Incredible North India

Destination Delhi Mandawa Bikaner Khuri Jaisalmer Jodhpur Udaipur Pushkar Jaipur Agra Orchha Khajuraho Allahabad Varanasi
Category India
Duration 21 days 20 nights
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Departure date
Day 1 : Arrival in Delhi
Day 1 : Arrival in Delhi

Your driver will pick you up upon your arrival at the airport and escort you to your car. Then we will take you to your hotel. There proceed to your check-in before we brief you to the rest of the tour, and answer the questions you may have. According to your arrival time, we will take you for a first tour of Delhi's highlights: such as the Akshardham temple (and its unimaginable architecture), Humayun's Tomb (built in the 1500s), the Lotus Temple (notable for its flowerlike shape, it has won several architectural awards), the Birla Mandir (also know as Laxminarayan Temple, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu), the Monkey Temple... Overnight in Delhi.

Day 2 : From Delhi to Mandawa (6h driving)
Day 2 : From Delhi to Mandawa (6h driving)

In the morning after your breakfast, you will be transferred by road to Mandawa, which is part of the Shekhawati region. On the way, you'll discover semi-arid landscapes, very common in Rajasthan. Mandawa is a typical and quiet town, which is perfect to give a first taste of Rajasthan. Here you can have a walking tour of the old havelies (and their lavishly painted walls) belonging to some of the richest business families of India, such as the Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli, the Saraf Haveli or the Murmuria Haveli. You can also visit the Mandawa Fort, founded in the 18th century by Thakur Nawal Singh, showing many paintings of Lord Krishna and his cows. Overnight in Mandawa.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 3 : From Mandawa to Bikaner (4h driving)
Day 3 : From Mandawa to Bikaner (4h driving)

Today your driver will take you to Bikaner. Bikaner was founded in 1486 by Rao Bika, where the name Bikaner comes from. In the afternoon you will visit Junagarh Fort, which was built by Rai Singh between 1588 and 1593. It has a 986-metre-long wall with 37 bastions. You will also visit Deshnok (a small village situated 32 km south from Bikaner), whose greatest attraction is the temple of Shri Karnimata also known as "Rat Temple". Here you can see the unique sight where rat and pilgrims mix in perfect harmony: this can only be seen in India. Back in Bikaner, you can admire the beautiful Laxmi Niwas Palace that has now been transformed into a sumptuous luxury hotel. It used to be the residential palace built by Maharajah Ganga Singh, the ruler of the former state of Bikaner. Overnight in Bikaner.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4 : From Bikaner to Khuri (5h driving)
Day 4 : From Bikaner to Khuri (5h driving)

In the morning your driver will pick you up at your hotel and you will leave for the Thar desert ( also called the Indian desert). Halfway we will stop in the city of Pokaran, where you will visit its Fort. A hidden gem, mostly ignored by tourists. On the way, you will also see desert landscapes of India, endless sand dunes and desert life. Then you will arrive at the town of Khuri located deep in the Thar desert. Here you can experience the authentic life of the Indian desert, tradition and culture. You leave for a private camel safari and witness the magnificent sunset over the dunes. The villagers then will prepare a traditional dinner in the desert. Finally, you can decide to spend the night in the dunes, either open sky or in traditional huts. Overnight in the desert.
In case you don't wish to spend the night in the desert or do the camel safari, Drivers-India will be happy to make an alternative proposal.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 : From Khuri to Jaisalmer (1h driving)
Day 5 : From Khuri to Jaisalmer (1h driving)

In the morning we will leave for the desert city of Jaisalmer (also known as the 'Golden City'). Settle and discover the Trikoot Garh Fort perched atop the Meru Hill. The rest of the day is free as you will explore the narrow streets and temples of the Fort. Before sunset, your driver will take you to Gadi Sagar, a small lake located in the city. There you can have a boat tour to see the beautiful small cenotaphs and enjoy a view of the Fort. Feeding the giant catfish is activity loved by many locals. Overnight in Jaisalmer.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 6 : From Jaisalmer to Jodhpur (5h driving)
Day 6 : From Jaisalmer to Jodhpur (5h driving)

Enjoy your breakfast and a last view of the Jaisalmer Fort. Then your driver will pick you up at your hotel to take you to the blue city of Jodhpur. On the way, you will visit the charming village of Osian. Osian is known for its many Jain temples: the most interesting are the Dugha temple and Mahavir temple. Then continue your trip and discover how the old city of Jodhpur circles the Mehrangarh fort and is bounded by a wall with several gates. Start exploring the city by the "Ghanta Ghar" (the Clock Tower) and the surroundings. In 2013 Jodhpur was elected the most amazing place to see in the world, according to the Lonely Planet. Overnight in Jodhpur.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 7 : Jodhpur sightseeing
Day 7 : Jodhpur sightseeing

