created for solo travellers. Benefits include single occupancy of double / twin rooms as standard and at sensible prices, plus the company of like-minded travellers. View the complete collection at solo travellers.

Superior tour:

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Tour variations:

Due to changes to seasonal schedules and opening times, there are minor itinerary variations for certain departure dates. Please check with your Cox & Kings travel consultant for details

Private & tailor-made travel:

This itinerary 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 to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior group tour accommodation

  • The LaLiT New Delhi
    The LaLiT New Delhi

    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 pool.

  • Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra
    Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra

    Located on the Taj East Gate Road and within walking distance of the breathtaking Taj Mahal, the Taj Hotel & Convention Centre is a stylish property with excellent facilities. The beautiful rooftop infinity pool offers uninterrupted views of the Taj and is the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring. Rooms are spacious and comfortable with an array of useful amenities. There are two restaurants, an all day buffet style diner serving worldwide cuisine and an award winning Indian specialist restaurant.

  • Shahpura House
    Shahpura House

    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 massages.

  • Sawai Vilas, Ranthambore
    Sawai Vilas, Ranthambore

    Just 10 minutes from the gates of Ranthambore, shadowed by the idyllic Aravalli Hills, the Swai Villas offers 60 comfortable standalone villas spread over 2.5 hectares of verdant garden. Rooms are elegantly designed, spacious and safari themed with thoughtful touches and amenities. The dining room serves an array of delicious regional, national and international dishes.

  • Pride Plaza Hotel Aerocity, New Delhi
    Pride Plaza Hotel Aerocity, New Delhi

    Pride Plaza Hotel offers a comfortable stay just 2.5 miles from Delhi International airport. Guests can enjoy an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and spa as well as modern amenities. Features: 385 rooms, swimming pool, restaurant and bar, spa, fitness centre, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Air-conditioning, minibar, television, hairdryer.

  • Deogarh Mahal
    Deogarh Mahal

    Deogarh Mahal, a unique family residence, overlooks the delightful village of Deogarh in the Aravalli Hills. This exquisite property is owned and lived in by the ruling family, who play an active part in the running of the hotel. The 50 rooms and suites, all with modern attached facilities, are individually decorated with stained glass, sumptuous colourful fabrics and antiques, each shaped and furnished in traditional style. The accommodation and facilities are laid out over several floors; there are no lifts and access between the various facilities is via a series of stairways. Evening drinks are normally served on the terrace before a traditional Mewari dinner either on the terrace of in the regal dining room.

  • Courtyard by Marriott Agra
    Courtyard by Marriott Agra

    Located within a short driving distance of the Taj Mahal, the Courtyard by Marriot Agra offers spacious rooms and suites decorated with modern touches. The expansive lawns and the outdoor swimming pool provide the perfect setting to relax in and the 5 star hotel has several different dining options, featuring both Indian and international cuisine. Features: 189 rooms, WiFi, outdoor swimming pool, gym, 2 restaurants, bar. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, safe, tea & coffee, minibar.

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Dates & prices

XOT2021

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For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • • 4- & 5-star accommodation
    • Twin/double room for single use
    • Flexible extensions, room and flight upgrades available
    • Small group size - average 12 people (max 18)
    • Direct international flights with British Airways
    • Internal flights in India
    • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
    • Experienced local tour manager
    • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 11 dinners
    • 2 included safaris in Ranthambore
    • Welcome and farewell group dinners
    • Guided sightseeing & all entrance fees
    • Porterage at airports and stations

Destinations on this tour

  • Delhi

    The Indian capital, is steeped in a glorious, but turbulent, history. In the pulsating old city...

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  • Ranthambore National Park

    One of the prime examples of Project Tiger’s conservation efforts in Rajasthan,...

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  • Delhi

    The Indian capital, is steeped in a glorious, but turbulent, history. In the pulsating old city...

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  • Agra

    The earliest reference to Agra can be found in the epic Mahabharata. It was in the...

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  • Jaipur

    Jaipur, which means ‘the city of victory’, was founded in 1727. Popularly...

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  • Deogarh

    The attractive little town of Deogarh, or Castle of the Gods, is an excellent place to...

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  • Udaipur

    Set on the shores of Lake Pichola and surrounded by hills, Udaipur is possibly the mos...

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  • Agra

    The earliest reference to Agra can be found in the epic Mahabharata. It was in the...

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