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Escorted Tours 2019 and 2020

Grand Tour of India
Discover Delhi's historic Red Fort and Jama Masjid Mosque, the India Gate war memorial and the ruins of the Quwwat ul-Islam
Enjoy a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi
A visit to Jaipur's Palace of the Winds and the Amber Fort
A journey to Ranthambhore National Park to search for tigers
Enjoy a village visit and a cookery demonstration in Dholpur
A visit to the wondrous Taj Mahal
Explore Kochi with its famous Chinese fishing nets
A night on a traditional houseboat
A visit to Periyar's Wildlife Sanctuary, with a lake cruise
A night time cycle-rickshaw ride in the temple-town Madurai
Visit the Munnar tea plantations and Tata Tea Museum
What does the price include?
15 nights' half-board accommodation staying in Delhi (1 night), Jaipur (2), Ranthambhore (2), Dholpur (1), Agra (1), Kochi (3), Periyar (2), Madurai (2) and Munnar (1) in hotels and on a traditional houseboat (1)
Nine lunches, enjoying cuisine typical to the region
Return flights from your chosen airport to Delhi, returning from Kochi via Mumbai
An internal flight from Delhi to Kochi
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager in India
Single rooms are available for a supplement
This tour is operated by Newmarket Holidays.
For this tour Westoe Travel act as agents for Newmarket Holidays
ATOL number V7812

Newcastle 20 March 2019 £2619
Newcastle 15 May 2019 £2199
Newcastle 11 September 2019 £2399
Newcastle 09 October 2019 £2629
Newcastle 16 October 2019 £2629
Newcastle 06 November 2019 £2619
Newcastle 20 November 2019 £2619
Newcastle 22 January 2020 £2619
Newcastle 05 February 2020 £2699
Newcastle 18 March 2020 £2699
Newcastle 13 May 2020 £2349
Newcastle 16 September 2020 £2499
Newcastle 07 October 2020 £2799
Newcastle 11 November 2020 £2699

Tigers and the Taj Mahal
10 days from £1,549pp
The sights and sounds of New Delhi
The historic Red Fort, the India Gate war memorial and the ruins of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque
Taking a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi
A guided tour of Agra, India's city of love
The magical Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Chand Baori, Abhaneri's astonishing 13-story stepwell
Searching for Ranthambhore's tigers on two included safaris
Exploring the ramparts, gates and cobbled paths of Amber's Amber Fort
Jaipur's exquisite Palace of the Winds
Dinner with a local family in Jaipur
Staying in traditional tented accommodation at Vanaashrya
Enjoy a camel cart ride and an Indian cookery demonstration
Visit the fascinating Heritage Transport Museum in Delhi
What does the price include?
Eight nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation in a series of four-star and five-star standard hotels in Delhi (2 nights), Agra (1), Ranthambhore (2), Jaipur (2) and Vanaashrya (1)
Five lunches
Return flights from your chosen UK airport to Delhi
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
The services of a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Newcastle 30 April 2019 £1599
Newcastle 07 May 2019 £1549
Newcastle 14 May 2019 £1499
Newcastle 21 May 2019 £1399
Newcastle 10 September 2019 £1549
Newcastle 17 September 2019 £1549
Newcastle 01 October 2019 £1799
Newcastle 08 October 2019 £1799
Newcastle 22 October 2019 £1799
Newcastle 21 January 2020 £1899
Newcastle 04 February 2020 £1899
Newcastle 25 February 2020 £1899
Newcastle 03 March 2020 £1899
Newcastle 10 March 2020 £1899
Newcastle 17 March 2020 £1899
Newcastle 21 April 2020 £1649
Newcastle 05 May 2020 £1599
Newcastle 15 September 2020 £1599
Newcastle 06 October 2020 £1849
Newcastle 03 November 2020 £1849
Newcastle 10 November 2020 £1849

