The Cultural Delights of North India tour explores every stretch of the north. Start in Varanasi, the spiritual center on the banks of the Ganges River. Continue to Khajuraho with some of the finest Art temples in the world followed by the vibrant streets of Delhi. We crystalize North India’s charms during this tour from the deep eventful banks of the Ganges to the scenic jewels of Rajasthan. And in between, there is a multitude of pleasures and sights and sounds that will quicken your soul.
Every traveler has dreams to visit India. In 10 days, explore the rich and historic architectural styles shown to you in cities such as Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra, Delhi, Jaipur. As you may know, any region of India is full of heritage sites speaking volumes about the life and culture of its people. North India is no different. The rich and historical background of cites like Khajuraho, Agra, Delhi, Jaipur and other cities is an important element of any cultural tour of the country. It may be a good idea to take this tour during festivals for this is the time that one actually learns more about the life and culture of various communities.
At a glance
|Day 1||Welcome to India. Land in Delhi and transfer to hotel|
|Day 2||Delhi to Varanasi ( Flight)|
|Day 3||Morning Ganges River boat ride and walking tour|
|Day 4||Varanasi to Khajuraho (Flight). Afternoon Temple tour|
|Day 5||Travel to Jhansi and onwards to Agra by train|
|Day 6||Visit the famous Taj Mahal and Agra Fort|
|Day 7||Stop at Fatehpur Sikri before reaching Jaipur|
|Day 8||Jaipur city tour and Amber Fort on elephant back|
|Day 9||Return to Delhi|
|Day 10||Morning city tour and transfer to Delhi Airport|
- Welcome to India. Clear customs and meet with our representative in the arrival hall for transfer to your hotel and check-in
- Overnight at your hotel in Delhi.
- After breakfast, you will be transferred to Delhi airport for your onward flight to Varanasi.
- Meet up with our representative in the arrival hall for transfer to your hotel.
- Overnight at your hotel in Varanasi.
- We enjoy an early morning boat ride on the holy Ganges river (1;5 hours) Over three miles in length; steps lead down from a steep bank to the sacred river.
- The time to see the ghats is early dawn when out of the morning mist; forms descend the steps; their numbers increasing by the minute until a solemn silent multitude; lit by the sun’s first rays; moves in the same direction to immerse itself in the holy stream and to salute the sun.
- These rituals remind one of the nature worship prevalent in India during the Aryan age; 3;000 years ago.
- The ghats extend to almost four miles of riverbank.
- During this particular sightseeing tour, no monuments are visited.
- See the Bathing Ghats and Cremation Ghats.
- The Gyanvapi Mosque built in the 17th century when the fanatical Emperor Aurangazeb pulled down the original Vishwanath Golden Temple and on its site raised a mosque.
- After the boat ride, visit the Golden Temple and walk through the narrow lanes of Varanasi.
- Afternoon tour to Sarnath – 10 kms. from Varanasi – (3 hours) The Buddha preached his first sermon to five disciples at the Deer Park here; enshrining the principals of his teaching into laws.
- The Dhamek Stupa marks the location of a once resplendent monastery. A large complex of ruined monasteries covers the area north of the stupas. Some of the buildings belong to the Kushan and Gupta period.
- The first monk communities probably settled here in the 3rd century BC.
- Near the Dhamek Stupa is a new monastery built by the Buddhist Mahabodhi Society. The major events of Buddha’s life are depicted here in wall paintings by a Japanese artist.
- Sarnath has an interesting archaeological museum which has preserved the famous Sarnath pillar whose capital forms India’s national emblem.
- Visit the Dhamekh Stupa and Mulgandkuti Vihar.
- After the tour return to your hotel.
- Overnight at your hotel in Varanasi.
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Sightseeing tours and intercity transfers as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- 9 Nights’ Accommodation at selected hotels in a double room sharing
- Meals: as mentioned
- Local English Speaking Guide
- Jaipur offers sightseeing tour with an elephant ride/jeep ride
- International/Domestic flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- India visa fee
- Entrance fees
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 01 OCT 19 and 31 MAR 20
High Season Supplement applicable for travel between 20DEC19 and 10JAN20
Contact us for any other date of travel required
India’s Different Seasons
India climate is considered hot; however, the weather varies a lot depending on which part of the country you visit. The South has Monsoons whereas the North may be covered in snow. The best time to travel is between October and March (except for the Far North, where you will encounter winter conditions from November onwards)
Overview of food & drink
India’s food is tantalizing and spicy and comes in so many varieties. Rice is the foundation of each dish. This does not exclude a number for breads from light to roasted. Northern Indian food mostly consists of meaty stews and kebabs. Southern India is known for its spiced vegetarian curries and dosas. Goa and Kerala will serve you the best seafood dishes.
Drink only bottled water during your stay in India. Nimbu Pani (Lemonade) is a traditional and most common Indian drink, made of lemon and ginger juice. Coconut water is preferred by many locals across India. Toddy is a famous alcoholic drink in Madhya Pradesh that is made from various palm plants. Jal Jeera, the magical drink to survive the hot Indian Summers
Usually, add 10 to 15% when eating out. Restaurants in Delhi and Mumbai often charge a ‘service charge’, not to be confused with ‘service tax’ (which is a government-levied tax). When a ‘service charge’ is levied no tip is expected. When you have a driver over multiple days you should tip him between 150 – 300 INR per day. Again, base this on how happy you were with his service and local knowledge
Culture and Language
It’s traditional to greet people using ‘Namaste’; place both hands together and bow slightly. In urban areas this is often overlooked. Indian culture is based on a hierarchical system, so elders and superior are greeted first. Avoid standing too close to others. Use your right hand to touch, accept or give something. Do not use public displays of affection. Hindi is the official language, but English is widely spoken throughout the country
Getting around in India
Air carriers serve all major cities and large towns. There are several domestic “low Budget” options
Taxis and auto rickshaws are a very popular way of getting around the major cities. These rides are charged by the kilometer. Insist that your vehicle has a meter before going on your journey. Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai have metro systems. Rail is India is widely available. Shatabdi Express connects major and secondary cities. Advanced reservations are essential
Here are some traditional dishes
Alu Gobi: a dish made with potatoes (aloo), cauliflower (gobi) and Indian spices
Butter Chicken: traditionally cooked in a tandoor; but may be grilled, roasted or pan-fried with a special gravy
Rogan Josh: consists of braised lamb chunks cooked with a gravy based on browned onions or shallots, yogurt, garlic, ginger and aromatic spices
Malai Kofta: cooked in a creamy gravy made of tomatoes and cashew nuts
Naan: leavened, oven-baked flatbread normally served with all meals
Right through the ages, Hiuen Tsang, Vasco Da Gama and a host of other explorers have considered it to be the ultimate goal of travel. Now it is your turn to see India sacred and mystic cities.
India remains one of the most intriguing places on the planet.