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Visit India’s holiest city, enjoy some of the most beautiful monuments in the country and dine on North India’s most delicious eats in the capital city.

Stop 1: Varanasi

Fly into Varanasi and take a car to your heritage hotel on the ghats overlooking the Ganges river. Take a walk along the water and experience the peaceful sounds of bells ringing, prayers being chanted and oars cutting through water. Hire a boat in the evening just before sunset to see the evening aarti at Dashashwamedh ghat, where fire is offered to the river in an elaborate ceremony.

Stop 2: Khajaraho

Fly to Khajuraho to see some of the most well-preserved temples from the 10th and 11th centuries. Known for depicting everyday life, these temples are unique to India. Go in February to see the temples enlivened by the annual Khajuraho Dance Festival.

Stop 3: Agra

Take a first-class train or eight-hour car ride to Agra to see the most iconic structure in India, the Taj Mahal, and nearby Fatehpur Sikri. This former Mughal settlement was built by Akbar, one of the greatest Mughal emperors, known for his support of the arts. Stay across from the Taj Mahal in one of India’s most luxurious hotels.

Stop 4: New Delhi

Travel to Delhi on a fast train and check in to one of the capital’s finest hotels. Explore the city’s offerings of North Indian food and try a thali, a meal with several different dishes, roti and rice. Spend a day or two visiting iconic monuments like Humayun’s Tomb, the Red Fort and Qutb Minar, a brick minaret from the 12th century that is the tallest of its kind and a World Heritage site. Altogether, it’s a luxurious trip through history.