The Taj Mahal has been undergoing restoration works. Most of this is now complete and the scaffolding has been taken down. However, work on the main dome is expected to commence at the end of April/early May 2018.

Taj,Tigers & Temples

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Trip code: 
FID
Ways to Travel:
Family Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Family Holidays
Min age:
8
Group size:
4–24

Delve into the vibrant culture and heritage of Northern India

Delve into the vibrant culture and heritage of India on this fun-packed family adventure. From a camel ride in Rajasthan to a tiger safari at Ranthambore National Park, India offers memorable experiences that will last a lifetime. Experience the hustle and bustle of Delhi and the 'pink city' of Jaipur, visit imposing forts and magical palaces, learn about Mughal history whilst watching the sunrise at the Taj Mahal, and discover the ancient ruined city of Fatehpur Sikri. No trip in India would be complete without the local transport; tuk tuks and cycle rickshaws are a fun way to explore, whilst train journeys offer encounters with friendly locals who are always eager to strike up a conversation.

Highlights

  • See the magnificent Taj Mahal
  • Search for the elusive tiger
  • Discover imposing forts and palaces

Key information

  • 9 nights hotels with swimming pools
  • Group normally 4 to 24, plus local leader. Min. age 8 yrs
  • Travel by private minibus and train

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Single supplement
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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Delhi; afternoon sightseeing in Delhi.

    Arrive at Delhi airport and transfer to our hotel. Those who have made their own flight arrangements will join us at the hotel in the morning. After lunch we will have a guided sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, starting with the dramatic Red Fort (if you arrive in Delhi on a Monday you will visit an alternative site as the Red Fort is closed). It is here where we begin to learn about the Mughal Empire. The fort is named for its mighty enclosing walls made of red sandstone and was built as a palace for the fifth Mughal Emperor of India, Shah Jahan, between 1638 and 1648. Unfortunately he didn't live here because his disloyal son, Aurangzeb, imprisoned him in Agra Fort (which we'll visit tomorrow) when he seized power. The fort underwent change during the British rule when the British military cleared out most of the buildings to use them as barrack blocks for the colonial army. After the Red Fort, we then visit the mind-blowing Jama Masjid (India's largest mosque), also built during the time of Shah Jahan. The central open courtyard is said to hold thousands of people. You can also climb one of the minarets for a fantastic view of Delhi. Today the mosque is still a major meeting place for Delhi's Muslim population and it offers a unique insight into Indian culture and daily life in Delhi.
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Early morning train to Agra; sightseeing including Agra Fort; afternoon free.

    Today we have our first train ride on the famous Indian railway! No trip here would be complete without this experience. The trains are often busy and people are always eager to strike up conversation. This is a fantastic experience for the whole family and a fantastic opportunity to meet friendly locals. We leave Delhi in the morning and take the early train to Agra (journey time approx. 2 hrs, departing at approx. 06:00 hrs), where we visit some of the most famous sites in the world. We first visit the imposing Red Fort of Emperor Akbar, where Shah Jahan was imprisoned for 8 years by his son. Within the mighty sandstone walls is a beautiful white marble Pearl Mosque and the palaces of his successors; his son Jehangir and grandson Shah Jahan. The fort is mind boggling for children to look at; courtyards, fountains, double fortified walls, pavillions, cupolas and crenellations. This fort was originally built for military purposes, but Shah Jahan later transformed it into a beautiful palace. There will be free time after to look at the variety of local handicrafts on offer, including jewellery, inlaid and carved marble, carpets and clothes.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal; to Fatehpur Sikri, former capital of the Mughal Empire; on to Bharatpur for lunch and cooking demonstration at a local home; evening free.

