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Welcome to Kochi and the start of your India holiday with us. After you have passed through customs and bagage collection we will be there to meet you and transfer you to your hotel.
This morning a short drive from Kochi to Allepey brings you to board your house boat. Sit back enjoy the cozy comfort of a moving boat watch the country side, ancient Champakulam church and taste local Kuttanadan dishes.
The boat will cross shallow, palm-fringed lakes and cruise along peaceful canals where copra and cashews are loaded onto local boats. The on-board cook will prepare locally-inspired food. Relax, read and catch some sun as the boat plies its route.
After breakfast, you'll disembark from the houseboat and be transferred to Kochi for the flight to Udaipur via Mumbai. On arrival we will transfer you to the hotel.
A sightseeing tour of the city this morning, including the City Palace, Jagdish Temple and Sahelion-ki-bari. The rest of the day is free for you to explore on your own.
Today an interesting drive through increasingly varied scenery takes us to Jodhpur, a town at the edge of the mighty Thar Desert. Dominated by Meherangarh Fort which sits majestically atop a hill, Jodhpur is known as the Blue City. This is because of the coloured houses in the old town, painted indigo. En-route to Jodhpur we will be stopping at the Jain temples in Ranakpur (not guided).
A full day sightseeing tour of the city today, taking in the old city, which is surrounded by a 10km-long wall. In the old city are a tangle of streets and alleyways, bazaars and human traffic. Standing at the edge of the Thar Desert, the city is dominated by its massive fort, which sits atop a sheer rocky ridge right in the middle of the town. Meherangarh Fort, still run by the Maharaja of Jodhpur is an impressive sight. Later during free time, why not explore the Clock Tower markets, where you can bargain for spices, richly coloured Rajasthani textiles and ornaments.
Today we will drive you to Jaipur, the Pink City, so named because of the terracotta pink colour of the buildings, painted to welcome the Prince of Wales in 1876. We will check you into the hotel. Free afternoon. Why not add on our tour of the city which includes the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory.
This morning we visit the delicate pink, magnificent fort-palace of Amber - a wonderful example of Rajput architecture just north of Jaipur. Subject to Government regulations, we will arrive in style riding on an elephant! In the evening you will visit Chokhi Dhani for the New Year celebrations (paid locally).
This morning we will take a drive out to the ghostly fortified city of Fatehpur Sikri, abandoned only 8 years after its construction due to droughts in the area. We carry on to Agra and check you into the hotel. We head out to view the magnificent Taj Mahal at sunset. Enjoy your own time to explore and a guided tour of this once powerful Moghul emperor’s monument to love.
This morning we explore Agra and head out to visit Agra fort, built under the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565. It contains numerous palaces and a white marble mosque, with Itmad-ud-Daulah’s tomb a marble forerunner to the Taj. Later today we take the drive back to Delhi and en route visit the tomb of Akbar at Sikandra. Emperor Akbar started the construction of this tomb himself, which was later completed by his son Jahangir. This beautiful tomb is a grand affair built in the Indo-Saracenic style with a variety of exquisite carvings and designs covering it. On arrival into Delhi we transfer you to your hotel.
Our guided sightseeing tour of Delhi today covers the colourful chaos of Old Delhi. During the 16th and 17th centuries, Delhi was an important centre of the Mughal dynasty and the British made it the capital city in 1911. We take in Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk, the bustling bazaar, as well as the Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana – the cremation sites of Mahatama Gandhi and Jawahar Lal Nehru. Later we will visit Dilli Haat, a fabulous market with handicrafts and food from all over India.
We will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu. On arrival we will transfer you to the hotel and get you checked in.
Resembling a medieval city of temples, shrines and living gods, Kathmandu is Nepal’s biggest and most cosmopolitan city, a meeting place of a dozen ethnic groups and once one of the most important points on the caravan routes between Tibet and India. This morning you will enjoy a city tour of Kathmandu, which will include Swayambhunath, Kastha Mandap and Kumari Devi.
Today we head to the ancient Capital - Bodhnath. The stupa is one of the seven world heritage sites all over the Kathmandu valley. This colossal and ancient Stupa, one of the biggest in the world, features all the eyes of Lord Buddha. Enjoy a half day guided tour of this spiritual site and Pashupatinath temple.
You will have a half day guided tour of Bhaktapur and Patan city. Bhaktapur has more temples per square foot than Patan or Kathmandu and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The water conduits, stone spouts, Jaladroni (water tanks), artistic gate ways, Hindu temples and Buddhist Vihars adorn Patan city.
KATHMANDU - NAGARKOT This morning is at leisure. We then drive you to Nagarkot for your overnight stay. Only 32 kilometres from Kathmandu, Nagarkot has stunning views of the Himalayas, from Annapurna through to Everest. Historically, Nagarkot was a place for the royals of Nepal to escape the scorching heat of summer. Overnight - Fort Resort Hotel Nagarkot (Tel: 977-1-6680069).
NAGARKOT - KATHMANDU Relax this morning taking in the views and enjoying the peace and quiet of this off the beaten track village. This afternoon we will drive you back to Kathmandu.
We will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight.
A flamboyant showcase of Rajasthani architecture and a firm favourite on tourist itineraries as the third corner of India’s ‘Golden ...