Experience the contrast between Old and New Delhi.
Enjoy the breath taking views of the Taj Mahal.
Take a guided tour of Gwalior's little-visited Fort.
Explore Khajuraho's quirky temples.
See the evening pooja (prayers) in Varanasi.
What our specialists say...
This itinerary is a combination of India’s classic attractions and lesser visited sites. Visiting the capital, New Delhi, you will be able to see the impressive Red Fort and chaotic markets before visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra. This route then deviates from the well-travelled route, heading to Gwalior, with an imposing fort, before exploring the intricately carved temples of Orcha and Khajuraho. The tour finishes in Varanasi, one of the world's oldest cities. Seeing the evening ceremonies lit by oil lamp is a cultural and spiritual highlight on this tour.
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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Delhi.
Day 2 Delhi
On your arrival at Delhi Airport meet your Audley representative and drive to your hotel with your private driver. The afternoon is at leisure, if you want to explore why not head to Lodi Gardens, to enjoy Delhi's greenery and uncover Mughal tombs.
Day 3 Delhi
Today enjoy a private guided tour of the capital which highlights the great contrasts between Old and New Delhi. This includes the enormous Jama Masjid from which you can walk through the bazaars and narrow streets - a great way to absorb the sights and sounds of Old Delhi. You will also see the monumental buildings set along wide boulevards of Lutyens' New Delhi including India Gate and the President's residence.
Day 4 Agra
Travel to Agra by road this morning which will take about three hours (or take the train if you prefer). On arrival, you will meet your local guide for a private tour of the impressive Red Fort and the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah, fondly known as the 'Baby Taj'. These sites share much history with the Taj Mahal, providing an ideal background before your visit tomorrow morning.
Day 5 Gwalior
Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise this morning - the beautiful light and smaller crowds make the early start worth it. Your private guide will be able to explain the history of the site and show you some hidden sides to the Taj that you don't see in the postcards. After breakfast, continue to Gwalior by road. Your driver can recommend stops en route, passing many scenic villages and towns.
Day 6 Orchha
Explore the highlights of Gwalior this morning with your local, private guide and driver. Gwalior Fort is on a sandstone plateau above the city, with impressive views, making a good starting point. Your guide can show you some of the unique temples here - particularly the Jain and Hindu temples which are intricately carved. You'll then travel a further three hours south by road to Orchha. Visit the Ram Raja Temple this evening or relax at your hotel.
Day 7 Khajuraho
Explore Orchha today on a private tour with a local guide. The impressive Mughal era temples and their fascinating history are the highlight, but you can also get an insight into rural India by visiting local homes and markets with your guide. This afternoon continue four hours to Khajuraho with your private driver. Relax at your leisure on arrival.
Day 8 Khajuraho
Today is a full day with your guide to explore and appreciate all the UNESCO protected temples at Khajuraho. Known for their erotic carvings and intricate carving, there is lots to explore. The temples are a combination of Hindu and Jain and hold some of the most intricate carvings in India.
Day 9 Varanasi
Today fly the short hop to Varanasi. The roads are in terrible condition in this region, hence our recommendation to take the 40 minute flight. This evening in the Holy City of Varanasi, enjoy a private boat ride along the river Ganges where you can witness the evening pooja (prayer) and aarti ceremony. Candles and offerings fill the river and people fill the ghats, it's a fascinating spectacle.
Day 10 Varanasi
Enjoy another boat ride this morning to see the contrasts of life on the river. Along the banks you'll see pilgrims and locals washing, socialising and praying. You will most likely also see riverside cremations taking place. The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore independently, get lost in the markets, small streets and endless temples.
Day 11 Delhi
Day 12 International return flight
Delhi , International return flight
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