Welcome to India!! Upon arrival please clear immigration formalities and proceed to exit gate where you will be greeted by VUE India Tours representative with pla card under the name HIGHLIGHTS OF INDIA and NEPAL. After a warm welcome transfer to hotel and check-in. Have some free time on your own to adjust to the new time zone. Stay for two nights in Delhi. (No Meals)
Day 02: 18 Oct, 2017: Delhi
Morning meet your tour manager at the hotel lobby for a short briefing of tour. During this session we will clarify your doubts and will also share the Do’s and Don’ts of the tour. Further drive past New Delhi, built in a typically British colonial style and designed by Lutyens with tree-lined avenues, colonial bungalows. The drive will include photo opportunities at some of the following attractions – the exterior the Parliament House, the War Memorial Arch (India Gate) and the Vice Regal Palace, now the official residence of the President of India in New Delhi. Conclude your day with visit to Qutub Minar; built at a height of 72.5m, and being one of the most important landmarks of Delhi. Conclude your city tour exploring the Connaught Place and Janpath market which are located in the heart of Delhi and are the hub for handicrafts and emporiums. Stay overnight at Delhi. (B,D)
Day 03: 19 Oct, 2017: Delhi (DIWALI)
Morning proceed for sightseeing of Old Delhi where you come across the heritage of Mughal times. Drives pass through Red Fort, renowned landmark of 17th century. Visit Jama Masjid; the largest mosque in India built in red sandstone with extensive use of marble, with relics of the Prophet and Holy Quran enshrined here. Between the mosque and Chandni Chowk is a narrow shop-lined street along which you will be transported by cycle rickshaws on your most photogenic journey of the tour. Chandni Chowk was Shahjahanabad’s Main Street in 1650, facing the majestic Red Fort. Then after we will take you around the city to show how people prepare for Diwali Celebrations. You will witness houses, offices and building decorated with colorful lights and fineries. At the entrances ladies prepare Rangoli to make their houses look more beautiful. Return back to hotel for overnight stay. (B.D)
Today is DIWALI – festivals of lights and one of the greatest festivals in India which is celebrated with great enthusiasm throughout the country. All the market places are decorated with colorful lights and you can find small shops on the streets selling small idols of Ganesha and Lakshmi, clay lamps (diyas) and toys, flowers, etc. These traditional items are piled everywhere you go and make the market even more colorful. As the sun sets people worship the God and Goddess for their good luck and prosperity and exchange sweets with friends and relatives. Later in the evening you can witness children and adults burning crackers. Delhi is usually a little overwhelming during festivities and Diwali brings the best in them. Fireworks in Delhi go all night long
Today set on journey to Jaipur, also known as the Pink City because of the colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city and is steeped in history and culture. Here the past comes alive in magnificent forts and palaces, blushed pink, where once lived the maharajas. The bustling bazaars of Jaipur, famous for Rajasthani jewellery, fabric and shoes, possess a timeless quality and are surely a treasure-trove for the shoppers. This fascinating city with its romantic charm takes you to an epoch of royalty and tradition.
Upon arrival you will receive a warm welcome and will check into hotel. After a brief rest proceed to meet a local royal family where you will enjoy a session of authentic Indian Cooking. You will be shared with secrets of India kitchen and the importance of spices in Indian cuisine. During the session you will also be introduced with the traditions, culture and history of the family since they migrated here. Females will get the pleasure to dress up themselves in saress with bangles; whiles males wear kurta-payjama and learn turban tying. Return back to hotel for overnight stay. (B,D)
Day 05: 21 Oct, 2017: Jaipur
Morning after an early breakfast proceed for guided visit of Amber Fort, en-route photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace); built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh at a time when women of the royal family had to observe strict purdah. Continue your morning with Amber Fort excursion, the ancient capital of Rajasthan and the majestic palace complex to witness a unique system of air-conditioning of 17th century. The most enthralling experience of Amber Fort is the gaily elephant ride. A beautiful complex of Palaces, halls, pavilions, garden and temples, it still stands in magnificent state. The red sandstone and white Marble palace has some very interesting apartments- Diwan-I-Am, Ganesh Pol, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas, Jai Mandir, Man Singh Palace and Shila Devi Temple. Afternoon proceed to visit City Palace and Royal Observatory. During your tour you gain extra memories by witnessing show of puppet and snake charmer. Further explore the old markets of Jaipur famed for its fabrics, traditional ornaments, jewelry, footwear etc. Enjoy your dinner at a heritage hotel with cultural performance. Return back to hotel for overnight stay. (B,D)
Today you will travel to North India’s most famous national park and is the best place to spot Royal Bengal Tigers and other wild cats in their natural habitat. Scattered around the fort are ancient temples and mosques, hunting pavilions, crocodile-filled lakes and vine-covered chhatris (burial tombs). The park was a maharajas’ hunting ground until 1970, a curious 15 years after it had become a sanctuary. Upon arrival check into resort and enjoy the flora around you. Stay for two nights in Ranthambhore. (B,L,D)
At Ranthambhore you can opt to visit a local village where a local royal family has dedicated their luxury for empowerment of women, and generate livelihood to make the local financially sound. The villagers make utility things with embroider fabrics. This has helped in the villagers and craftsmen to migrate and also preserve the old art.