Discover the sights of New Delhi, including the historic Red Fort the India Gate war memorial and the ruins of the Quwwat ul-Islam mosque
Take a rickshaw ride through the bewildering hustle and bustle of Old Delhi
Enjoy a guided tour of Agra, India's city of love
Marvel at the Taj Mahal
See Chand Baori, Abhaneri's astonishing stepwell
Go in search of Ranthambhore's tigers on two included safaris
See the Amber Fort
Visit Jaipur's exquisite Palace of the Winds
Enjoy dinner with a local family in Jaipur
Stay in traditional tented accommodation at Vanaashrya
Enjoy a camel cart ride and an Indian cookery demonstration
Visit the heritage Transport Museum
Eight nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation in a series of four-star and five-star standard hotels in Delhi (2 nights), Agra (1), Ranthambhore (2), Jaipur (2) and Vanaashrya (1)
Five lunches
Return flights from your chosen airport to Delhi
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager in India

Day One
Your holiday begins with an overnight flight from the UK to Delhi.

Day Two
Arrive in Delhi, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel for lunch. This afternoon a guided tour of the Old City will introduce you to Jama Masjid Mosque and Raj Ghat, Gandhi's cremation site.

You'll also see the Red Fort and take a rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk. Before evening falls you'll see some of the city's Imperial highlights including the India Gate war memorial, the vast boulevard of the Rajpath and Parliament House.

Day Three
Explore the ruins of the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque and the ornate Qutb Minar tower, this morning. Later we'll plot a course for Agra, India's City of Love and site of the exquisite Taj Mahal. Built as a monument to undying love by grief-stricken Shah Jahan, after the death of his beloved wife, the Taj is seen in all its glory at sunset. Your guided tour of Agra will also take in the royal pavilions, palaces and courtyards of majestic Agra Fort.

Day Four
Today you'll visit Abhaneri, a small town famed for its amazing baoris (stepwells) and the mighty Harshat Mata Temple. Discover the architectural beauty of the Chand Baoli stepwell and its intricate carved panels.

Leaving Abhaneri you'll travel to Ranthambhore National Park, one of the prime examples of Indian conservation and your base for two nights. Once the hunting ground of Indian princes, this national park stands atop a 600-metre-high hill range and plays host to a number of India's elusive and endangered tigers.

After lunch, relax for the afternoon or take an optional visit to nearby Ranthambhore Fort. In the evening enjoy the 'tiger talk' with a local naturalist, in preparation for tomorrow's adventure.

Day Five
This morning you'll enjoy the first of two guided tours in search of some of the park's most revered inhabitants; striped hyenas, sambar deer, sloth bears and of course tigers (and maybe even a leopard). After lunch there will be another chance to see these and many other incredible creatures at close quarters, on your second guided tour into the park.

Day Six
Today you'll travel through Rajasthan to Jaipur, India's pink city, for a two-night stay. Settle into your heritage hotel in downtown Jaipur, and enjoy the on-site facilities, including a cooling outdoor pool.

Day Seven
Visit Amber, ancient capital of the Rajput Empire, with its magnificent palaces and temples dominated by the stronghold of the Amber Fort. Take time to marvel at the royal halls and the splendid views from the ramparts.

Day Eight
This morning you'll head north to Vanaashrya. En route you'll make a stop at the atmospheric ruined fort of Bhangarh, dating from the 17th Century, where you'll enjoy a welcome tea or coffee. After a relaxing afternoon, hop onto a camel cart and visit the local village before a pre-dinner cookery demonstration with the chef. You'll spend the night in your private, air-conditioned, tent designed to give a sense of the India of the past.

Day Nine
En route back to Delhi, for your final night's stay in India, we'll make a stop at the intriguing Heritage Transport Museum, which showcases the development of road, rail and air in India.

Day 10
Transfer back to the airport and board your flight back to the UK.

This tour is operated by Newmarket Holidays.
For this tour Westoe Travel act as agents for Newmarket Holidays
ATOL number V7812

Tigers, Taj Mahal and Amristar Golden Temple
A guided tour of the sights of New Delhi
Enjoy a traditional rickshaw ride through Old Delhi
Visit Jaipur's 'Palace of the Winds'
A stay in Ranthambhore National Park, including two safaris
Enjoy a village visit and a cookery demonstration in Dholpur
A guided tour of Agra, 'City of Love'
A visit to the immortal Taj Mahal
Explore 'Heritage Village' Pragpur
A drive through the foothills of the Himalayas
Witness the Palki ceremony at the Golden Temple
Visits to Amritsar's Golden Temple by day and night
A visit to the Jallianwala Bagh memorial park
See the Indo-Pakistani border closing ceremony
What does the price include?
12 nights' half-board accommodation in a series of good-quality hotels in Delhi (2 nights), Jaipur (2), Ranthambhore (2), Dholpur (1), Agra (1), Pragpur (2) and Amritsar (2)
Seven lunches
Return flights to Delhi
An internal flight between Amritsar and Delhi
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement

