Duration : 10 Nights/ 11 Days
Destination Covered : Delhi - Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Delhi - Kathmandu (Nepal)
DAY 01 : ARRIVE DELHI
Upon arrival at Delhi’s Airport, you are met and transferred to your pre-booked hotel. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 02 : DELHI
After breakfast, morning full day sightseeing tour of Delhi, including the visits of Akshardham Temple, Red Fort, Raj Ghat and Lotus Temple, etc. Also visit Lakshmi Narayan Temple, a Spectacular structure just 60 years old, and then proceed via India Gate and the Governmental building to Humayun’s Tomb, Hazarat Nizamuddin Dargha, Qutab Minar, the 240-foot tower built-in 1190 to commemorate the arrival of Islam in India and Markets.
Contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis which successfully combines in its fold the ancient and the modern. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. New Delhi also reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the distinction between the capitals of the British and the Moghuls, respectively. So, wherever the visitor goes, they will invariably confront the city's past. Come back to the hotel for an overnight stay. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 03 : DELHI - JAIPUR BY ROAD 260 KMS 5 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast, half-day city tour of old Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Built by Shah Jahan, the construction was started in 1844 and continued until 1658; Red Fort, which was also built by Shah Jehan. Chandni Chowk and Rajghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Sightseeing of the old and modern capital of India. Afternoon, leave for Jaipur. Arrive in Jaipur and check-in at a pre-booked hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 04 : JAIPUR
After breakfast, excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride from the foothills of the Aravallis to the fort entrance. Amber Fort at a distance of 11 km from Jaipur, Amber was the ancient capital of Jaipur state. Construction of the fort began in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar's army, and is a superb example of Rajput architecture.
Afternoon city tour of Jaipur. Visit the City Palace, which has a museum having an extensive collection of art, carpets, enamelware, and weapons Jantar Mantar, the observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1728, and the façade of Hawa Mahal. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 05 : JAIPUR - FATEHPUR SIKRI - AGRA BY ROAD 232 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast, leave for Agra. En-route, visit the abandoned Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri: built by Emperor Akbar in 1569. It was the old capital of the Mughals. It was abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal, and other Palaces which are still preserved in its original glory. Continue drive to Agra. On an arrival, city tour of Agra. Visit Red Fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar in 1565, and additions were made up until the time of his grandson, Shah Jahan. It contains the hall of public and private audiences amongst many other beautiful structures; Itmad - ud - daulah, which was constructed by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628 and is very similar to the tomb she constructed for her husband, Jehangir, near Lahore in Pakistan; the highlight of the day - The Taj Mahal, which was constructed by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj began in 1631 and was not completed until 1653. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 06 : AGRA - DELHI BY ROAD 210 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
DELHI - KATHMANDU (FLIGHT)
After breakfast, drive to Delhi airport to board a flight for Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu Airport, you are met and transferred to your pre-booked hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and the largest urban agglomerate of Nepal. The agglomerate consists of Kathmandu Metropolitan City at its core and its sister cities Patan, Kirtipur, Thimi, and Bhaktapur. It also includes the recently recognized urban areas of Shankhapur, Karyabinayak, Champapur, Banepa, Dhulikhel, and Panauti. According to a census conducted in 2011, Kathmandu metropolis alone has 975,453 inhabitants, and the agglomerate has a population of more than 2.5 million inhabitants. The city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 meters (4,600 ft) in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal, surrounded by four major mountains: Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 07 : IN KATHMANDU
After breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour covering Bhaktapur Durbar Square, then drive to Dhulikhel to visit Old Market and drive to Nagarkot view different Mountains (subject to weather condition) and back to Kathmandu and check-in at the hotel.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: As you walk in, you cannot but be overcome by a feeling of inner harmony. Such is the art and architecture having a beautiful layout here. The Palace of 55 Windows built during the period of King Bhupatindra Malla in 1754, situated to the left as you enter through the city gate, inspires admiration. The National Art Gallery is in-housed. The palace entrance of the Golden Gate is known as Sunko Dhoka in Nepali, which is a masterpiece in repoussé art. In front of the palace, the building is a medley of temples of various designs. Amongst the three Durbar Squares in the Valley, the Durbar Square in Bhaktapur is the best-preserved one.
