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Explore India's magnificent temples and spiritual cities, and go in search of its beautiful tigers in Bandhavgarh National Park.

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  • A private guide accompanying you from arrival to departure
  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Private transfers and domestic flights
  • Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
  • Tiger safari in Bandhavgarh
  • Boat ride along the River Ganges
  • Sunrise and sunset visits to the Taj Mahal
  • Visit the temples at Khajuraho
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At a glance

India is home to some of the world’s most fascinating architecture, reflecting its rich culture and many faiths. Explore its multitude of temples, including the world-famous Taj Mahal, and get under the skin of the fascinating cities of Delhi and Varanasi. You’ll also go in search of majestic tigers in Bandhavgarh, a jewel of a national park that has what is believed to be the highest density of Bengal tigers in the country. To make your trip as relaxing as possible, you will be accompanied the whole way by your very own expert guide and assisted with all your transfers, check ins and flights.

Your Indian discovery starts in the bustling capital of Delhi, where you’ll get to explore the old and new quarters, each with their own identity. Marvel at the Qutb Minar, the tallest brick minaret in the world, and visit Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi’s first Mughal mausoleum while all the time experiencing the energy of this thriving metropolis.

It’s then out of the city and into the wild at Bandhavgarh National Park. You’ll spend two full days tracking these beautiful animals and exploring the park, filled with crumbling ruins, herds of deer and flocks of colourful birds. When you’re not out on game drives, your luxury safari lodge is the perfect place to relax with a book, take a dip in the pool or dine out under the stars. From national parks to national treasures, your next stop brings you to the magnificent temples of Khajuraho, famous for their intricate and erotic carvings.

Varanasi is India’s spiritual capital and described by Mark Twain as “older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend”. The city sits on the banks of the mighty River Ganges and you’ll navigate its waters by boat, passing locals and pilgrims performing their ablutions. You’ll also discover the havelis and temples of the old city and learn about the historic and holy traditions of this remarkable place.

Your final stop on this epic exploration is Agra and the Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest symbol of love. You’ll visit at both sunrise and sunset to see this magnificent structure at its most beautiful and you’ll soon realise why it is one of the world’s most evocative sights.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-3

Delhi

Airport assistance at Delhi Airport Airport assistance at Delhi Airport

On exiting the aircraft, you will be met and assisted through the airport’s immigration and baggage reclaim.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Delhi with guide

Accommodation in Delhi

Two nights in Delhi Two nights in Delhi

With a population of over 18 million, Delhi is an international metropolis. Perhaps daunting at first sight, a little exploring soon reveals a rich, diverse and fascinating culture. Throughout most of its history, it has served as the capital of various kingdoms and empires, captured and rebuilt time and time again. Every dynasty left its mark and as you start to explore, you’ll discover reminders and relics from this colossal game of pass the parcel.

As well as centuries worth of history to explore, Delhi is also one of the best places in India to shop, try the many different styles of food and experience the buzz of a city where its millions of inhabitants are going about their daily business. And if weaving your way in and out of the rickshaws and cyclists ever starts to get too much, turn the corner and you’ll find a tranquil garden or a quiet enclave in which to stop, gather your thoughts and recharge.

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Old Delhi tour Old Delhi tour

In complete contrast to the new city, the old city is a labyrinthine maze of lanes overhung by a tangled mass of electric wires. Within this chaos lies a semblance of order – each lane in this area is dedicated to a particular item, rather like a department store. There are lanes selling bangles, grocers, items used in weddings, silverware, clothes, spices and shoes. Sharing the same space are vendors with carts selling a variety of items, street side dentists, natural healers and cobblers. The old city has space for all professions. You will explore the old city in cycle rickshaws and will also walk along some of the more interesting alleys.

New Delhi tour New Delhi tour

Explore New Delhi, an area within Delhi built as the seat of the British Indian government in the early twentieth century. Much of the design was by architect Edwins Lutyens, and thus it is referred to as Lutyens' Delhi, who invented his own order of classical architecture. There are grand buildings, such as Rashtrapati Bhavan (formerly known as Viceroy’s House), as well as the Lutyens Bungalow Zone, a green area of residential buildings that has the most expensive real estate in India and possibly the world. You’ll also see Humayun's Tomb, built in 1570 as the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent.

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Qutb Minar and Humanyun's Tomb Qutb Minar and Humanyun's Tomb

Visit the immense Qutb Minar - at 72.5m (238 feet) in height, the tallest brick minaret in the world. The intricate tower was built in 1199AD to commemorate victory over the Rajput king, marking beginning of Muslim rule in India. Qutb Minar and the complex around it form the Qutb Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site the contains other structures in the complex include the Alai Gate, the Alai Minar, the Iron Pillar and the ruins of several earlier Jain temples.

