An introduction to India – The North

12 nights & 13 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.

 

Days Destination Highlight
1 Arrive in Mumbai Heritage Walk of Bombay
2 Mumbai Boat cruise to Elephanta Caves, Busy thoroughfares, open-air laundry, botanical garden
3 Mumbai / Aurangabad Explorations of Mumbai
4 Aurangabad Ajanta Caves, UNESCO World Heritage site
5 Aurangabad / Mumbai Ellora Caves, UNESCO World Heritage site
6 Mumbai / Udaipur Heritage tour of Udaipur, old city Bazaars
7 Udaipur City Palace, Boat Cruise on Lake Pichola
8 Udaipur / Jaipur City Palace complex, Jantar Mantar, Old City Bazaars
9 Jaipur Amber fort
10 Jaipur / Agra The Taj Mahal, Itmad-ud-daula
11 Agra / Delhi Sunrise tour of Taj Mahal
12 Delhi Old and New Delhi – Bazaars, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Humayun’s Tomb
13 Depart Delhi
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.

Meals: Breakfast

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.”

Meals: Breakfast in Mumbai

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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.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 | AURANGABAD TO MUMBAI

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 late afternoon, fly to Mumbai. Arrive in Mumbai to be met and transferred to your hotel, a drive of 15 mins from the airport.

Meals: Breakfast in Aurangabad

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DAY 6 | MUMBAI TO UDAIPUR

This morning fly to Udaipur from Mumbai. Arrive in Udaipur to be met and transferred to your hotel. Your explorations of Udaipur begin this afternoon.

“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.”

Meals: Breakfast in Mumbai

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DAY 7 | 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.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8 | 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.”

Meals: Breakfast in Udaipur

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DAY 9 | JAIPUR

Morning tour of Amber Fort. Afternoon at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 | 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.”

Meals: Breakfast in Jaipur

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DAY 11 | 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).

Meals: Breakfast in Agra

DAY 12 | 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.”

Meals: Breakfast

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DAY 13 | DEPART FROM DELHI

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

Meals: Breakfast in Delhi

PRICES & INCLUSIONS

From $ 3056 / person

From October 2018 – April 2019 [excluding peak season]

Prices are in USD and do not include international flights. This tour price may change depending on dates, availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. These prices are valid from October 2018 to April 2019. There will be a supplement for peak season (Xmas, New Year, Valentine’s day), please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences at mail@quovadis.in.

You may request a call back to discuss your tour or customize the itinerary according to your preference.

Price Includes:

Twelve nights in Hotels (& categories) as below:

 

Destination Hotel Room Cat Nights
Mumbai Trident Superior 2
Aurangabad Lemon Tree Deluxe room 2
Mumbai Taj Santa Cruz Luxury City View 1
Udaipur Amet Haveli Deluxe room 2
Jaipur Samode Haveli Deluxe Room 2
Agra Courtyard by Marriott Deluxe Room 1
Delhi Claridges Deluxe Room 2

 

meals: Breakfast / as mentioned in the itinerary

 

economy Class Airfare for two:

-Mumbai – Aurangabad

-Aurangabad – Mumbai

-Mumbai – Udaipur

-Udaipur – Jaipur

 

overland transportation – airport & hotel transfers / activities & sightseeing / drives – in a Toyota Innova (Air-conditioned) with a trusted chauffer along with soft drinks/bottled water

private sightseeing throughout, with expert local guides and entry/camera fees

a Quo Vadis welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary

your tour coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip

 

Terms & conditions

This price is not valid for peak season: 20 December to 5th January.

These prices are not valid for Valentine’s day – 14th February 2019

These prices do not include international airfare to India and VISA fees

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We look forward to welcoming you to slow travel in the Indian subcontinent,

imaginatively and meticulously designed just for you.