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India and Nepal: Rhinos, Tigers and Mountains, Oh Ho tour

India and Nepal: Rhinos, Tigers and Mountains, Oh Ho

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
17 days
From: $ 8,150 $ 479 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore Delhi
  • Visit Jama Mosque and Red Fort
  • Explore Jaipur which is having the best sights
  • Visit Jantar Mantar, the largest and best observatory
  • Experience the safari in Ranthambore National Park
  • Explore Agra and visit Taj Mahal
  • Visit Swayambunath and Panauti
  • Visit Royal Chitwan National Park.
  • Visit the Golden Temple, the largest Newar Buddhist monastery

Short Description

This India Nepal tour is a taste of two worlds and some of the many cultures and creatures that make up these two unique countries. In India, you explore the famous golden triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, with some special twists and turns that are unique to this trip. You also head out in search of tigers and other animals at Ranthambore National Park. Then, from India, you fly over the Himalayas to Nepal. Here you have time to explore the city with its temples and people, visit the charming hill town of Bandipur, explore Pokhara with a option for biking or paragliding and enjoy searching for Rhinos in Chitwan. Most important, you will meet the people – the Newaris of the Kathmandu Valley; Tharus, who live in the jungle, and Gurungs and others who make their homes around Pokhara.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Delhi
End City Delhi

Trip Includes

  • Accommodations as listed, including all service charges and taxes
  • Mineral water and soft drinks during drives and group meals
  • Transfers and sightseeing in air conditioned coaches
  • All excursions with expert English speaking guides.
  • Entrance fees to museums, temples, etc.
  • All meals as indicated with B breakfast, L lunch, D dinner
  • Additional luxury services

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Accommodation: The Oberoi Maidens or Imperial

Arriving in Delhi around midnight, you will clear customs and immigration. Leaving the airport, you will be met by our operator holding a sign with your name on it. He will transfer you to your hotel for the night

Day 2: Tour Delhi

Accommodation: The Oberoi Maidens or Imperial

 Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

You can recover from the trip and wander a bit in Delhi, the third largest city in India located on the west bank of the Yamuna River. There is perhaps no place in India that can compare with Delhi in the number of its monuments, dating from the time of the imperial Gupta dynasty 1600 years ago, through the Pathan style IndoG Muslim architecture from 1193G1526; and into the Mughal architecture, represented most dramatically by the Red Fort (Lal Qal’ah.) Later architecture illustrates first the British period and then the search for a synthesis between the Indian and the western styles. Along the Yamuna River are memorials, set in striking flowering gardens, to India’s 20th century leaders G Mahatma Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri, and Jawaharlal Nehru.

While Old Delhi, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in the 17th century, still retains its medieval character to a great extent, and almost indubitably reminds one of the crowded old towns of the Middle East; New Delhi is like any other modern city with tall buildings and massive shopping complex.

This morning you start with a visit Jama Mosque followed by a walking/cycle rickshaw tour of traditional businesses of Old Delhi – exploring centuries old arts and crafts with businessmen belonging to the 6th or 7th generation of the men who first started them.

Leaving the  mosque,  you take a  rickshaw ride down Chandni  Chowk,  the  old market  street  of  Delhi.  As  you drive, you should think of the street  as  a  supermarket  with  different  departments hair  ornaments,  pots  and pans, blankets and the like. You can visit the Jain Temple, walking around barefoot with the pilgrims  and  a marvelous old fashioned shop where you can test Indian perfume (attar) from cut glass bottles. You will saunter through the main bridal street of Old Delhi, Kinari Bazaar, with its dazzling display of embroidered silk wedding sarees, beautiful bangles and colorful turbans for the bridegroom. The Khari Baoli is all about spices G here, rice and dal, dry fruits, nuts and saffron dealers have traded for more than 150 years. The smell of the spices will remain with you even after you have left the market. In this experience, if you are lucky you  will  also  be introduced to the art of pigeon flying by a kabootar baz (pigeon fancier).

After lunch at a city restaurant, you will be taken to explore New Delhi – including Gandhi Smriti (his home), Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and drive past Lutyens’ Delhi.

The residence of industrialist BD Birla has been converted into a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, and was his home during his visits to Delhi. Gandhi ji was assassinated here on his way to offer customary evening prayers and today you can see a large collection of photographs and a few personal belongings on display.

