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Detailed Itinerary - 7 Day First Visit + 4 Day Nepal

 

Depart from origin. If you are commencing your journey from the United States, we can recommend the best airlines and routings for your particular needs. We can also introduce you to consolidators who offer discounted fares (First, Business and Economy) on these flights. This is a service provided solely as a convenience and extra value for our guests. We do not sell airline tickets to people not touring with us.

 

Nov 24th: Arrive at Delhi - most flights arrive either in the evening or at night. Our services begin here. You are greeted at the airport by an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator or your Tour Director, and ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle. You are then driven to your hotel where you are assisted with your check-in. The next day’s plans are briefly reviewed and you are presented with your welcome package. Among other things, this package includes a beautiful handcrafted journal for your explorations, travel documents such as your air tickets and hotel vouchers, as well as copies of documents (such as our General Travel Guide) that were sent to you earlier.




Nov 25th: Delhi – Kathmandu - Nagarkot. You are assisted with your check-out by an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator and then driven to the airport to board the morning flight to Kathmandu. Upon your arrival at Kathmandu you are greeted at the airport by an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator or your Nepal Tour Director and then ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle. You are driven to Nagarkot, which is located about an hour and a half drive to the east of Kathmandu. Nagarkot is situated at an elevation of 7135 feet (2175 meters) and offers a panoramic view of the Himalayas. You can see five of the world’s ten highest mountains - Everest 29,028 feet (8848 meters), Lhotse 27939 feet (8516 meters), Makalu 27,765 feet (8463 meters) and Manaslu 26,781 feet (8163 meters), as well as many other summits.

You are assisted with your check in at the Club Himalaya Resort upon arrival at Nagarkot. Although a fairly spartan hotel, this is the best available lodging at Nagarkot. Your room will have a balcony with a direct view of the Himalayas. We recommend that you turn in early this evening.

Please note that the best time for good visibility of the distant Himalayas is at sunrise. The best season is winter and visibility can be quite poor during the summer months.




Nov 26th: Nagarkot – Kathmandu. Awaken before sunrise in the morning so that you can take in the amazing vista of the Himalayas. Besides your room there are various other locations at the resort that provide a great view, including the large roof that is adorned with local plants. You are assisted with your check out of the resort after you freshen up and have breakfast. Join your chauffeur for the drive back to Kathmandu. You are driven to your hotel and assisted with your check-in if an early check-in is possible. If not, you can drop off your bags with the concierge and freshen up using the facilities.
There is a break for lunch.
Afternoon - Proceed for a guided visit of Boudhanath Stupa, a World Heritage Site, and Pashupatinath Temple, which is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world.
Late afternoon – Enjoy a tour of Kathmandu city, starting with the Durbar Square, another World Heritage Site. The monuments in the Square were built between the 12th and 18th centuries and this is where most of the state ceremonies are performed up till today. Start with a visit to Kumari Ghar, abode of the Living Goddess. Also visit Kasthamandap, Kathmandu’s most famous pagoda, said to have been built from the wood of a single tree in the early 16th century. The city of Kathmandu derives its name from this monument. You will also visit the Big Bell and Kal Bhairav, an ancient and impressive stone relief of Lord Shiva in one of his fearsome manifestations. 




Nov 27th: Kathmandu. You have the option of experiencing the Everest flight this morning – Boudhanath Templeyour hotel travel desk can arrange this.If you decide to take this flight, on your return you will freshen up and have breakfast.
Experience a tour of `Patan City` one of the three queen cities of the valley. Patan is the city of fine arts, and you will start with an exploration of the Durbar Square here. The museum here houses a collection of ancient bronzes and religious objects. Other noteworthy monuments are the impressive carvings at the 17th century Krishna Mandir and Mahavihar, the 12th century Golden Temple of Lord Buddha. There is a break for lunch.
Late afternoon
– Visit the Swayambhunath temple and stupa, Kathmandu’s oldest and best known religious monuments. With a history that may go back as far as 2500 years, this ancient complex is also a World Heritage Site. The temple and stupa are built on a hilltop and are visible from most of the Kathmandu Valley. The devout walk up the hill from the base (365 steps), most tourists prefer to drive up 85% of the way and then use the steps on the other side of the hill.




