Morning visit Old Delhi, Red Fort, India's largest mosque - Jama Masjid and Gandhi Memorial at Raj Ghat. Later in the afternoon visit India Gate, President's House, Humayun's Tomb, Qutab Minar and Lotus Temple.
Morning we drive to Jaipur, popularly known as Pink City, the flamboyant & colourful capital of Rajasthan. With its rich & colourful past, resplendent with tales of valour & bravery, it is now one of the most important heritage cities in India. The city was founded in the year 1728 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber. It remains the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe, through nine rectangular sectors.
Morning visit Amber Fort, 11 km away from Jaipur. Amber was the ancient capital of Kachhawaha dynasty for 6 centuries. Enjoying elephant ride we will reach the Amber Fort. After this we visit Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a pink colored five-storied structure pierced with 955 windows. It was built in 1799 to enable the royal ladies to view the city life, without being visible themselves. Later in the afternoon we browse the colorful bazaars of Jaipur. An evening visit to Laxmi Narayan Mandir, a Hindu temple made out of white marble.
Optional Tour - Chokhi Dhani:
Enjoy an evening excursion to Chokhi Dhani ( 15 km from Jaipur), an ethnic village resort offering a typical Rajasthani experience. It offers Rajasthani village ambiance, a variety of traditional dishes and dance and music performances for entertainment. Later drive back to the hotel.
Morning drive to Agra enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri.
Fatehpur Sikri, an imperial city founded by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century. It is a World Heritage Site. Visit Jama Masjid, one of the most beautiful mosques in the world. It complex of the mosque houses the Buland Darwaza and the Tomb of Salim Chisti.
Further we continue our drive to Agra, beautifully situated on the banks of river Yamuna. It achieved prominence as the capital of the Mughal Emperors from 1526 to 1628, remains major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era monuments, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri, all three are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Late evening arrival in Agra. Rest of the day at leisure.
Morning visit Taj Mahal, symbol of eternal love, which stands on the banks of River Yamuna. It was built by the 5th Mughal emperor, Shah Jehan in the year 1631 in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It was completed in 22 years. Further we visit Agra Fort, taken over from the Lodhis by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the late 16th century. The Fort can be more accurately described as a walled palatial city. It was built from red sandstone, often inlaid with white marble & intricate decorations. We will also visit Sikandara, Akbar's tomb. His son Jahangir completed the construction of the tomb in the year 1613.
After breakfast transfer to railway station to board train for Jhansi. Arrive Jhansi & drive to Orchha.
Afternoon city tour visit Orchha's grandeur has been captured in stone, frozen in time & a rich legacy to the ages. For, on this medieval city, the hand of time has rested lightly: the palaces and the temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th century retain much of their pristine glory. Jahangir Mahal, a tiered palace crowned by graceful chhatris has a spectacular view of soaring temple spires & cenotaphs. Overnight in Orchha.
Afternoon city tour. Visit the Eastern group of temples that consist of the Parasvanath Temple - the only Jain Temple surviving at Khajuraho and has excellent sculptures on the outer walls of the Sanctum, the Javeri Temple dedicated to Vishnu. The other temples in this group are those dedicated to Brahma, Yamuna and Adinath. Overnight in Khajuraho.
Morning boat excursion on the river Ganges, a ferry pilgrimage from ghat to ghat. People bathe early in the morning to offer the prayers to the rising sun. The two cremation ghats are Manikarnika & Harishchandra where funeral pyre burns day and night. Every pious Hindu believes that to die in Kashi and to be cremated on banks of the Ganges is to attain release from the cycle of birth and death.
Excursion to Sarnath, the site of the deer park where Gautama Buddha is said to have given his first sermon about the basic principles of Buddhism. It has been a premier centre for Buddhism & has a rich collection of ancient Buddhist relics & antiques comprising numerous Buddha & Bodhisattva images on display at the Archaeological Museum.
Morning full day tour visiting Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath & Patan.
Kathmandu City Known as Kantipur, the capital of the Kingdom of Nepal. Here we visit Temple of the Living Goddess and World's largest Shiva Temple, Pashupatinath. Kashtamandap - the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree and the Durbar Square are with its array of temples overlooked by the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the ancient place of the Nepalese Royalty.
Located approximately 4 Km away, this Buddhist Stupa is said to be 2000 years old. The Stupa which forms the main structure is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick & earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on the 4-sided base of the spire are the eyes of Lord Buddha. This hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples.
5 Km away from Kathmandu City. Patan also known as Lalitpur, is the city of fine arts, enclosed within 4 stupas said to be built in 3rd century AD, by Emperor Ashoka. You will see the Durbar square; the Krishna Temple built by King Siddhi Narsingh Malla, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar and MahabouddhaTemple. A trip to The Tibetan Refugee Camp and the Handicraft Center will also be done while visiting Patan, where you will witness the hand weaving of Tibetan carpets and molding of metal statues.
Morning drive to Pokhara, known as the valley city of Nepal, located 200 kms from Kathmandu. It's a blend of rich farmlands, forested hills and half a dozen lakes (famous Phewa Tal Lake). Overnight Hotel Pokhara.
Post breakfast half day sightseeing of Pokhara valley, the 124 square km spectacle at an average altitude of 900m. It's cut by the Seti Gandaki river, one of the seven Gandaki Rivers that bisects the central hills. The excellent soils make the valley a verdant nursery with the widest assortment of flowers. From here one can view Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhare peaks. For everyone, Pokhara is a wonderful relaxing place. Overnight Hotel Pokhara.