DELHI, AGRA, RANTHAMBORE, JAIPUR, VARANASI & KATHMANDU
Rich traditions. Inspiring culture. Incredible architecture. Celebrated sights and more! So much awaits on this air-inclusive India and Nepal tour featuring passionate guides, immersive activities, and comprehensive sightseeing. We’ve mapped out an exciting itinerary that brings you through India’s most quintessential cities including Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Varanasi. Delight in everything this country has to offer—from rickshaw rides and heritage-focused experiences to the iconic Taj Mahal and beautiful tigers at Ranthambore National Park. After reaching Nepal, spend time exploring the spiritual and scenic areas of Kathmandu and Patan. You’ll enjoy profound experiences like admiring treasured stupas and shrines, meeting ex-Kumari (former child deities), and visiting The Bamboo School Project, a program that builds schools for underprivileged children in the area.
- 3 nights in Delhi
- 2 nights in Agra
- 2 nights in Ranthambore
- 2 nights in Jaipur
- 2 nights in Varanasi
- 1 night in Delhi
- 3 nights in Kathmandu
- Optional 3-night extension to Mumbai
- Cooking demonstration and in-home special welcome dinner
- Heritage Boat Ride in Delhi
- Rickshaw Ride through Jaipur
- Safari Experience in Ranthambore
- Visit the Ranthambore School of Art
- Amber Fort
- Varanasi, the holiest city in India
- Sunrise Boat Ride on the Ganges River
- Traditional Aarti Ceremony at Birla Mandir
- The Bamboo School Project in Kathmandu
- Nepali dance performance
- Elephanta Caves
- Gateway of India
- Crawford Market
- Round-trip airfare from New York (EWR)
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Intra-India and Nepal flights and ground transportation
- Accommodations at superior first-class hotels
- 21 meals: 15 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours as per itinerary
- Experienced, English-speaking Tour Director
Your journey to India and Nepal begins as you depart on your flight from New York to Delhi.
Arrive in Delhi. Tonight, meet your tour director, and be escorted to the hotel.
Le Meridien (or similar)
Following breakfast at the hotel, begin an exciting day of sightseeing! Starting in Old Delhi, you’ll take a fun rickshaw ride past the magnificent Red Fort and around the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. We’ll also bring you to visit the Raj Ghat a memorial site for Mahatma Gandhi. Later, explore New Delhi and see iconic sights including Qutub Minar, India Gate, the Birla Mandir (temple), President’s House, and more. In the evening, walk down Janpath Road to Connaught Place and then get a taste of the local life with a visit to an Indian home for a cooking demonstration…
Today we will bring you to tour the impressive Akshardham temple, which features a blend of architectural styles from across India and was constructed entirely from Rajasthani pink sandstone and Italian Carrara marble. You’ll find yourself in awe of its height and carved details of flora, fauna, dancers, musicians, and deities covering its surfaces from top to bottom. Afterwards, enjoy exhibitions show, which include insightful films and even a heritage-focused boat ride! You’ll then have lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure…
Depart from Delhi and head to Agra. Here you’ll experience the famed Taj Mahal! Visit this opulent mausoleum, which is one of India’s greatest feats of Mughal architecture, and make unforgettable memories as you learn its stories and stroll the dazzling landscape for fabulous photo ops.
Jaypee Palace (or similar) | Breakfast
After breakfast, head to Agra Fort, another architectural gem, to explore its amazing red-stoned walls, unique decor, and picturesque courtyards of this old-world structure that also serves as cherished royal tomb. After, the day is free for independent exploration—admire more stunning buildings, shop for souvenirs, or try local cuisine at nearby restaurants.
