Highlights of Northern India
Enter another world on this spellbinding Highlights of Northern India, taking in the Golden Triangle cities, as well as other fascinating towns. You’ll start and end in Delhi, and overnight in Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur along the way. Magnificent forts and enchanting palaces are major highlights of this tour. View the towering Qutub Minar, ancient tomb of the Emperor Humayun, in Delhi, tour the massive Agra Fort in Agra, and visit the grand palaces of Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort.
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Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Welcome to Delhi, the capital of modern India. Delhi is a magnetic blend of old and new boasting a fascinating array of sights, from elegant shops and lively bazaars to impressive forts and mosques that were once the power-base for India’s Mughal emperors. Hotel rooms are available for a mid-afternoon check-in.
Hotel: Jaypee Siddharth Hotel, 2 nights
Day 2: Delhi
Your day starts with a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi including a Cycle Rickshaw Ride. See the splendid 17th century Mughal Red Fort before visiting landmarks such as RAJ Ghat and the majestic three-domed Jama Masjid/ the largest mosque in Asia. Experience a walk in the alleys of Chandni Chowk; and later, visit the ancient stepwell Agrasen Ki Baoli, which has 103 steps and a series of carved chambers and passages. The afternoon is at your leisure.
Day 3: Delhi – Agra
This morning, enjoy New Delhi’s major sights, including the towering Qutub Minar, ancient tomb of the Emperor Humayun; then a drive past the grand India Gate war memorial, Parliament, and Rashtrapati Bhavan. Continue to Agra and see the intricate art of pietra dura or marble inlay.
Hotel: Hotel Clarks Shiraz, 2 nights
Day 4: Agra
Your day begins with a visit to the famous Taj Mahal. This remarkable edifice was commissioned by Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and took 22 years to build. Later, visit Agra Fort, A Colossal, red-sandstone UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising forbidding battlements and spectacular Mughal Palace with audience halls, the Room of Mirrors, and the pavilion where Shahjahan spent his last days.
Day 5: Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur
This morning, stop at Fatehpur Sikri, an abandoned city. Tour the sandstone palaces, elegant courtyards, and victory gate of this ghostly place built in 1569 and deserted by its people when the water ran out. Then, travel to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s quintessential royal city. Often referred to as the “Pink City,” Jaipur is studded with intricately adorned temples and monuments.
Hotel: Indana Palace Jaipur, 2 nights
Day 6: Jaipur
Start with a visit to the legendary Amber Fort, known as the “Sleeping Beauty of Rajasthan.” This fortress-palace has a sombre exterior that hides a richly ornate interior of royal apartments, including an alabaster Hall of Victory and a superb Chamber of Mirrors. Next, visit Jantar Mantar and explore the City Palace Museum, with its collection of paintings, carpets, weapons, and costumes; then enjoy time at the bustling markets of the old city.
Day 7: Jaipur – Jodhpur
Travel to Jodhpur, once one of India’s princely states. Set in the sand dunes of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur’s mesmerising old city is ringed by a 10-kilometre, 8-gated wall outside of which the new city stands. Brimming with enchanting palaces, temples, havelis, and a beautiful fort, this imperious city exudes grandeur and warm hospitality.
Hotel: Indana Palace Jodhpur, 2 nights
Day 8: Jodhpur
Marvel at the grand palaces of Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort. Admire the splendid Jaswant Singh Ii Memorial/ beautifully constructed from thin marble sheets that allow sunlight to filter in. Enjoy a turban-tying demonstration before taking a Safari to visit the local Bishnoi tribes of the desert. These communities of nature lovers protect endangered plant and tree species and prohibit poachers from killing animals.
Day 9: Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur
This morning, visit the spectacular Jain Temples en route to Udaipur. On arrival in Udaipur, the remainder of the day is at leisure. Known as the “City of Lakes,” Udaipur is built around three lakes and is made of a maze of narrow lanes, exquisite palaces, pavilions, and gardens.
Hotel: Spectrum Hotel & Residencies, 2 nights
Day 10: Udaipur
Marvel at Udaipur’s beauty on a tour of its City Palace And Museum, comprising a series of enchanting palaces overlooking Lake Pichola. You will also enjoy the views during your Cruise on this beautiful lake. There is the opportunity to learn about the region’s famous miniature art.
Day 11: Udaipur – Delhi
Fly back to Delhi today and prepare for your journey home.
Hotel: Ibis New Delhi Aerocity
Day 12: Depart Delhi
Your tour ends today with breakfast this morning.
|2019 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|October: 14, 28||$2,047.00||$2,898.00|
|Meals:||11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner|
|Transport:||Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach|
|Flight:||AirTicket: Udaipur - Delhi|
|Accommodation:||11 nights accommodation|
|Guide:||Professional Tour Director|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.