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Wish to visit the wilderness of India? Then, the further west is where you need to escape now. Rajasthan has a lot more to offer its tourists. Stunning palaces, gorgeous architecture, remnants from the history mixed with camel safari, and Rajasthani food enthralls those who decide to spend the vacation, there.
The life seems incomplete if you haven’t watched the starry nights staying amid the India’s biggest desert – Thar. The entire experience turns incredible if you get a chance to enjoy Ghoomar performance by the Rajasthani Folk dancers.
Our Rajasthan and Nepal tour packages are designed to give the vacationers a taste of extremes. From the hot wild desert region, we take you to the calm and tranquil Himalayan foothill. Soon as you arrive in Nepal, your heart fills with the humming of Buddha’s chant.
With its simplicity and exquisiteness, Nepal tops in the list of favorite travel destinations. On staying here for a few days, you get to enjoy with the Nepalese and have a taste of their culture. Your vacation turns thrilling when your sleep breaks with the sight of beautiful sun-kissed crown of Mt. Everest. If time permits, you may fly to see the India’s highest peak.
Forget the stress of arrangement as we are here to make your journey a comfy one with every possible facilities starting from accommodation with complementary breakfast to your transportation. Our Rajasthan and Nepal travel packages also include Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, and Varanasi as a stopover. Read more for further details.
Enjoy the incredible ghats of Varanasi
On day 1, you arrive in Delhi, the City of the Cities. Our representative stays there to greet and take you to the hotel. The former capital of Indraprastha and the capital of the Pandavas, is now the capital of India. Colored with the essence of several kingdoms, this magnificent city has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. Once, the city has been influenced by the food habits of the Mughal rulers. Here, different kinds of festivals are celebrated with pomp. Contrary to the small lanes and traditional essence of Old Delhi, New Delhi is much modish with huge buildings and bigger lanes.
Your tour is set to start from Old Delhi that embraces several places viz. Raj Ghat, iconic Red Fort as well as Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid and many more. During the afternoon, you are about to visit the Qutub Minar - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Humayun’s tomb, and India Gate. Later we drive you to the Parliament House, President’s House, other Government Secretarial Buildings, and Lakshminarayan Temple. It is going to be an overnight stay in the capital city of India.
Highlights: Delhi - Visit Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid, Qutab Minar, Humayun's Tomb, Laxmi Narayan Temple & drive past Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, President House, Parliament. etc.
On the 2nd day, in our Rajasthan and Nepal travel packagesis scheduled for Mandawa, by road, in our comfortable air-conditioned vehicles. This small town in the Jhunjhunu district is a significant part of the Shekhawati region. Rich in history and preserving some of the important events of India from the past, Shekhawati stands elegantly in the Northeastern part of Rajasthan. Years back, this place has been established by Shekhawat Rajputs and it has been named after Rao Shekha.
Shekhawati is familiar for the painted havelis and for the highest number of frescos in the world.The friezes depict mythological images of gods, goddesses and animals. Among the places to visit are Nawalgarh, Badalgarh Fort, Open Air Art Gallery, Mandawa Castle and a few more historical turrets. You may opt for a horseback riding to explore the nearby sites. Spend the rest of the day at leisureand the night in any one of the Shekhawati villages.
Highlights: Visit the Shekhavati Villages.
Today, you are destined to reach Bikaner from Mandawa. During the afternoon, we take you to the rectangular Junagadh Fort. Built by Raja Jai Singh in the 16th century, it is one of the few oldest forts of Rajasthan constructed on ground level. Here, you witness a blend of Rajput and Mughal style of architecture. Later, a Western style has been added by Maharaja Dungar Singh in eighteenth century.
The fort has seven pavilions, thirty feet wide moat, thick wall, designer windows, balconies and many more. Out of the seven gates, one is called Surajpol as the rays of sun fall directly on the gate. In Chandpol, you witness heart stealing architectures with breathtaking interior. Also, you are set to visit Joramal temple and Har Mandir. Once, the later one has been used by the princes and kings for celebrating special occasions like festivals, marriage, and others.Again it’s an overnight in Bikaner.
