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Best of India & Nepal Tour

  • 21 Nights / 22 Day
  • New Delhi, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Khimsar, Jaipur, Agra, (Orchha) - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi - Kathmandu - (Patan) - (Bhaktpur) - Pokhara -New Delhi
Camel ride & camp stay
Ganga ‘aarti’ & ghats
Nepalese cultural centers
Forts & palaces
Mosques & tombs
Bazaars, cuisines & crafts

Best of India Nepal Tour has been chalked out to incorporate the most popular tourist places of north India and Nepal. The capital city of India – Delhi- is the initial interface with India. Delhi, segmented from tourism perspective in Old & New Delhi, has glorious historical past, dating back to Mahabharata era. Indian capital boasts of having a rich repository of historical monuments. Rajasthan is often termed as tourists’ paradise owing to rich cultural & architectural heritage. Rajasthan, the largest province of India by area, consists of several sub-regions. The Best of India Nepal tour itinerary finds representation of those cultural sub-regions in the destinations Udaipur (called ‘city of lakes’, Venice of East & romantic city of Rajasthan), Jodhpur (Blue City of Rajasthan), Khimsar (an oasis amidst the desert) and Jaipur (the ‘Pink City’- capital of Rajasthan). After Rajasthan, one enters into the land of Taj Mahal, Agra. Agra with Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri presents a sumptuous glimpse of nicely preserved finest monuments of Mughal era. Khajuraho, famous for its erotic sculptures, is a must-see UNESCO Heritage Site. Last leg of Indian part of Best of India Nepal tour package is Varanasi, known for the Ganges, ghats, unique lifestyle and being cultural capital of India. After watching, visiting and experiencing the most popular destinations of north India, Best of India Nepal tour covers four most popular tourist destinations of Nepal- Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktpur and Pokhara.

Day 1 Delhi arrival & transfer to Delhi hotel for overnight stay.

Incredible India welcomes you on arrival at New Delhi – the Capital City of Indian Republic. You have landed here for Best of India Nepal Tour. Along with Delhi and Agra, you will have a wonderful opportunity to explore some of the most romantic cities of Rajasthan. Upon arrival at New Delhi International Airport, a representative of Optima India Tourism will transfer you to the pre-booked hotel in New Delhi. Our representative will ensure smooth check in at the hotel. As most of the international flights land in India at late night, so have sound sleep in Delhi hotel to get relaxed for the sightseeing tour of Delhi next day.

Day 2 Old & New Delhi sightseeing tour

Having delicious breakfast in Delhi hotel, proceed to explore along with Delhi tour guide the city of Delhi that is a marvelous mix of traditional charm, cultural heritage and modernity. The Old & New Delhi tour encompasses visit of Red Fort (national monument-remains closed on Monday), Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Akshardham Temple (remains closed on Monday), India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Qutub Minar, Sansad Bhavan (Parliament of India) and Humayun’s Tomb. Red Fort, Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb are three UNESCO World Heritage sites. It will be relaxed and leisurely tour and help you understand ‘exoticism’ of India. After visiting famous monuments of Delhi, later in the evening, return to hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 3 New Delhi- Udaipur (by air-)

Having delicious breakfast in New Delhi hotel, sally out for Delhi airport to catch flight for Udaipur, one of the most romantic cities of India. On arrival at Maharana Pratap airport of Udaipur, you will be received by a representative of Optima India Tourism and transferred to Udaipur hotel to have smooth check in. Udaipur in Rajasthan is often described as the ‘City of Lakes’ or the ‘Venice of the East’ and the ‘Kashmir of Rajasthan’. It is a vision in white. Hence, it is also called the ‘White City of India’. Spend the evening in leisure and spend night in Udaipur hotel.

Day 4 Udaipur sightseeing tour

Having delicious breakfast at Udaipur hotel, embark on Udaipur city tour. Visit the City Palace Complex, The Jag Mandir, Saheliyon Ki Bar and other picturesque spots of tourist interests. Late afternoon, Udaipur tour guide will take you on a boat cruise in Lake Pichola to view old city of Udaipur and famous Lake Palace of Udaipur (Jug Niwas). After having enjoyed leisurely sightseeing of Udaipur, spend rest of the day at leisure or relax. Return to Udaipur hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 5 Udaipur- Ranakpur- Jodhpur (270 kms/ 05 hrs)

Having taken sumptuous breakfast in Udaipur hotel, you will be driven to Jodhpur. On the way to Jodhpur, about 95 kms from Udaipur have a stop-over at Ranakpur, one of the most famous Jain temple towns of Rajasthan, India. Visit Ranakpur temple, located in pleasant idyllic set up. After visiting Ranakpur temple, proceed for Jodhpur which is almost 160 kms away from here. On arrival at Jodhpur, you will be received by representative of Optima India Tourism to ensure smooth check in at the pre-booked Jodhpur hotel. Having relaxed after taking lunch, proceed on sightseeing with Jodhpur tour guide. Mehrangarh Fort, Ummed Bhawan and Jaswant Thada are prominent monuments to be viewed. After enjoying the royal past in monuments, explore local Sadar Market for handicraft goods and ethnic articles. Here-in-after, return to Jodhpur hotel for overnight stay.

