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16 Days Itinerary - Essence of India & Nepal (India and Nepal Tour)

TOUR NAME: Essence of India & Nepal (India and Nepal Tour)
TOUR DAYS: 15 Nights/16 Days Tour Programme
Delhi Singhsons/Grand Park Inn The Connaughts / City Park Le Meridien
Jodhpur Royal Palace Ranbanka/The Ummed Taj Hari Mahal
Udaipur Paras Mahal Hilltop Palacek Shivniwas Palace
Jaipur Mandawa Haveli Narin Niwas/ Alsisar Haveli Country Inn
Agra Royle Regency Howard Park Plaza Jaypee Palace
Khajuraho Usha Bundela Ramadak Ramada
Varanasi Pradeep Hotel Hotel Ideal Tower Ramada Plaza
Kathmandu Hotel Manang Hotel Shankar Radisson
     *If above listed hotels are not available we will provide similar hotel.
PRICES AND DATES : send query or call for more information.
On arrival at Delhi International airport you will be met and assisted by our company executive and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the time at leisure. Overnight stay at Delhi..
Day 2: DELHI
After your breakfast you will be met and assisted by our company executive at your hotel. Collect your travel documents and proceed for city tour of Delhi visiting The Hindu temple - Birla Mandir, The Mighty Red Fort from (Out Side), Friday Mosque - Jama Masjid, The Silver Streets of Chandni Chowk, Raj Ghat - The Cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi , The India Gate - a 42 M high war memorial, Rashtrapati Bhawan (from Outside) - The president's house, , Qutab Minar - a 73 Meters high victory tower and The Bahai Temple - shaped like a Lotus flower & a proof of India's Secularism. Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.
After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for Jodhpur. On arrival at Jodhpur you will be met and assisted by our representative and transfer to your hotel. Later proceed for city sightseeing tours of Jodhpur guarded by the imposing Meherangarh Fort and surrounded by city walls, visitors can walk through the majestic Meherangarh Fort which has stunning views of the blue city, its blue houses resemble a sea on the edge of the Thar Desert. Visit the Jaswant Thada memorial. In the late afternoon visit another fascinating sight: the Umaid Bhawan Palace, built between 1929 and 1942 as a public work project to bring employment to impoverished locals. Today it is an incredible art-deco royal residence, as well as a luxury hotel, where the Maharaja of Jodhpur and his family still live. Evening drive back to your hotel. Overnight stay at Jodhpur.
Early morning transfer to airport to board the flight for Udaipur. On arrival at Udaipur airport you will be met and assisted by our representative and transfer to your hotel. Udaipur is a romantic destination, where you can see the lovely palaces, historic sights and shop for art and craft items in the markets of Udaipur. Proceed for full day sightseeing tour of Udaipur in the morning, stopping first at City Palace. Here you will marvel at rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, colored glass windows and inlaid marble balconies and the Peacock Courtyard. Later visit the Jag Mandir Palace - the other island palace in the middle of the lake. Spend some time at the Jag Mandir Palace; also visit the 300-year-old Jagdish Temple and the Royal Cenotaphs of the Rajput kings. Later enjoy jeep safaris in the surrounding countryside to see local opium ceremonies which can easily be arranged. Overnight stay at Udaipur.
Day at leisure. Optional you can take a short excursion to Ranakpur. Overnight stay at Udaipur
In the morning after breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for Jaipur. Jaipur is popularly known as Pink City the flamboyant & colorful capital of Rajasthan. With its rich & colorful past, resplendent with tales of valor & bravery, it is now one of the most important heritage cities in India. On arrival at Jaipur airport you will be met and assisted by our representative and check in to your hotel. Rest of the time at leisure. Overnight stay at Jaipur.
Today we take a sightseeing tour of Jaipur. Morning take an excursion to the nearby hill fortress of Amber, which contains an amazing chamber of mirrors and affords spectacular views across the surrounding plains. You can climb up the fort on elephant's back like the Maharajas (Elephant subject to availability) Later visit the lavish and well preserved City Palace with its fine collection of textiles, costumes and armory and the Palace of the Winds with its famous 5-storied facade which has been the subject of countless Indian posters. Jai Singh, the great Maharajah-astronomer built his extraordinary (and very accurate) star-gazing Observatory (Jantra) here right opposite the City Palace. This afternoon is left free for further personal exploration of this fascinating city. Overnight stay at Jaipur.
Day 8: JAIPUR - AGRA (240KMS/5HRS)
Morning after breakfast drive to Agra enroute visit to Fatehpur Sikri was mysteriously abandoned 13 years later. The mosque at Fatehpur Sikri is considered a copy of the mosque at Mecca and is extremely elegant, containing elements of Hindu and Persian design; we continue drive to Agra, on arrival at Agra check into your hotel. Later visit the Agra Fort which is India's most fascinating and beautiful Fort. In the evening visit to Taj Mahal, which is India's most fascinating and beautiful masterpiece. Set amidst landscaped gardens on the banks of the Yamuna River. This edifice was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Overnight stay at Agra. (Note Taj Mahal is closed on Friday)
After breakfast transfer to railway station to board the train to Jhansi. On arrival at Jhansi you will be met and assisted by our representative and drive to Khajuraho. Enroute visit to Orchha, visit Ram Raja Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Phool Bagh, Shahid Smarak, etc. After visiting Orchha continue drive towards Khajuraho. This small sleepy town of Khajuraho was once the religious capital of the mighty Chandela dynasty, which built 85 magnificent temples here during their reign which lasted until the end of the 10th century. 22 of these highly erotic sandstone temples remain in homage to the most prolific period of Hindu temple sculpture. On arrival at Khajuraho check into your hotel. Overnight stay at Khajuraho.
