India and Nepal Tour

from $975
Duration:
10 Days / 9 Nights
Type:
Small Group Tour
Run:
Selected Dates

India and Nepal tour offers guests the opportunity to experience the treasures of India and Nepal on a carefully designed itinerary. Visit the highlights of India, travel from Delhi, the bustling National Capital to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, and explore Bharatpur where you may have the chance to spot migratory water birds. Continue on to Jaipur, the imperial pink city. After that head to Nepal to visit the capital city Kathmandu where you can explore Nepal's highlights Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, the Kumari Chowk, Monkey Temple, Lalitpur City and more. 

Included:
  • English-speaking local guides (1-9 Pax) OR accompanying English-speaking tour manager (10 Pax and above) – separate guide in India and Nepal
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Delhi at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • 1 Night accommodation in Agra at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • 1 Night accommodation in Bharatpur at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Jaipur at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • 3 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu at listed hotel on bed and Breakfast basis
  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur (subject to availability of elephant)
  • Enjoy Jeep ride / Elephant ride to climb up to Amber Fort, Jaipur
  • Demonstration of Carpet weaving and block printing in Jaipur
  • Accommodation at listed hotels in Twin / Double sharing basis
  • Facilitator for assistance on initial arrival and final departure
  • Demonstration of Marble craftsmanship in Agra
  • 1 Bottled mineral water during long drives
  • Group transfers by A/C vehicle as follows:

- 2 – 3 Pax: Toyota Innova

- 4 – 9 Pax: Tempo Traveler

- 10 – 14 Pax: Mini coach

- 15 Pax onwards: Large coach

  • Jeep Safari at Bishnoi Village, Jodhpur
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Garlanding upon arrival in India
  • Shoe covers at the Taj Mahal
  • Monument entrance fees
  • Currently applicable taxes
Excluded:
  • International / Domestic flight tickets
  • Monument entrance fee and permits
  • Entry visa to India
  • Any optional tours
  • Personal spendings
  • Tipping
Itinerary:
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Day 1 : New Delhi

Start you India and Nepal tour by arriving at Delhi, the capital of India, which is a bustling metropolis that successfully combines the ancient and the modern in its folds. Delhi can broadly be divided into two parts, Old Delhi and New Delhi. Old Delhi was the capital of Delhi’s Muslim rulers notably the Mughals between 17th & 19th centuries. New Delhi on the other hand is referred to as the Imperial city when the British decided to move their capital from Calcutta in 1911. On arrival, you will be met transferred to the hotel for a non-alcoholic.

Overnight in Delhi

welcome drink.

Day 2 : New Delhi

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Start your day with a visit to Old Delhi. Begin at Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. Revel in an exhilarating rickshaw ride through the by-lanes of Chandni Chowk (Silver Street). Walk through the old dusty alleyways and other interesting sights! Drive past the mighty and sprawling Red Fort, which was built in 1648 and stands along the river Yamuna. Continue to New Delhi to see the colonial architecture that defined the British era in India. We’ll travel to Qutab Minar complex - the tallest tower in world for centuries, erected by first Islamic rulers of India and still the most imposing, artistically carved and engraved sandstone pillar anywhere!

Afternoon: Culminate this day tour with a visit to a famous Sikh Temple, we go to our last stop Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. Sikhism is a progressive religion (and in many respects, ahead of its time). At Bangla Sahib, you will see how this religion blends practices from Hinduism and Islam into something new. You can watch (and join if you like) the langar, the voluntary group cooking and feeding program at the Gurudwara.

Overnight in Delhi

Day 3: Agra

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: This morning drive to Agra, the yesteryear capital of the mighty Mughal Empire and currently home to some of the world’s top tourist sites. Even if the idea of visiting what is arguably the world’s greatest 'monument to love' doesn’t appeal; there's more to see in Agra. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.

This afternoon visits the magnificent Agra Fort, a UNESO World Heritage site built and added to between the 16th and 17th centuries by successive rulers of the Mughal Dynasty. Later visit the Taj Mahal at sunset, one of mankind's greatest architectural feats. Built out of white marble by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, it was erected by 20,000 laborers’ over a 12-year period. The entire monument is a masterpiece of symmetry.

