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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Taj Mahal & the Treasures of India
Best time to go: January to April, October to December
14 Nights | from £7,015pp
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Holiday type: Group departure
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- Experience the glorious Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset
- Enjoy a private safari in Panna National Park, home to the elusive Bengal tiger
- Enjoy a Scenic Sundowner after a private sunset boat cruise on Lake Pichola in Udaipur
Observe priests performing an Aarti ceremony on the banks of the Holy Ganges
Taj Mahal & the Treasures of India: Download PDF itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Mumbai, India
A member of the A&K team will meet you as you arrive in Mumbai and accompany you to your hotel.
The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
Day 2: Mumbai
Spend the day exploring the city’s classic sights, including the Gateway of India, an 85-foot-high arch whose design reflects India’s Muslim and Hindu tradition, before heading on to the Prince of Wales Museum and Mani Bhawan, dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi. Later, at Dhobi Ghat, you’ll see the largest open-air laundry in the world. Back at the hotel in the evening, there is a special welcome dinner with your fellow travellers.
The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 3: Mumbai/Udaipur
Take a private cruise from Mumbai Harbour to Elephanta Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to explore the island’s world-renowned temples which are carved directly out of the basalt rock and filled with ornamental statues, pillars and friezes. Later in the afternoon, fly to Udaipur and check into the Taj Lake Palace which affords magnificent views of the City and Jag Mandir Palace.
Taj Lake Palace | Meals: Breakfast
Days 4-5: Udaipur
Visit the City Palace, a marble complex of palaces and galleries offering unforgettable views of the lake and its surroundings. Take a private tour of the Crystal Gallery in Fateh Prakesh Palace and explore the lush and beautiful Sahelion Ki Bari (Garden of the Maids of Honour). Pay a visit to a painting school before taking a private cruise to Jag Mandir, the marble palace on an island in Lake Pichola, to enjoy sundowners. The following morning, head out of town to Delwara to visit two temple complexes: Eklingji dedicated to Shiva, and deserted Nagda, built to honour Lord Vishnu. After lunch return to Udaipur where the rest of your afternoon is at leisure.
Taj Lake Palace | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner (Day 4); Breakfast and Lunch (Day 5)
Days 6-7: Jaipur
This morning, fly to Jaipur where you will be staying at the Rambagh Palace, the former residence of the Maharajah of Jaipur. Later explore the City Palace, a unique complex of several palaces, pavilions, gardens and temples. Visit the Jantar Mantar, an open-air array of ingenious astronomical instruments. The next day, view the Palace of the Winds built for women of the royal household to observe street life without being seen. Later explore the beautiful Mughal-style Amber Fort. This red sandstone and marble palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Rambagh Palace | Meals:Breakfast and Dinner (Day 6);Breakfast and Lunch (Day 7)
Days 8-9: Agra
Drive to Agra, observing the colourful rural life of Rajasthan along the way. You will be staying in the luxurious Oberoi Amarvilas, from where you’ll catch your first glimpse of the iconic Taj Mahal from your room. The first of two visits to the exquisite monument to love is later in the afternoon, as the setting sun bathes the white marble building in a soft orange glow. You’ll return to the Taj Mahal the following morning, where this time, the rising sun colours it a rosy pink. Having absorbed the Taj Mahal and explored the fountain-filled gardens, you’ll visit the Agra Fort. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure or choose to explore Fatehpur Sikri. Built in the 16th century and later abandoned, Fatehpur Sikri is a fairy-tale ghost city made of delicately carved red sandstone.
The Oberoi Amarvilás | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (Day 8); Breakfast (Day 9)
Day10: Jhansi/Panna National Park
Depart by express train to Jhansi. After lunch, continue to remote Panna National Park, a haven for India’s wildlife, and check in to your wilderness lodge.
Pashan Garh | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11: Panna National Park
After a morning at leisure, transfer from your lodge to Panna National Park for a game drive in a four-wheel-drive vehicle, spotting crocodiles or perhaps the elusive Bengal tiger. Tonight, enjoy an Indian cooking demonstration, as a chef prepares local delicacies for dinner.
Pashan Garh | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12: Khajuraho/Varanasi | India’s Holiest City
Drive to Khajuraho to see the stunning carvings adorning its 85 beautiful Hindu and Jain temples where all of life – joy, love, divinity, war – is depicted in fine detail. Then fly to Varanasi, a city of more than a thousand temples and shrines sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists, famous for its ghats’ steps which lead down to the holy waters of the River Ganges. At dusk, you’ll be able to observe an atmospheric Aarti ceremony, where prayers are chanted to rhythmic drumming, as lantern-bearing priests bid the gods and goddesses a peaceful slumber.
The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi | Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Day 13: Varanasi/Delhi | Private Sunrise River Cruise
Rise early for a private sunrise cruise on the Ganges, where you’ll see everyday activity along the ghats, where locals and pilgrims cleanse themselves, literally and spiritually in the river’s sacred waters. Later fly to Delhi for a farewell dinner at your hotel.
Taj Palace, New Delhi | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 14: Delhi | Exploring the Old and the New
Visit the great Jama Masjid, the most important and largest mosque in India. Then set off on an exciting rickshaw ride through the sensory riot of carts and stalls of the Chandni Chowk bazaar in Old Delhi. After lunch take a tour of New Delhi, including one of the most spectacular Mughal buildings, Humayun’s Tomb, which is a precursor to the Taj Mahal and recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Taj Palace, New Delhi | Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Day 15: Depart Delhi
The following morning after breakfast, you will be driven to the airport for your flight home or to begin your post trip extension to Kathmandu.
Departure Dates & Pricing
|Departure Dates||Per Person from|
|9th Jan, 29th Mar||£7,015|
|11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th, 30th Jan, 1st, 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 27th Feb, 1st, 13th, 15th, 20th, Mar, 9th, 11th, 16th Oct*, 1st, 8th, 13th, 15th, 27th, 29th Nov, 4th, 6th Dec||£7,325|
|20th**, 23rd**, 25th, 27th Oct||£8,555|
*Days 10-11 at Lalit Temple View Khajuraho in Khajuraho.
**Departure operates in reverse order.
The above prices include all accommodation, guiding and meals as specified. Subject to availability. Excludes international flights. Single Supplement on request
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Best time to be there
From October to March the weather is refreshingly cool with minimal rainfall in most places. India's main festivals also take place during this time, such as the Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan, the Republic Day of India and Holi, the festival of colours.
8 hours 20 minutes non-stop
GMT +5 1/2 hours
Required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area