Enticing India


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.

tour duration 22 Days from
tour price 3,890pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Delhi (2N) - Varanasi (2N) - Khajuraho (2N) - Agra (2N) - Alsisar (1N) - Bikaner (1N) - Jaisalmer (2N) - Jodhpur (2N) - Udaipur (2N) - Gurgaon (1N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Float down the holy Ganges in the stunning Varanasi
Admire Khajuraho’s ornate temples and unique sculptures
Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Taj Mahal
Discover the 'Pink City' of Jaipur
Explore Rajasthan's many forts
Spot Bengal Tigers in Ranthambore National Park

Days 1-2 Fly to Delhi
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.
Days 1-2 Fly to Delhi
Day 3 Explore Delhi
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.
Day 3 Explore Delhi
Day 4 Varanasi
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.
Day 4 Varanasi
Day 5 River Ganges
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.
Day 5 River Ganges
Day 6 Khajuraho
Transfer to the airport to fly to Khajuraho, stopping en route at Banaras Hindu University. This evening enjoy a cultural dance display.
Day 6 Khajuraho
Day 7 Explore Khajuraho's Temples
Tour both the western and eastern groups of the Khajuraho temples, known for their intricately carved, erotic imagery and celestial beauties.
Day 7 Explore Khajuraho's Temples
Day 8 Train to Agra
Travel to the 16th-century city of Orchha and then on to Jhansi where you’ll board a Shatabdi Express train to Agra.
Day 8 Train to Agra
Day 9 Taj Mahal
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.
Day 9 Taj Mahal
Day 10 Ranthambore or Bharatpur
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 home to many animals such as leopards, hyena, bears and most importantly, tigers.

Sept to Dec:
Drive to Bharatpur, then continue to the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri and visit the Keoladeo National Park, home to many species of birdlife. Later return to Bharatpur.
Day 10 Ranthambore or Bharatpur
Day 11 Jaipur
Journey to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Those in Ranthambore will have another safari before departure.
Day 11 Jaipur
Day 12 Hawa Mahal & Amber Fort
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.
Day 12 Hawa Mahal & Amber Fort
Day 13 Alsisar
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.
Day 13 Alsisar
Day 14 Bikaner
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.
Day 14 Bikaner
Days 15-16 Discover Jaisalmer
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.
Days 15-16 Discover Jaisalmer
Day 17 Explore Jodhpur
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.
Day 17 Explore Jodhpur
Day 18 Jeep Safari
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.
Day 18 Jeep Safari
Days 19-20 Romantic Udaipur
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.
Days 19-20 Romantic Udaipur
Day 21 Gurgaon
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.
Day 21 Gurgaon
Day 22 Fly Delhi to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home later the same of the following day.
Day 22 Fly Delhi to UK

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

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 Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £2,490 (Delhi-Delhi)
Single room from £740
Tipping paid locally US$120

31-Jan > 21-Feb - £4,390 BOOK NOW
28-Feb > 21-Mar - £4,290 BOOK NOW
03-Oct > 24-Oct - £4,290 BOOK NOW
10-Oct > 31-Oct - £4,290 BOOK NOW
31-Oct > 21-Nov - £4,390 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £2,490 (Delhi-Delhi)
Single room from £740
Tipping paid locally US$120

Goa Extension

Goa Extension

tour duration 5 Days from tour price 340pp
Dubai and the Desert

Dubai and the Desert

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 320pp

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. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), 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. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. 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.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and India is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so 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 for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size, and services used during the trip.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be fun and entertaining, especially in local markets all over India where souvenirs can be purchased for next to nothing. However all passengers must realise that the authenticity and value of goods is always questionable.
If the price seems too good to be true, then it probably is! Some shopping is made up of copied brand items and reproduced antiques.
 
In keeping with most people’s interest whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities in local shops and government factories. This may vary depending on local conditions, and should never interfere with your itinerary’s included sightseeing.
 
Each region has its own specialty; a traditional handicraft perfected by the locals over centuries, a climate that encourages rich spices to grow, or a type of wood, stone or precious jewel in abundance nearby. Textiles are a popular souvenir, including silk brocades from Varanasi in the north or Kanchipuram in the south, tie-dyed cottons from all over Rajasthan, saris, hand woven Tibetan carpets from Darjeeling or Dharamshala, or the woollen shawls pashminas of Kashmir and Ladakh.
 
There is also the heavy and elaborate silverwork of Rajasthan, “spring picked” tea from the hill stations, and the spices, wooden carvings or facemasks of Kerala.
 
If you prefer set prices, head to the government-run shops, usually called “cottage industries” or “emporium” which sells quality but reasonably priced goods. The more up market tourist shops will also have fixed prices. Markets, street stalls, and local shops can be noisy, crowded, and confronting, but this remains one of the most rewarding experiences of travelling in India. If your itinerary includes some free time and you would like to go shopping, ask either your National Escort/Guide or the hotel staff for advice on how to best get there. They should be able to tell you if you need a taxi or a rickshaw, how much you should pay for the journey and provide you verbal or written directions to give to the driver. Remember to take a hotel business card with you to find your way back!

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and includes a combination of western and local dishes. As traditional in this region, lunch and dinner are served in a banquet style, so you can try the variety of specialty dishes. The amount of food served is more than ample for the whole group.
 
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people so dishes are not too spicy or unusual in their taste. One of the great myths about India is that the food is of poor quality and always hot and spicy. This is definitely not the case! In fact, North Indian dishes whilst often very rich and indeed spicy don’t contain as much chilli as South Indian dishes. Indian cuisine is predominately vegetarian; however more meat (chicken and lamb) dishes are available in the North. On our group tours, we use a variety of local and hotel restaurants, which provide variety in both the dishes and methods of cooking. If you like Indian food from home, you will have no problems with the real Indian food as it is similar, only more flavoursome. You’ll love it; though don’t expect to lose weight on your holiday, Indians love to eat and eat big. In tourist centres, some restaurants and hotels may also serve western dishes to provide variety. You may also prefer to bring comforts like cereal, biscuits, muesli bars and tea/coffee from home.
 
Drinks will be at each tour member’s own expense. Beer is widely available and cheap. Wine lovers should remember that western style wine is very expensive to import into India, so is not stocked except by upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice, fruit juices, or lassies (yoghurt based sweet or salty drinks) from a trusted restaurant; where they will use boiled or bottled water to prepare ice and drinks.
 
Tea is very popular and Indians simply love visiting the many street stalls which brew chai (also known as masala), a sweet, spiced tea brewed with boiling milk. Hotels will usually serve tea and instant coffee at breakfast or other meals – you can usually request the chai or masala style tea as well.
Packed meals: On some days, your National Escort/Guide may arrange for a simple, packed meal for your group. It may be a matter of schedule (on long driving days), hygiene (on train journeys), or your location (in remote areas) and we ask you to bear this in mind. Although this is not a full meal, most of our passengers seem to enjoy this change from the large portions and more elaborate banquets enjoyed most days.

What's Included

All meals
International flights and current taxes
Domestic transportation
Accommodation
Touring with guides and entrance fees
Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders

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