Glimpses of North India


10  Nights   11  Days


Delhi (2) -> Jaipur (2) -> Agra (1)-> Agra (1) -> Gwalior (1)-> Khajuraho (1)-> Varanasi (2)

About Package

North India is famous for its diverse climate, scenery, wildlife, and culture. When you explore Northern India, you will discover festivals, fairs, forts, palaces, temples and much more and your camera will never be far from your hand.



Monuments and forts, palaces and mosques, North India have an unparalleled history and heritage. Delhi’s imperial and Mughal architecture is as much a lure as its food and shopping. The mountains offer not just scenic vistas, but also colonial charm and vibrant cultures.

 

 



Package Itinerary

Arrive Delhi. Our representatives welcome you and escort you to your car.Check-in is organized, our representative would introduce the tour to you and hand over the documents to you. Overnight at Hotel.

After having the  breakfast, we will  proceed on a guided tour of New Delhi, Visiting  sights as, Humayun’s Tomb (1586), the Qutab Minar 72 meters high which is  one of the most perfect towers in the Persian world. The Iron Pillar which has survived the vagaries of weather for over 1500 years. Continue with a drive through Embassy area, the Government buildings (1921-1930) and Connaught Place, the heart and main shopping district of the capital as well as enjoying the visit at India Gate.

             Later, crossing  the city and getting into the walled gates of the Old city with visits to the Jamma Mosque (1650) and drive through the fabled area of Chandni Chowk (aptly translates to Moonlight Square) where the throngs of shoppers and vendors meet in the oldest area of Delhi. Visit the Raj Ghat and nearby ghats where the founder of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi and thereafter Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were cremated.

             The highlight of this tour would be a ride on cycle rickshaws, which are 3-wheel cycles with a sofa seat at the back. The Rickshawalla (Rickshaw driver) sits on a small cushion in the front and two passengers on the sofa seat behind. This is a amazing way to explore and picture the hurly-burly as well as the colour of the narrow winding streets bursting with people and street shops selling wares of all description - including a laughing set of dentures. The ride would be accompanied by peals of laughter both from the passengers as well as the onlookers. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Delhi / Jaipur (275 Kms) (05 Hrs Drive)

After taking the  breakfast, we will leave for Jaipur. On arrival check into hotel. After rest and relaxation, exploring the unending shopping options of Jaipur. A vital starting point for Rajasthan craftwork is block making and block printing and we will be exploring the process from start to finish in some of the popular stores here. The opportunity which exists here to tailor make outfits to your design and size.

             We also explore one of the chief attractions of Jaipur - its jewelry, which offers a variety that ranges from chunky tribal jewelry to embellish gold to modern diamond jewelry. Kundan (art of stone setting) and enamel jewelry has been a forte of Rajasthan, particularly that of Jaipur. The stones are imprinted into decorative shapes & patterns and embellished with delicate enamel ornamentation in the champlevé (raised field) technique. Jaipur is well known for its gold and silver ornaments. Colorful bangles made of lac and set with semiprecious stones make an economical buy. The craftsmen take great pains to embed the hundreds of stones into the lac. The skilled gem-cutters of Jaipur carve enchanting little animals and birds from rock, crystal, jade, smoky topaz and amethyst. Intaglio beads & buttons and crystal scent bottles are also available. Overnight at Hotel.

Today we will visit Amber Fort, the former capital of the royal Jaipur. Few fail to be moved by the dramatic Rajput majesty of this hilltop fortress-palace 11 km north of Jaipur. 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 rambling crenellated walls trellis the contiguous hills.

             We will ride up to this hilltop palace on a caparisoned, painted elephant, passing through the ancient main gate where Maharajas of Jaipur have entered for four hundred years. Our guide will intricate on the history of this architectural masterpiece with its mirror-studded alcoves, glittering mosaics and water-cooled swings that delight today’s visitors as they did their former royal residents.

              We shall also visit the Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds, a five-storied structure of pink sandstone with semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. It was built in 1799 so that obscure royal women could peer down concealed by the world through its 593 stone screens.

             In daylight we will visit the City Palace in the heart of the old city is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The palace lies in the heart of the city and occupies the whole innermost grid. The fortified wall has seven gates and was built for protection from invading armies and animals that lived in jungles, which surrounded the wall that time. Next, we visit the Observatory - an astronomical treasure house, with solar device that give accurate predictions till date.

