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Treasures of India and Nepal

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 13 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): India   Nepal  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1430 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1610 US Dollar (USD)

- Tour Route: Delhi – Jaipur - Agra – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Kathmandu
- Tour Duration: 12 nights / 13 days
- Domestic Flight: 2 (Khajuraho – Varanasi, Varanasi - Kathmandu)
- Train Journey: 1 (Agra – Jhansi).

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Delhi. Upon your arrival in the Indian capital city of New Delhi, you will be greeted by our representative at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. After a warm welcome, you will be escorted to your hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2: Day in Delhi

Today you will spend the day discovering the vibrant city of Old and New Delhi. Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, which includes a visit to Jama Masjid (one of the largest mosques in India), Raj Ghat (cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi). Also, drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk (Silver Street), the epicenter of Old Delhi & drive past President's House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings. You may take a short exhilarating Rickshaw ride through the crowded lanes of the Chandni Chowk- the shopping epicenter of Old Delhi. Afternoon sightseeing tour of New Delhi includes a visit to India Gate and Qutab Minar. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 3: Delhi to Jaipur (275 Kms/06 Hrs)

After breakfast, embark on a leisurely drive to Jaipur - the land of the Rajputs. Jaipur is an exuberance of colour, dance and traditional arts and crafts. Known as the 'Pink City', Jaipur is home to ancient forts and palaces and is one of India's most well planned cities. Upon arrival in Jaipur, check in to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 4: Day in Jaipur

After breakfast visit the Amber fort. An elephant ride will help you ascend to this hilltop fort (Elephants are subject to availability). Alternatively, you could choose to walk or drive up to the fort. The fort is a living testimony where the Hindu and Mughal architectural styles have merged in complete harmony to create a masterpiece of fusion architecture. Among its many splendors is the Sheesh Mahal, a small room whose ceilings, covered with tiny mirrors, looks like a sky filled with brilliant stars. We visit the Jai Mandir (Hall of Victory) and Sukh Niwas (Hall of Pleasure). This afternoon, visit the City Palace complex with its museums and Jantar Mantar, the ancient astronomical observatory, and the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), built in the 18th century. This palace with its innumerable windows and screened balconies was especially built for the royal women to view the city and processions from behind their purdahs. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 5: Jaipur / Fatehpur Sikri / Agra (232 Kms/ 6 Hrs)

This morning, embark on a leisurely drive to Agra. En-route you will make a brief stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the capital city of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century. Situated 40 km from Agra, the city of Fatehpur Sikri is an imperial city built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar between 1571 and 1584. The architectural grandeur of this deserted city cannot be described in words and one can only experience the aura of its magnificent edifices by seeing them. The buildings within Fatehpur Sikri are a unique blend of different architectural traditions. Dedicated by Emperor Akbar to his patron saint Sheikh Salim Chisti, Fatehpur Sikri has a number of imperial palaces & was also Akbar's imperial capital for fifteen years. A splendid edifice, the fort today rests in quiet peace - a mute witness to the times gone by. Later continue your drive to Agra, the city of the world famous Taj Mahal. Upon arrival in Agra check in to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 6: Day in Agra

After breakfast, experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the eternal symbol of love, with a sunrise view of Taj Mahal. Built by Shah Jahan as an eternal symbol of his love for his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal, The Taj Mahal is one of the great architectural wonders of the world. Later, visit the white marble beauty and symbol of eternal love, the Taj Mahal. Work on this beautiful monument started in 1641, and the structure took 20,000 laborers 22 years to complete. The Taj changes color depending on the time of day, and it is recommended that you witness this by visiting in the morning and evening.

