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Lead Price
From £3795pp
Duration
17 days & 16 nights
Itinerary Type
Group Tour
Holiday Type
General Interest
Tour Highlights

The Grand Tour of India

Explore the diverse cultural influences that have created the fascinating heritage of India. This tour encompasses holy cities, the resplendent Taj Mahal, Jodhpur’s bluewashed houses, and the beautiful lakes and palaces of Udaipur. Go in search of the elusive Royal Bengal tiger and extend your journey in the idyllic backwaters of Kerala.
Dates and prices

Itinerary

YEAR:
DAY 1: Fly London to Amritsar via Delhi
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Fly London to Amritsar via Delhi

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Amritsar, via Delhi, with British Airways. Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

DAY 2: Amritsar
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Amritsar

Arrive in Amritsar and transfer to Taj Swarna for 2 nights. Visit the Golden Temple for the auspicious Palki Sahib night ceremony. A welcome dinner will be held this evening. (D)

Accommodation: Taj Swarna, Amritsar
DAY 3: Amritsar - Wagah
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Amritsar - Wagah

Morning visit to the Golden Temple and its vast community kitchen (langar). Weave your way through Qila Ahluwalia, a fort replete with colonial architectural features, before arriving at the Jalebiwala Chowk with its jalebi shop selling delicious sticky sweets. Late afternoon visit to Wagah, for the unmissable Changing of the Guard ceremony. (B)

Accommodation: Taj Swarna, Amritsar
DAY 4: Fly to Varanasi via Delhi
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Fly to Varanasi via Delhi

Morning flight to Varanasi for an overnight stay at the Taj Ganges. This evening, visit the Dasaswamedh ghats (stepped wharfs) to witness the magical aarti ceremony from a boat on the Ganges. On the 12 November 2024 and 2 November 2025 departures, enjoy the Dev Diwali celebrations, when the steps of the ghats are lit with more than a million earthen lamps. (B)

Accommodation: Taj Ganges, Varanasi
DAY 5: Varanasi - Fly to Delhi
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Varanasi - Fly to Delhi

Early morning sunrise boat ride on the Ganges. Walking tour of Varanasi’s hidden alleys, paan bazaar, craftsmen colony and the spice, jewellery and flower markets. Take an evening flight to Delhi for a 2-night stay at the Taj Palace. (B)

Accommodation: Taj Palace
DAY 6: Old & New Dehli
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Old & New Dehli

Morning tour of Old Delhi including a drive past the Red Fort, visit to the Jama Masjid mosque, and walking tour. Afternoon tour of New Delhi including a drive past India Gate and the viceregal residence, before visiting Qutb Minar and the tomb of Mughal Emperor, Humayun. (B)

Accommodation: Taj Palace
DAY 7: Agra
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Agra

Take the Gatimaan Express train to Agra for an overnight stay at Trident Agra. Afternoon visit to the huge Agra Fort. This evening, visit the Taj Mahal bathed in golden light as the sun sets. (B)

Accommodation: Trident Hotel Agra
DAY 8: Fatehpur Silkri - Rathambore
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Fatehpur Silkri - Rathambore

Visit Mehtab Bagh Gardens to see the Taj Mahal in the golden hour of sunrise. Drive to Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted 16th-century sandstone city. Continue to Bharatpur for lunch at the regal Laxmi Vilas Palace before a train ride to Sawai Madhopur. Transfer to Dev Vilas for 2 nights. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Dev Vilas
DAY 9: Ranthambore
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Ranthambore

Early morning and late afternoon wildlife viewing on a 4x4 jeep safari. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Dev Vilas
DAY 10: Jaipur
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Jaipur

Morning drive to Jaipur to stay at the Devi Ratn Hotel for 2 nights. Based on the design of the famous Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory, Devi Ratn is a contemporary hotel with traditional Jaipuri features and beautiful views over the surrounidng Aravalli Hills. Afternoon at leisure. Evening aarti ceremony at a local Hindu temple. (B)

Accommodation: Devi Ratn
DAY 11: Jaipur
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Jaipur

