Enticing India – an escorted tour

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Highlights
  • Discover the colourful bazaars of Delhi
  • Witness a puja ceremony on the bank of the Ganges River
  • Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal
  • Explore the Thar desert at Sam Sand Dunes
  • Relax with a cruise on Lake Pichola
  • Marvel at the impressive Mehrangarh Fort
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Enticing India – an escorted tour

Enticing India, an escorted tour –  Embark on an unforgettable adventure across northern India. From the beauty of the Taj Mahal, through ancient Varanasi, to the colourful characters and hillforts of Rajasthan, witnessing time-honoured tradition and ritual as you go.

 

Enticing India- an escorted tour

 

Enticing India – Destination information

Delhi

As the capital of India, Delhi is the third largest city with a population of approximately 18 million. Its strategic location along the north-south, east-west route has given it a focal position in Indian history and many great empires have been ruled from here. The monuments and ruins of these are scattered throughout the city, often side by side with modern structures and high-rise towers

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Varanasi

The religious capital of Hinduism, Varanasi is the oldest living city in India as well as one of the world’s most ancient cities. Colourful and chaotic, Varanasi is a fascinating city to discover. Located along the western banks of the Ganges, devotees travel to the city to pray and wash away their sins in the holy river.

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Sarnath

Sarnath is the fabled place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon to his disciples expounding the principles of Buddhism. The ruins here date back as far as the 3rd century BC.

 

Ghats of Varanasi

The ghats are the long stretch of steps leading down to the water on the western banks of the River Ganges. Most are used for bathing, but there are some ‘burning ghats’ where public cremations are held.

 

Khajuraho

A small village well known for its UNESCO World Heritage listed sculptured temples dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, and Jain religions.

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Orchha

A medieval city famous for its palaces and temples built by the Bundela rulers in the 16th century. Jehangir Mahal, a tiered palace, is crowned by graceful cenotaphs, and commands a spectacular view of soaring temple spires and surrounding cenotaphs.

Agra

Home to the world-famous Taj Mahal. Agra rose to fame in the medieval period as the capital of the Mughal Empire and was beautified with gardens, waterfalls, bathhouses and canals. In modern times, the city of Agra houses a thriving carpet industry.

 

Fatehpur Sikri

Located 40km from Agra, Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 after it was prophesised that the then childless Akbar would have sons if he moved his capital to the site. At great expense to the empire, the capital was moved here but sadly only occupied for 14 years before slowly being deserted and ruined after Akbar left the city due to a scarcity of water.

 

Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park is one of the prime examples of Project Tiger’s conservation efforts in Rajasthan. The forest around Ranthambore was once the private hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur and is one of the largest national parks in Northern India. Ranthambore National Park is renowned for its tiger population; however, you may also come across other wild animals such as leopard, nilgai, Wild Boar, sambar, hyena and Sloth Bear.

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Jaipur

Known as the ‘Pink City’ for the colour of the buildings in the old town. Some parts of the road are very rough so the journey takes most of the afternoon. Jaipur was founded in 1727 as Mughal power within India was declining. The then Maharaja Jai Singh moved his capital from Amber Fort down onto the plain below. The city is now the capital of Rajasthan State and commonly called the ‘Pink City’ because of the pink paint on all the buildings in the old city area. This was apparently done to imitate the magnificent, red sandstone buildings of the Mughals and in an attempt to impress the Prince of Wales when he visited Jaipur in 1876

Pushkar

According to Hindu scripture, Pushkar was created when Lord Brahma dropped a lotus flower and where the petals landed a lake was formed. One of the oldest cities in India, it is surrounded by hillocks on three sides.

Khimsar

A small village perched on the edge of the great Thar Desert in the heart of rural India.

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Jaisalmer

Founded by Prince Jaisala in 1156, it is dubbed the ‘Golden City’ because of the honey-coloured sandstone walls, emphasized by the setting sun. It was once a flourishing trade centre, strategically located on the busy caravan trade route to Afghanistan and Central Asia. Jaisalmer’s wealthy traders and rulers vied with each other to beautify their austere desert surroundings with splendid palaces and havelis. Made of the local golden-yellow sandstone, they are the most spectacular example of the Rajasthani stonemason’s art.

 

Jodhpur

The second largest city in Rajasthan is located at the entrance to the Thar Desert in a region called Marwar. The old city, founded in 1459, is surrounded by a 10km-long wall and situated on a 125m-high hill. The massive Mehrangarh Fort overlooks the city and the red sandstone palaces within the fort form one of the most impressive complexes in Rajasthan.

Ranakpur

A Jain temple complex built in the 15th century and located in the lovely valley of the Aravalli. The main temple in the complex is the Chaumukha (four-faced) Temple, built in 1439. Its 29 halls are supported by 1,444 pillars, of which no two are alike. Also visit the Surya Temple, dedicated to Surya the Sun God, and other Jain temples.

