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Classic India and Nepal Tour


14 days 13 nights

Code NI-NP

Category North India Classic Tours

  • Difficulty Level 2
  • Rating Popular
  • Trip Starts From Delhi, India
  • Trip Ends At Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Accommodation Hotels
  • Type Tours
  • Destination Delhi Jaipur Agra Kathmandu Chitwan Pokhara
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Overview

Visit India’s Golden Triangle: Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra and Nepal's major tourist destinations: Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and Chitwan National Park in two weeks. The tour starts in Delhi- the capital city of India- the center of politics, administration, and commerce, yet has some historical and cultural heritage sites to offer such as Red Fort, Jame Mosque, Qutub Minar, to name a few. Next, we travel to Jaipur-the capital city of Rajasthan- the land of Maharaja where we visit the majestic Amer Fort, picturesque Hawa Mahal, City Palace -the residence of the former royal family and vibrant markets. On the way to Agra, we will stop to visit the historical step well and the ruined capital of Fatehpur Sikri. Finally, the Taj Mahal- one of the eight wonders of the modern world-simply a poem in marble. From Agra, we will return to Delhi, and after an overnight here, we fly to Kathmandu- the capital city of Nepal.

In Kathmandu Valley, we will explore the UNESCO recognized world heritage sites that include the Durbar Squares, Hindu temples, and Buddhist monasteries. The palaces and temples here exhibit the most excellent examples of woodcarving, stone sculptures, and metal works! A short flight from Kathmandu whisks us to Chitwan National Park- in the southern lowland of Nepal-home to endangered rhinoceros, elusive Royal Bengal tiger, and much other wildlife. From Chitwan, we travel northwest to Pokhara- renowned as the capital of nature- boasts lakes, cave, gorge, rolling hills, and Himalaya mountains.

A short flight brings us back to Kathmandu for your return flight back home.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Arrive in Delhi

After clearing immigration and custom, meet our local representative at the arrival gate and transfer to the hotel for check in.

Overnight: Jaypee Siddharth Palace
Day 02~Explore attractions of Delhi

After breakfast, with your guide and driver, set out to explore the attractions of Delhi. We first visit Old Delhi which is the former center of Mughal power offering ancient monuments, narrow streets, and bustling markets. Begin from Raj Ghat which is a shrine built in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi who is considered to be the father of India.

Continue to the Red Fort which was built in 1648 by the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan who is famous for his magnificent edifice of love, the Taj Mahal. Also, see the biggest mosque in India the Jama Masjid, constructed by Shah Jahan in 1658 and can accommodate 20,000 devotees at one time. You will take a cycle-rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk to see the vibrant markets.

In the afternoon, visit the Akshardham Temple Complex which is the latest addition to the architectures of Delhi, opened in 2005. The complex features a pavilion for cleansing ritual, a water show, a thematic garden, three exhibitions and the principal temple which rise 141-foot high, spans 316-foot wide and extends 356-foot long. Intricately carved with flora, fauna, dancers, musicians, and deities, the temple is an extravaganza work of 7000 artisans and 3000 volunteers!

Now, we return to the city center and visit the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, situated in the heart of New Delhi's Connaught Place area. It's one of the essential Sikh Temples. Initially, the bungalow of Raja Jai Singh of the 17th century, the Gurdwara and its pool (also called Sarovar) are now a place of great worship for Sikhs.

Enjoy the balance of the day strolling through the markets of Janpath.

Overnight: Hotel Jaypee Siddharth
Meals : Breakfast
Day 03~Travel to Jaipur

175 miles, 6 hours

Following breakfast, we will leave for Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan state.

About 82 miles from Delhi, we will take a short break and take a chance to visit the Neemrana Fort Palace which has been converted to a hotel now. We will have our lunch here (included). They also have a zip lining if you are an adventure enthusiast and want to try.

Upon arrival in Jaipur, check into your accommodation and the rest of the day is open for rest. If time permits, you can ask your driver to drop you off in the market to get the feel of the city.

Overnight: Holiday Inn City Center
Meals : Breakfast
Day 04~Explore the fort, palaces and markets of Jaipur

After breakfast, we set out for the exploration of Jaipur.

