North India Plus Nepal
Duration: 25 Days / 24 Nights
Destinations Covered: Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Pokaran - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur - Pushkar - Jaipur - Amber Fort - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Delhi - (Flight) - Kathmandu - Baktapur - Nagarkot - Kathmandu - (Flight) - Delhi
Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Welcome to India, You will be received and assisted by Ashok India Travel representative at International or Domestic Airport.Then drive to your hotel with your driver and exclusive car.In the hotel have a brief view about the tour from the representative. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi – Mandawa (260km)
In the morning after breakfast city tour of India´s bustling capital city, Old and New Delhi present a stunning sights and sounds with the ancient city built by Emperor Shah Jahan the builder of the famous Taj Mahal, and the new garden city built in 1911 by the British. Drive through the old city past the Red Fort and visit the Jama Masjid – the biggest of its kind in India. Here take a walk through the winding streets of the old city to see the life of the people in this part of the world.Later visit the Qutub Minar – the tallest free standing minaret in stone in the world; then onto Humayun’s tomb – the first Mughal construction in India from 1565 AD. Also see the President House (Rashtrapati Bhawan), the India Gate built in the earlier half of the 20th century. Later move by your exclusive vehicle to Mandawa, upon arrival check into your hotel for overnight stay.
Day 03 : Mandawa – Bikaner (180km)
In the morning see this beautiful Heritage village of Shekhawati Region that used to be an important caravanserai of the yesteryears. See the many beautiful Fresco Painted havelis of this quaint little town built by the rich and the famous merchants of the 18th and 19th centuries. These havelis have been painted with activities of daily life and of deities to break the monotony of the desert life. Experience the Rural life of this village of Shekhawati region which consists important villages like Dundlod, Alsisar, Laxmangarh, Fatehpur, Ramgarh, Mahensar, Nawalgarh etc. Then proceed towards Bikaner en route stop at Fatehpur to see the splendid havelis of the local merchants of Shekhawati.Reach Bikaner by lunch time. See the Junagarh Fort, a royal museum that encompasses history of Bikaner from its days of construction that dates back to the 16th century. Later visit the Deshnoke Rat Temple in the Evening, Visit the Karni Mata Rat Temple in Deshnoke, a unique experience. In the evening walk along the busy market area of Bikaner city centre.
Day 04 : Bikaner – Jaisalmer (333km)
After breakfast we set towards our journey to Golden City Jaisalmer. Proceed towards the desert kingdom of Pokaran where the 3rd Mughal emperor, Akbar the Great, was born in 1543 inside the fort. The bazaar in the middle of this village is very colourful and full of local flavours. After lunch continue towards Jaisalmer and arrive by early evening to witness the sunset over the desert with the most imposing edifice of the town behind you at Bada Bagh Cenotaphs. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 05 : Jaisalmer
Morning an exclusive visit of the Jain temples inside the Sonar Kila.. The Jains are a community that respects life and are pure vegetarians by religion. Visit the citadel’s palace that houses a museum with a huge collection of robes and artifacts from the royal family of Jaisalmer. Visit the Patwaon ki haveli with intricately designed latticed windows used by the ladies to view the external world. Also see the Gadisar Lake.Later, we go to Sam or Khuri village. Here we have loads of excitement in store for you. Upon arrival in the village you will be taken to the nearby sunset point on the dunes to see the sunset by camel carts. After the sunset return to the village where you can take a dinner in mud huts or you can come back to the city to have a dinner. Later while you dine listen to the haunted tunes of the desert by the local artists and musicians, A lifetime experience.
Day 06 : Jaisalmer – Jodhpur (280km)
Early Morning drive to Jodhpur the blue city, Visit the majestic Mehrangarh fort, the stronghold of the Rathore princes from 1453AD. We see the superb collection of paintings and arms and ammunitions. The view of the city from the rampart walls is breath taking. Going down from the forrt visit Jaswant Thada. Later see the Umaid Bhawan Palace, the present residence of the king of Jodhpur. Retire to your hotel and relax.Post lunch session introduces you to the fabulous spice market of Jodhpur the 2nd largest city in Rajasthan. Walk along the market to feel the odours of the spices filling the air around you.
