India's Northern Heritage
Cities Covered New Delhi , Amritsar , New Delhi IGI Airport , Varanasi , Khajuraho , Jhansi , Agra , Fatehpur Sikri , Jaipur , Aurangabad
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All about the India's Northern Heritage
Our 15-day small group journey through India’s Northern Heritage offers authentic cultural experiences, delicious Indian cuisine and insight into some of the country’s top architectural and archaeological gems. Retrace the life of Gandhi in Delhi, awe over the famed Golden Temple, Sikhism’s holiest spot, in Amritsar, and be swept up in a serene experience of the River Ganges in Varanasi. Then, finish our exploration of India’s Golden Triangle with stops in regal Jaipur and Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal. We end our tour with the ancient religious caves of Aurangabad and the bustling cityscapes of Mumbai. This tour of India’s Northern Heritage can also be perfectly combined with our 17-day tour of India’s Southern Heritage.
- Ajanta Caves, Aurangabad
- Amber Fort, Jaipur
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai
- Ellora Caves, Aurangabad
- Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
- Humayun's Tomb, New Delhi
- Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
- Khajuraho Temples, Khajuraho
- Qutub Minar, New Delhi
- Taj Mahal, Agra
- Red Fort Complex (Old Delhi), New Delhi
- Agra Fort, Agra
Tour Itinerary at Glance
|Day 1:||Arrive Delhi (Flight)|
|Day 2:||Delhi||(B, D)|
|Day 3:||Delhi/Amritsar by Flight||(B)|
|Day 4:||Amritsar / Delhi / Varanasi by Flight||(B)|
|Day 6:||Varanasi/Khajuraho by Flight||(B)|
|Day 7:||Khajuraho/Jhansi/Agra (Drive & Train)||(B)|
|Day 9:||Agra/Fatehpur Sikri/Jaipur (245 km/5 hrs)||(B, D)|
|Day 11:||Jaipur/Delhi/Aurangabad by Flight|
|Day 13:||Aurangabad/Mumbai by Flight|
|Day 15:||Mumbai/Onward Destination (Flight)||(B)|
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this tour
- Hotels as mentioned or similar
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- All sightseeing and transfers by Air-conditioned transportation
- Services of English Speaking guide for sightseeing (Local guides for 1-5 Pax and tour escort throughout the tour for 6 pax and above)
- Entrances fees
- Elephant Ride at Amber Fort (Subject to availability)
- 2 Safaris through Ranthambore National Park (October to June Departures only) (Subject to availability)
- Rickshaw ride at Old Delhi
- Regional/domestic airfare in coach class
Whats not included in this tour
- International airfare & departure taxes
- Insurance & visa fees
- Drinks/beverages with meals
- The prices are Per Person on twin sharing basis.
- The above cost is valid for the mentioned departure dates only.
- Please note that smoking is prohibited in public and all parts of the hotels except in designated areas and bedrooms, where smoking is permitted. Should you desire a smoking bedroom, please let us know. The fulfillment of this request is subject to availability of smoking rooms and is not guaranteed.
- Unless specified, check-in at hotels in India is at 14:00 Hrs and check out is at 12:00 Hrs
- Our liability does not arise in case of Force Majeure (political disturbances, natural phenomenon etc.)
- Reporting time at the International at the airport is generally 3 hrs prior to departure of the flight.
- Check-in counters of most flights close approximately 45 minutes before departure and boarding gates close about 15 minutes prior departure.
Refunds on airfares purchased through BTS will depend on the rules of the carrier and the applicable fare base used for the purchase of the ticket. BTS will charge a service fee of no less than 10% of the airfare paid by the Client. Clients are advised not to purchase airfares till the tour is confirmed and visas (if any) procured.
