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Highlights of North India Group Tour

Duration:
14 days / 13 nights
Destinations:
Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Mumbai
Price Guide:

Price guide for this 14 day Highlights of North India Group Tour is £2290 based on two people travelling.

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Overview

Discover the diverse magic of North India’s rich culture and natural beauty on this spectacular North India Tour before flying to the cosmopolitan city of Mumbai. See the Golden Triangle highlights including Delhi, the Taj Mahal and the charming pink city of Jaipur. Enjoy tiger spotting jeep safaris in Ranthambore National Park and experience tribal life in the Thar Desert on route to the historically rich cities of Jodhpur and Udaipur.

Highlights of North India Group Tour Includes:

  • Full day sightseeing tour of New and Old Delhi including entrance fees and English speaking guide
  • Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi through the bustling streets
  • Afternoon sightseeing trip to Agra Fort and Taj Mahal including entrance fees and English speaking guide
  • Visit to Fatehpur Sikri including entrance fees and English speaking guide
  • Three game drives in Ranthambore National Park
  • Morning sightseeing trip to Amer (Amber) Fort including a jeep ride, Entrance fees and English speaking guide included
  • Afternoon sightseeing trip in Jaipur including entrance fees and English speaking guide
  • Bishnoi Village safari followed by a sightseeing tour of Jodphur
  • Full day sightseeing tour of Udaipur including entrance fees and English speaking guide
  • Boat ride on Lake Pichola
  • Boat trip and tour of Elephanta Caves
  • City tour of Mumbai
  • Airport meet and greet and departure transfers
  • 4 and 5-star Accommodation

India's Forts, Palaces and Tigers Tour - 14 Days / 13 Nights

Discover the diverse magic of North India’s rich culture and natural beauty on this spectacular North India Tour. See the Golden Triangle highlights including Delhi, the Taj Mahal and the charming pink city of Jaipur. Enjoy tiger spotting jeep safaris in Ranthamabore National Park and experience tribal life in the Thar Desert on route to the historically rich cities of Jodhpur and Udairpur.

Then fly to Mumbai on India's west coast. Enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage Elephanta Caves and a sightseeing tour of this amazing cosmopolitan city.

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Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Upon arrival at Delhi International Airport, you will be welcomed by your Authentic India Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel for a 2 night stay.

Your first day ends in style with a delicious welcome dinner hosted by your tour leader in the hotel.

Accommodation: ITC Maurya
Meals included: Dinner
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Day 2: Delhi

Today you will explore the historical city of Delhi with a full day sightseeing tour. You begin in Old Delhi, once the Mughal city of Shahjahanabad, with its vibrant market lanes and colourful neighbourhoods. A cycle rickshaw ride will take you through the lanes or gallis of Chandni Chowk, where everything from spices, brassware, antiques, jewellery and perfumes are sold. You will then discover the highly decorative Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, with a courtyard which can accommodate 25000 devotees before seeing the Red Fort, India Gate and a visit to Raj Ghat.

After lunch it’s time to explore New Delhi which showcases the story of modern India with its open spaces, government buildings, museums and wide tree-lined avenues. Your tour starts with a drive to see the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the President of India before going to Qutab Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This lofty tower inspired by the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan has numerous inscriptions in Arabic and Nagari. Your tour concludes with visit to Humayun's tomb, the first garden tomb built by the Mughals in India.

Accommodation: ITC Maurya
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 3: Delhi - Agra

After breakfast, your adventure continues to Agra, famous for the Taj Mahal UNESCO World Heritage Site and its Mughal architecture. The journey takes about 3 - 4 hours on India’s busy roads.

In the afternoon it's time to explore the forbidding red sandstone battlements of the Agra Fort and its impressive Diwan-i-Am & Diwan-i-Khas Hall. Agra Fort is another impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site which was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638

This is followed by a visit to Mehtab Bhag, the Mughal Park on the other side of River Yamuna to enjoy beautiful sunset views of the Taj Mahal.

Approximate travel time and distance: 3 – 4 hours, 233 kms

Accommodation: Mughal Room, ITC Mughal
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 4: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Ranthambhore

This morning offers a real highlight with a sunrise visit to the iconic Taj Mahal. Built in memorial of Mumtaz Mahal, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan's beloved wife, this magnificent building is made entirely of marble and is decorated with elaborate geometric forms and inlay work that showcases plants, flower and fruit motifs.

After breakfast, your journey continues  into the countryside towards Ranthambhore National Park.  On route, you will stop for a guided tour of the fascinating ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri. The city was once the capital of the Mughal empire and includes a stunning mosque, which is still in use today. After the tour there’s a stop for a quick lunch before proceeding to Ranthambhore.

