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of India and NepalV

 
Flavour of India & Nepal

Amritsar – Delhi – Agra – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Kathmandu – Chitwan National Park – Pokhara – Kathmandu
15 Nights / 16 Days

Tour Highlights

•  Traditional Indian Welcome Ceremony
•  Indian Rail Experience
•  Visit to Golden Temple & Jallainwala Bagh
•  Visit to Wagha Boarder to see the spectacular ceremony
•  Drive pass through the Raisina Hills to the India Gate
•  Stand before the world’s most famous monument of love - the Taj Mahal
•  Elephant Safari in Chitwan National Park
•  Sunrise over the Himalayas in Pokhara
•  Heritage Sites of Khajuraho
•  River Ganges Aarti Ceremony at Dashmesh Ghat in Varanasi
•  Boat Ride on River Ganges to see the worship
•  A Traditional Nepalese Dinner
•  Farewell dinner at the famous Rum Doodle Restaurant
•  Optional Mount Everest Flight

Day 01         Arrive Amritsar         [Radisson Blu]

Arrive Amritsar Raja Hansi Airport. Meet our representative at the airport & transfer to the hotel by air conditioned vehicle.
Amritsar is just about an idol place to make a base for visits to rural Punjab & have an idea of the way of life of the state, which is perhaps the most prosperous in India & produces almost half of the century’ s food grain.
Enjoy the excursion to the Wagha Border which is an interesting experience especially at Sunset when the retreat ceremony takes place with the BSF on the Indian side & the Satluj Rangers on the Pakistan side putting up a well-coordinated and spectacular display, which compares very favorable with the changing of the Guard in London.
Overnight stay at hotel. [D]

Day 02         Amritsar - Delhi [by Train]         [ITC Sheraton]

Morning visit to Golden Temple, all are allowed inside the Golden Temple. Heads must be covered. Shoes, Tobacco, Narcotics must be left outside. Photography is permitted, except inside Harmandar Sahib.
Jallianwala Bagh, very near to the Golden Temple, is also an important monument dedicated to hundreds of martyrs, who lost their lives in a massacre in 1919. An important event in India’s freedom struggle was the massacre of around 700-800 unsuspecting people at Amritsar’s Jallianwala Bagh, under the orders of the infamous British General Dyer. The massacre took place on April 13, 1919. All around the world, including Lenin & British leaders like Asquith & Winston Churchill, condemned the event. It may be mentioned that the Jallianwala Bagh tragedy was one of the most horrifying & important incident that instigated the Indians on the decisive track against British dominion. A Martyrs Memorial has been erected at the site amidst landscape grounds. The Martyrs Gallery houses portraits of national leaders & paintings depicting the fateful day.
Evening we leave Amritsar by regional train travelling to Delhi.
Overnight stay at hotel. [B, D]

Day 03          New & Old Delhi         [ITC Sheraton]

Morning visit to New Delhi. It was designed and built by the British in the 1920's-it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. The King's architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the Design and construction of Delhi's eight cities - New Delhi. Lutyens designed an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947.
You will visit the monuments from Delhi's past & known as two of the 26 World Heritage sites of India - Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar. Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House and Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the Indian president.
Afternoon visit to Old Delhi - an ancient walled city, Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1650 switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi, we take rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of Delhi's bazaar - which gives us an incredible and authentic insight into the real, everyday lives of the millions of people who live in the city. As your rickshaw travels towards Chandni Chowk, you will be immersed in real India - surrounded by people, sounds and smells as we squeeze past vegetable carts and impromptu market stalls, avoiding delivery men carrying boxes on their heads. We duck underneath Sari displays and ride through the fragrant steam of street-side food stands and restaurants. Here you will see Red Fort, (Lal Qila) the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shah Jehan's symbol of power and elegance, built behind red sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk, the perpetually congested avenue heading west from the Red Fort, is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars. If you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce. We visit the Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India. Also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi and Jama Masjid the largest mosque in India.
Overnight stay at hotel. [B, D]

