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India Travel » Budget India Tours » North India Cultural Tour - 12 days

North India cultural Tour - 12 days

Tour Brief

This is a private trip, you can start on any date. You can even request to customize this itinerary.

Duration: 11 Nights/ 12 Days
Price: Starting USD 700 USD 882 per person
Destination :Delhi, Jaipur, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Delhi
Region: North India
Validity: Till March, 2017

This is the most popular trip for under two-weeks. If doing your travel by train please ensure you book as early as possible ( a month and a half in advance is advisable ).
If you are looking for a diverse tour of North India, there is nothing like this one. This trip covers it all- Taj Mahal, Forts and Palaces, Minarets, Erotic Temples, frozen in time city of Orchha or the oldest continuously inhabited city of Varanasi. This is a packed 12 day tour that will showcase the diversity of history and culture of India. If you are not particularly interested in one thing and are looking for a variety in your trip then this is the one for you. The trip combines two essential trips – the golden triangle with Orchha, Khajuraho and Varanasi.
This trip will give you a great window to explore the history of the region but also give you an insight into the spirituality of the country and how it binds all together.

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with Basic hotels
USD 700 USD 882
per person
with Standard hotels
USD 915 USD 1152
per person
with Comfort hotels
USD 1410 USD 1770
per person

Itinerary

All our itineraries below are bare-bone versions. While our Budget tours are private guided tours meant to be assisted with our on-ground customer support available at your disposal 24/7 while you are on a tour with us, being on a private tour you have flexibility to add or subtract activities within a city as per your interest or in consultation with us or your tour guide or as per available time. Our itineraries are made to deliver optimal travel routes and experience.

Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Idiscoverindia tour packagesArrive Delhi, as per your flight schedule pick up from New Delhi airport and transfer to hotel, day at you rest, Overnight stay at Hotel.
Depending on your arrival time, you can also go for some short tour on this day.
Day 02 : Delhi
New Delhi’ also commonly referred as “Delhi”, is the capital of India. Perhaps one of the most interesting capitals in the world , with its mix of old and new.
Delhi’s place in the Indian history is depicted in its architectural heritage. Even today you can see the glimpses of history in its various monuments (or what’s left of it) present around the city. Delhi has a long and fascinating history and there are plenty of things to see. There are structures in every nook and corner that speak of Delhi’s heritage .There are cultural happenings all over the town that shout out for its deep-seated root.
After breakfast, day city tour to visit the historical and cultural marvels of Old Delhi, today you will visit Red Fort, Jama Masjid (India Largest Mosque). Additionally you can take a walk or Rickshaw ride through the silver street of Chandani Chowk, visit Rajghat (memorial to Mahatma Ghandi), after lunch proceed toward New Delhil to visit India Gate, a memorial raised in honor of the Indian soldiers martyred during the war, Rashtrapati Bhawan, one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys, evening free to explore the local markets, Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 03 : Delhi To Jaipur
Idiscoverindia tour packagesAfter breakfast, half day city tour to visit Humayun’s Tomb (a  World Heritage site) , lotus shaped Bhai’s Temple and Qutub Minar, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty, later after lunch transfer from Delhi to Jaipur [260 Km, 4.5 Hrs], arrive Jaipur and check in hotel, after some rest, evening free to relax or visit Choki Dhani, an ethnic village resort with an exquisite Rajasthani touch, it has a festive celebration every time in a different manner with a preview of real Rajasthani village culture in fun, entertainment, games, shopping, rajasthani cuisine, folk dance, music and much more, Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 04 : Jaipur
Jaipur is one of the finest planned cities of India, located in the semi-desert lands of Rajasthan. The city which once had been the capital of the royalty now is the capital city of Rajasthan. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal families. Shopping, Culinary Delights, History and Culture, Forts and Palaces, it has it all .

