Cultural Excursion

India & Nepal Discovery

Delhi, India

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Discover India's spirituality, then keep going north to Nepal.

Traveling through India is about the sights and sounds. It is about taking in the smells and experiencing the emotions. India is about the people, the warmth of Indian hospitality and the genuine friendliness to guests. A journey is about completely immersing your senses in the surroundings and letting the uniqueness of the country through India take over. A journey through India is a life altering experience and a trip of a lifetime.

All of our itineraries can be completely customized to match your budget, travel dates and interests.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Delhi Arrival

Welcome to India! Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel accommodations for overnight.

Overnight: Justa The Residence Greater Kailash

Day 2 - Delhi

After breakfast in your hotel, you will be taken on a morning tour of Old Delhi. Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern. Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which has left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles.

In the afternoon, you will continue your tour in New Delhi. New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's - it's a city of wide boulevards impressive government buildings, green parks and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. The King's architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the design and construction of Delhi's eighth city - New Delhi. Lutyens designed an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. You will visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar.

Overnight: Justa The Residence Greater Kailash

Day 3 - Delhi - Jaipur

This morning you will drive approximately five hours to Jaipur. Known as the “Pink City," Jaipur is the capital of the colorful state of Rajasthan. It has the distinction of being a well planned and laid out city. As you drive through the old part of town, you will witness a life most unlike others. Witness how the city blooms during the day in a kaleidoscope of color and sound. Enjoy your afternoon here at your leisure.

Overnight: Mandawa Haveli

Day 4 - Jaipur

After breakfast proceed for an excursion to the inspiring Amber Fort. Amber Fort is a marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. The interiors of the fort have various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glass.

In the afternoon, enjoy a city tour of Jaipur. You will visit the City Palace Museum where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armory of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions. Also visit the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 AD). Also included is a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires.

Overnight: Mandawa Haveli

Day 5 - Jaipur - Agra

Today you will drive approximately five hours to Agra, visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route. The imperial city of the Mughal dynasty between 1571 and 1584, Fatehpur Sikri was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar. The architectural grandeur of this deserted city cannot be described in words and one can only experience the aura of its magnificent edifices by seeing them.

Upon arrival in Agra, you will be driven directly to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of your evening at your leisure.

Overnight: Wyndham Grand Agra

Day 6 - Agra

Today you will visit the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. That magnificent monument of love – The Taj Mahal, was built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 22 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working round the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, and dazzling white during the day.

Agra Fort is also known as Lal Qila, Fort Rouge and Red Fort of Agra. It is about 2.5 km northwest of its much more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal. The fort can be more accurately described as a walled palatial city. The great Mughals Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahanand Aurangzeb lived here, and the country was governed from here. It used to contain the largest state treasury and mint and was visited by foreign ambassadors, travelers and the highest dignitaries who participated in building India's history.

Overnight: Wyndham Grand Agra

Day 7 - Agra - Khajuraho

Today you will board a Shatabdi Express train to Jhansi. Upon arrival, you will be met at the station and driven to Khajuraho, visiting Orchha Temples en route. Orchha has been largely overlooked by the modern era, this beautiful medieval town, was once the capital of Bundela Kings. Built along the banks of the river Betwa, flowing through a rugged country century side, it still retains the captivating air of a bygone era. Amongst the various imposing edifices, of particular interest are the Jehangiri Mahal, built by Raja Bir Singh Deo to commemorate the visit of Moghul Emperor Jehangir, the Raj Mahal and the Laxmi narayan temple, both noted for their fine Frescoes and Mural paintings.

Continue your drive to Khajuraho. Khajuraho was founded in the 9th and 10th centuries by the rulers of the Chandela Dynasty, and influenced by Tantrism. Eroticism became a theme of philosophical interest here, and women became regarded as the incarnation of the divine energy or “Shakti”. It is also possible that the carvings of Khajuraho were influenced by the “Kama Sutra”, the famous treatise on erotic arts, written by Vatsyayana in the time of the Guptas. The erotic love making images of celestial nymphs, gods and goddesses sculpted in delicate detail have caught the imagination of people from all over the world.

Overnight: Taj Hotel Chandela

Day 8 - Khajuraho - Varanasi

After breakfast, proceed for a visit to the western group of temples. The temples are divided into three groups, of which, the western is largest and best known. All but three temples, which are built of local granite, are constructed with hard river sandstone dug from the east bank of the Ken River, 13 miles to the east. None of the temples are enclosed, rather they are erected on high masonry platforms, each on an east-west axis. It is their detailed sculpture which gives Khajuraho its appeal and importance. Less than a tenth of it can be called ‘erotic’. Numerous interpretations have been given for the erotic sculpture but there is nothing sordid about these inspired carvings showing beauty and voluptuousness of the female form.

Later, you will be transferred to the airport in time to board a short flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival here, you will be met and transferred to your local accommodations. Varanasi, the holy city of India, is also known by the name of Kashi and Benaras. Kashi, the city of Moksha for Hindus for centuries, is known for its fine-quality silks, 'paan' and Benares Hindu University and Avimukta of the ancient days, Varanasi is the most popular pilgrimage point for the Hindus. One of the seven holiest cities, Varanasi city is also one the Shakti Peethas and one of the twelve Jyotir Linga sites in India. In Hinduism it is believed that those who die and are cremated here get an instant gateway to liberation from the cycle of births and re-births.

Overnight: The Gateway Hotel Ganges

Day 9 - Varanasi - Kathmandu

This morning you will enjoy a sunrise boat ride along the River Ganges. Situated on the west bank of the Ganges, Varanasi extends back from the riverbank ghats to a winding maze of picturesque alleys overlooking tall houses alongside, dotted with temples. It is a fascinating area to walk around. Varanasi today is also a center of education, arts and crafts. The city has given birth to many academicians, musicians and artists of world acclaim.

