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India Nepal Tour Package
Begin your tour in India by visiting stunning array of some of North India's finest sights; Delhi, the Taj Mahal, the extraordinary temples of Khajuraho, the holiest city of Varanasi, and then take a spectacular flight across the Himalayas, arriving the Kingdom of Nepal where there is plenty of time to explore the capital and its surroundings before moving
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on to search for rhino and elusive tigers of the famous Royal Chitwan National Park. A final, peaceful day in the beautiful Pokhara Valley allows time to reflect on all that this tour of Nepal has revealed.
   
   
ITINERARY

DURATION :13 Days / 12 Nights
PLACES COVERED :Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Kathmandu - Nagarkot -Kathmandu - Departure

DAY 1: ARRIVE DELHI
Arrive at Delhi's International Airport, where our representative, who will give a traditional Indian welcome with garlands and later escort you to the hotel, will meet you upon arrival.

DAY 2: SIGHTSEEING IN DELHI
Today you will spend the day discovering the vibrant city of Old and New Delhi. Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, which includes a visit to Jama Masjid (one of the largest mosques in India), Raj Ghat (cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi). Also, drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk (Silver Street), the epicenter of Old Delhi.

Afternoon sightseeing tour of New Delhi includes a visit to Qutab Minar (built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak in 1199), Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, and India Gate (War Memorial Arch) Also, drive past President's House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings.

DAY 3: DRIVE DELHI - JAIPUR
After breakfast, embark on a leisurely drive to Jaipur - land of the Rajputs. Jaipur is an exuberance of colour, dance and traditional arts and crafts. Known, as the 'Pink City', Jaipur is home to ancient forts and palaces and is one of India's most well planned cities.

Enjoy a heritage walk in the old city of Jaipur, seeing life along the small alleys and by-lanes. Interact with the local artisans enamelling jewels with local 'meenakari' work, along with goldsmiths and silversmiths of the region. Visit gems, jewels and carpet weaving factories - watch artisans creating unique masterpieces and enjoy haggling for souvenirs in colourful bazaars of Jaipur.

DAY 4: SIGHTSEEING IN JAIPUR
After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Amber Fort. Here, enjoy an Elephant Ride to reach the top of the Fort. Once the capital of royals, the fort is a superb example of Rajput architecture, a complex of palaces, temples, exquisite marble and mirror-inlaid halls and apartments.

This afternoon, visit the City Palace complex with its museums and Jantar Mantar, the ancient astronomical observatory, and the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), built in the 18th century. This palace with its innumerable windows and screened balconies was especially built for the royal women to view the city and processions from behind their purdahs.

DAY 05: DRIVE JAIPUR - AGRA EN ROUTE FATEHPUR SIKRI
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Agra enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri. Agra, the ancient city of Agrabana, was once the seat of the Mughal rulers, whose passion for building endowed it with some of the loveliest buildings in the world.

En-route to Agra, make a brief stop at Fatehpur Sikri - a masterpiece of Muslim architecture, unique in India. Built in red sandstone in honour of Saint Salim Chisti who foretold the birth of 3 sons to Emperor Akbar, this city is an example of robust stability combined with originality. Each important edifice here represents a type by itself. Notable among them is the Diwan-e-Khas (Hall of Private Audience), Panch Mahal (Five Storied Palace), the Tomb of Saint Salim Chisti, and the Buland Darwaza (Great Gateway).

Continue drive to Agra. Arrive Agra city and check-in into your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

DAY 06: SIGHTSEEING IN AGRA
After breakfast, enjoy sightseeing of Agra beginning with The Agra Fort, lying across the River Yamuna built in red sandstone with magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens. This is where Emperor Shahjahan was kept under house arrest by his third son Aurangzeb and spent the last year of his life viewing the Taj Mahal from the little octagonal tower in the Fort.

This afternoon, visit the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world - a poem in white marble, and a fine example of the fusion of many architectural styles. Built in 1652 by Emperor Shahjahan, it took almost 22 years to build it by 20,000 skilled artisans who inlaid the white marble edifice with precious and semi precious stones.
We will remain at the Taj Mahal to enjoy its' awesome beauty at sunset.

