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    Radisson Blu, Dwarka

    India, Delhi, New Delhi
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    The evocative colours and sights of British India combined with the wildlife prowling its jungle undergrowth provided the inspiration for much of Rudyard Kipling’s written work. Trace the footsteps of the ‘Bard of the Empire’ as you visit his birthplace in Mumbai and his family residence in Shimla, go in search of your own Shere Khan on safari in Kanha National Park, and absorb the energy and vibrancy of India on a full-day city tour of Delhi’s modern and historic landmarks. From £1249pp, experience India’s diverse wildlife and amazing culture on an unmissable tour that will simply take your breath away! See “Tour Itinerary” tab for more details.You’ll be staying at four quality hotels; the Ramada Powai Hotel (1 night) then onto the Chitwan Resort Kanha (2 nights) followed by the Radisson Blu Dwarka (3 nights) and then the Marigold Sarovar Portico (3 nights).

    TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

    Enjoy a Mumbai city tour

    Search the animals of The Jungle Book on a safari

    Tour the sights of Delhi on a rickshaw ride

    Enjoy a tour of Shimla & visit the Kipling’s residence

    Toy Train ride into the Himalayan foothills

    Explore Delhi’s Chandni Chowk market

    • Return flights from UK airports
    • Hotel accommodation
    • Hand baggage
    • Hold baggage
    • Airline meals

    Situated in Dwarka, just a 20-minute drive from the commercial hub of New Delhi and Gurgaon, Radisson Blu welcomes guests with its terrace pool, gym and modern rooms. It offers 3 dining options, along with free Wi-Fi and complimentary private parking.

    • Resort tax payable locally
    • Instalment options
    • Offer subject to availability
    • Prices based on 2 adults sharing

    DAY 1
    UK to Mumbai
    Depart London on your overnight flight to Mumbai.

    DAY 2
    Mumbai
    On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon tour of Mumbai, Kipling’s birthplace and home for six years. Visit the bungalow where the writer was born, then the towering archway of The Gateway of India. Drive past the Gothic facade of the Bombay High Court, the ornate clock tower of the city university, elegant Victoria Terminus, and colourful Crawford Market, where the fountain built by Kipling’s father still stands. Follow the coastal road to Mani Bhavan, Mahatma Gandhi’s Bombay residence, before returning to your hotel.

    Lunch & Dinner

    DAY 3
    Mumbai to Kanha National Park
    After breakfast, depart Mumbai on your flight to Raipur, then drive through colourful rural landscapes to Kanha National Park for your two-night stay.

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    DAY 4
    Kanha National Park
    Witness the animals that inspired Kipling’s Jungle Book adventures on today’s full-day jeep safari through the bamboo forests and rolling grasslands of Kanha National Park. Look out for sambar deer, the four-horned Chausingha antelope, panthers and the prowling tigers that inspired the fearsome character, Shere Khan.

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    DAY 5
    Kanha National Park to Delhi
    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and morning before your afternoon flight from Raipur to Delhi.

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    DAY 6
    Delhi
    Engage your senses as you take in Delhi’s colourful streets, spice-scented alleyways and rumbling rickshaws on today’s full-day city tour. Explore the sprawling courtyards of Jama Masjid mosque then take a rickshaw ride through the labyrinth of stalls in Chandni Chowk market. Drive past the imposing walls of the Red Fort, stopping at Raj Ghat to visit Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation grounds. Cross over into the neatly planned streets of New Delhi, visiting the commercial hub of Connaught Place, as you make your way to the soaring tower of Qutab Minar and the memorial at India Gate.

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    DAY 7
    Delhi to Shimla
    This morning, board your train to Chandigarh, where you’ll transfer to the UNESCO-recognised Toy Train, a tiny locomotive that carries you to the city of Shimla in the Himalayan foothills for your three-night stay.

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    DAY 8
    Shimla
    Today’s tour begins with a visit to one of the Kipling family’s residences. Experience Shimla’s woods as they were in Kipling’s time at Potters Hill Arboretum then walk around Shimla’s centre, past the grand State Museum, the hilltop location of Christ Church, and the boulevards of the Mall. After lunch, cross the ‘Combermere Bridge’ which appears in Kipling’s book ‘The Phantom Rickshaw’ before driving into the Jakhoo Hills. Take in the statue of the Hindu god Hanuman then enjoy free time to explore the Mall.

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    DAY 9
    Shimla
    Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Shimla further. Alternatively, take an optional nature walk (at a fee) through the rural landscapes of the Himalayas.

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    DAY 10
    Shimla to Delhi
    Drive to Kalka railway station then board your train to Delhi, arriving in time for tonight’s farewell dinner.

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    DAY 11
    Delhi to the UK
    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or continue on to your chosen extension.

    Breakfast

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