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This tour is purely a suggested itinerary; it can be booked as it is, or alternatively used as a starting point for creating your own ideal tailor-made holiday.

Best of North India

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  • 18 nights
  • Private Tour
  • Hand Picked Hotels

Tour Starts

Delhi

Tour Ends

Delhi

Compliments from Truly India

  • Warm welcome with fresh flower garlands at New Delhi International airport
  • 01 water bottle per person in vehicle each day
  • Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi market

Price Includes

  • 18 nights’ accommodation in sharing DBL/Twin room basis
  • 18 breakfast starting from day 02
  • Complete transport in private A/C vehicle
  • Local English-speaking guide for sightseeing
  • Jeep ride uphill & downhill at Amber fort
  • Presently applicable taxes

Price Excludes

  • Airfare, insurance or visa fees
  • Entrances to monuments or activities
  • Tips & gratuity amount
  • Personal expenses of any nature
  • Meals unless mentioned in inclusions
  • Anything not in inclusions
Tour Highlights
  • Handpicked accommodation
  • Authentic and personalised service
  • Care like no other tour
  • Meticulously designed program to showcase the best of the destination as well off the beaten tracks
  • Rickshaw ride & Metro ride in Delhi
  • Markets of Jaipur & pompous Amber Fort
  • Get blown away by the Taj Mahal. No adjective can be pre-fixed to Taj Mahal and justify it glory
  • Multiple forts & Palaces
  • Deep insight into Rajasthan’s history & culture
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Itinerary

Day 1Arrive Delhi

Mystery, magic, mayhem. Welcome to Delhi, City of Djinns, and 25 million people. Like an eastern Rome, India’s capital is littered with the relics of lost empires. A succession of armies stormed across the Indo-Gangetic plain and imprinted their identity onto the vanquished city, before vanishing into rubble and ruin like the conquerors who preceded them. Modern Delhi is a chaotic tapestry of medieval fortifications, Mughal mausoleums, dusty bazaars, colonial-era town planning, and mega malls.

Upon arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi you will meet with our representative with your name card in arrival hall after customs. A traditional process of warm welcome will be held, after that you will be assisted to the pre booked hotel for check-in.

Rest of the day free to familiarize with the resort. Overnight stay.

Day 2Delhi

Breakfast at your hotel. Start your tour of Delhi at 0830hrs from your hotel lobby where your tour guide/driver will be waiting for you.

First stop would be Raj Ghat, this peaceful, very well maintained park contains a simple black-marble platform marking the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948.

Next you will be driven to Old Delhi market, just before entering the market you will embark on a ‘Rickshaw’ to steer through tiny lanes of Chandni Chowk. Ride past the majestic Red Fort & through the main Chandni Chowk street straight to Khari Baoli; Asia’s biggest wholesale spice market selling all kinds of spices, herbs, nuts & food products like rice, tea etc. Hop on to your rickshaws and pass through the tiny lanes of Kinaari Bazaar; lane for Indian attire accessories like borders etc, Dariba Kalan; lane for Silver market. Hop off and bid bye to your Rickshaw Puller at Jama Masjid; A beautiful pocket of calm at the heart of Old Delhi’s mayhem, the capital’s largest mosque is built on a 10m elevation. It can hold a mind-blowing 25,000 people.

Post visiting the Jama Masjid, a 15-minute walk through Chawri Bazaar Lane to arrive at the Metro Station. Take a ride in the Delhi Metro; started in 2002 is lifeline of the capital city.

Arrive at Saket, metro station, come out and find your vehicle waiting for you there & arrive at Qutub Minar; The Qutab Minar, soaring Afghan-style victory tower and minaret, erected by sultan Qutb-ud-din in 1193 to proclaim his supremacy over the vanquished Hindu rulers of Qila Rai Pithora.

Visit a Kashmiri Co-operative, enjoy a Kashmiri Tea ‘Kahwa’ here when you witness the artisians presenting their local arts & products.

Later, transfer to your hotel. Overnight.

Day 3Delhi - Jaipur

Breakfast at your hotel. At 0830 hrs, join your local guide for a tour through Delhi.

Arrive at Humayun’s Tomb, Humayun’s tomb is sublimely well proportioned, seeming to float above its symmetrical gardens. It’s thought to have inspired the Taj Mahal, which it predates by 60 years.

Visit, Lotus Temple for a short exterior photography stop; drive through Parliament’s street, & around the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Short photography stop at India Gate; This imposing 42m-high stone memorial arch was designed by Lutyens in 1921. It pays tribute to around 90,000 Indian Army soldiers who died in WWI, the Northwest Frontier operations and the 1919 Anglo-Afghan War. (note: photography stop at India Gate is strictly subject to security clearance and subject to vehicle parking availability at the day)

Arrive at the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara; This magnificent white-marble gurdwara (Sikh temple), topped by glinting golden onion domes, was constructed at the site where the eighth Sikh guru, Harkrishan Dev, stayed before his 1664 death.

