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India Tours & Travel Plans >> India Cultural Tours >> Images of North India

Images of North India
Delhi – Jaipur – Agra – Gwalior - Orchha - Khajuraho – Varanasi – Delhi (Duration - 12 Days)
Optional extension to Nepal (Kathmandu & Pokhra) (17 Days)

Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi and meet the ITS representative at the arrival hall and transfer to hotel. Relax & overnight in Delhi.

Day 02: Delhi
Morning tour of Old Delhi: visit the majestic Red Fort, the historical Chandni Chowk, besides Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana. Afternoon tour of New Delhi, visit the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; the India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war; the Laxmi Narayan Temple, built by the Birlas, one of India’s leading industrial families; Qutab Minar, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty; and the lotus-shaped Bahai Temple. Evening free at leisure, overnight in Delhi.

Day 03: Delhi – Jaipur (259 kms – 5 hrs)
Morning checkout and drive to Jaipur for 5 hours, on arrival transfer to hotel in Jaipur. Day free to relax after the journey till early evening. Later in the evening visit Sisodia Gardens, Temple of Galta which is also known as Valley of Monkeys, and Birla Temple of White Marble and at the time of dinner visit Chokhi Dhani - an ethnic resort serving Rajasthani & Continental cuisine with live music and puppet shows in an ambiance of an ethnic village. Return to the hotel for overnight.

Day 04: Jaipur
Morning take an excursion tour to Amber Fort - 11kms, and enjoy elephant ride to ascend/ descend this great fort. Later take sight seeing tour of Jaipur visiting City Palace, Hawa Mahal made for the ladies of Royal Family to see the Processions from this Palace and without being seen from the people and Jantar Mantar Observatory all within the vicinity of City Palace. After lunch the day is kept free for shopping or individual activities.

Day 05: Jaipur – Agra (230 kms - 5 hrs)
Morning checkout and drive to Agra enroute sightseeing of Fatehpur Sikri the city built by Mughal Emperor Akbar, visit Bulund Darwaza, Jama Masjid, and Tomb of Shaikh Salim Chisti; continue to Jaipur visiting Fatehpur Sikri. On arrival in Agra transfer to hotel, afternoon free to relax. Take a sight seeing tour of Agra visiting Diwan - e Am (Chambers of Common men), Diwan – e –Khas (Chamber of VIP’s), Octagonal Tower, Jehangir Palace, all in the vicinity of Agra Fort and Tomb of Ittamuddaulahs. Later in the day visit The Grand Taj Mahal where you should spent some time, evening visit the Inlay Handicraft Market of Agra, overnight at the hotel in Agra.

Day 06: Agra - Gwalior (110 kms - 2 hours)
Early morning one can visit the Taj Mahal to see it over the sunrise optionally, later in the day checkout and drive to Gwalior, on arrival transfer to hotel. Day free till noon. Later visit imposing and magnificent Gwalior Fort made of sandstone, visit Man Mandir a six-towered palace. Visit the enormous, 19th century Jai Vilas Palace. This Palace is famous for its ornate chandeliers & crystal. Evening free for individual activities, overnight in Gwalior.

Day 07: Gwalior - Orchha (120 kms - 3 hours)
Morning drive to Orcha, on arrival transfer to hotel. Orchha once the capital of the Bundelas, Orchha is now just a village set amidst a complex of well preserved temples and palaces. It was built by Bir Singh Deo in 1531. Take a sight seeing tour of Orchha visiting Jehangir Mahal - the largest of the palaces , the Raj Mahal with its murals and the Raj Praveen Mahal built near a garden, You would also visit Dinman Hardaul`s palace with its interesting story. The temples of Orchha are highly preserved. The two main temples are the Ram Raja Temple with its lofty spires and the Chaturbhuj temple.

Day 08: Orcha – Khajuraho (178 kms - 4 hours)
Morning checkout and drive to Khajuraho, on arrival transfer to hotel. Later in the day visit Western group of Temples consisting of the massive Lakshmana Temple dedicated to lord Vishnu, the Lakshmi and Varaha temples dedicated to Vishnu’s consort Lakshman, the Kandariya Mahadev temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Chausath Yogini temple dedicated to goddess Kali.

