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  Tiger and Nepal Tour ref  vsn  - 18 Days / 17 Nights  
 


Day 1 – Flight  Your Country / Delhi
Late night arrival. Welcome to India, or as we say ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ (the guest is an incarnation of God). Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you!
Assistance upon arrival as our Representative welcomes you and escorts you to your car. Checkin and Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2 - Delhi
Following a leisurely breakfast, we proceed on a guided tour of New Delhi.
DELHI – India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its fold the ancient and the modern. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties choose it as their seat of power. It is not surprising then, that what constitutes Delhi today is a conglomerate of seven cities. It is a vibrant modern city with an ancient and eventful history. The city with its multi-faceted culture can aptly said to be a microcosm of the whole nation.
Proceed for tour to Old Delhi. Visiting, Jama Masjid – It is the country's largest mosque, where thousands of Muslims offer prayers. It lies opposite the Red Fort and is surrounded by a large number of shops, which deal in a variety of goods. The great mosque of Old Delhi is both the largest in India and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan with a courtyard. Thus it is an architectural triumph.

 
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Then we will pass over the commercial area of Chandni Chowk’s - The main street of Old Delhi is the colourful shopping bazaar. Chandni Chowk's speciality is the variety of its markets and their Indian-ness. Then have a photostop at Red Fort (From outside) – One of the most spectacular pieces of Mughal Architecture is the Lal Quila or the Red Fort. Built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan between 1638 and 1648, the Red Fort has walls extending up to 2 kms. In length with the height varying from 18 mts. on the river side to 33 mts. on the city side. The old walled city from Mughal India, the chief attraction is the huge fort that contains within it palaces and impressive public buildings. The highlight of this tour would be a ride on cycle rickshaw. This is a remarkable way to explore and picture the hustle and bustle as well as the colour of the narrow winding streets bursting with people and pavement shops selling wares of all description - including a laughing set of dentures. Take a small tour of Khari Baoli, it is among the markets of spices largest in Asia.
Leave to see Raj Ghat – On the banks of the Yamuna River, a simple square platform of black marble marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948.
Later Continue to visit Rajpath – The Kingsway is another focus of New Delhi. It is immensely broad and is flanked on either side by Ornamental ponds. India Gate – India Gate is a majestic high arch, 42 meters high, built as a memorial to the Indian soldiers killed in the World War I. Beneath it burns an eternal flame. Rashtrapati Bhawan – The official residence of the President of India stands at the opposite end of the Rajpath from India Gate. Qutab Minar – This is a soaring tower of victory which was started in 1193, immediately after the defeat of the last Hindu kingdom in Delhi. It is nearly 73 mtr high and tapers from a 15-mtr diameter base to just 2.5 mtr at the top. Humayun's Tomb - This tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal. On the way visit various government buildings and the Embassy area.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3 - Delhi / Jaipur
Breakfast will be at Hotel. Proceed to Jaipur. Checkin at hotel

JAIPUR – The city blushing pink is the picturesque capital of Rajasthan, more famous as the ‘Pink City’. Jaipur is color washed pink-the color associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. Founded in 1727 A.D. by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaipur is the first planned city designed in accordance with ‘Shilpa Shastra’ – the epochal treatise of Hindu architecture. Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens. The ancient heart of the Pink City still beats in its fairy-tale palaces, rugged fortresses perched on barren hills and broad avenues that dot the entire city. The only planned city of its time, Jaipur is encircled by a formidable wall.
Visit CITY PALACE - In the heart of the old city is former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles. The carved arches are supported by grey-white marble columns ornate with floral motifs in gold and coloured stones. Two carved elephants in marble guard the entrance. The palace houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armory of Mughals and Rajputs including swords of different shapes and sizes with chased handles, some of them inlaid with enamel and embellished with jewels and encased in magnificent scabbards.
      
JANTAR MANTAR - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. Its observatory instruments, whose setting and shapes are scientifically designed, represent the high points of medieval Indian astronomy.  This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 4 - Jaipur / Ranthambore
After Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for excursion to Amber Fort in the outskirts of Jaipur.

AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace.  Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I.  Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression.
We will ride up to this hilltop palace on a caparisoned, painted elephant, passing through the ancient main gate where Maharajas of Jaipur have entered four hundred years back. Our guide will elaborate on the history of this architectural masterpiece with its mirror-studded alcoves, dazzling mosaics and water-cooled swings that delight today’s visitors as they did their former royal residents.

Proceed for sightseeing of the city.
HAWA MAHAL (only a photo stop) - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur.  This five storey building along the main street of the old city is in pink splendor with semioctagonal and delicately honey combed sandstone windows. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh. The monument was originally conceived with the aim of enabling ladies of the royal household to watch the everyday life and royal processions of the city.
Drive to Ranthambore. Upon arrival Checkin at hotel and leave for your first safari in the afternoon.
Then continue towards in National park of Ranthambore. This park of a strange beauty and it is spread out over more than 1300 kms and is the old territory of hunting of the maharajas.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 5 - Ranthambore
After a breakfast, departure for safari in the jeep for reserve in morning. You will have surely the occasion to cross one of the 40 tigers present in the park. Excursion in Strong Ranthambore and the temple of Ganesh. At the end of afternoon, their will be one more safari in the jeep. Overnight at hotel.

