Flight - 1 night

Amritsar - 2 nights

Shimla - 2 nights

Delhi - 2 nights

Darjeeling - 2 nights

Kolkata - 2 nights

Varanasi - 1 night

Lucknow - 1 night

Agra - 2 nights

Ranthambore NP - 2 nights

Jaipur - 2 nights

Rohet - 1 night

Udaipur - 2 nights

Mumbai - 1 night

Spendology - Widgets

Grand Tour of Northern India

Explore the heritage of the Moguls, Maharajas and East India Company from holy Amritsar and Varanasi to colonial Calcutta, Delhi, Lucknow and hill stations by way of the ‘Golden Triangle’

This grand tour encompasses India's most iconic cultural, colonial, religious and scenic treasures following the story of the Moguls, the Maharajas and the British East India Company.

The Moguls came from central Asia, conquering Delhi and beyond, whilst the Maharajas ruled their kingdoms both before and after and the British extended their colonial reach from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Delhi.

Travel from colonial capitals Calcutta, Lucknow and Delhi to the holy sites of Varanasi, Amritsar and Agra, from the Himalayan hill stations of Shimla and Darjeeling to Rajasthan and the home of tigers.

Key Features

Culture & Natural Wonders 
Wildlife Experience
Jules Verne Sightseeing 
7 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guide

Special Events

Indian Ceremonies, Tiger Talk and Maharaja's Residence

Aarti, Palki and Border ceremonies. Cocktail and dinner in Rambagh Palace. Tiger talk by a naturalist. Breakfast at Brijrama Palace overlooking the Ghats in Varanasi.

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Amritsar via Delhi.

Day 2 Two nights at Hyatt Hotel. Optional Palki ceremony (£14, bookable locally). (D)

Day 3 Visit the Golden Temple, volunteers kitchen and Jallianwala Bagh. Wagah Border ceremony. (B)

Day 4 Train to Ambala (4 hrs), by road to Kandaghat then ‘Toy Train’ to Shimla (5 hrs). Two nights at the 5-star Oberoi Cecil. (B, D)

Day 5 Visit the Shimla museum, Vice Regal Lodge, church and stroll along the Mall. Afternoon free. (B)

Day 6 Travel to Kalka (5 hrs) and board the Shatabdi Express to Delhi (5 hrs) with light dinner on board. Two nights at the heritage Maidens Hotel. (B, D)

Day 7 Visit Jama Mosque, Raj Ghat, National Museum, Gandhi Smriti, Qutab Minar, India Gate and drive past the Red Fort, parliament and Viceroy’s House. (B, D)

Day 8 Fly to Bagdogra, then drive to Darjeeling (3 hrs) for two nights at the 4-star Mayfair Hotel. (B, D)

Day 9 Sunrise at Tiger Hill with views over the Himalayas. Visit Ghoom Monastery and enjoy a ‘Toy Train’ ride. Visit the Mountaineering Institute, zoological park, local market and a tea estate. (B, D)

Day 10 Fly from Bagdogra to Kolkata. Two nights at 5-star Oberoi Grand. Sunset cruise on the Hoogly River. (B, D)

Day 11 Full-day city tour of Kolkata includes Dalhousie Square, the flower market, a short tram ride and Victoria Memorial. (B)

Day 12 Morning flight to Varanasi. Overnight at the 4-star Taj Ganges Hotel. Visit Sarnath ruins and museum. Evening Aarti ceremony on the ghats. (B)

Day 13 Early morning boat on the Ganges. Breakfast at Brijrama Palace and a walk through Varanasi. Travel to Lucknow (7 hrs) for overnight at the 5-star Hotel Taj Mahal Lucknow. (B)

Day 14 Visit Bada and Chota Imambada, La Martiniere and the Residency. Travel to Agra (6 hrs). Two nights at 4-star Trident Hotel. (B)

Day 15 Sunrise at the Taj Mahal. Visit Agra Fort, ‘Baby Taj’ and Mehtab Bagh with views across to the Taj Mahal. Tea with a local family in a colonial bungalow. (B)

Day 16 Travel to Ranthambore National Park (6 ½ hrs) visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route. Two nights at 4-star family-run Ranthambore Regency. Tiger talk with a naturalist. (B, D)

Day 17 Early morning and afternoon game drives by jeep. (B, L, D)

Day 18 Travel to Jaipur (4 hrs) for two nights at the 4-star Trident Hotel. Visit Amber Fort. (B)

Day 19 Optional morning balloon ride in the Jaipur area (£180, bookable locally, weather dependent). Visit the City Palace and Observatory and view ‘Palace of the Winds’. Cocktail and dinner at Rambagh Palace. (B, D)

Day 20 Travel to Rohet (7 hrs) via Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada. Overnight at the heritage hotel Rohet Garh. (B, D)

Day 21 Bishnoi village safari. Continue to Udaipur (6 hrs) for two nights at the 4-star Trident Hotel. Dinner at Amrai Restaurant with views of the lake. (B, D)

Day 22 By boat on Lake Pichola to Jagmandir. Visit City Palace. (B)

Day 23 Fly to Mumbai. Visit Marine drive, Gateway of India, Victoria Terminus & Prince of Wales Museum. Overnight at the 4-star Hotel Trident (Ocean view). Farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 24 Return flight. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


This is a full itinerary with visits on foot and some uneven surfaces and inclines.

Time to relax or see even more of India!

No one can cover all of India on one tour, so why not make the most of your time in India by choosing further experiences?

We invite you to customise your tour by adding one or more extensions from our great range shown on the following pages. Relax in a resort or discover more of India with our specialist guides.

Also please consider adding extra nights before the tour if you would like to draw breath after the flight to India or stay on to reflect, relax or explore independently. Extra nights can also be added to most extensions. Please talk to one of our knowledgeable Personal Travel Experts to let us know what you are looking for and they will work out the best way. Sometimes extra transfers, internal flights and nights are recommended or needed, and sometimes two extensions can be combined into a more logical sequence.

We recommend to add visits to Goa or Cochin or alternatively, add extra nights in Amritsar or Mumbai.

Click here to view all our pre- and post- India extensions


per person in a twin/double room
Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow

Date Price
February 11 £4295
November 4 £4595

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Double for sole use £895

Flight Options

Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy - On request
Virgin Atlantic Business Class - On request

Extension Options

We offer a wide variety of pre- and post-tour extensions, click here for more information.
Pre/post tour extra nights and transfers are available.

Privately Guided

2 guests - £995 per person
3-4 guests - £495 per person
5-9 guests - £225 per person
10+ guests - No extra charge

Independent Arrival

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Arrival or departure transfer add £24

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 22 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 13 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, overseas airport taxes, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.


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