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Itinerary & Activities

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Itinerary map of 16 Day Kaleidoscope of India with Nepal

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for India

Depart for India

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in New Delhi

Welcome to India! Arrive in the energetic capital city of New Delhi; meet your representative and transfer to the hotel. Time to rest and relax after your journey and acclimate to the new time zone
Overnight: New Delhi

DAY 3, Sunday - Old & New Delhi City Tour

Begin in the walled city of Old Delhi, founded by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Travel along the winding streets to Raj Ghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation and site of his cremation and to Jama Masjid, the largest and best-known mosque in India. Stop for photos at the famous Red Fort, then continue along the lanes of Chandni Chowk, once the imperial avenue of Mughal royalty, on a cycle rickshaw. Then, on to New Delhi, a city of airy boulevards, lush parks, and gardens. Visit the Sikh Temple, and then drive past the imposing India Gate War Memorial to Indian and British soldiers, Parliament House and the Presidential Palace. Arrive at Humayun's Tomb set in stunning gardens, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening, meet with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager for an orientation meeting on the incredible journey in India that awaits you. Afterward, begin your discovery of Indian cuisine at a hotel restaurant
Overnight: New Delhi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday - Travel to Jaipur

Depart New Delhi to Jaipur, gateway to the desert state of Rajasthan. En route, stop for some photos at the graceful sandstone Qutab Minar Victory Tower, the world's tallest brick minaret, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive in glorious Jaipur, with its stucco buildings lining the wide streets and you'll understand why it is nicknamed the "Pink City". The city was painted its unique color in 1876 to celebrate the visit of the Prince of Wales. Drive past stunning hilltop forts and glorious palaces on the way to a bargain-filled bazaar. You will visit Bhandari Jewelry: Jaipur's centuries-old craft community, world-renowned for its quality and design. Bhandari Jewelry, third generation gemologists, offers a spectacular array of gems, available loose or uniquely set in gold and silver, plus local handicrafts, stone and marble carvings, and paintings. Dinner is at the hotel
Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Elephant Ride to Amber Fort & Jaipur City Tour

Excursion to the spectacular Amber Fort, a stunning fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles with its gorgeous Palace of Mirrors. Ascend the hill to the ramparts by jeep, or on the back of an elephant (if available). From here, see the panoramic views of Jaipur's original city walls and the lake below. Stop for refreshments before shopping the vast collection of local handicrafts at Jaipur Handicrafts, offering premium quality handmade carpets, textiles, pashminas, pottery, and paintings. Fabrics in all colors and texture are available for loose purchase as well as custom design work. Later, the tour continues to the opulent City Palace, former royal residence, now a grand museum with an extraordinary collection of miniature paintings, costumes, and armory. On the way back, stop at the well-preserved 18th century Jantar Mantar Observatory. Tonight's optional evening is highlighted by the exotic flavors of Indian cuisine at a local neighborhood restaurant, while you're entertained by performers in traditional attire as they execute various dance moves on the rhythm of the accompanying musical instruments
Optional: Dinner at Local Jaipur Restaurant with Traditional Folk Dance
Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Travel to Agra via Abhaneri

Depart Jaipur to the small ancient village of Abhaneri in northern Rajasthan. Begin at Chand Baori, one of the largest step wells in India, fortified on all sides. This unique idea was conceived by the early natives to work as a water reservoir, located adjacent to the temple dedicated to Harshat Mata, goddess of joy and happiness - an architectural jewel. Then after lunch, continue on to Agra, with its celebrated past, rich heritage and architectural delights. If time allows, you may visit a local school. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the delights of this splendid city
Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Thursday - Taj Mahal & Agra Fort

A memorable day as you visit the astonishing Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved Queen. Perhaps, this is one of the most perfect architectural monuments in the world, built of white marble and precious stones over a 22 year period; considered the finest example of Mughal architecture. Afterward, stop at Kalakriti Marble. The Taj Mahal inspired the Kalakriti family to become the manufacturer of fine inlaid marble work. Marvel at the museum quality workmanship as you watch a demonstration of the timely process of marble carvings, filigree and stone inlay. Then browse Kalakriti’s home furnishings and decorative items. In the afternoon, travel to the red sandstone Agra Fort, with its incredible maze of walled courtyards, mosques and lavish private chambers reflecting the grandeur of the Mughal Empire; this monument has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, to the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah built of the finest Indian marble embellished with mosaics and inlay of semiprecious stones. Spend the evening at leisure
Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Friday - Sightseeing en Route to Khajuraho

This morning transfer to the railway station to board the Shatabdi Express train to Jhansi. Upon arrival, continue via motor coach to the medieval city of Orchha on the River Betwa to view some of the most noteworthy Hindu architecture in India. After lunch continue to Khajuraho, site of the world-famous Khajuraho Temples with their erotic carvings, dating back to the Chandela Dynasty. Dinner in Khajuraho
Overnight: Khajuraho
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - Chandela Dynasty Temples of Khajuraho, Flight to Varanasi

