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Golden Triangle and the Tigers of Ranthambore with Trafalgar

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9 days
27 Apr 24 to 25 May 24
Book by 29 Feb 24
Embark on a 9-day adventure through India, from dynamic Delhi to the historic marvels of Agra and the vibrant hues of Jaipur. Immerse your senses in the grandeur of soaring monuments and the enchanting landscapes, ranging from the bustling cityscape to the jungles of Ranthambore. Explore hilltop fortresses and uncover the rich heritage of royal treasures, making this journey a sensory delight through the heart of northern India.

Includes

  • 9 Day Trafalgar Guided Holiday
  • 8 Nights in cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • 8 Breakfasts, 1 Welcome Reception, 1 Be My Guest, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners, 1 Farewell Dinner
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Optional Experiences at an additional cost during your free time
  • Sightseeing Highlights
  • Visit Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat, Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar in Delhi, the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort in Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Ranthambore National Park and Amber Fort and the City Palace in Jaipur.
  • See the Red Fort, Parliament House and India Gate in Delhi and much more!

Excludes

  • Flights
  • Arrival/ departure transfers
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Spending money and items of a personal nature

Extras

  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised
  • Optional Experiences available at an additional cost
  • Not all departure dates are definite at time of loading, please enquire with one of our agents

Highlights

  • 8 Nights in cherry-picked hotels
  • 17 Meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Delhi

India's vibrant capital extends a lively welcome, launching an unforgettable journey through northern India’s most exquisite sights. On arrival in Delhi, you'll be transferred to your hotel where you'll meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and local appetisers this evening. Accommodation: Le Meridien New Delhi/The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel Delhi Your hotel will be dependent on your departure date Included Meals: Welcome Reception

Day 2: Discover the Delights of Old Delhi

Savour the scents of spice as you embark on an exhilarating rickshaw ride, navigating the busy streets of Old Delhi. See the Red Fort, a sandstone fortress which once housed the emperors of the Mughal dynasty for centuries. Next, Dive Into Culture as you ride through the colourful Chandni Chowk market and watch it come to life as the day's trading begins amidst the sounds of enthusiastic salesmen and endless traffic. Visit Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. Admire its ornate façades before boarding a waiting vehicle to drive to Raj Ghat, a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Pay tribute to this beloved figurehead, who led the campaign for India’s independence from Britain. You’ll come face-to-face with the site where he was cremated following his assassination in 1948. Today the simple square platform of black marble is surrounded by a tranquil park, befitting of its status as a place of contemplation. Your next stop is Agrasen Ki Baoli, one of the most noteworthy stepwells in Delhi. Hidden amidst the cacophony of Delhi’s streets and business towers, this ancient water reservoir rises from the depths of the earth to stand atop 103 stone steps. Spend a few moments of serenity amidst its centuries-old ornate arches before returning to your hotel for an afternoon of leisure or consider one of our Optional Experiences. Accommodation: Le Meridien New Delhi/The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel Delhi Your hotel will be dependent on your departure date Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: See the Sights of Delhi

This morning, embark on a guided walking tour to discover the work done by the Salaam Baalak Trust, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. This non-profit organisation that aims to provide a caring environment for street children. Later, we'll walk through the bazaar of Paharganj, rubbing shoulders with the locals who flock to the market to shop everyday. Escape the noise and head to New Delhi, designed and built by the British in the 1920s. Your first stop here is a visit to the UNESCO-listed Humayun's Tomb, the earliest example of Mughal architecture in India. Recently renovated with the gardens restored to their former glory, you’ll see first-hand why it served as the inspiration for the design of the famous Taj Mahal. Enjoy local flavours for lunch at a restaurant near India Gate, then head to the Qutub Minar complex, also a UNESCO listed site. This fluted ‘Victory Tower’ is decorated with elaborate inscriptions, geometric carvings and elegant balconies. Returning to your hotel later, drive past Lutyens' Delhi to view the elegant colonial façades leading British architect Edwin Lutyens left behind on the cityscape. You'll have the rest of the afternoon at leisure, or perhaps join one of our Optional Experiences. Accommodation: Le Meridien New Delhi/The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel Delhi Your hotel will be dependent on your departure date Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Sunset at the Taj Mahal

