Mesmerizing North India and Nepal

Welcome to Incredible India, where culture echoes, tradition speaks, beauty enthralls and diversity delights. Bounded by the majestic Himalayan ranges in the north and edged by an endless stretch of golden beaches, India is a vivid kaleidoscope of landscapes, magnificent historical sites and royal cities, misty mountain retreats, colourful people, rich cultures and festivities. The timeless mystery and beauty of India has been waiting for you for 5000 years, always warm and inviting, a place of infinite variety - one that favours you with different facets of its fascination every time you visit India. India's coast is 7,517 kilometers (4,671 mi) long; of this distance, 5,423 kilometers (3,370 mi) belong to peninsular India, and 2,094 kilometers (1,301 mi) to the Andaman, Nicobar, and Lakshadweep Islands. The country’s age-old motto:

“Athithi Devo Bhava”
Where the guest is treated as God

                                    

Day 01                                    ArriveDelhi

Arrive in Delhi. After clearing Customs and Immigration, you will be met by our representative outside the International Arrivals Hall and transferred to the Hotel.
Overnight at hotel

Day 02                                    Delhi                              

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Overnight at hotel

 

 

         

Day 03                                    Delhi

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black marble slab honoring Mahatma Gandhi. Next, two renowned 17th-century landmarks: Lal Qila,

the Red Fort (closed on Monday) palaces where we stop for photos; and the red sandstone and

marble Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. Then we ride rickshaws through Chandni Chowk market;

visit a Sikh temple; and tour the National Museum (closed on Monday)

Overnight at hotel

Day 04                                    Delhi – Jaipur (255 km / approx. 5 hrs)

This morning we travel by coach to the "pink city" of Jaipur, one of the great cities of the Rajput, with historic forts, palaces, and gardens. We reach our hotel late afternoon.

Overnight at hotel

 Day 05              Jaipur                                                

Breakfast at hotel.
Today, we enjoy morning excursion to Amber Fort and afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur city.
Amber, the capital of Rajasthan for 6 centuries before Jaipur was built, lies 11 kms. north of Jaipur. Rising majestically on the slopes of a hill, this 11th century fort and palace complex is a blend of Hindu and Muslim styles.
Elephants carry us up the ramparts of the fort. (Subject to availability)
After lunch, explore Jaipur.
The City Palace stands in the centre of the city. Part of it is still the Maharaja's residence, while most of the complex has been developed into a museum containing rare manuscripts, fine specimens of Rajput and Mughal paintings, royal apparel and an armory.
Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) is the landmark of Jaipur. It stands on one of the main streets, a curious building, elaborate and fanciful, built of pink sandstone with a delicate honeycomb design.
Jantar Mantar observatory, built by the founder of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. The huge stone instruments were devised to study the movements of the sun, moon and planets and are incredibly accurate.
Return to the hotel
Overnight at hotel

Day 06                        Jaipur – Sanganer – Jaipur          

This morning we visit the village of Sanganer to see traditional block printing and handmade paper industries. Later we tour a local market then take a traditional rickshaw ride.
Overnight at hotel

Day 07                        Jaipur – Ranthambore National Park ( 165 km  approx. / 3 ½ hrs )                           

After breakfast at hotel check-out and drive to Ranthambore by surface
On arrival, check-in at hotel and enjoy lunch.

Later make a quick trip to Ranthambore fort

The Ranthambore Fort is located at the top of a rocky outcrop in the middle of the forest. The fort is huge and covers an area of approximately 7 kilometers in circumference. It is one of the oldest forts in the country and is said to have been built in 944 AD a Chauhan warrior.The interiors of the fort are also stunning. The acoustics of the Hammir court, where a whisper can be heard at the other end of the building, is only one of the many marvels one witnesses here.

The entire fort is dotted with beautiful temples and also a mosque. The most famous of these being the temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. It is said that devotees actually send in letters to the God at this temple, which are brought up daily by the local postman.

Overnight at hotel

 

Day 08                        Ranthambore

Wake up in the early morning for Jungle safari.
Ranthambore National park is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. The tigers can be easily spotted even during the day time. The Park covers an area of nearly 400 sq. km. and is set between the Aravali and Vindhya ranges. Its deciduous forests were once a part of the magnificent jungles of Central India.

Return to the hotel for Breakfast.
Lunch at hotel.
After lunch resume search for tigers.
Dinner at the Hotel.
Overnight at hotel

   

Day 09                        Ranthmabore – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra ( 210 km / approx. 6 hrs)

This morning after breakfast drive to Agra en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri 

Fatehpur Sikri is the deserted sandstone city, which was the glorious but short-lived imperial capital of Akbar, the greatest of Mughal emperors. A variety of architectural styles are found, since craftsmen representing many schools were employed.

On arrival at Agra, Check in at hotel.
Overnight at hotel

Day 10                                    Agra    

This morning visit Taj Mahal at sunrise, mellow rays on this magical building. The rays of the rising sun bathe the pristine white marble edifice in warm hues of gold, ochre, orange, rust and flame.
Return back to hotel for breakfast.
Post breakfast visit Agra Fort, Few forts in the world have a more fascinating story to tell than the Great Fort of Agra.  Originally planned as an impregnable military structure by Akbar, the Agra Fort, over a period of time, acquired all the elegance,
Agra FortLavishness and majesty of an imperial palace. Situated 3 km upstream of the Taj Mahal on the right bank of the Yamuna,

it took eight years to complete and entailed an expenditure of three and a half million rupees.

 

Overnight at hotel

 

Day 11                        Agra – Jhansi by train and by road to  Khajuraho            en-route visit Orcha             ( 180 km  / approx. 5 hrs)

We travel by train to Jhansi, then continue by coach to the village of Orchha. After lunch here we travel on to Khajuraho, whose collection of 22 medieval Hindu and Jain temples dating to the 10th century is a UNESCO site.

Overnight at hotel

Day 12                        Khajuraho                           

Today we tour several of Khajuraho's well-preserved temples (many adorned with erotic sculptures), considered the finest examples of temple architecture in northern India
Overnight at hotel

 

 

Day 13                        Khajuraho / Varanasi           Flight

We fly today to Varanasi, Hinduism's holiest city and a sacred place of pilgrimage. This evening we attend a traditional aartie offering ceremony as we cruise along the Ganges.
Overnight at hotel

 

 

Day 14                        Varanasi                  

Early this morning we return to the Ganges, where Hindu pilgrims perform their rituals along the ghats (steps) leading to the river. We visit several ghats by boat as we experience for ourselves the spiritual mystique of these hallowed waters. Next we visit the Vishwanath temple of white marble at Banaras Hindu University, then travel to Sarnath,  Buddha preached first sermon.

 

 

 

Day 15            Varanasi / Delhi and departure                                          Flight      

Assisted departure transfer to airport for flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi board connecting flight for onward journey.

 

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