DOM1113 Classical India with Nepal

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DOM1113 Classical India with Nepal13 Nights / 14 Days tour

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Jaipur Hawa mahal

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Delhi - Jaipur - Abhaneri - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Orchha - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Sarnath - Kathmandu - Nagarkot - Bhaktapur - Patan

Tour Overview

Besides soaking in the grandeur of historical cities like Delhi, Agra (which has one of the seven wonders of the world- Taj Mahal), the pink city of Jaipur, this tour also takes you to Orchha which just appears out of a fairytale, and Khajuraho which is a masterpiece of architectural brilliance for its temples of medieval age with their intricate carvings and erotic sculptures. The last but by no means least important, visit Varanasi, the oldest living city in the world. It is both an illustrious place of pilgrimage and a centre of faith. Considered to be the holiest place for all Hindus, it is a must visit to get a glimpse of the Indian culture.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

After your arrival at the New Delhi International Airport our representative would assist your
way from the airport to your respective hotel for check-in.

Day 2: Delhi

Attractions: Raj Ghat, India Gate, President’s House, Akshardham Temple, Lotus Temple & Qutub Minar

Morning post breakfast your Delhi Sightseeing tour will begin with visit of Raj Ghat, a memorial to
Mahatma Gandhi. Originally it was the name of a historic ghat of
Old Delhi on the banks of Yamuna river. Followed by world
renowned India Gate, also known as All India War Memorial. This
memorial commemorates the death of 70,000 Indian soldiers who
lost their lives in the First World War and the Afghan Wars. The
first foundation of this heroic memorial was laid on 10 th February
1921. Further enhancing the value, fervour and brave spirit of
India's martyrs, tourists from all over the world come to visit this
exquisitely designed war memorial and experience its enigma. Next
destination is the President's House or Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Initially, it was the official residence of the Viceroy of India and has now become the official home of
the President of India. Its construction began in 1912 and was completed in 1929. The main
responsibility for its architecture was on British architect Edwin Landseer Lutyens.
Your tour will continue followed by visit of the majestic Qutub Minar, the highest tower in India.
The foundations of this minaret was laid, quite back in 1199 AD, by
the Turkic King Qutbu'd-Din Aibak. Made up of marble and red
sandstone, the Qutub Minar is included in the list of UNESCO world
heritage sites. The different sections of Qutub Minar carry varied
inscriptions written in Nagari and Parso-Arabic dialect. Next is Lotus
Temple, an important Bahá'í House of Worship. Belonging to
the Expressionist Style of architecture, the construction of this
temple was finished by 1986. The architect Furiburz Sabha had
envisioned this temple to reflect the unity of Hinduism, Islam,
Christianity and Jainism. This Lotus temple is closed on Mondays.The bright white marble shrine is surrounded by artistically landscaped lawns, gardens and
pathways with beautifully designed balustrades. It has nine pools with stairs and bridges.
And at last but not the least, the tour will conclude by visiting the mesmerizing Akshardham
Temple (closed on Monday), Akshardham is a Hindu temple complex in Delhi, India. Also referred
to as Delhi Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham, the complex displays millennia of traditional
Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality, and architecture. After concluding the day tour of Delhi, drive
back to your hotel. Overnight hotel – Delhi

Day 3: Delhi – Jaipur (250 km - 5 hrs)

In the morning have your breakfast, later we leave for Jaipur, the flamboyant capital of Rajasthan.
On arrival at Jaipur, our representative will meet and assist you to check-in at your hotel. In later
afternoon or early evening visit to the one of the renowned place to witness the manufacturing of
hand-knotted rugs or durries. Jaipur, the Pink City, is known for its historic majesty and it’s the
leading manufacturer of hand-knotted rugs from India known for its quality, variety of traditional,
transitional and modern designs. Jaipur produces a wide array of hand knotted, hand tufted, flat
weaves, Durries, shags and many other indoor and outdoor carpets, using only the finest materials,
including handspun wool, silk and cotton. Later return to your hotel. Overnight Hotel- Jaipur

