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(Tour code: KTJ18)

The majesty of India and Nepal by train

Explore the ultimate highlights of India and Nepal on this once-in-a-lifetime grand tour which includes some of the world's most beautiful buildings, temples, sights and scenery. We witness colourful and moving ceremonies, take an elephant safari and experience breathtaking views of the Himalaya from Pokhara.

Highlights
  • The Golden Temple of Amritsar
  • Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
  • Old and New Delhi
  • Lucknow
  • Varanasi & the Holy Ganges
  • Kathmandu
  • Patan's Durban Square
  • Jeep and river safari in Chitwan National Park
  • Pokhara and the Himalayas
What’s Included
  • The Shatabdi Express
  • 16 nights' accommodation
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Grand Tour of India & Nepal 2018Tour Details

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Days 1-2 The Golden Temple at Amritsar
The Golden Temple at Amritsar

London to Amritsar

We depart London on our flight to the Indian city of Amritsar. On arrival in the late-morning of Day 2, we transfer to the Radisson Blu Hotel. After settling in, we visit the Wagah Border, which separates Pakistan and India, to witness the exuberant ceremony marking the lowering of both countries' flags. We return to the hotel for dinner together. Tonight we head to the stunning Golden Temple, a Sikh holy shrine and one of India's most breathtaking sights. At night the temple is beautifully illuminated, with the rich golden glow of its remarkable façades reflecting in the surrounding waters. Here we witness the Palki Ceremony, an atmospheric tradition where the Sikh Holy Book is paraded triumphantly through a crowd of worshippers and 'put to bed'.

Days 3-4

Amritsar to Delhi

This morning we enjoy a guided tour of Amritsar, including another visit to the Golden Temple - even more impressive as it glitters in the sunlight. We also visit the Jallianwala Bagh Gardens, an important memorial site. This evening we leave Amritsar, travelling by train to Delhi where we spend two nights.

On Day 4 we explore Delhi with a tour of the historic streets and colourful markets of Old Delhi and a rickshaw ride through the lively bazaar. We move on to New Delhi where we visit Qutab Minar, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate, and we pass Delhi's Red Fort.

Days 5-6 Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park

To Ranthambore

This morning, we transfer to the station in Delhi to transfer by rail to Sawai Madhopur. From here, we continue to Ranthambore National Park, where we stay at the Abhyaran hotel. Ranthambore is a marvelous space in India, where one can spot a myriad of wildlife indigenous to this part of the world. One of the most famous creatures that resides here is the rare and wonderful tiger - in fact, it is one of the few places in the world where a tiger can be found in the wild.

On Day 6, we have two game drives in exclusive open-topped canters, to see if we can try and spot this reclusive animal. Other creatures you can spot here include leopards, panthers, hyenas, marsh crocodiles, and sloth bears.

Days 7-9 Lucknow Architecture
Lucknow Architecture

Agra to Lucknow

Today we board the early train to Agra, where we transfer to the Taj Gateway. We then cross the city to see the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the modern World. Our afternoon visit ensures we experience the magical aura as the setting sun highlights the incredible pink and red hues of the mausoleum's stunning white marble.

On Day 8,we visit the incredible Agra Fort, ahead of boarding a coach and travelling to the city of Lucknow. Lucknow is now almost forgotten to the British, but, as a key city of the British Raj, wonderful colonial architecture still exists in abundance. On arrival in the city we transfer to the Vivanta by Taj Hotel, where we enjoy dinner together this evening.

On Day 9 we visit the magnificent Imambara. Set in wonderful gardens, its centerpiece is the mosque which houses India's largest hall. We proceed to the moving British Residency, site of the tragic siege of 1857. We also visit La Martiniere Boys School today.

Please Note: For departures KTJ1804, KTJ1805, KTJ1806, KTJ1807, KTJ1808, KTJ1809   & KTJ1810   you will be staying at the Hilton in Agra.

