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North India and Nepal

Delhi, India, Southern Asia, Asia

From £785 for 12 nights
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"Visiting India or Nepal is on many people's bucket list, here is the chance to do both on one tour! Trust us, this trip appeals to anyone!"

Travelling from Delhi to Kathmandu is an unforgettable experience. From the spectacular forts and palaces of Jaipur and the world-famous Taj Mahal, to the rare wildlife of Nepal’s Chitwan National Park, this tour between two national capitals is bursting with cultural and natural highlights. Your journey begins in India’s vibrant capital, Delhi, with a sightseeing tour that introduces you to this great city’s rich cultural heritage. Delve deep into the heart of Old Dehli, visiting India’s largest mosque, the bustling Chandni Chowk market and the Rajghat, a memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

Continuing to India’s Pink City, Jaipur, you’ll discover glittering palaces, busy bazaars and elegant architecture that hints at the city’s glorious past. Rajasthan’s colourful capital is a real treat for the eyes! Take an early morning ‘bucket-list’ trip to the Taj Mahal, watching as the ivory-white marble changes hue with the rising of the sun. Next, journey by overnight train to Varanasi (an experience in itself!), where you’ll witness the spectacle of the riverside rituals performed on the Ghats of the Ganges. Crossing the border into Nepal, you’ll visit the birthplace of Buddha and the fantastic Chitwan National Park, famed for its rare Indian one-horned rhino population. Your tour concludes in Kathmandu; discover ancient temples and shrines, and explore historic sites. A fitting finale!

Active India Holidays are local operators and, as such, have seen first-hand the benefits that tourism can bring to some of India’s most remote regions. They understand that tourism often helps to alleviate poverty and develop communities and, as part of the global tourism industry, acknowledge that they too have a crucial role to play in providing commercial benefits and financial impetus in local communities. The company is conscious of both the negative and positive impacts its operations potentially have within sensitive environments and communities, particularly in the Himalayas where most of Active India’s trekking and adventure operations are conducted.

To ensure that they operate in as responsible a way as possible, Active India trains all of its tour leaders and support staff on sustainability practices. One example is their ‘Leave no Trace’ policy, which ensures that campsites and trails are left free from any waste. The company even extends this policy to include the waste left by travellers who have come before them, collecting and disposing of any extra rubbish in a safe manner. Active India hopes to contribute towards building a tourism industry that brings pleasure to travellers whilst also constructing a future for the local people and places that the industry depends on.

Day 1

Arrival in Delhi: Arrive at Delhi’s international airport and receive a traditional welcome before transferring to your hotel. Rest and rejuvenate, ready for the start of your thrilling tour tomorrow!

Day 2

Delhi - Jaipur: Get to know the bustling walled city of Old Delhi with a sightseeing tour after breakfast. Visit India’s biggest mosque, the 17th century Jama Masjid, as well as the Rajghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Experience the hustle and bustle of Chandni Chowk, a typical Indian market alive with activity. Next, proceed to Jaipur, India’s ‘Pink City’. Rajasthan’s colourful capital is one of the most important cities in India, and has a rich cultural heritage. Explore Jaipur’s busy bazaars in the evening.

Day 3

Jaipur: Indulge in some sightseeing, travelling to the ancient capital of Amer after breakfast. Visit its famous Amber Fort, situated on top of a hill, before proceeding to City Palace where you’ll admire the architectural blend of Rajasthani and Mughal influences. Continue to Jantar Mantar, an 18th century Solar Observatory that is able to measure time to within two seconds using the movement of the sun. Visit the pink sandstone Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), built in 1799 to allow royal ladies to observe processions and festivities through the palace’s windows without being seen by the public.

Day 4

Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra: Continue to Agra, stopping by at the deserted royal city of Fatehpur Sikri en route. The impressive well-preserved fortress was once a political capital, until it was abandoned due to a lack of water. Proceed to Agra, a bustling city on the banks of the river Yamuna, and check in to your hotel. Rest for a while before exploring the bazaars in the evening, watching as artisans craft wonders using marble-inlay work.

