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Rajasthan, Nepal and the Ganges Valley - 14 days | 13 nights

Highlights of the programme :
  • The temples of Khajuraho
  • Sacred India in Varanasi
  • Agra, city of Taj Mahal inseparable, on the banks of the Yamuna
  • Kathmandu, its beautiful valley and sublime Himalayan landscapes

ITINERARY

Day 01 Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Reception at the airport. Transfer and overnight at the hotel.
Day 02 Delhi
Panoramic tour of Delhi, the capital of India having many facets. Visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in the country and the bustling shopping centre of Chandi Chowk.Appriciate the architectural beauty of the Red Fort.Feel New Delhi's aristocracy and rich residential  and administrative government buildings, India Gate, Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi's resting place and Raj Path, the Champs-Élysées of Delhi. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for flight to Udaipur. Reception on arrival. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 Udaipur
Day tour of the White City, the most romantic city in Rajasthan. Visit the City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. This huge palace is a blend of Rajput and Mughal influences. Continue to the Jagdish Temple, Fateh Sagar Lake and visit Sahelion Ki Bari gardens. In the late afternoon boat ride on Lake Pichola where you can admire the magnificence of the royal palace. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 Udaipur – Deogarh
Drive to Deogarh. On the road, visiting 108 temples of Eklingji still active. Many pilgrims come to pay  their devotion to the god Shiva. Then on to Nagda, ancient defunct capital of kingdom of Mewar which includes several shrines and temples. Nagda remains famous for its three intricately carved Jain temples built in a magical setting. Continue to Deogarh. Walk in this small village where time seems to stand still. The view of the mountains Aravelli is superb. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 Deogarh – Pushkar - Jaipur
Drive to Jaipur, via Pushkar. Meaning "Blue Lotus", Pushkar is one of the greatest sacred places of Hinduism and a very important place of pilgrimage. The city is built around a sacred lake and is equipped with numerous ghats where pilgrims come to pray throughout the year. Continue drive to Jaipur. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 Jaipur
Full day visit to the capital of Rajasthan. Jaipur, or the Heart of Rajput chivalry, is known as the Pink City because of the color of its walls. Excursion to Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the maharajas of Jaipur. This old fort, built atop a rocky outcrop, is accessible by an elephant. Visit the ancestral home of maharajas who looks like a string of courses and amenities, all reflecting in the waters of the small lake below Maota, lake once used as a reservoir. Back to Jaipur and appriciate  the legendary Palace of Winds, Hawa Mahal, with multiple openings, built for the women of the royal families so they could watch the processions without being seen. Visit the City Palace and its magnificent museum containing many treasures, the Astronomical Observatory, Jantar Mantar which is now a world heritage monument having amazing instruments which have been always admired. In the afternoon, ride pedicab to explore the heart of the old town. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07 Jaipur – Abhaneri - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
Morning drive to Agra. Stop at Abhaneriand visit a beautiful step well, the Chand Baori. It is among the oldest and deepest wells in India. Then, Fatehpur Sikri and visit the ancient capital of red sandstone built by Emperor Akbar and abandoned 15 years after its construction, lack of water. Its remains, still perfect witness of the imperial splendor and court of the time. Continue to Agra. Arrival at the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08 Agra
