37 Day India - Nepal - Bhutan

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Enjoy the cultural heritage of one of the most ancient civilizations of the world, replete with natural wonders and regal glories of the past. From the Taj Mahal to cave paintings and sculptures, to the valley in the lap of the Himalayas, prepare to be dazzled on this trip which will take you on a joyride into the histories and mysteries of life.



  • An exotic journey into the heart of India with the cultural splash of Delhi and Rajasthan with their lively atmosphere and royal heritage.


  • Mesmerized by the Taj Mahal and the red sandstone red fort and getting lost in Mughal charm and an eternal story of Mohabbat(love).


  • Navigating the streets of Nepal and Kathmandu with their simple folk and the majestic Pashupatinath temple and having a friendly time with the monkeys.


  • A tour to brings cultures together and make bridges to travel India and Nepal and Bhutan not as tourists but as revered guests.


Day by Day plan

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  • Day 1: Delhi Arrival and Sightseeing

    A Wild Voyager representative will receive you on arrival at the airport and take you to the hotel.


    The city is a mix of the old and the new, with lassi from the narrow alleyways of Delhi to the rich cultural heritage of the city as seen from its magnificent monuments, Delhi will leave you spellbound with its influence from all the empires that have fallen and gained the throne of Delhi through decades. the cafes, bakeries, and glass spires represent the new age.


    The afternoon will be spent enjoying the Spice Market tour.


    There is history in the nooks and corners of all the narrow alleyways of Old Delhi, which date back to the Mughal era. On this tour, you will discover the magical world of Oriental spices with a guided tour with a local chef who will not only describe the spices but also teach you secret Indian recipes and their usage in them.


    The tour begins with the eternal symbol of the efforts of the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi--- The Raj Ghat. The shrine is very simple so as to honour the man who changed the world with ahimsa (non violence) and the concept of satyagraha.


    Red Fort: This magnificent fort built by Shah Jahan in 1639 is a standing example of Mughal architecture that served as ther ruling fort during Shah Jahan's reign and now is the place from where the Prime Minister delivers his speech on the Independence Day.


    A rickshaw ride through the colourfil alleys will take you to the Jama Masjid, which showcases the Mughal architecture at its full splendoiur with its magnificent domes and minarets.


    Next stop will be the New Delhi which was planned by Sir Edwin Lutyens at the orders of the British in the 1930s. it is an architectural feat and is often called Lutyens Delhi.


    The red sadstone arch which is the India Gate is the memorial for all the soldiers who died as martyrs in the fiorst world war. It leads us to the Parliament House, the magnificent seat of the world’s largest democracy. We shall also see Rastrapathi Bhawan, the Indian President’s official residence. The famed Mughal garden inside is resplendent with lush lawns and beautiful statuettes. It admits visitors in spring.    


    Now you will spend some time marvelling at the Qutub Minar. This structure with its rust resistant properties was built during the delhi sultanate in india by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak who was called the ‘wisest fool’ because of his crazy but illustrious ideas.


    The Bahai temple can be visited if time is available. This peaceful place will connect to your inner soul and leave you rejuvenated.


    A short distance away lie the bustling markets of Chandni Chowk - “Moonlit Square” - the celebrated 17th century market complex, where sweet shops from the 1790s retain their position as the best in the art of preserving history in every bite.


    Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the bustling and colourful alleys of Chandni Chowk.


    A short drive away, the stately Humayun’s Tomb is perhaps the first example of the Mughal style of architecture, inspired by Persian styles, more examples of which may be seen in Agra and Fatehpur Sikri. The structure was erected in memory of Emperor Humayun, father of the illustrious Emperor Akbar, by his widow Hamida Banu Begum. An avid scholar who died an untimely death after falling down the steps of his library, Humayun himself was an architecture enthusiast and well-versed in the Persian style of building. It is said that he himself drew up the blueprint of his tomb in his lifetime, but there is no documented evidence to that effect.


    Overnight stay will be at Delhi.


  • Day 2: Sightseeing in Delhi

    After breakfast, you will be taken to the Akshardham Temple.


    At the fascinating Akshardham Temple, Indian history and its royal countenance come forward with the breathtaking plethora of dioramas, animatronics, giant iMax screens and installations. The immense temple structure itself is a modern architectural marvel with high shikharas, plinths, domes, pillars and statues in the traditional Indian style held up without the benefit of even an ounce of steel.


    In the evening, you will be taken to the magical Kingdom of Dreams for an unforgettable cultural and entertainment extravaganza. Indian delicacies will be served for you which you can enjoy under the open sky. Later on, enjoy the Kingdom’s famous Bollywood show, a breathtaking on-stage performance that spectacularly brings to life the magic of Indian celluloid.


    Overnight stay will be at Delhi.


  • Day 3: Delhi to Amritsar, by air

    Proceed to the airport and board flight to Amritsar.


    Located on the ancient trade route that connected India to Central Asia, Amritsar is one of South Asia’s oldest cities, steeped in history, with a rich tradition of culture and commerce. Amritsar is also the spiritual center of Sikhism and is home to numerous religious sites, most importantly the stupendous Golden Temple. The old part of the city is walled, with a system of narrow alleyways that lead into residential units called katras which, in the old days, provided the city with a line of defense against invaders.


    In the evening visit the Wagah border for gate closing ceremony.


    Large, vocal crowds from both countries gather in large numbers to watch soldiers bedecked in ceremonial uniform conduct elaborately choreographed “Beating the Retreat” and “Change of Guard” maneuvers within handshaking distance of each other, accompanied with many theatrical glares and hostile gestures. In spite of the apparent belligerence (which the crowds love) between the two parties, the maneuvers are more often than not co-choreographed by officers from both sides over an amiable cup of tea.


    Overnight in Amritsar.



  • Day 4: Sightseeing in Amritsar

    Breakfast will be served at the hotel.


    Proceed for a tour of The Golden Temple.


