Classical North India with Nepal

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Adjusting itself between the amazing India and wonderful Tibet, Nepal takes pride in being called as the ‘Watershed of Asia’. Stretching from subtropical forest to sky-gazing peaks of Himalaya, the land boasts of mesmerizing beauty. It enchants travellers for the diversity of culture. It is here when you come across the sites of pagoda-roofed temples, you feel yourself in a different world altogether. With enriching ethnic pride, grandiosity of tradition and enchantment of festivity, Nepal exudes richness. It serves as the land of Gurkha soldiers as well as Sherpa climbers who have been internationally acclaimed.

Trip Highlights
Duration 17 Nights / 18 Days
Routing Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambhore - Agra – Gwalior – Orchha – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Kathmandu – Pokhara – Nagarkot – Kathmandu – Delhi Departure
Delhi Delhi Old Delhi: Rajghat, Jama Masjid, Red Fort
New Delhi : India Gate , President’s House, Humayun's Tomb,
Jaipur Amer Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal
Ranthambhore Wildlife Jeep Safari
Agra Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Sikandra
Gwalior Gwalior Fort, Man Mandir Palace, Gujari Mahal, Jai Vilas Palace, Sun Temple
Orchha Jahangir Mahal, Raj Mahal, Ram Raja Temple
Khanjuraho Chandela Eroctic Temples
Varanasi Evening Aarti at Dasaswamedh Ghat, Morning Boat ride, Sarnath Excursion
Kathmandu Kathmandu City Swayambhunath, Patan
Nagarkot Best Sunrise view of Himalaya
Pokhara Pokhara Valley Dhaulagiri & Machhapuchhare Peaks
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Delhi

→ Arrive by International flight, after traditional Indian style ‘Swagat’ (Welcome) by Exceptional Escapes representative, he would assist you at the airport & transfer to hotel for check in.

Delhi takes pride in being the capital of the country for many dynasties. It is in fact a city wrapped in legend, where time flows differently, and where every moment becomes a moment of history. A vibrant melting pot, it encapsulates two very different worlds, the 'old' and the 'new', each representing delectably different experiences. Come experience it...

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Day 2: Delhi: Post breakfast start your day with a private guided city of Old Delhi

Old Delhi:Raj Ghat, memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation20on 31 January 1948.

Continue the 17th century walled city of Shah Jahanabad, the great Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Built in the year 1656 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest & best known mosque in India.

Experience the rickshaw ride ‘a friendly local guides takes you through the bustling streets for an authentic glimpse of the ‘walled city’ in the heart of Delhi. As you travel by foot and rickshaw, explore KhariBaoli, Spice Market, Visit a Sikh temple & admire historical land mark and more.

Post lunch Continue private guided tour of

New Delhi: Drive past India Gate, and memorial built in the year 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I & the Afghan Wars. The names of the soldiers who died in these wars are inscribed on the walls.

President's House, the official residence of the President of India, built in the year 1931. Until 1950 it was known as Viceroy's House & served as the residence of the Governor-General of British India. Humayun's Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, built in the year 1562. The complex is a World Heritage Site & the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India.

Qutub Minar built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture. QutubMinar& its monuments are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Enjoy rest of the free time enjoy light sightseeing of Delhi & shopping at some High end Fashion stores of South Delhi – One of the most happening places of Delhi. Visit Craft Emporiums etc with our shopping expert.

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Day 3: Delhi – Jaipur (Drive 262 Kms / 5-6 Hrs)

Post breakfast driven to Jaipur: popularly known as Pink City, the flamboyant & colourful capital of Rajasthan. With its rich & colourful past, resplendent with tales of velour & bravery, it is now one of the most important heritage cities in India. The city was founded in the year 1728 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber. It remains the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe, through nine rectangular sectors.

Rest of the day at leisure to explore the local market of PINK City. Optional: Explore and discover the culinary wealth of Rajasthan on a private cooking session (approx 2 Hrs) at a fine Rajsthani home specially organized for you. Learn the culinary art of Rajasthani cuisine is also gaining more popularity due to the rich taste, exotic flavour and healthy preparation.

Rest of day is free for relax.

