See the highlights of northern India on an 11-day getaway

See beautiful henna hands, chow down on some chivda (a crunchy cereal snack), lose yourself in the labyrinth of lanes, but whatever you do don’t disrespect a cow – these are the rules of India. In a country of 1.2 billion, prepare for an overwhelming face slap of culture and diversity that is sure to stir the soul. Cities contrast between the rich and poor, old and new, good and bad. It may seem difficult at first, but the people, food and culture make it an utterly captivating destination. Plunge head first into an experience like no other.

Start
New Delhi, India
Finish
New Delhi, India
Countries
India
Themes
Explorer
Code
HHRI
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
178kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Explore the chaotic streets of Delhi
  • Boat down the Ganges in Varanasi
  • Be wowed by the wondrous Taj Mahal in Agra
  • Escape to the countryside in Tordi
  • Visit the pink city of Jaipur
  • Sample the spicy cuisine of India

Itinerary

With the help of your local guide, avoid the persistent touts and make tracks to the impressive Red Fort, Akshardham Temple and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. Explore these iconic wonders, relax into the surroundings and feel content that you have managed to see past the confusion on the streets and into the colourful heart of the capital.
There is no place in the world quite like Varanasi. Each year, tens of thousands of Hindus make a pilgrimage to Varanasi to devoutly bathe in the Ganges River and pay homage to their ancestors. This is the most sacred sight in India, so jump on a boat and take a sunrise or sunset tour around the ghats. Watch ceremonial performances, cremations and feel the spiritual pull in the atmosphere.
Catch some sleep on an overnight train to Agra, then ponder the incredible beauty of the mighty Taj Mahal. On a guided tour, explore this world wonder that took 22,000 people, 17 years and an incredible labour of love to build.
Escape the pollution of Agra City and travel through the countryside to Tordi. Scramble onto a camel cart for a village tour around the beautiful surroundings, say namaste to the shy but friendly locals and sleep overnight in a palace.
In Rajasthan’s most colourful capital, head out on a guided tour of the medieval Amber Fort and wind through the Old Bazaar in search of the perfect pottery, killer kite or spectacular silver jewellery. Then sample the best street food in town; try chaat, pakoras, pani puri, samosas or papad.
After a long journey back to Delhi, soak up the last days of the adventure. Wander the streets, shop ’til you drop, explore a few more sights and eat, eat, eat.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Auto rickshaw, Cycle rickshaw, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Train
Accommodation
Heritage Property (3 nights), Hotel (5 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Delhi - Old Delhi Walking Tour
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Jaipur - Hawa Mahal
  • Jaipur - Walking tour
  • Varanasi - Old city walking tour
  • Varanasi - Sunrise boat ride

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Indian Getaway , June 2015

Indian Getaway , June 2015