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 colorful 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
Meet the rest of your group and Tour Manager at the Taj Palace
in Delhi. We enjoy a guided tour of the Indian capital this
Days 2-4 - 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
3 we enjoy a guided tour that includes the
Jallianwala Bagh Gardens, the Wagah Border, to witness the border
On Day 4, we fly back to Delhi for a
rickshaw ride around the city's older streets.
Days 5-7 - 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 6 we travel by coach to the
historic city of Lucknow.
On Day 7, 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 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 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 - 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
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 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 - 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
Days 17-18 - 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.
Your vacation 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
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.
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.
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.
Great experience but very tiring. We could have flown direct to |Amritsar and then taken a train back to New Delhi. We could in each city have stayed somewhere close to the sights so that we would not have needed to spend hours extra stuck in traffic jams as we tried to cross the cities.
Submitted Dec 14, 2019
Excellent itinerary and choice of hotels
Submitted May 12, 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 Apr 24, 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! Travelers 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.
Submitted Apr 22, 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 Apr 18, 2019
Excellent, full on itinerary, saw wonderful sights, high quality hotels, friendly and knowledgeable Indian and Nepalese guides, well organised and interesting tours