Rajasthan, Varanasi and Nepal
|Duration: 20 Nights / 21 Days
Places to Visit: Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur - Pushkar - Jaipur - Amber Fort - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Gwalior - Orchha - Khajuraho - (Flight) - Varanasi - (Flight) - Kathmandu - Baktapur - Nagarkot - Kathmandu (Flight) - Delhi
|Day 01 : Delhi
Welcome to Incredible India tour, You will be received and assisted by Western India Nature Tours representative at International or Domestic Airport. Take a full day city tour of India's bustling capital city, Old and New Delhi present a stunning sights and sounds with the ancient city built by Emperor Shah Jahan the builder of the famous Taj Mahal, and the new garden city built in 1911 by the British. Drive through the old city pass the Red Fort and visit the Jama Masjid – the biggest Mosque of its kind in India. Here take a walk through the winding streets of the old city Chandni Chowk Market to see the life of the people in this part of the world. Later visit Raj Ghat - the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi, After that visit Humayun’s tomb – the first Mughal construction in India from 1565 AD, India Gate (War Memorial Arch) built in the earlier half of the 20th century, Lakshminarayan Temple (Birla Temple) - a modern hindu temple. Also drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan (President House), Parliament House, Government Secretariat Buildings & Connaught Place shopping centre. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 02 : Delhi - Mandawa / Alsisar (260 km)
In the morning move by your exclusive vehicle to Shekhawati Region, upon arrival check into your hotel. Later take a walk to see this beautiful Heritage village of Shekhawati Region that used to be an important caravanserai of the yesteryears. See the many beautiful Fresco Painted havelis of this quaint little town built by the rich and the famous merchants of the 18th and 19th centuries. These havelis have been painted with activities of daily life and of deities to break the monotony of the desert life. Experience the Rural life of this village of Shekhawati region which consists important villages like Alsisar, Dundlod, Fatehpur, Jhunjhunu, Laxmangarh, Mahensar, Nawalgarh, Ramgarh etc. Overnight in Mandawa or Alsisar.
Day 03 : Mandawa / Alsisar – Bikaner (180 km)
This day proceed towards Bikaner en route stop at Fatehpur Village to see the splendid havelis of the local merchants of Shekhawati. Reach Bikaner by lunch time. See the Junagarh Fort, a royal museum that encompasses history of Bikaner from its days of construction that dates back to the 16th century. Later visit the Karni Mata Rat Temple in Deshnoke, a unique experience. In the evening walk along the busy market area of Bikaner city centre.
Day 04 : Bikaner – Jaisalmer (333 km)
After breakfast we set towards our journey to Golden City Jaisalmer. Proceed towards the desert kingdom of Pokaran where the 3rd Mughal emperor, Akbar the Great, was born in 1543 inside the fort. The bazaar in the middle of this village is very colorful and full of local flavors. After lunch continue towards Jaisalmer and arrive by early evening to witness the sunset over the desert with the most imposing edifice of the town behind you at Bada Bagh Cenotaphs. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 05 : Jaisalmer
Morning start your tour in the golden city with a visit to Gadisar Lake, Later take an exclusive visit of the Jain temples inside the Sonar Killa. The Jains are a community that respects life and are pure vegetarians by religion. Visit the citadel’s palace that houses a museum with a huge collection of robes and artifacts from the royal family of Jaisalmer. Visit the Patwon ki haveli with intricately designed latticed windows used by the ladies to view the external world. Later you go to Khuri village, Here we have loads of excitement in store for you. Upon arrival in the village you will be taken to the nearby sunset point on the dunes to see the sunset by camel carts. After the sunset return to the village where you can take a dinner in mud huts or you can come back to the city to have a dinner. Later while you dine listen to the haunted tunes of the desert by the local artists and musicians, A lifetime experience.
Day 06 : Jaisalmer – Jodhpur (280 km)
Early Morning drive to Jodhpur the blue city, Visit the majestic Mehrangarh fort, the stronghold of the Rathore princes from 1453AD. We see the superb collection of paintings and arms and ammunitions. The view of the city from the rampart walls is breath taking. Going down from the fort visit Jaswant Thada. In the evening visit the Umaid Bhawan Palace, the present residence of the king of Jodhpur. Retire to your hotel and relax. Post lunch session introduces you to the fabulous spice market of Jodhpur the 2nd largest city in Rajasthan. Walk along the market to feel the odors of the spices filling the air around you.
Day 07 : Jodhpur - Ranakpur (185 km)
Morning drive to Ranakpur Temples - a very big pilgrimage centre for the Jains, admire the workmanship from the 15th century temples situated in the lovely valley of the Aravali Mountains. Its sorrounding is quiet & picturesque. Ranakpur has grand structures & beautiful sculpture. The temples are built out of marble and the main shrine of Adinath with 1444 columns is awe inspiring and none of these are similar. Also see the sun temple and the other temples in the campus.
