10 Day Golden Triangle and Nepal

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The pearls of northern India, Agra, Delhi, the gems of Rajasthan and the Himalayan kingdom of tranquility, this travel package brings you the best from the north.



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The pearls of northern India, Agra, Delhi, the gems of Rajasthan and the Himalayan kingdom of tranquility, this travel package brings you the best from the north.

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  • Day 1: Arrival in Delhi

    Our representative will receive you at the airport and ensure a smooth check in to your hotel.

     

    Delhi is the capital of India and the seat of the central power and government. With multiple administrative and state headquarters, important political hubs and national landmarks, Delhi is a modern world capital city with its multi-lane highways, snarling traffic, sky-high buildings and malls, and modern glass constructed financial and commercial centers. However, at the same time, Delhi is also a timeless entity, carrying within its folds, a rich history and a repertoire of artistic, aesthetic architectural wonders, that bear stamp on the different dynasties and rulers that have made their indelible mark on the landscape and culture of the city. Old Delhi hums the influence of the Mughal period, New Delhi, on the other hand, shines with colonial, contemporary and modern outlook.

     

    Have a pleasant overnight stay in your hotel. 

     

  • Day 2: Delhi Attractions

    After breakfast served at the hotel, begin a day of sightseeing the tourist's spots of the city.

     

    The sightseeing tour will include the following destinations.

     

    Raj Ghat on the banks of the Yamuna is the memorial built in the memory of the nation’s most iconic and revered personality, Mahatma Gandhi.  A stone footpath surrounded by lawns marks the way to the simple black platform with the eternal flame which is the site of cremation.

     

    The Red Fort built by Shah Jahan in 1639 is a fortified structure built in red sandstone and it is from here that the Prime Minister of India delivers the Independence Day speech every year. The massively built fort emits grandeur and grit and is one of the most visible and recognizable landmarks of the city.

     

    The Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in Asia and was built by Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656. Take a look at its splendid outer architecture manifested by the towering minaret, domes and arched gateways.

     

    From the splendor of the Mughal age, proceed to the area of New Delhi.

     

    Built by the British as their capital city sometime in the 1930s, New Delhi is distinguished by its colonial influence. Sir Edwin Lutyen was commissioned to build the new city and hence the imposing government buildings and tree-lined streets of the New Delhi are also referred to as Lutyen’s Dehli.

     

    The India Gate is a war memorial dedicated to the soldiers who died during the First World War and Third Anglo-Afghan war. The India Gate is situated on the Rajpath which is one of the main areas where the Republic Day celebrations are carried out. The Parliament house a circular building where the ministers of the country meet regularly as well as the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the President of India are at close quarters to the India Gate. The Mughal Gardens within the Rashtrapati Bhavan popular for its fountains and well-maintained lawns is open to the public during spring.

     

    Qutub Minar though built in 1193 by Qutbuddin Aibak has been rebuilt by various rulers over the years and marks the site of the country’s first Muslim Kingdom. The iron tower opposite the structure is unique since it is known not to have ever rusted through all these years.

     

    The Lotus Temple is a flower-shaped construction and is the Bahai House of Worship. Open to people of all religions and race, this architectural wonder is a place for quietude and peace with oneself.

     

    Return to the hotel after an eventful day of sightseeing and rest well. 

     

  • Day 3: Delhi to Agra by road, en route Sikandra

    Breakfast will be served after which you may proceed towards Agra in a comfortable and spacious vehicle. Stop at Sikandra.

     

    At Sikandra lies the grave of one of the most beloved kings, Akbar the great. The beautifully elegant and well-kept memorial has architectural motifs of different religions that inspired him. This is more significant since Akbar was a great secular king and also introduced Din-i-Ilahi a religion that was an amalgamation of the fundamentals of different religions, such as, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity.

     

    Continue to Agra, and on arrival check into your hotel.

     

    Agra conjures images of the Taj Mahal, the impressive Agra Fort as well as the historically seeped Fatehpur Sikri. Poised on the banks of Yamuna, Agra is every bit a tourist hub, with its much sought after Mughal era architectural wonders, mausoleums, bustling marketplaces or 'chowks', hordes of rickshaws and buzzing guides.

     

    Overnight stay will be at Agra.

     

  • Day 4: Agra Attractions

    After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing.

     

    About two and a half kilometers from the Taj, stands the Agra Fort, a massive monument in red sandstone which can be described as a walled city. The planning and layout within the fort is highly impressive and strategic since the Fort acted as the residence of the Mughal dynasty till 1638. It is believed that Shah Jahan spent the last days of his life in Agra Fort in the Muasamman Burj, a tower with a balcony view of the Taj Mahal.

