This North & South India Tour is a 14-day or two-week holiday tour of India, designed to give you an extensive experience of both North India and South India. Explore the major cities of India – including Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, and Kochi; revel in the cultural highlights of Khajuraho, Orchha, Varanasi, and Sarnath; and experience scenic vistas of Udaipur, Periyar, and the Kerala Backwaters.
Experiences such as the Varanasi Boat Ride at Sunrise & Ganga Aarti, Light & Sound Show at Khajuraho, Lake Pichola Boat Ride, Lake Periyar Boat Ride, and the Kerala Backwaters Cruise make your holiday tour of India even more memorable.
This North & South India Tour begins with your arrival in Delhi. Our representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to the pre-booked hotel for a traditional welcome and check-in.Overnight in Delhi
After breakfast, we will begin our North & South India tour in earnest and embark on the first sightseeing tour of our holiday tour in India - the Sightseeing Tour of Delhi.
As part of this tour, we will visit attractions such as the Red Fort, Jamma Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Qutub Minar, Humayun Tomb, Rashtrapati Bhawan, and India Gate. We will also visit the Akshardham Temple.
The tour ends with a drop back at the hotel.Overnight in Delhi
Day 3 begins with an early breakfast and checkout. We will now proceed to the airport in time to board our flight to Varanasi. En-route, we will stop at Sarnath for a Sightseeing tour of the Buddhist temples and stupas that mark the spot where Buddha delivered his first sermon.
On arrival at Varanasi, we will proceed to the hotel for check-in and a bit of relaxation. Later, in the evening, we will proceed to the ghats to witness the evening Ganga Aarti ceremony of Varanasi. The experience of viewing a line of priests heave multi-tiered lamps to perform the aarti in tune with the rhythmic chants is spectacular indeed. At the end of the aarti, devotees set afloat hundreds of earthen lamps on leafs, transforming the waters of the holy Ganges into a shimmering flow of light.
As the ghats are usually crowded at this time, we will view the experience from a boat gently gliding down the ghats.Overnight in Varanasi
Day 4 of this North & South India tour begins very early, much before sunrise. Set out to the ghats and embark on a Sunrise Varanasi Boat Ride down the holy Ganges to see the early morning rituals with which the locals of Varanasi and visiting devotees greet each new day!
As the sun slowly makes its way up in the sky, the city is tinged with the early morning rays and the ghats come alive with energetic devotees taking a dip in the holy waters of the Ganges - an act believed to wash away the sins of a lifetime, before continuing their puja at the temples lining the ghats.
Once the boat ride ends, we will visit the temples of Varanasi, before returning to the hotel for breakfast. After a short break for relaxation, we will check out from the hotel in Varanasi and proceed to the Varanasi Airport in time for our flight to Khajuraho.
On arrival at Khajuraho, our representative will meet you and escort you to the hotel for a quick check-in, followed by a tour of the Khajuraho temples. The tour ends with a Light & Sound Show at Khajuraho temples. Later, we will return to the hotel.Overnight in Khajuraho
On Day 5 of this India holiday tour, we will check out from the hotel in Khajuraho and proceed on our tour. Our first stop will be at the Orchha Fort Complex, where we will visit the Raja Ram Temple, the only temple where Lord Rama is worshiped as a king.
At the end of the tour of Orchha Fort Complex, we will embark on the drive to Jhansi railway station, where we will board the train to Agra. Our representative will greet you at the Agra railway station and escort you to the pre-booked hotel for check-in.Overnight in Agra
After breakfast, we will embark on a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Agra; we will visit the Taj Mahal, the beautiful marble mausoleum built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife, and Agra Fort - a palace fort complex of several red sandstone and marble monuments.
Later, we will enjoy a brief tour of the marble artifact factories or workshops to see the delicate process of inlaying gems and coloured stones in the marble. Later, we will return to the hotel.Overnight in Agra
After an early breakfast, we will check out from the hotel in Agra and embark on the road trip to Fatehpur Sikri. We will visit this old abandoned town that was once the capital of Emperor Akbar - much of the Emperor's palace and buildings exist in almost perfect conditions. Enjoy a short tour, before continuing on the journey to Jaipur, the next stop on this North & South India holiday tour.