Later, you will be transferred to the airport in time to board your flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Nepal, you will be met and transferred to your accommodations. Nepal is a mystical country nestled in the folds of the magnificent Himalaya mountain ranges. It is a deeply religious country as you will see in their temples and buildings, and Nepalese culture is very diverse from India's, though they share many aspects.

Overnight: Hotel Shangri-La Kathmandu

Day 10 - Kathmandu

After breakfast proceed to a half day tour of Kathmandu city - the unique and fascinating capital of Nepal. Drive to the central Durbar Square Hamuman Dhoka, the ancient royal residential quarter. See the Mahadev and Parvati Temples, and House of the Goddess Kumari - the house of the vestal virgin or the living Goddess.

In the afternoon drive through the Nepalese countryside and visit Patan, known as the 'City of Grace and Fine Arts' where you will witness interesting and beautiful places of art and architecture. En-route you will also be able to visit a particularly interesting exhibit and salesroom at the Tibetan Refugee Craft Center. The tour also includes a visit to the sky piercing temple of the Teleju and the Statue of Yogendra Malla, other Temples and old windows and carved balconies of wood, curio shops and bazaars. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure in Kathmandu.

Overnight: Hotel Shangri-La Kathmandu

Day 11 - Kathmandu

After breakfast enjoy a half day tour visiting the ancient city of Bhadgaon along with the Hindu temple Pashupatinath and the Buddhist stupa Bodhnath. Bhadgaon was an ancient capital of Nepal. Also known as Bhaktapur it is the home of medieval art and architecture. The main square contains innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces such as the Lion Gate, and the palace of Nyatpola temples.

Also visit Bodhnath, a colossal stupa, one of the largest in the world. It is generally acknowledged to be one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist monuments outside Tibet. Pay an outside visit to one of the holiest Hindu shrines in the world - Pashupatinath Temple (non Hindus are not allowed inside). This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated on the bank of the river Bagmati, it is a pagoda-style temple with a gilt roof and richly carved doors.

Overnight: Hotel Shangri-La Kathmandu

Day 12 - Kathmandu - Delhi

Today you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your short flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in India, you will be met and transferred to your local accommodations. Enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.

Overnight: Justa The Residence Greater Kailash

Day 13 - Delhi Departure

Today you will be transferred to Delhi's airport in time to catch your international flight home!

Accommodation Information

Justa The Residence Greater Kailash

This hotel is located in the posh GK I neighborhood of South Delhi. The domestic airport sits 16km away and the international airport is not much farther. The property offers an area of peace and tranquility amidst the chaos of Delhi, offering a sense of home, with all the comforts that come with it. Soft, warm textures and tones fill the hotel's facilities and rooms.

Mandawa Haveli

The Haveli, built in the Jaipur style of architecture with numerous pillars and arches, is located in the heart of Jaipur City on Sansar Chandra Road. The hotel combines old world charm with the best of present day facilities. There are 70 well-appointed rooms with intricately carved wooden beds, historic photographs and king-sized royal portraits.

There are pleasant courtyards, lawns and terraces with a view of the splendid Nahargarh Fort. It has a beautiful dining hall overlooking one of the terraces. Candlelight dinners can be organized on the rooftop on request.

Wyndham Grand Agra

The Wyndham Grand Hotel is truly a beautiful hotel. The impressive architecture and beautiful paintings and carvings on the walls are breathtaking and remind you of the Mughal era. All of its rooms are tastefully designed with rich designer upholstery and linen. Each room is equipped with bedside control panel that manages numerous services and functions.

Every suite embodies unique character & theme with the same rich and grand princely style of living. The finest materials have been sourced from around the globe, coming together in exquisitely designed and crafted interiors.

Taj Hotel Chandela

A haven of peace and tranquility, Hotel Chandela offers easy access to the world famous Khajuraho temples, Panna National Park Tiger Reserve, and more. Tucked snugly amidst 11 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, this hotel offers an array of modern comforts.

The Gateway Hotel Ganges

The hotel is set amidst 40 acres of lush green gardens, just 21 kms (45 mins drive) from the airport, The Gateway Hotel, Ganges is the veritable haven of peace and tranquility in this crowded and ancient temple city. The hotel is 6 kms away from the city Center or the commercial hub of Varanasi also commonly known as The Chowk. The hotel is constructed in the holy Swastik shape (The Swastika is an ancient symbol which represents good fortune and blessing). The Gateway Hotel, Ganges offers recently renovated & refurbished world-class contemporary rooms & suites with choice of views ranging from the lush green gardens or the swimming pool. The hotel has 130 rooms divided in four categories - Standard Rooms, Executive Rooms, Executive Suites and Deluxe Suites.

Hotel Shangri-La Kathmandu

Located in the Lazimpat district of Kathmandu, around embassies from all over the world, the Hotel Shangri-La was a hotel built to welcome diplomats. Its elegant décor was designed to welcome travelers from all over the world with the greatest service possible.

From its central location, this hotel is the perfect base from which to explore everything Kathmandu has to offer.

Location

Region: Asia - South

Address:
Delhi
India

Amenities/Activities

Breakfast Breakfast

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General Information

Price Includes

  • Accommodations in locally owned, boutique and heritage hotels
  • Daily breakfast
  • Domestic flights
  • Tours through Old and New Delhi, Jaipur, the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, Varanasi, and Kathmandu
  • Professional Englishspeaking guide during tours
  • All transport as mentioned
  • Full support before, during & after your trip

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes/fees
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature
  • Taxes and Fees