Best of North India

Best of North India

Day 01: Arrive Udaipur Airport
Day 02: Udaipur Sightseeing
Day 03: Udaipur to Jodhpur (05 Hrs Drive) Half Day Jodhpur Sightseeing
Day 04: Jodhpur to Jaipur ( 05 Hrs Drive) Evening enjoy Sound & Light show.
Day 05: Jaipur Sightseeing.
Day 06: Jaipur to Agra (05 Hrs Drive)
Afternooon visit Taj and Agra Fort.
Day 07: Agra – Jhansi By Train & Jhansi to Khajuraho By Road Enroute visit Orchha.Train detail is as under :
Train Details – Shatabdi Express 12002 From: Agra At: 0817 hrs To: Jhansi At: 1048 hrs
Day 08: Khajuraho Sightseeing
Day 09: Khajuraho to Varanasi by Flight (01 Hour Flight to Varanasi) Afternoon excursion to Sarnath. Evening Aarti Ceremony at Ghats.
Day 10: Morning Boat Ride at River Gangej followed by Temple Visit. After lunch proceed to Airport to Take Flight For Delhi.
 Day 11: Delhi Sightseeing
Day 12: Delhi to Kalka By Shatabdi Express Kalka to Solan Railway Station By Toy Train.
Day 13: Shimla Sightseeeing
Day 14: Excursion to Chal & Kufri
Day 15: Shimla to Chandigarh (04 Hrs Drive and take flight to Delhi.
Day 16: Departure from Delhi.
Day 1
Arrive Udaipur

Arrive ay Udaipur Airport. On Arrival our representative will transfer to the Hotel.

Udaipur – the ‘City of Lakes’. It is the capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Mewar, one of the oldest surviving dynasties in the world and was established around 1567 A.D. The chequered history of Mewar is showcased in the city of Udaipur, which is akin to an oasis in the desert state of Rajasthan. It is a rich and beguiling tapestry of lakeside palaces, forts, temples, havelis and gardens, reflecting the varied influences of the centuries.

Also called ‘Venice of the East’, Udaipur is located in the Aravalli ranges of the royal state of Rajasthan. Surrounded by ancient mountains and set on the edge of three lakes, it is a beautiful old city with narrow lanes meandering through it.

In the evening enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola. The picturesque lake that entranced Maharaja Udai Singh and inspired him to build Udaipur. The lake is surrounded by hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. Two island palaces, Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) on the lake are of breathtaking magnificence.

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Udaipur
Day 2
In Udaipur

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

This morning, you will proceed on a half day city tour. Commence your tour with a visit to the City Palace which stands on a hill on the banks of Lake Pichola, surrounded by crenulated walls. Built in 1567, it is composed of 4 major palaces and several minor palaces that form a single façade. Its main entrance is through a triple arched gate, the Tripolia, built in 1725. The gate leads to a series of courtyards, corridors and gardens.

Continue on to Saheliyon-ki-Bari (Garden of the maids of honour), a small ornamental garden which was a popular relaxing spot where royal ladies came for a stroll and hence the name. The garden has many fountains in its four delightful pools, chiselled kiosks and marble elephants.

Return back to the hotel.

Evening enjoy Rajasthani Folk Dance at Bagor Ki Haveli.

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Udaipur
Day 3
Udaipur – Jodhpur (05 Hrs Drive)

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. After Breakfast drive to Jodhpur (05 Hrs Drive)

Jodhpur, also called the “Blue City” located on the edge of the Thar Desert was once the capital of the former princely state of Marwar state founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha and is now the second largest city of Rajasthan. Flanked on its western side by the Mehrangarh Fort, and on the eastern side by the stately sandstone Palace of Umaid Bhawan; the monuments temples and gardens of Jodhpur depict a multi-faceted grandeur.

It is still a marvellously medieval city. While the graceful palaces, forts and temples bring alive the historic grandeur, exquisite handicrafts, folk dances, music and the brightly attired people lend a romantic aura to the city. Countless festivities celebrate the rich past and culture of the princely state. The Marwar Festival held annually is one such spectacular bonanza.

