Northern India

From the Taj Mahal To Rajasthan

Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Agra - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Udaipur - Aurangabad - Mumbai

About the Program:

Length: 19 days
Min/max: 6 to 15 members per group
Trip Type: Deluxe Cultural Expedition

From the early Indus Civilization to the great Mogul Empires and finally the British Raj, Northern India has shaped the course of the country’s historical and cultural evolution over the past 3500 years. It is a rich history where the palaces, temples and great cities of its ancient cultures have never failed to stir the traveller’s curiosity and imagination.

This program combines the best of Northern India’s cultural wonders and Rajasthan’s colourful people and desert palaces. You will sail down the sacred Ganges at sunrise, explore Khajuraho, with its magnificent temples and exquisitely carves sculptures, see the famed Taj Mahal as it glows at sunset; visit the historic cities of Delhi and Jaipur with their wealth of architectural wonders. Travel to Aurangabad and the UNESCO World Heritage Caves at Ajanta, considered by many to be a masterpiece of Buddhist religious art. Our journey ends in Mumbai, a bustling coastal city and the gateway to India.

2011 - 2012
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COST (Per Person)
Land only (twin): upon request 
Single supplement: upon request 

Price Includes:
  • Domestic air and land transportation
  • Transfers in each city
  • 4 & 5-star hotels in major centres and best available in remote areas
  • Meal indicated as B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner)
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Services of English-speaking guides

Price Excludes:

  • International flight to/from India
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • India entry visa
  • Gratuities to local guides, drivers, porters and hotel staff
  • Personal expenses


Day 1 Arrive Delhi

Early morning arrival and transfer to hotel. Day at leisure to rest after your long flight. Welcome dinner and evening briefing to learn about the wonderful events ahead.

B/D The Claridges Hotel


Day 2 Delhi

City tour exploring the city of two faces - the old and the new. In New Delhi visit the Secretariat Building, Parliament House, the Presidential Palace, Qutab Minar and Birla Temple. In Old Delhi visit the historic Red Fort, Raj Ghat, Gandhi’s memorial site, the marketplace of Chandni Chowk, and India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid.

B/L/D The Claridges Hotel


Day 3 Delhi/Varanasi

Today you fly to Varanasi, the holy Hindu city located on the left bank of the Ganges. Visit the museum in nearby Sarnath, where relics from the magnificent stupas of Ashoka's Empire are displayed.

B/L/D The Clarks Hotel


Day 4 Varanasi/Khajuraho

Enjoy a glorious sunrise cruise down the sacred river of the Ganges passing the burning ghats and bathing pilgrims. Afternoon take a short flight to Khajuraho.

B/L/D Holiday Inn Khajuraho





Day 5 Khajuraho

Today you explore this "City of the Gods" where the powerful Chandela kings built eighty-five extraordinary temples to their gods, twenty-two of them remain today. You will also visit the eastern groups of temples to view the spectacular Indian art from the medieval period.

B/L/D Holiday Inn Khajuraho


Day 6 Khajuraho/Agra

Depart for Agra by road. Afternoon guided tour of Agra city visiting the world famous Taj Mahal built in 1630 by Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan to enshrine the mortal remains of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Visit historic Agra Fort and the city bazaar.

B/L/D Taj View Hotel


Day 7 Agra/Jaipur

Depart for Jaipur by road visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted one-time capital city of Emperor Akbar, en route. This nearly intact Moghul city is a masterpiece of Muslim architecture unique in India.

B/L/D Jai Mahal Hotel


Day 8 Jaipur

Morning guided tour of the Pink City visiting Hawa Mahal (the Palace of Winds), the Observatory, City Palace and colourful bazaars. Afternoon excursion to the Amber Fort where we ride on decorated elephants to reach the top of the fort. At Amber Fort, visit Jagmandir, the chamber of glittering mirrors, Jai Mahal and the Temple of Goddess Kali.

B/L/D Jai Mahal Hotel




Day 9 Jaipur/Jodhpur

Morning at leisure. Later in the day drive to Jodhpur, a resplendent city in the Thar Desert with many palaces and handicraft shops.

B/L/D Taj Hari Mahal Palace Hotel


Day 10 Jodhpur

Guided tour to the nearby old capital of Mandore. In the afternoon visit the famous Meharangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum and Jaswant Thada.

B/L/D Taj Hari Mahal Palace Hotel


Day 11 Jodhpur/Jaisalmer

Today drive across the Thar Desert to Jaisalmer. Once the capital of the Bhati Rajputs, Jaisalmer was founded in 1156 by Rawal Jaisal. Visit the exquisite Jain temples and the elaborate merchants’ residences know as havelis.

B/L/D Fort Rajwafa Hotel


Day 12 Jaisalmer

Drive into the rolling sand dunes of the desert and experience overwhelming hospitality in a local village. Return to the city after the sunset.

B/L/D Royal Orchid Park Hotel


Day 13 Jaisalmer/Jodhpur

Drive to Jodhpur, located on the edge of the great Thar Desert. Among all the cities in India, this is one of the most fascinating. Enjoy its exotic lively bazaars composing a veritable photographer's dream.

B/L/D Taj Hari Mahal Hotel


Day 14 Jodhpur/Udaipur

Morning departure for Udaipur, an enchanting city. En route visit the famous Jain Temples of Ranakpur. Remainder of day at leisure in Udaipur, whose rugged fortresses and palaces are straight out of fairy tales.

B/L/D Shiv Niwas Palace Hotel


Day 15 Udaipur

Morning guided tour of Udaipur visiting the city Palace, Eklingji, a complex of 108 temples chiseled out of sandstone and marble, and the temples of Nagada.

B/L/D Shiv Niwas Palace Hotel


Day 16 Udaipur/Aurangabad

This morning, fly to Aurangabad and visit the Ellora Caves. These are an impressive complex of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cave temples built between the 6th and 10th centuries AD near the ancient Indian village of Ellora. It is a World Heritage Site and the most visited ancient monument in Maharashtra State.

B/L/D Taj Residency Hotel


Day 17 Aurangabad

Today we will take an excursion to the Ajanta Caves. These caves are a series of 29 Buddhist cave temples, some of which date from the 2nd century BC. Encompassing both Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist traditions, the Ajanta Caves preserve some of the best masterpieces of Buddhist art in India. Afterwards take a city tour of Aurangabad.

B/L/D Taj Residency Hotel


Day 18 Aurangabad/Mumbai

Transfer to Aurangabad airport for flight to Mumbai. City sightseeing tour visiting Marine

Drive, the Gateway of India, the Hanging Gardens on Malabar hill, the Parsi Towers of Silence, and the Prince of Wales Museum. Farewell dinner.

B/L/D Taj Residency Hotel


Day 19 Depart Mumbai

Morning transfer to the airport for your return flight home.




- Hotels are subject to change to equivalent ones due to availability at the time of the booking.

- Schedule is subject to change.