India and Nepal Expedition: 21 Days

Begin in Delhi, by visiting the many magnificent monuments and impressive buildings a reminder of the Moghul reign and the colonial past. Explore highlights such as the Jama Masjid,the red stone wonder –Red Fort, Humayun’s tomb, Qutub Minar, the quaint lush green historic Hauzkhas complex and the silent abode –the lotus temple. Experience the vivid hues of Rajasthan in the blue city Jodhpur before heading out to the Golden city Jaisalmer.Take a tour of the golden-yellow sandstone Jaisalmer fort rising from the desert sands like a mirage. Visit the impressive Jain temples, and see the elaborately carved stone facades of havelis. Enjoy a glorious and magical sunset at a luxurious private camp set up amid the dunes and witness the changing colors of the fascinating desertscape.

Continue to Jaipur to explore opulent palaces, majestic forts and a labyrinth of bustling bazaars selling textiles, leatherwork, woodblock prints, perfume, jewelry and Jaipur’s traditional blue pottery. Get in tune with nature for a luxury holiday in the heart of the jungle Ranthambore - perhaps the best place in the world to sight a tiger in the wild.

Head to the ancient city of Amritsar with an excursion to Golden Temple ,the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion.The magnificent Golden temple,a marble structure with an imposing dome of pure gold shines and reflects in the sacred pool .Your next leg of your sojourn takes you to the exotic Nepalese capital city of Kathmandu exploring its buzzing streets , strolling through the famous Hindu and Buddhist temple-lined medieval city squares of Bhaktapur and Patan .Continue to tranquil Pokhara with a spectacular backdrop of the Annapurna range offers stunning panoramic views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks.

Head back to Kathmandu before flying to Delhi for some more sightseeing and shopping for local artifacts.



Day 01 : Arrival at Delhi :

A Compass India Holiday representative will receive you at the airport and help you transfer to the hotel.

Delhi, India's capital has seen great empires rise and fall around it for millennia, with each new batch of rulers building over the works of their predecessors. As a result, the city abounds in monuments and ruins of stunning diversity. The seat of the world's largest democracy, it also boasts of magnificent symbols of government that pay architectural tribute to the ideals of self-rule and democracy. These co-exist side by side with wide multi-lane motorways, shopping malls, fast cars and ultramodern steel-glass office complexes that characterize any large 21st century metropolis.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

Day 02 : Sightseeing in Delhi :

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a guided tour of Old Delhi.

Raj Ghat is the famous memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. The shrine bears testimony to the simplicity of the man who changed the world with the power of ideas. A simple black stone structure with an eternal flame burning at one end.

The majestic Red Fort was commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1639, and remained seat of the empire for the next two centuries. Today, the Prime Minister of the India delivers his Independence Day speech to the nation from the ramparts of this red sandstone structure.

To truly experience the buzz of the old markets and narrow, winding medieval alleys of old Delhi, we recommend a rickshaw ride through the city. Your guide will be happy to arrange one for you.

Jama Masjid is one of Asia's largest mosques. We shall view this magnificent structure from outside, its lofty and highly ornate domes and minarets reminiscent of a scene from the Arabian Nights.

A short distance away lie the bustling markets of Chandni Chowk, "Moonlit Square," the celebrated 17th century market complex, where sweetshops from the 1790s still do roaring business.

After lunch proceed for a sightseeing tour of New Delhi. New Delhi was built by the British in the 1930s as their imperial capital. Majestic government and administrative buildings line the wide, tree-lined avenues of what is also known as Lutyen's Delhi after Sir Edwin Lutyen's who was commissioned to design the city in 1911.

Imperial Delhi will include the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Qutb-Minar in red and buff standstone is the highest tower in India. It has a diameter of 14.32 m at the base and about 2.75 m on the top with a height of 72.5 m. Qutbu'd-Din Aibak laid the foundation of Minar in AD 1199 for the use of the mu'azzin (crier) to give calls for prayer and raised the first floor, to which were added three more floors by his successor and son-in-law, Shamsu'd-Din Iltutmish (AD 1211-36). All the storeys are surrounded by a projected balcony encircling the minar and supported by stone brackets, which are decorated with honeycomb design, more conspicuously in the first floor.

