Explore India’s famed Golden Triangle before discovering the beautiful temples of Orchha and Khajuraho as well
as the legendary Ganges and holy Varanasi.
Old and New Delhi – the magnificent Red Fort, India’s largest mosque Jama Masjid, and Gandhi’s crematorium Raj
The spectacular Taj Mahal – India’s most famous monument in all its glory at sunset
Fatehpur Sikri – an ancient abandoned Mughal city
Abhaneri – the iconic Chand Baori 9th century step well
Bharatpur – rural India at its friendliest
Keoladeo Ghana National Park – UNESCO heritage site with up to 300 migratory birds
The Pink City of Jaipur – the lofty Amber Fort, the very regal City Palace and the ancient observatory of Jantar
An elephant ride into Jaipur’s Amber Fort – just like the Raj would have done
Orchha Temples – wonderful complex of brilliantly preserved 16th century temples
Khajuraho – the stunning and erotic Chandela temples
Varanasi – the holiest city in India, Mother India site, local temples, mosque and the holy River Ganges
Day 1: Delhi
Upon arrival into Delhi, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day
is free to relax or independently explore this bustling capital.
Day 2: Old Delhi & New
This morning, our welcome meeting takes place. Afterwards we head out on a full day sightseeing tour of Old and
Day 3-4: Amber Fort on Elephant back
Delhi – Jaipur. This morning we drive to Jaipur, the bustling capital of the state of Rajasthan. After checking into our
hotel we enjoy a tour of the City Palace and Jantar Mantar – an old yet cleverly designed space observatory.
On day 4 early-risers can opt for a morning hot air balloon ride over Jaipur, and sail over hilltop forts, regal palaces,
sleepy villages, and stone carved temples. Then we travel beyond Jaipur to the stunning 16th century Amber Fort –
a sprawling Rajput creation which hugs the hill on which it was built and overlooks the dusty plains below. We
enjoy a stately elephant ride up to the fort and tour the fort’s well-preserved interior and grounds. Before returning
to Jaipur we visit a cotton weaving house to see a demonstration of fabric dyeing and block printing. Spend the
evening at leisure.
Day 5: Abhaneri Stepwells & Rural India
Jaipur – Abhaneri – Bharatpur. Departing Jaipur we stop in the village of Abhaneri to see Chand Baori, which is the
largest and deepest step well in the world. This incredible well has a staggering 3500 steps and is 13 stories deep.
Then we gain an insight into local village life, visiting Adarsh Vidya Mandir local school (if open), where we operate
our ‘Change for Children’ programme. After hotel check in at Bharatpur and time to freshen up we visit Keoladeo
Ghana National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we’ll enjoy a leisurely bicycle rickshaw ride through
Day 6, Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal
Bharatpur – Agra. En route to Agra, we visit Fatehpur Sikri, former imperial capital of the great Mughal emperor
Akbar. Built between 1569 and 1585, it has been deserted for more than four centuries, by all accounts abandoned
in 1600 due to a meagre supply of water. In Agra, we visit the impressive Agra Fort before touring the legendary
Taj Mahal. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, who tragically died in
childbirth in 1631, the Taj Mahal is described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love and remains
one of India’s most enduring symbols.
Day 7: Orchha’s temples & Palaces
Agra – Orchha. Today, we travel by express train to Jhansi and drive onward to Orchha. Situated on the banks of
the River Betwa, Orchha is set amongst a wonderful complex of well-preserved 16th century temples and palaces.
Day 8: Khajuraho – the Chandela dynasty
Orchha – Khajuraho. Travelling south-east we arrive in Khajuraho which is renowned for its magnificent Hindu and
Jain temples which were built during the Chandela dynasty from 950-1050 AD. The intricate stone carved temples
are famous for their erotic sculptures, although why they were built still remains a mystery. In fact the Chandelas
appear to have forgotten about the temples soon after they were completed and it wasn’t until they were
rediscovered by the British that these exquisite masterpieces were fully appreciated in India. We will have plenty of
time to see the various erotic acts from the famous KamaSutra depicted on the monolithic Khajuraho temples for
ourselves as we explore the site. Adding to the beauty, these amazing temples subtly change hue as the day
progresses, passing from a warm pink at sunrise to white under the midday sun and back to pink at sunset.
Day 9: Varanasi
Khajuraho – Varanasi. We offer a jeep safari in Panna NP this morning, please see our wildlife safari bolt on for
details. This afternoon we bid farewell to Khajuraho and fly/train east to Varanasi. Perhaps the holiest city in India,
Varanasi, also known as Benares or the city of Shiva, is also one of the oldest cities on earth. Sitting on the banks
of the holy River Ganges, Varanasi has been a centre of learning for more than 2000 years and it’s an important
Hindu pilgrimage site.
Day 10: Boat ride on the Ganges
This morning, we enjoy a sunrise boat ride on the holy Ganges river where we’ll view the ancient religious tradition
of ritual cleansing that takes place on the many riverbank ghats (riverside steps). Later, we embark on a tour of the
city. At sunset consider re-visiting the ghats for the evening pilgrimage, which is different to the dawn ritual.
Day 11: Holi Varanasi
Varanasi – Delhi. Today, take the opportunity to independently explore more of Varanasi. Early this evening we
return to Delhi by overnight flight.
Day 12: Explore Delhi your own way
Breakfast upon arrival into Delhi and hotel check in. Today is a chance to further explore the capital at your leisure
or a chance to pick up those last minute souvenirs.
Day 13: Delhi
Hotel check out and included onward departure transfer to airport. Happy travels!
Holiday Price Includes
- Accommodation in the hotels listed or similar hotels.
- Transportation – Entire round trip Ex- Delhi by an air-conditioned vehicles for all categories as per the itinerary. Vehicle is as per the itinerary and not on disposal basis.
- Breakfast included in all packages and Dinner is included in all non-Economy Package.
- Travel insurance.
- All currently applicable taxes i.e. Hotel tax and Transportation tax.
- Wifi Internet provided in vehicles during transportation in all non-Economy packages.
Holiday Price Excludes
- Air, Train or Bus fare from / to your originating city of stay, unless specified.
- Any meals / en route meals unless specified.
- Any rides, safaris, boating charges, other than the mentioned in the inclusions.
- Entrance fees and guide charges, unless specified in the inclusions.