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India is not a country but a continent and travelling through it is an experience like no other.

Overwhelming in its chaos at first, it gradually unfolds unique delights. You may find it in

its majestic forts, monuments and temples; in exquisite crafts; in traditional and contemporary

arts; in the bustle of its colourful bazaars; landscapes and nature reserves; in diverse cuisines;

a meal at home with a family, or in the unexpected beauty that filters through the chaos.


                                                      

Day 1: Arrive Delhi Arrive at Delhi Airport. Welcome to India! 


You are met by our representative in the arrival area of the airport after you clear all immigration and customs

formalities. Depart for your hotel to check in.  Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see

the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern.  Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities,

spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries and  has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, leaving

behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. 


Overnight at the hotel.


Day 2: In Delhi

 Morning Culinary Experience with Chef in Old Delhi


A food walk with a renowned Chef through crowded markets of Old Delhi to understand and savour street food

available in Delhi from some of the oldest food places in the city. During the walk, we will visit several

street cafes some 120 years old . We will walk through lively markets, ride rickshaws,and enjoy the delicious

street food of Old Delhi.   Visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India and the  Red Fort before continuing to

New Delhi.

Visit Qutub Minar ( 1199, Qutub-ud-Din) & Humayun's tomb  built by emperor Humayun's wife, took eight years

to complete and is regarded as an example of the early Mughal architecture. The combination of white marble and

red sandstone was a great influence on later Mughal architecture. It is regarded as a prototype of the Taj Mahal.


Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate   commemorating 

the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the First World War and bears

the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the North-western Frontier in the Afghan war

of 1919 President House, the palatial building built on 330 acres with a private garden as the official residence

of the Viceroy of India during British reign, is now the official residence of the First Citizen and the Parliament

House a symbol of Indian democracy. 

Later visit Gandhi Smriti.

Gandhi Smriti  in the Old Birla House  is the sacred place where Mahatma Gandhi's epic life ended on

30 January 1948.  Gandhi  lived in this house from 9 September 1947 to 30 January 1948. 

Overnight at the hotel in Delhi.


Day 3: Delhi – Kochi (By flight)


Flight details


AI 512 Depart Delhi 1430 hrs | Arrive Kochi 1745 hrs

Kochi is also known as 'Queen of the Arabian Sea' due to its natural harbor.. Kochi is a city  of

islands connected to Ernakulam on the mainland by bridges and ferries. perfectly reflecting the

eclecticism of Kerala.. Overnight at the hotel. 

 

Day 4: In Kochi


After breakfast check out and proceed for City tour of Kochi at 10:30 am.



Visit the ancient Mattancherry (Dutch) Palace built by the Portuguese in 1557. This palace was presented

to the ruler of Kochi as a gesture of goodwill. The Palace’s alternative name “Dutch Palace” resulted

from substantial renovations by the Dutch after 1663. The most important feature of the palace

is the astonishing murals that adorn some of the palace rooms, depicting scenes from the Ramayana,

Mahabharata and Puranic legends connected with Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna, Kumara and Durga. 


Today also visit the Jewish Synagogue (closed on Friday, Saturday and Jewish holidays) which is the oldest

synagogue in the commonwealth. It is an interesting little place with hand painted willow pattern floor tiles

brought from Canton in China in the mid-18th century.  The synagogue is in an area  which also is one of the

centres of the spice trade in the region



Another stop is the St. Francis Church (closed on Sundays morning), the oldest European  church in India. 

It was constructed in 1503 by the Portuguese Franciscan Friars who accompanied the expedition led

by Pedro Alvarez Cabral.  

Also pay a visit to the amazing Chinese fishing nets operating on principles of physics advanced for

their times. Cochin’s Chinese fishing nets found here are the only ones in India. It is believed that traders

from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here. 


Lunch with local Keralan family   


This afternoon immerse yourself in the spicy world of authentic Indian curry dishes with an

exciting cooking demonstration at the residence of Nimmy Paul at their spice plantation. Mingle with

a traditional Syrian Christian family, enjoy & experience their hospitality as well as learn the intricacies

of Kerala cuisine


In the evening watch the very elaborate makeup and costuming being done on Kathakali dancers. Later,

enjoy a highly dramatic Kathakali Dance performance  outdoors, illuminated by towering brass oil lamps.

Kathakali, literally meaning `story-play', is a dance-drama originated in the 17th century in Kerala, 

Its roots can be traced back  to  earlier times.  Koodiyattom, the only surviving form of Sanskrit theatre i

n India has been preserved in Kerala for centuries, now, by a small community called Chakyar is a

part of their hereditary temple service. Krishnanattom, another form of dance-drama, is performed 

at the famous Sree Krishna temple in Guruvayoor as an offering to the Lord. Besides these two forms,

elements from martial, ritualistic, socio-religious arts have also influenced  the making of Kathakali.

Though Kathakali is only 300 years old, a great deal of enrichment and refinement has taken place in

every aspect of its technique.  Scholars are of opinion that Kathakali is the result of a fusion between

all Indian theatre tradition represented by Koodiyattom and the indigenous tradition of folk-dance forms


This evening pick up from the Hotel at 5 pm for theatre performance of  Kathakali. 

Overnight at the hotel.


