Best of Northern India
India, Discovery, 9 days - from £695 (land only) - from €975 (land only) - from $1,175 (land only)
Day 1: We have a morning rendezvous with our guide at Delhi Airport. KE Land Only package services begin the transfer from the airport at around 11 am. We drive south for 5 hours into the northern fringes of the state of Rajasthan, stopping off en route at a roadside restaurant for lunch. Dinner and overnight at our Jaipur hotel.
Day 2: A full day to enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent sights of the 'Pink City'. After a photo stop at the Palace of the Winds, we fully explore the amazing Amer Fort. The City Palace and Jantar Mantar Observatory are other standout attractions. We will also try to include a visit to the colourful bazaars and the chance to see a Bollywood movie. We spend a second night at our Jaipur hotel.
Day 3: Today, after an early breakfast, we drive south-east on a road that takes us through typically colourful Rajasthani villages. Our destination is the world-famous tiger sanctuary of Ranthambore, where we check in at our hotel, before heading out on a game drive into the park. There is a real chance of spotting a tiger here.
Day 4: An early morning game drive gives us another chance of seeing a tiger, as well as lots of other exciting wildlife, before returning to our hotel for breakfast or brunch. We then drive to the well-preserved former capital of Fatehpur Sikri and complete a sightseeing tour, before continuing our journey to nearby Agra.
Day 5: This morning at sunrise we visit the Taj Mahal one of the man made 'seven wonders' of the world. We also spend time at the impressive Agra Fort with views across to the Taj. In the evening we transfer to the railway station at Tunla to catch the overnight train to Varanasi.
Day 6: We arrive in Varanasi in the morning and transfer to our hotel in the city. The rest of the day is free for independent sightseeing in this holiest of Indian cities. An option (that no-one will want to miss) is to take an exciting tuk-tuk ride out to the banks of the sacred River Ganges to view the atmospheric aarti ceremony, played out each evening. Overnight at our Varanasi hotel.
Day 7: Leaving the hotel in the dark we make our way by bus to the ghats where we take boat out on the river for one of India's most magical experiences, watching the sunrise over the Ganges and the Varanasi ghats. We then have some free time during the middle part of the day, before returning to the railway station to catch the overnight train back to Delhi.
Day 8: We arrive in Delhi in the morning and transfer to our hotel to rest. We then have the rest of the day to enjoy the sights of Delhi, with a half-day sightseeing tour provided. We visit the Jama Masjid, Chandi Chowk, Red Fort and Raj Ghat. Overnight in our Delhi hotel.
Day 9: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.