11 Days / 10 Nights North India Tour
Our representative will meet you outside the arrival lounge at the airport and will escort you to the Hotel until check–in.
Delhi, the Empress of Indian cities has a fascinating history and a stimulating present. The capital of India, Delhi has been the seat of power of a number of dynasties – the Rajputs, the Afghans, the Turks and the Mughals who continued their imperial line until the British. Scattered over are surviving ruins, remnants of mighty edifices, tombs of warriors and saints.
Overnight at the hotel
After having breakfast at Hotel, proceed for full – day sightseeing tour of Delhi.
Photo stop at Red Fort (closed on Monday), the 300-year-old walled city built by Emperor Shah Jehan in 1648 as his capital and named after him. The magnificent Red Fort built in red sandstone dates from the very peak of the Mughal power; opposite the fort are the black and white onion dome and minarets of the Jama Masjid, the most elegant mosque in India. Drive past Kotla Firoze Shah, ruins of an old fort of the 14th century with the 13 meter high Ashoka Pillar of 3rd BC. Visit Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Drive through the old city subject to traffic restrictions.
Drive past the Presidential Palace, the Rashtrapati Bhawan and the secretariat buildings - the center of all government activity and down the main avenue, the impressive Rajpath to the World War I memorial arch, the India Gate, the High Court Building and the Old Fort. Visit Humayun’s Tomb built in 1565 AD by his grieving widow Haji Begum, the Qutub Minar, 72 meters high and the ruins of Quwat-ul-Eslam (Light of Islam) Mosque.
Overnight at the hotel.
Morning after breakfast drive to Agra. On arrival check in at Hotel.
Agra, the city known for the famous monument of love - the Taj Mahal. The Mughal Emperor, Shah Jehan, constructed Taj Mahal. It is said he built this monument in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is ethereal at any part of the day - blushing in the rosy glow of dawn or sunset, appearing like a pearly mirage in the moonlight or reflected in the pools of the garden. Perhaps the most moving view of the Taj is from an octagonal tower in the Agra Fort further along the river Yamuna.
There are very few cities in the world that can match the history and heritage of Agra. Located at a distance of 204 km south of Delhi, Agra is the single most famous tourist destination of India. Situated on the west bank of River Yamuna, Agra is a part of the great Norther Indian plains. The architectural splendor of the city is reflected in the glorious monuments of medieval India built by great Mughals who ruled India for more than 300 years.
In the mid 16th century and earlier 17th century Agra witnessed a frenzied building activity and it was during this time when the symbol of love Taj Mahal was built. The buildings made during this era were purely in the contemporary Mughal style and of very high quality, which is still reflected in whatever monuments remain in Agra.
Balance day free with option of visiting the Marble Inlay factory OR Mother Teresa missionaries of charities.
Overnight at Hotel.
Morning after breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing tour of Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Dulah
Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays): With its incredible lacy white grandeur the is perhaps the most perfect architectural monument in the world. To the poet Tagore it was a `tear on the face of eternity'. In memory of his wife the great Mughal emperor Shah Jehan constructed this most extravagant and incomparable monument built for love. Amazingly graceful from any angle, it is the close up detail, which is really astounding.
Agra Fort is situated on the banks for the river Yamuna, another monumental mission accomplished by the great Mughal visionary Emperor Akbar. His son Jehangir and grandson Shah Jehan added to this imposing structure during their rule. The Palaces, mosques and audience halls contained within its massive wall of red sandstone are perfect examples of blending Islamic and Hindu traditions.
Itmad- Ud- Daula’s Tomb is one of the attractions in Agra and stands as one of the most beautiful existing Mughal Tombs in the region. The tomb stands across Yamuna River and is nearly one and a half kilometers away from the Taj. This magnificent tomb belongs to the era of Jahangir and it contains cenotaphs of Mirza Ghivas and Asmat Begum. Miirza Ghivas and Asmat Begum are the parents of the powerful Mughal Empress Nurjahan, queen of Jahangir.
Overnight at hotel.
Morning after breakfast drive to Ranthambore enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri, (35 kms from Agra).
Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned red sandstone city built in the 16th century by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, one of India's greatest rulers. Remarkably broadminded for his time, this Muslim king married a Rajput princess in order to win over his Hindu subjects. The architecture at Fatehpur Sikri is a combination of Hindu and Muslim styles, expressing Akbar's vision of synthesizing the cultures.
The Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve (near Sawai Madhopur) is known for its spectacular scenery. The sanctuary is a system of lakes and rivers - hemmed by steep, high crags and the remains of a thousand year old fortress and temple. The area has a dramatic terrain of rocky, steeply scarped hills, valleys and open land, enhanced by structures that testify to a heroic past; old guard posts, pavilions and ruins of palaces. There is a good chance of seeing one of the few, highly endangered Bengal Tigers remaining in the park. The deep gorges of Ranthambore serve as hideouts for leopards, tigers and sloth bear. The park also provides a congenial habitat for the ‘chital’ or spotted deer and sambar, the largest of the Asiatic deer. Woodland, ground and water birds also bound in the area, including the uncommon red jungle fowl and eagle.
Upon arrival check in & overnight at the Hotel.
Morning & Afternoon Safari at Ranthambhore National Park with Naturalist.
Ranthambore has for over a century been one of the most sought after hunting grounds for tiger on the Indian subcontinent. In more recent times and especially in the last decade this reserve has become internationally known as an exciting hub for research and conservation directed towards protecting the majestic Royal Bengal tiger and its total environment. Some individual tigers in the reserve that developed unique styles of hunting became the subjects of films and books that have won worldwide acclaim. The 10th century fort that overlooks the reserve provides a sense of grandeur and history that puts its diversity of wildlife (much of which continue to use the ancient ramparts!) in unique perspective.
Overnight at Hotel.
* The national park in Ranthambhore will be closed during annual monsoon from June 30 thru Sept 30.
Morning after having breakfast at Hotel, drive to Jaipur.
Jaipur is where the enduring charisma of the past blends with the throbbing vitality of today. Raja Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur was no ordinary man. He was a scholar and an astronomer, keenly sensitive to beauty, a formidable general, who tempered power with wisdom. Jai Singh made Jaipur a haven and it became a center of commerce and religion. Today, Jaipur has spread far beyond the pink crenulated walls that once defined its boundaries.It presents a fascinating picture of a city where growth, evolution and change are sustained by tradition.
Upon arrival check in & overnight at the hotel
Morning post breakfast, excursion to Amer fort with a photo-stop at Hawa Mahal
Amer Fort - The day begins with a visit to the Amber fort, the former seat of the Rajput rulers of Jaipur. Ascending the fortress seated on Elephants (subject to availability) wander around the beautiful palaces and visit the Shiladevi temple (which continues to be the private temple of the Royal family) with its exquisite marble carvings and silver door.
Hawa Mahal - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. It is a five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.
Afternoon visiting City Palace & Jantar Mantar.
City Palace - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
Jantar Mantar - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.
Overnight at the Hotel.
Morning after breakfast drive to Udaipur enroute visiting Chittorgarh.
There is no place in Rajasthan with a history more romantic than that of Chittorgarh, the centre of Rajput resistance against Mughal rule. It was here that Sisodia Rajput warriors, on many occasions, gave their lives, preferring death to dishonour and surrender. The city was sacked at least three times before it was finally abandoned and the capital moved to Udaipur. The glory of Chittorgarh is the Tower of Victory - Jaya Stambha erected by Rana Kumbha to commemorate his victory over Mohammed Khilji of Malwa in 1440. Its nine stories are covered with sculptures of Hindu divinities.
Continue drive to Udaipur. On arrival check in at Hotel.
The city of Udaipur or the city of `sunrise’ combines real beauty with a picturesque association of a great and glorious past. The legendary Ranas or kings of this state traced their ancestry back to the sun! It stands in a valley, amidst green hills on the banks of the wide, steel blue lake Pichola and is regarded as the most romantic spot in India. On little islands in the lake, from the waters edge, rise marble palaces of pure white that glisten like fairy castles. Crowning the ridge, in which the city clusters, along the shore of the lake, stands the massive palace of the Maharana.
Overnight at Hotel.
Morning after breakfast proceed for city tour.
Visit the City Palace, once the home of Mewar’s rulers, is today a museum. It consists of several flawlessly integrated palaces, which overlook the clear blue of Lake Pichola. Visit Sahelion-ki-bari (Garden of the Maids of Honour) the scene of royal parties for centuries. Drive around Fateh Sagar Lake excavated in the late 17th century by Maharaja Jai Singh and past the Kala Mandir (Puppet Museum) and the Cenotaph of Maharana Pratap. And ofcourse last but not the last - the Jagdish temple
Afternoon enjoy boat ride on Lake Pichola.
Overnight at Hotel.
Afternoon transfer to airport to connect flight for Delhi. Meet & assist on arrival & transfer to international terminal to connect flight to onward destination.