Agra, Varanasi and Northern India

Agra is home to the Taj Mahal, a building of such immense beauty that every visitor is a taken aback. It is part of the Golden Triangle that links Delhi, Agra and Jaipur and is usually part of a tour of Rajasthan. As you head east you find the city of Varanasi, the spiritual heart of India, located on the banks of the holy Ganges River and one of the oldest cities in the world. Pilgrims come from far and wide to this amazing city, and the atmosphere is quite spellbinding. The skyline is adorned with temples, domes and minarets, with narrow lanes and alleyways below creating a labrynth you can explore on foot with a private guide. Just a walk through the streets reveals an intensity of culture that you would not have experienced before. A morning boat ride on the Ganges and an evening aarti ceremony on the ghats only helps to reveal Varanasi’s hidden charm. Other destinations in Northern India include the city of Lucknow, famous for the siege in the Mutiny of 1857, but also as a place of Islamic scholarship and architectural beauty. The Chandela Temples of Khajuraho are an interesting link from Varanasi down to the tiger parks of Central India.

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Agra, Varanasi and Northern India Itineraries

This is just a selection of suggested itineraries that are there to help you with your ideas and to start the conversation with us about planning your tailor-made holiday. All our holidays are private for you and your party, and can depart on any day you like. We can adapt and change any element of these journeys, or design an itinerary from scratch around your travelling plans.

Slowly down the Ganges – Holy India

Calcutta - Patna - Ganges River - Varanasi - Delhi  

Drift slowly down the Ganges right in the heart of this magical corner of spiritual India, from Varanasi to Patna.

12 days from £1795 p. p.

North and South India

Delhi - Agra - Jaipur -Udaipur - Cochin - Backwaters - Marari Beach  

You might well feel India is a once-only holiday, and as such a combination of the highlights of north and south India might be what you are looking for.

14 days from £4455 p. p.

India’s Golden Triangle & Maldives

Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Maldives  

Explore the forts and palace of India before kicking back alongside the picture-perfect turquoise lagoons of the Maldives, the ultimate combination of culture and beach.

13 days from £3475 p. p.

Luxury India: Best of the Best

Delhi - Agra - Ranthambore - Amanbagh - Jaipur - Udaipur  

This is India done in style, using the very finest hotels in the top suites, private air charters to cut down on the long drives, and woven together with the most exclusive experiences.

16 days from £19955 p. p.

Tea & Tiffin: Colonial India

Bombay - Shimla - Delhi - Lucknow - Calcutta - Darjeeling  

Delve into India’s colonial past on a private specialist tour which uncovers the history and architecture of the Raj. Visit hill-stations, imperial cities and tea-estates.

15 days from £3995 p. p.

Maharajas & Mughals: Ultimate North India

Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Nimaj, Jodhpur, Pali, Udaipur & Mumbai  

This amazing comprehensive tour of northern India certainly leaves few stones unturned and is perfect for those with times on their hands and don’t want to miss out on hidden highlights!

21 days from £4295 p. p.

A Honeymoon to India and Oman

Mumbai - Udaipur - Amanbagh - Ranthambore - Agra - Muscat  

Rajasthan is unquestionably one of the most romantic places on earth, with amazing hotels to match. See the forts and palaces, tigers, the Taj Mahal and kick-back on the beach in Oman to end.

15 days from £5790 p. p.

Holy and Regal India: Varanasi & Rajasthan

Delhi - Varanasi - Agra - Jaipur - Shahpura - Udaipur  

This is a perfect combination seeing the highlights of northern India; the evocative city of Varanasi and a private tour of the must-see sights of Rajasthan.

13 days from £2695 p. p.

India’s Golden Triangle and Tigers

Delhi - Agra - Ranthambore National Park - Jaipur  

Perfect for a first-time trip to India, this private tour of the Golden Triangle also includes a visit to Ranthambore National Park where you can see tigers in the wild.

9 days from £2565 p. p.

Hidden Rajasthan

Delhi - Chambal - Ramathra - Bundi - Shahpura - Deogarh - Delwara  

Get off-the-beaten track with a tour of hidden Rajasthan, perfect for a second-time trip to India. Explore the rural heartlands that many skip on their first experience of India.

14 days from £2815 p. p.

Rajasthan with Oberoi Hotels and Resorts

Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Udaipur  

An exquisite experience awaits you as you take a private luxury tour of Rajasthan with Oberoi Hotels & Resorts. Stay in immaculate hotels as you leisurely tour through this magical part of India.

