Tour route: India : Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Khajuraho - Jhansi - Varanasi, Nepal : Kathmandu
Welcome to India! Upon arrival at India Gandhi International Airport, you are greeted by our representative. Transferred to hotel where our representative helps you check in and briefs you about the following tours. Have some free time on your own to adjust to the new time zone.
Breakfast at hotel, your tour guide will pick you up in hotel lobby then head to Old Delhi for the magnificent Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque; then a unique glance at local life by an exploration to the bustling local bazaar of Chandni Chowk on rickshaw.
Pass by Red Fort before drive to New Delhi for the tallest stone tower in India, 800-year-old Qutub Minar surrounded by ancient Hindu and Muslim complex. Continue to Raj Ghat - the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi. Drive along the city landmark of India Gate, President's House, Parliament House & Government Secretariat Buildings. Finish today with an insight into the local religion at a colorful Hindu temple-Laxmi Narayan Temple..
Tips: Female tourists are asked to wear robes before entering Jama Masjid. If you don’t have one, rent from the temple, which costs 50 rupees.
After a leisurely breakfast, you will proceed to visit Lotus Temple (Bahai Temple), which is an ideal place for meditation and obtaining peace and tranquility. Followed by a visit to “Dilli Haat” – the Food and Craft Bazzar. The Dilli Haat provides the ambience of a traditional Rural Haat or village market, but one suited for more contemporary needs.
In the afternoon, an Authentic Culinary Experience starts from understanding basic ingredients needed for creating the perfect dish, applying simple nuances to it & finally indulging the tummy and heart with it. It starts off by understanding how the spices and vegetable are picked by visiting a local market. Get a feel of how an Indian would purchase the ingredients to make delicious Indian dishes. Understand the time tested yet simple nuances that need to be kept in mind when preparing Indian cuisine. Relish this experience by enjoying the Indian delicacies cooked by you with some help from us. Share a few laughs along the way!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
After breakfast, head to the "Pink City" of Jaipur by private A/C car, stopover for coffee break or photo opportunities are at your request any time en-route. Check in hotel for some rest, and we will take you to visit tailor’s shop to enjoy the the Turban & Saree trying. If interest, feel free to get petticoat and blouse made as per your body fitting.
Note: The tailor-made petticoat and blouse may take a day or two. We will try to get it done before you leaving Jaipur. The cloth making will be paid on your own.
After breakfast, visit hillside Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the State; inside experience the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors).
Drive back to Jaipur and stop at façade of the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) and find the best angle for a perfect picture helped by your tour guide. Continue to the City Palace Museum & Jantar Mantar - the largest stone observatory in the world that still in service today, check the local time in person by the giant sundial is interesting. Drive through the pink rose residential & business areas before you are escorted back to the hotel.
Tips: There are a lot of venders selling goods around Amber Fort. If you have no interest in their goods, say no to them and do not show any interest at the very beginning.
Breakfast then head east to Agra, en-route a brief exploration to the former royal city of Fatehpur Sikri (about 1.5 hrs), one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendor at its height, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. Lunch time after that and then proceed to Agra. Hotel check-in upon arrival and rest of the day is at leisure.
In the early morning, visit Taj Mahal (closed on Friday), a white-marble world wonder built by a great emperor in memory of his beloved.
Later, visit the palatial Royal Pavilions at the red sandstone Agra Fort for a glimpse of the royal Mughal lifestyle. In the afternoon, have a local family visit. The family will prepare the welcome dinner at home for you. You can enjoy a simple Indian meal they cook every day and the funny stories of Indian lifestyle and customs.Tips: A strict security check is required before entering Taj Mahal. Foods, plastic bags, chargers are all prohibited to be taken into.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Breakfast then escorted to railway station and assisted to board your express train to Jhansi. Arrive in Jhansi, greeted by your tour guide who will show you around at Orccha Ancient Town nearby. This ‘Hidden Island’ remains relatively undiscovered and sleepy and encircled by thick forest and dozens of aged temples; you will find it so easy to travel back in time when taking a quiet and less crowed walking tour around its Raj Mandir Palace and Jahangir Palace.
Proceed your journey to Khajuraho. Once the capital of the Chandela Dynasty, this little village is now famous for its World Heritage-listed temple architecture.Overnight: Khajuraho
Breakfast at hotel, then our expert guide will accompany you through the renowned Khajuraho Temple Complexes decorated by unbelievably exquisite sculptures preserved for more than 1,000 years and stayed almost intact. It is said that Khajuraho is extremely mysterious that people can’t even describe it by words. In the afternoon, fly to Varanasi. After settling down in hotel, enjoy the rest of day as your own leisure time.