This morning you will be taken to and visit the Mehrangarh Fort situated on a low sandstone hill, more than 125 meters high, impressively watching over the entire city. The Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India and was built in 1460 by Rao Jodha. Inside the fort visit the many Palaces, beautifully decorated by impressive carvings, such as the Moti-Mahal (the pearl palace) and the Phool Maha (the flower palace). Also visit Jaswant Thada, an imposing marble cenotaph built in memory of Indian Maharaja Jaswant Singh in 1899, located close to the Mehrangarh Fort. Next, your driver will take you to the Umaid public museum. Part of this huge recent palace is today a Luxury hotel belonging to the Maharaja of Jodhpur. Overnight in Jodhpur.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 8 : From Jodhpur to Udaipur (6h driving)
Day 8 : From Jodhpur to Udaipur (6h driving)

Transfer by road to Udaipur. On the way, we will stop at Ranakpur. There you will visit the famous Jain Temple, dedicated to Adinatha. Built in the 15th century, the temple made of white marble offers many beautiful carvings. Then we will arrive in the 'Lake City', where you will have a free afternoon to explore the narrow lanes and back streets of Udaipur leading to the Washing Ghats at the lake Pichola. Visit one of the fine downtown restaurants for a dinner in one of the most romantic cities of Rajasthan. Overnight in Udaipur.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 9 : Udaipur sightseeing
Day 9 : Udaipur sightseeing

After breakfast, today, enjoy a city tour of Udaipur. The City Palace and Museum is considered as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. The Pratap Memorial home of the bronze statue of Maharana Pratap, the legendary warrior king of Udaipur. Jagdish Temple, which was built in 1651 AD. The small ornamental garden of Saheliyon Ki Bari. Late afternoon enjoy a boat-ride on Lake Pichola visiting many Ghats (lake banks) where many wash and bath and enjoy the excellent view of the Lake Palace and City Palace. Overnight in Udaipur.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 10 : From Udaipur to Pushkar (5h driving)
Day 10 : From Udaipur to Pushkar (5h driving)

Today you will leave the lake city of Udaipur and continue your tour towards Pushkar. On the road to the holy city of Pushkar, you will visit the very nice Eklingji temple (a Hindu temple which construction was started in 971, in honour of Lord Shiva). Then you will visit Ajmer, and its Taragarh Fort (one of the oldest hill forts in India and in the world). The rest of the day is free for your leisure in the holy city of Pushkar, where you can have a first view of the palace, the holy lake and its Ghats. Pushkar is a holy city, no alcool, nor meat is served in the town. Overnight in Pushkar.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 11 : From Pushkar to Jaipur (3h driving)
Day 11 : From Pushkar to Jaipur (3h driving)

This morning you will be transferred to the pink city Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. Named after Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the city was founded in the 18th century. In the afternoon you will visit Jaigarth Fort. Also, discover the beautiful Jal Mahal. The Palace (literally 'Water Palace') is located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. The postcard view becomes particularly romantic at sunset when the Palace lights up and seems to float in the air. In the evening you can enjoy a unique cinema experience or a world famous Indian Ayurvedic massage. Overnight in Jaipur.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 12 : Jaipur sighseeing
Day 12 : Jaipur sighseeing

In and around Jaipur you will visit: Amber Fort (where you can ride an elephant to get to the top of the fort *) that was built by Raja Man Singh I, the old town and its monuments, Birla Mandir (a Hindu temple located at the foot of Moti Dungri fort), the Palace of Winds (in the shape of the crown of Krishna, which 953 small windows allowed women to watch everyday life and processions without being seen), the City Palace (the palace complex that includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces and other buildings, was built in 1732 )... In the afternoon, you will visit Galtaji. The ancient Hindu pilgrimage site consists of a series of temples built on the hills that surround Jaipur. Overnight in Jaipur.
* Elephant ride: this is an attraction enjoyed by locals. If you are animal wellness sensitive and against their harassment for business reasons, you can, of course, do the 15/20 minutes walk-up by foot.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 13 : From Jaipur to Agra (5h driving)
Day 13 : From Jaipur to Agra (5h driving)

