North India and Nepal Tour
Duration:- 12 Days / 11 Nights
Destinations Covered:- Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Satna - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Kathmandu - Pokhra - Kathmandu
01 Day: Arrival Delhi
Meeting and assistance on arrival at the International airport, our representative welcome and escort you by a private car and transfer to the hotel, whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would hand over the documents and brief the tour programme to you. Overnight at the hotel.
02 Day: Delhi
After breakfast take sightseeing tour of historic city visiting Old Delhi visiting the majestic Red Fort, a marvel in red sandstone, Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, both built by emperor Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame, Rajghat - memorial of Mahatma Gandhi & a Rickshaw ride past through the silver street in Chandni Chowk, the city tour continues covering New Delhi, visiting Rashtrapati Bhawan, one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; the India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war; the Laxmi Narayan Temple, built by the Birlas, one of India’s leading industrial families; Humayun’s Tomb, lotus shaped Bhai’s Temple, Qutub Minar, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty; in the evening you can visit to see speculative Light and Sound Show at Red Fort. Return to the hotel for overnight at the hotel.
03 Day: Delhi - Jaipur (260 kms - 5 hours)
After an early breakfast checkout and drive to Jaipur, enroute visit to massive Neemrana Fort, converted in to a heritage hotel. You may opt to have lunch here. After visit continue to drive to Jaipur on arrival check in to the hotel. Later in the evening visit Birla Temple of white marble, after wards at the time of dinner visit Chokhi Dhani - a 5 Star ethnic resort serving Rajasthani & Continental cuisine with live music, folk dances, camel ride and puppet shows in an ambiance of an ethnic village. Return to the hotel for overnight.
04 Day: Jaipur
Today after breakfast explore the Pink City with an excursion to Amber Fort, situated just outside the city, enjoy the experience of ride on elephant back to and from the top of the hill on which the fort is situated. Afternoon sightseeing tour of City Palace in the heart of Jaipur is known for its blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Not far away is the Central Museum. Jantar Mantar is the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed for the royal ladies to watch the royal processions without being seen, all monuments are located in the vicinity of City Palace Complex of Jaipur. Later late afternoon is kept free to visit the famous Markets of Textiles, Gems, Carpets, and handicrafts. Jaipur is an ideal place for buying souvenirs. In the evening enjoy the cycle rickshaw ride to explore colourful market of Jaipur. Return to the hotel for overnight.
05 Day: Jaipur - Agra: (230 kms - 4 hours)
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Agra, en rout stop over at Fathepur Sikri, the Old deserted town of Mughal Dynasty –Fatehpur Sikri built in red sandstone in honor of Saint Salim Chisti who foretold the birth of 3 sons to Emperor Akbar, is an example of robust stability combined with originality. Each important edifice here represents a type by itself. Notable among them is the Diwan-e-Khas entirely unique in its concept is a tall vaulted room with an intricately carved central pillar and capital supporting a platform that once held the emperor's throne. The airy Panch Mahal a 5 storied structure rising in pyramidal fashion was probably used by the ladies of the court. Set like a jewel in a courtyard of pink sandstone is the finest building here, the marble Tomb of Salim Chisti enclosed by finely carved, lacy marble screens. The Buland Darwaza, an imposing gateway 54 m high was built to commemorate Akbar's Aligarh the famous university town is a center of Islamic studies. Akbar built in 1492, The Tomb is combination of Muslims and Hindu Architectural styles. Later continue to proceed Agra. On arrival check in to the hotel. Optionally in the evening you may visit to the souvenirs market of Agra, one should visit Oswal Emporium where they have built a Mini Taj Mahal inside their showroom and it took 10 years for the artists to complete the mini replica of the Taj. The show room conducts free sound & light show showing the eras of Taj Mahal. Overnight in Agra.
Note: Taj Mahal closed on every Friday.
06 Day: Agra - Satna(for Khajuraho) (By Train)
Early morning visit to witness incomparable Taj Mahal with its’ speculative view at sunrise. Taj Mahal, the architectural modern day, the most beautiful monument among the Seven wonders of the world; this monument is a fine example of the fusion of many architectural styles is one of the wonders of the modern world. Taj, endowed it with some of the loveliest buildings in the world. The tour continues with a visit to the Agra Fort, designed and built by Akbar in 1565 A.D., built with barricaded wall of red sand stone; it houses the beautiful Pearl Mosque and numerous palaces including the Jahangir Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Am, Macchhi Bhawan, Nagina Masjid, Meena Bazar, Moti Masjid, Sheesh Mahal, Musamman Burj where from Taj Mahal is visible in all its beauty from one side of the fort. So very ironically, Emperor Sahahjahan, prisoner of his son Aurangzeb in his old age was put in a cell from where he could gaze at the Taj Mahal at a distance, from his cell in the fort. Later visit the Pearl Mosque and the Tomb of Itamad-ud-Daula built by Empress Noorjehan in memory of her father. Later check out the hotel and transfer to the railway station to board the night train for Satna ( nearest railway station of Khajuraho) Overnight at the board.
