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In Search of Tigers & Leopards

Delhi to Negombo

Trip Code: TSGMJ21
21 Days
42 Meals
2 Countries
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Trip Inclusions

  • 20 nights in premium accommodation
  • Services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort, Travelmarvel Tour Director, Cruise Director, and local guides
  • 42 meals - 20 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 13 dinners
  • Take a fascinating rickshaw tour in Delhi and visit the Pink City of Jaipur
  • Search for the elusive tiger on morning and afternoon game drives in Ranthambore National Park
  • Discover Mumbai on a dawn walking tour
  • Take an enchanting train ride through tea plantations and picturesque hill country to Ella
  • See how displaced baby elephants are cared for at the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions may be subject to change
  • Days 1 to 9 are operated by Great Rail Journeys
  • Prices include transfers, tipping and porterage
Asia Map 2022 TSGMJ21
Delhi to Negombo

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Insider Experience

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On arrival in Delhi, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, get to know your Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort and fellow travellers during a Welcome Dinner.

Stay: Two Night Stay, Crowne Plaza Okhla Delhi

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Insider Experience

Take a rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of Delhi’s lively bazaar, winding through a sea of pedestrians going about their everyday lives.


Today you will explore Delhi, India’s vibrant, hectic, awe-inspiring capital city. Visit Jama Masjid, a 17th-century mosque, then move on to New Delhi to visit Humayun’s Tomb. Thought to have inspired the magnificent Taj Mahal, the tomb perfectly combines elements of Persian and Mughal architecture in its design. You’ll also visit India Gate and the 13th-century Qutab Minar.

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Transfer to the station where you’ll board the Gatimaan Express to Agra. Once in Agra, embark on a sightseeing tour of the World Heritage-listed Red Fort. One of the city’s most historic sites, the fort has served as both a military point and a royal residence in the past. Continue to the iconic Taj Mahal. The structure took over 22 years to build and is a wonder to behold. Its glittering white marble domes inspire awe, and almost seem to change colours throughout the day depending on the position of the sun.

Stay: Clarks Shiraz Hotel Agra

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Transfer from Agra to Ranthambore National Park, stopping en route at the abandoned ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri for a guided tour. This town to the west of Agra was once known as the City of Victory. Built in the 16th century, Fatehpur is home to a number of impressive monuments and temples. Enjoy lunch at Laxmi Vilas Palace Bharatpur before boarding an express train for the last leg of your trip to Ranthambore National Park. Dinner is at your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Abhyaran Hotel Ranthambore

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Today, search for the elusive Bengal tiger on guided morning and afternoon game drives through Ranthambore National Park. Keep your camera close as Ranthambore is one of the best parks to view the big cat, while it is also home to many more unique animals including leopards, sloth bears and striped hyenas. Enjoy an evening talk by a naturalist about the park and its diverse wildlife.

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View of a single tiger walking along track followed by a car, India

Spend the morning at your leisure. After lunch, depart by coach to the picturesque and historic city of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. 

Stay: Two Nights, Clarks Amer Jaipur

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
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Insider Experience

Discover the Pink City of Jaipur.

Insider Experience

Travel by Jeep to the main entry and spend the morning touring through the fort, learning about its fascinating history.


This morning is dedicated to an in-depth exploration of Jaipur. Begin with a guided tour of Amber Fort. The striking architecture is a unique blend of Hindu and Islamic styles. Its exterior contrasts with the interior with many of the rooms elaborately painted with decadent mirrors and precious stones. Enjoy time at your leisure for lunch before jumping right back into your sightseeing. Visit sites including the City Palace and the 18th-century Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory, and drive by Jaipur’s most distinctive landmark, the ‘Palace of the Winds’.

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Ornate tiled fort, Jaipur

Transfer to the airport in the early morning for your included flight to Mumbai. You’ll be transferred to your hotel before observing a late afternoon cooking demonstration, introducing you to the rich and vibrant food culture of the city. Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Stay: Two Night Stay, Trident Nariman Point Mumbai

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  • Breakfast
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Insider Experience

Discover Mumbai by foot as the city comes to life in the sun’s early rays on a dawn walking tour.


Rise early for a Mumbai by dawn walking tour under the beautiful morning light. Visit the fishing docks of Colaba, see the beautiful architecture of DN Road, experience the bustling environment of Crawford Market, explore the fascinating neighbourhoods of Byculla and Dadar, and admire the colours of Mahalaxmi Dhobhi Ghat, the world’s largest open-air laundry. Return to your hotel for breakfast and spend the rest of the morning at your leisure before taking an afternoon sightseeing tour of Mumbai icons including the Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal and Mani Bhavan, a museum dedicated to Gandhi. Enjoy a delicious Farewell Dinner at your hotel.

