india: unravelling the north

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Highlights of north India, from Delhi to Varanasi passing through the rajpout fortresses and the ganges valley

Start from the lively yet rustic bustle of Delhi and cross over to the barren lands of Rajasthan to glimpse the magnificent forts & opulent palaces riddled with tales. Unravel the secrets of the symbolic Taj Mahal of Agra and then navigate to the quaint town of Orchha dripping in history. Travel back in time when you view the erotic tale of Kama Sutra chiselled in stone and finally be wonderstruck by the soul stirring and spiritual feel of Varanasi.

From the Contemporary India to the oldest living city in the world, embark on a journey that will unravel the organized chaos that India is.


Suggested itinerary
  • Arrive in Delhi
    India, Delhi

    Arrive at New Delhi International Airport. Following Customs, Immigration formalities and baggage collection, our Airport Representative will meet you as you exit the arrivals terminal building and will transfer you to your hotel.

    Upon reaching, check-in at the hotel.

    Perhaps there is no other capital city in the world so steeped in history and legend as the Indian capital Delhi. It was the magnet, which drew the Mongols, Turks, Persians, Afghans, Mughals and the British, all of whom contributed to its glorious but turbulent past. Today, the twin cities of Old and New Delhi still intrigue Indians and tourists alike as the cultural and political capital of the largest democracy in the world.

    Overnight at the Red Fox Hotel.

  • Delhi - Mandawa
    India, Mandawa

    After buffet breakfast, you will be driven to Mandawa, a remote feudal principality in the centre of the Shekhawati region (280 kms/06 hrs).

    Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel 

    The Rajput ruler of Mandawa built a fort in 1755 to protect this trading outpost that fell in the ancient caravan routes from China and Middle East.  The township that grew around the fort attracted a large community of traders, who settled here. When the caravan traffic ceased in the late 18th century, the traders created business empires in other parts of the country, but returned to Mandawa to build palatial mansions in their hometown.

    This afternoon, you will explore this storybook town of Mandawa known for its colorful frescoes on a wide variety of subjects ranging from religious to the erotic, from copies of popular English prints to witty social satire rendered in the inimitable style of a local artist. Every home here is adorned with gaily-painted murals that illuminate the arid landscape.

    Overnight at Koolwal Kothi.

  • Mandawa - Bikaner
    India, Bikaner

    After buffet breakfast, you will be driven to Bikaner (170 kms/04 hrs). Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at the hotel.

    Sheer beauty in the desert is the royal fortified city of Bikaner, also known as the camel country. Bikaner is at the northern tip of the famous triangle of the desert cities and circumscribed by a long embattled wall. The gaudy palaces, the magnificent fortress and the exotic camel safaris are some of the most interesting aspects of Bikaner. In the afternoon, you will proceed for a sightseeing tour of Bikaner. Visit Junagarh Fort, one of the most interesting forts in Rajasthan, with its sumptuously decorated interiors. Built in 1588 by Raja Rai Singh. Its specialty being that it is one of the few major forts in Rajasthan that was not built on a hilltop, instead, it was built on the desert plains! Its rugged sandstone bastions and graceful pavilions and balconies are silhouetted against the sky.

    Overnight at Hotel Gaj Kesri.

  • Bikaner - Jaisalmer
    India, Jaisalmer

    After buffet breakfast, you will be driven from Bikaner to Jaisalmer (330 kms/07 hrs).

    Jaisalmer, the golden beauty etched in yellow sandstone, standing tall against miles of gleaming sand was founded in 1156 AD by Maharawal Jaisal. Jaisalmer’s location kept it almost untouched by outside influences and even during the days of the Raj, Jaisalmer was the last to sign the Instrument of Agreement with the British. Jaisalmer is set in the heart of the vast Thar Desert.

    Upon arrival check-in at the hotel following which remainder of the day will be at leisure.

    Overnight at Nachana Haveli.

  • Jaisalmer
    India, Jaisalmer

    After buffet breakfast, proceed for a city tour of Jaisalmer.

