This truly is the most remarkable way of seeing Northern India. The discovery begins in the grandeur of Delhi with its imperial buildings and tree lined avenues, before travelling to Lucknow, scene of the great siege of 1857. We continue our journey with the spiritual aspects of India, visiting Varanasi, situated on the banks of the holy river Ganges, Khajuraho with its wonderful carvings, and Orchha steeped in Bundela architecture. By train to Agra, where our two visits to the Taj Mahal allow us to see the many faces of this magical monument, We head west to The 'Pink City' of Jaipur via the bird sanctuary at Bharatpur, one of Asia's leading bird sanctuaries, and a must for any ornithologist. In Jodhpur the ancient streets cluster around the magnificent Meherangarh Fort, and while staying in the small village of Luni we enjoy the contrasts of village India. After driving through some of Rajasthan's most scenic and dramatic landscapes we arrive in Udaipur, with its incomparably romantic surroundings. To Bombay, where the bustle is a marked contrast to the serenity of rural India, and impressive gothic architecture stands juxtaposed with the sights and sounds that capture the essence of India.
Day 01 : Arrive Delhi On arrival at the airport, you will meet our representative and be transferred to hotel. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi – Board overnight train to Varanasi Morning leave for sight-seeing tour, which includes visit to Jama Masjid - the largest mosque of Emperor Shahjahan. Later proceed to Raj Ghat- cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, to India Gate - a 42 meter stone arch built in the memory of the Indian Soldiers who died in World War I, Drive past the President's House Parliament House, and the Qutab Minar. Evening board train to Varanasi.
Day 03 : Delhi – Board Overnight train to Varanasi Arrive Varanasi in the morning. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Afternoon visit Sarnath, near Varanasi is the place where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon. Evening watch “Aarti” at River Ganges. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 04 : Varanasi Early morning boat ride on river Ganges to see the Bathing Cremation Ghats. Come back for the breakfast at hotel. Later leave for city tour of Varanasi visiting Bharat Mata temple, Tulsi Manas, Banaras Hindu University etc. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 05 : Varanasi - Khajuraho Morning free for leisure. Later transfer to the Airport to connect flight for Khajuraho. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Later visit the famous erotic temples of Khajuraho built between AD 950 and 1050 by the kings of the Chandela, the site originally possessed 85 temples, of which 20 are still reasonably preserved. The temples are best known for the erotic friezes on their walls.
Day 06 : Khajuraho - Orchha - Jhansi - Agra Day 07 : Agra
Day 08 : Agra - Bharatpur Day 09 : Bharatpur - Jaipur Day 10 : Jaipur - Jodhpur
Day 11 : Jodhpur – Excursion to Osain Day 12 : Jodhpur - Luni Day 13 : Luni - Narlai
Day 14 : Narlai – Ranakpur - Udaipur Day 15 : Udaipur
Day 16 : Udaipur - Mumbai Day 17 : Mumbai - Out Morning cruise across the harbor to Elephanta Island and its famous caves, filled with carvings and sculptures dating back to 550 A.D. Evening transfer to International Airport to connect flight for onward destination. (hotel checkout 12:00 hrs).
One of our most popular tours, which we refer to as "just magic" is an in-depth tour with an emphasis on history, the palaces and the people of India. Travel with us through two countries as you cross thousands of miles of fascinating culture. This program is designed for those who are first timers to the continent who wish to enjoy a leisurely paced tour with loads of value added sights not normally found in other tour programs. The Magic of India Nepal is yours to discover with the experts. 01 Day : Arrive Mumbai Arrive Mumbai. On arrival at the airport, you will meet our representative and be transferred to hotel. Overnight in Hotel.
