From Taj to Tiger

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

  • Two nights in tented luxury at the Oberoi Vanyavilas, one of the world’s top hotels
  • Early-morning boat ride to view holy ghats on the Ganges River in Varanasi
  • Narlai and Orchha: authentic, charming, beautiful towns off the beaten path
India Taj Tiger
Trip Type: Scheduled Departure & Sample Itinerary
Trip Length: 16 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour
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 Varanasi, Hinduism’s most important pilgrimage site, for an early-morning glimpse into the soul of India from a boat on the sacred Ganges. Then on to the Chandela temples at Khajuraho, their artwork a kind of 10th-century erotica. Next to Agra for the Taj Mahal, a monument to love, as well as to excess. We also spend a day wandering in Jaipur, but only after stopping at Ranthambore National Park—home to a quickly multiplying number of tigers, among other creatures. Then deeper into Rajasthan, first 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 move on to Udaipur, the city of sunrise, a fine place to unwind before returning to Delhi.


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Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in Delhi
  • Day 2: Delhi
  • Day 3: fly to Varanasi
  • Day 4: Varanasi
  • Day 5: fly to Khajuraho
  • Day 6: drive to Orchha, then by train to Agra
  • Day 7: Agra
  • Day 8: drive to Fatehpur Sikri, train to Ranthambore
  • Day 9: game viewing at Ranthambore
  • Day 10: drive to Jaipur
  • Day 11: Jaipur
  • Day 12: travel to Narlai, Diwali or Holi Festival
  • Day 13: Narlai and Ranakpur
  • Day 14: drive to Udaipur
  • Day 15: Udaipur
  • Day 16: fly to Delhi, depart Delhi.