Alpine Explore Nepal
Himalayan of Nepal

Program in India:

ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival Delhi
MS. ANNE METTE GRONLAND BY Sahara Air from Kathmandu.
Assistance upon arrival and transfer to Hotel Connaught. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: Delhi self.

Day 03: MS. HEGE JORSTAD Lufthansa LH 760 arr:0035
Assistance upon arrival and transfer to Hotel Connaught.

MS. MARGARETH MCCARTHY Air Astana 4L 907 arr: 0400 hours
Assistance upon arrival and transfer to Hotel Connaught.

MS. AGUSTA GISLADOTTI  Emirates EK510 arr: 0915
Assistance upon arrival and transfer to Hotel Connaught.

Day 04: Delhi self.

Day 05: Delhi Sightseeing
Today full day sight seeing of Old Delhi.
Laxmi Narayan Temple, populary know as Birla mandir, is a large Hindu Temple built in Orissan style in 1938 by a renowned Birla family. People of all the faiths can worship this temple.

Red Fort built by Shahjahan, the builder of the Taj Mahal. The construction lasted from 1639 to 1648.

Jama Masjid, is the largest mosque in India and stands across the road from Red Fort, built in 1656 by Shahjahan. About 20,000 people can pray here at a time.
Chandni Chowk is located inbetween Red Fort and Jama Masjid. This is one of the oldest market of Delhi and till today you can feel the old charm of the place.

Rajgat, the simple square platform of black marble, marks the place where the father of Nation, Mahatama Gandhi was cremated.
We will also visit Gandhi Smiriti, a memorial to the father of the Nation.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06: Delhi Sightseeing
Today full day sight seeing of New Delhi.

National Museum has a good collection of Indian bronzes, terracotta and woood sculptures dating back to the Maurya periods (2nd to 3rd century BC), exhibits from the Vijyanagar period in south India, miniature and mural paintings and costumes of the various tribal people.

Qutab Minar is an excellent example of Afghan archiecture. The Minar is 72.5m high victory tower, the construction of which began in the final year of the 12th century by Qutubud Din Aibak and was later completed by his successors.
Bhai’s House of Worship situated atop the Kalkaji Hill, it is also known as ‘The Lotus Temple due to its distinctive lotus shaped design in Marble. It was built in 1878 by the followers of Bhai faith. The temple signifies the purity and equality of all religions.

India Gate, a war memorial for all those who sacrificied their lives during the second world war and drive tour to Rashtrapari bhavan, the official residence of the President of India. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07: Delhi – Jaipur
After breakfast depart for Jaipur.
Distance: 258 kilometers
Duration: 05 hours

Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the time free to explore the pink city on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08: Jaipur
Today full day sightseeing of Jaipur.

Jantar Mantar, the astronomical observatory is the brainchild of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, who made it in the 18th century. The huge masonry instrument were used to study the movement of constellation and stars in the sky. Enoromous sundials still provide accrute time.

Hawa Mahal, ‘The Palace of Winds’ is the most reconizable monument of Jaipur. The five storied pyramidal building with overhanging latticed balconies is unique in conception and is deigned to catch the cool breeze on a hot summer’s day. The palace borders one of the buiest through fares of the caty was used by the royal ladies to view the activity of the market place from the privacy of the balconies.

City Palace and Museum, The museum displays the large varity of itmes collected by Royals House. Royal dresses, arms, jewellery, an interesting collection of chariots and carriages, Royal howdahs etc (elephent seats offer a glimpse of life in those times).

Also take an excursion to Amer, 11 kilometer from Jaipur to visit the Fort. The fort is remarkable as much for the majestic of its beautiful palaces. The solemn dignity of its red sandstones and white marble pavilions, set alight by the setting sun on a summer eve, when reflected in the Lake at the foot of the hill, is a sight to behold..
Overnight at the hotel

Day 09: Jaipur – Agra
After breakfast depart for Agra, enroute visit the beautiful Fatehpur Sikri.
Distance: 232 kilometers
Duration: 05 hours

Fatehpur Sikri,as we see it today, are the remains of the new capital that Akber built. Predominantly, a red sandstone construction sprawling over a huge area, the architectural style is very much in turn with the emperor’s dreams and partakes of both Hindu and Muslim styles. The shortage of the water at the site was one of the main reason for its desertion.

Upon arrival check in at the hotel and rest of the time at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Agra – Varanasi
Agra Fort, built by famous Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the construction is dominated by red-sandstone construction. It houses the beautiful Pearl Mosque and many noteworthy structures.

The Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jahan as a memorial to his queen Mumtaz Mahal, the monument made of white marble took over 22 years to finish between 1630 – 1652. Ustad Isa, a persian architect, is said to have been the main designer and planner behind the Taj. Apart from its fine symmetry and balance of design, the Taj Mahal also has some of the best examples of inlay work.

Also visit Itmad – ud – Daula, the tomb of Mirza Ghaiyas Beg, a Persain who had obtained service in Akbar’s court. The tomb set a startling precedent as the first Mughal building to be faced with white inlaid marble and contrasting stones. Unlike the Taj, it is small, intimate and since it is less frequented, has a gentle serenity.

Sikandra 10 kilometer to north of Agra, is Akbar’s mausoleum set extensive gardens. It combines architectural themes and motifs from both Islam and Hinduism.

