- Explore ancient monuments and modern streets in Delhi, with a fun rickshaw ride through bustling markets.
- Feel like royalty in Udaipur's palaces and take a spiritual walk through Pushkar's unique religious town.
- Explore Jaipur's royal history, colorful bazaars, and stunning palaces like Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort.
- See the breathtaking Taj Mahal in Agra at sunset and explore the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri.
- Conclude your journey in Varanasi, experiencing Ganges Aarti, a boat ride, and the vibrant life in its ancient lanes.
Explore North India on a fascinating tour! Start in Delhi with ancient monuments and modern wonders. Visit Udaipur, a regal city by Lake Pichola, and then the religious town of Pushkar. Discover Jaipur's colorful bazaars and forts. See the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra and explore Fatehpur Sikri.
You'll also get to explore the ancient temples of Khajuraho and experience Varanasi's spiritual rituals. In this tour, you'll visit Sarnath, a Buddhist city, before returning to Delhi. This immersive journey promises a colorful and memorable experience of history, culture, and spirituality, showcasing the best of India's timeless allure.
Explore the enchanting wonders of North India, blending history, culture, and spirituality. Start in lively Delhi, where old and new coexist. Visit the majestic Udaipur, the holy Pushkar, and the Pink City, Jaipur, for a taste of royal heritage. Witness at the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra and the artistic treasures of Khajuraho. Finally, conclude your journey in spiritual Varanasi, experiencing the rich traditions along the Ganges River. This North India tour offers a captivating glimpse into the timeless charm of India.
- Day 1 - Arrival / Delhi
Welcome to India! We're excited to have you here, and we appreciate the chance to assist you.
When you arrive late at night, our team will be there to greet you with traditional garlands. A dedicated representative will accompany you to your hotel, helping you check in and providing a tour briefing. They'll also give you a welcome pack with all your travel documents. While you're getting settled in, our representative will introduce the tour and make sure you have everything you need.
Stay overnight at Hotel Jaypee Siddhartha in a Deluxe Room.
- Day 2 - Delhi
After breakfast, we'll start our tour of New Delhi. First, we'll visit Qutab Minar, a tall tower with a lot of history. There's also the Iron Pillar, which has been standing for over 1500 years.
Then, we'll drive through Lutyens Delhi, an area known for its government buildings and peaceful surroundings. We'll pass by Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament House, and stop at India Gate.
Our next stop is Safdarjung Tomb, followed by a visit to Agrasen Ki Baoli, a beautifully designed step well that helped with water-related issues in the past.
We'll then head to Humayun’s Tomb, built by the Emperor’s widow, and Isa Khan’s Tomb nearby. After that, we'll enter the Old City, visiting the Jama Mosque and driving through Chandni Chowk, the oldest part of Delhi. We'll also see Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, and Rajiv Gandhi were cremated.
A special part of the tour is a ride on cycle rickshaws. These are three-wheel cycles with a seat at the back for passengers. It's a unique way to experience the lively streets filled with people and shops, and you might even see some interesting items for sale. The ride is sure to bring laughter from both passengers and onlookers. Note that some shops might be closed on Sundays.
We'll spend the night at Hotel Jaypee Siddhartha in a Deluxe Room.
- Day 3 - Delhi / Udaipur (6E 2746 – 0745 / 0910 Hrs)
You'll head to Udaipur, known as the "City of Sunrise." Founded in 1567 by Maharana Udai Singh, it holds a rich history as part of the legendary Sisodias of Mewar, descendants of the sun God. Udaipur is a charming city where tradition and heroism blend with a love for fine living, creating an oasis of romance in the Rajasthan state.
Upon arrival in Udaipur, you'll be greeted and taken to Madri Haveli for some rest. Afterward, you'll explore this picturesque "Lake City." Udaipur, nestled in the heart of dry Rajasthan, is considered one of the most romantic cities. The City Palace, overlooking Lake Pichola, is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. The Jagadish temple, located near the City Palace, houses a black stone image of Lord Vishnu and his vehicle, a mighty bird called Garuda.
In the evening, enjoy a boat cruise on the serene Lake Pichola. The island palace on the lake, Jagmandir Palace, is fascinating and even inspired the builder of the Taj Mahal. As you look across the lake, the city and its grand palace create a scene of rare beauty.
