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Wonderful Grand Tour of North India

Duration:
15 days / 14 nights
Destinations:
Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Orchha, Agra, Jaipur, Rohet, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Delhi
Price Guide:

Price guide for this 15 day North India Grand Tour:

  • £2495 in low season
  • £3030 in high season

based on two people travelling.

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Overview

This fantastic tour takes you on a North Indian adventure including famous landmarks, fascinating cities and towns, and stunning scenery. 

Explore the hustle and bustle of Old and New Delhi, witness ceremonies along the Ganges at Varanasi and the fascinating temple towns of Khajuraho and Orchha.

Then it's on to Agra to see the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, the pink city of Jaipur and a trip to rural Rohet. After some time in the gorgeous blue city of Jodhpur, the final destination is the magical 'city of lakes' Udaipur, before you return to Delhi for your flight home.

Grand Tour of North India Highlights: 

  • See the sights of Delhi including the Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb
  • Visit Varanasi to visit Sarnath where Buddha first preached, before witnessing the Ganga Aarti ceremonial worship of the River Ganges.
  • See Hindu and Jain temples in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Khajuraho
  • Tour temples and palaces in the sleepy town of Orchha
  • Tick the Taj Mahal off your bucket list and visit the imposing Agra Fort
  • Explore the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Discover the fascinating landmarks of Jaipur including the Amer (Amber) Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and City Palace.
  • Learn about village life in Rohet
  • Spend an afternoon in Jodhpur exploring the Mehrangarh Fort, the Jaswant Thada cenotaph and Sardar Bazar.
  • Be charmed by fairy-tale palaces, glistening lakes and luscious mountain scenery in Udaipur.

Grand Tour of North India - 14 Nights / 15 Days

This fantastic tour of North India includes the delights of the Golden Triangle destinations of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, along with a whole host of history, culture and scenery in many other cities, towns and villages. 

From world-famous landmarks to abandoned cities, iconic rituals to learning about village life, there is something for everyone in this journey around some of India's most loved locations. 

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Day 1: Arrive in Delhi

Upon arrival at Delhi International Airport, you will be welcomed by your Authentic India Tours representatives who will transfer you to your hotel for a 2 night stay.

The afternoon is free for you to relax and enjoy the facilities of your hotel or explore the local area.

Accommodation: Taj Mahal Hotel
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Day 2: Delhi

Today is an opportunity to discover the historical city of Delhi with a full day sightseeing tour. Your tour begins in the wide avenues of New Delhi where you will see the Lutyen’s buildings and the India gate memorial, along with the impressive tomb of Humayan and Qutab Minar.

In the afternoon your visit continues with a traditional rickshaw ride through the bustling and vibrant streets of Old Delhi. You'll also see the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, and Rajghat, the resting place (Samadhi) of Mahatma Gandhi.

Accommodation: Taj Mahal Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Day 3: Delhi - Varanasi

This morning you will be transferred to Delhi airport for the flight to Varanasi. 

You will be met on arrival at Varanasi Airport and taken on a sightseeing tour of Sarnath, the site of Buddha's first public discourse and now home to many magnificent stupas and monasteries.

In the evening, you will witness the spectacular Ganga Aarti, a ceremonial worship of River Ganges which encompasses a magical mix of sounds, sights and smells to engage all the senses.

Approximate travel time and distance: 1 hr 20 mins

Accommodation: Suryauday Haveli Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 4: Varanasi - Khajuraho

This morning it's an early start for a peaceful boat ride on the Ganges where you will see devotees offering prayers at the waters' edge. There will also be time to visit some of the ancient temples by the river bank.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Varanasi Airport to board your flight to Khajuraho where you'll be met on arrival at Khajuraho Airport and taken to your hotel.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the small town of Khajuraho houses the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculpture. In the evening a visit to the Kandariya Mahadev, the Chaturbhuj and the Paraswanath temple has been arranged. 

Approximate travel time: 1 hour

Accommodation: Radisson Jass Khajuraho
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 5: Khajuraho - Orchha

The late morning drive to Orchha takes about 5 hrs.  The town is nestled on the banks of river Betwa, and offers fascinating temples and palaces just waiting to be explored.

Approximate travel time and distance: 5 hours, 192 kms

Accommodation: Hotel Orchha Palace
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 6: Orchha - Jhansi - Agra

This mornings sightseeing tour gives you a chance to discover this charming sleepy town. Orchha is a medieval settlement dotted with palaces and cenotaphs of the Bundela rulers of the 16th and 17th century. Included within the tour is a visit the Jehangir and Raj Mahal, the palaces of the royal family and the sacred Hindu Ram Raja temple.

