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Classic North India tour - 11 Days

India tour that's a real classic

Tour Prices

Standard
fr £1553pp

Deluxe
fr £3834pp

Valid between:

  • 01/10/2017 - 14/10/2017
  • 11/11/2017 - 15/12/2017

Rates based on twinshare


Price includes

  • 10 nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • All arrival, transfers and sightseeing
  • AC Toyota Innova.
  • Entrance Fees are per Itinerary
  • Sightseeing as specified in itinerary
  • 1 elephant or jeep ride to Amber fort
  • 1 horse carriage ride at Taj Mahal
  • 1 morning boat ride in Varanasi
  • Guide as per the itinerary
  • All current government taxes
  • Train tickets on AC Chair car

Not included

  • International flight and Visa fees
  • International flight and Visa fees
  • Domestic Airfares - Fflight to Varanasi

International flights not included unless otherwise stated

India is a country that bristles with a mind-stirring mix of landscapes and cultural traditions. And your 11 day journey through the north of this fascinating country, which begins and ends in the capital city Delhi, will take you through an intoxicating mix of sights and sounds that will blaze in your memory long after. On this imaginative tour you will visit the colourful city of Jaipur in Rajasthan, the stunning abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, see the beautiful Taj Mahal at Agra and take a boat trip on the sacred Ganges River at Varanasi. You will travel by road and rail on the tour and every day promises a great adventure.

Full Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Delhi

On arrival at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport you will be met by one of our tour representatives and taken to your hotel in the city. The capital of India paints a picture rich with culture, architecture and human diversity, monuments, museums, galleries and gardens. Made up of two contrasting yet harmonious parts, Old Delhi and New Delhi, the city is the travel hub of Northern India.


Day 2: Delhi

After breakfast you will be taken on a full-day tour of Old and New Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid, which is the largest mosque in India and ride a rickshaw to Chandni Chowk, the busiest market in Old Delhi. Then drive past the Red Fort, President’s House, India Gate and several other government buildings in Edwin Lutyen’s modern Delhi before you head to Rajghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi that marks the spot where he was cremated in 1948. Later visit Humayun’s Tomb and the Qutab Minar, which is the tallest brick minaret in the world.


Day 3: Delhi to Jaipur

Today after breakfast you leave Delhi and are driven the 220 miles to Jaipur, which is also known as the Pink City. The journey will take around six hours and you will see lots of amazing sights along the way. The city of Jaipur is the capital to the state of Rajasthan, famous for its colourful culture, forts, palaces, and lakes and you will be staying here for the next two nights.


Day 4: Jaipur

A wonderful sightseeing tour of Jaipur today visiting the Amber Fort, a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The best way to explore the fort is to ride up to it on elephant back. Later stop at the beautiful Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of the Winds. Then after lunch visit the City Palace a synthesis of Rajasthani and Mughal styles and the Jantar Mantar Observatory, comprising geometric devices for measuring time. You will also visit the Albert Hall, which was modeled on the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.


Day 5: Jaipur to Agra

After breakfast today you begin the five hour drive to Agra stopping on the way at the UNESCO world heritage site of Fatehpur Sikri, built by Emperor Akbar, who wanted to make it his headquarters. However, he had to abandon the red sandstone city due to a shortage of water. It is India's best example of the amalgamation of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti enshrines the burial place of the Sufi saint who lived a religious life here.


Day 6: Agra

An early start this morning to see the sunrise over the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This beautiful marble monument was built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved consort Mumtaz Mahal. The pure white structure changes colour at different times of the day and the soft pink of the dawn and the fiery shade it acquires at dusk are bewitching. Later in the day visit the Agra Fort, built by Emperor Akbar in 1565. It is a magnificent citadel with exquisite marble palaces, ornate alcoves and terrace pavilions.


Day 7: Train to Jhansi

Today you leave Agra and take the Shatabdi Express train to Jhansi. On arrival you are met and driven to Khajuraho, stopping on the way to visit the ancient village of Orchha, noted for its wealth of palaces, temples and cenotaphs dating back to 16th and 17th centuries. Visit the abandoned yet impressive Orchha Palace then later travel overland through rural India, passing sleepy villages and arrive at Khajuraho and check in to your hotel.


Day 8: Khajuraho to Varanasi

Begin today by visiting the beautiful temples that dot the town of Khajuraho which are believed to have been built by the mighty Chandela rulers in the 9th and 10th century AD. The engravings on these temples are highly erotic and much has already been discussed about their symbolic importance. Later you are taken to the airport for your short flight to Varanasi where you will be met and driven to your hotel. This is one of the oldest living cities in the world and the relationship between the sacred river Ganges and the city is the essence of Varanasi.


Day 9: Varanasi

Enjoy an early morning boat trip on the River Ganges to view the sunrise and witness the people who gather to perform their daily religious rituals on the river bank. After sunrise you visit some of the temples in the surrounding area, including the Bharat Kala Bhavan, which lies within the sprawling grounds of Banaras Hindu University. In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion to Sarnath, a major Buddhist centre.


Day 10: Varanasi to Delhi

After breakfast today you will be met by one of our tour representatives and driven to the airport to board your flight to Delhi. On arrival you will be met and taken to your city hotel. The rest of the day and evening are at leisure for some more exploring in the exciting capital city possibly seeing some of the sights that you missed at the beginning of the tour.


Day 11: Tour ends

You have experienced all the highlights of Northern India on this classic tour and today, after possibly some last minute shopping for souvenirs, or more sightseeing, you will be driven to the international airport for your onward flight or to begin your journey home. This great tour is the perfect way to get the best out of a holiday in India.