Spirit of India

From $4,399
Duration 12 Days
Departures from Nov 2020 - Nov 2021
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From $4,399
Duration 12 Days
Departures from Nov 2020 - Nov 2021
Tour Overview

​This tour of northern India includes so many incredible highlights as you discover the essence of this amazing destination. Sightseeing in New and Old Delhi takes in the iconic India Gate, the Raj Ghat memorial to Mahatma Gandhi and vibrant bazaars which fill the thronging streets with heady aromas and vibrant colours. In the 'pink city' of Jaipur, visit the magnificent Amber Fort and dine in the majestic surroundings of a 17th century haveli. Ranthambore is considered India's best game reserve, and on an included and optional safari here, you can search for the elusive tiger. Next, you can relax aboard the Jan Shatabdi Express as you journey to Agra, where you'll view the extraordinary Taj Mahal and the imposing Agra Fort. Your final destination is Varanasi, which sits on the banks of the sacred River Ganges. Here, you'll have the chance to watch a traditional arti ceremony, when food and flowers are offered to the deities. Before heading back to Delhi, visit the ruined city of Sarnath, where Buddha is said to have given his first sermon.

  • Classic Touring
  • Half Board
  • Flight Choices
  • Max Group Size 30

Your Holiday Includes

  • ​Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • 10 nights in 4 & 5-star hotels
  • 25 meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 11 dinners including a welcome drink
  • Free scheduled group transfers are available on arrival & departure. Other transport & porterage included.

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Old Delhi
  • New Delhi
  • Amber Fort & Jaipur
  • Game drives in Ranthambore
  • Fatehpur Sikri visit
  • Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
  • Khajuraho Temples
  • Arti ceremony
  • Boat ride on River Ganges
  • Varanasi & Sarnath
  • Local Flavours - Try 'laal maas' whilst in Ranthambore & enjoy a glass of 'lassi' in Jaipur

Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 New Delhi

Make your own way to Delhi where you can meet us for the scheduled group transfers to your hotel. 

Day 3 Khajuraho

Our exploration of India begins as we travel from Delhi to the ancient city of Khajuraho, home to world-famous temples, built during the Chandella dynasty.
This evening, you have the opportunity to watch an optional Kandariya classical dance show. 

Day 4 Agra

After an early breakfast, we'll visit the Khajuraho temples. Said to have been built in the 10th and 11th centuries, these beautiful temples are adorned with intricately carved sculptures of nymphs, musicians and erotic figures.
We'll then drive to the station in Jhansi and board a train for the scenic journey to Agra.

Day 5 Agra

This morning, we head to the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort. This powerful fortress was the imperial city of the Mogul rulers and within its walls stand spectacular palaces and courtyards. 
Later, we'll visit Mehtab Bagh, a centuries-old garden complex, on the opposite side of the river to the Taj Mahal. Be sure to remember your camera, as you'll get a splendid view of the world-famous monument from here. 
Back at the hotel, you've time to relax before the Mohabbat Taj Show, a saga of love, creates a fitting finale to our day.

Day 6 Taj Mahal - Ranthambore

​The Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shan Jahan as a symbol of his love for his wife and today's visit at sunrise is sure to be a highlight of your tour.
Later, we'll travel by motorcoach to Bharatpur, pausing at the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri on our way.​ Our journey continues by train to Sawai Madhopur, your gateway to Ranthambore National Park.

Day 7 Ranthambore

Ranthambore is considered to be one of the best game reserves in India. We'll experience the wildlife and look for the country's famous tigers on today's early morning safari. Enjoy some time to relax at the hotel, then join another included game drive this afternoon. During dinner this evening, you will be presented with a local speciality 'laal maas', a traditional curry prepared in a sauce of yogurt and spices, and a favourite dish amongst royalty.  

Day 8 Ranthambore - Jaipur

You've another chance to go in search of wildlife and tigers on today's optional early morning game drive. Breakfast will be served back at the hotel, and afterwards you can take a trip into a local village on a camel cart if you wish.
This afternoon, we take to the road once more and drive through memorable scenery to Jaipur.