Dhulikhel: Dhulikhel is a municipality in Kavrepalanchowk District of Nepal. Two major highway B.P. Highway and Arniko Highway pass through Dhulikhel. Araniko Highway connects Kathmandu, Nepal's capital city, with Tibet's border town of Kodari. Dhulikhel is located at the Eastern rim of Kathmandu Valley, south of the Himalayas at 1550m above sea level, and is situated 30 km southeast of Kathmandu and 74 km southwest of Kodari. The people in the village are Newars, Brahmin, Chhetri, Tamang, and Dalit. Drinking water in Dhulikhel is some of the best water in Nepal. The German NGO, German Technical Cooperation, made it.
Nagarkot: Nagarkot is a former Village Development Committee located 32 km east of Kathmandu, Nepal, in Bhaktapur district in Bagmati Pradesh and, as of 2015, part of Nagarkot Municipality. At the time of the 2011 census, it had a population of 4571 and had 973 houses in it. At an elevation of 2,195 meters, it is considered one of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur District. It is known for a sunrise view of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, as well as other peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley. The scenic beauty of the place makes it a popular hiking route for tourists. It is approximately 7000 ft (2000 m) above sea level and 28 km from Kathmandu International Airport.
Nagarkot commands one of the broadest views of the Himalayas in the Kathmandu valley (8 Himalayan ranges of Nepal out of 13 from here). It includes Annapurna range, Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Langtang range, Jugal range, Rolwaling range, Mahalangur range (Everest range), and Number range with views of the Kathmandu valley and Shivapuri National Park. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
DAY 08 : KATHMANDU - POKHARA 210 KM 07/08 HRS DRIVE
After breakfast, drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (Approx. 210KM, 07/08 hours under normal road condition.)
If Kathmandu is the cultural hub of Nepal, Pokhara is its center of adventure. An enchanting city nestled beneath the snow-crested Annapurna Massif in a tranquil valley, 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu, and takes approximately 06 hours by the surface. It is the starting point for many of Nepal’s most popular trekking destinations. The atmosphere on the Shore of Phewa Lake is one of excited vitality as hipster backpackers crowd the many bars and restaurants exchanging recommendations on guest houses and viewpoints, both by the lake and above the clouds.
Pokhara is a place of remarkable natural beauty. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the Fish-tailed summit of Machhapuchhre (6,977m) rising behind it create an ambiance of peace and magic. At an elevation lower than Kathmandu and generally a few degrees warmer, it has a tropical feel to it, as can be seen by the diversity of beautiful subtropical flora, which found here.
The major attractions are Phewa Lake, where one can sail or rowboats, visit the Barahi temple built almost in the middle of this lake, Bindyabasini Temple dedicated to the Goddess Bhagwati. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
DAY 09 : IN POKHARA
Early morning visit Sarangkot for the sunrise tour (subject to weather permit) then back to the hotel. After breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour covering Bindabasini Temple, Seti George, Davi’s Fall, Gupteshor Cave, and Barahi Temple with one-hour boating at Phewa Lake.
Sarangkot: Sarangkot is a beautiful high hill preached above the valley of Pokhara, which is in the western part of Nepal at an elevation of about 1700 meters. It is famous for sunrise, sunset, and mountain scenery as it provides panoramic views of Annapurna (8091m), Manaslu (8165m), Ganesh Himal (7446m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Machhapuchhre, and 25 other mountains over 6000 meters high. This hiking provides you stunning mountain scenery, Pokhara valley view, and adventurous sports of paragliding with rural tradition, lifestyle, and cultures.
