On your arrival in Delhi, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Delhi was the capital of the Pandavas during the Mahabharata. This magnificent city has been inhabited from the 6th century BC and has been a capital of many kingdoms. It has been destroyed and rebuilt many times and is called the "city of cities". Delhi's culture has been influenced by its different rulers and the city is full of beautiful monuments. The Mughal rulers influenced the food habits of the residents and Mughlai cuisine originated here. Due to the proximity of different states, all festivals are celebrated here. Old Delhi is a maze of small lanes lined and old buildings and New Delhi has large road with huge buildings. Delhi is the capital of India and is the hub for politics.
Your morning tour starts with Old Delhi, built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1639 AD. You will visit the Raj Ghat where the father of our nation Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. You will be visiting the museum that was built to commemorate him. You will be driven past the iconic Red Fort and Chandni Chowk, a very popular and a busy market in Old Delhi to the next stop - Jama Masjid, one of the iconic, historic and largest mosques in India - built by Shah Jahan. A rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk could be quite interesting as this part of the city is quite crowded as it is full of shops. These numerous shops sell delicious mouth-watering food, clothes, jewels, household things, etc. and are virtually a shopper's paradise.
In the afternoon, you will visit Qutub Minar, touted as India’s largest Minaret. Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built in 1192 by Turk ruler Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak. You will then move forward to Humayun’s tomb, yet another UNESCO world heritage site. Your next stop is India Gate, built in memory of the Unknown Soldier. You will be driven past the Parliament House, President’s House and other Government Secretarial Buildings, to your final destination will be at Lakshminarayan Temple, a temple dedicated to Lakshmi and Lord Narayana. Overnight is in Delhi.
This day you will be transferred to the airport in time for your Kathmandu flight. On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. Kathmandu is the largest metropolis and capital city of Nepal. This city has indeed a lot to offer to its guests including a number of exotic attractions carrying full of historical importance as well as religious significance. Kathmandu has a rich history, spanning nearly 2000 years and has many religious and cultural festivities taking place here. Most of Nepalese follow Hinduism and Buddhism. Rest of the day at leisure.
Your tour starts with Durbar Square, the heart of Kathmandu, built between 12th to 18th centuries. This site displays brilliant architectural structures and comprises within itself numerous fortresses, temples, religious shrines, figurines, fountains, etc. Various striking structures built inside this square interestingly display a perfect amalgamation of ancient as well as modern style of architecture through its finely carved figurines and other stone engravings. Stone made lions stand on palace entrance, along with ancient inscriptions engraved on stone walls in various languages. Later you are taken to the renowned Mahadev and Parvati Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Next destination is Hanuman Dhoka, built by ancient monarchs, comprising of numerous palaces, shrines, etc. and spread across about 5 acres of land area with its courtyards built around middle years of 16th century. During the rule of King Pratap Malla in 17th century numerous sacred temples were installed, dedicated to various Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Other developments were made by Narayan Shah and the royal family which stayed here till later years of 19th century. Afternoon is free for visiting the various other monuments or excursion to the nearby-by places of interest. Overnight is in Kathmandu.
This morning you will go to Chitwan National Park. Chitwan National Park formerly known as the Royal Chitwan National Park is a World Heritage Site and was established in 1973. The park was a hunting ground for the royals who used to shoot in large numbers tigers, rhinos, bears, leopards, deer, etc. The rivers Narayani and Rapti form a natural boundary in the north and west. Adjacent to the east is Parsa Wildlife Reserve and in the south is the Indian Valmiki National Park. Your evening will be used for viewing the wildlife. Overnight is in Chitwan Wildlife reserve.
Today you have morning & evening game drives. Chitwan National Park has about 700 species of wildlife. There are a large species of snakes including King Cobra and Rock python. The rivers and lakes are a home for more than 110 species of fish and mugger crocodiles. The park is a home to more than 43 species of mammals. The animals found in the Chitwan Park are the Bengal tigers, rhinos, elephants, Leopards, sloth bears, foxes, linsangs, honey badgers, hyenas, wild dogs, golden jackals, fishing cats, jungle cats, leopard cats, large and small Indian civets, Asian palm civets, crab-eating mongooses, sambar deer, hog deer, chital, four-horned antelopes, monkeys, langurs, porcupines, flying squirrels, hares, etc.
