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Northern India Discovery

16 days Fully Inclusive Classic Group Tour

Northern India Discovery

This exciting adventure takes you through the northern hill stations of the Himalayas to the fantastical, iconic Golden Triangle of Agra, Jaipur, and Delhi, immersing you in North Indian culture.

  • 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
  • Visas
    Visa fees & processing for Australian passports
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 28
  • Physical Rating 2
    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.
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    Walking, some steps and extended time on your feet.
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Classic Group Tour
16 DAYS
From $6,980PP
Delhi (2N+1N+1N) - Amritsar (2N) - Dharamsala (3N) - Shimla (2N) - Agra (1N), Jaipur (2N)
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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 and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Day by Day Itinerary

Delhi (2N+1N+1N) - Amritsar (2N) - Dharamsala (3N) - Shimla (2N) - Agra (1N), Jaipur (2N)
  • Day 1
    Fly To Delhi
    Dinner
    Day 1: Fly To Delhi

    Fly to Delhi. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

    Dinner
  • Day 2
    Discover Delhi
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 2: Discover Delhi

    Take a full day to explore India's vibrant capital. Starting in Old Delhi, embark on a rickshaw ride to the Khari Baoli spice market where you'll learn about local herbs and spices, and visit Jama Masjid. 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
  • Day 3
    Train To Amritsar
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 3: 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 4
    Explore Amritsar
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 4: 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 5
    Travel To Dharamshala
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 5: Travel To Dharamshala

    Ascend into the Himalayas to Dharamshala, 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 6
    Explore Dharamshala
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 6: Explore Dharamshala

    Start the day at Bhagsunag, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva before exploring Mcleodganj, 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 7
    Yoga Experience
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 7: 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 of how to cook local dishes before spending some time at the Norbulingka Institute. A major centre for Buddhist learning, it also works to preserve Tibet's cultural heritage.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8
    Travel To Shimla
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 8: Travel To Shimla

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

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9
    Toy Train
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 9: 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 you 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 10
    Shimla To Delhi
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 10: Shimla To Delhi

    Visit the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. Transfer to Kalka to board the train to Delhi where your afternoon and evening will be at leisure.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11
    Agra Fort
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 11: Agra Fort

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

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12
    Taj Mahal
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 12: Taj Mahal

    Wake early to see the sun rise over India's most iconic sight. At dawn, when the crowds are at their thinnest, the Taj Mahal is often swathed in mist and tinged pink by the rising sun – a magical sight. 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 13
    Explore Jaipur
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 13: 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 14
    Return To Delhi
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 14: Return To Delhi

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

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 15-16
    Fly Delhi To Australia
    Breakfast
    Days 15-16: Fly Delhi To Australia

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

    Breakfast
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Accommodation

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.

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When to go

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

City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 8
    22
    15
  • 13
  • Amritsar
  • 4
    19
    12
  • 24
  • Jaipur
  • 8
    22
    15
  • 7
  • Shimla
  • 2
    9
    5
  • 55
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 10
    25
    18
  • 18
  • Amritsar
  • 6
    22
    14
  • 33
  • Jaipur
  • 11
    25
    18
  • 11
  • Shimla
  • 3
    11
    7
  • 47
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 16
    32
    24
  • 9
  • Amritsar
  • 11
    26
    19
  • 48
  • Jaipur
  • 16
    31
    24
  • 3
  • Shimla
  • 7
    15
    11
  • 59
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 22
    38
    30
  • 6
  • Amritsar
  • 16
    34
    25
  • 29
  • Jaipur
  • 22
    37
    29
  • 5
  • Shimla
  • 11
    19
    15
  • 41
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 26
    42
    34
  • 11
  • Amritsar
  • 21
    39
    30
  • 25
  • Jaipur
  • 26
    40
    33
  • 18
  • Shimla
  • 14
    23
    19
  • 56
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 28
    41
    35
  • 56
  • Amritsar
  • 25
    39
    32
  • 62
  • Jaipur
  • 27
    39
    33
  • 63
  • Shimla
  • 16
    24
    20
  • 176
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 27
    35
    31
  • 203
  • Amritsar
  • 25
    35
    30
  • 231
  • Jaipur
  • 26
    34
    30
  • 223
  • Shimla
  • 15
    21
    18
  • 376
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 26
    34
    30
  • 243
  • Amritsar
  • 25
    34
    30
  • 187
  • Jaipur
  • 25
    32
    29
  • 206
  • Shimla
  • 15
    20
    18
  • 335
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 24
    34
    29
  • 130
  • Amritsar
  • 22
    34
    28
  • 79
  • Jaipur
  • 23
    34
    28
  • 66
  • Shimla
  • 13
    20
    17
  • 190
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 20
    34
    27
  • 25
  • Amritsar
  • 15
    32
    24
  • 18
  • Jaipur
  • 19
    34
    26
  • 25
  • Shimla
  • 11
    24
    17
  • 46
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 14
    30
    22
  • 4
  • Amritsar
  • 9
    27
    18
  • 6
  • Jaipur
  • 14
    29
    22
  • 4
  • Shimla
  • 7
    15
    11
  • 14
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 9
    24
    17
  • 6
  • Amritsar
  • 4
    21
    13
  • 18
  • Jaipur
  • 9
    24
    17
  • 4
  • Shimla
  • 4
    12
    8
  • 16

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    • Flight Inclusive rates only: These include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 1 August 2023. Please note supplements may apply if lead in economy rates are not available.
    • Customary tipping amount of approximately US$120pp (AU$179pp) is paid locally in India.
    • Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2. Extra nights' accommodation (pre or post tour) or stopovers may be required at an additional cost.
    • Flight Inclusive rates only: Based on departures from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth. Departures from other cities and flight upgrades available on request.
    • Price listed is based on new bookings only

    Group Tour includes

    • International flights and current taxes (excluded if a land only option is selected)
    • All Meals (refer to itinerary)
    • Domestic transportation
    • Touring with guides and entrance fees
    • 3 – 4 star accommodation
    • Visa fees for Australian passport holders

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