Best of North India

Duration : 15 Nights / 16 Days

Places to Visit : Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Pokaran - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Luni - Pushkar - Ajmer - Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Gwalior - Orchha - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi

Day 01 : Arrive Delhi

Welcome to a city wrapped in legend, Delhi. Upon your arrival at the Delhi airport our representative will meet and assist you and transferred you to the hotel.

Delhi, the capital city of India built by a British architect Edward Lutyens in 1912, situated on the banks of the Yamuna River. It is bridges two different worlds of New & Old Delhi. It is a perfect destination for vacations which offers well laid out roads, high rising buildings, huge shopping complexes, nicely managed parks and gardens, and comfortable climate.

On arrival at hotel check in and relax. In the evening take a rickshaw ride through the winding streets of this historical city to see the life of the people in this part of the world. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02 : Delhi

In the morning after breakfast proceed for a city tour, visit the Qutub Minar, Red Fort and Humayun's Tomb which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Also see the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the India Gate, Jama Masjid. In the evening visit the Chandni Chowk where you will find each and every small business under the sky and best delicious foods markets, here you can also enjoy the famous street food of Delhi. Reach Rajghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. After the full day exploration of, the beauty and the dynamism of a city don’t miss the delightful shopping.

Late night return back to your hotel, relax and stay overnight.

Humayun's Tomb Delhi

Humayun's Tomb, Delhi

Day 03 : Delhi - Mandawa

After breakfast leave Delhi for Mandawa enroute visiting Mahensar. Mahensar is absolutely a beautiful palace having lots of Havelis with fresco paintings. There is a amazing fort which serves as a hotel also for the tourists. This is a perfect place to get an opportunity to stay with Local & understand their simple way of living and culture. The chirping of birds, peacocks and the desert life show you the picture of realism. Upon arrival in Mandawa check into your hotel.

Mandawa is a small town in the heart of Shekhawati region. It is one of the India’s best historical and architectural landmarks and well-known for its Havelies, fort palaces and fresco art. The hand painted frescos and gold leaf work shows the architecture of Rajasthan and carrying a legacy full of Heritage full of Rajput Art. Dinner and overnight stay at Mandawa.

Day 04 : Mandawa –Bikaner ( 180 Km )

In the morning see this beautiful village of Shekhawati visit its beautiful havelis, a castle, a temple, etc. visit the many havelis of this quaint little town built by the rich and the famous merchants of the 18th and 19th centuries like Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Chokhani, Ladia, Binsidhar Newatia, also visit the Binsidhar Newatia Haveli, is known for its curious paintings.

Then proceed towards Bikaner en route stop at Fatehpur. It is not as crowded or commercialized as the other towns of the state of Rajasthan although it is interesting tourist site for travellers interested in knowing about local art practices and architectural norms. Fatehpur is famous for its beautiful havelis built by the rich and the famous merchants of the 18th and 19th centuries and frescoes, these havelies are known for the wall paintings of activities of daily life and of deities to break the monotony of the desert life. Reach Bikaner by lunch time.

Bikaner is situated in the heart of the desert, was founded by Rajput Rao Bika. Bikaner is rich in culture and tradition and known for its Rajasthani art and music, fine arts, fairs and the festivals, It is also famous for sweets and snacks. Bikaner is extremely popular for its camel rides and known as camel country. Visit Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace, Deshkone Temple. Later visit the camel breeding farm, at evening you are free to stroll in the busy market area of Bikaner city centre. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel

Day 05 : Bikaner – Pokaran – Jaisalmer ( 330 Km )

After breakfast we set towards our journey across the Thar Desert to reach Pokaran for lunch. Bounded by five big salt rocks, Pokaran is located at the junction of Jodhpur, Bikaner and Jaisalamer road. This small village is the site for conducting nuclear detonation. Famous for its havelis, monuments, and temples. Visit the Samadhi of Ramdev Ji, Fort Pokaran, also known as 'Balagarh', museum, Salim Singh-ki-Haveli, the Patwon Ji-ki-Haveli, and the Nathmalji-ki-Haveli.

After lunch continue towards Jaisalmer and arrive by evening to witness the sunset over the desert with the most imposing edifice of the town behind you. Jaisalmer, also known as "The sun city" famous for its magnificent forts, enchanting palaces, havelis (mansions) and century’s old houses.On arrival check in hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 06 : Jaisalmer

After breakfast ready for the exclusive visit of the Jain temples, Jaisalmer Fort a house of Jain Temple and Hindu Temples, the beautifully designed Jaisalmer Havelis like Patwaon ki haveli, Salim-Singh-ki-Haveli and Nathmalji-ki-Haveli. Later visits Gadsisar Sagar Lake, the most beautiful picnic spot in the sandy city.