Humayunhs Tomb is a magnificent Mughal building built in 1565G66 and set in a square enclosed garden. This finely proportioned structure in red sandstone and marble served later as a model for the Taj Mahal.

Dominating the ruins of the earliest existing settlement of Delhi is the cityhs famous landmark G the Qutab Minar. This imposing victory tower (73m) has five stories, each marked by intricately carved projections or balconies. Elaborately carved pillars embellish the courtyard of a nearby mosque. At the center of the courtyard is the amazing Iron Pillar (4thG5th century A.D.), which has not rusted through the centuries. The interesting buildings of Lutyens’ Delhi are the India Gate, the Rashtrapati Bhawan (Presidenths House) and Parliament House.

Tonight you will have a welcome dinner in a well known Indian cuisine restaurant.

Day 03: Train to Jaipur. Walking Tour of Craft and Local Shops. Dinner With a Family

Accommodation: Samode Haveli Or Raj Vilas

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Early this morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the railway station in time to board your train to Jaipur (Shatabdi Express; 0605/1035 hours). On arrival in Jaipur you will be met and taken to your hotel (check in 12 Noon).

Later today you will be taken for a walking tour of old Jaipur, stopping to look at crafts and local shops. The bazaars between the Badi (Large) and Chhoti (Small) Chaupar (Square) in the old city of Jaipur feature some of the best sights that the city has to offer. You will be taken through the labyrinth of colorful alleys, where artisans make puppets, bangles, and other local handicrafts. You will visit the jewelry market or Johari Bazaar, explore architecturally interesting havelis (mansions), and stop by bangle shops in Maniharon ka Rasta and the flower sellers near Choti Chaupar.

In the evening you have a real treat – an invitation to a Rajput home, where you will see and learn how some of the best known local delicacies are prepared. You will be the personal guests of the family, who are erstwhile feudal lords of a princely state.

Day 4: Tour Jaipur

Accommodation: Samode Haveli or Raj Vilas

Meals: Breakfast

When prince, soldier, and astronomer Sawai Jai Singh II built the pink, harmonious city of Jaipur in 1727, he did it in accordance with a treatise on town planning and architecture, the Shilpa Shastra, which is timely even today. With its walls and seven gates, pink and orange buildings, camelGdrawn carts, and colorful Rajasthanis, this state capital sits on a flat, dry seabed surrounded by barren hills and ruined fortresses.

This morning, you begin with a visit to the milk market where large quantities of milk is procured from individual  sellers  and  then  resold  to  whole buyers. Enjoy the interesting ways by which the buyers judge the purity of milk and negotiate the prices. You might even want some hot milk with a jelabi.

Next you head to the ancient capital of Jaipur State, Amber Fort. The fort is perched high on a hillside overlooking a lake, whose waters reflect the terraces and ramparts of the fort Amber was begun in 1592 by the commander of Akbar’s army, Raja Man Singh. Those who wish can take an elephant ride up to the entrance of the fort, surrounded by hawkers and photographers.

In the afternoon, you can visit the City Palace, housing   an   excellent   collection   of   textiles,

carpets, weaponry, and manuscripts. You will also visit the Jantar Mantar, the largest and best observatory built by Jai Singh in 1728. Even today, one can read time in the giant monoliths designed by the astronomers of almost 300 years ago.

The City Palace is situated in the heart of the city. The whole complex is wonderfully laid out with large courtyards, balconies, cupolas, arched entrances and gardens, which are a combination of Rajput and Mughal architecture. The museum here displays the rich heritage of the Jaipur family in miniature paintings, textiles, garments, books & manuscripts, carpets, palanquins and weapons dating back to the 15th century.

Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II had a passion for astronomy, which led him to build five astronomical observatories in India at Jaipur, Ujjain, Varanasi, Mathura and Delhi. The observatory at Jaipur, built in 1728, is the largest and best preserved of them. The observatory has curious collection of sculptures that enable the calculation of many astronomical and astrological events like eclipses etc. Each of these structures was built after relentless study of books, manuscripts and discussions with scholars from all over the world. Even today they are put to good work.

Built in 1799 Hawa Mahal or the palace of winds is one of the landmarks of Jaipur city, although it is little more than a façade. It is a five storey building in pink, built to enable the women of the harem to see the activities of the outside world without being seen.

In the evening, you can listen to the evening bhajan at the Govinda Temple.