Day 04         Delhi – Agra [by Train] 02 hrs         [ITC Mughal]

Morning we take southbound Shatabdi Express to Agra - at the time of the Mughals, in the 16th & 17th centuries, Agra was the capital of the grand Mughal Empire. During this period the city became a leading centre of art, science, commerce and culture. Akbar the Great made Agra great. The city's origins are dim but Akbar's grandfather Babur is credited with Agra's founding Today morning visit the Agra Fort – built by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D. the fort is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings, including the Moti Masjid, Diwane-I-Am, Diwane-I-Khas and Musamman Burj, where the Emperor Shah Jahan died in imprisonment, besides Jahangir’s Palace, Khaas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal. Also visit to Itmad-ud-Daulah built by Empress Noor Jehan in the memory of Her Father.
Enjoy the Magnificent Taj Mahal – The Monument of Love in the warm glow of Sunset, which was built in 1630 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. What makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughals brought this concept to India they elevated it to heights of Incomparable artistry.
Overnight stay at hotel. [B, D]

Day 05         Agra – Khajuraho         [Radisson Blu]

Morning transfer to railway station to board the Shatabdi Express 2002 at 0800 hrs for Jhansi. Arrive Jhansi at 1048 hrs. Upon arrival drive to Khajuraho via visiting Orchha - City of Palaces & Temples, a medieval city founded by Bundels rulers with palaces and temples of 16th & 17th Century. Sightseeing of Orchha includes Jahangir Mahal, Raj Mahal, Praveen Rai Mahal, Lakshmi Narayan, Chaturbuj and Ram Raj temples.
Evening arrive Khajuraho.
Overnight stay at hotel. [B, D]

Day 06         In Khajuraho         [Radisson Blu]

After breakfast visit the temples of Khajuraho representing some of the most exquisite specimens of Hindu Architecture & Sculpture of medieval India. Built between 950 AD and 1050 Ad, only 22 temples out of 85 now survive. A thousand years ago, the robust Chandelas of the warrior Rajput clan lived and loved here, fought and triumphed and having reached the peak of their power, built temples to their gods with all the religious fervor of a virile race.
Visit to world famous Khajuraho Temples. Eastern Group temples consist of Parasvanath Temple – the largest and finest of the Jain temples at Khajuraho. The inner shrine contains an ornamental throne with a carved bull, the emblem of the first Jain Tirathankara Adinatha. A more recent image of Parsvanath was installed in 1860. Also visit the Javeri temple dedicated to Vishnu. View the world famous Chandela temples where forthright sculptures celebrate the Joy of life and love for which there is no equivalent in the world.
Overnight at hotel. [B, D]

Day 07         Khajuraho - Varanasi         [Radisson Blu]

Today fly to Varanasi - scared city of Hindu. Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world. Also known as Banaras, this city has been the center of the Hindu faith for all of recorded history. Kashi, Banaras or Varanasi is the oldest living city in the History of Mankind. This City is acknowledged as the cultural Capital of the Oriental part of the Globe. This is treated as an embodied diving. India, the nation with diversified culture has one unity or common that is Varanasi where cultures from all the walks of this country congregated and accepted this city as their spiritual Destiny. For more than two thousand years, people have been coming from different states of India to Varanasi with their cultural heritage & lineage. This amalgamation of Oriental cultures and life styles of west made this colossal city a panorama. We check in to the Radisson Hotel, our home for next two nights Evening watch the spectacular aarti ceremony on the River Ganges at Dashawedh Ghat after this stroll along the bazaars near to hotel full of shops selling, among other things, the world famous Banaras silk. Overnight at hotel. [B, D]

Day 08          Excursion to Sarnath         [Radisson Blu]