Start at India Gate, the red sandstone arch erected in memory of Indian and British soldiers who laid down their lives in World War I. Close by are the majestic Parliament House, the seat of the world's largest democracy and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the Indian President's official residence. Inside are the famed Mughal Gardens with its ornate fountains and manicured lawns. Mughal Gardens are open to the public during spring.

The lotus-shaped Bahai temple south of Delhi is also of interest. An ideal place for meditation, this Bahai House of worship is open to people of all faiths.

In the evening return to the hotel and relax.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

Day 03 : Delhi - Jodhpur By flight | Jodhpur - Jaisalmer By Road

After breakfast drive to the airport for your flight to Jodhpur.

Reach Jodhpur and drive to Jaisalmer. Check in at your luxurious camp.

Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer. A commanding fort etched in yellow sandstone stands, with its awesome splendor, dominating the amber-hued city.

The city has an interesting legend associated with it, according to which, Lord Krishna – the head of the Yadav Clan, foretold Arjuna that a remote descendent of the Yadav Clan would build his kingdom atop the Trikuta Hill. His prophecy was fulfilled in 1156 AD when Rawal Jaisal, a descendent of the Yadav Clan and a Bhatti Rajput, abandoned his fort at Lodurva and founded a new capital – Jaisalmer, perched on the Trikuta Hill. His Yadav descent can be traced back to the Mahabharata and the Rajputs were famed for courage and gallantry.

Jaisalmer is studded with magnificent tourist haunts that encapsulates the vivacious culture of this lovely locale. It is laced with beautiful forts, sacred shrines, stately havelis reminiscent of the yester years, well stacked museums and a rippling lake.

Overnight will be at Jaisalmer.

Day 04 : Jaisalmer

After a relaxed breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing tour of The Golden City - Jaisalmer. It is in the heart of the Great Indian Desert. Its temple, fort and palaces are all built of yellow stone. The city is a mass of intricately carved buildings, facades and elaborate balconies.

Visit the JAISALMER FORT: The oldest living Fort in the world. (This is the highlight of the tour)

The fort stands almost 30 meters over the city and houses an entire living area within huge ramparts. Walking through the narrow lanes is an experience worth savoring. It is approached through Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol, Bhoot Pol and Hawa Pol. Also, within it are many beautiful havelies and a group of Jain temples dating from the 12th to the 15th centuries. The golden - yellow sandstone of Jaisalmer Fort, over 800 years old, crowns the Trikuta Hill. Within its walls, defended by 99 turrets, lies the old city, nearly a quarter of modern Jaisalmer. Seen from outside, the sight must be almost identical to what was seen by merchants on their overland camel caravans to central Asia. Once this desert outpost was an important gate for the trade route, and Jaisalmer grew wealthy on the proceeds. But the advent of commercial shipping relegated the town to relative obscurity. Known as SONAR QUILA, rising from the sand, the mega structure merges with the golden hues of the desert ambience and the setting suns in its most colourful shades gives it a fairy tale look. Its simply a magic, the bastions envelops a whole townships that consist of palace complex various security sources and the havelis of rich merchants carved with an incredibly light touch, several temples and the residential complexes of the armies and traders placed strategically on the trade route, from where the ancient caravans passed. Enjoy the sightseeing of the following places out of which the JAIN TEMPLES are inside the fort.

NATHMAL KI HAVELI: Two architect brothers built it in the 19th century. Interestingly, while one concentrated on the right, the other concentrated on the left and the result is a symphony epitomizing the side by side symmetry during construction. Paintings in miniature style monopolies the walls in the interior. Mighty tuskers carved out of yellow sandstone stand guard to the Haveli.

