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Holy Cities & Sacred Rivers of North India

14 days from £6,200 per person

This itinerary is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Cultural Holidays.

India is renowned as the birthplace of several of the World's major religions and this fascinating tour explores some of her sacred cities and rivers, including Amritsar, Khajuraho, Varanasi and Calcutta. Beginning with the beautiful Golden Temple in Amritsar, the centre of the Sikh faith which draws thousands of pilgrims every day, the journey continues to Maheshwar, "the Centre of the Universe" on the Narmada, one of the Hindu holy rivers, and through Gwalior, Orchha and Khajuraho, the latter renowned for its erotic Hindu temples.

Varanasi is the next destination and one of the seven holiest cities in India. Finish the tour in Calcutta, one of India's most vibrant cities, and experience its eclectic social and cultural scene, taking a cruise on the Hooghli River and watching the city unfold from the river banks.

This tour is purely a suggested itinerary and can be booked as it is, or alternatively used as a starting point for creating your own perfect bespoke holiday to IndiaIf you'd like to see similar itineraries, take a look at our Epic Journeys collection, as well as our favourite Boat itineraries.


Itinerary details

14 days from £6,200 per person

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Client Testimonials

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
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 would recommend Ampersand without any hesitation!!! The best travel agent that I’ve ever had. Everything – from the individual care and attention in planning the trip, through to the efficiency of the agents on the ground in India – was handled brilliantly. An absolutely first-class service all round!
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, 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
Ampersand’s preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet booking age. They were a delight to deal with!
- Mr David Wallace, North India
Ampersand provided a bespoke and flexible holiday, tailored to my every whim. Their highly professional staff had only one goal which was to arrange an exceptional holiday and some unforgettable experiences in India. I have no hesitation in fully recommending them and they will be the first company I approach in the future - 10/10
- Anonymous, 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
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
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India

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