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The Golden Triangle is a great starting point for anyone visiting India for the first time. The journey is made up of three of the most visited cities in north India – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, offering a fantastic combination of history and culture.
Only after stepping foot in India will you realise that Indian cuisine, as you know it, just doesn’t exist. To paint both the delicate and punchy flavours of India with the same broad brushstroke overlooks the smorgasbord of dishes on offer from north to south. Tried and tested recipes balance coriander, cumin and cardamom with almost scientific precision, guaranteeing a culinary experience you will never forget.
Enjoy a sneak peek into daily life in India by staying at a haveli or in a homestay. If only for a few nights, you will be shoehorned into a family, enjoying traditional Indian hospitality, sampling home cooked food and exploring the path less travelled. Staying at one of these unique lodgings will give you an incredible insight into real India, and you will be welcomed with open arms by hosts whose wealth of local knowledge knows no bounds. Coming in all shapes and sizes, from plantation bungalows to historic houses, majestic forts and charming cottages, a short stay in one of these unique properties allows you to immerse yourself in India rather than simply visit it.
India is a magical country which welcomes travellers with a chaotic and colourful assault on the senses. Never is this more prominent than during one of the many festivals. Below we have listed the dates for the major festivals in India in 2017. Speak to one of our specialists about incorporating one of these into a tailor-made itinerary.
With millions of passengers on the move every day, travelling on some 71,000 miles of track, India's intricate network of railways are the arteries of the country, connecting its bustling cities with its sleepy villages and everywhere in between. The sprawling rail network reaches the nooks and crannies of India which are otherwise impossible to find. Amongst the country's miles of train tracks are some of the most picturesque rail journeys in the world, most notable of which are its famed toy trains. Whilst perhaps not the most efficient way of getting from A to B, the experience is an absolute must to add to your India itinerary.
Wildlife and Culture
Delhi, Kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park, Panna National Park, Khajuraho, Gwalior, Orchha, Chambal, Agra, Jaipur
Best for: Culture History, Highlights, Safari
Taking you through ancient towns and cities steeped in culture and history, alongside fantastic game viewing in some of India’s most renowned national parks, this itinerary is the ultimate combination of wildlife and culture.
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Involving glittering palaces, intricate temples, ancient forts, vibrant cities, an astounding array of wildlife, and a visit to the iconic Taj Mahal, this extensive 17 night itinerary is the perfect illustration of what makes India such magical destination. After immersing yourself in the old and new cultures of Delhi, enjoy some fantastic wildlife viewing in the national parks of Bandhavgarh and Kanha. Staying in two lovely safari lodges, spend the days spotting leopards, wild cats, foxes, deer and the majestic Bengal tiger. Discover intricate erotic temple art at the World Heritage listed Khajuraho complex, before embarking on an extraordinary night safari in Panna National Park, one of the most renowned Tiger Reserves in India.
After Panna, explore the ancient towns of Orrcha and Gwalior, wondering through their historic relics, and continue to the rural bliss of Chambal to enjoy boat and camel safaris through beautiful landscapes. Next, head to Agra to take in the mesmerizing beauty of the Taj Mahal at sunrise, before finishing the trip in the bustling ‘pink city’ of Jaipur, exploring its magnificent forts and palaces. This trip is ideal for first-time visitors who have some time to fully explore all the wonders of this region.
Days 1 - 3 : Delhi, India
Stay at The Claridges for 2 nights
Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to The Claridges, a small luxury hotel in New Delhi. Your first afternoon is free to spend how you wish. A tour of Delhi’s magnificent garden tombs and the Lodi Gardens can be arranged or, alternatively, you can take some time to relax and settle in to your hotel. The following day will be spent with a private guide discovering Delhi’s main attractions, including the ancient bazaars of Chandni Chowk, Humayun’s Tomb, and the Qutb Minar complex.
