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Rajasthan Indepth with Nepal : 21 days

Delhi – Mandawa – Bikaner – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Narlai – Udaipur – Pushkar – Jaipur – Agra – Kathmandu – Nagarkot – Pokhara

 

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

Humayan Tomb

DAY 03                DRIVE DELHI – MANDAWA(275 KMS / 06 HRS)

After breakfast drive to Mandawa, situated in the heart of the Thar Desert. This beautiful village still has some beautifully preserved houses of medieval Indian traders built in a typically Rajput style having original paintings showing religious scenes or objects.On arrival in Mandawa, check into hotel. Later enjoy the walking sightseeing tour of Mandawa visiting the Havelis, AnandilalPoddar, BansidharBhagat and Chokhani etc.
Overnight in Mandawa.

DAY 04               DRIVE MANDAWA – BIKANER (200 KMS / 4.5 HRS)

Morning after breakfast drive to Bikaner. Bikaner is a royal fortified city with a timeless charm and medieval glory. It is located in northern Rajasthan, amongst the sand dunes. Known as the “Land of the Camel” Bikaner boasts of having the best camels in the world. This desert town popular for its temple and Forts, which shows the rich cultural and architectural heritage of the city. « Karni Mata » is one of the most fascinating temples situated in the south of Bikaner. On arrival in Bikaner, check into hotel.
After a short rest proceed for the half day sightseeing tour of Bikaner visiting Junagarh Fort, built between 1589 and 1594 by Raja Rai Singh. Visit the Temple of Karni Mata Deshnok -built 600 years ago and dedicated to Karni Mata, an incarnation of the goddess Durga. The temple has huge doors, carved in silver, a gift from the Maharajah Ganga Singh followed by visit to a breeding center and research on camels, the only institution of this kind in India. Bikaner is a complete unique experience.
Overnight in Bikaner.

DAY 05              DRIVE BIKANER – JAISALMER (320 KMS / 05 HRS)

After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer, a fascinating city rising from the heart of the Thar Desert. Nothing else in India is remotely similar to this enchanting city, which is also called « The Golden City »because of its honey color. A visit to Jaisalmer is a must for any traveler in India, with the possibility of camel trekking through the magnificent sand. Jaisalmer Fort is the world’s only living fort and about quarter of the city’s population still live in the Fort. On arrival in Jaisalmer, check into hotel.
Overnight in Jaisalmer.

DAY 06                IN JAISALMER

After breakfast sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer visiting – Jaisalmer Fort, the only alive fort which you will not see anywhere in India. There are homes and hotels hidden in the laneways and shops. Within the fort walls there are beautifully carved Jain temples built between the 12th and 15th centuries followed by a visit of Gaddisagar Lake and impressive Havelis around the Fort.
In the evening drive to Sam where you are received by the camels. Visit to the ” Sand Dunes of Sam,” and ride camels on the sand at the time of sunset- which would be one of the highlights of your trip to Rajasthan followed by dinner with Rajasthan folk dance.
Overnight in Jaisalmer.

Jaisalmer Fort

DAY 07              DRIVE JAISALMER – JODHPUR (290 KMS / 06 HRS)

After breakfast take a scenic drive to 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.
Overnight in Jodhpur.


DAY 08               IN JODHPUR

Morning after breakfast 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 memorials of other Maharajahs of Jodhpur.
Afternoon at leisure to visit the surroundings on your own.
Overnight in Jodhpur

Jodhpur

DAY 09                  DRIVE JODHPUR – NARLAI (160 KMS / 03 HRS)

Morning after breakfast drive to RawlaNarlai, now a beautiful heritage hotel, is located in the heart of a typical Rajasthan village bustling with activity and bursting with color. On arrival, check into RawlaNarlai. Rest of the time spends visiting the local village or relaxing and enjoying the hotel facilities.
Overnight in RawlaNarlai

DAY 10                 DRIVE NARLAI – UDAIPUR (140 KMS / 03 HRS) EN ROUTE RANAKPUR

After breakfast drive to Udaipur, one of the most romantic cities of India. 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 drive towards Udaipur, which has been called the “City of Dreams” and “City of the Rising Sun.” MaharanaUdai Singh built the blue lakes, (which reflects the hills of the Aravali Mountains) for the purposes of his new capital, founded in 1568.On arrival in Udaipur, check into hotel.
Overnight in Udaipur.

DAY 11                IN 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

Udaipur

DAY 11               DRIVE UDAIPUR – PUSHKAR (285 KMS / 06 HRS)

After breakfast drive to Pushkar, a little town situated right on the edge of the desert, and is one of the few places in the world where a temple is dedicated to the Lord Brahma. Pushkar is perhaps best known for its Camel Fair, which takes place on the full moon of KartikPurnima. On arrival in Pushkar, check into hotel. Later sighseeing tour of Pushkar visiting the only Brahma Temple in the world and Pushkar Lake with its bathing ghats and temples.
Overnight in Pushkar.

Pushkar

DAY 12               DRIVE PUSHKAR – JAIPUR (140 KMS / 03 HRS)

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. On arrival in Jaipur, check into hotel. Rest of the day spends at leisure visiting the surroundings.
Overnight in Jaipur.

DAY 13              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.

Elephant ride

DAY 14                DRIVE JAIPUR – AGRA (265 KMS/5 HOURS) EN-ROUTE VISITING FATEHPUR SIKRI.

After breakfast drive by surface for Agra, the city of Seventh wonder of the world. En-route visit FathepurSikri, this magnificent fortified city was the Capital of the Mughal emperor between 1517 and 1585, but had to leave because of Shortage of water. After the visit continue your drive for 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. Spend rest of the day at leisure walking around.
Overnight in Agra.

Taj mahal

DAY 15               DRIVE AGRA – DELHI (210 KMS / 04 HRS)

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 16              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 17              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

Swayambhunath temple

DAY 18              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

Nagarkot

DAY 18              DRIVE KATHMANDU – POKHARA (210 KMS / APPROX. 05 HOURS)

Morning after breakfast, drive to Pokhara. Although Pokhara is not the first city visited in Nepal, it is undoubtedly the second largest tourist city in the country.A true paradise for thrill-seekers, Pokhara is often the starting point for many trekkers defying the Annapurna and other peaks of the Himalayas. Activities are not lacking in this city, and that one is exhausted after long weeks in the mountains or eager for discoveries, Pokhara is ideal for any sportsman but also for all those wanting to rest after the frantic city that is Kathmandu .Located in the heart of coffee shops and hotels, the Lakeside area, the equivalent of Thamel in Kathmandu, hosts yoga and meditation centers.
On arrival in Pokhara, check into hotel. Rest of the day free. You can stroll along Lake Phewa, the street is very lively with its souvenir shops and restaurants (good quality and very affordable
Overnight in Pokhara.

DAY 19              IN POKHARA

You get up early to discover the city of Sarangkot which is on the heights of Pokhara where you can admire the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas. Camera to remember. You then return to the hotel to have breakfast and start your day visiting the PokharaValley.The popular places to visit are Davis Falls, Gupteshwor Cave, and the International Mountain Museum. Later rent a small rowing boat to enjoy the tranquility and peace of this beautiful lake.Rest of the day free.
Overnight in Pokhara

Pokhara

DAY 20              DRIVE POKHARA – KATHMANDU (210 KMS / APPROX. 05 HOURS)

Morning after breakfast, drive to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, check into hotel.
Later spend the day at leisure.
Overnight in Kathmandu

DAY 21              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.

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