Best of North India

14 NIGHTS – 15 DAYS

MUMBAI – UDAIPUR – RANAKPUR – JODHPUR – JAISALMER – BIKANER – JAIPUR – FATEHPUR SIKRI – AGRA – ORCCHA – KHAJURAHO – VARANASI – DELHI

This tour takes you to the best places of North India and also to Mumbai in a short period. It starts with Mumbai, the commercial Capital and city of Bollywood. Next you visit Rajasthan which has majestic cities like Udaipur, the Venice of East and city of lakes; Jodhpur also known as blue city; Jaisalmer, nickname “The Golden city”, besides Bikaner and Jaipur. You will also visit one of the most wonderful monuments in the world “Taj Mahal”, followed by Orchha with its laid-back and hassle-free ambience, Khajuraho known for architectural splendour and erotic sculptures on its temples walls and Varanasi, the holiest and one of the oldest living cities in the world on River Ganges and finally historical city of Delhi which has seen the rise and fall of many empires leaving behind a number of monuments to witness the grandeur and glory of bygone days.

1

Day:

Mumbai

Arrive at Mumbai airport.

Mumbai is a city that never sleeps and can be referred as pulsating, alive, on the move, vibrant, and fun. Once the cluster of seven islands, Mumbai is the most modern city of India and it captures the spirit of changing pace set by liberalization. This is a metropolitan hub of a thriving cultural life, with an endless stream of performances in music, dance and drama. The center for Hindi film industry, known locally as Bollywood, it produces the largest number of films in the world. You can enjoy and savor here old and new, rich and poor, and classical and modern.

You will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Check in at hotel and overnight stay.

2

Day:

Mumbai – Udaipur

(By Flight – 1 ¼ Hours )

In the morning we will leave for city tour of Mumbai as numerous attractions in the city are waiting for you uncover the tales that led to the construction of these majestic attractions

We will visit Gateway of India; a monument situated on the south front of Mumbai was constructed to honor the visit of King George and Queen Mary to the city of Mumbai in 1911. The basalt arch edifice is 26 meters high. Being the most famous tourist attraction in the city, the edifice has named as Taj Mahal of Mumbai.

Then we will visit Hanging Gardens that are also known as Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens. These terraced gardens that are situated on the top of the Malabar Hill. The place offers you splendid views of the sunset over the Arabian Sea. The Hanging Gates are a great escape from the madness of Mumbai. Great views, beautiful trees and the Old Shoe for kids make it worth a visit.

Prince of Wales Museum will take you back in the bygone era. The museum houses rare and ancient artifacts of Indian history and objects from foreign lands. The museum building is built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, integrating elements from other style of architecture like the Mughal, Maratha and Jain.

In the afternoon we will transfer you to the airport to board a flight to Udaipur.

Arrive in Udaipur and transfer to hotel.

Udaipur is known for its picturesque beauty which has earned the title of city of Lakes. This amazing city is beautifully set amidst Aravalli Ranges of Rajasthan. The city is regarded as the most romantic city of India due to its picture perfect backdrop.

In the evening you are free to stroll through narrow lanes and streets of Udaipur up to Lake Pichola.

Overnight stay .

3

Day:

Udaipur

In the morning we will leave for sightseeing of city of Lakes.

We will first visit City Palace.

Situated on the bank of Lake Pichola, are gigantic series of fortress built over different centuries. Built in 1725 Tripoli, the triple arched gate leads to a series of courtyards, terraces, corridors and gardens which are in harmony profusion. Mor Chowk or peacock courtyard is known for its vivid mosaics in glass decorate its walls. The museum in palace houses a unique collection of antique articles, paintings, decorative furniture and utensils.

Then we will visit Jagdish Temple. Raised on a high platform, the three tiered structure was built in yellow sandstone and white marble in 1651. The entrance of the temple is flanked by two life sized elephants and Gul Mahal attracts the major attention of the temple. The temple is a good example of Indo – Aryan architecture. The intricate beauty of the carvings is very impressive.

