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North India & Nepal Heritage Tour

  • 14 Nights / 15 Days
  • Delhi - Kathmandu – (Patan) - (Bhaktpur) {Nepal} - Varanasi - Khajuraho - (Orchha) - Agra - (Fatehpur Sikri) - Jaipur - (Pushkar) - Jodhpur - (Ranakpur) - Udaipur - Delhi
Himalayan beauty & civilization
Ganga ‘aarti’ & ghats
Nepalese cultural centers
Forts & palaces
Mosques & tombs
Bazaars, cuisines & crafts

15 days North India & Nepal Heritage tour is aimed at gleaning the most sought after tourist destinations of north India and Nepal to showcase the culturally rich and colorful heritage of the two neighboring countries. The tour starts from Delhi, the political centre and capital of India. Visit of Old & New Delhi will introduce you with cosmopolitan as well as emerging India along with visit to behemoth monuments. After Delhi tour, the North India & Nepal Heritage tour enters into Nepal and showcases cultural richness of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktpur, collectively home to seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. From Nepal, the North India & Nepal Heritage tour itinerary takes the guests to Varanasi, the cultural & spiritual capital of India and a pilgrimage of the Hindus. Kamsutra temples fame Khajuraho happens to be the next stop to explore. While on north India journey, one can’t miss Agra, the seat of celestial Taj Mahal. After Agra, the North India & Nepal Heritage tour makes a guest to plunge into royal, regal and quintessential Rajasthan with never-to-be-missed-destinations of Jaipur, Pushkar, Jodhpur, Ranakpur and Udaipur.

Day 1 Delhi arrival

Most of the international flights land in New Delhi international airport late in the night or early in the morning. On arrival at New Delhi airport, Optima India Tourism representative will offer you traditionally warm Indian Welcome. Thereafter, you will be taken to the pre-booked hotel to have nap and rest.

Day 2 Delhi sightseeing

After breakfast in New Delhi hotel, you will be introduced with Delhi tour guide who will taken on Delhi sightseeing tour. The full day Delhi city tour includes Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk (old Delhi); Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb, Parliament house, India Gate, President House, Connaught palace and Lotus Temple. During the course of sightseeing of Old Delhi, you will be enjoying man-pulled rickshaw ride in 400 years old Chandni Chowk under the guidance of Delhi tour guide. It will reveal before you evolutionary stages of Delhi’s transformation into a modern cosmopolitan city. Return to hotel for overnight stay in Delhi.

Day 3 New Delhi- Kathmandu – Kathmandu sightseeing tour

Early in the morning, having delicious breakfast in New Delhi hotel, you will be transferred to New Delhi International 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. Relax for a while and then proceed to visit historical and religious monuments of Kathmandu with Kathmandu tour guide, waiting for you in the hotel lobby. Pashupatinath, Sayambhunath and Boudhnath are prime tourist attractions.

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 4 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 Kumbeshwar Temple (built in 1392).

After Patan, move for Bhaktapur. Known as city of devotees, Bhaktpur is called by many Nepales as ‘Bhadgaon or Khwopa. The main attraction of Bhaktpur squares 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.

Having seen Patan and Bhaktpur, return to Kathmandu. In the evening, attend cultural show and later return to Kathmandu hotel for overnight stay.

Day 5 Kathmandu-Varanasi (by air- Air IndiaAI-252Economy)- Sarnath & Ganges worship ceremony tour

Any visitor who tours India, two destinations remain on top of the must see list. These destinations are Varanasi and Taj Mahal. After a delightful morning breakfast drive for Tribhuvan airport of Kathmandu to board flight for Varanasi. Upon arrival in Varanasi, representative of Optima India Tourism will meet and give transfer to Varanasi hotel.

Thereafter, drive to Gadaulia to lead to the ghats of Varanasi to watch the spectacle of mesmerizing worship ceremony of the Ganges. Rajendra Prasad Ghat of Varanasi is where Ganga Aarti (Ganges Worship Ceremony) is performed every evening. Enjoy the serenity, religiousness and all pervading spiritual atmosphere.

After visiting Sarnath and enjoying Ganges Worship Ceremony, you will be taken to Varanasi hotel for overnight stay.

