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Taj Tour


     
 
The Taj tour offers a 'must do' glimpse of the northern triangle and is offered with 3, 4 or 5-star hotels. The imperial monuments of India's capital Delhi, the Royal Palaces of Jaipur and the beautiful Taj Mahal at Agra are the principal attractions of this classic north India tour. Choose from three, four or five star hotels for the main Taj Tour and add an exciting extension to experience a little more of this fabulous country. An excellent introduction to India.

 

 

Tour Highlights

 

  • Stay in Delhi, touring its landmarks and Old Delhi
  • Explore Agra and visit the Taj Mahal
  • See the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and the step-well at Abhaneri
  • Discover 'Pink City' Jaipur and the Amber Fort

 

 

Our Opinion

 

A classic that you must do at some point in your life!

 

 

Itinerary in Brief

 

Delhi: 1 night

Agra: 2 nights

Jaipur: 2 nights

Delhi: 1 night

 

 

Full Itinerary

 

DAY 1 - LONDON TO DELHI

Fly Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow to Delhi.

 

DAY 2 - DELHI

Arrive late morning in Delhi and transfer to your hotel for one night. An optional evening 'Glimpses of Delhi' tour includes visits to Lodhi Garden, Gandhi Smiriti and Birla Temple.

 

 

DAY 3 - DELHI TO AGRA

Visit chaotic yet mesmerising Old Delhi, then continue by road to Lutyen's New Delhi, an imperial architectural masterpiece. This afternoon drive to Agra for two nights (130 miles, approx. 5 hours).

 

DAY 4 - AGRA

This morning visit the spectacular Taj Mahal. A short tour around Agra follows, including the 16th-century red sandstone fort, home to the fairytale Jahangir Palace. We highly recommend the optional tour to the Taj Mahal at sunset, or the tour of Itimad-Ud-Daulah's tomb, known as Baby Taj.

 

 

DAY 5 - AGRA TO JAIPUR

After an early breakfast leave Agra for the Pink City of Jaipur, stopping en route to see the perfectly preserved deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and the fascinating step-well at Abhaneri between Agra and Jaipur (160 miles, approx. 5.5 hours).

 

DAY 6 - JAIPUR

This morning visit the ancient imposing Amber Fort. In the afternoon return to Jaipur and visit the Royal Observatory and Maharajah's Palace. Marvel at the unique Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) and take a rickshaw ride through the bustling streets.

 

 

DAY 7 - JAIPUR TO DELHI

Drive back to Delhi for one last night (162 miles, approx. 5.5 hours).

 

 

DAY 8 - DELHI TO LONDON

Fly to Heathrow on Virgin Atlantic, arriving later the same day

 

Extensions

 

 

SHIMLA - Discover Shimla, once the summer capital of the British Raj.

 

DAY 8 - DELHI TO SHIMLA

Board the Shatabdi Express for Chandigarh, then drive fours hours through the foothills of the Himalayas to Shimla for a three-night stay.

 

DAY 9 & 10 - SHIMLA

Enjoy the next two days in this beautiful mountain resort, including a morning ride on the toy train to Taradevi, a visit to Vice Regal Lodge and plenty of free time to relax or explore at leisure.

 

DAY 11 - SHIMLA TO DELHI

Transfer by road (3 hours) to Kalka, before reboading the Shatabdi Express to Delhi. Upon arrival, transfer for an overnight stay.

 

DAY 12 - DELHI TO LONDON

Transfer back to the airport for your Jet Airways flight to Heathrow, arriving later the same day.

 

TIGERS OF RANTHAMBORE - Ranthambore National Park is a major example of Project Tiger's conservation plans in Rajasthan.

 

DAY 7 - JAIPUR TO RANTHAMBORE

Drive from Jaipur to Ranthambore for three nights. Three game drives in open-top canters are included.

 

DAY 10 - RANTHAMBORE TO DELHI

Catch the Jan Shatabdi express train (approx. 5.5 hours) to Delhi, and stay overnight in your original hotel.

 

DAY 11 - DELHI TO LONDON

Fly Jet Airways, arriving at Heathrow the same day.

NB: Ranthambore is closed Jul01-Sep30. Please note that canters are compact.

 

AMRITSAR - Explore this Sikh holy city, home to the beguiling and colourful Golden Temple.

 

DAY 8 - DELHI TO AMRITSAR

Transfer to the railway station for your early-morning Shatabdi Express journey to Amritsar (approx. 6 hours). Take an optional evening visit to the brilliantly illuminated Golden Temple to see the Paalki ceremony (available locally).

 

DAY 9 - AMRITSAR

This morning take a half-day city tour of Amristar, including the Golden Temple and Jaliawala Bagh. In the afternoon go on an excursion to the Wagah Border to witness the Change of the Guards ceremony.

 

DAY 10 - AMRITSAR TO DELHI

Catch the late afternoon Shatabdi Express (approx. 6 hours) to Delhi for a night at your original hotel.

 

DAY 11 - DELHI TO LONDON

Fly to Heathrow with Jet Airways, arriving later the same day.

 

BEACHES OF GOA - The perfect relaxing end to your tour.

 

DAY 7 - DELHI TO GOA

Fly Jet Airways to Goa for five nights or more at your chosen hotel.

 

DAY 12 - GOA TO LONDON

Fly to Mumbai and connect with your Jet Airways flight, arriving in Heathrow later the same day.

 

KATHMANDU - Backed by the stunning Himalayan mountains, Kathmandu gives you an excellent taster of this enchanting kingdom.

 

DAY 8 - DELHI TO KATHMANDU

Fly Jet Airways to Kathmandu for three nights in this fascinating city. A half-day city tour is included.

 

DAY 11 - KATHMANDU TO LONDON

Fly Jet Airways via Delhi to Heathrow, arriving later the same day

 

 

Need to Know

 

Guide -The main tour is accompanied by a professional, English speaking local tour manager from arrival in Delhi right through to departure from Delhi.

Extensions to the main tour are on an unescorted basis, but assistance is available throughout from our local representatives.

Meal Plan - Prices include breakfast throughout the main tour and all extensions; and breakfast, lunch and dinner in Ranthambore.

Accommodation - A choice of three, four star or five star hotels is available. On certain occasions it may be necessary to amend accommodation to another hotel of a similar standard.

Travel Tips - Local conditions may mean slight variations to timings of the itinerary.

The Festival of Colours, Holi, will be celebrated all over India on Mar20 2011. People spray each other with different coloured dyes.

Minimum Numbers - This tour is subject to a minimum number of passengers. Please call for details.

Gratuities - Porterage and tips for meals are included in your tour price. We recommend tipping your driver and guide at the end of your holiday.

NB

  • Driving times are approximate and don't include time taken for sightseeing or meal and comfort stops.
  • Check-in at hotels in India is only after 12pm midday.
  • A framed group photo at the Taj Mahal is presented to all guests (one photo per room).
  • Due to foggy weather in Dec and Jan in North India, there may be slight changes in the timing of sightseeing due to low visibility.

 

For more information or to book, please contact the reservations team