Spirit of India
13 Days from £3,349
Dec 2019 - Dec 2019 Departures
Tours of Old and New Delhi, a boat trip on the sacred River Ganges and visits to the Amber Fort and Khajuraho Temples are among the highlights of this unforgettable holiday. You'll also visit the shimmering Taj Mahal on Christmas Day, and have the chance to search for tigers in Ranthambore National Park.
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Your holiday at a glance
Just You Tour Manager as your host
Return flights from Heathrow with Jet Airways
Use of an airport lounge in the UK
11 nights in 4 and 5-star hotels, plus 1 night in flight
25 meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 11 dinners
Specialist Local Guide
Overseas transfers & other transportation
Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports
Tours of Old & New Delhi
Visit the Amber Fort & the 'pink city' of Jaipur
Game drive in Ranthambore National Park
Fatehpur Sikri visit
See the magnificent Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
Khajuraho Temples visit
Witness an arti ceremony
Take a boat ride on River Ganges
Varanasi & Sarnath
Kandariya Dance Show
Additional safari in Ranthambore
Sherpur village tour by camel cart
You'll fly to Delhi today, arriving on day 2.
New Delhi was created by the British as India's capital in 1911. We include a tour today which calls at Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar. The lifestyle in New Delhi is in stark contrast to that of Old Delhi and this becomes apparent as we drive through the diplomatic quarter. Opulent architecture lines the streets, with the official residence of the President and the Indian Gate as its crowning glory. Compare your experiences of the day and get to know your fellow travellers over dinner this evening .
Established in the 17th century and today surrounded by the remains of the city walls, Old Delhi epitomises stereotypical India. Within its labyrinth of alleyways, and beneath simply constructed shelters, families raise their children and earn a living. Temples and mosques fill every available space and vibrant bazaars and tempting food stalls flood the narrow lanes with colour and heady scents. On our tour today you'll also see Raj Ghat, the cremation grounds of Mahatma Gandhi. We drive to heritage rich Jaipur this afternoon.
Jaipur is home to the magnificent Amber Fort. We visit in the early morning, when we can enjoy cooler temperatures, fewer people and softer light as we explore the inner and outer workings of the fortress and its surroundings.
A traditional lunch will be served in majestic surroundings as we dine with the family connected to the 17th century Sankotra Haveli. This is a special experience as we savour exceptional cuisine, wear traditional dress and learn first hand the history of one of India's most noted families.
Jaipur is affectionately known as the 'pink city'. The buildings here were painted pink by Maharaja's decree to imitate the red sandstone architecture of Mughal cities. Central landmarks are the City Palace and the Hawe Mahal, and we visit both this afternoon.
A treat is in store as we drive through memorable scenery to Ranthambore. This is considered to be the best game reserve in India, and it's here that we will look for the country's famous tigers on an included afternoon game drive.
Join an early morning safari for another chance to experience the wildlife and hopefully spot a tiger. In the morning you can also take a trip into a local village on a camel cart. Then relax over lunch, before having the chance to take another (optional) game drive.
This morning we board the Jan Shatabdi Express for the journey to Bharatpur and then continue by coach to Agra. We make a stop at the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri on the way.
It's Christmas Day, and we have a very special excursion planned. The Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shan Jahan as a symbol of his love for his wife. The sight of this magnificent mausoleum is certain to surpass all your expectations. We visit in the morning when there are fewer people here. 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 splendid views.
This afternoon we head to the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort. This powerful fortress was the imperial city of the Mogul rulers.
The Mohabbat Taj Show, a saga of love, creates a fitting finale to our day.
We take to the railway again today for a scenic journey between Agra and Jhansi, and then rejoin our coach to head to Khajuraho .
Khajuraho is home to world-famous temples, which we will visit as part of a sightseeing tour of the city. In the afternoon we fly to Varanasi. Situated on the banks of the sacred River Ganges, it is colourful, chaotic and one of the holiest cities in Hinduism. To get the most out of your time here, you need to experience the city with an open mind. Its principal attraction is the bathing ghats that line the west bank of the Ganges, where Hindus bathe in the water to cleanse themselves of sin.
This evening we offer you the chance to watch a traditional arti ceremony, which involves an offering of light, food, water and flowers to the deities. It is considered a fundamental part of the Hindu faith.
We rise before the sun this morning to sail along the Ganges and see devout Hindus bathing and praying beneath the rising sun. We head back to the hotel for breakfast before enjoying a short tour of Varanasi.
This afternoon we visit the ruined city of Sarnath. This is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists as it was here that Buddha gave his first sermon.
You can enjoy a morning at leisure, or maybe you'll choose to explore Delhi further before we transfer to the airport for our afternoon flight to Delhi.
At the hotel, we'll gather for a farewell dinner this evening.
Today we'll transfer to the airport for our return flight to the UK.
Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.
By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.
Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change. The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.
India - Extra Safari in Rathambore
Another chance to enjoy a safari in Ranthambore National Park and to look for the elusive Tiger. Those hoping to see the tigers in their natural habitat won’t be disappointed, with sightings of the big cats occurring at most times of the year. Other wild animals that live here include leopards, wild boars, hyenas, and sloth bears. The park also features lush jungle and diverse plant and bird life, plus one of the largest banyan trees in India. Aside from its verdant jungle and wild animals, Ranthambore National Park is also known for being an important heritage site, with ancient ruins scattered across the lush landscape.
Half Day - Minimal Walking - Nature Experience
India - Kandariya Classical Dance Show
Take a sneak peek into the rich culture and tradition of this beautiful town and catch a glimpse of colourful performances”. The performance given by maestros and young talents of Indian classical dance, is a lyrical tribute to the Gods and Goddesses enshrined in the temples as well as a celebration of the richness of Indian classical dance forms. Various dancers from different Indian states come out with their dazzling performances. The tightly packed indoor theatre echoes with the rhythmic movements of the dancers. You will also be entertained by two musicians and a young girl who sings during the performance.
Evening Excursion - Minimal Walking – Local Culture
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Dates and Prices
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Wednesday 18 December 2019
Wednesday 18 December 2019
20:45 London (Heathrow)
09:45 New Delhi (Indira Gandhi)
Monday 30 December 2019
13:35 New Delhi (Indira Gandhi)
18:20 London (Heathrow)
Take the opportunity to maximise your travel experience and extend your holiday with an add-on.
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Spirit of India at Christmas with Amritsar add-on
16 days from £3,948
Dec 2019 - Dec 2019 DeparturesYou can extend your holiday with this 3-night extension. We include a tour of Amritsar and a visit to the Golden Temple. You'll also attend the Wagah border ceremony. You will be accompanied by a Tour Manager.
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