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Reflections of India & Nepal

Duration15 Days

Destinations - Kathmandu, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Orchha, Agra, Jaipur, Aurangabad, Mumbai

Day 01: - Arrive Kathmandu, Nepal

Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport.

Kathmandu - Locked between India and Tibet the tiny kingdom of Nepal is a country full of diversity and fascination. It is a hidden Kingdom of great beauty embracing eight of the world's ten highest mountains including Everest, Annapurna and Kangchenjunga. The scenery is stupendous, from the highest point on earth (Mount Everest) to the fertile jungle lowland. Although its people are predominantly Hindu, there is a considerable overlap with Buddhism, and it is this vibrant mix of religion and culture which characterises the allure of Nepal and, in particular, its capital Kathmandu. It has an artistic and architectural tradition that rivals anything you will find in the great cities of Europe. Beyond the temples and bustle of the towns of the Kathmandu Valley rise the mountains of the Nepal Himalaya - the 'Abode of Snows'.

Upon clearing Customs and Immigration, you are met by our representative who will present you with a welcome pack including all necessary documentation and arrange for your transfer to your hotel for check-in. No activity is scheduled today. Overnight in Kathmandu.

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Day 02: Kathmandu

This morning you are collected from your hotel for a full day tour of Kathmandu.

The morning tour includes a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square - a number of interesting pagodas and Indian style temples (Sikhara), the House of Kumari (the living Goddess) and the Kasthamandap (or wooden house which is the origin of the word Kathmandu) and many more things to see.

Soyambhunath - The monkey temple, with its commanding views of Kathmandu, its whitewashed stupas and its unique synthesis of Buddhist and Hindu religions.

Hanuman Dhoka – a temple complex in the middle of the old city. Built during the Malla period, the area consists of a number of different monuments & image of Lord Hanumana.

Afternoon tour includes a visit to Patan Durbar Square - this whole square is a cluster of fine pagoda temples and stone statues. The stone temple of Lord Krishna and the Royal Bath (Tushahity) with its intricate stone and bronze carvings are two masterpieces in the same vicinity.

Bouddhanath Stupa - It is among the largest stupas in South Asia, and it has become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The white mound looms thirty-six meters overhead. This place is also famous as a “little Tibet of Nepal”.

Pashupatinath Temple - A temple dedicated to Shiva and holiest Hindu pilgrimage destination in Nepal, existed at this site in AD 879. There are linga images of Shiva along with statues, shrines, and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex.

Evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 03: Kathmandu

This morning you are collected from your hotel for an excursion tour of Bhaktapur.

Bhaktapur - Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon is a storehouse of medieval architecture founded in the 9th century. Here you visit the Golden Gate at the Palace of 55 windows; the Nyatapole temple, the tallest in the country and best example of the pagoda style; the Dattatreya temple; and Pujari Math, with its uniquely carved wooden windows.

Afternoon at leisure to explore the city on your own. By western standards, the city is intimate. You can visit the many interesting sights, shrines, and markets, or stroll in Kathmandu's fascinating Asan Tole Bazaar.

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Day 04: Kathmandu - Varanasi

This morning you will be met by our representative and escorted from your Hotel to the Kathmandu airport in time for your flight to Varanasi.

Varanasi - One of the holiest cities in India, Varanasi is one of the most important pilgrimage sites and also a major tourist attraction. It has been the religious capital of Hinduism since time immemorial. Situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges, Varanasi has been a center of learning and civilization for more than 2,000 years. Written records of the Skanda Purana and the Mahabharata mention its existence as long as 3,000 years ago. It is probably the oldest living city in India, and one of the world's most ancient. Varanasi has been a great cultural centre, especially in the fields of music, learning and the craft of silk weaving.

Upon arrival you will be met and escorted to your hotel for check-in etc. Afternoon, you are collected from your hotel for a half-day tour of Sarnath.

