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Spirit of India

From $3,219
Duration 12 Days
Departures from: Mar 2024 - Dec 2025
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From $3,219
Duration 12 Days
Departures from: Mar 2024 - Dec 2025
Tour Overview
Tour Old Delhi, enjoy a boat ride on the sacred River Ganges and visits to the shimmering Taj Mahal, Amber Fort and Khajuraho Temples are among the highlights of this unforgettable holiday, which also includes the chance to search for the elusive tiger.
  • classic touring holiday Classic Touring
  • meals included tour Half Board
  • max group size Max Group Size 30

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Holiday Director as your host
  • 11 nights half-board in 4 & 5-star hotels
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 25 meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 11 dinners including a welcome drink
  • Transportation excluding overseas transfers to and from the airport, & porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Old Delhi tour
  • Khajuraho temples
  • Agra Fort
  • Taj Mahal
  • Fatehpur Sikri visit
  • Game drives in Ranthambore
  • Amber Fort & Jaipur
  • Aarti ceremony
  • Boat ride on River Ganges
  • Varanasi & Sarnath
  • Local Flavours - Enjoy a lassi in Jaipur

Itinerary

Day 1 Delhi

Make your way to Delhi, where your Holiday Director will meet you for your welcome meeting this evening. Meals included: D

Day 2 Delhi to Jaipur

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. We drive to heritage rich Jaipur this afternoon. Meals included: B,D

Day 3 Jaipur

Jaipur is home to the magnificent Amber Fort. We'll visit it this morning to 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!

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 4 Jaipur to Ranthambore

Drive through memorable scenery to Ranthambore - considered to be the best game reserve in India - to look for the country's famous tigers. This afternoon you could take an optional excursion to Ranthambore Fort. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 5 Ranthambore

Join an early morning safari for another chance to experience the wildlife and hopefully spot a tiger. Then relax over lunch, before taking another game drive.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 6 Ranthambore to Agra

Today we will travel to Agra. On the way we will visit Abhaneri step well - an incredible example of architecture. And stop for lunch at Umaid Lake Palace. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 7 Agra

The Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shan Jahan as a symbol of his love for his wife. The sight of this magnificent mausoleum is certain to surpass all your expectations. Close by is Mehtab Bagh, a centuries-old garden complex, which sits on the other side of the river. You'll get to see the Taj Mahal from here too, for equally splendid views. This afternoon we head to the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort. This powerful fortress was the imperial city of the Mogul rulers.

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Agra - Lucknow

Today we will travel to Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, known for its parks, gardens, monuments and fascinating bazaars. On the way we will stop for an immersive perfumery tour at an 8th generation fragrance house. Lunch is included as part of the experience.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 9 Lucknow to Varanasi

We travel 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 are 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 arti ceremony, which involves an offering of light, food, water and flowers to the deities. It is considered a fundamental part of the Hindu faith.

Meals included: B,D

Day 10 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. Meals included: B,D

Day 11 Varanasi to Delhi

Relax this morning or take the time to enjoy some final sightseeing before your afternoon flight to Delhi. Join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner this evening.

Meals included: B,D

Day 12 Delhi

Today it's time to say goodbye to your fellow travelers as your trip comes to an end. Meals included: B

Additional Information

Add-On

Amritsar add-on

3 nights

You can extend your holiday with this 3-night extension, staying in Amritsar for two nights and in Delhi for 1 night on a half-board 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 holiday price. You will be accompanied by a Tour Manager.

Accommodation

Crowne Plaza Okhla

The 4-star Crowne Plaza Okhla is centrally located in Delhi.

Hotel facilities include two restuarants, bar, spa and fitness centre. Bedrooms have private facilities, mini-bar, hairdryer and tea/coffee-making facilities.

Ramada Jaipur

The 4-star Ramada Hotel Jaipur is located in the heart of the 'Pink City'.

Hotel facilities include a choice of restaurants, bar, swimming pool, gym and spa. Bedrooms have private facilities, tea/coffee maker, TV and mini-bar.

Abhyaran Hotel

Our hotel proudly presents the remarkable Superior Rooms and Abhyaran Suites. We have 30 smartly appointed luxury rooms which are well-lit, spacious, and furnished with comfortable beds to ensure maximum comfort to our occupants. Our hotel has a 24-hour reception to be able to serve our guests at all times.

Grand Mercure

The Grand Mercure Agra is a 5 star hotel inspired by the city's rich history, and overlooking the Taj Mahal. For our tours we feature rooms with Taj facing views for all of our guests! Features include a rooftop pool, a restaurant and bar.

Fortune Park BBD

Located in the heart of Lucknow, the Fortune Hotel is a modern and comfortable hotel. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, bar and restaurant. 

Radisson Hotel Varanasi

The Radisson Varanasi is situated in what is considered the spiritual capital of India, Varanasi, and located just 4km from the spiritual river Ganges. Hotel facilities include 4 restaurants, a currency exchange and gift shop. Room facilities include large TV’s, a digital safe and free of charge Wi-Fi.

ITC Welcomhotel Dwarka

The ITC Welcomehotel Dwarka is perfectly located for the airport and is in New Delhi. At the hotel there is a swimming pool, gym and lounge as well as two restaurants.

Personalise your trip

Choose to extend your stay with an organised add-on. 

Spirit of India with Amritsar Add-on

Spirit of India with Amritsar Add-on

Extend to 15 days from $1,830 Departures from: Mar 2024 - Dec 2025
On this extended version of our Spirit of India Tour, you'll visit the impressive Old Delhi, enjoy a boat ride on the sacred River Ganges and visits to the shimmering Taj Mahal, Amber Fort and Khajuraho Temples and chance your luck on the search for the elusive tiger. Then head to Amritsar for two nights with a guided tour of Amritsar which has many famous sites such as the Durgiana Temple, the Tower of Baba Atal Ria and Jallianwal Bagh. You'll also be invited to the Golden Temple for an evening ceremony. Then we'll take you to the Wagah border for a spectacular banging on the gates; sunset ceremony before heading back to Delhi in preparation for your journey home.
On this extended version of our Spirit of India Tour, you'll visit the impressive Old Delhi, enjoy a boat ride on the sacred River Ganges and visits to the shimmering Taj Mahal, Am...

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