Day 5: Kochi – Munnar (by surface)


Munnar is a magnificent hill station in the Western Ghats at about 5000 feet above sea level. This is the major

centre of Kerala's tea industry. Munnar means three rivers and the town is located at the confluence of 3

mountain streams - Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala.  Munnar has lakes, forests and several

tea estates. Anaimudi, the highest peak in South India (2695 m/8883 ft.) is nearby. Munnar

was the British Government's Summer Resort in the South and it has been the favourite summer resort

for centuries.


Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 6: In Munnar

 Trekking at Letchmi hills - We drive around 3 kilometres towards Cochin  from Munnar to the starting

point of Letchmi hills trek. 


The trek will start at the height of 1420 meters MSL through the tea plantation  ( about 30 to 40

minutes,)   The remainder of our  trek will be on the ridge which offers beautiful views through

grasslands, one side will be rocky mountain slope and the other side will be tea plantations,

patches of Shola forest etc…, if the sky is clear we can see the Anaimudi “highest peak in S. India”

and the reservoir of  Idukki Dam while enjoying a specially prepared picnic lunch.    We  pass

through  the Nature Zone of  Coffee and Cardamom plantations  Our final stop on the trek is the

tea plantations.  The  highest point of this trek will be about 1950 meters,

You may  join them in picking and weighing the tea leaves, interacting with the workers to understand

their way of life and  to visit the home of one of the pickers for a cup of tea,


Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 7: Munnar – Periyar (by surface)

The Spice Capital of India, Thekkady (Periyar). . The aroma of spices fills the pristine air of  the

countryside to reach the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the premier reserves of Southern India,

and home of the wild elephant, the bison, antelopes, Langurs and sambars. Upon arrival

check in at the

hotel.


In the evening Kalaripayattu  a martial art, which originated  in Kerala. The word kalari first appears in

the Tamil Sangam literature to describe both a battlefield and combat arena. The word kalari tatt denoted

a martial feat, while kalari kozhai meant a coward in war. Each warrior in the Sangam era received

regular military training. One of the oldest fighting systems in existence, it was originally practiced

in northern and central parts of Kerala and southern parts of Tamil Nadu.


Overnight at the hotel.


Day 8: Periyar – Kumarakom (by surface)


Enjoy a nature  walk around its 12 acres is an education in botany.

Later, proceed for a spice plantation visit.


Depending on the season, you could take a day trip and visit a neighbouring pepper plantation. Walk amidst

the rows of vines creeping upwards on trellises. The correct time to pluck the peppercorns is when

they are beginning to redden, just before they are completely ripe. Try your hand at it, but be sure to

wash up before touching your eyes or nose! Walk past the rows of mats on which the plucked peppercorns

are left to dry. The scent of pepper mingles with the fresh mountain air. This is the starting point of the

centuries old spice trade and that delicious flavour which makes such a difference to foods worldwide.


Later depart for Kumarakom.


The backwaters in Kerala is a network of 1500 kms of canals both manmade and natural, 38 rivers and

5 big lakes extending from one end of Kerala to the other. Before trucks became popular, the

main cargo transportation was through backwaters by 'Kettuvalloms'. Kettuvallom means,

‘stitched boat’. Kettuvalloms or Houseboats (Rice boats) are country boats that were used in the

early days for the transport of goods from the isolated interior villages to the towns. With the

advent of roads, bridges and ferry services, gradually the Kettuvalloms went off the scene. Now

these Kettuvalloms are back again as a major tourist attraction. A ride on a Kettuvallom is a fabulous way

to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters.



On arrival, check in at the hotel. 


Overnight at the hotel.


Day 9: In Kumarakom


Located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, the bird sanctuary is spread across 14 acres. The Kumarakom

Bird Sanctuary, an ornithologist's paradise is a favourite haunt of migratory birds like the Siberian

stork, egret, darter, heron and teal. A visit to the bird sanctuary, set within the lush acres of wooded

land nearby, acquaints you to the variety of migratory birds that flock in thousands, some from the

Himalayas, some even from as far as Siberia. In addition, you can get thrilled of the native

kingfishers ablaze in psychedelic colours, experience a walk under rookeries of egrets and

night herons or lone golden-backed woodpeckers and even delight in the acrobatics of the paradise

fly-catchers.


Later post breakfast, proceed for  day cruise on   houseboat with lunch.


Overnight at the hotel.


Day 10: Kumarakom – Kochi (by surface)

Morning is at leisure.  Check out and transfer to Kochi airport hotel for overnight stay and flight early next

morning. 


Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 11: Kochi – Udaipur (By flight)

Flight details

 

6E 728 Depart Kochi 0715 hrs | Arrive Bangalore 0820 hrs

6E 687 Depart Bangalore 1005 hrs | Arrive Udaipur 1225 hrs

On arrival, transfer to the hotel and check in.

 

 

 

Udaipur

Dotted with marble palaces, hibiscus - laden gardens and fountain pavilions, Udaipur appeals to the imagination

of poets and painters, travellers and writers like no other city in the country. The city's inherent romance and

beauty and its remarkable past redolent with episodes of heroism and splendour, continue to enthral the

visitor even today. Udaipur, the City of Dawn, looms  like a vision in white. Surrounded by hills and mountains

and set on the edge of three lakes which lead  to a fertile plain,  it is a truly enchanting city. Narrow streets l

ined with vividly coloured stalls, gardens, temples and palaces mirrored in the placid blue waters of Lake

Pichola add to the magic of Udaipur.

