We used Travel N Tours to book a one month trip to Nepal and India in April 2014. Ashu organized a private tour for us. We were a family with two adults and two children. The children were ages 8 and 11.
The highlights of the itinerary is as follows:
There were multiple other temple visits and local heritage spots which we stopped at but I am omitting to keep the review somewhat brief.
March 31-April 2: Delhi - Jama Masjid, India Gate, Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb, Old town Delhi with colorful rickshaw ride
April 3 - April 5: Flight to Katmandu, Nepal - Pashupatinath temple, Bodhnath Stupa, Swayambhunath (Monkey temple), ancient towns of Patan and Bahktapur
April 6: Flight to Bhubaneschwar in North Eastern India and drive to Puri
April 7: Visit the spectacular Konark temple of Surya in Puri
April 8: Flight to Chenai and drive to Mahabalipuram. Overnight stay at a beach resort.
April 9: Temple of the Five Rathas, the Shore temples. Drive to Pondicherry
April 10: Drive to Chidambaram and to Kumbakonam. The great living Chola temple, Airavatesvara temple
April 11: Drive from Kumbakonam to Tanjore to Trichy. Brihadeeswara temple, Samayapuram temple, Srirangam temple. Overnight stay in Trichy.
April 12: Drive to Madurai. Meenakshi temple.
April 13: Flight to Bangalore overnight
April 14-18: Flight to Mumbai for a break in the trip
April 19:Flight to Aurangabad, drive to the spectacular Ajanta caves
April 20: Ellora caves and flight to Delhi, overnight in Delhi
April 21-22: Drive to Agra, visit Sikandra tomb of Akhbar, Agra fort, Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri
April 23: Agra to Jhansi by train. Drive to Khajurajo. Visit the Orchha temple and palaces.
April 24: Visit the Khajurajo temples, flight to Varanasi
April 25: In Varanasi, boat ride on the Ganges to view the cremation ceremonies from off shore.
April 26-27: Flight to Delhi, relax for two nights
April 28: Return to the States
It is difficult to fully describe this incredible tour of Nepal and India, the sights, the culture, the ancient temples and palaces and not least the absolutely wonderful and friendly locals. We travel widely and I have to admit that this was the most well planned trip I had been on. Just imagine, 4 weeks of traveling, with nine flights within Nepal and India, approximately 60 hotel pick ups and approximately 40 meetings with various local guides throughout the trip. There was a representative meeting us at the airport on each flight arrival. Representatives were at all the hotels to meet and greet us. Not once, did any of the representative arrive late. Each and every time there was someone waiting for us for the next leg of the journey and they were early.
It is not unusual to be somewhat wary when booking a long tour using the internet. However, within several days of this trip, I was very confident that we had booked with the right company. Ashu met us on our first arrival in Delhi and brought us small gifts as well as a local cell phone to be used if any concerns arose. I have to admit, the cell phone was not very useful as everything went smoothly as planned.
My family and I will always remember this trip fondly.
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