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This programme “Highlights of India and Nepal Tour” highlights the cultural history of a varied Indian region encompassing imperial monuments, hilltop palaces and fortresses, stupendous medieval temples and a timeless scared city are visited. It is a fabulous introduction to India with superb blend of colourful, vibrant and the exotic, mysterious kingdom of Nepal.
Highlights of India & Nepal Tour Package begins with an arrival in Delhi. Delhi, the capital city of India and transfer to hotel for overnight.
Morning tour of New Delhi begins with a visit of the grateful mausoleum of the Moghul Emperor Humayun. Continue to the 13th century Qutab Minar, a dramatic 234 foot high fluted minaret. Proceed along the majestic promenade past the imposing India Gate War memorial, Secretariat Buildings, Parliament House and Raj Bhavan, official residence of the President. Discover Old Delhi this afternoon with a visit of Raj Ghat, the tranquil final resting place of Mahatma Gandhi. Then, view the massive walls and ramparts of the magnificent Red Fort, symbol of Moghul Power and elegance. On to the 17 century Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque, the gateway to Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colourful marketplace of the Old City. Overnight at hotel.
This morning we depart for Jaipur, the Pink city, famous for the exquisite buildings of rose colour terra-cotta. En route stop at Amber, once the capital of the Rajput Kingdom. The grandeur of its palace and the ramparts of its fort recall the glory of an older age. Ascend to the citadel on the back of a gaily caparisoned elephant! Continue to Jaipur, one of the most picturesque cities in the World. Overnight at hotel.
Begin the day with a visit to the remarkable Observatory designed and built by astronomer Prince Maharajah Jai Singh, who founded the city in 1700s. Be sure to see the 90 foot-high sundial. Then on to Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a landmark of Jaipur, and the City Palace. This afternoon is at leisure for rest and relaxation. Overnight at hotel.
Enroute to Agra today, explore the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, India’s “Pompeii” once a glittering imperial capital, later mysteriously abandoned. Today you’ll see the remarkably well preserved building and red sandstone palaces. Arrive in Agra, home of the legendary shrine to “love” The Taj Mahal. Overnight at hotel.
Today, the extraordinary experience of visiting one of the most fabled monuments in the world –The Taj Mahal. This 17th century mausoleum in white marble was built by Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his queen Mumtaj Mahal. It is an architectural marvel, remarkable for its for its perfect symmetry of design and construction. Then visit the Agra Fort, a cluster of palaces and mosque built on the bank of the river. Afternoon set free to explore local bazaars. Overnight at hotel.
Today your short flight takes you to Khajuraho to explore the mysteries of the Chandela people. Arrive Khajuraho and transfer to hotel. Afternoon tour the spectacular temples of Khajuraho, built by the Chandela kings between the 9th and 13th centuries- intricately carved with graceful statues and friezes of gods and goddesses, the temples are exquisite, explicitly erotic and considered the most beautiful monuments in India. Overnight at hotel.
Continue your discovery of India as you fly to Varanasi, center of Hindu faith. This holy city is often called “the heartbeat of India” and is one of the oldest living city in the world. Pilgrim from all over India come to this city of redemption to wash away their sins or to immerse the ashes of their ancestors in the sacred river. Arrive Varanasi & transfer to hotel. Sightseeing will take you to the principle temples and shrines in the city. You’ll walk through narrow lanes flanked with shops selling silks and enjoy aroma of exotic spice, flowers and incense permeating the air. Overnight at hotel.
Before sunrise, drive to the banks of the River Ganges to witness a spectacular religious practice that has remained unchanged over the centuries. As you sail along the river you’ll see the pilgrims conversing on the holy waters at sunrise for the ritual immersion and prayer. Later board flight to Kathmandu, the breathtaking city situated at the foot of the snow covered Himalayan mountains. Arrive and transfer to hotel for overnight.
Morning visit to the major temple towns in the Kathmandu valley. The 18th century gilded copper gate in Bhadgaon (Bhaktapur) is considered the single most precious masterpiece of art in the valley. See the major Hindu Temple of Shiva at Pashupatinath and visit Bodhnath, a Budhist Shrine with an elegant and imposing stupa. Afternoon at leisure for your personal pursuits. Overnight at hotel.
In the Morning, take the (Optional) Mount Everest flight depending on the weather. This thrilling one hour flight flies at close range along the Himalayas-the worlds highest and most majestic peaks. The view from the plane is spectacular especially when you finally see fabled Mt. Everest, the highest mountain on earth. In the afternoon you’ll visit the profusion of temples, palaces and pagodas in Durbar square including the temple house of kumari, the living goddess. After a drive past freak street, famous in the heydays of hippie culture, drive through the Nepalese countryside to visit Patan, Known as the “City of Grace and fine Arts” where you’ll see beautiful art and architecture. On your return to Kathmandu, visit unique Tibetan Refugee Craft Center. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
While the high Himalayas makes up Nepal’s northern region, the southern lowland known as the Terai is covered with a dense tropical jungle teeming with diverse wildlife and exotic birds. Here you will find one of the most exciting safari destinations in the world.
Morning we fly from Kathmandu to Chitwan Natioanal Park. On arival you are transferred to your hotel.
Afternoon Game Safari.
Dinner & Overnight Hotel.
Breakfast in Hotel.
Morning Game Safari.
Lunch in Hotel.
Afternoon Game Safari.
Dinner & Overnight Hotel.
Breakfast in Hotel.
Nagarkot situated at an altitude of 2100 meters with a spectacular view of the Himalayas – Langtang, Dorjee Lakpa, Gauri Shakar. On a clear day one can even see Mount Everest from Nagarkot.
This morning we fly back to Kathmandu and on arrival drive straight to Nagarkot.
Evening witness sunset in Nagarkot. Overnight Hotel.
Morning drive from Nagarkot Kathmandu for flight to Delhi.
Meeting on arrival in Delhi & Transfer to hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure for last minute shopping. Overnight at hotel.
Early morning transfer to the airport for your international flight for onward destination.