Nov 28th: Kathmandu - Delhi. You are at leisure in the early morning. You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel and then you are driven to the airport where you are assisted with boarding your flight to Delhi. Upon your arrival at Delhi you are greeted at the airport by an Easy Tours Facilitator & your chauffeur. You are driven to your hotel and assisted with your check in.




Nov 29th: Delhi. (B,L,D) Start your exploration of India with a guided city tour of New Delhi. You will be introduced to the other members of your group and your Tour Director prior to beginning this excursion. This excursion begins with the magnificent temple Bangla Sahib Gurudwara (a gold domed Sikh Temple). This is Sikhism’s shrine, and people of all religions are welcome here. You now continue on a drive to Lutyens’ New Delhi. This drive will include photo opportunities at some of the following attractions - the exterior of the massive and awe-inspiring Rashtrapati Bhawan (known as Viceroy’s House during the British era), Delhi’s landmark structure India Gate. After exploring the Lutyens’ New Delhi you will be driven to visit the awe-inspiring Qutab Minar (1193 A.D.). This 239-foot tall medieval tower is a symbol of victory and a beautiful example of Persian architecture from that period. There is a winding stairway inside the tower that goes up all the way to the balcony at the very top of the tower - unfortunately they are no longer accessible for visitors. The Qutab Minar and its Monuments are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of the Quwat-ul-Islam Mosque, stands one of the legendary Ashoka Pillars. This large iron pillar has withstood the ravages of Delhi’s weather (and recent pollution) and has not rusted in more than 1500 years. After the Qutab complex you will be driven to visit the magnificent tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Delhi has such an abundance of amazing monuments that this Tomb Complex (1562 A.D.) does not quite get the acclaim that it deserves. It is Delhi’s third UNESCO World Heritage Site and its amazing architecture and the elaborate gardens will captivate you.
Lunch is at one of Delhi’s premier restaurants this afternoon.
Afternoon - enjoy a city tour of Old Delhi. Drive, walk and ride through the ancient city’s streets and alleys; explore crowded and colorful bazaars. This excursion includes an exploration of the Jama Masjid (1650 A.D.), the largest mosque in India. The Masjid (Mosque) is a magnificent example of Mughal architecture and is constructed of red sandstone and white marble. It is an active place of worship and its courtyard can hold 25,000 worshippers. You continue on to the amazing Red Fort that was finished a decade before the mosque. Both structures were built by Shah Jahan, the emperor who created the Taj Mahal.
The great city inside the massive sandstone walls of the Red Fort offers visitors a large number of architectural and historical attractions; it was once known as the 8th wonder of the world. The Red Fort was the seat of the Mughal Empire for more than two hundred and fifty years and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an amazing example of a blend of Persian, Indian and European architecture. You will also experience a fascinating rickshaw ride in the ancient alleys of the crowded and colorful bazaar at Chandni Chowk, followed by a walk through the ancient spice and street food market that is part of the bazaar. After these experiences a short drive will deliver you to an oasis of calm and serenity, which also happens to be your last destination in Old Delhi. The cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi (Raj Ghat) is a simple yet stirring memorial to the father of the nation. Lush lawns extend beyond the enclosure surrounding the black marble platform occupying the spot where the Mahatma was cremated. An eternal flame burns next to the platform.
Evening - you are driven to the home of an affluent Delhi family. This is a well-traveled couple and the lady of the house is an accomplished chef who likes to share her culinary prowess with visitors. During the evening you will get the opportunity to converse about life in India’s capital with the couple, and participate as your meal is being prepared. It will be a delicious multicourse Indian meal, along with an interactive cooking experience preparing three different Indian dishes. You can choose to forego the cooking lesson and just enjoy the end results. Your hosts will be happy to share their recipes with you. At the end of dinner you will be driven back to your hotel.




