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North Indian Shopping Delight

Package Name : North Indian Shopping Delight

Duration : ( 13 nights / 14 days )

Tel: 91-11-2332 1822

E-mail: enquiries@tradewingstours.com

Locations: Delhi / Agra / Jaipur / Jodhpur / Udaipur / Delhi / Varanasi / Delhi

This tour takes you to the rich cities in history and monumental splendour. View the ancient and modern attractions of Delhi, the marvelous Taj Mahal in Agra and the forts and palaces of Jaipur.

Unique brass ware, handicrafts, leather, silver, marble, carpets, paintings and textiles are India's trademark. Shopping for these crafts at the many bazaars and markets in a must when visiting India. Expect to bargain your way into owning a purchase. It's a fun way to meet the locals!! In the field of arts and crafts. Rajasthan is among the richest states of India. Each period of its history made its contribution to this field. The kings and nobles were patrons of art and crafts and encouraged the craftsmen. These colours are a striking part of the Rajasthani life and are found in the bustling bazaars, in fairs & festivals, in the customs worn " and produced, and in the traditional paintings & murals. When shopping for souvenirs, the subtle yet ethnic appeal of every item is irresistible whether it be furniture, leather ware, pottery, metal craft or textiles. It is little wonder, therefore, that because of these artistic treasures which let you indulge without being extravagant, Rajasthan has been dubbed as the shopper's paradise. Its craftS have always been a source of fascination whether one appreciates them for purely pleasure or pauses to savour the underlying history, culture and symbolism.


You will be warmly greeted on arrival at the international airport by our local staff and swiftly escorted by private vehicle to your hotel.

New Delhi, India's capital city, with a thousand years of history is a city of contrasts that combines a unique ambience of the ancient and the modern. An orderly plan of wide roads lined with sturdy colonial buildings, it was established soon after the imperial capital of British India moved here from Calcutta in 1911.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02 : IN DELHI

Morning begins in the hustle and bustle of Old Delhi, the Mughal capital established by Shah Jahan in 1638. Enjoy a cycle-rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk, the spine of Old Delhi that houses the spice market and jeweler's lane. We will then take a walking tour of the area; we will explore the gullies (streets) of Shahjahanabad and visit the local bazaar. The famous Red Fort (drive past), the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India where 20,000 people can pray at one time. Our tour of Old Delhi will tantalize us with delights such as the Parathewali Gali, we continue our quest on to the famous bazaar - Chandni Chowk- bustling with commerce and enterprise. Spices are the specialty of Khari Baoli, be prepared to be assaulted by exotic smells and fragrances.

We will visit Raj Ghat, the serene and evocative cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, whose principals of nonviolence gave India her freedom from the British.

We will drive through the elegant boulevards of New Delhi. A visit to the Qutub Minar reveals a stunning 240-foot minaret. We will stop to view India Gate, a World War I memorial, and then on to see the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Presidential Palace. Completed in 1929, this palatial building on the Raisina Hill was formerly the Viceroy's House during British rule. We continue with a visit to the Sikh and Hindu Temples.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03 : IN DELHI

After a leisurely breakfast you will be transferred to the colorful market of the capital city to explore its beauty of the bazaars. It will be a mix experience of shopping; firstly you will be transferred to the Emporium, which is a mirror setting of Handicrafts and Handlooms in the Indian art & craft scenario for over 50 years. It preserves and nurtures the rich heritage of a culture dating back to over 5000 years, unfolding a rich sage of breathtaking masterpieces by skilled artisans. Later, you will be escorted to a road whose claim to fame is the number of state-emporia that line it. The "emporia" are state government-run boutiques - one for each state of India - selling the traditional offering of the state. Furnishing and linen are common to all - but of course, there are specialties of the state. So you can get tie-and-dye fabrics at the Rajasthan emporium, sandalwood objects at the Tamil Nadu emporium and so on. Good prices and good quality.

Walk on to Janpath, a market that a person must visit for purchasing trinkets, handicrafts, clothing and other ethnic souvenirs. This place is very common with the locals and the tourists alike.

Later, we will take you to "Dilli Haat" It was established to encourage arts and crafts in India. You can enjoy shopping several ethnic and classy products as well as indulge your taste buds by having several dishes and snacks in the food plaza served at reasonable rates under a single roof. Dilli haat covers a vast area of 6 acres and it severs as a single destination to shop.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04 : DELHI - AGRA……...by road

Morning, we will drive to Agra (200 km / 4 hrs). Best known as the city of the world's most famous monument of love, Agra attracts thousands of tourists every day from all over the world. Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel.

Afternoon, we will explore the elegant Agra Fort. Also known as the Red Fort, another work of Akbar the Great built over the course of eight years (1565-1573). The high red stone monument is notable for its smooth blending of Hindu and Asian ancestral architectural styles. The fort was successively occupied by Emperors Jahangir and Shah Jahan; the latter died here, imprisoned by his son and left to gaze at the Taj Mahal he had built.