    A very early start to see the incredible spectacle of the sunrise over the Taj Mahal. Shah Jahan built this beautiful monument in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631. The Taj is serenely beautiful and never fails to amaze both adults and children; the white marble exterior changes colour according to the position of the sun throughout the day. After our visit it's time to leave Agra and drive to Bharatpur via the deserted ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri (approx. 3 hours driving in total). This is a great place to have fun and explore. Formally the capital of the Mughal Empire, this wonderfully preserved 'ghost town' was constructed by Emperor Akbar between 1570 and 1585. This impressive and well-preserved citadel became his capital in 1571, but this only lasted 14 years. In 1584, Akbar left Fatehpur Sikri to secure his outlying territories, leaving this city much as we see it today. The site is one of the most atmospheric in northern India. It's positioned on a ridge overlooking a modern village below and the wonderful state of preservation provide us with a taste of this city's majestic past. We then continue to Bharatpur for lunch, where we sample traditional Rajasthani cuisine in a local home. We'll also have a cooking demonstration to learn how the food is prepared.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    Morning exploring bird sanctuary by cycle rickshaw; later drive to Ranthambore N.P.

    An early start to catch the best of the bird life that inhabits the park. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the bird sanctuary at Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a truly relaxing experience and a world away from the bustling cities that we have just visited. This region was originally semi arid only filling with water during the monsoon season. The Maharaja of Bharatpur diverted water from a nearby irrigation canal and it was converted into a bird sanctuary in 1956. There are now over 360 species of birds to be found there including an array of egrets, ducks, coots, storks, kingfishers, owls, eagles and harriers. We spend our time exploring the park by cycle rickshaw, a traditional form of transport in India, unlike anything we use at home! Leaving Bharatpur behind we then drive to Ranthambore National Park (approx. 4-5 hrs). Formally a hunting reserve, the area is now a part of Project Tiger and home to a number of wild tiger. At Ranthambore we stay in the forest, not far from the park entrance, with all the basic facilities, a swimming pool and a lovely garden. Roaring campfires can be enjoyed in the evening, as well as a puppet show and folk dancing.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Morning and evening game drives in search of the tiger.

    Today we have 2 game drives into the park, our first will be in the morning when we travel in a large open truck (called a canter) from which we have unobstructed views of the park and the animals. We have a break during the heat of the day before our second drive in the late afternoon/evening. If we're lucky, we might spot a tiger! Other wildlife includes several species of monkey, deer, crocodiles, the Baloo-style sloth bear and birdlife, which together with the scenery, reminds you of Kipling's 'The Jungle Book'.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Drive to Jaipur through rural Rajasthan.

    Leaving the park behind we drive to the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur (approx. 3-4 hrs). Rajah Jai Singh decided to abandon his nearby fortress and palace at Amber in 1727 and laid out a planned city of broad avenues, built of sandstone and painted pink at a later stage. The 'Pink City of Jaipur' is one of the most attractive and colourful cities in India, and children will be fascinated by the camels, cows, bullock-carts and monkeys that can be seen roaming the streets. In the afternoon you can explore the city or take advantage of the hotel's swimming pool.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Sightseeing day including Amber Palace.

    Today we explore Jaipur, returning to the hotel after lunch. In the centre of Jaipur is one of the most intriguing sights of India, the observatory of Jai Singh. This is an assembly of immense astronomical instruments, including the world's largest sundial at 27m tall and just two seconds out! Others are made of marble and brass and all provide some fantastic photo opportunities. A few miles from the main city is the splendid Amber Palace, rising above a lake. The imposing hilltop fort contains large courtyards and interiors with fine decoration. The rest of the day is free for relaxing, exploring or shopping. Jaipur is a centre of many handicrafts, such as wooden and cloth puppets, carved wooden camels, silver trinkets, durries (woven rugs), carpets, printed cloth, semi-precious stones, leatherwear etc.; it will be difficult to leave a workshop without buying anything! Brightly coloured Indian clothing, bangles and bindis can be found at the markets, as well as turbans for boys (people will happily show you how to put one on!) There is also the option to visit Chokhi Dhani later in the afternoon; a purpose-built village that captures the vibrant spirit of Rajasthan, with folk music, dancing, puppet shows, fire acts, magic shows, camel rides and a traditional Rajasthani dinner. With play areas for the younger children, there is plenty to do here to keep the whole family entertained.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    To Pushkar; optional camel cart ride passing through traditional villages.