Day 6 Varanasi city tour

After early morning breakfast, proceed on ghats & temples tour of Varanasi. The Varanasi tour guide will receive you in hotel lobby and take you to the ghats of Varanasi. A boat ride in river Ganges along the ghats will help you understand and feel the importance of the Ganges for a Hindu. You will be a witness to various traditional religious practices and rituals, being performed as part of daily routine by the Hindus. Many facets of Hindu religion and way of life will unfold before you. The 7 kms arc that emerges out of more than 100 ghats on the western side of the Ganges, proffers an amazing view of enchanting sunrise and morning of Kashi (City of Lights- as Varanasi is called).

After morning boat ride in the Ganges, return to Varanasi hotel to refresh, relax and have breakfast. Having relaxed a bit, proceed on for Sarnath. Sarnath, about 13 kms from Varanasi city, has been a major centre of Buddhist learning, philosophy and religion. Lord Buddha, after attaining Supreme Knowledge at Bodh Gaya, delivered his first sermon in Sarnath. Owing to this, Sarnath is one of the most prominent Buddhist pilgrimages. There was a huge monastery in Sarnath but that had been razed by intolerant Muslim invaders. The debris and a large stupa have been preserved here by Archaeological Department of India. There is a nice museum having the finely sculptured statues. Sarnath is credited with one of the Asokan Pillars as well. Sarnath's destruction and degradation was complete and remained so until the mid nineteenth century, when excavation was begun and continued, under the impetus of Lord Curzon, in the twentieth century.

After visiting Buddhist monastery and museum, drive to a nearby Tibetan Buddhist temple. Enjoy colourful monastery of Tibetan Buddhists. Hereinafter, return to city of Varanasi to have lunch in a nice restaurant of Varanasi. Now, after Sarnath tour, you will be taken on Varanasi temple tour. Varanasi is famous for its narrow alleys. Roaming through these alleys offers a distinctly unforgettable lifetime experience of exotic India. In order to visit Kashi Vishwanath temple, you will have to pass through these narrow lanes. The Golden Vishwanath Temple is the most sacred temple in Varanasi and every Hindu pilgrim visits it. Visiting the temple will unfold many aspects of spiritual and religious India. There are many other temples of significance in Varanasi like Vishwanath Temple in Benares Hindu University, Sankat Mochan Temple and Bharat Mata Temple. Bharat Mata temple is unique in the sense that it embodies undivided cultural India.

Having seen major tourist attractions of Varanasi, return to Varanasi hotel for overnight stay.

Day 7 Varanasi -Khajuraho (by air)- Khajuraho sightseeing tour

Have relaxed breakfast in Varanasi hotel, check out from Varanasi hotel and move for Varanasi airport to board flight for Khajuraho. Upon Khajuraho arrival, representative of Optima India Tourism will meet you and give transfer to hotel. Check in at Khajuraho hotel, refresh yourself and visit the western group of Khajuraho temples-probably one of the best examples of Indian art and architecture.

After getting refreshed and relaxed a bit in Khajuraho hotel, proceed on for visiting western group of Khajuraho temples. Watch and appreciate the expertise of Indian sculptors and their imagination. Later in the evening, attend ‘cultural show’ in Khajuraho temples complex.

After enjoying sightseeing of Khajuraho temples and watching cultural show in Khajuraho, return to Khajuraho hotel for overnight stay.

Day 8 Khajuraho - Orchha- Agra (By Road & Train)

After a relaxed breakfast in Khajuraho hotel, drive to Jhansi, where you will board train for Agra. En route, about 13 kms prior to Jhansi, visit Orchha in Uttar Pradesh, India. Do visit the Orchha Fort complex that comprises several architectural and sculptural gems like Raja Ram Mandir, Laxmi Narayan Mandir, Jehangir Palace, Raj Palace and Rani Praveen Palace.

Have lunch in a nice restaurant on the banks of river Betwa in Orchha and move for Jhansi to board train for Agra.

On arrival at Agra, you will be received by a representative of Optima India Tourism and taken to the pre-booked hotel for overnight stay in Agra.

Day 9 Agra sightseeing tour

Today, on North India Heritage Tour, we explore Agra- the seat of Taj Mahal and the city of love. There, your Agra tour guide will meet you and take you for a tour of the monuments of love- Taj Mahal and Baby Taj (Tomb of It-Mad-ud-Daula). Taj Mahal looks very beautiful at the time of sunrise. At the time of sunrise, the Agra tour guide, appointed by Optima India Tourism, will meet you in lobby of Agra hotel. You will be taken to the Taj Mahal on 'tonga' (horse carriage), imparting you exotic feel of medieval era India. This will be an exotic India experience for you. Taj Mahal, the star attraction of India as well as Agra, was built by Shahjahan in white marble of Makrana in fond memory of his wife Mumtaj Mahal. Post lunch, drive to visit impressive Agra Fort. The Agra Fort is home to elaborate palaces built in Indo Islamic architectural pattern. After Agra city tour, proceed on for exploring local market of Agra. Stop at Shoppers' Paradise- a flagship government recognized store of Agra which offers excellent range of fashion wear, exotic wooden articles and exclusive white marble handicraft products. The .