Highlights: Bikaner - visit the Junagadh Fort with Suraj Pol & Chand pol gates, Joramal temple, Har Mandir & the bazaars.
After having a fulfilling breakfast, we transfer you from Bikaner to Jaisalmer by road. The 'Golden City of India', Jaisalmer is situated in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan. It is the treasure trove of art, architecture, music, culture and tradition. Here, you witness fascinating palaces,made of yellow sand, holding many glorious histories of India. Each of the forts, here, preserves the beautiful and stunning decors made by the Rajputs.
With enchanting camel safari, and startling sunset in the desert, Jaisalmer is a mystical and interesting place to be. You can make camp in the desert with the traditional localities of Rajasthan while enjoying Ghoomar nights with them. Also, the place offers marvelous Havelis and beautiful Jain temples. Leisurehere in the cultural land and collect memories for the further trip. Spend the night here.
The first destination is the Jaisalmer Fort, one of the oldest living forts in the world. Made up of yellow stone, the fort is called ‘Sonar Quila’, or ‘the Golden Fort’. Located in midst of sandy terrains, the 12th century fort, is a blend of Indian architecture with Military designs. The Quilla has a 5 storied Tazia Tower that reflects local craftsmanship of the ancient period.
Your next destination is a local haveli. Made of yellow sandstone, the Salim Ji Ki Haveli is familiar for a blend of different styles of architecture. This place is still a home to number of localities. Built with intricate carvings, the haveli served as residence for Mohta family for decades. The carved pillars painted with beautiful ornaments of Gold and silver, is worth watching. You also visit other Havelis and the primary is the Patwonki Haveli that depicts an intricate piece of architecture built in the ancient age. During the afternoon, visit the Jain temples. Overnight is in Jaisalmer.
Highlights: Jaisalmer - Visit the Jaisalmer Fort, Salim Ji Ki Haveli & Patwon ki Haveli.
After a two-day stay in Jaisalmer, you are about to leave for Jodhpur, the second largest city of Rajasthan. The former capital of Marwar kingdom is also familiar as the Sun City or the Blue City. Named after its founder RaoJodha, the city falls in the route of Delhi to Gujarat and isa popular center for opium, copper, and milk. Known for its festivals and fairs, it is also a land of travelers. Gangaur, Teej, and Nag Panchmi are celebrated here. If you are a foodie by nature, you can relish Jodhpur sweets.
In the afternoon, you have to visit theMeherangarh fort, one of the largest forts in India. Situated at an altitude of 120 meters, the fort with menacing thick walls contains many palaces with expansive courtyards and intricate carvings. Also, the tour schedule includes Moti Mahal – the Peral Palace, PhoolMahal - the Palace of Flower and many more.
Next spot is Jaswant Thada. Constructed out of thin and polished sheets of Marble, it looks amazing when sunlight falls on it. Other oalaces to visit are like Umaid Public Gardens, as well as Umaid Bhawan Museum. Spend the night here.
Highlights: Jodhpur - visit Meherangarh fort, Jaswant Thada and Umaid Public Gardens
The 7th day is destined for a ride from Jodhpur to Udaipur by road. 98 km away from Udaipur, Ranakpur is a popular tourist destination. You are about to stop here to visit the mesmerizing Jain temples followed by Chamukha temple of Ranakpur. Made of marble, it is dedicated to Adinathji the first Tirthankar. Composed of more than twenty halls and 1444 pillars which are not similar; the shade as well as lights of this place is not only outstanding but also a real treat to your eyes. After that, we driveyou to the Surya Temple and the Jain Temple. Visiting Ranakpur Jain Temples is one of the highlights of your Rajasthan tour. Spend the night here.