On the way to Agra, you will stop first at the stepwells in Abhaneri. Though the village is nearly abandoned, the location is famous for its 'Baoris' (step wells which were invented by the natives to collect rain water). You will visit Chand Baori, one of the largest and deepest wells in India. Then you will visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of the Mughal empire from 1571 to 1585. It was abandoned shortly after its completion, due to lack of water and the proximity with enemies. Then continue your journey to Agra. Rest of the day is free at your leisure in Agra. Overnight in Agra.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 14 : From Agra to Orchha (4h driving)
Day 14 : From Agra to Orchha (4h driving)

Start your day off by visiting the famous Taj Mahal during sunrise. It is the symbol of love built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Next, you will visit the Agra Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage site) built by the great Emperor Akbar. Existing since the 11th century, the Fort was expanded by the Mughals and contains several buildings such as the Hall of Public Audience and also several gates (the Delhi Gate and the Lahore Gate are the most famous). You will also visit the Sikandra Fort, before driving to Orchha. On the way to Orchha, you may visit the Gwalior fortress. Overnight in Orchha.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 15 : From Orchha to Khajuraho (4h driving)
Day 15 : From Orchha to Khajuraho (4h driving)

In the morning start exploring the city founded by Rudra Pratap Singh (first King of Orchha) in 1531, and visit the Orchha Fort and the beautiful temples along the river. The Orccha Fort-Palace is built on an island on the bank of the Betwa River. The Fort is made of several buildings that were erected at different points in time. You will discover the Jehangir Mahal (a singularly beautiful specimen of Mughal architecture), a palace crowned by graceful chhatris. Later in the day, you will also explore the Ram Raja Temple, which is a sacred pilgrimage place for Hindus, and Chaturbhuj Temple (a temple from the 9th century). Then we will then drive to Khajuraho. Overnight in Khajuraho.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 16 : From Khajuraho to Allahabad (6h driving)
Day 16 : From Khajuraho to Allahabad (6h driving)

Visit the world renowned Khajuraho temples, known for their erotic sculptures. Though all the temples are worth a visit, the main attractions are the Parasvanath Temple and the Adinath Temple. All temples are in the same area. Then you will leave for Allahabad, on your way to mystical Varanasi. Overnight in Allahabad.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 17 : From Allahabad to Varanasi (3h driving)
Day 17 : From Allahabad to Varanasi (3h driving)

Allahabad is one of the oldest cities in the world and has many touristic sites to offer. You will discover the All Saints Cathedral, the Allahabad Fort and Khusro Bagh. Then continue your journey to one of the highlights of your trip: Varanasi. After checking-in at your hotel, start exploring the city by the Ganges. Overnight in Varanasi.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 18 : Varanasi sightseeing
Day 18 : Varanasi sightseeing

The holy city of Varanasi (former Benares) is the beating heart of the Hindu world. It is a unique place, where pilgrims from all over India meet on the gaths along the sacred water of the Ganges river to purify themselves or to cremate their beloved ones. In the morning you will visit the Buddhist city of Sarnath where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. You can see the ruins, the stupa, the Buddhist temple and the museum. In the evening admire the ceremony along the Ganges river and feel the unique fervour of hundreds of people praying and singing. Overnight in Varanasi.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 19 : From Varanasi to Delhi (by night train)
Day 19 : From Varanasi to Delhi (by night train)

Take an early boat excursion on the holy Ganges river to see the bathing ghats and cremation site (included in the tour). Watching people bathing and worshipping at the Ghats is one of the most extraordinary experiences of a visit to India. During afternoon immerse yourself in the narrow swarming streets of the old city. In evening you will be transferred to Varanasi railway station to board the train to Delhi
(1st class AC sleeper). Overnight in the train. Another driver will pick you up at the train station at your arrival the next morning.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 20 : Delhi sightseeing
Day 20 : Delhi sightseeing

Today we will take you for a Delhi sightseeing tour. Discover the Red Fort (the large red-colored fort was the residence of the Mughal emperors for nearly 2 centuries, and offers several structures that you will visit inside the main building - closed on Mondays), the nearby great Jama Masjid Mosque (built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656, it is one of the largest Mosques in India), the Chandni Chowk market (one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi), Qutb Minar (the 72 meter high monument) and more depending on your interests as you can decide with your driver who knows very well his hometown. Overnight in Delhi.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 21 : Delhi and Departure
Day 21 : Delhi and Departure

Enjoy your breakfast. Then, according to your flight schedule, the day will be dedicated to Old and New Delhi sights and more depending on your interests as you can decide with your driver who knows very well his hometown. Your driver will then take you to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals : Breakfast
SUMMARY: 21 Days - 20 Nights Incredible North India
This 21-day and 20-night tour will introduce you to all of north India. You will explore the must-see Taj Mahal, as well as the mythical lake town of Udaipur. You will relive the incredible atmosphere of the Maharajas by visiting the palaces and temples of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, and finally you will discover the incredible fervor of Indian spirituality in Varanasi, the holy city on the banks of the Ganges river. During this private car trip, you will be escorted by your Indian driver, who will take you to the most beautiful places of the region, but also introduce you to the Indian culture and its gastronomy (and much more...).
 
