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North India in 2 weeks

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North India in 2 weeks

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Any extensions for this tour can be found at the bottom of this page.


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A visit of the Jama Masjid, the great mosque in Delhi, is definitely worth a visit. |India



Admire the Taj Mahal in Agra! The Taj is a mausoleum, built by Shai Jahan for his loved wife Mumtaz.|India



Visit Jaipur, also known as the pink city! |India



The town Pushkar was built around the holy Pushkar lake. At the shores of the lake, you'll find priests that offer you flowers to sacrifice in the lake. This can be an interesting experience! |India



The picturesque Udaipur offers precious palaces and temples. With its many lakes, palaces and temples, Udaipur is surely one of the most romantic places of India.|India



Jodhpur is also called the blue city because of the colour of the houses. You cannot omit a visit of this city. |India



In Bikaner you'll find impressive forts, palaces and public buildings that are decorated with carvings from the rose-red limestone that is typical for this region. India



Visit the Surajgargh fort, an amazingly restored fort from the 18th century that offers lodgings as well. |India


Day to Day description

Transport Route Overnight stay
1 Delhi Delhi
2 Delhi Delhi
3 Bus Delhi - Agra Agra
4 Bus Agra - Fatehpur Sikri/Abhaneri Stepwell - Kalakho Kalakho
5 Bus Kalakho - Jaipur Jaipur
6 Jaipur Jaipur
7 Bus Jaipur - Pushkar Pushkar
8 Bus Pushkar - Udaipur Udaipur
9 Udaipur Udaipur
10 Bus Udaipur - Ranakpur - Jodhpur Jodhpur
11 Jodhpur Jodhpur
12 Bus Jodhpur - Bikaner Bikaner
13 Bikaner Bikaner
14 Bus Bikaner - Shekhawati Shekhawati
15 Bus Shekhawati - Delhi Delhi
16 Delhi Delhi - End of tour


Day 1: Delhi

Welcome to India!

Your tour starts in Delhi, where you can use your hotel room from check in time (12.00 hrs at noon) on day 1. Most of your travel companions will arrive in the late evening of day 1 or early morning of day 2, the exact time will be depending on their flight schedule.

Day 2: Delhi

You will meet your English speaking tour leader at 8.00 hrs A.M. on day 2 in the lobby of your hotel in Delhi.

Delhi! This 3000 year old city is the chaotic capital of India and forms a separate area in India, controlled by the federal government. The contrast between the old and new areas is enormous: The old area is a stifling, colourful, oriental ants’ nest characterised by narrow alleyways, temples and mosques, the Red Fort and the Jama Masijd, the biggest and most beautiful mosque in India, are found here. The new area is a grandiosely built metropolis with long, broad, straight streets, pavilions and parks. Between buildings are hundreds of monuments which each tell part of the story of the city’s past.

Day 3: Delhi - Agra

We leave early in the morning to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. The ride (about 204 km) will take approximately 5 hours; depending on traffic.

During the day you will have time to explore Agra and a visit to the world famous Taj Mahal is a must. However, besides this architectural wonder, Agra also has a series of other interesting sights. Once one of the three most important Moghul cities, the old part of the city is multi-coloured and hectic, while the region in which most of the hotels are situated is spacious and green.

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Day 4: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri/Abhaneri Stepwell - Kalakho

You continue your trip through India to Kalakho but not without first visiting Fatehpur Sikri (entrance fees not included). Although now a ghost town, it was once regarded as the ideal city to live in, due to the beloved Emperor Akbar who ruled between 1571 and 1585. The most beautiful building is surely the Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque).

You journey takes you further to Abhaneri, where you can see the stepwell before continuing your tour to Kalakho where you will stay at the Umaid Lake Palace (subject to change). Kalakho is located in the countryside and is a wonderful place to experience village life! Often you can see how turbans and saris are made or you can attend an introductory lesson in 'Bollywood Dance'. Tired of all that? Take a refreshing dip in your swimming pool.

Day 5: Kalakho - Jaipur

This morning you are free to discover Kalakho. Maybe you fancy a game of cricket with the locals, you can learn how to fly a kite (if there is enough wind), or perhaps you're in for a henna tattoo. The friendly villagers are usually happy to play along. Check here for more information about the possible activities.

After arrival in Jaipur it is nice to climb up to the top of the hill where the imposing Nahargarh Fort stands. Enjoy the sunset, letting the superb view sink in. You will soon understand how Jaipur has earned its nickname (the "Pink City"). The major attractions of Jaipur are the Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal) with its beautiful façade and the City Palace.

Day 6: Jaipur

You are free to explore Jaipur. About 7 miles north-east of the city is the famous Amber Fort. Before Jaipur was built, Amber was the capital city of the region for 600 years. The actual fort stands at the top of a hill surrounded in all directions by hills, upon which smaller fortifications are also built. There are many marble statues and mosaics to admire here. It is a 10 minute walk or shorter still jeep ride to get up to the fort.

