Spirit of India with Amritsar Add-on

Spirit of India with Amritsar Add-on

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Spirit of India with Amritsar Add-on

16 Days Starting and ending in Delhi, India

Visiting: United Kingdom, Delhi, Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park, Agra, Lucknow, Varanasi, Sarnath, Amritsar

Tour operator:

Just You

Tour code:

SLINDA2

Specialist Group:

Singles Solo

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

15 - 30

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Boat/Cruise Excursion

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Tour Overview

On this extended version of our Spirit of India tour, you'll visit Old Delhi, take a boat on the River Ganges, visit the Taj Mahal, Amber Fort and more. Then head to Amritsar for a guided tour.

Highlights

  • Old Delhi tour

  • Taj Mahal

  • Dedicated Just You holiday director with you on the trip

  • Your own room guaranteed & no single supplement

  • Visit to a fragrance house for a unique perfumery tour

  • Varanasi & Sarnath

  • Visit the Golden Temple

  • Abhaneri Step Wells

  • Game drives in Ranthambore

  • Aarti ceremony

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Itinerary

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Day 1 : Uk To Delhi

Location: United Kingdom, Delhi

Accommodation: Fly to Delhi

Meals Included: No Meals

Today, you fly to Delhi, arriving on day 2.

Day 2 : Delhi

Location: Delhi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza Okhla

Meals Included: Dinner

Today is free for you to explore Delhi at your leisure. This evening we will meet for a welcome dinner for the chance to meet your travelling companions.

Day 3 : Delhi To Jaipur

Location: Jaipur

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ramada Jaipur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Established in the 17th century and today surrounded by the remains of the city walls, Old Delhi epitomises stereotypical India. Temples and mosques fill every available space and vibrant bazaars and tempting food stalls flood the narrow lanes with colour and heady scents. You'll also see Raj Ghat, the cremation grounds of Mahatma Gandhi. We drive to heritage rich Jaipur this afternoon.

Day 4 : Jaipur

Location: Jaipur

Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ramada Jaipur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Jaipur is home to the magnificent Amber Fort. We'll visit it this morning to explore the inner and outer workings of the fortress and its surroundings. A traditional lunch will be served in majestic surroundings as we dine with the family connected to the 17th century Sankotra Haveli. This is a special experience as we savour exceptional cuisine, wear traditional dress and learn first hand the history of one of India's most noted families. Jaipur is affectionately known as the 'pink city'. The buildings here were painted pink by Maharaja's decree to imitate the red sandstone architecture of Mughal cities. A highlight is the City Palace, which we visit this afternoon.

Whilst in Jaipur you will also be served a glass of Lassi, a blend of water, yogurt, spices and sometimes fruit. The drink, traditionally served in earthern pots to add an unique aroma, is topped with a thick layer of malai leaving you refreshed and surprisingly full!

Day 5 : Jaipur To Ranthambore

Location: Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Abhyaran Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive through memorable scenery to Ranthambore - considered to be the best game reserve in India - to look for the country's famous tigers. This afternoon you could take an optional excursion to Ranthambore Fort.

Day 6 : Ranthambore

Location: Ranthambore National Park

Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel

Accommodation Name: Abhyaran Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Join an early morning safari for another chance to experience the wildlife and hopefully spot a tiger. Then relax over lunch, before taking another game drive.

Day 7 : Ranthambore To Agra

Location: Agra

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grand Mercure

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will travel to Agra. On the way we will visit Abhaneri step well - an incredible example of architecture. And stop for lunch at Umaid Lake Palace.

Day 8 : Agra

Location: Agra

Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grand Mercure

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner

The Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shan Jahan as a symbol of his love for his wife. The sight of this magnificent mausoleum is certain to surpass all your expectations. Close by is Mehtab Bagh, a centuries-old garden complex, which sits on the other side of the river. You'll get to see the Taj Mahal from here too, for equally splendid views. This afternoon we head to the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort. This powerful fortress was the imperial city of the Mogul rulers.

