Day 1: Overnight Travel Fri. 9 Nov 2018

Departure flight with Emirates to Delhi via Dubai. Flight shown is from London Heathrow - please enquire about flights from other airports.


EK030 London Heathrow / Dubai 16:15/03:00 (+1)

Day 2: New Delhi Sat. 10 Nov 2018

Connecting Emirates flight from Dubai to Delhi:

EK510 Dubai / Delhi 04:00/08:40


Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel in Central Delhi.


Afternoon guided sightseeing of Central Delhi, also known as Lutyen’s Delhi. Drive past the India Gate (war memorial), the president's residence - formerly the Viceroy's Palace, Parliament House and the Secretariat buildings - an interesting blend of the Victorian and 20th century architecture. Visit Bangla Sahib Sikh Temple which is known for its huge community kitchen, serving food morning till evening to people across all religions. Visit the medieval era Humayun’s tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage site completed in 1572. Humayun was the second Mughal Emperor and this is the first example of a Mughal garden tomb. It is clearly an inspiration for later monuments including the Taj Mahal.

Day 3: New Delhi Sun. 11 Nov 2018

Morning walk with Salaam Baalak Trust (08:30 till 10:00 am).

The City Walk is a guided tour around New Delhi Railway Station and Paharganj area in which former street children share their personal story of survival with the participants and show them the contact points and shelter homes Salaam Baalak Trust provides. Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT), a non-profit organisation, has been running the walk for about four years now, taking care of present and former street children in Delhi. Through this programme, the young guides, who are former children of the Trust, get an opportunity to improve their communication and marketing skills independently. The walk aims to educate people on the lives of Street children and helps to provide a deeper insight about street life from people who have experienced it themselves. All proceeds go directly to the trust to enable more opportunities to be made for street children.

Later, guided sightseeing of Old Delhi; visit Jama Masjid, this great mosque of Old Delhi is both the largest in India and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan, with a courtyard capable of holding 25000 devotees. Enjoy a rickshaw ride at Chandni Chowk, winding through the labyrinthine lanes glimpsing tiny shops crammed with spices and trinkets. View the magnificent 17th century Red Fort and finally stop at Raj Ghat, the cremation ground of Mahatma Gandhi.

Afternoon, visit the 12th century Qutab Minar, which is the tallest brick minaret in the world, and an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture. The superb buildings in this complex date from the onset of Muslim rule in India.

Day 4: Agra Mon. 12 Nov 2018

Morning drive to Agra (4½ hours).

After checking in at the hotel and having some time to freshen up, we will visit Sheroes Hangout. Sheroes are women who have struggled to rebuild their lives after suffering chemical attacks. This project supports the women in the form of a cafe, an activism workshop, a community radio, and an exhibit space where works crafted by Sheroes are on display. Sheroes Hangout is an initiative by Stop Acid Attacks campaign that was founded in New Delhi in 2013.

Activities and Services

Sheroes Cafe

Day 5: Agra Tue. 13 Nov 2018

Sunrise visit to the world-famous Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the skill of 20,000 craftsmen brought together from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and who took 17 years to complete this ' Love Poem in Marble'. It really is astoundingly beautiful.

Return to hotel for breakfast.

Later visit Agra Fort (sometimes called the Red Fort), which was built by Akbar in 1565. The red sandstone fort was renovated and converted into a palace during Shah Jahan's time, and reworked extensively with marble and pietra dura inlay. Notable buildings in the fort include the Pearl Mosque, the Diwan-e-Am and Diwan-e-Khas (halls of public and private audience), Jehangir's Palace, Khaas Mahal, Sheesh Mahal (mirrored palace), and Musamman Burj. Several of the buildings are made of pure marble with beautiful carvings. To cool the rooms, the walls were hollow and filled with running water. The balconies of these pavilions give clear view of Taj Mahal and Yamuna River flowing next to it.

Optional return visit to the Taj Mahal at sunset (entrance on direct payment).

Activities and Services

Taj Mahal Agra Fort

Excluded

Return visit to Taj Mahal at sunset

Day 6: Ranthambore National Park Wed. 14 Nov 2018

This morning drive from Agra to Bharatpur, visiting Fatehpur Sikri en-route (2 hours drive).

Located 40 kms from Agra, the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, in honour of the great Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti who blessed Akbar and prophesied the birth of three sons to the heirless Emperor. Akbar used Fatehpur Sikri as his capital and the city was fully occupied for 14 years but slowly became deserted and ruined after Akbar left the city. Scarcity of water was the prime factor for the abandonment of this beautiful city. Visit the remarkably well-preserved, graceful buildings within the 'Ghost City' including the Jama Masjid, tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal Palace and other palaces that display the grandeur and splendour of the Mughal empire at the height of its power.

Post visit transfer to Laxmi Vilas Palace hotel Bharatpur for lunch (direct payment), after which transfer to Bharatpur railway station to board the train for Ranthambore:

Jan Shatabdi Express (12060) Bharatpur / Sawai Madhopur 15:50/18:02

Transfer to hotel for 2 nights stay.

Activities and Services

Fatehpur Sikri

Day 7: Ranthambore National Park Thu. 15 Nov 2018

Morning and afternoon canter (safari bus) safari in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.

Rest of the day at leisure to relax at the resort.

Activities and Services

Ranthambore National Park

Day 8: Dausa Fri. 16 Nov 2018

Morning canter (safari bus) safari in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve - a final chance to spot tigers in the wild.