Evening Exclusive Boat ride at Lake Pichola

Early this evening enjoy a private boat ride on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From the lake you have a

wonderful view of the City Palace stretching along the east bank, while the south bank has pleasant gardens

running down to the waterside. (Boat ride depending upon the water level of the lake).

Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

 Day 12: In Udaipur


The City Palace complex houses the private residence of the Maharana of Mewar ( “kings of kings “) 

the oldest royal lineage of the country.  This palace complex consists of four major and several

minor palaces forming a single breath-taking façade of almost 900 meters  overlooking the Pichola Lake. 

The main part of the palace is now preserved as a museum displaying a large and diverse array of artefacts i

ncluding the Crystal Gallery and the armoury museum,  a huge collection of protective gear and 

weapons including the lethal two-pronged sword. 


The Durbar Hall or Hall of Public Audience of the Fateh Prakash Palace is the place for royal ceremonies

even today.  Family festivals are held here and the Maharana entertains visiting dignitaries and Heads

of State.

We explore the markets and bazaars and  visit the Jagdish Temple built in 1651 ornamented with

excellent carvings and a bronze figure of the Garuda.  Proceed to the Garden of the Maids of the Honour

constructed in the early 18th century  as a venue for royal parties.


Return to the hotel and rest of the day at leisure. 

Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 13: In Udaipur


 Visit Eklingji and Nagda temples.



Eklingji, a little village with several ancient temples situated is 22 kms away from Udaipur.  The Siva temple

in the village itself was originally built in 734.  The walled complex includes an elaborately pillared

hall under a large pyramidal roof and features a four faced Siva image of black marble.  


Nagda is located 2 km north of Sri Eklingji. It has temples dating back to the 6th century, including the

famous 11th century Sas-Bahu (mother-in-law & daughter-in-law) twin temples with intricate

architecture and carvings and the Adbhutji temple. Both temples are at the edge of a lake and submerged

within the lake are several later structures.

Rest of the day at leisure.  Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 14: Udaipur – Jodhpur (by surface)


Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and drive to Udaipur enroute visiting Ranakpur (Audio Guide will be

provided in Ranakpur).

Ranakpur is widely known for its marble Jain temple, and for a much older Sun Temple which lies

opposite the former. The renowned Jain temple at Ranakpur is dedicated to Adinatha. Light coloured

marble has been used for the construction of this grandiose temple which occupies an area of

approximately 60 x 62 meters. The temple, with its distinctive domes, shikhara, turrets

and cupolas rises majestically from the slope of a hill. Over 1400 marble pillars, carved in

exquisite detail, support the temple.  The construction of the temple and quadrupled image

symbolize the conquest of Tirthankara in four cardinal directions and hence the cosmos.

thecos


Later, continue to drive to Jodhpur. On arrival, check in at the hotel.


Among Rajasthan's many princely settlements, Jodhpur is one of the most distinctive. This five hundred

year old settlement was the headquarters of the RathoreRajputs, celebrated for their tales of daring.

This princely state is also referred to as "The Blue city". Founded in 1459, the oldest of Rajputana's

great cities, Jodha's Jodhpur preceded Bika's Bikaner by thirty years, Udai Singh's Udaipur by more

than a hundred and Jai Singh's Jaipur by nearly three centuries. Dominated by one of India's mightiest

fortresses, the capital of the warrior Rathores has played hostess to kings and emperors and tsars; to

humble saints and celebrated soldiers; to many a distinguished statesman of our times and of times

gone by. 


Not  the richest, though perhaps the most charming, Jodhpur, the gate-way to the Great Indian

Thar Desert, stands alone as the cultural and spiritual capital of this, the Land of Kings.


Day 15: In Jodhpur

Breakfast at the hotel. 


Visit the Mehrangarh Fort.  a hundred feet on a perpendicular cliff, four hundred feet above the

skyline of Jodhpur.  Burnished red sandstone, imposing, invincible  with a strange haunting

beauty that beckons.  Much has been written about the Citadel of the Sun, for truly, it is one of

the most impressive in all Rajasthan. So colossal are its proportions that Rudyard Kipling

called it “the work of giants”.  Today, it is acknowledged as the finest living example of a Hindu fortress.


We experience this majestic fort and visit the Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Phool Mahal and the

Sheesh Mahal. Later visit the Jaswant Thada, a collection of royal cenotaphs built in white marble. 

 Bishnoi village safari.


 The small oasis desert village of Jodhpur, known as the Bishnoi Village, Bishnoi do not drink

alcohol or eat meat.. Likewise, they are also known for their compassionate

 cultivation of dairy cattle. Moreover, Bishnoi ladies are  also notable for breastfeeding

 the infant pronghorns who have been separated from their mothers.   Have a true experience

 of tribal India, meeting and understanding the rural life, culture & traditions. Getting to know 

the lives of local potters, yarn weavers, shepherds, farmers and learning thata  they

 are content and happy away from the world outside is an amazing feeling.


Later, enjoy shopping in the colorful local bazaars of Jodhpur.


