Duration : 13 Nights/ 14 Days
Destinations Covered : Delhi - Udaipur - Pushkar - Jaipur - Agra - Gwalior – Orchha - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi
Welcome to the Colorful North India Tour which is a soul –lifting experience that whisks you away from the humdrum of Delhi the capital of India, to the city of lakes, Udaipur and then Pushkar the holy land of Hindus. From Pushkar to the pink city Jaipur, to the sublime and chaste environs of pristine Taj at Agra. Unravel the chequered history of ancient Gwalior.Then you move on to picturesque Orchha, where words cannot describe an inimitable blend of grand palaces and ancient temples.Khajuraho known throughout the world for its splendidly carved 10th century temple friezes. On the last lap of your tour falls Varanasi – a sacred city on the bank of the Holy Ganges and perhaps the oldest one.
Day 01 : Arrival Delhi
Welcome to Delhi the capital of India where at International airport you will be met by our representative who will welcome you in a traditional Indian style and will escort you to your hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi Sightseeing
After breakfast meet our guide in the hotel who will take you for full day sightseeing of Old and New Delhi. The old city is settled within the remnants of a sturdy defensive wall and spread to the west of the famous Red Fort built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan between 1638 and 1648 A.D.The planning of New Delhi began in 1911 under Edwin Lutyen, soon after the declaration of King Emperor George V at the Delhi Durbar, that the capital of India was to move from Calcutta to Delhi. The tour of New Delhi will start with India Gate , the War Memorial , was designed by Lutyens, it commemorates more than 70,000 Indian Soldiers who died in World War I. Also see from outside the official residence of the President of India which was completed in 1929 AD, to serve as viceroy’s residence. Visit National museum which has a good collection of Indian bronzes, terracotta and wood sculptures dating back to the Maurayan period. (02-03rd Century B.C). Also visit Qutab Complex which hosts Qutab Minar, Quwwat ul Islam, 4th century Iron Pillar. In old Delhi visit Jumma Masjid and just in front take a walk at Chandani Chowk (Moonlight Square) and drive past Red Fort. Birla Temple and Lotus temple will be also a delight. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 03 : Delhi - Udaipur by Flight.
Transfer to domestic airport to board your flight for Udaipur. You will be received at Udaipur by our representative who will transfer you to your pre booked hotel. Udaipur also known as the “city of Lakes” was built by Rana Udai Singh in 1559 A.D. Rest of the day free to relax and to discover the city on your foot. Night stay at your hotel.
Day 04 : Udaipur Sightseeing and boat ride on Lake Pichola.
Morning after breakfast leave for Udaipur city sightseeing with local guide. Take a boat ride to see one the beautiful Palace now converted into hotel called Lake Palace; if your budget is little high then you can take an opportunity to stay in one of the best hotels of India. Another stop will be Jag Mandir in the lake Pichola it has Garden and restaurant where you can stop for a cup of coffee. Later come on the mainland to visit City Palace and museum which has varieties of royal collection. Manak Mahal and Pearl Palace has a brilliant collection of glass and mirror work. There is an awesome collection of coins, armories, and paintings on the walls, portraits and many more. Also visit Sahelion ki Bari and Jagdish temple. Evening free for shopping and your personal activities. Night stay at your hotel.
Day 05 : Udaipur – Pushkar 290 Km / 06 Hrs
After early breakfast head to Pushkar which has one of the very few temples dedicated to Brahma the Creator. The sleepy town with its placid lake is catapulted into prominence for 10 days every November as India’s most splendid camel fair takes place here, attended by locals and foreigners. After a long journey check in your hotel and relax rest of the day. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 : Pushkar Sightseeing – Jaipur 140 Km / 03 Hrs
Morning leave for sightseeing of Pushkar. Visit Brahma Temple located near to the Pushkar Lake. Also visit Savitri and Mahadev Temple. After spending few hours at the temple complex leave for the pink city of Jaipur.Part medieval citadel, part modern metropolis bustling city scape, part quaint folk tradition, part aristocratic history, part surging modernity. And to each of these roles, Jaipur brings its bright colors forming a splendorous mosaic which makes it a must for any traveler’s itinerary. On arrival check in hotel. Rest of the day free for relaxation. Night stay at your hotel.
Day 07 : Jaipur Sightseeing.
Today start your day with excursion Amer Fort which is about 11 Km from the city. The climb to the fort can be made on the back of an elephant, the preferred vehicle of medieval royalty. Once at the top a spectacular view of the Gorge and surrounding hills is revealed. Visit Diwan-e-Am meant for public audience, this hall shows the distinctly Mughal style. Also see Jai Mandir (Hall of Victory) and Sukh Niwas (Hall of Pleasure) which was cooled by stream water. Later go to see one of the biggest canons at Jaigarh fort. Return to city to visit City Palace which holds much in store for the visitors. The former Maharaja still resides in a part of it, but rest now serves as a museum. At the rear of the City Palace is one of the Jaipur’s most interesting monuments, the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five story façade which overlooks the walled city’s main thoroughfare. The ladies of the royal household used to sit here to catch the breeze and watch the world go by. Close to the city Palace is another fascinating complex called Jantar Mantar, the observatory. Evening visit local market to purchase the souvenirs for the family and friends. Night stay at hotel.
