» North India & Nepal
Places Covered :
Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Kathmandu
13 Nights / 14 Days
Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi by international flight. Meeting and assistance on arrival
and transfer to the hotel. Check-in time is 12 Noon. Overnight at the hotel
Day 02 : Delhi - Sightseeing
Full day sightseeing tour of New Delhi and Old Delhi New Delhi visit includes
Qutab Minar, one of the earliest remains of Imperial Delhi (13th century AD
) Humayun's Tomb-the fine monument believed to be forerunner of Taj Mehal, India
Gata, the 42 metre high arch was raised as a memorial to soldiers, drives past
Parliament House, President's House, Secretariat Building, Laxminarayan Temple
and The Connaught Place.
Day 03 : Delhi - Jaipur
After Breakfast drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival, check in at Hotel. Evening
free for leisure activities.Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04 : Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort, set in a picturesque location. Amer is
a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Built in the 16th century
by Raja Mansingh in red sandstone and white marble, the palace complex has some
very interesting apartments. Jai Mandir, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas, Ganesh Pol
and Temple of Kali are some of the prominent areas of interest. Elephants are
provided to ascend the fort to visit the complex.
Day 05 : Jaipur - Agra
Morning drive to Agra visiting enroute Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri, the
birth story of this beautiful city is interesting. There, in a grotto in Sikri,
lived a Muslim Saint , Sheikh Salim Chishti by name. Akbar hearing of his renown,
asked of the blessings of a son, and when a son was born, not only was the child
named Salim, the site for a mighty and ambitious project - a city - was chosen
near the residence of the saint erected in k1569.
Day 06 : Agra
Morning sightseeing tour of Agra. Agra, the home of the immortal Taj Mahal,
the inimitable poem in white marble is the first expression of love of an Emperor
Shahjehan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal. This great monument was completed in 1653
AD. Agra Fort, the imposing structure on the banks of the river Yamuna is replete
with priceless examples of craftsmanship in the Mughal period, including the
beautiful pearl Mosque, it was designed and built by Emperor Akbar in 1565 AD.
Day 07 : Agra - Khajuraho flight
Transfer to the airport for flight to Khajuraho On arrival, transfer to
the hotel. Rest of the day free.
Day 08 : Khajuraho
Full day sightseeing tour of Khajuraho. Khajuraho, once the great capital
of Chandela, now a quiet town, Khajuraho temples here were built during the
Chandela period from 950 to 1050 AD. Almost intriguing as the sheet beauty and
the size of the temples is the question of why and how they were built here
as Khajuraho is isolated, 1000 years ago as it is even today. The temples are
superb examples of Indo-Aryan architecture and depict images of gods and goddesses,
warriors and musicians, real and mythological animals and in great detail -
women and sex.
Day 09 : Khajuraho - Varanasi Flight
Transfer to the airport for flight to Varanasi On arrival, transfer to the
hotel. Afternoon city sightseeing tour. Varanasi, one of the oldest living cities
in the world, believed to be founded 3000 years ago, is one of the 7 holiest
cities of Hindus. It was a flourishing trading centre 500 BC when the Buddha
came to Sarnath to preach his first sermon. A city of great wealth and religious
importance when the Chinese traveller, Hiuen Tsang, visited it in the 7th century.
Visit the Vishwanath Golden Temple, the abode of great God Shiva, Bharat Mata
Temple, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir and Banaras Hindu University.
Day 10 : Varanasi
Early morning boat cruise on river Ganges. Thousands of pilgrims throng
the water's edge, bathing, worshipping, meditating. On stone platforms under
palm leaf umbrellas, the Pandas-Brahmin priests preside over rites and rituals.
The boat trip will cover various ghats including the cremation sites. Because
every pious Hindu believes that to die in Kashi (Varanasi)and to be cremated
on the banks of the Ganges is to attain release from the cycle of birth and
death. Afternoon visit Sarnath Sarnath, 7 km from the city where Buddha preached
his first sermon more than 2500 years ago.
Day 11 : Varanasi - Kathmandu flight
Transfer to the airport for flight to Kathmandu. Assistance on arrival and
transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free.
Day 12 : Kathmandu
Morning city sightseeing tour to visit Machhendra Nath Temple, a two tiered
bronze roof pagoda, Hanuman Dhoka - the historic seat of Royalty, Durbar Square
which houses Teleju temple built in 1549 AD, figure of Kal Bhairav - God of
Destruction, statue of King Pratap Malla, Temple House of Kumari - the residence
of living Goddess.
Day 13 : Kathmandu
Morning visit Bhadgaon (Bhaktapur) means the city of devotees, situated
at an altitude of 4600 ft., 13 kms east of Kathmandu. Durbar Square - the main
Square of the city contains the Lion Gate with the lovely stone figures of Hanuman.
Boudhnath - the colossal Stupa, one of the biggest in the world, has the all
seeing eyes of the Buddha. The shrine is ringed by houses of Goddess Mani Jogni.
It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels and is situated 8
kms east of Kathmandu . Pashupatinath Temple - situated 5 kms east of Kathmandu
on the bank of sacred Bagmati river, the temple of Lord Shiva with two tiered
golden roof and silver doors is famous for its super architecture. It is a centre
of annual pilgrimage on the day of Maha Shivaratri.
Day 14 : Kathmandu - Delhi flight
Transfer to the airport for flight to Delhi Assistance on arrival and connect
flight for onward destination.