Cultures Of Northern India Travel Package
Tour Duration : 8 Nights / 9 Days
Tour Destination : Delhi - Mandawa - Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Khajuraho - Varanasi
Experience cultures of Northern India in this single tour package.
Day 1: Arrival at New Delhi
Upon your arrival at the airport, meet our representative awaiting just outside the arrival hall, past the customs area & currency shops. Later at the hotel our representative will brief you about tour starting day after.Delhi, the national capital of India is an historic city and commercial centre of Northern India.With a multi-ethnic society, Delhi welcomes all to witness a miniature of the vast Indian subcontinent. Visit the eclectic mix of modern and cosmopolitan worlds of India and take a sightseeing tour of New Delhi. Enjoy a drive past monuments of national significance such as President’s House, Parliament House and later enjoy a night view of India Gate under starlit sky here.
Day 2: Delhi - Mandawa
A half day sightseeing tour of Delhi is planned for the day. Today Delhi will unleash its historic and cultural heritage as you are introduced to various awe inspiring monuments. Start exploring from the undulated lanes of Old Delhi. The attractions here worth visiting first include the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site of Red Fort and the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. The day tour will also include visits to one of the largest brick minarets of the world- Qutab Minar, white lotus shaped Baha’i Temple- Lotus Temple, the stunning Humayun's Tomb built in 1562 CE, and beauteous Laxmi Narayan Temple. Next proceed for the colourful province of Rajasthan. Afternoon take a tour of this rural and feudal centre of the country-Mandawa, meet the local folks, who maintain an air of dignity in their style and culture. Evening visit the colourful Mandawa bazaar.
Day 3: Mandawa - Jaipur
Today after morning breakfast we take city tour of Mandawa. This city of Shekhawati region is renowned for best preserved havelis or castles dating back to the age of royalty in Rajasthan. Explore some of the finest works of frescoes at these havelis in Mandawa. Driving through the Rajasthani country we head south for the famous city of Jaipur-the pink city and the capital of Rajasthan.
Day 4: Jaipur Sightseeing
We are treated like the royalty of yesteryear with an elephant ride to the intriguing Amber Palace, a distinguished example of the 17th Century Rajput architecture. A small trek up the hill will be covered while riding an elephant in the royal manner. In the afternoon, tour the old walled city of Jaipur. Visit the unique Jantar Mantar Observatory- an assortment of architectural astronomical instruments. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh II it consists of fourteen major geometric devices for measuring time and predicting eclipses etc. Stunning City Palace will be the next destination on this city tour. Drive by the stunning Hawa Mahal, a palace with hundreds of ornamental windows, built for royal ladies to be able to watch the daily processions of city. We end the day at the colourful bazaar.
Day 5: Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
Short drive gets us to Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful capital built in 1640 by the Mughal King, Akbar the Great. The monuments and edifices of Fatehpur Sikri are applauded by UNESCO for they showcase a beauteous synthesis of various regional schools of architecture and influences of Hindu, Jain and Islamic architectural styles can be seen here. Explore the beautiful edifices inside which includes Jama Masjid, the Buland Darwaza, palace of Queen Jodha Bai, Birbal's Palace, tomb of Saint Salim Chisti inside. The drive next will take you to the city that made the world wonder- Agra.
Day 6: Agra Sightseeing
This day is spent exploring the best of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Agra. In afternoon, visit the ultimate emblem of love and an edifice that has most rightly been called a World Wonder- Taj Mahal. Built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, Taj Mahal is a UNESCO acclaimed site and is called “the jewel of Muslim art in India” for its beauteous design and configuration. Later, visit the imposing structure of Agra Fort containing the Pearl Mosque, the Halls of public and private audience. Also visit, the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah a replica of Taj Mahal often regarded as a draft of the famous mausoleum was built by Empress Noorjehan in memory of her father. Later we have free time for shopping for replicas of the Taj, handicrafts and various other curios that the descendants of the builders of the Taj are famous for.
Day 7: Agra- Khajuraho
Today we board the famous Shatabdi Express train to Jhansi then continue by coach to visit Orchha, an amazing medieval fortress-city located on the shores of the Betwa River. After our visit to Orchha, we proceed to Khajuraho, home of splendid temples. Visit this medieval riverside city by lunchtime. The afternoon sightseeing will include its three palaces and embrace some of the numerous pavilions, lodges and temples that can be glimpsed in the nearby heavily wooded hills. Explore the stunning battlement walls and huge palace-fort on the banks of River Betwa and the chain of several connected palace structures. The fort is dotted with multitude of cenotaphs or chhatris and various impressive temples and tombs. Thereafter take a leisurely drive to Khajuraho and a visit to Jhansi.
Evening we may enjoy an optional sound and light show.
Day 8: Khajuraho- Varanasi
Enjoy the early morning sightseeing tour of the Khajuraho city by visiting the city temples built in between 950 and 1050 AD. The temples provide an entertaining and instructive afternoon's viewing for all human life depicted here. The cultural and political capital of the Chandela Rajputs dynasty Khajuraho is renowned for its age old groups of temples which flourished between the 9th and the 13th centuries. Embracing couples, dancers, musicians and provocative maidens adorn these temples, which have been masterpieces of Indian Art. Enjoy sightseeing tour of the Khajuraho city by visiting the UNESCO applauded temples here. In the evening post city sightseeing you will be transferred to the airport to take an evening flight to Varanasi. Varanasi is also famous for its Banarasi silk sarees and we visit some of the houses where they are woven. Evening is free to enjoy this 5000-year-old city and experience sunset on the Ganges.
Day 9: Varanasi - Delhi
Before breakfast, take an early morning boat ride at the holy river Ganges. Witness Aarti, the grand morning worshipping of River Ganges while moving on a boat from where the sight is simply soul-stirring. Later set on a drive to the holy city of Sarnath. Situated 12kms from Varanasi, Sarnath is famous for its Stupas, excavated ruins of monasteries, the Museum for the Ashoka Pillar with the four sided lion head, which is India's National Emblem. Later take an excursion to the places of tourist interest in Varanasi such as Golden Temple, Durga Temple, Benaras Hindu University, the ancient centre of Hindu education. After visiting Sarnath we return to the hotel for check-out and later we take flight for Delhi. On arrival, transfer to the international airport to connect flight for onward destination.