02 Day : Mumbai - Aurangabad Morning visit Elephant caves which is located 10 km away from the Gateway of India at Mumbai. These caves house huge rock cut temples dating back to the 5th century CE. Afternoon leave for city tour of Mumbai which includes the British-built arch "Gateway of India," Mumbai landmark; the Hanging Gardens and the affluent community of Malabar Hills; the Prince of Wales Museum, Dhobi Ghat, Marine Drive, and the Gandhi Memorial. Evening connect train # 7057 Devgiri Express dep. 21:05 hrs. Overnight on train.
03 Day : Aurangabad - Excursion to Ajanta Caves Arrive Aurangabad at 04:10 hrs. After wash and change leave for tour of Ajanat Caves. Ajanta Caves are 106 kms from Aurangabad and date back to the 2nd century BC. The 30 rock hewn caves are adorned with Buddhist sculpture and the frescoes portray in epic from the religious and secular life through eight centuries. (Ajanta Caves are closed on Monday's). Drive back to hotel.
04 Day : Aurangabad - Excursion to Ellora Caves/ Bombay Morning visit Ellora Caves (29 kms) encompassing 34 rock cut shrines representing Buddhist, Hindu and Jain art dating from the 4th to 9th century A.D. The most remarkable among them is the Kailash Temple, meant to be a replica of Lord Shivas celestial abode- Kailash is the best example of Rock cut architecture and an engineering marvel. (Ellora Caves are closed on Tuesday's). Afternoon city tour of Aurangabad visiting Aurangabad Caves, Daulatabad Fort, Bibi Ka Muqbara etc. Overnight at hotel in Aurangabad. Late evening transfer to railway station to connect train # 7058 Devgiri Express dep. 23:30 hrs. Overnight on board.
05 Day : Mumbai - Udaipur
Arrive Mumbai at 06:00 hrs. Later connect flight IC 472 dep at 15:15 hrs arrive Udaipur at 16:25 hrs. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel. 06 Day : Udaipur Morning leave for city tour visiting City Palace, Jagdish Temple, drive around Fatehsagar Lake, Sahelion ki bari (Queen's resort for her friends) and Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir (Folk art museum ). Overnight stay at hotel. 07 Day : Udaipur - Jaipur 08 Day : Jaipur - Bharatpur 09 Day : Bharatpur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra 10 Day : Agra - Varanasi 11 Day : Varanasi
12 Day : Varanasi - Kathmandu 13 Day : Kathmandu 14 Day : Kathmandu - Delhi 15 Day : Delhi Morning leave for sight-seeing tour, which includes visit to Jama Masjid - the largest mosque of Emperor Shahjahan. Later proceed to Raj Ghat- cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, to India Gate - a 42 meter stone arch built in the memory of the Indian Soldiers who died in World War I, Drive past the President's House Parliament House, Humayun's the Qutab Minar. Overnight at hotel
16 Day : Delhi / Out Morning transfer to the International Airport to connect flight for onward destination.
This eight-day comprehensive tour of Nepal includes the enchanting Kathmandu valley visiting its three principal cities of Kathmandu, Patan Bhaktapur along with other widely-known areas of interest such as the Royal Chitwan National park (932 sq. km) in south central Nepal for a wildlife experience and combining it with a visit to the scenic Pokhara valley in mid west Nepal governed in the north by the majestic Annapurna massif, a glittering wall of ice rising above the tranquil lakes of this beautiful valley.
Day 01 : Kathmandu Arrival in Kathmandu. Meet greet assistance at the airport and transfer to your hotel.
Day 02 : Kathmandu Full day tour of Kathmandu city including Durbar Square which is also called Hanuman Dhoka named after the monkey god where a stone statue of Hanuman is placed right next to the main entrance protecting the whole palace; Swayambhunath stupa built in 250 BC, Patan -the capital city of Malla dynasty with many beautiful monuments built between 15th and 17th century and Tibetan Refugee Camp.
Day 03 : Kathmandu Full day tour of Bhaktapur -the city of devotees, founded in 889, in the shape of a conch shell, Pashupatinath -the largest and holiest Hindu Temple Bodhnath -the huge Buddhist stupa built during the 5th century.
