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Taj, Tigers and Temples of India + Amritsar & The Golden Temple

Golden Temple
Taj Mahal
Golden Temple, Amritsar
Hawa Mahal
Qutub Minar, Delhi
Incl flights, accommodation & transfers
From   £2578 £2278
12 days

Holiday highlights

  • Explore the jaw-dropping Golden Temple, the centre of Sikhism, in Amristar.
  • Admire the stunning Taj Mahal in the early morning light.
  • Try to spot Royal Bengali tigers on game drives in Ranthambore National Park.
  • Wander round the incredible Amber Fort in the pink city of Jaipur.
  • Take a rickshaw ride through the narrow backstreets of Delhi.

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  • Fly overnight from the UK to Dehli.

    Meals included: meals on the flight.

  • Arrive in Delhi. You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. You have the rest of the day at leisure.

    Meals included: meals on the flight.

  • A free day to explore Delhi, or take the optional Old Delhi City Tour excursion, to discover some of the sites. Start at Mughal Emperor Humayun’s Tomb before departing on a rickshaw ride through the narrow backstreets of Chandni Chowk. Visit the Gandhi Memorial, and pass at the Red Fort and the India Gate, before finishing the day at the UNSECO World Heritage Site of Qutub Minar.

    Meals included: Breakfast at your hotel. Lunch is included on the Old Delhi City Tour excursion.

  • After breakfast, take a three-hour road transfer to Agra, best known as the site of the Taj Mahal. Visit the impressive Red Fort of Agra, built in the 16th century. You learn about the great Mughal monarchs who once ruled over the city, and the important historic events that took place here. You then check into your hotel, before visiting the Mehtab Bagh gardens in the late afternoon light, and enjoy splendid views of the Taj Mahal across the Yamuna River.

    Meals included: Breakfast at your hotel.

  • Start the day early to catch the sun rise over the Taj Mahal. Enter at the Taj Mahal gateway, where you get the iconic view of the Taj across the gardens. Take the time to explore this stunning monument to eternal love, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in remembrance of his beloved wife Mumtaz, completed in 1648. The construction of the Taj took over 22,000 labourers and 1000 elephants, and used materials sourced from as far as China, Tibet, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. You will have the opportunity to go inside the main hall, admiring the intricate symmetry of the architecture. After your tour of the Taj, return to your hotel for breakfast, then set off for Bharatpur. The drive takes around an hour and a half. Enjoy lunch in Bharatpur, then board the train for Ranthambore, which takes two and a half hours. You are met at the station and transferred to your hotel. Have the evening at leisure.  

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Wake early for a morning game drive in Ranthambore National Park with a naturalist guide. This former royal hunting ground is home to tigers, leopards, marsh crocodiles and more, although the size of the park can make it difficult to spot the wildlife. The park is spread across 400 square kilometres between the Aravalli and Vindhya hill ranges. Return to the hotel for lunch and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner at your hotel.

  • If you’d like another opportunity to see the wildlife, take our optional Ranthambore Game Drive excursion. This gives you another chance to try to spot the tigers and other wildlife in the early morning, the best time for spotting wildlife. You return to your hotel and after lunch you take a four-hour road transfer to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, “the Land of Kings”. Rajasthan is India’s largest state and is known for its incredible forts and palaces. Jaipur has no shortage of such buildings, and is known as the “pink city” after pink sandstone that was used to construct them.

    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch at your hotel.

  • A free day to explore Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan or take the optional Amber Fort excursion to visit the opulent hilltop palace, and spend the morning exploring the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. The Amber Fort dates back to the 16th century, built by Rajput Maharaja Raja Man Singh, and further embellished by his successors. Return in the afternoon and have the rest of the day at leisure.

    Meals included: Breakfast at your hotel.

  • Another free day to explore Jaipur or take the optional Jaipur City Tour excursion to visit two of the city’s most beautiful palaces: Hawa Mahal, and the City Palace, where the Jaipur royal family still resides. You stop to admire Hawa Mahal, known as the palace of the winds, with an ornate multi-storey façade of latticed bay windows rendered in delicate pink sandstone, then continue to the City Palace, an elaborate complex of exquisite gardens, grand courtyards and decorated halls.

    Meals included: Breakfast at your hotel.

  • After breakfast at the hotel take a five-hour road transfer to Delhi. Lunch is included on route. You stay in a hotel near the airport, convenient for your flight the next day.

