Route : Delhi - Agra - Varanasi - Kathmandu - Pokhra - Kathmandu - Delhi
Our “Indian Panorama” tour covers some of the important places of North India and Nepal, presenting a great diversity to the modern traveller. The history of this “Land of Vegas” goes back at least 5,000 years, the passage of the millennia peppered by the arrival of explorers, missionaries, envoys and traders. The area is also a confluence of three of the world’s great religions-Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam.
Varanasi one of the oldest & most alluring cities of the world, to this day, one of the holiest of the Hindu pilgrimage centers. Sprawling on the banks of the River Ganga, it is a fascinating city with its array of shrines, temples & palaces, rising in multitudinous tiers from the water’s edge. It is also a city of fairs & festivals, celebrating about 400 of them during the year. Eight kilometres north of Varanasi is Sarnath, where, in the Deer Park, Gautama Buddha delivered his first sermon after he became the ‘enlightened one’. A gentle boat ride, gliding past bathing ghats, observatory, Nepalese “Temples of Love”, the cremation ghats and Aurangzeb’s Mosque will be a memorable experience.
Onwards to Kathmandu (also known as Kantipur), situated at 4,423 ft. and surrounded by mountain walls and snow-capped peaks. The art and architecture reflect an interesting blend of Hindu and Buddhist thought. Some of the interesting places to visit in and around Kathmandu are Hanuman Dhoka; the Temple of the living Goddess; Kastkamandap; Machedranath Temple; the Pagoda Temple; Patan and Kakni (overlooking the Ganesh Himal massif).
We will also visit the Pokhra Valley which is one of the most picturesque spots of Nepal. The Lakes Pehwa, Bagnas, and Rupa here find their source in the glacial region of the Annapurna range of the Himalayas.
“Indian Panorama” is one of our remarkable tours, which also includes a visit to Delhi, which is believed to be the city Indraprastha described in the “Mahabharat”; the city of Agra, home of the famous Taj Mahal.
• In depth exposure into the history of Delhi by visiting Jama Masjid, the bylanes of Chandni Chowk, India Gate, the forerunner to the Taj, Humayun’s Tomb etc.
• Lifelong memories at Taj Mahal, world-famous marble mausoleum
• Experience the aarti ceremony, a boat ride on River Ganges in Varanasi, Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first sermon
• Kathmandu, the Diverse historic city, where Buddhism and Hinduism co-exist
• Sleepy lakeside city in the heart of the Himalaya, Pokhara
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Arrival TimeMidnight or Late night
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Tour Itinerary : - Indian Panorama
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrive at New Delhi International airport. After completing the immigration and customs, proceed towards the arrival hall. Meeting and assistance upon arrival with a traditional welcome of garlanding and transfer to the hotel (the room being held from 1400 hrs).
Overnight in Delhi
Day 02: In Delhi
This morning, after leisurely breakfast, we set off to explore Old and New Delhi, what India's Capital Delhi has to offer.
The visit of Old Delhi includes a drive past of the Red Fort (closed on Monday), built-in 1648 during the reign of Shah Jehan in red sandstone, which gave the fort its name. Jama Masjid is India's largest mosque, built of red sandstone and white marble in the middle of the 17th century. Chandni Chowk(Silver Street), once the imperial avenue down which Shah Jehan rode at the head of lavish cavalcades, is today bustling with shops, stalls and silversmiths' ateliers.
Later, we explore New Delhi to include the visit to India Gate, built-in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War. Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy is today the official residence of the President of India and Parliament House - a unique circular building with huge colonnades, Humayun's Tomb is the first Mughal garden tomb, built by Hamida Begum, Humayun's senior widow and mother of his son Akbar. Qutub Minar is among the most iconic monuments of Delhi which is standing at a massive height of 70m, looming incredibly across the city’s wide plains.
Overnight in Delhi
Day 03: Delhi to Agra – Train - Gatimaan Express: 0810/0950 hrs
This morning after early breakfast, transfer to the railway station to board India's first bullet train to Agra - India's capital during the 16th and 17th centuries, the city is home to an outstanding collection of Mughal architecture.
Meeting on arrival and transfer to the hotel (Room is available from 1400 hrs).
Late morning, visit Agra Fort - on the west end of the Yamuna River, Akbar’s magnificent fort dominates the center of the city. The outer walls are just 20m in height, facing the red sandstone which tower above the outer moat. The fort has been constructed in crescent shape having a long straight wall which faces the river.