Sarnath - After attaining enlightenment in Bodhgaya, Buddha came to Sarnath and delivered his first sermon. The Emperor Ashoka (c 304 - 232 BC), who spread the Buddha's message of love and compassion throughout his vast empire, visited Sarnath around 234 BC, and erected a stupa here. This tour includes a visit to Visit Dhamek Stupa - the imposing stupa 39m high was probably erected in 200 B.C in the Mauryan era. Ashoka Pillar - erected by the Emperor Ashoka, the pillar had his edict engraved on it. At one time it stood over 17m high. Its citadel with the four lions back to back, is also the official symbol of modern India.

Chaukandi Stupa - this stupa was rebuilt by Mughal Emperor Akbar. Dhamarajika Stupa - only the ruins of this stupa built by Emperor Ashoka can be seen today. Moolgandha Kuti Vihara - built in more recent times by the Mahabodhi Society, it has a life-size statue of the lord Buddha in the Dharmachakra Pravartan form.

Evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 05: Varanasi

Early morning enjoy a boat ride on the holy river The Ganges followed by a city tour of Varanasi.

Boat Ride - A highlight of any trip to Varanasi - this incredible scene as multitudes of devotees comes to the river to pay homage to the Sun God. The riverfront, as seen from a boat at sunrise, is a spiritually uplifting sight. Hinduism, deep and mystical, is everywhere: in a decorated doorway; in a glimpse of a glittering temple; in the sound of a sacred bell; in the chant of the priests; and in the fragrance of flower oblations.

The tour of this ancient city includes The Bharat Mata Temple, which has a big relief map of India in marble, the Benares Hindu University with its art gallery, and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb built on the side of an ancient Hindu temple, bathing ghats, The Kashivishwanath temple, The Durgakund.

Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Varanasi.

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Day 06: Varanasi – Khajuraho

Morning at leisure. Early afternoon, met by our representative and escorted from your Hotel to the Varanasi airport in time for your flight to Khajuraho.

Khajuraho - Famous for its temples that are India's unique gift to the world, representing, as they do, a paean to life, to love, to joy, perfect in execution and sublime in expression. Life, in every form and mood, has been captured in stone, testifying not only to the craftsman's artistry but also to the extraordinary breadth of vision of the Chandela Rajputs under whose rule the temples were conceived and constructed in the short span of a hundred yeas, from 950-1050 AD, in a truly inspired burst of creativity.

Upon arrival you will be met and escorted to your hotel for check-in etc. Evening at leisure and overnight in Khajuraho.

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Day 07: Khajuraho – Orchha

This morning you are collected from your hotel for half-day City tour of Khajuraho visiting eastern & western group of temples.

Afternoon drive from Khajuraho to Orchha (180 kms/04 hrs.).

Orchha - In the central part of India, once the capital of Bundela rulers, Orchha is now a village set among a wonderful complex of well-preserved palaces and temples which date back to the 16th century. Many of the temples are still in use and are visited regularly by thousands of devotees who go there to worship at the shrine of Rama A relatively undiscovered spot it is definitely worth visiting Orchha for its peaceful beauty. Strewn around the area are little shrines and memorials, each with its own poignant history, each contributing to the nostalgic beauty that is Orchha.

Upon arrival check-in to the Orchha Resort. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Orchha.

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Day 08: Orchha – Jhansi - Agra

Morning at leisure to explore & visit Jahangir Mahal, Rai Praveen Mahal the Chaturbhuj temple and the Royal Chhattris by the Betwa river.

Late in the afternoon drive from Orchha to Jhansi (16 kms/½ hrs.) nearest railway station of Orchha, and aboard the Shatabdi Express train to Agra (1750/2000hrs).

Agra - “The Land of Taj” was once the capital of the Mughal Empire and even today it seems to linger in the past. Not surprising, for the Mughal emperors with their passion for building, endowed the city with some of the finest structures in the world. Agra is an old city and it is said that its name was derived from Agrabana, a forest that’s finds mention in the epic Mahabharata. In more recent times Agra came into prominence when Sikandar Lodi made it his capital city in 1501. Later it passed into the possession of the Mughals. It was during the time of the third emperor “Akbar” that Agra came into its own and later on his grandson “Shah Jehan” ornamented the city with that masterpiece of Mughal architecture - The Taj Mahal.

