Authentic Starter Pack
Settle gently into colourful and chaotic India, a riot on the senses. Amble between pink palaces in Jaipur, dodge camels in the bazaar and melt into the mayhem. There’s no denying it – India is an overwhelming jumble of sights, sounds and smells. Ease yourself in with this stress-free starter pack. Touching down amidst the commotion of Delhi can be something of a culture shock, so this trip is designed to give you a softer landing. You’ll spend one night catching up on sleep in Central Delhi before driving on to the Pink City of Jaipur, crammed with fairytale palaces, historic splendour and heaving bazaars stuffed with beautiful textiles.
Sunrise at the Taj Mahal
Visit mystical monkey temples and ghost cities en route to sunrise at the Taj Mahal. A real wonder of the world, it’s a building that will take your breath away. On the way to Agra, you’ll see hundreds of birds take flight over rippling lakes and hear the soft chants of pilgrims on holy ghats. India’s Golden Triangle is the stuff of legend, with the ethereal Taj Mahal at its pinnacle. This trip will take you from the Pink City of Jaipur to Agra, where you’ll watch dawn break over the Taj Mahal. On the way, you’ll see pilgrims bathing in holy water under the Galta gorge, explore a watery world packed with wildlife and wander through an abandoned ghost town steeped in mystery.
Riverside Ruins & Lost Temples
Take the train to sleepy mystical villages and eyebrow-raising erotic temples. Amble along riverbanks dotted with ancient ruins, explore tumbledown palaces and soak up the spiritual atmosphere. Get an eyeful of the racy Khajuraho temples, with intricate carvings that bring the Kama Sutra to life. Taking the train in India is an adventure all of its own. During this trip, you’ll travel from Agra to Orchha, a restful riverside haven free from touts. Here, you can wander hassle-free through the atmospheric streets, stumbling upon crumbling palaces and hidden havelis. Next, you’ll visit the sacred temples of Khajuraho, packed with saucy carvings.
Sacred City on the Ganges
Listen to pilgrims singing softly as you drift along the Ganges at sunrise. Explore Varanasi, a spiritual city of constant chaos, colour and wandering cows. Watch kids play cricket next to funeral pyres, set flower candles afloat in twilight ceremonies and stumble upon a surprise at every turn. Varanasi is one of the oldest and holiest cities in India. It’s an overwhelming yet beautiful jumble that can be a shock to the senses. Life nuzzles up against death along the Ganges as women beat laundry next to the burning ghats and the smoke from funeral pyres curls into the horizon. Get ready to be knocked off your feet.
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Travel by Plane
If you’d prefer not to travel by train, we can alter your itinerary so that you can whizz around by domestic flight instead. If you choose to travel by plane the itinerary will differ slightly from the one above. On day 6 you’ll return to Delhi for the night instead of heading to Orchha. The following day you’ll fly directly to Varanasi (missing out Orchha and Khajuraho) and we’ll extend your stay in Varanasi to three nights instead of two. Your trip will then continue as normal and you’ll fly back to Delhi and spend your last night there. This version of the itinerary is 11 days and 10 nights long.
Guide price: £ 968 - per person - travelling by plane