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Temples & Tigers – Exclusively Solos

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India attracts free spirits and independently minded travellers, and Distant Journeys is proud to introduce this itinerary crafted specifically for solo travellers.

Our wonderful itinerary includes stays in the classic Golden Triangle cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, plus Amritsar, where the Golden Temple is located, and Ranthambore National Park, home to the majestic Bengal Tiger. We will witness sunrise at the Taj Mahal, enjoy the colourful Beating Retreat ceremony at the border with Pakistan and visit the magnificent Amber Fort at Jaipur, among many other highlights.

As part of a small group of no more than 19 like-minded people, you will enjoy a 13-day tour of India accompanied by a friendly and knowledgeable Tour Manager. With your own twin or double room, and no single occupancy supplement to pay, our Temples & Tigers tour offers exceptional value for money to solo travellers.

SAVE up to £200 per person! Book this tour departing from September 2024 and save up to £200 per person. Offer ends 1st July 2024.

Day 1

Depart UK

Three young laughing Indian boys smiling at the camera

Depart from London Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic for our overnight flight to Delhi.

Included meals:

In-flight meals and drinks

Day 2

Delhi, 2 nights

Lotus Temple in Delhi India

On arrival into Delhi, we transfer to Eros Hotel, New Delhi Nehru Place where we spend our first two nights in India. Late afternoon, we join our Tour Manager and fellow travellers to visit the Lotus Temple. Built in the shape of a lotus flower, it is one of only seven Bahai temples built around the world. Later, we return to the hotel for a welcome drink, where we will have the opportunity to become better acquainted for our adventures ahead. We finish our first day in India with dinner at our hotel.

Included meals:

In-flight meals, drinks and dinner

Day 3

Delhi

Jama Masjid Temple in Delhi's Old Town

Explore historical and modern India during an action-packed day in Delhi. After breakfast, we start the day with an unmissable rickshaw ride through Old Delhi, exploring the sights as we ride through. We visit Red Fort, an opulent palace from the mughal Empire (1500s), Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque, and the old-city market Chandni Chowk. Later that day, witness Parliament House and the imposing India Gate as we explore New Delhi further. We also visit Humayun’s Tomb, where the 16th century Mughal Emperor lies.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 4

Amritsar, 2 nights

Golden Temple Amritsar India

An early start this morning as we make our way to the train station where we board the Shatabdi Express to Amritsar. Upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel, either the ITC Welcome Amritsar or the Radisson Blu Hotel. Located just a short drive from the Golden Temple, we stay here for the next two nights. Following dinner this evening we see the breath-taking Golden Temple at night, when numerous lights illuminate its beauty, and witness the sacred and much revered Palki Sahib ceremony.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 5

Amritsar

Indian man making Indian breads in the kitchens at the Golden Temple Amritsar

Tour Highlight

Today’s activities include a trip to the magnificent Golden Temple, undoubtedly one of today’s highlights and one of the most spiritual places in India. Explore the complex and community kitchens used by local volunteers to produce up to 20,000 meals per day. Up next is Jallianwala Bagh, a historic garden and memorial of national importance, before visiting the Partition Museum – the world’s first museum dedicated to the Partition of 1947. The museum tells historical stories through sound, personal artefacts, letters and photographs, documenting the lives of millions affected during the Partition. Later that afternoon, we enjoy a drive out to the India – Pakistan border, where we will enjoy the impressive Wagah-Attari border ceremony, a musical with Massed Bands of the Household Division. It truly is a mesmerising experience.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 6

Jaipur, 3 nights

Selection on Indian dishes

This morning, we visit some of the best foodie locations in Amritsar. Enjoy mouth-watering Punjabi dishes such as Amritsari Kulche, Lassi, Maa di daal, Jalebi, Samose, and more! Punctuating the food are the stories of their origin which provide interesting insights into the history of Amritsar, their preparation methods, and cultural significance today. This afternoon we travel to the airport for our evening flight to Jaipur. On arrival we transfer to either the Trident Hotel or the Jaipur Hilton, where we will stay for the next three nights.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 7

