Duration: 12 Nights / 13 Days
Destination Covered: Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Gwalior - Orcha - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Kathmandu
Day 01 – Arrive Delhi
Your Heritage of India and Nepal Tour begins with your arrival at the Delhi International Airport. At the airport, you will be received by a The India Tourism representative and he will escort you to the hotel and help you with the check in formalities. Delhi, Heritage Tour of India and Nepal The tour starts from the capital city, Delhi, an active city, with an ideal combination of the ancient and the contemporary era. Delhi has two visible parts: New Delhi, the city created by the British, as the royal capital of India in 1911. The Old Delhi which was considered as the Muslim capital of India between the 17th and the 19th century. There are at least eight cities on the location of modern Delhi among which Indraprastha is one of the first recognized settlements, highlighted in the epic Mahabharata over 3000 years ago. Nevertheless, Delhi has always been one of the major cities in the northern region of the subcontinent.
Overnight in Delhi.
Day 02 – In Delhi
After a relaxing breakfast, the tour guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you for a guided sightseeing of Old and New Delhi. This tour includes the following places: Red Fort: The term Red Fort is taken from a Hindi word Lal, which means red and Quila which means fort. The structure of the Red Fort is very uneven and it is placed in an octet shape along the Yamuna River. This fort is delimited by a wall of about 2.4 kms in perimeter and is constructed of red sandstone. In 1638, Shah Jahan started building this huge fort and it was completed in 1648. The fort has a Diwan-e-Am (Hall for public audience), a Rang Mahal (a water- cooled apartment of royal ladies) and a Pearl Mosque, which was constructed with white marble. Red fort has two hallways: a) The Delhi gate and b) The Lahori gate, and both this gates face the renowned Chandni Chowk. Jama Masjid, Heritage Tour of India and NepalJama Masjid : Jama Masjid is one of the country’s major mosques where hundreds and thousands of Muslims offer their prayers even today. Jama Masjid was constructed by Shah Jahan as an architectural extravaganza in 1658. The wonders of construction in Jama Masjid are seen in the long stretches of stairs and the hefty courtyard.
Overnight in Delhi.
Day 03 – Drive Delhi – Jaipur (265 kms/05 hrs)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be met by our representative and he will assist you with the check-out formalities. You will then start your drive to Jaipur, the next destination on your India and Nepal Tour. Jaipur : It is the capital of Rajasthan, and is known as the “Pink City” because of the pink tinted constructions in the old city. It is situated on a dry lake bed, bordered by barren hills vanquished by forts and broken walls. The city was found in 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II, who wanted to be in the good books of the then ruling Mughals. He positioned the city with rectangular blocks according to early Hindu architecture. It is a great city for shopping. On your arrival at the hotel in Jaipur, you will be met by our representative and he will assist you with the check in formalities.
Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 04 – In Jaipur
Hawa Mahal, Heritage Tour of India and Nepal After a relaxing breakfast, you will be picked up by the guide from the hotel and will be taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Jaipur and Amber. Hawa Mahal (Palace of winds) : Constructed by Maharaja Sawaj Pratap Singh in 1799, the Hawa Mahal is one of the Jaipur’s main landmarks; the front of the Mahal has pink windows and latticework screens. This Mahal was initially constructed for the ladies of the imperial household to watch the ordinary life and parades of the city. City Palace : The City Palace is still the dwelling of the former royalty H.H Bhawani Singh Ji of Jaipur. This Palace still has an extensive collection of art, carpets and old weapons. Jantar Mantar (Observatory) : It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1728. Jantar Mantar appears to be an inquisitive collection of sculptures but in fact each construction has a detailed purpose such as measuring the positions of stars, altitudes and azimuths, and calculating eclipses. The most striking instrument is the sundial which is 27 meter tall gnomon. The shadow this casts moves up to 4 meters an hour. Amber Fort: The Amber Fort is located 11 kms away from Jaipur. Amber was once the ancient capital of Jaipur. The Fort is an excellent illustration of Rajput architecture, impressively situated on a hillside facing a lake, which reflects its walkways and walls.
Overnight in Jaipur
Day 05 – Drive Jaipur – Agra (250 kms/05 hrs)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be met by our representative and will be assisted with check-out formalities. You will then start your trip to Agra, your next destination on the India and Nepal Tour, enroute stopping at Fatehpur Sikri, for a guided tour of this ancient capital. Fatehpur Sikri: The deserted capital of Emperor Akbar roughly 35 kms outside Agra, this city was built in the 16th century, and was abandoned for 12 years due to the paucity of water. The entire city is still intact, and a sight of this city is worth remembering. The Buland Darwaza,is the main entrance to this city, which is 54 m tall and this gate was built in the honor of Akbar’s victory in Gujarat After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, continue your drive to Agra, the next stop on your India and Nepal Tour. Agra is situated on the bank of Yamuna River. It is the dwelling place to India’s famous monument, the Taj Mahal. Agra was the capital of Mughal Empire in the 16th & 17th centuries. Overnight in Agra.
