CULTURAL NORTH INDIA TOUR

India is the land of infinite mystique and boundless beauty that has enchanted the world through ages. As a civilization and cultural entity, India is a destination of continental proportions and encapsulating all its attractions in a single India tour package of limited duration is a mammoth venture. The Cultural North India Tour package has been designed to introduce you with the real India, to impart an intimate and meaningful insight into Indian culture and way of life and explore the unending variety of customs, colours, costumes, cultural diversities, faiths, languages, dialects and deities which are underlying amazing unity of India. It takes you in the alleys of India's past with Delhi (Chandni Chowk, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Iron Pillar of Mehrauli etc), Varanasi (world's oldest living city, seat of ancient learning and cultural capital of India)


Duration: 18 nights/19 days
Destinations: Delhi-Mandawa-Bikaner-Jaisalmer-Osian-Jodhpur-Udaipur-Pushkar-Jaipur-Agra-Khajuraho-Varanasi- Delhi

Cultural North India Tour Highlights :  Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk and Rickshaw ride in 400 years old Chandni Chowk market.

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Detail Itinerary :- Arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport of New Delhi to be met and greeted by our representative. This warm welcome will be the beginning of your Cultural North India Tour. We, in India, believe in "Atithi Devo Bhav" (Guest is God) and every experience of yours on this land of sages will expose you to uniquely pleasant aspects of mankind that evolved and got nurtured in India. You shall be escorted to the designated hotel. As you have arrived after a long journey, relax and refresh. Late in the noon, you will be taken for sightseeing of Old Delhi which includes Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk. Also have a rickshaw ride in the Chandni Chowk area. This ride will be beginning of exotic experiences during your India Tour.

Early in the evening, return to hotel for overnight stay.

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Cultural North India Tour Highlights :  India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan (President House), Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb, Lotus Temple and Sansad Bhavan (Parliament).

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Detail Itinerary :- The 2nd day of your Cultural North India Tour, will unfurl a bounty of monuments, traditions, rituals, life-styles and tastes of the people of India. Post breakfast in the hotel, you shall move for whole day sightseeing of New Delhi visiting Lotus Temple, Parliament House, Presidential House, India Gate, Government buildings, Humayun's Tomb & Qutub Minar. During the whole tour you will be accompanied by a knowledgeable, government certified guide who will keep enriching you with all relevant information. Watch out the rich past and scorching modern day progress of Delhi, the capital of India.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Cultural North India Tour Highlights :  Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli, Jhunjhunwala Haveli, Village life and Fresco paintings on walls.

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Detail Itinerary :- It is said that India lives in villages. India's pristine cultural glory is still preserved in India's rural masses. What else Mandawa can be the ideal place to come face to face with the rustic aspect of India. Relish sumptuous breakfast in the hotel and move out for Mandawa which is situated in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan. Arrive at Mandawa, check in at the hotel, relax and refresh a bit and proceed for Mandawa sightseeing. Mandawa, part of Shekhawati Rajasthan and known as "the Open Art Gallery" due to multi-hued frescoes.It is world renowned for its painted havelis and paintings, noted for their frescos depicting mythological and historical themes.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

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Cultural North India Tour Highlights :  Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Fort, Sardul Museum, Bhand Sagar, Camel Farm and Breeding Research Centre and Rat Temple.

Detail Itinerary :- After having breakfast in the hotel, proceed for Bikaner the land of delicious desserts and golden desert. Your room will be reserved in Bikaner hotel to be relaxed and refreshed. Check in at the designated hotel, relax a bit and move for sightseeing of Bikaner which includes Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Fort, Sardul Museum, Bhand Sagar, Camel Farm and Breeding Research Centre and Rat Temple. Watch out the distinctive features of architecture of Bikaner buildings This distinctiveness can be identified in the walls of this city, jharokhas of havelis and wooden carvings.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Cultural North India Tour Highlights :  Jaisalmer Fort (Sonar Qila or Golden Fort) and Manak Chowk.

Detail Itinerary :- Have delicious breakfast in the morning and leave early for Jaisalmer, in the state of Rajasthan, India. Check in at the designated hotel on arrival at Jaisalmer, the Suwarn Nagari or Golden City of Rajasthan. Get refreshed and relaxed for some time and thereafter proceed on for visiting Sonar Qila and Manak Chowk.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

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Cultural North India Tour Highlights :  Nathmalji-ki-Haveli, Patwon-ki-Haveli, Salim Singh-ki-Haveli, Jain Temple, Camel Desert Safari and night life sand dunes.

