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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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An escorted experience and all travel arrangements
Comfortable accommodation in your destination
Delicious meals included
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
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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An action packed tour that covered most aspects of interest.There wasn't enough travel by train(2 journeys) and too much uncomfortable coach travel. The hotels were mainly good but the food was often disappointing.
Very well organised right from the start. Excellent Tour Manager, very knowledgable and willing to go that extra mile to ensure group were well catered for.
I have always wanted to visit India and to get a chance to see Nepal was great. However it was more of an endurance test than a holiday but I feel I got to know a lot more about India. I expected to see run down cities, extreme poverty and filth and public cremation, but it was still a shock and I never want to see it again. I would have liked a more leisurely pace and had at least 2 nights in each hotel and my lasting memory will be constantly travelling on noisy pot holed roads. Next time I would want to see the Indian coast line, the mountains and countryside especially the Animal Parks. Roger, our tour manager was excellent and the people in our group were lovely people.
Exceeded my expectation of the advertised holiday
Fabulous itinerary, hotels, travel arrangements.
Daily start times consistently early.
the holiday was fantastic with the places and all that we seen i do feel it is far to hard for our age and we were all late 50 and over 60 . to be on the go as much as we were i feel you require longer stays in places to be able to catch your breath we were up and out early most days with cases having to be made available the night before trains were disgusting there must be a way to have a carriage of a quality standard coach journeys of 8 to 10 hrs a day far to much but what we seen was really good but the trip needs to be re thought all in party felt the same it took well over a week after return to try to get your body back to normal
Wonderful sights and experiences, poor rail journeys, 3rd rate trains. We should have been pre warned about the road conditions of Katmandu.
Although it was a busy itinerary it was worth all the early morning starts to see many unforgettable sights. It was well organised and the luxury hotels a welcome oasis from the hurly burly that is India!
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The majesty of India and Nepal by train