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The majesty of India and Nepal by train

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19 daysFrom £3,545 per person

2020 Tour code: KTJ20

About the tour

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.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 - Delhi

We depart London Heathrow on our flight to New Delhi, via Abu Dhabi. We enjoy a guided tour of the Indian capital on Day 2.

Humayuns Tomb
Days 3-5 - Delhi to Amritsar

This morning, we travel by comfortable air-conditioned rail to Amritsar. On arrival we are at leisure until our evening visit to the Golden Temple to witness a Palki ceremony. On Day 4 we enjoy a guided tour that includes the Jallianwala Bagh Gardens, the Wagah Border, to witness the border ceremony.

On Day 5, we fly back to Delhi for a rickshaw ride around the city's older streets.

Amritsar Golden Temple
Days 6-8 - Agra and Lucknow

We board the early train to Agra today where, on arrival, we visit the Agra Fort before a sunset visit to the iconic Taj Mahal, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

On Day 7 we travel by coach to the historic city of Lucknow.

On Day 8, we visit the famous La Martiniere Boys' School, and the magnificent Bada Imambara that houses a mosque and a labyrinth said to have a 1000 passageways. We then see the British Residency, the site of a siege during the 1857 uprising against British rule.

Taj Mahal
Days 9-10 - Varanasi and sunrise on the Ganges

Our final long-distance train journey of the holiday takes us to Varanasi, the sacred city of the Hindus that attracts thousands of pilgrims every year. This evening we watch the spectacular Aarti ceremony, during which priests carry tiered metal lamps, moving rhythmically to the sounds of sacred songs.

Early in the morning of Day 10, we cruise the holy river Ganges, admiring the sun as it spreads its first orange hues on the slatecoloured water. We then take an excursion to Sarnath, where Buddha is said to have given his first sermon. This afternoon, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Kolkata.

Imambara, Lucknow
Days 11-12 - Kolkata and 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 12 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.

Durbar Square, Patan
Days 13-14 - Kathmandu and Chitwan

This morning we visit Boudhanath Stupa, before travelling to Chitwan National Park. We head to an elephant stable to meet some of these gentle giants and enjoy a chat with a local naturalist. Afterwards, we travel by traditional ox cart to a nearby village populated by the Tharu People.

We visit a gharial, or endangered Indian crocodile breeding centre, on Day 14. After lunch, we take a Jeep safari through the jungles and grasslands of Chitwan National Park. Here we may spot the Indian Rhino and may even see elephants bathing in the Rapti River.

Chitwan National Park
Days 15-17 - 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 16 is at leisure in Pokhara.

On Day 17 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.

Pokhara, Nepal
Days 18-19 - 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 19 we return to Kathmandu Airport for our flight to London via Abu Dhabi.

Flying back to London

Additional information

Please note

Your holiday 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.

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.

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Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Agra

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Agra, Agra

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Amritsar

Radisson Blu Hotel, Amritsar

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Jungle Villa Resort

Jungle Villa Resort, Chitwan

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Taj Palace, New Delhi

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Gokarna Forest Resort, Kathmandu

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Radisson Hotel Kathmandu, Kathmandu

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Vivanta by Taj Hotel, Lucknow

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Pride Plaza Aero City Hotel

Pride Plaza Aero City Hotel

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Fish Tail Lodge, Pokhara

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The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi

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Anonymous

Submitted 12/05/2019

The flights with Jet Airways were not comfortable and the food was not great. This is separate from the issues with the airlines impending insolvency, it was to do with the lack of comfortable seating and legroom on the plane- and I’m a short person.

Mr D Wakeling

Submitted 24/04/2019

It was a superb trip - India is a fabulous country could never disappoint, Nepal is also a great place to visit. However, a crammed itinerary with long coach journeys, long train journeys and many internal flights - not much time to catch your breath! I think the Itinerary needs to cut down on coach time in Nepal - an internal flight would help. Also, the long dirty train journey into Varanasi was unnecessary when there's a high speed alternative! Travellers to Kathmandu need to be aware how dusty the city is and the need for nose and mouth masks. Loved the extension to Kerala for a much needed rest! All in all a brilliant trip.

Anonymous

Submitted 22/04/2019

The trip was well organised with everything running smoothly. The whole trip gave a good overall view of the diversity of Indian and Nepalese culture and life. The hotels were excellent with great food. The tour manager and guides were knowledgeable and accessible.

Mrs E Bettridge

Submitted 18/04/2019

Excellent, full on itinerary, saw wonderful sights, high quality hotels, friendly and knowledgeable Indian and Nepalese guides, well organised and interesting tours

Mr M Stone

Submitted 23/11/2018

The tour fulfilled our expectations, the choice of hotels superb the tour locations magnificent and even saw a tiger! The whole group really jelled together and are now firm friends.

Mr S Weeks

Submitted 16/11/2018

excellent all round - value for money, staff on the ground, hotels, visits etc.

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