10 days from £2495 p. p.

Rajasthan in Depth

Delhi - Jaipur - Nimaj - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Rohet - Narlai - Udaipur - Barli - Ranthambore - Ramathra - Agra - Gurgaon  

If you like to travel and leave no stone unturned, then this long itinerary might be one to base your ideas around. Take in all that Rajasthan has to offer seeing it from top to toe.

22 days from £4530 p. p.

The Forts and Palaces of Rajasthan

Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Nimaj - Jodhpur - Jawai - Udaipur  

Delve a little deeper into Rajasthan on a private tour that perfectly blends the colourful cities with rural charm, staying in lovely boutique hotels as you travel.

15 days from £2795 p. p.

Classic Rajasthan

Delhi - Agra - Ranthambore - Jaipur - Shahpura - Udaipur  

Perfect for a first-time visitor to India, delve into the classic highlights of Rajasthan; marvelling at the Taj Mahal, heading out on a tiger safari, exploring the hidden side to the bustling cities of Jaipur and Udaipur, and also having time to experience Rajasthan’s magical rural heartlands.

13 days from £2935 p. p.

Agra, Varanasi and Northern India Accommodation

This is just an overview of the hotels and lodges we feature, from characterful boutique lodges to luxury hotels. We do have a range of other hotels that we use, so if you don't see from our portfolio what you are looking for, we almost certainly know about it and can help plan an itinerary using it.

Assam Bengal ABN Rajmahal

$ $ $ $ $ Agra, Varanasi and Northern India  

The superb ABN Rajmahal entered service in 2014 and features just 22 en-suite cabins.

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Chambal Safari Lodge, India

Chambal Safari

$ $ $ $ $ Agra, Varanasi and Northern India  

Chambal Safari Lodge is a small eco-lodge located close to Agra offering a blend of wildlife and cultural experiences in this untouched corner of India.

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ITC Mughal, Agra, India

ITC Mughal

$ $ $ $ $ Agra, Varanasi and Northern India  

The ITC Mughal is a comfortable international hotel located close to the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, set within 25 acres of landscaped gardens featuring Mughal style water gardens and fruit trees.

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Vivanta by Taj - Gomti Nagar

Vivanta by Taj – Gomti Nagar, Lucknow

$ $ $ $ $ Agra, Varanasi and Northern India  

Located beside the River Gomti, the imposing Vivanta by Taj – Gomti Nagar in Lucknow is the place to stay in the city, set within 25 acres of landscaped grounds.

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Nadesar Palace, Varanasi, India | Luxury Boutique Hotel | Millis Potter

Nadesar Palace

$ $ $ $ $ Agra, Varanasi and Northern India  

The Nadesar Palace is luxury boutique hotel located in Varanasi that during its history was used by the officers of the East India Company and as a guesthouse of the Maharaja of Benares (Varanasi).

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The Oberoi Amarvilas

$ $ $ $ $ Agra, Varanasi and Northern India  

The opulent and elegant Oberoi Amarvilas is by far the best hotel in Agra, with all the exceptional rooms offering exceptional views of the Taj Mahal.

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Agra, Varanasi and Northern India Experiences

This is a selection of experiences that allow you to see the destination in new and interesting ways. Almost all our experiences include a private guide, and can be then tailored to your particular interests. Indeed, many of the experiences we offer are created individually for our guests, so this list is by no means conclusive. In fact, we leave a couple of our best ideas up our sleeves for when you enquire with us.

Fatehpur Sikri, India

Fatehpur Sikri

Agra, Varanasi and Northern India   View Experience
Gate to Sikandra,Tomb of Akbar (the Great Mughal emperor) at Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Sikandra

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Itmad-Ud-Daulah's tomb in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. Also known as the Jewel Box or the Baby Taj

Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-Daulah

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Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Taj Mahal

Agra, Varanasi and Northern India   View Experience
Taj Mahal, Agra, India, Mughal Heritage Walk

Mughal Heritage Walk

Agra, Varanasi and Northern India   View Experience
Gharial, Chambal, India

Experiences around Chambal

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Orchha, India

Orchha

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Chandela Temples, Khajuraho, India

Chandela Temples of Khajuraho

Agra, Varanasi and Northern India   View Experience
Body & Soul

Evening Aarti Ceremony in Varanasi

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Sarnath, India

Sarnath

Agra, Varanasi and Northern India   View Experience