Sunrise At Varanasi Sunrise At Varanasi
Grand Tour Of North India
12 Days
 Depart  UK  
 · Relax On Arrival At
 · Red Fort At Delhi  
   And Rickshaw Ride
 Delhi  · Drive Through 
   Imperial New Delhi
 · Qutub Minar And       Southern Sites
 Varanasi  · Walking Tour Of  
   The Bathing Ghats
 Varanasi  · Sunrise Boat Trip
   On The Ganges
 · The Deer Park At     Sarnath
 Khajuraho  · Sound And Light 
   Show At Khajuraho
 Khajuraho  · Visit The Famous      Chandela Temples
 Agra  · Palaces At Orchha
 Agra  · Red Fort At Agra
 · The Taj Mahal At
 Jaipur  · Fatehpur Sikri
 Jaipur  · On Elephant Back
   To Amber Citadel
 · The City Palace And       Hawa Mahal
 Udaipur  · Boat Ride On Lake
 · Sound And Light
   Show At Udaipur
 Udaipur  · The City Palace And
   Durbar Hall
 · Views Of City From     Monsoon Palace
 · Transfer To Airport

This Is A Private Tour With Your Own Vehicle
And Driver-Guide
When To Go: July - April When To Go: July - April
The President’s House At New Delhi The President’s House At New Delhi
Pilgrims At Varanasi Pilgrims At Varanasi
Radisson Varanasi Bedroom Radisson Varanasi Bedroom
Buddhist Fresco At Sarnath
Buddhist Fresco At Sarnath
Temple At Khajuraho Temple At Khajuraho
The Famous Stone Carvings At Khajuraho The Famous Stone Carvings At Khajuraho
Indian Railway Travel Indian Railway Travel
A Classic View Of The Taj Mahal A Classic View Of The Taj Mahal
Elephants At Amber Fort Elephants At Amber Fort
The Hawa Mahal At Jaipur The Hawa Mahal At Jaipur
A Retainer At The City Palace, Jaipur A Retainer At The City Palace, Jaipur
The Romance Of Udaipur The Romance Of Udaipur
Interior Of The City Palace, Udaipur Interior Of The City Palace, Udaipur

The Grand Tour Of North India

Room And Breakfast
Based On 2 Persons Sharing Room

SUMMER: 01/05 – 30/10 WINTER: 01/11 – 30/04
  SUMMER 2016 WINTER 2015

  SUMMER 2016 WINTER 2015
*Based On Lowest Non – Peak Period Airfares
  • Private tour of India in an air-conditioned vehicle with English speaking     
  • All entry fees for places of interest as described in itinerary.
  • Services of local English speaking guides at Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho,
    Agra, Jaipur and Udaipur.

  • Children under 6 years of age sharing parents bed are given this tour FREE
  • Special rates available for 2 adults and 1 child sharing triple room.
  • Discounts available for families and groups.
  • Flight and accommodation supplements may apply at peak periods.

  • You are welcome to suggest changes or alterations such as a more relaxed
    tour with fewer activities, additional nights at places that may interest you.
  • Tell us about any special interests and we will incorporate them in to your
    tour schedule.

The Grand Tour Of North India

A Complete Tour Of North India

A full tour of North India is a fabulous way to appreciate its immense history and is a real treat for the senses. This itinerary allows you to combine the great Northern sights of Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho and Agra as well as the Rajput history of princely Jaipur and Udaipur in Rajasthan.

Start off your tour with a few days sightseeing and relaxing in India's capital city of Delhi including the busy markets of Old Delhi and Lutyen’s Imperial New Delhi. A short internal flight takes you to the holy city of Varanasi, where you may sail down the River Ganges and visit the Bathing Ghats.

Onwards to view the much celebrated temples at Khajuraho, with a profusion of amazing and intricate sculptures. Orchha has a fascinating collection of medieval cenotaphs built by its Bundela rulers.

An express train journey takes you to Agra, and the world famous Taj Mahal, an eternal monument to love that is best seen at sunrise or sunset.

Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’ of Rajasthan proudly displays its collection of magnificent forts and palaces. Its Rajput rulers sprinkled the city with many extravagant buildings. The highlight of your visit to Jaipur will be an Elephant Back ascent to the top of picture-perfect Amber Fort.

Udaipur is one of the most romantic cities in the world. Marvel at the sight of The City Palace as it reflects upon Lake Pichola with its tiny islands containing more palaces. Inside the City Palace are museums with amazing collections of art, armouries and the famous Crystal Gallery.

