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Beyond the Golden TriangleEscorted Tour, India

If you want to delve deeper into India's fascinating culture and history, this is the tour for you.

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  • Beyond the Golden Triangle
    Escorted Tour, India

Escorted tour
Private airport transfers included

Departs From Glasgow. 6th May 2021 for 10 Days . Prices From £1,648 per person

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If you want to delve deeper into India's fascinating culture and history, this is the tour for you. Discover the many highlights of Delhi before heading to Agra and ticking off the world-famous Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Keep your fingers crossed for plenty of wildlife sightings on safari in Ranthambore National Park and then enjoy a visit to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur and nearby Amber Fort. An overnight stay in a restored 200-year-old fort rounds off your journey and adds a touch of luxury at the end of your holiday.

YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

Return flights

8 nights in 5-star hotels and lodges plus 1 night in flight

19 meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners and welcome drink

Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide

Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage

INCLUDED HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

Tour of New Delhi

Discover Old Delhi on a cycle rickshaw

Dawn visit to the Taj Mahal

Agra Fort and Itmad ud Daulah tomb

The deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri

Train ride through scenic countryside

Search for tigers on a morning Ranthambore safari

Afternoon safari in Ranthambore

Traditional dance show and dinner at Talabgaon Castle

Visit the 'Pink City' of Jaipur

Try a lassi in Jaipur

Venture up to the hilltop Amber Fort

ITINERARY

DAY 1 UK - Delhi

You'll depart on your flight to Delhi today.

DAY 2 Delhi

On arrival in Delhi you will transfer to your hotel. After time to settle in, you're off on a half-day sightseeing tour. You'll see UNESCO-listed highlights including the exquisite Humayun's Tomb and the ancient Qutub Minar, a soaring sandstone tower. You're then going to drive along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, and past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House – two grand reminders of the city's colonial past.

Meals included: Lunch & Dinner

DAY 3 Delhi - Agra

A great way to start your day is with a morning cycle rickshaw ride through the 17th century walled city of Old Delhi. As you go, you'll delve into its maze of crowded streets and thronging markets and see the spectacular exterior of the Red Fort. Next, you'll explore by foot as you take a stroll through the fabled street bazaar, Chandni Chowk, and admire the impressive marble domes of Jama Masjid Mosque. You'll also visit Gandhi Smriti Museum, the location where Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life and the place of his assassination. Your day concludes with a drive to Agra.

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 4 AGRA

Get ready to experience one of the highlights of your holiday today – a dawn visit to the incredible Taj Mahal. This magnificent mausoleum, built by the Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz, is one of the world's most glorious sights. You'll watch in awe as the sun rises over its white marble walls which are inlaid with semi-precious stones. You'll also head to nearby Mehtab Bagh, a centuries-old garden complex, for a fabulous view of this iconic masterpiece from the other side of the Yamuna River. Your next stop is at the red-sandstone Agra Fort, where Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son, then you'll see the Itmad ud Daulah tomb. This was the first monument in India to be built entirely from marble and is also known as the 'Baby Taj'. If you would like to enjoy an evening out, there's the option to watch a performance of Mohabbat the Taj, about Emperor Shah Jahan and his wife. Featuring colourful costumes, enchanting songs and energetic dancing, this is the perfect end to our day.  Please note: The show is not available on May to July departures.

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 5 Agra - Ranthambore

Today you're going to travel by train, quite an experience in India, but before you reach the station, you'll visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. At the railway station, stop to take in the vibrant atmosphere as you join the throng of travellers. You'll see vendors selling spicy samosas and small boys serving chai from huge silver kettles as you board the train. Once on board, sit back and enjoy the ever-changing scenery with your fellow travellers as you are taken to Ranthambore.

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 6 Ranthambore

A thrilling day lies ahead, with not just one but two safaris in Ranthambore National Park, said to be the best game reserve in India. On morning and afternoon game drives, you'll make your way through thick forest and past pretty waterfalls which provide the perfect habitat for more than 300 species of birds. Your knowledgeable Local Guide will help you to spot other residents of the park, including crocodile, hyena, jackal and more. Keep your fingers crossed for a sighting of the elusive tiger or the even rarer leopard.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 7 Ranthambore - Dausa

Today you’ll journey by road to your next hotel, which is the 200-year-old Talabgaon Castle, a beautifully restored fort offering you a truly unique experience. You'll have lunch on arrival and then you're free to relax and do just as you wish. Perhaps you'll sit in the lovely gardens with a cool drink, or maybe a dip in the swimming pool will prove too tempting to resist.

Later, you're going to get together to enjoy a barbecue dinner at the castle poolside, complete with bonfire, musicians and traditional folk dancers. The lavishly laid out buffet barbecue serves a combination of Indian and continental cuisine and you can enjoy a drink at the Peacock pool bar, all against the backdrop of the palace and its gardens, beautifully lit up and fit for royalty.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8 Dausa - Jaipur

Today you have the famous 'Pink City' of Jaipur in your sights, which you'll reach by road. Views of sandstone buildings tinged with pink and ochre set amongst barren hills will greet you on arrival in the capital of Rajasthan. You'll get your bearings with an afternoon guided tour, which includes the commanding City Palace and the Mughal treasures in its museum. You'll also see the elaborate facade of the Palace of the Winds, from where ladies of the court could watch unseen. Before you head to your hotel, there will be time to browse the colourful ceramics and textiles in the Old Town's bustling markets.

Whilst in Jaipur, you will also be served a glass of lassi - a blend of water, yoghurt, spices and sometimes fruit. The drink, traditionally served in earthen pots to add a unique aroma, is topped with a thick layer of malai, leaving you refreshed and surprisingly full! 

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 9 DELHI

Your day begins with a short drive to the marvellous Amber Fort, a 17th century stronghold which sits on a hilltop overlooking the desert. You'll step inside to see the eerie Temple of Kali, the jewel-like Palace of Mirrors and the enchanting Hall of Pleasures. Later, you return to Delhi by road.

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 10 Delhi - UK

This morning you'll transfer you to the airport for your return flight to the UK. As you are travelling westwards, you will arrive later the same day.

Beyond the Golden Triangle is located in Escorted Tour, India. Accommodation rating is the operators own rating and may not be the official rating. Hotel details correct at 29/06/2020

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