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12 Day North India Tour + Udaipur (NI-47)

Private Travel | Tour Code: NV-47 | 11 Nights

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DESTINATIONS: Delhi → Varanasi → Khajuraho → Agra → Jaipur → Jodhpur → Udaipur

TRIP OVERVIEW: Apart from visiting India’s finest UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this North India tour will give you a chance to attend a holy aarti ceremony on the sacred River Ganges. Don’t miss a boat cruise in the early morning to watch the lovely sunrise. Worship at the ghats for a unique experience. The erotic temples of Khajuraho are indeed one of the finest attractions of the north India trip. When in Agra, make sure you get up early in the morning to watch Taj Mahal in the morning. It is beautiful to watch. Horse drawn carriage rides are popular in the area. Jaipur is famous for its world class monuments and rich cultural heritage. Go to Jodhpur to see India’s majestic forts and castles built by the Rajputs. Lake Pichola and Maharana’s City Palace are some of the world class attractions to visit in Udaipur. Visit the modern and historic sites while you are in Delhi.

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES ON THIS TOUR:
♦ Attend a sacred Oil lamp aarti ceremony on the River Ganges
♦ Boat Cruise on River Ganges at sunrise to see locals worship at the ghats
♦ View the amazing erotic temples of Khajuraho
♦ View the Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset to see change in color of the marble
♦ Horse drawn carriage ride to the Taj Mahal in Agra
♦ Visit to the majestic fort of Jaipur & Jodhpur
♦ Enjoy an Elephant ride at the Amber Fort in Jaipur
♦ Visit to the Maharana’s City Palace in Udaipur
♦ Boat cruise on picturesque Lake Pichola in Udaipur
♦ Experience train journey on the Indian Railways
♦ Traditional cycle rickshaw ride in the back streets and bazaars of Old Delhi
♦ Visit India’s most significant UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Temples at Khajuraho; Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur; Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri in Agra; Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort Complex & Qutab Minar in Delhi and .... many other interesting sights listed in the detailed itinerary.


Day 1 - Delhi NCR

Arrive Delhi in the afternoon or evening/night, depending on flight schedules (Standard check-in time is at 2 pm). You're greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel.


Day 2 - Delhi NCR

Start your journey of Incredible India with a visit to the Old walled city in the morning. Drive pass the 17th century imposing Red Fort, take a traditional cycle rickshaw ride in the back streets of Chandni Chowk selling an extraordinary variety of items like., dress material, spices, jewellery & perfumes and mouth-watering food delicacies (parts of the bazaar is closed on Sundays). From here you visit the India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid. In complete contrast to the noise and crowds of Old Delhi, is Raj Ghat, a simple and stunning memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

Afternoon: Explore New Delhi, which is a blend of ancient & pre-independence India. Visit the beautiful Humayun’s Tomb, built in 1570 is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. Sightseeing will also include driving past the Lodhi Garden, Safdarjung's tomb, the elegant government buildings designed in a blend of Indian and European styles - the India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Presidential Palace.


Day 3 - Delhi NCR / Varanasi

Check out from your hotel after breakfast and transfer to the airport to board your flight.


Arrive Varanasi in the early afternoon and transfer to your hotel.

Afternoon: Explore India’s most sacred city for Hindu’s, which is the oldest living city in the world. During the visit to the Old city you will share space with Cows, Scooters etc. and walk through the narrow alleys where every street corner has roadside shrine or temple and vendors selling garlands, incense sticks and other items used in worship.

Evening: Enjoy a boat ride on the river Ganges to witness Oil lamp Aarti (prayer) performed by the priest on the banks of the river.


Day 4 - Varanasi / Khajuraho

Early morning: The best way to experience the life in Varanasi is to tour the Ganges in a country boat at sunrise as early morning life in this city revolves around the Ghats (River front). You will see Pilgrims, yogis and mystics flock to the ghats, to take a cleansing dip in India's holiest river, practice yoga, meditate, or washing clothes and vessels. Return to your hotel after the tour to relax & pack.

Check out from your hotel after breakfast and transfer to the airport.


Arrive Khajuraho in the early afternoon and transfer to your hotel.

Afternoon: Explore Khajuraho, which captures world attention for its 22 amazing erotic temples built by the rulers of the Chandela dynasty. Each temple, built of stone, is distinguished by carved spires and walls, where the subjects range from aesthetic depictions of major and minor deities and celestial beings to a variety of erotic sculptures.


Day 5 - Khajuraho / Agra

After breakfast, proceed on drive to Jhansi enroute visit the medieval city of Orchha with exquisite palaces and cenotaphs. Built by an 11th century king of the Bundela dynasty, Orchha is now a ghost city containing the remains of what must have been once spectaculary lovely monuments, and which combine Hindu and Muslim architectural traditions.

