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North India Cultural Highlights

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.

FROM $10,600 PER PERSON
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DURATION

10 days | 9 nights

DESTINATIONS

India

INTERESTS

Architecture,
UNESCO

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • See the stark contrast between ancient and modern Delhi
  • Watch the sun rise and set over the symbol of eternal love, the Taj Mahal
  • Observe exotic wild animals in their natural habitat at Panna National Park
  • Take a cruise down India’s most well-known river, the Ganges

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Experience the cultural wonders of Northern India with our 10-day luxury North India Cultural Highlights itinerary. Starting in Delhi, you’ll visit the old city as well as the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Khajuraho, Panna National Park, and the Ganges at Varanasi, all while staying in some of the country’s finest hotels. 

DAY-TO-DAY

DAY 1: New Delhi

Arrive in the Indian capital of New Delhi, and take in the vibrant city’s sights and smells. Transfer to one of our three recommended luxury hotels, either The Lodhi, Oberoi Gurgaon, or Imperial Hotel, and settle in. You may enjoy free time for the rest of the day, exploring your hotel and its nearby surroundings. 

DAY 2: New Delhi

Today you’ll learn all about the history and present of New Delhi, on a full-day tour of Old and New Delhi. You’ll visit can’t-miss spots like Qutub Minar, the tallest minaret in India and a UNESCO heritage site, the Laxminarayan Temple, India Gate, the country’s national monument, and more. See the city’s more modern side as well with a trip to its National Gallery of Modern Art, and enjoy a bit of retail therapy at its world-class shops.

DAY 3: Agra

After breakfast this morning, check out of your hotel and hop into a comfortable vehicle for your first Indian road trip, this one heading to Agra. Agra is around 3.5 hours away and sits on the banks of the river Yamuna, and is home to the famous world heritage site, Taj Mahal. Head there for sunset today, when the structure is at its finest (especially for photos). The palace was commissioned by Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his third wife, who passed away in the 17th-century. Relax afterwards at your luxury suite at Oberoi Amarvilas. 

DAY 4: Agra

Wake up bright and early to catch the sunrise over the Taj Mahal, before the throngs of tourists arrive. Next, visit Fatehpur Sikri, a city founded in the 16th-century by a Mughal Emperor, followed by a trip to Agra Fort, another UNESCO heritage site. Agra Fort is so big, it’s often referred to as a walled city, and is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

DAY 5: Panna National Park

Take the train to Jhansi, where you’ll continue your journey by road, driving to Orchha. Orchha has a medieval feel to it, with structures so well-preserved, they seem to have been frozen in time. See for yourself by visiting Orchha Fort, Palace, and Hindu temples. Then hop back in the car and drive to Panna National Park, where you’ll check in to one of our two recommended luxury hotels, Sarai at Toria or Taj Pashan Garh.

DAY 6: Panna National Park

Start your day off with a refreshing and thrilling morning jeep safari, where you’re likely to spot some of Panna’s exotic animals perusing their natural habitat. Enjoy a leisurely cruise down the Ken river this afternoon, before heading back to your hotel and relaxing for the evening.

DAY 7: Panna National Park

Today you’ll spend a full day at Khajuraho, one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions. Pay a visit to the Khajuraho Group of Monuments, the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, particularly well-known for their erotic sculptures. Relax at your hotel upon your return.

DAY 8: Varanasi

Take off for Varanasi today, on the banks of the River Ganges. Explore India’s most well-known river this afternoon on a Ganges River cruise. This evening, observe the legendary Ganga Aarti at the Dashashwamedh ghat, involving choreographed pyrotechnics.

DAY 9: Varanasi

Enjoy a morning boat ride, followed by a stroll through Varanasi’s lanes, checking out the charming shops, restaurants, and observing local life. Visit a wrestling Akhara and check out the traditional spiritual form of martial arts practiced there. This afternoon, visit Sarnath, a deer park that holds particular significance for Buddhists due to its history.

DAY 10: New Delhi

Today, your last day on your luxury North India Cultural Journey itinerary, fly to New Delhi, and check in for your next destination. 

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