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 Mumbai, located in Western India, in a short period. The tour starts from Mumbai, the commercial Capital of India and the city of Bollywood. After covering all the major attractions here, we take you to the state of Rajasthan which has beautiful cities like Udaipur, the Venice of East; Jodhpur also known as blue city; Jaisalmer, nicknamed “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 and Khajuraho, which are ancient towns popular for their majestic forts and Hindu temples. Next, we visit Varanasi, the holiest and one of the oldest, continuously-inhabited cities in the world on River Ganges Finally, we visit the 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 Mumbai is the largest city in India – a financial capital with rich modern history. It is the city that never sleeps and is often described by tourists as alive, vibrant, and fun. Once a cluster of seven islands, it was combined into one large island in the mid 18th Century. Mumbai is a metropolitan hub. with a thriving cultural life, It is the center for Hindi film industry, known locally as Bollywood, which produces the largest number of films in the world. During your stay in Mumbai, you will savour the old and the new, the rich and the poor, and the classical and the 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 southern end of Mumbai. It was constructed to honour the visit of King George and Queen Mary to the city of Mumbai in 1911. Designed in the Indo-Saracenic style, The basalt arch edifice is 26 meters high.

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

Prince of Wales Museum will take you back to the bygone era. The museum houses rare and ancient artefacts of Indian history and objects from foreign lands. Like the gateway of India, The museum building is also built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, integrated with elements from Mughal, Maratha and Jain style of architecture.

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

Once you Arrive in Udaipur, you will be transferred to the hotel.

Udaipur is known as the city of Lakes for the seven picturesque lakes that line the city and give it an other-worldly charm. 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, the City palace is a gigantic fortress built by a long lineage of rulers of the Mewar Dynasty over multiple centuries. Tripolia, the triple arched gate, leads to a series of courtyards, terraces, corridors and gardens which are in perfect harmony. ‘Mor Chowk’ or peacock courtyard is known for its vivid mosaics in glass that decorate its walls. There is also a museum in the palace that houses a unique collection of antique articles, paintings, decorative furniture and utensils.

After completing the tour of City Palace, 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.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, it is situated on the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake. Maharana Sangram Singh presented the garden as a gift to the 48 royal ladies who accompanied his wife at the time of their marriage.

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

Eklingji temple is one of the most famous temples of the city and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The architecture of the temple is really remarkable. The pyramidal style of temple and its beautifully carved tower provides a magnificent 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 a distance of 23 kms from Udaipur. The city was founded by Nagaditya, the founder of Mewar region and houses numerous temples. The prime attraction of the city is Saas Bahu temple that was built in 10th century.

Return to hotel for 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 a distance of 95 kms, the 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 and was once the capital of the Mewar kingdom. The city is an amalgamation of culture, history, traditions, and desert sand. Since most of the houses in the region are painted blue, it is also referred as the ‘blue city’, and has the served as backdrop for numerous Bollywood movies..

On arrival check in at hotel.

Overnight stay.

 

5

Day : Jodhpur – Jaisalmer(310 KM, 6 Hours)

In the morning, we will start our sight seeing of Jodhpur with a visit to Mehrangarh Fort.

The mighty Mehrangarh Fort overlooks the blue city of Jodhpur from a rocky hill. This fascinating fort is an architectural masterpiece with seven entry gates, multiple palaces and expansive courtyards. The impregnable fort is one of the most largest forts in 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 hosts a splendid collection of paintings, textiles and artefacts displaying the royal lifestyle of Mewar rulers.

Also visit Jaswant Thada which is a memorial built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II by his son, Maharaja Sardar Singh. This milky white marble structure is an array of specatacular arches and domes. Built in 1899, the memorial is famous for stone lattice ‘jalis’ or grills, and a memorial built for a peacock that flew into the funeral pyre.

In the afternoon leave for Jaisalmer.

Arrive and check in at hotel.

Situated amidst the Thar Desert, the city of Jaisalmer look like a place straight out from the fables of Arabian Night. Owing to the yellow sandstone being used in the construction of the Jaisalmer fort and most of the houses in the city, Jaisalmer glitters in the sunshine and is therefore rightly called as the Golden City. The numerous monuments that dot the city are a testament to its glorious heritage.