At sunrise visit Taj Mahal, unforgettable white marble mausoleum. It is inside the Taj Mahal, in an underground crypt that rests Mumtaz, wife of Emperor Shah Jahan. Mad with grief and love, he built  this tomb whose work lasted 22 years. Entirely in white marble decoration made ​​of inlaid semi-precious stones making it a true masterpiece. In the afternoon, visit the Red Fort, the largest fort in India. Emperor Akbar decided, five centuries later, to shift his capital to Agra and rebuilt it in order to make it a residential palace as well as a strategic military point.  There is perfect set of harmonious buildings and extreme refinement in the decoration of private apartments. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 Agra – Jhansi – Orchha - Khajurâho
Transfer to Agra railway station to catch the express train to Jhansi. Upon arrival, drive to Orchha and explore this ancient capital known for its temples and royal palaces that retain stunning murals. The grandeur of this beautiful medieval city captured in stone has survived the centuries without incident. All of its royal and temples built in the 16th and 17th century palaces still bear the prestige of the dynasty. Then, drive to Khajuraho. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 Khajurâho - Varanasi
In the morning visit the famous Khajuraho temples listed as World Heritage sites by UNESCO. Khajuraho was the religious capital of the Chandela dynasty who built a large complex of temples, which had up to 85, but only 22 remain today. Abandoned and overgrown by the jungle, they were rediscovered in 1840.They are covered with elegant sculptures of people and animals and are also famous for their erotic figures. Then transfer to airport for flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival, drive to Sarnath, top buddhist religious place. This is where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after receiving enlightenment. Back to Varanasi, participate in the evening Ganga puja ceremony on the ghats evening puja on. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 Varanasi - Kathmandu
At sunrise boat ride on the Ganges along the ghats. Then visit the city of temples which attracts thousands of pilgrims  from all over India. Varanasi is the oldest city in India and one of the first capitals of Hinduism, it is here only where you  experience the heights of spirituality and devotion.Around four noon, transfer to the airport for flight to Kathmandu. Reception on arrival and after customs formalities, and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12 Kathmandu
Situated 1365 meters above sea level, Kathmandu, City of Glory, was the capital of the kings of Nepal. Morning tour of the old city of Kathmandu Hanuman Dhoka, the former Royal Palace, Durbar Square, the historic royal palace with its temples and palaces that embody the religious and cultural life. Temple Kasthamandap which derives the name of the city. The residence of the child goddess Kumari, the wooden building, one of the finest in Kathmandu, is entirely decorated with carved balconies. Then tour to the stupa of Swayambhunath Buddhist temple located in the hills above the city. 2500 years old, it is one of the oldest stupas in the world. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13 Kathmandu
Morning drive to Patan, the ancient city called the city of Fine Arts. With its medieval streets, strewn with palaces and pagodas of red brick, it is surrounded by four stupas built in the 3rd century. Continue to the Tibetan Refugee Camp and the Handicraft Centre where you can admire the art of weaving and carpet factory. Then drive to the holy city of Bhaktapur situated 1400 meters above sea level. The City of Devotees has an original form of conch. Stroll through its medieval streets, between beautiful monuments and live workshops that make a living museum. Back to Kathmandu and discovery of the sacred Hindu site of the Great Stupa Pashupatinath and Bodhnath, one of the largest in the world. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14 Kathmandu - Delhi
Free morning to enjoy one last walk in Thamel Kathmandu market. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for flight to Delhi.

