India Nepal Tour Package - 15 Nights In-depth Cultural

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Start in New Delhi and end in Kathmandu! With the in-depth cultural tour India Nepal Tour Package, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 14 other destinations in Asia. India Nepal Tour Package includes accommodation in a hotel as well as flights, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Itinerary

  • Arrival At New Delhi

    In and around New DelhiOn the day of arrival at the New Delhi airport, Alkof Holidays representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the citys bustling streets or wander its wide tree-lined boulevards to get your first taste of India. Overnight stay at the hotel.Start point Pickup from IGI Airport in New Delhi, Indira Gandhi International Airport, Airport Rd., New Delhi, Delhi, India

  • At Delhi

    Embark on a full day of sightseeing beginning in Old Delhi with a visit to the stunning Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in Asia, and the Raj Ghat, a moving memorial to Mahatma Ghandi. Take a short rickshaw ride at the Chandni Chowk (A huge market of spices and clothes), also visit Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate, Humayun?s Tomb, and Qutub Minar. Overnight stay at the hotel.

  • Agra (220 Km - 3.30 Hours Drive)

    After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Agra The City Of The Taj Mahal. Upon arrival at Agra, check-in at your hotel. Take some rest at the hotel, later visit Itmad-ud-Daulah, and Agra Fort. Rest of the day at leisure, overnight stay at the hotel.

  • Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur (240 Km - 5 Hours Drive)

    Early morning before sunrise our tour guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you for a guided sightseeing tour of the Taj Mahal and Mehtab Bagh. Later return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Jaipur. On the way visit Akhbar Tomb at Sikandra, and later visit Fatehpur Sikri - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built by Akbar in the late 16th century. It was abandoned after only 14 years, and the elegant buildings of this superb walled city remain intact to this day. After sightseeing at Fatehpur Sikri, proceed to Jaipur for overnight stay.

  • At Jaipur

    After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a full day guided tour of Jaipur. Start you sightseeing with the iconic attraction of Rajasthan Amber Fort and Palace, A UNESCO World Heritage Site, built by Raja Man Singh in 1592 in red sandstone and marble. The magnificent fort comprises an extensive palace complex, divided into several sections. It stands on top of an easily scalable mountain, which is situated right next to the beautiful Maota Lake. The fort?s majestic appearance and its geographical advantages make it a special place to visit. After Amber Fort, visit City Palace, The Hawa Mahal (palace of winds), Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal (Water Palace) and enjoy evening sunset at Surya Mandir, if time permits you can visit some other interesting places as well. Overnight stay at the hotel.

  • Varanasi (By Flight)

    After breakfast, take a flight to Varanasi from Jaipur airport. Upon arrival at Varanasi airport, our representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel in Varanasi. Rest and relax at the hotel, later explore the city of Varanasi, visit various ghats, sacred temples and the local market of Varanasi. Later in the evening attend Aarti on the bank of River Ganges. Overnight stay at the hotel.

  • At Varanasi (Local Sightseeing & Sarnath Visit)

    In and around SarnathEarly in the morning, enjoy a boat ride on the River Ganges, followed by a visit to Akhara and see the traditional form of martial arts practiced there. Morning city tour of Varanasi, this includes a walk through the various sacred Ghats. Visit the sacred shrine of Kashi- Vishwanath (also known as the Golden Temple), and Bharat Mata Mandir, a simple temple dedicated to Mother India. Later proceed to Sarnath, an important site for the Buddhists, visit the Dhamekha Stupa, the Archeological museum and the Chaukhandi Stupa. In the evening attend aarti on the bank of River Ganges in Varanasi. Overnight stay at the hotel.

  • Kathmandu (By Flight - Via Delhi)

    After the breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Varanasi airport to board a flight to Kathmandu Via Delhi. It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from the airport and escort you to your designated hotel. The representative will help you check into hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities. Overnight stay at the hotel.

