Explore Delhi, both old and new, tour the legendary Taj Mahal in Agra as well as the beautiful Pink City of Jaipur. Continue on to the incredible architecture in Lucknow and the beautifully colourful city of Varanasi, right on the banks of the holy Ganges.
Please note the itinerary listed online only applies to bookings from 1st October 2019. For any bookings travelling prior to this, an alternative itinerary will apply. Please ask our reservations team for further details.
Join our Welcome Meeting this morning before we enjoy a full day of sightseeing in India’s capital. In Old Delhi we’ll see the largest mosque in India - the impressive Jama Masjid. Continue to Humayun’s Tomb and Raj Ghat, the site of Gandhi’s cremation. We also enjoy a thrilling rickshaw ride around Chandni Chowk bazaar. Later we explore highlights of New Delhi including the ceremonial Rajpath and famous India Gate monument. This evening we enjoy our Namaste dinner.
Overnight: Delhi | Breakfast, Dinner
Delhi - Jaipur. We travel to the UNESCO-listed Pink City of Jaipur on day 3 and enjoy a guided tour of the City Palace and the Jantar Mantar space observatory. This UNESCO-listed site is made up of 19 separate astrological instruments, including the worlds largest stone sundial.
Early on day 4 there’s the opportunity to join our Balloon Over Jaipur add-on and sail over lofty forts, temples and regal palaces in a hot air balloon, with the Pink City as your stunning backdrop. Later we explore the striking hill-top Amber Fort. Reach the site by jeep and enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful lakeside fortress. We then return to Jaipur for the evening, stopping en route at a local cotton weaving house.
Overnight: Jaipur | Breakfast x 2
Jaipur - Abhaneri - Bharatpur. Say goodbye to Jaipur as we travel to the village of Abhaneri, home to the impressive Chand Baori step well. This staggering site is 13 stories deep and famously starred in the hit movie ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Rises’. Next we visit a local school to meet the pupils and teachers. We operate our Change for Children programme here and you may consider bringing some educational gifts from home to give out (see trip notes) - they will make a real difference to the lives of these underprivileged children.
After our school visit, we continue to our hotel in Bharatpur and explore Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a UNESCO-listed wetland reserve. The park is home to hundreds of bird species including vultures, owls, eagles and pelicans - we'll be accompanied by a guide who can identify the species for you. Enjoy a rickshaw ride around this beautiful reserve before we return to the hotel.
Overnight: Bharatpur | Breakfast, Dinner
Bharatpur - Agra. Travel to Agra today, stopping en route at the city of Fatehpur Sikri, which has laid abandoned for more than 400 years. On arrival in Agra we explore the impressive Agra Fort and then discover the most famous attraction in India - the Taj Mahal. This iconic white mausoleum was constructed on the orders of Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, who tragically died in childbirth. It remains the most extravagant symbol of love ever built and the icon of India. We enjoy a guided tour of the legendary monument.
Overnight: Agra | Breakfast
Agra – Lucknow. This morning we depart for Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh. Boasting beautiful British Raj-era architecture as well as fantastic examples of Islamic art and design, Lucknow is an enigmatic city steeped in history. This afternoon we’ll tour the highlights of a city which first gained importance in 1528 with its capture by Babur, the first Mughal ruler of India. Our first stop will be to the Chota Imambara, one of the most intricate and exquisite buildings in Lucknow, it was built as a congregation hall for Shia Muslims and today houses the tombs of Muhammed Ali Shah and his family. Our next stop is the Rumi Darwaza, often referred to as the Turkish Gate. This imposing gate is a busy route through the city. We finish the day at Bara Imambara, this impressive complex was built in the 1780’s and houses a mosque, a step well and a maze of corridors.
