9nt Cultural Tour of North India
North India, the land of the kings and romance; home to the holy Ganga and 5000 years of culture lies, is waiting to be discovered. The region is a melange of rich Hindu customs, superior architecture and traditions. This Cultural Tour of North India takes you through the country’s capital city Delhi, the romance of Agra-the city of the Taj Mahal, the royal splendour of Jaipur, the architectural wonders of Khajuraho and the spiritual treasures of Varanasi. No matter what one seeks, the northern zone is a treasure trove of varied colours, flavours and cultures that never fail to fascinate.
- See the contrasting landmarks of Old and New Delhi
- Visit the spectacular Amber Fort and enjoy walk around the vibrant bazaars of Jaipur
- Explore the majestic Fatehpur Sikri and ancient stepwell at Abhaneri
- Pay tribute to the monument of love ‘Taj Mahal’
- Marvel at the erotic architecture at the UNESCO World Heritage Temples of Khajuraho
- Witness the sacred ‘Aarti’ ceremony and enjoy boat ride on the holy Ganges in Varanasi
Valid for double/twin occupancy only
Departure points, dates and hours are subject to availability and cannot always be guaranteed
Hotel Check in 14:00, Check out 10:00
There is no charge for payments made with Debit Cards.
Day 1. Delhi:
Arrive in the historical city of Delhi and transfer to your hotel for 2 nights stay.
Day 2. Delhi:
Enjoy a guided tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi which includes drive past the Red Fort, a visit to Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in Asia, walk through the bustling lanes of Chandni Chowk and Raj Ghat, the simple but moving memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Later, drive past the imposing India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President’s residence) and end the tour with a visit to Qutab Minar, a masterpiece of perfect proportions, and tomb of Emperor Humayun.
Day 3. Jaipur
Drive to Jaipur (260 km / approx. 6 hours). On arrival in Jaipur, check into the hotel. The evening is free for individual activities.
Day 4. Jaipur
Proceed on a tour of the fabulous hilltop citadel of Amber Fort, en route taking a photo-stop at Hawa Mahal, a five-storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade. Located at the top of a hill, Amber Fort offers spectacular view of the old town below, where Akbar stopped en route on his annual pilgrimage to Ajmer. Continue to Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, to observe the consuming and exhausting method of hand-block printing in entirety, from carving of wooden blocks to transformation of raw fabric into a piece of art. Afternoon enjoy the city tour including a visit to the City Palace Museum, which has a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury of Mughals and Rajput and the awe-inspiring Jantar Mantar Observatory. You may want to walk around the colourful bazaars and enjoy a traditional sweet at a renowned sweetshop.
Day 5. Agra
Drive to the Mughal city of Agra (240 Kms / 06-07 Hours), en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri – the beautiful deserted capital of Emperor Akbar and the ancient town of Abhaneri. On arrival in Agra, check into the hotel. Evening is free for individual activities.
Day 6. Agra
Enjoy a guided tour of Agra which includes a visit to Itmad-ud-Daula, the beautiful tomb of Mirza Ghiyas Beg. Explore the massive red sandstone Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and the seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Continue to the Taj Mahal (closed on Friday), built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, a masterpiece in marble and one of the world’s most famous landmarks. In the evening, enjoy Taj Mahal view from across the River Yamuna and also witness the display of intricate marble inlay work.
Day 7. Khajuraho
In the morning, transfer to Agra railway station to board Shatabdi express train to Jhansi (Shatabdi express-12002: 0800 / 1040). On arrival Jhansi drive to Khajuraho (180 Kms / 04 -05 Hours) en-route visiting the village of Orchha, the former capital of the Bundela dynasty. On arrival in Khajuraho, check into the hotel.
Day 8. Varanasi
Explore the Eastern and Western group of Temples, reflecting the exotic architectural splendour of the Chandela Kings. In the afternoon, transfer to airport for flight to Varanasi (Ai-405: 1515 / 1600). On arrival, assisted check into the hotel. In the evening, you will be transferred to Dashashwamedh Ghat along the River Ganges to witness the special Hindu Aarti ceremony performed at the Ghats. Every evening, a magical Aarti is performed - the presiding priests stand on a wooden step-board in the water. To the chant of Sanskrit mantras, and the clash of cymbals and drums, the river is worshipped with flowers, incense, sandalwood, milk and vermilion.
Day 9. Delhi
Early morning enjoy a boat cruise on the river Ganges (subject to water levels). Varanasi's principle attraction is the string of bathing ghats, which line the western ghats of River Ganges. Following visit, return to your hotel for breakfast. Later walk through the maze of back lanes in the old quarters that exude the smells and sounds of this holy city. Visit Kachauri Gali, a lane filled with a tempting bouquet of spices, where cooks sit beside huge pans of smoking oil, balanced on earthen ovens. In the afternoon, proceed on a tour of Sarnath, the site of Buddha's first sermon (museum remains closed on Fridays). Later, transfer to the airport to board flight for Delhi (9W-742: 1700 / 1820). Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 10. Depart Delhi
In time transfer to the airport for your onward journey.