The Indian Subcontinent on a platter
Arrive in Kathmandu (alt 1,355m) today, where accommodation is held from 12 noon. Afternoon tour of Bhadgaon, one of the four ancient capitals in the valley. Attend a folkloric show this evening, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.
Full day tour of Kathmandu, beginning with a morning visit to the hilltop Buddhist stupa at Swayambhunath, and Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple at Pashupatinath along the Bagmati River. In the afternoon, visit medieval Patan, the “City of Art”, before ending the day strolling through Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, always memorable despite the all too brief glimpse of the Living Goddess.
Fly to Pokhara (or drive, 200 km/6 hours), dramatically situated in the shadow of the Himalayas with the magnificent Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu ranges as the backdrop.
Spend the day at Pokhara (alt 827m), breathing in the mountain panorama and visiting interesting local sites. A half or full day walk, with picnic lunch, will gladly be arranged on request.
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Today, fly to Kathmandu and take a connecting flight to Varanasi. Late in the day, visit the ghats along the Ganges to view the evening prayer ceremonies and stroll through the traditional markets.
In the morning, visit Sarnath, where the Buddha preached his first sermon in 528BC after attaining Enlightenment. Then, fly to Delhi.
At leisure till the late morning flight to Khajuraho. Afternoon tour of the celebrated 10th century Chandela temples and the Tribal Museum.
Drive to Agra (192 kms/4 hours). In the afternoon visit the magnificent Red Fort, and the iconic Taj Mahal at sunset (closed Fridays).
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Drive west to Jaipur (224 km 5 hours plus sightseeing time), en route visiting the celebrated medieval Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri.
Morning tour of Amber Fort. In the afternoon, explore the City Palace, Jantar Mantar and the old city bazaars.
In the morning, drive to Udaipur (380 kms/ 5.5 hours)
A full day tour of Udaipur’s lakeside palaces and old city bazaars (closed Sundays/holidays), and a motorboat cruise in the late afternoon.
Morning flight to Mumbai. Afternoon tour of the busy thoroughfares, the waterfront, the famous open air laundry and the Botanic Garden.
Morning excursion by motor launch to the 2nd century Elephanta Caves (closed Mondays/one hour each way). Afternoon is at leisure.
Today late morning fly, to Kochi (Cochin). In the evening, enjoy a demonstration of Kathakali dance.
Full day tour of this atmospheric and historic port city (Note: Indo Portuguese Museum closed Thursdays, Dutch Palace closed Fridays, Paradesi Synagogue closed Fridays/Saturdays).
In the morning, fly to Chennai. Afternoon tour of the city. (Note: Government Museum & Art Gallery closed Fridays/holidays).
Drive along the fringe of the Coromandel Coast to Mahabalipuram (128 km roundtrip/1.5 hours drive one way), site of the 7th century port city of the Pallavas. Returning to Chennai in the afternoon, visit Dakshinachitra (closed Tuesdays/holidays), a unique cultural and architectural exposition on southern India.
Fly to Colombo and drive down to Galle on the southwest coast, overlooking the Arabian Sea. Known to exist since 1400 BCE, the attractive fortress-city that remains today resulted from Portuguese and Dutch colonisation. Choose between town or seaside accommodations for your stay here.
Sightseeing and leisure time in Galle.
Drive to Nuwara Eliya (253kms/ 6hours), the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea industry and hill country. The remainder of the day is at leisure and a variety of optional activities are available.
Options include walks in the hills or the Horton Plains, a climb up to the sacred Adam’s Peak (2,243m/ 7,350 ft), cycling, mountain biking and golf.
Depart this morning for Kandy. Located in Sri Lanka’s high country, Kandy is redolent with aura, grace, history and scenery. The afternoon is at leisure.
A full day tour of Kandy begins at the Royal Botanical Gardens of 14th century vintage, home to over 300 species of orchids. At the Pinnawella Elephant Orphanage, visit abandoned and orphaned elephant calves that are reared here before domestication or a return to the wilderness. Stroll around Kandy’s lake before visiting the Temple of The Tooth, the country’s most hallowed religious site where the evening prayer service is accompanied by music and ritual drumming.
After breakfast, drive to Colombo (100kms/ 2hours). Remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.
Depart Colombo today for your onward destination
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