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14-Day Private Best Of Northern India Tour from Delhi

Northern India Tour from Delhi

City Visits: Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambhore – Bharatpur – Agra – Khajuraho – Varanasi 

Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi Airport. You will be met at the airport by our representative who give you a warm welcome by fresh flower garlands and transfer to your hotel by air-conditioned Car.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 2: Delhi Sightseeing
Morning after leisurely breakfast we leave for a sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. We visit Jama Masjid, this immense mosque is both the largest in India and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees, Raj Ghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation on 31 January, 1948. Two museums dedicated to Gandhi are located near by.

Later we drive past Red Fort citadel. In New Delhi we visit the 11th century Qutab Minar Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty, who took possession of Delhi in 1206. It is a red sandstone tower, standing tall at a height of 72.5 metres and is covered with intricate carvings and verses from the holy Qur’an. The India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war and drive past the grand government buildings the President’s House and Parliament House all dating back to the time of British Raj.

Evening visit to grand Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, epitomises 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. It brilliantly showcases the essence of India’s ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual messages. The Akshardham experience is an enlightening journey through India’s glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind.

Overnight stay hotel.

Day 3: Delhi / Jaipur (240 Kms – 4-5 Hrs)
Morning we travel to the old walled city of Jaipur – Founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II, this ‘pink city’ is meticulously constructed on the lines of the Shilpa – Shastra, an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture. On arrival we check inn to hotel.

Afternoon will be at leisure to relax after journey. This will be a cultural evening, we visit Chokhi Dhani – An ethnic village resort, the vitality of Rajasthani folk culture comes alive as children dance rhythmically to the loud tenor of folk songs sung by men and women, festooned in bright clothes. Gaily caparisoned camel, horses and bullock carts offer joy rides. Here we will have the opportunity to enjoy the traditional cuisine of Rajasthan.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 4: Jaipur Sightseeing
Morning breakfast followed by a sight-seeing tour of the city visiting the dramatic hilltop fortress at Amber – ascend the imposing fort on a decorated painted elephant. We wander among glittering inlays and the Hall of Mirrors. On the way back we stop at Jal Mahal, the rajput style “Water Palace” sits in the center of the Man Sarobar lake. The lake is often dry in the summer but winter monsoons frequently turn it into a beautiful lake filled with water hyacinths. Next to view the elegant Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds this elaborate building, now little more than a façade, is encrusted with delicate screens and carved balconies from which the royal ladies, confined to their quarters, could sneak views of the outside world.

Post lunch we tour the Maharajah’s City Palace, now partly a museum display a unique fusion of Mughal and Hindu architecture, and house a rare collection of paintings, Rajput armoury and costumesiH. Later we explore the city on our own and indulge in shopping for gemstones, silver jewellery, Paintings, blue pottery and hand printed textiles that Jaipur is renowned for.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 5: Jaipur / Ranthambhore (150 Kms – 3 Hrs)
After breakfast our drive takes us to Ranthambhore – former hunting preserve of the Maharajas, famous for the wildlife sanctuary, which is said to have the India’s friendliest Tigers and considered to be the best place in the world to photograph the tiger in its natural habitat, a wonderful place for bird watching too. On arrival at Ranthambhore we check in to hotel.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 6: Ranthambhore Sightseeing
On morning and late afternoon game excursions by Canter (vehicle for jungle rides), we are likely to see Nilgai (blue bull), barking deer and sloth bear and perhaps the very elusive Royal Bengal tiger.

Park visit Timings 7:00am – 10:00am & 2:30pm – 5:30pm.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 7: Ranthambhore / Bharatpur (250 Kms – 5 Hrs)
After breakfast we drive leisurely to Bharatpur – a UNESCO World Heritage Site lying between the cities of Agra and Jaipur in the north-west is famous for Keoladeo Ghana bird sanctuary which is a home to an astonishing range of flora and fauna. An abundance of birdlife is found here, including the open-bill and painted stork, egret, darter, white ibis, spoonbill, grey heron, Sarus crane, cormorant, migratory geese, duck, rosy pelican and the rare Siberian crane. Northern India Tour from Delhi

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 8: Bharatpur / Agra (60 Kms – 1 Hrs)
Morning visit to Keoladeo Ghana bird sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is a home to an astonishing range of flora and fauna. Have a completely rewarding experience of seeing an overwhelming range of birds during the rickshaw (tricycle) ride into the bird Park. Have a unique experience of a Walking Tour in a Village, catch a peek at the rustic ways of life in the villages of India.

Explore a lifestyle that has been left largely unblemished by the complexities of modern civilization. See the sights of rural India where life still continues at the pace with which it has done for thousands of years. …The ancient Persian wheel drawing water from river channels and farmers hard at work with bullock drawn hoes… in the backdrop of the golden fields of mustard… are images that are now largely extinct from all the other parts of the world.

