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Gems of Central India + Anantara Hua Hin Resort and Spa

4.5 stars

india + thailand

The Experience

Journey across India and discover the ancient heritage that makes this country so unique. This incredible tour will let you immerse yourself in the colourful culture and warmth of the people with tours across cities such as Delhi and Gwalior and of course visit the ancient Wonder of the World, the Taj Mahal. The tour also includes an exciting safari in the Bandhavgarh National Park with the hopes of seeing a majestic Tiger in the wild. Before heading home, take a breather at the luxurious Anantara Hua Hin Resort. Taking influence from a traditional Thai village amongst lush tropical gardens, it offers a tranquil space to relax in a matter of steps from the beachfront.

Why we love this holiday £550 off
  • Search for tigers on an exciting Jeep safari
  • See the majestic Taj Mahal for yourself
  • Several restaurants and bars in Hua Hin
Selected dates between 10-Jul-2017 and 31-Oct-2018; Based on a 11 night stay leaving from Heathrow

 Included flights

 UK Departure

  • Departs: london
  • Arrives: delhi, India

 Internal

  • Departs: delhi, India
  • Arrives: bangkok, Thailand

 Return Flight

  • Departs: bangkok, Thailand
  • Arrives: london
 Day 2 to 9

Gems of Central India

4 stars
  • As Per Itinerary
  • As Per Itinerary
  • Enjoy a fabolous India tour in comfort
  • Enjoy various extras during this tour
  • Visit many of India's most famous monuments

Overview

While India's melange of human cultures has long drawn the attention of historians and travelers, its gamut of wild habitats offers rare treasures for nature lovers too. This is a journey through the heart of India to explore old and new part of Delhi the capital city, the Taj Mahal in Agra exemplifies the art and architecture of the Mughals. Moving on to Central India, from mountain forts of Gwalior to the Bundela murals of Orchha along with the erotic sculptures of Khajuaho and the thriving forest reserve of Bandhavgarh, there is plenty to see and do.

Day 1 - Arrive Delhi

Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met & assisted by our representative & will be transferred to your hotel.

Delhi is a cosmopolitan city that has a rich history stretching back thousands of years. It has been the capital of at least seven or eight great civilizations, and each of them has left monuments worth exploring.

Spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel or explore the surroundings on your own.

Overnight in New Delhi.

Day 2 - Delhi

Today after breakfast, you will be going for a full day city tour of Old and New Delhi. In Old Delhi you will visit the 17th century Jama Masjid and walk through the narrow, winding lanes of the colourful and bustling Chandni Chowk.

In New Delhi, You can drive past The Presidential Palace and all the government buildings. Also visit the glorious Qutab Minar and the 16th century Humayun's tomb, a precursor to the Taj Mahal.

Evening is at leisure. Overnight in New Delhi.

Day 3 -Delhi To Agra

Morning on time, connect your train to Agra.

Departure Delhi At: 0810 Hrs. By: Gatimaan Express
Arrival Agra At: 0950 Hrs. AC Chair Car

On arrival in Agra, you will proceed to visit Agra Fort with your tour guide, where the ageing Emperor Shah Jahan, imprisoned by his son, watched from a distance the fulfilment of his life's dream-the building of the Taj Mahal in memory of his beloved wife

After the tour, check-in at the hotel.

Agra came into the limelight during the rule of the Afghan King Sikandar Lodhi - who had made it the capital of his empire. Later in 1526 A.D., the Mughal Emperor Babar took upon himself the task for rendering Agra, a unique character and beauty of its own. The next few hundred years of Agra witnessed the rise of the pomp and pageantry of three great Mughal monarchs - Emperor Akbar, Jehangir and Shahjahan. In modern times, the city of Agra is a thriving carpet industry where you can also find leather workers, sandstone and marble sculptors, some of whom claim to be direct descendants of the craftsmen who had helped build the Taj Mahal.

In the evening proceed to visit the magnificent Taj Mahal. On the inner walls, jewel-like stones create beautiful designs in white marble. The Mughals perfected the art of embedding semi-precious stones into marble and the Taj is the finest example of this special process called pietra dura. It begins with a marble plate, varying in size. Then jewels are sliced paper thin and embedded in the marble with such precision that the joints are invisible to the naked eye.

Overnight in Agra.

Day 4 -Agra To Gwalior

Post breakfast, drive to Gwalior (120 kms / 03 Hrs).

Upon arrival in Gwalior, check-in at the hotel.

The city of Gwalior is famous as an ancient seat of culture with a colourful history going back to the 6th century. A multitude of reigning dynasties, of the great Rajput clans of the Pratiharas, Kachhwahas and Tomars have left indelible etchings of their rule in this city of palaces, temples and monuments. Gwalior's tradition as a royal capital continued until the formation of present day India, with the Scindias having their dynastic seat here. The magnificent mementoes of a glorious past have been preserved with care, giving Gwalior an appeal unique and timeless.

