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Jewels of India

19 Day
Between Delhi and Delhi
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Step into the enchantment of northern India, where historic cultures coexist alongside untouched lands of arresting beauty and spiritual significance. Bringing together iconic destinations and experiences in an unforgettable 19-day tour, you’ll travel on a round-trip from Delhi, through the ancient Hindu city of Varanasi and the majestic landscapes of Khajuraho, the bustling streets of Jaipur, and on to beautiful Lake Pichola in the romantic city of Udaipur. For those who have long dreamt of discovering the rich culture and history of India, this is the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime journey.

We begin amid the streets of Delhi, where India’s bustling commerce is showcased in all its colour and vibrancy. In the company of an experienced local guide, you’ll explore the best sights of the city, from the vast spice bazaar to India Gate and Presidential Avenue, and enjoy a special welcome dinner – one of many memorable dining experiences you’ll enjoy on the journey. Flying to Varanasi, you’ll enjoy an unforgettable Scenic Enrich experience on the banks of the Ganges River, as you release sacred offerings into the water and witness the enchanting ceremony of Aarti. Travel to Khajuraho, and there see the 9th-century sandstone temples of the Chandela Dynasty, before travelling to the wonder of the Taj Mahal, which you’ll enjoy as part of an exclusive Sundowners event. From here, travel westward to Jodhpur and Udaipur, exploring the beautiful hidden valleys of the Jain Temples, before savouring a private farewell dinner, raising a glass to this incredible journey.

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Day 1

Depart the UK from Manchester or London Heathrow.

Day 2
Delhi

We welcome you to North India with a traditional floral garland and red tikka before transferring to your hotel in Delhi for two nights.

Day 3
Delhi
Highlights: Rickshaw ride Spice Market

Explore Old Delhi and India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid. Dazzle your senses on a rickshaw ride through Asia’s largest wholesale spice bazaar and Delhi’s oldest streets, finishing with a traditional lunch in Dharmpura haveli. Later, visit the inspiration for the Taj Mahal, Humayan’s Tomb and drive past the India Gate and Presidential Avenue. Tonight enjoy your special welcome dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Delhi > Varanasi
Highlights: Enrich - Ganges cruise

Fly to India’s holiest Hindu city, Varanasi for the next two nights.

Enrich

Enjoy a rickshaw ride down to the banks of the Ganges River. Cruise the holy river at dusk whilst listening to the sounds of traditional Indian music. Release sacred offerings into the river and witness the magical ceremony of the evening Aarti.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Varanasi
Highlights: Enrich - Indian wrestling

As the sun begins to rise, drift slowly down the Ganges River and watch the many ghats come to life. Afterwards take a stroll along the ghats and laneways of the Old City.

Journey to Sarnath and spend time at one of Buddhism’s most important sites, Deer Park.

Enrich

Discover ‘Kushti’, traditional Indian wrestling at an Akahara (wrestling ring). Not a sport, but a fascinating ancient sub-culture where the wrestlers live and train together.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6
Varanasi > Khajuraho
Highlights: Freechoice

Later, fly to Khajuraho, famous for its magnificent World Heritage-listed temple architecture, and enjoy a two night stay at your hotel overlooking the iconic temples.

Freechoice

Take a yoga lesson or visit a Shiva Temple to witness a ritual to appease the God Shiva.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7
Khajuraho
Highlights: Freechoice Khajuraho temples

Be inspired as you explore the exquisitely sculpted Khajuraho sandstone temples built between the 9th and 10th centuries by the Chandela Dynasty, adorned with scenes depicting gods and goddesses, beast and warriors, dancers and musicians and the exotic Karma Sutra carvings for which these temples are most famous.

Freechoice

Watch a sound and light show at the temples or a traditional folk dance performance.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8
Khajuraho > Orchha > Jhansi > Agra
Highlights: Historical Orchha; Freechoice Dining

Drive to Orchha and enjoy a walking tour of the old town, then continue to Jhansi and board a train to Agra. Arrive in the early evening at your luxurious Special Stay hotel in Agra, only 600 metres from the magnificent Taj Mahal.

