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Embark on an unforgettable adventure across northern India. From the beauty of the Taj Mahal, through ancient Varanasi, to the colourful characters and hillforts of Rajasthan, witnessing time-honoured tradition and ritual as you go.
Float down the holy Ganges and witness the stunning views
Marvel at this UNESCO World Heritage listed site
Explore the many forts of India's largest state
Spot Bengal Tigers in Ranthambore National Park
Our Enticing India itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly overnight to Delhi, India’s rambunctious capital city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Explore Old Delhi; drive past the Red Fort and walk through Chandni Chowk Bazaar to Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. After lunch, view India Gate before exploring Gandhi Smriti and Qutub Minar.
Fly to Varanasi this morning. Said to be one of the world’s oldest cities, Varanasi is spread along the banks of the River Ganges and is a sacred place for Hindus. Thousand of pilgrims flock to the ghats every day to worship and bathe. Visit the Buddhist sites at Sarnath, where Buddha is said to have delivered his first sermon – the ruins here date back as far as the 3rd century BC.
Rise early and take to the waters of the holy Ganges to see the ghats come to life with the rising sun. Explore the city before enjoying some time at leisure.
Later this evening hop on a rickshaw down the river ghats to witness the puja ceremony of Ganga Aarti.
Transfer to the airport to fly to Khajuraho, stopping en route at Banaras Hindu University. This evening enjoy a cultural dance display.
Tour both the western and eastern groups of the Khajuraho temples, known for their intricately carved, erotic imagery and celestial beauties.
Travel to the 16th-century city of Orchha and then on to Jhansi where you’ll board a Shatabdi Express train to Agra.
Rise early to see the sun rise over one of the world’s most perfect buildings. At dawn the Taj Mahal is swathed in mist and tinged pink by the rising sun – a magical experience. Stop at a traditional marble workshop. This afternoon visit the hulking mass of Agra Fort, established in the 16th-century.
Depending on the season, today operates different, itineraries as follows:
Jan to May:
Drive to Bharatpur, then travel by train to Ranthambore National Park for a safari. Ranthambore is famous for its tigers.
Sept to Dec:
Head for Bharatpur, stopping at Fatehpur Sikri. Visit the Keoladeo National Park, home to many species of birdlife.
Journey to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Those in Ranthambore will have another safari before departure.
Begin the day with a brief stop at the Hawa Mahal, the ‘Palace of the Winds’, before travelling out of the city to admire the majestic Amber Fort. Back in Jaipur give block painting and carpet weaving a go before browsing the local bazaar at Choti Choper. This evening enjoy a traditional dinner and a dance performance.
Depart Jaipur and travel to the town of Alsisar. This small town is full of traditional havelis, replete with frescoes, mansions and cenotaphs and even has a castle.
The next day travel to the vibrant town of Bikaner, dominated by its magnificent fort, and explore by rickshaw. Visit the Prachina cultural centre and museum.
Travel to Jaisalmer. Rising like a mirage from the sandy plains of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is known as the ‘Golden City’. Head to Sunset Point to enjoy the views. The next day spend some time amongst the magnificence of Jaisalmer’s 12th-century fort, one of the largest forts in the world. Later, travel to the Sam Sand
Dunes where you can ride a camel through the desert and view the sunset.
Drive to Jodhpur. Take a tour of the city, exploring the magnificence and splendour of Mehrangarh Fort, visiting the museum of Umaid Bhawan Palace and browsing through Subzi Mandi, the local vegetable and spice market.
The next day jump into a jeep and drive through the desert to Rohetgarh to meet the people of the Bishnoi Tribe and observe their rich cultural life.
Drive to Udaipur via the Jain temple complex of Ranakpur. Arrive in Udaipur and take a cruise on the shimmering waters of Lake Pichola, passing the magical Lake Palace. The next day, you will explore the city, starting with a drive around Fateh Sagar Lake with stops at the Folk Museum, Mewar Art Gallery and Sahelion Ki Bari Garden. Later visit the ornate City Palace and take a stroll through the local market.
Fly to Delhi and travel to Gurgaon. This evening experience the ‘Kingdom of Dreams’, a live entertainment venue where you will watch a magical Bollywood performance.
Fly to the UK, arriving home later the same of the following day.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form.
To call the UK the international access code is 0044 then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625. Mobile Phones Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost.
Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Bhutan is no exception. We have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount is calculated for each tour. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.
Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste. Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.
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