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Rajasthan Cultural Tour with Nepal

Rajasthan Cultural Tour with Nepal

Duration : 16 Nights / 17 Days
Destination Covered :Delhi - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Abhaneri - Jaipur - Pushkar- Udaipur - Ranakpur - Jodhpur - Kathmandu - Nagarkot - Pokhara

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Day 01: Arrive Delhi (By International flight)

Welcome to the capital of India - Delhi. Meeting and assistance on arrival at the airport by our tour executive who will escort you to the pre booked hotel. Rest of the day free. Overnight stay in Delhi.

Day 02: Delhi sightseeing

After a leisurely breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi Old Delhi - A sight-seeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting - Red Fort - The red sandstone walls of Lal Qila, the Red Fort, extend for two km and vary in height from 18 meters on the river side to 33 metres on the city side. Shah Jahan started

construction of the massive fort in 1638 and it was completed in 1648. Jama Masjid - Jama Masjid The splendid mosque built by Muhammad Ali Shah in the typical Mughal style with two minarets and three domes, lies to the west of the Hussainabad Imambara. Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Also, visit the Swami Narayan Temple and Bangla Sahib Gurudwara Proceed for the visit of New Delhi

New Delhi - An extensive sight-seeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit:- Humayun's Tomb - Built in the mid 16th century by Haji Begum, senior wife of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, Humayun's Tomb is an early example of Mughal architecture built in Delhi. Lotus temple ( known as Bahai Temple), Qutub Minar - 13 km to the south of Connaught Circus at Lalkote of 8th century Tomor Rajputs, the 72.5 mts high Victory Pillar stands as a victory stand of a Muslim King Qutub-ud-din-Aibak in India. A drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, The President's Residence, and a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. End with the visit of the Lotus temple at the sunset Overnight at Delhi

Day 03: Drive from Delhi to Agra

After an early breakfast, drive to the city of Taj (Agra) Arrive Agra and transfer to hotel In the afternoon visit the The Agra fort - situated on the banks of Yamuna River, North West of the Taj Mahal, this majestic fort was started by the Emperor Akbar and it developed as a strong hold of the Mughal Empire, under successive generations. This

majestic fortress of red sandstone encompasses within its 2.5 km long endosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many visionary palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan, audience halls such as the Dewan I Khas and two very beautiful mosques. Later visit the Taj Mahal - a white marble Tomb build in 1631 - 1648, seat of the Mughal Empire by Shah Jahan for his wife, Arjuman Banu Begum or Mumtaz Mahal In the evening, free to explore the Agra's rich heritage of handicrafts and a marble making factory. Overnight in Agra

Day 04: Drive from Agra to Jaipur visiting Fatehpur Sikri & Abhaneri enroute

After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Jaipur known as "pink city" and the capital of Rajasthan named after Jai Singh, the former Maharaja of Jaipur. Enroute visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, a place worth visiting to discover how once the city could have been which has now turned into ruins, situated 26 miles

west of Agra, it was build at orders of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Proceed for Jaipur and the next halt is Abhaneri

- Abhaneri is a small town village, situated at a distance of 95 kms before Jaipur, on Agra - Jaipur road. The place is popular for the amazing 'Baoris' (step wells) and Harshat Mata Temple. Famour Abhaneri Stepwell called Chand Baoli, belonging to the 11th century AD. This stepwells is a marvel of architecture & has beautifully carved panels inserted into the sides. The steps, in sets of 4 or 5, are in the shape of an inverted 'V'. The carved stone pillars, which are somewhat damaged now, were once strong enough for supporting pulleys to draw water. Several storeyed verandahs surround this beautiful stepwell. Also visit the Harshat Mata Goddess Temple nearby belonging to the 9th Century. Later proceed to Jaipur. On arrival check in at Hotel. Overnight in Jaipur

Day 05: A day in Jaipur for visits

Today after a leisurely breakfast, take an excursion to the majestic Amber Fort. Take an elephant or jeep ride to ascend the hill on which the fort is situated.Later visit the City Palace and the Observatory and photo stop near the Palace of Winds, also known as Hawa Mahal.

