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Northern India Discovery

  • Duration
    16 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
  • Tour Style
    Classic
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This exciting adventure takes you through the northern hill stations of the Himalayas to the fantastically iconic Golden Triangle of Agra, Jaipur, and Delhi, immersing you in North India's culture.

A visit to vibrant Amritsar, home to the Golden Temple, one of the holiest sites in India, boasting a top made of pure gold, journeying on the Toy Train from Shimla and witnessing the Agra sound and light show are just some of the incredible experiences to be found on this varied and magical tour.

  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 14 , Lunches: 13 , Dinners: 14
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    14 nights in 3+/4 star accommodation
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 18
  • Physical Rating 2Learn More
    X A reasonable level of fitness is required, as you'll be spending time on your feet and doing a bit of walking to cover short distances during your daily sightseeing. There will also be some climbing of steps and climbing on and off of coaches and boats. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Walking, some steps and extended time on your feet.
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Tour Highlights

Our Northern India Discovery tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Authentic Experiences

Our Northern India Discovery Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Tour Itinerary

  • Days 1-2
    Fly to Delhi
    Days 1-2: Fly to Delhi

    Fly overnight to Delhi, India's vibrant capital city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

    • Dinner
  • Day 3
    Discover Delhi
    Day 3: Discover Delhi

    Take a full day to explore India's vibrant capital. Starting in Old Delhi, embark on a rickshaw ride through the atmospheric streets, visiting Jama Masjid. Venture into a local market where you will learn about local herbs and spices. Cross into New Delhi to view the colonial grandeur of the Rajpath, including the Rashtrapati Bhavan and India Gate, finishing the day at Humayun's Tomb.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Amazing Experiences

    • Old Delhi Rickshaw Ride

      Take an exciting rickshaw ride through Asia's largest spice market, in Old Delhi, absorbing the heady scents and colourful sights of some of the world’s most exotic powders, leaves, roots and seeds.

  • Day 4
    Train to Amritsar
    Day 4: Train to Amritsar

    Transfer to Delhi station and hop on a train travelling north to Amritsar. Head to the close by India-Pakistan border to watch the elaborate border closing ceremony with its fantastically over-the-top showmanship.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5
    Explore Amritsar
    Day 5: Explore Amritsar

    Enjoy a heritage walk of the city, taking in local markets and temples including Jallianwalla Bagh. Visit the Golden Temple, Harmandir Sahib – the spiritual heart of the Sikh faith. Built in the 16th-century, its dome is richly gilded in shimmering gold. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity and walk around the sacred waters of Amrit Sarovar. Return to the temple this evening to experience Palki Sahib, an atmospheric ceremony accompanied by drums and hymns.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6
    Travel to Dharamsala
    Day 6: Travel to Dharamsala

    Ascend into the Himalayas to Dharamsala, a former British hill station that has become the home of the Tibetan Government in exile. This afternoon, visit the Tibetan Library and the Tibetan Medical Institute.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7
    Explore Dharamsala
    Day 7: Explore Dharamsala

    Start the day at Bhagsunag, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva before exploring Mcleod Ganj, a town with a distinctly Tibetan feel. Explore the town, visiting Buddhist temples and local markets, and popping into the Dalai Lama Temple and the Tibetan Museum.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8
    Yoga Experience
    Day 8: Yoga Experience

    Start the day with a yoga and meditation session. Continue your explorations at the Kangra State Museum and St John's Church. Enjoy a demonstration on how to cook local dishes before spending some time at the Nobulingka Institute. A major centre for Buddhist learning, it also works to preserve Tibet's cultural heritage.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9
    Travel to Shimla
    Day 9: Travel to Shimla

    Drive to Shimla. On arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10
    Toy Train
    Day 10: Toy Train

    All aboard the famous Toy Train, a World Heritage railway built in 1903. This is one of India’s most scenic train journeys, where you can admire spectacular views as your wind your way down from the mountains. Return to Shimla by car. This afternoon visit Jakhoo Temple, which sits at the highest point of the city, offering amazing views. Continue to the Himachal State Museum and enjoy a walking tour of Mall Road, Shimla’s main street constructed during British colonial rule.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 11
    Shimla to Delhi
    Day 11: Shimla to Delhi

    Visit the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. Transfer to Kalka to board the train to Delhi.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 12
    Agra Fort
    Day 12: Agra Fort

    Travel to Agra by road. On arrival, admire the colossal Agra Fort, built by the Mughals in the mid-1500s.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 13
    Taj Mahal
    Day 13: Taj Mahal

    Today you will visit India's most iconic sight - The Taj Mahal. Depart Agra for Jaipur, stopping en route to admire the symmetrical beauty of the Chand Baori stepwell. Arrive in the 'Pink City' and visit the City Palace and the fascinating Jantar Mantar observatory.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 14
    Explore Jaipur
    Day 14: Explore Jaipur

    Start with a photo stop this morning at Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) before visiting the spectacular Amber Fort. Stop at a craft centre to watch artisans at work block printing and carpet weaving. Before dinner you will have a cooking demonstration.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 15
    Delhi
    Day 15: Delhi

    Return to Delhi by road. This evening, sit down to a final group dinner and Kathak Dance performance.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 16
    Depart Delhi
    Day 16: Depart Delhi

    Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.

