Splendour of Northern India

  • Code: IND-SPL-0001

    Splendour of Northern India


    10 Day Tour Programme

    This is a 9 nights/10 day tour of India giving you an insight into India and its culture. You will be invited to witness various religious ceremonies and experience the local culture. During the journey you will be taken to Sarnath - the place where Budha gave his first sermon, before visiting the World Heritage site of Khajuraho where we visit the exquisite Kama Sutra temples.

    Your journey then takes you to Orchha which was the seat of a princely state of central India where you will see beautiful temples on the banks of river Betwa. A visit to Agra takes you to the one of the world's most famous site - the Taj Mahal.

    You will visit the former Mughal Capital of Fateh Pur Sikri - a World Heritage site, and the famous Ranthambore National Park where you will take a Jeep Safari into the jungle to see tigers and other wildlife. Your journey culminates at Jaipur - famous for its forts, palaces and jewels, where you can take an elephant ride to the Amber Palace.

    The tour includes:

    - Daily Breakfast & Dinner as per itinerary.

    - English speaking guides

    - Welcome dinner in New Delhi.

    - Visit to the World Heritage sites at Delhi Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar.

    - Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi passing through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk Bazaar.

    - Boat ride on Ganges at Varanasi

    - Train journey in India in Executive Class from Jhansi/Agra.

    - Visit to the Abandoned City of Fateh Pur Sikri (a UNESCO World Heritage site)

    - 2 Jeep Safaris at Ranthambore National Park

    - Elephant ride at the Amber Fort in Jaipur & dinner at Spice Court Restaurant in Jaipur

    Day 01 - Delhi

    You are greeted with a warm traditional welcome and transferred to your hotel.

    Overnight: Maidens Hotel (2 Nights)

    Splendour of Northern India

    Day 02 - Delhi

    On your first day you are given a tour of the sites of Delhi showing both the old and new faces of India.

    The day includes the following:

    - Breakfast at your hotel in Delhi

    - Guided tour of Birla House - the former residence of Mahatma Gandhi

    - Photo stop at India Gate, Parliament and Government buildings

    - Guided tour of Humayun's Tomb - a World Heritage site

    - Guided tour of Qutub Minar - a World Heritage site and the tallest minaret in India

    - Guided tour of Red Fort - a World Heritage site

    - Guided tour of Jama Masjid - one of the largest mosques in India

    - Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi

    - Welcome dinner at Garam Masala restaurant

    Splendour of Northern India

    Day 03 - Delhi - Varanasi

    The day starts with your transfer to the airport and flight to Varanasi.

    Varanasi is the spiritual centre of Hindu religion and is visited by Hindus who come daily to dip themselves in the holy water of the Ganges.

    You are taken to the Bharat Mata temple which houses a big relief map of India made from marble. Varanasi is famous for its many temples and you are shown the Durga temple, the Tulsi Manas Mandir, the Banaras Hindu University and the Mosque of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The city is famous also for its Banarasi silk saris and you visit some of the houses where silk sarees are still being weaved.

    Every evening at sunset, on the banks of the river Ganges, the devotional ceremony of Aarti is performed. In the evening you are taken to witness the ceremonies.

    Overnight is spent at the Gateway Hotel in the Ganges

    Splendour of Northern India

    Day 04 - Varanasi - Khajuraho

    Your day starts with a dawn cruise on the River Ganges where you will see large numbers of pilgrims and priests performing spiritual immersions and various other rituals. Then you are taken to Sarnath which was the site of the Buddha's first sermon after attaining enlightenment. At Sarnath you will meet many Buddhist monks and followers before visiting local homes to see silk weaving and enjoy local hospitality.

    Following your flight to Khajuraho and transfer to your hotel - you will shown the UNESCO World Heritage site temples built during the peak of the Chandela dynasty between 950 and 1050. The temples are decorated with many sculptures that are among the greatest masterpieces of Indian art.

    Overnight is spent at the Taj Chandela hotel.

    Splendour of Northern India

    Day 05 - Khajuraho - Jhansi - Agra

    You are driven to Orchha, an amazing medieval fortress-city located on the shores of the Betwa. After viewing Orchha you are taken to the Railway Station in Jhansi to take a first class train to Agra. After a comfortable train journey lasting just over 2 hours with four brief stops en route before arriving in Agra where you are transferred to your Hotel.

    Overnight is spent at the Gateway Hotel

    Splendour of Northern India

    Day 06 Agra

    Day 06: Agra: Today you are taken to one of the most best known sites in the world - the Taj Mahal. Built by Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj is built of white marble, beautifully carved and inlaid with semi-precious stones. Next you visit Agra Fort, where Shah Jehan, in the later years of his life, was imprisoned by his son to prevent him from spending the family fortunes on a black echo of the Taj Mahal. Later you are driven to Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful capital built in 1640 by the Mughal King, Akbar the Great. The city was later abandoned because of a lack of water. It remains a superb example of Mughal architecture and stands perfectly preserved in the desert. You also visit the mausoleum of Salim Chisty who is reputed to have prayed for a son for Akbar leading to the birth of Salim Jehangir.

    Splendour of Northern India

    Day 07 Agra - Ranthambore

    After breakfast you are driven to Ranthambore. The former hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the Ranthambore National Park is situated in Eastern Rajasthan at the confluence of the Aravali hills and the Vindhyan plateau. Two rivers flow through the Ranthambore National Park - the Chambal River in the South and the Banas River in the North. Six man-made lakes and many perennial streams pass through the entire national park. The Ranthambore National Park is nestled between the Aravali and Vindhya mountain ranges. The rugged terrain and the dense deciduous forests are major features of this national park, which has among the largest and most diverse collection of wildlife species in India.

    On arrival in Ranthambore, you check into your Hotel. In the afternoon you take a jeep safari through the National Park. On your journey you will see various indigenous animals including wild Boar and tigers. About 150 species of bird can be found here including migratory birds, such as the steppe eagle, that arrive in winter.

    Overnight is spent in the Ranthambore Regency hotel.

    Splendour of Northern India

    Day 08 - Ranthambore - Jaipur

    Following a jeep safari in the morning through the Ranthambore National Park, you are driven to Jaipur, the rose pink capital of Rajasthan. In the evening you have dinner at the Spice Court Restaurant and enjoy a Rajasthan cultural dance performance.

    Overnight is spend in the Ramada Hotel

    Splendour of Northern India

    Day 09 - Jaipur

    Jaipur, Rajasthan's chaotic, dusky - pink capital is a place of wild contrasts and constantly stimulates the senses. The old city of Jaipur is lined with long, twinkling bazaars. Carts thread their way through the streets that are packed with cars, cows, rickshaws and bicycles. The city owes its name and early planning to the great astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693 - 1743).

    A royal experience awaits you as you take an elephant ride uphill to the intriguing Amber Palace, a fine example of 17th Century Rajput architecture. After the tour you return to Jaipur to visit the astronomical observatory built by the founder of the city, Jai Singh. We also visit the majestic Palace, which houses a rare collection of Indian art, and the colourful bazaar.

    Most of the buildings in the old city are made of pink sandstone and one of the most beautiful is Hawa Mahal, Palace of Winds, where the ladies of the royal harem used to watch the city from behind the intricately carved facade. Evening is free to enjoy both shopping and a cultural experience in the bazaars of Jaipur.

    Overnight is spend in the Ramada Hotel

    Splendour of Northern India

    Day 10 - Jaipur - Delhi - Home

    After driving to Delhi you attend a farewell dinner before boarding your flight back home.


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    code: IND-SPL-0001

    Price (excluding international flights):

    Two people sharing from £989 per person

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