Classic India Nepal Tour
DELHI – JAIPUR – FATEHPUR SIKRI – AGRA – ORCCHA – KHAJURAHO – VARANASI – KATHMANDU
On this tour, soak in the grandeur of historical cities like Delhi, Agra (which has one of the seven wonders of the world – Taj Mahal and the pink city of Jaipur. Besides the tour also takes you to Orchha, a historical town with forts and palaceswhose medieval age temples are famous for their architectural brilliance, intricate carvings and erotic sculptures. Finally, we take you to visit Varanasi, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It is both an illustrious place of pilgrimage and a centre of faith. Considered to be the holiest place for all Hindus, it is a must visit to get a glimpse of the Indian culture.
Arrive at Delhi airport and transfer to your hotel.
Delhi is the cultural and political capital of India. It is a place where you will get amazed, fascinated and fall in love at every step and corner. The place boasts of beauty of formidable Delhi has some of the most alluring mosques, magnificent forts, and beautiful palaces. Not only this, It is also a shopper’s paradise.
Check in at hotel and overnight stay.
After breakfast, we will start our exploration of tourist attractions in the city.
First, we will visit India Gate.
India Gate, formerly known as the All India War Memorial, is situated on the ceremonial axis of Rashtrapati Bhawan. The memorial was built to commemorate the death of a thousand soldiers who died during World War 1 and the Afghan War. Names of British and Indian soldiers can be found on the walls of India Gate. Under the arch, Amar Jawan Jyoti, an immortal flame burns to perpetuity.
Then we drive past the residential estate of the President of India, called Rashtrapati Bhawan. The entire estate covers an area of 134 hectares and comprises of 340 rooms including the official residence of the president, lavish reception halls and government offices. The famous Mughal gardens located at the back of Rashtrapati Bhawan adds to the charm of the mansion.
Our next stop is Qutub Minar, the world’s tallest brick minaret. It is also a world Heritage Site. This 73 meters high tower is made of red sandstone and marble. The tower is the finest example of Indo-Islamic architecture. It takes 365 steps in total to reach the top of the tower. Also located in the complex is a 1600 year old Iron Pillar, which is of great metallurgical interest as it has resisted rusting for so long. It is believed that if one stands in front of the pillar with his/her back towards the column and encircle it with his arms, all his wishes will come true.
Later we will visit Humayun’s Tomb. It was the first garden tomb of the Indian subcontinent. The tomb of Humayun was built by his widow, Biga Begum (Hajji Begum) in 1569-70, 14 years after his death, at a cost of 1.5 million rupees at that time. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal.
In the afternoon, we set out to explore Old Delhi. We visit Raj Ghat. Raj Ghat is the memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. The black cenotaph is dedicated to this great man who changed the face of the Indian subcontinent with his ideologies of non-violence.
Moving ahead, we shall visit Red Fort. The massive red sandstone structure served as the residence to the Mughal Emperors for 200 years. Shah Jahan shifted his capital to Delhi and constructed Red Fort in 1648. The imposing wall of Red Fort houses numerous palaces and halls within. This majestic building is used by the Prime Minister as a platform to address the people of the Republic on the eve of the Indian Independence Day.
Next we visit Chandni chowk which is one of the oldest and busiest Indian market built in the 16th Century. Board on a rickshaw and explore the intricate alleys of Chandni Chowk. While unwinding through narrow pathways we shall halt at Jama Masjid. Jama Masjid is one of the most important mosques in the country and was built by Shah Jahan in the year 1650. The mosque was built in six years with the hard work of 6000 workers.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
In the morning we shall leave for Jaipur.
Arrive and check in at hotel.
Jaipur is the capital and largest city of Rajasthan. Also known as Pink city, it is the epitome of grandeur and liveliness. It is the first planned city of the country. Jaipur is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, admired for its rich heritage, architecture and culture. The city is famous for its exquisite handicrafts and spectacular jewellery. Everyone is enthralled by the charm of the royal city.
In the afternoon we shall explore Jaipur city.
City Palace is one of the most important tourist attractions in the city. It is a palace complex that comprises of two famous palaces, Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal. The palace served as the center of operations for the erstwhile Maharaja of Jaipur. The most fascinating part of the palace is that it still serves as the official royal residence for the royal family. The palace is influenced by Mughal and Rajput style of architecture.
Next stop is Jantar Mantar. It was built by Sawai Jai Singh, a great scholar and an avid astrologer. Jantar Mantar houses many astrological instruments that have caught the interests of astronomers, historians and architects around the world. It is one of the largest observatories preserved till date and also has the world’s largest sundial.