Nov 30th: Delhi - Agra. (B,L,D) You are assisted with your checkout from your hotel in the morning after an early breakfast and driven to Agra (about 3 hours) on North India’s newest highway. Start your exploration of Agra with a visit to the famous tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah. This memorial was built by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir’s queen as a memorial to her father. The tombs sheer beauty will surprise you - the only reason it does not get more accolades is because it shares the stage with the incomparable Taj Mahal. Like the Taj it has amazingly intricate ‘Pietra Dura’ inlay and lattice marble screens. The mausoleum rests in a walled garden with a view of the river Yamuna. Constructed in the year 1628, most historians believe that its design provided the inspiration for the Taj Mahal.
Next you will visit the first red sandstone fort of North India, the Agra Fort. It was built in 1565 by India’s greatest Mughal ruler, Emperor Akbar. Its royal audience halls, immense stone courtyards, marble mosque and the private royal chambers give us a glimpse of the grandeur of the Mughal Empire.
There is a break for a late lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch you will be driven to your hotel, where you are assisted with check in. You can relax and enjoy your boutique hotel’s facilities for a little while.
Later visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the incomparable Taj Mahal. The world’s greatest monument dedicated to love is obviously a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Taj Mahal was completed by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653 AD as a memorial to his beloved queen, Mumtaz Mahal. This spectacular white marble mausoleum was created by about 22,000 skilled craftsmen and it took twenty two years to complete. When you experience the Taj Mahal with an Easy Tours Guide and have them provide unique insights into its innumerable facets, some of their passion for this masterpiece may rub off on you! Explore the amazing Taj and its surroundings until it is time to admire the sun’s rays setting on the façade of the world’s finest monument.
Dinner is at your hotel this evening.
Agra’s artists are famous for their inlaid marble creations.




Dec 1st: Agra - Jaipur. (B,L,D) You can either sleep in or choose to enjoy an optional sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal (no charge). If you select this option, you will return to your hotel to freshen up after the excursion. A packed lunch is provided from your hotel for your upcoming journey.
You are assisted with your checkout from your hotel and then you are driven to Fatehpur Sikri. Enjoy a guided exploration of this beautiful uninhabited city. It was built by Emperor Akbar between 1570 and 1585 A.D. and is constructed primarily out of red sandstone. The Emperor moved his capital from Agra to this city and then, a few years later, abandoned it, returning back to Agra. Visit the tallest gateway in the world, the towering Bulund Darwaza (The Gate of Victory). In the northern part of the courtyard is the superb white marble tomb of Shaik Salim Chishti, built in 1570.
Continue on with your journey to Jaipur. You are assisted with your check in at your hotel upon your arrival at Jaipur.
Dinner is at your gorgeous hotel this evening.
Jaipur is famous for its carpets, jewelry and handicrafts.




Dec 2nd: Jaipur. (B,L,D) Start your day with an excursion to the Amber Fort and Palace, located a short distance from the walled city. Just like the Emperors of a few centuries ago,Amber Fort enjoy the ascent up to the ramparts of the fort on top of a colorfully caparisoned elephant (jeeps are available instead of the elephants, if you so desire). The massive Fort complex was originally built by Raja Mansingh and is one of India’s finest examples of Rajput architecture. Explore the chambers and hallways, which are famous for their exquisite designs and handcrafted embellishments. Return to the valley beneath the Fort on your elephant or jeep and proceed back to the Pink City.
There is a break for lunch at one of Jaipur’s premier restaurants.
Afternoon - Enjoy a city tour of the walled city of Jaipur, including the magnificent City Palace. Visit Jantar Mantar (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728. After the observatory comes a photo opportunity of the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Wind). This intriguing facade was built in 1799 so that the ladies of the court could use its unique windows and observe the bustling bazaar without being visible to the people on the streets. Continue the tour with an exploration of the City Palace, the former royal residence (a part of it is still occupied by the Royal family and is not accessible to the public), built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles. This immense complex also houses a number of museums that offer a large and impressive collection of costumes, armory and miniature paintings. During this afternoon you can take a stroll with your guide through the “pink” bazaar in the heart of the old town, and watch the locals as they bargain for their everyday necessities. You will also enjoy a brief stop for a tour of a collection of Rajput turbans. A turban tying demonstration is included, as are turban and Sari tying lessons.
This evening you will dine at the home of a Rajasthani Aristocrat.




