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India's Golden Triangle and the Tigers of Ranthambore

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Price per person
from £1,487

Price based on
London Heathrow
25th Jan 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 10 days

  • Asia & The Far East

  • Active pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

This fascinating tour of India encapsulates the glittering royal past of the Golden Triangle. You’ll start and end in Delhi, and also overnight one night in Agra, two nights in Ranthambore National Park, and two nights in Jaipur.

No tour to India is complete without a visit to the famous Taj Mahal, and you’ll have the opportunity to view it at sunset. This remarkable edifice was built by Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife. Also visit the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, and tour its sandstone palaces and elegant courtyards. Next, visit to Ranthambore National Park, said to have provided the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Here, three game drives in an open-air, 4-wheel-drive safari vehicle give you an opportunity to see native wildlife, including the elusive Bengal tiger.

Other highlights include a cycle rickshaw ride through Old Delhi and a visit to the legendary Amber Fort in Jaipur. Stunning architecture, captivating culture, spectacular views of nature—this value-minded tour as it all!

At a glance

Delhi Climb aboard a cycle rickshaw and experience the stirring clamour of Old Delhi.

Taj Mahal Visit Agra’s iconic ivory-white marble mausoleum of Mumtaz Mahal.

Jaipur Wander the peaceful temple gardens and opulent state rooms of the Amber Fort.

Ranthambore National Park Search for Bengal tigers on a two-day safari.

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 4 days: Kathmandu tour extension

  • 7 days: Goa stay

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Customer Reviews

Incredible value for money... We visited all the highlights promised...

16th April 2018
Trusted Customer

Incredible value for money... We visited all the highlights promised to us- breathtaking structures in fascinating locations. The extras, like the cycle rickshaw in Old Delhi, the first sighting if the Taj Mahal from the balcony of Agra Fort, the jeep ride to the top of the Amber Fort, the planting of trees in a children’s school in Ranthambore, not to mention the sighting of tigers and other wildlife in the National Park made the holiday one to remember. We enjoyed the company of our fellow travellers and appreciated the efforts of our tour guide. Tgere were a few issues with our hotels along the way, but nothing to spoil our first experience of this incredible country.

The guide, hotels, service and experiences were first class. As...

7th April 2018
Mrs Janice Al-Nasser

The guide, hotels, service and experiences were first class. As already mentioned, the only blight on the whole holiday was the choice of airline. Others in our party had travelled with British Airways so did not experience the same problems.

This holiday was the worse holiday I have ever been...

19th February 2018
Trusted Customer

This holiday was the worse holiday I have ever been on and one of the priciest.Thought India was vibrant, what a disappointment, spent most of the holiday in buses and trains, boring boring boring complete waste of money

It was so much better than expected- just wish we...

7th February 2018
Trusted Customer

It was so much better than expected- just wish we had taken more warm clothes for the chilly mornings

Great holiday with a good tour director. Hotels of a...

7th February 2018
Mrs Susan Whittaker

Great holiday with a good tour director. Hotels of a good standard apart from the Piccadily in Delhi its in need of an update and could be cleaner.

The first hotel (Piccadilly, New Delhi) was very poor and...

28th November 2017
Mr Ian Boardman

The first hotel (Piccadilly, New Delhi) was very poor and didn’t get the holiday off to the best start. To be fair all the other hotels were very good although the last hotel was a change to our advices programme which our courier never told us about. The programme was very full and given traffic issues particularly in New Delhi and Agra we were always rushing around trying to make up time with reduced time at various venues. The programme needs to be better planned with either extra time or reduced visits as there was no free time whatsoever which reduced our level of enjoyment. The courier was very knowledgeable and determined to get us to visits but he lacked any real empathy for the group and our needs or desires. In short he was just a bit too pushy and never took account of what we were thinking or had concerns about. Some of the advertised programme didn’t materialise which although understandable it wasn’t referred to by the courier and we were left in the dark about it. However Cox and Kings were first class in ensuring an immigration mistake made by immigration officers didn’t cause any difficulty in leaving the country and that was very much appreciated. Finally disappointed we didn’t get a detailed feedback form at the end of the holiday which would have been appreciated when everything was still fresh.

We were able to see all of the sites although...

27th November 2017
Mrs Elizabeth Stannard

We were able to see all of the sites although soemtimes it was a bit rushed. Perhaps a little more time could be spent at the well known ones and drop a couple of the less well known off the trip to give us more time. The guide Deevek was very informative and helpful but he had to put a lot of work in keeping a large party of 27 together and interested.

Loved every minute, it was packed with interesting things to...

14th November 2017
Mrs Penny Salter

Loved every minute, it was packed with interesting things to do and see, there wasn't a chance to be bored. I had wanted to visit India for years, my partner and I were both 70 this year so I decided that this holiday would be better than a party and it couldn't have been better. Seeing the Taj Mahal was a very emotional time, I had wanted to see it for about 40 years. I had a ride on an elephant, and saw tigers at the Ranthambore nationalpark. We were with a great crowd, and something that completed our holiday was our wonderful tour guide Gajendra Singh Rathore, he was knowledgeable, most helpful and fun to be with, definitely an asset to your company. Would love to visit southern India, especially if he was our tour rep. Thank you for a memorable holiday.

From start to finish it was all I expected and...

13th November 2017
Mrs Jacqueline Govey

From start to finish it was all I expected and more

The holiday overall was exactly as we expected. Unfortunately, the...

