There are certain images that are conjoured while thinking of India. Mumbai's skyline, the Taj Mahal, Bengal tigers and the spectcular forts of Rajasthan are just a few that might spring to mind. This extensive suggested itinerary takes in all of India's icons in the space of just under three weeks, travelling from the vast city of Mumbai and central India's wildlife-rich parks to the state of Rajashtan and the cities of the Golden Triangle.

19nights INDEPENDENT TOUR

Suggested route & duration

19 nights Mumbai to Delhi

  • Mumbai: 2 nights

  • Pench: 2 nights

  • Kanha: 2 nights

  • Bandhavgarh: 2 nights

  • Khajuraho: 1 night

  • Agra: 2 nights

  • Jaipur: 2 nights

  • Jodphur: 2 nights

  • Udaipur: 2 nights

  • Delhi: 2 nights

About this independent tour

This is a private itinerary including a car and driver and local English-speaking tour guides for sightseeing. The itinerary is completely flexible, so you can choose your own number of nights, change accommodation, add excursions and extend your holiday.

Recommended highlights

MUMBAI Formerly known as Bombay, Mumbai is located on the Arabian Sea coast and is the most populous of India’s cities. During your time here you’ll visit Rudyard Kipling’s birthplace, the J. J. School of Art campus, as well as many others of the city’s most famous sights including the Prince of Wales Museum and the simple Mani Bhawan where Mahatma Gandhi stayed when he was in Mumbai. For a unique experience and a glimpse into what makes this city tick, you'll be rising early for the Mumbai by Dawn tour.

PENCH Fly to the heart of India, home to its best national parks and continue by road to Pench. Less frequently visited than some of India’s other parks, Pench supports a rich and diverse array of wildlife. Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in search of the elusive tiger. Notoriously hard to find, the presence of these magnificent beasts may be revealed by a paw print in the dust or the cry of deer.

KANHA Famously the inspiration for The Jungle Book, Kanha is one of the best places in India to see tigers in the wild. Experience the thrill of searching for tigers during morning and afternoon game drives in the park and if you’re lucky then you may spot a real-life Shere Khan! The park’s bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines are home to diverse wildlife.

BANDHAVGARH This relatively small park and former hunting preserve of the Maharajas has the highest density of Royal Bengal tigers in the world as well as a host of other species. Explore the park during morning and afternoon game drives, traversing great rocky hills, deciduous forests, marshes and meadows on the lookout for wildlife.

KHAJURAHO Your time in search of tigers will come to an end as you head to Khajuraho to explore its UNESCO-listed temples which date back to 950 AD and rank amongst the most important archaeological sites in India.

AGRA Travel to Agra by a combination of road and rail. During your time in Agra rise early for a visit to the spectacular Taj Mahal, one of the finest monuments in the world, and see the colours of the marble change as the sun rises. You’ll also visit the impressive 16th-Century red stone Agra Fort, home to the fairytale Jahangir Palace. Your full day in the city will end as you watch the sun set over the Taj Majal from the opposite bank of the Yamuna River.

JAIPUR On your way to Jaipur, stop at Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted city once the ancient capital of the Mughals. Continue to the current capital of Rajasthan, the ‘pink city’ of Jaipur, which has so much to offer, from its magical forts to tangled bazaars. You’ll get to uncover its enchanting sights on a full day city tour. A highlight here is Amber Fort – with views over the city, this 16th Century UNESCO World Heritage site is Jaipur’s star attraction. You can also spend an afternoon exploring the City Palace, a complex of exquisite gardens and courtyards, outstanding art and spectacular palaces. If you’re passionate about astronomy, a visit to the impressive astronomical observatory, Jantar Mantar, will be a real treat.

JODPHUR The 'blue city' of Jodphur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. It got its nickname thanks to the its many painted houses and it is overlooked by the awe-inspiring Mehrangarh Fort. During your time here you'll visit the fort and explore the palaces and the museums within its walls. The views over the city from the fort are almost worth the visit alone. From here, travel north to Jaswant Thada, a late 19th-Century cenotaph that Maharaja Sir Sardar Singh Bahadur built in memory of his father.

UDAIPUR Continue to the romantic lake-side city of Udaipur via the spectacular marble Ranakpur Jain Temples. Udaipur itself lies on the southern side of the Aravalli Hill range. There’s a real old-heritage charm to this timeless city, and while here, you'll enjoy the beautiful architecture of the towering City Palace, and a late-afternoon boating trip on Udaipur’s stunning Lake Pichola.

DELHI Fly to India’s bustling metropolitan capital, where you’ll divide your time between the contrasting Old and New Delhi quarters. In Old Delhi, visit fantastic landmarks including the historic Red Fort, the Chandni Chowk bazaar and the resplendent Jama Masjid, the biggest mosque in India. In New Delhi, you’ll drive past the Presidential Palace, India Gate and the Parliament house and visit Qutab Minar and Humayun’s Tomb.

Tailor your tour

This is an all-encompassing tour that takes in all of India's icons from its wildlife to its grand monuments. To make your journey that little bit more special, we recommend staying in Oberoi Hotels and Resorts’ incredibly luxurious retreats in cities such as Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra. Perhaps upgrade to stay at the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur, a hotel which seems to float in the centre of Lake Pichola. In the parks of central India, the Taj hotels provide a one-of-a-kind experience, particularly in Banhavgarh and the tented camp in Kanha.

This is a very full on itinerary with some long drives as you travel between the national parks. So, if you want to extend your time in India, you could check out one of Goa's gorgeous beach resorts or Kerala's authentic lakeside retreats such as the Kumarakom Lake Resort or the exquisite Coconut Lagoon so you can enjoy a few days relaxation before heading home.

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