It’s time to leave Delhi behind, bound for the Uttar Pradesh city of Agra. There are many reasons to love Agra and its own ‘monument to love’, the Taj Mahal, is perhaps the most captivating of all. Marvel at its elegant marble façades awash with the sunset's rose and golden hues. Admire this well-preserved landmark from all sides and take time to contemplate the magnificence of this man-made wonder before re-joining your fellow travellers. This evening, you could choose to end a memorable day at an optional sound and light show prior to dinner. Accommodation: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Agra Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: From the Taj to the Tigers

There’s more to Agra than the Taj Mahal as you’ll come to discover this morning during your visit to the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort. Stroll through the chambers of a 17th-century royal residence which served as the principal residence of the influential Mughal emperors until the capital was moved to Delhi. Continue to the long-deserted ‘Ghost Town’ of Fatehpur Sikri, built at great expense by Emperor Akbar in 1569 only to be abandoned soon afterwards due to a lack of water. The city remains beautifully preserved, albeit with an air of melancholy – a rusty-red sandstone masterpiece devoid of inhabitants. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Bharatpur. Then, appreciate first-hand a quintessential travel experience in India as you board a train bound for Ranthambore, where you’ll stay for the next two nights. Accommodation: Anuraga Palace Hotel Ranthambore Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Roam Ranthambore in Search of Tigers

Start the day with an early morning visit to Ranthambore National Park, which was once the hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Before the heat of the day sets in and the wilderness awakens, keep a keen eye out for the resident animals and birdlife that find sanctuary here. Have your camera ready in case the park’s tigers make a brief appearance. Return to your hotel for a late breakfast, followed by some time to relax, or to join an Optional Experience. After lunch there’s another opportunity to explore the park for a glimpse of the various species of bird and wildlife on your second game drive of the day. Dinner is served at your hotel. Accommodation: Anuraga Palace Hotel Ranthambore Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Onwards to Jaipur

Continue your journey to Jaipur, the Pink City. After some free time for lunch, join a workshop on hand-block printing, one of the most famous traditional art forms of Rajasthan. A Local Specialist will show you the tricks of the trade as you observe how the prints are handmade using small wooden blocks and hone your own block-printing skills. Later, Dive Into Culture and see the talents of local craftspeople on display during a visit to a local market. Admire the colourful textiles and perhaps buy a memento or two to take home. Jaipur is particularly renowned for its embroidery and blue pottery. This evening, join a local family for an exclusive Be My Guest dinner in their home and savour some of the regional delicacies. Accommodation: Hilton Jaipur Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest

Day 8: Explore Colourful Jaipur

One of today's highlights is a visit to the UNESCO-listed Amber Fort. But first, stop to admire the red and pink façades of the Palace of Winds, whose latticed windows once revealed the outside world to the sheltered ladies of the royal household. Continue with a visit to the ornate City Palace, an impressive complex of buildings from different eras and gardens in the heart of the Old City. Enjoy some time for lunch before visiting the UNESCO-listed Jantar Mantar Observatory, featuring the world's largest sundial. Later, perhaps join our optional Aarti ceremony, offering a blessing to one of the Hindu deities and hopefully receiving one in return. This evening, we'll toast to shared memories over a delicious local Farewell Dinner with those guests ending their journey in Jaipur. Accommodation: Hilton Jaipur Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 9: Farewell Jaipur

Bid a fond farewell to your Travel Director and fellow travellers at the end of an epic journey from Delhi to Jaipur. Transfer to Jaipur Airport for your onward flight or alternatively return to Delhi by coach departing at 10:00AM and arriving to Delhi at approximately 4:30PM. The coach will drop off at Delhi International Airport and the Trafalgar post-night airport hotel, the Pride Plaza Aerocity. Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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Valid on 27 Apr 2024
Stay
9 days
Dates
27 Apr 24 to 25 May 24
Book by
29 February 24
Experience ID
429
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