India’s Royal Heritage

23 Days
Delhi to Delhi
From (NZD)
$ 21,595
$ 20,595
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2021 Delhi > Delhi

Unveil the true soul of North India

Golden, blue and pink cities, lake palaces, great deserts, impressive forts and mighty temples, the stunning tapestry of North India will enthral and delight even the most experienced of travellers.
Uncover North India’s royal heritage as you explore the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur, take in the view from the top of Mehrangarh Fort or have a truly Rajasthani desert adventure atop a camel near the ‘Golden City’ of Jaisalmer. While in Udaipur, the city of lakes, stay in the extraordinary Taj Lake Palace Hotel. Venture deep into Rajasthan, possibly the most romantic and mythical state on the sub-continent and stay in characteristic forts and hunting lodges in the smaller towns of Nagaur and Narlai. Be at home in a palace in the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur and search for the elusive Bengal tiger in Ranthambore National Park. North India will capture your heart with its colour, splendour and brilliance.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
INDD
Duration:
23 days
Departure City:
Delhi
Return City:
Delhi

23 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Delhi

    We welcome you to North India before arriving at your luxurious hotel for the next two nights.

  2. Day 2 - Delhi

    Explore Old Delhi and India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid. Dazzle your senses on a rickshaw ride through Asia’s largest wholesale spice bazaar and Delhi’s oldest streets, finishing with a traditional lunch in Dharampura haveli. Later, visit Humayan’s Tomb and drive past the India Gate and Presidential Avenue. Tonight, enjoy a special welcome dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Delhi > Varanasi

    Fly to India’s holiest Hindu city, Varanasi for a two night stay.

    Enrich

    Enjoy a rickshaw ride down to the banks of the Ganges River. Cruise the holy river at dusk whilst listening to the sounds of traditional Indian music. Release sacred offerings into the river and witness the magical ceremony of the evening Aarti.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  4. Day 4 - Varanasi

    As the sun begins to rise, drift slowly down the Ganges River and watch the many ghats come to life. Afterwards, take a stroll along the ghats and laneways of the Old City. Later, journey to one of Buddhism’s most important sites in Sarnath.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Varanasi > Khajuraho

    Freechoice

    Undertake a yoga lesson or visit a Shiva Temple to experience Rudrabhishek. 

    Fly to Khajuraho, famous for its magnificent World Heritage-listed temple architecture. Enjoy a two night stay at your hotel overlooking the iconic temples.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Khajuraho

    Visit the exquisitely sculpted sandstone temples depicting the exotic Karma Sutra carvings for which these temples are famous.

    Freechoice

    Watch a sound and light show at the temples or a traditional folk dance.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  7. Day 7 - Khajuraho > Orchha > Jhansi > Agra

    Drive to Orchha and enjoy a walking tour of the old town. Continue to Jhansi and board a train to Agra. Arrive in the early evening at your luxurious Special Stay hotel in Agra, only 600 metres from the magnificent Taj Mahal.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  8. Day 8 - Agra

    Marvel at the Taj Mahal at sunrise with its shimmering marble domes and towers reflected in the landscaped pools. Later, discover the World Heritage-listed Mughal Red Fort of Agra.

    Sundowners

    Gather for evening drinks to overlook and appreciate the architectural wonder of the Taj Mahal from the close proximity of your hotel.

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose from Asian cuisine at C’est Chine, or a North Indian BBQ. Alternatively, enjoy the buffet at the Bellevue, located at your hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Agra > Ranthambore National Park:

    Explore the World Heritage-listed Site of Fatehpur Sikri en route to Bharatpur. Board a train to travel to Ranthambore National Park and settle into your luxury tent for a two night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Ranthambore National Park

    Accompanied by an expert wildlife naturalist, search for the elusive Bengal tiger during private morning and afternoon game drives.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Ranthambore National Park > Jaipur

    Drive to the Pink City, visiting Abhaneri village and its 1,000-year-old step well en route. Later, stop for lunch at Castle Kanota, the setting for the Viceroy Club in the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Stay at your regal hotel in Jaipur for three nights. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  12. Day 12 - Jaipur

    Visit the City Palace, home to the rulers of Jaipur. Marvel at the magnificent Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in the 18th century and the magnificent Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) with its honeycombed sandstone windows. Experience the art and history of Henna at your hotel.