    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

  • Fly to Amritsar arriving in the afternoon. In the evening, travel to the Golden Temple, to see one of India's most incredible wonders after dark. The Golden Temple is the holiest site within Sikhism, and sits in the middle of a peaceful man-made lake. Its dome is covered in gold leaf, which appears to shine in the illumination. The temple itself is astounding, but it is the worshippers and ceremonies which make this one of the most interesting places in India. Witness the Palki ceremony, during which the Guru Granth Sahib holy book is carried overhead by a thronging crowd of worshippers to its sanctum for the night. Visitors can participate in the ceremony, taking their turn to shoulder the weight of the shrine.

    Meals included: Breakfast at your hotel

  • Start the day with another visit to the Golden Temple, the spiritual nerve centre of the Sikh faith, where the devout come to bathe in the waters of the lake. The interior of the temple is intricately decorated and furnished in gold, although there is often a very long queue to enter, so this is not usually visited. Then visit the temple’s community kitchen, where volunteers prepare over 75,000 free meals a day. Enter the Jallianwala Bagh, commemorating the notorious massacre of 1919, then visit the Partition Museum, which tells the story of the British partition of India and its consequences. In the afternoon, travel to the Wagah India / Pakistan border to watch the entertaining retreat ceremony, where the Indian Border Security force and the Pakistani Sutlej Rangers put on a theatrical performance, with an enthusiastic audience of thousands on both sides. This is generally good natured, and feels like a mix of Bollywood performance, Freddie Mercury concert and Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks, with high kicks and well-choreographed marching.

    Meals included: Breakfast at your hotel.

  • Fly from Amritsar to the UK via Delhi, arriving the same evening.

    Meals included: Breakfast at your hotel.

Accommodation

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Superior Hotel Upgrade Package Save £41

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from £299
(£300 Single Supplement)

Accommodation in New Delhi

The Suryaa

Included

Standard hotel: An elegant, modern hotel in a good location. The Suryaa’s well-appointed rooms are air conditioned, with en-suite facilities, and there is a pool, gym and spa on site. There are also a range of dining options, including two restaurants and a French bakery.

Why stay here: The Suryaa is well located within the city, and has a rooftop restaurant serving pan-Asian cuisine.

Hotel facilities

  • WiFi access.

  • There are two restaurants, a bar, and a bakery

  • There is a pool, gym, spa and sauna

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, TV, telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, minibar and safe

Room type available

Deluxe Room

The Claridges

from £120
(£120 Single Supplement)
Pool, The Claridges, New Delhi

Superior hotel: A superior hotel with spacious and elegant en-suite rooms. The air-conditioned rooms are adorned with Victorian hardwood furnishings, and parquet flooring. There is a range of dining experiences, from grand dining halls to sleek contemporary bars. The hotel is also home to one of the oldest bakeries in Delhi. There is also an outdoor pool and a gym and fitness area.

Why stay here: The rooms of the Claridges are large and spacious, and there are six dining options to choose from.

Hotel facilities

  • WiFi access.

  • There is a pool, a gym, a bar, a bakery and several dining options.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, TV, telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, minibar and safe

Room type available

Heritage Room

Accommodation in Agra

Trident Agra

Included

Standard hotel: Located just a mile from the Taj Mahal, the Trident is constructed with red stone in the Mughal style. The hotel’s en-suite rooms are air conditioned, and there is a restaurant serving both Indian delicacies and international cuisine. The hotel is set amidst manicured courtyards, landscaped gardens and gushing fountains, and there is an outdoor pool.

Why stay here: the Trident is a comfortable hotel with excellent gardens, and only a short distance from the Taj Mahal.

Hotel facilities

  • WiFi access.

  • There is a pool, gym, bar and restaurant on site.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, TV, telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, minibar and safe

Room type available

Deluxe Garden View Room

ITC Mughal

£30
(£30 Single Supplement)

Superior hotel: Set in a peaceful landscape of manicured Mughal gardens, this superior hotel offers a pool, spa, bar and a range of dining facilities. The hotel’s spacious en-suite rooms are air conditioned and elegantly appointed. The hotel is only a 20-minute walk from the Taj Mahal.

Why stay here: The well-kempt gardens and pool area are particularly special, and the rooms are comfortable and well illuminated.

Hotel facilities

  • WiFi access.

  • There are two swimming pools, tennis courts, a spa, a bar and a restaurant.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, TV, telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, minibar and safe

Room type available

Mughal Room

Accommodation in Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore Regency

Included

Standard hotel: A family-run hotel with a relaxed and personal touch. The airy rooms have air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. There is a swimming pool in the gardens and two restaurants serving both Indian and international cuisine. The hotel is full board.

Why stay here: The Ranthambore Regency has a warm and relaxed feel, and is only a 10-drive from the national park.  

Hotel facilities

  • WiFi access.

