Highlights of India
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|Operator:||Wendy Wu Tours|
Our Highlights of India Tour incorporates an exciting range of destinations that are sure to leave you with a profound sense of respect for this wonderful country. See the bustling markets of Delhi and Jodphur, the magnificent Taj Mahal at Agra, the deserts of Rajasthan and the bathing Ghats of Varanasi.
18 Day Highlights of India Tour Itinerary
Days 1-2: Fly to Delhi
Fly overnight to Delhi, Indias bustling capital city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Day 3: Delhi
Explore Old Delhi; drive past the Red Fort, take a rickshaw ride to Khari Baoli Spice Market before strolling to Jama Masjid (Indias largest mosque) and visit the Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple. After lunch, view India Gate before visiting Gandhi Smriti and Qutub Minar, the 12th-century, handcarved, 73m-tall iron pillar.
Day 4: Agra
Depart for Agra and visit Agra Fort, a hulking mass of red sandstone sat 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. Later, visit the Taj Mahal, an architectural marvel.
Day 5: Taj Mahal
Take a train to Jhansi this morning, with a change in Orchha en route. Continue to Khajuraho, home of the famous Khajuraho temples. This evening enjoy a cultural dance performance.
Day 6: Khajuraho
Today, tour the eastern and western groups of Khajurahos impressive temples. Fly to Varanasi and take a rickshaw to the atmospheric ghats on the River Ganges, where youll witness a Ganga Aarti, a puja ceremony to the river goddess.
Day 7: River Ganges
Take an early morning boat ride along the River Ganges, followed by a brief city tour of Varanasi. Later this afternoon visit the Buddhist sites at Sarnath.
Day 8: Jaipur
Fly to Jaipur where you have the rest of the day to explore the city on your own, before experiencing a traditional dance performance.
Day 9: Amber Fort
Start the day with a stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) before visiting the majestic Amber Fort, a magnificent 16th-century yellow and pink sandstone fort. Visit the magnificent Maharaja’s City Palace, still home of the citys royal family today, and Jantar Mantar Observatory, a fascinating collection of 18th-century astrological instruments designed to measure the heavens.
Day 10: Jodhpur
Drive to Jodhpur. Have the afternoon at leisure before taking a walking tour to explore the local vegetable and spice market in the evening.
Day 11: Explore Jodhpur
This morning visit Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada and the museum located in the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Take an auto rickshaw to a local restaurant for lunch before enjoying the afternoon at leisure.
Day 12: Lake Pichola
Drive to Udaipur, a city of lakes, palaces and temples. Relax on a cruise along Lake Pichola, admiring the citys grand architecture from the water.
Day 13: Romantic Udaipur
Today, explore the city, starting with a drive around Fateh Sagar Lake. Stop at the Folk Museum, Mewar Art Gallery and Sahelion Ki Bari Gardens. Later, visit the flamboyant City Palace and admire its delightful infusion of Rajasthani and Mughal styles.
Day 14: Bundi
Drive to Bundi and take a stroll through the town, discovering its unique and beautiful stepwells, stopping en route at Chittor Fort. One of the largest forts in India, Chittor sprawls across a hilltop overlooking the town of Chittorgarh. Once in Bundi, take a stroll through the town, discovering the unique stepwells.
Day 15: Ranthambore National Park
Today, travel to Ranthambore National Park. On arrival, enjoy an afternoon at leisure.
Day 16: Ranthambore Safaris
Take both early morning and afternoon safaris in Ranthambore National Park for opportunities to spot the magnificent wildlife, including leopards and Bengal tigers.
Day 17: Delhi
Take the train to Delhi where the rest of the day will be at leisure.
Day 18: Fly Delhi to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.