- Luxury Experiences
- Beyond India
Duration: 14 Nights / 15 Days
Destination: Delhi – Jaipur – Agra – Delhi – Kathmandu – Royal Chitwan National Park – Pokhara – Kathmandu
On arrival our representative shall meet you at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to hotel. Overnight hotel.
Day 02 – Delhi
After breakfast, you will start the day with sightseeing of Old and New Delhi. Highlights of sightseeing would be Jama Masjid – built between 1644 and 1656 is the largest mosque in India , the Red Fort – a fortress palace built by Emperor Shah Jahan is a UNESCO world heritage site, India Gate – War Memorial of 82,000 Indian soldiers who sacrificed their life in First World War, the Parliament – the headquarters of the government apartment, Qutub Minar , the tallest minaret of 73 metres of bricks in the world, the Mausoleum Humayun, Gandhi Memorial , erected in memory of father of the nation, Laxminarayan temple (Hindu Temple), and a Bangla Sahib (Sikh Temple). Fort is one of the most important historical monuments of India, embodies the long period of Indian history, a symbol of architectural beauty and power of the ruling dynasties of India. Evening you come back to relax the comfort of your Hotel.
Experience 1:During your visit to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, you will watch and if willing, join the voluntary group who are cooking the food called “langar” and served free to devotees of all cast and creed.
Experience 2: During your visit to old Delhi, you will enjoy a rickshaw ride around Chandni Chowk, oldest shopping street in Delhi.
Experience 3: You can ask to visit Akshardham Temple, the largest Hindu temple complex in the world intricately carved with flora, fauna, dancers, musicians, and deities. Overnight at hotel in Delhi.
Day 03: Delhi- Jaipur
In the morning drive to Jaipur. On arrival Jaipur transfer and check-into the Hotel.
Day 04 – Jaipur
After breakfast, you will go to Amber and its famous palace. Riding on elegantly caparisoned elephants, we approach the palace in the traditional way. The high gateways allow us to enter on these broad-backed animals. Inside, we will find lavish courtyards, beautifully decorated halls and the Chamber of Mirrors.
Later sightseeing tour of Jaipur city, visit Jantar Mantar, an observatory, which is equipped with instruments of astonishing size and precision, including a 90 foot high sun dial which is remarkably accurate, We will also see the ornate and elaborate Palace of Winds, the Hawa Mahal, a famous landmark of Jaipur and the City Palace museum.
Experience 4: In evening explore the ‘Bazaars’ in the old city on a Rickshaw.
Day 05 – Jaipur – Agra
Morning drive to Agra 235 Kms. 5 hrs. drive approx. en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri (Old Deserted town of Mughal Dynasty) Jama Masjid, The Buland Darwaza, Palace of Jodha Bai, Birbal Bhawan & Panch Mahal. On arrival at Agra check into the hotel
Experience 5: Spend your evening enjoying the amazing Mohabbat The Taj show that depicts the romantic love story of Emperor Shajahan and his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal in the famous theater Kalakriti Cultural and Convention Center. You will be blown away by the creative dance and dramatic lighting with the 12’ x 12’ Taj Mahal replica as well as the lavish lifestyle of the Mughal Empire. (Closed in the months of May, June and July)
Day 06 – Agra – Delhi
Today morning we shall take you for a city tour covering -Taj Mahal – a poem written in white marble, the most extravagant monument ever built for love, Red Fort – a visit to the fort in ‘Agra’ is a must since so many of the events which lead to the construction of the Taj took place here, Itmad-ud-Daula’s Tomb – The tomb is of particular interest since many of its design elephants overshadow the Taj
Afternoon we shall drive you to Delhi 205 Kms. 5 hrs. drive approx. On arrival transfer to the Hotel. Overnight in Delhi.
In the evening enjoy farewell Dinner from the compliments of Vilasa Luxury.
