...it is more than river . She is the Holy Mother. She is Ganga Ma.
- Ronald Barrett

The wow north

Day 1, 2 and 3 – New Delhi

Delhi has always enjoyed a powerful status among the pages of history. From the Turks, the Mughals to the Rajputs and the British, Delhi has captivated the attention of Kings, nobles, commoners and artists alike. This obsession has bestowed upon the land many beautiful renditions in the form of monuments, temples and forts. Each street of Delhi has a fascinating story to it and each story is a saga on its own. Drenched in tales of victory, sorrow, bloodshed and joy, Delhi the city is a monument of time itself.

From chic boutiques and up town malls to crowded galis that serve tasty hot appetizers, Delhi is a city that lives in a constant paradox. A place where you can find both the old and the new, the contemporary and the ancient, Delhi and its many faces will never seize to fascinate. The Jama Masjid, one of the oldest mosques of India to the Red fort, the colossal mammoth that hosts the Independence Day celebrations.

The breath taking Akshardham Temple, or the serene to the peaceful Lotus temple, the tall Qutub Minar to the tombs of Humayun, all give you a glimpse of the grandeur of old Delhi. And living in perfect harmony just a few meters away you will find a thriving modern contemporary present that has its share of high end malls, the metro rail and a thriving art scene. Experience all this and much more in the capital of India.

Day 1 Flight to New Delhi, India (the capital of the country)

Day 2 and Day 3 Trip to Swaminarayan Akshardham, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Red Fort, Raj Ghat, Humayun's Tomb, Qutub Minar, Lodi Gardens, India Gate, Lotus Temple, Chandni Chowk (Old Delhi). [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 4 and 5 – Haridwar

Blessed with the Himalayas that overlook the lands and the holyGanga, that begins its journey here, Haridwar is like no place in India. There is a constant hustle and the city never has a quiet moment, but among all the chaos, there is a peace and silence that is almost meditative, which may be one of the prime reasons it is home to several yoga and meditative centres that attract people from all over the world. Resting snugly in the laps of the Himalayas, Haridwar is blessed with a blanket of green foliage that automatically makes you feel healthier. Haridwar is home to many Ayurvedic centres whose products reach the far end of the globe. 

Being as old as it is, Haridwar is dowsed in ancient stories, some as old as the gods itself. Playing home to high priests, mythical creatures, demi gods and sometimes gods itself, there are some pretty incredible stories to find here. If you fancy waking barefoot, Haridwar is the perfect place to exercise it. The city is filled with temples and holy shrines both old and new, each intertwined with mythology and the history of Haridwar.

Day 4 Bus to Haridwar (post-breakfast). Evening Ganga Aarti at Har Ki Paudi, Haridwar. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 5 Bus to Rishikesh (post-breakfast) [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 5 and 6 – Rishikesh

This ancient abode is no stranger to the hustle bustle of today’s life. Just 35 km north of Haridwar, Rishikesh resides in the quaint foothills of the Shivalik Range of the Himalaya Mountains. But Rishikesh is anything but over shadowed by the presence of Haridwar. Rishikesh has its independence and identity despite sharing such close physical proximity with Haridwar. 

Likes its sister city, Haridwar, Rishikesh enjoys a fair number of pilgrim foot fall as well as tourists who come here to enjoy the peace and quiet of the mountains. And it’s not just the commoners who come here in search of knowledge, Rishikesh was the place that sheltered the Beetles who had come to India on a spiritual quest.  

Rishikesh and Haridwar together have been given the title of ‘Twin national heritage cities’ of India. While Haridwar is known for its pilgrimage sights and temples, Rishikesh is known for its meditation and yoga centres, which are a common site in the city. It comes as no wonder then, that Rishikesh has earned the title of the Yoga Capital of the world.

Day 5 Bus to Rishikesh (post-breakfast). Activities at Rishikesh. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 6 Activities at Rishikesh. Bus to Mussoorie, Uttrakhand (post-lunch) [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 6, 7 and 8 – Mussorie

The quaint hills of the Shivaliks is home of some of the most breath taking sights in the vast Himalayan tapestry. Preserved and safe guarded from the outside world, everything here is untouched by the spoils of the fast paced life. The quiet surroundings where one can hear the sweet song of the birds, the misty clouds that kiss the foot hills create a heavenly experience unlike any other in the world.  And nestled among this is a small town of Mussourie.

