Offering an inspiring introduction to the Subcontinent, this journey combines northern India and Nepal's cultural and natural wonders, from ornate temples, magnificent Islamic architecture and marbled palaces to tropical jungles and the spectacular Himalaya.
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Arrive in Delhi and overnight at the Maidens Hotel. Afternoon tour of the architectural grandeur of Lutyens' New Delhi with highlights including the Parliament House, the War Memorial Arch and the Viceregal Palace. (N)
Explore Old Delhi on a morning guided tour to discover iconic sites such as the Red Fort, Jama Masjid mosque and Raj Ghat. Afternoon drive to Agra and stay at the Courtyard by Marriott for 2 nights. (B)
Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, a truly magical time to gaze in wonder at this ode to eternal love, built by Shah Jahan on the death of his bride Mumtaz Mahal. After breakfast, visit Agra Fort and in the visit Mehtab Bagh, to see the sun set over the Taj Mahal. (B)
Take the morning train to Jhansi and then travel by road to Orchha to explore the Bundela monuments, which are still in fairly good condition. Continue to Khajuraho for an overnight stay at Lalit Temple View. (B)
Explore the extraordinary temples at Khajuraho before taking a flight to Varanasi for a 2-night stay at Suryauday Haveli. Witness the evening Aarti ceremony performed every night on the banks of River Ganges at sunset (B)
Take an early morning boat ride along the river Ganges and see the famous bathing 'ghats', the stone steps which lead down to the river where the gathered faithful ritually cleanse themselves. Optional afternoon walking tour along the Bengali Tola Riverside. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to Kathmandu via Delhi. Stay 3 nights at the Soaltee Crowne Plaza. Following day at leisure. (B)
Morning tour of Kathmandu, including Durbar Square and the Golden Swayambhunath stupa. In the afternoon visit Bhaktapurm the most medieval city in Nepal and one of the three kingdoms of the Mallas. Here you visit Lion Gate, the Gallery, the Golden Gate and the Palace of 55 Windows. (B)
After breakfast, travel by road to Chitwan National Park for 2 nights at the Taj Meghauli Serai. Containing a sizeable wildlife population, Chitwan was once a centre for hunting trips that were popular with the British and Nepali aristocrats. Afternoon jungle walk. (B, L, D)
Early morning elephant-back safari in search of rhinos and tigers followed by a boat safari in small dug-out style boats. You may spot marsh crocodiles, fresh water dolphin, otter and a wide variety of birds along the Narayani River. Afternoon 4x4 wildlife safari. (B, L, D)
Drive to Pokhara and stay 2 nights at the Shangri- La Village Resort. Afternoon tour of Pokhara which includes visits to the city, new market, Tibetan Camp, Gupteshwar Cave, Seti Gorge and Devi Fall. (B)
Morning trek to the World Peace Stupa for views over Pokhara and the Himalaya. Continue on foot to Phewa lake and take a boat back to Pokhara. Afternoon at leisure with optional walking tours in the beautiful surrounding area. (B)
Travel back to Kathmandu. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Soaltee Crowne Plaza. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Located within a short driving distance from the Taj Mahal, the Courtyard Marriot Agra offers and spacious rooms and suites decorated with modern touches. The expansive lawns and the outdoor swimming pool provide the perfect setting to relax in and the hotel has four different dining options, featuring both Indian and international cuisine.
Features: 194 rooms, Wi-Fi, outdoor swimming pool, gym, 4 restaurants and a bar.
Room amenities: Air-conditioning, flat-screen TV, safe, tea & coffee making facilities, minibar and en suite...
Built in 1903, The Maidens hotel is a jewel of colonial architecture set amid three hectares of emerald-green lawns which has retained its old world charm down the years. Conveniently located, the hotel is 24 km from the airport and 10km from Connaught Place, the main shopping and commercial centre. Rooms are well-appointed and spacious featuring all the amenities of a modern international hotel.
Features: 54 rooms, Wi-Fi, 3 restaurants, bar, outdoor terrace and swimming pool.
Room amenities: Flat-screen TV, safe, radio-alarm, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities and en-suite...
The Shangri-La Village Resort is set in the heart of Pokhara, beneath the magnificent Annapurna mountain range. The hotel has been inspired by the style of rural Nepalese village life, with all 65 rooms offering mountain views. Dining options range from Oriental to Indian, as well as a selection of Continental cuisine. Other facilities include a swimming pool, and yoga and fitness...
Soaltee Crowne Plaza is considered a landmark within the Kathmandu cityscape and is spread over 11 acres of manicured gardens with views of the mountain ranges. It is situated in the suburbs of Tahachal just a short drive from the city centre. The hotel has 283 rooms, all equipped with central air conditioning, and attached bathrooms, satellite television, tea & coffee making facilities and a mini bar. The Soaltee boasts five world-class restaurants offering continental, French, Oriental, Italian & Indian style meals (including the excellent tandoor meals, using recipes and methods preserved since medieval ages). The hotel offers a wide selection of facilities including a swimming pool, health club, eight-lane bowling alley and Nepal's oldest and largest casino.
The hotel is building a new coffee shop and a water purification plant and is refurbishing the Garden Terrace restaurant....
Perched on the Shivala Ghats, overlooking the sacred Ganges River, Suryauday Haveli, a 20th century retreat was originally built for the elderly pilgrims by the Royal family of Nepal. Sensitively restored, the 14 simply furnished rooms and suites enjoy spectacular views of the Ghats and are ideal for those seeking to absorb the spirit and legacy of the holy city of Varanasi. The Terrace restaurant, which serves only vegetarian food, does not have a menu and the guests are usually treated to a chef's choice menu...
Perched on the edge of the Rapti river and the Chitwan National Park, the Taj Meghauli offers luxury accommodation with a backdrop of spectacular landscapes and regular wildlife sightings including rhinos and crocodiles. There is a choice of activities, from elephant back safaris to sunset river canoeing.
Features: Swimming pool, restaurant overlooking the river, Wi-Fi, games room, fitness centre, bar / lounge, library, gift shop.
Room amenities: Television, air conditioning, safe...
The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho is a boutique hotel situated only 500 metres from the western group of Chandela Temples, a Unesco world heritage site. The hotel is located 7km from the airport.
A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the Lalit Temple View has 48 rooms and suites all featuring modern amenities such as air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, a safe, satellite TV, minibar and wireless internet access.
The hotel spa offers a range of therapies including customised yoga sessions. Other facilities include a multi-cuisine restaurant, bar, swimming pool and fitness...
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the epic Mahabharata. It was in the...
Located within an hour’s drive of Bharatpur airport, Royal Chitwan National Park covers...
The Indian capital, is steeped in a glorious, but turbulent, history. In the pulsating old city...
A thousand years ago, in the heart of India,
artisans of the Chandela dynasty built...
The capital of the ancient mountain kingdom of Nepal, Kathmandu has the air of a medieva...
The peaceful town of Pokhara lies on the shores on Nepal’s second largest lake, Phewa...
Set on the riverbanks of the sacred
Ganges, Varanasi is one of the oldest cities