Inspiring India

Be inspired by the classic sights of the Golden Triangle, discovering delightful Udaipur and searching for tigers at Ranthambore. Add some of Rajasthan's hidden gems and you have the ideal first-time holiday in India.

Highlights

  • Marvel at the Taj Mahal
  • Spot tigers in Ranthambore
  • Explore Chittor Fort
  • See the palaces of Udaipur

What is Included

  • Return international economy flights, taxes and current fuel surcharges
  • All accommodation
  • All meals
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • All transportation and transfers
  • English-speaking National Escort (if your group is 10 or more passengers)
  • Visa fees for UK and EU passport holders
  • Specialist advice from our experienced travel consultants
  • Comprehensive travel guides

What is Not Included

  • Travel Insurance €60.00 (+ 66 years - double premium)
  • Single room supplement from €600.00
  • Tipping paid locally 90 USD (approx. €80.00)

Itinerary Details

Days 1 & 2 – Arrive Delhi

Fly to Delhi for a two-night stay. Your National Escort or Local Guide from Wendy Wu Tours will meet you at the Delhi International Airport in the Arrivals Hall. Together with other group members who may be arriving at a similar time, you will transfer to your hotel and check-in.

Day 3 – Delhi

Today is a full day of sightseeing around Old and New Delhi, involving approximately four hours on foot. Your exploration of Delhi begins with a drive past the Red Fort, before strolling through the fascinating Chandni Chowk Bazaar to Jama Masjid. Stop briefly at India Gate to take some photos before visiting the Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, Humayun’s Tomb and Connaught Place Markets. Later this afternoon, visit the Qutab Minar Complex, visiting a myriad of monuments that combine both Islamic calligraphy and Hindu motifs, commemorating the onset of Islamic rule in India.

Day 4 – Delhi to Agra

Depart Delhi this morning and commence the 3 hours drive to the historic city of Agra. On arrival, visit the Itmad- ud-Daulah, nicknamed the Baby Taj, an exquisite marble tomb that predates the Taj Mahal and is thought to have inspired it. You’ll also explore the hulking mass of red sandstone that is Agra Fort, which sits on the banks of the Yamuna River. The Fort was established in the 16th century but has been much added to over time, making it an eclectic mix of architectural styles.

Day 5 – Taj Mahal

Begin the day by viewing the Taj Mahal in all its glory as the sun is rising. Firstly, board your group coach and drive through the awakening streets of Agra (an early start means that we can avoid the heat and crowds at the Taj Mahal later in the day). At a designated point, the group will disembark the coach and board smaller electric carts to continue to the entrance gate. After clearing security and baggage checks you will be admitted to the complex. You will spend approximately two hours here; sightseeing is easy with not many steps. For admission to the main mausoleum area, you are required to wear shoe covers (this may be provided on site – be prepared to bring an additional pair of socks). Return to your hotel to freshen up and have breakfast. Later, commence your drive of approximately 6 hours to Ranthambore, visiting the abandoned ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri en route.

Please note: The Taj Mahal is currently undergoing renovations to its exterior. The work is estimated to be completed by March 2018 and will be done in phases so that visitors to the Taj will still be able to experience the beauty of this architectural wonder.

Day 6 – Tigers of Ranthambore

Enjoy both morning and afternoon canter safaris through the national park, keeping your eyes peeled for tigers! There are around 50 majestic Bengal tigers that are living amongst Ranthambore’s undulating landscapes, as well as leopards, nilgai, sloth bears, wild boar, hyena and over 300 species of bird.

Day 7 – Ranthambore – Bundi

Drive approximately 3 to 4 hours to one of Rajasthan’s hidden gems, the captivating Bundi. Take a stroll through the town, discovering the unique step wells – a vital source of water in the past, and a breathtaking sight today.

Day 8: Bundi – Chittor Fort – Udaipur

Depart Bundi and drive approximately 4 and a half hours to Udaipur, with a stop en route at Chittor Fort. One of the largest forts in India, Chittor sprawls across a hilltop overlooking the town of Chittorgarh. Its precinct contains grand old palaces, gates, temples and towers – its magnificence has been inspiring travellers and artists alike for centuries. Continue to Udaipur where, later this afternoon, you’ll cruise on Lake Pichola, admiring the city’s palaces from the water, including the incredible Lake Palace.

Day 9: Udaipur

Today you will explore the city, starting with a drive around Fateh Sagar Lake and stops at the Folk Museum, Mewar Art Gallery and Sahelion Ki Bari Garden. Later visit the ornate City Palace and take a stroll through the local shops.

Day 10: Udaipur – Pushkar

Drive approximately 5 hours to Pushkar. Sat on the banks of one of India’s most sacred lakes, there are 52 ghats built on the edge of the water, used for bathing by Hindu pilgrims, which are backed by hundreds of blue-washed temples. Take a walking tour of the vibrant market and admire the Brahma Temple, the city’s most important temple, and one of few in the world dedicated to the deity many Hindus believe is the creator of the universe.

Day 11: Pushkar – Jaipur

Drive 3 hours to Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’ and Rajasthan’s capital. On arrival, visit two of the city’s top sights, the Maharaja’s City Palace, still the home of the city’s royal family today, and Jantar Mantar Observatory, a fascinating collection of wonderful instruments designed to measure the heavens.