    Shri Harmandir Sahib or Shri Durbar Sahib colloquially referred to as the Golden Temple, is Sikhism’s holiest shrine. Constructed in the 16th century, the dazzling gurdwara rests on a rectangular platform over the waters of Amrit Sarovar (lake of ambrosia) that gives Amritsar its name. The architecture of the temple is a blend of Hindu and Islamic styles and decorated with intricately carved wooden panels with elaborate gold and silver inlays. There are entrance gates in all four directions, symbolic of the Sikh faith’s openness, bidding welcome to followers of all faiths.


    Inside the temple during the day, on a ceremonial throne, lies the holy book of teachings, the Adi Granth or the Guru Granth Sahib which is returned every night to the Akal Takht, the seat of the religious governing body of the Sikhs. The early morning procession that brings the Adi Granth back to the temple is a highly recommended watch.


    On 13th April 1919, a British military officer ordered his troops to open fire upon a peaceful gathering of Indian protestors in Jallianwalla Bagh, injuring over a thousand people, and killing, according to official figures, 379. Today, a poignant flame-shaped monument marks the site of the killings, “hallowed by the mingled blood of two thousand innocent Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims,” according to the memorial plaque. Preserved on the site are walls with bullet holes and a well into which people dived to escape bullets and drowned.


    Overnight at Amritsar.


  • Day 5: Amritsar to Delhi by air, Delhi to Aurangabad, by air

    The city of Aurangabad was founded in 1610 by Malik Kafur, prime minister to the Nizam. Formerly called Fatehpur, it was later named Aurangabad when it came under the rule of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, who built walls around the city to fortify it from Maratha invaders.


    Overnight at Aurangabad.


  • Day 6: Sightseeing in Aurangabad

    Breakfast will be served at the hotel.


    Proceed for a visit to the Ellora and Aurangabad Caves.


    The magnificent rock-hewn cave temples of Ellora are just a short drive from Aurangabad. The 12 Mahayana Buddhist caves were built first between 550-750 AD. Then came 17 Hindu caves between 600-875 AD followed by 5 Jain caves from between 800 to 1000 AD. Recently, 22 more caves of Hindu origin dedicated to Lord Shiva have been uncovered.


    The remarkable Kailas Temple in cave 16 occupies pride of place among the Ellora Caves. Carved out of a single massive rock by hand, the temple is complete with a gateway, a pavilion, a courtyard, a vestibule, a sanctum sanctorum and a tower. Several generations of a seven thousand strong team of laborers are believed to have worked in continuous shifts over a period of one hundred and fifty years to coax out its massive form an unyielding rock. A stupendous living testimony of the workmanship of the era.


    The Aurangabad Caves are a set of twelve with the oldest dating back to the 2nd Century A.D. and show a distinct Buddhist lineage featuring chaityagrihas, viharas and exquisite panels and sculptures depicting the Avalokiteshwara and his consort Tara. Of particular interest is Cave 3 with its extremely intricate columns and sculptures depicting scenes from the Jakata tales that describe Buddha’s various incarnations and Cave 7 with its praying Bodhisattva.


    Overnight at Aurangabad.


  • Day 7: Expedition to Ajanta caves, Aurangabad to Mumbai, by air

    Breakfast will be served at the hotel.


    Proceed for a visit to the Ajanta Caves and Daulatabad Fort.


    High above the Waghora river gorge, lie thirty extraordinary caves that conceal in their depths entire temples hewn from solid rock. Once used as monsoon shrines and quarters by Buddhist monks and craftsmen, the Ajanta caves were built in two great bursts of extraordinary creativity separated by over 700 years. The older of the caves date back to 2nd and 1st centuries BC. The more modern caves, relatively speaking of course, belong to the 5th to 6th centuries AD. Inside the caves are chaitagrihas or prayer halls, and viharas or full-fledged monasteries. Vivid natural colour murals depicting the Buddha’s life and teachings adorn their walls.


    The 12th century Daulatabad Fort stands on a hill-top on the outskirts of Aurangabad. Spectacularly fortified with layers of protective moats, towers, heavily spiked gates, and a medieval version of a gas chamber to discourage intruders, this fortress beat back successive waves of formidable intruders over the centuries. As Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan lamented, “No ant or snake can scale it.” Don’t miss the panoramic view of the city from its ramparts.


    Transfer to the airport in the evening in time for your flight to Mumbai.


    Originally an archipelago of seven islands on the Arabian Sea, Mumbai was named after Mumba Devi, patron goddess of the Koli fishermen indigenous to the area. In the 19th century, reclamation work joined up the islands in a long, narrow strip of land that is the Mumbai we know today. This bustling metropolis is India’s commercial capital and home of Bollywood, the world’s largest movie industry. A city of contrasts, Ferraris and Porsches stand shoulder to shoulder on Mumbai roads with strikingly retro Premier Padmini cabs, and glitzy malls stocking super luxury brands co-exist side by side with buzzing local markets.


    Overnight at Mumbai.


  • Day 8: Mumbai to Udaipur, by air

    Breakfast will be served at the hotel.


    Founded by Maharana Uday Singh, beautiful Udaipur on the banks of Lake Pichola is a fairyland with beautiful palaces in the middle of lakes, islands, opulent havelis and temples. Surrounded by the ancient Aravalli hills, Udaipur shimmers in dazzling white and is also called the City of Dawn.


    Walk around the old city and proceed to the Monsoon Palace in the evening for sunset. Have a cup of tea in Fatehgarh Palace with a beautiful view of the city below.


    Overnight stay will be at Udaipur.


  • Day 9: Sightseeing in Udaipur

    Breakfast will be served at the hotel.


    Proceed for sightseeing tour of Udaipur, stopping first at City Palace.


