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North India Heritage Tour: Forts, Palaces & Spiritual Retreat

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Duration

17 Nights / 18 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on an enriching journey through the heart of India with our “North India Heritage Tour: Forts, Palaces & Spiritual Retreat.” Discover the majestic forts and opulent palaces of Rajasthan, where every stone tells tales of valor and royalty. Traverse through Jaipur, Udaipur, and Jodhpur, exploring the grandeur of City Palaces, the intricate carvings of Jagdish Temple, and the serene gardens of Saheliyon ki Bari. Experience the wilderness of Ranthambore National Park and the architectural marvels of Orchha and Khajuraho. Conclude in Varanasi, where spirituality permeates the air with its ancient temples, sacred Ghats, and the timeless rituals along the holy River Ganges. This tour promises a blend of cultural immersion and historical exploration, leaving you with memories to cherish forever.

Highlights

  • This is a private tour/activity only for your group.
  • Enhanced cleaning/ traveler safety.
  • In-depth cultural experience.
  • Flexible sightseeing & stopover.
  • Most travelers can participate.

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 %
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 %
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 %
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 %
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 %
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your hotel. Relax and unwind after your journey, preparing for the adventure ahead.

Day 2: Delhi

Start your exploration of Delhi with a visit to Jama Masjid, built by Emperor Shah Jahan, offering stunning views of Old Delhi from its minarets. Experience the vibrant chaos of Chandni Chowk on a rickshaw ride, immersing yourself in its bustling markets and street food. Explore the majestic Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a symbol of Mughal grandeur. Pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat, a serene memorial marking his final resting place. Marvel at the intricate architecture of Humayun's Tomb, a precursor to the Taj Mahal and another UNESCO site. Visit Qutub Minar, a towering masterpiece of Indo-Islamic architecture surrounded by ancient ruins. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 3: Delhi - Agra (210kms)

Depart for Agra early morning. Witness the sunrise at the iconic Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Spend ample time admiring its beauty and learning about its history. Explore Agra Fort, a red sandstone fortress that served as the seat of Mughal power and residence, offering panoramic views of the Taj Mahal. Visit Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb (Baby Taj), an exquisite marble mausoleum often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal, known for its intricate marble inlay work. Overnight in Agra.

Day 4: Agra - Jaipur (245kms)

En route to Jaipur, explore the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, a well-preserved Mughal architectural masterpiece showcasing red sandstone palaces, courts, and mosques. Visit Chand Baori (Abhaneri Stepwell), an ancient stepwell known for its intricate architecture and historical significance, featuring 3,500 narrow steps. Continue to Jaipur, the Pink City, known for its majestic forts, palaces, and vibrant markets. Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 5: Jaipur

Embark on a full-day tour of Jaipur, starting with an early visit to the majestic Amber Fort. Enjoy an elephant or Jeep ride to reach the fort, admiring its grandeur and panoramic views. Explore the City Palace, a complex of courtyards, gardens, and buildings blending Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles. Visit the Museum inside City Palace. Visit Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory and UNESCO World Heritage site showcasing ancient astronomical instruments. Admire the facade of Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a unique five-story palace with intricately latticed windows. Relax by Jal Mahal (Water Palace), an architectural marvel situated in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 6: Jaipur - Jodhpur (330kms)

En route to Jodhpur, visit Pushkar, a holy town known for the sacred Pushkar Lake and the Brahma Temple, dedicated to Lord Brahma. Explore the bustling streets and markets. Continue your journey to Jodhpur, the Blue City, known for its imposing forts, palaces, and vibrant markets. Overnight in Jodhpur.

Day 7: Jodhpur

Spend the day exploring Jodhpur, starting with a visit to Mehrangarh Fort, perched on a hilltop offering panoramic views of the city. Explore its palaces, courtyards, and museums. Visit Jaswant Thada, a white marble cenotaph built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, known for its intricate carvings and peaceful ambiance. Explore Umaid Bhawan Palace, a grand sandstone palace now partially converted into a heritage hotel and museum, showcasing artifacts and royal collections. Stroll through Clock Tower and Sardar Market, bustling with vendors selling textiles, handicrafts, and spices. Overnight in Jodhpur.

Day 8: Jodhpur - Udaipur (260kms)

Depart for Udaipur, the City of Lakes, known for its picturesque lakes, palaces, and gardens. En route, visit Ranakpur Jain Temple, renowned for its stunning architecture and 1,444 intricately carved marble pillars, depicting intricate mythological figures. Arrive in Udaipur and relax amidst the serene surroundings. Overnight in Udaipur.

