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Grand Tour of India & Nepal

(Tour code: KTJ17)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.

Tour 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 (Full details)
  • Air conditioned Chair Class
  • 3-5* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
    15 nights' accommodation
    4 Lunches
  • All Transfers Included
    Selected Porterage
  • Return Scheduled Flights
    Upgrades Available

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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The Golden Temple at Amritsar
Days 1-2

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'.

  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Wagah Border Ceremony
  • Golden Temple
  • Scheduled flights
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.

Taj Mahal
Days 5

Agra and the Taj Mahal

Today we board the early train to Agra, where we transfer to the Taj Gateway. We visit the vast Agra Fort before crossing the city to see the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the 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.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Amritsar tour
  • Day 4 - Tour of New & Old Dehli
La Martiniere Boys' School, Lucknow
Days 6-7

Agra to Lucknow

This morning we board the early train 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 visit the famous La Martiniere Boys' School, founded by an endowment from Major-General Claude Martin. We then transfer to the Vivanta by Taj Hotel, where we enjoy dinner together this evening. On Day 7 we visit 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 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 two nights. 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.

The Taj Mahal
Day 10-11

Varanasi to Kathmandu

Today 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 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.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Agra Fort
  • The Taj Mahal
Days 12-13

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 Safari Narayani Lodge, which offers basic but comfortable accommodation. 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.

Pokhara, Nepal
Days 14-16

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-a-lifetime 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.

  • Day 14 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 15&16 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 15 - Free Day
  • Day 16 - Sight-seeing Tour & Lake Cruise
Flying back to London
Days 17-18

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 at Rum Doodle restaurant, a mountaineering institution famed for its Everest Summiteers register which contains the signatures of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Before our meal we meet a Sherpa who has climbed Everest and have the opportunity to talk with him about his experiences. On Day 18 we return to Kathmandu Airport for our flight to London via Delhi.

  • Scheduled flights
  • Day 16 - Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Day 17 - Breakfast

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.

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