Highlights of India
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Highlights of India

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See the bustling bazaars of Delhi and Jaipur, the magnificent Taj Mahal at Agra, the deserts of Rajasthan, the bathing Ghats of Varanasi and the erotic temples of Khajuraho. Discover more by adding a visit to the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal.

tour duration 18 Days from
tour price 3,490pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Delhi (3N) - Udaipur (2N) - Jodhpur (2N) - Jaipur (2N) - Ranthambore (2N)/Bharatpur (2N) - Agra (2N) - Khajuraho (1N) - Varanasi (2N) - Delhi - UK

Tour Highlights

Discover the stunning architecture of Udaipur, India’s ‘City of Lakes’
Visit the imposing Mehrangarh Fort in Jodphur
Browse the wares at lively Choti Choper bazaar
Discover tigers in Ranthambore or India’s extensive birdlife in Bharatpur
See the striking Temples of Khajuraho
Cruise on the spiritual Ganges River in Varanasi

Days 1-2 Fly to Delhi
Fly overnight to Delhi, India's capital.
Days 1-2 Fly to Delhi
Day 3 Discover Delhi
Sightseeing today begins with a visit to the Red Fort and a walk through Chandni Chowk Bazaar to Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. We have a brief stop at India Gate and Parliament House. We also visit Gandhi Smriti, where Gandhi was assassinated, and Qutab Minar.
Day 3 Discover Delhi
Day 4 Fly to Varanasi
Fly to Varanasi. This evening take a rickshaw to the ghats of the River Ganges to witness the Puja ceremony of Ganga Aarti.
Day 4 Fly to Varanasi
Day 5 Varanasi
Take an early morning boat ride along the River Ganges, followed by a brief city tour of Varanasi. Later this afternoon visit the Buddhist sites at Sarnath.
Day 5 Varanasi
Day 6 Varanasi to Khajuraho
Fly to Khajuraho. Tour the Western groups of Temples. This evening enjoy a cultural dance performance.
Day 6 Varanasi to Khajuraho
Day 7 Khajuraho to Agra
Depart for Jhansi, stopping in Orchha en route. In Jhansi board the Shatabdi Express train to Agra arriving later in the evening.
Day 7 Khajuraho to Agra
Day 8 Agra
This morning explore the impressive Agra Fort and Sadar Bazaar. Your afternoon is at leisure.
Day 8 Agra
Day 9 Agra to Ranthambore or Bharatpur
Depending on the time of year the tour operates different itineraries. January to May: Agra to Ranthambore View the Taj Mahal in all its glory as the sun rises. Drive to Bharatpur, visiting the fortified ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri, and board the train to Ranthambore National Park. September to December: Agra to Bharatpur View the Taj Mahal in all its glory as the sun rises. Travel by road to Bharatpur, visiting the fortified ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. Return to Bharatpur overnight
Day 9 Agra to Ranthambore or Bharatpur
Days 10 Ranthambore or Bharatpur
January to May: Ranthambore Enjoy morning and afternoon canter safaris around the park. September to December: Bharatpur Visit Keoladeo National Park for a morning rickshaw safari, and visit a nearby village.
Days 10 Ranthambore or Bharatpur
Day 11 Ranthambore or Bharatpur to Jaipur
January to May: Ranthambore to Jaipur Enjoy a canter safari this morning before departing Ranthambore and driving to Jaipur. This afternoon, shop at the local bazaar in Choti Choper, located inside the walled city. September to December: Bharatpur to Jaipur Drive to Jaipur. This afternoon, shop at the local bazaar in Choti Choper, located inside the walled city.
Day 11 Ranthambore or Bharatpur to Jaipur
Day 12 Jaipur
Start with a photo stop this morning at Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) before visiting Amer Fort. Later this afternoon visit the City Palace, a handicraft centre and Jantar Mantar. Watch a traditional dance performance while enjoying dinner this evening.
Day 12 Jaipur
Day 13 Jaipur to Jodhpur
Transfer to Jodhpur by road this morning. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel where the remainder of your afternoon is at leisure.
Day 13 Jaipur to Jodhpur
Day 14 Jodhpur
This morning visit Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada and the museum located in the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Take an auto rickshaw to a local restaurant for lunch followed by a walking tour through Subzi Mandi, the local vegetable and spice market.
Day 14 Jodhpur
Day 15 Jodhpur to Udaipur
Drive to Udaipur, a city of lakes, palaces and temples. Stop to visit the Jain temple complex of Ranakpur en route. The City Palace of Udaipur is still home to Maharana Udai Singh’s descendants who remain rulers of this independent state.
Day 15 Jodhpur to Udaipur
Day 16 Udaipur
Visit Sahelion Ki Bari Gardens, the Folk Museum and Mewar Art Gallery. This afternoon explore the magnificent City Palace and wander through the local shops. This afternoon relax on a cruise along Lake Pichola.
Day 16 Udaipur
Day 17 Depart Udaipur
Transfer to the airport early this morning to board our flight to Delhi. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 17 Depart Udaipur

