Splendours of North India

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Day 01: Australia Delhi

Fly to Delhi. Namaste! You are warmly welcomed the traditional Indian way at the airport and transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax.

The capital of India is a true reflection of the old and new of India. We explore Old Delhi, starting with the Red Fort Complex. Named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone, it is adjacent to an older fort, the Salimgarh, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546, with which it forms the Red Fort Complex. Next we visit the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. We end our tour with the visit to Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. In the evening we enjoy a welcome dinner at hotel. (B/-/D)
***(Red fort is closed on Monday and Chandni Chowk is closed on Sunday)

We take a short flight to the holy city of Varanasi, one of the oldest living cities in the world. On arrival we are transferred to our hotel. In the afternoon we explore Sarnath, the site of Lord Buddha's first sermon after attaining enlightenment. In the evening we get to the banks of the Ganges to witness the devotional ceremony of Aarti after sunset performed by devout Hindus. (B/-/D)

In the early morning we take a sunrise cruise on the River Ganges for a most serene experience. Every morning scores of pilgrims and priests fill the riverbanks bathing in the holy waters and performing various other rituals. This unique experience literally transports you to another world.
After boat ride we explore old Varanasi, visiting the Bharat Mata Temple, which houses a huge marble relief map of India; the Durga Temple, the Tulsi Manas Mandir beside the Banaras Hindu University and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb. After the tour we come back to hotel for breakfast. Later we are transferred to the airport in Varanasi in time to take our flight to Khajuraho. In the afternoon we explore the Khajuraho Group of Monuments. The Temples are decorated with a profusion of sculptures that are among the greatest masterpieces of Indian art. (B/-/D)

In the morning we drive to Orchha to visit this amazing medieval fortress-city located on the shores of the Betwa River. The fort consists of several connected buildings erected at different times, the most noteworthy of which are the Raja Mahal and the Jahangir Mahal. We continue to the Railway Station in Jhansi to take our express train to Agra. Shatabdi Express trains are fully air-conditioned and travellers enjoy complimentary meals. On arrival in Agra, we are welcomed and transferred to our hotel. (B/-/D)

We start our day with a visit to one of the most well-known wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. We then visit Agra Fort. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. We also visit Fatehpur Sikri. Built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar, the City of Victory was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. (B/-/D)
***(Taj Mahal is closed on Friday)

In the morning after breakfast we drive to Ranthambore, the former hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur. The rugged terrain and the dense deciduous forests are major features of this national park, which has among the largest and most diverse collection of wildlife species in India. On arrival in Ranthambore, we check in our hotel. In the afternoon we take a safari through the National Park. On our journey we might see various indigenous animals, such as tiger, nilgai, chausingha, chital, chinkara, wild boar, jungle cat, ratel, hyena, porcupine, the Rhesus Macaque and the black-faced Langur. About 150 bird species can be found here including migratory birds that arrive in winter. (B/L/D)

Ranthambhore was established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in 1955 by the Government of India, and was declared one of the Project Tiger reserves in 1973. Ranthambore is famous for the famous Royal Bengal Tigers and spotting the big cat in its natural habitat can be an experience. In the morning we take another safari through the park. If we are lucky enough we may be able to spot tigers in their natural environment. After our morning safari, we drive to Jaipur, the rose pink capital of Rajasthan, since most of the buildings in the old city are made of pink sandstone. In the evening we enjoy our dinner with a Rajasthani Cultural Dance performance. (B/-/D)

This morning we are treated like the royalty of yesteryear with an elephant ride to Amber Fort, located in a valley formed by a range of Aravallis known as Kalikho hills. We return to Jaipur and experience the art of carpet weaving & block printing. Later we visit the majestic City Palace, which houses a rare collection of Indian art and the beautiful Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, where the ladies of the royal harem used to watch the city from behind the intricately carved facade. We also visit the Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century that includes a set of some 20 main fixed instruments designed for the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye. The evening is free to enjoy both shopping and the cultural experience in the bazaars. Jaipur is noted for its craftsmen, skilled in brass inlay, lacquer work and stone setting. (B/-/D)

After an incredible tour of the Splendors of North India, we are driven to Delhi where we check in at hotel Vivanta By Taj Dwarka New Delhi for day rooms until 8:30 PM. After a farewell dinner we are transferred to the international terminal for our flight home. (B/-/D)
Our small group tour prices include international airfares & taxes ex Australia. Tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share. If the dates are not suitable for you, please contact us as we may operate a private tour just for you, surcharges will apply.

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Additional information
  • Airline fuel surcharges are included and are subject to change.
  • Prices are for departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth & Adelaide
  • Land only price ( Delhi to Delhi) starts from $2,450
  • Single room supplement is $1,115
Inclusions
  • Accommodation on twin share basis in the hotels listed below for 9 Nights
  • Return airfares ex Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth or Adelaide & taxes.
  • Airfare in economy class from Delhi – Varanasi - Khajuraho & taxes
  • Train Fare in Executive Class from Jhansi to Agra
  • Total 19 Meals, including 9 Breakfast, 9 Dinners & 1 Lunch as per the itinerary
  • All sightseeing and transfers by Air- conditioned transportation
  • Entrance fee at the monuments of visit
  • 2 Safaris through Ranthambore National Park
  • Elephant Ride at Amber Fort
  • Services of English Speaking guide for sightseeing
  • Rickshaw Ride in Old Delhi
  • All presently applicable taxes
Hotel lists
  • Delhi: Crown Plaza Mayur Vihar
  • Varanasi: Radisson
  • Khujaraho: Radisson
  • Agra: Jaypee Palace
  • Rathambhore: Shergarh
  • Jaipur: Le Meridian
  • Delhi: Pride Plaza Hotel