Wonders of North India Group Tour
Spend 16 glorious days exploring some of the best places to visit in India, in one of the most naturally beautiful, historically rich, and culturally diverse regions in the world. When you join our Wonders of North India tour, you'll visit the alluring cities of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Bikaner.
- 16 days
- 4 -24 participants
- Accommodation included
- English-speaking guide
During this 16-day trip to India you'll never find yourself short of things to explore, discover, or do! India has an enchanting, vaguely magical atmosphere that you must experience to understand. Many of our customers that travel to India find that the Rajasthan region epitomizes what they love about India: impressive castles and forts, majestic palaces, decorated havelis, and Maharajas adorned with jewels. Marvel at the Taj Mahal in Agra, stroll along the holy lake in Pushkar, explore the blue city of Jodhpur, shop in the many vibrant bazaars. Whatever you’re interested in, there's something here for you!
Wonders of North India Itinerary
Experience some of the most famous and spectacular sites in all of India. Gaze upon the Taj Mahal in Agra, stroll through the blue city of Jodhpur, appreciate the vibrant diversity of cultures and architectural styles in Jaipur, and find peace in Pushkar, an oasis in the desert.
Below you’ll find the day-by-day breakdown for our Wonders of North India tour.
Welcome to India! Your tour of Northern India begins in the beautiful and diverse city of Delhi. If you arrive early enough you can start exploring this fascinating 3000 year old metropolis. Soak up the unique atmosphere as you stroll through lively streets and discover many intricate temples and mosques.
In the morning you'll meet your guide and fellow travellers. Once you've met your group you'll have the whole day to explore Delhi. Old Delhi is a bright, bustling, cosmopolitan area with many winding streets and meandering markets. You'll also find some of the older, more historic temples and mosques in Old Delhi. We recommend visiting the Red Fort and Jama Masjid, the largest and (some say) most beautiful mosque in India. New Delhi is a modern metropolis with long, wide, and straight streets, pavilions and parks. Between the buildings there are hundreds of monuments; each one telling a story about the city's historic past.
After breakfast we'll leave Delhi and drive to Agra, the home of the world-famous Taj Mahal. This scenic trip will take about 5 hours, depending on traffic. Once you've arrived you can spend the rest of the day discovering this idyllic town for yourself. There are many enchanting sites to behold, such as the Agra Fort, the sister building to the Taj Mahal, and the city with many colourful bazaars where you can shop for fascinating souvenirs. Even if you don’t feel like shopping, the unique atmosphere of an Indian bazaar makes wandering through one a fun and worthwhile experience.
Today you'll leave Agra and go to Fatehpur Sikri, an ancient walled city that was formerly the capital of the Mughal Empire (entrance optional). The remains still testify to the wealth of the city in its heyday and consist of well-restored and well-kept palaces. The most impressive sights are the Jama Masjid Mosque and the supposedly largest gate in all of Asia, Buland Darwaza. From there, you'll continue to Abhaneri where you will stop to admire the step wells, which are famous in India and most of which date back to the 8th century. Finally, you'll reach Kalakho, a quiet place where you can get to know Indian country life. In the evening, take a stroll through the streets and watch traditional sushi being made.
Today, the journey continues to the 'red city' of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Located in the north, this city is surrounded by hills dotted with forts and palaces. The streets are full of men wearing huge turbans and beards, and women who are adorned with jewelry and colorful saris.
You'll have all of today to explore whichever of Jaipur’s attractions you find most interesting. We recommend that you visit the famous Amber Fort, just 15km Northeast of the city. Amber was the regional capital for 600 years and the actual fortress is situated in a strategic position on a hill. It'll take you about 10 minutes to walk to the top of the hill, where you can then admire the fortress’ many marble statues and vibrant mosaics. If you’re not interested in walking you can also take a Jeep.
The next stop on the tour is the beautiful white city of Pushkar, which is named after the sacred lake it was built around. Here you'll find the most important Brahma temple, the Jagatpita Brahma Mandir. This beautiful temple offers a spectacular view of the city and the lake but to gain entry you must observe the dress code. The city is known for its Camel Fair, which is held annually in either October or November.
After an early breakfast we'll embark on a long but worthwhile drive. The first stage leads past the spectacular area of Nag Pahar (Snake Mountain). Eventually, we'll arrive in the picturesque white town of Udaipur, a beautiful city known as ‘the city of lakes’. Here you'll find many palaces, havelis, parks, and gardens to visit. One of the world's finest hotels, the Lake Palace, is found here, right in the middle of Lake Pichola.
Today you have a free day in Udaipur. There are lots of palaces and temples to see including the Jagdish temple, a spectacular Hindu temple located in the bustling city center. There are also numerous other points of interest just a short distance from the city, such as Eklingji, famous for its temple dedicated to Shiva, and the Jain temples in Nagda.
Today our journey continues onwards to the mighty Chaumukha Temple in Ranakpur, one of the most impressive Jain temples in all of India. Here you'll see the incredibly detailed masonry which has made the temple famous. The complex was built in the 15th century and has 1,444 unique columns. Our final destination for the day is the walled 'blue city' of Jodhpur, known as the gateway to the Thar Desert.
Once again, you'll have the whole day to spend at your leisure. Jodhpur has an enormous hilltop fortress at its center, the Mehrangarh Fort, from which you'll have a fantastic view of the blue-painted houses, the same houses that gave the city its nickname. The Mehrangarh fort along with the the Umaid Bhavan Palace are must-see attractions during your day in Jodhpur. The palace was only completed in 1943, shortly before the Maharaja of Jodhpur were forced to relinquish power. The Umaid Bhawan Palace is now one of the best hotels in the city.
