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Fascinating North India & Nepal Tour

Duration : 15 Nights - 16 Days

Itinerary at a Glance : New Delhi – Jaipur – Agra – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Kathmandu – Pokhara – New Delhi

Day 01: Arrive Delhi
On arrival at Indira Gandhi International airport, meet & greet by our representative & transfer to Hotel.  Overnight at hotel.
New Delhi:  The capital and the third largest city of India is a fusion of the ancient and the modern era. Standing along the west End of Gangetic Plain, the capital city, Delhi, unwinds a picture rich with culture, architecture and human diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums, galleries, gardens and exotic shows. Comprising of two contrasting yet harmonious parts, the Old Delhi and New Delhi, the city is a travel hub of Northern India.
Delhi is a palimpsest, bearing the complexities, the contradictions, the beauty and the dynamism of a city where the past coexists with the present. Many dynasties ruled from here and the city is rich in the architecture of its monuments. Diverse cultural elements absorbed into the daily life of the city have enriched its character.

Day 02: Delhi
After breakfast proceed for full day city tour of old & New Delhi, drive past Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghats, Lotus Temple, Laxmi Narayan Mandir,India Gate,Humayun Tomb, President House and Qutub Minar. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Delhi
After breakfast proceeds for a day sightseeing tour of the city. Start with the sightseeing of Old Delhi, visit to Raj Ghat a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid by bicycle rickshaws, one of Asia’s largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Jamuna was built during the years 1638 - 48 when the Mughal Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside. After visiting Old Delhi, you will be driven to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. Imperial Delhi will include the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President’s residence.Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Delhi – Jaipur
In the morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to Jaipur.
Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan a romantic realm of resplendent palaces, mighty fortresses and regal Maharajahs that lies in the western deserts and is an utterly unique part of India. Proudly belonging to the Kshatriya warrior caste and fiercely independent, the Rajput princes made fearsome foes. However, many of them realized that to maintain their wealth and authority locally, it was expedient to proclaim allegiance to the central power. Thus, many enjoyed a privileged position under the Mughal emperors and also the British Raj that followed. The bustling Rajasthan capital of Jaipur takes its name from its venerated founder Jai Singh II, who was given the title Sawai Maharaja by the Mughal. Literally translated this would mean ’one and a quarter’, suggesting that the Mughal thought this emperor to be more valuable than just ‘one’. Jaipur is known as the ’Pink City’ on account of the distinctive colour of its buildings. This did not, however, form part of the original plan, but dates back to 1856, when the city was given a wash of pink in honor of a State Visit from Prince Albert. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Jaipur
Proceed for a morning excursion to Amber Fort after breakfast. Elephant ride ascent to the fort.
Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthan fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression. At the foot of the hill you will mount your caparisoned elephant for the slow but steady climb up to the main gate, making your entrance in the time honored fashion. The Fort, completed in the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and now, although deserted, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Mughal ruling families.
Later visit City Palace-a delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
Also visit Jantar Mantar the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use and Hawa Mahal the ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. It is a five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women. Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Jaipur – Agra
Drive to Agra visiting Fatehpur Sikri en-route after breakfast.
Fatehpur Sikri is 37 km west of Agra. Jalal-ud-din-Muhammad Akbar, Humanyun's son, accessed the throne at the tender age of 14. While hunting around Sikri his curiosity was aroused by the songs of some minstrels about the celebrated Khwaja -Mu'inu'd-din Chisti, the founder of the Chisti order of Sufis.Akbar, who was without a male heir heard about Saint Salim Chisti and visited him in the year 1568, The saint blessed him with 3 sons and in gratitude Akbar ordered the great mosque of Fatehpur Sikri, built under his supervision. As a mark of respect to the saint, Akbar shifted his capital to Fatehpur Sikri and built various secular buildings like the Diwan -I-Am, Diwan-I-Khas, Jodhabai palace, Birbal's house, Marian's house and the Panchmahal.
Continue your drive to Agra and on arrival check-in at Hotel.
AGRA: Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into second capital of the Mughal Empire - giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously. Overnight at hotel.

