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Highlights of The North

13 Days : $ 2,280 per person

From the Holy Ganges to exotic Khajuraho temples to serene lakes, this is a culture lover’s dream.

 
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Itinerary Summary

Day Place Highlights Hotel
1-3 Delhi Red Fort, Chandni Chowk Market, Gandhi Memorial Colonels Retreat
3-5 Varanasi River Ganges Boat Rides, Temple Tours The Gateway Hotel
5-6 Khajuraho Ancient Temples, Local Life Taj Chandela
6-8 Agra Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort The Trident
8-11 Jaipur Amber Fort, Palace of Winds, Bustling Markets Jas Vilas
11-13 Udaipur Magical Lakes, City Palace, Jain Temples Jagat Niwas Palace
13 Delhi Return Flight

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Guest Speak

“From quiet moments of reflection in front of the Taj Mahal to rickshaw rides in Delhi and between the Aarti Ceremony on the Ganges, to the sense of community experienced….wonderful experiences.”
Melissa Ludwikowski , USA

Delhi (2 nights)

Day 1 - 3

International arrival
Delhi
Delhi

Mysterious eternity – Imperial past and pulsating present! India’s capital Delhi, a product of over 5000 yrs history, houses 2 World Heritage sites and the finest museums. Shops offer traditional and contemporary handicrafts. Its plethora of fine dining restaurants and a throbbing nightlife add zest to this historical city.

Activities

City Highlights in Delhi: Visit the imposing Red Fort and impressive Humayuns Tomb, Jama Masjid, Qutab Minar, India Gate, Lotus Temple, Laxminarayan Temple; ISKCON Temple; explore Chandini Chowk, the Gandhi Memorial at Raj Ghat; Parliament Street, Parliament Museum, Lodhi Gardens; National Museum, Bangla Sahib; enjoy views of Delhi best on a Metro journey; experience a plenitude of cultural and ethnic diversity at the colorful ‘Dilli Haat’, an open-air food plaza cum craft bazaar.

Cycle Rickshaw Ride: Explore Delhi in comfort with one of its famous cycle-rickshaw rides…if you love and want to know more of Old Delhi’s’s history, culture and cuisine. Weave through enchanting lanes amid swarming masses of humanity and technology. Sense and smell the aromas of the spice market. Undoubtedly one of the best and most thrilling ways to experience Delhi.

Varanasi (2 nights)

Day 3 - 5

Flight from Delhi to Varanasi
Varanasi
Varanasi

The Holy city – older than history, older than legend! Situated on the banks of the river Ganges, this is the oldest living city with some of the most ancient and evered temples in the world; where scholars come to learn the ancient knowledge and debate on the nature of God. It is a melting pot…where both death and life come together.

Activities

Be enchanted by the colorful maze of ghats lining the Ganges in Varanasi… a crossing place between the physical and spiritual worlds – where both death and life come together. Enjoy morning and evening boat rides on the Ganges; participate in an enthralling Ganga Aarti; go on a tour of the various temples and ghats; visit the ancient seat of wisdom Sarnath and the Bharath Kala Bhawan. Take a trip to a nearby hamlet for first hand glimpses into day-to-day life in a village.

Khajuraho (1 night)

Day 5 - 6

Flight from Varanasi to Khajuraho
Khajuraho
Khajuraho

Colors of earthy human emotion! A UNESCO World Heritage site, legend has it that the Moon God fell in love with a mortal woman.To atone for this sin, their offspring constructed the Khajuraho temples. Sensual and erotic carvings give credibility to the theory…Khajuraho’s erotica were meant to test devotees!

Activities

Visit the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its sculptured stone temples dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, and Jain patriarchs; enjoy the educational sound and light show – a 50min fascinating evening show depicting the life and times of the great Chandela Kings. Visit the impressive Raneh Falls on the Ken river as it plunges down gorges, where pink sandstone boulders, worne by centuries of water flow, gleam like burnished metal in the waning glow of the setting sun.

Hotel
Taj Chandela

Taj Chandela

Agra (2 night)

Day 6 - 8

Drive from Khajuraho to Jhansi (175 km, 4 hrs), Train from Jhansi to Agra (2.5 hrs)
Agra
Agra

Unravel the sheer charm of white marble! Layers of history are peeled away to reveal an amazing tapestry of life, for hiding behind the heat and chaos is a stunning monument etched in cool white marble…the wonder that is called the Taj Mahal; a World Heritage site, an architectural marvel and a testimony of undying love.

