The Best of North India Tour
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The Best of North India Tour takes you through some of the most iconic and culturally rich cities of India. Beginning in Delhi, you will explore the bustling capital city before moving on to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur. Next, you will visit Agra, home to the world-famous Taj Mahal, before heading to the lesser-known but stunning towns of Orchha and Khajuraho. Enroute, you will visit Abhaneri, Fatehpur Sikri, and Gwalior, each offering a unique perspective on Indian history and culture. Finally, the tour ends in Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India.
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Upon your arrival at Delhi airport, our representative will assist you with the transfer to the hotel (check-in time is 12pm).
After check-in, enjoy a city tour of Delhi. In Old Delhi, visit the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, and take a cycle rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk & Khari Baoli Spice Market. Also visit Raj Gath, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. In New Delhi, visit Humayun Tomb, Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, and drive past President House, Parliament & India Gate. Overnight stay in Delhi.
Day 2: Delhi - Jaipur (265kms)
After breakfast at the hotel, you can finish any sightseeing in Delhi that wasn't completed on the first day. Later, drive to Jaipur and check-in at the hotel. In the evening, explore the colorful bazaars of the Pink City. Overnight stay in Jaipur.
Day 3: Jaipur
After breakfast begin your day with a visit to the magnificent Amber Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site showcasing the fusion of Mughal and Rajput architectural styles. Continue to the Jaigarh Fort, built in 1726 to protect the Amber Fort and its palace complex, and offering breathtaking views of Jaipur. Next, visit the City Palace, a stunning example of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture that houses a museum showcasing Jaipur's rich history and culture. Then, explore the Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory featuring 19 instruments for measuring time, predicting eclipses, and tracking stars.
Afterward, visit the Birla Temple, a beautiful white marble temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, and known for its intricate carvings and stunning architecture. Then, head to the Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of Winds, famous for its unique honeycomb structure and 953 small windows that allow the breeze to flow through. Finally, visit Johri Bazar, one of the most famous and oldest markets in Jaipur, offering a range of traditional Rajasthani handicrafts, jewelry, textiles, and more.
In the evening, immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and heritage of the Pink City as you explore its bustling bazaars and street markets, filled with colorful handicrafts and souvenirs. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Jaipur - Agra (245kms)
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Agra. En-route visit Abhaneri, a small village known for India's deepest, largest, and most amazing step well, and a Hindu Temple. Next, visit Fatehpur Sikri, an abandoned predominately red sandstone construction that sprawls over a huge area. Continue to Agra, check-in at the hotel, and overnight stay.
Day 5: Agra - Orchha (220kms)
Wake up early for a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, an ivory-white marble mausoleum commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. After breakfast at the hotel visit Agra Fort, the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638, and Itmad-ud-Daula Tomb commissioned by Nur Jahan.
Afterward, drive to Orchha via Gwalior Fort, known for its great architecture and rich past. You will also visit Siddhachal Caves, Gopachal rock-cut Jain monuments, Teli Ka Mandir, Sas-Bahu Ka Mandir, Gurudwara Data Bandi Chhor, Man Mandir Palace, Gujari Mahal, Assi Khamba Ki Baoli, and Suraj Kund. Also, see the Jai Vilas Palace, which has the largest carpet in the world and two most massive chandeliers in the world that weigh close to 3.5 tonnes.
Upon arrival in Orchha, check-in at the hotel and overnight stay.
Day 6: Orchha - Khajuraho (178kms)
Start your day with breakfast at the hotel and proceed for a city tour of Orchha, a historical town known for its grand palaces, intricately carved temples adorned with classic mural paintings, frescos, and cenotaphs that were constructed to commemorate the Bundela rulers. Visit the Orchha Fort complex, which houses a large number of ancient monuments. These are Raja Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Jahangir Mahal, a temple, gardens, and pavilions. Chaturbhuj Temple, a multi-storied structure noted for having one of the tallest Vimana among Hindu temples. Chattris (Cenotaphs) situated on the banks of the Betwa river, are magnificent royal tombs of the Maharajas, placed on a platform and supported by the pillars.
