Best of North India Tour
Best of North India Tour: – No. of Days : 20 days
Destinations covered: Delhi -Varanasi -Khajuraho -Gwalior -Agra -Jaipur -Ranthambore -Pushkar -Udaipur-Jodhpur -Jaisalmer -Bikaner -Mandawa -Delhi
The below 20 Days long itinerary show the complete tour to North India in a reasonable period of time. Undoubtedly, the below excursion trip to Rajasthan with different fascinating cities and grandiose forts, palaces, temples, wildlife and much more. However, India is felicity country with its own Culture, nature, spritualism, wildlife etc; with the help of this tour one can inscribe in the sensuous mysteries world and the colors that submerge the entire state of Rajasthan show how colourful and jubiliant life can be.
I T I N E R A R Y
Day 01 – Arrive Delhi – Welcome to Incredible India :
Welcome aboard! You are picked up by Swadeshi Journey’s executive from the main exit of the airport and transferred to the hotel in your private coach (Our executive will be waiting outside the custom area with a placard of your name). You will be handed over the India travel kit containing all relevant documents of your trip (air/rail tickets, hotel vouchers, transport, guide, sightseeing vouchers, writing pads with other travel related documents).
Note: The normal check in – checks out time of the hotels are 1200 hours.
Day 02 – Delhi – Ruling Impression
Morning after breakfast full day sightseeing tour of Sahajahanabad, now known as Old Delhi. visit Raj Ghat the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, Jama Musjid – the largest mosque of India, drive pass Red Fort, President’s house and the Secretariat buildings, India Gate – The War Memorial, Qutub Minar and evening free for (photo stops enroute) and overnight at hotel.
Day 03 – Delhi > Varanasi (fly) – Holiest Pilgrimage Centre
Board flight for Varanasi – Varanasi is one of the oldest living cities in the world. The holy city Varanasi, believed to be founded by Lord Shiva about 5000 years ago, is placed picturesquely on the west bank of Holy Ganges River and is one of the most revered religious destinations in India. The place is also renowned as a place for performing last rites for the believers and the mortal remains are immersed in the water of Ganges in Kashi.
Take a short excursion to Sarnath, the place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon. The most prominent structure here is the Dhameka Stupa. and overnight at hotel.
Day 04 – Varanasi – Oldest Inhabited city of the world.
Enjoy an enlightening boat ride at dawn to see the pilgrims doing their devotions in the River Ganges set against the back drop of the centuries old temples – perhaps one of the most impressive sights in the world. Later visit the Banaras Hindu University(a center of education in Sanskrit, Indian Art, culture & music) and Durga (Goddess of Power) Temple.
Rest of the day at your discretion, In the evening attend Aarti ceremony at ghat of Ganges. and overnight at hotel.
Day 05 – Varanasi > Khajuraho (fly) – Celebration of Life in every form
Morning after breakfast fly to Khajuraho – a quaint town famous for 10th century Hindu and Jain temples. After checking in at the hotel visit these temples that are a UNESCO World Heritage Site for their beautiful and erotic rock carvings.
After the decline of the Chandela dynasty, the temples remained obscure under dense forest cover for many years. It was later discovered by a British army engineer.
Day 06 – Khajuraho> Gwalior – Gibraltar of India (275 km / 6-7 hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive to Gwalior. Visit the massive Gwalior Fort, popularly called Gibraltar of India. The great Mughal Emperor Babur described it as, “The pearl in the necklace of the forts of Hind”. Also visit mausoleum of 16th century Sufi saint Ghous Mohammed and tomb of Mian Tansen (one of the ‘Nine Jewels’ of Emperor Akbar’s court) an extraordinary singer who could light lamps with his voice.
Day 07 – Gwalior > Agra – Epitome of Love (120 km / 3 hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive to “Sikendra” where we visit the mausoleum of Mughul emperor Akbar, the most brilliant medieval Indian ruler. Later drive to Agra, home to one of the Seven Wonders of the world-the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendor of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal emperors.
Visit the world famous masoleum Taj Mahal – An unique epitome of Love built by Moghul Emperor Shahjahan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. A Sahajahan’s drop of tear on the cheek of Time that has now crystallized, the Taj began in 1631 and was not completed until 1653. And later
visit Red fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar in 1565, and additions were made up until the time of his grandson, Shah Jahan. It contains the hall of public and private audiences amongst many other beautiful structures; Itmad-ud-daulah, which was constructed by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628 .
overnight at hotel.
Kindly Note: TAJ MAHAL IS CLOSED ON EVERY FRIDAY
Day 08 – Agra > Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur – Architectural & Astronomical genius (235 km / 5 hrs)
Morning after breakfast straight drive to Jaipur Enroute Visiting Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO World heritage site. It was a short lived capital of Mughal Empire (for 10 years only) as it later had to be abandoned due to shortage of water.