Day 07 – Delhi – Kathmandu
On time transfer to the International airport to board the flight to Kathmandu. On arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu you will be met by our representative. You will then board a waiting vehicle to be transferred to your Hotel. On the way to your hotel, our representative will brief you on Nepal, general do’s and don’ts and also explain your program in brief. Upon arrival at the hotel, you will be offered a welcome drink, and shown to your room.
Experience 6: In the evening transfer to an excellent Nepalese Restaurant Bhanchaghar for a Traditional Nepali Welcome reception and dinner. Here you will have the opportunity to enjoy a live Nepalese Cultural programme performed by beautiful young girls dressed in ethnic traditional Nepalese costumes and jewelry representing various parts of Nepal. Dinner will follow this programme.
BHANCHHA GHAR – which means Nepali Kitchen, is situated within two minutes walk of Durbar Marg. It is established in a restored aristocratic house. The walls are built from mud bricks, and most of the floors are earthen. The décor, music, and crockery used are all typical of Nepal. The food is most distinctive with an exotic selection of spiced meat, robust vegetarian dishes prepared with local Newari sauces and accompanied by house blends of Rakshi (Local Nepali Schnapps). Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu
Day 08 – Kathmandu
After Breakfast Sightseeing tour of the KATHMANDU CITY – The Hanumandhoka – Kathmandu’s Durbar Square is the historic seat of royalty. The Durbar Square with its old temples and palaces epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. It is here that kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations solemnized. Also visit the Taleju Temple built by King Mahendra Malla in 1549 AD, the temple of Kal Bhairav – the God of destruction and the temple of Kumari (Vestal Virgin) or the Living Goddess – represents a very ancient Hindu deity of Nepal locally known as Taleju is Buddhist by birth. The Kumari acknowledges greetings from her balcony window. Once a year during Indra Jatra festival, the King of Nepal seeks the Kumari’s blessing. Kasthamandap – Located near the Kumari Temple is said to be built from the wood of a single tree from the city. The city of Kathmandu derives its name from this temple. The Kathmandu Durbar Square was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979.
Next to SWAYAMBHUNATH STUPA- the oldest Buddhist shrine. It is said to be 2,000 years old. Painted on the four sides of the spire’s base are the all – seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. It is 3 km west of Kathmandu City and is situated on a hillock about 77 m above the level of Kathmandu Valley and commands an excellent view of the Valley. This Stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal. It was also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979.
After lunch proceed to BOUDDHANATH STUPA: The stupa of Bouddhanath lies 8 kms east of Kathmandu. This ancient colossal Stupa is one of the biggest in the world, and is the centre of Tibetan Buddism in Nepal. Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979.
Next to PASUPATINATH TEMPLE: This important Hindu temple is the temple of Lord Shiva, The temple with a two tiered golden roof and silver door is considered one of the holiest shrines for Hindus. Although only Hindus are allowed inside the temple, visitors can witness the activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. The temple was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu
Day 09 – Kathmandu – Royal Chitwan National Park
After Breakfast you will depart for Chitwan. The drive descends all the way down to the Terai (low land of Nepal) and will finally bring you to Amaltarighat (bank of Narayani River). Upon arrival you will be met by our naturalists and as you cross the river by boat you enter a totally new world.
After crossing the Narayani River, you will be given hot towels to refresh yourselves and welcome Tika and Drinks will be provided at the bank. You will be transferred to the Temple Tiger Jungle Lodge by elephants / jeeps.
TEMPLE TIGER is situated in the heart of the Royal Chitwan National Park, which is the home of the great one horned rhinoceros, sloth bear, wild boar, gaur (bison), 4 species of deer, 2 species of monkeys, 2 species of crocodiles, leopard, the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger, over 450 species of birds.
At the Temple Tiger Jungle Lodge, the Manager will brief you about the activities at the lodge and then you will be shown to your room.
