Golden Triangle with Varanasi and Nepal
Duration : 15 Nights/16 Days
Destination : Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Varanasi - Kathmandu - Nagarkot - Pokhra
Day 01: Delhi Arrival
Arrival at Delhi’s international airport. Our representative will receive you and assist you in transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02: Delhi sightseeing
After breakfast, proceed with Delhi sightseeing tour. Visit Jama Masjid - the largest Mosque in India. Visit Chandni Chowk, the oldest and largest bazaar of old Delhi. Walk up to Fatehpuri Masjid and enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride till Red Fort. Here our driver will meet you and drive past Red Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage site), to reach Rajghat, a memorial where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. An eternal flame burns on one side of this memorial. Visit the Humayun's Tomb (a UNESCO World Heritage site) - first garden-style tomb of India. The main highlight of this tomb, inspired by Persian architecture, is the four garden squares with water passage channels. Drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan - residence of the President of India and India Gate - an archway built in honor of the soldiers who died in World War I. Visit Qutub Minar (a UNESCO World Heritage site) - the tallest brick minaret in the world - that marks the beginning of Muslim rule in India.
Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.
Special Activity: Rickshaw Ride in Old Delhi
Day 03: Delhi - Agra, by Road [230 Km / 4.5 Hrs approx.]
Morning after breakfast, we will drive to Agra along one of India’s finest freeways. Upon arrival in Agra, check-in to hotel. Agra is the city of the Taj Mahal (a UNESCO World Heritage site), perhaps the most photographed monument in the world. The unparalleled glory and beauty of the building surpasses beyond all human imaginations. It is regarded as the jewel of Muslim art in India, a symbol of India’s rich history and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. The ivory-white marble mausoleum was built by Shah Jahan for his favourite wife - Empress Mumtaz Mahal. The construction is said to have taken 21 years (1632-1653) with over 20,000 artisans working around the clock. We visit one of the greatest sights of one’s lifetime - Taj Mahal. (Taj Mahal is closed on Friday)
Later, we drive to the massive red sandstone structure - Agra Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage site). The elegant buildings inside the complex reflect an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles. Built by Emperor Akbar, the walled fort city has maze of the courtyards, mosques & private chambers that echo the story of the Mughal Empire. This was the seat of power of the Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Emperor Akbar who erected the walls and gate and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jahan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts.
After that visit Mehtab Bagh or the Moonlight Garden, that is inspired from Persian and Islamic inspired Mughal garden style called Charbag (meaning Four Gardens). It is said to be an extension of the Taj Mahal Garden. The Mehtab Bagh was buried underneath the mud until it was re-excavated in the 1990s.
Overnight stay at Taj Mahal.
Special Activity: Battery Van ride in Agra
Day 04: Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur, by Road [240 Km / 4.5 Hrs approx.]
This day drive to Jaipur, en route stop at Fatehpur Sikri (a UNESCO World Heritage site), just 37 km from Agra. The sandstone city, commissioned in the 16th century was the glorious but short-lived imperial capital of Akbar, the greatest of the Mughal emperors. The inner citadel of the city showcases some prominent evidence of the skillful artisans of the Mughal era, with highly refined architecture. Notable among them is the Diwan-e- Khas, the airy Panch Mahal, the marble Tomb of Salim Chisti, Buland Darwaza - the giant main entrance to the fort, among others. Continue drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel and relax.
Day 05: Jaipur sightseeing
After breakfast, proceed for an excursion tour to Amber fort (a UNESCO World Heritage site). Enjoy the Elephant ride to the top of the fort. It is a 16th century majestic red sandstone and white marble fortress-palace located on a hill top of the Aravalli Ranges. Next, visit the 18th century Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory housing world’s largest stone sundial. Continuing on your tour, drive past Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds, an exquisite 5-storey building with over 953 ornate windows, built in 1799. End your sightseeing tour with a visit to the City Palace, a part of which is still a royal residence, and major parts are turned into the City Palace Museum with interesting royal collections on display. Built in the 18th century, the palace complex features several noteworthy palaces and buildings, which includes Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal.
In the evening, you are free to do your own leisure activities, or go shopping to local markets. Later, return to hotel and relax. Overnight stay at hotel.
Special Activity: Elephant Ride at Amer Fort
Day 06: Jaipur - Varanasi by Flight
After breakfast, check out from hotel and transfer to Jaipur Airport and fly to Varanasi. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. In the afternoon, proceed on an excursion tour to Sarnath city, where Gautama Buddha delivered his first sermon after his enlightenment. Sarnath is an important Buddhist pilgrimage center dotted with ancient architectural ruins dating to thousands of years.