After breakfast, full day city tour starting with an excursion to Amber Fort with an elephant ride, a visit to City Palace, Jantar Mantar (a virtual museum about the astronomical observatories built in 1700’s), Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds built of red and pink sandstone in 1799, a unique five-storey exterior with its 953 small windows called Jharokhas. If time permitting you can explore the old pink city, evening free, Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 05 : Jaipur To  Agra
Idiscoverindia tour packagesAfter breakfast, transfer from Jaipur to Agra [250 Km, 5 Hrs.], on the way stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the red sandstone city was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in AD 1564 in honour of the Muslim saint Sheikh Salim Chisthi. Fatehpur Sikri was intended to be the capital city but the shortage of water and unrest in the north-west made Akbar abandon it after 14 years . One of the major attractions of this city is the marble tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisthi, continue your drive to Agra, arrive and check in hotel, take rest, evening free, Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 06 : Agra
Agra  is not only the erstwhile capital of Hindustan  it is also the present  tourism capital of the country .The city situated  on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India, is located about 200 kilometers south of  the national capital New Delhi. It achieved fame as the capital of the Mughal emperors from 1526 to 1658 and remains a major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur  Sikri, all three of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Idiscoverindia tour packagesEarly morning if interested you can again visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise, ( it opens at 6:00 A.M.)  later after breakfast your guide will meet you at the hotel to start your day city tour to visit Red Fort (red sandstone Fort built by emperor Akbar in 1565), Itmad-ud-daulah ( a mughal mausoleum also known as Baby Taj) & Sikandra, evening free, Overnight stay at hotel.   (If interested you can again visit the Taj Mahal at Sunset).
Day 07 : Agra To Jhansi To Orchha
Orchha, a medieval city placed on the banks of river Betwa literally means a 'hidden place'. Today this little village under deep slumber has wonderfully preserved the spirit of its illustrious past. Adorned with splendid temples, cenotaphs, striking forts, chhatris, the capital of the Bundela Kingdom breathes history in every detail. The glorious monuments of 16th and 17th centuries built by the aesthetically inclined Bundela rulers hold lingering echoes of its rich history-a heady mix of war and peace, creation and destruction. Orchha is surrounded by thick Dhak forest where every dawn is embraced by chirping of birds, where the scenic water body adds to the picturesque environ, the place appears like a sweet reverie. One cannot stop getting drowned in the melodious rythm of river Betwa.

After breakfast, as per your train schedule transfer to Agra railway station to take your train to Jhansi, arrive Jhansi, pickup from station and transfer to hotel, after some rest visit the Orchha Fort, The Ram Raja Temple, Chaturbhuj Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Chhatris, evening free to explore the local markets, Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 08 : Orchha To Khajuraho
Idiscoverindia tour packagesA UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Khajuraho temples are one of the seven wonders of India, Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples and has awed generations of people with its architectural brilliance, intricate carvings and sculptures. Originally there were said to be 80 temples at Khajuraho, of which about 22 remain today. These temples are divided into three sections or zones, namely, western, eastern and southern, according to their location. While the brilliant architecture and symmetry remains a point of amazement, the Khajuraho temples mainly in the limelight because of the incredible erotic art and carvings. Although the erotic sculptures make for just 10% of the temples, the temples have become synonymous with love and erotica.

After breakfast transfer from Orchha to Khajuraho [175 Km, 4 Hrs] , arrive and check in hotel, after some rest, day tour visit the famous Khajuraho temples, including theWestern Group Of Temples (Devi Mandap, Varaha  Mandap, Lakshman Temple , Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Mahadev Shrine, Devi Jagdambi Temple), Eastern Group of Temples (Brmha Temple,  Javari Temple, Vamana Temple), Southern Group of Temples (Duladeo Temple, Chatur Bhuj Temple), evening free to visit the light and sound show of Khajuraho temples, Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 09 : Khajuraho To Varanasi
Idiscoverindia tour packagesAfter breakfast, as per your train schedule transfer from Khajuraho to Satna station [120 Km, 2.5 Hrs.] to board your train to Varanasi, arrive Varanasi, pick up and transfer to hotel, take rest, evening free, Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 10 : Varanasi
The city of Varanasi is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Also known as Banaras and Kasha, the city is situated on the banks of Ganges River and is one of the holiest cities in the country.
The culture of Varanasi is closely associated with the River Ganges and the river's religious importance. The city with its medieval labyrinthine layout has been a cultural and religious centre in North India for several thousand years. Varanasi is a city that will overload your senses. Expect your senses to be assaulted by the sounds and smells of thousands of people going about their lives, crowded streets filled with rickshaws and street sellers, the odd cow, Sashes, mourners, pilgrims and everything you did not think existed. It a surreal experience and not for the fainthearted.

After breakfast, visit the Sarnath, one of the Buddhism’s major centers of India, deer park and Museum, evening visit the Ganges and temples around Ghat, later enjoy boat ride and  “Aarti” ceremony on river Ganges, Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 11 : Varanasi To New Delhi
Idiscoverindia tour packagesEarly morning visit the Ganges at Sunrise, enjoy boat the ride, after breakfast, day city tour to visit the famous temples of Varanasi, later in the evening as per your train schedule transfer to Varanasi station to board your train to New Delhi, this will be an overnight sleeper train journey.
Day 12 :New Delhi Departure
Morning arrive Delhi, as per your train schedule pick up from station and transfer to hotel, take rest, later as per your flight schedule transfer to New Delhi airport to take your flight for your onward journey.

