Cultural of North & West India with Nepal

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Duration: 12 Nights / 13 Days.

Destination: Mumbai - Udaipur - Jaipur - Agra - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Kathmandu – Delhi.


Exploring North, West & Nepal is like exploring different cultures. There are too many things to explore and too many places to see. While the Taj Mahal at Agra is an epitome of love and romance. Mumbai has a lot to offer to visitors – whether it’s shopping, sightseeing, dining, or experiencing the unique culture of this city. Nepal offers the grandeur of Everest and the cultural intrigue of villages filled with ancient tradition, rare wildlife and vibrant cities. So all over you will experience different culture.

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Tour Overview

Palace Highlights
Mumbai Arrival at Mumbai.
Mumbai Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves boat cruise, Prince Wales Museum, The Mahalaxmi temple, Dargah of Haji Ali & Marine Drive.
Udaipur City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir, Fatehsagar Lake and Sahelion Ki Bari.
Jaipur Elephant ride to Amber Fort Palace , City Palace, Jantar Mantar (Observatory) & Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds)Optional Cultural evening at Chokhi Dhani
Agra Fatehpur Sikri , Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.
Orchha Orchha fort complex, Jahangir Mahal, Raj Mahal, Raja Ram Temple and Laxmi Narayan temple.
Khajuraho Eastern group of temples and Western group of Temples.
Varanasi Bharat Mata Temple, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, New Vishwanath Temple, Banaras Hindu University .  Dasaswamedh Ghat , Boat Ride Sarnath , Dhamaekha Stupa, Moolgandha Kuti Vihar and famous Sarnath museum.
Kathmandu visit Kathmandu durbar square, Swayambhunath stupa,Pashupatinath temple and Asan. Dhulikhel  – Sunrise on Himalayas , Bhadgaon & Bouddhanath stupa.

Detail itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Mumbai.

Arrive Mumbai by international flight, after a traditional ‘Swagat’ (Welcome) our representative would assist you at the airport & transfer to hotel for check-in.

Mumbai, an archipelago of seven islands. Artifacts found that these islands had been inhabited since the Stone Age & documented evidence of human habitation dates back to 250 BC. In the 3rd century BC, the islands formed part of the Maurya Empire. In 1534, Portuguese appropriated islands from king of Gujarat later ceded to Charles II of England in 1661, as dowry for Catherine de Braganza. These islands were in turn leased to the British East India Company in 1668.

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 02: Mumbai.

First we visit Gateway of India- It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V in 1911 Later enjoy an hour’s boat ride to the tranquil forested island of Elephanta, one of the most atmospheric places in Bombay. The chief attraction of the island is its unique cave temple whose Shiva sculpture is a fine example of Hindu architecture. In the afternoon visit Jehangir Art Gallery and the Prince of Wales Museum, Victoria Terminus, Hanging Gardens, Jain Temple and Mani Bhavan – Gandhi’s Bombay base between 1917 & 1934, now a permanent memorial to the Mahatma.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03: Mumbai – Udaipur ( by flight).

After leisure breakfast check out the hotel and drive to air port ,take flight for Udaipur. On arrival check in to the hotel and take rest.

Evening time visit to Fateh sagar lake and Jag mandir Palace. Latter return to hotel and take rest.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 04: Udaipur – Full Day Tour.

Today after leisure breakfast, we will  visit the City Palace, a superb complex housing several magnificent buildings built in the year 1725. It is a perfect example of Chinese and European architectural styles. Starting from the entrance to the oldest structure in the complex, everything reflects royalty.

 

Sahelion ki Bari (Garden of Maids of Honor) is a beautiful garden with wonderful architecture built by Maharana Sangram Singh for his daughter and the Ladies of the Queen’s court. The garden has several fountains, pools and is fashioned with beautifully carved pavilions and elephants. The working of the fountains is based on the unique hydraulic technique devised in the year 1700 AD.

Next we visit Jagdish Temple, the Indo-Aryan temple known for its finely carved sculptures. Built in the year 1651 AD by Maharana Jagat Singh, it is the largest and the most mesmerizing temple of Udaipur. We will also enjoy a boat ride on the romantic Pichola Lake. The surroundings of the lake encompass hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. The Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) and Jag Mandir, the two island palaces on the lake simply look overwhelming.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 05 Udaipur – Jaipur ( by train).

After leisure breakfast check out the hotel  and transfer to railway station. A t station board the train for Jaipur. On arrival check in to the hotel and take rest.