In the evening you have option to visit Chokhi Dani, an ethnic village, where you will get an introduction to village life in Rajasthan. Enjoy traditional Rajasthani dances and puppet shows as you dine. Overnight in Jaipur

Day 06: Jaipur to Pushkar (Approx 150 Kms / 03 hrs)

Morning breakfast at the hotel and drive to Pushkar. Arrive Pushkar and check in at the hotel. Later proceed to visit Brahma Temple, said to be one of the few temples in the world dedicated to this deity. It's marked by red spire, and over the entrance gateway is the hans, or goose symbol, of Brahma, who is said to

have personally chosen Pushkar as its site. Also visit the Pushkar Lake. Overnight stay in Pushkar.

Day 07: Pushkar to Udaipur (Approx 200 kms / 5 hrs)

Today morning have a relaxed morning breakfast and later drive towards Udaipur - known as the City of Lakes & the City of Sunrise. On arrival at Udaipur check into your pre booked hotel and get relaxed.

Later enjoy a motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. The beautiful Lake Pichola was enlarged by Maharana Udai Singh after he founded the city. The city palace extends a considerable distance along the east bank of the lake. From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. One would get an interesting view of the Dhobi (laundry) ghats. Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace - a lovely island palace in the middle of the lake.

In the evening, experience the hustle bustle of the old market at Udaipur. Walk past the spice shops, jewellery shops, utensil shops, jiggery shops, silver market and local meat & food shop. Overnight stay in Udaipur.

Day 08: Udaipur

After breakfast in the hotel you will be taken for the sightseeing tour of Udaipur City, also known as the City of Sunrise, first on your sightseeing tour you will proceed for a tour of the City Palace, which overlooks the Lake Pichola. The City Palace was built in 1725 of granite and marble with filigreed balconies, ornate windows and craftsmanship in glass.

The royal palace walls stretch over a mile on the eastern side of the lake. Within the palace is a maze of courtyards, apartments and decorated halls. The rooms are covered with frescoes, displays of royal processions, stone and glass mosaics and ornamental doors and painted windows. The marble throne in the coronation rooms was last used during the time Maharana Sangram Singh II (1710-30) and nearby is the Sun Window installed by Maharaja Bhim Singh (1778-1828). This is the divine symbol of the house of Mewar, which traces its lineage to the Surya Vansha, descendants of the Sun. Each palace within is an outstanding creation of art. Visit the museums and the hall of public audiences, the private chambers of the royal ladies at the palace and Sahelion-ki-Badi. Later visit Bagore Ki Haveli.

Day 09: Udaipur to Jodhpur via Ranakpur visit (Approx 270 kms / 06 hrs)

Morning after breakfast in the hotel, drive to Jodhpur this is also known as the “Sun City”. On the way to Jodhpur visit a collection of Ranakpur Jain holy places. Later move on towards Jodhpur. On your arrival at Jodhpur check into the hotel. Evening explore Jodhpur city at your own. Overnight stay in Jodhpur.

Day 10: Jodhpur - Delhi (By flight)

After early breakfast proceed to city tour of Jodhpur. Visit the muscular, good-looking and wonderful - Mehrangarh Fort which was constructed by the Rathore ruler Rao Jodha, in 1459 AD. It is positioned like a huge, foresight from a variety of mounts. It is 120 meter elevated, huge and has stylish arrangement. Later visit the Jaswant Thada which a commemorative of Maharaja Jaswant

Singh II built up in white marble. Later in time transfer to airport to connect flight to Delhi. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Delhi.

Day 11: Delhi - Kathmandu (By Flight)

In time transfer to Delhi airport to board the flight to Kathmandu. Meeting assistance on arrival. Transfer to the Hotel. (Check in time at Hotel 1200 Hrs. )

Afternoon, visit Kathmandu City: The temple of lord Shiva - Pashupatinath is a richly ornamented pagoda with two tiered golden roof and silver doors. Guheswari Temple: Its another historic and holy shrine dedicated to the goddess Guheswari, near Pashupatinath. Akash Bhairav Temple: Situated in the main market avenue, called Indra Chowk, it is a three storey temple. The image of Lord Akash Bhairav is displayed on the occasion of Indra Jatra, the festival of Indra, The rain God. Hanuman Dhoka (Durbar Square), Built between the 12th and the 18th centuries, this complex of palaces, courtyards and temples is the historic seat of royalty. It used to be the seat of ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. The durbar Square, protected as a UNESCO World heritage site, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 12: Kathmandu

After breakfast, visit Pashupatinath Temple + Boudhnath Stupa and Patan City. Pashupatinath: Situated five kilometers east of Kathmandu on the bank of sacred Bagmati river, the stemple of lord Shiva Pashupatinath with two tiered golden roof and silver doors is famous for its super architecture. It is a centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Maha Shivratri. Entrance to the temple

precinct is permitted to the Hindus only however, visitors can clearly see the temple and activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of the Bagmati river.

