Tigers, Temples and the Taj Mahal - Easter Special - Family

A family adventure in Rajasthan, including Jaipur and Pushkar







From $1,780 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • Tiger spotting in Ranthambore and visit the splendid Taj Mahal
  • Ride a cycle rickshaw, a camel and an elephant!
  • Watch a Bollywood movie, cook curry & play cricket with the locals
  • Great value with all meals and all the cool activities included!

Our exploration of the colourful, princely state of Rajasthan begins with an afternoon visit to the stunning Taj Mahal. Then, after a rickshaw ride in the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, we take the express train to Ranthambore, for a 2-night stay at a jungle resort and a real chance to meet a wild tiger. Whilst here, we may also have time for a cricket match with the local children. Driving through the rural heart of Rajasthan to Jaipur, we will go to the cinema to see a classic Bollywood movie and then have a day's sightseeing that includes an elephant ride to the Amber Fort. Learning how to cook curry with a local chef and a camel ride at the pilgrim's city of Pushkar are the final ingredients of this unforgettable family adventure holiday in India.

This itinerary is specific to Easter 2016 and includes all meals, 3 game drives in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. For all other dates please see: Tigers and Temples of Rajasthan

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for children from 6yrs old

This is a family adventure holiday to some of the greatest attractions of northern India. Travelling mostly by train makes our journey easier and more interesting. Any road transfers are short and in air-conditioned private vehicles. We use a good standard of accommodation, with the majority of hotels outside Delhi having swimming pools. The holiday involves no long walks and young children should cope well with the itinerary and enjoy the tiger viewing and the elephant and camel rides.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Delhi. A single transfer from Delhi Airport is provided.
  • Train to Agra. Afternoon Agra Red Fort and sunset at the Taj Mahal.
  • Transfer to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, stopping off at the temple of Fatehpur Sikri. Rickshaw ride.
  • Morning rickshaw ride in park. Evening train to Ranthambore National Park.
  • Two game drives into the park to see wildlife and with luck a tiger - grrr (!).
  • Early morning game drive. After breakfast transfer to Jaipur. School visit. Watch Bollywood movie.
  • Visit Amber Fort, elephant ride. Sightseeing in Jaipur.
  • Trasnfer to Pushkar, afternoon camel driver walk into desert.
  • Free morning. Train back to Delhi.
  • Departure day. A single transfer to Delhi Airport is provided.
Sat 26 Mar - Mon 04 Apr Code FRJ /02/16/
FRJ - Easter Special
Adult$1,780 Child$1,620 Status Limited Availability Book now
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  • Tigers, Temples and the Taj Mahal - Easter Special - Family - FRJ - Easter Special
  • The departure reference for this tour is FRJ /02/16/
  • This tour begins on Sat 26 Mar and departs on Mon 04 Apr
  • This departure has limited availability and departs within weeks. Secure your place today with full payment
  • The child price age for this holiday is 6 - 11 years
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Delhi. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Delhi airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements & transfers' section in the trip dossier for further details.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Delhi. A single transfer from Delhi Airport is provided.

    Arriving in Delhi you are met by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel in the city. After settling in we will have lunch at the hotel or nearby restaurant. In the afternoon we have a sightseeing tour by coach and on foot. The capital of India has two distinct parts, Old Delhi and New Delhi. Old Delhi is centred on the Red Fort and is a fascinating labyrinth of narrow, bustling streets including Chandni Chowk bazaar. Walking around this bustling bazaar we will experience the true flavour of urban India full of fascinating new sights, sounds and smells. We will see the Gandhi memorial and then have a rickshaw ride in the old Delhi Chandni Chowk bazaar passing Jamis Masjid mosque and the Red Fort. This evening we have dinner and settle down for the night at the group hotel.

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  • Train to Agra. Afternoon Agra Red Fort and sunset at the Taj Mahal.

