Door 2 Tour

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India & Nepal

Asia
  • Duration: 17 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUSSLNI

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

Immerse yourself in two incredible destinations as you discover the real Nepal with its ornate temples and the towering Himalayas, and India, where the Golden Triangle hosts incredible sights including the magnificent Taj Mahal.

Immerse yourself in two incredible destinations as you discover the real Nepal with its ornate temples and the towering Himalayas, and India, where the Golden Triangle hosts incredible sights including the magnificent Taj Mahal.

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What's Included

  • Return flights from Heathrow with Qatar Airways
  • 15 nights in 4 & 5-star hotels plus 1 night in flight
  • 27 meals: 15 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners
  • JY Tour Manager & Local Guides
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation

  • Evening walking tour to Durbar Square in Kathmandu
  • Visits the Hindi shrine Pashupatinath, Boudhanath stupa, Swayambhunath stupa & the SASANE project
  • Join a guided walk to Ramkot village
  • Learn about local crafts & join a religious ceremony in Pokhara 
  • Visit Sarangkot for breaktaking views of the Himalayas 
  • Activities in Chitwan including a village walk, safari & canoeing
  • Visit Bhaktapur, the City of Devotees
  • Spend a day with local families in Patan & craft your own souvenir
  • Enjoy a traditional Newari feast
  • Tour of New Delhi
  • Explore Old Delhi
  • Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal
  • Visit the Amber Fort
  • Saree draping/turban wearing demonstration
  • Discover the Jantar Mantar & walk through a spice market
  • Evening visit to Jaipur City Palace including dinner​


Not Included

Itinerary

  • Day 1 UK to Kathmandu
  • Today you'll fly overnight to Kathmandu. Nepal's capital lies in the Himalayan Mountains between India and Tibet and offers some of the most striking scenery there is, including the highest point in the world, Mount Everest.​​
  • Day 2 Kathmandu
  • On arrival in Kathmandu we'll transfer you to your hotel. Once you've settled in, join your fellow travellers for a welcome drink in the bar and a briefing about what you'll experience on your adventure in this awe-inspiring country.
    Begin your explorations on an evening walk, with dinner included. We'll start at the ancient Ason market square, surrounded by a cluster of temples, shrines, palaces and courtyards dating back to the 12th century. We'll then make our way to Durbar Square, where we'll discover ancient Newari architecture, many temples, including the Temple of Lord Machhendranath, the Aakash Bhairav Temple and the House of the Living Goddess Kumari. We'll also explore Itumbahal, a maze of open squares and narrow alleys, home to the largest Buddhist monastery courtyard in Kathmandu. Our tour ends with visits to the colourful market of Indrachowk, traditionally a centre for the sale of blankets and cloth, and the Annapurna Temple, dedicated to the goddess of abundance and held aloft by four life-size elephant statues.​​
  • Day 3 Kathmandu
  • We've a busy day ahead, with our sightseeing starting at the shrine of Pashupatinath. Stood on both banks of the Bagmati River, it is dedicated to a manifestation of Shiva known as the Lord of the Animals. We'll see the main temple with its pagoda-style roof and a huge bronze statue of Nandi – Shiva's bull. This is a major site of pilgrimage for devotees of Lord Shiva, including Naga Sadhus, who with their dreadlocked hair and naked bodies smothered in ash, are a mesmerising sight. 
    We will further immerse ourselves in Kathmandu's spiritual traditions with a visit to the Boudhanath stupa. The largest in Nepal, this is also the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of Tibet and an important pilgrimage site.
    Our next stop is at the ancient Swayambhunath stupa, perched on top of a hill and boasting a glittering golden spire. Decorated with the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha, it is an iconic symbol of Nepal and can be reached via 365 steps. Inside the Shantipur Temple here is said to live the 8th century Tantric master Shantikar Acharya, whose meditation techniques are said to have preserved his life for centuries. 
    We'll end the day with a visit to the SASANE Sisterhood of Survivors project. Every year, thousands of Nepalese women and girls become victims of human trafficking. SASANE is a non-profit organisation set up to support survivors, providing them with training and skills to get their lives back on track and to help others in similar situations. During our visit, we'll meet some of the women and learn from them how to prepare momos, traditional Nepali dumplings.​​