Jaypee Palace (or similar) | Breakfast
Today you’ll hop on a train to Bharatpur. Along the way, stop to explore Fatehpur Sikri, a former capital city brimming with red sandstone buildings. You’ll have the chance to see Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chishti, Panch Mahal, and more. After our sightseeing and free time for an independent lunch, we’ll board the train bound for Sawaimadhopur. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and enjoy some free time in the scenic surroundings. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Jungle Vilas (or similar) | Breakfast, Dinner
Rise and shine for an early morning drive to the wildlife sanctuary at Ranthambore National Park. Join a local naturalist guide in search of elusive tigers as well as hyenas, jackals, and foxes. The park features a variety of structures throughout, including a huge hilltop fort that reminds you of an ancient era. The park is truly a wildlife enthusiasts and photographer’s dream, with tigers roaming in their scenic natural habitat. Following your adventurous safari, visit the Ranthambore School of Art at Sawai Madhopur, an internationally-acknowledged institution where students and…
After breakfast we’ll check out and visit to the Dhonk Village. Here, you can browse beautiful handicrafts, clothing, and more made by locals who try to live more sustainably near Ranthambore. You’ll also pay a visit to the Dastkar Project, a program that utilizes the unique talents of the displaced villagers, especially women, to create traditional crafts and goods, thus generating income for the region. Afterwards we’ll have some free time for an independent lunch before continuing by to Jaipur, India’s “Pink City”, famous for its exquisite buildings built of…
Begin today with breakfast and a rejuvenating yoga session! Later, venture out to Amber Fort, located in Amer, the ancient capital of Rajasthan. You’ll ride to the top of the hill where the fort is perched and a local expert will guide you through its magnificent ramparts and watchtowers, which command spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the lake below. Visit the ornate chambers and hallways of the palace which are famous for their unique architecture and decoration. Returning to Jaipur, enjoy a rickshaw ride through the picturesque old town and past the Palace of Winds,…
Today, we’ll board a flight that brings you to our next destination, Varanasi, the holiest city in India. Upon arrival, you’ll be assisted and escorted to your hotel, where you’ll have time to settle in and unwind.
Radisson Hotel Varanasi | Breakfast
Early in the morning you’ll embark on a captivating boat excursion along the Ganges to admire people worshipping on the ghats (steps) and in the water of the river. Next, we’ll bring you on a short walking tour through the alleys and temples of the Old Town and then return to the hotel for breakfast. Later in the day, visit the brocading center to see workers using the old style of brocade weaving. You’ll also tour the Sanarth, a fabled village outside Varanasi, where you’ll see Pillars of Ashoka, Dhamek Stupa, and Mahabodhi’ Buddha temple, and more. In the evening,…
Today, depart Varanasi and fly back to Delhi where you’ll be escorted to your hotel. After some downtime, take a visit to Bangla Sahib, a very prominent Sikh house of worship, and wander around the enchanting Lotus Temple. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Pride Plaza (or similar) | Breakfast
Say goodbye to India as you depart on your flight from Delhi to Kathmandu in Nepal. Be picked up and escorted from the airport to your hotel.
Radisson Hotel Kathmandu | Breakfast
Wake up to the beauty of the Himalayan Mountains and mesmerizing temples surrounding you! On your comprehensive tour today, explore the most remarkable places around Kathmandu. At Bhaktapur Durbar Square discover the Palace of 55 Windows, it’s gorgeous Golden Gate, and the National Art Museum housed inside. Next, head to Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrine and one of the subcontinent’s great Shiva sites. Then, visit Boudhanath, one of the country’s most distinctive and legendary stupas. Round out the day with an immersive experience that introduces you to ex-Kumari…
Enjoy another day of enriching experiences throughout the region! Take a morning drive to the Swayambhunath Stupa, the most ancient and enigmatic of the Valley’s holy shrines. You’ll then visit Budhanilkantha, considered the largest stone statue of Lord Vishnu in Nepal. Later, enjoy a visit to Patan Durbar Square, which showcases Newari urban architecture and temples devoted to Shiva, Krishna, Ganesh, and Vishnu all of which are actively visited by Nepalis and visitors alike. Visit the Bamboo School, and learn about a project that builds schools out of bamboo with the goal to provide…
Today you transfer back to Delhi to connect to your flight back home to the U.S.
Your grand journey through India and Nepal ends as you arrive back in U.S.
- From approx. $899 Per Person
Today you transfer back to Delhi to connect to your flight to Mumbai. You’ll be met and escorted to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.
President, Mumbai – IHCL SeleQtions or similar | Breakfast
After breakfast this morning we’ll journey about one hour’s boat ride to Elephant Island to see the Elephanta Caves, named for the stone elephant they found here. The temples here were carved during the Golden Age of the Gupta period and are predominantly dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Here we’ll find beautifully carved statues with the most outstanding being the Maheshmurthy or Timothy, an eighteen-foot high three headed bust hewn from a single rock and representing the three aspects of Shiva: the Creator, the Preserver, and the Destroyer.
Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Mumbai independently.