End the tour around mid-afternoon and then drive to Jaipur (270kms,5 hours). On arrival check-in & overnight in hotel.

Day 4Jaipur

Breakfast at hotel. At 0800 hrs, join your local guide for a tour through Jaipur.

We start with Amber Fort. Jeep ride uphill & downhill at the fort. Nostalgic Amber Fort, near Jaipur in Rajasthan, is one of the most well-known and most-visited forts in India. Not surprisingly, it features prominently on the list of Jaipur’s top attractions.

During downhill, visit a very heritage structure – Panna-Meena ka kund, which is a square-shaped stepwell, with adjoining stairs on all four sides and a room on the northern wall.

We will make our way back to the city, en-route we will stop at Jal Mahal, Possibly the most serene sight amidst the chaos of Jaipur is the beautiful Jal Mahal Jaipur, the Water Palace. Short stops at the Jewel & Carpet Workshops in Jaipur are must to witness how the local artisans create marvels from raw materials.

Lunch at a Jal Mahal view restaurant.

Our vehicle will now park in the City Palace parking. This will be our base for this afternoon and evening, remember where you vehicle in and return here post tour. Your local guide will escort you to Jantar Mantar, a large grassy enclosure containing eighteen huge stone astronomical measuring devices constructed between 1728 and 1734. At the heart of the Pink City stands the magnificent City Palace, originally built by Jai Singh in the 1720s and having lost none of its original pomp and splendour.

Post City Palace, walk to the Hawa Mahal for a photography stop. Here, get some free time in the world famous Jaipur’s local markets. Return to your vehicle at the pre-defined time.

Transfer & overnight at hotel.

Day 5Jaipur - Bikaner

Post breakfast check out from the hotel and drive towards Bikaner (330kms/6 hours).

Upon arrival accommodate at the pre booked hotel. Rest of the day free to explore the city.

An overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 6Bikaner - Jodhpur

After a luscious breakfast Visit Junagarh Fort which consists of courtyards, kiosks and balconies. Next, visit the camel breeding farm, a unique farm in Asia and Karni Mata Temple also known as Rat Temple.

Later checkout from the hotel and drive to Jodhpur((260kms,5-5.5 hours),

On arrival check in at hotel

Post some rest proceed to visit Clock tower & city market.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 7Jodhpur

After your scrumptious breakfast leave for the sightseeing trip. Visit Jaswant Thada – also known as the Taj Mahal of Mewar, Mehrangarh Fort – a spectacular fort perched upon a hill and offering panoramic views of the Jodhpur city and Mandore. Later visit the magnificent Umaid Bhavan Palace Museum.

Overnight at hotel

Day 8Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur

Post breakfast, checkout and Depart towards Udaipur (250Kms/5 hours), the city of Lakes.
en route stop at Ranakpur Jain Temples.

Dedicated to Tirthankara Rishabhanatha, Ranakpur Jain Temples include several other temples within the campus like the Surya Temple, Chaumukha Temple, Amba Temple and the Parshwanath Temple.

On arrival in Udaipur, check in to hotel & overnight.

Day 9Udaipur

Breakfast at hotel and proceed for sightseeing of Udaipur city.

Starting with a drive around Fateh Sagar Lake. Next, visit the Folk Museum, Mewar Art Gallery and Sahelion Ki Bari Garden: – A major garden in the northern part of the city, built for a group of 48 young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of her dowry. Later visit Jagdish Temple & then proceed to the ornate City Palace: The spectacular City Palace was built in 1725 by Maharana Udai Singh and overlooks Lake
Pichola. The Palace comprises of 11 palaces including the Dilkhush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal and the Palace of Lord Krishna, all of which are ornately decorated. The City Palace also houses the world’s largest private collections of crystals.

Later take a boat ride on Lake Pichola & later take a stroll through the local shops.

Overnight in Udaipur.

Day 10Udaipur - Pushkar

Post breakfast, checkout from hotel and drive to Pushkar (280kms/5 hours).On the way we will visit Eklingi & Nagda Temples. The fascinating Eklingji Temple Complex, with its 108 temples, attracts lots of people. Nagda was an early Mewar capital, established in the 7th century. It was ruined by the invader Altamash in the 1220s, but still has a few temples worth seeing, including the 10th-century Saas Bahu, and the Jain temple of Adbudji.

Upon arrival at Pushkar, accommodate at the pre booked hotel.

The evening is reserved for a visit to the holy city Pushkar covering the sightseeing of Brahma Temple which is the only temple in the world and Pushkar Lake- believed to be formed by the tears of Lord Shiva

An overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 11Pushkar - Sawai Madhopur

Post breakfast, checkout from hotel and drive towards Sawai Madhopur (280kms/5-6 hours)

Upon arrival check-in at hotel for overnight stay.

Day 12Sawai Madhopur

Early morning, proceed for the Jungle safari at Ranthambore National Park with naturalists in open jeep.

