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Jul - Jul

Take in the sights and sounds of the cities before embarking on a wildlife adventure. In the golden triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, witness icons such as the Taj Mahal and get lost in the maze-like bazaars. Along the way stay in ancient forts and mansions that cater to your every whim. Your journey concludes at Satpura National Park home to the majestic Bengal tiger and a range of other wildlife.   

At a Glance

  • Start in Delhi
  • Stay inside a 230-year old fort in Bishangarh
  • Two days in Jaipur
  • Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
  • Taj Mahal in Agra
  • Satpura National Park

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  • Days 1 - 2
    UK to Delhi

    Following your arrival in Delhi, you will be met and guided to your hotel. Take some time to relax, or enjoy an optional workshop on the different types of teas.

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    Accommodation
    The Imperial
    Other
    Tea Appreciation Workshop
  • Day 3
    Delhi

    Kick off your journey in the buzzing capital city. In the morning, see the hectic Chandi Chowk come alive as the trading day starts. Vibrant bazaars sell everything from fragrant spices to precious stones. Hop in a cycle rickshaw for a ride through Old Delhi, and stop by landmarks such as the Red Fort and Jama Masjid. Continue to the sights of New Delhi, and sample some of the famous street food if you can handle the spice. Alternatively, dine with locals on an optional experience.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    The Imperial
    Dining
    Evening Food Trails in Old Delhi
  • Day 4
    Delhi to Bishangarh

    Today you will be driven to Alila Fort Bishangarh near Jaipur. This heritage hotel was built inside a 230-year old fort and took almost a decade to renovate. Thick surrounding walls feature openings for turrets, acting as a reminder of when it was used for war. Wandering the lush grounds, admiring the stunning views, it’s not hard to see why this was the former home of kings.

    Meals included: Breakfast

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    Alila Fort Bishangarh
  • Day 5
    Bishangarh to Jaipur

    Take a short drive to Jaipur, the capital of Rajashtan state. Known as the “pink city”, on arrival you’ll soon see why – every building is in terracotta pink, with few exceptions. This is even enforced under local law. In the evening, watch a son-et-lumière (sound and light) show with views of Amber Fort in the background.

    Meals included: Breakfast

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    Accommodation
    Samode Haveli
  • Day 6
    Jaipur

    Get your teeth into Jaipur on a full-day tour, starting with a morning visit of Amber Fort. This grand old fort is a Wold Heritage Site. Take a jeep up to the top and marvel at the ramparts and terraces that are reflected in the lake below. Then it’s time to venture into the city. Stop by the City Palace Museum and get those Instagram-worthy pictures of the Hawa Mahal. Round off your day at the local market as you haggle on the precious stones and jewellery. 

    Meals included: Breakfast

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    Accommodation
    Samode Haveli
  • Day 7
    Jaipur

    Today takes you to two more forts, Jaigarh and Nahargarh. Jaigarh is in fact connected to Amber Fort by subterranean passages and considered as one complex. Its cannon was once the largest of its kind on wheels. Nahargarh Fort is on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, overlooking breathtaking views of Jaipur. Optional activities include a morning bike ride and an evening cooking session.

    Meals included: Breakfast

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    Accommodation
    Samode Haveli
    Other
    Morning Bike Tour of Jaipur
    Other
    Evening Cooking & Dinner in Jaipur
  • Day 8
    Jaipur to Bharatpur

    Head east to Bharatpur, home to the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. It was created 250 years ago and houses a wonderful variety of flora and fauna. The perfect place to recharge amid nature after some time in the city.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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    Accommodation
    Laxmi Niwas Palace
  • Day 9
    Bharatpur to Agra

    On the way to Agra make a stop at Fatehpur Sikri - the imperial city of the Mughal dynasty between 1571 and 1584. This deserted city is a pleasure to wander at your own pace. It was mysteriously abandoned only a few years after it was built. Later, head out on an evening tour of a local village in the shade of the Taj Mahal. A friendly local will serve tea and pakoras on his rooftop and tell you more about the area.