  • At Kathmandu

    After breakfast at the hotel, commence the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Durbar square, Swayambhunath stupa and Patan Durbar square. KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE: The durbar square with its arrays of temples, courtyards, monuments and the ancient palaces of the former Nepali Royals is located in Basantapur in the heart of Kathmandu city, the country?s capital. Chief attractions here include Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace, the magnificent Taleju Temple towering more than 40 meters; Kumari Ghar, the residence of the Living Goddess, Kumari; the temple of Ashok Vinayak dedicated to lord Ganesh (elephant headed deity), and Kal Bhairav, the God of Wrath. There is a giant pagoda of ?Kasthamandap?, a structure which is said to have been built out of a single tree. The name of the capital ?Kathmandu? is said to be actually derived from ?Kasthamandap?.? THAMEL: After sightseeing tour of Durbar Square get on a rickshaw (tricycle) for an interesting 20-minute ride to the tourist hub of Thamel. Travelers and the locals consider it a tourist haven. Its filled with narrow streets, all lined with budget hotels, small shops selling everything from food and provisions to clothes, carpets, walking gears, music CDs, DVDs, handicrafts, paintings which make it an ideal place for souvenir shopping. The area also has some very good restaurants when you need to stop for munching. SWAYAMBHUNATH STUPA : Said to be around 2000 years old, this Buddhist Stupa sits atop a hillock 02 kilometres west of Kathmandu overlooking the valley. The oldest written reference to the stupa dates from the 5th century, but it could have existed much earlier. Moreover, a legend has it that the stupa evolved spontaneously at the time of the Kathmandu valley?s creation. Swayambhunath is famously known as the ?Monkey Temple? owing to the presence of a large number of monkeys around the area. PATAN DURBAR SQUARE: Located 5 km southeast of Kathmandu, the Patan city popularly known as ?the city of artisans? accommodates a magnificent square housing the palace buildings of the then royals, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples ? a display of Newari architecture that had reached its pinnacle during the reign of the Malla kings. It is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, and ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. Overnight stay at the hotel.

  • Pokhara (200 Km - 6 Hours Drive)

    After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Pokhara. Once you reach Pokhara, check-in at the hotel. POKHARA is a remarkable place of natural beauty. ?At an elevation lower than that of Kathmandu, it has much more tropical feel to it; a fact well appreciated by the beautiful diverse flowers that prosper in this environment. The enchanting city with a population above 250000 has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panaromic views of the Himalayan peaks. The valleys surrounding Pokhara is home to thick forest, gushing rivers, emerald lakes and of course, the views of world famous Himalayas. The serenity of the lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic. Overnight stay at the hotel.

  • : At Pokhara (Early Morning Sunrise Tour To Sarangkot)

    In and around SarangkotCommence around 05 AM (or guide suggesting) for the sunrise tour to Sarangkot. This place is located 9 kms to the north west of Pokhara and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. Conveniently perched high on the top of a ridge at 1,592m., the serene hill resort offers the spectacular panorama of the entire Annapurna range stretching from east to west and the unspoilt rural settlements just below those towering peaks. Viewing 700mts down from the top of Sarangkot you can have awesome sights of the stretching Pokhara Valley, Phewa Lake and many more. Drive back to the hotels for breakfast, then after commence the sightseeing tour of Pokhara city. BINDEBASINI TEMPLE: Bindabasini Mandir is of great religious importance to Hindus living in the Pokhara region. It is a vital hub of religious fervor. The temple itself is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga, who is Pokharas chosen guardian deity. Durga, also known as Shakti or Kali has numerous manifestations and at the Bindabasini temple she is seen as Bhagwati, a blood-thirsty aspect of the goddess. Durga appears in the form of a Saligram. A Saligram, according to Hindu mythology is a propitious stone. It is said that the temple was created after the goddess ordered king Khadag Bum Malla to set up her statue here. The Bindabasini temple was then founded in BS 1845. Since its establishment, Bhagwati has been an object of worship here on a daily basis. Animal sacrifices are typically presented at the temple on Saturdays and Tuesdays. The Hindu festival of Dashain sees large numbers of believers coming to offer sacrifices at Bindyabasini Mandir. Indeed, there is little space for tourist during the festival of Dashain. SETI RIVER GORGE :?Seti? means White in Nepali and that?s how the famous Seti River got its name with its flowing silver white water. It silently flows in the centre part of the valley carving out a wonderful Gorge. The Seti Gorge comprises the deep rifts of the Conglomerate Mountains carved upto 40 to 50 meters deep which could mostly be witnessed from KI Singh Bridge at Bagar, Mahendra Bridge at Mahendrapool market and Chinese bridge at Lakhan chowk.? DEVI?S FALLS : Locally known as Patale Chhango (or Hells fall), Devis fall is an amazing waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara airport on the highway to Tansen. It was named after Devi, a Swiss lady who was swept away when the floodgates were accidently opened, never to be seen again.? GUPTESHWAR CAVE :The cave is probably the longest and attractive cave in south Asia which is located at a pristine location northwestern part of Pokhara district. Ancestors called this place as desolate Khatri Tara. At that time water steam used to come out from this place and some courageous youngsters used to go inside and catch fishes. In 1970, 1980 and 1982 a British Expedition Organization named British course Research Cave Expedition expatiated this cave and published about it in The Atlas of the Great