Mussourie is filled with old world charm, from cosy row houses and cottages built over the slanting foot hills to the crooked roads that meander into the dense forests beyond the habitations, Mussourie will warm your heart. The town is filled with natural wonders at every cranny, with cascading waterfalls to small ponds that form an oasis for the local ecosystem, from lush tall trees that form a blanket of green to the wild birds and butterflies that add a vibrant splash of colour, Mussourie is all about getting up and about. There is plenty to see in the town as well, the rustic charm of Mussourie has won over many heart in the past and will definitely make a permanent place in your hearts.

Day 6 Bus to Mussoorie, Uttrakhand (post-lunch). Evening free for leisure activities. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 7 Day free for leisure activities. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 8 Bus to Jim Corbett National Park, Uttrakhand. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 8 and 9 – Jim Corbett National Park

Tucked in the hills of Nainital in Uttarakhund is the oldest national park in India – the Jim Corbertt National Park. Although it bore a different name initially Hailey National Park it was renamed in 1955 after Jim Corbett, who was the person responsible for the existence of the national Park. Home to a variety of plants and animal species, the Jim Corbett Park is a vast dense habitat for many endangered and risk prone species making it exceptionally unique.

Image Credit: Wolfgang Maehr/Flickr

Image Credit: Wolfgang Maehr/Flickr

The dense forest here is home to the majestic Tiger that was initially preserved in these jungles. Jim Corbett, an avid hunter, turned conservationist, campaigned for the need to preserve the Bengal Tiger, and with his influence established the reserve as a preserve for the India glory – the Tiger. The Park is also home to several bird species which makes it a great location for bird watchers as well. The vast expanse of the preserve is divided into four regions, so make sure you pack the right kind of gear when you do visit the Jim Corbett National Park.

Day 8 Bus to Jim Corbett National Park, Uttrakhand. Evening free for leisure activities. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 9 Safari and activities throughout the day. Night Bus to Agra, Uttar Pradesh. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 10 and 11 – Agra

Resting on the banks of Yamuna, the water plays with the likeness of a monument that has stood as the timeless representation of love itself. Flanked between the bustling capital of the country, Delhi, and the cultural hub of north India, Lucknow, Agra still manages to attract the attention of traveller, scholars and wanderers alike who have an appetite for history. Agra is the legacy of the Mughal Empire where one can relive the grandeur that was the bygone era.

Sprinkled with monuments around every corner, don’t be too miserly with your visit to Agra. Around every corner of this dusty and rugged terrain, one can find a monument that is left behind by history as a work of art itself. The Taj Mahal that sits in all its elegance on the banks of the Yamuna River is representation of the timelessness of love. Commissioned by Shah Jahan, it took two decades to complete and a whopping 53 billion Rupees (which is the price estimate as of the present). The Taj Mahal is grandeur and sublime, it was built out of loss of love and stands tall today as the representation of everlasting love, the Taj Mahal is truly a wonder to marvel and experience.

While Agra is a delight in itself, another great city to visit along the way is Fatehpur Sikri, a city founded by Akbar the great. Laden with monuments and fine architecture Fatehpur Sikri is no less of a treat in itself.

Day 10 Bus to Agra. Trip to Taj Mahal and Agra Bazaar [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 11 Trip to Fatehpur Sikhri. Bus to Jaipur [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 11, 12 and 13 – Jaipur

Colourful, flamboyant and royal, Jaipur is the heart of the beating Rajasthan. For a traveller who wants to experience the opulence and drama of Medieval Indian history, Jaipur is your best bet. Filled with tales of yore, Jaipur has much to offer every kind of visitor. From magnificent architecture to its rich historical past, from royal opulence to the scores of intertwined bazaars and local fares, Jaipur is an amalgam of moods, colour and awe inspiring visuals. Jaipur traces back its origins to 1727 when it was first established by Jai Singh II, the Raja of Amber, and the key visionary who commissioned the city and adopted it as his new capital. Purohit Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, noted architect, planned the city according to the principals of Vastu Shastra.

