North India Adventure Itinerary

Mix verdant jungles and expansive deserts with heritage cities and cultural richness and you have North India Adventure.

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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $2,355
      CAD $2,430
      EUR €1,625
      GBP £1,380
      NZD $2,655
      ZAR R23,860
      CHF FR1,965
      AUD $2,405
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Woman washing Sari in Ganges, India

Kids playing football in waters next to Taj Mahal, India

Taj Mahal silhouette at sunset, India

Bengal Tiger relaxing, India

Young friends of Chanderi posing together, India

Houses of Mountain side Dalhousie Village, India

Festival of Colours, Kolkota, India

Traditional Tribal Dancer, Udaipur, India

Crowds gathering on the Shores of the Varanasi, 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 and 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: 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 Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary

Take a rickshaw ride through the wetlands and forests of this serene bird sanctuary, a rare respite from the buzz of urban India.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 15-16 Jaipur

Drop by the majestic Amber Fort and discover the Hawa Mahal, which gleams at dusk amid the frenzy of the bazaar. Perhaps end this day with a dazzling Bollywood film.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 17 Shekhawati

Explore the ornate havelis that date back to the days of the great camel caravans that travelled between China and the Middle East.
ACCOM: Heritage Property - 1

Day 18 Bikaner

Journey into the Thar Desert to Bikaner. See the hulking Junagargh Fort, built during the 16th century, and the Karni Mata rat temple. Enjoy an evening of traditional Rajasthani food, music and dance.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 19-21 Jaisalmer/Camel Safari

The golden ornately carved stone houses of Jaisalmer make for spectacular viewing as the sun rises and sets. Get a taste of Rajasthani nomadic life on an overnight camel safari.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1, Heritage Property - 2

Day 22 Osiyan

Travel to the ancient Thar Desert Town of Osiyan, peppered with temples including Mahavira Temple and Sachiya Mata Temple.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 23-24 Jodhpur

Home to the colossal Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur also has one of the oldest and most interesting bazaars in India. Gain insight into the fascinating traditions of the rural Rajasthani tribespeople by opting to visit the peaceful, nature-loving Bishnoi communities.
ACCOM: Heritage Property - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Day 25 Delhi

Visit Agra's Red Fort and meet a local carpet maker before returning to Delhi.