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 is a a major tourist attraction and is the second oldest forts of Rajasthan. Founded in 1156 by Rajput rulers, the structure rises from the sand and merges beautifully with different shades of the sun during sunset giving it a picturesque look. 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 colourfully frescoed mansion of a rich merchant – Guman Chand Patwa. The Haveli, a cluster of 5 small havelis, is an interesting piece of architecture. It is one of the most renowned havelis of Jaisalmer because it was the first haveli of the city. The Haveli is a visual treat, having been carved out of sandstone, with intricate and detailed patterns on windows and walls.

Nathmal ki Haveli is a late 19th century Haveli which was used as the prime minister’s house. Inundated with carvings, the exteriors of the mansion 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 take you for an excursion to the sand dunes. Located at a distance of 42 km from Jaisalmer, enjoy an unforgettable experience of camel ride and sunset view across the desert.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

 

7

Day : Jaisalmer – Bikaner(330 KM, 6 Hours)

In the morning, we leave for Bikaner

Bikaner is a beautiful city 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 screened windows. It serves as a testament to the royalty and splendour of the brave Rajputana Empire. It is an impregnable and unconquered fortress which was constructed by the sixth ruler of Bikaner – Raja Rai Singh. The fort is surrounded by a 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, we will leave for Jaipur

The enthralling historic city and gateway to the most beautiful state, Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan. An intricate chaotic and colorful street of Jaipur flows with old and new traditions. The Pink City is flooded with tourist who come here to explore and discover the rich and vibrant history which is preserved in its wonderful forts and palaces. The city earned the title of Pink City when all the houses and shops were painted in pink to commemorate the visit of Prince of Wales in 1876.

In the Afternoon, we engage in a 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 pas and The palace stands as a symbol of Rajput magnificence.

From the city palace, we move on to another distinctive landmark of the city – ‘Hawa Mahal’ or Palace of winds. It 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. The honeycomb shaped structure with 953 windows overlooking the street is a breezy mansion that served as a perfect summer palace in the dry desert climate of Jaipur.

Also visit Jantar Mantar – an astronomical observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh II. It is one of the largest and best preserved observatories out of five that still exist 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

In the Morning, we begin our excursion to Amer Fort.

Set on top of the hill, 11 kms from Jaipur, Amer Fort was built by Raja Man Singh II. Known for its architectural style that incorporates both Hindu and Rajput element, it is Built with pale yellow and pink sand stone and white marbl.This magnificent fort with formidable exterior belies an inner paradise with a beautiful fusion of art and architecture. Ascend the hill to reach the fort on the back of an elephant.

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 a distance of 37 kms from Agra and served as the capital city of the Mughal Empire for a short duration under the Mughal Emperor – Akbar the Great. This place was founded in 1569. Akbar ordered for the construction of the 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 is a perfect example of Indo Islamic style of architecture.
Proceed to Agra.

Agra is a destination for that pays homage to love and history. Situated on the banks of River Yamuna, Agra is one of the most visited tourist destinations. The city is well known for being the home 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 to celebrate love between two people, 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 fine 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 capital of Chandela rulers. Astonishing sculptures and architecture of buildings in this temple town is a perfect example depicting Indo – Aryan style of construction. The carvings on the walls of the temple are unique for their celebration of love and sexual relationship. 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, we will visit the world famous temples of Khajuraho.

The 9th – 12th century temples sing the saga of the unbelievable architectural skills possessed by the Chandela craftsman in that era. The ancient groups of temples are symbols 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 a stimulating quality and thus, for ages, have been a sight of astonishment for 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 the bygone era, the city has proudly carried forward the legacy of the rich tradition and culture of India. The city has been an important pilgrimage site for Hindu mythology. Popularly known as ‘City of Lights’, 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 engross you with spiritual thoughts and positivity.

Arrive and transfer to hotel.

Overnight stay.

 

13

Day : Varanasi(By Flight – 1 ¼ Hours)

In the Early morning, we take a boat tour on river Ganges to visit the bathing Ghats.
Return to hotel for breakfast

After breakfast, we continue our City tour of Varanasi visiting various temples

In the Afternoon, we travel excursion to Sarnath.

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

Return to hotel for overnight stay

 

14

Day : Delhi

In the Morning, we transfer you to the airport to board a flight to New 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. The four-storied Rashtrapati Bhawan houses 340 rooms, numerous halls and exquisite gardens.

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?

Click here to send us information of your trip and we shall send you soonest possible.

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.

24×7 assistance during the tour

We provide you clients real 24×7 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 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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