14-Day North India and Ganges
Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
- Immerse yourself in the holy Varanasi
- Appreciate the superb Taj Mahal
- Experience village safari for exploring a real Rajasthan
- Visit the Mehrangarh Fort and the Ranakpur Jain Temple
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- Day 1
Welcome to India. Upon your arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, be greeted by our representative and escorted to your hotel. After a short introduction about the following tours, the rest of the day is for you to recover from the jet lag.
- Day 2
Explore the capital city from Old Delhi to New Delhi. You will first visit the Jama Masjid whose interior has incredibly intricate tiles. Ride a rickshaw through the bustling Chandni Chowk, one of India’s largest wholesale markets.
Drive past the Red Fort on the way to the Qutub Minar in New Delhi. Later, go for the Raj Ghat and the Humayun's Tomb, the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. After that, you will drive along the city landmarks including the India Gate, President’s House, Parliament House and Government Secretariat Buildings, and then you will visit the Laxmi Narayan Temple.
- Day 3
In this morning, fly to Varanasi. Upon your arrival, be picked up and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is at your leisure. You can stay at the hotel or step out for some explorations on your own. In the evening, witness the ancient Aarti Ceremony on the banks of the Ganges River. The lamps are lit and circled around by the pandits (Hindu priests) in a clockwise manner.
- Day 4
Ganges River is considered to be divine in origin, meaning deeply sacred to Hindus. Get up a bit earlier for a boat ride on the Ganges River. You will see the Hindus devoutly bathing by the holy river in the sunrise.
Return to the hotel for breakfast. Later, set out to the Banaras Hindu University, the Golden Temple, and the Bharat Mata Temple. In the afternoon, head for the Deer Park in Sarnath, a major Buddhist pilgrimage site located 10 km northeast of Varanasi. Move to the Sarnath Museum afterward (closed on Fridays).
- Day 5
A morning flight will take you to Delhi, and then be transferred to Agra directly by private A/C car. The driving time will last around 4.5 hours. Upon arrival, spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
- Day 6
Depart from your hotel for the spectacular Taj Mahal in the early morning to keep you away from the crowds and heat in the daytime. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India. Continue to visit the Agra Fort built by red sandstone. After that, visit a local family. Enjoy an Indian lunch with authentic flavor and try Masala Chai (Indian spice milk tea), which will become an interesting part of your experience in Agra.
Note: The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
- Day 7
Drive about 5 hours west to Jaipur. On the way, you will stop for a visit to the Fatehpur Sikri, the capital of the Mughal empire from 1571 to 1585 but was abandoned as soon as it was finished. Take a glance at the Abhaneri Step Well (without guide service) before arriving in Jaipur. Later, check-in and the rest of the day is for you to spend at leisure.
- Day 8
Enjoy a transfer to the Amber Fort and a jeep ride will take you to the entrance on the slope. The fort features a royal palace constructed from white marble and sandstone of red and yellow. Enter into the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors), whose walls of its hall are encrusted with innumerable pieces of mirrors.
Drive back to the downtown for visiting the City Palace and the Jantar Mantar. Take some wonderful photos when passing by the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), as well as the business center en route back to your hotel.
- Day 9
After breakfast, take a 3 hours’ drive to Pushkar, a holy town lying by the beautiful Pushkar Lake. After arrival, visit the Brahma Temple, the only standing Hindu temple in India dedicated to Lord Brahma.
- Day 10
Today, it will take around 4 hours on the road to Jodhpur by car. As soon as you arrive, check into your hotel and then set out for a jeep safari to the rural Bishnoi Village. The village safari will give you an opportunity to explore the rich ethnic lifestyle of a real Rajasthan.
- Day 11
Pay a visit to the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, a fine testimony of India’s splendid past. Later, explore the Jaswant Thada. In the afternoon, follow the interesting alleys to the Clock Tower surrounded by the local markets and handicrafts stores.
Optional: It is recommended for you to take a Flying Box at your expense, and you will enjoy the fantastic view of the fort by the zip line tour.
- Day 12
On your way driving to Udaipur, you will stop at a small village, Ranakpur, where the famous Ranakpur Jain Temple stands. There are 1,444 marble pillars carved in exquisite detail supporting the temple. Continue to drive approximately 4 hours to reach Udaipur.
- Day 13
Take a morning stroll through the local bazaars and then head for the Jagdish Temple, whose style of the architecture is quite similar to Indo-Aryan designs. Move to the City Palace afterward, and then get on a boat ride on the Lake Pichola for about 1 hour. Continue to tour the Garden of the Maids of Honour and the Folk Art Museum. Enjoy a fascinating sunset view at the Sajjan Garh Palace (Monsoon Palace).
- Day 14
Enjoy the morning as leisure time until leaving for the airport for your flight back to Delhi, and then connect your return flight out of India.
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