Boudhanath: Boudhanath 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. The stupa is located on the ancient trade route to Tibet, and Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers here for many centuries. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many of them decided to live around Bouddhanath.

Patan: Durbar Square, Situated In the heart of the city, constitutes the focus of visiorts; attraction. The Square is full or ancient places, temples and shrines, noted for their exquaisite carvinge. The Patan Durbar Square consists of three main chowk an Keshar Narayan Chowk. It was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979. Patan Museum: This museum indside the Durnbar Square specializes in bronxze statues and religious objects. Krishna Mandir:- Built in 1637 AD, the temple of Lord, Krishan holds a commanding position in the palace complex of Patan, Tibetan Refugee Camp: This camp was set up in 1960 under the initiative of the International Red Cross & the Swiss Development Corporation in corporation with HMG of Nepal. Its main objective is to help the Tibetan Refugees to do something nice & support themselves & some carpet industries & handicrafts have been operating. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 13: Kathmandu - Excursion to Nagarkot enroute Visit Bhaktapur(32 Kms/ 1 Hr.)

After breakfast at hotel, excursion to Nagarkot enroute visiting Bhaktapur: Bhaktapur City: Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a conglomeration of pagoda and shikhara-style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the

Valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal. The golden effigies of kings perched on the top of stone monoliths, the guardian deities looking out from their sanctuaries, the wood carvings in every place-struts, lintels, uprights, tympanums, gateways and windows-all seem to form a well-orchestrated symphony.

Nagarkot, located 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu, is one of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur district and is renowned for its spectacular sunrise view of the Himalaya when the weather is clear. Visitors often travel to Nagarkot from Kathmandu to spend the night so that they can be there for the breathtaking sunrise. Nagarkot has become famous as one of the best spots to view Mount Everest as well as other snow-topped peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. It also offers an excellent view of the Indrawati river valley to the east. With an elevation of 2,195 meters, Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of the Valley and is described by visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round. Return to Kathamndu. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 14: Kathmandu / Pokhara(200 Kms/ 06 Hrs.)

After early breakfast drive to Pokhara. Pokhara is a place of remarkable natural beauty. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the fishtailed summit of Machhapuchhre (6,977 m) rising behind it create an ambience of peace and magic. Pokhara is part of a once vibrant trade route extending between India and Tibet. To this day, mule trains can be seen camped on

the outskirts of the town, bringing goods to trade from remote regions of the Himalaya. This is the

land of the Magars and Gurungs, hardworking farmers and valorous warriors who have earned world-wide fame as Gurkha soldiers. The Thakalis, another important ethnic group here, are known for their entrepreneurship. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 15: Pokhara

After breakfast Half day city tour of Pokhara City. Phewa Lake: Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in the Kingdom, is the center of all attraction in Pokhara. It is the largest and most enchanting of the three lakes that add to the resplendence of Pokhara.

Seti Gandaki: Another of Pokhara's natural wonders that unfailingly interests visitors is the Seti Gandaki river. Flowing right through the city, the boisterous river runs completely underground at places. Amazingly, at certain points the river appears hardly two meters wide. But its depth is quite beyond imagination over 20 meters! Mahendra Pul, a small bridge near the old Mission Hospital, provides a perfect view of the river's dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by its powerful flow.

Barahi Temple: The Barahi temple is the most important monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the center of Phewa Lake, this two-storyed pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of' Ajima, the protesters deity representing- the female force Shakti.

The Old Bazaar: Pokhara's traditional bazaar is colorful and so are its ethnically diverse traders. In its temples and monuments can be seen ties to the Newar architecture of the Kathmandu Valley. Located about four km from Lakeside, the market's original charm is alive and well. This area strewn with shops selling commodities ranging from edibles and cloth to cosmetics and gold is a pleasant and shady spot to stroll around. Overnight stay at hotel.