Highlights of Northern India - Summer itinerary

Highlights of Northern India - Summer itinerary

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Highlights of Northern India - Summer itinerary

9 Days Starting and ending in Delhi

Visiting: Delhi, Sariska national park, Jaipur, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Varanasi

Tour operator:

Exodus

Tour code:

AICA

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 16

Physical rating:

Leisurely

Age range:

16-99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Adventure Tours

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

We visit the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, home to the wonderful former Maharaja's Palace and the splendid hilltop Amber Fort. Agra and the serene Taj Mahal are not to be missed and fully live up to expectations. Varanasi is often the city that lingers longest in the memory; located on the River Ganges it is one of the most sacred in India.

Highlights

  • See the unforgettable Taj

  • Explore the spectacular 'Pink City' of Jaipur

  • Meander along the Ganges at Varanasi

  • Supporting TOFTigers’ campaign to protect biodiversity and restore habitats

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Start Delhi; Transfer To Sariska National Park.
Location: Delhi, Sariska national park
Accommodation Name: Sariska Tiger Camp (or Similar)

Those who are on the group flights will land in Delhi in the morning. Those not on the group flights will need to be at the start hotel by 9am (or at the airport when the group land). A local representative will meet Land Only clients at the start hotel and provide a transfer to the airport where we meet clients arriving on the group flight; once everyone has arrived we will then transfer to Sariska National Park.

Alwar Bagh or similar

Day 2 : Morning Game Drive Around Sariska National Park; Drive To Jaipur In The Afternoon.
Location: Sariska national park, Jaipur
Accommodation Name: Fort Chandragupt (or similar)
Meals Included: breakfast

This reserve was declared a sanctuary in 1955 and is home to nilgai, wild boar, jackals, hyenas and chowsingha (four-horned antelope). The game drive will be in the buffer zone of this national park mainly on sealed roads (there will not be an opportunity to see tiger during these summer months). Although these departures operate during the rainy season the crowds are reduced and those with an interest in bird life will find an abundance in Sariska. In the afternoon we drive to Jaipur and transfer to our hotel.

Fort Chandragupt or similar

Day 3 : Visit City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal And The Amber Fort; Free Time For Exploring.
Location: Jaipur
Accommodation Name: Fort Chandragupt (or similar)
Meals Included: breakfast

Built in the late 18th century, Jaipur is a planned city of broad avenues built of sandstone and painted pink at a later stage. We visit the City Palace in the centre of Jaipur, formerly the residence of the Maharaja, now a fine museum containing rare manuscripts, paintings, royal garments and weapons. Close to the palace is one of the most intriguing sights of India, the observatory of Jai Singh. This is an assembly of immense astronomical instruments made of marble and brass set in a pleasant garden. We will also see Jaipur's impressive landmark, the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds. We then see the impressive and splendid Amber Fort, a few miles from the main city,  rising above a lake where elephants bathe. Jaipur is a centre of many handicrafts, such as durries (woven rugs), carpets, printed cloth, semi-precious stones, leatherwear etc. It will be difficult to leave a workshop without buying anything!

Fort Chandragupt or similar

Day 4 : Drive To Agra Via Fatehpur Sikri.
Location: Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
Accommodation Name: Hotel Avalon Palms (or similar)
Meals Included: breakfastlunch

Today we drive to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri is the Emperor Akbar's deserted royal city. This impressive and well-preserved citadel became his capital in 1571, after the blessing of a local Moslem holy man correctly predicted the birth of a longed-for son, his successor the Emperor Jehangir. The mosque, designed to hold ten thousand worshipers, the palaces, residences and halls of audience are all made of decorative red sandstone. But this magnificence only lasted 14 years, as in 1584 Akbar left Fatehpur Sikri to secure his outlying territories, leaving this city much as we see it today - in perfect condition. This is another very full but rewarding day.

Pushp Villa or similar

Day 5 : Visit The Incredible Taj Mahal And Agra Fort; Overnight Train To Varanasi.
Location: Agra, Varanasi
Accommodation Name: Sleeper train
Meals Included: breakfast

Today we will rise early to visit the beautiful white marble Taj Mahal at sunrise; built by the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631. The Taj is serenely beautiful and never fails to amaze a first time visitor; the white marble exterior changes colour according to the position of the sun during the day and is matched by the rich interior detail. Within striking distance is the imposing Red Fort of Akbar, third of the Moghul Emperors, whose mighty sandstone walls enclose the beautiful white marble Pearl Mosque and the palaces, halls, courtyards and fountains of his sons and successors, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. It is here that the latter spent his last years, imprisoned by his own son Aurangzeb. Later in the day we will transfer to Agra train station and join the overnight sleeper train to Varanasi.

Sleeper Train

Day 6 : Relax And Enjoy The Wonders Of Varanasi.
Location: Varanasi
Accommodation Name: Hotel Surya (or similar)
Meals Included: breakfast

We arrive in Varanasi during the morning and transfer to our hotel. Varanasi, located on the river Ganges, is one of the most holy cities in India and stands at the centre of the Hindu Universe. As such, the city lives and breathes Hinduism: there are thousands of pilgrims, wandering holy men (Sadhus), religious elders and casual visitors. It is a city to get immersed in by exploring its maze of narrow lanes and the many temples, and watching the Hindu ceremonies that take place around the clock. There is time to explore the emporiums specialising in silks and brocades or maybe take a massage by the banks of the Ganges. Your leader can organise various optional sightseeing trips during your 2 days here.
Hotel Surya or similar

Day 7 : Dawn Boat Ride On The Ganges; Afternoon Flight To Delhi
Location: Varanasi, Delhi
Accommodation Name: Florence Inn (or similar)
Meals Included: breakfast

Just before dawn, we take a boat out on the Ganges to witness the extraordinary spectacle on the ghats, the steps leading down to the river. Every day thousands of Hindu pilgrims come to these three miles of riverbank to soak in the holy waters. This afternoon we fly back to Delhi.

