North India Mixtape
You'll come for the Taj and the Ganges but you'll leave raving about Tordi Garh and Nimaj Bagh.
(Was North India Highlights)
Day 1-2 - Delhi
Chai is to India what being beautiful is to Brazilians. They just go together. Before long you'll start craving your morning fix of this sweet, milky tea spiced with cardamom and ginger.
- Evening group meeting at the hotel and optional group dinner
Hotel Perfect or similar
- Wander through the market area of Chandni Chowk as well as Connaught Place
- Free time to relax or explore
- Board an overnight sleeper train bound for Varanasi
Day 3-5 - Varanasi - overnight train
A sunrise cruise on the Ganges makes your spiritual side tingle, as thousands of Hindus wash their sins away in one of the oldest living cities on earth.
Hotel Surya or similar
- Sunrise boat cruise on the Ganges
- Guided tour of Varanasi's lanes and alleyways
- Overnight sleeper train back towards Agra
Day 6 - Agra - Taj Mahal
So many people were recruited to work on the Taj that an entire town was built just for them (Taj Ganj, which is still a suburb of Agra). One guy was employed solely to carve flowers out of marble. See if you can spot his handiwork.
Hotel Royal Residency or similar
- Visit the Taj Mahal
- Optional trip to Agra Fort
Day 7 - Tordi Garh
Few other travellers come here, to it's a nice break from the madness of Agra. Indulge the kids in a bit of cricket then meet the prince who is kindly letting us sleep in his 16th century palace (no need to curtsy).
Hotel Tordi Garh or similar
- Visit the remote town of Tordi Garh - a place where few travellers venture to - and meet the locals
- Spend the night in authentic local accommodation
Day 8-9 - Jaipur
Another night, another palace - that's just how we roll in India. This one's about 300 years old and the gateway is so large that royalty riding elephants in those big four-poster chairs (houdas) could fit through.
- Travel by jeep to Jaipur
Hotel Mrignayani Palace or similar
- Visit the Amber Fort
- Guided tour of the Old Bazaar and The Palace of the Winds
- Free time to relax or explore Jaipur on your own
Day 10 - Nimaj Bagh
In little villages like Nimaj Bagh you get used to awkward silences. They don't speak your language and you don't speak theirs. Instead, you just smile. A lot. It's infectious.
Nimaj Hotel Rawla Bagh or similar
- Stay at an orchard run by Nimaj nobles
- Visit surrounding villages and meet some of the locals
Day 11 - Jodhpur
Stuff yourself silly at our favourite rooftop restaurant, Jhankar in Choti Haveli. It's all about the comfort food here (try the mailai kofta), plus there's free wi-fi and a view of the Meherangarh Fort.
Hotel Indrashan or similar
- Visit the Meherangarh Fort and the Sardar market
Day 12-14 - Udaipur
Forget the palace; the museum at Baglore-ki-Haveli is home to the world's biggest turban! Grab some Pringles and get ready for your overnight ride on the world's third biggest rail network.
Hotel Mahendra Prakash or similar
- Visit the Jagdish Temple and the City Palace
- Free time for optional activities
- Board an overnight sleeper train bound for Delhi
Day 15-16 - Delhi
Did you know the city of Delhi was destroyed and rebuilt seven times? On a less serious note, it's tradition to come home with a pair of fisherman pants that you'll never wear again.
- Free time to explore Delhi's highlights, such as the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid and the Raj Ghat
- Optional group dinner in the evening
Hotel Perfect or similar
- The trip ends this morning, but there's plenty more to see for those that want to stick around
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