    This morning we travel to Pushkar (approx. 3-4 hours), a Hindu pilgrimage town and home to the annual Pushkar Camel Fair. The town is steeped in mysticism and we can take a late afternoon camel cart ride (optional), passing through traditional villages as the sun goes down. For something different, kite flying is a fun alternative. Many of the shops in Pushkar sell these, should you wish to give it a go.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Morning free to explore; afternoon train to Delhi; arrive in the evening.

    The morning we visit Brahma temple and the holy lake of Pushkar so that we can really soak up the unique atmosphere of this religious town. We then drive to the nearest train station at Ajmer and travel by train for approx. 7 hrs to Delhi, arriving in the evening at approx. 22:40 hrs.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    End Delhi.

    We depart Delhi in the morning for the daytime flight back to London. The arrangements for those not flying with the group end after check out.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

India

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Some of our India trips spend time at altitude. In regions over approx. 2000m, there is low to no risk of mosquito-borne diseases. For trips going to altitudes of over 3000m there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please see the TRIP NOTES for further information.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners included.

Where meals are not supplied, our group leaders always encourage people to try local restaurants and street food vendors. They can make recommendations which will help boost small businesses and celebrate local specialties. In Jaipur, Agra and Delhi, we can even see how the food is made, for example, masala chai (tea), samosa (mashed potato snacks), jalebe (Indian donuts), lassi (yoghurt drink). You should allow at least £12 (US$20) per day for lunch and dinner. You can eat out very cheaply in India, but if you go to the more expensive restaurants, you will spend more than the suggested amount. In most towns there is a good variety of restaurants and a choice between Indian and basic Western style food. If you are a vegetarian India is probably one of the best destinations to travel to with a wide range of dishes on offer. Tea and soft drinks are very cheap. A (large!) bottle of beer is approximately £3 (US$5). Mineral water is widely available. Please note that service in restaurants can be quite slow.

Weather

During October/November and February/March/April the days are normally warm to hot and nights cool or mild. Humidity is very low and little or no rain can be expected. In March, April and October it can be very hot during the day. Evenings in Delhi can be surprisingly cool. It's very cold in the early mornings and evenings in December and January and warm clothes are essential. Fog is also a real possibility during this period. Please note that night time temperatures in Delhi can be very low and only a little above freezing in December and January. The evenings and early mornings (particularly at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve) can be surprisingly cool, so bring a jumper as well as sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses. Departures in May and August will be considerably hotter (see chart below) than at other times of the year. Air-conditioned vehicles will be used, and all hotels have swimming pools (except in Delhi), which will provide an opportunity to cool off.

New-Delhi, India

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely). Children will be fascinated by India. It's colourful, chaotic and completely different to anything they'll have experienced before. The tour is not overly demanding, but some of the days have early starts and can be busy, where travelling is combined with sightseeing. Travelling in India can be tiring due to the heat, and you must bear in mind the substantial time difference. Journeys can also be long - the train from Pushkar to Delhi is approx. 7 hrs for example, and delays can occur. However, trains in India are very different to those at home and snacks are often offered on board (at an additional cost). Simply looking out of the window as you pass through villages and towns can provide a source of interest on longer journeys. The roads are generally good, but local traffic and/or road damage after the monsoon can sometimes slow us down. At times it can be quite hot and dusty (except December) and the bustle and pace of the Indian cities can also be tiring. However, there is free time in the intinerary for you to relax or take advantage of the hotel swimming pools. Food can be spicy, but a variety of restaurants are available in the towns, with a choice of both Indian and basic Western cuisine.

Please note that the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) are responsible for the conservation of many monuments in India (including the Taj Mahal) and very occasionally this may mean that work is taking place at sites visited on this trip. The ASI’s schedule is never published so it is not possible to forewarn our clients of when work will be taking place.

PLEASE NOTE: departures in July and August do not visit Ranthambore National Park as there is no opportunity to see tigers during this time of year. These departures will visit the area around Sariska National Park. Please see the alternative itinerary. 

