Holiday in North India

Tour Highlights

•    From  delhi to Jaipur to Ranthambore to Agra to Varanasi
•    Famous tiger sanctuary of Ranthambore
•    Early morning boat ride on the River Ganges at Varanasi
•    Golden Triangle cities of Jaipur, Agra and Delhi
•    Watch the sun rise over the Taj Mahal at Agra
•    Stroll the streets of India's Pink City of Jaipur

 

Tour Cost Includes:

•    Airport/hotel pick-up and drop and all ground transportation in private vehicles.
•    Twin sharing accommodation in a star hotel with breakfasts
               •  2 Nights in Delhi
               •  2 Night in Jaipur
               •  2 NIghts in Agra
               •  2 Nights in Varanasi
               •  1 Night in Ranthambore
•    Guided city tour with all entrance fees in all sightseeing places
•    An English speaking knowledgeable tour guide
•    Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
•    City Map and T Shirt.

Day 1 Arrive in Delhi

Arrive in Delhi airport and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, we will have a group meeting followed by a short orientation about our tour programme and here you will have the opportunity to meet your tour members

Overnight: Hotel in Delhi

Meal: NO

 

Day 2 Explore Delhi

New Delhi, the capital of India is one of the most historic capitals in the world and three of its monuments- the Qutab Minar, Red Fort and Humayun's Tomb - have been declared World Heritage Sites.New Delhi is a modern city designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker and is  home to many government buildings and embassies, as well as Rashtrapati Bhawan, the one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; India Gate, a memorial raised in honor of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war.  In Old Delhi, there are attractions like mosques, forts, markets and other monuments depicting India's Muslim history.  Further out in the southern side you will discover more history including Humayun's Tomb, said to be the forerunner of the Taj Mahal at Agra; the Purana Quila, built by Humayun, with later-day modifications by Sher Shah Suri; Qutab Minar, built by Qutb-ud-din Aybak of the Slave Dynasty

Overnight: Hotel in Delhi

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 3 Drive to Jaipur (5 Hours)

After breakfast at hotel, we will set off on the fascinating drive 5 hours drive into the northern state of Rajasthan that allows us to take in some of the sights of Indian rural life. Shortly before arriving in Rajasthan, we will stop to visit the impressive Amber Fort.

Overnight: Hotel in Jaipur

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 4 Jaipur

Today we have a full day to enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent sights of the Pink City. The Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), City Palace and Jantar Mantar Observatory are the  'not to miss' attractions and we will also have time for a leisurely stroll through the colourful bazaars.

Overnight: Hotel in Jaipur

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 5 Drive to Tiger Sanctuary of Ranthambore

After an early breakfast, we drive south-east through typical Rajasthani villages. Our destination is the world-famous tiger sanctuary of Ranthambore, where we check in at our hotel, before heading out on a game drive into the park.

Days 6 Drive to Agra (5 Hours)

Today after breakfast we drive to the well-preserved former capital of Fatehpur Sikri and complete a sightseeing tour and later we drive to the Muslim city of Agra which is the site of India’s most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal.

The Taj Mahal was constructed between 1631 and 1654 by a workforce of 22 000, the Taj Mahal was built by the Muslim Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his favourite wife, Arjumand Bano Begum, better known as Mumtaz Mahal. Mumtaz had already borne the emperor fourteen children when she died in childbirth, and it is the romantic origin of the Taj as much as its architectural splendour that has led to its fame worldwide. Actually an integrated complex of many structures, the Taj Mahal is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, itself a combination of Islamic, Hindu, Persian and Turkish elements.

The walled palatial city of the Agra Fort, was first taken over by the Moghuls, at that time led by Akbar the Great, in the late 16th century. Akbar liked to build from red sandstone, often inlaid with white marble and intricate decorations, and it was during his reign that the fort began changing into more of a royal estate. However, it was only during the reign of Akbar's grandson, Shah Jahan that the site finally took on its current state. Unlike his grandfather, Shah Jahan preferred buildings made from white marble, often inlaid with gold or semi-precious gems, and he destroyed some earlier buildings inside the fort in order to build others in his own style. At the end of his life Shah Jahan was imprisoned in the fort by his son, Aurangzeb. It is said that Shah Jahan died in Muasamman Burj, a tower with a marble balcony with an excellent view of the Taj Mahal.

Overnight: Hotel in Agra

Meals: Breakfast


Day 7 Agra

This morning at sunrise we visit the Taj Mahal one of the man-made Seven Wonders of the World. The afternoon is free for further independent sightseeing or shopping. In the evening, we transfer to the railway station to catch the overnight train to Varanasi.

Overnight: In Train

Meals: Breakfast


Day 8 Train to Varanasi

We arrive in Varanasi in the morning and transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is free for independent sightseeing in this holy Indian city. In the evening we visit the ghats on the sacred River Ganges where we can witness the Aarti ceremony, which involves floating oil lamps.

Overnight: Hotel in Varanasi

Meals: Breakfast


Day 9 Varanasi

Leaving the hotel in the dark, we make our way to the ghats once again, where we take boat out on the river for one of India's most magical experiences, watching the sunrise from the Ganges. We return to the hotel for breakfast and then drive to Sarnath ruins, the site of the Buddha's first sermon. In the evening we return to the railway station to catch the overnight train to Delhi

Overnight: Hotel in Varanasi

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 10  Arrive in Delhi where TRIP ENDS

In the morning arrive Delhi (TRIP ENDS)

We will organize this trip on the dates requested by you all round the year. Please contact us for your desired dates

Accommodations

We use star hotels in India. Since the tour is designed on twin sharing basis, you share room with your fellow traveler but in case you prefer single rooms we charge for single supplement.


Meals

Buffet style breakfast will be served in the hotel where you stay. Lunch and dinners are not included in the trip cost to let you enjoy the variety of meals available in India.

 

Visa and Travel Procedures

All visitors need a visa for India, except citizens of neighboring countries Nepal and Bhutan. Indian visa must be obtained from the Indian Embassy in your home country before traveling to India

 

Departure Dates

We will organize this trip on the dates requested by you all round the year. Please contact us for your desired dates