For the most exotic holiday you’ll ever have, you need to discover India. Travel wide-eyed through ancient temples and crowded cities dotted with World Heritage sites. This isn’t a country for shrinking violets – all the sights come in high definition colour and surround sound – it’s a place for intrepid explorers in search of adventure. First-timers can tick-off all the main sites: the big cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Agra and Varanasi before exploring Rajasthan to see the rich architectural legacy of merchants and maharajas (Hindu princes)—hill forts, palaces, the temples and havelis (courtyard mansions) in some of the well known cities of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Udaipur.
UNLEASH YOUR MOJO: AMONG INDIA’S FAIRY-TALE TEMPLES, HILL FORTS AND PALACES.
Begin in Delhi, the bustling capital of India. During private touring, experience highlights such as Humayun’s Tomb, the Lodi Gardens, and a rickshaw ride through the bazaars of Old Delhi, as well as upscale shopping districts.
Next, visit Varanasi (Benares), one of the oldest cities in the world and, as the spiritual centre of the Hindu world, a major Indian pilgrimage site. Watch as believers congregate on the ghats (stone steps) along the banks of the holy Ganges River to perform ritual ablutions. With your private guide explore Varanasi’s old town, local villages and take an excursion to Sarnath, believed to be the site of the Buddha’s first sermon. If desired, visit master silk weavers and enjoy a private recital in the home of a local musician.
Continue to Agra for a spellbinding visit to the Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest monument to love and travel to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s great “Pink City,” and visit the Amber Fort. With your private guide, explore the medieval backstreets and browse bazaars selling textiles, leatherwork, woodblock prints, perfume, jewellery and Jaipur’s traditional blue pottery.
Fly to Jodhpur for a stay at the legendary Umaid Bhawan Palace, a sprawling Art Deco masterpiece. Tour Mehrangarh Fort, take in views over the blue houses of the old quarter and visit a nearby village to learn about local herbal remedies and indigenous crafts.
Transfer to Jaisalmer, an ancient city and hilltop fortress town that was once a major stop for silk and spice caravans. Tour the town and its sandstone backstreets, explore the fort, visit impressive Jain temples, and see the elaborately carved stone facades of havelis. One day, ride a camel across the Sam Sand Dunes.
At Udaipur, India's most romantic city, we will spend two nights among the grand arches and courtyard gardens of the beautiful Oberoi Udaivilas. We will also take a day excursion outside the city, to tour the spectacular Jain temples of Ranakpur, where relief carvings cover every surface, including over 1,400 pillars. The tour concludes with a night in Delhi.
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If you have time, extend your tour with a 6-night tiger safari to Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks. Alternatively, take a break at the end of the tour to laze in one of the luxury hotels on a beach in Goa. The cuisine is mostly seafood-based; the staple foods are rice and fish and influenced by the Portuguese. The area is located in a tropical climate, which means that spices and flavours are intense.
One More Thing
We make no extra charge for hotel add-ons or minor changes to hotels at the beginning or at the end of the existing itinerary. If you wish to customise this itinerary then please let us know your interests.
All major international airlines fly to India’s main airports: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Airports tend to be on the outskirts of cities. Pre-paid taxi services and auto-rickshaws are stationed outside the terminus to get you into the city.
If you are travelling with AwimAway, transfers from an airport in India are arranged by our representatives who will meet you at the arrival lounge and transfer you to the hotel.
Please contact us for more information about our luxury India tours, book your international flights and to discuss your requirements with our highly experienced travel experts who all travel to India regularly.