Return to the hotel for breakfast and drive to Dausa (1 ½ hours drive). En-route visit the beautiful Chand Baori (Stepwell) in Abhaneri village. It was built during the 8th and 9th centuries and has 3,500 narrow steps arranged in perfect symmetry, which descend 20 metres and 3 floors to the bottom of the well. The stepwell rose to fame when scenes from “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” were shot here.

Arrive at Dausa and check in at Talabgaon Castle for 2 nights stay.

In the evening, enjoy a Camel Cart Ride through the local countryside.

Activities and Services

Abhaneri Camel Cart Ride

Day 9: Dausa Sat. 17 Nov 2018

Morning local village walk. Besides royalty, Rajasthan is also the land of rural villages where traditional life and customs are still very important. Explore the local farms, fields, and houses in the village and interact with the residents to learn about their traditional dresses and lifestyle.


Afternoon is at leisure to relax at the property.


Activities and Services

Village Walk

Day 10: Jaipur Sun. 18 Nov 2018

In the morning, leave for Jaipur (2 ½ hours drive). On arrival, check in at hotel for 3 nights stay.


In the evening, visit to a local Indian family at Ikaki Niwas for Cookery Class and dinner. You will have the opportunity to interact with the family and learn about local life and how it has changed over the years. This will be followed by a cooking demonstration of traditional Rajasthani dishes and then dinner with the family.

Activities and Services

Cooking Class

Day 11: Jaipur Mon. 19 Nov 2018

Morning excursion to Amber fort, a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace. The imposing fort has an exquisite interior with miniatures painted on the walls depicting hunting, war scenes and festivals with precious stones and mirrors embedded into the plaster. Visit the Jag Mandir or the Hall of Victory and the famed Sheesh Mahal - a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period. A major attraction at Amber is the Elephant Ride all the way up to the fort entrance which is an unforgettable experience. En-route to Amber Fort, we will have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds.


In the city visit the Maharajah's City Palace, the former Royal residence, part of which is converted into a museum. One of the major attractions in the Museum is the Armoury Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, Blunderbusses, flintlocks, Swords, rifles and daggers, once used by the Royal families. A small portion of the Palace is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur.

Also visit the interesting Jantar Mantar which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world.


Day 12: Jaipur Tue. 20 Nov 2018

This morning, visit the village of Jhijha which is on the outskirts of Jaipur. Start the tour by visiting the basic Primary school which we are supporting. The school has very limited facilities and resources. In addition to a contribution from our company, an amount of £10 per person has been included in the price of your tour to purchase a bookcase and supply of books for the school. We will meet with the teachers and students, present the books to them, and understand the basic education system in rural India. After spending some time at the school, we will continue to the village to meet and interact with the villagers, mostly women, while they are busy with their domestic chores. Then, relax and enjoy lunch in a local farm surrounded by fields. Return to your hotel after lunch.

The afternoon is free for shopping in the colourful local market of Jaipur, or relaxing by the pool at the hotel.

Activities and Services

Rural School & Village Excursion Jaipur Shopping

Day 13: Rajasthan Wed. 21 Nov 2018

After breakfast, drive to Bishangarh (approx. 1 ½ hours).

On arrival, check in at the magnificent Alila Fort Bishangarh for 1 night's stay. This latest impressive converted Rajasthani Fort is perched magnificently upon a granite hill overlooking 360-degree views of the rustic landscape. It really is magnificent and provides a memorable final night to your tour.


Take a guided late afternoon/early evening walk through the local village to explore the life of the villagers.


Activities and Services

Bishangarh Village Walk

Day 14: Overnight Travel Thu. 22 Nov 2018

After a leisurely morning, drive to Delhi airport (approx. 4 hours) to board your return flight home.



For those interested in extending your stay to include some time at the beach, we have prepared two options:


Goa Beach Extension

Supplement from £805 per person based on twin/double sharing

Supplement from £1,480 per person based on single occupancy

22 Nov: Delhi Aerocity, Lemon Tree Hotel, 1 night, Standard Room, Half Board

23 Nov: Flight from Delhi to Goa, Air India AI156 10:55/13:30

23-28 Nov: Goa, Alila Diwa, 5 nights, Terrace Room, Bed & Breakfast

28 Nov: Flight from Goa to Mumbai, Air India AI664 15:20/16:30

28 Nov: Flight from Mumbai to Dubai, Emirates EK509 22:00/23:55

29 Nov: Flight from Dubai to LHR, Emirates EK007 03:10/07:10

- please enquire about flights to locations other than London Heathrow



Kerala Beach Extension

Supplement from £1,325 per person based on twin/double sharing

Supplement from £2,354 per person based on single occupancy

22 Nov: Delhi Aerocity, Lemon Tree Hotel, 1 night, Standard Room, Half Board

23 Nov: Flight from Delhi to Mangalore, Jet Airways 9W848 15:20/18:10

23-28 Nov: Kerala, Neeleshwar Hermitage, 5 nights, Sea View Cottage, Bed & Breakfast

28 Nov: Flight from Mangalore to Mumbai, Jet Airways 9W432 15:50/17:20

28 Nov: Flight from Mumbai to Dubai, Emirates EK509 22:00/23:55

29 Nov: Flight from Dubai to LHR, Emirates EK007 03:10/07:10

- please enquire about flights to locations other than London Heathrow

Alila Diwa Goa Alila Diwa Goa

Activities and Services

Alila Diwa Goa Neeleshwar Hermitage

Day 15: Departure Fri. 23 Nov 2018

Arrival back in UK for those not extending their stay at the beach.