Highlights of Northern India - Active India Holidays

Highlights of Northern India

This trip, filled with the buzz and excitement of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, also provides glimpses into rich and varied cultural and historical splendor of the holy city of Varanasi. It is also a comprehensive introduction to India’s varied wildlife, fascinating culture and spectacular Moghul and Hindu architecture.

For Northern India one conjures up immediate and familiar images: the Taj Mahal, the holy River Ganges, tigers, turbans, saris, great food and rickshaws. To substantiate that, this sho...

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Day 1

Day 1

  • Arrive at the international airport of Delhi. After the traditional welcome, transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

5h 30m-260km

Day 2-3Jaipur, the colourful capital of Rajasthan

Day 2-3Jaipur, the colourful capital of Rajasthan

Day 2

  • After breakfast, we head towards Jaipur. Upon arrival, transfer and installation to the hotel. Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, owes its nickname of "Pink City" to the pink paint that covers the buildings of the old city (in the Rajputs, the pink color symbolized hospitality). Rest of the day is free. Possibility of Rickshaw ride (optional) to visit the pink old town and discover the Bazaar..

Day 3

  • Amber, originally, was the capital of the state before Jaipur. It is an old fort, built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh. This fort is also very popularly known as the Amer Palace. The Amber Fort was built in red sandstone and marble and the Maotha Lake adds a certain charm to the entire Fort.

  • The City Palace was where the Maharaja reigned from. This palace also includes the famous 'Chandra Mahal' and 'Mubarak Mahal', and other buildings which form a part of the palace complex.

  • Next, we visit the Jantar Mantar, a Solar Observatory built in the 18th century; an astronomical treasure house that measures time according to the movement of the Sun to an error of just 2 seconds with solar devices that give accurate astrological predictions as well, till date.

  • We also visit the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five-storied facade of pink sandstone. It was built in the year 1799 to allow royal ladies to watch processions and festivities on the road through its 953 ‘Jharokas’ or Small windows, without being seen by the public.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Hotel Jivitesh (2)
Breakfast: Shahpura House (3)
Accommodation: Shahpura House
4h 30m-180km

Day 4Spot a tiger in Ranthambore park

Day 4Spot a tiger in Ranthambore park

Jaipur - Ranthambhore

  • Drive from Jaipur to Ranthambore National Park, one of the largest in Northern india, home of a large range of wildlife, including the Tiger.

  • We will have an Afternoon Safari in the National park trying to spot the elusive tiger, and many of the other species living in the 392 Kms of the park.


Day 5-6Agra, land of the Taj Mahal

Day 5-6Agra, land of the Taj Mahal

Ranthambhore - Fatehpur Sikri

  • This morning take Another safari in the park to spot the tiger and other animal and bird species.

  • Visit of the Fatehpur Sikri, beautiful city near Agra founded in 1569 by the Emperor Akbar. The city hosts several historical building such as the Buland Darwaza. The ancient capital and fabulous ghost town of red sandstone built by Emperor Moghol Akbar. It is home to a sixteenth-century citadel, now a ghost town with surprising architecture resulting from the synthesis of various styles: Indo-Muslim, Hindu, Christian and Jain inspiration.

Fatehpur Sikri - Agra

  • We finally arrive in beautiful Agra city, on the banks of the river Yamuna. Agra is the home to the iconic Taj Mahal, a mausoleum built for the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth in 1631.

Day 6

  • In the morning, visit of the Taj Mahal as the sun rises. Set behind a reflecting pool inside a courtyard defined by 4 minarets, the imposing main building features a massive dome and intricately carved white marble inlaid with precious stones.

  • In the afternoon, visit of the Red Fort Agra, a richly decorated semi-circular red sandstone fort complex with double ramparts and monuments.

  • In the evening, transfer to the Railway station to board the overnight train to Varanasi. Overnight Train.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Howard Plaza (6)
Accommodation: Howard Plaza (5)
Accommodation: Overnight Train (6)
12h 24m-620km

Day 7-8Arrival in Varanasi and excursion to Sarnath

Day 7-8Arrival in Varanasi and excursion to Sarnath

Agra - Varanasi(Banaras)

  • In the morning, you will be received by the driver and transferred to the Hotel.

Varanasi(Banaras) - Sarnath

  • Excursion to Sarnath, North of Varanasi and near the confluence of the Ganges and the Gomati rivers. Visit of the temple dedicated to Shreyansanath, an important place of pilgrimage for locals.

Day 8

  • Take a boat ride on the Ganges to experience Hindu rituals being performed on the bathing Ghats.

  • You will visit The temples and Ashram. Thereafter, a walk along Bazar would be an ideal way to explore the town.

  • Overnight in the Train.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Surya Kaiser Palace
Accommodation: Surya Kaiser Palace (7)
Accommodation: Overnight Train (8)
14h 30m-758km

Day 9Old city sightseeing

Day 9Old city sightseeing

Varanasi(Banaras) - Delhi

  • In the morning, arrival in Delhi and check in at your hotel.

  • In the afternoon we visit the walled city of Old Delhi; crowded, full of activity and still influenced by the great Mughals who once ruled from the ramparts of the majestic Red Fort Delhi. Here we visit Jama Masjid Delhi - the largest 17th century mosque in India; Chandni Chowk - the typical Indian market always abuzz with activities; and Rajghat - the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi (also called the 'Father of the Nation’). We also visit New Delhi where we drive past the Presidential Palace, Secretariat Buildings and down the impressive Rajpath to India Gate .

Day 10Farewell and see you next time !

Day 10Farewell and see you next time !

  • Check-out from the hotel and transfer to the International airport or any point of convenience in Delhi for onward journey to respective countries.

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