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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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  • 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31

Travel through the best of North India on this exciting tour

Travel to North India and see this incredible region’s best-known sights. Journey through Rajasthan’s picturesque deserts, along the River Ganges watching local life unfold, across dense jungle greens at Bandhavgarh National Park and into cities filled with character, culture and incredible food. Giving you a taste of everything – camping on river banks, staying in castles, witnessing unparalleled heritage architecture, meeting an array of locals and soaking up the local culture - this trip leaves no stone unturned in the search for the essence of North India.

  • Watch life roll by while sailing down the River Ganges
  • Search for tigers among the jungle green in Bandhavgarh National Park
  • Experience a traditional puja ceremony in Orchha
  • See the sun set over the breathtaking Taj Mahal
  • Spend the night at one of Rajasthan's awe-inspiring heritage properties
  • Wander twisting streets filled with colourful goods in captivating Udaipur
  • Delight in the hustle and bustle of Delhi

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    New Delhi, India
  • Finish:

    New Delhi, India
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt), Deluxe permanent tent (3 nts), Guesthouse (1 nt), Heritage Property (4 nts), Hotel (11 nts), Jungle resort (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    Auto rickshaw, Bus, Cycle rickshaw, Jeep, Metro, Private vehicle, Train
  • Included activities:

    Agra - Agra Fort, Agra - Motorised rickshaw tour, Agra - Taj Mahal, Bandhavgarh - National Park Safari, Bundi - Bundi Palace, Bundi - Royal Chhatri, Bundi - Sukh Mahal Palace, Chanderi - Guided village walk, Chanderi - Home cooked dinner & family visit, Chanderi - Traditional music performance, Delhi - Jama Masjid, Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour, Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple), Heritage Stay - Village jeep safari, Heritage Stay - Village walk, Jaipur - Amber Fort, Jaipur - Amber Fort guided tour, Jaipur - Hawa Mahal, Khajuraho - Home-cooked lunch & family visit, Khajuraho - Kama Sutra temples, Orchha - Orchha Palace, Orchha - Ram Raja Temple puja (prayer) ceremony, Orchha - Taragram visit, Pushkar - Camel safari, Udaipur - City Palace guided tour, Varanasi - Sunrise boat ride, Varanasi - Sunset candle flower ceremony

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    569kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. Due to recent accidents and a failed safety audit of tourist vehicles at Ranthambhore National Park we have removed this destination from our itinerary until further notice. From 1st January 2014 this tour will spend an additional night in Bundi to replace the night at Ranthambhore. 2. This trip finishes in Delhi on Day 15 by 12pm midday. Please see further details in the trip notes. 3.. A single supplement is available on this trip. See the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.

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Days 1-2 Delhi

It's big, it's bold, it's busy - and there is nowhere in the world quite like it. Delhi's sights and sounds are sure to engage and intrigue.

Day 3 Varanasi

The holy city of Varanasi, sitting on the River Ganges for thousands of years, attracts scores of pilgrims and travellers wanting to discover something divine.

Day 4 River Ganges Boat Trip

Sacred to the Hindus as a place of worship and ritual, the Ganges is also the lifeblood of millions of Indian people.

Days 5-6 Bandhavgarh National Park

Founded in 1968, Bandhavgarh National Park was once a royal hunting ground. The park has India's biggest tiger population and is rich in animal species and birdlife.

Days 7-8 Khajuraho

Khajuraho is a small, friendly city that is best known for its Hindu and Jain temples that are adorned with erotic carvings depicting the Kama Sutra.

Days 9-10 Orchha

Meaning 'hidden', Orchha is a small village with a grand history and is covered with 16th-century temples and buildings still standing proud.

Day 11 Chanderi

Known for the quality of their handwoven saris, Chanderi is an enchanting town with a fascinating history, a stunning old fort and a strong Jain culture.

Days 12-13 Agra

Famed for the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal, Agra is a city with a fascinating history and is rich in Mughal heritage, lush gardens and exquisite buildings and temples.

Day 14 Rural Heritage Stay

Bassi is a tiny village in Rajasthan well-known for its wealth of temples, heritage buildings and 16th-century fort.

Days 15-16 Jaipur

Jaipur was designed by royalty and has delighted visitors for centuries with its pink-hued buildings, wonderful bazaars and rainbow of bright colours dancing along hectic streets.

Days 17-18 Bundi

The surrounding hills and blue, crooked streets of Bundi are home to a delightful array of heritage buildings and laidback eateries, temples and shops.

Days 19-20 Rural Heritage Stay

Located deep in rural India, a stay at Castle Bijaipur - a fortified mansion still run by the local landlord - provides an insight into the life and customs of the Rajasthan people.

Days 21-22 Udaipur

With dusty hills in the background and tranquil lakes its centrepiece, Udaipur is a truly beautiful city with fabulous heritage buildings, restaurants and narrow laneways.

Days 23-24 Pushkar

The holy city of Pushkar is a place of beauty with its whitewashed buildings, serene lake, rooftop restaurants and impressive temples.

Day 25 Delhi

Delhi has been an important city in India for well over 2000 years, and its cultural richness and diversity radiates from every corner.
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