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India: Kaziranga & Mighty Brahmaputra River Expedition

India: Kaziranga & Mighty Brahmaputra River Expedition

 

India: Kaziranga & Mighty Brahmaputra River Expedition.  You are invited to a remote realm of rare wildlife, intoxicating scenery, exotic culture, mighty waterways and remarkable history. Few such secluded and unspoiled corners remain in this world and we are proud to present them to you on this rare and comprehensive survey of India’s lovely state of Assam.

With national parks, temples, monasteries, tea plantations, fresh water dolphins and tribal villages, Assam is still a world of great adventures. A charming jungle lodge and luxury riverboat lay in wait for those who yearn to feast their eyes upon the Asian one-horned rhino, western hoolock gibbon, gangetic dolphin and the incalculable natural wonders that are Kaziranga National Park and the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River.

Friendly and curious locals await visitors to share smiles and photos in their villages and temples. Remarkable Majuli Island, chanting priests, ancient Ahom architectural marvels and colonial tea bungalows are just a few highlights of your journey, replete with daily adventure. To broaden and enhance your experience to this distant land you’ll visit Kolkata (Calcutta), India’s intellectual capital where book markets flourish, idol makers toil and colonial architecture takes you back in time to when this was the capital of the English empire in the East. All the while, enjoy the hospitality, attentive service and in-depth knowledge of local guides, MV Mahabaahu crew and your private IE Expedition Leader.

Optional Pre-Trip Extensions

Delhi Extension

No other city in the world is like Delhi, the capital of India. One of the oldest cities in the world, Delhi has an excellent old town ambience in Old Delhi and is full of modern marvels in New Delhi. Stately and historic, the city is one of the undisputed highlights of the country. An array of historical sites including World Heritage Sites of Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar, among many other historical treasures, are to be found here. The seamless blend of old and new worlds makes for a fascinating exploration of this metropolis.

Double Occupancy $648; Single Occupancy $998;  In-Country Airfare $191

 

Day

1 & 2

Depart Home City / Delhi

Depart your home city on independent flights to Delhi. Upon arrival you are met and escorted to your luxurious home for the night, The Claridges, where hotel staff is ready to welcome you. The balance of the day is at leisure to rest, enjoy the hotel and explore from this delightful and very well-located property.

Day

3

Delhi

A morning of delights awaits you in the bustling city of Delhi.  Begin with Old Delhi, founded in 1639 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shahjanhan. Visit Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. Stop to see the memorials at Raj Ghat (King’s Gate) and Shanti Vana (Forest of Peace), where you find the cremation sites of Indian heroes Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Pay a visit to Chandni Chowk, the oldest and busiest market in Old Delhi and the site of Red Fort. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore. (B,L)

Day

4

Explore Delhi

Explore New Delhi. Also known as “Lutyens’ Delhi” the new section of the city was largely designed by Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens, considered by many to be the greatest architect in British history. Your afternoon includes Qutub Minar, surrounded by medieval monuments. Built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199, Qutub Minar is the world’s tallest brick minaret. Explore Humayun’s Tomb complex and gardens before visiting India Gate (formerly the All India War Memorial). Drive past President’s House, Parliament House, Government Secretariat Buildings and Connaught Place; New Delhi’s main shopping center. Enjoy lunch before returning to your hotel an afternoon at your leisure (B,L)

Day

5

Delhi / Depart

Drive to Delhi in time for the flight to Kolkata, enjoy the hotel and explore before meeting your travel-mates for dinner. (B,L,D)

Agra Extension

Agra is an ancient city, mentioned in the Mahabharata. It came into the limelight during the reign of the Mughals and is famous for being home to the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. The Taj is a monument of such incredible elegance that it is considered synonymous with beauty itself.  Agra Fort, the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah and Fetehpur Sikri also await your discovery.

 

 

Day

1 & 2

Depart Home City / Delhi

Depart your home city on independent flights to Delhi.  Upon arrival you are met and escorted to your luxurious home for the night, The Claridges, where hotel staff is ready to welcome you. The balance of the day is at leisure to rest, enjoy the hotel and explore from this delightful and very well-located property.

