Classic North India

Starting From

$1,910/person

Number of days

12

Start Location

India

Group Size

2-12

Operated by

World Expeditions

Add your business today to reach The Outbound's audience of adventurous travelers.

Come with us to discover all the classical sights of India

Operated by:

World Expeditions

World Expeditions is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that offers guided small group trekking and adventure holidays.

Itinerary

Join Delhi

Upon arrival at Delhi airport you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel. There are no activities planned for the rest of the day so you are free to explore this bustling capital city. India’s capital is an exciting, busy, and often chaotic city but certainly one of the most interesting. Delhi comprises of conspicuously contrasting Old and New Delhi. Old Delhi was the capital of Muslim India between the 12th and 19th centuries and one can find mosques, monuments and forts related to this Muslim history. New Delhi is the imperial city created as India’s capital by the British, intricately planned and comprises of imposing buildings displaying various modern styles of architecture. For those arriving early, explore some of the many attractions on your own - explore the Janatar Mantar, wander the local markets, catch the metro anywhere, visit the Crafts Museum, Indira Gandhi Museum or Birla House (the site of Gandhi’s assassination) or relax in the magical Lodi Gardens.

Sightseeing in Delhi

This morning after breakfast we undertake a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi visiting the Red Fort (closed on Mondays), Jama Masjid Raj Ghat, Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Birla Temple and India Gate. Designed by the builder of the Taj Mahal, Shah Jehan, the Red Fort is famous for its delicate carvings and Royal Chambers. The Raj Ghat is the cremation ground of the father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Humayun’s Tomb is believed to have been designed in 1565 AD by the widow of Mughal emperor Himayun. Its design and layout is based on the description of Islamic paradise gardens and is known to have inspired the Taj Mahal and many later Mughal tombs. The Qutab Minar has walls inscribed with intricately carved quotations from the Koran and is one of the most perfect towers of the Persian world.

Fly to Varanasi

Transfer to the domestic airport to board our flight (10:50 / 12:05) to Varanasi. Arrive Varanasi and transfer to the hotel. Remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Varanasi is steeped with religious history and culture and the great temples and mosques provide for a fascinating insight into the heart of Indian culture.

In Varanasi

Before dawn you will go on an unforgettable sunrise boat ride on the River Ganges. A principal attraction is the long string of bathing ghats where pilgrims make their morning cleansing wash in the river. Also there are the burning ghats where cremations are undertaken. Return to the hotel for breakfast. The rest of the day will be full of sightseeing activities including the old city which stands on the west bank of the sacred Ganges and extends back from the ghats in a winding maze of narrow streets. The city tour will include visits to a range of temples and sights including: Bharat Kala Bhavan, Banras Hindu University, Golden Temple (Vishwanath Temple), Aurangzeb Mosque, Monkey Temple (Durga Temple), and Mother India Temple. This will be followed by an afternoon excursion to the excavated site of Sarnath, the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon.

Fly to Khajuraho

Transfer to the airport to board our flight (12:35 / 13:25) to Khajuraho. Upon arrival in Khajuraho you will be transferred to the hotel. Remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Khajuraho offers a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the busier Indian cities. You may wish to visit the local Archaeological Museum, or Adivart Tribal Folk Art Museum which showcases the local vibrant tribal art and culture, or rejuvenate with a relaxing Ayurvedic massage treatment, or indulge in the local flavours and taste authentic north and central Indian delicacies.

Khajuraho Temples

The Khajuraho temples are one of the seven wonders of India, second only to the incredible Taj Mahal. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Khajuraho temples were built during the Chandela dynasty which came into power at the beginning of the 10th century. The temples belong to the two distinct religions of Hinduism and Jainism, and are masterpieces of Indian architecture and sculpture. The sensuous and spiritual carvings that cover the Khajuraho temples are amongst the finest temple art in the world and depict all aspects of the society during that medieval period. Our tour will visit both the Western and Eastern group of Khajuraho temples. Afternoon at leisure for optional activities or sightseeing. This evening we will attend the Sound and Light show at the Temple Complex.

Transfer to Jhansi, train to Agra

Transfer to Jhansi railway station (172 km – 4 hours approximately), en route visiting Orchha. Lunch at Orchha Resort. Arrive at Jhansi station to board Train 12001 Bhopal New Delhi Shatabdi Express (17:55 / 20:25) for Agra. Upon arrival in Agra, transfer to the hotel.

Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

Day tour of Agra visiting the Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays), Agra Fort and Itmud-ud-daulla Sikanndara. Built by Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal the beauty of the Taj Mahal is unmatched. On the death of his beloved wife, in wild extravagance, Shah Jahan built her this memorial. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this wealth of white marble and precious stone. We have time to walk the corridors and gardens before continuing on to the Agra Fort. With its grand courtyards, royal pavilions and palaces the Agra Fort is a fitting testimony to the Great Moghuls – Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan – during the era when Agra was the capital of the Moghul Empire. The most impressive part of the Fort is the Dewan-e-Am, where the Emperor sat on his throne to dispense to his subjects, and the Dewan-e-Khas where he received foreign dignitaries. We also visit Itimad-ud-Daulah, known as the ‘Baby Taj’; it was built before the Taj Mahal by Nur Jahan, queen of Jehangir, for her parents. The first Mughal building to be faced with white marble and where ‘pietra dura’, (precious stones inlaid into marble) was first used. Agra is a great place to try barbecue meats (kebabs) mixed with Indian spices. Petha, pieces of white pumpkin dipped in sugar syrup, and Gajak, a crumbly sweet made with sesame and jaggery, are delicious local sweets and sold everywhere - try them.

Drive to Jaipur, en route visit Fatehpur Sikri and lunch at Bharatpur

After breakfast we depart for Jaipur by road. The distance is 240km (approx 6 hours) and en-route we visit the ghost city Fatehpur Sikri. Built in red sandstone by Emperor Akbar the Great in 1569 and deserted 14 years later because its water supply failed. Its glorious courtyards and palaces conjure up dreams of the mysterious past. There’s the imperial Jami Masjid, the tomb of Shaik Salim Chisti who predicted the birth of Akbar’s son Jehangir, the Panch Mahal, a strange building which resembles a Buddhist temple, a cloistered courtyard which was the Hall of Public Audience and the Pachchisi paved with black and white where the Emperor played chess using slave girls as figurines. Drive onto Bharatpur for lunch at Laxmi Vilas Palace. Arrive Jaipur in the afternoon and transfer to the hotel.

Morning excursion to Amber Fort, afternoon sightseeing in Jaipur

After breakfast, we head out for a day of sightseeing in Jaipur. We begin at the Amber Fort, the honey coloured fortress-palace in the Aravalli Hills just north of the town centre. The sombre exterior belies the richness of the royal apartments, which open to striking views of the gorge. The Hall of Victory presents a galaxy of decorative art - panels of alabaster with fine inlay work of the tenderness hues and the intriguing Chamber of Mirrors. We return to town to view Jai Singh’s Observatory built in the 17th century by the founder of Jaipur who, besides being a prince was also soldier, astronomer and builder. We conclude at the City Palace, now a museum that contains fine Rajput and Moghul paintings, rare manuscripts and an armory, old carpets, and even amazingly embroidered clothes of the Maharajas and the Maharanis.

Day at leisure in Jaipur

Free day at leisure to explore the local markets of Jaipur, and optional sightseeing and activities.

Drive to Delhi, trip concludes

In the morning, we return to Delhi (258 km / 6 hours approximately). Arrive Delhi and transfer to your onward destination within city limits or international airport, where the trip concludes.

Additional Information

Our journey begins in Delhi where we explore Old and New Delhi before our flight to the 'holy city of India', Varanasi. In Varanasi we visit some of its many temples and mosques and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges, a lifeline to millions of Indians who live along its course and worship it as the goddess Ganga. Our next stop is Khajuraho to view the largest group of medieval Hindi and Jain temples, made of sandstone and displaying the very precise use of mortise and tenon joints that rely on gravity to hold them in place. A train journey takes us to Agra to experience the white marble masterpiece of the Taj Mahal as well as Agra Fort. Our journey culminates in the 'pink city' of Jaipur where we visit the Amber Fort, as well as the City Palace and Observatory before transferring by road to Delhi where our trip concludes.

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating:  Rate this Tour

Have you done this tour? Leave a review!

Other Tours Nearby

Starting at $790/person

World Expeditions

India's Golden Triangle

India - 5 days

Starting at $1,799/person

World Expeditions

Rajasthan Cycle

India - 8 days

Starting at $2,249/person

World Expeditions

Beyond the Markha Valley

India - 15 days

Starting at $1,599/person

World Expeditions

Holi Festival of Colours

India - 6 days

Nearby Adventures

Adventure

Camel Trek through the Thar Desert

Adventure

Snorkel at Elephant Beach

Adventure

Hike the Roopkund Trek to Skeleton Lake

Adventure

Backpack to Chandratal Lake

Adventure

Hike to the Double Decker Living Root Bridges

Adventure

Hike to Neer Garh Waterfall

Adventure

Visit Nokhalikai Falls

Adventure

Explore the Allepey Backwaters