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A Journey Through India Tour

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Spend a little longer in India with Distant Journeys, and delve deeper into the heart of this mystical, mesmerising country. A Journey through India enjoys all the highlights you would hope to find in classic escorted India tours, but also includes visits to places off the well-trodden tourist path.

After completing the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, along with a safari stay in Ranthambore National Park, we move on to Lucknow and Varanasi.  The historic city of Lucknow has an air of grandeur, redolent of the days of the British Raj, and is today a cultural and artistic centre. Varanasi, by contrast, is the spiritual and sacred heart of India, situated by the banks of the holy River Ganges, and offers a true taste of India at its most authentic.

You’ll return home with a lifetime of memories, and a real understanding of the mysterious, magical soul of India.

A Journey through India itinerary

The classic Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra with the addition of a wildlife experience at Ranthambore National Park; historic Lucknow and Varanasi on the sacred Ganges – Distant Journeys’ Journey through India is a true odyssey into the soul of this bewitching country.


Day 1: Depart UK

Depart with Emirates from the UK airport most convenient for you. Choose from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham or Glasgow. Alternatively, fly direct to Delhi with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow. No matter which airline or airport you choose, there will be no additional cost.

In-flight meals and drinks included


Day 2: Delhi, 3 nights

All flights with Emirates to Delhi travel via Dubai. On arrival into Delhi transfer to the five star Hyatt Regency hotel. This evening, enjoy a welcome drink with your Tour Manager and fellow travellers, to become acquainted and learn more about our adventure ahead.

In-flight meals and drinks included


Day 3: Delhi

Delhi stands as the capital of modern India, where you can experience the combined historic and architectural wonders of the adjoined cities, Old and New Delhi. We begin the day with a fascinating rickshaw ride through the bustling narrow streets of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, the former commercial centre of Delhi and still an important trading area of the city. We travel via the opulent Mughal-built Red Fort, Shah Jahan’s symbol of power and elegance, and make a stop at India’s largest mosque – Jama Masjid. The contrast with the pulsating streets of Old Delhi is evident as we drive along the wide tree-lined boulevards of New Delhi. We pass the imposing India Gate and Parliament House before lunch at the delightful Olive Bar & Kitchen. Later, we further explore New Delhi, including Humayun’s Tomb and the 13th-century Qutub Minar, a red sandstone and white marble minaret, measuring over 75 metres tall.

Breakfast and lunch included


Day 4: Delhi Freedom Day

Our first Indian Freedom Day allows us to spend the day as we please. Our Distant Journeys Tour Manager will be on hand with advice on things to do, where to eat, make any arrangements and book excursions for you to further explore the area. Perhaps visit Akshardham Temple and Lotus Temple, two of India’s most architecturally impressive wonders. Alternatively, you may prefer to learn about India’s melting pot of different cultures, languages and religions during a half day tour, or take a walking tour of Delhi’s schools and markets, guided by street children who are supported by the Salaam Baalak Trust. In the evening, there is an option to dine in one of three lovely restaurants, each serving their own versions of traditional Indian cuisine.

Breakfast included


Day 5: Jaipur, 3 nights

Following breakfast, we drive to Jaipur, stopping en route to visit the excellent Heritage Transport Museum. Enjoy an interesting journey through the evolution of India’s motor industry on a self-guided tour. Later, we continue to the colourful city of Jaipur, popularly known as the ‘Pink City’, and to the Trident Jaipur .

Breakfast and lunch included


Day 6: Jaipur

This morning we head out of the city and board our waiting Jeeps, which will take us up the steep-sided slopes of the majestic Amber Fort. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a fabulous example of Rajput architecture, and you will be amazed by the grandeur of its royal halls, decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glassworks. Later, we stop for a photo opportunity at the beautiful façade of the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), and discover the delights of Jaipur. We explore City Palace Museum, with its blend of Rajasthani and Mughal Art, and the awe-inspiring Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in 1726 which still provides accurate information to this day. In the evening we have the option to take one of two wonderful dining experiences. The first, is a dinner under the stars, surrounded by bushland and the Aravali Hills, at Dera Amer. Your second option is to dine in the home of a local Rajasthani family, where you will be treated to a cooking demonstration and an insight into well-heeled Indian life, in the company of your friendly hosts.

Breakfast included


Day 7: Jaipur Freedom Day & Amber Fort Dinner

Take advantage of a Jaipur Freedom Day, where you can choose to relax or explore as you please. Perhaps take the opportunity to join a heritage walking tour through the heart of the old city, learning about the local trades and crafts as we navigate the narrow streets. Alternatively, you may wish to discover the ancient art of hand block printing and creating the region’s famous Blue Pottery, or you may like to explore a local organic farm, including a live cookery demonstration.

