Overview

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 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 
Guaranteed Departure
Group Size: 2 – 18

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.

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Grand Tour of Northern India

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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, volunteer kitchens 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 Drive to Chandigarh (5 hrs). Fly to Delhi for 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)

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. Varanasi city tour. Travel to Lucknow (7 hrs) for overnight at the 5-star 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 at Amar Niwas, 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 the City Palace and Observatory. (B)

Day 19 Optional morning balloon ride (£180, pre-bookable). Visit Amber Fort and view ‘Palace of the Winds’. Optional Jaipur walking tour (£24, bookable locally). 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 and Museum. (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). (B)

Day 24 Return flight. (B)

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

Notes

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

Add visits to Goa or Cochin.

Alternatively, add extra nights in Udaipur or Mumbai.

Click here for India extension options.

2019

Saturdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
October 26 £4395
November 9 £4395
December 7 £4495

2020

Saturdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
February 8 £4395
March 21 £4295
October 3 £4595
October 24 £4645
November 14 £4645
December 5 £4995

2021

Saturdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
February 13 £4895
March 20 £4795

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Double for sole use £945 (2021 £995)

Flight Options

London-Amritsar/Mumbai-London
British Airways World Traveller Plus from £395
British Airways Club World from £1795

Optional Excursions

Morning Balloon Ride £180

Extension Options

Add visits to Goa or Cochin.

Alternatively, add extra nights in Udaipur or Mumbai.

Click here for India extension options.

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

Save £500 
Arrival transfer add £22
Departure transfer add £22

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 22 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 11 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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