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India Golden Triangle and Tigers

Minimum age 5 years

From a cultural point of view, perhaps no other country on earth has as much to offer as India. During the imperial days of the British Raj, first-time visitors were staggered by the beauty of buildings such as the Taj Mahal in Agra and the Palace of the Winds in Jaipur. Today’s traveller – young or old – can expect to experience a similar sense of wonder on visiting these monuments, which still retain their classic elegance. This great family holiday to India not only includes visits to the great Moghul sights, but our also include time spent in the remote area of Shekhawati with its highly decorated houses, go on a tiger safari in Ranthambore National Park and experience the hustle, bustle, noise and colour of day to day Indian life by using local transport such as rickshaws and trains. A perfect introduction to incredible India! The holiday is available to both one and two parent families.

Trip Highlights:

Exotic Delhi – Prepare to be amazed by the sights, sounds, hustle and bustle of Old Delhi’s narrow streets and hectic bazaars. On our India tour experience the Mosques and temples which are squeezed into unlikely places between shops and market stalls. You’ll explore the city’s gems by minibus

Taj Mahal – Travelling by train to Agra you set out to discover what has been described as the world’s most beautiful building – the Taj Mahal. Sunrise here is unforgettable on our Taj tours – as the early morning mists clear, the delicately carved marble walls change from rose pink to dazzling white

Pink City – Jaipur – In Jaipur, originally painted pink by a maharaja to welcome Prince Albert, you’ll see the beautiful Palace of the Winds and visit hilltop Amber Fort. Lastly, you journey to rural Shekhawati where you’ll meet welcoming local people, learn about their traditional ways of life and discover sumptuously decorated mansions known as ‘havelis’.

Tigers & Wildlife – The pace slows on our tours of India as you journey to the deserted city of Fatehpur Siri, then spend two exciting nights in Ranthambore National Park. On game drives you’ll go in search of crocodiles, deer, leopards – and Indian tigers!

The single parent family holidays to India depart on 22 September and 19 December 2018 and there are other dates available in 2019. We share this holiday with another company, which is not a dedicated single parent company and so the group is likely to consist of one and two parent families. You can enquire for group composition before booking.

Included activities

  • Delhi – Jama Masjid
  • Delhi – Old Delhi tour
  • Delhi – India Gate
  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • Ranthambore NP – Wildlife safaris
  • Jaipur – Jantar Mantar Observatory
  • Jaipur – City Palace
  • Nawalgarh – Haveli Museum

India Golden Triangle and Tigers

Day 1 Delhi – Namaste! Welcome to India. Begin your Indian adventure in the one of the oldest cities in the world, Delhi, a magical city of surprising contrasts. There’s a Welcome Meeting today at 1pm – you can arrive any time before, as there are no activities planned. India’s capital is an exciting, busy, and often chaotic city, but it’s also one of the most interesting in the world – packed with historical sites, museums and galleries, shops and endless bazaars. After a chance to freshen up and have some lunch, take a guided sightseeing tour to explore the contrasts of Old and New Delhi. In the narrow streets of Old Delhi, everything competes for space – squeeze through the old city’s fortified walls on the way to Jama Masjid. Dominating the city’s skyline, the mosque is a social hub as much as a place of worship, and a fascinating insight into Delhi’s way of life. Go with the flow on a rickshaw (own expense) through the throbbing streets, packed with buses, trucks, people and cows, on the way to the brilliantly coloured Red Fort. Then, leave the crowds behind and breathe a little easier in contrasting New Delhi – broad, tree-lined avenues, and former monuments to British power. Visit the main sights – Parliament House, President House, and India Gate, before returning to the hotel. Accommodation: Hotel Taj Princess or Similar (1 night)

