Day 01:- Arrive in Delhi.
On your arrival in Delhi, you will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel. Delhi was the capital of Indraprastha and 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. 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 and old buildings and New Delhi has large road with huge buildings. Delhi is the capital of India and is the hub for politics. Rest of your day is at leisure. Overnight is in Delhi.
Day 02 :- Tour of important places in Delhi. Transfer to Jaisalmer by overnight train.
Your tour starts with Old Delhi, built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1639 AD. You will visit the Raj Ghat where 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 goods, etc. and are virtually a shopper's paradise. Check-out time from your hotel is at 1200 hrs.
In New Delhi 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 which will be Lakshminarayan Temple, a temple dedicated to Godess Lakshmi and Lord Narayana. Later, transfer to rail-station for Jaisalmer night train. Overnight is on board of the train.
Day 03 :- Jaisalmer.
Around noon you will be arriving in Jaisalmer and will be transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is free for visiting the interesting bazaars or you could take an excursion into the desert and enjoy a camel safari. Situated in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer is a colorful treasure chest of art, music, architecture, culture and tradition. The ‘Golden City of India’ as Jaisalmer is popularly known, is one of the most fascinating places and the yellow sand, camel safaris, magnificent palaces, marvelous havelis and beautiful Jain temples here will leave you in enchantment. Jaisalmer is mystical and interesting and the glorious heritage and the lively air of this city will blow your mind away. You have an option to get away from the bustling city and camp in the desert. Lose yourself in the charms of this cultural land of sand and see how many beautiful memories you gain. Overnight is in Jaisalmer.
Day 04 :- Tour of important places in Jaisalmer. Transfer to Jodhpur by overnight train.
In the morning, your first travel destination is the Jaisalmer Fort which is one of the oldest living forts of the world. The fort is constructed by using a yellow stone which from a distance makes its shine like it is made of gold, due to which it is also known as “Sonar Quila” or "The Golden Fort". Located in midst of sandy terrains, the 12th century fort is a blend of Indian architecture with Military designs crafted on it. The palaces of Maharwals contain ornamental designs of wooden carvings that enhance the beauty of this fort. You will get to see a 5 storied Tazia Tower in this fort which reflects architectural skills of local craftsmen during ancient period.
The next stop in your program will be visit to some of the havelis. Salim Ji Ki Haveli made up of yellow sandstone with balconies designed in different styles of architecture still has a large number of people residing here. Designed beautifully, the Haveli is built in with intricate roof carvings and served as residence for Mohta family for decades. It has exquisitely carved pillars painted with beautiful ornaments of Gold and silver. Visit some other Havelis – Patwon ki Haveli, etc which depict an interesting piece of architecture built of the ancient times. Check-out from the hotel is 1200 hrs. Afternoon is at leisure to visit the bazaars or the numerous Jain Temples. Late evening you will be transferred to railway station for Jodhpur night train. Overnight is on board of the train.
Day 05 :- Tour of important places in Jodhpur.
This morning on your arrival in Jodhpur you will be transferred to your hotel. Jodhpur also known as the Sun City or the Blue City is the second largest city in Rajasthan and was the former capital of Marwar kingdom. It is named after its founder Rao Jodha who established this city in 1459. The city was in the route of Delhi to Gujarat and was a trading centre for copper, opium, silk, etc. Jodhpur is quite known for its festivals and fairs and Gangaur, Teej, Nag Panchmi, etc are celebrated with a big pomp. The Jodhpur sweets are quite known throughout India.
Jodhpur has become an important centre for big weddings and also for movie shootings. In the afternoon, you will be taken to Meherangarh fort, one of the largest forts in not only Rajasthan but in India as well, situated on a low sandstone hill, at an altitude of 120 meters. The fort with menacing thick walls contains many palaces with expansive courtyards and intricate carvings. Moti Mahal - the Pearl Palace, is one of the beautiful palaces situated in the fort and was built by Raja Sur Singh. Later you will be taken to Phool Mahal - the Palace of Flowers, built by Maharaja Abhaya Singh, and believed to be an exclusive and private chamber of pleasure.
You will visit Jaswant Thada, built in 1889 by Sardar Singh in remembrance of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The entire structure is constructed out of thin and polished sheets of Marble which makes it ever so beautiful when sunlight falls over it. Your visit continues to Umaid Public Gardens which houses the Government Museum and the Umaid Bhawan Museum, with a vast collection of artifacts displaying rich history of region. Museum as well as the Umaid palace was designed by Henry Vaughan Lanchester. Overnight is in Jodhpur.