Day 9 : Agra - Lucknow

Location: Agra, Lucknow

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Fortune Park BBD

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will travel to Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, known for its parks, gardens, monuments and fascinating bazaars. On the way we will stop for an immersive perfumery tour at an 8th generation fragrance house. Lunch is included as part of the experience.

Day 10 : Lucknow To Varanasi

Location: Lucknow, Varanasi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Radisson Hotel Varanasi

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We travel to Varanasi. Situated on the banks of the sacred River Ganges, Varanasi is colourful, chaotic and one of Hinduism’s holiest cities. To get the most out of your time here, you need to experience the city with an open mind. Its principal attraction are the bathing ghats that line the west bank of the Ganges, where Hindus bathe in the water to cleanse themselves of sin. This evening we offer the opportunity to watch a traditional arti ceremony, which involves an offering of light, food, water and flowers to the deities. It is considered a fundamental part of the Hindu faith.

Day 11 : Varanasi

Location: Varanasi, Sarnath, Varanasi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Radisson Hotel Varanasi

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We rise before the sun this morning to sail along the Ganges and see devout Hindus bathing and praying beneath the rising sun. We head back to the hotel for breakfast before enjoying a short tour of Varanasi. This afternoon we visit the ruined city of Sarnath. This is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists as it was here that Buddha gave his first sermon.

Day 12 : Varanasi To Delhi

Location: Varanasi, Delhi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: ITC Welcomhotel Dwarka

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Relax this morning or take the time to enjoy some final sightseeing before your afternoon flight to Delhi. Join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner this evening.

Day 13 : Amritsar

Location: Amritsar

Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel

Accommodation Name: Radisson Blu Amritsar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner

We travel to the train station for the journey to Amritsar. One of the most pristine cities with Guru-vaani humming from the Gurudwaras, Amritsar is renowned world over for the Golden Temple, also known as Harmandir Sahib Gurudwara. On arrival, transfer to your hotel where two nights' accommodation has been reserved for you.

This evening is an included visit to the Golden Temple for a night ceremony.

Day 14 : Amritsar

Location: Amritsar

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Radisson Blu Amritsar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning is an included sightseeing tour of Amritsar. There are a number of religious and historical sites to see, including the Durgiana Temple, the Tower of Baba Atal Ria and Jallianwal Bagh – the site of a massacre where bullet marks can be seen. Make the most of this city which is a centre of Sikhism and culture. This afternoon is at leisure.

During the evening you will be taken to Wagah, the only border crossing between India and Pakistan to attend the spectacular sunset 'banging on the gates' ceremony.

Day 15 : Amritsar - Delhi

Location: Delhi

Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel

Accommodation Name: ITC Welcomhotel Dwarka

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer to your hotel where overnight accommodation has been reserved for you.

Day 16 : Delhi - Uk

Location: Delhi, United Kingdom

Meals Included: Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK, arriving later the same day.

What's Included

  • Return flights from London

  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK

  • Just You Holiday Director as your host

  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own

  • 14 nights half-board in 4 & 5-star hotels, plus 1 night in flight

  • Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage

  • 33 meals: 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 14 dinners including a welcome drink

What's Not Included

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes, Return flights from London.

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    No and your own room is guaranteed!

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    All the people in your group will be solo travellers and will share your sense of adventure and passion for travel. There’s usually a good mix of ages too, so you’ll meet a variety of solo travellers who have more, or in some cases less, life experience. We find the overall mix of people really adds to the whole experience and there are certainly plenty of l

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    A few years ago we set up Just You Cares, a programme that gives back to some of the places we love. We have always believed in taking care of the communities we visit, and have taken the time to really get to know the local people and understand the challenges they face. Some of our holidays give our Customers the chance to see how the money from their trips has been spent.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    At Just You, we are committed to operating our business operations responsibly, with integrity and always act ethically in all our business dealings and relationships. We are committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking does not take place in our own business or in any of our supply chains

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If we can accommodate a change in date - we will always do our best to help you. Just pick up the phone and ask one of our friendly advisors - just make sure you have your booking number to hand.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes, and all of our accommodation providers will be working to the very highest standards of hygiene – you already always enjoy a private room of your own on all of our trips, all of our partners will be guided by local government operational standards of hygiene and the new protocols we have issued to them.