Jaipur 

Lady in bright pink standing in front of Hawa Mahal Palace in Jaipur

Enjoy a leisurely morning before we embark on a tour of the impressive ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Enjoy a tour of the Pink City and its delightful sights, including the City Palace and its impressive courtyard and gardens. We also visit Jantar Mantar, the ancient equinoctial sundial, before stopping for a photo opportunity at Jaipur’s amazing pink sandstone palace – Hawa Mahal. In the evening, enjoy a delightful cookery demonstration at the home of a local Rajasthani family.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 8

Jaipur

Amber Fort Jaipur

After breakfast, we take a short journey to meet our waiting jeeps. The jeeps will take us to the impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site that is Amber Fort. Nestled amongst the dramatic pink hills, overlooking Maota Lake, this majestic Amber Fort is the best way to familiarise yourself with Rajput architecture. Next, there is an optional guided walk during which we explore the old stables that were coveted into a market. This is a great opportunity to observe the likes of local milk-sellers and sweet traders as they promote their products. Or, if you prefer, explore the neighbouring eateries to sample a local delicacy or two.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 9

Ranthambore, 2 nights

Ranthambore Fort

We leave Jaipur behind as we journey to Ranthambore. Over the next two nights, we will stay at the Ranthambore Regency Hotel, located just a short journey from Rajasthan’s premier national park. The charming hotel is a great base that allows us to explore the park. There’s even an optional tour to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ranthambore Fort.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10

Ranthambore

Lone Tiger on dirt path in Ranthambore National Park, India

Before breakfast, we begin the day with a trip to Ranthambore National Park, a former private hunting ground of India’s great ruler, the Maharaja. Boarding our open shared canter vehicles we venture into the park for our first safari of the day. The national park is famed for its impressive yet imposing tigers, and celebrated for its wildlife conservation. Look out for sloth bears, monkeys, marsh crocodiles, sambar deer, leopards and over 250 species of bird as we travel through the park. Following our safari, we return to the hotel breakfast. The day is then yours to relax and enjoy the surroundings of your hotel. Late afternoon, we enjoy the second safari of the day as we further explore the national park, before returning to the hotel for a relaxing dinner and some time to reflect on today’s action-packed adventures.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11

Agra, Overnight

Indian ladies in traditional dress on a stepwell

Today we leave Ranthambore to travel to Chand Baori in Abhaneri. The 1,300 year-old sleepwell is a 13 storey masterpiece that was constructed with awe-inspiring geometry and aesthetics. Later, we continue our journey to Agra, where we will stay overnight at the Taj Hotel Agra or the Trident Hotel Agra.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12

Delhi, Overnight

Taj Mahal

Tour Highlight

This morning, as the sun rises, we take a sunrise trip to explore the iconic Taj Mahal, India’s most iconic attraction that is a true testament of love. It was commissioned back in 1632 by Shah Jahan, Mughal Emperor, to house the tomb of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is a breath-taking attraction, crafted by over 20,000 stone carvers, masons and artists, that we are lucky enough to experience for a sunrise like no other. We return to the hotel for breakfast and then visit Agra Fort. Also known as the ‘Red Fort’  this vast fort, once the residence of the Mughal emperors is one of the finest Mughal forts in India. We return to Delhi in the afternoon for our final night in India, staying at the Welcomhotel by ITC  Dwarka.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 13

Depart Delhi / Arrive UK

Two smiling, waving Jain Priests, India

After 13 amazing days discovering the delights of India, it’s time to say farewell to this amazing country and our new found friends. We depart for the UK this morning, arriving in the UK in the evening.

Included meals:

Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks

Departure dates & prices

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Prices
Prices are per person based on one person in a twin or double room. No single occupancy supplements apply.

Deposit
£500 per person if travelling Economy Class, £1,000 per person if travelling Premium Economy and £1,500 per person for Business Class.

Flight upgrades
Virgin Atlantic upgrade to Premium Economy from £995 per person return, or Business Class from £2,895 per person return.

Visa information
A Tourist visa is required for travel to India. For more information on applying for your visa and the associated costs, please refer to ourFAQ’s page.

Important information
Our holiday prices are subject to fuel surcharges and the availability of flights in the lowest fare booking class. The correct price will always be confirmed to you before you book, and once you have booked, our Price Promise will guarantee there will be no further increases. For full terms and conditions see our terms and conditions page.