We begin from Amber Fort- an ancient citadel- situated atop of a high hill above the village. It served as the capital of the ruling Kachhawa clan of Amber from 1037 to 1727 AD. The fort is an artistic blend of Hindu and Mughal elements. The fort can be reached on foot through stairways, by a 4WD vehicle, or you can take a ride on an elephant's back if available! Once on top, you will be amazed by the massive structure and the exquisite paintings on the walls depicting the temperament of the Rajputs, who were adventurous, revolutionary and self-indulgent. There are intricate carvings on the walls and ceilings and minute mirror work to the grand appearance and royalty of the halls.

We will spend a reasonable amount of time exploring the fort, the grand entrances, courtyards, the chambers of the King, their Queens, and concubines, and the secret pathways; each piece of architecture carries the heroic stories of the battles they fought, friendship and rivalry, and the love and romance. Overwhelmed by the massiveness of the fort and its stories, we will descend to the parking and continue remaining sightseeing.

We retrace our drive back to the city and on the way, stop at Hawa Mahal - known for its high screen facade through which the women of the palace could gaze out in the street without being seen by the outsiders! The castle-built of red and pink sandstone is one of the most photographed architectures of Jaipur.

Our next destination is the City Palace - a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The place is now a museum except for one section where still reside the erstwhile royal family. Nearby is the Jantar Mantar -an observatory with a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments.

In the evening, enjoy your free time exploring the markets of Jaipur. Jaipur is a shopper's paradise and known for jewelry, garments, rugs and other arts and crafts.

Overnight: Holiday Inn City Center
Meals : Breakfast
Day 05~Travel to Agra via Chand Baori Step well and Fatehpur Sikri.

We have a long day today; so, we have an early start. About 60 miles from Jaipur city, we will take a detour of Chand Baori, an ancient step well, built in between 800 and 900 A.D. The land of Rajasthan is extremely dry, and drinking water was always scarce. So, the king Chanda ordered the construction of the step well that could conserve water as much as possible for the people. The step-well consists of 3,500 small steps over 13 stories and extends 100 ft deep into the ground. It's one of the fascinating architectures of India and worth visiting.

Our next stop will be at the abandoned capital of Fatehpur Sikri, about 25 miles before Agra. Built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar during 1570 and 1585, the citadel is one of the finest examples of the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Shortly after its completion, as the small, spring-fed lake that supplied the city with water dried, and probably its border with the Rajputana areas in the North-West, which were increasingly in chaos, the emperor abandoned Fatehpur Sikri, moving his capital to Lahore, currently in Pakistan.

We will arrive in Agra late afternoon. Check into your room and the rest of the time is at leisure.

Optional: Visit Taj Mahal by moonlight. Taj Mahal is open for moonlight visit with prior permission. It's open from 2 days before and until two days after the full moon night but closed on Friday.

Overnight: Four Points By Sheraton
Meals : Breakfast
Day 06~The ultimate Taj Mahal

Wake up early morning before dawn to visit the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal during sunrise is very exhilarating and has less traffic and will be quieter at this time. As you approach the mausoleum, it appears as if it is floating on the horizon, overwhelming, spectacular, and incredibly beautiful! As the day breaks, the tomb bathes in the golden glow of the rising sun; the beauty of the Taj Mahal holds your gaze and makes you speechless!

The Taj Mahal was built in the mid-17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, allowing 22 years and using the labor of 20,000 men to build. The white marble was transported by a fleet of 1000 elephants from 200 miles away. The Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. You will spend about 2 hours at this fantastic creation and then return to the hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast, visit the Agra Fort which is another example of impressive Mughal architecture that became the base of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Initiated by Emperor Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River and other significant constructions were done by Emperor Shah Jahan. The Agra Fort is a vast fortified city extended in 94-acres (380,000 sq. m) of land, with its chord lying parallel to the Yamuna River and its walls seventy feet high. It's ironic that towards the end of his life, Shah Jahan, who built Taj Mahal, was imprisoned in the fort by his son and was left to die while watching the Taj Mahal for the remainder of his days.

Afternoon, we drive back to Delhi (125 miles/05 hrs.).

Overnight: Jaypee Siddharth Palace
Meals : Breakfast
Day 07~Flight to Kathmandu

After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport in time for the flight to Kathmandu.

