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Amritsar, Varanasi, Delhi, Jodhpur, Mumbai / Palaces, Temples & Forts

Elaborate stonework, soaring towers and roofs plated with gold; explore the architectural masterpieces of India’s palaces, temples and forts.

The birthplace of three of the world’s most practiced religions; every corner turned in India unearths a spectacle of spiritual construction. Delve into the Sikh culture during the ceremonious moving of their Holy Book as you sample the exquisite craftsmanship of the Golden Temple ensconced within azure waters, before walking the line of mortality upon the banks of the river Ganges in the most sacred city in Hinduism, Varanasi.

Briefly encounter the tranquil home of Buddhism followed by the bustling streets of Delhi where colonial meets contemporary and towering skyscrapers share the city with ancient forts and palaces. Atop a plateau, count the indigo houses scattered below the Mehrangarh Fort overlooking the Blue City of Jodhpur shortly before flying west to explore Mumbai; where the city's opposing façades emerge on an eye opening tour illuminating the humbling contrast between the glamorous scene of Bollywood and the modest living within India’s largest slum, Dharavi. 

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Nights 10
Destinations 5
Flights 5

Amritsar, Varanasi, Delhi, Jodhpur, Mumbai /Itinerary

Palaces, Temples & Forts


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Fly from London Heathrow to Amritsar with Virgin Atlantic. You will be met on arrival and transferred to the Taj Swarna Amritsar for a two night stay. Settle into the regal yet homely atmosphere of the hotel before transferring to the Golden Temple for the holy Palki ceremony at sunset. (BB)

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A gilded marble heart at the core of the ‘pool of nector’, Harmandir Sahib, affectionately known as the Golden Temple, begins a full day tour of Amritsar. The sacred backbone of the Sikh faith, the temple is home to the religions Holy Book, Guru Granth Sahib, by day before it is returned to Akal Takht every evening during the Palki ceremony. Moving on, reflect upon the memorial of Jallianwala Bagh, established to commemorate the 1919 shooting of hundreds of Indians by British Colonials, before visiting the lush gardens of Rambagh. On the lead up to sunset, drive to the India-Pakistan border to witness the vivacious Wagah border ceremony performed by soldiers from both countries. (BB)

Day /3 - 4



Today, travel to Varanasi where life and the hereafter entwine. An early morning boat ride exhibits the traditions of Hinduism’s holiest city where individuals wash away sins in the river Ganges and ashes of the dead are scattered from the ghat steps to release the soul. Ten kilometres north-east lies the birthplace of Buddhism, Sarnath. Here, explore the deer park where Gautama Buddha delivered his first sermon and undertook his first disciples before you return to Varanasi for the renowned Aarti ceremony; a ritual upon the river banks to celebrate Mother Ganga with flaming lamps, beating drums and offerings of flowers and incense. (BB)

Nadesar Palace

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Proceed to Delhi where the sights and sounds of India’s economic core will enchant and engulf you into the ancient charm of the country’s capital. A day tour of both New and Old Delhi weaves between the electric bazaars of Chandi Chowk marketplace on to three UNESCO World Heritage sites, Red Fort, Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb. Along the way, stops at the city’s most intricate and masterful memorials include a drive past the 42 metre high India Gate and the Parliament House, formally the Secretariat buildings of the Vice Regal Palace and now home to the President of India himself. (BB)

The Imperial

Day /7 - 8



Flying south-west, the bluebell hued buildings emerging from the rusty landscape welcome you to Jodhpur. Nicknamed the ‘Sun City’, this ancient walled metropolis hosts a wealth of ornate forts, palaces, temples and gardens. Explore the 15th century Mehrangarh Fort that sits upon a pedestal of sandstone followed by a tour through medieval streets to uncover palatial structures of extravagant décor and captivating museum archives; with visits to one of the world’s largest private residences and the pillared memorial of Jaswant Thada, built in homage to a former Maharajah famed for reforming the city. (BB)

Umaid Bhawan Palace

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A hive of activity flanking the Arabian Sea, Mumbai is a place of ultimate paradox. Experience the modern life of India mingled with the traditional as you witness the city come to life at the break of dawn. Tour the newspaper distribution network before visits to the fruit vendors and Sassoon docks to see how fresh produce is prepared daily. Later, question your definition of a slum with a tour of Dharavi. Led by a local guide, explore the inner workings of the neighbourhood; discovering the secrets behind the leather, embroidery and recycling industries from the gleeful residents who welcome you to their home. (BB)

The Taj Mahal Palace

Day /11

Return home

In time, transfer to Mumbai airport to board your return flight to London Heathrow.

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