Recommended For: Anyone who wants to see the best of North India, including ALL of its famous sights within a 2 week itinerary.


Day 01

Depart UK
Depart UK – Overnight flight.


Day 02

The Manor  

Relax On Arrival At Delhi
Relax on arrival at your hotel, inside a leafy and exclusive area of Delhi.

Early Evening Rickshaw Ride Through Old Delhi
The teeming bazaars and markets of Chandni Chowk are best experienced on a Cycle Rickshaw Ride through narrow streets. At one end is the huge Jama Masjid (1656), the largest mosque in India.

The Red Fort Of Delhi (1639) has rampart walls covering a perimeter of 1.5 miles and is a haven of peace after you leave the frantic streets of Old Delhi.


Day 03

The Manor

Drive Through Lutyen’s Imperial New Delhi
British architect Edwin Lutyens’ masterpieces dominate the administrative capital of India. At the heart of the city is the impressive Rashtrapati Bhawan (Viceroy's House). The Secretariats, which house various ministries of the Government of India lie on either side of The Rajpath leading to India Gate.

A great way to sample the ambience of the colonial era would be to stop for tea at the lovely Imperial Hotel or Claridges.

Sights Of Southern Delhi
Emperor Humayun's magnificent tomb (1570) lies in a quiet park in the South East of the city. The Qutub Minar (1193) is the tallest brick minaret in the world (239 ft), and is part of a collection of ancient and unusual buildings.

If you plan your day carefully you can also if you wish, see Rajghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, as well as new landmarks of Delhi such as the Akshardham and Lotus temples.


Day 04

Radisson Varanasi

1 HR 25 MIN

The Sacred City Of Varanasi
Located on the banks of the great River Ganges, the holy city of Varanasi is one of the oldest living cities in the world and embodies much of the myth and culture of Hinduism. You can take an afternoon Walking Tour Of The Bathing Ghats or do a Cycle Rickshaw Drive Past The Bathing Ghats as an alternative.

Witness An Evening Aarti Ceremony At Varanasi
In the evening, if you wish, you may observe the Aarti ceremonies on the riverbanks. Aarti is often called "the ceremony of lights" where the priest offers various auspicious articles before a deity. The Aarti lamp is passed around the congregation; members pass their fingers over the flame and reverently touch them to their foreheads. Offered flowers are also passed around worshippers and the water is sprinkled over their heads.


Day 05

Radisson Varanasi

Sunrise Boat Trip On The Ganges
The River Ganges at sunrise as seen on an Early Morning Boat-Ride set against the backdrop of the centuries old temples is probably one of The Most Impressive Sights In The World - definitely a must see on any trip to Northern India.

The Deer Park At Sarnath
Very near to Varanasi lies Sarnath, the site of the Deer Park, where the Lord Buddha preached his first sermon. It is one of the major Buddhist pilgrimage sights of the world.


Day 06

Jass Radisson


40 MIN

The Famous Temples At Khajuraho
Few people are aware that Khajuraho is now India’s Second Most Visited Tourist Attraction. A short flight from Varanasi brings you to this site, full of remarkable medieval temples, graced with some of the most exquisite sculptures in the country.

A very atmospheric Son Et Lumière Show (Sound And Light) in the evening is a perfect introduction to the impressive creations at Khajuraho. This can be followed by a more detailed visit to see the Eastern Group Of Temples the next morning.


Day 07

Jass Radisson

Private Guided Tour Of The Eastern Group Of Temples At Khajuraho
Built in the hundred years between 950 and 1050 AD the Khajuraho temples were constructed by the mighty warrior kings of the Chandela Rajput dynasty in a truly inspired burst of creativity. Only 22 temples survive of the 85 that were originally built.


Day 08

The Trident Agra

The Magnificent Monuments Of Orchha
A road journey from Khajuraho takes you to Orchha, once the capital of the Bundela kings, dotted with majestic monuments.

The 16th century palaces and temples built by its Bundela rulers appear to be suspended in time. The exquisite Jehangir Mahal, a tiered palace crowned by graceful ‘chhatris’ gives spectacular views of soaring temple spires and cenotaphs.


Board the afternoon train from the nearby railway junction at Jhansi to Agra. This will be a fine chance to experience a classic Indian Railway Journey through the Northern Plains - one of the ‘must-do’s’ for anyone planning a holiday in India.


Day 09

The Trident Agra

Private Guided Tour Of The Red Fort At Agra
The Red Fort Of Agra is a showpiece of Mughal architecture, bearing the mark of successive emperors, from Akbar The Great to Jahangir and Shah Jahan.