Day

3

Agra

Drive to Agra and spend the afternoon exploring Agra Fort and the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah. Amber Fort is one of the most impressive examples of Mughal architecture and certainly the most important of the 16th century. Multiple Mughal palaces and mosques are found within the sandstone walls.  Often referred to as “Baby Taj” or “jewel box”, the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah was built between 1622 and 1628 AD.  It is an excellent example of a transition in Mughal architecture from red sandstone and marble to white marble and pietra dura inlay. Spend two nights at the ITC Mughal. (B,L)

Day

4

Agra

This morning you visit magnificent Taj Mahal, a touchstone site that fully lives up to its reputation as one of the most glorious monuments in the world. Built by Moghul Shah Jahan for his beloved wife, the project took 22 years to complete. Its placid pools, flowing fountains, flawless marble and very silhouette have become synonymous with the heart of Indian culture and iconic architecture. Continue to Fatehpur Sikri (Victory City). Once the Mughal capital, this walled city is a blend of Hindu and Islamic styles of architecture. Make your way among the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, and Panch Mahal while your guide takes you back in time to a place where culture and religion flourished more than 1,000 years ago. (B,L)

Day

5

Agra / Depart

If your main India expedition begins in Delhi, enjoy a morning at leisure in Agra before returning to Delhi by road.  Check in at the group hotel and join your fellow India travelers this evening. If your main India adventure begins somewhere other than Delhi fly from Agra or drive to Delhi from where you fly (depending on flight schedules) to your next destination to begin your main India adventure. (B)

Jaipur Extension

Jaipur, dubbed “the Pink City” after the color-wash of the old city’s walls, is indeed a visual treat. The city, which is the Holy Grail of Indian tourism, boasts an assembly of world-renowned monuments, such as Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal), Jai Singh’s City Palace and Jantar Mantar Observatory, built by the city’s founder, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, a man famed for his talents as a politician, astronomer, and mathematician. Other attractions to thrill you are Ram Niwas Bagh, Govindji Temple, Ram Niwas Bagh, the city garden, and Albert Hall (Central Museum).

 

Day

1 & 2

Depart Home City / Delhi

Depart your home city on independent flights to Delhi.  Upon arrival you are met and escorted to your home for the night, The Claridges.  The balance of the day is at your leisure to rest, enjoy your accommodations and explore from this very well-located hotel.

Day

3 & 4

Jaipur

Founded in 1727 by Jai Singh II, the Raja of Amer, Jaipur is now known as the “Pink City” due to the pink color applied to the old city walls and palace in 1876 as a gesture of welcome to the Prince of Wales, later king Edward VII.  Tradition and modernity exist side-by-side in the labyrinth of fascinating bazaars, opulent palaces and historic sights, Explore the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), built so the women of the royal household could observe street performances while not exposing themselves to the general public.  Maharaja’s City Palace is an iconic palace of Jaipur where priceless works of art are housed in the Mahraja Sawai Man Singh II Museum.  The Jaipur royal family still resides in this palace.  Discover 16th century Amber Fort, Rajasthan’s ancient capital.  A blend of Hindu and Rajput styles, the magnificent fort stands watch over Maota Lake.  Continue to Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Victory, filled with hunting murals and glittering with mirrors. Spend two nights at Jai Mahal Palace. (B,L Daily)

Day

5

Jaipur / Depart

Fly from Jaipur to your next destination to begin your main India adventure.  (B)

Mumbai Extension

Mumbai is a fascinating city, a compact mix of the traditional and the modern. A lively and varied place, this waterfront city, also the capital of Maharashtra, boasts a vibrant and cosmopolitan identity. Few cities in the world leave visitors with such vivid impressions, whether it’s the glitz and glamor of ‘Bollywood’, the spectacular array of Victorian buildings of the British Raj, the seaside rendezvous on the Juhu Beach, or the maze of alleyways and lively streets. Take in the city’s most important sites, such as Elephanta Caves, Mahatma Gandhi’s Mani Bhavan, Crawford Market, and even a tour of nearby Bandra to enhance your experience and understanding of multifaceted India.

 

Day

1 & 2

Depart Home City / Mumbai

Depart your home city on independent flights to Mumbai.  Arrive Mumbai where you are met and escorted to your luxurious home for the night, Vivanta by Taj – President, where friendly hotel staff is ready to welcome you. The balance of the day is at leisure to rest, enjoy the hotel and explore from this delightful and very well-located property.

