A perfect introduction to the rich historical and cultural past of India. This cultural journey reveals the highlights of the fascinating and enigmatic region of North India. Start your journey with the bustling and contrasting Old and New Delhi, Continue to explore the pink city of Jaipur with its Mughal sights, Palace of the winds (Hawa Mahal), City Palace and the local bazaars (markets) before arriving in Agra- home to the world famous Taj Mahal. Next, explore the rustic charm of Gwalior fort and Orchha Palace. Journey on to the sacred citiies of Varanasi and Khajuraho, famed for its extraordinary temples carvings. No two places on this interesting tour are alike, and together they span many centuries of Indian history and form the backdrop to landmark events such as the birth of Buddhism, Mughal invasion and rule, epic Rajput battles and British imperialism.
You can take this Grand India Tour as is or use it as a starting point to create your own tailor made cultural tour to India. Consider including Golden Temple Amritsar and Ranthambore National Park for an epic journey to North India.
Overnight flight to Delhi
Transfer to your hotel. Sightseeing of New Delhi with your private guide visiting Qutab Minar, India Gate, Parliament House. First of two nights here.
Explore the sights in Old Delhi including visit to Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk and Red Fort. Spend the afternoon exploring or shopping with your chauffer car.
Morning drive to Jaipur. Evening at leisure. First of two nights in Jaipur.
Full day sightseeing visiting Amber Fort, City Palace & Jantar Mantar.
Drive to Agra enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri- a World Heritage site. First of two nights in Agra.
An early morning with a visit to the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Later explore Agra Fort and the Itmad-ud-daula with your private guide.
Drive to Gwalior. Explore Gwalior Fort and old palaces with exquisitely carved doorways and windows. Overnight stay in Gwalior.
Drive to Orchha. Visit the Orchha palace and the local temples. Overnight stay in Orchha.
Drive to Khajuraho. Afternoon sightseeing of Khajuraho. First of two nights in Khajuraho.
Visit to the famous temples with your private guide.
Visit to the famous temples with your private guide.
At dawn boat ride on the holy river Ganges amidst hectic religious activity followed by a walking tour of the old city, followed by visit to Sarnath.
Morning at leisure. Afternoon train for Lucknow. First of two nights in Lucknow.
Sightseeing of city of Lucknow with your private guide.
Fly back home
Thank you very much for organising such a great holiday. The itinerary was brilliant and everything worked very well and there was always an agent to meet us on arrival at our next destinations. We all thoroughly enjoyed it and it has wetted our appetites to visit India again. We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Indian Odyssey to any of our friends.
We returned home from India last week and just wanted to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed our Indian holiday with excellent co-ordination from your company throughout. We had a superb driver and some lovely enthusiastic guides, save for one poor guide in Jodhpur
. Our holiday was one of the most vibrant, colourful and cultural experiences ever with delicious varied food. Apart from the stunning Taj Mahal, we loved the beautiful Mehrangarh Fort and the larger Ranakpur temple was simply a/awesome! Udaipur was a delightful and restful city for our final destination with fabulous views of the lakes and away from the constant tooting of horns! Thank you for treating us to three evening meals – all very good and we ate both nights on the terrace at Ratan Vilas – super Haveli. We will return again and Sri Lanka also appeals as another vibrant and beautiful country to visit.
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