After sightseeing, return to your hotel in Varanasi. Evening free at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 07: Varanasi sightseeing
The day starts with an early morning Boat Ride on river Ganges. You would watch local rituals along the riverside and ghats (places by the river with steps leading down to the river) during the ride. The locals of Varanasi visit River Ganges very early in the morning to pray to Sun God as well as offer prayers to the holy River Ganges, considered as mother goddess. The boat ride also takes you to various other ghats where you will see the daily rituals along the Ganges like washing, bathing and praying. For instance, Manikarnika Ghat is famous for Hindu cremation rituals, Dashashwamedha Ghat is popular for The Ganga Aarti ceremony (holy worship rituals of the Ganges), Assi Ghat, the southernmost and a prominent bathing ghat in Varanasi, situated at the union of the rivers Ganga and Assi.
After the boat ride, return to your hotel and enjoy breakfast. Afterward, you will be visiting some of the prominent temples in the city like Sankat Mochan Temple, Kashi Vishwanath Temple - an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva that was restored and rebuilt to its present glory in 1776, Kalbhairav temple, Manas Mandir, Birla temple, Bharat Mata temple among others.
Further, you will walk through the narrow alleyways of Varanasi visit the local bazaars of town where you can shop for statues, brass works, worship items, and the famous Benaras silk materials.
We will now lead you toward Dashashwamedh Ghat where awaits the spectacular Ganga Aarti ceremony by the River Ganges. This star attraction of Varanasi treats visitors to the sight of interesting rituals, performed by Hindu priests accompanied by chanting of sacred mantras, to please the Ganges River and God of Fire. Photo lovers will definitely love this spot to capture some really interesting pictures.
In the evening, return to hotel and stay overnight.
Special Activity: Morning Boat ride on Holy River Ganges
Day 08: Varanasi - Delhi by Flight
After breakfast, check-out from hotel and get transferred to airport and fly to Delhi. Upon arrival, check in to hotel and relax. Evening free at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 09: Delhi - Kathmandu by Flight
After breakfast, check-out from hotel and transfer to Delhi International Airport and fly to Kathmandu. O arrival, meet our representative who will assist you in transfer to your hotel.
Kathmandu (Approx. 4,600 ft) is the capital city of Nepal. It is a spiritual paradise for those with religious as well as spiritual bent of mind. Not only this, it is quite popular among adventure lovers and trekkers. On arrival, check-in at hotel, rest and relax. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 10: Kathmandu sightseeing
After breakfast, proceed to visit Pashupatinath (a UNESCO World Heritage site), situated 5 Km east of Kathmandu city. Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest Hindu temple and attracts of thousands of pilgrims each year. The temple is decorated with intricate wood carvings and architecture. Kathmandu Durbar Square listed as one of the eight Cultural World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets dating back to 3rd century. The visit of Durbar Square includes the ample of Living Goddesses, a girl who is revered as the living goddess and who acknowledges the greetings of the devotees from the balcony of her temple residence; the Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace, the historic seat of the Royalty until the 19th century; the magnificent Taleju Temple towering 40 meters, is the most magnificent temple at the durbar square. A massive earthquake in 2015 hit this area, which is still clearly evident in these structures.Sightseeing continues to Swayambhunath Stupa (a UNESCO World Heritage site), located approximately 4 km west of Kathmandu on a small hillock. The stupa is said to be 2500 years old and has been a hallmark of faith and harmony since centuries. This sacred site of Tibetan Buddhists and Hindus is richly decorated with gold-ornate temples and vibrant prayer flags.
