Splendours of North India

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From USD$2430 Per Person
  • 11  nights  12  days
  • Mumbai, Udaipur, Jaipur, Agra, Jhansi, Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Delhi
Highlights
  • Mumbai:Elephanta Cave
  • Mumbai: Gateway of India
  • Udaipur: Jagdish Temple
  • Udaipur: Saheliyon-Ki-Bari
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    Highlights
    • Mumbai:Elephanta Cave
    • Mumbai: Gateway of India
    • Udaipur: Jagdish Temple
    • Udaipur: Saheliyon-Ki-Bari
    • Jaipur: Mehrangarh Fort
    • Jaipur: JaswantThada
    • Khajuraho: Khajuraho Temples
    • Varanasi: boat cruise Holy River Ganges
    • Varanasi: Kashi Vishvanath temple
    • Delhi: Qutab Minar
    • Delhi: Red Fort
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Splendours of North India

Indulge in India’s unpredictability and find serendipity in the beauty of distinct way of life. Travel dates available from September 2019 to April 2020!

Fully immersing yourself in India’s culture, will give you an understanding of the Indian way of life with its diverse mix of traditions, distinct spiritual beliefs, glorious and magnificent landscapes of architecture. One of the memorable highlights of this trip is to blend with the local and witness their pilgrims homage to the Sun God by immersing themselves in the holy water of River Ganges.  Visiting the temples will make you feel like you’ve been transported through time due to surrealness of their architecture. The magnificent Taj Mahal will give you a chance to tick of your bucketlist and be lost in the awe of this white marble mausoleum that changes hues at different times of the day. Your memories of India will make you want to come back to rediscover this coloruful nation once again.

Additional Information

Tour Start Dates (Thursday):
September 5, 2019
September 19, 2019
October 3, 2019
October 17, 2019
November 7, 2019
November 21, 2019
December 5, 2019
January 9, 2020
January 23, 2020
February 6, 2020
February 20, 2020
March 5, 2020
March 19, 2020
April 2, 2020
April 16, 2020

Itinerary

Optional experiences and tours available upon request:
Sunset Sailing at Gateway of India
Dabbawalla Tour in Mumbai
Culinary tour in Udaipur
Khajuraho Dance Show
Boat Cruise on Lake Pichola
And many more!

Ask one of our Destination Specialists for more information!
Upon your arrival in Mumbai, the fast paced commercial and celluloid capital of India, you will be greeted by a representative at the International Airport. After a warm welcome, you will be escorted to your hotel.

Meal(s): Dinner
Accommodation: Sun N Sand or similar
In the morning enjoy an excursion tour to a UNESCO World Heritage site - the Elephanta Caves A short shared ferry ride takes you across the harbour to the island of Elephanta for a visit to the Great Cave Temple, which dates back to 550 A.D. Elephanta’s most striking figure represents the three aspects of Shiva – the creator, preserver and destroyer. The afternoon a city tour of Mumbai will tak you to the Gateway of India, the Prince of Wales Museum, Mani Bhavan, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his time in Mumbai, which shows glimpses of Gandhi’s life and houses a library of books written by or about Gandhi.

While driving in Mumbai you get an opportunity to observe and take photo stops at some famous landmark sites such as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST – previously called ‘Victoria Terminus’), Mumbai’s most famous railway station, Dhobi Ghat, the open air launderette, Nariman Point and Marine Drive Queens Necklace view.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Sun N Sand or similar
This morning, you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Udaipur, your entry port to colourful Rajasthan. A romantic and serene city, Udaipur nestles in the scenic valley of Aravalli hills, surrounded by three lakes – Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar and Udai Sagar.

Upon arrival at Udaipur, check in at your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or join an optional tour.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Lalit Laxmi Vilas or similar
After breakfast, visit the 16th century City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in Rajasthan comprising residence of the current Maharaja, heritage hotels, museums and galleries, courtyards and reception halls where royal events take place. Then visit the Jagdish Temple, the 17th century Indo Aryan temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Laxmi Narayan), the preserver of the Universe; Saheliyon-Ki-Bari, garden of the maids of honour, with beautiful green lawns, flower beds, water pools, marble elephants and bird fountains.

