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If you are looking to focus your time and attention on one part of India, the North would be the ideal place to start. This is the most picturesque region of India, with a considerable battery of elements that fight for your attention. With a variety in the experiences there are, North India Tours are the perfect solution to every traveller. There is plenty to do when you are alone, with friends, family or even just your loved one.

North India Tours begin where your imagination ends. The lofty mountains, plunging valleys, gushing rivers and edgy wildlife make for enough actions to see North India Tours packages to the top of the favourites. The best of the North includes generous helpings of gastronomic delights, desert life and royalty as well. To make this only more exciting, North India also throws in generous amounts of adventure and activity to keep the pace of your tour thrilling.

The best tours to the most fascinating places in Northern India that offers the diversity of cultures along with the renowned monuments is the best of North India 14 days package for the tourists who wish to travel across the northern states that include Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Jaipur, Agra, Jodhpur and Udaipur. The historical monuments are famous all over these places. Some destinations are famous for their temples, gardens while some have exclusive handicrafts. Also there are some places whose monuments are the most sought that make sit worth visiting. The tourists enjoy the boat ride at the Ganges and excursion to Sarnath in Varanasi, camel ride in Jaipur, light and sound show in Khajuraho along with the historical monuments and forts in Delhi and Jaipur, temples with excellent carvings in Khajuraho and the exotic palaces in Udaipur. This tour is the best way to explore the Northern part of India in one go.

Jungle Lure - Corbett & Sacred Haridwar - Rishikesh

 

7 nights / 8 days

 

Offer ImageHighlights: * 1nt Delhi * 3nts Corbett * 2nts Haridwar * 1nt Delhi


Corbett: India’s first National Park named after the hunter turned conservationist and writer – Jim Corbett. Over 50 mammals, 580 birds, and 25 reptile species have been spotted at the Corbett National Park.

Haridwar- Rishikesh :Gateway to Paradise ,Sacred twin cities ,where the holy river Ganges flows in its purest form and witness the religious activities of the pilgrims on the banks of the holy river Ganges,Ashrams, Sadhu's(Holymen), Hindu Temples .....and much more :soul purifying experience

Hotels featured or similar :
Delhi - TE New Delhi
Corbett - Corbett Hideaway
Haridwar - Haveli hari Ganga

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Arrive at Delhi - the capital of India. Delhi has been destroyed and rebuilt several number of times and virtually carries in its bosom the history of 07 cities. The present New Delhi was designed by Edwin Lutyens, and its main architect was Herbert Baker. In 1911 the capital of the British Raj was shifted from Kolkata to Delhi. Today it is the seat of power of the country and major gateway to the country for the tourists.
Upon arrival, welcome, meet and assist at airport, and transfer to hotel
Overnight stay

Day 2: Delhi / Corbett by surface (260 Kms / 7 hrs)
Morning drive to Corbett National Park. Upon arrival check in at jungle resort. Evening free at leisure
Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 3 & 4: Corbett
Morning jeep safari at national park.
This area is full of natural beauty and specially known for its wild beer which suddenly appears from nowhere near your vehicle.
Afternoon free at leisure. Overnight stay.

Day 5: Corbett / Haridwar by surface (approx. 180 kms / 6 hrs)
Morning: Drive to Haridwar (also spelt as Haridwar), is a holy city and municipal board in the Haridwar District in the state of Uttarakhand in northern India. In Hindi, Haridwar stands for Gateway to God, with 'Hari' meaning god and 'dwar' meaning gate. Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places to Hindus.
According to Hindu mythology, Haridwar is one among the four sites where drops of the elixir of immortality Amrita accidentally spilled over from the pitcher (or Kumbha), in which it was being carried away by the celestial bird Garuda, the vehicle of Vishnu after Samudra manthan. These four spots - Ujjain, Haridwar, Nasik, and Allahabad - have today become places, where the Kumbha Mela is celebrated, cyclically once every 12 years. Millions of pilgrims, devotees, and tourists congregate here, from all over the world to celebrate this celestial event and perform ritualistic bathing on the banks of the river Ganga.
Upon arrival at Haridwar, check into hotel

Evening visit Har ki Pauri: It is the main ghat (river front) of Haridwar. It is the very point, it is said, where Ganga leaves mountains and enters the plains. It is believed that a stone at the place bears a foot print of Lord Vishnu and devotees visit this place regularly to pay obeisance to the Lord. It is quite a sight to see thousands of Diyas floating on the river surface in the evenings as the priests chant “Om”.
Overnight stay

Day 6: Haridwar / Rishikesh / Haridwar
Morning: Excursion to Rishikesh to visit Lakshmanjhula, Ramjhula and the temples in Rishikesh.
Overnight stay at hotel