Overnight: Lucknow | Breakfast
Today we further explore the city of Lucknow, heading first for La Martiniere college. The college was established in 1845 from instructions in the will of Major General Claude Martin, who left a large endowment for its construction and upkeep. Today, it educates upwards of 6,000 pupils at one time and the Constantia building has been described as ‘perhaps the best-preserved colonial building in Lucknow’. Later we’ll visit the remains of two British Raj-era buildings, Dilkusha Palace and the British Residency, both of which were shelled during the 1857 siege of Lucknow and today lay in ruins. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to further explore Lucknow.
Overnight: Lucknow | Breakfast
Early this morning we enjoy a boat ride on the holy Ganges. Enjoy the sunrise and watch the ancient religious tradition of ritual cleansing that takes place on the riverside ghats (steps). We then enjoy a guided tour of the city and you may wish to return to the banks of the Ganges at sunset for the evening ritual.
Overnight: Varanasi | Breakfast
Varanasi - Delhi. Spend our final morning in Varanasi at leisure, before we fly to Delhi this afternoon. Your final evening in India is then free to spend as you wish. Perhaps visit the stunning Red Fort and attend its famous Sound and Light show after dark.
Overnight: Delhi | Breakfast
Wednesday. Our Indian adventure comes to an end today with an included transfer to the airport.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price.Read More
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.
Vivanta by Taj Dwarka, Delhi
Vivanta by Taj Dwarka is a modern, luxury hotel located in Dwarka, on the outskirts of New Delhi, just a 15-minute drive from the airport. Spread over 7 acres, this striking hotel has a unique angular design and offers 250 luxurious rooms and suites. All tastes are catered for at the hotel's multi-cuisine restaurant, while the Indus Express restaurant serves mouth-watering Punjabi cuisine. Head to the popular Tipple bar for a delicious array of heady cocktails or relax by the poolside with a refreshing smoothie from the Celsuis Pool Bar. The nearby Sector 21 Metro station provides direct access to the heart of the city and after a day of sightseeing you can cool off with a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool or relax in the sauna and massage parlour.
Hotel Jivitesh, Delhi
The Jivitesh Hotel is centrally located in the heart of Karol Bagh, a popular neighbourhood of Delhi renowned for its excellent shops and vibrant street markets. The Jivitesh offers comfortable and spacious guest rooms, with modern amenities such as free WiFi, and you can be assured of a warm welcome and excellent customer service from the hotel staff. Enjoy authentic Indian vegetarian cuisine at the hotel's restaurant and take a refreshing dip in the outdoor swimming pool after a day of sightseeing in the capital.
Jaypee Siddharth Hotel, Delhi
The luxurious Jaypee Siddharth is a stunning property located just five kilometres from the New Delhi Railway Station. Guestrooms are exquisitely decorated with a blend of cream and brown tones and benefit from air conditioning and complimentary WiFi. If you have free time, guests can indulge in one of the rejuvenating treatments available at the spa, take a dip in the outdoor pool or work up an appetite in the gym. A range of cuisines are served in the various restaurants found within the hotel complex.
Crowne Plaza New Delhi Rohini, Delhi
Located just footsteps from the nearest metro station, the Crowne Plaza New Delhi offers a beautiful blend of contemporary facilities and warm Indian hospitality. Each en-suite guestroom features traditional wood furnishings and a minibar, free WiFi and a flat screen TV. Guests can unwind in the Adya Spa which features a mix of Asian and European therapies or take a swim in the outdoor pool to escape the heat. The hotel prides itself on its range of dining options including the Spice Art restaurant, which serves delicious North Indian cuisine, and Moasic, where you’ll find a range of international dishes.
Mandawa Haveli, Jaipur
Made of pink and red sandstone, the beautiful heritage-style Mandawa Haveli is a fine example of typical Rajasthani architecture. All rooms are well appointed with intricately carved wooden beds and king-size royal portraits, with modern amenities such as free WiFi and ensuite bathrooms. Spend an evening dining on continental, Indian or Rajasthani cuisine on the outdoor terrace or request a private, candlelit dinner on the rooftop under a star-studded sky. Well located in the heart of Jaipur city on Sansar Chandra Road, this hotel is just a few minute’s drive from the Palace of the Winds.
