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INDIA HOLIDAY TOUR

Rajasthan with Varanasi and Nepal

Duration: 15 Days
Places Covered: Delhi - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Jaipur - Agra - Jhansi - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Kathmandu - Delhi

Day 01: Delhi: Arrival
Arrive at Delhi airport. Transfer to hotel. Check in and relax.

DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present - A perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land. A window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.

Overnight at Delhi.

Day 02: Delhi - Udaipur

Breakfast at hotel.

Transfer to airport for flight to Udaipur.

Reach Udaipur and check into hotel.

The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the ARAVALLIS. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sound and experiences and inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers.

Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of a heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the LAKE PICHOLA is an enticing sight.

Udaipur is the jewel of MEWAR -a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years.

In the evening, enjoy a motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert.

Also visit the JAG MANDIR PALACE - the other island palace in the middle of the lake.

Overnight at Udaipur.

Day 03: Udaipur Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for sightseeing tour of Udaipur, 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.

Also visit the lovely Sahelion-ki-Bari Gardens, the Jagdish Temple and the local folk Museum.

Relax in the evening or spend time at the banks of Lake Pichola. Overnight at Udaipur.

Jain Temple, Ranakpur Travel GuideDay

04: Udaipur - Jodhpur
By road 260 km in 6hr

After breakfast drive to Jodhpur.

En-route, visit the RANAKPUR TEMPLES, dating back to the 15th century. 200 pillars, none of which are alike, support its 29 halls. The Temple abounds with intricate friezes and sculptures. Includes visits to two more Jain temples and the Temple of the Sun God with its erotic sculptures.

Reach Jodhpur in the afternoon.

Set at the edge of the THAR Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha-chief of the RATHORE clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero of the RAMAYANA. The massive 15th century AD Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 Mts. Above the plains. The city is encompassed by a high wall -10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions.

Visit the TOWN HALL area in the evening and can have dinner at PAL HAVELI ROOF TOP with a beautiful view of the BLUE CITY.

Overnight at Jodhpur.

Day 05: Jodhpur
Morning go for a village safari of the famous BISHNOI VILLAGES and have a rare glimpse into the rich culture and true essence of India. Abundant wildlife (game only) and memorable moments of the great desert landscape fascinates one while driving along the countryside.

In the afternoon visit Mehrangarh Fort (1459 AD) by Rao Jodha who considered themselves the descendents of Lord Rama. In this palace you would see different miniature paintings & cradle room. After this you would visit Jaswant Thada Memorial.

Proceed to see UMAID BHAWAN PALACE and the museum there.

Overnight at Jodhpur.

Day 06: Jodhpur - Jaipur
By road 250 km in 6hr

Proceed to Jaipur after breakfast.

En-route, you will stop for lunch at the beautiful CHHATRASAGAR NIMAJ.

Reach Jaipur and check in at hotel.

Fort, Jaipur Travel VacationsJAIPUR - The origins of the beautiful city of Jaipur can be traced back to the eighteenth century, during the reign of Jai Singh II who ascended the Amber throne in 1699. Jaipur today, epitomizes the spirit of Rajputana. In-spite of growing into a bustling metropolis, it still retains it's character and history - A beautiful fusion of the yesteryears and modernity. Popularly known as the Pink City because of the extensive use of the locally abundant pink plastered stone, painted so in honor of the visit of the royal consort of Queen Victoria. Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens.

Spend the evening shopping at leisure in the city.

Overnight at Jaipur.

Day 07: Jaipur
Breakfast at hotel.

Morning excursion will be to the Amber Fort where you will reach the fort on elephant back.

AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. It's forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds it's ultimate expression.

Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting...

CITY PALACE - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

JANTAR MANTAR - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.

HAWA MAHAL - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Its five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

Overnight at Jaipur.

Day 08: Jaipur - Agra
By road 221 km in 6hr
After breakfast, drive to Agra visiting Fatehpur Sikri en-route.

Taj Mahal, Agra Tourism The deserted, red Sandstone City, Emperor Akbar built that as his capital and palace in the late 16th century is an exhilarating experience. It a veritable fairytale city and its "ruins" are in pristine condition ... It's not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur. Also visit the Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world.

Continue your drive to Agra and on arrival check-in at AMAR VILAS - Undoubtedly the best hotel of Agra.

Time permitting, visit the TAJ MAHAL in the evening against the setting sun.

Overnight at Agra.

