India - The Iconic & The Wild

Classic Touring

19 Days from £3,799

Jan 2020 - Nov 2020 Departures

Your exploration of India's history, culture and wildlife begins with the iconic 'Golden Triangle' cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. A sunrise visit to the stunning Taj Mahal is sure to be one of the highlights before you head to eastern Rajasthan in search of tigers and other magnificent wildlife.

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Your holiday at a glance

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What's included

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Return flights from Heathrow with Jet Airways
  • 17 nights in 4 & 5-star hotels plus 1 night in flight
  • 33 meals: 17 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners

PLUS…

  • Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports

 

Included excursions

  • Sightseeing tour of New Delhi
  • Explore Old Delhi
  • Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal
  • Visit the Amber Fort
  • Saree draping/turban wearing demonstration
  • Discover the Jantar Mantar & walk through a spice market
  • Evening visit to Jaipur City Palace including dinner
  • Look for tigers in Kanha National Park, the inspiration for The Jungle Book
  • Discover Lutyens' Delhi on a sightseeing tour
  • Visit the Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
  • See the Khajuraho temples & carvings
  • Visit the sacred temples in medieval Orchha
  • Three game drives in Bandhavgarh, Kanha & Panna National Parks
  • Discover the cultural melting pot of Mumbai​

Optional excursions

  • An Introduction to India's religions
  • Cookery demonstration & dinner in a local home
  • Walking tour of Jaipur
  • River safari in Chambal
  • Jeep safari in Chambal​


     

Your itinerary

​Depart on your flight to Delhi, arriving on day 2.​

​We'll arrive in Delhi today and transfer to our comfortable hotel. There will be time to settle in and freshen up before we set off for an afternoon of sightseeing in New Delhi. This spacious, imperial city was created by the British in 1911. Our drive takes us through elegant boulevards and lush green parks where the iconic India Gate and imposing Parliament House are both reminders of a colonial past. We'll also step back in time at the ancient Qutub Minar - a UNESCO-listed site.​

After breakfast, join your Tour Manager on an included sightseeing tour of the 17th century walled city of Old Delhi. Temples and mosques fill every available space and tempting food stalls flood the narrow streets with colour and heady aromas. As we explore we'll pass by the spectacular Red Fort, the impressive marble domes of Jama Masjid Mosque and Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. 

This afternoon has been left free for you to explore at your own pace, in the company of your fellow travellers. If you wish, you could join our optional excursion which will introduce you to India's array of different religions. We'll visit Birla Mandir, the Hindu temple inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, and the Catholic Sacred Heart Cathedral before arriving at the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. Hundreds of devotees are fed every day at this Sikh place of worship, and we'll have a chance to volunteer in the kitchens before our tour continues to Nizamuddin Dargah, the shrine to Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya.

​Today we'll travel south to Agra, where we'll stay overnight. After checking in to our hotel we'll visit the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort. Once the imperial city of the Mogul rulers, this mighty red-sandstone fortress is where the Emperor Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son. ​

We have an early start this morning for what is sure to be a memorable highlight of the holiday – a dawn visit to the spectacular Taj Mahal. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a symbol of his love for his wife, nothing will prepare you for the breathtaking sight of this magnificent mausoleum, whose white marble walls are inlaid with semiprecious stones.

Close by is Mehtab Bagh, a centuries-old garden complex, which sits on the other side of the river. You'll get to see the Taj Mahal from here too, for equally wonderful views.

Later we'll travel to Jaipur, affectionately known as the 'Pink City' because all of the buildings are painted in a distinctive shade of pink. Enjoy an evening at leisure or perhaps join us for an optional cookery demonstration in a local family home, with dinner included. ​

​This morning we'll drive to the marvellous Amber Fort, a 17th century stronghold set on top of a hill. It's a wonderful blend of Hindu and Muslim elements and we'll step inside to explore the palace, courtyards and gardens. Back in Jaipur, we'll learn how to carefully drape a colourful saree and to put on a turban. Our expert guides will share the secrets of these traditional items of clothing with us to help give us even more insight into the Indian culture. You can pose for pictures with your hosts in your beautiful saree or majestic turban, and you'll be gifted the clothing you wear so you can take a piece of India back home as a souvenir. When we return to Jaipur we'll head to the Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory built in the early 18th century, and then take a stroll through Chaandpol Bazaar, where pungent aromas emanate from the shops which grind and sell all manner of brightly coloured spices. This evening we'll visit the City Palace and see rare personal items of the Maharajas of Jaipur. During our visit we'll watch a state-of-the-art light show narrated by a Bollywood star, and enjoy dinner at a restaurant in the palace. ​

​We have left this morning free for you to explore Jaipur at your own pace. Alternatively, you could join our optional walking tour, which is one of the best ways to appreciate the rich heritage of the walled city. As we wander around the houses and workshops, local people will be delighted to tell you more about life in the bustling capital of Rajasthan. Later we will drive to Delhi.

