Introduction

28 Oct 2021 - 12 Nov 2021

A special opportunity to join Chris, the founder of No News No Shoes, on a small group tour to experience some of the most fascinating parts of India. 

India is a melting pot of cultures, religions and customs; on this tour you will be able to experience a range of contrasting cultures in various locations in northern India. In each destination we will explore the architecture, lifestyle and cuisine of the local people. 

Amritsar in the state of Punjab, is the centre for the Sikh religion in India, with the magnificent Golden Temple at its heart. The community kitchen within the temple complex is an astonishing accomplishment, serving free food every day to anyone in need.  The Punjab is the second largest wheat growing state in India and farming still plays a very important role for local people. One of the most delicious foods to try in Amritsar is Kulcha; a form of flatbread which is often stuffed with potatoes, paneer (cottage cheese) or gobhi (cauliflower) and traditionally served with Amritsari chana masala (chickpeas in spicy sauce).

In Jaipur we will experience the classic Rajasthani architecture of the imposing Amer Fort, City Palace, Hawa Mahal and ornate heritage haveli's, one of which will be our hotel.  We will also have the opportunity to learn to cook some traditional Rajasthan dishes and meet a local family.

Moving on to the Chambal Valley, just south of Agra, we will visit the ancient Hindu town of Bateshwar during its annual animal fair and experience a very special aarti ceremony at the temple on the occasion of Diwali (festival of lights).  There will be plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities during a river safari, jeep safari and nature walk.  And of course, we will visit the incredible Taj Mahal.

Explore the city of Lucknow which has so far remained under the tourist radar and is full of character. It offers a different style of culture, cuisine and architecture originating from the Nawabs of Persia and is a personal favourite of ours. Tender kebabs and fragrant biryanis are a real speciality here.

Finally, we'll travel by train to Varanasi, the oldest living city in India and the most sacred place for Hindus. Located on the banks of the holy Ganges river, Varanasi is a full-on assault on the senses but there‚Äôs nothing else quite like it and definitely not to be missed. At the end of the tour we will return to Delhi for international departure flights.

This is a small group tour which will operate with a minimum of 10 guests and a maximum of 18 guests. The group will be led and escorted throughout the tour by Chris Aldridge, the owner and founder of No News No Shoes who is passionate about India and enjoys discovering the soul of each location, not just visiting the tourist highlights. 

International flights from London Heathrow with Qatar Airways, and domestic flights within India are included in economy class. Please enquire if you would like to depart from an alternative airport or with another airline - this can be arranged on request. 

PLEASE SELECT THE TABS ABOVE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ACCOMMODATION, DAILY INFORMATION ETC.

Start

Day

Accommodation

Destination

Duration

Basis

Start

28 Oct 2021

Day 0

Overnight Travel

1 night

28 Oct 2021

29 Oct 2021

Day 1

Ranjitvilas Amritsar

2 nights

HB

29 Oct 2021

31 Oct 2021

Day 3

Alsisar Haveli Heritage Hotel Jaipur

3 nights

B&B

31 Oct 2021

3 Nov 2021

Day 6

Chambal Safari Lodge Chambal Valley

3 nights

HB

3 Nov 2021

6 Nov 2021

Day 9

Lebua Lucknow Lucknow

3 nights

HB

6 Nov 2021

9 Nov 2021

Day 12

Taj Ganges Varanasi

2 nights

HB

9 Nov 2021

11 Nov 2021

Day 14

Hotel Pullman New Delhi Aerocity Delhi Aerocity

1 night

HB

11 Nov 2021

Key

HB: Half Board - Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

B&B: Bed and Breakfast

Amritsar : Ranjitvilas

Jaipur : Alsisar Haveli Heritage Hotel

Chambal Valley : Chambal Safari Lodge

Lucknow : Lebua Lucknow

Varanasi : Taj Ganges

Delhi Aerocity : Hotel Pullman New Delhi Aerocity

Fast Facts

16 Days / 15 Nights

10 guests

Amritsar : Ranjitvilas

Jaipur : Alsisar Haveli Heritage Hotel

Chambal Valley : Chambal Safari Lodge

Lucknow : Lebua Lucknow

Varanasi : Taj Ganges

Delhi Aerocity : Hotel Pullman New Delhi Aerocity

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