From the streets of Delhi to the revered temples of Agra and Jaipur, northern India is a fascinating blend of stunning landmarks, cultural traditions and incredible landscapes. Without a doubt, one of the highlights of the region is a trip to Ranthambore National Park which presents a fantastic opportunity to go on safari in the hope of spotting one of the iconic symbols of India, the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger.
Depart London Heathrow on Jet Airways to Delhi.
Arrive in Delhi at midday and transfer to Oodles Hotel for your first 2 nights in India.
After an early morning bike ride through the bustling and charming labyrinthine back lanes of Old Delhi, you’ll be treated to a sightseeing tour of the city including all of the highlights of Old and New Delhi. (B)
This morning you’ll be flying to the holy city of Varanasi for 2 nights at the Radisson Hotel. In the evening a traditional Aarti ceremony will take place at the Varanasi Ghats (steps leading to the river). (B)
Make an early start to admire the glorious sunrise on a river boat cruise up the Ganges before checking out the local temples and enjoying the rest of the day at leisure. (B)
Enjoy an invigorating stretch with your private yoga instructor, before an afternoon flight to Khajuraho and the Hotel Ramada for an overnight stay. (B)
Morning visit to the temples, Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculpture. Drive to Jhansi for the evening train to the ancient city of Agra. Stay 2 nights at the Clarks Shiraz Hotel. (B/L)
Get ready to experience two of the most talked about buildings in India as you visit Agra’s stunning Taj Mahal and equally impressive Red Fort. This afternoon you’re free to sightsee or just relax. (B)
There’s no better way to travel in India than by train and today you’ll put this adage to the test as you clamber aboard and take a scenic trip to Ranthambore National Park which is famed for its magnificent tigers. Stay for the next 2 nights at the Ranthambore Regency Hotel. (B/D)
Morning and afternoon game drives. As well as the elusive tiger, you will have a good chance of seeing sambar, chital and nilgai. The occasional gazelle – the chinkara can be seen, as well as the Indian hare, mongoose and monitor lizards. The lakes and pools at the park are where the deer congregate and where it is easiest to see the animals. (B/L/D)
Next stop is the Pink City of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, where you’ll be based for the next 2 nights at the Fortune Select Metropole. Explore the city sights and surrounding area, including the famous Amber Fort. (B)
Enjoy a city tour of Jaipur, sightseeing includes a visit to the City Palace & Observatory and the Hawa Mahal. Fly to Udaipur and stay 2 nights at the Lotus Resort. (B)
Take a walking tour of the beautiful Rajasthani city of Udaipur, which is revered for its fabulous collection of palaces and lakes. (B)
Transfer to the airport for the return Jet Airways flight to Mumbai to connect with the Virgin Atlantic flight to London Heathrow, arriving this evening. (B)
Tour departs every Saturday except for mid Jun to early Oct when Ranthambore National Park is closed. The tour is based on a minimum of 2 passengers travelling.
Finish off your tour of northern India with a trip down south to the meditative white sand beaches of Goa where you’ll spend 3 nights chilling out and getting tanned at the Zuri White Sands Resort & Casino.
Prices from £495 per person