Retire for the night at Madri Haveli in a Deluxe Room.
- Day 4 - Udaipur / Pushkar (280 Kms) (05 Hrs Drive)
In the morning, we'll head to Pushkar.
When we get there, we'll check into Bhanwar Singh Palace.
After that, we'll take a stroll through the interesting religious town. Legend has it that Pushkar's origin goes back to when Lord Brahma was looking for a peaceful place to perform a special ritual ('Yagna'). A lotus fell from his hand, creating a lake in this valley. The lake was dedicated to Lord Brahma, and there's a temple here solely for him. It's the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma and is a popular pilgrimage spot. Exploring the narrow lanes and streets of Pushkar should be quite fascinating.
We'll spend the night at Bhanwar Singh Palace in a Royal Room.
- Day 5 - Pushkar / Jaipur (150 Kms) (03 Hrs Drive)
After we finish eating breakfast, we'll head to Jaipur.
Once we arrive, we'll check in at Jasvilas.
In the evening, we'll take guided walks through the old city's streets and lanes. The best way to explore Jaipur is by walking, especially if you're curious and want to experience the city's spirit. Jaipur's vibrant markets will capture your attention with beautiful blue pottery, stunning jewelry with gems, detailed brass work, traditional block-printed fabrics, colorful dhurrie rugs, and various traditional crafts and miniature paintings.
We'll spend the night at Hotel Jasvilas in a standard room.
- Day 6 - Jaipur
After breakfast, we'll check out the Hawa Mahal, a cool-looking pink building with lots of windows where royal ladies used to people-watch in secret. Then, it's off to the Amber Fort on a Jeep ride – a historic palace on a hill with cool mirrors and mosaics.
Next, we'll visit Panna Meena ka Kund, an ancient spot for socializing and water fun. Quick stop at Jal Mahal for pics, then onto the City Palace with a mix of Rajasthani and Mughal styles. It's like a fort with seven gates! Finally, we'll see the Solar Observatory, an old-school tool for predicting things based on the sun.
We'll crash at Hotel Jasvilas in a Standard Room for the night.
- Day 7 - Jaipur / Fatehpur Sikri / Agra (245 Kms) (05 ½ Hrs. Drive) (Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays)
In the morning, we'll head to Agra and making a stop at the deserted Capital City of Fatehpur Sikri. This ancient Mughal capital is well-preserved and showcases the grandeur of the empire. The city is divided into religious and secular parts, featuring impressive buildings with intricate sculptures. After exploring Fatehpur Sikri, we'll continue our journey to Agra.
Upon reaching Agra, we'll check into Hotel Crystal Sarovar Premiere.
Agra is famous for the Taj Mahal, one of the most photographed monuments globally. There's a certain mystery surrounding the Taj. Even if you've seen many pictures or heard a lot about it, seeing it in person always exceeds expectations. The Taj Mahal is a symbol of love, and we'll visit it at sunset to witness its breathtaking beauty. The perfect symmetry of its construction and the intricate inlay work of semi-precious stones into marble are truly remarkable.
We'll spend the night at Hotel Crystal Sarovar Premiere in a Deluxe Room.
- Day 8 - Agra / Jhansi (Bhopal Shatabadi – 0811 / 1045 Hrs) Jhansi / Khajuraho (180 Kms) (03 Hrs Drive)
In the morning, we'll take a short train ride from the current location to Jhansi using India's top-notch train service. Upon reaching Jhansi train station, we'll be met and assisted before heading to Khajuraho by car.
Once we arrive, we'll check into the Radisson Hotel. After freshening up, we'll explore the Eastern group of Temples in Khajuraho. These temples, built by the Chandela kings, are known for their intricate sculptures. While some depict erotic scenes, the overall theme is a celebration of life, following the Tantric art tradition.
In the evening, we'll experience a Sound & Light Show at the temple complex. This captivating show narrates the history of the temples using sound and light effects. The story, spanning from the 10th century to the present day, is presented by the famous Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan.
After the show, we'll spend the night at the Radisson Hotel in a Deluxe Room.