    CITY PALACE: Standing with its majestic columns on the east bank of the Lake Pichola, is a large series of palaces built at from 1559 A.D. The balconies provide picturesque views of "Jag Niwas", Jag Mandir and the city of Udaipur. Its main entrance is through the triple-arched gate - the Tripolia, built in 1725. The way leads to a series of courtyards, gardens, arches and other architectural marvels which are beautiful and indescribably gorgeous. There is a Suraj Gokhda, where the maharanas of Mewar presented themselves in the times of trouble to the people to restore confidence. The Mor-chowk (Peacock courtyard), gets its name from the vivid mosaics in glass decorating its walls. The chini chitrashala is noteworthy while a series of wall paintings of KRISHNA are on display in Bhim Vilas. There are several other places such as Dilkhush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal and Krishna vilas - in memory of a princess of striking beauty who poisoned herself to avert a bloody battle for her hand by rival princes. The palace with its antique furniture, carvings, utensils takes you to an era of regal splendor.

    Here you will be awestruck by the rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, many-hued glass windows and inlaid marble balconies and the resplendent Peacock Courtyard.


    SAHELIYON KI BARI: Maharana Sangram Singh built this beautiful structure in the mid-18th century. The 'garden of the maidens’ is like a portrayal of the lives of the ladies of the Rajput era. The gorgeous gardens are quiet and secluded with beautiful corners here and there. There are four pools with dainty kiosks, and all around are flowerbeds, lawns, pools and fountains protected by a series of walls and shady trees. The garden is decorated with a lotus pool and garden where the striking ladies would laze and enjoy themselves in their full grandeur.


    BAGORE KI HAVELI: This old building was built right on the banks of the Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar built it in the eighteenth century. The palace has as more than a hundred rooms and displays of the Rajputana costumes and art. The glass and mirror work in the interiors of the Haveli are fragile but well preserved. It also preserves a fine example of Mewar Painting on the walls of the Queen's Chamber. The two peacocks made from small pieces of colored glasses are fine examples of glasswork. After the death of Badwa, the building became the property of the State of Mewar. It came to be occupied by Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore who built the palace of the three arches also in 1878 and it acquired its name of Bagore-ki-Haveli, the house of Bagore. After independence, the structure lay in neglect until 1986 when it housed the West Zone Cultural centre.


    JAGDISH TEMPLE: it is the huge temple outside the royal palace with 32 marble steps and a brass image of the lord garuda and hand carved stone iconography telling stories of the Hindu mythology. It is finely decorated and follows the Maru Gurjara style of architecture. It is significant as the temple of Lord Vishnu and is a marvelous spectacle.


    Overnight stay will be at Udaipur.


  • Day 10: Udaipur to Jodhpur by road, visit Ranakpur enroute

    Breakfast will be served at the hotel.


    Start for Jodhpur visiting Ranakpur enroute.


    The 15th century Ranakpur Temples are situated in the middle of dense woods and are an important pilgrimage for the Jain community. The temples’ exterior is majestic yet somber, while the interiors are richly embellished with highly intricate carvings covering every inch of the solid marble walls. This reflects the Jain belief in the importance of a rich inner life within a simple exterior.  The huge domed marble central ceiling of the temple is so adorned with dazzling filigree work that it looks almost translucent. The hushed silence inside the temple and the subtle smell of incense will put even the most gregarious traveller in a contemplative mood.


    Proceed for sightseeing of 16th century built Mehrangarh Fort, atop a rocky hill which soars 125 Mts. above Jodhpur town.


    Set at the edge of the Thar Desert, the regal city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero of the Ramayana. The massive 15th century AD Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 Mts above the plains. A high wall encompasses the city – 10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions.


    VISIT MUSEUM IN UMAID BHAWAN PALACE: The principal residence of the royal family of Jodhpur till now, this palace is a blend of the beaux-arts style of architecture. It was built to give employment to people during a famine. It was recently awarded the world’s best hotel award. It also has a museum with displays of cavalry items, paintings, swords and so on.


    Overnight stay will be at Jodhpur


  • Day 11: Sightseeing in Jodhpur

    Breakfast will be served at the hotel. Then proceed for sightseeing.


    Jaswant Thada, the white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II is known for its highly intricate lattice-work. The marble used in the structure is translucent and in the daytime, the interior walls glow from the sunshine outside. Jaswant Singh II was known for his innovative irrigation projects and to this day, locals throng to Jaswant Thada to pay their respects to the benevolent king whose touch once healed their arid land.


    Drive to the Bishnoi Villages for a short jeep safari.


    The Bishnoi tribe have been steadfast conservationists centuries before conservation became fashionable. Much like the Native American people, the Bishnois have a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of all species and believe that the continued survival of mankind is only possible if mankind takes steps to nurture and preserve every species of plant and animal that populates our planet. So much so, that it is common to spot, completely unafraid herds of blackbuck grazing right inside the Bishnoi villages. A visit to the Bishnoi Village gives one a rare and intimate insight into the daily life of this ancient, enlightened tribe.


    Overnight stay will be at Jodhpur.


  • Day 12: Jodhpur to Jaisalmer, by road

    Breakfast will be served at the hotel.


    In the heart of the Thar desert, Jaisalmer stands amidst a shifting landscape of giant sand dunes, its yellow sandstone buildings blending seamlessly with the desert sands. Founded in the 12th century by Maharawal Jaisal Singh, Jaisalmer is the perhaps the most iconic of Rajasthan’s cities.


    Overnight stay will be at Jaisalmer.


  • Day 13: Sightseeing in Jaisalmer

    Proceed by 09:30 AM to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jaisalmer Fort. It’s a magnificent Indian fort built with artisanal excellence.


    Enjoy a leisurely walk through the 15th century built living Fort complex, standing at a height of hundred meters over Jaisalmer town which glows golden in the rays of the afternoon sun. The fort is entered through a series of majestic gates which inspire awe. Visit Patwon ki Haveli, one of the largest and most elaborate mansion houses-which is five-storey high & extensively carved. Nearby is located a group of the 15th century built Jain Temples, which are beautifully carved & have a library hosting some of the oldest manuscripts of India.


    Lunch will be served with the traditional Rajasthani meal laid out in front of you. The afternoon will be for relaxing or as you wish.


