North India Signature Tour

North India Signature Tour

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DURATION PLACES COVERED
22 NIGHTS / 23 DAYS Delhi -Mandawa -Bikaner - Khimsar - Jaisalmer- Osian -Jodhpur -Udaipur -Chittaurgarh- Pushkar- Jaipur -Agra -Gwalior- Orchha- Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi

Day 01: Arrival in Delhi and Old Delhi Sightseeing

Highlights: Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk

Fly from your country to New Delhi, you will be greeted & assisted upon arrival. You will be met by Superb India Tours representative, holding a placard with your name on it at the exit. Transfer to hotel, relax, refresh and proceed for Old Delhi sightseeing.

Indraprastha of the Pandavas, during the Mahabharata, is now heart of India where the past and the present blend so smoothly on the threshold of an exciting future. Old Delhi (Shah Jahanabad, 7th city) was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan during 17th century. New Delhi, a British-built capital, is now a national capital fulfilling a destiny that determined history would always be written in this. Today, across the capital, this remnant presents a mute testimony to the rise and fall of scores of kingdoms. Visit leisurely Red Fort, Jama Masjid and 400 years old Chandni Chowk.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 02:- Delhi Sightseeing

Highlights: India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb, Lotus Temple and Sansad Bhavan.

Have breakfast in the hotel and proceed for full day sightseeing of New Delhi visiting Lotus Temple, Parliament House, Presidential House, India Gate, Government buildings, Humayn's Tomb & Qutab Minar.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 03: Delhi - Mandawa

Highlights: Mandawa Sightseeing

After early morning breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Mandawa. Arrive at Mandawa, check in at the hotel, relax and refresh a bit and proceed for Mandawa sightseeing. Mandawa in Shekhawati Rajasthan is the land of multi-hued frescoes and known as "The Open Air Art Gallery". It is world renowned for its painted havelis and paintings, noted for their frescos depicting mythological and historical themes.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 04:- Mandawa- Bikaner

Highlights: Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Fort, Sardul Museum, Bhand Sagar, Camel Farm and Breeding Research Centre and Rat Temple.

After early morning breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Bikaner. Arrive at Bikaner, check in at the hotel, relax and refresh a bit and proceed for Bikaner sightseeing. The walls of this city, jhaharokhas of havelis and wooden carvings in Bikaner are very attractive. Bikaner is famous for its "dessert" and "desert". The city boasts of having the best camels and has the largest Camel research and breeding farm in the world, hence the name camel country. Visit Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Fort, Sardul Museum, Bhand Sagar, Camel Farm and Breeding Research Centre and Rat Temple.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 05: Bikaner-Khimsar

Highlights: Khimsar Fort and desert- rural lifestyle

After early morning breakfast at the hotel, proceed for Khimsar in the state of Rajasthan, India. Arrive in Khimsar, check in at the heritage fort hotel, relax, refresh and proceed for Khimsar sightseeing. Khimsar is now nothing but a small village town with a mammoth and lavish Khimsar Fort (presently turned into a palatial hotel) standing like an oasis in desert. Visit the village in desert and relish their unique way of life. Get immersed into palatial ambience.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 06: Khimsar-Jaisalmer

Highlights: Jaisalmer Fort, Manak Chowk and Havelis

After early morning breakfast at the hotel, proceed for Jaisalmer in the state of Rajasthan, India. Arrive in Jaisalmer, check in at the hotel, relax, refresh and proceed for Jaisalmer sightseeing. Jaisalmer is known as Suwarn Nagari - Golden City of Rajasthan. The beautiful heaps of golden sand surround this place and it appears that it has landed in a yellow fairy-eaud. Visit Jaisalmer Fort (Sonar Qila), Manak Chowk and Havelis.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 07: Jaisalmer Sightseeing

High light: Nathmalji-ki-Haveli, Patwon-ki-Haveli, Salim Singh-ki-Haveli, Jain Temple and Camel Desert Safari.

Have breakfast at the hotel and leave for full day sightseeing of Jaisalmer visiting Nathmalji-ki-Haveli, Patwon-ki-Haveli, Salim Singh-ki-Haveli, Jain Temple and Camel Desert Safari on Sam Sand Dunes.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 08: Jaisalmer- Osian- Jodhpur

High light: Osian Temples, Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhavan Palace and Jaswant Thada

After early morning breakfast in the hotel, proceed to Jodhpur in the state of Rajasthan, India. En route visit Osian which is surrounded with sand dunes and is a small ancient village that has Vaishnav and Jain temples built during 8th to 11th century. Continue your drive to Jodhpur. Arrive in Jodhpur, check in at the hotel, relax, refresh and proceed for Jodhpur sightseeing. Jodhpur was an old capital of Royal Marwar. It had been enlisted as an important trade centre of country during 16th century. Jodhpur is also called Blue City of Rajasthan. Visit Mehrangarh Fort (considered as one of the best forts of India), Ummed Bhawan Palace (half portion of this palace is opened for the tourists and the rest portion is owned by Taj hotel chain) and Jaswant Thada Memorial (famous as "Taj Mahal of Rajasthan").