Day

3

Mumbai

Enjoy a morning excursion to Elephanta Caves. Deriving its name from a stone elephant discovered by the Portuguese, this beautiful green island is about one hour’s boat ride from Mumbai harbor. Carved during the Golden age of the Guptas, these temples are dedicated to the worship of Shiva. The most outstanding example is Maheshmurthy or Trimurthy, an 18 ft., three headed bust hewn from a single rock representing the three aspects of Shiva; the creator, the preserver and the destroyer. After lunch on the island, return by boat to Mumbai where the afternoon is free for you to explore or relax. (B,L)

Day

4

Mumbai / Bandra

Continue to the colorful Crawford Market and to Flora Fountain in the heart of the city before lunch and then the nearby city of Bandra, originally a collection of 24 Villages inhabited by the Kolis. In the 16th and 17th centuries, many of these villages converted to Catholicism, owing to the Portuguese rule. Despite urbanization, Bandra has managed to retain some of its charm from yesteryear. Visit Mount Mary Church, revered and visited by people of many religions. Believed to grant wishes, people visit the church daily to pray and offer wax models that signify materialistic and non-materialistic wants of the devotee. Next is a visit to Castelle de Agauda, an Old Portuguese fort, now in ruins. Hidden in these ruins are stories of the Maratha Valour and the victory of the great Maratha Peshwas over the British and the Portuguese. Waroda Road and Pali Village are where you find old Portuguese style homes, complete with big porches, wooden staircases, and ornate grills. End your day by seeing some of the houses of famous Bollywood celebrities and learning about India’s movie industry.  (B,L)

Day

5

Mumbai / Depart

Take a mid-day group flight to your next destination to start your main India adventure. (BL)

Attractions are closed on certain days of the week. If guests are scheduled to visit an attraction on the day it’s closed then the itinerary will be re-arranged prior to arrival to move that visit to when the attraction is scheduled to be open.

Kanha National Park Extension

Along with being an Important Tiger Reserve, Kanha is often described as India’s best game sanctuary and a model for wildlife conservation everywhere. The park’s grassy meadows, flat-topped hills, teaming wildlife, numerous crystal clear streams and lush forest were Kipling’s stage and inspiration for The Jungle Book.  While home to a wide range of all things wild, Kanha is, along with Bandhavgarh, arguably the best habitat for tigers in India. However, the park’s greatest story is perhaps the hard ground swamp deer, or barasingha. This species was near extinction with just about 66 left in 1970.  Strict conservation policies and focused initiatives were put in place to rescue them.  Today, the park’s over 400 barasingha are the only known surviving population of this species and are considered the “jewel of Kanha”.  If a tiger is near you are sure to hear the alarm call of the barasingha.  Other species such as honey badger, leopard, dhole, chital, porcupine, sloth bear and the mighty guar are residents of the park.  Kanha is an ornithologist’s dream with over 300 recorded species, such as the Indian golden oriole, Indian roller, pied myna, and blossom-headed parakeet.

 

 

Day

1 & 2

Depart Home City / Delhi

Depart your home city on independent flights.  Upon arrival in Delhi you are met and escorted to your home for the night, The Claridges, where friendly hotel staff is ready to welcome you. Spend the rest of today at leisure to rest, enjoy the hotel and explore from this very well-located property.

Day

3

Delhi / Kanha National Park

Fly this morning to Jabalpur or Raipur (depending on flight schedules) and continue by road to Kanha National Park. Your home for three nights is Kanha Jungle Lodge.  Settle in and get to know your naturalist guides and other staff as you prepare for two days of exploration in one of India’s premier parks. (B,L,D)

Day

4&5

Kanha National Park

Explore Kanha National Park on morning and afternoon naturalist-led game drives.  When not in the park, visit a village or local school or perhaps enjoy a walk around the lodge grounds for excellent birding and where creaturs big and small are waiting to be discovered. (B,L,D Daily)

Day

6

Kanha National Park

Fly from Jabalpur or Raipur (depending on flight schedules) to Delhi and overnight at Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi. (B,L)

Day

7

Depart

Fly this morning to your next destination to begin your main Indian adventure. (B)

Varanasi Extension

Historic Varanasi is one of the world’s oldest living cities, being contemporary with the ancient cities of Nineveh and Thebes. For those who want an in-depth look into the fascinating Hindu religion, there is no better place to explore than Varanasi. Our Varanasi extension travels also the banks of the Ganges, where we see devotees taking to the river for ritual bathing and to throw the ashes of their loved ones into the holy water. Tour the city itself, visiting Bharat Mata and Durga temple.  Tour the sacred Buddhist site of Sarnath, where Buddha gave first sermon after attaining enlightenment. Wrap up your visit with excursions to Dhamaekha Stupa, Moolgandha Kuti Vihar and the Sarnath Museum, which houses a rich collection of Indian antiques.