Afternoon, you will proceed on a city tour. You will visit magnificent Mehrangarh, one of Rajasthan’s finest forts, looks down protectively over the city, from the hilltop. Still run by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, this 5 km long majestic fort on a 125 metre high hill is one of the most impressive and formidable structures. There are seven gates that lead into the fort. Inside the fort is a series of courtyards and palaces. The palace apartments with marvellously carved panels, latticed windows have evocative names such as Sukh Mahal (Pleasure Palace), Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), the Phool Mahal (Flower Palace) and the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors). These palaces house a fabulous collection of trappings of Indian royalty including a superb collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs (used when the Maharajas rode their elephants in processions), miniature paintings, musical instruments, costumes and furniture. The Chamunda Devi Temple, dedicated to goddess Durga, stands on the southern end of the fort.

Continue your tour to Jaswant Thada, located a short distance from the fort, just off the fort road, is a white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The cenotaph built in 1899, was followed by the royal crematorium and three other cenotaphs that stand nearby. There are some beautiful marble jali (lattice) work and fine views from the
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Jodhpur
Day 4
Jodhpur To Jaipur (05 & Half Hour Drive)

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

After Breakfast drive to Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur and check in to Hotel.

The vibrant capital of Rajasthan renowned for its forts and palaces is popularly known as the ‘Pink City’ because of the pink-colored buildings in its old city. An ideal base for touring the royal state, the city has the distinction of being the third jewel of India’s “Golden Triangle”. Its main claim to fame is that it is India’s first ‘planned’ city built by the famous 18th century astronomer King Sawai Jai Singh II.

Jaipur is not only the gateway to the state; it is also the most natural place to begin a discovery of Rajasthan’s multifaceted attractions. Its beautiful buildings including the City Palace, Amer Fort and the landmark Hawa Mahal are truly worth seeing. Browsing through the markets in Jaipur, where skilled craftsmen display jewellery, paintings, carvings and colourful textiles, is an enjoyable experience for tourists.

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Jaipur
Day 5
In Jaipur

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

This morning, proceed on a full day excursion commencing with a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) – a five-storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Continue on drive to the ancient capital of Amer to see the fabulous Amber Fort, situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur city. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenellated walls lattice the surrounding area.

Following your visit to Amber, enjoy a tour of the Pink City, an “abode of rajahs”. The highlights of the tour include a visit to the City Palace Museum, which has a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes, and armory of Mughals and Rajputs including swords of different shapes and sizes with chiseled handles. Many antiques and artifacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here, including a collection of weaponry. It also has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit. Proceed to the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar Observatory, a stone astrological and astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century.

Return back to the hotel in the evening.

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Jaipur
Day 6
Jaipur – Agra ( 05 Hrs Drive)

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Check out from the hotel and drive to Agra (250 kms / 5 hrs drive). Arrive Agra and check in to Hotel.

Welcome to Agra – globally renowned as the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces in Agra is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire. Agra was their capital for nearly a hundred years from 1564. A pleasant town, with a comparatively easy pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by artisans who are hereditary craft persons. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.

Afternoon visit Taj Mahal (closed on Friday’s). Enjoy an exciting Tonga (horse carriage) ride to the mesmerizing Taj Mahal at sunrise. Referred to as one of the wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal in Agra is the epitome of tourism in India and is celebrated for its architectural magnificence and aesthetic beauty. A symphony in white marble, a tribute to eternal love, it was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.

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Agra
Day 7
Agra – Jhansi – Khajuraho

Early cold breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to the railway station to board the train to Jhansi.

Train Details:
From: Agra At: 0817 hrs By Train: Shatabdi Express
To: Jhansi At: 1048 hrs (Train No. 12002)

On arrival pick up from the Jhansi Railway Station and drive to Khajuraho (172 kms / 4 ½ hrs approx) en route visiting Orchha.

Orchha’s fort complex: The entrance of which is a multi-arched bridge, has three impressive palaces placed in an open quadrangle. The first of these is the Jehangir Mahal, built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo in the 17th century, to mark the occasion of Emperor Jehangir’s visit to the city. Fragile chhatries and ornate trellis work heighten the effect of artistic richness. The Raj Mahal was built by Madhukar Shah, the religious predecessor of Bir Singh Ju Deo. The interiors boast of intricate murals, depicting various religious themes. The Rai Praveen Mahal was built for the famous musician-poetess paramour of King Indramani, Rai Praveen, as a mark of admiration by Emperor Akbar. Continue to one of the most famous temple in Orchha, the Ram Raja temple. This palace – turned – temple is the only one of its kind, where Ram is worshipped as a king. The Laxminarayan temple sports an interesting fusion of fort and temple architecture. The interiors contain the most exquisite of Orchha’s wall paintings. There are 14 cenotaphs or chhatries to the rulers of Orchha, across the Kanchana Ghat of the Betwa River.