    The 19th-century Nathmal ki Haveli may be identified by the two life-sized yellow sandstone elephants that stand guard at its gates and the murals that adorn its walls. According to legend, the building was built by two brothers one of whom concentrated on the left side of the structure and another on the right, leaving the final product a bit asymmetric.


    The three hundred-year-old Salim Singh ki Haveli is an interesting experiment in building design. Narrow at the base, the structure grows wider with every level. Completely stable, the haveli is occupied to this day.


    The magnificent six-story high Patwonji ki Haveli is known for the highly intricate carvings on its walls and houses the local office of the Archeological Survey of India.


    The Tazia Tower was a gift to the rulers of Jaisalmer from the Muslim stone carvers who worked in the city. Shaped like a tazia, a wooden tower carried by Shia Muslims during Muharram, it is, in terms of building style, different from everything else in Jaisalmer.


    The 15th century Godi Sagar Lake once held the town’s entire water supply. Surrounded by temples, the lake is home to migratory birds in winter. Don’t miss Tilon ki Pol, the beautiful yellow sandstone gateway that leads one to the lake.


    In the late afternoon, proceed to the sand dunes for visiting the typical Rajasthani Desert Village.


    Late in the evening, proceed for excursion to the rolling and precious sand Dunes in the Thar Desert for Camel joy-ride & sunset photo shoot opportunity. Later you will enjoy a Cultural Program & Dinner at a 5-Star hotel.


    Overnight stay will be at Jaisalmer.


  • Day 14: Jaisalmer to Bikaner, by road

    After breakfast, proceed to Bikaner. Reach and check in at the hotel.


    In 1488, A Rathore prince named Rao Bikaji used his army to convert these northwestern wastelands of Rajasthan into a thriving city that he named Bikaner after himself. Rao Bikaji was astute in his choice of land as the spot he chose was located near a water source, a precious commodity in these parts, and fell on the ancient Central Asian trade route. Surrounded by seven kilometer long medieval walls on its rocky perch, Bikaner is a splendid sight and a proud example of the rugged and exotic desert kingdoms of Rajasthan. 


    The camels are the domestic beast of choice in Bikaner and they are everywhere - pulling carts, transporting grain and drawing water from wells. Bikaner is also known for its famous riding camels, widely regarded as the world’s finest.


    A mouthwatering local snack, ubiquitous in the town’s narrow winding alleyways, is highly popular all over India as Bikaneri Bhujia.


    The beautifully preserved majestic Junagarh Fort was constructed in the 16th century and has never been taken in battle. The fort’s designer must have been a man of eclectic taste, borne out by the intricate inlay work on the inner walls of the fort.


    Overnight at Bikaner.


  • Day 15: Bikaner to Jaipur, by road

    Jaipur, also known as the ‘Pink City’ from the facelift it received in 1853 to celebrate a visit by Prince Albert, is dotted with havelis (traditional mansions), bazaars, opulent palaces and rugged majestic forts that showcase the glorious past of its rulers, the Rajputs.


    The Rajput princes were fierce warriors some of whom declared loyalty to the invading Mughals and proved to be formidable allies of the empire.  Among them was King Jai Singh II, whom the Mughals gave the title Sawai Maharaja, or “King and a quarter”. Jaipur gets its name from this valiant king.


    This evening, you can enjoy an exuberant Rajasthani Folk Dance Performance and a puppetry show, performed by a local tribe, followed by dinner consisting of typical Indian cuisine.


    In the magical land of Rajasthan where the heat shimmers like phantom water, where the things you see are not really there and where the things that vanish behind veils of illusion, stands Chokhi Dhani, an ethnic village resort with a blend of rustic environment and modern amenities making it an important destination in Pink City.


    Overnight at Jaipur


  • Day 16: Sightseeing in Jaipur

    After breakfast, our representative will take you on a ride to the Amber Fort on the back of an elephant. It will be extremely exciting for you.


    AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the resplendent and gorgeous Rajasthani fort palace in Jaipur.  Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I.  Its forbidding exterior hides an Oikos (inner chamber) which is significant of the conglomeration of Indian and Mughal architecture.


    Continue sightseeing.


    CITY PALACE – A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city.  It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.


    JANTAR MANTAR – This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country.  This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.


    HAWA MAHAL – The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur.  It is a five-storey structure of sandstone-plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.


    This afternoon is free for you to relax at the hotel spa, shop or explore independently. Shopping is superb in Jaipur, particularly for local wood carvings, silk and cotton sarees, exclusive handicrafts, miniature paintings and Kundan jewellery.


    Overnight stay will be at Jaipur.


  • Day 17: Jaipur to Ranthambore National Park, by road

    After breakfast at your hotel, proceed to Ranthambhore National Park in a spacious Wild Voyager approved vehicle.


    Ranthambhore is the largest national park in North India and its dry deciduous forests are home to over 500 species of flowering plants and 270 species of birds in addition to leopards, nilgai, sloth bear and wild boar. 


    Ranthambhore, of course, is best known for its large Tiger population. The chances of spotting a tiger is relatively high in Ranthambhore, with the elusive predator often seen basking in the sun or enjoying the shade of a tree.


    Ranthambhore’s most famous denizen is the aging T-16, better known as Machhli or “fish” after the curious markings on her face. Machhli has been the subject of numerous wildlife documentaries and is an “Internet phenomenon” - a video of her hunting a giant saltwater crocodile generating over 2 million views on Youtube.


    Other notable striped residents of Ranthambhore include Machhli’s grown up cub T-17 or Sundari (the pretty one), her boyfriend the temperamental T-25 (better known as Dollar), the elusive T-19, the current dominant female of Ranthambhore, and the majestic T-28 or Sitara (Star), the park’s dominant male.


    Overnight stay will be at Ranthambore.


  • Day 18: Sightseeing in Ranthambore

    You will be taken by our representative for a jungle safari to Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. The Jungle is home to Tigers, Panthers, Sloth bears, Pythons, Marsh crocodiles & hundreds of deer & numerous birds.


