SPLENDID NORTH INDIA TOUR
DURATION: 12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS
DELHI – VARANASI – KHAJURAHO – ORCHHA – GWALIOR – AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI – JAIPUR – NEEMRANA – DELHI
DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN DELHI
Namaste! Welcome to the Capital of India. You will be welcomed by our representatives on arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel.Rest of the day is at leisure to let you overcome jet lag or if you wish you can go for some shopping If there is time in the evening. Return to the hotel for a pleasant overnight stay.
DAY 02: DELHI CITY TOUR
Good Morning! After breakfast you will be going for a full day sightseeing tour of the capital city of India starting with old Delhi founded as Shahjahanabad. You will visit the majestic Red Fort, a marvel in red sandstone, Jama Masjid, the largest and most splendid mosque in India, both built by Emperor Shah Jahan, Rajghat- the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, where he was cremated. Post lunch the sightseeing tour continues to explore the best tourist attractions of New Delhi including a drive past through the Indian President’s House (Rashtrapati Bhawan) towards India gate built to honour and pay a tribute to the Indian soldiers, then visit Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar; built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty and the beautiful Lotus Temple. In the evening take a cycle rickshaw ride through the bustling and colourful bazaar of Chandani Chowk for shopping or to taste some tantalizing North Indian cuisines.
Afterwards return to the hotel for a pleasant overnight stay.
DAY 03: DELHI – VARANASI
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed towards the airport, to board the schedule flight for Varanasi. Our representative will meet and greet you upon arrival and transfer you to the hotel. After relaxation take an excursion to Sarnath, located at 10 kms from Varanasi where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon to the five holy men; visit Dharmarajika Stupa, the 110 ft. tall Dhamekh Stupa marks the place where Buddha preached first sermon. Also visit to Archaeological museum, the collection of ancient Buddhist relics and antiques comprising numerous Buddha and Bodhisatva images, also see the Ashok Pillar with 4 lions, built in 3rd Century BC., symbolize both Ashoks’s imperial rule and the kingship of the Buddha. The four-lion capital was adopted as the emblem of the modern Indian republic. After visit drive back to Varanasi an rest. After relaxation if time permits than you can visit to local markets and narrow lanes of old Varanasi for shopping specially word famous Benarasi Silk clothes and Sarees.
Afterwards return to the hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 04: VARANASI CITY TOUR
Early morning during the sunrise take a peaceful boat ride at holy river Ganges. People bathe early in the morning to offer the prayers to the rising sun. Later return to the hotel for breakfast, afterward take sightseeing tour of the city visiting various ghats of Varanasi: two main cremation ghats are Manikarnika & Harishchandra, sightseeing continues with visiting the Bharat Mata temple, houses a huge relief map of the whole of Indian subcontinent and Tibetan plateau. Sankat Mochan temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, the most famous temple is the Kashi Vishvanath known as Golden Temple due to 15.5 meters high golden spire, though off-limits to non-Hindus, can be seen from the top floor of the oldhouse opposite it. Durga temple also called Money Temple, Banaras Hindu University: the largest residential university in Asia, with over 12,000 students living on its campus, the campus spread over 1350 acre (5.5 km?). In the evening visit at the bank of Ganga River to witness speculative Aarti (worship) ceremony, as this beautiful ritual process with brass lamps with chanting of Mantra in presence of crowd, every moment fills you with spiritual thoughts and feelings.
Afterwards return to the hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 05: VARANASI – KHAJURAHO
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to the airport, to board the schedule flight for Khajuraho. On arrival transfer to the hotel, after refreshment visit Raneh Falls, one of the prominent tourist attractions, which is named after King Rane Pratap, the erstwhile ruler of the region, situated in close vicinity of the destination, the waterfall emerged at the confluence of Ken and Khuddar rivers. Also visit Archaeological museum with its collection of stone sculptures of the Chandela dynasty. Evening is free at leisure. Have a pleasant overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 06: EXPLORING KHAJURAHO
After breakfast explore Khajuraho, worldly known for its magnificent temples of erotica built between 950 A.D. and 1050 A.D. The main attraction of Khajuraho is the Khajuraho Group of Temples. These temples are known for their Nagara architectural style and are listed as UNSESCO World Heritage Sites. Dating back to 950 AD, the temples are inscribed with ornamental carvings, mostly erotic. By the end of 12th century there were 85 temples as a whole, but today only 22 are left; Kandariya Mahadev Temple being the best of them all. The temples promoted integrity and acceptance between the Jains and Hindus. Besides Khajuraho Temple, Khajuraho is known for Yoga practices and Khajuraho Dance Festival. Khajuraho Festival grandly welcomes the summer season with the performances of Indian cultural dance forms. Overnight stay in Khajuraho.
