This truly is the most remarkable way of seeing Northern India. The discovery begins in the grandeur of Delhi with its imperial buildings and tree lined avenues, before travelling to Lucknow, scene of the great siege of 1857. We continue our journey with the spiritual aspects of India, visiting Varanasi, situated on the banks of the holy river Ganges, Khajuraho with its wonderful carvings, and Orchha steeped in Bundela architecture. By train to Agra, where our two visits to the Taj Mahal allow us to see the many faces of this magical monument, We head west to The ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur via the bird sanctuary at Bharatpur, one of Asia’s leading bird sanctuaries, and a must for any ornithologist. In Jodhpur the ancient streets cluster around the magnificent Meherangarh Fort, and while staying in the small village of Luni we enjoy the contrasts of village India. After driving through some of Rajasthan’s most scenic and dramatic landscapes we arrive in Udaipur, with its incomparably romantic surroundings. To Bombay, where the bustle is a marked contrast to the serenity of rural India, and impressive gothic architecture stands juxtaposed with the sights and sounds that capture the essence of India.
Day Two : Delhi – Board overnight train to Varanasi
Morning leave for sight-seeing tour, which includes visit to Jama Masjid – the largest mosque of Emperor Shahjahan. Later proceed to Raj Ghat- cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, to India Gate – a 42 meter stone arch built in the memory of the Indian Soldiers who died in World War I, Drive past the President’s House & Parliament House, and the Qutab Minar. Evening board train to Varanasi.
Day Theree : Delhi – Board Overnight train to Varanasi
Arrive Varanasi in the morning. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Afternoon visit Sarnath, near Varanasi is the place where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon. Evening watch “Aarti” at River Ganges. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day Four : Varanasi
Early morning boat ride on river Ganges to see the Bathing & Cremation Ghats. Come back for the breakfast at hotel. Later leave for city tour of Varanasi visiting Bharat Mata temple, Tulsi Manas, Banaras Hindu University etc. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day Five : Varanasi – Khajuraho
Morning free for leisure. Later transfer to the Airport to connect flight for Khajuraho. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Later visit the famous erotic temples of Khajuraho built between AD 950 and 1050 by the kings of the Chandela, the site originally possessed 85 temples, of which 20 are still reasonably preserved. The temples are best known for the erotic friezes on their walls.
Day Six : Khajuraho – Orchha – Jhansi – Agra
Morning free for own activities. Later drive to Jhansi (approx 170 kms / 5 hrs). Enroute visit Orchha Temples, the 16th Century temples well know for its art works. Upon arrival connect train # 2001 New Delhi Shatabdi Express dep. at 17:56 hrs arrive Agra at 20:25 hrs. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day Seven : Agra
AgraMorning visit world famous “Taj Mahal” the monument of love immortalized in marble. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his Queen Mumtaj. Agra Fort dominated by red sandstone construction & houses the beautiful Pearl Mosque and other noteworthy structures. Rest of the day free for shopping or for own activities. Overnight stay at hotel.(Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays)
Day Eight : Agra – Bharatpur
Morning drive to Bharatpur (55 kms / 1 hr). Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri the deserted, red sandstone city, Emperor Akbar built that as his capital and palace in the late 16th century is an exhilarating experience. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon enter into the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary for a silent ride on bicycle rickshaws to view the migratory birds from all over Asia. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day Nine : Bharatpur – Jaipur
Morning drive to Jaipur (175 kms / 4 hrs). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. . Afternoon leave for city tour visiting City Palace and Museum. Nearby is the ornate Hawa Mahal (Palace of winds) which is five stories high and is decorated with delicate screens carved from stone. Also visit Jantar Mantar Observatory, which is still equipped with immense, brick and mortar instrument. Evening you may explore the Colourful local markets of Jaipur by own. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day Ten : Jaipur – Jodhpur
Morning visit Amber Fort on elephant back / Jeep. Amber Fort was the ancient capital of the State. Later drive to Jodhpur (320 kms / 7 hrs). Overnight at hotel
Day Eleven : Jodhpur – Excursion to Osain
Morning leave for city tour of Jodhpur, including the imposing Meherangarh fort with its palaces and outstanding museum, Mahamandir Temple, Jaswant Thada, Mandore Garden and Umaid Bhawan Palace. Afternoon excursion to Osain which is famous for cultural heritage and ancient temples. Overnight at hotel.
Day Twelve : Jodhpur – Luni
Morning drive to Luni, located on the outskirts of Jodhpur covering a distance of 40 Kms / 01 Hr. Later visit Fort Chanwa, an exquisite residence of a local noble, has impressive red sandstone facade which dominate surrounding village. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day Thirteen : Luni – NarlaiLuni – Narlai
Morning drive to Narlai (145 kms / 2 ½ hrs), where you can lunch en route at a step well on the outskirts of the village. Afternoon walking tour of Narlai, where you are free to wander around this religious village. Overnight at hotel.
Day Fourteen : Narlai – Ranakpur – Udaipur
Morning drive to Udaipur (approx 115 kms / 2 hrs). Enroute visit Ranakpur Jain Temples. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day Fifteen : Udaipur
Morning visit City Palace, Jagdish Temple, drive around Fatehsagar Lake, Sahelion ki bari (Queen’s resort for her friends) and Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir (Folk art museum ). Afternoon visit Eklingji and Nagda Temples. Overnight at hotel.
Day Sixteen : Udaipur – Mumbai
Morning transfer to the Airport to connect flight for Mumbai. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Afternoon leave for city tour of Mumbai. Your tour of Mumbai includes the British-built arch “Gateway of India,” Mumbai landmark; the Hanging Gardens and the affluent community of Malabar Hills; the Prince of Wales Museum, and the Gandhi Memorial. Overnight at hotel.
Day Seventeen : Mumbai – Out
Morning cruise across the harbor to Elephanta Island and its famous caves, filled with carvings and sculptures dating back to 550 A.D. Evening transfer to International Airport to connect flight for onward destination. (hotel checkout 12:00 hrs).