You'll also see Humayun's Tomb, commissioned in 1569 by the Mugal Emperor's son Akbar as the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, starting a fashion that would culminate in the Taj Mahal.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Delhi airport with guide

Flight

Flight from Delhi to Jabalpur

Days 3-6

Bandhavgarh

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Bandhavgarh National Park with guide

Accommodation in Bandhavgarh

Tiger safari in Bandhavgarh National Park Tiger safari in Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park is one of India’s most popular national parks and hosts what is thought to be the highest densities of Bengal tiger in the country. Cave paintings and the ancient ruined fort from which the park takes its name are thought to be 2000 years old and the forests were long maintained as a preserve for the Maharajas and their guests. Habitats here range from rugged hills to wide open valleys splitting grasslands flanked by Sal forests and bamboo thickets. There is a rich biodiversity to be found, and along with tiger the park is home to leopard, sloth bear, dhole (Asian wild dog), the four-horned chousingha, immense gaur Indian bison, spotted deer, nilgai and even the occasional Indian wolf. There are also well over 150 bird species to spot, including pairs of graceful sarus cranes.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Khajuraho with guide

Days 6-7

Khajuraho

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Khajuraho with guide

Accommodation in Khajuraho

One night in Khajuraho One night in Khajuraho

The small town of Khajuraho is home to a remarkable collection of temples, famous for their erotic carvings. Built by the Chandella dynasty between 950 and 1050, the temples were abandoned after the demise of the regime at the hands of the Delhi Sultanate. They became swallowed by the surrounding jungle and lay hidden until they were rediscovered by the British in 1883. Although predominantly representing the Hindu faith, there are a number of temples dedicated to Jainism, and discovering the intricate details of each and every one is part of the fun of a visit here.

Explore the Khajuraho temples Explore the Khajuraho temples

Today you will visit the most significant temples in this magnificent complex. The jewel of the western group is the Kandariya Mahadev temple which is known for its exquisite sculptural embellishments.

You will also visit the eastern group. The most remarkable among this temple group is the Parsvanatha temple build in AD 975 and known for its three exquisite sculptures of aspsaras - celestial nymphs in Hindu mythology. It is also known for its intricately carved ceiling pendants.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Khajuraho airport with guide

Flight

Flight from Khajuraho to Varanasi

Days 7-9

Varanasi

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Varanasi with guide

Accommodation in Varanasi

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Two nights in Varanasi Two nights in Varanasi

An ancient settlement on the banks of the Ganges, Varanasi is India’s spiritual capital and important among numerous faiths. Varanasi’s 84 ghats - stone embankments that step down into the river- are its most iconic sight. Most are crowded with pilgrims performing ritual ablutions in the river waters while a few are used solely for cremation. Sublime and sometimes shocking to visitors, the whole experience is utterly unforgettable.
The rest of city is home to some 23,000 temples, the sandstone Ramnagar Fort and numerous centres of education, philosophy, music and art. Small-scale industries and household production employ most of Varanasi’s residents and its winding alleyways are one of the best places to find fine silks, carpets and crafts.

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Ganges boat ride and old city walking tour Ganges boat ride and old city walking tour

This morning you will be taken for a boat ride on the River Ganges. After the boat ride you will meet a local expert on the ghats who will lead you on a private walking tour in the old city. On this walk you will see the back alleys, old havelis, temples, labyrinth of streets, street vendors and pilgrims that line the banks of the Ganges.

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Tour of Sarnath Tour of Sarnath

Head out of Varanasi to visit the sacred site of Sarnath. It is here that Buddha is believed to have set in motion what Buddhists call the Wheel of Dharma by delivering his first sermon to the five companions with whom he had sought enlightenment. Together with him, they formed the first sangha, or company of Buddhist monks. You'll explore the ancient stupas and make a visit to the small but excellent museum at the site.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Varanasi airport with guide

Flight

Flight from Varanasi - Agra

Days 9-11

Agra and the Taj Mahal

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Agra

Accommodation in Agra and the Taj Mahal

Two nights in Agra Two nights in Agra

It has graced the pages of books for centuries but nothing quite prepares you for seeing the Taj Mahal for the very fist time. The ultimate symbol of eternal love, this is one of India's most memorable and emotive sights. The Taj Mahal sits on the banks of the holy Yamuna River within 42 acres of beautiful gardens. The domed mausoleum sits 52m above the river bank, surrounded by minarets on all four sides. It is flanked by a mosque and a guest house, both made from red sandstone and mirror images of each other. There is no denying that the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is one of the main reasons people visit Agra. However, it’s well worth lingering to explore the city’s magnificent fort that lies just 3km to the west.

Taj Mahal, Agra, India in the lights of the sunset.
Sunset visit to the Taj Mahal Sunset visit to the Taj Mahal

Visiting the Taj Mahal at sunset is a truly magical experience, as the light plays on the marble of the tomb and its reflection shimmers in the water. Heartbroken after the death of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, during the birth of their 14th child, Shah Jahan set about building the world’s most beautiful monument in her honour. It took a workforce of more than 20,000 men 22 years to build, painstakingly making sure every slab of marble, precious stone and stroke of calligraphy was perfect. It is undoubtedly one of the most impressive sights on earth and the world's greatest symbol of love.

Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal

As the light changes, so too does the colour of the Taj Mahal. One of the best times to visit is in the early hours when it is bathed in the ethereal glow of the morning light.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Delhi airport with guide

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