SALIM SINGH KI HAVELI: This Haveli was built about 300 years ago and a part of it is still occupied. Salim Singh was the prime minister when Jaisalmer was the capital of the princely state and his mansion has a beautifully arched roof with superb carved brackets in the form of Peacocks. The mansion is just below the hill and it is said that once it had two additional wooden story’s in an attempt to make it as high as the maharaja's palace, but the maharaja had the upper storey torn down.

PATWON JI KI HAVELI: This is one of the largest and most elaborate Haveli in Jaisalmer and stands in a narrow lane. It is five story’s high and is extensively carved. It is divided into six apartments, two owned by archaeological Survey of India, two by families who operate craft-shops and two private homes. There are remnants of paintings on some of the inside walls as well as some mirror work.

TAZIA TOWER: The delicate pagoda like Tazia Tower rises from Badal Mahal (Cloud Palace). Rising in its five-tiered splendor, with each storey graced by a delicately carved balcony, the tower is of historical significance. Muslim craftsmen built it in the shape of a Tazia and gifted it to their royal patron.

GODI SAGAR LAKE: This tank, south of the city walls, once held the town water supply, and befitting its importance in providing precious water to the inhabitants of this arid city, it is surrounded by small temples and shrines. The beautiful yellow sandstone gateway arching across the road down to the tank is the Tilon-ki-Pol, and is said to have been built by a famous prostitute, Tilon. When she offered to pay to have this gateway constructed, the Maharaja refused permission under it to go down to the tank and he felt that this would be beneath his dignity. While he was away, she built the gate, adding a Krishna temple on top so that king could not tear it down.

JAIN TEMPLES: These fine Jain temples were built in the 12th to 15th century, within the Jaisalmer Fort. They are beautifully carved and dedicated to Rikhabdevji and Sambhavnathji. The Gyan Bhandar, a library containing some extremely old manuscripts, is within the temple complex.

SUNDOWNER AT THE DUNES ALONG WITH BUSH DINNER: Enjoy wonderful sunset at private sand dunes (you may be visited by local herdsmen grazing their goats or a fellow traveler) near the village of Maulana. We will depart the camp at 4:00pm in custom-made Gypsy’s which also allows you an insight into the desert life and if you are lucky you may even spot Chinkara’s and Blue bull. It is a 45 minute ride to Maulana. Once you are here, enjoy a walk up to the dunes, brings you to a private setting with glorious white mounds of clean dry sand and a butler ready with your favorite drink.

We will arrange an exclusive Bush dinner under the starlit sky of the Thar Desert. Enjoy a delicious Rajasthani dinner to the melody of local musicians.

Overnight will be at Jaisalmer.

Day 05 : Jaisalmer - Nimaj (Chattra Sagar) By Road

Enjoy breakfast and leave for NIMAJ. (Chhatra Sagar).

The fort of Nimaj was built in 1733 by the valiant ruler – Thakur Jagram Singh. Situated in the heart of the town, it is a massive structure built in traditional Rajput style with courtyards and separate wings for men & women. The little township is surrounded by places of historical interest, like the 9th century temple Magar Mandi, 3 Kms away. Visit nearby villages to see local craftsmen at work & a little further see blackbucks, blue bulls etc.

Lakes in the desert region are a rarity having their own charm. Chhatra Sagar, 4 Kms from the fort is a beautiful water body nestled between two hillocks. Built as a summer retreat, the lush green lawn, flowering trees and clear waters are like an oasis in the otherwise dry region. Boating and angling is possible. It is surrounded by lush green fields and vast grazing pastures. Chhatra Sagar, a hundred-year old reservoir with a periphery of about 10 kilometers, is an ideal destination for nature lovers and a perfect getaway from the chaotic city life.

As a hunting preserve of the Nimaj Estate, Chhatra Sagar has witnessed many exciting shikar camps and leisure parties. Today, the campsite, situated on the dam, offers breathtaking views of the sunrise, sunset and the Aravalli ranges on the horizon. The old shooting box - Aodhi has been put to good use as it provides a closer view of the water fowl and birds of prey.

