Day 1 - 2 New Delhi
Welcome to India. After clearing immigration and custom formalities, a representative from Incredible India Travels will greet you and assist you to your hotel.
Delhi - the Capital of India consists of two distinguishable parts: Old Delhi, with its typically Oriental City Quarters, Narrow Alleys and Bazaars, Its Temples, Mosques and other Historical Monuments, and New Delhi, laid out symmetrically as a Garden City by the British with Wide Stately Streets, Unspoilt Gardens, Widely Scattered Colonial-Style Summer Houses and Shady Alleys.
In the morning your guide will take you on a combined tour of Old & New Delhi. The older part of the Capital takes you to the Red Fort with its Pearl Mosque and exquisite audience halls. The Jama Masjid Mosque with its marble domes and slender minarets. After that hope you have some energy left to walk the mile long Chandni Chowk Bazaar where craftsmen sell their wares. The modern areas takes you on a drive along Rajpath, New Delhi’s broadest avenue and also visit the India Gate and the Qutub Minar built in the 12th century and Humayun's Tomb.
Day 3 - 4 New Delhi / Agra
Agra is famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World -The Taj Mahal. The architectural splendor of the Mausoleums, the Fort and the Palaces is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire which Agra was the Capital in the 16th and early 17th century. While its significance as a political centre ended with the transfer of the Capital to Delhi in 1634 by Shah Jahan, its architectural wealth has secured its place on the International map.
The 16th century Agra Fort, houses a number of exquisite buildings: the Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque), Diwan-I-Am (Hall of Public Audience), Diwan-I-Khas (Hall of Private Audience), Anguri Bagh (Wine Yard), Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors), and the Musamman Burj (Jasmine Tower) where Shah Jahan died as a prisoner of his own son. After the tour of the Fort, you will be taken to visit the Magnificent Taj Mahal it was erected by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Queen Mumtaz Mahal. Begun in 1631, 20,000 workmen took 22 years to complete it. A dream in white marble which lies in perfect proportion to the elegant garden of fountains. It has a Forecourt and a Majestic Entrance. The main edifice is crowned with a cupola and flanked by minarets on all four sides. Deep underneath the main structure lie the cenotaphs of Mumtaz Mahal & Shah Jahan. The marble shrine surrounding them is richly decorated with precious stones.
Day 5 - 6 Agra / Jaipur
In the morning, you will prepare for your onward journey by road to Jaipur (200 kms - 4 hours). On route stop at the Walled City of Fatehpur Sikri, built by Akbar the Great to commemorate the birth of his son. The building of this Capital was substantially completed in 1574 but 14 years later the City was abandoned, perhaps at the whim of an Imperial favorite, and the immense labor for building the "City of Victory" went for nothing. Visit the Red Stone Mosques, Courtyards and the Palace where Akbar once played chess using slave girls as pawns. Continue driving to Jaipur, arriving at your hotel for a late lunch on your own.
Early evening get ready for an evening full of joy and entertainment. Visit Chokhi Dhani, a Village Resort Hotel located on the outskirts of Jaipur. Although the drive is a little more than an hour but this Ethnic Village Resort, with a blend of rustic environment, is worth the drive. Here you will see magic shows, folk dances, camel rides, snake charmers, athletic wonders by the rural folk, fortune tellers, puppet shows, and more. After dinner at Chokhi Dhani, return to your hotel.
Built in 1727 A.D. by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaipur displays a remarkable harmony and architectural splendor. The Ancient heart of the "Pink City" still beats in its Fairy-Tale Palaces, Rugged Fortresses perched on barren hills and broad avenues that dot the entire City. The only planned City of its time, Jaipur is also famous for woolen carpets and cotton rugs. Equally popular are the leather footwear, especially the embroidered 'Jutis'.
In the morning visit the Amber Fort, a Spectacular Fortress-Palace protecting a Complex of Palaces, Temples, Exquisite Marble, Mirror-Inlaid Halls and Apartments. The highlight of the tour is an elephant ride up the hill at the Fort like a Maharaja!
In the afternoon, visit the "Pink City" so-called because a great deal of the older part is built of pink-colored stone. Visit the Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace), a high and intricately carved wall behind which women of the court were allowed to watch the processions without being seen by others. Also see the Observatory and the City Palace, which houses an excellent collection of Rajasthani Costumes, Miniatures and an Armory of Rajput Weapons.