Day 12 – Jaipur

Begin the day with a brief photo stop at Hawa Mahal, the iconic ‘Palace of the Winds’, before travelling out of the city to admire the majestic Amber Fort, the colossal 16th century yellow and pink sandstone fort just 11 kilometres out of Jaipur. Back in the city, head to a craft centre to learn about traditional artistries such as block printing and carpet weaving before browsing the local bazaar at Choti Choper.

Day 13 – Jaipur - Gurgaon

Depart Jaipur and travel approximately 5 hours to Gurgaon, only 30 km from Delhi, for an overnight stay. Later, experience the ‘Kingdom of Dreams’, a live entertainment venue where you will watch a magical Bollywood performance. For dinner tonight, you may be provided with a voucher to be used in the many food outlets at the venue, or arrangements will be made at a local restaurant beforehand.

Day 14 – Depart Delhi

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight to Ireland, arriving home the same or the following day.

Accommodation

Delhi – The Royal Plaza 4* or similar (2 nights)

The Royal Plaza is located in New Delhi, just 4.7 km from Raj Ghat. Each room is tastefully appointed and has air conditioned and flat-screen TV. There are different dining options available and bars too. Facilities as gym, spa and swimming pool.

Agra – Clark Shiraz 5* or similar (1 night)

Hotel Clarks Shiraz is located in Agra and just 1.5 km from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a massage parlor and a spa and wellness center.

Dining options include Mughal Room that serves Indian and Chinese while beverages can be enjoyed at the Mughal Bar.

Ranthambore, Tiger Den 3* or similar (2 nights)

Tiger Den Resort in Ranthambore in only five minutes drive away from the main entrance of the park. Each cottage is taste fully designed with a rustic feel to include sit out area, tea/coffee maker and fridge. The resort has a restaurant and bar.

Bundi – The Hadoti Palace 3* (1 night)

This hotel is nestled in the heart of the sleepy township and blends in very well with the surrounding landscape and offers a great view of the Taragarh fort. Each room has air conditioning and a kettle!

It has its own restaurant and bar.

Udaipur – Hilltop Palace 3* or similar (2 nights)

Located on Ambavgarh Hill, overlooking Lake Fatehsagar and Udaipur town it is in a privilege position to observe the sunset. Facilities included tea/coffee making and minibar. It has a swimming pool and bar.

Pushkar – Jagat Palace 3* or similar (1 night)

Located right on the lakeshore, this converted palace has great views of Snake mountain the Thar desert and is managed by the royal family of Khanpur. The rooms are decorated with antiques, paintings and historic furniture. Its restaurant serves local, regional and international cuisine.

Jaipur – Four Points by Sheraton 5* or similar (2 nights)

This hotel is located in the city centre and has an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant and bar.

All rooms are well-equipped with a safety deposit box and minibar.

Delhi – The Royal Plaza 4* (1 night)

The Royal Plaza is located in New Delhi, just 4.7 km from Raj Ghat. Each room is tastefully appointed and has air conditioned and flat-screen TV. There are different dining options available and bars too. Facilities as gym, spa and swimming pool.

Proposed Flights

Emirates

Dublin/Dubai

22.25 hrs.

08.50 hrs. *

Emirates

Dubai/Delhi

09.50 hrs.

14.45 hrs.

Emirates

Delhi/Dubai

11.00 hrs.

12.55 hrs.

Emirates

Dubai/Dublin

15.15 hrs.

20.10 hrs.

*Next day arrival

Flight times and details may be subject to change

Dates & Prices

Start Date

End Date

Price PPS

Fri 9 Feb

Thu 22 Feb

€2,990.00

Fri 23 Feb

Thu 8 Mar

€2,990.00

Fri 9 Mar

Thu 22 Mar

€2,890.00

Fri 16 Mar

Thu 29 Mar

€2,890.00

Fri 23 Mar

Thu 5 Apr

€2,890.00

Fri 30 Mar

Thu 12 Apr

€2,790.00

Fri 13 Apr

Thu 26 Apr

€2,790.00

Fri 28 Sep

Thu 11 Oct

€2,890.00

Fri 5 Oct

Thu 18 Oct

€2,890.00

Fri 12 Oct

Thu 25 Oct

€2,890.00

Fri 19 Oct

Thu 1 Nov

€2,890.00

Fri 26 Oct

Thu 8 Nov

€2,890.00

Fri 2 Nov

Thu 15 Nov

€2,990.00

Fri 9 Nov

Thu 22 Nov

€2,990.00

Fri 16 Nov

Thu 29 Nov

€2,990.00

Fri 23 Nov

Thu 6 Dec

€2,990.00

Important Information

  • Passport: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your return date
  • Visa: A visa is required for entry into India
  • Vaccinations: please check with your local GP or Tropical Medicine Centre for up to date information
  • Climate: the best time to visit India is from October to March. Himalayas stop cold winds from reaching most of India so winters remain warm and summers can get very hot

How to reserve a place(s): a completed booking form with deposit of €500.00 per person (payment by cash/cheque /debit or credit card) should be sent directly to MAP Travel. The balance will be due 10 weeks prior to departure – payment by cash/cheque or debit card.

In conjunction with Wendy Wu Tours