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CANCELLATION BY THE OPERATOR
“Bestway2india”, “BTS” reserves the right to cancel the Tour due to an insufficient number of participants. In such an event, and only in such an event, “Bestway2india”, “BTS” will refund the said Deposit to the Client. “Bestway2india”, “BTS” will have no further liability to the Client for damages or inconveniences caused to the Client. Client hereby expressly waives any claim he/she may have against “Bestway2india”, “BTS” for such cancellation. In the event that “Bestway2india”, “BTS” decides:
a) that the Tour may jeopardize the safety or security of the Clients, “Bestway2india”, “BTS”, or any staff of “Bestay2india” “BTS” and/or Services Providers; or
b) the Tour cannot commence and/or continue for circumstances beyond the control of “Bestway2india”, “BTS”, “Bestway2india”, “BTS” may, in its sole discretion, postpone, cut short or cancel the Tour at any time. Such changes and/or cancellations may be necessitated for political, military, health, weather conditions or other valid reasons affecting local conditions, but will not be limited to the aforesaid reasons only. In such an event the liability of “Bestway2india”, “BTS” is limited to refunding the Client such monies which represent unused services, less
a. any monies expended by “Bestway2india” “BTS”
b. any liability incurred by “Bestway2india” “BTS”, and
c. a reasonable amount of the Tour Price for services rendered by “Bestway2india” “BTS”
Arrive Delhi (Flight)
Arrival. Namaste! We are warmly welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together at the airport and transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITYVisit Qutub Minar
We visit Qutb Minar and its Monuments* Built in the early 13th century the red sandstone tower of Qutb Minar is 72.5 m high. The surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, a masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art and two mosques.
We start our morning tour with New Delhi and visit Birla House, the Former Residence of Mahatma Gandhi before he was assassinated by Nathu Ram Godse on January 30, 1948. Later we visit the famous India Gate followed by the Houses of Parliament, Connaught Place and Humayun's Tomb, the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, built in 1570. We continue to Qutb Minar and its Monuments Built in the early 13th century the red sandstone tower of Qutb Minar is 72.5 m high. The surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, a masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art and two mosques. Our afternoon concentrates on Old Delhi, starting with the Red Fort Complex. Named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone, it is adjacent to an older fort, the Salimgarh, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546, with which it forms the Red Fort Complex. The Red Fort is considered to represent the zenith of Mughal creativity which, under the Shah Jahan, was brought to a new level of refinement and each pavilion reveals architectural elements typical of Mughal building, reflecting a fusion of Persian, Timurid and Hindu traditions. After visiting the Red fort, we embark on a captivating journey on a Rickshaw passing through the narrow lanes of the famous Chandni Chowk Bazaar, it was originally built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan for his daughter Jahan Ara in 17th Century since then many changes have taken place however it still remains Old Delhi's one of the Oldest and busiest markets in Delhi. Finally end our rickshaw ride at Jama Masjid, Mughal majesty and India's largest mosque. After visiting the mosque, we proceed to Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. In the evening we enjoy a welcome dinner at well-known Indian restaurant.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITYEvening Cooking Class at the house of Mrs. Jyoti Agarwal followed by Dinner
We visit to the home of Mrs. Jyoti Agarwal, an award-winning chef. Jyoti will introduce us to India’s world-famous cuisine through a cooking demonstration and explain to us the important role of food in Indian culture. After being welcomed into her home, we will join her family for dinner, providing a fascinating firsthand look at how food connects families in Indian culture.
Delhi/Amritsar by Flight
Today we are transferred to airport for our flight to Amritsar. Upon arrival at Amritsar are transferred to our hotel. Amritsar is the spiritual centre for the Sikh religion and it is home to the Harmandir Sahib also known as the "Golden Temple". The city also houses the Sikh temporal and political authority, Akal Takht, as well as the Sikh Parliament. In the afternoon we visit the holy Sikh site of Sri Harimandir Sahib, the Golden Temple. The holiest text of Sikhism, the Guru Granth Sahib, is inside the gurdwara. The Holy Scripture is brought in a solemn procession from the Akal Takhat (the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs) in the morning to the temple to be returned at night. The temple's construction was intended to build a place of worship for men and women from all walks of life and all religions to come and worship God equally. Next we visit Jallianwala Bagh, the historic site where hundreds of innocent Indian men, women and children were massacred by British General Michael Dyer on April 13, 1919. A memorial and Garden have been created here as a national monument. Later we visit the border between India & Pakistan to watch the spectacular Retreat Ceremony put on by the India’s Border Security Force and Pakistan’s Sutlej Rangers at sunset.Meals Included
Amritsar / Delhi / Varanasi by Flight
Today we are transferred to airport for flight to Delhi. In Delhi we are connecting our flight to the holy city of Varanasi, one of the oldest living cities in the world. On arrival we are transferred to our hotel. Rest of the day is free for relax.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITYVisit Golden Temple
The Harmandir Sahib, also known as Darbar Sahib, is a Gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India. It is the prominent pilgrimage site of Sikhism. It is usually called the Golden Temple in English, because it is plated with gold.
