Highlights of Northern India with Dubai & Kathmandu


  • 19 days

  • India

  • Active pace

tour : 2669

Overview

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Your affordable vacation in India begins in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai. Private guided sightseeing takes you to the top of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, for an endless view from the 124th floor. Tour the city’s incredible markets filled with spices and gold, and take free time to explore on your own for a full day of leisure. Fly to the exciting city of Delhi. Guided sightseeing via rickshaw shows you the 17th-century Mughal Red Fort, with tours of Ra Ghat and the largest mosque in Asia—Jama Masjid. Walk through the alleys of Chandni Chowk, and visit the ancient Qutub Minar. Fly to Varanasi to witness the spiritual worship of Ganga Aarti on the steps of the Ganges River. Embark at dawn on a boat to see the devotional bathing and meditation rituals along the river, then fly to Agra to visit the spectacular Taj Mahal and the red sandstone walls of Agra Fort, with the Mughal Palace’s hall of mirrors and pavilion of Shah Jahan’s final home. You’ll visit the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, with its ghostly sandstone palaces of 1569. Travel to Jaipur to visit the legendary Amber Fort—concealing its opulent interiors of royal residences. Travel to the sand dunes of the Thar Desert to explore Jodhpur’s old city of palaces, temples, and imperial grandeur. Take a desert safari to visit with local tribes, and travel to Ranakpur’s spectacular temples on your way to Udaipur. Take in the beauty of the city’s palace and museum, and cruise on the lake. You’ll fly to Delhi to continue your value-minded vacation in Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu for a three-night stay. Enjoy private sightseeing to see the historic seat of royalty at Hanuman Dhoka, the Temple of Kumari, and one of the largest stupas in the world—focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. An excursion to Patan shows you the home of many Buddhist and Hindu sites. You’re sure to enjoy this fascinating and value-minded vacation in India and Nepal.

Highlights

DUBAI
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the spice souk, the gold souk, and the Burj Khalifa; Host service during your stay
DELHIVisit Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid, and Qutub Minar; cycle rickshaw ride; walk through Chandni Chowk
VARANASIWitness Ganga Aarti ceremony; boat ride on the Ganges
AGRAVisit Taj Mahal at sunrise; visit Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri
JAIPURVisit Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, and City Palace Museum
JODHPURVisit Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Singh II Memorial; safari to visit local Bishnoi tribes
RANAKPURVisit Jain Temples
UDAIPURVisit City Palace and Museum; cruise on Lake Pichola
KATHMANDUSightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Hanuman Dhoka, the Temple of Kumari, and Boudhanath; excursion to Patan including Durbar Square; Host service during your stay

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2020 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 18 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners

DUBAI, UAE

Day
1

. Welcome to Dubai. Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

DUBAI

Day
2

. Late this morning, your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING begins with a visit to BURJ KHALIFA, the world’s tallest building. Here, ascend to the AT THE TOP observation deck on the 124th floor for spectacular views and a presentation on Dubai’s history. Next, explore the souks (markets), including the SPICE SOUK with its aromas of exotic spices, and the GOLD SOUK with its 220 glittering shop windows. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DUBAI

Day
3

. Enjoy a full day at your leisure. Your Local Host will be happy to make suggestions on how to make the most of your time.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DUBAI-DELHI, INDIA

Day
4

. Today, fly to Delhi, capital of India. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DELHI

Day
5

. Your day starts with a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi including a CYCLE RICKSHAW RIDE. See the splendid 17th-century Mughal Red Fort before visiting landmarks such as RAJ GHAT and the majestic three-domed JAMA MASJID, the largest mosque in Asia. Experience a walk in the alleys of CHANDNI CHOWK; and later, visit the ancient stepwell QUTUB MINAR, the world’s tallest brick minaret, dating back to the 11th century. The afternoon is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

DELHI–VARANASI

Day
6

. Fly to Varanasi, the holiest of Hindu pilgrim cities, situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges River. This evening, witness the GANGA AARTI (spiritual worship) on the ghats (steps) leading down to the Ganges.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

VARANASI–AGRA

Day
7

. Around dawn, board a BOAT and watch a striking religious ritual-the Hindus’ devotional bathing in the Ganges. Observe hundreds of pilgrims gathered at the river’s edge, some practicing yoga, others meditating, and still others bathing fully clothed. Then, transfer to the airport for your flight to Agra.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

AGRA

Day
8

. Your day begins with a sunrise visit to the famous TAJ MAHAL. This remarkable edifice was commissioned by Shah Jahan as a memorial to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and took 22 years to build. Later, visit AGRA FORT, a colossal, red-sandstone UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising forbidding battlements and spectacular Mughal Palace with audience halls, the Room of Mirrors, and the pavilion where Shah Jahan spent his last days.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

AGRA–FATEHPUR SIKRI–JAIPUR

Day
9

. This morning, stop at FATEHPUR SIKRI, an abandoned city. Tour the sandstone palaces, elegant courtyards, and victory gate of this ghostly place built in 1569 and deserted by its people when the water ran out. Then, travel to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s quintessential royal city. Often referred to as the “Pink City,” Jaipur is studded with intricately adorned temples and monuments.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

JAIPUR

Day
10

. Start with a visit to the legendary AMBER FORT, known as the “Sleeping Beauty of Rajasthan.” This fortress-palace has a somber exterior that hides a richly ornate interior of royal apartments, including an alabaster Hall of Victory and a superb Chamber of Mirrors. Next, visit JANTAR MANTAR and explore the CITY PALACE MUSEUM, with its collection of paintings, carpets, weapons, and costumes; then enjoy time at the bustling markets of the old city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

JAIPUR–JODHPUR

Day
11

. Travel to Jodhpur, once one of India’s princely states. Set in the sand dunes of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur’s mesmerising old city is ringed by a 10-kilometer, 8-gated wall outside of which the new city stands. Brimming with enchanting palaces, temples, havelis, and a beautiful fort, this imperious city exudes grandeur and warm hospitality.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

JODHPUR

Day
12

. Marvel at the grand palaces of Jodhpur’s MEHRANGARH FORT. Admire the splendid JASWANT SINGH II MEMORIAL, beautifully constructed from thin marble sheets that allow sunlight to filter in. Enjoy a turban-tying demonstration before taking a SAFARI to visit the local Bishnoi tribes of the desert. These communities of nature lovers protect endangered plant and tree species and prohibit poachers from killing animals.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

JODHPUR–RANAKPUR–UDAIPUR

Day
13

. This morning, visit the spectacular JAIN TEMPLES en route to Udaipur. On arrival in Udaipur, the remainder of the day is at leisure. Known as the “City of Lakes,” Udaipur is built around three lakes and is made of a maze of narrow lanes, exquisite palaces, pavilions, and gardens.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

UDAIPUR

Day
14

. Marvel at Udaipur’s beauty on a tour of its CITY PALACE AND MUSEUM, comprising a series of enchanting palaces overlooking Lake Pichola. You will also enjoy the views during your CRUISE on this beautiful lake. There is the opportunity to learn about the region’s famous miniature art.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

UDAIPUR–DELHI

Day
15

. Fly back to Delhi today and prepare for your journey home.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DELHI–KATHMANDU, NEPAL

Day
16

. Fly to Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

KATHMANDU

Day
17

. 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

KATHMANDU. EXCURSION TO PATAN

Day
18

. Today, a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR takes you to a, 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

KATHMANDU

Day
19

. Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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