Best of Northern India
India, Discovery, 9 days - from £695 (land only) - from €940 (land only) - from $1,215 (land only)
The Essence of India
Using our long experience of travel in India, we have put together this short and very sweet itinerary that includes many of the outstanding highlights - from Jaipur to Ranthambore to Varanasi - by way of the Taj Mahal.
- Discover India on this superb touring and sightseeing holiday
- From Jaipur to Ranthambore and Varanasi, including the Taj Mahal
- Two game drives at the famous tiger sanctuary of Ranthambore
- Early morning boat ride on the River Ganges at Varanasi
- See the Golden Triangle cities of Jaipur, Agra and Delhi
Offering a blend of magical experiences, this short adventure holiday manages to capture the very essence of India. We start out in the ‘Pink City' of Jaipur, one of the most attractive cities of the princely state of Rajasthan, with its splendid Palace of the Winds, Jai Singh Observatory and ornate and towering Amer Fort. We then drive through rural India to the ‘Project Tiger' reserve of Ranthambore, where we have included evening and morning game drives to give us a realistic chance of spotting a tiger, as well as some of the park's other amazing wildlife. Continuing our journey eastwards, we visit the Emperor Akbar's former capital of Fatehpur Sikri, en route to Agra and the Taj Mahal. An early morning tour of this white marble monument, built in the 17th century by the Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, followed by a visit to the imposing Agra Fort, makes the best of our time in Agra. Moving on by overnight train to Varanasi on the banks of the sacred River Ganges, we check in at our hotel in the city and the remainder of the day is at leisure. However, nobody will want to miss out on the optional, evening visit to the banks of the Ganges to witness the amazing aarti ceremony. After a night at our Varanasi hotel, we return to the river pre-dawn and take a boat ride along the ghats as the sun rises. A great opportunity to mingle with the countless Hindu pilgrims, who come here to bathe in the river and visit the numerous temples. Including a final sightseeing tour of Delhi, comfortable tourist-class hotels and a chance to sample delicious Indian food, this holiday offers a complete immersion into the culture of northern India - a veritable feast for the senses!
Is this holiday for you?
This touring and sightseeing adventure holiday incorporates many of the highlights of northern India into little more than a week. There is a fair amount of travelling, as we journey between Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Varanasi. However, using private, air-conditioned minibuses and also air-conditioned sleeper trains, the effect of this is kept to a minimum. Our game drives in the Ranthambore National Park are in 'canters' which are large, open trucks fitted with seats and offering a good field of view. Whilst sightseeing, there will be some leisurely walking on city streets and on good trails. These walks will be short - this is not a trekking holiday.