Arrival in India
When you arrive in Delhi, you’ll be collected from the airport and transferred to your comfortable central hotel, near to both the ancient spice bazaars of Chandi Chowk and the modern glitz of Connaught Place.
Tigers and Turrets
Search for wild tigers in a tropical jungle scattered with crumbling forts and nostalgic hideouts made for maharajas. Set off on sunrise and sunset safaris to spot endangered caracals, grazing sambar deer and crocodiles patrolling hidden lakes. It’s a surefire way to feel utterly lost in the jungle. Ranthambore National Park is one of the best places to see wild tigers in the world. What’s more, it’s an area steeped in exotic atmosphere and natural beauty. Race across untamed jungle in the twilight, keeping your eyes peeled for tigers, wild boar, sloth bears and Indian gazelles. Scour rocky plateaus, visit the overgrown 10th century fort and stare out over the scrub from hunting pavilions.
Easy Going in Jaipur
In Jaipur, you’ll stay in a cosy family-run hotel for a first-hand experience of Indian hospitality. Breakfast is served in the open air courtyard and the family will go out of their way to make your stay memorable. The rooms are decorated in traditional Indian-style and there’s a swimming pool for refreshing dips. The next day, you’ll take a guided tour of Jaipur, visiting the City Palace, the Observatory and the Palace of the Winds (Hawa Mahal). In the afternoon, you’ll head for the Amber Fort just outside the city limits with wonderful views from the battlements.
Camels and Castles in Rajasthan
Soak up the romance of Rajasthan, from mystic lake palaces to desert forts. Hear the soft chants of pilgrims echo through the holy streets of Pushkar, explore the bazaars of the Blue City and stare out over the sea of sand surrounding Jaisalmer. It’s a trip filled with atmosphere and a fairytale tint. Rajasthan is dripping with exotic, old world glamour. From cities that shift in colour between dusk and dawn to huge forts rising out of golden empty deserts and palaces stranded in the middle of shimmering lakes, it’s rich in surreal and beautiful sights. You’ll spend five nights travelling across this legendary state, meeting the locals, listening to the constant song of the ghats and feeling lost in the romance of it all.
Desert Forts and Clay Huts
Explore dust-swirled desert towns, sleep in traditional clay huts and visit richly coloured merchant palaces in one of India’s most remote and mystic regions. It’s a brilliant way to veer off the beaten track and get a glimpse of real life in the Indian desert, where age-old values and traditions thrive. You’ll travel from the golden fort of Jaisalmer through the vast Thar desert towards the ‘Red City’ of Bikaner, a lively desert outpost steeped in frontier atmosphere. Next, you’ll move on to remote pockets of Shekhawati, a once-important region on the caravan route, filled with clusters of brightly coloured havelis, or decadent merchant mansions.
Sunrise at the Taj Mahal
Visit mystical monkey temples and ghost cities en route to sunrise at the Taj Mahal. A real wonder of the world, it’s a building that will take your breath away. On the way to Agra, you’ll see hundreds of birds take flight over rippling lakes and hear the soft chants of pilgrims on holy ghats. India’s Golden Triangle is the stuff of legend, with the ethereal Taj Mahal at its pinnacle. This trip will take you from the Pink City of Jaipur to Agra, where you’ll watch dawn break over the Taj Mahal. On the way, you’ll see pilgrims bathing in holy water under the Galta gorge, explore a watery world packed with wildlife and wander through an abandoned ghost town steeped in mystery.
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