Later, drive to Khajuraho and check-in at the hotel. In the evening, attend the light and sound show. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Khajuraho - Varanasi (flight)
After breakfast at the hotel, visit the well-maintained UNESCO World Heritage Site, exploring eastern, western & southern group of temples adorned by erotic and sensuous carvings. The architecture of these temples depicts the erotic forms of love, and the carvings on the walls display passion in the most sensuous yet aesthetic ways. Built between 950 to 1050 AD by the Chandela dynasty, the temples of Khajuraho are India's unique gift to the world, representing, as they do, a paean to life, to love, to joy, perfect in execution, and sublime in expression. Of the 85 original temples, 22 have survived till today to constitute one of the world's great artistic wonders.
Later, transfer to the airport to board a flight for Varanasi. On arrival, assistance and transfer to the hotel. In the evening, attend Holy Ganga Aarti, a magical ritual held every evening at sunset on the banks of the Holy Ganges. The entire Ghat gets illuminated with a divine light that can be felt strongly. The magnificent ritual involves huge brass lamps lit with oil, and the priests chant the holy mantras that reverberate in the entire location. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Varanasi
After breakfast at the hotel, embark on a city tour of Varanasi. Begin with a visit to the Banaras Hindu University, which is the largest residential university in Asia. The sprawling campus spreads over 5.3 sq km and is home to more than 30,000 students. Next, visit the Bharat Mata Temple, which was built in 1936 and houses a relief map of undivided India, carved out of marble. Later, visit the Tulsi Manas Mandir, one of the most famous temples in Varanasi. The temple has beautiful images of Lord Rama, Mother Sita, Lakshman and Lord Hanuman. The walls of the temple are adorned with verses from Ramcharitmanas, the Hindi version of the epic Ramayana.
Continue your tour to Sarnath, the place where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon after attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya. The great Dhamekh Stupa and the glistening pillar established by Emperor Ashoka in 273-232 B.C. stand testimony to the importance the place enjoyed at that time. If time permits, visit the Ram Nagar Fort located on the eastern bank of River Ganga. The Fort includes an eccentric museum boasting a royal collection of vintage cars, swords, palanquins, ivory works, an old weaponry section, and an extremely unusual astrological clock. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Varanasi - Delhi (flight)
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to Varanasi airport to board your flight to Delhi.
On arrival in Delhi, you will be met by our representative who will assist with your transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax or explore the city with your driver. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Delhi - Departure
After breakfast at the hotel. As per flight schedule transfer to the airport to board your flight for your onward destination.
- Assistance on arrival at airport.
- 9 Nights' accommodation in selected price category hotels.
- Daily breakfast at hotels.
- Private AC car/van for airport transfers, sightseeing, and excursions as per the program.
- English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
- Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
- Bottled drinking water in car.
- Government taxes.
Hotels used or similar for 9 nights accommodation
Delhi x 2 nights
3* - Madhuban Hotel/ Emerald Hotel
4* - The Royal Plaza/ Country Inn & Suite Saket
5* - Le Meridien/ The Claridges
Jaipur x 2 nights
3* - Redfox Hotel/ Park Ocean
4* - Holiday Inn City Centre/ Lemon Tree Premier
5* - ITC Rajputana/ Hilton Jaipur
Agra x 1 night
3* - Howard Plaza the Fern/ Atulyaa Taj
4* - Radisson Hotel/ Holiday Inn
5* - Trident Hotel/ Courtyard by Marriott
Orchha x 1 night
3* and 4* - Orchha Resort/ Amar Mahal
5* - Orchha Palace and Convention Centre
Khajuraho x 1 night
3* - Ramada/Clarks Hotel
4* - Ramada/Clarks Hotel
5* - Radisson Hotel/ Hotel Chandela
Varanasi x 2 nights
3* - Meraden Grand/ Amaya Hotel
4* - Rivatas by Ideal/ Palace On Ganges
5* - Radisson Hotel/ Gateway Hotel Taj
- Any flight tickets.
- Camera charges at monuments if any.
- Meals other than mentioned in the inclusions.
- Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
- Gratuities and optional activities.
- Anything not mentioned in inclusions.