Northern Highlights - 12 iconic cities in 18 days for first timers - 18 Nights In-depth Cultural

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Start and end in New Delhi! With the in-depth cultural tour Northern Highlights - 12 iconic cities in 18 days for first timers, you have a 18 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 7 other destinations in India. Northern Highlights - 12 iconic cities in 18 days for first timers includes accommodation as well as flights, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Itinerary

  • Arrival in Delhi, Local discover of Delhi Haat, India Gate, Bangla Sahib

    Welcome to India! Meet our Dizkvr Experience Officer (DEO) in Delhi. Check into the hotel. After breakfast, spend some time to get to know your fellow travelers and use the opportunity to grow new diverse relations.Get ready to explore Delhi?s hustle and bustle.Visit Delhi Haat and use your bargaining skills to buy a variety of Handicrafts and souvenirs at a good deal. Women can braid their hair and apply henna on their hands. Post lunch head towards India gate- a 42m high monument which was constructed to commemorate the soldiers who lost their brave lives in the first World War. Move towards Bangla Sahib.When you step foot into this pious space of Sikhs, the gurbani music and energy filling the air will transport you to another world. A distinct feature of the temple, the ?Langar?, feeds close to 10,000 people a day. Illustrating a true sense of communal harmony, people from all walks of life help in the kitchen, where food is prepared to feed 200 people in every 15 minutes. Participate in the langar by serving food to thousands of people and head back to hotel with memorial experience and enjoy your dinner at hotel and recharge yourself for next day. Start point Arrival Terminal, IGI Airport Area, New Delhi, South West Delhi, Delhi, India

  • Old Delhi walk and food trail

    After breakfast, get ready to experience the old Delhi?s charm. As we move towards Jama Masjid mosque,flaunting in size, this red and white stone mosque is a fine example of the awe-inspiring style of the Mughal dynasty. Being the largest mosque in India, it can accommodate 85,000 people during prayer with around 25,000 in it?s courtyard itself. Dress conservatively and carry a cloth to cover your head. Move towards Red Fort-constructed by Shah Jahan as a centre for Mughal administration, this structure is synonymous to the capital city of India. It is interesting to note that it was white and made of limestones during the reign of Shah Jahan, called Qila-e-Mubarak. The famous Kohinoor diamond that lies in England today was first a part of the throne of Shah Jahan. Do not miss the ?covered market called Chatta chowk and the mesmerizing interiors of Rang Mahal known for its vibrance. Lunch at a local place. Head towards Chandni Chowk: Densely populated and bustling with energy, travel the narrow alleys by rickshaws and treat yourself with to mouth smacking street food much spoken about world wide. Head back to your hotel for the dinner and prepare yourself for an early morning transit to Agra.

  • Arrival at Agra, Discover Taj Mahal and Train journey to Varanasi

    Wake up and get ready to leave early for Agra after the breakfast. Enroute Agra and visit Itmad ud Daula?s Tomb. Popularity also known as Baby Taj, this tomb is renowned for being the first tomb made of marble using pietra dura artwork with its location on the banks of Yamuna.Note and observe details of this miniature version of Taj to appreciate the derivation of design and architecture from the Taj Mahal. Move towards Sheroes for lunch.Apart from their hospitality, they hold a high reputation for delivering lip smacking food no matter what you choose to eat. Run by victims of an acid attack, it is a small cafe where visitors gets the liberty to duly put a price on the experience and definitely take back an inspiring message from these girls. Head towards Taj Mahal.With its scrupulous symmetry and enchanting elegance, this iconic mausoleum has impressed many visitors till date. Known for its inspiring love tale, this is a famous spot that symbolizes and cherishes love. It is said that Shah Jahan spent around 1 billion USD at that time to construct this piece of marvel. Since Islamic tradition forbids adorning graves, Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz are buried in an ordinary grave which even lacks symmetry . If you notice carefully, the 4 minarets surrounding the structure are tilted slightly outward to ensure the safety of the tomb during calamities. Try to catch this wonder at different times of the day as it changes colour based on the light it reflects. Notice how the structure looks bigger as you walk away from the gate and smaller as you walk closer to it. After an exhausting tour of the grand wonder, visit Shah Jahan park where one can appreciate the lush vegetation and flora of the park in the name of resting. After your dinner, do an overnight train journey to reach Varanasi.

  • Varanasi and Dashwamedh Ghat Aarti

    After a long journey from Agra to Varanasi,check into the hotel and refresh yourself. In the evening,head towards Dasawamedh Ghat. Try to reach 1 hour prior to sunset to get a good spot. Keep your belongings safe. Enjoy the beautiful sunsets from the ghat. While goldness of sun light spreads across the holy river Ganges. Dont miss out the Ganga aarti at the ghat. Get back to stay and enjoy your dinner at the hotel.

