North India Tour with Camel Fair and Tiger Safari
This tour will give you the chance to explore the fascinating North India, from the most famous cities to the small and colorful traditional markets. This is an exciting trip, where you will discover history, art and nature, ideal for those who don't want the usual indian itinerary.Read more
This tour will give you the chance to explore the fascinating North India, from the most famous cities to the small and colorful traditional markets. This is an exciting trip, where you will discover history, art and nature, ideal for those who don't want the usual indian itinerary.
During this trip discovering India, you'll be able to participate in the spectacular Camel Fair in Pushkar, which is held only once a year. You can also participate in an exciting safari at the national Ranthambhore natural park, where you'll be able to see a real Bengali tiger.
You will see wonderful cultural cities such as Delhi, Agra, Udaipur and Jodhpur, but also small desert outposts like Jailsamer and Bikaner, as well as Ranthambhore with its magnificent natural park.
Arrival at the Delhi International Airport. After completing the customs documents, you will meet your local tour guide and will be transferred by car to the hotel. After the check-in, you'll be free to explore the city.
After having breakfast at the hotel, you will be guided in a tour through the old city.
You'll be able to visit the Jama Masjid, one of the world's greatest mosques, built in 1650 and the Chandi Chowk and Rajghat (where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated). You can also get a rickshaw ride.
In the afternoon, you'll visit New Delhi and its most important monuments: the Qutub Minar complex, the Humayun Tomb, the Sikh Temple and the colonial government palaces.
After your breakfast at the hotel, transfer by car to Agra.
During the afternoon you'll visit Itimad-ud-Daulah's Tomb in Baby Taj, and you'll see the Taj Mahal, the wonderful marble building by Emperor Moghul Shahjehan built in 1631, a memorial for his deceased wife Mumtaz Mahal. This building was built in 22 years.
After the visit, you'll be free to visit the local shops. Dinner is offered by our partner (you can choose between a restaurant and dining with a local family to experience an authentic indian meal).
This is an intermediate stop between Agra and Ranthambhore. You will visit the abandoned citadel of Fatehpur Sikri, a city made of red sandstone built between 1571 and 1585 by Emperor Akbar and abandoned after just twelve years.
The citadel preserved its medieval charm and reminds the viewer of the epic era of Emperor Akbar, one of the greatest Moghul emperors.
Upon the arrival in Ranthambhore you'll be transferred at the hotel.
The wonderful national park of Ranthambhore is the ideal place for our morning and evening open canter Safari.
You'll be able to admire the famous Bengali tiger, a unique and thrilling experience.
English speaking local naturalists will be available for you.
Overnight in Ranthambhore.
After one last Safari at the Ranthambhore national park, you'll have breakfast at the hotel and afterwards you'll leave for the city of Pushkar.
In Pushkar you'll attend the spectacular fair known as the Camel Fair, one of the biggest cattle fairs in the world. You will see camels, cows, buffalos, horses and goats.
The Fair is famous for its traditional competitions, the colorful stands and its exhibitions.
Overnight in the hotel or in a tent.
After breakfast, you'll have one last chance to visit the exhibitions of the Camel Fair.
Transfer to the north to Udaipur.
The city is located on the shore of Lake Pichola, and was built in 1568 by Maharaja Udain Singh II. In the old part of the city you can see all kinds of palaces, temples, haveli.
Overnight at the hotel.
The first part of the day is still dedicated to Udaipur and its "white city": the City Palace, the local Maharana museum and the majestic Jagdish temple, dedicated to Vishnu.
During the afternoon you will sail on Lake Pichola to visit Jag Mandir, the royal family's party palace.
Afterwards, transfer by car to Jodhpur.
During the transfer, you'll visit the important temples of Ranakpur in an isolated and beautiful valley.
Arrival in Jodhpur, the ancient Marwar reign's capital. Its impressive castle appears like a lighthouse on a sea of sand.
Take a stroll in the city and at the spices and textiles market.
Breakfast at the hotel.
In the morning you'll visit Jodhpur, called the "blue city", with its palace-fortress of Meherangarh built in the 15th century, which acts like a sentinel on the edges of the Thar Desert.
From the Fort you'll enjoy a fantastic view on the old city.
Afterwards, visit at the Jaswant Thada mausoleum made of white marble.
After the visits, departure to Jaisalmer, the most ancient city of Rajasthan (13th century), with its fortress, the jainist temples and the sumptuous houses of the merchants, carved in sandstone.
Arrival and check-in at the hotel.
