Gems of Nepal and North India

A fascinating 12-day private tour of Nepal and North India. Kathmandu is culturally and naturally rich and a city to go to with eyes wide open. Cross the border and land in Varanasi, India’s biggest pilgrimage city. Do not miss the powerful evening Aarti during your stay. However, its major attraction is the River Ganges itself. From here on, visit Khajuraho with its remaining 25 Temples. What better to do in Agra as to marvel at the Taj Mahal. Acquaint yourself with Delhi’s rich past and thriving future.

Traditional Stupa in Kathmandu

At a Glance
Day 1    Welcome to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel
Day 2   Morning tour of Kathmandu
Day 3   Kathmandu: day at leisure
Day 4   Kathmandu-Varanasi (Flight)
Day 5   Boat ride and Ghats. Visit Sarnath
Day 6   Varanasi – Khajuraho (Flight) & city tour
Day 7   Visit Orcha & train to Agra
Day 8   Tour to the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
Day 9   Visit Fatehpur Sikri before arriving in Jaipur
Day 10  Amber Fort and Jaipur city tour
Day 11   Transfer to Delhi with afternoon tour
Day 12   Last day in India. Transfer to Delhi Airport


As a result, every city you’ll visit during this tour will leave a deep mark: namely the Indian spirituality in cities such as Varanasi and Khajuraho, combined with Nepal’s exotic and mysterious appeal. You will find that the spectacular landscapes with a backdrop against the Himalayan snow-capped peaks will be etched forever in your heart.
If India is vibrating with the varieties of heritage and scenic locations, so too Nepal has its exclusive share of beautifying destinations.


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Day 1

Arrive Kathmandu (Flight)
* You will be met and assisted; through the airport upon your arrival and then transferred to your hotel.
* Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2

* After breakfast enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.
* The afternoon is at your leisure to explore Kathmandu.
* Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3

* Today is at your leisure to continue exploring Kathmandu. (No Transport services on this day)
* Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 4

Kathmandu – Varanasi (Flight)
* After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Varanasi.
* You will be met and assisted; through the airport upon your arrival and then transferred to your hotel.
* Overnight at your hotel in Varanasi.

Day 5

* Enjoy a morning Boat ride on the holy river Ganges – (1½ hours) Over three miles in length; steps lead down from a steep bank to the sacred river.
* The best time to see the ghats is early dawn when out of the morning mist; forms descend the steps; their numbers increasing by the minute until a solemn silent multitude; lit by the sun’s first rays; moves in the same direction to immerse itself in the holy stream and to salute the sun.
* These rituals remind one of the nature of worship prevalent in India during the Aryan age; 3;000 years ago.
* The ghats extend to almost four miles of riverbank.
* During this particular sightseeing tour, no monuments are visited.
* See the Bathing Ghats; Cremation Ghats; the Gyanvapi Mosque built in the 17th century when the fanatical Emperor Aurangazeb pulled down the original Vishwanath Golden Temple and on its site raised a mosque.
* After the boat ride, visit the Golden Temple and walk through the narrow lanes of Varanasi.
* We go on an afternoon excursion to Sarnath – 10 kms. from Varanasi – (3 hours) The Buddha preached his first sermon to five disciples at the Deer Park here; enshrining the principals of his teaching into laws.
* The Dhamek Stupa marks the location of a once resplendent monastery. A large complex of ruined monasteries covers the area north of the stupas. Some of the buildings belong to the Kushan and Gupta period.
* The first monk communities probably settled here in the 3rd century BC.
* Near the Dhamek Stupa is a new monastery built by the Buddhist Mahabodhi Society. The major events of Buddha’s life are depicted here in wall paintings by a Japanese artist.
* Sarnath has an interesting archaeological museum which has preserved the famous Sarnath pillar whose capital forms India’s national emblem.
* Visit the Dhamekh Stupa and Mulgandkuti Vihar.
* After the tour return to your hotel in Varanasi.
* Overnight at your hotel in Varanasi.

Day 6

Varanasi – Khajuraho (Flight)
* In the morning you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Khajuraho.
* You will be met and assisted; through the airport upon your arrival and then transferred to your hotel.
* We have an afternoon sightseeing tour of Khajuraho.
* Overnight at your hotel in Khajuraho.

