India’s Golden Triangle, Shimla, and Amritsar’s Golden Temple

India’s Golden Triangle, Shimla, and Amritsar’s Golden Temple

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India’s Golden Triangle, Shimla, and Amritsar’s Golden Temple

18 Days Starting and ending in United Kingdom

Visiting: Delhi, Old Delhi, Amritsar, Pragpur, Dharamshala, Shimla, Solan, Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park, Dholpur, Agra, United Kingdom

Tour operator:

Newmarket Holidays

Tour code:

98878

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Physical rating:

Low

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Activities:

Rail Excursion, Walking

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Tour Overview

Embark on an enrapturing journey through the cities of the Golden Triangle, stopping by some of the country’s most holy sites and sojourning in the shadows of the Himalayas.



An all-embracing snapshot of India, starting in the capital of Delhi, best explored by rickshaw, and concluding in Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal. Time spent in sacred temples and observing local ceremonies in Amritsar, Pragpur and Agra ensure enlightenment and excursions to a host of historical landmarks in Shimla and Dharamshala leave no stone unturned. A stay within the heart of Ranthambore National Park sees you venture into the wilderness on safaris, searching for the elusive Bengal tiger alongside an expert naturalist.

Highlights

  • Discover the historical delights of Delhi and explore the city on a rickshaw

  • Witness the special Palki ceremony at Amritsar’s Golden Temple

  • Meander around the pretty cobblestone lanes of the ‘Heritage Village’ of Pragpur

  • Visit the Dalai Lama Temple Complex and Kangra Fort in Dharamshala

  • Explore Shimla, in the foothills of the Himalayas, a former British summer retreat

  • Travel by ‘Toy Train’ from Shimla along a scenic journey to Solan

  • Explore Jaipur’s City Palace, the Jantar Mantar observatory and the ‘Palace of the Winds’

  • Join an optional walking tour through the atmospheric bazaars of Jaipur at night

  • Search for Ranthambore's tigers on two safaris in the surrounding jungle landscapes

  • Sail across the calm waters of the Chambal River by boat

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Day One – Fly To India

Location: Delhi

Fly overnight from the UK to Delhi.

Day Two – Arrive In Delhi And Day At Leisure

Location: Delhi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Sheraton New Delhi

This morning, you’ll arrive in the Indian capital of Delhi, meet your friendly tour manager, and be transferred to your hotel for check-in. You’ll have the rest of the day at leisure, possibly taking it easy and making use of the hotel’s facilities or pottering around the surrounding area. As night falls, you can enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Day Three – Included Morning Tour Of Old Delhi And A Visit To Qutub Minar

Location: Old Delhi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Sheraton New Delhi

Meals Included: Breakfast

Following a restful night, you’ll rise early, tuck into breakfast and set off on an included morning sightseeing tour of Delhi. This enlightening tour encompasses all the city’s major historical landmarks, including the Jama Masjid Mosque, one of the largest in India, Raj Ghat, Gandhi’s cremation site, and Agrasen-Ki Baoli, a centuries-old step well.



An exhilarating rickshaw ride around Chandni Chowk, in the heart of Old Delhi, will serve as another memorable moment before the tour commences, passing by the India Gate War Memorial, the Red Fort, with its soaring, scarlet walls, and the impressive Government buildings.



In the afternoon, the tour will visit the striking Qutub Minar, the highest tower in India, consisting of five storeys with projecting balconies. This tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, forms part of a complex, which is situated at the site of Delhi’s oldest fortified city.



After an educational day of discovering the delights of Delhi, you’ll return to your hotel to unwind and have dinner.

Day Four – Included Train Journey To Amritsar And Palki Ceremony At The Golden Temple

Location: Amritsar

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Welcomehotel by ITC

Meals Included: Breakfast

Another early morning and breakfast await before you check-out of your hotel and transfer to the New Delhi Railway Station, the largest station in India. The tour will then switch the road for rails as you embark on a scenic journey to Amritsar, a city in the north-western Indian state of Punjab. You’ll then arrive at your hotel, take some time to freshen up after your travels and enjoy dinner at the on-site restaurant.



A post-dinner activity involves a drive to the breathtaking Golden Temple. The most significant shrine in Sikhism, this temple sports a grand, jewel-encrusted dome and overlooks an expansive holy pool. Once here, you’ll be able to watch in awe as the spiritual Palki ceremony, which translates to the ‘putting to bed’ ceremony, takes place. Performed every evening, this ceremony is carried out by devout followers who carry the holy book 'Guru Granth Sahib' from the main shrine to another room for the night. Accompanying the ceremony is singing, drumming, music, and the reading of hymns by a priest. After this special service, you’ll be transferred back to the hotel for the night.

