AN INTRODUCTION TO INDIA - THE NORTH
12 days

We present you with the dazzling variety of North India’s cultural riches.

Mumbai’s Victorian buildings, thriving art scene and a unique mercantile culture; Aurangabad’s unassuming spectacular rock-cut caves of Ajanta and Ellora; Rajasthan’s royal pageantry; Agra’s Magnificient Taj Mahal, ending in Delhi’s date with history will leave you enthralled and coming back for more.

DAY 1 | MUMBAI

Arrive in Mumbai today, where accommodation is held from 12 noon.

 

“Heptanesia to the Greeks, Bom Bahia to the Portuguese, Bombay to the British and Mumbai to its present inhabitants. It is now India’s city of dreams, her commercial, financial and trade capital.”

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DAY 2 | MUMBAI

Morning excursion by motor launch to the 2nd century Elephanta Caves (closed Mondays/one hour each way). Afternoon tour of the busy thoroughfares, the waterfront, the famous open air laundry and the Botanical Gardens.

DAY 3 | MUMBAI TO AURANGABAD

Morning free for personal explorations. Evening fly to Aurangabad.

 

Aurangabad is the entry point for visiting some of the subcontinent’s greatest art treasures at Ajanta & Ellora. Named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, it was once a major center of power now recalled by several evocative Muslim monuments.”

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DAY 4 | AURANGABAD

Morning excursion to the 2nd century BC Ajanta Caves (closed Mondays – 204 km round trip/2 hours drive each way) whose rock cut temple architecture and frescoes present one of the most celebrated faces of ancient India.

DAY 5 | AURANGABAD TO UDAIPUR

Morning excursion to the sixth century Ellora Caves (closed on Tuesdays. 68 kms roundtrip / 45 minutes each way) , highlighted by the great Kailasanatha temple. In the afternoon take a flight to Udaipur.

 

“Capital of the former kingdom of Mewar, Udaipur, the “City of Sunrise” is one of India’s most beautiful locales, a patchwork of manmade lakes, ringed by low hills and dotted with lakeside palaces, pavilions and clusters of elegant whitewashed houses.”

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DAY 6 | UDAIPUR

A full day tour of Udaipur’s lakeside palaces and old city bazaars (closed Sundays/holidays), and a motorboat cruise in the late afternoon.

DAY 7 | UDAIPUR TO JAIPUR

Morning flight to Jaipur. In the afternoon, explore the City Palace, Jantar Mantar and the old city bazaars (closed/Sundays/holidays).

 

“An erstwhile princely state and now the capital of modern Rajasthan. Jaipur is popularly known as the “Pink City” because of the rose coloured wash that adorns most buildings in the old quarter and it is the first planned city in the country.”

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DAY 8 | JAIPUR

Morning tour of Amber Fort. Afternoon at leisure.

DAY 9 | JAIPUR TO AGRA

Drive east to Agra (224 km/ 5 hours plus sightseeing time), visiting the celebrated medieval Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri towards the end of the journey.

 

“Known to exist since prehistoric times, Agra came into full flower during the 16th and 17th centuries as one of the four capitals of Mughal dynasty. Descended from the Timurids in Central Asia, the Mughals conquered Delhi in 1526 which resulted in three centuries of dynastic rule that ended in 1857. It was in Agra that the artistic excellence of the Mughals reached its zenith at a time that coincided with the political high water mark of their vast and expanding empire. Agra today exudes the atmosphere of a provincial town engaged in trade and manufacturing, its heyday well behind it.”

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DAY 10 | AGRA TO DELHI

Morning tour of the Taj Mahal (closed Fridays), the magnificent Red Fort and the Moonlight Garden. In the afternoon, drive to Delhi (192 km/4 hours).

DAY 11 | DELHI

Full day excursion to Old and New Delhi, exploring the medieval and pre-modern faces of the historic capital of India personified by the Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk, Humayun’s Tomb and the legacy of Lutyens and Baker.

 

Delhi, India’s historic capital is one of the world’s longest continuously inhabited cities, a juxtaposition of old and new amidst a panorama of seven cities spanning over a millennia. From the crowded cauldron of Old Delhi’s bazaars set around the giant Jami Masjid mosque to the imperial grandeur of British Delhi radiating from its landmark buildings, the capital is a compelling medley of chaos and good order.”

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DAY 12 | DEPART FROM DELHI

Accommodation is held till 12 noon, with departure for onward destination.

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