Days 3 - 6 : Kanha National Park, India
Stay at Flame of the Forest for 3 nights
On the morning of day three you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch a two hour flight to Jabalpur. From there it is approximately a four hour drive to Flame of the Forest, your accommodation for the next three nights whilst you explore Kanha National Park. Days will largely be spent enjoying morning and afternoon game drives searching for tigers, leopard, jackals and deer, with time in-between spent relaxing at the lodge, which offers fabulous views over the Banjaar River.
Days 6 - 9 : Bandhavgarh National Park, India
Stay at Samode Safari Lodge for 3 nights
After three nights in Kanha, you will be driven approximately five hours to Samode Safari lodge, a delightful and elegant eco-lodge that offers an excellent base for game drives in Bandhavgarh National Park. You will spend two full days at Samode Safari Lodge, enjoying morning and afternoon game drives, relaxing by the pool and enjoying private dinners around the campfire. Bandhavgarh is home to a fantastic array of flora and fauna, keep a close eye out of leopards, Sambar, Sloth Bears and the elusive Bengal tiger.
Days 9 - 11 : Panna National Park, India
Stay at Sarai at Toria for 2 nights
On the morning the day nine, it’s approximately a five hour drive to Sarai at Toria, a luxurious eco-lodge just outside Panna National Park. The following morning you will be taken to explore the temples of Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage site famed for its intricate rock carvings showcasing battles, gods and erotic scenes. That evening will involve a night safari drive into Panna National Park for a chance to spot Panna’s nocturnal wildlife including sloth bears, jackals and foxes.
Day 11 - 12 : Gwalior, India
Stay at Usha Kiran Palace for 1 night
The journey from Panna to Gwalior, your next destination, is broken up with a stop in the sleepy 16th century village of Orchha. Here, you will be taken on a guided tour of Orchha’s captivating history, exploring remains of beautiful forts, palaces and temples. From Orchha is approximately a three hour drive to the ancient city of Gwalior. Upon arrival in Gwalior you will check-in to Usha Kiran Palace, a 120-year-old elegant heritage hotel set amidst 9 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. The next morning involves a tour of Gwalior, including a visit to the Jas Vilas museum and its stunning fort that dominates the cityscape from its hilltop position.
Days 12 - 14 : Chambal, India
Stay at Chambal Safari Lodge for 2 nights
From Gwalior, it’s approximately a five hour drive to the Chambal Safari Lodge. A family-run property in the heart of the National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary, Chambal Safari Lodge is the perfect place enjoy river safaris, camel safaris, village walks, or to simply relax and unwind whilst taking in the beautiful rural surroundings.
Day 14 - 15 : Agra, India
Stay at Trident Agra for 1 night
A short one and a half hour drive from Chambal takes you to Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal. Accompanied by a private guide, spend the afternoon exploring Agra Fort, one of the finest Mughal Forts in India, before retreating to the comfort of the Trident hotel. The next morning is an early start, as you rise in time to visit the Taj Mahal for sunrise. We feel this is by far the best time of day to take in this beautiful mausoleum in all its magnificence. After breakfast, you will drive four hours to Rajasthan’s bustling capital of Jaipur. This drive is broken up with a visit to Fatehpur Sikri, a remarkable deserted city that was once the capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th Century.
Days 15 - 18 : Jaipur, India
Stay at Dera Mandawa for 3 nights
Upon arrival in Jaipur, you will be taken to Dera Mandawa, a beautiful boutique heritage hotel, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Spend your first full day in Jaipur exploring the city with a local guide, visiting the historic City Palace, the Jantar Mantar observatory and Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds. The second day takes you a little more off-the-beaten-track, as you enjoy a guided walk to visit the settlement of the Meena Tribe before ascending the Aravalli hills on a historic path. The path offers breath-taking views of Jaipur’s spectacular Amber Fort, which you will then visit that afternoon.
Day 18 : Jaipur to UK
Today sees your Indian wildlife and cultural adventure draw to a close, as you are driven to Jaipur Airport in time to board your flight back home via Delhi.
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From $5764 per person
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