Early morning enjoy the sunrise boat excursion on the Holy River Ganges to see the bathing Ghats and crimination sites. Watching people bathing and worshiping at the Ghats is one of the most extraordinary experiences of a visit to India later day return excursion to Sarnath – 10 kms from the holy city of Varanasi, is the blessed locale where more than 2,500 years ago Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon, after attaining Nirvana. The five disciples who had followed him were surprised to see the mesmerizing glowing countenance of Buddha, who convinced them and delivered his first sermon before them, now termed Dharma chakra Pravartan. This set in mot in the great Buddhist tradition of the Sangha, for popularizing the teachings of the great ascetic, worldwide. Gautam Buddha with his five disciples formed the first Sangha along with Yasa of Varanasi and his 54 friends. The beginning of the celebrated Mantra, “Buddham Sharanam Gachhami” owes its origin to Sarnath. The three jewels “I go for refuge to the Buddha, I go for refuge to the Wheel of Law, and I go for refuge to the Sangha” first laid down here, have remained unchanged ever since. Hence rightly, every Buddhist Pilgrim after Bodhgaya endeavors to be blessed with a visit to Sarnath in his lifetime.
Overnight at hotel. [B, D]

Day 09         Varanasi – Kathmandu         [Gokarna Forest Resort]

Today we leave India and fly to Kathmandu - the Mountain Kingdom of Nepal. Upon arrive, you find the differences in the characteristics of both the races and architecture are immediately apparent-particularly the Pagoda-style architecture and monks in traditional Buddhist robes. Check in at hotel, located in the peaceful forests just outside Kathmandu.
This afternoon we visit the fantastic Boudhanath Stupa, the largest Buddhist Stupa in the world, adorned with Nepalese prayer flags.
Overnight at hotel. [B, D]

Day 10         In Kathmandu         [Gokarna Forest Resort]

Early morning there is a chance to embark on an optional fantastic Magic Mountain Flight of the mighty Himalayas to see Mt. Everest (subject to weather conditions). After breakfast in the hotel we enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, including the Kathmandu Durbar Square complex of palaces, courtyards and Pagoda and Hindu-style temples. The Durbar Square, protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. This afternoon we visit the ancient city of Patan and its Durbar Square complex, the historic seat of royalty for the kings of Patan. Patan and Kathmandu were historically both seats of power of the ancient mountain kingdoms of Nepal. We also visit the Krishna Mandir, Mahaboudha temple, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, and Kumbhyeshwor. This evening we travel to the popular Thamel area of Kathmandu for a traditional Nepalese dinner in the Thamel House Restaurant.
Overnight at hotel. [B, D]

Day 11          Kathmandu - Chitwan         [Safari Narayani Jungle Lodge]

After breakfast at hotel visit to Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred shrines to Shiva on the entire subcontinent. It is situated on the banks of the Baghmati River, whose waters offer the same guarantee of release from rebirth as the Ganges. The same promise applies to the dead and this is also Nepal’s most important Hindu cremation site Later we leave Kathmandu and drive west into the jungles and grasslands of the Chitwan National Park, stopping for lunch together overlooking the river. Chitwan is home a fabulous variety of wildlife including rhinos, sloth bears, leopards, crocodiles, over 400 species of birds and the elusive Royal Bengal tiger.
Overnight at hotel. [B, L, D]

Day 12         Chitwan National Park         [Safari Narayani Jungle Lodge]

Today morning we enjoy elephant safari through the jungles and grasslands of Chitwan National Park. Rhinos, crocodile, deer and many species of bird are often seen, and travelling by elephant allows us to reach some otherwise-inaccessible areas, which increases our chances of spotting a tiger. After lunch together in the hotel we take a canoe ride on the river, which provides an opportunity to see two types of crocodiles and lots of species of birds. The canoe ride takes us to the Gharial Breeding Centre, where learn about these ancient and mysterious reptiles.
Overnight at hotel. [B, L, D]

Day 13         Chitwan – Pokhara         [Fishtail Lodge]

Today drive north-east back towards the Himalaya, a journey by road which takes us through spectacular gorges and past turquoise glacial rapids lined by steep jungle-covered mountainsides to Pokhara. Set on the shores of beautiful Lake Phewa and with staggering views of Fishtail Peak (at 22,900 ft) and the Annapurna Range, Pokhara is undoubtedly one of the world's most scenic places, with mountain vistas from the town to rival those found anywhere on Earth. We stay at the unforgettable Fishtail Lodge, set on a peaceful island on Lake Phewa, accessible only by boat. Overnight at hotel. [B, D]