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Detail Itinerary :- Be relaxed and have breakfast leisurely. Late in the morning, move for halfday sightseeing of Jaisalmer which includes various havelis like Nathmalji-ki-Haveli, Patwon-ki-Haveli, Salim Singh-ki-Haveli and Jain Temple. Early in the afternoon, you shall be taken to Sam/Khuri sand dunes on camel. Camel safari, night stay in AC tented accommodation on sand dunes and dinner while folklores and dances are being performed will be the hallmark of the Cultural North India Tour. While enjoying the exotic desert safari in Jaisalmer, discover desert traditions, folk culture and desert ways. The camel riders cum guides accompanying, you on Jaisalmer camel safari, help your safari guides pitch in tents, relieve the camels of their heavy load and tie them to wooden posts for them to rest, collect dried twigs and light a small fire.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Cultural North India Tour Highlights :  Hindu and Jain Temples in Osian village.

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Detail Itinerary :- After breakfast in the tented accommodation in desert area, the 7th day of your Rajasthan Tour will take you to Osian Village which is en route Jodhpur. Osian is famous for its Hindu (Brahmin) temples and Jain temples. The Hindu Temples are built in classical Nagar style. The Sun Temple of Osian is very renowned. Though, at present these temples are in dilapidated condition but having seen them you can easily imagine Osian's place and importance in history. Continue your journey to Jodhpur. Arrive at Jodhpur, check in at the hotel for the overnight stay in Jodhpur.

Cultural North India Tour Highlights :  Excursion to artisans' village, Mehrangarh Fort, Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Jaswant Thada and Ummed Bhavan Palace.

Detail Itinerary :- After having delicious breakfast in the hotel, proceed on an exotic excursion to artisans' village. Here, you will happen to see the craftsmanship at work. The route to village passes through amazingly beautiful landscape. You will be watching the artisans in action. Thereafter, visit Mehrangarh Fort (considered as one of the best forts of India), Ummed Bhawan Palace (half portion of this palace is opened for the tourists and the rest portion is owned by Taj hotel chain), Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal and Jaswant Thada (known as "Taj Mahal of Rajasthan").

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Cultural North India Tour Highlights :  Ranakpur Temples, Lake Palace and Boat Ride in Lake Pichhola.

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Detail Itinerary :- The 9th day of the Cultural North India Tour is planned for leisurely travel and unusually serene sightseeing. Post breakfast in the hotel, move for Udaipur, in the state of Rajasthan, India. En route visit Ranakpur Temples which are world renowned for their rich engravings and architectural intricacy. Continue your drive to Udaipur. Upon arrival in Udaipur, check in at the designated hotel. Freshen up and relax at the hotel and then proceed to visit the Lake Palace and the city of Udaipur while having a boat ride in Lake Pichhola.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Cultural North India Tour Highlights :  City Palace, Jag Mandir Palace, Jag Niwas, Jag Mandir and Saheliyon Ki Bari

Detail Itinerary :- Embark on Udaipur tour after taking breakfast in the hotel. Udaipur is called the "City of Lakes" and "Venice of East". Udaipur is known for its distinctive architecture, mammoth monuments, various lakes and chivalry. Visit the City Palace Complex, the Jagdish Temple, the Jag Mandir, Saheliyon-k-Bari and other picturesque spots of tourist interests.

Late in the evening, return to hotel for overnight stay.

Cultural North India Tour Highlights :  Pushkar Lake, Brahma Temple and Rural Landscape.

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Detail Itinerary :- Having breakfast early in the morning, proceed on a journey to Pushkar, one of pious pilgrimage of Hindus. On arrival at Pushkar, check in at the designated hotel. Relax and refresh a bit and proceed for Pushkar tour which includes Pushkar Lake, Brahma Temple, Ghats and rustic way of life. Pushkar is also famous for world's largest camel fair known as Pushkar Fair- a major tourist attraction of Rajasthan.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Cultural North India Tour Highlights :  Hawa Mahal, Albert Hall, Birla Temple and Chokhi Dhani.

Detail Itinerary :- As Pushkar is only 150 kilimetres away from Jaipur, you have leisurely breakfast and move for Jaipur. This is the only city in the world which has been divided from the point of view of astrology. Jaipur has been laid according to the conventional nine-grid pattern that astrologers believe to be lucky and which has been recommended in the ancient Indian treatise on architecture. Its nine rectangular sectors represent nine levels of universe. Jaipur is famous by the name of Pink City or Gulabi Nagar and is the capital city of Rajasthan. Directly reach at Hawa Mahal, the hallmark of Jaipur. After visiting Hawa Mahal, check in at the hotel. Refresh and relax and in the afternoon, proceed for visiting Albert Museum (a museum that houses marvellous pieces of sculptures, paintings with a specialty of collections from natural history), Birla Temple (built in pure white marble and dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi) and Chokhi Dhani. At Chokhi Dhani, relish delicious Rajasthani food.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

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Cultural North India Tour Highlights :  Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal, City Palace, Local Market, Elephant Ride at Amber Fort.