Day Five – Included Golden Temple Tour And Visit To Jallianwala Bagh And The Indo-Pakistani Border

Location: Amritsar

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Welcomehotel by ITC

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, you’ll get to see the Golden Temple again and have more time to uncover its intriguing history and the pivotal role it still plays. Throughout the years, this sanctuary’s main temple serves as a shelter for pilgrims from all over the world, and its wide-reaching dining hall sees the distribution of food to 35,000 people every day. You’ll also have a chance to walk around the Central Sikh Museum, which provides further insight into Sikh history and culture.



The next stop is the Jallianwala Bagh, a historic memorial park of national importance located near the Golden Temple complex. This location commemorates one of the bloodiest days in Indian history and those wounded and killed during the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, also known as the Amritsar massacre, in 1919.



This evening, you’ll make the short journey out to the Indo-Pakistani border crossing at Wagah. Here, every day as the sun sets, a military practice referred to as the ‘Beating Retreat’ border ceremony takes place. It has been carried out by the security forces of India and Pakistan since 1959 and entails a colourful, coordinated parade of the lowering of the two nations’ flags.



Once the ceremony is over, you’ll return to the hotel for dinner.

Day Six – Included Journey To Pragpur And A ‘Heritage Walk’ Around Pragpur Village

Location: Pragpur

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Judge's Court

Meals Included: Breakfast

Embrace a more relaxed morning and breakfast that will be followed by a drive to the small, pretty village of Pragpur, backed by the Dhauladhar range. Upon arrival, you’ll check into your hotel and get settled.



When afternoon comes around, you can venture on a ‘Heritage Walk’ through the medieval, elevated hamlet, which was named the country’s first ‘Heritage Village’ due to its unique architecture and enclosing unspoilt natural beauty. Meander down its narrow, cobblestone lanes, lined with fort-like houses and villas featuring slated rooves and mud-covered walls.



Head back to the hotel in the evening to make the most of your time in your enchanting 300-year-old accommodation, which is set in a splendid manor house fringed by an exquisite garden looking out over the Himalayas.

Day Seven – Included Dharamshala Excursion

Location: Dharamshala

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Judge's Court

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast this morning, you’ll head off on an excursion to the city of Dharamshala. Ringed by cedar forests and positioned on the edge of the Himalayas, this mountainside city awash with enthralling sites, is the home of the Dalai Lama. During the excursion, you’ll seek out the impressive Dalai Lama Temple complex, the current residence of ‘His Holiness’ and the site of the Dalai Lama Temple, adorned with statues and filled with ancient books and artefacts.



On the outskirts of Dharamshala, you’ll find the Kangra Fort, the largest fort in the Himalayas and thought to be the oldest in India, which boasts beautiful views of the rugged landscape. At the entrance to the fort, there is a small museum that will unveil more of the structure’s past before you refuel with an included lunch.



In the evening, you’ll go back to the hotel for dinner, perhaps followed by a tipple on the veranda while reflecting on your day.

Day Eight – Included Journey To Shimla And Day At Leisure

Location: Shimla

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Oberoi Cecil Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Arise today for breakfast, followed by a drive to Shimla, set in the foothills of the Himalayas. You’ll then arrive at the magnificent Oberoi Cecil Hotel, a landmark colonial-era property dating from 1884.



Given Shimla’s hillside location, this is the perfect place to stretch your legs, and maybe explore the area on a gentle hike through the pine and oak forests. A loop around the streets, scattered with relics of the past and colonial-style buildings, is also a must. Make sure to check out the assortment of handicraft shops along The Mall, a pedestrian avenue, and the Lakkar Bazaar too.



When you’ve had your fill of wandering, venture back to the hotel for dinner, further enhanced by an arresting vista of the Shimla Valley.

Day Nine – Included Tour Of Shimla

Location: Shimla

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Oberoi Cecil Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

A hearty breakfast is up for grabs before you embark on your day of sightseeing in Shimla. The first landmark of interest is the famous Tara Devi Temple – a holy Hindu temple constructed within the Himalayan peaks in the 18thcentury and inspired by a vision of the goodness of Tara.



The Viceregal Lodge is next, and this former British summer retreat of teak-panelled interiors was where the map of Indian Partition was drawn up. You’ll then stop over at the Indian Institute of Advanced of Studies, a research institute housed in a historical building of Indo-Gothic style.