Day 6 - Ranthambore
After a breakfast, departure for safari in the jeep for reserve in morning. At the end of afternoon, their will be one more safari in the jeep. Overnight at hotel.

Day 7- Ranthambore - Bharatpur
After breakfast at hotel. Later Leave for Bharatpur. Upon arrival checkin at hotel. Proceed to visit the world famous "Keoladeo National Park". It is one of the finest bird sanctuary of the world with over 400 species of water world including Siberian Cranes from Arctic which are rare. Overnight at Hotel

Day 8 - Bharatpur - Agra
Breakfast will be at Hotel. Proceed to Agra on the way visit Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri - An emperor builds a magnificent city as an act of gratitude to a penniless saint, makes it the capital of his empire and then for inexplicable reason abandons it.

Fatehpur Sikri is a city that an emperor forgot. After just fourteen years of life, the palaces of Akbar great city of victory fell silent. Its echoing corridors still seen to wait for the king to return. The hill top city lies 37 kms from Agra. This deserted city has two distinct complexes. The first comprises the royal enclosure of the palace, the harem and official buildings and the second is the dargarh of a saint, with a mosque and lofty gateways. To wander among the red sandstone courtyard of Fatehpur Sikri is to travel back in the time when Mughal emperor Akbar rode through the gateway after a triumpant campaign, to be welcomed by his delighted subjects and the royal courts. It reflects the many faceted character of the man who inspired it. The ruthless empire builder who enjoyed all the trapping of power and as liberal enlightened man who took a passionate instant in every aspect of life, be it religion, literature or the painting of miniatures.
Later Leave for Agra. Upon arrival check into hotel

Agra is a medieval city situated on the banks of the river Yamuna. It is generally accepted that Sultan Sikandar Lodi, the Ruler of Delhi Sultanate founded it in the year 1504. The golden age of the city began with the Mughals. Agra is famous as being Taj Mahal, perhaps the most photographed monument in the world. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal empire, of which Agra was the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 9 - Agra / Umaria
Breakfast at hotel. Leave for Sightseeing tour of Agra
Visit TAJ MAHAL [Built by Shah Jahan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal], Taj Mahal is regarded as the most extravagant monument ever built for love, as the Emperor had the heart broken as Mumtaz Mahal with whom he was married for 17 years, died in giving birth to her 14th child in 1629. The construction of the Taj was begun in 1631 and was completed in 1653. Besides perfect symmetry in every aspect of its construction, the inlay work of semi precious stones into marble in pietra dura style is absolutely remarkable
Later Visit Red Fort - Built principally as a military establishment by Akbar in 1565, the red sandstone Agra fort was partially converted into a palace during Shah Jahan's time. Though the principal structure was built by Akbar, many more additions were made by his grandson. Amar Singh gate towards the south is the only entry point in the fort. The building and structures inside the fort gives an impression of a city within the city. Many of the building inside the fort are now closed for the public. The marble pearl mosque inside the fort is one of the most stunningly beautiful mosques in India

Transfer to the station to take the night train to Umaria. Overnight in Train.

Day 10 - Umaria / Bandhavgarh
Arrive in Umaria in morning and directly transfer to Bandhavgarh, through the lovely countryside to Bandhavgarh National Park.
Bandhavgarh National Park is situated in the Vindhya range of hills which offers a good variety of cover from Bamboo forest to open grassland and a wide range of animals including sambhar, barking deer, chinkara, chowsingha, gaur (the largest of the world's wild oxen), wild boar and leopard. Bandhavgarh also holds a good population of tiger and is particularly noted for daylight sightings
Arrival in the afternoon. First safari in the Jeep as on your arrival. Overnight at Lodge

Day 11 - Bandhavgarh
After a breakfast, Depart for morning safari in the jeep to the reserve. Later in end of afternoon, enjoy a jeep safari. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 12 - Bandhavgarh
After a breakfast, Depart for morning safari in the jeep to the reserve. You will have surely the occasion to cross one of the 50 tigers present in the park, where can be one of the leopards. Later in end of afternoon, enjoy a jeep safari. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 13 - Bandhavgarh / Khajuraho
After a breakfast, Depart for morning safari in the jeep to the reserve. Later Depart to Khajuraho. Upon arrival check in at hotel
Khajuraho, the temple city of central India, is famous throughout the world for its exquisitely carved temples in stones. It is the best place to envisage this immortal saga of Hindu art and culture engraved in stone by shilpies (stone craftsmen) millenia ago. Temple town of Khajuraho is much different from any other temple city of India. It is not about religion and worshipping and deities. The temples of Khajuraho are instead famous for the eroticism etched on its walls in the form of sculptures. An amalgamation of science and art of architecture, these 10th-11th century temples have a very interesting legend behind them that connects them to the origin of Chandela dynasty. Khajuraho is a small village but a thousand years ago it was a large city of the Chandelas, medieval Rajput kings who ruled over Central India.