    Our first stop will be the Jaisalmer Fort also known as Sonar Qila (the Golden Fort) is situated on the Trikuta Hills.  It was built in 1156 by the Bhati Rajput ruler Maharaja Rao  Jaisal. Built entirely of yellow sandstone; it turns to a magical honey-gold as the sun sets. Durbar and the Jawahar Mahal. The main attractions inside the fort are the Raj Mahal (Royal palace), the Lakshminath temple and the Jain temples.

    The city of Jaisalmer is also famous for its intricately latticed Havelis, built by wealthy merchants. These beautiful sandstone buildings are still in very good conditions even today. You could visit the famous havelis like Patwon-Ki-Haveli - one of the most elaborate and magnificent of all Jaisalmer havelis that took over 50 years for completion, Salim Singh ki Haveli - believed to have been built about 300 years ago and was the residence of the hereditary ministers of the Jaisalmer rulers and Nathmalji ki Haveli - a late 19th century mansion that was built for the then Prime Minister of Jaisalmer distinct in its own way.

    Overnight at Nachana Haveli.

  • Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
    India, Jodhpur

    After early breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur (290 kms/5½ hrs).

    Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.

    A drop of life painted in blue is what is Jodhpur seen from far when you look down on the desolate Thar Dessert. These parts of the golden sands feel like they are caressed by the skies as Jodhpur is painted blue all over. Experience a Tonga ride through the old city famous for Jodhpuri sweets and savouries or even hop into a colourful bangle street.

    The Mehrangarh Fort is an imposing structure sprawled across a 125-meter high hill and is the most impressive and formidable fort in the fort-studded Rajasthan. On the wall adjacent to the Lahapol or “Iron Gate” are 15 handprints, the sati marks of the widows of Maharaja Man Singh who threw themselves upon his funeral pyre. You could also explore the many courtyards and palaces in the fort. North of Meherangarh Fort, and connected by road is Jaswant Thanda. A pillared marble memorial to the popular ruler Jaswant Singh II (1878-95), who purged Jodhpur of dacoits, initiated irrigation systems and boosted the economy. This south-facing spot is also the best place from where you can photograph the fort, looming above the sheer rocky Meherangarh plateau.

    Overnight at Pal Haveli.

  • Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur
    India, Udaipur

    After buffet breakfast you will be driven to Udaipur en-route visit Ranakpur Jain Temples.

    The best complexes of Jain religion which is particularly noted for the grandiose scale of its architecture and the highly decorated ceilings, walls and 1444 different pillars. The priests of the temples designed the temples and their generations are still continuing the work.

    Later continue your journey to Udaipur (270 kms/07 hrs) and upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.

    A fascinating blend of sights, sounds and experiences, this city of Dawn is a lovely land around the azure water lakes, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravalis. The kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavour of heroic past, epitomizing valour and chivalry. Udaipur is also the center for performing arts, crafts and its famed miniature paintings. Take out a few days to adore the serenity of boat rides on the lake, the bustle of the ancient bazaars, the lively arts scene, the endless tempting shops and some lovely countryside to explore.

    Overnight at Karohi Haveli.

  • Udaipur
    India, Udaipur

    After breakfast you will proceed for the city tour of Udaipur.

    First stop is the vast and exquisite City Palace, a well-fortified, majestic white monument. The Suraj Gokhada, the Balcony of the Sun are the highlights of the palace. Afternoon visit the Jagdish Temple, a 16th-century temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it is the largest and most splendid temple in Udaipur. Drive past Fateh Sagar Lake and visit Sahelion-ki-Bari, the Garden of the Maids-of-Honor, which has numerous fountains in four pools, embellished with delicately chiseled kiosks and elephants.

    Later in the afternoon, take a boat cruise on Lake Pichola to visit Jag Mandir Palace by a common boat, which covers almost four acres and is noted for its marble pavilion and an imposing dome. You’ll see people doing their laundry on the shores of the lake against the backdrop of the massive City Palace and the old city.

    Overnight at Karohi Haveli.

  • Udaipur - Deogarh
    India, Deogarh

    Today you will take the road to Deogarh (135 kms/04 hrs).

