Best of India & Nepal
India and Nepal tour is an intoxicating mix of culture, wildlife and landscapes. Delhi, India’s capital is actually two cities; New Delhi with government district, mostly designed by the British architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens and Old Delhi with Moghul-era monuments including the Red fort and Jama Masjid mosque. Agra is home to the iconic Taj Mahal and the grand Agra Fort. Enroute to Jaipur is the “ghost city” of Fatehpur Sikri, once the capital of the Mughal empire in the 16th-century.
Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, is surrounded by the Himalayan mountains. Its home to Hindu and Buddhist temples including Swayambhunath, the “Monkey Temple”, Boudhanath, a Buddhist stupa and Pashupatinath temple, built 14th-century. In the south, Patan is an ancient fortified town, founded in 745 AD. Chitwan National Park is home to one-horned rhino and Bengal tiger. Pokhara is a city on Phewa Lake, known as a gateway to the Annapurna Circuit, a popular trail in the Himalayas.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 13-DAY TOUR OF INDIA & NEPAL…
And, explore two of the world's most fascinating cultures.
This private tour explores the highlights of two of the world's most fascinating cultural destinations: India and Nepal. The tour focuses on the golden triangle and the cultural city of Varanasi in India with an introductory tour of Kathmandu valley. All touring is with your own private guide and driver, and accommodation is at the country's best luxury hotels.
Begin in Delhi, the bustling capital of India. During private touring, experience highlights such as Jama Masjid, the Red Fort and a rickshaw ride through the bazaars of Old Delhi. Later in the day visit Himayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar with Indo-Islamic architecture and Lutyen’s most imposing features such as the President's House, Parliament House and India Gate.
Next, visit Varanasi (Benares), located on the banks of the holy river Ganges. It is one of the oldest cities in the world and, as the spiritual centre of the Hindu world, a major Indian pilgrimage site. Watch as believers congregate on the ghats (stone steps) along the banks of the holy Ganges River to perform ritual ablutions. Explore Varanasi’s old town, with its ancient universities and renowned silk shops. Also, take an excursion to Sarnath, believed to be the site of the Buddha’s first sermon. If desired, visit master silk weavers and enjoy a private recital in the home of a local musician.
Fly to Kathmandu, located in the foothills of the Himalayas. The Kathmandu Valley comprises the three ancient cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, which were once independent states ruled by the Malla kings from the 12th to the 18th centuries. With your expert private guide and driver, explore the best of Kathmandu as well as the most interesting towns in the surrounding valley – Patan and Bhaktapur. One day, if desired, take a private fixed-wing scenic flight to view Mount Everest.
Fly to Delhi and then transfer by land to Agra to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Taj Mahal. Built by a Moghul emperor in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal it is often referred to as a poem in white marble. Tour the splendid Agra fort, built in red sandstone, encapsulating magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens.
Continue to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s great “Pink City,” visiting the centuries-old ruins at Fatehpur Sikri en route. See the rich architectural legacy of Jaipur’s merchants and maharajas hill forts, palaces, an observatory, temples and havelis (courtyard mansions), surrounded by stark desert. Take an elephant ride to the 16th century Amber Fort. Browse bazaars selling textiles, leatherwork, perfume, jewellery and Jaipur’s traditional blue pottery. Explore medieval backstreets and marvel at the luminous saris of indigenous tribal women.
Return to Delhi for overnight, last-minute shopping and connect with your onward flight.
Best of India and Nepal Explore highlights of two of the world's most fascinating cultural destinations: India and Nepal.
(13 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Delhi, Varanasi, Kathmandu, Agra, Jaipur
Day 1 – Arrive
Delhi, India Arrival transfer to hotel for 2-night stay.
Day 2 – Tour
Delhi Full-day private touring in Old & New Delhi.
Day 3 – Transfer & Tour
Varanasi Private transfer and flight to Varanasi for overnight stay.
Private city touring and visit to Sarnath.