 

Day

1 & 2

Depart Home City / Delhi

Depart your home city on independent flights.  Upon arrival in Delhi you are met and escorted to your home for the night, The Claridges.  The balance of the day is at your leisure to rest, enjoy your accommodations and explore from this well-located property.

Day

3

Delhi / Varanasi

Fly to Varanasi where you will visit Bharat Mata Temple and relish an afternoon rickshaw ride through the town and bazaar. Later enjoy an evening cruise on the Ganges where you witness locals in prayer along the sacred river.  Your home for two nights is The Gateway Hotel Ganges. (B,L)

Day

4

Varanasi

Before breakfast, venture out on the Ganges by boat to witness the early morning activity along the river. A short walk through the narrow alleyways and roads of Old Town reveals Varanasi’s important temples. Drive to Sarnath to see where Buddha gave his first sermon before visiting the Archeological Museum (closed on Fridays) and a local monastery. (B,L)

Day

5

Varanasi / Depart

Fly today to join your fellow travelers on your main India adventure.  (B)

Daily Itinerary

Kaziranga & Mighty Brahmaputra River 2018 Downstream Itinerary

  • Day

    1-2

    Depart Home City / Kolkata

    Depart your home city on independent flights. Consider joining one of our many optional extensions to enhance your experience in Asia. Arrive Kolkata where you are met and escorted to your luxurious home for the night, Lalit Great Eastern Hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure to rest, enjoy the hotel and explore before meeting your travel-mates for dinner. (Day 2: D)

  • Day

    3

    Kolkata

    Early this morning, experience a unique highpoint of visiting Kolkata; a heritage walk through White Town (British Calcutta). Your guide will set the stage for a trip back in time as you wander through these historic and significant areas to the time when Calcutta was the capital of the British Empire in India. Among the many architectural marvels are the Treasury Building, St. John’s Church, Kolkata GPO & Postal Museum, the Old Currency Building and the Central Telegraph Office. Return to the hotel for some rest and relaxation. This afternoon partake in an overview of the prominent sites that not only make Kolkata a unique and interesting city but also showcase its deeply rooted cultural traditions as well as its place in modern history. These include Mother House, the Book Market, the Flower Market, Victoria Memorial, Kalighat Kali Temple and Kumartuli idol market (if in operation). Enjoy an authentic Bengali dinner before returning to our hotel. (B,L,D)

    Photographing elephants on jeep safari in Kaziranga
  • Day

    4

    Kolkata / Jorhat / Embarkation

    Fly to Jorhat to embark the MV Mahabaahu and start our adventure on the Brahmaputra River. Prayed to by members of four religions — Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bonpas — the Brahmaputra is perhaps the holiest river on Earth. Along the way we’ll encounter the unique and exciting cultures of Assam as well as the wildlife along its shores. Brahma is the creator in the Hindu religion. In Hindi, “putra” means “son.” Brahmaputra means the son of Brahma and is the only male river in India. The Brahmaputra has its origins in Angsi Glacier in Tibet, from where it winds 1,571 miles through China, India and Bangladesh before meeting the Bay of Bengal. (B,L,D)

  • Day

    5

    India Cruise: Sibsagar

    Travel to historic Sibsagar, once the stronghold of the Ahom kingdom. It was here the Ahom people retained their sovereignty for almost 600 years. Rang Ghar, which means “house of entertainment” in Assamese, is a two-storied building built by Ahom royalty to serve as a private area to observe local sporting events and other forms of entertainment. Visit Shiva Dol, a bustling 18th century temple where local Hindus come to pray, and Talatal Ghar, possibly the greatest example of Tai Ahom architecture. Enjoy a family-hosted lunch at a tea estate. (B,L,D)

  • Day

    6

    India Cruise: Majuli Island

    At Majuli Island, the world’s largest inhabited river island, witness temple priests perform a powerful chant and melody called Gayan Bayan, meant to bring the priests into a trance-like state of prayer. Enjoy a performance called Mukha Bhavana where masks are used by actors to enact an episode from the epic Ramayana. The scene is set in a forest from where Sita is abducted by the demon King Ravan and then the battle fought by Ram, helped by Hunuman and his monkey warriors, to rescue Sita. Pay a visit to a Mishing village. Known for their textiles, Mishing people are a Southeast Asian race believed to have originated in Mongolia. (B,L,D)

