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Heritage of North India
Duration:          10 Nights / 11 Days
Places Covered: New Delhi –Varanasi-Khajuraho-Agra-Ranthambore National Park-Jaipur -
Ajmer/Pushkar—Jodhpur-Udaipur-Mumbai .

Day 01: New Delhi
On arrival at New Delhi Airport you will be received by our representative and with his assistance you will be escorted to your pre-booked hotel for smooth check. New Delhi, the capital and the third largest city of India is truly a fusion of the ancient and the modern located at the West End of Gangetic Plain, the capital city is reach in ancient and medieval cultural heritage. There are two important parts of Delhi –Old and New Delhi. The Old Delhi was founded as Shahjahanabad by Mughal Emperor in 1639 and remained the capital of Mughal Dynasty till British invasion.The New Delhi was recently built and the Capital of India was transferred from Kolkata to New Delhi in 1911. Old Delhi, takes you through the labyrinthine streets passing through formidable mosques, monuments and forts. The imperial city of New Delhi displays the finely curved architecture of British Raj.

Day 02: New Delhi-Varanasi (Overnight journey)
After sumptuous breakfast embark on for sightseeing tours of Old & New Delhi. Visit to Qutab Minar-the tallest free standing minaret. Humayun Tomb –the oldest Tomb, Raj Ghat-The beautiful cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi continue your journey and visit to Red Fort-MONDAY CLOSED- this huge Fort is the 17th cen fort complex and the fort was the palace for Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan's new capital, Shahjahanabad, the seventh city in the Delhi site. Built by Red Sand stone this imposing fort is 3 Kms in perimeter with the height of the wall varying from 18 to 30 meters at places then close to it is Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India. The sightseeing of British Raj includes drive past Janpath, Rashtrapati Bhawan (Hindi for presidential palace) and India Gate is perhaps one of the most impressive structures built in the capital of India. This historic monument was built as a memorial to commemorate the 70,000 Indian soldiers killed in the First World War. In the evening visit to Delhi Haat-The DILLI HAAT provides the ambience of a traditional Rural Haat or village market, but one suited for more contemporary needs. Here one sees a synthesis of crafts, food and cultural activity. This Food and Craft Bazar is a treasure house of Indian culture, handicrafts and ethnic cuisine, A unique bazaar, in the heart of the city, it displays the richness of Indian culture on a permanent basis. Step inside the complex for an altogether delightful experience by either buying inimitable ethnic wares, savouring the delicacies of different states or by simply relaxing in the evening with the entire family. Overnight journey.

Day 03: Varanasi
Upon arrival meet and greet at the railway station. Transfer to the hotel check in and overnight at Hotel. Later after wash n change and breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Sarnath-10 kms away from the Hotel. One of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world, where Buddha preached his first Sermon in 590 BC. Witness the ruins of a once flourishing Buddhist monastery and then visit a fine Museum which houses an excellent collection of Buddhist art and sculptures found at the site. Return to Varanasi and visit to Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Benaras Hindu University and visit to Bharat Mata Temple dedicated to Mother India. In the evening transfer to the Daswamedh Ghat for evening Ganga Aarti. The ceremony is held to please Goddess Ganga and is performed every evening in Ghats of Varanasi, Haridwar, Rishikesh and Patna of which the Haridwar and Varanasi is the most famous of all. Overnight at hotel. En route covering the sightseeing of Fatehpur Sikri- now a Ghost city was initially envisaged by Emperor Akbar but was later abandoned due to water scarcity.

Day 04: Varanasi-Khajuraho (Flight)
In the morning drive to Daswamedh Ghat and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges to see the cremation Ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world's oldest and most important religions. Later return to the hotel breakfast and will be transferred to Varanasi Airport for flight to Khajuraho. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel along with our representative. Later proceed for sightseeing of eastern group of temples. In the evening light and sound show which one of the best of all. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 05: Khajuraho-Jhansi (En route Orchha)-Agra (Train)
After breakfast visit to western group of the temples. Later transfer to Jhansi Railway station en route covering the sightseeing of Orchha-The very word “Orchha” means “hidden” and, verily, the small town of Orchha in Madhya Pradesh (India) stands for it. It is a hidden archaeological legacy of medieval India, it is a hidden ‘throb’ of romance and emotional rupture, and it is a hidden face of history, a hidden treasure of spiritual tranquility, a hidden poetry written on stones. Reach Jhansi Railway station to board the train with the assistance of our representative. Upon arrival Agra Railway station meet by our representative and transfer to the hotel.

Day 06: Agra-Ranthambore National Park (245 kms/5 hrs)
In the early morning after breakfast visit Taj Mahal (Taj Mahal remains closed on Friday), a poem in white marble, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal. Later visit to Agra Fort; built by Emperor Akbar on the west bank of the river Yamuna and beautified with palaces and gardens by Jehangir, Agra Fort today dominates the centre of the city. Later check out and proceed to Ranthambore National Park. En route covering the sightseeing of Fatehpur Sikri- now a Ghost city was initially envisaged by Emperor Akbar but was later abandoned due to water scarcity. Upon arrival hotel check in. Dinner and overnight at Hotel/resort.

