BEST OF NORTH INDIA

DURATION : 12 Nights / 13 Days

DESTINATIONS : Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Gwalior - Orchha - Varanasi - Delhi

Tour Highlights

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Taj Mahal, Agra
  • Amazing temple architecture and carvings at Khajuraho
  • Glorious sunrise over the holy river Ganges with a morning boat ride
  • Amer Fort, Jaipur, a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture
  • Fatehpur Sikri, a unique testimony to the Mughal civilisation
  • Atmospheric forts, palaces and temples at Orchha and Gwalior
  • Flexible tailor-made booking options


Best Season: January- February- March – April & September – October – November – December

Profile:

Beginning with Delhi, Jaipur and Agra - the so-called Golden Triangle of India - our tour provides a great introduction to the rich culture and heritage of northern India. This great triumvirate of cities presents a matchless array of sights, famous and not-so-famous, grand and intimate. You’ll see the Taj Mahal in the delicate early morning light, the vivid palaces of Jaipur, Rajasthan’s “Pink City”, and the equally impressive monuments of Delhi.

The route then swings south to Gwalior, with its magnificent hilltop fort, and Orchha, home to 16th-century temples and bejewelled 17th-century palaces. In contrast to Jaipur and Agra, Gwalior and Orchha are somewhat removed from the tourist trail, and provide a compelling insight into the ‘real’ India. It’s just a short hop to the world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Khajuraho, with its temples crammed full of erotic sculptures: an amazing, unforgettable sight.

Finally we journey east to the city of Varanasi - the holiest place in the country for Hindus (and the centre of the Earth in Hindu cosmology). Every Hindu is expected to achieve a pilgrimage here at least once, and if possible pour the remains (ashes) of cremated ancestors here into the sacred river Ganges. It makes for a remarkable scene, and we’ll spend two nights here before returning to Delhi on the overnight train. A leisurely final day in the capital completes the tour.

Short Description

This comprehensive tour takes in some of the most spectacular sights across northern India, from Jaipur in the west to Varanasi in the east. We’ll see some of the world’s greatest architecture in the form of imposing forts (Amer, Gwalior), temples (Khajuraho), palaces (Orchha), an abandoned city (Fatehpur Sikri) plus, of course, the apogee of Mughal art - the Taj Mahal.

Detailed Itinerary

 
Day 1: Arrival Delhi

Arrive at international airport of Delhi. Our representative will meet & greet you at airport/railway station and takes you to hotel. 

On arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Overnight stay at Hotel (Room only)

Day 2: Delhi Sightseeing

Today we proceed for a full day city tour of Delhi.

We start with old delhi, which includes Historic Red Fort (drive past), Jama Masjid & Rickshaw ride through the busting street of Chandni Chowk.

Later drive past India Gate, Rastrapati Bhawan (The President’s Residence) and others govt buldings.

Evening we will be visitng Qutub Minar.

Overnight stay at hotel (Breakfast)

Day 3: Delhi - Jaipur (approx. 245 kms / 6 hour drive)

Today, we drive to Jaipur. On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Jaipur is popularly known as the Pink City and is the colorful capital of Indian state Rajasthan with its rich cultural heritage and colorful past. It is now one of the most important heritage cities in India. Jaipur was established in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II the ruler of Amber and it is also known as 'The City of Victory'.

Overnight stay at Hotel (Breakfast)

Day 4: Jaipur Sightseeing

Early morning, after having a breakfast leave for Amber Fort, 11 km away from Jaipur. We take an Elephant ride to reach the Fort situated on the hill, an overwhelming experience.

Later, we proceed to the City Palace, a perfect blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Further we visit Jantar Mantar (Solar Observatory), an astronomical treasure house, with solar devices that give accurate predictions till date.

Drive past, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five-storied structure of pink sandstone.

Overnight stay at Hotel (Breakfast)

Day 5: Jaipur - Agra via Fatehpur Sikri (Approx. 240 kms / 5 hour drive)

Today we drive to Agra (Distance: 240km) en-route we visit Fatehpur Sikri. It was formally the capital of the Mughal Empire; this wonderfully preserved ‘ghost town’ was constructed by Emperor Akbar and it reflects his ideals in art, religion and architecture. The mosque is designed to hold ten thousand worshippers. But this magnificence only lasted 14 years, as in 1585 Akbar left Fatehpur Sikri due to lack of water, leaving this city much as we see it today.

After the visit, we drive to Agra.

On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Overnight stay at Hotel (Breakfast)

Day 6: Agra - Gwalior (Approx. 130kms / 4 hour drive)

Early morning, visit the Taj Mahal by sunrise. Taj Mahal is a symbol of eternal love which stands on the banks of River Yamuna; it was built by the 5th Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631.

We also visit the imposing Agra Fort of Akbar, third of the Mughal Emperors, whose mighty red sandstone walls enclose the beautiful white marble Pearl Mosque and the palaces, halls, courtyards and fountains of his sons and successors, Jahangir and Shah Jahan.

Afterwards we drive to Gwalior, On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Gwalior is a historical and a major city of India that is located in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Gwalior has been ruled by many dynasties and its history is being so colorful.