Day 9: Udaipur

Explore Udaipur, starting with a visit to the majestic City Palace overlooking Lake Pichola. Marvel at its ornate courtyards, balconies, and gardens. Visit the Museum inside City Palace to see a remarkable collection of artifacts, royal memorabilia, and traditional Rajasthani artworks. Visit Jagdish Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and renowned for its Indo-Aryan architecture and intricate carvings depicting mythological themes. Enjoy a leisurely boat ride on Lake Pichola, passing by picturesque islands and the stunning Lake Palace (Jag Niwas). Visit the Museum inside Lake Palace to explore its exquisite interiors and historical significance. Visit Saheliyon ki Bari, the Garden of the Maidens, known for its lush green lawns, fountains, and marble art depicting various mythological themes. Explore the serene ambiance and architectural beauty of this historical garden. explore local markets for handicrafts, textiles, and souvenirs, or simply relax and soak in the beauty of Udaipur. In the evening, witness a traditional cultural performance featuring folk music and dance, offering a glimpse into Rajasthan's vibrant cultural heritage. Overnight in Udaipur, enjoying the tranquility and beauty of this City of Lakes.

Day 10: Udaipur - Bundi (275kms)

Depart for Bundi, a picturesque town known for its intricate forts, palaces, and step-wells. Upon arrival, visit Taragarh Fort, perched on a steep hillside offering panoramic views of the town and countryside. Explore Rani Ji Ki Baori (Queen’s Stepwell), an architectural marvel known for its ornate carvings and grand staircases. Visit Chitrashala, an ancient palace adorned with exquisite frescoes depicting mythological themes and courtly life. Overnight in Bundi.

Day 11: Bundi - Ranthambore (150kms)

Depart for Ranthambore, a renowned wildlife destination known for its tiger population and diverse flora and fauna. Upon arrival, visit Ranthambore Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site offering stunning views of the national park and its surroundings. Enjoy an afternoon safari in Ranthambore National Park, exploring its varied landscapes and wildlife species, including the elusive Bengal tiger. Overnight in Ranthambore.

Day 12: Ranthambore

Embark on early morning and afternoon safaris in Ranthambore National Park, maximizing your chances of wildlife sightings, especially the majestic Bengal tiger. Explore different zones of the park, each offering unique landscapes and wildlife habitats. Learn about conservation efforts and the park's rich biodiversity from experienced naturalists and guides. Overnight in Ranthambore.

Day 13: Ranthambore - Orchha (300kms)

Depart for Orchha, a hidden gem known for its medieval architecture and serene ambiance. Upon arrival, visit Orchha Fort Complex, comprising palaces, temples, and cenotaphs overlooking the Betwa River. Explore Raja Mahal, an exquisite palace known for its mural paintings depicting mythological themes and royal life. Visit Chaturbhuj Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and renowned for its towering architecture and intricate carvings. Overnight in Orchha.

Day 14: Orchha - Panna National Park (200kms)

Depart for Panna National Park, known for its rich biodiversity and picturesque landscapes. Upon arrival, embark on a safari in Panna National Park, exploring its diverse flora and fauna, including the majestic Bengal tiger, leopards, and various bird species. Enjoy the tranquil surroundings and learn about the park's conservation efforts. Overnight near Panna National Park.

Day 15: Panna National Park - Khajuraho (35kms)

Depart for Khajuraho, renowned for its UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples adorned with intricate erotic sculptures. Upon arrival, visit Western Group of Temples, including Kandariya Mahadev Temple, renowned for its stunning architecture and intricate carvings. Explore Eastern and Southern Group of Temples, known for their architectural diversity and detailed sculptures depicting daily life and mythological tales. Overnight in Khajuraho.

Day 16: Khajuraho - Varanasi (flight)

Fly to Varanasi, one of the oldest living cities in the world and a spiritual hub for Hindus. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel. Witness the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti ceremony at Dashashwamedh Ghat, a spiritual experience by the sacred River Ganges. Overnight in Varanasi.

Day 17: Varanasi

Start your day with a sunrise boat ride on the River Ganges, witnessing the rituals and activities along the ghats. Explore the narrow lanes and vibrant markets of Varanasi, known for their silk weaving and local crafts. Visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, and experience the spiritual ambiance of this ancient pilgrimage site. Explore Banaras Hindu University (BHU), one of the largest residential universities in Asia, featuring the Bharat Kala Bhavan museum. Visit Sarnath, where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon. Explore the Dhamek Stupa and Mulagandha Kuti Vihar. Overnight in Varanasi.

Day 18: Varanasi - Delhi (flight)

Fly back to Delhi for your departure flight or onward journey, reflecting on your enriching journey through North India's cultural and historical treasures.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 17 Nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plan.
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 3-Time shared Gypsy safari in Ranthambore National Parks with forest department naturalist.
  • 1-Time shared Gypsy safari in Panna National Park with forest department naturalist.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Khajuraho - Varanasi & Varanasi - Delhi flight fare approx INR 9,500 per person in economy class.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

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