Essential India

Escorted & Small Group Tours
16 Days
£1,921per person

From the intricate saris of Rajasthan to the beautiful symmetry of the Taj Mahal, this compact journey is a photographer’s delight and the perfect introduction to India. You’ll float past the ghats on the Ganges River to encounter the spiritual heart of Hinduism in Varanasi and get off the beaten path exploring carved stepwells and quaint temples in rural villages. With the perfect combination of included activities and free time to explore the nation’s rich heritage, you’re sure to be caught up in India’s incredible tapestry of life.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover New and Old Delhi
  • Take in the beauty of the ‘Pink Coty’ of Jaipur
  • See the splendour of the Taj Mahal in Agra
  • Walk through the oldest continually inhabited city in the world, Varanasi
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Trip Itinerary


  • Day 1-2

    Depart London. Upon arrival in Delhi on Day 2 you will be met and transferred to your hotel in time for your welcome meeting tonight.

  • Day 3

    Enjoy a youth-led morning walk through Delhi by City Walk project. Later, visit Old Delhi, explore the markets, and visit Jama Masjid and Connaught Place.

  • Day 4

    Arrive in Jaipur and explore this gorgeous 'pink city'.

  • Day 5

    Stop and take a photo of the 'Palace of the Winds' and wander the organized streets of the 'Pink City'. Later, enjoy a visit to the Amber Fort, famous for its mixture of Hindu and Muslim architecture.

  • Day 6

    Travel to Dhula Village and get a closer look at rural life in Rajasthan during a cycling excursion. Tonight opt to relax by the fire and take in the starry night sky. (D)

  • Day 7

    Stop by the impressive Abhaneri stepwell en route to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. (B)

  • Day 8

    Visit the famous Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort.

  • Day 9

    Travel to Alipura and stay in a heritage property in the village.

  • Day 10

    Enjoy a day trip to Khajuraho to visit the Khajuraho Group of Monuments, India's largest group of medieval temples, known for their kama sutra statues.

  • Day 11

    Visit Orchha, a quiet rural town along the banks of the Betwa River and enjoy a puja ceremony. Visit a unique paper-making plant en route, set up to assist tribal women from the area.

  • Day 12

    Visit the Orchha Palace complex and enjoy free time before the overnight train to Varanasi. Opt for a local cooking class with a family.

  • Day 13

    Take an orientation walk through the oldest continually inhabited city in the world, Varanasi. Marvel at the ghats from the River Ganges as you enjoy boat trips at sunrise and sunset.

  • Day 14

    Watch the sunrise from a boat along the Ganges. Enjoy free time in this holy city.

  • Day 15

    Soak up some free time this morning and explore the city. Later, cut out the travel time with a flight back to Delhi.

  • Day 16

    Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight home.

Holiday Price Overview

Escorted & Small Group Tours
16 Days
£1,921per person

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