  • There is a swimming pool, a bar and two restaurants

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, TV, telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, and safe

Room type available

Standard Room

The Tigress

£70
(£70 Single Supplement)
The Tigress, Ranthambore

Superior hotel: A superior hotel with a design that pays homage to Rajasthan’s royal palaces. The hotel’s modern well-appointed en-suite rooms have air conditioning and a heritage feel. There is a garden, an outdoor swimming pool, hot tub and a spa on site. All meals are included.   

Why stay here: The Tigress has the feel of a royal residence, whilst being surrounded by nature. The national park is only a short distance from the hotel.

Hotel facilities

  • WiFi access.

  • There is a swimming pool, spa, and two restaurants.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, TV, telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, minibar and safe

Room type available

Standard Room

Accommodation in Jaipur

Shahpura House

Included

Standard Hotel: Shahpura house is an early 19th century palace of the Shahpura Royal Family in Jaipur, now turned hotel. The house has a regal, old-world charm, characterised by shimmering murals, marble inlays and intricate mirrorwork. There are two restaurants, with outdoor dining options with views of the Nahagarh Fort. The hotel is located in a quiet residential area of Jaipur, providing an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

 Why stay here: Shahpura house is the city home of the Rulers of Shahpura, who still live on the top floor. During Indian festivals such as holi, guests are invited to celebrate alongside the family.

Hotel facilities

  • Free WiFi is available in all areas
  • There are two restaurants, a bar, pool and spa
  • There is a steam room/hammam

About the room

All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, WiFi, a TV, a telephone, a coffee/tea maker, a mini bar, a safety deposit box.

Room types available

Suite Room

ITC Rajputana

£120
(£150 Single Supplement)
ITC Rajputana, Jaipur

Superior Hotel: Located in the heart of Jaipur, this grand hotel reflects the regal heritage of Rajasthan with its traditional architecture and interiors. The ITC Rajputana has a pool, spa, bar, and a variety of restaurants. The hotel has 218 spacious en-suite rooms are air-conditioned and elegantly appointed with a blend of modern amenities and classic décor. 

Why stay here: The tranquil pool area and indulgent spa are perfect for relaxation, making it an ideal retreat in the bustling city of Jaipur.

Accommodation in Amritsar

Courtyard by Marriott Amritsar

Included
Courtyard by Marriott, Amritsar, India

Standard hotel: Situated in the city less than four kilometres away from the Golden Temple, the hotel is well placed to explore the sights. The comfortable en-suite rooms are well-appointed and air conditioned and there is a pool, spa, gym, and restaurant.

Why stay here: A very comfortable hotel with good access to the city.

Hotel facilities

  • WiFi access.

  • There is a pool, spa, gym and two restaurants.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, TV, a telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, minibar and safe.

Room type available

Guest Room

Excursions

Excursions Package

India Excursion Package Save £36

Take the Delhi Old City Tour, Ranthambore Game Drive, Jaipur Amber Fort and Jaipur City Tour excursions for a discounted price.

from £149

Delhi Old City Tour

£45

Enjoy a full-day tour of India’s vibrant capital, covering some of the city’s most interesting sights and monuments. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Humayan’s Tomb and Qutub Minar. Spend some time at Raj Ghat, and visit the Gandhi memorial. Also stop by the Red Fort, the India Gate and view the Presidential Palace. The tour includes a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, one of Delhi’s oldest and busiest markets, and lunch in a local restaurant.

Full Description:

The day begins at Humayun’s Tomb, an intricately-decorated mausoleum built for the second emperor of the Mughal Empire. It was the first garden-tomb in India, and served to inspire a series of other royal tombs, most notably the Taj Mahal. After your tour the tomb, go for a rickshaw ride through narrow lanes of the Chandni Chowk Market, famous for clothes, spices and street food. Lunch is included at a local tourist restaurant. As you leave the market, stop at the Red Fort for a photo before continuing to Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Spend some time in the Gandhi Smriti Museum learning about his incredible story. Drive past the Presidential Palace, former residence of the British Viceroys, and the India Gate war memorial. Finish your tour with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site Qutub Minar, a 62-meter decorated tower in the midst of Delhi’s oldest fortified city. Return to your hotel in the early evening.

Ranthambore Game Drive

£100

Another opportunity to try to spot some of the phenomenal wildlife in Ranthambore National Park. Look out for Royal Bengal tigers in their natural habitat. Other park residents include marsh crocodiles, sloth bears, eagles, desert foxes and leopards.

Full Description:

Depart in the morning for another game drive around the national park. Tour the park with an experienced naturalist guide. There are 40 species of mammals, 35 species of reptiles and 320 species of bird that inhabit the reserve. The wildlife, and tigers in particular, can be difficult to spot, so by returning in the morning, the best time to spot wildlife, you maximise your chance of seeing these incredible felines. The drive lasts for three to four hours, then you are driven back to your hotel.

