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A Taste of India

6 Days Guided Tours

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A chance to explore the fascinating Golden Triangle of India, a great trip for first timers or those looking for a shorter tour. Your journey begins in Delhi, where you have an opportunity to visit Old Delhi, before continuing to Agra and the iconic Taj Mahal then onwards to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur.

Itinerary

Day 1: Delhi

Welcome to India - on arrival you will be met by your tour guide from Cox & Kings and transferred to your hotel where you can freshen up and eat lunch before commencing the afternoon’s sightseeing of Old Delhi. Drive past the magnificent Red Fort overlooking the river Jamuna and built between 1638 – 1648 when the Moghul Empire was at its peak. Tour through the vibrant narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk and its colourful bazaars and eateries. Visit Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques before returning to the Vivanta by Taj Dwarka (deluxe room) or similarwhere you will stay overnight.

Day 2: Delhi - Agra

This morning depart by road to Agra (205 km and approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes excluding sightseeing). Visit Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and the seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Continue to Itmad-ud-Daulah (‘Baby Taj’), followed by a visit to the magnificent Taj Mahal to see this masterpiece at sunset. Emperor Shah Jahan built this exquisite white marble mausoleum for his favourite queen, Mumtaz Mahal. The monument was commissioned in 1631 and took 20,000 artisans 22 years to complete. Overnight at the Clarks Shiraz (deluxe room)or similar. (B)

Day 3: Agra - Jaipur

Morning stop to take in the magical ambience of the deserted 16th century city of Fatehpur Sikri, built by Akbar the Great and abandoned on the emperor’s death.  Continue by road to Jaipur, popularly known as the ‘Pink City’ because of the pink coloured buildings in its old city (approximately 7 hours including the stop en-route). Stay 2 nights at the Lalit, Jaipur (deluxe room)or similar. (B)

Day 4: Jaipur

Take a morning tour by jeep or car to the Amber Fort, a honey coloured fortress palace in the Aravalli Hills. Possessing a chamber of mirrors, the interiors are a decorative arts paradise and there are striking views of the gorge. In the afternoon, visit the Observatory and City Palace which boasts courtyards, impressive gateways and temples. Witness the elegant façade of the Hawa Mahal, the spectacular Palace of the Winds, built by King Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799, and one of Jaipur’s photographic highlights. (B) Please notethat due to concerns over elephant welfare Virgin Holidays do not offer the excursion to Amber Fort by elephant. The visit will be done by jeep instead.

Day 5: Jaipur to Delhi

This morning take the early morning train to Delhi (6:00/10:30am or similar). Travel in an air conditioned chair car. Proceed directly for sightseeing of New Delhi. Visit Raj Ghat and drive past India Gate, Parliament building and the President’s Residence, before visiting Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India later check in to the Vivanta by Taj - Dwarka (deluxe room) or similar. Afternoon at leisure or enjoy an optional visit to Humayun’s Tomb. (B) 

Day 6: Wednesday

After breakfast, transfer back to Delhi airport for your onward flight arrangements. Alternatively extend your stay in Delhi or the beautiful beaches of Goa. (B)

Meals:
B - breakfast
L - lunch
D - dinner

Please note: on the rare occasion that we are unable to obtain availability on the designated train we will make alternative arrangements and the journey will be taken by road transfer. The road journey will depart early morning to cover the driving distance. Also we request train seats together at the time of booking but this is not guaranteed as these are allocated through an automated system. The train in India cannot be compared to European standards but is certainly a worthwhile art of any tour. 

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Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.

Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.

Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.

Tour information

Please click here to download a pdf of the tour itinerary and additional tour notes.

Pre/post tour information

The first day of the tour is has activities in the afternoon so we strongly recommend extra nights are added to the beginning of your tour in the Vivanta by Taj Dwarka. We recommend a beach stay in Goa after this tour.

Time difference

GMT +5 hours 30 minutes (summer) +6 hour 30 minutes (winter)

Tour inclusions

  • International flight with Virgin Atlantic in economy class, including all UK and overseas airport taxes and applicable fuel surcharges
  • Private air conditioned transport throughout. Train journey’s are on non-exclusive air-conditioned express trains
  • Sightseeing as detailed including entrance fees and still camera fees
  • The services of an experienced local guide in each destination
  • Road taxes, parking fees, fuel surcharges, interstate taxes and porterage at airports and train stations.

Tour exclusions

  • Flight upgrades and airport transfers in the UK
  • Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips and gratuities, video camera fees at monuments
  • The required Indian visa – details will be provided at time of booking
  • Anything not detailed on the itinerary.

Dining inclusions

5 breakfasts.

Included activities

  • Tours and sightseeing listed in the itinerary.

Optional activities (not included and booked locally)

  • Delhi Humayun’s Tomb

Accommodation

Occasionally we may need to substitute one or more of the hotels with that of a similar standard.

Journey times

India is a vast country and journey times between destinations can sometimes be long. Journey times are listed in the itinerary and are approximate.

Group size

There is a maximum of 25 people per group.

Visa requirements

An Indian visa is required for all British passport holders and MUST be obtained before your arrival in India. You can now apply for an e-Visa at a cost of $100 USD per person at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html. The application must be completed between 4–120 days prior to your arrival in India. Your e-visa will be valid for 60 days from the date of your arrival. You should ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months beyond your departure date from India and have at least two blank pages.

Extensions

A Taste of India is a short tour, great for those wishing to spend a week on the beach afterwards. Fly to Goa and enjoy some time relaxing at the Park Hyatt.

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