Varanasi presents a unique combination of physical, metaphysical and supernatural elements. Get up early to catch the amazing spectacle of sunrise on Ganges River, which is full of pilgrims flocking in to take a morning dip that absolves themselves from all sins. Have a fascinating exploration on foot about the narrow lanes of Bengali Tola area, one of the oldest continuously inhabited places on earth. Later, participate in an authentic Indian Yoga Class. In the evening, you can enjoy the daily Aarti Ceremony performed at the Dashashwamedh Ghats. It is a beautiful, resonant, and majestic spectacle with a very precise choreography involving rituals performed by several priests with the sound of bells, drums, cymbals, and Sanskrit mantras.
Wake up earlier for a sunrise boat cruise on the Ganges River, vivid picture of devoted Hindus bathe in the river offering the prayers against morning sunlight make the journey quite rewarding. Return to the hotel for breakfast followed by a visit to Banaras Hindu University and Bharat Mata Temple with its marble relief map of an undivided India.
Later we head to Sarnath (The Deer Park ) where the Buddha preached his first sermon then Sanarth Museum to appreciate Buddhism art and culture.
After the tour, head to airport and fly back to Delhi.
Tips: Take some Mosquito repel when visiting River Ganges.
Later this morning, we will escort you to airport for your flight to Kathmandu. On arrival you will be greeted by your tour guide and transferred to hotel, enjoy the day at leisure to explore the city independently.
After breakfast, firstly drive you to the city for an exploration in the medieval city of Kathmandu to discover the rich culture of the Newari people with bustling narrow streets. You will visit the vegetable & spice market in Ason and many courtyards there that forms the base of living in Kathmandu. And continue to jammed bazaars and Kumari Temple which houses the living Goddess. After that, move to have an external view of Taleju Temple and then visit Kal Bhairab.
Afternoon, step into the temple of Swayambhunath - a stupa on the top of hill - for an overlook the scenery of Kathmandu Valley. Later proceed to Patan city (about 15min driving) to visit the Panta Durbar Square - one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley.
Begin your today’s exploration from Pashpatinath Temple - one of the most sacred Hindu temples in the world. After, move to visit Boudhanath Stupa - the largest Buddhist Stupa in the world.
Afternoon you are escorted to Bhaktapur city (about 40min driving) where you will discover Bhaktapur Durbar Square, one of the seven UNESCO's World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley. Later continue to the oldest temple in the Kathmandu Valley, Changu Narayan Temple which boasts a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside.
This afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, you'll have some leisure time to relax or go for a last-minute gift shopping before our representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight.
Day use: Delhi
Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey
Good accommodation choice will in no doubt enhance your tour experience. Our well-established partnership network with key hotel chains in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri-Lanka will bring you the benefits of competitive hotel rate and guaranteed room availability.
We pick hotels for you based on:Location: geographically convenience values for your precious holiday time. So properties we use are either in downtown area close to main city attractions and amenities, or convenient for sightseeing or transportation.
Hotel Criteria for Each Tour Class
Note: Bhutan is less developed with fewer hotels criteria for choice, and most of the hotels there aren't as high standard as those in Western society.
Hotel Arrangement for Standard Tour ClassUsually conveniently located and meet the basic requirements of a comfortable stay: decorative lobbies and nice guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants may be average in size but offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. In most cases, staffs have basic command of English. Usually 3 star hotels are adopted.
Hotel Arrangement for Comfortable Tour Class
Normally you'll stay at formal and large hotels conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, room service, fitness center and swimming pool (in some cases there is no pool) all together offer an above-average accommodation experience.
Usually good 4-star hotels are adopted or boutique hotels at request. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.
Hotel Arrangement for Superior Tour Class
Usually properties are conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby and offer a better service and hotel facility than that in hotels of Comfortable Tour Class. Usually 4-4.5 star hotels or boutique hotels are adopted.
Hotel Arrangement for First Tour Class
Deluxe hotels with high-end service and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site with extensive menus for choice, room service available 24/7, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience. Usually 5 star hotels are adopted.
Hotel Arrangement for Deluxe Tour Class
The most luxury hotels are used and only available in some particular cities. These properties have top-notch service and unique location, such as a lake or a historic site, and usually incorporate some of the country’s most exquisite architecture traditions. Usually top 5 star or the best available hotels are adopted.
Normally, India Odyssey Tours put breakfast in your itinerary except for in Bhutan (all meals included). Lunch won’t be included for the sake of tour convenience, while dinner is also excluded as some travelers might want a little culinary adventure themselves. But surely your tour guide/driver is always glad to offer their advice.
It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.
Usually lunch won’t be included considering the fact that sometimes travelers may want to stay somewhere longer/shorter or need other minor changes during daily sightseeing, and it’s better to decide the lunch site then rather than pre-arranging it. For sure our tour guides/drivers will be happy to advice good places to you, and we strongly suggest qualified local restaurant or hotels around the scenic spots for the sake of your health.
Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in the incredible India & South Asia. This is why we offer you this flexibility of food choice, and you can always get advice from your tour guides/drivers.
If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.
Private Guide & Transfer
You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across South Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.
All tour guides of India Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.
You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.
All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.
If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.
With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across South Asia.
Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.
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