Cultural Tour of North India

This tour characterized by massive diversity in culture, geography, weather, food, language, and lifestyle. Exploring North India means exploring a kaleidoscope of cultures. There are almost too many things to explore and too many places to see. Rajasthan: The Land of Maharajas and the Princely States, and also of Magic and Romance. This is the heart of India’s cultural and historic past. Come discover the most beautiful cities of Jaipur, Udaipur, and Jaisalmer. There are even great opportunities to go on unique mind-blowing journeys; whether they be a horse, camel, or jungle safaris. Madhya Pradesh is home to the Kiplings Tour, this is an area abounding with wildlife. Besides its abundance in fauna and flora, it also offers fantastic temples and wonderful peace and tranquility getaways. Uttar Pradesh is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. The most populous state of India, it is filled to the brim with a wealth of historical monuments and home to tangible religious fervor. Geographically, Uttar Pradesh is very diverse, with Himalayan foothills in the extreme north and the Gangetic Plain in the center. It is also home of India's most visited site, the Taj Mahal, and Hinduism's holiest city, Varanasi.

Day 01: Namaste & welcome to Delhi
Assistance upon arrival in Delhi airport and transfer to your hotel. Check-in at the hotel

Day 02: Delhi sightseeing 
After breakfast, get a feel for the nation's capital on a combined city tour of Old & New Delhi.  Morning visit to old Delhi has a walk around the Red Fort (outside) Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India; and Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana, the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.

Afternoon visit Qutab Minar, Humayun's tomb; Parliament House; and Connaught Place, New Delhi's premium shopping center.

Day 03: Delhi - Jaipur (In the Pink City) (260 kms/6 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Jaipur to be checked into your hotel. Jaipur boasts the grand Amber Fort, the first royal residence of the Maharajas of Kachchwaha, and is also famous for its gorgeous handicrafts and jewels. Afternoon sightseeing includes The City Palace, Mubarak Hall, Chandra Mahal, and Pothikhana, which house collections of paintings and manuscripts, and then the Museum of Arms and Armory. Also visit Jantar Mantar- Jai Singh’s observatory, and Hawa Mahal or the “Palace of Winds.

Day 04: Jaipur: By elephant to Amber Fort
After breakfast, visit Amber Fort. Ride on a decorated elephant to ascend the hill to the Palace. On the walls are paintings depicting various hunting scenes, intricate carvings, mosaics, and minute mirror work. Ever thought that Indian clothes look distinctively beautiful, after this afternoon, you'll no longer have any excuses for not looking fabulous the Indian way, as you'll receive an in-depth demonstration on tying a saree (for women) or pagdi (for men).

Day 05: Jaipur - Khimsar (280 km/ 5 hrs)
After breakfast drive to the Khimsar Sand Dunes. Beautifully set near the lake, The WelcomHeritage Khimsar Sand Dunes Village is at the heart of a sixty-acre oasis; a mere 6 km away from the WelcomHeritage Khimsar Fort. It's only accessible by either jeep or camel. The location of this remote and rural village, facing the water body, ensures complete serenity, with perhaps nothing but the sound of the shifting sands wafting over the desert winds.

Day 06: Khimsar - Jaisalmer (290 km/ 5hrs)
After a breakfast driven away to Jaisalmer, set amidst the Great Indian Desert of Thar, where you'll be checked into the hotel. In the afternoon, you'll be treated to a guided visit of Fort Jaisalmer, Salim Singh Ki Haveli, and Patwon Ki Haveli. Fort is the second-oldest fort in Rajasthan, rises right out of the desert haze, its yellow sandstone walls and bastions taking on a golden hue in the afternoon sun, for which reason it's aptly called Sonar Kila, the Golden Fort.

Day 07: Jaisalmer 
Today, it's finally time to get your camel on - or, more precisely, for you to get on your camel, to lope your way across the Thar Desert to the Sand Dunes of Sam by sunset.
These dunes are a tourist hot-spot in more ways than one. Three kilometers long, one kilometer wide and as much as half a kilometer high, the dunes are as changeable as they are unforgettable. There is no vegetation here, and the swirling air currents are almost as intense as the sandstorms in the Sahara.

Day 08: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur (283 km/ 4.5 hrs)
This morning, drive to blue city Jodhpur. Upon arrival check into your hotel. This evening will be devoted to a Heritage Walk.

