10 Days North India Tour
DAY 01 ARRIVE DELHI I JAIPUR
Arrive Delhi by International flight and direct drive to Jaipur
(235 kms, 05 hrs drive). Assistance upon arrival and check-in at the hotel. Afternoon
sightseeing tour of Jaipur- Also known as the Pink City, it was built with Hindu
rules of town planning. Pink being the traditional color of welcome, the city was
steeped in it in 1853 in honor of Prince Albert's visit and the colour is still
used. The important sights include a visit to the City Palace, part of it is the
residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur and part of it is converted into a museum.
The museum has an excellent collection of miniature paintings; manuscripts etc.;
its Textile & Costume and armory section are also worth a look. Nearby is the
Observatory, Jantar Mantar, built by Raja Jai Singh in mid 18th century with various
instruments for specific functions and accurate readings? Drive through the "Pink
City" and past the Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds, a five-storey building,
famous for its elaborate facade with about 1000 windows to enable the ladies of
the court to view the passing processions. Overnight.
DAY 02 JAIPUR
A morning sightseeing tour of Amber Fort - Situated about 11 kms from Jaipur, it
was the ancient capital of the State until 1728. Ascend the hill on elephant back
on which the fort is situated (If elephants are not available then jeeps will be
provided as alternate). Visit the Sheesh Mahal (Hall of mirrors), Jai Mahal and
other palaces within the fort. Overnight.
DAY 03 JAIPURI AGRA
Morning drive to Agra (265 Kms, 06 hours drive). Assistance upon arrival and check-in
at the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of
Agra - Once a capital of the Mughals, today it is famous for its world famous "dream
in marble" - the Taj Mahal. Built by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his
favorite Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains is a monument to love.
Visit the Agra Fort, build over the Mughal period (each emperor adding to it), see
various palaces and the Halls of Public and Private Audience. Overnight.
DAY 04 AGRA/JHANSI/KHAJURAHO
Early morning depart by train to Jhansi (to carry packed breakfast). Shatabadi Express
- Departs Agra at 0812 hrs I Arrives Jhansi at 1020 hrs.
Arrive Jhansi and drive to Khajuraho (175 kms, 04 hrs drive) en route visit Orcha
which is set on an island on a bend in the Betwa River, Orchha was built when the
Bundela rulers were at their peak. Once the capital of its own state, it contains
three palaces. The most impressive is the Jahangir Mahal, built in 17th century,
synthesizes the Hindu and Muslim styles. Orchha is an excellent example of a medieval
fort palace; within the turreted walls are gardens, gateways and pavilions as well
as numerous temples. Near the river are a few cenotaphs of the former rulers, many
of them are lying in neglect. Assistance upon arrival and check-in atthe hotel.
DAY 05 KHAJURAHO IVARANASI
Morning sightseeing tour of Khajuraho - Built by Chandela kings between 950 and
1050 AD, of the original 85 temples, the 25 surviving are among the finest temples
in India. Some of the important temples include Lakshmana Temple, the earliest and
best preserved; dedicated to Siva is Kandariya Mahadeva Temple which is also the
venue for the annual dance festival. These temples are architectural masterpieces
with their remarkable sculpted panels which show great sensitivity and warmth, and
reflect society in an age free from inhibitions.
Depicting battle scenes; expressing the celebration of all human activities making
full use of the female form as a decorative motif Afternoon transfer to an airport
to connect the flight to Varanasi. 9W724 Depart Khajuraho at 1330 hrsl Arrive Varanasi
at 1410 hrs.
Assistance upon arrival and check-in at the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Varanasi
- Varanasi is considered to be one of the oldest cities of India, also one of seven
holy cities for the Hindus, stands as a chief center of learning.
The places of interest include visit to the Bharat Mata Temple dedicated to the
motherland has a big relief map of India in marble; drive through the famous Benaras
Hindu University. Walk in the narrow lanes of the city passing the Vishwanath Temple
(non Hindus not permitted entry) and visit theAlamgir Mosque, built on the original
Vishnu temple by Aurangzeb in 17th century. Overnight.
DAY 06 VARANASII KATHMANDU
Early Morning Boat Excursion on the holy river Ganges to see the bathing ghats and
cremation site. For the Hindus, bathing in Ganges signify purifying oneself, also
it is a belief that to die in Kashi and to be cremated on the banks of River Ganges
leads to Nirvana - the release from the cycle of birth and death. During the boat
ride one can see people taking bath at the ghats and offering prayers, also see
the cremation ghats important ones being the Harishchandra and Manikarnika ghats
where the funeral pyres burn 24 hours. Transfer to airport to connect the flight
IC751 Depart Varanasi at 1310 hrs I Arrive Kathmandu at 1420 hrs (Flight Operates
only 03 days in a week on every
Tuesday /Thursday & Saturday).
Assistance upon arrival and check-in at the hotel Overnight.
DAY 07 KATHMANDU
Morning sightseeing tour of Kathmandu - Visit the Durbar Square, Hanuman Dhoka,
the ancient royal resident quarter, Mahadev and Parvati Temple, Machhender Bahl
- (a royal place for the Buddhists and Hindus). Temple House of Kumari and restal
virgin or the living goddess. Walk around the local bazaars. Swayambhunath - a 2500
years old site where, it is believed, the Radiant Lotous of valley mythology settled
when the water was drained by Manjushri, the God of Wisdom. The 5 dhyani Buddhas
attended by their consorts are enshrined at the base of the stupa. Also visit the
Afternoon sightseeing tour of Bhadgaon - A newar city of 9th century. Visit the
ancient gateway. Durbar square, royal residential quarter of Bhupendra Malia, temple
of Natyapole in pagoda style and other temples. Pashupatinath - The Varanasi of
Nepal is the most revered shrine of Shiva sited on the banks of the sacred Bagmati.
While non Hindus are not permitted inside the temple precincts - a walk in the environs
is a richly rewarding experience of colour and custom. Overnight.
DAY 08 KATHMANDU I DELHI
Morning sightseeing tour of Bodhnath - This collosal Stupa is one of the largest
in the world. The Stupa has the all seeing eyes of the Lord Buddha. It was built
by king Mana Deva in expiation of his sins in the 5th century AD. on an octagonal
base inset with prayer wheels.
Transfer to airport to connect the flight to Delhi.
S2502 Depart Kathmandu at 1600 hrs I Arrive Delhi at 1755 hrs. Assistance upon arrival
and check-in at the hotel. Overnight.
DAY 09 DELHI
Morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi - It was built by the Mughal emperor Shah
Jahan on the banks of river Yamuna in the early 17th century and was the capital
of the Mughal kingdom, Red Fort continue to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India
and the last great architectural work of the great Mughal builder. Walk through
the dense network of narrow alleys of Chandni Chowk the shopping centre of
Old Delhi. Finally visit the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi - the father of the
Nation and Jawahar Lal Nehru - first Prime Minister of the Independent India, which
are now parks dedicated to their memory.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of New Delhi - Also known as the Lutyen's Delhi, it was
the capital of the British Empire and is a contrast to Old Delhi. Some important
sights that come under the area of New Delhi include Qutub Minar - the tallest stone
tower in India built in 1199; and India Gate - the War Memorial Arch. Drive past
the President's Estate and Parliament buildings, through Diplomatic Enclave and
Connaught Place, main commercial centre of Delhi. Overnight.
DAY 10 DEPART DELHI
T ransferto International airport to connect the flight onward destination.