Day 09: Khajuraho
Morning visit Archaeological museum with its collection of stone sculptures of the Chandela dynasty. Later visit Eastern group of Temples and visit the Jain temples of Parsvanath, Adinath, and Shanti Nath. Also visit the temples of Vamana and Brahma/Hanuman both dedicated to lord Vishnu. Evening free for individual activities, overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Khajuraho - Varanasi (By Air at 1335 hrs / arrival at 1415 hrs)
Morning day free for individual activities, after noon transfer to airport to board the flight for Varanasi at 1335 hrs, assistance on arrival in Varanasi at 1415 hrs, transfer to hotel. Relax for some time & take an excursion tour to Sarnath – 10 kms visit the deer park and Bodhi Tree where Lord Buddha perched his First Sermon. Drive back to Varanasi, evening free to relax, overnight in Varanasi.

Day 11: Varanasi
Early morning at the time of sunrise take a boat ride on the River Ganges and see the various Ghats with people ritually cleansing their sins. While on the boat you will also see the cremation ceremonies of dead bodies as per Hindi Rituals. Morning proceed on a tour of the temples of Varanasi visiting the Golden Temple dedicated to lord Shiva, the Durga temple dedicated to goddess Durga. Interestingly the Durga Temple is also known as the Monkey Temple due to the large number of monkeys found in the Temple premises. Evening one can take boat ride again in River Ganges. Overnight at the hotel in Varanasi.

Day 12: Varanasi - Delhi (By air) - Back home.
Morning transfer to airport to board the flight for Delhi, assistance on arrival in Delhi airport, transfer to hotel. Day free to relax, after farewell dinner checkout & transfer to International airport to board the flight back home.

Optional extension tour of Nepal

Day 12: Varanasi - Kathmandu (By air at 1240 hrs / arrival in Kathmandu at 1350 hrs)
Morning day free for individual activities, transfer to airport to board the flight for Kathmandu at 1240 hrs, assistance on arrival in Kathmandu at 1350 hrs, transfer to hotel. Day free to relax and acclimatize in Kathmandu or explore the market of Kathmandu in Thamel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13: Kathmandu
Morning one can optionally enjoy a mountain flight for an hour for a close view of various Himalayan peaks or else visit Hanuman Dhoka, the name of the old royal palace has been derived from the statue of Hanuman (the monkey god of Hindu mythology) Also visit the hilltop Stupa of Swayambhunath, considered 2,000 years old. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 14: Kathmandu
Morning visit The Pashupatinath Temple, situated on the banks of River Baghmati around 8 km from the city, is one of the holiest Hindu shrines. Also visit Guheshwari Temple near Pashupatinath is considered as the place where Yoni of Shiva’s consort Sati fell when she was cut into pieces by Lord Vishnu. Later visit Boudhnath which is one of the largest stupas in the world. Afternoon relax, and early evening visit Patan is a spiritual city with Durbar Square in the centre and many stupas, shikaras, and temples. Bhaktapur is again a royal city where most of the attractions revolve around Durbar Square and the Palace of 55 Windows. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 15: Kathmandu – Pokhra (By air at 0900 hrs)
Morning transfer to airport to board the flight for Pokhra at 0900 hrs, assistance on arrival in Pokhra at 0945 hrs, transfer to Lake side hotel. Day free to relax or explore Pokhra on own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 16: Pokhra
Morning visit Pokhra to see Davis Falls, Binde Basini Temple, Mahindra Caves, Seti George and Phewa Lake. Evening free to relax at the hotel, overnight at the Lodge.

Day 17: Pokhra - Kathmandu – Delhi (BY air at 1420 hrs / arrival in Delhi at 1540 hrs)
After checkout and transfer to airport to board the flight for Kathmandu at 0900 hrs, on arrival at 0945 hours, time free in Kathmandu till 1300, transfer to International Airport to board the flight for Delhi at 1420 hrs, assistance on arrival in Delhi at 1540 hrs, transfer to Hotel near International airport where we will hold rooms from 1540 hrs till you checkout after farewell dinner to board your flight back home in the midnight.

* The above tours / itineraries / travel plans can be rearranged / tailormade / customised as desired by our Guests. Feel free to ask for references from our satisfied customers across the globe who have utilised our services in the Indian subcontinent.


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