Classical India with Nepal

Insight Vacations Classical India with Nepal 1440

Journey into a wonderland of the exotic and enigmatic, full of strange fascination – from the remarkable temples of Khajuraho and the splendid Taj Mahal, to the world’s only official living goddess. Uncover the mysterious ways of India and Nepal in luxurious comfort, knowing that every detail is taken care of by your Travelling Concierge.

 

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Itinerary

DAY 1: DELHI, A RICH MELTING POT

Your Escorted Journey begins on Day1. Please make sure your flights arrive on or before this day. (Ask about our great deals). Welcome to India! On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, you will be greeted with a traditional floral garland and transferred to your hotel. In the evening, join your Travelling Concierge for your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Le Méridien New Delhi
Meals: Dinner with Wine

DAY 2 – RELAXED START, DELHI SIGHTSEEING

Ride by rickshaw through the lanes of Chandni Chowk bazaar in Old Delhi. See the Red Fort, visit the Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat and the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. See the Qutub Minar and drive along the Rajpath past the India Gate and Parliament House to visit the Tomb of Humayun.

Hotel: Le Méridien New Delhi
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 3 – KATHMANDU: MOUNTAINS, MONASTERIES AND TEMPLES

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Nepal, a mystical country nestled in the folds of the Himalayas. Relax at your exquisite, centrally located hotel. In the evening, dine at The Factory where some of the most sought-after chefs in town congregate in the hip Thamel district.

Hotel: Soaltee, Kathmandu
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

 

DAY 4 – RELAXED START, DURBAR SQUARE AND HOLY SHRINES

In the morning, explore Durbar Square and the ancient Royal Palace complex, laced with a myriad of temples, courtyards, statues and home to the Kumari, the Living Goddess. On the outskirts of town see Swayambhunath, then continue to Patan to visit the sky piercing temple of Teleju, Statue of Yogendra Malla and Tibetan Handicraft Centre. With a Local Expert, take an intimate look at the Narayanhiti Royal Palace and the rooms where the royal family ate, slept, worked, held ceremonies, and entertained guests, along with the wonderfully eclectic decor.

Hotel: Soaltee, Kathmandu
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 5 – RELAXED START, MAGNIFICENT TEMPLES AND SPLENDID STUPAS

View Pashupatinath Temple on the banks of the Bagmati, one of the holiest Hindu shrines. Continue to Bodhnath, a colossal stupa, and Nepal’s most important Buddhist site. Round off your sightseeing with a visit to the ancient capital of Bhadgaon, the main square containing innumerable temples and architectural showpieces. This evening, meet a local who has summitted Everest, to hear a personal account of the Sherpa people and their role in Everest expeditions.

Hotel: Soaltee, Kathmandu
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 6 – VARANASI, WORLD’S OLDEST LIVING CITY

Enjoy a relaxed start to take advantage of the facilities in your hotel before being transferred to the airport for your flight to India’s holy city of Varanasi. In the evening, take in a special, spiritual experience as you witness the holy Hindu Aarti ceremony at the riverside steps of the Ganges.

Hotel: The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 7 – THE HOLY GANGES

As the sun rises, enjoy tea or coffee at the hotel before embarking on a boat cruise to witness the scenes of devotion on the Ganges River. Return to the hotel for breakfast, followed by a city tour visiting some famous temples. Your adventure continues at nearby Sarnath, the deer park where the Buddha preached his first sermon. This afternoon there is the included option to visit an Akhara or traditional wrestling ground, to see Kushti, the ancient form of Indian mud wrestling with a history in Varanasi of over 5,000 years.

Hotel: The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 – THE SPECTACULAR CARVINGS OF KHAJURAHO

There’s an early morning yoga session at the Ganges Ghats where the air is filled with spirituality. Later board a short flight to Khajuraho, where you enjoy a tour of one of India’s Seven Wonders – the medieval Hindu and Jain temples, celebrated worldwide for their intricate and erotic carvings.

Hotel: Jass Hotel Khajuraho
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 – FROM ORCHHA TO AGRA

En route to Jhansi, visit the citadel at Orchha, containing grand 16th century palaces and temples. After a delicious vegetarian lunch in a magnificent resort, transfer to the train station in Jhansi and board the Shatabdi Express to Agra.

Hotel: Mughal (Mughal Chamber), Agra
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10 – RELAXED START, AGRA AND THE TAJ MAHAL

Agra’s fine heritage is revealed. Appreciate the flawless marble symmetry of the exquisite Taj Mahal, built by an emperor in memory of his beloved wife. Move on to the impressive Agra Fort to explore the palatial Royal Pavilions and gardens. Visit Sadar Bazaar, one of the most highly reputed shopping destinations for handicrafts and leather products. In the afternoon, accompany one of the locals, walking through their village in the shadow of the Taj Mahal and learn about their way of life as an agriculturalist.

Hotel: Mughal (Mughal Chamber), Agra
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11 – JAIPUR, THE PINK CITY

Journey to historic Bharatpur and stop for lunch before your journey continues to the Pink City of Jaipur. Visit the famous spice and flower market and see girls nimbly threading garlands of flowers that will be used for offerings. Tonight, enjoy a delicious dinner at Dera Amer restaurant.

Hotel: Fairmont Jaipur.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

DAY 12 – RELAXED START, JAIPUR SIGHTSEEING

Ascend by jeep to the Amber Fort, its royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirrors, glass and exquisite paintings. Back in Jaipur, see the Hawa Mahal, known as The Palace of Winds, and visit the City Palace Museum and royal observatory. Later, at your Celebration Dinner, enjoy drinks and authentic cuisine at 1135 AD Restaurant.

Hotel: Fairmont Jaipur.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 13 – DEPART JAIPUR FOR DELHI

Your journey draws to a close after breakfast, with a transfer to Jaipur airport for your flight back to Delhi. Should you be continuing on, please do not schedule connecting flights before 21:00 from Delhi. For those taking an early morning flight the following day, and needing to stay overnight at a hotel close to the airport, post-trip accommodation with included transfers is available.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

 

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* Prices are per person, land-only (including internal airfare) and based on double occupancy.  International airfare, taxes, and surcharges are additional. Entry visas are required for this trip.  Your visa for India must be “Double Entry” as you leave and re-enter during this trip.  Visa for Nepal also required.  Please ask your travel consultant about all passport & visa requirements. Rates, terms, conditions, availability, itinerary, government taxes, surcharges, deposit, payment, cancellation terms/conditions and policies subject to change without notice at any time. 

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