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The trip to North India and Nepal invites you to discover totally different cultures. You will be entitled to some strange moments, at once calm and intense, soothed and fervent. Nepal offers the face of a transcendent India. You will really like it.

Departure & Return Location

John F.K. International Airport (Google Map)

What to Expect

If you are thinking of traveling to North India and Nepal, be convinced that you will make one of the most interesting and exciting trips of your life. Expect to:

  • Browse the most beautiful sites of Nepal, in the heart of the Himalayas, between Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Immerse yourself in Buddhist culture
  • Excursions, visits and walks
  • A very diversified circuit between the opulence and the grandeur of the palaces
Itinerary

Day 1Delhi

Arrival in Delhi, At your arrival you will be welcomed in a beautiful Indian tradition with a flower necklace to welcome you. Transfer to the hotel according to the arrival time, then you will explore the old and the new Delhi. You will visit the most important and significant places of the Indian capital. Thus, during this day you will be able to admire the gate of India , monument in tribute to the soldiers who gave their life during the first world war. You will discover the Humayun Tomb which remains a magnificent example of Mughal architecture. Then you will discover Jama Masjida mosque of the 17th century. The latter is the largest in the entire country and can accommodate up to 25,000 people. Lunch during the visits. You will continue your visit to The Raj Ghat where is the memorial of Gandhi, the father of the nation. You will be able to contemplate the Qutub-Minar also called the Tower of the Victory, this one remains the highest tower of India and the third highest one in the world. Finally you will go to the Connaught district which is characterized by its modern and lively aspect. Here you will see the Presidential Palace , Parliament and other institutions of the country. Night at the hotel.

Day 2From Delhi to Gwalior

Arrival on Gwalior by train. Visit Fort Gwalior and King’s Palace.

Day 3Gwalior – Orchha (125km/3h)

After the breakfast departure, Arrive and visit of Laxminarayan temple, atypical mixture of military and religious architecture. The Chhattri, 14 cenotaphs built for the Raja Orchha along the Kanchana Ghats on the banks of the Betwa. The fort and its parts – Raj Mahal, Jehangir Mahal and Rai Parveen Mahal. Overnight in Orchha.

Day 4Orchha - Khajuraho (180km / 3-4H)

After breakfast drive to Khajuraho has the largest medieval Hindu group and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculptures. Raja Chandela built a large complex of temples, which numbered as many as 85, but only 22 survive today. They were devoted to Hindu and Jain cults. The architecture of the temples will influence the model developed in Bhubbaneshvar , but here no enclosure encloses the buildings. They are divided into three groups called west group, east group and south group. The first is almost integrated into the village. The group is comprised of seven temples including four magnificent jains. The largest and most beautiful Jain temple is dedicated to Parshvanathnext to it is the one dedicated to Adinath (Rishabhadeva) smaller but with beautiful pillars and, a little further, the one dedicated to Shantinath. Jain temples do not include any erotic scene. The three Hindu temples are those of Javari, Vamana and Brahma. The southern group includes the Hindu temples of Duladeo and Chaturbhuja both dedicated to Shiva. Overnight in Khajuraho.

Day 5Khajuraho - Chitrakoot (190km)

After breakfast you will take the road to Chitrakoot . Installation at Chitrakoot. Then visit the sacred city of Chittrakoot and its ghats.

Night in Chitrakoot.

Day 6Chitrakoot – Allahabad (140km)

After breakfast drive to Allahabad . Installation in Allahabad then visit the temple of Patalpuri. In the evening visit Sangam (confluence of three sacred rivers Gange, Yamuna and the mythical river Saraswati) and its ghat. Overnight in Allahabad.

Day 7Allahabad-Chunar (Boat) Varanasi

After breakfast transfer to Chunar, take the boat to Varanasi ( 45km / 5-6h ), Arrive in Vanarasi, walk to the 17th century Aurangzeb Mosque and view of the Golden Temple (entrance reserved for Hindus), and Durga’s, ride through the bazaar to the ghats where you attend the moving tribute that the pilgrims pay to the gods and the sacred river Overnight in Varanasi.

Day 8Varanasi

Breakfast, then early in the morning, by boat on the Ganges , you enjoy a different atmosphere at the time of the awakening of the city and prayers on the banks. Visit the museum, which includes magnificent sculptures (closed on Friday). Opportunity to visit Sarnath in the afternoon, Overnight in Varanasi.

Day 9Varanasi - Bodhgaya (255km / 6h)

After breakfast drive to Bodhgaya , check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is free, Night in Bodhgaya.

Day 10Bodhgaya

After breakfast you will visit Bodhgaya which is one of the most sacred places for Buddhists since there is the Mahabodhi temple. Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. Bodhgaya was previously known as Uruvela, Sambodhi, Vajrasana and Mahabodhi. Emperor Ashoka visited Bodh Gaya 250 years after the illumination of Gautama Buddha and built the original Mahabodhi temple there. People from different countries such as China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, etc. have built many Buddhist monasteries and temples in this city. Overnight in Bodhgaya.

