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Welcome to India! We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a half day sightseeing tour one of the most highly populated cities in the world, accommodating approximately 18 million people! Highlights include the Prince of Wales Museum, Gateway of India, Marine drive, Mani Bhavan, Dhobi Talao, the Hanging Gardens and Crawford Market.
This morning after breakfast we take the cruise to visit Elephanta caves - Mumbai's premier tourist attraction. The rock-cut temples on peaceful Elephanta Island are thought to have been carved between 450 and 750 AD. The main cave contains large sculpted panels, including an astonishing 18-foot depiction of Shiva. We will then transfer you to the airport for the flight to Surat. On arrival in Surat we will transfer you to the hotel.
Enjoy a half days sightseeing tour including highlights such as the Old Fort which was constructed by Muhammed Tughlak in the 14th century & Sardar Patel Museum which is around 100 years old and it boasts of a collection of over 10,000 specimens of arts and crafts of the state.
Free day and at your leisure without a vehicle. Late afternoon we will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Delhi and on arrival in Delhi, we will transfer you to the hotel and check you in.
Our full day guided sightseeing tour of Delhi today covers the colourful chaos of Old Delhi and the modern simplicity of New Delhi. This vibrant city is full of forts, monuments, temples, mosques and more. During the 16th and 17th centuries, Delhi was 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. In New Delhi we visit India Gate, Rasthrapati Bhawan, Parliament House and Humayun’s Tomb.
Departing Delhi, we journey to Agra, once India’s Mughal capital. Here we visit Agra fort, which boasts some of India’s finest Mughal buildings behind its fortified walls. During its history it has been a palace, a fort and a prison! We also visit a marble craftshop. Continuing, we enjoy a buggy ride to the legendary Taj Mahal at sunset. Built entirely of white marble, the Taj Mahal has no peers.
En route to Jaipur, we visit the ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, abandoned due to lack of water. We then head on to Jaipur, where we visit a cotton trading/tailor shop where you can get clothing tailored for delivery to your hotel before we leave.
Maybe opt for an early morning balloon flight over Jaipur (see enhancements page). Look out for the snake charmers that dot our route, as we travel to the 16th century Amber Fort. An exotic elephant ride transports us to the lofty fort, where we’ll enjoy a tour. Later in the afternoon we tour the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory.
Today, we drive to the semi-desert Shekhawati region. The small towns in this region became important trading posts, a lasting legacy of which are the beautiful painted havelis (mansions) constructed by wealthy merchants in the 18th and 19th centuries. Time to relax, why not walk through the village and take in the local and colourful life.
Returning to Delhi, the latter part of the afternoon is free for you to relax or independently explore more of Delhi or shop in the bustling Chadni Chowk bazaar.
We will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu we will check you into the hotel.
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. An afternoon visit to Patan and Tibetan handicrafts centre.
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 full day at this spirtual site before heading back to your hotel this evening.
Today, full of memories you will be transferred to the international airport for your departing flight.