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Essential India

India Holidays - Sadhu (holy man) at Varanasi

DelhiThe Claridges 2 nights
Varanasi Nadesar Palace
2 nights
KhajurahoLaLit Temple View
1 night
GwaliorUsha Kiran Palace 1 night
Agra ITC Mughal
2 nights
Jaipur Samode Haveli
2 nights
Delhi AirportHoliday Inn 1 night

Click on the name of the hotel for details


12 days from £1690

International flights NOT included - see below


Journey through northern India taking in the top attractions, including the ancient holy city of Varanasi, the intricately-carved temples of Khajuraho, the unforgettable Taj Mahal and Rajasthan's Pink City, Jaipur.  Accommodation includes 2 converted royal palaces run by the excellent Taj Hotels group



 Recommended flight from London: British Airways from London Heathrow (see below).  If you are travelling from a country other than the UK we would be happy to give you guidance on your flight options.



For a detailed day-by-day description, with a summary of what's included, please click on the PDF (above right)

DAY 1 - Arrive Delhi.

DAY 2 – Delhi Sightseeing.  (B)

DAY 3 – Fly to Varanasi.  (B)

DAY 4 - Early morning boat ride on the Ganges. Afternoon visit to Sarnath.  (B)

DAY 5 - Fly to Khajuraho.  Afternoon visit to the temples of Khajuraho.

DAY 6 - By road via Orchha to Gwalior.  (B,L)

DAY 7 - Gwalior sightseeing.  By road to Agra. (B)

DAY 8 – Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort.  (B)

DAY 9 – Drive to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri and the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, with lunch at the Laxmi Vilas Palace.  (B,L)

DAY 10 – Jaipur sightseeing(B)

DAY 11 – Drive back to Delhi via Amber Fort.  Overnight at an Airport Hotel.  (B)

DAY 12 – Depart.  (B)


Prices from £1690 (May to August) to around £2500 per person, according to the time of year.  The price we quote you at the time of booking is guaranteed.

India Holidays - Temples of KhajurahoIndia Holidays - Fatehpur Sikri





India Holidays - Agra - The incomparable Taj MahalInternational Flights.

We recommend the daily services of British Airways from London Heathrow. Current timings (subject to possible change) are as follows:

Heathrow/Delhi. Depart at 10.20; arrive Delhi at 23.15
Delhi/Heathrow. Depart at 08.30; arrive Heathrow at 13.00

You can book the flights yourself on the easy-to-use British Airways website.  Alternatively World Discovery can book the flights for you (we levy a service charge of £25 per person for this service).

Jet Airways, Air India and Virgin Atlantic also offer daily direct flights from London.


The sample tour shown above is exactly that - a sample tour.  We can change it to suit your precise requirements in may ways - by amending or upgrading the accommodation, by taking out or putting in additional sightseeing, by changing the number of nights in each place, by booking special meals, activities or cultural visits.  We are happy to advise and help you create your ideal holiday.


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India Holidays - Udaipur - Lake Palace HotelUDAIPUR

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