General

India pulsates with a spectacular mix of people, traditions and landscapes. Your journey through this mind-stirring country will blaze in your memory long after you’ve left its shores.

The Great Outdoors

From the soaring snow-dusted peaks of the northern mountains to the sultry sun-washed beaches of the southern coast, India’s dramatic terrain is breathtaking. Along with abundant natural beauties, exquisitely carved temples rise majestically out of pancake-flat deserts and crumbling old fortresses peer over plunging ravines. Aficionados of the great outdoors can scout for big jungle cats on wildlife safaris, paddle in the shimmering waters of one of many beautiful beaches, take blood-pumping treks high in the Himalaya, or simply inhale pine-scented air on meditative forest walks.

Simply Soul Stirring

Spirituality is the common characteristic painted across the vast and varied canvas that is contemporary India. The multitude of sacred sites and rituals are testament to the country’s long, colourful, and sometimes tumultuous, religious history. And then there are the festivals! India hosts some of the world’s most dazzling devotional celebrations – from formidable city parades celebrating auspicious events on the religious calendar to simple harvest fairs that pay homage to a locally worshipped deity.

Why I Love India

By Sarina Singh, Writer
The moment I start to think I’m right on the precipice of unravelling one of India’s deep mysteries, she has an uncanny way of reminding me that it would take more than just a few lifetimes to do so. Indeed, demystifying India is a perpetual work in progress. And that is precisely what makes the country so deeply addictive for me. The constant exploration. The playful unpredictability. And knowing that, just when it’s least expected, you can find yourself up close and personal with moments that have the power to alter the way you view the world and your place in it.

Food, Glorious Food

Brace yourself – you’re about to take one of the wildest culinary trips of your travelling life. Here you’ll fry, simmer, sizzle, knead, roast and flip across a deliciously diverse repertoire of dishes. The hungry traveller can look forward to a tasty smorgasbord of regionally distinct creations, each with their own traditional preparation techniques and presentation styles – from the competing flavours of masterfully marinated meats and thalis to the simple splendour of vegetarian curries and deep-sea delights.

Expect the Unexpected

India tosses up the unexpected. This can be challenging, particularly for the first-time visitor: the poverty is confronting, Indian bureaucracy can be exasperating and the crush of humanity may turn the simplest task into a frazzling epic. Even veteran travellers find their nerves frayed at some point; yet this is all part of the India ride. With an ability to inspire, frustrate, thrill and confound all at once, adopting a ‘go with the flow’ attitude is wise if you wish to retain your sanity. Love it or loathe it – and most travellers see-saw between the two – to embrace India’s unpredictability is to embrace her soul.

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - Arrival in Delhi & Sightseeing

Arrival at New Delhi Airport/Railway Station and transfer to your hotel of stay. Check-in at your pre-booked hotel In the afternoon, you will be taken on a half-day city tour of Delhi. Visit the historical sites of the city such as Qutab Minar, India Gate (War Memorial), a drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan (President’s Estate). After sightseeing in the city, return to your hotel and spend the night.

Day 2 - Delhi - Agra (200 KM / approx 4 Hours)

After breakfast in the hotel, set out on a half-day tour of Old Delhi which includes visits to Raj Ghat and Shanti Van (cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru respectively), Jama Masjid, and a drive past Red Fort as well as Chandni Chowk – a traditional shopping hub. In the afternoon, drive to Agra. On arrival, check-in at the pre-booked hotel. You are at leisure for the rest of the evening to explore around on your own. Spend the night at your hotel.

Day 3 - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur (230 KM / approx 5-6 Hrs)

After breakfast, take a half-day city tour and visit the world-famous Taj Mahal built of glittering white marble, by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630 to commemorate his beloved wife Queen Mumtaz Mahal (Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays). In the afternoon leave for Jaipur, visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route. Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chishti, Panch Mahal and other palaces. You will travel about 232 kilometers (approx. 5-hour drive) from Agra. On arrival in Jaipur, check-in at your pre-booked hotel for the overnight stay.

Day 4 - Sightseeing in Jaipur

After breakfast, proceed on a full-day sightseeing tour of Jaipur. Tour the Amber Fort - the capital of the state till 1728. Visit Jagmandir or the Hall of Victory that glitters with thousand mirrors, Jal Mahal and Temples of Kali. Enjoy an elephant ride (at your own cost) on your ascent to Amber Fort and behold the panoramic views of the city along the way. In the afternoon, visit the Maharaja’s City Palace and Jantar Mantar, drive past Hawa Mahal or The Palace of Winds and past the rose-pink residential and business quarters of Jaipur, that give it the name of “Pink City.” After a day of sightseeing and discovering the different colors of Jaipur, return to your hotel and spend the night.

Day 5 - Jaipur - Delhi (250 KM / approx 5-6 Hrs)

After an early breakfast at the hotel, leave for Delhi about 258 kilometres (approx. 5-hour drive) from Jaipur. Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer to your pre-booked hotel for the overnight stay.

Day 6 - Departure from Delhi

After breakfast, you will be dropped at the airport for your onward journey