The beautiful pink city – Jaipur was painted pink to honor the visit of Price Albert in 1876. Rajputs considered it a color of hospitality & ceremony. Enjoy a traditional Rajasthani meal for Dinner at an ethnic resort in the evening.
Day 09 – Jaipur – Pink City
Morning after breakfast enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of city including a visit to the Amber fort, which you climb on an elephant’s back or by a jeep. The main attractions are the Sukh Mandir (Temple of Contentment – an aptly named pleasure chamber, cooled by a stunning water cascade) and the Sheesh Mahal (Mirror palace) here. Also see the architectural marvels like the Palace of wind, Jantar Mantar (the observatory) & the City Palace complex.
Evening is free for shopping in the colorful bazaars of Jaipur & overnight at hotel.
Day 10 – Jaipur > Ranthambhore – Haven of Tigers (176 km / 4 hrs)
After breakfast drive for Ranthambhore. Go for an afternoon safari and have an overnight stay there.
Day 11 – Ranthambhore
Day is kept to enjoy one morning and one afternoon safari in search of more Tigers and wildlife explosure. Overnight at Ranthambhore.
Day 12 – Ranthambhore> Pushkar – Holy city of Rajasthan (284 km / 6 hrs)
Morning after breakfast driving northwards we reach the holy city of Rajasthan “PUSHKAR”. With one of the very few temples in India dedicated to lord Brahma, the Creator, Pushkar is the venue of an internationally acclaimed annual camel fair. Also visit the various ghats of Pushkar lake.
Day 13 – Pushkar > Udaipur – Venice of India (300 km / 6 hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive towards Udaipur. The city of lakes Udaipur is often referred to as the ‘Venice of the east’.
Day at your discretion, In the evening enjoy boat ride tour over lake Pichola with the backdrop of sun set.
Day 14 – Udaipur – City of Lakes
Morning after breakfast we will visit the city palace complex (the Mor Chowk or the Peacock courtyard in it with its walls covered with a dramatic glass mosaic relief of dancing peacocks catches attention); the Jagdish temple & the garden of the maids (saheliyon ki badi).
Day 15 – Udaipur> Jodhpur – Blue City (270 km / 5 – 6 hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive to Jodhpur – the Blue City. En route visit the famous Jain temple at Ranakpur.
Climb up the majestic Mehrangarh fort (one of the best preserved fort with modern techniques of audio guides). Also visit the marble cenotaph at Jaswant Thada. Evening free to shop. You may have a dinner atop the fort.
Day 16 – Jodhpur >Jaisalmer – Golden Oasis (305 km / 6 hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive to reach the golden oasis called Jaisalmer. Here it appears as if a master-craftsman took one huge piece of sandstone and patiently carved out the entire city. For the second half of the day for leisure and overnight at hotel.
Day 17 – Jaisalmer – Rolling Sand Dunes
Morning After breakfast, city tour of Jaisalmer. visit the the citadel – the Fort built by Rawal Jaisal where a fourth of the population lives. The fort also houses Jain temples of the 12th to 15th centuries, Patwon Ki Haveli – a five storey mansion with carved pillars & murals of Salim Singh. Also visit Gadsisar, which had once supplied water to the city ; the temples & archways around it have been built by a courtesan.
Afternoon, excursion to Sam – 45 km away, is known for its sand dunes & is the venue for the Desert festival. Get the actual feel of the desert by Enjoying a Camel Ride on the sand dunes and witness a magnificent sunset on the sand dunes. Later evening enjoy the dinner on desert and feel the real fascinating culture and also you can enjoy the Rajasthani Indian Dance show at night and Overnight at Sam Dunes Tents.
Day 18 – Jaisalmer > Bikaner – The Desert Citadel (333 km / 7 hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive to the desert citadel – “Bikaner”
Start the day by visiting the unusual Junagarh Fort. Unusual because, unlike all the major forts of Rajasthan which are on hilltops, this one was built on the desert plains itself. Also visit the camel breeding farm.
Day 19 – Bikaner > Deshnok > Mandawa – Painting, Havelis & Frescos (200 km / 4 hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive to the famous rat temple at Deshnok and later to Shekhavati Region, a cluster of closely knit small towns and villages. Unlike other places in Rajasthan where the main attraction is generally forts and palaces, Shekhavati is known for its painted walls. The whole region is dotted with elaborately frescoed Havelis (mansions) most of which were raised by ace Indian businessmen who belonged to this place. It appears as if one is moving in an open-air Art Gallery.
Day 20 – Mandawa > Delhi (270 km / 6 hrs)
The Tour Ends: Day at your own at your own till drop at Delhi International airport to board flight for your onwards journey.
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