Duration : 10 Nights/ 11 Days
Destination Covered : Delhi - Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Delhi - Kathmandu (Nepal)
DAY 01 : ARRIVE DELHI
On arrival meet and assist at the airport and transfer to pre-booked hotel. Overnight at the hotel. Delhi is India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, 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 citys’ past.
DAY 02 : 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 was not completed until 1658; Red Fort, which was also built by Shah Jehan. This massive fort was built from 1638 to 1648; Chandni Chowk and Rajghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. sightseeing of the old and modern capital of India. Afternoon, leave for Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur and check in at pre-booked hotel.
DAY 03 : 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 museum having an extensive collection of art, carpets, enamel ware and weapons Jantar Mantar , the observatoyr built my Maharaja Jai Singh in 1728 and the façade of Hawa Mahal.
DAY 04 : JAIPUR - FATEHPUR SIKRI - AGRA BY ROAD 232 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast leave for Agra. Enroute visit the abandoned Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri : built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, was the old capital of the Moghuls, which 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. Arrive Agra in the evening and check in at pre-booked hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 05 : AGRA
After breakfast, 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 structues; Itmad - ud - daulah, which was contructed 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. Contruction of the Taj began in 1631 and was not completed until 1653. Afternoon, free for individual activities.
DAY 06 : AGRA - DELHI BY ROAD 210 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast, leave for Delhi. Arrive Delhi and checkin at pre-booked hotel. Afternoon, city tour of New Delhi. Visit Humayuns Tomb : built in mid 16th century this is an early example of Mughal architecture such as Qutab Minar, drive past India Gate, President House, Connaught Place. The city tour ends with a visit to Laxmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir).
DAY 07 : DELHI - KATHMANDU (FLIGHT)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board flight for Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu Airport, you are met and transferred to your pre-booked hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure in Kathmandu. Kathmandu: Kathamndu 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. It is surrounded by four major mountains: Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun and Chandragiri. Overight stay at Hotel
DAY 08 : KATHMANDU
After breakfast, full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City.
AM: Half day sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath Temple and Bouddhanath Stupa
PM: Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Pashupatinath: This is Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrine and one of the subcontinent’s great Shiva sites. The supreme holiness of the site stems from the Shiva linga enshrined in its main temple and its location. It expresses the very essence of Hinduism as pilgrims, priests, devotes, temples, ashrams, images, inscriptions and cremation ghats intermingle with the rituals of daily life, all sprawled along the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. The temple’s origins are obscure, an inscription dates from 477, but a shrine may have stood here for 1000 years before that.
Bouddhanath: This great stupa is one of Nepal’s most distinctive monuments and one of the most important Buddhist sites in Nepal and, with a diameter of over 100 meters, amongst the largest in the world. There are a number of legends accounting for the sputa’s construction, but it is generally believed to date from the 5th century. All stupas contain holy relics and Boudha is said to contain the remains of the past Buddha Kasyapa. Boudha is a particular focus for Kathmandu’s Tibetan community and throughout the day there is a constant stream of people circling the stupa spinning prayer wheels and reciting mantras. Surrounding the stupa are six major monasteries and a host of smaller ones as well as cafes, restaurants and shops selling Tibetan carpets and Newari silversmiths.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: As you walk in, you cannot but be overcome by a feeling of inner harmony. Such is the art and architecture and the special 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 also housed inside. The palace entrance, the Golden Gate known as Sunko Dhoka in Nepali is a masterpiece in repousse art. In front of the palace 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.
DAY 09 : KATHMANDU
After breakfast, full day sightseeing of Kathmandu.
Swayambhunath: Perched on a hilltop on the southwestern part of Kathmandu, Swayambhunath is one of the most important religious and cultural sites in Nepal and is associated with the birth of the Kathmandu Valley civilization. Approximately 2000 years old, Swayambhunath stupa, is a dome 20 meters in diameter and 32 meters high and is made of brick and earth mounted by a conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Many other smaller temples and places of religious importance for both Hindus and Buddhists, a perfect example of the symbiotic co-existence of different religious beliefs only found in Nepal surround it. The hill is heavily wooded on all sides with indigenous plant species, and troops of monkeys, giving it the nickname of “Monkey Temple”. The height of Swayambhunath also makes it a good vantage point and on clear sunny days one can see the Himalayas all the way to the east.
Budhanilkantha Temple: Budhanilkantha temple is open air Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Budhanilkantha Temple is situated below the Shivapuri Hill at the northern end of the Kathmandu valley. The main shrine is the reclining statue of Lord Vishnu in the middle of the recessed pool of water. The statue is 5 meter tall black stone structurecarved from a single black basalt. Lord Vishnu is regarded as one of the Trimurtis along with Brahma and Shiva.
PM: Visit Shiv Temple in Sanga
The Lord Shiva temple often called as kailashnath Mahadev Statue, is located 20 km from Kathmandu in a place called Sanga on the border of Bhaktapur and Kavrepalanchwok districts of Nepal. The statue is probably one of the tallest Shiva Statues in the world. It is 144 feet (44 m) tall and made of using copper, zinc, concrete and steel. After vsisiting Kailashnath Mahadev, return to hotel and evening free to explore Thamel market. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 10 : KATHMANDU - DELHI (FLIGHT)
After breakfast, free for individual activities. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport to board flight for Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, meet and assist at the Airport and transfer to pre-booked hotel.
DAY 11 : DEPART DELHI
Transfer to the airport to board flight back home on onward destination.