Icons & Hidden Treasures of Northern India

From elaborate royal palaces to the most desolate landscapes, enter into a world of extremes in northern India. Discover Delhi’s colonial grandeur and mouthwatering cuisine. Take in the imposing magnificence of Jaipur’s City Palace and hillside Amber Fort. And let the Taj Mahal mesmerise at sunrise and sunset. Then, head into a limitless wilderness where the leopard roams wild and free and rare birdlife provides a delightful diversion. Live like a maharaja in regal palaces, historic havelis and luxury tented camps – after all, this is the Land of Kings.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Namaste and welcome to Delhi, India’s northern gateway. Nowhere are India’s rich cultural contrasts brought more sharply into focus than Delhi with its ruin-studded gardens, a growing contemporary art scene and world-class cuisine. Receive a warm A&K welcome and be transferred privately to your luxury hotel, The Oberoi New Delhi. Settle in and discover the superb service and facilities or step outside on your own to explore all that this dazzling city has to offer.

Hotel: The Oberoi New Delhi, 2 nights

Day 2: Delhi

Take in the sights of Old and New Delhi today. starting with a visit to the thumping heart of Old Delhi where the towering minarets of India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid, loom high above the crowded streets. Hop onto a cycle rickshaw and weave your way through the colourful bazaars of Chandni Chowk. Take a photo stop at the Red Fort, the residence of the Mughal Emperors and the seat of the Mughal capital till 1857. Gaze at the ancient ramparts, the stage for some of India’s most momentous cultural and historical events. Savour delicious local cuisine at Veda restaurant designed by one of India’s top fashion designers Rohit Bal, before continuing New Delhi, where modern India’s seeds were first sown.

Drive down the tree-lined Rajpath (the royal path) to the 42-metre-high stone arch of India Gate, a majestic monument commemorating the contribution of Indian soldiers who laid down their lives for the British Empire in World War I. At the far end of the boulevard, glimpse the sprawling President’s Residence, Rashtrapati Bhavan. Finish your tour at the Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the tallest free-standing tower in the world. Built in the early 13th century in red sandstone and marble, the tower is covered with intricate carvings of words from the Quran.

Day 3: Delhi – Agra

Begin with a visit to the heritage-listed Humayun’s Tomb. Built in 1570 for a Mughal emperor, this beautiful palatial tomb was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. Bid farewell to Delhi and journey overland to Agra, home to the mesmerising Taj Mahal. Standing proud in the heart of the city, the Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz and is now the world’s preeminent expression of passionate but restrained mourning. Drink in the breathtaking sunset over the Taj Mahal before returning to a royal welcome at The Oberoi Amarvilas, where you can continue to bask in uninterrupted views of the landmark from your luxury room.

Hotel: The Oberoi Amarvilas, 2 nights

Day 4: Agra

Rise early and return to the Taj Mahal as the morning light bathes the marble dome and minarets in a soft glow. Return to the hotel for a sumptuous breakfast, then venture to the former imperial city of the Mughal rulers, the heritage-listed Agra Fort. Venture within its red sandstone walls to discover a labyrinth of highly decorated palaces and ornate marble mosques built by the great Mughal emperor Akbar I.

Return to your luxury hotel for some time at leisure before continuing your discovery of the rich Mughal architecture. Explore the city’s laneways, bustling spice market, sacred mosques and temples. Sample treats at a 200-year-old sweet shop, hop on a cycle rickshaw and hear legends that have been passed down through generations.

Marvel at the mausoleum of Itmad ud Daulah, nicknamed “the Baby Taj”. This architectural jewel is the final resting place of Mirza Ghiyas Beg, grandfather of Mumtaz Mahal (to whom the Taj Mahal was dedicated). Admire its exquisitely carved marble surfaces and see why it’s often considered an architectural first draft of the Taj Mahal.

Continue to Mehtab Bagh (Moonlight Garden), an oasis-like garden complex across the Yamuna River from the Taj Mahal and watch the sunset cast a final golden glow over this iconic monument.

Day 5: Agra – Jaipur

Journey overland towards the dusky beauty of India’s Pink City, Jaipur. Pause en route at the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, just west of Agra, to admire one of the region’s most scenic landmarks. Founded in the 16th century by a Mughal emperor, the heritage listed red sandstone city is regarded as Emperor Akbar’s crowning architectural legacy. Enjoy lunch before a quick photo stop at the majestic Chand Baori, one of the largest stepwells in the world, before you arrive at your hotel, the exquisite Rajmahal Palace.

