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North India Cultural Highlights Tour

Art, Architecture, Culture and Traditions of North India

  • See historic art and architectural treasures
  • Experience the stunning Rajasthan Palaces
  • Enjoy sunset and sunrise visits to the Taj Mahal
  • Attend a traditional ceremony in the  ancient city of Varanasi, a Hindu pilgrimage site. 
  • Relax in luxe palace hotels and heritage properties
  • Join the optional tour extension to explore Ellora & Ajanta caves with their magnificent murals and sculptures

Our North India tour offers a wonderfully diverse mix of North India highlights include art, architecture, history, politics, spiritual practice and cultural traditions all of which are tightly woven together like seamless tapestry. To learn about one is to understand and appreciate the others.  In Varanasi, one of the world's most ancient living cities, we participate in traditional rituals alongside the locals. We will also enjoy Rajasthani music and dances and delicious traditional meals as our small tour group enjoys our travel in India.

City Palace of Udaipur - North India Cultural Tour
The Beautiful City Palace of Udaipur


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Day 1-2: Meet in Delhi
Tour architectural highlights including the 12th century Qutab Minar (the oldest Indian mosque), Safdarjang ka Maqbarah, (Garden tomb built as one of the last great examples of Mughal architecture), the Red Fort and Shah Jahan Jami Masjid (the biggest mosque in the world built in 1650). We also visit the National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum (one of the largest in India) and Gandhi Museum.

Day 3-4: Varanasi
Dawn boat ride on the River Ganges to witness the religious ceremonies of the Hindus. Afterwards, a walking tour of temples and ghats (stairs built down into a holy body of water). This evening we witness an Aarti (fire ceremony performed by a Hindu priest) on the banks of River Ganges, from our private boat. 

Day 5-6: Khajuraho - Gwailor
Visit the 9th-11th century Chandella Temples and quaint village of Khajuraho. Stop in Orchha, the capital of the kingdom of the Bundella Rajputs from 1531 to 1783, before continuing to Gwailor. Savor your stay at the 120-year-old Usha Kiran Palace Hotel.

Day 7: Agra
Introduction to the Indo-Persian architecture of the Timurid Dynasty and the famous marble inlay work of Agra. Tour thed Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

Day 8-9: Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur
En-route to Jaipur, we shall visit Fatehpur Sikri, the capital of the Great Mughul Empire from 1570 to 1586, a unique architectural concept.

A full exploration of Jaipur, built in the 1720s and popularly known as the Pink City, includes the City Palace complex, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) and Jal Mahal (Water Palace). We also visit 11th century Amber, the ancient kingdom of Jaipur.

Day 10-12: Pushkar - Jodhpur - Udaipur
Delve deeper into the colorful Rajasthani culture visiting Pushkar on the banks of the lovely holy Pushkar Lake en-route to the desert town of Jodhpur with its imposing fort and abundant traditional crafts. 

We'll also tour the magnificent 1439 Ranakpur Jain Temples and serene Udaipur, the lovely lakeside capital of Mewar with its palace, art galleries and gardens. Sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola.

Day 13-14: Udaipur
Tour of Udaipur's City Palace, Crystal Gallery, artist studios, sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola.

Day 15: Udaipur-Delhi
Late afternoon flight to Delhi for departure home.

EXTENSION: Ellora and Ajanta Caves

Day 15: Fly Udaipur- Mumbai (Bombay)
Overnight at airport hotel.

Day 16-17: Ellora-Ajanta Caves 
An extraordinary excursion for all history and archaeology buffs. The caves at Ajanta date from 200 BC to 650 AD and retain the remarkable quality of their murals, which relate the life story of Buddha. The Buddhist, Jain and Hindu caves at Ellora, noted for their sculptures, are considered to be the finest in India and date between 600 and 1100 AD.

Day 18: Evening flight to Bombay-Depart
Room at airport hotel for wash/change in Bombay

Trip Details

15-day trip begins and ends in Delhi.
2018 DATES
February 1-15
November 4-18
From: $4600 Feb/Nov $4690
5-star, heritage & palace hotels
4-12 guests
FEB: breakfasts, 5 lunches, 11 dinners
NOV:l breakfasts, 6 lunches, 12 dinners

Extend Your Trip

Ellora and Ajanta Caves
3 Days, Follows North India tour
Essential South India

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