India,

Romantic India for Honeymooners

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Tailor-Made Tour
14 Days
From £4740
GEOIP Not Available
Honeymoon
Culture and Archaeology
Luxury

Tour Introduction

14 Days from £4740
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. Prices based on flight fares at the time of costing & may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote

Embark on a wonderful romantic journey to experience India’s great culture and fine tiger reserves at a gentle pace, staying in superb accommodation throughout. Marvel at the iconic sights of the capital, New Delhi, and the famous Taj Mahal in at dawn and dusk. Journey to historical Jaipur with its stunning Amber Fort, before moving to Ranthambore National Park, home of the royal Bengal tiger and a range of other mammals, birds and crocodiles. Lastly, visit the beautiful waterways of Kerala on board a traditional luxury rice barge, sailing past villages whose way of life has remained little changed for generations. Return home with magical memories that only India can create.

Full Itinerary

Price from £4740
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms
Day 1
Arrive in Delhi

Met on arrival and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon enjoy a guided tour of Delhi with private guide and vehicle. The tour will include the parliament building and Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India), the India Gate (a majestic 42-mts high arch, built as a memorial to the Indian soldiers killed in World War I), Qutab Minar (a huge tower dating back to the 13th century and one of the greatest bequests of Islamic culture) and Humayun’s tomb (built in the 16th century and architecturally the forerunner of the Taj Mahal.)

Staying at Imperial Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 2
Agra

Board the train to Agra and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon enjoy a tour of the city with a visit to the stunning Taj Mahal to watch the sunset. The Taj Mahal is truly one of the architectural wonders of the world, a monument to love built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. For twenty-two years, 20,000 men laboured day and night to build this masterpiece, which has held the world in awe ever since.

Staying at Trident Agra Hotel (Deluxe Pool View). Includes Breakfast.

Day 3
Agra

A morning visit to the Taj Mahal to see the sunrise and have time to explore at leisure. In the afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the Moghuls deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. It was built by the Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after fifteen years due to scarcity of water.

Staying at Trident Agra Hotel (Deluxe Pool View). Includes Breakfast.

Day 4
Jaipur

Transfer by road to Jaipur. In the afternoon take a guided tour of the city to include the Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, originally built to enable ladies of the royal family to watch the everyday life and processions of the city; the Jantar Mantar (Observatory), built between 1728 and 1734; the city palace with its series of courtyards, gardens and buildings; textile and costume museum; arms and armour museum; art gallery; and the hall of public and private audience.

Staying at Jai Mahal Palace Hotel (Luxury room). Includes Breakfast.

Day 5
Amber Fort

A morning excursion to the Amber Fort on either elephant back or jeep. The fort was built by Man Singh, and embodies the Rajput belief that the fort symbolizes the strength of the King. The commanding view, sheer walls and rock face, and the curved route that leads to the palaces within, all point to concern with security and defence. The fort is mirrored in Maota Lake, which stands adjacent to the Dilaram Garden. The afternoon is at leisure.

Staying at Amber Fort. Includes All Meals.

Day 6
Ranthambore

Morning transfer to Ranthambore National Park, arriving in time for lunch at the lodge before an afternoon game drive in the park. The forests of Ranthambore were once the private hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur. The desire to preserve the game for sport was responsible for their conservation and subsequent rescue by Project Tiger. For a relatively small area the park has a rich diversity of fauna and flora, including 300 species of trees, 30 species of mammals including a healthy population of tigers and their prey such as spotted and sambar deer, nilgai, wild boar and troops of plains langurs and rhesus macaques, and reptiles including marsh mugger crocodiles.

Staying at Amani-I-Khas. Includes All Meals.

Day 7
Ranthambore National Park

Enjoy a full day of morning and afternoon game drives in the park in search of the many tigers and other wildlife. The terrain fluctuates between impregnable forests and open bush. The forest is the typically dry deciduous type, with dhok being the most prominent tree. Old crumbling walls, ruined pavilions, wells, and other ancient structures stand witness to the region's glorious past and the impressive Ranthambore fortress can still be admired. Tigers can often be seen drinking or cooling off at the numerous waterholes in the park and sloth bears, golden jackals and striped hyenas are also present.

Staying at Amani-I-Khas. Includes All Meals.

