Day 2: Arrive at Delhi in the evening or at night. You are greeted at the airport by our agent and then ushered to a waiting vehicle and its driver. You are driven to an airport hotel where you are assisted with your check in. The next day’s plans are briefly reviewed and the agent/escort hands over travel documents such as your air tickets and hotel vouchers to you.
Day 3: Delhi - Kathmandu. Board the mid-morning flight to Kathmandu. Arrive at Kathmandu and you are greeted at the Kathmandu airport by an Easy Tours Facilitator and your driver. Transfer to your hotel & check-in with our assistance. Our office will get your final Tibetan permit stamps processed this afternoon. Afternoon – Start your exploration of Nepal with a visit to the Swayambhunath temple, Katmandu’s oldest and best known religious monument. With a history that goes back at least 1500 years for the location, this ancient Stupa is world renown and is visible from miles (from all over the Kathmandu Valley). Also tour Boudhanath Stupa (a World Heritage Site) and Pashupatinath temple, which is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world.
Day 4: Kathmandu. You have the optional of experiencing the Everest flight this morning. Take a tour of Kathmandu city. Visit `Kumari` the Living Goddess, Kasthamandap, the Big Bell, Kal Bharab etc.
Visit the Swayambhunath temple, Katmandu’s oldest and best known religious monument. With a history that goes back about 2500 years, this ancient Stupa is world renown and is visible from miles (from all over the Kathmandu Valley). Afternoon - Take a tour of `Patan City`, one of the three queen cities of the valley. Patan is the city of fine arts, and we visit Durbar Square, Krishna Mandir, and Mahavihar, the Golden Temple of Lord Buddha, built in the 12th century. Also visit the Tibetan centre
Day 5: Kathmandu - Lhasa. Check out of your hotel and board the morning flight to Lhasa. The spectacular flight crosses the main Himalayan range and the mountain views are magnificent. After arriving at Gonggar Airport in Tibet, it's a 2-hour drive to Lhasa where you will check in to your Hotel. You are at leisure for the balance of the afternoon - due to Lhasa's high altitude, it's advisable to rest and get acclimatized for the remainder of the day.
Day 6: Lhasa. Begin your explorations of Tibet with escorted tours of several of Lhasa's major monasteries. Among these is the Sera Monastery, one of the best-preserved Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. Several hundred monks live and study within its whitewashed walls and golden roofs. After lunch you will visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, as well as the Jokhang Temple. This temple is one of the the most sacred shrines in Tibet and there is always a procession of devout Tibetans paying their homage in the complex. Your next stop is nearby and actually surrounds the Jokhang - this is Barkhor - the central market of Lhasa, situated in a maze of narrow cobblestone streets that are fascinating to traverse as you absorb the local culture.
Day 7: Lhasa. This morning you will visit the iconic Potala Palace. The Imperial palace towers above the city of Lhasa and contains numerous impressive state rooms and also many important Buddhist chapels. There has been a palace on this site since the 5th or 6th centuries - the present palace was constructed in the 17th century. Finish your day with a visit to the awe inspiring Drepung Monastery. Founded in the 14th century, this monastery was once the largest in the world, housing around 10,000 monks. There are now well below a 1000 monks here. The monastery is one of the best remaining examples of its kind as it was left relatively unscathed during the Cultural Revolution.
Day 8: Lhasa – Gyantse. Check out of your hotel and proceed on the drive to Gyantse and Shigatse. As you travel on the Friendship Highway, you will stop at the spectacular Khamba La pass (4,794 meters – 15,728 feet) from where you get stunning views (across serenely beautiful Yamdrok-Tso Lake) of the magnificent Himalayas, including Nazin-Kang-Sa (7,252 meters – 23,793 feet). Your next stop is at Karo La, another mountain pass (5,045 meters – 16,552 feet). Here you are sure to be awed by a very close up view of a spectacular glacier. Continue on with your drive, passing through many beautiful valleys and colorful Tibetan villages, until you arrive in the town of Gyantse. Check in to your hotel on arrival.