Day 7: Haridwar / Delhi by surface (approx. 210 kms / 5 hrs)
Morning drive to Delhi. Upon arrival check in at Hotel
Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 8: Depart Delhi
Check out from Hotel by 1200 hrs
In time transfer to Delhi International airport to board flight for home

 

Offer Includes:

  • Return flight from London Heathrow to Delhi with Qatar Airways
  • Airport taxes
  • 4 nights accommodation on bed & breakfast basis
  • 3 nights accommodation on full board basis in Corbett
  • All transfers & sightseeing by air conditioned car
  • 2 Jeep safaris in Corbett National park
  • Services of a local english speaking guides during sightseeing (Haridwar only)
  • Assistance during arrival, departure and transfers

 

Prices Start from £ 1188

Travel between : 18 June 2014 - 30 Oct 2014
Book by : 30 October 2014

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Delhi: Arrival at Delhi

 

You will be met on arrival at the International airport. Transfer to your hotel. Relax.


DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. Delhi is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land and a window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

Day 02
Delhi:
After breakfast proceed for a day sightseeing tour of the city.
       
Start with the sightseeing of Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid by bicycle rickshaws, one of Asia’s largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Jamuna was built during the years 1638 - 48 when the Moghul Empire was at its peak. The tour continues toJama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside.

People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.

Enjoy the rickshaw ride at Old Delhi.

After visiting Old Delhi, you will be driven to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles. The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colours and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.

Imperial Delhi will include the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President’s residence.

Overnight will be in Delhi.

Day 03
Delhi – Varanasi:
By Air

Breakfast will be at hotel.

Transfer in time to airport for flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival at Varanasi, you will be met and transferred to hotel.

Picturesquely situated on the crescent shaped left bank of the holy River Ganges, Varanasi, one of the ancient seats of learning in India, is said to be a compound of the names of two streams, the Varuna and the Assi, which still flow in the north and south of the city respectively. This name seems to have been corrupted, in medieval times to Varanasi, which was in use till May 1956, when it was changed to Varanasi, by an order of the Government of India. Varanasi is probably one of the most ancient living cities in India. From time immemorial it has been a great religious center for Hindus and one of their most sacred places of pilgrimage, being visited by millions of people every year. To every visitor Varanasi offers a breathtaking experience. The rays of the dawn shimmering across the Ganges; the high-banks; the temples and shrines along the banks bathed in a golden hue …soul stirring hymns and mantras along with the fragrance of incense filling the air…and the refreshing dip in the holy waters gently splashing at the Ghats. Varanasi – The land where experience and discovery reach the ultimate bliss. Varanasi is also renowned for its rich tapestry of music, arts, crafts and education. Some of the world – renowned exponents India has produced in these fields were schooled in Varanasi’s cultural ethos. Luminaries apart, Varanasi abounds in the art of silk weaving, an exotic work of art which manifests itself in precious Banarasi silk sarees and silk brocades which are cherished as collector’s items across the world today.

Visit Sarnath ‑ 5 miles out of Varanasi: The great Buddha enhanced the sanctity ofVaranasi by choosing the environs of the city to preach his first sermon at Sarnath, (only 10 Kms away) after attaining enlightenment. Later, Ashoka, the great Mauryan Emperor erected magnificent stupas and other buildings along with his mighty stone pillar, Dharmarajika Stupa. The 110 ft. tall Damekh Stupa marks the place where Buddha preached first sermon.Sarnath has been a premier centre for Buddhism. It is a rich collection of ancient Buddhist relics and antiques comprising numerous Buddha and Bodhisatva images on display at the ArchaeologicalMuseum (1000 hrs to 1700 hrs. Open all days except Friday)

Enjoy the evening AARTI at the GHATS. The guide will be giving a commentary to you on the proceedings and meanings of the chants during the AARTI of the river.

Overnight will be spent at Varanasi.

Day 04
Varanasi:

In the early 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. Then 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. Visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple while returning to the hotel.

Return for breakfast to the hotel.

Proceed for day guided tour of Varanasi including the Bharat Mata Temple, which features a big relief map of Mother India engraved in marble. Also visit the 18th century Durga Temple, commonly known as the Monkey Temple due to the huge population of the monkeys. Proceed to the Tulsi Manas Temple, crafted from white marble which features the entire Ramayana inscribed on its walls. Also visit the BHU considered as the biggest residential university in Asia. The University Campus houses an Art Gallery and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

Overnight will be in Varanasi.

Day 05
Varanasi – Khajuraho:
By Air

Breakfast will be at hotel.

Transfer in time for flight to Khajuraho.

