Classical India

Discover the wonders of classical India with an itinerary that combines Mughal treasures such as the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, with the extravagant royal architecture of Rajasthan’s most famous cities.

9 days/8 nights
Lodges/Resorts
Departs daily ex Delhi

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Highlights:

  • See India’s finest Mughal treasures including the Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri
  • Admire the extravagant regal architecture of Rajasthan’s most famous cities
  • Discover the vibrant contrasts of Old and New Delhi
  • Explore the fascinating cities of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur
  • Experience authentic Indian hospitality and the subcontinent’s diverse cultures

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Classical India

Itinerary

9 days/8 nights

Hotels/Resorts

Day 1

Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 2

Delhi
Full day tour of Delhi including Qutab Minar, Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb, the vibrant Chandni Chowk bazaar (closed Sun) and Raj Ghat (Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial). B

Day 3

Agra
Morning departure by road for Agra (4 hrs) via the tomb of the Great Emperor Akbar at Sikandra. Afternoon tour of the Taj Mahal (closed Fri), before visiting the magnificent Agra Fort. B

Days 4/5

Jaipur
After breakfast depart for Jaipur (7 hrs), visiting the Mughal ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri en route. Built in 1570, historians believe the city was abandoned 15 years later due to a lack of water. On Day 5 enjoy a full day tour of Jaipur including the Amber Fort, Palace of Winds, Jantar Mantar observatory and the City Palace. B

Day 6

Jodhpur
Morning departure by road to Jodhpur (6.5 hrs), a beautiful desert city founded by Rajput Chief Rao Jodha in 1459. Afternoon at leisure. B

Days 7/8

Udaipur
Visit the impressive Mehrangarh Fort built in 1459 and take a walk through the local bazaar before heading to the lake city of Udaipur, founded in 1568. Stop at Ranakpur en route to view the Jain temple complex, built in 1439. On Day 8 tour the sites of Udaipur, visiting the City Palace, the Jagdish temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, “the Preserver” in the Hindu Trinity of Gods and the Saheliyon-ki-Bari gardens. Afternoon cruise on Lake Pichola (water levels permitting). B

Day 9

Tour ends Udaipur
Transfer to the airport. Tour ends. B

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Rajasthan and North India Overview

Why visit Rajasthan & North India? This is one of the most visited and famous areas of India, renowned for its dramatic history, romantic desert cities, ancient and mysterious temples, massive hilltop forts and colourful desert peoples, as well as the most beautiful building in the world, the Taj Majal.

When is the best time to go to Rajasthan & North India? The best time to visit Rajasthan is October to mid April. Clear blue skies and a moderate to slightly chilly temperature (particularly Dec – Jan) make these months the perfect time to visit. From mid April to mid June it becomes very hot followed by the onset of monsoon rain. The monsoon continues until early August. August and September are warm to occasionally hot in the day with cool evenings.

What can I combine Rajasthan with? The vibrant city of Varanasi situated on the banks of the holy Ganges River and the temples of Khajuraho with their exquisite carvings and erotic sculptures.

Ho do you get to Rajasthan? Fly into Delhi and then travel by air, road or rail to cities such as Jaipur, Jodhpur, Agra or Varanasi .

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