Rajasthan & Ranthambore Tiger Safari
India in 15 Days • 13 Nights in Destination
An incredible journey through the desert province of Rajasthan and its most legendary cities combined with a trip to the wilds of Ranthambore National Park, famed for its population of majestic tigers!
Experience the land of a thousand colors starting with vibrant Delhi. Discover the historic cities of Mandawa and Bikaner, visit sand dunes and desert forts in Jaisalmer and explore Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Uncover the heritage of Jodhpur and see the legendary Taj Mahal in Agra. Head to the wilds of Ranthambore National Park to go in search of elusive Bengal tigers on an exciting safari!
Ready to discover the cultural treasures and magical sights of India? Arrive at your UK/Ireland departure airport ready to check in for an overnight flight to Delhi.* Night on board.
* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.
Arrive in India’s capital and transfer to hotel. Delhi is a city that boasts a wonderful architectural legacy from its Islamic conquerors, together with a spectacular historic city centre. The rest of the day is free to start to get to know this fascinating city at your leisure. Overnight stay in Delhi.
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart by road to Mandawa today. En-route, pass through authentic villages and begin to discover some of the most rural parts of India. On arrival in Mandawa, take a walking tour through the atmospheric streets of the city to admire the amazing Havelis, mansions noted for their elaborate frescoes depicting images of British colonial rule. Overnight stay in Mandawa.
Breakfast at the hotel. Continue your journey into the Rajasthan Desert today as you depart by road through the arid lands leading to Bikaner, a major centre of trade during the 16th century. Arrive and get settled at the hotel. In the afternoon, visit the spectacular Junagarh Fort with its impressively decorated interiors, and end the day with a memorable Tuk-Tuk ride through the city's ancient bazaar. Overnight stay in Bikaner.
Breakfast at the hotel. Your journey takes you into the Thar Desert today as you travel towards the historic city of Jaisalmer. Watch the passing sands and arid landscapes until arriving in Jaisalmer, known for its incredible fort and yellow sandstone architecture, earning it the nickname of the 'Golden City'. Get settled at the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. We recommend visiting the Thar Heritage Museum or the Maharaja's Palace for a taste of kingly splendor. Overnight stay in Jaisalmer.
Breakfast at the hotel. Set off on a city tour of Jaisalmer today. Discover the magical Gadisar Lake and explore the magnificent Jaisalmer Fort, from where you can enjoy impressive views of the city and the surrounding Thar Desert. Explore the historic centre, strolling through its narrow streets and admire the famous palatial houses such as Nathmal and Patwon. In the afternoon, take an excursion to the sand dunes of Sam where you can enjoy the beautiful sunset light. Overnight stay in Jaisalmer.
Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Jaisalmer behind as you head for the 'Blue City' of Jaisalmer. On arrival visit the impressive Mehrangarh Fort for a bird's eye view of the old city with its blue houses in an assortment of vibrant shades. Next, head to Jaswant Thada, an imposing marble cenotaph built by Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur State in 1899 in memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. It still serves as the cremation ground for the royal Rajput family today. Return to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Jodhpur.
Breakfast at the hotel. Continue your adventure through Rajasthan as you transfer by road to Jaipur today. As the capital and largest city in Rajasthan, it's home to some of the most emblematic architecture and sights in the region. It's nicknamed the 'Pink City' thanks to its rosy-hued buildings and monuments. Get settled at the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. We recommend a wander through Jaipur's bustling marketplaces to see the unique handicrafts and jewellery on offer. Overnight stay in Jaipur.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you'll discover the magical Amber Fort! Along the way, make a photo stop at the legendary Hawa Mahal, better known as the 'Palace of the Winds', a symbol of Jaipur. Afterwards, continue the journey with a jeep ride to the Amber Fort. On arrival, visit the Hall of Victory and admire the incredible architecture of this historic fortress complex. Later, get to know the astronomical heritage of Jaipur at the Jantar Mantar Observatory, the largest marble observatory in the world! Overnight stay in Jaipur.
Breakfast at the hotel. Set off towards Agra, stopping along the route to visit Fatehpur Sikri, an impressive ghost town where the tomb of Salim Chisti, the Panch Mahal, is located. Arrive in Agra, the capital of the sultans and great Mughal emperors. Enjoy an unforgettable tour of the famous and spectacular Taj Mahal, one of The Seven Modern Wonders of the World. Soak up the views of this legendary mausoleum, a symbol of eternal and undying love, and snap a memorable photograph at Princess Diana's famous bench. Discover the moving story behind the monument and admire the intricate, decorative architecture. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure to explore Agra city at your own pace. Overnight stay in Agra.
Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day with a visit to Agra Fort. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the incredible Pearl Mosque, crafted entirely from white marble. After exploring the fort, transfer to the train station to catch the Kota Jan Shatabdi train to Ranthambore, home of the legendary Bengal tiger. After a scenic ride, arrive at Sawai Madhopur station and transfer to your hotel in Ranthambore, ready to discover the incredible wildlife of Ranthambore National Park the following morning. Dinner and overnight stay in Ranthambore.
Breakfast at the hotel. Set off on an exciting safari in Ranthambore National Park, undoubtedly one of the best tiger reserves in the country. Explore the wild, unspoilt landscapes and keep your eyes peeled for exotic wildlife such as tigers, leopards and crocodiles. Originally the hunting grounds of Indian royalty, today this beautiful park is home to a population of around 70 tigers. Stop for lunch before continuing your safari experience in the afternoon. After an action-packed day, return to the hotel for dinner. Overnight stay in Ranthambore.