             We also visit the temple of Govind DevJi. It is one of the most blessed and prominent tourist destinations in India. The temple is located in the City Palace complex, of Jaipur.  The statue of GovindDevJi is stunningly beautiful for its complete resemblance with Lord Krishna, and the temple is placed between Chandra Mahal and BadalMahal in the City Palace complex. Every day, various 'Aartis' and 'Prasad' or 'Bhogs' are offered at the temple, at seven different times. Overnight at Hotel.

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Check-out and head towards Agra 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 majesty. The city divided into religious and secular parts has interesting well-sculpted buildings. From here we will continue our drive to Agra.

             Arrive Agra and check-in into Hotel. In the evening, we will visit to Mehtab Bagh by sunset. The Moonlight Garden was an expansion of the Taj Mahal Garden. In 1652 Aurangzeb wrote  his father telling of a visit to 'the blessed tomb' and commenting that 'the Mahtab Garden was completely swamped and has lost its magic, but soon it will regain its verdancy. The octagonal pool and the pavilion around it are in fabulous condition.' The MahtabBagh was lost under the mud but re-excavated in the 1990s. Originally, the garden was planted with fragrant flowers and used in the cool of the night as a place from which to view the TajMahal reflected in the octagonal pool and in the river. Overnight stay in hotel.

Agra / Jhansi / Khajuraho
 

Enjoy breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Agra cantt. Railway station for a short ride on Gatimaan Express train to Jhansi. Meeting & assistance on arrival at Jhansi railway station & we will drive to Khajuraho.

 

On arrival check into your Hotel. After freshnup we proceed on a tour of Eastern group of Temples . If pictures speak a thousand words, then the temples of Khajuraho form a magnum opus... an expression of Indian sculptors of yore. These temples of Khajuraho were built by the Chandela kings following the tradition of Tantric art. Although famed for their erotic sculptures, the philosophy behind the temples is much more vast and encompassing. They are in fact a celebration of life!

 

Evening, we visit temple complex to enjoy Sound & Light Show, where the history of the temples is narrated through the medium of Sound & Light. This fascinating Son-et-Lumiere spectacle evokes the life and times of the great Chandela Kings and traces the story of the unique temples from the 10th century to the present day. Amitabh Bachhan, the Indian Super Star, narrates the story of Khajuraho in his mesmerizing voice. Overnight at Hotel.

Khajuraho

After breakfast, a tour of the world famous western group of temples elucidating erotic sculptures of love making Gods and Goddesses and celestial Nymphs. The sexual fantasies displayed in the sculptures are mind-blowing. It speaks highly of the artistic creativity and imagination of the sculptors. The frank depiction of uninhibited sex does hint towards a liberated society and times where people believed in dealing openly with all aspects of life. The graphic and realistic illustrated scenes of lovemaking elaborated on the Tantric texts images which were not found.

Later on, a tour of Eastern group of Temples .If pictures speak a thousand words, then the temples of Khajuraho form a magnum opus... an expression of Indian sculptors of yore. These temples of Khajuraho were built by the Chandela kings following the tradition of Tantric art. Although famed for their erotic sculptures, the philosophy behind the temples is much more vast and encompassing. They are in fact a celebration of life and way of living it.

In the evening, visit of temple complex to enjoy Sound & Light Show, where the history of the temples is narrated using Sound & Light. This fascinating Son-et-Lumiere spectacle evokes the life and times of the great Chandela Kings and traces the story of the unique temples from the 10th century to the present day.  Amitabh Bachhan, the Indian BollyWood Super Star, narrates the story of Khajuraho in his mesmerizing voice. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Khajuraho / Varanasi

After breakfast check-out and transfer to airport to board your flight to Varanasi.  Meeting and assistance upon arrival in Varanasi and check-in at Hotel .Varanasi is the world’s oldest living city. Religious artifacts link it to the sixth century B.C. said to be founded by Shiva; Varanasi’s Vedic affiliation goes back to the beginning of time. It is also known as city of many names. The present name, Varanasi (derived from the names of two nearby rivers) is mentioned in the Mahabharata. Its ancient name is Kashi, the City of Light. To the devout it is also called Kashika, the shining one, referring to the light of Shiva. Many others prefer the anglicized Benares. Respected by Hindus, Buddhists and Jain alike, Varanasi is considered the holiest city in all of India. It is presided over by Shiva in his manifestation as Vishwanatha, Lord of the Universe. Buddha delivered a sermon in nearby Sarnath and Mahavira, the founder of Jainism, resided in Varanasi. As a result, more Indians will make a pilgrimage to Varanasi in their lifetime than any other place.