Watch the birds, go for nature walks, soak in the fresh air, sit around the bonfire and listen to old folk lore - or be more adventurous and take one of the many safaris on offer. Experience the warm hospitality, and enjoy some truly delicious Indian and traditional Rajasthani meals cooked with farm fresh vegetables in the family kitchen.

Relax in the tastefully designed and well-appointed tented accommodation. Each tent has an attached bath with running hot and cold water, and its own private sit out overlooking the lake.

Get a few tips on Indian cooking from the family and the traditional chefs. Dinner would be typically RAJASTHANI.

Overnight will be at the camp.

Day 06 : Nimaj - Jaipur By Road

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Drive to Jaipur and on arrival check-in at Hotel.

Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan a romantic realm of resplendent palaces, mighty fortresses and regal Maharajahs that lies in the western deserts and is an utterly unique part of India. Proudly belonging to the KSHATRIYA warrior caste and fiercely independent, the Rajput princes made fearsome foes. However, many of them realized that to maintain their wealth and authority locally, it was expedient to proclaim allegiance to the central power. Thus, many enjoyed a privileged position under the Mughal emperors and also the British Raj that followed.

The bustling Rajasthan capital of Jaipur takes its name from its venerated founder Jai Singh II, who was given the title Sawai Maharaja by the Mughal. Literally translated this would mean ’one and a quarter’, suggesting that the Mughal thought this emperor to be more valuable than just ‘one’. Jaipur is known as the ’Pink City’ on account of the distinctive colour of its buildings. This did not, however, form part of the original plan, but dates back to 1856, when the city was given a wash of pink in honor of a State Visit from Prince Albert.

This evening, visit the Birla Temple to learn more about the fascinating religious life of Jaipur. The marble structure, built as recently as 1985, houses ornate statues including one of Lakshmi (goddess of Wealth and Beauty) and Narayan dressed in gaudy robes, representing a Hindu vision of heavenly luxury. Carvings in the temple and on pillars supporting the covered walkways include images of the Hindu pantheon, as well as Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Francis of Assisi. Your visit will coincide with the AARTI Ceremony, which involves oil lamps being lit and waved, in order to awake and invoke the deity.

Overnight will be at Jaipur.

Day 07 : Jaipur

After breakfast drive to Amber Palace. Enjoy Elephant Back ascent to the Fort.

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.

Continue city sightseeing.

CITY PALACE - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

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. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.

HAWA MAHAL - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Their five-storey structures consist of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

This afternoon is free for you to relax shop or explore independently. Shopping is superb in Jaipur, particularly for gold and silver jewelry, pottery, tie-dye materials, silk, saris, wooden handicrafts and carpets.

Overnight will be at Jaipur.

Day 08 : Jaipur

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Proceed for sightseeing of a royal village SAMODE.

Samode according to the Rajputana Gazetteer of 1879 was a large and flourishing town. The Zamidars (landlords) of Samode - the principal thakurs of the state of Amber were the Nathawat clan from Chomu, a branch of the house of Amber, tracing their relation to the Jaipur Maharaja the fabled Prithviraj Singhji the 17th prince of the house of Kacchwaha Rajputs. Gopal Singhji one of his 12 sons was awarded Samode, a noble feudatory of the Amber & Jaipur principality. It was among the wealthiest territories in the Amber kingdom. The Zamidari eventually passed within the clan to the hands of Behari Das, a Rajput warrior in Mughal Service. After 6 generations in the hands of his descendants Samode was relinquished to the Raj.

The 400-year-old SAMODE PALACE has a wealth of frescoes, many of them depicting religious subjects. The highlight is a vast DURBAR HALL.

Take a walk of the Rajasthani village or take a camel cart ride.

Overnight will be at Jaipur.

Day 09 : Jaipur - Ranthambore By Road

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Drive to Ranthambore. Reach and check-in at your hotel.

Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, at the junction of the Aravalis and the Vindhyas, is a unique example of natural and historical richness, standing out conspicuously in the vast, arid and denuded tract of eastern Rajasthan, barely 14 kilometres from Sawai Madhopur. Get in tune with nature for a luxury holiday in the heart of the jungle. Most of the resorts are close to the National Park Gate, Tiger Den being the closest.