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, return to Delhi by road, traveling north through the landscapes of Rajasthan. On arrival, visit Raj Ghat, where legendary freedom leader Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Afterwards, continue to the presidential residence, the Gateway of India monument and pay a visit to Humayun's Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the final resting place of Mughal Emperor Humayun. End that day back at the hotel. Overnight stay in Delhi.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a free day to relax at your leisure, go shopping in Delhi's bustling markets or do some last-minute sightseeing. We recommend an optional tour of the most iconic temples in Delhi.* Overnight stay in Delhi.
* Optional Full-Day Delhi Temples Tour: Explore Delhi's most iconic temples. Experience the peace and tranquillity of the Lotus Temple, dedicated to the Baha'i faith, and discover the extraordinary architecture of Akshardham Temple, dedicated to 10,000 years of Hindu culture. See the huge Jama Mosque and the downtown Sikh Temple with its golden dome before ending the tour at Lakshmi Narayan Temple, dedicated to the Hindu god, Vishnu.
Please note: As the Lotus Temple and Akshardham Temple are closed on Mondays, if your trip departs on a Thursday you will not be able to take this tour.
Breakfast at the hotel.* It's time to bring your incredible journey through India to an end. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the UK/Ireland. Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.
* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.
15 days trip including flights*
14 days and 13 nights in destination
LON - DEL
LON - DEL
DEL - LON
* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.
The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.
Accommodation: 13 Nights
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Sahibabad, Golden Tulip Gurugram.
Tuk-tuk ride in Bikaner
End your day in Bikaner with a memorable tuk-tuk ride through the old town bazaar, for an unforgettable experience of the vibrant atmosphere of this desert city.
City tour in Jaisalmer
Discover the magical Gadisar Lake and explore the magnificent Jaisalmer Fort, from where you can enjoy impressive views of the city and the Thar Desert. Explore the historic centre and admire its famous palatial houses such as Nathmal and Patwon.
Mehrangarh Fort Tour
Visit the impressive 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort for a bird's eye view of the old city with its blue houses in an assortment of vibrant shades.
Amber Fort by Jeep & Jaipur City tour
See the iconic Palace of the Winds in Jaipur before enjoying a Jeep ride to the legendary Amber Fort. Inside, discover the Hall of Victory and admire the incredible architecture of this historic fortress. Finally, visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory.
Full-Day Delhi Temples Tour
Explore Delhi's most iconic temples including the Baha'i Lotus Temple, extraordinary Akshardham Temple, the Jama Mosque and the Sikh Temple in downtown Delhi. End the tour at the majestic Lakshmi Narayan Temple.
The price includes
- Included in all our trips. more information
- Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
- International flights: UK/Ireland - Delhi - UK/Ireland. *more information
- Train journeys: Bharatpur - Sawai Madhopur, Sawai Madhopur - Delhi.
- 13 nights hotel accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.See hotels included
- 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners.
- Transfers with English speaking assistant in air-conditioned vehicles.
- Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary. **more informationSee itinerary
- All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
- Private transfers in Delhi, airport-hotel-airport, with complimentary bottled water.
- ATOL Protection.
- Tuk-Tuk ride in Bikaner.
- Jeep transfer to Amber Fort and Canter Safari in Ranthambore National Park.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase
Indian visa (required), drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
If you are travelling to India with a UK passport, you will require an Indian visa. For other passport holders, we recommend that you check with the Indian Embassy for further details. Due to the current VISA issuance situation in the UK, we recommend checking this information and consulting with the embassy since this procedure may require a longer time than usual and additional actions. Please call the embassy or consult the following websites to check the requirements and timelines for the VISA application:
* Due to the customs clearance rule of the government of India, if your flight calls at another city in India before arriving in Delhi, confirm at the departure desk in the UK/Ireland whether you should pick up your suitcase and pass customs control at the airport where the connection is made. Remember that if the flight stops in Mumbai you will need to pick up your luggage. Keep in mind that normally this whole process takes approximately 60 minutes.
** Ranthambore National Park remains closed from July to September for visitors due to the rainy season.
India: The order of the itinerary may differ depending on your arrival day at the destination.
Monday/ Friday: 2 nights in Delhi at the beginning, 1 night in Delhi at the end.
Tuesday/ Saturday: 1 night in Delhi at the beginning, 2 nights in Delhi at the end.
- Entry requirementsPassport with a minimum of six months validity and at least two blank pages.
- VisaA visa is required to enter the country. Issued by the embassy ordinarily one month before arrival in the country. Please see the ‘Not Included’ section for current visa information. https://services.vfsglobal.com/gbr/en/ind/apply-visa
- CurrencyIndian Rupee.
- LanguageHindi and English.
- Electricity220 V in the majority of the country. Electrical sockets are European style however an adapter may be useful.
- HealthPlease consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.
- Time zoneGMT + 5:30.
- Other useful informationForeigners cannot bring Indian Rupees into the country, although you can bring foreign currency and exchange it once you arrive.
- Tourist Office websitehttp://www.incredibleindia.org/
Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.
Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.
Tips in India are subject to the decision of the client based on the level of satisfaction of the service provided and the experience in general. Taking into account that they are not obligatory, they are usually expected.
Babies: 0 - 1 year (sharing bed with parents). Possibility to request a cot (limited availability).
Children: 2 - 11 years old. Additional bed.
Triple room: the third bed will be a rollaway bed.
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