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Day 4: Jaipur: Post breakfast private guided sightseeing of PINK City, Jaipur

→ Start your day with an exciting adventure overwhelming experience of elephant ride at Amber Fort, the palace complex which stands to this date was commenced under the reign of Raja Man Singh.

City Palace a perfect blend of Rajasthani & Mughal architecture. The centre of the palace is a seven-storied building called Chandra Palace, with fine views over the gardens & the city.

Jantar Mantar (Solar Observatory) an astronomical treasure house, with solar devices that give accurate predictions till date.

Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five-storied structure of pink sandstone. It was built in the year 1799 so that veiled royal women could peer down the busy street market unseen by the world through its 593 stoneJharokas (mini windows).

Post Lunch day at leisure to explore the local market of PINK City.
Optional: Followed by evening CHOKIDHANI ethnic village excursion and traditional Rajathani dinner.

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Day 5: Jaipur – Ranthambhore National Park (165 Kms / 4 Hrs)

→ Post breakfast driven to Ranthambore National Park, bounded to the north by Banas River & to the Chambal River in the south. It is named after historic Ranthambore fortress, which lies within the park. The Park was established as Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in the year 1955 by the Indian Government & was declared as Project Tiger reserves in the year 1973. It became National Park in the year 1980 & later in the year 1991 the tiger reserve was enlarged to include Sawai Man Singh & Keladevi sanctuaries, total area 1334 km.

It is famous for its tiger population & is one of India's Project Tiger reserves. Other Major wild animals found in the national park include the tiger, leopard, nilgai, dhole, wild pig, sambar, chital & the gaur. It is also home to wide variety of trees, plants, birds & reptiles.

→ Rest of the time is free for relax in wildlife resort.

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Day 6: Ranthambhore

Morning sharing Jeep safari with an English naturalist in the Jungle to view the enchanting wildlife.
BLACK BUCK: Just an hour's drive away from Ranthambhore one can see herds of Black Buck, the most magnificent gazelle of the desert landscape so beautifully depicted in the miniature paintings of the region.

Post breakfast explore Ranthambore Fort; was constructed in the year 944 AD. From this fort, you could have a breathtaking view of Ranthambore National Park. The massive construction of 7 kms circumference is one among the oldest forts in India.

Raj Bagh Ruins; are situated between Padam Talao and Raj Bagh Talao. The place takes you to the past and back to prehistoric period with its collections of prehistoric monuments.

Post lunch proceed for afternoon sharing Jeep safari with an English naturalist in the Jungle to view the enchanting wildlife.

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Day 7: Ranthambhore – Agra via Fatehpur Sikri (Drive 260 km - 6 hours)

Post breakfast driven to Agra, en route a private guide visit to FatehpurSikri (Ghost Capital), the political capital of India's Mughal Empire under Akbar's reign, from the year 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned, ostensibly due to lack of water. Also visit Emperor Akbar's Residential complex, Mosque &Tomb of Salim Chisti.

Continue drive to Agra: beautifully situated on the banks of river Yamuna. It achieved prominence as the capital of the Mughal Emperors from the year 1526 to 1628, remains major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era monuments, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri, all three areUNESCO World Heritage sites.

Post Lunch guided city of Agra Agra Fort, taken over from the Lodhis by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the late 16th century. The Fort can be more accurately described as a walled palatial city. It was built from red sandstone, often inlaid with white marble & intricate decorations.

Rest of the day leisure to explore local market and famous inlay marble art work of Agra.

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Day 8: Agra – Gwalior {Bhopal Shatabdi 12002 @ 0811 / 0923 Hrs}

Gwalior – Orchha (100 Kms / 2 hrs)

Kathmandu Departure

→ Start your day with a guided visit “Symbol of eternal LOVE Taj Mahal” at dawn (Closed on Friday), which stands on the banks of River Yamuna. It was built by the 5th Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in the year 1631 in memory of his wife, MumtazMahal. It was completed in 22 years.

Later transfer to railway station to board the train to Gwalior. Enjoy the breakfast onboard. Gwalior; Famous for its medieval hilltop fort, and described by Mughal emperor Babur as ‘the pearl amongst fortresses in India’, Gwalior makes an interesting stop en route to some of the better-known destinations in this part of Indian. The city also houses the elaborate Jai Vilas Palace, the historic seat of the Scindias, one of the country’s most revered families.

