India & Nepal
15 day tour - November 2, 2012
5 Star Luxury with Kathmandu, Nepal & Mt. Everest - SOLD OUT!
Dr. S. Michael Wilcox
Special Guest Educator
This is the year to put India at the top of your list!!!!!
Our special designed 5 star luxury tour visits the best places in India and Nepal. We have even included a flight from Kathmandu around Mt. Everest. The best time of year to tour India is late October to middle of November, when the weather is almost perfect along with the temperatures. It is a rare opportunity to have Dr. S. Michael Wilcox as your special educator. If you have ever dreamed of going to India or even if you didn’t dream to go – this is the year!!!!
The dollar is the strongest it has been in a long time against the Indian Rupee. With the strength of the dollar and some very strong negotiations, for the first time we have been able to add some of the best hotels in the world. Travel and Leisure Magazine make a list of the top 100 hotels in the world. This year’s list does not have any Marriott hotels, Sheraton hotels, Hyatt hotels or Hilton hotels. The chains that have hotels in the top 100 are the Oberoi’s, Taj hotels, Four Season hotels, Ritz Carlton hotels and Trident hotels. With this special tour you are using Trident, Taj and Oberoi’s. In fact you are staying in the #1 Hotel anywhere in Asia and that includes from India to China; the 7 star luxury Oberoi in Udaipur.
We also have two nights in a special palace that is almost impossible to get into. It cannot be booked on the internet. You must submit a request, they will then decide if they have room. It usually takes making your reservation 2 or more years in the future to find a room. Because of our friendship with the Prince that owns the Samode Palace, we are able to get the whole palace just for our group.
Whisper Perfect Headset Receivers: We give each of you a “Whisper Perfect” headset receiver. With them you can hear every word spoken by our educator or guides, even when you step away from the group to take that important picture.
7 Star Luxury Oberoi Hotel in Udaipur
Here is a partial list of what your 5 star tour includes
Mount Everest - The Himalayas
Fun For Less Member Price: $3,695*
($3,695 price above is a cash/check discount rates.)
Call for our discounted airfare!
*Cash discount price per person, double occupancy.
Does not include airfare, taxes, tips, visas and fees.
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1: November 2: Fly
Fly from the US to Delhi India – for those flying with us, they will fly from Newark non-stop on American Airlines.
Day 2: November 3: Delhi
You arrive into Delhi this evening. You will transfer directly to your 5 star luxury hotel: Oberoi Hotel.
Day 3: November 4: Delhi – Kathmandu
This morning early we will fly from Delhi to Kathmandu in Nepal Today sightseeing will include Patan, a medieval Malla principality near to Kathmandu. Here, you will visit the main courtyard of Malla palace, which is adorned with intricate woodcarvings. In front of the palace stands famous Krishna Temple of 17th century, replica of Viswanath Temple, Jagan Narayan Temple etc. You will also visit Hiranyavarna Mahavihar (Golden Temple), a 14th century Buddhist Monastery that is the center of rites and rituals of Newari Buddhist of Patan. We will end at your hotel: Hyatt Regency Kathmandu.
Day 4: November 5: Kathmandu – Mt. Everest Flight
This morning early, you will experience the once in a lifetime, breathtaking, flight Around Mt. Everest. After returning we will continue with our tour of the Kathmandu area visiting Swayambhunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, dedicated to Buddhism is situated in a hillock 80 m above the ground level and is claimed to be 2000 years old. There are numerous Buddhist monasteries (Gumba) around. The view of the valley is spectacular from here. Kathmandu Durbar Square, one of the seven World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley is worth visiting. It was the center of ancient and medieval Kathmandu. You will visit the Hanumandhoka Palace of Malla Kings. You would also like to have an audience of Kumari, the living goddess of Nepal, Kasthmandap Temple that is said to have been built of a single tree trunk. Later visit Pashupati Nath Temple, the holiest Hindu Temple that draws devotees from all over Nepal and India. This temple is situated on the bank of Bagmati River, which is considered as holy as Ganges. Cremation goes throughout the days and nights on the bank of Bagmati River. Then, you will drive to Boudha Nath Stupa, the biggest stupa in the world. This is one of the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley. From here, you will drive to Bhaktapur, one of the three principalities of medieval Kathmandu. Bhaktapur, the youngest city in the valley has preserved its ancient look and originality. You would love to see the “Golden Gate” of the “Palace of 55 Windows”. There are temples with intricate woodcarving, houses with different kinds of windows and balconies, stone sculptured water tanks, monastic complexes etc. Overnight Hyatt Regency.
