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CLASSIC NORTHERN INDIA

Sparkling white minarets set against a clear blue sky. Gaily painted boats reflected in the dark waters of the Ganges. Vivid red towers and beautiful, rose-tinted buildings.
NORTHERN INDIA

ABOUT THE ITINERARY

Northern India is certainly a colourful destination, and this itinerary will introduce you to some of its most treasured natural and historical sites.

You’ll begin by exploring the British colonial and Mughal legacy of Delhi before flying off to the holy city of Varanasi on the banks of the Ganges. The World Heritage-listed temples of Khajuraho are next, followed by a train ride to Agra where you’ll first set eyes on the iconic Taj Mahal.

Two nights are spent in the delightful ‘pink city’ of Jaipur. Eventually you reach Udaipur, reckoned to be India’s most romantic city with its parade of palaces, forts and temples.

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Bear in mind, these are just a starting point as all holidays are customised to the specific requirements of our guests. Whether you prefer a different style of accommodation, a greater focus on a particular interest or to go to a different destination all together, every itinerary is created individually around your preferences.

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DAY 1-2

DELHI

Welcome to the picturesque bustle that is Delhi. A city with two distinct faces – that of the British Raj, alongside the extravagant architecture of the Mughals. In Old Delhi, your tour will take you to the Red Fort, Jama Masjid – the largest mosque in India – and Raj Ghat, the beautiful park where Gandhi was cremated. Then you’ll amble around the metropolis of broad avenues and colonial architecture characterised by Sir Edwin Lutyens in New Delhi, visiting Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar, a 234-foot minaret built in the 13th century. You’ll also see sights like India Gate, Raj Path, the Parliament Building and Rashtrapati Bhavan, the president’s residence.

Stay: Two nights in a Heritage Balcony Room at The Claridges New Delhi – including breakfast

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DAY 3

VARANASI

A short flight takes you from Delhi to Varanasi, India’s holiest Hindu city. It sits on the banks of the sacred river Ganges and is a hectic mix of worshippers and bathers, bazaars and markets, festivals, temples, mosques and palaces. You’ll visit Sarnath where Gautama Buddha preached his first sermon after attaining nirvana. You’ll browse the enlightening Archaeological Museum with its diversity of Buddhist relics and the Ashoka Pillar with its back-to-back lion carvings, before venturing off to the buried city ruins, stupa and temple. In the evening you’ll witness an Aarti Hindu ceremony.

Stay: One night in a Varuna Burj Suite at the Brij Rama Palace – including breakfast

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DAY 4-6

KHAJURAHO TEMPLES & PANNA NATIONAL PARK

Today you will make your way to the Sarai at Toria where you will find yourself conveniently close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Khajuraho. Prepare to be left breathless by the astounding decorated temples – no less than 22 of them – featuring exquisite Indo Aryan carvings dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Jain Thirthankar.

You’ll also be within easy reach of Panna National Park, one of India’s lesser-known but most picturesque parks. Game drives here offer you wonderful sightings of birds like the honey buzzard, Indian vulture and blossom-headed parakeet as well as sloth bears, sambar, chital, leopards and if you’re lucky, the elusive tiger.

Stay: Three nights in a cottage at the Sarai at Toria – including all meals

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DAY 7-8

ORCHHA – AGRA

Today you travel to the beautiful town of Orchha – an atmospheric place that was built on an island in the 16th century. Today you’ll find a fortified palace with turreted walls embracing romantic gardens, grand gateways, pavilions, temples and walls covered in frescoes. The whole palace exudes an air of graceful neglect but is, nevertheless, breath-taking. In the afternoon you stop at Jhansi to board your express train to Agra.

Obviously, the highlight of your trip to Agra is a visit to the wonderful Taj Mahal, but you’ll also tour the famous Agra Fort, with its views of both the Taj Mahal and the inspiring ‘Baby Taj’ – the tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah. Make sure your camera is fully charged – the glittering white marble of the Taj Mahal is supremely photogenic from any angle.

Stay: Two nights in a Deluxe Pool View Room at the Trident – including breakfast

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DAY 9-10

JAIPUR

From Agra you drive to Fatehpur Sikri, the astonishing red sandstone city and palace of Emperor Akbar. Built in the 16th century, it was subsequently abandoned when its wells ran dry – leaving perfectly preserved buildings for today’s sightseers.

After sightseeing, resume the journey to Jaipur. The City of Victory, also known as the Pink City because of its rosy toned stone, was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. You’ll visit his previous court at Amber, riding around the deserted complex on an elephant and visiting the Hall of Victory, Jai Mahal and Temple of Kali.

In the afternoon you’ll return to Jaipur to tour the Palace of Winds and City Palace; an overwhelming collection of exquisite royal residences, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. Browse around the Palace Museum with its rare manuscripts, armour, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings before taking in the Astronomical Observatory, built in 1726 and still making accurate predictions to this day.

Stay: Two nights in a Haveli Suite at Samode Haveli – including breakfast

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DAY 11-13

UDAIPUR

Your tour of Northern India culminates in the City of Dreams. Udaipur is possibly the most romantic city in India, an enchanting mixture of white marbled palaces, sparkling blue lakes and green hills. You’ll spend your days visiting the fabulous fort at Kumbhalgarh – one of the most impressive fortresses in the ancient Kingdom of Mewar. The massive walls encompass buildings, temples and palaces, and beyond them lies a wildlife sanctuary for wolves, leopards and flying squirrels. The Jain Temples of Ranakpur in the Aravalli Valley and the Chaumukha Temple with its 29 halls and 1444 marble pillars is next on your agenda.

The following day a tour takes you to see the elephant carvings at Jagdish Temple, the grand City Palace that is actually a collection of major and minor palaces connected by a single façade. At the Crystal Gallery in the Fateh Prakash Hotel you see a rare collection of English Osler’s crystal including chandeliers, chairs, dressing tables and even a bed.

Stay: Two nights in a Standard Room at Bujera Fort – including breakfast

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DAY 14

MUMBAI

Morning at leisure in Udaipur. In the afternoon you’ll fly to Mumbai, checking into your hotel for the night.

Stay: One night in a Premier Pool View Room at The Leela Mumbai – including breakfast

DAY 15

FLY HOME

Today you’ll transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

THE PRICE BREAKDOWN
15 days from £4,630 per person

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Domestic flights
  • Private transfers
  • All meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Based on two people travelling

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • International flights
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