India's Golden Triangle, Delhi, Agra (Taj Mahal) Jaipur & 2 Day Tiger Safari.
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Join Travel Buddies as we head off to visit one of the most amazing and diverse countries in the World... INDIA. Our 4 destination trip will take us to Dehli, Agra, Ranthambore and Jaipur and will see us riding in Tuk Tuk's, walking with elephants, spotting tigers on safari, taking in the breathtaking Taj Mahal, and sampling a thousand different taste delights ....... Let's go back to India......
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TRIP ENDS ON THE SUNDAY AND NOT THE SATURDAY.
Meet at Heathrow airport and board our direct flight as we set off on our 2 week adventure. Arrive in Delhi and take our private transfer to the hotel where we will be staying for 3 nights. Our hotel has free Wi-Fi, and air conditioning, all rooms have en suite bathroom. We will be sharing twin rooms. It is in a super location for access to the hustle and bustle of this fascinating city.
There are a limited number of spaces for members that would like a room to themselves. The Supplement for this is £340 for the duration of the trip. Please let me know upon RSVP'ing if you require one. This will need to be paid for at the same time that the final payment for the trip is due.
Meals Included Lunch,Dinner (in flight)
Monday 14th DELHI
We have the morning to relax and enjoy breakfast and will then start our tour exploring Dehli by means of a Rickshaw. The trip is fully guided and on route we will also be given audio headsets.
We will ride by the narrow by-lanes to see the vibrant bazaars and colourful shops. See the shops selling wedding accessories, glittering borders, bangles, jewellery, bridal outfits, turbans, crystal boxes etc. After seeing the hustle and bustle of the bazaars, we go inside the narrower and quiet residential streets to understand the culture, lifestyle and the living traditions of the old Delhi residents and see them in their traditional dress.
Old Delhi is a maze and there are many beautiful ancient temples hidden mysteriously in its different corners. We will be visiting some of these temples to see the extremely intricate work done on their walls and ceilings with gold, silver and glass. You will be seeing the bejeweled statues of the different gods and goddesses and will be told about the rituals and practices. We will be going inside some old Havelis and will be amazed to see how some of these havelis are being used today by the local craftsmen. We will also be seeing some warehouses of spices, marigold flowers, wedding cards, bridal outfits etc.
We also stop to sample the most popular foods like Jalebis (lovingly called the celebration sweet of India) and Poori/Kachoris ( a spicy snack made with flour with a filling of lentils and served with potato curry).
After the tour ends we have free time to relax
Evening meal will be booked somewhere close by where we can experience authentic Indian food.
Tues 15th. DELHI
Morning and early afternoon to do as we please exploring the sights of Delhi.
At around 15.00 we will leave the hotel and head for a super evening of Bollywood action at the Kingdom of Dreams.
There will be a little free time before the show to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a drink and a bite to eat before watching ; The Gypsy Prince, a live Bollywood musical show. The musical tells the tale of a boy who becomes a prince, with a cast that sports vibrant costumes, music, and dance routines. This dynamic performance takes place in the large Nauntaki Mahal auditorium—one of India’s premier entertainment centres, As the show is in Hindi we will have an English translation headset.
Wed 16th. DEHLI- AGRA
We will head to Agra via train this morning and check in to our homestay accommodation where we will be spending 2 nights. This accommodation has a score of 9.2 on Booking.com and the Taj Mahal is only one mile away.
This afternoon we can relax or visit the Kinari Bazaar.
Thursday 17th. AGRA
Morning Campers! Today we are up and out early to see the Taj Mahal emerge from the dawn mists.
We will be collected by private vehicle and shown around the Taj Mahal and its gardens by a private guide, it truly is one of the most amazing buildings you will ever lay your eyes on.
Commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the remains of his cherished wife, the Taj Mahal stands on the southern bank of the Yamuna River in Agra, India. The famed mausoleum complex, built over more than 20 years, is one of the most outstanding examples of Mughal architecture, which combined Indian, Persian and Islamic influences. At its centre is the Taj Mahal itself, built of shimmering white marble that seems to change colour depending on the sunlight or moonlight hitting its surface. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983, it remains one of the world’s most celebrated structures and a stunning symbol of India’s rich history.
Exploring Agra by mouth tour in the evening (included)..... A three course dinner guided food walk, where we will experience Agra through our taste buds sampling street food at its best. All non alcoholic drinks included. Veggie options are available.
Meals B, D
Friday 18th. AGRA- RANTHAMBORE
We head off on the next part of our adventure today for a 2 day safari in Ranthambore. This is one of the best places in India to see the Diurnal tiger in its natural jungle habitat. There were a good few sightings last year and we were lucky enough to experience being just a few metres from a female tiger which was such a special moment.
Sightseeing stop en route at the ghost town of Fatephur Sikri, apparently one of the top 100 places to visit in the world.
This is a lengthy journey with refreshment breaks, but it is so worth it.
