THE TAJ, LUCKNOW & THE SACRED GANGES


13 Days / 12 Nights

THE TAJ, LUCKNOW & THE SACRED GANGES

Cross the Ganges plain from Delhi to Kolkata (Calcutta), taking in the majesty of the Taj Mahal and Amber fort, remarkable wildlife in Ranthambore, the spiritual aura of Varanasi and colonial Lucknow and Kolkata. Extend your tour in the tea plantations of Darjeeling, by the beach in the Andaman Islands, looking for rare one-horned rhinos in Kaziranga National Park or relaxing in the countryside at the heritage hotel Rajbari Bawali.


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THE TAJ, LUCKNOW & THE SACRED GANGES

Cross the Ganges plain from Delhi to Kolkata (Calcutta), taking in the majesty of the Taj Mahal and Amber fort, remarkable wildlife in Ranthambore, the spiritual aura of Varanasi and colonial Lucknow and Kolkata. Extend your tour in the tea plantations of Darjeeling, by the beach in the Andaman Islands, looking for rare one-horned rhinos in Kaziranga National Park or relaxing in the countryside at the heritage hotel Rajbari Bawali.

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Day 1 : Fly to Delhi
Travel from London (regional connections available) with Jet Airways to Delhi. (N)

Day 2 : Delhi
Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the Trident Gurgaon for an overnight stay. Afternoon at leisure. Optional half-day tour of New Delhi. This evening join the rest of your group and your guide for a welcome drink. (N)

Day 3 : To Jaipur
Travel to Jaipur for a 3-night stay at Khas Bagh, a heritage homestay complete with stables and horses. (B)

Day 4 : Jaipur
Morning visit to the nearby Amber fort; the ancient capital of the Kachwaha Rajputs from 1037. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 5 : Jaipur
Explore the ‘Pink City’ visiting the sprawling palace complex, still home to the current maharajah, the Jantar Mantar observatory and the local bazaars selling jewellery, silk and traditional Indian crafts. (B)

Day 6 : Ranthambore National Park
ViDrive to Ranthambhore for 2 nights at Swai Villas (or similar). (B, D)

Day 7 : Ranthambore National Park
Early morning and late afternoon wildlife drives in search of tigers. (B, L, D)

Day 8 : Agra
Morning train to Bharatpur and drive to Agra. Visit the marble magnificence of the Taj Mahal and explore the imposing Agra fort. Overnight stay at Trident (or similar). (B)

Day 9 : Lucknow
Travel to Lucknow for a 2-night stay at Vivanta by Taj – Gomti Nagar. Afternoon heritage walk and culinary tour. (B)

Day 10 : Lucknow
Full-day tour of Lucknow, followed by a visit to La Martinière College, the Lucknow Residency, Asifi Imambara and the magical Husainabad complex. Rest of the day at leisure before the highlight of a dinner with a royal family of Lucknow. Enjoy a live Kathak dance performance before a home-cooked Awadhi dinner. (B, D)

Day 11 : Varanasi
Take the morning train to Varanasi for an overnight stay at the Taj Gateway Varanasi (or similar). This evening watch the mesmerising aarti ceremony on the banks of the River Ganges. (B)

Day 12 : Varanasi • Fly to Kolkata
Early morning boat ride on the Ganges to see cremation sites and colourful bathing ghats. After breakfast, visit Sarnath, the site of Buddha’s first sermon after receiving enlightenment. Take the evening flight to Kolkata for 2 nights at the centrally located LaLiT Great Eastern Hotel or upgrade to the Oberoi Grand (Deluxe room) from $110. (B)

Day 13 : Kolkata
Half-day tour of Kolkata’s colonial heritage including a ride on one of Kolkata’s historic trams. Optional afternoon visit to the Victoria Memorial, South Park Cemetery and Kumartuli – the potter’s village where the idols are created for the city’s festivals. (B)

Day 14 : Fly to London
Take the Jet Airways flight to London via Mumbai. (B)

GUIDE PRICE $3,215 PER PERSON

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