  • Day 4 Bandipur
  • Our journey by road today takes us to Bandipur. Along the way we'll pass through ancient stone villages backed by steep rice terraces and mountains, and look out for the Trishuli River and the enormous Marshyangdi hydroelectric power plant.
    Bandipur sits high on a ridge and offers amazing views of the Himalayas. Time has seemingly stood still here and this hilltop town is a living museum of Newari culture, where ancient architecture, temples, shrines and traditional ways of life can be experienced.  ​​
  • Day 5 Pokhara
  • On a tour of Bandipur today we'll discover traditional homes and the former fort of Purano Kot. We'll also head to a temple where the locals pray for rain during droughts. A two-hour guided walk, with included picnic, then takes us to Ramkot, a typical Magar village untouched by modern developments. Another couple of hours along an easy trail is the pilgrimage site of Chabdi Barahi.
    Next, there's time to relax as we transfer by road to Pokhara, so sit back and enjoy views of the Madi River, deep rocky gorges crossed by suspension bridges and the Seti Valley. The city once sat on a busy trade route between India and Tibet, and even today mule trains, which bring in goods from remote regions, can still be seen camped on its outskirts. This is also the homeland of the Magar and Gurung people, who have earned worldwide fame as Gurkha soldiers. The area is also famed for its natural beauty, surrounded by serene lakes and towering Himalayan peaks.
    This evening we'll head to the Tashi Palkhiel handicraft centre to learn about local crafts and the importance of symbols and images in daily life. We'll also attend the Pema Tsal Sakya Buddhist School and Monastery, where we'll take part in a pooja – a religious ceremony performed by the monks. Our evening comes to an end as we join a local family for a simple meal of Tibetan specialities, including Tsampa – roasted barley flour – butter tea and traditional bread.  ​​
  • Day 6 Pokhara
  • ​Our day begins early as we make our way to Sarangkot to take in sweeping views of Himalayan peaks at sunrise – a truly unforgettable experience.
    After time to enjoy breakfast and relax back the hotel, we'll set off on a sightseeing tour of Pokhara. Highlights include David's Falls, the Bindabasisni Temple and the Seti Gorge, a deep chasm carved by the Seti River. We'll also visit a Tibetan refugee camp, where you can purchase handmade jewellery, wood carvings, rugs and other unique souvenirs.​
  • Day 7 Chitwan
  • ​Our drive today takes us from Pokhara along the Prithvi Highway and into the central hills to Chitwan. This is home to Chitwan National Park, located in the foothills of the Churia Mountain Ranges and famed for its variety of wildlife.​
  • Day 8 Chitwan
  • Chitwan is home to the Tharu people, and we'll begin our full day of outdoor activities with a walk around a traditional village to get an insight into their unique lifestyle. We'll then head off on a thrilling jungle safari in an open-top vehicle which takes us into dense forest. Keep your cameras at the ready and your eyes peeled for sightings of wild boar, elephant, striped hyena and langur, among other species. If you're really lucky you might spot the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros and the elusive royal Bengal tiger.
    Our next exciting adventure is a guided tour by canoe to look for crocodiles on the riverbank and many species of exotic birds.
    This evening we'll be treated to a performance of Tharu cultural dance.​​
  • Day 9 Kathmandu
  • ​An early morning flight takes us back to Kathmandu today, where we'll visit Bhaktapur – or the City of Devotees. Here there are three squares filled with ornate temples and architecture dating back to the 12th century, which shows us how the entire Kathmandu Valley would have looked in the medieval period. You can also watch craftsmen at work as traditional items, from pottery to woodwork, are created.​
  • Day 10 Kathmandu
  • ​Patan is our destination today, a city filled with wood and stone carvings, ornate architecture including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples and more than 1,200 monuments. Also known as a centre for arts and crafts, we're going to get crafty here ourselves!
    Our first stop is Patan Community Homestay, where you'll be welcomed as a special guest. You'll then attend an art or ceramics class where, with the help of a local artist, you can create your own unique souvenir to take home with you. Lunch is taken back at the homestay, and will be a Nepali speciality of dal bhat, which is a dish of steamed rice, vegetables and lentil soup. 