This afternoon, we will visit Itimad-ud-Daulah’s tomb. Legend has it that the world-famous monument Taj Mahal was inspired by this mausoleum. It was the very first Mughal structure to be built from marble and make extensive use of Pietras. This beautiful tomb calls for a visit.
In the evening visit Mehtab Bagh during sunset for a mesmerizing view of the Taj Mahal on the other side.
Overnight in Agra
Day 04: Agra to Varanasi – Flight
This morning, we start early (during the sunrise, visit the world-famous Taj Mahal, set within the paradise gardens. The whole of the Taj complex measures 580 by 300 m and the garden 300 by 300 m. The guiding principle is one of symmetry. The four minarets (41.6 m high) at each corner of the plinth provide balance to the tomb.
We return to the hotel for breakfast.
This morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to board the flight to Varanasi - dating back to more than 3000 years. Varanasi is said to be the oldest city in the world. You will find temples at every step. People believe that if one takes his/her last breath in this city, attains nirvana and gets freedom from the birth, re-birth circle of life.
Meeting on arrival at Varanasi airport and transfer to the hotel (Room will be available from 1400 hrs).
The afternoon is at leisure.
This evening, we set off to the banks of the sacred Ganges to see the devout Hindus performing the "Aarti Puja" with lighted lamps. The priests stand on a Chauki(wooden stand) near the water. To the chant of Sanskrit mantras, and the clash of cymbals and drums, the river is worshipped with flowers, incense, sandalwood, milk, vermilion. The evening aarti is one of the most visually appealing and spectacular experiences. Hundreds of earthen lamps adorn the riverside and spread yellow light by the time it is dusk. The entire Varanasi city stops and resonates with the sounds of dongs and chimes, originating from every street. The city receives its spiritual resonance from the holy Ganga.
Overnight in Varanasi
Day 05: In Varanasi
This morning, we start very early to experience the boat ride during sunrise on the sacred River Ganges. The Ganga Ghats are adorned with temples or more than a hundred ghats(Banks) which are located alongside the river. The best way to visit and cover every ghat is through, boat ride which will give you a scenic glimpse of all the ghats which are drenched in crimson light. We watch the wonderful colours of the sunrise whilst meandering along the river.
We disembark the boat and walk through the narrow streets of Varanasi before returning to the hotel.
The walk is through the maze of small streets and alleyways, which cannot be disentangled, hiding in disorderly array no less than 2,000 temples and shrines. The streets are noisy, colour is rife.
We return to the hotel for breakfast.
Later in the morning, after breakfast we set off for the visit of Varanasi city, covering famous sites like Banaras Hindu, 18th century Durga temple dedicated to Goddess Durga, Tulsi Manas temple, 'Bharat Mata' (Mother India). The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936.
This afternoon, we proceed for the excursion to Sarnath (10 km / about 25 minutes drive one way) (museum closed on Friday), where Buddha delivered his first sermon (Religious language). Explore the Dharmek Stupa, Sarnath Museum. Ashoka pillar and the several statues dating from the Gupta period. Also, visit the Mulagandhakuti Vihar temple with frescoes scenes of Buddha's life.
Return to Varanasi city and you can explore the markets or walk around the city to get the feel of the city life.
Overnight in Varanasi
Day 06: Varanasi – Kathmandu fly via Delhi
This morning after leisurely breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to board the flight to Delhi.
On arrival at Delhi airport, proceed towards the arrival hall and then you will be assisted towards the departure terminal to board the flight to Kathmandu - the flight is over the mountains and hills before it enters the Kathmandu valley.
Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport. After completing immigration and custom formalities, you will head towards the arrival hall, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Note: Nepal offers visa on arrival facility. You need to have a valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required.
Kathmandu, the capital of the ancient mountain kingdom of Nepal with the air of a medieval city is spread over an area of 360 km square at an altitude of 1336 meters above sea level. The city with a maze of narrow streets, wooden temples, and decorated palaces gives the feel of an amalgamation of ancient traditions with the modern. Even today, it still reflects its impressiveness and splendour due to which the visitors are enchanted whose gaze may linger on an exquisitely carved wooden window frame, an 18th-century bronze sculpture or the spiritually uplifting stupas. Nepal was opened for the visitors during 1950s and today, Kathmandu is made one of the most fascinating cities of the world due to rapid technologies of the 21st century and the traditional lifestyle in contrast.
On arrival, check into the hotel.