Evening time free for leisure and shooping.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 06: Jaipur – Full Day Tour.

After leisure breakfast ,you will process to excursion of Amber Fort, the palace complex which stands to this date was commenced under the reign of Raja Man Singh. We take an Elephant ride to reach the Fort situated on the hill, an overwhelming experience.

Later we visit the City Palace, a perfect blend of Rajasthani & Mughal architecture. The center of the palace is a seven-storied building called Chandra Palace, with fine views over the gardens & the city. Further we visit Jantar Mantar (Solar Observatory), an astronomical treasure house, with solar devices that give accurate predictions till date. We also visit Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five-storied structure of 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)

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 07: Jaipur – Agra (235Kms/05 hrs drive approx.).

After leisure breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Agra ‘City of Love’ enroute visiting the ghost city at Fatehpur Sikri built by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1569 and later abandoned after 15 years ue scarcity of water supply. See the graceful buildings including Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Bulund Darwaza and other Palaces. On arrival Agra, check-in at hotel and take small rest. After small rest you will visit Taj Mahal (closed on every Friday)… a mausoleum built as a symbol Emperor Shah Jehan’s devotion to his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Considered an architectural marvel, its construction took thousands of workers over 21 years to complete. This edifice is replete with decorative inlays, carvings and calligraphy. Latter you will visit Agra Fort, which was commissioned in 1565 by Akbar, and subsequently embellished by other Mughal Emperors. The beautiful yet forbidding structure is a handsome example of Mughal architecture.

After sightseeing return to hotel and take rest.

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 08: Agra- Jhansi  – Khajuraho (by surface).

After leisure breakfast check out the hotel and transfer to railway station, board the train for Jhansi. On arrival Jhansi and direct drive to Khajuraho by road (180 kms/5 hrs drive approx), en route visiting Orchha and visit the Orchha fort complex. The Jahangir Mahal in the fort is known for its delicate work balanced with strong masonry. Raj Mahal, the second palace in this fort complex is well known for its murals, depicting religious themes. Later, visit the Raja Ram Temple. Lord Ram is worshipped here as a king. Also visit the Laxmi Narayan temple, a unique blend of temple and fort architecture. Latter arrive Khajuraho and check in to pre reserved hotel and take rest.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 09: Khajuraho – Varanai.

After leisure breakfast , you will process for a half day tour of Khajuraho. Visit the Western Group of Temples the Kandariya Mahadeo is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and the largest of Khajuraho’s temples. The temple of Devi Jagdamba is considered to be one of the most erotic temples of Khajuraho. Later, visit the Eastern Group of Temples – The temple of Parsvanath is the largest of the Jain temples in Khajuraho, India and the finest … without any sexual motifs. After sightseeing  direct transfer to air port and board the flight for Varanasi.

On arrival check in to the hotel and take rest.

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 10: Varanasi – Full day tour.  

Early Morning boat excursion on the holy River Ganges to see the Bathing Ghats and the Cremation Site. Watching people bathing and worshipping at the Ghats are one of the most unique experiences of a visit to India. Return to hotel in time for breakfast. After breakfast you will process for sightseeing Varanasi is one of the world’s oldest living civilised cities and considered as India’s most ‘Sacred city’. You will visit Bharat Mata Temple with a big relief map of India in marble, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, New Vishwanath Temple, Banaras Hindu University and the mosque built by Moghul Emperor Auirangzeb. Later at early evening visit to the Ganges to witness the evening prayers of Holy River Ganges.

Overnight stay at hotel.
 Day 11: Varanasi – Kathmandu ( by flight). 

After leisure breakfast check out the hotel and drive to airport for Kathmandu flight – the Capital of Himalayan Kingdom. On arrival direct transfer to hotel and take rest. 

Evening free for leisure.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 12: Kathmandu.

After leisure breakfast, you will process city tour of  Kathmandu – the only Hindu Country in the world. You will visit Kathmandu durbar square, Swayambhunath stupa,Pashupatinath temple, and Asan . After sightseeing return to hotel and take rest.
Evening free for leisure.

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 13: In Kathmandu.

Early morning proceed for Dhulikhel carrying box breakfast & witness Sunrise on Himalayas. On return visit Bhadgaon & Bouddhanath stupa. Afternoon free. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 14: Kathmandu – Depart for home.

After leisure breakfast check out the hotel and drive to airport to connect flight for onward journey with happy memories.

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