Delhi-to-Kathmandu Tour

Delhi to Kathmandu Tour – 15 Days

Delhi to Kathmandu tour – 15 days is one of the perfect travel experiences of the world. From the great bustling cities of the Indian plains to the peace and tranquillity of the highest mountains on earth this is both an exciting and rewarding trip. The unique religious customs, marvelous food, colourful clothes and the tremendous impact of the smells and sights of this region all combine to produce an intoxicating effect on the visitor.

In India we catch sunrise on the Ganges, one of the greatest travel experiences. The kaleidoscope of temple colours, the millions of different Gods and the smell of incense burning during religious ceremonies are unique to India and play a part in every Indian’s life. We travel between Agra and Varanasi using India’s extensive rail network giving us ample time to meet the friendly, interesting and hospitable people. There is excellent cuisine everywhere whether vegetarian or meat eater.

By contrast, Nepal is dotted with small towns and villages, many in the foothills of the Himalaya, and the pace of life is appreciably more relaxed. The largest populations are Hindu and Buddhist, but there are also large numbers of tribal groups who live in the mountains and practice their own beliefs, the Sherpas being the most famous.

We spend two days at Chitwan National Park where deer, wild boar, crocodiles and the elusive tiger are best viewed riding on the backs of Asian elephants, in dug-out canoes. Pokhara gives the finest view of the mighty Himalaya; the town is dominated by the great Annapurna range where towering mountains dominate the skyline and the surrounding foothills. Finally, the journey heads to Kathmandu; a city with a remarkable history and rich cultural heritage. The city sometimes feels like a living museum with beautiful old houses, palaces and temples, curious hill folk and religious devotees. This is a busy and varied itinerary taking in the best this region has to offer.

Trip Highlights of Delhi to Kathmandu Tour

  • See the incredible spectacle of the sunrise over the Taj Mahal
  • The grand Amber Palace in Jaipur
  • A chance to experience the famous Indian railways
  • Explore deserted ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri
  • The mystical and holy city of Varanasi
  • Elephant safari in Chitwan National Park- one of the finest National Park in Nepal
  • Magnificent views of the Annapurnas from Pokhara
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritages Sites of busting city of Kathmandu

Detail Itinerary of Delhi to Kathmandu Tour

DAY 01 ARRIVE DELHI
Arrive Delhi, you will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel. There are no planned activities for this day, so check into to the hotel (check-in time is 12.00 midday). There will be a brief meeting by your local Indian guide regarding your trip to India.
Rest of the time free
Overnight at the hotel
Meals Included: No