Begin the day with a tour of the exquisite Khajuraho Temples, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. Although over 1,050 temples were created, there are only 20 exquisite sculptures left today. Just a few of the sculptures you will see are the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple to Lord Shiva, the Bharatiya Temple, with its 11-headed sculpture of Vishnu and the Vamana Temple dedicated to the dwarf incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Depart this treasure trove in the afternoon on a flight to Varanasi, built on the banks of the sacred River Ganges. For centuries, pilgrims have come here for blessings and purification in the holy waters. In the evening, participate in the optional Sacred Prayer Ceremony at Dasaswamedh Ghat on the Ganges River, lit with oil lamps and candles illuminating the river. Here, you can witness the unique "Aarti" ceremony. The atmosphere is lively and bright - this is truly a not to be missed experience
Optional: Evening Sacred Prayer Ceremony at the Ganges River (PM)
Overnight: Varanasi
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Sunday - Ganges Boat Ride, Hindu Temples Visit & Sarnath Sightseeing

Rise before dawn for a boat ride on the Ganges to observe the solemn sunrise ceremonies. Witness the riverbanks humming with activity as Hindu devotees perform their rituals on the "ghats" (steps) and offer prayers to the rising sun. Then, on to Bharat Mata Temple with its marble relief map of an undivided India, Durga Temple, and Benaras Hindu University. After the early morning tour, return to the hotel for breakfast. Later, visit the shopping district. A stay in Varanasi would not be complete without a stop at leading silk weavers, Mehta Silk. Browse beautiful silk brocades, scarves, sarees and decorative household items, all crafted by highly skilled weavers. Leisure time for shopping in the bustling bazaars before driving to Sarnath, the holy city where Buddha preached his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. The major events of Buddha's life are depicted in colorful wall paintings. Visit the Deer Park, Museum and Buddhist Temple. Tonight, bid farewell to your newfound friends and India Tour Manager at a Farewell Dinner
Overnight: Varanasi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Monday - Flight to Kathmandu

Spend your morning at leisure in Varanasi. Later in the afternoon, head to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel
Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Tuesday - Exploring Kathmandu

Spend today getting a real feel of the Nepalese lifestyle by visiting Budhanilkhantha, Shreegha Vihar, and a local market (Ason). This evening, enjoy an optional Nepalese meal at a traditional restaurant, accompanied by ethnic dancing and live music
Optional: Traditional Nepalese Dinner
Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Wednesday - Rural Nepal Excursion

Venture into rural Nepal this morning and enjoy visits to Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Bhadgaon and Dhulikhel. Located on the banks of the Bagmati River, the Pashupatinath Temple is believed to mark the site where Shiva worshiped in the form of Lingam (only Hindus are permitted entrance). Continue to visit Boudhanath, an important Buddhist pilgrimage center and home to one of the world's largest Buddhist stupas. Also visit Bhadgaon (Bhaktapur), an ancient Newar city founded in the 9th-century. Here you will see the royal residential quarter of King Bhupatindra Malla and the Nyatapola Temple. The tour concludes with a stop at Dhulikhel, a Newari town, where you will see spectacular views of the Himalayan Mountains. In the center of the old town, view temples adorned with wood carvings, fine examples of traditional Newari craftsmanship
Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Thursday - Kathmandu City Tour

Early this morning, enjoy the optional Mount Everest Flightseeing tour. See spectacular scenery over the tallest mountain peak on earth from a window seat of a small aircraft. Later this morning, drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Durbar Square, showcasing some of the finest architecture in Central Asia with more than 50 palaces, pagodas, and temples. The square is home to two important temples, the Kasthamandap (Rest House of Wood), considered one of the oldest wooden structures in the world, and the 16th-century Taleju Temple, which honors a form of the Goddess Durga. Visit the temple of Machhendranath and the great stupa of Swayambhunath, with the eyes of Buddha painted on all four sides, then continue to the Royal Palace complex with its gilded doorway. Spend the afternoon at leisure to explore the city on your own. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
Optional: Mount Everest Flightseeing (AM)
Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15, Friday - Flight to New Delhi

This morning, join the optional city tour of Patan, also known as Lalitpur or the "City of Beauty", designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is filled with Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments exhibiting skillful carvings. Included in the tour, is a visit to Patan Durbar Square, a cluster of fine pagoda temples and stone statues, also serving as the economic hub of the city. This afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight to New Delhi. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel to freshen up. This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel
Optional: Half Day Patan City Tour (AM)
Overnight: New Delhi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16, Saturday - Return Home

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast


Things to Know

Preparing For Your Trip
  • Make Sure to Bring All of Your Important Documents: Passport, Foreign visa (if applicable), Itinerary, Trip confirmation, Airline ticket, Drivers license, Credit cards, Travel documents.

  • Vaccinations Are Required for Entry to Some Countries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) can provide you their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

  • Are You Taking Any Prescriptions or Other Medications? Pack enough to last your entire trip, including some extra in case you are unexpectedly delayed.

  • Insurance: Purchase travel insurance to cover yourself against unexpected situations. You never know when something might happen, so always be prepared.
While Traveling
  • Keep an eye on your belongings. Do not leave your belongings unattended in public spaces

  • Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards.
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