Day 6 Jodhpur- Jaisalmer (265 kms/05 hrs).

After early morning breakfast in Jodhpur hotel, proceed to Jaisalmer in the state of Rajasthan India. On arrival at Jaisalmer, you will be received by Optima India Tourism representative and transferred to hotel. After being relaxed for some time, move on a half day leisurely sightseeing tour of havelis of Jaisalmer. The prominent havelis are Nathmalji-ki-Haveli, Patwon -ki-Haveli and Manak Chowk and Havelis. Manak Chowk is a main marketplace outside the fort leads to the narrow lanes dotted with famous havelis. After enjoying relaxed but vivid sightseeing of Jaisalmer, return to Jaisalmer hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 7 Jaisalmer sightseeing tour

After having delicious breakfast in Jaisalmer hotel, move on for visiting Jaisalmer Fort, popularly known as Sonar Qila or Golden Fort. The Fort houses the famous Jain Temples, a place worth visiting on your Jaisalmer tour. After lunch, in afternoon, excursion to Sam dunes will take place. The excursion will be a camel ride/ safari in the sand dunes of Thar Desert. Ride a camel and sway with your camel's gait as you trek towards enthralling sand dunes steeped in honey -coloured mist. As you near the desert expanse, the sun begins to set behind the dunes and the molten-gold desert changes hues. The camel rider cum guide, accompanying you on your Jaisalmer camel safari, sports colourful tunics and bright turbans and enchants you with desert tales as you ride deeper into the mammoth Thar. Discover desert traditions, folk culture and desert ways during your Jaisalmer camel safari with Optima India Tourism. Your over-night stay has been scheduled in a desert camp.

Day 8 Jaisalmer – Osian- Khimsar (295 kms/ 06 hrs)

Have breakfast in the tents on the sand dunes and move towards Khimsar, en route visiting famous deserted village of Brahmins Osian, known for its exquisite Hindu and Jain Temples. Upon arrival at Khimsar, a representative of Optima India Tourism will transfer you to the heritage hotel of Khimsar. Get relaxed for a while and then move on to enjoy sunset safari by jeep to Panchla sand dunes. See the romantic sunset over the dunes. On time return to Khimsar hotel for dinner and comforting overnight stay.

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Day 9 Khimsar – Pushkar- Jaipur (300 kms/ 06 hrs)

Take delicious breakfast at Khimsar hotel and drive towards Jaipur, the capital and largest city of Rajasthan state. On the way, stop at Pushkar to watch Brahma Temple, Pushkar Lake and typical Hindu traditions and rituals. After exploring Pushkar, continue your drive to Jaipur. It is one of the most romantic cities in Rajasthan and fondly known as the Pink City of India. Upon arrival at Jaipur, a representative of Optima India Tourism will receive you and transfer to the hotel. Change, wash and relax. Spend rest of the day in leisure. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day 10 Jaipur sightseeing tour

After breakfast at Jaipur hotel, proceed on for Jaipur city tour. Take an excursion to Amber Fort. Enjoy elephant ride at Amber Fort. After visiting Amber Fort, drive for the Jaipur city tour which includes prominent monuments like Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal and City Palace. After visiting these monuments, explore local market of Jaipur. After watching royal monuments & bustling market, return to Jaipur hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 11 Jaipur-Abhaneri-Fatehpur Sikri- Agra (240 kms/ 05 hrs)

After a relaxed breakfast in Jaipur hotel, drive to Agra- a historical Indian city, located in Uttar Pradesh. About 75 kms from Jaipur, is located a historical village of Abhaneri. This village tour will present before you ancient lineage of India in terms of cultural values, architectural gems and traditional rural lifestyle in villages of India. A detour is well merited for its amazing step-well or 'baoris' and Harshat Mata Temple.

After visiting Abhaneri village, move for Agra. Again, en route, visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. 35 kms from Agra is located deserted medieval town of Fatehpur Sikri. Have a stop-over there and visit monuments-rich Fatehpur Sikri. The famous monuments of Fatehpur Sikri include Buland Darwaja, Jodhabai Palace, Salim Chishti Shrine and Jama Masjid. Buland Darwaja that is counted as one of the tallest gateways in the world is almost entirely made out of the red-sandstone with a generous dose of marble decoration on it.

After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, continue your drive to Agra which is almost 35 kms from Fatehpur Sikri. On arrival at Agra, representative of Optima India Tourism will meet you at Agra hotel and ensure your check in at Agra hotel.