In the morning (Optional - Morning you may take a short trip to Panna National Park (45 minutes drive from Khajuraho) for a game safari. The park is located in the state of Madhya pradesh the heart of India, also renowed for its many game parks and good wildlife. You may try your luck in shooting (by Camera) the shy and ever eluding big cat -Tiger) Later proceed for Khajuraho temples. The Khajuraho temples were built in the short span of a hundred years from 950 - 1050 AD, Some of the famous temples are, Kandariya Mahadev temple, Chausath Yogini temple, Chitragupta Temple, Vishwanath Temple, Lakshamana Temple, Duladeo Temple, Chaturbhuj and Parsvanath Temple
After breakfast free time to explore Khajuraho. Later transfer to airport to board the flight for Varanasi. On arrival at Varanasi you will be met and assisted by our representative and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit the stupas close to Varanasi is the Buddhist centre of Sarnath where Buddha preached his first sermon. It is a spiritual place of stupas, shrines and temples which are now largely ruined. Overnight stay at Varanasi.
Early morning boat ride to view the sun rises over the River Ganges. You may witness many of the faithful as they come to the Ghats to pray and bathe. Colorful temples line the banks and a network of narrow alleys lead down to the water's edge. All sense of contemporary life is lost as you absorb the daily rituals each of which retain their potency in the present day. Later visit Banaras Hindu University, Bharat Mata Temple, Vishwanath Temple etc. In the evening a boat ride at river Ganges. Overnight stay at Varanasi.
After breakfast free time to explore Varanasi later transfer to airport to board the flight for Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu you will be met and assisted by our representative and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the time at leisure. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.
Morning sightseeing of Kathmandu, visit Swayambhunath Stupa(Monkey Temple), a legendry monument of more than 2500 years old history. You will have panoramic view of Kathmandu valley as the stupa is situated on the hillock, 90m above the ground level. If time permits visit Thamel Market & Arson Bazaar. You will be fascinated to see the Annapurna Temple & Matsendranath temple around Arson. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.
Morning sightseeing of Patan city. Patan is oldest city among all in Kathmandu .This city was visited by Emperor Ashoka in 250 BC. He selected Patan to promote Buddhism in Kathmandu valley. Besides durbar square, you will see the legendary Ashok stupas, Mahaboudha Temple , Golden Temple & Kumbheswor Temple. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.
Transferred to Kathmandu airport to connect onward international flight.
-Accommodation in the mentioned category of hotels or similar.
-All transfers / tours and excursions by one AC chauffeur driven vehicle.
-Buffet Breakfast.
-Sightseeing as per package details.
-Personal assistance during the arrival and departure.
-Boat ride at River Ganges in Varanasi .
-Elephant ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur (Subject to availability of Elephant).
-Service of English speaking local guide during all sightseeing tours.
-All presently applicable taxes.
-Meals except those listed in above inclusions.
-Entrances at all sightseeing spots.
-Expenses of personal nature such as tipping, porters, laundry, telephones, etc
You may cancel your booking at any time prior to commencement of the tour by notifying us in writing, which must be signed by the person that signed the Reservation Form. If you cancel on or before 30 days before the first day of the tour, we will retain your deposit to cover our costs. In addition, if the cancellation notification is received less than 30 days prior to the first day of the tour, additional cancellation charges shall be as follows:
Amount of Cancellation Charges:
45-30 Days before the first day of the tour - 50%
29-15 Days before the first day of the tour - 75%
Less than 14 Days before arrival 100%
(Cancellation conditions for Maldives may differ)
If you request any changes to your travel arrangements once we have confirmed a booking, all out of pocket charges, including charges imposed by our suppliers, will be payable by you, plus an amendment fee of $50.00 per revision per booking. If after the commencement of your tour you request any changes to your travel arrangements, we will do our best to implement them, but we cannot guarantee that it will be possible. In the event of such change(s) being made, you will be liable for any cancellation charges that may be levied for the previously booked service and for any costs incurred by us and our suppliers in attempting to secure any revised arrangements. Any name changes must be provided to us in writing and are subject to any airline fees or penalties.
If you are happy with the arrangements outlined within this itinerary and would like to book, please forward your completed booking form and the deposit. If you would like to revise the itinerary, feel free to contact us and we can prepare another version which will hopefully match your requirements. The deposit is 25% of the total cost, plus any applicable insurance premiums and can be paid by cheque, bank transfer or credit / debit card.
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