Day 09: Agra
Visit the TAJ MAHAL at sunrise - one of the Seven Wonders of the World was built by Shah Jahan in 1631 AD and was completed in 1651AD. Taj Mahal - The symbol of Love was built in the memory of Mumtaz Mahal (Shah Jahan' s second Wife).

AGRA FORT - Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction.

Visit Itmadullah's Tomb.

Proceed for shopping in the evening.

Overnight at Agra.

Day 10: Agra - Jhansi - Khajuraho
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to station for train to Jhansi.

Reach Jhansi and transfer to Orchha, 12 km away.

Orchha - 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 city is picturesquely flanked by the river betwa.

Proceed for sightseeing of ORCHHA sites within the Fort Complex. Enjoy your lunch at Orchha.

Continue drive to Khajuraho.

Situated in the heart of india, in the state of madhya pradesh, khajuraho is a fascinating village with a quaint, rural ambience and a rich cultural heritage, honoured by the world as india's unique contribution to human civilisation. The chandela dynasty built eighty-five temples here. Twenty remain as embodiments of Temple, Khajuraho Tours & Travelsindian architectural and sculptural art at its most evolved state. Even ten centuries after they were constructed, the temples of khajuraho reflect an eternal philosophy relevant to all mankind. The temples of khajuraho is a world heritage site and belong not just to india but to the world. Khajuraho is one of the few millennium destinations of the world.

Reach Khajuraho. Transferred to hotel and relax. Evening free. Can go out for a stroll.

Overnight at Khajuraho.
Day 11: Khajuraho - Varanasi

Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for a guided tour of the exotic temples of Khajuraho.

Transfer in time to airport for flight to Varanasi.

Varanasi is the world's most ancient living city. Sunrise on the riverfront, as seen from a boat, can be spiritually uplifting sight. Crowded with temples, and its labyrinth of streets, the city attracts the maximum number of tourists. The religious capital of hinduism, varanasi is the carpet manufacturing place of india. It was previously known as kashi - the city that illuminates. The present name is derived from the fact that the city is at the confluence of the rivers varuna and asi.

Reach and relax in hotel. Overnight at Varanasi.

Day 12: Varanasi
Morning drive to Daswamedh Ghat and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges to see the cremation Ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world's oldest and most important religions. (To start at 0500 hrs. For the best lifetime experience) For you to appreciate this remarkable city, we'll transfer you to the banks of the River Ganges before the sun rises. Board a boat with your guide and proceed to the middle of the river, where at sunrise the sight unfolds before you. Thousands of faithful come daily to the banks to bathe and pray while in the background, temples and palaces rise in tiers from the water's edge. Then return to the shores for a walk through the cobblestone streets along the banks of "Ganga". As shops are opening, the place now becomes a beehive of activity as the faithful are coming and going. Visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple while returning to the hotel.

Return for breakfast to the hotel.

Proceed for half day-guided tour of Varanasi including the, Gyanvapi Mosque, Benaras Hindu University and other important monuments OR can proceed for last minute shopping.

Overnight at Varanasi.

Day 13 - Varanasi - Kathmandu flight
Transfer to the airport for flight to Kathmandu. Assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free.

Budha, Kathmandu TravelsDay 12 - Kathmandu
Morning city sightseeing tour to visit Machhendra Nath Temple, a two tiered bronze roof pagoda, Hanuman Dhoka - the historic seat of Royalty, Durbar Square which houses Teleju temple built in 1549 AD, figure of Kal Bhairav - God of Destruction, statue of King Pratap Malla, Temple House of Kumari - the residence of living Goddess.

Day 14 - Kathmandu
Morning visit Bhadgaon (Bhaktapur) means the city of devotees, situated at an altitude of 4600 ft., 13 kms east of Kathmandu. Durbar Square - the main Square of the city contains the Lion Gate with the lovelystone figures of Hanuman. Boudhnath - the colossal Stupa, one of the biggest in the world, has the all seeing eyes of the Buddha. The shrine is ringed by houses of Goddess Mani Jogni. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels and is situated 8 kms east of Kathmandu . Pashupatinath Temple - situated 5 kms east of Kathmandu on the bank of sacred Bagmati river, the temple of Lord Shiva with two tiered golden roof and silver doors is famous for its super architecture. It is a centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Maha Shivaratri.

Day 15 - Kathmandu - Delhi flight
Transfer to the airport for flight to Delhi Assistance on arrival and connect flight for onward destination.