This nine-night tour ticks off some big-ticket India sights, as well as a healthy dose of under-the-radar attractions. After a chilled day to get settled in your Delhi hotel following an overnight flight, you’ll start your third day with a tour of the city. Make sure you charge your camera before you head out – this day’s full to the brim with sightseeing. Your stops will include colourful Old Delhi, India’s biggest mosque, and the ancient Qutb Minar complex. Plus, you’ll spend some time volunteering in the kitchens of the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, which helps to feed over 10,000 people. On your next day, it’s time to travel to Agra to visit its namesake, red-tinted fort. Then, you’ll settle down in the pretty grounds of the Taj Khema Hotel for high tea, with views of the Taj Mahal to boot. You’ll get a close-up look at the iconic Taj Mahal after lunch, too.
On day five, it’s time to take the train, the Kota Jan Shatabdi Express, to be exact. Your destination is the city of Sawai Madhopur, where you’ll have an evening of free time, but you’ll make a stop en-route at the so-called ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. Day six is all about India’s wildlife. You’ll join not one, but two safari drives of Ranthambore National Park to spot Bengal tigers. After a sleep, you’ll move on to Jaipur, and hit up the Johri Bazaar for some serious souvenir shopping. On your eighth day, a full-day city tour will help you get to know Jaipur even more. Highlights include the famous Amber Fort and the pink-tinted Hawa Mahal palace. Then, it’s back to Delhi for some free time and one more night’s sleep before your flight back home.
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This tour is 13 nights long, so it’s a great option if you want to really get stuck in to exploring India. After an overnight flight, you’ll start your trip with two days in Delhi. While you’re in the city, you’ll fill your time with the likes of trips to the Chandni Chowk market, rickshaw rides to temples, and visits to ancient sights like the Qutb Minar complex. Then, on your fourth day, you’ll move on to Kalka. Here, you’ll hop on the UNESCO World Heritage Toy Train for a trip through emerald green-tinted mountains, ending up in Shimla. You’ll get to explore this colourful city on the following day, with a walking tour. Then, you’ll have the whole of the sixth day to get to know Shimla even better.
You’ll finish up week one with a scenic drive along the Kangra Valley to the village of Pragpur. After an evening and a night here, you’ll head off to Dharamshala city, with its jewel-toned buildings. Your ninth day will include a guided tour of the city, which sits right at the edge of the Himalayas, and is home to the Dalai Lama. On day 10, you’ll travel to Amritsar, which features the famous Sikh Golden Temple – you’ll get to pay this place a visit, and have some free time to tick off some more sights. The following day, your guide will take you on a tour around Amritsar’s unmissable spots, and you’ll get to go back to the Golden Temple to volunteer in its huge kitchens. Then, on day 12, you’ll board the Amritsar Shatabdi train back to Delhi, before your flight home the following day.
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There’s two versions of this tour – one finishes up in Amritsar, and the other in Udaipur – so you can choose your favourite. Both versions are identical until the sixth day, kicking things off with an overnight flight to Goa, followed by an evening of free time. You’ll be up bright and early on your third day to fly to Jaipur. This rose-tinted spot earned a nickname as India’s ‘Pink City’. Once you arrive, you’ll have a walking tour to see some of the city’s sights. Day four will begin with a ride in a 4x4 to the famous Amber Fort, where you’ll get to have a tour. Agra’s on the agenda on your next day – here you’ll tick off the Agra Fort and – of course – the Taj Mahal. Plus, you’ll have a stop in the spooky abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. And then, on day six, you’ll travel to Delhi for a walking tour of the city – keep an eye out for the Red Fort and the India Gate mosque.
What you get up to for the final part of your tour will depend on which version you pick. Let’s start with the Amritsar extension tour. In the morning, you’ll hop on the Shatabdi Express train to Amritsar. The journey takes six hours, but you won’t want to snooze the journey away – the scenery’s quite something. Then, on your eighth day, you’ll have the chance to get to know Amritsar. The Golden Temple features gold-leaf ceilings and the Sikh holy book. In the afternoon, you’ll see a military practice in Wagah. Then, on your ninth day, you’ll catch the train back to Delhi for your flight home. Meanwhile, on the Udaipur extension version, you’ll follow your day of Delhi sightseeing with a flight to Udaipur city. Your eighth day is all about exploring Udaipur, which sits on the shores of islet-speckled Lake Pichola. This place is packed with sights – you’ll see its temples, its palace and its gardens. Then, the next day, you’ll take a transfer back to Goa before you fly back to the UK.
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And remember, with all our guided tours of India, you can choose to extend your stay with a Multi-Destination holiday in Goa. Find out more about these breaks.
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