North India Tour 18 Days
Discover the spiritual fabric of this powerful country on our 18 day itinerary which showcases the multifaceted heart of North India, from fascinating Hindu rituals upon the Ganges, to the Sikh’s golden symbol of brotherhood in Amritsar and the colonial inspired Christ Church which crowns Shimla’s snow-capped Himalayan peaks. Along the way, sample wild culinary delights, marvel at a chaotic needlework of lost empires and discover one of the Seven Wonders of the World, The Taj Mahal.
Country Region:- Northern India
Departure/Return LocationNew Delhi
Departure TimePlease arrive by 9:15 AM for a departure at 9:30 AM
Return TimeApproximately 8:30 PM
18 DAYS TOUR PLANS
Day 1 Arrive New Delhi
Arrive at Delhi Airport and you shall be transferred to your hotel for overnight stay.
No Meals for the day
Day 2: In Delhi
After breakfast take sightseeing tour of historic city visiting Old Delhi visiting the majestic Red Fort, a marvel in red sandstone, Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, both built by emperor Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame,
Later sightseeing continues to visit New Delhi include Rashtrapati Bhawan, one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; the India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war; Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty;
Night stay is in Delhi
Day 3: Delhi - Amritsar (By Train)
Morning board your train for Amritsar.
Amritsar, situated on the north – western border of the country. The 400 years old city , founded by the fourth guru of the Sikhs , Guru Ramdas , has been the seat of the Sikh religion and culture from its very inception. It is renowned for the famous Golden Temple. Amritsar , literally – ‘Pool of Nectar’ derives its name from the holy pond around the temple.
On arrival at Amritsar check in at your hotel. Full day is to explore Amritsar on your own. Night stay is in Amritsar.
Day 4: In Amritsar
Visit The Golden Temple, also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib is a highly revered religious Sikh shrine and symbolizes equality and human brotherhood. Afternoon will visit Jallianwala Bagh is one of the most important historical places in India. Located in the holy city of Amritsar, Jallianwala Bagh is just a walking distance from the sacred Harmandir Sahib/ Golden Temple and in the evening visit Wagah Border the Beating Retreat Ceremony held here every evening marks the closing of the borders of both the countries and lowering of the flags by the military of both the countries. overnight stay in Amritsar.
Day 5: Amritsar – Chandigarh by road (220 kms /4 to 5 hours)
After the breakfast, you will be driven towards Chandigarh. After the check in at the hotel, a visit
to rock garden will give you a sense of relaxation. Built using urban; industrial waste, Rock Garden has been
designed &amp; constructed by Nek Chand, former road inspector in Chandigarh. It is a sculpture garden andhas different types of installations present. Also present is an open-air exhibition hall, theatre trove; a
miniature maze. You can also find some performances taking place at the theatre. Enjoy the overnight stay at
Day 6: Chandigarh – Kalka by road (30 kms / 1 hour) - Shimla by Toy Train
After the breakfast, you will be taken to Kalka Railway Station to board the toy train for ShimlaThe toy train ride in itself is quiteexciting and you will get to see breath taking views while on the train, including huge mountains & darktunnels, ones like in the films. On arrival in Shimla, you will be transferred to the hotel and you can enjoy theovernight stay.
Day 7: Shimla Kufri sightseeing
After the breakfast, sightseeing around Shimla will begin. Located just 16 km away from Shimla, Kufri is known
for its trekking &amp; hiking trails. It gives a view of lush green valleys, deep forests, mountains &amp; scenic
views. In the evening, you will return to Shimla, explore and indulge in shopping at Mall road.
After the breakfast, you will be driven towards to Rishikesh On arrival at Rishikesh you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight stay. . Enjoy the overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 9: In Rishikesh
To in the morning enjoy Yoga session with Yoga teacher [On direct payment basis]. After breakfast visit The Beatles Ashram, also known as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram, gained global fame after the iconic band, The Beatles, visited this serene place in the late 1960s. This ashram is a testament to Rishikesh's spiritual heritage and offers a tranquil retreat for meditation and introspection.
While the ashram may lack maintenance and information, it still holds immense significance for music lovers and spiritual seekers alike. Visitors can explore the ashram's premises, soak in its peaceful ambiance, and even meditate in the same halls where The Beatles once sought inspiration.
Visit Ram Jhula& Lakshman Jhula is an iron suspension bridge across the river Ganges.
Evening is free to explore Rishikesh on your own.
Must-Do: Immerse yourself in the calmness of the ashram, visit the meditation halls, and reflect on the spiritual beauty of Rishikesh.
Day 10:In Rishikesh
Explore Yoga capital of the world on your own. In the evening watch holy River Ganges Aarti ceremony.
The river is the focal point of the fascinating evening aarti which starts with a holy fire ceremony. Priests offer a purifying mixture of herbs and ghee to the fire whilst prayers are chanted and small lamps are lit to thank the river for being the source of life and prosperity in the area.
Since ancient times Rishikesh has been a rest stop for holy men and pilgrims heading into the Himalaya seeking purity.
Day 11: Rishikesh – Delhi
After breakfast drive to Delhi. On arrival check in to your hotel for overnight stay.
