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Suján Sher Bagh included on a full board basis with game drives.
per person based on two people sharing.
Perfect for honeymooners or couples wanting a blend of adventure, culture and beach
See the main highlights of Rajasthan alongside spotting tigers in Ranthambore National Park
After your Indian adventure you will have earned some pampering in the Maldives
On this private journey you will have your own private driver, guides and go on exclusive experiences away from the tourists
India has a tropical climate. Summer (April-June) temperatures can get as high as 43-44°C, while early mornings and evenings are pleasant (18-24°C). Night time winter temperatures vary between 02-20°C, whereas days are sunny and pleasant (October-March). Rainfall is heavy in the monsoon season (mid June to September) and average rainfall is 1400 mm. The best time to travel is October to May when game viewing is at its best.
The Maldives also has a tropical climate distinguished by two seasons, or monsoons: the dry northeast monsoon from December to March, and the wet southwestern monsoon from May to November, with more strong winds and rain. April is a transitional period noted for clear water and heat. The temperature remains remarkably consistent at around 30°C. February to April is the hottest period and resorts are almost all operating at capacity during this period. Mid-December to early January comes at even more of a premium due to Christmas and New Year and prices are even higher. Storms are more likely from May to November, though it’s still warm, skies can be cloudy and the humidity is higher. This is the low season, with fewer people and lower prices, with the exception of August.
On this highlight itinerary you’ll be able to explore the magical history and culture of India's Golden Triangle with a tiger safari in Ranthambore National Park and end with the turquoise blue lagoons of the Maldives. Combining culture, history, adventure and tropical beaches, this itinerary is perfect if you love an adventure with still plenty of time to relax and unwind.
Start by flying into Jaipur, the Pink City and the capital of Rajasthan. We have included two days here, just to slowly get you into the swing of things and to visit the city's famous landmarks such as the City Palace, Palace of the Winds and Amber Fort which are all worth seeing. In India you will have your own private driver with expert private guides to make the most of your time in the country. There is so much to see and do in Jaipur, from walking through its hidden nooks and crannies, maybe stopping for tea in a historic haveli and meeting a local family.
Next drive south east for just under four hours to Ranthambore National Park, where you will be spending the following two nights. In recent years, the tiger population has been growing thanks in part to the positive effect which controlled and sustainable tourism has had on the key tiger parks. Not only that, you will see a myriad of other wildlife, from leopards, sloth bears, deer and diverse birdlife. In the centre of Ranthambore is an impressive ancient fort, and sometimes you see the tigers sunning themselves on ancient temples. Here we have included daily safaris for you to explore this beautiful area of the world and the hope of spotting a tiger or two!
Then, take the two-hour train to Bharatpur and to Agra, to experience the incredible Taj Mahal. On your first afternoon in Agra we have included some of the highlights of the city for you including the Agra Fort where Shah Jehan, the builder of the Taj Mahal, was imprisoned by his son and had a small window from which to gaze out over his creation and the tomb of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
The following morning, before your train to Delhi, we have included a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, one of the most beautiful times of day to see the magnificent building and if there is time we can include the Mughal Heritage Walk which takes you to the little-known villages around the back of the Taj Mahal where you can see how these communities work and live. On arrival in Delhi, where you will be spending the next three nights, your private guide will meet you and help you delve a little deeper into Rajasthani culture, away from the main tourist’s routes. At night, we will suggest the best restaurants or the hidden markets to wander around. Here you can explore Delhi's fascinating past and if you wish, do a little shopping before you head to the Maldives.
From Delhi you will then take an early morning flight from Delhi to Male. You'll arrive in the Maldives around mid-morning, in time for a rest and a swim before lunch, the perfect way to kick off your following five nights. Spend your days snorkelling along the house reef, try your hand at diving or just sit back and soak up the sun.
The Taj Mahal at sunrise is often on many people's ultimate wish lists and it never disappoints. Seeing the sun rise over this amazing monument makes you sit back in awe as Taj's colour slowly changes as the sun shimmers against it.
Delhi has some of the most amazing restaurants. We always keep our ear to the ground about the latest places to dine, and speak to all our guests about dinner reservations before they travel.
Situated 37 km (23 miles) south west of Agra, the ‘lost city’ of Fatehpur Sikri is the abandoned capital of the great Mughal emperor Akbar.
A train journey in India can be an exceptionally rewarding experience. You see the life and soul of India in its many stations, as well as fantastic views of India's countryside.
Amber Fort, the ancient Rajput capital is located on a hill 11km / 7 miles north of Jaipur. Amber was the capital of the Kachhwaha Rajputs from 1037 until the Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh founded Jaipur in 1727.
Jaipur is awash with craftsman and artisans which make an amazing wander through the streets unforgettable. You will enjoy the sights with a personal guide.
A walking tour of Jaipur brings the city to life through its out of the way nooks and crannies, colourful markets and vibrant culture.
Take a full day exploring both Old and New Delhi taking a Rickshaw through Chandni Chowk and visiting the Jama Masjid Mosque, Rajpath & Humayun's Tomb.
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Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India
Agra, Delhi and the North, India
Delhi, Delhi and the North, India
North Male Atoll, Maldives
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