Splendours of North India (14 days)

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  • International Flight
  • Accommodation
  • Water
  • Meals
  • Escorted Tour
  • Domestic Flights
  • Airport Taxes Charges
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Tipping

Northern India, one of the planets most exotic destinations, a land of magic and culture full of vibrant colours and hidden secrets. From colossal Himalayan peaks in the far north of the country to the forested tiger country of the centre; from the dramatic Ganges delta wetlands of the Sunderbands in the northeast, to the exotic deserts of Rajasthan. North India inspires the imagination and excites the senses.

 

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Day 1 UK departure

Depart the UK with international economy flight to Mumbai. We can also arrange departures from your local airport at no extra cost.

Day 2 Mumbai arrival

Upon your arrival in Mumbai, the fast paced commercial and celluloid capital of India, you will be greeted by our representative at the International Airport. After a warm welcome, you will be escorted to your hotel for 2 nights stay.

Day 3 Mumbai

Morning enjoy an excursion tour to the rock cut Elephanta Caves (located 10 Km from the Gateway of India, Mumbai). A short shared ferry ride takes you across the harbour to the island of Elephanta for a visit to the Great Cave Temple, which dates back to 550 A.D. Elephanta’s most striking figure represents the three aspects of Shiva – the creator, preserver and destroyer

This afternoon, take a city tour of Mumbai visiting the Gateway of India, built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India; Prince of Wales Museum, built in early 20th century in Indo-Saracenic style architecture, housing a priceless collection of art, sculptures, china and other antiques; Mani Bhavan, Mahatma Gandhi’s home during his stay in Mumbai, which shows glimpses of Gandhi’s life and houses a library of books written by or about Gandhi.

While driving in Mumbai you get an opportunity to observe and take photo stops at some famous landmark sites such as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST – previously called ‘Victoria Terminus’), Mumbai’s most famous railway station, a brilliant specimen of Victorian Gothic style architecture in India; Dhobi Ghat, the open air launderette, Nariman Point and Marine Drive Queens Necklace view.

 

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 4 Mumbai to Udaipur

This morning, you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Udaipur, your entry port to colourful Rajasthan. A romantic and serene city, Udaipur nestles in the scenic valley of Aravalli hills, surrounded by three lakes – Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar and Udai Sagar. Upon arrival at Udaipur, check in at your hotel for 2 nights stay.

 

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 5 Udaipur

After breakfast, visit the 16th century City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in Rajasthan comprising residence of the current Maharaja, heritage hotels, museums and galleries, courtyards and reception halls where royal events take place even today; Jagdish Temple, the 17th century Indo Aryan temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Laxmi Narayan), the preserver of the Universe; Saheliyon-Ki-Bari, garden of the maids of honour, with beautiful green lawns, flower beds, water pools, marble elephants and bird fountains.

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. This evening enjoy an evening boat cruise at the serene Lake Pichola.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 6 Udaipur to Jaipur

After breakfast, embark on a leisurely drive to Jaipur – land of the Rajputs. Jaipur is an exuberance of colour, dance and traditional arts and crafts. Known, as the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur is home to ancient forts and palaces and is one of India’s most well planned cities. Upon arrival in Jaipur, check in at your hotel for 2 nights stay.

 

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 7 Jaipur

Rise early this morning to visit Jaipur’s famous Amber Fort. En route, take a guided walk through the flower market of Jaipur seeing the beautiful yellow and orange marigolds and other seasonal flowers being traded. In close vicinity is also the wholesale vegetable market where farmers bring fresh produce to begin the days trading. Walking through the markets brings you to a junction where you will find the interesting and unusual milk traders of Jaipur, who bring their cattle’s fresh milk to be tested for quality, priced and traded on the spot. Be amazed at the primitive technique of testing quality of milk by dipping hands into large metal milk containers and evaluating the creaminess of milk supplied!

After a brief walk through the local trading markets, drive onwards to visit Amber fort, built in the 16th century. The fort is a mesmerizing blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The Amber Fort was used by the Rajputs for the dual purpose of defence and private residence. The fort encompasses charming gardens and magnificent palaces made from marble and precious stones, richly decorated with intricate stonemason works and paintings, which represented royal splendour and luxury of the Rajput era. To ascend up the fort, you may choose to walk, drive or take an elephant ride.

This afternoon take a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal, Palace of the Winds, with its unique layer-cake honeycomb windows designed to enable erstwhile women of the royal court to observe passing life without being seen; Jantar Mantar, the largest astronomical observatory built in stone, and the City Palace complex with its impressive gardens and museums.

Culture Connection:

Option for Hot Air Balloon Flight

Option for Elephant Safari with Breakfast or High Tea

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 8 Jaipur to Agra

After breakfast, embark on a leisurely drive to Agra, city of the world famous Taj Mahal

This afternoon visit the splendid Agra Fort, built in red sandstone, encapsulating magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens. Then, witness the surreal views of the Taj Mahal. Step inside this eternal symbol of love and appreciate the intricate designs and symmetries that rhyme as a poem written in marble. Taj Mahal is an extravagant display of love, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. You may choose to stay back to see the glistening white marble beauty at sunset.

