Delhi to Kathmandu Overland Holiday-15 days

Tour Highlights

•    UNESCO Listed World Heritage Sites
              
                •  Pashupatinath Temple
                •  Boudhanath
                •  Swayambhunath

•    Nagarkot: Sunrise view in mountain panorama
•    Chitwan National Park: Wildlife
•    Watch the sun rise over the Taj Mahal at Agra
•    Stroll the streets of India`s Pink City of Jaipur
•    Take an early morning boat ride on the Ganges at Varanasi
 

Tour Cost Includes:

•    Airport/hotel pick-up and drop and all ground transportation in private vehicles.
•    Twin sharing accommodation in a star hotel
               •  2 Nights in Delhi
               •  2 Night in Jaipur
               •  2 NIghts in Agra
               •  2 Nights in Varanasi
               •  2 Night in Lumbini
               •  2 NIghts in Chitwan
               •  2 NIghts in Kathmandu

•    14 Breakfast,  2 Lunch, 4 Dinner
•    All jungle activities in Chitwan National Park.
•    Guided city tour with all entrance fees in all sightseeing places
•    An English speaking knowledgeable tour guide
•    Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
•    City Map and T Shirt.

Day 1 Arrive in Delhi

There are no planned activities till the late afternoon, so check into to the hotel and enjoy the city. In the afternoon, we will have a group meeting followed by a short orientation about our tour programme and here you will have the opportunity to meet your tour members

Overnight: Hotel in Delhi

Meal: NO

 

Day 2 Explore Delhi

New Delhi, the capital of India is one of the most historic capitals in the world and three of its monuments- the Qutab Minar, Red Fort and Humayun's Tomb - have been declared World Heritage Sites.New Delhi is a modern city designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker and is  home to many government buildings and embassies, as well as Rashtrapati Bhawan, the one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; India Gate, a memorial raised in honor of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war.  In Old Delhi, there are attractions like mosques, forts, markets and other monuments depicting India's Muslim history.  Further out in the southern side you will discover more history including Humayun's Tomb, said to be the forerunner of the Taj Mahal at Agra; the Purana Quila, built by Humayun, with later-day modifications by Sher Shah Suri; Qutab Minar, built by Qutb-ud-din Aybak of the Slave Dynasty

Overnight: Hotel in Delhi

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 3 Drive to Jaipur (5 Hours)

After breakfast at hotel, we will set off on the fascinating drive 5 hours south to Jaipur that allows us to take in some of the sights of Indian rural life. Shortly before arriving in Jaipur, we will stop to visit the impressive Amber Fort.

Overnight: Hotel in Jaipur

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 4 Jaipur

We have a Jaipur city tour which will include a visit to the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), the Janta Manta Astronomical Observatory and the City Palace.

Overnight: Hotel in Jaipur

Meals: Breakfast

 

Days 5 Drive to Agra (5 Hours)

Today we drive to the Muslim city of Agra which is the site of India’s most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal. Visit this icon of Mughal architecture either early in the morning or late afternoon for the best light. We ride one of the cycle rickshaws to visit Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

The Taj Mahal was constructed between 1631 and 1654 by a workforce of 22 000, the Taj Mahal was built by the Muslim Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his favourite wife, Arjumand Bano Begum, better known as Mumtaz Mahal. Mumtaz had already borne the emperor fourteen children when she died in childbirth, and it is the romantic origin of the Taj as much as its architectural splendour that has led to its fame worldwide. Actually an integrated complex of many structures, the Taj Mahal is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, itself a combination of Islamic, Hindu, Persian and Turkish elements.

The walled palatial city of the Agra Fort, was first taken over by the Moghuls, at that time led by Akbar the Great, in the late 16th century. Akbar liked to build from red sandstone, often inlaid with white marble and intricate decorations, and it was during his reign that the fort began changing into more of a royal estate. However, it was only during the reign of Akbar's grandson, Shah Jahan that the site finally took on its current state. Unlike his grandfather, Shah Jahan preferred buildings made from white marble, often inlaid with gold or semi-precious gems, and he destroyed some earlier buildings inside the fort in order to build others in his own style. At the end of his life Shah Jahan was imprisoned in the fort by his son, Aurangzeb. It is said that Shah Jahan died in Muasamman Burj, a tower with a marble balcony with an excellent view of the Taj Mahal.

Overnight: Hotel in Agra

Meals: Breakfast


Day 6 Agra

This morning at sunrise we visit the Taj Mahal one of the man-made 'Seven Wonders' of the World'. The afternoon is free for further independent sightseeing or shopping. In the evening, we transfer to the railway station to catch the overnight train to Varanasi.

Overnight: In Train

Meals: Breakfast


Day 7 Train to Varanasi

We arrive in Varanasi in the morning and transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is free for independent sightseeing in this holy Indian city. In the evening we visit the ghats on the sacred River Ganges where we can witness the Aarti ceremony, which involves floating oil lamps.

Overnight: Hotel in Varanasi

Meals: Breakfast


Day 8 Varanasi

Leaving the hotel in the dark, we make our way to the ghats once again, where we take boat out on the river for one of India's most magical experiences, watching the sunrise from the Ganges. We return to the hotel for breakfast and then drive to Sarnath ruins, the site of the Buddha's first sermon.

