Experience the colors of incredible India in this amazing tour. The best of travel services plus a great itinerary make a perfect holiday. Spend some time exploring the most loved destinations of north India and get to know varying traditions, cultures and customs.
DAY 1: ARRIVE AT DELHI
Welcome to New Delhi, the capital city of India. The city has so much to offer that there is never a dull moment. Visit the beautiful temples, historical monuments and bazaars & streets that have age old stories and take back memories for a lifetime. On your arrival you will be greeted at the airport by our representatives and will be transferred to your hotel. We have not planned anything for today. You will be left free at your leisure to rest.
Your documents will be handed over to you along with plan/schedule of your tour. Though most of the visits are pre-planned, but you can also customize them as per your convenience.
DAY 2: DELHI
Delhi is the capital city of India and all official buildings are in this city. Though the city has witnessed a lot since the time of Mughals, it has grown as a modern city with time. We will start from the Old Delhi visiting the colourful bazaars of Chandni Chowk. A rickshaw ride is planned for you that will take you along the narrow streets of the market. You can stop here to shop for your loved ones back home. The market offers traditional clothing, souvenirs, traditional jewellery, utensils and a lot more that you won’t find in any other city of India. Food of this place is popular among the people of Delhi. It attracts people from various places to indulge in authentic street food of Delhi.
We continue our tour to Red Fort. The fort depicts architectural and historical skill set of the labourers of those times. A blend of Persian, Indian and European architecture, the fort was once called the 8th wonder of the world. It was the seat of the Mughal Empire for more than 250 years and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Next in plan is a visit to Raj Ghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. The lush green lawn has a black marble platform built on the remains of Mahatma Gandhi. An eternal flame burns next to the platform.
Your lunch will be organised at a popular restaurant serving both vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies of Delhi.
After lunch you’d be visiting the magnificent Bangle Sahib Gurudwara. Although it is a Sikhism’s shrine, people of all religions are welcome here. The Gurudwara serves langar (free meal served as prasaad) daily to thousands of people. If time permits, we will sit down to taste some langar. It is prepared at the Gurudwara by the volunteers and served by the volunteers. You can also participate in the daily activities with the volunteers
The tour will continue by a drive through Lutyens’ Delhi, from the Connaught Place - Delhi’s historic British era marketplace. You can stop to shop the local items being sold on the road side.
Next we will visit India Gate followed by Humanyun Tomb and then Qutub Minar. All three monuments have their own beautiful stories. You can ask the tour guide to narrate them to you. These are one of the best places to take a few pictures for memories.
Evening is planned at an affluent Delhi family’s home where the chef will cook delicious multicourse Indian meal for you. Take a few cooking lessons and enjoy the meal. After your dinner you will be driven back to the hotel. Your overnight stay will be at the hotel.
DAY 3: DELHI – VARANASI
Today will be your last day in Delhi. We will assist you to check out from your hotel and drive to reach the airport. You will board the flight to Varanasi. Once you arrive you will be transferred to your hotel.
Few hours will be left free at your leisure to rest. Your tour will start in the afternoon with temple tour. The temples along the banks of the river are built magnificently. We will walk through the narrow lanes of the crowded market to explore the old world charm of the area. We will spend the later hours of the afternoon watching the sunset at the river Ganga. Float your own oil lamps and watch the ancient prayers being offered by the devotees. Varanasi is popular for silk weaving art work. You can visit the market in the evening to buy traditional attires for your loved ones.
Dinner will be served at the hotel. Overnight stay will be arranged at the hotel in Varanasi.
DAY 4: VARANASI – KHAJURAHO
Day today will be planned for a boat cruise on River Ganga. You are suggested to visit the Ghats during the dawn time. See the devotees taking morning dip, people participating in the rituals and praying at the Ghats. The most popular Ghat is the Dasadwamedh Ghat and your tour will begin from here. See the ceremony of a recently deceased Hindu’s ashes being immersed in the river and naming ceremony of a newborn.
Spend another evening watching the activities on the Ghats. When you return your breakfast will be served at the hotel. You will be assisted to checkout and will be driven to reach the airport from where you will board the flight to Khajuraho.
When you reach, our representatives will meet you at the airport and will help you transfer to your hotel. After a few hours of relaxation you will begin your guided tour from the popular temples of Khajuraho. These thousand year old temples have detailed carvings making beautiful stone sculptures.
Evening is set for a sound and light show at the temples. When you return your dinner will be served at the hotel. Your overnight stay will be at the hotel in Khajuraho.
DAY 5: KHAJURAHO – AGRA
Today will be your last day in Khajuraho. After breakfast you will be assisted to check out and will be driven to Orcha. Your lunch will be at a restaurant along the way. Explore the ruins of the region. You will be amazed to see the archaeological treasures of Orcha which were built 4-5 centuries ago by the Hindu kings who ruled this area.
We will continue our drive to reach Agra. Once you arrive, you will check-in to your hotel and rest for some time. Agra is popular for its delicious sweet called ‘Petha’ (Concentrated sweet prepared with Pumpkin). Ask your tour guide to help you buy the sweet to take back home. Agra is also popular for its marble creations. You can buy a few souvenirs for your friends and family back home.