In case of spare time, you'll visit the city during sunset at the brahmin's cenotaphs. From there, you'll be able to admire the "golden city" from a privileged point of view.
Breakfast at the hotel. During the day you'll visit the city of Jaisalmer, charming outpost in the desert that looks like it came right out of an Arabian Night's tale. Its stone bastions circle the medieval fort.
It is called the "Golden City" because of the golden color it evokes during sunset.
The fortress's view is unforgettable as it stands out from the sand, reaching for the sky. Its magical aura doesn't diminish when you walk through its walls to explore the labyrinth of alleys and bazars. During its golden age numerous caravans crossed the desert and stopped in the city's caravansaries and its havelis (merchants' houses). The true soul of the city is the Fort (built in the 13th century, the most ancient of Rajasthan's forts), whose perimeter is divided by 99 bastions.
It is a real, living museum, inside which lives a fourth of the inhabitants. In its alleys you can see numerous haveli, splendid yellow sandstone buildings built by the richest merchants in the city; their facades are sculpted with elegant carvings.
The jainist temples of Rishabdeva and Sambhavnath are most precious, and they are places of an ancient and prosperous cult, nestled between shops and stalls full of onrnamental objects.
During the afternoon, you'll visit the village of Sam to perform an exciting excursion with camels to see the sunset on the desert.
Overnight at the hotel in Jaisalmer.
Breakfast at the hotel. You'll continue your journey in Bikaner (300 km, 5 hours), an oasis in the desert built in 1488 at the edge of the Desert of Thar. Arrival and check-in at the hotel.
During the afternoon you'll visit Junagarh Fort, the fortified citadel with its anciet Maharaja palaces.
The fort, built by the local Raj in 1587, has spectacular walls that protect the city. In fact, although it was attacked several times, the fort never fell.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Jaipur crossing the villages of the indian's countryside. Along the road you'll stop at Fatehpur, to visit the haveli (merchants' houses). The finely frescoed haveli were built during the 19th century.
Arrival in Jaipur and check-in at the hotel.
The whole day is dedicated to the visit of the "pink city", county seat of Rajasthan. It is a very important commercial center, and it's located in a semi-desertic area. It's famous for its pink sandstone buildings; nonetheless, it seems that its nickname derives from an event in 1876, when Jaipur was painted pink for the Prince of Galles's visit.
The first visit will be at Amber Fort, 11 km away from Jaipur. You will ride placid elephants on the last segment of the road, to better immerse yourself in the past of the city. Inside the walls you'll visit beautiful palaces and pavillions and the small Temple of the Goddess Kali. Afterwards, you'll visit the heart of the city itself: the Observatory, where you'll find the "Sancrat" (Prince of the Sundial), a 90 feet tall gnomon; you'll see the Wind Palace, built on the main road, a curious and elaborated palace built with the "stone of the desert". Lastly, you'll visit the 1570 Maharaja Palace.
You'll have the chance to dine togerther.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport to take a national flight to Varanasi.
Arrival, completion of customs' documents, meet up with our local organization. Transfer to the hotel and check-in in your reserved rooms.
Varanasi, one the most ancient cities on the planet, is one of the most sacred places of Hinduism.
It is known as "the city of life". According to legend, Varanasi was founded by Shiva. Its first settlements date back to the 11th century B.C.. It's located on the shores of river Ganges. Varanasi is a most sacred place where everything has its origin and its end. To the Hindus, Varanasi is the place where you can rejoin the divine, where it's possible to clean yourself from sin, where you can rid yourself of the infinite reincarnation cycle.
During the afternoon you'll visith the buddhist site of Sarnath (12 km - about 30 minutes), one the most worshipped places in the world. In its Gazelle Park the Sakyamuni Buddha (the Englightened One) revelead the teachings of the buddhist knowledge for the very first time.
During the evening you'll continue your trip on the ghat to attend the Aarti Puja, a light ceremony on the shores of river Ganges. During the Puja, the brahmins celebrate the river and thank the deities with chants and sacred music.
Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Boat ride to see the sun rise on the Ganges along the route of the main Ghats (Dashaswmedh, Rajendra Prasad, Manikarnika, Harishchandra). After getting off the boat you'll visit the Durga Temple, also called "the Monkey God's Temple" and the golden Temple of Vishvanath. During the visit walking tour of Varanasi alleys in the Chowk, the most colorful bazar of the city.
Transfer to the airport for the flight for Delhi. After arriving in Delhi, transfer to the international airport for the flight back to your country.
End of your trip.