DAY 7: DRIVE AGRA - JHANSI / TRAIN JHANSI - KHAJURAHO / ARRIVE KHAJURAHO
Early morning transfer to Agra railway station to board an express train to Jhansi. Arrival at Jhansi railway station and proceed for a drive to Khajuraho, the birthplace of Kamasutra en route Orchha, a medieval riverside town known for its palaces, temples, fascinating little shrines and memorials. Continue to the cultural splendours of your Jewels of India and Nepal Tour, with a visit to Khajuraho, a UNESCO world heritage site in central India.
This evening, enjoy the famous cultural dance show of Khajuraho.

DAY 8: SIGHTSEEING IN KHAJURAHO / FLY KHAJURAHO - VARANASI / ARRIVE VARANASI
Enjoy an early morning visit to the enchanting temples of Khajuraho with sculptures that draw their inspiration from the ancient art of Kama sutra. Khajuraho Temples were built by the Chandela kings between 950 AD and 1050 AD.

Later in the morning, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India (also known as Kashi and Benaras).

Upon arrival in Varanasi, check in to your hotel and freshen up. This evening, experience a rikshaw ride to the ghats to enjoy the grand 'Aarti' ceremony at Dasaswamedh Ghat, conducted everyday at sunset by white-robed priests. The young priests sway in seemingly choreographed movements, worshiping the river goddess with incense, flowers and earthen lamps.

DAY 9: SIGHTSEEING IN VARANASI / FLY VARANASI - KATHMANDU
Enjoy an early morning boat ride on the Holy River Ganges. See the 'bathing ghats' where thousands of pilgrims pay homage to the Sun God by immersing themselves in the holy water of River Ganges, and the 'burning ghats' where cremations are conducted.

After the boat ride, return to your hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, enjoy a visit to Sarnath, the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Sarnath was a renowned school of learning from 6th century BC to 12th century AD. The Ashoka pillar of Sarnath is the national emblem of India. Visit the ruins, stupa, Buddhist temple and the Sarnath Museum.

This afternoon, catch your flight to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Arrive Kathmandu and check in at your hotel.

DAY 10: SIGHTSEEING IN KATHMANDU
Discover the first city Nepal in your Jewels of India and Nepal Tour, pacing through Kathmandu, the beautiful temple city of Nepal where grandeur of past enchants the visitors. Morning visit the Swayambhunath Stupa, a UNESCO world heritage site, acclaimed to be more than 2500 years old. The Swayambhunath complex also known as the Monkey Temple consists of a stupa, a variety of shrines and temples, including a Tibetan monastery, a museum and a library.

Afternoon drive to Patan, one of the oldest Buddhist City in the world believed to be founded in the 3rd century A.D. Patan is also known as the centre of fine arts and for the superb craftsmanship of its artisans. Visit the Patan Durbar square, acclaimed as one of the finest urban streetscapes in the world.

DAY 11: SIGHTSEEING IN KATHMANDU / DRIVE KATHMANDU - NAGARKOT
Morning proceed for sightseeing of Kathmandu visiting the Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO world heritage site famous for its exquisite architecture and artistic embellishments. The Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the Malla and Shah Kings who ruled over the city. Later visit the Pashupathinath Temple, one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was the seat of national deity, Lord Pashupatinath, until Nepal was secularized.

Also visit the Boudnath Stupa, the largest stupa in Nepal and one of the largest in the world. Enlisted in the UNESCO world heritage site, the Stupa is said to entomb the remains of a Kashyapa sage venerable both to Buddhists and Hindus

After sightseeing proceed for a leisurely drive to Nagarkot, a beautiful hill resort in Nepal. Nagarkot is a famous hill resort known for its panoramic views of Himalayas and the Kathmandu valley. It can offer a beautiful view of the Mt Everest on a clear day. Enjoy sunset views in the valley

DAY 12: DRIVE NAGARKOT - KATHMANDU
Early morning witness the fascinating sunrise views of the snow covered Himalayan peaks. Nagarkot offers unparalleled sunrise views of the Himalayan ranges. After breakfast proceed on your return drive to Kathmandu. Enroute visit Bhaktapur Durbar square, a UNESCO world heritage site known for its spectacular architecture, vividly showcasing the skills and craftsmanship of the Newari artists. The Bhaktapur Square is a store house of mediaeval art and architecture, containing the Golden Gate at the Palace of 55 Windows, The Taleju Temple and the traditional crafts, pottery and weaving of Nepal.
On arrival check-in at hotel for overnight stay

DAY 13: DEPART KATHMANDU
This morning, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight back home

 
 
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