To travel from Delhi to Kathmandu is one of the most fascinating journeys in Asia. In addition to exploring the two national capitals our comprehensive tour combines fabulous cultural sights – Forts and Palaces of Jaipur, Taj Mahal of Agra and the holy Ganges (with all the religious rituals performed on its banks, the ghats) of Varanasi - besides the exciting Chitwan National Park in Nepal famed for its rhinos.
We start our journey in vibrant Delhi with a sightseeing tour to explore the rich cultural heritage of this great city. We then travel west to Jaipur - often described as the Pink City of India, boasting of its magnificent past, robust tradition, and above all, the architectural elegance and splendour of its glittering palaces.
A highlight of the trip is our sunrise visit to Taj Mahal where we see the pale marble change hue in spectacular fashion as the light changes with the movement of the sun. An overnight train journey is also an enjoyable experience in India and a great way to travel to Varanasi where fascinating Hindu bathing Ghats along the Holy Ganges beckons us. From here we head north to cross the border into Nepal for visits to Buddha’s birthplace and further to Chitwan National Park, famous for its population of Indian one-horned rhinoceros. A thrilling elephant-back safari practically guarantees our close encounter with the rhinos. Finally we reach Kathmandu, a valley on the threshold of the high Himalayan peaks. The city of Kathmandu is a great place to explore historic sites, ancient temples and shrines of both Buddhist and Hindu religions providing a fitting finale to a memorable tour.
- Stunning Amer Fort outside Jaipur
- Magnificent Taj Mahal with all its glory
- Sacred and vibrant Ganges Ghats at Varanasi
- Elephant-back safaris and rhinos at Chitwan
- Jaipur and Agra for Amber Fort and Taj Mahal respectively
Day 2Delhi - Jaipur
Delhi - Jaipur
We drive to the colourful capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, popularly known as the ‘Pink City’. With its rich cultural heritage and colourful past, it is now one of the most important heritage cities in India. The city was established in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the then ruler of Amer. Also known as The City of Victory, Jaipur was the first planned city of its time. With imposing forts, dazzling palaces, serene lakes and beautiful gardens and markets it has tremendous attraction for anyone. In the evening, we explore the colorful bazaars of Jaipur.
Day 3Explore the pink city
After breakfast we drive to the ancient capital of Amer, 11 km from Jaipur. Famous for its massive Amber(amer) Fort, Amer was the ancient capital of Kachwaha dynasty for 6 centuries. We take an Elephant ride(optional), an experience to remember for a long time, to reach the Fort situated on the hill. Having appreciated its beauty and captured that in our cameras we visit City Palace Jaipur, a perfect blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Next, we visit Jantar Mantar, a Solar Observatory built in the 18th century; an astronomical treasure house that measures time according to the movement of the Sun to an error of just 2 seconds with solar devices that give accurate astrological predictions as well till date. We also visit Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five-storied facade of pink sandstone. It was built in the year 1799 to allow royal ladies to watch processions and other the festivities on the road through its 953 ‘jharokas’or small windows without being seen by the public.
Day 4Jaipur - Agra
Jaipur - Agra
After breakfast we head towards Agra. En route, we take a break in the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. The 16th century city built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, is now in ruins, but it deserves exploration. The magnificence of its architecture attracts all visitors. Buland Darwaza is the most popular, and it is also called as the world's largest gateway. After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, you continue your drive to Agra. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel
Day 5Sightseeing of Agra and Overnight train to Varanasi
Today is the day to strike off the Taj from our bucket list. We rise early to visit this astonishing wonder in white marble. Taj Mahal, a symbol of eternal love, stands on the southern bank of River Yamuna. It was built by the 5th Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in the 16th century CE. The charisma of the amazing Taj Mahal never fails to leave a first time visitor spellbound.
visit the Agra Red Fort, a historical fort in the city of Agra and its walls are richly adorned with red sandstone. Till 1638, this fort was main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty. Thereafter the capital of Mughal was shifted from Agra to Red Fort in Delhi.
Day 6Sightseeing - Varanasi
In the morning, you arrive in Varanasi. Founded in the 7th century BC, Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in India and the world, which owes its longevity to the presence of the river of the Ganges in which the pilgrims come to wash for millennia: dedicated to the divinity Shiva, Varanasi is the spiritual capital of India and one of the sacred cities of Hinduism. Varanasi remains an essential step on a trip to India to immerse itself in the spirituality of the country. In the afternoon, you have the option to visit the old city of Varanasi, its winding streets, ghats and blissful temples will give you all together a different experience or you can even have a city tour of Sarnath. Sarnath is one of the four holy places of Buddhism. The ruins of some of the 7th century buildings are still visible today, including the monuments built during the reign of Ashoka: the Dharmarajika stupa, the Mulagandhakuti Vihara where the Buddha spent his first monsoon. You will also find a stupa of the 2nd century of 35 meters high but that originally measured more than 100 meters! At the end of the day you return to Varanasi to spend the night. .