Overnight stay at Hotel (Breakfast)

Day 7: Gwalior - Orchha (approx. 127kms / 3 hour drive)

Morning visit Gwalior Fort, the fort was built in the 8th century by the ruler of Tomar dynasty. The Fort is perched on a hilltop overlooking the city; it consists of defensive structure and the two main palaces, Gurjari Mahal and Man Mandir, built by Man Singh Tomar. The Fort has been controlled by a number of different rulers over time.

After the visit we drive to Orchha. On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Orchha is a town which was established by Maharaja Rudra Pratap Singh in 1501. It is located on the banks of Betwa River.

Overnight stay at Hotel (Breakfast)

Day 8: Orchha - Khajuraho (Approx. 180kms / 4 hours drive)

Today we proceed for the sightseeing tour of Orchha.

Orchha Fort is situated on the island of Betwa River. It houses many palaces & temples. The three most important palaces seen here are Jahangir Mahal, Raj Mahal and Rai Parveen Mahal.

Chhatris were constructed in the past of glorify the contributions of the rulers of the mighty Bundelkhand dynasty.

Laxmi Narayan Temple was consturcted in 1662. The temple portrays the exellent creativity in the artisans of the past as the architectural style involved in the creation is blend of temple and fort.

Afterwards we drive to Khajuraho (Distance: 180km approx.); Khajuraho is a small town located in the Bundelkhand region and popular for group of Hindu and Jain Temples. Reach Khajuraho and check-in to the hotel and relax.

Overnight stay at Hotel (Breakfast)

Day 9: Fly Khajuraho - Varanasi

Today, visit Eastern & Western group of temples, the erotic sculptures are also one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. The temples were built between 950 – 1050AD by the Chandela dynasty.

Later we will be transferred to the airport to board the flight for Varanasi. On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

'Varanasi is the oldest living cities in the world, it is also known as Banaras or Kashi situated on the bank of River Ganges, it is considered to be the 7th holiest city of Hinduism. Pilgrims from all-over India come here to take a holy dip into the sacred river to wash away their sins. There are thousands of pilgrims, wandering holy men (Sadhus), religious elders and casual visitors. 

Overnight stay at Hotel (Breakfast)

Day 10: Varanasi city

Early morning, we take a boat ride on the Ganges River to witness the extraordinary spectacle on the Ghats. The boat ride takes us past the various Ghats of Varanasi.

After the boat ride, we drive back to our hotel.

Post breakfast, we visit Sarnath, it is 10km away from Varanasi and located near the confluence of the Ganges and the Gomati rivers, it is the place where Gautama Buddha delivered his 1st sermon after he attained enlightenment in Bodh Gaya. It is one of the four Buddhist pilgrimage sites.

Later in the evening, we take rickshaw ride & visit the Ghat to witness the evening prayer ceremony.

Overnight stay at Hotel (Breakfast)

Day 11: Varanasi - Delhi (By overnight train)

Today, we are free to visit Varanasi city to explore the local market & experience the ethnic culture.

In the evening, we will be transferred to Varanasi railway station to catch our overnight train to Delhi.

Overnight stay at Train (Breakfast)

Day 12: Arrival Delhi (By Overnight train)

Morning we reach Delhi, and will be transferred to the hotel.

On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Overnight stay at Hotel (Breakfast)

Day 13: Departure Delhi

Morning you will be transferred to the Indira Gandhi International airport to board the flight for onward destination.

                                                                ****Tour ends****

Inclusions / Exclusions

The Price Includes:

  1. Accommodation in Double OR Twin / Single / Triple Room as per the hotels mentioned or similar (as per availability) on Bed & Breakfast basis (BF from D2)
  2. Transportation in an air-conditioned car with driver.
  3. Assistance on arrival & departure.
  4. Monument entrances as per the details listed in the program.
  5. Local English-speaking guide in all the cities as per the sightseeing (the guide may alter the chronology of visits as per requirement)
  6. Gift on departure by Monks & Monkeys Travel
  7. 02 bottle of mineral water (500ml) per person per day.
  8. All Government Taxes (till date)


The Price Excludes:

  1. Domestic flights & Airport Departure Tax from India (this is generally included in your ticket)
  2. Visa fees for India: compulsory; to be obtained from the Indian Consulate of your country of residence; passport valid 6 months after return date)
  3. Facility of E-visa available upon arrival (please check Govt of India website : https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html)
  4. Any meals except mentioned in the column prices includes.
  5. Any expenses of personal nature such as tips beverages, laundry, telephone calls, photography and video fees, etc.

Terms & condition:

  1. As of now no accommodation is confirmed and rooms are purely subject to availability at the time of confirmation of the tour.
  2. Standard check-in time for all the hotels is 14h00.
  3. Standard check out time for all the hotels is 12 Noon.
  4. Early check-in & late check-out subject to discretion of respective hotel.
  5. The company shall not accept any liability or responsibility for any damages, loss, injury, accident, delay, breakdown or irregularity, which may occur due to “force majeure”

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