Culture of OF India and Nepal

15 Days / 14 Nights
Delhi - Samode - Jaipur - Agra - Gwalior - Orchha - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Kolkata - Kathmandu - Delhi

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Arrive at the Delhi airport and receive a warm welcome extended by the Grand Travel Planner tour guide on day 1 of the Golden Triangle Tour Package. Check in at a hotel, freshen up and meet the tour representative who gives you a brief introduction about the Rajasthan Desert Tour. Set out on sightseeing tours to Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandini Chowk, Qutub Minar, Chattarpur Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Humayun's Tomb and the ruins at the Lodhi Gardens .Come back to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 2: Delhi
A full day of sight seeing in Delhi the capital city of India , Delhi is a magnificent city incorporating the historic old city. It sprawls over a vast tract of the Jamuna plain, its population - 13.8 million Delhi was the center of power of the various Muslim dynasties that ruled swathes of the subcontinent from the 12th century onwards. Modern Delhi is really two cities - Old Delhi, Kutub Minar, President House, National Museum & India Gate. (Overnight at the hotel).

Day 3: Delhi - Samode - Jaipur (240 km., 04-05 hours)
Breakfast and departure by road to Jaipur. Enroute visiting Samode - small town with a wonderful palace, converted into a hotel, exquisite oriental luxury. continue drive to Jaipur - The capital of Rajasthan was painted pink in the last century in honor of a visiting Prince and from it has retained this color. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer, this city is 260 years. The "Pink City" is the only city in the world whose grid design symbolizes the nine divisions of the universe. This design was established according to the principles of Shilpa Shastra, a famous Hindu treatise on architecture, and Mughal and Jain influences of that time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Jaipur
After breakfast, visit Amber Fort, the former capital of the royal Rajputs. Few fail to be moved by the dramatic Rajput grandeur of this hilltop fortress-palace 11-km north of Jaipur. Set on the dry wrinkled Aravali Hills, and surrounded by fortified battlements, the palace straddles two sepia-hued tundra hills overlooking Maota Lake, and its sprawling crenellated walls lattice the surrounding hills. We will ride up to this hilltop palace on a caparisoned, painted elephant, passing through the ancient main gate where Maharajas of Jaipur have entered for four hundred years. Our guide will elaborate on the history of this architectural masterpiece with its mirror-studded alcoves, dazzling mosaics and water-cooled swings that delight today’s visitors as they did their former royal residents.
Elephant Ride at Amber Fort!!!
Rest of the day at leisure or Evening free to visit Colorful Bazaar in Jaipur

Day 5: Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (240 km, 05-06 hours)
After breakfast drive to Agra - Agra is located southeast of Delhi and houses the world famous Taj Mahal mausoleum. Agra achieved fame in medieval times as the capital of Mughal Empire when it was beautified with gardens, waterfalls, bathrooms and channels. At present, Agra has a flourishing industry of carpets, leather craftsmen, sculptors, sandstone and marble, some of which advocate be direct descendants of those who built the Taj Mahal. visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route, is 40 km Agra and built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and was abandoned after 15 years in the cause of scarcity of water. View Majesties buildings inclusive Jama Masjid (mosque), the tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other palaces. Overnight in Agra. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 6: Agra - Gwalior (110 kms, 02 hours)
Morning visit Taj Mahal, whose construction began in 1631 by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Empress Mumtaz Mahal to save their remains. The Agra Fort. The construction of the fort was started by Emperor Akbar in 1565. Its strong walls have a length of 2.5 km. and are surrounded by a moat 10 meters wide.

In the afternoon, departure by road to Gwalior. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Gwalior - Orchha (120 kms, 02-03 hours)
Morning visit Man Mandir, Gujari Mahal (today an archaeological museum), the fort, Temples of Sas-Bahu (mother-in-law), Teli ka Mandir , Jai Vilas Palace, Tomb of Gaus Mohammad and mausoseo Tansen.

In the afternoon, departure by road to Orchha. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Orchha - Khajuraho (178 kms, 04-05 hours)
Morning visit the vastness of Orchha is captured in piedray frozen for centuries, a rich legacy for years. Because, in this medieval city, the hand of time has rested suamente, the palaces and temples built by the Bundela kings in centuries 16 and 17 retains much of its glory printina. Jahangir Mahal, a palace of vrios floors topped by 'chhatris' offers a spectacular view of the cenotaphs and espiros of temples.

By the afternoon, drive to Khajuraho. Overnight at the hotel

Day 9: Khajuraho - Varanasi (Flight, IT-336: 1225-1310 hours)
After breakfast visit the temples of the group consisting of temples Parasvanath - the only Jain Temple surviving at Khajuraho. The temple has ecelente sculpture on the exterior walls. Also the temple dedicated to Vishnu Javeri is important. Other highlights are the temples of Brahma, Yamuna and Adinath

Evening transfer to airport for flight to Varanasi. Overnight at hotel.

After lunch, excursion to Sarnath one of the largest Buddhist centers

Day 10: Varanasi - Kolkata (Flight 9W-2461: 1435 to 1550 hours)
At dawn boat trip for the Ganges, sacred river of India, to visit the famous "Ghats" incineration and contemplate the unprecedented spectacle Indians practicing ritual ablutions in the river. Then take a guided tour of the city, considered "The Sacred City of India" and Durga Temples Bharatmata (the monkey temple), the Mosque of Emperor Aurangzeb, the Sacred Bull.