Also visit the Agra fort, which is built in red sandstone and has magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens. Built by Emperor Akbar on the west bank of the Yamuna, Agra Fort first took shape between 1565 and 1573 and thereafter structures within it were added by successive emperors. Today the towering red-sandstone ramparts house a variety of palace apartments, representing the different building styles of Akbar and his grandson Shah Jahan; the Jahangiri Mahal, the palace that housed the women of the court, the Anguri Bagh (Grape Garden), Khas Mahal, Musamman Burj, the mirrored Sheesh Mahal and Mina Masjid (Gem Mosque), Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience) and the Machchhi Bhavan (Fish House). Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 7: Agra /Orchha/ Khajuraho (180 Kms / 4 Hrs)

This morning, you will be transferred to Agra railway station to board your train to Jhansi. Upon arrival in Jhansi, drive to Orchha 20 Kms/30 Minutes. Orchha is the erstwhile capital city of the Bundela rulers. The town is steeped in history and is famous for its palaces and temples built in the 16th and 17th centuries. The architectural splendor of the monuments in Orchha reflects the glory of its rulers. The Betwa River, on whose banks Orchha lies, and the forests around it attract tourist to this place. The town is also famous for temples like the Raja Ram Temple, the Chaturbhuj temple and the Laxminarayan temple. The Raja Ram temple and the Chaturbhuj temple are associated with the Legend of Hindu Lord Rama. There are frescoes in the temple depicting various aspects of human life. The interesting thing about it is that the colour of these frescoes is still there. After lunch at Orchha, continue drive to the Khajuraho - A UNESCO world heritage site in central India, famous for its erotic sculptured temples. Upon arrival in Khajuraho, check in at your hotel and rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 8: Day in Khajuraho

After breakfast, visit the enchanting temples of Khajuraho with sculptures that draw their inspiration from the ancient art of Kama sutra. Khajuraho Temples were built by the Chandela kings between 950 AD and 1050 AD. The capital of the Chandela Kings, Khajuraho is famous for its magnificent temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and the Jain saints built in the 9th to 12th century temples and are an amalgamation of science and art of architecture. Situated in Madhya Pradesh, India, Khajuraho oozes with passion, eroticism, dance and music and other finesses of creative arts depicted in sculpture and images of the temples. The two richer distinctive groups of temples are the Western and Eastern group of temples. Temple town of Khajuraho is much different from any other temple city of India. It is not about religion and worshiping and deities. The temples of Khajuraho are instead famous for the eroticism etched on its walls in the form of sculptures. Afternoon at leisure or you have an option to drive to Panna wildlife sanctuary nearby for a game to see wildlife. This evening, enjoy the famous cultural dance show of Khajuraho (dance show operates daily from August to April). Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 9: Khajuraho To Varanasi

This morning, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India (also known as Kashi and Benaras). Upon arrival in Varanasi, visit Sarnath - ancient Buddhist learning center.Here, Gautama Buddha preached his first sermon to his disciples, as portrayed in Bernardo Bertolucci’s film “Little Buddha”. Explore the Sarnath Museum, which houses some of the greatest treasures of Indian Buddhist art, including Ashoka’s Lion Capital –dating back to the 3rd century BC, which is now the national emblem of India. & photograph the excavated Buddhist stupas & pillars unearthed during the British archaeological exploration in 1836. This evening, experience a rikshaw ride to the ghats to enjoy the grand ‘Aarti’ ceremony at Dasaswamedh Ghat, conducted everyday at sunset by white-robed priests. The young priests sway in seemingly choreographed movements, worshiping the river goddess with incense, flowers and earthen lamps. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10: Varanasi - Kathmandu

Enjoy an early morning boat ride on the Holy River Ganges. At dawn-the Ghats are abuzz with activity of the devotees performing their ablutions in the river or offering prayers to the rising sun and performing other religious rituals. Manikarnika Ghat is where the cremations take place throughout the day; a boat ride from the Dasaswamedh Ghat along the Ghats gives you vantage views of these activities. After the boat cruise on the Ganges wander through the narrow lanes to visit the Gyanwapi Mosque and the Vishwanath temple popularly know as the Golden Temple. After the boat ride, return to your hotel for breakfast. Later, you will be transferred to airport to catch your flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, check-in at your hotel.

