EWD Holidays

Mesmerizing North India

15 Days Mesmerizing North India

Destination: Cochin – Delhi - Jaipur - Sanganer - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Jhansi - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi

Day 1: Arrived Delhi

Arrive in Delhi. After clearing Customs and Immigration, you will be met by our representative outside the International Arrivals Hall and transferred to the Hotel. Overnight at hotel

Day 2: Delhi

This morning after breakfast we tour Delhi, including the 16th-century Tomb of Humayun; Qutab Minar, the 234-step tower dating to 1193; and India Gate, honoring the 90,000 Indian soldiers who died in World War Overnight at hotel

Day 3: Delhi

This morning after breakfast, we explore Old Delhi, beginning with the Gandhi Memorial, the simple black marble slab honoring Mahatma Gandhi. Next, two renowned 17th-century landmarks: Lal Qila, the Red Fort (closed on Monday) palaces where we stop for photos; and the red sandstone and marble Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. Then we ride rickshaws through Chandni Chowk market; visit a Sikh temple; and tour the National Museum (closed on Monday)

Day 4: Delhi – Jaipur (255 km / approx. 5 hrs)

This morning we travel by coach to the “pink city” of Jaipur, one of the great cities of the Rajput, with historic forts, palaces, and gardens. We reach our hotel late afternoon. Overnight at hotel

Day 5: Jaipur

Breakfast at hotel.
Today, we enjoy morning excursion to Amber Fort and afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur city. Amber, the capital of Rajasthan for 6 centuries before Jaipur was built, lies 11 kms. north of Jaipur. Rising majestically on the slopes of a hill, this 11th century fort and palace complex is a blend of Hindu and Muslim styles. Elephants carry us up the ramparts of the fort. (Subject to availability) After lunch, explore Jaipur.
The City Palace stands in the centre of the city. Part of it is still the Maharaja’s residence, while most of the complex has been developed into a museum containing rare manuscripts, fine specimens of Rajput and Mughal paintings, royal apparel and an armory.
Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) is the landmark of Jaipur. It stands on one of the main streets, a curious building, elaborate and fanciful, built of pink sandstone with a delicate honeycomb design.
Jantar Mantar observatory, built by the founder of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. The huge stone instruments were devised to study the movements of the sun, moon and planets and are incredibly accurate. Return to the hotel Overnight at hotel

Day 6: Jaipur – Sanganer – Jaipur

This morning we visit the village of Sanganer to see traditional block printing and handmade paper industries. Later we tour a local market then take a traditional rickshaw ride.
Overnight at hotel

Day 7: Jaipur – Ranthambore National Park ( 165 km approx. / 3 ½ hrs )

After breakfast at hotel check-out and drive to Ranthambore by surface
On arrival, check-in at hotel and enjoy lunch.
Later make a quick trip to Ranthambore fort
The Ranthambore Fort is located at the top of a rocky outcrop in the middle of
the forest. The fort is huge and covers an area of approximately 7 kilometers in
circumference. It is one of the oldest forts in the country and is said to have been built in 944 AD a Chauhan
warrior.The interiors of the fort are also stunning. The acoustics of the Hammir court, where a whisper can
be heard at the other end of the building, is only one of the many marvels one witnesses here.
The entire fort is dotted with beautiful temples and also a mosque. The most famous of these being the
temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. It is said that devotees actually send in letters to the God at this temple,
which are brought up daily by the local postman.
Overnight at hotel

Day 8: Ranthambore

Wake up in the early morning for Jungle safari.
Ranthambore National park is famous for its tigers and is one of the best
places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. The tigers
can be easily spotted even during the day time. The Park covers an area of
nearly 400 sq. km. and is set between the Aravali and Vindhya ranges. Its
deciduous forests were once a part of the magnificent jungles of Central
Return to the hotel for Breakfast.
Lunch at hotel.
After lunch resume search for tigers.
Dinner at the Hotel.
Overnight at hotel

Day 9: Ranthmabore – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra ( 210 km / approx. 6 hrs)

This morning after breakfast drive to Agra en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri is the deserted sandstone city, which was the glorious but shortlived imperial capital of Akbar, the greatest of Mughal emperors. A variety of
architectural styles are found, since craftsmen representing many schools were
On arrival at Agra, Check in at hotel.
Overnight at hotel

Day 10: Agra

This morning visit Taj Mahal at sunrise, mellow rays on this magical
building. The rays of the rising sun bathe the pristine white marble edifice
in warm hues of gold, ochre, orange, rust and flame.
Return back to hotel for breakfast.
Post breakfast visit Agra Fort, Few forts in the world have a more
fascinating story to tell than the Great Fort of Agra. Originally planned as
an impregnable military structure by Akbar, the Agra Fort, over a period of
time, acquired all the elegance,
Lavishness and majesty of an imperial palace. Situated 3 km upstream of the
Taj Mahal on the right bank of the Yamuna, it took eight years to complete and
entailed an expenditure of three and a half million rupees.
Overnight at hotel

Day 11: Agra – Jhansi by train and by road to Khajuraho en-route visit Orcha ( 180 km / approx. 5 hrs)

We travel by train to Jhansi, then continue by coach to the village of Orchha. After lunch here we travel on
to Khajuraho, whose collection of 22 medieval Hindu and Jain temples dating to the 10th century is a
UNESCO site.
Overnight at hotel

Day 12: Khajuraho

Today we tour several of Khajuraho’s well-preserved temples (many adorned
with erotic sculptures), considered the finest examples of temple architecture
in northern India
Overnight at hotel

Day 13: Khajuraho / Varanasi Flight

We fly today to Varanasi, Hinduism’s holiest city and a sacred place of
pilgrimage. This evening we attend a traditional aartie offering ceremony as
we cruise along the Ganges.
Overnight at hotel

Day 14: Varanasi

Early this morning we return to the Ganges, where Hindu pilgrims perform
their rituals along the ghats (steps) leading to the river. We visit several ghats
by boat as we experience for ourselves the spiritual mystique of these hallowed
waters. Next we visit the Vishwanath temple of white marble at Banaras Hindu
University, then travel to Sarnath, Buddha preached first sermon.

Day 15: Agra – Varanasi / Delhi and departure Flight

Assisted departure transfer to airport for flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi board connecting flight for
onward journey.

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