The five-star deluxe Taj Palace Hotel is located in the tree-lined, Diplomatic Enclave of New Delhi. As soon as you step into its cool white marble lobby, you know you have arrived somewhere exceptional! There are several dining options: the Kafe Fontana is open all day and offers continental, middle-eastern and Indian cuisine, whilst the Blue Ginger is the city’s best Vietnamese restaurant. The Masala Art specialises in contemporary Indian cuisine with a uniquely interactive show kitchen, and the Orient Express is a more formal dining experience in a replica carriage of the famous train, with an emphasis on French cuisine. There is also a stylish cocktail bar and a popular Tea Lounge serving a variety of teas & coffees with light snacks and desserts throughout the day and liqueurs in the evenings. The open-air pool is surrounded by a spacious sun terrace and a putting green, and there’s a fitness centre, a beauty salon and spa with an extensive range of treatments. All 402 beautifully appointed rooms are air-conditioned, with luxury en-suite bathroom with bathrobes & hairdryer, flat-screen satellite TV & DVD, wireless internet (extra charge), writing desk, safe, minibar, tea/coffee-maker and city/pool views.Swimming pools in India: most outside pools are not heated and may not be usable in the winter months.
The ‘Taj’ at dawn, a tiger in the wild and the Himalayas are amazing sights, all infused with an extraordinary and eclectic mix of colours, sounds, customs and religions.
Departing April to November 2017
Visit some of the most incredible palaces in India and fascinating Shimla on our escorted tour to this beautiful country
India is a vast country of contrasts waiting to be explored, from world-famous landmarks to wondrous hidden treasures. Your visit will be a real feast for the senses as the vibrant colours, delicious flavours and heady scents combine to make a truly unforgettable holiday. Specially tailored for people travelling alone, our tour starts in rural Rajasthan, where a potpourri of the ancient and the modern is so clearly exhibited. The ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur is popular for to its wealth of palaces, fine examples of jaw-dropping architecture.
The natural world is also a major attraction and there will be the opportunity to spot tigers in their natural habitat in Ranthambore. Of course, the highlight for many is the sublime Taj Mahal, a mausoleum so often seen in films and photographs, but there is simply no substitute for the feeling of seeing it first-hand. We conclude our wonderful journey with a breathtaking train journey into the Himalayas and the hill station of Shimla. A microcosm of Victorian English society during its colonial past, Shimla is the perfect way to conclude a visit to this amazing country.
The price of this holiday is per person, based on one person in a twin room for sole occupance. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement (date dependant) from £429 to £519 per person. Thirteen nights accommodation in three, four or five-star hotels; daily breakfast, two lunches and seven dinners; scheduled flights to/from Delhi; all transfers; guided tours of New and Old Delhi, Agra and the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, two game drives in Ranthambore, Jaipur city tour, visit to Amber Fort, walking tour of Havelis at Mandawa, walking tour of Shimla; all local transport by train or coach as described; hotel porterage of one item of luggage per person; the services of an experienced Riviera Tour Manager.
Not included: Indian visa.
The ‘Taj’ at dawn, a tiger in the wild and the Himalayas are amazing sights, all infused with an extraordinary and eclectic mix of colours, sounds, customs and religions. Visit some of the most incredible palaces in India and fascinating Shimla on our escorted tour to this beautiful country
Selected departures January to November 2017
India, a unique country and civilisation, is a mindboggling potpourri of sights, sounds, colours and experiences as well as a culture-shock of astonishing contrasts. Immerse yourself in this tour and prepare for a revamp of any preconceptions towards one of the world’s ‘must-see’ destinations!
The jewel of our tour is surely the Taj Mahal in the early morning, when its colours and ethereal beauty is at its most amazing. Built to house the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal, Emperor Jahan’s wife, it took 20,000 men 22 years to finish it. The end result transcends the extraordinary world monument it is. The tomb represents the ultimate expression of a pure and enduring love, a tangible expression of the unquantifiable. But there’s more. We’ll see the real India, a subcontinent that covers the full gamut of evolution, from the natural world, including the nation’s unofficial symbol, the tiger, in Ranthambore, through the Rajasthan forts and palaces of the Moghul Empire, to the more recent Raj and British colonial influence.
We’ll stay for three nights in Rajasthan, regarded as India’s most colourful state, a region fringed by deserts, populated by a fiercely proud, warrior race and a plethora of forts and palaces. No area in all of India more clearly illustrates the paradox of ancient and modern which exist side by side.
We stay in Rajasthan’s capital city of Jaipur, known as the ‘Pink City’ due to the colour of its walls and so many of its buildings, and we visit the Maharajah’s City Palace as well as the great Amber Fort, one of the masterpieces of Rajput architecture, guarding the northern approaches to the city.
We delve, ever deeper, into the culture and history of Rajasthan with our stay at the Alsisar Mahal, a restored fort, converted into one of the region’s best heritage hotels. A wonderfully romantic setting where Belgian crystal chandeliers hang above exquisite marble floors, cut from the very quarries that supplied the builders of the Taj Mahal.
