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Our Highlights of India Tour incorporates an exciting range of destinations that are sure to leave you with a profound sense of respect for this wonderful country. See the bustling markets of Delhi and Jodphur, the magnificent Taj Mahal at Agra, the deserts of Rajasthan and the bathing Ghats of Varanasi.
Our Highlights of India tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.
Discover the stunning architecture of India’s ‘City of Lakes’
Visit the imposing Mehrangarh Fort in 'sun city'
See the striking Temples of Khajuraho
Cruise on the spiritual Ganges River taking in the stunning views
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.
Fly overnight to Delhi, India’s bustling capital city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Explore Old Delhi; drive past the Red Fort, take a rickshaw ride to Khari Baoli Spice Market before strolling to Jama Masjid (India’s largest mosque) and visit the Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple. After lunch, view India Gate before visiting Gandhi Smriti and Qutub Minar, the 12th-century, handcarved, 73m-tall iron pillar.
Depart for Agra and visit Agra Fort, a hulking mass of red sandstone sat on the banks of the Yamuna River. The Fort was established in the 16th-century but has been much added to over time, making it an eclectic mix of architectural styles. Later, visit the Taj Mahal, an architectural marvel.
Take a train to Jhansi this morning, with a change in Orchha en route. Continue to Khajuraho, home of the famous Khajuraho temples. This evening enjoy a cultural dance performance.
Today, tour the eastern and western groups of Khajuraho’s impressive temples. Fly to Varanasi and take a rickshaw to the atmospheric ghats on the River Ganges, where you'll witness a 'Ganga Aart', a puja ceremony to the river goddess.
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.
Fly to Jaipur where you have the rest of the day to explore the city on your own, before experiencing a traditional dance performance.
Start the day with a stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) before visiting the majestic Amber Fort, a magnificent 16th-century yellow and pink sandstone fort. Visit the magnificent Maharaja's City Palace, still home of the city’s royal family today, and Jantar Mantar Observatory, a fascinating collection of 18th-century astrological instruments designed to measure the heavens.
Drive to Jodhpur. Have the afternoon at leisure before taking a walking tour to explore the local vegetable and spice market in the evening.
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 before enjoying the afternoon at leisure.
Drive to Udaipur, a city of lakes, palaces and temples. Relax on a cruise along Lake Pichola, admiring the city’s grand architecture from the water.
Today, explore the city, starting with a drive around Fateh Sagar Lake. Stop at the Folk Museum, Mewar Art Gallery and Sahelion Ki Bari Gardens. Later, visit the flamboyant City Palace and admire its delightful infusion of Rajasthani and Mughal styles.
Drive to Bundi and take a stroll through the town, discovering its unique and beautiful stepwells, stopping en route at Chittor Fort. One of the largest forts in India, Chittor sprawls across a hilltop overlooking the town of Chittorgarh. Once in Bundi, take a stroll through the town, discovering the unique stepwells.
Today, travel to Ranthambore National Park. On arrival, enjoy an afternoon at leisure.
Take both early morning and afternoon safaris in Ranthambore National Park for opportunities to spot the magnificent wildlife, including leopards and Bengal tigers.
Take the train to Delhi where the rest of the day will be at leisure.
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
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.
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.
In a lush rural setting close to the village of Tala, this hotel is remotely located amongst some of India’s most glorious nature. With an onsite naturalist, you can spend a lot of time discovering these landscapes, or exploring the local visit for a glimpse of India’s rural life. The restaurant serves local and continental cuisine and the pool is perfect to relax by, whilst rooms are simple but comfortable with en suite bathroom and air conditioning.
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.
Located in a quiet spot on the edge of Udaipur, but only 10 minutes from the city centre, this hotel is palatial in style and sits in large, lush gardens. Facilities include a large swimming pool, a spa, a restaurant serving both international and Rajasthani cuisine and a bar/lounge. The large rooms are simple and accented with local textiles and crafts and have en suite bathrooms with shower, air-conditioning, seating area, minibar, Wi-Fi, television and tea and coffee making facilities.
The best time to visit India is from November to March when you’ll enjoy pleasant warm dry days and low humidity.
Places Visited: UK - Delhi (3N) – Agra (1N) – Khajuraho (1N) - Varanasi (2N) – Jaipur (2N) - Jodhpur (2N) – Udaipur (2N) – Bundi (1N) – Ranthambore (2N) – Delhi - UK
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