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Highlights of Northern India

Price per person
from £1,578

Price based on
London Stansted
15th Sep 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 13 days

  • India

  • Active pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.

See the major sites of India’s Golden Triangle cities and enjoy rich cultural experiences in other towns as well on this India tour that goes off the beaten track. Begin and end your holiday in Delhi, with overnight stays in Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur along the way.

Naturally, you’ll visit the Taj Mahal! We’ll take you there at sunrise – the quietest part of the day – so you can hear its stories and walk through its beautifully landscaped grounds as the sun turns the marble from gold to white.

You’ll walk the walls of magnificent ancient fortresses and magical palaces on this tour. See Emperor Humayun’s towering ancient tomb, Qutub Minar, in Delhi. Explore the majestic Rajput capital of the Amber Fort and see how these medieval rulers lived, gaze down at the blue city of Jodhpur from the grounds of its Mehrangarh Fort. In Udaipur, take a tranquil boat trip on Lake Pichola for great views of the elegant buildings of City Palace Museum, where you’ll spend time discovering its traditional miniature art.

But you’ll also get the chance to meet and mix with the locals along the way. Near Jodhpur, you’ll meet the Bishnoi tribe of Rajasthan and see how they protect the wildlife and flora of Northern India through 500-year-old traditions. In Delhi, you’ll enjoy a rickshaw ride through its bustling marketplace to soak up the atmosphere, thick with incense and delicious street food smells.

At a glance

Delhi Visit Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid, and Qutub Minar; cycle rickshaw ride; walk through Chandni Chowk

Agra Visit Taj Mahal at sunrise; visit Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri

Jaipur Visit Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, and City Palace Museum

Jodhpur Visit Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Singh II Memorial; safari to visit local Bishnoi tribes

Ranakpur Visit Jain Temples

Udaipur Visit City Palace and Museum; cruise on Lake Pichola

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 4 days: Kathmandu tour extension

  • 4 days: Varanasi tour extension

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Make your own way

For more information please see our booking conditions for tour-only holidays.

Customer Reviews

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30th March 2018
Mrs Lorraine Cullen

We had excellent tour guide who very knowledgeable. He...

23rd January 2018
Mrs Rachel Galligan

We had excellent tour guide who very knowledgeable. He was also very flexible and accommodating. The driver and bus boy were also excellent, kind polite. We had a great time with them.

Guide was excellent very knowledgeable. All time tables for...

19th November 2017
Mr Joesph Pardoe

Guide was excellent very knowledgeable. All time tables for the day met' He warned us that breakfast at the Piccadilly Hotel would be a problem. Most guests leaving about 8.00-8.30 am Hotel had insufficient glasses cups. However that was the only minor problem accommodation at other addresses certainly in the 5 star category.At airport met by another courier who made sure we went to correct check-in gate

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31st October 2017
Trusted Customer

Good tour,good sights,good acccomdation,particularly the heritage hotels....

11th October 2017
Trusted Customer

Good tour,good sights,good acccomdation,particularly the heritage hotels.

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9th October 2017
Mr Raymond Purcell

Overview

See the major sites of India’s Golden Triangle cities and enjoy rich cultural experiences in other towns as well on this India tour that goes off the beaten track. Begin and end your holiday in Delhi, with overnight stays in Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur along the way.

Naturally, you’ll visit the Taj Mahal! We’ll take you there at sunrise – the quietest part of the day – so you can hear its stories and walk through its beautifully landscaped grounds as the sun turns the marble from gold to white.

You’ll walk the walls of magnificent ancient fortresses and magical palaces on this tour. See Emperor Humayun’s towering ancient tomb, Qutub Minar, in Delhi. Explore the majestic Rajput capital of the Amber Fort and see how these medieval rulers lived, gaze down at the blue city of Jodhpur from the grounds of its Mehrangarh Fort. In Udaipur, take a tranquil boat trip on Lake Pichola for great views of the elegant buildings of City Palace Museum, where you’ll spend time discovering its traditional miniature art.