Today we'll make the trip to beautiful Bikaner, a 6-7 hour journey. Here you'll discover more impressive forts, palaces, and public buildings, all covered in a distinct and stunning pink-red sandstone. You can still see camels pulling carts through the streets, as they have done for centuries. During your stay you should take a stroll down the main market street which leads to the imposing Junagarh fort. The wall of the fortress is about half a mile long, has 37 bastions and two huge doors. Inside you'll see beautifully restored temples and pavilions.
Decide for yourself what you want to do today. One unique attraction is the Karni Mata Rat Temple where about 20 000 rates live and are revered. This compelling holy site is just a short taxi ride away from your hotel. You must walk barefoot in the temple, where you'll discover the home of thousands of rats. If rats make you squeamish you can also take a trip to a local camel breeding farm. If you're not interested in these particular animals, there are plenty of other attractions in the city as well!
After breakfast we'll begin the scenic trip to the city of Nawalgarh which leads you through the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, known for its beautiful, frescoed houses and diverse population. In centuries past this was a caravan route from the ports of Gujarat and Maharashtra to Delhi and Central Asia. Because Nawalgarh is situated along what was once such a rich trading route there are still many magnificent houses, known as havelis, throughout the city. This is a fascinating place to explore. You'll stay either in Surajgarh or Nawalgarh overnight.
In the morning you'll have some more time to explore the ornate city of Nawalgarh. This is a great time to stroll through the bazaar and pick up some souvenirs. The Khedwal Bhavan building is an opulent structure well worth a visit and even if you’re not interested in architecture the Bala Quila Fort is a truly awe-inspiring complex. Around noon, your group will travel back to Delhi, where you'll spend your last night in India.
Today is the last day of your tour. We wish you a pleasant journey home and are certain that you'll be retuning with fond memories of enchanting India. If you're not quite ready to head back yet our friendly staff will be more than happy to help you extend your stay!
We recommend that you read this information carefully before booking or departure. Here you will find important information about our Ultimate South India tour. Be aware that you may need to get some vaccinations in advance. This trip includes several excursions, but there is also allocated time for optional activities. Let one of our friendly tour guides help you book any additional adventures.
Important advice regarding entry and exit, necessary vaccinations and general information about the country and people can be found here. If you have any further questions one of our staff members would be more than happy to help.
This flexible 16-day tour takes you to some of the most exciting and impressive places in the region and allows you to choose which activities you are most interested in. You'll have plenty of time to explore the highlights or stroll through the city at your own pace. Your guide will be more than happy to help you decide which attractions you'd like to see and offer you practical advice throughout your journey.
- You will need a visa to travel to India
- We recommend that all travellers get the standard vaccinations (Hepatitis A and Typhoid). You should also be sure to get a preventive rabies vaccination.
- English-speaking guide throughout
- 15 nights of accommodation
- All transfers as described
- Visit to the Chaumukha temple in Ranakpur
- English-speaking guide throughout
What's not included?
- All flights
- All meals and beverages
- All entrance fees
- Travel insurance
- Optional excursions
- Transfer to/from airport
- It is possible that participants in this tour will be grouped with members from a different tour. We guarantee that no more than 24 people will be in the total group. Your guide will be with you throughout to make sure that everything runs smoothly and offer you tips and advice.
- Single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex (if possible). If you'd like to have a single room, please mention this when booking.
- Beginning on August 13, 2015, tourists can attend the Teej festival in Jaipur.
- Beginning on November 14, 2015 the Camel Market will be held in Pushkar. You can choose to spend an extra night in Pushkar in exchange for one less night in Bikaner.
- The additional night will be spent in luxury tents that include a private bathroom. The Itinerary would then change to the following: Day 1 Arrive in Delhi; Day 2 Delhi; Day 3 Agra; Day 4 Agra; Day 5 Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri; Day 6 Jaipur; Day 7 Pushkar; Day 8 Pushkar; Day 9 Udaipur; Day 10 Udaipur; Day 11 Jodhpur via Ranakpur; Day 12 Jodhpur; Day 13 Bikaner via Rat Temple; Day 14 Shekhawati; Day 15 Delhi; Day 16 Departure
2018 Season Information
The price for all Wonders of North India tours in the 2018 season is $1,092.00 CAD p.p. in a double room. For travelers wishing to have a private room, a single-room supplement of $449 CAD p.p. will be charged.
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|Dates||Duration||Price pp in DBL|
|14.07.2018 - 29.07.2018 *||16 Days||$1,092.00 CAD|
|21.07.2018 - 05.08.2018||16 Days||$1,092.00 CAD|
|09.08.2018 - 24.08.2018 *||16 Days||$1,092.00 CAD|
|08.09.2018 - 23.09.2018||16 Days||$1,092.00 CAD|
|08.09.2018 - 23.09.2018 *||16 Days||$1,092.00 CAD|
|13.10.2018 - 28.10.2018||16 Days||$1,092.00 CAD|
|13.10.2018 - 28.10.2018 *||16 Days||$1,092.00 CAD|
|10.11.2018 - 25.11.2018 **||16 Days||$1,092.00 CAD|
|17.11.2018 - 02.12.2018 *||16 Days||$1,092.00 CAD|
|01.12.2018 - 16.12.2018||16 Days||$1,092.00 CAD|
|22.12.2018 - 06.01.2019||16 Days||$1,092.00 CAD|
|22.12.2018 - 06.01.2019 *||16 Days||$1,092.00 CAD|