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Highlights of Northern India

Offer

Price per person
from £1,723

Price based on
London Heathrow
15th Sep 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

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More details
  • 13 days

  • Asia & The Far East

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tours

Enter another world on this spellbinding tour of India, taking in the Golden Triangle cities, as well as other fascinating towns. You’ll start and end in Delhi, and overnight in Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur along the way.

Magnificent forts and enchanting palaces are major highlights of this tour. View the towering Qutub Minar, ancient tomb of the Emperor Humayun, in Delhi; tour Jaipur’s massive Amber Fort made from white marble and red sandstone; visit the grand palaces of Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort. Udaipur is home to the City Palace and Museum, a series of palaces overlooking Lake Pichola, and you’ll have the opportunity to spend time here and learn about the miniature art.

Of course, you’ll also visit the Taj Mahal, built by Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife. Built from 1631-1648 AD, he employed thousands of artisans and craftsmen as well as a labor force of 20,000. All of this—and much more—await you on this thrilling India holiday!

At a glance

  • Delhi city sightseeing Browse the colourful clothes stores and sample the street food of Chandni Chowk.
  • Jaisalmer Fort Visit one of the largest fully-preserved fortified cities in the world.
  • Jodhpur Wander the grand palaces of the 'Blue City'.
  • Udaipur Explore its maze of narrow lanes, colonial pavilions and elegant gardens.
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort A magnificent 16th century palace of temple gardens and opulent state rooms.
  • Agra - Taj Mahal The iconic ivory-white marble mausoleum of Mumtaz Mahal.

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 058 8241 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
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.

Customer Reviews

A great holiday but took it too late in the...

11th May 2018
Mr David Everett

A great holiday but took it too late in the season 47 degrees is no joke. The courier is excellent looked after all our needs. hotels top class food great.The tour is long days on a not so comfortable bus. So be prepaired for early nights to bed. I had a bad illness while on the tour the courier looked after my needs and got the doctor to me for medication. I enjoyed most of the tour and it is good value for the cost.

Very good guide, he & others looked after our every...

3rd March 2018
Trusted Customer

Very good guide, he & others looked after our every need. Wonderful sites visited. Very good hotels except for first one. Virgin flights disappointing - food awful.

Good value for money. Tour covered a large area of...

27th February 2018
Trusted Customer

Good value for money. Tour covered a large area of India.

Spectacular from beginning to end. Very intense programme but well...

7th February 2018
Mrs Isobel Chalk

Spectacular from beginning to end. Very intense programme but well planned and interesting.

First hotel in Delhi awful - Piccadilly. Menu choices...

31st October 2017
Trusted Customer

First hotel in Delhi awful - Piccadilly. Menu choices not available, very low stock if any of alcohol. Total lack of interest and care from staff. At breakfast had to ask for cups, glasses, cutlery -ill prepared for busy a.m. time. Lack of hot water. Hotel appeared to be getting ready to clise down! Minibuscomfortable for length of journeys and road conditions, expected better. Our tour guide, Pradeep, was exceptional, nothing was too much trouble, he was knowledgeable and caring. We had an amazing time, the heritage hotels were beautiful, just would have like an extra day in Udaipur and Jaipur as felt rushed. Overall, well done.

Very good but could do with 1 extra day for...

10th October 2017
Trusted Customer

Very good but could do with 1 extra day for rest/part shopping/chillout day in Jaipur. Temp was 10 above aver for end of Sept up to 102F for 2 days.

It would have been nice if we could have had...

9th October 2017
Mr Michael Green

It would have been nice if we could have had some time to shop in the local shops and markets, instead of simply being taken to certain places where the hard sell was loosely disguised as a demonstration of local expertise, such as carpets, jewellery or art. Overall though it was a great holiday.

Really enjoyed our tour of Northern India, the hotels are...

19th May 2017
Trusted Customer

Really enjoyed our tour of Northern India, the hotels are amazing (especially the Heritage Hotels), our tour guide Abi did a fantastic job, visited forts, palaces and of course the Taj Mahal and tasted the best curries ever, but be prepared to be shocked!! The slums, the small children with babies begging, everybody using the streets as toilets and the Litter!!!! OMG shocking! Don't think anybody passed their driving test either!! Seeing cows, monkeys and camels walking down the street is hilarious. Delhi Belly can be avoided if you are really careful (our party of 4 didn't get it). Overall experience of India was amazing but it is definitely not for the faint hearted!

This tour was amazing, we covered more than 1,000 miles...

20th April 2017
Trusted Customer

This tour was amazing, we covered more than 1,000 miles but saw and experienced so much. The coach driver deserves a medal, closely followed by his assistant and our guide. We got an insight into the real India not just the tourist spots. I loved every minute.

Good value for the price however, as a single traveller...

16th April 2017
Trusted Customer

Good value for the price however, as a single traveller I do get annoyed about paying the single supplement. Airline was so small staff kept knocking people as they passed

Overview

Enter another world on this spellbinding tour of India, taking in the Golden Triangle cities, as well as other fascinating towns. You’ll start and end in Delhi, and overnight in Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur along the way.

Magnificent forts and enchanting palaces are major highlights of this tour. View the towering Qutub Minar, ancient tomb of the Emperor Humayun, in Delhi; tour Jaipur’s massive Amber Fort made from white marble and red sandstone; visit the grand palaces of Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort. Udaipur is home to the City Palace and Museum, a series of palaces overlooking Lake Pichola, and you’ll have the opportunity to spend time here and learn about the miniature art.

Of course, you’ll also visit the Taj Mahal, built by Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife. Built from 1631-1648 AD, he employed thousands of artisans and craftsmen as well as a labor force of 20,000. All of this—and much more—await you on this thrilling India holiday!

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Depart UK

Day
1

Fly to Delhi where on arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Delhi

Day
2

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

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

Delhi - UK

Day
13

Your tour ends today with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Extend your tour and see even more

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 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 058 8241 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 058 8241 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.

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