Later in the afternoon, take a leisurely stroll to Scandal Point, which is positioned on the western edge of Shimla where two of the city’s roads meet –The Ridge and Mall Road. This traditional meeting place for locals features a small square with a mock-Tudor state post office. You’ll then pass the Gaiety Theatre, boasting colonial architecture, and if time permits have a look inside before returning to the hotel for dinner.

Day 10 – Included ‘Toy Train’ Ride To Solan, Lunch At The Local Restaurant, Drive To Chandigarh And Flight To Jaipur

Location: Solan, Jaipur

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: ITC Rajputana

Meals Included: Breakfast

You have an exciting day of travel ahead after breakfast. You’ll start by being transferred to the Shimla Railway Station to board the ‘Toy Train’ to Solan. Sit back and soak up the scenery as you journey along the narrow-gauge route.



This afternoon, you’ll arrive at Solan, known as the ‘Mushroom City of India’ given that it’s the largest producer of mushrooms in the country and home to the Directorate of Mushroom Research. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, and then the tour will transfer to Chandigarh before continuing to the airport for a short flight to Jaipur.



After landing, you’ll be picked up and taken to your hotel – a remarkable property with a red brick exterior inspired by the royal era. Unpack, perhaps have a sundowner at the bar, and then sit down for an Indian feast.

Day 11 – Included Tour Of Jaipur And Visit To Local Market Or Optional Walking Tour

Location: Jaipur

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: ITC Rajputana

Meals Included: Breakfast

Kick-start the day of sightseeing around the ‘Pink City’ with breakfast and then visit the former Rajput capital, Amber. You’ll climb by jeep to the city's vast sixth-century hill-top fort to wander its Royal Halls and take in the magnificent views over Maota Lake from the ramparts.



After lunch, you'll head off to the City Palace, a red-hued intricate complex of temples, courtyards, pavilions and gardens, and a major heritage landmark. The Jantar Mantar, an observatory constructed in 1724 is the following highlight. This UNESCO World Heritage Site houses the world’s largest sundial and an assortment of 19 astronomical instruments.



While returning to the hotel, you’ll pass by another poignant palace – Hawa Mahal. Also known as the ‘Palace of the Winds’, this 18th-century building is constructed from red and pink sandstone and lined with ornate windows and screened balconies.



Tonight, join an optional walking tour. This tour will lead you into the labyrinth of Jaipur’s atmospheric antique bazaars and shops while sampling traditional delicacies and learning about the artistic traditions of the city. After an evening of unique experiences, you’ll return to the hotel for dinner.

Day 12 – Morning At Leisure And Included Drive To Ranthambore

Location: Ranthambore National Park

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Sawai Vilas

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast will be more relaxed today before you start the drive to Ranthambore – one of the largest and most famous national parks in Northern India. This former royal hunting ground is now a key centre for ‘Project Tiger’, and its grasslands, streams and pools are home to striped hyenas, sambar deer, sloth bears and of course, the elusive and still endangered tigers of Ranthambhore.



Later in the day, you’ll arrive at your villa accommodation, tucked away in a jungle setting teeming with wildlife.



Take your time to get comfortable and look around the property then enjoy dinner at the resort.

Day 13 – Included Morning And Afternoon Jungle Safaris

Location: Ranthambore National Park

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Sawai Vilas

Meals Included: Breakfast

You’ll rise early this morning as a day of delving into the surrounding wilderness is on the cards. Accompanied by a local, expert naturalist, you’ll go on your first jungle safari in an open-air vehicle. Keep your eyes peeled for sightings of Royal Bengal tigers, hyenas, jackals, and leopards.



After an exciting morning, you’ll be taken back for breakfast, and have time to rest, maybe having a swim to cool off before lunch. In the afternoon, you can set off on another safari, alongside your guide, learning more about the local flora and fauna living across the diverse terrain as you go.



Dinner this evening will be served at the hotel, and you can then return to your villa, completely content.

Day 14 – Optional Tour To Ranthambore Fort, Drive To Dholpur And Short Cooking Demonstration

Location: Dholpur

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Raj Niwas Palace

Meals Included: Breakfast

Have a slow-paced morning or partake in the optional excursion to Ranthambhore Fort. Perched at the top of a hill, ringed by a towering stone wall, this structure presents panoramic views of the national park once you’ve climbed the 273-step path.



In the afternoon, after an early lunch, you’ll be driven to Dholpur, resting on the bank of the Chambal River. Upon arrival, you’ll check into your stately heritage hotel, built from the red sandstone, for which the city is famous.