Later this afternoon, a short 30 minute transfer takes you to Jhansi railway station to board the Gatimaan Express to Agra. This comfortable air-conditioned train leaves Jhansi mid afternoon and arrives in Agra early evening.

You will be met on arrival at Agra railway station and transferred to your hotel.

Approximate travel time and distance: 5 - 6 hours, 250 kms

Accommodation: ITC Mughal Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 7: Agra

For many people this is the highlight of their trip, a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. Built in memory of Mumtaz Mahal, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan's beloved wife, this magnificent building is made entirely of marble and decorated with elaborate geometric forms and inlay work that showcases plants, flower and fruit motifs.

After breakfast it's time to visit another UNESCO world heritage site, the forbidding red sandstone battlements of the Agra Fort and its impressive Diwan-e-Am & Diwan-e-Khas hall.

Later in the evening, a visit to Mehtab Bhag, the Mughal park on the other side of river Yamuna is the perfect place to enjoy beautiful views of Taj Mahal during sunset.

Accommodation: ITC Mughal Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 8: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur

Today you travel to the Pink City of Jaipur, one of India’s best loved destinations and home to the film ‘The Exotic Marigold Hotel’.  The journey in total takes about 6 hours and includes a stop en-route to the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri

Approximate travel time and distance: 4 – 5 hours, 240 kms

Accommodation: Samode Haveli
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 9: Jaipur

This morning a visit to the stunning 17th century hilltop Amber Fort has been arranged. Set in the rugged hills just outside the city you will ascend the fort by jeep taking in striking views of the surrounding gorges and lake. Inside the fort, your tour includes the extensive Maharaja's apartments that are decorated with murals and mosaic as well as the glistening Hall of Mirrors.

In the afternoon, there's a lot more to explore with a drive through the colourful bazaars to see the Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds, built for the royal ladies to catch a glimpse of the outside world through delicate screened windows and balconies. There is also a stop at the Royal Observatory or Jantar Mantar as it is known locally which was built by Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur and a passionate astronomer and builder and a visit the City Palace complex with its collection of rare manuscripts, armoury and costumes.

Accommodation: Samode Haveli
Meals included: Breakfast

 

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Day 10: Jaipur - Rohet

This morning we take a drive through the countryside to arrive at the village of Rohet. The main attractions of the area is the lake, which attracts numerous winter migrants, and the small 16th century castle, Rohet Garh.

This area is a haven for traditional farming techniques, customs and ceremonies.

The evening is free to explore the village and the facilities of your heritage hotel.

Approximate travel time and distance: 5 - 6 hours, 336 kms

Accommodation: Rohet Garh Heritage hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Day 11: Rohet and Jodhpur

Its an early start this morning for a drive into the villages near Rohet. A village elder will accompany you on this excursion to visit a home of a Bishnoi family. The Bishnois are ecologists and are largely responsible for the preservation of black buck, a type of endangered antelope that can be spotted quite easily in this area. You will also visit a home of the Raikas (shepherds) for a close look at local customs and to experience their warm hospitality.

This afternoon the sightseeing continues with a tour of the 'Blue City' of Jodhpur. Your driver will take you through the old city's maze of streets and lanes through gates, bastions and towers towards the majestic hill top Mehrangarh fort that contains one of Rajasthan's best museums. Browse through a fine collection of Rajput miniature paintings, armoury and costume and stop for a commanding view of this blue hued city from one of the ramparts of the forts that hold cannons. A quick stop at the Jaswant Thada, a white marble cenotaph of the royal family and a walk through the Sardar Bazar with its Clock Tower of 1912 completes your tour of this imperial city that echoes with tales of its glorious past.

Accommodation: Rohet Garh Heritage hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 12: Rohet - Ranakpur - Udaipur

Today we drive through the beautiful Aravalli Hills and after about 3 hours we  arrive at Ranakpur which is famous for its intricately carved Jain temple complex. There's plenty of time to explore the temple complex and an optional lunch stop at Maharani Bagh Orchards is available.

In the afternoon your adventure continues with a drive through the Rajastan countryside to the lake city of Udaipur.

Approximate travel time and distance: 5 hours, 212 kms

Accommodation: Hotel Fateh Garh Udaipur
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 13: Udaipur

Udaipur is the former capital of the Mewar region, which was once ruled by the Sisodia clan. The city is a fascinating blend of sights, sounds and experiences. Its medley of fairy-tale palaces, temples, gardens and lakes, which are hemmed in by the lush Aravalli hills.