Day 4: Jaipur

Attractions: Manufacturing of rugs, Amber Fort, City Palace, Birla Temple, Jantar Mantar (Observatory) & Hawa Mahal ( Palace of Winds), Abhaneri (Step-well)

After a sumptuous breakfast, we leave little early for Amber, the capital of the gallant Rajputs from
1037 to 1728 AD. You ride on the elephant's back (subject to
availability and operation) and reach the enrapturing Amber
Fort, perched on the hill top. After it, we then head towards the
Fort Palace. This important tourist attraction of Jaipur was built
by Raja Man Singh I.
Hundreds of tourists visit it for its enrapturing aesthetic
ambience. After it, we head towards the City Palace, a perfect
blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The centre of the
palace is a seven-storied building called Chandra Palace, with
breathtakingly beautiful views over the gardens and the Jaipur city. It also includes the Govind Dev
Ji temple within its complex, thereby being of religious significance. Jantar Mantar (Solar
Observatory) is our next destination. This astronomical treasure house was built by the Rajupt
King Sawai Jal Singh. This largest observatory ever built, is known for solar devices that give
accurate predictions till date. Now we head towards the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds).
It is a five-storied structure, built of red and pink sandstone. It was built in the year 1799 so that
veiled royal women could peer down the busy street market, unseen by the world, through its 593
stone Jharokas (mini windows). And at the end of the Jaipur sightseeing, we will visit the Birla
Temple, which is located at the foot of the Moti Dungri Fort. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this temple
was built in 1988. It is also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple. Overnight Hotel- Jaipur

Day 5: Jaipur – Abhaneri - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (260 km - 6 hrs)

After early breakfast we leave for Agra. En route, we visit Abhaneri and Fatehpur Sikri.
Abhaneri - Abhaneri is a village in the Dausa district of Rajasthan state in India. It is situated at a
distance of 95 km from Jaipur, on the Jaipur-Agra road. The place is popular for the Chand Baori
step well and Harshat Mata Temple.Fatehpur Sikri, a masterpiece in sandstone with the stunning elegance of its palaces and courts. It
is believed to be one of the first carefully planned cities of
the Mughals. It was built by Emperor Akbar in the 16 th
century AD. Its name basically means the 'City of Victory.'
After it, we proceed towards Agra, situated in the state of
Uttar Pradesh. Upon arrival, we help you to check-in at your
respective hotel at Agra. Agra, the erstwhile capital of great
Mughals, is known for the world renowned Taj Mahal. The
city continues to lure tourists with its enrapturing
architectural marvels. It has always fascinated Indians and
foreigners alike. Most of Agra is on the West bank of River
Yamuna, with the Agra Fort and Taj Mahal at its nucleus.
Taj Mahal is quite simply one of the mankind's most remarkable creations. Overnight Hotel- Agra

Day 6: Agra

Attractions: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb, Sikandara (Akbar's Tomb) & Fatehpur Sikri (en route), Visit to manufacturing of marble artwork

After an early breakfast, we drive at 0800 hrs , to visit the incredible architectural excellence of Taj
Mahal (Closed on Friday). This exquisite mausoleum was
built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved
wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Continuing with our exploration of the city, we head towards
the Agra Fort. It was built principally as a military
establishment by the Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great in
1565. The red sandstone of Agra Fort was partially converted
into a palace during Shah Jahan's time. This massive Fort is
2.5 km long and is considered as the predecessor of the
Delhi Red Fort. Later visit to Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah,
a Mughal mausoleum in the city of Agra in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Often described as a
"jewel box", sometimes called the "Baby Taj", the tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah is often regarded as
a draft of the Taj Mahal.
Later we visit Sikandara where the tomb of Akbar is located. Sikandra is the mausoleum of Akbar.
Akbar himself started construction of this beautiful monument. This structure has a perfect blending
of Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Jain themes. Sikandra is named after Sikandar lodi, the Delhi
ruler who was in power from 1488 to 1517.
Agra also known for it’s marvellous marble arts and works. We shall next visit to a place to witness
the manufacturing of marble arts. Today, Indian marble inlay craft or Parchin kari is one of the most
attractive and popular forms of art on the subcontinent. Techniques have remained virtually
unchanged and to this day everything is created exclusively by hand. You can witness here the
handwork of master craftsmen working on various artworks and designs. You can carry some
artwork back to your country as a memorable gift for yourself and your dear ones. Overnight
Hotel- Agra