Deemed as the first planned city of India, the city has a fair share of monuments, so make sure you have your comfy shoes ready. Nestled in the heart of the Pink city is the City Palace that to this day houses the former royal family of Jaipur is a brilliant blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Another representative of this style of architecture is the Amber Fort, located in the outskirts of Jaipur. Complete in sandstone and marble, the Amber fort was built on the Maotha Lake that adds to its picturesque charm. The Palace of the Winds or Hawa Mahal adds to Jaipur’s poetic charm with its intricate façade in pink overlooking the city’s local bazaars that are famous for handicrafts and textiles.

Day 11 and 12 Trip to Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Chokhi Dhani, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 13 Bus to Neemrana (post-breakfast) [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 13 and 14 – Neemrana

The colossal fort overlooking the tiny villages sprinkled with boulders and trees making it one picturesque landscape overlooking the hot lands of the approaching Rajasthan, such is the cusp at which Neemrana sits. The origins of the fort has forever been dowsed in controversy and laden with bloodshed merely slipping from one royal clan to the other. While the fort has endured centuries of war the edifice still stays as magnificent as it was when it was first built.

Neemrana, is located very close to the village that it overlooks, and its bold structure towers the route that plies between two major cities – Delhi and Jaipur. The fort that stands today is the oldest luxury hotels in the region and has entertained guest through the ages. The fort is not just for relaxation, if you are up for it, there are several activities that are planned keeping the breath taking view, the architecture and the experience of the Neemrana in mind that you can indulge in. The villages that the fort overlooks today, is a fast growing industrial hub attracting millions of investment from all over the world. 

Day 13 Neemrana [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 14 Bus To New Delhi (post-breakfast). [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 14 and 15 – New Delhi

Delhi has always enjoyed a powerful status among the pages of history. From the Turks, the Mughals to the Rajputs and the British, Delhi has captivated the attention of Kings, nobles, commoners and artists alike. This obsession has bestowed upon the land many beautiful renditions in the form of monuments, temples and forts. Each street of Delhi has a fascinating story to it and each story is a saga on its own. Drenched in tales of victory, sorrow, bloodshed and joy, Delhi the city is a monument of time itself.

From chic boutiques and up town malls to crowded galis that serve tasty hot appetizers, Delhi is a city that lives in a constant paradox. A place where you can find both the old and the new, the contemporary and the ancient, Delhi and its many faces will never seize to fascinate. The Jama Masjid, one of the oldest mosques of India to the Red fort, the colossal mammoth that hosts the Independence Day celebrations.

The breath taking Akshardham Temple, or the serene to the peaceful Lotus temple, the tall Qutub Minar to the tombs of Humayun, all give you a glimpse of the grandeur of old Delhi. And living in perfect harmony just a few meters away you will find a thriving modern contemporary present that has its share of high end malls, the metro rail and a thriving art scene. Experience all this and much more in the capital of India.

Day 14 Evening free for leisure activities. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 15 Return flight back to Home. [Meals – B]

[B – Breakfast, L – Lunch and D – Dinner]

TRIP DATES

MAY 12 to MAY 27, 2017

Accommodation

4-STAR / 5-STAR HOTELS

MEALS

As Indicated Above.

TRANSFERS

Pick-up and Drop-to New Delhi Airport with our Hosts personally accompany you. You need to confirm the timings of your inward and outward flights at least three days in advance.

Transportation for excursions in a private, air-conditioned coach/car.

FULL SERVICE SUPPORT

A local, English-speaking guide will accompany you on all the tours. 
Entrance fees to the sites specified in the itinerary is included.

GROUP SIZE

10 to 18 Adults (and Kids) where group size is derived by the number of adults.

EXCLUSIONS

International Airfare
Assistance with visa
Tips
Personal expenses (porter charges, phone calls, laundry etc)
Drinks during meals
Optional excursions and activities not specified in the itinerary
Insurance
Early check in or late check out charges
Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation
Peak season surcharges if any 
Taxes - 9 per-cent Government Taxes 

the cost

Adult (13 & ABOVE) - $2499 Per Person
Child (2 to 12 YEARS) - $1299 Per Person
Infant (0 to 1 YEARS) - $799 Per Person

Prices above are on double occupancy. For single occupancy, please add-on $699 per person.