After introductions, your guide and driver will transfer you to your hotel in the city (35 minutes). After wash up and change, proceed for sightseeing.

First, visit Swayambhunath Stupa - the 2000-year-old Buddhist monument situated atop a hillock on the western fringe of the city. The stupa is associated with the evolution of the Kathmandu valley. The monument complex includes the stupa, an array of small shrines, temples, and monasteries. Swayambhunath is a popular pilgrimage destination for Buddhist as well as Hindu followers, and we will have an opportunity to watch the rituals performed by them.

The stupa complex also offers a panoramic view of the valley and perhaps Himalayan mountains on a clear weather day.

From here, we descend and drive to the Kathmandu Durbar Square in the heart of the city. Several of the temples and palace complex here is devastated by the last earthquake, but we are still able to see many other structures here. We will visit the Kumari House, among other temples. The house has rich wood carving at its door, windows, and balconies but more importantly, this is the residence of Kumari - the living goddess of Nepal! We will request for the glimpse of the goddess who briefly appears in the balcony if she is available.

We will take leisurely walk through the streets of Indrachowk and Ason - the traditional business hub and end up in Thamel - the popular tourist destination for budget accommodations, restaurants, and handicraft stores.

In the evening, enjoy a Nepali welcome dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant. The restaurant also entertains the guests by Nepali folklore dancing.

Overnight: Maya Manor Boutique Hotel
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 08~Explore the cultural heritages of Kathmandu Valley

After breakfast, meet your guide at your hotel lobby and proceed for sightseeing.

Our first stop will be at Boudhanath Stupa - the largest Buddhist monument of Nepal and the holiest Buddhist temple outside Tibet. The area is dominated mainly by Tibetan refugees and reminds of Barkhor Square of Lhasa, Tibet.

Next, we proceed to Bhaktapur, about 10 miles northeast of Kathmandu. Bhaktapur is the smallest of the three medieval principalities but the best-preserved one. With stone-paved streets, old looking houses and temples, the city looks like an open-air museum. We visit the durbar square with the former palace complex. Other attractions of Bhaktapur include the 5-storied Nyatapola Temple that survived two significant earthquakes, Dattatreya square with Dattatreya Temple and Pujarimath Complex. Stroll through the narrow cobbled lanes between the private dwellings and also visit the potter's square. We stop by the workshops of local carvers and painters and appreciate their skills of generations old arts.

Our final stop of the day will be at Pashupatinath Temple - the holiest Hindu temple of Nepal. The temple lies by the sacred Bagmati River - one of the tributaries of the sacred Ganges. The main temple sanctum is for the Hindu worships and non-Hindus are not allowed inside, but we can view the temple and the activities there from another side of the river. The river also has some pyres for Hindu cremation services. If we wait till late, we can watch the Hindu arati ceremony with oil lamps that wrap up the rituals of the day.

Overnight: Maya Manor Boutique Hotel
Meals : Breakfast
Day 09~Chitwan National Park

After breakfast, take a flight to Bharatpur airport of Chitwan. It's a 25 minutes long flight followed by 30-40 minutes' drive, and you are at your lodge in Chitwan National Park.

After lunch, embark on a game drive to the forest. Jeep safari is operated during the dry season only and may cancel due to insufficient participants. In that case, we will take an elephant safari or jungle trek. Most commonly sighted animals are one-horned rhinos, deer, wild boar, and monkeys. One-horned Rhinos were once almost extinct in the early 70s!  We will always be on the lookout for less frequently seen animals such as bears, leopards, and Bengal tigers. Although the tiger population is believed to be about 100 in the park, it's a territorial animal, and due to thick vegetation, chances of seeing one are scarce!

In the evening, attend an informative slide show on Chitwan’s flora and fauna, history of the park and the conservation efforts, conducted by the in-house naturalist who is usually a local with a wealth of knowledge on the Park.

Overnight: Jungle Villa Resort
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10~Jungle safari activities in Chitwan

After breakfast at your hotel, your nature guide will take you on a boating trip down the Rapti River. We will catch sights of sunbathing crocodiles and aquatic birds such as king fisher, storks, egrets etc.

After lunch, we will go on elephant back safari in the park. During the dry-season, you can choose to take jeep safari in option to elephant back safari.