Day 07: KHAJURAHO – ORCHHA
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Orchha. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel and get fresh. After refreshment drive to the historic city of Jhansi which is 18 km from Orchha. It is a famous tourist destination and is known for the exploits of Rani Jhansi, who played an important role in fighting the British during the revolt of 1857. A number of monuments belonging to this period including Jhansi Fort and Rani Jhansi’s Palace are important tourist attractions of Jhansi. Evening is free at leisure Have a pleasant overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 08: ORCHHA – GWALIOR – AGRA
After breakfast, enjoy the scenic beauty of Betwa River Surrounded by Sheesh Mahal, & Chattaris and Ram Temple. Afterwards check out the hotel and drive towards Agra, enroute stop over at Gwalior (120 kms from Agra) and take sightseeing of the majestic Gwalior fort is one of the largest and mightiest forts in India. Also visit Sas-Bahu Temples are 11th-century temples of Lord Vishnu while Teli-ka-Mandir is a 300-metre-high Vishnu temple of the 9th Century, Man Singh Palace, later proceed to Agra. On arrival, transfer to the hotel and rest. Evening is free to explore the markets of Agra or to taste some lip smacking cuisines. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 09: AGRA SIGHTSEEING
Early morning visit world’s most popular and beautiful monument: Taj Mahal with its’ fabulous view at the time of sunrise. Taj Mahal, a beautiful architectural monument is one of the 7 wonders of the world. This historical masterpiece is an illustration of the fusion of diverse architectural styles. Taj Mahal is the crown of all the lovely buildings in the world and a symbol of eternal love. The tour continues with a visit to Agra Fort. The fort was built in 1576 AD by great Mughal Emperor Akbar, structured and designed with red stoned barricaded; here you will find the splendid Pearl Mosque and various other classic example of art: Jahangir Mahal, Moti Masjid, Macchhi Bhawan, Nagina Masjid, Diwan-i-Khas, Sheesh Mahal, Diwan-e-Am, and Meena Bazaar. Emperor Shahjahan imprisoned by his rebellious son Aurangzeb in the Musamman Bhurj, would see his love reflecting through the Taj Mahal, where his dear wife was cremated. Afterwards visit Tomb of Itamad-ud-Daula, 35 kms from Agra, built by Empress Noor Jahan daughter of Shahjahan, this monument a tribute to her great father. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 10: AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI – JAIPUR
Today morning after breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Jaipur, enroute stop over at Fatehpur Sikri, the old deserted town of the Mughal kingdom, built in red sandstone in honour of Saint Salim Chisti who blessed birth of 3 sons to Emperor Akbar. It is an example of robust stability combined with originality. It is an example of robust stability combined with originality. Each important structure here represents a type by itself. Notable among them is the Diwane e Khas; Punch Mahal, the Tomb of Salim Chisti, and the Buland Darwaza, one of the largest and tallest gateways in the world. Also visit on the way Step Well situated in the village of Abhaneri near Jaipur; it was built by King Chanda of the Chauhan Dynasty, and was dedicated to Hashat Mata, Goddess of Joy and Happiness upon completion. Afterwards continue drive to Jaipur, on arrival, transfer to the hotel. After refreshment, enjoy your evening at the most authentic and ethnic village resort: called Chokhi Dhani, designed on the theme of an ethnic village of Rajasthan with lots of traditional environment with entertainment like folk dances, puppet shows, astrology, music, camel ride etc. Afterwards return to the hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 11: JAIPUR CITY TOUR
Today morning after breakfast explore the Pink City with an excursion to splendid Amber Fort, situated just outside the city, built in the 15th Century by Rajput King Man Singh. Visit Jal Mahal or water palace that is situated in the midst of the beautiful Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur City. Continue your sightseeing by visiting the regal City Palace – present residence of the royal family of Jaipur, the palace is a miraculous portrayal of the real Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Then visit the incredible Jantar Mantar which was innovated and constructed by Jaipur King Swai Jai Singh. Amongst the 5 observatories built by him, Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is one of them. Later visit the splendid Hawa Mahal, also known ‘Palace of Winds’ was built with a concept for the woman of royal families to speculate the royal ceremonies and festivals being hidden from the public eyes. In the evening you can explore the bustling market by hoping onto a cycle rickshaw ride. Drive back to hotel for overnight stay at Jaipur.
DAY 12: JAIPUR – NEEMRANA – DELHI– DEPARTURE
Today morning after breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Delhi, en route visit to the one of the magnificent fort of Rajasthan, Neemrana; now converted into the luxury heritage hotel, you may opt to have lunch and Zip Tour over here, an exciting and adventurous activity. The Zip tour is an amusement ride wherein the person hangs his weight through a harness which is suspended via pulley from a cable. Later continues drive to drive to Delhi airport to board the scheduled flight for onwards journey with happy memories.
NOTE: This is just a suggested itinerary indicative of what could be possible. We tailor holidays for your specific needs and preferences. Feel free to contact us if you want modifications so that we could tailor a holiday or a tour package specially designed to suit your needs and desire for an unforgettable India tour.
- Daily Breakfast at Hotel.
- Accommodation as per our Itinerary hotel on twin sharing basis inclusive of taxes.
- Complimentary drinks on arrival.
- Pickup service from Airport, Railway Station and Hotel.
- Air Conditioned vehicles having sufficient space for luggage.
- All State Taxes, Parking and all transport related expense including Driver Services.
- A trained and knowledgeable representative throughout the tour.
- Experienced chauffeurs for all kinds of conveyance.
- Entry fee at the monuments.
- Tips to the servicemen.
- Meals and services not specified in the above mentioned section.
- Cost for Airfare, Train fare, Insurance Premiums.
- Cost for service provided on a personal request.
- Cost for personal expenses such as laundry, bottled water, Soft Drinks, Incidentals, Porter Charges, tips etc.
- Cost for any other service not mentioned under the “Cost Includes” head.