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Baby Taj in Agra © P Vashistha
Taj Mahal © P ClarkeTaj Mahal grounds © P ClarkeThe biggest silver piece in the world, Jaipur © R F PorterHawa Mahal, Jaipur © P VashisthaSahelion Ki Bari, Udaipur © P VashisthaCity Palace, Udaipur © P Vashistha

Culture Tour with Regal Tigers of India (14 days) C194

Tour ref. no. C194
Duration: 12 nights (14 days taking into account flights which are payable directly)
Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Ranthambhore – Kota / Bundi – Chittorgarh – Udaipur – Delhi
  • See vibrant cities with a wealth of monuments, temples and palaces
  • Enjoy the Taj Mahal’s beauty: see the Amber Fort and City Palace in Jaipur
  • Bengal Tiger  – picturesque Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve
  • Stunning Bundi – visit Bundi Mahal and famous Bundi Palace
  • Chittorgarh – explore the historic Fort with havelis and temples
  • 007 Bond views across picturesque Lake Pichola, Udaipur
  • Endless photo opportunities – colourful scenes

Introduction

Incredible India!  This tour is perfect for anyone who appreciates the finest of architecture, cultural experiences and with a sense of adventure.  The journey begins in Delhi, then on to the city of Agra, most famous for the Taj Mahal – capable of bringing a tear to some eyes it is so incredible in its beauty.  More awaits in Agra – visit the vast and impressive Agra Fort and the Baby Taj.  Then to Jaipur with its famous Amber Fort and popular City Palace and Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds).  Time then to enjoy the natural beauty of Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve and fingers crossed for that special sighting of India’s top predator, the Bengal Tiger.  Look up Bundi – wow and another Mahal to visit there!  This tour ends in romantic Udaipur – several of it’s palaces featured in the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy.  We have included an evening boat trip on Lake Pichola.   Photographic opportunities await, almost around every corner! 

Itinerary and price

Day 1: Flight to be organised by you.

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Day 2: Delhi

Meals: Payable directly today

Arrive at New Delhi airport where you will be welcomed by our representative.  Your driver will then take you to your hotel.  Check-in at most places is from 12 noon – often earlier if the room is available.  Explore Delhi for half a day (with your driver).  From here we recommend a leisurely few hours to see the Lotus Temple and enjoy the grounds and have a relaxing evening.

Night in Delhi

Day 3: Delhi

Meals: Breakfast in Delhi

Full day to explore Delhi with your driver. There are many cultural places in and around the capital.  Humayun’s Tomb, Jama Masjid and Qutub Minar are well worth a visit.  You can enjoy a journey by cycle rickshaw around the narrow streets of Old Delhi, visit Raj Ghat and drive past India Gate and the Government Buildings.  Note: In the cities there are plenty of places where you can eat out cheaply, or alternatively you can check the menu at your hotel.  To allow flexibility we have priced this on a bed and breakfast basis.   Interested in wildlife?  Look out for Black Kites overhead and Five-striped Ground Squirrels and Rhesus Macaques in green spaces.

Night in Delhi

Day 4: Delhi – Agra

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast leave for Agra.  Expect the journey to take around 4 – 5 hours depending on traffic.  Check in at your hotel, then in the afternoon visit the extensive and very beautiful Agra Fort, followed by the Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays) and watch the colour of the marble change in the mid to late afternoon light.

Night at hotel in Agra.

Day 5: Agra - Jaipur

Meals: Breakfast

Depending on your choice, after breakfast your driver can take you to the Baby Taj (in Agra), or you can commence the journey of around five hours plus stops to Jaipur.  If you wish after about 45 minutes en route, you can explore the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri (a World Heritage Site). Continue on to the Pink City of Jaipur.  On arrival at your hotel, you could relax for a while then explore locally in the late afternoon/early evening with your driver.

Night at hotel at Jaipur.

Day 6: Jaipur

Meals: Breakfast

Following breakfast explore the impressive Amber Fort, City Palace, the Observatory and, if there is any spare time, walk the streets of this vibrant, colourful city which is famous for silk. Return to your hotel for the evening.

Day 7: Jaipur - Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve

Meals: Breakfast in Jaipur, lunch and dinner at Ranthambhore

After breakfast your driver will take you to the train station to connect with the Intercity Express train in air conditioned chair class which departs at 1105 hours and arrives in Sawai Madhopur (the nearest station to Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve) at 1315 hours.  Our representative will meet you on the station platform and you will be transferred to your lodge/resort.  The staff at your lodge/resort will confirm meal times and how the safaris work.  In the afternoon we have included a shared canter (open lorry) safari inside Ranthambhore National Park.  See supplement should you prefer to take a shared jeep (up to four people) or an exclusive jeep which is preferable to the canter.

