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The Best of North India

Perfect for first time visitors, embark on an adventure through the top sites and fascinating history and culture of India.

Spend just under two weeks exploring the fascinating sights of India, from the iconic Taj Mahal to the holy Ganges River. Journey through the ages as you visit temples dating back to Medieval India, as well as bustling modern markets and some of the country’s most famous sights.

Take a train journey through the ever-changing landscapes and take in small rural communities, ornate palaces and temples and mountains and plains which stretch for miles. Take a boat trip along the Ganges River and experience a Hindu service first hand before admiring intricate carvings and rich colours. Add an optional extension and unwind on the warm sands of Goa’s beaches, explore its Colonial architecture or make the most of the area’s unique cuisine.

At a glance

  • Visit the fantastic sites dotted throughout Old Delhi and New Delhi
  • See Palaces dating from the Medieval times to modern India
  • Visit one of the most iconic wonders of the world – the Taj Mahal
  • Experience a Hindu ceremony and glide through the majestic waters of the River Ganges

Interested in this India tour? To book or for more information, call our Trusted Advisers on 01293 762400*.

Suggested Trip Itinerary
Day
Destination
Travel Time (approx.)
Day 1
London to New Dehli
10 hours
Day 2
Spend the day in Old and New Dehli
Day 3
Drive to Jaipur
2 hours
Day 4
Explore Jaipur
Day 5
Enjoy free time in Jaipur
Day 6
Make your way to Agra
2 hours
Day 7
Visit the Taj Mahal
Day 8
Board the Bhopal Shatabdi Express
2 hours
Day 9
Overnight in Khajuraho
9 hours
Day 10
Fly to Varansai
1 hour
Day 11
Enjoy a boat ride on the River Ganges
Days 12 - 13
Return home from your holiday
10 hours
Day 1 : London to New Dehli

Fly from London to Delhi.

Sovereign Recommended Hotels

Le Meridien New Delhi

India, New Delhi

  • Le Meridien offers unparalleled views from its glass fronted building, set in the heart of New Delhi
  • Relax in fresh modern interiors, unwind in the spa or take in the views from the bar
  • Recognised as one of the 100 icons of Delhi

The Claridges

India, New Delhi

  • Dating back to 1952 experience old world charm and elegance in one of Delhi’s finest hotels
  • Relax in a cabana by the swimming pool and enjoy the elegance of 19th Century British interiors
  • Delight in expert menus in one of the six world-class restaurants onsite
Day 2 : Spend the day in Old and New Dehli
Spend the day sightseeing around Old and New Delhi. 

Old Delhi is an ancient walled city which will take you through India’s rich history. Drive past the Red Fort, where India’s Prime Minister addresses India on Independence Day, before visiting one of India’s most beautiful mosques. Jama Masjid dates back to the 17th Century and sits within a tree lined avenue along the canal. On your return visit Raj Ghat, which is the city’s shrine to Mahatma Gandhi. 

New Delhi was designed by the British in the 20th Century and is now a thriving city filled with sightseeing opportunities. You will drive past the President’s House, the President’s Palace and the Secretariat buildings which are the heart of India’s government. Drive through the India Gate, built to commemorate the heroes of WW1 and the Indo-Afghan war. From here visit the palaces of former Indian princes which are now public offices and museums. Next you will visit Humayun’s Tomb, which was built in 1565 as a precursor to the Taj Mahal. Set within luscious gardens this beautiful building is a must. On your way back to the hotel visit Delhi’s first mosque and most iconic Hindu temple. 
 
Day 3 : Drive to Jaipur
Leave Delhi after breakfast and transfer to Jaipur (around 155 miles) where you will check into your hotel and stay overnight. 
Sovereign Recommended Hotels

ITC Rajputana, a Luxury Collection Hotel

India, Jaipur

A tranquil hotel located just 15 minutes from Jaipur’s centre
Built to reflect the opulent traditional style of Rajasthan
A spa, five bars and restaurants and a swimming pool will keep everyone entertained

Taj Jai Mahal Palace

India, Jaipur

A historic hotel with buildings dating back to 1745
Beautiful gardens offer yoga, a swimming pool, life size chess and more
Located close to the centre of Jaipur and its attractions
Day 4 : Explore Jaipur
Your morning tour of Jaipur consists of an excursion to Amber Fort. On the way stop to take photos of Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of Winds, with spectacular terracotta walls stretching up to five floors. Head inside Amber Fort, a classic example of a romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace, where you will find miniature paintings of hunting and war scenes, precious stones and mirrors which form intricate patterns and spectacular interiors. Visit the Sheesh Mahal, a room with glittering mirrors on all walls and the ceiling, specially imported from Belgium. 

