Experience the highlights of North India from Delhi to Varanasi.

Visit India and explore the highlights of the north on this adventure tour from Delhi to Varanasi. Discover the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, witness the Mughal splendours of Delhi and Agra, and soak up the ambiance of holy Varanasi. This wonderful introduction to the magic of India includes lavish palaces, vibrant bazaars, Kama Sutra temple carvings, Bollywood blockbusters and the incomparable Taj Mahal. Packed with highlights and hidden gems, take time to discover the beating heart of India.

Start
New Delhi, India
Finish
New Delhi, India
Countries
India
Themes
Explorer
Code
HHKH
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
566kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Uncover the secrets of Indian cookery in Orchha
  • Peruse Khajuraho's erotic temple carvings
  • Mingle with pilgrims in spiritual Varanasi
  • Visit the timeless Taj Mahal of Agra
  • Get swept up in a kaleidoscope of colors in Delhi
  • Discover the delights of the 'Pink City' of Jaipur
  • Get entranced by a Bollywood blockbuster

Itinerary

Travel by this city's modern metro system to Old Delhi to see India's largest mosque and explore timeless bazaars and scented spice markets.
Visit Jaipur and experience the irresistible charms of the 'Pink City'. Climb to the hilltop Amber Fort before visiting magical Hawa Mahal, or 'Palace of the Winds'. Enjoy some free time to admire Jaipur's bustling bazaars and perhaps explore the impressive City Palace. End the day with an optional Bollywood blockbuster experience.
Described as a 'teardrop on the face of eternity', the story of the gleaming Taj Mahal is as tragic as it is beautiful. The building's exquisite marble inlay work produces a mesmerising shimmering effect that is truly breathtaking to behold. Visit the enormous Red Fort that looms over the city from high on the banks of the Yamuna River.
Nestled on the banks of the emerald Betwa River, charming Orchha is the perfect spot to learn the art of Indian cuisine while at a cooking class. Take a tour of the town's temples and palaces, where the superb architecture is a legacy of raja rule. Stop by a sustainable papermaking plant and see how local women use recycled clothing and wood pulp to create products.
Travel to the remote plains of central India and be captivated by Khajuraho temples. Admire carvings that depict ancient Hindu legends and the mysterious Kama Sutra. In the evening, perhaps take the opportunity to enjoy a traditional dance performance or a home-cooked vegetarian meal.
One of India's most sacred cities, Varanasi is awash with temples and shrines. Witness devotions of faith along the banks of the Ganges and experience the magic of a sunset candle-flower ceremony.
Haggle with locals in Varanasi's colourful bazaars before a flight back to the capital. Back in Delhi, perhaps unwind in the grounds surrounding Humayun's Tomb or head to bustling Connaught Place for some shopping.
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Inclusions

Meals
11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Transport
Boat, Cycle rickshaw, Metro, Plane, Private vehicle, Train
Accommodation
Heritage Property (2 nights), Hotel (5 nights)
Included activites
  • Agra - Agra Fort
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
  • Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort guided tour
  • Jaipur - Walking tour
  • Khajuraho - Home-cooked lunch & family visit
  • Khajuraho - Kama Sutra temples
  • Khajuraho - Traditional dance performance
  • Orchha - Cooking demonstration
  • Orchha - Orchha Palace
  • Orchha - Ram Raja Temple puja (prayer) ceremony
  • Orchha - Taragram visit
  • Varanasi - Old city walking tour
  • Varanasi - Sunrise boat ride
  • Varanasi - Sunset candle flower ceremony

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Notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.
2. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.
3. Please note that due to ongoing construction works at Khajuraho Airport, many airlines have reduced the number of flights into and out of this airport. As a result we have had to reroute some trips between Khajuraho and Varanasi to an overnight train replacing the flight. Please be aware that while we will continue to do all we can to secure tickets on the limited flights available, this change may need to be made last minute to your itinerary. Your leader will notify you at the Group Meeting of any changes. All activities will continue to be included.
4. This trip is operated by our experienced sister company Peregrine Adventures.

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North India Highlights , March 2015

North India Highlights , March 2015