A classic 12 days journey to India and Nepal will save your time and money. With a fascinating history and impressive architecture Grand Palaces, Temples, stunning views of the Himalayas, our India, and Nepal tour is a perfect combination of Nature, culture, and adventure. See the famous landmarks of Incredible India and Himalayas of Nepal in a short time, memorable experience for you.
Either taste Masala tea or mouth-watering sweets, samosa or curry or taste of Daal Bhaat in Nepal along with famous momos. You have to visit India and Nepal, at least once in your lifetime! This 12 days unique and an exciting south Asian adventure tour package is specially designed for those travelers who want to explore India and Nepal in one go.
What could be a better chance to see the Taj Mahal and the Ganges at Varanasi, Kumari (the Living Goddess of Kathmandu) along with UNESCO World Heritage sites and Himalaya in one visit?
Our 12 days India and Nepal cultural journey begin from Delhi, the capital city of India including, Jaipur, Agra Taj Mahal, Khajuraho and Varanasi ( Ganges) in India, then we travel to Kathmandu Valley and Nagarkot in Nepal to see sunrise and sunset over Himalaya.
Our representative of Earthbound Expeditions will receive you at Delhi Airport, India and he will be displaying an Earthbound Expeditions signboard. You will then be transferred to your hotel.
Today you'll explore the essential tourist hubs of the Indian capital ‘Delhi.' Some of them include
• Red Fort
Red Fort (LalQila) is the pinnacle of the Mughal style of architecture, and it portrays a blend of Hindu, Timurid and Persian traditions. This iconic landmark was made in the mid-17th century and was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The fort comprises of red sandstone walls, and it took almost a decade to complete. Travelers are easily impressed by the fort\'s palaces, entertainment halls, projecting balconies and mosque. The most attractive aspect of this fort is the Hall of Public Audience.
• Jama Masjid
This Masjid towers over Old Delhi and is the largest Masjid in India. The Masjid is made with red sandstone and white marble and shows the architecture of the Mughal Empire. The Masjid took over 5000 artisans to build and took six years to complete. The major attractions of this Masjid are the numerous relics, footmarks, and a red beard-hair of the Holy Prophet Mohammad.
• Raj Ghat
The Raj Ghat is a memorial that is dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Situated on the banks of the Yamuna River, it is a black marble platform which is made at the spot of the cremation of the great ‘Mahatma Gandhi.\'
Immerse yourself in the culture and charm of Old Delhi by exploring one of the oldest markets in Old Delhi ‘ChandniChowk’. To say that the street is just ‘busy’ would be an understatement. The street is always flocked with people who are shopping for spices, dried fruits, and beautiful saris. Wander at the architectural marvels, ornately decorated shops and taste the delicious cuisines.
• India Gate
The India Gate is a war memorial that is dedicated to the 70000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who lost their lives from 1914 to 1921 in the First World War. The Gate portrays the architectural style of an arch. Names of the soldiers that died in the war are engraved on the Indian Gate. At night, the Gate illuminates, which further adds to its beauty.
This enigmatic building is home to the President of the world\'s largest democracy. Sir Lutyens first conceptualized the structure, and it took the efforts of thousands of laborers to make his vision a reality. The building opened for the public in August 2012, and now travelers can explore its numerous halls and gardens. The RashtrapatiBhavan has hosted many important occasions as well.
The SansadBhavan was designed by the British architect Edwin Lutyens, and it took six years to complete. Extensive gardens surround the building. Often called as the business hub of Delhi, this place proudly displays its Georgian-style buildings along with the global chain stores, old cinemas, and Indian restaurants. You can visit the old cinema halls and the Central Park which is a favorite hangout for locals. The place is a hub for notable venues as well.
After exploring the beautiful city of Delhi, we head towards the City of Forts, ‘Jaipur.\' We drive for about 5 hours, and on the road, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery. Jaipur is the largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, and it consists of forts that hold great architectural and cultural significance. We visit the magnificent Amer Fort, which is situated about 11 km from the outskirts of Jaipur City. The Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is constructed of red sandstone and marble. The palace once housed the famed Rajput Maharajas and their families. We visit the famous Hawa Mahal and prepare to have your mind blown by its honeycomb shaped and beautifully carved windows. Visit the Mahal early in the morning to watch the sun rays illuminate the Mahal.
After Jaipur, the city of Taj Mahal, Agra awaits you. A 4.15-hour drive from Jaipur leads you to Agra. Visit the massive Agra fort which has many historical feats associated with it. This monument is located at a distance of 2.5 km from the Taj Mahal and was erected by the Hindu SikarwarRajputs.
The most impressive landmark of Agra is the iconic Taj Mahal. This monument serves as a memento of love for lovers all around the world. Built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal, this lavish mausoleum proudly flaunts its white marble architecture. This landmark took about 20 years to complete, and the process included thousands of artisans and architects. Learn the true meaning of love as you explore this beautiful structure.
The road to Orcha takes about 5.15 hours, and the road takes you through the beautiful rivers and bridges. Orcha was founded in the 16th century by a Rajput Chief. We explore the ambiance on the banks of the Betwa River, and there stands a considerable palace-fort that is surrounded by a battlement wall. Explore the beautiful fort which comprises of several interconnected buildings which were erected at different times. The major attraction is the Raja Mahal.
Your quest for adventure takes you to Khajuraho which is a 4-hour drive from Orcha. Making our stop in Khajuraho, we head towards the temple complex which was built by the Chandela dynasty in the 11th century. The temples display a perfect balance of architecture and sculpture. The temples depict various forms like meditation, royalty, kinship, etc. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and what sets it apart from other temples is its numerous erotic carvings inside and outside the temple premises which shows humans and even animals involved in the art of lovemaking.
Your journey takes a spiritual turn as you head towards the religious city of Varanasi. The drive to Varanasi takes about 9.15 hour. Often regarded as the spiritual capital of India, the city of Varanasi draws Hindu pilgrims from around the world. People bathe in the holy Ganges River and perform funeral rites there. Find the meaning of inner peace as you visit the KashiVishwanath Temple and learn the meaning of life as you visit its Ghats.
You will enjoy a boat ride on the holy Ganges River, and after exploring the city, you\'ll fly back to Kathmandu. Enjoy the scenic ride and upon arrival, transfer to a hotel.
Today you\'ll go sightseeing in the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu valley. You\'ll visit the world heritage sites of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swoyambhunath. After the tour, head towards the beautiful hill station of Nagarkot. It is located in the outskirts of the Kathmandu valley, and when you\'re there, you better prepare yourself for the blast of freshness and tranquility. The lush greenery and the picturesque scenery of the Himalayas like Langtang range, Ganesh Himal range, and Manaslu range make Nagarkot a favorite among travelers.
You will visit the famous Bhaktapur Durbar Square which is famous due to its architectural and cultural significance. Marvel at the architectural beauty of the 55 window palace, Vatsala temple, and the Nyatapola temple. At night, enjoy a lavish dinner while enjoying the Nepali cultural show.
The trip concludes. Our representatives will drop you at the international airport for your final departure from Nepal.