Udai Vilas Palace, Bharatpur
Set amongst 2 acres of landscaped gardens, the Udai Vilas Palace is a traditional hotel located right in the heart of Bharatpur city. Guest rooms are spacious and well equipped with comfortable beds and large windows. The hotel is famous for its barbecue nights and Rajasthani folklore evenings, where you will be enthralled by traditional music and dance performances. Keoladeo National Park, one of the most well-known bird sanctuaries in India, is also just a five-minute drive away.
Seven Hills Tower, Agra
The modern and stylish Seven Hills Tower hotel boasts a range of facilities and services designed to ensure the quality of each traveller's stay. The spacious guestrooms are elegantly decorated with neutral colours and fabrics covered with traditional patterns and all have excellent ensuite facilities. Guests can enjoy a dip in the rooftop pool or laze on the sun loungers before heading to the equally lofty restaurant for some mouth-watering Mughlai cuisine. The al fresco dining area offers beautiul views of the Taj Mahal, perfect for enjoying a sunset drink.
Surya Hotel, Varanasi
Originally built in 1818 as an ancient Nepali King's Palace, the Surya Hotel has been beautifully restored to its former glory. Guestrooms are classically furnished with excellent amenities and beautiful European-style bathrooms. Meals are served in the Canton Royale Restaurant which serves up a delicious array of Indian and International cuisine. Those wanting a refreshing drink should head to the Sol Bar for cocktails, beers and other beverages. The hotel also offers traditional Henna tattoos and Indian handicrafts to purchase.
Our tour was fantastic, we experienced so much made all the better by our wonderful guide Satendra Sharma. His knowledge, experience and care for the whole team went above and beyond what I have ever experienced on other tours. I would dearly love to go back to India and would love for Sat to again be my guide.
The only thing I would change is for the Holi festival to be celebrated on the streets with the locals.”
Everything about the tour was timed to perfection and ran really smoothly. Sat was brilliant, helpful, knowledgeable, fun and excellent company. He went out of his way to ensure that we were never concerned about our safety. On a first visit to India we didn't know about dealing with tipping, street vendors, beggars, costs of tuk tuks etc, he was brilliant in all these areas and made me feel more confident in a very different culture. Our group had some very difficult clients and he was extremely professional in the way he dealt with them.
The tour was very hectic at a lightening pace, definately a taster of India.... Absolutely loved it and will be back soon probably for a month at a slower pace.”
This was a well balanced wonderful tour. Our tour guide was informative, well organised and most considerate to all our needs. As two ladies travelling on our own we felt very safe and well taken care of. This was particularly apparent on our overnight train journey from
Varanasi to Delhi. Our party was spread out along the compartment but Nand made sure we were ok.
At each place we visited Nand gave us plenty of information and then allowed us enough time to explore the site for ourselves. His deep regard for his country and his religion were also evident. He was a great ambassador for India. ”
This tour was amazing - I can't say enough about it to my friends. Satish went out of his way to make sure that I was able to participate in all aspects of the tour (I have hip and knee problems) - he pulled me up steps and helped me down again. When he found out that I really love spicy food he would order for me. Every monument, temple or palace that we visited was wonderful. I loved hearing about the history of the building and the people involved - and also about the culture. I found the entire tour to be very spiritual and uplifting. ”
Just to say what a fantastic adventure we had with Yusef and our tour group on our recent trip to India. It was our first time there and travelling with our 18 year old daughter. The tour was absolutely wonderful and we still cannot believe all we saw and did. Yusef was a very nice man and very professional and we couldn't have asked for a better guide. He was always calm and organised and looked after eveyone perfectly. Our group were great fun and we had a lot of laughs. I unfortunately was battling a chest infection in the last days of the tour and just wanted to get back to Delhi from Varanasi. Yusef kindly organised a flight back that day and hotel in Delhi for the 3 of us. He also organised someone to transport us to the airport and we were met at the other end as well which was so nice and driven to the hotel. I was extremely grateful for this and once back visited a hospital and got antibiotics and able to finish our trip. Despite getting sick which was unfortunate I had a fantastic time and we all cannot wait to visit India again. There is so much more to see. We would definitely travel with ON THE GO again, a guided tour is the best way to get around and we would make sure Yusef was the guide. We look at our photos and cannot believe that we have been there. Everywhere we went was so interesting and we loved the different culture and sights. Many thanks to everyone involved at ON THE GO and special thanks to Yusef.”
