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The Golden Triangle is a great starting point for anyone visiting India for the first time. The journey is made up of three of the most visited cities in north India – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, offering a fantastic combination of history and culture.
Only after stepping foot in India will you realise that Indian cuisine, as you know it, just doesn’t exist. To paint both the delicate and punchy flavours of India with the same broad brushstroke overlooks the smorgasbord of dishes on offer from north to south. Tried and tested recipes balance coriander, cumin and cardamom with almost scientific precision, guaranteeing a culinary experience you will never forget.
Enjoy a sneak peek into daily life in India by staying at a haveli or in a homestay. If only for a few nights, you will be shoehorned into a family, enjoying traditional Indian hospitality, sampling home cooked food and exploring the path less travelled. Staying at one of these unique lodgings will give you an incredible insight into real India, and you will be welcomed with open arms by hosts whose wealth of local knowledge knows no bounds. Coming in all shapes and sizes, from plantation bungalows to historic houses, majestic forts and charming cottages, a short stay in one of these unique properties allows you to immerse yourself in India rather than simply visit it.
Holy Rivers and Temples
Delhi, Agra, Chambal, Gwalior, Panna National Park, Varanasi
Best for: Culture History, Imagine Favourites, Wildlife
Discover India’s spiritual side on this two week trip through some of India’s most holy destinations and sacred temples whilst staying at a fantastic selection of hotels to create an experience that is both relaxing and enlightening.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
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The birthplace of four of the world’s major religions, India is dotted with sacred shrines and religious symbols in all manner of forms. This two week itinerary takes you explore some of the most impressive expressions of religion and spirituality in north India, visiting the architecturally wondrous and intricately carved temples of Orchha and Khajuraho, the sacred river Ganges, and India’s most spiritual city of Varanasi. We have also included some other delights of the region, including the Taj Mahal, the stunning Gwalior Fort and wildlife safaris in Chambal and Panna National Park. This itinerary is perfect for those with an interest to discover India’s culture, divinity and wildlife, whilst mixing some well known highlights with a lesser known gems.
Days 1 - 3 : Delhi
The trip starts in India’s vibrant capital city of Delhi. Upon arrival, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to the Claridges, a small and elegant hotel in an ideal location for exploring the city. That afternoon is at your leisure to settle in at the hotel, or a guided tour of Delhi’s beautiful garden tombs and the Lodi Gardens can be arranged. The following morning, you will be taken by a local guide to the vibrant and bustling Bazaars of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, before spending the afternoon exploring the attractions of New Delhi including Humayun’s Tomb and Qutb Minar.
Days 3 - 5 : Delhi
Day 5 - 6 : Agra, India
Stay at Trident Agra for 1 night
On the morning of day three, you will be transferred to Delhi’s train station in time to the catch a short two hour train to Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal. After checking in to the Trident hotel, the day will be spent touring Agra with a local specialist guide, visiting the impressive Agra Fort and the Mehtab Bagh, a grand park that enjoys spectacular views across the Yamuna River of the Taj Mahal. The following morning you will make your way to the Taj Mahal for sunrise. Although an early start, it is the best time of day to take in this magnificent mausoleum in all its splendour and you avoid the crowds that arrive later in the day.
Days 6 - 8 : Chambal, India
Stay at Chambal Safari Lodge for 2 nights
After breakfast in Agra, you will be driven approximately one hour to Chambal Safari Lodge, a charming property in the heart of the National Chambal Sanctuary. Spend that afternoon and the following day exploring the surroundings of the lodge. Spot a wide array of wildlife amongst Chambal’s jagged ravines and gentle waters on night walks, jeep safaris, river safaris or even camelback.
Days 8 - 10 : Gwalior, India
Stay at Usha Kiran Palace for 2 nights
From Chambal, it is approximately a three to four hour drive to the ancient city of Gwalior. Upon arrival, check in to the Taj Usha Kiran Palace, a 120 year old palace now converted into a beautiful heritage hotel. Spend the following day exploring this history rich city with a private guide, including a trip to the spectacular Gwalior Fort that dominates the cityscape.
Days 10 - 13 : Panna National Park, Central India
Stay at Sarai at Toria for 3 nights
The following morning, you will begin the drive to Panna National Park to spend the next three nights at the Sarai at Toria, a luxurious eco lodge situated on a stunning riverside site. En route, you will make a stop in Orchha, a city frozen in time that is home to a number of grand 16th century temples, including the particularly beautiful Lakshmi Narayan Temple. Spend the following day exploring the nearby UNESCO listed Khajuraho temples, a large complex that showcases some of the most impressive temple art in the world. Your final day at Sarai at Toria will be spent enjoying a morning and afternoon game drives into Panna National Park in search of tigers, wolves, bears, crocodiles and maybe even a glimpse of the rare Indian leopard.
Days 13 - 15 : Varanasi, India
Stay at Suryauday Haveli for 2 nights
On the morning of day 11, you will be driven to Khajuraho airport in time to board a short 45 minute flight to Varanasi, one of Hinduism’s seven holy pilgrimage sites and widely regarded as India’s spiritual capital. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the Suryauday Haveli hotel, a romantic hotel that still maintains the vibrancy of life on the Ganges. Later that evening, you will be taken to witness the colourful Aarti ceremony, a Hindu worship ritual in which light wicks are offered to deities. The following morning is an early start as you enjoy a sunrise boat trip along the Ganges, before exploring the bustling lanes and alleyways of Varanasi with a private guide, including a visit the Dashahwamedh Ghat where you will witness an evening prayer performance dedicated to the Ganges River.
Day 15 - 16 : Delhi
Your Indian adventure draws to a close after two nights in Varanasi, as you are transferred to Varanasi's airport in time to board a one and a half hour flight back to Delhi. You will spend one night at the Pullman, a modern hotel conveniently located close the airport with a diverse array of dining options. The following morning, you will be driven back to Delhi’s airport in time to board your flight back home.
Day 16 - 17 : Delhi
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Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.