Relax for the evening at your lodge/resort at Ranthambhore.

Day 8: Ranthambhore

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Morning and afternoon canter safaris ( or chosen vehicle) inside the stunningly beautiful Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve.

Night at lodge/resort at Ranthambhore

Day 9: Ranthambhore - Kota - Bundi

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast you will be driven to Bundi.  Expect the journey to take around five hours, plus stops on the way at Kota.  You can visit the Maharaon Madho Singh Museum, an old palace which is now home to a wonderful collection of paintings, sculptures and other valuable antiques.  If time permits explore the local markets.  From Kota to Bundi is an hour’s drive. Check in and relax at your hotel in Bundi

Night at Bundi

Day 10: Bundi - Lake Nahargarh, near Chittorgarh

Meals: Breakfast

Spend the morning in and around Bundi, visiting Bundi Mahal and Bundi Palace, famous for fresco paintings and intricate architecture.  At a time to suit you, leave Bundi for Parsoli village and Lake Nahargarh which is on the way to Chittorgarh.  Expect this journey to take around three hours.

The final part of your journey will be by boat, as your hotel Justa Lake Nahargarh is in the middle of a private lake surrounded by eighty acres of land by the Aravali Hills.

Night at Lake Nahargarh

Day 11: Lake Nahargarh - Chittorgarh - Lake Nahargarh

Meals: Breakfast

Today you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Lake Nahargarh or journey approx. 30 minutes to Chittorgarh for a full day to explore Chittorgarh Fort with its havelis and temples.  Return to Lake Nahargarh and enjoy some rest and relaxation by the pool side and lake.

Night at Lake Nahargarh

Day 12: Lake Nahargarh (near Chittorgarh) - Udaipur

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast,  at a time to suit you, leave for the three hour drive to Udaipur. Take a tour of the City Palace and Sahelion Ki Bari and enjoy a shared boat ride on Lake Pichola at sunset.

Night at Udaipur

Day 13: Udaipur

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full day visiting the exquisitely-carved Eklingji Temple, 22km north of Udaipur and Nagda Temple. Explore markets and have time to yourselves to walk around the lake and just relax in what is considered to be one of the most romantic cities in India.

Night at Udaipur

Day 14: Udaipur - Delhi

Meals: Breakfast

Morning at leisure or further explore the city before being transferred to Udaipur airport to take an internal flight to Delhi (excluded from our price and to be booked by you directly).  One option is with Indigo Airways flight no. 6E2315 departing Udaipur at 1410 hours arriving in Delhi at 1540 hours.

Our services end with the transfer to Udaipur airport.  If you require an extra night in Delhi to connect with an international flight the next day, please let us know and we can supply a supplement.

All our itineraries can be amended to suit you.

Prices for different hotel categories, the names of hotels and a list of inclusions/exclusions are shown below.

 * Important note: We haven’t included the cost of the entrance fees to monuments mentioned in this itinerary (where they are charged) as some travellers prefer to pay for these directly to retain flexibility each day.  The supplement to include the entrance fees will be approximately £140 per person.  If you would prefer us to book a local culture guide in advance for the monument visits in each city this will cost an additional £186 per person based on two travelling, £125 based on three and £93 per person based on four travelling.  Alternatively you can just pay the entrance fees directly and visit which monuments you would prefer on your own and without a guide.   This approach allows flexibility and you can confirm which is best for you.  Naturally, we can book everything on your behalf.

Price per person for low budget hotels option:

2 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £885 *
3 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £840 *
4 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £785 *
Single room supplement £215

* See supplements above if you’d like the cost of monument entrance fees and a culture guide to be included at each location.

Low budget price is based on the following hotels:

Place Hotel name No. of nights
Delhi Pamposh Guest House, Deluxe Room 2
Agra Hotel Crystal Inn, Deluxe Room 1
Jaipur Hotel Ram Vilas, Deluxe Room 2
Ranthambhore Ranthambhore National Resort, Deluxe Room  2
Bundi  Bundi Inn – Heritage Haveli, Deluxe Room  1
Lake Nahargarh, nr Chittorgarh Justa, Lake Nahargarh, Standard Room  2
Udaipur Hotel Sarovar, Deluxe Room  2

Price per person for mid budget hotels option:

2 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £965 *
3 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £915 *
4 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £860 *
Single room supplement £280

* See supplements above if you’d like the cost of monument entrance fees and a culture guide to be included at each location.