    • Breakfast

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

  • Nights 4
    The Park Hotel
    15 Parliament Street Opposite - Jantar Mantar, New Delhi 110001 India
    The Park Hotel
    The Park Hotel, New Delhi, highly rated among the luxury five star hotels in Delhi is situated in the heart of the city centre's entertainment hub - Connaught Place. The hotel boasts luxurious and stylish en-suite rooms fitted with modern amenities, and access to indulgent restaurants, a day gym, spa and salon.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Swiming Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Non-smoking
    • Bar
  • Nights 2
    Holiday Inn
    District Shopping Complex, Amritsar
    Holiday Inn
    Located in the commercial district in Amritsar with major tourist attractions a short distance away. The 4* Holiday Inn a wide range of facilities, inclusive of a outdoor swimming pool, a lounge and all day dining restaurant, servicing exciting continental flavours. Room amenities include a coffee/ tea maker, flatscreen TV and air conditioning.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Swiming Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Elevator
    • Bar
  • Nights 3
    The Pride Surya Mountain Resort
    The Pride Surya Mountain Resort
    The Pride Surya Mountain Resort, is perfectly located just a short walk from the Dalai Lama Temple Complex and Kalachakra Temple in Dharamsala. The resort boasts comfortable rooms fitted with a range of amenities, and access to a restaurant and outdoor swimming pool.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Swiming Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Non-smoking
    • Elevator
  • Nights 2
    Woodville Palace Hotel
    Woodville Palace Hotel
    Escape to the heart of nature, as the Woodville Palace Hotel is surrounded by 4 acres of greenery. Guests staying at this hotel will also have the Himalayas at their doorstep, making for an unforgettable experience. Accommodation is inspired by 1930's art decor with each room boasting it's own unique character. The Woodville Palace Hotel also offers a range of facilities, including a bar and lounge area, restaurant as well as recreational facilities such as table tennis and horseback riding.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
    • Non-smoking
    • Bar
  • Night 1
    Clarks Shiraz
    54 Taj Road, Agra 282001 India
    Clarks Shiraz
    Overlooking the Taj and Agra Fort, The 5* Hotel Clarks Shiraz, is located 2 km from the Taj Mahal, in the heart of Agra. Spread over 8 landscaped acres, the hotel comprises of 237 fully renovated en-suite rooms, with modern amenities including a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and minibar.The hotel also offers an array of delicious cuisine, ranging from Mughlai, Continental, and Chinese at its various restaurants.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Swiming Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Bar
  • Nights 2
    Ramada Jaipur
    Govind Marg Raja Park, Jaipur 302004 India
    Ramada Jaipur
    Located within the city centre and a short 15-minute drive from Jaipur Railway Station, the 4* Ramada Jaipur is a modern hotel featuring a range of amenities, including a mini-bar and coffee maker. Leisure time can be spent relaxing at the rooftop outdoor pool, gym or spa. Other facilities include a restaurant servicing flavours from around the world as well as delicious barbecue and grilled dishes served at the roof top grill.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Swiming Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Non-smoking
    • Bar

The best time to visit India is from November to March when you’ll enjoy pleasant warm dry days and low humidity.

City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Agra
  • 15°c
  • 13mm
  • Amritsar
  • 12°c
  • 24mm
  • Jaipur
  • 15°c
  • 7mm
  • Shimla
  • 5°c
  • 55mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Agra
  • 18°c
  • 18mm
  • Amritsar
  • 14°c
  • 33mm
  • Jaipur
  • 18°c
  • 11mm
  • Shimla
  • 7°c
  • 47mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Agra
  • 24°c
  • 9mm
  • Amritsar
  • 19°c
  • 48mm
  • Jaipur
  • 24°c
  • 3mm
  • Shimla
  • 11°c
  • 59mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Agra
  • 30°c
  • 6mm
  • Amritsar
  • 25°c
  • 29mm
  • Jaipur
  • 29°c
  • 5mm
  • Shimla
  • 15°c
  • 41mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Agra
  • 34°c
  • 11mm
  • Amritsar
  • 30°c
  • 25mm
  • Jaipur
  • 33°c
  • 18mm
  • Shimla
  • 19°c
  • 56mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Agra
  • 35°c
  • 56mm
  • Amritsar
  • 32°c
  • 62mm
  • Jaipur
  • 33°c
  • 63mm
  • Shimla
  • 20°c
  • 176mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Agra
  • 31°c
  • 203mm
  • Amritsar
  • 30°c
  • 231mm
  • Jaipur
  • 30°c
  • 223mm
  • Shimla
  • 18°c
  • 376mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Agra
  • 30°c
  • 243mm
  • Amritsar
  • 30°c
  • 187mm
  • Jaipur
  • 29°c
  • 206mm
  • Shimla
  • 18°c
  • 335mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Agra
  • 29°c
  • 130mm
  • Amritsar
  • 28°c
  • 79mm
  • Jaipur
  • 28°c
  • 66mm
  • Shimla
  • 17°c
  • 190mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Agra
  • 27°c
  • 25mm
  • Amritsar
  • 24°c
  • 18mm
  • Jaipur
  • 26°c
  • 25mm
  • Shimla
  • 17°c
  • 46mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Agra
  • 22°c
  • 4mm
  • Amritsar
  • 18°c
  • 6mm
  • Jaipur
  • 22°c
  • 4mm
  • Shimla
  • 11°c
  • 14mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Agra
  • 17°c
  • 6mm
  • Amritsar
  • 13°c
  • 18mm
  • Jaipur
  • 17°c
  • 4mm
  • Shimla
  • 8°c
  • 16mm
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Northern India Discovery map

Places Visited: UK - Delhi (4N) - Agra (1N) - Jaipur (2N) - Amritsar (2N) - Dharamsala (3N) - Shimla (2N) - Delhi - UK

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