North India Explorer - Flights Included

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North India Explorer - Flights Included

from £845
Duration: from 11 days
Countries: India
This trip allows you to gain the essence of Northern India - iconic photos at the Taj Mahal, getting spiritual in Varanasi and turning pink in Jaipor. We haven’t even started on the food...
Summary

North India Explorer - Flights Included

Reasons to fall in love with this trip:

  • Agra-cadabra! Do you believe in magic? Let us spell it out for you. T-a-j M-a-h-a-l. India has just pulled another punny rabbit out of the hat
  • Delhi lights a fire in you that'll sizzle your nostril hairs. Harness the chaos with a 'Home Cooked Delhi' Urban Adventure, then request a lassi to drown out the flames
  • Oh, what's that running down your face? Those are tears my friend. A sunrise boat cruise down the Ganges River in Varanasi can melt the hardest of hearts
  • The stepwells of Bundi are deeper than late night conversations. But this is an enlightening experience that won't judge you afterwards

 

 

Intinerary 

DAY 1: DELHI
Namaste. Welcome to Delhi, India. Today is an arrival day with no planned activities, except for a pre-departure meeting tonight at around 6 pm. Please look for a note in the lobby or ask reception where it will take place. We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you bring these details to provide to your leader. If you're going to be late, please inform the accommodation as soon as possible. After the meeting, perhaps pop out for an optional group dinner.

 

 

DAY 2: DELHI - VARANASI OVERNIGHT TRAIN
This morning head out on a walking tour around the commercial heart of Delhi, visiting Chandni Chowk (Sheeshganj Gurudwara) and Connaught Place along the way. Explore Old Delhi on a bicycle rickshaw to dig that little bit deeper. You'll then have some free time to do as much sightseeing as you can, before boarding an overnight sleeper train bound for Varanasi. The journey should take around 13 hours and you'll arrive into Varanasi early in the morning.

Included Activities

Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
Delhi - Old Delhi Walking Tour

 

 

DAY 3: VARANASI
Arriving into Varanasi early, head straight to the hotel to freshen up before plunging head first into this holy city, which is one of the world's oldest. Explore the narrow laneways and backstreets on a walking tour with your guide, before watching the world pass by along the ghats. Your evening is then free to do as you wish.

Included Activities

Varanasi - Old City Walking Tour

 

 

DAY 4: VARANASI - AGRA OVERNIGHT TRAIN
Wake up early and experience one of the highlights of your time in India. This morning, jump in boats and watch the sunrise over the Ganges. Pilgrims bathing, cremation fires and riverside haircuts - India is best before dawn and this is the best way to see it. The rest of your day is free to explore, before catching an overnight train to Agra tonight (approximately 11 hours).

Included Activities

Varanasi - Sunrise Boat cruise

 

 

DAY 5: AGRA
Arriving into Agra early this morning, head to the most iconic site in India, the Taj Mahal. The highlights of India just keep coming. You have a full day to explore Agra on a motorised rickshaw trip, with Agra Fort being another incredible optional activity in the afternoon. The rest of your day is then free.

Included Activities

Agra - Taj Mahal

 

 

DAY 6: JAIPUR
Jump on a bus this morning and travel for around four hours to Rajasthan's pink capital, Jaipur. On arrival into the city stop off at the Hawa Mahal (pink sandstone palace) before heading to your hotel. Use the opportunity to freshen up and then venture out for a walking tour of the old city. In your spare time, perhaps take an optional tour of the Jaipur City Palace.

 

 

DAY 7: JAIPUR
For many travellers, a hot air balloon experience is one of the highlights of Jaipur. Ballooning can be done over Jaipur on the morning of day 7, between September and June. For additional information, please see the important notes section of your trip notes. Later in the morning, enjoy a guided tour of the medieval Amber Fort with a local guide. The rest of your day is then free to explore Jaipur on your own.

 

Included Activities

Jaipur - Hawa Mahal photo stop
Jaipur - Amber Fort
Local Guide

 

 

DAY 8: BUNDI

Travel for around five hours this morning to Bundi, which feels like a world away from the chaos of Jaipur. Home to the famed stepwells and a ruined hilltop castle, it's a compact town best explored on foot. Meet your local guide and see this charming town through his eyes. Your guide will take you around the stepwell, Bundi Palace and may even point you in the right direction of best cup of chai in Rajasthan.

Included Activities

Bundi - Stepwell
Bundi - Bundi Palace
Bundi - Town walk
Local Guide

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DAY 9: BUNDI - DELHI OVERNIGHT TRAIN
Enjoy a free day checking out more of Bundi. There are approximately 50 stepwells in Bundi, as well as a pretty impressive lake. Bundi is a friendly town and it's really fun to wander in the streets leading up to the palace - this is a good way to get a feel for the town. Tonight, catch an overnight train to Delhi, which takes around ten hours.

 

 

DAY 10: DELHI
Arrive into Delhi early, with the day free to do some more exploring. There are shopping experiences aplenty or perhaps book an Urban Adventure to get your last proper taste of India. An optional group dinner tonight is a great way to finish a memorable trip in this remarkable country.

 

 

DAY 11: DELHI
Your North India adventure ends after breakfast this morning and you're free to leave the accommodation at any time. If you'd prefer to stay on in Delhi a little bit longer, then additional accommodation can be booked prior to travel (subject to availability).


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INCLUSIONS

MEALS
No meals are included on this tour

TRANSPORT
Auto-rickshaw, Bicycle rickshaw, Jeep, Local bus, Private vehicle, Train

ACCOMMODATION
Heritage Property (3 nights), Hotel (4 nights), Overnight train (3 nights)

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
Delhi - Old Delhi Walking Tour
Varanasi - Old City Walking Tour
Varanasi - Sunrise Boat cruise
Agra - Taj Mahal
Jaipur - Hawa Mahal photo stop
Jaipur - Amber Fort
Local Guide
Bundi - Stepwell
Bundi - Bundi Palace
Bundi - Town walk

IS THIS TRIP RIGHT FOR YOU?

This trip involves some long bus and train rides, which can be tiresome but offer a quintessential Indian experience. You’ll be taking a few overnight trains, including a 13-hour trip from Delhi to Varanasi, a 11-hour trip from Varanasi to Agra and a 10-hour trip from Bundi to Delhi.
Sleeper trains are clean and air-conditioned and a great way to travel long distances while still getting maximum time in each place. Beds are padded berths with sheets, pillow and blanket provided (although some people prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet). Please note that you may be sharing with locals of the same or opposite gender. For your own security, take a lock for your hand luggage.
We visit a number of temples on this trip, which requires a certain level of modesty. Please bring clothes that cover the arms and pants/skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.
Depending on the time of year, temperatures in northern India can get very hot and very cold. Please bring layers and a range of adequate clothing, including thermals and sun protection.
From April 2017, the main dome of the Taj Mahal will undergo mud pack therapy to restore its original colour. It is expected the dome will be covered in iron scaffolding during the proc

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