Splendours of India
Palaces and Tigers16 days from £2,499 per person
Memorable moments come thick and fast on this trip. You’ll join pilgrims on the banks of the Ganges in the holy city of Varanasi. You’ll seek out tigers (plus sloth bears, monkeys and leopards) in Ranthambore National Park. And you’ll discover ornate palaces and temples in the colourful cities of Jaipur and Udaipur. We’ll also set aside a morning to visit the Taj Mahal - India’s most iconic monument and a must-see for any visitor to Rajasthan.
15 excursions and visits
- City tour of Varanasi, including boat ride on the River Ganges, and Sarnath
- Visits to Chandela Dynasty temples, Agra Fort, Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri
- Train journeys from Jhansi to Agra and from Bharatpur to Sawai Madhopur
- 3 game drives in Ranthambore National Park
- City tours of Jaipur, Udaipur, Old Delhi and New Delhi
- Boat ride on Lake Pichola
- 14 nights in hotels and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International and internal flights as detailed. Prices are based on return flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
- 26 meals: 14 breakfasts (days 3-16) 3 lunches (days 8-10) 9 dinners (days 2-3, 5-6, 8-10, 12 and 14)
Plus all these benefits
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Services of a Titan tour manager and local guide
- International and internal flights as detailed (prices are based on return flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports)
- Best available coaches with experienced drivers
- All airport taxes and duties
Day 1 UK - In flight
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Delhi.
After arriving in Delhi early on day two, we’ll have some time to relax before heading out to explore New Delhi. The area’s tree-lined streets, parks and fountains gravitate to New Delhi’s fashionable centre, Connaught Place. We’ll drive along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, passing Parliament House, the President’s Residence and the imposing India Gate. The following day is dedicated to Old Delhi. With narrow alleys, bustling bazaars, temples and mosques, this walled city is quite a contrast to New Delhi. We’ll visit the Gandhi memorial, India’s largest and most elegant mosque, and the UNESCO-listed tomb of the Mughal emperor Humayan.
Hyatt Regency Delhi (4-star) or The Roseate House (4-star)
On day four, we’ll fly to Udaipur, one of the finest creations of the Rajputs. Founded in the 16th century, Udaipur is a romantic collection of palaces, temples, parks and gardens, many of which line the shore of Lake Pichola. Once we reach our hotel, you’ll have the rest of the day at leisure to explore or maybe enjoy a sunset stroll down by the lake. The following morning, we’ll start off with a sightseeing tour. The City Palace, now a museum, is a highlight, famed for its mirrored walls, ivory doors, coloured-glass windows and inlaid marble balconies. After the tour, we’ll enjoy a boat ride on the lake (water levels permitting).
Trident Udaipur (4.5-star)
We’ll journey by road from Udaipur to Jaipur, stopping for lunch along the way. We arrive in the afternoon, so you’ll have the remainder of the day to have a wander at your own pace. Jaipur is the state capital of Rajasthan, and known as the ‘Pink City’ for the red sandstone buildings housed in its old walled city. On our full day here, we’ll have a sightseeing tour of the city. We’ll pass the Palace of Winds and visit the magnificent Amber Fort. Our tour also includes the City Palace Museum, where we’ll admire the Royal Wardrobe Collection.
Trident Jaipur (4-star), Jaipur Marriott (4.5-star) or Crowne Plaza Jaipur (4.5-star)
From Jaipur, we’ll make our way to Ranthambore and its wildlife-filled national park. After lunch, we’ll head out on our first jungle safari. The park covers an area of 410 square kilometres, and is home to rare Bengal tigers, leopards, monkeys, crocodiles and a whole host of birdlife. On our second day here, we’ll take another two safari drives.
Ranthambore Regency (3.5-star)
From Ranthambore, we’ll take the train to Bharatpur and drive onwards to Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted sandstone city built by Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace during the 16th century. We then continue on to Agra, where we’ll spend the next two nights. Agra plays host to some spectacular monuments - Agra Fort, the Pearl Mosque, Jasmine Tower - but none capture the imagination quite like the Taj Mahal. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, it’s one of the most extravagant monuments to love ever built. You’ll have some free time to explore, before we visit Agra Fort.
Trident Agra (4-star)
It’ll be an early start this morning as we take the Shatabdi Express train from Agra to Jhansi followed by a road transfer to Khajuraho.
Radisson Hotel (4-star) or The Lalit (4-star), Khajuraho
Khajuraho - Varanasi
Today we’ll visit the Chandela Dynasty temples. Set in a beautiful park, they rise spectacularly in peaks and spirals, and are intricately carved and designed with statues and friezes. We then transfer to the airport for our flight to Varanasi, where you’ll have the afternoon free to explore.
The Gateway Varanasi (4-star)
Morning sightseeing tour of Varanasi includes a boat ride on the River Ganges and some Hindu temples. Afternoon excursion to the buried Buddhist city of Sarnath.
Varanasi - Delhi
After a morning at leisure, we’ll transfer to the airport for our flight to Delhi, where you’ll enjoy your final night in India.
The Roseate House, Delhi (4-star)
Day 16 Delhi - UK
We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
Important information about your destinationVisa is not included, please call for details Please note: • Game viewing is different to that in Africa and therefore sightings of the elusive tiger may be difficult. • 2019 departures follow a reverse order of itinerary - please call for details.
Fly From Your Local Airport
International flights from regional airports are available* or choose a free connecting flight to London, with home transfers all included.
Please call 0800 988 5823 for more information.
*Subject to flight schedules and availability.