From Taj Mahal to Kathmandu
From 2941 $ per person
Rajasthan, the perfect introduction to India, takes you into a world straight out of a Thousand and one Nights.
After Jaipur we visit the famous Taj Mahal in Agra before crossing the Gangetic plain to reach Varanasi. En route we come to Allahabad, an important place of pilgrimage, where the Yamuna meets the Ganges, on which we embark in a traditional boat.
We then set off to Nepal on a journey which takes us from Lumbini, where Buddha was born, to Pokhara, via Chitwan, a former hunting reserve of the Nepalese kings, now a national park. Then free to explore the Kathmandu valley, with its sanctuaries and stupas, in the dazzling setting of the Himalayan peaks.
This programme, which takes you from the Ganges and unforgettable Varanasi to the legendary valley of Kathmandu, introduces you to the holiest cultural sites and natural settings of both Hinduism and Buddhism- these are amongst the most magical places in India and Nepal.
From $2941 per participant, based on 2 participants.
> Transfers and ground transports (private vehicle with and English speaking driver)
> Flights and/or trains as mentioned in the program
> Accommodation: twin/double room in hotels
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
> International flights and airport taxes
> Entrance fees for temples, monuments and museums mentioned in the program
> Optional activities
> Repatriation fees, should they be required
> Meals (except if mentioned in detailed itinerary) > Drinks and personal expenses
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Day 1: Arrive in Delhi
Airport pickup(usually during the evening) Transfer and overnight in hotel.
Day 2: Delhi- Jaipur - [5 hours - 260 km]
Set off by road to Jaipur, the Pink City. Settle into hotel. Walking tour of the bustling old pink city. Overnight in hotel.
Day 3: Jaipur
Morning visit of Amber Fort. Return to Jaipur. Afternoon stroll through the different bazaars. Overnight in hotel.
Day 4: Jaipur - Agra - [5 hours - 230 km]
Jaipur - Agra by road. Stop at the ghost town of Fatehpur Sikri, 40 km west of Agra. Continue on to Agra. Check into hotel and spend night.
Day 5: Agra - Allahabad - [overnight train]
Visit Red Fort and the fabulous Taj Mahal. Transfer to station for night train to Allahabad. Overnight in train (AC Sleeper class).
Day 6: Allahabad - Varanasi - [3 hours - 120 km]
You will be met at the station and transferred to Chunar where a team of boatmen awaits you with converted sailing boats to take you down river. Arrive at Varanasi ghats. Transfer and night in hotel.
Day 7: Varanasi
Visit the town with its famous ghats lining the banks of the Ganges, the holiest river of India for Hindus. Option of a sunrise boat trip on the Ganges and an excursion to the legendary Buddhist village of Sarnath (20 km from Varanasi). Overnight in hotel.
Day 8: Varanasi - Kathmandu - [1 hour flight]
Transfer to airport for flight to Kathmandu. Airport pick up in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel. Free time to discover the popular Thamel area. Overnight in hotel.
Day 9: Kathmandu
Explore the town of Kathmandu: Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath and Durbar Square. Overnight in hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 10: Kathmandu Valley
Day to visit Patan and Bhaktapur. Overnight in hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 11: Kathmandu - Royal Chitwan National Park - [3-4 hours by road -200km]
Travel to Chitwan reserve. Afternoon free. Overnight in lodge in heart of jungle.
Day 12: Royal Chitwan National Park
Early morning departure by elephant or jeep through the jungle to explore its flora and fauna. Return to Lodge. Lunch. Short afternoon walk in vicinity of lodge. At nightfall set out on another safari. Overnight in lodge.
Day 13: Royal Chitwan National park - Pokhara [4 hours - 200 km]
Drive to Pokhara, closest town to the Annapurna Massif and famous Machhapuchre. Arrive in Lakeside area (Pokhara Lake) and transfer to hotel. Option of boat trip on Lake Phewa, against the backdrop of the entire Annapurna range. Night in hotel.
Day 14: Pokhara - [optional 4-5 hour walk]
Day to relax or go on excursion to Sarankot, with its panoramic view of the Himalayas. Overnight in hotel.
Day 15: Pokhara - Kathmandu - [4-5 hours - 200 km]
Leave for Kathmandu. En route you will come across many small villages such as Bandipur and Gorkha, beautiful countryside and lush valleys where peasants still work on the land the way they did in the Middle Ages.Transfer and overnight in hotel.
Day 16: Kathmandu - Delhi
Transfer to airport. Flight to Delhi. Airport pick up. Visit town. Transfer to international airport during the evening. Shanti Travel says ’au revoir’.