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Classical Journey of North India

Duration of Trip: 18 Nights / 19 Days
Places Covered: Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur - Chittorgarh - Pushkar - Jaipur Fatehpur Sikri Agra - Jhansi - Orhca - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi.

This extensive North India tour covers the celestial beauty of Taj Mahal, the marble monument that epitomizes love and romance of Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan. It takes you on an extensive exploration ride to Rajasthan with its opulent palaces and imposing forts; famous Shekawati paintings; unmatched religious fervor and distinctive culture and traditions. The daunting Orchha Fort complex speaks volumes about Rajput chivalry and valour. Khajuraho Temples and Ghats and Temples of Varanasi present two very different facets of Hinduism. Tracing a line between these two faces of Hinduism uncover the entire spectrum of the rich philosophy of one of the oldest religions in the world.
 

Day 01: Italy - Delhi
A company representative from TNS Travel will accord a warm traditional Indian hospitality on your arrival in Delhi. You will be relocated to a hotel, which will suit your taste. Overnight stay will be at the Hotel in New Delhi.

Day 02: Delhi
Delhi: Being the capital city of India, New Delhi holds special significance in the history of India. This beautiful city located on the banks of Yamuna River can be divided into two different parts Old Delhi and New Delhi. A team of British architects headed by Edwin Lutyens designed the city. This is one of the major reasons of describing the city as Lutyen's Delhi. Both parts of Delhi whether Old or new has some of the most beautiful sites of the world. The city has well-known monuments, Sacred Temples, Forts, museum, mosque, Mughal heritage and beautiful parks & gardens.

Old Delhi: A sightseeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort - once the most opulent fort and palace of the Moghul Empire.

TNS will arrange a cycle rickshaw ride for you from Jama Masjid to Chandni Chowk.

New Delhi: An extensive sightseeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing Heritage India Gate, Parliament House and President's Residence. It would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. Also visit the LOTUS TEMPLE & BIRLA MANDIR.

Enjoy the Dances Of India Show in the evening. Overnight will be in Delhi.

Agra-FortDay 03: Delhi – Mandawa
Proceed for Mandawa. The medieval Fort of Mandawa gradually rises on the horizon like a mirage. A breathtaking view of the town can be seen from the terrace of Castle Mandawa. Precious collection of arms with jade handles, traditional ceremonial costumes can be seen at the Museum at the Castle. The havelies worth a visit are Chokhani, Saraf, Goenka and Ladia in this town. It was built in 1775 by Thakur Nawal Singh, descendant of Rao Shekhaji, who also founded the city of Nawalgarh.  The Castle, now a 51 room hotel has no two rooms alike. It also houses an interesting collection of paintings, jade, costumes and antiques. The courtyard and the terrace come to live during evenings with candle-lit dinners and fire-dances during the season. It is a two hundred and forty year old fortress, which has been converted by the family into a fine example of traditional hospitality. Reach and check in at hotel. Overnight will be at Mandawa.

Day 04: Mandawa - Bikaner (140kms/3hours)
Breakfast will be at Hotel. Drive to Bikaner. Check in at hotel.

Bikaner – The royal fortified city with a timeless appeal. Lying in the north of the Desert State, the city is dotted with many sand dunes. Bikaner retains the medieval splendor that pervades the city’s lifestyle.

More popularly called the camel country, the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world. The ship of the desert is an inseparable part of life here. Be it pulling heavy carts, transporting grains or working on wells, camels are the prime helpers. The wells of Bikaner - an important source of water are other attractions of the city. These are built on high plinths with slender minareted towers on each of the Four Corners and can be noticed even from a distance.

Relax in the evening. Overnight will be at Bikaner.

Day 05: Bikaner –Jaisalmer
Proceed for sightseeing tour of Bikaner after breakfast. Rao Bikaji, a descendant of Jodhaji - the founder of Jodhpur, founded this desert town in the North of the state in 1488. Visit the Junagarh Fort, constructed between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Jai Singh, a general in the Moghul Emperor Akbar's army. The city is also called the “Camel Country”. Visit the camel-breeding farm – the only one in Asia. Visit the KARNI MATA TEMPLE.

Proceed for Jaisalmer after breakfast.

Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer. A commanding fort etched in yellow sandstone stands, with its awesome splendor, dominating the amber-hued city.

