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The Best of Northern India

Starts: Delhi, India
Finishes: Delhi, India

Visit: Delhi, Gagrāna, Māīthan, Nagla Dhīmar, Varanasi, Delhi

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Sightseeing,Wildlife

Overview

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Offering a blend of magical experiences, this short adventure holiday manages to capture the very essence of India. We start out in the Pink City' of Jaipur, one of the most attractive cities of the princely state of Rajasthan, with its splendid Palace of the Winds, Jai Singh Observatory and ornate and towering Amer Fort. We then drive through rural India to the Project Tiger' reserve of Ranthambore, where we have included evening and morning game drives to give us a realistic chance of spotting a tiger, as well as some of the park's other amazing wildlife. Continuing our journey eastwards, we visit the Emperor Akbar's former capital of Fatehpur Sikri, en route to Agra and the Taj Mahal. An early morning tour of this white marble monument, built in the 17th century by the Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, followed by a visit to the imposing Agra Fort, makes the best of our time in Agra. Moving on by overnight train to Varanasi on the banks of the sacred River Ganges, we check in at our hotel in the city and the remainder of the day is at leisure. However, nobody will want to miss out on the optional, evening visit to the banks of the Ganges to witness the amazing aarti ceremony. After a night at our Varanasi hotel, we return to the river pre-dawn and take a boat ride along the ghats as the sun rises. A great opportunity to mingle with the countless Hindu pilgrims, who come here to bathe in the river and visit the numerous temples. Including a final sightseeing tour of Delhi, comfortable tourist-class hotels and a chance to sample delicious Indian food, this holiday offers a complete immersion into the culture of northern India - a veritable feast for the senses!

Highlights

    • See tigers, temples and the splendour of the Taj Mahal
    • Two game drives at the famous tiger sanctuary of Ranthambore
    • Early morning boat ride on the River Ganges at Varanasi
    • See the Golden Triangle cities of Jaipur, Agra and Delhi
    • All breakfasts and dinners included
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Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 161201
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Delhi, India
Finishes: Delhi, India
Duration: 9 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • A professional English-speaking local leader
  • Delhi Airport transfers on the group departure day
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Wildlife guides during 2 Ranthambore game drives
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier 
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan 
  • Park and monument entrance fees
  • Guided sightseeing tours in Jaipur Agra Varanasi and Delhi

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Price

Price person (sharing double) $1,290 ($143/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

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India Delhi, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Ranthambore, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Taj Mahal, Varanasi
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Sightseeing,Wildlife

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Sue W  

Very supportive and knowledgeable trip leader who took good care of our welfare throughout with a nice personal touch. Most enjoyed - Taj Mahal, Ghats, seeing a tiger, local culture.

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Catherine  

Loved this trip! There were only 5 of us but we got on very well! Our guide was superb and when we missed our sleeper train (through no fault of the guide) he got flights organised for us which were paid for by your company which I wasn't expecting - they were good as well! Most of the food was superb and the guide made sure that it catered for all of us! The Indian people were so lovely -thought we would get hassled and although we did at times, very much less than I thought!! The only piece of advise would be to take more money than you think as the alcohol was quite expensive in the hotels and to take a couple of different credit and debit cards as when we had to draw money to pay for our flights, some atms wouldn't accept visa! Very interesting trip with lots packed in which makes it quite tiring and could have done with longer at the Taj Mahal (which was fantastic) - perhaps check out the hotel before going there so we could spend as much time as we had liked there!

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Andrew from Canonbie 

A fully escorted tour with an expert guide, we were very well looked after. I have always wanted to visit India and wasn't disappointed. Might be a culture shock if you have never travelled outside of Europe before though. The dirt, pollution, squalor, beggars, overcrowding, smells, sights and sounds are what make it what India is. Add to that the fabulous culture, monuments and wildlife, and the food, Oooo, the food! Vegetarian paradise, meat is on most menus but with everything so tasty you won't miss it. I did miss eating fresh salads and fruit though. (Bananas and fruit you can wash in mineral water and peel yourself is fine though.) Alcohol is available but relatively expensive in the hotels and you have to wary of having ice in drinks. Our guide was very good at keeping us safe from any food or drinks which could have been made using tap water, or in a way which could have started the dreaded "Delhi belly" so no one was ill. There is no time in the busy itinerary for a down day, So heed the advice and stay well. Outside of the hotels, you probably won't want to use the public toilets more than necessary. This trip really packs in the sights and there is a lot of travelling on the roads and railways, spending a lot of time on the road. Our vehicle was spotless and very comfortable, the trains, even in 1st class a bit less so, but regard it as all part of the Indian experience and not just the means to the next monument or hotel and you'll be fine. If you are thinking abo

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Matthew from Bradford-on-Avon 

The BON trip is a great way of being introduced to the chaos, beauty and unique country that is India. It is an action-packed, intense trip, with lots of travelling (be prepared for 6 or so hour journeys) and lots of culture shock. Nothing really prepares you for the squalor - the children begging, the piles of rubbish - but it is what India is. Alongside all of this, there are magnificent temples (such as the Palace of the Winds and, of course, the iconic Taj Mahal), a plentiful supply of delicious food, and the chance to see the magnificent tiger in Ranthambore National Park. Of course, Varanasi is a huge highlight, too - the Ganges and the gats make this holy city something so different to other places. If you don't like long distance travelling (it should be noted the minibus we had was air-conditioned and very comfortable) and get tired easily, this may not be for you. KE rate it 1 - however, I think it should be a 2, given the long days, the early starts and some of the walking involved. It is not necessarily physically challenging but having done a number of walking and adventure trips, I think would-be travellers should be mindful of what's involved. BON is a great trip - and Ketan was a really good, very knowledgable guide. If you enjoy culture, a holiday with a (big) difference and the wonderful flavours of Indian cuisine, this could be for you. It was hot - so if you go at a similar time of year, be prepared to drink plenty of water and get good rest at night - a l

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Louise from Rugby 

If you are not a morning person, this trip may not be for you!! We saw quite a few sunrises especially at Ranthambhore and Agra for the Taj Mahal but its worth every minute you're up. I shared my trip with 11 companions, we were a good mix of ages and male/females and yet again I was lucky because they were a fabulous bunch to spend time with, which is always a concern when you travel alone. Jaipur was the first stop to see the Palace of the Winds and get our first insight into crossing an Indian city road! Then off to Ranthambhore for a sunset and sunrise safaris (the cantor isn't comfortable but you see loads, wear a hat); Agra and the Taj Mahal at sunrise was fabulous and you can't explain how lovely the place is until you're there; Varanasi we were warned about because you can see the cremation piles from the boat but unless you are majorly squeamish about these sorts of things, its a calm, natural way to return "ashes to ashes, dust to dust"; the Aarti ceremony was amazing; Delhi was a riot. It was the most amazing holiday and very much enjoyed, even though I had a wibbly stomach for most of it. I will say 9 out of 12 of us went down with "Delhi-Belly" at some point but it passed quickly and you just have to go with it whilst its there! The trains were an experience, some of us slept (not me) but its like you imagine, people talking to each other, sharing booths, working out how things go (you get a bed linen parcel and pillow). The toilets are better after 2am when they

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