Experience 7:In the afternoon you can choose to go either for a jungle safari on elephant back so that you can penetrate into the jungle for viewing and photographing wildlife or for a jungle walk to experience the abundant bird-life and the flora and fauna of the Park. If you are lucky, you may see the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger either on a nature walk or on elephant safari.
Afterwards tea will be available or our well stocked bar will cater to the needs of the thirsty. A hearty meal of continental or Nepalese cuisine will be served in the evening.
Overnight at Temple Tiger Jungle Lodge in Chitwan.
Day 10 – Royal Chitwan National Park
Early morning offers another opportunity for an elephant safari, lasting about two hours. Much of the wetlands are covered in ‘elephant grass’, which is dense and grows to a height of 5-6 meters. It is the favourite habitat of the rhinoceros and other mammals.
After a leisurely breakfast, you can visit our elephant stables where the senior naturalists will give a talk about the habits of the elephants. And there is a possibility of seeing the elephants’ bath.
Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon relax around the lodge, take a drive through the jungles in land rovers followed by a boat ride down the Narayani river where there are excellent chances of viewing the gharial crocodiles as well as mugger crocodiles, fresh water dolphins, otters and varieties of water birds, or go on a nature walk or birding with one of our naturalists.
Those who opt for the boat ride can return to the lodge by jeep.
In the evening there is a slide presentation and a talk programme when one of our senior naturalists will give an introduction on The Royal Chitwan National Park, animals and their habitats and other social structure of the Park and the villages in the vicinity.
Dinner and Overnight at Temple Tiger Jungle Lodge in Chitwan.
Day 11 – Royal Chitwan National Park – Pokhara
After Breakfast drive to Pokhara city. A very pretty drive on an everwinding road. En-route cross the Kali Gandaki River on its way from Tibet to the Ganges. Upon arrival at Pokhara check in to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara
Day 12 – Pokhara
After breakfast Sightseeing of Pokhara City and one hour boating on Phewa Lake. POKHARA – one of the most picturesque valleys in Nepal. Pokhara lies 200 kms west of Kathmandu, under the shadows of the Annapurna Range. A rare combination of snow-clad mountains, crystal clear lakes, streams, villages inhabited by friendly ethnic tribes. The tour includes visit of Tibetan camp, Seti River Gorge, Devis Falls (July- Nov are best months), Binde Basini Temple and local markets.
The tour including a visit to one of the Tibetan refugee camps followed by an enchanting session in a rowing boat on Lake Fewa, and the chance for some local shopping. Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara
Day 13 – Pokhara – Kathmandu (260 kms/6 hours)
After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu. Drive past local villages, towns, paddy fields and hills. It is an interesting drive of some 200 Kms. Through villages, farmland, and then following the Marsyangdi River as far as Mugling, the halfway point. Here is the confluence with the Trishuli river which flows down from Tibet. This we follow on the second part of the drive before starting the long climb up to the Kathmandu valley.
En-route lunch at River Side Springs Resort; A delightful stopping point just after Mugling
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu
Day 14 – Kathmandu
After breakfast sightseeing tour of BHAKTAPUR CITY – Valley’s most medieval city also known as Bhadgaon. It is situated about 14 kilometers east of Kathmandu and was one of the three kingdoms of the Mallas. Situated at an altitude of 1,401m, Bhaktapur covers an area of four square miles. The City of Devotees as it is known still retains its medieval charm and visitors to this ancient town are treated to a feast of cultural and artistic achievements. The past glory of the Malla rulers continues to be reflected in the Durbar Square. Pottery and Woodcarving are its traditional craft industries. Places to see here include the Lion Gate, the Picture Gallery, the Golden Gate and the Palace of 55 Windows. Here the ancient temples and palaces show the Newari craftsmanship of carved wooden windows and latticework.
In the evening transfer to a local restaurant for your Farewell Dinner.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu
Day 15 – Kathmandu – Departure
Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for your departure flight. On leaving you will be presented with a “Khada” (Tibetan Prayer Scarf) as a mark of respect, goodwill and farewell.