In the evening, drive to Osian which is approx 1 hr from Jodhpur

Campfire and Mashals  give this a place great ambience. Musicians will be playing 

 traditional music as  guests  enjoy the sun set.  Dinner will  be a great dining experience 

under the stars for the guests.


Return and overnight at the hotel.


 

Day 16: Jodhpur – Jaipur (By Surface


Jaipur is known as the “Pink City”, Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan.  As you drive through the old part

of town, the city blooms during the day in a kaleidoscope of colour

and sound.


Evening enjoy Cooking demo & dinner with a local family 

The hospitality of the Indians is legendary. In Sanskrit Literature the three famous words

'Atithi Devo Bhava' or 'the guest is truly your god' are a dictum of hospitality in India. Indians

believe that they are honoured if they share their mealtimes with guests. Even the poorest

look forward to guests and are willing to share this meagre food. Indian women will not let

a guest go away unfed or unhappy from her home. 


Overnight at the hotel in Jaipur


Day 17: In Jaipur 

Amber Fort  blessing ceremony at the temple. Amber Fort is a marvellous example of Rajput architecture

with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. The interior of the fort has various royal

halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glass work complemented by exquisite wall paintings. As

you move between the rooms of this magnificent structure feel the history and visualise the pomp

and grandeur of a kingdom never conquered.  


Later proceed for visits of Jaipur city.


This afternoon venture into the city,   You will visit the City Palace Museum where you can see an imposing blend

of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes,

carpets, an armoury of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions,

Also visit the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar and a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five storied

wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires.

Located in the heart of the walled city, The City Palace Complex gives you an idea about the farsightedness

of the founder of Jaipur Sawai Jai Singh. He left behind a legacy of some of the most imposing and magnificent

architecture, art and craft structures in the city.  Sawai Jai Singh built  many buildings but some of some of the

structures were also built by later rulers and some  in the twentieth century,   The palace is a blend of Mughal

and Rajasthani architecture and the royal family still lives in a part of the palace. 


On entering the complex in front of the palace proper lies the Mubarak Mahal, the palace of welcome

or reception. Sawai Madho Singh built the palace in the nineteenth century. It was used as a reception

centre for visitors.   The building now forms the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum and on display here

are a wide array of royal costumes, some very exquisite and precious Pashmina (Kashmiri) Shawls, Benaras

silk saris, Sanganeri prints and folk embroidery. An unusual display is that of voluminous clothes worn by

Maharaja Sawai

Madho Singh I (ruled 1750-68). 


Across the road from the palaces is the famous “Jantar Mantar”, one of the five observatories in India. Built by

Sawai Jai Singh, this is one of the largest and the best preserved. A passionate hobby of the king,  Astronomy,

numerology, led  him to execute this observatory  and  create a collection of complex astronomical instruments

chiselled  of stone, most of which continues to provide accurate information to this day. The most striking

instrument is the Brihat Samrat yantra Sundial, an imposing yellow edifice to the far right of the observatory

complex which has a 27m high gnomon arm set at an angle of 27 degree. The shadow this casts moves up

to 4m in an hour, and aids in the calculation of local and meridian pass time and various attributes of

the heavenly bodies, including declination the angular distance of a heavenly body from the celestial equator

rnd altitude. 


 Evening visit Spice Market Walk. 


Criss-crossing narrow lanes, tiny shops with colourful wares, people haggling for a better deal...welcome to

the bazaars of India . You can find them everywhere, and even juxtaposed against high rises and glitzy

malls, these bazaars fiercely hold their own. Care to try the fiery tears-in-the-eyes signature Indian spice

mixes?.. Here, you can not only buy the spices, but can also get them dry roasted and ground into the masala

mix of your choice  . It’s not uncommon to see ladies patiently waiting, with a bagful of spices and a recipe

that has been handed down  generations.


Overnight at the hotel.


Day 18:  In Jaipurr



Early morning proceeds for cultural connection tour  to witness how the locals start their day. You

will be delighted  visiting some early morning vegetable, flower market, and walk through some

famous narrow alleys of city which  have famous age old chaiwala, pakorewala (local snack)sold 

for the last 100 yrs.  


Later we will take you to the Govind Dev ji temple for the morning prayer ceremony, hundreds

of devotees from all walks of life sing with devotion and  prayers to Lord Krishna.





Return to the hotel for breakfast. 


 Bagru  block printing 


Known for its unique art of Bagru Block Printing, Bagru has emerged as one of the industrial

areas for textile printing in Rajasthan with over a 100 small & large Factories.

Our  long-lasting association with the community offers a unique workshop which is not restricted

to one shed or a factory but more than  5-7 local houses, with each having  expertise in  skills  like

making natural colors, carving designs on the wooden blocks, printing the blocks on cloth, boiling t

he cloth after the printing process. 

HIGHLIGHTS OF "BAGRU Village visi


Understanding the Industry from local perspective

  • Understanding the process of Color MakingUnderstanding the process of Block Printing

  • Witness the Artisans carving detailed designs on wood blocks

  • Visiting the local houses & knowing their role in the process 

  • "Do it yourself" activity


Return to Jaipur. 


Evening is at leisure to enjoy shopping in the colorful bazaars of Jaipur.


