Welcome to Delhi, a magnetic blend of old and new, and the capital of modern India. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Your day starts with a walking tour through Lodhi Gardens, home to the tombs of the Lodhi Dynasty and a popular spot for Delhiites to start their day. Then drive to see India Gate and the Presidential Palace. Take a rickshaw ride through the alleys of Chandni Chowk, a captivating bazaar, and visit Jama Masjid. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. (B)
This morning, visit Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar, the world's tallest brick minaret, dating back to the 11th century. Next, explore Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi's largest and most prominent Sikh gurudwara (house of worship). After lunch at a local restaurant, travel to Agra and settle in for the evening. (B/L/D)
Start your day with a sunrise visit to the famous Taj Mahal. This remarkable monument, commissioned by Sjahjahan as a memorial to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, took 22 years to build. This afternoon, visit Agra Fort, a colossal, red sandstone UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising the spectacular Mughal Palace with audience halls, the Room of Mirrors, and the pavilion where Shahjahan spent his last days. (B)
Today, stop at Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the sandstone palaces, elegant courtyards, and victory gate of this ghostly place built in 1569 and deserted by its people when water ran out. After lunch, travel to Jaipur, often referred to as the "Pink City." (B/L)
Start with a visit to the legendary Amber Fort, known as the "Sleeping Beauty of Rajasthan." This fortress-palace has a somber exterior that hides a richly ornate interior of royal apartments, including an alabaster Hall of Victory and a superb Chamber of Mirrors. After lunch, visit Jantar Mantar and explore the City Palace Museum with its collection of paintings, carpets, weapons, and costumes.
Lastly, visit Ladli, a training program teaching orphaned and destitute children valuable skills to keep them off the streets. Here learn about the project, interact with the children, and help them practice their English. (B/L)
Fly to Kathmandu (via Delhi), Nepal's capital city. (B)
Your morning sightseeing tour starts with a visit to Hanuman Dhoka, the historic seat of royalty. Then, visit the Temple of Kumari, residence of the Living Goddess and said to be constructed from the wood of a single tree. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B/L)
Today, travel to Bouddhanath, one of the largest stupas in the world and a focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Then, continue to Patan, formerly known as Lalitpur (City of Beauty). Here, stop in Durbar Square, the city's centre of business and home to several Buddhist and Hindu sites. (B/L)
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)