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Accommodation

Hotels

We spend 9 nights in a mixture of standard and comfortable hotels throughout this trip. All hotels are air-conditioned, centrally located and generally have excellent facilities. All hotels have swimming pools. In Jaipur we spend two nights at The Heritage Palace, built in traditional Rajasthani style, with attractive courtyards and antique furnishing. In Ranthambore we stay in cottages for 2 nights, surrounded by wilderness.

Single accommodation available on request from GBP170

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Expert Blog Entries

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  • Reviewed November 2016
    Mandy Fautley Cundall

    Taj and Tigers Family trip

    A really fab introduction to India. We enjoyed every moment! Our guide Ajay was knowledgeable and fun we did so much every day we felt we had been away for a very long time! Hotels were very good food was also very good. Nobody got sick which was also excellent!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many! Actually standing in front of the Taj Mahal, riding elephants to the Amber Fort, Riding camels in Pushkar, enjoying Jaipoor. We had a wonderful time and have spend time contemplating our next Exodus holiday since our return.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very helpful, kind full of facts lots of fun. He herded us very successfully without us ever feeling bossed about. He managed to get us all up for the early mornings cheerfully. He was really brilliant at retrieving all our lost property as we left a trail of valuable items across India! We were given lots of information but plenty of time to look around and absorb the sites and atmosphere.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    WE were worried about becoming unwell but we weren't! We stuck to cooked vegetarian food and plenty of hand gel before eating and bottled water even for teeth. It was worth it being unwell on this busy trip would have been really unpleasant.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Our Exodus trip allowed us to visit and enjoy a country we would not have been brave enough to visit alone. It gave us a delightful experience of the people and their history their food and culture. It left us wanting to go back for more. We were also lucky we spent our week with a really great family who made the trip extra special for us all.
  • Reviewed April 2016
    Angela Doran

    Taj, Temples & Tigers - the best holiday in the world!!

    India never ceases to amaze and neither do Exodus!!! This was by far and away the best holiday I've ever been on. In addition to the tour being amazing we had the best ever guide and a wonderfully small and friendly group to travel with. I can't recommend this trip highly enough!!! We now have the best memories to cherish forever more!!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The whole trip was inspirational but the highlight was seeing two amazing tigers in Ranthambore - truly breathtaking!!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group Leader was absolutely amazing and made travelling in India relaxed and fun. His restaurant recommendations meant we all got through the trip without any illness, no mean feat in India. He was the best!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Book the trip, you won't regret it!!
  • Reviewed April 2016
    Mark Bristoll

    Taj, Tigers and Temples

    The trip was fantastic, a great mix of culture and fun which was ideal for us and our 9 year old daughter.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Difficult to pick one, so we would say seeing the Taj, being lucky enough to see two tigers up close at Ranthambore National Park, eating the most delicious Indian lunch at our Guides's house in Bharatpur and sitting watching the sun set, drinking a cup of Chai, listening to the local music after a camel ride in Pushkar.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Avdhesh Avasthi was brilliant, extremely knowledgable about all aspects of India and its culture and also good fun. He helped and arranged for anything we asked and made our trip memorable. He got the tone of the group exactly right, was always on hand but let us have freedom when needed. NOthing was too much trouble, an outstanding tour guide. AVdhesh certainly added to our enjoyment of the holiday.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Put mosquito spray on and take it to the Taj as we were their breakfast!! Take lots of reading material as there is a few hours down time whilst travelling on the trains.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Clarification needed on whether transfers are included from the airport to the start hotel and visa versa if travelling independently. It states in the notes that FREE airport arrival & departure transfers on any flight is offered for this trip and details of our flights were given prior to departure but we weren't offered this, please advise?
  • Reviewed August 2014
    Terry Noctor

    Incredible India!