07 Day: Satna - Khajuraho (118 kms – 2 ½ hours)
Assistant on arrival morning at Satna Railway station. Then drive to the Khajuraho. On arrival transfer to the hotel. After breakfast explore Khajuraho, is worldly known for its magnificent temples of erotica built between 950 A.D. and 1050 A.D. Khajuraho - The very name, Khajuraho, arouses strange dreams even in daytime. Of full bodied feminine forms frozen in stone, so real that you wonder whether they might come alive at a touch. Khajuraho is world heritage town, the temples are scattered in an area of 8 sq km. After relaxation take a sightseeing tour of fascinating western group of temples. The temples of Khajuraho have been declared a 'world heritage' site by UNESCO in order to preserve the rich legacy of architecture, bequeathed to future generations by the Kings of the Chandela dynasty. These temples are famous for their intricate sculptures and erotic carvings that are one of the outstanding achievements of Indian art. Later take a sightseeing tour of Eastern group of Temples which consists of 3 Hindu and 3 Jain temples, their proximity attests to the religious tolerance of the times in general and of the Chandela rulers in particular, visit the Jain temples of Parsvanath, Adinath, and Shanti Nath. Also visit the temples of Vamana and Brahma/Hanuman both dedicated to lord Vishnu. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
08 Day: Khajuraho - Varanasi (By Air)
After breakfast checkout of the hotel and then transfer to airport to board the scheduled flight for Varanasi, assistance on arrival in Varanasi and transfer to the hotel. Relax for some time & take an excursion tour to Sarnath, located at 10 Kms from Varanasi where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon to the five holy men; visit at Dharmarajika Stupa The 110 ft tall Dhamekh Stupa marks the place where Buddha preached first sermon., also visit to Archaeological museum, the collection of ancient Buddhist relics and antiques comprising numerous Buddha and Bodhisatva images, also see the Ashok Pillar with 4 lions, built in 3rd Centaury BC., symbolize both Ashoks's imperial rule and the kingship of the Buddha. The four-lion capital was adopted as the emblem of the modern Indian republic. After visit drive back to Varanasi. In the evening visit at most famous temple is the Kashi Vishvanath or Golden temple which, though off-limits to non-Hindus, can be seen from the top floor of the old house opposite it, strolling in narrow lanes of the colourful bazaar of ancient city. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
09 Day: Varanasi - Delhi (By Air) - Kathmandu (By Air)
Early morning take a boat ride on the Ganges at dawn when it is full of pilgrims is an amazing place to witness the living traditions of one of the world's oldest and most important religions. While on the boat you will also see the cremation ceremonies of dead bodies as per Hindi Rituals. Later proceed on a tour of the temples of Varanasi visiting the Golden Temple dedicated to lord Shiva, the Durga temple dedicated to goddess Durga. Interestingly the Durga Temple is also known as the Monkey Temple due to the large number of monkeys found in the Temple premises. Later check out and transfer to the airport to board the afternoon flight for Delhi on arrival take a connecting flight for Kathmandu. On arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
10 Day: Kathmandu
After breakfast visit The Pashupatinath Temple, situated on the banks of River Baghmati around 8 km from the city, is one of the holiest Hindu shrines. Also visit Guheshwari Temple near Pashupatinath is considered as the place where Yoni of Shiva’s consort Sati fell when Lord Vishnu cut her into pieces. Later visit Boudhnath, which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. Afternoon relaxes, and early evening visit Patan is a spiritual city with Durbar Square in the centre and many Stupas, shikaras, and temples. Bhaktapur is again a royal city where most of the attractions revolve around Durbar Square and the Palace of 55 Windows. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
11 Day: Kathmandu - Pokhra (200 kms - 4 hours)
After breakfast checkout and drive to Pokhra, on arrival transfer to hotel. Later take a sight seeing tour of Pokhra; Pokhra is its center of adventure. An enchanting city nestled in a tranquil valley; it is the starting point for many of Nepal's most popular trekking and rafting destinations. The atmosphere on the shore of Phewa Lake is one of biggest attraction, after visiting Phewa Lake, visit vi Davis Falls, Binde Basini Temple, Mahindra Caves, and Seti George. Evening free for leisure activities. Overnight stay at hotel.
12 Day: Pokhra - Kathmandu (By Air/ By Road 200 kms 6 - 7 hours) - Hometown (By Air)
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive/fly to Kathmandu, on arrival transfer to the airport to board the connecting flight for onwards journey. On departure the tour concludes with happy memories.