Day 07 : Jodhpur – Udaipur (330Km)
After breakfast drive up to Romantic City of Lakes - Udaipur, On the way visit Ranakpur a very big pilgrimage centre for the Jains. Just four hours drive from Udaipur is the eternal Jain pilgrimage centre of Ranakpur. Admire the workmanship from the 16th century. The temples are built out of marble and the main shrine of Adinath with 1444 columns is awe inspiring and none of these are similar. Also see the sun temple and the other temples in the campus. Later visit The Kumbhalgarh Fort - the stronghold of the kingdom of Mewar built by Maharana Kumbha in 1453. Visit the palace and see the beautiful mural paintings in the Zenana mahal (ladies quarters). The view from the parapet wall is breath taking and this is where the soldiers used to be stationed to view the advent of the enemies. The fort has 7 gates through which we need to enter to gain access to the palaces. See the temple where Maharana Kumbha was treacherously killed by his own kith and kin during his prayer to win the seat of Mewar. On the way stop by the fields to see the local way of farming and irrigation. Walk into the villages to mingle with the locals around to know more about their lifestyle.Reach Udaipur by late afternoon and check into your hotel.
Day 08 : Udaipur
Visit the City Palace the richest palace museum in the entire Rajasthan. See the Peacock Square and the miniature painting school inside the palace premises. Udaipur has the prestige of housing the best miniature schools in the country under the royal patronage of the king of Udaipur. Later, see the Sahelion ki Bari where Maharana Sangram Singh build this garden complex with fountains and lakes for his beautiful daughter. In the evening we take a lake cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichhola by sunset and visit the island palace Jagmandir where according to legends the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan lived and got inspired to build the Taj mahal later.
Day 09 : Udaipur – Pushkar (275km)
Leave Udaipur and reach the temples of Nagda and Eklingji.The temple at Eklingji is a temple that belongs to the Maharana of Mewar (royal family) and he is often there to pray. The temple complex of Nagda is a group of temples of which only two remain intact and those are that of Saas and Bahu. Both the temples, of Shiva and of Vishnu, are from the 7th century. Pushkar happens to be the holiest places according to the Hindus as it is considered that Lord Brahma (the Creator) and his wife Saraswati (the godess of learning and music) performed a ritual in the lake. Here we visit the only Brahma temple of the world before intermingling with the local colours in the local bazaar. Pushkar is the world famous for its cattle pushkar fair held each year in the month of October/November. Proceed towards Ajmer. Ajmer is the pious city for the Muslims. Surprisingly both the cities are at distance of 11km from each other. Visit the Durgah built in fond remembrance of Khwaja Muin ud Din Chisti where the Muslim pilgrims from all over India throng during the festival times. Later visit Mughal emperor Akbar's Palace where his son Jehangir received Sir Thomas Roe to grant him the permission of trade to East India Company with India, that changed the history of India completely and slowly and steadily India became colony of the British Empire. Continue towards Jaipur and reach by late evening and check into hotel.
Day 10 : Pushkar – Jaipur (150km)
After breakfast continue towards Jaipur and reach by lunch-time and check into hotel.After lunch set off to see the Pink city visiting the observatory Jantar Mantar built in 1727 by Sawai Maharaja Jai Singh II who was a mathematician , an astronomer an astrologer and a great musician of his era. He built five observatories throughout India – Jaipur, Ujjain, Varanasi, Mathura and Delhi but only the one at Jaipur is functional. Then visit the City Palace of the Maharaja of Jaipur with a fabulous collection of robes and saris in cotton and silk with gold latticed work. The City Palace houses a collection of paintings also in the painting gallery and of course a collection of arms and ammunitions in the ammunition gallery. Later visit the Birla Temple which is a great piece of work in marble.