    One of the best holidays we have had! It's a full on experience-packed adventure from start to finish.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Every day contained many inspirational moments. They varied from the magnificent tranquility of an early morning trip to the Taj Mahal to a happy, colorful and welcoming Hindu festival (the people were truly lovely) to the lively experience of a Bollywood cinema trip. Travelling around by Tuk-tuk was a fantastic way of immersing yourself in among the busy crowds of people (and cows and other animals!) getting on with living their everyday lives.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We cannot praise Chandra our group leader enough. He was outstandingly good. He was a very efficient organiser, incredibly knowledgeable and likable person who always went that extra mile to ensure that each person on the holiday had maximum enjoyment. We think that it is fair to say that Chandra made the holiday for us and without him our holiday would only have been a fraction of the experience.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We are not big shoppers on holiday, but with hindsight we almost regret not taking full advantage of the wonderful variety of desirable and inexpensive handicrafts, art, jewelry and other goods available (especially in Jaipur). If you are worried about Delhi Belly, then don't. Sensible precautions like using hand sanitiser before eating, drinking only bottled water etc kept all our group healthy. Chandra always chose well with regard to restaurants so that they were all of a good quality with freshly prepared food. This allowed us to enjoy the food without concern. It has to be said that July/August is probably not the best time of year to visit Rajasthan, as the heat and humidity can be oppressive. However, the hotel rooms and Mr Singh's air conditioned mini-bus were welcome havens after busy hot days. It was supposed to be Monsoon season while we were there, but we only saw rain a couple of times as the rains were late this year. Other travellers may not be as lucky as we were. This holiday was excellent for older teenagers and adults, but maybe less suitable for younger travellers who may also find the long journeys hard to bear. Don't expect to see tigers in summer!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you like to experience very different cultures from our own, including different food, forms of transport (tuk-tuk, tricycle rickshaw, camel, elephant, train, bus), architecture, scenery etc then this is a hard holiday to beat It was very enjoyable as well as fantastically educational in a very relaxed way.
  • Reviewed July 2014
    Michele Ward

    Taj, temples and tigers

    What a fabulous experience for myself and my 12 year old son. A great mixture of hectic city and relaxing times e.g bird santuary and tiger park. Exodus looked after us brilliantly, nothing was too much trouble to ensure that the children had a great, memorable time. Dinesh, our tour leader even allowed us fireworks during our desert stay at Pushar. We saw 3 tigers at Ranthambore on our first drive. We were first at the Taj Mahal to get the best photos before the tourist arrived. My son cried when Dinesh left us at Delhi airport for our flight home. India is not the easiest place to tour and pulls on your emotions and values in many different ways - but wouldn't have missed it for the world.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sighting of 3 tigers on our first game drive.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Fantastic and fascinating story teller. Extremely helpful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Accept India for what it is and remember to soak up every experience.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I have booked to go on Cocunuts and Chopsticks tour next Easter.
  • Reviewed April 2014
    Ivan Pinto

    Taj Tigers & Temples

    The tour was an excellent introduction to India, from the colourful chaos of Delhi to the quiet, spectacular landscapes of the games parks to the beautiful temples and palaces. The organisation was good throughout and our guide was knowledgeable, personable and always engaging to ensure we enjoyed ourselves to the full.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Taj and Amber Palace were particular highlights but the most memorable moment for both my son and me were the tiger sightings in Ranthambore. We were lucky enough to sight a tigress on the morning drive but in the afternoon we came within a few yards of a second tigress which we followed for about 40mins watching while it strolled through open forest and road tracks totally indifferent to all the humans in several trucks and Jeeps. We were even able to watch as it fed on a kill it had made earlier and were close enough to smell the carcass!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I cannot recommend our guide Raj Sharma highly enough. His knowledge, organisation and enthusiasm was excellent throughout and he was always at hand if required. He was very good with the children and organised a cake and puppet show for my son who celebrated his birthday while on tour. Every family in the group commented on how good he was and appreciated his inclusiveness.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Try the food on the trains, you'll be surprised at how good it is! The market in Pushkar was very good for cheap gifts and you could browse without being hassled.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    My son (14yrs) thought this was the best holiday he has been on. We have travelled widely so this was praise indeed!
  • Reviewed January 2014
    Anonymous