     

    Itmad-Ud-Daulah, also known as Baby Taj, it was in fact built much before the Taj Mahal, by Nur Jehan wife of Jahangir, in the memory of her late father. Built in white marble and encrusted with semi-precious stones, the interiors of the mausoleum have intricate carvings, which many believe inspired the same in Taj Mahal.

     

    In the evening, enjoy a modern dance performance that relates the romantic historical story of the Taj Mahal.

     

    Enjoy a mouthwatering dinner before retiring for the night.

     

  • Day 5: Taj Mahal, Agra to Jaipur by road, Fathehpur Sikri and Abhaneri en route

    Begin your day by witnessing the surreal sunrise over the magnificent Taj Mahal. Deserving of all the hype that surrounds this structure, the Taj Mahal is an ode of love built by Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. This splendid white marble structure though imposing is laden with intricate designs and carvings that are delicately detailed and finely carved.

     

    Return to the hotel for breakfast before beginning the road journey to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri and Abhaneri.

     

    Fatehpur Sikri built by Akbar served as a capital for the Mughal Empire for a short 14 years, however, its architectural splendor and Indo-Islamic influences are hard to miss or found any place else.

     

    Visit the tomb of Salim Chisti with its stunning white marble façade and intricately carved marble screens is built in the honor of the saint who predicted the birth of an heir to the Mughal throne.

     

    Other attractions include the magnificent Buland Darwaza built by Akbar as a mark of victory over Gujarat and the historically iconic Diwan-i-Aam and Diwan-i-Khaas, where the just king held hearings of the general public in the former and private meetings with his talented and trusted 'navratnas' or nine ministers in the latter. In fact, Birbal, one of the most famous and witty ministers from Akbar’s court of 'navratnas' lived in Fatehpur Sikri.

     

    Besides, the palace of Jodabai, Akbar’s Hindu wife is also a popular tourist attraction.

     

    With the Mughal influence still pervading, we now continue to proceed towards Jaipur, however, to stop over at Abhaneri.

     

    Abhaneri is a village in Rajasthan situated about 95km from Jaipur on the Jaipur-Agra road.

     

    Established by King Samrat Mihir Bhoj, this village is known for the ‘baori’ or step well which are believed to be invented by the natives in order to harvest rainwater.

     

    Visit the Chand Baori, the largest and steepest well, consisting of three flights of stairs descending along the ancient walls and a subterranean palace on the side. The palace below was where the royals stayed during the summers and magnificent views of the 'baori' above can be seen from the courtyards of the palace. The spectacular deep steep well is also said to have three tunnels that emerge on the surface some 20kms away from the well and are believed to be escape routes in emergency times.

     

    Close to Baori is the Harshat Mata Temple. Harshat Mata is considered to be the goddess of happiness and joy. The original temple is said to be ruined by the Mughals, however, the temple still retains in parts some of its grandeur and grace. The carvings of different gods and goddesses are worth seeing.

     

    You may stop for lunch at the heritage resort nearby. If you are visiting during the summer months of April and May you may also consider paying a visit to the annual fair near the temple.

     

    After a sumptuous lunch, continue with your journey to Jaipur.

     

    Jaipur is the land of the erstwhile Rajput kings who are deemed to be warrior legends. Their valor, strength and focus on integrity and values set them apart and are remembered as one of the most notable era in Indian history.

     

    King Jai Singh II who was also titled as Sawai Maharaj by the Mughals is the Rajput king after whom the city of Jaipur is named.

     

    Jaipur, also called the ‘pink city’, is fraught with palatial architecture, mahals and forts that glorify the rich past, as well as, with clambering auto rickshaws, alleyways and camel laden rides making Jaipur a heady mix of the old and new, the grand and the mundane.

     

    Have a restful night stay at Jaipur.

     

  • Day 6: Jaipur Attractions

    After breakfast, proceed to the majestic Amber Fort for sightseeing and an elephant ride.

     

    Amber Fort Palace situated on a hilltop was constructed by Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by Jai Singh I. The interiors of the palace are breathtaking and the different sections within, such as, the Sheesh Mahal or palace of mirrors, Jas Mandir with its decorated ceiling and latticework and the Shila Devi temple with the splendid silver carved door are some examples of the intricate, delicate yet well thought and planned layout of the palace’s interiors.

     

    The Amber Fort Palace with its formidable red sandstone exterior plastered as white façade melts your heart once you step inside.

     

    Next, the City Palace built by Sawai Jai Singh II has been the home of Rajasthan royalty since the 18th century. The palace is a blend of the Mughal and Rajasthani architecture and is an interesting and unique construction of various pavilions, temples, gardens and palaces. The City Palace Museum displays a wide range of items and souvenirs used by the royals and kings.