Hotel: Sujan Rajmahal Palace, 3 nights

Day 6: Jaipur

After breakfast, embark on a tour of the Amber Fort for a fascinating insight into the life of the Moghuls. Pay a visit to the Anokhi Museum for a lesson in the traditional Rajasthani craft of hand printing from local artists.

Afterwards, explore City Palace and its museum which houses a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armour of the Mughals and Rajputs, including swords, antiques and artefacts.

Then, admire the heavens from within the Jantar Mantar Observatory, an ancient stargazing hub packed with enormous astronomical instruments dating back to the 16th century.

Enjoy a brief photo stop at Jaipur’s most famous building, Hawa Mahal (‘Palace of Winds’), with its distinctive red and pink facade, before setting out on foot to discover the lesser-known wonders of the Pink City. Step inside lively temples to witness traditional customs, take part in a Hindu prayer ceremony, if you wish, and sip tea with locals in a beautifully restored haveli (mansion).

Day 7: Jaipur

Spend your day exploring at your own pace or choose from a range of activities including (additional charge):

Leave the hustle far behind as you soar above Jaipur’s yawning horizons and rolling hills in an enchanting early-morning hot-air balloon flight.

Spend time in the home of a noble Rajput family for an intimate cooking demonstration.

Step inside Clay Botik studio for a hands-on pottery lesson with a local artist.

Enjoy a delicious afternoon High Tea on the terraces and manicured lawns of your luxury property whilst learning about henna painting and turban tying.

Pay a visit to Digantar, a local school supported by A&K Philanthropy.

Day 8: Jaipur – Rural Rajasthan (Nimaj)

Swap the city hustle for the serenity of Rajasthani tented camp Chhatra Sagar operated by descendants of the area’s former rulers. Perched on the edge of a century-old reservoir teeming with birdlife, the five-star retreat comprises luxury en suite tents in an idyllic and peaceful rural setting. This evening get your bearings with a nature walk to spy over 200 bird species before retreating to your private sitting area looking out across the water.

Hotel: Raas Chhatrasagar, 2 nights

Day 9: Rural Rajasthan (Nimaj)

Wake up to views of the water and glorious birdsong. Then, explore your way from a selection of included activities. Tour the local farm and village by open-top jeep, witness the region’s cottage industries in action, and meet local children at the school. For something truly relaxing, drift across the lake on a tranquil boat trip.

Day 10: Rural Rajasthan (Nimaj) – Jodhpur

Bid farewell to your tranquil setting and continue to Jodhpur on the edge of the great Thar Desert. Settle into your hotel, before exploring the treasures of the Blue City. Venture high to the majestic Mehrangarh Fort on a clifftop overlooking the city. Marvel at the intricately carved walls and relive the rich history contained within the fort. Then, marvel at the gleaming white Jaswant Thada in contrast with its red sandstone base. Continue into the heart of the old city and wind through the narrow alleys of the bustling Sardar Market, an explosion of colour and filled with trinkets and handicrafts. Sample one of the city’s famous lassi, a sweet blend of yoghurt and spices, under the Clock Tower before returning to your hotel.

Hotel: Raas Jodhpur, 2 nights

Day 11: Jodhpur

Drive to Salawas for a morning safari, and visit with local potters, weavers and the Bishnoi people. Discover a fascinating culture and ethnic community in the nearby Bishnoi villages. Founded by Guru Jambheshwar in 1451, the Bishnoi sect is founded on 29 (Bishnoi) principles, including unconditional love for nature and wildlife. Spend time learning why they are protective of their land and their unique traditions and customs. En route to Jodhpur stop at a small weaving workshop and watch as family members keep up a hundred-year-old tradition of dhurry weaving.

Afternoon exploring at your own pace or choose an activity (additional cost). Visit to Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park located at the foot of Mehrangarh Fort or take a food walk in Jodhpur experiencing popular street food while walking down the heritage lanes of the old city and Tuk Tuk ride.

Day 12: Jodhpur – Jawai Bandh

Venture into the heart of the wild Aravalli Hills to Jawai Bandh, where leopards roamfree. Amid former kingdoms of Mewar and Marwar, the region is home to the charismatic Rabari herdsmen, a people living in harmony with the indigenous wildlife. Spend some time relaxing in your luxury tented camp before joining one of the local guides on a leisurely stroll looking for nomadic shepherds as they return at the end of the day with their goats. This evening, enjoy the tranquil setting from the stillness of your private veranda.

