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

12 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

12 days from £3,255 per person

  • Day 1 - The Taj Mahal Palace - Mumbai
    Fly to Mumbai with Emirates.
  • Day 2 - The Taj Mahal Palace - Mumbai
    Enjoy a full day literary tour of Mumbai with specialist guide.
  • Day 3 - Samode Haveli - Jaipur
    Fly to Jaipur and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure.
  • Day 4 - Samode Haveli - Jaipur
    Spend the morning at the Jaipur Literary Festival. Afternoon sightseeing, including City Palace.
  • Day 5 - Samode Haveli - Jaipur
    A full day is set aside for the Jaipur Literary Festival.
  • Day 6 - Samode Haveli - Jaipur
    Take the morning at leisure. Afternoon visit to Amer Fort and driver at your disposal for further sightseeing or shopping.
  • Day 7 - 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 8 - The Imperial Hotel - Delhi
    Revisit the Taj at sunrise and go on to Agra Fort. Drive to Delhi via Sikander.
  • Day 9 - The Imperial Hotel - Delhi
    Morning at leisure. Afternoon sightseeing of New Delhi.
  • Day 10 - The Imperial Hotel - Delhi
    Spend the morning at the India Art Fair. Afternoon sightseeing of Old Delhi.
  • Day 11 - The Imperial Hotel - Delhi
    Spend the day at the India Art Fair.
  • Day 12 - In Transit
    Return to London with Emirates.
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We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
Ampersand’s details preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet/direct booking age. Shalmali was a delight to work with – before and during our trip.
- Mr David Wallace, North India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India

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