Day 04 : Kathmandu - Chitwan In the morning drive to the Royal Chitwan National Park (145 km/41/2 hrs.). At the park boundary naturalist will receive and drive you to your jungle lodge. Game viewing in the afternoon. Thanks to the extensive and effective park and reserve system, Chitwan has managed to preserve more endangered species of flora and fauna than any other area.
Day 05 : Chitwan Full day jungle activities such as elephant safari/jeep safari, dugout canoe ride, bird watching etc. In the evening witness a performance of Tharu stick dance or a slide show on the flora fauna of the Chitwan Park.
Day 06 : Chitwan - Pokhara Drive to Pokhara. Check-in at your hotel. Afternoon at leisure in this beautiful hill resort situated in the central of Nepal, with its sub tropical vegetation of banana palms, citrus trees, rice paddy and mustard fields. Dominated by the Annapurna Massif to the North, the Pokhara valley is dotted with lakes.
Day 07 : Pokhara Morning tour of Pokhara City and a boat ride on the Phewa Lake -the second largest lake of Nepal.
Day 08 : Pokhara - Kathmandu - Back Home Drive back to Kathmandu and departure transfer to connect your outbound flight.
This fourteen-day trip is an intensive tour of Nepal, which offers an insight into its rich ancient cultures and ethnic diversity. Explore the different areas and combine it with the simple pleasures of hiking through scenic countryside and the thrills of viewing the mighty Himalayan peaks from dose quarters. There are many country trails of which several of them are old trade routes or pilgrimage paths which lead through terraced hillsides, forested ridges, river banks, paddy fields; connecting picturesque hamlets and mountain villages. The most rewarding way to see Nepal and her people, their culture and rich heritage by walking or hiking like the traders or pilgrims. Outside the Kathmandu valley accommodation will be in small but comfortable country style hotels/lodges.
Day 01 : Kathmandu Arrival in Kathmandu. Meet and greet assistance at the airport and transfer to your hotel.
Day 02 : Kathmandu Morning take a walking tour of old Kathmandu city following the old path across Vishnumati river to Swayambhunath. Afternoon visit the low-tiered golden temple -Pashupatinath, the holiest of Hindus temple and Bodhnath -the largest Buddhist Stupa.
Day 03 : Kathmandu Drive south to Dakshinkali. Visit Pharping village and continue on to the old Newari villages of Bungmati and Khokana. Newars are inhabitants of a Tibeto-Burman origin and are among the largest indigenous groups of Nepal. They are usually inclined towards commerce, trade and farming and follow Buddhism as well as Hinduism.
Day 04 : Kathmandu - Pokhara Morning drive to the most scenic Himalayan destination -Pokhara (200km/6hrs) in the centre of Nepal. Afternoon free.
Day 05 : Pokhara A Day hikes to Begnaskote or Sarangkote village.
Day 06 : Pokhara Sightseeing tour of Pokhara City and its bazaars. Afternoon take a boat ride on Phewa lake.
Day 07 : Pokhara - Tansen Drive to Tansen (80km/4hrs) a typical small hill town in western Nepal. Check-in at hotel.
Day 08 : Tansen Full day hiking trip to Ranighat built on the banks of Kaligandaki river or a day tour of Tansen town and its colourful bazaars.
Day 09 : Tansen - Lumbini - Chitwan
Morning drive to Lumbini (105kms/4hrs) the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Visit Lumbini on own. Later continue on to Royal Chitwan National Park (75kms/4½ hrs) and check in at the jungle lodge. Dinner and overnight at the jungle lodge.
Day 10 : Chitwan Full day jungle activities including elephant back safari, nature walk, canoe ride, bird watching, elephant briefing, Tharu stick dance, slide presentation etc.
Day 11 : Chitwan - Nagarkote Drive back to Kathmandu (145kms/4½ hrs) from where you continue on to Nagarkote (Alt 2100-m (34 kms/1½ hrs) set on a ridge above Kathmandu with a panoramic view of the great Himalayan peaks including Annapurna, Fishtail, Everest and Kanchendzonga.
