Taj Mahal, Delhi & Amber Fort

From £1,259.10
Duration 8 Days
Departures from Feb 2020 - Nov 2021
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From £1,259.10
Duration 8 Days
Departures from Feb 2020 - Nov 2021
Tour Overview

​This tour is the perfect introduction to India. You'll begin by discovering the many highlights of Delhi, including the iconic India gate, the Jama Masjid Mosque and bustling streets of Old Delhi. Then you'll head to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur and spend time admiring the 17th century Amber Fort. On to Bharatpur, where you'll visit a bird sanctuary before continuing your journey to Agra. You'll explore the impressive Agra Fort and then experience what is sure to be the highlight of your holiday, a visit to the beautiful Taj Mahal at sunrise. 

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Your Holiday Includes

  • ​Return flights from Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic
  • 6 nights in heritage and 5-star hotels plus 1 night in flight
  • 12 meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners and welcome drink
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Tour of New Delhi
  • Cycle rickshaw tour of Old Delhi
  • Venture up to the hilltop Amber Fort
  • Discover the 'Pink City' of Jaipur
  • Admire Abhaneri's stepwells
  • Visit to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
  • See the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri
  • View the Agra Fort palaces
  • Dawn visit to the Taj Mahal​
  • Sample a petha in Agra

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Delhi

​Today you'll depart on your flight to Delhi.​

Day 2 Delhi

​On arrival in Delhi, we'll transfer you to your comfortable hotel, where you'll have time to freshen up after your flight. You'll then start your sightseeing with a tour of New Delhi, a spacious, imperial city created by the British in 1911. We'll drive through elegant boulevards to see the iconic India Gate and imposing Parliament House, which are grand reminders of the city's colonial past. We'll also see the soaring sandstone tower, Qutub Minar, and conclude our tour at Humayun's Tomb, built in 1570 and said to have inspired the Taj Mahal.​

Meals included: D

Day 3 Delhi - Jaipur

Your morning is going to be spent delving into the maze of narrow streets and thronging markets of Old Delhi. Firstly, you'll travel by cycle rickshaw, then you'll explore the fabled street bazaar of Chandni Chowk on foot, admiring the spectacular Red Fort as you go. The marble domes of the Jama Masjid Mosque are sure to impress, and Raj Ghat, the simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, is your final stop. ​
If all that sightseeing has given you an appetite, our optional street-food excursion will be just perfect. We'll hop on rickshaws and work our way around Old Delhi's historic and atmospheric streets, stopping to try the vegetarian specialities unique to this region. Chat with the vendors as you try chole bathure (chickpeas served with a fried bread), dahi bhalla (fried flour balls in yoghurt) and aloo chat (spicy potatoes). Also on the menu will be paratha flatbread and the spiced yoghurt drink, lassi. If you have a sweet tooth, try jalebi - pretzel-shaped deep-fried batter soaked in sugar syrup. and the local version of bread and butter pudding. There is so much to try, and if you're craving meat, don't worry, we'll make our way to a stall offering fried chicken.
Next we'll immerse ourselves in the largest spice market in Asia, Khari Baoli, which is actually an entire street. It's fascinating to watch as huge sacks of multi-coloured spices are traded, and the intoxicating aroma is out of this world.
Later, we'll head to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur. The sight of sandstone buildings tinged with pink and ochre set amongst barren hills will greet us on arrival in the capital of Rajasthan.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Jaipur

You've a day of discovery ahead of you, with your first highlight the marvellous Amber Fort. This 17th century stronghold commands a hilltop setting high above the surrounding valley. Step inside to see the Temple of Kali, the Palace of Mirrors and the Hall of Pleasures.

In the afternoon, you'll get to know the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, where all the buildings were painted pink by maharaja's decree. Together we'll explore the commanding City Palace and discover Mughal treasures in its museum. We'll also see the elaborate façade of the Palace of the Winds. From its 953 intricately decorated small windows, the ladies of the court could gaze upon the outside world unseen. 

Tonight, a really special optional trip gives you the chance to visit a family home for a cookery demonstration and dinner. ​

Meals included: B

Day 5 Jaipur - Bharatpur

Bharatpur is our next base, and on the way here we're going to take in the exceptional sight of Abhaneri's stepwell, an ancient water storage system. 

Lunch is served at the hotel, then our afternoon is spent at the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, which we'll reach by rickshaw. As well as many species of birds, also resident here are sambar and chital deer, boar and nilgai – the largest Asian antelope

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 6 Bharatpur - Agra

This morning we're going to journey by road to Agra, visiting the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri en route. Built by an emperor in 1569 to celebrate the birth of his son, you can stroll through its pink and red sandstone pavilions and palaces. 

In the afternoon, we'll visit the Agra Fort, where the Emperor Shah Jahan, who commissioned the Taj Mahal, was imprisoned by his son. Wander through its chambers to catch your first glimpse of this famous white-marble mausoleum.​

We'll also vist a petha shop and sample one of the most iconic street foods in Agra. Petha is a speciality of the area, prepared from white pumpkin or ash gourd and mixed with nuts to give it a unique taste.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 7 Agra - Delhi

Today is the day that you'll see the Taj Mahal, on a dawn visit. The early start is well worth it as you view this magnificent mausoleum that was built by Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife, Mumtaz. The exterior is decorated with many different precious and semi-precious stones, and it appears to change colour as the sun shines upon it. This building, which took 20,000 men more than 20 years to build, and sits in a vast complex, is an undeniably extravagant expression of love.

We're also going to see the Taj Mahal from another perspective later, as we head to Mehtab Bagh. This centuries-old garden complex sits on the other side of the Yamuna River and is exactly aligned with this iconic masterpiece, offering equally spectacular views. 

A journey by road then takes us back to Delhi, where you can enjoy a relaxed evening before your flight home tomorrow.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Delhi - UK

​Today we'll transfer you to the airport for your return flight to the UK.​

Meals included: B

Additional Information


 

Please note: Travellers on 'Nepal & India's Golden Triangle' will travel with you on this tour.​​

  1. Favourite Moment

    Rising early to see the stunning Taj Mahal at sunrise is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Accommodation

Vasant Continental

The 5-star Vasant Continental is situated in the diplomatic enclave of Delhi.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, spa and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, safe, TV and tea/coffee-making facilities.

Ramada Jaipur

The 4-star Ramada Hotel Jaipur is located in the heart of the ''Pink City''.

Hotel facilities include a choice of restaurants, bar, swimming pool, gym and spa. Bedrooms have private facilities, tea/coffee maker, TV and mini-bar.

Laxmi Niwas Palace

Ramada Plaza Agra

The Ramada Plaza Agra is a contemporarily styled property that also offers a great location – being less than 4 miles from the Taj Mahal. The fantastic facilities and services on offer will also ensure guests have a great stay. There is an outdoor pool, fitness centre as well as a shared lounge area. Guests can dine at the in-house restaurant and grab a drink at the bar. Rooms are fitted with a flat screen TV, kettle, and minibar. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi and complementary toiletries.

Radisson Blu Dwarka

Guests of the 5 star Radisson Blu can really look forward to taking advantage of the brilliant facilities and service on offer. The hotel boasts an outdoor pool, a fitness centre, salon and spa. There are three onsite restaurants offering a varied selection of cuisines. The contemporarily styled rooms are furnished with a TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities. The private facilities come equipped with a hairdryer and complementary toiletries. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi.

Prices shown are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room with private facilities unless otherwise stated. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.