Day 5

Agra – Varanasi: Rise early to visit the incredible Taj Mahal at sunrise. This magnificent white-marble monument symbolises the eternal love of the 5th Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in the 16th century BCE. A visit to the incredible Taj Mahal never fails to leave a visitor totally captivated. Later, visit Agra Fort, which blends Rajput and Mughal architecture, and could be more accurately described as a walled palatial city. At the end of the day transfer to the railway station to board the overnight train to Varanasi – taking the train is a memorable experience in itself!

Day 6

Varanasi: Arrive in Varanasi in the morning and check in to your hotel. One of the seven holiest cities in India, Varanasi is at the centre of the Hindu Universe. Located on the banks of the sacred Ganges, the city is always full of thousands of pilgrims, religious elders and casual visitors. Explore Varanasi’s labyrinthine lanes, visit temples and observe riverside rituals performed by devotees. In the evening, take a boat ride along the river to witness the fantastic evening aarti (prayer) before returning to the hotel.

Day 7

Varanasi: Varanasi proudly holds the title of ‘the oldest living city of the world’ and is the holiest city for Hindus. Rising early, you’ll take a boat out onto the Ganges just before dawn to witness the events taking place on the Ghats (the steps that lead down to the river). Here, thousands of Hindu pilgrims and devotees visit the city every day to offer prayers and to purify themselves in the holy river. In the afternoon you’ll drive to Sarnath, where it is believed that Buddha delivered his first sermon; Sarnath is therefore one of the most sacred places for followers of Buddhism.

Day 8

Varanasi – Lumbini: Board a private bus and set off for Nepal. This breathtaking drive takes you across the northern plains, passing by scattered towns and typical villages. Crossing the border, you’ll continue along the ‘terai’, a narrow plain that runs along the country’s southern lowlands. A short drive brings you to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, where you’ll spend the night. Relax after a long day of driving!

Day 9

Lumbini – Chitwan: Visit the sacred Lumbini Garden and the famous Maya Devi Temple (where Buddha was born) after breakfast. The temple is an important pilgrimage site, and also attracts many archaeologists. The Ashoka pillar, situated to the west of the Maya Devi shrine, dates back to 249 BCE and is Nepal’s oldest monument. After your visit, drive east to Chitwan. Chitwan National Park and the surrounding forest area provide fantastic wildlife-watching opportunities, with animals including tigers, leopards, sloth bears and a host of different bird species.

Day 10

Chitwan National Park: Teeming with wildlife including the rare one-horned rhinoceros, leopard, Freshwater dolphin, crocodile and the iconic Royal Bengal Tiger, Chitwan National Park is one of Asia’s best. Chitwan translates as ‘Heart of the Jungle’ – take an early morning nature walk through the forest and enjoy optional activities such as a canoe trip or jungle trek.

Day 11

Chitwan – Kathmandu: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing for Kathmandu. Admire the beautifully scenic drive before arriving late in the afternoon. Relax or explore at your own pace to get a sense of the city’s character.

Day 12

Kathmandu: Take a full day tour of Kathmandu. Visit the world’s largest Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath Temple. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the temple is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River. Next, visit the enormous Boudhanath stupa, one of the world’s largest Buddhist shrines and a religious centre for Nepal’s large Tibetan population. Finally, wander around Durbar Square and admire its Malla and Shah palaces.

Day 13

Tour Concludes: Check out of the hotel and transfer to Kathmandu’s international airport for your onward flight.

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  • Refunds: 80% refund available until 30 days prior to check-in; 50% refund available 15 days prior to check-in; 25% refund available 6 days prior to check-in; within 5 days of check-in there will be no refund.

Included

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfasts
  • 1 x boat ride along the Ganges
  • English speaking monument sightseeing guides at cities
  • All land transport
  • Government service tax as applicable

Excluded

  • Travel insurance
  • Indian visa fees
  • Any monument entrance fees
  • Flights (domestic/international)
  • Any optional activities or services not mentioned in inclusions
  • Services of any professional English speaking tour leader/escort during the tour
  • Miscellaneous expenses for tips, laundry, drinks, any medical emergencies and souvenirs etc.

Area & Location

Area/Country:
Delhi
Local currencies:
INR
Time Change:
UTC+05:30

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