But you’ll also get the chance to meet and mix with the locals along the way. Near Jodhpur, you’ll meet the Bishnoi tribe of Rajasthan and see how they protect the wildlife and flora of Northern India through 500-year-old traditions. In Delhi, you’ll enjoy a rickshaw ride through its bustling marketplace to soak up the atmosphere, thick with incense and delicious street food smells.

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Depart UK

Day
1

Delhi

Day
2

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Welcome to Delhi, the capital of modern India. Delhi is a magnetic blend of old and new boasting a fascinating array of sights, from elegant shops and lively bazaars to impressive forts and mosques that were once the power-base for India’s Mughal emperors. Hotel rooms are available for a mid-afternoon check-in.

Delhi

Day
3

Your day starts with a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi including a CYCLE RICKSHAW RIDE. See the splendid 17th century Mughal Red Fort before visiting landmarks such as RAJ GHAT and the majestic three-domed JAMA MASJID, the largest mosque in Asia. Experience a walk in the alleys of CHANDNI CHOWK; and later, visit the ancient stepwell AGRASEN KI BAOLI, which has 103 steps and a series of carved chambers and passages. The afternoon is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Delhi - Agra

Day
4

This morning, enjoy New Delhi’s major sights, including the towering QUTUB MINAR, ancient tomb of the Emperor Humayun; then a drive past the grand India Gate war memorial, Parliament, and Rashtrapati Bhavan. Continue to Agra and see the intricate art of pietra dura or marble inlay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Agra

Day
5

Your day begins with a visit to the famous TAJ MAHAL. This remarkable edifice was commissioned by Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and took 22 years to build. Later, visit AGRA FORT, a colossal, red-sandstone UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising forbidding battlements and spectacular Mughal Palace with audience halls, the Room of Mirrors, and the pavilion where Shahjahan spent his last days.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur

Day
6

This morning, stop at FATEHPUR SIKRI, an abandoned city. Tour the sandstone palaces, elegant courtyards, and victory gate of this ghostly place built in 1569 and deserted by its people when the water ran out. Then, travel to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s quintessential royal city. Often referred to as the “Pink City,” Jaipur is studded with intricately adorned temples and monuments.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Jaipur

Day
7

Today, we start with a visit to the legendary AMBER FORT, known as the “Sleeping Beauty of Rajasthan.” This fortress-palace has a somber exterior that hides a richly ornate interior of royal apartments, including an alabaster Hall of Victory and a superb Chamber of Mirrors. Explore the ANOKHI MUSEUM and the CITY PALACE MUSEUM, with its collection of paintings, carpets, weapons, and costumes; then enjoy time at the bustling markets of the old city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Jaipur - Jodhpur

Day
8

Travel to Jodhpur, once one of India’s princely states. Set in the sand dunes of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur’s mesmerizing old city is ringed by a 10-kilometre, 8-gated wall outside of which the new city stands. Brimming with enchanting palaces, temples, havelis, and a beautiful fort, this imperious city exudes grandeur and warm hospitality.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Jodhpur

Day
9

Marvel at the grand palaces of Jodhpur’s MEHRANGARH FORT. Admire the splendid JASWANT SINGH II MEMORIAL, beautifully constructed from thin marble sheets that allow sunlight to filter in. Enjoy a turban-tying demonstration before taking a SAFARI to visit the local Bishnoi tribes of the desert. These communities of nature lovers protect endangered plant and tree species and prohibit poachers from killing animals.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur

Day
10

This morning, visit the spectacular JAIN TEMPLES en route to Udaipur. On arrival in Udaipur, the remainder of the day is at leisure. Known as the “City of Lakes,” Udaipur is built around three lakes and is made of a maze of narrow lanes, exquisite palaces, pavilions, and gardens.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Udaipur

Day
11

Marvel at Udaipur’s beauty on a tour of its CITY PALACE AND MUSEUM, comprising a series of enchanting palaces overlooking Lake Pichola. There is the opportunity to learn about the region’s famous miniature art.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Udaipur - Delhi

Day
12

Fly back to Dehli today and prepare for your journey home.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Delhi - UK

Day
13

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
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Extend your tour and see even more

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Delhi – Kathmandu, Nepal

Today, fly to Kathmandu, capital of Nepal.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Kathmandu