    Boasting magnificent historical background, Deogarh is also known as Devgarh. It is a small town situated in Rajsamand District in Rajasthan. It is famous for an old fort and a magnificent palace with murals illustrating the fine local school of miniature painting. These Deogarh miniatures are also in the personal collection of the present Rawat Sahib. Fort walls also show the royalty of this kind of art.

    The Deogarh Mahal is a former hunting lodge of the 17th converted into a boutique hotel. You’ll have the chance to visit the villages around. You could also request for a Safari in the evening.

    Overnight at Deogarh Mahal.

  • Deogarh - Jaipur
    India, Jaipur

    After buffet breakfast, you will proceed to Jaipur (275 kms/06 hrs). 

    Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.

    ‘Pink’ is definitely a bold pick for a town and Jaipur flaunts it generously! Experience this extravagance in Jaipur’s historical artefacts’, prized monuments, bustling bazaars or even in her multi-coloured turbaned villagers. Apart from this, Jaipur is also the centre of lapidary, specializing in cutting emeralds and diamonds and makes Jaipuri Jewellery quite famous. A destination built to precision by her scholarly Sultan waits to enchant you with her princely past and fascinating crafts. Get ready to paint the town pink!

    Overnight at Bissau palace.

  • Jaipur
    India, Jaipur

    After a tasty breakfast, your visit of Jaipur starts.

    First stop is the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is a elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily going ons in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. Later will visit the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armoury, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings. Jaipur's

    Jantar Mantar is the most famous of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh in India. it is a set of 20 main fixed instruments designed for the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye. It is one of the many UNESCO world heritage sites in India.

    Overnight at Bissau Palace.

  • Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
    India, Agra

    After buffet breakfast, you will be driven from Jaipur to Agra (235 kms/06 hrs).

    En-route, you will proceed to visit the capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Built in the 17th century Amber was the seat of power before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. The highlight of the fort is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room. 

    You will also be visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century.  It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today much in the same condition that it was over 300 years ago.  It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition.

    After your visit, continue your drive to Agra. 

    Upon arrival, check-in at hotel Atulyaa Taj.

  • Agra - Orchha
    India, Orchha

    After breakfast proceed for your visit to the Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays).

    The Taj Mahal is truly one of the most beautiful wonders of the world. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in mid-17th century. It took 22 years and 20,000 men to complete this architectural marvel. Today it is India’s most enduring icon set majestically by the banks of Yamuna and visited by throngs of people from around the world.

    After the visit proceed to train station, where you will board your train towards Jhansi. Upon arrival, proceed to Orchha (18 kms/40 min).

    Upon arrival, check-in at Hotel Betwa Retreat.

  • Orchha
    India, Orchha

    After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing of the village.

    Orchha is a city frozen in time. It was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela chieftain, Rudra Pratap Singh, who built this new capital on large wooded islands on the River Betwa. Today, remains of the fort and palaces speak eloquently of Orchha's time of glory and of its splendid legacy of art and culture. Though little more than a village today, stepping back in time into Orchha's fortress and palaces is an enjoyable experience.

    Places of interest in Orchha include the multi-tiered Jehangir Mahal within the fort, the Raj Mahal noted for its fine murals and the Rai Praveen Mahal, a palace set in the gardens of Anand Mahal. Orchha has tall-spired temples that are certainly worth visit. Notable among them are the Ram Raja Temple, Laxmi Narain Temple with its exuberant frescoes, and the Chaturbhuj Temple.

    Overnight at Hotel Betwa Retreat.

  • Orchha - Khajuraho
    India, Khajuraho

    After breakfast, drive on to Khajuraho (175 kms/04 hrs).

    Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.

    Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, combines history, architecture, culture and environment with gorgeous charm. The city has the Vindhya Range of mountains as its beautiful backdrop and is among the prominent destinations on the world tourism map. The temples serve as fine examples of Indian architectural styles that have gained popularity due to their explicit depiction of sexual life during medieval times.

    Overnight at hotel Usha Bundela. 