Enjoy afternoon at leisure or join an optional tour.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Lalit Laxmi Vilas or similar
After breakfast, embark on a leisurely drive to Jaipur - land of the Rajputs. Jaipur is an exuberance of colour, dance and traditional arts and crafts. Known, as the 'Pink City', Jaipur is home to ancient forts and palaces and is one of India's most well planned cities. Upon arrival in Jaipur, check in at your hotel.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Radisson City Center or similar
In the morning and take a guided walk through the flower market and see the seasonal flowers being traded. Then head to the wholesale vegetable market where farmers bring in their fresh produce to begin the day’s trading. Walk through the markets and find yourself at the junction of the interesting and unusual milk traders of Jaipur who bring their cattle’s fresh milk to be tested for quality, priced and traded on the spot. Be amazed by the primitive technique of testing the quality of milk by dipping hands into the large metal milk containers and evaluating the creaminess of the milk supplied!

Then visit the famous Amber fort, built in the 16th century, which was used by the Rajputs for the dual purpose of defense and private residence. The fort is a mesmerizing blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The fort’s gardens and magnificent palaces made from marble and precious stones represented the royal splendour and luxury of the Rajput era. Afterwards, take a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal, Palace of the Winds, with its unique layer-cake honeycomb windows designed to onvce enable women of the royal court to observe passing life without being seen. Next, visit the Jantar Mantar, the largest astronomical observatory built in stone and the City Palace complex with its impressive gardens and museums.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Radisson City Center or similar
After breakfast, embark on a leisurely drive to Agra, city of the world famous Taj Mahal. This afternoon visit the splendid Agra Fort, built in red sandstone, encapsulating magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens. Then, witness the surreal views of the Taj Mahal. Step inside this eternal symbol of love and appreciate the intricate designs and symmetries that rhyme as a poem written in marble. Taj Mahal is an extravagant display of love, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. You may choose to stay back to see the glistening white marble beauty at sunset.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Double Tree by Hilton or similar
Early this morning, catch your train to Jhansi. Upon arrival in Jhansi, embark on a short drive to Orchha, a medieval riverside town known for its palaces and temples. Apart from the famous landmarks like Jahangir Mahal, Ram Raja Temple and Bundela Chhatris, the town is peppered with fascinating little shrines and memorials. Enjoy an afternoon tour of Orchha. Continue your drive to Khajuraho – a UNESCO world heritage site in central India, famous for its erotic sculptured temples. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Radisson Khajuraho or similar
This morning visit the enchanting temples of Khajuraho with sculptures that draw their inspiration from the ancient art of Kama sutra. Khajuraho Temples were built by the Chandela kings between 950 AD and 1050 AD.

This afternoon, transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India. Upon arrival in Varanasi, check in to your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Madin or similar
Rise early to enjoy a sunrise boat cruise on the Holy River Ganges. See the ‘bathing ghats’ where thousands of pilgrims pay homage to the Sun God by immersing themselves in the holy water of River Ganges, and the ‘burning ghats’ where cremations are conducted. The ghats of River Ganges in Varanasi are believed to be most sacred, engulfing the entire circle of life and death. Following the boat cruise take a guided walk through the old city, seeing morning life in the historic and ancient bylanes of Varanasi. The most sacred and important temple here is Kashi Vishvanath temple and observe some morning rituals at the various small street temples. Return back to hotel for breakfast and freshen up.

In the afternoon, visit Bharat Mata Temple, the only temple in India that is not dedicated to a God or Goddess. This temple is dedicated to Mother India and features a unique relief map of India, carved out of marble. Then visit Sarnath, the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Sarnath was a renowned school of learning from 6th century BC to 12th century AD and now houses the ruins, stupa, Buddhist temple and the Sarnath Museum.

