19 DAYS ●
With majestic palaces, stalking tigers and spiritual epicentres – this comprehensive luxury tour allows you to experience the wonders of India in style; from the spiritual Ganges of Varanasi to the majestic Amber Fort of Jaipur, and let's not forget, the iconic Taj Mahal.
Discover the stunning architecture of India’s ‘City of Lakes’
Visit the imposing Mehrangarh Fort in India's 'sun city'
See the striking array of the Khajuraho Temples
Cruise on the spiritual Ganges River taking in the stunning views
Our Exclusive Collection Essence of India Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.
Enjoy a cooking demonstration in Jaipur
Take a night tour of the Amber Fort, after hours
Gaze on the Taj Mahal at sunrise
Witness a Puja ceremony on Varanasi's ghats
Our Essence of 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.
Arrive at the airport by chauffeured transfer and fly overnight to India's capital, Delhi. On arrival you will be accompanied by one of our experienced escorts to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Explore Old Delhi; drive past the Red Fort, walk through Chandni Chowk Bazaar to Jama Masjid and visit the Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple. After lunch, view India Gate before visiting Gandhi Smriti and Qatab Minar. That evening, dine at the Olive Bar & Kitchen, situated in an ancient Mughal mansion. (B,L,D)
Fly to Udaipur, a city of lakes, palaces and temples. The afternoon is at your leisure. (B,L)
In the morning visit Sahelion Ki Bari, the Folk Museum and Mewar Art Gallery. You will also tour the City Palace. Spend the afternoon relaxing on a cruise on Lake Pichola. In the evening, dinner will be on the Sunset Terrace at the Fateh Prakash Palace with perfect views across Lake Pichola. (B,L,D)
Transfer by road to Rawla Narlai. A small settlement off the regular tourist trail, walk through the village with a guide from the local shepherd community to visit houses and drink tea with the villagers. a beautiful candlelit dinner will be served by the village stepwell. (B,L,D)
Transfer to Jodhpur. The city is dominated by the mighty Mehrangarah Fort, which perches on a sandstone plinth in the centre of the old town. This evening you will visit the fort for a private walking tour with the curator. Enjoy dinner in a venue within the fort that is not usually open to the public. (B,L,D)
The day begins at Jaswant Thasa, a cluster of cenotaphs built in 1899, before heading up in to the hills to Umaid Bhawan Palace to visit the museum. Back in the city wander amongst the stalls of a local vegetable and spice market. Take dinner in Hanwant Mahal, a former royal residence. (B,L,D)
Transfer by road from Jodhpur to Jaipur. Rajasthan's colourful capital, Jaipur, the 'Pink City' is a place of extravagant architecture and a frenetic street life. On arrival, head into the old town to do some shopping for crafts and product before enjoying a cooking demonstration and dinner at Ikaki Niwas. (B,L,D)
Your day of sightseeing will include the Hawa Mahal - the Palace of the Winds, the Maharaja's Palace and Jantar Mantar Observatory as well as the formidable Amber Fort, draped over a hillside above the nearby town of Amer. You will return to the fort this evening for a short night tour before dining at the 1135AD restaurant, exclusively located inside the fort's highest ramparts. (B,L,D)
Depending on the season, the next three days operate different itineraries: Jan to May: Travel by train to Ranthambore National Park and enjoy a canter safari in the park. The next day, take morning and afternoon canter safaris. (B,L,D) Sep to Dec: Drive to Bharatpur. Tomorrow visit Keoladeo National Park for a morning rickshaw safari. Later we will visit a nearby village. The following day, drive to Agra via the fortified ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. (B,L,D)
Jan to May: Travel by train to Bharatpur and then continue by road to Agra, stopping at Fatehpur Sikri ghost city, built in 1569 by Emperor Akbar. This evening enjoy a viewing of 'Mohabbat the Taj' (B,L,D). Sep to Dec: A day at leisure with a short drive to Agra and time to explore the historic city. This evening, enjoy a viewing of 'Mohabbat the Taj' (B,L,D)
Stand in awe as the sun rises over the Taj Mahal. Later, visit Agra Fort. This afternoon, visit the local markets of Sadar Bazaar where you can see the Tirupati Temple. (B,L)
Rise early to board the Shatabdi Express train to Jhansi. Continue to Khajuraho with a stop at Orchha, a medieval city, famous for its palaces and temples built by the Bundela rulers of the 16th century. Continue to Khajuraho and view a cultural dance performance. (B,L)
The intricately and erotically carved temples of Khajuraho were built between the 10th and 12th centuries and display some of the finest temple art you will find anywhere in the world. Fly to Varanasi. This sacred city sits on the banks of the holy River Ganges - take an atmospheric evening rickshaw ride through the narrow streets to the ghats. (B,L)
An early morning cruise on the Ganges reveals the buzz of activity on the ghats at sunrise. Visit the Buddhist sights of Sarnath. The site of Buddha's first ever sermon after he found enlightenment, Sarnath has a series of magnificent stupas, temples and ruins to explore, some of which date back to the 3rd century BC. (B,L)
Fly to Delhi and take some free time to explore this incredible city. (B)
Transfer to Delhi and fly back to the UK, arriving the same or following day. On arrival you will be transported home by chauffeured transfer. (B)
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.
The refined rooms of the Lalit Hotel have flat-screen TVs, DVD players, minibars and desks. Room service is available. A free breakfast buffet is served in a 24-hour restaurant. There are 5 other eateries, plus a bar and a funky nightclub. Other amenities include a spa, a yoga studio, a fitness centre and an outdoor pool....Read more
Set on the shores of Fateh Sagar Lake, this elegant resort hotel with a dome-accented roof features luxury room featuring lake or jungle views. They come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and desks. Room service is offered 24/7. Other amenities include a lounge with a rooftop terrace, plus a continental/Indian eatery and a Pan-Asian restaurant. There’s also a gym, an outdoor pool and a spa....Read more
This heritage hotel is set in the Aravalli Hills. Elegant rooms come with free Wi-Fi, antique furnishings, seating areas and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Amenities include a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and a cozy bar with live music. There's also a deck with sunloungers, umbrellas and huts, plus a lawn with tables and chairs. ...Read more
With unrivalled views of the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, the RAAS hotel takes you right to the historical and cultural core of the ‘blue city’. As Jodhpur’s ?rst boutique hotel, the RAAS is designed to mirror the stone-coloured look of neighbouring Mehrangarh and o?ers stunning vistas over Jodhpur....Read more
The layout of the Jaipur Marriott is designed to re?ect the opulent and historical character of the ‘pink city’ with its marble interior, spacious bedrooms and exotic style outdoor pool. Equipped with high-speed internet, in-room entertainment and complimentary fruit plate, the Jaipur Marriott goes to lengths to make your stay
all the more pleasant....Read more
Located within minutes of the fabled Taj Mahal and the Mughal Agra Fort, the Radisson Blu is nestled in the centre of this exciting city. With calming colours, upscale amenities and comfortable beds, Radisson Blu is a tranquil relaxation spot to unwind in luxury after a day of sightseeing. Don’t forget to check out the extensive range of bars and restaurants, both inside and out....Read more
Set amidst 40 acres of lush verdancy and a short drive from the spiritual River Ganges,
the Gateway is the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern day life. With
stylish touches, mod-cons aplenty and impressive panoramas of the surrounding grounds, your room will be a bit of paradise in this ancient city....Read more
Luxurious rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and city, pool or garden views. Breakfast is complimentary. The hotel has 4 restaurants, 2 bars, a patisserie and a nightclub. There's an outdoor pool, a spa and a fitness centre. ...Read more
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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