Tigers & Taj: India Highlights
Bespoke Holiday Itinerary / Experience Tour

Info : Tigers & Taj: India Highlights

It is possible to see the principle highlights of India: the Taj, tigers at Ranthambore, the majestic forts at Jaipur and still get to relax at a beautiful hotel on a beach – all in two weeks!  We know sometimes that you actually just need a relaxing holiday, but also want to explore for a week or so and then just flop, which is why we’ve come up with exactly that. This is perfect for first timers to India taking in some for the key sites at a relatively speedy pace, and then having a week to chill on a lovely beach in Goa.

Highlights:

  • Tick off one of those bucket list items with a visit to the incredible Taj Mahal.
  • A tiger safari in Ranthambore, where your chances of spotting the elusive tiger is relatively high.
  • Experience an incredible remote fort in Ramathra and see what real rural Rajasthan looks like – everything you think about India will be thrown out of the window here. Once in a lifetime.
  • Complete the Golden triangle with some time in Jaipur, staying in the bustling old quarter and get to see the gorgeous Amer Fort.
  • Take one week off and do as much or as little as you like in a luxury hotel on the beach in Goa.

As with any of our suggested itineraries, this holiday can be tailor-made to suit at no extra cost. You’ll only pay for any difference in the logistic costs. If you have more time, this itinerary works extremely well by extending your time in Rajasthan and taking in places such as Jodhpur and Udaipur.

Talk to us to start your extraordinary India experience today. 

Pricing & Inclusions

An indicative price for this itinerary is £3246 per person for the hotels mentioned inclusive of all experiences, entrance fees, guides, transport, international & domestic flights and many meals. 

Note that this price is an estimate only and will vary according to the time of year. 

We are happy to tailor make the holiday to suit. We can make savings by adjusting the hotels or alternatively upgrade hotels where needed. 

For more on our pricing policy read here.

Inclusions

Privately guided tours and experiences

Hotels on minimum B&B basis

Private vehicle and driver

Domestic flights

International flights from the UK

Day-to-Day Itinerary : Tigers & Taj: India Highlights

DAY 1 Fly to Delhi

Depart and fly to Delhi.

DAY 2 Delhi

On arrival you’ll be picked up by your driver who will be with you till your transfer back to the airport for your flight to Goa. The car is private and gives a huge amount of freedom and flexibility whilst ‘touring’. Your hotel is the heart of New Delhi and after a few hours to freshen up you’ll be taken on an exploration of Lutyens’ New Delhi.

DAY 3 Delhi

This morning you’ll head towards Old Delhi to make sense of this often chaotic, sprawling and disorientating part of town. This is Delhi as you would imagine it. You’ll walk around with a guide who will focus this walk on your interests. After a few hours you’ll end with a lunch in one of the few remaining Havelis (traditional Moghul mansions). The afternoon is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

DAY 4 Agra and Taj Mahal

After breakfast, your chauffeur will drive you down the excellent new highway to Agra.

After lunch and checking in at your hotel you will be able to visit the Taj Mahal, the premier iconic site in the whole of India and deservedly so. 

DAY 5 Train to Ranthambore

A great way to experience how locals travel is to take a train ride. After driving one hour to Bharatpur station, you’ll board the Kota Jan Shatabdi express for the 3 hour train ride to Sawai Madhopur. Trains are integral to India life and we highly recommend going on at least one in any trip. You’ll be picked up by your guide and driven one hour to your hotel near the park.

In the late afternoon you’ll have your first safari drive in Ranthambore National Park. Although most famous for tigers, you’ll probably spot deer, chital, langurs and jackals! 

DAY 6 morning safari and Ramathra

Rise (very) early to have the most chances of seeing a tiger before dawn. Wrap up as it could be chilly. Return to your hotel for breakfast and then your chaffeur will take you to the stunning fort town of Ramathra where you’ll spend the next 2 nights staying in the fort – now converted into a fantastic hotel. This is an experience you could only get in India and is a real ‘one in a lifetime’. Great fun.

DAY 7 RamathRA

Today you’ll have the chance to explore rural Rajasthan at your leisure and see a completely different side to what you might imagine India is like. Extremely peaceful and some of the friendliest people you’ll meet, take time to walk around the village, go on a boat cruise on the nearby lake and take a jeep safari to observe the distinctive local farming methods and the unchanged rural way of life in this part of India.

DAY 8 drive to Jaipur

A scenic 3 hour drive will bring you to one of the most famous cities in India and the principle city of Rajasthan; Jaipur. You’ll be staying in a lovely restored Haveli (mansion) for the next 2 nights (if you have time we’d recommend 3 nights!) right in the heart of the old quarter where buildings must be painted pink – hence the name; the ‘Pink City’. Explore at leisure or take some time to relax by the lovely pool.

DAY 9 Jaipur

Jaipur is a riot of colour and as the capital of Rajasthan, it's a very busy place with buzzing spice markets and streets filled with multi-coloured saris and  rampaging rickshaw drivers. Today you’ll spend the day with a local guide exploring the city's Hindu and Mughul heritage and the many palaces and forts, home to intricate and exquisite Indian art and architecture, including the extraordinary Palace of the Winds. If you have time to squeeze in an extra day in Jaipur, we have some fantastic off the beaten track experiences here, which really enable you to get a feel for how this extraordinary city operates. Talk to our consultants for suggestions suitable for you.

DAY 10 – 15 Goa

Early this morning you’ll start your journey to Goa. Although it takes two flights changing in Mumbai (you can always break up the journey with a stop here) it will be worth the time with the next 6 nights spent enjoying time to recoup on the beach. You’ll be staying the 5* Park Hyatt which is a fantastic all-round hotel. Great location and a luxurious feel and superb facilities. There are of course other hotels available if you’d like to look at other options.  

DAY 16 Fly home (or Stay!)

You’ll drive the one hour journey to the airport and fly back home. You’ll most like have to change in Mumbai or Delhi if return to the UK. 


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