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India Nepal Tour Journey

PROGRAM:

Day 01,  Arrive Kathmandu.
Arrive in Kathmandu, you will be met at the airport by Swadeshi Journey’s representative and  transferred to your Hotel.

Day 02,  Kathmandu  :
Morning after breakfast visit the Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city, Durbar Square and Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)

Kathmandu Durbar Square:This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries used to be the seat of Malla kings of Kathmandu. The Durbar square, protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the social religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also several Museums inside the palace building.

Swoyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple): This is considered as oldest Buddhist stupa. Watches over the valley from the top of hillock on its western side. The stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites of Nepal. It’ establishment is linked to the creation of Kathmandu valley out of primordial lake. It’s listed in World Heritage site. Overnight hotel.

Day 03:  Kathmandu
A full day guided sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath temple,Baudhanath stupa & Patan.

Baudhanth Stupa: Baudhanath lies about 6km to the east of down town Kathmandu and is the largest stupa in the valley. It looms 36m high and presents one of the most fascinating specimen of stupa design. Boudhnath, a World Heritage site, is also known as “Little Tibet”. There are more than 45 Buddhist monasteries in the area.

Pashupatinath Temple: One of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. It is situated 5km east from city center. The richly ornamented pagoda houses the sacred Linga of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate its existence prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River flowing beside the temple also a World Heritage Sites.

Patan Durbar Square: Durbar Square like its counter part in Kathmandu, is an enchanting mélange of palace building, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former Royal place complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu God Krishna built entirely of stone. It is listed on World Heritage site.

Day 04           Kathmandu – Chitwan National Park (drive about 04hrs./150kms .)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Chitwan National Park–This is one of the Nepal’s largest forest regions with a range of wildlife covering an area of 932 sq. km. This Park is home of The rare great one horned rhinoceros, several species of deer sloth bear, leopard, wild boar, fresh water dolphin, crocodile, more than 350 species of birds and the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger etc.  The park, made up of the flood plains of the Narayani, Rapti and Reu rivers. This park includes hilly areas of the Siwalik range covered by deciduous sal forest and carpeted with grass. This makes the park a true bird watcher’s Paradise.

Afternoon  Jungle safari to the National Park. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 05:           Chitwan National Park — Lumbini (drive about 05hrs./175kms.)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Lumbini–The birth place of Lord Buddha about 175 kms/ abt 5 hrs.  Afternoon visit Maya Devi Temple , the Parts of the Maya Devi Temple are believed to be over 200 years old. A huge pipal tree is gradually tearing the temple apart—Some believe this is the tree that Maya Devi held while giving birth to Siddhartha. You can visit Ashoka pillar also just near to Maya devi temple. The pillar at Lumbini commemorates Ashoka’s pilgrimage to the birthplace of Buddha.  It is six metres high, although half of it is underground.  Overnight at Hotel.

Day 06:           Lumbini—Sunauli border – Kushinagar (drive about 8hrs./190kms.)
Early morning by 0600hrs. drive to reach Sunauli border by 0800hrs. to stand on que (entry opens at 0830hrs) and try to clear immigration as soon as possible and continue drive to Kushinagar to reach by afternoon.

Afternoon visit Mahaparinirvana temple, Burmist temple, Kushinagar–(near Kasia), east of Gorakhpur is clebrated as the place where the Buddha died at the age of 80 and was cremated and passed into Parinirvana. This place is one of four major Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Monasteries established after the Buddha’s death flourished here until the 13th century. In the main site, the core of the Main Stupa poosibly dates from Ashoka’s time with the Parinirvana Temple. The restored 6 m recumbent sandstone figure of the dying Buddha in a shrine in front , may have been brought from Mathura by the monk Haribala during King Kumargupta’s reign (413—455 AD). Excavations were begun here by the archaeological survey of India in 1904—05, following clues left by the Chinese travelers o/n Hotel .

Day 07:           Kushinagar – Varanasi (drive about 08hrs./ 325kms..)
Morning leave early by  0730hrs., to reach Varanasi in time to visit  evening Aarti ceremony on the banks of  holy river Ganges (Aarti starts around 1800hrs. during winter period i.e. Oct. till March).  overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 08 :          Varanasi – Bodhgaya (drive about 6hrs./250kms.)
Very early morning sunrise boat ride on the holy  river Ganges, back to the hotel, after breakfast  short drive about 15 kms to Sarnath, is one of Buddhism’s major centres in India. When Buddha had gained enlightenment at Bodhgaya, the Buddha came to the deer park ar Sarnath and delivered his first sermon, usually referred to as Dharamachakra (The Wheel of Law). Visit to Dharmarajika Stupa—Built by the emperor Asoka to contain relics of the Buddha. It was enlarged on several occasions but was destroyed by Jagat Singh, Dewan of the Maharaja of Benaras, in 1794, when a green marble casket containing human bones and pearls was found.