Day 7: Jaipur - Pushkar

After a 2½ hour (140 km) bus journey we arrive at Pushkar where the town is built around the sacred Pushkar Lake. According to legend, the lake owes its existence to the god Brahma, who laid a lotus flower at a site where a sacred spring later came in to existence. Of the many Hindu temples here, the Brahma temple is therefore the most important.

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Day 8: Pushkar - Udaipur

Today, a long bus journey of around 7-8 hours (280 km) is scheduled. The first leg of the journey passes through a spectacular area of the Nag Pahar (Snake Mountain) to this picturesque white town that is the destination of so many pilgrimages.

Built around a number of artificial lakes Udaipur has a multitude of palaces and havelis, parks and gardens. The Lake Palace, one of the best hotels in the world, stands in the middle of Lake Pichola. The city is partially walled; but in places the wall has fallen into disrepair. Udaipur is a dream city in which you can wander for hours without running out of sites to marvel at.

Day 9: Udaipur

Today is a free day in Udaipur. You may wish to visit the other palaces and temples especially the Jagdish temple, situated in the busy centre of the city. If you have time left, there will be numerous small excursions to sites near the city, such as Eklingji, famous for its temple built in honour of Shiva, and the Jain temples in Nagda.

Day 10: Udaipur - Ranakpur - Jodhpur

The tour goes by the monumental Chaumukh Temple in Ranakhpur, one of the most stunning Jain temples in India. Here you’ll see the incredibly detailed masonry that gives the temple its reputation. The complex dates back to the 15th century and has 1444 pillars, all of which differ from one other.

Today we arrive in walled city of Jodhpur, known as the 'gateway' to the Thar Desert. Estimated travel hours for today (without stops) are 6-7 (around 300 km).

Day 11: Jodhpur

Free day. Jodhpur is dominated by an immense fortress, which towers over the market. From here there is a fantastic view over the blue-painted houses of the city which gives it the nickname, the 'Blue City'.

Sights include the Mehrangarh Fort and the Umaid Bhavan Palace. In contrast to the fort, the palace was only completed in 1943, just before the maharajas of Jodhpur were forced to relinquish their power. Since then, part of the palace has been turned into the best hotel in the city. Jodhpur is a particularly good place to buy antiques.

Day 12: Jodhpur - Bikaner

You will travel to Bikaner today in an estimated 6-7 hours/ around 230 km (without stops).

Bikaner, where impressive fortresses, palaces and public buildings are decorated with pink-red sandstone. Camels pull carts through the narrow streets as they have done for centuries and a long market street leads to the imposing Junagarh Fort. The fort’s wall is over half a mile long, has 37 bastions and two huge gateways and inside are beautifully restored temples and pavilions.

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Day 13: Bikaner

Free day to explore the city. The brave among you may wish to go by taxi to visit the rat temple of Karni Mata in the nearby town of Deshnoke. Here the rats are sacred and worshipped and you must go barefoot in the temple, where you will find yourself accompanied by a churning mass of thousands of rats. You can also take an optional trip to a local camel-breeding farm.

Day 14: Bikaner - Shekhawati

Today you'll travel to the region of Shekhawati in western Rajasthan, known for its beautiful frescoed houses and colourful population. This relatively quiet area was traditionally on the caravan route from the ports of Gujarat and central India to Delhi and further afield to Central Asia. There was a lively trade in opium, cotton and spices. The wealthy merchants built magnificent homes for themselves, called havelis, merchant houses of several storeys with a large courtyard. Most of these buildings are covered with numerous carvings and frescoes from between 1760 and 1920. Some are still in good condition, others are beautifully restored, but all, without exception are well worth a look.

You sleep in the town of Surajgarh/Nawalgarh. The estimated travel time for today is 6-7 hours (230 km).

Day 15: Shekhawati - Delhi

This morning you will be free to further explore Shekhawati. At around midday, the group will travel back to Delhi where you will spend one final night (7 hours driving, depending on traffic jams; 250 km).

Day 16: Delhi

Your tour has now come to an end. We wish you a comfortable journey home and are sure you will take with you some wonderful memories of India.

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When booking your tour, please check to see whether you need any post-tour nights, bearing in mind that accommodation for the night of the final day of the tour (day 16) is not included. 

It is possible that the group for a part of this trip is combined with the participants of our 7-Day Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, 17-Day India and Nepal with trekking and 14-Day India and Nepal in 2 weeks trips. Obviously, we ensure that the maximum of 24 participants is not exceeded. The local English-speaking tour guide(s) ensure(s) proper execution of the trip.


