Feel inspired with a solo journey to India with Just You
Price: $5,699 CAD Per Person
(Price per person, based on single occupancy.)
Departure Date: February 9, 2024
Return Date: February 20, 2024
Photo: The beautiful Agra Fort
Features & Benefits:
- No single supplement
- A room of your own
- Over 20 years of expertise
- Your money is 100% protected
- Holiday assurance guarantee
- Breakfast every day
- Services of a Holiday Director
- 11 nights half-board in 4 and 5-star hotels
- Tour transportation and porterage
- Guaranteed room of your own
Photo: Map of the itinerary
Day 1: Delhi
Make your way to Delhi, where your Holiday Director will meet you for your welcome meeting this evening.
Photo: Enjoy the bustle of Delhi
Day 2: Delhi to Jaipur
Established in the 17th century and today surrounded by the remains of the city walls, Old Delhi epitomises stereotypical India. Temples and mosques ll every available space and vibrant bazaars and tempting food stalls on the narrow lanes with color and heady scents. You'll also see Raj Ghat, the cremation grounds of Mahatma Gandhi. We drive to heritage rich Jaipur this afternoon.
Day 3: Jaipur
Jaipur is home to the magnicent Amber Fort. We'll visit it this morning to explore the inner and outer workings of the fortress and its surroundings. A traditional lunch will be served in majestic surroundings as we dine with the family connected to the 17th century Sankotra Haveli. This is a special experience as we savour exceptional cuisine, wear traditional dress and learn firsthand the history of one of India's most noted families. Jaipur is affectionately known as the 'pink city'. The buildings here were painted pink by Maharaja's decree to imitate the red sandstone architecture of Mughal cities. A highlight is the City Palace, which we visit this afternoon. Whilst in Jaipur you will also be served a glass of Lassi, a blend of water, yogurt, spices and sometimes fruit. The drink, traditionally served in earthern pots to add an unique aroma, is topped with a thick layer of malai leaving you refreshed and surprisingly full!
Day 4: Jaipur to Ranthambore
Drive through memorable scenery to Ranthambore - considered to be the best game reserve in India - to look for the country's famous tigers. We include a game drive this afternoon.
Photo: Search for the elusive Bengal Tiger
Day 5: Ranthambore
Join an early morning safari for another chance to experience the wildlife and hopefully spot a tiger. Then relax over lunch, before having the chance to take another (optional) game drive.
Day 6: Ranthambore to Agra
This morning we board the Jan Shatabdi Express for the journey to Bharatpur and then continue by coach to Agra. We pause at the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri on our way.
Day 7: Agra
The Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shan Jahan as a symbol of his love for his wife. The sight of this magnicent mausoleum is certain to surpass all your expectations. Close by is Mehtab Bagh, a centuries-old garden complex, which sits on the other side of the river. You'll get to see the Taj Mahal from here too, for equally splendid views. This afternoon we head to the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort. This powerful fortress was the imperial city of the Mogul rulers.
Photo: The iconic Taj Mahal
Day 8: Agra to Lucknow
Today we will travel to Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, known for its parks, gardens, monuments and fascinating bazaars. On the way we will stop for an immersive perfumery tour at an 8th generation fragrance house. Lunch is included as part of the experience.
Day 9: Lucknow to Varanasi
We travel to Varanasi. Situated on the banks of the sacred River Ganges, Varanasi is colorful, chaotic and one of Hinduism's holiest cities. To get the most out of your time here, you need to experience the city with an open mind. Its principal attraction is the bathing ghats that line the west bank of the Ganges, where Hindus bathe in the water to cleanse themselves of sin. This evening we offer the opportunity to watch a traditional arti ceremony, which involves an offering of light, food, water and owers to the deities. It is considered a fundamental part of the Hindu faith.
Day 10: Varanasi
We rise before the sun this morning to sail along the Ganges and see devout Hindus bathing and praying beneath the rising sun. We head back to the hotel for breakfast before enjoying a short tour of Varanasi. This afternoon we visit the ruined city of Sarnath. This is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists as it was here that Buddha gave his first sermon.
Day 11: Varanasi to Delhi
Relax this morning or take the time to enjoy some final sightseeing before your afternoon flight to Delhi. Join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner this evening.
Day 12: Delhi
Today it's time to say goodbye to your fellow travelers as your trip comes to an end.