Grand North India Tour
Duration : 17 Nights / 18
Destinations Covered : Delhi-Mandawa-Bikaner-Pokaran-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Mandore-Luni-Mount-Abu
-Ranakpur-Udaipur-Pushkar-Jaipur-Fatehpur Sikri-Agra - Gwalior-Orchha
Day 01 Arrive Delhi
Begin your Tour.
Arrive into Delhi
Welcome to Vardhman's 'Grand North India Tour' !
On arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman's
representative to your hotel. Fresh up and proceed for the sightseeeing
Combined city tour of New Delhi & Old Delhi
Visit Qutab Minar, Humayun's tomb, Lakshminarayan Temple, a
modern Hindu Temple, Parliament House, Government Secretarial
Building and Connaught place, the shopping centre of New Delhi.
Visit Red Fort, built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan, Jama
Masjid, one of the largest Mosque of India, Raj Ghat and Shanti
Vana, the cremation sites of Mahatama Gandhi and Jawaharlal
Nehru. Also drive past Chandni Chowk, shopping centre of Old
Day 02 Delhi - Mandawa (260km)
After breakfast drive down to Mandawa and check in at
Afternoon visit Mandwa, founded in 1755 by Thakur Nawal Singh
and still the home of his descendants. See beautiful frescoes,
havelis and mansions. Mandawa castle, one of the finest castles
of Rajasthan, is now a hotel and house of collections of armories,
costumes of ancestors, canons from 1820, ancient coins, numismatic
collection and many other interesting items, preserved in
A walking tour of the painted 'havelis' of some of the leading
business families of the country.
Day 03 Mandawa - Bikaner
This morning after breakfast drive to Bikaner and transfer
Afternoon visit Bikaner is named after its founder Rao Bikaji
in 1488. Long before this, the city was a trade center on
the caravan routes from Africa and West Asia. Bikaners
dominant features are rippling sands and abundant sunshine.
The city stands on an elevation, enclosed by a 7 kms. wall,
which can be entered from 5 gates. Bikaner City is bolstered
by imposing walls and has a 16th century fort housing old
palaces, temples and mosque. Founded by Raja Rai Singh, the
fort is distinguished by its long range of 37 pavilions, a
line of balconies and aerial windows of varying designs. Also
visit Lallgarh Palace, the museum, Bhanda Sagar Jain and Deshnoke
Day 04 Bikaner - Pokaran - Jaisalmer
After breakfast, drive across the Thar Desert to reach
Visit the 15th century fortress where the 3rd Mughal emperor,
Akbar the Great, was born in 1543. The bazaar in the middle
of this village is very colourful and full of local flavours.
Continue drive towards Jaisalmer and arrive by evening to
witness the sunset over the desert with the most imposing
edifice of the town behind you.
Morning an exclusive visit of the Jain temples inside the
Sonar Kila. The Jains are a community that respects life and
are pure vegetarians by religion. Visit the citadels
palace that houses a museum with a huge collection of robes
and artifacts from the royal family of Jaisalmer. Visit the
Patwaon ki haveli with intricately designed latticed windows
used by the ladies to view the external world. Also see the
Later, we go to Sam or Khuri village. Here we have loads of
excitement in store for you. Upon arrival in the village you
will be taken to the nearby sunset point on the dunes to see
the sunset by camel carts. At sunset return to the village
where your dinner is arranged in mud huts. In the evening
listen to the haunted tunes of the desert by the local artists
Day 06 Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Luni
Today drive to Luni and upon arrival check into your hotel.
Post lunch session introduces you to the fabulous spice market
of Jodhpur the 2nd largest city in Rajasthan. Walk along the
market to feel the odours of the spices filling the air around
Then go to Mandore gardens the then capital of Marwar to view
some of the fabulous cenotaphs and the hall of local heroes
of the wars. Later drive up to the majestic Mehrangarh fort,
the stronghold of the Rathore princes from 1453AD. We see
the superb collection of paintings and arms and ammunitions.
The view of the city from the rampart walls is breath taking.
Luni, the palace amidst the more rustic life of Rajasthan.
We take you on a safari to discover the hidden beauty of the
jungle life. Here you would be visiting the Bishnoi villages.
Bishnois are a tribe that respects life in every form - animals
trees and even dead branches. They are vegetarians and even
in the villages they protect the animal life and dont
let anybody practice hunting in the vicinity of their villages.
They live in a joint family system where the oldest member
is generally the head of the family.
Day 07 Luni - Mount Abu
This morning drive through the arid Rajasthan to reach
the the lone hill station in Rajasthan at a height of 1200mt.
Upon arrival, check into your hotel. Later visit Mount Abu.
Mount Abu is a true pilgrimage centre for the Jains as here
we see the Delwara Jain temple complex with temples dating
back to the 11th century. Later see the Nakki lake and then
view the Sun going down the horizon from the sunset point.
Day 08 Mount Abu - Ranakpur - Udaipur
On the day 8 of your tour leave Mount Abu and drive to
Udipur. Enroute visit Ranakpur another big pilgrimage centre
for the Jains. Just four hours drive from Mount Abu is the
eternal Jain pilgrimage centre of Ranakpur. Admire the workmanship
from the 16th century. The temples are built out of marble
and the main shrine of Adinath with 1444 columns is awe inspiring
and none of these are similar. Also see the sun temple and
the other temples in the campus.
