Highlights of Northern India

Price per person
from £1,664

Price based on
London Heathrow
10th Sep 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 14 days

  • Northern India

  • Active pace

  • Small group tours

From the blue-washed walls of beautiful Jodphur to the mighty Amber Fort in Jaipur, a visit to Northern India and the desert cities of Rajasthan stays long in the memory. With its sumptuous palaces, bustling bazaars and elegant temples, the wonders of this land are boundless.

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.

What's included

  • VIP 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.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP 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

From the blue-washed walls of beautiful Jodphur to the mighty Amber Fort in Jaipur, a visit to Northern India and the desert cities of Rajasthan stays long in the memory. With its sumptuous palaces, bustling bazaars and elegant temples, the wonders of this land are boundless.

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 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. This evening, meet your Tour Director for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

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. This afternoon, 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Delhi - Mandawa

Day
4

Depart Delhi for the busy market town of Mandawa, famed for its intricately painted havelis-the ornate mansions of India's merchants and temples. Admire the splendid views over Mandawa from its fortress-topped hill before an afternoon visit to the havelis.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Mandawa - Bikaner

Day
5

Travel to Bikaner and take a tour of the massive Junagarh Fortress, a formidable complex housing 37 pavilions, mirrored palaces, and exquisitely decorated balconies, chapels, and courtyards. Stroll the local bazaars and enjoy a savoury treat in the snack capital of India.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Bikaner - Jodhpur

Day
6

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-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. Your accommodation this evening is approximately one hour from the city in a hotel that has been home to generations of noblemen from 1622 AD.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Jodhpur

Day
7

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 and enjoy a turban-tying demonstration. Later, take 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
8

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 up from a maze of narrow lanes, exquisite palaces, pavilions, and gardens

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Udaipur

Day
9

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 miniature art this region is famous for.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Udaipur - Jaipur

Day
10

Today, 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

Jaipur

Day
11

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. NOTE: Museum visit subject to opening times.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra

Day
12

En route to Agra 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. Continue to Agra and see the intricate art of pietra dura or marble inlay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Agra - Delhi

Day
13

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. This afternoon, depart Agra for Gurgaon (near Delhi).

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Gurgaon - Delhi - UK

Day
14

Your tour ends today.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

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.

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Delhi: Picadilly or Radisson Blu;
  • Mandawa: Castle Mandawa;
  • Bikaner:Gajner Palace or Lallgarh Palace;
  • Jodhpur: Rohetgarh Fort;
  • Udaipur: Ramada Udaipur Resort & Spa;
  • Jaipur: Holiday Inn Centre;
  • Agra:Jaypee Palace or Radisson;
  • Guragon:Country Inn & Suites.

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