Heritage North India Tour with Varanasi & Khajuraho
India is always known for Taj Mahal for many, though we have many other magnificent monuments too. We have crafted this itinerary with a great touch of the best highlights of India. From the villages of Mandawa and Pushkar to the heritage of Jodhpur, Bikaner and Jaipur and finally to the heights of the unique Khajuraho Temples and Holy Banares/Varanasi. River Ganges is always a center point of the Hindu holiness in India. In our opinion, a visit to the Taj Mahal is just a bonus. This is a bit hectic itinerary but we can customize the same to fit into your extension plans.
Day 01 – Delhi Arrival
On arrival at Delhi international airport, traditional welcome and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02 – Delhi
After breakfast leave for full day city tour visiting Qutab Minar, India gate (war memorial), Lakshminarayan Temple - modern Hindu temple, drive past President's House, Parliament House & Secretariat Building. Afternoon sightseeing of Old Delhi visit Rajghat & Shanti Vana (the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru), Jama Masjid and drive past Red fort and Chandni Chowk. Overnight in hotel.
Day 03 – Delhi – Mandawa
After early breakfast leave for Mandawa (268 Kms / 6 – 7 hrs drive approx). Arrive and check-in hotel. After lunch visit the painted havelis in this region covering Nawalgarh, Mandawa, Dundlod and Fatehpur. Overnight in hotel.
Day 04 – Mandawa – Bikaner
After breakfast leave for Bikaner (164 Kms / 4 Hrs approx). On arrival check-in hotel. Later sightseeing of Bikaner includes Karni Mata Temple, Junagarh Fort and city. Overnight in hotel.
Day 05 – Bikaner - Jodhpur
After breakfast drive to Jodhpur (242 kms / 6 hrs approx) via Nagaur, Khimsar and Osiyan. On arrival check-in hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 – Jodhpur
Full day to explore Jodhpur visiting the Mehrangarh Fort, situated on a low sandstone hill, including Moti Mahal and Phool Mahal. Visit Jaswant Thanda an imposing marble memorium built in 1899 and the Museum located in the Umaid public gardens. Overnight in hotel.
Day 07 – Jodhpur – Pushkar
After breakfast drive to Pushkar (236 kms / 5 hrs approx). On arrival check-in hotel. Afternoon visit the various temples and the sacred Pushkar Lake Pushkar Fair is world famous & normally is during the months of October or November. The only Temple of Lord Brahma, "The Creator of universe as per Hindu Mythology" in the world exists in this small town. Overnight in hotel.
Day 08 – Pushkar – Jaipur
After breakfast drive to Jaipur (131 kms / 2 hrs approx). On arrival check-in Hotel. Afternoon proceed for half day tour of Jaipur city the capital city of the state of Rajasthan popularly known as "Pink City". The buildings in the old walled city are constructed in pink-colored sandstone. Overnight in hotel.
Day 09 – Jaipur
After breakfast leave for excursion to Amber Fort, enjoy elephant ride up the hill on which the fort is situated. Afternoon free at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Day 10 – Jaipur – Agra
After early breakfast drive to Agra en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and later abandoned due to scarcity of water. On arrival in Agra check-in hotel. Afternoon visit the world famous Taj Mahal, Agra fort and Tomb of Itmad - ud- daula. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 11 – Agra – Jhansi (Superfast Train) – Khajuraho
Early morning transfer to Agra Cantt railway station to board train Shatabdi express for Jhansi dep: 0800, arr: 1024. On arrival in Jhansi, proceed to Khajuraho (172 kms / 4 hrs approx) en-route visit orchha. Proceed to Khajuraho. On arrival check-in hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12 – Khajuraho
Full day for city tour of Khajuraho visiting eastern & western group of temples. These temples are superb example of Indo-Aryan architecture constructed by Chandella rulers in the 10th century A.D. they have a fantastic range of sculptures including sensuous and erotic themes north block temples. Also visit South block temples. Overnight in hotel.
Day 13 – Khajuraho / Varanasi
Today you will be transferred to Khajuraho Airport to connect your flight to Varanasi. On arrival transfer to hotel. Evening "Deepmala tour" - a special tour where boat ride is given on River Ganges around sunset and earthen lamps are floated on the river while witnessing the evening prayers. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 14 – Varanasi
Early morning boat excursion on the holy River Ganges to see the sunrise and morning prayers. Also see bathing Ghats & cremation site. Watch people bathing & worshipping at the Ghats which is one of the most extraordinary experiences of a visit to India. Return to hotel enroute visiting the small lanes and temples near the Ghats. Breakfast at hotel. Later short sightseeing tour of Varanasi. Afternoon excursion to Sarnath. Overnight in hotel.
Day 15 – Varanasi / Delhi
Today you will be transferred to Varanasi Airport to connect your flight to Delhi. On arrival, you will be transferred to an airport hotel. You may opt to do a last minute shopping, if you wish. Later by midnight or early morning you will be transferred to Delhi International Airport to connect your flight back home.
Price for the Tour may be furnished on request as we wish to offer a clear customized tour on this.
Some inclusions may change to match the logistic changes from time to time.