Overnight: Hotel in Varanasi

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 9 Drive and cross border to Lumbini, Nepal

Today, we drive north, crossing the border into Nepal at Sounauli, Crossing at the border town of Bhairawa we then continue on to the great Buddhist pilgrimage center and birthplace of the Buddha, Lumbini. This will be a longer travel day, it may take up to 12 hrs total to reach Lumbini.before continuing to the World Heritage site of Lumbini, the birthplace of the Lord Buddha. This is a 10 to 12 hour journey including stops and border formalities.

Overnight: Hotel in Lumbini

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 10 Lumbini
Lumbini (Sanskrit for "the lovely") is the historical birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the
founder of Buddhism, who lived between approximately 563 and 483 BCE. Lumbini, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is located 25kms east of the municipality of Kapilavastu, the place where the Buddha grew up and lived up to the age of 29.

Overnight: Hotel in Lumbini

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 11 Sightseeing in Lumbini and drive to Chitwan

This morning we look round the famous sights of Lumbini including the Bodhi tree, the Asokan Pillar and the various temples and pagodas, both ancient and modern. We then have a relatively short (2 - 3 hours) drive to Chitwan National Park. In the afternoon we will go out wildlife spotting with a naturalist guide

Overnight: Hotel in Chitwan

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 12 Activities in Jungle in Chitwan

A day of jungle activity, starting with an early morning elephant back safari. There is also the chance to visit the elephant breeding center, to do some canoeing, or to take a jungle walk.

Overnight: Hotel in Chitwan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 13  Activities and drive back Kathmandu
An early morning wake up call followed by tea or coffee. Again your guide will take you to a model Tharu village, visit a museum and see handicrafts being made. We will be back and breakfast and drive back to Kathmandu.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

 

DAY 14 Sightseeing in Pashupatinath, Boudhanatha and Swayambhunath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath, a pagoda style Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is considered to be the powerhouse of Hindu spiritual power in religious terms. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple is 6 kms from Kathmandu city and just a few hundred meters from the end of the runway at Tribhuwan International Airport. Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the main temple, but you can view the temple from the east bank of River Bagmati. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temples are the cremation grounds.

Boudhnath Stupa: Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, this enormous stupa where thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the dome, beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha, which gaze out from the gilded central tower. This is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan Buddhist culture is accessible and unfetered, and the lanes around the stupa are crammed with monasteries and the surrounding is a paraphernalia for Buddhist life.

Swoyambhunath Temple: This Buddhist Stupa, said to be 2000 years old is a perfect architecture of gilded spire and white washed dome located under thousands of fluttering prayer flags. From the spire, four faces of Buddha stare out across the valley in the cardinal directions. The entire structure is symbolic. The white dome represents the earth, the nose like shape below the piercing eyes is actually the nepali number ‘one’ signifying unity, and above is a third eye signifying the insight of the Buddha, while the 13 tiered beehive like structure at the top symbolizes the 13 stages that human being has to pass through to achieve nirvana. The base is ringed by prayer wheels which pilgrims circuiting the stupa spin each one as they pass by.

We spend our last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails enjoying the cultural dance program in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

 

Day 15 Airport Transfer
Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.
Meals: Breakfast

We will organize this trip on the dates requested by you all round the year. Please contact us for your desired dates

Accommodation

We provide a star hotel accommodation for the entire trip. The hotels offer the facilities of attached bathrooms with hot shower, dining place, a bar and internet service. You can upgrade the accommodation to a five-star hotel for the entire trip for an additional charge.


Food

All the restaurants that we dine at cater for Continental, Chinese, Mexican, American based cuisine with some local influences, always plenty to choose from.


Transportation

We use comfortable and reliable Japanese Toyota SUVs, vans or micro-buses to transport our guests. These light-weight vehicles are navigable in the narrow roads of Nepal. You will have a vehicle, a guide and a licensed driver at your disposal at all times.


Best Season

The best season for this tour is any time of the year except for the rainy months of July and August.


Nepal Visa & Visa Fee

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD

 

It is possible to get a Nepalese visa at the Sunauli border, you will need at least one passport size photograph and $25 USD, Nepal is 15 minutes ahead of India.


Weather

Weather depends on the season you are travelling. During the winter months of December, January and February it is cold at night and relatively warm during the daytime, with the temperature ranging from 4°C at night to 22°C. During the summer months of March, April and May, the weather stays prefect as the temperature averages 27°C during the day. From September to December, following the monsoon, the temperature gets cooler and allows for a great time to travel. The average temperature during this season is 20°C.


Vaccination

No vaccinations are compulsory in Nepal, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also do recommend for a dental check-up prior to travelling and you should know your blood group in case of emergency in your travel

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on your tour, you need to inform to us


Tour Guides

All our tour guides have received 45 days training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Centre in Nepal. The guides also take first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project).


Insurance Coverage

A travel insurance policy that covers medical expenses, evacuation, theft and loss is recommended.


Departure Dates

The tour will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.


Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at 977 9841414582