Day 10 Agra - Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur (245 kms/ 05 hrs)

Today, on North India Heritage Tour, proceed for Jaipur, the Pink City, after having delicious breakfast in the morning in Agra hotel. En route, 35 kms from Agra, have a stop- over to visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. Akbar had shifted his capital from Agra to Fatehpur Sikri but, due to paucity of water, Akbar had to relocate the capital back to Agra. But, the palatial monuments built by Akbar are well preserved and are termed as treat to eyes. Visit Panch Mahal, Jodhabai Palace, Buland Darwaja, Shrine of Salim Chishti and Jama Masjid.

After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, drive for Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. On arrival at Jaipur, check in at the designated hotel. After lunch and rest, proceed for visiting Albert Hall Museum and Birla Temple. After visiting Birla Temple in Jaipur, move for enjoying the cultural shades of Rajasthan in an ethnic village resort, named Chokhi Dhani. Return to Jaipur hotel for overnight stay.

Day 11 Jaipur city tour

After enjoying delicious breakfast in Jaipur hotel, drive for Amber Fort, the star attraction of Jaipur. Amber is 13 kms from Jaipur city and is renowned for its gargantuan Amber Fort, a specimen of Rajput and Mughal architecture. At Amber Fort have a ride on caparisoned elephant which takes you from foothill to the gate of Amber Fort at the hilltop. Thereafter, visit Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) a spectator's delight with its multiple Jharokhas (screens), the colorful walled pink city, the nostalgic City Palace with its wide avenues and colorful verandas and Jantar Mantar (Solar Observatory) with its mind-blowing sundials and astronomical instruments.

After sightseeing tour of Jaipur, explore bustling market of Jaipur that is famous for its jewallery, handicraft products, 'durries' and carpets. Return to Jaipur hotel for overnight stay.

Day 12 Jaipur - Pushkar- Jodhpur (330 kms/ 06 hrs)

Post breakfast, drive for Jodhpur, the Blue City of Rajasthan. En route have a stop-over in Pushkar, a prominent pilgrimage of Hindus and world renowned tourist destination of Rajasthan. Pushkar is famous for world's sole Brahma Temple, Pushkar Lake, its ghats, religious Hindu rituals and Pushkar Camel Fair, in case you are during those days travelling through Pushkar. Visit these prime attractions of Pushkar, have lunch at lake-side restaurant and proceed for Jodhpur. On arrival at Jodhpur, you will be received by Optima India Tourism representative and taken to the designated hotel for smooth check in. Rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities and overnight stay has been planned in Jodhpur hotel.

Day 13 Jaipur - Pushkar- Jodhpur (330 kms/ 06 hrs)

Jodhpur, the Blue City of Rajasthan, is princely, royal, regal, touristic and culturally vibrant. After having delicious breakfast in Jodhpur hotel, commence Jodhpur sightseeing tour which includes Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhawan Palace and Sadar market. Mehrangarh Fort displays excellence of Rajput architecture and finer craftsmanship. Mehrangarh Fort is a majestic fort with its impregnable walls stands atop of a high hill. Jaswant Thada, built in white marble, is a royal cenotaph. Umaid Bhawan, a real palace, is still being inhabited by the royal family of Jodhpur and home to a luxury heritage hotel and gracious museum. Evening at leisure and overnight stay in Jodhpur hotel.

Day 14 Jodhpur-Ranakpur- Udaipur (by car 265 Kms/06 Hours)

After breakfast in Jodhpur hotel, proceed for Udaipur. On the way, visit Ranakpur temple- one of the most famous Jain temple town of Rajasthan, India. Ranakpur represents a pleasant idyllic set up.

Ranakpur temple, built of light shaded marbles, covers an area of 3600 sq metres. Intricate carvings are distinctive hallmarks of Ranakpur temple. The Ranakpur temple contains more than 1444 richly carved pillars and the most striking aspect is that no two pillars are same. The Ranakpur temple has been designed as 'chaumukha', meaning four faces and symbolizes the four cardinal directions won by the Tirthankara.

