Close Cousins - India and Nepal
The tour runs across Indian subcontinent spanning India and Nepal. Where else would one find ancient and modern, art and architecture, forts and palaces, spiritualism and adventure, mountains and seaside, shopping and leisure, nature with wildlife; all packaged in the same tour! This most popular tour of the region is a must for those desiring to cover both the Himalayan brothers- India and Nepal.
Day 01 Mumbai
Arrival at airport is followed by transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure.
Day 02 Mumbai
Unique sightseeing of the city in Indian Moments way- a mix of walks, personal car, local cab and local double-decker bus rides covering areas representing all walks of life- prominent sightseeing places, local stations, laughter Yoga session,old confectioneries, Dhobi Ghats, dabba-wallahs, red-light area and even meeting citizen groups. Interesting evening outing to see and enjoy street-food market.
Day 03 Aurangabad
Fly to Aurangabad in the morning. Excursion to Ajanta caves site, a scenic gorge having a series of caves. The caves have ancient sculptures and some of the most stunning murals of Buddhist era.
Day 04: Aurangabad
Visit the Ellora caves that are famed for their extraordinary sculptures, especially the largest monolithic temple in the world – The Kailasa Temple. Also visit Daulatabad fort and Bibi ka Maqbara.
Day 05 Udaipur
Take the morning flight through Mumbai to Udaipur-the Lake City. Leisure during the day allows you to take interesting walks in the old lanes of the city. Sunset boat trip over Lake Pichhola.
Day 06 Udaipur
Sightseeing of the city. Option of excursions to nearby monuments or horse safari in jungle or joining a cooking class or visiting a Sanskrit scholar.
Day 07 Jaipur
Drive to Jaipur. After check-in suggested walk in the Pink City to browse through its colorful bazaars. Or spend time shopping in one of Jaipur’s many exclusive textile boutiques. You may also enjoy sunset view of Jaipur from the imposing Nahargarh fort..
Day 08 Jaipur
Morning walking tour of some interesting streets and squares of the Pink City to catch glimpses of the habitual patterns of its residents which even includes following them at prayer-time in Sri Govind Devji temple- truly a mesmerizing sight! Day sightseeing of the City Palace Complex, Jantar Mantar Observatory, Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort (including Elephant ride to the fort).
Day 09 Agra
Visit the well-preserved abandoned capital of Emperor Akbar- Fatehpur Sikri on the way. In Agra, visit the incomparable Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.
Day 10 Khajuraho
Reach Jhansi by a morning train journey. Pickup by car and then visit the Orchha monuments followed by Lunch. Continue further and reach Khajuraho. Watch evening sound and light show with temples in the backdrop
Day 11 Varanasi
Guided sightseeing tour of Khajuraho temples. Noon flight to Varanasi. In Varanasi take a walking tour of a few Ghats and narrow backlanes to feel the pulse of this most sacred city of India.
Day 12 Varanasi
Early morning boat ride on river Ganges to witness holy rituals on Ghats. A very spiritual experience! Day tour to Sarnath where Buddha delivered his first sermon. Option of visiting home of classical musicians or meeting an astrologer or meeting a Vedic scholar.
Day 13 Kathmandu
Fly to the Himalayan country Nepal and reach Kathmandu valley. Day left free for leisure in hotel.
Day 14 Kathmandu
Day sightseeing of Durbar Squares of Kathmandu and Patan with pulsating local life around them. Evening free to shop in the busy Thamel market.
Day 15 Kathmandu
Option of excursion to Dakshinkali temple (place of animal sacrifices) or Kirtipur or Buddhist temple of Swambhunath or Changunarayan temple. Later, also watch the cremation Ghats by the river Baghmati behind the enormous Pashupatinath temple.
Day 16 Chitwan National Park
Take a short flight to Chitwan National Park, a huge virgin jungle in the fertile terai area of Himalaya foothills having a sizeable population of rhino and tiger. Explore the Park on Elephant back. Evening campfire and dinner.
Day 17 Chitwan National Park
Day to be used in visiting the park again. Also enjoy canoe ride over Narayani River; a leisurely way to appreciate the wildlife especially the Mugger & Rhinos.
Day 18 Pokhara
Reach Pokhara town by Flight. Pokhara skyline is dominated by breathtaking Annapurna range crowned by Fishtail Peak (It has never been scaled). The reflection of range in Phewa Lake is a mesmerizing sight. The leisurely stay watching mountains at Pokhara marks the perfect culmination of the trip. Day completely at leisure.
Day 19 Pokhara
Day to be used enjoying the perfect natural beauty of Pokhara and gazing hundreds of snowy peaks that are visible from here on a clear day.
Day 20 New Delhi
Fly back to Kathmandu watching majestic Himalayas peaks from the air. From Kathmandu change the flight to New Delhi. In New Delhi, evening to be used in visiting the local bazaars or attending fine-art performance in a cultural center.
Day 21 New Delhi
Daylong sightseeing of Old Delhi (Shahajahanabad) and Lutyen’s Delhi (New Delhi). Visit to Old Delhi would include ride in the swanky metro train, rickshaw ride through old lanes and walk in the spice bazaar of Khari Baoli. Also visit Humayun Tomb, Gandhi Smriti and Qutub Minaar.
Day free till the time of departure. Transfer to airport at appropriate time. Tour ends.
Tour Price per person begins from USD 5351 (on twin/double sharing basis)
Best months: Festival months of October-November and February-March
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