In the evening, enjoy the cultural program that features folklore singing and dancing by Tharu troupe. Tharus are the original inhabitants of Chitwan and are believed to have immune against Malaria! 

The activities order may change depending on the park regulations and availability of the safaris.

Overnight: Jungle Villa Resort
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11~Travel to Pokhara

After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for flight to Pokhara. It's a 30 minute long scenic flight. Upon arrival at Pokhara airport, you are greeted by your local guide.

You will have time to settle into your room before your guide will take you on sightseeing. 

First, we visit the Bindhyabasini Temple - the center of religious activity in the old bazaar. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Bhagawati - a manifestation of Shakti.

Next, visit Devi's Falls, or Davi's Falls - an awesome waterfall where we can witness the waters of the lake cascading down and disappearing into the earth! Legend has it that a trekker, named David or Davis was washed away by the waters of the lake and disappeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall.

Nearby is the entrance to a nearly 3 miles long cave, called Gupteswar Gupha (cave). The cave holds a special importance to Hindus as a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva was found inside, when the cave was discovered first. Our next stop will be at the Tibetan Refugee village. We will visit the Tibetan monastery, a Tibetan hand-made carpet factory and school etc. in the village.

Finally, stop of the day will be at the International Mountain Museum. The museum has an interesting collection of historical high-altitude mountaineering equipment and its evolution over the decades, document and chronicle the past and present development of mountaineering activities in the world in general and to preserve the saga of the momentous feats in the history of mountaineering in the Himalayan peaks in particular.

The museum is situated just 0.5 km south from the Pokhara airport. The spot is rightly selected as we can enjoy the unique view of 3 massive mountain peaks; Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu which are above 8000 meters. No place in the world offers us such a panoramic view. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back off to your hotel in Pokhara, or you can choose to explore further or eat at the lakeside market on your own. 

Overnight: Atithi Resort and Spa
Meals : Breakfast
Day 12~Explore Pokhara

This morning, we will go for the sunrise tour of Sarangkot. Situated at an altitude of 1592m (5,221 ft.), Sarangkot offers spectacular sunrise and Himalayan panorama view on a clear weather morning, and it's only 30 minutes' drive away from the lakeside.

Your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel usually one hour before sunrise time. A short hike from the parking brings you to the top of the ridge from where you will witness the magnificent sunrise and enchanting views of the Himalayan peaks and ranges of Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail), Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.

Retrace your drive back to the hotel for breakfast, and then your guide and driver will take you for sightseeing.

First, visit Lake Fewa and enjoy boating. Lake Fewa is the second largest lake of Nepal, Rara Lake in far-west Nepal being the largest one. We visit the island temple of Goddess Barahi - a beautiful two-storied temple.

Hike the Peace Stupa
We cross the lake by boat, and then we begin our hike. It takes about 2-3 hours from the lake shore to get to the top of the ridge where lies the giant World Peace Stupa, looming over the lake. On a clear weather day, we will again enjoy breath-taking views of the mountain and the valley. If you are not interested in hiking, we can go by car.

Depending on available time and your interest, your guide may take you to visit other attractions of Pokhara.

Overnight: Atithi Resort and Spa
Day 13~Travel back to Kathmandu

Leisurely morning breakfast and then your driver will transfer you to the airport for flight back to Kathmandu.

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you are met by your guide and then taken to Patan city. Here, we will visit the Durbar square with former palace and temples. Stroll through the stone-paved alleys with arts and craft workshops, and traditional stores lined up in either side. Visit the Golden Temple - a Buddhist monastery of Newari Buddhist and 5-storied Kumbheswara Temple, among others.

You will have time for shopping before your guide transfers you to the hotel.

Overnight: Maya Manor Boutique Hotel
Meals : Breakfast
Day 14~Depart Kathmandu

After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport in time for flight back to your next destination.

Meals : Breakfast

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Trip Info

Cost Includes

  • Accommodation on double occupancy basis. 
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned Vehicle.
  • In-tour airfare (Delhi-Kathmandu-Chitwan-Kathmandu).
  • Sightseeing as per package details.
  • Sightseeing admission tickets.
  • English speaking local certified guides.
  • All applicable taxes.