Newcastle 14 March 2019 £2249
Newcastle 25 April 2019 £2199
Newcastle 02 May 2019 £1999
Newcastle 12 September 2019 £2099
Newcastle 07 November 2019 £2299
Newcastle 16 January 2020 £2249
Newcastle 13 February 2020 £2249
Newcastle 05 March 2020 £2299
Newcastle 23 April 2020 £2249
Newcastle 07 May 2020 £2199
Newcastle 21 May 2020 £2199
Newcastle 10 September 2020 £2199
Newcastle 08 October 2020 £2349
Newcastle 12 November 2020 £2399
Newcastle 19 November 2020 £2349
This tour is operated by Newmarket Holidays.
For this tour Westoe Travel act as agents for Newmarket Holidays
ATOL number V7812

India and Nepal- Tigers, Taj Mahal and Temples
Discover the sights of New Delhi, including the historic Red Fort and Jama Masjid Mosque, the India Gate war memorial and the ruins of the Quwwat ul-Islam mosque
Take a rickshaw ride through the bewildering hustle and bustle of Old Delhi
Marvel at the Taj Mahal
See Chand Baori, Abhaneri's astonishing stepwell
Go in search of Ranthambhore's tigers on two included safaris
See the Amber Fort
Visit Jaipur's exquisite Palace of the Winds
Enjoy dinner with a local family in Jaipur
Stay in traditional tented accommodation at Vanaashrya
Enjoy a camel cart ride and an Indian cookery demonstration
Visit the heritage Transport Museum
Explore Nepalese capital Kathmandu
Spend a full day in Pokhara, a Himalayan idyll, including the Gurka Memorial Museum and a cruise on Lake Phewa
Take a canoe ride in Chitwan National Park
See the sun rise over the Annapurna range
What does the price include?
15 nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation in a series of four-star and five-star standard hotels in Delhi (2 nights), Agra (1), Ranthambhore (2), Jaipur (2), Vanaashrya (1), Kathmandu (3), Pokhara (2) and Chitwan (2)
A guided tour of Agra
Two safaris
Nine lunches
Return flights from your chosen airport to Delhi and between Delhi and Kathmandu
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager in India and Nepal
Single rooms are available for a supplement

Newcastle 05 March 2019 £2769
Newcastle 07 May 2019 £2649
Newcastle 17 September 2019 £2649
Newcastle 01 October 2019 £2799
Newcastle 22 October 2019 £2799
Newcastle 12 November 2019 £2799
Newcastle 21 January 2020 £2849
Newcastle 03 March 2020 £2849
Newcastle 28 April 2020 £2749
Newcastle 15 September 2020 £2749
Newcastle 06 October 2020 £2849
Newcastle 10 November 2020 £2849
This tour is operated by Newmarket Holidays.
For this tour Westoe Travel act as agents for Newmarket Holidays
ATOL number V7812

Kerala and India's South
Explore Bangalore
See Mysore's beautiful Maharaja's Palace
Visit a tea plantation
See Cochin's famous Chinese fishing nets
Explore Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Marvel at Madurai's myriad temples
Enjoy a rickshaw ride to Madurai's markets
Discover French colonial Pondicherry
Take a sightseeing tour of Chennai
What does the price include?
14 nights' hotel half-board accommodation at hotels in Bangalore (1 night), Mysore (2), Ooty (1), Coimbatore (1), Kochi (2), Periyar (2), Madurai (2), Pondicherry (1) and Mahabalipuram (2)
One night's full-board accommodation in a traditional, thatch-roofed 'kettuvallam' houseboat
Return flights from the UK to Bangalore via Mumbai, returning from Chennai
Air-conditioned coach travel throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement

Newcastle 28 February 2019 £2549
Newcastle 07 March 2019 £2349
Newcastle 07 March 2019 £2549
Newcastle 14 March 2019 £2549
Newcastle 14 March 2019 £2349
Newcastle 21 March 2019 £2549
Newcastle 21 March 2019 £2349
Newcastle 25 April 2019 £2099
Newcastle 25 April 2019 £2299
Newcastle 02 May 2019 £2049
Newcastle 02 May 2019 £2249
Newcastle 09 May 2019 £1999
Newcastle 09 May 2019 £2199
Newcastle 12 September 2019 £2249
Newcastle 12 September 2019 £2049
Newcastle 19 September 2019 £2049
Newcastle 19 September 2019 £2249
Newcastle 26 September 2019 £2099
Newcastle 26 September 2019 £2299
Newcastle 03 October 2019 £2399
Newcastle 03 October 2019 £2599
Newcastle 10 October 2019 £2599
Newcastle 10 October 2019 £2399
Newcastle 17 October 2019 £2399
Newcastle 17 October 2019 £2599
Newcastle 24 October 2019 £2599
Newcastle 24 October 2019 £2399
Newcastle 31 October 2019 £2599
Newcastle 31 October 2019 £2399
Newcastle 07 November 2019 £2599
Newcastle 07 November 2019 £2399
Newcastle 14 November 2019 £2599
Newcastle 14 November 2019 £2399
Newcastle 16 January 2020 £2599
Newcastle 16 January 2020 £2399
Newcastle 16 January 2020 £2599
Newcastle 23 January 2020 £2599
Newcastle 23 January 2020 £2399
Newcastle 23 January 2020 £2599
Newcastle 06 February 2020 £2599
Newcastle 06 February 2020 £2599
Newcastle 06 February 2020 £2399
Newcastle 20 February 2020 £2599
Newcastle 20 February 2020 £2399
Newcastle 20 February 2020 £2599
Newcastle 05 March 2020 £2599
Newcastle 05 March 2020 £2399
Newcastle 05 March 2020 £2599
Newcastle 19 March 2020 £2599
Newcastle 19 March 2020 £2599
Newcastle 19 March 2020 £2399
Newcastle 30 April 2020 £2349
Newcastle 30 April 2020 £2149
Newcastle 30 April 2020 £2349
Newcastle 07 May 2020 £2299
Newcastle 07 May 2020 £2099
Newcastle 07 May 2020 £2299
Newcastle 14 May 2020 £2099
Newcastle 14 May 2020 £2299
Newcastle 14 May 2020 £2299
Newcastle 17 September 2020 £2299
Newcastle 17 September 2020 £2099
Newcastle 17 September 2020 £2299
Newcastle 24 September 2020 £2299
Newcastle 24 September 2020 £2299
Newcastle 24 September 2020 £2099
Newcastle 15 October 2020 £2649
Newcastle 15 October 2020 £2449
Newcastle 15 October 2020 £2649
Newcastle 22 October 2020 £2649
Newcastle 22 October 2020 £2649
Newcastle 22 October 2020 £2449
Newcastle 05 November 2020 £2449
Newcastle 05 November 2020 £2649
Newcastle 05 November 2020 £2649
Newcastle 12 November 2020 £2449
Newcastle 12 November 2020 £2649
Newcastle 12 November 2020 £2649

India's Marigold Hotel Experience
Enjoy the company of like-minded travellers as you delve into the culture and lifestyle
Market visits, cooking experiences and meeting local families in Jaipur and Kochi
Tuk-tuk, cycle rickshaw and Jeep rides
Discover the sights of Old and New Delhi
Explore Jaipur's Amber Fort, City Palace and Observatory
A guided tour of Udaipur and the locations used in 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'
A cruise on Lake Pichola
Seeing Fort Cochin's Chinese fishing nets and a Kathakali dance ritual
Dinner at the 'Le Colonial' in Kochi
A day on the water aboard a thatch-roofed 'kettuvallam' houseboat
Relaxing in an idyllic little Keralan beach resort
What does the price include?
14 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at hotels in Delhi (2 nights), Jaipur (4), Udaipur (3), Kochi (3) and Mararikulam (2)
Five lunches and 12 dinners
Return flights from the UK to India (overnight on the way out)
Internal flights from Udaipur to Mumbai, Mumbai to Kochi and Kochi to Mumbai
Air-conditioned coach travel throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Newcastle 15 March 2019 £2699
Newcastle 03 May 2019 £2399
Newcastle 10 May 2019 £2399
Newcastle 20 September 2019 £2399
Newcastle 04 October 2019 £2699
Newcastle 24 January 2020 £2749
Newcastle 14 February 2020 £2749
Newcastle 06 March 2020 £2749
Newcastle 01 May 2020 £2399
Newcastle 18 September 2020 £2499
Newcastle 09 October 2020 £2749
Newcastle 06 November 2020 £2749
This tour is operated by Newmarket Holidays.
For this tour Westoe Travel act as agents for Newmarket Holidays
ATOL number V7812