The city has an interesting legend associated with it, according to which, Lord Krishna-the head of the Yadav Clan, foretold Arjuna that a remote descendent of the Yadav Clan would build his kingdom atop the Trikuta Hill. His prophecy was fulfilled in 1156 AD when Rawal Jaisal, a descendent of the Yadav Clan and a Bhatti Rajput, abandoned his fort at Lodurva and founded a new capital -Jaisalmer, perched on the Trikuta Hill.

Reach and check in at hotel. Overnight will be at Jaisalmer.

Day 06: Jaisalmer
After a relaxed breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing tour of The Golden City - Jaisalmer. It is in the heart of the Great Indian Desert.  Its temple, fort and palaces are all built of yellow stone. The city is a mass of intricately carved buildings, facades and elaborate balconies.  Visit the Jaisalmer Fort - The oldest living Fort in the world. (This is the highlight of the tour)

See the Patwon-Ki-Havelies, Salim-Singh-Ki-Haveli and Gandhi Sagar Tank. Also visit Barabagh Hill.

In the afternoon, proceed to the SAM SAND DUNES for visiting the typical Rajasthani Desert Village. View the sunset from the dunes, as the sky is set on fire. Return to the village for dinner amidst Rajasthani musicians playing haunting tunes. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 07: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
Proceed to Jodhpur. Reach and check in to the hotel. Set at the edge of the Thar Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero of the Ramayana. The massive 15th century AD Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 Mts. Above the plains. The city is encompassed by a high wall -10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions.

Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jodhpur - gateway to the desert beyond, home of the Rathors of Marwar, visit the Mehrangarh Fort, rising up a hilly scarp, built on the advice of a hermit, overlooking the city in the image of a long sentinel.  Inside the Fort are a number of palaces added by successive rulers. In this palace you would see different miniature paintings & cradle room. After this you would visit Jaswant Thada Memorial.

Overnight will be at Jodhpur.
Day 08: Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur
Start for Udaipur after breakfast. En-route visit to Ranakpur. Visit the Ranakpur Temples, dating back to the 15th century. 200 pillars, none of which are alike, support its 29 halls. The Temple abounds with intricate friezes and sculptures. Includes visits to two more Jain temples and the Temple of the Sun God with its erotic sculptures.

Reach and check in at hotel. The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the ARAVALLIS. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sound and experiences and inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers.

Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of a heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the LAKE PICHOLA is an enticing sight.

Udaipur is the jewel of MEWAR - a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years. Relax in the evening. Overnight will be at Udaipur.

Day 09: Udaipur
Breakfast will be at hotel. Proceed for sightseeing tour of Udaipur, stopping first at City Palace. Here you will marvel at rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, colored glass windows and inlaid marble balconies and the Peacock Courtyard.  Also visit the lovely Sahelion-ki-Bari Gardens, the Jagdish Temple and the local folk Museum.

Proceed for Evening Motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola.  From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert.  Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace  - the other island palace in the middle of the lake. Spend some time at the Jag Mandir Palace. Overnight will be at Udaipur.

Day 10: Udaipur - Chittorgarh - pushkar
Breakfast will be at hotel. En-route visit Chittorgarh.
The Chittaur Fort is the best known fort in Rajasthan. Its origins are traced to the Pandavas of Mahabharata. It is said that Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers, built the fort. Standing on 180 meters high hill, the fort covers an area of 700 Acres. Inside it is the Meera and Khumba Shyam Temple. It is associated with Meera, a mystic poetess devoted to Lord Krishna whose life and bhajans have become part of the folklore and literary traditions of the region and several parts of India.Agra-Fort

Pushkar- Amongst the grandeur of Rajasthan, discover a unique gem - Pushkar. Lord Brahma - The creator of the world in a search for his abode on earth, performed the supremely spiritual Vedic Yagnaat Pushkar. It is thus the site of the only Brahma Temple in the world. Blessed with cultural blends, it is the venue for the famous Pushkar Fair, with people coming from all over Asia to buy and sell cattle of breeds from across the world. The consecrated mausoleum of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti at Ajmer attracts pilgrims from all over the world. A city of Pilgrimage from time immemorial with over 500 temples and Ghats Pushkar begets a legacy of timeless architectural heritage. Pushkar radiates an ambience of peace and spirituality that casts a lure to visit again and again. The Pushkar fair is amongst the largest cattle fairs in the world and amongst the oldest cities in India, with references in mythology and the Mahabharat. There are 52 bathing Ghats, which are linked to the lunar calendar, enclose the lake. Each Ghat has its own miraculous qualities and powers of healing and this city of temples has over 500 temples built over different eras with varied architectural styles. The rose garden of Rajasthan - the essence of the famous Pushkar rose is exported the world over. Pushkar has the most varied terrain in Rajasthan with sand, rock, hills, and proximity to a number of heritage properties in the area and a number of fairs and festivals - especially on the new and full moon days. Overnight will be at hotel.