Dinner upon arrival
Saturday 19th. RANTHAMBORE
Early morning and afternoon safaris with the group and the times in between to enjoy the pool and relaxing surroundings.
Meals B, L, D
Sunday 21st. RANTHAMBORE- JAIPUR
If we haven't been lucky enough to spot those tigers yet we will have the opportunity to head out on a last morning safari, or if you would rather spend the morning relaxing without the early start its your choice. After packing up and saying goodbye to Ranthanbore we head by private vehicles to Jaipur.
We will arrive at the hotel during the afternoon and are booked in here for 6 nights, It is so gorgeous. Built in traditional style, it has beautifully carved balconies, attractive courtyards, open terraces, lovely gardens and comfortable rooms with antique furnishings. It offers a swimming pool with Fresco Miniature paintings and a rooftop restaurant. We are staying here for 6 nights as there is so much to do in Jaipur. There will be plenty of free time so that we can go off in smaller groups to see things that are of specific interest, also time to soak up the sun and spend time relaxing in the hotels beautiful surroundings.
Monday 21st. JAIPUR
Full day trip of Jaipur with transport from the hotel, we start our tour at 07.30 and spend the day visiting ( amongst others) the majestic Amber Fort which was built in 1952, the water palace and the pink sandstone masterpiece, the palace of the winds. Lunch is included. Jaipur is known for gemstones, silver jewellry, carpets, blue pottery, and textiles.
Meals B, L
Tuesday 22nd. JAIPUR
There is heaps to do in Jaipur so if you want to spend the free time indulging at the beautiful hotel or get a tuk tuk driver to take you exploring for the day its entirely up to you.
This evening we have the option to take a Tuk Tuk to Chokhi Dhani and wander around the outdoor complex to watch traditional crafts being made, painting, dancing, weaving and acrobatics.
Wednesday 23rd. JAIPUR
Elephantastic is the only way to describe today! A charity set up solely for the welfare of the elephants and educating the tourist about all aspects of elephant life, we will be collected from the hotel to go and spend time with these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat, get to hose them down, walk alongside them in to the village and even try our hand at painting them with all natural paints of course. A home cooked lunch is included and return transfer to the hotel after our fabulous time!
Please check out the reviews here, I have never seen ratings quite like it on Trip advisor, for anything! which is why we just had to include it on our India experience.
Meals B, L
Thursday 24th. JAIPUR
Option to spend a serene morning on the beautiful outskirts of Jaipur learning yoga techniques with a superb breakfast to follow. approx £15pp
Friday 25th. JAIPUR- DELHI
This morning sees us heading with our local guide to the market to buy the fresh produce for our own cooking class.
We will learn about different cooking techniques in the family home of our guide then taking a cooking class and preparing our own vegetarian lunch.
Diwali celebrations start this evening so we will see what there is to do and see in the area
Saturday 26th. JAIPUR- DELHI
Today we take the train to Delhi where we will be spending our last night.
Time in the afternoon to shop for those last souvenirs, do some sightseeing or spend a little time people watching and soaking up the atmosphere.
Sunday 27th. DELHI- UK :(
After a good breakfast and upon checking out of our hotel we will take our private transfer to the airport to return on a direct flight to Heathrow where we will arrive at 18.55.
Direct flights are with Air India as below:
Depart Heathrow 09.45 Arrive Delhi 22.50 Flight duration 8 hours 35 mins. Flight Number AI162
Depart New Delhi 14.45 Arrive Heathrow 18.55 Flight Duration 9 hours 40 mins. Flight Number AI111
What is included.
* International Direct flights Heathrow to Delhi
* 14 nights accommodation sharing a twin room with en suite.
* Breakfast each morning ( depending on excursion times we might have to take a packed breakfast on a couple of the days). Other meals as stated above.
* All transfers to and from accommodations in India.
* Train ticket from Delhi to Agra
* Train Ticket from Jaipur to Delhi
* Bollywood Kingdom of Dreams show entrance
* Taste buds evening tour of Agra
* Elephantastic Tour
* Jaipur market tour with cooking class
*Jaipur full day tour
* Rickshaw tour of Delhi
* 3 Safari excursions with full board in Ranthambore.
The price of the above tour is £1895.All payments need to be made into the Protected Trust Services account held with HSBC:
A non refundable deposit of £295. If we haven’t received your deposit within 3 days of RSVP, your RSVP will be changed to "not going" and your space will be released. The balance of £1600 needs to be paid by the following dates
£800 June 30th
£800 August 31st
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The cost of the trip is £1895
Please book your Travel Insurance upon signing up to the trip. You are responsible for ensuring that you have had the correct vaccinations for the trip. It is advised that you make an appointment with your nurse or GP for advice.
You need to obtain an e.visa for India. You need to apply for the visa online and the fee is $75 (approx. £55). You will also need to have a minimum of 6 months left on your passport from the date that you return to the UK.
Di is hosting this trip, she has travelled to India with the group twice before.
Really looking forward to exploring India with you!