Considered as one of the biggest national parks in northern India in 1980, will offer you to witness, close with many wildlife’s like peacocks, bears, gazelles, sloths, wild boars and no doubt Bengal tigers. See the beautiful vivid variety of birds and animal flocking/relaxing in their region.

Post morning safari visit the Ranthambore fort, nestled deep inside the Ranthambore National Park. The National Park consists of an area which used to be hunting grounds of the erstwhile kings of Jaipur. Standing atop a hill of 700 ft, the fort is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under “Hill Forts of Rajasthan”. Among the most popular attractions in Ranthambore, the intimidating fort has been pivotal in the history of the state of Rajasthan.

Return to hotel for the breakfast. Free time for in-house activities, spa etc. Lunch in the hotel. Late afternoon proceed for Jungle Safari in open jeep with naturalists.

Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

Day 13Sawai Madhopur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra

Post breakfast, checkout from hotel and drive to Agra (260kms/5-6 hours). En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri; at the one-time capital of the Mughal empire, Fatehpur Sikri (approximately 4 hours). Its stunning mosque displays both Persian and Hindu design and is secured by a 54-metre high entrance.

Continue your drive toward Agra (230kms,5-6 hours). On arrival, check-in & overnight at hotel.

Day 14Agra

Early morning wake-up call and sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. (timings would vary as per season). Sunrise is by far the best time to visit the Taj Mahal. Not just because the early morning light turns the dome of the temple a soft, golden colour, but because this is the time when there are the least amount of tourists. Described by Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore as “a teardrop on the face of eternity”, the Taj Mahal is undoubtedly the zenith of Mughal architecture.

Arrive at Taj Mahal Complex and take the battery car to Taj Mahal’s entrance & back to the parking lot. Return to hotel, daily routine & breakfast at the hotel. We check out at 1030hrs from hotel & visit Agra Fort; Agra has one of the finest Mughal forts in India. Visit a Marble Workshop; local artisans showcase their skill of Marble Inlay work in these workshops. The artisans in Agra are believed to be the descendants of the artists who were actual workers of Taj Mahal.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 15Agra - Jhansi - Orchha - Khajuraho

Breakfast at hotel in Agra, transfer to Railway Station for train to Jhansi. On arrival in Jhansi, transfer to Orccha (16km/30 minutes).

Once a princely state, Orchha lies in the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh. The town of Orchha was founded in 15th century AD and in today’s world it is renowned for its numerous temples, palaces and forts. Highly popular amongst them are the Jehangir Mahal of Orchha (Classic Mughal architecture), Raj Mahal and Laxmi Narayan temple (mural paintings).

As you would be done visiting the attractions of Orchha, get back on the road to Khajuraho (190 kms/ 5 hours). On arrival at Khajuraho, you would be checking into a prebooked hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 16Khajuraho - Varanasi

Post breakfast at hotel, we dedicate this morning in exploring the world heritage sites of Khajuraho. Divided into eastern and western group of temples, Khajuraho is known for its cluster of Hindu and Jain temples.

Post these visits, you would be heading to the airport to board the next flight to Varanasi. As you will arrive, our tour representative will escort you to the hotel. If you wish, you can go for a walk in the surroundings, or otherwise, relax in your room. Evening, transfer on rickshaw to Varanasi market.

As you arrive at the market, get down from the rickshaw and walk through the bustling crowded market of Varanasi to reach river Ganges Ghat. Witness the Ganges Aarti.

Every evening at sunset an elaborate Ganga aarti (river worship) ceremony with fire and dance is staged at the Dasaswamedh Ghat. Led by a group of young pandits (priests), the ceremony commences with the blowing of a conch shell, and continues with the waving of incense sticks and circling of large flaming lamps that stand out dramatically against the darkened sky.

Later, return & overnight stay at hotel.

Day 17Varanasi

An early morning boat ride in the sacred Ganga River would be arranged for you. Enjoy crusing in the country boat in Ganges witness morning rituals of the locals. After boat ride, walk in some bylanes of Varanasi and visit the Akhada, where you will be able to watch the traditional Indian style of wrestling called Kushti.

Return to hotel post boat ride & then, after breakfast, leave for Sarnath.

Sarnath in the northeast of Varanasi is where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. A highly sacred Buddhist religious place, Sarnath lies at the confluence of two rivers-Ganga and Gomati. Popular attractions here are Dhamek Stupa, Sarnath Museum and Chaukhandi Stupa.

Post that return back to Varanasi. Lunch in a thali speciality restaurant.

In Varanasi, you would be visiting Bharat Mata Temple, Alamgir mosque. Also known as Beni Madhav Ka Darera, Alamgir mosque is a brilliant example of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The mosque is situated on the banks of Ganges river. During the day you would also drive past Benaras Hindu University.

Overnight in Varanasi.

Day 18Varanasi - Delhi

This day brings the end of wonderful tour, post breakfast proceeds to airport for the flight to Delhi.

Upon arrival transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 19Delhi Departure

Post breakfast checkout from hotel and transfer to airport to take flight back to home.

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