A pre-dinner tipple at the Old-World Bar might be calling your name or a seat on the polished restaurant’s veranda. You’ll also get the chance to watch a short cooking demonstration by the resident chef.

Day 15 – Included Boat Ride Along The Chambal River, Transfer To Agra And Visit To Mehtab Bagh

Location: Agra

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: ITC Mughal

Meals Included: Breakfast

The tour will take to the waters of the Chambal River after breakfast today if the levels permit. A picturesque boat ride allows you to see the splendours of the jungle from a different angle.



You’ll return to the hotel for lunch and enjoy a leisurely afternoon to pack up before being transferred to Agra – India’s ‘City of Love’ and the site of the Taj Mahal.



Upon arriving in Agra, you’ll be taken to Mehtab Bagh – a garden complex away from the bustle of the city, showcasing a splendid view of the Taj Mahal in all its glory. Find your position on the opposite side of the Yamuna River to snap the perfect photograph.



The tour will then head to your luxury hotel, encased in a beautiful garden of water channels, walkways, and fruit trees, so you can check-in and have dinner.

Day 16 – Included Visit To Agra Fort And The Taj Mahal At Sunset

Location: Agra

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: ITC Mughal

Meals Included: Breakfast

Wake up in a serene paradise, taking the morning at your own pace after breakfast. You’ll then embark on an excursion to the royal pavilions, palaces, and courtyards of the majestic Agra Fort. This 16th-century fortress set on the Yamuna River, near the gardens of the Taj Mahal, is built from the city’s red sandstone. 



The afternoon is yours to lounge by the pool, or maybe pay a visit to the hotel’s award-winning spa.



To conclude this day, you’ll travel to the Taj Mahal at sunset and watch as this monument of love is dappled in different casts of colours as the light gradually dips behind the building. You’ll then return to the hotel for dinner and perhaps muse over a drink at one of the on-site bars.

Day 17 – Optional Sunrise Visit To The Taj Mahal, Drive To Delhi, And Fly Back To The Uk

Location: Delhi

Start your day in a truly unforgettable way by joining an optional excursion to view the Taj Mahal at dawn.


You’ll then return for breakfast at the hotel and afterwards, you can dabble in the state-of-the-art facilities, like the tennis courts, mini-golf course, fitness centre, and spa.


In the late afternoon, you’ll leave the hotel and begin the drive to Delhi. A final and celebratory dinner will be served in Delhi, as you bid farewell to your newfound friends and travel to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Day 18 – Arrive Back In The Uk

Location: United Kingdom

You’ll arrive back in the UK this morning after a once-in-a-lifetime Indian adventure.

Day 18 – Arrive Back In The Uk

You’ll arrive back in the UK this morning after a once-in-a-lifetime Indian adventure.

Day 20 : 2025/2026 Itinerary

Day One – Fly To India

Fly overnight from the UK to Delhi.

Day Two – Arrive In Delhi And Day At Leisure

This morning, you’ll arrive in the Indian capital of Delhi, meet your friendly tour manager, and be transferred to your hotel for check-in. You’ll have the rest of the day at leisure, possibly taking it easy and making use of the hotel’s facilities or pottering around the surrounding area. As night falls, you can enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Day Three – Included Morning Tour Of Old Delhi And A Visit To Qutub Minar

Following a restful night, you’ll rise early, tuck into breakfast and set off on an included morning sightseeing tour of Delhi. This enlightening tour encompasses all the city’s major historical landmarks, including the Jama Masjid Mosque, one of the largest in India, Raj Ghat, Gandhi’s cremation site, and Agrasen-Ki Baoli, a centuries-old step well. 


An exhilarating rickshaw ride around Chandni Chowk, in the heart of Old Delhi, will serve as another memorable moment before the tour commences, passing by the India Gate War Memorial, the Red Fort, with its soaring, scarlet walls, and the impressive Government buildings. 


In the afternoon, the tour will visit the striking Qutub Minar, the highest tower in India, consisting of five storeys with projecting balconies. This tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, forms part of a complex, which is situated at the site of Delhi’s oldest fortified city. 


After an educational day of discovering the delights of Delhi, you’ll return to your hotel to unwind and have dinner.

Day Four – Included Train Journey To Amritsar And Palki Ceremony At The Golden Temple

Another early morning and breakfast await before you check out of your hotel and transfer to the New Delhi Railway Station, the largest station in India. The tour will then switch the road for rails as you embark on a scenic journey to Amritsar, a city in the northwestern Indian state of Punjab. You’ll then arrive at your hotel, take some time to freshen up after your travels and enjoy dinner at the on-site restaurant. 


