Mystic North India and Nepal

Welcome to Incredible India, where culture echoes, tradition speaks, beauty enthralls and diversity delights. Bounded by the majestic Himalayan ranges in the north and edged by an endless stretch of golden beaches, India is a vivid kaleidoscope of landscapes, magnificent historical sites and royal cities, misty mountain retreats, colourful people, rich cultures and festivities. The timeless mystery and beauty of India has been waiting for you for 5000 years, always warm and inviting, a place of infinite variety - one that favours you with different facets of its fascination every time you visit India. India's coast is 7,517 kilometers (4,671 mi) long; of this distance, 5,423 kilometers (3,370 mi) belong to peninsular India, and 2,094 kilometers (1,301 mi) to the Andaman, Nicobar, and Lakshadweep Islands. The country’s age-old motto:

“Athithi Devo Bhava”
Where the guest is treated as God

 

 

Day 01                                    Arrive Delhi

Upon arrival, after clearing immigration and custom’s, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight at hotel METROPOLITAN

 

Day 02                                    Delhi

Following breakfast, city sightseeing of Delhi

Morning, visit New Delhi: Includes visits to such sights as Humayun’s Tomb (1586) and the Qutab Minar 72 meters high and one of the most perfect towers in the Persian world.  The Iron Pillar which has survived the vagaries of weather for over 1500 years.  Continue with a drive through Embassy area, the Government buildings (1921-1930) and other places of interest.



Afternoon, visit Old Delhi: An ancient walled city.  Here you will drive past Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire: Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; and Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colourful market of the old city.

Overnight at hotel METROPOLITAN

Day 03                                    Delhi / Jaipur     

Following breakfast, drive to Jaipur.
Upon arrival, check in to your hotel.

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight at hotel

Day 04                                    Jaipur

Morning, visit to Amber Fort, the ascent to the Fort will be on   Elephant back / Jeeps, Amber Fort: 11 kms from Jaipur - A marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. The magnificent old citadel, a labyrinth of massive walls and towers, shrouds an exquisite marble palace, pillared and carved glimmering with a million tiny mirrors, which create tantalising reflection effect.  The ascent to the fort is on gaily caparisoned elephants.

Afternoon, visit Jaipur City: - Palace of the Winds, a five-storied structure of pink sandstone with semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. It was built in 1799 so that veiled royal woman could peer down unseen by the world through its 593 stone screens. City Palace & Observatory. The City Palace in the heart of the old city is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture.  The center of the palace is a seven-storied building called Chandra Palace, with fine views over the gardens and the city. Next top the City Palace is the Solar Observatory - an astronomical treasure house, with solar device that gives accurate predictions till date. Jantar Mantar (Observatory) - an accurate Observatory built in 1726 AD: Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five storeyed wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires.

Overnight at hotel

Day 05                                    Jaipur / Fatehpur Sikri / Agra

Following breakfast, drive to Agra en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri: A fascinating ghost town, lies a little beyond Agra the deserted Red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. Set like a jewel in a courtyard of pink sandstone is the marble tomb of the Saint Salim Chisti, enclosed by delicately carved marble screens.

After visit, continue your drive to Agra.
Upon arrival, check in to your hotel.

Evening free for leisure activities

Overnight at hotel

Day 06                                    Agra

Following breakfast, full day visit Agra

Morning visit Taj Mahal: Agra is the city of the Taj Mahal, perhaps the most photographed monument in the world. However, no matter how many pictures you have seen or no matter how high your expectations are, the Taj never lets you down - the unparalleled glory and beauty of the building surpasses beyond all human imaginations. Spectacular monument built for love. Besides perfect symmetry in every aspect of its construction, the inlay work of semi precious stones into marble in pietra dura style is absolutely remarkable. (Taj Mahal Closed on Fridays)


Afternoon visit Agra City: Agra is not only famous for Taj Mahal but the impressive Mughal Red Fort known as the Agra Fort.  The story of the Mughal Empire in stone.  Built by Emperor Akbar and successively enriched with places and marble pavilions.

 

 

Overnight at hotel

Day 07                                    Agra / Jhansi                                      Train
                                    Jhansi / Orchh

Following breakfast, transfer to Railway station for train to Jhansi.
Upon arrival, you will be met and drive to Orchha & check in to your hotel.

Afternoon, visit Orchha: The Bundela chief Raja Rudra Pratap (1501-31) chose an easily defended and beautiful site for his capital.  Set on the island on a bend in the Betwa River, it is elevated above the surrounding wooded countryside.  Once   capital of its own state, Orchha contains three palaces - The Raj Mahal, Rai Parveen Mahal, Jahangir Mahal - each built by succeeding Maharajas in a       similar style and combining to form a complex as imposing as that at Udaipur. Also visit Ram Raja Temple & Chaturbhuj Temple.

 

Overnight at hotel

Day 08                                    Orchha / Khajuraho

Following breakfast, drive to Khajuraho.
Upon arrival, check in to your hotel.