    We have an early rise to transfer to New Delhi Railway Station for the 6.15 ‘Shatabdi Express’ to Agra. Travelling on this special fast tourist train is a very comfortable experience. Unlike most trains in India, it has air-conditioned carriages fitted with aircraft type seats and during the 2 hour journey we will be served breakfast and refreshments. Outside the window a fascinating landscape rolls by offering glimpses of Indian rural life. Arriving in Agra we are met by our local guide who will escort us to our private tour bus. We transfer to our hotel with swimming pool where we have some lunch. Our first stop of the afternoon is a guided tour of the Agra Red Fort which was more a walled city than a fort, with several grand buildings and ornamental gardens. From the decorated open windows of the fort we can look across the Yamuna River to the Taj Mahal - Emperor Sha Jahan’s final view of his wife’s resting place. We then travel to the Taj Mahal, the fabulous white-marble mausoleum built at huge expense by the Mogul emperor Sha Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz. The monument took 22 years to build using the skills and labour of 20,000 men and the power of 1,000 elephants. It is said that the Emperor planned to build a twin, black-marble tomb for himself on the other side of the river but before he was able to do so (and possibly bankrupt the empire), his son took the throne by force and imprisoned his father in the Red Fort of Agra. There are so many images of the Taj that in some ways this incredible monument will be very familiar to most people. However, nothing can prepare us for the sheer beauty and grandeur of its intricate inlaid artwork and sensuous lines. We enjoy the Taj Mahal at sunset before returning to the hotel. We stay overnight in Agra.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Transfer to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, stopping off at the temple of Fatehpur Sikri. Rickshaw ride.

    After breakfast we transfer to Bharatpur. It takes around 1 hr to get here, however along the way to stop of at Fatehpur Sikri. This splendid complex of monuments and temples was built during the second half of the 16th century by Emperor Akbar. The buildings have a uniform style and includes one of the largest mosques in India. After this visit we continue onto Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. This famous sanctuary is host to thousands of different birds, some 230 different species. Bharatpur is otherwise known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park and is a mosaic of grasslands, woodlands and open wetlands. The wetlands were originally man-made 250 yrs ago by the Maharaja and were used as hunting grounds for the ducks and geese that came in their thousands. Now the reserve is a sanctuary for the birds and is free of motor vehicles with only cycling and walking allowed. This afternoon we have a rickshaw ride observing some of the enormous cranes with their huge orange becks, pelicans, geese, duck and eagles. We then transfer to our hotel with pleasant gardens and a swimming pool for everyone to enjoy. This evening our guide will prepare and entertaining quiz about what we have seen at the Taj Mahal and the birds at the sanctuary. Overnight Bharatpur.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Morning rickshaw ride in park. Evening train to Ranthambore National Park.

    This morning we have another ride in the rickshaws in the park to see if we can see some more of the colourful birds. After lunch and some more fun in the hotel pool, we transfer to the railway station in Bharatpur where we board the evening express train for Ranthambore National Park. We can experience the friendly travelling life on Indian Railways and take an evening meal on board. The train arrives at the local station of Sawai Madhopur at 10 pm and from here we make a short (5km) transfer to our resort hotel situated on the edge of the Reserve and nestled in the green Araveli hills. Overnight Ranthambore.
    Summer Itinerary: During the summer months Ranthambore National Park is closed. We are therefore visiting Sawai Mansingh National park instead. Here there is also a wide variety of wildlife including slot bear, hyena, wild boar and grassing animals, however it is rare to see a tiger.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Two game drives into the park to see wildlife and with luck a tiger - grrr (!).

    Once the hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, Ranthambore was first established as a wildlife sanctuary in 1955 and became part of Project Tiger in 1973. In the early eighties the tiger reserve was given National Park status and expanded to its present size of 392 square km. Project Tiger has been a great success and Ranthambore is one of the best places in India to still be able to see these magnificent animals in their natural habitat. The park is also home to leopard, nilgai, dhole, wild boar, sambar, hyena, sloth bear and chital as well as over 300 species of trees, plants, birds and reptiles. Today we will go out and explore the Ranthambore Tiger Preserve in 4X4 jeeps or canters with an expert resident naturalist who has worked closely with the park authorities to save tigers and other wildlife in the area. Using their knowledge and skills we should be able to find a tiger, though nothing can be guaranteed in the wild. The best time for game spotting is early morning or just before sundown when the animals visit the watering holes – principally the three lakes of Padam Talab, Raj Bagh Talab and Malik Talab. We have 2 game drives included, one in the morning and one in the evening. At our resort accommodation close by, we can also enjoy the hotel pool to cool down during the middle of the day. The local children are also always keen for a game of cricket and our guide will seek to make this happen. Overnight Ranthambore.
    Summer Itinerary: At Sawai Mansingh National park we will also have 2 game drives within the park. Our hotel here also has a swimming pool that we can enjoy.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Early morning game drive. After breakfast transfer to Jaipur. School visit. Watch Bollywood movie.

