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This is undoubtedly the perfect tour of India's greatest highlights, with special visits to the glorious Taj Mahal at sunset and sunrise when shadows and sunlight play on its exquisite marble surfaces. We also admire the grandeur of Delhi, and in Ranthambore go in search of the great Bengal Tiger.
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India's Golden Triangle
Depart Heathrow at 2050 on Jet Airways’ non-stop flight to Delhi.
On arrival transfer to the 4* Oberoi Maidens Hotel. Later drive past the Red Fort, and see the Jama Masjid mosque, the largest in India. Evening welcome dinner. (D)
Drive to Agra to stay at the 4* Trident Hotel. Afternoon visit to Agra Fort, followed by sunset visit to the Taj Mahal, the most romantic and evocative sight in the whole of India, and one that symbolises eternal love for the world. (B)
This morning you have the option of visiting Taj Mahal at sunrise – bathed in the light of a new day. Visit the romantic town of Fatehpur Sikri before driving to Bharatpur to board the afternoon Kota Janshatabdi Express train to Ranthambore. Stay 2 nights at The Kothi Resortl. (BD)
Enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives today, at times when the animals begin to stir and search out water. (BLD)
After an early game drive travel onwards to Jaipur to the characterful Mandawa Haveli Hotel. Jaipur is known as ‘the pink city’ as its walls and buildings were so painted to mimic the red sandstone walls of the Mughal capitals. Optional evening Sound and Light Show at Amber Fort. (BL)
Visit the Amber Fort, where we may be able to ascend the ramparts by elephant, otherwise by jeep, and drive past the elegant Palace of the Winds. Afternoon visit to the City Palace with its numerous museums and admire the 18th century Observatory, whose astronomical instruments, many as large as buildings, measured the movements of the heavens with extraordinary accuracy. Evening stroll through the colourful local markets of Jaipur. (B)
Depart Jaipur in the morning to reach Delhi. Drive through the grand avenues in New Delhi, see the impressive Humayun’s Tomb and the fascinating ruins of the Qutab Minar Mosque. Stay overnight at The Pllazio Hotel. (BD)
Depart for London Heathrow, arriving at around 1740. (B)
Fly to Varanasi for 2 nights at the 4* Taj Ganges Hotel. In the afternoon visit the stupas, shrines and temples at Sarnath where Buddha preached his first sermon. (B)
Early morning cruise on the Ganges to see the ritual bathing of the faithful as they immerse themselves in the holy river, and witness aarti and prayers on the ghats. (B)
Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to the 5* Radisson Hotel for 2 nights. Remainder of the day at leisure. (B)
Morning drive to the medieval village of Bungamati (16th century), a centre for traditional crafts and a hidden gem well off the tourist trail. Crossing the Bagmati River we visit Patan, the City of Beauty with its rich architectural heritage from the great days of the Malla kings. In the afternoon we explore Patan including the colourful Durbar Square, surrounded by a confusion of ancient temples and royal palaces. Visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. (B)
Rise early this morning for magnificent views of the Himalaya at sunrise. Optional flight to admire the spectacular views over Mt Everest also available. In the afternoon depart Kathmandu for Bhaktapur, the most traditional of the valley’s old capitals, and Changu Narayan Temple, the supreme example of Nepalese temple architecture, dating back to the 4th century. Stay overnight at the 3* Fort Resort in Nagarkot. (B)
Return to Kathmandu to fly to Delhi for an overnight stay at the Vivanta by Taj Dwarka Hotel and farewell dinner. (BD)
Fly with Jet Airways to London Heathrow, arriving at around 1740 (Monday). (B)
The Oberoi Maidens, a heritage property, is one of Delhi’s oldest hotels, built in the early 1900s, and has retained its colonial charm and architecture. Set amidst eight acres of lush gardens and shady trees, it escapes the noise of the main city, but remains within easy access to some of the most magnificent sights in Delhi. All rooms are tastefully furnished and have air conditioning, mini bar, tv, wifi, and telephones. There is a restaurant serving a selection of European and Indian cuisine as well as a coffee shop, bar and an outdoor swimming pool.
Located close to Ranthambore National Park, the resort offers 28 well-designed rooms with modern interiors, built in a bungalow style. There is a fantastic outdoor swimming pool and indoor and outdoor eating areas, as well as a bar.
The hotel offers a selection of welcoming rooms and suites all with LCD TV, tea and coffee making facilities and minibar. The Restaurant offers a selection of traditional Indian cuisine as well as a variety of Continental and Asian dishes including wood fired pizzas. There is also a bar, the ideal place to relax with a drink. The hotel also has an outdoor swimming pool, a spa and a fitness centre.
A beautiful haveli that has been turned into a characterful heritage hotel offering a warm Rajasthani welcome. There are 38 tastefully appointed guest rooms all equipped with modern comforts. The hotel’s restaurant serves a selection of Indian, Continental and local Rajasthani cuisine. The hotel also has a sauna and a swimming pool.
We are pleased to share feedback that we received from some of our valued clients.
This is the third occasion we have travelled with CTS; you have never failed to deliver a quality holiday. Particular mention on this occasion to your ground agents in India whose services were first class!
The Golden Triangle
Our guide was excellent and he went about his job with a quiet professionalism, meaning that the whole of our trip went smoothly. The hotels were all very comfortable, each having their own individual character and the itinerary enabled us to take in all the "sights" including a tiger in Ranthambore! Another excellent holiday with CTS - thank you for pulling out all the stops to make it happen at short notice.
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