Morning tour of the ancient palace of Amber Fort. Afternoon visit to the City Palace and Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory. (B)

Accommodation: Devi Ratn
DAY 12: Jodhpur - Rohet
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Jodhpur - Rohet

Drive to Jodhpur. Visit the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort and wander through the streets of blue-washed Brahmin houses. Stay at Rohet Garh, a family-run former fort, for 2 nights. (B, D)

Accommodation: Rohet Garh
DAY 13: Rohet
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Rohet

Day at leisure. Optional 4x4 safari to visit the Bishnoi tribal village. (B, D)

Accommodation: Rohet Garh
DAY 14: Ranakpur - Udaipur
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Ranakpur - Udaipur

Drive to the lake city of Udaipur, visiting the exquisite Jain temples at Ranakpur en route. Stay at the Trident Udaipur for 2 nights. (B)

Accommodation: Trident Hotel Udaipur
DAY 15: Udaipur
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Udaipur

Morning tour of the City Palace and a miniature painting studio. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure followed by a farewell dinner. Evening Bagore ki-Haveli cultural show. Holi festival departures will witness the celebrations at the Maharajah’s Palace. (B, D)

Accommodation: Trident Hotel Udaipur
DAY 16: Fly to Delhi
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Fly to Delhi

Transfer to the airport and and fly to Delhi for an overnight stay and farewell drink at the Vivanta by Taj Dwarka. (B)

Accommodation: Vivanta New Delhi Dwarka
DAY 17: Fly from Delhi to London
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Fly from Delhi to London

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

DAY 1: Fly London to Amritsar via Delhi
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Fly London to Amritsar via Delhi

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Amritsar, via Delhi, with British Airways. Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

DAY 2: Amritsar
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Amritsar

Arrive in Amritsar and transfer to Taj Swarna for 2 nights. Visit the Golden Temple for the auspicious Palki Sahib night ceremony. A welcome dinner will be held this evening. (D)

Accommodation: Taj Swarna, Amritsar
DAY 3: Amritsar - Wagah
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Amritsar - Wagah

Morning visit to the Golden Temple and its vast community kitchen (langar). Weave your way through Qila Ahluwalia, a fort replete with colonial architectural features, before arriving at the Jalebiwala Chowk with its jalebi shop selling delicious sticky sweets. Late afternoon visit to Wagah, for the unmissable Changing of the Guard ceremony. (B)

Accommodation: Taj Swarna, Amritsar
DAY 4: Fly to Varanasi via Delhi
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Fly to Varanasi via Delhi

Morning flight to Varanasi for an overnight stay at the Taj Ganges. This evening, visit the Dasaswamedh ghats (stepped wharfs) to witness the magical aarti ceremony from a boat on the Ganges. On the 12 November 2024 and 2 November 2025 departures, enjoy the Dev Diwali celebrations, when the steps of the ghats are lit with more than a million earthen lamps. (B)

Accommodation: Taj Ganges, Varanasi
DAY 5: Varanasi - Fly to Delhi
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Varanasi - Fly to Delhi

Early morning sunrise boat ride on the Ganges. Walking tour of Varanasi’s hidden alleys, paan bazaar, craftsmen colony and the spice, jewellery and flower markets. Take an evening flight to Delhi for a 2-night stay at the Taj Palace. (B)

Accommodation: Taj Palace
DAY 6: Old & New Dehli
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Old & New Dehli

Morning tour of Old Delhi including a drive past the Red Fort, visit to the Jama Masjid mosque, and walking tour. Afternoon tour of New Delhi including a drive past India Gate and the viceregal residence, before visiting Qutb Minar and the tomb of Mughal Emperor, Humayun. (B)

Accommodation: Taj Palace
DAY 7: Agra
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Agra

Take the Gatimaan Express train to Agra for an overnight stay at Trident Agra. Afternoon visit to the huge Agra Fort. This evening, visit the Taj Mahal bathed in golden light as the sun sets. (B)

Accommodation: Trident Hotel Agra
DAY 8: Fatehpur Silkri - Rathambore
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Fatehpur Silkri - Rathambore