Day 06 :- Jodhpur to Ranakpur to Udaipur by road.
Today morning you will drive to Ranakpur Temples which are 98 kms from Udaipur. Visit the beautiful Jain Temples of Ranakpur from 15th century. The popular Chamukha temple of Ranakpur made of marble is dedicated to Adinathji the first Tirthankara. It is composed of more than twenty halls and 1444 pillars which are not similar. The shade and lights of this place is really outstanding and is a real treat to your eyes. If time permits, you could also visit the Surya Temple and the Jain Temple. After the visit of Ranakpur you will continue to Udaipur.
Udaipur known as the City of Lakes, or the Venice of the East was the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar and founded by Rana Udai Singh in 1559. The legendary Maharana Pratap was born in Udaipur who fought against Emperor Akbar in 1576 and is remembered for his bravery. Maharana means the Great Warrior, and the one from Udaipur is the head of all the Rajput clans. In the 12th century the Parihara prince of Mandore awarded the title of Rana to the Prince of Mewar. The rulers from this dynasty are called Suryavanshis (descendents of the Sun) and have the Sun as their insignia. A stay in the Lake Palace hotel situated in the middle of a lake is like a dream. Overnight is in Udaipur.
Day 07 :- Tour of important places in Udaipur.
In the morning, your tour starts with the City Palace, situated on the bank of Pichola Lake. This Palace was constructed by Maharana Udai Mirza Singh in 1559 A.D. Your next stop is the Jagdish Temple built by Maharana Jagat Singh. The architecture of this temple is based on Indo-Aryan style and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is one of the biggest shrines of Udaipur. You will be taken on a drive around Fatehsagar Lake, built in 1678 by Maharana Fateh Singh. Your next stop will be at Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir located near Chetak Circle. It is one of most renowned museums of Udaipur, exhibiting the dazzling gathering of folk articles of Rajasthan. Your final destination will be at Sahelion ki Bari (Queen's resort for her friends). Afternoon is at leisure for discovering the various bazaars. Overnight in Udaipur.
Day 08 :- Udaipur to Jaipur by overnight train.
Your full day is at leisure to explore more of Udaipur. You will checkout from the hotel at 1200 hrs. Optionally, you could visit Chittorgarh also known Chittaurgarh. You will be visiting the ancient fort said to be built by Bhima, one amongst the five Pandavas brothers. You will be visiting the famous Vijay Stambh (Tower of Victory) built in 1440 by Maharaja Kumbha to mark the victory over Muslim rulers of Gujarat and Malwa. Rajput style of architecture was adopted in its construction. This exemplary building is associated with various historical legends. It is a 9 storied structured built of red sandstone and white marbles with a height of about 37 meters.
The fort is well decorated with sculptures of Hindu Gods and pictures related to epic stories of Mahabharata and Ramayana. We will also be visiting Kirti Stambh (Tower of Fame). It’s a 22 meter high tower which is adorned with Jain sculptures from inside and outside. On a visit to this historical monument, you will get to know more about the foregone past. Dedicated to Jain Tirthankara and Digamber, this place is one of the most prominent structures built during medieval period. Later in the evening you will be transferred to railway-station for your Jaipur overnight train. Overnight is on board of the train.
Day 09 :- Tour of important places in Jaipur.
You will arrive at Jaipur in the morning and will be transferred to your hotel. 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. Today you will have a full day tour of Jaipur.
The 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 jeeps.
In Jaipur you will be taken to Maharaja City Palace, a royal palace with seven storey 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 the 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, metals, etc. and also for silk paintings and miniatures. Overnight is in Jaipur.
Day 10 :- Jaipur
You have an entire day free to explore Jaipur also known as the Pink City Jaipur. Or optionally you could visit nearby places like Galtaji and Sanganer. 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 ever present in the Ramgopalji temple complex due to which it is known as the Monkey temple. 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 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.
Day 11 :- Jaipur to Agra by train. Tour of important places in Agra.
Early morning you will be transferred to the rail-station for your Agra train. On your arrival in Agra, you will be transferred to your hotel. 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 tourist circuit 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 visit 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. Afternoon can be spent visiting more places of interest or shopping. Agra is famous for inlaid marble work and handicrafts made of marble, wood and metal. TAJ MAHAL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS. Overnight is in Agra.