Day 12 Jaipur sightseeing tour

In the very early morning, approximately around dawn hours, you will be taken by Agra tour guide to Taj Mahal. The time of sunrise has been purposefully chosen so that you could see the Taj Mahal when it looks most stunning and beautiful. From Agra hotel to Taj Mahal, you will be taken on a horse carriage. Taj Mahal’s construction started in the year 1631 and took approximately 22 years to build it. An epitome of love, it made use of the services of 22,000 laborers and 1,000 elephants. It was built entirely out of white Makrana marble. Built by Shah Jahan and dedicated to Mumtaz Mahal (wife of Shah Jahan) is an Islamic tomb and located on the bank of River Yamuna.

Visit the world famous Taj Mahal, then come back to hotel for breakfast. Relax, refresh and move on to visit Old Fort and Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula, Akbar's Tomb in Sikandara. Agra Fort is built alongside the Yamuna River and stretches almost 2.5 km. It consists of a wall built in red sandstone and several buildings inside. The wall has 2 gates, the Delhi Gate and the Amar Singh Gate. Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula houses the magnificent mausoleum of Ghias Beg, father of the Mughal Empress Noor Jehan. The main tomb is made of pure white marble, with each façade composed of three arches with beautiful trellis screens, so delicately carved that they appear to be made of ivory. Akbar's Tomb in Sikandara is in a pyramid shape and consists of five storeys. The building is unique in its departure from Islamic architectural tradition, for it has no domed roof. The walled garden enclosure is laid out in the Char Bagh style with the mausoleum at the center.

After sightseeing of famous monuments of Agra, you can either return to hotel or enjoy Mohabbat-e-Taj show by Kalakriti (optional). Overnight stay is planned in Agra hotel.

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Day 13 Agra –Orchha (by train)- Khajuraho (by car-175 kms/ 04 hrs)

Have delicious breakfast early in the morning in Agra hotel and drive for Agra railway station to board train for Jhansi. On arrival at Jhansi railway station, you will be received by representative of Optima India Tourism. You will be then driven to Khajuraho. On the way to Khajuraho, only about 15 kms from Jhansi is a medieval era village town of Orchha, erstwhile capital of Bundela kingdom. You will be taken to visit Orchha-Fort-Palace-Temple-Complex. After visiting Orchha, have lunch in a nice restaurant on the banks of river Betwa. Post-lunch, proceed for Khajuraho. On arrival at Khajuraho on Taj Mahal with Khajuraho Varanasi Tour, you will be received by Optima India Tourism representative and taken to pre-booked Khajuraho hotel for smooth check in.

After relaxing a bit, in the evening, watch a cultural show which will showcase traditional folk dances and folklores of Baghelkhand region. Overnight will be at Khajuraho.

Day 14 Khajuraho sightseeing tour –Varanasi (by air)

Have relaxed breakfast in Khajuraho hotel and move for sightseeing of Khajuraho along with Khajuraho tour guide. The guided tour of the famous temples of Khajuraho will mesmerize you, literally. Refined carving, grand temple architecture, explicitly erotic and sexually postured sculpture, historical past and rural ambience take you into the realm of glorious, lively and celebrated past.

There are three prominent clusters of temples in Khajuraho- Western Group of Khajuraho Temples, Eastern Group of Khajuraho Temples and Southern Group of Khajuraho Temples. Out of these three clusters, Western Group of Khajuraho Temples is most representative of Khajuraho temples.

Having seen Khajuraho temples, drive for Khajuraho airport to board flight for Varanasi. On arrival at Varanasi, you will be received by the representative of Optima India Tourism and taken to pre-booked Varanasi hotel for smooth check in. You will be introduced with Varanasi tour guide in Varanasi hotel. After having relaxed for some time, you will be taken for sightseeing tour of Sarnath.

Sarnath is a famous ancient Buddhist site. It was in Sarnath where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon and started 'Sangh'. From here, a soft socio-religious revolution took place and the whole world started chanting 'Buddham Sharanam Gachchhami, Sangham Sharanam Gachchhami, Dhammam Sharanam Gachchhami. Here, you will happen to see ancient Buddhist monastery in ravaged form, Dhamek & Dharmarajika stupas, Asokan Pillar and a great museum.

Having visited Sarnath, you will be driven to Dashaswamedh Ghat of Varanasi where grand and auspicious Ganga Aarti (Ganges Worship Ceremony) takes place every evening. Be witness to cultural and traditional rituals of Hindu religion which worships river Ganga as mother. Later in the evening, come back to Varanasi hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 15 Varanasi sightseeing tour

The 15th day of Best of India Nepal Tour is special as you will happen to see various aspects of Varanasi. Early in the morning, Varanasi tour guide will accompany you for boat cruise along the ghats of the sacred river the Ganges to see the cremation ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world's oldest and most important religions.

After having enjoyed boat cruise, return to Varanasi hotel to relax and have breakfast. Thereafter check out from Varanasi hotel and proceed for Varanasi city and temple tour. After Varanasi city tour, return to Varanasi hotel for overnight stay.