In the afternoon take a sightseeing tour of the Maharaja’s City Palace. Formerly a royal palace, it is now partly a museum with a small area still used by the royal family of Jaipur. Covering a seventh of the city this spectacular building houses an impressive collection of weapons and is beautifully well preserved. Jantar Mantar is next on the list and is an observatory crafted from marble and stone. Next take a traditional Rickshaw ride to a local market where you can experience the lively bustle of local Rajasthan life. 
 
Day 5 : Enjoy free time in Jaipur
Spend your day exploring Jaipur on your own. As the capital of Rajasthan, the city is filled with opulent palaces and bustling streets filled with bazaars and local markets. Pick up gifts for loved ones back home, as well as souvenirs and handicrafts or just practice your bartering skills. Jewellery and textiles are a speciality of the city. 

Exploring on foot is the best way to get to know the city, while Rickshaws are a traditional way to get between sights. Art lovers will find galleries filled with modern and traditional works while foodies can try food tours, as well as picking up local favourites from markets, stalls and restaurants. 
 
Day 6 : Make your way to Agra

Drive from Jaipur to Agra (around 152 miles). 

Along the way stop at Fatehpur Sikri, which is a deserted city dating back to 1569. Emperor Akbar built the city to honour the Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti but left after 14 years, with the population gradually declining due to water shortages. The ghost city is full of well preserved deserted buildings and palaces waiting to be discovered. 

 
Sovereign Recommended Hotels

Radisson Blu Hotel Agra Taj East Gate

India, Agra

A rooftop infinity pool overlooks the Taj Mahal
Enjoy the spa, two restaurants, a bar and fitness centre 
Evening shows immerse you in traditional Indian culture

ITC Mughal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Agra

India, Agra

A luxurious hotel set within large gardens full of native flora
Award winning architecture takes you back through days gone by
Enjoy excellent dining, five star service, a spa and more
Day 7 : Visit the Taj Mahal
Visit the world famous Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world and India’s most famous attraction. Dating back to 1560 the palace enshrines the remains of Mumtaz Mahal. Built from white marble by 20,000 craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy it took 17 years to complete. 

Agra Fort is next on your tour of Agra. Built of red sandstone this magnificent battlement houses beautiful mosques and palaces. Wander through marble fortresses and palatial courtyards as you take in the views of the Yamuna River. 
 
Day 8 : Board the Bhopal Shatabdi Express
Transfer from your hotel to Agra Railway Station where you will board the Bhopal Shatabdi Express train to Gwalior. 

Stop in Gwalior for a sightseeing tour and overnight stay. Gwalior is home to a famous fort, which is one of the oldest in India and contains a mosque and 11th century temples. With golden stone and blue details this magnificent structure offers an insight into India’s history. Step inside and explore the six towers and their intricate mosaics, screens and mouldings. Outside the Fort is the tomb of Muhammed Ghaus, with a pretty lawn and interesting architecture. 
 
Sovereign Recommended Hotel

Taj Usha Kiran Palace

India, Gwalior

Home to a fascinating heritage and beautiful buildings
Each of the rooms is decorated using antiques and modern facilities
Enjoy the spa, fine dining and exotic gardens
Day 9 : Overnight in Khajuraho
Transfer from your hotel to Gwalior railway station where you will board the Bhopal Shatabdi Express train to Jhansi. You will be collected in Jhansi and driven to Khajuraho where you will stay overnight.  
Sovereign Recommended Hotels

Radisson Hotel Khajuraho

India, Khajuraho

Beautiful gardens are full of amenities, including a swimming pool and spa
Bright, modern and spacious rooms offer everything you need
Explore the Western Group of Temples or Panna National Park

The LaLiT Temple View Khajuraho

India, Khajuraho

Overlooking the Western Group of Temples in Khajuraho
Beautiful gardens house a spa, swimming pool and more
Choose from Indian and international cuisine, and a boulangerie
Day 10 : Fly to Varansai
Spend the morning visiting the Western Group of Temples, which is a collection of Hindu temples dating back to the Medieval times. Famous for their architecture and figures, explore the largest, Kandariya Mahadeo Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. For examples of intricate figures and carvings explore the Chausat Yogini Jain Temple, which is dedicated to the 64 “Yoginis”, who are attendants to Goddess Kali. Bharatji Temple is a must for its 11 headed sculpture of Lord Vishnu. 