 

Evening, we visit the ghats of Varanasi to witness the performance of Ganges Aarti. We enjoy a special evening boat ride on the Ganges.  The Hindu devotees are seen performing the "Puja" with lighted lamps. The view is very mesmerizing and the ambience is awesome in the backdrop of the beating of cymbals and bells as well as the chartings .Stay overnight at Hotel.

Varanasi (Sarnath is closed on Fridays)

At dawn  visit the sacred Ganges for a boat ride. Every morning at dawn hundreds of worshippers are seen bathing in the sacred waters. The great river banks are lined with an endless chain of stone steps—the Ghats—that stretch from one end of the city to another. The Ghats form an impressive part of the religious landscape of the city. Proceeding downstream at a leisurely pace, you would be pointed out the significant temples and buildings as well as the changing architectural style. Life and death go hand in hand in Varanasi. While young people seek prosperity and protection from harmful influences, the older generation visits to Varanasi to cleanse their souls in the forgiving waters. Believing that anyone who dies in the river of life in Varanasi gains freedom from the cycle of birth and death, the City of Light has become a haven for the sick and aged waiting out their final days. The smoke that billows from the crematoriums on the edge of the river gives testimony to their final release from life’s earthly confines. We would dock our boat at Manikarnika (Cremation) Ghat. On any given day, a few dozen to a few hundred corpses are cremated here; the ghat is full of activities as the cremated bodies threw up smoke and fire.

Following the boat ride we will set off on foot to explore the inner city. Through a twisted maze of narrow alleys, home to numerous shrines and pilgrim shops, we walk back a few centuries. Life here has stood still for years. The homes, the shops and even the cattle have not changed over the centuries. It is a brilliant experience of timelessness!

Afternoon, we will visit temples and the Hindu University at Benares. First stop would be the Bharat Mata - temple of Mother India. Inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, features a huge marble map of India on the ground floor. Next is the Durga Temple. Known for its bright red color and the playful monkeys that run amok there, the Durga Temple is one of the most imposing architectural monuments in Varanasi.

The Banaras University, which occupies a large piece of land at the southern end of town, is also home to the Vishwanatha Temple. The Temple is modern in design and open to Hindus and non-Hindus alike. Surrounded by palm trees, it is a splendid white marble structure that shines in the afternoon sun against a pale blue sky. Inside, the temple is spacious and airy. The interior walls are covered with Vedic art above are the inscriptions from the Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads. In the center of the first floor is the Shiva linga.


This evening we take a short trip to Sarnath, the Buddhist city .It is here that the Buddha preached his first sermons after attaining enlightenment. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Varanasi / Delhi (Departure)

Morning is leisure time for independent activities. You might choose to visit the banks of the Ganges or walk along the narrow meandering lanes of the old city to witness the various rituals.

Later, travel back to the airport to board your flight of Delhi. On arrival you will be met by our representative, holding a placard with your name on it in the arrival lounge. Departure transfer to IGI airport to catch flight for onward journey. 


Tour Inclusions And Exclusions

Tour Inclusions

  • Domestic flight Tickets.
  • 9 Nights Hotel Accommodation (Twin Share).
  • Double bedded room with private bath/shower.
  • Daily breakfast at Hotel.
  • Chauffeur Driven air-conditioned Private Car.
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per tour program.
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per tour program.
  • Local English speaking Guide for city sightseeing.
  • Fuel, Insurance, Toll Taxes, All State Taxes, All transport related Expenses.
  • Guided City Tours & Excursions.
  • Entrances to the monuments and museums.
  • Taj Mahal visit with Battery operated van to parking & back.
  • Elephant ride upto the Amber Fort, Jaipur.
  • Evening boat ride on the River Ganges by Ganga Aarti.
  • Early morning boat ride on the River Ganges.
  • Evening boat ride on the Lake Pichola, Udaipur.
  • All other excursions as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Complimentary Mineral water during the surface travel.
  • All taxes and service charges.

Tour Exclusions

  • Visa Fees
  • International Flight Tickets.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Movie/video camera fee at monuments.
  • Meals and beverages not listed in itinerary .
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, portage etc.
  • Any other service that has not been included into "cost inclusions".

Hotel information

Venue/Category

Superior

Premier

Standard

Delhi

Roseate House Aerocity

Le Meridien

Red Fox Aerocity

Jaipur

Marriott Jaipur

Taj Jai Mahal Palace

Red Fox

Agra

Radisson Blu

ITC Mughal

Atulyaa Taj

Gwalior Gwalior Residency Neemrana Deo Bagh City Grand
Khajuraho Radisson Jass  The Lalit Temple View Isabel Palace
Varanasi Radisson Varanasi Brijrama Palace Surya Kaiser Palace