Detail Itinerary :- After breakfast at the hotel, proceed on Jaipur city tour. Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan and is known as "Pink City". Jaipur, being the erstwhile capital of Kachhawaha Rajput Clan, is home to gargantuan forts, marvelously built palaces, lively market of handicraft products and intricately carved out temples. Jaipur was the first planned city of medieval India. Take an excursion to Amber Fort (biggest fort of Rajasthan). Enjoy a ride on a caparisoned elephant which will take to the top of the hill- the entrance of the mammoth fort. Thereafter visit Jal Mahal, City Palace, Mahal, Jantar Mantar and local buzzing market place of the yore.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Cultural North India Tour Highlights :  Jama Masjid, Buland Darwaja, Panch Mahal, Jodha Bai Palace, Birbal Bhawan, Shrine of a Sufi saint Salim Chishti.

Detail Itinerary :- Post breakfast in the Ranthambhore resort, embark on your journey to Agra in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. En route stop at Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted city which earlier was established by Mughal emperor Akbar as capital of Mughal empire. Watch out the blend of Persian, Islamic and Hindu architectural blends in the prominent buildings like Jama Masjid, Buland Darwaja, Panch Mahal, Jodha Bai Palace, Birbal Bhawan and shrine of a Sufi saint Salim Chishti.

Continue your drive to Agra. On arrival in Agra, check in at the hotel, refresh & move to visit local market.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Cultural North India Tour Highlights :  Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Baby Taj, Sikandara, Tonga Ride and Battery Van Ride.

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Detail Itinerary :- Agra was once capital city of Mughal empire and hence got endowed with world renowned monuments like Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, Agra Fort, Sikandara etc. Agra is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the Mughal Empire. Visit Taj Mahal early morning at the time of dawn when Taj Mahal looks most beautiful. Taj Mahal, the epitome of love and made of shimmering white marble, is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Return to hotel after visiting Taj Mahal. Refresh, relax, have breakfast in the hotel and proceed to visit Baby Taj & Sikandara.

Overnight stay will be in Agra hotel.

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Cultural North India Tour Highlights :  Sound & Light show.

Detail Itinerary :- After having breakfast in the Agra hotel, you will be driven to the Agra railway station to board train for Jhansi. On your arrival at Jhansi, our representative will meet and assist you to transfer to Khajuraho. After 4 hours, you will reach Khajuraho. On arrival, you will be attended by our representative and taken to the pre-booked hotel. Relax and proceed for watching Sound & Light Show in the Western Group of temples complex.

Overnight stay will be in Khajuraho hotel.

Cultural North India Tour Highlights :  Western Group of Temples, Eastern Group of Temples, Ganga Aarti (Ganges Worship Ceremony).

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Detail Itinerary :- After early morning breakfast, move for sightseeing of Khajuraho which includes Western Group of Temples and Eastern Group of Temples. Out of these two clusters of temples, Western Group of Temples is the most fascinating ones. Watching the Khajuraho Temples, dedicated to various aspects of womanhood and renowned for its erotic architecture and elaborate carvings, is heavenly feast to the eyes. The Khajuraho temples are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are famous for their erotic statues and exceptionally beautiful architecture.

After watching Khajuraho temples, move for Khajuraho airport to board flight for Varanasi. On your arrival at Varanasi airport, you shall be greeted by our representative and taken to the pre-booked hotel.

Later in the afternoon, you shall be taken to Dashaswamedh ghat where majestic Ganga Aarti takes place. Get submerged into the pious ambience and relish the cultural aspects of Varanasi and Hinduism during your Cultural North India Tour.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Cultural North India Tour Highlights :  Varanasi ghats' excursion on boat, Sarnath, Dhamekh Stupa, Asokan Pillar, Buddhist Museum, Mrigdav; Temples Tour- Vishwanath Temple, Durga Kund, Sankat Mochan, Tulsi Manas Temple, Bharat Mata Temple.

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Detail Itinerary :- This day is very special in terms of exploring, experiencing and expressing the very essence of Indian ethos, culture, way of life and spirituality. The Sarnath Tour will acquaint you with the teachings and ideology of Buddhism, Asokan Pillar will let you know the nature of Indian imperialism, Temples Tour will help you immerse in the subtle ambience of spirituality. The Ghat Excursion will let you observe various facets of day-to-day living patterns of the people of Varanasi- one of the world's living city.

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Detail Itinerary :- After having breakfast in the hotel, proceed for Varanasi airport to board plane for Delhi. Reach at Delhi airport to board flight for your onward destination with sweet memories of Cultural North India Tour.

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