Day 11Bodhgaya - Nalanda - Rajgir - Patna (251km / 5-6h)

After breakfast drive to Patna , en-route visit Nalanda : Nalanda is a former center of study that flourished from the 5th century until the end of the 12th century. And Rajgir’s visit is a sacred city for Buddhists and Jains. This is where the Gautama Buddha held the “Atanatiya” conference at the Gridhra-Kuta. Lord Mahavir spent fourteen years of his life in Rajgir and Nalanda. Overnight in Patna.

Day 12 Patna - Kolkata (Flight 09.30-1055)

After breakfast transfer to the airport to catch the flight to Kolkata . Arrive Kolkata and transfer to the hotel. Night in Kolkata

Day 13Kolkata

After breakfast visit the city. Kolkata, better known as Calcutta, is a fascinating city: one of the largest cities in India and the city of Rabindranath Tagore and Mother Teresa. It is also known as the city of intellectuals and artists. To see Victoria Memorial and Howrah Bridge. Night in Kolkata.

Day 14Kolkata – Chandernagar – Kolkata

After breakfast excursion to Chandannagar . Chandannagar is a city in West Bengal located on the banks of the Ganges River, about thirty kilometers from Calcutta. The name of the place is now officially Chandannagar. It is one of the old French Establishments of India. The city had 150,000 inhabitants in the 2001 census. Two etymologies are given to Chandernagor, making it come from chandra, “moon”, because the city is on a curve of the Ganges or chandan, “sandalwood” because it was made trade in the area, and nagar, “city”. It was also called Farasdanga, name from the French name. To see the Chandannagar Museum and Institute, Chandannagar Church, Temple, Patal Bari. Night in Kolkata.

Day 15Kolkata - Kathmandu (Flight 10h00-1205-1550-1750) Stopover in Delhi

After breakfast transfer to the airport to fly to Kathmandu, Night in Kathmandu

Day 16Kathmandu

After breakfast visit Kathmandu City, Swayambunath – Better known as “Monkey Temple” and perched on top of a hill,

Pashuptinath – Built on the sacred Bagmati River, this golden-roofed temple (accessible only to Hindus) is said to be Shiva’s home in the form of Pashupati, Boudhnath – The other great stupa of Kathmandu. Night in Kathmandu

Day 17Kathmandu - Bhaktapur - Patan - Kathmandu

After breakfast, Visit Bhaktapur is a “small town” of about 80 000 inhabitants, which has kept a really atypical atmosphere and architecture. This ancient capital of Nepal really looks like a medieval city. It is located a few kilometers from the suffocating Kathmandu and can take a breath of fresh air, Patan is also an ancient capital of Nepal. If today she has been more or less swallowed by her neighbor Kathmandu. it was a few centuries ago a royal city where Buddhist teaching was particularly important. From an architectural point of view, the city really keeps a special atmosphere, with many temples and statues quite impressive. Night in Kathmandu

Day 18Kathmandu - Nagarkot

After breakfast transfer Nagarkot , nice view 28 kilometers east of Kathmandu. From Nagarkot you will see 33 different mountain peaks, including one of the highest in the world (Sisha-Pangma 8013m which is in Tibet), we will stay for the night here to admire the sunrise the next morning. Overnight in Nagarkot

Day 19 Nagarkot – Pokhara

After breakfast drive to Pokhara , Pokhara is a place of remarkable natural beauty. The serenity of Lake Phewa and the magnificence of Machhapuchhre’s fishtailed summit (6,977 m) rising behind it create an atmosphere of peace and magic. At a lower altitude of Kathmandu, it has a much more tropical sense, very appreciated by the beautiful diversity of flowers that thrive in its surroundings. Indeed, the valley surrounding Pokhara is home to dense forests, rivers, emerald lakes, and of course, the famous views of the Himalayas. Overnight at the Hotel in Pokhara.

Day 20Pokhara

Sarangkot visit for the sunset. At an altitude of 1592 meters, this mountain is north of Pokhara overlooking the valley and Fewa Tal. Sarangkot is one of the most beautiful villages known for its sunrise and sunset where on a clear day you can have an unobstructed view of the great Himalayan range and breathtaking views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and other snow-capped mountains as well as Pokhara Valley.

Overnight at the Hotel in Pokhara. Visit Sarangkot at sunrise, Sarangkot is the most popular tourist destination of the region, at a height of 1592m, it is only 5 km from Lake Side. Sarangkot is 5 degrees cooler than Pokhara. Sarangkot can be easily reached in 45 minutes by a car ride to the summit, from Pokhara, then a 45-minute hike to the main point of view.

Early in the morning, hike to see the sunrise over the Annapurna Massif and other high mountains. Enjoy this majestic view of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri Range and the picturesque Pokhara Valley. Back to the resort to have breakfast. After breakfast . Transfer Today to the starting point for a march to the Stupa of World Peace. Night in Pokhara.

Day 21 Pokhara - Kathmandu - Delhi

After breakfast transfer to Pokhara airport for flight to Kathmandu, In the afternoon flight to Delhi. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 22Delhi

After free breakfast to further explore the capital of India. Free evening for the visit to walk. Night in Delhi

Day 23Delhi - Paris

After breakfast transfer to the airport for international flight to the house.

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