Day 5: Drive Ranthambore. Evening Safari

Accommodation: Khemvilas

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning you will be collected from your hotel and driven (4 hours) to Ranthambore. You will check into your hotel on arrival (check in 12 Noon).

Earlier the private hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur, Ranthambore was once the scene of royal hunting parties. Today, it is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. However, its royal heritage prevails and manifests itself in the picturesque ruins that dot the park. There are lake palaces, cenotaphs, old fortifications and a majestic thousand year old fort on a height overlooking the park.

This afternoon you will be taken for a game drive inside the National Park.

Day 6: Ranthambore and Visit to Women’s Self Help Group

Accommodation: Khemvilas

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Early this morning and again in the afternoon you will go for jeep safaris inside the National Park to attempt catching a glimpse of the elusive tiger and other wildlife of the park. Riding in open jeeps with a Naturalist, each safari lasts 3 hours.

Besides tiger, Ranthambore is home to mammals such as leopard, hyena, jackal, jungle cats, sloth bear, reptiles such as marsh crocodile and a large variety of bird life that includes Jacanas, painted stork, black stork and white necked stork which are seen along the water bodies. Peafowl are found in abundance and other birds include Bonelli’s eagle, crested serpent eagle, the great Indian horned owl, quail, partridge, spurfowl and paradise flycatcher.

During the day, between safaris, you have time to visit a very interesting woman’s self help group.

Day 7:   Drive Agra Via Read Library In Geejgarh and Fatehpur Sikri

Accommodation: Taj Gateway or Amar Vilas

Meals: Breakfast

You have about a 5 ½ hour drive today. Along the way, you will stop first in the Mughal town of Geejgarh. This charming town was literally dying until READ India came along and helped to build a library and seed a business that has generated income to support the library and jobs that have given a new life to the people and income to support their families.

The next stop is the perfectly preserved “ghost town” of Fatehpur Sikri, capital of Akbar’s Moghul Empire between 1570 and 1596.

The great Mughal Emperor Akbar built Fatehpur Sikri in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire. Although Akbar had many wives, he did not have an heir, which led him to many holy men and finally to the renowned Sufi Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti, who lived in an isolated cave near Sikri. The saint blessed Akbar and soon a son was born to him. The grateful emperor named his son Salim after the saint, erected the grand Jami Mosque near the sainths dwelling and vowed to build a great city on that place. Thus emerged the great city of Fatehpur Sikri, a citadel of grand courts, palaces, mosques and gardens that rivaled the splendors of Delhi and Agra. However, destiny had other things in store for the city. Shortage of water and un rest in the northwest made Akbar abandon the city only 13 years later. Today, even after the passage of 400 years, the magnificence of this royal city has not faded and remains immaculately  preserved.

You will arrive in Agra in the late afternoon.

Built in the early 16th century and the capital of mighty Mughals for a long time, Agra is famous for its beautiful monuments of the medieval times. The city was pampered by the Mughals for more than two centuries — an evidence of which is spread all over the city in form of various structures constructed during those days. However, with the fall of the mighty Mughals, Agra became a victim of rebelsh assertion of power and the city suffered a series of plunders by the unruly rebellious forces.

Day 8: Tour Agra

Accommodation: Taj Gateway or Amar Vilas

Meals: Breakfast

Rising early, you can catch sunrise at the Taj Mahal and then return to the hotel for breakfast. The mausoleum was built on the southern side of the Yamuna River by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jehan. Distraught by the death in childbirth of his inseparable companion and wife of twenty years, Mumtaz Mahal, or “Chosen One of the Palace,” Shah Jehan began the building in 1632; and, with the help of 20,000 workmen, finished the mausoleum s

Today you will be taken to explore Agra. Many of the events which led to the construction of the Taj Mahal took place in the famous Agra Fort. Begun by Emperor Akbar in 1565, additions continued to be made until the time of his grandson Shah Jehan. The magnificent palaces, towers, bastions, ramparts and gateways symbolise the power of the mighty Mughals. Made mostly of red sandstone it is strikingly similar to the Red Fort in Delhi.

After visiting Agra Fort, you will exit towards the Agra Fort Rail Station and start a walking tour of Agra, which is seldom done by visiting foreigners G indeed, in this walk you will explore a part of Agra, which is rarely experienced by outsiders.

