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Spirit Of India

Asia
  • Duration: 13 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUSSLIND

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air
  • 4 star hotel
  • Excursions: 8

​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.

​Experience the magnificence of the Taj Mahal and the Amber Fort before you search for tigers in Ranthambore and discover the sacred River Ganges.

PRICE FROM ? £2599 per person
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What's Included

​Just You Tour Manager as your host
Return flights from Heathrow with Jet Airways
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

PLUS
Welcome drink
Overseas transfers & other transportation
Porterage
Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports

​Old Delhi
New Delhi
Amber Fort & Jaipur
Game drive in Ranthambore
Fatehpur Sikri visit
Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
Khajuraho Temples
Arti ceremony
Boat ride on River Ganges
Varanasi & Sarnath

Not Included

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 Humayun's Tomb and 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​.
  • Day 3 Old Delhi
  • ​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. On our tour today you'll also see Raj Ghat, the cremation grounds of Mahatma Gandhi. We drive to heritage rich Jaipur this afternoon.​
  • Day 4 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. Central landmarks are the City Palace and the Hawe Mahal, and we visit both this afternoon.​
  • Day 5 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.
  • 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.
  • Day 7 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.​
  • 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. We visit in the morning when there are fewer people here. 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.

  • 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​.
  • Day 10 Varanasi
  • Khajuraho is home to world-famous temples, which we will visit as part of a sightseeing tour of the city. This afternoon 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.​
  • 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.
  • Day 12 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​.
  • Day 13 Delhi to UK
  • ​We'll transfer to the airport for our return flight to the UK.​
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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.
    • Sarovar Premiere Jaipur
    • Sarovar Premier Jaipur, couples together elegant décor with a variety of first-rate facilities and services. Guests can enjoy delicious food at the in-house restaurant, have drinks at the hotel’s bar or choose to unwind in the outdoor swimming pool. The property also boasts complementary WIFI and a 24-hour reception desk.
    • Jungle Villas
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
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Optional Excursions

​Kandariya Dance Show
Additional safari in Ranthambore
Sherpur village tour by camel cart

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Further Information

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