Spirit of India

From £2,699
Duration 13 Days
Departures from Feb 2020 - Nov 2020
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From £2,699
Duration 13 Days
Departures from Feb 2020 - Nov 2020
Tour Overview

​This tour of northern India includes so many incredible highlights as you discover the essence of this amazing destination. Sightseeing in New and Old Delhi takes in the iconic India Gate, the Raj Ghat memorial to Mahatma Gandhi and vibrant bazaars which fill the thronging streets with heady aromas and vibrant colours. In the 'pink city' of Jaipur, visit the magnificent Amber Fort and dine in the majestic surroundings of a 17th century haveli. Ranthambore is considered India's best game reserve, and on an included and optional safari here, you can search for the elusive tiger. Next, you can relax aboard the Jan Shatabdi Express as you journey to Agra, where you'll view the extraordinary Taj Mahal and the imposing Agra Fort. Your final destination is Varanasi, which sits on the banks of the sacred River Ganges. Here, you'll have the chance to watch a traditional arti ceremony, when food and flowers are offered to the deities. Before heading back to Delhi, visit the ruined city of Sarnath, where Buddha is said to have given his first sermon.

  • Classic Touring
  • Half Board
  • Flight Choices
  • 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 and 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
  • New Delhi
  • Amber Fort & Jaipur
  • Game drives in Ranthambore
  • Fatehpur Sikri visit
  • Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
  • Khajuraho Temples
  • Arti ceremony
  • Boat ride on River Ganges
  • Varanasi & Sarnath

Itinerary

Day 1 UK to Delhi

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

Day 2 New Delhi

New Delhi was created by the British as India's capital in 1911. We include a tour today which calls at Qutub Minar. The lifestyle in New Delhi is in stark contrast to that of Old Delhi and this becomes apparent as we drive through the diplomatic quarter. Opulent architecture lines the streets, with the official residence of the President and the Indian Gate as its crowning glory. Compare your experiences of the day and get to know your fellow travellers over dinner this evening.

Meals included: D

Day 3 Khajuraho

Our exploration of India begins as we travel from Delhi to the ancient city of Khajuraho, home to world-famous temples, built during the Chandella dynasty.
This evening you have the opportunity to watch an optional Kandariya classical dance show. 

Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Agra

After an early breakfast, we'll visit the Khajuraho temples. Said to have been built in the 10th and 11th centuries, these beautiful temples are adorned with intricately carved sculptures of nymphs, musicians and erotic figures.
We'll then drive to the station in Jhansi and board a train for the scenic journey to Agra.

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Agra

This morning we head to the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort. This powerful fortress was the imperial city of the Mogul rulers and within its walls stand spectacular palaces and courtyards. 
Later, we'll visit Mehtab Bagh, a centuries-old garden complex, on the opposite side of the river to the Taj Mahal. Be sure to remember your camera, as you'll get a splendid view of the world-famous monument from here. 
Back at the hotel you've time to relax before the Mohabbat Taj Show, a saga of love, creates a fitting finale to our day.

Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Ranthambore

The Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shan Jahan as a symbol of his love for his wife, and today's visit at sunrise is sure to be a highlight of your holiday.
Later we'll travel by coach to Bharatpur, pausing at the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri on our way. Our journey continues by train to Sawai Madhopur, your gateway to Ranthambore National Park.

Meals included: B,D

Day 7 Ranthambore

Ranthambore is considered to be one of the best game reserves in India. We'll experience the wildlife and look for the country's famous tigers on today's early morning safari. Enjoy some time to relax at the hotel, then join another included game drive this afternoon.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 8 Jaipur

You've another chance to go in search of wildlife and tigers on today's optional early morning game drive. Breakfast will be served back at the hotel, and afterwards you can take a trip into a local village on a camel cart if you wish.
This afternoon we take to the road once more and drive through memorable scenery to Jaipur.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 9 Jaipur

Jaipur is home to the magnificent Amber Fort. We visit in the early morning, when we can enjoy cooler temperatures, fewer people and softer light as we 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.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 10 Varanasi

Today we take an early morning flight 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 aarti 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 Delhi

After flying back to India's capital this morning, we'll head to Old Delhi for a tour. Established in the 17th century and today surrounded by the remains of the city walls, Old Delhi epitomises stereotypical India. Within its labyrinth of alleyways, and beneath simply constructed shelters, families raise their children and earn a living. 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 and Humayun's Tomb.
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 at the Holiday Inn Amritsar for two nights (half board basis)  and the Holiday Inn Aerocity in Delhi for 1 night (Bed and Breakfast 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.

  1. Memorable Moment

    Explore the spiritual hub of Varanasi and watch devotees bathe in the sacred waters of the Ganges.

Accommodation

Radisson Blu Dwarka

Guests of the 5 star Radisson Blu can really look forward to taking advantage of the brilliant facilities and service on offer. The hotel boasts an outdoor pool, a fitness centre, salon and spa. There are three onsite restaurants offering a varied selection of cuisines. The contemporarily styled rooms are furnished with a TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities. The private facilities come equipped with a hairdryer and complementary toiletries. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi.

Radisson Jass Hotel Khajuraho

The Radisson Khajuraho is ideal for exploring the temples of the area, temples are what the area is famed for. Hotel facilities include a restaurant and bar, currency exchange and fitness centre.

Ramada Plaza Agra

The Ramada Plaza Agra is a contemporarily styled property that also offers a great location – being less than 4 miles from the Taj Mahal. The fantastic facilities and services on offer will also ensure guests have a great stay. There is an outdoor pool, fitness centre as well as a shared lounge area. Guests can dine at the in-house restaurant and grab a drink at the bar. Rooms are fitted with a flat screen TV, kettle, and minibar. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi and complementary toiletries.

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.

Ramada Jaipur

The 4-star Ramada Hotel Jaipur is located in the heart of the ''Pink City''.

Hotel facilities include a choice of restaurants, bar, swimming pool, gym and spa. Bedrooms have private facilities, tea/coffee maker, TV and mini-bar.

Radisson Hotel Varanasi

The Radisson Varanasi is situated in what is considered the spiritual capital of India, Varanasi, and located just 4km from the spiritual river Ganges. Hotel facilities include 4 restaurants, a currency exchange and gift shop. Room facilities include large TV’s, a digital safe and free of charge Wi-Fi.