Splendours of North India Tour

Tour Duration : 10 Days Tour
Destinations : Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Orchha, Agra, Ranthambore & Jaipur.

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Tour Description : This 09 Nights / 10 Days tour of India takes you to Varanasi one of the most sacred and cardinal places of worship by Hindus giving you an insight of India and its culture. We witness the various religious ceremonies and experience the local culture. This journey also takes you to Sarnath, where Budha gave his first sermon. We visit the world Heritage Site Khajuraho where we visit the exquisite temples or popularly known as Kama sutra Temples. Our journey further takes us to Orchha which was the seat of an eponymous former princely state of central India with its beautiful temples on the banks of river Betwa. A visit to Agra adds a romantic charm to the tour where we visit the most admired monument of love The Taj Mahal. Visit the former Mughal Capital of Fateh Pur Sikri - A world Heritage Site. We also visit the famous Ranthambore National Park where we take Jeep Safari in the Jungle to spot the Tiger. The Journey culminates at our final destination in Jaipur, famous for its forts, Palaces and Jewels. We experience royalty with an Elephant Ride up the hill to the Amber Palace.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Namaste! We are warmly welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together. After immigration and custom formalities, we are transferred to our Hotel. Overnight: Maidens Hotel (2 Nights)

Day 2: Delhi India Gate - New Delhi
The capital of India is a true reflection of the old and new of India. We start our morning tour with New Delhi and visit Birla House - The Former Residence of Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi spent his later years at Birla House before he was assassinated by Nathu Ram Godse on January 30, 1948. Later we visit the famous India Gate followed by the Houses of Parliament, Connaught Place, Humayun's Tomb and the Qutub Minar - a perfect minaret towering 72.5 meters / 80.5 yards into the sky and there are 379 stairs inside the tower. New Delhi is a blend of Mughal India, Hindu India, British India and certainly of modern independent India. Later we visit Old Delhi, starting with the famous Red Fort. Built by Shah Jehan, this was once the most opulent fort of the Mughal Empire. Next we visit another Mughal majesty, the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. We end our tour with a bazaar experience at Chandni Chowk, the street of silver and goldsmiths. In the evening we enjoy Welcome Dinner at Garam Masala Restaurant.
(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3: Delhi - Varanasi: By FlightVaranasi Ghats
Today we are transferred to airport for our flight to Varanasi. Varanasi is the spiritual centre of Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims alike. This is also the pilgrim centre for the Hindus who come daily to dip themselves in the holy water of the Ganges. Late afternoon, we start our experience of Varanasi by visiting the Bharat Mata Temple which houses a big relief map of India made from marble. Varanasi is famous for its many temples and we visit the Durga temple, the Tulsi Manas Mandir, the Banaras Hindu University and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb. The city is famous also for its Banarasi silk sarees and we visit some of the houses where such silk sarees are still being weaved. Evening is free to enjoy this 5000 years old city and experience sunset at the Ganges. Every evening at sunset, on the banks of the river Ganges, the devotional ceremony of Aarti is performed. Thousands of Hindus and tourists flock to the Ghats, particularly in the pilgrimage town of Varanasi. In the evening we witness the Aarti ceremony on the Ghats of Ganges. Overnight: The Gateway Hotel Ganges (1 Night) (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4: Varanasi - Khajuraho: By Flight Khajuraho Temples
Early morning a serene experience begins as we take a sunrise cruise on the River Ganges. One of the cardinal principles of Hinduism is the belief in the holiness of the Ganges. Every morning scores of pilgrim and priests fill the riverbanks performing the holy dip and various other rituals. This is a site that has to be seen and experienced as it is so different from anything else what may have seen anywhere in the world. Later we leave for Sarnath the site of Lord Buddha's first sermon after attaining enlightenment. At Sarnath we meet many Buddhist monks and followers before visiting local Homes to see in-Home silk weaving and soak up some local customs, culture and hospitality. Later we are transferred to airport for our flight to Khajuraho. On arrival we are transferred to our Hotel. Our Khajuraho visit starts with the temples that have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temples were built during the apogee of the Chandela dynasty between 950 and 1050 AD. Today only 20 temples remain and they fall into three distinct groups and belong to two different religions - Hinduism and Jainism. These beautiful temples strike a perfect balance between architecture and sculpture. The Kandariya is decorated with a profusion of sculptures that are among the greatest masterpieces of Indian art. The most important ones include the Mahadev Temple, Chitragupta or Bharatji Temple with a lovely image of 11 headed Vishnu, Vishvanath and Nandi Temples, Lakshmana Temple, Visha Temple that was dedicated to Shiva, which is the largest and most typical of temples.