The powerful red sandstone fortress was the seat of government of all the great Mughal rulers. Art and commerce flourished, initiating a golden age which lasted for several generations. Highlights include audience halls such as the Diwan-i-Khas, the Jahangir Palace, the Khas Mahal, and the Sheesh Mahal (The Glass Palace).

The Tomb Of Itmad Ud Daulah (1622)
A lovely surprise in Agra is this delightful tomb of a nobleman that is often called the ‘mini’ Taj Mahal.

The Amazing Beauty Of The Taj Mahal
A magnificent white marble tomb built in 1631-48 by Shah Jahan for his wife, Arjuman Banu Begum, is still perfectly preserved and lays claim to be the most architecturally beautiful building in the world! To truly appreciate the wondrous Taj Mahal and its many moods, you should aim to visit it at dawn or dusk when the reflection of the sun changes the colour of the dome from white to shades of pink.


Day 10

The Trident Jaipur

Akbar’s Tomb At Sikandra
The impressive tomb of Akbar The Great (1612) lies conveniently on the roadside near Agra.

Fatehpur Sikri
The deserted capital of Emperor Akbar (1570) stands on a hillock rising above the plains. Sikri was the first planned city of the Mughals. The sloping levels of the city were connected into terraces which were utilised for various complexes that remain completely intact even today, The huge Jami Masjid mosque takes up one whole section of the religious quarter.

Laxmi Vilas At Bharatpur
The Laxmi Vilas Palace (1887) is an ideal place to have lunch on the way to Jaipur..


Day 11

The Trident Jaipur

The Amber Fort On Elephant Back
Amber has a fairytale location just outside Jaipur, with a stunning backdrop of the rugged Aravali Hills, fortified with battlements and lengthy ramparts. The stunning Amber Fort is usually ascended on Elephant Back, in a procession of elephants. Arriving at the huge courtyard you enter a Rajput palace with an ornate, lavish interior influenced by both Hindu and Muslim architecture.

The Princely City Of Jaipur
Rajasthan's beautiful Pink City of Jaipur was the stronghold of a clan of Rajput rulers who built a series hill forts and palaces in the city. Jaipur's famous bazaars sell embroidered leather shoes, blue pottery, tie and dye scarves and exotic jewellery.

Private Guided Tour The Jaipur City Palace
A vast palace complex that is divided into a series of courtyards, sprawling gardens and buildings including the Chandra Mahal (home to present Maharajah of Jaipur), the lovely Mubarak Mahal textile museum and the Diwan-e-Khas housing the two largest silver vessels in the world, Another integral part of the palace complex  is the Hawa Mahal, or Palace Of Winds that looks out over Jaipur’s busy streets.


Day 12

The Trident Udaipurr


Udaipur – The Venice Of The East
Udaipur is easily the "Most Romantic City Of India" set in the heart of the Aravali Mountains against the backdrop of its beautiful lakes.

Romantic Boat Ride On Lake Pichola
There are three interconnected lakes - the Fateh Sagar Lake, the Pichola Lake and the smaller Swaroop Sagar Lake. Lake Pichola is home to one of the most famous hotels of the world, the Lake Palace Hotel.

In the evening you can experience a magical Sound And Light Show at the City Palace from the bank of Lake Pichola


Day 13

The Trident Udaipur

Private Guided Tour Around The Udaipur City Palace
A massive series of palaces dating from 1559 with balconies providing panoramic views of "Jag Niwas" and the Lake Palace Hotel. Its main entrance, the Tripolia (1725) leads to a harmonic profusion of courtyards, terraces, corridors and gardens. Highlights include the Mor-Chowk (Peacock Courtyard), with vivid mosaics in glass decorating its walls, and palaces such as DilkHush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal and Krishna Vilas.

Fateh Prakash Palace
The Fateh Prakash Palace has an awe-inspiring Durbar Hall that is the most magnificent in India. The Crystal Gallery upstairs has a breathtaking collection of the world’s finest crystals.

Vintage Collection of Classic Cars
A semi-circular garage in the  grounds of the Garden Hotel houses the Maharajah’s Car Collection with rare vintage Rolls Royces and fast Cadillacs.

Beautiful Views From The Monsoon Palace
A winding road through a forest reserve on the outskirts of Udaipur takes you to the Monsoon Palace - which provides amazing views of the city below, especially at sunset.


Day 14

Depart India


Depart India – Daytime flights arrive back in UK the same day.

You can also add extra stopover nights at Mumbai for sightseeing or to relax at Delhi prior to your India departure.


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