Day 1: Delhi
Welcome to India and the start of your holiday! Arrival and transfer to your hotel in Delhi. Overnight – Delhi
Day 2: Delhi
Delhi – breakfast. This morning, our welcome meeting takes place. We’ll then enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Delhi, taking in the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid – India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat – the site of Gandhi’s cremation and more.
New Delhi, in contrast to Old Delhi, is a city of wide tree-lined streets, parks, fountains and roundabouts. It was built as the imperial capital of India by the British. Sightseeing of New Delhi includes the Rajpath, an immensely broad boulevard flanked on either side by ornamental ponds from India Gate. India Gate, the 42m high stone “Arch of Triumph”, was erected in memory of Indian soldiers who died in the First World War. Tonight, we enjoy a Namaste Dinner at a restaurant specialising in Indian cuisine.
Dinner and overnight – Delhi
Day 3: Delhi – Agra
After breakast departing Delhi, we journey to Agra, once India’s Mughal capital. Here we enjoy a horsecart or rickshaw ride to the legendary Taj Mahal. Built entirely of white marble, the Taj Mahal has no peers. Continuing, we visit Agra fort, which boasts some of India’s finest Mughal buildings behind it’s fortified walls. Overnight – Agra
Day 4: Agra -Jaipur
After breakfast drive to Jaipur. En route to Jaipur, we visit the ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, abandoned due to lack of water. We enjoy lunch at Chandra Mahal Haveli in Peharsar. After a walk through the village, continue to the Pink City of Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan. Lunch and overnight – Jaipur
Day 5: Jaipur
Jaipur – breakfast. Today, we tour the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory. En route to the City Palace, we’ll pass Hawa Mahal – the Palace of the Winds. Continuing, we travel to the 16th century Amber Fort. An exotic elephant ride transports us to the lofty fort, where we’ll enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza. Shop for jootis (traditional Rajasthani curled shoes) Jaipur’s famous blue pottery, textiles and handicrafts around the City Palace or Hawa Mahal. Overnight – Jaipur
Day 6: Shekhawati
Jaipur – Shekhawati region – breakfast. Today, we drive to the semi-desert Shekhawati region. The small towns in this region became important trading posts, a lasting legacy of which are the beautiful painted havelis (mansions) constructed by wealthy merchants in the 18th and 19th centuries. Afternoon village walk and time to relax. Dinner and overnight – Shekhawati region
Day 7: Delhi
Shekhawati region – Delhi – breakfast. Returning to Delhi, the latter part of the afternoon is free for you to relax or independently explore more of Delhi. Overnight – Delhi
Day 8: Goa
Delhi – Goa – breakfast. Hotel check out and included onward transfer to airport. Included flight to Goa and transfer to your accommodation at the 3 star Casa de Goa hotel. Overnight – Goa
Day 9 – 13: Tropical Goa
Goa – breakfast. Free time to enjoy Goa your way. Relax on palm fringed beaches, sample the local cuisine or why not learn to cook the local cuisine – bolt on a cooking course for 1, 3 or 5 days. In a relaxed atmosphere at our custom–built kitchen in the heart of sunny Goa, our expert chefs will teach you Indian culinary skills. Overnight (5) – Goa
Day 14: Goa
Friday. Goa – breakfast. Tour arrangements end after breakfast, with hotel check out and onward departure transfer to the airport.