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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 Amber 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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