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10 Days | Uncover enigmatic wonders and cultural charm in India’s north

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Welcome to northern India, where ancient religion, cultural heritage and wild wonders are laced through the country’s modern facade. On this 10-day Premium adventure you’ll 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 on a sunrise cruise. A local leader will bring the magic of India to light, from lavish palaces to vibrant bazaars and the incomparable Taj Mahal. Packed with hotspots and hidden gems, discover the cultural heart of India.

Trip overview

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Start
Delhi, India
Finish
Delhi, India
Theme
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Destinations
India
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Premium
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
HHPG
This trip generates 103.78 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Discover the beauty in buildings that lie across the north of India, from Jaipur’s Amber Fort and Royal City Palace to Agra’s Red Fort and iconic Taj Mahal.
  • Taste the best of Indian cuisine during Exclusive Experiences, including a street food tour with a local expert in Agra and a wonderful meal in the home of a Brahmin family in Jaipur.
  • Embark on both morning and sunset safaris through Ranthambore National Park in search of antelope, sloth bears, leopards and the elusive tigers that call this park home.
  • Spend two elegant evenings at your Feature Stay hotel in Jaipur. The heritage hotel has been in the same family since its opening in 1928 and offers opulent details and warm, friendly service.
  • Take part in Exclusive Experiences to remember – visit to a royal haveli in Jaipur and hear the stories of its owner’s ancestors, and cruise down the Ganges at sunset accompanied by local musicians.
  • 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?
  • 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 the already spectacular scenery. However, it may cause traffic congestion and delays.

Itinerary

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

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

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Inclusions

Meals

9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners

Transport

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

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights), Jaipur Feature Stay (2 nights)

Premium Inclusions
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support
Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Delhi - Welcome dinner
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Agra - Expert-led street food tour (as dinner)
  • Agra - Agra Fort
  • Ranthambhore National Park - Morning Wildlife Safari
  • Ranthambhore National Park - Evening wildlife safari
  • Jaipur - Home-cooked dinner
  • Jaipur - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Jaipur - City Palace
  • Jaipur - Private Royal Haveli visit with owner
  • Jaipur - Rooftop drinks overlooking old walled city (one drink included)
  • Varanasi - Sarnath
  • Varanasi - Sunrise Ganges boat trip
  • Varanasi - Sunset candle flower ceremony
  • Varanasi - Leader-led Old City walking tour
  • Varanasi - Sunset Ganges boat trip (musicians on board)
  • Delhi - Visit to the Jama Masjid Mosque
  • Delhi - Leader-led Old Delhi walking tour
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Delhi - Final dinner
Add on activities
  • Jaipur - Balloon Safari - USD280
  • Jaipur - Jantar Mantar Observatory - INR200
  • Delhi - Qutub Minar - INR600
  • Delhi - Red Fort - INR600
  • Delhi - Humayun's Tomb - INR600
  • Delhi - Home-Cooked Delhi Urban Adventure - INR4000
  • Delhi - Delhi Food Walk Urban Adventure - INR3750

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Important notes

1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Please provide a scanned copy of your passport bio page at time of booking to secure a permit for your Ranthambhore National Park visit. Authorities at the park follow a strict booking process whereby permits are issued on a first come first serve basis. If we do not receive your passport scan in time we cannot guarantee you will be able to join the safari. Your full name will need to be provided exactly as it appears on your passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport) for flight tickets. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases, you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket if an amendment occurs.
4. This trip includes domestic flights. The luggage allowance is 15kg for check in luggage and 7kg for carry on. You can store excess luggage at the start point hotel. Currently, there are no non-stop flights operating between Jaipur and Varanasi, so you will fly through Delhi. This flight will require an early morning start time.
5. The HHPG231030, HHPG231113, and HHPG240203 departures will stay at Shapura House in Jaipur rather than Niwas Palace.

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 66 reviews submitted.
Reviews are from travellers who have completed their trip and want to share their experience. We show all reviews, but may remove any that include profanity or inappropriate content, are unrelated to the trip or reveal personal details.

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Lisa · Traveled November 2023
After seeing the Taj Mahal on day 1 you are left wondering how the subsequent days could top that, but every day delights and amazes you - with great photo opportunities and wonderful experiences you would never do by yourself. Intrepid combines the normal tourist activity with experiencing India life, whether it is eating street food in Agra, wandering the alleyways of Varanasi or the markets in old Delhi as well as meeting local families and having a meal with them. You will leave India so much better informed about this amazing country and its generous warm spirited people.
Review submitted 12 Nov 2023

Julie · Traveled November 2023
Incredible trip! Wonderful itinerary, We had a kind, knowledgeable leader and everything about this trip was fantastic! I highly recommend it!!
Review submitted 13 Nov 2023

Eugenia · Traveled October 2023
The description "Premier" is very appropriate. Lodging, meals and transportation all met or exceeded our expectations. Our very knowledgeable guide "AJAY" felt more like a friend than an employee doing a job. The overall experience was exceptional.
Review submitted 08 Nov 2023

Mark · Traveled October 2023
Excellent trip, brilliant guide. Got to experience the chaos of India but felt very safe with the guide. Got to see tigers crossing right on front of our jeep. Great food. Great size group and made loads of new friends.
Review submitted 05 Nov 2023

Amanda · Traveled October 2023
This trip exceeded expectations. Our guide AJ was amazing and I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to visit India for the first time.
Review submitted 05 Nov 2023
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