Glimpses of North India (10 Days / 09 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 at the exit. 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. First of all explore the Old Delhi area on a rickshaw. Head down the principal street, Chandni Chowk, which leads from the main entrance to Red Fort. Along this busy commercial street are mosques, a church, and a number of temples.

Later on covering 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. Large collection of photographs with a few personal belongings and a series of small dolls houses and terracotta dolls illustrating Gandhijis' life are the attractions at this museum.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 - Neemrana – Jaipur

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Jaipur. En-route visit Neemrana fort which is India's oldest heritage resort. Sited on a majestic plateau, concealed in a horseshoe formation of the billion year-old Aravalli ranges, the property covers 25 acres/10 hectares.

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 04 - Jaipur

After breakfast full day sightseeing ofJaipur which is an exuberance of color, dance, and song with the traditional arts and crafts. Covering Amer Fort - The royal family's residence at Amber is only 11 km away. Set on the dry wrinkled Aravali Hills, and surrounded by fortified battlements, the palace straddles two sepia-hued tundra hills overlooking Maota Lake, and its sprawling crenellated walls lattice the surrounding hills. Your guide will elaborate on the history of this architectural masterpiece with its mirror-studded alcoves, dazzling mosaics and water-cooled swings that delight today’s visitors as they did their former royal residents.

Later on visit Hawa Mahal or "Palace of Winds," one of the major landmarks of Jaipur, although it is actually little more than a facade. 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 late afternoon a visit to the colourful bazaar of Jaipur has been arranged. Here get your hands painted with Henna from roadside mehandiwalas (ladies that specialise in painting hands with Henna). Overnight at hotel.(Breakfast)

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Day 05 - Jaipur – Jodhpur

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

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

Later on 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. 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. 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.

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 lake was built by Maharana Udai Singh II. It was made basically for defence purpose. Cradled amongst hills, gardens, havelis, temples and ghats, Lake Pichola is the picturesque spotlight of Udaipur. 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 08 - Udaipur - Chittorgarh – Pushkar

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Chittorgarh. Visit Chittorgarh Fort - The indomitable pride of Chittorgarh, the fort is a massive structure with many gateways built by the later Maurya rulers in 7th century A.D. Also visit other palaces and visit that very spot where Rani Padmini committed Johar.

Later on continue drive to Pushkar. On arrival check-in into hotelAfter check-in visit the most famous is the Brahma Temple, said to be one of the few temples in the world dedicated to this deity. It's marked by red spire, and over the entrance gateway is the hans, or goose symbol, of Brahma, who is said to have personally chosen Pushkar as its site.Rest of the day free to relax and soak the atmosphere of this scenic town. Walk around in the colorful markets and hike to Savitri temple to catch breathtaking views. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

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Day 09 - Pushkar - Ranthambhore

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Ranthambhore. Arrive Ranthambhore and and check-in into hotel. Rest of the day free to relax at your hotel. Dinner & overnight at hotel.(Breakfast/Dinner)

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Day 10 - Ranthambhore

Enjoy morning & afternoon game drives to explore Ranthambhore National Park. Embark on a Jeep Ride into the Park for Game Viewing. Jeep which has been specially re-fitted and furbished for comfort and good viewing. Ranthambhore is the ideal place to spot the tiger. Ranthambhore is known to have India's Friendliest tigers Assured of protection; these nocturnal creatures are seen often in the day. Sprawled on the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges of Rajasthan, Ranthambhore National Park encompasses an area of 410 Sq. km. in which lives a healthy population of about 40 tigers. A large number of deer inhabit the area and leopards are occasionally sighted. The Pandam Taloa lake, located adjacent to the Jogi Mahal hunting lodge, is the park's favorite water source. Smaller pools at Raj Bagh and Milak also attract a variety of wild life. Some of the popular sighting areas are Nal Ghati, Lahpur, Bakuala, Anantpur and the Kachida valley. Mammals: Tiger, Panther, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Caracal, Sloth Bear, Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Chinkara, Indian hare mongoose. Birds: Bonelli's eagle, crested serpent eagle, great Indian horned owl, grey partridge sandgrouse, quail, spurfowl, common peafowl, tree pie, paradise flycatcher, pheasant tailed jacana, painted stork, black stork, spoonbill, green pigeon, ducks. Dinner & overnight at hotel.(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

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Day 11 - Ranthambhore - Fatehpur Sikri – Agra

After an early breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Agra. En-route 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.