DAY 02 DELHI SIGHTSEEING, TO JAIPUR.
After breakfast we will have a tour of the capital. In Old Delhi we visit Jama Masjid (India’s largest mosque) and in New Delhi we see the fine colonial buildings. Built by the British Raj in the early years of this century and set in spacious tree-lined boulevards these now house various Indian governmental departments. We then visit the tomb of Humayun, one of the earlier Moghul Emperors.
In the afternoon we drive to the Pink City of Jaipur: this drive will take approximately 5 to 6 hours.
Overnight at the hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 03 JAIPUR SIGHTSEEING
Today we have a full day to explore Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan and one of the most attractive and colourful cities in India. Built in the late 18th century, it is a planned city of broad avenues built of sandstone and painted pink at a later stage. In the centre of Jaipur is the City Palace, formerly the residence of the Maharaja it is now a fine museum containing rare manuscripts, paintings, royal garments and weapons. Close to the palace is one of the most intriguing sights of India, the observatory of Jai Singh. This is an assembly of immense astronomical instruments made of marble and brass set in a pleasant garden. We will also see Jaipur’s impressive landmark, the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds. A few miles from the main city is the splendid Amber Palace, rising above a lake where elephants bathe. The imposing hilltop fort contains large courtyards and interiors with fine decorations including inlaid alabaster panels and a Chamber of Mirrors. We can walk up the hill through the massive gateway to the courtyard. Jaipur is a centre of many handicrafts, such as durries (woven rugs), carpets, printed cloth, semi-precious stones, leatherwear etc.
Overnight at the hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 04 TO AGRA VIA FATEHPUR SIKRI
We begin the day by driving to Agra via the deserted ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri. Formally the capital of the Mughal Empire, this wonderfully preserved ‘ghost town’ was constructed by Emperor Akbar between 1570 and 1585 and reflects his ideals in art, religion and architecture. This impressive and well-preserved citadel became his capital in 1571, after the blessing of a local Moslem holy man correctly predicted the birth of a longed-for son, his successor the Emperor Jehangir. The mosque, designed to hold ten thousand worshippers, the palaces, residences and halls of audience are all of decorative red sandstone. But this magnificence only lasted 14 years, as in 1584 Akbar left Fatehpur Sikri to secure his outlying territories, leaving this city much as we see it today. The site is one of the most atmospheric in northern India and its position on a ridge overlooking the modern village below, and its wonderful state of preservation provide us with a taste of this city’s majestic past.
Overnight at the hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 05 SIGHTSEEING IN AGRA, OVERNIGHT TRAIN TO VARANASI
A very early start to see the incredible spectacle of the sunrise over the Taj. The Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631, built the beautiful white marble Taj Mahal. The Taj is serenely beautiful and never fails to amaze a first time visitor; the white marble exterior changes colour according to the position of the sun during the day and is matched by the rich interior detail. Within striking distance is the imposing Red Fort of Akbar, third of the Moghul Emperors, whose mighty sandstone walls enclose the beautiful white marble Pearl Mosque and the palaces, halls, courtyards and fountains of his sons and successors, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. It is here that the latter spent his last years, imprisoned by his own son Aurangzeb. Agra also offers a wide variety of handicrafts including jewellery, inlaid and carved marble, carpets and clothes and there should be time for some shopping.
In the late afternoon we transfer to Tundla, 35km from Agra, where we board the overnight train to Varanasi.
Overnight at the hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 06 ARRIVE VARANASI, FREE AFTERNOON.
We arrive in Varanasi in the morning and transfer to the hotel (rooms may not be available until noon however efforts are made to make it earlier than this). The afternoon is then free to explore this incredible city and its winding streets, ghats and mystical temples or visit the nearby Sarnath Temple, where the Buddha gave his first sermon
Overnight at the hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 07 VARANASI SIGHTSEEING.
Varanasi, situated on the River Ganges, is one of the most holy cities in India and stands at the centre of the Hindu Universe. As such, the city lives and breathes Hinduism: there are thousands of pilgrims, wandering holy men (Sadhus), religious leaders and casual visitors. It is a city to get immersed in by exploring its maze of narrow lanes, the many temples and watch the Hindu ceremonies that occur around the clock. Just before dawn, we take a boat out on the Ganges to witness the extraordinary spectacle on the ghats, the steps leading down to the river. Every day thousands of Hindu pilgrims come to these three miles of riverbank to immerse themselves in the waters of the holy Ganges. Later we drive to the impressive sandstone Fort at Chunar overlooking the Ganges, after a short visit to the fort we take a cruise boat down the Ganges back towards the city of Varanasi.
Overnight at the hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 08 VARANASI TO LUMBINI IN NEPAL.
We board by our private vehicle and make an early departure for Nepal (approx 8-9 hrs drive). It’s a spectacular drive across the northern plains, passing through a few towns and lots of pretty Indian villages. At the Indian border we leave our bus and walk across through customs and immigration to Nepal (approx 500 meters). Once in Nepal, we enter the Terai, the narrow plain running along the southern breadth of the country. We have a short drive (approx 1 hour) to Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, where we spend the night.
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 09 LUMBINI /CHITWAN BY DRIVE
This morning, we start our day with site seeing tour of Lumbini including various sacred places accompanied a local guide by rickshaw. We will have the opportunity to visit the birth place of the Buddha Peace lamp and the monastery of peace pagoda. Then, we drive to Chitwan which takes approx 3 hour enjoyable and scenic drive through the Tharu Villages of Chitwan. The ethnic tribe of the Tharu’s is the local inhabitants of Chitwan and is agriculturists by profession. Then drive finally brings you to the lodge.
