Start in Kathmandu and end in New Delhi! With the flexi tour Experience the magic of Nepal and India, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through Kathmandu, Nepal and 6 other destinations in Asia. Experience the magic of Nepal and India includes accommodation in a hotel as well as meals, transport and more.
Your tour starts in this intoxicating land of old alleyways, medieval temples and dodging treks. Despite the earthquakes, most part of Kathmandu has still remained unscratched, and it still homes some of the most timeless cultural and artistic heritage. You will be transferred to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the evening is free for you to relax or head out and get a taste of Nepal for yourself.?Start point Airport, Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal
You will start your day today by visiting the most important Buddhist shrine in Kathmandu, The Monkey Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, where the monument rises through a dome from where four iconic and peaceful faces of Buddha stare out at the valley in all directions. The entire structure is deeply symbolic, showing the earth and the 13 stages to nirvana. Later you will visit the Bodhnath Stupa, the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. You will also head out to the Hindu temple, Pashupatinathm dedicated to the manifestation of Shiva, Pashupati, ?The Lord of Animals?, and you will without a doubt be welcomed here by holy men and pilgrims, as well as animals such as sheep and monkeys.
Today you will travel to Chitwan National Park which sits on the base of the Himalayas. Chitwan has been declared as a World Heritage Site in 1984 and it offers some of the best wildlife viewing in all of Asia. This reserve protects more than 900 sq km of forests and marshlands, and homes horned rhinos, deers, monkeys, leopard, elephant, if lucky- the majestic Bengal tiger, and over 500 species of birds. You will settle in to your accommodation on arrival and then jump on a bike to explore the local village.
Today, you will take a walk to the Rapti River and later head on a safari by boat, the best way to experience the beauty of the colored birds along the river and also see the gharial population, the fish eating crocodile that has aphrodisiac qualities. You will also enjoy a cultural performance by the locals and see the oldest ethnic dance forms of the Magar community, the Maruni Naach, the oldest Nepalese dance form.
You will start out your day with a guided village tour where you can even try your luck fishing in one of the ponds. If the weather cooperates, you will have an option to take a short drive to Baijunthe Tal and see the mesmerizing waterfall which is sacred to the local people. Then you will return to your lodges in the National Park via Twenty Thousand Lakes, Nepal?s second largest natural wetland that is a home to numerous crocodiles and a heaven for birdwatchers. You will drop by the crocodile center on your way back, and the rest of the evening is up to you for relaxing or taking part in the optional activities offered by the park.
Today you will visit your final stop in Nepal, and drive to the Nepalese border town of Lumbini- the town where the founder of Buddhism, Gautam Buddha, was born, and is one of his holy places of pilgrimage. Today you will visit the beautiful Ashoka Pillars and then take a cycle rickshaw ride to the Maya Devi Temple- the spiritual heart of Lumbini and the said spot where Guatam Buddha was born. You will also witness the spiritual sight here, of the saffron robed monks congregating under a Bodhi tree decorated with prayer flags.
Today, you cross the Nepal/ India border and wave hello to India. You will cross Sunauli and then head for Varanasi, and will immediately notice the scenery change from Nepal to India.Varanasi is one of the world?s oldest continually inhabited cities and one of the holiest places for Hindus. The Ganges found here is said to be the sacred waters where one can wash away his sins or even cremate and die there, in hopes of liberation from the cycle of rebirth. The city is overflowing with temples, shrines and devotees, and you will get to experience this first hand.
The lifeblood of millions of people, you will experience the sacred River Ganges while on a boat trip. You will take small riverboats and embark on a sailing trip through the iconic waterway and view life in the village communities as they pass by you. Later, you will arrive to your campsite near the river and you have time to relax and witness one of the most beautiful sunsets of your life.
After having spent a dreamy evening by the Ganges, today you will sail back to Varanasi. In Varanasi, you will explore the oldest part of the city while on a cycle rickshaw and experience the local bustling life filled with tourists and priests, and even see several rituals being performed. The Old City is infamous for a maze of narrow alleys, cows and small shops. The sounds of the temple bells chiming, the smell of incense and the sight of pilgrims batching & performing rituals are sure to elope you into a one of a kind experience. While there, you can take a trip to a nearby Sarnathm, one of the four main Buddhist pilgrimage destinations or visit Ram Nagar Fort, a 17th century fort on the banks of the Ganges.
Start off your day today with a mesmerizing boat ride on the Ganges to the view of the early sunrise and watch the light illuminate the mountains and temples along the river. Later, the rest of the day is free for you to spend exploring on your own; you can walk through the laneways or even attend a yoga class in this perfect atmosphere. In the evening, you will board an overnight train for Jhansi.
Upon arrival in Delhi today, you will travel through the rural villages and a marvelous landscape to reach the beautiful town of Orchha. Initially a hunting area, Orchha, despite being a tiny village, has the most supreme display of Mughal influenced Rajput architecture and is filled with majestic palaces, temples and royal chhatris. The atmosphere is a blend of spiritual and laid-back, and is the epitome of relaxed beauty to walk through. You will witness the temples scattered peacefully, and later witness the Ram Raja Temple prayer ceremony.
After breakfast, you will visit the Orchha Palace, which was built for Jehangir, the great Mughal ruler. You will stop at Taragram, a paper making facility that enables local tribal women to work outside their real- by crafting paper from wood pulp and recycled clothing. You will also get to experience the local flavours of Orchha at a cooking demonstration by the locals.
Today you will travel to Agra by train and then head directly to the most famous monument in India, The Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is the epitome of love that was built by Shah Jahan as a memorial for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The monument is worldly popular for its white marble and the perfectly geometrical faces of the arches. After viewing this majestique, you will be taken around in a motorized rickshaw and see some of the finest forts of the country. The Agra Fort, characteristically known by its red sandstone and marble fortress, is one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture. Part palace, part prison, The Agra Fort has throne rooms and beautiful mosques. Later, you can visit Akbar?s Mausoleum, a sandstone and marble tomb built for the greatest of the Mughal emperors.
Enter the capital of the country and a treasure trove of history today. Delhi, despite the overflowing modern day life, is steeped in history and has a unique rhythm to the city. The city is a chaos of traffic, people, cows mixed in historical sites from different eras, museums and small shops and bazaars. You are free here to just grab a cup of chai by the street side and enjoy this energy, or even visit Delhi?s oldest and most impressive buildings, the Jama Masjid. You can even visit the Qutub Minar, dating back to the 12th century. Delhi definitely has a lot to offer, from a relaxed experience of mere exploration, to a more bust sightseeing.
Your adventure through India and Nepal ends here. You will be transferred to the airport to board your flight for onward journey.End point Airport, New Delhi, Delhi, India