A post-dinner activity involves a drive to the breath-taking Golden Temple. The most significant shrine in Sikhism, this temple sports a grand, jewel-encrusted dome and overlooks an expansive holy pool. Once here, you’ll be able to watch in awe as the spiritual Palki ceremony, which translates to the ‘putting to bed’ ceremony, takes place. Performed every evening, this ceremony is carried out by devout followers who carry the holy book 'Guru Granth Sahib' from the main shrine to another room for the night. Accompanying the ceremony is singing, drumming, music, and the reading of hymns by a priest. After this special service, you’ll be transferred back to the hotel for the night.

Day Five – Included Golden Temple Tour And Visit To Jallianwala Bagh And The Indo-Pakistani Border

Today, you’ll get to see the Golden Temple again and have more time to uncover its intriguing history and the pivotal role it still plays. Throughout the years, this sanctuary’s main temple serves as a shelter for pilgrims from all over the world, and its wide-reaching dining hall sees the distribution of food to 35,000 people every day. You’ll also have a chance to walk around the Central Sikh Museum, which provides further insight into Sikh history and culture. 


The next stop is the Jallianwala Bagh, a historic memorial park of national importance located near the Golden Temple complex. This location commemorates one of the bloodiest days in Indian history and those wounded and killed during the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, also known as the Amritsar massacre, in 1919. 


This evening, you’ll make the short journey out to the Indo-Pakistani border crossing at Wagah. Here, every day as the sun sets, a military practice referred to as the ‘Beating Retreat’ border ceremony takes place. It has been carried out by the security forces of India and Pakistan since 1959 and entails a colourful, coordinated parade of the lowering of the two nations’ flags. 


Once the ceremony is over, you’ll return to the hotel for dinner.

Day Six – Included Journey To Pragpur And A ‘Heritage Walk’ Around Pragpur Village

Embrace a more relaxed morning and breakfast that will be followed by a drive to the small, pretty village of Pragpur, backed by the Dhauladhar range. Upon arrival, you’ll check into your hotel and get settled. 


When afternoon comes around, you can venture on a ‘Heritage Walk’ through the medieval, elevated hamlet, which was named the country’s first ‘Heritage Village’ due to its unique architecture and enclosing unspoilt natural beauty. Meander down its narrow, cobblestone lanes, lined with fort-like houses and villas featuring slated rooves and mud-covered walls. 


Head back to the hotel in the evening to make the most of your time in your enchanting 300-year-old accommodation, which is set in a splendid manor house fringed by an exquisite garden looking out over the Himalayas.

Day Seven – Included Dharamshala Excursion

After breakfast this morning, you’ll head off on an excursion to the city of Dharamshala. Ringed by cedar forests and positioned on the edge of the Himalayas, this mountainside city awash with enthralling sites, is the home of the Dalai Lama. During the excursion, you’ll seek out the impressive Dalai Lama Temple complex, the current residence of ‘His Holiness’ and the site of the Dalai Lama Temple, adorned with statues and filled with ancient books and artefacts. 


On the outskirts of Dharamshala, you’ll find the Kangra Fort, the largest fort in the Himalayas and thought to be the oldest in India, which boasts beautiful views of the rugged landscape. At the entrance to the fort, there is a small museum that will unveil more of the structure’s past before you refuel with an included lunch. 


In the evening, you’ll go back to the hotel for dinner, perhaps followed by a tipple on the veranda while reflecting on your day.

Day Eight – Included Journey To Shimla And Day At Leisure

Arise today for breakfast, followed by a drive to Shimla, set in the foothills of the Himalayas. You’ll then arrive at the magnificent Oberoi Cecil Hotel, a landmark colonial-era property dating from 1884. 


Given Shimla’s hillside location, this is the perfect place to stretch your legs, and maybe explore the area on a gentle hike through the pine and oak forests. A loop around the streets, scattered with relics of the past and colonial-style buildings, is also a must. Make sure to check out the assortment of handicraft shops along The Mall, a pedestrian avenue, and the Lakkar Bazaar too. 


When you’ve had your fill of wandering, venture back to the hotel for dinner, further enhanced by an arresting vista of the Shimla Valley.

