Taj, Tigers and the Keralan Coast
11 NIGHTS GUIDE PRICE £4,300

Spend a week exploring the palaces and wildlife of resplendent Rajasthan before relaxing on the beautiful beaches and atmospheric backwaters of tropical Kerala.

Overview

Guide Price & Inclusions

2 nights Delhi, a night in Agra, 2 Ranthambore National Park with game drives, 2 Jaipur and 4 nights Kerala beach costs £4,300 per adult and £1,600 per child under 12 with flights, breakfast (Full board on safari), transfers and tours included.

Rates subject to travel dates and hotel selection

Suggested Extensions

Why not add a few nights in the hill country area around Shimla, Northern India or, for more culture, add Jodhpur and Udaipur to your sight seeing list?

Best Time to Travel

This itinerary is best enjoyed November – April, post the monsoon rains but prior to the very high Summer heat levels.

Tips for Families

We recommend this adventure for older children. Mix up the travel with planes, trains and automobiles!

Highlights

  • Witness the sunrise over the Taj Mahal
  • Visit elephant and bear rescue projects
  • Seek out the elusive tigers in Ranthambore National Park
  • Explore the famous palaces of Jaipur (you can even stay in one!)
  • Relax on a palm-fringed beach in Kerala
  • Take a day or overnight trip on a the backwaters in a traditional boat

Itinerary

Day 1 | Fly to Delhi

Today set off on your Indian adventure, taking your overnight flight to Delhi (please note day time flights are also available should you prefer).

Day 2 | Explore New and Old Delhi

Delhi has a rich history and plethora of sites to explore today.  These include Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque and The India Gate. a prominent landmark dedicated to Indian soldiers who lost their lived during World War I and looks particularly beautiful at night when lit up.

Day 3 | Travel to Agra

Today set off for Agra, either by road or opt to take the train which will take longer than the 3 hours by car, but will offer a great experience.  On arrival take a walk around the Fort, a great prelude to the Taj Mahal, or you can arrange a visit to a bear and / or elephant sanctuary if you’d prefer wildlife to be your focus this afternoon.

Day 4 | Taj at Sunrise / Travel to Ranthambore National Park

It’s an early star this morning if you’d dreamt of seeing the Taj Mahal at sunrise!  Not only does the early morning light glow upon the dome, but it’s also a quieter time to visit, before this spectacular monument get’s busy with crowds.

After breakfast, set off towards Ranthambore.  Fatehpur Sikri makes for a fascinating stop en-route.  After exploring this ancient city that was once the capital of the Mughal Empire, you can also choose to swap mode of transport to train, boarding at Bharatpur for the 2 hour journey to Sawai Madhopur, the closest rail station to the Park.

On arrival settle in to your camp!

 

Day 5 | Safari

Today enjoy a morning and afternoon game drive in the Park, home to wildlife including the sometimes-elusive Bengal tiger.  Ranthambore boasts a wide range of habitats from dense forest to open plains and the old Fort makes for an incredible backdrop if you are lucky enough to spot wildlife ambling by.  Monkeys and over 300 species of migratory and native birds chatter from the trees whilst the sweet chital deer graze below.

Day 6 | Travel from Ranthambore to Jaipur

After your final game drive, it’s time to set off on your drive to Jaipur, which generally takes approximately 3.5 – 4 hours.   Settle in and rest on arrival, perhaps catching the last of the sun’s rays by the pool.

Day 7 | Explore the 'Pink City'

Today is your opportunity to explore the beautiful and historic City of Jaipur.  Famous sites include the Palace of the Winds and the impressive Amber Fort located just over 10 km outside of the City.  This afternoon explore the local bazaars in the walled city, where you can watch craftsmen at work.  You’ll find block-printed textiles, blue pottery, precious jewellery and embroidered work for sale if you’re seeking some special souvenirs.

Back at the hotel, take some time to relax and perhaps watch a traditional puppet show which tell tales of Rajasthani culture, valor and love.

Day 8 - 11 | Keralan Coast

After your week in the Golden Triangle, it’s time to head to the beach to relax and explore a very different setting.    Flights to Cochi are not direct, so travel will make up a good portion of the day, but golden shores await!

In addition to taking it easy by on the Keralan coast, you’ll also have the chance to cruise the interconnected waterways which run parallel to the Arabian sea by traditional grain barge.  You can even spend a night cruising the labyrinth of narrow channels on a houseboat or if you’re feeling more active, set off by kayak!

Day 12 | Fly back to the UK

Today it’s time to depart for home.  The UK isn’t connected by direct flights, so you’ll head back via Delhi or another hub.

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In our Client's Words...

We had a wonderful time. The Itinerary you put together was excellent and well thought out considering the heat, we always had time to return to our hotel for a welcome swim! The hotels were all lovely but the standout was the Samode Haveli, we really felt like we were staying in a Palace! In Ranthambore and saw tigers, an Indian sloth bear and many beautiful birds. Our guides were top class and Johnson our driver was exceptional. Thank you again to your team for making our trip so memorable.

Jane and Tom, India

100% of our clients leaving feedback on AITO.com (the Trip Advisor of Tour Operators) have rated us 'excellent'

Regions You Will Be Visiting

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Delhi, India

Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Kerala, India

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