Day 12 : Nagarkote - Dhulikhel Visit Nagarkote and continue on to Changunarayan temple, the oldest and finest pagoda architecture in the world. Commence walking through paddy fields and typical farming villages to Bhaktapur. Late afternoon drive to Dhulikhel.
Day 13 : Dhulikhel
Day 14 : Dhulikhel - Kathmandu Drive back to Kathmandu (35kms/1½ hrs) and transfer to connect your outbound flight.
The Rajput Kings left their mark on this wonderful land in the from of magnificent palaces, citadels and forts. The result is a colorful Province boasting some of the country's most glorious sight and charming retreats. To experience the wonder of this golden age, we have created a tour based around the celebrated Heritage properties of the region. Conversions have been sympathetically undertaken, with the properties keeping their royal ambience. The atmosphere is that of a country guesthouse and many are still owned and run by the former ruling family. Part of the charm of these properties is that no two rooms are alike, although modern facilities are available in the rooms, it is the romance of a bygone age that leaves the lasting impression.
The tour features comprehensive sightseeing at a relaxed pace. Most of the internal travel is by road and rail allowing us the opportunity to enjoy the scenery and local life en route. As the drive from Delhi to Udaipur is long, we have chosen to fly.The tour represents extremely good value that would outshine similar tours. Day 01 : Arrive Delhi Arrive Delhi. You will meet our representative and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02 : Delhi Today, leave for sight-seeing tour which includes Jama - the largest mosque of Emperor Shajahan. Later proceed Red Fort Raj Ghat- Cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, to India Gate - a 42 meter stone arch built in the memory of the Indian Soldiers who died in World War II, Driver past the President's House Parliament House, Humayu'ns Tomb a memorial by the Taj Mahals, the Qutab Minar, Brila Mandir and Lotus Temple.
Day 03 : Delhi - Udaipur In the Morning fly to the romantic city of Udaipur and transfer to the Hotel. The afternoon is free to relax in the well - kept gardens on this 19th century palace or by the swimming pool. Built for the Maharana to watch the major processions in Udaipur, its rooms are a blend of Rajput and European Styles.
Day 04 : Udaipur Morning tour of the magnificent City Palace and the temples of Eklingji and the less frequented Ngada. The afternoon is free to relax.
Day 05 : Udaipur - Narlai Drive through the Aravalli Hills to the majestic Kumbhalagharh Fort. Perched high above the palins. We lunch at the secluded Aoundhi Retreat. Day 06 : Narlai Morning visit to the superb 15th century Jain temples in the quiet wooded valley of Ranakpur, one of the five Jain holy sties in India. Day 07 : Narlai - Rohet Morning drive to the Picturesque hamlet of Robet. The afternoon is free to explore the village of this Bishnoi community.
Day 08 : Rohet - Jodhpur We Start today with a village safari in the area surrounding Rohet. Later drive to Jodhpur ( 40 kms / 1 hours) and check into our hotel.
Day 09 : Jodhpur Morning tour of Jodhpur, including the imposing Meherangarh fort with its palaces and outstanding museum. Day 10 : Jodhpur - Jaipur Early Morning train to Jaipur (about 5 hrs. journey). An afternoon tour encompasses the City Palace, its museums and famed 18th century observatory,
Day 11 : Jaipur We explore the medieval fort at Amber, which was the ancient capital of the Kachawha Rajputs.
Day 12 : Jaipur - Bharatpur Morning drive (176 / 3 hrs) to the Bharatpur Bird Sancturary. Day 13 : Bharatpur - Fathephur Sikiri - Agra Drive to Agra via the ghostly Mughal City of Fatepuhr Sikri, once the imperial capital (56 kms / 1hrs)
Day 14 : Agra - Delhi / Back Home Drive to Delhi and transfer to International airport for your flight back to home