Delhi > Jaipur > Agra > Mathura > Vrindavan > Orcha > Jhansi > Khajuraho > Varanasi > Kathmandu > Nagarkot
05 Dec 2019 - 16 Dec 2019 ** Indicates tentative date.
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You arrive in Delhi by International flight. After a traditional Welcome our representative would assist you at the airport and to our hotel for check-in. After some rest, breakfast at coffee shop in the Hotel. After breakfast we will go on a guided tour of Delhi at 1100 hrs, beginning with a morning sightseeing trip to Gandhi Memorial at Raj Ghat followed by the drive around India Gate and President's House. In the afternoon visits to Humayun's Tomb, Lotus Temple, Qutub Minar, Mahavir Ahinsa Sthal and Chhatarpur temple. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Post breakfast we leave for Jaipur the flamboyant capital of Rajasthan. On arrival at Jaipur, our representative will meet & assist you to check-in at our hotel for overnight stay. Today we will take you for evening excursion to Chokhi Dhani complex, an ethnic village resort located at a distance 15 km from Jaipur. Evenings at Chokhi Dhani are very special. A Rajasthani village atmosphere is recreated on the sprawling ground and includes the entertainment by folk dancers and musicians. The guests can move around freely and enjoy the evening. Later drive back to Hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast drive to Amber, the capital of the gallant Rajputs from 1037 to 1728 AD. We ride the elephant back and reach the Fort situated on the hill and then visit the Fort Palace. Later we visit the City Palace, Birla Temple, Jantar Mantar Observatory and the Palace of Winds. Overnight stay.
After breakfast in the coffee shop, we drive at 0900 hrs to Agra. En route we visit Fatehpur Sikri, a masterpiece in sandstone with the stunning elegance of its palaces and courts. Further proceed to Agra, upon arrival we help you check-in at our hotel at Agra. Overnight stay at Agra.
Agra, the erstwhile capital of India under the great Mughals and known for Taj Mahal, has always fascinated Indians and foreigners alike. Most of Agra is on the West bank of river Yamuna, with The Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal at its nucleus. Taj Mahal is quite simply one of mankind's most remarkable creations. After early breakfast, we drive at 0800 hrs to Taj Mahal built by emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Next we visit Agra Fort. Later in the afternoon we leave for Sikandara, Akbar's tomb. Further we proceed to Mathura and Vrindavan, related with the birth and childhood of Lord Krishna. And evening we drive back to hotel in Agra for overnight stay.
After early morning breakfast, we drive to reach on time @ 0730 hrs to the railwaystation to board the train to Jhansi. Our representative meets and assists you on arrival at the Jhansi Railway Station. After that we visit the historic Jhansi Fort of the brave queen and freedom fighter Rani Lakshmibai. Then leave for Khajuraho via Orchha, located at a distance of 16 km from Jhansi. Orchha has a medieval town atmosphere attached to it. The Betwa River quietly flows by the town. The 16th century palaces and temples built by its Bundela rulers appear to be suspended in time. And also visit to Orchha Fort, Jahangir Mahal, Raj Mahal, Ram Raja temple and proceed further for Khajuraho. Upon arrival in Khajuraho checkin at your prearranged hotel for overnight stay.
After an early breakfast sightseeing trip to Khajuraho temples, built between 950 and 1050 AD by the mighty warrior kings of the Chandela dynasty, in a truly inspired burst of creativity. The temples are famous for the magnificent carvings depicting numerous sexual postures of the famous "Kamasutra", ancient Indian work on sex. Only 22 temples survive of the 85 originally built. In fact, worship is still done today in the Matangeshwara temple, continuing an unbroken 1000 year tradition. Later we drive to reach on time @ 1200 hrs to the airport to board the flight to Varanasi, the oldest and the holiest Hindu city, known for its Hindu traditional customs and rituals. We meet and assist you on arrival at Varanasi airport and help you check-in at our hotel. Next at 1530 hrs we leave for Sarnath at a distance of 12 Kms from Varanasi, where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon after Enlightenment. Overnight stay in Varanasi.
Early morning before breakfast at 0500 hrs boat ride on the river Ganges. We rise before dawn and step gingerly in the boat as the boatman starts rowing the boat. We wait for the daily miracle to unfold, as the Sun appears triumphantly over the horizon. The sound of conches and temple bells add to the delicate pink fabric of dawn. The formerly hushed murmuring of ancient Sanskrit 'Shlokas' now rises, in one voice, to a crescendo of unparalleled piety and joy. We return to our hotel for breakfast. Later we drive to airport to board the flight for Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, situated on the southern slopes of the mighty Himalayas. The flight is magnificent as we view of the mighty Himalayan peaks. On arrival we assist you to check-in at our Hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, we leave at 0900 hrs for full day sightseeing of Kathmandu. We visit Pashupatinath Temple, the most sacred Hindu shrine and one of the most important sites in the world for Shiva worshippers since Pashupathinath is the guardian spirit and the holiest of all Shiva shrines in Nepal. Boudhnath Stupa, the largest stupa in the valley, follows this. It looms 36 meters tall and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design. Then we drive to Bhaktapur, the city of devotees situated at an altitude of 1401m, and reminds one of the conch shell. Next we visit Patan also known as Lalitpur, the city of fine arts and beauty, and lastly comes the Swambhunath stupa, which watches over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. The huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of Kathmandu valley out of a primordial lake. Kathmandu is also famous for its nightlife, scattered with many luxury casinos. Overnight stay in Kathmandu
After breakfast, we drive at 1000 hrs to Nagarkot, a popular hill station, situated 32 km east of Kathmandu at an altitude of 2175 m above sea level. The panorama of the major peaks of eastern Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang and Gaurishankar, can be seen from here. Upon arrival check-in the hotel and overnight stay.
Morning at leisure and evening on-time transfer to the airport @ 1300 hrs to board the flight to Delhi. Upon arrival assistance at the airport and transfer to the Hotel near to airport for short stay. Later in the evening you will be transfer to international Airport for onward travel.
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It has been five days since we arrived in India, and so far it has been absolutely wonderful. All the IVAT staff on the ground have taken very good care of us, in a professional and friendly manner.
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We fully enjoyed the visit to Bhaktapur, and despite a long drive to the Mountain Resort for lunch, the view from the table was incredible. What was probably too much for us (specially for the ones who had woken up at 5:00a.m.) was the trip to see Patan. The traffic was infernal and the situation with the street vendors/hagglers was uncomfortable and annoying -- they did not leave us in peace during the entire visit.
On the last day, we visited the old city, saw the Kumani, and ended the tour by seeing the largest stupa in the world (forgot the name). In our opinion, this is a must see place, and should be in every itinerary (also, wonderful for shopping -- with no hagglers!).
Please realize that our trip has been wonderful so far with the exception of the airport section. Obviously some things are beyond your control, such as the rigorous (and numerous) security checks, long lines, etc. We think it would be of invaluable help if you could have an agent who helps you clear the 'airport bureaucracy' much faster -- like a Fast Track or VIP treatment. The airport portion becomes an important one when you have people trying to cover a lot of cities in one trip, like us, and that would make the journey a much more pleasant and relaxing one.
I again want to reiterate how pleased we are with your services, and look forward to many more highlights in the days to come.
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