Upon arrival at lodge, you will be met and briefed by the Guest Relation officer regarding the park and the programs available. Lunch will be followed by a choice of activities arranged for you.
Chitwan National Park is the home of the great one horned rhinoceros, sloth bear, wild boar, Gaur (bison), 4 species of deer, 2 species of monkeys, 2 species of crocodile, the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger, over 450 species of birds and various other reptiles. Later in the afternoon, the guests will be taken for elephant safari or nature walks depending on the time of arrival at the resort. In the evening before dinner, the slide presentation about the flora and fauna of Chitwan national park will be organized by our well trained senior naturalists. This will be time when the guests can gather more information about the flora and fauna of Chitwan National Park.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 10 CHITWAN
Early morning guests will be mounted on elephant back and taken for a jungle safari for approx 2 hours penetrating through dense grasslands to view wildlife in their natural habitat. This grass commonly known as elephant grass is dense and grows to a height of 18‐20 ft. It is the favorite habitat for rhinoceros and other mammals.
After breakfast, you are taken to our elephant stables where a senior naturalist briefs about the interesting and unbelievable habits of elephant. Here one may witness the rare scene of the elephants at bath.
In the afternoon you may choose to relax around the resort or take a drive through the jungles for a canoe ride down the Rapti River. The river ride provides opportunity of viewing the gharial crocodiles as well as the mugger crocodiles, fresh water dolphins, otters and varieties of water birds. OR, You may also feel like going for a nature walk or birding with one of our naturalists to know more about the flora of the Chitwan National Park. Those on canoe ride are taken back to the resort four wheel drive jeep from the end‐point.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 11 CHITWAN/POKHARA BY DRIVE
After breakfast in the morning, since Chitwan is a bird paradise of resident and migratory birds, making it a delightful and educational experience for every bird watcher. Special bird watching tour can be arranged too.
Today, our journey to Pokhara is only 140 km but will take approx 4 – 5 hours. We follow the gorge of the Narayani River and soon we are in the foothills of the Himalaya. The scenery changes dramatically from the forests and farmlands of the Terai to steep terraced hills, and as we get closer to Pokhara we begin to see the formidable Annapurna Range. Set at only 1,000 m. amongst semi-tropical plants and with a delightfully warm climate, it is actually much closer to the main Himalayan peaks than Kathmandu. Machhapuchhare, the ‘Fishtail Peak’, dominates the skyline especially in the clear morning air.
Arrive Pokhara, we stay hotel near located to Lake Phewa, with a wide choice of restaurants and other facilities close by.
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 12 IN POKHARA
After an early morning, you will drive to Sarangkot for sunrise view over the western Himalayas (weather permitting)
Sarangkot is the highest point on the Pokhara valley rim. It is located an altitude of 1592 m above sea level. This place provides the best view of Pokhara Valley, Phewa Lake and beyond to the main spine of the Annapurna ranges (Annapurna South 7195, Annapurna I 7647, Machhapuchhre 6997, Annapurna III 7555, Annapurna II 7937, Annapurna IV 7525, Lamjung Himal 6986.
After breakfast, you will be taken to Phewa Lake for boat ride (approx 1 hr) including visit of Barahi Temple
Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in the country, is the center of all attraction in Pokhara. It is the largest and most enchanting of the three lakes that add to the resplendence of Pokhara. The Barahi Temple is the most important monument in Pokhara; built almost in the center of Phewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protector deity representing the female force Shakti.
Afternoon you’ll visit the Mountain Museum housing expedition memorabilia and information on ethnic groups, flora and fauna. We’ll also visit Tashiling, a long established settlement of Tibetan refugees. We spend some time here watching wool being sorted, dyed and eventually made into Tibetan carpets which are exported all over the world.
Overnight at the hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 13 POKHARA/KATHMANDU BY DRIVE
We leave early for the long drive to Kathmandu, along the Chinese built road running parallel to the main Himalayan range. The distance is only 200km but it is a slow climb through the mountains and the Journey will take most of the day ( Approx 6 hours). The views, however, are stunning as we follow the Marsyangdi and Trisuli rivers, passing numerous villages and terraces stretching thousands of feet up the hillside. We arrive in Kathmandu in the late afternoon and check into our hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 14 IN KATHMANDU
We have today to explore Kathmandu and the valley. In the early morning there is the opportunity to take a scenic flight to see Mount Everest (this can be booked and paid for on arrival in Kathmandu)
Today there will be a half-day sightseeing tour visiting Kathmandu Durbar and Swayambhu Stupa
There is an opportunity to take an optional excursion to the almost perfectly preserved Newari town of Bhaktapur in the eastern corner of the Kathmandu Valley. Also known as Bhadgaon or City of the Devotees, Bhaktapur evokes the feel of a medieval village, a snapshot of a time when the city lay along the prosperous trade routes between Tibet, China and India. The ancient centre of the town is a dazzling collection of temples that has earned it a place on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
Overnight at the hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 15 DEPART KATHMANDU
You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We hope you enjoyed the tour with us and we expect that you plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal again.
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight time, a representative from Natraj Trekking will transfer you to the airport.
Meals included: Breakfast

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