Highlights of Northern India

This trip, filled with the buzz and excitement of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, also provides glimpses into rich and varied cultural and historical splendor of the holy city of Varanasi. It is also a comprehensive introduction to India’s varied wildlife, fascinating culture and spectacular Moghul and Hindu architecture.

For Northern India one conjures up immediate and familiar images: the Taj Mahal, the holy River Ganges, tigers, turbans, saris, great food and rickshaws. To substantiate that, this sho...

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5h 30m - 260km

Day 1 - 2Jaipur, the colourful capital of Rajasthan

Delhi - Jaipur

  • Arrival at the International airport of Delhi in the morning and traditional welcome by our representative.

  • We drive to the colourful capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, popularly known as the ‘Pink City’. With its rich cultural heritage and colourful past, it is now one of the most important heritage cities in India. The city was established in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the then ruler of Amer. Also known as The City of Victory, Jaipur was the first planned city of its time. With imposing forts, dazzling palaces, serene lakes and beautiful gardens and markets it has tremendous attraction for anyone. In the evening, we explore the colorful bazaars of Jaipur.

Day 2

  • Amber, originally, was the capital of the state before Jaipur. It is an old fort, built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh. This fort is also very popularly known as the Amer Palace. The Amber Fort was built in red sandstone and marble and the Maotha Lake adds a certain charm to the entire Fort.

  • The City Palace was where the Maharaja reigned from. This palace also includes the famous 'Chandra Mahal' and 'Mubarak Mahal', and other buildings which form a part of the palace complex.

  • Next, we visit the Jantar Mantar, a Solar Observatory built in the 18th century; an astronomical treasure house that measures time according to the movement of the Sun to an error of just 2 seconds with solar devices that give accurate astrological predictions as well, till date.

  • We also visit the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five-storied facade of pink sandstone. It was built in the year 1799 to allow royal ladies to watch processions and festivities on the road through its 953 ‘Jharokas’ or Small windows, without being seen by the public.

4h 30m - 180km
Ranthambhore

Day 3Spot a tiger in Ranthambore park

Jaipur - Ranthambhore

  • Drive from Jaipur to Ranthambore National Park, one of the largest in Northern india, home of a large range of wildlife, including the Tiger.

  • We will have an Afternoon Safari in the National park trying to spot the elusive tiger, and many of the other species living in the 392 Kms of the park.

Ranthambhore
5h - 260km
1h - 40km

Day 4 - 5Agra, land of the Taj Mahal

Ranthambhore - Fatehpur Sikri

  • This morning take Another safari in the park to spot the tiger and other animal and bird species.

  • Visit of the Fatehpur Sikri, beautiful city near Agra founded in 1569 by the Emperor Akbar. The city hosts several historical building such as the Buland Darwaza. The ancient capital and fabulous ghost town of red sandstone built by Emperor Moghol Akbar. It is home to a sixteenth-century citadel, now a ghost town with surprising architecture resulting from the synthesis of various styles: Indo-Muslim, Hindu, Christian and Jain inspiration.

Fatehpur Sikri - Agra

  • We finally arrive in beautiful Agra city, on the banks of the river Yamuna. Agra is the home to the iconic Taj Mahal, a mausoleum built for the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth in 1631.

Day 5

  • In the morning, visit of the Taj Mahal as the sun rises. Set behind a reflecting pool inside a courtyard defined by 4 minarets, the imposing main building features a massive dome and intricately carved white marble inlaid with precious stones.

  • In the afternoon, visit of the Red Fort Agra, a richly decorated semi-circular red sandstone fort complex with double ramparts and monuments.

  • In the evening, transfer to the Railway station to board the overnight train to Varanasi. Overnight Train.

Breakfast: Howard Plaza (5)
Accommodation: Howard Plaza (4)
Accommodation: Overnight Train (5)
12h 24m - 620km
40m - 11km
Sarnath
40m - 11km

Day 6 - 7Arrival in Varanasi and excursion to Sarnath

Agra - Varanasi(Banaras)

  • In the morning, you will be received by the driver and transferred to the Hotel.

Varanasi(Banaras) - Sarnath

  • Excursion to Sarnath, North of Varanasi and near the confluence of the Ganges and the Gomati rivers. Visit of the temple dedicated to Shreyansanath, an important place of pilgrimage for locals.

Day 7

  • Take a boat ride on the Ganges to experience Hindu rituals being performed on the bathing Ghats.

  • You will visit The temples and Ashram. Thereafter, a walk along Bazar would be an ideal way to explore the town.

  • Overnight in the Train.

Accommodation: Hotel Meraden Grand (6)
Accommodation: Overnight Train (7)
14h 30m - 758km

Day 8Old city sightseeing

Varanasi(Banaras) - Delhi

  • In the morning, arrival in Delhi and check in at your hotel.

  • In the afternoon we visit the walled city of Old Delhi; crowded, full of activity and still influenced by the great Mughals who once ruled from the ramparts of the majestic Red Fort Delhi. Here we visit Jama Masjid Delhi - the largest 17th century mosque in India; Chandni Chowk - the typical Indian market always abuzz with activities; and Rajghat - the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi (also called the 'Father of the Nation’). We also visit New Delhi where we drive past the Presidential Palace, Secretariat Buildings and down the impressive Rajpath to India Gate .

Day 9Farewell and see you next time !

  • Check-out from the hotel and transfer to the International airport or any point of convenience in Delhi for onward journey to respective countries.

duration 9 days. International flight not included.

from 910$ (per person)

Difficulty:3/5
Comfort:5/5
Directly ask from local agency.