Day 2 Agra – Rise early to catch the morning sun and a train to Agra (approximately 3 hours). The city alternated with Delhi as the capital of the Moghul Empire, and it still grips to its glory days, inextricably linked with the most famous of India’s rulers. When you arrive, take some time to relax after the early start until mid-afternoon, before heading out to see the city’s big hitters. Agra’s not just all about the Taj Mahal, it’s also home to one of the finest looking forts in India, a Friday Mosque and royal tombs. Sitting along the banks of the Yamuna River, Agra Fort is part stronghold, part palace and part prison. Built in 1565 by Emperor Akbar, it was converted to a palace by Emperor Shah Jahan, and it eventually became his jail when he lost power. Enter the dark red sandstone fort by crossing the (now empty) crocodile-infested moat. Search through throne rooms and tiny but incredibly decorated mosques, and climb to the top to get your first tantalising glimpse of the Taj across the river. Accommodation: Raj Mahal Palace or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 Ranthambhore National Park – Not many people like really early mornings, but this one is definitely worth it. Get up before the sun to see it rise over the Taj Mahal. Watch the iconic building bathed in early morning light. Many people believe it to be the most perfectly proportioned building ever constructed; at first glance it appears to be simply white marble, but closer inspection reveals that the surface is inlaid with semi-precious stones that form stylised flowers and bowers. This is truly magical. Best known as a monument to love and loss, the Taj is a beautiful example of Mughal architecture surrounded by trimmed English gardens. Next, head east and pass the Kos Minar medieval milestones, which point the way to the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri (approximately 2 hours). Deserted after only a few years because there wasn’t enough water, the incredibly well preserved 16th century royal complex is a haven of courtyards, pavilions, ornamental gardens, the striking Jama Masjid mosque, and home to the intricately carved Rumi Sultana palace. Continue on to Sawai Madhopur and Ranthambhore National Park (approximately 2 hours) – the ‘Jungle Book’ brought to life! Accommodation: Raj Palace Resort or Similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 Ranthambore National Park – Ranthambhore National Park is one of the premier national parks of India – a place where nature has reclaimed ancient fortresses and temples, and that is also is teeming with wildlife to spot. You will make a couple of game drives during your stay here, with hopes of getting a sighting of the majestic Bengal tigers that survive among the ruined forts and temples, stalking through the jungle. Game drives take place early in the morning and in late afternoon, as this is when animals are most active. Even if the tigers are being too stealthy, the park is filled with other animals like gazelle, hyenas, sloth bears, crocodiles, jackals, three types of antelope (nilgai, sambar and chital) and leopards to watch out for. Notes: During the hot summer months, Ranthambhore National Park is closed between 1 July and 30 September each year. Therefore, during this time, we alter our itinerary and take the opportunity to visit the nearby Swai Mansingh Sanctuary instead. A wide variety of interesting wildlife resides here, including hyena, sloth bear, wild boar, panther and cheetah. While there is the rare chance to spot a tiger, this should not be expected. An exciting wildlife walk and a game drive will be included here. Accommodation: Raj Palace Resort or Similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 Jaipur – Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before heading northwest to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan (approximately 2 hours). Surrounded by a wall dripping in an earthy red colour in the style of the Mughal sandstone cities. Walk through the Pink City’s streets, busy with camels, motorbikes, rickshaws, and past traditionally dressed Rajput men wearing colourful turbans and sporting magnificent moustaches, as monkeys climb wires overhead. Jaipur, like Delhi, has both old and new parts, although you will concentrate on the old. Your free time here in the friendly, busy city is perfect for haggling to your heart’s content, the bazaars and backstreets filled with textiles, precious and semi-precious gems, and blue pottery. You can also hit the streets for raj kachori chaat – a big fluffy chaat served with chutney, yoghurt, chilli and potato. Then cool off with a lassi from Lassiwala on MI road, Jaipur’s oldest and most famous lassi shop. Accommodation: Hotel Mahal Khandela or similar (1 night)  Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 Jaipur – Visit the sprawling City Palace, once home to the Maharaja, an amazing complex that’s home to various colourful courtyard gates, fascinating museums displaying royal costumes and weaponry, and guards whose moustaches are almost as impressive as the building itself. The palace continues to be a royal residence even after the Jaipur kingdom merged with the Indian Union in 1949. Continue on to the 18th century Jantar Mantar– not a series of elaborate sculptures but actually an observatory filled with instruments to track the stars. Then it’s on to the distinctive five-storied Hawa Mahal, or Palace of Winds, with its detailed honeycombed façade filled with concealed windows. The impressive view makes it the most photographed building in the country after Taj Mahal. Royal maidens once watched the streets below through the fabulous jali (lattice screens), which hid them from prying male eyes. Today snake charmers and fortune-tellers ply their trade below the same hideaway. The rest of the day is free to explore further, or find a spot to people watch and relax. Accommodation: Hotel Mahal Khandela or similar (1 night) Meals Included:Breakfast