Overnight at the hotel.


Day 19: Jaipur – Ranthambhore (By Surface)

 Abhaneri.

Abhaneri is a small village with one of India's deepest and largest step wells. Step wells are unique to India.

They were used as cool places of resort, as pools for ritual cleansing before a temple visit and as a water s

upply for dry weather.


Later continue to drive to Ranthambhore.

Ranthambhore Park is famous for tigers and due to conservation efforts  the tiger population has stabilized if not Increased   The tigers can be spotted  often  during the day at their normal pursuits-- hunting and taking care of their young ones. Ranthambhore is one of the best places to see these majestic predators.   Ranthambhore is a heritage site because of the picturesque ruins that dot the wildlife park. There are lake palaces, 'chhatris', old fortifications and a majestic 1,000-year-old fort, overlooking the park. The lovely Jogi Mahal is located at the foot of the fort and gives magnificent view of the Padam Tlao, painted white with water lilies. 

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.


Day 20: In Ranthambhore


Early this morning leave the Hotel to enjoy game drive with the naturalist in the Jungle to see wild

life by non A/c Open Canter on sharing basis. Return to the hotel for Breakfast by 10:00 AM. Rest

morning is free to relax in the hotel till later afternoon.




 In the afternoon proceed again to enjoy another game drive in the national Park by non-A/c open

canter on sharing basis with the naturalist.


Return to the hotel.


Dinner and overnight at the hotel.


Day 21: Ranthambhore – Agra (By Surface)

Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri.


Fatehpur Sikri. - The imperial city of the Mughal dynasty between 1571 and 1584, Fatehpur Sikri was

built by Mughal Emperor Akbar. The architectural grandeur of this deserted city cannot be described

in words and one can only experience the aura of its magnificent edifices by seeing them. Fatehpur

Sikri is the most popular day excursion from Agra, the city of Taj and capital of invincible Mughals,



Today, as one enters Sikri from the Agra Gate, one of  nine gateways to the palace complex, Diwan-I-Aam,

or the hall of public audience appears first. It is a huge rectangular walled-in courtyard where petitions

were heard, proclamations made, ambassadors received and entertainment programmes held.

Ponder the mysterious desertion of this capital city that was dramatically abandoned a few years after

it was built. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its 'ruins' are still in a pristine condition. It is not

hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur. 


Later drive to Agra and check-in the hotel.


Later in the evening proceed to Mehtab Bagh which is situated at the backside of Taj Mahal across

the river Yamuna and enjoy the sunset view of Taj Mahal.




Overnight at the hotel.



Day 22: Agra – Delhi (By Surface)- Varanasi (By flight)

Taj Mahal at Sunrise


That magnificent monument of love - The Taj Mahal, was built by an emperor in memory of his

beloved queen. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631 and is believed to have taken 22 years

to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working round the clock. The design and construction are

said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. Legend has it that once construction

was completed, Shah Jehan had Lahori's hands cut off, and and his eyes blinded, so he would

never be able to duplicate the structure. What makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect

proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction, and ornamentation.  Its marble exterior

reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day.

It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding other than its paradoxical garden.

Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughals

brought this concept to India they elevated it to heights of incomparable artistry.


Note: Taj Mahal is closed on Friday


Post breakfast at the hotel, check out and visit Agra Fort.


Visit the impressive Agra Fort, where you are taken through the chambers of this royal residence.

As you drive through the city, enjoy local life and bazaars and the hustle-bustle of everyday India. 


Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Agra, India. The fort is also known as Lal Qila,

Fort Rouge, and Red Fort of Agra. It is about 2.5 km northwest of its much more famous sister

monument, the Taj Mahal. The fort can be more accurately described as a walled palatial city.


It is the most important fort in India. The great Mughals Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah

Jahan, and Aurangzeb lived here, and the country was governed from here. It contained the largest

state treasury and mint. It was visited by foreign ambassadors, travelers, and the highest

dignitaries who participated in the making of history

in India.


Later drive to Delhi airport for flight to Varanasi.


Flight details:


Indigo 6E 167 Depart Delhi 1830 hrs | Arrive Varanasi 1955 hrs


On arrival in Varanasi, transfer to the hotel and check in.


Varanasi, also known at various times in history as Kashi (City of Light) and Benares, this is one of the world's

oldest continually inhabited cities and is regarded as one of Hinduism's seven holy cities. Pilgrims come to the

ghats lining the River Ganges here to wash away a lifetime of sins in the sacred waters or to cremate their

loved ones. It's a particularly auspicious place to die, since expiring here offers moksha (liberation from the

cycle of birth and death), making Varanasi the beating heart of the Hindu universe. Most visitors agree it's a

magical place, but it's not for the faint-hearted. Here the most intimate rituals of life and death take place

in public, and the sights, sounds and smells in and around the ghats – not to mention the almost constant

attention from touts – can be overwhelming. Persevere. Varanasi is unique, and a walk along the ghats or a

boat ride on the river will live long in the memory.


Overnight at the hotel.


