Amber Fort, Jaipur, north India

North India Classic Itinerary

A rich mix of the north's highlights - from the Taj to the ghats and from tigers to palaces.

13 days from £2700pp plus international flights.

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Varanasi, north India

Day 1

Arrive In Delhi

Arrive at Delhi airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax after your journey.

Varanasi, north India

Day 2

Tour Of Delhi

Today you have a full day guided tour of both old and new Delhi. The tour should take in such sites as The Red Fort, Jami Masjid, markets, New India Gate, Humayun's Tomb and the Qutub Minar. You might also be able to have a rickshaw ride in Old Delhi.

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Varanasi, north India

Day 3

To Samode

This morning you will be driven to the attractive walled town of Samode which is about four hours from Delhi. Having checked in to your hotel the rest of the day is free. Maybe venture into the town and explore the old houses and winding streets or take a stroll in the hills around the hotel.

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Varanasi, north India

Day 4

Samode To Jaipur

The morning is at leisure for further exploration or maybe just relaxing the hotel's grounds, or swimming in one of the two pools. Later you have a one hour drive to Jaipur, the famous Pink City, the capital of Rajasthan.

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Varanasi, north India

Day 5

Tour Of Amber Fort & Jaipur

This morning you travel a little way out of the city to the impressive Amber Fort. Outwardly imposing, inside the fort is ornate, with walls decorated with murals, frescoes, and paintings or covered with intricate carvings, mosaics and elaborate mirror work. You return to Jaipur for a guided tour of the city. Highlights include the palace museum, Sawai Jai Singh's fascinating observatory Jantar Mantar and the beautiful Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds.

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Varanasi, north India

Day 6

Ranthambore

You leave the hotel after breakfast for the four hour drive to Ranthambore National Park, arriving in time for lunch. In the afternoon you have your first game drive in the park. This is one of India's most famous tiger parks. Originally a hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur, it was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1957 and in 1981 achieved the status of a National Park.

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Varanasi, north India

Day 7

Ranthambore

You have morning and afternoon game drives in the National Park. As well as tigers you can hope to see leopard here and a host of other species including sloth bear, deer and antelope., in particular you see chital (spotted deer), chinkara (Indian gazelle), and nilgai (blue bull). There are some very large crocodiles in the lakes which can be seen basking on the banks. And of course there is no shortage of langur monkeys.

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Varanasi, north India

Day 8

Ranthambore & Fatehpur Sikri

This morning you will set off for your final game drive in Ranthambore. Later you depart for the station and the train to Bharatpur. You will bet transferred to Agra via the ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri. This red sandstone ghost town dates back to the 16th century, designed as the Mughal capital. It was occupied for only 14 years, due to the water supply being inadequate. Today it is a perfectly preserved masterpiece of Mughal glory. On arrival in Agra check in to your hotel and relax.

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Varanasi, north India

Day 9

Taj Mahal & Agra, Train To Varanasi

You are up early today, all in a good cause - a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal! This is one of the best times to view this iconic monument. After returning to the hotel for breakfast, we will take you on a guided tour of Agra Fort and the Baby Taj. The afternoon is free for you to spend as you will. In the evening transfer to the station for the overnight train to Varanasi.

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Varanasi, north India

Day 10

Varanasi

Your train is scheduled to arrive early morning and you will be taken straight to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or explore as you wish. Varanasi is purported to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. It is also one of the most important pilgrimage sites in India. In the evening take a boat ride to the ghats to view an aarti service which blesses the Ganges.

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Varanasi, north India

Day 11

Ganges Boat Trip & Varanasi Tour

You have an early morning boat ride on the sacred Ganges River, when you witness the city come to life. Later you have a tour of the city, taking in some of its famous temples. In the afternoon, we take the short drive to Sarnath, one of the most important Buddhist sites marked with a large stupa and an Ashoka pillar. Although few of Varanasi's population are Buddhist, Sarnath attracts pilgrims from many Buddhist countries including Japan and Sri Lanka.

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Varanasi, north India

Day 12

Fly To Delhi

The morning is at leisure giving you more time to stroll around the ghats and alleys of the old town. Alternatively relax at the hotel and enjoy the view from the roof terrace. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for the short flight to Delhi. On arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel.

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Varanasi, north India

Day 13

Depart

This morning you will be transferred to Delhi airport where you connect with your ongoing arrangements.

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