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. Ranthambore National Park is one of the best places to see wild tigers in the world. Race across untamed jungle in the twilight, keeping your eyes peeled for tigers, wild boar, sloth bears and Indian gazelles. It’s a place packed with atmosphere and natural beauty.
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 as you spend five nights travelling across this legendary state. Begin by travelling to Pushkar, built around a beautiful holy lake where you’ll see pilgrims bathing and singing softly. Next, you’ll travel to Jodhpur, also known as ‘The Blue City’ and home of the dramatic Mehrangarh Fort, one of the most impressive Moghal forts in India. Your final destination will be Udaipur, one of the most romantic cities in India, set around a mirror-like lake surrounded by green hills.
Your first stop is Pushkar, then you’ll set off for Jodhpur, also known as ‘The Blue City’, after a visit to Meherangarh Fort. Next is Udaipur and on the way, stop to visit the striking Jain temple of Ranakpur, nestled in a green valley. The legendary Lake Palace floats on an island in the centre of the glassy lake, lending the town a rich, fairy-tale feeling. Enjoy a guided tour to explore this magical city.
Desert Forts and Clay Huts
Explore dust-swirled desert towns and sleep in a traditional clay hut in one of India’s most remote and mystic regions. You’ll travel from the golden fort of Jaisalmer through the vast Thar desert towards the ‘Red City’ of Bikaner. 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.
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. 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.
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