    The rest of the morning is free. You could spend time at the pool or explore the town. You could also visit the temple on top of the fort. Leave for afternoon safari after lunch.


    Dinner will be at the resort.


    Overnight stay will be at Ranthambhore.


  • Day 19: Ranthambore to Agra by road, enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri

    After lunch at Bharatpur, proceed to Fatehpur Sikri.


    Fatehpur Sikri or the “City of Victory”, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 in honour of Sufi saint Salim Chishti was the capital of the Mughals for 14 years. The white marble Tomb of the Salim Chisti with its intricately carved marble screens occupies pride of place in the central courtyard of the structure.


    Attractions include the colossal Buland Darwaza, a victory gate built to mark the conquest of Gujarat by Emperor Akbar, the Diwan-i-Aam where the emperor held his legendary hearings with the general public and the Diwan-i-Khas where he held private consultation with his nine ministers, or as he called them, his navaratna or nine gems.


    Fatehpur Sikri also houses the palace of Jodhabai, Akbar’s Hindu wife, and the house of the legendary Birbal - Akbar’s Hindu minister and one of the navaratnas - the tales of whose extraordinary wit and wisdom are the stuff of popular culture in India, inspiring countless comic books and children’s animation TV shows.


    The Mughal capital of Agra on the banks of the Yamuna River is a bustling town teeming with narrow, winding alleyways that hark back to an era gone by. Dotted by magnificent monuments including UNESCO World Heritage Site Taj Mahal, the city is a dazzling contrast of red sandstone and white marble structures.


  • Day 20: Sightseeing in Agra

    Proceed to the Taj Mahal at sunrise for the best view and exploration.


    Our representative will take you first to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Agra Fort, the seat of power of the mighty Mughal Empire.  After lunch, you will be taken to the Mohabbat-e-Taj or the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the modern world & a flawless architectural wonder built in white marble. Time free for shopping and clicking pictures and buying mementos for back home.


    Itmad-Ud-Daulah is perhaps the Mughal Empire’s best-kept secret. Empress Nur Jehan, the wife of Jehangir, son of Akbar, commissioned the structure as a memorial to her father. Mistakenly called Baby Taj, Itmad-Ud-Daulah, in fact, is decades older than the Taj and may have served as its design blueprint.


    Overnight will be at Agra.


  • Day 21: Agra to Gwalior, by road

    Drive to Gwalior after breakfast in a spacious comfortable Wild Voyager approved vehicle.


    According to legend, the city of Gwalior was named by a grateful prince after the sage, Gwalipa whose gift of water not only quenched the royal’s thirst but cured him of all ailments. Strategically located in the heart of North India just a 100 kilometers South of Agra, the grand former princely state of Gwalior has been in the news since the 8th Century. From the Tomar Kings to the Rajputs, the Afghan Spurs to the Mughals, the British colonists to the 1857 mutineers, Gwalior has always been in the thick of empire-building, the proverbial eye of the storm. Consequently, successive dynasties have built and rebuilt the city, each leaving an indelible mark on Gwalior’s architectural and cultural landscape.


    Enjoy a sound and light show at Gwalior Fort in the evening.


    Overnight stay will be at Gwalior.


  • Day 22: Sightseeing in Gwalior

    After breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of the city.


    One of India’s biggest fortresses, the Gwalior Fort stands atop a hill whose slopes have been artificially made steeper to render it unclimbable. Over 2.4 km long, the ramparts of the fort loom imposingly over the skyline from nauseating but breathtaking heights. The earliest mention of the fort goes back to the Hunas in AD 525. Over the centuries, the fort changed hands from the Hunas to the Pratihars, the Turks, the Sultanate, the Tomars, the Mughals and eventually the Scindia rulers who later aligned with the British colonial forces.


    The fort has temples, royal palaces, and intricate stone carvings that are well worthy of photography. The spectacle is the 40 ft statue in the Jain temple of the Tirthankara.


    Also of note is the 15th century Man Mandir Palace and Gujari Mahal built by Raja Man Singh Tomar. The ornate vast chambers of Man Mandir Palace that once served as music halls hide dark secrets. The dungeons underneath saw large-scale incarceration and executions in the Mughal Era, including fratricide, while the nearby Jauhar Pond served as a site for mass self-immolation by the palace’s womenfolk following the defeat of their king in battle. The exquisite and much more cheerful Gujari Mahal was built by the king for his beloved Gujar Queen, Mriganayani. The Mahal is very well preserved and today houses the Archeological Museum. On display are artifacts dating back to the 1st and 2nd centuries BC and an exquisite Salabañjika - a traditional figurine depicting a young woman and a tree, and believed to be a fertility symbol. The Salabañjika is usually not on display but can be shown to travellers upon request.


    The 11th Century Sas Bahu Temples (Mother- and daughter-in-law in Hindi, but actually a corruption of Sahasrabahu, or the Thousand Armed One) in the Gwalior Fort Complex are highly ornate three-tiered red sandstone structures unique in the fact that no arches have been used to support their bulk. Instead, they stand solely on the strength of a precise distribution of beams and pillars.


    Other attractions in Gwalior include the newly constructed Sun Temple that draws inspiration from the original one in Konarak, Orissa, the Afghan Prince Ghaus Mohammed’s Tomb, famous for its exquisite stone latticework said to be as delicate as lace and the Gurdwara Data Bandhi Chhod built in honour of Sikh Guru Hargobind Sahib who was detained for two years at the Gwalior Fort by Mughal Emperor Jehangir. Also of interest is the luxurious Jai Vilas Palace belonging to the last of the Gwalior dynasties the Scindias. A joyous pastiche of European architectural styles, this grand structure is now partially a museum.


    Gwalior also is a major hub of Hindustani Classical Music, home to two of its most prestigious gharanas and birthplace of legendary 17th-century musician Mian Tansen, one of the “Nine Gems” or Navaratnas in the court of Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great. Consistent with that formidable legacy is Gwalior Sarod Ghar, a unique repository of all things Hindustani Classical. With a proud display of documents, photographs and musical instruments belonging to the great masters, Sarod Ghar spectacularly brings to life India’s glorious musical heritage through meticulously curated items, audiovisual presentations and regular performances by some of the country’s finest artists.     


