Spirit of India

From £3,149
Duration 13 Days
Departures from Jan 2022 - Nov 2022
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From £3,149
Duration 13 Days
Departures from Jan 2022 - Nov 2022
Tour Overview

Tour Old Delhi, enjoy a boat ride on the sacred River Ganges and visits to the shimmering Taj Mahal, Amber Fort and Khajuraho Temples are among the highlights of this unforgettable holiday, which also includes the chance to search for the elusive tiger.

  • Classic Touring
  • Flight Choices
  • Half Board
  • Max Group Size 30

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Return flights from Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic
  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK
  • 11 nights in 4 & 5-star hotels, plus 1 night in flight
  • 25 meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Welcome drink
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Old Delhi tour
  • Khajuraho temples
  • Agra Fort
  • Taj Mahal
  • Fatehpur Sikri visit
  • Game drives in Ranthambore
  • Amber Fort & Jaipur
  • Aarti ceremony
  • Boat ride on River Ganges
  • Varanasi & Sarnath
  • Local Flavours - Enjoy a lassi in Jaipur

Itinerary

Day 1 UK to Delhi

​You'll fly to Delhi today, arriving on day 2.​

Day 2 Delhi

Today is free for you to explore Delhi at your leisure. This evening we will meet for a welcome dinner for the chance to meet your travelling companions. 

Meals included: D

Day 3 Delhi to Jaipur

Established in the 17th century and today surrounded by the remains of the city walls, Old Delhi epitomises stereotypical India. Temples and mosques fill every available space and vibrant bazaars and tempting food stalls flood the narrow lanes with colour and heady scents. You'll also see Raj Ghat, the cremation grounds of Mahatma Gandhi. We drive to heritage rich Jaipur this afternoon. Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Jaipur

Jaipur is home to the magnificent Amber Fort. We'll visit it this morning to explore the inner and outer workings of the fortress and its surroundings. A traditional lunch will be served in majestic surroundings as we dine with the family connected to the 17th century Sankotra Haveli. This is a special experience as we savour exceptional cuisine, wear traditional dress and learn first hand the history of one of India's most noted families. Jaipur is affectionately known as the 'pink city'. The buildings here were painted pink by Maharaja's decree to imitate the red sandstone architecture of Mughal cities. A highlight is the City Palace, which we visit this afternoon.
Whilst in Jaipur you will also be served a glass of Lassi, a blend of water, yogurt, spices and sometimes fruit. The drink, traditionally served in earthern pots to add an unique aroma, is topped with a thick layer of malai leaving you refreshed and surprisingly full!

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 5 Jaipur to Ranthambore

Drive through memorable scenery to Ranthambore - considered to be the best game reserve in India - to look for the country's famous tigers. We include a game drive this afternoon. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 6 Ranthambore

Join an early morning safari for another chance to experience the wildlife and hopefully spot a tiger. In the morning you can also take a trip into a local village on a camel cart. Then relax over lunch, before having the chance to take another (optional) game drive.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 7 Ranthambore to Agra

This morning we board the Jan Shatabdi Express for the journey to Bharatpur and then continue by coach to Agra. We pause at the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri on our way. Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Agra

The Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shan Jahan as a symbol of his love for his wife. The sight of this magnificent mausoleum is certain to surpass all your expectations. Close by is Mehtab Bagh, a centuries-old garden complex, which sits on the other side of the river. You'll get to see the Taj Mahal from here too, for equally splendid views. This afternoon we head to the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort. This powerful fortress was the imperial city of the Mogul rulers. The Mohabbat Taj Show, a saga of love, creates a fitting finale to our day.

Meals included: B,D

Day 9 Khajuraho

We take to the railway again today for a scenic journey between Agra and Jhansi, and then rejoin our coach to head to Khajuraho.

Meals included: B,D

Day 10 Khajuraho to Varanasi

Khajuraho is home to world-famous temples, which we will visit as part of a sightseeing tour of the city. Later today, we fly to Varanasi. Situated on the banks of the sacred River Ganges, Varanasi is colourful, chaotic and one of Hinduism's holiest cities. To get the most out of your time here, you need to experience the city with an open mind. Its principal attraction is the bathing ghats that line the west bank of the Ganges, where Hindus bathe in the water to cleanse themselves of sin.
This evening we offer the opportunity to watch a traditional arti ceremony, which involves an offering of light, food, water and flowers to the deities. It is considered a fundamental part of the Hindu faith.

Meals included: B,D

Day 11 Varanasi

We rise before the sun this morning to sail along the Ganges and see devout Hindus bathing and praying beneath the rising sun. We head back to the hotel for breakfast before enjoying a short tour of Varanasi. This afternoon we visit the ruined city of Sarnath. This is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists as it was here that Buddha gave his first sermon. Meals included: B,D

Day 12 Varanasi to Delhi

Relax this morning or take the time to enjoy some final sightseeing before your afternoon flight to Delhi. Join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner this evening.

Meals included: B,D

Day 13 Delhi to UK

​We'll transfer to the airport for our return flight to the UK.​

Meals included: B

Additional Information

Add-On

Amritsar add-on

3 nights

You can extend your holiday with this 3-night extension, staying in Amritsar for two nights and in Delhi for 1 night on a half-board basis. We include a tour of Amritsar and a visit to the Golden Temple. You'll also attend the Wagah border ceremony. Price is a supplement to the quoted holiday price. You will be accompanied by a Tour Manager.

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

The Grand

Crowne Plaza

Jungle Villas

The 4* Jungle Villas, Ranthambore is located in 10 acres of natural forest close to Ranthambore National Park. It offers an outdoor pool and spa center as well as an onsite restaurant. Each bedroom has its individual style and has modern amenities such as a kettle and private bathroom with extras such as bathrobes, slippers and toiletries. The hotel has a 24 hour reception.

Radisson Hotel

Mint Bundela Resort

Hotel Madin

Hotel Madin is a property that has been rated as providing the best value in the city. There is an in-house restaurant, a fitness centre as well as a terrace area where guests can enjoy views of Varanasi. The air-conditioned rooms are furnished with a kettle, a flat screen TV as well private facilities. There is free WiFi and room service is also available.

The Grand

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