Day 11 : Jaipur
Visit the Amber fort in the morning which displays a beautiful mix of Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture. Included an elephant ride at the Amber fort. See the marvelous Sheesh mahal built in the 17th century in a fusion style of Hindu and Islamic art. Also see the hall of public audiences and Maharaja Man Singh’s Palace who had twelve queens. Enroute visit Water Palace which was a resting place for the kings in past. Later visit Galta Sun Temple which is a beautiful place sorrounded by mountains, the temple is also known as Monkey temple, Here you can find a lot of monkeys who are friendly and doesn´t harm. In the evening enjoy a cinema in Asia´s Second Best Cinema - a highly recommended place. Later enjoy a Dinner in a typical Indian Restaurant with Folk Dances by Gypsy women.
Day 12 : Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra (232km)
Leave Jaipur after breakfast, On the way to Agra visit the ornithological reserve at Bharatpur – Keoladevi National Park. See the varied varieties of birds and animals during your tour inside the park. This is the only National Park where you get to see the rare species of the Siberian Crane during winter season. After lunch continue towards Fatehpur Sikri the Phantom city. Visit this abandoned city built by the Mughal emperor Akbar in the second half of the 16th century. Fatehpur Sikri was built by Akbar after his Hindu wife bore him the long awaited son who was born after the renowned sufi saint Salim Chisti blessed Jodhabai Akbar’s Hindu wife with a son. Also visit Jodhabai’s palace the biggest palace in Fatehpur Sikri even bigger than the emperor’s palace himself as this was the queen who bore him his heir to the throne.Continue towards Agra and reach Agra and then see the Agra Fort built by Akbar where Shahjehan’s own son Aurangzeb imprisoned Shahjahan. Late relax at your hotel or go to the local bazaar to see the lifestyle of the people.
Day 13 : Agra - Orchha (205km)
Taj Mahal is awaiting your arrival today morning. A must see with the rising sun as the Taj Mahal is bathed in the golden rays of the morning sun. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial that houses the tomb of his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design, balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen anywhere in the world. On the way, visit Gwalior- the erstwhile stronghold of the Scindia rulers, In Gwalior take a visit to the fort, Scindia Palace and the tombs of Ghaus Mohammed and Tansen. Other places to see in Gwalior are Gurjari Mahal - The palace of the Gurjar queen Mrignayani, Teli ka mandir, the Saas bahu ka mandir inside the fort. On the way also visit the Datia Palace of the Bundela Kings. Evening time arrive to Orchha, Rest of the time for leisure.
Day 14 :Orchha - Khajuraho (182Km)
Today we board our car to proceed towards Orchcha via Datia and visit the palace of the Bundela kings. Datia and Orchha are two twin cities from the medieval times. In these villages time has stopped. And you feel the timelessness of this spot. Orchha is a medieval city founded by Bundela rulers with palaces and temples of the 16th and 17th century – which have remarkably withstood the onslaught of time. The river Betwa picturesquely flanks the city. In Orchha, see the beautiful Palace Complex – Jahangiri Mahal and the Raja Mahal. Closely study the intricacies of the mural paintings in the Raja Mahal and visit the Laxminarayana Temple. Post lunch continue towards Khajuraho about 182 km away by road. In the evening, You can take a dinner in a restaurant having typical Indian Dance shows in Khajuraho.
Day 15: Khajuraho – Varanasi ( By flight )
Morning sight seeing shows us the temples built during the 9th to the 11th centuries by the powerful dynasty of Chandela rajputs. The temples with their erotic sculptures are a feast to the eyes. The Chandelas built 85 temples in all but today only 20 temples stand intact. Visit the eastern and western group of temples before being transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Varanasi. (1525hrs), Upon your arrival (1605hrs) in Varanasi transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is free.
Day 16 : Varanasi
Early in the morning (0500hrs) we take you to banks of the river Ganges where we board a boat to see the morning ablutions of the Hindus from the security of our boat. The boat ride starts from Dasashwamedh Ghat and ends at Manikarnika Ghat along the sacred Ganges, You can visit Assi Ghat, Dasaswamedh Ghat, Harish Chandra Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Tulsi Ghat. See the Kashi Vishwanath temple and the Gyanvyapi kund and the mosque attached to it. Also visit the Benares Hindu University the largest residential university in India with more than 3000 residential students. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Later visit Sarnath the sacred city for the Buddhist all over the world. It was here that Lord Buddha preached his first sermon to his first five disciples. Also worth visiting is the museum with artifacts dating back to 3rd century BC. Visit the nearby ruins of the ancient seat of learning in Sarnath. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 17 : Varanasi - Kathmandu (By flight)
In the morning take a leisurely breakfast, Later take a flight to Kathmandu (Nepal) At airport you will be received by Driver, Later move around Thamel Markets and rest of the day for your leisure.