Later proceed for Sam or Khuri village surrounded by massive Desert Hills. It is a paradise for those who want feel traditional village life and wish to spend a night in thatched Huts. Khuri Village provides you a perfect opportunity to experience the romance of desert in the most fascinating way. Upon arrival in the village we take you to the huge sand dunes on a camel back to witness the spectacular Sunset point behind the Golden desert.

Return to the village where your stay is arranged in mud huts. In the evening listen to the haunted tunes of the desert by the local artists and musicians is sure to be an enriching experience that you will cherish for the rest of your life. Dinner and overnight stay in the desert mud huts.

Day 07 : Jaisalmer – Jodhpur ( 280 Km )

After breakfast proceed for Jodhpur, also known as the blue city because most of the buildings are painted blue, located on the foothill of a sandstone hillock, seems like an oasis in the vast desert. It is famous for its beautiful handicrafts, folk dances, folk music, puppets shows with exquisite Rajasthani textiles. On arrival check in hotel. After lunch visits the impressive Umaid Bhawan Palace, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park and the fabulous Kaylana Lake of Jodhpur.

Then go to Mandore gardens is an extensive and beautiful garden on the slopes of a hill located about 5 miles north of Jodhpur in the former capital of Marwar. Here you can find a charming collection of temples and fabulous cenotaphs and the hall of local heroes of the wars. Late evening return to Jodhpur. At the end of the day enjoy a short walk through the local and vibrant bazaar of Jodhpur. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Day 08 : Jodhpur – Luni ( 40 Km )

After breakfast proceed to visit the majestic Mehrangarh fort, Jaswant Thada and Government Museum a rich collection of weapons, textiles, miniature portraits, local crafts and images of Jain Tirthankars.

Later derive to Luni which brings you in world of animals, situated on the banks of the River Luni, is the hamlet of Chanwa. This charming and cloistered village which reflects the royal past of Rajasthan.

After lunch ready for the jungle safari to discover the hidden beauty of the jungle life. Here you will visit beautiful Bishnoi Village of Bishnoi’s community. Bishnoi’s eco friendly sect of Hindu religion, famous for their rich cultural Rajasthani life and their true love for nature and protection of animal’s life.

Then we would like you to join the opium ceremony with the Patels – a rich tribe. It is a ceremony prevalent in this part of Rajasthan where the youth offers opium to drink mixed with water to the elders of the family when they come back from work in the fields. Dinner and overnight stay at Luni.

Day 09 : Luni – Pushkar – Ajmer – Jaipur ( 320 Km )

Today after breakfast derive to the most holy cities of Pushkar and Ajmer. Pushkar is a small holiest town, lies on the Shore of Pushkar Lake; surround by Small hills.It is said that Lord Brahma (the Creator) and his wife Saraswati (the godess of learning and music) performed a ritual in the Pushkar Lake. Pushkar is the world famous for its cattle fair held each year in the month of October/November. Here we visit the only Brahma temple with the local colours in the local bazaar.

Ajmer is a pilgrimage site for Muslims as well as Hindus for Dargah of the great saint; Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chisti surrounded by the Aravalli Mountains. At present Ajmer is a famous tourist destination, every year a large number of devotees and tourists come here to visit the Durgah built in fond remembrance of Khwaja Muin ud Din Chisti, Adhai-din-ka-jhonpra and Mughal emperor Akbar’s Palace.

Continue towards Jaipur popularly known as the pink city because most of the buildings was painted pink when Prince Albert visited India in 1883 A.D. It is famous for its rich & colorful past, majestic with stories of courage & bravery; it is now one of the most important heritage cities in India.

Reach jaipur by late evening and check into the hotel.

Day 10 : Jaipur

This morning after breakfast ready for the sightseeing tour of Pink City with an excursion to massive Amber Fort, you can reach there on the back of an elephant which is an exhilarating experience in itself. Afternoon visits City Palace famous for its blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture, Jantar Mantar one of the largest observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh, The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds and The Jal Mahal or “Water Palace”, in the middle of the Mansagar Lake you can reach there by boat. In the evening take a cycle rickshaw ride to explore the colourful market of Jaipur city filled with Textiles, Gems, Carpets, and handicrafts. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 11 : Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra ( 250 Km )

Today after breakfast leave the Pink city and derive to the city of victory Fatehpur Sikri famous for its spiritual atmosphere and world heritage monuments. This beautiful ghost town is imagination of Mugal Emperor Akbar in 1569 famous for its some wonderful monuments like Salim Chisti's tomb, the Diwan- i-Aam, the Diwan- i- Khas and the Buland Darwaza.