This morning is at your leisure. Later today we transfer to the airport for your flight back home to the U.S.
Arrive back in the U.S. today full of memories of your India & Nepal adventure!
Le Meridien New Delhi
- New Delhi
New Delhi, New Delhi, 110001, India
Jaypee Palace Hotel
Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003, India
Crowne Plaza Jaipur
Sitapura Industrial Area, Tonk Road,
Jaipur, India 302022
Radisson Hotel Varanasi
The Mall Cantonment
Uttar Pradesh 221002, Varanasi Cantt, Banaras, India
Pride Plaza Delhi
The Pride Hotel 908
Dalamal tower, 211, Nariman Point
Mumbai- 400021, India
Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
President, Mumbai - IHCL SeleQtions
Located in the posh neighborhood of Cuffe Parade, South Mumbai, this hotel is close to several places of interest in the city, like Gateway of India, Marine Drive, World Trade Centre and Maker Towers to name a few.
Your departure flights from the U.S. and back are on the below airlines with the corresponding schedules. We recommend you arrive no later than three-and-a-half hours before your scheduled departure time.
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting domestic flight. We recommend at least three-and-a-half hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.
|2020: Nov. 1||United Airlines||Newark (EWR)||9:00PM||4:30AM|
|2020: Nov. 22, Dec. 20||United Airlines||Newark (EWR)||TBA||TBA|
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
The above airlines do not assign seats in advance. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check-in. If you have a preferred seating choice, please make sure you check-in for your flight as early as possible. Airlines typically do not offer any frequent flyer miles for passengers traveling on a group fare.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. American passport holders must be in possession of a valid visa for India. To obtain a visa for India, you can contact the Indian Consulate visa processing agency “Cox & Kings Global Services (CKGS)” directly by visiting their website at http://www.in.ckgs.us or by calling them at 1-516-206-1483 or 1-646-589-0088. Alternatively, we arranged an alternate visa processing service “CIBT” to facilitate this for you for an additional handling fee. Please use the following link to download instructions and forms at http://www.cibt.com/home.aspx?Login=50002. You may also contact CIBT at 1-800-406-1523 to have a form mailed to you. If you have any questions regarding obtaining your visa, you may call CIBT directly. Also, please note that visa procedures may change at any time. You should check directly with CKGS (http://www.in.ckgs.us), or if using CIBT online at www.cibt.com, for the most up to date instructions before submitting your paperwork. We strongly suggest that you immediately familiarize yourself with the visa requirements and that you have all the necessary documentation as soon as possible. When asked for Reference Name, Address & Phone, please use the following: Le Meridien New Delhi, Windsor Place, New Delhi, New Delhi, 110001, India, Phone: (91-11) 2371 0101. However, it is still recommended that you apply for the India visa at least 60 days before departure. Nepal visas are granted on arrival at Kathmandu airport. To obtain your Nepal visa on arrival you’ll need to present your actual passport, a visa application form (which will be mailed to you with your final travel documents), one passport size photo and visa fee of $30 (subject to change). Non U.S Citizens should check directly with the India and Nepalese consulates as to the most current visa requirements. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instruction and additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.
Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you should consult your personal physician, local public health authorities or the Center of Disease Control (CDC) as to their suggestions.
In April and October India daytime temperatures average in the 80’s and 90’s; from November through March in the upper 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Overnight temperatures are cooler. Nepal temperatures are normally about 10-20° less than what you will experience in India. The rainy season is normally during the summer months (Jun-Aug). We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of casual separates with climate and comfort in mind.
The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants. The average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20 – $25 per meal per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars. Your hotel will be able to exchange cash to local currency for you. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (maximum 44 pounds) and one carry-on piece (maximum 15 pounds) not to exceed 18”x10”x8”. The limit for checked-in luggage for your flights from Kathmandu to Delhi is 20 kilograms (or 44 pounds), which is the same as the restriction for the entire tour, and a fee of $5 USD per each additional kilogram will apply. The limit for checked-in luggage for the extension flight from Delhi to Mumbai is 15 kilograms (maximum 33 pounds) and the limit for carry on luggage for the extension flight from Delhi to Mumbai is 7 kilograms (or just over 15 pounds). Please also note that your carry-on luggage will be subject to the fee of $5 USD per each additional kilogram over 7 kilograms (or just over 15 pounds) for your Delhi/Kathmandu/Delhi flights.