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Beauty of Kathmandu with North-east India & Varanasi Tour

 

Duration: 14 Nights / 15 Days
Routing: Kathmandu - Bhadrapur - Kalimpong - Gangtok
Pelling - Darjeeling - Kurseong - Bagdogra - Varanasi - Delhi Departure

     

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Day 1 : Arrival Kathmandu Arrive by International flight, after traditional 'Swagat'(Welcome) our representative would assist you at airport & transfer to hotel for check in. Rest of the day at leisure in Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2 Kathmandu: Before breakfast drive to domestic airport to catch a scenic (Optional) flight to Mt Everest. After the Mountain flight drive back to hotel for breakfast

After breakfast proceed to see visiting the 2000 years old Swoyambhunath stupa, (UNESCO World heritage site in 1979) also known as "Monkey temple” This temple charms with its great dazzling stupa, while at the same time, offering a view of Kathmandu city. The two-thousand year-old stupa is the most profound expression of Buddhist symbolism in Nepal. There’s evidence to believe the hill was used for animist rites even before Buddhism arrived in the valley two thousand years ago. After this visit Patan likes to recall its old name LALITPUR (UNESCO World heritage site in 1979) ("City of Beauty "), and although now largely absorbed by greater Kathmandu, this once powerful independent kingdom still maintains a defiantly distinct identity. Compared to Kathmandu its quite, less frenetic and more Buddhist (there may be a correlation). Above all, it remains a proud city of artisians. Patan is well known by its temples and handcrafts, besides the amazing creation of the beautiful fine decoration of Durbar Plaza, full of the finest pieces of newari architecture of Nepal. After Patan durbar square visit to Kathmandu Durbar square, (UNESCO World heritage site in 1979) Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the major attractions in Kathmandu Valley. The word Durbar Square translated in English as Palace Complex. The Durbar Square, with its old temples and palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. Interesting things to see here are:- Kumari (The Living Goddess) Ghar, At the West end of the square, is a beautiful house full of woodcarving of different God and Goddesses. This Palace is three storied and in this palace, lives the very famous living Goddess Kumari. Both Hindus and Buddhists equally venerate her. For Hindus she is the reincarnation of Hindu Goddess Kali. She is equally worshiped by Buddhists because she is chosen from Buddhist family. This shows the harmony between Buddhist and Hindus in Nepal. Drive back to hotel.

Day 3 Kathmandu: After breakfast drive to Bhaktapur,(UNESCO World heritage site in 1979) Bhaktapur is filled with monuments, most terra-cotta with carved wood columns, palaces and temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs, and open courtyards. The city is dotted with pagodas and religious shrines. The Art Gallery has a fascinating collection of ancient manuscripts, thangkas, centuries-old stone sculpture, antique paintings that belong to the Hindu and Buddhist traditions of various periods. After Bhaktapur drive to Changu Narayan, or Vishnu, is the preserver of creation to Hindus. His temple near Changu village is often described as the most ancient temple in the Kathmandu Valley. A fifth century stone inscription, the oldest to be discovered in Nepal, is located in the temple compound and it tells of the victorious King Mandev. The temple now covers sixteen hundred years of Nepalese art history. The temple, built around the third century, is decorated by some of the best samples of stone, wood, and metal craft in the Valley. In the words of one tourist guide, "When you look upon Changu Narayan, you observe the complete cultural development of the Valley."

At the last visit to Great Stupa of Boudhanath (UNESCO World heritage site in 1979) in the Kathmandu valley, a vast dome-shaped monument representing the Mind of the Buddha is the primary pilgrimage destination for Tantric Buddhists of the Himalayas and a major draw for Tibetan Buddhists from all over the planet. The history of the stupa from its origins in the fifth century to the present day is also presented here for the first time.' Drive back to hotel.

Day 4: Kathmandu - Bhadrapur by Flight Bhadrapur - Kalimpong drive: 110 Kms in 3 1/2 hrs.

After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for Bhadrapur, on arrival at Bhadrapur airport and drive to drive to Kalimpong, 110 Kms in 3 1/2 hrs.On arrival check in at Hotel. Later we take half Day Local tour in Kalimpong with visits to Znadhog-pelri Pho-brang Monastery, Thongsa Monastery, and Pine View orchid nursery. Evening stroll in the local market and walk through the lonely Rinkingpong road. Overnight at Kalimpong.

Day 5 Kalimpong - Gangtok 70kms in 2 hrs: Today we drive to Gangtok (Alt 5550Ft / 1675M, Arrival at Gangtok and check in at Hotel. Free afternoon for personal activities. Overnight at Gangtok.

Day 6: Gangtok Full day Gangtok City tour (Timing 8.30AM to 4.30PM). Visit Rumtek Monastery, Botanical Garden, and Santi View Point, Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetology, Dodurl Chorten, Government Institute of Cottage Industry (Closed on Sunday, 2nd Saturday), Orchid House Flower Show. After lunch visit Tashi View Point, Ganesh Tok and Bakthang Falls. Back to hotel and free evening to roam around M G Marg Mall for shopping. Overnight at Gangtok

Day 7: Gangtok to Tsomgo Lake – 42kms in 1 ½ hrs - One way (Timing: 7.30AM to 2.30PM). : After breakfast drive to Tsomgo Lake (Alt 12000ft/3600M), a high altitude alpine lake close to Indo-China Border. Enjoy playing in snow and try Yak. Overnight at Gangtok

Day 8 Gangtok - Pelling 125 kms in 4 hrs : Today we drive to Pelling, (Alt 7175Ft / 2150M).Check out from Gangtok and drive to Pelling in West Sikkim (Alt 7175Ft / 2150M). Visitt bon Monastery in Kewzing on th way. On arrival check in at Hotel. Free evening. Overnight at Pelling

Day 9 Pelling: Full Day Pelling City Tour (Timing: 8.30AM to 4.30AM). Local tour in Pelling with visits to 8 popular tourist points – Darap Village and Valley, Rimbi Waterfalls, Rock Garden, Kunchenjungha Water Falls and Khecheopalri Holy Lake. After lunch visit Pemayangtse Monastery, Helipad View Point, Rubduntse Palace Ruins and Bird Sanctuary. Free evening. Overnight at Pelling.