Then proceed to Hawa Mahal, commonly known as Palace of Winds. It was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh to enable ladies of the royal household to watch the life and processions of the city and enjoy street festivals from the windows.
In early morning we set off to explore Amer Fort which is located at a distance of 11 km from the city.
Perched high on a hill, the Amer Fort is an architectural blend of both Hindu and Rajput style.It was the ancient citadel of the ruling Kachwahas of Amer, before the capital was shifted to present day Jaipur. Ascent to the fort on elephant’s back. Amer fort is one of the most majestic forts in the country With its huge fortifications, series of entrances and cobblestoned pathways. The fort is surrounded by Maota Lake which offers a very beautiful view. The fort houses magnificent buildings such as Jai Mandir, known for its Sukh Niwas and Sheesh Mahal.
In the morning leave for Agra.
On the way to Agra we shall visit Fatehpur Sikri.
Fatehpur Sikri is also known as the city of victory. Akbar decided to shift his capital to Fatehpur Sikri when he conquered Chittorgarh and Ranthambore. The Mughal capital city honors Saint Salim Chisti as the saint had blessed Akbar with a male heir. It is indeed a pleasure to view this beautiful architectural craftsmanship.
Proceed to Agra
Located on the banks of River Yamuna, Agra is a major tourist attraction in the world because of its three World Famous Heritage sites namely, Taj Mahal, Fatepur Sikri and Agra Fort. The city first found its name in the Great Indian epic Mahabharata and has been an important part of the Indian history ever since.
Check in and Stay in hotel.
We shall leave for sightseeing of Akbarabad, the name rewarded to Agra under the rule of Emperor Akbar.
Our first stop will be at one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal is a mausoleum which was built by Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took over 22 years for the construction of this majestic monument and was completed in the year 1653. This perfectly symmetrical monument is beautifully set amidst designed gardens. The interiors of this splendid monument are decorated with fine inlay work incorporating semi-precious stones. Taj Mahal is indeed a spectacle to watch.
Next, we visit Agra Fort which served as the center of operations for the Mughal emperor Akbar. The huge towers and awe-inspiring facades are a symbol of strength, power and resilience. You can also have a spectacular view of Taj Mahal from the fort.
Later visit Sikandra, the tomb of Akbar. It is an important masterpiece of Mughal architecture. The emperor himself started the construction and chose the site of his tomb, but it was later completed by his son Jahangir. The structure is made of red sandstone and displays fine inlay work of marble.
Overnight stay in Agra.
Morning transfer to Railway station to board train to Jhansi.
Arrive in Jhansi and then drive to Orccha.
Orcha is an ancient town built in 1500s that is popular for its stone monuments. The architectural grandeur of the numerous palaces, monuments and temples serve as a testimony to the rich cultural heritage of the Bundela rulers.
The walls and ceiling in Raj Mahal and Laxminaryan Temple are brought to life with frescoes of various religious themes. Various memorials and shrines that are scattered around the area add grace to the beauty of Orchha.
Then we will drive to our next destination, Khajuraho.
Khajuraho is famous for its temple architecture. Chandela Rajput kings of Central India had constructed the complex of temples. 85 temples were constructed out of which 22 still exist. The temples present a wide variety of beliefs. The exotic carvings of the temple portray the finest temple art in the world. It is a UNSECO World Heritage Site.
Arrive and check in the hotel.
Overnight stay in the hotel.
After breakfast we shall leave for the sightseeing of the city Khajuraho visiting both Eastern and Western group of temples. The temples are well known for their nagara style of architecture and erotic sculptures. Every facade-wall, window, pillar, and ceiling of temples is carved with figures of mythical and historical origin. There are hundreds of exquisite images on the interior and exterior walls of the shrines which depict human sexuality.
After a wonderful visit of Khajuraho, we will transfer you to the airport to board a flight to Varanasi.
Arrive at Varanasi airport and transfer to hotel.
Varanasi, the city of temples and Ghats, has been a popular destination for the tourists over the centuries. It is one of the oldest city in the world. Varanasi attracts tourist who come to experience the mystical divinity. It is believed that one who takes his or her last breath here at Varanasi becomes free from the complicated cycle of life and death. It is regarded as the holiest city for Hindus in the country.
In the evening, we visit Dashashwamedh Ghat. Ganga Aarti is performed daily by a group of priests there. It is a beautiful ceremony that one must not miss. The Aarti in the evening will enchant you with spiritual thoughts and positivity.
Early morning, we will start our day with a boat ride on the River Ganga. While sailing, enjoy sunrise and witness thousands of pilgrims worshipping and having a bath in the holy water.