SUGGESTED HOTELS

You will find below our selection of hotels for this trip. Hotels indicative, subject to availability. The choice of the class of accommodation to you. You will be able to specify it in your quote.

Le Roi - Delhi

Team and cozy enough for this modern hotel. Rooms very clean and well appointed. Wifi access. Complete small lunch.

Lake Pichola - Udaipur

Ideally located hotel with great views of Lake Pichola, the Lake Palace and City Palace. The design of the roof is magical with swimming pool and restaurant. The hotel has just reopened with several months of work.

Deogarh Mahal - Deogarh

Beautiful stage for this huge palace like this. Very welcoming, smiling and friendly. Maze of corridors leading to spacious rooms and period decor. Nice pool and spa. Magnificent view of the lake from the terrace.

 

Alsisar Haveli - Jaipur

A haven of peace in this beautiful haveli near the old town and surprisingly quiet. Built in 1892, the hotel is furnished with antiques and reflects the Rajput traditional architecture. Several buildings are scattered in a garden with a swimming pool.  

Taj Vilas - Agra

Modern hotel with a good price / quality ratio. Friendly staff. Bright and spacious rooms with a mini fridge and a safe. Modern bathrooms.

Ramada Hotel - Khajurâho

A good place for American Ramada brand. No surprises.

Radisson Blu - Varanasi

A little eccentric, the Radisson offers clean, comfortable and nicely decorated, a smiling and listening. Spacious common areas, beautiful pool nice return visits. The restaurant is at the height of the facility and the breakfast delicious.

Hotel Friend's Home - Kathmandu

Centrally located, just minutes from great shopping malls and restaurants. Very welcoming and helpful staff. The rooms are comfortable and well equipped. Breakfast is fantastic. A good 3 * + to stay in Kathmandu.

Suggested Activities

You will find below our suggestion for activities to do throughout your journey. Do not hesitate to contact an advisor Aryavrit Travels for any specific request.

Ayurveda massage

Ayurveda invites us to stay in harmony with nature, in touch with the elements of nature by practicing yoga and meditation which help us to purify and nourish our body and mind. A massage  on the eye  helps to rebalance the body and its functions. Enjoy your visit to the birthplace of Ayurveda to experience a massage in the purest tradition.

Cooking lessons

You fell for tandoori chicken, Kerala fish curry, samosas, the thali, the dal, biryani? Do not leave without having learned to cook these dishes. We offer courses in vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine. At the end of the session, you are invited to examine and taste your own the prepared dishes.

Henna session

Mehndi usually refers to the art of drawing with henna on the skin. It is an ephemeral equivalent of tattooing. In Rajasthan, mehndi is an fplk art and it is common for women to get as sophisticated as those of newlyweds drawings. Attend a session to decorate your hands with henna and why not take the opportunity to keep track of your visit!

Yoga

Immerse yourself in the practice of Yoga and meditation which helps you to know your body and mind. An experienced yoga teacher will teach you the various techniques of "pranayama" (breathing), "asanas" (positions) and 'dhyana' (meditation). A unique opportunity in the purest tradition.

Film show

Indians like to say that what unites them is a passion for cricket and love of cinema. India is the largest film industry in the world in terms of production and the number of entries. Attend the screening of a film, it's a unique experience and share a moment of jubilation.

Local family

What could be more authentic than sharing a moment with a local family? An opportunity to understand the Indianess from very close which is worth reading several books on India. A unique opportunity to  learn about the customs of your hosts, with whom you share a traditional meal. A moment of conviviality, memorable exchanges that will only add magic to your stay.

Vintage car

Experience the charm side with a vintage ride in Rajasthan. These old cars of the maharajahs take you as a prince through the main streets of the cities. A timeless adventure not to be missed.

Ballooning

Take a step back to admire the pink city Jaipur, it is possible. Climb aboard the platform of your balloon and fly over the capital of Rajasthan and the impressive Amber Fort which is necessary not far from it. In the early morning light, the emotions are at their peak by the glipse by the history of vastness and beauty which has exisred here for last many centuries.

Bike ride

We invite you to immerse in unusual: a bike ride on the roads of India, Nepal and Bhutan. Cycling is a way to meet people, a tool to reach out to the population, which allows you to be closer than at the window of an air conditioned car. Let yourself drift along with your meetings, you will appreciate the paths which reserve surprises, all more enjoyable than the other.

Motorcycle ride

Wander through India or Nepal aboard the legendary Royal Enfield. This breakaway motorcycle delight lovers of nature and you will discover the diversity of landscapes.

Horseback ride

Expect a complete change: in the saddle on the beautiful Marwari horses with amazing earrings shaped like a crescent moon, discover the breathtaking surroundings and go out to meet the locals. A walk to discover treasures, off the beaten path.

Trekking

Trekking lovers will be amazed by browsing through the valleys of the Himalayas, with fantastic views of the highest mountain in the world and a dive in the Buddhist culture, monasteries preserved villages and several levels of difficulty.

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