Day 07: Ranthambore National Park
In the early morning proceed for Jungle Safari by canter or Jeep Safari. Return to the hotel breakfast and free time for using hotel amenities. After lunch proceed for another round of Jungle safari. By evening return to the hotel. Evening bonfire bar be que dinner along with live cultural shows (Music and Dance). Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

Day 08: Ranthambore-Jaipur (156 kms)
In the morning proceed for jungle safari return to the hotel breakfast and after some free time check out and drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival hotel check in. Later visit to the market of the Pink City known for jwellery and handicrafts. Overnight hotel.

Day 07: Jaipur
After breakfast proceed to Amber Fort for excursion tour located at 11 kms from City Centre. Amber Fort is situated on the crest of a hill seven miles north of Jaipur is Amber, capital of the Kuchwaha Rajputs from 1037 to 1728. Man Singh I built it in a style to rival Mughal grandeur and opulence. Later return to the hotel & continue with the sightseeing of City Palace, a combination of conventional Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. City Palace complex has more than a few palatial structures. City Palace is a huge complex, which houses many courtyards, gardens and buildings. Jantar Mantar, built between 1716. It is located within the city palace. Jantar Mantar contains a collection of instruments for observing the movements of sun, moon, planets and stars. It was built to develop the interest of the people in Astronomy. En route brief stop at the Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal). Hawa Mahal is a sample of the perfection of the architecture. Hawa Mahal was built with the pink & red sandstone, beautifully carved and outlined with white border and motif. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 08: Jaipur-Ajmer/Pushkar (131 kms/2.5 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Pushkar. Upon arrival hotel check in. Later proceed for sightseeing of the temple of the Lord Brahma (the Creator) and his wife Saraswati (the goddess of learning) along with performed a ritual in the lake. Pushkar is the world famous for its cattle Pushkar fair held each year in the month of October/November. Ajmer is one of the holiest cities located at distance of 11kms from each other. Visit the Durgah built in fond remembrance of Khwaja Moin ud Din Chisti where the Muslim pilgrims from all over the World. Next we will take you for the sightseeing of Mughal Emperor Akbars Palace where his son Jahangir received Sir Thomas which ultimately granted the permission to work by East India Company with India that changed the history of India. Overnight at Hotel.

After breakfast drive to Jodhpur. Upon arrival hotel check in. Later after lunch proceed for sightseeing of Mehrangarh fort, the stronghold of the Rathore princes from 1453 AD. It has some of the superb collection of arm and Ammunition along with other rate artifacts. The view of the city from the rampart walls is breath taking. Later proceed downward from the fort visit Jaswant Thada. In the evening visit the Umaid Bhawan Palace, the present residence of the king of Jodhpur. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Jodhpur-Udaipur (290 kms/3.5 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Udaipur en route sightseeing of Ranakpur Jain Temple complex. One of the main pilgrimage centre for the Jains, admire the workmanship from the 15th century temples situated in the lovely valley of the Aravali Mountains. Its surrounding is quiet & picturesque and is built out of marble and the main shrine of Adinath with 1444 columns is awe inspiring and none of these are similar. Also see the sun temple and the other temples in the campus. Upon arrival hotel check in. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11: Udaipur
After breakfast drive to the City Palace known to be the richest palace museum in the entire Rajasthan. See the Peacock Square and the miniature painting school inside the palace premises. Udaipur has the prestige of housing the best miniature schools in the country under the royal patronage of the king of Udaipur. Continue with the sightseeing and visit to the Sahelion ki Bari where Maharana Sangram Singh built this beautiful garden for her daughter. During sunset go for Lake Cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichhola and visit to the island palace of Jagmandir where according to legends the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan lived and got inspired to build the Taj mahal later. Overnight at Hotel

Day 12: Udaipur-Mumbai (Flight) After breakfast transfer to the Airport to board the flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival meet by our representative and transfer to the hotel. Later precede to Elephanta caves located 10 kms away from the sea shore of Gateway of India. The Island is approachable by boat ferry. The monumenst complex consists of two groups of caves—the first is a large group of five Hindu caves, the second, smaller group of two Buddhist caves. The Hindu caves contain rock cut stone sculptures, representing the Shaiva Hindu sect, dedicated to the god Shiva. Also sightseeing of Price of Wales Museum/ Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India is the main museum in Mumbai, formerly Bombay. It was founded in the early years of the 20th century by prominent citizens of Bombay, with the help of the government, to commemorate the visit of the then Prince of Wales.

Day 14:Mumbai
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Hanging gardens-One gets a panoramic view of parts of the city from these parks situated at the height of Malabar Hill. When seen at night, the view of street lights of Marine Drive resemble a dazzling bejewelled "Queen's Necklace". Crawford Market- is situated to the north of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus of Mumbai. It is counted in the midst of the popular shopping areas of the city. Crawford Market has been built as per the Norman and Gothic style of architecture. At a height of 50 feet above its ground is a porthole awning, which brings sunlight into the market. Marine Drive-Marine Drive is a 3-kilometre-long boulevard in South Mumbai in the city of Mumbai. It is a 'C'-shaped six-lane concrete road along the coast, which is a natural bay. The road links Nariman Point to Babulnath and Malabar Hill. Marine Drive is situated over reclaimed land facing west-south-west. Later departure transfer to the Airport for flight back to home.