BEST OF NORTH INDIA

Duration :09 Nights / 10 days

Places to See :Delhi - Udaipur - Jaipur - Agra - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi

There is no other better introduction to India than this tour. Visit the enchanting city of Delhi, Agra the home of Taj Mahal, Jaipur the pink city of Rajput clans, Udaipur the romantic oasis, Khajuraho the 1000 years old temples of art and love, Varanasi the holiest city of the banks of river Ganges.

Day 01 : Arrive Delhi.

Arrive Delhi. Welcome and assistance upon arrival at the airport. Later transfer to hotel.

Day 02 : Delhi

Delhi Morning at leisure to relax and adjust to the time zone. Afternoon city tour of Delhi (Red Fort closed on Monday). Delhi - New Delhi Visit Humayun's Tomb (1565 AD) aptly called predecessor of Taj Mahal. Drive past Safdarjung's Tomb (1753 AD), 72 meter high Qutub Minar (12th Century AD) - One of the most perfect towers in the world, nearby amidst the ruins of Quwate-Islam mosque stands the iron pillar which does not rust and has stood the vagaries of weather for 1500 years. Orientation drive through New Delhi viewing Embassy area (Diplomatic Enclave); Government Buildings ( 1921 -30 AD), Central Secretariat, Parliament House, Visit India Gate (1921 Ad). Old Delhi - Visit Jamma Masque (1650 AD). Drive through fabled Chandni Chowk (Silver Street) and visit Red Fort (1639 - 48 AD) built by builder of Taj Mahal - Emperor Shahjehan and famous for its delicately carved inlaid and marbled royal chambers. Raj Ghat where father of the nation memorial museum, Firoz Shah Kotla (1354 AD) ruins of the fortress and the Ashok Pillar (300 BC).

Day 03 : Delhi - Udaipur

Morning transfer to airport for flight to Udaipur. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour of Udaipur.

Udaipur is one of the most romantic and picturesque cities of India. Also known as 'City of Lakes', it has royal marble palaces, gardens and temples. Visit the City Palace with its impressive arches, balconies and cupolas; Saheliyon ki Bari or the Garden of the Maids'. Drive around Fateh Sagar Lake.

Day 04 : Udaipur - Jaipur

Morning free to relax or explore the city on your own. Afternoon transfer to airport for flight to Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur and transfer to hotel.

Day 05 : Jaipur

Morning visit the Amber fort situated on a hilltop. Amber Fort - Amber fort built around 1592 AD by Raja Mansingh is a superb fortress palace in Rajasthani architectural style situated on a hilltop. The ascend to the fort is on elephant back. The maharaja's apartment decorated with mosaics and sculptures has glittering mirror ceilings. One can enjoy spectacular view from the Palace ramparts of the lake below. Later city tour of Jaipur - the pink city. Jaipur the pink city is a constant reminder of the Rajput culture, their hospitality, and bravery. The City Palace a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture houses a museum containing rare collection of arts manuscripts, miniature paintings, armory of guns and swords more than 400 years old, costumes of former Maharaja (King) and maharani (queen) of Jaipur. Nearby is Jantar Mantar (1728 Ad) a perfect obserbvatory built by Maharaja Jaisingh with its 90 feet high sundial. Drive past Hawa Mahal palace of wind, which is also a landmark of Jaipur. Leisurely walk around Jaipur's vibrant and colorful bazaars rubbing shoulders with brightly attired and smiling Rajasthanis.

Day 06 : Jaipur - Agra

Morning drive to Agra visiting enroute the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri Popularly known as the ghost town was once the capital of the Mughal Empire. Built by Emperor Akbar in honor of Salim, it is said to be replica of mosque at Mecca. You will also see Jama Masjid (dargah mosque), Buland Darwaza - gate of victory, palace of emperor's Hindu wife Joddha Bai, Palace of Emperor's Christian wife, Panch Mahal - the palace of the ladies of the court , palace emperor's favorite courtier - Birbal. Check - in at hotel in the afternoon. Later city tour of Agra visiting the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort (Taj Mahal closed on Friday).

Agra - visiting the magnificent Taj Mahal (1653 AD). For majority of tourists visit to India is incomplete without seeing the wonderful Taj Mahal. Moghul emperor Shajehan in the memory of his beloved wife marbled monument. Semi precious stones are intricately inlaid into the marbles in various patterns showing an impressive craftsmanship. Other important monument is Agra fort with its Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque), Dewan-e-Aam, Dewan-e-Khas, octagonal tower Jehangir Palace - famous for its Hindu Persian architectural style.

Day 07 : Agra - Khajuraho

Morning transfer to airport for flight to Khajuraho. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour of Khajuraho temples.

Khajuraho - Khajuraho, once a religious and political capital of the Chandela dynasty who ruled Central India between 9th and 13th century. Its mahor tourist attractions are the temples depicting erotic sculptures and figurines. The temples are divided into eastern and Western temples and boasts of Chandela art.

Day 08 : Khajuraho - Varanasi

Morning transfer to airport for flight to Varanasi.
Arrive and transfer to hotel.
Afternoon visit Sarnath. - aplace where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon after attaining the enlightenment under a Banyan tree. It is a holy place for the Buddhist and thousands of Buddhist pilgrims visit Sarnath from all over the world.

Day 9 : Varanasi - Delhi

Early morning sunrise boat cruise over Holy River Ganges will take you to its famous bathing ghats where hundreds of pilgrims can be seen cleansing their souls by taking a holy dip. Also visit its burning ghats where bodies are cremated after performing the last rites according to ancient Hindu customs. This sacred city over two thousand years old is the holiest city of the Hindu customs. This sacred city over two thousand years old is the holiest city of the Hindus and a great center of learning and civilization. It has now more than 200 temples and shrines. Visit Bharat Mata temple, Durga temple, Banaras Hindu University etc. Drive past the bazaars, brocades and famous Banarasi silk sari shops. Afternoon free to explore the city on your own.

Day 10 : Delhi - Onward Journey

Transfer to airport for flight to onward destination or stay on for extension tours of your choice.

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