HIGHLIGHTS OF NORTHERN INDIA - 2017

13 Days - DELHI to DELHI

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Overview

Enter another world on this spellbinding tour of India, taking in the Golden Triangle cities, as well as other fascinating towns. Experience the grand palaces of Jodhpur, the lakes of Udaipur, the magnificent Amber Fort in Jaipur and the magic of the Taj Mahal, in Agra.

DESTINATIONS

SIGHTSEEING
In Delhi, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaipur and Agra. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
Cycle Rickshaw Ride, Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Junagarh Fortress, Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Singh II Memorial, Jain Temples, Amber Fort, Taj Mahal, Agra Fort.

GUIDES
Services of a professional Tour Director.

TRANSPORTATION
Airport transfers; private, deluxe, air-conditioned coach while touring.

HOTELS
Hotel accommodation in twin-bed rooms with private facilities, as stated or similar.

MEALS
Breakfast daily (B), 1 Dinner (D).

Package Itinerary

Day 1DELHI

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Welcome to Delhi, the capital of modern India. Delhi is a magnetic blend of old and new boasting a fascinating array of sights, from elegant shops and lively bazaars to impressive forts and mosques that were once the power-base for India's Mughal emperors. On arrival in Delhi you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel where the afternoon is free for you to relax or start exploring. This evening, meet your Tour Director for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day 2DELHI

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Your day starts with a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi including a CYCLE RICKSHAW RIDE. See the splendid 17th century Mughal Red Fort before visiting landmarks such as RAJ GHAT and the majestic three-domed JAMA MASJID, the largest mosque in Asia. Experience a walk in the alleys of CHANDNI CHOWK and later, visit the ancient stepwell AGRASEN KI BAOLI, which has 103 steps and a series of carved chambers and passages. This afternoon, enjoy New Delhi's major sights including the towering QUTAB MINAR, ancient tomb of the Emperor Humayun, then a drive past the grand India Gate war memorial, Parliament and Rashtrapati Bhawan. (B)

Day 3DELHI - MANDAWA

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Depart Delhi for the busy market town of Mandawa, famed for its intricately painted havelis - the ornate mansions of India's merchants and temples. Admire the splendid views over Mandawa from its fortress-topped hill, before an afternoon visit to the havelis. (B)

Day 4MANDAWA - BIKANER

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Travel to Bikaner and take a tour of the massive JUNAGARH FORTRESS, a formidable complex housing 37 pavilions, mirrored palaces and exquisitely decorated balconies, chapels and courtyards. Stroll the local bazaars and enjoy a local savoury in the 'snack capital' of India. (B)

Day 5BIKANER - JODHPUR

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Travel to Jodhpur, once one of India's princely states. Set in the sand dunes of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur's mesmerising old city is ringed by a 10-kilometre, eight-gated wall outside of which the new city stands. Brimming with enchanting palaces, temples, havelis and a beautiful fort, this imperious city exudes grandeur and warm hospitality. Your accommodation this evening is approximately one hour from the city in a hotel that has been home to generations of noblemen from 1622 AD and has now been lovingly developed into a classified Heritage Hotel. (B)

Day 6JODHPUR

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Marvel at the grand palaces of Jodhpur's MEHRANGARH FORT. Admire the splendid JASWANT SINGH II MEMORIAL, beautifully constructed from thin marble sheets that allow sunlight to filter in and enjoy a turban tying demonstration. Later, take a SAFARI to visit the local Bishnoi tribes of the desert. These communities of nature lovers protect endangered plant and tree species and prohibit poachers from killing animals. (B)

Day 7JODHPUR - RANAKPUR - UDAIPUR

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This morning visit the spectacular JAIN TEMPLES en route to Udaipur. On arrival in Udaipur the remainder of the day is at leisure. Known as the City of Lakes, Udaipur is built around three lakes and is made up from a maze of narrow lanes, exquisite palaces, pavilions and gardens. (B)

Day 8UDAIPUR

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Marvel at Udaipur's beauty on a tour of its CITY PALACE AND MUSEUM, comprising a series of enchanting palaces overlooking Lake Pichola. There is the opportunity to learn about the miniature art this region is famous for. (B)

Day 9UDAIPUR - JAIPUR

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Today, travel to Jaipur, Rajasthan's quintessential royal city. Often referred to as the "Pink City", Jaipur is studded with intricately adorned temples & monuments. (B)

Day 10JAIPUR

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Today we start with a visit to the legendary AMBER FORT, known as the 'Sleeping Beauty of Rajasthan'. This fortress-palace has a sombre exterior that hides a richly ornate interior of royal apartments, including an alabaster Hall of Victory and a superb Chamber of Mirrors. Explore the ANOKHI MUSEUM and the CITY PALACE MUSEUM, with its collection of paintings, carpets, weapons and costumes, then enjoy time at the bustling markets of the old city. (B) NOTE: Museum visit subject to opening times.

Day 11JAIPUR - FATEHPUR SIKRI - AGRA

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En-route to Agra this morning, stop at FATEHPUR SIKRI, an abandoned city. Tour the sandstone palaces, elegant courtyards and victory gate of this ghostly place built in 1569 and deserted by its people when the water ran out. Continue to Agra and see the intricate art of pietre dura or marble inlay. (B)

Day 12AGRA - DELHI

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Your day begins with a visit to the famous TAJ MAHAL. This remarkable edifice was commissioned by Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal and took 22 years to build. Later visit AGRA FORT, a colossal, red sandstone UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising forbidding battlements and spectacular Mughal palace with audience halls, room of mirrors and the pavilion where Shahjahan spent his last days. This afternoon, depart Agra for Gurgaon (near Delhi). (B)

Day 13DELHI

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Your tour ends today with a transfer to the airport. (B)

Day 3DELHI - MANDAWA

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Depart Delhi for the busy market town of Mandawa, famed for its intricately painted havelis - the ornate mansions of India's merchants and temples. Admire the splendid views over Mandawa from its fortress-topped hill, before an afternoon visit to the havelis. (B)

AVAILABLE 2017 TOURS

JANUARY
Start Date         End Date          Twin Share        Single            Hotels            Excursions            Availability

13 Jan 2017       25 Jan 2017      $1710 AUD       $2506 AUD    View Hotels    View Excursions     Please call     
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