India Nepal Tibet Travel Package
18 Nights / 19 Days
Delhi - Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Orchha - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Kathmandu - Dhulikhel - Zhangmu - Tingri - Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa.
Day 01 Arrive Delhi
Meet and assist by our representative upon your arrival at the airport. Then drive to your hotel with your driver and car.
Day 02 Delhi
In the morning take a city tour covering Laxmi Narayan Temple, India Gate - The memorial of martyrs, Parliament House - The Government headquarters. In the afternoon take a city tour of Old Delhi covering Jama Masjid - The largest mosque in Asia, Red Fort - The red stone magic, Gandhi memorial - The memoir of father of the nation.
Later also visit the Qutub Minar – the tallest freestanding minaret in stone in the world; then onto Humayun’s tomb – the first Mughal construction in India from 1565 AD. Also see the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the India Gate built in the earlier half of the 20th century. Drive through the old city past the Red Fort and visit the Jama Masjid – the biggest of its kind in India. Here take a rickshaw through the winding streets of the old city to see the life of the people in this part of the world. A perfect introduction of your tour. The rickshaw puller pulls you through the imperial avenue the Chandni Chowk where you will find each and every small business under the sky. Finally, reach Rajghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, where your chauffeur is waiting for you to take you to your next stop the Birla Mandir, a Hindu temple in activity. After lunch continue on your route to Agra.
Day 03 Delhi – Jaipur
Today we proceed towards Jaipur after a leisurely breakfast.
Day 04 Jaipur
Visit the Amber fort in the morning; included is an elephant ride at the Amber fort. See the marvelous Shish mahal built in the 17th century in a fusion style of Hindu and Islamic art. Also see the hall of public audiences and Maharaja Man Singh’s Palace who had twelve queens.
After lunch set off to see the Pink city visiting the observatory Jantar Mantar built in 1727 by Sawai Maharaja Jai Singh II who was a mathematician, an astronomer an astrologer and a great musician of his era. He built five observatories throughout India – Jaipur, Ujjain, Varanasi, Mathura and Delhi but only the one at Jaipur is functional.
Then visit the City Palace of the Maharaja of Jaipur with a fabulous collection of robes and saris in cotton and silk with gold lattice work. The City Palace houses a collection of paintings also in the painting gallery and of course a collection of arms and ammunitions in the ammunition gallery.
Day 05 Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra (250km)
Leave Jaipur after breakfast and reach Fatehpur Sikri by early afternoon. Visit this abandoned city built by the Mughal emperor Akbar in the second half of the 16th century. Fatehpur Sikri was built by Akbar after his Hindu wife bore him the long awaited son who was born after the renowned sufi saint Salim Chisti blessed Jodhabai Akbar’s hindu wifewith a son. Also visit Jodhabai’s palace the biggest palace in Fatehpur Sikri even bigger than the emperor’s palace himself as this was the queen who bore him his heir to the throne.
Continue towards Agra and reach Agra by early evening. Relax at your hotel or go to the local bazaar to see the lifestyle of the
Day 06 Agra
Taj Mahal is awaiting your arrival today morning. A must see with the rising sun as the Taj Mahal is bathed in the golden rays of the morning sun. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial that houses the tomb of his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design, balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen anywhere in the world.
Then see the Agra Fort built by Akbar where Shahjahan was imprisoned by his own son Aurangzeb.
Post lunch visit Itmad ud Daulah – it is the first mughal building built out completely of marble. In many contexts it is referred to being the predecessor of the Taj Mahal. Then visit Sikandara the tomb of the great emperor Akbar.
Day 07 Agra – Orchha – Khajuraho
Today in the morning we go to Jhansi and proceed towards Khajuraho via a visit to Orchha.
Orchcha a medieval village where time has stopped. You feel the timelessness of this spot. Orchha is a medieval city founded by Bundela rulers with palaces and temples of the 16th and 17th century – which have remarkably withstood the onslaught of time. The river Betwa picturesquely flanks the city.