After visiting Ranakpur temple, proceed for Udaipur which is almost 95 kms away from here. On arrival at Udaipur, check in at the pre-booked hotel. After relaxing for some time, move for leisurely sightseeing while having boat ride in Lake Pichola. Spend rest of the day at leisure or relax. Overnight stay will be at the Udaipur hotel.

Day 15 Udaipur sightseeing tour- Delhi- Departure

Udaipur is termed as honeymooners' paradise. Your Udaipur sightseeing tour will commence after having sumptuous breakfast in Udaipur hotel. Embark on Udaipur city tour. Visit the City Palace Complex, The Jag Mandir, Saheliyon Ki Bari and other picturesque spots of tourist interests.

The City Palace of Udaipur is the largest palace complex of Rajasthan. The City Palace of Udaipur, built of granite on the banks of Lake Pichola, is a distinguished piece of Rajasthani architecture. Encircled by massive fortifications, the City Palace of Udaipur is a large and beautiful constellation of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens.

The Jag Mandir Palace, another tourist attraction of Udaipur, is built of yellow sandstone and had been source of inspiration for Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame. Shah Jahan incorporated several niceties of Jag Mandir Palace, especially pietra dura work, in Taj Mahal.

Another prime attraction of Udaipur is Saheliyon ki Bari which is a nice garden, earlier meant for the maids of the queen. A lush garden, on the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake and in a desert state, make it an oasis in the arid and hilly terrain.

All of these monuments of Udaipur house marvelous museums which showcase various aspects of ancient and medieval Rajasthan.

North India Heritage Tour ends today after your departure from Udaipur. You will be transferred to Udaipur airport for a flight to Delhi to finally get connected with your international connection for your onward journey.


Delhi is enriched with long historical past, glorious culture, an enviable treasure of monuments and modern infrastructure. Delhi, currently the capital of Indian Republic, has passed through several upheavals during its thousands of years of existence and has witnessed many ups and downs of history with many dynasties flourishing and diminishing with the passage of time.

Delhi has been built nine times over the years and accordingly named in the scriptures. Indraprastha, known as first Delhi, was founded by Pandavas of Mahabharata in around 1500 BC. Qila Rai Pithora, termed as second Delhi, was built by Raja Anang Pal and later re-christened by Prithviraj Chauhan as Lal Kot. Siri, the third Delhi, was founded by Ala-ud-din Khilji. Siri Fort, a major tourist attraction, is a famous monument of that time. Tughlaqabad, called as fourth Delhi, had been founded by Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq. Tughlaqabad Fort is a testimony to that. Jahan Panah, the fifth Delhi and a walled city, was constructed by Muhammad bin Tughlaq to address the constant threat of Mongols. The sixth Delhi, Ferozabad, was founded by Feroz Shah Tughlaq and its testimonial evidence can be seen in the form of 13-metre high tapering quadrangular pillar adjacent to Ashokan pillar. Din Panah, the seventh Delhi, was rebuilt afresh by Humayun and later razed and constructed by Sher Shah Suri. Earlier this Old Fort or Purana Qila was seat of legendary ruler Prithviraj Chauhan. The walled city of Shahjahanabad, known as eighth Delhi, had been founded by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan who built Taj Mahal as well in Agra. Modern and present day Delhi, the ninth Delhi and known as Lutyens' Delhi or New Delhi has been laid down by the British.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri, a historical place with nicely preserved monuments of Mughal era, is a must see place while visiting Agra. Located some 37 kms from Agra, Fatehpur Sikri of Buland Darwaja fame was founded by Akbar in 1569 to express his gratitude for Sufi mystic Salim Chishti, who was born in Sikri village. Many historians believe that Fatehpur Sikri was established as a joint capital with Agra but due to paucity of potable and drinking water, the plan to shift a section of imperial officials there had been reversed. Even today, its red stone architecture, richly ornamented with carvings & firework, is in a perfect state of preservation. Buland Darwaja is 15-storied, stands 140 feet on the pedestal and is 54 feet above the ground. A steep flight of 42 steps leads one to the massive gateway and makes it as one of the tallest gateways in the world is made of red-sandstone with marble decoration on it. With Quranic inscription on the front and cenotaph on the heights of the gateway, Buland Darwaja is a splendid blend of Hindu and Persian architecture. The calligraphy work done on the inner façade of Buland Darwaja has very less parallels in India.


