Cultural Delights of North India (10 Days)

Every traveler has dreams to visit India. In 10 days, explore the rich and historic architectural styles shown to you in cities such as Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra, Delhi, Jaipur. As you may know, any region of India is full of heritage sites speaking volumes about the life and culture of its people. North India is no different.

Right through the ages, Hiuen Tsang, Vasco Da Gama and a host of other explorers have considered it to be the ultimate goal of travel.  Now it is your turn to see India sacred and mystic cities.
India remains one of the most intriguing places on the planet.

Tour Highlights

With this tour explore every stretch of the north. Start in Varanasi, the spiritual center on the banks of the Ganges River. Discover Khajuraho with some of the finest Art temples in the world followed by the vibrant streets of Delhi. We crystalize North India’s charms during this tour from the deep eventful banks of the Ganges to the scenic jewels of Rajasthan. And in between, there is a multitude of pleasures and sights and sounds that will quicken your soul.

Varanasi Ganges River
Ghats in Varanasi

At a Glance
Day 1  Welcome to India. Arrive in Delhi and transfer to hotel
Day 2 Delhi to Varanasi (Flight)
Day 3 Morning Ganges River boat ride and walking tour
Day 4 Varanasi to Khajuraho ( Flight). Afternoon Temple tour
Day 5 Travel to Jhansi and onwards to Agra by train
Day 6 Visit the famous Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
Day 7 Stop at Fatehpur Sikri before reaching Jaipur
Day 8 Jaipur city tour and Amber Fort on elephant back
Day 9 Return to Delhi
Day 10 Morning city tour and transfer to Delhi Airport

The rich and historical background of cites like Khajuraho, Agra, Delhi, Jaipur and other cities is an important element of any cultural tour of the country.

It may be a good idea to take this tour during festivals for this is the time that one actually learns more about the life and culture of various communities.

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Day 1

Arrive Delhi
* You will be met and assisted; through the airport upon your arrival and then transferred to your hotel.
* Check-in at your hotel.
* Overnight at your hotel in Delhi.

Day 2

Delhi – Varanasi (By flight)
* After breakfast, you will be transferred to Delhi airport for your onward flight to Varanasi.
* You will be met and assisted; through the airport upon your arrival and then transferred to your hotel.
* Overnight at your hotel in Varanasi.

Day 3

* We enjoy an early morning boat ride on the holy Ganges river (1;5 hours) Over three miles in length; steps lead down from a steep bank to the sacred river.
* The time to see the ghats is early dawn when out of the morning mist; forms descend the steps; their numbers increasing by the minute until a solemn silent multitude; lit by the sun’s first rays; moves in the same direction to immerse itself in the holy stream and to salute the sun.
* These rituals remind one of the nature worship prevalent in India during the Aryan age; 3;000 years ago.
* The ghats extend to almost four miles of riverbank.
* During this particular sightseeing tour, no monuments are visited.
* See the Bathing Ghats and Cremation Ghats.
* The Gyanvapi Mosque built in the 17th century when the fanatical Emperor Aurangazeb pulled down the original Vishwanath Golden Temple and on its site raised a mosque.
* After the boat ride, visit the Golden Temple and walk through the narrow lanes of Varanasi.
* Afternoon tour to Sarnath – 10 kms. from Varanasi – (3 hours) The Buddha preached his first sermon to five disciples at the Deer Park here; enshrining the principals of his teaching into laws.
* The Dhamek Stupa marks the location of a once resplendent monastery. A large complex of ruined monasteries covers the area north of the stupas. Some of the buildings belong to the Kushan and Gupta period.
* The first monk communities probably settled here in the 3rd century BC.
* Near the Dhamek Stupa is a new monastery built by the Buddhist Mahabodhi Society. The major events of Buddha’s life are depicted here in wall paintings by a Japanese artist.
* Sarnath has an interesting archaeological museum which has preserved the famous Sarnath pillar whose capital forms India’s national emblem.
* Visit the Dhamekh Stupa and Mulgandkuti Vihar.
* After the tour return to your hotel.
* Overnight at your hotel in Varanasi.