Reach Orchha by 1130 hrs and see the beautiful Palace Complex – Jahangiri Mahal and the Raja Mahal. Closely study the intricacies of the mural paintings in the Raja Mahal and visit the Laxminarayana Temple.
Post lunch continue towards Khajuraho about 182 km away by road.
Day 08 Khajuraho – Varanasi
Morning sight seeing shows us the temples built during the 9th to the 11th centuries by the powerful dynasty of Chandela rajputs. The temples with their erotic sculptures are a feast to the eyes. The Chandelas built 85 temples in all but today only 20 temples stand intact. Visit the eastern and western group of temples before taking the road to Varanasi. Upon your arrival in Varanasi retire
to your hotel.
Day 09 Varanasi - Kathmandu
Early in the morning (0500hrs) we take you to banks of the river Ganges where we board a boat to see the morning ablutions of the Hindus from the security of our boat. The boat ride starts from Dasashwamedh Ghat and ends at Manikarnika Ghat along the sacred Ganges. See the Kashi Vishwanath temple and the Gyanvyapi kund and the mosque attached to it. Also visit the Benares Hindu University the largest residential university in India with more than 3000 residential students.
Return to your hotel for breakfast.
Later visit Sarnath the sacred city for the Buddhist all over the world. It was here that Lord Buddha preached his first sermon to his first five disciples. Also worth visiting is the museum with artifacts dating back to 3rd century BC. Visit the nearby ruins of the ancient seat of learning in Sarnath.
In time transfer to the airport for your flight to Katmandu. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel The Radisson. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 10 Kathmandu
After breakfast sightseeing of Kathmandu city, Swayambhunath stupa & Patan city.
Swayambhunath Stupa: Swayambhu, the Buddhist temple is situated on the top of a hill west of the city, is one of the popular and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal. The temple is also known as the monkey temple after the large tribe of monkeys which guards the hill. This huge stupa is surrounded by other famous temples and gompas. The great thunderbolt which is known as vajra is on the edge of the stupa was built during the Malla kings period. On the top of the stupa is a gold-colored square block from which the watchful eyes of the Buddha gaze out across the valley in each direction. The question mark-like nose is actually the Nepali number one is a symbol of unity.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is a world heritage site. It's a complex of places, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th century, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. Kathamandap is one of Kathmandu's oldest buildings. It was constructed 800 years ago. From this ancient edifice Kathmandu derives its name. Basantapur is residential place of Living Virgin Goddess Kumari, where girl is chosen to be Living Goddess.
Patan City: Patan is separated form Kathmandu only by the Bagmati River and is the second largest town in the valley. It is also known as Lalitpur, which means city of beauty. Patan has a long Buddhist history and have stupas at four corners. Like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square is also packed with temples. Most of these temples are built during the Malla kings period. As in Kathmandu, Patan also has an old royal palace built during the Malla kings period. There is a stone column holding up a statue of Sidhinarsimha Malla, King of Patan. Remarkable monument here is the 17th century temple of Krishna Temple dedicated to the Hindu God Krishna, entirely built on stone. Golden Temple is a Buddhist monastery with wall painting, 14th century statues and ancient scriptures. Mahabouddha, the 14th century Buddhist monument is an excellent example of terra cotta art form.
Overnight at The Radisson
Day 11 Kathmandu
After breakfast sightseeing of Pasupatinath temple, Boudhanath stupa & Bhaktapur city. Boudhanath Stupa was constructed in 5 c. AD. Boudhanath is one of the largest stupa in the world and the largest in Nepal.(It looms 36m high and 100m in diameter). It is surrounded with prayer wheels that content religious texts. There are many Tibetian Buddhist monasteries in vicinity of stupa.
Pashupati Nath: Pashupati Temple is is one of the most important and world renowned Hindu temple stands on the banks of Bagmati River, between the airport and Boudha. This Shiva temple on the subcontinent draws numerous Devotees, sadhus and holy men from all around the world. Lord Shiva is known as the destroyer and creator of the Hindu religion and appears on many forms. Although Shiva is often bloodthirsty god, no animal sacrifices are made here. Outside the temple you will see numerous people selling flowers, incense and other offering materials. In-front of the temple there is a bull known as Nandi facing towards the temple. Only Hindus are allowed to enter the temple and you are not allowed to take photographs of the Lord shiva inside the temple. Bagmati River Bank on the side of Pashupati, is also a popular place for cremation. Just beside this temple lies Guheyeshwari temple.
