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India is one of the best countries to spend your vacations. With hundreds of ancient historical monuments, diversified culture, and wonders such as the Taj Mahal, many Popular tourist destinations in India are the reasons for a visit. The Northern part of India has many kinds of attractions dating back to ancient times. The ancient village of Varanasi, the capital of the country Delhi, the famous palaces of various dynasties in Rajasthan are the prime examples of the attractions of the North India tour.
Let's have a look at a 16 day North India trip and the various perks of the tour.
Arrival at Delhi
You'll be received by one of our representatives at the Delhi airport and then transferred to your hotel. Delhi has many kinds of attractions and the popular tourist destinations in India from historical monuments to high parliament buildings. You can go for a ride in Old Delhi, New Delhi, and the advanced city of Gurgaon on your first day. In the evening time on Thursday you can have a visit to the Nizamuddin dargah and listen to Sufi music that tends to touch one's soul.
Old Delhi Tour
You will have your breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter you'll have a guided tour of Old Delhi. Many incredible sites will be included for this tour starting at the Rajghat and continuing to Jama masjid through the Red Fort in a bicycle Rickshaw. The Rickshaw will take you through the secluded streets of Chandni chowk before lunch.
After lunch, the North India tour will proceed to New Delhi where you will find many monuments left by the Britishers. You will also pass by some historical places such as the Qutub Minar and the India Gate. The imperial buildings include the Parliament, Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Lotus Temple among others. In the evening time, you can have the opportunity to visit the enchanting Akshardham temples.
Varanasi and the Ganga Ghats
After finishing your breakfast at the hotel you will be transferred to the airport. From there you will board a flight to the old Varanasi city. Upon arrival, you will be received by our representative who will then transfer you to your hotel.
After having relaxed a bit you may visit the old temples including the Bharat Mata temple, Durga temple among many more. Then you will visit the Tulsi Manas temple carved out of white marble depicting the events of the Hindu Scripture, Ramayana.
In the evening you can go to the Ghats and enjoy the Aarti while the guides will explain to you the meaning of Mantras while the priests and the sages chant them.
Sarnath and the Banaras Baati Chokha
Visit the Daswamedh Ghat at the bank of river Ganges and visit other Ghats that have been a cremation site for Hindus for a long time in a boat ride in the early morning. Then return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, visit Sarnath where Buddha gave his first sermon after achieving enlightenment at Bodhgaya.
After this, you return to the city for a food tour of the North India trip. This tour will include local, traditional, and historical food joints. You can taste various food items on your tour such as Kathai biscuits, milk thandai. The tour ends with the famous cuisine of Banaras, the Banaras Baati Chokha.
The Khajuraho Temples
After the morning breakfast at the hotel, you will board a flight to Khajuraho. You will be transferred to your hotel from the airport. Khajuraho, a small town in Madhya Pradesh is a popular tourist destination in India for the many Hindu and Jain temples situated there. These temples are also included in the UNESCO World Heritage site for their intricate carvings. The carvings also depict Kama Sutra which is very unique.
Later you can visit the western and eastern temples at Khajuraho including but not limited to Hanuman Temple, Brahma Temple, Adinath Temple, Parsavanath temple, Ghantai temple, Vamana temple, Chausanth Jogini temple, Kandariya Mahadev temple, Lakshmana temple and others.
The sound and light show in the evening time at the temples will be exhilarating.
Orchha and the Taj Mahal
After breakfast, you will depart for Jhansi via road. En route you will pass from the historic town of Orchha, situated at the banks of river Betwa. You can go sightseeing at the sites within the fort complex.
Later you board a train from the Jhansi Railway station to Agra continuing your North India trip. Agra is well known throughout the world for its wonder, the Taj Mahal. Built by Shah Jahan in the loving memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship on the dazzling white marble. Other places to visit in the city include the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid which is the largest mosque in India. Agra counts for the highest number of tourists in India and once you visit the place, you will understand the reason behind it.
After your morning breakfast, you will proceed for the sightseeing of the city. From the Taj Mahal to Agra fort you will be dazzled by the historical beauties of the city. The Agra fort took 8 years to be completed and the elegance of the fort is a witness to the hard work of the 4000 workers who were a part in the making of this marvelous building.
In the evening, enjoy your Masala Chai in the streets and be a part of the locals.