On your half day tour of this royal city, you will visit the Sahelion-ki-bari (Garden of the Maids of Honour) and the Jagdish temple. This is followed by the City Palace complex, an architectural marvel which towers over the lake and is surrounded by crenelated walls which house a conglomeration of courtyards, pavillions, arched gateways and hanging gardens. The Mor Chowk with its exquisite peacock mosaics in glass is especially noteworthy.

Late afternoon, enjoy a boat ride on the 14th century Lake Pichola. Sailing on its placid waters, you will pass the facade of the impressive City Palace complex, heritage haveli's and bathing ghats as well as the many islands in the lake, notably the Lake Palace Hotel and Jagmandir.

Accommodation: Hotel Fateh Garh Udaipur
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Day 14: Udaipur - Delhi

Morning is at leisure to enjoy the charm of Udaipur.

You will be transferred to Udaipur Airport this afternoon to board your onward flight to Delhi. 

You will be met on arrival at Delhi Airport and transferred to your airport hotel.

Approximate travel time and distance: 1 hr 25 mins

Accommodation: Holiday Inn New Delhi Aerocity
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Day 15: Transfer to Delhi Airport

In goodtime you will be transferred to Delhi International Airport to board your return flight back home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Accommodation

Accommodation on this Grand Tour of North India includes a variety of superior grade hotels.

Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi

Located in the heart of the city, amongst the architecture of chief architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, the iconic Taj Mahal hotel is a luxurious place to stay on during tour. Featuring old-world décor combined with modern facilities, the sumptuous rooms all featuring fantastic views of the city.

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Suryauday Haveli, Varanasi

Located on the Shivala Ghats, the Suryauday Haveli is a restored early 20th-century haveli reached by boat. The Haveli offers delicious vegetarian cuisine and complimentary morning yoga sessions. The roof terrace offers panoramic views of Varanasi and is the perfect place to relax with a drink and a snack to watch the sunset. 

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Radisson Jass, Khajuraho

Less than two kilometres away from the Western Group of Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies the Radisson Jass Khajuraho. The perfect place to unwind after a day of exploring, why not relax by or take a dip in the scenic outdoor pool, treat yourself to a massage or beauty treatment in the Temple Spa, or watch a puppet show in the recreation area.

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Orchha Palace, Madhya Pradesh

You can expect high quality accommodation and excellent service at the Orchha Palace and Convention Centre, featuring well-equipped, modern rooms. Start your day with a tasty free continental or buffet breakfast, and unwind after your sightseeing with a drink in the bar.

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ITC Mughal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

The luxurious ITC Mughal in Agra is the perfect accommodation after a day’s sightseeing at the nearby Taj Mahal. A tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past, you can expect splendour and opulence in every nook and cranny. To date, the ITC Mughal is the only Indian hotel to have won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architectural Excellence, in Asia, due to its impressive heritage architecture inspired by Mughal’s famous monuments, the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.

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Samode Haveli, Jaipur

Step back in time at this restored Indo-Sarcenic regal Indian mansion set within the walls of Jaipur, furnished with verdant gardens, cool courtyards and ornate décor and murals. Take a dip in the Moorish-style pool, unwind in the jacuzzi, or let your cares evaporate in the steam room. If you’re feeling more active, try a workout in the fitness centre, or if relaxation is your game, the state-of-the-art spa offers amazing massages.

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Rohet Garh, Rajasthan

This peaceful and romantic accommodation will transport you back to past glories, thanks to the stud of Marwari horses, colonial mosaics and murals, pavilion-lined pool, shade-supplying verandahs and manicured lawns. This former lakeside palace is a family-run classified Heritage Hotel, set on the banks of a lake and featuring luxurious rooms, an outdoor swimming pool and relaxing spa.

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Hotel Fateh Garh, Udaipur

With fantastic views of Udaipur, the beautiful Hotel Fateh Garh is the ideal base for exploring the 'City of Lakes'. This Heritage Renaissance Resort is focused on being Ethical, Sustainable and Responsible, and offers a wide range of activities whether you want to relax or see the sights. Dine on delicious Rajasthani cuisine, indulge in a luxurious spa treatment or simply take in the view from the rooftop and watch the sunset.

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Holiday Inn, New Delhi

Located just minutes from the airport but offering peaceful rooms, the Holiday Inn is the perfect hotel for some last minute luxury before your flight. Relax in your contemporary guest room, swim in the pool or sneak in a last minute workout in the gym. Or why not end your holiday in style with a treatment in the peaceful spa and salon?