Day 7Sightseeing - Varanasi
Today early morning we take a boat tour on the Ganges. This will give you a very peaceful as well as a spiritual experience. You will see people offering prayers and taking a dip in the river. Thousands of pilgrims visit this place for a ritual bath, and to perform prayers on the bank. Visiting this place is like immersing yourself in an aura of spirituality. Later in the evening, you will be witnessing aarti ceremony from the banks of the river.
Day 8Varanasi - Lumbini
Varanasi(Banaras) - Nepal
Today, after breakfast, we’ll leave for Lumbini in Nepal. The route will offer you beautiful sceneries of Northern plains and many small villages. Once arrived in Nepal, we’ll proceed to Lumbini. It is the birthplace of Lord Buddha. The site has now being developed as a Buddhist pilgrimage centre, where the archaeological remains associated with lord Buddha form a central feature. Overnight stay at Lumbini.
Day 9Lumbini - Chitwan National Park
Nepal - Chitwan National Park
Morning after breakfast, you’ll be visiting Lumbini gardens. You even have an option of taking a rikshaw ride around the Lumbini gardens. After that we’ll head towards Chitwan where we’ll be spending two nights. Nestled at the foot of the Himalayas, the park has a rich flora and fauna. At the foot of the Himalayas, Chitwan is one of the few remaining undisturbed vestiges of the Terai region. It is regarded as one of the best wildlife-viewing national parks in Asia and provides an excellent chance to spot one-horned rhinos, deer, monkeys and up to 544 species of birds. The place provides you an equal opportunity to see leopards, wild elephants and sloth bears. Once arrived, go for a jeep safari to discover the wildlife inhabiting in this park.
Day 10Full day exploration in Chitwan National Park
Today after breakfast, you will be devoting your entire day in jungle activities such as canoe excursion, village tour and birdwatching. A tour to the nearby village will enable you to witness the lifestyles, culture and tradition of that place. Moreover, birdwatching will introduce you to the 544 different species of birds inhabiting in this area.
Day 11Chitwan National Park - Pokhara
Chitwan National Park - Pokhara
Today we’ll start with our journey to Pokhra valley which is at a distance of 140km from Chaitwan. The richness of the valley in pure natural beauty is indeed one of the main attractions to the visitors from all over the world. Just imagine the joy of observing the majestic Himalayas, three peaks above 8000m from an elevation of below 1000m within a very close aerial distance. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence summits like Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) (6977m) and the five peaks of Annapurna range rising behind it create an ambience of peace and magic.
Day 12Free day in Pokhara
You can relax by the beautiful lake in Pokhara, Phewa Lake. It is the second largest lake in the country. Here, one can sail or row a hired boat across the lake to visit the Island temple in its middle. You can explore the Pokhran valley by indulging yourself in wonderful day walks in and around the Pokhra Valley. You can also drive up to the remains of a fort at Sarankot. It is the highest point on the Pokhara valley rim. Located at an altitude of 1592m above sea level, this place provides the best views of Pokhara Valley, Phewa Lake and beyond to the main spine of the Annapurna ranges
Day 13Pokhara - Kathmandu
Pokhara - Kathmandu
Today we’ll leave for Kathmandu. As it’s a 7-8 hours long journey, it will take most of your day. The views coming in your way will leave you spellbound. These include Marsyangdi and Trisuli rivers and also numerous small villages and terraces stretching thousands of feet up the hillside. Once we arrive in Kathmandu, we’ll check into our destined hotel.
Day 14Sightseeing - Kathmandu
The entire day is devoted to explore Kathmandu and the valley. We first visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest Buddhist temples in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and funeral pyres sometimes burning on the ghats. We will also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara - temple-style clustered around a fifty-five-window brick and wood palace. The attraction of the Durbar Square Bhaktapur is The Door of the Lion, The Golden Gate, The Palace of fifty-five windows, art galleries, The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla. The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for exploration and some last minute shopping. The site also offers you one of the best foods from subcontinent. A number of restaurants lining the streets will cater to your demands. Overnight at the hotel.