It spreads over a highly undulating topography varying from gentle to steep slopes; from flat-topped hills of the Vindhyas to the conical hillocks and sharp ridges of the Aravalis, from wide and flat valleys to narrow rocky gorges. An important geological feature the ‘Great Boundary Fault’ where the Vindhya plateaus meet the Aravali Hill range meanders through the Reserve. The rivers Chambal in the south and Banas in the north bind the National Park.

Tiger, at the apex of the food chain, lord over the kingdom in a subtle way. Solitary by nature, it operates in stealth. Therefore tiger sightings, frequent as they are, are always a matter of chance. However, even evidences of tiger's activities are very exciting.

Visit the Ranthambore Fort. It is an eminent fort placed inside the world-known Ranthambore National Park which adopts their name Ranthambore Fort by the name of national park. The past records and architectural scenery of Ranthambore National Park will certainly win your heart.

Dinner will be at the resort and retire early for the night.

Overnight will be at Ranthambore.

Day 10 : Ranthambore

Wake up early morning and leave for your safari into the National Park. Track the tigers and other wildlife through the morning. Return to the resort / lodge by 1000 in the morning and have breakfast.

Freshen up and either spend time at the pool or visit the town. You could also go for a nice visit to the temple on top of the fort.

In the afternoon have lunch and then leave again for you afternoon safari. The safari will be till evening 1700 – 1800 hr and then return to the resort / lodge.

Dinner will be at the resort and retire early for the night.

Overnight will be at Ranthambhore.

Day 11 : Ranthambore

Enjoy morning and afternoon wildlife safari.

Overnight will be at Ranthambhore.

Day 12 : Ranthambore - Delhi By Train | Delhi - Amritsar By flight

Transfer to the railway station for your train to Delhi. Breakfast will be on board the train.

Reach Delhi and transfer to the airport for your flight to Amritsar. . Reach and check in at your hotel.

Amritsar, home to the Golden Temple is one of the most ancient and fascinating cities of India. It is an important seat of Sikh history and culture. Being the gateway for travelers coming to India on the overland route from central Asia it soon became the centre of various commercial activities. There are various historical and religious sites - see Amritsar City Map. The most famous of them all in the Golden Temple which was founded by the fourth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Ramdas and completed by his successor Guru Arjan Dev. There are a number of cotton, woolen and art silk textile factories besides other industries dealing with electric goods, sewing machines, auto parts, carpets. The milk processing plant at Verka about 6 kms from the center is the second biggest project of its kind in the country. Amritsar is India’s leading exporter of goods to the Middle-East, leading distribution centre of dry fruits, tea and condiments. It is also a shopper’s paradise and a gourmet’s delight. Amritsar is the world’s leading centre of Punjabi publications.

Overnight will be in Amritsar.

Day 13 : Amritsar

Breakfast will be served at the hotel.

Proceed for a full day sightseeing with excursion to Golden Temple and in the evening to Wagah Border, during the gate closing ceremony.

Golden Temple: Sri Harmandir Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple in Amritsar is the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion. Also known as the Shri Darbar Sahib, it is in the center of the old part of Amritsar. The Golden Temple sits on a rectangular platform, surrounded by a pool of water called the Amrit Sarovar from which the City is named. The entrance to the Golden Temple complex is through an ornate archway with intricate inlay work. Verses from the Granth Sahib are inscribed on the doorway. The main north entrance is under a Victorian clock tower. Known as the Darshani Deori, the entrance is up a flight of steps and down again to the temple and holy tank. The temple is a two storey marble structure reached by a causeway known as Gurus Bridge. The lower storey is in white marble with the walls decorated with inlaid flower and animal motifs in the pietradura style of the Taj Mahal. The architecture of the golden temple is a blend of the Hindu and Muslim styles. The temple building has four entrances instead of the usual single entry. This is symbolic of the openness of Sikhism and indicates that followers of all faiths are allowed inside. The walls within are decorated with carved wooden panels and elaborate inlay work in silver and gold.