After the tour, drive to Jhansi railway station to board the express train to Agra.


Arrive Agra in the late evening and transfer to your hotel.


Day 6 - Agra

Morning: Visit Agra Fort, it’s first red sandstone fort of North India was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar in the year 1565. Its royal audience halls, immense stone courtyards, marble mosque and the private royal chambers give us a glimpse of the grandeur and talent for combining defensive architecture with beauty and design of the Mughal Empire.

From here visit Emperor Akbar’s tomb at Sikandra. In the tradition of all Mughal emperors, the tomb was begun by Akbar but completed by his son Jehangir. Woven into the Mughal garden tomb format, are Akbar’s ideas of Din-I-Ilahi, a universal religion combining beliefs from Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. The stone was quarried from near Fatehpur Sikri and the great gateway has magnificently bold polychrome inlay in geometric and floral patterns. The four minarets crowning its corners are an innovation in tombs, later seen at the Taj Mahal. The calligraphy on the monument is exceptional.

Afternoon: Visit the fabled Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Taj Mahal was built in the year 1652 AD by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved queen, Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22,000 skilled craftsmen 22 years to create this spectacular white marble mausoleum. You will stay at Taj Mahal until sunset to see the white marble reflect the nuances of the changing light from the sun.

Please note the Taj Mahal restoration work (mud capping) is ongoing in parts of the monument (expected to be completed soon).


Day 7 - Agra / Jaipur

Early Morning: You're at leisure at your hotel with option (no extra charge) to visit the Mughal garden of Mehtab Bagh, which is located across from the Taj Mahal on the other side of the Yamuna River. Enjoy a walk and view the Taj Mahal from across the river.

Check out from your hotel after breakfast and proceed on the drive to Jaipur (approximately 5-6 hours).

On the way, stop at Fathepur Sikri, the deserted city. This one of the world's most perfect ghost cities and a marvel of design and construction. It was conceived and bult by Emperor Akbar, one of the most enlightened rulers of his time. Built in 1571, it is a synthesis of the flourishing styles of the Persian courts and the prevailing Hindu Islamic trends. Today its pristine red sandstone buildings are as perfect as when they were first chiseled. The masterpiece of this remarkable monument is the Jewel House of the Diwan I Khas. Architecturally extraordinary, the four doorways lead into a single storey room where a huge central pillar carved to baroque richness, supports a seat reached by mid air walkways. After the tour, continue your journey to Jaipur.


Arrive Jaipur in the evening and check in to your hotel.


Day 8 - Jaipur

Morning: A visit to the Amber Fort. It's forbidding exterior belying a bejewelled interior whose richness reflects the sumptuous styles of the surrounding Mughal courts. An Elephant ride takes you up to the fort and Jeep/Car brings you down the fort (Both ways Jeep/Car ride option available).

From here visit the City Palace, a series of open courtyards, simple stables and buildings leading to the richly decorated royal rooms. The museum within the palace house a fabulous collection of textiles, carpets, manuscripts and costumes from the personal collection of the royal family; Hawa Mahal, also known as the ‘Palace of Winds’ and the fascinating Jantar Mantar Observatory is an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century.


Day 9 - Jaipur / Jodhpur

After early breakfast, proceed on the drive to Jodhpur.


Arrive Jodhpur in the early afternoon and check in to your hotel.

Afternoon: Visit the aptly named majestic Meherangarh Fort, which dominates the skyline. Entered through gates, which bear the evocative handprints of the "Sati" queens women of the royal harem, who took their own lives when their men were defeated in battle. The fort has a series of spectacular palaces, each decorated with exquisite engravings, lattice and mirror work. Of particular note is the museum that exhibits a magnificent collection of royal memorabilia; we stop to admire the graceful cenotaph at Jaswant Thada, and browse in the bazaars of the old city for Jodhpur's well known glass bangles, rugged "mojri" slippers and vivid tie and dye fabric. The area around the bazaars is a wonderful example of 19th century town planning, blending Rajasthani concepts with more contemporary styles.


Day 10 - Jodhpur / Udaipur

Check out from your hotel after leisurely breakfast and proceed on the drive to Udaipur. On the way stop at Ranakpur temples.

Ranakpur is one of five important pilgrim centers for the Jain community. Noted for its grandiose scale and elaborate ornamentation, of the three temples, the Adinatha is the most outstanding. Built by Daranshah in 1439, the temple is dedicated to the first Tirthankara of saint. The whole, including the extraordinary array of 1144 pillars each distinct in design, carved ceilings, and arches decorated with friezes depicting scenes from the lives of the Jain saints, is fascinating.

NOTE: No tourist guide services is allowed inside temple. If required, you can hire Audio-guide from the Temple authorities..


Arrive Udaipur in the late afternoon and check in to your hotel.