Day 08 : Ranakpur - Kumbhalgarh - Udaipur (140 km)
After breakfast drive up to Romantic City of Lakes - Udaipur, On the way visit The Kumbhalgarh Fort - the stronghold of the kingdom of Mewar built by Maharana Kumbha in 1453. Visit the palace and see the beautiful mural paintings in the Zenana mahal (ladies quarters). The view from the parapet wall is breath taking and this is where the soldiers used to be stationed to view the advent of the enemies. The fort has 7 gates through which we need to enter to gain access to the palaces. See the temple where Maharana Kumbha was treacherously killed by his own kith and kin during his prayer to win the seat of Mewar. On the way stop by the fields to see the local way of farming and irrigation. Walk into the villages to mingle with the locals around to know more about their lifestyle. Reach Udaipur by late afternoon and check into your hotel.
Day 09 : Udaipur
Visit the City Palace the richest palace museum in the entire Rajasthan. See the Peacock Square and the miniature painting school inside the palace premises. Udaipur has the prestige of housing the best miniature schools in the country under the royal patronage of the king of Udaipur. Later, see the Sahelion ki Bari where Maharana Sangram Singh build this garden complex with fountains and lakes for his beautiful daughter. In the evening we take a lake cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichhola by sunset and visit the island palace Jagmandir where according to legends the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan lived and got inspired to build the Taj mahal later.
Day 10 : Udaipur – Ajmer - Pushkar (275 km)
Leave Udaipur and reach the temples of Nagda and Eklingji.The. The temple at Eklingji is a temple that belongs to the Maharana of Mewar (royal family Mewar) and he is often there to pray. The temple complex of Nagda is a group of temples of which only two remain intact and those are that of Saas and Bahu. Both the temples, of Shiva and of Vishnu, are from the 7th century. Pushkar happens to be the holiest places according to the Hindus as it is considered that Lord Brahma (the Creator) and his wife Saraswati (the goddess of learning and music) performed a ritual in the lake. Here we visit the only Brahma temple of the world before intermingling with the local colors in the local bazaar. Pushkar is the world famous for its cattle pushkar fair held each year in the month of October/November. On the way visit you can visit Ajmer, Ajmer is the pious city for the Muslims. Surprisingly both the cities are at distance of 11km from each other. Visit the Durgah built in fond remembrance of Khwaja Moin ud Din Chisti where the Muslim pilgrims from all over India throng during the festival times. Later visit Mughal emperor Akbar’s Palace where his son Jahangir received Sir Thomas Roe to grant him the permission of trade to East India Company with India, that changed the history of India completely and slowly and steadily India became colony of the British Empire.
Day 11 : Pushkar – Jaipur (150 km)
After breakfast continue towards Jaipur and reach by lunch-time and check into hotel. After lunch set off to see the Pink city visiting the observatory Jantar Mantar built in 1727 by Sawai Maharaja Jai Singh II who was a mathematician , an astronomer an astrologer and a great musician of his era. He built five observatories throughout India – Jaipur, Ujjain, Varanasi, Mathura and Delhi but only the one at Jaipur is functional. Then visit the City Palace of the Maharaja of Jaipur with a fabulous collection of robes and saris in cotton and silk with gold latticed work. The City Palace houses a collection of paintings also in the painting gallery and of course a collection of arms and ammunitions in the ammunition gallery. Later visit the Birla Temple which is a great piece of work in marble.
Day 12 : Jaipur
In the morning take a short visit to the Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace) and later proceed to the Amber fort which displays a beautiful mix of Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture.; take an elephant ride at the Amber fort. See the marvelous Sheesh mahal built in the 17th century in a fusion style of Hindu and Islamic art. Also see the hall of public audiences and Maharaja Man Singh’s Palace who had twelve queens. Enrooted visit Water Palace which was a resting place for the kings in past. In the evening enjoy a cinema in Asia's Second Best Cinema - a highly recommended place. Later you can enjoy a Dinner in a typical Indian Restaurant with Folk Dances by Gypsy women.
Day 13 : Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra (235 Km)
Leave Jaipur after breakfast, On the way visit Galta Sun Temple which is a beautiful place surrounded by mountains, the temple is also known as Monkey temple, Here you can find a lot of monkeys who are friendly and doesn't harm. Later you can visit the ornithological reserve at Bharatpur – Keoladev National Park. See the varied varieties of birds and animals during your tour inside the park. This is the only National Park where you get to see the rare species of the Siberian Crane during winter season. After lunch continue towards Fatehpur Sikri the Phantom city. Visit this abandoned city built by the Mughal emperor Akbar in the second half of the 16th century. Fatehpur Sikri was built by Akbar after his Hindu wife bore him the long awaited son who was born after the renowned sufi saint Salim Chisti blessed Jodhabai Akbar’s Hindu wife with a son. Also visit Jodhabai’s palace the biggest palace in Fatehpur Sikri even bigger than the emperor’s palace himself as this was the queen who bore him his heir to the throne. Continue towards Agra and reach Agra and then see the Agra Fort built by Akbar where Shahjahan’s own son Aurangzeb imprisoned Shahjahan. Late relax at your hotel or go to the local bazaar to see the lifestyle of the people.