Day 06 – Drive Agra – Gwalior (120 kms/03 hrs)
After a leisurely breakfast, you will be met by our representative and he will assist you with the check-out formalities. You will then start your drive to Gwalior, the next destination on your India and Nepal Tour. Gwalior – Gwalior is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is the city of true royals, the Scindias. Gwalior is famous for its magnificent Forts and is considered as one of the best in the world. This grand Fort that dictates this dry and dusty city has witnessed the rise and fall of many dynasties which have had power over the centuries. The main palace, Man Mandir, still displays the elaborate carvings and the art form from the 9th century. And the prison underneath the palace gives a realistic image of the Mogul prisoners’ fate. This Fort has been defined by Babur as ‘the pearl among the fortresses of Hind’. Upon arrival in Gwalior, check in at the hotel. Afternoon, guided sightseeing tour of Gwalior visiting the Gwalior Fort, Museum, Rani Laxmibai Memorial and Tansen’s Tomb. Overnight in Gwalior.
Day 07 – Drive Gwalior – Orchha (120 kms/03 hrs)
After a relaxing breakfast at the hotel, you will start your drive to Orchha, the next destination on your India and Nepal Tour. Orchha - Orchha is a small town far away from the madding crowd of the city. It is in the Central part of India, once the capital of the Bundela rulers. This small town is set amid the well-preserved temples and palaces, which dates back to 16th century. Most of the temples are still regularly visited by hundreds and thousands of devotees to worship at the shrine of Rama. Though little-known, Orchha is a place worth visiting for its serene beauty. Little shrines and memorials are spotted all over Orchha, each of them with their own history. On arrival in Orchha, check in at the Orchha Resort. Afternoon, guided sightseeing tour of Orchha. The tour of Orchha takes you to the Jehangir Mahal, the largest of the palaces, the Raj Mahal with its murals and the Raj Praveen Mahal constructed near the garden. The Chatur bhuj temple and the Royal Chattris are by the Betwa River. Overnight stay at the Orchha Resort.
Day 08 - Drive Orchha – Khajuraho (180 kms/04 hrs)
Khajuraho, Heritage Tour of India and Nepal After a relaxing breakfast, you will start your drive to Khajuraho, the next destination on your India and Nepal Tour. Khajuraho : Khajuraho was once the capital of the Chandela Rajputs of Bundelkhand. It is the dwelling place of the World’s famous 10th century Khajuraho Temples. These temple have attractive and erotic rock carvings, these carvings symbolizes some of the beautiful specimens of the medieval Hindu architecture and sculpture in the country. On your arrival at the hotel in Khajuraho, you will be met by our representative and he will assist you with the check in formalities. Afternoon, you will be picked up from your hotel and will be taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Khajuraho. Tour includes visits to the following places of interest: Eastern & Western Group of Temples : The Eastern group of temples includes the Lakshmi and the Varaha Temple, the Lakshmana Temple, the KandariyaMahadev, the Mahadeva Temple, the Devi Jagadamba Temple, the Chitragupta Temple and the Vishwanath Temple. The Eastern Group of temples houses the Parasvanath Temple, the largest and finest Jain temple in the city as well as the Adinath Temple, the Shantinath Temple, the Ghantai Temple, the Javari Temple, the Vamana Temple and the Brahma and Hanuman Temple. The Western group of temples includes the Matangesvara Temple, the only temple in Khajuraho where the daily rituals still takes place and the Chausath Yogini Temple, the temple which is in ruins now and is believed to be the oldest temple in Khajuraho. Overnight in Khajuraho.
Day 09 – Fly Khajuraho – Varanasi
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be met by our representative at hotel and he will assist you with the check out formalities. You will then be escorted to the airport in time to board flight for Varanasi, the next destination on your India and Nepal Tour. Varanasi, Heritage Tour of India and NepalVaranasi - Varanasi the ‘eternal city’ is one of the major pilgrimage spots in India. Varanasi is located on the banks of the sacred river Ganges. Over 2000 years Varanasi has been a center of learning. Apart from being a pilgrimage spot in India, Varanasi is also considered as an auspicious place to die, establishing an instant route to heaven. Varanasi is a special place for the Sanskrit scholars and students from all over India are seen here. The ancient city of Varanasi is located along the West bank of the river Ganges. This city extends back from the riverbank ghats in a twisted collection of passageways. These passageways are too cramped for anything but walking. The city extends from Raj Ghat, near the bridge to AsiGhat near the University. You will again be met by our representative at the Varanasi Airport and he will escort you to the hotel and help you with the check in formalities. Overnight in Varanasi.