Day 4 – Transfer
Kathmandu, Nepal Morning private boat ride on the Ganges and city touring.
Transfer and flight to Kathmandu. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 4 nights.
Day 5 – Tour
Kathmandu Full-day private touring with guide and driver.
Day 6 – Experience
Kathmandu Continue private touring in the valley.
Option for fixed-wing scenic flight to see the Himalayan peaks.
Day 7 – Explore
Kathmandu Full-day private touring or hiking excursion with guide and driver.
Evening cultural performance.
Day 8 – Transfer
Agra, India Private transfer and flight to Delhi.
Transfer overland to Agra for 2-night stay.
Day 9 – Tour
Agra Private touring including Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and other attractions in Agra>
Day 10 – Tour
Jaipur Private tour of Fatehpur Sikri en route to Jaipur for 2 nights.
Day 11 – Tour
Jaipur Private Jaipur touring, including morning elephant ride and afternoon city touring and shopping.
Day 12 – Transfer
Delhi Transfer to Delhi for overnight stay.
Day 13 – Depart
Delhi Private airport transfer.
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
Make this your holiday
When to go India: The best time to travel to India is between September and March. This is a high season and it is advisable to book your holiday well in advance. Summer starts in April and by June, it becomes very hot. By July there is the south-west monsoon, which brings heavy rains to the west coast. Although the word "monsoon" often brings to mind images of torrential floods and landslides, the monsoon season is not a bad time to travel to India. Although it rains nearly every day, the downpour tends to come and go quickly, leaving behind a clean, glistening landscape.
The Indian winter months (November-February) are high season for Rajasthan when the skies are perfectly clear with sunny days and crisp evenings.
Nepal: Nepal like the rest of the Gangetic plains has four seasons. The winter in the Himalayas is cold and damp, when the high passes are closed and certainly not a good time to visit Nepal. But beginning February as the weather gets warmer, travellers rush to make high-altitude treks. The skies may not be very clear but the forests are full of rhododendrons and other flowers are in bloom.
The heat wave runs through May and the high altitude plateau sees dust storms until the monsoon finally arrives in mid-June. Mountain streams become torrents, landslides take down mountain paths and the Himalayas itself get shrouded in mist and mystery. It is not a popular time to visit Nepal.
But in September, when the rains stop, the dust has settled, the weather is balmy, the air is crip and the sky is clear; it is the most perfect time to visit Nepal. Visitors, trekkers and mountaineers are rewarded with gorgeous uninterrupted views of the high Himalayas.
Getting There India: Most major airlines fly to India’s main airports. Delhi is the best point of arrival for Rajasthan and north India, Kolkata (Calcutta) for east India, Mumbai for Goa and Kerala for South India. Fares are dependent on the season, with the highest being roughly November to March. A number of domestic airlines connect most cities including more remote regions. Airports tend to be on the outskirts of cities.
Nepal: Kathmandu has an international airport and is easily accessed via flights with Jet Airways, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Lufthansa. On arrival you can exchange your money at a bank just before immigration. Nearby is the visa counter where you can pay for your visa if you haven't got one already. While departing, for an international flight check-in at least two hours before departure, if not earlier as the counter gets busy during high season.
Passport/Visa India: Visas are required to enter, exit or transit through Indian territories. The most common is a single entry 30-day visa. Multiple entry, 60-day and 90-day visas are also available. Passports must have a minimum of six months validity. Enquiries should be directed to the nearest Indian High Commission, embassy or consulate. All visa applications in UK should be filled online at http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk. Cost of six months tourist visa for UK nationals including handling charges is £92.20.
Nepal: A valid passport is required for all tourists except Indian nationals to travel to Nepal. You can apply for a visa on any entry points upon arrival. Payment should be made in US currency (exact change). Any other currency or credit cards are not accepted for visa payment. You will also need a photograph. However, to save time, tourist visa can also be obtained from Nepalese Embassies or Consulates abroad.