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People say it’s a life-changing experience. And there’s no doubt that when you make the incredible journey to India and Nepal, you’ll return with a new outlook on life and endless extraordinary memories. Fascinating and intriguing, this is a world that’s far removed from our western way of living.
- 3 to 5-star accommodation
- Return flights & transfers
- Programme of daily tours & visits
- Visit 9 national parks
- Daily breakfast & 5 meals
- Expert tour manager
- Checked Luggage
- A superb tour of India’s greatest sights, including the Ganges at Varanasi, the unforgettable Taj Mahal, plus Nepal’s majestic mountains, most fascinating landscapes and monuments.
- Stay in hand-picked hotels, ranging from a simple three-star lodge in Chitwan National Park to five-star luxury in Delhi and Kathmandu.
- Visit the major sights of Old and New Delhi
- See the breathtaking Taj Mahal bathed in the soft morning light and wonder at its incredible purity and symmetry
- Spend two nights in the fascinating city of Varanasi one of the world’s oldest cities, with boat trips on the revered river Ganges and a rickshaw ride through its teeming streets
- Take one of the world’s most exciting flights – to uniquely see Mt. Everest and the Himalayas from the air
- Take a safari with a naturalist guide through the lush forests of Chitwan National Park in search of rhinos and tigers
- Gaze in awe at the remarkable artistry of the temple carvings of Khajuraho, expressing a joyous celebration of physical love
- Visit Kathmandu, the centre of Nepali culture and wander through Patan Durbar Square
- Stay in Pokhara, with its amazing close-up view over the great Annapurna range
Day 1: Departure
You arrive at the airport for your overnight flight to Delhi where you will be met on arrival.
Day 2: Arrival in New Delhi
Arriving late morning you stay one night at the five-star Leela Ambience hotel, with all the excellent facilities you expect from an international hotel. After a rest you begin a guided tour of New Delhi, a beautiful city that clearly reflects the legacy of the British Raj. Surprisingly green, it is divided by wide tree-lined avenues with the Presidential Palace (formerly the Viceroy’s residence) at its centre.
Day 3: Old Delhi and Agra
A guided tour of Old Delhi takes you first to the memorial of the great Mahatma Gandhi, the Raj Ghat. Then there’s the Red Fort, one of the world’s great fortifications with huge walls nearly two miles long. Next it’s one of Asia’s largest mosques, the Jama Masjid. Holding 25,000 worshippers, it displays wonderfully intricate decoration and marble work.
Day 4: Taj Mahal
We rise early to catch the sun rising over the Taj Mahal – undisputedly one of the world’s most beautiful buildings. In the soft morning light, as the mist rises from the Yamuna River, it seems to float like a mirage above the surrounding landscape. Built from dazzling marble, its colour changes from white to yellow, cream and almost to orange… an exquisite image that you’ll remember forever. Next you visit the immense Agra Fort.
Day 5: Orchha and Khajuraho
Leaving Agra by train in comfortable air-conditioned ‘chair-class’ to Jhansi, one of the centres of the Indian Mutiny, we continue by coach to nearby Orchha. Surrounded by jungles, this remarkable medieval town is an architectural gem. Discover the 14 chhatris – or cenotaphs – built as memorials to its Bundela rulers. Soak up the magical atmosphere as parrots and vultures circle these mystical buildings, with fabulous views to the river.
Day 6: Khajuraho & Varanasi
Today we visit some of Khajuraho’s remarkable temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the seven wonders of India. Originally 85 temples were built between the 10-12th centuries and today, 22 of these mystical shrines survive. Their colours change with the intensity of the sun and the carved figures illustrate sensuous poses of such high relief that you can distinguish jewellery and manicured nails. You then take the 45 minute flight to Varanasi.
Day 7: Varanasi
The soft morning sun illuminates the river through the mist. After a morning boat ride, you walk through Varanasi’s narrow lanes and enchanting array of shops selling carpets, intricate polished brassware and fine silks. We drive to nearby Sarnath, where 2,500 years ago, after gaining enlightenment himself, the Lord Buddha gave his first sermon, founding one of the most enduring of world religions.
Day 8: Kathmandu
This morning we fly to Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, one of the world’s most naturally beautiful countries. Set in a bowl-shaped Himalayan valley 4,500 feet above sea level, this captivating city and Nepal’s cultural heart is surrounded by breathtaking snow-capped mountains. The contrast with India is striking, with Buddhist temples reminiscent of the Far East much in evidence. We visit the famous 14th century Boudhanath Stupa, Tibetan in origin and one of the holiest of Buddhist sites.
Day 9: Mount Everest Flight
Today you experience something most people never will, a flight to the Himalayas to see majestic Mount Everest. Twice the size of the Alps, their sheer immensity is mind-blowing. Carrying just 16 passengers, our aircraft flies over peaks and clouds bathed in an early morning golden glow. The 45-minute flight offers an incredible panorama and you can take a photograph of the world’s highest mountain from the cockpit. I
Day 10: Chitwan National Park
You take the scenic drive to Chitwan National Park, Nepal’s most famous wildlife reserve and one of the finest in Asia. Overlooking the lush forested valley and the Rapti River, the Narayani Safari Lodge, where we stay for two nights with full-board is clean and comfortable but simple, without telephones or televisions – a real opportunity to experience and savour the peaceful surroundings.
Day 11: Chitwan Safari
Viewing wildlife in its natural habitat is often a life-changing experience. Rising early, as the sun breaks and accompanied by a unique ‘dawn chorus’, we cross into the reserve for a safari. Your naturalist guide is there to help you spot rhino, wild boar and if you’re very lucky, sloth bears. We return to the hotel for breakfast, after which there will be an opportunity to watch the elephants bathing in the river.
Day 12: Pokhara
We drive north towards the small town of Pokhara in central Nepal. Inhale the clean air, taking time to fully comprehend the staggering beauty of an area surrounded by some of the world’s highest mountains. This afternoon, we take a boat ride across Lake Phewa for unbeatable views of the Annapurna mountain range. Watch reflections of their dazzling white peaks sparkle in the mirror-like water, and listen to the soothing sound of silence.
Day 13: Free day in Pokhara
A relaxing day to potter about this charming lakeside town, with plenty of opportunities to bargain for local handicrafts, try out some of the many restaurants and take in the amazing views.
Day 14: Annapurna Range & Kathmandu
Wake up early today and catch the sun rise over the Annapurna range, a truly magical experience. Watch the mountain peaks turn from soft pink to shimmering gold as the sun climbs higher in the clear blue sky. There are twelve peaks in the world higher than 25,000 feet, eight of them are in Nepal and from this spot on clear days you can see three of them.
Day 15: Return flight
Depart for our flight home via Delhi or Doha arriving later the same day.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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