Traditions & Colours of India
Old Delhi • The Ganges • Desert Safari • Tigers of Ranthambhore
Journey deep in rural India. From a tribal tour in blue-painted Jodhpur, cruising on the Ganges, to desert camping and a tiger safari. This comprehensive tour of North India will surprise and delight you from start to finish.
Day 1: Delhi You will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Delhi > Varanasi Tour the highlights of Old and New Delhi today including a rickshaw ride to iconic spice markets. Later, fly to Varanasi.
Day 3: Varanasi Enjoy a sunrise cruise on the Ganges and witness morning rituals at the riverside 'ghats'. Enjoy a heritage walk of the city.
Day 4: Varanasi > Agra Fly to Agra and visit Red Fort. See sunset views of the Taj Mahal.
Day 5: Agra > Ranthambhore Horse chariot to the Taj Mahal for a tour. Later, train to Ranthambore.
Day 6: Ranthambhore National Park Today enjoy two game-viewing excursions with naturalist guides.
Day 7: Ranthambhore > Jaipur Drive to Jaipur. Tonight, watch a Bollywood blockbuster at a heritage cinema.
Day 8: Jaipur Sunrise hot air balloon ride followed by a tour of the city including Amber Fort and City Palace. Enjoy a cooking class for dinner.
Day 9: Jaipur > The Real Exotic Marigold Hotel Fly to Udaipur and transfer to Khempur. Check in at the real-life 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' and enjoy a village tour.
Day 10: Khempur > Udaipur Day at leisure in Udaipur. Sunset viewing at Monsoon Palace.
Day 11: Udaipur Tour the highlights of Udaipur, including a sunset cruise.
Day 12: Udaipur > Narlai Village Drive to Narlai village. Explore the village before a candlelight dinner in the historic 16th century step-well.
Day 13: Narlai Village > Jodhpur Travel to Jodhpur. Explore the city with its temples, bazaars, and blue-washed houses. Jeep safari to Bishnoi Village.
Day 14: Jodhpur > Jaisalmer Drive to Jaisalmer, deep in India's Thar Desert. Camp overnight.
Days 15 & 16: Jaisalmer > Bikaner Visit the Jaisalmer Fort, built in 1156. Bird-watching at Gadsisar Lake is followed by a walking tour, a sunset desert safari via the 'haunted village' of Kuldhara, dinner, and tribal dances. The next day, drive to Bikaner and tour the unique Rajasthani-European architecture. Visit a camel farm and an authentic Bikaneri bazaar.
Day 17: Bikaner > Mandawa Travel to Mandawa and explore its 18th century fort, walls painted with stunning frescoes - as seen throughout the town.
Days 18 & 19: Mandawa > Delhi Arrive in Delhi. Enjoy a live Bollywood musical in the evening. The following day, transfer to the airport.
• Tailor-made journey with English-speaking local guides • 18 nights' accommodation • Transfers by air-conditioned car • Flights Delhi > Varanasi > Agra • First class train tickets Agra > Ranthambore • Sightseeing and entrance fees • 18 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 6 Dinners • Local taxes
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Booking conditions Please note the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays. Surcharges may apply over certain holidays, enquire for more information.
Please note the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays. Surcharges may apply over certain holidays, enquire for more information.