In the afternoon board your flight to Varansai where you will be transferred to your hotel. 

From here visit the holy Ganges River and witness the wonder of an Aarti ceremony. The ceremony consists of flowers which represent the earth and solidity, water and a handkerchief which represent water and liquidity and a candle or lamp which represents fire and heat. A peacock fan imparts the idea of air and movement, while a yak tail fan represents ether and space. The incense represents a purified mind and intelligence, offering all aspects of creation to the Lord. 
 
Sovereign Recommended Hotels

Radisson Hotel Varanasi

India, Varanasi

A bright and modern hotel with everything you need for a relaxing stay
A spa, swimming pool and yoga classes keep everyone entertained
Choose from two restaurants, a bar and lounge 

Brij Rama Palace Varanasi

India, Varanasi

Overlooking the impressive River Ganges
Located in a lavishly restored 18th Century palace
Evening ceremonies include live music and candlelit dancing
Day 11 : Enjoy a boat ride on the River Ganges
Enjoy an early morning boat ride on the River Ganges where you can visit the holy bathing sites and cremation sites, as well as seeing rituals in process. You will then be taken through the winding lanes of Varanasi on foot. Experience the bustle of the city and immerse yourself in its unique culture. You will pass the Vishwanath Temple, also know as the Golden Temple because of its intricate golden exteriors. 

After breakfast enjoy an excursion to Sarnath where Buddha preached his first sermon, turning his teachings into laws. Visit a large complex of Monasteries, which date back to the first community of monks who settled here in the 3rd Century BC. Compare this with a new monastery, Dhamek Stupa, where active monks live today. Wander through the monastery taking in the Japanese artwork which depicts the major events of Buddha’s life. From here visit the Sarnath Archaeological Museum, which is home to the Sarnath pillar, the national emblem of India. 

Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring or enjoying the hotel’s facilities.  
 
Days 12 - 13 : Return home from your holiday

Day 12

Fly from Varansi to Delhi before your overnight stay in an airport hotel. 

Day 13

Fly from Delhi International Airport to London. 
 
Sovereign Recommended Hotels

Novotel New Delhi Aerocity Hotel

India, New Delhi

  • Just a five minute drive from the airport and Delhi’s shopping malls
  • 670 spacious, modern rooms provide bright and elegant interiors
  • The onsite restaurant serves exceptional international dishes and wines

Pullman New Delhi Aerocity

India, New Delhi

  • Easy access to Delhi’s airport and the city’s shopping malls
  • Rooms are spacious with modern interiors and little touches of luxury
  • Choose from three restaurants and a bar, a swimming pool, sauna and massage facilities

Interested in this India tour? To book or for more information, call our Trusted Advisers on 01293 762400*.

Extend your tour of India with 3 or 7 nights in Goa

Holiday includes
  • Flights to and from the UK
  • All transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • 12 night’s accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis
  • English speaking local guide for excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Jeep ride at Amer Fort, Jaipur
  • Shared boat ride at River Ganges
  • Aarti ceremony at Varanasi
  • Entrance fees
Holiday does not include
  • Meals and drinks (unless specified)
  • Visa cost (approx. $100 per person)

Interested in this India tour? To book or for more information, call our Trusted Advisers on 01293 762400*.

Places you will visit during your India tour

Dehli
Brimming with energy, holidays to Delhi offer a vibrant new culture mixed with historic sites and attractions. Split into two parts, New Delhi was created by Victorian colonials and Old Delhi is a 300 year old walled city and home to government buildings and wonderful heritage sites. 