Day 23: In Varanasi

Early Morning Boat Ride: Early this morning, leave your hotel around 0530 for an early morning sunrise boat

excursion on the holy River Ganges. A rowing boat ride at dawn along the Ganges is the quintessential Varanasi

experience. The early-morning light is particularly good for photography and to see life (and death) as it unfolds

along the ghats is a truly unique experience. An hour-long trip south from Dashashwamedh Ghat to Harishchandr

a Ghat and to Manikarnika Ghat and back is popular.   Be prepared to see a burning corpseat Harishchandra

NO Photographs Allowed

After boat ride, drive back to hotel and rest.


Later in the morning, hop on a rickshaw and ride through the narrow streets to see local

life. Also visit Banaras Hindu University, Kashi Vishwanath Temple & Durga Temple.


Banaras Hindu University is one of the oldest educational centers in India.   The Banaras Hindu University was built

in 1917. The university was founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya as a centre for the study of Indian art, culture,

music and Sanskrit. The university campus is spread over five square kilometers and houses the Bharat Kala Bhavan.

The Bhavan has a fine collection of miniature paintings, sculptures from first to fifteenth centuries, old photographs

of Varanasi and brocade textiles.


Kashi Vishwanath Temple: The temple is located in the premises of the Banaras Hindu University. The temple, built

by the Birlas, was planned by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya. Unlike many other temples in Varanasi, this temple

is open to all irrespective of caste or creed.


Durga Temple: Durga temple is also known as the Monkey temple (because of the presence of huge number

of monkeys), situated in the Durga Kund, Varanasi. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Durga. It was

built in the 18th century. Durga temple was constructed by a Bengali Maharani in the north Indian Style

with multi-tiered shikhara. It is believed that the statue of Goddess Durga is not human made;   it  appeared

on its own in the temple.


Sarnath.

It was at Sarnath, that the Buddha gave his first sermon to the five disciples; preaching the middle

path to find ‘Nirvana’.  Realizing the sanctity of the place, emperor Ashoka, in the 3rd Century BC lavished

riches on it,  creating some of the finest monuments and legacies for future generations. The 34-meter high

Dhamek Stupa is the most remarkable structure as it is believed to mark the spot where the Buddha

preached his sermon. ‘Choukhandi’ stupa, raised by the great Mughal emperor Akbar in 1555 AD,

is believed to be the place where Lord Buddha met his five disciples. The majestic Ashoka pillar

records the visit of emperor Ashoka to Sarnath.  It was originally adorned by a capital of four lions –

the symbol of modern India. The capital now is housed in the adjoining Sarnath museum. The modern

Mahabodhi Society temple ‘Mulgandha Kuti Vihar’, opened to public in 1931, has a series of brilliant

frescoes by the Japanese artist K. Nosi and a life size golden statue of the Buddha. A ‘Bodhi’ tree growing

here is believed to be the offspring of one under which Lord Buddha had attained enlightenment. 


At sunset take a boat ride on the holy river Ganges and witness Aarti on the Ghat.


The Aarti is performed on a stage by a group of young priests facing towards the river. It is a special ritual

for the invocation of the River Ganga, which as per the sacred belief of the Hindus is a Goddess who descended

from heaven to earth


The Aarti takes place every day and takes approximately one hour. Time depends on the season 


Overnight at the hotel.


Day 24: Varanasi – Kathmandu (By Flight)


Flight details:  TBA


On arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel.



NEPAL - The highest mountain peak in the world (Everest - 8848 m), The birthplace of Lord Buddha (Lumbini),

The Living Goddess (Kumari), The non-rectangular flag, Kathmandu the capital city with as many idols as

men and as many temples as houses.

As Nepal is also one of the world’s greatest trekking paradises, there is a unique  concentration of art, culture

and tradition in the Kathmandu valley.


Overnight at the hotel.


Day 25: Kathmandu – Dhulikhel (by surface)

Drive to Dhulikhel. Enroute visit Bhaktapur.

 

BHAKTAPUR DURBAR SQUARE

 Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon literally ‘the City of Devotees’ is the smallest city in the Kathmandu valley. Its Main Square

or ‘Layaku’ is famous for the 15th century Palace of 55 Carved Windows with the Golden Gate as a royal entrance.

In front of the palace building are innumerable temples and architectural showpieces including the Lion Gate,

the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla mounted on a giant stone pillar and the stone temple of Vatsala Devi,

another beautiful example of Shikhara-style architecture. There is a bronze bell on the terrace of the

temple, which is also known as the Bell of Barking Dogs, erected in 1737 by King Ranjit Malla.

 

Continue to drive to Dhulikhel. On arrival, check in the hotel.

 

Dhulikhel, a place filled with majestic beauty is located in Kavrepalanchok district at the Eastern rim of

Kathmandu Valley, south of the Himalayas at 1550m above sea level and is situated 30 km southeast of Kathmandu.

 

Overnight at the hotel.       

 

Day 26: Dhulikhel – Kathmandu (by surface)- Pokhara (by flight)

 

Drive to Kathmandu airport for a flight to Pokhara.

 

On arrival check in the hotel.

 

Pokhara: The rare combination 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 the kingdom.

It is located in the geographical center of Nepal between Kathmandu and Bhairawa, where Great

Himalayas peaks can be admired from a close distance. The Bindhyavasani Temple overlooks a

modest amusement park. Phewa Lake, skirted by a large number of unpretentious lodges and

simple restaurants, is the most congenial spot for visitors.