Day 9: Gyantse – Shigatse – Lhasa. Start your day with visits to the Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. The Dzong is a 14th century Fort and provides amazing views of the town of Gyantse itself as well as the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. The gold-domed Stupa of Kumbum is one of the largest of its kind and it has many small chapels that contain an impressive selection of Tibetan Buddhist murals.
After exploring Gyantse, drive about 90 km’s to Tibet’s second largest city, Shigatse. Explore the fascinating local market and then proceed for a tour of the Tashilhunpo Monastery. This monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet and this tour is a fascinating peek at the activities that make up the everyday life of the monks. Drive back to Lhasa in the afternoon. Check in at your hotel on arrival.
Day 10: Lhasa – Kathmandu - Chitwan. Board the morning flight to Kathmandu. Arrive at Kathmandu & proceed by on the drive (4 to 5 hours) to Royal Chitwan National Park. This wildlife reserve is one of the best managed and preserved in Asia and is home to many species of rare wildlife, including the rare one horned rhino, the Bengal tiger, up to four species of deer, sloth bear, leopard, and many more. More than 400 species of birds can be seen in the Park, including many that are only found here. During the two nights stay here you will enjoy jungle safaris, elephant rides, nature walks, canoe rides etc. You are invited to witness the local Tharu stick dance on at least one of the evenings.
On reaching the resort, our guest relations officer will brief you on the Park and available activities.
1:00 p.m.: Lunch.
3:30 p.m.: Elephant Safari / Jungle Walk / Nature walk with Boat ride. 3:00 p.m.: Dinner.
Day 11: Chitwan. 5:30 a.m.: Wakeup call followed by tea/coffee.
6:00 a.m.: Bird watching / Elephant Safari / Jungle walk.
8:00 a.m.: Breakfast.
9:30 a.m.: Crocodile walk. A 45 minutes walk through grassland and forest upstream
of the Narayani River. Board boats to observe crocodiles along the banks while floating back to the camp.
1:00 p.m.: Lunch.
3:30 p.m.: Elephant Safari /Jungle Walk / Visit Observation Tower /
Nature Walk with Boat Ride.
8:00 p.m.: Dinner.
Day 12: Chitwan – Kathmandu - Delhi. 5:30 a.m.: Wakeup call followed by tea/coffee. 6:00 p.m.
Drive back to Kathmandu & board the afternoon flight to Delhi. Arrive at Delhi and check in to your hotel.
Day 13: Delhi. A half day city tour of Old Delhi that includes visits to the Jama Masjid (1650 AD) which is the largest mosque in India, and the amazing Red Fort (1639-48 – closed on Mondays) which was the seat of the Moghul Empire for more than 250 years. Please note that you are currently permitted into a very small part of the Red Fort due to security reasons. You also visit the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi (Raj Ghat).
There is a break for lunch. After lunch, you continue with a half day city tour of New Delhi that begins with a drive past Safdarjang’s Tomb (1753 AD) while driving to the Qutab Minar (1193 A.D.) which is a striking medieval tower of victory of Persian architectural style and is 73 m high. Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of Quwat-ul-Islam mosque, stands the Iron pillar which has stood the vagaries of weather and has not rusted over 1500 years. Later, visit the Tomb of Moghul Emperor Humayun and then drive through Lutyens New Delhi which includes the Embassy area (Diplomatic enclave), Rashtrapathi Bhawan, India Gate, and a golden domed Sikh Temple (Bangla Sahib Gurudwara), Birla Temple and Connaught Place, which is New Delhi’s main shopping area.
Day 14: Delhi - Agra. Board the early morning (6 am) Express train - two hour journey - to Agra. Half day tour of Agra – The tour includes a visit to Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s tomb and the Agra Fort, the original red sandstone fort built in 1565 by the greatest of the Moghul rulers of India, Emperor Akbar. Its maze of courtyards, marble mosque, and private chambers reflect the grandeur of the Mughal Empire.