Continue to drive to Khajuraho. On arrival transfer to the hotel and check in.

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Khajuraho
Day 8
In Khajuraho

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning visit to the world famous erotic temples of Khajuraho. You will be visiting the more important western group of the temples.

Western Group of temples which are entirely Hindu, and constitute some of the finest examples of Chandela art at its peak. The largest being the Kandhariya Mahadev dedicated to Lord Shiva, followed by a granite temple – Chaunsath Yogini. The Chitragupta Temple is dedicated to the Sun God, while the Vishwanath Temple sports a three-headed image of Brahma – the Creator of the Universe. The Lakshmana Temple is superbly decorated, while the Devi Jagdambi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. Other temples in the Western Group include the Varaha Temple with a nine-foot high boar-incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Matangeshwara Temple with an eight-foot high lingam, and the Brahma Temple.

In the evening proceed for a sound and light show at the Khajuraho Temples.

Return back to the hotel

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Khajuraho
Day 9
Khajuraho – Varanasi

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Later check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport to board the flight to Varanasi.
Flight Details:
From: Khajuraho At: 1355 hrs By Flight: AI 405
To: Varanasi At: 1445 hrs

On arrival meet and assistance by our company representative and transfer to the hotel.

Located along the west bank of the holy river Ganges in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the city of Varanasi is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage site and is one of the oldest. It is a city which enshrines the very essence of Hinduism – temples, shrines and devotees, sunrise boat rides, flower ceremonies with traditional music and walks on the ghats. A city of colourful bazaars, exquisite and bright silks, festivals – all centring around the teeming ghats of the holy Ganges.

In the afternoon proceed on an excursion to Sarnath. Located about 10km from Varanasi, it is one of the important Buddhist centres. It is the site where Lord Buddha had preached his first sermon or in religious language, set in motion the Wheel of Law (Maha-Dharmachakra-Pravartan) enshrining the principles of his teaching into laws. 200 years later, in 3rd century BC, the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka who spread the Buddha’s message of love and compassion throughout his vast empire, built massive stupas, viharas and monasteries making it the centre of the Buddhist world. Several Buddhist structures were raised at Sarnath between 3rd century BC and 11th century AD and today it presents the most expansive ruins amongst places on the Buddhist trail. Enjoy a visit to the Stupa, the museum housing beautiful Buddhist and Hindu sculptures and temples.

In the evening proceed to the Ghats on the banks of River Ganges to witness the daily aarti ceremony. You will take a rickshaw ride from a certain point till the ghats.

Return back to the hotel

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Varanasi
Day 10
Varanasi – Delhi

Early this morning, enjoy a boat cruise on the river Ganges. Varanasi’s principle attraction is the string of bathing ghats, which line the western ghats of River Ganges. The spectacular 4 Km sweep of the Ghats is a unique sight, best viewed at dawn. An early morning boat ride presents an incredible scene as the multitudes of devotees come to the river to pay homage to the Sun God. Pass the bathing ghats where thousands of pilgrims immerse themselves in the holy water of the Ganges River and the burning ghats where cremations are conducted. Boat ride will be followed by visit to Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Bharat Mata Temple.

Return to the hotel for buffet breakfast.

Morning at leisure (check out at 1200 hrs).

Later transfer to the airport to board the flight to Delhi.

On arrival meet and assistance by our company representative and transfer to the hotel.

India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds – the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.

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Delhi
Day 11
In Delhi

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Today morning proceed for a city tour of Old Delhi.

During the tour visit the Jama Masjid – India’s largest mosque, the colourful bazaar of Chandni Chowk. Take a cycle rickshaw ride through the back streets of Old Delhi to get a first hand experience of the hustle and bustle of the traditional Old city. Drive past the Historic Red Fort (closed on Monday’s). Also visit Raj Ghat – the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi.

Later in the afternoon you will be taken on a guided orientation tour of New Delhi. Visit India Gate – War Memorial Arch, Qutab Minar (Tower of Victory) – a superb example of early Afghan architecture built to establish the might of Islam and onset of Muslim rule in India and Humayun’s Tomb – the first great example of a new distinctive style, which developed to become the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty. Also drive past the Rashtrapati Bhawan – the President’s Residence, the Parliament House – the Government headquarters and other Government buildings.

