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The Bathing Ghats of Varanasi
 

Grand Tour of North India! (21 Days)

 
 

Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Agra - Ranthambore - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Udaipur

 
Overview
A tour of northern India designed to reveal the highlights of this fascinating region. Start by exploring the majestic capital city, Delhi, followed by the sacred city of Varanasi and Khajuraho, famed for its extraordinary carvings before arriving in Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Then explore the cities of Jaipur and Jodhpur and track tiger in Ranthambhore National Park. Your final stop will be the lake city of Udaipur. No two places on this unusual tour are alike, but together they span many centuries of Indian history and form the backdrop to landmark events such as the birth of Buddhism, Mughal invasion and rule, epic Rajput battles and British imperialism. This luxury holiday is purely a suggested itinerary. It can be booked as is or alternatively used as a starting point for creating your own perfect tailor made tour to India.
 
Day 1 : Delhi
Fly to Delhi. Upon arrival you will be met at the airport with garlands. Our executive would escort you to your hotel.
Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 2 : Delhi

After Breakfast we proceed for a half day sightseeing tour of Old Delhi visiting the Jama Masjid - Built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan's, the Jama Masjid is the largest and one of the most magnificent mosques in India, visit to the Red Fort built by the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1648, Drive through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk- Chandni Chowk (Moonlight Square) is opposite the Red Fort and is a market that hubs with activity all through the year. The area was laid out by Shahjahan's daughter, Jahanara. The water in a pool reflected the moonlight and then flowed into a channel that flowed through the avenue. It is a crowded place and normally there is a maze of traffic that one has to negotiate almost every second. & lastly visit Raj Ghat, the memorial built for Mahatma Gandhi.
Overnight at hotel.

 
Day 3 : Delhi
Sightseeing tour of New Delhi. Afternoon at leisure with a car and driver at disposal. Overnight at hotel. New Delhi begins with the drive past Safdarjang's Tomb (1753 AD) on the way to Qutab Minar (1193 AD) this striking medieval tower of victory of Persian World is 73 m high. Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of Quwat-ul-Islam mosque, stands the Iron pillar which has stood the vagaries of weather and has not rusted over 1500 years. Then drive through New Delhi includes the Embassy area (Diplomatic enclave), Government buildings, India Gate, Sikh Temple (Bangla Sahib Gurudwara), Birla Temple and Connaught Place, New Delhi's main shopping area. Visit Humayun's Tomb - considered to be the fore runner of Taj Mahal.
Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 4 : Varanasi

In the evening we take you for a rickshaw ride in the downtown area and then head to the ghats of river Ganges for a boat ride and witness the Ganga Aarti ( the Brahmin priest offer prayers to the holy Ganges for bestowing them life and wisdom.)
Overnight at the hotel.

 
Day 5 : Varanasi

Dawn boat ride on the Ganges. Afternoon tour of Sarnath. Varanasi The venerable and ancient city Varanasi is the religious centre of the world for Hindus. It is a magnificent city, with myriad attractions, both as an exalted place of pilgrimage and a microcosmic centre of faith. Thousands of pilgrims visit the city from all parts of India and from across the world. Varanasi is a unique city where the past and present, eternity and continuity lives side by side .It is considered to be the immortal abode of shiva. The life and activities in the city revolve around the holy river. Life on the banks of the Ganga begins before dawn when thousands of pilgrims -men, women and children, come down to the river to wait for the rising sun. Return back to hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

 
Day 6 : Khajuraho

A breakfast departure to airport for your flight to Khajuraho. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. This evening we offer you a dance performance at the kandharia auditorium where you view the regional dances from across the country.
Overnight at the hotel.

 
Day 7 : Khajuraho
Morning sightseeing in Khajuraho. Afternoon visit to Panna National Park. After Breakfast visit the enchanting temples of Khajuraho with erotic sculptures. Your guide unwinds the stream of tantra in hinduism. The temples at Khajuraho were built during the Chandela dynasty, which reached its apogee between 950 and 1050. Only about 20 temples remain; they fall into three distinct groups and belong to two different religions - Hinduism and Jainism. They strike a perfect balance between architecture and sculpture. The Temple of Kandariya is decorated with a profusion of sculptures that are among the greatest masterpieces of Indian art.
Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 8 : Khajuraho - Agra
Drive to Jhansi via Orchha. Afternoon train from Jhansi to Agra.One of the Seven Wonders of the world built by Emperor Shah Jehan in the memory oh his beloved consort Mumtaz Mahal. This beautiful mausoleum took 22 years to complete with a work force of 20,000. Craftsmen and master builders came from all over Asia to join in the great work - from Baghdad, Shiraz, Delhi, Samarkand and Turkey. The marble, India’s finest; was quarried at Makrana near Jodhpur. Precious and semi precious stones were imported from distant lands : Jasper from Punjab, Jade & Crystal from China, Turquoise from Tibet, Lapis from Afghanistan and Ceylon, Chrosolite from Egypt, Amethyst from Persia, Agate from Yemen, Malachite from Russia, Diamonds from Golconda and Mother of Pearl from the Indian Ocean.
 