Day 07:  Agra
Proceed for day sightseeing of Agra including Taj Mahal and Red Fort.
Taj Mahal: Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which is always the attraction pie for every tourist visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.
Agra Fort - Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Agra – Jhansi – Khajuraho (By Train)
Breakfast will be at hotel.Later you will get transfer to station for train to Jhansi.Reach Jhansi and transfer to Orchha.It is a medieval city founded by the Bundela rulers with palaces and temples of the 16th & 17th century – which has remarkably withstood the onslaught of time. The town is known for its Chattaris which were built in the memory of the kings and the place is flanked by the river Betwa.Proceed for sightseeing of Orchha sites within the Fort Complex. Enjoy your lunch at Orchha.
Situated in the northernmost part of Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is famous for its enchanting temples and its legendary Khajuraho dance festival. The name Khajuraho is derived from the Khajur tree (the date palm tree) which is grown abundantly in the region. The Khajuraho Temples are dedicated to a celebration of womanhood, her myriad moods and facets. Famous for its erotic architecture, the carvings include, women writing a letter, applying eye makeup, combing her tresses, dancing & playing with her child. Her innocent, blushed, charming, seductive, ardent beauty, all depicted in exquisitely sculptured details. These temples have been designed and carved to lead the eyes from ground level upward till you seem to be looking at heaven.
Upon reaching transfer to the hotel and relax. Later proceed for the sightseeing tour of Eastern, Western and Southern set of temples.Enjoy the Sound & Light show at the Western set of temple.
Overnight will be at Khajuraho.

Day 09: Khajuraho – Varanasi (By Air)
Morning breakfast at hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure.Later get intime transfer to airport for flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival at Varanasi, you will be transferred to hotel.
Picturesquely situated on the crescent shaped left bank of the holy river Ganges, Varanasi, one of the ancient seats of learning is probably one of the most ancient living cities in India. From time immemorial it has been a great religious center for Hindus and one of their most sacred places of pilgrimage, being visited by millions of people every year. To every visitor Varanasi offers a breathtaking experience. The rays of the dawn shimmering across the Ganges; the high-banks; the temples and shrines along the banks bathed in a golden hue soul stirring hymns and mantras along with the fragrance of incense filling the air and the refreshing dip in the holy waters gently splashing at the Ghats. Varanasi – The land where experience and discovery reach the ultimate bliss. Varanasi is also renowned for its rich tapestry of music, arts, crafts and education. Some of the world – renowned exponents India has produced in these fields were schooled in Varanasi’s cultural ethos. Luminaries apart, Varanasi abounds in the art of silk weaving, an exotic work of art which manifests itself in precious Banarasi silk sarees and silk brocades which are cherished as collector’s items across the world today.
Visit Sarnath ‑ 5 miles out of Varanasi for a day excursion: One of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world, where Buddha preached his first Sermon in 590 BC. Here he revealed the eight fold path that leads to the attainment of inner peace, Enlightenment and Ultimate Nirvana. Witness the ruins of a once flourishing Buddhist monastery and then visit a fine Museum which houses an excellent collection of Buddhist art and sculptures found at the site.
Enjoy the evening Aarti Ceremony from the boat – this is a ceremony where the Brahmins offer prayers to River Ganges and then put her to sleep. Make a wish during the ceremony and float a Diya in the river. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Varanasi
Today early morning proceed to Daswamedh Ghat very early in the morning and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges to see the cremation Ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world's oldest and most important religions. Thousands of faithful come daily to the bank to bath and pray while in the background, temples and palaces rise in tiers from the water’s edge. Return for a walk through the cobblestone streets along the bank of river Ganges. Return to hotel for breakfast.
Proceed for the guided tour of Varanasi including the Bharat Mata Temple, which features a big relief map of Mother India engraved in marble. Also visit the 18th century Durga Temple, commonly known as the Monkey Temple due to the huge population of the monkeys. Proceed to the Tulsi Manas Temple, crafted from white marble which features the entire Ramayana inscribed on its walls. Also visit the BHU considered as the biggest residential university in Asia. The University Campus houses an Art Gallery and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.Rest of the day free at leisure.
Overnight will be in Varanasi.

Day 11: Varanasi – Kathmandu (By Air)
Today after breakfast at hotel get intime transfer to the airport to board your flight for Kathmandu.
Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.
The Kathmandu Valley, the political, commercial and cultural hub of Nepal, is the first for the majority of visitors to Nepal. Once a separate kingdom in itself, it contains three fabled cities – Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Each is an artistic exposition of graceful temples, elegant palaces, brick paved courtyards and quaint streets. There are seven UNESCO World Heritage sites in the valley.
Visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square – This complex of places, courtyards, and temples built between the 12th and 18th used to be the seat of ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An interesting object here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The durbar square protected as a UNESCO world heritage site. This is the social, religious and urban focal point of city. There are also museums inside the palace building.
Relax for the rest of the day.
Overnight will be at Kathmandu.

