North India Tour
Duration: 17 Nights / 18 Days
Places Covered: Delhi-Srinagar- Gulmarg - Kargil - Leh -Alchi - Jammu -
Amritsar - Delhi - Jaipur - Delhi
Day 01: Delhi
Begin your Tour.
Arrive into Delhi
Welcome to Vardhman's 'Best of North India '!. On arrival in Delhi, you
will be met and transferred by Vardhman's representative to your hotel.
Day at leisure.
Day 02: Delhi - Srinagar
After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for Srinagar.
1115 hrs: Leave for Srinagar.
1235 hrs: Arrive at Srinagar
Srinagar is located in the heart of the Kashmir valley at an altitude
of 1,730 m above sea level, spread on both sides of the river Jhelum.
The Dal and Nagin lakes enhance its picturesque setting, while the changing
play of the seasons and the salubrious climate ensures that the city is
equally attractive to visitors around the year. Kalhana, the author of
'Rajtarangini, states that Srinagri was founded by Emperor Ashoka (3rd
Century BC). The present city of Srinagar was founded by Pravarasena-II,
and Hiuen Tsang, who visited Kashmir in 631 AD, found it at the same site
as it is today. Laltaditya Muktapida was the most illustrious ruler of
Kashmir in the Hindu period, which ended in 1339 AD. King Zain-ul-Abidin
(1420-70 AD), popularly known as Budshahâ, was a great patron of
Sanskrit. Akbar captured Kashmir valley for the Mughals, who endowed Srinagar
with beautiful mosques and gardens. The Sikhs overthrew the last Muslim
ruler in the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1819. In 1846 the Dogras
secured the sovereignty of Kashmir from the British under the Treaty of
Amritsar, and in 1947 the state of Jammu and Kashmir with Srinagar as
its capital, became part of the Indian Union. Today Srinagar is a resort
for the tourist who can experience, at first hand, the peculiar beauty
of the valley that has attracted the Chinese, the Mughals and the British
On arrival transfer to Deluxe Houseboat.. Evening Boat trip to floating
Overnight :House Boat
Day 03: Srinagar
After an early breakfast, visit Shankracharya hill for darshan and a bird's
eye view of Srinagar. Then visit the two Mughal gadens - Shalimar and
Nishal Bagh. Take a Shikara ride to Char Chinar for a Kashmiri luch. The
Shikara will tour through the backwaters and drop you at the hotel or
Overnight :House Boat
Day 04: Srinagar-Gulmarg-Srinagar
This morning you will proceed for a full day excursion to Gulmarg, Meadow
of Flowers ( 56 kms /2 hrs) by situated at an altitude of 2730 meters
by car, full day at leisure to take the leisurely walks on the lush green
meadows of flowers with a backdrop of the snow capped mountains. Enjoy
pony ride or Gondola ride (rope way) to Khillanmarg at your own cost.
Overnight: House Boat
Day 05: Srinagar - Kargil
Morning drive to Kargil.
On arrival check in at hotel.
Later proceed for Sightseeing of Kargil
Visit the Tete Sping and other interest places the Suru Valley which form
the main stay of Kargil district. Lying nestled along the northeastern
foothills of the Great Himalayan wall, it extends from Kargil town, first
south ward for a length of about 45 miles up to the expanse around Panikhar,
then eastward for another stretch of nearly 50 miles up to the foot of
the Penzila watershed where the Suru River rises
Day 06: Kargil - Leh
Day 07: Leh
After breakfast we will proceed for Leh.
Geographically and culturally, Leh is very much part of Tibet and Tibetan
influence pervades this desert land.
On arrival at Leh check in at hotel..
Day in Leh is kept free for the purpose of getting acclimatise to the
height and weather.
Day 08: Around Leh
(Monastery visit, Shankar + Shanti + Phyang + Palace) After breakfast
half day sightseeing of Sankar Gompa: Located on a valley floor and is the
home to Lamas who belong to yellow sect and worship his Holiness - The Dalai
Lama. Visit Shanti Stupa : a Buddhist religious monument built by Indian
based Japanese Monk whose intention was to spread Buddhism by building such
stupas throughout the world & Leh Palace : the 17th. Century looking
for the entire world like a miniature version of the Potala in Lhasa. SINDHU
DARSHAN at Choglomsar. The rest of the day is free for personal activities.