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After breakfast, say goodbye to your Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort and transfer to the airport for your included flight to Negombo, Sri Lanka. On arrival, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel, the Jetwing Lagoon.

Stay: Negombo, Jetwing Lagoon

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  • Breakfast

Insider Experience

Relax overlooking Sigiriya Rock Fortress at Aliya Resort and Spa.


This morning, meet your Travelmarvel Tour Director during a welcome briefing. Today, venture to the World Heritage-listed Dambulla Cave Temple. Home to over 150 incredible Buddha paintings and statues, Dambulla is the largest and most well-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Explore the five sanctuaries, each containing ornate statues and ancient art relating to the life of Buddha. Later this afternoon, arrive at Aliya Resort and Spa, your home for the next two nights. Tonight, enjoy a special Sri Lankan Welcome Dinner.

Stay: Two Nights, Sigiriya, Aliya Resort and Spa

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  • Dinner

Today after breakfast, head to the World Heritage site of Polonnaruwa for a tour of its ancient city. Once a prosperous religious centre, it was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993 AD. Explore the fascinating ruins and discover a world of archaeological treasures. Have lunch in Polonnaruwa before returning to the hotel. This afternoon, you may wish to embark on a safari to see the herds of elephants in Minneriya National Park (additional expense).

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Insider Experience

Stay for two nights at the peaceful Amaya Hills. Situated in the hilltops of Kandy, the hotel looks out to the green mountains of Hanthana.


This morning, visit the World Heritage-listed ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya. Rising 200 metres above the central plains, this spectacular geological formation was once home to an ancient civilisation. If you’re feeling active, climb the open staircases to the top of Sigiriya and take in the impressive views at its summit. Alternatively, visit the Sigiriya Museum. Take a guided tour of the area before departing for Kandy. En route, enjoy lunch at a local spice garden. Later today, you will arrive in the historic city of Kandy. Here, depart on a guided tour of Kandy’s major sights, such as the World Heritage-listed Temple of the Tooth. Later, experience a traditional Sri Lankan cultural performance before continuing to your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Kandy, Amaya Hills

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Today you will visit the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya. Home to over 4,000 species of exotic flora and fauna, the gardens are renowned for their collection of beautiful orchids. You may choose to spend the rest of the day in Kandy exploring at your leisure or simply return to your hotel for an afternoon of relaxation.         

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This morning, journey onwards to the lush, green hills of Nuwara Eliya. En route, visit one of the many famous tea plantations and factories. Here, learn all about the traditions behind tea making while you sample some of the world’s finest Ceylon tea. This afternoon, take in a tour of Nuwara Eliya. 

Stay: Nuwara Eliya, Araliya Green Hills Hotel

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Take an enchanting train ride through tea plantations and picturesque hill country to Ella.

Insider Experience

Nestled amid splendid vegetation, enjoy both style and privacy at Jetwing Yala.


This morning, head to Nanu Oya to board a unique train for the journey to Ella (subject to availability). As you travel, take in the beautiful hill country. Later, continue to Yala where you’ll check in to your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Jetwing Yala

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Board a Jeep and venture out on a morning safari in Yala National Park. The park is home to over 32 species of mammals including elephants and sloth bears. Its star attraction, however, is the spectacular Sri Lankan leopard. Spend the afternoon at your leisure, or head out on an optional afternoon safari for a chance to see more of the park’s wonderful wildlife (additional expense). 

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

A morning visit to the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home, where displaced baby elephants are cared for and rehabilitated.


Journey to Galle, stopping en route for lunch. A fortified city, Galle is steeped in history. Here you’ll depart on a walking tour and see many of its major landmarks. Journey through the Dutch-influenced streets of the World Heritage-listed old town, observing the unique architecture and admiring the fort’s historic gate and iconic lighthouse. Continue to your beach-side hotel in Ahungalla.

Stay: Two Nights, Heritance Ahungalla

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The day is free for you to enjoy at your relaxing beach-front hotel. You may like to join an optional tour to the Lunuganga Estate (additional expense).              

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a special Farewell Dinner at Lagoon Seafood Restaurant.


After breakfast, depart for the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo. Take a guided tour of the city and see many of its sights. You will also get to explore the city further on a tuk tuk ride.

Stay: Colombo, Cinnamon Grand

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Your holiday comes to an end this morning with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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