Journey Through North India (15 Days / 14 Nights)

Visiting North India is like experiencing 5000 years of India's recorded History. With many impressive landmarks this part of India is culturally and historically rich with many monuments strewn across from West to East. Discover shimmering Taj at dawn and dusk with rising and setting Sun, erotic Temples of Khajuraho and medieval city of Varanasi where holy Ganges is worshiped every evening with hundreds of lamps and chanting of mantras.

Highlights

Detailed Overview

Day 01 - Arrive Delhi

Arriving Delhi, you will clear customs and immigration. Leaving the airport, you will be met by our representative, holding a placard with your name on it in the arrival lounge. Arrival transfer to hotel. Assistance for check-in will be provided. After check-in overnight at hotel.

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Day 02 - Delhi

After breakfast full day city tour of Delhi which is India's bustling capital city. Visit India Gate which is a famous war memorial at the east end of Rajpath. Alsovisit Gandhi Smriti. The residence of industrialist BD Birla has been converted into a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, where he used to stay during his visits to Delhi. Gandhiji was assassinated here on his way to offer customary evening prayers.Later on drive past President's House, Parliament House & Secretariat Building.

Later on visit Lotus Temple(Bahai Temple) which is the newest most extravagant architectural wonder of the Bahai faith, located in Kalkaji, south of Delhi. Then, visit the beautiful Akshardham temple. The grand, ancient-styled Swaminarayan Akshardham complex was built in only five years through the efforts of 11,000 artisans and BAPS volunteers.

In the afternoon Qutab Minar which is 72.5 m in height and has a mosque at the base. It is a magnificent structure whose construction started in 1199 by a Muslim King Qutab-ud-din Aibak (after whom it was named) and was finished by his heir IItutmish. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

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Day 03 - Delhi – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer

After an early breakfast check-out from the hotel and transfer to airport to catch flight to Jodhpur. On arrival you will be met by our representative, holding a placard with your name on it at the exit.

Then, drive to Jaisalmer - The Citadel City. On the way we pass camel carts, vibrant and colorful Rajasthani women carrying produce to the market, and men sporting brightly colored turbans usually sitting groups just passing the time of the day. On arrival check in into hotel. Rest of the day free to relax at your hotel. OR you can explore the local markets for shopping.  Overnight at hotel.(Breakfast)

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Day 04 - Jaisalmer

After an early breakfast start to explore Jaisalmer, much of which still remains inside the walls of the fort. Everywhere you go, the Jaisalmer is ever present and adds a wonderful warmth to the place, even though it's already in the desert! We will show you the palace inside the fort and the Jain temple. Later on take a guided walk around the old city where there are many havelis, all adorned with fine carvings in the local stone. The complexity of the lattice work - all hand-carved is sometimes defies belief.

In the late afternoon we have arranged Sunset camel ride to the Sam Sand Dunes. A trip to Jaisalmer is in incomplete without this visit to most panoramic Dunes of Sam, where the wind is unceasingly carving out scenic patterns on this desert sand. Camel rides on the Sand Dunes are a thrilling experience, as is the brilliant sunset. Overnight at hotel.(Breakfast)

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Day 05 - Jaisalmer – Jodhpur

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Jodhpur - The Desert enchantment. Arrive and check-in into hotel.

In the afternoon half day city sightseeing of Jodhpur city which is the second largest city of Rajasthan and a major tourist attraction in the country. Covering Mehrangarh fort which is one of the largest forts in India. The fort has been a witness to the Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpursplendour of a bygone era. Jaswanthada - The 19th century royal cenotaph and the museum located in the Umaid public gardens. After that a visit Ummed Bhawan Palace. A part of Umaid Bhawan Palace houses a well-maintained museum, displaying an amazing array of items belonging to the Maharaja and the royal family - weapons, antiques & fascinating clocks, crockery and trophies.

This evening, we would ride horse carriage to the Clock Tower Bazaar. This is one of India's largest and most colourful wholesale markets especially with respect to clothes, fabrics, spices, vegetables etc.  Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast) 

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Day 06 - Rohet – Ranakpur – Udaipur

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Ranakpur. Visit Ranakpur Jain Temples complex, one of the biggest and the most important cluster of Jain temples in India.

Later on continue drive to Udaipur, the lovely lakeside capital of Mewar - The City of Dreams which is perhaps the most romantic city in Rajasthan. On arrival check-in into hotel.