15th October 2017
Trusted Customer

The holiday overall was exactly as we expected. Unfortunately, the first hotel, The Piccadilly, Delhi, was very poor. Remainder of hotels were fine. The add on to Shimla was too short (2 nights rather than the 3 nights originally advertised and booked) as the amount of travel was far too much; 10 hours by train from Delhi to Shimla and 4 hours taxi followed by 5 hours train from Shimla to Delhi, after only one day in Shimla. Shimla itself was wonderful and I note from your brochure that the add on has been lengthened.

Overview

This fascinating tour of India encapsulates the glittering royal past of the Golden Triangle. You’ll start and end in Delhi, and also overnight one night in Agra, two nights in Ranthambore National Park, and two nights in Jaipur.

No tour to India is complete without a visit to the famous Taj Mahal, and you’ll have the opportunity to view it at sunset. This remarkable edifice was built by Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife. Also visit the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, and tour its sandstone palaces and elegant courtyards. Next, visit to Ranthambore National Park, said to have provided the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Here, three game drives in an open-air, 4-wheel-drive safari vehicle give you an opportunity to see native wildlife, including the elusive Bengal tiger.

Other highlights include a cycle rickshaw ride through Old Delhi and a visit to the legendary Amber Fort in Jaipur. Stunning architecture, captivating culture, spectacular views of nature—this value-minded tour as it all!

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners

Depart UK

Day
1

Delhi

Day
2

On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Welcome to Delhi, the capital of modern India. Delhi is a magnetic blend of old and new, boasting a fascinating array of sights, from elegant shops and lively bazaars to impressive forts and mosques that were once the power-base for India’s Mughal emperors. Hotel rooms are available for a mid-afternoon check-in.

Delhi

Day
3

Your day starts with a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi including a CYCLE RICKSHAW RIDE. See the splendid 17th century Mughal Red Fort before visiting landmarks such as RAJ GHAT and the majestic three-domed JAMA MASJID, the largest mosque in Asia. Experience a walk in the alleys of CHANDNI CHOWK; and later, visit the ancient stepwell AGRASEN KI BAOLI, which has 103 steps and a series of carved chambers and passages. This afternoon, enjoy New Delhi’s major sights, including the towering QUTUB MINAR, ancient tomb of the Emperor Humayun; the grand India Gate war memorial; then, a drive past Parliament and Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Delhi - Agra

Day
4

Today, we travel to Agra and visit AGRA FORT, a colossal, red-sandstone UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising the spectacular Mughal Palace with audience halls, the Room of Mirrors, and the pavilion where Shahjahan spent his last days. Visit the famous TAJ MAHAL at sunset. This remarkable edifice was commissioned by Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and took 22 years to build.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Agra Fatehpur Sikri - Rathambore National Park

Day
5

Today, stop at FATEHPUR SIKRI, an abandoned city. Tour the sandstone palaces, elegant courtyards, and victory gate of this ghostly place built in 1569 and deserted by its people when the water ran out. After lunch, board a TRAIN for Ranthambore National Park, home to its famous tigers and the only place in Rajasthan where these impressive creatures can be seen in the wild. The area is said to have been the first setting and an inspiration of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ranthambore

Day
6

Keep a watchful eye to spot telltale tiger stripes during two jungle SAFARIS today. Also, look out for leopards, striped hyenas, sambar deer, sloth bears, and Indian wild boar.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ranthambore - Jaipur

Day
7

Rise early this morning for one last SAFARI in this magical land. Later, arrive at Jaipur, Rajasthan’s quintessential royal city. Often referred to as the “Pink City,” Jaipur is studded with intricately adorned temples and monuments.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Jaipur

Day
8

Today, we start with a visit to the legendary AMBER FORT, known as the “Sleeping Beauty of Rajasthan.” This fortress-palace has a somber exterior that hides a richly ornate interior of royal apartments, including an alabaster Hall of Victory and a superb Chamber of Mirrors. Explore the ANOKHI MUSEUM and the CITY PALACE MUSEUM, with its collection of paintings, carpets, weapons, and costumes; then enjoy time at the bustling markets of the old city.

NOTE: Museum visit subject to opening times.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Jaipur - Delhi

Day
9

Depart early this morning for your train to Delhi. Transfer to your hotel in Gurgaon on arrival.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Delhi

Day
10

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Extend your tour and see even more

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

Delhi – Kathmandu, Nepal

Today, fly to Kathmandu, capital of Nepal.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Kathmandu

Sightseeing today starts with a visit to HANUMAN DHOKA, the historic seat of royalty. Then, visit the TEMPLE OF KUMARI, residence of the Living Goddess and said to be constructed from the wood of a single tree. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Kathmandu

Today, your tour takes you to BOUDDHANATH, one of the largest stupas in the world and a focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Then, continue to PATAN, formerly known as Lalitpur (“City of Beauty”). Here, stop in DURBAR SQUARE, the city’s centre of business and home to several Buddhist and Hindu sites.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Kathmandu

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

Delhi - Goa

After breakfast today, fly to Goa.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Goa

Spend time at your leisure relaxing and enjoying your beautiful resort in Goa. Explore the streets of the capital, Panaji, and the Temples of Ponda; visit colonial churches; and stroll the local markets to see a variety of spices and silks.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Goa

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

Things to note

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.

2020 departures may be subject to itinerary modifications and full details will be published in August 2019. If we have to modify an itinerary, you will have an opportunity to cancel without penalty. See our full terms and conditions for more details.