Jaipur, present day capital city of India’s largest state Rajasthan, is representative of typical Rajasthani culture, art, architecture and lifestyles. Known as ‘Pink City’ or ‘Gulabi Nagar’ of Rajasthan, Jaipur attracts tourists towards its gargantuan forts, marvelously built palaces, lively market of handicraft products and intricately carved out temples. The sprinkling beauty, the edifices, big havelis and stupendous sky-touching forts of Jaipur attract the tourists immensely. Jaipur is the only city in the world which has been built as per India’s Vaastu Shastra and segmented as per astrology. Jaipur 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. Its nine rectangular sectors represent nine levels of universe. A boundary wall with eight gates surrounds the city.


A small town of Ajmer district of Ajmer in Rajasthan, Pushkar is a religious and historical site. For the Hindus, Pushkar is one of the holiest pilgrimages with lone Brahma Temple. Pushkar Fair, organized every year, is a world renowned gathering of foreign and Indian tourists to enjoy traditional celebration of festivity. Pushkar Lake, religious rituals, activities in normal Indian fairs, folk music and dances, delicious cuisines, camel cart races etc. are prime attractions of Pushkar.


Jodhpur, situated on the edge of Thar Desert & known as ‘Blue City of Rajasthan’, is the second largest city of Rajasthan. The quintessence of Jodhpur has been its valour and equestrian skill. Jodhpur is also known as the "Sun City" for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all the year round. Founded by Rao Jodha in 1549 AD, Jodhpur was an old capital of Royal Marwar. The impressions of rich past, valour and flourishing trade can be seen in the existing monuments and bustling market. Mehrangarh Fort tops the repertoire of magnificent tourist attractions of Jodhpur. One of the largest forts of India, the impregnable Mehrangarh Fort is well preserved till date and houses excellent museum along with the only professional museum shop of India. Tourists interested in adventure may opt for six circuits of ropeways (zip-linings) at the back side of Mehrangarh Fort. Known as ‘Taj Mahal of Rajasthan’, Jaswant Thada is an ornately carved cenotaph. Built of white marble, Jaswant Thada is a must-see monument of Jodhpur. Umaid Bhawan Palace is another tourist attraction of Jodhpur.


Constructed in an area of 60X62 metres, Ranakpur Temple in Pali district of Rajasthan is one of the five most auspicious places of Jain community. Ranakpur is known as 'the tranquil pilgrimage town'. Ranakpur is a village is on Jodhpur- Udaipur route, about 95 kms from Udaipur and 165 kms from Jodhpur. As ancient Sanskrit text Soma-Saubhagya Kavya suggests, construction of Ranakpur Temple, built on ‘chaumukha’ style, had commenced in 1437 and continued till 1458. Intricately sculptured and equipped with 29 halls and 1444 pillars, Ranakpur Temple was built under the supervision of architect Deepaka during the regime of Rana Kumbha of Mewar. Nearby Ranakpur Jain Temple is a ‘Sun Temple’. Sun temple is gracefully sculptured and endowed with elegantly carved polygonal walls and images of warriors, horses and celestial. The Sun God has been shown riding its vehicle, the chariot. For the tourism buffs a ride to the outskirts like Sadari, Desuri, Ghanerao, Narlai etc will be found to be exciting.


Previous capital of erstwhile princely state of Mewar, Udaipur showcases pristine Rajput architecture, traditional Rajasthani culture, colourful market, ancient and highly auspicious temples and several beautiful lakes. Owing to its beautiful locale, Udaipur is known as ‘City of Lakes’ and ‘Venice of East’. Udaipur is also called as the most romantic city of India. The foundation stone of Udaipur was laid by Maharana Udai Singh on 16th March 1559. The old city had initially had 11 gates, out of which only 5 gates in the city walls remained. Main gate and hence the main entrance to Udaipur city id Suraj Pole. Udaipur is famous for Lehariya, the delicate striped sarees and turbans in various shades, colours and designs. Udaipur offers a lot to the tourists. The Lake Palace of Udaipur in Lake Pichola, now converted into a heritage palace hotel being run by India’s premier industrial group TATA under the brand Taj Hotels, is a treat to eyes.

