North Indian Highlights
12 Days/11 Nights
The Northern Indian Highlights trip begins in Delhi- the capital city of India. While not known as a tourist city, Delhi has several sites that are of cultural and historic importance. From Delhi, the journey heads out to Jaipur-the capital of Rajasthan, famed as the Pink City for the whole city is painted with pink color! Jaipur is a testament to the glorious history of Rajasthan. The walls and chambers and the courtyards of the palaces and forts still speak of the Rajasthan’s history of war and bravery, rivalry and conspiracy, love and romance of its kings. The forts and palaces contain beautiful art and architecture. On the way from Jaipur to Agra, you will briefly stop by the ruins the FatehpuriSikri-which is the abandoned capital of the emperor Akbar. At Agra, the TajMahalawaits you -the seventh wonder of the modern world! Simply poetry in the marble, TajMahal is the most extravagant monument ever made for love.
The trip continues overland to Orcha, stopping to see the Gwalior Palace and Fort. At Orcha, we visit the villages and deserted monuments. Khajuraho-the city of Kamasutra Temples is the next destination. A small village in the Madhya Pradesh (Central Province of India) has a collection of temples with charming and lively erotic sculptures based on Hindu Mythology- the Kama Sutra. From Khajuraho, we fly to the holy city of Varanasi - the Mecca of the Hindus. Bathing ghatson the holy River Ganges are the center of religious activities and best way to observe them is by boat. You will also visit other Hindu Temples such as Sarnath-where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after being enlightened. The trip concludes here in this holy city witha return flight back to Delhi.
Day 01: Arrival in Delhi
Upon arrival inDelhi,your High Asia Representative will meet you at the airport and you will be transferred to hotel. Take a rest to recover from jet lag.
Day 02: Delhi
After breakfast at the hotel, a full day city tour, visiting the sights and highlights of Old and New Delhi,including Raj Ghat, ChandiniChowk, Jama Masjid, India Gate, President House, Rajpath, QutabMinar and Humayun's Tomb. Optional dance and dinner at ChorBizaare in Delhi.
Day 03: Delhi-Jaipur (160miles/04 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur. En route, visit the Amer Fort where you will take an elephant ride from the base to the top like the Maharajas did in their time. At Amber fort, you will visit Sheesh Mahal, Ganesh Pol, Shila Devi Temple, and KesarKyariBagh. After the tour, continue to Jaipiur and check in to hotel.
Day 04: In Jaipur
After breakfast, you will set out to explore the Pink City, its palaces and architecture. You will visitHawaMahal (Palace of Winds), the City Palace-where the Maharaja of Rajasthanstill resides, JantarMantar, and other sites. In the late afternoon, you will visit the local bazaar which is vibrant with daily activity.
Day 05: Jaipur-Fatehpur Sikri- Agra (163 miles/06 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Agra -the glorious city of TajMahal . En-route, visit FatehpurSikri-a city built in red sandstone by Emperor Akbar to commemorate the birth of his son-now a deserted city. A royal city perfectly preserved, FatehpurSikri provides a marvelous escape into the past. Imposing gateways and light- filled palaces were built in red sandstone within this fortified city only to be abandoned a few years later. Among its much architectural gems are the palaces for his queens - JodhaBai, Mariyam and his Turkish sultana, built in varying styles, each perfect in itself. Later proceed to Agra. On arrival, check into the Hotel and take a rest for the evening.
Day 06: In Agra
In the morning, you will visit the TajMahal, the biggest attraction of this trip. This is one of the Seven Wonders of the modern world and is the most extravagant monument ever made for love. To people the world over, the TajMahal, mausoleum of the Mughal Empress MumtazMahal, is synonymous with India. The TajMahal is followed by a trip to Red Fort, the seat of Mughal rulers for several years. The fort has palaces with pavilions, gardens, mosques, baths, etc. The rest of the day is free to pursue independent activities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07: Agra - Gwalior - Orchha (141 miles/6 hrs)
Leave Agra early morning for Orcha. En route, if time permits, you will visit the Fort and Jai Villas Palace of Gwalior .Continue to Orcha; check in hotel and after refreshments, go sightseeing inOrchha. Throughout the day, you will walk around this beautiful village with deserted monuments. You will observe its rural life and monuments like JehangirMahal built by Bundela rulers to honor the Mughal Emperor, Raj Mahal, Rai Praveen Mahal, ChhatriesDinmanHardaul'sMahal and Sunder Mahal. There are also temples built by the Bundela rulers such as the ChaturbhujTemple and the LaxminarayanaTemple. In the evening, you will visit Ram Raja Temple to observe Aarti or traditional offering to God.
Day 08 Orchha-Khajuraho (109 miles / 5 hrs)
You will continue the journey to Khajuraho-the city of Kama Sutra Temples. Check into hotel. After refreshments, you will visit the world famous Western group of temples. These temples were built by Chandela rulers out of sandstone and decorated with charming and lively erotic sculptures from Hindu Mythology the Kama Sutra
Day 09 Khajuraho / Varanasi by Air
In the morning, you will visit the Eastern Group of Temples, which includes the famous Jain Temples, followed by visit to the Southern group of Temples such as the Chaturbhuj and the Duladeo Temples. By the time the sightseeing concludes, it’s time to report the airport for your flight to Varanasi. In 40 minutes, you will land in the holy city of Varanasi famous for Hindu Studies. After some refreshments, you will take a tour of Sarnath and its Deer Park where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon after being enlightened. There are magnificent Stupas built in the third century BCby EmperrorAshoka.
Day 10: At Varanasi
In the morning, take a boat trip on the holy Ganges and observe the vibrant everyday activities along the Ghatsthat includes the cremation services of Hindu dead. Other places of interest are TulsiManas Temple, AlamgirTemple, Bharat Mata Temple, and Kashivishvanath Golden Temple.
Day 11: Varanasi-Delhi
Flight to Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi, transfer to hotel. You have free time to pursue your own interests.
Day 12: /Departure
Transfer to airport for your international flight back home.
- Trip Duration: 12 Days
- Difficulty Level: North India Classic Circuits
- Accomodation: Hotels
- Activities: Cultural Touring, Elephant ride at Jaipur, Cultural dance shows, Boating in Gangjes
- Trip Starts In: Delhi
- Trip Finishes In: Delhi
- Best Time for Travel: October to April
Transportation by one Air-Conditioned Vehicle.
Sightseeing as per package details.
Entrances Fees at Monuments (Except in the museum visit and camera fee).
Service of Local English Speaking Guide.
Elephant Ride at Amber Fort.
All Applicable Taxes
Drinks, tipping and extra expenses of personal nature such as laundry, phone etc.
Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.
Airfares and airport taxes
Amer Fort, City Palace, Hawa Mahal and the Observatory in Jaipur
Ruins of the abandoned city of Fatehpuri Sikri
Taj Mahal and Agra Fort at Agra.
Erotic Sandstone sculptures of the Khajuraho Temples
Bathing Ghats and Sarnath Stupa at Varanasi
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