Sarangkot is a small but beautiful village sitting on top of the hill just 5 KM away, 45 minutes’ drive from Lakeside of Pokhara. You will drive to Naudanda and hike through the rural settlements of Brahmins and Chhetri communities to Sarangkot hill. This village is famous for seeing mountainous views, rhododendron forest, sunrise, and sunset, and you can see different flying colors of paragliders in the sky. Sarangkot has many guest houses and hotels, and local shops to supply you with all your needs. You will get maximum excitement and filled with joy in this hike as you explore this Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Sarangkot Hiking. The best time to march in this hike is in spring and autumn.
Bindabasini Temple: Bindabasini temple or Bindhyabasini Mandir is of great religious importance to Hindus living in the Pokhara region. It is a vital hub of religious fervor. The temple is devoted to the Hindu goddess Durga, who is Pokhara's chosen guardian deity. Durga, also known as Shakti or Kali, has numerous manifestations, and at the Bindabasini temple, she is worshipped, as Bhagwati, a blood-thirsty aspect of the goddess. Durga appears in the form of a Saligram. A Saligram, according to Hindu mythology, is a propitious stone. After the goddess ordered king Khadag Bum Malla to set up her statue here, then created the temple. The Bindabasini temple was founded in BS 1845. Since its establishment, Bhagwati has been an object of worship here daily. You can see the presentation of animal sacrifices at the temple on Saturdays and Tuesdays. The Hindu festival of Dashain sees large numbers of believers coming to offer sacrifices at Binhyabasini Mandir. Indeed, there is little space for tourists during the festival of Dashain.
Seti George: The roaring Seti River passes right through Pokhara, but you won’t see it unless you go looking. The river has carved a deep, narrow chasm through the middle of town, turning the water white in the process. The best place to catch a glimpse of the Seti River is the park just north of Old Pokhara near the Gurkha Museum.
Devis Fall: On 31st July 1961 A.D. in the afternoon, a sudden flood from Fewa Lake swept away a Swiss citizen Mrs. Devis who was having a bath with her husband beside it. She had drowned to death, and her body recovered after a long attempt. It has taken its name Devi's Fall Length: 500 meters of underground water flow. Depth: 100 feet. More attractive months: June, July, August, and September. Most people pronounce Devi's fall as Davis Fall. It is locally known as Patale Chango.
Gupteshore Cave: Gupteshwar Cave is a sacred tourist destination, which is around two kilometers away from Pokhara Airport. A symbolic Shivalinga is seen, enshrined in the cave. The cave has two sections. One part of the cave is 40 meters in length with natural caves and the Shivalinga. The entrance is 2 meters high and 3 meters wide. The cave begins with few hall rooms having many passages. Some passages are so narrow that one needs to crawl. One needs to climb a thousand stairs to reach the shrine. Shivalinga inside the cave is said to be in the same condition since explored. This shrine is said to have certain healing powers. Hence many people visit it once in a year to be healed. The second part begins after this temple. It leads to the Davis Fall. Inside the cave, photography is not allowed.
Barahi Temple: Barahi Temple, also known as Lake Temple or The Barahi temple, is a two-story pagoda temple located in the Kaski(Pokhara) district of the Gandaki Zone in western Nepal. Barahi Temple is a Hindu temple of the Goddess Durga, the protector of gods.
Fewa Lake: The beauty of Fewa Lake is talked about by many singers, Gandharva, poets, writers, and naturalists. The surrounding environment of Fewa Lake is so rich and animated, and it has further enhanced the ecstatic beauty of Fewa Lake. Tourists remain mesmerized when they see the image of Mt. Machhapuchhre reflected in the aquamarine water of Fewa Lake. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
DAY 10 : POKHARA – KATHMANDU 210 KMS 07 HOURS DRIVE
Morning drive back to Kathmandu. On arrival, check-in at Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 11 : LEAVE KATHMANDU
Transfer to Airport to board flight for Onward Journey.