Get ready to fall in love with India's archaeological treasures! This tour covers all the highlights in the Northern part of the country. Explore the exotic temples of Khajuraho, visit the famous Taj Mahal and Jaipur, embark on a desert safari in Jaisalmer, and travel to Varanasi for its cultural rituals and Ganges. Private and pampered, you'll be able to relax and discover the scene at your own pace, with the help of a private driver and an experienced guide. Best suited to those interested in getting a glimpse of Indian culture, heritage, wildlife and nature - an unforgettable journey lies ahead!
The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.
Arrive at New Delhi Airport. Welcome to India!
Meet our representative and transfer to your hotel. Discover India's capital Delhi, a city steeped in history and legend.
Upon arrival, check in to the hotel.
After breakfast, go for a full day of sightnseeing the wonders which fill New Delhi.
You'll come across many monuments, including the Red Fort, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi and Jama Masjid.
You will also get to see the different gates of the city and different types of temples.
Later, head for Chandni Chowk, a huge area jam-packed with shops, bazaars, and hordes of people.
Transfer to the airport for your flight from New Delhi to Varanasi.
Arrive at Varanasi Airport where you'll meet our representative and transfer to your hotel.
Varanasi, the city of Shiva on the banks of the Ganges, is one of Hinduism’s seven holiest cities.
With over a hundred ghats, many temples and a labyrinth of streets, it's not enough to simply describe - Varanasi is certainly one for the list!
Also called Benares or Kashi, it is the oldest living city in India, and one of the world’s most ancient.
Upon arrival, check in to the hotel, and join an excursion to Sarnath for its beautiful Jain temples.
In the evening, why not attend an Aarti session near the river Ganges?
Set off on an early morning boat ride along the river Ganges to see the bathing ghats, cremation sites and an immaculate sunrise in India.
It's sure to be one of the most extraordinary experiences of your visit.
Later, visit the Viswanath Temple (aka the Golden Temple due to its gold plated towers) dedicated to Shiva.
Opt for a half-day tour of Varanasi, visiting the Bharat Mata Temple, the Durga Temple and the modern marble Tulsi Manas Temple whose walls are engraved with scenes and verses from the Ramcharitmanas.
In the late afternoon, you will be met by an expert for the guided Bengali Tola walk where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse into the lives of the riverside people of Varanasi.
The tour continues to the historical ritual bathing site called Dashaswamedh, or the ten-horse sacrifice Ghat.
Overnight at Varanasi.
After breakfast, fly to Khajuraho and transfer to a luxurious hotel.
Khajuraho is home to some 25 temples depicting the different facets of life, including the erotic!
To preserve its posterity, Khajuraho is a World Heritage Site
Proceed with a sightseeing tour of Khajuraho's eastern and western temples.
Among the western group of temples, the most famous is Kandariya Mahadev, 32 metres high with a fantastic range of sensuously themed sculptures.
The eastern group of temples includes both Hindu and Jain temples.
The largest and finest of the Jain Shrine being the Parsvanath Temple.
In the evening enjoy a light and sound show.
Overnight at Khajuraho.
After breakfast, your journey starts by train from Khajuraho to Agra.
The train will arrive at 5pm, giving you time to relax after your trip and rest for the afternoon.
Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.
An early visit to the Taj Mahal is everything you expect and more.
Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away, then this was transported to the site by a herd of approximately 1000 elephants.
Enjoy a Tonga ride in Agra, before a visit to Agra fort, an outstanding example of Mughal work.
In the early evening go for a stroll in the Mughal Heritage Kachhpura Village, offering up the chance to try some high tea.
A narrow bridle path through agricultural fields near Mehtab Bagh takes you into the ancient village of Kachhpura, where Humayun’s Mosque resides.
End your walk in Mehtab Bagh from where you will have the opportunity to watch the Taj Mahal in front of a sunset backdrop.
Overnight at Agra.
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and travel to Ranthambore by AC vehicle, stopping en route to Fatehpur Sikri, the magnificent fortified ghost city.
Observe the graceful buildings, such as the Jami Masjid, the tomb of Salim Chisti, the Panch Mahal, Diwan I Khas and other palaces.
Afterwards, drive towards Ranthambore, one of the finest tiger reserves in the country.
It has both the old fort and the wildlife sanctuary, also known as Sawai Madhopur.
Upon arrival, check in to your hotel before you spend the rest of your day free.
Overnight in Ranthambore.
Go for a full-day wildlife sharing jeep safari inside the national park of Ranthambore.
You might even have the chance to spot a majestic tiger!
Go for a morning safari in the national park before checkout from your hotel and a drive towards Jaipur.
It is the only city in the world symbolising the nine divisions of the universe through nine rectangular sectors sub-dividing it.
Upon arrival, check in to the hotel, then get ready to mingle with the locals and tuck into some tasty Jaipur delights - pakoras, aloo tiki, samosas and various sweets from some of the city’s most popular street food vendors.
Stop by some local artisans in their workshops, as well as jewellers, silversmiths, and gold and silver foil makers.
You'll get to observe and try your hand at the art of henna painting.
This is a 2 and a half hour walk.
After an early breakfast, visit the ancient Rajput capital of Amber, 11km from the city.
See the Diwan I Am, Kali Temple, Jai Mandir, otherwise known as "hall of victory" with its inlaid panels and mirror ceiling.
In the afternoon, proceed for a half-day tour of the city, visiting the Maharaja's City Palace and the Jantar Mantar Observatory.
Next, visit the Mubarak Mahal, museums boasting textiles and armour, the Diwan I Khas and the Diwan I Am.
It's really worth stopping for a photo at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds).
Get hyped for an elephant ride in Amber fort! Go to a cooking class where you'll have dinner with a local family.
Overnight at Jaipur.
After breakfast check out from your hotel and travel to Jodhpur by AC car.
Upon arrival check in to your hotel and allow for some free time.
In the evening go for an excursion to Bishnoi village for a village tour.
Overnight in Jodhpur.
After breakfast proceed for a half-day city tour of Jodhpur.
Visit the Meherangarh Fort, situated on a low sandstone hill.
Come across an array of monuments, such as palace appartments and the Jaswant Thada, an imposing marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.
Later, drive to Jaisalmer by AC car for a visit to the captivating city of Jaisalmer, dubbed as a Golden City due to its honey colour and yellow sandstone walls.
With the crenellated walls and narrow streets lined with exquisitely carved buildings, it has an quite an extraordinary medieval feel.
Upon arrival, check in to your hotel.
After an early breakfast check out from your hotel and proceed for a sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer.
See the fort built by Rawal Jaisal atop the 80m high Trikuta Hill, where a quarter of the population still resides.
See Badal Vilas Palace, the former ruler’s 20th century palace.
Also visit some impressive merchant mansions (havelis) including the 19th-century Patwonki Haveli.
In the evening go for a camel ride towards what is always a spectacular sunset.
Overnight in Jaisalmer.
Check out of your hotel and travel to Rohet by AC car.
After check-in at your new hotel, you'll get the chance to go for a village tour or a horse ride, take your pick!
Overnight at Rohet.
After breakfast check out of the hotel, transfer to Jodhpur Airport and fly to New Delhi International Airport for your flight home.
The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.
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