Approximate travel time and distance: 6 – 7 hours, 289 kms

Accommodation: Sawai Vilas
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
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Day 5: Ranthambore

If you love nature today is a special treat with 2 safari drives into Ranthambore National Park. Your jeep safari will take you through the rugged terrain which is home to a wild variety of wildlife including the elusive Bengal tiger. Originally a hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the park is now home to animals like the jackal, mongoose, sloth bear, leopard and of course, the tiger.

Your game drives are early in the morning and then again in early evening when temperatures are at their coolest and the animals are most active.

Accommodation: Sawai Vilas
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
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Day 6: Ranthambore - Jaipur

This morning you have another opportunity to enjoy a jeep safari in the national park before departing for the 4 hour journey to the Pink City of Jaipur where you will stay for two nights.

Jaipur is one of India’s best loved destinations and is home to the film ‘The Exotic Marigold Hotel’. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the hotel's facilities or maybe savour the atmosphere with a tuk tuk ride around the busy streets.

Approximate travel time and distance: 3 – 4 hours, 190 kms

Accommodation: ITC Rajputana
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 7: Jaipur

This morning you will visit the stunning 17th century hilltop Amber (Amer) Fort, set in the rugged hills just outside the city. As you ascend the fort by jeep there are striking views of the surrounding gorges and lake to enjoy. Inside the fort, the extensive Maharaja's apartments that are decorated with murals and mosaic and the glistening Hall of Mirrors are all worth exploring

In the afternoon, you will be taken through the colourful bazaars to see the Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds, built for the royal ladies to catch a glimpse of the outside world through delicate screened windows.  You will also visit the Royal Observatory or Jantar Mantar as it is known locally and the City Palace's collection of rare manuscripts, armoury and costumes.

The rest of the day is free for you to explore Jaipur and maybe pick up a bargain or two in the lively bazaars.

Accommodation: ITC Rajputana
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 8: Jaipur - Jodhpur

Today your adventure goes from Jaipur to Jodhpur on an a 5-6 hour journey which  embraces the cultural diversity of Rajasthan

As you travel through the heart of Rajasthan into the Thar Desert, take time to observe the forts and palaces which are dotted along the route.

Your stay in Jodhpur is for 2 nights.

Approximate travel time and distance: 6 hours, 330 kms

Accommodation: Ajit Bhawan Palace
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 9: Jodhpur

It’s an early start this morning for a jeep safari into the villages near Rohet. A village elder will guide you on this excursion to visit a Bishnoi family home. The Bishnois are ecologists and are largely responsible for the preservation of black buck, a type of endangered antelope that can be spotted in this area. You will also visit a Raikas (shepherds) home to learn more about their local customs and to enjoy their warm hospitality.

After lunch the day continues with a sightseeing tour of Jodhpur. You will be taken along the old city's maze of streets and lanes through gates, bastions and towers towards the majestic hill top Mehrangarh fort that contains one of Rajasthan's best museums. Here you can browse through a fine collection of Rajput miniature paintings, armoury and costumes before  stopping for a commanding view of this blue hued city from one of the ramparts. A quick stop at the Jaswant Thada, a white marble cenotaph of the royal family and a walk through the Sardar Bazaar with its Clock Tower of 1912 completes your tour of this imperial city that echoes with tales of its glorious past.

Accommodation: Ajit Bhawan Palace
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 10: Jodhpur - Udaipur

Your travels today take you to Udaipur. The 6 hour journey includes time to stop and admire the intricately carved Jain temple at Ranakpur. This exquisite temple has 1444 pillars, of which, no two of them are the same.

It’s then time for lunch at Maharani Bagh Orchards before setting off through the heart of Rajasthan into the Thar Desert. 

You will stay 2 nights in Udaipur which is known as the City of Lakes and is home to an array of lavish royal residences.

Approximate travel time and distance: 6 hours, 244 kms

Accommodation: Deluxe Garden View Room, The Trident
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
 
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Day 11: Udaipur

Udaipur is the former capital of the Mewar region, which was once ruled by the Sisodia clan. The city is a fascinating blend of sights, sounds and experiences. Its medley of fairy-tale palaces, temples, gardens and lakes, which are hemmed in by the lush Aravalli Hills, resonate its aristocratic past. On your half day tour of this royal city, you will visit the Sahelion-ki-bari (Garden of the Maids of Honour), the Jagdish Temple and the City Palace complex. This architectural marvel towers over the lake and is surrounded by crenelated walls which house a maze of courtyards, arched gateways and hanging gardens. The Mor Chowk with its exquisite peacock mosaics in glass is especially noteworthy.

Late afternoon, a boat ride on the 14th century Lake Pichola will take you past the facade of the impressive City Palace complex, heritage haveli's and bathing ghats as well as the many islands in the lake, including the Lake Palace Hotel and Jag Mandir.