  • Chitwan National Park (150 Km - 4 Hours Drive)

    After breakfast at the hotel we drive to Chitwan for our next adventure. For a country known for its beautiful mountains, the gigantic flat lands of Terai that stretches throughout the southern part of Nepal provide a wholly different experience. A visit to Nepal remains incomplete without seeing the beauty of the Terai. The Royal Chitwan National Park, established in 1973, provides a great wildlife experience with its rich flora and fauna. The wildlife and the landscape are not as breathtaking as those found in Africa but still, the experience will stand out. Chitwan is only 150m above the sea level. The place gets steamy from March-June, with peak temperatures reaching 43?C in the shade. Short grass makes Feb-May the best game-viewing season, but the autumn months are gorgeous, with Himalayan views, and in winter (December-January). Chitwan is pleasantly warmer compared to Kathmandu. The monsoon season (July-August) is intense, with pounding rain, swollen rivers, and luxuriant vegetation. While the rain isnt constant, the humidity is all pervasive. Upon arrival at Chitwan National Park, check-in at the resort. After lunch, you can indulge in some wildlife activities for the day as guided by the naturalist. Overnight stay at the resort.

  • : At Chitwan National Park (Jungle Activities)

    The day will keep busy with varieties of wildlife activities spread over the day. ELEPHANT SAFARI: Seated high on the back of an elephant, you will gain a unique viewpoint of the Chitwan jungle as an experienced mahout tracks animals through the dense jungle. As you sit back on a howdah, you can imagine yourself being a Rajah or Rani going on a shooting trip (with cameras of course!) in the days of yore. An elephant safari allows you to go places that would be impossible to get to by foot or Jeep and get up close to the wild animals of the jungle that are normally wary, but at home with a fellow creature of the jungle. Nowadays elephant safari is conducted only in the community forests. ELEPHANT BRIEFING: Learn more about this gentle giant during our daily elephant briefing. Our expert naturalists will inform you of various facts about the life and habits of the wild and domestic pachyderms, enlighten you as to the differences between the African and Asian elephants, and other interesting titbits. You can also request to learn how to ride one of these magnificent beasts during the briefing.? GHRIAL BREEDING CENTER VISIT: Gharial Hatchery Farm where you will learn about how they collect crocodiles eggs and hatch them and send them to river. So there are chances to see many animals. We also can organize whole day jeep drive with packed lunch as per your interest, which you can explore most part of the park. BIRD WATCHING: Chitwan is an ornithologist?s delight as more than 450 species of exotic birds such as the Oriental Pied Hornbill, Paradise Flycatcher and Lesser Adjutant Stork congregate at this biological hotspot of Asia. Our experienced guides will take you to the selected spots ideal for birding, where you can observe a breathtaking diversity of these beautiful feathered creatures. DUG-OUT CANOE RIDE: Let your mind wander and relax as you float on a serene trip down the Rapti River in a traditional dugout canoe. You will be able to spot crocodiles and other reptiles sunning themselves on the riverbanks, or admire the graceful lines of Ibises and other waterfowl as you travel silently and peacefully down the river. This activity is available October to mid-March only, when the water level in the Rapti is neither too low nor too high. NATURE WALK: Take an exciting and invigorating walk through the lush sub-tropical jungles of Chitwan. Our trained naturalists take you to prime spots to view deer, rhinos, sloth bears and other wildlife. They will also give you interesting information about the various plants and animals of the jungle throughout your walk. THARU DANCE: Later in the evening, there will be an entertainment through Tharu Stick Dance. You are more than welcome to join the village girls and boys as they move their hips in a local rhythm. SLIDESHOW: presentation on flora and fauna. Overnight at Lodge.

  • Kathmandu (175 Km - 5.30 Hours Drive)

    After breakfast at the lodge, drive back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.

  • : Departure from Kathmandu

    After the breakfast at the hotel, Alkof Holidays representative will transfer you to the Tribhuvan International Airport, to board a flight to your home or onward destination.End point Drop-off at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, ???????? ??????????????? ?????????, ???????? ?????????, Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal

Inclusion

  • GST on total package
  • Accomodation in a well appointed room
  • Meals as per hotel plan and ones mentioned in itinerary
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary in an air-conditioned vehicle (except in the hills when the air-conditioner will be switched off)
  • All toll taxes, parking fees and driver allowances
  • All applicable hotel taxes

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  • All personal expenses, optional tours and extra meals
  • Camera fees, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages
  • Vehicle service on leisure days for sightseeing not included in the itinerary
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Tips, laundry and phone calls

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