A Journey through India-Palace and Fort Stay
Staying in luxurious heritage hotels boasting spectacular surroundings, exceptional dining and Golden Age service
Discovering the sights of Old Delhi by rickshaw
Visiting Agra's Fort and peerless Taj Mahal
Exploring Jaipur's Amber Fort, famous Observatory and City Palace
Seeing Ranakpur's astonishing Jain temples
Marvelling at Jodhpur's stupendous Meherengarh Fort
Experiencing an 'Arabian Nights' adventure under Bikaner's desert sky
What does the price include?
14 nights' half-board accommodation in historic heritage and five-star hotels in Delhi (1 night), Dholpur (2), Jaipur (2), Deogarh (1), Udaipur (2), Jodhpur (2), Bikaner (1), Alsisar (1) and Vanaashrya luxury tented resort (2)
Three lunches
A rickshaw ride through Old Delhi
A boat safari on the Chambal River and a cruise on Lake Pichola
Two jeep safaris
A guided tour of Udaipur
Return scheduled flights to Delhi
Gatimaan Express train journey from Delhi to Agra
Air-conditioned vehicle transfers and travel
The services of a Tour Manager in India
Single rooms are available for a supplement

Newcastle 21 January 2019 £2499
Newcastle 25 February 2019 £2499
Newcastle 25 March 2019 £2499
Newcastle 29 April 2019 £2399
Newcastle 06 May 2019 £2299
Newcastle 09 September 2019 £2349
Newcastle 30 September 2019 £2449
Newcastle 21 October 2019 £2499
Newcastle 11 November 2019 £2499

This tour is operated by Newmarket Holidays.
For this tour Westoe Travel act as agents for Newmarket Holidays
ATOL number V7812
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The Heart of India by Luxury Train
11 day escorted Tour


Experience more with so much included
Enjoy your own deluxe en-suite compartment on one of India’s most luxurious private trains
Savour exquisite Indian or continental cuisine – all meals on board are included
Stay in hand-picked 5-star luxury hotels in Delhi and Mumbai
Visit the major sights of New Delhi, including poignant reminders of the Raj
Experience a unique food and heritage tour of Old Delhi by cycle rickshaw
Game drive in the tiger reserve of Ranthambore National Park
See the magnificent Taj Mahal with its pure white marble and exquisite craftsmanship
Visit the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, with a guided tour of its City Palace, the Astronomical Observatory and see the Palace of the Winds
Marvel at the extraordinary location and beauty of Amber Fort
Discover the amazing beauty of the ‘Lake City’ of Udaipur and its many royal palaces
Visit the UNESCO-listed Ellora Caves, with India’s best ancient cave paintings
Return scheduled direct flights from Heathrow
Services of an experienced tour manager throughout

10 Jan 2019 £4,099.00
07 Mar 2019 £4,099.00
04 Apr 2019 £3,699.00
17 Oct 2019 £4,199.00
14 Nov 2019 £4,199.00
From the flawless grandeur of the Taj Mahal and Rajasthan’s mighty fortresses, to the reminders of past glories of the Raj in Delhi, the teeming markets in Jaipur and the shimmering Lake Palace of Udaipur, our luxurious train journey on the Deccan Odyssey encompasses the very best of India.

Travelling by train is a superb way to experience the vast, intriguing and surprising country that is India. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of a bygone age on board the newly refurbished Deccan Odyssey, offering one of the world’s most extraordinary and unique travel experiences.