    Its well worth getting up early to go out again to see the animals. We will take a packed breakfast with us and today we will also visit the Ranthambore fort located on a hill in the middle of the park giving a great view over the area. After a morning of safari we return to the resort where we transfer to our private bus for a drive of around 3 hours to Jaipur. To break our journey we will stop off at a local school for a visit of the classrooms and children here before continuing to Jaipur. This famous town of Rajasthan is also known as the 'Pink City' because of the extensive use of pink marble in the construction of its palaces and grand houses known as havelis. The haveli design with its inner courtyard provided both shade from the hot summer sun and privacy from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. We stay in a heritage hotel which is built along the lines of a traditional haveli with its rooms surrounding a quiet courtyard open to the sky. There is so much to see in Jaipur including the City Palace, an astronomical observatory and the ‘Palace of the Winds’, an elaborate façade containing hundreds of tiny windows where the princesses of the Rajputs could peer out at the city’s inhabitants without being seen. After checking into our hotel (and possibly a quick swim) we go out to the local cinema to watch a Bollywood movie. These film are in the Hindi language and are usually along the theme of a romantic musical with a lot of singing and dancing. Without speaking Hindi these movies can still be understood with their beautiful people, dancing and singing all set with the backdrop of colourful India. Overnight Jaipur.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Visit Amber Fort, elephant ride. Sightseeing in Jaipur.

    This morning we visit the impressive Amber Fort located on a hill just outside the city. This fort was built by the king of the Meenas who were more or less constantly at war with the Rajputs of Rajasthan. The fort which is built from an amber coloured sandstone was a formidable military fortress but was renown for the opulence of its palaces. We will enter the gates in true Raj style, riding on caparisoned and decorated elephants. The fort is very extensive and our guided tour will last most of the morning. We then return to Jaipur for lunch and in the afternoon we continue our tour of the city or those who prefer can enjoy the hotel pool. When the sun starts to go down the local colourful bazaars come alive and in the early evening they are well worth a visit and we may pick up some souvenirs at a bargain price. At dinner we have a cookery demonstration learning about the different spices and types of curry’s of India. Overnight Jaipur.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Trasnfer to Pushkar, afternoon camel driver walk into desert.

    After breakfast we leave Jaipur and head south west along highway 48 for 2 hours to reach Ajmer, a Muslim pilgrimage city containing a shrine or ‘Dargah’ to the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. Here we turn off the main highway and follow a twisting road which climbs for 20 minutes or so into the Araveli hills to reach the spectacular location of Pushkar, known for its many temples which surround a holy lake, including the only temple in all of India that is dedicated to Lord Brahma. On arrival we check into our comfortable hotel and this afternoon we can try our hand at camel driving. Pushkar is synonymous with camels and in fact once every year stages the biggest camel fare in India. We will all have the opportunity to ride in tandem with an experienced camel driver and make a small trek out into the desert. Anyone who does not wish to ride a camel is free to wander around this interesting town enjoying its special ambience or to enjoy the hotel pool or spa. After the short camel trek we will visit some of the many temples which ring the lake before returning to the hotel for dinner. Overnight in Pushkar.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Free morning. Train back to Delhi.

    The morning is free to look around the bazaar, visit more temples or enjoy the hotel pool. There is an optional of enjoy a camel and cart ride (extra pay locally). After lunch we transfer the 11km back to Ajmer where we catch the mid-afternoon train to Delhi. In India the journey is always half the experience particularly travelling on the railways, which also offer the best view on the Indian countryside. As the sun goes down dinner is served on the train and we arrive back in Delhi shortly before 11 pm. From the railway station we transfer (20 minutes) to a hotel near the airport for our final night in India. Overnight Delhi.

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  • Departure day. A single transfer to Delhi Airport is provided.

    We have an early morning transfer to Delhi Airport where KE Land Only package services end.