Day 9 Jaipur

Jaipur is home to the magnificent Amber Fort. We visit in the early morning, when we can enjoy cooler temperatures, fewer people and softer light as we explore the inner and outer workings of the fortress and its surroundings. A traditional lunch will be served in majestic surroundings as we dine with the family connected to the 17th century Sankotra Haveli. This is a special experience as we savour exceptional cuisine, wear traditional dress and learn first hand the history of one of India's most noted families. Jaipur is affectionately known as the 'pink city'. The buildings here were painted pink by Maharaja's decree to imitate the red sandstone architecture of Mughal cities. A highlight is the City Palace, which we visit this afternoon.
Whilst in Jaipur you will also be served a glass of 'lassi', a blend of water, yogurt, spices and sometimes fruit. The drink, traditionally served in earthern pots to add an unique aroma, is topped with a thick layer of malai leaving you refreshed and surprisingly full! ​

Day 10 Varanasi

​Today we take an early morning flight to Varanasi.
Situated on the banks of the sacred River Ganges, Varanasi is colourful, chaotic and one of Hinduism's holiest cities. To get the most out of your time here, you need to experience the city with an open mind. Its principal attraction is the bathing Ghats that line the west bank of the Ganges, where Hindus bathe in the water to cleanse themselves of sin.
This evening we offer the opportunity to watch a traditional aarti ceremony, which involves an offering of light, food, water and flowers to the deities. It is considered a fundamental part of the Hindu faith.

Day 11 Varanasi

We rise before the sun this morning to sail along the Ganges and see devout Hindus bathing and praying beneath the rising sun. We head back to the hotel for breakfast before enjoying a short tour of Varanasi.
This afternoon we visit the ruined city of Sarnath. This is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists as it was here that Buddha gave his first sermon.

Day 12 Delhi

After flying back to India's capital this morning, we'll head to New Delhi - New Delhi is in stark contrast to that of Old Delhi and this becomes apparent as we drive through the diplomatic quarter. Opulent architecture lines the streets, with the official residence of the President and the India Gate as its crowning glory.

Later, we visit Old Delhi. Established in the 17th century and today surrounded by the remains of the city walls, Old Delhi epitomises stereotypical India. Temples and mosques fill every available space and vibrant bazaars and tempting food stalls flood the narrow lanes with colour and heady scents. You'll also see Raj Ghat, the cremation grounds of Mahatma Gandhi.

Join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner this evening.​

Days 13 - 12 Delhi - Departure

At the end of your tour, scheduled group transfers are available to the airport, please see www.justyou.com/transfers​.

Additional Information

Add-On

Amritsar add-on

3 nights

You can extend your tour with this three-night extension, staying at the Holiday Inn Amritsar for two nights (half-board basis) and the Holiday Inn Aerocity in Delhi for 1 night (Bed-and-Breakfast basis). We include a tour of Amritsar and a visit to the Golden Temple. You'll also attend the Wagah border ceremony. Price is a supplement to the quoted tour price. You will be accompanied by a Tour Manager.

Accommodation

The Grand

Mint Bundela Resort

Radisson Blu Hotel Agra

The contemporary rooms in Radisson Blu Hotel feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. Rooms are also equipped with tea/coffee-making facilities, a minibar and en-suite bathrooms. Other hotel facilities include fitness centre an a swimming pool alongside with the spa featuring a range of therapies and treatments. Restaurant on-site serves various Indian specialties and features separate vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisines. 24-hour coffee shop, the poolside bar and tea lounge are also available for guests looking for a quick bite.

Jungle Villas

The 4* Jungle Villas, Ranthambore is located in 10 acres of natural forest close to Ranthambore National Park. It offers an outdoor pool and spa center as well as an onsite restaurant. Each bedroom has its individual style and has modern amenities such as a kettle and private bathroom with extras such as bathrobes, slippers and toiletries. The hotel has a 24 hour reception.

Royal Orchid - Jaipur

Guests will really enjoy their stay here, as this hotel has an excellent range of facilities and services on offer. This contemporary accommodation boasts a fitness centre as well as a wonderful rooftop pool. There are three in-house dining options, with one which offers a global menu available all day. The rooms come furnished with a flat screen TV, coffee/tea making facilities and a minibar.

Hotel Madin

Hotel Madin is a property that has been rated as providing the best value in the city. There is an in-house restaurant, a fitness centre as well as a terrace area where guests can enjoy views of Varanasi. The air-conditioned rooms are furnished with a kettle, a flat screen TV as well private facilities. There is free WiFi and room service is also available.

The Grand