More than 500 species of birds were also recorded in Chitwan. Some of them are - Bengal florican, the vulnerable lesser adjutant, grey-crowned prinia, swamp francolin, grass warblers, oriental darter, egrets, bitterns, storks, kingfishers, spotted eagle, peafowl and jungle fowl, greater spotted eagle, eastern imperial eagle, pallas's fish-eagle, Brahmini ducks, goosanders, bar-headed geese, cuckoos, Bengal pitas, many species flycatcher species, etc. Chitwan is a paradise, both for the wildlife and also the wildlife lovers. Overnight is in Chitwan reserve.
You will be transferred by road to Kathmandu airport to board your Delhi flight. If time permits, you could take an optional tour to nearby places. Patan also known as Lalitpur is a large town across the Bagmati River from Kathmandu. Patan is famous for its handicrafts, statues, masks and jewelry. The places of interest in Patan are the Durbar Square, The Museum, Ashok Stupa and the various temples some of the which are - Degutale temple, Krishna temple, Shankar Narayan temple, Vishnu temples, Vishwanath temple, Bhimsen temple, Mahaboudha Temple, Machchhendranath temple, Golden Temple in Patan and Kumbheshwar Temple. On your arrival in Delhi, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight is in Delhi.
This morning you will drive to Agra. Agra the former capital of Hindustan is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna. Agra is a major tourist destination of India and a part of the Golden Triangle Tour along with Delhi and Jaipur. Agra also known as Akbarabad went through its peak during the time of Mughals and was the capital of under the Mughal rulers Akbar, Jahangir and Shahjehan. In the afternoon tour of Agra, you will be taken to Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world. This beautiful building is elegantly built with white marble by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between the years 1631 to 1648 and it was built in the memory of his favorite beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal. Standing majestically on banks of Yamuna River, this breathtaking, immensely beautiful monument is synonymous to romance and love.
Your next stop Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and known for its architectural structure and was built in the 16th century during the Mughal Empire. This place comprises of several fairy-tale palaces like Khas Mahal and Jahangir Palace. Over here you will also get a chance to see Diwan-e-Aam and Diwan-e-Khas, which are also known as private audience hall and public audience hall. Agra is famous for inlaid marble work and handicrafts made of marble, wood and metal. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. TAJ MAHAL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS. Overnight is in Agra.
This morning you will drive to Fatehpur Sikri which was built in the 16th century by Emperor Akbar. Fatehpur Sikri holds exceptional testimony to Mughal civilization and is one of well-known UNESCO World heritage site of India and has various historical monuments. You will visit the Jama Masjid, followed by the Tomb of Salim Chishti, the five storied Panch Mahal and Buland Darwaza a graceful monument and stupendous piece of beautiful architectures. It is central portico with a total of three arched entrances and is locally known as Horseshoe gate. You will visit the other graceful buildings of this place such as Ibadat Khana, Mariam-uz-Zamani’s palace, Naubat Khana and Birbal’s house.
After the visit of Fatehpur Sikri, you will drive to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary which is a heaven for bird watching. The Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is featured in most of wildlife tours in India. Bharatpur is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous for its Keoladeo National Park which is a paradise for the bird lovers. The name comes from a Shiva temple which is in the park. The park attracts more than hundreds of species of birds from all over the world. Overnight is in Bharatpur.
Your morning and evening will be spent visiting the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary. More than 350 species of birds have been recorded here some of which are the Siberian Cranes, cormorants, white necked and black necked stork, darter, purple and grey heron, egrets, spoonbill, white ibis, etc. Some of the ducks and predatory birds are common teal, mallard, red crested pochard, imperial eagle, steppe and tawny eagle, spotted eagle etc. The animals found here are the Nilgai, Golden Jackal, Blackbuck, Wild Boar, etc along with reptiles like pythons. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight in Bharatpur.
This morning you will be transferred by road to Ranthambore National Park. Ranthambore National Park is a large national park and is famous for its tigers and is named after the Ranthambore fort, which is in the national park. The Ranthambore sanctuary has a large tiger population which makes a tiger sighting easier than most of the other parks. The major animals in Ranthambore National Park are leopard, nilgai, wild boar, sambar, and spotted deer, etc. The park has many lakes and you could easily see a lot of crocodiles and monitor lizards basking in the sun. This evening you will have your first Indian Wildlife tour in one of the best National Parks of India. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Ranthambore National Park.