Hotel: Sujan Jawai, 2 nights

Day 13: Jawai Bandh

If you’re hoping to see a leopard, there’s no better place than Jawai Bandh. Head out on early morning and late afternoon drives in a customised 4×4 accompanied by your expert tracker-guide. Each drive is timed to give you optimal viewing opportunities of the sought-after spotted cat, plus a rich variety of wildlife. Between drives, immerse yourself in the luxury of your stunning tented resort. Indulge in a rejuvenating massage, unwind with meditation or yoga, watch flamingo on the lagoon, or explore the villages of Jawai or the countryside trails surrounding the camp by bicycle or on foot (additional cost).

Day 14: Jawai Bandh – Udaipur

Drive south to India’s most romantic city, stopping en route at the Ranakpur Temples. Admire the intricate architectural style of the largest and most important temples of the Jain religion. Built in the 15th century, the exquisite marble complex comprises more than 1400 carved pillars. Arrive in Udaipur and discover a place where cascading, whitewashed mansions sit alongside deep blue lakes and the undulating Aravalli Hills.

As sunset calls, take a private boat ride on the shimmering waters of Lake Pichola and see the city rising majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert.

Hotel: The Oberoi Udaivilas, 2 nights

Day 15: Udaipur

Set out on a morning discovery of Udaipur’s distinctive architecture, arts and crafts. Your first stop is the enormous City Palace, a flamboyant fusion of Rajasthani and Mughal styles towering over the lake and featured in the James Bond movie Octopussy. Gleaming walls, marble balconies and the spectacular Peacock Courtyard will leave you in awe. Journey on to admire the beautifully carved pillars and painted walls of the three-storey Jagdish Temple. Continue to Saheliyon-ki-Bari (‘The Garden of the Maids of Honour’) to see a lavish tribute to the 48 ladies in waiting who formed part of a royal dowry. Step inside a gallery and be inspired by practising artists as they produce the miniature paintings that Udaipur is famous for. Known as the Mewar school, observe the artist using traditional stone and vegetable colours on various mediums like cotton, silk, bone and paper. Spend your afternoon at leisure.

Day 16: Depart Udaipur

Depart Udaipur with a private transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Delhi Daily: $14,325.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 15 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle
Accommodation:15 nights accommodation
Guide:English Speaking Guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Jewels of India

The Jewels of India come alive! Stretch your wings as you take in the best North India has to offer. From the history and beauty of Jodhpur to the deep spirituality of Varanasi and Sarnath, North India contains many treasures.

Peel back the layers of India’s mesmerising capital Delhi before flying to India’s holiest Hindu city, Varanasi. Spend two days exploring this fascinating place, including a sunset cruise on the mythical Ganges River where you’ll release sacred offerings into the river as the ritual of Aarti is performed. Journey to Sarnath to walk through Deer Park, where Buddha is reputed to have first taught his Dharma, or teachings. Travel to Khajuraho, which boasts some of the most incredible World Heritage-listed sandstone temples in the world, then stand in awe before the temple of love that is the Taj Mahal. Marvel at the sights of the gorgeous ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Enjoy champagne from the impressive Mehrangarh Fort and wander the streets in the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur, before relaxing by Lake Pichola in romantic Udaipur.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Be welcomed to North India with a traditional floral garland and red tikka before arriving at your hotel for the next two nights.

Day 2: Delhi

Explore Old Delhi and India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid. Dazzle your senses on a rickshaw ride through Asia’s largest wholesale spice bazaar and Delhi’s oldest streets, finishing with a traditional lunch in Dharampura haveli. Later, visit the inspiration for the Taj Mahal, Humayan’s Tomb and drive past the India Gate and Presidential Avenue. Tonight, enjoy your special welcome dinner.

Day 3: Delhi – Varanasi

Fly to India’s holiest Hindu city, Varanasi and enjoy the next two nights at your hotel.

Enjoy a rickshaw ride to the banks of the Ganges River. Cruise the holy river at dusk while listening to the sounds of traditional Indian music. Release sacred offerings into the river and witness the magical ceremony of the evening Aarti.

Day 4: Varanasi

As the sun begins to rise, drift slowly down the Ganges River and watch the many ghats come to life. Afterwards, take a stroll along the ghats and laneways of the Old City. Return to your hotel for a morning at leisure. This afternoon, journey to Sarnath and spend time at one of Buddhism’s most important sites, Deer Park.

