Gangetic Plains and Tigers of Corbett

14 Day – Private tour with air-conditioned car and driver
Price Guide: £2395 per person
ABTA and ATOL protected holidays

This fantastic tour features the highlights of the Gangetic plains, a large fertile basin that’s rich in history and home to an abundance of monuments. You’ll begin at the holiest of Hindu cities, Varanasi on the banks of Ganges before moving on to elegant Lucknow, the city of Nawabs, which has long been appreciated for its fine cuisine and gracious living. The next destination is Agra, home of the iconic Taj Mahal, before your adventure continues to Corbett National Park, named after the legendary hunter turned conservationist Jim Corbett, and finishing at the holy Hindu city of Haridwar on the banks of the Ganges. Internal travel is an exciting mix of air, day train journeys and road, while accommodation is a blend of period hotels, heritage properties and a delightful jungle retreat.

Please remember all our private tours are designed to meet your exact requirements, and this tour is just an example to help inspire you. If you would like we can also arrange your flights for a fully ATOL-protected holiday. Contact the team for more information on 01792 315499 or email info@aitholidays.com

Highlights of Gangetic Plains and Tigers of Corbett

Bengal Tiger, Jim Corbett National Park
  • Sightseeing in Old and New Delhi including iconic landmarks
  • Witness the sacred Ganges ceremonies in Varanasi
  • Explore Lucknow famous for its manners and hospitality, intricate embroidery and beautiful gardens
  • See the mesmerising Taj Mahal in Agra
  • Discover fascinating Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital of Emperor Akbar
  • Game drives in Jim Corbett National Park, the oldest national park in India
  • Evening arti or ceremonial worship in Haridwar
  • Guided tours of Haridwar and Rishikesh

Highlights of Gangetic Plains and Tigers of Corbett Itinerary

Gangetic Plains and Corbett

On arrival in Delhi you will be taken to The Claridges for a two-night stay. That evening a welcome dinner is arranged in a traditional setting.

Accommodation: The Claridges
Meals Included: Welcome Dinner

Your morning tour of Old Delhi includes Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, and the bazaars of Chandni Chowk. The afternoon’s sightseeing of New Delhi includes the architecturally fascinating Lutyens buildings and the iconic India Gate, Qutub Minar victory tower and Humayun’s Tomb World Heritage Site.

Accommodation: The Claridges
Meals Included: Breakfast

Fly to Varanasi in the morning and transfer to the Taj Ganges for an overnight stay. In the evening, witness the spectacular Ganga Aarti, the ceremonial worship of the River Ganges which encompasses a magical mix of sounds, sights and scents to engage all your senses. The vision of thousands of lamps floating on the Ganges in honour of the River Goddess is a truly memorable experience.

Accommodation: Taj Ganges*
Meals Included: Breakfast

An early start is well worth it for a return to the ghats and a boat ride to see devotees offering prayers and performing rituals at sunrise. In the afternoon, visit Sarnath, the site of Buddha’s first sermon and explore the museum.

Accommodation: Taj Ganges*
Meals Included: Breakfast

Transfer to the railway station to board the Amritsar-Howrah Mail to Lucknow, which arrives late in the afternoon. Transfer to the Taj Residency for a two-night stay.

Accommodation: Taj Residency, Lucknow
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a full day sightseeing of Lucknow including the Rumi Darwaza gateway, the Bara Imambara with its famous maze, the beautiful Chhota Imambara monument, the British Residency and the elite La Martinerie School. Drive through the roads and alleys of old Lucknow to get a sense of its genteel mannerisms and etiquette as you visit perfume stalls, flower markets and merchants selling fine chikankari hand-embroidered kurtas, shirts and saris.

Accommodation: Taj Residency, Lucknow
Meals Included: Breakfast

 

This morning you will drive to Agra. Stay overnight at the Tajview Hotel. In the afternoon, explore the imposing Agra Fort before visiting the Taj Mahal at sunset when it is particularly beautiful.

Accommodation: Taj View, Agra
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning enjoy an excursion to fascinating Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital of Emperor Akbar. Archaeologists believe the ‘City of Victory’ was built to provide leisure and luxury to its prominent residents, and you can still see the remains of its mosques, tombs, elephant tower, and a drum house for musicians to proclaim the emperor’s arrival. Then drive to Unchagaon. Stay overnight at Fort Unchagaon, an elegant manor house. In the evening, explore the village to see the pottery and jaggery (unrefined sugar) making units.

Accommodation: Fort Unchagaon, Unchagaon
Meals Included: Breakfast

Early in the morning, visit the Ganges ghats to witness the morning prayers. Later, we will drive to Corbett National Park and stay at Jim’s Jungle Retreat for two nights.

Accommodation: Jim’s Jungle Retreat
Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

For nature lovers are in for a treat with a full day of jungle activities including morning and afternoon game drives in Jim Corbett National Park, the oldest national park in India. Set in the Western Himalayan foothills around the Ramganga River, its splendid landscape of moist deciduous forests is an ideal home to a diverse mix of wildlife including 500 bird species and a variety of mammals and reptiles.