There is a break for lunch Afternoon - Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the incomparable Taj Mahal. The world’s greatest monument dedicated to love was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653 as a memorial to his queen Mumtaz Mahal. This beautiful mausoleum in pure white marble took 22 years and 22000 craftsmen to build. Stay over for a sunset viewing Agra is famous for its marble manufacturing.
Day 15: Agra - Jaipur. You can ask to take an optional sunrise visit of the Taj in the early morning. If you did that, then after the visit you will return to your hotel to freshen up. An early lunch is recommended, as a really good restaurant won’t be available till you arrive at Jaipur.
Check out and proceed for the drive to Jaipur. Stop at Fatehpur Sikri for a tour. This deserted, red sandstone city, built by Emperor Akbar, between 1570 and 1585, is a haunting reminder of it’s in its brief and glorious past. Visit the towering Bulund Darwaza (The Gate of Victory), which is set in the south wall. In the northern part of the courtyard is the superb white marble tomb of Shaik Salim Chishti, built in 1570.
Continue with your journey after your tour. Arrive at Jaipur & check into your hotel. Jaipur is famous for its carpets, jewelry, & handicrafts.
Day 16: Jaipur. Proceed for an excursion to Amber Fort & Palace, located 12 kilometers from the center of the City. Arrive at the complex before 9 a.m. so as to be able to enjoy the elephant back ascent. The Fort was originally built by Raja Mansingh and significant additions were made by Sawai Jai Singh. One of the finest example of Rajput architecture, it was the ancient capital of Kaisshawah rulers. Enjoy the ascent to the palace on back of a brightly caparisoned elephant. Visit the chambers and hallways of the Palace which are famous for their design and decorations.
There is a break for lunch. Afternoon - A half day city tour of the walled city of Jaipur, including the magnificent City Palace. Visit the unique Jantar Mantar magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728. View the ‘Hawa Mahal’ (Palace of the Wind), the intriguing facade built (in 1799) to allow royal ladies to view the city and bazaar from the windows. Continue the tour to visit the City Palace, the former royal residence (a part of it is still occupied by the Royal family and is not accessible) 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 miniature paintings, costumes, and armory. Evening – Watch the show at your hotel (if available) and then drive to have dinner with an Indian family at their home. Or drive to a cultural show and dinner.
Day 17: Jaipur – Delhi - International Flight. Board the morning flight to Delhi. Arrive at Delhi and you are greeted at the airport by your personal guide and driver. You are provided with personal vehicles for each single traveler/couple/or larger group. Options available (among others) include The Lotus (Bahai) Temple and various other temples, a number of Museums - Notably - National Museum of Natural History and The Rail Museum. Also, among the best shopping in India is in Delhi. We can make suggestions based on your interests. Your vehicle and driver stay with you till your late evening assisted check in at the airport.
Day 18: Arrive in the United States.
* All three meals at Chitwan
* Daily breakfasts at all the hotels
* All other meals as specified
* AN Easy Tours EXCLUSIVE: Dinner & cultural show at Jaipur
* Hotel check-in is at 2 pm & check-out is at noon for almost all the hotels
* All transfers and sightseeing by your personal AC Vehicle
* Services of an Easy Tours' Tour Director or the best local English speaking guides at all destinations as per the itinerary.
* All safari related cost’s at chitwan including elephant rides, entry fees, guide fees, Naturalist charges, etc.
* All other mentioned tours, boat cruises, and inclusions
* Cycle-rickshaw ride through the ancient bazaar of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi
* AN Easy Tours EXCLUSIVE: A unique folk music & dance greeting at Agra
* AN Easy Tours EXCLUSIVE: Horse drawn carriage ride to the Taj Mahal in Agra
* Applicable monument entrance fees as per the itinerary.
* AN Easy Tours EXCLUSIVE: Personal Elephant ride (per couple) with your own (jeep option available) up the ramparts of Amber Palace in Jaipur.
* Representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
* Delhi – Agra Train travel by AC Luxury Chair Car
* Bottled water during sightseeing/excursions and long drives.
* All currently applicable taxes.
* International Travel
* Any 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