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Northern India Travel speaks of the visions of forts, palaces and temples set against the backdrop of history and beauty. This is a special itinerary that we have devised that takes you through the important places during the time of Independence of India from the British rule.
We will take a closer look at the important events that took place in cities like Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Amritsar and Shimla. In this Northern India Travel we will also be combining the regal touch of New Delhi, the historical charm of Old Delhi, genteel Shimla, the opulence of Jaipur and Mughal Agra along with the effects of partition on Amritsar. And, of course, no trip to Amritsar is complete without a visit to the most important Sikh Pilgrimage site that is Golden Temple.
Northern India Travel Route: Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Chandigarh – Shimla – Amritsar – Delhi
British Airways fly direct from London Heathrow to Delhi. Your tour starts from Delhi. Virgin Atlantic have daily flights to Delhi and Jet Airways fly direct to Delhi and Mumbai.
Direct flights from the UK take between 8 and 10 hours depending on the destination. Flights with stops en-route take between 12 and 14 hours.
India is +5½ hours ahead of GMT.
Holders of British Citizen passports are able to apply for an e-Tourist Visa (eTV). Please note that the very latest an Indian eTV application can be made is 4 days prior to travel to India.
Call our Indian holiday travel experts to book special Northern India Travel and tell us if you would like to add tour extensions. We specialise in making unique holiday itineraries.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Today you will take your international flight from the UK.
Our representative will meet you in the arrival area of the airport. He will be assisting you and transfer you to your hotel where you will check-in for your stay. The evening is at leisure. You may pre-book exclusive experiences curated for you:
It may include optional experiences such as
Cooking Demo with Indian Family: Hands-on cooking lessons along with a visit to the local market with an Indian family.
Private Evening Tour of Akshardham Temple with Musical Fountain Show: There is not another way to experience Akshardham Temple. Visit the temple, appreciate its splendour, and watch the exceptional musical fountain show to experience Indian faith at its best.
Today, in the morning, we will head to explore New Delhi that was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. We will drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the Indian President, Rajpath and the imposing India Gate, witness the changing of the guard at the President’s Palace and visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex.
Later, in the afternoon, we will take a tour of Old Delhi. Get on the iconic cycle rickshaw ride as we explore the narrow alleyways homes, bazaars and mosques. We will also be visiting the beautiful Jama Masjid and Red Fort where on the 15th August 1947 Jawaharlal Nehru raised the new national flag about Lahore Gate.
Also, we have saved some time for you to visit Red Fort’s Swatantrata Sangram Sanghralaya Museum which chronicles India’s independence movement.
Today, we will leave for Agra by train. This was once a small village on the banks of the Yamuna and then transformed by the great Mughal emperors – Akbar and his grandson Shah Jehan. Later we will visit the Taj Mahal which surely needs no introduction.
Volunteer visit to Sheroes Hang out Café for this is a cafe managed by the brave acid attack survivors.
Agra by Night: This is an experiential tour by the Night that covers the famous sights, narrating their history and highlighting their
significance from the city’s past to its present. We will also be spending time with a local Indian family.
Today we will leave Agra for Jaipur and en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri that was once the capital of the Mughal Emperor Akbar and constructed of beautiful red sandstone.
Later, we will also be visiting Abhaneri which is famed for its 8th century Chand Baori – the deepest step-well in the world.
Today in the morning we will be driving outside of Jaipur to visit Amber Fort that is set on the set on a ridge above the rugged sounding hills. This served as the Rajpur capital for over 700 years. Explore the spacious courtyard gardens and small temples to the private chambers of the Maharaja.
In the afternoon we will be visiting the City Palace complex which is home to the beautiful Peacock Gate and famous Hawa Mahal, or ‘Palace of the Winds’ and the Jantar Mantar – the largest stone observatory in the world.
After breakfast, we will be going to Jaipur Airport for your flight to Chandigarh via Delhi. Thereafter you will be driving down to Shimla, the Queen of Hills Stations, which was once the summer capital of the British Raj. This is where the fate of India was decided at the time of Independence.
Over the next two days we will be exploring the important sites in Shimla. These include Christ Church where the original chancel window was designed by Lockwood Kipling, Rudyard’s father, nearby Gaiety Theatre and Town Hall. Take the nearby walks in and around the town including the climb up Jakhu Hill from where there are excellent mountain views.
Later we will visit the grand Viceregal Lodge that was the Summer residence of the Indian Viceroy, during the latter years of British rule the building played host to key figures from all sides of the independence debate.
Today morning we will leave Shimla on the famous toy train down to Kandaghat. Here you will be met and driven to Chandigarh – Le Corbusier’s famous planned city. Later, we will leave for Amritsar by train.
No trip to Delhi is complete without a visit to the important Sikh Pilgrimage site that is the Golden Temple. We will start our day by exploring and paying homage here. Later visit the newly opened Partition Museum. This museum houses a unique collection of letters, personal belongings, photographs and audio recordings relating to the events surrounding this turbulent period.
Then we will visit the Jallianwala Bagh garden and memorial which commemorates the site of the 1919 massacre. Later in the afternoon, we will be driving outside of Amritsar to Indo-Pakistan Wagah Border to experience the daily colourful, but chaotic, border closing ceremony.
Later in the evening we will once again visit the Golden Temple and witness the Palki Ceremony.
Today morning you have your flight back to Delhi. In the afternoon, we will be visiting Coronation Park which is the location of three Delhi Durbars which now houses a small selection of statues from the British Raj.
Indiaologist excels in customising trip itineraries for you! Absolutely, anything you want! If you loved our itinerary and would, in addition, want something new and exciting to do, we can add that too. Have a large group visiting like family or a corporate? We can easily tailor to your wants and needs – new destinations, more attractions or extend the number of people.
For booking the trip, you would need to use the United Kingdom – Pound sterling (£) and for shopping during the trip, you would need Indian Rupee.
Unlike many tour companies, we include a selection of entrances in our tour prices. Any other entrance fees will be at your own expense.
Indiaologist Team does our best to accommodate your dietary needs. Please ensure that any restrictions are made clear to us at the time of booking so we can pass the information on to our hotels, restaurants and suppliers.
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