Day 12 :- Agra to Varanasi by overnight train.
You have a free day in the Mughal city Agra to explore the various monuments and bazaars. You will check-out from your hotel at 1200 hrs. You could optionally visit Sikandra or Dayal Bagh Mandir. Sikandra houses the tomb of the Mughal emperor Akbar. According to Tartary traditions, Akbar himself planned and started the construction. The tomb was finished by Akbar's son Jahangir in 1613. The construction was done in red sandstone with features in white marble. About a km away is the tomb of Mariam-uz-Zamani, the wife of Akbar. Dayal Bagh meaning "Garden Mercy" refers to "Garden of the Merciful God." is a beautiful temple being made in white marble. The construction started in 1904 and to this date it continues. The carvings in white and colored marble and other semi precious stones are life-like and cannot be seen anywhere else in India. Later in the evening you will be transferred to the rail-station for your Varanasi overnight train. Overnight is in on board the train.
Day 13 :- Varanasi.
On your arrival in Varanasi you will be transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. A stroll in the busy bazaars of Varanasi also called Benaras or Banaras or Kashi will be quite interesting. Varanasi is said to be the oldest living city in the world, dating back to 5000 years. It has been the cultural and spiritual capital of North India for years. The belief of Hindus is that death in Varanasi leads to salvation. Varanasi is also known as the holy city of India or the city of temples, or the city of learning and also as the oldest living city on earth. Overnight in Varanasi.
Day 14 :- Varanasi.
This morning, you will be taken to the River Ganges for a boat ride. Two of most renowned ghats, Manikarnika and Harishchandra ghats, which are frequented by hundreds of devotees. These two ghats are quite famous not only for taking a holy dip, but also for cremation purposes. It is strongly believed by Hindus that whoever dies in Varanasi and gets cremated on bank of river Ganga achieves salvation, thereby releasing him from this birth cycle. You may witness numerous funeral pyres burning around in these ghats. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover the city or visit Sarnath. The evening Arti at the River Ganges Ghats is worth watching.Overnight in Varanasi.
Day 15 :- Varanasi to Kathmandu by flight.
Today you will be transferred to Varanasi airport for Kathmandu flight. On your 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 many religious and cultural festivities take place here. Most of Nepalese follow Hinduism and Buddhism. Rest of the day is spent at leisure. Overnight is in Kathmandu.
Day 16 :- Tour of important places in Kathmandu.
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 engrave on stone walls in various languages. 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 reign 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 near-by places of interest. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 17 :- Kathmandu.
Your entire day is at leisure in Kathmandu to give you the possibility of visiting the various nearby places of interest. 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 like Degutale temple, Krishna temple, Shankar Narayan temple, Vishnu temples, Vishwanath temple, Bhimsen temple, Mahaboudha Temple, Machchhendranath temple, Golden Temple in Patan and Kumbheshwar Temple.
Nagarkot surrounded by thickly forested hills of pine trees offer you magnificent sights of the Himalayan peaks at sunrise. On a clear day, you may be able to see the tip of Mt. Everest from Nagarkot. Dhulikhel offers you good views and a number of temples like Kali Temple, Bhagwati Temple, Hanuman Temple, etc. Changu Narayan a small town offers you the oldest temple in Nepal of Lord Vishnu and a museum. Panauti is another old town full of ancient temples. The Indreswor Temple is a large pagoda style temple. Kakani offers you a good view of the valleys.
Kirtipur means “famed town" is an old small town and is inhabited by Newars. Boudhanath a UNESCO World Heritage Site has one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world from the 5th century AD and is surrounded by many Tibetan Gompas. Namo Buddha with the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery is one of the holiest places for the Buddhists as the legend is that Buddha in a previous life sacrificed his body to a starving tiger and cubs. If you are the adventurous type Nepal offers you the possibility of trekking in the nearby mountains. Or you could always go for a rafting in the Himalayan Rivers. A flight to see the Mt Everest is highly recommended. Overnight is in Kathmandu.
Day 18 :- Kathmandu to Delhi by flight.
Today you will be transferred to Kathmandu airport in time for your Delhi flight. In Delhi, you will connect to your onward journey flight. Accommodation in not included in Delhi for this night as most of the flights depart after midnight.
Day 17 :- Departure
END OF YOUR INDIA NEPAL TRAIN TOUR.