Satish Dhar was amazing. I traveled with a friend with mobility issues and Satish made sure she was well looked after and safe. He has a wealth of information about India and answered all of our questions. He went above and beyond, ensuring that we all had the experiences that we wanted, even if they weren't part of the itinerary! We always felt safe with Satish and he even held our hands when we crossed busy streets! When an ATM was not to be found, he lent me money and it was much appreciated. His beautiful accent was very easy to understand and I loved listening to his speak. Satish is a kind,intelligent and gentle man who deserves a Tour Leader award and more! ”
Tour was very good. High standard of accommodation and many places of high interest visited. Highlights for me were were Taj Mahal and Varanasi.
Tour guide was simply outstanding. His knowledge together with his openess and humility certainly endeared him to the group.”
Greetings and Compliments of the Season to All,
We recently completed a Tour of northern India (Deserts Palaces Ganges) with On The Go. The Journey began in Delhi on the 29th November 2014 and lasted 13 days.
Initially I was reluctant to go on this trip for various reasons, however most thankfully, my wife (Linda) persuaded me otherwise. In fact we looking at booking our next trip for later this year. I was truly blown away by the Indian experience and people on the Tour group were awesome. It's an experience my wife and I will never forget.
Aside from being a well organised experience, our Tour Guide Samridh Dev Katoch (Sammy) was truly remarkable, and without any doubt, created and enabled this wonderful experience. His overall knowledge, calm demeanour, warmth and friendliness made this trip really special. He is truly a special asset to both his country and the Company 'On the Go Tours'.
Sam - we can't thank you enough - it was truly a pleasure meeting you - thanks again for the awesome memories. We will stay in touch.
Regards and best wishes,
Frank and Linda Ruggiero
(Cape Town - South Africa).”
The tour was very "on the go"! The first day in Delhi was a long and rushed one. Would have been better to spend more time at each monument. But that is the only complaint for the who tour. Our tour guide Satish was very organised, helpful and open to questions. His english is excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and would recommend Satish and On the Go to any who ask.”
Tour: Overall, very good. Some problems with hotels, particularly the Almondz at Dehli (outlined in feedback survey at end of tour). The tour was very 'action packed', with too little free time. The exclusion of most meals was a bit ingenuous, as we really didn't have an option to 'go off' to our own choice of eateries. Rather, we were pretty much obliged to eat at where we were taken or the hotels we stayed at. A personal disappointment for me was not getting to see the main entrance of Fatepur Sikri. Because of flight difficulties, my partner and I spent too long at Khajuraho and too little time at Varanasi. More time could have been spent at Agra (not for the Taj, but for the other sites - eg on the other side of the river, and around the city). The highlights were, of course, the Taj, but also the visit to the school, the tour of Orcha, and the evening and morning trips to the ghats at Banaras. I would recommend the tour to anyone considering a guided tour of northern India
Guide: Absolutely excellent. A real asset to your company. He was exceptionally knowledgeable, and more than willing to share that knowledge. A real guide and teacher. He organised a seamless experience and really made the tour memorable. Great praise.”
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I really enjoyed this tour and loved India. Our guide Sat was great - patient, informative, funny and helpful. We enjoyed all the sites we saw and the information we received. ”