Northern India Odyssey Tour

Highlights:

The enchanting northern India is awash with all the colours of India. Take this tour, you will have: tiger spotting in Ranthambhore National Park; riding camels through the desert in Pushkar; admiring the Taj Mahal – a masterpiece of Indian architecture; Ballooning over Jaipur while the sun rises; visiting India’s capital of romance - Udaipur; camping under the stars

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This tour is ready to be booked or tailored to fit your personal requirements,please contact us for quotation and custom details.
Travel Seasons:

Most countries in Asia can be visited throughout the year. Taking all factors into account, such as weather, traffic, cost..., there are always good places worthy visiting whenever you travel Asia. According to your personal schedule, we will arrange the proper and suitable itinerary of your targeted countries.

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Route:

Delhi - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Bharatpur - Keoladeo National Park - Jaipur - Ranthambore National Park - Sawai Madhopur - Bundi - Bijaipur - Udaipur - Pushkar

Itinerary

Day1:

Delhi

Namaste! Welcome to India. Meet your tour guide who holds Bravo Asia Tours’ greeting board at Indira Gandhi International Airport, then we will transfer to hotel so you can fresh up after your long flight. The rest time of today will be free. Overnight in Delhi

Day2:

Delhi

Begin your Indian adventure in the one of the oldest cities in the world, Delhi, a magical city of surprising contrasts, is an exciting, busy, and often chaotic city, but it's also one of the most interesting in the world – packed with historical sites, museums and galleries, shops and endless bazaars. In the narrow streets of Old Delhi, everything competes for space – squeeze through the old city’s fortified walls on the way to Jama Masjid. Dominating the city’s skyline, the mosque is a social hub as much as a place of worship, and a fascinating insight into Delhi’s way of life. Take a rickshaw tour through the throbbing streets, packed with buses, trucks, people and cows, on the way to the brilliantly coloured Red Fort. Then, leave the crowds behind and breathe a little easier in contrasting New Delhi – broad, tree-lined avenues, and former monuments to British power. Visit the main sights – Parliament House, President House, and India Gate. Overnight in Delhi

Day3:

Delhi - Agra

Rise early to catch the morning sun and a train to Agra (approximately 3 hours). The city alternated with Delhi as the capital of the Moghul Empire, and it still grips to its glory days, inextricably linked with the most famous of India’s rulers. When you arrive, take some time to relax after the early start until mid-afternoon. Agra’s not just all about the Taj Mahal, it’s also home to one of the finest looking forts in India, a Friday Mosque and royal tombs. Sitting along the banks of the Yamuna River, Agra Fort is part stronghold, part palace and part prison. Built in 1565 by Emperor Akbar, it was converted to a palace by Emperor Shah Jahan, and it eventually became his jail when he lost power. Enter the dark red sandstone fort by crossing the (now empty) crocodile-infested moat. Search through throne rooms and tiny but incredibly decorated mosques, and climb to the top to get your first tantalizing glimpse of the Taj across the river. Overnight in Agra

Day4:

Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Bharatpur

Not many people like really early mornings, but this one is definitely worth it. Get up before the sun to see it rise over the Taj Mahal. Watch the iconic building bathed in early morning light. Best known as a monument to love and loss, the Taj is a beautiful example of Mughal architecture surrounded by trimmed English gardens. Head east and pass the Kos Minar medieval milestones, which point the way to the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri (approximately 2 hours). It was the capital of the Mughal Empire for about 10 years. Walk around inside the inner citadel of the city with your guide and see some of its finest monuments including Panch Mahal, Buland Darwaza and Jama Masjid -- one of India’s largest mosques. By road continue to Bharatpur. Overnight in Bharatpur

Day5:

Bharatpur - Keoladeo National Park - Jaipur

This morning, we will head to Keoladeo National Park (2 kilometers). Keoladeo is famous as one of Asia’s finest birding areas, with over 380 resident and migrant species, including the Common, Demoiselle and the rare Siberian Cranes. It is also an excellent place to watch mammals like Golden Jackal, Striped Hyaena, Fishing Cat, Jungle Cat, Nilgai, Sambar, Blackbuck and wild Boar. The park derives its name from the temple of Keoladeo (Shiva) and ‘ghana’ which locally means dense, implying the nature of the vegetation. During the cool winter months it is also possible to see large Indian Pythons sunning themselves. After early dinner, we will head to Jaipur (approximately 3 hours). Overnight in Jaipur

Day6:

Jaipur

Early morning, we will drive to the balloon base for the balloon safari. Capture a privillaged view of traditional villages and the smiles of friendly local people gazing up at you. Back to hotel for breakfast and freshen up. Walk through the Pink City’s streets, busy with camels, motorbikes, rickshaws, and past traditionally dressed Rajput men wearing colourful turbans and sporting magnificent moustaches, as monkeys climb wires overhead. Jaipur, like Delhi, has both old and new parts, although you will concentrate on the old. Your free time here in the friendly, busy city is perfect for haggling to your heart's content, the bazaars and backstreets filled with textiles, precious and semi-precious gems, and blue pottery. You can also hit the streets for raj kachori chaat – a big fluffy chaat served with chutney, yoghurt, chilli and potato. Then cool off with a lassi, a popular traditional yogurt-based drink mixed with yogurt, water, spices and sometimes, fruit. Overnight in Jaipur

Day7:

Jaipur

Today, we will have a city tour of Jaipur. Visit the sprawling City Palace, once home to the Maharaja, an amazing complex that's home to various colourful courtyard gates, fascinating museums displaying royal costumes and weaponry, and guards whose moustaches are almost as impressive as the building itself. The palace continues to be a royal residence even after the Jaipur kingdom merged with the Indian Union in 1949. Continue on to the 18th century Jantar Mantar– not a series of elaborate sculptures but actually an observatory filled with instruments to track the stars. Then it’s on to the distinctive five-storied Hawa Mahal, or Palace of Winds, with its detailed honeycombed façade filled with concealed windows. The impressive view makes it the most photographed building in the country after Taj Mahal. The rest of the day is free to explore further, or find a spot to people watch and relax. Overnight in Jaipur

Day8:

Jaipur - Ranthambore National Park - Sawai Madhopur

Today, we will have a tour to Ranthambhore (approximately 5 hours/200km). Ranthambhore National Park was once a famous hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur, and was one of the original Project Tiger reserves. After this safari, we will drive to Sawai Madhopur and overnight there. Notes: The safety of our travellers is our highest concern and your tour guide has the authority to cancel or reschedule the jeep safari if they believe the vehicles available do not meet our safety standards. Ranthambhore National Park is closed between 1 July and 30 September each year. On those trips affected, we'll visit nearby Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary. Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary is located approx. 16km from Ranthambhore and is due to its hilly terrain isn' as affected by the monsoon. Overnight in Sawai Madhopur

Day9:

Sawai Madhopur - Bundi

Today, we will take a road trip to Bundi (2.5hours/120km). The city lies near a narrow gorge, and is surrounded on three sides by hills of the Aravalli Range. A substantial wall with four gateways encircles the city. Navigate Bundi's narrow streets on a walking tour. Wander through the downtown market and engage with the locals. Visit intricately carved baoris (step wells) and explore the 16th-century Bundi Palace (be sure to check out its famous murals). Overnight in Bundi

Day10:

Bundi - Bijaipur

Head to Castle Bijaipur by jeep, where you’ll spend the night. This fortified mansion is still run by the erstwhile local landlord and his family. Enjoy a group meal of local Bassi cuisine in the evening, and relax in the castle for the rest of the night. Overnight in Bijaipur

Day11:

Bijaipur

Enjoy a drive in an open-top jeep out into the countryside to visit pastoral villages. As the area is teeming with wildlife, your guide should be able to point out some native animals. While in the villages, perhaps get a temporary souvenir in the form of a henna tattoo. Spend the night under the stars camping beside a lake. Note: During the monsoon period (April to September) we do not camp, but spend both nights in a heritage hotel. Overnight in Bijaipur

Day12:

Bijaipur - Udaipur

Get up early then drive to Udaipur (approximately 4 hours/180km). Take a good rest after long driving. Today will be your free time to enjoy. Overnight in Udaipur

Day13:

Udaipur

Today, we will have a city tour of Udaipur which includes City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Dudh Talai, Saheliyon ki Bari, Bagore ki Haveli, Sukhadiya Circle, Monsoon palace (Sajjan Garh). Overnight in Udaipur

Day14:

Udaipur - Pushkar

We will continue on with our journey to Pushkar (approximately 5hours). Stretch your legs afte long driving and enjoy a walking tour to visit the bustling ghats and temples around Pushkar Lake, and watch as the devout worship by the holy water. A highlight of the visit to Pushkar is a camel ride out into the surrounding desert area. For those who don't want to ride a camel, there’s a camel-cart option. Overnight in Pushkar

Day15:

Pushkar - Jaipur

Early risers can hike up to the Savitri Temple for amazing sunrise views over the town this morning. There might even be a steaming glass of chai waiting for you at the top if the chai man is there. You’ll have free time to enjoy the rest of the morning in Pushkar. Drive to Jaipur. Overnight in Jaipur

Day16:

Jaipur

Wait for your tour guide and driver escorting you to the airport. Our service will be ended. The team of Bravo Asia Tours hopes to serve you again in the near future in India or other countries of Asia.

Ends

Dear Clients

This tour is ready to be booked or tailored to fit your personal requirements,please contact us for quotation and custom details.
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