Day 5: November 6: Kathmandu – Varanasi (River Ganges)
This morning we will fly from Kathmandu Nepal to Varanasi India and the most sacred spot on earth for the Hindu’s the River Ganges. Late this afternoon, we will take a rickshaw ride, through the narrow streets of Varanasi down to the River Ganges. Here we will experience the “Aarti Ceremony” (Religious Prayer) on the banks of the River Ganges. We will overnight in the Taj Gateway – Trip advisor rates it’s the #2 out of 50 hotels in Varanasi.
Day 6: November 7: Varanasi – Delhi – Agra
This morning we will take a boat ride on the river Ganges. You will witness the fascinating early morning rituals being performed by Hindu devotees along the river bank, which includes the cremation Ghats. We will finish with a tour of Varanasi and then head to the airport for our afternoon flight to Delhi. Upon arrival into Delhi we will immediately travel to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. We will overnight in the Taj Gateway Agra.
Day 7: November 8: Taj Mahal – Agra
This morning we will visit the world famous Taj Mahal, regarded as one of the Wonders of the World. For People the world over – the Taj Mahal mausoleum of the Maghal Empress Mumtaz Mahal, is synonymous with India. We will also do a city tour of Agra, visit Itimad Ud-Daulah Tomb, and visit Agra Fort which has been the seat of Mughal rulers for hundreds of year. Overnight Agra.
Day 8: November 9: Agra – Samode
Today we will travel from Agra to Samode, an approx. 4 hour drive. Approximately ½ of the way we will stop at The Ghost City: Fatehpur Sikri. The old deserted town of Jughal Dynasty, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after only 15 years due to the scarcity of water. We continue to travel to Samode located about 30 miles outside of Jaipur. We spend 2 nights in this fantastic ancient Samode palace located in the hills. It can be almost impossible to get into the Palace, in fact one guide book, when describing the Samode Palace started with “if you are lucky enough to stay there”. You are lucky enough to stay there, we know the prince that owns the palace and he makes sure we get priority; in fact he has given us the whole palace.
Day 9: November 10: Samode
A chance to sleep in, later in the morning we will take a Camel Safari through the countryside to a huge private garden owned by the Prince. This afternoon you will be free to swim in the pool, explore the palace, shop in the little shops in town or hike the hills around the Palace.
Day 10: November 11: Jaipur – Pushkar
After a short drive this morning we will reach Jaipur. We will start the day by climbing up to the Amber Fort by Elephant. Our tour of the wonderful Amber fort includes Sheesh Mahal, Ganesh Pol, Shila Devi Temple, Kesar Kyari Bagh. In the afternoon we continue our tour of the Pink City that will include Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, Jantar Mantar, the observatory of stone and the City Palace. We will then drive to Pushkar & Pushkar Lake, the most sacred city in India. We stay in Ananta Spa & Resort hotel.
Day 11: November 12: Pushkar – Jain Temple – Ranakpur
After our tour of Pushkar we will drive to Jain Temple in Ranakpur. The carvings on the walls and ceilings of this temple will be one of your highlights in India. Located in the mountains and visited by few tourists.
Day 12: November 13: Ranakpur – Udaipur – 7 star Udaipur Oberoi Hotel and Resort
This morning early we will drive to Udaipur. Upon arrival we will tour the Palace Fort overlooking the lake. We will also enjoy a boat ride on the lake before heading to the best hotel you will ever stay in on this earth. We hope to arrive around 1pm. This #1 Hotel in India and listed by Travel and Leisure Magazine as the 5th best luxury hotel in the world; will spoil you forever!!! You will have time to enjoy this hotel, explore its many acres, swim and relax in luxury.
Day 13: November 14: Jodhpur – Delhi
Mid-morning we will depart for the airport to catch our 1pm flight to Delhi. You will be staying in another 5 star luxury hotel – the Trident Gurgaon.
Day 14: November 15: Delhi
This morning you will pack for your flight home. We will leave mid-morning for a full day tour of Old Delhi that includes Jama Masjid Mosque, Raj Ghat (where Hahatama Gandhi was cremated). We will also visit the India Gate, the President’s House, the red fort from the outside, Emperor Humayun’s tomb and the Qutab Minar. This evening you will transfer to the airport for your flight back to the US.
Day 15: November 16: US & Home
Early this morning you will arrive into the US, change planes and fly home.