India & Nepal with Private Driver Guide

India & Nepal with Private Driver/Guide
India is bigger than life: a population that exceeds a billion, more than a million square miles of land and 23 official languages. But one common thread runs through it — India floods your senses from every direction.

We specialize in planning customized travel and the following is one of the most popular A&K private journeys we sell featuring travel to Northern India and Nepal.  Once you visit India you will truly understand the difference between Old Delhi and New Delhi.  Delhi is a city of fascinating contrasts, with remnants of the 12th to the 19th centuries lingering in Old Delhi and modern architecture and bustle in New Delhi. Agra is home to the majestic Taj Mahal.  To the south, Udaipur sits serenely on the shores of Lake Pichola, where a private cruise offers postcard-worthy vistas at every turn. This private tour includes a visit the Maharana's Crystal Gallery, opened expressly for you.  Mumbai, formerly known as the fabled Bombay, has a lovely harbor, marked by the Gateway of India, an 85-foot-high arch. Take a private boat ride from Mumbai Harbour to visit the rock-cut cave temples on Elephanta Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Back on land, glimpse everyday life at the Dhobi Ghat outdoor laundry and visit Mani Bhawan, a museum dedicated to the life of Mahatma Gandhi.  You, along with your private driver/guide will journey inside the kaleidoscope of sights and sounds that is the spectacular Pushkar Fair, an annual camel and cattle sale attended by tribal villagers from all of Northern India.

Northern India is both complex and diverse with its intricate mosaic of luxurious palaces, sacred temples, ancient religions, customs, and dramatic landscapes. Your journey begins in the Imperial capital city of Delhi, where you can witness the remaining splendors of a history that spans several millennia. Continue to the immortal Taj Mahal in Agra, and then onward to Rajasthan. Throughout your journey you will experience the splendid sights and sounds of this astonishing land of contrasts.

DAY 1   Arrive New Delhi / Private transfer provided to your hotel
Spend 2 night’s in New Delhi, India.
DAY 2   Morning sightseeing w/Private Driver Guide
This morning tour the historic sights of Old Delhi, including the Red Fort, once the most opulent fort of the Mughal Empire, and the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. Following lunch, you will tour New Delhi, a legacy of the British. You will see the Presidents Palace, formerly the Viceroy’s Palace, India Gate, then visit the Mughal monuments of Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar.

DAY 3   Travel today from Delhi to Jaipur
This morning proceed on your drive to Jaipur (approximately 6 hours). On arrival, check into your hotel for the next three nights.

DAY4   Touring with Private Driver Guide
Today visit the ancient capital and magnificent fort at Amber, perched on a hill overlooking Maota Lake. En-route you will see the Palace of the Winds, more commonly known as ‘Hawa Mahal’.

DAY 5   Touring with Private Driver Guide
Today continue your tour of this city with a visit to the City Palace museum, filled with antiques, objet d’art and other trappings of the Royal family. The afternoon is at leisure.

DAY 6   Travel today from Jaipur to Agra
On your way to Agra, you will stop en route to visit the deserted capital city of Fatehpur Sikri, built by the great Emperor Akbar.  Spend one night in Agra.

DAY 7   Travel today from Agra to Delhi
Early this morning enjoy a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. Return to the hotel for breakfast, then continue on your visit of Agra fort. Later proceed to Delhi. On arrival, check into your hotel for one night.

DAY 8   Transfer to Delhi’s International Airport in time to board your flight to Nepal.
Arrive in Kathmandu, where you are met and transferred to the Dwarika’s Hotel.  A heritage hotel, featuring local textiles and intricately carved woodwork.  Spend three nights in Kathmandu, Nepal.
If time permits, explore Kathmandu’s medieval streets, including buildings dating as far back as the 16th century.

DAY 9   Full day of private sightseeing an activities pre-determined by you prior to arrival.
Weather permitting, start your day with an optional scenic flight over the Himalaya. Or, begin your morning visiting Kathmandu’s main sites, including Durbar Square, Teleju Temple and the House of the Living Goddess. Next, visit Swayambhunath, perched high on a hill overlooking Kathmandu Valley. From here you can see the mighty Himalaya
rising above the valley.

DAY 10  Sightseeing with Private Driver Guide
Journey to nearby Patan, the city of arts and architecture founded in AD 250 and known for its fine works in bronze, silver and copper. Many of these treasures can be seen in the new Patan Museum. Also visit the Tibetan Refugee Camp to watch a demonstration in carpet weaving.

DAY 11  Sightseeing with Private Driver Guide
Visit Pashupatinath Temple, the most sacred of all Hindu temples, before heading to Boudhanath and joining Tibetan pilgrims for a walk around its Buddhist stupa. Next, drive to Bhaktapur, a town with abundant medieval architecture. As you walk along its cobblestone streets, notice the many ornately carved windows for which the town is famous.

DAY 12    Transfer to Kathmandu’s airport to board your flight home or onward to your next exciting journey!

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