 

 

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All Pricing is based on two people travelling together.

Price with Basic hotels: USD 700 USD 882 per person
Price with Standard hotels: USD 915 USD 1152 per person
Price with Comfort hotels: USD 1410 USD 1770 per person
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See images of hotel & know more about the different accommodation option for this package.
with Basic hotels
USD 700 USD 882
per person
with Standard hotels
USD 915 USD 1152
per person
with Comfort hotels
USD 1410 USD 1770
per person

Hotels

Our Hotels for Budget tours come at 2 pricing levels- Standard and Comfort.
Contact us to get details regarding the hotels.

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Basic

Our Basic trips comes with carefully chosen private rooms with independent baths. The accommodation included could be a mix of 2 star and budget homestays, that provide an authentic experience. Care is taken by our experts to pick the best in the category and price range. These hotels are for the guests who are looking for basic no-frills attached clean accommodations.

The guests who choose this option are very budget conscious and are more concerned with sightseeing and doing as much as possible outside. A local guide in each city is included in the price for such trips. A comfortable sedan is used that can easily seat up to 3 passengers.  

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Standard

Our Standard trips are most popular with those looking an upgrade on Basic accommodations. All our Standard trip hotels come with standard amenities like clean rooms, attached baths with added amenities that may or may not include a pool, a restaurant, strategic location, etc. The Standard hotels are what we call an equivalent of 3 star hotels or boutique hotels. While care is taken to choose the best hotels in its category, there might be a difference in quality/ amenities provided at a hotel just on the basis of the place they are located. Rest assured all hotels are above par hotels and individually selected by our experts.

The guests who choose this option are budget conscious but at the same time are willing to pay more for their hotels to get a greater value out of their hotels. Like all our trips, Local city guides are provided in our Standard trips ,A comfortable sedan is used that can easily seat upto 3 passengers.

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Comfort

Comfort Trips are designed keeping in mind the guest who wants to have a hotel with all amenities and comfort.The guests who undertake such trips want to enjoy their hotels as well as sightseeing. Comfort is important and they are willing to pay a premium than encounter a surprise in not having what they expected. The guests who opt for Comfort trips are the ones who do not necessarily want to spend on a 5 star but yet want to enjoy more and less the same amenities as premium hotels.

The hotels we choose are well known brands (international or local), premium boutique hotels or even a luxury homestay, depending on the choice of the guest. The hotels are selected to provide the best experience and mix of luxury and comfort at a price which is much less than our Luxury trips.
Other than the choice of hotels, our Comfort trips just like other Budget trips come with comfortable sedan and guides.


Inclusion/ Exclusion

Package Cost Includes:

  1. Accommodation in 01 A/c Room, in the above mentioned hotels.
  2. Daily breakfast in all the hotels.
  3. Elephant Ride in Jaipur & Boat Ride in Varanasi.
  4. All Pick up, Drop, Transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary by private A/c Indigo car, including all toll tax, parking and driver charges.
  5. Train tickets for 02 person in A/c coach from:
      Agra To Jhansi
      Satna To Varanasi
      Varanasi To Delhi
  6. Personal English speaking guide during your sightseeing as per itinerary in each city.
  7. Monument entrance fee.
  8. All applicable tax.
» All Basic and Standard option prices of our Budget Tours are without Guide and Monument entrance fee. However you can include a guide or Monument entrance fee on request separately.
» Comfort option prices includes Guide and Monument Entrance fee.
Package Cost Does Not Include:
  1. Items of personal Nature like Porterage, Tips, Laundry, Mineral Water.
  2. All other items and services not mentioned above.

Tips to customize

( Please note, Some  suggested activities might already be included in the published price. Speak to our travel consultant for exact details )

There are numerous possibilities to customize this trip on both an itinerary level as well as activity level. We would suggest you speak with a representative if you need more help with itinerary customization.
Some possible customization options are :

On Activity Level :

  • Add a visit to “ Chokhi Dhani” ( 45 kms outside Jaipur) for an ethnic village experience with buffet dinner and entertainment.
  • Take a 3-4 hr cooking class
  • Have dinner with a local family
  • Opt to stay at one of the Heritage Hotels ( living quarters of royalty or nobles from the bygone era, converted in  hotels with similar charm but with contemporary facilities)
  • Take a yoga class or music class in Varanasi

On Itinerary  Level :

  • To further add to the diversity of this trip an additional 2 days will allow you to add Ranthambore National Park for Tiger Safari.
  • Another possibility is to add  2 days to the original itinerary to include the small town of Mandawa in the state of Rajasthan. Mandawa  allows you a peep  into the intricate world of ancient palatial houses.
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