Days 10-13 Varanasi
Varanasi

Varanasi and sunrise on the Ganges

Our final train journey of the tour takes us to Varanasi, the Hindu's sacred city which attracts thousands of pilgrims a year, and is one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. We check in to the Taj Gateway Hotel Ganges. Tonight we watch the spectacular Aarti fire ceremony at the Ghats on the banks of the Ganges.

On Day 11 we experience sunrise during a boat ride on the Ganges. Hindus flock to the river at sunrise to cleanse themselves of their sins, creating one of the most spectacular sights in India. We then explore the Old City on foot, including the Bharat Mata Temple. Later we take an excursion to Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first sermon, and now considered the place where Buddhism took root. This evening we fly to Delhi for our overnight stay.

On Day 12 we fly to Nepal, to Kathmandu. As we arrive, the differences in the characteristics of both the races and architecture are immediately apparent - particularly the Pagoda-style buildings and monks in traditional Buddhist robes. On arrival we check in to the Gokarna Forest Resort, in the peaceful forests just outside Kathmandu. This afternoon we visit the fantastic Boudhanath Stupa, the largest Buddhist Stupa in the world, adorned with Nepalese prayer flags.

On Day 13 we visit the Durbar Square of both Kathmandu and Patan, the social, religious and urban hubs of the cities and the ancient seats of power in the mountain kingdoms of Nepal. This evening we enjoy dinner at Rum Doodle Restaurant. Though it has since moved locations, the original restaurant was known as a former hotspot for famous mountaineers including Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing. Before our meal we meet a Sherpa who has climbed Everest and have the opportunity to talk with him about his experiences.

Days 14-16 Pokhara, Nepal
Pokhara, Nepal

Into the Himalayas

This morning we drive back towards the Himalaya, a journey past turquoise glacial rapids and jungle-covered peaks to Pokhara. Set on the shores of beautiful Lake Phewa and with staggering views of Fishtail Peak (at 22,900 ft), Pokhara is undoubtedly one of the world's most scenic places. We stay for three nights at the unforgettable Fishtail Lodge, set on a peaceful island in Lake Phewa, accessible only by boat. Day 15 is at leisure in Pokhara.

On Day 16 we drive up to Sarangkot, a mountain viewpoint which offers a once-in-alifetime experience - witnessing sunrise over the Himalayas. After breakfast we explore Pokhara, visiting Devi's Waterfall and the Gurkha Museum, where we have the chance to chat with an ex-British Army Gurkha. We then enjoy an early evening cruise on Lake Phewa to watch the sun set on Fishtail Peak.

Days 17-18 Flying back to London
Flying back to London

To Kathmandu and London

This morning we drive back to Kathmandu and check in to our hotel. After a free afternoon, we enjoy farewell dinner this evening at our hotel. On Day 18 we return to Kathmandu Airport for our flight to London via Delhi.

Please note

Please note

For certain departure dates the days of specific excursions may change. All advertised tours and, inclusions and excursions will take place, however not necessarily on their originally designated day.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included
What's Included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Scheduled return flights from London to Amritsar via Delhi, Varanasi to Kathmandu and Kathmandu to London via Delhi
  • All rail and coach travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 16 nights' hotel accommodation

Delicious meals included

  • 36 meals, including 16 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 16 dinners

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Guided tours of Amritsar, Delhi, Varanasi, Sarnath, Kathmandu, Patan and Pokhara
  • Visits to the Agra Fort, the Taj Mahal, La Martiniere Boys' School, the Imambara Complex, the British Residency in Lucknow and the Pashupatinath Temple
  • Witness a range of exciting ceremonies, including the Wagah border flag ceremony, the Golden Temple Palki Ceremony and the Aarti fire ceremony
  • Chitwan National Park on an enchanting safari by Jeep
  • Enjoy an early-morning boat ride on the Ganges
  • Visit the Gharial Breeding Centre and take a jungle walk through Chitwan National Park
Not Included
  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.
  • Indian and Nepalese entry visa

 

British Citizens require a visa to enter India and Nepal. We can help you with visa applications up to 21 days before departure - please see the Visa section of 'Things You Should Know' for further details.

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