Dec 3rd: Jaipur - Varanasi. (B,L,D) You are assisted with your checkout in the early morning and driven to the Jaipur airport, where you are assisted with your check-in for your flight to Delhi. Arrive at Delhi and connect with your flight to Varanasi. You will have checked your bags through at Jaipur. You are greeted at the Varanasi airport and driven to your hotel where you are assisted with your check-in.
Afternoon - join your Varanasi Tour Director and experience a city tour of Varanasi that includes visits to some of the ancient temples that lie along the banks of the holy river. You will walk through the narrow lanes and through the crowded bazaars to discover a way of life that has not changed much over the past few millenniums.
Sunset cruise on the Ganga - Two of the highlights of your time in Varanasi are the sunset and sunrise cruises on the Ganga. You can float your own oil lamps while you watch the ancient prayer and oil lamp ceremony at sunset. Your boat enables you to enjoy a great view of the hundreds of lamps as they are sent floating on the holy river.
Varanasi is famous
for silk weaving.

A Note about Hotels in Varanasi & Khajuraho: Whilst we believe these destinations are truly unique and rank among the most noteworthy in all of Asia, the Hotels in these cities do not offer the same world class luxury offered at most destinations in India. At Varanasi (with one notable and expensive exception that is seldom available as it only has 4 rooms & 6 suites) and Khajuraho the options are very few. Easy Tours routinely monitors these establishments for changes in service standards, and our preferred hotels represent the best options available in each destination. For guests that require luxury in all their lodging we recommend that you select one of our other tours that does not visit these destinations.




Dec 4th: Varanasi - Delhi/Other City - International Flight. (B) Start your day with an early morning boat cruise on the Ganga. The best time to visit the Ghats is dawn as that is when the pilgrims take their morning dip. It is also the ideal opportunity to experience some of Hinduisms ancient and iconic rituals. The most famous Ghat is the Dasadwamedh Ghat and that is where we begin this tour. You can simultaneously witness the ceremony of a recently deceased Hindu’s ashes being immersed in the river while, nearby, another Brahmin priest orchestrates the naming ceremony of a newborn. Just like the previous evening, your boat offers an excellent view of all the activity on the Ghats - women bathing discreetly while still wearing their sarees, priests offering prayers as they immerse themselves in the holy water, men that are oblivious to their surroundings as they practice yoga or meditate on the banks of the Ganga.
Return to your hotel to freshen up and pack.
Late morning - You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel and driven to the airport. You are assisted in boarding the flight to Delhi or another city.
The cost of the flight to Delhi is included in your tour cost. If you choose to fly to another city (additional cost for the flight will apply) in order to connect with your international departure from that city, you will have four options.
No other services are included at any city except for Delhi, as specified below. Additional services can be provided upon request.
Departure Option 1: If you are boarding your international flight from Delhi, since most international flights depart in the evening, a personal vehicle and chauffeur are available to you until 9 pm for your assisted check in at the airport.
Departure Option 2: If your international flight departure is less than four hours from your scheduled arrival time at the domestic terminal at Delhi, you will ask the airline staff to assist you with the shuttle that takes you to the international terminal - OR
Departure Option 3: If your international flight departure is four or more hours from your scheduled arrival time at the domestic terminal at Delhi, you are greeted at the airport by an Easy Tours Facilitator and your personal chauffeur. Your personal vehicle and chauffeur are available to you until 9 pm for your assisted check-in at the airport. This is a good time to do some last minute shopping and/or sightseeing if you are so inclined OR
Departure Option 4: If your flight departs early the next morning, you may want us to arrange a room for you so you can rest. Our services end at Varanasi or Delhi airport.