Bhaktapur is also known as Bhadgaon or the city of Devotees, is the third major town of the Kathmandu Valley. Bhaktapur was the capital of the whole valley during the 14th to 16th century. Much of the town's great architecture dates from the end of 17th century. This town is also well known as Newari Architecture town. Bhaktapur rises upon the northern bank of Hanumante River. Bhaktapur Durbar Square (World Heritage Site) the place of the famous Lion's and Golden gates, the palace of 55 windows (12th century) the magnificent Chowkot Palace and Bell of Barking Dogs. The Nyatapola Temple (17th century) stairway leading to the temple is flanked by stone figures of deities and mythical beasts, each 10 times more powerful than the one immediately below. The Dattatreya Temple located nearby is dedicated to the three headed combination of the Hindu deties Brahma, Bishnu and Shiva.Overnight at The Radisson
Day 12 Kathmandu – Dhulikhel
In the morning leave for the mountain resort of Dhulikhel.
On the outskirts the southern side of Bhaktapur, down to Banepa, towards the Tibetan border is a hill station called Dhulikhel. It is also famous for the short treks. Its population is Newar, although there are people of many other groups in the surrounding villages. This place was gathering point of hippies who even planned to build their own temple here. This place is also surrounded by Harisiddhi temple, Vishnu Temple, Krishna Temple and Bhagwati Temple, Shiva Temple and Famous Kali temple. People often spend the night in one of the lodges here to witness the sun set and sun rise. It is about an hours drive from Kathmandu. The view of Mount Everest from the resort is breath taking. Overnight at Dhulikhel Mountain Resort.
Day 13 Dhulikhel – Zhangmu.
In the very early morning, enjoy the sun rising in Dhulikhel. Then drive to the border of China and Nepal, then exit Nepal and enter Tibet. Drive to Zhangmu, a typical border town. Enjoy the impressive landscape along the way. Overnight in Zhangmu Hotel.
Day 14 Zhangmu – Tingri
Tingri, a huddle of Tibetan homes that overlook the towering Himalaya Range. Drive to Tingri, have an eye feast of Mt. Everest. Overnight in Mt. Quomolangma Hotel.
Day 15 Tingri – Shigatse
Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet, has long been the seat of Panchan Lamas. Visit Tashilhunpo Monatsery, Shigatse's foremost attraction.
Overnight in Shigatse Shandong Mansion.
Day 16 Shigatse – Gyantse – Lhasa
Gyantse is a small town of typical Tibetan style, here you'll visit Kumbum, the most famous stupa in Tibet. En route to Lhasa, you'll visit the Yamdrok-tso, one of Tibet's three holy lakes, enjoy the beautiful lake scenery. Overnight in Lhasa Hotel.
Day 17 Lhasa
A full day sightseeing to Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhore Area. Overnight in Lhasa Hotel.
Day 18 Lhasa
In the morning, visit Tibetan Museum. Then boating on the Lhasa River by yak skin boat. In the afternoon, enjoy some leisure time. Ovenight in Lhasa Hotel.
Day 19 Lhasa – next destination
After breakfast, get transferred to the airport for your onward travel.
- Daily breakfasts
- All sight seeing and tours mentioned in the itinerary
- Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur
- Overnight stay in the hotels mentioned or similar
- Semi luxury car with chauffeur
- All applicable taxes
- Rickshaw ride in the old city of Varanasi
- Airfare for sectors mentioned: Varanasi – Kathmandu only
- Local guides for all mentioned tours
- All entrance fees to monuments and sites
- Air conditioned luxury car with chauffeur
- In Nepal and Tibet Non AC car will be provided due to hilly terrain
- Early morning and evening boat rides on river Ganges in Varanasi
- Assistance at railway stations and airports and upon check in at hotels