Day 14          In Pokhara         [Fishtail Lodge]

Early morning drive to Sarangkot - a mountain viewpoint which offers lifetime experience - sunrise over the Himalayan mountain range. As the sun rises it creates an orange-red glow across the Himalaya, whilst the valleys below emerge from the shadows, a truly breathtaking site. After breakfast enjoy city tour of Pokhara, including a visit to Devi's Waterfall. We also visit the Gurkha Museum, where we have the chance to chat with an ex-British Army Gurkha about life in regiments based so far from their mountain homes. This afternoon we take a cruise on Lake Phewa, watching the sun set spectacularly over Fishtail Peak and reflected in the tranquil waters of the lake.
Overnight at hotel. [B, D]

Day 15         Pokhara – Kathmandu         [Radisson Blu]

Today we take a short flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Afternoon is free for rest & relax. Enjoy a farewell dinner at the famous Rum Doodle Restaurant, a mountaineering institution famed for its Everest Summiteers register which contains the signatures of Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing. Before our meal we meet a Sherpa who has climbed Everest and have the opportunity to talk with him about his experiences.
Overnight at hotel. [B, D]

Day 16         Kathmandu – Onward Destination

Say good bye to this fascinating India & Nepal. Transfer to International Airport to board the flight for onward destination. [B]

Abbreviations Used
B
= Breakfast, L = Lunch & D = Dinner

Price based on Twin Sharing
Occupancy
Oct 2013 - Mar 2014
Per Person
USD 2760
SGL Supplement USD 1250

Note:
Above rates are not valid from 22 Dec 2013 to 05 Jan 2014

Optional Mountain Flight
USD 225 PP
Note:
Mount Everest Flight excursion is subject to weather conditions.

Air Fare
USD 280 PP for Delhi - Kathmandu - Delhi
Note: Air fare is subject to change without prior notice. Kindly re-check the price at time of booking.

Hotels Used
Destination
Hotel Name
Category
Room Type
Amritsar
Radisson Blu
5 Star
Executive Club
Delhi
ITC Sheraton
5 Star
Executive Club
Agra
Mughal Sheraton
5 Star
Chamber
Khajuraho
Radisson Blu5 Star
Suite
Varanasi
Radisson Blu5 StarClub
Kathmandu
Gokarna Forest Resort
5 StarSuperior
Chitwan
Safari Narayani Jungle Lodge
5 StarSuperior
Pokhara
Fishtail Lodge
5 StarGarden Terrace
Kathmandu
Radisson Blu5 StarSuperior

Inclusions
•  Indian Rail Experience: Travel in First Class air conditioned chair car Shatabdi Express from Amritsar - Delhi - Agra - Jhansi
•  15 nights stay in 5 star hotels as mentioned above
•  14 buffet breakfast at mentioned hotel
•  01 packed hot breakfast in Train
•  02 buffet lunch in Chitwan at mentioned hotel
•  14 buffet dinner at mentioned hotel
•  01 packed hot dinner in Train
•  English speaking local guided tour at all places
•  All transfers & sightseeing by air conditioned vehicle
•  Economy Class air tickets for Pokhara - Kathmandu
•  Monument entry fees wherever applicable as per the itinerary
•  Elephant Safari in Chitwan National Park
•  Porter Service at Railway Stations: Porters will take your luggage from the vehicle to the train and vice-versa upon arrival/departure at/from railway stations
•  At hotels, your luggage will be taken from the vehicle to your room on arrival, and from your room to the vehicle on departure
•  All applicable taxes

Exclusions
Laundry, Insurance, Tips, Telephone Calls, Hard Drinks Still & Video Camera fees in Monuments and Expenses like Personal Nature


Note: This tour can commence from Delhi also & can be customized as per your requirements.

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