Day 16 Varanasi- Kathmandu (by air)

Early in the morning, having delicious breakfast in Varanasi hotel, you will be transferred to Varanasi airport to board flight for Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, the only Hindu country in the world. On arrival at Kathmandu, you will be received by a representative of Optima India Tourism and taken to Kathmandu hotel. For smooth and speedy check in, our representative will assist you. Spend the rest of the day in leisure. Overnight stay has been planned in Kathmandu hotel.

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Day 17 Kathmandu sightseeing tour

Having delicious and fresh breakfast in Kathmandu hotel, proceed to visit historical and religious monuments of Kathmandu with Kathmandu tour guide, waiting for you in the hotel lobby. Kathmandu valley tour that comprises three prominent cities Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktpur, is essentially a cultural and architectural tour. Pashupatinath, Sayambhunath, Boudhnath and Kathmandu Durbar Square are prime tourist attractions of Kathmandu.

Pashupatinath is one of the most revered shrines for the Hindus across the globe. Only Hindus are allowed to enter its premises, offer prayers and perform traditional rituals. Non-Hindus can observe the religious performances from across the eastern bank of Bagmati river.

Other than Hinduism, Buddhism is the most practiced faith in Nepal. Swayambhunath is a Buddhist shrine, situated on the top of a hill west of Kathmandu. Due to large number of monkey in and around temple, Swayambhunath is also known among the foreign tourists as ‘monkey temple’.

World’s biggest stupa of Boudhnath is an ancient & colossal Buddhist shrine, situated amidst the premises of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. It is located 8 kms east of Kathmandu.

Spend the evening in leisure and return to Kathmandu hotel for overnight stay.

Day 18 Kathmandu-Bhaktapur & Patan sightseeing tour – Kathmandu

Having relished delicious breakfast in Kathmandu hotel, proceed on for Patan and Bhaktpur cities tour.

Just across Bagmati river and about 30 minutes drive from Kathmandu lies second largest city of Kathmandu valley- Patan. In ancient times, this princely state was called Yala. Tremendous Buddhist influence is clearly visible in existence of various Buddhist monuments and sculptural styles of Hindu temples and palaces. Patan offers a tourist several monuments of ancient era with distinct architectural styles. Durbar Square is the most visited place of Patan. Durbar Square, a splendid example of Newari architecture of Nepal, contains two prominent monuments- Royal Place and Jagannarayan Temple. Near Durbar Square are other two monuments- Golden Temple and Kumbheshwar Temple (built in 1392).

After Patan, move for Bhaktapur. Known as city of devotees, Bhaktpur is called by many Nepalese as ‘Bhadgaon or Khwopa. The main attraction of Bhaktpur is high temples in the backdrop of amazing natural beauty. The town is also famous for its artisans and handicraft articles. Bhaktapur is famous for woodcarving, the Bhadgaolen Topi (cap) and curd. Bhaktpur Durbar Square is a marvelous piece of architecture.

Having seen Patan and Bhaktpur, return to Kathmandu. Having experienced several shades of cultural lifestyle of Kathmandu valley people, return to Kathmandu hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 19 Kathmandu- Pokhara (by car-210/ 07 hrs)

Have relaxed breakfast in Kathmandu hotel, check out and proceed for Pokhara, the second most prominent tourist destination of Nepal, after Kathmandu valley. A drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu takes about seven hours. Located 210 kms from Kathmandu and at an altitude of 2352 feet, Pokhara is famous for its stupendous natural beauty of its lakeside location and its proximity to the mountains.

Pokhara, the most densely populated city of Nepal, boasts of having Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu mountains which are among the world’s ten highest mountains. These three mountains are within a periphery of 30 miles. The second most expensive city of Nepal, Pokhara offers another fantastic opportunity to view a quick & sharp rise of the mountains from 1000 meter to 7500 meter within 30 kms, creating conducive circumstances for one of the highest precipitation rates in Nepal.

A drive to Pokhara through scenic hilly terrain is a sheer pleasure, refreshing the mind and soul. Pokhara, due to its beautiful and unique landscape, proximity to high mountains of Himalayas and being home to several falls, lakes and gorges turns out to be base station for some of the most famous treks, plenty of short walks and day trips.

On arrival at Pokhara, check in at pre-booked Pokhara hotel for overnight stay.

Day 20 Pokhara sightseeing tour

2nd day in Pokhara is replete with pleasantly tantalizing full day sightseeing. After breakfast, you will be taken on a trip to Phewa Lake with its silvery transparent and still water surface, reflecting stunning view of the Fish Tail's Peak. The view of snow-capped Annapurna Mountain from the banks of Phewa Lake is mesmerizing. Hereinafter, proceed for visiting Seti River gorge. You will have an opportunity to take a glimpse to the limestone cave of Mahendra Gufa, used to be well-known for its stalactites.

Afternoon, having lunch in a city restaurant, proceed for visiting Bindebasini Temple, one of the oldest temples of Pokhara. The statue of Bindebasini Devi, brought from India, the main deity of the temple and a form of Goddess Durga, was the main deity of Kaski Kingdom of Nepal. The temple is located in the old market area and thus visiting Bindebasini Temple offers an opportunity to have peep into cultural texture of Pokhara.