Day Nine – Included Tour Of Shimla

A hearty breakfast is up for grabs before you embark on your day of sightseeing in Shimla. The first landmark of interest is the famous Tara Devi Temple – a holy Hindu temple constructed within the Himalayan peaks in the 18thcentury and inspired by a vision of the goodness of Tara. You'll then head for Shimla Railway station, where you'll board the 'Toy Train' for a ride through stunning mountain scenery. 


The Viceregal Lodge is next, and this former British summer retreat of teak-panelled interiors was where the map of Indian Partition was drawn up. You’ll then stop over at the Indian Institute of Advanced of Studies, a research institute housed in a historical building of Indo-Gothic style. 


Later in the afternoon, take a leisurely stroll to Scandal Point, which is positioned on the western edge of Shimla where two of the city’s roads meet –The Ridge and Mall Road. This traditional meeting place for locals features a small square with a mock-Tudor state post office. You’ll then pass the Gaiety Theatre, boasting colonial architecture, and if time permits have a look inside before returning to the hotel for dinner.

Day 10 – Fly To Jaipur

After breakfast, you'll drive down the mountain to Chandigarh, for an included lunch, before transferring to the airport for a flight to Jaipur. 


Once you've landing, you’ll be picked up and taken to your hotel – a remarkable property with a red brick exterior inspired by the royal era. Unpack, perhaps have a sundowner at the bar, and then sit down for an Indian feast.

Day 11 – Included Tour Of Jaipur And Visit To Local Market Or Optional Walking Tour

Kick-start the day of sightseeing around the ‘Pink City’ with breakfast and then you'll head off to the City Palace, a red-hued intricate complex of temples, courtyards, pavilions and gardens, and a major heritage landmark. The Jantar Mantar, an observatory constructed in 1724 is the following highlight. This UNESCO World Heritage Site houses the world’s largest sundial and an assortment of 19 astronomical instruments. 


While returning to the hotel, you’ll pass by another poignant palace – Hawa Mahal. Also known as the ‘Palace of the Winds’, this 18th-century building is constructed from red and pink sandstone and lined with ornate windows and screened balconies. 


This afternoon is free to relax and then, tonight, join an optional walking tour. This tour will lead you into the labyrinth of Jaipur’s atmospheric antique bazaars and shops while sampling traditional delicacies and learning about the artistic traditions of the city. After an evening of unique experiences, you’ll return to the hotel for dinner.

Day 12 – Included Visit To Amber Fort And Afternoon At Leisure

Rise this morning and head for the former Rajput capital, Amber. Board your Jeep and climb to the city's vast sixth-century hilltop fort as part of a captivating tour of its Royal Halls. You can then take in the magnificent views over Maota Lake from the ramparts.  


After a busy morning’s exploration, enjoy the afternoon at leisure to spend as you please.

Day 13 – Morning At Leisure And Included Drive To Ranthambore

Breakfast will be more relaxed today before you start the drive to Ranthambore – one of the largest and most famous national parks in Northern India. This former royal hunting ground is now a key centre for ‘Project Tiger’, and its grasslands, streams and pools are home to striped hyenas, sambar deer, sloth bears and of course, the elusive and still endangered tigers of Ranthambhore. 


Later in the day, you’ll arrive at your villa accommodation, tucked away in a jungle setting teeming with wildlife. 


Take your time to get comfortable and look around the property then enjoy dinner at the resort.

Day 14– Included Morning And Afternoon Jungle Safaris

You’ll rise early this morning as a day of delving into the surrounding wilderness is on the cards. Accompanied by a local, expert naturalist, you’ll go on your first jungle safari in an open-air vehicle. Keep your eyes peeled for sightings of Royal Bengal tigers, hyenas, jackals, and leopards. 


After an exciting morning, you’ll be taken back for breakfast, and have time to rest, maybe having a swim to cool off before lunch. In the afternoon, you can set off on another safari, alongside your guide, learning more about the local flora and fauna living across the diverse terrain as you go. 


Dinner this evening will be served at the hotel, and you can then return to your room, completely content.

Day 15 – Optional Tour To Ranthambore Fort And Drive To Agra

You’ll be free to take the morning at your own pace today or you can choose to partake in the optional excursion to Ranthambhore Fort. Perched at the top of a hill, ringed by a towering stone wall, this structure presents panoramic views of the national park once you’ve climbed the 273-step path. 


In the afternoon, after an early lunch, you’ll be driven to Agra – India’s ‘City of Love’ and the site of the Taj Mahal. 


Upon arriving in Agra, you’ll be taken to Mehtab Bagh – a garden complex away from the bustle of the city, showcasing a splendid view of the Taj Mahal in all its glory. Find your position on the opposite side of the Yamuna River to snap the perfect photograph. 


