15 Days / 14 Nights
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival you will be welcomed by our representative & transferred to hotel. Delhi - capital of modern India. Many dynasties and rulers have flourished on its regal soil over the last 3000 years. The legacy still survives in many monuments varying from the 13th century mausoleum of the Lodi Kings to the buildings of British India's imperial past like the Parliament House and the Presidential Estate. Overnight at Delhi.
Day 02: Fly Delhi – Varanasi (1315 – 1405 hrs)
After Breakfast check out from the hotel .Transfer to airport for flight to Varanasi - the eternal city on the banks of the holy river Ganges. Considered to be among the ancient cities of the world, center of learning and civilization for over 2000 years. On arrival transfer to the hotel and check in. Overnight at Varanasi
Day 03: Tour Varanasi
Start the day with a boat ride on the river Ganges at sunrise, presents a as multitudes of devotees pay homage to the Sun God. Cruise past the bathing ghats and crematoriums. Return for breakfast. Later proceed on a guided city tour of Varanasi visit Vishwanath temple, the Bharat Mata temple & Banaras Hindu University. Afternoon guided excursion to Sarnath - where Lord Buddha gave his first discourse after attaining enlightenment. Evening return back to the hotel. Overnight at Varanasi.
Day 04: Fly Varanasi - Khajuraho (12:40-13:25)
After Breakfast check out from hotel and transfer to the Airport. Arrive Khajuraho and proceed and check into the hotel. The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of Hindu and Jain temples in Madhya Pradesh, India. They are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. The temples are famous for their nagara-style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures. Most Khajuraho temples were built between 950 and 1050 CE by the Chandela dynasty. Overnight at Khajuraho.
Day 05: Tour Khajuraho
After breakfast proceed for city tour of Khajuraho - visit to the famous Chandela Dynasty Temples divided into three groups - western, eastern and southern. The western group is most famous, and it is designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. These temples are amazing - rising in many peaks and spirals intricately carved and designed with statues and friezes. The erotic carvings on these temple walls have made this one of the most talked about tourist site in the country and, perhaps, unmatched in the world. Overnight at Khajuraho.
Day 06: Drive from Khajuraho to Jhansi (04 hrs) Train Jhansi - Agra (15:20 – 18:47 hrs)
Early today transfer to railway station and board train to Jhansi. Enroute visit Orchha - is the erstwhile capital city of the Bundela rulers. The town is steeped in history and is famous for its palaces and temples built in the 16th and 17th centuries. Visit Orchha fort complex, located on an island on River Betwa. Four-arched bridge leads to the fort complex on the island. The Jahangir Mahal, which was built by Bir Singh Deo in the early part pf the 17th century to mark the Visit of the Mughal Emperor, is an important monument of this fort. Later continue your drive to Jhansi Arrive Jhansi station and board thetrain. Arrive Agra and proceed to the hotel. The ancient city once the capital of the Mughal empire in the 16th and 17th century, depicts a gorgeous panorama of majestic architectural creations and a rich tradition of art and culture. Agra houses one of Seven Wonders of the World, the marble symphony of Emperor Shah Jahan - “The Taj Mahal”. Discover the dazzling creations of their craftsmen in other architectural marvels in Agra, the quintessential Mughal City. Check into hotel. Overnight at Agra.
Day 07: Tour Agra
After Breakfast visit Taj Mahal - the mausoleum of Empress Mumtaz Mahal, the beloved spouse of Shah Jahan, who died in 1630. Considered the finest example of Mughul architecture - a style that combines elements of Persian, Turkish, Isndian and Islamic elements. Continue your tour to the Agra Fort, the original red sandstone fort built by Moghul Emperor Akbar in 1565. The Forts maze of courtyards, its marble mosque and lavish private chambers reflect the grandeur of the Mughal Empire. Visit Akbar’s Mausoleum at Sikandra, which is a fusion of Hindu and Muslim architecture, like the emperor himself. Evening is at leisure. Overnight at Agra.
Day 08: Drive from Agra to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri (5 hrs)
After breakfast drive to visit the 16th century abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. This ghost town is remarkably well preserved and presents a perfect synthesis of Muslim, Hindu and Jain architecture. The sculptured columns bear mute testimony to this gallant experiment to unite Hindus and Muslims. Continue your drive to Jaipur Jaipur - The capital of Rajasthan, this picturesque city is a symphony in pink, a color which signifies hospitality in Rajput culture. Built by Raja Jai Singh in the 18th century, it is surrounded by hills topped with rugged fortresses and dotted with fairy tale palaces. Ambling camels and brightly dressed locals, reflect Jaipur’s desert heritage while the teeming markets display a profusion of handlooms and crafts. Come visit the city of love, legends and lore. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at Jaipur.
Day 09: Tour Jaipur
After breakfast proceed for an excursion to Amber Fort - the original Palace was built by Raja Mansingh and later additions were made by Sawai Jai Singh. One of the finest example of Rajput architecture. Enjoy the ascent to the Palace on the back of a brightly caparisoned elephant. Visit the multiple chambers and hallways of the palace which are famous for their design and decorations.