Day 08 : Jaipur -Agra (En route visit Fatehpur Sikri)
AMorning drive to the city which was once the pride of the mighty Mughal Empire a fortified town of awesome majesty and splendor, Agra. Before you enter the city take a stop at Fatehpur Sikri to see the romance with stones.Fatehpur Sikri was once the capital of Akbar from 1571 to 1585 AD. The remains of the palace and mosque are UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Sufi’s Saint Salim Chisti tomb made of pure marble. Some of the remarkable architecture can be seen at Jodha Bai’s Palace, Diwane-Am, Diwane-khas, Panch Mahal (Five Storyes wind Palace). On arrival at Agra check in hotel. After leave for Agra Fort, the construction began by Akbar in 1565 AD, additions continued to be made until the time of his grandson, Shah Jehan.Made mostly of red sandstone it is strikingly similar to the Red Fort in Delhi. Within the fort there are number of significant buildings. But most poignant of all is the Musamman Burj, the ornate octagonal tower where Shah Jehan was held captive for eight years, a victim of his son’s imperial ambition. Later in the evening return to hotel for night stay after a long hectic day.
Day 09 : Drive to Gwalior and Gwalior Sightseeing
Today early morning wake up to go for Taj Mahal visit when its beauty glows when the first beam of sun rays fall on it. The Taj Mahal stands in the midst of lush green garden, like a pearl in some immaculate setting. Its beauty transcends descriptions. The perfect proportion of the Taj Mahal, seen from a distance; conceal interiors that are magical in the craftsmanship. Each and every stone speaks the immortal love of Shah Jehan for his wife Mumtaj in whose memory this massive monuments was erected. After seeing Taj Mahal proceed to Gwalior. On arrival check in hotel. Later leave for guided city tour. Gwalior Fort is the city’s most famous landmark and within its walls contains several interesting temples and ruined palaces. Teli Ka Mandir within the fort complex probably dates from 9th century and has a peculiar layout plan and design. Later visit Jai Vilas which dates back to 1809 AD belongs to Scindia family; a large portion has now been converted into museum. Gwalior is also famous for Tansen Tomb who was a famous musician of Akbar’s court. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 10 : Gwalior – Orchha 115 KM / 03 Hrs
After a leisurely breakfast drive to Orchha set on a bend along the Betwa river, chosen by Bundela Chief, Raja Rudra Pratap ( 1501 -31 AD) for his capital. Orchha has three palaces built by succeeding Maharajas. On arrival check in hotel and after go for guided tour of Orchha. The most famous among the rulers was Bir Singhju Dev who dedicated the Jehangir Mahal in honor of the great Mughal emperor on his visit. The extraordinary beauty is in sharp contrast to an earlier building, adorned by colorful murals, known as Raj Mahal, built by predecessor Madhukar Shah.Orchha also has a series of impressive temples, dating back to 17th century. They are still in use today and are visited regularly by thousands of devotees. The soaring spires of the Ram Raja Temple and the well preserved murals of the Lakshmi Narayan Temple are especially worth a look. Overnight stay at a resort.
Day 11 : Orchha - Khajuraho 180 KM / 03 Hrs 30 Min
Morning head to Khajuraho, once the capital of Chandelles from 950-1050 AD. On arrival check in hotel and then proceed with your guide for the sightseeing.Khajuraho is famous for the temples with erotic sculpture. All the monuments have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temples can be divided into three groups Western, Eastern and Southern. Of these the Western Group is the most impressive. Among the western group of temples Kandriya Mahadev temple is the largest and tallest of all. The inner sanctum has a marble Linga and the roof rises in a series of seven bands, to a summit of the central 31 meters high Shikhra.There are over 800 statues of gods and goddesses , musicians, and erotic poses carved onto its internal and external surfaces. Among the Eastern groups the most famous temples are Parasvnath Temple dedicated to Jain Tirthankara also visit Adinath temple dedicated to another Jain Tirthankara. In Southern group there are only two temples Duladeo temple and Chaturbhuja temple. After finishing sightseeing return to hotel for night stay.
Day 12 : Khajuraho – Varanasi (Flight)
Day 13 : Varanasi Sightseeing
Today you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight for Varanasi. On arrival you will meet our representative at Varanasi who will escort you to your hotel. Rest of the afternoon free for relaxation. In the evening you will be taken on the bank of the river Ganges to see the evening prayer what the Hindus call it ‘Aarti’. After spending sometime on the bank of the river Ganges return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Today early morning leave for boat ride on the river Ganges where you can witness the whole life cycle from birth till the death. People throng here to offer the morning prayers. There is number of temples on the bank. It is believed that taking a holy dip in the Ganges washes all the sins and makes you spiritually and mentally elevated. After disembarking the boat leave for your hotel for the breakfast. Later visit Durga Temple Vishwanath and Bharat Mata Temple and also Banaras Hindu University then leave for an excursion to Sarnath where lord Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya which is about 200 Km from here. Visit Dhamekha Stupa, the site from where Lord Buddha delivered his sermons. Rest of the afternoon free for own personal activities. Night stay at hotel.
Day 14 : Varanasi – Delhi (Flight) – Onward Journey
In the meantime you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight for Delhi from where you can take your International flight back to home.
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Basic Inclusions of the package :
- Assisted transfers from airport to hotel and back
- Accommodation in hotels (as per the category selected)
- Daily Breakfast Buffet
- City tour + Drives by private car
- An English / Language speaking well mannered guide during sightseeing trips
- All currently applicable taxes
- Any meal unless mentioned above, personal expenses like telephone /laundry bills etc.
- Entrance fees and still camera or video camera charges at various monuments and museums.
- Tips and gratuities to drivers, guides, and bellboys at hotels
- Departure taxes or Visa handling fees (A Visa is required to visit India)
- Any International Air fare, Airports tax and travel insurance etc. and other services not specified above.
- Anything not mentioned in inclusions.
» All prices quoted per person in INR. on twin sharing basis. Rates subject to change without notice Rates are applicable for a minimum of two (2) persons travelling at one time.
» Rates are applicable for Indian market only.