On selected departures our tour continues on to the hill-station of Shimla, effectively the summer capital of India during the Raj. At over 7,300ft, the cooler climate made this the ideal location to escape from the searing summer temperatures on the plains below. Dominated by the baronial splendour of the Viceregal Lodge, Shimla was, in those days, a microcosm of late Victorian English society. Surrounded by vast forests of teak and pine and located across a long ridge with steep mountainous terrain on all sides, Shimla was not the easiest place to get to. But Victorian engineers managed to build one of the marvels of Indian Railways, the 96-kilometre narrow-gauge line to Shimla, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our journey ‘clickety-clicks’ along those very tracks laid by those intrepid imperial engineers more than a century ago.
But India is not all history and architecture – genuine Indian cuisine is far more varied and interesting that what we are used to at home. From a simple hot chapatti fresh from the oven, to the delicate spices of Kheer, a sweet rice pudding, a trip to India will change your view of Indian cookery – and don’t worry, many of the curries are quite mild! However, for the brave at heart, there’s the gasket-blowing prospect of Phaal curry. Whichever culinary delight you choose, the one guarantee is that the Indian people are supremely hospitable and will go out of their way to ensure their visitors enjoy their stay.
From the flawless grandeur of the Taj Mahal, to the mighty fortresses of Rajasthan and from the reminders of past glories of the Raj in Delhi to the teeming markets of Jaipur, our India tour encompasses the very best of northern India, ensuring a lifetime of truly amazing memories.
The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. Thirteen nights accommodation in three, four or five-star hotels; daily breakfast, two lunches and six dinners; scheduled flights to/from Delhi; all transfers; guided tours of New and Old Delhi, Agra and the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, two game drives in Ranthambore, Jaipur city tour, visit to Amber Fort, walking tour of Havelis at Mandawa, walking tour of Shimla; all local transport by train or coach as described; hotel porterage of one item of luggage per person; the services of an experienced Riviera Tour Manager.
Not included: India visa
Please Note Dublin flights are connections via Heathrow
Prices include any applicable supplements e.g. sole occupancy or room upgrades.
Please note: There are no twin rooms available at the Oberoi Cecil Hotel - all guest rooms contain one queen-size bed only.
From the Taj Mahal’s flawless grandeur, to the serene waters of the Ganges and the poignant reminders of past glories of the Raj in Calcutta, our tour and cruise encompasses the very best of India, ensuring a lifetime of truly amazing memories.
Selected departures February to November 2017
The Ganges, a name redolent of Indian exoticism and spirituality, is a river all of us know but very few have actually discovered – until now. Recent navigational improvements coupled with 21st century technology have enabled small ships to explore this extraordinary river on a superb and fascinating journey.
At the break of dawn, as mist gently settles above the waters, the horizon fuses with an azure blue sky above. As the sun slowly rises, buildings gently emerge punctuating the shoreline, their blurred lines as though glimpsed through a soft-focus camera. People performing their morning ablutions in the holy Ganges; ladies washing clothes just as they have for centuries, their scarlet saris draped on surrounding rocks to dry with the uplifting sound of laughter drifting across mighty waters. In so many respects, daily life along this great waterway remains unchanged for centuries, so our ship, the RV Bengal Ganga, is based on a traditional 19th century British design and blends beautifully with the timeless landscape. Your every need is attended to by its charming and gracious crew, which represent the very best of traditional Indian hospitality.
Our cruise explores the lower river, known as the Hooghly River, plus the Ganges proper, which very few ships can access. We’ll pass regions fought over for generations, occupied by French, Dutch, Portuguese and even Danish outposts until the Battle of Plassey in 1757 which finally cemented Britain’s hold over Bengal and ultimately the entire Indian sub-continent.
Our tour includes four sublime cities: Delhi, Agra, Varanasi and Calcutta, plus the jewel in the crown - the stunning Taj Mahal which we witness in the rosy glow of the early morning, when its colours and ethereal beauty are at their most amazing. Built to house the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal - Emperor Jahan’s wife, 20,000 men and artisans toiled for 22 years to complete this amazing work of art, one of the world’s most astonishing buildings.
We’ll also see the grand monuments of the British Raj in both Delhi and Calcutta plus India’s holiest city, Varanasi, spectacularly located on the Ganges for 3,000 years.
The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room/cabin. Seven nights in three, four and five-star hotels with breakfast on the ‘land’ portion of this tour; eight nights on full board, including local bottled mineral water, tea/coffee any time on the RV Bengal Ganga. All flights as mentioned including two domestic flights within India. All transfers & porterarge of one item of luggage per person.Guided tours of New and Old Delhi, Agra and the Taj Mahal, Kolkata, rickshaw and boat tour of Varanasi, all shore excursions as mentioned on the RV Bengal Ganga.Gratuities for ship’s crew.Services of an experienced Riviera tour manager.
Please note: Cruise itinerary subject to change according to weather conditions, changes in navigation channels and water levels. Luggage allowance for internal flights is limited to one bag per person weighing no more that 20kg.
Not included: Indian visa - see visa and health information.
Prices include any applicable supplements e.g. sole occupancy or room upgrades.
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