Day 09: Jodhpur
Guided sightseeing of The d Bhawan, The Maharaja of Jodhpur construct this palace to provide employment to his famine struck population. Jaswant Thada: Built-in 1899 AD, this cluster of white marble royal cenotaphs acts as a giant memoir of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The Mehrangarh Fort is the most impressive structure over 5 km atop a 125-meter high hill. The Moti Mahal, the Sheesh Mahal, the Phool Mahal, the Sileh Khana and the Daulat Khana are the other grand structures within the fort.

Day 10: Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur (250 kms/4.5 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Udaipur, via a necessary stop at Ranakpur. Ranakpur is an imposing Jain Temple nestled in a remote valley of the beautiful Ravalli mountain range just northwest of Udaipur. It was constructed out of the amber stone way back in 1439 AD. The city of Udaipur is located in the Aravalli ranges of the royal state of Rajasthan and is also known as the jewel of Mewar, as well as the City of Dawn - by which is meant Sunrise, not the British comedian. Its setting couldn't be much more incredible, surrounded as it is by ancient mountains and situated on the edge of three lakes. It's a beautiful old city with narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces, and temples meandering through it. You'll understand why Udaipur is currently experiencing a tourism boom.

Day 11: Udaipur Sightseeing 

This morning sightseeing tour of the beautiful lake city. Visit the City Palace, Sahelion-Ki-Bari, or the "Garden of the Maidens of Honour"; and also the Gulab Niwas Garden. The former was designed and laid out early in the eighteenth century as a retreat for ladies of the royal household to spend their time at leisure. The lotus pool, fountains, lawns, flowerbeds, and marble pavilions all combine to make it a captivating location. In the evening, enjoy a relaxing boat ride on Lake Pichola.

Day 12: Udaipur - Bundi  (300 kms/5 hrs)

Today, the morning after breakfast drive to Bundi. You'll make a visit to the countryside on your way there.

Bundi, you'll quickly agree, is quite the beautiful town; and it is of crucial importance to Rajasthan's history. Its surrounded by the Aravalli hills on three sides and is circumscribed by a massive wall with four gateways.

Your afternoon will be occupied with seeing all the sights Bundi can offer, including Fort Tarargh, Rani Ji Ki Baori, and Naval Sagar Lake.

Day 13: Bundi - Ranthambhore (152.8 kms/3 hrs)

This morning after leisure drive to Ranthambhore. Upon arrival check in the hotel. 

Ranthambore National Park, the former hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur, is the best wildlife sanctuary in the country for observing and photographing the Indian tiger - where this noble beast enjoys its hegemony. Within the park lie ruins of a 10th-century fort. The rich and diverse variety of flora and fauna includes 300 varieties of trees, 50 of aquatic plants, and over 300 species of birds, 12 of reptiles and 30 of the mammalian persuasion. A list of the animals you should take note of in this haven follows. Pay attention, because there may be a test after your safari. Apart from the tiger, the park is home to the Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Chinkara, Porcupine, Jackal, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Marsh Crocodile, Sambhar, Chital, Nilgai, Gazelle, Boar, Mongoose, Indian Hare, Monitor Lizard, plus a large number of birds - both resident and migratory.

 Day 14: Ranthambore 

Early morning during the dawn you will enjoy the morning shared jeep safari to the search of the tiger to view the park's exotic wildlife, from which you'll return to the resort for the breakfast.

After breaking your fast in such a satisfactory manner, you can choose to relax by the pool, visit the town and temple of Sawai Madhopur, or visit Fort Ranthambore.

 After lunch, enjoy a 2nd shared jeep safari at the Ranthambhore National Park to track those elusive tigers, returning to the resort at around by 5 pm.

Day 15:  Ranthambhore - Bharatpur (205 km/ 5 hrs) 

Today drive to Bharatpur, where you will visit Bird Sanctuary (Keoladeo Ghana National Park).

Keoladeo Ghana National Park is one of the oldest and most famous sanctuaries in India. The Maharaja of Bharatpur created the park around 250 years ago, in prescient consideration of the phenomenal greenery and wildlife embedded in the region.

Go along on a rickshaw ride and enjoy a spot of birding with the Guide. The park is renowned for its migratory birds, which come from as far away as Siberia and Central Asia to spend their winters in Bharatpur. Some species you will see are Cranes, Hawks, Pelicans, Geese, Shanks, Ducks, Eagles, Warblers, Stints, Wagtails, Buntings, Wheatears, Flycatchers, Larks, and Pipits.

Day 16: Bharatpur - Agra (58 kms/1.3 hrs)

After a fabulous breakfast, it's time to take the tour to Agra en route visit to Fatehpur Sikri.