The tour will then head to your luxury hotel, encased in a beautiful garden of water channels, walkways, and fruit trees, so you can check-in and have dinner.

Day 16 – Included Visit To Agra Fort And The Taj Mahal At Sunset

Wake up in a serene paradise, taking the morning at your own pace after breakfast. You’ll then embark on an excursion to the royal pavilions, palaces, and courtyards of the majestic Agra Fort. This 16th-century fortress set on the Yamuna River, near the gardens of the Taj Mahal, is built from the city’s red sandstone.  


To conclude this day, you’ll travel to the Taj Mahal at sunset and watch as this monument of love is dappled in different casts of colours as the light gradually dips behind the building. After a guided tour, you’ll then return to the hotel for dinner and perhaps muse over a drink at one of the on-site bars.

Day 17 – Optional Sunrise Visit To The Taj Mahal, Drive To Delhi, And Fly Back To The Uk

Start your day in a truly unforgettable way by joining an optional excursion to view the Taj Mahal at dawn. 


You’ll then return for breakfast at the hotel and afterwards, you can dabble in the state-of-the-art facilities, like the tennis courts, mini-golf course, fitness centre, and spa. 


In the late afternoon, you’ll leave the hotel and begin the drive to Delhi. A final and celebratory dinner will be served in Delhi, as you bid farewell to your newfound friends and travel to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Day 18 – Arrive Back In The Uk

You’ll arrive back in the UK this morning after a once-in-a-lifetime Indian adventure.

What's Included

  • 16 nights' dinner, bed, and breakfast accommodation in a series of five-star hotels and one heritage hotel in Delhi (2 nights), Amritsar (2 nights), Shimla (2 nights), Jaipur (2 nights), Ranthambhore (2 nights), Dholpur (1 night) and Agra (1 night), plus

  • Return flights from the UK to Delhi

  • 15 breakfasts, six lunches and 16 dinners

  • Guided tour of Old Delhi and visit to Qutub Minar

  • Train journey to Amritsar and Palki ceremony at the Golden Temple

  • Golden Temple tour and a visit to Jallianwala Bagh and the Indo-Pakistani border

  • Guided Dharamshala excursion and tour of Shimla

  • Guided ‘Heritage Walk’ around Pragpur village

  • A ‘Toy Train’ ride to Solan

  • Guided tour of Jaipur and visit to a local market

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Passports and visas

British citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling overseas. Your passport must contain two blank pages and be valid for 180 days after your return date from India. A visa is also required for entry to India. Full details of how and when to apply will be sent out about eight weeks before departure. Currently, a single entry tourist visa for BRITISH CITIZENS is £143 plus any additional fees should you choose to use the services of a visa handling agent.
British CITIZENS are not currently eligible to enter India using the e-Tourist Visa system.
Some other European nationals satisfying certain conditions may use the online e-Tourist Visa application process at a cost of $10 (US) per person for entry to India for arrivals in the months of April, May and June or $25 (US) per person for arrivals in other months. Other passport holders must apply for a full visa.
Note that all travellers of Pakistani descent, regardless of citizenship, will generally be subject to more detailed processing by the Indian authorities, which can take up to four months from application.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.

Travel vaccinations

Requirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

Road conditions

In developing countries road networks are continually being improved and expanded, which can mean that, from time to time, roadworks and rough road surfaces can extend journey times. Some journeys are made on winding mountain roads and passes, which may also make for slow travelling - although the scenery is usually worth it! Many roads do not have separate pavements or safety barriers, and great care should be taken when crossing or walking alongside roads.

Passports and visas

British citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling overseas. Your passport must contain two blank pages and be valid for 180 days after your return date from India. A visa is also required for entry to India. Full details of how and when to apply will be sent out about eight weeks before departure. Currently, a single entry tourist visa for BRITISH CITIZENS is £143 plus any additional fees should you choose to use the services of a visa handling agent.


British CITIZENS are not currently eligible to enter India using the e-Tourist Visa system.


Some other European nationals satisfying certain conditions may use the online e-Tourist Visa application process at a cost of $10 (US) per person for entry to India for arrivals in the months of April, May and June or $25 (US) per person for arrivals in other months. Other passport holders must apply for a full visa.


Note that all travellers of Pakistani descent, regardless of citizenship, will generally be subject to more detailed processing by the Indian authorities, which can take up to four months from application.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.

