India – North Indian treasures
12 days from £909 per person Saving you £105 per person*
This itinerary isn’t set in stone. Pick, mix, swap however you like – your trip will be totally tailor made for you.
Day 1 Arrival in Delhi
Your guide will welcome you and take you to your hotel in bustling Delhi to rest for the night.
Day 2 Delhi
After a leisurely breakfast, start your sightseeing tour in charming Old Delhi, taking in the monumental Red Fort and the adjacent Jama Masjid mosque. See the lanes of the colourful Chandni Chowk shopping bazaar by rickshaw and pay a visit to Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi.
Move into contrasting New Delhi for your afternoon tour, which includes a drive along the ceremonial Rajpath, past the imposing Rashtrapati Bhavan (presidential residence), the India Gate memorial and the Parliament House. You’ll also see Mughal Emperor Humayun’s Tomb and the Qutab Minar tower before dinner.
Day 3 Delhi – Agra
Travel to Agra and check into your next hotel before visiting one of the biggest stops on your trip: the Taj Mahal. It took nearly 22 years to complete this grand palace, a monument to Emperor Shah Jahan’s wife. There are 22 small domes over the Taj Mahal representing the 22 years, with verses of the holy Koran inscribed on them.
Next up is the crescent-shaped Agra Fort, nestled on the western banks of the River Yamuna. It was commissioned by Akbar, one of the greatest Mughal Emperors, in 1565, and has been much added to since then. Explore its palaces, gardens and halls with your guide.
You’ve got the evening all to yourself.
Day 4 Agra to Ranthambore
Today you’ll drive to Fatehpur Sikri, a sprawling complex of palaces, mosques, temples and other structures. It’s a stunning amalgamation of Persian and Indian styles of building.
Continue your journey to your next hotel in Ranthambore, then set out on foot to witness the traditional way of life still maintained in the villages here. You can still find a potter at his wheel making earthenware kullars (cups), a cobbler using the simplest implements to fashion and repair leather goods, and shops selling all manner of goods, such as handwoven quilts.
Day 5 Ranthambore
Set off early for a jeep safari in Ranthambore National Park, once the private hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur. The park is a wildlife fan’s dream, renowned for its majestic tigers and also home to leopards, nilgai and the Indian black boar.
Day 6 Ranthambore – Jaipur
Today you’ll continue to the architectural wonderland of Jaipur, with its pink sandstone palaces and green gardens. Check in to your hotel and spend the evening at leisure.
Day 7 Jaipur
Time to see the magnificent Amber Fort. It was built in red sandstone and marble in 1592 by Raja Man Singh and contains examples of both Hindu and Muslim architecture.
Next stop is the beautiful City Palace complex, a delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture housing the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum. You can also visit Jantar Mantar, the Royal Astronomical Observatory.
Finish your tour marvelling at the magnificent Hawa Mahal pink palace with its intricate lattice work then take a walk through the old bazaars of Jaipur, popularly known as Bapu Bazaar.
Day 8 Jaipur – Udaipur
Board your train to Udaipur, the City of Lakes, where you’ll be guided to your next hotel.
Day 9 Udaipur
Time to visit the Jagdish Temple, with its carved main structure enshrining a black stone image of Vishnu as Jagannath, Lord of the Universe. You’ll also visit the imposing City Palace, Rajasthan’s largest, with a facade 244m long and 30.4m high.
In the afternoon, cruise around Lake Pichola and see the cool grey-blue mountains reflected in its surface.
Day 10 Udaipur – Mumbai
Use the morning however you like, then board your flight to Mumbai, the city that never sleeps. Check into your hotel and rest up for a busy day of sightseeing tomorrow.
Day 11 Mumbai
Today you’ll tour the Elephanta Caves, with their ancient sculptures and temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. You can’t miss the massive three-headed sculpture representing Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the preserver) and Shiva (the destroyer).
Next stop is the Gateway of India, a huge stone arch built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to ‘Bombay’ in 1911. Proceed to the Prince of Wales Museum, with its artworks, rare coins and old firearms.
Time to tour Mani Bhawan, Mahatma Gandhi’s residence from 1917 to 1934, where the foundations for many independence movements were laid. Last up is Marine Drive, a sweeping boulevard lined with sky scrapers on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other.
Day 12 Mumbai departure
It’s goodbye to Mumbai – you’re flying home today.
*Prices are based on private arrangements (not lower priced escorted tours with set dates). Quality three star accommodation is quoted here (unless mentioned otherwise), with breakfast included and other meals where mentioned. Mostly private transfers with an English speaking driver/guide and all activities mentioned, with top guides, are included. Domestic flights and transport all included from Day 1 to end point. Can be tailored to your needs, so prices could be lower for budget arrangements or higher for luxury.
International flight is not included