Delhi To Kathmandu

Starting From

$1,299/person

Number of days

7

Start Location

India

Group Size

2-12

Operated by

World Expeditions

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A fantastic short tour of the icons of northern India including the bustling city of Delhi, the Pink City of Jaipur, the majestic Taj Mahal and of course the holy city of Varanasi en-route to vibrant Kathmandu

Operated by:

World Expeditions

World Expeditions is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that offers guided small group trekking and adventure holidays.

Itinerary

Join Delhi

Upon arrival you will be transferred to the group hotel. There are no activities planned for the rest of the day so you are free to explore this bustling capital city.

Delhi sightseeing, transfer to Jaipur

Today we take a sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi including the Red Fort and the Jama Mashed.Delhi comprises of conspicuously contrasting Old and New Delhi. Old Delhi was the capital of Muslim India between the 12th and 19th centuries and one can find mosques, monuments and forts related to this Muslim history. New Delhi is the imperial city created as India's capital by the British, intricately planned and comprises of imposing buildings displaying various modern styles of architecture.In the afternoon we transfer to Jaipur.

In Jaipur

After breakfast we head out for a day of sightseeing in Jaipur. We begin at the Amber Fort, the honey coloured fortress-palace in the Aravalli Hills just north of the town center. It has been described as “the sleeping beauty of Rajasthan”. The somber exterior belies the richness of the royal apartments, which open to striking views of the gorge. The Hall of Victory presents a galaxy of decorative art - panels of alabaster with fine inlay work of the tenderness hues and the intriguing Chamber of Mirrors. We return to town to view the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) an elaborate building encrusted with delicate honeycomb screens and carved balconies from which the royal ladies, confined to their quarters, could view the world outside. Jai Singh’s Observatory built in the 17th century by the founder of Jaipur who, besides being a prince was also soldier, astronomer and builder. We conclude at the City Palace, now a museum that contains fine Rajput and Moghul paintings, rare manuscripts and an armory, old carpets, and even amazingly embroidered clothes of the Maharajas and the Maharanis.

To Agra via Fatephur Sikri

After breakfast at the hotel we depart for Agra by road. En-route we visit the ghost city Fatehpur Sikri - an epic poem in red sandstone, built by Emperor Akbar the Great in 1569 and deserted 14 years later because its water supply failed. Its glorious courtyards and palaces conjure up dreams of the mysterious past. There’s the imperial Jami Masjid, the tomb of Shaik Salim Chisti who predicted the birth of Akbar’s son Jehangir, the Panch Mahal, a strange building which resembles a Buddhist Temple, a cloistered courtyard which was the Hall of Public Audience and the Pachchisi paved with black and white where the Emperor played chess using slave girls as figurines. After visiting Fatehpur Sikri we continue on to Agra where we spend the night.

Visit Taj Mahal, overnight train to Varanasi

We depart the hotel early this morning and make our way to the Taj Mahal to watch as the sun rises over this extraordinary building. Built by Shah Jahan’s as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal the beauty of this structure is unmatched. On the death of his beloved wife, in wild extravagance, Shah Jahan built her this memorial. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this wealth of white marble and precious stone. We have time to walk the corridors and gardens before continuing on to the Agra Fort. With its grand courtyards, royal pavilions and palaces the Agra Fort is a fitting testimony to the Great Moghuls – Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan – during the era when Agra was the capital of the Moghul Empire. The most impressive part of the Fort is the Dewan-e-Am, where the Emperor sat on his throne to dispense to his subjects, and the Dewan-e-Khas where he received foreign dignitaries.. A brief visit is also made to the marble inlay workshop- where one can see the art that went into the inlay work at the Taj Mahal. This workshop has brought back into India this almost forgotten art style, tomb of Itmad-ud-dullah, father of Queen Nur Jehan – a two storied tomb bearing mosaics in inlaid semi-precious stones *Please note the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays. We board the overnight train for Varanasi.

Arrive Varanasi

On arrival in Varanasi, you will be met by a representative of our local agent and transferred to the hotel for breakfast. Generally your room will be available on arrival so that you can freshen up. Later in the morning you will meet your local guide and travel through the countryside to Sarnath, the birthplace of Buddhism and the site of Buddha's first teachings. Here we will visit the museum where there are some excellent sculptures, in addition to the Asoka's pillar, the ruins of the Mulagandhakuti and the huge Dharmek Stupa. We return to the hotel and the remainder of the day is free for you to explore town.

Morning cruise on the Ganges, fly Kathmandu, trip concludes

Early this morning we head to the ghats for an unforgettable sunrise over the Ganges. A principle attraction is the long string of bathing ghats where pilgrims make their early morning cleansing wash in the river and the burning ghats where pilgrims are cremated before their last journey down the Ganges. Varanasi is steeped with religious history and culture and the great temples and mosques provide for a fascinating insight into the heart of Indian culture. Fly to Kathmandu where trip concludes.

Additional Information

A seven day extension that can be taken after one of our trips in India, or before visiting Nepal. We include visits to the bustling city of Delhi, the Pink City of Jaipur for fabulous shopping opportunities, the majestic Taj Mahal and of course the holy city of Varanasi en-route to vibrant Kathmandu.

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