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Grand Tour of Northern India

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Shaped by the Moghuls, Maharajas and British East India Company; sprinkled with sacred sites of the Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, and Buddhist religions; and covering hill stations, holy rivers, and the haunts of tigers, northern India is a remarkably rich touring ground

Travelling by Toy Train to Himalayan hill stations, flying to Kolkata, and Varanasi, and crossing the country by road for the cities of the Golden Triangle, this tour celebrates the region’s rich diversity. At the Sikh city of Amritsar, a nightly ‘Palki’ ritual takes the holy Guru Granth book ‘to bed’ every night, and back to the temple each morning, symbolically treating it as a human teacher. With its head often in the clouds, beguiling Shimla contrasts its colonial buildings with the colourful bazaar. In Old Delhi, India’s ‘capital territory’, monuments mark the life of Mahatma Gandhi; while Darjeeling is a return to Nature, enjoying Himalayan aspects; and in the old capital, Kolkata, the Hoogly River is the highlight for a sunset cruise. Exuberant Varanasi is one of the seven Hindu holy cities, hosting sacred rites on its Ganges ghats; nearby Sarnath is the site of an ancient Buddhist stupa; and Lucknow’s landmarks are the ‘imambara’ Muslim complexes. The Taj Mahal is the star of Agra’s show; tigers top the bill in Ranthambore; balloon rides are a bird’s eye view of the Pink City, Jaipur; and a clifftop castle oversees the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur. In Udaipur, palaces hem the shores of Lake Pichola, and metropolitan Mumbai concludes the tour.

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 National Park  - 2 nights
  • Jaipur  - 2 nights
  • Rohet  - 1 night
  • Udaipur  - 2 nights
  • Mumbai  - 1 night
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Tour Highlights

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

Shaped by the Moghuls, Maharajas and British East India Company; sprinkled with sacred sites of the Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, and Buddhist religions; and covering hill stations, holy rivers, and the haunts of tigers, northern India is a remarkably rich touring ground

Notes:

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

Accommodation

Hyatt - Amritsar

A 4-star hotel with restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 248 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Oberoi Cecil - Shimla

A celebration of the elegance and grace of the Colonial era in the Queen of Hill Stations, located amidst the majestic Himalayan ranges, The 5-star Oberoi Cecil, a Grand Heritage hotel, is a part of Shimla's rich colonial history. Restaurant, bar, indoor pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 75 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-bar, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

The Claridges Hotel - Delhi

Right where New Delhi meets Old Delhi, The Claridges Hotel is in a peaceful area, only a 10 minute walk to the serene Lodi Gardens yet still close to shopping centres, markets and the famous India Gate. The hotel extends a warm welcome and offers a several dining options, a bar, swimming pool, gym and spa. The rooms are a blend of classic and contemporary styles and provide air-conditioning, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, mini bar and safe.

Maidens Hotel - Delhi

Established in 1903 as one of the first hotels of Delhi and recognized as a Heritage Hotel in 1994. Its architecture is the most glorious illustration of old-world European charm with its colonial impressions. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym and WiFi (free). 55 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-bar, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

Mayfair Hotel - Darjeeling

A 4-star heritage hotel situated in the heart of Darjeeling town. Restaurants, bar, lounge area, gym and WiFi (free). Rooms with hairdryer, safe tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

Oberoi Grand - Kolkata

A 5-star heritage hotel with a fusion of classical Victorian and traditional Indian style architecture. Restaurants, bar, indoor pool, gym and WiFi (free). 209 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

Taj Ganges - Varanasi

A 4-star hotel located amidst 40 acres of lush green gardens. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 140 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

Taj Mahal - Lucknow

A 5-star hotel located near the banks of the river Gomti. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (chargeable). 110 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Hotel Trident - Agra

The 4-star Trident, Agra, set amidst beautiful gardens, fountains, landscaped central courtyards, is built of red stone reminiscent of the Mughal era. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (chargeable). 135 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

Ranthambore Regency - Ranthambore National Park

The Ranthambore Regency is a 4-star family run hotel with a restaurant, bar, pool, spa and WiFi (free). 72 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Taj Amer - Jaipur

Offering stunning views of the Amer Fort, the Taj Amer is a 5-star hotel situated in the once regal centre of Jaipur. Only 15 minutes drive from the Pink City, the Taj Amer is of contempory design and offers elegance and sophistication. With a rooftop infinity swimming pool, spa (paid for locally), 3 restaurants and lounge area you will not be disappointed. Each room is well equipped with TV, safe, mini bar free wifi and private facilities.

Rohet Garh - Rohet

Rohet Garh, a heritage hotel is situated on the banks of a lake with manicured gardens. Restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 34 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and tea/coffee making facilities.

Trident Hotel - Udaipur

Located on the banks of the stunning Lake Pichola, this 4-star hotel is the ideal location from which to explore the city. Restaurant, spa, outdoor pool, WiFi (chargeable). 141 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Trident Nariman Point - Mumbai

The best view of Mumbai, the Marine Drive, a 3km long beautiful promenade that rings a natural bay, greets guests at the 4-star Trident, Nariman Point. Restaurants, bar, gym, pool, spa and WiFi (free). 555 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Extension Options

Indian Wildlife Extension

Discover more of India’s wildlife within Kanha National Park and Bandhavgarh National Park, including four game drives and a chance to see tigers, Indian bison, dholes, swamp deer, leopards, bears and birdlife.

Note: The national parks are closed from July to 14th October.

Chitvan Jungle Lodge - Kanha National Park

Chitvan Jungle Lodge is located on 6 hectares of land and shares its boundry with the Kanha Tiger Reserve of Madhya Pradesh. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym and spa. 18 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-fridge and tea/coffee making facilities.

Bandhav Vilas - Bandhavgarh

Located 3km from the Bandhavgarh National Park. Restaurants, bar, pool and spa. 20 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Vivanta by Taj Dwarka - Delhi

A 5-star airport hotel with 4 restaurants, bar, swimming pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 250 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Departures & Prices

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

October
October 12 (Saturday)
  • Spring Sale

Was £5295

£ 5095

November
November 9 (Saturday)
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.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • 2024: Oct, Nov
  • £995
  • 2025: Feb
  • £1675
  • 2025: Sep
  • £1725
  • 2025: Oct, Nov
  • £1715
Flight Options
  • London-Amritsar/Mumbai-London Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy
  • On request, please call
  • Virgin Atlantic Business Class
  • On request, please call
Privately Guided
  • Privately guided options available based on 2+ people
  • On request, please call
Tour Only
  • Arrival or departure transfer
  • £24
Extension Options
  • Indian Wildlife Extension (5 nights)
  • 2024: Apr
  • £1375
  • 2024: Nov
  • £1455
  • 2025: Feb
  • £1600

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