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Expedition At A Glance

12 days, 11 nights

Difficulty Level: 1

Price (US$): From $1,895.00

Months Available: September through May

OVERVIEW


Hindus and Hanuman

 

DETAILED ITINERARY


Day 01 - Delhi Welcome to Delhi, the capital city of India. Enjoy your free afternoon to explore. (No meals). Day 02 - Delhi to Jaipur In the morning make your way to Jaipur, the fascinating "Pink City.” Jaipur is surrounded on all sides by rugged hills, crowned with forts & enclosed by embattled walls. it thrills travelers with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens. Explore the magnificent City Palace complex with its many museums containing an impressive collection of miniature paintings, costumes and armory; the unique Jantar Mantar (Observatory) built by the astronomer king, Maharaja Jai Singh II, and the Palace of the Wind with its intriguing façade. Houses with latticed windows line the streets with their rose pink color making Jaipur at sunset a sight to behold. (Breakfast) Day 03 - Jaipur This morning, travel a short distance to the Amber Palace. Amber was the ancient capital of Jaipur, and construction of the fort began in 1592. It is a superb example of Rajput architecture. Elephant ride from the foothills of the Aravallis to the fort entrance. After lunch, enjoy the afternoon to explore the magical Old City of Jaipur on your own. (Breakfast) Day 04 - Agra via Fatehpur Sikri Departing for Agra, stop at Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted, red Sandstone City that Emperor Akbar built as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It a veritable fairytale city and its "ruins" are in pristine condition, making it easy to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur. Also visit the Buland Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world. In the evening make your way towards Agra, home of the majestic Taj Mahal. (Breakfast) Day 05 - Agra to Delhi to Varanasi Badal Singh established the city of Taj, now Agra, in 1475. Today whatever remains, has become a major tourist attraction, which has taken Agra again to the heights of glory but this time as the major tourist destination of India. Visit the inexpressible Taj Mahal in the morning, a pristine white marble mausoleum built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a tribute to his deceased wife. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, it took 20,000 workers from neighboring Islamic countries, 22 years of ceaseless toil to create this exquisite white marble monument upon which people have waxed eloquent throughout the world. Lord Curzon says of it, “Without flaw or blemish, the most perfect structure in the world.” Drive to Delhi for flight to Varanasi. One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities of the world, Varanasi is sacred to Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. Visit the Durga Temple, also known as the "monkey temple", which was built in the 18th century and is one of the most important Hindu temples in Varanasi. In the evening, witness the beautiful evening ‘aarti’ and prayer oil-lamp ceremony at the ghats, which seem to have existed since time immemorial. As hundreds of lit earthenware lamps and flowers are sent floating down the Ganges, the river is transformed into a shimmering expanse of light. Varanasi is also famous for its Banarasi silk sarees and we will visit a factory and see where they are woven. (Breakfast) Day 06 - Varanasi Early morning a serene experience begins as we take a sunrise cruise on the River Ganges, a sensory experience that words can not describe. Then travel a short distance to Sarnath, the place where Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon and one of the most venerated Buddhist sites in the world. There are Buddha relics and also a vast expanse of ancient ruins at Sarnath. Several Buddhist structures were raised at Sarnath between the 3rd century BC and the 11th century AD, and today it presents the most expansive ruins amongst places on the Buddhist trail. (Breakfast) Day 07 - Varanasi to Kathmandu Fly to Kathmandu. Visit Swayambhunath, the monkey temple. Then visit Pashupatinath, Nepal's most sacred of Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Dinner is at a Nepali restaurant. (Breakfast and Dinner) Day 08 - Kathmandu Full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu. Visit Bodhnath and circumambulate the large stupa along with hundreds of Tibetan monks. Continue to Bhaktapur, Kathmandu valley's most spectacular World Heritage site. Bhaktapur is a medieval city that has been superbly maintained. Return to Kathmandu. (Breakfast) Day 10 - Kathmandu to Pokhara Early morning flight to Pokhara. Drive to Dhampus for views of the Annapurna range. Lunch at Dhampus. Return to Pokhara. Dinner at Lake-side. (All meals) Day 11 - Pokhara to Kathmandu Visit the International Mountain Museum. Afternoon fly to Kathmandu. Evening free for shopping in Kathmandu. Dinner in Thamel. (All meals) Day 12 - Kathmandu Final departure. (Breakfast)

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COST AND INCLUSIONS


Per person price (valid until March 31, 2011) 3 star hotels: $ 1,895 USD per person 4 star hotels: $ 2,195 USD per person 5 star hotels: $ 2,595 USD per person Single supplement extra Price includes:
  • Expert pre-trip advice and detailed information
  • Meeting and assistance at airport and transfers to hotels
  • All in-country transportation and sightseeing (entrance fees included)
  • Hotel accommodations on twin sharing basis in selected category
  • Meals as indicated on itinerary
  • Tours and excursions outlined on itinerary
  • Airfare: Delhi to Varanasi
  • Airfare: Varanasi to Kathmandu
  • Airfare: Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu
Price does not include:
  • Your international airfare
  • Nepal and India visas
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, mineral water, laundry, phone calls, internet, battery charging, comfort food etc.)

DATES AND AVAILABILITY


Private departures available anytime September through May for two or more participants.

BOOK THIS TRIP


 

“I wanted to go to Nepal to help rebuild, and it was a challenge for me on many levels. The incredible part is that our guide Sune, and all the porters not to mention the family were there to help us accomplish our goal of doing what we could to help them. To receive the patience, physical assistance, guidance (and the incredible food!) touched me deeply. And as it turned out we did help! A lot of rocks got moved. Wire was woven. Progress was made in deconstructing a house. Plus we had fun! I am still integrating all that I experienced. There is something very intense about being in the vicinity of the Himalayas, the stunning beauty, the vastness, the challenges that reduce the ego and enlarge the heart. I’m glad I answered the call to participate in this adventure.”

-Linda McElroy, Napal, CA, Rebuilding Nepal: Singla, October 2015

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