Day 12: Delhi – Varanasi – River Ganges
Early morning you will be transferred to Delhi railway station to board the train for Varanasi. This is a scenic 7 -8 hours journey on the train. On arrival at Varanasi you will be transferred to your hotel.
Evening you will be taken to see the famous Aarti in the Ganges. Engross in the beats of claps, ringing bells, blowing conch, enchanting mantras and hymns and the sweet-scented air. Let the magical aura of the place awaken your soul. Get back to the hotel after that. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 13: Varanasi – River Ganges
Wake up in the wee hours to catch the sun rising from the boat ride on Ganges.
Set off at dawn, as the sun rises above the vast horizon, painting the pale and pastel-coloured sky with streaks of rich amber and red. be captivated with spectacular views of the vibrant, animated culture and traditions of the Hindu people. Watch the intimacy of life and death play out in this City of Light and absorb the dynamic sights and smells that settle in the labyrinth of crooked streets and bustling ghats (riverside steps).
Later deboard from boat ride and explore by lanes of Varanasi. You will be going through old Varanasi city in the very narrow lanes to find the life on the way and interact with the local people, etc. You will see a variety of historic structures, market alleyways, and Ghats. DiscoverVaranasi, one of the holiest sites for Hindus and a stunning example of how many religions and sects can coexist together.
Listen to the melodic tunes of musicians, from sitar players to flutists and tabla performers, as they awaken the city, evoking a pure sensory experience that fully compliments the awe-inspiring visual scenes. Varanasi is a powerful intense place, like nowhere else on earth.
Head back to the hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast you will be taken to visit some places of Varanasi. Varanasi has spiritual and mythological significance; and is deemed to be auspicious place to pass away. The city’s name is derived from confluence of two rivers: Varuna & Assi. Explore the city visiting chief attractions: Bharat Mata Temple, Burning Ghats, Benaras Hindu University and Sarnath (a significant Buddhist pilgrimage).
Day 14: Varanasi – Jaipur – Pink City
Morning after breakfast you will be driven to Varanasi airport to board your flight to Pink City of Jaipur a UNESCO world heritage site. On arrival at Jaipur you shall be transferred to your hotel for overnight stay. Evening is free for leisure and rest. Overnight at Hotel in Jaipur
Day 15: Wake up with Jaipur + Pink City Heritage Tour With Rickshaw Ride.
In the morning we shall meet you at your hotel and take you for an experience of the morning aarti or prayer chanting at the Govind Devji Temple at the City Palace where crowds chant songs to the deity. Receive the blessings at this 18th century Krishna temple where the deity, worshipped by the erstwhile royal family.
From there, we’ll take you to the wholesale flower market near Hawa Mahal. Here you’ll see turbaned crowds trading sacks of roses and marigold.
There will be a short break of 10- 15 minutes, where we stop at a chaiwalla on Chauraraasta for some cardamom early morning tea in Kullad, which is one of the specialty in Rajasthan.
From there, we’ll take you back to your hotel for breakfast at last.
Later get ready for the first stop today is at the astonishing facade of the Hawa Mahal, the ‘Palace of the Winds’, erected as portion of the City Palace and aimed to allow the women of the harem to see the city lower without being seen. Visit the splendid City Palace, now a mesmerizing museum housing some of the treasures of Jaipur’s princely past.The City Palace of the Maharaja of Jaipur which has a fabulous collection of robes, saris in cotton and silk with gold latticed work, paintings, a huge collection of arms in the ammunition gallery,
Later proceed to Amber Fort, which displays a beautiful mix of Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture. Also visit the Jagat Shiromani Temple on the foothills of the Amber Fort. Later stop by Jal Mahal (Water Palace) which was a resting place for the kings in summer time. After lunch visit also visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory built in 1727.
In the evening if you opt then we can arrange a short trip to local street food of Jaipur or explore the local markets with their mind boggling varieties of colours, fragrances and people selling and buying almost everything under the sun like clothes, jewelery, bangles, shoes, utensils, spices and much more. These traditional markets of Jaipur are a big attraction by themselves.
Night stay is in Jaipur
Day 16: Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra
Drive for Agra. On the way visit Fatehpur Sikri. Sikri the Phantom city or abandoned city built by the Mughal emperor Akbar in the second half of the 16th century. Fatehpur Sikri was the first planned city of the Mughals to be marked by magnificent administrative, residential, and religious buildings comprised of palaces, public buildings, mosques, and living areas for the court, the army, the servants of the king. Continue your drive to Agra and check in at your hotel
Later move to see the Agra Fort built by Akbar where Shahjahan own son Aurangzeb imprisoned Shahjahan. The Agra fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Day 17: In Agra – Taj Mahal - Delhi
Today you will see the magnificent 7th Wonder of the World TAJ MAHAL. It is a must see with the rising sun as it is bathed in the golden rays of the morning sun. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial that has the tomb of his beautiful wife Mumtaj Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa.
After breakfast checkout and drive to Delhi.
Evening is free to explore on your own. Spend your night in Delhi.
Day 18: Delhi Depart
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast. If you would like to spend more time in Delhi, we would be happy to book additional accommodation for you (pending availability).