Day 5: Varanasi – Khajuraho

Freechoice: Take a yoga lesson or visit a Shiva Temple to witness a ritual to appease the God Shiva.

Later, fly to Khajuraho, famous for its magnificent World Heritage-listed temple architecture. Enjoy a two night stay at your hotel overlooking the iconic temples.

Day 6: Khajuraho

Be inspired as you explore exquisitely sculpted sandstone temples built between the 9th and 10th centuries by the Chandela Dynasty, which dominated Central India. Marvel at scenes depicting gods and goddesses, beast and warriors, dancers and musicians and the exotic Kama Sutra carvings for which these Khajuraho temples are most famous.

Freechoice: Enjoy a sound and light show at the temples or a traditional folk dance.
Day 7: Khajuraho – Orchha – Jhansi – Agra

Drive to Orchha and enjoy a walking tour of the old town before continuing to Jhansi and boarding a train to Agra. Arrive at your luxurious Special Stay hotel for two nights in Agra, only 600 metres from the magnificent Taj Mahal.

Day 8: Agra

Marvel at the Taj Mahal at sunrise with its shimmering marble domes and towers reflected in the landscaped pools. Inlaid with black marble and semi-precious stones, this architectural marvel, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his favourite wife Mumtaz, sparkles in different colours throughout the day. Later, discover the World Heritage-listed Mughal Red Fort of Agra, built in the 16th century, and learn about the links between the two attractions.

Gather for evening drinks to overlook and appreciate the architectural wonder of the Taj Mahal from the close proximity of your hotel.

Freechoice Dining: Choose Asian cuisine at C’est Chine, or a North Indian BBQ. Alternatively, enjoy the buffet at Bellevue at your hotel.
Day 9: Agra – Jaipur

Wander around the World Heritage-listed site of the Mughal capital city of Fatehpur Sikri en route to Jaipur, also known as the ‘Pink City’. Stop and visit Abhaneri village and its 1,000-year-old step well. Check into your hotel in Jaipur for the next two nights

Day 10: Jaipur

Explore the City Palace and the World Heritage-listed Jantar Mantar, an 18th century observatory, where the remarkable astronomical devices are still used today. View the magnificent Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) with its honeycombed sandstone windows where the ladies of the royal household would watch everyday life pass by. Experience the art and history of Henna followed and dress in traditional saris and turbans before enjoying dinner in the restored Samode Haveli.

Day 11: Jaipur – Pushkar

Begin your day by exploring the striking hilltop Amer Fort. Explore the Maharajah’s apartments, the many palaces with interiors richly decorated with exquisite paintings and intricate carvings. Soak in the views of the massive ramparts surrounding the complex before driving to Pushkar, home of the famous camel fair. Enjoy an overnight stay.

Day 12: Pushkar – Jodhpur

After visiting Pushkar Lake and the Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, one of the very few temples of Hindu Lord Brahma, continue to the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur for the next two nights. Marvel at the close up view of the Mehrangarh Fort from your room at your boutique hotel located inside the old walled city. Enjoy a tuk tuk ride around the surrounding streets locating the local market within walking distance of your hotel.

Day 13: Jodhpur

This morning take off on a jeep adventure to the nearby Bishnoi Villages, learning about their rural way of life. This afternoon time is your own to relax at the hotel or continue to explore the old city and markets.

This evening, accompanied by the museum curator, enjoy a glass of Champagne overlooking the city before continuing on an exclusive walking tour of Mehrangarh Fort. Dinner is at the Fort providing an outstanding vantage point over the city.

Day 14: Jodhpur – Udaipur

Journey to Ranakpur, set in a secluded valley and discover the beautiful and spectacular 15th century Jain Temples. Rising majestically from a hill, the temples are exquisitely carved, boasting marble domes and 1,444 intricately carved pillars. Continue to Udaipur, one of Rajasthan’s most beautiful and romantic cities set at the southern end of the Aravalli Hills for your two night stay located on the edge of Lake Pichola overlooking the City Palace.

Day 15: Udaipur

Freechoice: Take a walk through the markets or explore the City Palace, built in granite and marble, and the nearby Jagdish Temple.

Cruise the serene waters of Lake Pichola during the magical hours of dusk.

Reflect on your journey while enjoying pre-dinner drinks. Indulge in your sumptuous private farewell dinner, decorated with flowers and candles overlooking the magical City Palace and Lake Pichola, a fitting end to your tour.