Proceed for guided sightseeing of Gwalior City Gwalior Fort: Standing on a steep mass of sandstone, Gwalior Fort dominates the city and is its most significant monument. It has been the scene of momentous events, imprisonment, battles and jauhars. A steep road winds upwards to the fort, flanked by statues of the Jain tirthankaras, carved into the rock face. Man Mandir Palace: Built between 1486 and 1517 by Raja Mansingh.The tiles that once adorned its exterior have not survived, but at the entrance, traces of these still remain. Vast chambers with fine stone screens were once the music halls, and behind these screens, the royal ladies would learn music from the great masters of the day.

Gujari Mahal: The 15th century Gujari Mahal is a monument to the love of Raja Mansingh Tomar for his intrepid Gujar Queen, Mrignayani. The outer structure of Gujari Mahal has survived in an almost total state of preservation; the interior has been converted into Archaeological Museum housing rare antiquities, some of them dating back to the 1st century A.D. Even though many of these have been defaced by the iconoclastic Mughals, their perfection of form has survived the ravages of time.

Jai Vilas Palace: A splendor of a different kind exists in the Jai Vilas Palace, current residence of the Scindia family. Some 25 rooms have been turned into the Jivaji Rao Scindia Museum, and in these rooms, so evocative of a regal lifestyle, the past comes alive. Jai Vilas is an Italianate structure which combines the Tuscan and Corinthian architectural modes. The imposing Darbar Hall has two central chandeliers weighing a couple of tonnes, and hung only after ten elephants had tested the strength of the roof. Ceilings picked out in gilt, heavy draperies and tapestries, fine Persian carpets and antique furniture from France and Italy are the features of these spacious rooms.

Sun Temple: Located near the Residency at Morar, the newly constructed Sun Temple takes its inspiration from the famous Konark Sun Temple in Orissa.

Continue drive to Orchha, located at a distance of 16 km from Jhansi. It has a medieval town atmosphere attached to it. The Betwa River quietly flows by the town. The 16th century palaces & temples built by its Bundela rulers appear to be suspended in time

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Day 9: Orchha – Khajuraho (74 Kms / 2 hrs)

Post breakfast guided visit to Orchha

Orchha Fort complex Within the Fort complex we visit Jahangir Mahal, built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo in the 17th century to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jehangir to Orchha.

Raj Mahal, built in the 17th century by Madhukar Shah, the deeply religious predecessor of Bir Singh Ju Deo.

Ram Raja temple, palace-turned-temple with soaring spires & palatial architecture. Built by the King Madhukar Shah it is one of the most unusual temples in India & the only place where Lord Rama is worshipped as a King not as a deity.

Continue…drive to Khajuraho, built between 950-1050 AD by the mighty warrior kings of the Chandela dynasty, a truly inspired burst of creativity. Contain stunningly explicit erotic sculptures. They were rediscovered in the 20th century, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Day 10: Khajuraho – Varanasi {Jet Airways 9W 2424 @ 1325 / 14:15 Hrs}

Post breakfast visit Khajuraho temples, famous for the magnificent carvings depicting numerous exotic postures of the famous Kamasutra, ancient Indian work on sex. Only 22 temples survive of the 85 originally built. In fact, worship is still done today in the Matangeshwara temple, continuing an unbroken 1000 year tradition.

Post Lunch board the flight to Varanasi, picturesquely situated on the banks of holy river Ganga. The city is the Oldest Living City of the World & traces of its existence are found around 10000 BC. Other than being a very holy city for Hindus, it also holds a very significant association with Buddha's life & Buddhism.

In the evening we take you for Evening Aarti at Dasaswamedh Ghat. (Not to Miss activities, highly recommended).

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Day 11: Varanasi

Start your DAY with a private boat ride on the river Ganges. Rise before dawn & step gingerly in the boat as the boatman starts rowing the boat. Witness the daily miracle to unfold, as the Sun appears triumphantly over the horizon. The sound of conches & temple bells add to the delicate pink fabric of dawn. The formerly hushed murmuring of ancient Sanskrit Shlokas (hymns) now rise, in one voice, to a crescendo of unparalleled piety & joy. Later we explore the city by foot to get the feel of this oldest living city of the world

Post breakfast a private guided excursion to Sarnath ; the site of the deer park where Gautama Buddha is said to have given his first sermon about the basic principles of Buddhism. It has been a premier centre for Buddhism & has a rich collection of ancient Buddhist relics & antiques comprising numerous Buddha & Bodhisattva images on display at the Archaeological Museum.

