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In Search of Tigers and Leopards

Delhi to Negombo

Trip Code: TSGSC22
22 Days
42 Meals
2 Countries
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Trip Inclusions

  • 21 nights in premium accommodation
  • Services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort in India and Travelmarvel Tour Director in Sri Lanka
  • 42 meals – 21 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 12 dinners
  • Take a fascinating rickshaw tour in Delhi and experience Amber Fort on a Jeep ride
  • Search for the elusive tiger on morning and afternoon game drives in Ranthambore National Park
  • Relax overlooking Sigiriya Rock Fortress at Aliya Resort and Spa
  • Take an enchanting train ride through tea plantations and picturesque hill country to Ella
  • Enjoy a special Farewell Dinner at Lagoon Seafood Restaurant in Colombo

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Itinerary days 1-10 are operated by Great Rail Journeys
  • Day 11 and flight from Delhi to Colombo is unescorted
  • Prices include transfers, tipping, flight from Delhi to Colombo and porterage
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Delhi to Negombo

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Insider Experience

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Upon arrival at the airport, you’ll be transferred into the heart of India’s bustling capital, home to around 25 million people. Here, you will spend three incredible nights.

Stay: Three Nights, The Suryaa New Delhi

Enjoy a free day to see Delhi at your own pace. Perhaps visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Temple, a Sikh temple with Delhi’s largest kitchen, free for those seeking a meal or looking to volunteer. This evening, meet your Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort and fellow travellers for a Welcome Briefing followed by dinner.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Take a fascinating 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, awe-inspiring capital city. Visit Jama Masjid, a 17th-century mosque, before discovering New Delhi, where you’ll see Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar – India’s tallest stone tower. Other highlights include the triumphal India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan, the home of India’s president.

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Red sandstone building surrounded by arched columns with an ornate onion shaped dome on the roof surrounded by manicured gardens and palm trees

Today you will have your first taste of rail travel in India as you board the Gatimaan Express to Agra, home to the truly magical Taj Mahal. On arrival, head to the enormous Agra Fort, an impressive maze of buildings constructed in 1565 under Emperor Akbar. Afterwards, it’s time to see the iconic Taj Mahal. A sight to behold, this enormous mausoleum took over 22 years to build. Its glittering white marble domes inspire awe, and almost seem to change colours throughout the day.

Stay: Agra, Tajview Hotel

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Your day begins with an excursion to Fatehpur Sikri. Built in the 16th century as the brand new capital city of India, Fatehpur Sikri was abandoned after only 14 years of rule. The deserted city has been preserved in almost the exact state it was left in 400 years ago, and provides a fascinating glimpse into life during the time of the Mughal Empire. After time to explore, continue to Bharatpur to have lunch at a local restaurant. Later, travel by train to Sawai Madhopur, then transfer to your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Ranthambore Kothi

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Rise early and head into Ranthambore National Park for an early-morning game drive. To increase your chances of seeing all of the wildlife at the park, you will also embark on a second game drive in the afternoon


Many rare creatures can be in Ranthambore National Park, including leopards, panthers, hyenas, marsh crocodiles and sloth bears. However, the park’s star attraction is the elusive Bengal tiger. Ranthambore is one of the only places in India where the tiger can still be found in the wild. Tonight, listen to a lecture about Ranthambore National Park given by a local naturalist.

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View of three tigers walking along track followed by a car, India

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Discover the incredible Pink City of Jaipur.


Start your day with free time. You’ll then travel to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, known as the Pink City. In 1876, the reigning Maharaja ordered the entire city to be painted pink, the colour of hospitality, to celebrate a visit by Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales. The tradition has been followed by the residents of the old town, who are now obliged by law to maintain the pink colour. On arrival, check in to the Hilton Hotel in Jaipur, your home for the next two nights.

Stay: Two Nights, Jaipur, Hilton Hotel

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Travel to Amber Fort by Jeep and enjoy free time to stroll through the complex of courtyards and halls. Bask in the incredible views of the fortifications on the surrounding mountains.


Today, head to the ancient village of Amer to visit the remarkable Amber Fort. Located high on a hillside, the fort traditionally served as the royal stronghold, before Rajasthan’s capital relocated to Jaipur. The imposing exterior of Amber Fort contrasts with its intricate interior. Many of the rooms have elaborately painted walls inlaid with decadent mirrors and precious stones. This afternoon, embark on an exciting sightseeing tour of Jaipur. First, head to the grand City Palace, which is home to the current Maharaja of Jaipur, and visit the early 18th-century Astronomical Observatory, a splendid complex featuring a number of early geometric devices for tracking locations of planets. Next, have your camera ready as you drive past the spectacular ‘Palace of the Winds’, an opulent red and pink sandstone building.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Travel by camel cart to the Patan Mahal Palace Hotel.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a Farewell Dinner in the grounds of the palace hotel, a fitting end to your holiday.


Travel to Patan after breakfast. On arrival, transfer to the Patan Mahal Palace Hotel. Built in the 13th century, the Patan Mahal Palace has been turned into a heritage hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a guided walking tour of Patan town. There is then the opportunity to continue to Badal Mahal, an 800-year-old palace. Here you can admire views of the town and the surrounding mountains. Patan Mahal Palace Hotel

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View of front of a white temple and garden, India

Today you will transfer to Delhi, arriving in the evening.

Stay: Delhi, Pride Plaza Aerocity

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Fly from Delhi to Negombo in Sri Lanka, where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel overlooking a lagoon.

Stay: Negombo, Jetwing Lagoon

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Relax overlooking Sigiriya Rock Fortress at Aliya Resort and Spa.


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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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 AD993. 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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View of enterance hidden within a giant rock, Sri Lanka

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 the 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 lush, green 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, crocodiles 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

Stop in at 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 tour and see many of its major landmarks. Admire the Dutch-colonial architecture and marvel at the ancient mosques, churches and grand mansions of this World Heritage-listed city. 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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In all we had a fantastic holiday. We would recommend Travelmarvel to all who'll ask.