For those interested make a short visit to the “Mother Teresa Home Missionaries of Charity” (if time permits) to meet the nuns at the orphanage who devote their lives to the homeless children of India. Most of the orphans are girls who are more frequently abandoned at birth.

Overnight in Agra

Day 4 : Bharatpur

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: After a leisurely breakfast depart for Bharatpur – a birder’s paradise, en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri an eerily abandoned capital from the Mughal Empire between 1570 and 1586. Akbar built this city to celebrate the birth of his son and future heir to the throne, Emperor Jahangir. While Akbar is believed to have been illiterate, he took great interest in the arts and architecture; Fatehpur Sikri is one of his masterworks. Sadly, it served as capital for little more than a decade, eventually abandoned for lack of accessible water. Afterwards continue to Bharatpur. Upon arrival; check in to your hotel.

Afternoon: At leisure or choose to join the below optional tour.

Overnight in Bharatpur

Optional: Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary Tour By Bicycle/Paddle Rickshaws:

Enjoy an escorted visit to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary by bicycle/ paddle rickshaws. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is one of the finest bird parks in the world; Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (Keoladeo Ghana National Park) is a reserve that offers protection to faunal species as well. Nesting indigenous water- birds as well as migratory water birds and waterside birds, this sanctuary is also inhabited by Sambar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar.

Day 5: Jaipur

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: This morning drive to Jaipur "the City of Victory" was first intended to be "Sawai Jaipur" after the boy Prince who commissioned it - Maharaja Jai Singh II - a warrior, astronomer and politician who reigned over the Mughals from 1699 to 1743. Today's Jaipur is pink, visually described as the city shaded with the autumn colors of a sunset. On arrival, check into the hotel.

Afternoon: Enjoy an orientation tour of the city. Begin with a photo-stop at the Hawa Mahal often called the Palace of Winds and is a striking landmark. Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh specifically for the women in the royal family, this building allowed them to watch the city’s processions through tiny, latticed windows and balconies without ever being seen. Next visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory, a UNESCO World heritage site. It’s a stone astrological and astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century. Continue on to the City Palace Museum, home to a priceless collection of antiques, costumes and armory of the Mughals and Rajputs. It also has an art gallery that displays a collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit.

Overnight in Jaipur

Dinner: Authentic Rajasthani dinner

Day 6: Jaipur

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: This morning visit Amber Fort. Located approximately 11km outside Jaipur, this majestic monument was created using elements of both Hindu and Islamic architecture and design. Murals, frescos and paintings depict daily life of a bygone era on walls also etched with carvings and decorated with mosaics and mirror work. Afterwards pay a visit to the Galta Ji Temple a large Hindu temple complex that lies 10km to the east of Jaipur. These temples are a popular tourist attraction as they are home to a large colony of monkeys and this has given rise to the common name of the complex, the monkey temple. Galta Ji Jaipur is a unique Hindu temple as it is centered around a natural spring that has been channeled to fill seven large pools. In these pools pilgrims come to bath away their sins while, at quiet moments, the playful monkeys can be found swimming in the holy waters.

Afternoon: At leisure or choose to join the below optional tour.

Optional: Visit An Elephant Village In Jaipur (Day):

Visit an elephant village, home to approximately 100 Asiatic elephants. Here you will have the opportunity to interact with elephants, learn the ways to control an elephant, try your hand at painting like the elephants do and enjoy watching elephants’ bath before enjoying a ride on elephant back.

Day 7 : Kathmandu

This morning check out from hotel and drive towards Delhi International airport to connect flight for Kathmandu.

On arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check in.

Overnight stay.

