India's Golden Triangle and Hampi12 days & 11 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Hampi & Bangalore
Start with a tour through India's Golden Triangle, exploring the diverse landscapes of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur before a luxurious camping experience in historic Hampi. Starting in Delhi, take in the impressive sites of the Mughal Empire, including the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, and Qutab Minar. Moving on to Agra, visit the iconic Taj Mahal before entering the walled city of the Agra Fort. In Jaipur, take a walking tour to discover the current life of the city and then explore it's history in the City Palace Museum. Follow that with a three night stay at the elegant Kishkinda Camp in Hampi. Camp among the grand landscape of palaces, temples and ruins of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 1Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer to your luxury hotel and rest up from your travels in anticipation of more adventures tomorrow.The Oberoi New Delhi - 3 Nights
Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the past as you explore Delhi's Red Fort, an opulent bastion of the Mughal Empire. Follow that with a visit Shah Jahan's incredible Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in the world. Savor a local lunch and then take some time on your own this afternoon.The Oberoi New Delhi (B)
This morning visit the red sandstone tower of Qutab Minar, built to celebrate the onset of Muslim rule. Then, soak up the atmosphere at the garden tomb of Emperor Humayun and admire the imposing India Gate. Following lunch at a local restaurant, proceed on your temple exploration of Delhi, where you will have an opportunity to see the holy shrine of Sikhs. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is one of the most prominent Sikh houses of worship and is blessed by the eighth Guru of Sikhs - Guru Harkrishan Sahibji.The Oberoi New Delhi (B, L)
Day 4To Agra
Board your train to Agra. When you arrive in the former capital of Hindustan, head straight to the exquisite white marble mausoleum of the Taj Mahal, which Emperor Shah Jahan built as a shrine to his everlasting love for his queen, Mumtaz Mahal. Then, discover the palaces, mosques and halls of audience of magnificent Agra Fort, a walled city built out of red sandstone in the 16th century. Pass through the monumental Delhi Gate to explore the Golden Pavilions, extensive gardens and grand towers of the fort. In this once-impregnable fortress, discover the many hidden rooms and immerse yourself in the grand legacy of the Mughals in India.The Oberoi Amarvilas (B)
Depart Agra for the Pink City of Jaipur. En route, explore Fatehpur Sikri, the enigmatic red-sandstone city built by Emperor Akbar as his capital and abandoned just 15 years later. Stop for lunch at Bharatpur and continue your journey to the heart of Rajasthan. Upon arrival, spend some time enjoying your fabulous hotel.The Oberoi Rajvilas - 3 Nights (B)
The princely states of Rajputana, now Rajasthan, were once the domain of courageous warriors and powerful dynasties. From the massive ramparts of the intimidating Amber Fort, savor the breeze and look down upon the shining waters of Maota Lake and the labyrinthine, historic old city. Back in town, spend some time admiring the lovely Hawa Mahal, or, Palace of Winds, a favorite of the royal ladies of the court.The Oberoi Rajvilas (B)
This afternoon, proceed on a walk through the pink city. Starting from the massive Tripolia gate, you will walk through the bustling lanes and past the beautiful old temples and painted havelis. Amble straight ahead, leaving the Tripolia Gate behind you as you see two very interesting buildings; the present observatory building for the festive processions, which was one of the oldest hotels in the city, and the grand structure of Maharaja Public Library. Wander through the streets as you see some of the gorgeous temples on both sides of the road dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Hanuman and the many forms of Lord Krishna. Proceed through the 'Thatheron ka raasta' - a lane of metal utensil makers.
After breakfast this morning, head straight to the heart of the city to explore the City Palace Museum. In addition to housing some of the finest art, royal jewelry and cultural artifacts of the Pink City, the City Palace remains the home of the current maharajah of Jaipur and his family.The Oberoi Rajvilas (B)
This afternoon, proceed to the village of Sanganer, famous for one of a kind print making, handmade paper, and textile printing. Sanganer is a famous pilgrimage town for the Jain community because of a very ancient Jain temple made of red stone. The ancient Shri Digamber Jain temple of Sanganer houses the principal deity, the Lord Adinath (Rishabh Dev). The first Tirthankara is supposed to be 4,000 years old. Following your visit, you will return back to Jaipur.
Day 8To Hampi
Bid farewell to the romance of Rajasthan and take the skies as you fly south to Hampi, the prosperous 14th-century Vijayanagara Empire with its temples, shrines and forts. Following your arrival at Kishkinda Camp, Hampi, relax and unwind in the luxury of your private environs. Later, you will be joined by one of our experience specialists who will take you through a list of activities that are part of your program.Kishkinda Camp - 3 Nights (B, D)
Set off in the morning for a full day escorted visit the most iconic temple ruins near the camp.Kishkinda Camp (B, L, D)
Savor a leisurely morning with an array of in-house activities. Explore areas in and around the camp or you may choose any one of the half day excursions like a visit to the Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary or birding on the backwaters of the river Tungabhadra or a trip to see the Gypsy women of Sandur. Alternatively, enjoy a full day visit to the temples at Patadakkal, Aihole and the Badami cave temples.Kishkinda Camp (B, L, D)
Day 11To Bangalore
After a sumptuous breakfast, bid farewell to Hampi as you fly to Bangalore. On arrival transfer to your hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure.Taj Bangalore (B)
This morning after breakfast, transfer to Bangalore's International Airport to board your onward flight.(B)
In the Indian Subcontinent, there are completely different customs when it comes to road use and road craft, and all manner of vehicles, people and animals can be found moving about, even on the main roads. To most visitors, road journeys in the Indian Subcontinent can seem quite startling at first; however, all Cox & Kings drivers are very experienced and in tune with other road users, allowing you to relax and absorb the extraordinary sights and sounds en route.