Explore vibrant markets filled with food, handicrafts and textiles, wander through the busy streets and visit some of the world’s most incredible temples. Art galleries, boutiques and second hand book shops make this the perfect city for those who like to browse. Alternatively, visit cosmopolitan bars and chic restaurants where you can enjoy world class fine dining. 
Jaipur
Rajasthan is said to be the most opulent and regal of India’s districts, and as the capital of the region, Jaipur is full of charming experiences, architecture and sights. Jaipur is one of India’s three most prominent historical cities which make up India’s Golden Triangle. Spend your days here wandering through colourful architectural delights and taking in the glamour of India’s “Pink City”. 

Home to some of the most iconic temples and buildings in the country, visit the Amber Fort for cool, tranquil courtyards and temples. Jaipur is also a fantastic base to see the desert city of Jodhpur or explore the bustling local markets and life of modern day India. 
Agra
Home to one of the world’s most famous and revered monuments – the Taj Mahal – Agra is a gateway to the fascinating history of India. A paradigm of Mughal architecture those wanting to explore more of these intricately designed buildings can also visit the Red Fort. Wander through the fortresses and cool marble courtyards before overlooking the beautiful Yamuna River. 

The city itself is filled with bazaars and a lively atmosphere. Pick up souvenirs and gifts or simply take in the vibrant culture of the city. Agra is also home to excellent cuisine. From delicious Indian street food to elegant restaurants where you can enjoy fine dining, Agra is a foodie’s paradise. 
Gwalior
With a long history dating back to the 8th Century, Gwalior is home to well preserved ruins and provides a key to the heritage of central India. Gwalior Fort has been the centre of many of India’s pivotal events, with stories of the past to be discovered around every corner. Located at the top of the hill you can also enjoy some spectacular views over the lush countryside and bustling streets of the city. 

For more modern architecture visit the Jai Vilas Palace, where you will find elegant white exteriors built in the style of an Italian Palazzo, carved temples and ornate interiors. Make sure you also visit the tomb of Tansen, who was a renowned musician from Gwalior. 
Khajuraho
Boasting three groups of temple complexes, each listed as World Heritage sites, Khajuraho is a paradise for history lovers. Some of the temples have fallen into disarray after nearly a millennium of seclusion, while some have been restored to almost their former splendour. Often called the Karma Sutra temples they are well known for their erotic depictions and carvings, which date as far back as 950 AD. The Western group of temples is the best place to see intricate carvings of Hindu gods, set amidst tranquil manicured gardens with bursts of colour in the flowers and trees. 

The city of Khajuraho is surrounded by luscious rainforests where animal lovers can see monkeys and other incredible creatures in the National Park of Panna. Full of huge rivers, waterfalls, gorges and even tigers this is one of India’s most spectacular wildlife reserves. 
Varanasi
Set on the banks of the Ganges River Varanasi provides a spiritual experience for many Hindus and non-Hindus. Often said to be the city of life and death, and the home of Lord Shiva, the most powerful Hindu God, many Indians make the pilgrimage to the city every year for festivals and religious ceremonies. Watch the many Hindus as they journey to the river to wash and perform religious ceremonies, as well as cremate loved ones and set them flowing along the powerful river. 

In the evening Hindu priests take to the banks of the Ganges River and practice the evening rituals, setting thousands of prayer lamps through the water. Mornings are full of wonderful experiences too, with sunrise boat trips taking in the city as it’s gradually lit by the light of the burning sun. Visit the many temples and bazaars, as well as other Buddhist religious sites.
Goa
Retaining its magnificent mixture of Portuguese and Indian culture, Goa offers unique culture, food, architecture and experiences. Located along India’s golden coastline, Goa is the country’s most famous beach resort and it’s easy to see why. A laid back atmosphere with plenty for those who like to keep active, this is the perfect place to end your sightseeing holiday in India. Take in the hippie culture and indulge in nutritious food and a sleepy culture or visit wildlife parks in the surrounding landscapes. 

Architecture lovers will find much to marvel at in Goa. Golden sands lead up to fringes of coconut palms which reside in the terracotta red earth. From here you can enter the streets of the towns, which are framed by whitewashed Portuguese churches and the pretty cottages of sleepy seaside towns. 

Interested in this India tour? To book or for more information, call our Trusted Advisers on 01293 762400*.

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