North India with Village Safari

12 NIGHTS | 13 DAYS
POST TOUR: 4 NIGHTS | 5 DAYS

DELHI | MANDAWA | JAIPUR | RANTHAMBORE | KALAKHO | AGRA |DELHI 
POST TOUR: ORCHHA | KHAJURAHO | VARANASI

Far Horizon takes you to north India and gives you an overview of the exotic and multi-faceted landscape that is India.

From Delhi, the bustling capital of India set amidst the backdrop of ancient monuments, to the romantic Taj Mahal in Agra; From the 'pink city' of Jaipur to the erotic temples of Khajuraho – India offers you a host of not-to-be missed experiences.

Far Horizon Tours, offers much more than just a glimpse into this fascinating blend of history and rich cultural tradition. It offers you the opportunity to experience the rich culture of India. The home hosted meals in Jaipur with a noble family in their heritage house and a visit to a colonial bungalow in Agra gives an enriching insight into the Indian family system and traditions.

Visit the Dera Village Retreat and meet the colorful Meena tribe of Rajasthan to experience the Living Cultures of India. At Ranthambore see the wildlife of India in its natural habitat. We will take you down the Ganges and you can watch the beautiful 'aarti' being conducted on the banks of one of the most revered rivers of India.

All-in-all, a fascinating journey!

Day 1: Departure

Day 2: Arrive Delhi
Our representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel

Day 3: Delhi
After breakfast, experience the combined charm of Old and New Delhi. The day begins with sightseeing in Old Delhi and a visit to Raj Ghat. Drive past the Red Fort on your way to the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. A tour through the bazaars of Chandni Chowk is followed by a drive past the historical India Gate, the President's estate and the Parliament House. End the day with a visit to the capital's most striking monument, the 70 meter high Qutab Minar. Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 4: Delhi - Mandawa (Approx. 268 kms / 6 hour drive)
Drive to Mandawa and check-in to your hotel on arrival. Situated in the north Indian state of Rajasthan, the fort town of Mandawa lies in the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. This small town is an attraction for its beautifully made forts and palaces, known as havelis. Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 5: Mandawa - Jaipur (Approx. 180 kms / 5 hour drive)
Depart for Jaipur, the home of India's legendary Hindu warriors, whose historic forts, palaces, and gardens lend a timeless quality to this region. You may spend the day at leisure exploring the colorful and lively markets of Jaipur. Dinner with a Noble family at the Sankotra Haveli is a memorable experience. Overnight at the hotel (B, D)

Day 6: Jaipur
After breakfast, take a half-day excursion to Amber Fort. En-route, make a photo stop at the palace of winds – the Hawa Mahal – a 5 storied structure built in the 18th century .In the afternoon, visit the City Palace which occupies the center of Jaipur. It now houses the royal residence as well as museums with a rich collection of textiles and costumes, armory, manuscripts, paintings etc. Also visit the Jantar Mantar (1728-34) built by King Jai Singh II who had a great interest in astrology. Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 7: Jaipur - Ranthambore (Approx. 170 kms / 5 hour drive)
Drive to Ranthambore after breakfast. En-route, stop at a local school and spend time with the children. Check-in to your hotel at Ranthambore and have lunch. Spend the afternoon exploring the incredible Ranthambore fort. In the evening there will be a talk on wildlife, accompanied by a slide show. Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)

Day 8: Ranthambore
See the forest greet a new day in an early morning game drive into the Park. The Ranthambore National Park is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. After lunch, resume the search for tigers during the afternoon game drive. Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)

Day 9: Ranthambore - Kalakho (Approx. 170 kms / 4 hour drive)
Drive to your next destination, Kalakho. On arrival at the Dera Village Retreat, which has been specially created to explore the Living Cultures of India, you will be given a traditional welcome. Enjoy a local folk dance and music performance at the Retreat, in the evening. Overnight at the Retreat (B, L, D)

Day 10: Kalakho
After breakfast, visit a local village on camel back. Here, you will meet the colorful Meena tribe. Spend time meeting the villagers and learning about life in rural India. Later, in the afternoon go for a hike to the nearby hills. Overnight at the Retreat. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Kalakho - Bharatpur - Agra (Approx. 170 kms / 4 hour drive)
Proceed to Bharatpur after breakfast for an exciting cycle-rickshaw ride through one of the India's finest bird parks, the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (Keoladeo Ghana National Park). Drive to Agra and en-route, explore Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful sandstone city. At Agra you will check-in to your hotel and later in the afternoon pay a visit to the majestic Agra Fort. Overnight at the hotel. (B)

Day 12: Agra / Delhi (Approx. 220 kms / 4 hour drive)
Proceed to Bharatpur after breakfast for an exciting cycle-rickshaw ride through one of the India's finest bird parks, the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (Keoladeo Ghana National Park). Drive to Agra and en-route, explore Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful sandstone city. At Agra pay a visit to the majestic Agra Fort before checking into the hotel. Overnight at the hotel. (B)

Day 13: Departure
Our representative will escort you to the international airport to board your outgoing flight.

POST TOUR

Day 12: Agra / Jhansi (Train Taj Express ETD: 1015 ETA: 1335 Hrs) / Orchha (Approx. 25 kms / 40 min drive) Early in the morning, behold the glorious sight of the sun casting its mellow rays on the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world and surely the greatest symbol of love and devotion. (Please note that the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays). Return to the hotel for breakfast and board the train to Jhansi. Thereafter, drive to Orchha. Explore this charming town for the rest of the day, with interesting visits to the Ram Raja Temple and the Laxmi Narayan Temple. Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 13: Orchha / Khajuraho (Approx. 175 kms / 5 hour drive)
After breakfast, drive to Khajuraho and on arrival check-in to your hotel. Visit the famous Khajuraho temples (A World Heritage site). These temples, which completed a thousand years of their existence in 1999, come to life with their elaborate sculptures. Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 14: Khajuraho / Varanasi (Flight: 9W724 ETD: 1330 ETA: 1410)
Enjoy a morning of leisure after which you leave for the airport to board the flight to Varanasi. Our representative will escort you to your hotel. Take a rickshaw ride to the banks of the holy River Ganges where you will witness the beautiful and captivating 'aarti' ceremony at twilight. Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 15: Varanasi
An early morning boat ride on the Ganga is followed by a walking tour of the temples that surround the ghats. Soon after, leave for an excursion to Sarnath (a 40 min drive), a major Buddhist pilgrimage center where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Conclude the day with a visit to the famous weavers of Varanasi. Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 16: Varanasi / Delhi (Flight: 9W 724 ETD: 1440 / ETA: 1600)
After a relaxed breakfast, depart for the airport to board your flight to Delhi. On arrival, check-in to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 17: Departure
Transfer to the international airport to board your outgoing flight.