Evening: You're at leisure to enjoy your hotel facilities.


Day 11 - Udaipur

Morning: Explore the romantic city of Lakes - Udaipur, with the palaces built around Lake Pichola and the Aravalli Hills forming the backdrop. Visit the City Palace, the former home of the Maharanas of Udaipur. A majestic architectural marvel, within the four walls are mosaics of peacocks, exquisite mirror work and exotic paintings. It is a conglomeration of coutyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. After touring the City Palace, you will visit the Sahelion Ki Bari - the Gardens of the Maids of the queen. The garden has many fountains in its four delightful pools, chiselled kiosks and marble elephants.

Later enjoy a relaxing cultural tour of the historic city of Udaipur in a boat on Lake Pichola. Your boat takes you past hills, palaces, temples and bathing ghats surrounding this famous lake. The two island palaces, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir, are situated on it.


Day 12 - Udaipur / Delhi NCR

Morning: Take a walking tour of the old city - It is a fascinating experience, where you share space with cows, elephants, people and the ubiquitous Indian “two wheeler”. The walk will take you past houses displaying wonderful examples of folk art, shops selling clothes, art, utensils, shoes and groceries. Your path will lead you to the Jagdish Mandir, one of the focal points of worship in the city.

Afternoon: You're transferred to Udaipur airport to board your flight.


Arrive Delhi. Your vehicle and driver are at your disposal until your evening departure transfer to the airport. You can visit Dilli Haat, a contemporary art and crafts market that offers a wonderful collection of Indian handicrafts.

Evening: You are transferred to the international airport to board your flight to onward destination.

Our tour services end here.


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STANDARD HOTELS (4 Star):

City
Hotel Names
Delhi NCR
Vasant Continental | The Park | Royal Plaza
Varanasi
Rivatas | Ramada
Khajuraho
Ramada | Clarks
Agra
Four Points Sheraton | Ramada | Clarks Shiraz
Jaipur
Four Points Sheraton | Lemon Tree Premier | Ramada
Jodhpur
Ranbanka Palace | Park Plaza
Udaipur
Radisson Blu Palace | Ramada Resort & Spa | Inder Residency

DELUXE HOTELS (5 Star):

City
Hotel Names
Delhi NCR
Le Meridien | The Grand | Sheraton Saket
Varanasi
Taj Gateway Ganges | Radisson | Ramada Plaza
Khajuraho
Taj Chandela | Radison Hotel
Agra
Courtyard Marriott | ITC Mughal | The Trident | Jaypee Palace
Jaipur
ITC Rajputana | Marriott | The Trident | Hilton | Le Meridien
Jodhpur
Vivanta by Taj Hari | Ajit Bhawan | Indana Palace
Udaipur
The Trident | Chunda Palace | The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace

LUXURY HOTELS (Best Available):

City
Hotel Names
Delhi NCR
The Imperial | Leela Palace
Varanasi
Taj Nadesar Palace
Khajuraho
The Lalit (Temple View)
Agra
Oberoi Amarvilas (Taj Mahal View)
Jaipur
Taj Rambagh Palace | Oberoi Rajvilas
Jodhpur
Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace
Udaipur
Taj Lake Palace | The Leela Palace

Note: Hotel check-in is at 2 pm and check-out is at 12 noon for almost all the hotels in India.

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

Hotel accommodation in a Double/Twin Standard Guest room
Daily Full Breakfast at the hotel
All transfers and tours by private Air-conditioned Sedan Car
All entrance/admission fees to monuments and sights
Exclusive: Cycle-rickshaw ride through the ancient bazaar of Old City
Boat cruises (Sunrise & Sunset) on Ganges River in Varanasi
Exclusive: Decorated Horse Cart Ride to the Taj Mahal in Agra
Exclusive: Elephant Ride failing Jeep Ride at Amber Fort Palace in Jaipur
Boat ride (sharing) on Lake Pichola in Udaipur
Personal English speaking guide for sightseeing excursions in each city
Train travel Jhansi to Agra by Air-conditioned Luxury Chair Car
Bottled water during sightseeing, day excursions and long drives
Representative for assistance in each Metro city
Road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes
24/7 on-tour assistance in India

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

International or Domestic Airfare (Internal flights average $100 each flight)
Personal Expenses (tips, porterage, phone, internet, beverages)
Video Camera charges or Professional Still camera with tripod
Travel insurance & Visa


LAND PRICE in US Dollar (USD) - Per Person on Double/Twin share

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$6,429
01-Oct-2017
31-Mar-2018
$1,779
$2,542
$2,219
$3,169
$7,367
$10,525


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→ Peak travel period supplement may be applicable during 1-29 Feb, 1-15 Apr, 16-30 Sep, 1-30 Nov (Pushkar Fair period), 20-Dec to 05-Jan (Christmas/New Year period).

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