Accommodation: Jim’s Jungle Retreat
Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Drive to Haridwar in the morning. Stay at Taj Pilibhit House for two nights. The evening arti or ceremonial worship is a quintessential Haridwar experience. As the priests commence their loud chants and prayers in Sanskrit to the accompaniment of cymbals and drums, the glistening reflections of the flames from large lamps on the surface of the dark river water will leave you awestruck.

Accommodation: Taj Pilibhit House, Haridwar
Meals Included: Breakfast

Haridwar is one of the holiest Hindu cities and pilgrims arrive here in droves to bathe in the fast-flowing Ganges. Surrounding the city are impressive temples, both ancient and modern, dharamsalas (pilgrims’ rest houses) and many ashrams (spiritual hermitages) that you will visit on your guided tour. In the afternoon you will drive to Rishikesh, another holy city famous for its Yoga ashrams and ancient temples. Witness the spectacular evening aarti on the Ganges before returning to your hotel in Haridwar.

Accommodation: Taj Pilibhit House, Haridwar
Meals Included: Breakfast

Drive back to Delhi this morning. Stay overnight at the Pride Plaza Aerocity.

Accommodation: Pride Plaza Aerocity
Meals Included: Breakfast

Fly back to the UK.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Sights to enjoy on the Gangetic Plains and Tigers of Corbett Tour

Dry Fruits Market, Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi, India
Tandoori Chicken Street Food, Old Delhi
New Delhi
India Gate, Delhi
Jama Masjid, Delhi
Streets of Old Delhi
Street Market, Delhi
Rajghat Resting Place of Mahatma Gandhi, Delhi
Qutub Minar, Delhi
Humayuns Tomb, Delhi
River Ghat, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Ancient Varanasi Architecture - Sunset View at River Ganges, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Sadhu at the Ghats in Varanasi, India
Ganga Aarti, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Young Priests offer Prayers to the Ganges River, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Dhamek Stupa at Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Traditional Tunday Kebab, Lucknow
Bara Imambara, Lucknow
Chota Imambara, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Entrance to Agra Fort, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Agra Fort, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Taj Mahal Sunset View from Mehtab Bhag, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Wild Asian Elephants 'Elephus maximus' Crossing River Ramganga at Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttrakhand
Bengal Tiger, Jim Corbett National Park
Ganges River, Haridwar, Uttarakhand
Clay figure of Lord Shiva. Haridwar, Uttarakhand
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram (Beatles Ashram) in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Statue of the meditating Hindu god Shiva, Rishikesh

Dry Fruits Market, Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi, India

Tandoori Chicken Street Food, Old Delhi

New Delhi

India Gate, Delhi

Jama Masjid, Delhi

Streets of Old Delhi

Street Market, Delhi

Rajghat Resting Place of Mahatma Gandhi, Delhi

Qutub Minar, Delhi

Humayuns Tomb, Delhi

River Ghat, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Ancient Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Sadhu at the Ghats in Varanasi, India

Ganga Aarti, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Young Priests offer Prayers to the Ganges River, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Dhamek Stupa at Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Traditional Tunday Kebab, Lucknow

Bara Imambara, Lucknow

Chota Imambara, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Entrance to Agra Fort, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Agra Fort, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Taj Mahal Sunset View from Mehtab Bhag, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Wild Asian Elephants 'Elephus maximus' Crossing River Ramganga at Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttrakhand, India

Bengal Tiger, Jim Corbett National Park

Ganges River, Haridwar, Uttarakhand

Clay figure of Lord Shiva. Haridwar, Uttarakhand

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram (Beatles Ashram) in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Statue of the meditating Hindu god Shiva, Rishikesh

Pricing and Inclusions

The price guide for this 14 day Gangetic Plains and Tigers of Corbett is

  • £2395 based on two people sharing.

Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast, except Corbett on Full Board.

Best Season: October to April.

Clothes: Cottons with light woollens in mid-winter.

The prices do not include flights.

Authentic India Tours is a member of ABTA and ATOL. All the holidays on this website are ABTA protected. If you would like us to arrange your holiday including flights we will be happy to provide a quote and your holiday will also be ATOL protected.

This is a private tour and can be tailor-made to meet your exact requirements. Prices will vary depending on the number of people, length of tour, accommodation & season. Reductions are normally available for groups of three or more. Some hotels operate an additional peak pricing rate during busy times which is normally from mid December to mid January.

Please get in touch with your dates and we will be pleased to provide you with your personal itinerary and an accurate quote.

Please remember all our private tours are designed to meet your exact requirements, and this North India tour is just an example to help inspire you.

For more information please email info@aitholidays.com or call our India specialists on 01792 315499.

ABTA and ATOL Protected Tour Package

Authentic India Tours is a member of ABTA and ATOL. All the holidays on this website are ABTA protected. If you would like us to arrange your holiday including flights we will be happy to provide a quote and your holiday will also be ATOL protected.