Situated in the northernmost part of Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is famous for its enchanting temples and its legendary Khajuraho dance festival. The name Khajuraho is derived from the Khajur tree (the date palm tree) which is grown abundantly in the region. The Khajuraho Temples are dedicated to a celebration of womanhood, her myriad moods and facets. Famous for its erotic architecture, the carvings include, women writing a letter, applying eye makeup, combing her tresses, dancing & playing with her child. Her innocent, blushed, charming, seductive, ardent beauty, all depicted in exquisitely sculptured details. These temples have been designed and carved to lead the eyes from ground level upward till you seem to be looking at heaven.

Reach Khajuraho.

Transferred to hotel and then proceed for a tour of the EXOTIC TEMPLES (WESTERN, EASTERN & SOUTHERN) of Khajuraho.

In the evening enjoy a SOUND & LIGHT SHOW at the Western Temple Complex.

Overnight will be at Khajuraho.

Day 06
Khajuraho – Orchha – Jhansi – Agra:
By Road 170 km in 4 hr
By Train


Proceed by surface to ORCHHA after breakfast.  

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 the station (12 km away) for train to Agra. (This is a superfast train with airline type seats and snacks / mineral water is served on board)

Reach Agra and transfer to hotel.

AGRA: Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire - giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously. 

Overnight will be at Agra.

Day 07
Agra:

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Proceed for day sightseeing of Agra.

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.   

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. It lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of thetown. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.

After Agra Fort we will visit BABY TAJ – The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj.

Overnight will be at Agra.

Day 08
Agra – Jaipur:
By Road
221 km/6 hr

Drive to Jaipur after breakfast visiting Fatehpur Sikri en-route.  

Fatehpur Sikri is 37 km west of Agra. Jajal-ud-din-Muhammad Akbar, Humanyun's son, accessed the throne at the tender age of 14. While hunting around Sikri his curiosity was aroused by the songs of some minstrels about the celebrated Khwaja -Mu'inu'd-din Chisti, the founder of the Chisti order of SUFIS. Akbar, who was without a male heir heard about Saint Salim Chisti and visited him in the year 1568. The saint blessed him with 3 sons and in gratitude Akbar ordered the great mosque of Fatehpur Sikri built under his supervision. As a mark of respect to the saint, Akbar shifted his capital to Fatehpur Sikri and built various secular buildings like the Diwan -I-Am, Diwan-I-Khas, Jodhabai palace, Birbal's house, Marian's house and the Panchmahal.

Continue your drive to Jaipur and on arrival 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.

This evening, visit the Birla Temple to learn more about the fascinating religious life of Jaipur. The marble structure, built as recently as 1985, houses ornate statues including one of Lakshmi (goddess of Wealth and Beauty) and Narayan dressed in gaudy robes, representing a Hindu vision of heavenly luxury. Carvings in the temple and on pillars supporting the covered walkways include images of the Hindu pantheon, as well as Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Francis of Assisi. Your visit will coincide with the AARTI Ceremony, which involves oil lamps being lit and waved, in order to awake and invoke the deity. Enjoy the experience and spend night at Jaipur.

Overnight will be in Jaipur.

 Day 09
Jaipur:

Breakfast will be at hotel. Proceed for a morning excursion will be taken to the Amber Fort. Enjoy the fort ascent on elephant back in a royal manner.

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.
       
Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting...

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.

Free in the evening for some exciting shopping.

Overnight will be at Jaipur.

 Day 10
Jaipur – Udaipur:
By Air

 

Take an early morning flight to Udaipur.

Breakfast will be served on the flight.

Reach Udaipur and relax.

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.
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 11
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 or the VINTAGE CAR COLLECTION.

Relax in the hotel or enjoy a walk in the old town.

Overnight will be at Udaipur.

 Day 12
Udaipur – Jodhpur:
By Road
250 km/6 hr

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Proceed to RANAKPUR TEMPLES for sightseeing.

The RANAKPUR TEMPLES, dating back to the 15th century have 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.

Enjoy sightseeing and lunch.

Proceed to Jodhpur and on the way stop at LUNI for a village safari in a jeep.

Reach in the evening and relax.

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.

Overnight will be in Jodhpur.

Day 13
Jodhpur:

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Enjoy morning 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.

In the evening have dinner at the roof top restaurant of PAL HAVELI with a spectacular view of the city and a magnificent view of the fort.

Overnight will be in Jodhpur.

 Day 14
Jodhpur – Delhi:
By Air

Breakfast will be at hotel.

Relax in the morning and see the museum of UMAID BHAWAN PALACE.

Proceed to the airport for flight to Delhi. Reach and check in at hotel. Spend the afternoon in last minute shopping or relaxing.

Proceed to the airport as per flight timing and enjoy the FAREWELL DINNER.  Board the flight for home with sweet memories of India.

 
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