Accommodation: Deluxe Garden View Room, The Trident
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Day 12: Udaipur - Mumbai

This morning is at leisure to enjoy Udaipur and stroll through the streets or maybe visit a bazaar.

In the afternoon you will be taken to Udaipur airport for your flight to Mumbai.

At Mumbai Airport you will be meet and transferred to your hotel for a 2 night stay.

Accommodation: The Trident Nariman Point
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 13: Mumbai

This morning a boat trip from the Gateway of India will take you to explore the awe inspiring Elephanta Caves. A renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Elephanta Caves are one of Mumbai’s most spectacular temple sites, boasting a precious collection of Hindu temple art. The Elephanta Cave Temples date back to 600 AD and are named after the elephant statue that once stood near the island’s shore. On your return there will be views of the Mumbai skyline including the Gateway of India and the Taj Palace Hotel.

Your action packed day continues with a tour of fast paced Mumbai in the afternoon, starting with the Gateway of India, which was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911. You will then visit the Prince of Wales Museum, which houses a priceless collection of art, sculpture and other antiques before passin by  the Victoria Terminus, Mumbai University and Rajabai Clock Tower. There is also a photo stop at Dhobi Ghat, the open-air laundry of the city.

Accommodation: The Trident Nariman Point
Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner
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Day 14: Departure from Mumbai

In plenty of time  you will be transferred to Mumbai Airport to board your return flight to UK.

If you wish you can extend your holiday. Options include a beach extension in Goa, a tour of South India or possibly a couple of extra days to explore Mumbai.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation

ITC Maurya, Delhi

A landmark in the capital city of India, the ITC Maurya is a 5 star hotel which has been has been the favoured accommodation by visiting heads of state and global icons for over 40 years. Situated in the diplomatic enclave of New Delhi it epitomizes the luxury hotel experience offering exemplary service and warm hospitality soaked in Indian traditions.

ITC Mughal, Agra

The luxurious ITC Mughal in Agra is the perfect accommodation after a day’s sightseeing at the nearby Taj Mahal. A tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past, you can expect splendour and opulence in every nook and cranny. To date, the ITC Mughal is the only Indian hotel to have won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architectural Excellence, in Asia, due to its impressive heritage architecture inspired by Mughal’s famous monuments, the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.

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Sawai Vilas, Ranthambore

A mere 10 minutes from the gates of Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Vilas is the perfect location to rest before or after exploring the neighbouring amazing haven of wildlife. Private villas nestled in the Aravalli Hills and surrounded by lush woodlands make for incredibly luxurious and serene accommodation.

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ITC Rajputana, Jaipur

Located in the heart of Jaipur, this 5 star luxury hotel was once the estate of the Prime Minister of Jaipur. The ITC Rajputana design and the royal atmosphere that guests can enjoy reflects everything that is splendid about Rajasthan.

The running water streams, the waterfall in the lobby, the ‘Wall of Mirrors’ and the ‘Bazaar’ selling goods prepared by local craftsmen have all been inspired by the forts and palaces of the region.

Ajit Bhawan, Jodhpur

Located in the heart of the Blue City, the Ajit Bhawan was introduced as India's first heritage hotel and a former home of Major General Maharaj Dhiraj Sir Ajit Singh Ji, the Maharaja's younger brother. This palatial property combines history and grandeur with modern amenities and offers everything you need for a restful stay in this thriving city.

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Trident, Udaipur

With beautiful views over serene Lake Pichola and the Aravalli mountain range, the Trident offers luxurious sanctuary after a hectic day’s sightseeing. Inside, you’ll find traditional artefacts and muted tones, all taking inspiration from Udaipur’s culture and architecture.

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The Trident Nariman Point, Mumbai

With stunning views of the promenade, ocean and the city skyline, the Trident Nariman Point is the perfect place to stay to discover Mumbai and its exciting surroundings. Spacious rooms with modern furnishings, a fantastic spa offering personalised treatments and a outdoor swimming pool with a view all await you. Dine in award-winning restaurants, have a lighter bite in the Veranda lounge or enjoy a drink in the Opium Den bar all in luxurious surroundings. 

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Destinations

Delhi

Busy, bustling and brimming with history, India’s capital city will leave a lasting impression. This city within cities is one of the three Golden Triangle destinations, and as a shopper’s paradise, history lover’s haven and foodie’s utopia, the delights of Delhi will appeal to everyone.

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Agra

Magical Agra is an unmissable destination on any tour to North India. Home to the world-famous Taj Mahal, the impressive sandstone Agra Fort and the ethereal ruins of the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, it’s a must for lovers of architecture, culture, history and photography.

