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Take an unforgettable adventure through northern India, bursting with colourful characters, cultural wonders and intriguing history. Witness the region’s long-standing traditions and rituals
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.
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arrival the rest of the day is
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Explore Old Delhi, drive past the Red Fort and visit Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. After lunch, view India Gate and Parliament House before exploring Gandhi Smriti and Qutub Minar.
Transfer to the airport and fly to the ancient city of Varanasi. Head just out of town to the fascinating Buddhist site of Sarnath, where Buddha is said to have delivered his first sermon. The next day, rise early to cruise on the Ganges and watch the ghats come to life as the sun rises. Explore the city with your guide, later hopping on a rickshaw to the ghats to witness the puja ceremony of Ganga Aarti.
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 often swathed in mist and tinged pink by the rising sun – a magical experience. This afternoon visit the hulking mass of Agra Fort, established in the 16th century.
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 afternoon safari.
Journey to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur for a two-night stay.
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 visit the Maharaja’s City Palace and Jantar Mantar, the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. Later enjoy a traditional dinner.
Travel to Pushkar. Set 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 to witness the sunset in the desert. The next day continue to Khimsar, perched on the edge on the great Thar Desert in the heart of rural India. Stay overnight in a magnificent heritage fort.
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 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.
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 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
Return to Delhi and enjoy a farewell dinner this evening.
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. If your tour departs in less than 30 days, please call our travel experts to book.
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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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