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Uncover India’s iconic landmarks and enchanting wildlife

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20222023
11 days From £1,695 per person
Operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys

2023 Tour code: GMJ23

About the tour

Uncover India's iconic landmarks and enchanting wildlife as we travel from bustling Delhi to the Bollywood capital of Mumbai. On the way, we discover ancient cities by modern rail, visit the incredible Taj Mahal and take two game drives to try and spot the Royal Bengal tiger.

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Itinerary

Day 1 – London and Delhi

We meet at London Heathrow ahead of our overnight flight to Delhi.

Day 2 - Arrival in Delhi

Landing in the Indian capital, we transfer to our hotel for the next two nights and you're free to settle in, relax or begin exploring.

Day 3 - Discovering Delhi

We begin sightseeing in this chaotic yet charming city today, taking a guided tour of both Old and New Delhi. This vibrant metropolis presents a heady blend of medieval, colonial and modern architecture and culture to admire, and, in order to really absorb the unique atmosphere here, we set out on a rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of the historic bazaar to Chandni Chowk, where the smell of Indian spices floats on the air. We also visit Jama Masjid, which boasts the title of India's largest mosque, Raj Ghat, a simple but moving memorial to Gandhi, and the city's iconic Red Fort. Later, we explore the wide, leafy avenues of New Delhi, stopping at the India Gate war memorial, the grand Rashtrapati Bhavan, Mughal Emperor Humayun's Tomb and Qutab Minar - India's tallest stone tower.

Day 4 - Agra and the Taj Mahal

We board India's first semi-high-speed train, the Gatimaan Express, for the journey to Agra - a former capital of the Mughal Empire. Famed worldwide for its iconic buildings, much of this city boasts UNESCO World Heritage status. After settling into our hotel for the night, we take a tour of the city, visiting two of its best-known attractions - the imposing Agra Fort and the incredible Taj Mahal. Construct-ed from pearlescent white marble and decorated with precious stones, the Taj Mahal is actually a mausoleum dedicated to Mumtaz Mahal, the beloved queen of Emperor Shah Jahan, and dates back to the 17th century. During our time here, we have chance to marvel at intricate calligraphy carvings of poems and scripture from the Quran.

Day 5 - Fatehpur Sikri

Leaving Agra by coach, we stop at Fatehpur Sikri, a perfectly-preserved red sandstone city built in the 16th century as India's political capital, but abandoned after only 14 years due to a lack of water. Remarkably, the city remains almost exactly as it was over 400 years ago, giving us an excellent insight into the opulent lifestyle of the Mughal era. After a guided tour of the ancient streets and buildings, we continue to Ranthambore National Park aboard the Shatabdi Express, our base for the next two night.

Day 6 - Tiger spotting in Ranthambore

We enjoy another highlight of our holiday today, taking two game drives in Ranthambore National Park. Considered to be the best park in India for spotting the elusive Royal Bengal tiger, the sanctuary is also home to over 300 other species of birds, crocodiles, deer and monkeys. Some of the other rare creatures that roam its forests and scrublands include leopards, panthers, hyenas and even sloth bears. Look out for the park's incredible range of wildlife as we travel around the park with an expert guide in both the morning and afternoon to increase our chance of a tiger sighting. In the evening, we enjoy a talk by a local naturalist - an specialist on the 515 square miles that make up Ranthambore and all the animals that live there.

Day 7 - To Jaipur

Travelling to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur for two nights, after checking into our hotel, you're free to unwind or head out into the city independently.

Day 8 - Exploring Jaipur

The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur was founded in 1727 and is famed for an array of striking sights and unusual pink buildings, which were re-painted in the 19th century to celebrate a visit from Prince Albert. We start our guided tour at the impressive Amber Fort. Sat on the edge of Maota Lake, it's one of three ancient hilltop forts that dominate the hills above Jaipur, and is known for its artistic Hindu elements as well as its complex collection of underground passages, courtyards and gateways. We have time here to wander the ornate rooms before our tour continues to the ornately decorated City Palace - home to the current Maharajah of Jaipur as well as an early 18th-century Astronomical Observatory. We also drive past the Palace of the Winds, a stunning façade built in 1799 whose intricately latticed windows were designed to allow the ladies of the royal household to look out over the streets below without being seen themselves.

Day 9 - To Mumbai

Transferring to the airport, we board our internal flight to Mumbai, home for the next two nights. Set on India's west coast beside the Arabian Sea, the city is famous as the birthplace of Bollywood and is also a thriving financial and commercial district. A gateway to the rest of India ever since the Suez Canal opened in 1869, Mumbai became the heart of the spice trade between the sub-continent and the Mediterranean, and we have the chance to taste some of these delicious flavours for ourselves at this evening's cooking demonstration held at our hotel.

Day 10 - Guided tour of Mumbai

Our day begins early with a unique dawn walking tour that gives us an authentic insight into life here. Firstly, we visit the Colaba Dock, where fishermen gather after a night at sea. Continuing along the almost empty DN Road, we admire the colonial-era buildings on our way to Crawford Market, where we experience an authentic Indian bazaar, filled with people shopping for their favourite ingredients. We also explore the vibrant neighbourhoods of Byculla and Dadar before returning to the hotel for breakfast and some free time. Later, we set out on a sightseeing tour by coach which includes the Gateway of India, an arched monument from the colonial era, the impressive Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a UNESCO-listed railway station dating back to 1887, and Mani Bhavan, Gandhi's former home. Our final stop is Mahalakshmi Dhobi Ghat, an open-air laundromat where hundreds of dedicated washers clean clothes the time-honoured way - with elbow grease and concrete tubs.

Day 11 - Mumbai and London

Bidding farewell to India, we transfer to the airport for our flight back to London Heathrow.

Additional information

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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Reviews

4.8 stars4.8 / 5 · 5 reviews

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Mrs J Warburton

4 stars

Submitted 21 Oct 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.

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Mrs M Wilson

5 stars

Submitted 27 May 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.

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Mrs A Kalisperas

5 stars

Submitted 18 Apr 2019

Good value for money wonderful experience.

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Mr D Thomas

5 stars

Submitted 06 Nov 2018

EXCELLENT VALUE FOR MONEY

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Mrs M Marner

5 stars

Submitted 13 Sep 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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