Day 4

Varanasi – Khajuraho (By flight)
* After breakfast, you are transferred to Varanasi airport to board your flight for Khajuraho.
* You will be met and assisted; through the airport upon your arrival and then transferred to your hotel.
* Enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour of the temple.
* Overnight at your hotel in Khajuraho

Day 5

Khujuraho – Orcha – Jhansi (By road; approx. 4 hrs. drive):
* After breakfast, drive to Jhansi.
* En route visit Orcha and later in the day transfer to the station and board the train for Agra.
* You will be met and assisted; on your arrival and then transferred to your hotel.
* Overnight at your hotel in Agra.

Day 6

* Morning tour of the Taj Mahal & Fort.
* Visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains.
* This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the skill of 20;000 craftsmen brought together from Persia; Turkey; France and Italy and who took 17 years to complete this ‘Love Poem in Marble’. (Friday closed).
* Later visit the Agra fort containing the halls of private & public audiences & other palaces. Shah Jahan spent years of confinement here at the hands of his son Aurangzeb; looking wistfully at the Taj Mahal from the Fort.
* Overnight at your hotel in Agra.

Day 7

Agra – Jaipur (237 Kms – 6 Hours)
* Depart Agra for Jaipur by car.
* En route visit Fatehpur Sikri; built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water.
* The Fatehpur Sikri complex houses tomb of Salim Chisti; Panch Mahal and other palaces; which surprisingly have withstood the ravages of time and are still in good condition.
* On arrival in Jaipur; check-in at your hotel.
* The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore Jaipur.
* Overnight at your hotel in Jaipur.

Day 8

* Morning excursion to the Amber Fort. Standing tall over a small hillock overlooking the Pink city; Amber is a classic; romantic Rajasthani Fort-Palace. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes; apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster.
* A major attraction at Amber is the Elephant Ride; all the way up to the Fort entrance.
* Afternoon half day tour begins with a visit to the Maharaja’s City Palace;- the former Royal residence;- part of it converted into a museum.
* One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armory Museum; housing an impressive array of weaponry -pistols; blunderbusses; flintlocks; swords; rifles and daggers.
* Also see the miniature items and old carpets at the Textile Museum.
* Later visit the Jantar Mantar; which is the largest stone-and-marble-crafted Observatory in the world. Situated near the gate of the city palace; the Observatory has 17 large instruments; many of them still in working condition.
* Overnight at your hotel in Jaipur.

Day 9

Jaipur – Delhi (By road; approx 6 hrs drive)
* In the morning we depart for Delhi by road and on arrival check-in at your hotel.
* The rest of the day is at your leisure .
* Overnight at your hotel in Delhi

Day 10

Leave Delhi (By Flight)
* Morning half day combined sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi.
* Visit Qutab Minar; India Gate (War Memorial) Lakshmi Narayan Temple-Modern Hindu Temple; drive past President’s House; Parliament House and Secretariat buildings.
* Also visit Raj Ghat– the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi and drive past Jama Masjid; Red Fort and Chandni Chowk.
* Later in the day transfer to the airport to board your flight for onward destination.
* Services end at Delhi airport.
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* Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our representative from / to airport, along with 1 piece of baggage per person
* Sightseeing tours and intercity transfers as per itinerary in AC medium car for 2 passengers ( AC Innova for 3-4 passengers)
* Accommodation (3*- 4*- 5*) including breakfast daily
* Local English Speaking Guide
* Jaipur offers sightseeing tour with an elephant ride / jeep ride
* Check in and check out time 12h00 (midday).
* 2 Nights in Delhi
* 2 Nights in Varanasi
* 1 Night in Khajuraho
* 2 Nights in Agra
* 2 Nights in Jaipur

* International & domestic Airfares
* Departure & Fuel taxes

* Entrance Fees
* Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
* Travel insurance
* India visa fee
* Tips
* Services not stated in the itinerary

* The above rate is LAND ONLY, and EXCLUDES International/Domestic flights
* Seasonal Supplements MAY apply
* Rates valid at time of quoting, and all subject to any exchange rate fluctuations, airlines and supplier rate changes and fuel levies.

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Rates valid for travel between 01 October 17 and 31 March 2018

India view of the Varanasi Ghats from the river Ganges
India Lakshmi Naraya Temple
India view of the Jantar Mantar in jaipur
India Elephants at the Amber Fort in jaipur
India elevated view of the Fatehpur Sikri
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India view of the Varanasi Ghats from the river Ganges
India view of the Lotus Temple in Delhi