The local market of Agra is worth visiting. Spend some time to explore the traditional attire and local vendors selling traditional jewelery and ornaments.
DAY 6: AGRA
Your half day city tour in Agra will begin will a short folk music and dance performance by a local artist troupe.
We will begin with a visit to the famous tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah built by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir’s queen as a memorial to her father.
Next in plan is a visit to Agra Fort built in 1565 by the Mughal ruler, Emperor Akbar. The fort depicts grandeur of Mughal Empire with its royal audience halls, private royal chambers, immense stone courtyards and marble mosque.
Your lunch will be at a local restaurant of Agra serving local north Indian food. You will be then driven to your hotel where we will leave you at your leisure to enjoy rest of the day as you wish.
Later in the evening we will visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World - Taj Mahal. A monument dedicated to love, it is a world heritage site. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653 AD in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal the spectacular white monument was created by approximately 22,000 skilled craftsmen and it took 22 years to complete.
Your overnight stay will be at a hotel in Agra.
DAY 7: AGRA – RANTHAMBORE
Today’s tour will be another splendid tour exploring the ancient monuments of the region. You can choose to sleep or opt to witness the sunrise at Mehtab Bagh. It is a 500-year-old Mughal garden situated just across Taj Mahal.
When you return, we will assist you to checkout from your hotel and drive to reach Fatehpur Sikri. The city of Fatehpur Sikri was beautiful built by Emperor Akbar between 1570 and 1585 A.D. and is constructed primarily out of red sandstone.
Next you will visit the tallest gateway in the world, the towering Bulund Darwaza (The Gate of Victory). Also visit the marble tomb of Shaik Salim Chishti, built in 1570. It is a white marble tomb beautifully built by artisans of those times.
We will continue our journey and reach Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore National Park). You can stop along the way to capture the scenic beauty of the region. The rural Rajasthan comprises of colourful villages. See the daily activities of the local people and participate in a few. Camel is used as an easy transport medium in this area.
When you arrive, your accommodation arrangements will be made at the jungle lodge. Get ready for multiple tiger sighting. Your dinner will be served at the lodge.
DAY 8: RANTHAMBORE
Ranthambore is spread over an area of 410 square kilometres that runs along the eastern spur of the Aravali mountain range until it meets with the Vindhya ranges. The jungle of Ranthambore was once considered as private hunting grounds of the Jaipur rulers’. It was in 1972 that it was declared a Sanctuary and was brought under the Project Tiger Conservation platform.
Major part of the park is covered with dry deciduous forest while the lakes and ponds are surrounded with vegetation. The open grasslands are favorite terrain of the tigers. The park is home to leopards, deer, the sloth bear and shy caracal.
Enjoy a guided wildlife safari in the morning and early hours of the evening. A short visit to the Ranthambore Fort is also planned. This massive Fort is said to be the finest examples of the ancient Hindu concept of Vana-Durg. The fort today lies majorly in ruins after it was successively occupied by the Muslims, Rajputs and Mughals.
The fort also has an ancient temple that attracts continuous stream of pilgrims from the surrounding villages. You have to be careful here. The region is home to aggressive langur’s (South Asian monkeys). Ensure that you do not carry anything that grabs monkey’s attention.
Evening is set for a bonfire at the lodge. Gather around the campfire along with other guests. Enjoy a variety of Indian barbecue delicacies before dinner.
Dinner will be served at the lodge. Your overnight stay will be at the lodge.
DAY 9: RANTHAMBORE – JAIPUR
Today will be your last day in Ranthambore. Get ready for your last safari after the breakfast. When you return, you will be assisted to check out and driven to Jaipur.
We will halt midway for lunch. Enjoy authentic Rajasthani cuisine at a popular restaurant. The drive in this route will cover rural Rajasthan. You can halt to capture pictures.
When you reach, we will help you check into your hotel in Jaipur. A cultural show is planned in the evening, followed by dinner.
Your overnight stay will be at the hotel in Jaipur.
DAY 10: JAIPUR
The day begins with an excursion to Amber Fort and Palace. You can reach the fort on elephant or jeep. The magnificent fort is a standing example of Rajput grandeur and opulence. The fort complex was originally built by Raja Mansingh. Explore the beautiful chambers and alleys and get a glimpse of the glorious past of the region.
In the afternoon visit Jantar Mantar, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The stone observatory was built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728. Next stop would be Hawa Mahal, or ‘Palace of Winds’. It was built in 1799 so that the ladies of the royal family could observe the bazaars. The tour continues and you visit City Palace next. The perfect blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles, the City Palace is a must visit when in Jaipur. Stroll through the markets to pick up souvenirs and enjoy a tour of a collection of Rajput turbans. A turban tying demonstration is included, as are turban and Sari tying lessons.
In the evening enjoy a cultural show at a local restaurant followed by traditional dinner.
DAY 11: JAIPUR - DELHI - INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT
Today will be your last day in the pick city. We leave you free at your leisure this morning. After your breakfast, we will help you checkout of your hotel and will be driven to the airport to board your flight to Delhi.
Our services will end at Delhi airport.