 

Evening enjoy boat ride on Phewa lake

 

Phewa Lake: Boat trip in the lovely Phewa Lake is the foremost attraction of Pokhara. Paddling out

into the middle of the lake is a nice way to spend a quiet afternoon. Phewa Lake is the largest lake

in Pokhara valley and the second largest lake in Nepal. Encircled by Sarangkot and Kaskikot hills,

the lake holds a pagoda-style temple. Another attraction is the reflection of Mount Machhapuchhre

and Annapurna range on the crystal-clear water of the lake. 

 

After boating, transfer to the hotel. Rest of the evening, free to stroll around the lakeside area on your own.

           

Rest of the day free to relax. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 27: In Pokhar

 

Early morning drive to Sarangkot- approximately 5 Km drive.

 

(Weather permitting) Today, early in the morning, we will drive to Sarangkot (5 Kms from lake side for

sunrise view. After spending some time, enjoying the sunrise view, we will drive back to the hotel for breakfast. 

 

Later set out for the Pokhara city tour.

 

Devi's fall: Locally known as Patale Chhango (Hell's fall), Devi's fall is an amazing waterfall lying about 2 km

south-west of Pokhara airport on the highway to Tansen. It was named after Devi, a Swiss lady who was swept

away when the floodgates were accidently opened, .

 

Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave: Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave contains a huge stalagmite worshiped as a

Shiva lingam.    Temple entrance only:  request info regarding cave exploration

 

Later visit International Mountain Museum

 

International Mountain Museum: Mountains and mountaineering have a history of their own. 

Nepal mountaineering Association (NMA) initiated the establishment of International Mountain Museum

(IMM) in Pokhara. The basic objective for its establishment was to record, document and chronicle

the past and present development of mountaineering activities of the world in general and the Himalayan

peaks in particular. The foundation stone of IMM was laid on 1st December, 1995 and was officially opened

on 5th February, 2004. 

 

World Peace Stupa:. Situated at Ananda Hill, Peace Stupa was built by Nipponzan-Myohaj. Shanti literally

means Peace in Nepal thus names ‘Santi Stupa’ in Nepalese language . Out of 80 world peace pagodas in the

world, two of them are in Nepal, one being the World Peace Stupa in Pokhara.   

Approximately 1 hour walk required

 

It not only offers the wide panoramic mountain view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Mt. Fishtail but also

Fewa Lake and Pokhara City. The white pagoda has two tiers; the second tier displays the four statues

of Buddha representing the wheels of life, dharma and teachings of Buddha. The pagoda’s architecture

and white color  blend with the tranquillity and serenity of nature.

 

Old Bazaar: Pokhara traditional bazaar is colorful with its ethnically diverse traders.  The market's original

charm is alive and well.

 

Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 28: Pokhara – Chitwan (by flight

 Lunch at the hotel. 

 Visit the ethnic Tharu Villages, explore their lifestyle and  visit their museum. In the evening, we enjoy

the sunset view at the bank of the river and  a cultural show performed by the Tharu people.

 

Enjoy dinner after these activities, overnight at the resort.

 

Day 29: In Chitwan

Early in the morning you will be given a wake up call to enjoy morning activities. Today, the entire day will be

spent exploring the Chitwan National Park.  We will be exploring the jungle with activities including 

bird watching, dugout canoe, jeep safari and jungle walk. Enjoy breakfast and lunch in the resort.

 

Enjoy dinner after these activities, overnight at the resort.

 

Day 30: Chitwan – Kathmandu (by flight

 

On arrival in Kathmandu, visit Pashupatinath and Boudhnath.

 

Boudhanath Stupa: One of the oldest and the biggest Buddhist monuments in Nepal at a  height of 36 meters

with three massive level Mandala style platforms. It is surrounded by colourful family housing.   The Stupa is

visited every year by tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over the world.

 

Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath Temple dating back to 400 A.D. is one of the oldest Hindu Temples

dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is for the Hindus what Mecca is for the Muslims. Situated amidst a lush green

natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple is built in Pagoda Style with gilded

roof and richly carved silver doors. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of

Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. 

 

Every day from 7 pm, a pious Sandhya Aarati is held at the banks of Bangmati River on the

eastern side of the holy Pashupathinath Temple.  The temple priests conduct the aarati while devotees,

and tourists observe the ceremony from a podium. The evening ritual follows classical music, hymns,

and chanting of Vedic mantras. The lighting of lamps and ringing of bells make the environment dazzling. 

 

Check in at the hotel and rest of the evening at leisure.

 

Overnight at the hotel.

 

 Day 31: In Kathmandu

  • Optional: Early morning Mountain (Everest flight)- subject to weather conditions


One of the must-see landmarks of Nepal is of course the highest peak in the world – Mount Everest.  This

 one-hour flight takes you to the Eastern Himalayan Ranges of Nepal, some of the highest peaks in the world 

including Mt. Everest 


Return to the hotel for breakfast.


Later visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath and Patan Durbar Square.