In the evening we have arrange a boat ride on the Lake Pichola which is one of the prime attractions of Udaipur. The lake is known for the palace build amidst the lake. The beauty of the lake and its surroundings can only be felt by seeing it, which increases many folds during sunrise and sunset. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

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Day 07 - Udaipur

After breakfast we proceed on a tour of this "Lake City". Udaipur which is a cool oasis in the dry heart of Rajasthan. It is probably the most romantic city in a state where every city has some romantic or exotic tale to tell. Visit City Palace - the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. The huge city palace towering over the Lake Pichola is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Though it is a conglomeration of buildings built by successive rulers, it manages to retain a surprising uniformity of design and affords very fine view of the lake and the city from the upper terraces. Then, visit Jagdish Temple, 16th century temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. We’ll drive past Fateh Sagar Lake with a visit to Sahelion-ki- Bari, garden of the maids-of-Honor. Also visit Pratap Memorial, Atop the Moti Magri or prarl hill, overlooking the Fateh Sagar lake is the memorial of the Rajput hero Maharana Pratap with a bronze statue of the Maharana. 

Rest of the day is at leisure for your independent activities. Explore the bustling bylanes of Udaipur which have artisans practicing their traditional crafts handed down to them by their elders. Khari printers do decorative floral patterns in gold and silver on plain or printed fabric. Block printers print various designs and patterns in different colours with the help of wooden blocks. You will also find artisans carving furniture, making puppets and traditional wooden toys. Overnight at hotel.(Breakfast)

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Day 08 - Udaipur – Barli

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Barli - A small village in the district of Ajmer in Rajasthan, Barli is typical of small rural settlements in this region of India, with narrow streets that are full of life.

On arrival check-in into hotel Fort Barli. After check-in explore Barli Village. The village is typical of Rajasthan, with narrow streets that are full of life. Lake Dev Sagar is nearby and the surrounding land is largely agricultural. Overnight at hotel.(Breakfast)

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Day 09 - Barli - Jaipur

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur and check-in into hotel. In the evening we have arranged a dinner at Speciality Restaurant. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast/Dinner)

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Day 10 - Jaipur

After breakfast full day sightseeing ofJaipur which is an exuberance of color, dance, and song with the traditional arts and crafts. Morning we take you to Amer Fort - The royal family's residence at Amber is only 11 km away. Ascend on elephant back, the hill, on which the fort is situated.

Later on covering Hawa Mahal or "Palace of Winds," one of the major landmarks of Jaipur. The City Palace which is blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture and the royal family still lives in a part of the palace. Adjacent to the City Palace is Jantar Mantar, the ancient astronomical observatory built by Raja Jai Singh, whose passion for astronomy was even more notable than his prowess as a warrior.

In the afternoon take a Heritage Walk of the colorful streets and bazaars of Jaipur City. The beauty of Jaipur is that its unique architecture and town planning is visible at even the most commonest places such as its squares and lanes. Also experience a rickshaw ride through the bustling markets of Jaipur. Here get your hands painted with Henna from roadside mehandiwalas (ladies that specialize in painting hands with Henna).Overnight at hotel.(Breakfast)

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Day 11 - Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra

After an early breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Agra. En-route visit stopping at deserted capital city of Fatehpur Sikri. This abandoned capital of the Mughals is a perfectly preserved city at the height of the empire’s splendour. The city divided into religious and secular parts has interesting well-sculpted buildings.

Arrive Agra and check-in into hotel. After check-in rest of the evening free to relax at your hotel. Overnight at hotel.(Breakfast)

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Day 12 - Agra

Early morning visit the Taj Mahal which is India’s most fascinating and beautiful masterpiece. The Taj is most enthralling in the quietness of early morning. This glorious monument is at its best under the early morning sun. It is the best time to click pictures as not only is the light wonderful but it’s relatively less crowded too. With the rising Sun the white marble changes its colour and hues and it is excellent for photography.

After breakfast visit the sprawling Agra Red Fort which is surrounded by a 70 feet high wall. Later on visit Itmad-ud-daula which has a special place in the chronicles of both history as well as architecture. This is precisely because Itmad-ud-Daula is the very first tomb in India that is entirely made out of Marble. This is actually a mausoleum that overlooks the River Yamuna and is a tomb of Mir Ghiyas Beg, a minister in the court of Shah Jahan.

In the evening, head to Mehtab Garden for a unique view of the Taj Mahal from across the Yamuna river!. Overnight at hotel.(Breakfast)

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Day 13 - Agra - Jhansi - Orchha – Khajuraho

After an early breakfast check-out from the hotel and transfer to Agra Cantt. Railway Station to catch SHATABDI EXPRESS train to Jhansi.

