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An Invitation to India

From £2,299
Duration 10 Days
Departures from: Nov 2024 - Nov 2025
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From £2,299
Duration 10 Days
Departures from: Nov 2024 - Nov 2025
Tour Overview
Experience the history, culture and charm of India on a journey around the 'Golden Triangle' cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Begin your adventure with sightseeing tours of both New and Old Delhi, with highlights including the iconic India Gate, UNESCO-listed Qutub Minar, the spectacular Red Fort and Raj Ghat, the simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Heading south, you'll discover the Agra Fort and visit the breathtaking Taj Mahal at sunrise. From here there is the chance to spot some of the incredible wildlife with a two night stay in Ranthambore. On to Jaipur next, painted pink by maharajas' decree, where alongside visits to the Amber Fort and the Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory.
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Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Holiday Director as your host
  • Return flights from London
  • ">Use of an airport lounge in the UK
  • 8 nights in 4 and 5-star hotels plus 1 night in flight
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 19 included meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners including welcome drink & dinner
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of New Delhi
  • Explore Old Delhi
  • Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal
  • Visit the Amber Fort
  • Search for tigers on a morning game drive
  • Afternoon safari in Ranthambore
  • Jantar Mantar & spice market
  • Try a lassi in Jaipur and try a parantha in Old Delhi
  • Abhaneri Stepwells

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Delhi

Today, you fly to Delhi, arriving on day 2.

Day 2 Delhi

Today has been left free for you to explore your new destination. This evening you will join your travelling companions and get to know them over a welcome dinner. 

Meals included: D

Day 3 Delhi

Today we'll discover New Delhi. 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 visit the ancient Qutub Minar - a UNESCO-listed site.We'll then visit 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. 
We will also visit Gali Paranthe Wali, the 'lane of parantha-makers', which is located in Chandni Chowk. Once known for its silverware shops before the parantha makers moved in during the 1970s, the lane is now world famous and some shops are being run by the sixth generation of the same family. Parantha can be enjoyed plain or served with sweet tamarind chutney, mint chutney, mixed vegetable pickle, and are often made with other ingredients cooked into the dough such as kaju (cashews), badam (almonds), matar (Green chic peas) and gobhi (cauliflower). They can also be enjoyed with a filling of paneer and potato curry, potato and fenugreek curry or a sauteed mash of sweet pumpkin​​.​
​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.​​
Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Delhi - Agra

​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.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Taj Mahal - Ranthambore

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 will travel to Ranthambore National Park, said to be the best game reserve in India, where we will stay for two nights. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 6 Ranthambore

A thrilling day lies ahead with not just one but two safaris. On morning and afternoon game drives we'll make our way through thick forest, where pretty waterfalls provide the perfect habitat for more than 300 species of birds. Our knowledgeable local guide will help you to spot other residents of the park, including crocodile, hyena, jackal and more. Keep your fingers crossed for a sighting of the elusive tiger or the even rarer leopard. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 7 Ranthambore - Jaipur

This morning you could take a moment to relax or join our optional excursion to Ranthambore Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 8 Jaipur

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. Then 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.
Whilst in Jaipur you will also be served a glass of Lassi, a blend of water, yoghurt, spices and sometimes fruit. The drink, traditionally served in earthen pots to add an unique aroma, is topped with a thick layer of malai leaving you refreshed and surprisingly full! This evening we include a cookery demonstration with dinner in a local family home.

Meals included: B,D

Day 9 Jaipur - Delhi

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. We take a break for tea at The Real Marigold Hotel, this family owned guesthouse starred in the BBC’s reality TV show of the same name in 2016 and is a popular place to visit. Later we will drive to Delhi.

Meals included: B,D

Day 10 Delhi - UK

After breakfast we'll transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK.

Meals included: B

Additional Information

 

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

Crowne Plaza Okhla

The 4-star Crowne Plaza Okhla is centrally located in Delhi.

Hotel facilities include two restuarants, bar, spa and fitness centre. Bedrooms have private facilities, mini-bar, hairdryer and tea/coffee-making facilities.

Grand Mercure

The Grand Mercure Agra is a 5 star hotel inspired by the city's rich history, and overlooking the Taj Mahal. For our tours we feature rooms with Taj facing views for all of our guests! Features include a rooftop pool, a restaurant and bar.

Abhyaran Hotel

Our hotel proudly presents the remarkable Superior Rooms and Abhyaran Suites. We have 30 smartly appointed luxury rooms which are well-lit, spacious, and furnished with comfortable beds to ensure maximum comfort to our occupants. Our hotel has a 24-hour reception to be able to serve our guests at all times.

Ramada Jaipur

The 4-star Ramada Hotel Jaipur is located in the heart of the 'Pink City'.

Hotel facilities include a choice of restaurants, bar, swimming pool, gym and spa. Bedrooms have private facilities, tea/coffee maker, TV and mini-bar.

ITC Welcomhotel Dwarka

The ITC Welcomehotel Dwarka is perfectly located for the airport and is in New Delhi. At the hotel there is a swimming pool, gym and lounge as well as two restaurants.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour.

Jaipur - Walking tour of Jaipur

Jaipur - Walking tour of Jaipur

A walk through the walled city of Jaipur is the best possible way to observe the rich heritage and take a closer look at the city's architecture, its arts and its culture and traditions. It gives an opportunity for you to visit, see and interact with local residents at their personal houses and workshops.

We stop for tea at The Real Marigold Hotel made famous by the BBC's 2016 reality TV show and still incredibly popular today for those wanting to visit their roots and escape the winter.

Morning tour –Moderate Walking – Local Culture
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Delhi - An Introduction to Indias religions and kitchen experience at Bangla Sahib Gurudwara

Delhi - An Introduction to Indias religions and kitchen experience at Bangla Sahib Gurudwara

India is a melting pot of different cultures, languages and religions, all of which coexist happily together. The whole country celebrates each religions’ festivals and particularly in the south they can intermingle. It can be confusing but on this tour, we will introduce you briefly to each religion, take you to the place of worship and give you a crash course in the idiosyncrasies of each one. Visit the Birla Temple and be blessed by the priest, stop by the Sacred Heart Cathedral built in 1929. Next visit the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, where they feed thousands of devotees every day and have the opportunity to volunteer in the kitchens and end the tour at the Nizamuddin Dargah (mausoleum) of one of the most famous Sufi Saints.

Half Day– Moderate Walking – Cultural & Spiritual
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India - Ranthambore Fort

India - Ranthambore Fort

On this excursion we will travel the short distance to Ranthambore Fort which lies within Ranthambore National Park and near to the city of Sawai Madhopur. Built in the 10th century the fort is home a huge amount of history and religious significance, as well as offering incredible views over the national park.
On this excursion we will travel the short distance to Ranthambore Fort which lies within Ranthambore National Park and near to the city of Sawai Madhopur. Built in the 10th centur...

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