Today our half-day sightseeing tour introduces us to Lutyens' Delhi, which was created in the early 20th century, when the British decided to move their capital from Kolkata. Edwin Landseer Lutyens was the architect appointed to design the new capital and we'll head along some of the wide boulevards and tree-lined avenues he created. We'll drive past two of Lutyen's iconic buildings, the President's House and Parliament House and see the impressive India Gate, which commemorates around 70,000 Indian soldiers who died during the First World War.
Our final stop before heading back to our hotel is the incredible Agrasen ki Baoli stepwell. This centuries-old landmark, which was originally used to harvest water, is wonderfully preserved, and as you gaze down the cascading carved steps you'll be simply amazed.​

Today we're off to eastern Rajasthan, thought to be the setting of 'Mowgli's Brothers', a short story penned by Rudyard Kipling. Here we'll stay in a charming, sleepy little town called Dholpur, which is packed with historical forts and monuments.
There's an opportunity to make a return visit to the wonderful Taj Mahal and mighty Agra Fort today. 

​After breakfast together, we'll drive to Chambal, where on an optional excursion where you can catch your first sight of a majestic Sarus crane or graceful Ganges River dolphins leaping in the air on an exciting river cruise. We'll sail along the Chambal River with a trained naturalist who will teach us about the wildlife found here. You might spot turtles enjoying the sun, and keep a lookout for gharial and mugger crocodiles as expert boatsmen carefully take us near the wildlife without disturbing the animals.
Alternatively, get up close to India's natural world on a thrilling Jeep ride along the Safari-Sarus trail and the banks of the River Chambal. We'll begin with a visit to the Shergarh Fort, passing through its secret tunnel. The Sarus Crane Conservation Reserve is a sweeping wetland area framed by ravines, agricultural fields and hidden villages. Easily distinguished from other types of crane with their red heads contrasting sharply against grey plumage, these are the tallest flying bird in the world, standing up to six feet tall. See if you can spot raptors and wetland birds here too.

​We've got a fantastic day ahead of us. After breakfast, we'll drive to laid-back Orchha, which lies on the Betwa River. Flying a little more under the radar compared to its neighbour Khajuraho with its erotic sculptures, Orchha has a relaxed vibe and plenty of medieval charm. En route, we'll make a stop at Gwalior, an imposing sandstone fort set on a hilltop overlooking the city.
Reminiscent of a bygone royal era, Orchha is a feast for the senses, dotted with vibrant ochre palaces and ancient forts. We'll indulge in some sightseeing, absorbing the town's famous sacred temples. These surviving relics were built by the Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th centuries. 
Next, we'll visit the ornate, multi-storey palace of Jahangir Mahal. The expansive 136-room citadel boasts eight elegant domes, walls adorned with intricate panels and stylish hanging terraces. Built by Akbar, the third Mughal Emperor, he named the palace after his son, Jahangir, and mainly used it for his Rajput royal wives. We'll take photos under the beautiful arches and marvel at the glorious palace, carved from a single piece of stone.
Next, we'll make our way to the magnificent Ram Raja temple, enclosed within the grand square. Up to 3,000 Hindu worshippers pray here every day. As the only temple in India that features Lord Rama as a king, it's said that those who look at his left toe will have their wishes come true. It's worth a try!

​We'll make our way through central India to Panna today. First, we'll stop at the Khajuraho temples within India's Vindhya Mountain Range, where according to local legend, gods and deities - including Shiva the destroyer - enjoyed praying. 
The temples were built by mighty warrior kings from the Chandela dynasty. However, the temples are well-known around the world for their intricate carvings featuring erotic poses from the Kama Sutra, of which only 22 of the original 85 have survived. We'll tour the monuments and will have plenty of opportunities for photos.
When we arrive in Panna, we'll get some much-needed rest as we'll be up bright and early tomorrow for our morning safari in Panna National Park.

​Today's the day to truly immerse yourself in pristine natural beauty and imagine you're in Kipling's 'Just So Stories'. We'll set off for tranquil Panna National Park for an exhilarating game drive. Wait in breathtaking awe for a glimpse of a leopard running through the wilderness and rolling savannah grasslands.
From the safety and comfort of our Jeep, we could easily spot big cats, antelopes, hyenas, sloths, deer, monkeys, wild dogs and over 300 species of bird. Pinch yourself as you listen to the sounds of the jungle and take in the lush backdrop of 550 square kilometres of stunning scenery, with plunging gorges, cascading waterfalls and rolling savannah all around us.
In the afternoon, we'll have plenty of time at leisure to unwind at our hotel.

