ARRIVE IN DELHI, INDIA
Welcome to India! Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING starts with an orientation drive to see the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, and the Presidential Palace. Afterward, take a RICKSHAW RIDE through handni Chowk, a captivating local bazaar. Here, ancient alleyways are lined with quaint shops selling all sorts of goods and souvenirs—from silver and saris to spices and electronics. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
This morning, explore Delhi on a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR. Start at QUTUB MINAR, the world’s tallest brick minaret. Next, visit HUMAYUN’S TOMB and GURUDWARA BANGLA SAHIB, Delhi’s largest and most prominent Sikh gurudwara (house of worship). After lunch, drive to Agra, where much of the city’s impressive past is still evident in the majesty of her buildings.
Meet your Local Guide for a special PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR to the incomparable TAJ MAHAL at sunrise. This extravagant marble monument was built by Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife, who died during childbirth. In the afternoon, a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR brings you to AGRA FORT, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To add to this memorable experience, you’ll travel by tonga (horse carriage) during your visit. Built by Moghul Emperor Akbar, this impressive fortress of red sandstone conceals the imperial city of the Moghul rulers and its many palaces.
The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays. In these instances, it will be visited in the morning on Day 5.
Today, your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR includes a visit to FATEHPUR SIKRI (the City of Victory) and the KEOLADEO GHANA BIRD SANCTUARY, home to more than 370 species of birds. Continue on to Jaipur, known as the “Pink City.”
The highlight of today’s PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING is the amazing AMBER FORT. Later on, visit the CITY PALACE and the adjoining museum that houses a collection of rare manuscripts. Also, stop at the famous HAWA MAHAL (Palace of the Winds) and JANTAR MANTAR, and take a WALKING TOUR through a local market.
Today, fly via Delhi to Kathmandu, capital of Nepal.
Your morning PRIVATE SIGHTSEEING TOUR starts with a visit to HANUMAN DHOKA, the historic seat of royalty. Then, visit the TEMPLE OF KUMARI, residence of the Living Goddess and said to be constructed from the wood of a single tree. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
KATHMANDU. EXCURSION TO PATAN
Today, a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR takes you to BOUDDHANATH, one of the largest stupas in the world and a focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Then, continue to PATAN, formerly known as Lalitpur (“City of Beauty”). Here, stop in DURBAR SQUARE, the city’s center of business and home to several Buddhist and Hindu sites.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Airfare can be booked 11 months in advance.
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