This evening, experience a rickshaw ride to the ghats to enjoy the grand ‘Aarti’ ceremony at Dasaswamedh Ghat, conducted every day at sunset by white-robed priests. Spiritually enlightening and fantastically photogenic, this evening aarti ceremony is a spectacular show with young priests in traditional Indian clothes swaying in seemingly choreographed movements, worshipping the river goddess with incense, flowers and earthen lamps.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Madin or similar
This morning, catch your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi, discover the modern city of New Delhi, visiting the Qutab Minar, a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture and the world’s tallest brick minaret and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the largest Sikh temple of Delhi, with a gold dome, still in active worship. Drive past President's House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings, the most imposing features of Lutyen’s Delhi and take a photo stop at the iconic war memorial arch, the India Gate.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Pride Plaza or similar
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, which includes a visit to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; a rickshaw ride through narrow alleys and lanes in Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest and largest trading markets of the country; and drive past Red Fort, the place that marked the announcement of India’s freedom from the British Raj.

Later, transfer to the airport for your onwards flight.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Price Includes

  • Domestic Airfare within India: Mumbai – Udaipur; Khajuraho –Varanasi -Delhi
  • Return join-in transfer between airport and hotel.
  • 5-Star hotel accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Private sightseeing tours with admission*
  • Train fare for sector Agra – Jhansi
  • Professional English Speaking local guide service
  • Daily breakfasts and dinners

*Guaranteed departure with 2 passengers. Tour starts on Thursdays (See dates under Details)

Price Excludes

  • International Airfare to India
  • Travel/Medical/Cancellation insurance
  • Travel Visa
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping and gratuities to local guides, drivers, and hotel staff
  • Any items not specified as included

Travel Tips

Travel documents: Indian visa is mandatory prior to departure. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of departure from India. You are advised to carry a photocopy of your passport and visa with you.
For Visa requirements please refer to CITB Visas.

Currency: The local currency is the Rupee (INR). Most of the local banks do not have an exchange facility, it is more practical to use the hotels for exchanging money. Most of the larger hotels offer foreign currency exchange; however if staying in some of the very small heritage style hotels or homestays, you will not be able to change money. Always carry sufficient Rupee cash when travelling to remote areas where you are unable to change money or use credit cards. ATM machines are common in all the major cities and cards must be compatible with the following; Amex, Cirrus, Maestro, MasterCard, Visa. As a credit card Amex is not widely accepted but MasterCard and Visa are. Only Amex or Thomas Cook travelers' cheques are accepted. Always keep small denomination notes as small change is always a problem. Credit cards are accepted at major hotels and some up-market shops and restaurants in major cities.

Language: Hindi, with the largest number of speakers, is the official language of the government. English is used extensively throughout India.

Weather: Being such a vast country, India has enormous variations in climate and so can be visited throughout the year depending on destination. Overall the climate has 3 major seasons:
The Dry Season: from early October until end of March, which is the premium time to travel. The months of December - January can be surprisingly chilly in Rajasthan and the central regions with temperatures dropping to 3C at night. Tamil Nadu on the south east coast receives a different monsoon and most of its rainfall during October – November.
The Hot Season: from April to June are the hottest months in the interior and some parts of the Western deserts temperatures can rise to 40-45C. The hill stations of the Himalayas and the Western Ghats are particularly beautiful in April – mid June and October - November. Ladakh lying at an altitude of 3500 m and in the rain shadow of the Himalayas is best visited May – September.
The Dominant Southwest Monsoon: between July to September the monsoons full force is felt in the North East of the Country and Western Ghats which should be avoided but in some regions it can be pleasant with a unique light and fewer tourists.

Health: No vaccinations are officially required to visit India. Travelers should check with their doctor or a travel immunization clinic regarding the advisability of inoculation against typhoid, hepatitis, tetanus and Japanese encephalitis and malarial prophylaxis. Should you have transited a yellow fever area at least 10 days prior to arrival in India, an inoculation certificate is mandatory. Prescription drugs are not widely available and visitors should bring any required medication with them. If carrying a lot of medicines, it is advisable to have a doctor's letter stating that medicines are required for personal use.

Power Supply: Electricity in India is 240 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. You will require a voltage converter if you are carrying a device that does not accept 240 Volts at 50 Hertz. To adjust your device according to the power and voltage in India

Tips & Gratuities: Suggested guide, driver and porter fee at USD10 per passenger per day and please pay in local.

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