Mid budget price is based on the following hotels:

Place Hotel name No. of nights
Delhi Hotel Almora, Deluxe Room 2
Agra Hotel Seven Hills Tower, Deluxe Room 1
Jaipur Park Regis, Deluxe Room 2
Ranthambhore The Pugmark Resort, Deluxe Cottage   2
Bundi Bundi Haveli, Deluxe Room  1
Lake Nahargarh, nr Chittorgarh Justa Lake Nahargarh, Standard Room  2
Udaipur Hotel Mewargarh, Deluxe Room  2

Price per person for standard hotels option:

2 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £1065 *
3 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £1020 *
4 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £965 *
Single room supplement £385

* See supplements above if you’d like the cost of monument entrance fees and a culture guide to be included at each location.

Standard price is based on the following hotels:

Place Hotel name No. of nights
Delhi Justa The Residence at Panchsheel, Superior Room 2
Agra The Retreat, Deluxe Room 1
Jaipur Umaid Bhawan or Umaid Mahal, Royal Deluxe Room 2
Ranthambhore The Pugmark, Deluxe Cottage  2
Bundi Dev Niwas Bundi, Deluxe Room  1
Lake, Nahargarh, nr Chittorgarh Justa Lake Nahargarh, Deluxe Room  2
Udaipur The Shaharkot, Super Deluxe Room  2

Price per person for deluxe hotels option:

2 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £1325 *
3 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £1280 *
4 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £1220 *
Single room supplement £540

* See supplements above if you’d like the cost of monument entrance fees and a culture guide to be included at each location.

Deluxe price is based on the following hotels:

Place Hotel name No. of nights
Delhi Pride Plaza, Aerocity, Deluxe Room 2
Agra Crystal Sarovar Premium, Premier Taj View Room 1
Jaipur Shahpura House, Suite Room 2
Ranthambhore The Tigress Spa and Resort, Deluxe Suite   2
Bundi Hadoti Palace, Deluxe Room  1
Lake Nahargarh, nr Chittorgarh Justa Lake Nahargarh, Suite Room  2
Udaipur Fatehgarh, Superior Room  2

Price includes

  • Accommodation in the above mentioned hotels with meals as listed
  • All mentioned transfers by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Short cycle rickshaw ride in the narrow streets of Old Delhi
  • Ranthambhore entrance fees and canter safaris as listed in the itinerary
  • All currently applicable taxes
  • Pre-travel information including how to apply for a tourist visa

Price excludes

  • Any international airfare to/from India including International airport tax
  • Any internal airfare
  • Meals not specified
  • Tourist visa and travel insurance
  • Entrances fees to monuments listed in the itinerary – see supplement for adding these
  • Local culture guide to accompany you in each location to visit the culture sites – see supplement if you’d like us to book culture guide services
  • Camera fee and camcorder fee where levied
  • Any additional taxes levied by the Government of India on the tourism sector in future
  • Any increase in the monument entrance fees in the future – should you wish these to be included in the price.  The price is based on currently applicable monument fees
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as hard/soft drinks, laundry, phone/fax calls, tips etc.
  • Any item not mentioned in the price includes section
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control

How to book

The booking of this itinerary is with Wild About Travel Limited and our booking terms and conditions apply. In order to protect your payments we operate a trust account in accordance with the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

Please contact Jo Thomas at Wild About Travel (jo@wildabouttravel.co.uk) / 01480-370593 to register your interest and request a booking form.

To confirm your booking please complete the booking form and send a 25% deposit by £ sterling cheque * payable to Wild About Travel Trust to the Wild About Travel Office, 25 Sapley Road, Hartford, Huntingdon, Cambs PE29 1YG. The balance payment would be due 40 - 60 days (to be confirmed at the time of booking) prior to your travel dates.

* Note: Where a price is given in another currency you can pay in £ sterling. We will use the Lloyds Bank exchange rate at the time of making the deposit payment and the balance payment to convert the figure to £. If you would prefer to make a payment by internet banking please let us know and we can supply you with the bank details.

Flights

We can advise on appropriate flights and timings that you may wish to book, but we do not organise or arrange flights on our customers’ behalf. You will need to make your own flight arrangements directly with a flight retailer or the airline concerned; we recommend StudentUniverse (in partnership with Gapyear.com), part of Flight Centre Travel Group. They can be contacted by completing the online enquiry form or you can call 0800 280 8947 to speak to one of their flight advisors.

For any help or advice please call or email Wild About Travel and we would be happy to assist.
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Email: jo@wildabouttravel.co.uk
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