The Adi Granth, compiled by Guru Arjan Dev, rests on a throne beneath a jewel-encrusted canopy. Priests conduct continuous recitation of verses from the holy book in 3-hour shifts. A complete reading of the text stakes 48 hours. The original copy of the Guru Granth Sahib is kept under pink shroud in the, Golden Temple during the day and at around 10 p.m. each day is ceremoniously returned to the Akal Takht (Sikh Parliament) building. The morning processional ceremony takes place at 4 a.m. in summer and at 5 a.m. in winter, when Sri Guru Granth Sahib is bought from Akal Takht Sahib in a procession to the Sanctum Sanctorum, which is washed with milk. The Akal Takht, next to the Golden Temple, is the seat of the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, the religious governing body of the Sikhs. The building of the Akal Takht was begun by Guru Arjan Dev and completed in 1609 by Guru Hargobind. If you miss the early morning or evening processions, the palanquin that bears the Adi Granth can be seen in the treasury room on the first floor of the Akal Takht. The palanquin is set with precious stones and has silver poles and a gold canopy.

Wagah Border: The international border between India and Pakistan. The pomp and pageantry of the Beating Retreat and the Change of Guard within handshaking distance of the Indian and Pakistani forces makes for a most charming spectacle.

Overnight will be at Amritsar.

Day 14 : Amritsar - Delhi By flight | Delhi - Kathmandu By flight

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu via Delhi. Reach and check in at your hotel.

The Kathmandu Valley, the political, commercial and cultural hub of Nepal, is the first for the majority of visitors to Nepal. Once a separate kingdom in itself, it contains three fabled cities – Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Each is an artistic exposition of graceful temples, elegant palaces, brick paved courtyards and quaint streets. There are seven UNESCO World Heritage sites in the valley.

Spend evening in leisure.

Overnight will be at Kathmandu.

Day 15 : Kathmandu

Breakfast will be at hotel.

OPTIONAL: Take an early morning EVEREST FLIGHT for a view of the majestic HIMALAYAS and the MOUNT EVEREST.

Proceed for visits to PASUPATINATH, SWAMBHUNATH & BOUDHNATH.

The temple of Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath, with two tiered golden roof and silver door is considered one of the holiest shrines for Hindu. It is Top Hindu temple of the world. Although only Hindus are allowed inside the temple, visitors can clearly see the temple and the activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River.

The Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath situated on the top of a hill west of the city is on the most popular and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal. The temple is colloquially known as the 'monkey temple' after the large tribe of handsome monkeys which guards the hill and amuses visitors and devotees with tricks, including slinding gracefully down the double banisters of the main stairway to the temple. The roving monkeys quickly snatch up any offerings of food made by devotes and will just as quickly grab anything you may be carrying.

Proceed to visit BOUDDHANATH. The Stupa of Bouddhanath lies 8 km east of Kathmandu. This ancient colossal Stupa is one of the biggest in the world, and the center of Tibetan Buddhism in the world.

Overnight will be at Kathmandu.

Day 16 : Kathmandu

Breakfast will be at hotel.

Proceed for a full day visit of PATAN & BHAKTAPUR after breakfast.

Patan, the second-largest city in the valley, lies just across the Bagmati River from Kathmandu, but it's a much quieter and less frenetic place to visit. The city is justly proud of its temples and artisans and it is their handiwork that provides the focus of the stunning Durbar Square - choc-a-block with the largest display of Newari architecture in Nepal. It includes the Royal Palace, which contains a richly decorated bathtub, and the two-tiered brick Jagannarayan Temple.

