India - Tigers, the Taj Mahal and Amritsar's Golden Temple
Search for tigers and see the unforgettable Taj Mahal on this enthralling tour of Northern India. You'll discover a beguiling Himalayan hill state, beautiful Himachal-Pradesh, and witness the Golden Temple's sacred ceremonies at Amritsar, in the prosperous province of the Punjab.
- A guided tour of the sights of New Delhi
- Enjoy a traditional rickshaw ride through Old Delhi
- Visit Jaipur's 'Palace of the Winds'
- A stay in Ranthambhore National Park, including two safaris
- Enjoy a village visit and a cookery demonstration in Dholpur
- A guided tour of Agra, 'City of Love'
- A visit to the immortal Taj Mahal
- Explore 'Heritage Village' Pragpur
- A drive through the foothills of the Himalayas
- Witness the Palki ceremony at the Golden Temple
- Visits to Amritsar's Golden Temple by day and night
- A visit to the Jallianwala Bagh memorial park
- See the Indo-Pakistani border closing ceremony
- 12 nights' half-board accommodation in a series of good-quality hotels in Delhi (2 nights), Jaipur (2), Ranthambhore (2), Dholpur (1), Agra (1), Pragpur (2) and Amritsar (2)
- Seven lunches
- Return flights to Delhi
- An internal flight between Amritsar and Delhi
- Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
- Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
- Single rooms are available for a supplement
- N.B. Visas are required for travel on this tour (see Further Information)
This former Royal settlement was declared India's first Heritage Village and has become a living museum radiating relaxed charm, history and culture. Highlights include the 19th-century artificial Taal pond - the centre of village life - the colourful temples and the traditional artisans' shops.
There will also be a cookery demonstration at the hotel during your stay.
This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.
At the breathtaking Golden Temple, Sikhism's holiest shrine, join the throng for the extraordinary Palki ceremony. Visitors are welcome to join the devotees who line the bridge over the sacred lake each evening for the procession of the Granth Sahib, Sikhism's Holy Book. You will also have the chance to visit the bustling bazaar in the heart of the Old Town.
You'll also visit the poignant Jallianwala Bagh memorial park, which commemorates one of the bloodiest days in Indian history. This evening, you'll make the short journey out to the Indo-Pakistani border crossing at Wagah, where the gates are closed and the flags lowered at sunset in a colourful, unforgettable ceremony.
Tigers, Taj Mahal and Amritsar Touring Hotels
You will be staying in a series of well-located hotels, all of which will be of a four- and five-star standard. In all cases, rooms have private bathrooms and air conditioning.
Suryaa Hotel, Delhi (nights 2 and 13)
This hotel has a lovely outdoor swimming pool area, a gym, a bar, a coffee shop and two restaurants. Each guestroom has air conditioning, satellite TV, a safe, a hairdryer, an iron and an ironing board, and a mini-bar.
Shahpura House, Jaipur (nights 3 to 4)
A gem in downtown Jaipur, this heritage hotel has beautiful lawns and gardens, a restaurant and a bar, an outdoor swimming pool and a gift shop. Each room has air conditioning, a mini-bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities and a safe.
Ranthambhore Regency (nights 5 to 6)
The perfect place to enjoy the area s wildlife to its full extent, this hotel boasts spacious gardens with a swimming pool, and a restaurant with a bar. All the rooms have air conditioning, telephones and satellite TV, and are furnished with modern amenities.
Raj Niwas Palace, Dholpur (night 7)
Look out for peacocks in the 13 acres of green, extensive grounds as you explore the original red sandstone palace, which now houses a restaurant, a coffee shop and a collection of pool villas, each with TV, a minibar, air conditioning and a private plunge pool.
Trident, Agra (night 8)
Close to the Taj Mahal and laid out around its swimming pool and beautifully landscaped garden. The hotel has a bar and two restaurants, a spa and a fitness centre. Each room has air conditioning, TV, a mini-bar, and tea- and coffee-making facilities.
The Judge's Court, Pragpur (nights 9 to 11)
Named Best Heritage Hotel 2014 by the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association, this is a fine, relaxing country hotel. It is set in the medieval hamlet of Pragpur, in the foothills of the Himalayas. Rooms are in various buildings and are all individual in size and decor. All have private facilities. Meals consist of many home-grown products and, dependent on the weather, dining may be on the lawn. Guests may enjoy the parkland or take a dip in the plunge pool.
Holiday Inn, Amritsar (nights 12 to 13)
This impressive modern hotel has an impressive outdoor swimming pool, a gym, a bar and several restaurants. Room amenities include coffee-makers, mini-bars and TV.
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in a conveniently located, alternative hotel of a similar standard.
Taj Mahal restoration work
The white marble of the Taj Mahal is being gradually cleaned in a process that will take up to four years. Parts of the monument's surface may be covered during this process though your visit and access to the main dome is not likely to be restricted.
Passports and visas
British citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling overseas. Your passport must contain two blank pages and be valid for 180 days after your return date from India. A visa is also required for entry to India. Full details of how and when to apply will be sent out about eight weeks before departure. British CITIZENS and some other European nationals satisfying certain conditions may use the online e-Tourist Visa application process at a cost of $62 (US) per person. Other British passport holders, who are not British CITIZENS, must apply for a full visa which costs £112. You may also, at extra cost, use the services of CIBT, our recommended visa handling partner, who will handle the whole process for you. Note that all travellers of Pakistani descent, regardless of citizenship, will generally be subject to more detailed processing by the Indian authorities, which can take up to four months from application.
*Low deposit of £149 per person applies to new bookings made between 5th and 30th April 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.
Chambal River cruise
Cruise is dependent on water levels.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.
On your flight
All outbound flights leave in the evening and land at your destination the next day. All return flights leave in the morning and land in the UK on the same day. On-board meals will usually include dinner and breakfast on outbound flights, and lunch and a snack on the flight home. Drinks are complimentary.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Requirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotels
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
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