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North India Classic
North India Classic OverviewIf you want to experience the variety of north India with its famous sites, history, culture, scenery and wildlife, this is the trip for you. In just two weeks you’ll experience busy cities, traditional rural life, holy ceremonies and game viewing. This is the perfect tour for your first trip to India.
You won’t need to rough it. We’ve included a chauffeur-driven air conditioned car and comfortable trains for longer journeys. You’ll be staying in some of our favourite properties, too, including a heritage hotel, a charming jungle lodge and attractive havelis.
Your holiday begins in Delhi with a full day guided tour of the contrasting old and new towns. Leaving city life behind, you travel to Samode, an attractive walled town in rural Rajasthan, a great antidote to the hustle and bustle of Delhi. Enjoy your stay in 150 year old Samode Palace, where you’ll feel like royalty!
In the Pink City of Jaipur you’ll have time walk round the extraordinary observatory, visit the palace museum and the famous Palace of the Winds. Amber Fort is just a short drive from the city and is a fascinating mix of sturdy walls and intricate decoration.
Your wildlife viewing takes place in Ranthambore, well known for its tigers but also home to antelope, sloth bear, langur monkeys and leopard. You’ll have morning and afternoon game drives, relaxing in between at your lodge, maybe enjoying a dip in the plunge pool.
Next on your agenda is the unmistakable Taj Mahal, which you’ll visit at sunrise before the crowds arrive. You will also have time to visit the Baby Taj and Agra Fort, both impressive sites. No journey to India would be complete without the experience of an overnight train. This one takes from you from Agra to the holy city of Varanasi. Here you’ll explore the ghats by boat, witnessing a Ganges blessing service and have a tour of the city.
This is a tailor made itinerary, so can be taken on the dates of your choice. It can also be amended to include additional destinations, shortened or extended as you wish. We’ll be more than happy to help you create your perfect north India holiday.
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN DELHI
DAY 2: TOUR OF DELHI
DAY 3: TO SAMODE
DAY 4: SAMODE TO JAIPUR
DAY 5: TOUR OF AMBER FORT & JAIPUR
DAY 6: RANTHAMBORE
DAY 7: RANTHAMBORE
DAY 8: RANTHAMBORE & FATEHPUR SIKRI
DAY 9: TAJ MAHAL & AGRA, TRAIN TO VARANASI
DAY 10: VARANASI
DAY 11: GANGES BOAT TRIP & VARANASI TOUR
DAY 12: FLY TO DELHI
DAY 13: DEPART