Afternoon drive to Bodhgaya – A quiet village near the river Phalgu, is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centres  since it was under the Bodhi tree here that Gautama, the prince attained supreme enlightenment to become “The Buddha”. Arrive Bodhgaya transfer & overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 09:           Bodhgaya – Rajgir (drive about 02hrs. /90kms.)
Bodhgaya, visit Mahabodhi Temple—The temple stands east to the Bodhi Tree. It’s architectural effect is superb. It’s basement is 48 sequare feet and it rises in the form of a slender Pyramid, till it reaches its neck, which is cylindrical in shape. The total height of the temple is 170 feet, Vajrasana–  Vajrasana, the seat of stability. The Buddha supposed to have say in meditation gazing east under the Bodhi tree, where the Vajrasana, the stone platform is kept,  The Hindu Monastery,  Monasteries of Japan, China, Thailand, Korea, Burma, Tibet etc…

Later drive to Rajgir, – is a pleasant valley and is a very important pilgrim centre for the Hindus and Jains. It is a most popular winter health resort with number of hot water springs. arrive Rajgir check-in & overnight at Hotel.

Day 10:           Rajgir – Nalanda – Patna (drive about 03hrs./120kms.)- Patna – Delhi Fly
(ETD 1730hrs. ETA 1910hrs.)
Morning after breakfast visit  Griddhakoot Hill—Associated with Lord Buddha. The “Hill of Vultures” was one of the Buddha’s favourite places where he delivered many important sermons.

Later drive to Patna via Nalanda  visit ruins of one of the world’s great universities founded in the 5 th century B C. and an important Buddhist centre until it was sacked by the Afghans in the 12th century and Museum.

Later  transfer to Airport for flight to Delhi (ETD 1730hrs. ETA 1910hrs.), arrive Delhi transfer & overnight at Hotel.

Day 11,            Delhi – full day visit  to Jama Masjid, Old Delhi bazaar, Raj Ghat, Gandhi Museum, Lotus Temple, Iskon temple & Akshardham temple.  O/n  Delhi

Pls note, Delhi Red fort is not so important, since you will be visiting Fatehpur Sikri & Agra fort (which are main forts for Mughal emperors)

Day 12:           Delhi – Jaipur (drive about 06hrs. /265kms.)
Morning after breakfast, visit India Gate – The War Memorial, President’s house and the Secretariat building, Humayun Tomb & Qutub Minar.
Late afternoon drive to Jaipur, arrive Jaipur check-in & overnight at Hotel.

Day 13:           In Jaipur
Morning  visit to Amber Fort, the ancient Capital of the state until 1728. Enjoy the Elephant ride up to the hill on which the Fort is situated. Visit the Jagmandir or the hall of victory, Jaimahal (Look at the beautiful mirror work and intricate inlay work) and the Temple of Goddess Kali.

Later city sightseeing tour visiting Maharaja’s City Palace and the Observatory. Drive past Hawa Mahal or the Palace of winds through the rose – pink residential and business areas of Jaipur. Evening free to stroll in local bazaar.   Overnight at Hotel.

Day 14:           Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri  -Agra (drive about 06hrs. /245kms.)
Morning after breakfast drive to Agra , En- route visit  the deserted city at Fatehpur Sikri(40 KMS from Agra) built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned it just after 15 years due to the scarcity of water. Visit the graceful buildings – The punch Mahal, Anup Talab,Diwan-e- Khas, Tomb of the holy saint Salim Chisti,Buland Darwaza and other important palaces where one experiences not only the Architectural brilliance but also its perfect fusion.  Continue drive to Agra, arrive Agra check-in & overnight at Hotel.

PLEASE NOTE  :  TAJ MAHAL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS.

Day 15:           Agra
Early morning visit sunrise view of the world famous Mausoleum – The Taj Mahal, an unique epitome of Love built by Moghul Emperor Shahjahan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. A Sahajahan”s drop of tear on the cheek of Time that has now crystallized.       

Later visit  Agra fort, built by Akbar and later extended by Jahangir and Shah Jahan.

Evening free to stroll local market. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 16 :          Agra -Delhi – Europe fly (rooms will be provided till 1200hrs.)
Morning after breakfast, drive back to Delhi, arrive Delhi straight  transfer to airport for flight back to home country.

End of Services.

Above Cost includes only

i) All hotels with Bed & Breakfast basis only.

ii) Hotel in Chitwan with all meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)

iii) 01 wildlife activity of  Elephant back safari at Chitwan N.P. with nature walk, bird watching, including naturalist and entrance fee to the National park.

iv) All transportation will be Airconditioned

v) Transportation cost includes, all state / toll taxes, parking, fuel, driver allowance only.

vi) English Speaking Guide for  sightseeings only.

vii)  01 early monring boat ride on holy river Ganges – Varanasi

viii) Assistance on arrival transfer.

 

Cost does not include
Main meals (lunch & dinner) at hotels otherwise mentioned, Entrance fees, Camera / video fees, Domestic / Int’l airfare, airport departure tax, tips, laundrys, bar bills, beverages, phone calls, personal expenses or anything that is not included above.

Total Cost is  

Please note:  the above program is tailor made program, if you wish to make any changes please feel free to let us know and we will be very glad to make it accordingly. 

Thank you very much for your consideration, if you have any questions or queries please feel free to contact us and we will be very glad to make it accordingly.

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