Upon arrival in Udaipur, check into your hotel and later visit
the local way of farming and irrigation. Walk into the villages
to mingle with the locals around to know more about their
Day 09 Udaipur
City tour of Udaipur
Visit the City Palace the richest palace museum in the entire
Rajasthan. See the peacock square and the miniature painting
school inside the palace premises. Udaipur has the prestige
of housing the best miniature schools in the country under
the royal patronage of the king of Udaipur. Later see the
temples of Nagda and Eklingji.
The temple at Eklingji is a temple that belongs to the Maharana
of Mewar (royal family) and he is often there to pray. The
temple complexe of Nagda is a group of temples of which only
two remain intact and those are that of Saas and Bahu - two
temples of Shiva and of Vishnu both from the 7th century.
10 Udaipur - Ajmer - Pushkar - Jaipur
Today cross the entire stretch of Mewar to reach the most
holy cities of Pushkar and Ajmer.
Pushkar happens to be the holiest places according to the
Hindus as it is considered that Lord Brahma (the Creator)
and his wife Saraswati (the godess of learning and music)
performed a ritual in the lake. Here we visit the only Brahma
temple of the world before intermingling with the local colours
in the local bazaar. Pushkar is the world famous for its cattle
fair held each year in the month of October/November. Proceed
Ajmer is the pious city for the Muslims. Surprisingly both
the cities are at distance of 11km from each other. Visit
the Durgah built in fond remembrance of Khwaja Muin ud Din
Chisti where the Muslim pilgrims from all over India throng
during the festival times. Later visit Mughal emperor Akbars
Palace where his son Jehangir received Sir Thomas Roe to grant
him the permission of trade to East India Company with India,
that changed the history of India completely and slowly and
steadily India became colony of the British Empire.
Continue drive to Jaipur and reach by late evening and check
Day 11 Jaipur
This morning after breakfast proceed on a city tour.
This morning you will experience the wonders of this magicial
pink city, as you proceed on a tour of Amber fort. Later visit
the Jagmandir or the Hall of victory glitterning with mirrors,
Maharaja's City Palace and the Observatory. Drive past Hawa
Mahal or the Palace of Winds and through the rose pink residential
and business areas of Jaipur.
Day 12 Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
Today you drive to the former capital city of Emperor
On to Agra
Your exciting day begins with a tour, starting with a visit
to Fatehpur Sikri. Then continue onward to Agra and check
into your hotel.
Day 13 Agra
Early in the morning visit Taj Mahal (Closed on every
Friday) during sunrise and return to the hotel for breakfast.
Later proceed on a city tour of Agra.
Visit Red fort & Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula. Later you will
visit a marble gallery - the flagship store in Agra which
offers an excellant range of white marble, fashionable wear
& exotic wooden articles, truly a one stop shop!
Day 14 Agra - Gwalior - Orchha
On the day 14 of your tour drive to Gwalior, the erstwhile
stronghold of the Scindia rulers.
Arrive Gwalior and check into your hotel. Later visit Gwalior.
A trip to Gwalior is incomplete without a visit to the fort,
Scindia Palace and the tombs of Ghaus Mohammed and Tansen.
Also visit the Gurjari Mahal the palace of the Gurjar queen
Mrignayani today housing an archaeological museum. Also see
the teli ka mandir and the Saas bahu ka mandir inside the
fort. Then proceed towards Orchha.
Day 15 Orchcha - Khajuraho
On the day 15 of your tour proceed towards Khajuraho via
Datia and visit the palace of the Bundela kings.
Datia and Orchha are two twin cities from the medieval times.
In these villages time has stopped. And you feel the timelessness
of this spot. Orchha is a medieval city founded by Bundela
rulers with palaces and temples of the 16th and 17th century
- which have remarkably withstood the onslaught of time. The
river Betwa picturesquely flanks the city.
Reach Orchha by 1130 hrs and see the beautiful Palace Complex
- Jahangiri Mahal and the Raja Mahal. Closely study the intricacies
of the mural paintings in the Raja Mahal and visit the Laxminarayana
Post lunch continue towards Khajuraho about 182 km away by
Day 16 Khajuraho - Varanasi By flight
Morning sight seeing shows us the temples built during
the 9th to the 11th centuries by the powerful dynasty of Chandela
rajputs. The temples with their erotic sculptures are a feast
to the eyes. The Chandelas built 85 temples in all but today
only 20 temples stand intact. Visit the eastern and western
group of temples before being transferred to the airport to
catch your flight to Varanasi.
Upon your arrival in Varanasi transfer to your hotel.Relax
for the remaining part of the day.
Day 17 Varanasi - Delhi (by flight)
Early morning, leave for boat ride on the Ganges to see
the bathing Ghats (river bank) & cremation site. Sunrise
on the riverfront, as seen from a boat, can be a spiritually
uplifting sight. Return to hotel for breakfast
Return to your hotel for breakfast. Later visit Sarnath the
sacred city for the Buddhist all over the world. It was here
that Lord Buddha preached his first sermon to his first five
disciples. Also worth visiting is the museum with artifacts
dating back to 3rd century BC. Visit the nearby ruins of the
ancient seat of learning in Sarnath.
In time transfer to the airport to catch flight back to Delhi
Domestic airport and transfer to Delhi International airport
by Shuttle services available at the airport to board the
flight for your onward journey to back home with sweet and
unforgettable memories of 'Grand North India Tour'! escorted
by Vardhman Vacations