Visit Wagah Border
Wagah or Wahga is a village and union council located in the Wahga Zone of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. The town is famous for the Wagah border ceremony and also serves as a goods transit terminal and a railway station between Pakistan and India.
In the early morning we take a sunrise cruise on the River Ganges for a most serene experience. One of the cardinal principles of Hinduism is the belief in the holiness of the Ganges. Every morning scores of pilgrims and priests fill the riverbanks bathing in the holy waters and performing various other rituals. This unique experience literally transports you to another world. Later we explore Sarnath, the site of Lord Buddha's first sermon after attaining enlightenment. The Ancient Buddhist Site of Sarnath contains Chaukhandi Stupa, a lofty brick structure crowned with an octagonal tower and the remains of several stupas, monasteries and Ashokan column are built from the 3rd century B.C. to 12th century A.D.in brick and stone. In the afternoon we start our exploration of old Varanasi, visiting the Bharat Mata Temple, which houses a huge marble relief map of India; the Durga Temple, the Tulsi Manas Mandir beside the Banaras Hindu University and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb. The city is famous also for its silk sarees and we visit some of the houses where the beautiful silk sarees are woven. In the evening we get to the banks of the Ganges to witness the devotional ceremony of Aarti after sunset performed by devout Hindus.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITYVisit Dhamek Stupa
Dhamek Stupa is a massive stupa located at Sarnath, 13 km away from Varanasi in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Stupas originated as pre-Buddhist tumuli, in which ascetics were buried in a seated position, called chaitya.
Varanasi/Khajuraho by Flight
Today we are transferred to the airport in Varanasi in time to take our flight to Khajuraho. On arrival in Khajuraho, we are transferred to our hotel. In the afternoon we explore the Khajuraho Group of Monuments The temples at Khajuraho were built during the Chandella dynasty, which reached its apogee between 950 and 1050. Today only 20 temples remain and they fall into three distinct groups and belonging to the religions of Hinduism and Jainism. They strike a perfect balance between architecture and sculpture. The Temples are decorated with a profusion of sculptures that are among the greatest masterpieces of Indian art.Meals Included
Khajuraho/Jhansi/Agra (Drive & Train)
In the morning we drive to Orchha to visit this amazing medieval fortress-city located on the shores of the Betwa River. The fort consists of several connected buildings erected at different times, the most noteworthy of which are the Raja Mahal and the Jahangir Mahal. We continue to the Railway Station in Jhansi to take our express train to Agra. Shatabdi Express trains are fully air-conditioned and travelers enjoy complimentary meals. On arrival in Agra, we are welcomed and transferred to our hotel.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITYVisit Kandariya Mahadev Temple
The Kandariya Mahadeva Temple, meaning "the Great God of the Cave", is the largest and most ornate Hindu temple in the medieval temple group found at Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, India. It is considered one of the best examples of temples preserved from the medieval period in India.
We start our day with a visit to one of the most well-known wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. Situated on the right bank of the Yamuna in a vast Mogul garden, this funerary monument combines elements and styles of Persian, Central Asian and Islamic architecture. We then visit Agra Fort. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan; audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques.
Please Note: Taj Mahal is closed on Friday. On nights with a Full Moon the Taj Mahal's pure white marble shimmers silver in the moonlight and is open to visitors. We can arrange for an optional tour to enjoy this very special occasion.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITYVisit Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal; it also houses the tomb of Shah Jahan himself.