Day 12: Kathmandu
After breakfast in hotel proceeds for sightseeing tour of Kathmandu the famous World heritage temple Sites.
Durbar Square in Kathmandu is the historic seat of royalty, with its old temples and palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. It is here that kings of Nepal were crowned and their coronations solemnized. Interesting things to see here are: Taleju Temple built by King Mahendra Malla in 1549 AD, the temple of Kal Bhairav, the God of destruction, Nautalle Durbar, Coronation Nasal Chowk, the Gaddi Baithak, the statue of King Pratap Malla, the Big Drum and the Jagannath Temple.
Kumari (Vestal virgin) or the Living Goddess, who represent a very ancient Hindu Deity of Nepal locally known as Taleju, is Buddhist by birth. The temple of Kumari is situated in the vicinity of the Hanuman Dhoka Palace. The building has intricately carved wooden balconies and window screens. The Kumari acknowledges greetings from her balcony window. Once a year, during Indra Jatra festival, the King of Nepal seeks the Kumari’s blessing.
The ancient city of Patan, lying 5 km southeast of Kathmandu, is known as the city of fine arts. The city is full of Hindus temples and Buddhist monuments .The diversity of the medieval culture that allowed both Hinduism and Buddhism to flourish has left a rich legacy of impressive sightseeing in this city for today’s visitors.
Overnight will be at Katmandu.

Day 13: Kathmandu – Pokhara
After breakfast at hotel proceed to the tranquil valley so called Pokhara.Upon reaching transfer to hotel, refresh & relax with the spectacular panorama of Annapurna range forming the backdrop.
Stretching from the east to west, the Annapurna massif includes Annapurna I to IV and Annapurna South. Although the highest among them is Annapurna I (8091m), it is Machhapuchhre (the fishtail), which dominates all others in this neighborhood. Boastfully levitating in the skyline, the fish-tailed   pinnacle is the archetypal snow-capped, needle-pointed mountain.
Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty. Situated at an altitude of 827m from the sea level and 200km west of Kathmandu valley, the city is known as a center of adventure. The enchanting city with a population of around 95,000 has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic. It is part of a once vibrant trade route extending between India and Tibet. To this day, mule trains can be seen camped on the outskirts of the town, bringing goods to trade from remote regions of the Himalaya. This is the land of Magars and Gurungs, hardworking farmers and valorous warriors who have earned worldwide fame as Gurkha soldiers. The Thakalis, another important ethnic group here, are known for their entrepreneurship. The climate of Pokhara is slightly warmer than Kathmandu with daytime temperature hovering around 15 degrees Celsius in winter and 35 degrees in summer. The monsoon season which lasts  from mid-June to mid-September is very wet; in fact Pokhara records the highest rainfall in the country.
The activities of foreign visitors to Pokhara focus around two districts known as Damside and Lakeside   . These two areas, with their strips of hotels and restaurants, are a few kilometers south-west  of the main Pokhara bazaar.
Overnight will be in Pokhara.

Day 14: Pokhara
Today early morning visit to Sarangkot for the fabulous sunrise. After the spectacular sunrise, drive back to our hotel to start our remaining activities for the day with the breakfast at the hotel.
Today, we take you to the famous Devi’s Fall (also known as Devin’s or David’s) locally known as Patale Chhango (Hell’s Fall), an awesome waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara Airport on the highway to Tansen. Legend has it that a trekker (Devin, David…) was washed away by the Pardi Khola and mysteriously disappeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall.
Bindhyabasubu Temple at the old bazaar, Seti Gandaki, the boisterous river running completely underground at the places, Mahendra cave (House of Bats), the natures’ wonder at Pokhara & Pokhara Museum.
Overnight will be in Pokhara.

Day 15: Pokhara – Katmandu – Delhi (By Air)
Leave after a leisurely breakfast and proceed to Kathmandu.
Reach Kathmandu and take a flight to Delhi and upon arrival transfer to the hotel.
Overnight will be at Delhi.

Day 16: Depart Delhi
Today you will get intime transfer to the International airport to board your flight towards your own destination.