This evening will undoubtedly be a real highlight of your tour; a dinner served at 1135AD, a beautiful restaurant set within the historic ramparts of Amber Fort. We dine like royalty, in opulent surroundings, with Amber Fort illuminated against the night sky to make an enchanting backdrop.

 Breakfast and dinner included


Day 8: Ranthambore, 2 nights

We leave Jaipur and journey to Ranthambore. Built in the style of a traditional Rajput hunting palace, Nahargarh will be our home for the next two nights. Ranthambore National Park is a forested area, with a rugged terrain of rocky ridges, open valleys and lakes. Once the private hunting ground of the Maharaja, the park is now celebrated for its wildlife conservation, and in particular its majestic tigers. Following lunch, we board our open canter vehicle for our first safari in the park. Whilst the elusive tiger is the park’s most famous inhabitant, keep an eye out for sambar deer, marsh crocodiles, sloth bears, monkeys, leopards and more than 250 species of bird life. After a thrilling afternoon, we return to our hotel in time for dinner.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


Day 9: Ranthambore

Early this morning, we explore a different area of the National Park in search of wildlife and to see some of the impressive forts, ancient temple ruins, and ramshackle palaces which dot the landscape. We return to our hotel for breakfast, and the remainder of the day is free to spend as we please. The hotel has a wonderful pool area, which is a perfect place to unwind for a few hours with a good book. This evening enjoy a barbecue dinner within the hotel’s picturesque grounds.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


Day 10: Agra, 2 nights

All good things must come to an end, and this morning we leave Ranthambore as we make our way to Bharatpur. Enjoy lunch in the peaceful surroundings of Laxmi Niwas Palace before we journey to Fatehpur Sikri. Built in the 16th century by Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri was deserted after only 14 years of rule. The abandoned city has been extremely well preserved and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, providing a wonderful insight into life in the time of the Mughal dynasty. Following our tour of Fatehpur Sikri, we continue to Agra and the Trident Agra , where we spend our next two nights.

Breakfast and lunch included


Day 11: Agra and the Taj Mahal

Agra is home to India’s most iconic attraction, the Taj Mahal, and this morning we enjoy our first experience of this magnificent monument. Taking 22 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock, the Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan in memory of his late wife and is justifiably considered the world’s greatest monument to love. The purity of its white marble exterior and precious gemstones makes this arguably the most beautiful building in the world. Having explored the Taj Mahal, we visit the impressive 16th century Agra Fort, a commanding red sandstone monument stretching 2.5 kilometres along the banks of the River Yamuna. This walled imperial city was once the home of the Mughal rulers, and for many years, the country was governed from here. Our afternoon has been left free to spend as we please. This evening, why not experience Mohabbat the Taj show – an 80 minute presentation, which perfectly complements the love story behind the Taj Mahal?

Breakfast included


Day 12: Lucknow, 2 nights

Early risers will be able to see the Taj Mahal again, from across the river at Mehtab Bagh or ‘Moonlit Gardens’. These gardens offer a peaceful opportunity to marvel at the monument and provide incredible photo opportunities of the subtle colour changes as the sun rises. Following breakfast in the hotel, we travel to Lucknow. This evening, we have the option of dinner in the magnificent surroundings of the city palace, Khajoorgaon. A delightful evening awaits in the company of the Maharaja’s family, who host an authentic home-cooked dinner and explain the history of Lucknow’s Hindu royalty. Our next two nights will be at The Taj a boutique hotel, decorated using the Art-Deco style which prevailed in the early 1900s.

Breakfast and boxed lunch included


Day 13: Lucknow

Lucknow is a multicultural city that has flourished as a cultural and artistic hub, and was the seat of power of the Nawabs in the 18th and 19th centuries. The city rose to prominence during the 1857 Indian mutiny, when it saw fierce fighting between British and Indian armies. Today, we explore the fascinating history of this city from 1784 through to modern times, including visits to La Martiniere School, Bara Imambara and The British Residency.

Breakfast and lunch included


Day 14: Varanasi, 2 nights

Today we embark on a journey to Varanasi, situated on the banks of the sacred River Ganges, and one of the oldest and holiest cities in the world. For the Hindu religion in particular, Varanasi is considered as the place that provides the ultimate pilgrimage, where pilgrims come to the ghats lining the Ganges to wash away their sins in the sacred waters or to cremate their loved ones. The city shows India at its most authentic, with a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds and smells around every corner. We stay for two nights at the Taj Gateway Hotel (or Ramada Plaza for tours departing before April 2019).