  • Khajuraho - Varanasi
    India, Varanasi

    After breakfast at the hotel, visit the temple complex of Khajuraho.

    The striking temples that dot Khajuraho are believed to have been built by the mighty Chandela rulers in the 9th and 10th century AD.  The engravings on these temples are highly sensual and erotic, that depicts in graceful forms intimate scenes of the whole range of human emotions and relationships. These sculptures congeal in stone is a lyrical pattern to love and passion and reflect the Chandela dynasty’s immense appreciation for art.

    Later, you are transferred to the airport for your flight to the holy city of Varanasi.

    The city of Varanasi is situated along the west bank of the Ganges in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Also known in history as Kashi (City of Life) and Banaras by the British, Varanasi is an important pilgrimage centre for the Hindus. The city finds mention in the great epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. It was a flourishing trade centre when Buddha came to Sarnath, about 10 kilometres away, to preach his first sermon in 500 BC. The renowned American novelist Mark Twain once wrote: “Banaras is older than history, older than tradition older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together”.

    Overnight at Hotel Surya.

  • Varanasi - Sarnath - Varanasi
    India, Varanasi

    After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a day excursion to Sarnath.

    Later proceed for an excursion visit to Sarnath. 10 Kms from the center of the city, Sarnath is the birthplace of Buddhism - this is where the Buddha first spoke of his philosophy. An impressive stupa marks the spot where he first preached his message. Sarnath is one of the four pilgrimage sites of Buddhism and a must visit for every practicing Buddhist. Ashoka, the great Buddhist Emperor erected magnificent stupas and a monastery here. The museum at Sarnath is amongst the most important in India and contains carvings covering work of sculptors from the 3rd century B.C. to the 12th century A.D. (The museum is closed on Fridays)            

    You then head back to Varanasi. You can walk around to discover for yourself this captivating spiritual city. 

    (You can attend the Aarti ceremony in the evening)

    Overnight at Hotel Surya.

  • Varanasi - Delhi
    India, Delhi

    Today will be an early start. Enjoy an early morning boat ride followed by a tour through the small alleys of the old town.

    Back to the hotel for breakfast. You can laze at the hotel post breakfast. Check-out at 1200 hrs.

    In the afternoon, you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Delhi.

    Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.

    A kingdom that has created more than one empire, Delhi today is an incredible combination of the ancient and the contemporary. Being the nation’s capital, this city gives out a stark contrast for a first-time traveler. You may find high rise towers, swanky malls and BMWs in harmony with the historical monuments, rustic ruins and bullock carts. It is an excellent doorway to unwind flashback without compromising on luxury.

    Overnight at RedFox Hotel.

  • Departure from Delhi
    India, Delhi

    Today post breakfast, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi.

    You will first visit Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, drive past the Red Fort (closed on Mondays & national holidays) a World Heritage Site and one of the most spectacular examples of Mughal Architecture. Continue to the Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques which can be viewed from the outside.

    After visiting Old Delhi, you will be driven to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Qutub-ud-din Aibak started it in 1199. Then visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor. The tomb is an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, a precursor of the Taj Mahal. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan - the President’s residence.

    Later you will be transferred to Delhi’s international airport to board the flight for your onward destination.

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No services are held. All arrangements are subject to availability upon receipt of your completed booking.

All the visits and sightseeing tours mentioned in the itinerary are suggestions and not included in the cost.

All journey times are approximate and dependent on road conditions.

Check-in & out time at all envisaged properties is 1400 hrs & 1200 hrs respectively.

Please note the names of the hotels mentioned in the above offer only indicate that our rates are based on the tariff of the respective hotels. It is not to be construed that accommodation is being held at these hotels unless and until confirmation is received from the respective hotels and is communicated to you.

The rates quoted above are per person basis in EURO & valid for 02 Persons travelling together.

These costs are based on all existing Government taxes and are subject to change. If the Govt. revises any taxes then it will be charged as per actual.

We shall not be responsible for any delay, change or alternate in the itinerary due to weather conditions, political or local strikes, flight cancellations or any unforeseen circumstances. The additional expenditure incurred will be in the addition to the cost.

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