North India and Népal : shifting landscapes
Departure for Delhi by a regular flight. Overnight in Flight.
Breakfast at hotel.
Visit 1. JAMA MASJID – Completed in 1658 this is one of the largest Mosques in India, 2. CHANDNI CHOWK – One of the main markets of Delhi, this ancient market which was the pride of the Mughals, still fascinates the visitors with its colourful crowds and varied shops, 3. RAJ GHAT – A serene and touching tribute to the Father of the Nation – Mahatma Gandhi.
P.M Visit of NEW DELHI – Visiting 1. QUTAB MINAR – In 1199, Qutbuddin raised the Qutab Minar either as a victory tower or as a minaret to the adjacent mosque. At 72.5 m , it is the highest stone tower in India and one of the finest Islamic structures ever raised in India. 2. HUMAYUN’S TOMB – Built by the wife of Humayun, Haji Begum, in the middle of 16th century, this Red sand stone structure is considered to be the predecessor of the Taj Mahal. The structure is one of the best examples of Mughal Architecture. 3. INDIA GATE – India Gate is a 42m high stone arch of triumph. It bears the name of the 85,000 Indian Army soldiers who died in the campaigns of World War One, the North – West frontier operations and the 1919 Afghan Fiasco. Below the arch is the memorial to the Unknown Soldier. Drive around the Presidential Palace.
After breakfast at hotel, leave for Jaipur by air-conditioned car. (Journey time approx 4hrs & 30 mn) On arrival, proceed to your hotel. P.M. Visit of Jaipur: Also called Pink City. Jaipur has always played a prominent role in the quest for power between the Mughals and the Rajputs. Today it is the capital of Rajasthan. A bustling city full of colour and movement it is today knows for its handicrafts and manual printing on cotton fabrics, which is exported the world over. Visit of JANTAR MANTAR, an observatory, constructed in the 18th century and the City Palace, which now houses a Museum.
Breakfast at hotel.
A.M. – Visit of Amber Fort. by air-conditioned car. (12 Kms from Jaipur)Fort Amber which was constructed between the 10th and 11th century by a tribe called Minas fell into the hands of the Rajputs in 1037 and remained the capital of the Rajputs till 1728 when the capital was shifted to the newly founded city of Jaipur. It is perhaps one of the most imperial and dominating forts in India. You will be climbing up to the Fort on the back of an elephant, which in itself is a unique experience! P.M. Visit of Sanganer – a little village in the immediate vicinity of Jaipur it is known for its handicrafts – especially blue pottery.
After breakfast at hotel, leave for Fatehpur Sikri by air-conditioned car. Journey time approx 4 Hrs. On arrival, visit of Fatehpur Sikri perched atop a rocky ridge 37 km west of Agra, Fatehpur Sikri came into being four centuries ago when the Emperor Akbar, created the first planned city in Indo – Islamic style. The city was actualised with great energy, but was completely abandoned a little more than a decade later. Fatehpur Sikri is built in red sandstone, and is a beautiful blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural element. The sandstone is richly ornamented with carving and fretwork. After visit continue by air-conditioned car for Agra. Journey time approx 1 h 15 mn. On arrival, proceed to your hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Visit of Taj Mahal at sunrise. Taj Mahal, the monumental labour of love of a great ruler for his beloved queen is sheer poetry in marble. One of the wonders of the world this 17th century monument took 22 years in the making. An estimated 20,000 people worked to complete this enchanting mausoleum. Breakfast at hotel. A.M.: Visit of Fort (Emperor Akbar commissioned the construction of this fort in 1565, although additions were continued to be made till the time of his grandson Shah Jahan. The Fort houses some exquisite buildings within like the Moti Masjid, Diwan – e- Am, Diwan – e – Khas, and Sheesh Mahal.) P.M. Visit of Itmad-ud-Daulah’s mausoleum (Itmad-ul-Daulah, Situated 4 km North of the Taj, on the left bank of the Yamuna, is the perfectly proportioned marble mausoleum of Itmad-ud-Daulah. Noor Jehan constructed this splendid marble monument in her father’s memory. This double storied marble tomb is replete with mosaic, inlaid with semi-precious stones.) Continue with visit of the markets in Agra.
After Breakfast at hotel leave for Delhi by air-conditioned car. Journey time approx 4 Hrs. En route visit of Sikandra (Sikandra was built in 1492 by Sikander Lodhi, a ruler of one of the last dynasties of the Delhi Sultanate. Akbar, in his time, ordered the re – construction of Sikandra, this time as a site for his mausoleum but he died before it could be completed. The work was completed by his son Jehangir in 1613. The tomb is a combination of Muslim and Hindu architectural styles. The building of red sandstone is four storeys tall, approximately 31 metres in height. The first three storeys are of red sandstone, while the fourth is entirely of marble.) On arrival in Delhi proceed to airport to for connecting flight to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu assistance at airport & transfer to your hotel by car.
Breakfast at hotel. A.M. Visit of Kathmandu by car. Situated at an altitude of 1 300 meters , at the confluence of two rivers, the Bagmati and the Bishnumati, and encircled by mountains of medium height, KATHMANDU, with its population of 390.000 , gives the impression of a small city barely out of the medieval period… and this is the charm of this city. Visit of the old city: the Durbar Square, central monument of Kathmandu where we find temples, palaces, pagodas, statues & Kumari Bahal’s palace or the House of the Living Goddess. Later, climb to Swayambunath situated 3 kms from the city. It is not only one of the most beautiful stupa of Nepal but also one of the most popular centres of pilgrimage. On the top there is an enormous stupa . The building contains ancient relics and documents and has prayer mills which the faithful turn on their pivoting axe. You get a magnificent view of the city and the surrounding villages. P.M.: Visit of PATAN or LALITPUR, city of golden roofs of the Malla dynasty. On return, stopover at a Tibetan camp.
Breakfast at hotel. A.M.: Visit of Bodhnath, a Buddhist sanctuary.. The stupa is composed of five terraces. It is one of the most beautiful monuments in Nepal. Visit of Pashupatinath, one of the most sacred places in the country, centre of pilgrimage bathed by the river Bagmati. We can see the Golden Temple forbidden to non hindus, and also the cremation fires burning all along the river. P.M. Visit of Bhadgaon or Bhaktapur, the most beautiful city in the valley which has conserved a medieval aspect .Marvellous little city of Palaces, temples and superb houses. Visit of the Durbar Square, the palace with 55 windows, finely sculpted lintels and embedded in the brick, the Temple of Dhattatreya at the square having the same name, the peacock house (ancient monastery), the Potters quarters. Visit of Natyapole temple with five roofs.
Breakfast at hotel.
Morning free for optional excursions to Nagarkot or Dhulikhel to see the Himalayas,or mountain flights over the Himalayas Free time for last minute shopping. According to flight timings transfer to airport for flight to Europe.
North India Nepal
Delhi, Jaipur, Amber, Agra, Katmandou, Changu
10 Days/ 9 nights