Best of North India Itinerary

Experience Northern India's best-known sights on a tour that sails the River Ganges, explores heritage cities and crosses the deserts of Rajasthan.

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Young friends of Chanderi posing together, India

Kids playing football in waters next to Taj Mahal, India

Taj Mahal silhouette at sunset, India

Woman washing Sari in Ganges, India

Bengal Tiger relaxing, India

Houses of Mountain side Dalhousie Village, India

Crowds gathering on the Shores of the Varanasi, India

Traditional Tribal Dancer, Udaipur, India

Days 1-2 Delhi

The labyrinthine streets and lively markets of Old Delhi are a perfect introduction to India. Wonder at the tall brick minaret of Qutub Minar. Visit Delhi's oldest mosque, Jama Masjid, an architectural delight that can hold 25,000 people.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Day 3 Varanasi

Discover India's spiritual heart. Take a boat on the Ganges, ramble along the ghats and attend a sunset candle flower ceremony.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 4 River Ganges Boat Trip

Swap the chaotic pace of the city for the relaxed pace of river life on a sailing trip along the holy River Ganges. Pass by rural village communities by day and by night, sleep under the stars with bellies full of traditional vegetarian fare.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1

Days 5-6 Bandhavgarh National Park

Hop into a jeep and safari through the wilds of the Bandhavgarh National Park. Tigers live here in relative abundance so keep a look out for these magnificent creatures. At night, sleep soundly in a jungle resort.
ACCOM: Jungle resort - 2

Days 7-8 Khajuraho

The intricate carvings of the exquisite temples of Khajuraho celebrate Hindu legends, epic battles and the famed Kama Sutra. Take time to explore the temples and surrounding countryside. In the evening, visit a local Indian family and enjoy a home-cooked meal.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 9-10 Orchha

Enjoy a guided walk around the temples and palaces that dot the picturesque Orchha countryside. See the stunning Orchha Palace, and experience an evening puja ceremony at the Ram Raja Temple. Visit a community-run papermaking plant where local tribeswomen craft paper from recycled clothing and wood pulp.
ACCOM: Deluxe permanent tent - 2

Day 11 Chanderi

Soak up the small-town charm of relatively tourist-free Chanderi. Explore ancient rock paintings, Jain temples and peaceful mosques before sitting down to a tasty dinner with a local family.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Days 12-13 Agra

Take a train to Agra and join a motorised rickshaw tour of the town. Visit the fascinating Red Fort, learning of its history and admiring its architecture. Then experience India's most famous building, the Taj Mahal, and marvel at its beauty that is more marvellous than any picture can depict.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 14 Rural Heritage Stay

Journey to rural Rajasthan to stay at a royal family residence. Explore the village, meet villagers and chat with traditional craftspeople for a unique insight into local life.
ACCOM: Heritage Property - 1

Days 15-16 Jaipur

Visit the Amber Fort en route to Jaipur, Rajasthan's 'Pink City'. Jaipur is bursting at the seams with markets filled with jewellery, textiles and folk-based arts. After bargaining for souvenirs, there's an opportunity to laugh, shout and cheer with locals at a lively Bollywood film.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 17-18 Bundi

Journey through rural Rajasthan to Bundi. Admire stunning murals at the palace that presides over the town's Brahmin-blue rooftops, explore the enchanting alleyways and experience life in remote Rajasthan.
ACCOM: Heritage Property - 2

Days 19-20 Rural Heritage Stay

Journey through rural Rajasthan to the quaint city of Bassi. Spend the first night in a beautiful fortified mansion then spend the second night in a deluxe tent camping under the stars.
ACCOM: Deluxe permanent tent - 1, Heritage Property - 1

Days 21-22 Udaipur

Rolling hills, white marble palaces and lakes come together to make Udaipur the most romantic city in Rajasthan. Visit City Palace, one of the largest royal palaces in India.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 23-24 Pushkar

With India's only Brahma temple and a holy lake, Pushkar is the place to rub shoulders with pilgrims and sadhus (holy men). For a change of pace, take a camel ride into the desert and witness a magical sunset among the dunes. In free time, shop, explore or head to a hilltop temple for views over the town. A hot chai at the top makes the effort worthwhile!
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Day 25 Delhi

Come full circle on return to the hum of Delhi.