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Classical North India Tour with Kathmandu - 12 Nights / 13 Days tour package for USD 987 per person

 

Rates and Dates (rates are on per person basis):

Package Type Price Per Person
Economy Hotel 2 Person USD 987
Economy Hotel 4 Person USD 731
Standard Hotel 2 Person USD 1,283
Standard Hotel 4 Person USD 1,027
Validity 1 Aug - 30 Aug 2011
 
Hotel:

Standard Hotels:
Delhi - The Residence

Jaipur - Mansingh

Agra - Mansingh

Khajuraho - Clarks

Varanasi - Ideal Tower

Economy Hotels:

Delhi - Rockwell Plaza

Jaipur - Hotel Glitz

Agra - Siris 18

Khajuraho - Clarks

Varanasi - New Temple Town

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Arrive by International flight, after traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representative would assist you at airport & transfer to hotel for check in. Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds the ancient with modern. Its strategic location was the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. In fact, more mythological cities are believed to be here, like the city of Indraprastha from the Hindu epic Mahabharata, founded around 5000 BC. Numerous monuments were built over several centuries by different rulers like Qutub-ud-din Aibek, Alauddin Khilji, Tughlaks, Humayun & Shah Jahan, who built the Walled City Shah Jahanabad. Later in first half of 20th century much of New Delhi was planned by Sir Edwin Lutyens, who laid out a grandiose central administrative area as a testament to British rule in India. The division in walled city & New Delhi also marks the division in life styles. Overnight Hotel – Delhi (B)

Day 2: Delhi - Jaipur (262km - 5hr)
Today drive to Jaipur, popularly known as Pink City, the flamboyant & colorful capital of Rajasthan. With its rich & colorful past, resplendent with tales of valour & bravery, it is now one of the most important heritage cities in India. The city was founded in the year 1728 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber. It remains the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe, through nine rectangular sectors. Chokhi Dhani Tour An evening excursion to Chokhi Dhani complex, ethnic village Resort located at a distance of 15 km from Jaipur. Rajasthani village atmosphere is recreated on the sprawling ground & includes the entertainment by folk dancers & musicians. Later drive back to hotel. Overnight Hotel - Jaipur (B) Day 3: Jaipur
Today take an excursion to Amber Fort, the palace complex which stands to this date was commenced under the reign of Raja Man Singh. Take an Elephant ride to reach the Fort situated on the hill, an overwhelming experience. Later visit the City Palace, a perfect blend of Rajasthani & Mughal architecture. The center of the palace is a seven-storied building called Chandra Palace, with fine views over the gardens & the city. Further visit Jantar Mantar (Solar Observatory), an astronomical treasure house, with solar devices that give accurate predictions till date. We also visit Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five-storied structure of pink sandstone. It was built in the year 1799 so that veiled royal women could peer down the busy street market unseen by the world through its 593 stone Jharokas (mini windows). Overnight Hotel - Jaipur (B)

Day 4: Jaipur - Agra via Fatehpur Sikri (235 km - 5 hr)
Today we drive to Agra, en route we will visit Fatehpur Sikri (Ghost Capital), the political capital of India's Mughal Empire under Akbar's reign, from the year 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned, ostensibly due to lack of water. We visit Emperor Akbar's Residential complex, Mosque & Tomb of Salim Chisti. Further we continue our drive to Agra, beautifully situated on the banks of river Yamuna. It achieved prominence as the capital of the Mughal Emperors from the year 1526 to 1628, remains major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era monuments, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri, all three are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Overnight Hotel - Agra (B)
Day 5: Agra
Today we visit Taj Mahal, symbol of eternal love, which stands on the banks of River Yamuna. It was built by the 5th Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in the year 1631 in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It was completed in 22 years. Further we visit Agra Fort, taken over from the Lodhis by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the late 16th century. The Fort can be more accurately described as a walled palatial city. It was built from red sandstone, often inlaid with white marble & intricate decorations. We will also visit Sikandara, Akbar's tomb. His son Jahangir completed the construction of the tomb in the year 1613.Overnight Hotel – Agra (B)

Day 6:Agra – Jhansi (Shatabdi Exp @ 0815 / 1040 hours) Jhansi - Orchha - Khajuraho (165 kms - 5 hr)
Today take Shatabdi Express train to Jhansi. From Jhansi drive to Orchha, located at a distance of 16 km from Jhansi. It has a medieval town atmosphere attached to it. The Betwa River quietly flows by the town. The 16th century palaces & temples built by its Bundela rulers appear to be suspended in time. Later visit Orchha Fort complex. Within the Fort complex we visit Jahangir Mahal, built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo in the 17th century to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jehangir to Orchha. Raj Mahal, built in the 17th century by Madhukar Shah, the deeply religious predecessor of Bir Singh Ju Deo. We also visit Ram Raja temple, palace-turned-temple with soaring spires & palatial architecture. Built by the King Madhukar Shah it is one of the most unusual temples in India & the only place where Lord Rama is worshipped as a King not as a deity. Later drive to Khajuraho, built between 950-1050 AD by the mighty warrior kings of the Chandela dynasty, a truly inspired burst of creativity. Contain stunningly explicit erotic sculptures. They were rediscovered in the 20th century, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight Hotel – Khajuraho (B)

