Highlights of Northern India


  • 13 days

  • India

  • Active pace

Tour : 2660

Up to 10% off on 2020

From

£1,671 pp

Tour only

Based on 27th Sep 2020

From

£2,322 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Heathrow

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Your affordable vacation in India begins in the exciting city of Delhi. Guided sightseeing shows you the 17th-century Mughal Red Fort, with tours of Ra Ghat and the largest mosque in Asia—Jama Masjid. Walk through the alleys of Chandni Chowk, and visit the ancient Qutub Minar. You’ll also have the opportunity to ride a rickshaw!

Fly to Varanasi to witness the spiritual worship of Ganga Aarti on the steps of the Ganges River. Embark at dawn the next day on a boat to see the devotional bathing and meditation rituals along the river. In Agra, visit the spectacular Taj Mahal and the red sandstone walls of Agra Fort, with the Mughal Palace’s hall of mirrors and pavilion of Shah Jahan’s final home. You’ll visit the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, with its ghostly sandstone palaces of 1569. Travel to Jaipur to visit the legendary Amber Fort—concealing its opulent interiors of royal residences. Travel to the sand dunes of the Thar Desert to explore Jodhpur’s old city of palaces, temples, and imperial grandeur. Take a desert safari to visit with local tribes, and travel to Ranakpur’s spectacular temples on your way to Udaipur. Take in the beauty of the city’s palace and museum, and cruise on the lake.

Fly back to Delhi to conclude your value-minded vacation in India’s northern cities.

Highlights

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

VARANASI Witness Ganga Aarti ceremony; boat ride on the Ganges

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

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Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

DELHI, INDIA

Day
1

Welcome to Delhi, a magnetic blend of old and new, and the capital of modern India. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

DELHI

Day
2

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 QUTUB MINAR, the world’s tallest brick minaret, dating back to the 11th century. The afternoon is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

DELHI–VARANASI

Day
3

Fly to Varanasi, the holiest of Hindu pilgrim cities, situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges River. This evening, witness the GANGA AARTI (spiritual worship) on the ghats (steps) leading down to the Ganges.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

VARANASI–AGRA

Day
4

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 practicing yoga, others meditating, and still others bathing fully clothed. Then, transfer to the airport for your flight to Agra.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

AGRA

Day
5

Your day begins with a sunrise visit to the famous TAJ MAHAL. This remarkable edifice was commissioned by Shah Jahan 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 Shah Jahan 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

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. Next, visit JANTAR MANTAR and explore 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 mesmerising old city is ringed by a 10-kilometer, 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
  • Lunch

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. You will also enjoy the views during your CRUISE on this beautiful lake. There is the opportunity to learn about the region’s famous miniature art.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

UDAIPUR–DELHI

Day
12

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DELHI

Day
13

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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.

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Pre Tour

+4 days Dubai Extension

Total meals included:

  • 3 breakfasts

DUBAI, UAE.

Day
1

Welcome to Dubai. Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

DUBAI.

Day
2

Late this morning, your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING begins with a visit to BURJ KHALIFA, the world’s tallest building. Here, ascend to the AT THE TOP observation deck on the 124th floor for spectacular views and a presentation on Dubai’s history. Next, explore the souks (markets), including the SPICE SOUK with its aromas of exotic spices, and the GOLD SOUK with its 220 glittering shop windows. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DUBAI.

Day
3

Enjoy a full day at your leisure. Your Local Host will be happy to make suggestions on how to make the most of your time.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DUBAI-DELHI, INDIA.

Day
4

Today, fly to Delhi, capital of India. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Post tour

+4 days Kathmandu Extension

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches

DELHI–KATHMANDU, NEPAL.

Day
1

Fly to Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

KATHMANDU.

Day
2

Your morning PRIVATE SIGHTSEEING TOUR 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. EXCURSION TO PATAN.

Day
3

Today, a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR takes you to a, 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 center of business and home to several Buddhist and Hindu sites.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

KATHMANDU.

Day
4

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.

What's included

Tour only

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£1,671 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage

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Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes

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