Travel vaccinations

Requirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

Road conditions

In developing countries road networks are continually being improved and expanded, which can mean that, from time to time, roadworks and rough road surfaces can extend journey times. Some journeys are made on winding mountain roads and passes, which may also make for slow travelling - although the scenery is usually worth it! Many roads do not have separate pavements or safety barriers, and great care should be taken when crossing or walking alongside roads.

Check out our Q&As

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes, return flights from the UK to Delhi

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Tipping is included for airport and hotel porters, restaurant and monument staff, naturalists and rickshaw drivers. Tipping is at your discretion for your tour manager, driver and driver’s assistant

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1983

  • Vaccination Requirements

    Your health and safety are pivotal to our operations, and every customer travelling on a tour with us must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Fully vaccinated means that you have had the full course of an approved vaccine a minimum of 14 days prior to your holiday. We also recommend that you travel with proof that you’ve been fully vaccinated.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Our company’s mission is to enrich lives and improve wellbeing through travel. A big part of that is ‘Travel for Good’. Our ‘Travel for Good’ hub is our first step in a long journey to reduce carbon, offset anything we produce as a company and travel without harming the planet or the people of the destinations we go to.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest Covid-19 policies

  • Fitness to Travel

    We strive to give all our customers full care and attention, but we do need to know at the time of booking if there are any special needs or requirements. It is particularly important that we are advised of any disabilities and also if you intend to bring any specialist equipment such as a wheelchair with you. Please make sure that you make us aware of any requirements.

Reviews of this operator

Mr Albert Owen  

Help is at hand at Newmarket holidays

04-Jan-2023

I tried to book myself on line for an Andre Rieu concert in Vienna but I didn’t manage to complete the booking. I rang the next day & spoke to Sharon who was very helpful. I am a 76 year old pensioner & not totally au fa with the internet. However, Sharon went through it step by step & I felt more confident. She completed the booking for me & said she would also send a paper copy.

Iain Moir  

Newmarket Holidays…top dollar!

06-Jan-2023

Having booked late the service we received from Newmarket staff has been excellent - helpful, friendly, painstaking and above all going further than we could really expect to ensure our requests were all satisfied. We would like to particularly thank Naima for her attention to detail and perseverance in following up our queries. This is the first time we have tried NH but it wont be the last

Miss F J Murphy  

This is the third holiday I have taken…

05-Nov-2021

This is the third holiday I have taken with Newmarket Holidays. They made it easy to change from the Holiday I originally booked to one in the UK. The tour leader was excellent as was our driver, both of whom went the extra mile to ensure we had a lovely holiday. There were difficulties at the hotel due to COVID but we were made very welcome and the staff went out of their way to help us. So I have no complaint about Newmarket's choice of hotel. I am a single traveller and normally do not like to travel in groups but the laidback atmosphere of Newmarket Holidays is fine.

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Caroline N, GB  

Hurrah for Eddie and Simon, Newmarket's highlands duo!

26-Oct-2021

Very happy time on an action packed trip to the Scottish highlands. Eddie as tour manager and Simon as driver. Eddie shared his passion for Scottish history and between them they treated us to many unscheduled cultural stops that enhanced our holiday. They went above and beyond all the time. Train trips were amazing and views unforgettable. Hotel was welcoming and food was good. Hot water aplenty for bath. We wanted to escape to another world for a few days and we truly did. THANK YOU. Chris and Caroline

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Tony King, GB  

Canada October 2021

28-Oct-2021

We have returned from our long overdue trip to Canada Niagara Falls to the Rockies stating in Toronto and finishing in Vancouver. Well we happened to be the first trip back after the Coiid outbreak and it was so good to go. The company had made sure we were all safe and masks were worn where ever they had to be but this did not dampen the trip at all, the Tour directors ( guides ) were brilliant and we saw and did so much it was a fantastic trip which I would recommend to everyone, defiantly one for the bucket list.

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  • Low Deposit

    Newmarket Holidays requires a minimum deposit of 35% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of newmarket holidays charges.

    Up to 56 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 55 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 48 days before tour starts: Forfeit 75% of booking price.

    At 34 days before tour starts: Forfeit 90% of booking price.

    At 15 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

  • Vaccination Requirements

    Your health and safety are pivotal to our operations, and every customer travelling on a tour with us must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Fully vaccinated means that you have had the full course of an approved vaccine a minimum of 14 days prior to your holiday. You can find the travel restrictions for different countries on www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. We also recommend that you travel with proof that you’ve been fully vaccinated.

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