Ancient, colonial & natural grandeur

Discover the glorious cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, Ranthambhore’s tigers and the Raj-era comforts of India’s most famous hill station. Combine a tour of the classic sights of India’s capital and the wonders of Rajasthan with a journey back in time to Shimla, the quintessentially colonial haven high in the Himalayan foothills. Begin in Delhi, before journeying on to Shimla, the former summer capital of the Raj. The Pink City of Jaipur, with its extraordinary Fort and palaces, Agra’s majestic Fort and peerless Taj Mahal, and stays in famed Ranthambhore Park and a wonderful jungle resort complete this unforgettable journey. See more of India and extend your holiday to beautiful Nepal. See Kathmandu’s temples and squares come to life on a guided tour.

Highlights

  • Watching the sun set (and rise) behind the Taj Mahal
  • Riding the "toy train" from Kandaghat to Shimla
  • Searching for Ranthambhore's tigers on two included safaris
  • Stay in the five-star Oberoi Cecil Hotel – an institution since the days of the Raj
  • Discover the sights of New Delhi
  • Enjoy a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi
  • See Jaipur's Palace of the Winds
  • Enjoy dinner hosted by a local family in Jaipur
  • Ride up to Amber Fort for exceptional views
  • See Chand Baori, Abhaneri’s astonishing stepwell
  • Stay in the beautiful resort of Vanaashyra
  • Enjoy an Indian cookery demonstration
  • Marvel at Kathmandu’s exotic-feeling blending of palaces, temples, courtyards and shrines

Inclusions

  • 11 nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation in a series of four-star and five-star standard hotels in Delhi (2 nights), Shimla (2), Jaipur (2), Agra (1), Ranthambhore (2) and Vanaashrya (2), plus two nights on the aircraft
  • Four nights' half-board accommodation at hotels in Nagarkot (1 night) and Kathmandu (3)
  • 11 lunches
  • Return flights to Delhi via Abu Dhabi, returning from Kathmandu via Abu Dhabi
  • All rail travel in India
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

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