Jaipur Amber Fort

£20

The extensive and magnificent Amber Fort sits on a tall hill in Amer (also known as Amber) on the outskirts of Jaipur. The sprawling palace complex dates back to the 16th century, built in the intricate Rajput style with opulently decorated halls and courtyards. This morning tour gives you the opportunity to wander around the fort, and appreciate the artwork as your guide explains its fascinating history.

Full Description:

In the morning, depart for the hilltop fortress at Amer, on the outskirts of Jaipur, where a jeep will take you to entrance at the top of the hill. Once inside, explore the ornately decorated halls and corridors of this extensive palace complex. There are four main sections to the fort, each with its own courtyard. The oldest of these is the palace on Man Singh I which was completed in 1599 after 25 years of construction. The fort was then added to over the next 150 years by successive rulers, and new sections were built. Return to your hotel in time for lunch.

Jaipur City Tour

£20

Visit the delicate pink façade of Hawa Mahal, where five floors of ornate windows gaze out onto the streets below. Continue to the City Palace and walk through the royal gardens, halls and intricately decorated corridors. Finish the tour with a walk through the Jaipur Bazaar, Jaipur’s famous market street.

Full Description:

The morning tour starts with a stop at Hawa Mahal to admire its intricate pink sandstone façade. The five-story frontage has 952 windows, decorated with intricate latticework so that the royal ladies could observe the streetlife without being seen. These windows also have the effect of drawing cool air into the building, which is why the palace is named “palace of winds”. Continue to the City Palace, where the Jaipur royal family still resides. The palace is an elaborate complex of exquisite gardens, grand courtyards and decorated halls. After visiting the palace, take a walk through the Jaipur Bazaar, to experience the local markets. Then return to your hotel in time for lunch.

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About Your Holiday

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    For holidays not including any flights, financial protection is provided through IPP: https://www.llamatravel.com/ipp-protection

  • In many cases, the best way to describe our holidays is flexible tours, so you can choose where to visit by combining different extensions and excursions, and which hotels to stay in. In most cases, you will be with other Llama Travellers, but not necessarily the same people throughout. This allows you to get to know like-minded people, but not have to spend all your time with the same group. If we don't have anyone else taking a particular part of a holiday, we will normally operate this just for you.

    In some cases, we operate more traditional tours, with the same Llama Travel group travelling together for the majority of the holiday, which allows land travel from one location to another, and in this case we may have a minimum number of travellers required to operate the group.

    Excursions are usually taken together with other Llama Travel customers in groups of no more than 18 people. If we have more than 18 booked, we operate two groups. These will usually be in English, although in some places, especially on wildlife excursions, the excursions may be operated by one of our local partners, so you may be with people other than Llama Travel customers and the group may be a mix of English and other languages. In these cases, group sizes can sometimes be larger. If you would like to know the likely situation for your holiday, please ask us and we will be able to check. Transfers may be with more than 18 people.

    We get a wide range of people taking our holidays, with probably the largest group being couples aged in their forties to sixties, or even older. However, we also have a large number of customers in their twenties and thirties, especially for some of the more active holidays. What unites everyone is a sense of curiosity and a desire to discover new cultures, landscapes and wildlife. Although most of our customers travel with friends or family, we also have quite a few single travellers who are happy to mix and match as described above.

    Group Size
    Most holidays can operate with a minimum of 2 passengers, but some holidays have a higher minimum group size. If we have fewer than the minimum number of passengers, we will let you know two months before departure. In this case, we will refund you any monies paid or offer you an alternative option. It may be possible to operate the trip for fewer than 4 passengers for an additional cost.

    Holidays in Europe usually have a minimum group size of 4 passengers.
    Holidays in Namibia or South Africa usually have a minimum group size of 6 passengers.
    Holidays in Kenya usually have a minimum group size of 4 passengers.
    Holidays in Asia usually have a minimum group size of 4 passengers.
    Holidays in Costa Rica and Mexico usually have a minimum group size of 4 passengers.

  • Prices listed are per person and based on two persons sharing a room and include all flights from the UK and within destination, service of guides and reps (please note that tips are not included), accommodation and all transfers and excursions listed in the itinerary. Where applicable, entrance fees, taxes and charges are included in our prices at the rates advised to us at the time of preparation. An adjustment will be made to your price if any of these change before your holiday. UK airport taxes are included.

Booking Conditions

How To Book

  • You can pay your deposit by bank transfer, cheque, standard UK debit card or non-premium UK personal Visa / MasterCard credit card. Balance payments can be made by bank transfer or cheque. We do not accept cards for balance payments. We are unable to accept cash.