Day 8
Ranthambore National Park

Another day of morning and afternoon game drives in the National Park.

Staying at Amani-I-Khas. Includes All Meals.

Day 9
Delhi

After breakfast transfer to the railway station and catch the train (riding in a first class air-conditioned coach) to Delhi. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Staying at Imperial Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 10
Kochi

Transfer to the airport and take flight to Kochi (formerly known as Cochin). Met on arrival and transfer to Alleppey to board your Luxury rice Barge. Spend the rest of the day cruising the backwaters of Kerala. Lunch and dinner will be cooked and served on board the barge. The rice barge is a traditional boat built with natural materials, originally used to transport rice along the waterways but now providing a comfortable way of cruising the beautiful rivers of this region.

Staying at Spice Routes Premium Houseboat. Includes All Meals.

Day 11
Kumarakom

Breakfast will be served on board the houseboat. Return to land and transfer by road in private vehicle to Kumarakom. Arrive at hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Staying at Kumarakom Lake Resort (Meandering Pool Villa). Includes All Meals.

Day 12
Kumarakom

A full day at leisure at Kumarakom Lake Resort to enjoy the surroundings and facilities of this fabulous resort, including an infinity swimming pool.

Staying at Kumarakom Lake Resort. Includes All Meals.

Day 13
Kochi

After breakfast transfer with private vehicle back to Kochi and to your splendid waterside hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Staying at Brunton Boatyard. Includes All Meals.

Day 14
Depart Delhi

After breakfast transfer to the airport and fly to Delhi and connect with your onward international flight home.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Tour Accommodation

India Northern India

Jai Mahal Palace

Overview

Built in 1745, the Jai Mahal Palace is a classical Rajastanhi hotel with exquisite colonial interior décor and overall grand architecture. The hotel sits within 18 acres of well-kept gardens just 7km from the City Palace, 14 km from the airport and 3 km from Jaipur train station.

The hotel has 100 rooms fitted with modern amenities such as flat-screen TV, large bathtub, comfortable seating area and mini-bar while still retaining an authentic, traditional ambience. The hotel’s four restaurants serve a mixture of Asian, Rajasthani and international cuisine.

There are plenty of amenities within the hotel and its property including a large outdoor pool, spa and massage room, business centre, badminton court, games room, fitness centre and a golf course.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
100
Facilities

4 restaurants, outdoor swimming pool, golf course, spa and massage room, business centre, fitness centre, flat-screen TV, minibar and badminton court, golf course and games room. A laundry service, 24 hour front desk, room service and currency exchange are also available.

Optional Activities

City tours of Jaipur including the city palace.

India Northern India

Trident Agra hotel

Overview

The luxurious hotel, built partially of the local red sandstone and set amongst beautiful landscaped gardens, fountains and courtyards is only a short walk from the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal in the famous city of Agra.

There are 137 large, air-conditioned en suite rooms, each with minibar, tea and coffee making facilities and in-room safety deposit box. Other facilities on the property include a bar, beauty salon, swimming pool, large garden and laundry services.

The hotel’s restaurant is housed in an attractive modern looking building and serves Indian, South East Asian and European cuisine.

Guests benefit from the hotel being one of the closest to the Taj Mahal, giving the opportunity to experience the architectural wonder at sunrise and sunset. The impressive Agra Fort is also within 7 km and the Agra Cantonment Station is within 11km of the hotel.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
137
Facilities

Restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool, laundry service, tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar and room safe

Optional Activities

City tours of Agra including the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

India Northern India

The Imperial Hotel

Overview

The regal Imperial Hotel is located in the heart of New Delhi amidst beautiful landscaped gardens. The hotel has recently been refurbished and upgraded to one of the best and most sought after hotels in the city.

The award-winning luxury hotel was built in 1931 and still retains features redolent of India’s Raj having kept much of its traditional colonial décor while offering 5-Star accommodation and service.

There are 235 rooms in total including a range of suites. All are spacious with stylish décor and plenty of character. Each room is equipped with a flat-screen cable TV, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobes, luxury toiletries and hairdryer, and room service is available 24 hours a day.

There is a fine restaurant serving delicious Indian and international dishes and a well-stocked bar. Facilities include a good gym, sauna, outdoor swimming pool, massage treatment and yoga rooms, book shop, and Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel (but charges may apply).

