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(Tour code: KTJ20)

The majesty of India and Nepal by train

Explore the highlights of India and Nepal on this grand tour which includes some of the world's most beautiful temples, sights and scenery. We witness colourful ceremonies, a game drive, and experience breathtaking views of the Himalaya from Pokhara on this adventurous tour.

  • 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
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
    4 Lunches
    17 nights' accommodation
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

Grand Tour of India & Nepal 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 The Golden Temple at Amritsar
The Golden Temple at Amritsar

To Amritsar

Meet your group and Tour Manager at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Amritsar. After settling in, you are free to explore Amritsar. 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 2-4 Humayuns Tomb, Delhi
Humayuns Tomb, Delhi

Amritsar to Delhi

This morning we enjoy a guided tour of Amritsar, including another visit to the Golden Temple. We also visit the Jallianwala Bagh Gardens, an important memorial site. This evening, we visit the Wagah Border, which separates Pakistan and India, to witness the flag lowering ceremony. On Day 3 you have a day at leisure, or the chance to join an optional heritage tour of Amritsar (payable locally). This afternoon we travel by train to Delhi for 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 the President's Palace.

Days 5 Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

Agra and the Taj Mahal

Today we board the early train to Agra, where we transfer to the Hilton Agra. We visit the vast Agra Fort before crossing the city later this afternoon for a sunset visit to the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the modern World. Our sunset 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.

Days 6-7- Agra to Lucknow Imambara, Lucknow
Imambara, Lucknow

Days 6-7- Agra to Lucknow

This morning we travel by coach 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. We transfer to the Vivanta by Taj Hotel, where we enjoy dinner together this evening.

On Day 7 we visit the famous La Martiniere Boys' School, founded by an endowment from Major-General Claude Martin. We also see the magnificent Imambara. Set in wonderful gardens, its centrepiece is the mosque which houses India's largest hall. We proceed to the moving British Residency, site of the tragic siege of 1857.

Days 8-9 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, where we spend the night. Tonight we watch the spectacular Aarti fire ceremony at the Ghats on the banks of the Ganges.

On Day 9 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 transfer to the airport for our flight to Delhi, where we spend the night.

Day 10-11 Durbar Square, Patan
Durbar Square, Patan

Varanasi to Kathmandu

Today we fly to Kathmandu in Nepal. As we arrive, the differences in the characteristics of the country are immediately apparent - particularly the Pagoda-style buildings and monks in traditional Buddhist robes. This afternoon we visit the Boudhanath Stupa, the largest Buddhist Stupa in the world, which is adorned with Nepalese prayer flags. Our hotel here is the Gokarna Forest Resort, set in the peaceful forests just outside Kathmandu.

On Day 11 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 12-13 Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National Park

Kathmandu to Chitwan

This morning we see Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most significant Shiva temples in the world which only Hindus are allowed to enter. We also see Kathmandu's ghats before leaving the city and driving west to Chitwan National Park, stopping for lunch together. Chitwan is home to a fabulous variety of wildlife, including rhinos, sloth bears, leopards, crocodiles and the elusive Royal Bengal tiger. We stay at the Jungle Villa Resort.

On Day 13 we enjoy a wonderful Jeep safari through the jungles and grasslands of Chitwan National Park. We are likely to see rhino, and if very lucky, the elusive tiger. After lunch in the hotel, we take a canoe ride on the river, which provides an opportunity to see two types of crocodile and lots of species of birds.

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 Kathmandu

To Kathmandu and Home

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 you make your way to the airport for your flight back home.

Please note

Your tour to India & Nepal enables you to visit many world famous land marks and take part in exciting excursions, in order to do this you will experience different modes of transport and stay in multiple resorts.

Along your journey you will encounter some areas that someone with reduced mobility may find difficult, we therefore recommend a moderate level of fitness to enjoy this tour to its fullest. Please call for more details.

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.

Airport waiting room

Recommended Airports

For this tour, we recommend arriving into Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee Airport, which is approximately 0.8 miles from your first hotel. Our recommended departure airport is the Tribhuvan Airport, which is approximately 3 miles from your final hotel.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

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

An escorted experience and travel during your tour

  • The services of a professional Tour Manager from start to finish
  • All rail and coach travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 17 nights' hotel accommodation including 2 nights at the 5-Star Radisson Blu Hotel in Amritsar, 2 nights at the 5-Star Taj Palace in Delhi, 1 night at the 4-Star Doubletree by Hilton in Agra, 2 nights at the 5-Star Vivanta by Taj in Lucknow, 1 night at the 5-Star Gateway Hotel Ganges in Varanasi, 1 night at the 4-Star Tour Inn New Delhi International Airport in Delhi, 2 nights at the 4-Star Gokarna Forest Resort in Kathmandu, 2 nights at the 3-Star Jungle Villa Hotel in Chitwan, 3 nights at the 4-Star Fish Tail Lodge in Pokhara, and 1 night at the 4-Star Radisson Hotel Kathmandu in Kathmandu

Delicious meals included

  • 38 meals, including 17 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 17 dinners


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Guided tours of Amritsar, Delhi, Varanasi, 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 a jungle walk through Chitwan National Park

Not Included

  • Flights and airport transfers
  • In India it's customary to leave a tip for local guides, coach drivers and assistants. Tipping is at your discretion, but should you wish to leave a token of your appreciation, we recommend $42 to cover all necessary services, which can be arranged with the Tour Manager at end of your tour.
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