After a full day sightseeing tour of Pokhara, rest of the day has been kept free for personal activities. Stay overnight in Pokhara hotel.

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Day 21 Pokhara-Kathmandu (by car-210 kms/ 07 hrs)

Having sumptuous breakfast I Pokhara hotel, retracing the same path, start the trip of day with driving back to Kathmandu (07 hours). On arrival at Kathmandu, check in at the pre-booked hotel and spend the day at leisure. One can indulge in shopping or visit the casinos trying their lady luck. Overnight stay has been planned in Kathmandu hotel.

Day 22 Kathmandu- New Delhi (by air)-Departure

Have breakfast in Kathmandu hotel, check out and proceed for Kathmandu airport to board flight for New Delhi. On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, get board on the flight bound for your next destination.

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Delhi

Delhi, an ancient site, finds mention in Indian epic Mahabharata in the name of Indraprastha. But Delhi as we know it is primarily a Mughal creation. The earliest reference to Delhi is to the citadel of Lal Kot and the city of Dhilika (c.1052 AD). The Chauhans won it during 1153-64 AD, establishing the first proper city here - Qila Rai Pithora. A succession of rulers and cities followed- Qutub, Siri, Tughlaqbad, Jahanpanah, Firozabad and Dinpanah. Shahjahanabad is the eight historic city of Delhi and the only one inhabited even today. The British built New Delhi in the early 20th century. Designed by the British architect Edwin Lutyens, it was to be a symbol of the powerful British Empire.

Udaipur

Beautiful lakes, picturesque scenery, grand monuments and picture-perfect hilly back-drop have compelled the visitors to call Udaipur as ‘city of lakes’ and ‘Venice of East’. Udaipur is regarded as one of the most romantic cities of the world. Udaipur is the second most-sought after tourist destination of Rajasthan. Lake Palace of Udaipur has been accredited of being one of the most romantic places all across the globe. The massive forts of Udaipur grab the interest of people with their sheer structure and architecture. The beautiful temples create a sense of aestheticism with their spiritual ecstasy. Udaipur also boasts of various museums, palaces, gardens, monuments and colorful festivals that allure tourists to visit the city for once. Udaipur Solar Observatory is considered as the best solar observing site in Asia. Other attractions are City Palace, Jag Mandir Palace, Lake Palace Udaipur, Lake Pichola etc.

Ranakpur

Ranakpur, a town 95 kms from Udaipur, is an oasis amidst desert and hilly terrain of the Aravalis. The town of Ranakpur is famous for the Jain Temple, a piece of architectural engravings and embossing. Light colored marble has been used for the construction of Ranakpur temple. The temple, with its distinctive domes, turrets and cupolas rises majestically from the slope of a hill. The temple is designed as chaumukha—with four faces. Over 1444 marble pillars, carved in exquisite detail and differently, support the temple. All the statues face one or the other statue. The image faces all four cardinal directions.

Jodhpur

Erstwhile Rathore Rajputs principality of Marwad region of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is set at the edge of the Thar Desert. The lifestyle in Jodhpur is quite fascinating. The folks there wear nice and lovely multihued costumes. Another one of the unique features of the culture of Jodhpur, Rajasthan is the colorful turbans worn by men. The graceful palaces, forts and temples strewn throughout the city bring alive the historic grandeur of this city. Lending a romantic aura to Jodhpur, are its exquisite handicrafts, folk dances, folk music and the brightly attired people.

Jaisalmer

The westernmost frontier city of Rajasthan, bordering Pakistan, Jaisalmer, the "Golden City of Rajasthan", is known for being amidst the Thar Desert. Desert Safari in the sand dunes of Jaisalmer is an unforgettable experience. The city is dominated by the Jaisalmer Fort. Unlike most forts in India, the Jaisalmer Fort is a living fort. There are shops, hotels, age old havelis (mansions) inside the fort area. Below the fort are several magnificent havelis with intricate stone carving. Short trips give a glimpse of the desert to the tourists.

Osian

Osian, a small but historically important town near Jodhpur, is popularly called as ‘Khajuraho of Rajasthan’. Home to more than 100 temples of ancient era, Osian had been a centre of culture and religious activities during the rule of Pratihara dynasty. Though many ancient shrines have crumbled due to ravages of the time and Islamic invaders but still it boasts of having 18 shrines the sects of Hindus and Jains, unfolding the royal legacy of past. Amongst these temples, Surya (Sun) Temple, Harihara Temple, Sachiya Mata Temple and a Jain temple dedicated to Lord Mahavira get the prime importance. Located about 65 kms from Jodhpur, Osian is regarded as a prominent pilgrimage site for Oswal Jain community. Ravages of the time have destroyed these temples to an extent, still their charm attract people to visit the ancient city of Ossian.