Day 5: Khajuraho - Jhansi - Agra: (Drive & Train # 2001 - Shatabadi, Dep:17:55 Hrs, Arr:20:25 Hrs)
Today we drive to Jhansi en-route visiting Orchha, an amazing medieval fortress-city located on the shores of the Betwa River. After our visit to Orchha we proceed to the Railway Station in Jhansi to embark on the luxury first class train to Agra. This is a very comfortable train journey lasting just over 2 hours with four brief stops en route. It offers air-conditioned "business class airline" seating with meal services on board. We are welcomed in Agra and transferred to our Hotel. Overnight: The Gateway Hotel (2 Nights) (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 6: AgraTaj Mahal - Agra
Today we visit one of the most well known wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. Built by Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj is built of white marble, beautifully carved and inlaid with semi-precious stones. Next we visit Agra Fort, where Shah Jehan, in the later years of his life, was imprisoned by his son to prevent him from spending the family fortunes on a black echo of the Taj Mahal. Later we drive to Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful capital built in 1640 by the Mughal King, Akbar the Great. The city was later abandoned for lack of water. A superb example of Mughal architecture, it stands perfectly preserved in the desert. We also visit the artistically designed mausoleum of Salim Chisty who is reputed to have prayed for a son for Akbar leading to the birth of Salim Jehangir (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7: Agra - Ranthambore (Drive: 280 Km/ 5.5 Hrs)
In the morning after breakfast we drive to Ranthambore, the former hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the Ranthambore National Park is situated in Eastern Rajasthan at the confluence of the Aravali hill ranges and the Vindhyan plateau. Two rivers flow through the Ranthambore National Park - the Chambal River in the South and the Banas River in the North. Six man-made lakes and many perennial streams pass through Tiger at Ranthambore National Parkthe entire national park. The Ranthambore National Park is nestled between the Aravali and Vindhya mountain ranges. The rugged terrain and the dense deciduous forests are major features of this national park, which has among the largest and most diverse collection of wildlife species in India. On arrival in Ranthambore, we check in our Hotel. In the afternoon we take a jeep safari through the National Park. On our journey we will see various indigenous animals such as: Nilgai, Chausingha, Chital, Chinkara, wild Boar and TIGER! Other habitants of the Park include the muntjac, jungle cat, Ratel, Hyena, porcupine, the rhesus macaque and the black-faced Langur. About 150 species of bird are also found here including migratory birds, like the steppe eagle, that arrive in winter.
Overnight: Tiger Den Resort (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Ranthambore - Jaipur (Drive: 180 Km/ 3 Hrs)
Ranthambore is famous for the famous Royal Bengal Tigers and spotting the big cat in her natural habitat will be of great experience. Relying on our luck and how much lucky we are today, we take another jeep safari in morning through the National Park. If we are lucky enough we may be able to spot the BIG CAT in her natural environment. After morning safari, we drive to Jaipur, the rose pink capital of Rajasthan. In the evening we enjoy Dinner at Spice Court Restaurant with Rajasthan Cultural Dance performance. Overnight: Hotel Ramada (2 Nights) (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 9: Jaipur City Palace - Jaipur
Jaipur, Rajasthan's chaotic, dusky - pink capital, is filled with frenetic crowds, is a place of wild contrasts, bombarding the senses at every turn. Jaipur's old part of city's rich color deepening and fading according to the light, is lined with long, twinkling bazaars. Like Wacky Races on acid, vegetable - laden camel carts thread their way through streets jam-packed with cars, cows, rickshaws & bicycles. The city owes its name, foundation and careful planning to the great warrior -astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693 - 1743). A royal experience awaits us as we take an elephant ride uphill to the intriguing Amber Palace, a distinguished example of 17th Century Rajput architecture. After the tour and enjoying a panoramic view, we return to Jaipur to visit the old astronomical observatory built by the founder of the city, Jai Singh. We also visit the majestic Palace, which houses a rare collection of Indian art, and the colourful bazaar. Jaipur is noted for its craftsmen, skilled in brass inlay, lacquer work and stone setting. Most of the buildings in the old city are made of pink sandstone and one of the most beautiful is Hawa Mahal, Palace of Winds, where the ladies of the royal harem used to watch the city from behind the intricately carved facade. Evening is free to enjoy both shopping and a cultural experience in the bazaars of Jaipur.(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 10: Jaipur - Delhi - Home: (Drive: 260 Km/ 5 Hrs)
Today we drive to Delhi. On arrival, we are hosted a farewell dinner before we board our flight back Home. (Breakfast, Dinners)