Upon arrival you will be met and escorted to your hotel for check-in etc. Overnight in Agra.

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Day 09: Agra

This morning you are collected for half day city tour of Agra visiting The Taj Mahal - a poem, a feeling of love, in white marble, is a fine example of the fusion of many architectural styles. It has been described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love. Your tour also includes a visit to the Red Sandstone Agra Fort, seat of the Mughal dynasty in the 16th century, lies on the bend of the River Yamuna, almost in the heart of town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years of 1565-1573.

Evening at leisure. Overnight in Agra

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Day 10: Agra – Jaipur

This morning you drive to Jaipur (250 kms/05 hrs.), visiting Fatehpur Sikri en-route – often called the ghost city , built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire, Fatehpur Sikri was mysteriously abandoned 13 years later. Later continue your drive to the Pink City of Rajasthan – Jaipur.

Jaipur- Jaipur is an exuberance of colour, dance, and song with the traditional arts and crafts. It's one of India's most well planned cities, with wide, straight avenues, roads, streets and lanes in a grid system. The great warrior/astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II carefully planned Jaipur's foundation. Laid out in the 18th century, its design followed specifications from an epochal Hindu treatise on architecture.

This "Pink City," so called because its buildings are painted in the tones of an autumnal sunset, intersperses the play of red and pink with white borders and motifs. The royal family's residence at Amber is only 11 km away. The palaces and forts of yesteryear, once witness to royal processions, now shine amid the splendor of modern monuments, juxtaposition accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of an amazing people.

Upon arrival in Jaipur, check in to your hotel and rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Jaipur.

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Day 11: Jaipur

This morning, you are collected from your hotel for a city tour of Jaipur.

Visit the Hawa Mahal or "Palace of Winds,” one of the major landmarks of Jaipur, although it is actually little more than a façade. The five-story building was originally built to enable the ladies of the royal household to watch the everyday life and processions of the city.

The City Palace, located in the heart of the old city, is a large complex of courtyards, buildings, and gardens, and also houses an interesting museum.

Adjacent to the City Palace is Jantar Mantar, the ancient astronomical observatory built by Raja Jai Singh, whose passion for astronomy was even more notable than his prowess as a warrior.

Your tour also includes a visit to the Amber fort , situated on the outskirts of the city .Here ,you are transported back in time today, riding like royalty atop elegantly draped and painted elephants into the high mountain fortress. Amber Fort, was the ancient capital of the State until 1728 and inside the fort, you visit the Jagmandir or the Hall of victory glittering with mirrors, Jai Mahal and the Temple of Kali.

Evening at leisure. Overnight in Jaipur.

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Day 12: Jaipur – Mumbai - Aurangabad

This morning you will be met by our representative and escorted from your Hotel to the Jaipur airport in time for your flight to Mumbai followed by a connecting flight to the Western Indian city of Aurangabad.

Aurangabad - The city that Mughal emperor Aurangzeb built in the dusk of his empire is Aurangabad, the city that is base to the marvels of man - the Ajanta and Ellora caves. Situated in Maharashtra, Aurangabad today is a thriving industrial metropolis and apart from being the jump-off point for Maharashtra's most celebrated tourist attraction, it also merits as one of the cleanest cities in the country.

With a lot to offer the avid tourist including incredible Deccan Mughal architecture, the most pleasant feature of Aurangabad is its inhabitants. Retaining the charms and mannerisms of the Nizams, they are courteous, polite and extremely helpful.

Upon arrival you will be met and escorted to your hotel for check-in etc. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 13: Aurangabad

This morning you are collected from your hotel for an excursion tour to Ajanta & Ellora Caves.

