I loved the high level of smooth organisation - all the fun, all the interest, with none of the headaches! HELEN
This is sightseeing with soul!
NORTH INDIA & HOLI FESTIVAL
17 nights, Mon 24 Feb - Thur 12 Mar 2020
Day 1. Mon Feb 24 ARRIVE DELHI Namaste and a warm welcome to India!
We meet you at the airport and settle you in to your hotel
Day 2. Tues Feb 25 DELHI Sightseeing and shopping in India's grand capital. Delhi is a city of contrasts; a modern metropolis merging with Old Delhi's winding streets and bazaars, a colourful hive of energy and activity that will wake up your senses!
Day 3. Wed 26 AMRITSAR We fly to the spiritual home of the Sikh religion - our hotel is a few steps away from the Golden Temple
Day 4. Thur 27 AMRITSAR The kitchen at the Golden Temple serves around 100,000 FREE hot meals per day! If you wish you can join the hundreds of volunteers and participate in SEVA (selfless service). This is a tour highlight for most guests.
Day 5. Fri 28 AMRITSAR You'll never forget the Indian/Pakistan Border Closing Ceremony, a colourful, elaborate, high kicking spectacle that draws crowds on both sides of the border
Day 6. Sat 29 AMRITSAR to VARANASI Today we fly to one of the most colourful, chaotic and unapologetically indiscreet places on earth! A photographers dream. Our river side hotel has spectacular views
Day 7. Sun 1 March VARANASI Witness the spectacle of life and death on the River Ganges during our sunrise boat trip
Day 8. Mon 2 VARANASI to UDAIPUR Today we fly to one of the most scenic cities in India. Also known as the ‘City of Lakes' or 'Venice of the East' - with beautiful palaces and temples and a lake cruise to enchant you, we are sure you'll fall in love with this city
Day 9. Tues 3 UDAIPUR We explore more architectural wonders, and the rich cultural heritage of Udaipur. Many of the palaces have been converted into luxury hotels, famous among them is the Lake Palace, which appears to float magnificently on Lake Pichola
Day 10. Wed 4 UDAIPUR Today we'll visit a local school and have plenty of time for shopping & sightseeing
Day 11. Thur 5 UDAIPUR to DUNGARPUR One of Rajasthan best kept secrets, Dungarpur is a delight!. This offbeat destination is ideal for history lovers, we actually stay overnight in a royal residence
Day 12. Fri 6 DUNGARPUR We have the day to relax or explore before we catch the overnight sleeper train to Agra
Day 13. Sat 7 AGRA Our train arrives mid morning, after lunch we'll visit The Red Fort, one of the finest Mughal forts in India
Day 14. Sun 8 AGRA Nothing can prepare you for the moment you see the Taj Mahal with your own eyes! You will be moved by the most awe-inspiring monument to love on the planet. After breakfast we drive to the village of Abhaneri to see a STEPWELL. Unique to India, stepwells are amazing, huge, sunken stairways that spiral or zigzag to a pool of water as deep as nine storeys’ down into the earth!
Day 15. Mon 9 ABHANERI to JAIPUR After breakfast we drive a couple of hours to 'The Pink City', capital of Rajasthan and our last stop. Famous for spectacular landscapes, fortresses and art treasures, this city will captivate you with its history, vibrant culture and tradition. Our heritage hotel is Diggi Palace, peacocks roam the peaceful grounds