    Freechoice Dining

    Learn about traditional Indian cooking with the Ikaki Niwas family or savour the views from high up in Amer Fort while dining at 1135 Restaurant. Alternatively, dine in house at the Giardino Italian restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Jaipur

    Begin the day exploring the striking hilltop Amer Fort before enjoying the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, dine at the restored Samode Haveli.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Jaipur > Nagaur

    Pass small villages and towns on the way to Nagaur and the magnificent hotel Ranvas, located in the original fort. 

    Enrich

    Step back in time with an exclusive dinner within Bakht Singh courtyard Baradari in Ahhichatragarh Fort. Dine dressed in traditional turbans and saris, just as the former residents once did. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Nagaur > Jaisalmer

    Continue west into the desert of Rajasthan to the Golden City of Jaisalmer. Take an orientation walk visiting the well-known Patwon-ki Haveli and Salim Sing-ki-Havelis. Stay two nights at your distinctive hotel in Jaisalmer.

    Freechoice Dining

    Dine on international fare at Nosh or try traditional rajasthani Thali at the specialty restaurant Legends of Marwad.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Jaisalmer

    Visit the 800-year-old Jaisalmer Fort and Gadsisar Sagar Tank.

    Enrich

    Take a camel or camel cart sunset trek across the sand dunes before a torch-lit dinner on the dunes. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Jaisalmer > Jodhpur

    Continue to the Blue City for the next two nights. Marvel at the close up view of the Mehrangarh Fort from your room at your boutique hotel located inside the old walled city. Enjoy a tuk tuk ride around the surrounding streets locating the local market close by.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  18. Day 18 - Jodhpur

    Take a jeep adventure to nearby Bishnoi Villages and learn about their rural way of life.

    Enrich

    Accompanied by the museum curator, enjoy a glass of Champagne overlooking the city before continuing on an exclusive walking tour of Mehrangarh Fort. Dinner is at the fort providing an outstanding vantage point. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Jodhpur > Narlai

    See the rural tribal hamlets whilst driving to the small village of Narlai. Settle into your hotel, a former hunting lodge. Later, set out on your first jeep safari looking for leopards and peacocks on their morning prowl.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  20. Day 20 - Narlai

    Rise early to watch sunrise over the lake on your jeep safari in hope to view a leopard on their morning prowl. Later, undertake a leisurely walk around town.

    Enrich

    Enjoy a drink with a member of the local royal family and then take a bullock cart ride to tonight’s dinner venue and enjoy a delicious dinner by a candlelit 1,100-year-old well. Uniquely romantic.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Narlai > Ranakpur > Udaipur

    Drive to the ‘City of Lakes’ via Ranakpur to visit the intricate Jain Temple. In Udaipur, live like royalty during your two night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  22. Day 22 - Udaipur

    Freechoice

    Take a cultural walk through the markets or explore the City Palace, built entirely in granite and marble.

    Cruise the serene waters of Lake Pichola before indulging in your sumptuous private Mewar Terrace farewell dinner. Overlooking the magical City Palace and Lake Pichola, this is a fitting end to your tour.  

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Udaipur

    Bid farewell to India as you fly to Delhi (please book onward flights after 9.00pm). Alternatively, you can use your included flight to fly from Udaipur to Mumbai for a post-tour extension.

    Please note: pre-release itinerary subject to change

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

The Scenic Difference
  • Musicians during Ganges Aarti cruise
  • Enjoy Sundowners overlooking the Taj Mahal
  • Lunch at Castle Kanota, setting of the Viceroy Club in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Dress in saris and turbans during a historical dinner re-enactment in a fort
  • Romantic dinner at an 1,100-year-old step well
  • Camel trek to dinner under the stars in the desert
  • Champagne heritage tour of Mehrangarh Fort
  • Stay in refurbished hunting lodges and forts
  • Farewell dinner on the Mewar Terrace of Taj Lake Palace hotel
  • Safaris in two locations to spot tigers and leopards

5-star luxury inclusions
  • The intimacy of small group touring with a maximum of 24 guests
  • 5 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 14 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
  • 3 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 52 meals – 22 breakfasts (B), 16 lunches (L) and 14 dinners (D)
  • All internal transport
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

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