Please Note: Ranthambore National Park remains closed from 01 July to 30 September. Departures during this period will be provided an additional night in Varanasi instead of Ranthambore.

(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner

Dates and Prices

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(All Prices on Per Person Basis in GBP / EURO)

Departure Dates
Price in GBP
Price in EURO
Tour Start Date Tour End Date Per Person Cost on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement Per Person Cost on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
12-Sep-2011 21-Sep-2011 GBP 707 GBP 215 EURO 822 EURO 250
10-Oct-2011 19-Oct-2011 GBP 887 GBP 302 EURO 1032 EURO 352
31-Oct-2011 09-Nov-2011 GBP 887 GBP 302 EURO 1032 EURO 352
05-Dec-2011 14-Dec-2011 GBP 887 GBP 302 EURO 1032 EURO 352
09-Jan-2012 18-Jan-2012 GBP 887 GBP 302 EURO 1032 EURO 352
13-Feb-2012 22-Feb-2012 GBP 887 GBP 302 EURO 1032 EURO 352
12-Mar-2012 21-Mar-2012 GBP 887 GBP 302 EURO 1032 EURO 352


 City  Hotel Name  Category of room  No. of nights
 Delhi  Maidens Hotel  Deluxe Room  02
 Varanasi  The Gateway Hotel Ganges  Standard Room  01
 Khajuraho  Taj Chandela  Superior Garden View  01
 Agra  The Gateway Hotel  Standard Room  02
 Ranthambore  Tiger Moon Resort  Cottage  01
 Jaipur  Ramada Hotel  Comfort Room  02

Inclusions & Exclusions

Rickshaw Ride in Old Delhi
Inclusions Exclusions
Accommodation on twin share basis in the mentioned hotels for 09 Nights with daily buffet Breakfast. Any personal expenses such as laundry bills, telephone bills, alcoholic / Non Alcoholic beverages
(Total 19 Meals) 09 Breakfast, 09 Dinners & 1 Lunch as per the itinerary Tips and other such cost which is to be paid to the drivers, guides, porters etc.
Transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary by air-conditioned Vehicle. Visa fees or International flight tickets and insurance.
All entrances to Monuments of visit as per the itinerary, excluding camera / Video Camera Charges. Any other services not mentioned in the cost inclusions.
Road tax, Toll Charges, parking fees and driver's overnight wages.  
Services of an English speaking resident tour Manager.  
Elephant Ride at Amber Fort (Subject to availability)  
2 Safaris through Ranthambore National Park  
Demonstration of Marble craftsmanship in Agra  
Sunrise Boat Ride on Ghats of Ganges in Varanasi  
Airfare in Economy Class from Delhi to Varanasi and Varanasi to Khajuraho  
Train Fare in Executive Class from Jhansi to Agra  
All presently applicable taxes.  

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