Day 7

Khajuraho – Orcha – Jhansi (By road; approx. 4 hrs. drive) Jhansi – Agra (By Shatabdi Express 0530-0830 hrs.)
* In the morning we depart to Jhansi; en route visit to Orcha.
* Later in the day, we transfer you to the station to board the train for Agra.
* You will be met and assisted at the station upon your arrival and then transferred to your hotel.
* Overnight at your hotel in Agra.

Day 8

* Morning sightseeing tour of the Taj Mahal & Fort.
* Visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the skill of 20;000 craftsmen brought together from Persia; Turkey; France and Italy and who took 17 years to complete this ‘Love Poem in Marble’. (Friday closed).
* Later visit the Agra Fort containing the halls of private & public audiences & other palaces. Shah Jahan spent years of confinement here at the hands of his son Aurangzeb; looking wistfully at the Taj Mahal from the Fort.
* Overnight at your hotel in Agra.

Day 9

Agra – Jaipur (237 Kms – 6 Hours)
* In the morning we depart Agra for Jaipur by car.
* En route we visit Fatehpur Sikri; built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to a scarcity of water.
* The Fatehpur Sikri complex houses tomb of Salim Chisti; Panch Mahal and other palaces; which surprisingly have withstood the ravages of time and are still in good condition.
* On arrival in Jaipur; check-in at your hotel.
* The rest of the day is at your leisure.
* Overnight at your hotel in Jaipur.

Day 10

* Morning excursion to Amber Fort. Standing tall over a small hillock overlooking the Pink city; Amber is a classic; romantic Rajasthani Fort-Palace. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes; apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster.
* A major attraction at Amber is the Elephant Ride; all the way up to the Fort entrance.
* Afternoon half day sightseeing tour.
* The tour begins with a visit to the Maharaja’s City Palace;- the former Royal residence;- part of it converted into a museum.
* One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armory Museum; housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols; blunderbusses; flintlocks; swords; rifles and daggers.
* Also see the miniature items and old carpets at the Textile Museum.
* Later visit the Jantar Mantar; which is the largest stone-and-marble-crafted Observatory in the world. Situated near the gate of the city palace; the Observatory has 17 large instruments; many of them still in working condition.
* Overnight at your hotel in Jaipur.

Day 11

Jaipur – Delhi (By Road; approx. 6 hrs. drive)
* In the morning we depart for Delhi by road.
* On arrival in Delhi; transfer to hotel .
* We have an afternoon sightseeing tour of Delhi .
* Overnight at your hotel in Delhi.

Day 12

Leave Delhi (Flight)
* In the morning you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight for your onward destination.
* Services end at Delhi airport.
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* Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our representative from/to airport, along with 1 piece of baggage per person
* Sightseeing tours and intercity transfers as per itinerary in AC medium car for 2 passengers ( AC Innova for 3-4 passengers)
* Accommodation (3*- 4*- 5*) including breakfast daily
* Local English Speaking Guide
* Jaipur offers sightseeing tour with an elephant ride/jeep ride
* Check in and check out time 12h00 (midday).
* 3 Nights in Kathmandu
* 2 Nights in Varanasi
* 1 Night in Khajuraho
* 2 Nights in Agra
* 2 Nights in Jaipur
* 1 Night in Delhi

* International/Domestic flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best available airfares)
* Personal expenses, meals, and drinks unless otherwise specified
* Travel insurance
* India visa fee
* Tips
* Entrance fees

* Peak season or Public holidays surcharge (if any)
* Services not stated in the itinerary

* Departure & fuel taxes
* Seasonal Supplements MAY apply
* Rates valid at time of quoting, and all subject to any exchange rate fluctuations, airlines and supplier rate changes and fuel levies.

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Rates valid for travel between 01 October 17 and 31 March 18

India view of Temple in Nepal
India elephants walking the pathway at the Amber fort
India Jama Masjid entrance gate at Fatehpur Sikri
India view of the Taj mahal
India view of temples at Orchha
India temple at Khajuraho
India Dhamek Stupa in Varanasi
India view of Varanasi on the river bank
India buddah statues at Kathmandu
India stupa in Kathmandu
India view of Kathmandu from high