Highlights of India
Varanasi, or Benaras, (also known as Kashi) is a city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Situated on the banks of River Ganges, Varanasi is one of the seven holiest cities for Hindus, dating back to the 11th century B.C. Along the city's winding streets are some 2,000 temples including Jyotirlinga Viswanath Temple or “Golden Temple”, dedicated to Lord Shiva. North of town, Sarnath is where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, at the site of Dhamek Stupa.
This India’s cultural highlights tour focusses on diverse regions and local cultures. It features Varanasi, the spiritual heart of India, famous for its temples, and Ghats along the Ganges River. Also, the beautiful Taj Mahal and the Rajasthan desert. In Jaipur, take an elephant ride to the 16th century Amber Fort. In Udaipur, is the City Palace, one of the largest in Rajasthan and the picturesque Lake Pichola, and spectacular Jain temples of Ranakpur. The tour ends in Mumbai.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 13-DAY INDIA HIGHLIGHTS TOUR…
And, experience its diverse regions and local cultures.
Begin in Delhi, the bustling capital of India. With your private guide, explore the historical sites of Old Delhi including Qutab Minar, world’s tallest minaret, Humayun’s tomb, Lodi Gardens, Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. New Delhi in comparison has an imprint of the British architect Edwin Lutyens. Most notably, his shiny examples are the Parliament and the President’s House.
Fly to Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India (also known as Kashi and Benaras). Visit the ‘bathing ghats’ where thousands of pilgrims pay homage to the Sun God by immersing themselves in the holy water of River Ganges. Explore Varanasi’s old town, with its ancient universities and renowned silk shops. Also visit Sarnath, where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon and in the evening, experience the grand ‘Aarti’ ceremony conducted on the banks of the river at sunset.
Transfer to Agra, and experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Taj Mahal. Tour the splendid Agra fort, built in red sandstone, encapsulating magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens.
Continue to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s great “Pink City,” visiting the centuries-old ruins at Fatehpur Sikri en route. See the rich architectural legacy of Jaipur’s merchants and maharajas hill forts, palaces, an observatory, temples and havelis (courtyard mansions), surrounded by stark desert. Take an elephant ride to the 16th century Amber Fort. Browse bazaars selling textiles, leatherwork, perfume, jewellery and Jaipur’s traditional blue pottery.
Spend three nights in Udaipur, India’s most romantic city and serene city. Set in the scenic valley of Aravalli hills and surrounded by three lakes, it has its share of palaces including the City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in Rajasthan. Cruise Lake Pichola and walk through picturesque backstreets. One day, enjoy an excursion to the gorgeous, fresco-covered Juna Mahal palace, or to the spectacular Jain temples of Ranakpur.
The tour ends in Mumbai (Bombay), the commercial centre of India. Explore the city’s cultural attractions including the Prince of Wales Museum, Dhobi Ghat, the open air launderette, Marina Drive and Victoria Terminus Station. Take an optional private boat ride to the Elephanta Island Caves—inside are extensive Hindu stone sculptures linked to the cult of Shiva.
Highlights of India This tour is an overview of India’s diverse regions and local cultures.
(13 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Delhi, Varanasi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai.
Day 1 – Arrive
Delhi Private transfer to hotel for 2 night stay.
Day 2 – Tour
Delhi Full-day private tour of Old & New Delhi.
Day 3 – Transfer & Tour
Varanasi Private transfer and flight to Varanasi for overnight stay.
Private city touring and visit to Sarnath.
Day 4 – Transfer & Tour
Agra Morning private boat ride on the Ganges and city touring.
Transfer and flight to Delhi; overland drive to Agra for 2 nights.
Day 5 – Tour
Agra Private touring including Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and other attractions in Agra.
Day 6 – Transfer & Tour
Jaipur Private tour of Fatehpur Sikri en route to Jaipur for 2 nights.
Day 7 – Tour
Jaipur Private Jaipur touring, including morning elephant ride and afternoon city touring and shopping.
Day 8 – Transfer & Tour
Udaipur Private transfer to Udaipur for 3 nights with touring en route.
Day 9 – Tour
Udaipur Private touring, including meal at private home and cruise on Lake Pichola.
Day 10 – Tour
Udaipur Private excursion to Jain Temples at Ranakpur or visit local temples and gourmet lunch at a palace.
Day 11 – Transfer & Tour
Mumbai Private transfer and flight to Mumbai (Bombay).
Private city touring this afternoon.
Day 12 – Tour
Mumbai Private city tour including boat ride to Elephanta Island.
Day 13 – Depart
Mumbai Private airport transfer
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
Make this your holiday
Getting There 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.
When to go The best time to travel to India is between September and March. This is a high season and it is advisable to book your holiday well in advance. Summer starts in April and by June, it becomes very hot. By July there is the south-west monsoon, which brings heavy rains to the west coast. September is a generally a clear month though later, between October and December there may be a reverse pattern called the north-east monsoon that appears in the Bay of Bengal, bringing rains to the east coast. The best time for trekking in the Indian Himalaya is between April and November but it varies from region to region and the altitude you are planning to reach.
Passport/Visa Visas are required to enter, exit or transit through Indian territories. The most common is a single entry 30-day visa. Multiple entry, 60-day and 90-day visas are also available. Passports must have a minimum of six months validity. Enquiries should be directed to the nearest Indian High Commission, embassy or consulate.
All visa applications in UK should be filled online at http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk. Cost of six months tourist visa for UK nationals including handling charges is £92.20.