North India Highlights
This 15-day private tour is a classic itinerary for first time travellers who want a broad range of fascinating experiences in some of the country’s most intriguing places. The tour features some of India’s best cultural destinations, including ancient temples, British colonial treasures, and an abundance of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Stay at some of the best hotels in each destination.
UNLEASH YOUR MOJO: EXPLORING INDIA’S BRITISH COLONIAL TREASURES AND UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES.
Begin in Delhi, the bustling capital of India. With your private guide, explore the historical sites of Old Delhi including Qutab Minar, Humayun’s tomb, Lodi Gardens and Jama Masjid. New Delhi in comparison has an imprint of the British architect Edwin Lutyens. Most notably are his shiny examples of 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. Built by a Moghul emperor in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal it is often referred to as a poem in white marble. 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. Explore medieval backstreets and marvel at the luminous saris of indigenous tribal women.
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, taking in views of local villages and the surrounding hills and lakes. One day, enjoy an excursion to the gorgeous, fresco-covered Juna Mahal palace, or to the spectacular Jain temples of Ranakpur.
Return to Delhi for overnight and connect with your onward flight.
North India Highlights Visit atmospheric towns, cultural destinations, ancient temples and British colonial treasures.
(15 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Delhi, Varanasi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur
Day 1 – Arrive
Delhi Arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights.
Day 2 – Tour
Delhi Full-day private tour of Old Delhi.
Day 3 – Tour
Delhi Full-day private tour of New Delhi.
Day 4 – Transfer & Tour
Varanasi Private transfer and flight to Varanasi for overnight stay.
Private city touring and visit to Sarnath.
Day 5 – 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 6 – Tour
Agra Private touring including Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and other attractions in Agra.
Day 7 – Transfer & Tour
Jaipur Private tour of Fatehpur Sikri en route to Jaipur for 2 nights.
Day 8 – Tour
Jaipur Private Jaipur touring, including morning elephant ride and afternoon city touring and shopping.
Day 9 – Transfer & Tour
Jodhpur Private transfer to Jodhpur for 2 nights.
Day 10 – Tour
Jodhpur Full-day private tour. Evening tour of spice market.
Day 11 – Transfer & Tour
Udaipur Private transfer and flight to Udaipur for 3 nights.
Day 12 – Tour
Udaipur Private city tour, meal at local home, and cruise on Lake Pichola.
Day 13 – Tour
Udaipur Private excursion to Jain Temples at Ranakpur or visit local temples and gourmet lunch at a palace.
Day 14 – Transfer & Tour
Delhi Private transfer and flight to Delhi for overnight.
Afternoon with guide and driver at disposal.
Day 15 – Depart
Delhi Private transfer to airport
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.