On the trip departing on 10 November, 2018 visit the Pushkar Fair in Pushkar.*

On the trip departing on 16 March, 2019 visit the Holi Festival in Jaipur.

On the trip departing on 30 July, 2019 visit the Teej Festival in Jaipur.

On the trip departing on 31 October, 2019 visit the Pushkar Fair in Pushkar.*

* Note: The itinerary during the Pushkar Fair festival tour has been adapted.

During the Pushkar Fair you stay one extra night in Pushkar and one night less in Bikaner. The route will be: Day 1 Delhi; Day 2 Delhi; Day 3 Agra; Day 4 Agra; Day 5 Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri; Day 6 Jaipur; Day 7 Pushkar; Day 8 Pushkar; Day 9 Udaipur Day 10 Udaipur; Day 11 Jodhpur via Ranakpur; Day 12 Jodhpur; Day 13 Bikaner via Rat Temple; Day 14 Shekhawati; Day 15 Delhi; Day 16 End of tour.

The itineraries during festival tours may be adapted. Please check the 'News' section for further details. For more information about the festivals please check under 'More info' then 'Festivals'.

Extend your trip

  • Amritsar Extension

    You may like to opt for an extension in Amritsar at the end of your tour.

    Please specify when booking if you would like this extension. You can indicate this by ticking the appropriate box in the booking form.

    This special package to Amritsar starts from € 149 per person (based on two people sharing a room). If you would like a single room then you pay a supplement of € 69.

    Amritsar Extension

    Amritsar is the state capital of Punjab. You will become acquainted with the friendly Sikhs with their turbans and colourful robes. The Golden Temple is the landmark of the city. This magnificent temple complex is located in the center of the old town, where it is buzzing with activity. The actual sanctuary (Hari Mandir) is surrounded by water called Amrit Sarovar, roughly translated as "Pool of Nectar", from which the city derives its name. The Hari Mandir has a dome, which has the shape of an inverted lotus flower. The Golden Temple is an oasis of calm. It is wonderful to relax a couple of hours here and witness the rituals that take place. In addition to the Golden Temple, there are a number of attractions in Amritsar: the old city, with the Durgiana Temple and a small golden temple, a mosque and many markets.

    Schedule for the Amritsar extension:

    Day 15: Transfer from Nawalgarh to Delhi with the group and overnight in Delhi.

    Day 16: Transfer from hotel to Delhi train station, travel by train from Delhi to Amritsar, transfer from train station to hotel in Amritsar. Scheduled train times: Departing Delhi at 16:30, Arriving Amritsar at 22.35 (train times subject to change).

    Day 17: Free day Amritsar.

    Day 18: Transfer from the hotel in Amritsar to the train station, travel by train from Amritsar to Delhi, transfer from train station to hotel in Delhi. Scheduled train times: Departure from Amritsar at 16:50, Arrival Delhi at 23.05 (train times subject to change).

    Day 19: Delhi.

    Day 20: End of extension.


    Private transfers by car / bus; train travel Delhi-Amritsar and Amritsar-Delhi; hotel accommodation.


    All meals; optional excursions; entrance fees; tips

  • Varanasi Extension

    Varanasi Extension

    The mysterious city of Varanasi is located on the banks of the holy river Ganges. Hindus from all over the world come here to take a ritual bath in the holy waters of their 'Mother Ganga'. The ghats stretch along the western banks of the Ganges. Every day there are all kinds of rituals performed here, from cremations to washing of clothes. When you have had enough of the hustle and bustle of the big city, you can visit the ancient Buddhist temples at Sarnath, the place where Buddha preached his first sermon. This tranquil village is located in a green area about ten kilometers from Varanasi. There is also a small museum.

    You stay in Varanasi in a hotel with swimming pool.

    Schedule for the Varanasi Extension:

    Day 16: Transfer from hotel to Delhi train station, travel by night train from Delhi to Varanasi. Scheduled train times: Departure from Delhi at 18:55, arriving in Varanasi at 7:20 am (train times subject to change).

    Day 17: Transfer from train station to hotel in Varanasi. Free day Varanasi.

    Day 18: Free day Varanasi.

    Day 19: 'Check out' at 12.00. Transfer from the hotel to the railway station in Varanasi, travel by night train from Varanasi to Delhi. Scheduled train times: Departure from Varanasi at 19:30, arriving in Delhi at 8:10 am (train times subject to change);

    Day 20: Delhi.

    Day 21: End of extension.


    Private transfers by car / bus; train travel Delhi-Varanasi and Varanasi-Delhi; two nights in a night train; accommodation in Delhi and Varanasi


    All meals; optional excursions; entrance fee; tips

    This special package to Varanasi starts from € 179 per person (based on two people sharing a room). If you would like a single room then you pay a supplement of € 59.

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