Highlights of Northern India


  • 13 days

  • India

  • Active pace

tour : 2660

Overview

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Your affordable vacation in India begins in the exciting city of Delhi. Guided sightseeing shows you the 17th-century Mughal Red Fort, with tours of Ra Ghat and the largest mosque in Asia—Jama Masjid. Walk through the alleys of Chandni Chowk, and visit the ancient Qutub Minar. You’ll also have the opportunity to ride a rickshaw! Fly to Varanasi to witness the spiritual worship of Ganga Aarti on the steps of the Ganges River. Embark at dawn the next day on a boat to see the devotional bathing and meditation rituals along the river. In Agra, visit the spectacular Taj Mahal and the red sandstone walls of Agra Fort, with the Mughal Palace’s hall of mirrors and pavilion of Shah Jahan’s final home. You’ll visit the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, with its ghostly sandstone palaces of 1569. Travel to Jaipur to visit the legendary Amber Fort—concealing its opulent interiors of royal residences. Travel to the sand dunes of the Thar Desert to explore Jodhpur’s old city of palaces, temples, and imperial grandeur. Take a desert safari to visit with local tribes, and travel to Ranakpur’s spectacular temples on your way to Udaipur. Take in the beauty of the city’s palace and museum, and cruise on the lake. Fly back to Delhi to conclude your value-minded vacation in India’s northern cities.

Highlights

DELHI
Visit Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid, and Qutub Minar; cycle rickshaw ride; walk through Chandni Chowk
VARANASIWitness Ganga Aarti ceremony; boat ride on the Ganges
AGRAVisit Taj Mahal at sunrise; visit Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri
JAIPURVisit Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, and City Palace Museum
JODHPURVisit Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Singh II Memorial; safari to visit local Bishnoi tribes
RANAKPURVisit Jain Temples
UDAIPURVisit City Palace and Museum; cruise on Lake Pichola

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2020 Tour itinerary

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

DELHI, INDIA

Day
1

Welcome to Delhi, a magnetic blend of old and new, and the capital of modern India. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

DELHI

Day
2

. Your day starts with a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi including a CYCLE RICKSHAW RIDE. See the splendid 17th-century Mughal Red Fort before visiting landmarks such as RAJ GHAT and the majestic three-domed JAMA MASJID, the largest mosque in Asia. Experience a walk in the alleys of CHANDNI CHOWK; and later, visit the ancient stepwell QUTUB MINAR, the world’s tallest brick minaret, dating back to the 11th century. The afternoon is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

DELHI–VARANASI

Day
3

. Fly to Varanasi, the holiest of Hindu pilgrim cities, situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges River. This evening, witness the GANGA AARTI (spiritual worship) on the ghats (steps) leading down to the Ganges.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

VARANASI–AGRA

Day
4

. Around dawn, board a BOAT and watch a striking religious ritual-the Hindus’ devotional bathing in the Ganges. Observe hundreds of pilgrims gathered at the river’s edge, some practicing yoga, others meditating, and still others bathing fully clothed. Then, transfer to the airport for your flight to Agra.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

AGRA

Day
5

. Your day begins with a sunrise visit to the famous TAJ MAHAL. This remarkable edifice was commissioned by Shah Jahan as a memorial to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and took 22 years to build. Later, visit AGRA FORT, a colossal, red-sandstone UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising forbidding battlements and spectacular Mughal Palace with audience halls, the Room of Mirrors, and the pavilion where Shah Jahan spent his last days.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

AGRA–FATEHPUR SIKRI–JAIPUR

Day
6

. This morning, stop at FATEHPUR SIKRI, an abandoned city. Tour the sandstone palaces, elegant courtyards, and victory gate of this ghostly place built in 1569 and deserted by its people when the water ran out. Then, travel to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s quintessential royal city. Often referred to as the “Pink City,” Jaipur is studded with intricately adorned temples and monuments.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

JAIPUR

Day
7

. Start with a visit to the legendary AMBER FORT, known as the “Sleeping Beauty of Rajasthan.” This fortress-palace has a somber exterior that hides a richly ornate interior of royal apartments, including an alabaster Hall of Victory and a superb Chamber of Mirrors. Next, visit JANTAR MANTAR and explore the CITY PALACE MUSEUM, with its collection of paintings, carpets, weapons, and costumes; then enjoy time at the bustling markets of the old city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

JAIPUR–JODHPUR

Day
8

. Travel to Jodhpur, once one of India’s princely states. Set in the sand dunes of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur’s mesmerising old city is ringed by a 10-kilometer, 8-gated wall outside of which the new city stands. Brimming with enchanting palaces, temples, havelis, and a beautiful fort, this imperious city exudes grandeur and warm hospitality.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

JODHPUR

Day
9

. Marvel at the grand palaces of Jodhpur’s MEHRANGARH FORT. Admire the splendid JASWANT SINGH II MEMORIAL, beautifully constructed from thin marble sheets that allow sunlight to filter in. Enjoy a turban-tying demonstration before taking a SAFARI to visit the local Bishnoi tribes of the desert. These communities of nature lovers protect endangered plant and tree species and prohibit poachers from killing animals.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

JODHPUR–RANAKPUR–UDAIPUR

Day
10

. This morning, visit the spectacular JAIN TEMPLES en route to Udaipur. On arrival in Udaipur, the remainder of the day is at leisure. Known as the “City of Lakes,” Udaipur is built around three lakes and is made of a maze of narrow lanes, exquisite palaces, pavilions, and gardens.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

UDAIPUR

Day
11

. Marvel at Udaipur’s beauty on a tour of its CITY PALACE AND MUSEUM, comprising a series of enchanting palaces overlooking Lake Pichola. You will also enjoy the views during your CRUISE on this beautiful lake. There is the opportunity to learn about the region’s famous miniature art.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

UDAIPUR–DELHI

Day
12

. Fly back to Delhi today and prepare for your journey home.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DELHI

Day
13

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.
NOTE:
Some flights depart Delhi very early in the morning. In these cases, breakfast is not included on Day 13, and you will have to depart for the airport late in the evening of day 12 or just after midnight on day 13.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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