North India will enchant you with its rich heritage and diverse cultural influences. Your programe passes through the sacred city of Varanasi, the intricately carved Kamasutra temples of Khajuraho, the culinary delights of Lucknow, Mughal empire glories of Agra and Delhi, and the forts, palaces and shimmering lakes of Rajasthan. The sound of bells and chanting not only touches your Heart but restores your spirits in India’s sacred city of Varanasi. At Evening aarti on the Bank of River Ganges as sunsets, witness floating oil lamps and the illuminated prayer ceremony at the Ghats At sunrise, enjoy a boat ride on the holy river Ganges. In Udaipur, the romantic city of lakes and palaces, you will be wowed by the warmth, grandeur and heritage, as well as the extra special settings of the famous Lake Palace , In Last leg of the programe you Discover the Full Devrisity of Mumbai as Mini India & its culture.
Pre-departure planning is important. Here are certain things you should watch for and plan for.
Check with the appropriate consulate or embassy in your country to find out if you will need a visa to visit the country of your destination, especially for an extended period of time. Some countries have extremely detailed and complicated entry/departure laws, and treat visits of a week or two very differently from longer stays.
If you’re traveling to one area, check the cost of living there. If it’s high you’ll probably want to budget more carefully and save some money before leaving. The lower the cost of living the less you’ll have to save, but be sure to have a back up reserve in emergency cases.
Talk to other people who have done a similar trip.
If you don’t know anyone personally, try any of the dozens of online travel web sites full of first-person travel stories covering every possible type of trip.
Plan big and loose. Read everything you can about the area.
There may be sights and attractions you didn’t know about. A rough outline of your trip might have three or four target points and a variety of ways to get between them.
Some trips will allow you more leeway than others. Travel plans in Asia can often be made day-by-day while summer travel in Europe should be organized at least a few weeks ahead, unless you’re prepared to hunt around for hotel rooms and train seats.
Set up a pre-trip time-line so you don’t end up with a full todo list your last week of work or school.
Things to consider are doctor’s visits for a check up, inoculations, and prescription refills; purchasing plane tickets; renewing passports and obtaining visas and other documents.
The longer the trip, the lighter you should pack. This might seem strange, but it’s true you can afford to lug a heavy bag around for a week or two, but do you want to have anything extra for a year?
Stick to the absolute basics and know what you can and cannot buy at your destination(s). There’s no point in bringing 6 months of toothpaste to Europe or buying a sarong at home to take to the tropics. If you are visiting several climates, try to arrange it so you visit the warmer places first and coldest last. That way you can purchase sweaters and long pants and not have to carry them any more than needed. Alternately, visit cold climates first and then ship unneeded layers home — or sell them off.
Make sure everything goes with everything else (if that’s important to you), and remember that layers are always best.
Be prepared for uncomfortable trips. You will often find yourself in a busy, cramped, economy class environment and it could be for many hours – especially long plane trips.
If you want to arrive at your destination refreshed and able to enjoy the sights, then try a good quality travel pillow to support your head, some ear plugs to block out the screaming babies, and an eye cover to block out the sun or cabin lights.
Make contact with the locals before you go.
Maybe you have a friend-of-a-friend or a foreign exchange student from high school you remember, or just found a friend through a travel web site; almost everyone is happy to welcome a foreign visitor to their home town. This might be as elaborate as a home-stay for a few weeks, or just coffee in their home town or dinner at a locals restaurant.
A perfect city for exploring on foot with a shop around every corner. Much of the inner city can be walked without trouble, however, in parts walking include crowds, uneven streets, heavy traffic, and skinny sidewalks. If that’s a problem, there are plenty of taxi’s to ride in and scooters to rent.
How to Travel
- Subway – The metro is the fastest transportation. Running 5am to 10pm every day.
- Bus & Train – Operated by an independent organization, busses and trains include wifi access for the public. You can take any bus or train marked with the (B Public) sign for free.
- Taxi – Available in all parts of the city. From a restaurant or hotel you can have them call the city taxi service.
- Car – Rental cars are easy to get and hotels have good parking prices. Once in the main city, you can often walk so we suggest returning the when you arrive.
- Bike – The best way to get around, other than walking, is by bike. If you don’t mind hills, you can bike anywhere. If that’s not for you, stick to the inner city with your bike.
Just a few miles away you can explore the history and legacy, drink wine and relax. You can wander the hills or be lulled by the fountains. If you have time, the attractions can fill 3 days. We’ve highlighted the best ones here.
Because of the number of sights to see, some first-time visitors should start with an organized tour. Some things can be covered in depth, other are just useful for getting your bearings.
The leading tour operators use local historians to lead their tours. Guides offer walking tours, including visits to monuments, museums, and historic locations, as well as eating tours. Tour prices can be high, but most participants consider them a trip highlight. In addition, there are many family related tours, sights and more appealing activites to children.
