Key Info

Price from £1440 per adult / £1215 per child

activity grading: Moderate

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Pappadoms & Palaces with Ranthambore

Tour grading – Easy to moderate

This journey is suitable for travellers with an average level of fitness and independent mobility. The tour involves plenty of walking and stair climbing, sometimes over uneven surfaces and in the heat. There are also rides on rickshaws, jeeps, and walking tours up to 3 to 4 km (2 to 2.5 miles). You need to be able to board and disembark vehicles independently. The longest road journey is approximately 5 hours in duration.

While accommodation is of three to four star standard, this is not ‘sanitised’ travel; by day you will walk through markets and villages, meet local people, and sample local food.

What’s included

  1. 19 nights accommodation

  2. 2  Breakfast daily, four dinners and one lunch

  3. 3All transfers and road transport in modern, air-conditioned
    vehicles

  4. 4  All sightseeing as specified with entrance fees included

  5. 5  Jeep safaris at Samode and Ranthambore National Park,
    elephant walk at Samode

  6. 6Expert Western tour leader (group size seven minimum)
    and Indian local guides throughout

  7. 7  Arrival transfer in Delhi and departure transfer
    Ranthambore National Park to Jaipur
    Please note: Departure transfer on Day 10 is a group transfer and will depart Ranthambore after breakfast. Transfers at any other time must be organised separately at additional cost.


Itinerary
DAY 1 – ARRIVE DELHI
Upon arrival in Delhi you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight meet your tour leader (or local guide) for welcome drinks and a tour briefing. Since many international flights into Delhi arrive late at night, this may take place tomorrow morning. MAIDENS HOTEL – 2 nights

DAY 2 – DELHI

Discover the capital’s most famous sites including Humayun’s Tomb and explore Old Delhi on an exciting rickshaw ride followed by a street food walk and visit to a vibrant Sikh temple.

DAY 3 – DELHI TO AGRA

Depart Delhi and drive over four hours to Agra. Visit the historic Agra Fort, get your first views of the fabled Taj Mahal, and see marble craftsmen demonstrate their skills. MANSINGH PALACE – 1 night

DAY 4 – AGRA TO JAIPUR

Experience the remarkable Taj Mahal at sunrise. Continue by road, stopping to explore the former capital of Fatehpur Sikri en route to India’s ‘Pink City’, Jaipur, where we arrive late afternoon. ALSISSAR HAVELI – 2 nights

DAY 5 – JAIPUR

See a fascinating local farmer’s milk market en route to the imposing Amber Fort. After lunch visit the impressive observatory of Maharaja Jai Singh. Also visit a batik and carpet- making workshop then take some free time in the afternoon.

DAY 6 – JAIPUR TO SAMODE

Late this morning depart Jaipur for the short trip to Samode and check in to your luxury tented camp. After lunch take a jeep safari through local farmlands and villages, and visit the fairytale palace of Samode. SAMODE BAGH – 2 nights

DAY 7 – SAMODE

This morning we take an incredible countryside walk – accompanied by an elephant and his mahout, passing through local villages. This afternoon relax at the beautiful camp gardens or village.

DAY 8 – SAMODE TO RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK

Around lunch time depart Samode for the drive to Sawaii Madhopur, our base for Ranthambore National Park. FORT NAHAGARH – 2 nights

DAY 9 – RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK

Today we explore the wildlife haven of Ranthambore National Park on both early morning and late afternoon jeep safaris, perhaps sighting the magnificent Bengal Tiger.

DAY 10 – RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK TO JAIPUR

This morning depart Ranthambore by road for Jaipur, where your journey ends.

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Pappadoms & Palaces with Ranthambore – Family

With her history, welcoming people and vibrant local colours, India is an ideal destination for families. ‘Pappadoms & Palaces with Ranthambore’ offers you India’s highlights, as well as exciting opportunities for discovery that will appeal to travellers of all ages. An exhilarating rickshaw ride introduces you to Delhi, see the Taj Mahal catch the first rays of the sun, and walk through the Rajasthan countryside and villages with an elephant and its mahout. Finish in the spectacular Ranthambore National Park on safari in search of tiger and other wildlife.

Your accommodation is another highlight of the adventure, with overnight stays in heritage villas and the luxurious tented camp of Samode. Your hotels are well-located comfortable hotels with private, western style bathrooms, air-conditioning, and swimming pools.

All road travel is in comfortable minibuses or mid-sized coaches. Your journey is escorted by both a Western tour leader, based on a minimum of seven travellers, and a local English-speaking guide in each location. Groups are never more than 16 travellers in size.