 

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 9 Agra to Khajuraho

Early this morning, catch your train to Jhansi. Upon arrival in Jhansi, embark on a short drive to Orchha, a medieval riverside town known for its palaces and temples. Apart from the famous landmarks like Jahangir Mahal, Ram Raja Temple and Bundela Chhatris, the town is peppered with fascinating little shrines and memorials. Enjoy an afternoon tour of Orchha.

Continue your drive to Khajuraho – a UNESCO world heritage site in central India, famous for its erotic sculptured temples. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel.

 

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 10 Khajuraho to Varanasi

This morning visit the enchanting temples of Khajuraho with sculptures that draw their inspiration from the ancient art of Kama sutra. Khajuraho Temples were built by the Chandela kings between 950 AD and 1050 AD.

This afternoon, transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India (also known as Kashi and Benaras). Upon arrival in Varanasi, check in to your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 11 Varanasi

Rise early to enjoy a sunrise boat cruise on the Holy River Ganges. See the ‘bathing ghats’ where thousands of pilgrims pay homage to the Sun God by immersing themselves in the holy water of River Ganges, and the ‘burning ghats’ where cremations are conducted. The ghats of River Ganges in Varanasi are believed to be most sacred, engulfing the entire circle of life and death. Follow the boat cruise with a guided walk through the old city, seeing morning life in the historic and ancient bylanes of Varanasi. You get an opportunity to closely observe some morning rituals at the various small street temples along the way. The most sacred and important temple here is Kashi Vishvanath temple. Return back to hotel for breakfast and freshen up.

This afternoon, visit Bharat Mata Temple, the only temple in India that is not dedicated to a God or Goddess. This unique temple is dedicated to Mother India, and features a unique relief map of India, carved out of marble, the largest of its kind in the world. Then visit Sarnath, the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Sarnath was a renowned school of learning from 6th century BC to 12th century AD. The lion capital of Ashoka pillar at Sarnath is the national emblem of India. Visit the ruins, stupa, Buddhist temple and the Sarnath Museum.

This evening, experience a rickshaw ride to the ghats to enjoy the grand ‘Aarti’ ceremony at Dasaswamedh Ghat, conducted everyday at sunset by white-robed priests. Spiritually enlightening and fantastically photogenic, this evening aarti ceremony is a spectacular show with young priests in traditional Indian clothes swaying in seemingly choreographed movements, worshipping the river goddess with incense, flowers and earthen lamps.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 12 Varanasi to Delhi

This morning, catch your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi, discover the modern city of New Delhi, visiting the Qutab Minar, a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture and the world’s tallest brick minaret and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the largest Sikh temple of Delhi, with a gold dome, still in active worship. Drive past President’s House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings, the most imposing features of Lutyen’s Delhi and take a photo stop at the iconic war memorial arch, the India Gate. Also visit Humayun’s Tomb and Rajghat (Cremation site of Mahatama Gandhi). 

 

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 13 Delhi departure

Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, which includes a visit to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; a rickshaw ride through narrow alleys and lanes in Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest and largest trading markets of the country; and drive past Red Fort, the place that marked the announcement of India’s freedom from the British Raj. Later, transfer to the airport to catch your flight back home.

 

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 14 UK arrival

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Mumbai - 5* Trident Nariman Point

5* Trident Nariman Point

Nestled in the heart of vibrant and bustling Mumbai lies Trident, Nariman Point. Soaring 35 storeys tall, it offers panoramic views of the Marine Drive or the Queen’s necklace, as the beautiful promenade is lovingly called. An iconic Mumbai landmark, featuring one of the finest accommodations in the city, this is the address to be seen at.

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Mumbai 4* Value Option - Fariyas Hotel

4* Fariyas Hotel

Fariyas Hotel is a 4-star city center Mumbai hotel in Colaba, South Mumbai within a 20-minute walk of Gateway of India and Prince of Wales Museum. You’ll also be within 30 minutes of Rajabai Tower and St. Thomas Cathedral. It is among the most prominent hotels of Mumbai Colaba situated very close to Colaba causeway.

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Udaipur - 5* Radisson Blu Udaipur Palace Resort & Spa

5* Radisson Blu Udaipur Palace Resort & Spa

Set on the shores of Fateh Sagar Lake, this elegant, palatial resort hotel with a dome-accented roof is 2.9 km from City Palace and 4 km from the Saheliyon-ki-Bari gardens. Featuring lake or jungle views, the plush rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and desks. Room service is offered 24/7.