Kathmandu Durbar Square: 

Durbar, which means palace, is where the kings were once crowned.   Here the charm of old town blends 

well with traditional architecture in a rich cultural backdrop. The entire square was designated as a UNESCO 

World Heritage Site in 1979. The massive complex consists of three main squares, home to palaces, temples, 

and courtyards,  South of Basantapur square is a former Royal elephant stable, which today has souvenir 

stalls and leads to Freak Street (the lane still lives in the former glory of being the ultimate Hippie destination 

during Flower Power era). The temple of Living Goddess, Kumari, is also on the southern end. Kumari is a 

young Shakya girl from Newar community, chosen through an ancient and mystical selection to become t

he human incarnation of Hindu Goddess, Taleju. If you are lucky, you might get to get a glimpse of Kumari 

peeking out of an elaborately carved wooden window.


Swambhunath Stupa:

Perched on top of a conical hill is a white dome with glittering golden spire visible from all sides of the valley 

for many miles. This most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu Valley, Swayambhunath 

Stupa, is also known as the Monkey Temple. According to the historical records, the stupa is over 2,500 years 

old. The name of Swayambhunath has been derived from Sanskrit word, Swayam (self), making

 Swayambhunath the ‘Self-Created One’. The surrounding of the stupa consists of a variety of shrines 

and temples, some dating back to the Licchavi period. The stupa has Buddha's eyes and eyebrows 

painted on each side and nose is  number one in Devanagari script. The main stupa can be reached from two 

access points; a long steep stairway with 365 steps leading directly to the main platform, and a car road.  

 This stupa too is also a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Site.


Patan Durbar Square: Patan is one of 3 royal cities in the valley.  A destination for connoisseurs of fine arts, 

Patan is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist

 and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. The city of Patan is believed to have been built in the third 

century B.C. by the Kirat dynasty. It was expanded by Lichhavis in the 6th century A.D. and again by the

 Mallas in the medieval period.  Durbar Square, like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting mélange 

of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples.  Listed as a World Heritage Site, the

 former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing 

an array of bronze statues and religious objects.



Optional: Interaction with Kumari of Patan. 


As the live representation of the Hindu goddess Durga, the Kumari is by far the most important tourist 

 attraction in Nepal after the mountains. But she is more than just a tourist icon: she is a living embodiment 

of the Kathmandu Valley Newar culture and its harmonious mixture of Buddhism and Hinduism. 


A Kumari is believed to be the bodily incarnation of the goddess Taleju (the Nepalese name for Durga) until 

she menstruates, after which it is believed that the goddess vacates her body. Serious illness or a major

 loss of blood from an injury, are also causes for her to revert to common status. She is always dressed in

 festive red, glittering jewel accessories, long and heavy eye makeup and a striking third eye on her brow. 


Kumari do not talk to outsiders. But guests can interact with her mother. The goddess Kumari is seated on her 

customary seat in the Puja room. She will put tika on the forehead and give blessing to our guests. Guests are

 allowed to take photos with the Kumari. 

Farewell dinner at Dwarikas.

The Krishnarpan is the signature restaurant of the Dwarika’s Hotel, offering a slow-dining

Nepalese gastronomic experience. Krishnarpan treats your senses to a culinary splurge as it pays homage

 to Nepal’s vibrant ethnicity and its traditional food. The six course menu iscarefully designed and based

 on Dwarika’s organic farms and will take you on a fascinating voyage through Nepalese cuisines, 

communities, and regions.

Overnight at the hotel.


 Day 32:  Depart Kathmandut


After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your homeward flight! 

$5965 p/p sharing single supplement available


NOTE: THE DRIVING TIMES MENTIONED IN THE PROPOSAL ARE APPROXIMATE AND AS PER NORMAL

TRAFFIC CONDITIONS. SOMETIMES DUE TO MORE TRAFFIC / CONGESTIONS ON THE ROADS THE DRIVES

MAY TAKE MORE TIME THAN MENTIONED.




Terms & Conditions


  • All prices are in USD

  • All prices are subject to revision due to an extreme fluctuation in

  • exchange rates or international fuel prices.

  • Check-in time is 1400 hrs. & checkout time is 1200 Noon at all hotels

  • Early check-in & late checkout subject to room availability. 


Your Tour will include:


  • Accommodation for 31 nights.

  • Meal Plan – Breakfast basis in all hotels except Ranthmabhore and Chitwan

  • National Parks which are on full board basis

  • All transfers and sightseeing using Air-conditioned Large Coach 

  • Service of English speaking accompanying professional guide during the tour

  • All other services as mentioned above in the itinerary.

  • All currently applicable entrances at the monuments.

  • Camera fees will be extra (to be paid directly, wherever applicable).

  • The above prices include all current taxes.

  • Any increase in taxes or entrance fees will be extra.


Not included in the above costs are:


  • Does not include any beverages including mineral water, soft drinks,

  • alcoholic drinks etc unless otherwise specified. It is more cost effective for

  • us to bill you for all beverages based on actual consumption.

  • Any airfare or airport taxes

  • No Transport on day at leisure

  • Any camera fees at monuments and sites. This can be added in if desired.

  • Any items of a personal nature such as beverages, tips (except for group meals

  • and baggage handling), laundry, telephone calls etc.

  • The prices do not include: undue escalation in fuel prices, new taxes levied on

  • hotels and transportation services or any increase in entrance fees. Any large

  • tax increases and new levies shall be payable extra and shall be billed accordingly with prior notice.