A 218 square miles of land, situated above 4400 ft above sea level with three historic, artistic and cultural towns namely Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur together form what is known as the `Kathmandu Valley'. Kathmandu is the hub of Nepal's traditional culture and arts. This is the place for rest, relaxation and easy-day sightseeing of historic and artistic temples and monuments, and mountain views. Being the capital city of Nepal, it offers much services including international airlines, hotels and other facilities. One also enjoys Kathmandu for night life, shopping and of course for the mountain views. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 11: Day in Kathmandu

After breakfast, visit the temples of Pashupatinath & Baudhanath. Pashupatinath is a temple of Lord Shiva – Pashupatinath with two tiered golden roof and four silver doors situated five kilometer east of Kathmandu at the bank of Bagmati river. This is being a holy place of pilgrimage attracts tens of thousands of Hindu pilgrims every year in spring. At the bank of Bagmati river one can also observe the cremation taking place. Baudhanath: This stupa is 6 km to the east of Kathmandu and is said built in 5th century AD. This ancient stupa is one of the biggest in the world and is ringed by Buddhist lamas and monasteries. This is a very holy stupa for Tibetan Buddhists who come here in thousands in winter festival to pay their tribute. Enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour of Patan, an ancient city situated on the southern bank of River Bagmati & located about 5 kms southeast of Kathmandu. The city is full of Buddhist monuments & Hindu temples with fine bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful carvings.

The ancient city Patan is also known as Lalitpur, which means city of fine arts lies 5 km to the south of Katmandu. The whole complex of Durbar Square consists of different sections of ancient palace like Sundari Chowk (beautiful court yard) where exquisite windows and door carving are seen and the Tushahity (Royal Bath) a master piece of stone carvings and others are Mul Chowk (main court yard), Keshav Narayan Chowk. Rest you will see several pagoda style temples like temple of Bhimsen, and the public bath, dragon headed spout and the water runs 24 hours. There are also many other famous Buddhist temple like Hiranya Verna Maha Vihar (the Golden temple) and Maha Bouddha with ten thousands Buddha's images. Most of the people of Patan city are Buddhists. Visit the king’s old palace, Hindu temples and Buddhist golden temple. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 12: Day in Kathmandu

After breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur & Thimi. Bhaktapur (Bhadgaon) Durbar Square: Bhaktapur means "the city of devotees" in Sanskrit language. It is also known as Bhadgaon. The palace complex in the middle of the city portrays the prosperity of the bygone era and the detailed intricate work of craftsmen of the time. The palace of fifty-five windows stands in the square, which was home to many kings of Bhaktapur. Thimi lies on the road from Kathmandu to Bhaktapur. Stretched out along its single main street and encircled by fields, it has the air of a typical Newari village. In fact it is the fourth largest community in the valley, famous for its pottery and papier mâché. Earthenware of all kinds and painted masks are sold mainly in the eastern part of the town. Return back to your hotel at dusk. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 13: Kathmandu depart. Today you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight back home.

We hope you enjoyed your stay in our Incredible India…we look forward to serving you again!

Notes:
- Validity: 01 Sept – 15th April next year
- Check-In, Check- out time: 1200 noon
- Prices not applicable for period: 20 Dec – 05 Jan next year
- Prices are subject to change with any increase in the cost
- Rates include only those items specified in your itinerary
- In case on any currency fluctuations or amendment in local Government taxes, or any fuel hike, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly.

Price Includes:
- 12 nights accommodation on double/twin sharing at the hotels mentioned above or similar
- Buffet breakfast in all hotels
- All transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours will be by air-conditioned transportation
- Local English-speaking guide shall be provided for the sightseeing & excursion tours
- Entry fees to Monuments
- 1 Rickshaw ride in Delhi
- 1 Elephant ride at Amber fort in Jaipu
- 1 Boat ride at River Gange
- All road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes
- Representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers
- All currently applicable taxes.

Price Excludes:
- Expense of personal nature like porterage at all hotels, railway station & airports, tipping, laundry, telephone /fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
- Domestic / International Air fare
- Single Room supplement
- Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices:
- 2 persons: USD 1610 p/p
- 3-4 persons: USD 1560 p/p
- 5-7 persons: USD 1485 p/p
- 8-10 persons: USD 1430 p/p
- Single Room Supplement: USD 895 p/p.

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