Your morning and evening will be spent viewing the wildlife in the sanctuary. Ranthambore Game Sanctuary has a large variety of trees, plants, birds and reptiles. It has more than 270 species of birds and 500 species of plants. Padam Talao is the largest lake in the park and India’s second largest banyan tree is near the lake. Due to environmental issues, very few vehicles are allowed in the jungles of Ranthambore and you have to book in advance. The two options you could get are an open top canter vehicles with a capacity of 20 people or open top vans with a capacity of up to 6 people. You could visit the 10th century AD Ranthambore Fort which is at a height of 700 feet. The Fort houses temples of Ganesh, Shiva, Ramlalaji, Lord Sumatinath and Lord Sambhavanath. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Ranthambore National Park.
This morning, you will be driven to Jaipur. Jaipur, also known as the pink city is the capital of Rajasthan. Many captivating palaces are present here having breathtaking design and architecture. In the 18th century Prince of Wales had visited Jaipur and the entire city was painted in pink color and due to these pink buildings the city is known as the pink city. Origin of Jaipur lie 260 years back. It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh and Jaipur got its name from this king. On reaching Jaipur, you will in check-in to your hotel. Rest of the day in Jaipur at leisure or can be spent for visiting the bazaars. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits.
Or you could opt for an optional tour of Galtaji, Sanganer, etc. Galtaji with several temples and sacred water tanks is an important site for Hindus. The Temple of Galtaji built in pink stone has pavilions, carved pillars and painted walls. The other important temples in Galtaji are Balaji temple, Sun Temple and Ramgopalji Temple. A large number of monkeys are always present in the Ramgopalji temple complex due to which it is known as the Monkey temple. Out of the seven sacred water tanks known as kunds, the Galta Kund is the most sacred. Every year, on the auspicious day of Makar Sankranti, thousands of devotees bathe in these kunds.
Sanganer is very famous for textile printing and also for its Jain temples. In the Sanganer prints, the designs in colors are printed on a white background. Sanganer draws a large number of devotees due to the Shri Digamber Jain temple made of red stone. The deity here is Lord Adinath - the first Tirthankara. Like most of the other join temples, this temple also has the finest carvings and was built in phases during different times. The last part was constructed in the 10th century AD as per an inscription on one of the Toranas. The temple has seven underground floors kept closed due to old beliefs. Visitors are not allowed to enter the underground floors and only an ascetic Digamber saint can enter these floors. Overnight is in Jaipur.
Today you will enjoy a full day tour of the Pink City. Your journey starts from Amer fort also known as Amer Palace, the earlier capital of Jaipur. This magnificent fort was constructed in red sand-stone and marble by Raja Man Singh and is divided into four sections each with a courtyard. The main entrance gate is Surajpol having a fascinating architecture. Near the Ganesh Gate, there is a temple dedicated to the Goddess Sila Devi. The Diwan-e-Aam - hall of public audience, Diwan-e-Khas - hall of private audience, Sheesh Mahal - palace of mirrors and Sukh Niwas are quite beautiful. At the Sukh Niwas, a pleasant climate is created by winds that blow over a water cascade. You could ascend the fort by walking up the steps or on an elephant's back or in jeep.
In Jaipur you will be taken to Maharaja City Palace, a royal palace with seven storeys as well as Jantar Mantar, the observatory. This wonderful observatory attracts mathematicians as well as astronomers from the whole world. City palace is perfect blend of all three excellent styles (Mughal, Rajput and European). Another palace, Hawa Mahal is popular all over world for its magnificent architecture. You will be taken through Pink Rose Garden as well business centers of Jaipur. A tour of Jaipur is not complete without shopping. Jaipur is famous for clothes, carpets, precious and semi-precious stones and jewelry and various handicrafts made of wood, metal, etc. and also for silk paintings and miniatures. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight in Jaipur.
Today you will be transferred by road to Delhi airport for your connecting/return flight.
END OF YOUR NEPAL AND INDIA WILDLIFE VACCATION.