Activities

Explore Agra..the former capital of Hindustan, located on the banks of the river Yamuna. Agra is best known the world over as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its 3 grandiose monuments – Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Visit the sublime white marbled mausoleum of theTaj Mahal..at sunrise and sunset; see the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah; admire the magnificent Agra Fort and the Akbar Mausoleum in Sikandra. Enjoy a decorated tonga ride (a horse drawn carriage, popular in olden days) through the fabled city.

Hotel
The Trident

The Trident

Jaipur (3 nights)

Day 8 - 11

Drive from Agra to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri (250 km, 5 hrs)
Jaipur
Jaipur

The ‘eternal Pink city’ Enclosed within hills, this ‘rose pink’ city founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II, is Rajasthan’s capital. The whole city was painted pink by Man Singh when the Prince of Wales and later Edward VII, visited Jaipur in 1876. Today, every home is obliged by law to maintain this façade.

Activities

Fatehpur Sikri Day Trip on the way to Jaipur: Visit the timeless UNESCO world heritage site on a day trip to Fatehpur Sikri (City of Victory). This complex of monuments and temples was built in the 16th century by Emperor Akbar during the Mughal era, also considered the richest period of Indian history. Admire the uniform architectural style and visit the elegant and sacred Jama Masjid or the Friday Mosque. Marvel at the Buland Darwaza, the main entrance to this ancient city and spend some time exploring the Tomb of Shaikh Salim Chisti, Birbal Bhawan (dedicated to Akbar’s greatest court advisor – Birbal), the inner courts where Jodha Bai stayed and the inner harem reserved for Hindu wives.

City Highlights in Jaipur: Explore the Amber Fort, the Albert Hall, City Palace, the Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal) and the world’s largest stone observatory – the Jantar Mantar. See the Govind Devji Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, the Lakshmi Narayan and Ganesh Temples; visit the amazing Jaigarh and Nahargarh Forts and Raj Mandir Cinema.

Hotel
Jas Vilas

Jas Vilas

Udaipur (2 nights)

Day 11-13

Drive from Jaipur to Udaipur (450 km, 6 hrs)
Udaipur
Udaipur

The inimitable Lake city! Unlike its desert counterparts, Udaipur is situated in the forested hilly region of the Aravalli Ranges; in complete contrast to the arid deserts of Marwar in the northwest. Tucked away in the midst of hills, the city is an impregnable citadel, with an impressive royal lineage stretching back 26 generations. A do-or-die attitude and a fierce sense of independence characterize Udaipur.

Activities

In Udaipur, embark on a tour of this lovely city which will include the City Palace, Jagdish Temple and a boat ride on scenic Lake Pichola. Take a trip to Haldighati in the Aravalli hills (40km); visit the Eklingji Shiva temple near Devigarh; explore the impressive temple ruins at Nagda (22 km).

Delhi (0 Night)

Day 13

Flight from Udaipur to Delhi
Delhi
Delhi

Mysterious eternity – Imperial past and pulsating present! India’s capital Delhi, a product of over 5000 yrs history, houses 2 World Heritage sites and the finest museums. Shops offer traditional and contemporary handicrafts. Its plethora of fine dining restaurants and a throbbing nightlife add zest to this historical city.

Transfer to International Airport.

Expert Speak

“This classic itinerary encompasses iconic architectural and spiritual destinations of north India, including the Ganga arti, the erotic sculptures of Kajuraho and of-course the majestic Taj Mahal.”

Brenda O'Connor

Brenda O'Connor

Travel Consultant
brenda@enchanting-travels.com

Price

$ 2,280per person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights

The price quoted above is an approximate price per person on a twin-sharing basis in the high season for the month of October 2014. Prices may be higher during the Christmas – New Year period and lower in the low season (Apr – Sep). Travel Insurance is not included in the cost.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation for 12 nights (on a twin-sharing basis)
  • Meals: Breakfast in all destinations
  • Internal flights within India on economy class
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • All internal train journeys (Jhansi-Agra) on highest class available
  • Private air-conditioned car with chauffeur in Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur
  • English-speaking local tour guides in Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur
  • Sightseeing & activities including all entrance fees when accompanied by a guide
  • 24 hour point of contact.