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13-Day Best of Northern India

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This classic India tour enthralls the visitor with its amazing cultural sites and ancient histories. The lands of Northern India have been at the epicenter of the nation's history for millennia and home to several of India's most exciting and popular travel destinations. Diversity abounds, be it the scenery, sights, or languages, as the North is home to a wide variety of cultures, peoples, long-gone empires, and religions.

On your trip, you will sample some of this diversity as we travel from Delhi, a lively capital of seven empires and a melting pot of cultures and style where colonial Raj era met the hustle and bustle of Mughal Empire. We will visit Jaipur, with its colorful markets and legendary fort and palaces, the most romantic city of the North. The Taj Mahal needs no introduction, but it never fails to surprise even the returning visitor.

Holy River Ganga, called the Mother Ganges for millennia by the Hindus, is known throughout the world, flowing for 1,560 miles from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal. This river is life, purity, and a goddess to the people of India, who believe that anyone who touches these purifying waters will be cleansed of all sins. We will cruise on this great river for three days and explore life on its banks as it makes its way to legendary Varanasi.

While you can start this trip any day, the best time of year is October through March.

Itinerary in Brief

  • DAY 1: Arrive in Delhi
  • DAY 2: See the best of Delhi
  • DAY 3: Travel to Jaipur, the fabled Pink City
  • DAY 4: See the best of Jaipur
  • DAY 5: Travel Jaipur to Agra
  • DAY 6: Discover the magical Taj Mahal
  • DAY 7: Travel Agra to Lucknow by train
  • DAY 8: Travel Lucknow to Allahabad
  • DAY 9: Travel Allahabad to Mirzapur-River Camp
  • DAY 10: Travel the Ganges and see authentic Hindu life in India
  • DAY 11: Finish the cruise, and explore the holy city of Varanasi
  • DAY 12: Fly Varanasi to Delhi
  • DAY 13: Depart


  • UNESCO World Heritage Monuments
  • Sunrise visit at Taj Mahal
  • Train ride to Lucknow, renowned for its grand Nawabs who loved the arts and architecture and developed a refined court cuisine
  • Cruise and camping on the Ganges River
  • Visit the holy city of Varanasi

LOCATIONS: Dehli, Jaipur, Agra, Lucknow, Ganges River, Varanasi

ACTIVITIES: Nature/Wildlife

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