Day 8 : Kathmandu

This morning visit Kathmandu’s Durbar Square one of three durbar (royal palace) squares in the Kathmandu Valley. It is the site of the Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex, which was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch still take place. The two-hectare (five-acre) palace complex is divided into two main chowks, or courtyards, and was initially constructed in the 16th century, although subsequent additions were made during the Shah (Gurkha) dynasty in the 18th century and by the Rana rulers in the 19th century. The palace is decorated with elaborately carved wooden windows and panels and houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum, dedicated to the monarch who opened up Nepal to the outside world and the Mahendra Museum, dedicated to his son, King Mahendra. It is also possible to visit the State Rooms inside the palace. At the southern end of Durbar Square is one of the most curious attractions in Nepal, the Kumari Chowk. This gilded cage contains the Raj Kumari, a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durba. She is worshipped during religious festivals and makes public appearances at other times for a fee paid to her guards. Then visit Swayambhunath the golden spire of the 5th-century. Swayambhu stupa is adorned with a colorful fluttering of prayer flags; it crowns a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley and offers fantastic views over the city of Kathmandu. Swayambhunath is one of the most recognizable symbols in Nepal and the painted eyes of Buddha watch all who ascend the worn stone steps. It is a World Heritage Site and one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal, and is at the source of the Valley’s mythical beginning. Legend has it that the history of the Valley began with the draining of an ancient lake by an Enlightened Being to reveal the Valley and a lotus flower was transformed into the hill and the shining light became the stupa itself. Swarms of pilgrims and red-clad monks circle the complex, spinning the prayer wheels, while the scores of monkeys that give the temple its nickname, Monkey Temple, prance about in irreverent groups. Interestingly the temple complex is scattered with shrines and statues of Buddhist and Hindu deities and the assortment of pilgrims from both faiths characterizes the country’s unique religious harmony.

This afternoon visit Patan not far from Kathmandu. Lalitpur, the city of beauty is separated from Kathmandu only by the Bagmati River and is the second largest town in the valley. Lalitpur is fragmented from other cities due to its substantive architectural ancient masterpieces. Patan's central Durbar Square is absolutely packed with temples: it’s an architectural center point with a far greater concentration of temples per square meter than Kathmandu or Bhaktapur. Krishna Mandir the grandest square was built in 1637 by the king Siddhinarsingh Malla. The entire temple is constructed from stone. The Golden Temple is a unique Buddhist Monastery was founded in the 12th century which is a large rectangular building has three roofs and a copper gilded facade with the images of Buddha and Avalokitesvara where there are Buddha images and illustrations on the walls. The square has been unrestrainedly adorned by the Bhimsen Temple, Manga Hiti, Vishwanath Temple, Jagannarayan Temple, Golden Temple and numerous. Take the pleasure of discovering this Patan Durbar Square which has been entitled in the World Heritage Site.

Overnight stay.

Day 9 : Kathmandu

This morning visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. Not only is Pashupatinath the most important Hindu temple in Nepal, its one of the most important Shiva temples on the subcontinent and draws numerous devotees from all over India each year. Pashupati is considered to have a special concern for the kingdom of Nepal. Pashupatinath, an ancient plinth by the banks of the holy Bagmati River, stands the 16th century of Pashupatinath Shiva, as Lord of all Creatures. The old buildings on the site were destroyed by Moslem invaders in the 14th century, its stone linga smashed to dust, but it rose again behind their retreating backs. Succeeding monarchs reinstated the temple and the images. The flowing Bagmati is a holy river and the ghats (crematorium) at its bank are the earnest Hindus truest cremation center. Bouddhanath is among the largest stupas in South Asia, and it has become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The white mound looms thirty-six meters overhead. The stupa is located on the ancient trade route to Tibet, and Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers here for many centuries. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many of them decided to live around Bouddhanath. They established many gompas, and the "Little Tibet" of Nepal was born. This "Little Tibet" is still the best place in the valley to observe Tibetan lifestyle. Monks walk about in maroon robes. Tibetans walk with prayer wheels in their hands, and the rituals of prostration are presented to the Buddha as worshippers circumambulate the stupa on their hands and knees, bowing down to their lord. This afternoon explore Bhaktapur Durbar Square a conglomeration of pagoda and shikhara style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal. The golden effigies of kings perched on the top of stone monoliths, the guardian deities looking out from their sanctuaries, the wood carvings in every place struts, lintels, uprights, tympanums, gateways and windows, all seem to form a well orchestrated symphony. The Golden Gate is said to be the most beautiful and richly molded specimen of its kind in the entire world. The door is surmounted by a figure of the goddess Kali and Garuda (the mythical man bird) and attended by two heavenly nymphs. It is also embellished with mythical creatures of marvelous intricacy, in the words of Percy Brown, an eminent English art critic and historian, the Golden Gate is the loveliest piece of art in the whole Kingdom. It is placed like a jewel, flashing innumerable facets in the handsome setting of its surroundings. The gate was erected by King Ranjit Malla and is the entrance of the main courtyard of the Palace of Fifty five Windows. The Palace of Fifty Five Windows is a magnificent palace built during the reign of King Yakshya Malla in A.D. 1427 and was subsequently remodeled by King Bhupatindra Malla in the seventeenth century. Among the brick walls with their gracious setting and sculptural design, is a balcony with Fifty five Windows, considered to be a unique masterpiece of woodcarving.