  • Will I eat alone?

    We find there’s always a social element to dining, so you’ll never eat alone, unless you want to! Every holiday includes a welcome get-together, all breakfasts and many other meals. When a meal is not included we find travellers meet and dine together.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No, given the nature of our holidays, it is not possible to join the tour once it has departed.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Just You has been operating solo holidays for more than 15 years.

  • Am I guaranteed a room of my own?

    Of course, you’ll always have a twin or double room all to yourself. It’s great to have that space to relax and reflect at the end of the day. In some hotels you can also pay a little extra to upgrade for more space or a lovely sea view.

  • What is the typical age range on a Just You holiday?

    Typically, our customers are solo travellers in their 40s, 50s and 60s, but it’s quite possible you could meet 20-year-olds or 70-year-olds (or anyone in between)... After all, age is just a number!

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have received the World Travel and Tourism Councils (WTTC) Safe Travels stamp, which recognises businesses and destinations worldwide that have adopted a new set of global protocols to support the return of 'Safe Travel' around the world. The 'Safe Travels' stamp provides you, with assurance and peace of mind that we have implemented enhanced health and hygiene prprotocols on all holidays.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Once you book, you will receive a confirmation invoice within 7 days, prior to departure, we will send you further information to help prepare for your trip.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Just You is exclusively for solo travellers, every tour includes a twin or double room of your own, with no single supplement.

Reviews of this operator

Jenny Elliott  

Fabulous Holiday with Just You

28-Oct-2021

Fabulous holiday with Just You - well organised, excellent accommodation and our tour leader absolutely made the trip! Would highly recommend.

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Russell Kerfoot  

Travels 2013 -2019

21/06/2021

Have taken about 15 tours with JY, mainly long haul, and found the experience exhilarating. Apart from the company's professionalism and extensive and varied tour options, I have made so many friends for life. Looking forward to resuming my travels in 2022.

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Jan Clark  

My Go-to tour company!

16-Nov-2021

I’ve travelled many times with Just You and have always experienced 5-star service from them; so much so that they are always my go-to travel company. Realising a life-time’s dream of visiting Petra and touring Jordan with JY was amazing. Every day was a highlight and the tour manager, Jenny, was lovely and so professional. I can even see me doing this tour again next year.

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aled blackshaw (Google Reviewer)  

Been on 5 holidays with...

13-Oct-2023

Been on 5 holidays with this company they have generally been good but the prices have risen considerably and i feel do not provide true value for money. In my opinion all the excursions and meals should be included in the total cost as they not worth the extra cost. Also they are very dismissive of any complaints once you have paid for the holiday they are not interested. I think i will try another company next time

Sue Sweeney (Google Reviewer)  

Great holidays for singles. I've been...

28-Jun-2023

Great holidays for singles. I've been on 4 holidays with them. Only issue is the hotel rooms. They generally use 3* hotels and I've booked at the same time and price as my friends but the difference in rooms is unbelievable. I've been lucky, but I've heard horror stories from friends of rooms like a dungeon with one small high window whilst I've had a fabulous sea view.

COLIN BROAD (Google Reviewer)  

I went on a spirit...

