CLASSIC INDIA & NEPAL DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY
Day 1 - Wednesday 14 Nov.
On arrival at Kathmandu's International Airport you're met by our local representative and transferred to our central hotel by private vehicle. In many ways Kathmandu, and especially the Kathmandu Valley, is Nepal.
The ever-expanding city subjects the first-time visitor to a sensory overload, whereas the valley, with its ancient terraced fields and settlements, temples and monuments, all with a great Himalayan backdrop,
is the site of the densest collection of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Tonight, everyone is invited to join in our Welcome Reception and Dinner. (BD)
Arrival Kathmandu (3 nights)
Day 2 - Thursday 15 Nov.
This morning you have a-once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the magnificent Mt. Everest up close, with an early morning scenic flight - weather permitting. (Guests taking this option will be able to take
advantage of the tea and coffee making facilities in their rooms before the flight, and then enjoy a full breakfast on their return. Guests not taking the Mt. Everest flight will have the early part of the
morning free to relax or take in some local sights around our hotel). Later, when we're all back together, we begin a city sightseeing tour, visiting the temples of the Patan Durbar Square, the colossal
Boudhanath Stupa, one of the most important Buddhist sites in Nepal, and the mysterious hilltop shrine of Swayambunath before returning to our hotel for our evening meal. (BD)
Kathmandu - Sightseeing (Possible optional Mt. Everest flight or Free Time)
Day 3 - Friday 16 Nov.
Today we visit the temple of Pashupatinath on the banks of the river Bagmati and after time to observe the rituals which take place at this very holy site we'll drive to the ancient Newar city of Bhadgaon
(Bhaktapur), one of Nepal's ancient royal capitals and now considered one of its cultural gems. We'll visit its Durbar Square to view the Fifty-five Window Palace and enter into the Mul Chowk, the oldest
part of the palace, which contains the Taleju Temple (so sacred that only Hindus can enter into it...but we can peer through the door to admire the entrance court!) and the Royal Bath with its golden cobra
faucet. A short walk brings us to the Taumadhi Square, dominated by the majestic Nyatapola Temple. This perfectly proportioned five-storied temple towers 30 metres above the square and is the tallest pagoda
temple in all of Nepal and one of the tallest buildings in the Kathmandu Valley. After time for lunch we'll return to our hotel where, this evening, we'll enjoy dinner in the tandoori restaurant in the
garden of our hotel. (BD)
Kathmandu - Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley
Day 4 - Saturday 17 Nov.
This morning we fly from Kathmandu to Varanasi, widely believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. Mark Twain is quoted as saying 'older than history, older even than legend, and
looks as old as all of them put together'. Varanasi has, for millennia, been the hub of philosophy, theosophy, medicine, learning and the arts. This evening an exhilarating rickshaw ride takes us to the
River Ganges to witness the holy Hindu Aartii ceremony. After the ceremony we'll return to our hotel for dinner. (BD)
Kathmandu - Varanasi (2 nights)
Note: For those wishing to join in (and whose bodies are willing) we have organised a group yoga session in the garden of our hotel during our stay in Varanasi. This will be offered at a suitable time to fit in with our sightseeing program.