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North India & Nepal Tour


Duration : 10 Days
Destinations Covered :Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Kathmandu, Dhulikhel


Day 01 Delhi:
Arrival at Delhi


You will be met on arrival at the International airport. Transfer to your hotel. Relax.

DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. Delhi is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land and a window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

Day 02 Delhi:
Parliament House, Delhi
After breakfast proceed for a day sightseeing tour of the city.

Start with the sightseeing of Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a 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 Moghul Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside.

People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.

Enjoy the rickshaw ride at Old Delhi.

After visiting Old Delhi, you will be driven to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles. The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colours and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.

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 will be at Delhi.

Day 03 Delhi – Jaipur:
By Road
260 km/6 hr

Breakfast will be at 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.

This evening, visit the Birla Temple to learn more about the fascinating religious life of Jaipur. The marble structure, built as recently as 1985, houses ornate statues including one of Lakshmi (goddess of Wealth and Beauty) and Narayan dressed in gaudy robes, representing a Hindu vision of heavenly luxury. Carvings in the temple and on pillars supporting the covered walkways include images of the Hindu pantheon, as well as Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Francis of Assisi. Your visit will coincide with the AARTI Ceremony, which involves oil lamps being lit and waved, in order to awake and invoke the deity. Enjoy the experience and spend night at Jaipur.

Overnight will be in Jaipur.

Day 04 Jaipur:

Proceed for a morning excursion to Amber Fort after breakfast. Elephant ride ascent to the fort.

Amber Fort Palace, Jaipur TourAMBER FORT PALACE – Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani 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 honoured 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 Moghul ruling families.

Continue sightseeing.

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.

JANTAR MANTAR - This is 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.

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.

This afternoon is free for you to relax, shop or explore independently. Shopping is superb in Jaipur, particularly for gold and silver jewellery, pottery, tie-dye materials, silk, saris, wooden handicrafts and carpets.

Overnight will be at Jaipur.

Day 05 Jaipur – Agra:
By Road
221 km/6 hr

Drive to Agra visiting Fatehpur Sikri en-route after breakfast.

Fatehpur Sikri is 37 km west of Agra. Jajal-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 a befitting 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 will be at Agra.

Day 06 Agra - Delhi:
By Road in 4 hrs

Proceed for day sightseeing of Agra.

TAJ MAHAL: Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist's 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.

After Agra Fort we will visit BABY TAJ – The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj.

Evening: drive back to Delhi. Reach and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu TourDay 07 Delhi – Kathmandu:
By Air

Enjoy the morning at the hotel.

Have a leisurely breakfast.

Transfer to the airport for flight to Kathmandu.

Reach Katmandu.

The Katmandu 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 – Katmandu, 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 Katmandu Durbar Square – This complex of places, country yards, and temples built between the 12th and 18th used to be the seat of ancient malla kings of Katmandu. 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 Katmandu.

Day 08 Katmandu:

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Proceed for a day sightseeing tour of the three cities and the famous World heritage temple Sites:

DURBAR SQUARE in Kathmandu It is the historic seat of royalty. It, with its old temples and palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. It is here that kings of Nepal are 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.

On the right hand corner, a large wooden lattice screen hides an enormous gilded face of Sweta Bhairav. The screen is removed only during the Indra Jatra festival. There are also the Numismatic Museum and Tribhuvan Museum inside the Hanuman Dhoka Palace building. Photography is prohibited inside the museum. Both the museums remain closed on Sundays, Mondays and government holidays.

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 sKeeks the Kumari’s blessing.

Situated at an altitude of 1,401m, Bhaktapur covers an area of four square miles. Bhaktapur or the city of Devotees still retains a medieval charm and visitors to this ancient town are treated to myriad wonders of cultural and artistic achievements. The past glory of the Malla rulers continues to be reflected at the Durbar Square. Pottery and weaving are its traditional industries. Bhaktapur is famous for woodcarving, the Bhadgaolen topi (cap) and curd. The city lies about 14 km east of Kathmandu and can be reached by public transport.

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.

Panchkhal Valley, Dhulikhel Travel Package Day 09 Katmandu – Dhulikhel:
By Road in 45 min

Early morning after breakfast drive to Dhulikhel.

Situated at about 30 miles covered in 45 minute drive, to the east of Kathmandu, lies the small town of Dhulikhel. Nestled in the laps of Himalayas, the place offers a breathtaking view of the northeastern part of the mountains. Dhulikhel is located at the foothills of the Panchkhal Valley, which is about 21 miles to the east of Kathmandu on a Chinese built Arniko highway, which leads to Tibet, crossing at Kodari.

Overnight will be at Dhulikhel.

Day 10 Dhulikhel – Katmandu:
By Road in 45 min

Katmandu – Delhi / Next Destination

Early morning, proceed to the most popular place to watch the sunrise over the mountains is at the Kali Temple on top of the hill in the southeast.

Drive back to hotel, have breakfast and drive to Katmandu.

Spend some time shopping and later you’ll be transferred to the airport to take a flight FOR NEXT DESTINATION OR DELHI with sweet memories of INDIA & NEPAL.

TOUR ENDS


THE TOUR INCLUDES:
  • ACCOMMODATION AT MENTIONED HOTELS,
  • SIGHTSEEING TOURS AS MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY,
  • ALL TRANSFERS FROM STATIONS AND AIRPORTS,
  • PRIVATE AC CAR WITH DRIVER,
  • ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE FOR ALL MENTIONED TOURS,
  • HORSE CART RIDE TO TAJ MAHAL IN AGRA,
  • ELEPHANT RIDE AT AMER FORT – JAIPUR
  • ASSISTANCE AT THE AIRPORTS ON ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE,
  • CULTURAL DINNER & DANCE IN KATHMANDU,
  • ECONOMY CLASS AIRFARE FOR DELHI – KATHMANDU – DELHI ON FULL SERVICE AIRLINE,
  • ALL APPLICABLE TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES AND
  • ALL ROAD TAXES, GOVERNMENT TAXES AND DRIVER ALLOWANCES.

SUGGESTED HOTELS :

City Deluxe Hotels First Class Hotels Nights
Delhi Taj Palace / Claridges / The Park Bed & Breakfast 02
Jaipur Trident / Samode Haveli Ramada / Park Prime 02
Agra The Gateway / Trident Howard Park Plaza 01
Delhi Taj Palace / Claridges / The Park Bed & Breakfast 01
Katmandu Soaltee Shankar 02
Dhulikhel Dhulikhel Mountain Resort Dhulikhel Mountain Resort 01

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