  • Day

    7

    India Cruise: Kaziranga National Park

    Continue our exploration of the Kaziranga area with a boat safari along the shores of the park’s eastern range, where the waters of the Brahmaputra and Dhansiri Rivers meet. Gangetic dolphins in particular like this area for the confluence of waters and the fertile feeding that provides. Swamp and hog deer come to the shores to graze while eagles and kingfisher hunt along the surface of the rivers. The ship’s naturalists will be with you to help identify the various species and interpret their behaviors. Onboard, enjoy educational presentations about upcoming activities and attractions. A dance performance by Vaishnav girls depicts the Dashavatar, or ten avatars of Vishnu, the preserver of the universe who comes to life at different times to protect mankind from being annihilated by evil. (B,L,D)

  • Day

    8

    India Cruise: Kaziranga National Park

    Early this morning we return to Kaziranga National Park to enjoy a safari before we sail to Bishwanath Ghat. Walk through this village of friendly locals and children eager to shake hands and practice their English to visit Shiva temple and learn about local silk weaving. Watch for gangetic dolphins in the water and buffalo, elephant, deer and even rhino on the shores as we sail along Kaziranga National Park. This afternoon visit a tea estate to see how local women pluck and harvest the leaves that make some of the world’s best tea. (B,L,D)

  • Day

    9-10

    Kaziranga National Park

    Explore biodiverse Kaziranga National Park on morning and afternoon jeep safaris. Kaziranga National Park is home to the largest number of one-horned rhinoceros in the world, the true star of the park. However, rhinos are not the park’s only attraction. 35 major mammals, including elephant, tiger, hoolock gibbon, capped langur, bristly hare, hog badger, otter, leopard, wild boar, sambar, swamp deer, hog deer, muntjac, water buffalo and gaur all call this park home. Among the rich birdlife are the rare greater adjutant stork, Bengal florican, blacknecked stork, lesser adjutant stork, Pallas’s fish eagle, swamp partridge, grey peacock-pheasant, great pied hornbill, green imperial pigeon, babblers and thousands of migratory birds, seasonally attracted to the park from as far away as Siberia. Spend two nights at Diphlu River Lodge. The quaint bungalows feature forest-view terraces, each surrounded by fragrant tea gardens. (B,L,D Daily)

  • Day

    11

    Kaziranga National Park / Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary / Jorhat / Delhi

    Rise early to visit nearby Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary, a gem in the rough that few visitors to India visit. This sanctuary is home to seven species of primate, including India’s only ape, the endangered western hoolock gibbon, which can be heard and often seen in the early morning hours. Their haunting and riotous calls can be heard for miles around as they announce their presence in defense of their territory. Enjoy a ranger-led walk through the reserve to spot the gibbons as well as some of the park’s six other primate species. While primate spotting cannot be guaranteed the most commonly seen are northern pig-tailed macaque, capped langur and Rhesus macaque. Three types of civet, four types of squirrel and at least 219 species of bird are known to live in the park. Enjoy lunch in Jorhat before you fly to Delhi. Dayrooms are reserved at Radisson Blu Park Delhi prior to evening transfers for independent flights home. (B,L,D)

  • Day

    12

    Arrive Home City

    Arrive in North America the same day. Connect to your flights home.

Optional Post-Trip Extensions

Nepal Extension

The tremendous variances in altitude and topography of Nepal foster an incredible diversity of ecosystems: the dizzying heights of Mount Everest, thick tropical jungles teeming with wildlife, thundering rivers, forested hills and frozen valleys. Within this realm, you also find one of the richest cultural landscapes anywhere. Explore this remarkable country, taking in the historic city of Kathmandu, small villages and the superb wildlife of Chitwan National Park.

 

Day

1

Delhi / Kathmandu

Fly today to Kathmandu to begin your Nepal expedition. Upon arrival, transfer to the Hyatt Regency. This afternoon tour Kathmandu City, including Durbar Square, the temple of the Living Goddess, the Royal Palace and Kasthamandap – a monument built from the trunk of a single tree from which the name of the city Kathmandu was derived. Continue to Swayambhunath, the oldest Buddhist Stupa. Here you will have amazing views of the entire Kathmandu Valley. (B,L,D)

Day

2

Kathmandu / Bharatpur / Chitwan

Take a short flight to Bharatpur from where you are driven to the banks of the Narayani River (Amaltari Ghat). From here you cross by boat and continue a short distance by road to Temple Tiger Green Jungle Resort, situated in the heart of Chitwan National Park. Late this afternoon, enjoy a wildlife safari in search of the Asian one-horned rhinoceros. Chitwan National Park is known for its tropical creeper-clad forests, great meandering rivers and lush seas of tall elephant grass (18-20 feet high). It is home to the rich and diverse wildlife of Nepal such as sloth bear, wild boar, gaur (bison), four species of deer, two species of monkeys, two species of crocodiles, leopard and the elusive Royal Bengal tiger. There are also over 450 species of birds and various other reptiles. (B,L,D)

