Travel to the Himalayas and be enchanted by beautiful natural landscapes. With so many cultural treasures to discover during this India and Nepal tour, complete your vacation by relaxing and rejuvenating on a sun-kissed beach!
Kathmandu is a Himalayan valley kingdom, cradled within the foothills of mighty peaks.
Durbar Square & Thamel Visit by Rickshaw Explore Durbar Square, a durbar (court) of royalty, history and arts! Explore the house of the living goddess, or learn about the home of a red monkey god at Kal Bhairam Temple, decorated with its hundreds of erotic wood carvings. Kathmandu’s charm is best seen with an evening rickshaw ride that features silhouetted temples as the sun goes down. Embrace the colorful buzzing bazaars and market squares of Thamel that you can further explore by foot and venture into the lively nightlife.
Half Day Visit to Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath Temples Visit the best of Nepal’s temples during this half day experience! Considered one of the world’s holiest Hindu shrines, witness the gold-plated roof pagoda of Pashupatinath,with its silver doors, woodcarvings and the linga (energetic symbol) of Lord Shiva. In the Buddhist chaitya (shrine) of the Swayambhunath monastery complex, which is dedicated to self-existence, embrace the huge prayer wheels, special butter lamps and Buddhist artwork.The tour finishes with a visit to Boudhanath (Bodnath) Stupa, the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of Tibet and at the center of Tibetan culture, not to mention the largest stupa in Nepal.
Pokhara has it all – a picturesque valley nestled amid majestic mountains, glorious adventure trails and delicious cuisine! Originally envisioned as a center of commerce, the city’s roots can be traced back to the 17th century, when it featured on the trade route between India and China.
City Highlights of Pokhara Spend a full day experiencing Phokara. Explore the incredible World Peace Stupa located on top of Anadu Hill, as well as Bindhyabasini Mandi, dedicated to Goddess Bhagawati and ones of the oldest temples in Phokara. Discover the International Museum, go to the Purano Bazaar in the old quarters of the city and take refreshing nature walks. Take a one hour drive out of the centrer to Naudanda, (nine hills. A boat ride on Pehwa Lake is also a treat. The breathtaking views of Sarangkot are best enjoyed at sunset.
Delhi, the City of Djinns (spirits) is yours to discover! Let us take you on a journey of India’s capital that covers 5,000 years, from its imperial history and two World Heritage sites to today’s electric contemporary vibe.
City Highlights of Delhi Visit the imposing Red Fort and impressive Humayuns Tomb, Jama Masjid, Qutab Minar, India Gate, Lotus Temple, Laxminarayan Temple; ISKCON Temple; explore Chandini Chowk, the Gandhi Memorial at Raj Ghat; Parliament Street, Parliament Museum, Lodhi Gardens; National Museum, Bangla Sahib; enjoy views of Delhi best on a Metro journey; experience a plenitude of cultural and ethnic diversity at the colorful ‘Dilli Haat’, an open-air food plaza cum craft bazaar.
Discover the magic of white marble at Agra! The city is home to UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal.
City Highlights of Agra Explore Agra..the former capital of Hindustan, located on the banks of the river Yamuna. Agra is best known the world over as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its 3 grandiose monuments – Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Visit the sublime white marbled mausoleum of theTaj Mahal..at sunrise and sunset; see the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah; admire the magnificent Agra Fort and the Akbar Mausoleum in Sikandra. Enjoy a decorated tonga ride (a horse drawn carriage, popular in olden days) through the fabled city.
City Highlights of Fatehpur Sikri Visit the timeless UNESCO world heritage site on a day trip to Fatehpur Sikri (City of Victory). This complex of monuments and temples was built in the 16th century by Emperor Akbar during the Mughal era, also considered the richest period of Indian history. Admire the uniform architectural style and visit the elegant and sacred Jama Masjid or the Friday Mosque. Marvel at the Buland Darwaza, the main entrance to this ancient city and spend some time exploring the Tomb of Shaikh Salim Chisti, Birbal Bhawan (dedicated to Akbar’s greatest court advisor – Birbal), the inner courts where Jodha Bai stayed and the inner harem reserved for Hindu wives.
Jaipur is the eternal rose pink city and gateway to North India’s most colorful state, Rajasthan.
City Highlights of Jaipur Explore the Amber Fort, the Albert Hall, City Palace, the Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal) and the world’s largest stone observatory – the Jantar Mantar. See the Govind Devji Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, the Lakshmi Narayan and Ganesh Temples; visit the amazing Jaigarh and Nahargarh Forts and Raj Mandir Cinema.
Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay during British colonial rule, has welcomed travelers from around the world for centuries.
City Highlights of Mumbai Explore Mumbai (formerly Bombay).. the most populous Indian city..a veritable cultural potpourri! See the Gateway of India..a historic landmark; Drive past High Court, Mumbai University, scenic Marine Drive (Pearl’s Necklace), Flora Fountain, Asiatic Libray, Prince of Wales Museum; Pass by Victoria Terminus Railway Station, Municipal Corporation Building; Visit Hanging Gardens, Kamala Nehru Park, Mani Bhavan, Dhobi Ghat, Crawford Market, Horniman Circle; Partially glimpse the Parsi Tower of Silence from afar while driving past. Explore vibrant Markets and Bazaars.
Each time, my trips with Enchanting Travels get better. Last year, Burma, the year before, India. The guides listen to the travelers and will deviate from the itinerary to satisfy you. This year, we were “stuck” on the road between Pokhara, Nepal, and Kathmandu, Nepal. We ended up having to turn around and stay at the hotel another night (darn!). We were going to take a flight the next day. Well, the airport was closed due to weather. Our guide WAITED at the airport for 4 hours waiting for the weather to lift so he could buy us our plane tickets. They go above and beyond for your comfort.