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Rajasthan and Varanasi adventure

Travelling on India's incredible rail network this adventure explores the best that north India has to offer. From the dramatic Moghul architecture of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur to a camel safari in the desert at Pushkar. We also spend time searching for Bengal tigers in Ranthambore National Park and take a river safari in Chambal Sanctuary on the lookout for Gangetic River dolphins, soft shell turtles and Sarus cranes. In Varanasi, India's holiest city, we take a boat trip on the sacred Ganges to witness the evening aarti ceremony.

Tour Highlights

  • Ranthambore - Search for Bengal tigers in India's most famous national park
  • Chambal - Take a river safari to look for gharial and soft shell turtles
  • Bateshwar - Explore 40 Hindu temples that line the banks of the River Chambal
  • Varanasi - Float on the River Ganges and watch pilgrims bathe at holy 'Benares'
  • Golden Triangle - Discover Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, north India's three iconic cities


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    Join trip in Delhi

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    Walk through Old Delhi's spice market before taking the train to Jaipur

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    Discover Jaipur's hilltop Amber Fort, City Palace and Palace of the Winds

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    Free time to explore Jaipur. Take a train to Pushkar

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    Ride a camel through the desert and watch the sunset from Savitri Temple

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    Take a jeep safari in Ranthambore National Park

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    Search for tigers before travelling to Agra

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    Watch the sunrise over the beautiful Taj Mahal

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    Drive to Chambal Sanctuary, take an afternoon nature walk

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    Search for soft shell turtles and explore the temples at Bateshwar

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    Free time to relax at Chambal before an overnight train to Varanasi

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    Explore Varanasi on a walking tour and watch the evening ceremony on the river banks

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    Visit ancient Buddhist temples at Sarnath. Take a train to Delhi

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    Free time to explore Delhi

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    Trip ends in Delhi

Tour notes

Each departure date has it's own dedicated tour note, detailing all you need to know about that tour. Whether you've already booked, or weighing up your options, please choose carefully the relevant itinerary for you.

We have the following different versions of the Highlights of Northern India tour available at present.

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Included meals 14 0 0
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
4WD, Rickshaw, Bus, Train, Boat
7 nights Standard Hotel
3 nights Simple Hotel
2 nights Standard Lodge
2 nights Simple Overnight Train
Tour Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s), Naturalist(s)
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16