North India Highlights
11 Days / 10 Nights
Delhi - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri – Varanasi - Jaipur – Ajmer - Pushkar – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
Morning arrival in Delhi. The cosmopolitan City and capital New Delhi is the main gateway for travelers. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the Hotel. Afternoon sightseeing in Old Delhi.include red fort, old city, Jama Masjid, “Kutab Minar” which is 71 meter high and was constructed in 1199. Evening Loacl Market and Shopping. Overnight in the Hotel.
• Red Fort – a UNESCO World Heritage Site of India
• Jama Masjid – India’s largest mosque
• Raj Ghat – the final resting place of Mahatma Gandhi
• Qutub Minar – a UNESCO World Heritage Site of India
• Humayun’s Tomb – a UNESCO World Heritage Site of India
• India Gate War Memorial – the national monument of India
• Old Fort – the monument of national importance
• Lotus Temple – the most visited building in the world
• President House, Parliament House and National Museum
Morning after breakfast visit New Delhi where we see the India Gate, Government Buildings and Embassies. Afternoon Drive to agra and visit Agra Fort, built by three of the greatest Mughal emperors. Evening at Leisure. Overnight in the Hotel.
We start today our sightseeing by a visit the most beautiful monument of India, The Taj Mahal, an enduring monument to love, with a continually fulfilling beauty. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1631-52, as a tomb and memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal (Jewel of the Palace), who died at the age of 39 giving birth to her 14th child. We spend enough time at Taj Mahal to take this impressive memory home. After the visit of Taj Mahal we have a look at the famous fine marble inlay work which is still being done in Agra by the descendants of the families of builders and artists of the Taj Mahal. Afternoon drive to Jaipur, Enroute we make a stop and visit Fatehpur Sikri, This wonderful city constructed by red sand stones was abandoned as abruptly as it had been built. It has been generally stated that it was due to failing in the water supply. After the visit of Fatehpur Sikri drive to Varanasi. Overnight in the Hotel.
• Taj Mahal – one of the Seven Wonders of the Word
• Agra Fort – the Red Fort of Agra
• Itmad-Ud-Daulah Tomb – the Draft of Taj Mahal
In the early morning we take a boat ride on the holy river Ganges and enjoy sunrise on the boat. Ghats(flight of steps) and the activities of pilgrims on that are the principal attraction for visitors to Varanasi. Thousands of pilgrims and devotees visit this city to make holy prayers, to meditate and to purify themselves through taking a bath in the holy river Ganges.In the noon we visit the city of Varanasi. Afternoon at leisure. Optional: A drive can be organised to Sarnath(10 km). Sarnath is the place where Buddha delivered his first sermon at deer park. Overnight in the Hotel.
• Morning boat cruise on Ganges River
• Cremation ghats and holy ghats
• Kashi Vishwanath Temple
• Tulsi Mans Temple
• Bharat Mata Temple
• Durga Temple or Monkey Temple
• Benaras Hindu University
Morning after breakfast we drive to the ancient capital of Amber, laying 11 km. away from Jaipur. Amber was the ancient capital of Kachhawaha dynasty for 6 centuries. We will ascend to the Palace Fortress on the back of an Elephant. Enroute to Amber we will visit the Hawa Mahal, (Palace of the Winds), built in 1799 AD, it contains 953 small casements with each having its own balcony. The windows enabled cool air to circulate and the ladies to watch processions below without being seen. Afternoon visit the city palace, which is still the formal residence of the royal family, built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. In the museum of the city palace we visit the private collection of the Jaipur Mahrajas. We continue to Jantar Mantar, a stone observatory, the largest of Jai Singh's five remarkable observatories. In the evening we drive through the new city of Jaipur and visit "Laxmi Narayan Mandir", a Hindu temple made out of white marble. Optional : Today we have dinner with a presentation of Indian music and dance at Chokhi Dhani.
Amber Fort by elephant back ride
City Palace Complex, Museum and Govind Devji Temple
Jantar Mantar Observatory – UNESCO World Heritage Site
Hawa Mahal – the Palace of Winds
Albert Hall Museum (Central Museum)
Evening shopping in local bazaars
After breakfast drive to Bikaner on the way visit of Ajmer & Pushkar. Late evening arrival in Bikaner. Rest day at leisure. Overnight in the Hotel.
Morning visit the Junagarh Fort (1571-1611 AD) constructed of red sandstone and marble with kiosks and balconies embellishing the structure at intervals. This imposing Fort and its palaces are an unforgettable experience for us. Afternoon drive through the desert and proceed for Jaisalmer We arrive in Jaisalmer in the evening. Overnight in the Hotel.
Sightseeing of the medieval city of Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer's crenellated golden sandstone walls and its narrow streets lined with exquisitely carved buildings makes this city unique. Jaisalmer is famous for its carved havellis (grand mensions). In medieval times, its prosperity was due to its location on the main trade route linking India to Egypt, Arabia, Africa and the West. Jaisalmer is a marvel of beautiful culture and this city remains one of the most exotic city not only in Rajasthan but in the whole of India. Some of the visitors called this city "a living museum".We have a walk through the old city and visit the Fort and the Jain temple. Evening drive at Sam Sand dunes where enjoy the sunset.
• Golden Fort (Sonar Kila) – one of the oldest forts in the world / one of the Seven Wonders of India
• Beautiful Havelis – Patwon-Ki-Haveli, Salim-Singh-Ki-Haveli and Nathmalji-Ki-Haveli
• Exquisite Jain Temples famous for stunning carvings and architecture
• Afternoon excursion to Sam Village to see sand dunes
• Camel safari ride on the desert and sand dunes
Morning at Leisure & afternoon drive to Jodhpur. The city was once the capital of the princely state of Marwar (Land of death). Jodhpur is also known as the blue city as most of the houses of the old city are painted blue. After Arrival in Jodhpur visit Mehrangarh Fort (majestic fort). Mehrangarh Fort was built on a steep hill and is among the best in India with exquisitely latticed windows in residential apartments within. We also visit the Jaswant Thada, a royal cenotaph built in white marble. After the sightseeing we have a walk through the Bazaars of Jodhpur.
• Visit of mammoth Mehrangarh Fort
• Visit of Umaid Bhawan Palace & Museum
• Visit of Jaswant Thada Memorial and royal cenotaphs
• Evening shopping in local bazaars
Morning drive to Udaipur via Ranakpur. Ranakpur is known for its superbly carved marble Jain Temples. An enormous basement of this temple covers 48,000 sq. feet. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty four pillared halls. The total number of columns is 1,444, all of which are intricately carved, no two being alike. The Ranakpur Jain Temples were built during the 15th century. After the visit of Ranakpur, proceed to Udaipur. Udaipur is called the Romantic city of Rajasthan. A city built around shimmering, clear, blue water lakes which reflect the green hills of the Aravali ranges.
Today we visit Udaipur. We start our sightseeing with the visit of Sahelion-Ki-Bari. After the visit of Garden of Maids we visit a Museum of folk art. This museum has a rich collection of Folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments and paintings on display. After a break we proceed to city palace, the biggest Palace in India, The museum of the palace includes the beautiful peacock mosaic and miniature wall paintings of Indian mythology. In the evening we have a Boat ride on the lake Pichola.The famous Lake Palace of Udaipur was the summer residence of the former rulers. The James bond Film Octopussy was shot here and made this palace more known in the west. Evening depart for the Airport with Our representative.