Once your visit of Ranakpur is completed, we transfer you to Udaipur, the ‘City of Lakes’. Also referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’, it has been the historical capital of the kingdom of Mewar. According to the popular legend Maharana Pratap, who fought against Emperor Akbar in 1576; was born here. Maharana means the Great Warrior. During 12th century, the Parihara prince of Mandore was awarded with the title of Rana to the Prince of Mewar. The rulers are called Suryavansh is as well as have the sun as their insignia. A stay in the Lake Palace hotel is a dream-like experience. Overnight is in Ranakpur.
Highlights: Visit Ranakpur Temples.
On the 8thday, it is time for exploring Udaipur. Your tour starts with the Pichola Lake and the City Palace, standing elegantly on its bank. Your next stopover is set at Jagdish Temple, the biggest shrine of Udaipur. Long back in 1559 A.D., this temple has been built by Maharana Jagat Singh. Its Indo-Aryan artwork and style amaze every tourist coming over.
Next in the list is Fatehsagar Lake, built by Maharana Fateh Singh in 1678. The following stop, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir, is a must-visit in the list. This renowned museum of Udaipur is located at the Chetak Circle. It has some of the finest collections of Rajasthani folk instruments and articles.
The final stopover for the day is at Sahelion Ki Bari. Once it has been a resting place for the friends of the Queen. The afternoon is left for your leisure so, that you can discover the local bazaars buying original antics of Rajasthan. It is an overnight stay at Rajasthan.
Highlights: Udaipur - Visit the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir, Sahelion ki Bari & drive around Fatehsagar Lake.
After a night-stay in Udaipur, you are now refreshed and ready for a road trip to Pushkar from Udaipur. By the evening, you are supposed to reach the destination. Pushkar, the one among the oldest cities in India, is believed to be the most sacred place for the Hindu pilgrims. As the story tells, Lord Brahma once created this consecrated city and on a full moon day, he used to perform a sacrifice on the holy waters of Pushkar Lake.
As per the Rajasthan and Nepal Tour Packages, you are due for a night stay at Pushkar. So, you have the entire evening in your hand. You may, directly, pay a visit in the Brahma Temple, one of its kinds in the globe. Or, you may go for a bath in the Pushkar Lake, to ensure salvation, before visiting the temple.
Also, Pushkar is quite famous for Camel safari. Since we provide vehicle at your disposal with-in the city limits, you can, certainly, opt for this beautiful expedition.
Highlights: Pushkar - visit the Sacred Lake and the Brahma Temple.
Today, you need to get ready for a drive to Jaipur from Pushkar. This Pink City of India and the capital city of Rajasthan, welcomes you with many captivating palaces, each enfolding breathtaking architecture and designs. Again, it is one of the oldest cities and its origin goes back to 260 years. Maharaja Jai Sing built the city and the place got its name from his.
The entire day, you have, to walk down the crowded streets of Jaipur engrossing the essence of its local traditions, people and their culture. You should peek at the Jaipur bazaar (marketplace). With so many colorful dresses, jewelleries, Jaipurisarees, and other gaudy accessories, this place looks vivid and vibrating.
The day before, hasn’t had the scope of visiting the dazzling fortresses of Jaipur. The very morning starts with a journey to the Amber fort (also known as Amer Palace). Amer, the capital city, of Raja Man Singh, owns a magnificent fort completely constructed with marble and red sand-stone. The entrance - Surajpol, only, looks enthralling, so, imagine how beautiful the interior is. The fascinating architecture has many elements entailing Ganesh Gate, temple of Goddess Sila Devi, Sheesh-Mahal, Sukh Niwas and many more. You may ascend the fort either by walking or on an elephant’s back or in a jeep.
After coming back from Amer, you have the rest of the day for visiting the JantarMantar, HawaMahal, City Palace, and a few more forts and turrets. Needless to say, architectures of these places are amazing. Also, the schedule is set for visiting the Pink Rose Garden and the Jaipur Business Center. Take rest at the night in our comfy hotel rooms in Jaipur.