  • Day tour to Sarnath with Dharmarakija Stupa, Nichigai Suzan Horinji and more

    In and around SarnathDrag yourself out of the bed to watch the sun break its slumber in the city of life and death. Take in the smells and sights of this holy city as you watch people bathing and priests performing rituals in the Ganges while enjoying this view from your boat. Post boat ride, return to your hotel and enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. Head over for a day tour to Sarnath. ?It is a good place to clear your head and learn a lot about ayurvedic medicines. Savour the fabulous view of Chaukhandi Stupa which was originally built as a terraced temple during the Gupta period. After visiting the garden of spiritual wisdom move towards the Archaeological Museum-constructed in 1910 to preserve the prehistoric artifacts of buddhist religion, this museum comprised of 5 galleries and 2 verandahs. An important keepsake secured here is the sculpture of the Ashoka?s Lion Capital, which is the national symbol of India. Head towards the Dharmarakija Stupa- discover the remains of Lord Buddha enshrined in what remains of this stupa as ruins. Watch and interact with monks and followers who come here to worship the teachings of the eightfold path. Dress conservatively, be respectful of worshippers and walk around the stupas in clockwise direction. Enjoy your lunch at the local place. After having your delicious lunch visit Dhamekh Stupa.The importance of this pristine place weighs in the fact that Gautam Buddha preached the 4 noble truths for the first time here.After a small walk towards the Japanese Temple, commonly referred ?to as japanese Temple, Nichigai Suzan Horinji temple is where one can find the true meaning of tranquility. Observe the smell of sandalwood waking your senses and Buddhist mantras like Na Mo Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo urging to find a spot that attracts your soul to meditate and release all your worries to the place. Enjoy your dinner at the hotel and relax for the upcoming experiences.

  • Photowalk to the Waterfalls and old lanes of Varanasi

    Enjoy your breakfast at your hotel and prepare yourself to capture some of the most scenic landscapes and streets with our expert photographer. Buckle your shoes to explore Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary. Carry a pair of change clothes in case you want to venture into the waterfalls. Do not litter this abode of mother nature. Smoking,drinking and the use of plastics is prohibited inside the campus. Next,move towards Rajdari falls-sprawling over a large area, one can truly appreciate the lush green vegetation during monsoon. Visit the dam located upstream on Chandraprabha river. Constructed by the irrigation Department of Uttar Pradesh, this dam is the source for both Rajdari and Devdari waterfalls, Located near the sanctuary, this is a great place for bird watching and if you are lucky, you may spot few wildlife.Located Downstream of Rajdari waterfalls, the clear waters of Devdari waterfalls against the rocks is a breathtaking sight to agle at. One cannot go down to the falls but the view from the top is worth spending some time amidst this scenic location.Evening old city walk.Head back to hotel for dinner and pack up for your morning flight to Jaipur.

  • Departure for Jaipur, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal

    Board your early morning flight to Jaipur.Check into the hotel. Relax,take a shower and get ready to explore the pink city. Visit Jantar Mantar in the afternoon.Read a little about the mathematics involved along with the information in the guiding stones in front of the structures. Biggest of all observatories built by Jai Singh II, this landmark was a turning point in the history of time telling. Using mathematical tables of French mathematician, Philippe de la Hire, the stones present here will get one?s thinking cap on to appreciate the engineering of the place. Housing the biggest sundial, it is even more renowned for its accuracy. Experience a ride in the electric rickshaws that drop you to the market. Move towards Hawa Mahal.Located in the heart of Pink city, the palace of winds is known for its rich cultural and architectural history. Built in 1799, Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh for women to enjoy events in the streets during festive seasons. The most unique features of the place is that at all times a light breeze passes in the air. Make use of a guide who will explain everything about this monumental place in great detail. After all the magical experience it?s time for shopping. Head towards the Bapu Bazaar: The boisterous Bapu bazaar is one of the most famous shopping hubs in Rajasthan. The market is known for its charming Rajasthani quintessential products ?including textiles, handicrafts, brassworks and precious stones.? Head towards Hotel for dinner.

  • Jal Mahal, Hathi Gaon And Nahargarh

    Wake up and indulge into an ambrosial breakfast at the hotel. Head towards Jal Mahal during the sunrise.The beautiful floating water palace. Once a bird watcher?s paradise, the lake was the preferred ground for the Rajput kings of the region for royal duck shooting parties during picnics. Move towards the great and grand Amer fort. The capital of the erstwhile state of Jaipur until 1728. This fort is perched on a hill. it has a hall of Public and Private audience, a Sheesh Mahal (Palace of mirrors) various marble palaces which are marvellous examples of the medieval Rajput architecture. Did you know there is a village on name of elephant? Yeah there is a village called Hathi Gaon. It is a small village set up by the government to provide shelter and basic amenities to all the families and their elephants that serve tourists in and around Amer fort. Visitors can sight many elephant playing and bathing in the open which is truly rare sight in this part of India. Located 3 km away from the Amer fort, the space is designed in a way that resembles Elephant?s natural habitat. Lunch at a local restaurant. Head towards the MI road. Walk around the very famous Mirza Ismail road known for its posh resto bars and lit food joints.? Dinner at the hotel.

