Group Tour 8 days from £1045 per person

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  Places Visited: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Delhi

Popularly known as the Golden Triangle, this tour takes in the most popular sights of the country and is a true introduction to India. Start in the city of Delhi with the tree-lined boulevards of Lutyen’s New Delhi and the hustle and bustle of the Old City. Move on to Agra to admire one of the most iconic and beautiful buildings in the world, the Taj Mahal, as well as the impressive Agra Fort with its Diwan-i-Am & Diwan-i-Khas (halls of public and private audience) and lastly, the Pink City of Jaipur, with its stately forts, sprawling palaces and colourful bazaars.

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Travel Arrangements

  • Group Size 4-12
  • Internal Travel Air-conditioned vehicles
  • Accompanying Guide English-speaking accompanying guide throughout when minimum group size of 4 is acheived
  • Accommodation 7 nights
  • Meal Plan Breakfast daily. Lunch on days 2, 4, 5. Dinner on days 1, 6.

 

Itinerary for Glimpse of India

Day 1
Delhi

Greeted on arrival in Delhi and transferred to the Suryaa Hotel or similar for two nights. The remainder of the day is at leisure, with a welcome dinner at a local restaurant in the evening.

Delhi, the vibrant capital of India, is steeped in a rich history spanning millennia. Its origins trace back to the ancient Indraprastha, mentioned in Hindu epics like the Mahabharata. Over centuries, Delhi evolved through various dynasties, each erecting magnificent structures like the Qutub Minar, symbolizing Islamic architecture's zenith in India.

The Mughals, starting with Babur, further embellished Delhi with grand edifices like the Red Fort and Humayun's Tomb, establishing it as a symbol of power and opulence. The city reached its zenith under Shah Jahan, who built the majestic Taj Mahal in nearby Agra.

British colonial rule marked a relatively new chapter, making Delhi the capital of British India in 1911. Post-independence, it became the seat of the Indian government in 1947, witnessing rapid modernization and urban development. Today, Delhi is a testament to India's diverse cultural heritage, blending ancient legacies with modern aspirations.

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Day 2
Delhi

Explore Delhi today. Start your tour of Old Delhi with a cycle rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk and visits to Jama Masjid and Raj Ghat. After lunch, drive past Lutyen’s Delhi and visit the tomb of Humayun and the lofty Qutab Minar.

 

Old Delhi, founded by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century, is a living testament to India's rich historical tapestry. Originally named Shahjahanabad, it served as the Mughal capital, boasting magnificent structures like the Red Fort and Jama Masjid. Today, Old Delhi pulsates with life, its narrow streets teeming with bustling markets, vibrant bazaars, and ancient monuments. It remains a hub of culture, commerce, and culinary delights, attracting visitors worldwide. Its enduring charm lies in its ability to seamlessly blend the old with the new, preserving its heritage while embracing the dynamism of modern Indian life.

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Day 3
Delhi - Agra

Drive to Agra (4-5 hours) for an overnight stay at the Grand Mercure or similar. In the afternoon visit Agra Fort, the tomb of Itamudud- Daula and enjoy a heritage walk of Agra.

Agra, renowned for the ethereal Taj Mahal, was built in the 16th century, serving as the capital of the Lodi dynasty. It rose to prominence under the Mughals, notably Emperor Akbar, who transformed it into a cultural and architectural marvel. Shah Jahan, Akbar's grandson, immortalized Agra with the breathtaking Taj Mahal, a symbol of eternal love for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Despite its grandeur, Agra's status as the Mughal capital was short-lived, as Shah Jahan later shifted the capital to Delhi. However, Agra's allure endures, captivating visitors with its timeless beauty and evocative history.

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Day 4
Agra - Jaipur

Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Return to your hotel for breakfast before continuing to Jaipur (6-7 hours). En route visit Emperor Akbar’s abandoned City of Fatehpur Sikri and the impressive Chand Baori step well at Abhaneri. Stay at Shahpura House or similar for three nights.

Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO World Heritage Site near Agra, embodies the architectural grandeur of the Mughal era. Constructed by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century, it served as his capital for a brief period. The city's stunning red sandstone structures, including the Jama Masjid, Buland Darwaza, and Panch Mahal, reflect Akbar's eclectic tastes and vision for religious harmony. Despite its short-lived political significance, Fatehpur Sikri remains a cultural gem, blending Persian, Indian, and Islamic architectural styles. Its deserted streets and palaces remind visitors of a bygone era, inviting them to explore its history and splendour.

 

 

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Day 5
Jaipur

Visit the 17th-century hilltop fort of Amber and it's sparkling Mirror Palace. In the afternoon visit the City Palace complex including its museum, and the 18th century Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory. Drive through the busy bazaars past the recently restored Hawa Mahal, one of the most famous buildings in Jaipur.

The Amber Fort, a majestic fortress in the hills near Jaipur, Rajasthan, is a testament to Rajput grandeur and architectural finesse. Built in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh I, it blends Hindu and Mughal influences seamlessly. The fort mesmerises visitors with its imposing walls, intricate marble work, and panoramic views. Highlights include the Diwan-i-Aam (Hall of Public Audience), Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace), and Ganesh Pol (Ganesh Gate). Elephant rides up the fort's steep ascent evoke a bygone era. The Amber Fort remains a jewel in Jaipur's crown, captivating tourists with its timeless splendour and historical significance.