Though major tourist attractions are shown by Indian tour operators and local tour guides of Udaipur, but there are many interesting places and monuments in Udaipur to be explored. Bagore Ki Haveli is one of them. The large mansion of erstwhile Prime Minister of Mewar kingdom Amir Chand Badwa, Bagore ki Haveli, having more than 100 rooms and built in 18th century, has been converted into a museum showcasing various aspects of Mewar royalty’s lifestyle. Ambrai Ghat at Lake Pichola is the best place to capture photographs of Lake Pichola and Lake Palace at the time of sunset. For seekers of old world charm, Monsoon Palace, previously a favorite retreat of Mewar royalty, is a popular sunset spot owing to unparalleled view over Udaipur. During 10 days of December, Shilpgram Arts and Crafts Fair is organized every year. Shilpgram, meaning ‘Village of Craftsmen’, had been established to showcase rural life and traditions from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa. This attempt by the government though has not elicited the expected results but its objectives to protect Indian craftsmanship and provide the craftsmen a better and organized marketplace have been achieved to some extent.

  • Accommodation in the mentioned hotels on double sharing.

  • Daily breakfast basis on all places.

  • Total Meals: 15 (Breakfast-14 & Lunch-01).

  • Total night stays: 14 (Delhi-02; Kathmandu-02; Varanasi-02; Khajuraho-01; Agra-02; Jaipur-02; Jodhpur-02; Udaipur-01).

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

  • Along with breakfast at all places, 01 dinner in Orchha in a restaurant located on the banks of river Betwa.

  • Monument entrance charges.

  • Rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, Delhi.

  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur.

  • Morning boat cruise in the Ganges during morning hours to enjoy panoramic view of 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:
  • Visit and exploration of narrow alleys, humming with social activities, while riding on man-pulled tri-cycle rickshaw.
  • Morning boat ride in the Ganges along the ghats of Varanasi.
  • Cultural evening show adjacent to the western group of Khajuraho temples.
  • Ride a caparisoned elephant like a king at Amber Fort in Jaipur.
  • Evening boat cruise in famous Lake Pichola to watch Lake Palace and traditional Udaipur city while having boat ride in Lake Pichola.
  • Tonga (horse carriage) ride in Agra- from hotel to Taj Mahal gate.
Don’t miss on North India & Nepal Heritage Tour:
  • Stay in heritage hotels of Rajasthan to experience modern yet royal hospitality.
  • Cultural events, puppet shows and traditional dances at Ravindra Manch.
  • Evening Aarti at Govind Dev Ji temple in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
  • Magnanimous Ganga Aarti (Ganges Worship Ceremony) in the evening on Dashashwamedh Ghat of Varanasi.
  • If you are handicrafts-freak, do squeeze out time visit Shilpgram in Udaipur.
  • Vintage Car ride in Udaipur famous for its classic car collection.
  • Have late-night dinner in an open-restaurant on the banks of Lake Pichola in romantic mood.

< Delhi: Handlooms, handicrafts, stalls that sell products from all over India (Dilli Haat).
Varanasi: Rudraksha, Banarasi sarees, carpets and clay artefacts.
Agra: Marble souvenirs.
Jaipur: Environment-friendly printed clothes, jewellery and ethnic goods.
Jodhpur: Handicraft goods in Sadar market.
Udaipur: Pieces of Mewar school of paintings.


Delhi: Street foods/snacks like ‘tikki’, ‘chaat’, ‘Dahi Bhalla’, ‘pao bhaji’, ‘fruit chaat’, ‘rabdi faluda’.
Agra: Biryani at Heeng ki Mandi.
Varanasi: Hot and garlicky fish steak (Lahsun wali machali).
Jodhpur: Lal-Maans- a non-veg. cuisine.
Udaipur: Ker Sangri, Papad ki Sabzi and Dil Jaani sweet.

Is This Trip For Me:
Travel Style Service Level TPhysical Demands Trip Type Trip Rating
Classic Standard FIT/Small Group 4.5/5
DelhiJiviteshHilton Shangri La Hotel Imperial
KathmanduHotel MountainHotel ShankarHotel Yak & YetiHotel Radisson
VaranasiHotel IndiaRamada PlazaRadissonNadesar Palace
KhajurahoUsha BundelaClarks KhajurahoTaj ChandelaLalit –Temple View
AgraSiris 18Hotel Mansingh PalaceITC MughalOberoi Amar Vilas
Jaipur ParadiseShahpura HouseITC Rajputana Oberoi Raj Vilas
JodhpurRatan PalaceDevi BhawanTaj Hari MahalUmmed Bhawan Palace
UdaipurHotel Jagat NiwasHotel Karohi HaveliLaxmi Vilas Palace- The LalitOberoi Udai Vilas
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