Lumbini Holidays

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Kathakali Dancer

Day 1: Kochi

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.

Jewish Market

Day 2: Kochi - Alleppey

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.

Alleppey sunset

Day 3: Alleppey - Kochi

After breakfast, you'll disembark from the houseboat and be transferred to your hotel in Kochi. This afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the town including the Synagogue, Dutch Palace and St Francis' Church. In the evening you will be treated to a traditional Kathkali dance performance.

Sunset at Fort Kochi

Day 4: Kochi - Goa

Today we will transfer you to the train station for the overnight train to Goa.

Day 5: Goa

We will pick you up from the train station and transfer you to the hotel. Welcome to the palm-fringed shores of Goa. A one time Portuguese colony, Goa is truly a trpical paradise. Leave the world behind as you watch the sun set over the Arabian sea, sample fresh food and seafood, swim in Goa's warm waters or simply soak up the sun!

Sacred cows on the beach

Day 6: Goa

Free day.

Se Cathedral

Day 7: Goa

Free day.

St Augustine ruins

Day 8: Goa

Free day.

Bom Jesus Church

Day 9: Goa - Delhi

Today we will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi we will transfer you to the hotel.

Rajpath

Day 10: Delhi

This morning, we take you on an orientation tour of India’s capital includes congested Old Delhi and the more streamlined New Delhi. Highlights of our tour include India Gate, Jama Masjid - India's oldest and largest mosque, Qutab Minar and Raj Ghat - site of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation.

India Gate

Day 11: Delhi - Jaipur

Today, we travel by road to Jaipur also known as the Pink City. We enjoy a tour of the City Palace and Jantar Mantar - an old, yet cleverly designed space observatory.

Local transport

Day 12: Jaipur

Today we enjoy a stately elephant ride and visit the stunning 16th century Amber Fort. Jaipur is sensational for shopping. Keep your eyes peeled for colourful papier mache puppets and traditional jootis - the Rajasthani shoe of choice.

Maharaja Palace

Day 13: Jaipur - Bharatpur

Today we drive to the small rural village of Perharsar, walking the dusty village lanes we gain an insight into local life and traditions. After hotel check in at Bharatpur and time to freshen up we visit Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will enjoy a leisurely bicycle rickshaw ride through the park.

Heron

Day 14: Bharatpur - Agra

Today we travel to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri - the magnificent fortified Mughal capital of Emperor Akbar. In Agra, we enjoy a rickshaw ride to the Taj Mahal. Built by Shah Jahan in the 16th century as an enduring memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz, the Taj Mahal is without peer. Later, we visit the Agra Fort.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 15: Agra - Orchha

Striking south, we journey by express train to Jhansi and onwards by road to Orchha. Situated on the banks of the River Betwa, Orchha is dotted with temples and palaces built by Bundela rulers, which we’ll explore.

Jehnagir Mahal

Day 16: Orchha - Khajuraho

We arrive in Khajuraho, famed for its stunning temples built in the Chandela dynasty over a 100 year burst of creative genius from 950 - 1050AD. The carved temples display exceedingly artistic aspects of Indian life a millennium ago. How and why they were built still remains a mystery. We’ve plenty of time to see the temples for ourselves!

Chaturbhui Temple

Day 17: Khajuraho - Varanasi

This afternoon we bid farewell to Khajuraho and fly east to Varanasi. Perhaps the holiest city in India; Varanasi, also known as Benares or the city of Shiva, is also one of the oldest cities on earth. Sitting on the banks of the holy River Ganges, it has been a centre of learning and civilisation for more than 2000 years and is a place of Hindu pilgrimage.

Varanasi Ghats

Day 18: Varanasi

This morning, we enjoy a sunrise boat ride on the holy Ganges where we’ll view the ancient religious tradition of ritual cleansing that takes place on the many riverbank ghats (riverside steps). Later, we embark on a tour of the city.

Bathers in the morning

Day 19: Varanasi

Today, take the opportunity to further explore the colourful city at leisure. At sunset consider re-visiting the ghats for the evening pilgramage, remarkably different from the dawn ritual.

Saris drying

Day 20: Varanasi - Lumbini

Driving north, we cross the border into neighbouring Nepal. Our destination is Lumbini, birthplace of Lord Buddha in 623BC. The Lumbini Garden is famous for the Ashokan Pillar, which offers epigraphic evidence of Lord Buddha’s birth.

Day 21: Lumbini - Chitwan N. P.

Leaving Lumbini, we drive to Royal Chitwan National Park. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest National Parks in Asia, Chitwan supports a population of a variety of species including Indian one horned rhino, bison, sloth bear, wild boar, deer, leopard and of course the magnificent, if elusive, Bengal tiger.

Day 22: Chitwan N. P.

Widely acknowledged as one of the finest National Parks in Asia, Chitwan supports a population of a variety of species including Indian one horned rhino, bison, sloth bear, wild boar, deer, leopard and of course the magnificent, if elusive, Bengal tiger. This morning and evening we enjoy elephant back safari on the hunt to sight some of the many species of wildlife in the park.

Day 23: Chitwan N. P. - Pokhara

Today we drive to Pokhara. Perhaps the most stunning of Pokhara’s sights is the spectacular backdrop panorama of the Annapurna range. Although the highest among them is Annapurna (8091m), it is the fish tailed summit of Machhapuchhre (6977m) spectacularly rising behind Lake Phewa that completes the vista.

Day 24: Pokhara

Free day to explore or just relax and enjoy the views.

Day 25: Pokhara - Kathmandu

Today we drive to Kathmandu and check you into your hotel. Resembling a medieval city of temples, shrines and living gods, Kathmandu is Nepal’s biggest and most cosmopolitan city. You will see this first hand with a guided tour of the city including Swayambhunath, Kastha Mandap and Kumari Devi.

Day 26: Kathmandu

This morning you take to skies for a scenic flight to see Mt Everest. On the hour long flight soak up the views of a seeming endless chain of snow capped peaks, as you fly above the clouds, over glaciers and lakes, rivers, gorges and see the world’s highest and most enigmatic mountain - Mt Everest. Rest of the day free to explore Kathmandu.

Day 27: Kathmandu

We will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight.

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