Enjoy a shopping experience in the Mughal city and witness marble inlay work at a local workshop. Agra is known the world over for its famous inlay work. The best example is the Taj Mahal, the greatest monument of love.

In this art they use various semi-precious stones like LAPIS LAZULI (Afghanistan), MALACHITE (South Africa), TURQUOISE (Iran), CORAL (Italy), CORNELIAN (India), PAUA SHELL (New Zealand) and many other stones. Then these stones are inlaid in Indian marble, black marble, Indian green marble (Baroda green) etc. They make Table tops- rectangular, octagonal, plates, boxes, trays, coaster sets, chessboards, beck gammon boards, pen holders, card holders, ashtrays, paper weights, vase, wine cups, glass, elephants, statues and any other items.

Later, you can visit the leather market; the leather works of Agra are famous throughout India. The works have been derived from traditional practices that included producing foot wear. Agra produces some of the finest leather goods in India. The leather products consist of shoes, sandals, gloves, jackets, wallets, handbags, etc. The leather works have been refined in more recent times and at present there is a great demand of designer items.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 05: AGRA - JAIPUR via FATEHPUR SIKRI……...by surface

Morning, we will visit the Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays), one of the Seven Wonders of the World, to witness its shifting facades at sunrise. The words Taj Mahal translate as Crown Palace. As we tour this amazing monument, we will hear the story of another great Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, who commissioned the "Taj" as a memorial to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. With its magnificent setting on the banks of the River Yamuna, the Taj Mahal took 22 years to build and was completed in 1653. It has been called the most extravagant shrine ever built as a tribute to love.

A short visit to the Mother Teresa Home Missionaries of Charity will allow those interested to meet the nuns at the orphanage who devote their lives to the homeless children of India. Most of the orphans are girls who are more frequently abandoned at birth. The dire poverty of these unwanted children is heartbreaking, and this visit is therefore optional. No one at the missionary will ask you for a cash donation. It is not wanted. Rather, if you wish to contribute something of value, a simple set of sheets that you pack in your luggage would be greatly appreciated.

Later, we will drive towards Jaipur (240 km / 7 hrs with Fatehpur Sikri's sightseeing). En- route, we will stop at Fatehpur Sikri, the early abandoned capital of the Mughal Empire between 1570 and 1586. The great Mughal Emperor Akbar built this city to celebrate the birth of his son and future heir to the throne, Emperor Jahangir. While Akbar is believed to have been illiterate, he took great interest in the arts and architecture. Under his rule, Agra became a leading center of art, science, commerce and culture. Fatehpur Sikri is one of his masterworks. Sadly, it served as a capital for little more than a decade, and was eventually abandoned for lack of accessible water. Arrive at the "Pink City" of Jaipur. The origin of this nickname becomes immediately apparent as we enter the old city walls and greet the pink-colored buildings that rise at every turn. On arrival, check in at the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 06 : IN JAIPUR

Morning, we will start with Amber Fort and Palace. En-route we will stop to see the grand Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds. This magnificent five story structure was built with 953 windows to allow the royal ladies of the court to discretely watch grand processions along the main street without being observed.

Perched on a hillside on the outskirts of town, Amber Fort and Palace was constructed in the 1590s by Maharaja Man Singh, the commander of Akbar's army, who chose the location for its highly defendable location. This is a beautiful and very well preserved structure built on four levels and surrounded by ruins. It served as the backdrop for the Mira Nair movie "Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love." Upon arrival it is customary to ride the highly decorated caparisoned elephants up to the fort, Maharaja-style. However, the elephants are licensed and highly regulated, and it is possible at a moment's notice to be informed that the daily quota has been met. In that case, we will be transferred via jeep.

Continue to the City Palace Museum, which has a priceless collection of antiques, costumes and armory of the Mughals and Rajputs including swords of different shapes and sizes with chiseled handles. It also has an art gallery which displays a collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit. We will also visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory, a UNESCO World heritage site - a stone astrological and astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century.

Later, we will visit a carpet factory; the art of carpet weaving is age old in Rajasthan and Jaipur is renowned centre of this art. There are thousands of the families in and around Jaipur who are specialized in one or another particular design and aresurviving on this artwork. The hand woven carpets of Jaipur are quite popular and collectable. Jaipur is the main centre and big hub for the Semi-precious and precious Gemstone and Jewellery. There are numerous big and small units of gemstone cutting and polishing and jewellery making. The workers working in these units are traditional artisans who have been practicing this art from generations. Along with observing the manufacturing technique you can also make purchases from these units. It ensures the quality of product and saves your time and money as well.

