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Itinerary & Activities

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Itinerary map of 18 Day Classic India with Ranthambore & Nepal

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for India

Depart for India

DAY 2, Sunday - 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, Monday - Old & New Delhi

Wake up this morning to the incredible journey in India that awaits you. Begin in the walled city of Old Delhi, founded by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Travel along the winding streets to Raj Ghat, memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation and site of his cremation. Stop to photograph the massive Red Fort, a reminder of the magnificent power and pomp of the Mughal emperors. Then, ride a cycle rickshaw along the lanes of Chandni Chowk, once the imperial avenue of Mughal royalty. The tour continues to New Delhi, a city of airy boulevards, lush parks and gardens. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Qutab Minar, the world's tallest brick minaret and the 20th-century Birla Temple, honoring the Hindu goddess of wealth. Drive past the imposing India Gate War Memorial to Indian and British soldiers, Parliament House and the Presidential Palace. Tonight, return back to the hotel, and enjoy an orientation meeting with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager. The remainder of your evening is at leisure
Overnight: New Delhi
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - New Delhi to Agra

Morning visit to Akshardham Temple, it is a beautifully ornate structure carved by 7,000 sculptors out of pink sandstone and white marble with over 20,000 statues, floral motifs and exquisite carved pillars made of stone that epitomizes the spirituality and beauty of the country's rich Hindu culture. This architectural masterpiece, built along the river Yamuna, lies in an area of over 100 acres with beautiful gardens, water fountains and carved pavilions. Afterwards, on to Agra, with its celebrated past, rich heritage and architectural treasures. En route, stop at the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah, built of the finest Indian marble embellished with mosaics and inlay of semi-precious stones. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the delights of this splendid city. This evening dinner together at the hotel in Agra
Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - 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 the most perfect architectural monument in the world, built of white marble and precious stones over a 22 year period - regarded as the finest example of Mughal design in the world. Afterwards, 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. Afterwards, you'll be able to browse their home furnishings and decorative items. Later, visit 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, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, celebrate "love" at an optional evening performance of Mohabbat-e-Taj a series of plays that portrays the intense love of Shah Jahan for his wife and depicts the lavish lifestyle of the Mughal era
Optional: Mohabbat-e-Taj Show (PM)
Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Thursday - Agra to Ranthambore National Park

Depart Agra for the small ancient village of Abhaneri in northern Rajasthan. Here, you visit the Chand Baori step well, fortified on all sides, one of the oldest and largest in India dating back to the 8th or 9th century. This unique idea, conceived by the early natives to function as a water reservoir, is situated adjacent to the temple dedicated to Harshat Mata, the goddess of joy and happiness. After lunch, drive to the Ranthambore National Park region, one of the largest and most renowned national parks in Northern India, the former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Time to enjoy the beautiful new surroundings. Tonight, savor dinner together at the hotel
Overnight: Ranthambore
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Ranthambore National Park Safari

Set out this morning on an early morning drive to the wildlife sanctuary at Ranthambore National Park. A local naturalist guide joins you in your park-assigned Jeep or Canter vehicle as you begin your search for elusive tigers as well as hyenas, jackals and foxes. The park is dotted with structures, including a huge hilltop fort that reminds you of a bygone era. Ranthambore National Park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1957 and in 1974 it gained the protection of "Project Tiger." The park is truly a wildlife enthusiasts and photographer's dream, most famous for its tigers and one of the best locations in India to see these majestic predators in their natural habitat. Enjoy lunch at the hotel, with time to relax before the evening safari that is sure to thrill you. Return to the lodge in time for dinner together - a great opportunity to compare your wildlife stories
Overnight: Ranthambore
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Travel to Jaipur

Travel to Jaipur, gateway to the desert state of Rajasthan. Arrive in this glorious city, with its colorful stucco buildings lining the wide streets and you'll understand why it's nicknamed the "Pink City." The city was painted this unique color in 1876 to celebrate the first visit of the Prince of Wales to Jaipur. Drive past stunning hilltop forts and glorious palaces en route to the hotel. Visit the world-famous Raj Mandir Cinema, a popular symbol of Jaipur with its astonishing meringue-shaped auditorium, ever-changing colored lighting and a symmetrical shaped exterior
Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Sunday - Amber Fort and Highlights of Jaipur

