Classic North India
13 Days / 12 Nights
Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Jhansi - Agra - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Udaipur- Mumbai
This is usually a classic tour for first timers in India. Visit the famous sites in the north part of the country including Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ranakhpur and Mumbai.
Our itineraries are suggestions and are fully customisable according to your needs, interests and budget.
Treat these itineraries as inspiration and one of our experts will create your uniquely tailored holiday with your requests in mind so that you can truly experience India with Seven Senses.
Day 1. Arrive Delhi (-/-/-)
Meeting and assistance on arrival at Delhi airport.
Our representative will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Delhi is so modern, on the other hand so ancient, as you can only wish: The Delhi of today is cosmopolitan, modern & also shows the epic of heritage. With its art, festivals and theater performances, concerts for the musically interested and a cuisine that leaves nothing to be desired, Delhi is a place with bustling streets and some narrow lanes that has something to offer to everyone.
Day 2. Delhi (B/-/-)
Today after breakfast proceed for the city tour of Old and New Delhi. In Old Delhi visit Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India; Raj Ghat - the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi and enjoy a walking tour in Chandni Chowk - the silver street of Delhi bustling with activity and later visit the Red Fort built by Emperor Shah Jahan.
In the afternoon visit Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India; Humayun’s Tomb built in the Indo Persian style and a predecessor to The Taj Mahal in Agra; India Gate – A War Memorial Arch. Also drive past the President’s House, Parliament House and Government Secretariat Buildings.
Day 3. Delhi - Varanasi (B/-/-)
Today late in the morning you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Varanasi.
On arrival you will be met and escorted to the hotel.
The city of Varanasi is situated on the west bank of the Ganges in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The British called the city Benares. Varanasi is an important pilgrimage site for Hindus and is mentioned in the great epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. When Buddha came to Sarnath about 10km from Varanasi in 500 BC to hold his first sermon, it was a thriving commercial city. The famous American author Mark Twain once wrote: "Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all those together."
Day 4. Varanasi - Khajuraho (B/-/-)
Early morning proceed for the boat ride on the river Ganges, followed by a half-day tour of Varanasi, where you visit the Alamgir Mosque, Durga Temple, Vishwanath Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, the Banaras Hindu University and the archaeological museum.
Later transfer to the airport to board your flight to Khajuraho. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The evening is free to relax and explore the surroundings of the town of erotic temples.
Day 5. Khajuraho - Jhansi / Jhansi – Agra (B/-/-)
Today after breakfast check-out at the hotel and proceed to visit the Eastern and Western group of temples. The western group consists of 14 temples. The eastern group is 2.4 km away and consists of seven temples - four Jain and three Hindu.
After visiting the temples proceed to Jhansi. En-route, visit Orchha, famous for its Jain temple. Reach Jhansi railway station to board your train, the Shatabdi Express to Agra.
Arrive Agra and you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
Day 6. Agra (B/-/-)
Today you will spend a whole day in Agra. You start with the Taj Mahal at sunrise. The Emperor Shah Jahan built it for his queen Mumtaz Mahal, there to bury her remains. The tomb is built entirely of white marble and its walls are decorated with superb inlays of stone. It is said that different types were used, precious and semi-precious stones for this delicate work. Experts from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy, as well as some 20,000 laborers worked for 17 years on this building before it was completed in 1652. The marble came from Makrana in Jodhpur and precious stones such as onyx, amethyst, malachite, lapis lazuli, turquoise, jade, crystal and pearl kaman from Persia, Russia, Afghanistan, Tibet, China and the Indian Ocean. The magnificent monument is located in a four-fold garden, divided by several streams, all in Persian style. Then visit the Agra Fort - a masterpiece in design and construction, built by three successive Mughal emperors from 1565. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings, eg the Moti Masjid, Jahangir's Palace, Khaas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal, Diwane-i-Am, Diwane-i-Khas and Musamman Burj, where the fifth Mughal ruler, Shah Jahan died as a prisoner. You will also visit the Itimat-ud-Daula, a jewel of Islamic architecture.
(Friday Taj Mahal is closed)
Day 7. Agra - Jaipur (B/-/-)
Today after breakfast proceed to Jaipur, visit en-route the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. Constructed in the 17th century, the city was abandoned due to extreme water scarcity. Continue to Jaipur, the famous "Pink City". This Indian trade center is a marvel in pink sandstone. Here you will spend two nights.
Day 8. Jaipur (B/-/-)
After breakfast, visit the Amber Fort. This is one of the most fascinating of the Indian forts comprising the Palace of Mirrors, Hall of Public Audience and the beautiful gardens, all of which give a glimpse into the majesty of days gone by. The fort can either be reached by Jeep or on foot.
We do not book and strongly oppose riding up to the fort on elephant back.