We will explore the local bazaars of Jaipur during our Old Jaipur tour. The bazaars between the Badi (Large) and Chhoti (Small) Chaupar (Square) in the old city of Jaipur feature some of the best photo opportunities that the city has to offer. Your guide will lead you through the labyrinth of colorful alleys where artisans make puppets, bangles, and other local handicrafts.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 07 : JAIPUR - JODHPUR……...by surface

This morning drive to Jodhpur (330 km / 7 hrs). On arrival, we will check in at our hotel.

Rest of time at leisure.

Overnight at Hotel.


Jodhpur is an oasis in the arid Thar Desert and is also called the Blue city of India. Jodhpur touring begins with a visit to one of India's most imposing Forts - Mehrangarh Fort, which is a living testimony of the military might of the Rajputs. With the strategically located cannons on the walls, the fort is spread over an area of 5 km at an altitude of about 125 meters. Thousands of tourists visit this fort every year to have a glimpse of the artillery system of the Rajput warriors. A bird's eye view of the city from above the fort is fascinating. Another example of Rajput glory is the Jaswant Thada, a shrine built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant II in 1899. A story goes that Maharaja Jaswant succumbed to injuries in this place while fighting the Mughal king Jahangir. Explore the Sardar Market's colorful bazaars and shop for textiles, handicrafts and clay figurines.

Shopping in Jodhpur is an exciting and rewarding experience for the visitors. It is the home place of many talented and skilled craftsmen. They include textile dyers, metal engravers and die-makers. Jodhpur still, probably, has the last of the tailors of the classic 'Jodhpur' breeches. While in Jodhpur, don't forget to buy the famous Jodhpuri Suit. It gives a royal identity to your dressing. The area also abounds with handicraft makers - potters, weavers and rug makers.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 09 : JODHPUR - UDAIPUR……...by surface

After breakfast, drive to Udaipur (260 km / 6 hrs) the famed "city of sunrise" also called the Venice of the East. En-route visit Ranakpur Jain Temples built in the 15th century; these are situated in the lovely valley of the Aravallis. Its surrounding is quiet and picturesque. Ranakpur has grand structures and beautiful sculpture. There are 1444 pillars in the temple and none of them are similar. The magic of light & shade is really awe inspiring. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. During the evening, stroll down to the colorful Rajasthani bazaar.

Overnight at Hotel.


We begin our day at the City Palace, overlooking the blue waters of Lake Pichola. Maharana Udai Singh initiated construction in 1559 A.D., and it was subsequently expanded, with impressive uniformity, by several succeeding Maharanas. The palace consists of a number of beautiful courtyards and gardens. The main hall has been converted into a museum, housing opulent artifacts and original works of art.

Inside the complex we will find the exquisite crystal gallery, exhibiting 19th century pieces including crystal chandeliers, tables, sofas and beds. We will continue walking towards the Jagdish Temple to study its many remarkable friezes. Lavishly built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh, it is easy to understand why Jagdish is the most venerated Hindu temple in Udaipur.

Folk toys, brightly coloured garments, hand printed textiles, batiks, dyed saris, metal images, silver jewelry, and the Pichwal wall hangings are some of the things that are enough to convert anyone into an ardent shopper in the fascinating city of Udaipur. This Romantic City of Rajasthan is popular for local handicrafts, particularly for the Rajput-Mughal style miniature paintings.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11 : UDAIPUR - DELHI……...by flight

Morning at leisure. Later, transfer to the airport to board flight AI 472 for Delhi.

Leave Udaipur 1610 hrs
Arrive Delhi 1725 hrs

Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.


Day 12 : DELHI - VARANASI……...by flight

Morning, transfer to the airport to board flight 9W 2423 for Varanasi

Leave Delhi 1050 hrs
Arrive Varanasi 1215 hrs

Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Afternoon, take a short excursion to Sarnath where Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon after attaining Nirvana. The only institute of its kind in the world, imparting education in the Tibetan language, was established here by the Dalai Lama in 1971. Presently located at Sarnath, the institute has a rare collection of Buddhist texts, Tibetan manuscripts and other journals. Evening, go down to the Ganges on cycle-rickshaws to witness the Aarti ceremony.

Overnight at Hotel.


Day 13 : VARANASI - NEW DELHI……...by flight

Early morning, transfer to the ghats for a boat-ride on the Ganges to see the sunrise and witness local people worshipping and bathing. Return to your hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast, visit a saree factory. Varanasi is famous for fine silk weaving and brocades. Banarasi silk sarees are popular for rustle of silk, the sheen of pure gold and the magical weave. We will make a visit to a Silk saree-manufacturing unit where you can observe the production of fine silk sarees, interact with local artisans and shop the glittering Banarasi sarees for you and your dear ones. Varanasi is also famous for gold and silver brocades, an ancient weaving tradition of India. You can also buy beautiful brocades for dresses and home furnishings from Varanasi.

Later, transfer to the airport to board flight 9W 2424 for Delhi.

Leave Varanasi 1250 hrs
Arrive Delhi 1420 hrs

Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.



In time, transfer to the airport to board flight for home