Grand Tour of North India

  

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Day 1: Malta to Delhi
Depart Malta on your scheduled, overnight flight to Delhi.

Day 2: (Lunch, Dinner Included) Delhi
On arrival into India’s capital, you will be met by a local guide and transferred to your hotel. In the evening, experience flavoursome local dishes at your welcome meal.

Day 3: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Delhi
Following breakfast, a full day city tour will commence and includes a visit to the Red Fort, where an imposing sandstone exterior conceals dramatic marble monuments of the Mughal Empire’s past splendour. Travel through narrow streets and along naan scented markets on a rickshaw before stumbling upon the UNESCO recognised Humanyun’s Tomb, a captivating mausoleum that seemingly floats above landscaped gardens. Admire the transition en route from Old Delhi’s historic charms to the intricate colonial town planning of New Delhi; view the minimalistic Mahatma Gandhi Memorial adorned in floral tributes before wandering through the Qutab Minar complex, a city awash with ancient ruins sculpted by the country’s finest craftsmen.

Day 4: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Delhi to Varanasi
This morning fly from Delhi to the sacred ‘City of Life’ — Varanasi. Check in to your hotel for the next three nights, before an afternoon at leisure exploring one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited cities, regarded as one of Hinduism’s seven holy cities. Your evening tour takes you to a ghat — steps that lead to the Ganges — to witness the humbling Ganga Aarti Ceremony, a spellbinding display of candles afloat along the river.

Day 5: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Varanasi
Begin today with a sunrise boat trip along the Ganges for a unique perspective of this spiritual watercourse and its vivid embankment of pastel edifices pierced by temple stupas. Spend the rest of your day on a walking tour through this ancient city to observe other ghats, each with distinct
floral decoration and uses including the intriguing ‘burning ghats’ used for funeral precessions. Continue your exploration of Varanasi at the Vishwanath Temple, a monument dedicated to Lord Shiva and famed for an illustrious gold-coated dome. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Day 6: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Varanasi
Enjoy a half-day tour of Sarnath, a sacred site on which the Buddha gave his first sermon after finding enlightenment in 530BC. Your tour includes visits to ancient relics that document the area’s spiritual significance including the Monastery Ruins, a tranquil park interrupted by a towering stupa engraved with delicate geometric carvings. Return for your final evening in Varanasi.

Day 7: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Varanasi to Agra
After breakfast, fly back to Delhi and drive across rolling hillsides cloaked in deciduous flora to the city of Agra, where a network of rickshaws, jalebis vendors filling the air with sweet aromas and ancient Mandir temples alluding to the Mughal Empire’s past grandeur await.

Day 8: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Agra
Begin today at a tour highlight and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. This iconic ivory-white mausoleum was completed in 1640 for Emperor Shah Jajan’s beloved third wife. Wander along ornamental gardens to witness the breath-taking spectacle of its minarets and distinctive bronze dome reflecting the illumination of daybreak. After lunch visit the UNESCO recognised Agra Fort, an enormous sandstone city of pavilions, palaces and splendid courtyards behind 20 metre-high walls.

Day 9: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Agra to Jaipur
This morning drive to the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur. En route stop at Fatehpur Sikri, an ancient city famed for its lavish structures including Rumi Sultana, an elegant palace decorated with intricate animal carvings throughout. Your evening is at leisure to explore a colourful web of chaotic roadways disturbed by meandering camels, bazaars dressed in vibrant textiles and the constant whirl of cycle rickshaws around Rajasthan’s largest city.

Day 10: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Jaipur.
A full day tour of Jaipur begins at the Amber Fort, a former ancient capital centred on a distinctive pink-yellow marbled royal palace. You can travel to the fort by either jeep or elephant, allowing you to observe harems of the Maharajah, complex mosaic designs and snake charmers. Continue to the UNESCO recognised Jantar Mantar, a fascinating collection of archaic astronomical instruments including the world’s largest stone sundial. Later this morning view the distinct Hawa Mahal, a pink honeycomb landmark, constructed to provide ladies of the royal household an observatory for city life. 

Day 11: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Jaipur to Shimla
Depart Jaipur on your flight to Chandigarh, from here drive along a winding track around rugged mountains and through luscious pine forests to the hill station of Shimla — the former summer capital of British India whose snow-dusted mountain position offers incredible views of the Himalayan mountains.

Day 12: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Shimla
Depart Shimla this morning for a day in the neighbouring hill station of Kufri. Nestled at the Himalayan foothills, this charming town is surrounded by a picturesque forest reserve under the imposing gaze of Mahsu Peak. Having admired the wild beauty of Kufri, tour the magnificent Rashtrapati Niwas, a former home to the British Viceroy. Its opulent exterior invites visitors to explore a maze of corridors, opening into grand wood-panelled rooms. 

Day 13: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Shimla
Today is free for you to unwind or immerse yourself in Shimla’s spiritual landmarks including Christ Church, which displays exquisite stained glass windows and moving Raj-era memorials.

Day 14: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Shimla to Chandigarh
This morning catch the UNESCO recognised Toy Train to Dharampur Station — built by colonial forces, it offers dramatic views along its winding course through untouched forests and across immense gorges. Arrive in the city of Chandigarh for an evening at leisure. 

Day 15: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Chandigarh to Amritsar.
Following breakfast, take the train to the largest city in the Punjab state, Amritsar. Your afternoon will be at leisure to explore the Sikhs’ holy city at your own pace. 

Day 16: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Amritsar
Enjoy a half-day city tour of Amritsar with a visit to the Golden Temple. Revered amongst Sikhs, this spectacular golden tank blends Islamic and Hindu architecture, surrounded by the Pool of Nectar. The ancient monument also contains a mesmerising display of floral motifs carved into marble alongside shimmering gold panels. After lunch enjoy an afternoon to explore at your own pace, alternatively undertake an optional excursion to the Indian-Pakistan border and witness the fascinating flag-lowering ceremony, a daily ritual of each side’s soldiers competing to out-march, out-salute and out-shout one another.

Day 17: (Breakfast Included) Amritsar to Malta
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Amritsar and fly via Delhi back to Malta.

 



TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • City tours of Delhi, Varanasi, Jaipur and Amritsar

  • Sunrise boat trip along the Ganges

  • Tour the magnificent Taj Mahal

  • Traverse mountainous terrains on the UNESCO recognised Toy Train

  • Summer capital of British India – Shimla

  • Explore the Golden Temple in Amritsar 

 

EXTENSION

Tigers of Ranthambore* 
4 nights from €539 
Experience a rich variety of wildlife including tigers, on safari in the Ranthambore National Park. 

Amritsar
2 nights from €269 
Spend two extra nights in this magnificent city.


DEPARTURES & PRICES

 

OUR PACKAGES INCLUDE
15 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 15 dinners
Fully escorted tour with local English speaking guides throughout
Return flights from Malta to India
All internal travel including flights and air-conditioned/heated transportation
Accommodation, 12 excursions and entry fees to all sights



2017FROM
19 APR €2769
10 MAY €2549
07 JUN €2699
13 SEP €2839
11 OCT €2979
15 NOV €2979

 

2018FROM
17 JAN €3039

07 FEB

€2979
21 FEB €2979
14 MAR

€2909

21 MAR €2839
18 APR €2639
09 MAY €2839
06 JUN €2839
12 SEP €2979
10 OCT €3109
14 NOV €3109


  

Single Travellers: Once all single rooms are sold, a single supplement for the main tour starts from just €799


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