Khimsar

Presently a small hamlet of Nagaur district of Rajasthan, Khimsar, during its days of glory in the past, used to be a ‘thikana’ or a fiefdom and paid allegiance to the kingdom of Mewar. Situated about 100 kms away from Jodhpur, Khimsar is an oasis in the very middle of harsh desert and offers an opportunity to a tourist to have first hand feel of desert lifestyle in the villages. Spread in 11 acres of land, Khimsar Fort, now turned into a luxury heritage hotel, is the prime tourist attraction of Khimsar. Khimsar Fort Palace hotel organizes jeep safaris into the desert for the tourists.

Pushkar

Pushkar, one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimages, is a major tourist destination of Rajasthan. Situated about 12 kms from Ajmer, Pushkar is known for the only temple of Lord Brahma, the creator god and one of the Hindu Trinity- Brahma, Vishnu Mahesh. Other than Brahma temple, more than 500 temples of other gods and goddesses and the Holy Pushkar Lake surrounded by 52 bathing ghats, where people take a dip with deep religious faith, are major tourist attractions. But among foreign tourists, Pushkar holds tremendous prominence for Pushkar Fair. Every year in the month of "Kartik", (October or November, it depends on lunar calendar), Pushkar Fair takes place from 7th moon and finishes on full moon (Purnima). This annual event is an unforgettable colorful festival when thousands of Cattles, Camels, Horses and other animals are brought here from nearby & far villages for trading during first half and countless people in their colorful attire gathers in second half. The entire town becomes alive with the lights, music, folk dance, games, religious activities, animal competitions, rural activities, temporary market, entertainment & cultural activities etc. Temporary tented accommodation is pitched to accommodate people who come from different parts of the world during the Pushkar Fair. It is really once in a life time experience that you would certainly like to repeat.

Jaipur

Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, has been laid according to the conventional nine-grid pattern that astrologers believe to be lucky, and which has been recommended in the ancient Indian treatise on architecture. Jaipur has much to offer visitors — everything from pageants and festivals to extraordinarily clad people, a wealth of handicrafts, a royal legacy of palaces, and sightseeing — that will occupy their time. Jaipur is also known as ‘Pink City’ and famous for magnificent monuments like Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jal Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Galta Ji, Birla Temple, Albert Hall etc. Being almost equidistant from Delhi and Agra, Jaipur along with these two cities form a Golden Triangle circuit.

Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted town at the outskirts of Agra city (37 kms), was established by Mughal ruler Akbar in 1569. Several historians are of the view that Fatehpur Sikri was founded to make it capital of Mughal Empire. As per these historians, Fatehpur Sikri served as Mughal capital during 1571-1585 AD. But historical facts belie this theory. Mughal capital actually had never been shifted to Fatehpur Sikri, though many officials had been transferred there. But due to paucity of potable and drinking water, Fatehpur Sikri could not be inhabited on full scale.

Fatehpur Sikri, an elaborate attempt of a planned city during medieval era, is a constellation of various palatial, religious and votive monuments, constructed primarily of red sandstone. The medieval era town complex comprises several magnificent buildings which are in well preserved condition. The prominent monuments are Buland Darwaja, Jama Masjid, Panch Mahal, Birbal Mahal, Jodha Bai Palace & Salim Chisti Dargah.

Agra

Agra finds its mention in epic of Mahabharata as ‘Agravana’. Agra is traditionally and culturally part of Brijbhumi, associated with legendary Lord Krishna. Strategically located on the banks of river Yamuna, the city of Agra has seen many upheavals due to intermittent attacks of the invaders to take control of it. Agra remained under control of the Rajputs, the Muslims, the Marathas and the British. Though the influences of these regimes are quite visible in art, architecture and culture of the city but the Mughal impact is more pronounced, especially in old Agra. Now-a-days, Agra has been synonymous with Taj Mahal from tourism perspective. Taj Mahal can easily be termed as a feather in the cap of India, particularly Agra, which also possesses the most precious jewel in the country’s crown the “Taj Mahal”. Sikander Lodhi, Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jahangir and Shahjahan ruled with Agra as capital of their kingdoms. Babur was the first Mughal king who built first Islamic monument in Agra i.e. Gul-e-Afgaan or the Aram Bag -a planned garden. During the rule of Akbar, famous monuments of Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort, were constructed. Sikandara and It-mad-ud-Daula are the famous buildings of Jahangiri period. World renowned Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jahan in fond memory of Mumtaj Mahal, is now one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’. Agra is also known for its fabulous handicrafts, made of marble and soft-stone inlay work. Agra's major handicraft products besides inlay work are: leather-ware, brassware, carpets, jewellery and embroidery work.

Orchha

At Orchha, one can see the palace of Bir Singh Deo and also the Jahangir Palace. The palaces are impressive and offer pleasant views of the countryside and are worth a visit. There many other ruined buildings here and the seven storey Chaturbhuj Temple is close by.