Day 10 – Fly Varanasi – Kathmandu
Kathmandu, Heritage Tour of India and Nepal The day begins early with a Dawn Boat Ride on the holy river Ganges. The guide will pick you up from your hotel and will take you to the river Ganges. The City and the river Ganges come alive at dawn, when hundreds and thousands of devotees come to the river to worship the Sun God. The edge of the river looks amazing from a boat at sunrise and this sight is spiritually uplifting. Hinduism is deep and magical, it is everywhere; in the sight of a sparkling temple; in the sound of a sacred bell; in the prayer chants of the priests and in the smell of the flowers. Return to hotel for a relaxing breakfast. Later, you will be met by our representative and he will assist you with the check-out formalities. You will then be escorted to the airport in time to board flight for Kathmandu, the final stop at your India and Nepal tour. Kathmandu : The small kingdom of Nepal is a country full of diversity and charm, protected between India and Tibet. Kathmandu is a secret kingdom of great allure enveloping eight highest mountains out of the world’s ten highest mountains. The view is breathtaking from the highest point on Earth (Mount Everest) to the fertile jungle lowland. People here are mostly Hindu but a small population of Buddhism is also seen here and this lively combination of religion and culture portrays the beauty of Nepal, and specifically its capital Kathmandu. The artistic and architectural traditions resemble a lot of things found in the great cities ofEurope. Beyond the temples and bustle of the towns of the Kathmandu Valley rise the mountains of the Nepal Himalaya - the 'Abode of Snows'. After clearing Customs and Immigration, you will be met at the airport by a The India Tourism representative and he will escort you to the hotel and will assist you with the check in formalities.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
Day 11 –In Kathmandu
Kathmandu, Holidays Tour of India and Nepal After a relaxing breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and will be taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. Pashupatinath - Pashupatinath is in the eastern part of Kathmandu. It is one of the major Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world and one of the famous pilgrimage spots in Nepal. In the complex there are statues, shrines and temples devoted to other deities along with the Linga image of Lord Shiva. Gold-plated ceiling, silver doors and the woodcarvings of the best quality beautify the Pagoda architecture. Bodhnath - Bodnath is one of the blessed Buddhist spots in Kathmandu. The Bodnath stupa is one of the largest stupa in the world. The stupa rhythms with life as hundreds and thousands of devotees meet daily spin the prayer wheel, chant and perform a ritual ‘Parikrama’ of the Boudha stupa. The stupa is situated on the ancient trade route to Tibet, and the Tibetan traders would rest and pray here. Today most of the Tibetans living in Bouddhnath are the refugees who fled from Tibet and entered Nepal in 1950. These Tibetans who migrated to Nepal established many gompas and the “Little Tibet” of Nepal was born. Bhadgaon - The third largest medieval city in the Kathmandu valley, Bhadgaon also known as the Bhaktapur is well preserved. Bhadgaon was the capital of Nepal during the Malla Kingdom from the 12th and the 15th century. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 12 – In Kathmandu
After a relaxing breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and will be taken for a guided sight seeing tour of Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square - Kathmandu Durbar Square is a number of interesting pagodas and Indian style temples (Sikhara), the House of Kumari (the living Goddess) and the Kasthamandap (or wooden house which is the origin of the word Kathmandu) and many more things to see. Sawayambhunath - Sawayambhunath is one of the definite experiences of Kathmandu. It is a unique combination of the Buddhist and the Hindu religion. Visiting Sawayambhunath is a mind-altering experience, with age old carvings and the smell of the incense and lamps in the air. The magical atmosphere is finally tuned through out the day by the local devotees who make a ritual ‘Parikrama’ of the stupas, by chanting and spinning the prayer wheels. Hanuman Dhoka – Hanuman Dhoka is a temple compound in the heart of the old city. The Hanuman Dhoka was constructed during the Malla period. There are a number of different monuments and images of Lord Hanumana.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 13 – Depart Kathmandu
After leisurely breakfast at the hotel, you will be met by our representative and he will assist you with the check-out formalities. You will then be escorted to the airport in time for your flight back home.