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 09: Jodhpur- Ranakpur- Udaipur

Highlights: Lake Palace, Jag Niwas and Lake Pichhola.

After early morning breakfast in the hotel, proceed to Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan, India. En route visit Ranakpur famous for its intricately engraved and richly sculptured Jain temples. Continue your drive to Udaipur. Upon arrival in Udaipur, Superb India Tours representative will assist you to transfer to the designated hotel. Freshen up and relax at the hotel and then proceed to visit Lake Pichhola and Lake Palace and other picturesque monuments in Udaipur- the City of Lakes. Udaipur is known for its distinctive architecture, mammoth monuments, various lakes and chivalry.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 10: Udaipur sightseeing

Highlights: City Palace, Jag Mandir Palace and Saheliyon Ki Bari.

Have breakfast at the hotel and embark on Udaipur city tour. Visit the City Palace Complex, the Jagdish Temple, the Jag Mandir, the Lake Palace, Saheliyon-k-Bari and other picturesque spots of tourist interests.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 11: Udaipur-Chittaurgarh

Highlights: The Fort, Vijay Stambh, Kirti Stambh, Rana Kumbha's Palace, Rani Padmini's Palace, Kumbha Shyam Temple, Meerabai Temple, Government Museum, Jaimal Phatta's Palace.

After early morning breakfast at the hotel, proceed for Chittaurgarh in the state of Rajasthan, India. Arrive in Chittaurgarh, check in at the hotel, relax, refresh and proceed for Chittaurgarh sightseeing.

Chittaurgarh, the profoundly independent capital of Mewar, was destroyed thrice and each time the consequence was "Johar", when women and children sacrificed themselves on a huge funeral pyre. Chittaurgarh mimics the tales of romance and chivalry matched to the Rajput tradition. Visit the Fort, Vijay Stambh (Victory Tower), Kirti Stambh (Tower of Fame), Rana Kumbha's Palace, Rani Padmini's Palace, Kumbha Shyam Temple, Kalika Mata Temple, Government Museum (Fateh Prakash Palace), Jaimal & Patta's Palace and Meerabai Temple.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 12: Chittaurgarh - Pushkar

Highlights: Pushkar Lake, Brahma Temple and Rural Landscape.

After early morning breakfast at the hotel, proceed for Pushkar. Arrive at Pushkar, check in at the hotel, relax and refresh a bit and proceed for Pushkar sightseeing. Pushkar, one of the famous pilgrimages, is known for Pushkar Lake, Brahma Temple, Ghats and rustic way of life.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 13: Pushkar - Jaipur

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Highlights: Albert Hall and Birla Temple.

After early morning breakfast in the hotel, proceed to Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan, India. Jaipur is famous by the name of Pink City or Gulabi Nagar and is the capital city of Rajasthan. The sprinkling beauty, the edifices, big havelis and stupendous sky-touching forts of Jaipur attract the tourists immensely. This is the only city in the world which has been divided from the point of view of astrology. Jaipur has been laid according to the conventional nine-grid pattern that astrologers believe to be lucky and which has been recommended in the ancient Indian treatise on architecture. Its nine rectangular sectors represent nine levels of universe. A boundary wall with eight gates surrounds the city.

On arrival in Jaipur, check in at the designated hotel, refresh a bit & proceed to visit Birla Temple (built in pure white marble and dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi) and Albert Hall (a museum that houses marvellous pieces of sculptures, paintings with a specialty of collections from natural history).

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 14: Jaipur Sightseeing

Highlights: Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal and City Palace

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed on Jaipur city tour. Take an excursion to Amber Fort (biggest fort of Rajasthan). Enjoy a ride on a caparisoned elephant which will take to the top of the hill- the entrance of the mammoth fort. Thereafter visit Jal Mahal, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and local buzzing market place of the yore.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 15: Jaipur- Ranthambhore National Park (Tiger Sanctuary)

Highlights: Forest stay.

