North India is blessed with a number of attractions - natural and manmade. The beauty of the Himalayas add constant beauty in the backdrop and the manmade attractions located amidst them, make the picture complete. But North India is not just about these. There are several other surprises that lay hidden in the bosom of this region. The must see in North India tour has been designed in a way to take guests on a sojourn across the best and the most interesting tourist spots located here. Read on to know in detail what each pf the 14 days has in store for you...
Arrive in Delhi and check into the hotel that has been pre- arranged for you. Relax and spend the day in leisure. Overnight stay in the hotel in Delhi.
Delhi – Varanasi
On the 2nd day of the tour, leave Delhi for Varanasi that is an ancient city mostly visited for its temples and bathing ghats on the Ganges. This place is also a great base for tourists visiting Sarnath. Sarnath is fondly frequented by tourists for its Buddhist connection. The monasteries and 'stupas' located in Sarnath offer guests a serene way of being one with the God.
Varanasi – Khajuraho
A trip to Varanasi will be incomplete unless you explore the 'ghats' and its activities through an early morning boat ride.enjoy the sights of the city in the morning and later proceed towards Khajuraho, an ancient city of temples. Located in Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is mostly known for its temples and their erotic sculptures. Divided into the eastern and the western group of temples, the temples in Khajuraho belong to both the Hindu and Jain faiths. Therefore after reaching here, embark on your sightseeing tours across the city, right away.
Khajuraho – Jhansi – Agra
After Khajuraho, the next destination that you will arrive at is Agra, the land of the Taj Mahal, but not before exploringOrchha. To reach Agra, you will take a train ride from Jhansi and on the way you will enjoy visiting the attractions of the medieval Orchha like the Chaturbhuj temple, the Jehangir Palace and the Raj Ram Mandir.
You will reach Agra by evening. So, after checking into the hotel, you can spend the rest of the evening and night in leisure, and in unwinding yourself after a busy day.
Agra – Jaipur
Begin the 5th day of the must see in north India tour with a visit to the Taj Mahal. This grand structure in white epitomizes the love between Emperor Shah Jahan and his consort Mumtaz Mahal. Watch out for the inlay work that adorns the high walls of the Taj and also the fountains and the well manicured gardens of this complex.
After this, you will start your journey towards Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. Enroute you will stop over at Fatehpur Sikri to visit the Buland Darwaza, Palace of Jodha Bai, and Panch Mahal.
You will reach Jaipur by evening where you can check into the hotel and spend the rest of the day in leisure.
Explore Amer Fort in the morning, located just a few km from the Jaipur city. Reach up to the gates of the fort, atop an elephant and imagine for yourself how living life king size could feel like!
Post Amer you could visit the local attractions of the Jaipur city including the City Palace, the Jantar Mantar, and theHawa Mahal.
Jaipur – Bikaner
The next destination that you will head to, after visiting the attractions of Jaipur is Bikaner. The distance between the 2 cities is almost 237 km, therefore it will take you about 5 hours to reach the latter. It is advisable that you start off your journey early in the morning so that you arrive in the city, well in time. To break the monopoly of the journey, you can stop over in the Shekhwati region that is most popular on the world map as the 'open art gallery of Rajasthan'. The frescoes and the painted mansions of the rich traders of this region have facilitated it to earn this name.
Soon after reaching Bikaner, check into the hotel and unwind yourself in leisure and luxury.
Bikaner – Jaisalmer
Embark on your city tour of the Bikaner city, early morning of day 8. Visit the Junagarh fort, a huge complex built in red sandstone. The painstakingly designed interiors of this fort definitely capture the senses of the onlooker. The various attractions housed within this fort include the Suraj Pol, Anup Mahal, Durga Niwas, Lal Niwas, and also the well stocked Fort Musuem.
Later in the day, you will travel out of Bikaner and into Jaisalmer. The distance between these two places can be covered in about 6 – 7 hours. Therefore to unwind after the long travel, spend your evening in leisure. You could also visit the local markets or explore the attractions located in the vicinity of the hotel.
The jewel of Indian deserts, Jaisalmer fulfills the desire of every visitor interested in feasting on the vibrant cultural heritage of India. Dotted with intricately designed buildings on yellow sandstone, men folk walking in the streets with large colorful turbans and women bedecked with traditional jewelry, and camels being readied for numerous desert safaris; the visuals that one can treat their eyes too are impressive. Visit the Jaisalmer fort, the Salim Singh ki haveli, and the Lodurva on the 9th day of the Jaisalmer trip. In the evening, when the sun is a little less scorching, enjoy your trip to the Sam sand dunes.
Jaisalmer – Jodhpur
In the morning you will pack your bags off to Jodhpur, the walled city of Rajasthan. By noon you will reach the city. So after a brief halt in your hotel room, you could start off your sightseeing tour around the city. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort, the Umaid Bhawan Palace, and the Jaswant Thada. While the Mehrangarh fort is a medieval fort and one of the largest forts in the country, the Jaswant Thada houses the royal cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The Umaid Bhawan Palace on the other hand is a majestic palace belonging to the royal family of Jodhpur, a part of which has been converted in to a heritage hotel.
Jodhpur – Udaipur
On the eleventh day of The Must See in North India tour, drive from Jodhpur to Udaipur, also popularly called the city of Lakes. On the way you will briefly halt at Ranakpur to visit its ancient Jain temples.
Later, move on to Udaipur and arrive in the city by late afternoon. Check into the hotel that has been already arranged for you and unwind. In the evening, you could visit the local bazaar and feast on the local handicraft items being sold there.
Reserve the entire day for sightseeing within Udaipur. Visit the topmost attractions housed here including the Saheliyon ki Baari, the Jagdish Temple, and the City Palace complex. The City Palace complex in itself houses a number of attractions in its bosom. The Mor Chowk (peacock courtyard), the Fateh Prakash Palace, the Shiv Niwas Palace, and the Shambhu Niwas are a few to name in the order.
In the evening you can enjoy a sunset cruise in the Pichola and also a visit to the Folk Art Museum.
Udaipur – Delhi
Spend the morning half of the day in leisure. You can visit the city markets and pick souvenirs to carry back home or even stay back in the hotel and explore its amenities. In the afternoon leave for the airport to board the connecting flight to Delhi, the final destination from where you will take the flight back home.
Arrive in the airport to board the flight back home.