Return to hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast, we shall have a city tour of Varanasi.
In the afternoon, we shall have excursion to Sarnath, a well-known Buddhist site and a popular tourist destination. The place is famous because Gautam Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. It is one of the holiest places in Asia.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Transfer to airport to board a flight to Kathmandu.
Arrive and transfer to hotel.
Kathmandu is the capital city of the neighboring country, Nepal. Kathmandu is the capital city of the Nepal. It is in the shape of Khukuri knife and has two thousand years old history. Located in the Kathmandu Valley, the city is the cultural center of the republic and is probably the most well-known tourist destination. The city houses several tourist attractions that are worth exploring. Most of the trekking expeditions and adventure tours start from Kathmandu. The city is home to historic monuments, diverse cultural groups, architectural and interesting tourist destinations.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
In the morning we shall leave for the city tour of Kathmandu.
We shall start our Kathmandu sightseeing tour with a visit to Durbar Square, which was a royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century. The palace is also known as the Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square. It served as the royal residence of Malla and Shah Rulers. The square is surrounded by wonderful architecture displaying the skills of Newar craftsman and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Then we shall move to visit one of the most beautiful attractions in the city, Kumari Chowk. It is the house of ‘Kumari’, the living goddess, a young girl who is considered as the reincarnation of Taleju. She was discovered when she was about four years old after passing many tests including not showing fear to the severed head of a water buffalo; selecting items that belonged to the last incarnation of the Kumari from many object among many other tests. Kumari lives in a house that serves as a monastic enclosure from the time she is four until she reaches puberty – at which time another Kumari is selected.
We shall then visit Swayambhunath, an ancient religious complex. It is also known as the monkey temple and is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. The complex encompasses a stupa, temples and shrines. It also provides a spectacular view of Kathmandu valley.
In the afternoon we shall visit Pashupatinath Temple, which is one of the oldest Hindu shrines and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Last stop is Boudhnath Stupa, the largest stupa in Asia. It is located on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu. Being the holiest Buddhist Temple outside Tibet, it is the center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu.
Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast we drive to Bhaktapur.
Bhaktapur literally means the “city of devotees”. It is also known as Nepal’s cultural Capital. A visit to this place takes you back in history as the ambience here is much like what it might have been in old days. The best thing is to stroll around this place. Thin cobbled stone paths take you through the red-brick houses, connecting to the series of squares and courtyards that are dotted with temples, statues and wells.
In the afternoon we shall visit Patan, the third largest city in Nepal, which is located in the suburbs of Kathmandu, detached only by the misty Baghmati River. During your visit to Patan you will visit Patan Durbar Square which houses the Royal Palace, popular for an opulently ornamented bathtub, and the two-tiered brick Jagannarayan Temple.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
As you take back the imprints of this mystical trip we bid you adieu while transferring you to the airport to board a flight for onward destination.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ'S)
No, this is a private travel exclusively for you, your friends and family who may accompany you on the tour.
Yes, it is possible. But, the cost may be high in case of a single traveler. You may send us information in the form and we shall send you our best offer depending on number of persons in your group or for a single person.
Yes, since this is a private tour, you may decide the dates as per your choice. Only in case of certain tours, we have to check if there are any operational difficulties for organizing a tour of your choice. Certain tours are not possible for particular period which we shall let you know. Besides, the cost may vary depending on seasonality.
It is better if you could buy international tickets directly through your local agent or on internet. Although we can provide you international flight tickets, but you may a get a better deal locally.
No, you have to obtain visa on your own. The visa regulations will depend on your nationality. You may contact us for further details.
Yes, it is very much possible. You can extend your stay on arrival or departure or at any other place. You may also modify the tour. You may let us know your interest and we can send you modified tour itinerary with cost.
Our cost normally includes hotel accommodation with breakfast, private air-conditioned car with driver which includes fuel, parking and all taxes, entrance fee to monuments, train tickets if any, guided city tours in English or in other foreign languages, viz French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian or other foreign languages subject to availability which we can notify at the time of reservation request. Our cost also includes some other services viz Elephant ride at Amer fort in Jaipur, camel safari in Jaisalmer and boat tour in Varanasi. We shall send you all details at the time of sending you quotation.
We may also include other services viz lunches, dinners or other services if you wish. We may also exclude guide service and entrance fee to monuments if you so wish.
Train tickets are included in our cost. But, we give supplement cost for domestic flight tickets as these days, there are dynamic fares and these are not fixed. We send you indicative fare at the time of sending you quotation which is subject to change until issue of tickets with advance purchase for which we need payment from you to issue flight tickets. You may also purchase domestic flight tickets directly on your own if you prefer.