08-Apr-2024

I went on a spirit of an India trip with Amritsar add on. It looks good in the brochure, but things aren’t always as they seem. If like me you like a toilet break every two hours (discussed with the company in depth in advance) or have a hidden disability. then this holiday is not for you - use a different holiday company! Their planned toilet stops are every 3.5 hours, so ladies bring your pads and gents be prepared for “natural stops” while all the passengers watch you out the window or bring a bottle and a blanket as a screen. The Taj Mahal in Agra was good, along with the two trips to the Ganges river and the Golden Temple at Amritsar too. Rarely are you in the same spot for more than one night and a 6 hour daily coach or train journey became the norm. It was a shame that there was not an opportunity to enjoy the hotels that we’d obviously paid a lot of money for. If you’re looking for tigers in the game park, don’t get your hopes up. 99% unlikely. It is also a disappointment that there is little opportunity to explore the areas in the major cities that we’d traveled too If you are lucky enough to find some companionship from the opposite sex and wish to be bring them “home” this is frowned upon by the company - even if you have paid extra due double occupancy as required by the hotel I received a letter on holiday basically saying that the two hourly toilet stops required (and discussed in advance) due to diabetes was a disruption to the schedule. That photos sent to me by a girlfriend were “illicit”. Photo uploaded - make your own mind up” Also that managing to get lucky a couple of times and bringing them back to the hotel was an issue - very strange due a so called singles holiday

Maureen May (Google Reviewer)  

Just returned from St Lucia....

29-Feb-2024

Just returned from St Lucia. Hotel dreadfully shabby. Breakfasts very limited with very little fresh fruit. Our hotel was a 20 minute walk in 29C or a free bus on the hour to the beach and sister hotel. Location good for nearby local shopping and restaurants. The sunset cruise was brilliant as was the whale watching, but surf and safari trip was a disaster. We travelled in two open topped trucks with a two and a half hour drive to the surfing destination. During the trip smoke started from the gear box and we had to abandon the vehicle until the situation was rectified, which, to their credit, was sorted very quickly. Unfortunately the sea was too rough for the boat so we had to return back in the trucks. Extremely uncomfortable on side bench seats, hanging on in the rain. So, all in all we don’t over 6 hours on the trucks - not good. The tour guide left before the 5 day extension period without a handover to the local tour operators. No Information was given except by the hotel. I had already booked to go the Athens with Just You in May, now I wish I hadn’t.

Sunlight59 (Google Reviewer)  

Booked the French & Italian...

12-May-2024

Booked the French & Italian Riviera. Too much travelling on the coach. Most journeys to places were around 2 hours or more. No toilet facilities unless you go into a cafe to buy something. The group were lovely but mostly retired and older. Didn’t have much in common. The hotel was comfortable and clean. Vegetarians had mainly different types of cooked eggs for dinner. But plenty of food. However the hotel Toscana in Alessio does cater for families with children so noisy at night for the last few days of the holiday. Paid a lot of money for this holiday. Did not meet my expectations as per brochure.

Lynda Martin (Google Reviewer)  

Don't go to the Mercure...

10-Feb-2024

Don't go to the Mercure Hotel in Brighton for a Christmas holiday. Dingy rooms, small tables so you are encouraged to sit on your own when you have expected to be able to chat. But this is nothing compared to the Christmas lunch. Reconstituted white meat that could have been anything, no roasties, no stuffing, no cranberry sauce, you couldn't cut the sprouts because the knife wasn't sharp enough. I had pre ordered prawn cocktail as my starter but on the day when we all turned up together, there was no prawn cocktail for me they had run out, so all I had was soup. No dancing, no music. The carpets were stained and it was a very sorry affair. I paid £1348 for 4 nights of this very shabby standard. Sorry Just You, butbit is the last holiday I will have with you. This year, whether I go to Aldi or Waitrose, I will buy the whole shebang and cook it myself, and then I will be sure to enjoy it.

eamonn young (Google Reviewer)  

Great holiday but then no...

21-Sep-2023

Great holiday but then no response to email concerning an important point concerning incorrect information in documentation. Turkish Airlines do have online check in..saves being put on standby. Documentation says you can't check in online..you can. Just wanted to save other travellers having the same problem about being put on stand by. Just You don't seem to care.

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