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Holiday Information

  • A professional English-speaking local leader
  • Single timed Delhi airport transfers on the first and last day of the land only itinerary
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary including train journeys
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • 3 games drives in Ranthambore/Sawai Mansingh Park in summer
  • Elephant ride at Jaipur to Amber Fort
  • Camel ride at Pushkar
  • 2 rickshaw rides at Bharatpur
  • Cookery demonstration at Jaipur
  • Bollywood movie tickets
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Delhi / Agra / Jaipur and Pushkar
  • All park fees and entrance fees to all monuments
  • Travel insurance
  • Delhi Airport transfers other than the single timed transfer
  • Indian Visa
  • Additional optional activities
  • Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses

Part of the experience of a family holiday to India is the truly amazing food on offer. Most of us are familiar with Indian cuisine but the real thing can be quite different to the dishes we know from Indian restaurants. In all the places that we stay it will also be possible to order western-style dishes.

All meals are included in the trip price from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 10
All clients arriving on day 1 of the Land Only itinerary will be met at the airport by a KE representative. A single timed airport transfer is provided. Clients must provide their flight details and should inform the KE office if they do not wish to use the complimentary airport transfer on arrival. At the end of the trip, all clients departing on the last day of the Land Only itinerary will be transferred back to the airport in time for the check in for their flight. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
On arrival the group will spend 1 night in a centrally located tourist class hotel in Delhi and prior to departure will overnight in a hotel near the airport. In Agra, Bharatpur, Ranthambore, Jaipur and Pushkar we stay in 'Indian 3 star' hotels with swimming pools.

Children of 11yrs and under will share with parents in a triple for a family of 3, or for a family of 4 have a double with 2 extra beds or 2 rooms. Children over 12 yrs will share with parents in a triple for a family of 3, or have 2 rooms for a family of 4. We will do everything to ensure that you are happy with your rooming allocation.

Additional hotel nights are available pre and post the holiday. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

The group will be accompanied throughout the tour by a professional, English-speaking local tour leader. During the holiday the group will also have the services of English speaking local guides for the city tours and of expert naturalist guides for the safari tours.

We recommend the average family (mum, dad and 2 kids) will need approximately £300 for miscellaneous expenses, including tips to local staff, beer, soft drinks, etc. It is not necessary to purchase local currency (Indian Rupees) before you travel. We recommend taking your spending money in the form of cash. Sterling and US dollars are readily exchanged in Delhi or it is possible to withdraw your money from ATM's in all major towns and cities. Credit cards can be used to purchase some goods and are particularly useful for more expensive souvenirs.

For your tour guide we recommend that you give a tip if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. As a rough guide we suggest a tip to your tour leader the equivalent of £10 - 15 per family member (with perhaps a little more for small groups of five or less). You may also wish to tip your driver(s) but we would suggest this should not be greater than half the amount you give to your tour guide. In hotels you should give a tip of around 20 - 50 rupees to hotel porters.

There is no baggage limit on this trip other than that set by your international carrier but we do ask you to limit your luggage to one main bag and one small daypack per family member.

Our holidays are normally designed with minimal 'down time' at the start of the trip, but having a day or two at the beginning will have the additional benefit of allowing you time to get over the stress of travelling across time zones, leaving you refreshed and ready for your holiday. We can easily arrange for you to have additional nights and airport transfers.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your luggage to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Strong shoes or walking boots

  • Socks

  • Underwear

  • Lightweight trousers

  • Shirts (at least one long-sleeved with collar) and T-shirts

  • Waterproof Jacket

  • Sunhat

  • Sunglasses

  • Daypack 20 - 25 litres

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottles 1 litre 

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)

  • Basic First Aid Kit including pin-killers, plasters, blister treatment, insect repellent and re-hydration salts.

The following items are optional:

  • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

  • Camera

  • Travel clothes

  • Toys/games

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa India

All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $60 and you need to apply for this online prior to departure at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html. Please download the detailed information document: Visa PDF India

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

The currency of India is the Indian Rupee.

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As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

All departures of this family holiday take place outside of the Indian Monsoon and you should experience little if any rainfall although sudden short lived storms can and do occur at any time of the year. The maximum daytime temperatures encountered will be in the mid to high twenties Celsius during November and December rising to mid thirties during trips in March and April. Evening temperatures in Delhi and Agra from November to February can be quite chilly.

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