Day 7: Agra - (Shatabdi train, dep. 0800 hrs/arr. 1030 hr) Jhansi/ Khajuraho (166 km/5hr) via Orchha

Attractions: Orchha Fort, Jahangir Mahal, Raj Mahal, Ram Raja temple

After an early breakfast, we leave for railway station at 0730 hrs to board the train to Jhansi. Our
representative would meet and assist you on arrival at the Jhansi Railway Station. Next, we leave
for Orchha, located at a distance of 16 km from Jhansi.Orchha, located in Madhya Pradesh, is known for its
rustic medieval town ambience. It was founded in the 16 th
century by the Bundela Rajput Chieftain Rudra Pratap.
The main attractions of Orchha are its exquisitely designed temples and palaces such as the Raj
Mahal, Jehangir Mahal, Laxminarayan Temple and the
cenotaphs. The 16 th century palaces and temples built by its
Bundela rulers appear to be suspended in time. The Betwa River
quietly flows by the town. After visiting the temples and forts in
Orchha, we move towards Khajuraho.
Upon arrival at Khajuraho, we check-in at our pre-arranged
hotels for the overnight stay.
Overnight hotel - Khajuraho

Day 8: Khajuraho – Varanasi (by flight)

Attractions: Kamsutra Temples

Today, we leave for an early sightseeing trip to discover the beauty of Khajuraho temples. These
were built between 950 and 1050 AD by the mighty warrior
kings of the Chandela dynasty, imbued with a truly inspired
burst of creativity. The temples are famous for their
magnificent carvings, depicting numerous sexual and intimate
postures from the famous “Kamasutra”, the ancient Indian
work on sex. Only 22 temples have survived out of the initially
built 85 temples. In fact, Matangeshwara temple is still known
for the regular worshipping tradition that continues for an
unbroken 1000 years of history.
Later, we drive towards the airport to board the flight to
Varanasi. Also known as Kashi, it is the oldest and the holiest Hindu city, known for its Hindu
traditional customs and rituals. We meet and assist you on arrival at Varanasi airport and help you
to check-in at our respective hotel.
Later in evening witness “Aarti Ceremony”. Every evening, as dusk descends, it's time for the
Ganga Aarti. An aarti is a devotional ritual that uses fire as an offering. It's usually made in the form
of a lit lamp, and in the case of the Ganges River, a small diya with a candle and flowers that's
floated down the river. The offering is made to the Goddess Ganga, also affectionately referred to as
Maa Ganga, goddess of the most holy river in India. Overnight hotel - Varanasi