Florence Inn or similar

Day 8 : Delhi Free Day Or Optional Sightseeing
Location: Delhi
Accommodation Name: Florence Inn (or similar)
Meals Included: breakfast

Today you are free to relax or explore the sites of New and Old Delhi (an optional sightseeing trip will be organised if you wish). Recommended sites are the Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate, Jama Masjid (India's largest mosque), Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) and Raj Ghat. For last minute shopping, we recommend the market area of Chandni Chowk or Karol Bagh.
Florence Inn or similar

Day 9 : End Delhi.
Location: Delhi
Meals Included: breakfast

Those on the flight inclusive package will depart for the airport this morning for the daytime flight back to London; Land Only arrangements will finish after check-out from the hotel.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts and one lunch included

  • All accommodation

  • Entrances fees to Monuments in Jaipur & Agra (as per itinerary)

  • All transport

  • Jungle Safari (as per itinerary)

  • Tour leader throughout

  • Airport Transfers (if booking Group flights)

What's Not Included

  • Travel insurance

  • Visas & vaccinations

  • Single supplement

Food

All breakfasts (excluding arrival day) and 1 lunch are included in this trip.



India is famous for its food and there is ample chance to try various curries such as the familiar tandoori, biriyani and rogan josh. If you are a vegetarian, India is a great destination. There are wonderful desserts and excellent beers, soft drinks and Indian specialities such as lassi, a refreshing yoghurt drink.



You should allow at least £15-25 (approx. US$20 - US$35) per day for lunch and dinner. You can eat out very cheaply in India, but if you go to the more expensive restaurants most of the time, you will spend more than the suggested amount. In most of the towns there is a good choice of restaurants and a choice between Indian and Western food. Please note that service in restaurants can be quite slow. Tea and soft drinks are very cheap. A (large!) bottle of beer is approximately £3 (approx. US$4).



Mineral water is widely available, but drinking water is provided in a large container in the bus in order to reduce our use of plastic, so please bring your own water bottle with you to refill.

Accommodation

Mixing heritage and modern styles, you'll stay in convenient, centrally located city hotels, two or three-star (local rating) as well as a jungle hotel in Sariska National Park and the overnight sleeper train from Agra to Varanasi.



Sariska Tiger Camp, Sariska







Sariska Tiger Camp, Sariska



A resort situated close to the Sariska Tiger Reserve offering comfortable accommodation with modern amenities. The restaurant serves authentic dishes to the region and when not out in search of Tigers in the forest, relax in the pool or just sit in their gardens giving your senses a break, away from city noise, smells and heat!



Fort Chandragupt, Jaipur



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Arriving in central Jaipur, the Fort Chandragupt Hotel is a combination of a classic heritage with contemporary services and amenities. From the rooftop terrace, take in the view of the "pink city" and surrounding Aravalli mountain range where, on a clear day the Nahargarh Fort can be seen. Located, close to several attractions and transport hubs, your senses will go into overdrive as you step out into the hustle and bustle of locals and tourist busily going about their day. The hotel facilities include a swimming pool, several restaurants and lounge bar.



Sleeper trains



[caption id="attachment_120297" align="alignnone" width="374"] Sleeper Train[/caption]



These are booked in a two-tier (or three-tier if two-tier is unavailable) sleeper with air conditioning. There are many excellent trains in India, but the standard of seating and sleeping is not in line with Western standards. All seats are allocated at the time the tickets are issued, meaning we cannot guarantee the whole group is together on the train. Your leader will manage this as best as possible and will always check on you during the journey. Indian trains are safe, but we recommend that you always keep valuables with you. Snacks are often offered on board (at an additional cost). While some trains have Western-style facilities, most services are equipped with squat toilets.



Worth knowing



Hotels in India usually do not have heating as there are only a couple of months when the weather can get cold. You can, however, request more blankets if needed or the hotel may be able to provide a standing heater for your room. Please talk to your tour leader if you need help in this matter.

Its common for hotels in India to have limited times in the day for hot water use, saving energy. If you find your shower is cold, please let your Leader or Reception know so they can make sure the water heater is on.

Sleeper trains are not single compartments, bed bunks are set up within a carriage with curtains for some privacy.

Single accommodation excludes sleeper trains.

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  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    If you would like to be paired with a tour member of the same gender, there is no additional charge. A single supplement can be requested if you would like your own room.

  • Who is Exodus Travels?

    At Exodus Travels, we've been exploring the world for nearly 50 years. From Walking and Trekking, Cultural and Cycling, Responsible Wildlife, to Polar and our new Premium Adventures, we are proud to offer award-winning small group and self-guided tours to 100+ countries worldwide.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, our local guides are English speaking.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    The minimum age for this tour is 16 years old.

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    We are happy to assist with pre and post tour accommodation. Please enquire for detailed information.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    International flights are not included with this tour.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

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Highlights of Northern India

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A fantastic trip giving you an experience of the countries culture, the local wildlife and numerous modes of transport. It’s an excellent trip for first time travellers.

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This trip far surpassed my expectations. Yes India

This trip far surpassed my expectations. Yes India is a noisy, crowded, chaotic and messy country but WOW it has so much to share. From historical sights to magical landscapes, alongside constant bombardment of exotic smells and people. I cannot recommend this trip enough. It has totally opened my eyes to how wonderful this country and its people are.

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