    Patan boasts a long and colourful history, and for many years its importance eclipsed that of Kathmandu. By the 7th century, it was one of Asia's main Buddhist centres, attracting pilgrims, scholars and monks from India, Tibet and China. You'll see its highlights on an included tour this afternoon.
    This evening, we will gather to enjoy a Newari feast – a fitting way to bid Nepal farewell. Up to 15 dishes will be served and we will eat the traditional way, using our hands rather than utensils, and sat on a handmade carpet.​
  • Day 11 Delhi
  • ​We'll transfer to the airport and fly to Delhi this morning. There's time to freshen up at the hotel before we set off for an afternoon of sightseeing in New Delhi. This spacious, imperial city was created by the British in 1911. Our drive takes us through elegant boulevards and lush green parks where the iconic India Gate and imposing Parliament House are both reminders of a colonial past. We'll also step back in time at the ancient Qutub Minar, a UNESCO-listed site. ​
  • Day 12 Old Delhi
  • Temples, mosques and aromatic food stalls fill every available space in Old Delhi's narrow streets. As we explore on an included tour we'll pass by the spectacular Red Fort, the impressive marble domes of Jama Masjid Mosque and Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. 
    Explore at your own pace during a free afteroon. Alternatively, you could join our optional excursion which will introduce you to India's  religions. We'll visit Birla Mandir, the Hindu temple inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, and the Catholic Sacred Heart Cathedral before arriving at the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. Hundreds of devotees are fed every day at this Sikh place of worship, and we'll have a chance to volunteer in the kitchens before our tour continues to Nizamuddin Dargah, the s​hrine to Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya.
  • Day 13 Agra
  • Today we'll travel south to Agra, where we'll stay overnight. After checking in to our hotel we'll visit the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort. Once the imperial city of the Mogul rulers, this mighty red-sandstone fortress is where the Emperor Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son. ​​
  • Day 14 Jaipur
  • We have an early start this morning for what is sure to be a memorable excursion – a dawn visit to the spectacular Taj Mahal. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a symbol of his love for his wife, nothing will prepare you for the breathtaking sight of this magnificent mausoleum, whose white marble walls are inlaid with semiprecious stones.
    Close by is Mehtab Bagh, a centuries-old garden complex, which sits on the other side of the river. You'll get to see the Taj Mahal from here too, for equally wonderful views.
    Later, we'll travel to Jaipur, affectionately known as the 'Pink City' because all of the buildings here are painted in a distinctive shade of pink.
    Enjoy an evening at leisure or perhaps join an optional cookery demonstration in a family home, with dinner included. ​
  • Day 15 Jaipur
  • This morning we'll drive to the marvellous Amber Fort, a 17th century stronghold set on top of a hill. It's a wonderful blend of Hindu and Muslim elements and we'll step inside to explore the palace, courtyards and gardens.
    Back in Jaipur, we'll learn how to carefully drape a colourful saree and to put on a turban. Our expert guides will share the secrets of these traditional items of clothing with us to help give us even more insight into the Indian culture. You can pose for pictures with your hosts in your beautiful saree or majestic turban, and you'll be gifted the clothing you wear so you can take a piece of India back home as a souvenir. When we return to Jaipur we'll head to the Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory built in the early 18th century, and then take a stroll through Chaandpol Bazaar, where pungent aromas emanate from the shops which grind and sell all manner of brightly coloured spices. 
    This evening we'll visit the City Palace and see rare personal items of the Maharajas of Jaipur. During our visit we'll watch a state-of-the-art light show narrated by a Bollywood star, and enjoy dinner at a restaurant in the palace. ​​
  • Day 16 Delhi
  • We have left this morning free for you to explore Jaipur at your own pace. Alternatively, you could join our optional walking tour, which is one of the best ways to appreciate the rich heritage of this walled city. As we wander around the houses and workshops, the locals will be delighted to tell you more about life in the bustling capital of Rajasthan.
    Later we will drive to Delhi.
  • Day 17 Delhi to UK
  • ​After breakfast we'll transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK. ​



