Connect with an ancient culture
This journey will take you from the hustle and bustle of Delhi’s vibrant and colourful streets, to the spiritual hub of Varanasi, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, to the holy waters of the Ganges River for a private Hindu ritual of worship. The rest of your journey just grows in experiences—the omnipresent colour, the irony of an elephant traffic jam, contrasting with the opulence of the palaces and forts we visit and stay in. This is B&R’s India—a spiritual and cultural land and an adventure that will leave you forever changed.
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Day by Day
Meet your guide for a short drive to the stately Imperial Hotel where you can relax after a long flight. Located about 45 minutes from the city, it’s the perfect way to unwind and start your trip.
Begin your day with a heritage walk of Old Delhi with a friend of ours, photographer and artist Vikram Kalra, inspired by the vast history and historical kaleidoscope that is Delhi. This afternoon, embark on a tour of New Delhi followed by lunch at Café Lota.
Take a quick, 80-minute flight to Varanasi, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Grab a quick bite to eat before heading off to Sarnath, home of the first sermon of Gautama The Buddha. If time permits, visit the Mother India Temple.
Behold the life and death of the Ganges River this morning, the funeral ceremonies burning 24 hours a day on the holiest water in India. Stroll along the sacred Ghat and make your way down in time for a private aarti, a Hindu religious ritual of worship and an important part of prayer.
Head to Agra today and catch a beautiful sunset at the Taj Mahal. If there early enough, you’ll have time to relax at your ultra luxury hotel, complete with private balcony and stunning views of the Taj Mahal, or swim in the world class pool.
The next morning, we’ll awake in time for sunrise at the one of the eight wonders of the world, a world UNESCO site and an immense mausoleum of white marble dedicated to love, the Taj Mahal.
Depart early for a three-hour drive to Jaipur, with a stop along the way to visit Fatehpur, the “City of Victory.” It offers an exceptional testimony to Mughal civilization near the end of the 16th century.
Visit Jaipur’s City Palace located in the heart of the walled Pink City. Meet with Thakur Durga Singhji of Manadawa for cooking lessons and lunch followed by a hike to the Meena tribal village to see the unique rituals of monkeys and peacocks being fed.
Time to say goodbye! We’ll bring you back to the airport for your flight to Delhi, where we have arranged day rooms to relax in before your flight home. Safe travels!Show All Days VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- All hotel accommodation
- Meals as indicated with wine (as selected by B&R)
- Services of B&R guide(s) and support van
- Use of two lightweight, telescoping walking sticks
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All special events and private tours
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All baggage transportation
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service