  • To book a holiday or discuss your requirements, please call us on 020 7263 3000. We can usually confirm availability immediately, but may need to check with a supplier first.

Before You Go

  • Adequate travel insurance is essential. We do not sell or recommend any specific policy, but good medical insurance should cover medical evacuation and repatriation. If you are going to be taking part in any activity, please ensure your policy covers you for this, especially if this involves high-altitude trekking, such as the Inca Trail.

  • To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.

    Latin America

    Visas are not required in advance for British citizens for any Llama Travel Latin American destination. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate.

    If you are flying via another country, especially the US, you need to comply with the appropriate immigration requirements. Please ask us for details.

    You need a full 10-year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed if you are transiting in Europe.

    There is an entry fee to enter Chile for citizens of Australia, the US, Canada and some other countries which must be paid upon arrival. There is also an entry fee for US and Canadian citizens visiting Argentina, which must be paid in advance online.

    If children are not travelling with both parents, some countries require a letter of consent to enter or depart. Please consult the appropriate consulate.

    Africa

    British nationals can enter Morocco, South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana for a visit of up to 90 days without a visa. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate. You need a passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. For South Africa, you need a passport with two blank pages.

    British nationals require a visa to enter Zimbabwe for Victoria Falls, which can be purchased upon entry. The Kaza Univisa allows you to cross the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and also allows for day trips to Botswana (cost is approximately US$50). On occasions, the Zimbabwe border staff may not issue a Kaza Univisa, and you may need to purchase a Zimbabwe visa (single or double entry), which has a slightly higher cost. Citizens from other countries should consult the specific embassy to check entry requirements.

    British nationals to Kenya require an electronic travel authorisation, which must be obtained online in advance. You can apply for this on the eTA website. For more information, see the website of the Kenya High Commission. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Kenya consulate. You need a passport with two blank pages

    If children are not travelling with both parents, some countries require a letter of consent to enter or depart. Please consult the appropriate consulate. In South Africa and Namibia, children under 18 must also carry an unabridged birth certificate.

    You need a full 10-year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed if you are transiting in Europe.

    To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.

    Asia & the Middle East

    To visit Jordan, you need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. You will need a visa to enter Jordan. The Jordan visa is included in the price of your holiday. On arrival in Amman our representatives will meet you prior to immigration and this will be provided to you free of charge. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Jordanian consulate.

    All visitors to Sri Lanka, including British nationals, require an electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA), which must be obtained online in advance, and for which there is a cost. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the ETA website. For more information, see the website of the Sri Lanka High Commission. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Sri Lanka consulate. You need a passport with two blank pages, valid for six months after your return to the UK.

    All visitors to India, including British nationals, require a visa, which can be obtained online in advance, and for which there is a cost. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the e-visa website. For more information, see the website of the India High Commission. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Indian consulate. You need a passport with two blank pages, valid for six months after your return to the UK.

    Visitors from 13 countries, including the UK, can travel to Vietnam visa-free for stays up to 45 days. For stays longer than 45 days, a visa is required at a cost. This can be applied for online on the e-visa website. Stays longer than 90 days are not permitted. You need a full 10-year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Vietnamese consulate.

    To visit Cambodia, a visa is required at a cost. This can be applied for online on the e-visa website. You need a full 10-year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Cambodian consulate.

    To visit Laos, a visa is required at a cost. This can be applied for online on the e-visa website. You need a full 10-year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Laotian consulate.

    If you are arranging a stopover in Singapore, you must complete an electronic SG Arrival Card up to three days before entry into Singapore.

    Europe

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed.

     

  • In many destinations, you can arrange adventure activities, either through Llama Travel or through Llama Travel. If you are interested in taking any of these, please make sure you are covered by your travel insurance.

  • Some countries have strict regulations regarding the entry and exit of children under 18 when not travelling with both parents, or if the child has nationality of the country you are visiting. If you are travelling with children who are not entering or leaving the country with both parents, or if the child has nationality of the country you are visiting, please contact the consulate of the country you are visiting to check requirements.

    Countries in Africa have particularly strict requirements regarding children travelling, and in both South Africa and Namibia, children need to carry an unabridged birth certificate. Additionally, in Namibia, adults travelling with children where they are not the biological or legal guardians of those children, should be in possession of an affidavit statement from the child’s parents giving consent for their travel.

    Such requirements do change from time to time, and although we try to keep abreast of such changes and update this information, if you are travelling with children, we suggest you check current requirements carefully.

  • You will receive tickets approximately 10 days before departure, along with information on accommodation, transfers and excursions. Our agents in destination will give you final details for hotel and excursions when you arrive. Please check airline tickets carefully in case timings have changed after we issued your confirmation.

