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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, by the beach in
the Andaman Islands, looking for rare onehorned
rhinos in Kaziranga National Park or
relaxing in the countryside at the heritage
hotel Rajbari Bawali.
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Travel from London (regional connections available) with British Airways to Delhi. (N)
Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the Trident Gurgaon for an overnight stay. Afternoon at leisure. Optional half-day tour of New Delhi. This evening join the rest of your group and your guide for a welcome drink. (N)
Travel to Jaipur for a 3-night stay at Khas Bagh, a heritage homestay complete with stables and horses. (B)
Morning visit to the nearby Amber fort; the ancient capital of the Kachwaha Rajputs from 1037. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Explore the ‘Pink City’ visiting the sprawling palace complex, still home to the current maharajah, the Jantar Mantar observatory and the local bazaars selling jewellery, silk and traditional Indian crafts. (B)
Drive to Ranthambhore for 2 nights at Swai Villas (or similar). (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 marble magnificence of the Taj Mahal and explore the imposing Agra fort. Overnight stay at Trident (or similar). (B)
Travel to Lucknow for a 2-night stay at Vivanta by Taj – Gomti Nagar. Afternoon heritage walk and culinary tour. (B)
Full-day tour of Lucknow, followed by a visit to La Martinière College, the Lucknow Residency, Asifi Imambara and the magical Husainabad complex. Rest of the day at leisure before the highlight of a dinner with a royal family of Lucknow. Enjoy a live Kathak dance performance before a home-cooked Awadhi dinner. (B, D)
Take the morning train to Varanasi for an overnight stay at the Taj Gateway Varanasi (or similar). This evening watch the mesmerising aarti ceremony on the banks of the River Ganges. (B)
Early morning boat ride on the Ganges to see cremation sites and colourful bathing ghats. After breakfast, visit Sarnath, the site of Buddha’s first sermon after receiving enlightenment. Take the evening flight to Kolkata for 2 nights at the centrally located LaLiT Great Eastern Hotel or upgrade to the Oberoi Grand (Deluxe room) from £85. (B)
Half-day tour of Kolkata’s colonial heritage including a ride on one of Kolkata’s historic trams. Optional afternoon visit to the Victoria Memorial, South Park Cemetery and Kumartuli – the potter’s village where the idols are created for the city’s festivals. (B)
Take the British Airways flight to London via Mumbai. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.
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