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ABC of India: Art, Books & Culture... An Arty Tour of North India

11 days from £3,255 per person

Make the most of India's cultural offerings with this luxury art, book & culture itinerary. Stay in some of the world's best hotels while appreciating some of the best art and culture that India has to offer in January & February.

Start your holiday in Mumbai where you will enjoy a full day literary-theme tour with a specialist guide, visiting a wide range of Mumbai's finest sights. Fly on to Jaipur and compliment a couple of days at the Literary Festival by staying in the heart of the action at Samode Haveli. Set up by William Dalrymple in 2006, the Jaipur Literary Festival is renowned for being one of the best of its kind and is now world-famous. Move on to Agra to allow you to visit one of the world's most famous monuments, as well as the less well-known, but equally impressive, Agra Fort.

Next, spend several days browsing what is on offer at the India Art Fair in Delhi, the country's premier art fair for modern and contemporary art in India. While in Delhi also take advantage of New Delhi's colonial-era landmarks and Old Delhi's hustling and bustling markets. Finish your trip in India's capital - the perfect place to banish any end-of-holiday blues!

As with all our itineraries, this is purely a suggestion and can be booked as it is or used as a starting point for creating your own bespoke holiday to India. If you'd like to similar types of tours, take a look at our Festival & Events collection.

Itinerary details

11 days from £3,255 per person

  • Day 1 - Taj Mahal Palace - Mumbai
    Arrive in Mumbai and spend the morning at leisure. This afternoon enjoy a literary tour of Mumbai with specialist guide.
  • Day 2 - Samode Haveli - Jaipur
    Fly to Jaipur and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure.
  • Day 3 - Samode Haveli - Jaipur
    Spend the morning at the Jaipur Literary Festival. Afternoon sightseeing, including City Palace.
  • Day 4 - Samode Haveli - Jaipur
    A full day is set aside for the Jaipur Literary Festival.
  • Day 5 - Samode Haveli - Jaipur
    Take the morning at leisure. Afternoon visit to Amer Fort and driver at your disposal for further sightseeing or shopping.
  • Day 6 - Trident Agra - Agra
    Drive to Agra stopping en-route at the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. Visit the Taj Mahal at sunset, time permitting.
  • Day 7 - The Imperial Hotel - Delhi
    Revisit the Taj at sunrise and go on to Agra Fort. Drive to Delhi via Sikander.
  • Day 8 - The Imperial Hotel - Delhi
    Morning at leisure. Afternoon sightseeing of New Delhi.
  • Day 9 - The Imperial Hotel - Delhi
    Spend the morning at the India Art Fair. Afternoon sightseeing of Old Delhi.
  • Day 10 - The Imperial Hotel - Delhi
    Spend the day at the India Art Fair.
  • Day 11 - In transit.
    Transfer to Delhi airport for your onward journey home.
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