For Escorted Groups, Cox & Kings uses air-conditioned buses of an appropriate size for the number of people traveling, while on Private Journeys, Cox & Kings uses mid-size cars with an option to upgrade to luxury segment vehicles, available on request. They all feature air-conditioning and our drivers are experienced. Please refer to page 51 for further details.
Important Note: Road conditions in the Indian Subcontinent change throughout the year, due to monsoon rains and extreme weather patterns and journey times can vary enormously at all times of the year which is beyond the control of Cox & Kings.
Air travel in the Indian Subcontinent is more affordable now. There are full service brands that operate domestic and international flights and then there are low cost airlines that have gained popularity due to low cost airfares being offered.
Flight Delays & Insurance: Due to increase in air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. Domestic flights in India can incur last minute schedule changes, delays, over flying, and / or cancellation without prior notice. November through January, fog can also create delays in Northern India airports, causing flight postponement or cancellation.
Flight delays can cause problems with onward connections, hotel and holiday arrangements. Although the airline will sometimes make arrangements to get you to your next destination at no extra cost, costs may be involved for you, in the form of additional accommodation, transfers and onward tickets. Unfortunately, since most services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays are non-refundable. Please note many international flight tickets are restricted and nonrefundable. Therefore, Cox & Kings requires that you are insured against such eventualities, and recommends traveling with a comprehensive Travel Insurance Policy from your point of origin.
Early Starts: A number of flights within the Indian Subcontinent arrive / depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Special Requests: Cox & Kings will endeavor to request any specific meals or services, on the condition that we are told at the time of booking. Specific seat requests with most major airlines can now only be requested if traveling in one of the premium classes. We are able to request general seating preferences for Economy Class passengers. However, all special requests are at the discretion of the airline and cannot be guaranteed.
Travel within the Indian Subcontinent is an adventure at every moment. We will endeavor to keep all clients apprised of any changes and or alterations to the program due to flight arrival or departure re-scheduling or other situations that may occur throughout your travel.
Important Note: Airlines and train schedules and fares are subject to last minute change. In the event that any amendment or cancellation arises or increase in fare, Cox & Kings cannot be held liable for the same.
The Indian Subcontinent has made an indelible mark in the area of hospitality. The distinctive features of these hotels are high standard and quality accommodation and service along with contemporary facilities at par with world standards. The availability of hotels in the Subcontinent ranges from Deluxe, Luxury, First Class and Budget to Heritage and Boutique.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout the Subcontinent and in general cannot be compared to the West. In larger cities such as Delhi and Mumbai, the hotels we use are fully modernized with excellent facilities, while in other cities and towns the hotels are smaller but still offer good facilities. In the desert cities of Rajasthan, areas of Southern India and small hill towns, many hotels we use are small, privately owned properties or converted palaces, retaining much of their original ambience, but the room size, shape and design can vary enormously (even in the same price bracket). On certain circuits in Rajasthan, enjoy the experience of staying at one of the marvelous Heritage hotels – once the residence of Maharajas. Although palace hotels often have simple facilities and service can be slow, we ask for your patience as this is more than compensated for by their atmosphere and charm.
Check-in & Check-out Times: Most hotels work on a check-in of 1400 hours and check-out of 1200 hours. If a flight arrives in the morning, you may be taken for breakfast or sightseeing before check-in. We will endeavor to get your room as early as possible in these instances.
Game Parks & Remote Areas: Even when you travel off the beaten track with Cox & Kings,you can be sure that your accommodation in game lodges, smaller hotels and tented camps is the best available. Sometimes the best hotel may be the only hotel, which may be very modest. In these cases we feel that the simplicity of such accommodation is outweighed by the experience. Game park accommodation cannot be compared to that available in parts of Africa and is often reached down narrow and makeshift roads.
Meals: Meals included in the tour program are indicated in the itineraries at the end of each day with codes: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L) and Dinner (D).
Maps: Type of travel is indicated in the maps at the beginning of each itinerary with symbols:
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Cox & Kings is happy to arrange for you to extend your stay in the Indian Subcontinent. We have suggested possible extension options for the tours in this brochure, however we would also be delighted to design a custom extension, either pre or post tour, to fit in with your particular interests. Please note that tour extensions are operated on the same basis as Private Journeys.
Many of the sites in the Indian Subcontinent necessitate a reasonable amount of walking, either to the site or around it. Whilst the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous. In addition, at ancient monuments there are many steep sections and uneven surfaces. A reasonable amount of fitness is required.