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The Grand Tour of India

Private Travel | General interest 16 Days & 14 Nights Lead-in price: £3200 Current prices from: £3200

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
  • No single supplement on selected departure dates (limited availability)
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Amritsar via Delhi

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Amristar, via Delhi, with British Airways. (N)

Day 2: Amritsar

On arrival, transfer to Taj Swarna for 2 nights. Welcome dinner and evening visit to the Golden Temple for the auspicious Palki Sahib night ceremony. The temple is profusely lit and the lights are beautifully reflected in large water tanks surrounding the sanctum. (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 Hotel Madin (or similar). This evening, visit the Dasaswamedh ghats to witness the magical Ganga aarti ceremony from a boat on the Ganges. On the 9 Nov 2019 departure enjoy the Dev Diwali celebrations when the steps of the ghats are lit with more than a million earthen lamps. (B)

Day 5: Varanasi • 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 the afternoon high-speed Vande Bharat Express train to Delhi for a 2-night stay at the LaLit. (B)

Day 6: Old & New Delhi

Morning tour of Old Delhi, including a drive past the Red Fort, a visit to the Jama Masjid, and a walking tour of Old Delhi. Afternoon tour of New Delhi including India Gate and the viceregal residence before 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 (or similar). Visit the huge Agra Fort and enjoy the highlight of sunset at the Taj Mahal. (B)

Day 8: Fatehpur Sikri • Ranthambore

Drive to Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted 16thcentury sandstone city. Continue to Bharatpur and take 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. (B)

Day 11: Jaipur

Morning aarti ceremony at a local Hindu temple. Tour of the ancient palace of Amber Fort. Afternoon visit to the City Palace and Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory. (B)

Day 12: Jodhpur • Rohet

Full-day drive to Rohet via Jodhpur. Visit the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort and the imposing Jaswant Thada cenotaph. Continue to Rohet and stay at Rohet Garh for 2 nights. (B, D)

Day 13: Bishnoi tribal villages

Morning at leisure. After lunch, take a 4×4 safari to visit the Bishnoi tribal villages. (B, D)

Day 14: Ranakpur • Udaipur

Drive to the lake city of Udaipur, visiting the exquisite Jain temples at Ranakpur en route. Arrive at the Trident Udaipur for a 2-night stay. Or upgrade to the Taj Lake Palace (luxury Lake View room) from £865pp for 2 nights. (B)

Day 15: Udaipur

Morning tour of the City Palace, Jagdish temple 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.

Important informatiom Festival departures

The 14 March 2021 and 3 March 2022 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 15 November 2021 and 4 November 2022 departures will include the enchanting Dev Diwali ‘Festival of the Lights’ celebrations in Varanasi.

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 private tour accommodation

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Swarna, Amritsar
    Taj Swarna, Amritsar

    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.

  • Taj Lake Palace
    Taj Lake Palace

    The Taj Lake Palace Hotel, originally known as Jag Niwas, was built in 1754 by Maharana Jagat Sigh II as his summer palace. Today this former pleasure palace is a luxury hotel like no other in the world, set on an island in the middle of Udaipur’s Lake Pichola. Here you may relax amidst slender marble carved columns, filigree screens and fountains. The hotel has 83 rooms, a small swimming pool, 3 restaurants and a bar.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Madin Hotel
    Madin Hotel

    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 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.

  • Andaz Delhi - A concept by Hyatt
    Andaz Delhi - A concept by Hyatt

    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.

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Dates & prices

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Guideline Prices

Low season from £3495 per person

High season from £3695 per person

 

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

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
    • Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
    • International flights with British Airways & internal flights in India
    • Express train travel in airconditioned executive class
    • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
    • 15 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
    • Guided sightseeing & all entrance fees
    • 2 included wildlife safaris
    • Porterage at airports & stations

Destinations on this tour

  • Varanasi

    Set on the riverbanks of the sacred Ganges, Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in th...

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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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  • Ranthambore National Park

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

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  • Jaipur

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

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  • Rohet

    Rohet is a picturesque hamlet to the south-east of Luni, settled by the Bishnoi tribal...

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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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  • Udaipur

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

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  • Amritsar

    Amritsar, in northwest India, is a vibrant yet relaxed and friendly city, full of...

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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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  • Delhi

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

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