Day 14 : Agra - Orchha (205 Km)
Taj Mahal - The 7th Wonder of the World is awaiting your arrival today morning. A must see with the rising sun as the Taj Mahal is bathed in the golden rays of the morning sun. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial that houses the tomb of his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design, balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen anywhere in the world. On the way, visit Gwalior- the erstwhile stronghold of the Scindia rulers, In Gwalior take a visit to the fort, Scindia Palace and the tombs of Ghaus Mohammed and Tansen. Other places to see in Gwalior are Gurjari Mahal - The palace of the Gurjar queen Mrignayani, Teli ka mandir, the Saas bahu ka mandir inside the fort. On the way also visit the Datia Palace of the Bundela Kings. Evening time arrive to Orchha, Rest of the time for leisure.
Day 15 : Orchha - Khajuraho (182 Km)
Today we board our car to visit Orchha, visit the palace of the Bundela Kings. Orchha and Datia are two twin cities from the medieval times. In these villages time has stopped. And you feel the timelessness of this spot. Orchha is a medieval city founded by Bundela rulers with palaces and temples of the 16th and 17th century – which have remarkably withstood the onslaught of time. The river Betwa picturesquely flanks the city. In Orchha, see the beautiful Palace Complex – Jahangiri Mahal and the Raja Mahal. Closely study the intricacies of the mural paintings in the Raja Mahal and visit the Laxminarayana Temple. Post lunch continue towards Khajuraho about 182 km away by road. In the evening, You can take a dinner in a restaurant having typical Indian Dance shows in Khajuraho.
Day 16 : Khajuraho – Varanasi (Flight )
Morning sight seeing shows us the temples built during the 9th to the 11th centuries by the powerful dynasty of Chandela rajputs. The temples with their erotic sculptures are a feast to the eyes. The Chandelas built 85 temples in all but today only 20 temples stand intact. Visit the eastern and western group of temples before being transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Varanasi, Upon your arrival in Varanasi transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is free.
Day 17 : Varanasi
Early in the morning (05:30hrs) we take you to banks of the river Ganges where we board a boat to see the morning ablutions of the Hindus from the security of our boat. The boat ride starts from Dasashwamedh Ghat and ends at Manikarnika Ghat along the sacred Ganges, You can visit Assi Ghat, Dasaswamedh Ghat, Harish Chandra Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Tulsi Ghat. See the Kashi Vishwanath temple and the Gyanvyapi kund and the mosque attached to it. Also visit the Benares Hindu University the largest residential university in India with more than 3000 residential students. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Later visit Sarnath the sacred city for the Buddhist all over the world. It was here that Lord Buddha preached his first sermon to his first five disciples. Also worth visiting is the museum with artifacts dating back to 3rd century BC. Visit the nearby ruins of the ancient seat of learning in Sarnath. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 18 : Varanasi - Kathmandu (By flight)
In the morning take a leisurely breakfast, Later take a flight to Kathmandu (Nepal), At airport you will be received by Driver, Later move around the Thamel Markets in the center of Kathmandu. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 19 : Kathmandu
Early Morning at 06:30, Take a Flight to Everest to fly above the top of the world - the mighty Himalaya! You will be awe inspired by the majestic 8000 meter snow capped peaks flying over the top of the world. Later after breakfast, move out to an touristy city tour which includes Boudhanath Temples, Pashupatinath Temples - one of the holiest Hindu temples in Nepal. Later move out to visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Temples. Boudhanath: one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world, Boudhanath is built around a plinth resembling the holy Mandala. Rest of the day is at your leisuere.
Day 20 : Kathmandu - Baktapur - Nagarkot - Kathmandu
Morning drive to visit the city of Bhaktapur. Founded in the 9th century, the city is traffic free, lined with cobblestone streets linking temples, monastery courtyards and monumental squares. Also climb in altitude to the village of Nagarkot, lying at 7200 feet above sea level, you will be dazzled with a view that encompasses 200 miles of snow capped peaks stretching across the Himalaya range - simply breathtaking!. Evening back to Kathmandu and overnight in Hotel.
Day 21 : Kathmandu - Delhi (Flight)
In the morning, take a leisurely breakfast, Later take a flight to Delhi, Upon Arrival, You can visit Sikh Temple or you can walk around the Connaught Place Markets or Janpath. Take a dinner in the restaurants at this center of the city. You will be transferred to the International Airport, 3 hours before your International Flight time for your further journey back to your country. Departure concludes with happy memories of your India Tour. TOUR ENDS.
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