North India Family Tour
Type: Family Tour
Duration: 13 Days
Best Time to Travel: May – October
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Take the family on an amazing adventure in south India. Try your hand at creating some Kerala cuisine. Wash and bathe baby elephants at an elephant orphanage. Meander through lagoons and canals of the famed backwaters and even enjoy a jungle trek. After so much activity you’ll need to relax on a sun-drenched beach for a few days. This tour has it all and is a great family getaway.
Arrive at Delhi International Airport and transfer to your hotel.
Enjoy an interesting tour of Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad) which includes both walking and rickshaw ride around the Old Bazaar of Chandi Chowk and a Haveli. Visit a local home and learn about the culture, traditions, and cuisine of Delhi.
Take to bicycles and explore Old Delhi’s narrow lanes in the early morning to avoid the rush hour traffic. Visit Qutab Minar; a 72.5m high minaret built on the foundations of a Hindu temple. Continue to New Delhi to see the colonial architecture that defined the British era in India.
Delhi – Amritsar
Transfer to Delhi railway station for the train to Amritsar. Remainder of the day is free at leisure.
Enjoy a city tour beginning with the Golden Temple and a private audience with the chief priest. Visit the communal kitchen where food is served free of charge throughout the day.
Continue to Jaliawalah Bagh, scene of a massacre in 1919. Later leave for Wagah on the India-Pakistan Border to witness the “Change of Guard” ceremony.
Amritsar – Hoshiarpur
After breakfast drive to Hoshiarpur, one of the oldest districts of Punjab.
Visit a local village nestled at the foot of the Shiwalik Foothills. Get a real taste for traditional rural India by exploring the village on foot.
Hoshiarpur – Shimla
We continue to Shimla. The former summer capital of the British in India, and the present capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is blessed with green hills with snow-capped peaks.
Explore Shimla on foot. The entire length of this walk comes under Shimla’s Heritage Zone. Christ Church is the most prominent landmark and from here the walk extends West towards the Viceregal Lodge.
Shimla – Delhi
This morning we transfer to Shimla railway station to board a toy train arriving in the town of Kalka mid-afternoon.
Disembark the toy train and board a connecting train to Delhi which should get in around 10pm.
Delhi – Agra
Today we drive to Agra, a distance of 200Kms. Agra is the creation of two great Mughal Emperors – Akbar and Shah Jahan. Visit the mesmerizing Taj Mahal created by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his favourite wife Mumtaz.
Continue to Agra Fort, an imposing structure with walls of red sandstone almost two miles long containing palaces, audience halls and mosques.
Agra – Bharatpur – Jaipur
Leave for Jaipur. On-route visit Fatehpur Sikri built by Emperor Akbar as his capital and Palace in the late 16th century. Optional lunch at Laxmi Villas Palace in Bharatpur. Visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, home to indigenous and migratory water birds as well as Sambar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar.
Continue to Jaipur, founded in 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II – a warrior, astronomer and politician.
Visit magnificent Amber Fort by elephant. The fort is known for its blend of Hindu and Muslim styles. Stop for photos at Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds).
Continue to the City Palace Museum and Jantar Mantar Observatory which includes the world’s largest sun dial.
Today one can either relax or choose from a range of options. Options available:
1. Spend three hours bathing, feeding and painting elephants.
2. Humanitarian: We support non-government development organization working on issues affecting the urban and rural poor, with a special focus on children and women. Visit one of the projects to understand the work done and people involved.
3. Gems of Jaipur: Galta ji Temple & Gaitor Centoaphs: The Galtaji Temple is built in pink sandstone. Around twenty domed pavilions (chhatri) of all sizes, built in white marble or ochre sandstone, are dotted around the cremation site of the maharajas and Kachhvaha princes at Gaitor.
4. Enjoy a personal session with a renowned Astrologer & Gemologist to learn about your future! Learn about the significance of precious and semi-precious stones in Hindu astrology.
5. Bollywood! Enjoy a movie at the Raj Mandir Cinema. With its pink Art Deco-inspired exterior made up of waves and asymmetrical shapes, the Raj Mandir is a symbol of Jaipur. Opened in 1976 it seats around 1,200 and usually fills up. This won’t be your most luxurious movie outing, but it will definitely rank among the most memorable.
Jaipur – Delhi
Drive to Delhi and Delhi International airport for your onward flight.
- Accommodation with breakfast in twin / double sharing basis at listed hotels or equivalent
- Full board at Citrus County
- All Internal transportation by private chauffeur driven air-conditioned car as per itinerary
- Entrance fees and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
- Chair Train ticket from Shimla / Kalka / Delhi
- Qualified English speaking Guide service for all sightseeing and excursions
- Walking tour in Old Streets of Delhi
- Rickshaw ride in Delhi
- Jeep Ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur
What's Not Included?
- International flights
- Indian visas
- Travel insurance
- Drinks and meals not mentioned in itinerary
- Tips, laundry and other expenses of a personal nature
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