The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 07: In Kathmandu
This morning, after breakfast, we set off to discover life in the medieval times and we will cover two ancient kingdoms of Kathmandu valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square from the time of the Malla Dynasty.
The first stop is at Patan, the ancient satellite city, also known as 'Lalitpur', the city of artisans, and home to the valley's finest craftsmen who have preserved the ancient techniques to produce exquisite sculptures. The city still shines with the vibes of its old-world charm and you can still see the narrow streets, lots of Hindu and Buddhist temples, monasteries and other monuments in a well-preserved state as well as brick houses. Patan Durbar square is one of the seven monument zones that make Kathmandu valley the UNESCO World Heritage site. Continuing our exploration of the area in Patan, we visit the Temple of the Living Goddess, where you may catch a glimpse of the Kumari at one of the open windows overlooking the inner courtyard. Our next stop is the central meeting area of Kathmandu which is known as Durbar Square. This area is a profusion of several temples which highlight a wide array of architectural style belonging to the 11th century. The area also includes the Royal Palace with its gilded gates and elaborate statues, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The square is full of life with lots of hustle-bustle due to a multitude of nationalities which are interwoven with each other, lots of shops and stalls exhibiting several Nepalese and Tibetan handicrafts. We now move to Swayambhunath, the oldest Buddhist shrine which is said to in the world also known as the `Monkey Temple'. Perched high on a hilltop, it commands a superb view of the entire Kathmandu Valley.
Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 08: In Kathmandu
This morning after leisurely breakfast for a full day's visit, to include Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Bouddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple.
Our first visit, Bhaktapur Durbar Square which is located in Khwopa aka Bhadgaon or Bhaktapur is 13 km east of central Kathmandu. It's the fusion of stone sculpture, wood sculpture, antique architecture, unique arts, culture and especially of Newari ethnicity. The major attractions of the square are the 55 window palace, Nyatapola temple, Bhairav Nath temple, and Golden Gate.
This visit is followed by the visit of Bouddhanath Stupa - one of the most favourite Buddhist shrine in Kathmandu and is one of the largest stupas in South Asia. It is built in mandala style which measures 36 meters in height. The canopy has 13 stages. The brick fence has 108 images of meditational Buddha. Pair of Buddha's eyes in the stupa symbolizes the awareness. The stupa is a center of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal.
Our next visit is the Pashupatinath temple, located in the bank of Bagmati River, which is the biggest Hindu shrine of Nepal. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva; the creator of Yoga and dance. Saints visit here for the shelter to meet death and the cremation in the bank of the river which meets the holy Ganges river. Those who attain death in Pashupatinath are believed to reborn as a human. The main temple has the gold plated copper roof and 4 sliver doors which is the masterpiece of Hindu architecture. Only the Hindus are allowed entering inside the main temple but there are many different monuments available in the bank of the Bagmati River.
Evening free to explore the market of Kathmandu on your own.
Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 09: Kathmandu – Pokhra 210 kms about 6 to 7 hrs
This morning, we start early for Pokhra – the land of Magars and Gurungs, situated at an altitude of 827m from the sea level west of Kathmandu valley, the city is also referred to as the center of adventure. It is adorned with lots of elegant lakes and provides jaw-dropping views of Himalayan peaks. The tranquillity created by the lakes and the ostentatiousness reflected by the Himalayas emerging from the behind, spread the aura of magic and peace.
We will be visiting the Manakamana temple en-route - stop to Kurintar and take a cable car ride on the hilltop to reach the Manakamana temple. Manakamana refers to the wish of the soul. It's a belief that worshipping and praying in the Manakamana temple one's wishes became reality or fulfilled. After the visit, get back to Kurintar via cable car and take a ride.
On arrival, we check into the hotel. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure since the drive was long and must have been tiring.
Overnight in Pokhra
Day 10: Pokhara
This morning, we start early for the visits of the places - Bindyabasini Temple, Barahi Temple, Gupteshwor Cave, and Shanti Stupa.
Bindhyabasini temple is located between Bagar and Old Bazaar of Pokhara. The temple in the Shikhara style dedicated to goddess Bhagawati with 8 Bhujas(hands) and is the foremost Shaktipitha and one of the oldest temples in Pokhara. It's believed that one wish can be fulfilled by worshipping in the temple and also it is said that having more than one wish is greed.