    Overnight stay will be at Gwalior.


  • Day 23: Gwalior to Khajuraho by road, enrouet visit Orchha

    After breakfast at the palace, the tour will begin.


    Drive to Orchha through the famous Chambal Ravines.


    12 km from Khajuraho, the medieval city of Orchha on was founded in 1501 by the Bundela rulers on the bank of the Betwa river. The town is famous for its cenotaphs, locally known as chhattris, built in the memory of long-dead kings.


    The Orchha Fort, the royally high domes and spires of Chaturbhuj Temple and the Raj Mandir, are of historical as well as architectural importance.


    Continue to Khajuraho.


    The Chandela dynasty of Central India is credited with the construction of the magnificent Khajuraho Complex between the 9th and 10 centuries AD. The name Khajuraho may be a corruption of the Sanskrit Kharjura Vahaka, the bearer of the scorpion and could be a reference to one of Khajuraho’s popular sculptures, depicting woman undressing to remove a scorpion from her body.


    The sandstone walls of the Khajuraho temples are crowded with countless sculptures of gods, goddesses, dancers and beasts but it’s the sections containing erotic sculptures that the temple is most famous for. Some interpret them as an indicator of the liberal and enlightened outlook of medieval Indian society but according to some scholars, the figures are merely metaphoric and conceal a deeper symbolism.


    Khajuraho is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most exotic high points of your luxury tour of the Indian subcontinent.


    Spend the evening watching the amazing sound and light show in the Western Temple Complex.


    Overnight stay will be at Khajuraho.


  • Day 24: Sightseeing in Khajuraho

    Kandariya Mahadev is the largest temple in the complex built for worshipping Lord Shiva, with over 800 exquisitely sculpted figures of gods and celestial maidens adorning its walls.


    Chausat Yogini Temple is the oldest in the complex. The only granite temple among the cluster, it’s a shrine to one of the aspects of the fearsome Hindu Mother Goddess Kali, or The Dark One.


    The Lakshmana Temple stands at the southwest corner. Look out for a minor shrine where one of the ancient sculptors added his own likeness in a touching act of vanity.


    Other temples include the Vishwanath Temple with exquisite stonework on its outer wall, the Matangeswara Temple with its famed eight foot high phallic lingam, the Chitragupta Temple, inside which the radiant Sun God rides his seven-horse chariot, and the Varaha Temple that houses a 1.5 m high Varaha, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu as a giant boar, that attempts (and fails) to find the end of the universe.


    The Brahma and the Hanuman temples are the most famous and best preserved among the Eastern Group of temples. Don’t miss the Vamana temple that showcases in elaborate stone-work all ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu.


    This place also has a few temples belonging to the Jain religion, probably because one of the descendants of the Chandela dynasty may have adopted Jainism. The prominent among these are the Ghantai temple, the Parsvanath and the Shantinath temple.


    Overnight stay will be at Khajuraho.


  • Day 25: Khajuraho to Varanasi, by air

    After breakfast, the tour will begin.


    The spectacular and historic city of Varanasi has been the site for Hinduism and prayers offered to the Ganges since time immemorial.


    Varanasi’s high ghats (steps leading to and from the river) are crowded with priests, wrestlers, astrologers, devotees, bathers, morning walkers and saffron-clad mendicants or sadhus. The ringing of temple bells and the heady, heavy smell of incense permeate everywhere. In Varanasi, even a short walk or a simple boat-ride is an unforgettable adventure.


    The cinematic nature of daily life in Varanasi is not lost on filmmakers and over the years, many have made Varanasi their backdrop, among them maestros like Roberto Rossellini, James Ivory and Satyajit Ray. Fittingly, the first moving picture ever shot on Indian soil was filmed here in 1899.


    Varanasi is one of the unforgettable highlights of your luxury holiday in the timeless Indian subcontinent.


    Spend the evening shopping in the lanes of Varanasi. Later in the evening visit, the Ghats for the auspicious and breath-taking Aarti of Lights offered to Goddess Ganges.


    Overnight stay will be at Varanasi.


  • Day 26: Sightseeing in Varanasi

    Go for an early morning boat ride along the middle of the river to watch the spiritual life of Hindu India unfold before you along the banks. Visit Dashashwamedh and Manikarnika, the holiest of the Varanasi ghats. A section of Manikarnika serves as a cremation ground and it is said the funeral pyre never dies here.


    Proceed for a sightseeing tour of the ancient city.


    Visit Bharat Mata Temple, with a huge marble relief map of India as the deity.


    Later, visit the 18th century Durga Temple. According to legend, the idol of the goddess simply appeared in the spot where the temple stands today.


    The white marble Tulsi Manas Temple has scenes and stanzas from the Hindi epic Ram Charit Manas engraved upon its walls. The temple is in the traditional Shikhara style, its towers representing the great Himalayan summits or shikharas. 


    Up next, the 4000 acre Benaras Hindu University campus houses an art gallery and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.


    A short drive from Varanasi lies Sarnath where, millennia ago, the Buddha delivered his first ever sermon. Today, thousands of travellers from all over the world pour in every year to pay homage to what is one of the holiest places in Asia. The 1600-year-old Dhamekh stupa marks the spot where the Buddha sat as he delivered his first teachings. Interestingly, this ancient stupa is a stand-in for an even earlier structure erected by Emperor Asoka in 249 BC to commemorate the teaching. 


    The highly recommended Sarnath museum houses antiquities dating back to the 3rd century BC. Don’t miss the gigantic red sandstone standing Bodhisattvas and the magnificent Asokan pillar that is India’s state symbol.


    Overnight stay will be at Varanasi.


  • Day 27: Varanasi to Kathmandu, by air

    Our representative will collect you from the airport. The plane ride will have ensured magnificent views of the Everest through fluffy clouds.