  • Cards are widely accepted in most hotel and restaurants, and cash machines are common in most destinations. However, when travelling to remote areas, it is advisable to take cash, as it is difficult to withdraw or change money. Travellers cheques are no longer widely used, so it may be inconvenient to take these.

    It is always recommended to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad and to which countries. This will allow them to authorise money withdrawals from your account when you are away. Some banks say that this is not necessary, however we would still recommend contact with your bank as in some cases people have had difficulty in withdrawing currency.

    More information on the situation regarding money, budgeting and tipping in specific countries is in the country information below.

When Your Are Travelling

  • Most people who travel to the countries where Llama Travel operates experience no problems on holiday. However, as is the case anywhere in the world, crime can be a problem, especially in large cities. Tourists can appear attractive targets to criminals. To minimise the risk, use common sense. Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive looking jewellery or cameras. Avoid empty streets, especially on your own. Take a taxi after dark. By taking sensible precautions, you should have a trouble-free holiday.

    Each country has its own standards for health and safety, but these are often not as good as in the UK. We take this into account when selecting hotels and request that they comply with all local regulations, but cannot guarantee that these are equivalent to British standards. Please take reasonable precautions to protect yourselves whilst on holiday, e.g. by locating fire exit routes.

    Please also check the Foreign Office travel advice for the countries you are visiting at www.fco.gov.uk.

  • Attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travellers around the world can be very different from those in the UK.

    In Latin America and Europe, attitudes can sometimes be more conservative than in the UK, but there are not usually problems.

    In some African countries, including Morocco, Zimbabwe and Kenya, same sex relationships are illegal and conservative attitudes prevail. However, hotels and lodges do not discriminate and same sex couples can share rooms. In much of Africa and the Middle East, public displays of affection may attract negative attention, especially with LGBT couples, although the majority of people are friendly to visitors, irrespective of gender and sexual orientation. In South Africa, the authorities have introduced legislation which bans any discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

    In most of Asia, attitudes to same sex relationships can be conservative, but there are not usually any problems. In Sri Lanka, same sex relationships are illegal, but hotels do not discriminate and same sex couples can share rooms.

    The UK Foreign Office has information LGBT travel on their travel advice for individual countries, found at www.fco.gov.uk.

  • For all wildlife excursions, please always follow the instructions of your guide, both for the animals’ welfare and for your safety. Staff are experienced at dealing with wildlife, but by their nature, excursions involving exposure to wild animals will always carry some risk.

    If you take a safari in Africa, you will be with an experienced guide at all times, who is usually unarmed. Staff are experienced at dealing with wildlife, but by their nature, game drives have exposure to wild animals, and there will always be some risk in this, which you accept by going on holiday. Game drives run according to a schedule, although unexpected delays can occur, which the guide will deal with as quickly and safely as possible. Being in the wilderness means that the environment is unpredictable, so the unexpected can happen, and off-road vehicles can occasionally break down or get stuck in the uneven terrain.

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Health & Fitness

  • Please consult your GP or a travel clinic about health and vaccination requirements. Advice for travellers is available at NaTHNaC  

    When travelling, stomach illnesses are not uncommon due to changes in diet. We suggest you only drink bottled water and avoid ice in drinks. If you are unsure if salads and fruit have been washed in purified water, it is best to avoid them.

    If you suffer from a disability or condition and are worried whether this will affect the enjoyment of a holiday, please call us. We will do our best to help. We recommend that you bring any medicines you require from the UK.

    If you have any health problems on holiday, please speak to our local agents or hotel staff. They will arrange for a doctor or hospital if necessary. If you do experience any problems, please seek appropriate medical attention.

    Outside of major cities, medical facilities can be basic, meaning a lengthy transfer if hospital attention is required.

    Latin America

    Yellow fever and / or malaria precautions are recommended for visiting the jungle, Iguazu Falls and some parts of Colombia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador. Yellow Fever certificates are sometimes required if you have recently visited a country with an infected area. Children under 6 require proof of vaccination against polio to enter Brazil. Some GPs do not recommend yellow fever vaccinations for travellers over 60 years old. If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, please speak to your GP about zika. Please seek medical advice before you travel.

    Parts of South America are at high altitude. Most visitors do not suffer major problems. However, shortness of breath is common and we advise you to take things calmly during your first day at altitude. If you suffer from a heart or lung condition, or think that you may suffer due to the altitude, please consult your GP.

    Africa

    Malaria precautions are highly recommended when visiting the Kruger National Park in South Africa, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, the north of Namibia, including Etosha, Botswana and Kenya. Yellow Fever vaccination is highly recommended for Kenya. Travellers entering many African countries, including South Africa and Kenya Africa, coming from a yellow fever zone must have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Some GPs do not recommend yellow fever vaccinations for travellers over 60 years old.

