1. Following the footsteps of Mughal emperors in Delhi
  2. Sampling Indian delicacies in a Punjabi kitchen
  3. Riding the rails from Delhi to Rajasthan
  4. Getting up close and personal with the Taj Mahal
  5. Witnessing Indian village life first-hand

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi

Welcome to India’s mesmerising capital – a city of Mughal ruins, teeming bazaars and grand colonial-era houses. On arrival, either relax at your hotel or venture out at your own pace. Overnight at Thikana.

Day 2: Delhi

Discover the labyrinth-like streets of Old Delhi on a walking tour before exploring the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. Later, take a rickshaw to Humayun’s Tomb before visiting the iconic Qutb Minar. Overnight at Thikana.

Day 3: Delhi to Bharatpur

Board the train to Bharatpur, Rajasthan’s eastern gateway. Later, proceed to Fatehpur Sikri – the magnificent former Mughal capital during the 16th century reign of Emperor Akbar. Overnight at Laxmi Vilas Palace.

Day 4: Bharatpur to Agra

After visiting Itmad-ud-Daulah’s tomb – better known as the Baby Taj – hop across town to imperious Agra Fort and its fairy-tale palaces. Culminate your day at the majestic Taj Mahal before returning to Bharatpur. Overnight at Laxmi Vilas Palace.

Day 5: Bharatpur to Jaipur

Take a cycle rickshaw trip through Keoladeo National Park at sunrise before travelling to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. The afternoon is kept free to explore Rajasthan’s capital on your own terms. Overnight at Shahpura House.

Day 6: Jaipur

Visit the hilltop Amber Fort after breakfast – climbing to its summit on foot or the back of an elephant – before heading to the City Palace and the Rajput-era Jantar Mantar observatory. Overnight at Shahpura House.

Day 7: Jaipur to Delhi

Drive to Delhi before connecting to your international return flight.

Activities to consider

  • Walking tour of Delhi led by street children, courtesy of the Salaam Baalak Trust
  • Traditional Punjabi family meal and cooking lesson at Mrs Kidwai’s Kitchen
  • Camel cart ride in Bharatpur
  • Walking tour of Kachhpura village as part of a community development programme
  • Philanthropic visit to an Agra orphanage
  • Dinner with an Indian family in Jaipur

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