On arrival at Jaipur, check in at pre-booked hotel. No specific activities are scheduled for the rest of the day, leaving you free and at leisure to make your own plans. You can opt for a shopping tour of Jaipur Bazaar, a market renowned for its textiles and gems; sign up for a Night Tour of Jaipur, which takes you around the city's beatific landmarks to witness their spectacular beauty when illuminated at night; or simply stay back and relax at your hotel rooms.Overnight in Jaipur
After breakfast, we will set out on the Guided Sightseeing Tour of Jaipur; the tour will begin with an excursion to Amer Fort. One of the stunning masterpieces of Jaipur city, this fort complex is a network of palaces, pavilions and gardens, created by the Maharajahs of Jaipur over the centuries. The view of Jaipur city from the fort's ramparts are unique.
Later, we will return to the city for lunch and then continue on our sightseeing tour. Attractions that we visit now will include the City Palace, Hawa Mahal, and the Jantar Mantar. The City Palace is the imperial residence of the Maharajas of Jaipur and the present Maharajah is still in residence. The rooms occupied by the Maharajah and his family are out-of-bounds for the general public.
Hawa Mahal is nothing but an intricately carved facade with minute windows that allowed the women of the royal family to see the processions in the streets below; Jantar Mantar, on the other hand, is an important symbol of Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II's reign. These are a collection of mathematical and scientific instruments build in red sandstone and marble, and they display an accuracy of calculations even today.
Our sightseeing tour ends with a drop back at the hotel. Guests can also opt to visit the Albert Hall Museum at Jaipur for its fascinating collection of miniature paintings and many other artifacts.Overnight in Jaipur
Day 9 of this North & South India holiday tour begins with an early breakfast and checkout. We will now proceed to the airport in time for the flight to Udaipur, the next stop on this holiday tour.
Our representative will greet you on arrival at Udaipur airport and escort you to the pre-booked hotel for check-in.
After a short break for lunch, we will embark on a guided Sightseeing Tour of Udaipur. Attractions that we visit on this tour include the City Palace and Jagdish Temple. We will enjoy a scenic sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola, before returning to our hotel.Overnight in Udaipur
Today we have a busy day, so we will start early. After an early breakfast and checkout, proceed to the airport in time for your flight to Kochi, a scenic coastal city and a major port of Kerala. Our representative will greet you on arrival at Kochi airport and escort you to the pre-booked hotel for check-in.
After a short break for relaxation, set out on a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Kochi. Attractions that we visit as part of the tour include the Chinese Fishing Nets, Bolgatty Island, Mattanchery Palace, Fort Cochin, the Jewish Synagogue, and the St. Francis Church. Time-permitting, you can also visit the Cochin Spice Market and enjoy a Scenic Sunset Cruise to the Arabian Sea and back!
Later in the evening, we will enjoy a Kathakali Dance Performance, before returning to the hotel.Overnight in Kochi
After an early breakfast, check out from your hotel in Kochi and embark on the scenic road trip to Periyar. We will stop to visit the Spice Plantations en-route before continuing on to check in at a pre-booked hotel.
After lunch, we will set out to explore the city once again and enjoy a scenic boat ride on Lake Periyar as well. The day's experiences end with a drop back at the hotel.Overnight in Periyar
Day 12 of this North & South India Tour is bound to be a day of leisure and luxurious experiences. After a leisurely breakfast. check out from the hotel in Periyar and proceed to the Houseboat Cruise embarkation point to board a luxurious Kerala houseboat, a Kettuvalam, for an overnight cruise down the scenic Kerala Backwaters.
The Backwaters Cruise will include dinner and breakfast onboard the cruise boat. Enjoy the scenic views, see the migratory birds in the region, and revel in genuine hospitality.Overnight onboard the houseboat.
The cruise ends with your arrival at Alleppey, where our representative will meet you and escort you on the road trip to Kumarakom, your next stop. On arrival at Kumarakom, check in at the pre-booked hotel.
No other activities are scheduled for the day leaving you free to relax and on the last day of your holiday tour in India. Relax at your hotel and / or sign up for a rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage - the perfect way to end a holiday!Overnight in Kumarakom
Today is the day of departure; after breakfast, check out from the Kumarakom hotel and embark on the road trip to Kochi airport in time for your flight back home, with happy memories of your North & South India tour with ToursinVaranasi.com