Breakfast and boxed lunch included


Day 15: Varanasi and the River Ganges

Varanasi comes alive in the morning as pilgrims flock to the river banks to bathe in the holy water and worship the rising sun. We rise early to experience sunrise during a boat ride on the Ganges – a truly spectacular sight. Following our spiritual start to the day, we explore the old city and Bharat Mata Temple before returning to our hotel for breakfast and the remainder of the morning at leisure. This afternoon, we visit Sarnath, where Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment, and explore the important treasures contained within Sarnath’s archaeological museum. In the evening we return to the ghats on the Ganges to experience the Aarti ceremony, amongst hundreds of lighted candles and flower offerings. Later there is an optional dinner in the incredible Brijrama Palace, one of the oldest landmarks of Varanasi.

Breakfast included


Day 16: Delhi, overnight

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, we will be transferred to the nearby Pride Plaza Hotel, New Delhi. Your afternoon is free to spend as you wish, before we bid farewell to India and our new-found friends with a celebratory dinner.

Breakfast and dinner included


Day 17: Depart India – arrive UK

We depart Delhi with Emirates and fly via Dubai to our chosen airport. Alternatively, fly with Virgin Atlantic direct to London Heathrow.

Breakfast and in-flight meals and drinks included

Departure dates & prices

At Distant Journeys, we offer a great range of tours of amazing places, all of which include so much in the price.  And our Journey through India holiday is no exception. Your scheduled international flights, overseas transfers, expertly chosen hotels, daily breakfast plus several other lunches and special dinner experiences are all included. You’ll enjoy many amazing excursions in the company of experienced tour managers and knowledgeable local guides, all taken care of in the price of your holiday.


A Journey Through India departures

Departure datePrice (pp)AvailabilityOffer
02 November£3,245ON REQUESTCall for details
01 February£3,245NEW DATECall for details
07 March£3,245HALF FULLCall for details

Prices: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room.

Single supplement:

Deposit: £1,000 per person if travelling in economy class, £1,950 per person if travelling in premium economy, and £3,750 per person for business class.

Visa: British and Irish Citizens travelling to India will be required to obtain an e-Tourist Visa (e-TV) before travelling. You can find more information about the eligibility criteria for the e-visa and apply online on the government of India’s e-Tourist Visa website: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html  Thecost of this visa is currently (September 2017) USD75 per person. As the government online application can be tricky in places, you may prefer to use a visa agency to simplify the process. We recommend a company called VisaHQ. Please call for details.

Terms and conditions: Holiday prices are subject to the availability of flights in the lowest fare booking class and may change, however the correct price will always be confirmed before you book. For full terms and conditions see our terms and conditions page.


Exceptional value inclusions

Flights with award-winning scheduled airlines

  • Return economy class flights:
  • Choose to fly with Emirates via Dubai from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham or Glasgow
  • Alternatively, you can fly direct with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow
  • All airport charges, security charges and any applicable fuel surcharges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty


Carefully selected hotels

  • Superior hotels in great locations
  • All hotel porterage
  • Applicable hotel taxes


Many meals

  • Daily breakfast, worth £219 per person
  • Eight lunches
  • Four dinners


Unforgettable experiences

  • Sightseeing tours in Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Lucknow and Varanasi
  • Visit the Heritage Transport Museum
  • Jeep ride and tour of Amber Fort, Jaipur
  • Dinner at 1135AD, located within Amber Fort
  • Two safaris in Ranthambore National Park
  • Tour of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Visit to the iconic Taj Mahal
  • Boat ride on the River Ganges


On the ground

  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager and local guides
  • All overseas transfers
  • Modern, air-conditioned coaches throughout


100% confidence

  • Your holiday is covered by our Price Promise
  • Your holiday is fully ATOL protected

Carefully selected hotels

To complement the amazing destinations you’re visiting, we work hard to find hotels in India that are perfectly placed for you to really make the most of your visit. And of course, the accommodation we choose is of fantastic quality too, with immaculate and friendly service at all times.