Rest of the day leisure to explore the local market of Varanasi & shop famous Banarasi saris.

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Day 12: Varanasi – Kathmandu (By Air India Flight)

Post breakfast transfer to Varanasi airport to board flight for Kathmandu - Capital of Nepal, situated on the southern slopes of the mighty Himalayas. On arrival we assist you to check in at our Hotel for overnight stay.

Rest of the day leisure

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Day 13: Kathmandu

Post breakfast guided sightseeing of Kathmandu visiting: Kathmandu City; Known as Kantipur, the capital of the Kingdom of Nepal. Here we visit Temple of the Living Goddess and World's largest Shiva Temple, Pashupatinath. Kashtamandap - the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree and the Durbar Square are with its array of temples overlooked by the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the ancient place of the Nepalese Royalty.

Swayambhunath; this Buddhist Stupa is said to be 2000 years old. The Stupa which forms the main structure is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick & earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on the 4-sided base of the spire are the eyes of Lord Buddha. This hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples.

Patan; Patan is known as Lalitpur, is the city of fine arts, enclosed within 4 stupas said to be built in 3rd century AD, by Emperor Ashoka. You will see the Durbar square; the Krishna Temple built by King Siddhi Narsingh Malla, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar and MahabouddhaTemple. A trip to The Tibetan Refugee Camp and the Handicraft Center will also be done while visiting Patan, where you will witness the hand weaving of Tibetan carpets and moulding of metal statues.

Rest of day is free for relax.

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Day 14: Kathmandu - Pokhara (230 Km / 5½ Hrs)

Post breakfast drive to Pokhara, known as the valley city of Nepal, located 200 kms from Kathmandu. It's a blend of rich farmlands, forested hills and half a dozen lakes (famous Phewa Tal Lake). On arrival we assist you to check in at our Hotel followed by a leisurely evening and overnight stay.

Rest of day is free for relax.

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Day 15: Pokhara

Post breakfast proceed for guided sightseeing of Pokhara valley, the 124 square km spectacle at an average altitude of 900m. It's cut by the Seti Gandaki river, one of the seven Gandaki Rivers that bisects the central hills. The excellent soils make the valley a verdant nursery with the widest assortment of flowers. From here one can view Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhare peaks. For everyone, Pokhara is a wonderful relaxing place.

Rest of day is free for relax.

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Day 16: Pokhara - Nagarkot >(265 Km / 6 Hrs)

Kathmandu - Delhi (Flight)
Post breakfast drive down to Nagarkot; a popular hill station situated east of Kathmandu at an altitude of 2175 m. above sea level. The panorama of the major peaks of eastern Nepal Himalayas including Mt. Everest can be seen from here, the best point for sunrise view. On arrival we assist you to check in at our Hotel for overnight stay.

Rest of day is free for relax.

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Day 17: Nagarkot - Kathmandu (35 Km / 1 Hr)

Post breakfast enjoy the best sunrise view of Himalaya from the comfort of your hotel balcony.

Later drive back to Kathmandu Airport en-route visiting Bhadgaon; known as Bhaktpur meaning the city of devotees, this place is the home of medieval art and architecture. Lying 14 Km of Kathmandu City, this place was founded in the 9th century and is shaped like a conch shell. The city is at the height of 4,600 ft. above sea level. In Bhadgaon you will visit the Durbar Square with its array of temples overlooked by the Palace of 55 Windows built by King Bhupatindra Malla. Here you will also visit the Taleju Temple which is the best example of Pagoda style structure in Nepal and stands on five terraces on each of which stands a pair of figures, two strong men, two elephants, two lions, two griffins and two goddesses.

Later transfer to airport to board the flight to Delhi. On arrival transfer to Hotel..

Rest of the free time for light sightseeing of Delhi & shopping at some High end Fashion stores of South Delhi – One of the most happening places of Delhi. Visit Craft Emporiums etc with our shopping expert.

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Day 17: Delhi Departure

Morning transfer to international airport to board flight for onward journey.

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