Look up to the roof struts to see carvings of figures engaged in quite athletic acts of intercourse. A few minutes' walk north of the square is the Golden Temple, a Buddhist monastery guarded by sacred tortoises that potter around the courtyard; and the Kumbeshawar, reputedly the oldest (1392) temple in Patan. South of the square is an area of charming streets lined with metal smiths and Brassware shops. Patan's other attractions are flung further. Among them is a collection of four stupas, thought to have been built over 2500 years ago, and Nepal's only zoo, which features a reasonable assortment of rhinos, tigers, leopards and bird life. Palm readers gather in the park outside - they may be able to point out which animal you'll be reincarnated as.

Situated at an altitude of 1,401m, Bhaktapur covers an area of four square miles. Bhaktapur or the city of Devotees still retains a medieval charm and visitors to this ancient town are treated to myriad wonders of cultural and artistic achievements. The past glory of the Malla rulers continues to be reflected at the Durbar Square. Pottery and weaving are its traditional industries. Bhaktapur is famous for woodcarving, the Bhadgaolen Topi (cap) and curd. The city lies about 14 km east of Kathmandu.

Overnight will be at Kathmandu.

Day 17 : Kathmandu - Pokhara By local flight

Breakfast will be at hotel. Take local flight to the tranquil valley – Pokhara.

Reach Pokhara, transfer to hotel, refresh & relax with the spectacular panorama of Annapurna range forming the backdrop.

Stretching from the east to west, the Annapurna massif includes Annapurna I to IV and Annapurna South. Although the highest among them is Annapurna I (8091m), it is Machhapuchhre (the fishtail), which dominates all others in this neighborhood. Boastfully levitating in the skyline, the fish-tailed pinnacle is the archetypal snow-capped, needle-pointed mountain.

Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty. Situated at an altitude of 827m from the sea level and 200km west of Kathmandu valley, the city is known as a center of adventure. The enchanting city with a population of around 95,000 has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic. It is part of a once vibrant trade route extending between India and Tibet. To this day, mule trains can be seen camped on the outskirts of the town, bringing goods to trade from remote regions of the Himalaya. This is the land of Magars and Gurungs, hardworking farmers and valorous warriors who have earned worldwide fame as Gurkha soldiers. The Thakalis, another important ethnic group here, are known for their entrepreneurship. The climate of Pokhara is slightly warmer than Kathmandu with daytime temperature hovering around 15 degrees Celsius in winter and 35 degrees in summer. The monsoon season which lasts from mid-June to mid-September is very wet; in fact Pokhara records the highest rainfall in the country.

The activities of foreign visitors to Pokhara focus around two districts known as Damside and Lakeside (or Pardi and Baidam, in Nepali, respectively). These two areas, with their strips of hotels and restaurants, are a few kilometers south-west of the main Pokhara bazaar.

Overnight will be in Pokhara.

Day 18 : Pokhara

We start our day with the early morning visit to Sarangkot for the fabulous sunrise. After the spectacular sunrise, we drive back to our hotel to start our remaining activities for the day with the breakfast at the hotel.

Today, we take you to the famous Devi’s Fall (also known as Devin’s or David’s) locally known as Patale Chhango (Hell’s Fall), an awesome waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara Airport on the highway to Tansen. Legend has it that a trekker (Devin, David…) was washed away by the Pardi Khola and mysteriously disappeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall.

Bindhyabasubu Temple at the old bazaar, Seti Gandaki, the boisterous river running completely underground at the places, Mahendra cave (House of Bats), the natures’ wonder at Pokhara & Pokhara Museum.

After lunch, start exploring the city by driving to the Begnas Lake & Rupa Lake located 15 Km from Pokhara divided by a forested hillock called Panchabhaiya Danda, offering the perfect nature retreat with their relative seclusion.

End your trip by visiting the Tibetan Monastery.

Overnight will be in Pokhara.

Day 19 : Pokhara - Kathmandu By local flight

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu. Reach and check in at your hotel.

Visit Dhulikhel and enjoy a short trek trip. Return to your hotel.

Overnight will be Kathmandu.