Day 11: Pushkar - Jaipur
After breakfast drive to beautiful Pink City - Jaipur. Reach and check in at hotel.
Jaipur- The origins of the beautiful city of Jaipur can be traced back to the eighteenth century, during the reign of Jai Singh II who ascended the Amber throne in 1699. Jaipur today, epitomizes the spirit of Rajputana.  In-spite of growing into a bustling metropolis, it still retains its character and history - A beautiful fusion of the yesteryears and modernity. It is popularly known as the Pink City because of the extensive use of the locally abundant pink plastered stone, painted so in honor of the visit of the royal consort of Queen Victoria. Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens. Overnight will be at Jaipur.

Day 12: Jaipur
Breakfast will be at hotel. Proceed for excursion to Amber Fort in the outskirts of Jaipur. Elephant ride ascent to the fort.
Amber Fort Palace - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace.  Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I.  Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression.

Proceed for sightseeing of the city.

City Palace - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city.  It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
       
Jantar Mantar - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.

Hawa Mahal - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. It is a five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

Visit a rug factory and see the ladies at the intricate work or a gem factory and see the gem cutting and polishing process. Overnight will be at Jaipur.

Day 13: Jaipur - Fathepursikri - agra
After Breakfast drive to Agra en-route visit. Drive to Fatehpur Sikri. The deserted, red Sandstone City, Emperor Akbar built that as his capital and palace in the late 16th century is an exhilarating experience. It a veritable fairytale city and its  "ruins" are in pristine condition ... it's not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur. Also visit the Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world. Overnight will be at Hotel.
 
Day 14: Agra
After Breakfast start for sightseeing.
Taj Mahal: Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist's visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.   

Proceed for sightseeing to the Agra Fort- Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone.  Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction.

Visit Itmadullah’s Tomb built by Empress NOOR JEHAN in memory of her father (The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj).

Day 15: Agra - Jhansi - orcha - Khajuraho
Morning transfer to railway station to board at bhopal shatabdi express for jhansi. Upon arrival at jhansi drive to khajuraho enroute visit orcha.

BHOPAL SHATABDI EXPRESS
DEP. 0817 AM  / ARR. 1048 AM

ORCHHA – A medieval city founded by Bundela rulers with Palaces and temples of the 16th and 17th century which have remarkable withstood the onslaught of time. The city is picturesquely flanked by the River Betwa. Proceed for sightseeing of ORCHHA sites within the Fort Complex.

Lunch will be at Orchha and then proceed to KHAJURAHO.
Reach Khajuraho. Transferred to hotel and relax. Visit the Western set of Temples and enjoy Sound and Light Show.
Overnight will be at Khajuraho.

Day 16: Khajuraho – Varanasi
Breakfast will be at the hotel. Start sightseeing of the TEMPLES.
The remote location of Khajuraho meant that the temples were unharmed by Muslim invaders and as a result, the intricately fine carvings are in very good condition and are said to represent life in heaven.  They were built during the mighty Chandela dynasty, the majority were constructed in a sudden burst of creative and religious energy, between the mid-10th and 11th centuries.  After ruling for about 500 years the Chandela dynasty fell to the might of Islam and consequently the religious centre of Khajuraho was abandoned.  The temples remain as a reminder of a society that believed in the full enjoyment of life, with all the senses being a path to nirvana.  Of the eighty-five original temples only 22 remain, but many are in very good condition including the Kandariya Mahadeva, the Chatrabhuj, Parswanath and Ghantai Temples, each remarkable for its beautiful design and architecture

Agra-Fort AFTER NOON FLY TO VARANASI.
9W 724  DEP. 1330 HRS./ ARR. 1410HRS

UPON ARRIVAL TRANSFER TO HOTEL ENROUTE VISIT SARNATH.
Visit Sarnath 5 miles out of Varanasi for a day excursion: One of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world, where Buddha preached his first Sermon in 590 BC. Witness the ruins of a once flourishing Buddhist monastery and then visit a fine Museum which houses an excellent collection of Buddhist art and sculptures found at the site.