Day 9 : Agra
The day starts early as we offer you to visit the great monument by sun rise. After the visit you return to the hotel for breakfast . In the afternoon the guide takes you to the other breath taking sites from the mughal era , including the Agra fort and itmad-ud-daulah , commonly known as baby taj. After the sightseeing return to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
 
Day 10 : Ranthambore
Drive to Bharatpur via Fatehpur Sikri for train to Ranthambore. Arrival assistance and hotel check in. Evening at leisure.
 
Day 11 : Ranthambore
Morning and afternoon game drives. Ranthambore.
 
Day 12 : Ranthambore
Morning and afternoon game drives. Ranthambore.
 
Day 13 : Jaipur
In the morning after breakfast we drive to Jaipur. We drive to spectacular Samode palace for lunch.  Check in at the hotel.
Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 14 : Jaipur

After breakfast, excursion to Amber the old capital of Jaipur rulers. Ride on back of an elephant from the foot of the hill up to the gates of the fortress. Afternoon sight seeing tour of Jaipur includes Maharaja’s Museum and Jai Singh Astronomical Observatory and Hawa Mahal. This evening we host you a dinner with an Indian family to observe the guest friendliness of an Indian host.

Evening private elephant safari and dinner. Jaipur

 
Day 15 : Jaipur
At leisure. Jaipur
 
Day 16 : Jaipur

Jodhpur - Fly to Jodhpur. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Jodhpur is a vibrant, strategically important city on caravan trade routes. Jodhpur came up in the 15th century on profits from opium, sandalwood, dates and copper combined with the might of Rao Jodha and Mehrangarh became the most majestic fort of Rajasthan.

 
Day 17 : Jodhpur

After the breakfast your tour begins by visiting the wonderful Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada (the royal cenotaphs of Maharaja Jaswant Singh)

In the afternoon jeep safari to Bishnoi village to witness the opium ceremony, life of locals, potters house and wildlife.

 
Day 18 : Udaipur

After breakfast we drive to Delhi airport to catch a flight to Udaipur. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day free for individual activities.

UDAIPUR is perhaps a unique pre-modern capital with no fort . Coming to life after the final sacking of Chittaur , Udaipur saw an explosive of building activity- temples, palaces and Havelis. Lake Pichola with its two islands-Jagniwas(now the Lake Palace Hotel) and Jagmandir defines Udaipur . The City Palace towers over the lake. The artificial Jaisamand Lake was created in 17th century by damming the Gomti River. There are beautiful chhatries (Cenotaphs) around the embankment.

 
Day 19 : Udaipur
Half day sightseeing tour of Udaipur. After breakfast, morning tour of Udaipur city includes palace Museum, Sahelion Ki Bari, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal, Folk Art Museum, Jadish Temple. Later in the evening we Take a boat ride in Lake Picchola and Drive back to the hotel. In the evening your dinner venue is the famous Bagor Ki Haveli, on the banks of lake Lake Picchola, a heritage property.
 
Day 20 : Udaipur
Day at leisure. Evening flight to Mumbai.
 
Day 21 : Udaipur
Return flight to the UK.
 
Inclusions :
  • Accommodation in the prescribed category of hotels on twin sharing basis with breakfast on regular basis.
  • A/c Transport of high standards with soft beverages and mineral water served during drives with compliments.
  • Entrances at all the monuments and services of an excellent personal guide at all the destinations.
  • Assistance upon arrival and departure by our skilled representatives at all destinations.
  • Meals as prescribed.
 
Exclusions :
  • International flights and taxes etc.
  • Any tips for the porters, drivers or the tour guides.
  • Any drinks and beverages during the paid meals, if not specified.
 
Includes :
  • Accommodation in well appointed rooms.
  • Daily buffet breakfast at the Hotel.
  • Transfers & tours by a Air-conditioned Medium vehicle.
  • Local English speaking guide for tours only as per the itinerary.
  • Entry to monuments as mentioned above.
 
Excludes :
  • International / Domestic airfares / airport tax.
  • Any items of personal nature viz laundry charges, telephone bills, drinks, shopping etc.
  • Optional Tours wherever mentioned in the itinerary above.
  • Any item that is not mentioned under "Includes" header.
  • Entry Visa.
 
 
     
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