Later Proceed for the sight seeing tour of Khajuraho, the village of Khajuraho has been divided into three directional areas in which are located the major groups of temples Eastern, Western and southern Temples
Western Group Temples entirely Hindu, and constitute some of the finest examples of Chandela art at its peak. This group is the largest of all the temple groups of Khajuraho. The Kandhariya Mahadev dedicated to Lord Shiva, followed by a granite temple - Chaunsath Yogini and is the largest from all. While The Chitragupta Temple is dedicated to the Sun God and the Vishwanath Temple, sports a three-headed image of Brahma – the Creator of the Universe, The Lakshmana Temple is superbly decorated, while the Devi Jagdambi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. Other temples in the Western Group include the Varaha Temple with a nine-feet high boar-incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Matangeshwara Temple with a eight-feet high lingam, and the Brahma Temple.
Southern Group has two impressive Khajuraho temples, mainly belonging to the 12th century – the Chaturbhuja Temple, with a massive, carved image of Vishnu, and the Duladeo Temple, one of the last temples of the Chandela era, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Symbolizing a medieval legacy, the Khajuraho temples of India are a perfect fusion of architectural and sculptural excellence, representing one of the finest examples of India
we proceed on a tour of Eastern Group Temples comprises of three historic Jain temples – the Adinath Temple lavishly embellished with sculpted figures, including that of Yakshis while the Parsvanath Temple, the largest Jain temple, sculpted with charming detail and is famous for its beautiful sculptures depicting celestial beauties in several postures, While the Ghantai Temple is a Jain Temple, famous for its ornamental depiction of 16 dreams of Mahavira's mother and a Jain goddess on a winged Garuda
The three Hindu temples of the Eastern group are the Brahma temple is famous for its four-faced image of Brahma housed in the sanctum of the temple, while The Vamana Temple is adorned on its outer walls with carvings of apsaras (celestial beauties) in a variety of sensuous poses and The Javari Temple is worth visiting for its richly carved doorway and exterior sculptors.
Return to hotel and Overnight at Hotel

Day 14 - Khajuraho / Varanasi
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Varanasi. On arrival Checkin at hotel. Varanasi: formerly known as Kashi – the city that illuminates. The religious capital of Hinduism , Varanasi is the oldest living city of India & one of the worlds’ most ancient. The present name is derived from the fact that the city is at the confluence of the rivers Varuna & Asi.
Excursion to Sarnath - the buried Buddhist city where Buddha preached his first sermon. After attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya the Buddha went to Sarnath; and it was here that he preached his first discourse in the deer park to set in motion the 'Wheel of the Dharma'. It is one of the most holy sites as in this place the stream of the Buddha's teaching first flowed. Sarnath was a renowned school of learning from 16th century BC to 12th century AD. Visit the ruins, the stupa, the Buddhist temple & the museum (closed on Fri Day). At the museum is the Ashok Pillar with its four guardian lions, used as independent Indias’ national emblem.
Checkin at hotel.
Leave for city tour of Varanasi - Visit the Bharat Mata temple with a big relief map of India in Marble, Durga temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, Benaras Hindu University which has an art gallery & the mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb
Overnight at Hotel

Day 15 - Varanasi / Kathmandu
Early morning, leave for boat ride on the Ganges to see the bathing Ghats (river bank) & cremation site. Sunrise on the riverfront, as seen from a boat, can be a spiritually uplifting sight. The life on the Ghats bound in an endless string of rituals, ever-changing aspects of the river & the wide landscape across have fascinated visitors from all over the world.
transfer to the airport to take the flight to Kathmandu. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for Checkin and Overnight at hotel.

Day 16 - Kathmandu
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for the small village of Thimi (Potters and Mask makers villages), On the way stop at a small village Thimi, known for its pottery and for the manufacture of masks  Continue towards Dhulikhel is a small township, 20 miles from Kathmandu, along the Chinese-built road which leads to the border. It is at an altitude of 6000 ft. and offers superb views of Cho Oyu in the east to Himalchuli in the west.. Also visit Bhadgaon,a Newar city of the 9th century. Visit of Patan and refugee camp Tibetans. Return to Kathmandu at the end of the day. Overnight at hotel.

Day 17 – Kathmandu
Breakfast at the hotel. Leave to visit Bhaktapur, pretty small Nepalese city where you will find craft industry. Visit of Kathmandou including KUMAR Temple, Kastamandup and Durbar Square and Swayambhunath, Buddhist sanctuary dating of more than 2000 years.

Day 18 - Kathmandu / Delhi / Your Country
Breakfast at hotel. Morning free to carry out your last purchases. Transfer to the airport to take your flight to Delhi. Arrival in Delhi, Transfer downtown to carry out your last purchases or to make some visits. The vehicle remains with you till disposal. Later transfer to the international airport for your onward flight back home with the sweet memories of India

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