Day 10 : Final Departure

Today you will be transferred back to Tribhuwan International Airport for your onward flight.

Accommodation :
Hotels:
  • The Piccadily Janakpuri Hotel / New Delhi
  • Four Points by Sheraton Agra Hotel / Agra
  • Laxmi Villas Palace / Bharatpur
  • Indana Palace Jaipur / Jaipur 
  • Hotel Himalaya / Kathmandu
May-Sept
$ 975 Price Per Person
Oct-April
$ 1040 Price Per Person
  • Note: These prices are valid only for minimum 2 Persons

 

Dates:

  • 16th and 23rd January 2019
  • 6th and 20th Feburary 2019
  • 6th and 13th March 2019
  • 3rd, 10th and 17th April 2019
  • 1st, 15th and 22nd May 2019
  • 11th and 18th September 2019
  • 9th and 23rd October 
  • 6th and 20th Novomber 2019

 

Prices:

Tour price currency is set to USD but you can pay in Euro or British pound. The prices quoted per person per tour and prices are always updated to ensure you receive the best possible price. Prices valid all the year, except during Christmas 2018 and New Year 2019.

 

 

Child Policy:

- 0 - 4.99 Free of Charge

- 5 - 10 pay 25% of tour price

- 11 - 11.99 pay 50% of tour price

- 12+ pay full tour price as per adult person

 

Note: If the tour package includes flights, trains, jungle safari, private monument, an extra supplement will be applicable to the child.

 

 

Payment Policy: 

An invoice shall be generated, once received confirmation on a tour. The deposit 50% of the total cost, will be required at the time of confirmation. You can pay by bank transfer or credit card. This deposit counts as part of your final payment. The balance 50% is payable 30 days before the commencement of the tour plus any applicable insurance premiums. 

Note: Kindly note that in special cases wherein a hotel requires 100% payment in advance (during festive period i.e. Pushkar Fair, Christmas, New Year, etc.), will be payable along with 50% tour deposit. As per hotel policy, this amount will not be refundable.  

 

 

Tour Cancellation Policy:

You may cancel your booking at any time prior to commencement of the tour by notifying us in writing. The cancellation charges shall be as follows:

  • If you cancel before 45 days of tour commencement date, there will be no cancellation fees, except components which require per booking (train, flight and safaris).  
  • If you cancel on or before 44-30 days of tour commencement date, 25% of the entire tour price will be charged.
  • If you cancel on or before 29-15 days of tour commencement date, 50% of the entire tour price will be charged. 
  • Less than 14 Days before arrival 100% cancellation will be applicable. 


Changes By You: 

If you request any changes to your travel arrangements once we have confirmed a booking, all out of pocket charges, including charges imposed by our suppliers, will be payable by you. If after the commencement of your tour you request any changes to your travel arrangements, we will do our best to implement them, but we cannot guarantee that it will be possible. In the event of such change(s) being made, you will be liable for any cancellation charges that may be levied for the previously booked service and for any costs incurred by us and our suppliers in attempting to secure any revised arrangements. Any name changes must be provided to us in writing and are subject to any airline/ train fees or penalties.

 

Passports & Visa Fees:

All Passengers are responsible for securing proper documentation prior to joining the tour. Passports are required; in addition, travelers are advised to check with local consulates for full details regarding Visa requirements. Please note securing a valid visa for entry is sole responsibility of the traveler.

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