Day one
DEPARTURE

You should arrive at the airport to take your overnight direct flight to Delhi.

Day two
ARRIVAL IN DELHI

After our late morning arrival, we transfer to the five-star Hyatt Regency Hotel in the centre of the city for one night’s bed and breakfast. All rooms are stylishly furnished with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, personal safe, mini-bar and complimentary tea/coffee. In the afternoon we take a guided tour of New and Old Delhi. Bisected by wide tree-lined avenues, New Delhi was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1911 and clearly reflects the legacy of the British Raj. Surprisingly green and low-rise, at its centre we see the former Viceroy’s Palace, now the Presidential Palace and as we head down the imposing Rajpath, we reach India Gate and the Parliament buildings. We’ll also visit some of Delhi’s older monuments: the 12th-century Qutub Minaret is the tallest stone-built tower in India, whilst nearby is Humayun’s tomb, an outstanding example of Moghul architecture and the first mausoleum of its type, pre-dating the Taj Mahal by nearly a century.

Day three
OLD DELHI

This morning is at leisure for a much-needed lie-in and late breakfast. At around midday, we plunge into the bustling heart of Old Delhi for a tour with a difference! Travelling by cycle rickshaw, you’ll see the busy shopping streets and walk through the markets where the locals buy their food and spices, with several opportunities to taste what’s on offer. You’ll explore parts of the capital few tourists will get to see and finish in a typical ‘haveli’, a traditional mansion, where high tea and snacks will be beautifully laid out. Then, early in the evening we proceed to the Safdarjung Railway Terminal to join the train and start our wonderful journey aboard the Deccan Odyssey towards our first port of call, Ranthambore National Park.

Day four
RANTHAMBORE TIGER SAFARI

This morning we visit Ranthambore National Park. Originally the private hunting preserve of Maharajas, its 400 square kilometres of rolling hills, valleys and lakes form an enchanting and unique ecosystem. India’s famous Tiger Project was created to protect the country’s tiger population and despite many difficulties, the tigers of Ranthambore have survived, numbers have stabilised and this remains the best place to spot tigers in the world. After an early start, we drive into the park for our morning safari in specially-built 20-person open-top, four-wheel drives known as ‘canters’. As part of its conservation efforts, Ranthambore strictly limits the number of daily visitors and the routes that can be followed within the park. But the park is not just about tigers – over 300 bird species have been counted, including impressive crested eagles, painted storks and wild peacocks. The reserve’s residents also include large numbers of sambars, the largest Asian antelope, as well as marsh crocodiles, wild boar, rare sloth bears and even leopards. Look out too for the playful troop of langur monkeys near the main gate. We return to the Indian Maharaja in the late morning, with time to relax before and after lunch on board.

During the afternoon we set out to visit some of the local villages around the National Park. It’s a great way to gain an insight into the daily lives of the farmers and typical Indian village life. On our way back to the train, we stop for High Tea at what used to be the Maharaja’s hunting lodge, now the intimate Sawai Madhopur Lodge, with its shady colonnaded verandah overlooking the lawn and lush gardens.

Day five
TAJ MAHAL

In the morning we arrive in Agra, where we visit one of the world’s most iconic monuments – the Taj Mahal. Framed by the winding Yamuna River behind it, this absolute masterpiece seems to almost float like a mirage above the surrounding landscape. The combination of its extraordinary beauty, symmetry and history has made this one of the world’s most amazing monuments and we’ll have plenty of time to admire it from all angles. When you experience this amazing combination of natural and man-made beauty you will realise that everything you have ever heard about the Taj Mahal is true – it really is one of the most amazing creations on the planet. After a stop for lunch at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Agra, we visit the marble mausoleum built by Shah Jahan’s wife for her father, known as the ‘Baby Taj’ and a chance to see the marble inlay workshops for which Agra is famous. We return to the Indian Maharaja for our sumptuous dinner as we travel on towards Jaipur in Rajasthan.