Day 10: Pelling - Darjeeling 125 Kms. 4 hrs. Morning drive to Darjeeling (Alt 6825Ft / 2050M). Enjoy the scenic beauty of Tista valley and the confluence of river Tista and river Rangeet on the way. Check in at hotel and afternoon leisurely stroll around the Observatory hill and the market area.Overnight at Hotel

Day 11: DarjeelingEarly morning drive to Tiger Hill for a beautiful view of sunrise and splendid view of Mt. Kanchenunga. Visit Ghoom monastery and Batasia loop on your way back to Darjeeling. Afterbdreakfast, visit, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Zoological Park, Tibetian Refugee camp and Tra Garden. Evening free to stroll around the Observatory Hill/ Chowrasta. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 12: Darjeeling - Kurseong drive 35 Kms 1.5 Hrs. Today we drive to Kurseong,(Alt 4783Ft / 1458M) After check in at Hotel, visit Makai bari Tea estate and factory. Overnight at Hotel .

Day 13: Day 13: Kurseong - Bagdogra drive Bagdogra - Varanasi by Flight (9W-7082 @amp; 1155/1300 Hrs & 9W- 2893 @amp; 1505/1700 Hrs) via Kolkata Today we drive to Bagdogra airport to catch the flight for Varanasi. On arrival our representative meets at airport & transfer to hotel for check in. Varanasi: picturesquely situated on the banks of holy river Ganga. The city is the Oldest Living City of the World & traces of its existence are found around 10000 BC. Other than being a very holy city for Hindus, it also holds a very significant association with Buddha's life & Buddhism.

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Day 14 : Varanasi Today after breakfast check our from Radisson Hotel & proceed to visit the Half Day Excursion to Sarnath, the site of the deer park where Gautama Buddha is said to have given his first sermon about the basic principles of Buddhism. It has been a premier centre for Buddhism & has a rich collection of ancient Buddhist relics & antiques comprising numerous Buddha & Bodhisattva images on display at the Archaeological Museum. After sightseeing transfer to Suryauday Haveli for Check in & relax in hotel. In the evening we witness the Ganga Aarti Ceremony at the Ghats Overnight hotel - Varanasi (B)

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Day 15: Varanasi Half Day Tour : Today we start our day with a boat ride on the river Ganges. Rise before dawn & step gingerly in the boat as the boatman starts rowing the boat. Witness the daily miracle to unfold, as the Sun appears triumphantly over the horizon. The sound of conches & temple bells add to the delicate pink fabric of dawn. The formerly hushed murmuring of ancient Sanskrit Shlokas (hymns) now rise, in one voice, to a crescendo of unparalleled piety & joy. Later we explore the city by foot to get the feel of this oldest living city of the world. Return back to hotel for breakfast, later we proceed for temple tour in old city Overnight hotel - Varanasi (B)

Day 16: Varanasi - Delhi by Flight : WToday day free, later we transfer to airport to board the Flight for Delhi. On arrival at Delhi airport our representative meet & transfer to hotel. Overnight hotel - Varanasi (B)

Monuments Entrance Fees are extra: (To be paid directly at the time of sightseeing) Please note that airfares subject to change without prior notice.

     

Hotels used

Check In/Out date Cities Hotel/Camp Room Category Status
10-12 Mar Kathmandu Dwarika Deluxe Room Confirmed
13-14 Mar Kalimpong Himalayan Deluxe Room Confirmed
14-17 Mar Gangtok Norkhill Deluxe Room Confirmed
17-19 Mar Pelling Mt. Pandim Deluxe Room Confirmed
19-21 Mar Darjeeling Windamere Deluxe Room Confirmed
21-22 Mar Krseong Cochrane Palace Deluxe Room Confirmed
22-23 Mar Varanasi Radisson Blu Deluxe Room Confirmed
23-25 Mar Varanasi Suryauday Haveli River View Room Confirmed
25-26 Mar Delhi Hotel Bnineteen Standard Deluxe Confirmed
 

Price Includes
16 Nights accommodation on double occupancy basis as below mentioned hotels
Daily Breakfast at every hotels
Dinner at East India Part
Transportation by Non AC Car in Nepal
Transportation by Non AC Toyota Innova in North East India
Transportation by AC Toyota Innova in Varanasi & Delhi
Bhadrapur Airtport to Kakaribhitta border by Non A.C. Maruti van( mandatory as per local restriction)
Toy Train ride at Darjeeling
Boat ride at Varanasi
Personal assistance on arrival and only on departure.
English speaking Guide as per Itinerray only
Driver boarding & lodging
Fuel surcharge
Tax, Inter state taxes, Toll Tax & Parking
 

Price does not include
Any Monument entry fee & camera fee.
Any Airfare
Any expense of personal nature such as hard/soft drinks, laundry, phone/fax calls, tips etc.
Any other expense not mentioned in the


All prices are subject to availability

Other Regional Departures, Hotel and Flight upgrades available at supplement.

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