Inspiring India

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Be inspired by the classic sights of India’s Golden Triangle, discovering delightful Udaipur and searching for tigers at Ranthambore. Add some of Rajasthan’s hidden gems and you have the ideal first-time holiday in India.

Why you’ll love this trip

The Inspiring India tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

  • Marvel at the Taj Mahal
  • Spot the beautiful tigers of Ranthambore
  • Explore the stunning Amber Fort
  • See the palaces of Udaipur
  • Admire the magical city of Udaipur, full of glorious, romantic architecture, from the perfect vantage point – a boat cruising the waters of Lake Pichola.
  • Immerse yourself in local life with a walking tour through Pushkar’s bustling market, admiring the enormous range of fresh produce, colourful textiles and interesting souvenirs!
  • Visit a workshop hidden in the bustling backstreets of old Jaipur to catch a glimpse of the age-old art of carpet-weaving, a fascinating artistry still practised the traditional way.

This incredible 14 day trip through northern India starts at £2,590 per person.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1-2: Fly to Delhi

Fly overnight to Delhi, India’s rambunctious capital. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

Meals: Dinner

Day 3: Discover Delhi

A city equally chaotic and charming, Delhi grabs hold of you and doesn’t let go! Spend the day exploring the sights of Old and New Delhi: pass the colossal Red Fort, visit India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid, and take a rickshaw to Asia’s largest spice market. Cross over into New Delhi to make a brief stop at India Gate, and visit Humayun’s Tomb and the Qutub Minar.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Agra

Drive to Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal. On arrival, visit the Itmad-ud-Daulah, nicknamed the Baby Taj, an exquisite marble tomb that predates the Taj Mahal and is thought to have inspired it. You’ll also explore the hulking mass of red sandstone that is Agra Fort, which sits on the banks of the Yamuna River. The Fort was established in the 16th century but has been much added to over time, making it an eclectic mix of architectural styles.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5: Taj Mahal

Rise early to see the sun rise over India’s most iconic sight. At dawn, when the crowds are at their thinnest, the Taj Mahal is swathed in mist and tinged pink by the rising sun – seeing it is a magical experience. Depart Agra and head to the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri, a spectacular, abandoned array of Mughal palaces and temples. Continue by road to Ranthambore National Park.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6: Tigers of Ranthambore

Enjoy both morning and afternoon canter safaris through the national park, keeping your eyes peeled for tigers! There are around 50 majestic Bengal tigers that are living amongst Ranthambore’s undulating landscapes, as well as leopards, nilgai, sloth bears, wild boar, hyena and over 300 species of bird.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7: Bundi's stepwells

Travel to one of Rajasthan’s hidden gems, the captivating Bundi, a town that is dominated by its immense fort. Within the fort walls is a beautiful palace, Badal Mahal, famous for its painted murals. Take a stroll through the town, discovering the unique step wells – a vital source of water in the past, and a breathtaking sight today.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8: Chittor Fort

Depart Bundi and drive to Udaipur, with a stop en route at Chittor Fort. One of the largest forts in India, Chittor sprawls across a hilltop overlooking the town of Chittorgarh. Its precinct contains grand old palaces, gates, temples and towers – its magnificence has been inspiring travellers and artists alike for centuries. Continue to Udaipur where, later this afternoon, you’ll cruise on Lake Pichola, admiring the city’s palaces from the water, including the incredible Lake Palace.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9: Discover Udaipur

Today you will explore the city, starting with a drive around Fateh Sagar Lake and 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 shops.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10: Travel to Pushkar

Travel by road to Pushkar. Sat on the banks of one of India’s most sacred lakes, there are 52 ghats built on the edge of the water, used for bathing by Hindu pilgrims, which are backed by hundreds of blue-washed temples. Take a walking tour of the vibrant market and admire the Brahma Temple, the city’s most important temple, and one of few in the world dedicated to the deity many Hindus believe is the creator of the universe.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11: Jaipur

Travel to Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’ and Rajasthan’s capital. On arrival, visit two of the city’s top sights, the Maharaja’s City Palace, still the home of the city’s royal family today, and Jantar Mantar Observatory, a fascinating collection of wonderful instruments designed to measure the heavens.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 12: Amber Fort

Begin the day with a brief photo stop at Hawa Mahal, the iconic ‘Palace of the Winds’, before travelling out of the city to admire the majestic Amber Fort, the colossal 16th century yellow and pink sandstone fort just 11 kilometres out of Jaipur. Back in the city, head to a craft centre to learn about traditional artistries such as block printing and carpet weaving.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 13: Return to Delhi

Travel back to Delhi, where tonight you will enjoy a farewell meal with your group.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 14: Fly Delhi to UK

Fly to the UK, arriving home later the same or following day.

Meals: Breakfast

What’s Included:

This 14 day trip through northern India starts at £2,590 per person and includes…

  • Save up to £200 per person for solo travellers on selected dates in 2022
  • Fully inclusive – Touring with guides and entrance fees
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • Included meals – 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners
  • Group tour – Max group size is 28
  • Includes international flights and current taxes
  • Solo traveller departures available

Price based on selected departures in October & November 2022 (please note prices & availability are subject to change).

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