Take in the sights and sounds of Northern India in this 16 day tour. Steeped in 5,000 years of history, here you will find palaces and peacocks, beautiful national parks, bazaars to wander around and amazing people that will enhance every aspect of your holiday.
Days 1-3 Delhi
Ease your way into the the local culture with a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque and explore Old Delhi's narrow streets by rickshaw. Tour New Delhi, visiting Qutub Minar, the tallest brick minaret in the world and visit Humayun's tomb. Take a trip to the India Gate war memorial, the parliament and the palatial Rashtrapati Bhawan - the president's residence.
Days 4-5 Udaipur
Fly to Udaipur your gateway to Rajasthan, a restored palace overlooking the lake. Cruise along Lake Pichola taking in the views of Jag Mandir Palace and the City Palace. Participate in relaxing yoga classes before a visit to the exquisite City Palace, it's main entrance, Tripolia was built in 1725. Later visit the largest temple in Udaipur - Jagdish Temple. Stop at Sahelion-ki-Bari, the Garden of the Maids of Honour. Learn about the lifestyle of the Royal ladies.
Days 6-7 Jaipur
Fly to the 'Pink City', Jaipur and stop briefly at Hawa Mahal, home to a former Maharaja. Visit the City Palace and marvel at Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory built in 1726. Ride an elephant to the top of Amber Fort, India's former seat of power. Tap into local customs during lunch as you learn about turban and sari tying. Stroll through a flower market for a glimpse into the art of making garlands used in traditional Indian welcome ceremonies. Enjoy a henna tattoo and bindi demonstration before sitting down tonight for a home-hosted dinner.
Days 8-9 Ranthambore
Travel to Ranthambore National Park, learning of Project Tiger's efforts at conservation in the country whilst a naturalist discusses the wildlife of the country. Embark on a game viewing drive by canter, an open air vehicle and be on the lookout for marsh crocodiles, hyenas, sloth bears and even if you are lucky tigers. Rise early for a morning game drive. Visit Dastkar Ranthambore Project, founded in 1981 by six women united to protect India's traditional artisans. Enjoy and interactive cooking demonstration followed by dinner.
Days 10-11 Bharatpur and Agra
An early morning train takes you to Bharatpur, enjoy brunch here before setting off for Fatehpur Sikri, a red sandstone city built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th Century. A city that was larger than London when it was built. End the evening in Agra. Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise aboard a tonga that takes you to its gates. The Taj Mahal took 22 years and 20,000 men to build a true wonder of the world. Visit Agra Fort, the seat of the Mughal Empire then continue to Mother Teresa's Charity Home, a residence for orphans.
Day 12 Jhansi, Occhra and Khajuraho
Board your train for Jhansi, continue to Occhra and visit Jahangir Mahal. Coninue to Khajuraho where you will stay overnight.
Days 13-14 Varanasi
Visit the Chanel Temple complex and behold some of the finest examples of temple architecture. Then fly to Varanasi, a simplistic and charming city with a universal mystique. Tonight, visit the Ghats - the banks of the river - witnessing the illuminated Ganga Aarti ceremony before a Hindu scholar discusses the philosophy of Hinduism with you. Cruise along the River Ganges past various Ghats where you'll see people ritually cleansing themselves of their sins. A city tour of Varanasi includes Vishwanath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva; Benaras Hindu University; and Bharat Mata Temple. Continue to Sarnath where Siddarth Gautama, later known as Buddha, gave his first sermon.
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