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Feature adventure holidays
We’ve developed a range of dedicated solo holidays & solo travel packages; exclusively for people booking on their own. Around 40% of all our passengers are solo travellers.
Wildlife & Moghul Cities
Transport - Minibus, train, rickshaw.
Accommodation - Hotels (9nts).
Meals - 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 dinners.
We often have multiple itineraries so please check to see which itinerary is suitable for you, by selecting the relevant tab.
Fly to Delhi
Depart on overnight flight to Delhi.
After your flight you’ll transfer to your first night’s accommodation and check in. Please meet with your Group Leader at 13.00 in the hotel reception. This afternoon you are introduced to India with a half-day tour of Delhi. Old Delhi is bustling and vibrant, a network of narrow streets and alleys teeming with people. Mosques and temples are squeezed into unlikely places between shops and market stalls. You’ll visit the Jami Masjid, Delhi’s largest mosque, which is not only a place of religious worship, but also a lively meeting place for the city’s Muslims. A fascinating contrast awaits as you head into New Delhi. Its wide boulevards and imposing buildings conjure up images of the British Empire at its zenith. Hotel - 1 night
Agra & The Taj Mahal
This morning, you’ll have a very early start for your train journey to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Alternating with Delhi as the capital of the Moghul Empire, the city’s past is inextricably linked with the most famous of India’s rulers. Today it is best known as the home of the Taj Mahal but also boasts a fort, a Friday Mosque and the royal tombs on the opposite bank of the river.
You will have plenty of time to explore the Taj Mahal, the masterpiece which shelters the tombs of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. Many people believe it to be the most perfectly proportioned building ever constructed; at first glance it appears to be simply white marble, but closer inspection reveals that the surface is inlaid with a profusion of semi-precious stones which form stylised flowers and bowers. Words fail to do it justice; only by visiting it can you appreciate its exquisite beauty. Further along the banks of the river Yamuna, you visit Agra Fort. It was from here that the Moghul Empire was ruled and you spend some time exploring the nooks and crannies within. The afternoon is left free for you to wander at leisure, or relax. Hotel – 1 night (B)
Fatehpur Sikri & Ranthambore
You set off today to take the road leading to Fatehpur Sikri, some 38km (about two hours) away. Along the way are the remains of the Kos Minars - wayside markers which survive only as crumbled towers, pointing the way to this city built of rich red sandstone. Akbar the Great built Fatehpur Sikri, (the ‘City of Victory’), outside Agra as a tribute to a sage who foretold the birth of three sons. He duly moved his court to this new capital, only to abandon it after 15 short years because the water supply deteriorated. Today its rose-coloured walls provide the visitor with an unforgettable impression of the majesty of a 16th century royal court. This afternoon, you will take a train journey of just over two hours from Bharatpur to Sawai Madhopar, near Ranthambore National Park. Hotel - 1 night (BD)
Ranthambore National Park; to Pushkar
Ranthambore National Park, covering 411 square kilometres of beautiful bush, is one of the premier national parks of India. A wonderful blend of historical ruins and wildlife, it is the habitat of tiger, nilgai, sambar and chital (all types of antelope), sloth bear and caracal (a lynx-like cat), plus crocodile in the lake. You will have a game drive this morning, with high hopes of getting at least one sighting of the majestic Bengal tigers that survive among the ruined forts and temples. Leopards have been spotted on the periphery of the park and jackal and hyena can also be glimpsed here, so there’s plenty to watch out for on your early morning safari! From Ranthambore you drive west to Pushkar.
Every year around the full moon of the Indian month of Kartik (November), an exciting mela (festival) transforms the sleepy town of Pushkar into a hive of activity, as camel traders from all over Rajasthan gather to trade their animals. You overnight in large and comfortable ‘Swiss tents’, which come complete with beds and attached bathroom. You can look forward to your visit to the mela itself tomorrow! Comfortable tents with attached facilities – 2 nights (BD)
Pushkar Camel Fair
You wake to an almost biblical scene, with camels and cattle milling about on the edge of town, whilst traders haggle over prices. Pushkar Fair is not only a chance to trade livestock, but also an opportunity to visit this very holy little town.