    Meals included: Breakfast

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    Accommodation
    ITC Mughal, Agra
  • Day 10
    Agra

    On an action-packed day, rise early for views of the Taj Mahal. The crowds haven’t arrived yet, and the sunrise gives it a beautiful golden glow. After returning to the hotel for breakfast, visit SOS Wildlife – the largest sloth bear rescue facility in the world. Over 250 bears have been rescued from their life of dancing for entertainment, and now live happily together. Then make one last stop at the Itmad-Ud-Daula and Agra Fort.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    ITC Mughal, Agra
  • Day 11
    Agra to Bhopal to Satpura

    From Agra station, catch the train to Bhopal where you will be met on arrival and driven to Satpura. The Satpura National Park is in the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India. It is perhaps most famous for its tiger reserve, but also features a wide range of other animals like leopards, bison, antelope and sloth bear. There’s also around 300 species of birds recorded here.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Forsyth Lodge
  • Days 12 - 14
    Satpura

    Considered one of India’s best kept secrets, Satpura is relatively free from large crowds of tourists. Your lodge is a cosy retreat where expert guides carry out game drives and walking safaris. There’s nothing like experiencing the thrill of tiger country on foot. By walking, you’re seeing things like tracks, insects and flora that get missed on drives. Depending on the season you can even explore via canoe.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Forsyth Lodge
  • Day 15
    Depart

    Fly from Bhopal to Delhi where you will catch your return flight home.

    Meals included: Breakfast

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Delhi

The Imperial

‘Distinguished Address in India’s Capital’

Built in 1931, The Imperial is a historic hotel in New Delhi. Set on Janpath, it is close by to Connaught Place, a major shopping district. The airport is around a 30-minute drive away. The hotel features 190 rooms and 43 suites, as well as a collection of 9 restaurants and bars. Cuisine ranges from south-east Asian at The Spice Route to pan Indian at Daniell’s Tavern. Facilities include a spa and salon.

India

Alila Fort Bishangarh

‘Ancient Fort with Stunning Views’

Alila Fort Bishangarh is poised on a hill in the Aravalli range, set within a beautifully restored 18th-century fort. Once occupied by kings, it now houses a collection of contemporary rooms and suites. Five restaurants and bars service speciality cuisine with one leading out to an open-air terrace with sweeping views. Facilities include a fitness centre, swimming pool and spa.

Jaipur

Samode Haveli

‘Urban Oasis in Jaipur’

Samode Haveli was built 175 years ago as the residence of the rulers of Samode. The traditional Indian mansion is set in a verdant garden with apartments placed around courtyards. Each opens out to balconies overlooking the pools, fountain courts and gardens. Alongside restaurants, there’s a swimming pool, spa and fitness centre.

Jaipur, Rajasthan & Agra

Laxmi Niwas Palace

‘Well Connected to Golden Triangle’

Laxmi Niwas Palace is set in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, the state of royals. The palace combines 18th-century details with modern luxuries. It is well connected to the golden triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. When dining, delight in local dishes as well as international favourites, served in an elegant setting. Facilities include a swimming pool, yoga and wellness.

Agra

ITC Mughal, Agra

‘Moments from Taj Mahal’

ITC Mughal is spread over 35 acres of lush gardens, close by to the Taj Mahal. It offers a great representation of Mughal architecture and houses 233 rooms and suites, each with their own style and charm. Five restaurants and lounges serve cuisine ranging from international dishes to local specialities. Facilities include two swimming pools and a spa.

Madhya Pradesh

Forsyth Lodge

‘Cosy Lodge; Perfectly Placed’

Forsyth Lodge is one of few lodge’s in the area and as such is relatively undisturbed. The emphasis here is on great game viewing, with expert guides leading you on game drives and walking safaris. All staff are employed from local villages and the lodge has been designed to harvest rainwater. It features twelve cottages with en-suite bathrooms.

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Delhi

Tea Appreciation Workshop

Get to the bottom of what makes green, black, orange pekoe and many other teas so different. The workshop covers everything from the right way to serve tea to the correct method of storage.
Dining

Evening Food Trails in Old Delhi

By cycle rickshaw, immerse yourself in Old Delhi with a visit to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Then it’s time to navigate those busy streets and markets, trying Indian delicacies like golgappe and pan-fried jalebis.

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Jaipur

Morning Bike Tour of Jaipur

Start your day with a bike ride, trying some of the street food, witnessing a puja (act of worship) at one of the temples, and bargaining at one of the markets.
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Jaipur

Evening Cooking & Dinner in Jaipur

Visit the Sai Niwas, a noble family of Jaipur, and enjoy a cooking class followed by dinner in their company. The cuisine is a combination of Rajasthan and central India.
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