Saheliyon ki Bari Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in Udaipur. Famous for its lush green lawns, marble art and fountains is situated on the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake. The palace was presented as a green retreat to 48 royal ladies by Maharana Sangram Singh.

In the afternoon we will leave for excursion to Eklingji and Nagda.

Eklingji templeis one of the famous temples of the city and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The magnificent architecture of the temple is really remarkable. The pyramidal style of temple and its beautifully carved 88tower provides an awesome look to the double storied temple. The series of steps on the outer walls of temple descend into the serene waters of the lake. The temple boasts of a prominent four-faced idol of Eklingji (Lord Shiva) that is made of black marble.

Founded in the 6th century, Nagda is a small town located at the distance of 23 kms from Udaipur. The city was founded by Nagaditya, the founder of Mewar region houses numerous temples. The prime attraction of the city is Saas Bahu temple.

Overnight stay.

4

Day:

Udaipur – Ranakpur – Jodhpur

(280 KM, 6 Hours )

In the morning we will depart for Jodhpur.

Stop en route and visit Ranakpur.

Ranakpur temples are known for their intricate architectural style and are one of the five prominent temples in Jain mythology. The temple is dedicated to Adinath who is the propagator of Jainism, the first tirthankara.
Situated at the distance of 95 kms, Ranakpur temples were built by Jain businessmen. The temple complex is built in light white colored marble and comprises of more than 1400 exquisitely carved pillars that support the temple. The temple is known for its splendid architecture.

Then continue drive to Jodhpur.

Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. Experience the attractive surroundings of a rich cultural legacy against the stony magnificence of the desert locale. The place is a fusion beyond imagination. The city is an amalgamation of culture, history, traditions, art and craft and sand. The city will provide you feeling of silence of sand dunes and roar of sand storms at the same time. The monuments, temples and palace portray a multi-faceted splendor.

On arrival check in at hotel.

Overnight stay.

5

Day:

Jodhpur – Jaisalmer

(310 KM, 6 Hours )

Morning tour of Jodhpur, first we will visit Mehrangarh Fort.

The mighty Mehrangarh Fort overlooks the blue city of Jodhpur from a rocky hill. This muscular fort is a wonderful spectacle and architectural masterpiece. The impregnable fort is one of the most magnificent forts of the country. Still managed by the royal family, the fort has a treasure trove of history and legends. The museum in the palace is a beautiful network of stone latticed courtyards and halls and houses a splendid collection of royal trapping displaying the royal lifestyle of Mewar rulers.

Also visit Jaswant Thada is a memorial Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. This milky white marble structure is an array of imaginative domes. Built in 1899, the memorial is famous for stone lattice jalis and a memorial built for peacock that flew into the funeral pyre.

In the afternoon leave for Jaisalmer.

Arrive and check in at hotel.

Situated amidst Thar Desert, the city of Jaisalmer is said to be straight out from the fables of Arabian Night. Owing to the fort of Jaisalmer, the city is designated as Golden City. The Golden City induces a picture of sheer magic and brilliance of the desert. The city even exhibits the different facets of glorious Heritance.

Overnight stay.

6

Day:

Jaisalmer

In the morning we will go for sightseeing of Jaisalmer.

We will first visit Jaisalmer Fort, also known as Sonar Quila. The sandstone edifice commands a major attraction of the tourist and is second oldest forts of Rajasthan. Founded in 1156 by Rajput ruler, the rising structure from sand merges beautifully with shades of setting sun giving it a look of a fairytale. The bastions of the palace complex encompass havelis of rich merchants, temples and residential complex of soldiers which are intricately carved. Visit the fort to explore the stories of heroism and valor.

Also visit Patwaon ki Haveli and Nathmal Ki Haveli.