    Asia

    Malaria tablets are not usually advised when visiting the areas that Llama Travel offers in Japan, India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos, although a low risk exists in south-east Asia, so general precautions are recommended. If you have visited a country with yellow fever recently, you will usually require a valid yellow fever certificate to enter. Please be aware that Shimla in the Himalayas in India is at a moderately high altitude, so we recommend you take things calmly during your first day at altitude. If you suffer from a heart of lung condition, or think you may suffer due to the altitude, please consult your GP.

  • For most of our holidays, age is not a concern. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required, as most holidays require some walking, sometimes on uneven ground. Even relatively mild activities can be strenuous at altitude. High altitude trekking is more strenuous than an equivalent length walk at low altitude.

Getting There

  • Many airlines offer the option of flying from regional airports in the UK, avoiding the need to make your own way to London. Due to the timing of flights, in some cases this may involve an overnight stop in London or another intermediate airport. There is usually a supplement for regional departures. Please note that most of our flights depart from London.

  • You can upgrade to business class or premium economy on most airlines. Call us for prices for the route and airline you are interested in.

    Premium Economy

    Some airlines offer Premium Economy cabins, which provide more comfortable seats which recline further and have more legroom. There are better meals and a bar service.

    Other airlines offer standard economy class seats with extra legroom for an additional cost.

    Business Class

    Many airlines have long-haul business class cabins with seats that convert into full flat beds and often have a privacy screen.

    Business Class within Europe is often similar to economy class seating, but with better meals, and middle seats are often left empty.

  • Most scheduled airlines have a baggage allowance of 23kg per passenger for international flights, but internal flight allowances can be less. Exact limits can be found on airline webpages. Please bear this in mind when packing, as carrying excess baggage will normally incur an expensive additional cost payable at check in. Additionally, certain excursions have a limited baggage allowance. Where this is the case, we will advise you in advance. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the delay, loss or damage of luggage.

    There may be additional luggage restrictions for specific countries. In this case, details of this will be in the country information below.

  • Many airlines now charge a fee to select your seat prior to checking in for your flight, even when travelling in premium economy or business class. Alternatively, you may choose your preferred seat free of charge when online check-in opens 24 hours prior to departure or at the airport. Please ask us about the options available at time of booking.

    We all want a comfortable journey, particularly on long haul flights. If you would like a seat with some extra leg room or a larger recline please let us know. Airlines have introduced a range of “economy comfort” seats that may be purchased in advance. In some cases, these seats may only be purchased online directly with the airline once Llama Travel has issued your ticket approximately 30 days prior to departure.

    For internal flights, and for connecting flights in Europe, it is usually only possible to select seats when you check-in online or at the airport.

    It may not be possible to always use online check-in systems, especially when using a codeshare flight. On occasion, your preferred seat may be changed by the airline for operational reasons such as a change of aircraft or to facilitate a disabled passenger on the day you fly and as such, Llama Travel cannot guarantee specific seats.

  • Depending on the route and the airline, if you would like to break your journey to or from your final destination, and add a stopover to your holiday, this may be possible. Please ask us for information.

  • If you are interested in arranging your own international flights, this is sometimes possible. Please ask us for details of this and any discount we can arrange for removing international flights. Please do not book your flights until we have reconfirmed all services with our suppliers and you have checked the confirmation invoice.

  • All people transiting in a third country need to make sure they comply with any immigration requirements for that country.

    This is especially the case when in transit in the US when flying to Latin America. In this case, you must comply with US immigration requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with these requirements before you travel. Failure to do so may result in you being denied boarding on your flight to the US and, at best, a last-minute and probably expensive re-routing avoiding the US. It is important, therefore, that you follow these procedures carefully.

    If your flight to Latin America involves a stop in the US, you will be subject to US immigration control upon entry to the US. If you qualify for the US Visa Waiver Program, you are able to avoid the need to apply for a visa, but still need to enter your details online on the US State Department website. If you do not qualify for the US Visa Waiver Program, you must apply in person at a US embassy for a US visa. Please make sure that you do this in good time.

    If you are a UK citizen and have a UK passport, you may qualify for visa-free travel. You will require a machine readable passport to qualify for the ESTA Visa Waiver Program (so you do not require a visa to enter the US). A machine readable passport has the holder's personal details (name, date of birth, nationality and passport number) contained in two lines of text at the bottom of the photo page. This appears as two lines of letters, numbers and chevrons (">>>>>") printed across the long edge of the photo page. It must be also include an integrated circuit chip capable of storing the biographic information from the data page, a digitized photograph and other biometric information.