Start your walk with the historic rail station, which is one of the oldest in the country. This memorable Raj building was constructed in 1891 as a stoppingGoff point for colonial tourists visiting Agrahs monuments. Cross over the station into the heart of old town and straight away you will see the Jama Mosque, a magnificently proportioned building built in 1648 by Shah Jehanhs favorite daughter, Jahanara Begum. Now you are in the heart of Old Agra G right in the thick of hustle and bustle of the medieval town.

You will pass through Vaidya Ramdutta Gali, an old lane dedicated to the memory of a traditional medicine practitioner; proceed to Chidiyawala Temple; walk through spice market to Patal Hanuman Temple, Mughal police station and jewelers market (kinari bazaar). At the end of the walking trip you will be taken on a cycle rickshaw back to your car.

Continue to Itmad ud Daulah. The craftsmanship of Itmad ud Daulah foreshadows that of the Taj Mahal. This marble tomb was created by Emperor Jehangirhs queen Nur Jehan in the memory of her father.

End the day with a sunset visit to Taj Mahal.

 Day 9: Drive Delhi. Fly Kathmandu. Optional Walk Down Asan and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Yak And Yeti or Dwarika’s Hotel

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Today you will be picked up and driven (4 hours) to Delhi’s International Airport, arriving in time to board your flight to Kathmandu on 9W 260 (1340/1530).

Arriving in Kathmandu, you clear immigration and customs.   Leaving the airport, you will see our people holding a sign with your names on it. They will transfer to your hotel.

If you feel like it, you can take an optional walk down Asan Tol, the market street of Kathmandu and where the India trade route entered the city. Think of the street as a very stretched out supermarket, where one section sells pots and pans, another sells spices and so forth. If you do this, you can enjoy a Newari dinner at a local restaurant.

If you are tired, you can rest in the hotel and recuperate from your trip. In that case, dinner will be at the hotel.

Day 10: Visit Swayambu, The Read Office, Pashupati and Boudhanath

Accommodation: Hotel Yak and Yeti or Dwarika’s Hotel

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

You rise early to visit Swayambunath, the lotus stupa, at sunrise, either driving to the top or walking up the 365 steps in the front of the shrine. At this hour of the morning, the temple belongs to the local people and not the tourists. Here, where the Kathmandu Valley originated, you will wander around the great stupa, see all the morning worshippers, and listen to the sacred songs sung by the local Newaris of the valley. You can also walk the kora, or pilgrim walk, around the temple with the local devotees. When you are done, you can walk down to the Vajra Hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast you will be met by the van and make a short stop at the READ office in Nepal.

Here you can learn a bit more about this Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Award winning program that has changed the face of a country.

Next you head to Pashupatinath, the holiest of the Hindu shrines in Nepal. You will walk through the area, peering from a distance at the temple to Shiva, closed to nonGHindus.

Then you will cross the Bagmati River, Nepal’s Ganges, and peer through the temple doors or watch what is going on along  the  banks. Continuing up the hill, you can stop to talk to some of the yogis about their way of life. Leaving the yogi, you walk up the steps and down the other side to the Guhyeswari temple. Here you will learn about the hippie god, his sad romance, and what part of the  human anatomy  the temple commemorates.

Depending on how you feel, you will cross the river and drive or walk up the path towards Boudhanath. If you walk, you can see how the culture changes from the Hindu world of Pashupatinath to the TibetoGBurman Buddhist culture of Boudhanath. By the time you arrive, it will be time for lunch. After lunch, you can circumambulate the stupa, visiting the side chapels. About half way around and off to the left is a small Gelugpa monastery with some nice paintings and a copy of the Buddha displayed in the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. Following the tour of Boudha, you can stay and visit the little shops or return to the hotel.

Day 11: Visit Bhaktapur And Panauti

Accommodation: Hotel Yak and Yeti or Dwarika’s Hotel

 Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

After breakfast, you drive out into the countryside to the ancient town of Panauti in the Kavre District. Panauti, located at the confluence of Roshi and Punjamati Rivers, is a sacred town also modeling traditional Kathmandu construction and living. Here also, at the confluence of two rivers, is a sacred cremation site. You can explore the town and spend time with the people.

From Panauti, you head back to Bhaktapur, the City of Devotees, and a visit to its Dhurbar Square, museum and unique temples. Bhaktapur resembles the Kathmandu of 20 years ago. In the center of town no cars are allowed and the original architecture of the valley has been retained. Here you can see the beautiful woodcarvings for which the Newari artisans of the valley are rightly famous. Bhaktapur is also known for its pottery. In one of the side squares, you can see the Kumalis, or potters making and firing their pots as they have done for centuries.

