The Grand Tour of India

Resort: The Grand Tour of India
Operator: Cox and Kings
Destination: India
Price From: £2895.00

Overview

Explore the diverse cultural influences that
have created the fascinating heritage of
India. This tour encompasses holy cities,
the resplendent Taj Mahal, Jodhpurs bluewashed
houses, and the beautiful lakes
and palaces of Udaipur. Go in search of the
elusive Royal Bengal tiger and extend your
journey in the idyllic backwaters of Kerala.

Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Amritsar via Delhi

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Amristar, via Delhi, with British Airways. (N)

Day 2: Amritsar

On arrival, transfer to Taj Swarna for 2 nights.
Welcome dinner and evening visit to the
Golden Temple for the auspicious Palki Sahib
night ceremony. The temple is profusely lit
and the lights are beautifully reflected in large
water tanks surrounding the sanctum. (D)

Day 3: Amritsar Wagah

Morning visit to the Golden Temple and the
community kitchen called Langar. Weave your
way through Qila Ahluwalia, a fort replete with
colonial architectural features, before arriving
at the Jalebiwala Chowk with its jalebi shop
selling delicious sticky sweets. Late afternoon
visit to Wagah, for the unmissable Changing of
the Guard ceremony. (B)

Day 4: Fly to Varanasi via Delhi

Morning flight to Varanasi for an overnight
stay at the Hotel Madin. This evening, visit the
Dasaswamedh ghats to witness the magical
Ganga aarti ceremony from a boat on the
Ganges. On the 26 Nov 2020 and 15 Nov 2021
departures, enjoy the Dev Diwali celebrations
when the steps of the ghats are lit with more
than a million earthen lamps. (B)

Day 5: Varanasi Delhi

Early morning boat ride on the Ganges, followed
by breakfast at Brijrama Palace overlooking
the river. Walking tour of Varanasi’s hidden
alleys, paan bazaar, craftsmen colony and the
spice, jewellery and flower markets. Take the
afternoon high-speed Vande Bharat Express train
to Delhi for a 2-night stay at the LaLit. (B)

Day 6: Old & New Delhi

Morning tour of Old Delhi, including a drive
past the Red Fort, a visit to the Jama Masjid,
and a walking tour of Old Delhi. Afternoon
tour of New Delhi including India Gate and the
viceregal residence before Qutb Minar and the
tomb of the Mughal Emperor, Humayun. (B)

Day 7: Agra

Take the Gatimaan Express train to Agra for an
overnight stay at Trident Agra (or similar). Visit
the huge Agra Fort and enjoy the highlight of
sunset at the Taj Mahal. (B)

Day 8: Fatehpur Sikri Ranthambore

Drive to Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted 16thcentury
sandstone city. Continue to Bharatpur
and take the train to Sawai Madhopur. Transfer
to Sawai Vilas for 2 nights. (B, D)

Day 9: Ranthambore

Early morning and late afternoon wildlife
viewing. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Jaipur

Morning drive to Jaipur and stay at the Trident
Jaipur for 2 nights. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 11: Jaipur

Morning aarti ceremony at a local Hindu
temple. Tour of the ancient palace of Amber
Fort. Afternoon visit to the City Palace and
Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory. (B)

Day 12: Jodhpur Rohet

Full-day drive to Rohet via Jodhpur. Visit the
magnificent Mehrangarh Fort and the imposing
Jaswant Thada cenotaph. Continue to Rohet
and stay at Rohet Garh for 2 nights. (B, D)

Day 13: Bishnoi tribal villages

Morning at leisure. After lunch, take a 4×4 safari to visit the Bishnoi tribal villages. (B, D)

Day 14: Ranakpur Udaipur

Drive to the lake city of Udaipur, visiting the
exquisite Jain temples at Ranakpur en route.
Arrive at the Trident Udaipur for a 2-night
stay. Or upgrade to the Taj Lake Palace
(luxury Lake View room) from £865pp for 2
nights. (B)

Day 15: Udaipur

Morning tour of the City Palace, Jagdish temple
and a miniature painting studio. Afternoon
at leisure. Evening Bagore-ki-Haveli cultural
show. Holi festival departures will witness the
celebrations at the Maharajahs Palace. (B)

Day 16: Fly to Delhi

Transfer to the airport and fly to Delhi for an
overnight stay at the Andaz Aerocity. (B)

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