Afternoon, proceed for a city tour to visit the unique Jantar Mantar, which is a magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728 and drive past the Hawa Mahal, an intriguing “Palace of Winds”. This was really a facade built in 1799, to allow royal ladies to view the city from the windows. Later visit the opulent City Palace, the former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal style which has grand museums displaying an excellent collection of miniature paintings, costumes and armory. Overnight at Jaipur.
Day 10: Drive from Jaipur to Delhi (5 hrs)
After breakfast Proceed to Delhi - capital of modern India. Many dynasties and rulers have flourished on its regal soil over the last 3000 years. The legacy still survives in many monuments varying from the 13th century mausoleum of the Lodi Kings to the buildings of British India's imperial past like the Parliament House and the Presidential Estate. The city actually consists of two parts. Old Delhi, was the capital of Muslim India between the 12th and 19th Centuries. In Old Delhi you will find many mosques, monuments and forts relating to India’s Muslim history. The other is New Delhi, the imperial capital city created by the British. Check in & relax. Overnight stay at Delhi.
Day 11: Old & New Delhi Tours
After breakfast check out from hotel and proceed for sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. Visit Red fort - Shah Jahan shifted his capital from Agra to Shahjahanabad and laid the foundation of Red Fort, or the Lal Quila. It took nine years to build this mighty citadel and it got completed on 16th April 1648. Rajghat - cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most visited sites in Delhi. Jama Masjid - Shah Jahan, as his final architectural extravagance, built one of the largest mosques in India, Jama Masjid. It is situated in Old Delhi area of the capital. Owing to its huge size, it took six years to be fully complete.
Afternoon proceed on sightseeing tour of New Delhi, begins with a drive past Safdarjang’s Tomb (1753 AD) while we are on the way to the Qutab Minar (1193 A.D.). This striking medieval tower of victory, build by the slave dynasty, is 73 m high. Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of Quwat-ul-Islam mosque, stands the Iron pillar which has stood the vagaries of weather and has not rusted for over 1500 years. It is undoubtedly one of the finest stone towers in India and one of the most important landmarks of Delhi. Also visit Lotus temple - A very recent architectural marvel of the Bahai faith, located south of Delhi. Later drive past through the Embassy area (Diplomatic enclave), Government buildings - Parliament House and Presidents House and India Gate. Overnight stay at Delhi.
Day 12: Fly from Delhi to Kathmandu (13:05 hrs – 15:05 hrs)
After breakfast checkout from hotel and transfer to Delhi airport and fly to Kathmandu After breakfast transfer to Delhi airport and fly to Kathmandu and drive to Nagarkot- one of the nearest famous hill station from Kathmandu with breathtaking views of sunrise, sunset, and majestic Himalayas, rolling hills, deep valleys, lush pine forests in a quiet rural atmosphere situated at 2000m. Nagarkot commands one of the broadest views of the snowcapped Himalayas around the Kathmandu valley (can view 8 Himalayan ranges of Nepal out of 13 in a fair weather). The mountain ranges: Mt. Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Jugal, Rolwaling, Mahalangur (Mt. Everest range) and Numbur range with splendid views of the Kathmandu valley and Shivapuri national park. Evening view sunset. Overnight in Nagarkot.
Day 13: Nagarkot-Kathmandu
Early morning after breakfast drive towards Kathmandu. Enroute visit Bhaktapur city - located at an elevation of 1402m. This is where one genuinely feels that one is back in time, the city as a whole gives a glimpse of what it was in the middle Ages. It has retained middle Ages character and has not been corrupted by modernity. Wandering around the city is a pleasant experience with numerous temples and limited vehicular traffic. Pottery, weaving, farming, craftsmanship are the typical industries still practiced in a traditional method. Bhaktapur is also known by its old name of Bhadgaon means “Rice Village”. The most spectacular places are: Durbar Chowk, The Golden Gate, The Palace of 55 Windows, Vatsala & Durga temple, Nyatpola temple (five storey temple), Dattatraya temple, Bhairava Nath temple, National Art Gallery, Taumadhi Square. Afternoon free for personal activities / shopping on own. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 14: Kathmandu sightseeing
After breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing: visit Durbar square- A royal palace built by malla Dynasty in 16th century. This old Dubar still the home of rituals till the last king of shah Dynasty. Kumari – a living goddess Buddhist pagoda style monastery where a goddess lives all the year round,a multi roofed pagoda kasthamandap – was built during malla period, made by a single tree from which the capital city derived its name as Kathmandu. Nearby is Basantpur palace – a nine storied pagoda built by king Prithiv Narayan shah, the first ruler of shah Dynasty. Later drive towards Swayambhunath – located on top of the hill constructed by dynasty in AD 460. There are 211 prayer wheels surrounding the stupa and is one of the most pilgrim centre. Overnight at Katmandu.
Day 15: Departure
After breakfast transfer to airport for onward journey