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Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Delhi

Seriously stylish, the Hyatt Regency New Delhi located right in the heart of the city in Delhi’s central business district. Your stay As you’d expect from a five star hotel, each room at the Hyatt Regency New Delhi is tastefully… Find out more >
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Nahargarh Fort Hotel Exterior

Nahargarh Fort Hotel, Ranthambore

The Nahargarh Fort Hotel Ranthambore is a spectacular building within spectacular grounds, with the most spectacular backdrop. The beautifully landscaped formal gardens are surrounded by an impressive 16th century style fortress. And all this, is nestled between the magnificent Aravali… Find out more >
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Pride Plaza Exterior & Pool

Pride Plaza Aerocity Hotel New Delhi

A stone’s throw away from Delhi’s International Airport, the Pride Plaza Aerocity has a truly relaxing atmosphere. For example, in preparation for your flight home, you can unwind with a refreshing dip in the hotel’s swimming pool, or with a… Find out more >
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Trident Agra Swimming Pool

Trident Hotel, Agra

Your stay at the Trident Hotel Agra puts you ever so close to one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World, the enchanting Taj Mahal. Also close by and waiting to be explored are ancient buildings that showcase the… Find out more >
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Trident Hotel, Jaipur

During your tour to India, look forward to a truly relaxing stay at the Trident Hotel, Jaipur. Here you can unwind with a drink or a bite to eat after a day exploring with views of the Mansagar Lake as… Find out more >
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The Gateway Hotel, Varanasi Exterior

The Gateway Hotel, Varanasi

Located in the ancient temple city of Varanasi and situated within 40 acres of lush landscaped gardens, is The Gateway Hotel. Its surroundings are a great place for a leisurely morning or evening stroll during your stay. But there’s plenty… Find out more >
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Taj Mahal Hotel, Lucknow

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A Journey through India – Freedom Days

When it comes to exploring your destination and discovering new places, it’s important to find the right balance between ensuring you see all the best bits, and still finding time to do the things that interest you. That’s why you have Freedom Days – days which you can spend as you please, with a range of included activities to choose from. Or of course you can just relax in the comfort of your hotel and recharge your batteries ready for more adventures ahead.

And you don’t have to decide everything before you leave the UK – you can choose many of the excursions as late as the day before, and your local Tour Manager will make all the arrangements for you.

Simply click on the description of each excursion available in the various destinations to read more about it.


Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Visit Akshardam Temple & Lotus Temple£32
Salam Baalak Walking tour with street children*£37
An Introduction to India’s Religions£32
Heritage walking tour£46
Block printing & Blue Pottery tour£32
Organic farm visit & live cooking experience£80
Dinner and cookery demonstration in a local home*£50
Mohabbat the Taj show*£42
Dinner with the Maharaja in Khajurgaon Palace*£117
Dinner at Brijrama Palace by the shores of the Ganges*£74

*due to the limited availability on these tours, we recommend booking at least 30 days before you leave the UK. Your Distant Journeys travel expert will be able to assist you.

Optional excursions for stopovers in Dubai

If you’ve decided to stopover in Dubai on the way home and extend your holiday, you may want to make the most of your short stay in this exciting destination by taking an optional excursion or two. After all, you’ll spend the last two nights of your holiday, why not enjoy one of them feasting Bedouin-style on a Desert Safari? Or learn about how the city developed, before it became a holiday hot spot and home to the world’s tallest building.

Click on any of the descriptions below to find out more about any of the optional excursions in Dubai.

Price pp in US Dollars (US)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Traditional Dubai City Tour$51£41
New Dubai City Tour*$101£81
Sundowner (Dune dinner safari)$133£106
An Evening of Elegance – dinner cruise$172£137
Helicopter tour of Dubai (12 minutes)$194£155

*due to the limited availability on these tours, we recommend booking at least 30 days before you leave the UK. Your Distant Journeys travel expert will be able to assist you.

For details regarding our current special offers please do speak with one of our travel experts.

Customer Reviews  feefo logo

These reviews are from Distant Journeys’ guests, and have been verified by the independent reviews company Feefo.

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‘A fabulous holiday which delivered on itinerary, accommodation, travel and value for money. Would certainly use Distant Journeys in the future and recommend to all’  Mr & Mrs Barber, Derbyshire
Mr & Mrs Barber, Highlights of Australia & New Zealand
‘The holiday completely lived up to the high expectations we had after reading reviews online.  The organisation was superb, the tour guides excellent, hotels well chosen for both comfort, facilities and location. Excellent value for money and would happily recommend to others’ Mr & Mrs Bryant, Yorkshire  
Mr & Mrs Bryant, Highlights of Australia & New Zealand
From booking to returning home this company does it all. Nothing is too much trouble and booking is very straightforward, as a customer we felt very valued’ Mr & Mrs Gunn, Hampshire
Mr & Mrs Gunn, Highlights of Australia & New Zealand
‘Our holiday was so much more than we expected. It was perfectly organised and everything we saw was amazing’ Mr & Mrs Janssens, Middlesex
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