Day 09: Leh - Alchi
After an early breakfast drive to Alchi Gompa which is located near the
small village of Saspol. Alchi which is one of the earliest monasteries
built in Ladakh, dating from the 11th century.Because it was built before
the invading wars began in the 15th century, Alchi was built on lowlands,
rather than on a hilltop as others were, in order to protect them from
Day 10: Alchi - Leh
After breakfast drive to Lamayuru Gompa which lies 15 km east of the
Fatu La on the Srinagar-Leh Highway, with its medieval village seemingly
growing out of the rocky hillside below it. In the past, Lamayuru has
housed up to 400 lamas, but presently there are only 30 to 50 lamas living
here, although about 150 lamas belong to the gompa.
Day 11: Leh - Jammu-Amritsar
This morning after breakfast transfer to airport for flight for Jammu.
On arrival at Jammu drive to Amritsar
On arrival in Amritsar check in at hotel.
Afternoon, visit Wagah Border to watch Border Retreat Ceremony
The pageant of the beating of the retreat and the change of guard within
handshaking distance of the Indian and Pakistani forces here makes the
most charming of the spectacles as a daily evening drill. Ascertain the
timings before you leave to see this spectacle since these are changed
seasonally.Wagha is the only land border open between Pakistan and India.
Day 12: Amritsar
Visit Golden Temple -It is the most sacred temple for Sikhs. It is
a symbol of the magnificence and strength of the Sikh people all over
the world. In the evolution of the Darbar Sahib, is entwined the history
and ideology of Sikhism. In its architecture are included, symbols associated
with other places of worship. This is an example of the spirit of tolerance
and acceptance that the Sikh philosophy propounds.
Also visit Jallianwala Bagh- Martyrs Memmorial built in the shape of eternal
flame of liberty is situated on the outskirts of Golden Temple. Here about
1500 and 2000 persons who were attending a peaceful meeting during the
freedom movement fell under the bullets of the British General Dyer on
13 April 1919.
Day 13: Amritsar - Delhi
This morning after breakfast at hotel transfer to railway station to catch
train for Delhi.
On arrival check in at hotel.
Afternoon proceed for combined city tour of delhi.
Combined city tour of New Delhi & Old Delhi
Visit Qutab Minar, Humayun's tomb, Lakshminarayan Temple , a modern Hindu
Temple , Parliament House, Government Secretarial Building and Connaught
place, the shopping centre of New Delhi .
Visit Red Fort, built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan, Jama Masjid,
one of the largest Mosque of India, Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana, the cremation
sites of Mahatama Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Also drive past Chandni
Chowk, shopping centre of Old Delhi.
Day 14: Delhi - Jaipur
Day 15 In Jaipur
This morning after a leisurly breakfast drive to Jaipur.
On arrival in Jaipur check in at hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.
City tour of Jaipur
This morning you will experience the wonders of this magicial pink city,
as you proceed on a tour of Amber fort - which is set on the dry wrinkled
Aravali Hills, and surrounded by fortified battlements. We will ride up
to this hilltop palace on a caparisoned, painted elephant. Later visit the
Jagmandir or the Hall of victory glitterning with mirrors, Maharaja's City
Palace and the Observatory - The Solar Observatory - an astronomical treasure
house, with solar device that give accurate predictions till date. The City
Palace reflects a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Drive past
Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds, a five-storied structure of pink sandstone
with semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main
street of the old city and through the rose pink residential and business
areas of Jaipur.
Day 16: Jaipur - Agra
Morning drive to Agra, en-route visit to Fatehpur Sikri and Bharatpur Bird
sanctuary on arrival Agra check in at hotel. Visit Fatehpur Sikiri
This abandoned capital of the Mughals is a perfectly preserved city at the
height of the empire's splendor. The city divided into religious and secular
parts has interesting well-sculpted buildings.
Day 17: Agra-Delhi
Day 18: Delhi
City tour of Agra.
Visit Taj Mahal & Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula.
Afternoon, we ride to the massive Agra Fort. The elegant buildings inside
reflect an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural
styles. The maze of the courtyards, mosques & private chambers of
the fort echo the story of the Mughal Empire. The Moti Masjid & other
magnificent buildings reflect the skill of the ancient Indian architectsLater
you will visit a marble gallery - the flagship store in Agra which offers
an excellant range of white marble, fashionable wear & exotic wooden
articles, truly a one stop shop!
Afternoon drive to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi check in at hotel.
Day free for shopping in Delhi..
In time transfer to International airport for flight to onwards journey
to back home with sweet and unforgettable memories of 'Best of North India'
escorted by Vardhman Vacations.
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