Post lunch we drive towards the home town of Taj Mahal – Agra. Enroute we visit Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which has been described as “the world’s most perfectly preserved ghost town”. Built by Akbar in the late 16th century, it was abandoned after only 14 years, and the elegant buildings of this superb walled city remain intact to this day.

On arrival at Agra we check in to hotel.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 9: Agra Sightseeing
We visit the magnificent Taj Mahal (Friday closed), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World and surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan’s beloved wife. It’s a wealth of white marble and semi-precious stone – « undoubtedly the highlight of the tour ».

Afternoon tour of imposing Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah  Jahan; audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques. Northern India Tour from Delhi

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10: Train Agra / Orchha & Drive Khajuraho
This morning we board our superfast deluxe train to Jhansi, met on arrival and we drive to Orchha – once the capital of Bundelas, Orchha is a village, set amongst a complex of well-preserved palaces and temples. Though Orcha was founded in 1531, it’s golden age was during the first half of 17th century. When Jehangir visiting the city in 1606, a special palace, the Jehangir Mahal was built for him. Northern India Tour from Delhi

Post lunch tour of this historical site with magnificent temples and monuments. Some of the Palaces were decorated with painted murals, which represent the finest flowering of the Bundela school of Painting.

We continue our drive to Khajuraho, the legendary temples of Khajuraho built in the 9th and the 10th century are an incomparable experience. Acknowledged as one of the world’s artistic wonders. Khajuraho has achieved fame for the sensual appeal of its erotic sculptures. On arrival we check inn to our deluxe hotel. Evening we witness the fascinating Son-et-Lumière 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. Mounted in the complex of the Western Group of temples. Northern India Tour from Delhi

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 11: Khajuraho Sightseeing
Early morning we experience the dramatic scenic splendour of Panna National Park. A mere 30-minute drive away from Khajuraho and extending over 543 km, spread along the banks of the River Ken, the park’s topography is a magnificent one of deep gorges, tranquil valley and dense teak forests. The tiger can be glimpsed here, along with other rare species such as the Leopard, Wolf and Gharial. Most likely, it will be here if the Caracal, a vanishing cousin of the extinct Cheetah, is ever sighted. Herds of Blue Bulls, Chinkaras and Sambars are a common sight. The Wild Boar, the Sloth Bear, the Cheetal, the Chowsingha, the Indian Fox, the Porcupine, and a host of lesser fauna are also seen.

Park Safari Timings – 0630am – 1030am. Morning we will picked up from our hotel by Jeeps for an excursion to Panna National Park, these jeeps are best for wildlife watching and going around the reserve. An elephant safari will be arranged in the park if there is a Tiger show going on so that the guest can experience the best of the wildlife.

Afternoon      at leisure to relax in the hotel after jungle safari. Evening we visit the exquisite 10th century temples of Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 12: Khajuraho / Varanasi (By Flight)
Afternoon fly to Varanasi – said to be the India’s most sacred city situated on the western bank of the holy river Ganga. It is also the oldest living city in the world. As a place for devotion and worship, with hundreds of temples dotting the city, sunrise on the riverfront as seen from a boat can be a spiritually uplifting sight. It has a fascination uniquely its own, a quality of sublime beauty, a timeless eternal appeal. Varanasi is the city, which cannot be described, only experienced.

On arrival check in to hotel. Evening we take the rickshaw ride to the holy river Ganges passing through the busy streets of Varanasi, and later we take the boat cruise to view the “Aarti” ceremony on the Ghats. (Praying the holy river).

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 13: Varanasi / Delhi (By Flight)
Early morning we take a Boat cruise at the river Ganges to observe the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats. We rise before dawn and step gingerly onto a rickety old boat as the wizened boatman coasts off. You wait, still, for the daily miracle to unfold. Just then, as if having waited for the audience to settle reverently in their assigned places, the Sun God appears triumphantly over the horizon. The sound of conches and temple bells rent the delicate pink fabric of dawn. The formerly hushed murmuring of ancient Sanskrit Shlokas, now rises, in one voice, to a crescendo of unparalleled piety and joy. Northern India Tour from Delhi

After breakfast we visit Sarnath, an important pilgrimage centre for Buddhist. This is where the Buddha preached his first sermon after getting enlightenment. Sarnath’s temples and Archaeological Museum are full of Buddhist art treasures. Northern India Tour from Delhi

Afternoon we fly to Delhi. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 14: Depart Delhi
Check out in the afternoon, Car at disposal for personal visits, explore the city at your own wish. Evening after dinner transfer to the international airport to Board your homeward flight or connect to your onward destination. Northern India Tour from Delhi