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The Grand Tour of India

Group Tour | General Interest 17 Days & 15 Nights Lead-in price: £2695

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.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Evening Palki Sahib ceremony at the Golden Temple, Amritsar
  • Breakfast overlooking the Ganges
  • Varanasi's hidden alleys & markets
  • Holi celebrations at the Maharajah's Palace, Udaipur
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
  • Small group size - average 12 people (max 18)
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Days 1-2: Fly to Amritsar via Delhi

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Amristar, via Delhi, with British Airways. Transfer to Taj Swarna for 2 nights. Welcome dinner and optional evening visit to the Golden Temple for the auspicious Palki Sahib night ceremony. (N) (D)

Day 3: Amritsar - Wagah

Morning visit to the Golden Temple and the community kitchen called 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)

Day 4: 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 4 November 2022 and 3 November 2023 departures, enjoy the Dev Diwali celebrations, when the steps of the ghats are lit with more than a million earthen lamps. (B)

Day 5: Varanasi - Fly to Delhi

Early morning boat ride on the Ganges, followed by breakfast at Brijrama Palace overlooking the river. 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 LaLit New Delhi. (B)

Day 6: Old & New Delhi

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

Day 7: Agra

Take the Gatimaan Express train to Agra for an overnight stay at Trident Agra. Afternoon visit to the huge Agra Fort. (B)

Day 8: Fatehpur Sikri - Ranthambore

Visit the Taj Mahal for sunrise. Drive to Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted 16th-century sandstone city. Continue to Bharatpur for lunch at the regal Laxmi Vilas Palace before boarding the train to Sawai Madhopur. Transfer to Sawai Vilas for 2 nights. (B, D)

Day 9: Ranthambore

Early morning and late afternoon wildlife viewing. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Jaipur

Morning drive to Jaipur and stay at the Trident Jaipur for 2 nights. Afternoon at leisure. Evening aarti ceremony at a local Hindu temple. (B)

Day 11: Jaipur

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

Day 12: 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)

Day 13: Bishnoi tribal villages

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

Day 14: 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)

Day 15: Udaipur

Morning tour of the City Palace and a miniature painting studio. Afternoon at leisure. Evening Bagore-ki-Haveli cultural show. Holi festival departures will witness the celebrations at the Maharajah’s Palace. (B)

Day 16: Fly to Delhi

Transfer to the airport and fly to Delhi for an overnight stay at the Andaz Aerocity. (B)

Day 17: Fly to London

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

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

TOUR EXTENSIONS

Tour + Kerala: 5 days & 4 nights from £495 Complete your Indian adventure by exploring the colourful, scenic and laid-back state of Kerala, which offers a palpable contrast to the north of the country.

FESTIVAL DEPARTURES

The 3 March 2022 and 21 February 2023 departures are timed to coincide with the colourful Holika Dahan festival, which will be celebrated in Udaipur with a visit to the celebrations at the Maharajah’s Palace. The 4 November 2022 and 3 November 2023 departures will include the enchanting Dev Diwali ‘Festival of the Lights’ celebrations in Varanasi.

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, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Taj Swarna
    Taj Swarna

    Opened in January 2017, the Taj Swarna is a stylish and contemporary hotel located in the heart of Amritsar. The 157 spacious rooms blend elegant ambience with state-of-the-art amenities and a stylish decor. An array of dining options are available, from the all-day dining restaurant serving both Indian and international cuisines to the Chinese Room, which draws its influence from the Sichuan and Cantonese provinces. Features: 157 rooms, 2 restaurants, bar, swimming pool, spa & fitness centre, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, safe, hairdryer.

  • Taj Ganges, Varanasi
    Taj Ganges, Varanasi

    The Taj Ganges Varanasi is a comfortable, centrally located hotel situated on Raja Bazaar road. The hotel is set amid 5 hectares of verdant land, making it an oasis of greenery in the bustling holy city. The hotel's restaurants are renowned as some of the finest in the city and offer a delectable array of cuisines.

  • 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.

  • Trident Hotel Agra
    Trident Hotel Agra

    The Trident Agra is set in beautiful gardens and is only a short distance away from the Taj Mahal. This luxury hotel is built of red stone, reminiscent of the Mughal era, and is designed around a landscaped central courtyard with swimming pool and fountains. Trident features an informal, multicuisine brasserie as well as an alfresco Italian restaurant.

  • Sawai Vilas
    Sawai Vilas

    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. Features: 60 villas, restaurant, swimming pool, spa, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, safe, tea & coffee making facilities.

  • Trident Hotel Jaipur
    Trident Hotel Jaipur

    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 pool.

  • Rohet Garh
    Rohet Garh

    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 villages.

  • Trident Hotel Udaipur
    Trident Hotel Udaipur

    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.

  • Andaz Delhi Aerocity
    Andaz Delhi Aerocity

    Conveniently located just two miles from Delhi airport, the Andaz is an elegant and modern hotel perfect for stays before and after international flights. Unique art pieces can be found throughout the property and large windows allow for a considerable amount of natural light. Although close to the airport, the hotel has a secluded feel and most rooms look out on to the manicured lawns or the inviting swimming pool. There are two dining options - the AnnaMaya coffeeshop which offers excellent Indian and European cuisine and the Hong Kong Club which serves a fine-dining Cantonese menu.Features: 401 rooms, 2 restaurants, bar/lounge, swimming pool, library, spa, Wi-Fi.<br>Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, turndown service.

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Dates & prices

GNA2022

Guideline Prices

Low season from £3200 per person

High season from £3450 per person

 

Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
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

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, 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.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

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.

 
  • * International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
  • * UK departure and overseas airport taxes
  • * Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
  • * Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
  • * The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
  • * Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

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  • Varanasi

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  • Delhi

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  • Rohet

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  • Udaipur

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  • Delhi

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