Barahi temple is a two-story pagoda temple, built from stone, which has different names like Tal Barahi temple and Lake Temple. It's located on an island of Phewa lake. In the temple there's the statue of the goddess Ajima; one of the manifestation of goddess Durga in the boar manifestation. She is worshipped as the goddess of Shakti, defined as the cosmic energy and the power of universal creation. The only way to reach the temple is by boat - experience an hour's boating to the Phewa Lake enjoying the reflection of Machhapuchre (Fishtail) mountain in the lake water.
Gupteshwor Cave is the sacred pilgrimage dedicated to Lord Shiva. The word Gupteshwor refers to the hidden god. The limestone cave has an iconic Shiva Linga inside and the underground water flow. Those with incurable diseases or medical issues come here and stay for a long to get cured.
Shanti Stupa is a pagoda-style Buddhist monastery that is not famous because of it but due to its location with a vantage point to see Pokhara valley, Annapurna Himalayan range, Sarangkot, and Fewa lake. It's situated in the southwest of Pokhara in Anadu hill at an elevation of 1100 m. Out of eighty peace pagoda of the world, it is one of them and hence also called 'World Peace Pagoda'. Driving through rocky road it takes about half an hour or more to reach Shanti Stupa from Lakeside, Pokhara.
There is a walk involved to reach the main viewpoint.
Overnight in Pokhra
Day 11: Pokhra – Kathmandu 210 kms about 6-7 hrs.
This morning, after leisurely breakfast, drive through the foothills of Himalaya, along the cruising rivers, rocky gorges, and villages to Kathmandu.
After the long drive, the rest of the day is at leisure.
This evening explore the market of Kathmandu on your own.
Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 12: Kathmandu – Delhi - Flight
This morning, after breakfast departure transfer to the airport in time to board the flight to Delhi.
On arrival at Delhi airport, meeting on assistance and transfer to the hotel near the airport.
The rest of the day free for own activity or enjoy the facilities at the hotel.
Overnight in Delhi
Day 13: Depart Delhi
Today, as per the international flight schedule, you will be transferred to the airport to board your onward international flight back home with fond memories of the trip Indian Panorama.
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Prices per person
01 paying person in a Single Room
02 paying persons in a Double Room
Validity - January till March 2021.
• Accommodations in one room for 13 days/12 nights
• Meal plan
✓ Buffet Breakfast at all cities
• Transport services using Good Conditioned Small Car as follows
✓ Arrival transfer from Delhi airport to the hotel on Day 01
✓ Sightseeing of Delhi on Day 02 – Full day
✓ Departure transfer from the hotel to Delhi railway station on Day 03
✓ Arrival transfer from Agra railway station to the hotel on Day 03
✓ Sightseeing of Agra on Day 03
✓ Sightseeing of Agra city on day 04
✓ Departure transfer from the hotel in Agra to the airport on Day 04
✓ Beginning with the pickup from Varanasi airport on Day 04 till drop at Varanasi airport on Day 06.
✓ Beginning with the pickup at Kathmandu airport on Day 06 till drop at Kathmandu airport drop on Day 12.
✓ Arrival transfer from Delhi airport to the hotel on Day 12
✓ Departure transfer from the hotel to Delhi airport on Day 13
• Meet and greet services in Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, and Kathmandu only.
• One time entrance fee to monuments/temples as per the program.
• Cycle Rickshaw ride in the market of Chandini Chowk in Old Delhi (02 persons in a Rickshaw)
• Boat ride at river Ganges in Varanasi - shared
• Services of English speaking local guides (different guides in each city) as per the itinerary:
> Day 02 Full day in Delhi
> Day 03 Full day in Agra
> Day 04 Half day in Agra
> Day 04 Half day in Varanasi
> Day 05 Full day in Varanasi
• Services of accompanying English speaking escort throughout the tour in Nepal from Day 07 till Day 11.
• Train travel
> Delhi to Agra – Gatimaan Express in Air Conditioned chair car
• Domestic air travel (ONLY INDICATIVE)
> Airfare(economy class)
✓Agra to Varanasi
✓Varanasi to Delhi
✓Delhi to Kathmandu
✓Kathmandu to Delhi
• All currently applicable taxes
• International airfare for travel (from your home country to the destination and return)
• Visa charges or fees
• Airport taxes
• Camera fees during the visit to the monuments, temples or National Parks
• Tips to driver/guide/naturalist
• Additional meals
• Drinks or mineral water at the hotels or restaurants
• Ayurvedic massages or treatments, laundry etc or any other items of personal nature
• Travel, health and cancellation insurance
• Any other expense/changes due to unforeseen circumstances while in India
• Any other thing not mentioned in program or “Price Inclusions”
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