Agra/Fatehpur Sikri/Jaipur (245 km/5 hrs)
A short drive gets us to Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful capital built in 1640 by the Mughal King, Akbar the Great. The city was later abandoned for lack of water. A superb example of Mughal architecture, it stands perfectly preserved in the desert. We also visit the artistically designed mausoleum of Salim Chisty who is reputed to have prayed for a son for Akbar leading to the birth of Salim Jehangir. From here we drive to Jaipur, the rose pink capital of Rajasthan, since most of the buildings in the old city are made of pink sandstone. In the evening we are treated to cultural Show with dinner.Meals Included
This morning we are treated like the royalty of yesteryear with an elephant ride to Amber Fort, located in a valley formed by a range of Aravalli’s known as Kalikho hills. The Palace and Fort are located on top of the hill with the city on slopes, and the valley protected by fort walls with four gates in the four cardinal directions. The construction of the fort began in 1592. It shows the evolution from the purely defensive fort settlements of the early medieval period to the palace fortress type of architecture typified in the 16th century. This palace fortress was never attacked or invaded. The fort comprises of number of gardens, courtyards and palatial spaces derived from Mughal architecture and are a distinguished example of 17th Century Rajput architecture. We return to Jaipur to visit the majestic City Palace, which houses a rare collection of Indian art and the beautiful Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, where the ladies of the royal harem used to watch the city from behind the intricately carved facade. We also visit the Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century that includes a set of some 20 main fixed instruments designed for the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye. It is an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period. The evening is free to enjoy both shopping and the cultural experience in the bazaars. Jaipur is noted for its craftsmen, skilled in brass inlay, lacquer work and stone setting.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITYVisit Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal is a palace in Jaipur, India. Made with the red and pink sandstone, the palace sits on the edge of the City Palace, Jaipur, and extends to the Zenana, or women's chambers. The structure was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, the grandson of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, who was the founder of Jaipur.
Visit Jal Mahal
Jal Mahal is a palace in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city, the capital of the state of Rajasthan, India. The palace and the lake around it were renovated and enlarged in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber
Jaipur/Delhi/Aurangabad by Flight
Today we are transferred to airport for our flight to Delhi. In Delhi we take our connecting flight to Aurangabad. In Aurangabad we are transferred to hotel.
Today we take full day excursion to Ajanta Caves. The first Buddhist cave monuments at Ajanta date from the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. During the Gupta period (5th and 6th centuries A.D.), many more richly decorated caves were added to the original group. The series of paintings at Ajanta that cover the walls and ceilings are unparalleled in the history of Indian Art, both for the wide range of subjects illustrated and the assured mastery of the medium. The paintings and sculptures of Ajanta are considered masterpieces of Buddhist religious art.Meals Included
Aurangabad/Mumbai by Flight
In the morning we visit Ellora Caves. These 34 monasteries and temples, extending over more than 2 km, were dug side by side in the wall of a high basalt cliff. The uninterrupted sequence of monuments dates from A.D. 600 to 1000 and brings the civilization of ancient India to life. Later we also visit the Daulatabad fort and Bibi-Ka-Maqbra, the beautiful mausoleum of Rabia-ul-Daurani, wife of the Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb. In the late afternoon we are transferred to airport for our flight to Mumbai. On arrival in Mumbai, we are transferred to our hotel.
We start our day with a visit to the Gateway of India, Mumbai's most famous monument. Here we embark on our excursion to the Elephanta Caves, located on an island in the Sea of Oman. The caves contain a collection of rock art linked to the cult of Shiva. Here, Indian art has found one of its most perfect expressions, particularly the huge high reliefs in the main cave. We return to Mumbai by motor launch and visit the Prince of Wales Museum and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus Station, an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic Revival Architecture in India, blended with themes deriving from Indian traditional architecture. The building, designed by the British Architect F. W. Stevens, became the symbol of Bombay as the ‘Gothic City’ and the major international mercantile port of India. Its remarkable stone dome, turrets, pointed arches and eccentric ground plan are close to traditional Indian palace architecture. Our next Stop is at Mani Bhawan, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed here during the Freedom Struggle. The house is now converted into a Museum. From here we leave for the Hanging Gardens, the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence, the bustling Crawford Market and drive past Haji Ali,the tomb of a wealthy Muslim merchant. We end our tour at the Dhobi Ghat, the world's largest outdoor laundry. The word Dhobi Ghat is used all over India to refer to any place where many washers are present.Meals Included
Mumbai/Onward Destination (Flight)
Today we take our connecting flight to Home or to our next exciting destination.Meals Included
Day 2 : Lodhi Garden, New Delhi
Day 3 : Golden Temple, Amritsar
Day 4 : Golden Temple, Amritsar
Day 6 : Art on wall, Khajuraho
Day 7 : Taj Mahal, Agra
Day 8 : Taj Mahal, Agra
Day 9 : Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Day 10 : Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Day 11 : Ellora Caves, Aurangabad
Day 13 : Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai
Day 14 : Gateway of India, Mumbai
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Tips are not included in the tour price and tipping is entirely at your discretion.