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Udaipur

The origins of Udaipur are based on a legend, which tells of a holy sage that Maharaja Udai Singh encountered while hunting in the foothills of the Aravalli Range in Mewar. The sage told the King to build a palace in that exact spot and it would be well protected and so with this advice, Maharaja Udai Singh built his residence there. At the time, Chittorgarh was the capital of Mewar state, however in 1568 Chittorgarh was attacked by the Mughal emperor Akbar, and so Maharaja Udai Singh moved the capital to Udaipur.

 

Price Includes

  • Return flights from the UK
  • All accommodation
  • All Meals
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • All transportation and transfers
  •  Visa fees for UK and EU passport holders
  • Specialist advice from our experienced travel consultants 
  • Comprehensive travel guides

 

 

Price based on 2 share. Variety of departures dates and airports available. Call for full details

Itinerary

Enticing India - an escorted tour
Embark on an unforgettable adventure across northern India. From the beauty of the Taj Mahal, through ancient Varanasi, to the colourful characters and hillforts of Rajasthan, witnessing time-honoured tradition and ritual as you go.
Explore Old Delhi with a walk through Chandni Chowk Bazaar to Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque, then take a Rickshaw ride to Khari Baoli, Asia’s largest spice market. After lunch, view India Gate and Parliament House before exploring Gandhi Smriti and Qutab Minar.
Fly to Varanasi this morning. Said to be one of the world’s oldest cities, Varanasi is spread along the banks of the River Ganges and is a sacred place for Hindus. Thousand of pilgrims flock to the ghats every day to worship and bathe. Visit the Buddhist sites at Sarnath, where Buddha is said to have delivered his first sermon – the ruins here date back as far as the 3rd century BC.
Rise early and take to the waters of the holy Ganges to see the ghats come to life with the rising sun. Explore the city before enjoying some time at leisure. Later this evening hop on a rickshaw down the river ghats to witness the puja ceremony of Ganga Aarti.
Transfer to the airport to fly to Khajuraho. This afternoon tour both the western and eastern groups of the Khajuraho temples, known for their intricately carved, erotic imagery and celestial beauties. This evening enjoy a cultural dance display.
Travel to the 16th-century city of Orchha and then on to Jhansi where you’ll board a Shatabdi Express train to Agra.
Rise early to see the sun rise over one of the world’s most perfect buildings. At dawn the Taj Mahal is swathed in mist and tinged pink by the rising sun – a magical experience. Stop at a traditional marble workshop. This afternoon visit the hulking mass of Agra Fort, established in the 16th-century.
Drive to Ranthambore National Park, home to many animals such as leopards, hyena, bears and most importantly, tigers. Stop on the way at the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. The next day, enjoy both an early morning and an afternoon canter safari.
Journey to the ‘Pink City’ and Rajasthan’s capital, Jaipur for a two night stay.
Begin the day with a brief stop at Hawa Mahal, the ‘Palace of the Winds’, before travelling out of the city to admire the majestic Amber Fort. Back in Jaipur visit the Maharaja’s City Palace and Jantar Mantar, the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. Later, browse the local bazaar at Choti Choper before a traditional dinner and dance performance.
Travel to Pushkar. Sat on the banks of one of India’s most sacred lakes, there are 52 ghats used for worship by Hindu pilgrims. This afternoon visit the lake and the Brahma Temple before a camel cart ride into the desert to witness the sunset.
Drive to Khimsar, perched on the edge on the great Thar Desert in the heart of rural India. Enjoy the afternoon exploring the local area before spending the night in a magnificent heritage property.
Travel to Jaisalmer. Rising like a mirage from the sandy plains of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is known as the ‘Golden City’. Head to Sunset Point to enjoy the views. The next day spend some time amongst the magnificence of Jaisalmer’s 12th-century fort, one of the largest forts in the world. Later, travel to the Sam Sand Dunes where you can ride a camel through the desert and view the sunset.
Drive to Jodhpur. Take a tour of the city, exploring the magnificence and splendour of Mehrangarh Fort, visiting the museum of Umaid Bhawan Palace and browsing through Subzi Mandi, the local vegetable and spice market.
Jump into a jeep and drive through the desert to Rohetgarh to meet the people of the Bishnoi Tribe and observe their rich cultural life.
Drive to Udaipur via the Jain temple complex of Ranakpur. Arrive in Udaipur and take a cruise on the shimmering waters of Lake Pichola, passing the magical Lake Palace. The next day, you will explore the city, starting with a drive around Fateh Sagar Lake with stops at the Folk Museum, Mewar Art Gallery and Sahelion Ki Bari Garden. Later visit the ornate City Palace and take a stroll through the local market.
Fly back to Delhi for the final night of your tour.
Fly to the UK, arriving home later the same of the following day.

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