This two-week tour of northern India begins in Delhi and visits the Taj Mahal, the colourful Shekhawati region, and
tours Jaipur before heading to the fascinating and atmospheric religious centres of Amritsar and Dharamsala in the
DAY 1: Arrive in Delhi
Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Delhi for the start of your trip.
After check-in our local reps will then go through the itinerary with you and introduce you to the local area.
DAY 2: Sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi
A full day to explore the sights of India’s capital. Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the intricate and chaotic
streets around Old Delhi and visit the Jama Masjid mosque before moving on to the Lutyens inspired wide avenues
of New Delhi. After a visit to Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation ground at Rajghat take time to stroll around the Indian
parliament buildings as well as India Gate and Humayun’s Tomb.
DAY 3: Delhi to Agra. Visit to Taj Mahal
This morning we depart Delhi for the drive to Agra, arriving in time for lunch. After another taste of local Indian food,this afternoon we visit the UNESCO world heritage site at Agra Fort. This is a huge complex with some fascinatinghistory. Later in the afternoon we enjoy a full sightseeing tour of the beautiful Taj Mahal at sunset. Truly one of thewonders of the world this elaborate monument to love was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and took overtwenty two years to complete. Sunset is a great time to visit as the light changes gradually with the colours of the Taj changing too.
DAY 4: Agra to Jaipur. Fatehpur Sikri visit
We break today’s drive to Jaipur to visit the strange and well preserved abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. The
mystical abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, constructed by Emperor Akbar, served as the Mughal Empire’s capital from 1571 until 1585. We also stop at Keoladeo National Park where we take a cycle rickshaw ride through the
park to see the resident and migrant wildlife. The park is particularly famous for its birdlife, though you may also
see snakes, lizards and turtles around the ponds. After lunch we continue driving through rural India, arriving into
Jaipur late in the afternoon.
DAY 5: Amber Palace, Jaipur tour
This morning we visit the Amber Palace which is a well preserved fort on a hillside around 10km outside Jaipur.
Here we enjoy a guided tour through the site. Elephant rides up to the fort are available though we no longer
include these on this tour due to concerns about elephant welfare. We then tour Jaipur itself, taking in the Hawa
Mahal (Palace of the Winds), Jantar Mantar (Observatory), City Palace and some local temples and street life. You
then have some more free time and tour options including a chance to visit the Chowki Dhani village in the evening
to learn more about traditional Rajasthani culture and crafts.
DAY 6: Jaipur. Shekhawati Havellis
You have a little free time in Jaipur this morning when you can try some optional tours including kite flying, craft
markets and food shopping and tasting. Late in the morning we head into the rural semi-desert Shekhawati region
whose colourfully painted Havellis with frescoes showing animals and mythology, together with more modern
interpretations, led to its reputation as the ‘open art gallery of Rajasthan’.
DAY 7: Shekhawati. Drive to Delhi
Today we leave rural Rajasthan and drive back to Delhi. En-route we’ll stop at Cyber Hub or Ambience Mall at
Gurgaon on the outskirts of Delhi for lunch and a taste of modern India. The rest of the afternoon and evening is
free for you to explore Delhi and do some sightseeing or shopping.
DAY 8: Delhi. Train to Amritsar
We bid farewell to Delhi this morning as we board the early train to the Punjab and the Sikh holy city of Amritsar.
Upon arrival we transfer to the hotel before making the short trip to the Wagah border crossing to enjoy the daily
border ceremony. Almost like a soccer match, both Indians and Pakistani’s turn out in force to cheer on the
changing of their respective guards amidst much singing and all round fun.
DAY 9: Amritsar. Sightseeing tour
A full day to explore the holy city, our tour of Amritsar begins with a trip to the Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of
the Sikh religion. The temple itself is beautiful, inlaid with many jewels and covered with gold leaf. We have chance
to explore the rest of the city, including a trip to Jallian Wala Bagh before returning to the Golden Temple in the
evening to view the Holy book procession.
DAY 10: Amritsar. Drive to Dharamsala
Departing Amritsar this morning we leave the Punjab behind as we head into the foothills of the Himalayas before
arriving into Dharamsala. The rest of the day is free.
DAY 11: Dharamsala. Tour to Mcleod Ganj
Perched above Dharamsala sits the town of Mcleod Ganj, home to the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, the
Dalai Lama. Offering incredible mountain views against a foreground of spinning prayer wheels and Buddhist
prayer flags the home of the Tibetan government in exile is a truly inspiring place. On our tour of the town we visit
the Kangra Art Museum and the Norbulingka Institute as well as many small temples.
DAY 12: Dharamsala. Drive to Amritsar. Train to Delhi
We leave Dharamsala this morning for the drive back to Amritsar where we board the evening train to New Delhi,
and your dinner will be included on the train. Upon arrival in Delhi we transfer to the hotel.
DAY 13: Delhi. Departure transfer to airport
Free day. Our local staff will be on hand to advise you on travel arrangements before transferring you to the airport
to catch your flight home.
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.