Day 18 : Kathamndu
Early Morning at 06:30, Take a Flight to Everest to fly above the top of the world - the mighty Himalaya! You will be awe inspired by the majestic 8000 meter snow capped peaks flying over the top of the world. Later after breakfast, move out to an touristic city tour which includes Boudhanath Temples, Pashupatinath Temples one of the holiest Hindu temples in Nepal. Later move out to visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Temples. Boudhanath: one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world, Boudhanath is built around a plinth resembling the holy Mandala. Rest of the day is at your leisuere.
Day 19 : Kathmandu - Baktapur - Nagarkot - Kathmandu
Morning drive to visit the city of Bhaktapur. Founded in the 9th century, the city is traffic free, lined with cobblestone streets linking temples, monastery courtyards and monumental squares. Also climb in altitude to the village of Nagarkot, lying at 7200 feet above sea level, you will be dazzled with a view that encompasses 200 miles of snow capped peaks stretching across the Himalaya range - simply breathtaking!. Evening back to Kathmandu and overnight in Hotel.
Day 20 : Kathmandu - Pokhara (200kms)
Early morning drive to Pokhara, On the way visit Bandipur Village - 8kms on the side of the highway. In Pokhara visit The Fewa or Phewa Lake,1.5 kilometer long, second largest lake in Nepal. In the evening, take dinner in the beautiful street markets of Pokhara. The rare combinations of snow-clad peaks and snow-fed lakes and rivers has helped to make the valley of Pokhara one of the most picturesque natural attractions in Nepal.
Day 21 : Pokhara
Morning move to Sarangkot to see the sunrise over the Annapurna Himalayan Range, a lifetime experience. Later visit Davis Fall- Witness a unique waterfall that lies 2 Km from central Pokhara City. Sightseeing of Seti gorge, Devi's Falls, Vindyavashini Temple, and Mahendra cave, etc. Enjoy a leisurely walk along Phewa Lake and one hour boating. Evening move out in the beautiful markets of Pokhara.
Day 22 : Pokhara - Chitwan (145km)
Morning transfer (3hours) to Royal Chitwan National Park, and spend the next two days exploring one of the finest national parks in Asia, renowned for its diverse and dense wildlife. Its award winning eco-lodges allow the opportunity to observe animals in their natural habitat. The Royal Chitwan National Park is the lush Valley of Chitwan situated in the foothills of Churia Ranges, 75 air miles South West of Kathmandu, houses the first National Park of the Kingdom. This afternoon, climb atop an elephant for a safari through the golden grasses in search of animals. The Royal Bengal tiger, leopard, Greater One-Horned rhinoceros, four kinds of deer, two species of monkey, two types of crocodile and 450 different birds all make their home in the park.
Day 23 : Chitwan National Park
Indulge in jungle safari activities featuring elephant rides to see the rare one-horned rhino, sloth bear, four species of deer, a dazzling array of tropical birds and perhaps a leopard or tiger. The birdlife is fantastic – some 450 species have been sighted within the park. Also take a dugout canoe ride into the watery realm of the threatened gharial crocodile, mugger crocodile, and numerous waterfowl.
Day 24 : Chitwan - Kathmandu (160km)
In the morning, after breakfast move to Kathmandu passing through the beautiful scenery, mountains. Later arrive to kathmandu, Rest of the day is free for shopping or to move in the Thamel Markets. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 25 : Kathmandu - Delhi (By flight)
Morning after breakfast, take your flight to Delhi. Upon Arrival in Delhi, You will be recieved by Driver. Before taking your International Flight, You can visit Sikh Temple or you can walk around Cannaught Place, Take a dinner in the restaurants at this center of the city. Late you will transferred to the International airport 3 hours before to board the International flight time for your further journey back to your Country.