    Please note that the itinerary for 2020 will differ slightly from that shown here. Day 2 has been left free for you to spend at leisure. All the sightseeing in Kathmandu will now take place on day 3. Also there will be no excursion taking place in the afternoon on day 11 in Delhi, this will now take place on day 12

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Accommodation

    • Hotel Himalaya
    • The 4-star Hotel Himalaya is situated in Kathmandu, boasting a 180 degree panoramic view of the Himalayas.

      Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, tennis court and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, safe, TV, minibar and tea/coffee-making facilities.
    • Bandipur Old Inn
    • The Old Inn is a restored traditional Bandipur house, and truly gives an authentic Nepalese experience to its guests. Its exterior features a stone staircase that leads up to the different floors of the property. On the front there is also an array of natural plant life that looks intertwined with the building itself. There is a restaurant and bar and the personable service of the staff will enhance any stay. Rooms are simplistic and charming in their style, and wooden features are prominent.
    • Waterfront Resort Hotel
    • The Waterfront Resort overlooking the Phewa Lake has incredible lake view from each of its 58 deluxe rooms. Each room with a lake-view balcony is the perfect place to relax and unwind. It provides high-speed Internet access, delightful dining options and an outdoor swimming pool alongside with business and event facilities to handle conferences, meeting and cocktail celebrations. The hotel is only a 10-minute ride from the airport, and just 15-minute walk from the busy tourist hub or 5 minutes taxi ride. There is also free shuttle service into Lakeside provided by hotel at intervals throughout the day.
    • Tigerland Safari Resort
    • Hotel Himalaya
    • The 4-star Hotel Himalaya is situated in Kathmandu, boasting a 180 degree panoramic view of the Himalayas.

      Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, tennis court and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, safe, TV, minibar and tea/coffee-making facilities.
    • Radisson Blu Dwarka
    • Guests of the 5 star Radisson Blu can really look forward to taking advantage of the brilliant facilities and service on offer. The hotel boasts an outdoor pool, a fitness centre, salon and spa. There are three onsite restaurants offering a varied selection of cuisines. The contemporarily styled rooms are furnished with a TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities. The private facilities come equipped with a hairdryer and complementary toiletries. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi.
    • Crystal Sarovar Premier
    • The fantastic location of the Crystal Sarovar Premiere, offers a superb view of the Taj Mahal. Contemporarily styled, this property has some great facilities and services on offer. These include a health club/spa as well as a swimming pool and on site restaurant. The rooms are fitted with air-conditioning, a TV, safe and tea/coffee making facilities.
    • Fortune Select Metropolitan
    • The 5-star Fortune Select Metropolitan is situated in the heart of Jaipur.

      Hotel facilities include a bar, gym, spa and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar, safe, TV and tea/coffee-making facilities.
    • Radisson Blu Dwarka
    • Guests of the 5 star Radisson Blu can really look forward to taking advantage of the brilliant facilities and service on offer. The hotel boasts an outdoor pool, a fitness centre, salon and spa. There are three onsite restaurants offering a varied selection of cuisines. The contemporarily styled rooms are furnished with a TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities. The private facilities come equipped with a hairdryer and complementary toiletries. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi.
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Optional Excursions

Learn about India’s religions on visits to Hindu and Sikh temples and a Catholic cathedral
Cookery demonstration & dinner in a local home
Walking tour of Jaipur

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Further Information

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