​Today, we've got a long but very enjoyable drive ahead of us that really gives us an insight into the remoteness and peaceful tranquillity of central India. 
Hopefully, we'll be rewarded with a sighting of the elusive Bengal tiger tomorrow, when we visit Bandhavgarh National Park.

​Boasting the largest population of tigers in India, today's visit to Bandhavgarh National Park gives you your best chance to see one in its natural habitat. 
It's not all about the big cats though - look out for many types of animal including wild boar, sloth bear, striped hyena, sambar and, when we get to more open swathes of wilderness, nilgai, a fascinating species of Asian antelope, and barking deer. A plethora of bird species also call the park home, from peacocks to parakeets. And take in views of the soaring cliffs and deep valleys, and the park's namesake, Bandhavgarh Fort. Scattered around the park you'll also see numerous caves housing shrines and ancient Sanskrit inscriptions.

​We're really getting into the swing of jungle life now, and after breakfast, we'll journey by road to Kanha. Relax as you admire central India's superb scenery, and when we arrive, we'll enjoy a leisurely afternoon exploring our new surroundings. 
Tomorrow, we're off in pursuit of tigers once more in Kanha National Park, where 'The Jungle Book' comes to life.

​Today, fans of Rudyard Kipling's iconic childhood stories are in for a real treat. Arguably India's most impressive wildlife reserve, Kanha National Park is widely considered to be the inspiration for 'The Jungle Book'. This thrilling park is also known as the Kanha Tiger Reserve, so on our morning and afternoon safaris you're likely to see your very own Shere Khan.
Amongst the 950 square kilometres of peaceful rivers and lush rolling hills, we might also spot pythons slithering through the grass like vengeful Kaa, wolves reminiscent of those who raised Mowgli and sloth bears just like Baloo. Get up close and imagine yourself in the 'Just So Stories' as we make our way through savannah that stretches as far as the eye can see.
Although Kipling never visited Kanha, he was enthralled by his friends' photographs and the writers who travelled to the Seoni region – and we'll see for ourselves how the park inspired every page.

​We're off to Mumbai, Rudyard Kipling's birthplace, today. Lapped by the Arabian Sea, the city that the writer would have known as Bombay, lies on the coast of Western India. Here, shiny, towering offices and apartment blocks jostle with the colonial Gothic architecture of times gone by. 
We'll be welcomed here by the 'Gateway of India', a colossal arch erected in 1924 to mark the visit of King George V and Queen Mary. As we enjoy a stroll we can watch families take photos under this historic landmark, and take in the architecture of Art Deco cinemas and the sublime Taj Palace Hotel. You could also indulge in a spot of retail therapy on Colaba's high street, before we head back to our hotel.

​This morning, we'll transfer you to Nagpur airport for your flight back to the UK.​

Accommodation

Guests of the 5 star Radisson Blu can really look forward to taking advantage of the brilliant facilities and service on offer. The hotel boasts an outdoor pool, a fitness centre, salon and spa. There are three onsite restaurants offering a varied selection of cuisines. The contemporarily styled rooms are furnished with a TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities. The private facilities come equipped with a hairdryer and complementary toiletries. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi.
Situated minutes away from the Mosque and the Jawab and is 2 minutes away from the Taj Mahal. The Agra Fort and Sadar Bazaar are also 3 minutes away. The hotel features include a restaurant, an outdoor pool, complimentary buffet breakfast, Wi-Fi connectivity in public areas, a fitness centre, bar/lounge and a coffee/cafe on-site. The room amenities include 24-hour room service, Wi-Fi connectivity, LED TVs, minibar and premium bedding.
The 5-star Fortune Select Metropolitan is situated in the heart of Jaipur.

Hotel facilities include a bar, gym, spa and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar, safe, TV and tea/coffee-making facilities.
Guests of the 5 star Radisson Blu can really look forward to taking advantage of the brilliant facilities and service on offer. The hotel boasts an outdoor pool, a fitness centre, salon and spa. There are three onsite restaurants offering a varied selection of cuisines. The contemporarily styled rooms are furnished with a TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities. The private facilities come equipped with a hairdryer and complementary toiletries. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi.
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Radisson Blu Dwarka

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Friday 17 January 2020

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Friday 17 January 2020

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Tuesday 04 February 2020

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Friday 21 February 2020

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Tuesday 10 March 2020

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Friday 13 March 2020

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Friday 13 March 2020

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Tuesday 31 March 2020

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Friday 01 May 2020

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Tuesday 19 May 2020

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Friday 09 October 2020

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Friday 09 October 2020

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Tuesday 27 October 2020

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Friday 06 November 2020

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Friday 06 November 2020

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Tuesday 24 November 2020

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