North India Cultural Tour is a nostalgia of experiencing a never before cultural heritage of the country blessed with many marvels. Beginning from Delhi’s sightseeing, the tour proceeds towards Jaipur, a city where royalty and splendour rest in its true form. The major cultural attractions include Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar. The tour then furthers in east towards the still preserved ruins of Fatehpur Sikri. The next halt is in Agra where the white tomb, Taj Mahal rests in love and peace. The trail then centers to Khajuraho via Jhansi. Famous as an apogee of Indian sculptry, Khajuraho Temples depict the erotic art in its true essence. The catharsis of this itinerary rests in the timeless city of Varanasi, where Hindu traditions still dwell around the banks of River Ganges. One can feel and understand what life is all about through reliving the various emotions of life through North India Cultural Tour.
- Destination: India
- Activities: Tours
- Duration: 7 - 14 Days
- Group Size: 02+ Pax
Day 01 Arrival DelhiMeetings & assistance upon arrival, followed by transferring to hotel for check-in. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02 DelhiEnjoy the breakfast at the hotel to welcome the fresh day in Delhi. Around 10:30am, meet with the tour guide, prior to the sightseeing in Old and New Delhi.
Proceed to the Red Fort named for its red-sandstone walls (closed on every Monday) and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This fort complex was constructed by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan as to be the residence In front of the Red Fort, there is the imperial avenue known as Chandni Chowk.
When pass through alleyways, it seems getting narrower and we end up at the Jama Masjid which is the largest Muslim mosque in India. You can also enjoy the Rickshaw ride crossing the streets in Old Delhi. Finishing the visit in Old Delhi, let’s head to New Delhi. Continue our visit to Qutab Minar and India Gate, a 42 meters archway built for memorial of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War. Watch the famous War Memorial Arch and see the contrast between old and New Delhi.
Carry on our tour, drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan. It was initially constructed as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy in the early 20th century. Nowadays, it becomes the current residence of the President of India and Parliament House. This unique circular architecture was built with huge colonnades which house the Upper and Lower House of Parliament. Finally, proceed to the Government secretariat buildings at Connaught Place where the heart of New Delhi as well as the busy shopping centre are. Enjoy the overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 03 Delhi – Jaipur Breakfast at hotel.Later drive to Jaipur (Approx. 259 Kms / 6 Hours). Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check-in.
Rest of the day at leisure for personal activities or visit local markets. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 04 Jaipur Morning excursion to Amber Fort set in a picturesque location. Amber is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Built in the 16th century by Raja Mansingh in red sandstone and white marble, the palace complex has some very interesting apartments. Jai Mandir, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas, Ganesh Pol and Temple of Kali are some of the prominent areas of interest. Elephants are provided to ascend the fort to visit the complex
(Between 0730 am – 1130 am, subject to availability).
Afternoon 1400 hrs, proceed to visit Jaipur City. This city was built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer 260 years ago. Visit the Maharaja’s City Palace, the home of the erstwhile royal family & the Observatory. Drive past Hawa Mahal or the Palace of winds built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh & also drive past the old part of Jaipur.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 05 Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – AgraAfter breakfast, leave Jaipur for Agra (Approx. 232 Kms / 06 Hours) enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri.
Fatehpur Sikri is beautiful city with an interesting birth story behind. There, in a grotto in Sikri, lived a Muslim Saint, Sheikh Salim Chishti by name. Akbar hearing of his renown, asked of the blessings of a son, and when a son was born, not only was the child named Salim, the site for a mighty and ambitious project - a city - was chosen near the residence of the saint erected in k1569.
The shortages of water lead to the desertion of this city. Visit the mosque of Salim Chishti, Panch Mahal and other Palaces.
Upon arrival in Agra, transfer to Hotel for check-in. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 06 AgraEarly morning visit Taj Mahal at Sunrise. Agra, the home of the immortal Taj Mahal, the inimitable poem in white marble is the first expression of love of an Emperor Shahjehan to his queen Mumtaz Mahal. This great monument was completed in 1653 AD. (Taj Mahal remains closed on every Friday.)
Return to hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast, start the sightseeing with visiting Agra Fort and Tomb of Itimad-ud-daulah.