    Please note, holders of passports indicating that the bearer is a British Subject, a British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Overseas Citizen, British National (Overseas) Citizen or British Protected Person do not qualify for travel without a visa. A passport which states that the holder has Right of Abode or indefinite leave to remain in the UK does not quality for visa-free travel.

    If you have visited certain restricted countries, including Cuba, you may not qualify for visa-free travel.

    If you have been arrested, even if the arrest did not result in a criminal conviction, or if you have a criminal record, you will need a visa.

    If you have any doubts about whether you qualify for the Visa Waiver Program, please check with the US embassy. Full details can be found on the US embassy’s UK website at: http://london.usembassy.gov/vwp3.html

    Many European, Australian and New Zealand passport holders also qualify for the Visa Waiver Program as long as the passport is machine readable and complies with the relevant criteria. Please see the US embassy website for a list of countries which qualify for the Visa Waiver Program. It is important that you check the website of the US Embassy in the country of passport nationality for any further changes before you travel.

    Details of the ESTA Visa Waiver Program can be found on the US State Department website at

    https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.

    In addition to the Visa Waiver Programme, the US Transportation Security Authority requires anybody flying through the United Sates to supply specific passenger information prior to their international flight.

  • Air fares vary from date to date and between airlines. Our holidays are scheduled to use the most advantageous air fare. You can choose which airline you prefer, we will let you know if a supplement is payable. Levels of onboard service and facilities, such as entertainment, vary by airline and route. Please ask us for details. Flights are sometimes operated by another airline in the appropriate airline alliance.

  • Air fares vary from date to date and between airlines. Our holidays are scheduled to use the most advantageous air fare. You can choose which airline you prefer, we will let you know if a supplement is payable. Levels of onboard service and facilities, such as entertainment, vary by airline and route. Please ask us for details. Flights are sometimes operated by another airline in the appropriate airline alliance.

Travelling in India

  • We recommend taking clothing suitable for hot weather, although modest clothing is appropriate in many parts of the country, including covering shoulders and knees. Something to cover shoulders, such as a pashmina can be useful, allowing you to make an outfit more modest when required, and can be used as a headscarf when visiting a religious site where this is a requirement. Additionally, air conditioning can be strong, so you may want to have an extra layer for some indoor locations. If you are visiting in December - February, it is worth bearing in mind that temperatures can be cool, especially at night, and taking appropriate clothing. We also recommend taking some light rainwear, although this may not get much use. If you are visiting Shimla, particularly in January, we recommend taking clothing suitable for cold weather and even snow.

    Insect repellent is advisable, especially when visiting Ranthambore. Electricity in India is 230V. Most sockets are D-type (3 round pins). We recommend you carry a copy of your passport with you at all times. Please bring any medication you may require from the UK.

    You can bring whichever luggage you feel most comfortable with: suitcases, soft bags and rucksacks are fine. There is a luggage limit of 20kg for internal flights and we recommend sticking to this as excess luggage will be charged and can be quite expensive (over £5 per kilo). There is also a luggage restriction of 7kg for hand luggage. Excess hand luggage is charged at the same rate as checked in luggage, although sometimes this is not weighed at check in.

  • Indian cuisine has been influenced by the diversity of each region, culture and religion. Much of the cuisine is very spicy, although not necessarily hot, just flavourful. Most meals have, at their core, roti (flatbread) or rice, dal lentil stew, and vegetable dishes. Meat, fish or seafood is also widely available. Most hotels offer western as well as Indian cuisine. Breakfasts are usually buffet-style, and usually there are both Indian breakfast options and western options.

    Although hotel restaurants, and other restaurants used on tours, have good hygiene standards, the change in diet in India can result in stomach upsets, so please ask for simpler options if you have a sensitive stomach.

    Tap water is not recommended. Please stick to bottled water and avoid ice. You can bring your own reusable filter bottle. Tea is an integral part of Indian culture and hospitality, and massala chai is rich, sweet, spicy and milky, and is much more than a tea bag in hot water. Rules governing alcohol vary from state to state, and sometimes there are dry days, such as national holidays, when sales of alcohol are band.

  • The currency in India is the Indian Rupee. Credit and debit cards can be used in hotels, larger shops and restaurants, and can also be used to withdraw money from cash machines.

    We recommend budgeting approximately £15 – 20 for a meal. Bar prices are similar to the UK and a small bottle of beer usually costs around £2-3 in a hotel bar. This can be higher in more remote areas.

    Tipping is common in tourist areas. If you receive good service, you may want to leave a tip, although this is completely at your discretion. In restaurants, around 10% is usual, although service is sometimes included. If you want to tip guides or drivers, £2 - 3 per person per day is usual if you are in a group.