Duration : 16 Nights / 17 Days
Places Covered : Delhi - Lucknow - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Orchha - Jhansi - Agra - Bharatpur - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Luni - Narlai - Udaipur - Mumbai
This truly is the most remarkable way of seeing Northern India. The discovery begins in the grandeur of Delhi with its imperial buildings and tree lined avenues, before travelling to Lucknow, scene of the great siege of 1857. We continue our journey with the spiritual aspects of India, visiting Varanasi, situated on the banks of the holy river Ganges, Khajuraho with its wonderful carvings, and Orchha steeped in Bundela architecture. By train to Agra, where our two visits to the Taj Mahal allow us to see the many faces of this magical monument, We head west to The 'Pink City' of Jaipur via the bird sanctuary at Bharatpur, one of Asia's leading bird sanctuaries, and a must for any ornithologist. In Jodhpur the ancient streets cluster around the magnificent Meherangarh Fort, and while staying in the small village of Luni we enjoy the contrasts of village India. After driving through some of Rajasthan's most scenic and dramatic landscapes we arrive in Udaipur, with its incomparably romantic surroundings. To Bombay, where the bustle is a marked contrast to the serenity of rural India, and impressive gothic architecture stands juxtaposed with the sights and sounds that capture the essence of India.
Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
On arrival at the airport, you will meet our representative and be transferred to hotel. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi – Board overnight train to Varanasi
Morning leave for sight-seeing tour, which includes visit to Jama Masjid - the largest mosque of Emperor Shahjahan. Later proceed to Raj Ghat- cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, to India Gate - a 42 meter stone arch built in the memory of the Indian Soldiers who died in World War I, Drive past the President's House Parliament House, and the Qutab Minar. Evening board train to Varanasi.
Day 03 : Delhi – Board Overnight train to Varanasi
Arrive Varanasi in the morning. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Afternoon visit Sarnath, near Varanasi is the place where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon. Evening watch “Aarti” at River Ganges. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 04 : Varanasi
Early morning boat ride on river Ganges to see the Bathing Cremation Ghats. Come back for the breakfast at hotel. Later leave for city tour of Varanasi visiting Bharat Mata temple, Tulsi Manas, Banaras Hindu University etc. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 05 : Varanasi - Khajuraho
Morning free for leisure. Later transfer to the Airport to connect flight for Khajuraho. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Later visit the famous erotic temples of Khajuraho built between AD 950 and 1050 by the kings of the Chandela, the site originally possessed 85 temples, of which 20 are still reasonably preserved. The temples are best known for the erotic friezes on their walls.
Day 06 : Khajuraho - Orchha - Jhansi - Agra
Day 07 : Agra
Day 08 : Agra - Bharatpur
Day 09 : Bharatpur - Jaipur
Day 10 : Jaipur - Jodhpur
Day 11 : Jodhpur – Excursion to Osain
Day 12 : Jodhpur - Luni
Day 13 : Luni - Narlai
Day 14 : Narlai – Ranakpur - Udaipur
Day 15 : Udaipur
Day 16 : Udaipur - Mumbai
Day 17 : Mumbai - Out
Morning cruise across the harbor to Elephanta Island and its famous caves, filled with carvings and sculptures dating back to 550 A.D. Evening transfer to International Airport to connect flight for onward destination. (hotel checkout 12:00 hrs).