Rising from the arid sands of Jaisalmer, Patwaon ki Haveli is a ornamented and colorfully frescoed gorgeous mansion of a rich merchant. Haveli is an interesting piece of architecture. It is one of the renowned havelis of Jaisalmer because it was the first haveli of Jaisalmer and it is a cluster of 5 small havelis. The architecture of Haveli is a visual treat to the eyes. These havelis have been carved out of sandstone with intricate details in different patterns in loud and lavish nature.

Nathmal ki Haveli is a late 19th century Haveli which was used as a prime minister’s house. Dripping with carvings, the exteriors of the architecture are extraordinary. The first floor of Haveli boasts of some exquisite paintings made of gold. The Haveli is still partly inhabited.

In the afternoon we will go for an excursion to sand dunes located at the distance of 42 km from Jaisalmer. Take an unforgettable experience of camel ride and the sunset view.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

7

Day:

Jaisalmer – Bikaner

(330 KM, 6 Hours )

In the morning leave for Bikaner

Bikaner is a beautiful city in the state that is located on the edge of the Thar Desert. The city was founded by Rao Bikaji and renowned for sculptured temples and wonderful palaces in red and yellow sand stones. The hallmark of this city is the magnificent palaces which are famous for architectural wonders, intricately carved interiors and perfectly designed gardens.

Arrive and check in at hotel.

Afternoon city tour of Bikaner, we will visit Junagadh Fort.

Built in 1556 by Raja Rai Singh, Junagarh Fort is one of the most impressive and captivating forts of Northern India. The charm of this enormous structure lies in its arcades, steep staircases, Darbar halls, Jharokas, royal rooms, and screen windows. It is a live endorsement of royalty and splendor of the brave Rajputna Empire. It is an impregnable and unconquered fortress which was constructed by the sixth ruler of Bikaner Raja Rai Singh. This fort is surrounded by the 986 meter long stone wall which has 37 bastions. Surajpol serves as the main gate to the fort.

Overnight stay.

8

Day:

Bikaner – Jaipur

(320 KM, 7 Hours )

In the morning leave for Jaipur

The enthralling historic city and gateway to the most glitzy state, Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan. An intricate chaotic and colorful street of Jaipur flows with old and new traditions. Pink City is flooded by tourist to explore and discover a history that is rich and vibrant till date, with its wonderful forts and palaces. Lush green gardens and broad avenues were painted in pink to commemorate the visit of Prince of Wales has earned it a title of the Pink city.

Afternoon city tour of Jaipur.

We will visit City Palace and Museum.

City Palace is a complex of palaces with many courtyards. Owing to the imposing blend of traditional Rajasthan and Mughal architecture, the palace stands apart from other palaces and forts of Rajasthan. Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the palace still serves as a residence for the royal family. The structure is a souvenir of the strong regal past. The palace stands as a royal symbol of magnificence.

Nearby is the ornate Hawa Mahal is the distinctive landmark of the city. Popularly known as Palace of winds was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh to enable ladies of the royal household to watch the life and processions of the city and enjoy street festivals from the windows.

Also visit Jantar Mantaris an astronomical observatory built by Jai Singh II. It is one of the largest and best preserved observatories out of five in the country. The observatory consists of fourteen major geometric devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars in their orbits, ascertaining the declinations of planets, and determining the celestial altitudes.

Arrive and check in at hotel.

Overnight stay .

9

Day:

Jaipur

Morning excursion to Amer Fort.

Ascend by painted elephant up to the fort. Set on top of the hill, 11 kms from capital city was built by Raja Man Singh II. Known for its artistic style incorporating both Hindu and Rajput elements. Built from a pale yellow and pink sand stone and white marble, this magnificent fort was forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise with a beautiful fusion of art and architecture.

The rest of the day is at leisure or for exploring local bazaars of Jaipur.

Overnight stay.

10

Day:

Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra

(235 KM, 6 Hours )

In the morning leave for Agra.

Stop en route and visit Fatehpur Sikri.

