Which city is older Kathmandu or Varanasi
Mountains & Sea - From Nepal to India
Day 1 - arrival.
Scheduled flight from Frankfurt with a stopover to Kathmandu.
Day 2 - Kathmandu.
Arrival in Kathmandu, where you will be met by your German-speaking tour guide. The hustle and bustle on the streets leads to your hotel. There are even places of prayer on almost every corner. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 3 - Kathmandu.
In the morning you start on a discovery tour through Kathmandu. Palaces, temples and pagodas enliven Durbar Square in the old part of the city (UNESCO World Heritage Site). While strolling through the old town, which is divided like an oriental bazaar, you will meet people from all over Nepal. Generations of wood carvers have left their artistic traces here. Listen to the prayers muttered by ascetics everywhere. Then it goes up high: 365 steps separate you from the Buddha of Swayambhunath! The eyes of the enlightened one look in all directions and the believer right into the heart. In the afternoon, drive to the Pashupatinath Temple on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the most sacred Hindu sanctuaries in the world. Do you feel the spirituality? Then drive to the Bodhnath, the largest stupa in Nepal. Mingle with the numerous pilgrims who flock here from the neighboring regions.
Day 4 - Kathmandu - Nagarkot (approx. 30 km).
Slowly the horizon is bathed in a red light until it reaches the peaks of the Himalayan mountains faster and faster. These tower over the wooded hills and are usually white from the snow. But at this moment everything is blood red. The last rays shoot into the valley before they are absorbed by the peaks of the mountains. Once again, the sun can be fully seen one last time before it is gradually swallowed up by the mountains. All that remains is a red glow that is getting weaker and weaker. At the fairytale sunset (weather permitting) you can review the day. At an altitude of 2,229 m you set off on a hike in the direction of Dhadgaun (approx. 6.5 km, approx. 3.5 hours, difficulty level medium). When you stop at a cheese dairy, you will learn a lot about the production of cheese from the milk of highland cattle from the Himalayas. Did you know that this cheese is healthier than the conventional variants?
Day 5 - Nagarkot - Bhaktapur - Kathmandu (approx. 40 km).
On the way to Kathmandu you will visit Bhaktapur. Along with Kathmandu and Patan (Lālitpur), it is the third and smallest of the royal cities of the Kathmandu Valley. The city is known among other things. for their traditional pottery and wood carving. Around Durbar-Platz you are in the middle of the temples and palaces. Then it's back to the capital.
Day 6 - Kathmandu - Patan - Kathmandu (approx. 20 km).
Drive to Patan, one of the most historically important cities in the Kathmandu Valley. Did you know that the city is also called "Lalitpur" or "City of Beauty"? It is also a fine arts center and is known for its skilled craftsmen. What do you think when you stand in Patan Durbar Square, which was once celebrated as the most beautiful urban street in the world? Farmers thresh the straw, children play on the edge and adults talk lively with each other - this is the picture you will encounter when visiting two nearby villages. Here you can take part in the Newar life.
Day 7 - Kathmandu - Varanasi.
Transfer to the airport and flight to Varanasi. In the evening, take part in a rickshaw ride and traditional Aarti ceremony on the banks of the Ganges. The air is filled with wonderful incense sticks, twilight lights and gongs, cymbals and lovely bhajans fill the room. You will remember the mystical atmosphere for a long time.
Day 8 - Varanasi.
Have you always wanted to ride the holy river Ganges and feel the spirituality of this place? The time has come in the early hours of the morning. From the boat you can see the ghats (bathing stairs) along the shore, where pilgrims practice their morning ritual to greet the sun. Many of these ghats are said to have been built by Indian princely families. You will then take a city tour of Varanasi. The city is considered the oldest city in India and also the holiest city of Hinduism. Did you know that for Hindus it is considered particularly meritorious to visit Varanasi once in a lifetime? You will visit the Bharat Mata Temple (entry into the temple is prohibited for non-Hindus), the Vishwanath Temple and the Durga Temple (entry into the temple is prohibited for non-Hindus). Later it goes from hectic Varanasi to the quiet, 10 km away Sarnath. It is the holiest of all Hindu cities and an important Buddhist center. After the Buddha had his enlightenment in Bodh Gaya, he came to Sarnath to preach his teaching of the middle way to nirvana. Visit the Archaeological Museum and Mahabohi Buddha Temple, and then take a walk through Deer Park.
Day 9 - Varanasi - Khajuraho.
Transfer to the airport and flight to Khajuraho. When you arrive in Khajuraho, look at one of the most beautiful examples of Indian temple architecture: 22 fairy-tale temples from the period from 950 to 1050 still overwhelm you today with the realistic expressiveness of the countless depictions of the lives of gods and people of that time. You will see the Kandariya Mahadev Temple, the Chaunsath-Yogini Jain Temple and the Vamana Temple, among others.
Day 10 - Khajuraho - Orchha - Jhansi - Agra (approx. 190 km).
Make a stop in Orchha en route to Jhansi. The medieval city has retained its original perfection and it seems as if time has stood still here. You'll see the Jehangir Mahal, a tiered palace that offers spectacular views. In Jhansi you will be taken to the train station and take the Shatabdi Express to Agra. Upon arrival in Agra, transfer to the hotel.
Day 11 - Agra - Fathepur Sikri - Bharatpur (approx. 60 km).
A building that looks like a tear in stone, a sign of an almost endless love - discover the legendary Taj Mahal tomb today! In 1631 Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan had this structure built by over 20,000 workers in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Did you know that he called his beloved wife the "chosen one of the palace"? The semiprecious stones of the mausoleum, embedded in white marble, catch the light of the moon at night and the rays of the sun during the day and make it shine like a sparkling jewel. Where do you look first, at the reflection in the water basin or at the original that sits enthroned at the end? Then visit the Red Fort in Agra. With its majestic gates, magnificent towers and bastions, it is one of the largest fortifications in the world. 20 m high double walls cast their protective shadows and give an idea of the power of the 3rd Mughal conqueror. On the way to Bharatpur you will make a stopover in Fatehpur Sikri, the sandstone-red city with white marble palaces in the plateau west of Agra. Then drive to Bharatpur.
Day 12 - Bharatpur - Jaipur (approx. 180 km).
Your destination for the day is Jaipur. Do you know why the city is also known as the "Pink City"? Most of the houses are painted pink, giving the capital of Rajasthan its nickname. The city is known for its handicrafts and especially for its brightly lacquered enamel bracelets. In the afternoon you will see the city, the city palace of the Maharajah, the weapons museum and the former royal residence, which takes up almost a seventh of the area of Jaipur. Then visit the Jantar Mantar, the world's largest stone and marble observatory.
Day 13 - Jaipur - Delhi (approx. 260 km).
Today you will take a 4x4 excursion to Amber Fort. On the way you will stop for a photo stop at the Palace of the Winds. Inside the classically romantic fort, marvel at painted scenes in miniature - for example from festivals, wars and the hunt, as well as many small mirrors on the walls and the ceiling of the Victory Hall (Jag Mandir). This is followed by a trip to Delhi.
Day 14 - Delhi.
After breakfast, you will get to know the capital of India better on an orientation tour through Old and New Delhi. The largest mosque in India, Jama Masjid and the monument of Mahatma Ghandi, the Raj Ghat, are just a few of your sightseeing points.
15th day - departure.
Transfer to the airport, return flight with a stopover to Germany and arrival on the same day.
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