Day 20 : Kathmandu

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Visit the DURBAR SQUARE. It is the historic seat of royalty. The Durbar Square, with its old temples and palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. It is here that kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations solemnized. Interesting things to see here are: Taleju Temple built by King Mahendra Malla in 1549 AD, the temple of Kal Bhairav, the God of destruction, Nautalle Durbar, Coronation Nasal Chowk, the Gaddi Baithak, the statue of King Pratap Malla, the Big Drum and the Jagannath Temple.

On the right hand corner, a large wooden lattice screen hides an enormous gilded face of Sweta Bhairav. The screen is removed only during the Indra Jatra festival. There are also the Numismatic Museum and Tribhuvan Museum inside the Hanuman Dhoka Palace building. Photography is prohibited inside the museum. Both the museums remain closed on Sundays, Mondays and government holidays.

In the evening enjoy a local dance program with an authentic NEPALI DINNER at the cultural centre.

Overnight will be at Kathmandu.

Day 21 : Kathmandu - Delhi - Departure By flight

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Transfer to the airport to take flight for Delhi. Reach and enjoy last minute shopping.

Enjoy dinner at the oriental restaurant of your hotel.

As per the flight timings you will be transferred to the airport to take flight for your onward journey with sweet memories of the tour.

TOUR ENDS!

COMPASS EXPERIENCE INCLUDES

• ACCOMODATION AT MENTIONED HOTELS,
• DAILY BREAKFASTS,
• AIR-CONDITIONED PRIVATE VEHICLE WITH THE DRIVER AT DISPOSAL,
• MEET AND ASSIST AT THE AIRPORT ON ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE,
• ENGLISH SPEAKING LOCAL GUIDES FOR ALL SIGHTSEEING TOURS,
• NORMAL CLASS AIRFARE FOR ALL INTERNAL SECTORS,
• TRAINFARE IN FIRST CLASS CABIN FOR RANTHAMBORE - DELHI,
• ACCOMPANYING ESCORT FOR TRAIN JOURNEY FOR RANTHAMBORE - DELHI,
• ALL MONUMENT ENTRANCE CHARGES,
• TOLL TAXES, DRIVER ALLOWANCE, PARKING AND
• ALL APPLICABLE TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES.

SPECIAL HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED

• GUARANTEED HOTELS,
• WELCOME DINNER IN THEME RESTAURANT,
• RICKSHAW RIDE IN DELHI,
• BLESSEDNESS OF THE SUFIS IN DELHI,
• OLD CITY WALKING TOUR IN DELHI,
• VILLAGE VISITS & CULTURAL INTERACTIONS,
• SUNDOWNER AT THE DUNES ALONG WITH BUSH DINNER,
• ALL MEALS AT CHHATRA SAGAR,
• 04 PRIVATE JEEP SAFARIS IN RANTHAMBORE,
• ALL MEALS AT RANTHAMBORE,
• ELEPHANT RIDE AT AMER FORT IN JAIPUR,
• CRAFTSMAN TOUR IN JAIPUR AND
• CULTURAL DANCE & DINNER IN KATHMANDU.

COMPASS SPECIAL

• OPPORTUNITY TO BE A PART OF WEDDING (IF POSSIBLE),
• HERITAGE WALKS, VILLAGE WALKS, TEMPLE VISITS,
• UNLIMITED BOTTLED WATER & TISSUES DURING ALL TOURS AND DRIVES,
• ONE ROAMING FREE PHONE WITH PRE ALLOTTED NUMBER AND
• DEDICATED TOUR MANAGER / COORDINATOR FOR TOUR.

Hotels

CITY LUXURY, HERITAGE AND THEME HOTELS NIGHTS
BANGALORE THE LEELA PALACE 02
MYSORE ROYAL ORCHID METROPOLE 01
COORG VIVANTA BY TAJ MADIKERI 03
BEKAL VIVANTA BY TAJ 02
HYDERABAD TAJ FALAKNUMA PALACE 02
GOA THE LEELA 02
COCHIN BRUNTON BOATYARD 02
THEKKADY SPICE VILLAGE 02
KUMARAKOM KUMARAKOM LAKE RESORT 02

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