22 DAYS ●
"India - You'd be mad not to go!" - Joanna Lumley
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
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
Explore Old Delhi with a walk through Chandni Chowk Bazaar to Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque, then take a Rickshaw ride to Khari Baoli, Asia’s largest spice market. After lunch, view India Gate and Parliament House before exploring Gandhi Smriti and Qutab 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
Transfer to the airport to fly to
Khajuraho. This afternoon tour
both the western and eastern
groups of the Khajuraho temples,
known for their intricately
carved, erotic imagery and
celestial beauties. This evening
enjoy a cultural dance display.
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
Drive to Ranthambore National
Park, home to many animals
such as leopards, hyena, bears
and most importantly, tigers.
Stop on the way at the ghost city
of Fatehpur Sikri. The next day,
enjoy both an early morning and
an afternoon canter safari.
Journey to the ‘Pink City’ and
Rajasthan’s capital, Jaipur for a
two night stay.
Begin the day with a brief stop
at Hawa Mahal, the ‘Palace of
the Winds’, before travelling out
of the city to admire the majestic Amber Fort. Back in Jaipur visit
the Maharaja’s City Palace and
Jantar Mantar, the largest stone
and marble crafted observatory
in the world. Later, browse the
local bazaar at Choti Choper
before a traditional dinner and
Travel to Pushkar. Sat on the
banks of one of India’s most
sacred lakes, there are 52 ghats
used for worship by Hindu
pilgrims. This afternoon visit the
lake and the Brahma Temple
before a camel cart ride into the
desert to witness the sunset.
Drive to Khimsar, perched on the
edge on the great Thar Desert
in the heart of rural India. Enjoy
the afternoon exploring the local
area before spending the night in
a magnificent heritage property.
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
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.
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 back to Delhi for the final night of your tour.
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.
Want to fly direct to your destination? Choose Manchester, Heathrow or Gatwick for the biggest selection of direct flights.
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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.
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.
Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and India 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.
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.
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.
We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.
Located on the edge of Jaipur’s centre, the Four Points by Sheraton is a bright modern hotel with an excellent range of facilities. As well as a large outdoor pool, there is also a fitness centre and spa to help you relax. The hotel restaurant serves both local and Western dishes buffet style whilst there is also a bar for a few refreshing beverages. Rooms are simple and comfortable and boast flat screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, floor to ceiling windows with city or Aravali Hills views, en suite bathroom with shower, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities and safety deposit box. ...Read more
This modern hotel is just 5 minutes from the airport. Relax around the swimming pool after a day exploring the temples, try out the gym or have a treatment in the spa. In the evening try out one of the two restaurants, both of which serve both local and international cuisine, before heading to the bar for a nightcap. There is also an inhouse disco. The contemporary style rooms have marble floors and air-conditioning as well as television, safe, minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. The en suite bathroom has either a bath or shower....Read more
A five-minute drive from the national park entrance, this hotel is sat in lovely landscaped gardens and boasts beautiful views. Inspired by nature, it is perfectly located to savour the peace and tranquillity of rural India. There is a restaurant, pool, library, a spa offering Ayurveda treatments and lounge area, whilst a nightly campfire is great for socialising and naturalist talks for learning about the local flora and fauna. Accommodation are spacious with lovely, colourful accents and have air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, fridge, sitting are and en suite shower room. ...Read more
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