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Day 6
Jaipur

Day at leisure or take one of our optional excursions. This evening enjoy a colourful cultural performance and dinner at an ethnic restaurant.

Jaipur, known as the "Pink City," was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727 and strategically planned as a capital to accommodate Jaipur's growing population and political importance. Named after the distinctive pink hue of the city, it comes from the pink sandstone used in the building of its significant monuments and a mandate declared in 1876 to paint all central buildings in a pink shade in welcome of the Prince of Wales.

Dotted with majestic forts, including the iconic Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur epitomises Rajput grandeur and architectural brilliance. The City Palace, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), and Jantar Mantar observatory are among its other notable landmarks, showcasing the city's rich heritage.

Jaipur historically housed Rajput royals, nobles, and artisans, fostering a vibrant cultural tapestry. Today, while descendants of erstwhile royals and nobles still inhabit parts of Jaipur, the city pulsates with a diverse populace, including residents from various backgrounds, traders, and tourists, adding layers to its dynamic social fabric.

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Day 7
Jaipur - Delhi

Drive back to Delhi this afternoon (5 hours) for an overnight stay at an airport hotel.

In case you didn't manage to shop en route, Gurgaon, a bustling city near Delhi, offers diverse shopping experiences. From luxury malls like Ambience Mall and DLF CyberHub to local markets like Sadar Bazaar and Galleria Market, shoppers find everything from high-end brands to unique handicrafts and street food. Gurgaon's retail landscape caters to every taste and budget.

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Day 8
Delhi

Today you will be transferred to Delhi International airport for your onward flight.

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Group Tour 8 days from £1045 per person


What's included


✓   7 nights accommodation
✓   All internal transportation and transfers
✓   English-speaking accompanying guide throughout
✓   Breakfast daily. Lunch on days 2, 4, 5. Dinner on days 1, 6
✓   Entrance fees to sites and monuments listed in the tour itinerary

Holiday Extensions for this tour

Glimpse of India - Beaches of Goa

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Single supplement £ 445 per person
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Day 8
Delhi - Goa

Fly from Delhi to Goa, arriving mid afternoon. Transfer to the Holiday Inn or similar (upgrades available) for three nights.

Day 9 & 10
Goa

At leisure.

Day 11
Goa

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Glimpse of India - Tigers of Ranthambore

3 days, 2 nights from £595 per person

Single supplement £ 195 per person
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Day 7
Jaipur, Ranthambore

Drive to Sawai Madhopur this morning (4-5 hours) staying two nights at the Ranthambore Kothi, your base to explore Ranthambore National Park. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in the park.

Day 8
Ranthambore

Enjoy morning and evening game drives in Ranthambore National Park in search of the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. Other animals include Leopard, Sloth bear, Sambar deer, Chital, Nilgai, Black bucks, Langur and Macaque.

Day 9
Ranthambore, Delhi

Enjoy a morning game drive. Journey by train to Delhi this afternoon. On arrival, transfer to the hotel, staying overnight at the Park hotel.

Day 10
Delhi

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Glimpse of India - Ganges at Varanasi

3 days, 2 nights from £645 per person

Single supplement £ 145 per person
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Day 7
Jaipur - Varanasi

Transfer to the airport for a short flight to Varanasi. Transfer to the Radisson Hotel for two nights.

Day 8
Varanasi

Varanasi is the oldest continuously inhabited places on earth. Streams of Hindu worshippers still come here today to bathe in the sacred waters. We will enjoy a peaceful early morning boat ride on the Ganges. The afternoon is spent visiting Sarnath, the site of Buddha’s first public discourse. In the evening we head back to the Ganges to witness ceremonial worship with oil lamps.

Day 9
Varanasi - Delhi

A midday flight back to Delhi. On arrival, transfer to an airport hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 10
Delhi

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Glimpse of India - Golden Temple Amritsar

4 days, 3 nights from £595 per person

Single supplement £ 195 per person
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Day 8
Delhi - Amritsar

Take the early morning Shatabdi Express (6 hr train journey) to Amritsar for a two-night stay at Ranjit Vilas. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 9
Amritsar

Visit the Golden Temple complex, one of the holiest shrines of the Sikh faith and Jallianwala Bagh. In the afternoon drive to the Wagah border to see the indulgent joint ‘retreat’ ceremony of the Indian and Pakistani guard.

Day 10
Amritsar - Delhi

Fly back to Delhi. On arrival, transfer to an airport hotel for the night.

Day 11
Delhi

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Glimpse of India - Shimla Hills

5 days, 4 nights from £735 per person

Single supplement £ 375 per person
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Day 8
Delhi - Kalka - Shimla

Board the early morning Shatabdi Express to Kalka. Journey onward, on the narrow gauge railway towards Shimla. On arrival, check-in at the legendary Clarke’s hotel for three nights.

Day 9
Shimla

A morning’s sightseeing tour of Shimla includes a visit to the Vice Regal Lodge, Mock Tudor Library and Jakhu Temple, as well as a walk down the busy Mall Road to see the Gaiety Theatre and Christ Church. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 10
Shimla

Your day is at leisure to explore the neighbouring towns of Kufri, Naldhera and Chail or enjoy a walk in the picturesque mountains.

Day 11
Shimla - Delhi

Drive to Kalka (2 ½ hours) to board the Shatabdi Express back to Delhi. Stay overnight at The Pride Plaza or similar

Day 12
Delhi

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

2024/2025 tour prices for Glimpse of India

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