Fatehpur Sikri is located at the distance of 37 kms from Agra and served as the short term capital city of the Mughal Empire under the sovereignty of Akbar the Great. This place was founded in 1569. Akbar ordered for the construction of grand mosque as a token of gratitude to the saint who had predicted that he would be blessed with a son. When prediction of the saint came true, Akbar shifted his capital from Agra to Fatehpur Sikri. He even constructed three palaces for his favorite wives. The city was a perfect presentation of Indo Islamic style.
Proceed to Agra.

Agra is a destination for love and history. Situated on the banks of River Yamuna, Agra is one of the most visited tourist destination. The city is well known for grandeur of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal and various other UNSECO World Heritage Sites.

Visit world famous Taj Mahal.

Defined as the most extravagant monument ever constructed for love, this splendid tomb has become the tourist symbol of India. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal whose death in 1631 had left the Emperor heart broken. The monument is renowned for its stylish domes, exceptionally carved screens, and for finest inlay work.

Also visit Agra Fort. It is an imperialist fort situated on the banks of river Yamuna and served as the center of operation for the Mughal emperor Akbar. The fortified walls of the fort encompass several palaces and houses like Moti Masjid, Diwan-I-Am, Diwan-I-Khas, Musamman Burj, Jehangiri Mahal, Khaas Mahal, Sheesh Mahal etc. It is the finest architectural monument built in red sandstone.

Overnight stay.

11

Day:

Agra – Orchha – Khajuraho

(Train – 3 Hours + 180 KM, 4 Hours )

Morning transfer to railway station to board a train to Jhansi.

Upon arrival at Jhansi station, short drive to Orccha.

Situated on the banks of River Betwa, the historic town of Orccha is endowed with a tranquil environment. The erstwhile capital of Bundelkhand rulers was founded by the 16th century and is known for the architectural grandeur of numerous palaces, temples and monuments. This historic city has been a testimony to rich cultural heritage.
Then continue drive to Khajuraho.

Khajuraho, commonly known as the Land of Moon was the erstwhile capital of Chandela rulers. Astonishing sculptures and architecture of buildings in this temple town is a perfect example depicting Indo- Aryan style of construction. Due to this fact Khajuraho has been declared as a UNSECO World Heritage Site.

Upon arrival check in at hotel for overnight stay.

12

Day:

Khajuraho – Varanasi

( By Flight – 40 Minutes)

In the morning, visit world famous temples.

The 9th – 12th century temples of Khajuraho sing the saga of the unbelievable architectural skills. The ancient groups of temples here are signs of rich culture and are mainly styled in the format of ‘Nagara’ architecture. The elaborate carvings of the temple depict the lifestyle and culture of that era. This display of erotic bold images with such accuracy and exquisiteness has the quality of stimulating and thus have been a sight of astonishment of the world.

Later transfer to airport to board a flight to Varanasi

Varanasi, commonly known as the cultural capital of India, is one of the oldest inhabited cities of the world. Since bygone era, the city has proudly carried the legacy of the rich tradition and culture of India. The city has been an important pilgrimage site for Hindu mythology. City of lights, as popularly known as, is famous for its enigmatic Ghats. The mythological legacy and aura around this city is quite awe-inspiring.

In the evening go to Dashashwamedh Ghat. Ganga Aarti is performed daily by a group of priests there. It is a magical moment that one must not miss. The Aarti in the evening will enchant you with spiritual thoughts and positivity.

Arrive and transfer to hotel.

Overnight stay.

13

Day:

Varanasi

(By Flight – 1 ¼ Hours )

Early morning boat tour on river Ganges to visit bathing Ghats
Return to hotel for breakfast

City tour of Varanasi visiting various temples

Afternoon excursion to Sarnath

Sarnath is a well-known Buddhist site and a popular tourist destination that is worth a visit. The place got its fame after Buddha delivered its first sermon after attaining enlightenment after 2500 years. It is one of the holiest places in Asia.