    Our representative will take you to the hotel where you can refresh yourself.


    The fertile Kathmandu Valley lies in the tract of land that is of immense importance to the monarchs like the lichhavis and the Mallas, and later the Shah kings who continued monarchy even as late as 2006.


    Strategically placed between the southern Mahabharat Range and the majestic northern snowcapped peaks of the Great Himalaya Range, Kathmandu Valley is a fertile saucer-shaped tract of land of unbelievable richness, both literal as well as figurative, with a dazzling cultural tradition of art, music and architecture. The pagoda design, famous and unique in Asia, is Nepal’s cultural legacy to the world, its design carried to the Chinese Emperor’s Court in the 13th Century by Newari virtuoso architect Arniko. Each of the three cities of Kathmandu Valley - Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan are wonderful and vibrant centres of culture with ancient carvings, stupas, and seven UNESCO world heritage sites to boot.


    The capital of today’s Nepal, Kathmandu City evolved around a single wooden structure used as a rest stop by pilgrims as well as peddlers passing through the ancient trade route between India and Tibet. The wooden rest stop called the kastha mandap that lends the city its name still stands in Kathmandu’s vibrant central Durbar Square. It is the hippie hub of the world with pretty little bookshops, cafes, sushi parlors to provide you a feel of a world beyond boundaries.


    Overnight stay will be at Kathmandu. In the evening enjoy a local dance program with an authentic Nepali dinner at the cultural centre.


    Overnight stay will be at Katmandu.


  • Day 28: Sightseeing in Kathmandu, See Mount Everest

    Breakfast will be served at the hotel.


    You can take an early morning Mount Everest flight for a view of the majestic Himalayas and the Mount Everest.


    Proceed for visits to Pashupatinath, Swambhunath and Bouddhnath.


    After a hearty breakfast, our representative will take you on the tour.


    Pashupatinath is one of the holiest Hindu shrines in the world and part of the Panchkedar, the five holiest temples to Shiva. The temple is located on the banks of the Bagmati river and serves as the seat of Nepal's national deity, Lord Pashupatinath. It has wonderfully intricate pagoda-style architecture, with gold and silver used in the carvings and Nandi the bull statue guarding the entrance.


    The magnificent Swayambhunath Stupa stands on a hill gazing down benignly at the valley below through its benevolent Buddha eyes. The high winds on the hill cause the maze of prayer flags around it to flutter noisily as devotees turn the prayer wheels, light candles and butter lamps while circumambulating the stupa.    Erroneously and flippantly called Monkey Temple owing to the large simian population in the wooded hillside, Swayambhunath is among the oldest structures in the Valley, and according to legend, not built by the hands of men.


    On the outskirts of Kathmandu, the stupendous Boudhanath is the largest stupa in the world. There is a maelstrom of activity around the stupa at all times of the day. Devotees walk around it, children play on it, curio stores blare Buddhist chants set to electronica, ceremonial drums beat in nearby monasteries and the heady smell of incense and butter lamps hand heavy in the air. Above them, all, the stupa’s giant Buddha eyes keep watching. 


    Overnight stay will be at Kathmandu.


  • Day 29: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

    Proceed for a full day visit of Patan and Bhaktapur after breakfast.


    Across the Bagmati River, lies Patan, the second largest city of Kathmandu Valley and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A spacious, busy Durbar Square - crowded with locals who gather there to relax on the temple steps or catch up on the gossip - yields to numerous narrow winding alleyways snaking out in every possible direction. Some lead to tucked away temples, others to Malla-era houses still in use, while still others might lead to workshops where artisans are engrossed in making fearsome traditional masks or exquisite thangkas. In Patan, there is something surprising and magical around every corner.


    Look up to the roof struts to see carvings of figures engaged in quite athletic acts of intercourse. A few minutes' walk North of the square is the Golden Temple, a Buddhist monastery guarded by sacred tortoises that potter around the courtyard.


    Near the Northern edge of the Durbar Square, stands the majestic five-tiered pagoda structure of the Kumbheshwar Mahadev Temple. The oldest temple in Patan, this structure dates back to the 14th century.


    A little further South lies Jwalakhel with Nepal’s only zoo.


    Bhaktapur, the “City of Devotees” stands on a hilltop a few miles east of Kathmandu. One of the four Malla Era capitals of Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur retains much of its medieval charm and way of living and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


    A treat for the eyes, Bhaktapur is full to the brim with exquisite shrines, palaces, sculptures, temples, columns and lakes, with practically every visible square inch of the city teeming with elaborate and intricate stone- or woodwork. Fittingly, Bhaktapur served as the backdrop for much of filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci’s stunning “Little Buddha.”


    Overnight at Kathmandu.


  • Day 30: Kathmandu to Pokhara, by air

    Breakfast will be served at the hotel.


    The beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara lies in a valley under the shadow of the mighty Annapurna Range. The highest of her summits reach an altitude of 8091 meters and is designated one of the world’s most difficult to climb. Covered in eternal snow, the great Himalayan summits reflected in the waters of Phewa Lake is one of the iconic and enduring images of Pokhara, and indeed, all of Nepal. But more than the mighty Annapurna peaks, it’s the relatively modest Mt. Fishtail (Macchapuchhre) that is the most identifiable element on the Pokhara horizon. The twin-peaked side of Machhapuchhre that resembles the tail of a fish is not visible from Pokhara, from where it rather resembles the Matterhorn. Machhapuchhre is considered a holy peak and not open for climbing.


    Pokhara is the trailhead for several of the world’s iconic treks including the legendary Annapurna Circuit Trek, and the headquarters of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), one of the most successful tourism funded conservation projects in the world. Pokhara falls on one of the trade routes from Tibet, and to this day, mule trains carry supplies to and from the cold desert Trans-Himalayan kingdoms beyond the Annapurna range.


    A popular tourist spot, the narrow strip along the lakeside comes alive every evening with buzzing curio stores, bookshops, restaurants, pubs and live music.


