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Explore India’s iconic landmarks and enchanting wildlife

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20202021
11 days From £1,795 per person
Operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys

2021 Tour code: GMJ21

About the tour

From bustling Delhi to stylish Mumbai, discover ancient cities by modern rail, visit the Taj Mahal, and take 2 game drives to spot the elusive wild tiger. Explore India's iconic landmarks and wildlife on this incredible tour.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 - London & Delhi

Arrive at the airport today where your tour begins with a flight from London Heathrow to Delhi. Arriving early on Day 2, you are greeted by your local Indian Tour Manager who escorts you to your hotel, the 5* Crowne Plaza Okhla. You have the rest of the day to settle down, with dinner at the hotel this evening.

India Gate, Delhi
Day 3 - Exploring Delhi

Discover the charms of Old and New Delhi today, on a full-day guided sightseeing tour. India's vibrant capital presents a heady blend of medieval, colonial and modern architecture and culture. Travel by rickshaw through the narrow streets of Old Delhi and admire Jama Masjid, the largest mosque of the country, before moving on to New Delhi, where the imposing India Gate, Mughal Emperor Humayun's tomb, and the towering Qutab Minar await you.

Humayuns Tomb
Day 4 - Agra & the Taj Mahal

Today, you board India's first semi-high speed train, the Gatimaan Express, for a journey to Agra. Agra is famed worldwide for its fantastic ancient architecture, much of which enjoys UNESCO World Heritage status.

After settling in, take a tour of the city, visiting the imposing Agra Fort, followed by a true highlight of your tour - a visit to one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. Constructed from pearlescent white marble and decorated with precious stones, the Taj Mahal is a mausoleum dedicated to Mumtaz Mahal, the beloved queen of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, and dates back to the 17th century. The walls of this structure are adorned with intricate calligraphy depicting poems and scripture from the Quran that you've time to admire.

Taj Mahal
Day 5 - Fatehpur Sikri & Ranthambore

Transfer to the short-lived medieval capital of India, Fatehpur Sikri, for a sightseeing tour this morning. It was abandoned after only 14 years due to dwindling water supplies. After lunch at Bharatpur, head off to Ranthambore on the Kota Jan Shatabdi Express train, checking in on arrival to the Abhyaran Ranthambore Resort.

Fatehpur Sikri
Day 6 - Ranthambore National Park

Enjoy another highlight of your tour today, with 2 game drives in Ranthambore National Park. Considered to be the best park in India for spotting the Royal Bengal tiger, the sanctuary is also home to over 300 species of birds, as well as crocodiles, deer, and monkeys. Many other rare creatures can also be found here, including leopards, panthers, hyenas, and even sloth bears. Look out for the park's incredible range of wildlife as you explore on both morning and afternoon game drives, scheduled so as to increase your chance of a tiger sighting. In the evening, enjoy a talk by a naturalist who is an expert on this national park.

Ranthambore-Tiger
Days 7-8 - Jaipur

Transfer by coach to Jaipur, India's 'Pink City' today, checking in to your hotel on arrival. On Day 8, explore the city on a guided sightseeing tour. The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, was founded in 1727, and is famed for an array of striking sights such as the impressive Amber Fort, known for its City Palace, and the astronomical observatory. Drive past Palace of the Winds, whose ornate façade granted the courtly ladies a view of the streets without being seen.

Amber Fort
Day 9 - Mumbai

Leaving Jaipur behind, you take an internal flight to Mumbai, on India's west coast. India's financial capital, Mumbai has been a gateway to India since 1869, when the Suez Canal was opened, kick-starting a burgeoning spice trade route with the Mediterranean. On arrival, you check in to the 5* Trident Nariman Point, a beautiful hotel overlooking the Arabian Sea. In the evening, enjoy a demonstration of how Indian dishes are prepared.

Mumbai Gateway
Day 10 - Discovering Mumbai

Discover Mumbai on an early morning walking tour, taking in Colaba Dock where fishermen throng after a night of fishing. Walk along the nearly-empty DN Road, admiring the colonial-era buildings, to Crawford Market and experience an authentic Indian bazaar. You also explore the localities of Byculla and Dadar before returning to the hotel for breakfast and some free time. Later, set out on a sightseeing tour by coach. Your tour includes the Gateway of India - an arch-monument from the colonial era, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus - a UNESCO-listed active railway station dating back to 1887 - and Mani Bhavan,  Gandhi's former home. You also see Mahalakshmi Dhobi Ghat, an open-air laundromat where hundreds of washers wash clothes and linens in concrete wash tubs.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Day 11 - Mumbai & London

Leave India behind today and transfer to Mumbai airport, for your scheduled flight to London Heathrow, arriving on the same day.

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Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Hotel Clarks Shiraz

Hotel Clarks Shiraz, Agra

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Clarks Amer Hotel

Clarks Amer Hotel, Jaipur

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Trident Nariman Point

Trident Nariman Point, Mumbai

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Crowne Plaza Okhla

Crowne Plaza Okhla, New Delhi

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Abhyaran Ranthambore Resort

Abhyaran Ranthambore Resort, Ranthambore

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Trains

Gatimaan Express
Shatabdi Express

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Mrs J Warburton

Submitted 21/10/2019

This was our first tour experience and can honestly say it was very good. Once in India it was seemless.Raj our guide was knowledgeable and supportive and took all the stress out of it all so we could relax and enjoy fully. Can honestly say would consider doing it again.

Mrs M Wilson

Submitted 27/05/2019

I would highly recommend this tour for an amazing trip of a lifetime. There is so much packed in with fabulous world heritage sites, high quality accommodation and superb tour guide plus the food was pretty good too. We were fortunate to be part of a 27 person group who all gelled well and looked out for each other - super company also made this a great experience. The standard of hotels were better than expected - every part of the tour was clean and smart while the scruffy and often dirty parts of India passed us by in our coach, train, jeep, rickshaw and plane travel. There was a great deal packed in and each day saw us in new locations with historic and cultural significance. Rail Discoveries have put this tour together with real care and focus on the splendid sites. Our trip to the Taj Mahal was something that I would never forget. A real pleasure to be on board and I will be looking out for more destinations in the future.

Anonymous

Submitted 20/04/2019

We think is valve for the money we paid.We also wanted to visit Mumbai which not many tour operators can compete with rail discovery

Mrs A Kalisperas

Submitted 18/04/2019

Good value for money wonderful experience.

Mr D Thomas

Submitted 06/11/2018

EXCELLENT VALUE FOR MONEY

Mrs M Marner

Submitted 13/09/2018

I thought it seemed good value for money. The hotels all look very good. The organised trips also seem to be well planned.. Once again, until we go and experience the trip, can't really say much more.

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