Afternoon, visit the magnificent Gwalior Fort, built in the 8th century AD by the Rajputs.

Overnight in Gwalior.

Day 5 -Gwalior To Orchha

This morning after breakfast proceed to Orchha, visiting Datia Fort & Temples enroute (125 kms / 03 Hrs).

Upon arrival at Orchha you will check-in at your hotel.

Orchha was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela chieftain, Rudra Pratap Singh, who built this new capital on large wooded islands on the River Betwa. Today, remains of the fort and palaces speak eloquently of Orchha's time of glory, of its splendid legacy of art and culture.

Spend the evening at leisure. Overnight in Orchha.

Day 6 -Orchha To Khajuraho.

Today morning after breakfast, visit Orchha which is a marvelous example of a medieval Fort Palace. Within the turreted walls are gardens, gateways, pavilions and temples, near the confluence of the Betwa and Jamni rivers.

The Raj Mahal with its Hall of Private Audience exemplifies Bundela Rajput architecture. Despite the neglected appearance, there are some beautiful murals on the ceilings and walls of both religious and secular themes. The Jahangir Mahal was built in the 17th century and synthesizes both Hindu and Muslim styles.

Afterwards, drive to Khajuraho (175 kms / 03 Hrs). On arrival in Khajuraho, check-in at the hotel.

Khajuraho was founded in the 9th and 10th century by the rulers of the Chandela Dynasty, and influenced by Tantrism. Eroticism becomes a theme of philosophical interest and the aim is sublimation of sexual relationship in the Sexual act or " Maithun", women being regarded as the incarnation of the divine energy or "Shakti". It is also possible that the carvings of Khajuraho were influenced by "Kama Sutra", the famous treatise on erotic arts written by Vatsyayana in the time of the Guptas.

Evening is at leisure. Overnight in Khajuraho.

Day 7 -Khajuraho To Bandhavgarh

Today morning after breakfast, proceed to visit the Western temples of Khajuraho. Among the western group of temples, the most famous is the Kandariya Mahadev temple, 32 meters high with a fantastic range of sculptures including sensuous themes. Other temples include the Chaunsat Yogini, which is a granite temple, the Devi Jagdambe temple dedicated to the Mother Goddess, the Chitragupta temple, dedicated to Surya the Sun God, etc.

Later, drive to Bandhavgarh (250 kms / 05 Hrs). On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Bandhavgarh National Park, situated amid the airy Vindhya hills of Madhya Pradesh, has established a reputation as one of the best places in India to observe Tigers. The 105 square kilometres of park area, open for tourists is estimated to have a population of 22 tigers, a density of one tiger for every 4.77 square kilometres.

Spend the evening at leisure. Overnight in Bandhavgarh.

Day 8 - Bandhavgarh

Early morning, you will proceed for a shared jeep safari in the jungle in the quest of tigers.

You will return to hotel for buffet breakfast and spend the morning at leisure. After having lunch at the hotel, you will again head to the jungle for afternoon shared jeep safari.

(Afternoon safari's does not operate on all Wednesdays)

Evening will remain at leisure. Dinner & overnight in Bandhavgarh.
 
Day 9 - Bandhavgarh To Jabalpur To Delhi

This morning after breakfast, drive to Jabalpur airport to connect your flight to Delhi (200 kms / 05 Hrs)

Departure Jabalpur At: 1420 Hrs. By: AI 9618
Arrival Delhi At: 1550 Hrs. Economy.

Upon arrival at Delhi airport, transfer to the hotel. Check-in at the hotel.

Evening is at leisure. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 10 - Departure Delhi

Today morning after breakfast, you will be assisted & transferred in your private car to connect your flight back home.

END OF TOUR

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 Day 9 to 12

Anantara Hua Hin Resort and Spa

5 stars
  • Premium Garden View
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Indulgent wining and dining
  • Golfers paradise
  • Indulgent spa treatments
Boasting a beachfront location in the sleepy resort of Hua Hin, an easy drive from Bangkok, Anantara Hua Hin Resort and Spa is one of the most luxurious properties in town. Designed in traditional Thai Village style the resort is set within verdant tropical gardens, with spacious rooms decorated using traditional Thai motifs while offering modern amenities. With a range of dining options on offer including elegant Italian Baan Thalia restaurant, authentic Thai cuisine at the poolside Rim Nam, or the beach restaurant, Sai Thong, serving the freshest of seafood and the finest of steaks, there is truly something for everyone, and with a range of bars and lounge areas, relaxation comes as standard. A visit to Anantara Spa is a must as each of the six al fresco treatment rooms have their own garden courtyard - heaven indeed.
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£1879 per person

Special Offer £550 off Jul 10 2017 - Oct 31 2018
Price for 11 nights, 2 Adults flying 22 April 2018 from Heathrow with Air India
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Immerse yourself in India’s vibrant culture before relaxing on the beach in Thailand