Khajuraho

Khajuraho is well known for its temples. Of Indo-Aryan architecture, the temples of Khajuraho are embellished with superb decorations. Fine and artistic stonework is to be found around these temples. Many aspects of Indian life, as it existed 1000 years ago, have been depicted by the sculptors; curiously women and sex have been depicted in more detail. Owing to the subject of the sculptures, Khajuraho temples are also called Kamsutra Temples. These temples were built in Chandela period.

Dance festival is held in March. The festival lasts for 10 days and some of the best classical dancers of India perform during the Khajuraho Dance Festival against the backdrop of Khajuraho temples which are floodlit.

Varanasi

Situated on the banks of holy river Ganga (the Ganges), the spiritual capital of India- Varanasi is known by several names like Banaras (as local people call it), Kashi (desrived from 'Kashika' meaning the shining one referring to the light of Lord Shiva), Avimukta (meaning never forsaken by Lord Shiva), Rudaravasa (meaning abode of Lord Shiva) and Anandavana (meaning forest of bliss). Varanasi is one of the holiest of the pilgrimages of the Hindus. Being on the banks of the Ganges, the most sacred and venerated river in India, Varanasi becomes all the more pious spiritual centre among religious Hindus. Its name Varanasi is derived from its being on the confluence of two rivers- Varuna and Asi. Though Varanasi is the world's oldest living city but its oldest monument is not older than 300 years because of inimically destructive invasions of Muslims. Varanasi is a prominent business and trade centre as well since the ancient times.

Ghats of Varanasi along the western bank of the Ganges are special as these epitomize various aspects of Hindu way of life. Watch out people having early morning bath followed by ablutions, puja by Brahmin priests, people practicing meditation & yoga, cremation process on Manikarnika ghat and Harishchandra ghat, people consulting the astrologers under their palm leaf parasols, buy offerings for rituals, trades selling silk apparels and brassware etc.

Sarnath

Located 10 kms from Varanasi, Sarnath is one of the four pilgrimages of the Buddhists. It was Sarnath where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon and declared the birth of a different 'dharma' (religion)- Buddhism. From Sarnath, the 'dharmachakra pravartan' commenced. In around 234 BC, Emperor Ashoka, a great follower of Buddhism, built a grand stupa- Dharmarajika Stupa, here. Later on Sarnath developed as a prominent Buddhist centre with a grand monastery. Between the 3rd century BC and the 11th century AD, several Buddhist structures were built here in Sarnath. The Muslim invaders in medieval period ransacked and destroyed it. But an inquisitive traveler may still experience the rich past in the remnants of monastery, Dhamekh stupa, Dharmarajika stupa and Emperor Ashoka's pillar. Also, visit Sarnath museum. Sarnath museum also has the figures and the sculptures from the Mauryan, Kushana and Gupta periods discovered during the excavations at Sarnath.

Kathmandu Valley (Kathmandu-Patan-Bhaktpur)

Three prominent cities of Nepal- Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktpur-are situated in the Kathmandu valley of Nepal. The three historical cities of Kathmandu valley boast of having rich historical and cultural legacy of Nepal with seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Malla dynasty of Nepal had patronized the artistic genius of the aborigine Newar craftsmen and their creativity is visible ornate palaces, the superbly crafted pagodas and the monumental stupas. The cultural ethos of Kathmandu valley (Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktpur) is an exotic, harmonious and colourful amalgam of Hinduism and Buddhism. Kathmandu, the largest among Nepalese cities, is cultural and political centre of Hindu kingdom of Nepal. With Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhnath, Durbar Square (all UNESCO World Heritage Sites) and endless ceremonial processions of chariot-mounted deities and masked dancers, Kathmandu emerges as the most happening tourist destination of Nepal. Patan, another historical town of Nepal, is situated 5 km southeast of Kathmandu. Known also as ‘Lalitpur’, Patan is an ancient habitat of craftsmen. The famous craftsmanship of artisans and old-world-charm of Patan can be seen in narrow streets, brick houses and multitude of well-preserved Hindu temples, Buddhist monasteries (vihars) and monuments. Patan Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The third prominent city of Kathmandu valley is Bhaktpur (meaning’City of Devotees’), perched on a hill at an altitude of 1,401 m. Bhaktpur, retaining its ancient charm by resisting modern day rapid urbanization, enchants tourists with Bhaktpur Durbar Square, Changu Narayan temple, brickpaved roads, charming red brick houses and a way of life that goes back to medieval times.

Pokhara

Pokhara is the second most prominent tourist destination of Nepal, after Kathmandu valley. A drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu takes about seven hours. Located 210 kms from Kathmandu and at an altitude of 2352 feet, Pokhara is famous for its stupendous natural beauty of its lakeside location and its proximity to the mountains. Pokhara, the most densely populated city of Nepal, boasts of having Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu mountains which are among the world’s ten highest mountains. These three mountains are within a periphery of 30 miles. The second most expensive city of Nepal, Pokhara offers another fantastic opportunity to view a quick & sharp rise of the mountains from 1000 meter to 7500 meter within 30 kms, creating conducive circumstances for one of the highest precipitation rates in Nepal.