After breakfast, leave Jaipur for Delhi (260 kms - 5 hours) in time so that you can arrive at the Indira Gandhi International Airport well on schedule to check-in for your onward flight to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, Meeting and assistance at the Airport with a traditional garland welcome and get a transfer to the hotel.
The road access to Changunarayan, 18 kms east of Kathmandu is from behind Bhaktapur. Alternatively, it is a 45 minutes walk up from the Sankhu road, across the Manohara River, using the old pilgrim's route or a pleasant half-day hike along the ridge from Nagarkot on the eastern Valley rim. The Lavishly Decorated Ttwo-Tiered Temple was rebuilt after a fire in 1702, but the earliest inscription in the Valley dated 467 A.D. testifies to the considerable talents of the Licchavi King Mandeva I, Nepal's first great historical figure. The Temple stands in a Spacious Courtyard, Littered with Priceless Stone Sculptures from the 4th to 9th century A.D. (Licchavi period). This golden age of classical Newari art produced masterpieces that were entirely religious in character. Patan is also known as Lalitpur or the "City of fine arts" and is the Oldest City in the Valley. This Buddhist City is said to have been founded by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC. Patan is the cradle of arts and architecture of the Valley, a great center both of the Newari Buddhist religion and of traditional arts & crafts with 136 bahals or courtyards and 55 major Temples. Well known among these are the Krishna Mandir, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, Kumbheshwar Temple, Jagat Narayan Temple & the Mahaboudha Temple. Patan is enclosed within 4 Buddhist Stupas set on the four-corners of the outer boundaries of this Ancient City. A tour of Patan would also include a visit to the Tibetan Refugee Village to witness the hand weaving of Tibetan carpets using age-old methods of dyeing and finishing. Three or four persons at each loom weaving traditional designs, chatting & singing can also be seen here.
Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon meaning the "City of Devotees" lies 14 km east of Kathmandu. It is the home of medieval art & architecture and still retains its rich medieval aroma. A City of farmers, Bhaktapur is also known for its pottery and weaving. Bhaktapur is the most charming and the best preserved of the Valley's Three Cities. The Intricately Carved Temples, Alleyways and timeless atmosphere of this place are simply intriguing. The major sightseeing places in Bhaktapur include Durbar Square, The Golden Gate, Palace of 55 Windows, Bell of the Barking Dogs, Nyatapola Temple, Bhairavanath Temple, Dattatreya Temple, Pujari Math etc
Day 9 - 10 Kathmandu / Pokhara
After an early breakfast, drive through a scenic mountain highway from Kathmandu to Pokhara (200kms/6hrs) mostly following the Trishuli and Marshyangdi Rivers. Check in at the Hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure or if you wish, take a walk along the Lake Front.
The Pokhara Valley is one of the most Picturesque Spots of Nepal. The Beauty of the Valley is enhanced by its Lakes, which have the source in the glacial region of the Annapurna range of Himalayas. For the mountain viewers Pokhara offers the Magnificent Views of Dhaulagari, Himachuli, Machhapuchhre, Annapurnas and others. Pokhara is one of the few places in the World to provide such dramatic views in a subtropical setting.
On clear mornings wake up to an Awe Inspiring View of the entire Annapurna Massif with such well known peaks an Annapurna South, Annapurna II, III & IV, Mt. Machhapuchhre, The Lamjung Himal, Mt. Manaslu (8123m)etc. Commence on a half day sightseeing tour of Pokhara with its Colorful Bazaars, the Bindabasini Temple located in the older part of town, the Tibetan village and Devi's falls. Rest of the day is at leisure for optional activities like short hikes to the surrounding villages
Day 11 - 12 - 13 Pokhara / Chitwan / Kathmandu
In the morning, drive to Chitwan. On reaching the National Park, get a transfer to the Lodge. Have lunch and then rest for a while. In the afternoon, go on an Elephant Back Safari. In the evening see the Slide Show or Tharu Stick Dance after which have dinner and overnight at the Resort.
Full day of Jungle Activities like Jeep Safari, Nature Walk, Canoe Ride, Bird Watching etc.
Dinner and overnight in the Resort.
Early morning you will be doing one of the Jungle Activities. After breakfast, get a transfer to the Park Fringe where you will be met by our vehicle for your drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 14 Kathmandu Depart
Morning is at leisure for last minute shopping or at the Spa. Its time to bid farewell to this Himalayan Kingdom as you are assisted to the Airport for your onward journey.