  • Departure for Pushkar and local discovery at Pushkar

    Wake up and delve into the delicious breakfast at the hotel. Prepare yourself to depart for Pushkar.Before your check into the Pushkar stay, visit Brahma Temple.It is the one and only pious abode of Lord Brahma in the world. Despite attempts made by Aurangazeb to demolish this site, the age old temple stands undefeated by the wrath of time.Explore the buzzing markets of pushkar at night to observe the liveliness of the town. Get amazed to find all kinds of goodies here including arms and knives. Head towards your hotel to enjoy your lunch . Relax yourself for the evening. In the evening, get ready to do Ghat Parikrama. Take a stroll around the holy lake and cherish the beauty of nature and human activist that go on a daily basis.The ghats of Pushkar enhance the beauty of this sacred ground. It is believed to have been created by the falling of lotus from the hand of Lord Brahma. Dinner at the hotel.

  • : Pushkar to Sathin, walk tour of royal farm and head towards Jodhpur

    Wake up to a beautiful orange sunrise in the morning and prepare yourself for a road transit to Sathin from Pushkar. Reach Sathin for a village walk. Explore the Farm stay in the fort, managed by the royal family of Sathin, the rooms and the royal suites have been preserved and maintained the same way as they were during the feudal times. It is a good place to explore a little bit of everything this ancient fort has to offer. Move towards the Pipar City. Allow a guide to take you through the town of Pipar. A walking tour of this place would allow you to explore the sabzi mandi, the potters lane and the wonderful world of ?Chippa?, the traditional black painting that open their doors to the much inquisitive traveller. Enjoy your dinner at the farm. Head towards Jodhpur. Check into the hotel in the night.

  • :Arrival in Jodhpur, city walk, ghanshyam Temple

    Wake up in the morning and enjoy your breakfast. Spend your morning in the hotel at leisure.Post lunch,prepare yourself for the market walk.The market area is famous for spices starting ?from clock tower. Take a stop at Janta Sweet Home which falls on the way and try their lassi,chaat and sweets. After exploration of the market,head towards the Gahanshyam Temple. Devoted to Lord Krishna in Juni Mandi. This temple was built in 1718. It is adorned with elegant and admirable architecture comprising of sandstones and large domes. The chirping of birds and enchanting sounds of mantras will transport you to the world of serenity. Participate in the textile walk in the evening. Get back to the hotel and enjoy your dinner.

  • : Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada and more

    Wake up and indulge in the ambrosial breakfast while basking in the radiant beauty of Jodhpur. Get ready for an amazing day experience that packed up with some amazing fort and king?s life style. Move towards Mehrangarh fort.?Mehr? meaning Sun, this jaw dropping fort of the Rathore dynasty stands as a powerful reminder of the magnificence associated to their royalty. Guarded by 7 gates, this fort commands the lands that were endowed with last phase of igneous rocks during the Precambrian Age. Visit the terrace or top corners of the fort to visually treat your eyes to the Sun city. Also thrill to the folk performances present at different locations of the fort. This is truly a walloping structure that will not leave your sight till you leave the city. Buy an audio guide and witness the magnificence of the fort from top in Flying Fox?s zipline service (optional).Post lunch,head towards Jaswant Thada. Commonly known as the Taj Mahal of Mewar, the marble mausoleum is named after Maharaja Jaswant ?Singh II and built by his son, Maharaja Sardar Singh in the year 1899. Hidden amidst lush green trees and perched tenderly on the lakeside, one would not want to miss the sight of the cenotaphs and domes carved in intricate and traditional Rajasthani fashion. After an amazing experience of Rajasthani royal,It?s time to enjoy their food. Embrace your cooking knowledge and experience at the King?s Retreat. Take a delightful cooking class at the rooftop of King?s retreat with a backdrop view of the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort. Learn how to cook some traditional rajasthani dishes and cook yourself a good meal for dinner. Get back to the hotel.