Cost Does Not Include

  • International airfare.
  • India visa (You must obtain on your own.
  • Nepal visa ($ 25 you can obtain on arrival).
  • Camera fee to the museums and monuments.
  • Personal expenses such as tipping, porterage, laundry, telephones, etc.
  • Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.
  • Travel insurance.

Passport and Visa

You must have six months remaining validity on your passport when you return from the trip. Make sure you have two blank visa pages for each country you visit on this trip. Nowadays, you can get an Indian visa online. You can obtain a Nepal visa on arrival as well. Nepal Visa fee costs US$ 25 and one picture.

Trip Difficulty Level

This trip is a motor vehicle-based tour, suitable for travelers of all ages with average health conditions. Some monuments, forts or castles visit might require climbing stairs. Please do not expect elevators or escalators. This trip does not involve any strenuous hiking or climbing, and so you have any altitude issues at all. However, you have some long day drives. But there will be ample opportunities to stop on the way to stretch the legs. Although no major preparation is necessary for this trip, it’s recommendable that you start a soft training program such as walking, jogging, cycling, or aerobics about a month ahead of the trip to keep yourself physically fit.

Life on the Trip

A sightseeing day, depending on the season starts between 8.30 am to 9 am. Your Guide meets you at the hotel lobby and will take you for the sightseeing. You will have the lunch break around noon to 1 pm. Your afternoon tour will last for 2 to 3 hours, and then you are brought back to your hotel. Your guide and driver will be happy to drop you somewhere else if you want some time on your own. When you are traveling from one city to the other, usually you will spend 4-5 hours on the road with occasional stops for photography, drinks, and snacks.

Far & High will try our best to adhere to the itinerary, but it is a general guideline or an indication of the scope of activities. Depending on the local conditions and other variables; the sightseeing order may change. During the tour, you will have time enough for photography and to interact with the locals. The guide and driver will be flexible and will do their best to help you enjoy the trip the way you like.

Accommodation

Trip accommodations are in superior class hotels, four-star by local standard and adequately comfortable.

Tour Guide

Local certified guides lead all our trips. They are knowledgeable, friendly, and flexible. They will show you the wonders of the areas that you would never discover on your own and also share their knowledge of Indian history, culture, and religion. Your guide carries the necessary vouchers for the hotels and will buy admission tickets where appropriate. The tour guide and the driver are not the same people.

Transportation

Depending on the group size, we will use air-conditioned SUV's, Mini Van's, or coaches for all transfers and tours. Vehicle in Chitwan National Park will be safari style open jeep. Our drivers are friendly locals with years of experience in driving the car in the tourism and hospitality industry. The driver speaks little or no English.

International and Internal Airfares

The trip includes the in-tour airfares. We can help you book international airfare.

Booking

We request a deposit of US$ 300 along with the completed trip application form and a passport scan. The balance payment is due 90 days before the travel date.

We will email you the finalized trip dossier with your confirmed list of hotels, services, and travel notes about 8-10 weeks before the trip date.

Cancellation

  • Ninety days before departure: Administrative fee US$ 150 per person.
  • 60-89 day's prior departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Forty-five days to 59 days prior departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Thirty days to 44 days before departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Less than 30 days: 100%.

Travel Protection Plan

While we plan and do our best to make your trip smooth and seamless, there may be chances of unforeseen events and conditions such as illness, accident, inclement weather, flight cancellation, missed-connection, or loss of baggage. That may cause interruption or delay or total cancellation of your trip putting your hard earned travel investment in jeopardy. It’s also possible that you may need medical assistance, emergency evacuation, or medical transportation when you get ill or if you are involved in an accident while you are traveling in remote areas. Far & High’s tour cost does not cover any of these expenses or losses, that being said, we strongly recommend you that you should protect yourself and your travel investment against those unfavorable conditions with Travel Insurance.

Accomodation

jaypee siddarth hotel
Jaypee Siddarth Delhi
Holiday Inn City Center
Holiday Inn Jaipur
Four Points By Sheraton, Agra
Four Points Agra
maya manor kathmandu
Maya Manor Kathmandu
jungle villa resort
Jungle Villa Chitwan
athithi resort pokhara2
Atithi Resort Pokhara

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