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The Essential India


One of Goway’s most popular group destinations, India will not disappoint the group traveler on a budget wanting to embrace a vast array of cultural and historical experiences. Our value-for-money  10 day itinerary includes the highlights of Northern India and the famous ‘Golden Triangle’ of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur with a special visit to Ranthambore National Park in search of the majestic but elusive tigers. Our goal is to get your group out of the coach to engage all their senses in the colourful chaos of day to day life in India: from exploring the splendid monuments, palaces, gardens, and markets to interacting with the locals and, of course, savouring the flavours and textures of India’s rich and varied cuisine. 

Day 1

Fly Hometown to Delhi

Day 2

Arrive in Delhi

Welcome to exotic India and its capital city, Delhi! Upon arrival at the airport, we will be greeted and transferred to our hotel for our 2 night stay. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. 

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Leela Ambience Convention Hotel

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    Leela Ambience Convention Hotel



    Delhi is one of the oldest capital cities in the world, steeped in centuries of cultural tapestry. The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel is strategically located in East Delhi and has become the landmark in the region. The hotel features contemporary rooms, fine dining options and ...

    Delhi is one of the oldest capital cities in the world, steeped in centuries of cultural tapestry. The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel is strategically located in East Delhi and has become the landmark in the region. The hotel features contemporary rooms, fine dining options and a fitness centre. It also has 2 outdoor swimming pools and a spa. It is a 45-minute drive from the Airport, and is well connected via wide and planned road network including the National Highway 8 and is also conveniently connected to the city via Delhi Metro.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Games Room
    • Gym/ Fitness centre
    • Luggage Storage
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa

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Day 3

Delhi

With our guide and coach we start our full day Delhi sightseeing tour with a panoramic drive through Old Delhi. Upon arrival at Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi’s major street and one of the oldest and busiest markets, we will hop onto a rickshaw and travel through narrow, crowded alleys that will give us a fascinating glimpse into a lifestyle that has not changed for centuries. Following lunch at a local restaurant (own expense), we continue to New Delhi and enjoy a photo stop at the India Gate.

From here, we proceed to Humanyun’s Tomb, a landmark in the development of Mughal architecture and the basis for the design of the famous Taj Mahal, which was built almost a hundred years later. Our last stop will be at the Qutab Minar, India’s tallest stone tower standing for eight centuries. We return to our hotel in the late afternoon. This evening we enjoy a ‘welcome to India’ dinner at the Lodi Garden Restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

By Road to Agra

We depart Delhi by coach this morning and head west to Agra. Sit back and view the colourful chaos of daily life in the towns and villages en-route: cows, cars, bicycles, motor scooters and everything in between is on display. On arrival, we check in to our hotel before joining our group for a guided tour of Agra Fort. After our tour we return to our hotel for an evening at leisure.

Duration1 Night
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Clarks Shiraz Hotel

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    Clarks Shiraz Hotel


    Clarks Shiraz Hotel is a luxury hotel which combines business with pleasure, style with substance and function. The hotel is located 2 kilometres from the Taj Mahal in the heart of Agra. There are 237 lavishly appointed rooms and suites.

    Clarks Shiraz Hotel is a luxury hotel which combines business with pleasure, style with substance and function. The hotel is located 2 kilometres from the Taj Mahal in the heart of Agra. There are 237 lavishly appointed rooms and suites.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Games Room
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 5

Agra Touring & By Road / Train to Ranthambore

We are up early this morning for our sunrise visit to the world famous Taj Mahal. Built on the east bank of the Yamuna Rive, the elegant memorizing Mogul architecture was built by Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife, who died in childbirth. Being described as “a teardrop on the cheeks of time”, it is “its perfect symmetry, the wonderful proportions, the sheer scale, the exquisite detailing covering every inch of marble that justifies it as a wonder of the world.”

After our visit, we return to our hotel for a relaxing breakfast before we board our coach to continue our journey by road to Fatephur Sikri (City of Victory), where we will meet our guide for a guided tour of this fairy-tale ghost city which was the temporary capital of the Mughal Emperor Akbar.