Agra Fort, on the banks of the river Yamuna, is the imposing structure replete with priceless examples of craftsmanship in the Mughal period and including the beautiful pearl Mosque which was designed and built by Emperor Akbar in 1565 AD. Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah was built between 1622 AD by Empress Nur Jehan in memory of her father,
Ghias-id-Din Beg. It is considered as a precursor of the Taj Mahal.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 07 Agra - Jhansi By Train #12002 Bhopal Shatabdi Depart at 08:11 Hrs Arrive at 10:45 Hrs Jhansi – Khajuraho by drive Early breakfast at hotel.
Later on time transfer to Agra Cantt railway station to board the train to Jhansi. Upon arrival in Jhansi, drive to Khajuraho (185 Kms / 4 hrs) enroute visiting Orchha.
Orchha's grandeur has been captured in stone and frozen in time and is a rich legacy of the ages. The palaces and the temples were built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th Century.
After sightseeing, continue drive to Khajuraho. Upon arrival transfer to hotel for check-in.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 08 Khajuraho – Varanasi By Flight 9W-2424, 14:05 / 14:55 HoursBreakfast at hotel.
Morning visit Khajuraho Temples.
Later on time transfer to Khajuraho airport to board flight for Varanasi.
Meeting & assistance upon arrival at Varanasi airport and transfer to hotel for check-in.
Evening witness Aarti ceremony at the Ghat.
Aarti is often called "the ceremony of lights The best time to visit the ghats is at dawn when the river is bathed in a mellow light as pilgrims come to perform puja (literally 'respect'; offering or prayers) to the rising sun, and at sunset when the main ganga aarti ceremony takes place at Dasaswamedh Ghat.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 09 VaranasiIn the early morning, enjoy boat cruise on River Ganges. Thousands of pilgrims throng the water's edge, bathing, worshipping, and meditating. On stone platforms under palm leaf umbrellas, the Pandas-Brahmin priests preside over rites and rituals. Every devout Hindu wants to visit Varanasi to purify body and soul in the Ganges River. The boat trip will also cover various ghats including the cremation sites. Every pious Hindu believes that to die in Kashi (Varanasi) and to be cremated on the banks of the Ganges in order to achieve moksha, release from the cycle of rebirth.
Return to hotel for breakfast.
Later sightseeing tour of the city including the Bharat Mata Temple with a big relief Map of India in Marble, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, Banaras Hindu University which as an art Gallery and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb built on a site of an ancient Hindu Temple.
There after continue to visit Buddhist city Sarnath, 7 km from the city where Buddha preached his first sermon more than 2500 years ago. The site is marked by the massive Dhamek stupa which is believed to date back to 500 AD. Nearby is a Museum where rare collection of manuscripts and other items related with Lord Buddha can be seen. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 10 Varanasi – Delhi - Out By Flight 9W-2424, 15:25/16:55 HoursBreakfast at hotel.
Morning at leisure.
Later on time transfer to Varanasi airport to board flight for Delhi.
Upon arrival at Delhi airport, wait in the transit area to board flight for onward destination.
Accommodation: On Double/Twin sharing basis for 09 Nights as below mentioned at the below mentioned hotels. (Hotel Check-in time 14:00 Hours and check-out time 12:00 Noon) Meals: On breakfast basis. Transport: All transport services including all arrival/departure transfers at the Airport, sightseeing and all excursions as per the above program by using 01 Air Conditioned Vehicle as per the itinerary. 02 Pax – Toyota Innova 03 Pax – Toyota Innova 04 – 06 Pax – Tempo Traveller 07 – 09 Pax – Aircon Mini Coach & 10 – 14 Pax – Aircon Mini Coach Rickshaw ride in Delhi. Elephant ride at Amer Fort in Jaipur. (Elephants will be subject to availability otherwise Jeep ride will be provided). Shared common boat cruise on River Ganges in Varanasi. Train Fare: For sector Agra to Jhansi in Aircon Chair Car Class. Guide: Up to 6 Pax, Local English Speaking Tour guides will be provided at each place during sightseeing tours only as per above program whereas from 07 Pax onwards, an English Speaking Escort will accompany the group throughout the tour from arrival in Delhi till Departure at Varanasi airport for all 10 days. Govt. Service Tax 3.50%
- Any expenses of personal nature such as telephone, laundry, alcohol etc.
- Airport tax, if any.
- Any Domestic Airfares.(Supplement quoted above.)
- Any extra meals other than breakfast as specified.
- Camera / Video fee at the monuments or any expenses not mentioned above.
- Any Monument Entrances. (Same will be settled directly by the guests at the monuments.)
- Visa, insurance etc.
- Tips & porterage at the Hotels/Restaurants, Driver & Guide.
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