Day 12: Optional Everest View Flight. Drive Bandipur. Visit Town And Villages.

Accommodation: Gaun Ghar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

If you wish, this morning you can take an optional Everest View Flight (see supplement in pricing) before breakfast.

After breakfast, you drive out of Kathmandu for about a 4Ghour ride to the charming hill town of Bandipur. Originally a sleepy Magar hill village, Bandipur became a key stop on the IndiaGTibet trade route and developed into a prosperous trading center and community. Buildings with neoGclassical facades and shuttered windows lined the streets, which were paved with silverish slate. During the 100 years of Rana rule from 1846G1951, Bandipur was at its height, and even received special permission to have its own library!!!!

During the 1970s, the KathmanduGPokhara Highway was constructed, and, for logistical  reasons,  the  road ran through the Marsyangdi Valley, bypassing the mountain town of Bandipur.   Sadly, the municipality’s influence declined drastically, and the population moved to more profitable areas, leaving almost a ghost town in its stead.   Despite all, the library still remained.  In recent years, the town has drawn a number of tourists, many of the homes and shops have been restored and there are some charming hotels.

On arrival, you can have lunch, explore Bandipur and some of the surrounding villages.

Day 13: Drive Pokhara. Boatride on Lake

Accommodation: Barahi or Fish Tail Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning, you can enjoy sunrise in Bandipur and take a walk in the other direction past the local houses and in the countryside.

After lunch, you have about a 2Ghour drive to Nepal’s second city – Pokhara. Lusher and more tropical than Kathmandu, Pokhara’s setting at the base of some of Nepal’s most famous mountains – Machhapuchare, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri – has made it a haven for tourists, trekkers, and hippies. Culturally, it is where the Hindu caste groups of the valley meet the Gurungs of the nearby highlands. By the 17th century, Pokhara was part of the Kingdom of Kaski, later annexed by the present ruling Shah Dynasty. In the hills surrounding Pokhara are the ruins of palaces and forts dating back to the time of the Kaski era.

Around sunset, you can take a boatride on Phewa Tal in the shadow of the Annapurna range.

Day 14: Tour Pokhara. Optional Touring, Paragliding or Biking

Accommodation: Barahi or Fish Tail Lodge

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Should you wish, you can rise early for sunrise on the Annapurnas from Sarankot.

Then, you have a choice.

a) You can decide to begin the day by doing some paragliding (see supplement in pricing) in the shadow of the Annapurna range. This will take a good portion of the morning, as one never knows the timing exactly. Then, after flying over the countryside, you can do a bit of touring in the area.

b)If you don’t want to paraglide, you can simply explore the Pokhara area and wander the shops. You will begin by heading over to the relatively new Mountaineering Museum, a very wellGdone picture of Nepal’s ethnic groups, mountaineering, the climbers, and even some foreign climbing sites. Depending on how long this takes, you can walk through town and then have lunch there.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Maya Devi Falls and the local cave.  There is also time to explore the shops around the lake and even have a massage.

c)If you wish a more active day, we can arrange some mountain bikes, and you can bike around the lake to the other side and up the hill to the Peace Stupa. Here you can have a picnic, before heading back to the hotel.

Day 15: Drive Chitwan

Accommodation: Barahi Jungle Lodge

 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, you have about a 5Ghour drive to Royal Chitwan National Park. Although the park is known for the oneGhorned rhinoceros, gaida in Nepali, and the Royal Bengal Tigers, it is also a major stop on the northGsouth migration flyway and plays host to more than 450 migratory and resident birds. In terms of animals, the park is home to sloth bears, gaur, a wide variety of deer, wild boar, langurs, and the endangered gharial.

Depending on developments in Chitwan, you may be able to take an elephant safari late in the afternoon.

At night you will have dinner in the lodge and learn a bit about the park from the naturalists.

Day 16: Elephant Safari, Nature Walk, Canoe Ride to Lodge And Visit Villages

Accommodation: Barahi Jungle Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Rising early, if it is allowed, you may take an elephant safari out into the jungle. If there are no elephant safaris, you will take a canoe and do some early morning birding. Returning, you have breakfast and can explore your surroundings.

