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
The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Food & Drinks
Flights and airport transfers
Flights from London to Delhi, via Abu Dhabi, Amritsar to Delhi, Varanasi to Delhi, Delhi to Kathmandu and Kathmandu to London, via Abu Dhabi
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Days 1-3 - Delhi & Amritsar
We depart London on our flight to Delhi via Abu Dhabi. On
arrival in the morning of Day 2, we check into our
hotel for breakfast and spend the afternoon on a sightseeing tour
of New Delhi.
Departing Delhi on Day 3 we transfer by train
to Amritsar and check-in to the Radisson Blu Hotel with some time
at leisure this afternoon. 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 4-5 - 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 afternoon, we visit
the Wagah Border, which separates Pakistan and India, to witness
the flag lowering ceremony.
On Day 5 we fly back to Delhi. In the afternoon
we explore with a tour of the historic streets and colourful
markets of Old Delhi and a rickshaw ride through the lively bazaar.
We visit Qutab Minar, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate, and the
Days 6 - 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
Days 7-8 - 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 8 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 9-10 - 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 10 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.
Please note: On Day 10 you will overnight at
the Pride Plaza Aero City in Delhi.
Day 11-12 - Delhi 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 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
Days 13-14 - 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 14 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 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
excellent all round - value for money, staff on the ground, hotels, visits etc.