Located at your hotel, choose from Esphahan, which specialises in thali, or the buffet at the Bellevue.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Agra
Highlights: Taj Mahal sunrise visit; Sundowners

Marvel at the Taj Mahal at sunrise with its shimmering marble domes and towers reflecting in the landscaped pools. Inlaid with black marble and semi-precious stones, this architectural marvel, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his favourite wife Mumtaz, sparkles in different colours throughout the day. Later, discover the World Heritage-listed Mughal Red Fort of Agra, built in the 16th century, and learn about the links between the two monuments.

Sundowners

This evening gather for evening drinks to overlook and appreciate the architectural wonder of the Taj Mahal from your nearby hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Agra > Jaipur
Highlights: Fatehpur Sikri

Explore the World Heritage-listed site of the Mughal capital city of Fatehpur Sikri en route to Jaipur, also known as the ‘Pink City’. Stop and visit Abhaneri village and its 1,000-year-old step well. Afterwards check into your beautiful hotel for the next two nights

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11
Jaipur
Highlights: Enrich - morning tea at Royal Residence

Explore the City Palace and the magnificent World Heritage-listed Jantar Mantar, an 18th century observatory, where the remarkable astronomical devices are still in use.

View the magnificent Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) with its honeycombed sandstone windows where the ladies of the royal household would watch everyday life pass by. Take a rickshaw ride into the small chowkris of the city before returning to your hotel.

Enrich

Savour the opportunity of a lifetime by taking refreshments inside the residence of the Royal Family of Jaipur, an area not normally accessible to other tourists. Overlook the Nahargarh Fort, Old City and palace gardens whilst savouring your sweets.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12
Jaipur > Pushkar
Highlights: Amber Fort

Begin your day by exploring the striking hilltop Amber Fort. Explore the Maharajah’s apartments and the many palaces with interiors richly decorated with exquisite paintings and intricate carvings. Soak in the views of the massive ramparts surrounding the complex before driving to Pushkar for an overnight stay, home of the famous camel fair.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13
Pushkar > Jodhpur
Highlights: Pushkar Lake

After visiting Pushkar Lake and the Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, known to be one of the very few temples of Hindu Lord Brahma, continue to the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur for the next two nights. Marvel at the close-up view of the Mehrangarh Fort from your boutique hotel located inside the old walled city.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 14
Jodhpur
Highlights: Enrich - Mehrangarh Fort

Enjoy a jeep safari to discover the history and architecture of nearby villages. This afternoon enjoy time to relax at the hotel or continue to explore the old city and markets from the doorstep of your hotel.

Enrich

This evening, accompanied by the museum curator, enjoy a glass of champagne overlooking the city before continuing on an exclusive and private walking tour of Mehrangarh Fort. Dinner is at the Fort, providing an outstanding vantage point over the city below.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15
Jodhpur > Udaipur
Highlights: Ranakpur

Journey to Ranakpur, set in a secluded valley and discover the beautiful and spectacular 15th century Jain Temples. Rising majestically from a hill, the temples are exquisitely carved, boasting marble domes and 1,444 intricately carved pillars. Continue to Udaipur, one of Rajasthan’s most beautiful and romantic cities set at the southern end of the Aravalli Hills. Enjoy a two night stay at your hotel located on the edge of Lake Pichola overlooking the City Palace.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 16
Udaipur
Highlights: Freechoice; Lake Pichola sunset cruise

Cruise the serene waters of Lake Pichola during the magical hours of dusk. Return to the hotel and indulge in your sumptuous private farewell dinner. Decorated with flowers and candles overlooking the magical City Palace and Lake Pichola, this is a fitting royal end to your tour.

Freechoice

Take a cultural walk through the markets or explore the City Palace, built entirely in granite and marble, and the nearby Jagdish Temple.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 17
Udaipur > Delhi

Bid farewell to India as you fly to Delhi. Enjoy an overnight stay in Delhi.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 18
Delhi > UK

After breakfast, transfer to Delhi airport for your overnight flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 19
Delhi > UK

Welcome home.

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