Evening - Prayer ceremony at the banks of River Ganges in Varanasi. Overnight will be spent at Varanasi.

Day 17: Varanasi
In the morning drive to Daswamedh Ghat and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges to see the cremation Ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world's oldest and most important religions. (To start at 0500 hrs. for the best lifetime experience) For you to appreciate this remarkable city, we'll transfer you to the banks of the River Ganges before the sun rises. Board a boat with your guide and proceed to the middle of the river, where at sunrise the sight unfolds before you. Thousands of faithful come daily to the banks to bathe and pray while in the background, temples and palaces rise in tiers from the water's edge. Return for a walk through the cobblestone streets along the banks of "Ganga". As shops are opening, the place now becomes a beehive of activity as the faithful are coming and going.

Return to hotel for a sumptuous breakfast. Proceed for a guided tour of Varanasi in the afternoon including the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Gyanvapi Mosque, Benaras Hindu University and other important monuments. Evening free to explore the various banks of Varanasi. Overnight will be at Varanasi.

Day 18: Varanasi – Delhi
FLIGHT NUMBER - 9W 724
DEP. 1440
ARR. 1600

After noon fly to delhi. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight will be at hotel.

Day 19: Delhi - Departure.
In- time tranfser to international airport.


Tour Ends

THE TOUR WILL INCLUDE:
  1. ACCOMMODATION AT MENTIONED HOTELS ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY,
  2. SIGHTSEEING TOURS AS MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY,
  3. AIR - CONDITIONED CAR AT DISPOSAL FROM AIRPORT TO AIRPORT,
  4. DRIVER FOR THE FULL TOUR,
  5. MEET AND ASSIST AT THE AIRPORT ON ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE,
  6. DAILY BUFFET BREAKFASTS,
  7. DANCES OF INDIA SHOW IN DELHI,
  8. EVENING PRAYER CEREMONY AT THE BANKS OF RIVER GANGES,
  9. SUNRISE BOAT RIDE IN VARANASI,
  10. SOUND AND LIGHT SHOW AT WESTERN SET OF TEMPLES IN KHAJURAHO,
  11. DANCES SHOW IN KHAJURAHO,
  12. HORSE CART RIDE TO TAJ MAHAL AT AGRA,
  13. ELEPHANT BACK RIDE TO AMBER FORT IN JAIPUR,
  14. BOAT RIDE AT LAKE PICHOLA, UDAIPUR,
  15. VILLAGE VISIT IN JODHPUR,
  16. CAMEL RIDE IN THE DESERT AT JAISALMER,
  17. MONUMENT ENTRANCES,
  18. ECEONOMY CLASS AIRFARE FOR VARANASI TO DELHI AND  KHAJURAHO TO VARANASI,
  19. ALL PARKING, GOVT TAXES, STATE TAXES, ETC
  20. TOLL TAXES, DRIVER ALLOWANCE, FUEL AND
  21. ALL APPLICABLE TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES.
Hotels:

CITY HERITAGE HAVELI AND PALACE HOTELS ROOM CATEGORY NIGHTS
DELHI METRO HIGHTS DELUXE ROOM 02
MANDAWA DESERT RESORT/ SARA VILLAS STANDARD ROOM 01
BIKANER LAL GARH PALACE STANDARD ROOM 01
JAISALMER FORT RAJWADA SUPERIOR ROOM 02
JODHPUR PAL HAVELI HERITAGE  ROOM 01
UDAIPUR JAGAT NIWAS PALACE STANDARD ROOM 02
PUSHKAR PUSHKAR PALACE STANDARD ROOM 01
JAIPUR HOTEL HARI MAHAL DELUXE ROOM 02
AGRA HOTEL PUSHVILLA DELUXE ROOM 02
KHAJURHAO HOTEL USHA BUNDELA STANDARD SUITE 01
VARANASI HOTEL PALACE OF INDIA STANDARD ROOM 02
DELHI METRO HIGHTS DELUXE ROOM 01
 
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