Visit Mehtab Bagh Gardens to see the Taj Mahal in the golden hour of sunrise. Drive to Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted 16th-century sandstone city. Continue to Bharatpur for lunch at the regal Laxmi Vilas Palace before a train ride to Sawai Madhopur. Transfer to Dev Vilas for 2 nights. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Dev Vilas
DAY 9: Ranthambore
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Ranthambore

Early morning and late afternoon wildlife viewing on a 4x4 jeep safari. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Dev Vilas
DAY 10: Jaipur
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Jaipur

Morning drive to Jaipur to stay at the Devi Ratn Hotel for 2 nights. Based on the design of the famous Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory, Devi Ratn is a contemporary hotel with traditional Jaipuri features and beautiful views over the surrounidng Aravalli Hills. Afternoon at leisure. Evening aarti ceremony at a local Hindu temple. (B)

Accommodation: Devi Ratn
DAY 11: Jaipur
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Jaipur

Morning tour of the ancient palace of Amber Fort. Afternoon visit to the City Palace and Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory. (B)

Accommodation: Devi Ratn
DAY 12: Jodhpur - Rohet
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Jodhpur - Rohet

Drive to Jodhpur. Visit the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort and wander through the streets of blue-washed Brahmin houses. Stay at Rohet Garh, a family-run former fort, for 2 nights. (B, D)

Accommodation: Rohet Garh
DAY 13: Rohet
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Rohet

Day at leisure. Optional 4x4 safari to visit the Bishnoi tribal village. (B, D)

Accommodation: Rohet Garh
DAY 14: Ranakpur - Udaipur
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Ranakpur - Udaipur

Drive to the lake city of Udaipur, visiting the exquisite Jain temples at Ranakpur en route. Stay at the Trident Udaipur for 2 nights. (B)

Accommodation: Trident Hotel Udaipur
DAY 15: Udaipur
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Udaipur

Morning tour of the City Palace and a miniature painting studio. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure followed by a farewell dinner. Evening Bagore ki-Haveli cultural show. Holi festival departures will witness the celebrations at the Maharajah’s Palace. (B, D)

Accommodation: Trident Hotel Udaipur
DAY 16: Fly to Delhi
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Fly to Delhi

Transfer to the airport and and fly to Delhi for an overnight stay and farewell drink at the Vivanta by Taj Dwarka. (B)

Accommodation: Vivanta New Delhi Dwarka
DAY 17: Fly from Delhi to London
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Fly from Delhi to London

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

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The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Evening Palki Sahib ceremony at the Golden Temple, Amritsar
  • Dine in a regal palace
  • Explore Varanasi’s hidden alleys and markets
  • Take part in Holi celebrations
  • Stay in a former fort to explore rural Rajasthan

Important information

Optional activities
These activities can be pre-booked or booked locally and incur an additional cost.
Private & tailor-made travel
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. So, should you want to spend longer in a particular location, or add another experience or destination, we can make all the arrangements for you. Please contact our travel specialists for guideline prices.
Guaranteed departures
Where a tour date shows ‘Guaranteed departure’, this tour is guaranteed to run. For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.
Dates and prices
Unless otherwise stated, the tour prices and upgrade supplements are all per person in pound sterling, based on two people sharing a twin/double room. The online price is a guideline price; your final quote may differ due to flight availability, and you may be asked to pay a flight supplement.
Festival departures
The 27 February 2025 departure is timed to coincide with the colourful Holika Dahan festival. The 12 November 2024 and 2 November 2025 departures will include the enchanting Dev Diwali ‘Festival of Lights’ celebration in Varanasi.

What's included

  • Small group size - average 12 people (max 18)
  • 4- & 5-star accommodation
  • Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
  • International flights with British Airways
  • Internal flights in India with 20kg luggage allowance
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Experienced local tour manager
  • 15 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 6 dinners
  • All entrance fees & sightseeing
  • 2 included wildlife safaris
  • Porterage at airports & stations
  • Festival departures

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Private journey option: guideline prices

Low season from £3,995 | Guide price month: November

High season from £3,995 | Guide price month: February

Single supplement from £1,095

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