The Imperial Hotel’s central location in New Delhi is ideal for touring the city’s many historical and cultural attractions, including India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Qutab Minar and Humayun’s Tomb. The hotel is a 10 minute drive from New Delhi’s main train station and 25 minutes from Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
235
Facilities

Restaurant, bar, gym, sauna, outdoor swimming pool, treatment room, book shop, yoga room, air-conditioning, safety deposit box, cable TV, minibar, tea and coffee facilities, laundry service, concierge service, currency exchange and Wi-Fi (charges apply).

Optional Activities

City tours of New and old Delhi.

India Northern India

Amani-I-Khas

Overview

Located close to the entrance of the famous Ranthambore National Park, the elegant Amani-I-Khas provides a luxurious stay for guests exploring the park. One of the famous Aman resorts, Aman I Khas is situated in a peaceful agricultural area with native dry forest and provides a very high standard of accommodation and excellent service.

The camp provides 10 modern and stylish tented camps built on a permanent foundation. Each of the spacious air-conditioned tents has beautiful furnishings, and comfortable seating and changing areas. There is an attached private bathroom with a hot water shower and soaking tub.

There is a comfortable double bed or twin beds, bedside table with telephone and 220-volt electricity supply for charging of equipment.

In the dining tent delicious Indian and continental cuisine (mostly vegetarian) is served. Next to the dining room is a lounge tent with tables, chairs, and plenty of reading material, and handicrafts and locally made fabrics are for sale.

Other facilities include a pool, spa and large outdoor fireplace and there is free Wi-Fi available throughout. Activities including game drives and cultural experiences are included in your stay.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
10
Facilities

Restaurant, private bathrooms (hot water), step-well swimming pool, spa room, tea and coffee making facilities, air-conditioning, 220-volt electricity supply for charging equipment, electronic room safe, laundry service, handicraft shop and free Wi-Fi access.

Local Wildlife

Ranthambore has a healthy tiger population and, with luck, excellent sightings can be obtained, particularly during the dry season when the big cats spend more time around water holes. Leopards and sloth bears are also occasionally seen in the park. Other wildlife include marsh mugger crocodile, Bengal monitor lizard, jungle cat, striped hyena, golden jackal, wild boar, nilgai, sambar, spotted deer, plains grey langur, rhesus macaque and several species of mongoose. Of the 272 bird species, highlights include Indian courser, painted sandgrouse, Indian pitta, green bee-eater and a selection of birds of prey.

Optional Activities

Morning and afternoon game drives in Ranthambore National Park and guided village and cultural tours.

India Southern India

Spice Routes Premium Houseboat

Overview

The Spice Routes Premium houseboats are beautifully furnished traditional vessels which were once used as rice barges but now operate as comfortable cruise boats plying the famous inland waterways of Kerala.

The boats are large with modern amenities and a cosy ambience and decorated with resplendent furnishings and traditional Keralan decor.

The glass-paneled rooms offer guests unobstructed views of the countryside. Each room has a private bathroom with modern facilities and quality toiletries. There is a kitchen on board where the chef freshly prepares all the delicious meals.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
1
Facilities

Private bathroom, dining room, on board kitchen, air-conditioning

Route Map

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Spices Routes Premium Houseboat: 8.390396, 76.976204
Jai Mahal Palace: 26.912102, 75.785258
Amani-I-Khas: 26.063783, 76.441331
Trident Agra hotel: 27.501973, 77.689150
The Imperial Hotel: 28.625262, 77.218244

Departure Dates

This tour has no set departure date and can be tailored to suit your travel requirements. Contact us for more details.

Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Flight Info:

Domestic flights within India are included.

Best Visited:

October to May

Are you ATOL Registered?

Yes. This means we are legally able to book your international flights in conjunction with your ground arrangements so you can book with us with complete confidence. Read more about our ATOL license here.

Jonathan Morris

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

Another excellent holiday from Reef and Rainforest. Everything was well organised and coordinated throughout our trip. Very knowledgeable and friendly guides, clearly keen to ensure we had an excellent experience. Highlights were Udaipur, Tigers, rural India and the three wildlife lodges.

Mrs JC - Musselburgh