Sightseeing today starts with a visit to HANUMAN DHOKA, the historic seat of royalty. Then, visit the TEMPLE OF KUMARI, residence of the Living Goddess and said to be constructed from the wood of a single tree. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Kathmandu

Today, your tour takes you to BOUDDHANATH, one of the largest stupas in the world and a focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Then, continue to PATAN, formerly known as Lalitpur (“City of Beauty”). Here, stop in DURBAR SQUARE, the city’s centre of business and home to several Buddhist and Hindu sites.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Kathmandu

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Delhi - Varanasi

Fly to Varanasi, the holiest of Hindu pilgrim cities, situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges River.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Varanasi

Around dawn, board a BOAT and watch a striking religious ritual—the Hindus’ devotional bathing in the Ganges. Observe hundreds of pilgrims gathered at the river’s edge, some practising yoga, others meditating, and still others bathing fully clothed. Return to your hotel for breakfast and some free time. This afternoon, travel to nearby SARNATH, the “Cradle of Buddhism,” where Buddha first spoke of his philosophy.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Varanasi - Delhi

Enjoy the morning at leisure before flying back to Delhi.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Delhi

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Things to note

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.

2020 departures may be subject to itinerary modifications and full details will be published in August 2019. If we have to modify an itinerary, you will have an opportunity to cancel without penalty. See our full terms and conditions for more details.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Delhi - Jaypee Siddharth Hotel

With elegant interiors and modern comforts, Jaypee Siddharth Hotel comes across as a delight for first-time visitors and regular customers. Housing a 24-hours resto cafe, extensive conference and banquet spaces, the hotel enhances every aspect of your visit, taking care of each guest personally. Nestled at a prime location, this deluxe hotel attracts innumerable national as well as foreign visitors every year.

  • Location

    3, Pusa Rd, Rajendra Place, New Delhi, India

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Agra - Hotel Clarks Shiraz

Offering an outdoor swimming pool, a massage parlour and a spa and wellness centre, Hotel Clarks Shiraz is located in Agra. It is 0.9 miles from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Complimentary WiFi is available for one hour per day.

  • Location

    54, Taj Road, Agra,India

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Jaipur - Indana Palace Jaipur

Indana provides you with every modern comfort and luxury that a discerning world traveller expects in this day and age.

Plush accommodation, varied dining experiences and pampering leisure amenities namely Swimming Pool, Health Club and Spa which comes together to provide a luxurious home away from home.

Our goal is to provide you with the very best hospitality in the Pink City - Jaipur.

  • Location

    Kukas, Jaipur Delhi highway, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Jodhpur - Indana Palace Jodhpur

Indana Palace has been created to give travellers a unique fusion of the past and the present. It blends the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan’s royal past with the eco-friendly concerns of today and every convenience modern travellers have come to expect. Its architecture echoes the royal Marwar heritage with exquisite columns, intricate jaali work, regal arches and domes and wide open courtyards. Sit outs and large open lookout points dot the winding corridors, so that every step you take inside and out leaves you feeling like you are exploring your own private palace. Designed to be more than just a temporary abode, it offers an immersive royal Rajasthani experience.

  • Location

    Opposite Military Officer Quarters, Benayakiya Road, Shikargarh, Pabupura, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Udaipur - Spectrum Hotel and Residencies

Surrounded by serene mountains and breathe taking views of the hills Spectrum Hotel & Residencies is a destination with a multitude of offerings. A comfortable connectivity to Udaipur, Nathdwara and Abu road, and the location keeps you well connected while still disconnecting you from the city madness.

  • Location

    NH 76, Gram Barodiya, Village Kavita, Near Thoor Ki Paal, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Pool

Delhi - Ibis New Delhi Aerocity

Staying at ibis New Delhi Aerocity Hotel means easy access to New Delhi, a dynamic, exciting city that is constantly evolving! The city's rich heritage, cosmopolitan aura and diverse culture creates a fusion that's sure to mesmerise you. The hotel offers rooms with extra benefits, free Wi-Fi access, Hub bar and delicious food at Spice It restaurant.

  • Location

    ibis New Delhi Aerocity, IGI Airport, New Delhi, India

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

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