After early morning breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Ranthambhore National Park in the state of Rajasthan, India. On arrival in Ranthambhore, check in at hotel, refresh & enjoy evening camp-fire and folk music. Ranthambhore Fort, the oldest one in the state, is laid on Thambhore Hill. Ranthambhore National Park, called "Heaven for the tigers", is very eminent and famous among wildlife sanctuaries of the country. Spreading over 329sq km in the dense forest of Aravali and Vindhya ranges, the sanctuary is home to over 40 species of mammals, 320 species of birds, over 35 species of reptiles and over 300 species of plants.

Enjoy camp-fire in resort. Have dinner and overnight stay in the resort.

Day 16: Ranthambhore National Park (Tiger Sanctuary) - Jungle Safari

Highlights: Jungle safari.

After early morning breakfast, proceed for 04 hours (6AM-10AM) Jungle safari in Ranthambhore National Park. After morning safari, return to the resort. Have lunch in Ranthambhore resort.

After lunch and a bit of rest, proceed again in the afternoon for 04 hours (2PM-6PM) Jungle safari in Ranthambhore National Park. After enjoying the Jungle Safari, come back to resort, take evening snacks at camp-fire with rajasthani cultural program in Ranthambhore resort.

Dinner and overnight stay will be in the resort.

Day 17: Ranthambhore - Agra

Highlights: Buland Darwaja (Fatehpur Sikri) and Old Fort.

After early morning breakfast in the hotel, proceed to Agra in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Agra is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the Mughal Empire. En route visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri famous for Buland Darwaja.

Continue your drive to Agra. On arrival in Agra, check in at the hotel, refresh & move to visit Agra Fort.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 18: Agra sightseeing

Highlights: Taj Mahal, Baby Taj and Sikandara

In the very early morning, proceed to visit Taj Mahal when it looks most beautiful. Taj Mahal, the epitome of love, is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and made of milky white marble. The beauty of the Taj Mahal gives wonderful and glorious appearance at the full moon nights and especially on Sharad Purnimas. The glittering beauty arises special attractions among the tourists.

After visiting Taj Mahal, return to hotel, freshen up, have breakfast and proceed to visit Baby Taj (Tomb of It-mad-ud-Daula) and Sikandara.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 19: Gwalior - Orchha

Highlights: Orchha Fort, Palace, Temples Complex, Betwa River, Jahangir Palace.

After breakfast in the hotel, drive to Orchha in Uttar Pradesh, India. Upon arrival at Orchha, check in at the designated hotel, freshen up and relax a bit at the hotel & move to visit Orchha Fort, Palace, Temples Complex, Betwa River, Jehangir Palace etc. Situated on the bank of river Betwa, Orchha is prominent for painting style Bundela Gharana, wall paintings, artistic "chhatris (cenotaphs/ canopies) and temples.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 20: Orchha-Khajuraho

Highlights: Western Group of Temples, Eastern Group of Temples and Southern Group of Temples.

After breakfast in the hotel, drive to Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, India. Arrive at Khajuraho, check in at the hotel, relax a bit and then move for sightseeing. Here in Khajuraho, carved art - creations and intoxicating paintings of erotic couple lovers, after viewing, the tourists get lost in them. These temples exhibit unique junction of art and beauty.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 21: Khajuraho - Varanasi

Highlights: Sarnath Tour and Ganges Worship Ceremony.

Have breakfast in the morning and move for Khajuraho airport to board flight for Varanasi. Arrive at Varanasi. You will be received by Superb India Tours representative and assist you to transfer to the designated hotel. Freshen up and relax at the hotel. Proceed to visit splendid and magnanimous Sarnath and Ganges Worship Ceremony at the ghat of river Ganges.

VARANASI, also known as 'Kashi' or Benares, is situated on the holy banks of Ganga. This historic city is a center for Indian education, religion, art and culture. The Pandas and Pujaris (priests), along with their umbrellas at the Ghats, are the center of attractions for the tourists and pilgrims. Kashi is also called the cultural capital of India.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 22: Varanasi Ghat Tour- Delhi

Highlights: Ghat tour on boat.

Have breakfast early in the morning and proceed for visiting panoramic view of ghats on boat. The Ghats (steps on river front) of Varanasi are magnificent. The tourists get internal peace here. Late afternoon, proceed to Varanasi airport to board flight for New Delhi. Arrive at New Delhi airport. Superb India Tours representative will meet you on arrival and give you transfer to the Delhi hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 23: Delhi - Departure

Have a relaxed breakfast at the hotel and proceed for Delhi International airport to board flight for your onward destination.



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