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Our Temples & Tigers tour is dedicated for Solo travellers and with so single occupancy supplements, it really does represent great value for money.

Small group touring

  • Maximum only 19 passengers

Flights with leading scheduled airlines

  • Return economy class flights
  • Fly with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow
  • All airport charges, security charges and any applicable fuel surcharges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty

Carefully selected hotels

  • First class and deluxe hotels in great locations
  • All hotel porterage
  • Applicable hotel taxes

Many meals worth £418 per person

  • Daily breakfasts
  • Three lunches
  • Dinner each evening

Unforgettable experiences

  • Sightseeing tours in Delhi, Amritsar, Jaipur and Agra
  • Rail journey onboard the Shatabdi Express
  • The Golden Temple of Amritsar
  • Wagah-Attari border ceremony
  • Food tour of Amritsar
  • Dinner at a local family home in Jaipur
  • Jeep ride and tour of Amber Fort, Jaipur
  • Two safaris in Ranthambore National Park
  • Chand Baori Step Well, Abhaneri
  • Visit the iconic Taj Mahal

On the ground

  • Services of an experienced local Tour Manager
  • All overseas transfers
  • Modern, air-conditioned coaches throughout

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  • Your holiday is covered by our Price Promise
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Eros Hotel New Delhi Nehru, New Delhi

Eros Hotel New Delhi Nehru is a contemporary and comfortable sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the South Delhi shops, entertainment venues and tourist attractions that it sits so close to. Indeed, the hotel faces the iconic Lotus… Find out more >
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ITC Welcomhotel Amritsar, Amritsar

Located just a short drive from Amritsar’s celebrated Golden Temple, the ITC Welcomhotel Amritsar is built around a carefully restored colonnaded mansion dating back to the 1900s and boasts comfortable, elegant accommodation. Your Stay The hotel’s architectural heritage is reflected… Find out more >
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Radisson Blu Hotel, Amritsar

The Radisson Blu Hotel is surrounded by lush, manicured grounds and is an oasis of calm among the bustling city of Amritsar. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to the Golden Temple, and features include a choice of dining… Find out more >
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Trident Hotel, Jaipur

During your tour to India, look forward to a truly relaxing stay at the Trident Hotel, Jaipur. Here you can unwind with a drink or a bite to eat after a day exploring with views of the Mansagar Lake as… Find out more >
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Hilton Hotel, Jaipur

The Hilton Hotel Jaipur is set in the heart of Jaipur, with spectacular views of the scenic Aravalli hills. Elegantly styled and with every modern convenience, the Hilton Hotel is a comfortable and convenient base from which to explore the… Find out more >
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Ranthambore Regency Hotel, Ranthambore

The Ranthambore Regency Hotel is an ideal hotel for relaxation and exploration. With a superb location, just a short drive from Ranthambore National Park and surrounded by verdant gardens the Ranthambore Regency provides a tranquil place to relax after a… Find out more >
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Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra

The Taj Hotel & Convention Centre is a five-star hotel in Agra just a short walk away from the Eastern Gate of the majestic Taj Mahal, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It’s the perfect place from… Find out more >
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Trident Hotel, Agra

Your stay at the Trident Hotel Agra puts you ever so close to one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World, the enchanting Taj Mahal. Also close by and waiting to be explored are ancient buildings that showcase the… Find out more >
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ITC Welcomhotel Dwarka, Delhi

Conveniently located close to both the heart of New Delhi and its airport, the ITC Welcomhotel Dwarka, is a stylish, cosmopolitan hotel combining comfort with elegance. Your Stay The modern air-conditioned guest rooms are a welcome haven, with flat screen… Find out more >
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Jaipur: Walking Tour

Your local guide will take you on a fascinating walk through the streets of Jaipur as evening falls. You will visit the bustling market, a former stables, and walk down narrow lanes packed with shops selling everything from vibrantly-coloured bridal clothing to jewellery and traditional handicrafts.

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Ranthambore Fort

Ranthambore: Visit Ranthambore Fort

Ranthambore Fort is situated within Ranthambore National Park which is a popular tiger reserve and was a hunting ground for Maharajas of Jaipur dynasty. The fort stands tall on the top of a hill overlooking the entire park. It is surrounded by Vindhyas and Aravallis.

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