William Dalrymple is an award-winning writer and is author who lives on a farm just outside Delhi. He has written a number of acclaimed books about India including the The Age of Kali, White Mughals, City of Djinns, Nine Lives and, most recently, Anarchy.
Experience India and the Golden Triangle like never before
From the bustling bazaars of Old Delhi to the ancient 'Pink City' of Jaipur to the sacred waters of the Ganges, India will light up all five of your senses. On this ultra-luxury 15-day tour you will explore the Golden Triangle - staying in three of the best award-winning Oberoi Hotels in India - before embarking on an extraordinary five-star voyage down the magical River Ganges.
What is more you will be joined by three inspirational people - William Dalrymple, acclaimed author and historian, David Gower, the former England cricket captain, and Tim Grandage, the inspirational founder of the Kolkata-based children's charity, Future Hope, which helps the street and slum children of Kolkata using sport and education. Read more about Future Hope's work.
The Golden Triangle offers the perfect introduction to this fascinating country and who better to provide the soundtrack than William Dalrymple, one of the foremost experts on India, as he joins you at the start of your journey in the sprawling capital Delhi that he calls home. David Gower will share your journey down the Ganges and you'll meet Tim Grandage in Kolkata.
Watch the video below to find out more about this incredible journey through India's Golden Triangle:
Reasons to book
See the Golden Triangle
Learn about Future Hope
Sunset and sunrise at the Taj Mahal
Insights from William Dalrymple and David Gower
Sail on Ganges Voyager II
Free one-way business class flight
Your expert guides
One of England's most prolific and flamboyant batsmen, David Gower captained England, including on tours of India in 1981/82 and 1984/85. He is one of the UK's leading cricket broadcasters, most recently for Sky Sports.
- All talks and activities with William Dalrymple and David Gower
- One-way business class flight from London (regional airports on request) to Delhi**
- Return economy flight from Kolkata to London
- All transfers and travel
- Private chauffeur airport transfers in the UK****
- A seven-night all-inclusive cruise on Ganges Voyager II, in a Riverview Stateroom with private balcony
- Two nights at the five-star Oberoi New Delhi
- Two nights at the five-star Oberoi Rajvilas
- One night at the five-star Oberoi Agra overlooking the Taj Mahal
- 15 small private group excursions
- Talk and Q&A with Tim Grandadge, founder of Future Hope
- Visit to Future Hope in Kolkata
- Fun cricket match with locals and David Gower
- 31 delicious meals, welcome and farewell gala dinners
- English-speaking guides and services of Uniworld Tour Manager
- Complimentary wellness programme on every sailing
Days1-2Arrive in New DelhiNew Delhi, India
Depart the UK. On arrival in New Delhi, transfer to the opulence of The Oberoi Hotel.
Day3Tour New DelhiNew Delhi, India
Head out on an expertled tour of India's capital. Exclusive talk and Q&A with William Dalrymple.
Travel south to Agra, site of the monumental Taj Mahal for an unforgettable chance to watch the sun set over the jewel in India's crown.
Day5Agra to JaipurJajpur, India
Start early to catch a glimpse of the monument aglow with the rosy tinge of dawn. You will then travel to Jaipur where you will check into the beautiful Oberoi Rajvilas.
Visit Jaipur's Amber Fort and City Palace before exploring independently.
Day7Jaipur to KolkataKolkata (ex Calcutta), India
Head to Kolkata to check in to your luxury suite aboard Ganges Voyager II, joined again by David Gower.
Marvel at the magnificent Hindu temples and later, David Gower will give a talk about his India experiences.
Visit the Matiari master craftsmen before a fun game of cricket with the locals and David Gower as your captain.
Day10Murshidabad to BaranagarBaranagar, India
After a visit to Murshidabad City, and a buggy ride to Katra Mosque, enjoy dinner and a Bollywood-style show.
Visit Mayapur, 'the spiritual capital of the world'.
Day12Bandel to Chandannagar to KolkataBandel, India
Take a boat trip to the former French colonial outpost. Tonight, meet Tim Grandage, who will tell the inspiring story of Future Hope.
Day13KolkataKolkata (ex Calcutta), India
Tour the home of Mother Theresa, visit the famous Flower Market and join Tim on a visit to Future Hope, where you'll meet some of the children the charity works with.
Day14Disembark to fly homeKolkata (ex Calcutta), India
Disembark Ganges Voyager II to fly home.
Day15Arrive back in LondonKolkata (ex Calcutta), India
Arrive back in the UK.
Ganges Voyager II
A classically-styled ship built specifically to sail along India's Ganges River
The ship's spacious, high-ceilinged suites are a serene sanctuary, with beautiful hand-painted murals and all the comforts of a five-star hotel. All suites have a cosy sitting area and a French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. A bed dressed in soft linens, with a choice of pillows. Your roomy bathroom has a rain shower, comfy robes and slippers, and spa-quality bath products. Other high-end amenities include a generous amount of closet space, under-bed storage, a flat-screen television with a wide selection of on-demand movies, individual climate control, bottled water replenished daily, fresh fruit and flowers upon arrival, an iPhone docking station with alarm clock, makeup mirrors, and universal electrical plugs.
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