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Ranthambore

An amazing sanctuary for all creatures great and small, Ranthambore National Park is a paradise for wildlife lovers and photographers. Here you’ll get the chance to spot the park’s famous diurnal tigers, along with blue bulls, chinkaras (Indian gazelles), crocodiles, hyena, leopards, sambar, spotted deer and tortoises. There are also 272 species of birds and almost 300 species of vegetation.

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Jaipur

Named the ‘Pink City’ due to its pink-hued buildings, Jaipur is a melting pot of hubbub and history. Meander through markets or pass camel carts on your way to visit the Amer Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), the imposing City Palace and the world’s largest stone sundial at Jantar Mantar.

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Jodhpur

Known as the Blue City due to its azure and cobalt-hued houses, Jodhpur is a popular destination offering number of forts, palaces and temples, along with shopping bazaars and delicious culinary delights. Don’t miss the chance to visit the impressive Mehrangarh Fort with its impressive courtyards and intricate carvings, or the peaceful Jawant Thada cenotaph with its gazebos, gardens and lake.

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Udaipur

Nicknamed the ‘City of Lakes’, Udaipur is home to the beautiful Lake Pichola, inspiration for Rudyard Kipling, and the magnificent Jagdish Temple. With forts, temples, palaces, galleries and green spaces to explore, you’ll be enthralled by this decadent destination that you might recognise from the James Bond film Octopussy.

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Mumbai

As the wealthiest city in India and home of Bollywood, cosmopolitan Mumbai is a hive of finance, commerce and traffic! There’s also plenty of culture nestled in amongst the fast-paced way of life, including the impressive Gateway of India, and the Elephanta Caves and Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Pricing & Inclusions

This IHighlights of North India Group Tour is available from Delhi on the following dates (prices per person):

Travel Dates & Tour Prices
Travel Dates Cost Per Person on Twin / Double Sharing Basis Single Room Supplement
14 Feb 2021 - 27 Feb 2021 £2290 £950
28 Feb 2021 - 13 Mar 2021 £2290 £950
14 Mar 2021 - 27 Mar 2021 £2290 £950
31 Oct 2021 - 13 Oct 2021 £2475 £990
14 Nov 2021 - 27 Nov 2021 £2475 £990
30 Jan 2022 - 12 Feb 2022 £2475 £990
13 Feb 2022 - 26 Feb 2022 £2475 £990
27 Feb 2022 - 12 Feb 2022 £2475 £990
13 Mar 2022 - 26 Mar 2022 £2475 £990

 

The prices quoted are without flights. If you would like us to arrange your flights, all the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. 

Authentic India Tours is a member of ABTA and ATOL. All the holidays on this website are ABTA protected. If you would like us to arrange your holiday including flights we will be happy to provide a quote and your holiday will also be ATOL protected.

This is a private tour and can be tailor-made to meet your exact requirements. Prices will vary depending on the number of people, length of tour, accommodation & season. Reductions are normally available for groups of three or more. Some hotels operate an additional peak pricing rate during busy times which is normally from mid December to mid January. 

Please get in touch with your dates and we will be pleased to provide you with your personal itinerary and accurate quote.

Included with this tour are the following:

  • Meet and greet assistance on all arrivals and departures.
  • All transfers and sightseeing tours using air-conditioned Toyota Innova.
  • Accommodation for 13 nights on double / twin sharing basis.
  • Economy class flight tickets for Udaipur - Mumbai travel. (Please note the luggage allowance on all domestic flights is only 15 kg per person. You have the option to by extra 5 kg or 10 kg as required).
  • Meal Plan:13 Breakfasts, Lunch on day 4, 5, 10 and dinner on day 1,13
  • English speaking guide for all sightseeing tours as per the itinerary.
  • All scheduled sightseeing expenses and entrance fees at museums, monuments and national parks.
  • Shared game drives at Ranthambore National Park.

Price does not include:

  • International / Domestic flight tickets
  • Travel insurance and visa
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, tips, beverages etc
  • Meals other than mentioned in the above meal plan
  • Camera & video fees at national parks, museums & monuments

Authentic India Tours is a member of ATOL and can provide ATOL protected holidays with flights. We recommend the following flights for these tours.

Suggested Flight
Flight Flight Code Departing Arriving
Virgin Atlantic VS 300 London Heathrow (LHR)
22:05
Delhi (DEL)
12:00
British Airways BA 355 Mumbai (BOM)
14:00
London Heathrow (LHR)
18:40
Call us for AIT specially negotiated flight fares

 

Prices mentioned above are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication may be subject to change, based on your date of travel and local market fluctuations. You will be informed of any price differences prior to booking.

For a quote based on your dates of travel, any alternative accommodation or changes to this itinerary, please call us on 01792 315499 or email us at info@aitholidays.com