From the contrasting streets of Old and New Delhi to the ultimate monument to love – the majestic Taj Mahal, this tour reveals a land rich in culture, immersed in a kaleidoscope of colour and steeped in a history that is as intriguing as it is convoluted. We discover the tombs and palaces of the ancients, the cultural and architectural legacies of generations of colonial rule and the vibrancy of a passionate nation as it lives and breathes today.
At a Glance
- 1 night in Delhi
- 2 nights in Agra
- 2 nights in Jaipur
- 1 night in Delhi
- Visits to the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri
- Sightseeing in Old and New Delhi
- Tour of Jaipur including Amber Fort
- London Heathrow to DelhiArrive London Heathrow for your direct overnight Jet Airways flight to Delhi
- DelhiOn arrival check in to the 3* Surya Hotel for the night. In the afternoon you will drive past the majestic government buildings and wide boulevards of New Delhi, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in the 1920s. You will also see Humayun’s Tomb, with its design redolent of the Taj Mahal and the 13th-century Qutab Minar – both fine examples of early Mughal and Afghan architecture.
- Delhi to AgraThis morning’s tour reveals Old Delhi, the capital of Mughal India between the 12th and 19th centuries, in all its glory. See the 17th-century Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in the world and as you walk through the narrow, winding lanes of colourful and bustling Chandni Chowk Bazaar, every sense is pleasantly bombarded by its exotic sights, sounds and colours. Next up is the Mughal Empire’s most opulent fort, the Red Fort and you will also make a brief stop at the serene Raj Ghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, marking the spot where he was cremated following his assassination in 1948. In the afternoon, journey to the city of Agra and then on to the 3* Wyndham Grand Hotel which welcomes you for two nights. B L
- AgraThe Taj Mahal is surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan’s beloved wife. It’s a wealth of white marble and semi-precious stone – one of the world’s truly iconic sights. After your visit to the Taj Mahal, continue to Agra Fort, where the ageing Emperor Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son. Finally visit the tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah or Baby Taj as it is often known. The evening is at leisure but you may wish to take the optional trip to see the sun set over the Taj Mahal. B
- Agra to JaipurAfter breakfast today you will be driven from Agra to Jaipur, en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed, now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition. Your journey continues to the Pink City of Jaipur. The 3* Four Points by Sheraton hotel is your home for two nights. B
- JaipurPause to admire the 18th-century Palace of the Winds, or the Hawa Mahal as it is known locally. Then, in the Aravalli Hills, climb the slope up to the fortress, before exploring the temple and beautiful palaces inside the walls of Amber Fort. In the afternoon, back in Jaipur, you will see the Jantar Mantar open-air royal observatory with its gigantic astronomical instruments and visit the City Palace Museum, which houses the magnificent art collections of the Maharajas of Jaipur. B
- Jaipur to DelhiIt’s back to India’s capital city by road for a final night at the 3* Country Inn & Suites hotel, located in the Gurgaon region. B
- Delhi to LondonBoard your direct Jet Airways flight to London Heathrow. B
Designed for both the first-timer and the return visitor alike, this 8-day tour provides a perfect snapshot of the major highlights. Alternatively, it lends itself perfectly to our numerous post-tour extensions. You may wish to relax on the beaches of Goa or cruise the backwaters of Kerala. Or you may wish to spend a few days in the colonial hill station of Shimla.
Alternatively, you may have some other ideas of your own and our Reservations team will be on hand to advise you.
The restaurants on this tour serve fine traditional foods as well as offering plenty of Western choices and vegetarians will be particularly well looked after.
Be prepared that roads in India can be bumpy but with incredible views of life passing by, you’ll be easily distracted.
Tailor Your Tour
Round off your tour with an extension to Goa for five nights, staying four nights at the 4* Cidade de Goa and one night at the 4* Plus Trident Nariman Point, Mumbai from £995 per person.
Alternatively you may wish to extend in Kerala for five nights or Shimla for four nights (from £575).
Your extension supplement of £25 per person is not included and any applicable flight supplements.
Upgrade on your international Jet Airways flights – you’ll get greater comfort in Premier Class (for a supplement from £1,455 per person) and luxury in First Class (from £4,420). Upgrades are subject to availability.
Departure dates and prices:
|January 2013||Thursday 24th||£1,325|
|April 2013||Thursday 4th||£1,195|
|October 2013||Thursday 3rd||£1,395|
|November 2013||Thursday 21st||£1,375|
|January 2014||Thursday 23rd||£1,375|
|April 2014||Thursday 3rd||£1,245|
|October 2014||Thursday 2nd||£1,445|
|November 2014||Thursday 20th||£1,425|