In the afternoon, you visit some of the Tharu villages.  The Tharus are among the most interesting of Nepal’s many ethnic groups.  Legend has it that they were descended from Rajput women who fled north from India during the Moghul invasions and settled in the Terai with their menservants. Immune to malaria (which has since been mostly eradicated), the Tharus flourished, retaining their own unique culture.

Day 17: Am Safari or Canoe Ride. Pm Flight to Kathmandu. Farewell Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Yak and Yeti or Dwarika’s Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

You have a final opportunity for an elephant safari or canoe ride. Then, after breakfast, you will pack up and head to Bharatpur to catch your flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival, you will be met and transferred back to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to wander.

Tonight you will have a farewell dinner in Barbar Mahal in Patan at Chez Caroline, a lovely French restaurant in Kathmandu. Barbar Mahal was the dream of Jitu Rana, whose home the palace had been before the revolution of 1951 forced his family to flee the country. Today, the palace has been semiGrestored and houses some of the best shops and restaurants in the Kathmandu Valley.

Day 18: Visit Patan. Fly Delhi and Onward Home

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

On this last day in Nepal, you rise early to spend the morning in Patan, one of the three cities of the Kathmandu Valley. Also called Lalitpur, the “Beautiful city,” Patan is the most Buddhist of the three cities and famous for its excellent metalwork. In the morning, you will visit the Golden Temple, the largest Newar Buddhist monastery in the valley and a superb example of Newari metalcraft. At this hour, you will participate in the morning rituals at the temple, where a constant stream of devotees offer their puja or worship to the main shrine image of Sakyamuni Buddha.

Behind the temple is one of the finest makers of Tibetan singing bowls in Nepal. You can spend a bit of time learning about how these bowls are made, the different tonalities and the healing qualities of the bowls.

You will then walk to the house of the Kumari, the living goddess, who manifests herself in the body of a virgin girl. The Goddess Kumari is one of the most popular deities in the valley, worshipped equally by Hindus and Buddhists. At her home you will take her darsan, that is, receive her divine vision. You will participate in her private worship, performed by members of her family and rarely seen by tourists. This will also be an opportunity to talk to her family and learn about what it is like to be a parent of a goddess and what her life is like. When you are done, you can have lunch at the Patan Museum in Dhurbar Square.

After lunch, you return to the hotel and get your bags. Then you catch a late afternoon flight to Delhi on 9W 259 (1630/1810).

On arrival, you will get your bags and check in for your international flight home. 

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Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
Myths and Mountains local guide, Achi, was perfect and so sweet. Very helpful on so many occasions and always smiling. I warmly recommend her.
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Unexpected invitation to the wedding in Imphal was a highlight

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Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
The unexpected invitation to the wedding in Imphal was a highlight. Another one was the visit to the Hindu monastery on Majuli Island. Ranjan appeared to know all of the monks, which greatly facilitated our visit and got us an extra show of music and dance.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Private - your group only

Cancellation Policy:

International Airfare/Air Tickets: Refund subject to airline cancellation rules and procedures.

Land Portion & Internal Air*: Refund will be given according to the schedule outlined below.

NOTE: Minimum cancellation charge is $1,000 even for trips with land cost less than $1500.

  • If 120 Days or more prior to departure date, then Applicable Cancellation Fee is $1,000 per person plus any varying non-refundable pre-payments we have made in advance on your behalf (i.e. Penalties incurred for cancelling air, deposits paid to hold reservations, etc.)
  • If 61-119 Days prior to departure date, then Applicable Cancellation Fee is 50% of the land cost plus any varying non-refundable pre-payments we have made in advance on your behalf (i.e. Penalties incurred for cancelling air, deposits paid to hold reservations, etc.)
  • 60 Days or less, then No refund
  • At or after departure, then No refund

Trip ID#:

IndNepMyt

Trip Excludes

  • International airfare to and from the States
  • Airfare Delhi/Kathmandu/Delhi (Broken out separately)
  • Comprehensive insurance coverage, including medical, evacuation, baggage loss/delay, cancellation ins., etc.
  • Visa fees
  • Meals where not indicated with a B,L,D
  • Tips/gratuity (porters, drivers, local guides, etc.)
  • International airport taxes
  • Other items of a personal nature including laundry, alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Additional expenses resulting from the delay or extension of the trip due to causes beyond our reasonable control

Meals Included:

17 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches and 9 Dinners

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