Highlights of India & Nepal (23n/24d)

Udaipur City Palace

Udaipur City Palace

Day 1: Arrival Delhi
Welcome upon arrival at Indira Gandhi International airport in Delhi and our friendly staff will assist you and transfer you to your pre booked hotel in Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi
In the morning, after breakfast a brief on tour will be given and later visit the Old and New Delhi to see its famous sites of Delhi. Our local guide will take you through the history of Mughal India in Old Delhi and visit the Jama Masjid, The impressive Red Fort and later visit the Qutub Minar and Humayu’s Tomb and also the monument dedicated to the father of the nation “Mahatma Gandhi”. We will also drive past the impressive Government buildings built around 1920 by the british and enjoy he history from the guide.

Day 3: Delhi to Udaipur
After breakfast transfer back to the delhi airport for a flight to Udaipur – The beautiful romantic and serene lake city of Rajasthan.  Transfer from airport to the hotel and later enjoy walk in the old part of the city and see the temples, havelis, palaces and enjoy dinner and sunset around the lake.

Day 4: Udaipur
After timely breakfast leave for the sightseeing and visit the impressive City Palace and museum followed by visit to the Jagdish Temple nearby. Later visit Sahelion Ki Bari Gardens (courtyard of the maidens), the Folk Museum and a Miniature Painting Factory.  Later in the day return to the hotel.

Day 5: Udaipur to Rohet
After breakfast drive to Rohet and visit the small town of Ranakpur (about 90 km from Udaipur) to see the largest Jain temple complex in India, dating back to the 15th Century. Upon arrival at Rohet stay at the Rohet Garh, an impressive and full of character heritage palace hotel.

Day 6: At Rohet
After breakfast enjoy village walk and later followed by Jeep safari to visit the village of the Bishnoi tribes, Bishnoi are known for praying nature and protecting wild animals and plants.

Day 7 – Rohet to Jodhpur
Jodhpur is a very short ride from Rohet. Visit the famous Mehrangadh Fort and Jaswant Thada monument in Jodhpur and enjoy walking around the clock tower or the old part of Jodhpur town.  The strong smell of spices, the vibrant colors of the fabrics and the energy of the shopkeepers and locals will keep you entertained. Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan with very impressive architectural work of the Hindu rulers. Jodhpur houses the largest private residence in the world the “Umaid Bhawan palace” where the royal family decedents still resides.

Day 8 – Jodhpur to Pushkar
After breakfast leave for Pushkar. The holy lake city of Rajasthan. Upon arrival in Pushkar transfer to the hotel and later in the day visit the holy lake site and viasit the temple of Brahma…..the creater of the universe. Pushkar houses one of the very few temples of Brahma. Enjoy walk in the colorful bazzars of Pushkar and later return to the hotel for dinner and night stay.

Day 9: Pushkar to Jaipur
After a leisurely breakfast leave for the Pink City – Jaipur. Upon arrival in Jaipur transfer to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon. Later in the evening we visit for a cultural show and dinner.

Day 10: Jaipur
Sightseeing of the famous sites of Jaipur. Visit the Amber Fort and enjoy the elephant ride and later visit the City palace and the Jantar mantar. An early start of the day and on the way to Amber fort make a brief stop at Palace of the winds (Hawa Mahal).

Day 11: Jaipur to Ranthambore National Park
After breakfast depart for Ranthambhore National Park famous for its Tiger Project. The Ranthambhore National park lies in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan and has an ancient fort from 10th centuary which was built by the maharajas of Jaipur and the forest around the fort was the private hunting area of the royal family members. Today it is successfully taken over by the forest department and project Tiger to protect not only the beautiful Tiger but numerous other wildlife species.

Day 12: Ranthambore National Park
Two park visits one in the morning and then later in the day sighting the wildlife of Ranthambhore from an open truck. Overnight at the resort.

Day 13: Ranthambore National Park to Agra
Transfer to the Sawai Madhopur train station to board train to Bharatpur. On the way stop at the magnificent but deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri built in late 16th centuary by Mugghal king Akbar.  Later drive to Agra and check in to the hotel.

Day 14: Agra
Today you will join the club of people who have seen “The Taj”. It is best to visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise as the crystalline marble changes color with the rising sun and offer a magnificent site. Later in the day visit the Agra Fort where the creator of Taj Mahl was house arrested by his own son. Enjoy the history and story from our local expert guide and later visit some of the famous marble work or other art.

Day 15: Agra to Orchha
Transfer to the train station to get onto the Shatabdi train till Jhansi and upon arrival transfer to the beautiful village of Orchha. Orchha houses some impressive monuments from the Indian historical past. Orchha was founded in the 15th century AD by the Bundela chief, Rudra Pratap Singh, who became the first King of Orchha, (1501-1531) and also built the Fort of Orchha. The Chaturbhuj Temple was built, during the reign of Emperor Akbar, by the Queen of Orchha Ganeshi Bai, while Raj Mandir was built by ‘Madhukar Shah’ during his reign, 1554 to 1591.

Day 16 Orchha to Khajuraho
After breakfast drive to Khajuraho and upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Later in the day visit the famous erotic temples of Khajuraho with our local guide and stay the night at the hotel in Khajuraho.

Day 17: Khajuraho to Varanasi
On time transfer to the airport for flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival in Varanasi transfer to the hotel.

Day 18: Varanasi
One of the oldest cities on the face of the earth. It is an important city for hindus and houses one of the 12 main Shiva temples in the country besides the holy river Ganga. Early morning take boat ride on the river before followed by visit around the golden shiva temple and explore the narrow colorful streets of Varanasi. Later return to the hotel for breakfast. And then  visit the Buddhist sites at Sarnath, where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon. In the evening visit the Ghats of the River Ganges to witness the Aarti religious for sacred river Ganga.

Day 19: Varanasi to Kathmandu
Transfer to the airport to fly to Kathmandu. Upon arrival our local team will welcome the party and transfer us to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to adjust to the higher altitude.

Day 20: Kathmandu – Patan
Patan, located just outside Kathmandu, once ruled over the whole valley and is now Nepal’s second largest city. We visit the World Heritage listed Royal Palace and adjoining Durbar Square. We also visit Swayambunath Stupa, also known as the “Monkey Temple” and Bodnath Stupa, a centre for the Tibetan culture in Nepal and one of the largest stupas in the world.

Day 21: Kathmandu – Bhaktapur
After breakfast we drive to the charming town of Bhaktapur, also a former capital in the 14th to 16th Centuries. Today the entire town is a World Heritage site and is closed to all traffic. Walking through this treasure trove of mediaeval art and architecture is an unforgettable experience. Tonight return to Kathmandu for the night.

Day 22: Kathmandu
Today is a free day to explore busy Thamel area or enjoy shopping or the local restaurants.

Day 23: Kathmandu to Delhi
This morning we transfer to the airport and fly to Delhi. Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 24: Depart Delhi
This morning a visit to the national museum and gallery of modern art or museum of arts and crafts will be organised followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Later return back to the hotel. Farewell dinner and transfer to the airport.

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