    Overnight at Pokhara.


  • Day 31: Sightseeing in Pokhara

    The high vantage point of Sarangkot is highly recommended for fabulous views of the Annapurna range during sunset and sunrise.


    Also recommended, the deafening Patale Chhango (or Hell’s Waterfall) where the waters of the Pardi Khola noisily disappears into a gap in the ground. It is said that decades ago, a foreign tourist, either a woman named Devina or Mrs. Davis, or a man named David or Devin, came too close to the waterfall and was swept into the Earth by the force of the water, giving the waterfall it’s the colloquial name of Devi’s Fall. There is no evidence to corroborate this legend though, and the story appears suspiciously allegorical, warning city slickers of the devastating power of nature.


    The Seti Gandaki river which roars through Pokhara unseen or largely underground can be observed from near KI Singh Bridge in the Northern part of the city.


    Other suggested spots include the Cave of bats, the Pokhara Museum and the secluded Begnas and Rupa Lakes in the outskirts of town.


    End your trip by visiting the Tibetan Monastery.


    Overnight will be at Pokhra.


  • Day 32: Pokhara to Kathmandu by air, Kathmandu to Paro by air, Paro to Thimpu by road

    Breakfast will be served at the hotel.


    At an altitude of 2248m above sea level, quiet, laidback and beautiful Thimpu is the capital city of the erstwhile forbidden kingdom of Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon. Surrounded by rolling hills and nestled by the Wang Chuu River, Thimpu is perhaps the only capital city in the world without a single traffic light.


    Thimpu has had some habitation as well as its own dzong (fortress-monasteries unique to Bhutan) since the 12th century but it remained not much more than a scattering of hamlets until in the 1960s when it was declared the capital city of Bhutan.


    Thimpu is your gateway to the unique cultural traditions of this fascinating Himalayan nation that measures progress not by GDP or per capita income but by Gross National Happiness and has among the highest human development indices scores in the region.


    Proceed for sightseeing in the afternoon.


    Located on the west bank of Wang Chuu, the Tashi Chhoe Dzong (also Tashichhoedzong or Tashichho Dzong) houses the secretariat, the king’s office and throne room, and is also the site for spectacular masked dances during the annual Tsechu festival. Look out for stunning painted mandalas on the ceilings, images of Buddhist masters and the guardian kings on the North-East entrance. The original structure dates back to the 17th century although much reconstruction work has happened in the late 19th and early 20th century to repair damage caused by earthquakes and fire.


    Overnight at Thimpu.


  • Day 33: Sightseeing in Thimpu

    Breakfast will be at the resort.


    Explore Thimpu.


    A must-visit quirky spot in Thimpu is the Takin Reserve. According to Bhutanese lore, a Buddhist master known for his fits of madness took the head of a goat and stuck it to the torso of a cow to produce the Takin, the large, shaggy goat-antelope that’s Bhutan’s national animal. An early morning visit is ideal for observing these lumbering, hirsute animals as they crowd near the reserve fences to feed.


    Dechen Phodrang is Thimpu’s oldest dzong and is currently a monastic school. On display are rare 12th-century traditional paintings and a giant statue of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the Tibetan Buddhist master who unified Bhutan.


    Return to the beautiful hotel and you would watch a fencing match today if time permits.


    Overnight will be in Thimpu.


  • Day 34: Thimphu to Punakha, by road

    Punakha is the old capital of Bhutan and is located in the warmest of the country’s valleys. Bhutan’s famous red rice is grown in the lush green paddy fields that cover the town’s outskirts.


    The Punakha Dzong is widely regarded as Bhutan’s most beautiful with stunning woodcarvings, murals and rows of Jacaranda trees that burst into an explosion of purple in full bloom. The Dzong is also the site for the coronation of Bhutan’s first king, Ugyen Wangchuk.


    The Khamshung Valley Temple is among Bhutan’s most elaborate and is known for its gorgeous, highly intricate murals as well as traditional paintings of Buddhist deities and saints. Your guide will be at hand to explain their complex symbolism.


    The highly intriguing 15th century Chhimi Lhakhang commemorates the Buddhist saint Drukpa Kinley or the Divine Madman whose teachings inform Bhutanese Buddhist faith to this day. An unusual spiritual teacher, Drukpa Kinley used cutting irreverence, ribaldry and sexual freedom as tools to teach Buddhist philosophy and help his flock sever their ties with the material world. Bhutan owes its continuing practice of decorating the eaves of residential houses with phallic symbols to the maverick teacher. Along with frescos and murals depicting the master’s exploits, Chhimi Lhakhang is known for the silver handled wooden phallus in its sanctum. It is said that the Guru himself carried it back from Tibet and to this day, childless women pray to the phallus in the hope that some of its virility will rub off on them and their partners.


    Overnight at Punakha.


  • Day 35: Punakha to Paro, by road

    Breakfast will be served at the resort. Later drive to Paro in a spacious, comfortable Wild Voyager approved vehicle.


    Overnight at Paro.


  • Day 36: Sightseeing in Paro

    Breakfast will be served at the hotel.


    In the afternoon, visit Ta Dzong. On the hilltop above Rinpung Dzong, stands the Ta Dzong that in the old days served as a watchtower for the former and today houses the National Museum. The museum has a fine collection of thangkas, Buddhist artifacts, exquisite postage stamps, handicraft and weapons.


    The 7th Century Pagoda style Kyichu Lhakhang temple is said to have been visited by the Guru Padmasambhava himself and is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Built by King Songsten Gampo, the temple is, according to local lore, among the 108 temples erected in a single day by the king to pin down a giant demoness who had lain down across the Himalayas to prevent the spread of Buddhism across the region. Standing over the heart of the demoness, Kyichu Lhakhang is the most important of the 108. The museum next door is also well worth a visit.


    Overnight at Paro.


  • Day 37: Paro to Delhi, by air

    Breakfast will be served at the hotel.


    Later, a Wild Voyager representative shall drive you to the airport for your flight to Delhi.