Highlights: Jaipur - Visit Amer Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar & drive past Hawa Mahal.
Now, it’s time to leave Rajasthan and proceed to Agra. Your journey en routes FatehpurSikri, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This place has been built by the emperor Akbar, and entails incomparable testimonies to Mughal Civilization.
Once you reach Fatehpur Sikri, there is a list of places to visit. Starting with the Jama Masjid, you have to continue further with the Tomb of Salim Chishti, PanchMahal – a five storied turret, Ibadat Khana, Mariam-us-Zamani’s Palace, Naubat Khana, and Birbal’s House. Another must-visit place is the Buland Darwaza. This graceful monument is a three-arched entrance with stupendous architecture.
After the sightseeing, it’s a straight drive to Agra. Since you are tired by the evening, it is important to take rest for a night at Agra. We provide transportation at your disposal within the city limits if you wish for a leisure trail across the city.
Highlights: Agra – Visit Fatehpur Sikri.
The entire thirteenth day is for visiting one of the wonders of the world – Taj Mahal. This famous monument has been built by Shahjehan, in the memory of his wife Mumtaz. Standing majestically on the banks of River Yamuna, this immensely gorgeous and astounding edifice resembles romance and love.
Next stopover is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Agra Fort which has gained prominence among the tourists for its stunning architectural structure. This fortress comprises of multiple enchanting palaces like Khas Mahal, Jahangir Palace, Diwan-e-Alam, Diwan-e-Khas. You still have the afternoon in your hand to explore the Agra City. You may go for shopping and have a trail across the market place. This place is quite famous for its inlaid marble works and excellent handicrafts.
On the very day, you have to board the train to Varanasi. Our transport is at your disposal and you must wrap up everything within the evening. Your train is scheduled to leave from Tundla rail station and it’s an overnight journey.
Highlights: Agra –Taj Mahal & Agra Fort.
Your arrival in the city is scheduled in the morning and our cab is instructed to transfer you from the station to the hotel. Varanasi, as believed, is the oldest living city and its origin dates back to 5000 years. Since then, it is known to be a spiritual and cultural capital of North India. Also, this place is referred to as the city of temples or holy city of India.
Since you are scheduled for an overnight rest at Varanasi, you have the entire day to walk around the city. You may pay a visit to the market place and have a look at the original Banarasi Silk Sarees or enjoy the Banarasi Paan. If you wish to spend the evening with utmost tranquility, then sitting by the Ganges is a perfect choice. While gazing at the fierce course of Ganges and the Aarti, performed on the Ghat, the chilling weather erases all your stresses.
The next day is entirely for Varanasi sightseeing. The beginning marks a boat ride on the River Ganges. Manikarnika and Harish chandra are two of the famous ghats, frequented by hundreds of pilgrims. During the ride, you may witness a number of funeral pyres burning on all sides in these ghats. Hindus believe, cremation on the Varanasi ghats is the key to achieve utmost salvation.
Following the boat ride, you are taken to the DashashwamedGhat, KashiViswanath temple, DhamekStupa, Tibetan Temple and many other well-known tourist spots. Since it’s a night stay at Varanasi, you may again spend the evening at the Ganges Ghats. Ganga Artis is worth watching for its eternal glamour and vibrancy.
Highlights: Varanasi - Boat ride on the River Ganges visiting the Manikarnika and Harishchandra ghats.
After an enthralling Varanasi tour, you are set to leave for Kathmandu. Our cab transfers you to the Varanasi airport so that you can board the flight on time. Once you reach the destination, our cab remains to relocate you from airport to hotel room.
Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is the largest metropolis in the present days. It has a number of exotic attractions to offer its guests. Each of the spot possesses a religious significance along with historical importance. Its rich history spans nearly 2000 years and almost every day, some religious and cultural activities are performed, here.
The day, you reach here, is left for your leisure as you are supposed to rest for the night. You may go out for some shopping or walk in beautiful streets of Kathmandu.
