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Overview

Discover the phenomenal highlights of North India on this 8-night guided adventure tour from Delhi to Varanasi. A wonderful introduction into the magical and enchanting land of India, you’ll explore some of the nation’s world-famous sights, including the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Palace of the Winds, and you’ll also have the chance to immerse in the rich, significant culture in the spiritual city of Varanasi.

Discover lavish palaces, intricate temples, vibrant bazaars, Bollywood blockbusters and breath-taking cityscapes throughout this tour; packed with highlights, you’ll have ample time to discover the beating heart of India (INT).

Highlights

  • Explore the exciting capital of Delhi with guided walking tours and exciting rickshaw rides
  • Soak up the spectacular sights of Taj Mahal and magnificent Agra Fort
  • Discover the Pink City of Jaipur, Rajasthan’s Capital
  • Spend time photographing the Hawa Mahal, also known as ‘Palace of the Winds’
  • Indulge in the wonders of Indian culture with a Bollywood blockbuster Cinema at the spectacular Raj Mandir
  • Delight in breath-taking views over Jaipur on an early-morning hot air balloon trip (optional)
  • Explore the elaborate rooms and opulent workings of the magnificent Amber Fort
  • See the sparkling Mirror Palace, covered floor-to-ceiling in thousands of reflective tiles
  • Soak up the spiritual atmosphere and beautiful shrines and temples in the holy centre of Varanasi with a walking tour and early-morning boat ride along the Ganges
  • Enjoy a trip to the nearby Sarnath, one of the four main Buddhist pilgrimage destinations (optional)

Please note the minimum age for this tour is 15 years.

Details

Day 1

Delhi

Welcome to India! Upon arrival in Delhi, take a complimentary airport transfer to your hotel. The adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm, where you’ll meet your tour leader and fellow travellers. If you arrive early, be sure to spend some time exploring the exciting capital. Filled with historical sites and lots of fascinating museums and galleries, there’s so much to see and do here.

Optional Activities

Gandhi’s Delhi Urban Adventure, Delhi City Food Crawl Urban Adventure, Delhi Home-Cooked Experience Urban Adventure

Day 2

Delhi

After breakfast, your tour leader will take you to the city’s historic heart on a guided walking tour of Old Delhi. Set off on the modern metro system, and get a taste of India’s famed public transport with an optional rickshaw ride through the chaotic streets. Make a visit to the impressive Jama Masjid, Delhi’s oldest mosque, and then to the Sheeshganj Gurudwara to learn more about the Sikh religion.

The rest of the day can be enjoyed at leisure; perhaps visit the World Heritage-Listed Humayun’s Tomb, built in 1570 as the first garden tomb in India, or gaze in awe at the tall brick minaret of Qutub Minar, or you could explore the mighty red fort of Delhi.

Breakfast included.

Optional Activities

Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar

Day 3

Agra

Say farewell to Delhi’s hypnotising chaos this morning as you set off for Agra via train (2 hours), home to one of the world’s most recognisable monuments. We think the best way to uncover Agra is by cycle rickshaw, so on arrival, you’ll be taken on a fantastic rickshaw tour of the city; visit the spectacular Taj Mahal, and spend some time soaking up the sights and exploring before heading to the Agra Fort – part fortress, part palace and part prison, the fort features magnificent throne rooms and tiny but intricately decorated mosques. The rest of the day is to spend as you please – we highly recommend a moving visit to the Sheroes Café, which employs women who have been affected by acid attacks.

Breakfast included.

Day 4

Jaipur

You’ll head to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital, via private vehicle today (taking around 6 hours). Get your first glimpse of the Pink City on a walking tour, where you’ll navigate the crowded streets overflowing with cars, camel carts, rickshaws, bicycles and trucks, while observing the city’s intricate and magnificent architecture. Visit a bazaar to browse handicraft textiles, art and local semi-precious stones, and make a stop at the Hawa Mahal, also known as ‘Palace of the Winds’, the second-most photographed building in India.

You’ll then have the option of visiting Jantar Mantar, which is an observatory filled with instruments to track the stars. This evening, continue to indulge in the wonders of Indian culture by watching a Bollywood blockbuster Cinema – an elaborate combination of action, romance, drama and music at the spectacular Raj Mandir.

Breakfast and Dinner included.

Optional Activities

Jantar Mantar Observatory

Day 5

Jaipur

Delight in an optional early-morning hot air balloon safari, offering breath-taking views over the Pink City bathed in the morning light. Later, climb the twisting roads of the Aravalli Hills to the massive Amber Fort – an opulent palace packed with elaborate rooms of lavish murals, frescoed arches and delicate jail work. Don’t miss the sparkling Mirror Palace, covered floor-to-ceiling in thousands of reflective tiles. The rest of the day can be enjoyed at leisure.

Breakfast included.

Optional Activities

Jaipur Balloon Safari

Day 6

Varanasi

After a short flight from Jaipur, you’ll arrive in the holy centre of Varanasi this morning. Awash with delicate shrines and temples, Varanasi is the ultimate destination for Hindu pilgrims who travel from far and wide to experience this spiritual city. Take a walking tour of the old city, winding through narrow lanes packed with stalls and shops, past the dhobi wallahs and the endless temples that exude the aromas of incense.

Breakfast included.

Day 7

Varanasi

Today will begin with an early sunrise boat ride on the Ganges, where you can watch the light gradually illuminate the many ghats and temples along the river. Then, there’s the option to take a trip to the nearby Sarnath, one of the four main Buddhist pilgrimage destinations. Alternatively, the day can be spend exploring the laneways and alleys behind the ghats, or picking up some examples of the excellent local silk industry. As your time in this sacred city comes to an end, perhaps witness pilgrims performing ancient bathing rituals and ceremonies.

Breakfast included.

Optional Activities

Varanasi Sarnath Day Trip

Day 8

Varanasi – Delhi

Use your morning at leisure to delve further into the spiritual atmosphere of Varanasi, wandering through the ghats and haggling with vendors in colourful bazaars. Return to Delhi by plane (around 1.5 hours), for a last chance to explore India’s capital. You could head to the legendary Connaught Place for some last-minute shopping. This evening, you could share your last dinner with your fellow travellers, reminiscing about the amazing adventures you’ve had.

Day 9

Delhi

Your journey draws to an end after breakfast. There are no other activities planned for today, so you can depart from the accommodation at any time this morning. If you have some free time, Hauz Khaz Village is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Delhi – a chic and artistic enclave set right next to the remnants of a historic site. Alternatively, you could pre-book an Urban Adventure to further explore Delhi with a local guide.

Breakfast included.

Optional Activities

Delhi Culture Vulture Urban Adventure

  • International flights
  • 8 nights of hotel accommodation
  • 8 breakfasts and one dinner
  • Boat, rickshaw, metro, plane and private vehicle transportation
  • All activities included as per itinerary

What’s Not Included

  • Optional tours, entrance fees and activities as per itinerary
  • Additional meals
  • Room upgrades and personal expenses

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

TODAY 99ºF
FRI 101ºF
SAT 104ºF
SUN 104ºF
MON 103ºF
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77ºF
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Feb
82ºF
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Mar
92ºF
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Apr
101ºF
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May
106ºF
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Jun
99ºF
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Jul
88ºF
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Aug
85ºF
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Sep
88ºF
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Oct
89ºF
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Nov
84ºF
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Dec
78ºF
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