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
Discover the architectural grandeur of Agra's Taj Mahal and Amritsar's Golden Temple
Explore India's colonial past on guided tours of Delhi, Lucknow, and Kolkata
Experience Varanasi, the holy city of the Hindus where thousands of pilgrims gather to take a dip in the Ganges
Admire the beauty of the lofty Himalayas in Pokhara, taking in some of the highest mountains in the world
Uncover the wonders of Nepal, experiencing Buddhist singing bowls and admiring ancient stupas and temples
The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Food & Drinks
Flights and airport transfers
Flights from London Heathrow to Amritsar, via Doha, Varanasi to Kolkata, Kolkata to Kathmandu, and Kathmandu to London Heathrow, via Doha
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.