Day 7 Nawalgarh – Climb the twisting roads of the Aravalli Hills and round the final bend to see the massive Amber Fort loom into view (approximately 30 minutes). Pass Maota Lake before turning uphill, past the elephant stables, to Jai Pol ‘Victory Gate’. This is the ancient capital of the Kachhawaha Rajputs, who gave their loyalty to Moghul overlords. From the spoils of war they gradually built a fabulous complex of royal rooms, which now make up the Amber Fort. The fallen empire’s legacy, the opulent palace is packed with elaborate rooms of lavish murals, frescoed arches and delicate jali work. Don’t miss the sparkling Mirror Palace, covered floor-to-ceiling in thousands of reflective tiles, and look down over picturesque Moata Lake. Later, head deeper into the princely state of Rajasthan to Nawalgarh, leaving the city behind for a more relaxed village vibe (approximately 4 hours). Catch glimpses of life in the most colourful of India’s regions – sari-clad women carrying terracotta pots of water, bangles tinkling as they walk. If the sun’s still up, take a walk around the village, meet the locals and maybe accept the challenge of a game of cricket! Accommodation: Hotel Roop Niwas Kothi or Similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 Shekhawati Region – Travel to Alsisar, located in the Shekhawati region and uncover the artistic heritage of the area (approximately 1.5 hours). The semi-arid village of Alsisar is painted with legendary stories with its many hand painted havelis. Our accommodation for this evening is the breathtaking palace of Alsisar “Alsisar Mahal” which was built in the 17th century. With its grand courtyards, colourful dining arcades and heritage rooms it will be a highlight of your trip. And the kids will love the pool! Accommodation: Alsisar Mahal or Similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 Delhi – After breakfast this morning, leave the countryside behind and get back into the beating rhythm of Delhi by mid-afternoon (approximately 9 hours). Use the rest of the day however you like. Practice your bargaining skills in Chandni Chowk in the maze of shops and kiosks that sell everything imaginable, buy local crafts straight from the hands of the artisan in Janpath market, or gobble down street chaats – snacks like deep fried fritters and flatbread. Hear the story behind the man at Gandhi’s house, see one last ancient structure at Qutb Minar, or relax in the Mughal gardens. No doubt your leader will arrange one ‘last supper’, where you can look back over the trip of a lifetime and get your head around all the wonders you’ve witnessed. AccommodationHotel Taj Princess or Similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 Delhi – There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. Meals IncludedBreakfast

Vaccinations

You will need vaccinations to travel; you should ask your doctor or Health clinic, but you can check them out on The Fit For Travel Website.

Visas

Please note that visas are the responsibility of the passenger. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it is important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant Consular or Embassy website of the country or countries you are visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

An E-Tourist Visa (eVT) Facility is available for holders of a passport for a number of countries. This facility allows travellers to pre-register and pay for their visa prior to travel to India. The Visa is collected upon arrival at one of 16 designated airports in India. 

An E-Tourist Visa (eVT) visa on arrival is available for select nationalities including but not limited to the following: Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, German, UK and USA passports.

Passport holders from these countries can apply for an E-Tourist Visa (eVT) to have their visa issued upon arrival at 16 major airports in India.

Please follow the instructions on the India visa website and complete the application for your E-Tourist Visa.

E-visas are only available for entry of up to 60 days. If you plan to be in India longer you will need to apply for a tourist visa at an Indian visa application centre in your home country.

Tourist visas are available in Single and Multiple Entry. Be sure to check the date you require a visa from and the length of time you will need to cover, especially if you change countries during your trip.