Excursion to the spectacular Amber Fort, a stunning fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles, with its gorgeous Palace of Mirrors. On the way, drive past the Hawa Mahal, the "Palace of Winds" with its lacy ornamental façade accented by delicate latticework and honeycomb windows. Arrive to the Amber Fort and ascend the hill to the ramparts by jeep, or on the back of an elephant (if available). From here, view the breathtaking panorama of Jaipur's original city walls and Maotha Lake. Enjoy some refreshments while 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. This afternoon's tour includes the beautifully preserved 18th century Jantar Mantar Observatory with its ingenious instruments, and the opulent City Palace, a former royal residence, now a grand museum with an extraordinary collection of paintings, costumes and armory. 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 perform various dance moves on the rhythm of the accompanying musical instruments
Optional: Dinner at Local Jaipur Restaurant with Cultural Show
Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Monday - Travel to Jodhpur

Arrive in the blue-hued old city of Jodhpur, which lies at the foot of the massive Mehrangarh Fort that dominates the skyline. Time to relax before the visit to the Jaswant Thada Memorial, built in 1899 out of the finest marble in honor of the Maharaja of Jodhpur. Afterwards, ascend to the imposing Mehrangarh Fort, built in 1459 of burnished red sand stone, often called the "Citadel of the Sun." This fort, one of the most impressive in all of Rajasthan, is acknowledged as one of the best preserved forts in all of India. Tonight, enjoy dinner together at the hotel
Overnight: Jodhpur
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Tuesday - Ranakpur en Route to Udaipur

This morning, depart Jodhpur for Udaipur. En route, stop in Ranakpur to visit one of the Jain's holiest pilgrimage centers and the Jain Temple, dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries, crafted of pure white marble with more than a thousand columns. See the magnificent views of the surrounding landscape before departing to Udaipur, known as the "City of Lakes" and celebrated for its fairy-tale marble palaces that seem to rise from the waters of Lake Pichola. Spend the rest of the day acquainting yourself with this beautiful city
Overnight: Udaipur
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Wednesday - Udaipur and Lake Pichola

On the morning tour of Udaipur visit the spectacular City Palace, a soaring creation of marble and granite perched on the lake's edge. This extravagant palace complex, the largest in Rajasthan, blends medieval, European, and Chinese architecture and is richly decorated with glittering Belgium mirrors. After, on to the Jagdish Temple, with its exterior reliefs of alligators, elephants, horsemen and celestial musicians rising in tiers, the largest and most splendid temple of Udaipur. The serene setting of the Sheliyon-ki-Bari gardens is your next stop, with its lovely fountains, lotus pools and marble elephants. Linger at the gardens, return to the town, or return to the hotel. Later enjoy a relaxing boat ride on Lake Pichola
Overnight: Udaipur
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Thursday - Mumbai

Flight this morning to Mumbai (formely Bombay), the most populous city in India, with a rich blend of Eastern and Western heritage. Begin at the commanding Gateway to India Arch, built to commemorate the 1911 royal visit of King George V, and ironically used 24 years later to parade the last British regiment as India marched towards Independence. Continue to Dhobi Ghat, where dirty laundry from all over Mumbai is brought to a massive open-air laundry and painstakingly hand washed by the "dhobis" (washermen) in endless rows of concrete troughs fitted with flogging stones. It provides an unforgettable glimpse into the workings of the city and unlike anything you have ever seen. Stop at the Mani Bhavan Mahatma Gandhi Museum where Gandhi's movement was launched in 1942 and the serene ISKCON Temple. Drive through colonial Mumbai with its many buildings, structures and historical monuments still remaining from the colonial era. Tonight, share wonderful memories of your journey in India at dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Mumbai
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Friday - Flight to Kathmandu

Early this morning, you will head to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Tonight, join the optional Traditional Nepalese Dinner. Savor an authentic Nepalese meal at a popular restaurant accompanied by a cultural program including traditional music and dancing
Optional: Traditional Nepalese Dinner
Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Saturday - 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 worshipped 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 centre of the old town, view temples adorned with wood carvings, fine examples of traditional Newari craftsmanship. Tonight, dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16, Sunday - Kathmandu City Tour

Early in the morning, join the optional Mount Everest Flightseeing. Enjoy a flight on a small aircraft with a window seat for an hour of spectacular scenery over the tallest mountain on earth.  Later, 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 and continue to see the Royal Palace complex with its gilded doorway. Afternoon is at leisure to explore the city on your own
Optional: Mount Everest Flightseeing (AM)
Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 17, Monday - Flight to New Delhi

Enjoy your morning at leisure or join the optional Half Day Patan City Tour. Known as Latipur or the "City of Beauty", Patan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is filled with Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments exhibiting skillful carvings. This afternoon board a flight to return to New Delhi. Bid farewell to your newfound friends and Tour Manager at the hotel over dinner
Optional: Half Day Patan City Tour (AM)
Overnight: New Delhi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 18, Tuesday - 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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