It was supposed to be the great Emperor Akbar’s grandiose new capital city. Phantoms of ancient pomp and splendor fill this ghost of a city, a silent witness to a vanished dream. Shortly after it was completed, this magnificent fortress was abandoned by the ambitious but somewhat myopic emperor, due to the lack of an adequate water supply. The marble tomb of the Saint “Salim Chisti” and the “Bulland Durwaza,” the highest gateway in the world, are some of the highlights of this intriguing fortress.

Agra is home to the world-famous Taj Mahal, best described as “poetry in marble" due to its beauty, grace and exquisite workmanship. But that's not the only string to Agra's formidable longbow: there is a wealth of palaces and monuments that recall the Mughal glory days.

Day 17: Agra sightseeing 

 

Morning during the sunrise visit Taj Mahal (Symbol of Love) The Taj Mahal stands serene and awe-inspiring on its raised marble platform by the banks of the Yamuna, testifying to the timelessness of art and love. Its pure white marble shimmers silver in the soft moonlight; exudes a shell-pink glow at dawn; and, at the close of the day, takes on the tawny, fiery hue of the majestic sun. Shahjahan built this monument in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the 'lady of the Taj'. It's, without doubt, the most extravagant monument ever built for the sake of love. The construction of the Taj commenced in 1631 and took 22 years to complete. Workers were gathered from all over the country and Central Asia - about 20,000 were recruited to translate this wild dream into a reality.

 After breakfast visit to Agra Fort. Agra Fort, built by three of the greatest Mughal emperors. The construction of this massive structure began in 1565, under Akbar, and continued till the time of his grandson, Shahjahan. Armed with massive double walls, punctuated by four gateways, the fort houses palaces, courts, mosques, baths, gardens, and gracious pavilions within its premises Among the fascinating structures that are to be found within the fort is the red sandstone Jehangiri Mahal built by Akbar for his Hindu queen, Jodhabai. It was one of the earliest constructions illustrating the fort's change from a military structure to a palace.

Day 18: Agra - Jhansi by train and Jhansi - Orchha by surface 

This morning transfer to Agra railway station for the train to Jhansi; where upon arrival, you'll happily be escorted to your next Indian treasure.

Orchha, the Bundela rulers' capital, lies beside the Malwa plateau and is generously watered by the Betwa River. This beautiful city is respected for its rather excellent architecture. The place offers a perfect symbiosis of traditionalism and modernity, which never fails to deeply impress tourists. Here, you'll visit Fort Orchha, the Jain temple, Jehangir Mahal and Raj Mahal.

 

Day 19: Orchha - Khajuraho (173 km/ 4 hrs)

After an early morning breakfast fit for this magnificent city, you'll transfer to the Agra Railway Station in time to board the train for Jhansi. You'll then be assisted in a downright friendly manner upon arrival, to get you on the way to Khajuraho with the minimum of hassle.

In the afternoon, get ready to have your jaw dropped, your breath was taken away, and your mind blown by The Western, Eastern, and Southern group of temples.

Khajuraho was once the capital of a powerful dynasty of Hindu kings called the candelas. All 85 temples of Khajuraho, famous for their erotic sculptures, were built by these excitable rulers.

 

Day 20: Khajuraho - Varanasi by flight 

This morning after leisure breakfast transfer to Khajuraho airport to board the flight for Varanasi.  

Assistance upon arrival and transfer to your hotel. Visit Sarnath and the Ashoka pillar to see. This is the place where Lord Buddha delivered his debut sermon, after all.

 

Day 21: Varanasi 

This morning at a dawn boat ride on the holy Ganges is worth all the trouble, as you'll get to watch a glorious sunrise and experience the religious activity at the bathing ghats and temples on the sacred river's banks.

After that, return to the hotel and take breakfast, before then taking in a Varanasi tour, visit Banaras Hindu University and the temples.

In the evening, a rickshaw ride through the old city, only to return to the Ganges in time to witness the Evening Aarti ceremony.

 

Day 22: Varanasi - Delhi by flight 

Morning at the leisure in the afternoon, you'll transfer to the Varanasi airport to board the flight for Delhi. You'll then connect to your onward flight; your head and heart crowded with all the amazing memories this trip has bestowed upon you.

Number of days: 22
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: International flight ticket. Domestic flight ticket (Khajuraho – Varanasi & Varanasi – Delhi) Any meals not mentioned. Tips, any kind of alcoholic drinks, Laundry, Travel insurance, medical emergency or any other expenses which are not mentioned in the above inclusions. Any personal expenses. Any still or video camera fee. Visa fees.
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