It is a full day outing at Kathmandu as the place has countless tourist spots. The journey starts with Durbar Square. It is the heart of the Kathmandu built back in the 18th century. The site displays stunning architectural structure embracing countless temples, fortresses, religious shrines, fountains, figurines, and many more. The turrets and structures inside this square, typically the figurines and stone engravings, are perfect amalgamations of modern and ancient architectural style. Stone wall inscriptions, inside the Durbar, are indeed incredible.
Later, you are scheduled to pay a visit at the Mahadev and Parvati Temple. After that, you are taken to the Hanuman Dhoka. In the ancient monarchy days, this place has been built and it comprises of many palaces, shrines and structures. This 5-acre of land has been constructed during the rule of King Pratap Malla. Later developments have been performed by Narayan Shah and the royal people, who stayed there till late 19th century. The rest of the afternoon is for visiting the other important monuments of Kathmandu. There’s no hurry since again it’s a overnight stay, there.
Highlights: Kathmandu - visit Mahadev Temple, Parvati Temple & Hanuman Dhoka.
The following day is again dedicated for visiting the other nearby places of your interest. You may opt to pay a visit in Patan, commonly referred as Lalitpur. This large town on the banks of River Bagmati is famous for its accessories, statues, masks and other handicrafts. Patan has a lot to offer to its tourists and some of them are Degutale temple, Shankar Narayan temple, Krishna temple, Vishwanath temple, Bhimsen temple, Machchhendranath temple, Golden temple, and Kumbheshwar temple.
Nagarkot, another stunning attraction for the tourists, offers a magnificent view of the Himalayan peaks. It is entirely enveloped with thick pine forests, and on a clear day, you may even see the crown of Mt. Everest from Nagarkot. From there, you set off for Dhulikhel, which proffers alluring sight a number of temples like Kali temple, Hanuman temple, Bhagwati temple and some others like that.
Changu Narayan, a small town in Nepal, is a must-visit place in the list. It provides you with the actual essence of the country as you receive a chance to get acquainted with the traditional Nepalis. Also, it has the oldest temple of Nepal, Lord Vishnu temple, and a museum. In addition, you must stop at other places like Panauti village, Indreswar temple, Kakani view point, and others. This day is again a night stay at Kathmandu.
The 19thday in your tour package is due for leisurely trailing across the streets of Kathmandu. On this day, you get the chance to discover the nearby areas. You must go to see Kirtipur, a small town and a residence for the Newars.
Boudhanath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is another place with lots of significance. Here you can see a number of Buddhist Stupas, from the 5th century AD, enclosed with numerous Tibetan Gompas.
Namo Buddha and the ThranguTashiYangtse Monastery, believed to be the holiest place in Nepal, is one amongst the many places to see. The place is famous for a tale associated with it. It says that Buddha, in his past life, has sacrificed his body to the starving cubs in this place.
If you are one such adventurous soul, Nepal offers many opportunities to trek in the nearby mountains or raft in the fierce Himalayan rivers. Our high recommendation suggests a flight to view the Mt. Everest.
This day calls for bidding goodbye to Nepal. We provide a cab to drop you at the Kathmandu airport, from where you get the flight for Delhi. We make sure that you board the flight on-time.
If time permits, you may choose to shop a bit. The capital city of India offers some branded stores blended well with local shops. Needless to say, it is a perfect destination for shopaholics. If you are one of those people, then spend the eve strolling in the streets of Connaught Place, Lajpat Market, Sarojini Nagar Market, and Hauz Khas. Also, enjoy North Indian cuisine in these places; here reside some of the delicious restaurants. There’s no way you feel tedious in this place.
The night stay is scheduled in our Delhi hotel.
Now, it is time to depart for your return journey biding adieu to the wild Rajasthan, tranquil Nepal and culturally rich Varanasi. Here comes the end of your Rajasthan and Nepal tour Packages.