For most of the year Pushkar remains a quiet and tranquil place. The lake is one of the most sacred in India and beside it is one of the very few Brahma temples in existence in the country. Its importance as a place of pilgrimage is illustrated by the fact that devout Hindus should visit it at least once in their lifetime and that consuming meat and alcohol is prohibited here. During the Pushkar Camel Fair, thousands of devotees take the opportunity come here to worship. Throughout the day men dressed in colourful turbans and women in bright saris come to the shore to make their pujas (prayers) to their gods. At the end of the monsoon season the lake is full and the reflections of the temples and ghats in the water are stunning. Today is a chance to sit back and watch life – unchanged for millennia – pass you by and reflect on the diversity of the world. (BLD)
Around four hours to the north lies the ‘pink city’ of Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan - the ‘Land of Princes’. Like Delhi, Jaipur has both an old and a new part and you concentrate on the old. The streets are busy with camels and bullock-carts and above it all monkeys make their home in the old city walls.
You head to the City Palace and the famous Palace of the Winds; here royal maidens once watched the streets below: they were able to see without being seen, due to the fabulous jali (lattice screens) which hid them from prying male eyes. Today snake-charmers and fortune-tellers ply their trade below. Close by is the 18th century Jantar Mantar – an astronomical observatory – built by the city’s founder Jai Singh who, having a passion for the science, built five such wonders in major cities all over the north. Hotel – 1 night (B)
Perched on a hill some 11km from Jaipur and nestling among the Aravalli Hills is the historic fort-palace of Amber. You reach the palace along a twisting road that passes Maota Lake before turning uphill, past the elephant stables, to Jai Pol ‘Victory Gate’. This is the ancient capital of the Kachhawaha Rajputs who gave their loyalty to Moghul overlords. From the spoils of war they gradually built a fabulous complex of royal rooms. Today these rooms remain lavishly decorated with murals, jali-work and scalloped niches that once held candles to reflect the soft light from tiny mirrors, embedded in eggshell plaster.
Please note – there are elephant rides available at Amber Fort. Concerns over the welfare of the animals had led to The Adventure Company not offering this as an optional activity at the fort in the past. However, since the involvment of an NGO, conditions have improved for the elephants - they now only carry a maximum of 2 passengers, work limited hours during the day and have regular rest and 'holiday' periods, so The Adventure Company have now reintroduced this optional activity.
You can thoroughly explore the site and village opposite before travelling into the ‘Land of Princes’ – Rajasthan. As you take a four-hour drive through the princely state of Rajasthan you will catch glimpses of life in the most colourful of India’s regions. Most notable are the elegant women, who carry terracotta pots of water from the village well, dressed in saris in a myriad of colours, their bangles tinkling as they walk. There may be an opportunity to walk around the village and meet or even have a game of cricket with the locals! Hotel– 1 night (BD)
The Shekhawati region was home to many rich merchants and their wealth is evident from their finely built havelis (mansions). Surrounded by large walls, with many internal courtyards, the havelis provided security, privacy and shade. They were painted with floral designs of Moghul influence, scenes from Hindu mythology and - since the arrival of Europeans - modern inventions such as trains, bicycles and cars. These paintings document the changes that took place in India during the nineteenth century. Nawalgarh, founded in 1737, is a typical Shekhawati town. The temples and town walls still survive today and the old fort has some fine examples of painted frescoes. A charter bus tour will take you around the havelis so you can see these fantastc paintings for yourself. Perhaps one of the best examples is the Poddar haveli, with paintings of trains, cars, processions, and a game of chequers. It has now been converted into a school and must surely be the most decorated and ornate one in India!
After lunch you leave Shekhawati and begin your journey eastwards by charter bus back to Delhi. To make this journey non-stop would make for a very tiring and arduous day, therefore after just a couple of hours driving you’ll make an overnight stop at another Shekhawati town - Surajgarh. Your hotel is a former fortified palace, and makes for both an unusual and memorable night’s stay. Hotel – 1 night (B)
After breakfast this morning, you leave the Shekhawati region and continue your journey to Delhi wherer you'll arrive by midday. The remainder of the day is then free for some final sightseeing or shopping. Ghandi’s house in New Delhi tells the life story of one of India’s most renowned figures, whilst there are bargains galore to be found in the shops and markets around Connaught Place. No doubt your Group Leader will arrange a ‘last supper’ where you can look back over the trip of a lifetime. Hotel – 1 night (B)
The trip ends in Delhi for Land Only clients. Clients travelling on our group flights transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)