Day six
JAIPUR

Our tour of the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur sees all the major highlights, including the Hawa Mahal, the famous Palace of the Winds, subtly constructed so the ladies of the Palace could view the busy streets below without being seen. We continue to one of the highlights of the entire tour: the immense, 17th-century Amber Fort, crowning one of the many rugged hills surrounding Jaipur, and once the capital of the entire state. We see the royal apartments, the sections reserved for the Maharaja’s wives and concubines as well as the remarkable hall of mirrors, with tiny delicate convex mirrors embedded like a mosaic in the walls and ceilings. We also explore the home of the present Maharaja; the City Palace with its collections of costumes, carpets, paintings and an impressive armoury, followed by one of Jaipur’s most famous sights, the 18th-century Astronomical Observatory. At first glance the oversized instruments look like geometric modernist sculptures, but each has a specific function and is remarkably accurate. It has been described as ‘cosmic architecture’ and our expert guide will explain their religious and scientific significance. After lunch at the Jai Mahal Palace, the afternoon is free to wander through Jaipur’s fascinating markets or perhaps enjoy an optional spa treatment at the Jai Mahal Palace, one of the city’s opulent luxury hotels.

Day seven
UDAIPUR

This morning we arrive in the most beautiful city of Rajasthan, Udaipur, the City of Lakes. One of its most imposing buildings is the City Palace, majestically overlooking Lake Pichola, it’s entered through the famous triple arched gate, the Tripolia, where the Maharajas were famously weighed with the equivalent in gold and silver, subsequently distributed amongst their subjects. Inside this vast palace with its myriad pavilions, terraces, courtyards and gardens you appreciate the sense of overwhelming opulence of the royal court.

Another of today’s highlights is a boat trip across the shimmering glass-like surface of the lake, with its glittering Lake Palace floating like a white marble ship at its centre. Our lunch is taken in the 17th-century Jagmandir Palace, known as the Lake Garden Palace, which occupies one of the islands on the lake and offers wonderful views of the city. In the afternoon you’ll enjoy a walking tour through Udaipur’s markets, known for their local handicrafts, including cloth lanterns, handmade paper, miniature paintings and pottery. This evening we continue our southward journey through the endlessly fascinating Indian countryside.

Day eight
VADODARA

This morning we arrive in Vadodara, known as the cultural capital of the Gujarat. The city is the residence of the Maharajah of Baroda, whose royal residence, the Lakshmi Vilas Palace, dates from the 1890s and is said to be several times larger than Buckingham Palace. We visit the Maharaja Fateh Singh museum, located within the palace complex and originally built as school for the Maharaja’s children, it now houses a number of fascinating paintings of Indian royalty, as well as sculptures and an Oriental gallery. Vadodara is also known for its vast UNESCO-listed archaeological park which includes forts, palaces, mosques, temples, tombs, many monuments pre-dating the Moghul conquest. We finish our day with a sumptuous high tea in the Lakshmi Palace before returning to our train for dinner.

Day nine
ELLORA CAVES

A slower paced day today as we wind into the state of Maharashtra. There’s time to relax and enjoy the train this morning as we head towards the city of Aurangabad after lunch. Our destination is the extraordinary complex of rock-carved temples known as the Ellora Caves, one of India’s most unusual UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Dating from around 600AD and incorporating Hindu, Buddhist and Jain temples and monasteries, they are sited along a side of a gentle slope, which enabled their builders to cut down into the rock from above, much like the rock-carved temples of Petra in Jordan. The age, size and complexity of the carvings is unique in India and many of the temples are still in use today. We return for dinner and the final night on our train.

Day ten
MUMBAI

This morning, the Deccan Odyssey pulls into Mumbai’s magnificent Victoria Terminus, a masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture and one of the world’s busiest railway stations. After breakfast we say goodbye to our home for the past seven nights and enter the incredible 24-hour bustling metropolis of Mumbai, India’s commercial capital. Our tour of Mumbai includes the iconic Gateway of India, where British viceroys and governors would land on arrival in the country. Our hotel is the five-star Leela Mumbai on the outskirts of the city. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax around the hotel’s luxuriant gardens or shady free-form pool and enjoy its many facilities, savouring the sights you have seen, the experiences you have had and the people you have met on this unique journey of discovery.

Day eleven
RETURN FLIGHT

After breakfast we depart for the airport and our daytime direct flight to the UK, arriving back later the same day.

