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Travelmarvel

In Search of Tigers & Leopards

Delhi to Negombo

Trip Code: TSGSC23
23 Days
43 Meals
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Trip Inclusions

  • 22 nights in premium accommodation
  • The services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort in India and Travelmarvel Tour Director in Sri Lanka
  • 43 meals – 22 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 14 dinners
  • Airport transfers, tipping and porterage

Travel & Accommodation

Crocodile basking on tree trunk at the water's edge, India

Ranthambore National Park

Discover creatures including leopards, panthers, marsh crocodiles and sloths on an early morning game drive.

A big cat of Yala National Park resting in the shade

Keep a Lookout For Leopards

Head out on a morning leopard safari in Yala National Park with an experienced guide.

Large rock with blue sky in background and vegetation in foreground, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya's Ancient Fortress

Visit the World Heritage-listed Sigiriya Rock and explore its impressive ancient fortress.

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Itinerary days 1-11 are operated by Great Rail Journeys
  • Prices include airport transfers, tipping and porterage
  • Flights to depart Negombo after 12.30am on day 24
  • Prices are for land/rail and internal flights as specified only
Asia Map TSGSC23 2019 revised
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, Delhi, Maidens Hotel

Enjoy a free day to settle in and explore Delhi at your own pace. Perhaps explore Chandni Chowk, one of the city’s oldest and busiest markets, filled with food carts, sweet shops and spice stalls. This evening, meet your Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort and fellow travellers at a Welcome 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 further explore Delhi, India’s vibrant, hectic, awe- inspiring capital city. Leave the enticing aromas of street food behind and move on to New Delhi, where you’ll see Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar – India’s tallest stone tower. Other highlights include the triumphal India Gate, the Parliament Building and Rashtrapati Bhawan, the home of India’s president.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Journey to Agra on the Gatimaan Express train.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

See the iconic Taj Mahal at sunset and experience the magical aura as the sun’s final rays catch the natural pink and red hues of the white marble.


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, enjoy an Insider Experience before transferring to your hotel in Agra.

Stay: Agra, The Trident 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 when local water supplies ran dry. 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 together at a local restaurant. Later, travel by train to Sawai Madhopur, then transfer to the Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge, once a hunting lodge for the Maharajas.

Stay: Two Nights, Ranthambore, Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Arise early and head into the Ranthambore National Park for an early morning game drive.


Ranthambore National Park is home to many rare creatures including leopards, panthers, hyenas, marsh crocodiles and sloth bears. The park’s most popular resident and its star attraction is the elusive Bengal tiger. It is one of the only places in India where the incredible tiger can still be found in the wild. To increase your chances of seeing all of the magnificent animals at the park, you will embark on a second game drive in the afternoon.

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Today, 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 three nights, this modern upscale hotel is the perfect base for an afternoon of exploration. Alternatively, spend your free time unwinding in the hotel’s spa or go for a dip in the outdoor pool.

Stay: Three Nights, Jaipur, Hilton Hotel

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Embark on an exciting sightseeing tour of Jaipur.


First, head to the grand City Palace, which is home to the current Maharaja of Jaipur. The ornate building was completed in 1728, and is now surrounded by high walls and fine gardens. Visit the early 18th-century Astronomical Observatory, a splendid complex featuring a number of early geometric devices for tracking locations of planets. Next, it’s off to the spectacular Palace of the Winds, an opulent red and pink sandstone building created for royal ladies to overlook the city without being seen. The afternoon is yours to spend at your leisure.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Travel to the outskirts of Jaipur and enjoy a guided tour of Amber Fort. Travel by Jeep to the main entry and spend the morning touring through the fort, learning about its fascinating history.


After ascending to Amber Fort by Jeep, you are free to stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Bask in the incredible views of the fortifications on the surrounding mountains. The imposing exterior of the Amber Fort contrasts with its intricate and detailed interior. Many of the rooms have elaborately painted walls inlaid with decadent mirrors and precious stones.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Be indulged with a gala Farewell Dinner on the grounds of the palace hotel, a fitting end to our Indian odyssey.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

On arrival in Patan you will be transferred by camel cart to the Patan Mahal Palace Hotel.


Travel to the town of Patan after breakfast. Built around 1790, shortly after the battle of Badal-Mahal, the Patan Mahal Palace has been lovingly turned into a heritage hotel. As befitting visitors to a palace, you’ll receive a royal welcome when you reach the grounds and be decorated with flowers. This afternoon, enjoy a guided walking tour of Patan town, a wonderful opportunity to see life in an unspoilt rural Indian town. There is then the opportunity to continue to Badal Mahal, an 800-year old palace, where you can admire the stunning views of the town and the surrounding mountains.

Stay: Patan Mahal Palace Hotel

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This morning after breakfast, we bid farewell to Patan and drive to Delhi where you’ll be transferred to your hotel for the night.

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.

Stay: Negombo, Jetwing Lagoon

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Overlook the rock fortress during your stay at Sigiriya Jungles.


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, travel on to your hotel where you’ll enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travellers.

Stay: Three Nights, Sigiriya Jungles

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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 and learn more about the cultural significance behind the iconic rock mass. Take a guided tour of the area before returning to your hotel. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure.

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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 993. Explore the fascinating ruins and discover a world of archaeological treasures, including beautiful Buddha statues, impressive stupas and intricately carved Hindu sculptures. 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 at Minneriya National Park.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Nestled in the picturesque hilltops of Kandy, Amaya Hills is a breathtaking retreat that looks out onto the lush green mountains of Hanthana. With its design inspired by a traditional Kandyan palace, experience a tasteful mingling of Kandyan culture with fabulous contemporary trimmings.


This morning travel from Sigiriya to the historic city of Kandy, the last capital from the ancient kings’ era of Sri Lanka. Here you’ll depart on a guided tour of Kandy’s major sights, learning more about its intriguing history and culture. See the World Heritage-listed Temple of the Tooth, which houses one of Buddhism’s most sacred relics – the tooth of Buddha. Later this evening, experience the energy of a traditional Sri Lankan cultural performance before returning to your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Kandy, Amaya Hills

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Today you will visit the exquisite 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. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish. You might choose to set out on an optional trip to the sustainable farm at Tamarind Garden in the Digana country side.

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Today transfer to Nuwara Eliya with a stop en route at a tea plantation and factory. Enjoy lunch in Nuwara Eliya before an afternoon tour. Relax in your hotel before dinner this evening.

Stay: Nuwara Eliya, Araliya Green Hills Hotel

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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


After breakfast transfer to Nanu Oya Railway Station for a scenic rail through the Hill Country to Ella. Arrive in Ella in time for lunch. Later, travel 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.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enroute to Galle, stop in at the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home, where displaced baby elephants are cared for and rehabilitated.


Travel to Galle, a fortified port city 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 beachside hotel in Ahungalla.

Stay: Two Nights, Heritance Ahungalla

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Travel to the Lunuganga Estate this morning. One of Sri Lanka’s most renowned architects, Geoffrey Bawa, spent over 40 years transforming an abandoned cinnamon plantation into what is now a beautifully landscaped estate surrounded by idyllic gardens. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy at your relaxing beachfront hotel.

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After a morning at leisure, venture to the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, home to diverse races, religions and cultures. Go on a guided tour of the city and see many of its majpr sights. This evening, enjoy a special Farewell Dinner at Lagoon Seafood Restaurant before being transferred to the airport for your evening flight home.

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Everything was wonderful. There were great sight seeing trips and the guides were very knowledgeable.