Evening transfer to airport for flight to Kolkata. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Kolkata
In the morning take a guided tour of the city that includes the colorful flower market, the bridge Howra (the 3rd largest bridge in the world and one of the busiest, with about 2 million people across her daily) and Belur Math, which is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission, founded in 1899 by renowned yogi Swami Vivekananda. His shrine represents a church, mosque or temple angle depending on where you look. Then return to Calcutta en route visiting the book market College Street, the town Kumartuli Potter, the Marble Palace and the Victoria Memorial, one of the most beautiful monuments of India. Accommodation.

Day 12: Kolkata - Kathmandu (Flight IC-747: 1315-1515 hours)
Transfer to airport to board flight to Kathmandu. After passing the immigration controls, transfer to hotel and lunch.

Afternoon at leisure.

Day 13: Kathmandu
Today, our city tour guide will take you first we process the our further Kathmandu and Patan city sightseeing. During the sightseeing, visit at Pasupatinath Temple (World Famous Secret Hindus Temple) and Patan Durbar Square. (World Heritage Site under control by UNISCO)

Interesting sightseeing point details:

PASUPATINATH TEMPLE - Pasupatinath Temple is the biggest temple complexes in South Asia. The temple is the ultimate pilgrimage for Hindus throughout the world. As a result the area is always swarmed in by Hindus from different parts of the country as well as from India. Located at the banks of holy Bagmati River, the two-storied pagoda temple of Pasupatinath, houses the five-faced statue of Lord Shiva. Apart from the main shrine, there are numerous temples dedicated to different gods andgoddesses in and around the Pashupatinath temple area.

PATAN DURBAR SQUARE - Patan Durbar Square is the main attraction in Lalitpur, the city of fine arts. The palace complex of Malla rulers is home to well-preserved monuments of historical and cultural importance. Krishna Mandir, Keshav Narayan Chowk, Sundari Chowk, the Roal Palace and Royal Bath are the masterpieces of medieval culture. Likewise, the palace complex is home to many ancients monuments dating back to many centuries.

Interesting Sightseeing Point at Around Patan Durbar Square.

PATAN Durbar Square (World Heritage Site), an enchanting melange of palace buildings, courtyards and pagoda temples, is the center of Patan's religious and social life. An entrance ticket which costs Rs. 300 (SAARC Rs. 25) entitles you to visit the palace and other sites in Patan like Oku Bahal, Mahabouddha, Kumbheswar and Achheswar Mahavihar.

Mahabouddha: This Buddhist monument is an excellent example of terra cotta artform which points to the skill of Patan's ancient craftsmen with a variety of building styles. The 14th-century monument's obelisk-like design is also unusual in a city of pagoda roofs.

Oku Bahal: Oku Bahal is situated a few steps past Mahabouddha and is one of the best known Buddhist places of worship in Patan. The stone-paved courtyard is enclosed by a two-story building with gilded roofs. The wood-carvings on the roof struts are especially attractive.

Kwa Bahal; Kwa Bahal, or the Golden Temple, is a Buddhist monastery courtyard dating to the 12th century. The monastery is embellished with exceptionally fine wood-carvings and repousse work. Artistic images are scattered around the courtyard.

Kumbheswar: Built in 1392, this Shiva temple is the oldest temple in the city. It is also one of the only three in the Valley with five roofs. The water in the two ponds here (Kwanti) is believed to originate in the holy Gosaikund lake, several days’ walk to the north.

Evening free for your own leisure and explore Thamel tourist market on self.

Day 14: Kathmandu
After breakfast, half day excursion to Swoyambhunath Stupa & Bhadgaon - Another Newar city founded in the 9th century. Visit Bodhnath, the 2500 years old Buddhist stupa; a holy place for Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet.
BOUDDHANATH STUPA - Bouddhanath is one of the largest stupas in entire South Asia. Situated in Boudha, a short drive from city center, the white mound looms 36 meters overhead. Believed to have been constructed in the 5th century, there are many monsteries around the stupa as the area has been inhabited by people having faith in buddhism. Buddist monks on maroon robes are seen circumbulating the stupa with prayer wheels on their hands. Numerous small stupas are located at the based.

SWOYAMBHUNATH STUPA - (World Heritage Site – Nepal):
Historians believe that the history of Swoyambhunath Stupa is as old as the history of the Kathmandu valley. It was immersed below water when the whole Kathmandu valley was a big lake. When Manjushree cut a gorge and drained the water of the lake, a stupa was build around the lotus that emitted brilliant light. There are numerous monasteries in and around the Swoyambhunath Stupa area. The area is a landmark in Kathmandu Valley as it provides an excellent view of the Kathmandu valley.
Evening free for Shopping!!!

Day 15: Kathmandu - Delhi (Flight, SG-46: 1650-1830 hours)
Breakfast. Morning at leisure.
In the afternoon, transfer to airport to board flight to Delhi. Arrival and connecting flight back to onwards Journey.

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