  • : Jodhpur Photo walk, Osian Desert Camp and themed Rajasthani Dinner

    Wake up and get ready to explore the lanes of old city comprising of homes and shops painted in blue. Visit various step wells since Jodhpur holds the reputation for having the most number of step wells to implement smart plans for water storage and supply. Stop at locations to capture the true essence of the city. Get back to hotel and delve into a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Recharge yourself for the full packed day at the desert. Enroute to Osian desert visiting Mandore garden on the way. Be cautious of the notorious monkeys present here and hold tight onto your belongings. Lunch at the local place. After reaching our destination, Osian Desert Camp have a quick cup of tea/coffee and head to the dunes on a camel. Enjoy your safari in the sands till the sun sets. Head back to the tent area to be entertained by folk performers around your camp fire. Enjoy an authentic Rajasthani dinner prepared at the camp. After getting your candle light dinner, get back to your tent for stargazing while going to sleep.

  • : Jodhpur to Takhtgarh, Tribal Meet with Jogi Nomads

    Wake up in the beautiful desert and prepare yourself for a transit to Takhtgarh.? Take a stop at Om Banna Temple. Located in pali district near Jodhpur, India, devoted to a deity in the form of motorcycle, hundreds of devotees turn up to pray for a safe journey. Passers by, stop and pay their respects. It is said that dangerous journey. Devotees also apply the ?tilak? mark and tie a red thread on the motorbike. Local people sing folk songs in the name of Om Banna. Many local people offer incense sticks, flowers, coconut and red thread meant for offering prayers and sweets. ?Prepare yourself to be amazed to watch people worshipping a bike and even more, sometimes offering alcohol while praying for safe journeys. Have lunch at the hotel/homestay. Freshen up and walk around the farm. Spend the evening acquainting yourself with the Jogi nomads of Takhtgarh as they warm your heart with their stories. Learn about their lifestyles and routine activities. Get back to your stay and enjoy your dinner and recharge yourself for the next day adventures.

  • : Tribal meet with Raika Tribe

    Wake up and delve into delicious breakfast. Prepare yourself to meet the Raika Tribe. Being one of the largest livestock herders of India, the Raika tribe are known for their ingenious ways of surviving harsh desert environments. There are 2 main groups of nomads presiding here. Meet these men and learn about their daily routine.Every member of the family plays and important role in earning income for the household.After meeting Raika tribe,head towards the Local school. The village municipal administration is actively working on developing educational opportunities for the children of Takhtgarh. There are currently 22 schools and 2 colleges, one specifically ?meant for girl?s higher education. It is interesting to visit one of these schools and learn the teaching methods and practices from the teachers and students. It would be much appreciated gesture to visit the students with chocolates or study materials which would light up their day. After meeting with kids at school we move towards the Raika temple. This is a place of devotion for the Raika tribes. Immerse yourself in their shoes and enjoy a very pleasing yet powerful aarti performed by one the priests at the temple. Get back to the hotel.

  • : Takhthgarh to Ranakpur Temple to Udaipur

    After a quick breakfast, set off for Udaipur. Visit Ranakpur Temple on the way. It is one of the largest and most important temples of Jain culture dedicated to Lord Rishabanatha. The temple with its unique domes, towers and shikaras rises royally. The construction of the temple and quadrupled image signifies the Tirthankara?s conquest of four cardinal directions and hence the cosmos. There are four artistic entrances with four images of Bhagwan Adinath facing four directions. It is because of these four images that is popularity known as Chandramukh prasad. This temple is a vivid illustration of India?s cultural heritage and vision of the former artists. Take a self guided tour of the temple. Learn about the design and history of jain temple. Make sure you dress conservatively to respect the sanctity of the temple. Head towards Udaipur and Enjoy your lunch at the hotel. Head towards Lake Pichola. Find a boatman and watch the sunset as you spend your evening on a boat at this busy and lit lake. Take a stroll and notice the activities of local vendors and residents who often come here to spend a good evening.

  • : City Palace, Shilpgram, Baghore ki Haweli in Udaipur

    After the breakfast,prepare yourself to explore Lake city. Recharge yourself to begin a royal tour in the City Palace ? A Scintillating Royal Wonder Of Eternal Mewar. Sprawling over a vast expanse of land, the area is divided into 3 sections. The central area is home to the royal family, the left and right wings are leased to 5 star hotel chains and the rest of the space is open to the public. Steps stairs and narrow corridors pave way in this multi storey museum. Housing weapons and war paintings, the city palace is a huge tourist attraction of the city of lakes. After lunch, visit shilpgram: Setup by the government of India to foster Rajasthani art and traditions, this campus is famously known as the village of art. Head to the cultural stage to appreciate folk dances at Baghore ki haveli, performed by local artists. Use this opportunity to learn how the artisans adopt traditional methods to make bangles, paintings, eco-friendly earthenware, mojari shoes and much more. Head back to hotel.

  • : Udaipur to Delhi

    After breakfast, prepare yourself to say the hardest adieu to the Royal Rajasthan and head back to your respective destinations while you carry loads of memories and experiences. End point Departure Arrival, IGI Airport Area, New Delhi, South West Delhi, Delhi, India

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