The grand ghost city was carved from red sandstone and only inhabited for 14 years before it was totally abandoned due to water shortages. From here we continue to Bharatpur for lunch at a local restaurant before boarding the train for our 2.5 hr trip to Sawai Madhopur, gateway to Ranthambore National Park and the tigers! Dinner is included tonight at our hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Ranthambore Regency Hotel

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    Ranthambore Regency Hotel



    The 22 super deluxe air-conditioned room, 20 air-conditioned cottage room, and single suite Ranthambore Regency is set amidst 3 acres of lush green lawns. It is strategically located between the city of Sawai Madhopur and the national park. Ranthambore Regency Hotel surrounded by 3 acres ...

    The 22 super deluxe air-conditioned room, 20 air-conditioned cottage room, and single suite Ranthambore Regency is set amidst 3 acres of lush green lawns. It is strategically located between the city of Sawai Madhopur and the national park. Ranthambore Regency Hotel surrounded by 3 acres of sprawling lawns near the Ranthambore National Park. It is a 10 Km drive from the Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary. It retains all the modern technologies that a well-travelled person would expect. Guests at the Ranthambore Regency Hotel can enjoy jeep safari tours of Ranthambore National Park. It is a great location to find refuge and rest while touring in India. It is perfect for couples, business persons, and small families.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Games Room
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 6

Exploring Ranthambore

We are up early this morning for our jungle safari in search of the elusive tiger. Our open-air safari vehicles will allow us to scan the landscape for good viewing. Later we return to our hotel for a much deserved breakfast. We then head off to visit Ranthambore Fort and the Dastakar Centre before returning to our hotel for lunch.
For those keen to spot more tigers, an afternoon safari is included or you can choose to relax at the hotel. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

By Road Sawai Madhpur to Jaipur

We continue our journey by road to the bustling city of Jaipur in the heart of Rajasthan. In contrast to other cities in India, Jaipur was designed with broad avenues in perfect straight lines and cross-cutting streets with fascinating bazaars and marvelous palaces. The formal royal seat of the Maharahahs is also known as the “Pink City” as the buildings of the walled city were washed in a rich salmon color in honour of Queen Victoria when Prince Albert visited the city in 1853.

After lunch (own expense) we have the afternoon to explore the local markets which are filled with a vast array of product choices. This evening we take time to witness the fascinating aarti Hindu ceremony at Birla Temple.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

DO NOT USE Holiday Inn Jaipur

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    DO NOT USE Holiday Inn Jaipur


    The Holiday Inn Jaipur is located centrally, close to major tourist attractions, the Fort of Amber on one side and City Palace on the other, on the highway leading to Delhi. The architecture upholds the local culture, blending it comfortably with surroundings, making it the ...

    The Holiday Inn Jaipur is located centrally, close to major tourist attractions, the Fort of Amber on one side and City Palace on the other, on the highway leading to Delhi. The architecture upholds the local culture, blending it comfortably with surroundings, making it the best hotel in the destination. Considered amongst the best hotels in Jaipur, it features 72 quality well-appointed guestrooms at reasonable value which proudly underlines the Holiday Inn motto of - Stay with someone you know. Be it the international traveller, Corporate Executive or pleasure traveller - each individual guest is well taken care of and pampered at Holiday Inn Jaipur.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Games Room
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Medical Services
    • Pool (s)
    • Room Service

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Day 8

Explore Jaipur

We begin our full day exploration of Jaipur with a visit to Amber Fort and an elephant ride (alternatively jeeps) to the main gates of the fortress where we will meet our guide. Later we take time for lunch (own expense) before continuing on our tour with a visit to the Palace of Winds. This beautiful decorated pink façade stands majestically at the heart of the city and provided the royal ladies an opportunity to watch activities on the street below without exposing themselves.

Next we are off to the City Palace, which is an amazing complex with various courtyards, connecting buildings, and fascinating museums displaying royal costumes and weaponry. Before going back to our hotel, we will visit Jantar Manar Observatory, one of the largest and best preserved observatories built in 1726. The observatory is equipped with solar instruments, which look like large, abstract sculptures, and are remarkably accurate in measuring celestial data.

Tonight we have a special treat as we transfer to the Sankotra Haveli to have dinner
with one of Jaipur’s “royal” families. Enjoy a night of fascinating chats with your hosts and learn more about past and present life in Jaipur.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 9

By Road Jaipur to Delhi and Airport

After breakfast at the hotel, we head back to Delhi with a stop enroute for lunch (own expense). Due to the late flight departures, dayrooms at the Hotel Ibis Airport have been reserved for you to freshen up for the flight home. Dinner at the hotel is also included.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 10

Fly Delhi to Hometown

Arrive Home.


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