From here we will continue our drive to Agra. On arrival check in into hotel. Rest of the day 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 – Mathura

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Mathura. On arrival check-in into hotel. Later on proceed for city tour. Mathura is mentioned in the ancient hindu texts " the Puranas" originally the capital of Yadavas, is described by Fa-Hein (401-410 AD) as being a centre of Bhuddhist culture & leraning. It is one of the 7 well known Hindu Pilgrimage places and was the birth place of Lord Krishna, 1500 years before Christ. Visit Keshab Dev Temple, Bishranti Ghat, the museum. Overnight at hotel.(Breakfast)

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Day 14 - Mathura - Vrindavan – Mathura

After breakfast morning free to relax. Later on an excursion to Vrindavan - the pleasure ground of lord Krishna & Radha, just 15 km from Mathura, which is another major place of pilgrimage. Visit various temples : The Madan Mohan Temple located near the Kali Ghat which was built by Kapur Ram Das of Multan. The Banke-Bihari Temple built in 1864 is the most popular shrine at Vrindavan. The famous Radha Vallabh Temple set up by the Radha - Vallabh sect, has the crown of Radha-Rani placed next to the Shri Krishna idol in the sanctum.

Also visit The Shahji Temple, another popular temple at Vrindavan, was designed and built in 1876 by a wealthy jeweller, Shah Kundan Lal of Lucknow. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

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Day 15 - Mathura – Delhi (Departure)

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and car with driver will be at your disposal until departure transfer to International airport to catch flight for onward journey. (Breakfast)

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All Trips Include:

  • 14 Nights hotel accommodation on twin share basis.
  • Double bedded room with private bath or shower & hotel taxes.
  • Daily breakfast in hotel as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 3 hot & delicious dinners 2 lunch as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Air-conditioned Private 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 International airport on arrival as per the itinerary.
  • Services of a local English speaking guide for city sightseeing in Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Agra & Mathura.
  • City sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrances to the monuments & museums as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Park entrance & Naturalist fee for Ranthambore National Park.
  • Morning & Afternoon Jeep Safaris to see Indian Tigers and other wildlife, Ranthambhore.
  • Elephant rideupto the Amber Fort in Jaipur.
  • 1 Hour Cooking Class session as per the itinerary.
  • Eveningboat ride on the Lake Pichola, Udaipur.
  • Henna hand painting asJaipur as per the itinerary.
  • Complimentary Mineralwater during the surface travel.
  • All other excursions as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All taxes and service charges.      
Note:

- International/domestic 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

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我是很抗拒「鴨仔團」的人, 因為怕早起床怕朿縛怕被安排不喜歡的景點。全自助的方式去印度, 我又有點擔心, 因為印度始終是一個發展中的國家, 從一個城市到另一個城市的公共交通不像歐洲、澳洲那已發展國家般完善和安全。幸好找到Pioneer Journeys這種獨立包車的旅遊服務, 一路陪伴我們八天的司機 Singh非常專業, 照顧細心周到。五星級的酒店都雖然有點舊,但乾淨衛生, 熱水和電力供應穏定。短短八日, 我們拍了過千張相, 因為印度是一個充滿色彩的國家, 而且印度人面觀鏡頭都會友善微笑, 有興趣看照片的, 可到

Wing's article about India: http://www.eastweek.com.hk/index.php?ink=content_detail&article_id=3780

Lydia Chuang
Hong Kong

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