Day 9: Varanasi

Attractions: Sarnath, Arti ceremony & Boat ride on River Ganges

Today early morning around 0500 hrs, we go for a boat ride on the river Ganges. We rise before
dawn and step gingerly in the boat as the boatman starts
rowing the boat. We wait for the daily miracle to unfold, as
the Sun appears triumphantly over the horizon. The sound of
conchs and temple bells add to the delicate pink fabric of
dawn. The formerly hushed murmuring of ancient Sanskrit
‘Shlokas’ now rises, in one voice, to a crescendo of
unparalleled piety and joy. We return to our hotel for
Post breakfast visit the Banaras Hindu University campus
covering The Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Also known as the
Golden Temple, it is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the presiding deity of the city.Next in the afternoon we leave for Sarnath, located at a distance of 12 km from Varanasi. Lord
Buddha preached his first sermon after Enlightenment at Sarnath. Nestled in the Ganges Valley of
India, Lord Buddha proclaimed the enlightened law of faith. It was here that he first taught the keys
aspects of Buddhism, the four noble truths, the eightfold path and the middle way philosophy. The
Buddha encouraged followers to avoid extremes of austerity or pleasure. The remains of
monasteries dating from the third century B.C. to the first century A.D. still indicate a thriving
monastic community.

Day 10: Varanasi - Kathmandu (By flight) (Flight operates on Tuesday / Thursday / Friday & Sunday)

Today morning at leisure, later in the day you are transferred to the Varanasi Airport to board the
flight for Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, situated on the southern slopes of the mighty Himalayas. The
flight is magnificent as we view the mighty Himalayan peaks. On arrival we assist you to check-in at
your Hotel. Overnight Hotel- Kathmandu (B)

Day 11: Kathmandu

Attractions: Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Swambhunath stupa & Casinos.

After breakfast, we leave at 0900 hrs for a full Day
city tour of Kathmandu. We visit Pashupatinath
Temple, the most sacred Hindu shrine & one of the
most important sites in the world for Shiva worshipers
since Pashupathinath is the guardian spirit & holiest of
all Shiva shrines in Nepal. Its followed by Boudhnath
Stupa, the largest stupa in the valley. It looms 36
meters tall & presents one of the most fascinating
specimen of stupa design. Then we visit
Swambhunath stupa, which watches over the valley
from the top of a hillock on its western side. The huge
stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal. Its
establishment is linked to creation of Kathmandu
valley out of a primordial lake. Kathmandu is also

famous for its nightlife, scattered with many luxury Casinos.
Overnight Hotel- Kathmandu (B)

Day 12: Kathmandu- Nagarkot (32 km-1 hr.)

Attractions: Excursion to Bhaktapur & Patanpur & view Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang & Gaurishankar

After breakfast, we leave at 1000 hrs to Nagarkot, a popular hill station, situated 32 km east of
Kathmandu at an altitude of 2175 mts. above sea level. The panorama of the major peaks of
eastern Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang & Gaurishankar, can be
seen from here. Upon arrival check-in the hotel
Overnight Hotel- Nagarkot (B)

Day 13: Nagarkot- Kathmandu via Bhaktapur & Patanpur (32 km-1hr)

Morning post breakfast we will leave for Kathmandu city via Bhaktapur, the city of devotees
situated at an altitude of 1401m, & reminds one of the conch shell. Then Patanpur, also known as
Lalitpur, the city of fine arts & beauty. On arrival check-in hotel
Overnight Hotel- Kathmandu (B)

Day 14: Kathmandu – Delhi (BY flight)

Morning at leisure & evening on-time transfer to the airport to board the flight to Delhi. In Delhi
take the connecting International flight back home.

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The Price Includes:   

  1. Accommodation in Rooms in  Hotels Chosen by Guest (As Per Availability)
  2. Daily Breakfast At The Hotel
  3. Transportation In An Air –Conditioned Vehicle With Driver Assistance Of Our
  4. 01 Mineral Water Bottle Per Person per Day.
  5. Monks & Monkeys Surprise Departure Gift.
  6. All Applicable Taxes Like Fuel Charge, Parking Charge & Tall Taxes
  7. All Government Taxes GST 4.50 % (Till Date)

 The Price Excludes:

  1. Domestic Flights & Airport Departure Tax From India (This Is Generally Included In Your Ticket)
  2. Any Meals Except Mentioned In The Column Prices Includes.
  3. Any Expenses Of Personal Nature Such As Tips Beverages, Laundry, Telephone Calls, Photography, Entrances And Video Fees, Etc.
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