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 £2990 (Delhi - Delhi)
Single room from £610
Tipping paid locally US$100
Tipping for Highlights of India & Nepal US$130

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £2990 (Delhi - Delhi)
Single room from £610
Tipping paid locally US$100
Tipping for Highlights of India & Nepal US$130

Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

The Royal Plaza
The Royal Plaza - New Delhi, India (3 Nights)
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Well-placed in the sightseeing, shopping, and culture area of New Delhi and NCR city, Hotel The Royal Plaza provides access to the city's biggest attractions including; The National Philatelic Museum, Parliament Building, and Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory. The hotel has luxurious en-suite rooms, and also features a fitness centre, sauna, outdoor pool, and spa where guests can relax and unwind after a busy day.



Hilltop Palace
Hilltop Palace - Udaipur, India (2 Nights)
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Hotel Hilltop Palace is situated atop Ambavgarh Hill, overlooking Lake Fatehsagar and the historic Udaipur Town. The hotel offers 62 tasteful rooms with modern amenities, including air-conditioning, a safety deposit box and television. The hotel boasts an on-site restaurant serving Northern Indian cuisine, as well as Rajasthani Folk dances arranged on request.



Park Plaza Hotel
Park Plaza Hotel - Jodhpur, India (2 Nights)
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The luxurious 5 Star Park Plaza Jodhpur is a state-of-the-art business boutique hotel, ideally located in the heart of the city, in close proximity to the market. The hotels 45 guest rooms are all elegantly designed, offering the latest amenities and facilities, including Wi-Fi, satellite cable TV and a tea/coffee maker. Other features include a swimming pool, health club, and currency exchange service.



The Fern Hotel
The Fern Hotel - Jaipur, India (2 Nights)
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The Fern Hotel, Jaipur is centrally located, placing the hotel within a 20-minute drive to all of the key tourist attractions in Jaipur, including the City Palace and the walled area of the Old City. The award-winning hotel boasts 85 modern en-suite rooms, an exclusive club floor, executive lounge, and rooftop pool.



The Pugmark
The Pugmark - Madhopur, India (2 Nights)
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Nestled at the edge of Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan and set over an area of 10 acres, The Pugmark is the true combination of sheer comfort and luxury. The hotel offers 33 well-appointed en-suite rooms, and also boasts a spa, garden, and poolside bar. The restaurant offers a delicious multi cuisine.



Mansingh Hotel
Mansingh Hotel - Agra, India (2 Nights)
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Overlooking the magnanimous “Taj Mahal”, The Mansingh Palace Hotel provides 100 well-furnished en-suite rooms all equipped with modern amenities including; LED TV, Electronic safe deposit, mini bar, hair dryer and electric kettle. The hotel also boasts a delicious multi-cuisine restaurant, health club and swimming pool.



Clarks Khajuraho
Clarks Khajuraho - Khajuraho, India (1 Nights)
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Situated in the lush green grasslands on the banks of river Khuddar, Hotel Clarks Khajuraho is a 10 minute drive from the 9th century temples. With 104 tastefully decorated en-suite rooms, modern amenities include; air-conditioned rooms, television and a telephone. Dining in Khajuraho includes Darpan, the multi cuisine restaurant and The Coffee Shop, which serves refreshing snacks and coffee. Other features include a poolside barbeque and bar facility.



Hotel Ideal Tower
Hotel Ideal Tower - Varanasi, India (2 Nights)
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Located a short distance from the historical Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort, 5* Hotel Mansingh comprises of elegantly decorated en-suite rooms, featuring a television, personal safe and mini bar. Wi-Fi, dry cleaning and an outdoor pool are other commendable features. The in-house restaurant serves a selection of excellent local and international dishes. Guests can also dine at Ripples Cafè – a coffee shop stocked with an assortment of snacks and beverages.



Abu Dhabi Extension - 4D/3N

Abu Dhabi Extension - 4D/3N

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 220pp
Doha Extension 4D/3N

Doha Extension 4D/3N

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 340pp
Goa Extension

Goa Extension

tour duration 5 Days from tour price 340pp

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.

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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

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suitable for those with a reasonable amount of time who wish to see the main sights and scenic areas of India. This tour incorporates road and train travel to give you the experience of different modes of transport in India and the chance to see the diverse Indian countryside.

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