You can check visa requirements for British Citizens on the Foreign Office website. Other nationals should check with their relevant Consulate or Embassy.

What’s included in this holiday:

Meals:
9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport:
Bus, Cycle rickshaw, Private Bus, Shuttle Bus, Train
Accommodation:
Hotel (9 nights)

Activities

Day 1 Included Activities

  • Delhi – Jama Masjid
  • Delhi – Old Delhi tour
  • Delhi – India Gate

Day 3 Included Activities

  • Fatehpur Sikri

Day 4 Included Activities

  • Ranthambore NP – Wildlife safaris

Day 5 Included Activities

  • Jaipur – Jantar Mantar Observatory

Optional Activities

  • Jaipur – Hawa Mahal photo stop – INR200

Day 6 Included Activities

  • Jaipur – City Palace

Day 7 Included Activities

  • Nawalgarh – Haveli Museum

Day 9 Optional Activities

  • Connaught Place Market – Free
  • Delhi – Gandhi’s Delhi Urban Adventure – INR2500
  • Delhi – Home-Cooked Experience Urban Adventure – INR4000

Information: Sleeper trains are clean and air-conditioned and a great way to travel long distances while still getting maximum time in each place. Beds are padded berths with sheets, pillow and blanket provided (although some people prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet).

Clothing: We visit a number of temples on this trip, which requires a certain level of modesty. Please bring clothes that cover the arms and pants/skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.

India Golden Triangle Dates and Prices

Travel Dates Nights Adult Child 5-17 Notes
Sat 22 Sep –Mon 01 Oct 2018 9 £820 £740 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices.

This departure date is EXCLUSIVELY FOR SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES

Sun 23 Sep – Tues 02 Oct 2018 9 £850 £765 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 29 Sep – Mon 08 Oct 2018 9 £850 £765 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 21 Oct – Tues 30 Oct 2018 9 £850 £765 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices

Single parent with two daughters aged 7 and 10 booked

 

Tues 18 Dec – Thurs 27 Dec 2018 9 £850 £765 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Wed 19 Dec – Fri 28 Dec 2018 9 £820 £740 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices.

This departure date is EXCLUSIVELY FOR SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES

Tues 25 Dec – Thurs 03 Jan 2019 9 £850 £765 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Fri 28 Dec – Sun 06 Jan 2019 9 £850 £765 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 30 Dec – Tues 08 Jan 2019 9 £850 £765 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Mon 31 Dec – Wed 09 Jan 2019 9 FULLY BOOKED
Sat 05 Jan – Mon 14 Jan 2019 9 £820 £740 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices.

This departure date is EXCLUSIVELY FOR SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES

Sat 06 Jan – Mon 15 Jan 2019 9 £850 £765 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 12 Jan – Mon 21 Jan 2019 9 £850 £765 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 06 Apr – Mon 15 Apr 2019 9 £850 £765 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 07 Apr – Tues 16 Jan 2019 9 £820 £740 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices.

This departure date is EXCLUSIVELY FOR SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES

Sun 14 Apr – Tues 23 Apr 2019 9 £850 £765 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 20 Apr – Mon 29 Apr 2019 9 £850 £765 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 30 June – Tues 09 July 2019 9 £820 £740 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices.

This departure date is EXCLUSIVELY FOR SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES

Sun 07 July – Tues 16 July 2019 9 £850 £765 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 13 July – Mon 22 July 2019 9 £850 £765 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 14 July – Tues 23 July 2019 9 £820 £740 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices.

This departure date is EXCLUSIVELY FOR SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES

Land only

The prices shown above exclude flights. Since flight availability and airfares change constantly, these prices are subject to availability at the time of booking so please enquire for a full quotation including flight. You may choose to buy your own flight, in which case you may want to also check out the price of a private transfer to the start of the holiday and returning to the airport at the end of your stay or information regarding shuttle buses. In many cases there will be a complementary transfer, and we can confirm the time of these transfers, where applicable. We will always endeavour to find the best available flights at the time of booking and confirm your flight inclusive price at that time. We advise that you book early to secure the best prices.

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