Day 07: 23 Oct, 2017: Ranthambhore
Wake up early in the morning and prepare for the first game drive (at 6:00 – 9:30 am. Kindly check with the reception if there is any change in time). The park is dotted with steep rocky hills and the dominating architecture of Ranthambhore Fort (built in the 10th century), adds to its landscape. The rugged park terrain alternates between dry deciduous forest, open grassy meadow, dotted by several lakes and rivers that are only made passable by rough roads built and maintained by the Forest Service. The tiger is not the only attraction at Ranthambore although it is the one park resident that people come to see. A variety of birds including Owlets, the ubiquitous Langur (monkey), Leopard, Caracal, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, marsh Crocodiles, Wild Boar, Bears and various species of Deer are the other attractions. Return to the hotel approximately around 9:30 am and have your breakfast. Later in the afternoon we have another game drive. Stay overnight at the tiger reserve. (B,L,D)
Morning check out and get in time transfer to Sawai Madhopur Railway Station to board train (Jan Shatabdi Express ETD: 0705 hrs) to Bharatpur. During your 02 hrs journey you will be introduced to Indian Railways – the largest rail network in the world. Upon arrival proceed for visit to Fatehpur Sikri the exquisite city built by Akbar the Great in 1569, in red sandstone, with its forts, palaces and mosques, and abandoned 14 years after its creation due to political reasons. Diwan-i-am – a vast courtyard in which the emperor gave daily public audience, Diwan-i-khas – a large quadrangle where all the major functions of the palace took place, Pachisi court, the emperor’s private living quarters, Jodha Bai’s palace, Mariam’s palace, Birbal’s palace, Hawa Mahal and Panch Mahal are some of the important buildings of this residential complex. After sightseeing travel to Agra, erstwhile capital of Mughal Kingdom and home to Taj Mahal – one of the most beautiful monuments in world. Upon arrival you will receive a warm welcome and will check into hotel. Stay overnight nights at Agra. (B,D)
Day 09: 25 Oct, 2017: Agra
Early morning visit Taj Mahal (with sunrise view) – the epitome of love, stands on the banks of the river Yamuna built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. The Taj attracts millions of tourists from all over the world. To experience the beauty of this architectural marvel, it needs to be viewed at different times of the day and year. The white marble building changes its hue with the variations in the daylight. Made entirely of white marble and decorated with exquisite pietra dura (stone inlay) work, different types of precious and semi-precious stones were used in the intricate inlay work done on the interiors. This magnificent monument is built around a Charbagh or ’four garden’ plan, split by watercourses— reflects the influence of Persian architectural style. Return to hotel for breakfast. Then after proceed to visit to Agra Fort a UNISCO World Heritage; the imposing structure on the banks of the river Yamuna is replete with priceless examples of craftsmanship in the Mughal period. It blends the Hindu and central Asian architectural styles very beautifully. Built by Emperor Akbar the maze of courtyards, mosques and private chambers of the fort, echo the story of the Mughal Empire. Conclude your day with visit to Itmad-Ud-Daula Tomb. Evening free to explore the local markets. Stay overnight in hotel. (B,D)
Morning meet your instructor and have an hour session of Yoga. After breakfast check out and travel to Delhi. Upon arrival check into hotel. Remaining part of the day free for you to relax or get indulged in self independent activities. (B,D)
Morning check out from hotel and receive in time check out and transfer to international terminal to board flight to Kathamdu.
Welcome to Nepal!! Wedged between the high Himalaya and the steamy Indian plains, Nepal is a land of snow peaks and Sherpas, yaks and yetis, monasteries and mantras. Upon arrival meet assistance and transfer to hotel. Stay for three nights at Kathamndu. (B,D)
Day 12: 28 Oct, 2017: Kathmandu
After breakfast, proceed for a full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. Situated at an altitude of 4500ft and founded in the 8th Century A.D. the valley of Kathmandu is composed of three royal Cities, Kathmandu, Patan & Bhadgaon. The valley surrounded by tiers or green hills topped off by snow capped peaks covers an area of 218 sq. miles. Kathmandu has always been a renowned centre for Buddhism and its art such as the stupa of Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and hundreds of Buddhist and Hindu temples. Stay overnight in hotel. (B,D)
Day 13: 29 Oct, 2017: Kathmandu
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Bhaktapur. Pashupatinath Temple, renowned for its superb architecture, it’s two storied golden roof and silver doors. Thousands of devotees converge here on an annual pilgrimage on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri, the night of Lord Shiva, in the month of February. Entrance into the temple-precincts is permitted only by Hindus. Boudhanath: the stupa of Boudhanath contains the relics of Kashyap Buddha, one of the former Buddha’s. The stupa was much later renovated by the Lichchavi rulers of the 8th century A.D. The Bhaktapur: was founded in 9th Century by King Anand Dev. This city is renowned for its pottery and weaving industry. DURBAR SQUARE: The main square of the city contains innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces such as Lion Gate, The Golden Gate and the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla among others. Nyatapola Temple: This five storied Pagoda Style temple was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1708 A.D. well known for its massive structure and subtle workmanship. (B,D
Day 14: 30 Oct, 2017: Kathamdu departure (TBA)
Breakfast at hotel. Afternoon check out and get in time transfer to airport to board flight to onward destination. (B)
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