Day 16: Udaipur – Delhi / Mumbai

Bid farewell to India as you fly to Delhi. Please book onward flights to depart Delhi after 9.00pm. Alternatively, you can use your included flight to fly from Udaipur to Mumbai for a post-tour extension.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
November: 19$14,390.00$19,790.00
2021 Dates & Prices
February: 11$14,090.00$19,490.00
November: 04$14,390.00$19,990.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 15 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Luxury Coach Travel
Flights:Air Ticket: Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho / Udaipur - Delhi or Mumbai
Rail:Rail Ticket: Jhansi - Agra
Accommodation:15 nights accommodation
Guide:Expert Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Colourful India

Delight your every sense during this encounter with the soaring monuments and scenic landscapes of northern India – from bustling Delhi to the jungles of Ranthambore, hilltop fortresses to royal treasures.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

India’s vibrant capital extends a lively welcome, launching an unforgettable journey through northern India’s most exquisite sights. On arrival in Delhi, you’ll be transferred to your hotel where you’ll meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and local appetisers this evening.

Hotel: Sheraton New Delhi, 3 nights
Day 2: Delhi

Savour the scents of spice as you embark on an exhilarating rickshaw ride, navigating the busy streets of Old Delhi. See the Red Fort, a sandstone fortress which once housed the emperors of the Mughal dynasty for centuries, before riding through the colourful Chandni Chowk market. Watch it come to life as the day’s trading begins amidst the sounds of enthusiastic salesmen and endless traffic. We’ll visit Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India and admire its ornate façades before enjoying the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Day 3: Delhi

We ‘Dive Into Culture’ this morning, embarking on a guided walking tour to discover the work done by the Salaam Baalak Trust. Your visit will ‘Make A Difference’ to this non-profit organisation which aims to provide a caring environment for street children. Later, we’ll walk through the bazaar of Paharganj, rubbing shoulders with the locals who flock to the market to shop every day. Lunch is at a local restaurant, before we head to the district of New Delhi, designed and built by the British in the 1920s. Here we’ll visit the UNESCO-listed Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar before driving past Parliament House and India Gate, commemorating the Indian soldiers who died during WWI.

Day 4: Delhi – Agra

Delve into the imperial history of the Mughal Empire as you explore the iconic, yet unexpected highlights of Agra. Visit the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort and stroll through the chambers of a royal residence that lay at the centre of the dynasty until the 17th century. As you drive through the city’s crowded streets, connect with its vibrant spirit and raw energy.

Hotel: Double Tree by Hilton
Day 5: Agra – Ranthambore

Gaze at the sun-kissed white marble of the Taj Mahal, arriving just before sunrise to see its elegant walls glow with rose and golden hues. Learn how this well-preserved landmark stands today as a monument of love, then return to your hotel for breakfast. Later today, travel to Ranthambore and upon arrival check into your hotel for dinner and your overnight stay.

Hotel: The Tigress Ranthambore, 2 nights
Day 6: Ranthambore National Park

You’ll have a full day to connect with your beautiful natural surrounds as you explore all that Ranthambore has to offer. Start the day with an early morning visit to Ranthambore National Park, which was once the hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Keep your camera at the ready to hopefully snap a few photographs of the resident tigers. Afterwards return to your hotel for breakfast followed by some time to relax. After lunch venture out into the park for another visit and watch for glimpses of the various species of bird and wildlife which find sanctuary here and the ruins of a bygone era which are scattered through the park. Dinner is served this evening at your hotel.

Day 7: Ranthambore – Jaipur

This morning travel to Jaipur, the Pink City and gateway to the colourful state of Rajasthan. After lunch, visit the ornate City Palace and later ‘Dive Into Culture’ with a lesson in the art of turban tying and a favourite pastime in Jaipur, kite flying – giving you insights into the ancient customs and pastimes of the city.

Hotel: Hilton, 2 nights

Day 8: Jaipur

One of today’s highlights is a visit to the UNESCO-listed Amber Fort, but first stop to admire the ornate red and pink façades of the Palace of Winds, whose latticed windows once revealed the outside world to the sheltered ladies of the royal household. Continue to the UNESCO-listed Jantar Mantar Observatory, featuring the world’s largest sundial before meeting a ‘Local Specialist’ to learn about the tradition of hand block printing. See how the Jaipur’s exquisitely patterned cottons have been made for centuries, then witness the delicate art of crafting Jaipur’s elegant blue and green pottery. You’ll have an opportunity to ‘Connect With Locals’ this evening, joining a local family for an exclusive ‘Be My Guest’ dinner in their home to savour some of the local delicacies.

