Rajasthan is where all the country's similes and metaphors appear to have come together. Sand dunes, wooded hills and amazing lakes, palaces and rugged forts, men and women in colorful turbans and skirts, bustling towns and quiet villages, camels, elephants and tigers, harsh sunlight and the cool evening breeze - are all there in abundance.
The construction of Taj Mahal was started in A.D. 1632 and completed at the ended in 1648 A.D. For seventeen years, twenty thousand workmen are said to have been employed on it daily, for their accommodation a small town, named after the deceased empress- 'Mumtazabad', now known as Taj Ganj, was built adjacent to it.
The designer of Taj Mahal was Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. The material was brought in from allover India and central Asia and it took a fleet of 1000 elephants to transport it to the site. The central dome is 187 ft. high at the center.
India and Nepal
Cultural Journey Archeology/History
January - December
Day 1: Arrive Delhi.
On arrival, you will be met by our representative & transferred to hotel where we will be holding the rooms on ready occupancy basis. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Delhi.
In the first half of the day enjoy city tour covering India Gate, President's house, Humayun's Tomb, Qutab Minar, Laxmi Narayan Temple. After lunch enjoy city tour of Old Delhi covering Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Gandhi Memorial followed by sound & light show at Red Fort. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Delhi - Jaipur.
Morning drive to Jaipur. On arrival check into hotel. Day free to enjoy city atmosphere. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Jaipur.
Morning excursion to Amer Fort with joy ride on an Elephant - The Fort is a superb example of Rajput architecture, Afternoon city tour covering City Palace - occupies a large area divided into a series of courtyards, gardens & buildings and a perfect blend of Rajasthani & Mughal architecture, Royal Observatory - An observatory with some rare qualities to its credit, Nawab Sahab Ki Haveli - The haveli which shows the rare beauty of Rajasthani architecture , Bazaar etc. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Jaipur - Agra.
Morning drive to Agra enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri (Old Deserted town of Mughal Dynasty) - Jama Masjid, The Buland Darwaza, Palace of Jodha Bai, Birbal Bhawan & Panch Mahal. On arrival check into hotel. Afternoon visit Red Fort - a visit to the fort in ‘Agra' is must since so many of the events which lead to the construction of the Taj took place here, Itmad-ud-Daula's Tomb - The tomb is of particular interest since many of its design Elephants overshadow the Taj. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Agra - Khajuraho.
Morning visit Taj Mahal - a poem written in white marble, the most extravagant monument ever built for love, followed by transfer to Airport to catch flight to Khajuraho, on arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour of Eastern / Western group of Temples. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Khajuraho - Varanasi.
Today transfer to Airport to catch flight to Varanasi. On arrival in Varanasi transfer to hotel. In the afternoon take an excursion to Sarnath. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Varanasi.
Varanasi's principle attraction is the string of bathing ghats which line the western ghats of River Ganges, enjoy boat ride at dawn. After breakfast visit the Ghats, Tulsi Manas Temple, Alamgir Temple, Bharat Mata Temple . Later free to roam about. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Varanasi - Shivpatinagar.
Morning drive to Shivpatinagar enroute visiting Kushinagar: a small town amidst a dense forest, famous as this was the place where Buddha passed into Parinirvana (went for his heavenly abode). Arrive into the charming & colonial estate and check in into hotel. Afternoon visit Kapilvastu - the place where Buddha spent his childhood and youth. Spent the night at hotel after having Gala Dinner including bar-be-que, special music & dance.
Day 10: Shivpatinagar - Chitwan.
Morning free to relax, in the afternoon drive to Chitwan enroute visiting Lumbini - The birthplace of Buddha. Arrive and check in into the Nature Resort. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Chitwan National Park.
Day free for Jungle activities such as Nature walk, bird watching, village visiting. Elephant back Safari, etc. In the evening enjoy Traditional Tharu Cultural Dance. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Chitwan - Pokhara.
Morning drive to Pokhara. Arrive and check in into hotel. Afternoon stroll around the Lake side. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Pokhara.
Early morning one hour boat ride at Phewa Lake and then visit the Temple situated in the middle of the lake. After breakfast take an excursion to Sarangkot. Drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Pokhara - Kathmandu.
Today drive to Kathmandu. On arrival & check in into hotel. Afternoon free for personal activities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15: Kathmandu.
Full day city tour of Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath and Bodhnath. Overnight at hotel.
Day 16: Kathmandu.
Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu & Patan city. Overnight at hotel.
Day 17: Kathmandu.
Onward Destination Fly back.
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