Day 7: Khajuraho – Varanasi (By Flight IT 336 @ 1225 / 1310)
Today visit Khajuraho temples, famous for the magnificent carvings depicting numerous exotic postures of the famous Kamasutra, ancient Indian work on sex. Only 22 temples survive of the 85 originally built. In fact, worship is still done today in the Matangeshwara temple, continuing an unbroken 1000 year tradition. Later transfer you to Airport to board flight for Varanasi. Varanasi,picturesquely situated on the banks of holy river Ganga. The city is the Oldest Living City of the World & traces of its existence are found around 10000 BC. Other than being a very holy city for Hindus, it also holds a very significant association with Buddha's life & Buddhism. Upon arrival our representative will assist you at the Airport and transfer you to hotel for check-in. Half Day Excursion Later today take an excursion to Sarnath, the site of the deer park where Gautama Buddha is said to have given his first sermon about the basic principles of Buddhism. It has been a premier centre for Buddhism & has a rich collection of ancient Buddhist relics & antiques comprising numerous Buddha & Bodhisattva images on display at the Archaeological Museum. In the evening we witness to Ganga Aarti Ceremony at the Ghats Overnight hotel - Varanasi (B)

Day 8:Varanasi – Kathmandu (By Flight AI 251 @ 1230 / 1340)
For your India - Nepal tour you would be requiring multi entry visa so please apply for the same when you go to the Indian embassy. Nepal visa is available on arrival, it can be acquired by paying US$ 35 per person and you have to carry passport size photographs. Today start our day with a boat ride on the river Ganges. Rise before dawn & step gingerly in the boat as the boatman starts rowing the boat. Witness the daily miracle to unfold, as the Sun appears triumphantly over the horizon. The sound of conches & temple bells add to the delicate pink fabric of dawn. The formerly hushed murmuring of ancient Sanskrit Shlokas (hymns) now rise, in one voice, to a crescendo of unparalleled piety & joy. Later we explore the city by foot to get the feel of this Oldest living city of the world. Later transfer to the airport to board the flight to Kathamandu. Upon arrival, meet our representative and transfer to hotel Kathmandu, situated above 4400 ft above sea level with three historic, artistic and cultural towns namely Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur together form what is known as the `Kathmandu Valley'. Kathmandu is the hub of Nepal's traditional culture and arts. This is the place for rest, relaxation and easy-day sightseeing of historic and artistic temples and monuments, and mountain views. Being the capital city of Nepal, it offers much services including international airlines, hotels and other facilities. One also enjoys Kathmandu for night life, shopping and of course for the mountain views. Rest of the day at leisure

Day 9: Kathmandu
Full-day tour Post breakfast full day sightseeing covering Pashupatinath Temple, the most sacred Hindu shrine and one of the most important sitesin the world for Shiva worshippers, followed by Boudhnath Stupa, the largest stupa in the valley. It looms 36 meters tall and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design. Afternoon Swambhunath stupa, which watches over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. The huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of Kathmandu valley out of a primordial lake. Overnight Hotel – Kathmandu (B)

Day 10: Kathmandu
Full-day tour Today we visit Bhaktapur, the city of devotees situated at an altitude of 1401m, reminds one of a conch shell. Visit to Patan City known as Lalitpur, the city of fine arts and beauty. The huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of Kathmandu valley out of a primordial lake. Kathmandu is also famous for its night life, scattered with many luxury casinos. Overnight Hotel – Kathmandu (B)

Day 11:Kathmandu - Delhi (By Flight S2 - 502 @ 1440 / 1555)
Today we will transfer you to Airport to board your flight for Delhi and upon arrival at Delhi transfer to hotel for check-in and day are you leisure. Overnight Hotel – Delhi (B)

Day 12:Delhi
Full Day Tour Today take a guided tour of Old Delhi, the 17th century walled city of Shah Jahanabad, Visiting the great Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Built in the year 1656 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest & best known mosque inIndia. Later walk down or take a rickshaw ride through Chandi Chowk, the old marketplace of Shah Jahanabad now a picturesque bazaar to reach Red Fort, built in the year 1648 by Shah Jehan. In New Delhi, we visit Raj Ghat, memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation on 31 January 1948. Further we drive past India Gate, memorial built in the year 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I & the Afghan Wars. The names of the soldiers who died in these wars areinscribed on the walls. President's House, the official residence of the President of India, built in the year 1931. Until 1950 itwas known as Viceroy's House & served as the residence of the Governor-General of British India. Also visit Humayun's Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, built in the year 1562. The complex is a World Heritage Site & the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India. Qutub Minar, built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture. Qutub Minar & its monuments are listedas a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 13:Delhi - Departure
After breakfast day would be at your and later transfer to Airport to board flight for your on ward destination with memorable India Trip

 
Package Includes:
Accommodation of 12 Nights / 13 Days on Double Occupancy basis
Transportation by Air condition Tata Indigo/Toyota Innova car with English Speaking Chauffeur
Train Fare for sector Agra - Jhansi by AC Chair Car
Elephant Ride in Jaipur
Daily Breakfast at all mentioned hotels
Driver boarding & lodging
Assistance on arrival & departure transfer
  • Fuel surcharge
Tax, Inter state taxes, Toll Tax & Parking
Riksha Ride in Delhi
Boat Ride inVaranasi
Culture Evening in Chokhi Dhani tour with Dinner
Services of English Speaking Guide during the sight seeing    
 
Package Excludes:
There will be 2.575% service Govt. service tax extra applicable on total package cost.
Any expense of personal nature such as hard/soft drinks, laundry, phone/fax calls, tips etc.
  • Monument charges extra : USD 95 per person for all the monuments may can directly on the spot.
Any Monument entry fee ; camera fee.
Any other expense not mentioned in the
Any airfare Domestic & International
All presently applicable taxes    

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