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Udaipur 4* Value Option - Udai Kothi

4* Udai Kothi

Though within a short, pleasant stroll from the heart of old city, Udai Kothi is remarkable for its tranquillity and magnificence. Conceptualized, designed, created and run by Kunwar Vishwavijay and his wife Bhuwneshwari Kumari, Udai Kothi is a superbly modern hotel, which pampers you with all the facilities, amenities and luxuries a 21st century traveller expects.

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Jaipur - 5* Jaipur Marriott Hotel

5* Jaipur Marriott Hotel

Experience a winning combination of traditional luxury and modern convenience at the Jaipur Marriott Hotel. Entrenched in the cultural legacy of India’s Pink City, our hotel welcomes guests with refined elegance, contemporary amenities, and a prime location near Jaipur International Airport.

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Jaipur 4* Value Option - Holiday Inn

4* Holiday Inn Jaipur City Centre

Holiday Inn Jaipur City center is a property located in the Pink City of India. Sink in the most comfortable beds with a choice of pillows during your stay. Relax in our contemporary rooms that features LED TV, iPod docking station, media hub & glazed windows for a peaceful sleep experience.

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Agra - 5* ITC Mughal

5* ITC Mughal

Sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens, and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, ITC Mughal, a luxury hotel in Agra is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. The only Indian hotel to have won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for its excellent representation of Mughal architecture, it now boasts of a brand new Royal Mughal Suites.

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Agra 4* Value Option - Four Points by Sheraton

4* Four Points by Sheraton

Form follows function, and timeless classics are woven with modern details. Stylish rooms, comfortable beds and productive work-spaces are all paired with delicious breakfast and great coffee to start the day right.

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Khajuraho - 5* Radisson Hotel Khajuraho

5* Radisson Hotel Khajuraho

The Radisson Hotel Khajuraho is an ideal place to stay when visiting area attractions. We are less than two kilometres from many historic Hindu and Jain temples, including the Western Group of Khajuraho Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Khajuraho 4* Value Option - Ramada Khajuraho

4* Ramada Khajuraho

Rest and rejuvenate at our Ramada Khajuraho hotel near Panna National Park. Ideally located less than a mile away from Civil Aerodrome Khajuraho (HJR), you are just minutes from the most treasured sites in this ancient temple city.

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Varanasi - 5* Radisson Hotel Varanasi

5* Radisson Hotel Varanasi

Situated in what is considered the spiritual capital of India, Radisson Hotel Varanasi is ideally located for visiting nearby shrines and temples. Our hotel lies less than four miles from the River Ganges and the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, also known as the “Golden Temple”.

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Varanasi 4* Value Option - Ramada Plaza JHV

4* Ramada Plaza JHV

Stay in luxury on your vacation to the City of Temples when you book a room at our Ramada Plaza JHV Varanasi hotel. See popular attractions with ease from our hotel, located just minutes from the train station. With comfortable, convenient amenities, we are the perfect choice for business and leisure travelers alike.

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Delhi - 5* Le Meridien

5* Le Meridien

Located in the heart of the city , the iconic glass building of Le Meridien New Delhi has been recognised as one of the 100 Icons of Delhi. The hotel is located close to the institutions of both power and pleasure.

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Delhi 4* Value Option - The Royal Plaza

4* The Royal Plaza

Centrally Located, a complete paradise on earth. An exquisite blend of business and pleasure, this hotel is famous for its world class hospitality services. This Classical Boutique Business Hotel offers 419 luxury guestrooms and suites.

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Tour Prices include:

  • International economy flights;
  • Hotel accommodation as shown (based on twin occupancy);
  • Meals as described (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner);
  • Meeting and assistance on arrivals and departures;
  • Sightseeing excursions with English speaking guides;
  • All transfers and road transportation in air-conditioned vehicles;
  • Monument entrance fees for visits mentioned in program;
  • Train/Boat journeys where mentioned in program;
  • Domestic flights where mentioned in program;
  • All currently applicable taxes.

Tour Prices exclude:

  • Indian visa fee;
  • Transfer for meals if not included in itinerary;
  • Drinks during meals;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs etc;
  • Travel insurance (can be arranged, please ask for details);
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Optional tours;
  • Early check-in or late check-out;
  • Flight and accommodation upgrades.

 

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We used Emperor for a group trip to India. they were fantastic with their choice of hotels (some truly incredible) their tour guide, the whole programme and their choice of airlines for the trip. We made things quite tough for them with different members of the group travelling for different periods and arriving in and out of different airports. We specifically had some issues with one of the airlines on the return leg of our trip, through no fault of Emperor, but they did their utmost to put things right and made the journey home as pleasant as possible by meeting the cost of a lounge at the airport for us do to the shortcomings of one of the airlines checking in procedures. The pre holiday package of information was very comprehensive and we were presented with very durable luggage tags. We would have no hesitation in recommending Richard and his team in tailoring a package for a trip to India. We had an amazing culturally stimulating trip and will certainly go back to India in the future.

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