    TAJ, TIGERS & TEMPLES - FAMILY HOLIDAY

    Fantastic introduction to the natural and man-made marvels of India, with a balance between chaotic city tours, historic temples and palaces and peaceful excursions into wildlife reserves - even if the tigers remained 100% elusive!  The whole family really enjoyed this trip, we were looked after really well by our guide, Yaddu, who went out of his way to accomodate our special requests - a Bollywood film, Indian haircut and shave, birthday cake and birthday camel in full Rajasthan regalia!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Beautiful Amber Palace in Jaipur, Taj Mahal of course!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent.  Knowledgeable and very caring and attentive, shepherding us through busy train stations and cities.  He picked up on the level of energy and interest in the group and adjusted accordingly.  Yaddu was always happy to answer our questions and help us gain a deeper understanding of issues in contemporary India as well as the history.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Delhi is worth staying in for a couple of extra days if possible, the short time we had there was only enough for a brief taster and there is a lot more worth seeing.  It was unsually cold over Christmas/New Year 2013/14, good for touring but remember to take warm clothes if travelling in winter.  Take a good pair of binoculars for bird sanctuary and wildlife reserve.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Our kids, 16, 13 and 10, really enjoyed the trip, a good balance of travel, tours and chillout time.
  • Reviewed November 2012
    Anonymous

    TAJ, TIGERS & TEMPLES - FAMILY HOLIDAY

    This was a very enjoyable and busy trip full of sights; you defiantly get a feel for the real India, travelling on trains, tuck tucks and cycle rickshaws. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I think for us it was the the Keolado National Park and Ranthambore (saw a Tiger and Club). The Taj Mahal is also truly amazing. The kids particularly liked the whole Bollywood film evening and the Sunset Camel Ride at Pushkar.  

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our Group leader Uttum was excellent; very friendly, informative, always available and particularly good at sorting out our large group (18) at short notice when plans suddenly changed. The kids liked him and he was very aware of their needs and wishes. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This trip is quiet intense; you need to be able to go with the flow, listen to your guide and enjoy the other travellers company and then you will have a great time. We went in October the weather was perfect, not too hot in the day or too cold at night.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The Hotels were better than we thought they might be, very relaxing and good locations. The adults and kids enjoyed the pools and also playing cricket in the grounds at the Hotel in Ranthambore. 
  • Reviewed November 2012
    Anonymous

    TAJ, TIGERS & TEMPLES - FAMILY HOLIDAY

    Amazing holiday would recommend to all. This time of year is a great time to visit India as not too hot. A great mix of seeing the sights, wildlife viewing and relaxing!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the Taj Mahal through the archway at sunrise.Seeing a couple of bears on the game drive.(also seeing a Dominos pizza after a week of curry!!!!!!)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Pradeep was absoultely fantastic. He did everything he could to keep us happy - Bollywood movies, elephant rides, even went running with me one morning! On the afternoons we spent around the pool he spent hours in the pool being extremely tolerant of all the children wanting to jump off his shoulders. The meal he arranged for us in Pushkar at a local farmhouse was really good (have had to keep trying to hide my Henna tatoo at work for the last week!)

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get your Visas!!! I completely missed this requirement and only realised a week before we went which was luckily enough for most of the family but as my eldest daughter was out of the country she unfortunately missed the trip.As other reviews have said is very full on in the first few days.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    My son (aged 9) was the youngest on the trip - he enjoyed it (particulrly the bird sanctuary and game drive) but I think any younger and he would have struggled. Was pleasantly surprised by the level of hassling we got at the tourist destinations - was a lot better than Egypt the previous year!
  • Reviewed August 2012
    Anonymous

    TAJ, TIGERS & TEMPLES - FAMILY HOLIDAY

    The trip was busy and we did a lot in the time provided. India draws you in and we will need time to process everything we saw, heard and experienced. Memories will be plentiful! I would recommend this trip to anyone who likes to experience different cultures, lifestyles, architecture and a different climate.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Too many highlights to list!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our Tour Guide Chandra was excellent. He was constantly attentive and making sure the trip was successful. His knowledge was very impressive and meant we were well informed when visiting sites and experiencing northern India's culture and religion. Nothing was too much trouble for the guide and I would definitely recommend Chandra as a guide.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Ask for Chandra as a guide as he will make the experience that much better! This is a busy trip so be prepared for early starts and long hot days filled with things to see and do and enjoy!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go for it!

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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