We provide minimum standard (3 star or similar), superior (4 star or similar), deluxe (5 star or similar) hotels and the cost will depend depending on category of hotels. We can send you quotation for the category that you are interested in. We usually provide heritage or palace hotels which fit in your category of hotels. We may also mix the hotel category if you prefer and can also provide you rates based on hotels of your liking in all places if you like.
We usually request 25% advance upon confirmation of our services unless otherwise informed at the time of sending you quotation. We shall send you all payment terms at the time of sending you our offer.I am interested.
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We have complete infrastructure to provide you best rate and services to you. We are an IATA approved and authorized agents for all domestic airlines and Indian Railways. We have our own cars vans and coaches with experienced drivers. We have multi lingual staff to ensure that our guests do not face any language problem. We also have associate offices in all major tourist centers to provide assistance in shortest possible time.
Our fleet of vehicles & drivers
We undoubtedly have one of the best and most modern fleet of cars, vans, 4X4s and large coaches. Surface travel is a very important aspect in India as you spend lot of your time while travelling on the road and therefore given us an edge over other tour companies who have to rely on other transport companies to provide this service to their clients. We have our own garage and all our vehicles are well maintained to give you hassle free journey.
Besides having the best fleet, it is our drivers who truly make the difference as they play a crucial role in making a tour successful. Even if you stay in best of the hotels and travel in most comfortable and luxurious vehicles, if you do not have a good driver, it may spoil your experience. We have our team of drivers who are part of State Express and have been working with us for years and they are trained, dedicated and motivated to take care of our guests and make them comfortable. That is the reason that more than 90% of our guests thank us and appreciate them after returning to their home.
Our choice of hotels
We take utmost care in selection of hotels that we recommend to our clients and include in our list of suggested hotels. We inspect these hotels regularly to be sure of their quality of product and services. We give lot of emphasis on the location and the people who run those hotels. We want to give you clients an experience of heritage and palace hotels which are unique and not available in other part of the world.
Our tour itineraries
All our tour itineraries are designed by experts to give you an opportunity to see most wonderful sites in number of days at your disposal at the same time giving you time to explore the places in your own way. We have a number of itineraries to choose from which covers all India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Tibet. We also include mode of travel and approximate time taken between places to ensure that you do not have any surprises during the tour. Our specialists will also work with you to create an itinerary of your choice either by modifying our readymade tour itineraries or prepare an exclusive tailor made tour for you based on your interest and liking keeping in mind local conditions.
24×7 assistance during the tour
We provide you clients real 24×7 assistance during the tour. This is not a marketing gimmick but we have someone in our office always to assist you in case of any emergency anytime. We also provide cell phone numbers of our executive who you may contact even during odd hours when you need them for anything urgent. We have associate offices in all major cities of India to provide you assistance in minimum possible time.
We know that response time is key to our success and we value it a lot. Even at initial stages before reservation, you will get replies from us in not more than 24 working hours. We shall always be there whenever you need us during the tour.
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Good value for money
We know that there are so many travel companies providing their services and unless we provide good value for money to our clients, they will not be satisfied. Our own fleet of cars, vans and coaches and best special discounted rates with hotels due to our volumes enables us to offer value for money.
What our clients say about us
we are in Rome and none problem in the return trip; I send you an email to add comments and let you know our feedback in details; my wife and I are frequent travelers and have custom to evaluate our trips in all the aspects; so
. Booking process excellent (rapid, clear and exhaustive answers; we have appreciated the help to obtain the e-visa and the contacts during the tour to know possible problems;
. Driver excellent (polite, punctual and very expert in the drive), he gave us many suggestions and accompanied us directly to the coach in the Tundla station; the other driver in Varanasi good but should improve his english;
. Car good;
. Guide only in Jaisalmer good;
. Tour organization good for times and the included hotspots;
. Hotels: we evaluate the hotels for cleaning and comfort of the room and bathroom and for breakfast; we use a ranking from 1 (bad) to 5 (excellent):
Iris Park 2; dirty bathroom with dirty towels, room dirty and uncomfortable (too small, difficult to move inside, put and open the suitcases; breakfast room trivial and food inadequate for european tourists;
Mandawa Palace 4 for all;
Lallgarl Palace 4 and no 5 for inadequate breakfast respect to the level of the hotel;
Mandar Palace 3-4 , room and bathroom no perfectly clean , breakfast inadequate for european tourist and internet didn’t work;
Krishna Prakas Havei unacceptable; room located in the roof without elevator and with dangerous stairs; room dirty with a door that didn’t close perfectly, bathroom dirty with dirty towels; breakfast room dirty with tablecloth dirty and broken, food trivial and inadequate also for amount;
Master Paradise 3, cold uncomfortable room without possibility to warm it; bathroom in the average and skinny breakfast;
Golden Tulip 5 and more, the best
Atulayaa Tay unacceptable, dirty and small room, dirty bathroom with microscopic sink an a glass wall between the bed, dirty towels, trivial breakfast;
Meradan Grand 4 for all
Last hotel in Dehli 4 for room and bathroom also here glass wall between bathroom and the bed but the light didn’t across;
we suggest, personal opinion, to cancel the hotel with a rank less than 3 and choose others of superior quality ( also if more expensive) because the hotel is important to rest in a daily tour step by step.