 
Inclusions:

* All Three Meals during your Tour
* An Easy Tours Exclusive: Dinner and cooking lesson with an affluent Delhi family
* An Easy Tours Exclusive: Both Sunrise and Sunset visits to the Taj Mahal.
* An Easy Tours Exclusive: Dinner with the family at the home of a Rajasthani Aristocrat
* An Easy Tours Exclusive: Both Sunrise and Sunset boat cruises on the Ganga
* An Easy Tours Exclusive: Sari and Turban Tying Demonstration and Lessons
* An Easy Tours Exclusive: Personal Elephant ride (per couple) at the Palace in Jaipur
* Rickshaw Ride through Delhi’s Chandni Chowk
* Walk through the ancient Spice and Street Food Market in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk
* Applicable monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
* All other meals as specified
* Hotel check-in is at 2 pm and checkout is at noon for almost all the hotels
* All transfers and sightseeing by Luxury Mini Coach or personal Luxury Crossover
* Availability of an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator at all destinations
* Services of an accompanying Easy Tours Tour Director
* Easy Tours Facilitator for assistance on initial arrival and final departure
* Bottled water during sightseeing/excursions and other drives
* An Accompanying Tour Director at Nepal
* All currently applicable taxes

Not included:

* International Travel
* Expenses of a personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone calls, drinks etc.
* Meals other than those specified above
* Travel insurance, visa etc.
* Camera fees – still & video

 


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Luxury Level Hotels (Change level)
Delhi The Oberoi - Deluxe Room/ The Imperial - Imperial Room/ Trident Gurgaon Superior Garden View
Nagarkot Club Himalaya - Deluxe Room with mountain view
Kathmandu Hyatt Regency - Stupa View Room
Agra Taj Gateway - Executive Taj View Room/ ITC Mughal - Mughal Chambers
Jaipur Jai Mahal Palace - Luxury Room/ Raj Palace - Heritage Room
Varanasi Taj Gateway - Executive Room/ Radisson - Club Room



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Dec 24th, 2014 $4930         $4437 $929  
Dec 29th, 2014 $4578         $4120 $929  
Jan 12th, 2015 $4426         $3983 $929  
Jan 26th, 2015 $4588         $4129 $929  
Feb 9th, 2015 $4588         $4129 $929  
Feb 25th, 2015 $4488         $4039 $929  
Mar 9th, 2015 $4426         $3983 $929  
Single Room Supplement  -   54% ( Prices include all Current Taxes & Surcharges )
 
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This Visit gives you some of the best highlights of India.

ETI Experiences
Rickshaw Ride at Chandni Chowk
Taj - Sunrise / Sunset
Personal Elephant Ride
Traditional Folk Dance
Dinner with a Rajasthani family
Rural Environment & Culture

  UNESCO World Heritage
Qutab Minar, Delhi
Humayun's Tomb, Delhi
Red Fort Complex, Delhi
Taj Mahal, Agra
Agra Fort, Agra
Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
Kathmandu Valley
Pashupatinath Temple
Durbar Square
Boudhanath Stupa 

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  Jama Masjid
India Gate
Safdarjang’s Tomb
Connaught Place
City Palace
  Amber Fort & Palace
Patan City
Swayambhu & Bauddhanath

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  • <strong>Humayun Tomb, Delhi</strong> - Humayun's Tomb - The square red sandstone double-storeyed structure.

    Humayun Tomb, Delhi

  • <strong>Taj Mahal - 2, Agra</strong> -

    Taj Mahal - 2, Agra

  • <strong>A Musician Rests In The Shade Of The Amber Fort, Jaipur</strong> -

    A Musician Rests In The Shade Of The Amber Fort, Jaipur

  • <strong>Ghat of Varanasi, Varanasi</strong> - The crowd grows during sunset at one of the more than 80 ghats on the river Ganges here. The Dashashwamedh Ghat is the main and probably oldest ghat located on the Ganges here.

    Ghat of Varanasi, Varanasi



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