  • Accommodation in the mentioned hotels on double sharing.

  • Daily breakfast basis on all places.

  • Total Meals: 23 (Breakfast-15; Lunch-01; Dinner-02).

  • Total night stays: 21 (Delhi-02; Udaipur-02; Jodhpur-01, Jaisalmer-02, Khimsar-01, Jaipur-02, Agra-02; Khajraho-01; Varanasi-02; Kathmandu-04, Pokhara-02).

  • Well-appointed upgraded air-conditioned rooms at all places.

  • Along with breakfast at all places, 01 dinner in Jaisalmer tent & 01 lunch in Orchha.

  • Monument entrance charges.

  • Rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, Delhi.

  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur.

  • Boat ride in Lake Pichola in Udaipur.

  • Camel ride in Jaisalmer.

  • Cultural show in Khajuraho.

  • Early morning boat cruise in the Ganges alongside Varanasi ghats.

  • English speaking & destination-specific guides at all destinations for mentioned sightseeing tour.

  • Meet & assist at the airport on arrival & departure.

  • Sightseeing tours as mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Air-conditioned private car for the whole sightseeing tour.

  • Driver for the whole tour.

  • All prevailing taxes like luxury tax, service tax etc.

  • All transfers, city tours, excursions & drives by air-conditioned transport.

  • Interstate road tax, toll tax, parking charges, driver’s wages, fuel charges etc.

Optima Special:
  • Nepali cultural show in Kathmandu.
  • Tonga (horse-carriage) ride from Agra hotel to Taj Mahal in Agra.
  • Manual rickshaw ride in the alleys of Kinari Bazaar, situated in 400 years old Chandni Chowk market, built by Shah Jahan and supervised by Jahanara.
  • Maharaja (king)- like elephant ride at Amber Fort, 13 kms from Jaipur, the capital city of desert state of Rajasthan.
  • One night stay in desert camp in Jaisalmer with cultural performances by local artists.
  • A camel ride up to Sam sand-dunes to help you watch desert lifestyle.
  • View Lake Palace and traditional Udaipur city while having boat ride in Lake Pichola.
Don’t miss on Best of India Nepal Tour:
  • Don’t miss to visit the artisan village in Agra.
  • Sun-rise and sun-set views of Taj Mahal.
  • Mohabbat-e-Taj show of Kalakriti in Agra.
  • Camp in tents under the stars like nomads in the Thar desert of Jaisalmer.
  • Fall in love with India's romantic Udaipur.
  • Discover the many faces of Delhi.
  • Catch a Bollywood blockbuster in Jaipur.
  • Morning walk to Phewa Lake in Pokhara.
Shopping:

Agra:Intricately engraved articles of Makrana marble.
Jaipur: Jewellery, carpets and handicraft items.
Khajuraho: Ethnic jewellery.
Jodhpur:At Mochi Gali, embroidered leather shoes, tie & dye fabrics, lacquer-ware, antiques & puppets.
Jaisalmer: At Manik Chowk, pick up woven blankets & shawls, mirror-work textiles, silver jewellery & block-printed textiles.
Udaipur: Paintings of Marwad region is a nice piece of souvenir

Cuisines:

Agra:Mughal cuisines like chicken biryani.
Jodhpur:Try makhaniya lassi-a delicious creamy drink.
Jaisalmer: Popular dessert - mawa kachori & doodh firni.
Bhaktpur: Specially prepared and flavoured curd.

Is This Trip For Me:
Travel Style Service Level TPhysical Demands Trip Type Trip Rating
Classic Standard FIT/Small Group 4.5/5
DestinationsStandardSuperiorDeluxeLuxury
DelhiJiviteshHilton Shangri La Hotel Imperial
UdaipurHotel Jagat Niwas Hotel Karohi Haveli Laxmi Vilas Palace- The LalitOberoi Udai Vilas
JodhpurRatan Palace Devi Bhawan Taj Hari MahalUmmed Bhawan Palace
JaisalmerTented AccommodationTented AccommodationTented AccommodationTented Accommodation
JaisalmerNachna HaveliFort RajwadaTaj RawalkotSuryagarh Palace
Khimsar Khimsar Fort PalaceKhimsar Fort PalaceKhimsar Fort PalaceKhimsar Fort Palace
Jaipur ParadiseShahpura HouseITC Rajputana Oberoi Raj Vilas
AgraSiris 18Hotel Mansingh PalaceITC MughalOberoi Amar Vilas
KhajurahoUsha BundelaClarks KhajurahoTaj ChandelaLalit –Temple View
VaranasiHotel IndiaRamada PlazaRadissonNadesar Palace
KathmanduHotel MountainHotel ShankarHotel Yak & YetiHotel Radisson
PokharaHotel Trekker’s innPokhara GrandeFulbari Resort & SpaShangri La Village
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  • Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

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