Discover the highlights of north India, taking in New Delhi, Jaipur and 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, safari through Ranthambhore National Park in search of tigers, and soak up the ambience of holy Varanasi. This wonderful introduction to the magic of India includes lavish palaces, vibrant bazaars, Bollywood blockbusters and the incomparable Taj Mahal. Packed with highlights and hidden gems, this is your chance to discover the beating heart of India.
Discover the man-made beauty that lies across the north of India, from Jaipur’s ‘Palace of the Winds’ and Royal City Palace to Agra’s Red Fort and famous Taj Mahal
A trip to India wouldn’t be complete without a Bollywood film. Sit back and enjoy one in one of Jaipur’s magnificent cinemas
Embark on a safari through Ranthambore National Park in search of antelope, sloth bears, leopards and tigers
Begin a morning in Varanasi with a sunrise cruise down the Ganges – the perfect way to experience the spiritual magic of the ultimate Hindu pilgrimage destination
Immerse yourself in the grandeur of Rajput royalty during your feature stay in rural Rajasthan at Castle Kanota
In the summer months Rajasthan can get very hot. Be sure to drink lots of water, pack light cotton clothing and use adequate skin protection.
There are several early mornings on this trip, as many parts of India really come alive in the dawn light.
It can get foggy between December and February, which can put a new spin on already spectacular scenery. However, it may cause trains to be delayed.From April 2017, the main dome of the Taj Mahal will be undergoing mud pack therapy to restore its original colour. It is expected the dome will be covered in iron scaffolding during the process, which is expected to last a year.
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Golden Triangle & Varanasi trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
A single supplement is available for this trip and is applicable for all nights on tour.
HOT AIR BALLOONING JAIPUR
Hot air balloon flights are operated by Sky Waltz in Jaipur. Flights operate mornings from September to June and morning and evening from September to March. Morning flights depart around sunrise and evening flights late afternoon and last 60 mins. Return transfers, tea and coffee plus light refreshments and a certificate of flight are included in the cost.
You can register your interest and pay your tour leader at your joining meeting on day 1 of your trip.
Payment must be made in cash - INR/USD/AUD/GBP only please
Flights are subject to weather conditions and tickets are fully refundable.
Using mud pack therapy the Archaeological Survey of India is planning to clean the four small canopies around the main dome of the Taj Mahal from the start of April 2018. This will be followed by the cleaning of the main dome but that could take some time as ASI is yet to calculate its load bearing capacity. The ASI’s science branch officials have stated that cleaning the four canopies will take approximately 2 months while main dome cleaning will be completed in phases. During the mudpack process, ASI has assured that one side of the monument will always be uncovered for visitors. We will continue to update as information becomes available.