Day

3

Chitwan National Park

Your Nepal tour includes an early morning safari, penetrating through deep, dense grasslands in search of rhinoceros and other mammals. Return to the lodge for breakfast and enjoy the remainder of the morning at leisure. You may wish to visit the elephant stables, where a senior naturalist will discuss the habits of elephants. This afternoon, take a jeep safari to the Narayani River to embark on a boat excursion in search of gharial, mugger crocodiles, fresh water dolphins, otters and various water birds. Disembark at a different part of the river, where you can choose a jeep safari or guided nature walk back to the lodge. This evening there is a lecture and slide show on the flora and fauna of Chitwan. Overnight at Temple Tiger Green Jungle Resort. (B,L,D)

Day

4

Chitwan National Park / Pokhara

Following an early morning wildlife excursion and breakfast, drive via Bharatpur to Pokhara, a small town nestled in a green valley below the towering peaks of the Western Himalayas. The mountains are as few as nineteen miles away, so your view is unimpaired. At dawn, gather in the terraced, lakeside gardens to watch these mighty sculptured forms shimmer in the changing morning light; a breathtaking sight. You have the day to leisurely explore Pokhara, lounge in the garden or gaze at the mountains. Spend two nights at the Fish Tail Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day

5

Pokhara

This morning you explore the Pokhara Valley, one of the most picturesque valleys in Nepal. Pokjara lies 125 miles west of Kathmandu, under the shadows of the Annapurna Range. This area is a rare combination of snow-clad mountains, crystal clear lakes, streams and villages inhabited by friendly ethnic tribes. Before returning to the hotel, enjoy a relaxing boat ride on beautiful Phewa Lake. (B,L,D)

Day

6

Pokhara / Kathmandu

Late this morning you transfer to the airport for a short flight to Kathmandu, where you enjoy the rest of the day is at leisure to explore on our own. Enjoy a farewell dinner with fellow Nepal expedition travelers at a fine local restaurant, and overnight at Hyatt Regency. (B,L,D)

Day

7

Kathmandu: Optional Everest Flight / Delhi

After breakfast, weather permitting, there is an optional Mount Everest flight not included in the price of your Nepal travel package. This spectacular one-hour flight is an ideal opportunity to photograph this resplendent mountain range. Early this afternoon you board your return flight to Delhi. Upon arrival you check in Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi, where dayrooms have been reserved before your evening airport transfer. (B,L)

Day

8

Depart / Arrive Home City

Depart Dehli early on your independent flight, arriving North America the same day.  Make your connections to your home city.

Udaipur Extension

Udaipur is often called “Venice of the East” or “city of lakes”. The Lake Palace (Jag Niwas) located in Pichola Lake is an architectural and cultural marvel. The grand City Palace on the banks of the lake along with the Monsoon Palace (Sajjan Garh) on the hill above enhances the beauty of this magnificent city. Udaipur is also the center for performing arts, crafts, and its famed miniature paintings.

Day

1

Delhi / Udaipur

Fly this morning to Udaipur where your exploration begins at Eklingji & Nagda Temples, among the most famous temples in all of Rajasthan. Your home for two nights is Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace. (B,L)

Day

2

Udaipur

Visit City Palace; the largest in Rajasthan. In size and outline the City Palace and its subsidiary palaces bear a resemblance to Windsor castle in England.  Continue to medieval Jagdish Temple with its meticulously detailed carvings and take the blessings of Lord Vishnu (deemed as the preserver of the universe by Hindus). In the evening enjoy a tranquil boat ride in a traditional Shikara along the waters of Lake Pichola. Your expert guide will explain the history of the royal city, also known as “Venice of the East”. The boat will glide past historic sites on the banks of Lake Pichola.(B,L)

Day

3

Udaipur / Delhi

A morning at leisure is followed by a group flight to Delhi.  Dayrooms are reserved at Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi where you can catch your breath, clean up and pack before you are escorted to the Delhi airport for your independent flights home. (B,L)

Day

4

Depart / Arrive Home City

Depart Delhi on independent flights and arrive North America the same day.  Connect to your homeward flights.

 

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