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Delhi
Day 12
Delhi – Kalka – Shimla(Mashobra)

Cold breakfast at the hotel.
Early morning transfer to the railway station to board the train to Kalka.

Train Details:
From: Delhi At: 0740 hrs By Train: Shatabdi Express
To: Kalka At: 1145 hrs (Train No: 12011)

On arrival in Kalka, you will be changing train to take a toy train ride to Solan Railway Station.

Train Details:
From: Kalka At: 1210 hrs By Train: Himalayan Queen (Toy Train)
To: Solan At: 1437 hrs

Pick up from Solan Railway Station and drive to Shimla. On arrival transfer to the hotel and check in.
Resting at the foothills of the majestic Himalayas is Shimla, the queen of hill stations and once the summer capital of the British Raj. Shimla was the most important British hill resort, prior to India’s independence. It is named after its patron goddess, Shamla Devi, a manifestation of Kali. Shimla, located at an altitude of 7,267 feet, is inhabited around a crescent – shaped ridge, which is blessed with perennially cool air and amazing views. It provides superb panoramic sights of the valleys, and the lofty peaks of the great Himalayan range, on both sides.
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Shimla
Day 13
In Shimla (mashobra)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Drive from your hotel to the main city (13 kms / 30 min drive) Enjoy a half day tour exploring the main attractions of Shimla including the The Mall, the main promenade that runs along the top of the ridge, a busy shopping area with old colonial buildings, souvenir shops and restaurants. At the top end of the Mall is Scandal Point, a large open square with a view of the town. Overlooking it is the elegant Christ Church with its fine stained glass windows; The Glen located 4 km west of Scandal Corner, is a delightful secluded spot for picnics over the weekend; Rashtrapati Niwas, formerly the residence of the British Viceroy; the Himachal State Museum, which has a modest collection of stone statues and local handicrafts from different parts of Himachal Pradesh; Jakhoo Hill, Shimla’s highest point dedicated to Lord Hanuman; Summer Hill, a quiet suburb of Shimla with peaceful environs ideal for secluded walks; Chadwick Falls, located just beyond Summer Hill is the 67 m waterfall, cascading into a deep gorge; Prospects Hill is another favorite walk and vantage point with breath-taking views; Kamna Devi and Tara Devi Temple

Return back to the hotel in the afternoon.

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Shimla
Day 14
In Shimla (mashobra)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy a full day excursion to Chail and Kufri.

Enjoy a full day excursion commencing with a visit to Kufri. A long and enjoyable drive through lush forests and quaint villages takes one to the small but thoroughly popular hill station of Kufri. A well – known ski resort in Himachal Pradesh, it is 16 kilometre from Shimla. Its main attractions are the Nature Park, and the exciting trek that leads to the divine Mahasu peak. Great hiking, skiing, beautiful scenes and a cool environment; it is an ideal weekend destination. At a height of 2,622 metres, it has fine slopes for beginners as well as for experienced skiers. Kufri also has a Himalayan Nature Park which has a collection of animals and birds unique to Himachal Pradesh. A winter sports festival is held each year in February.

Continue to Chail set amidst scented forests of pine and deodar, was once the summer resort of the maharajas of Patiala. Located 45km away from Shimla on a wooded spur, Chail overlooks the Sutlej Valley. It is built on three adjacent hills and has the country’s highest cricket ground, 2250m above sea level.

Explore Chail offering lovely walks and trails that meander through the dense pine forests and a Wildlife Sanctuary, once a private hunting reserve, is popular with birdwatchers. Sambar, Red jungle fowl, barking deer, wild boar, pheasant and a variety of birds are some of the inhabitants of the sanctuary. There are excellent spots along the River Gaura with opportunities for anglers to tangle with the Himalayan Mahaseer. The magnificent Rajgarh palace, with elaborate furnishings, built in 1891, comfortable log huts and cottages, dense forests and serene walks, sprawling lawns, a children’s park, fishing and trekking, Chail is a resort in the real sense of the term.

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Shimla
Day 15
Shimla – Chandigarh – Delhi

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning at leisure.

Later check out of the hotel and drive to Chandigarh (117 kms / 4 hrs appros). On arrival transfer to the airport to board the flight to Delhi.

On arrival meet and assistance by our company representative and transfer to the hotel.

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Delhi
Day 16
Delhi Departure

Cold breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to the international airport to board the flight for your onwards journey..

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