Cultural Tour Of India & Nepal
13 Nights / 14 Days
Delhi-Jaipur-Agra-Jhansi-Khajuraho-Varanasi-Lumbini -Chitwan-Kathmandu- Delhi
Apotpourri of India’s rich heritage. The chivalry of the Rajputs splendors of the Taj, exotic sculptures of Khajuraho and the eternal city of Varanasi on the banks of the holy river Ganges, contrasted with its rich flora and fauna. Kathmandu is the capital city of the Hindu Kingdom and Shangri la of the east, Nepal. It is situated in the huge valley at the foot of Mt. Everest. Your senses will soar as you drink in the panoramic vistas of the holy Himalayas.
1Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Meeting and assistance at airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
2Day 02 : Delhi
After breakfast, morning tour of Old Delhi. It is a 17th century walled city with its splendid gates, narrow alleys, the enormous Bazaar. Visit Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Raj Ghat. Afternoon tour of New Delhi with wide tree lined avenues, parks and fountains surroundings the imposing government and state Buildings. Visit Humayun’s Tomb, an observatory called Jantar Mantar, Qutab Minar, India Gate and President House.Overnight at hotel in Delhi.
3Day 03 : Delhi – Jaipur
After breakfast drive to Jaipur. On arrival check in at hotel. Evening is free to relax & visit to markets as Jaipur is famous for its semi precious Jewelry & Carpets.Overnight at hotel.
4Day 04 : Jaipur
After breakfast, morning excursion to Amer Fort. Ascendon a painted elephant or Jeep Safari, up to the fort with its huge gateways and pillared pavilions. It has a marble Palace, Temple of victory and Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors). Afternoon City tour of Jaipur. Visit City Palace and Museum. Nearby is the ornate Hawa Mahal (Palace of winds) which has five stories and is decorated with delicate screens carved with stone. Also visit Jantar Mantar. Observatory. Overnight at hotel.
5Day 05 : Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra(236 Kms / 5 Hrs)
After breakfast drive to Agra en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikhri built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 yrs. Due to scarcity of water. Predominately, a red sandstone construction sprawling over a huge area, the architectural style is very much in tune with emperor’s dream & partakes of both Hindu & Muslim styles. See the graceful buildings including Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch mahal & other places. On arrival Agra, check in at hotel. Evening free for leisure or you may walk around the markets. Overnight at hotel.
6Day 06 : Agra
Morning city tour Agra visiting Taj Mahal – The Monument of love, built by Mughul Emperor Shahjahan in 1630 to enshrine the mortal remains of his queen Mumtaz Mahal. Later visit Agra Fort dominated by red sandstone construction & houses the beautiful Pearl Mosque and other noteworthy structures. Overnight at hotel.
7Day 07 : Agra – Jhansi (By Train) & Jhansi – Khajuraho
After breakfast, transfer to Railway Station to board train (just for approx. 2 hrs.) to Jhansi. Upon arrival Jhansi, transfer to Khajuraho. Enroute visit Orchha. Khajuraho is famous for its 10th century Chandela dynasty temples and their erotic sculpture. Overnight at hotel.
8Day 08 : Khajuraho – Varanasi (By Flight)
After breakfast, visit the temples which are famous for erotic sculptures. In the afternoon transfer to Airport to catch flight for Varanasi. Varanasi is most important place of pilgrimage for Hindus. Meet on arrival at Varanasi transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
9Day 09 : Varanasi
Early morning enjoy boat ride at holy river Ganges, see Hindu rituals. Return to hotel for breakfast. Later leave for Sarnath. Afternoon city tour visiting Bharat Mata temple, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas, Benaras Hindu University. Evening free to shopping for silk, madeups, scarf. Overnight at hotel.
10Day 10 : Varanasi – Lumbini (450 Kms 9 hrs)
Morning after breakfast proceed to Lumbini – The birth place of Lord Buddha After clearing Immigration & Custom Formalities & transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
11Day 11 : Lumbini – Chitwan (130 Kms 4 hrs)
Morning after breakfast visit Mayadevi Temple, Lumbini for sightseeing. Later drive to Chitwan National
Park. Transfer to Jungle lodge. The park is known for its rhino sightings. Safaries are conducted on elephant back, canoes and land rovers. Overnight Jungle Lodge.
12Day 12 : Chitwan National Park
Morning and evening jungle safari. Overnight Lodge.
13Day 13 : Chitwan-Kathmandu
Morning drive to Kathmandu. On arrival check in at hotel. Later half day tour of city palace, Patan and swayambhunath. Evening view Nepalese cultural dances. Overnight in Kathmandu.
14Day 14 : Depart Kathmandu
After breakfast transfer to international airport to connect flight for onwards destination.