Return to hotel for overnight stay

14

Day:

Delhi

Morning transfer to airport to board a flight to Delhi

Arrive at Delhi airport and transfer to hotel

The rest of the day is for a panoramic tour of New Delhi.

We will visit India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan and Parliament buildings.

India Gate is an arch that was built to commemorate the death of 70,000 soldiers who laid down their lives during World War 1. The memorial even imprints the names of British and Indian soldiers who laid their lives during Afghan war. This splendid monument was designed by Edwin Luyten. There is an immortal flame that burns throughout the day and night as a mark of remembrance.

In the close vicinity of the India Gate lies the Parliament House which is a circular colonnade building housing offices of various ministries and a well-stocked library. This imperial style architectural monument comprises of open air verandah and 144 columns. It is indeed a sight to watch.

Next to the Parliament House is Rashtrapati Bhawan, the residential estate of President of India. This magnificent monument cannot be compared to any other monument in terms of its size, immensity and magnificence. Rashtrapati Bhawan houses 4 stories and 340 rooms.

Overnight stay

15

Day:

Delhi

Transfer to airport to board a flight to onward destination.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is this a group tour?

No, this is a private travel exclusively for you, your friends and family who may accompany you on the tour.

Is this trip possible for single traveler?

Yes, it is possible. But, the cost may be high in case of a single traveler. You may send us information in the form and we shall send you our best offer depending on number of persons in your group or for a single person.

May I choose dates according to my choice?

Yes, since this is a private tour, you may decide the dates as per your choice. Only in case of certain tours, we have to check if there are any operational difficulties for organizing a tour of your choice. Certain tours are not possible for particular period which we shall let you know. Besides, the cost may vary depending on seasonality.

Could you provide us international flights to India?

It is better if you could buy international tickets directly through your local agent or on internet. Although we can provide you international flight tickets, but you may a get a better deal locally.

Is visa service included in your cost?

No, you have to obtain visa on your own. The visa regulations will depend on your nationality. You may contact us for further details.

Is it possible to make extension or modify tours?

Yes, it is very much possible. You can extend your stay on arrival or departure or at any other place. You may also modify the tour. You may let us know your interest and we can send you modified tour itinerary with cost.

What’s included in the cost?

Our cost normally includes hotel accommodation with breakfast, private air-conditioned car with driver which includes fuel, parking and all taxes, entrance fee to monuments, train tickets if any, guided city tours in English or in other foreign languages, viz French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian or other foreign languages subject to availability which we can notify at the time of reservation request. Our cost also includes some other services viz Elephant ride at Amer fort in Jaipur, camel safari in Jaisalmer and boat tour in Varanasi. We shall send you all details at the time of sending you quotation.
We may also include other services viz lunches, dinners or other services if you wish. We may also exclude guide service and entrance fee to monuments if you so wish.

Are domestic flights and trains are included in our cost ?

Train tickets are included in our cost. But, we give supplement cost for domestic flight tickets as these days, there are dynamic fares and these are not fixed. We send you indicative fare at the time of sending you quotation which is subject to change until issue of tickets with advance purchase for which we need payment from you to issue flight tickets. You may also purchase domestic flight tickets directly on your own if you prefer.

What kind of hotel accommodation is provided ?

We provide minimum standard (3 star or similar), superior (4 star or similar), deluxe (5 star or similar) hotels and the cost will depend depending on category of hotels. We can send you quotation for the category that you are interested in. We usually provide heritage or palace hotels which fit in your category of hotels. We may also mix the hotel category if you prefer and can also provide you rates based on hotels of your liking in all places if you like.

When do I have to pay?

We usually request 25% advance upon confirmation of our services unless otherwise informed at the time of sending you quotation. We shall send you all payment terms at the time of sending you our offer.

I am interested. What is next step?