Day 9: Jaipur – Narlai

We journey to Narlai and check into Rawla Narlai, a beautifully maintained heritage resort, which was once one of the Jagir villages of Jodhpur’s royal family. Experience royal Rajasthan within its lavishly decorated walls.

Hotel: Rawla Narlai, 2 nights

Day 10: Narlai

Join a Jeep safari into the nearby countryside and keep a keen eye open for deer and leopard in their natural habitat. Later, take a walk around Narlai village and gain insights into the traditional way of life of the villagers. During term-time, you’ll also visit the village school. Later, meet one of the heads of a noble family who’ll share interesting stories about the hotel and the local residents. This evening, your dinner is served in extraordinary surrounds. Descend into the 16th century baori (step-well) for a memorable meal featuring delicious Rajasthani flavours.

Day 11: Narlai – Jodhpur

Leave Narlai behind and travel to another of Rajasthan’s colourful cities – Jodhpur. Your introduction to the Blue City begins with a visit to Mehrangarh Fort, whose glowing red sandstone façades stand imposingly several hundred feet above the city skyline atop a sheer cliff. From one exquisite monument to the next, you’ll visit Jaswant Thada, walking up its red steps to the shimmering white marble façades that house a memorial built to honour the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II by his son in 1899. The mausoleum is still used by the Marwar Royal Family as its cremation grounds. After a busy day of sightseeing, get a taste of local culture during a visit to a market by tuk-tuk and plunge into its crowded alleys with shopfronts selling vegetables, spices, sweets, silver and handicraftserience.

Hotel: Indana Palace Jodhpur, 2 nights

Day 12: Jodhpur

Leave the busy city streets behind and embark on a 4×4 drive through the Rajasthan countryside. Experience a different side of India as you visit a rural Bishnoi community village, a place that appears to be caught in a delightful time warp, where life still goes on like the days of the past. The villagers are all vegetarians and staunch worshippers of nature in all its forms, especially the sanctity of plant and animal life. You’ll gain insights into the day-to-day experiences of the locals who live here and after the visit you’ll have the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure or consider joining an Optional Experience for dinner.

Day 13: Jodhpur- Delhi

We leave Jodhpur behind, flying back to Delhi this morning. Our memorable encounter with northern India at its end, we’ll toast to shared memories over a delicious local Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Sheraton New Delhi

Day 14: Depart Delhi

Say a fond farewell to your travel companions and take a transfer to New Delhi International Airport for your onward flight.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 19$6,925.00$9,325.00
February: 02, 16$6,925.00$9,325.00
March: 03$7,150.00$9,550.00
March: 15, 29$6,925.00$9,325.00
April: 05, 19$6,295.00$8,695.00
May: 03, 17$6,295.00$8,695.00
October: 11, 18, 25$6,925.00$9,325.00
November: 07$7,150.00$9,720.00
November: 22$6,925.00$9,325.00
December: 06$6,925.00$9,325.00
December: 20$7,475.00$10,045.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners
Transport:Airport transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Flights: Flight Ticket: Jodhpur – Delhi
Accommodation:13 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring: Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Highlights of Northern India

Your affordable holiday 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.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

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.

Hotel: The Suryaa, 2 nights

Day 2: Delhi

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.

Day 3:   Delhi – Varanasi

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.

Hotel: Rivitas by Ideal

Day 4: Varanasi – Agra

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.

Hotel: Hotel Clarks Shiraz, 2 nights

Day 5: Agra

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.

Day 6: Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur

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.

Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton, 2 nights

Day 7: Jaipur

Start with a visit to the legendary Amber Fort, known as the “Sleeping Beauty of Rajasthan.” This fortresspalace 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.

Day 8: Jaipur – Jodhpur

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.

Hotel: Indana Palace Jodhpur, 2 nights

Day 9: Jodhpur

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.

Day 10: Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur

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.

Hotel: Spectrum Hotel & Residencies, 2 nights

Day 11: Udaipur

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.

Day 12: Udaipur – Delhi

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

Hotel: Ibis New Delhi Aerocity

Day 13: Depart Delhi

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 19$3,109.00Price on Application
February: 16$3,109.00Price on Application
March: 01, 15$3,109.00Price on Application
September: 27$3,109.00Price on Application
October: 18$3,149.00Price on Application
November: 01$3,149.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinner
Transport:Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
Flight:Air Ticket: Delhi - Varanasi - Agra / Udaipur - Delhi
Accommodation: 11 nights accommodation
Guide:Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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