May 102015
 
Northern India encapsulates iconic, classical Indian landmarks.  For the majority of people, their first introduction to India will be a trip through the famous Golden Triangle; Delhi, Agra & Jaipur.  Our tailor made itineraries ensure you see not only the major landmarks such as the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri , India Gate and the Amber Fort, but also have the opportunity to experience life behind the scenes.  We’ll guide you through a culinary tour of Old Delhi’s street food, introduce you to some street children who are transforming their lives by becoming tourist guides and give you the chance to learn some of the local cuisine at a family home in Jaipur.  For wildlife lovers, a few extra days at Ranthambore for tiger spotting can be easily  incorporated into this itinerary.  
  • Fatehpur Sikri: Diwan-i-Khas – Hall of Private Audience

    Fatehpur Sikri: Diwan-i-Khas – Hall of Private Audience

  • India Gate, Delhi

    India Gate, Delhi

  • Old Delhi - Chandni Chowk

    Old Delhi – Chandni Chowk

  • Qutub Minar, Delhi

    Qutub Minar, Delhi

  • Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Sikh Temple, Delhi

    Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Sikh Temple, Delhi

  • Taj Mahal archway, Agra

    Taj Mahal archway, Agra

  • Taj Mahal, Agra

    Taj Mahal, Agra

  • Agra Fort Diwan-i-am (hall of public audience)

    Agra Fort Diwan-i-am (hall of public audience)

  • Red Fort, Delhi

    Red Fort, Delhi

  • Diwan i khas - Fatehpur Sikri , Agra

    Diwan i khas – Fatehpur Sikri , Agra

  • Ahilyabai ghat, Varanasi

    Ahilyabai ghat, Varanasi

  • Golden Temple - Amritsar

    Golden Temple – Amritsar

  • Intricate Carvings - westerm temple,  Khajuraho

    Intricate Carvings – westerm temple, Khajuraho

  • Morning boat ride along the ghats, Varanasi

    Morning boat ride along the ghats, Varanasi

  • New Delhi secretariat building

    New Delhi secretariat building

  • Western Temple, Khajuraho

    Western Temple, Khajuraho

  • Sunset on the ganges, Varanasi

    Sunset on the ganges, Varanasi

  • Western temple site, Khajuraho

    Western temple site, Khajuraho

For a complete cultural experience, we can add stays in Amritsar to see the magnificent Golden Temple, Varanasi to experience the holiest Hindu place in India, Khajuraho to see the extraordinary temple complex, and Lucknow the much underrated Muslim city famous for its turbulent history with the British and of course, its magnificent Biryani.

About

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Agra
Taj MahalAgra is famous for its magnificent Mughal-era buildings; the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort, all three being UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Amritsar
Golden TempleAmritsar literally translates as ‘amrit ka sar-ovar’, the lake of the holy nectar. It was founded by Guru Ram Das in 1574. Situated on the north-west edge of Punjab (the land of five rivers), it was declared a holy city by the British during their rule in 1915. It is most famous for the Golden Temple, the Sikh community’s holiest shrine and the temple complex is actually a city within a city. This is India’s most visited landmark attracting thousands of pilgrims and visitors every day.

Delhi
India Gate, DelhiDelhi was an important place for the Mughals, they built palaces and forts here and had the walled city built from 1638 to 1649. After the fall of the Mughal empire in 1857 the British moved the capital of India to Calcutta. The British built modern “New Delhi” to the south west of “Old Delhi” which became India’s capital again in 1931. Modern Delhi is a mixture of several distinct areas, including: Old Delhi with its Mughal monuments and congested bazaars; New Delhi with its wide avenues, grand vistas and colonial mansions; and the Mehrauli Archaeological Park best known for the Qutub Minar.

Khajuraho
Western Temple SiteKhajuraho really impressed us and we suggest including a two night stay in your itinerary. The town is famous for its exquisitely carved and embellished temples and sculptures, which are a thousand years old. The temple complex has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and is simply stunning. Life, in every form and mood, has been captured here in stone, testifying to the craftsman’s artistry and the extraordinary breadth of vision of the Chandela Rajputs. Of the 85 original temples, 22 still survive, constituting one of the world’s greatest artistic wonders.

Varanasi
Sunrise on the GangesAnd now for something completely different. Take a deep breath, unpack your sense of adventure and commit to immersing yourself into the chaotic, other worldly experience of ancient Varanasi. It’s a full-on assault on the senses but there’s nothing else quite like it and definitely not to be missed.

Itineraries

We organise an itinerary specifically to your requirements. Do as much or as little as you like – the choice is yours. Local English speaking guides will ensure that you make the most of your sightseeing time. A private, air conditioned, chauffeur driven car will transport you between your chosen locations & provides an unforgettable experience in itself!

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The Golden Triangle   (5 nights)
The “Golden Triangle” classically refers to the three “jewels in the northern Indian crown” of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The tour starts in Delhi where you will be able to spend a short time seeing the contrasting sites of the New and Old cities before travelling to Agra. Here you will see the indescribable Taj Mahal and the fascinating deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. This tour concludes in Rajasthan with the vibrant “Pink City” of Jaipur: a city full of captivating ancient palaces and forts, with most of them boasting stunning views and elaborate architecture.

Golden Triangle with Ranthambore   (7 nights)
The “Golden Triangle” classically refers to the three “jewels in the northern Indian crown” of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The tour starts in Delhi where you will be able to spend a short time seeing the contrasting sites of the New and Old cities before travelling to Agra. Here you will see the indescribable Taj Mahal and the fascinating deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. You will then go on to visit the Rajasthan highlights of Ranthambore National Park, famous for its tigers, and  the vibrant “Pink City” of Jaipur: a city full of captivating ancient palaces and forts, with most of them boasting stunning views and elaborate architecture.

Northern India Cultural Tour   (10 nights)
This tour begins in Delhi where you will be able to experience the contrasts of Old & New Delhi before heading to Agra and the wonderful Taj Mahal. Next, you’ll visit Khajuraho and its impressive temple complex with intricate & erotic carvings. Next stop is Varanasi, one of the oldest living cities in the world and the heart of the Hindu religion – there really is nothing else quite like it. Finally, spend a few days exploring Lucknow with its Muslim architecture and fabulous Awadhi cuisine.

North India Culinary Tour   (10 nights)
India is well known for its cuisine and this tour will give you an experience of some of the very best in Northern India. You’ll learn about Mughlai cuisine whilst in Delhi as well as sampling some of the famous street food. In Jaipur you’ll have the opportunity for an interactive cooking session with members of the Royal Family and in Lucknow you will be introduced to the fabulous Awadhi cuisine, including an evening with a Nawab. A visit to the Taj Mahal is also included where you will have dinner at a local family home.