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Destinations

Delhi

Busy, bustling and brimming with history, India’s capital city will leave a lasting impression. This city within cities is one of the three Golden Triangle destinations, and as a shopper’s paradise, history lover’s haven and foodie’s utopia, the delights of Delhi will appeal to everyone.

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Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Located on the River Ganges, Varanasi is a place of great religious significance, believed to be the location where Buddha founded Buddhism in 528 BC when he gave his first sermon, The Setting in Motion of the Wheel of Dharma. Many Hindus believe that dying here and being cremated along the river banks breaks the cycle of rebirth and achieves salvation.

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Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

Khajuraho is the perfect destination to get your fix of culture and wildlife. Grab your binoculars and go tiger spotting in Panna National Park, visit the impressive Pandav Falls, or the incredible Western Group of Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site famed for its erotic sculptures.

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Orchha, Madhya Pradesh

Orchha is a fascinating temple town tucked away on the banks of the River Betwa. It really is a bit of a hidden gem where you'll find deserted temples, palaces, havelis and cenotaphs to meander around.

This historic town which is referred to as a medieval archaeological wonder was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela Rajput Chief, Rudra Pratap.

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Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Magical Agra is an unmissable destination on any tour to North India. Home to the world-famous Taj Mahal, the impressive sandstone Agra Fort and the ethereal ruins of the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, it’s a must for lovers of architecture, culture, history and photography.

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Jaipur, Rajasthan

Named the ‘Pink City’ due to its pink-hued buildings, Jaipur is a melting pot of hubbub and history. Meander through markets or pass camel carts on your way to visit the Amer Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), the imposing City Palace and the world’s largest stone sundial at Jantar Mantar.

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Rohat

Rohat is where you'll find a variety of wonderful birds and a traditional and eco-friendly way of life. Explore the beautiful village of Rohat and visit the impressive Rohetgarh Fort.

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Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Known as the Blue City due to its azure and cobalt-hued houses, Jodhpur is a popular destination offering number of forts, palaces and temples, along with shopping bazaars and delicious culinary delights. Don’t miss the chance to visit the impressive Mehrangarh Fort with its impressive courtyards and intricate carvings, or the peaceful Jawant Thada cenotaph with its gazebos, gardens and lake.

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Udaipur, Rajasthan

Nicknamed the ‘City of Lakes’, Udaipur is home to the beautiful Lake Pichola, inspiration for Rudyard Kipling, and the magnificent Jagdish Temple. With forts, temples, palaces, galleries and green spaces to explore, you’ll be enthralled by this decadent destination that you might recognise from the James Bond film Octopussy.

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Pricing and Inclusions

The price guide for this 15 day North India Grand Tour:

  • £2495 in low season (May 2020 - September 2020 inclusive)
  • £3030 in high season (October 2020 - April 2021 inclusive)

The prices do not include flights.

Authentic India Tours is a member of ABTA and ATOL. All the holidays on this website are ABTA protected. If you would like us to arrange your holiday including flights we will be happy to provide a quote and your holiday will also be ATOL protected.

This is a private tour and can be tailor-made to meet your exact requirements. Prices will vary depending on the number of people, length of tour, accommodation & season. Reductions are normally available for groups of three or more. Some hotels operate an additional peak pricing rate during busy times which is normally from mid December to mid January. 

Please get in touch with your dates and we will be pleased to provide you with your personal itinerary and accurate quote.

Included with this tour are the following:

  • Authentic India Tours meet & greet assistance on arrival
  • All transfers and sightseeing tours using air-conditioned car with private chauffeur
  • Accommodation for 14 nights on twin sharing basis.
  • English speaking guide for sightseeing tour
  • Economy class flight tickets for Delhi - Varanasi, Varanasi - Khajuraho and Udaipur - Delhi travel (Please note the luggage allowance on all domestic flights is only 15 kg per person. You have the option to buy extra 5 kg or 10 kg as required). 
  • Entrances at all national parks, museums and monuments as per the itinerary
  • Standard category rooms at all hotels unless otherwise mentioned
  • Meal plan: Bed & Breakfast elsewhere
  • Mineral water on all days of travel

Price does not include:

  • International flight tickets
  • Travel insurance and visa
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, tips, beverages etc
  • Meals other than mentioned in the above meal plan
  • Camera and video fees at national parks, museums & monuments

Prices mentioned above are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication may be subject to change, based on your date of travel and local market fluctuations. You will be informed of any price differences prior to booking.

For a quote based on your dates of travel, any alternative accommodation or changes to this itinerary, please call Authentic India Tours on 01792 315499 or email us at info@aitholidays.com