- Day 9 - Khajuraho / Varanasi (AI 405 – 1515 / 1610 Hrs.) (Operates only on Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays)
You'll start your day with a tour of the famous Western Group of Temples known for their sculptures depicting love-making scenes of gods, goddesses, and celestial nymphs. The detailed and explicit depictions of sexual fantasies in the sculptures showcase the incredible artistic creativity and imagination of the sculptors. These sculptures openly portray uninhibited sexual acts, reflecting a society and era that were more open about all aspects of life. The scenes are inspired by Tantric texts, showcasing a liberated mindset.
Later, head to the airport for your flight to Varanasi.
Upon arrival in Varanasi, you'll be greeted and transferred to Rivatas by Ideal.
Varanasi, possibly the world's oldest living city, has deep religious roots dating back to the sixth century B.C. Founded by Shiva, it is known by various names, including Kashi (City of Light) and Kashika (the shining one). Varanasi is revered by Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains, making it the holiest city in India. It's associated with Shiva as Vishwanatha, the Lord of the Universe, and has historical connections with Buddha and Mahavira.
In the evening, explore the ghats of Varanasi and witness the Ganges Aarti, a spiritual ceremony. Enjoy a special cruise on the Ganges, observing Hindu devotees performing Puja with lighted lamps. The atmosphere, accompanied by the sounds of cymbals and bells, is mesmerizing.
Stay overnight at Rivatas by Ideal in a Deluxe Room.
- Day 10 - Varanasi (Sarnath Museum is closed on Fridays)
At sunrise, we go to the holy Ganges for a boat ride. People come to bathe in the sacred waters every morning. The river banks have a series of stone steps called ghats, which run along the entire city. These ghats are an important part of the city's religious landscape. As we sail downstream, you'll see significant temples and buildings, witnessing the changing architectural styles. Varanasi is a place where life and death coexist. Young people seek blessings, while the elderly come here to purify their souls in the river, preparing for their final journey. Varanasi is believed to offer freedom from the cycle of birth and death to those who die here. The Manikarnika Ghat is where we'll dock, and it's a busy place with cremations happening regularly.
After the boat ride, we explore the inner city on foot, navigating narrow alleys filled with shrines and pilgrim shops, feeling like we've stepped back in time.
In the afternoon, we visit various temples and the Hindu University. The Bharat Mata temple, inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, has a large marble map of India. The Durga Temple, known for its red color and playful monkeys, is a striking architectural monument. The Hindu University houses the New Vishwanatha Temple, a modern white marble structure open to everyone.
Later, we visit a Widow Ashram, a place providing shelter to widows, including those from middle-class families. These widows are given training in various skills, offering them a sense of worth.
We also visit Matri Bhawan, a place where people arrive to spend their last days. Volunteers and NGOs bring old, sick, or dying people to this "Mother's Home" as they await acceptance to paradise.
In the evening, we take a short trip to Sarnath, the Buddhist city where Buddha preached his first sermons after enlightenment.
We spend the night at Hotel Rivatas By Ideal in a Deluxe Room.
- Day 11 - Varanasi / Delhi (UK 813 – 1520 / 1650 Hrs)
In the morning, you have free time to do what you like. You can explore the Ganges riverbanks or stroll through the old city's narrow streets to see different rituals.
In the afternoon, you'll be taken to the airport to catch your flight to Delhi.
Meeting and assistance upon arrival in Delhi & transfer to Hotel Jaypee Siddharth
Overnight at Jaypee Siddharth (Deluxe Room)
- Day 12 - Delhi / Departure
Transfer to the International airport to board your flight to back home
- Accommodation on twin share basis; daily American breakfast; Rickshaw Ride in Old Delhi; Boat ride in Udaipur (Seat in a Launch); Jeep ride at Amber in Jaipur; Sound & Light Show in Khajuraho; Morning boat ride & Evening Aarti in Varanasi, All journeys and Tours as per itinerary in a fine air-conditioned Sedan Car; Local English Speaking Guides, Inner India airfares as per the itinerary (subject to change and 100% cancellation charges), GST Levy.
- Entrance, Camera & Video fee to monuments, Meals other than as mentioned above, Expenses of Personal nature such as Laundry, Drinks, Telephone calls, Tips etc., Credit Card Transaction Charges.