     

    Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds is another architectural wonder in the city of Jaipur. With an exterior that reminds one of a honeycomb or beehive, the Hawa Mahal is built with perfect logical conclusions in order to allow the maximum circulation of air during the hot summers. This five-storied structure is made of lime and mortar and intricately decorated with delicate designs and latticeworks. The 'jharokas' or windows offered privacy for the queens to peep out onto the world making Hawa Mahal an architectural feat of historical significance.

     

    Overnight stay at Jaipur. 

     

  • Day 7: Jaipur to Delhi by road. Delhi to Kathmandu by air.

    After breakfast, drive to the Delhi airport to catch your flight to Kathmandu. Our representative will meet you at the Kathmandu airport and help in your hotel check-in.

     

    Comfortably placed between the Mahabharat Range and the Great Himalayas, the fertile saucer-shaped Kathmandu valley comprises of Kathmandu city, Bhaktapur and Patan, each steeped in architectural and religious significance and boasts of seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. The valley is also called Nepal Mandala and was inhabited by the Newar who have been largely responsible for the culture and heritage of the valley.

     

    Kathmandu city lies at an elevation of 1400m and over the years has been the capital of the Kingdom of Nepal therein being fraught with palaces, gardens and mansions. Often seen as a melting pot of the Buddhist and Hindu communities Kathmandu has been the center of Nepal’s economy, culture, history and art. Jammed with tourist attractions, commuters and tourists, backpacker trekkers and buzzing with activities and noises Kathmandu is a city that originated around the wooden structure used by travellers as a resting spot on ancient trade routes. Today this structure or the 'kastha' mandap stands in the famous Durbar Square of the city, which has for ages been the center of the political, social and cultural life of the people of Nepal.

     

    Have a restful overnight stay at your hotel.

     

  • Day 8: Kathmandu Attractions

    We start our sightseeing attractions after breakfast served in the hotel.

     

    First, we visit the Pashupatinath temple. One of the 'panchkedar' or one out of the five holiest Shiva temples, Pashupatinath is a gorgeous double tiered temple structure decorated richly with gold and silver. Shiva’s bull Nandi guards the entrance in a black stone structure to one of the holiest Hindu shrines in the world. Though entry is only restricted to Hindus, the temple activities can be viewed from across the Bagmati River.

     

    We next visit the Boudhanath Stupa, which is one of the largest stupas in the world.  Located on the outskirts of the city and on the ancient trade route, the Boudhanath Stupa looks upon the view below with its mesmerizing yet benevolent Buddha eyes. There is always a frenzy of activity around the stupa, with Buddhist chanters, beating of drums in the nearby monasteries and the constant ebb and flow of worshippers.

     

    In the afternoon make way to the Kathmandu Durbar Square.

     

    The Hanuman Dhoka situated in the Durbar Square is a part of the Royal Palace structure used during the Malla and Shah dynasty. The statue of Hanuman stands at the entrance of the palace in the west side of the Durbar Square.

     

    The Durbar Square itself is a rich repository of ancient structures, some in the pagoda style whereas others in the architecture of the Hindu Shikharas, such as the Taleju Temple, Jagannath Temple and Krishna Temple. A conspicuous characteristic of Krishna Temples over the city is the figure of the praying Garuda, the mount of Lord Krishna at the entrance.

     

    Other notable structures within the Square include the Kal Bhairav, a giant statue found in the fields during the Malla era and the fearsome statue of the Svet Bhairav whose face is covered for long periods of the year.

     

    In the evening enjoy your dinner in the midst of a cultural Nepali program.

     

  • Day 9: Bhaktapur and Patan

    After breakfast, proceed for the sightseeing tour to Bhaktapur and Patan.

     

    Bhaktapur, like Patan, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is often referred to as the ‘City of Devotees’ and is also known as Khwopa. One of the capitals during the Malla reign, Bhaktapur stands atop a hill a few kilometers away from Kathmandu.

     

    An absolute delight for tourists, Bhaktapur is full of shrines, temples, sculptures, palaces and even its homes and streets, display intricate woodwork and stonework designs. The town is brimming with historical and spiritual references.

     

    The Nyatapola Temple 100 feet pagoda structure lies in the Bhaktapur Square. Massive stone guardians guard the shrine at all steps level, atop from which one can view splendid views of the town below as well as the breathtaking surrounding scenery.

     

    The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a fabulous collection of ancient structures and temples, in pagoda and shikhara styles. Sculptures, statues and the wondrous engraving on lattice windows around a palace are some of the most significantly beautiful pieces of architecture and design in the square.

     

    You are free to explore the city in the evening until we return to Kathmandu for the overnight stay. 

     

  • Day 10: Kathmandu to Delhi, by air

    After breakfast at the hotel, take a walk through the famous Thamel area and soak in the carnival ambience.

     

    Later proceed to the airport to catch your flight to Delhi, from where you may proceed for your onward journey.

     

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