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 Jaunt into tranquility during your full day tour of Pokhara. Experience refreshing nature walks and the breathtaking sunset views of Sarangkot. Explore the incredible Shanti Stupa, a Buddhist temple that was built in 1947 as a symbol of world peace, located atop Anadu Hill. Discover one of the city’s oldest temples, Bindhyabasini Mandi, which is dedicated to Goddess Bhagawati. At the International Mountain Museum you can delve into the history of mountaineering and the Himalayan peaks. Head to Purano Bazaar in the old quarters, where the ancient architecture of Newari traders is on display through narrow streets lined with shops. A one hour drive to the village of Naudanda (nine hills) boasts excellent views, as does a scenic boat ride on Pehwa Lake.
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 Whether you want a whirlwind tour or wish to enjoy an in-depth experience of Delhi’s numerous sights, the choice is yours on this full day tour! Discover the Old Town with its bustling markets, including Chandni Chowk, once the grandest Indian market. Head to the imposing Red Fort and onto India’s largest mosque, the Jama Masjid, beautifully decorated with paintings, inlaid stones, carvings and glazed tiles. Feast at the colorful, open-air food and craft bazaar of Dilli Haat. Visit Laxminarayan Temple, built in honor of the Hindu goddess of wealth, and its beautiful gardens. Discover the UNESCO World heritage site Humayun’s Tomb, a monumental landmark in Indo-Islamic architecture with its perfect synthesis of Persian architecture and Indian traditions. Enjoy the calm serenity of the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. Visit this Sikh Gurudwara and witness the Langar (free kitchen), where everyone is welcomed and fed a vegetarian meal, irrespective of color, cast, creed, age or gender. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Red Fort closed on Mondays)
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 Romance at sunrise and sunset and have your audience with the white marble Mughal mausoleum of the Taj Mahal, grandly overlooking the Yamuna River, during your full day tour of Agra. Head to the lesser known Mehtab Bagh for prime viewing of the world’s greatest monument of love. The Taj Mahal is not the only UNESCO World Heritage site to explore in Agra – you can witness the divine red sandstone Agra Fort, also a player in this renowned undying love story. If you wish, discover this fabled city with a ride in a decorated tonga (horse drawn carriage) and enjoy a visit to a local market! (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Taj Mahal closed on Fridays)
City Highlights of Fatehpur Sikri Discover the former Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri that was built and founded in the 1500s by the third Mughal Emperor, Akbar. This was a planned imperial city that would bring leaders of many religions together as Akbar held ideals of a syncretistic faith. Unfortunately just ten years after completion the city was deserted due to drought and water shortages. Now a UNESCO world heritage site, this half day tour is a very popular stop en route from Agra to Jaipur. (Half Day, Private Activity en route to Jaipur; Fitness Level: Easy)
Jaipur is the eternal rose pink city and gateway to North India’s most colorful state, Rajasthan.
City Highlights of Jaipur Wander into regality during your full day tour! Explore Amber Fort, a fabulous sandstone fort complex that overlooks the city. Visit Albert Hall, the state museum of Rajasthan with its vast collection of interesting regional Indian artifacts. Observe the aesthetically beautiful honeycombed façade of Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal). Discover the architecturally rich City Palace with its many regal courtyards, temples and pavilions, and Govind Devji Temple, dedicated to Hindu God Krishna, situated in the heart of the old city. Head to the world’s largest stone observatory – the Jantar Mantar. Visit the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, which acts to preserve the traditional Indian technique of hand block textile printing and boasts numerous beautiful examples. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy)
Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay during British colonial rule, has welcomed travelers from around the world for centuries.
City Highlights of Mumbai Venture to the waterfront and witness the historic Gateway of India, built during the British rule. Drive by the world’s most expensive real estate along Marine Drive, also known as the Queen’s Necklace, as the streetlights resemble a string of pearls at night. Discover the plethora of colonial architecture including the High Court, Mumbai University, Flora Fountain, Asiatic Library, Prince of Wales Museum, Municipal Corporation Building and the fascinating, fully-functioning Victoria Terminus Railway Station. Whilst the building is closed to the public, you can glimpse the Parsi Tower of Silence with its circling vultures. Unwind amidst the topiary of the Hanging Gardens, or in Kamala Nehru Park and Horniman Circle. Learn more about Mahatma Gandhi at Mani Bhavan, a museum and reference library. (Duration 4 hours).
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