The Ajanta Caves - About 107 kms from the city of Aurangabad, the rock cut caves of Ajanta nestle in a panoramic gorge, in the form of a gigantic horseshoe. Among the finest examples of some of the earliest Buddhist architecture, cave paintings and sculptures, these caves comprise Chaitya Halls, or shrines dedicated to Lord Buddha and Viharas or monasteries used by Buddhist monks for meditation and the study of Buddhist teachings. The paintings that adorn the walls and ceilings of the caves depict incidents from the life of Buddha and various Buddhist divinities. Ajanta has been designated as a World Heritage Site, to be preserved as an artistic legacy that will come to inspire and enrich the lives of generations to come.

The Ellora Caves - The cave temples and monasteries at Ellora, excavated out of the vertical face of an escarpment are 26 kms north of Aurangabad. Extending in a linear arrangement, the 34 caves contain Buddhist Chaityas, or halls of worship, and Viharas, or monasteries, Hindu and Jain temples. Spanning a period of about 600 years between the 5th and the 11th century A.D., the earliest excavation here is of the Dhumar Lena (cave 29). The most imposing excavation is, without doubt that of the magnificent Kailasa Temple (cave 16), which is the single largest monolithic structure in the World. Ellora has been designated a World Heritage Site, to be preserved as an artistic legacy that will come to inspire and enrich the lives of generations to come.

Evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 14: Aurangabad - Mumbai

This morning you will be met by our representative and escorted from your Hotel to the Aurangabad airport in time for your flight to Mumbai.

Mumbai: Mumbai or Bombay as it was known earlier,is the commercial capital of India, a city of entrepreneurs, concrete towers, clubs and discos, cricket, Bollywood and more. In 1661, Charles II of England received the islands of Bombay as dowry when he married Princess Catherine of Braganza. The British Government leased the islands to the East India Company, who developed it into a thriving trading port.

Today, Mumbai is the country's financial and cultural capital. It is also home to India’s thriving film industry. It is seen, to the teeming masses that flock there to live and work, as a place where opportunities abound. Its inhabitants, an amalgam of great wealth and abject poverty, are swept into the endless maelstrom of activity that characterises this city of dreams.

Upon arrival you will be met and escorted to your hotel for check-in etc. Afternoon you are collected from your hotel for a half-day tour of Mumbai.

This tour includes a visit to the Gateway of India -- a grand ceremonial arch built to commemorate the visit of King George IV, Mani Bhavan – where the father of our Nation resided for 15 years, the Marine drive, the Prince of Wales museum -- considered as one of the best museums in the country, the Hanging gardens & Victoria rail station.

Evening at leisure to perhaps venture out and discover the city or its many restaurants on your own. Overnight in Mumbai.

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Day 15: Depart Mumbai

Met by our representative and escorted from your hotel to the Mumbai airport in time for your flight home.

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Package Rates

All prices are per person and in US Dollars -


Category of Hotels

Valid from 16th April’2015 till 30th Sep’2015

Valid from 01st Oct’2015 till 15th Apr’2016

 
Superior USD 1787 USD 1968 Book Now
Deluxe USD 1981 USD 2424 Book Now
Luxury USD 3555 USD 4795 Book Now
Domestic Airfare USD 650 USD 650  

Note – * Small supplements may apply for travel between 20th December'2015 and 05th January'2016 and during the month of February'2016.

Cities Superior Deluxe Luxury
Kathmandu Himalaya Radisson Dwarikas
Varanasi Radisson The Gateway Nadesar Palace
Khajuraho Radisson Taj Chandela Lalit Temple View
Orchha Orchha Resort Orchha Resort Orchha Resort
Agra Trident The Gateway (Sup. Taj fcng) The Oberoi AmarVilas
Jaipur Trident Jai Mahal Palace The Oberoi RajVilas
Aurangabad Rama International Vivanta by Taj Aurangabad Vivanta by Taj Aurangabad
Mumbai Marine Plaza Taj Mahal Palace (Tower Wing) Taj Mahal Palace (Palace wing)

Inclusions:-

#   Accommodation on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis at the selected category of hotels.
#   All arrival-departure transfers and land transportation exactly as per the itinerary using an aircon Car.
#  Sightseeing tours along with an English Speaking Guide and including entrance fee to monuments as mentioned above in the Itinerary. 

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