Highlights of your trip to India with a driver  Highlights of your trip : 
trip to india with a driver Immerge into Hinduism and Indian spirituality in Varanasi
trip to india with a driver Surrender to the romantic atmosphere of the Taj Mahal
trip to india with a driver Explore the world famous erotic temples of Kahjuraho
trip to india with a driver Go for a private camel safari near the ancient desert city of Jaisalmer
trip to india with a driver Discover the amazing temple of Deshnoke, where rats and pilgrims coexist in perfect harmony
trip to india with a driver Live like a Maharaja in the cities of Udaipur, Jaipur and Jodhpur
trip to india with a driver Discover the vibrant city of Delhi

 

In Delhi, your dedicated Indian driver will welcome you at the airport and take care of your from that moment. We will take you by private car (air-conditioned) to your hotel in Delhi. After you checked-in, we will brief on the continuation of your trip. Your driver (English speaking) will be your guide for the duration of the trip. He will make you discover the best places of India and Rajasthan, and will also take you off the beaten tracks, for an unforgettable journey. Whatever your requests, your Indian driver will adapt to your expectations.
We pay a special attention to carefully choosing our range of hotels. We give priority to small and exquisite properties that offer high standards in term of service.

 

  Hotels:

 

City Comfort Hotels Deluxe Hotels Nights
Delhi Hotel Woodcastle
www.woodcastledelhi.com
Hotel Shanti Home
www.shantihome.com
2
Mandawa Paawana Haveli
www.paawanahaveli.com
 Vivaana Hotel
www.vivaana.com
1
Bikaner Harasar Haveli
www.harasar.com
Laxmi Niwas Palace
www.laxminiwaspalace.com
1
Jaisalmer Hotel The Royale
www.mandore.com
Suryagarh Palace Hotel
www.suryagarh.com
1
Jodhpur Hotel Mandore
www.mandore.com
Ajit Bhawan
www.ajitbhawan.com
2
Udaipur Hotel Mahendra Prakash
www.hotelmahendraprakash.com
Hotel Lake Pichola
www.lakepicholahotel.com
2
Pushkar Hotel Prem Villas
www.premvillaspushkar.com
Pushkar Palace
www.hotelpushkarpalace.com
1
Jaipur Hotel Anuraag Villa
www.anuraagvilla.com
Shahpura House
www.shahpura.com
2
Agra Hotel Atulyaa Taj
www.hotelatulyaataj.com
Hotel Howard Plaza Fern
www.fernhotels.com
1
Orchha Hotel Sheesh Mahal
www.nivalink.com/hotel/sheeshmahal
Bundelkhand Riverside
www.bundelkhandriverside.com
1
Khajuraho Hotel Harmony
www.hotelharmonyonline.com
The Lalit Temple View
www.thelalit.com
1
Allahabad Hotel Platinium Inn
www.platinuminn.com
Hotel Platinium Inn
www.platinuminn.com
1
Varanasi Hotel Heritage Inn
www.heritageinnvaranasi.com
Rivatas by Ideal
www.rivatas.com
2

 (hotels indicated above depend on room availability at the time of your booking. In case a hotel is fully booked, we will offer a hotel of similar or better category)
 

This tour includes: 
- All arrival, departure, tours as per above itinerary by air conditioned car with English speaking driver including his living expenses
- All applicable hotel & transport taxes (tolls, road taxes, state taxes, fuel)
- 18 nights accommodation in a single/double/triple room
- Breakfast buffet at your hotel
- 1 night in the Thar desert in Khuri
- 1 night in the train in sleeper class A/C from Varanasi to Delhi (max 4 people per cabine)
- The private camel safari in the Thar desert in Khuri
- The traditional desert dinner in Khuri
- The boat tour on lake Pichola in Udaipur
- The boat tour on the Ganges river in Varanasi
- Courtesy of fresh bottled water at all times in the car
- Your driver's accommodation and meals
- Indian Government services tax
- Car and passenger insurance
- All parking fees
 
This tour does not include: 
- Any meals or drinks (except as specified above). Your driver can recommend safe food restaurants on the way or in the cities
- Expenses of personal nature such as tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor...
- Entrance fees during sightseeing
- Any national or international airfare
- Any other item not specified