Fatehpur Sikri & Birla temple
You will leave for Jaipur in the morning after finishing your breakfast at the hotel as you continue the North India tour. On the way to Jaipur, you will pass through the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. The city used to be a capital for the Mughals during Akbar's reign but was abandoned shortly after his death. The palaces and the mosque built in those times still add whimsical beauty to the city. The mosques are in use even to this day.
After sightseeing at Fatehpur Sikri you continue to Jaipur where you will check in to your hotel. Jaipur, also known as the Pink City is famous for its splendid past and the palaces in the city. Here you will visit the Birla temple formerly known as Lakshminarayan Temple in the evening on this day.
Tour of the Pink City
On the 9th day of the North India tour, you will visit many places after leaving the hotel. You begin the tour from the Amber fort where you will ascent on an elephant in a Royal Manner. Later you will visit other places like the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, and other places.
Later in the afternoon, you will be taken for a walking tour through the old bazaar of Jaipur. Try various dishes in the city like the pakoras, aloo tikki, samosas, and various sweets. You also have the chance to mingle with the locals at various shops.
Gateway to Thar
After breakfast at the hotel, you will leave towards Jodhpur as the next step of your North India trip. Jodhpur is also known as the Gateway to Thar as it is situated on the edge of the Thar desert. It is the second-largest city of the state and is also known as Sun City.
In the evening you will visit the Umaid Bhawan Palace also known as the Chittar Palace. Constructed on a vast region of 26 acres of land, this palace is a true masterpiece of the Rathore Dynasty of Rajasthan.
Mehrangarh and the Local Community
This day will be dedicated to sightseeing of the city and various tourist spots of the region. Places like the Mehrangarh palace built out of red sandstone, the Jaswant Thada built of white marble followed by other such sites will be a part of the tour of the day.
You will be guided by local experts on a tour of the Rural region of the city. You will visit villages and meet the elders of the local community who will invite you to participate in their local ceremonies and festivals.
At the end of the day, you can also go for a walk around the village catching a glimpse of the local craftsmanship of the villagers.
On the 12th day, you will leave Jodhpur and drive towards Udaipur. On the way, you will visit the Ranakpur temples, one of the five main pilgrimage sites for the Jains. They are also the largest temples for Jains. After sightseeing the temples you will continue towards Udaipur.
The city is famous for its palaces, temples, Havelis, and other old streets of the city. The boat rides on the lake are one of the best attractions for tourists. In the evening you can go for a boat ride in the lake and visit the Jag Mandir temple palace, an island palace situated in the middle of the lake.
Udaipur and the City Palace
On day 13 you will have the opportunity to go sightseeing in the city to various tourist spots. After breakfast you will go to the City Palace constructed in the early 1600s but yet it retains its structure. After this you will visit other ancient places such as the Saheliyon ki Bari built in the 18th century, the Jagdish Temple, and the Bagore ki Haveli at Gangori Ghat of the Pichola lake.
In the evening you will visit the monsoon palace. Also known as Sajjan Garh Palace, it is situated at the top of a hill. You'll have an incredible view of Udaipur from this Palace which will capture the beauty of the city in a glance.
Bombay and the Chowpatty Beach
After capturing the essence of the famous cities of Rajasthan you leave towards the economic capital of the country, Mumbai. You will board an early morning flight to Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, and check in to your hotel.
After refreshing yourself you will leave for a half-day tour of the city. The tour will include famous spots such as the Gateway of India, Marine drive, Mani Bhavan, the Prince of Wales Museum, and the Queen Victoria terminus.
In the evening, you can take a stroll to the Chowpatty Beach along with many other couples. You can enjoy the street food in the evening stalls at the beach and end the day at leisure.
The Elephanta caves
This day will also be filled with famous sites of the city. First, you will visit the world-famous Elephanta Caves. The Elephanta Caves are also included in the UNESCO World Heritage site for their ancient but amazing stone carvings. The caves have temples that are mainly dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Shiva. A small museum on the site will ensure that you get all the correct information about the caves and their history.
Then you can visit the Minara Masjid where you will find many other delicious sweets among other things. The evening time will be at leisure and you'll be free to explore the city and you can go shopping or any other activities of your choice.
This will be the last day of the tour when you depart from the hotel to the airport as per your flight times.
From the airport, you can take the flight back home with hundreds of sweet memories of Popular destinations in India and souvenirs for your friends and family at home.