Note: reverse itineraries substitute the city of Jodhpur for the Ellora Caves and the order/timing of visits will be different.

The distinctive royal blue carriages of the luxurious Deccan Odyssey carry just 96 guests between Delhi and Mumbai. There are 16 carriages of sheer luxury; each has just four deluxe twin or double air conditioned cabins with their own private bathroom, fine bed linen and tasteful wood panelling. For the ultimate in attentive service, each carriage even has its own butler.

Two beautifully appointed, wood-panelled restaurant cars serve superb mouth-watering international and Indian cuisine created by top Indian chefs. This, plus crisp table linen, fine china and superb service ensures dining on the Deccan Odyssey complements your travel experience beautifully. After wonderful touring every day, unwind in the convivial bar and lounge car, where you can share your travel experiences with like minded travelling companions over refreshments that fit the occasion, like a cup of fine refreshing tea, as the unchanging visions of rural India gently slip by.

Or pamper yourself with the facilities on board – a spa, a small gym and a hairdresser await. Should you feel like a little peace and quiet, perhaps catch up on some reading or just admire the passing cenery, there is also a comfortable lounge car with a small library. If you need to keep in touch with home, complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the train.

Visa and Health Information
Indian visa: All British passport holders require a visa for India. Please ensure that you have at least two empty pages in your passport and that your passport is valid for a minimum of 190 days from the time of submitting your visa application. At the time of departure you will be able to travel as long as both the passport and the visa are valid.

Personal applications: to apply for an Indian visa please visit http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk where you can apply, pay online and schedule an appointment to submit your application in person at your nearest centre, dependent on your home address.

Online applications: British Passport holders are now eligible to apply for an e-visa online, you must ensure your passport is machine readable and has a biometric chip (without this you may be denied entry into India). The cost of a single entry tourist e-visa is US$75.00 and will be converted into pounds by your bank. The website to apply for the e-visa is: indianvisaonline.gov.in. Here you will find all the information to assist you with the completion of your application.

Postal applications: you must either apply and pay online, print off the completed application form, payment confirmation and submit by post; or alternatively, you must apply online, print off the completed application and submit along with payment by postal order. Personal cheques are NOT accepted. In both cases you must submit your passport along with a self-addressed stamped envelope and two, 2x2” passport photos to:

India Visa Application Centre (West London),
The Vista Centre,
First Floor – Part A
Block 50
Salisbury Road,
Hounslow,
TW4 6JQ

Full details of costs, application form and addresses can be found on http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk, email: info.in@vfshelpline.com or tel: 0905 7570045 (calls cost 95p per minute).

Visa fees are subject to change without notice and non-refundable.

Whilst care has been taken to ensure that the information provided relating to visa requirements is true and correct at the time of publication, changes in requirements after this time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. therefore, whilst we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest that you re-confirm requirements with the relevant embassy prior to travel.

Health: Whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we would point out that in visiting a number of historical sites, paths may be uneven and uphill and we often enjoy walking tours of the main sights. Therefore, this holiday may not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility. In the tropics temperatures and humidity levels will also be quite high for most of the year. Please consult your GP regarding the appropriate inoculations required for India at least a month before departure.

All passengers must have a valid passport for this tour. Depending on the country issuing your passport, a visa may also be required. More information can be found at the Identity & Passport Service

Identity and Passport service

Customers should ensure that they are fit enough to travel, please check with your General Practictioner and www.fco.gov.uk/travel and www.nathnac.org

The latest advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office about travelling abroad

Foreign and commonwealth office

Travel Insurance
You are strongly recommended to take adequate insurance for all passengers for this tour

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All passengers must have a valid passport for these tours. Depending on the country issuing your passport, a visa is also required. More information can be found at the Identity & Passport Service

Identity and Passport service

Customers should ensure that they are fit enough to travel, please check with your General Practitioner and www.fco.gov.uk/travel and www.nathnac.org

The latest advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office about travelling abroad

Foreign and commonwealth office

Travel Insurance
You are strongly recommended to take adequate insurance for all passengers for this tour

Mobility
We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns

We advise customers take travel insurance for all bookings

We strongly advise that you check the latest advice from the Foreign and commonwealth office about travelling abroad both before booking and before travelling


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