This comprehensive tour takes in some of the most spectacular sights across northern India; from Jaipur to Varanasi and provides opportunities to experience local life and activities, first hand. While we see some of the world’s greatest architecture in the form of imposing forts, amazing Hindu and Jain temples, gorgeous palaces, and abandoned city, and of course, the stunning Taj Mahal, we also enjoy local markets, experience interaction with local families and partake of local activities.
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Beginning with Delhi, Jaipur and Agra - the so-called Golden Triangle of India - our tour provides a great introduction to the rich culture and heritage of northern India. This great triumvirate of cities presents a matchless array of sights, famous and not-so-famous, grand and intimate. We see the Taj Mahal in the delicate early morning light, the vivid palaces of Jaipur, Rajasthan’s “Pink City”, and the equally impressive monuments of Delhi.
The route then swings south to Gwalior, with its magnificent hilltop fort, and Orchha, home to 16th century temples and bejeweled 17th century palaces. In contrast to Jaipur and Agra, Gwalior and Orchha are somewhat away from the tourist trail, and provide a compelling insight into the ‘real’ India. It is just a short hop to the world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Khajuraho where temples with splendid erotic sculptures showcasing pure art, not found anywhere else in the world, beckon us.
Finally, we journey east to the city of Varanasi - the holiest place (and the centre of the Earth in Hindu cosmology) for Hindus. Every Hindu is expected to achieve a pilgrimage to this holy place at least once, and if possible, immerse the ashes of cremated ancestors in the Ganges here. Before returning to Delhi on the overnight train what we experience in the two days we spend in this astounding city is unforgettable and mind boggling. A leisurely final day in the capital completes the tour.
A special highlight of this tour is that it provides an opportunity to indulge in ‘off the track’ activities like walking the local markets, participating in Bollywood dancing workshops, cooking and eating with locals, attending yoga classes, etc. to enhance your experience from the tour.
Please note: You can use this itinerary as a guide to fully customise this tour as per your budget and requirements. Flexible options include travel dates and duration, places visited, activities and experiences, hotel category (star/rating) and any specific requirements that you may have.
Arrive in Delhi and transfer to hotel for check-in. Afternoon, take a metro ride to Old Delhi and walk the busy and colorful wholesale market of spices, dry fruits, wedding-sarees, etc. Overnight Hotel
This morning visit old Delhi, including Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk. Later, drive to India Gate and see colonial buildings. In the evening take a short walk again to a nearby restaurant to try some hot and spicy Indian curry. Overnight Hotel
After breakfast drive to Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’ and capital of Rajasthan, and check into hotel. In the evening try shaking legs in a Bollywood dancing workshop. Overnight Hotel
In the full-day sightseeing programme of Jaipur visit City Palace, Jantar Mantar, the majestic Amer Fort and Hawa Mahal (the Palace of Winds). In the evening, walk the colorful bazaars of the old city to taste some Indian sweets. Overnight Hotel
After breakfast, drive to Agra. En route visit Fatehpur Sikri. Spend evening visiting the bazaars where some descendants of the families of artisans (who worked on the Taj) continue to create wonders with marble. Overnight Hotel
Today, early morning visit to Taj Mahal at sunrise and return to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, check out and visit Agra Fort. Later drive to Gwalior, a historical town in Madhya Pradesh. Overnight Hotel
After breakfast drive leisurely to Gwalior Fort to see its colossal size and architectural grandeur. Later transfer to Orchha. Evening, join a cookery class to learn how to cook Indian dishes. Dinner is included. Overnight Hotel
After breakfast in Orchha see the town, cenotaphs and the temples. Later drive to Khajuraho. Spend afternoon strolling through market to get a taste of the semi-rural life, or to buy a souvenir or two. Overnight Hotel
This morning visit Khajuraho temple complex. Later transfer to airport for flight to Varanasi. Afternoon, take auto-rickshaws to old city, walk the busy market and witness the incredible evening aarti (prayer) performed on one of the Ghats. Overnight Hotel
Today, enjoy early morning boat ride on the Ganges to watch Hindu rituals being performed on its Ghats. In the afternoon visit Sarnath, the place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon. Overnight Hotel
This morning join a Power Yoga session, a unique fitness approach that includes both traditional Yoga Asanas. Afternoon free. Evening, transfer to railway station for overnight journey to Delhi. Overnight Overnight Train
Arrive in Delhi in the morning and transfer to the hotel for check in. Rest of the day is free to explore this metropolis further. Overnight Hotel
Our tour concludes and we get our departure transfer to international airport for our flights to our respective destinations.
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Suitable for families with young children
Highest Point (Max altitude)
Fairly easy 5-6 hours of activity per day. May include some uphill sections, reasonable fitness recommended.
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