In summary we evaluate very good the experience of our first trip in India and surely we will recommend State Express to our friends.
27 January 2023
Just wanted to say thank you for all the organisation for our India trip. Everything went very smoothly. Our vehicles, drivers and accommodation were all faultless.
Look forward to our next trip now whenever that may be.
I’d like to just comment on one thing… please encourage clients to do Chittorgarh as a day trip. The accommodation there must’ve been really good at some point but is quite run down now. They were lovely and very obliging but when we compare the accommodations it wasn’t the best.
I know I’d said I wanted a night in Chittorgarh but I wasn’t as conversant with availability there as someone who knows the areas more.
Thank you once again from my mum, massi and I.
Best wishes and regards to your team,
Ps. Next visit we must meet!! 🙂
14 January 2023
Dear Sirs, namaste.
The journey of my group is over and we have returned to our homes.
I hope all of you are fine.
I wish to thank State Express for the usual good assistance. A special thank to Mr Mamlesh Sahu for following my trip through his frequent telephone calls.
I hope to have the chance to come again.
12 December 2022
we are in Rome and none problem in the return trip; I send you an email to add comments and let you know our feedback in details; my wife and I are frequent travelers and have custom to evaluate our trips in all the aspects; so
- Booking process excellent (rapid, clear and exhaustive answers; we have appreciated the help to obtain the e-visa and the contacts during the tour to know possible problems;
- Driver excellent (polite, punctual and very expert in the drive), he gave us many suggestions and accompanied us directly to the coach in the Tundla station; the other driver in Varanasi good but should improve his english;
- Car good;
- Guide only in Jaisalmer good . Tour organization good for times and the included hotspots; . Hotels: we evaluate the hotels for cleaning and comfort of the room and bathroom and for breakfast;
Emily and I are home now, and we would like to thank you for organising what turned out to be a wonderful trip. We enjoyed visiting all the various places, and the hotels were comfortable. People were very friendly and helpful. The pace of the trip was perfect, travelling but not exhausting. The driver Chandra was very good and I would have no issue with recommending him as a driver. He was very polite, punctual, and courteous. We felt he was a very safe driver, and would like to extend our thanks to him as well. With the benefit of hindsight, I would have stayed an extra day or two in Verkala rather than the extra days in Mumbai, but that is as I say with the benefit of hindsight. Once again, thank you so very much for all your help in organising this trip for us, which we will remember fondly for many years to come.
To whom it may concern, we are writing you regarding the package booked with andanitravel for the India golden triangle from the 01/03/2020 to the 11/03/2020. On the 4th of March ’20 the staff from the Sher Gary Resort in Road Village Sherpur, Khilchipur, Rajasthan 322001, Ranthanbore, following the Advise from the Government of Rajasthan, invited us to leave the resort and the State of India as soon as possible due to our Italian Nationality. Immediately we contacted the DCM Italy of Rajasthan, Mr Carini, who told us there was a mistake and the Advise number 27 of the 4th of March 2020 was withdrawn with immediate effect. Although we informed on a timely manner the resort staff, we have been asked to leave anyhow. Only after the DCM Italy informed the resort about the mistake, we have been given the opportunity to leave the resort the following morning. All these difficulties, the constant hostility by the people in India despite the advise number 28, the decision made by the State Express emergency contact( Harish Bhatt) to interrupt our trip and the news regarding the spread of COVID-19 in India, induced us to arrange autonomously for a flight back home as soon as possible. At least but not last we kindly ask you to let us know of any official way to provide a positive feedback to the great support, empathy, help, kindness, professionalism, flexibility and special assistant given by the driver Mr Ashok Yadav in the sphere of his competences.
Thank you for the trip arrangement. We have enjoyed very much.
Looking forward to our next trip in India next year and will get in touch with you again.
Once again, thank you very much for your excellent service.
Chua Boon Hua
09 October 2018