Arrive Jhansi and you will be met by our representative, holding a placard with your name on it at the exit. Then, drive to Orchha and visit Laxminarayan Temple, Jahangir Mahal & Chattries of Bundela Kings. Later on continue drive to Khajuraho.

On arrival check-in into hotel. After check-in rest of the day free to relax at your hotel. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

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Day 14 - Khajuraho – Varanasi

After an early breakfast visit of the Western & Eastern group of Temple complex of Khajuraho. Also visit the newly constructed hanuman Temple.

Later on transfer to airport to catch flight to Varanasi. On arrival you will be met by our representative, holding a placard with your name on it in the arrival lounge. Arrival transfer to hotel. In the evening enjoy boat ride on the holy river Ganges and you will be taken to the Ganga Ghats to watch evening Aarti (Hindu ritual). Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

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Day 15 - Varanasi - Delhi (Departure)

Early in the morning, enjoy a boat ride on the holy river Ganges, which presents an incredible scene as multitudes of devotees come to the river to pay homage to the Sun God. The riverfront, as seen from a boat at sunrise, is a spiritually uplifting sight. Hinduism, deep and mystical, is everywhere: in a decorated doorway; in a glimpse of a glittering temple; in the sound of a sacred bell; in the chant of the priests; and in the fragrance of flower oblations. Pass the bathing ghats where thousands of pilgrims immerse themselves in the holy water of the Ganges and the burning ghats where cremations are conducted. Later on come back to the hotel.

After breakfast half day city tour of Varanasi. One of the holiest cities in India, Varanasi is one of the most important pilgrimage sites and also a major tourist attraction. It has been the religious capital of Hinduism since time immemorial. Situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges, Varanasi has been a center of learning and civilization for more than 2,000 years.

Also visit to Sarnath - where Bhuddhism first made its appearance nearly 2500 years ago and where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon to his 5 disciples. 

Later on transfer to airport to catch flight to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and you will be met by our representative, holding a placard with your name on it in the arrival lounge. Car and driver will be at your disposal until transfer to International airport to catch flight for onward journey. (Breakfast)

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All Trips Include:

  • Economy Class domestic flight air fare for Delhi - Jodhpur sector.
  • Economy Class domestic flight air fare for Khajuraho - Varanasi sector.
  • Economy Class domestic flight air fare for Varanasi – Delhi sector.
  • 14 Nights hotel accommodation on double occupancy basis.
  • Double bedded room with private bath or shower & hotel taxes.
  • Daily breakfastin hotel as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 1 dinner at Taj Jai Mahal Palace hotel as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Air-conditioned Chair Car Shatabdi Express train ticket from Agra to Jhansi.
  • Air-conditioned Private Large Car with an expert driver as per the itinerary.
  • All transfers and sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Fuel, Insurance, Toll Taxes, All State Taxes, All transport related Expenses and Driver Services.
  • Assistance by our representative at the airport on arrival as per the itinerary.
  • Services of a local English speaking guide for city sightseeing in Delhi, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaipur, Agra, Khajuraho & Varanasi.
  • City sightseeingin as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrancesto the monuments & museums as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Evening boat ride on the River Ganges by Ganga Aarti Ceremony as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Early morning boat ride on the River Ganges, Varanasi as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Elephant ride upto the Amber Fort in Jaipur.
  • Camel Rideby sunset to Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Morning visit of beautiful Taj Mahal as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Battery operated van to Taj Mahal parking & back.
  • Evening boat ride on the Lake Pichola, Udaipur.
  • Guided excursion to visitSarnath as per the itinerary.
  • All other excursionsas mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Complimentary Mineralwater (2 bottles of 500 ml per person per day) during the surface travel.
  • All taxes and service charges.      
Note:
- International Airfare. - Meals and beverages not listed in itinerary. -Movie/video camera fee at monuments. - Tips and gratuities. -Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, portage etc. - Any other service that has not been included into "cost inclusions".

Also Available on request:

  • This tour is ex-Delhi. If you are arriving from a different destination, we can help you arrange the flight to and from Delhi.
  • Learn to Cook local Recipes from a well known Chef.
  • An Ayurvedic Massage.
  • Early morning Yoga lesson.

Testimonial

Dear Anil

Well, we are safely back in South Africa after wonderful experiences in India! We had a marvelously stimulating time due principally to your excellent organization. Everything went extremely smoothly and we felt cared for and protected. The quality of your drivers and guides was very high - we returned with minds buzzing with knowledge of Indian history, fascinating sights and impressions.

I think we are all going to remember Shantan in particular for his dedicated care - I can still see him shepherding us during our shopping sprees and guiding us by hand across busy streets like four ducks in a row. What a special person!

Marieken Swart
South Africa

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