At night take the train to varanasi.
Marudhar Express dep: 2100 arr: 0830 (next day)
Overnight in the train.

Day 11: Arrival Varanasi. Sarnath tour.
Assistance upon arrival and check in at the hotel.
After lunch take an excursion tour to Sarnath.
Sarnath is where Buddha gave his first sermon to the five disciples preaching the midway to final Nirvana. Realizing the sanctity of the place, Emperor Ashoka lavished riches in it. Building and creating the 3rd century BC Dhamek stupa marks the spot where the Buddha preached his first sermon. Return back to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 12: Varanasi
Early morning boat ride at the Ghats to view the spectacular sunrise and the city coming to life, when the pilgrims take the early morning dip in the Holy Ganga.
After breakfast visit the local temples and the learning centres.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13: Varanasi – Bodhgaya
After breakfast depart for Bodhgaya.
Distance: 243 kilometers
Duration: 06 hours

Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the time free to explore the holy city on your own and visit the numerous temples here. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14: Bodhgaya
Bodhgaya is the site where, after a long quest, under the Bodhi tree and by the side of the river Niranjana, Gautama attained Enlightenment and became the Buddha. The huge Mahabodhi temple rises amidst a cluster of stupa and monasteries. Inside the temple is a colossal-gilded image of the Buddha sitting in repose. "The Shrine of the Walk" marks the footprints of the Buddha and to its west stands the Bodhi Tree. A slab of red marks the seat of Enlightenment. To the south of the temple is the lotus pond in which the Buddha bathed.
Continue the visit of numerous temples in and around Bodhgaya.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15: Bodhgaya – Patna
After breakfast depart for Patna visiting Rajgir and Nalanda enroute. 
Distance: 285 kilometers
Duration: 07 hours

Rajgir:
was the capital of Magadha Empire. Lord Buddha is said to have meditated at the Girdha Kuta peak and on the Vaibhara Hills are the caves where the first Buddhist council was held after the Buddha’s parinivana. We visit the 6th century BC Ajatshatru Fort, Ajatshatru stupa, Chariot, Route, Stupa inscriptions, cyclopean Wall vulture Peak, Vishwa shanti Stupa, Hot Springs, Saptarni Caves.

Nalanda:
housed a vast monastic Buddhist university. We visit Hieun Tsian Memorial Hall built in the memory of the great scholar & traveller from whose writings so much is known and so extensively quoted in all research work of the great Load. We see the complex ruins of the ancient university with a number of Buddhist places of working and Viharas on from sides with complex country and the Sun Temple, the Nalanda Museum with its vast collection of Buddhist and Hindu images dating back to the early centuries
Upon arrival check in at the hotel.

Day 16: Patna – Delhi
After breakfast take an excursion tour to Vaishali.

Vaishali is the place were Buddha announced his approaching nirvana. It is here that a famous courtesan Amrapali, paid homage to the Buddha, who honoured her by eating a meal at her home. She presented the Buddha with the mango grove where he stayed during his many visits to Vaishali.

Evening transfer to the railway station to take the train to Delhi.
Poorva Express Dep: 1700 Arr: 0800 (next day)

Day 17: Delhi MS MARGARETH MCCARTHY departs
Assistance upon arrival and check in at the hotel.

Day 18: Departure
Transfer to the airport for the flight to onward destination.

 The following information will allow you to better plan your budget for tours or treks. A range of costs is given. These costs are dependant on:
  • The mix of Touring and/or general Trekking,
  • The remoteness of the areas visited,
  • The number of guides or porters required,
  • The standard of accommodation required (if there is a choice), 
  • The type of ground transport used,
  • The length of your visit, and
  • The size of your group.

Depending on group size the costs of treks and tours range from:
1 to 3 pax     US$ 88 to 163  P/p per night.
4 to 8 pax     US$ 78 to 148  P/p per night
9 to 14 pax.  US$ 75 to 135 P/p per night.
15 to 20 and above US$ 60 to 110 P/p per night
Single supplement US$ 40 to 70 per night.

Note: The itinerary and cost for Peak climbing, Mountaineering, Tibet, Bhutan and India tours and trek are conditional apply.

Notwithstanding the costs shown above, we can tailor tours to suit almost any budget. Feel free to email us for more information.
 
Note: One tour leader will be free of cost for tours with 15 or more paying guests only. 

Children's bellow three years is free if sharing with their parents. And need to pay if they are participating on the trekking, and above three to nine year children half of the price.

Cost Includes: Accommodation in 3 to 4 star hotels in the cites as your choice, basic accommodation in a lodge or tea house or camping (depending on your itinerary and choice) during treks, guides and porters on treks, all land transfers by private vehicle, 3 meals a day on treks, all jungle safaris, all sightseeing tours as per itinerary and all necessary entry fees, permits and airport transfers.
 
Cost Excludes: Personal expenses, domestic air tickets, airport tax, drinks (soft drink, mineral water and alcoholic beverages and hot-shower on the trek), personal insurance, and extra cost due to natural calamities or accidents outside of our control.

Remarks: The cost of the trip determines with the services included during the trip so that it might be varies with the services, hotel and transfer of your wish.

Please note that our guides speak the following English languages and if required we will provide your language spiking guide on extra cost.

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Alpine Explore Nepal
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