Afternoon, visit the City Palace where several courtyards and gardens provide wonderful contrast to its many palatial structures including Mubarak Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Badal Mahal and the Sri Govind Dev temple. The huge silver water vessels displayed at the Diwan-e-Khas recorded in the Guinness Book as the largest in the world are a must see. A visit to The Observatory will also be arranged. Also drive past to Hawa Mahal.
Day 9. Jaipur - Jodhpur (B/-/-)
After breakfast set out on the drive to Jodhpur which takes 3 to 4 hrs by surface. On arrival check in to the hotel.
Jodhpur is at the edge of the Thar Desert and is the largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. Among Rajasthan's many princely settlements, Jodhpur is one of the most distinctive. This five hundred year old settlement was the headquarters of the Rathore Rajputs' celebrations for their tales of daring. Jodhpur is known for its impressive fortifield bastions, specially those of Mehrangarh which have been witness to many battles and were associated closely with the history of the region. The years of peace that followed resulted in the building of palaces that were laid on open grounds and spread out in an elaborate European manner.
Afternoon visit the impressive Mehrangarh Fort on a 37m low sandstone hill built by Rao Jodha in 1459. From the top of the fort one can get a bird’s eye view of the old city. You will notice the predominance of blue houses referred to as Brahmin houses - the colour being associated with the high caste. Proceed to the Jaswant Thada, an imposing marble cenotaph built in 1899 for Maharajah Jaswant Singh II, and smaller memorials to other Maharajahs of Jodhpur. At the end of the tour enjoy a short walk through the local and vibrant bazaar of Jodhpur.
Day 10. Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur (B/-/-)
After breakfast drive to Udaipur. En-route visit Ranakpur, the wonderful 3 temples of the Jain sect dating back to the 14th/15th century. The unforgettable main Temple dedicated to Adinatha the first Tirthankar (1439) built in marble took 65 years to complete. It is one of the five holy Jain pilgrimage centres, and has one of the best temple complexes.
On arrival in Udaipur, check in to the hotel.
Udaipur lies in the Girwa valley amidst the Aravali hills of south Rajasthan. It is considered a romantic city - with its lakes, gardens, temples and palaces - an Oasis in the Thar desert. The old city is a traditionally planned fortified walled city, a maze of narrow winding lanes flanked by houses with doorways decorated with Mewar folk art, windows with stained glass or jali screens, massive havelis with large inner courtyards and shops. The legendary Ranas who ruled, traced their ancestry to the Sun Dynasty.
Day 11. Udaipur (B/-/-)
After breakfast visit the City Palace built on the bank of the Pichola Lake, by Maharana Udai Singh in 1570. The impressive complex of several palaces is a blend of Rajput and Mughul influences. Half of it is still occupied by the Royal family, and part converted into a museum. The Jagdish Temple (1651) was built by Maharana Jagat Singh. A fine example of the Nagara style of temple architecture. A brass Garuda stands outside and stone elephants flank the entrance steps. Inside is a black stone image of Vishnu as Jagannath, the Lord of the Universe. Sahelion-ki Bari an ornamental pleasure garden specially made for the ladies of the palace in the 18th century. It has beautiful fountains, trees and flowers.
Day 12. Udaipur - Mumbai (B/-/-)
After breakfast in the hotel transfer to the airport for your flight to Mumbai.
Afternoon half day visit to Gateway of India, Mumbai's principle landmark. This arch of yellow basalt was erected on the waterfront in 1924 to commemorate King George V's visit to Mumbai in 1911. Drive past the Secretariat of Maharashtra Government and along the Marine Drive which is fondly known as the 'Queen's Necklace'. Visit Mani Bhavan, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his visits to Mumbai. Drive past the Victoria Terminus, the principal railways station of Mumbai, a beautiful building that symbolise the ethos of the Edwardian architecture, well worth a photo stop.
At the Church gate station see the Dabbawalas, a unique tiffin delivery service run by over 5000 semiskilled workers delivering lunch to corporate executives from their homes. Visit the 'Dhobi Ghat', an open laundry where Mumbai's 'dirties' are scrubbed, bashed, dyed and hung out to dry - a nice photo stop, well worth a visit. Visit the ISKON Temple devoted to Lord Krishna in time for the noon aarti and then continue to the colourful Crawford market and Flora fountain, a large bustling square in the heart of the city.
Day 13. Departure (B/-/-)
Transfer to the airport according to your flight schedule for your flight back to the UK.
The itinerary may be subject to change depending on circumstances.
13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS FROM £1,770 per person + international flights
based on 2 people travelling together
The price includes:
Domestic flights and train tickets according to the itinerary.
4 star hotel accommodation on a twin-shared basis with breakfast.
Quality private air-con vehicles & experienced drivers for all transfers and sightseeing.
Experienced English-speaking local guides throughout the tour.
Entrance fees for all listed attractions.
The price does not include:
Return flights from the UK to India
Anything not specifically mentioned above
Visa fee for India
Tips to the guide and driver
Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.
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