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Why State Express

Established in 1980, State Express has been providing most reliable services to travelers all over the world for last 35 years. We are renowned for our customer first approach and unobtrusive efficiency which ensures the highest levels of customer satisfaction. We have been awarded several times by State Government for being best Tour Operator. All aspects of our tours have been carefully researched and then designed to give ultimate experience to travelers. Let our travel knowledge help you to create a wonderful experience, whether on one of our tour itineraries or a tailor made tour itinerary made exclusively for you to give you an unforgettable holiday.

 

Our people make the difference

Our success has been possible because of our people who are our biggest asset. We have a team of highly dedicated, sincere, hardworking who work with integrity that has made State Express one of the leading and most reliable tour companies in India. They not only have expertise and experience to meet any requirement, they also speak foreign languages and trained to offer only the best and leave nothing to chance. We know that travel to Indian sub-continent is a dream of many of our guests and our team does everything possible to make their dream true and give them an experience of their lifetime.

Our infrastructure

We have complete infrastructure to provide you best rate and services to you. We are an IATA approved and authorized agents for all domestic airlines and Indian Railways. We have our own cars vans and coaches with experienced drivers. We have multi lingual staff to ensure that our guests do not face any language problem. We also have associate offices in all major tourist centers to provide assistance in shortest possible time.

Our fleet of vehicles & drivers

We undoubtedly have one of the best and most modern fleet of cars, vans, 4X4s and large coaches. Surface travel is a very important aspect in India as you spend lot of your time while travelling on the road and therefore given us an edge over other tour companies who have to rely on other transport companies to provide this service to their clients. We have our own garage and all our vehicles are well maintained to give you hassle free journey.

Besides having the best fleet, it is our drivers who truly make the difference as they play a crucial role in making a tour successful. Even if you stay in best of the hotels and travel in most comfortable and luxurious vehicles, if you do not have a good driver, it may spoil your experience. We have our team of drivers who are part of State Express and have been working with us for years and they are trained, dedicated and motivated to take care of our guests and make them comfortable. That is the reason that more than 90% of our guests thank us and appreciate them after returning to their home.

Our choice of hotels

We take utmost care in selection of hotels that we recommend to our clients and include in our list of suggested hotels. We inspect these hotels regularly to be sure of their quality of product and services. We give lot of emphasis on the location and the people who run those hotels. We want to give you clients an experience of heritage and palace hotels which are unique and not available in other part of the world.

Our tour itineraries

All our tour itineraries are designed by experts to give you an opportunity to see most wonderful sites in number of days at your disposal at the same time giving you time to explore the places in your own way. We have a number of itineraries to choose from which covers all India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Tibet. We also include mode of travel and approximate time taken between places to ensure that you do not have any surprises during the tour. Our specialists will also work with you to create an itinerary of your choice either by modifying our readymade tour itineraries or prepare an exclusive tailor made tour for you based on your interest and liking keeping in mind local conditions.

24 X 4 assistance during the tour

We provide you clients real 24X7 assistance during the tour. This is not a marketing gimmick but we have someone in our office always to assist you in case of any emergency anytime. We also provide cell phone numbers of our executive who you may contact even during odd hours when you need them for anything urgent. We have associate offices in all major cities of India to provide you assistance in minimum possible time.

Response time

We know that response time is key to our success and we value it a lot. Even at initial stages before reservation, you will get replies from us in not more than 24 working hours. We shall always be there whenever you need us during the tour.

Personalised Service

Apart from professional service, we believe in emphasising on personalised service. That is to make our guests feel at home in a foreign country and also feel that they have friends here who they can trust for any need. Our customer executives remain in constant touch with our guests during the tour to give them comfort and trust that we are always with them.

Good value for money

We know that there are so many travel companies providing their services and unless we provide good value for money to our clients, they will not be satisfied. Our own fleet of cars, vans and coaches and best special discounted rates with hotels due to our volumes enables us to offer value for money.

Call us at +91 11 47674000+91 11 47674000 or email us on info@statexp.in for all the details on this itinerary and what is included in your tour. We shall be glad to make any amendments in the tour if you so wish and send you our best quotation and details of the tou to suit your budget and interest.

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