North India and Nepal tour : Delhi – Udaipur – Ranakpur – Kumbalgarh – Jodhpur – Jaipur – Fatehpursikri – Agra – Kathmandu – Nagarkot : 16 days
Day 01 Arrive Delhi
On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal II you will be taken to your hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Delhi.
Day 02 In Delhi
After breakfast, full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi.
The visit of the old city ( belongs to XVIIth century) includes the Great Mosque, Jama Masjid and the Red Fort, a perfect example of Mughal architecture built by Emperor Shah Jahan between 1639 and 1648. Enjoy cycle rickshaw ride around the colorful giant bazaar, ChandniChowk.
In the new part of the city visit – theQutabMinar (built in XIIth century), a splendid monument minaret of the Afghan period. Raj Ghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, and the Mausoleum of Humayun – a huge building that inspired Persians, is the precursor of the TajMahal. Rajpath, the equivalent of the Champs Elysees in France, the India Gate (erected in the memory of unknown soldiers died during First World War), The Parliament, and the house of the President.
Overnight in Delhi
Day 03 Delhi – Udaipur (By flight)
Morning after breakfast, transfer to Delhi airport in time to board flight for Udaipur.Meet on arrival at Udaipur airport and transfer to hotel. After short rest proceed for the visit of EklingJi Temple. Later enjoy dance show at Bagore Ki Haveli.
Night in Udaipur
Day 04 Udaipur
Built along three lakes , Udaipur is known as the « Venice of the East « Udaipur is full of Palaces, temples and ornate residences ranging from the modest to the extravagant. After breakfast visit the towering City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, Saheliyon Ki Bari (Garden of the Maidens), Superb Jagdish Temple, popular for its elephant carving. The day ends with a boat trip on the sparkling waters of Lake Pichola. At the time of sunset, one can easily understand why Udaipur is the “Venice of the East.”
Overnight in Udaipur
Day 05 Drive Udaipur – Kumbalgarh (65 Kms / 1.5 hours) en route visit Ranakpur
After breakfast drive to Kumbalgarh en-route visiting Ranakpur Jain temples, a famous Temple complex, one of the biggest and most important of Jain temples in India. The main temple is the Chaumukha Temple, or Four Faced Temple, dedicated to Adinath. Built in 1439, this huge, superbly crafted and well-kept marble temple has 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars and no two are alike. After the visit continue driver towards Kumbalgarh – having the most important fort in the Mewar region built by Maharaja Kumbha in the 15th century on the Aravali Range which is one of the oldest mountain ranges in India. Because of its inaccessibility and hostile topography the fort had remained un-conquered. The walls of the fort stretch some 36 kms and enclose many temples, palaces, garden and water storage facilities. On arrival in Kumbalgarh, check into hotel.
Overnight in Kumbalgarh
Day 06 Drive Kumbalgarh – Jodhpur(220 Kms / 05 hours)
Morning after breakfast, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Kumbalgarh Fort. After the visit, drive towards Jodhpur. Jodhpur- the second largest city in Rajasthan dominated by a massive Meherangarh Fort, the view from the Fort over the blue building of the Old city is one of Rajasthan’s most spectacular sights and this is the reason why Jodhpur is called the Blue city. Rich in palaces and forts, temples and Havelis, culture and tradition, spices and fabrics, colors and textures, Jodhpur is an unforgettable place. On arrival in Jodhpur, check into hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure visiting the surroundings on your own.
Overnight in Jodhpur.
Day 07 In Jodhpur
Morning after breakfast proceed for the half day sightseeing tour of Jodhpur. There are many great fortresses throughout Rajasthan, but nothing like the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, built at a 400 ft. Within this citadel are magnificent palaces with marvelously carved panels, latticed windows and evocative names. These palaces house a fabulous collection of possessions of Indian royalty, including s superb collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs, miniature paintings, musical instruments, costumes and furniture. Below the fort visit the JaswantThada, a graceful marble cenotaph built in1899 for Maharajah Jaswant Singh II, and the momorials of other Maharahahs of Jodhpur.Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Jodhpur.
Day 08 Drive Jodhpur – Jaipur (330 Kms/approx 06 hours)
After breakfast drive by surface for Jaipur. Popularly known as the Pink City, was built in 1727 AD by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, designed in accordance with ShilpaShastra, an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture. En-route visit FathepurSikri, the magnificent fortified city was the Capital of the Mughal Empire between 1517 and 1585, but had to leave because of shortage of water. After the visit continue your drive for Jaipur. On arrival in Jaipur, check into hotel. Rest of the day spends at leisure visiting the surroundings.
Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 09 In Jaipur
After breakfast full day sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting — The Amber Fort situated on the one of the ancient ranges Aravali Hills, 11 kms from Jaipur which was the ancient capital of Jaipur Maharaja, a good example of Rajput style architecture. A slow elephant ride takes you to the top of the Fort, which houses several graceful buildings and a temple of Kali. Later visit City Palace and Observatory. City palace is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The son of the last maharaja and his family still reside in the part of the palace. Observatory – JantarMantar, built by Jai Singh in 18th Century which is the finest observatory built by Jai Singh out of five Observatories.
Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 10 Drive Jaipur – Agra (250 Kms / 05 hours) en route visit Fatehpur Sikri
Morning after breakfast, drive to Agra , the city of Seventh wonder of the world.En-route visit FathepurSikri, the magnificent fortified city was the Capital of the Mughal Empire between 1517 and 1585, but had to leave because of shortage of water. After the visit, continue drive towards Agra. Agra which is known for its world famous buildings constructed by the Great Mughals, situated on the bank of the river.On arrival in Agra, check into hotel. Later experience the view of TajMahal by the side of river Yamuna.
Night in Agra
Day 11 Drive Agra – Delhi (210 Kms / 04 hours)
Early morning experience the sunrise visit of the famous TAJ MAHAL This spectacular white marble mausoleum was built by Emperor Shah Jehan for his beloved wife, MumtazMahal. It is a most extravagant monument ever built for love. The shimmering reflection in the water channels is truly breathtaking. After viewing TajMahal, return back to the hotel. After having a relaxed breakfast continue your city tour visiting – Agra Fort, the construction of the massive fort was began by Emperor Akbar following with the addtions by the different Mughal emperors, followed by visit to Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah — which was built for the Chief Minister of Jehangirs who was also the father of NurJahan, wife of Jehangir. Very often it is also called the « Baby Taj « because its design foreshadows the TajMahal. After the visit, drive towards Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, check into hotel.
Night in Delhi
Day 12 Delhi – Kathmandu (By flight)
Morning after breakfast, transfer to Delhi airport in time to board flight for Kathmandu. Located at 1350m altitude, in a wide valley surrounded by mountains, the capital of Nepal has kept all its charm of yesteryear. The city had a period of great celebrity in Europe. In the 1960s, it was the favorite destination of hippies who made the road to Kathmandu. Meet on arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Spend the day at leisure walking around the markets of Thamel.
Night in Kathmandu
Day 13 Kathmandu
Morning after breakfast, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.
Visit of the main sites of the Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu Durbar Square, the heart of old Kathmandu. This large square immerses visitors in the history of the city. We visit the Old Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace guarded by the monkey-god Hanuman. As well as KumariBahal, home of the living goddess Kumari, and finally the Statue of Kala Bhairab, the ferocious god fighting the demons. All these deities, and so many others, seem to watch over the city. The Nepalese come to honor them in turn before stopping at the markets of AsanTole or IndraChowk. Then visit Swayambunathstupa surrounded by several other temples is erected on a hill overlooking Kathmandu.
Then visit Patan, the second largest city in the valley south of Kathmandu, once called Lalitpur, the Beautiful City, is considered the cradle of Newar arts and architecture that have left their mark on the valley. . Patan is famous for its crafts and metalwork that are wonderful memories. There are various temples inside dedicated to the gods Shiva, Krishna, Ganesh and Vishnu. After the visit, return back to the hotel.
Night in Kathmandu
Day 14 Kathmandu – Nagarkot – Kathmandu
Morning after breakfast, proceed for an excursion towards Bhaktapur. The ancient Newar city of Bhaktapur, located in the area of Bagmati, 13 km east of Kathmandu and 1,401 meters above sea level. The city is particularly known for its medieval character and its palace with 55 windows. Then continue driver towards Nagarkot.This typical newar village is located 30 km from Kathmandu and is famous for its views of the Himalayas.Located at an altitude of 2200 meters (7000 ft), it takes almost an hour to get there. Nagarkot is a small village from where we can see the Himalaya range: the Annapurna Range, the Langtang Range and the Everest Range including Everest. From here you can see a beautiful sunrise and sunset on the snow-capped peaks. After the visit, drive back to Kathmandu
Night in Kathmandu
Day 16 Depart Kathmandu
Morning after breakfast, proceed to visit Bodnath, considered one of the largest Buddhist shrines in the country, where there are thirty or so monasteries and a huge stupa surrounded by monks, the largest and oldest of the country. Then visit Pashupatinath, its sacred river and its “ghats” (steps down to the edge of the river). After the visit, transfer to the airport in time to board flight for onward destination.
Our North India and Nepal tour is just a suggestion of itinerary and can be modified as per your preference and requirement. Therefore, do not hesitate to inform us and we will do the needful.