Afternoon, city sightseeing of Khajuraho City : The Eastern and Western Group Temples Founded in the 9th and 10th Century by the rulers of Chandela Dynasty, influenced by tantrism, in eroticism becomes a theme of philosophical interest and the aim is submlimation of sexual relationship in the sexual act or "Maithun", women being regarded as the incarnation of the divine energy or "Shakti". Itis also possible thatthe Khajuraho were influenced by "Kama Sutra". Among the temples to visit is the Kandariya Mahadeo, Chaunsat Yogini, Chitragupta temple, adinath Temples ,Vishwanath temple, andvarious other temples.

Overnight at hotel

Day 09                                    Khajuraho / Varanasi                                               Flight

Following breakfast, in time transfer to airport for your flight to Varanasi
Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Afternoon excursion Sarnath : 10 kms from the centre of the city, Sarnath symbolises the birth of Buddhism.  It was here that Lord Buddha revealed his doctrine and founded his monastic community.  The Museum at Sarnath is amongst the most important in India and contains carvings representing a whole range of styles - Archaic, the covering work of sculptors from 3rd century B.C. to the 12th century A.D.  

Overnight at hotel

 

Day 10                                    Varanasi

Early morning proceed for boat ride at Sunrise on the Mother Ganges River. This is a soul stirring experience as you witness the performance of various rituals, laundary & cremations in the background of the rising Sun. We also have an opportunity to walk the narrow streets which are preserved as they were 100s of years back in time. Following your visit, you realise why Varanasi is described as the 'eternal city!.

Later visit Varanasi City : The consists of visiting the city temples – the durga temple, better known as the Monkey temple on account of the large number of monkeys residing there and the temple of Vishwanath (or Vesheshwar "Lord of the Universe") are the most sacred spots in the city.  Visit will also include Bharat Mata or Mother India Temple and the Benares Hindu University.

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight at hotel

Day 11                                    Varanasi / Kathmandu

Following breakfast, in time transfer to airport for your flight to Kathmandu
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Evening free to explore the city on own

Overnight at hotel

Day 12                                    Kathmandu               

Following breakfast, excursion to Nagarkot: Located 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu, is one of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur district and is renowned for its spectacular sunrise view of the Himalaya when the weather is clear. One can be there for the breathtaking sunrise. Nagarkot has become famous as one of the best spots to view Mount Everest as well as other snow-topped peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. It also offers an excellent view of the Indrawati river valley to the east. With an elevation of 2,195 meters, Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of the Valley and is described by visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round.

Bhaktapur: Bhaktapur is the third largest city in the Kathmandu valley. The city was once the capital of Nepal during the great Malla Kingdom from the 12th to the 15th century.
Four square miles of land situated at an altitude of 1,401 meter from sea-level is a home to Traditional art and architecture, pottery and weaving industries, rich local customs and culture, and the every-day life of Bhaktapur people. All that and more will have you visit this untouched ancient city more than once! Nepal's Malla dynasty's achievements in arts and crafts are reflected throughout the Bhaktapur city. Bhaktapur is also known by woodcarving artists, for it's cap known as Bhadgaon Topi, and for it's curd known by Nepalese as the `Bhaktapur ko Dahe' (meaning Curd made in Bhaktapur). Tourists visiting the city also take the time to relax and observe other interesting happenings in the city such as children's playing outside their home and in temple yards, busy and color-full open markets, women's making clay-pots, weaving, and sun-drying crops and vegetable products. Bhaktapur is located at 14 km east of Kathmandu and can be reached by public transport. A day-trip to Bhaktapur is a popular tourist itinerary, so make it yours soon!

Evening visit to Changu Narayan

Overnight at hotel

Day 13                                    Kathmandu / Pashupatinath / Bodhnath / Kathmandu

Full day visit Kathmandu city, Pashpatinath & Bodhnath.
Following breakfast morning visit Kathmandu City :The temple of lord Shiva - Pashupatinath is a richly ornamented pagoda with two tiered golden roof and silver doors.Guheswari Temple: Its another historic and holy shrine dedicated to the goddess Guheswari, near Pashupatinath. Akash Bhairav Temple: Situated in the main market avenue, called Indra Chowk, it is a three storey temple. The image of Lord Akash Bhairav is displayed on the occasion of Indra Jatra, the festival of Indra, The rain God.

Pashupatinath : Situated five kilometers east of Kathmandu on the bank of sacred Bagmati river, the temple of lord Shiva Pashupatinath 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 Shivratri.  Entrance to the temple precinct is permitted to the Hindus only however, visitors can clearly see the temple and activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of the Bagmati river.

Bodhnath : The stupa of Bodhnath lies eight kilometers east of Kathmandu. This  colossal and ancient stupa, one of the biggest in the world has the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. It was built by Lichchhavi king Mana dev in the fifth century A.D. it is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels.

 

Overnight at hotel

Day 14                                    Kathmandu / Delhi                                       Flight 

Morning Free

In time, transfer to airport for your flight to Delhi.
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to International Airport.

No accommodation (Pax 1n transit)

 

Day 15                                    Depart Delhi                                                 Flight

In time transfer to airport for your flight back home.

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