India with Nepal Tour

INDIA WITH NEAPL TOURTour Duration 14 Nights/15 Days
Day 01: Arrive DelhiArrive Delhi and meet the representative. Transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure and free. Overnight is at the hotel.Day 02: Fly To Kathmandu After breakfast, transfer to the airport to connect flight to Kathmandu. Meet, assist and transfer to the hotel. Rest of Day will be spent walking around downtown market. Overnight is at the hotel. Day 03: In KathmanduMorning tour includes visit to Pashupatinath, standing on the bank of sacred river Bagmati, this temple with two-tier golden roof and silver doors, is famous all over the world for its superb architecture. Also visit Boudnath – the colossal and ancient Stupa, which is one of the biggest in the world. Overnight is at the hotel.Day 04: In KathmanduGiven a clear sky you can enjoy a mountain flight (optional) for an hour’s view of various Himalayan peaks. Visit the city for its Hanuman Dhoka, the historic palace of the ancient kings of Nepal; The residence of the living Goddess near the Durbar Square, which is the home of Kumari, (Virgin Goddess). Also visit Swayambunath, said to be 2000 years old and one of the world’s oldest Buddhist chaityas. Overnight is at the hotel.Day 05: To Varanasi by flight Transfer to the airport to connect flight to Varanasi. Meet, assist and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon visit Sarnath, an important Buddhist pilgrimage point and famous for site where Buddha preached his first sermon. Overnight is at the hotel .Day 06:In Varanasi Early in the morning enjoy a boat ride on river Ganges. The most important facet of this holy city is the river and the Ghats lining its southern bank in the city. From dawn to dusk the Ghats are thronged by thousands of devotees, who perform their holy rituals in the hope of attaining eternal salvation, the ‘Nirvana’. Also visit temples like Kashi Vishwanath dedicated to Lord Shiva; Bharat Mata Mandir dedicated to Mother India; Durga Temple, dedicated to the Goddess Durga; Alamgir Mosque- originally a temple dedicated to Vishnu but now an odd mixture.Day 07: To Khajuraho by flight Transfer to the airport to connect flight for Khajuraho. Meet, assist and transfer to the hotel in the afternoon. Overnight is at the hotel.Day 08:In Khajuraho Morning proceed for a half day visit to Eastern & Western group of temples. The magnificent temples built by the Chandela kings. They are divided into three – eastern, western and southern groups. The largest temple is Kandariay dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temples known for their erotic sculpture are world famous. Rest of the day is at leisure and free for independent activities. Overnight is at the hotel.Day 09: To Jhansi by Surface / Jhansi – Agra by Shatabdi ExpressAfter breakfast depart for Jhansi – 190kms en-route visiting Orchha. Orchha, now a small hamlet in the state of Madhya Pradesh, was once the capital of the formidable Bundela kings who ruled over a large tract between the Ganga and Narmada in medieval times. According to legends, King Rudra Pratap chose this place situated on the loop of the river Betwa to make his capital in AD 1501. Located 16 km short of Jhansi, Orchha rises out of the hills and the greens surrounding it. The historical monuments of Orchha still retain their pristine charm and narrate stories of war and peace, of love and destruction. It is also a place famous for Bundela paintings, of which it was once a centre of activity. Continue drive to Jhansi and upon arrival transfer to the railway station to board the train – Shatabdi Express for Agra. Meet and assist upon arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight is at the hotel.Day 10: In AgraThe morning tour visits the white marble mausoleum, which was built in the middle of the 17th century by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. This will be the highlight of your trip - The Taj Mahal.The Taj Mahal surely the greatest monument to love and one of the wonders of the modern world. Completed in 1652, skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and some 20,000 labourers worked for 17 years to build this edifice, constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Marble was brought from Makrana, near Jodhpur and precious stones of onyx, amethyst, malachite, lapis lazuli, turquoise, jade, crystal and mother of pearl were carried to Agra from Persia, Russia, Afghanistan, Tibet, China and the Indian Ocean. In the afternoon depart for a tour of Agra city. Visit the red sandstone Agra Fort, which stands like a crescent on the banks of the Yamuna River enclosed by forbidding 20-meter high walls, with a 12- meter moat between them. Three successive Mughal emperors - Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan - helped create this massive structure which contains Hindu and Muslim architecture. Overnight is at the hotel.Day 11:To JaipurToday you will drive to Jaipur via the ancient Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri. It is 38kms from Agra and often referred to as abandoned Mughal capital. This 16th century capital of Mughal emperor Akbar is a complex of forts, palaces and mosques built in sandstone. The city had to be deserted because of lack of water. The white marble Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti, Akbar's spiritual adviser, is now observed as a Muslim pilgrimage spot here. Later continue your drive of four hours to Jaipur.Jaipur: The capital of the state of Rajasthan is popularly known as the 'pink city' as the buildings in its old, walled city are all constructed in pink-colored sandstone. Jaipur owes its name, its foundation and its careful planning to the great warrior-astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II (1699-1744). He laid out the city with its surrounding walls and six rectangular blocks by principles of town planning set out in an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture. In 1728 he constructed the remarkable observatory, which is still one of Jaipur central attractions. It is worthwhile spending any leisure time wandering through the bazaars. Jaipur is well known for its beautiful carpets, enameled ornaments, precious and semi-precious stones, brass ornaments and many other arts and crafts. In the afternoon visit the Observatory, the Palace of Winds and the City Palace and Museum. The museum has an interesting textile section, which contains dresses and costumes of the former Maharajas and Maharanis of Jaipur. Overnight is at the hotel.Day 12: In JaipurThis morning you will drive 11kms in the outskirts of the city to visit Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the State until 1728. Visit the Temple of Kali, the Hall of Victory or Jai Mahal and Jagmandir. You can have the unique experience of travelling on elephant back to and from the top of the hill on which the fort is situated. Rest of the Day is free to explore the colourful town independently. Spend time in crowded lanes & by lanes of pink city, haggling and souvenir-hunting. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.Day 13: To DelhiStart late today morning. Have a leisurely breakfast and start you drive back to Delhi (4 hours) arriving at your hotel in late afternoon. Spend rest of the Day relaxing , or visit downtown Delhi for last minute shopping. Overnight is at the hotel.Day 14: In DelhiMorning is free to relax. Late morning tour the capital city. In Old city visit Red Fort built by Emperor Shah Jahan; Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India; Raj Ghat- the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi and walk around Chandni Chowk- the silver street of Delhi bustling with activity. In the New city visit Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India; Humayun’s Tomb built in the Indo Persian style and a predecessor to The Taj Mahal in Agra; India Gate – A War Memorial Arch. Also drive past the President’s house, Parliament house, Government secretariat buildings and Connaught place – the heart of New Delhi and a busy shopping center.  Overnight is at the hotel.Day 15: DepartureYou will be transferred to airport for onward flight.

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