Continue towards Agra-the heritage city of India picturesquely nestled on the banks of the river Yamuna founded by founded by Raja Badal Singh in 1475. It used to be the capital of the Mughal Emperors Who converts their love of architecture into beautiful monuments which is famous all over the world and declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Agra is famous for its beautiful handicraft made of marble and soft stone work such as jewellery and embroidery work. Reach Agra by early evening. Relax at your hotel or go to the local bazaar to see the lifestyle of the people.

Day 12 : Agra

This morning after breakfast visit Taj Mahal to see the magnificent view of the rising sun as the Taj Mahal is bathed in the golden rays of the morning sun built by Shah Jahan in the remembrance of his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. Later visit Agra Fort built in red sandstone by Akbar includes some beautiful monuments inside the Agra Fort are Khas Mahal, Jehangiri Mahal, Musamman Burj, Moti Masjid, Sheesh Mahal, and Nagina Masjid.

After lunch visit Itmad ud Daulah also known as the "Baby Taj" and Sikandra Fort, the tomb of the great emperor Akbar.

Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Gwalior Fort Gwalior

Gwalior Fort, Gwalior

Day 13 : Agra – Gwalior – Orchha ( 219 km )

Today we drive to go to Gwalior situated in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh known for its old and massive forts. Gwalior, a city in rich in history and culture is the erstwhile stronghold of the Scindia rulers.

Reach Gwalior by early afternoon and after lunch start your visit including Gwalior Fort popularly called the pearl among the fortresses of Hind, Scindia Palace and the Memorial of Tansen. Also visit the Gurjari Mahal and Archaeological Museum, the teli ka mandir, Man Mandir Palace and the Saas bahu ka mandir inside the fort.

Later continue towards Orchha “A treasure of spiritual peace” is a small town in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh near the banks of Betwa River. Orchha is a medieval city founded by Bundela rulers with palaces and temples of the 16th and 17th century – which have remarkably withstood the onslaught of time.

Day 14 : Orchcha – Khajuraho ( 282 Km )

After breakfast see the beautiful Palace Complex – Jahangiri Mahal and the Raja Mahal. Also visits the Phool Bagh, Laxminarayana Temple and Ram Raja temple.

After lunch continue towards Khajuraho, a UNESCO world heritage site picturesquely situated in Vindhya Range of mountains. Khajuraho is famous for the Kamasutra temple dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, and Jain deities, and erotic rock art & carvings, which present the soul of the philosophy of Indian beauty. On arrival check in hotel.

After a brief refreshing time you will be taken to the nearby auditorium to witness the cultural heritage of India through the medium of dances. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 15 : Khajuraho – Varanasi ( By flight )

After breakfast visit the Khajuraho Group of tempels built during the 9th to the 11th centuries by the powerful dynasty of Chandela rajputs like the Western Group of Temples, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Eastern group of temples, the Jain groups of temples and Panna National Park etc are beautiful place to visit in Khajuraho.

Later to transferred the airport to catch your flight to Varanasi, situated at the bank of river Ganga.Varansi is the holiest city of the Hindu’s world and Buddhists, filled with temples, silk weaving, Ghats, which makes attraction of the tourist. On arrival check in hotel. Rest of the day free or you can take a walk along with the holy Ganga Ghats.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 16 : Varanasi – Delhi ( By flight )

Get up early in the morning (0500hrs) we take you to banks of the river Ganges where we board a boat to see the rays of the sunrise shine across the Ganges. The boat ride starts from Dasashwamedh Ghat to Manikarnika Ghat along the sacred Ganges. See the Jyotirlinga Kashi Vishwanath temple and the Gyanvyapi kund and the mosque attached to it.

Return to your hotel for breakfast visit Sarnath, the sacred city for the Buddhist, where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon to his first five disciples. Visit the massive Dhamek Stupa and Chaukhandi Stupa, the Buddhist temple and the museum with a superb collection of Buddhist art. In time transfer to the airport to return back to Delhi.

Upon arrival in Delhi you will be taken out for a farewell dinner and then transferred to the international terminal for your flight back home.