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North India Highlights

9 Days | Explore north India on a trip that hits all the highlights including Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Varanasi

4.8 out of 5 based on 40 reviews submitted.
NZD $2,423
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Explore the highlights of the north on this epic adventure 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, Bollywood blockbusters, and the incomparable Taj Mahal. Packed with highlights, take time to discover the beating heart of India.

Trip overview

Map of North India Highlights including India
Delhi, India
Delhi, India
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Min 15
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Min 1 - Max 12
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Soak up the unique atmosphere of a candle flower ceremony at dusk on the Ganges River in Varanasi, then wake up early for a sunrise boat ride, where you can watch the light gradually illuminate the many ghats and temples along the river as you pass
  • Explore the Taj Mahal – one of the most recognisable buildings in the world – and learn of its lesser-known poetic history from a local expert
  • Discover the secret flavours and spices of traditional specialities during a cooking class in a local home, then – arguably the best part – sit down to feast on your creations
  • From exploring a bustling bazaar to hanging out with the locals at a cinema showing a Bollywood blockbuster, feel the magic of India that runs through everything
  • Stretch your legs and immerse yourself in the cultural heart of India on guided walking tours of Delhi, Jaipur and Varanasi
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Positive Change for Marine Life. Donations help them to nurture ocean health with community-led conservation initiatives that inspire coastal restoration, sustainable fishing practices and waste-management.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Don’t underestimate the weather at any time of year in India. In the summer months, heat can be extreme. In winter months, some travellers have been surprised at the cool of the evenings. A hat, sunscreen, and clothing that can be layered will serve you well year-round.
  • There are some early starts on this trip, allowing you to see more of the country in the captivating morning light.
  • Between December and February, flights and trains can be delayed due to fog.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 April 2024 - 31 December 2024

Map of North India Highlights including India



8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner


Auto rickshaw, Boat, Cycle rickshaw, Metro, Plane, Private vehicle, Train


Hotel (8 nights)

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Delhi - Leader-led Old Delhi walking & rickshaw tour
  • Delhi - Visit to the Jama Masjid Mosque
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Agra - Agra Fort
  • Jaipur - Bollywood Movie at Raj Mandir Cinema
  • Abhaneri - Chand Baori stepwell
  • Jaipur - Orientation walk with a local guide
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Jaipur - Cooking class in a local home
  • Varanasi - Leader-led Old City walking tour
  • Varanasi - Sunset candle flower ceremony
  • Varanasi - Sunrise Ganges boat trip
Add on activities
  • Delhi - Humayun's Tomb - INR600
  • Delhi - Qutub Minar - INR600
  • Jaipur - Jantar Mantar Observatory - INR200
  • Jaipur - Balloon Safari - USD280
  • Varanasi - Sarnath - INR250

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
3. This trip includes domestic flights as indicated on the trip map. The luggage allowance is 15kg for check in luggage and 7kg for carry on.
4. Please provide your full name exactly as it appears on your passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport) for flight tickets. Fees may apply for adding or amending details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases, you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.

Essential Trip Information

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4.8 out of 5 based on 40 reviews submitted.
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Maria Teresa · Traveled November 2023
As a first time visitor to India and a first time Intrepid customer, I only have very high marks for my experience. I am looking forward to future tours with the same caliber as this one.
Review submitted 10 Nov 2023

Luzviminda · Traveled November 2023
My trip was very useful to me. I've learned the impt history of India. Knowing the beauty of its culture. Also the beauty of diff Palaces. Also the diff products like Pashmina ( how to distinguished the genuine one), the best carpet that you have, the best gemstone you have and especially goodness of the people.
Review submitted 10 Nov 2023

Ruth · Traveled October 2023
Go! Just go on this trip! I was excited and looking forward to the trip and it still blew me away with how amazing it was. Huge thanks to Kush who was an outstanding leader!
Review submitted 28 Oct 2023

Lynsey · Traveled October 2023
The itinerary of the North India Highlights tour was excellent, with amazing excursions planned every day, great transport arrangements and very nice hotels. North India is so much more than the Taj Mahal (which is incredible to see in real life!), with every day having at least one amazing experience, often several! We packed in so much to the trip, with the final days in Varanasi a highlight. Our guide Kushal was excellent, and made the trip far exceed my (very high!) expectations, I would highly recommend this trip.
Review submitted 29 Oct 2023

Patrick · Traveled October 2023
A fantastic introduction to India to its sites sounds, colors and food. Our tour guide Kushal was simply amazing. He took care of us from day one and went over and about. I'll definitely be booking my next trip with intrepid.
Review submitted 27 Oct 2023
North India Highlights
NZD $2,423