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Cross the Ganges plain from Delhi to Kolkata (Calcutta), taking in the majesty of the Taj Mahal and Amber Fort, remarkable wildlife in Ranthambore, the spiritual aura of Varanasi and colonial Lucknow and Kolkata. Extend your tour in the tea plantations of Darjeeling, the Andaman Islands, Kaziranga National Park or relaxing in the countryside at the heritage hotel Rajbari Bawali.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Delhi with British Airways. (N)
Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the Trident Gurgaon for an overnight stay. Afternoon at leisure. Optional half-day tour visiting Humayun's tomb and the mughal gardens of the Sunder Nursery*. This evening join your group and your guide for a welcome drink. (N)
Travel to Jaipur for a 3-night stay at The LaLit (or similar). (B)
Morning visit to Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the Kachwaha Rajputs from 1037. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Explore the ‘Pink City’ visiting the palace complex, home to the current maharajah, the Jantar Mantar observatory and local bazaars selling jewellery, silk and traditional crafts. (B)
Drive to Ranthambore for 2 nights at Sawai Vilas. (B, D)
Early morning and late afternoon wildlife drives in search of tigers. (B, L, D)
Morning train to Bharatpur and drive to Agra. Visit the Taj Mahal and explore the imposing Agra Fort. Overnight stay at Trident Agra. (B)
Travel to Lucknow for a 2-night stay at Taj Mahal. Afternoon heritage walk and culinary tour visiting local temples, the flower market and examples of medieval artistry from Zardosi (golden embroidery) to Ittar (traditional perfume) workshops. (B)
Full-day tour of Lucknow. Visit La Martinière College, the Lucknow Residency, Asifi Imambara and the Husainabad complex. Exclusive visits to La Martinière allow access to the chapel, award room, arms room and the opportunity to meet students during classes and games. (B)
Morning train to Varanasi for an overnight stay at the Taj Ganges. Watch the mesmerising aarti ceremony on the banks of the river Ganges. (B)
Morning boat ride on the Ganges to cremation sites and colourful bathing ghats. After breakfast, visit Sarnath, the site of Buddha’s first sermon after receiving enlightenment. Evening flight to Kolkata for 2 nights at LaLit Great Eastern Hotel or upgrade to the Oberoi Grand (Deluxe room) from £105pp. (B)
Half-day tour of Kolkata’s colonial heritage including a ride on one of Kolkata’s historic trams. Visit to the Victoria Memorial, South Park Cemetery and Kumartuli – the village where idols are created for the city’s festivals. Visit a temple to witness evening prayers. (B)
Take an Air India flight to Mumbai to connect with the British Airways flight to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Optional activities can be booked locally and incur an additional charge.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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