From Taj to Tiger

The best of northern India’s natural, cultural, and architectural wonders

  • See iconic sights at the best moment and get off the beaten track for authentic experiences, such as a festival in a charming village
  • Two nights in tented luxury at the Oberoi Vanyavilas, one of the world’s top hotels, while on safari
  • Optional extension to the holy pilgrimage city of Varanasi
India Taj Tiger
Trip Type: Scheduled Departure & Sample Itinerary
Trip Length: 12 Days (14 with Varanasi Extension)
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour, Safari
Trip Extensions: Call 888-570-7108 for custom extension options

This journey interlaces some of India’s most compelling sights with one of the country’s finest wildlife parks. Though a great introduction to India, our itinerary veers far off the heavily trodden “Golden Triangle.” (Also in GeoEx’s favor: Our group size is considerably smaller than that of other companies’ ostensibly similar trips, we stay in absolutely top-notch hotels throughout, and our leaders are the best in their field.)

After a good look at Delhi we fly to Rajasthan and explore its most romantic city of lakes, Udaipur. Then on to the ancient village of Narlai, where we join locals to celebrate the much-anticipated and enthusiastically fêted Holi or Diwali Festival, before exploring the expressive Jain Temples of Ranakpur. We spend a day wandering in Jaipur, then venture to Ranthambore National Park—home to a quickly multiplying number of tigers, among other creatures. We cap off our journey in Agra for the Taj Mahal, a monument to love, as well as to excess.

Those of us who aren’t quite ready to leave this compelling country behind can opt for the handy extension that makes the pilgrimage to Varanasi for two nights along the sacred Ganges River.

India wildlife tour map

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in Delhi
  • Day 2: Delhi
  • Day 3: fly to Udaipur
  • Day 4: Udaipur
  • Day 5: drive to Narlai
  • Day 6: Diwali or Holi Festival
  • Day 7: drive to Jaipur
  • Day 8: Jaipur
  • Day 9: drive to Ranthambore
  • Day 10: game viewing at Ranthambore
  • Day 11: to Agra by train and road
  • Day 12: drive to Delhi, depart Delhi.

  • Optional Varanasi Extension:
  • Day 12: fly to Varanasi (via Delhi)
  • Day 13: Varanasi
  • Day 14: fly to Delhi, depart Delhi.