Walking tours, like the 3 hour ghost tour, is an exclusive in the early evening. A bus excursion ruins special tours like you’ve never seen. Also worth consideration, a group of art historians and architects do a theatrical retelling from dramatic scripts. Go on a tour, expect guides to break out into a rendition of “Singing in the Rain”, it’s a lot of fun.
- Delhi – Old and New
- Lucknow -The City of Newabs
- Visit to the Sacred City of Varanasi
- Temples of Khajuraho
- Agra – TajMahal and Agra Fort
- Jaipur –Elephant Ride to Amber Fort and a Visit to the City Palace
- Udaipur – Venice of the East
- Banks – Open Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm. Some banks are closed for lunch.
- Emergencies – For police, dial a local phone number; for ambulance call a hospital.
- Internet Access – Wifi is standard in most hotels and free in many coffee shops.
- Mail – Buy stamps at the Post Office. Convenient post offices are located all cities. Most are open Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.
- Safety – Pickpocketing can be a common problem. It is suggested for men to keep wallets in their front pocket. Purse snatching also occurs at times.
This site contains information with a very personal and friendly structure. It also has great links to other related sites online.
Information, internet access, maps, and train passes are available at local Tourist Information terminals. These are located at various sites around the city. Expect a wait if you arrive late in the afternoon or during lunch time. Local travel agencies are also helpful for quick information and finding hotels. There is no service charge for these services. Hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, and Saturday 10am to 2pm.
Getting in from the airport and other arrival locations. Travel planning is about more than just knowing where you’re going. Prepares to navigate, take control and be ready for anything. This section helps you steer clear of disaster and stay open enjoy the unexpected.
- Plane – Flights arrive at the main airport near city center. If flying from European cities, you might land at a connecting airport. There is a tourist information office at the Terminal E, international arrivals, open 8am to 6pm.
- Train – A train station is on the lower level of the airport. To get into the city, follow the marked signs.
- Taxi – From the airport there is a flat-rate for the 1-hour trip, depending on traffic. Hotels charge up to $80 for shuttle service.
- Train & Bus – Trains and buses arrive a city center. This is the transportation hub for the city and is surrounded hotels.
A perfect place for exploring on foot, with local shops around every corner. You will eventually walk somewhere, it’s just going to happen. If you don’t like crowds, uneven cobblestones, heavy traffic or narrow sidewalks, take a taxi or rent a scooter.
On arrival in Delhi you will be greeted by our and transferred to your hotel for your two night stay. Spend the rest of the afternoon at your leisure.
Today you will go on a full day’s y private guided tour of Old & New Delhi seeing sights such as the Jama Masjid Mosque and Red Fort, as well as QutabMinar tower and the Tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in New Delhi, where you will see buildings befitting the modern day capital city of India.
Fly to Lucknow and go on an afternoon tour of the city. Spend the night in Lucknow.
Take the train to Varanasi, one of Hinduism’s seven holiest cities. This afternoon travel to Sarnath, where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after receiving enlightenment. At sunset witness the Aarti ceremony at the Sacred Ghats of the Ganges – a beautiful ceremony in which diyas (oil lamps) are offered to the gods. Spend the night in Varanasi.
Take an early morning boat ride on the River Ganges followed by a walk in the famous old lanes of Varanasi with its temples and a city tour. Take an afternoon flight to Khajuraho, famed for its temples and erotic sculpture. Spend the night here.
Drive to Jhansi Railway Station to connect with the train to Agra. En route visit Orchha, the hidden jewel of the Bundela Dynasty. You will spend two nights in Agra.
Make an early morning start for your sunrise visit to the TajMahal. After breakfast visit some of Agra’s other major sights including the Red Fort and Itmad-Ud-Daulah (or Baby Taj).
Drive to Jaipur via FatehpurSikri
Later this morning drive to Jaipur, En route you will visit FatehpurSikri the deserted city of Mughal Emperor Akbar, a world heritage site before continuing to Jaipur, arriving late this afternoon. Spend the rest of your day at leisure. You will spend two nights in Jaipur.
Today you will take a guided tour of Jaipur including visits to the Maharaja’s City Palace, the Amber Fort and the JantarMantar astronomical Observatory as well as the other major sights of the city. Your afternoon is at your leisure to relax or shop in the markets.
Early morning after breakfastdrive to Udaipur. Set amidst the Aravalli Hills of south Rajasthan, enroute also visit Chitorgarh Fort , Udaipur is a beautiful city regarded as one of the most romantic in India. Having checked in to your hotel, spend the rest of the day at leisure. You will spend two nights in the special city of Udaipur.
After breakfast proceed for a full day guided sightseeing tour of the City Palace, the 17th century Jagdish temple and other sights followed by an evening boat ride on Lake Pichola.
Morning early morning after breakfast you will be transferred to airport for your flight to Mumbai, on reaching Mumbai you will be received and later proceed for full day guided tour of Mumbai , Overnigth at Hotel.
Morning free to explore city by your own, Later in the day you will be transferred to Mumbai International Airport to board flight back home.
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