In the afternoon, visit Patan Durbar Square (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Patan, also known as Lalitpur, is an important historical and cultural centre of Nepal, enclosed within 4 stupas said to be built in 3rd century AD, by Emperor Ashoka. Much of the city’s old charm is still visible through its narrow streets, brick houses and multitude of well-preserved Hindu temples, Buddhist monasteries (viharas) and monuments. Here, you will visit the Shikahara style Krishna Temple built by King Siddhi Narshing Malla, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar - dating from the 12th century, the three-storied shrine, also known as the Golden Temple. A trip to the Tibetan Refugee Camp and the Handicraft Center will also be done, where you will witness the hand weaving of Tibetan carpets and molding of metal statues.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Special Activity: Visit UNESCO Heritage Site - Kathmandu Valley
Day 11: Kathmandu – Nagarkot – Kathmandu
After breakfast, we will proceed to visit Bhaktapur, located just 14 km east of Kathmandu city. Perched on a hill at an altitude of 4596 ft., Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon literally “City of Devotees”, is a major tourist destination. Bhaktapur is one of the three royal cities in Nepal, and is said be founded in the 9th century. The town is still untouched by rapid urbanization and has managed to retain its brick paved roads, charming red brick houses and way of life that goes back to ancient times. Here you will visit Nyatapola, a five-storey and five-tier roofed pagoda styled temple built in the early 18th century; Bhairabh Temple dedicated to Bhairav - the god of terror, Potter’s square, the centre of ceramic industry of Bhaktapur, and a famous tourist attraction full of potter’s wheels and rows of clay pots, created by local skilled artisans; the 15th Century Palace of 55 carved windows; the magnificently elaborate Golden Gate, etc.
Further continue to Nagarkot, situated 32 km east of Kathmandu, a popular hill station for sunrise and sunset views of the Himalayas including Mount Everest. Nagarkot, situated at an altitude of 7,136 ft., commands one of the broadest views of Himalayas (subject to weather permit) in the Kathmandu valley (8 out of 13 in Nepal) such as Annapurna Range, Manaslu Range, Ganesh Himal Range, Langtang Range, Jugal Himal Range, Rolwaling Range, Mahalangur Range (Everest Range) and Numbur Range with views of Kathmandu Valley and Shivapuri National Park. The top of Nagarkot commands accelerating views in all directions. It is also a popular hiking route for the tourists.
Return to Kathmandu, and overnight stay at hotel.
Special Activity: Broadest view of Himalaya from Nagarkot
Day 12: Kathmandu sightseeing
After enjoying breakfast, you can relax. In the afternoon, proceed to visit Boudhanath stupa (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), 8 km east of Kathmandu city is one of the biggest in the world of its kind and one of the most imposing landmarks in Kathmandu. Dating to 14th century, it is an important pilgrimage and meditation center for Tibetan Buddhism. At the top of the Stupa are a pair of omnipresent Buddha eyes on all four directions, keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity.
Evening free at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.
Special Activity: Visit Landmark of Nepal – Boudhanath Stupa
Day 13: Kathmandu – Pokhra, by Road [210 Km / 05 - 06 Hrs approx.]
This morning drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel.
Pokhara is a rare combination of snow-clad peaks and snow fed lakes and rivers, which has helped to make the valley of Pokhara (210 km from Kathmandu) one of the most picturesque natural attractions in the region. The altitude of Pokhara varies from 2,713 ft. to 5,710 ft. There may be no other place in the world from where the majestic Himalayan peaks can be admired from such a close distance. The city offers a combination of nature, culture and is mostly known as the gateway to the world-famous treks in and around the Annapurna Range.
Rest of the day at leisure to walk around Lake Side (main tourist hub of Pokhara). Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 14: Pokhara sightseeing
This early morning, we will take you to enjoy sunrise view from Sarangkot. (Subject to weather condition)
Return to hotel for breakfast. Later, set off on a day of exploration of Pokhara City. Take a trip to the ancient Bindyabasani Temple, one of the holiest and most famous temple in Pokhara dating to 17th century; Seti Gorge; Devi’s Waterfall, also known as ‘Patali Chango’, which translates to ‘underworld water’ in Nepali; right across the street from Devi’s fall is Gupteshwor Cave, an underground limestone cave and a sacred pilgrimage site to the Hindus God Shiva is worshiped. Then, you can enjoy a one-hour boat ride on Phewa Lake, which is surrounded by lush forests and gorgeous mountains. Also see World Peace Pagoda, a massive Buddhist stupa located on a hill just behind Phewa Lake. This stupa is a symbol of peace with installation of the huge idols of Lord Buddha from Japan, Sri Lanka and Thailand. One can stand here and enjoy breathtaking panorama of the Himalayan Ranges, lakes and the city. You also do Sarangkot, from where you get panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks.
After sightseeing, return to hotel for overnight stay.
Special Activity: Visit World Peace Pagoda
Day 15: Pokhra - Kathmandu, by Road
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, check-in to hotel and relax. Evening free at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 16: Kathmandu Departure
Enjoy breakfast at hotel, followed by drive to Kathmandu Airport for your flight to your onward destination.