You can always add on a visit the Khajuraho after Varanasi to see the superb Chandela Temple. You can then work your way through the village of Orchha and possibly also Gwalior on the way to Agra to rejoin the suggested route.
If you want to see India at its most colourful, spiritual and vibrant then you must consider Varanasi, the oldest inhabited city on earth. It is an evocative place, a complete attack on the senses, just utterly fascinating as you walk through its historic alleyways and ghats that line the holy Ganges River. The sights and smells, people and architecture are for many a microcosm of India as whole and why you visit this amazing country. Spend two nights here, either right in the heart of the action overlooking the Ganges, or a little distant giving you time to reflect on your day’s adventures. There are now direct flights to Agra, meaning you can then see the unrivalled splendour of the Taj Mahal. Drive across to Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, and famous for its superb markets and Rajput architecture. We would then suggest driving to Udaipur and having the chance to experience a touch of rural India; those dusty, yet spell-bindingly charming rural villages, filled with sari-clad women going about their daily lives and men driving bullock carts across the verdant green paddy-fields. Drive onto Udaipur, Rajasthan’s most beautiful city that surrounds Lake Pichola. Take a boat out on the lake, before taking an immersive walking tour through the city with a private guide.
It goes without saying that you will have your own private driver, luxury vehicle and private expert guides. We have enhanced the day-to-day experiences with unique and insightful experienced, aimed to show you far more than a standard tour, yet immerse you in the colourful diversity that India has to offer. Stay in charming heritage boutique hotels, or luxury palace hotels (or even mix and match the two). Anything about this itinerary can be tweaked and customised, extended or shortened. We aim to tailor the itinerary to your interests and timeframe, adapting it to make India as a wonderful a place as we find it ourselves.
|Day 1-2||Delhi||The Manor The Imperial Hotel|
|Day 3-4||Varanasi||Nadesar Palace|
|Day 5-6||Agra||ITC Mughal The Oberoi Amarvilas|
|Day 7-9||Jaipur||47 Jobner Bagh Taj Rambagh Palace|
|Day 10||Shahpura||Shahpura Bagh Shahpura Bagh|
|Day 11-12||Udaipur||Bujera Fort Taj Lake Palace Hotel|
|Day 13||Udaipur Airport||Fly Home|
We arrange totally bespoke trips and design an itinerary that is designed around you. You may have seen a suggested itinerary that we can base your plans around, or we can start with a blank sheet and paper and design something from scratch.