India & Nepal - Tigers, Taj & Temples
15 nights. March 2019 - November 2020. From £2449.00.
India's Golden Triangle and the ancient land in the shadow of the Himalayas
This fascinating escorted tour begins in Delhi, India's pulsating capital, before visits to Agra - home to the peerless Taj Mahal - to tiger refuge Ranthambhore National Park and Jaipur, with its majestic Amber Fort, are followed by a stay in a jungle resort. You'll then fly to Nepal, the beautiful Himalayan former kingdom, where ancient, fabled Kathmandu, magical Pokhara, at the foot of the Annapurna mountain range, and UNESCO-listed Chitwan National Park are unforgettable highlights.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsDiscover the sights of New Delhi, including the historic Red Fort and Jama Masjid Mosque, the India Gate war memorial and the ruins of the Quwwat ul-Islam mosque
Take a rickshaw ride through the bewildering hustle and bustle of Old Delhi
Enjoy a guided tour of Agra, India's city of love
Marvel at the Taj Mahal
See Chand Baori, Abhaneri's astonishing stepwell
Go in search of Ranthambhore's tigers on two included safaris
See the Amber Fort
Visit Jaipur's exquisite Palace of the Winds
Enjoy dinner with a local family in Jaipur
Stay in traditional tented accommodation at Vanaashrya
Enjoy a camel cart ride and an Indian cookery demonstration
Visit the heritage Transport Museum
Explore Nepalese capital Kathmandu
Spend a full day in Pokhara, a Himalayan idyll, including the Gurka Memorial Museum and a cruise on Lake Phewa
Take a canoe ride in Chitwan National Park
See the sun rise over the Annapurna range
15 nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation in a series of four-star and five-star standard hotels in Delhi (2 nights), Agra (1), Ranthambhore (2), Jaipur (2), Vanaashrya (1), Kathmandu (3), Pokhara (2) and Chitwan (2)
Return flights from your chosen airport to Delhi and between Delhi and Kathmandu
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager in India and Nepal Single rooms are available for a supplement N.B. Visas are required for travel on this tour (see Further Information)
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFly overnight from the UK to Delhi.
Day TwoUpon arrival, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel. After lunch, enjoy a guided tour of the city's most important sights as well as an exhilarating rickshaw ride through old Chandni Chowk.
Day ThreeAfter breakfast and another short sightseeing tour, board the coach for the journey south to Agra, home to UNESCO-listed Agra Fort and the marbled wonder of the Taj Mahal, seen in its glory at sunset.
Day FourJourney, via the ancient village of Abhaneri, with its astonishing Chand Baori stepwell and stunning Harshat Mata temple to Umaid Lake Palace, where lunch is included. Spend two nights in Ranthambhore National Park, former hunting ground of Indian princes and now the protected habitat for the famed, endangered 'Tigers of Ranthambhore' and other species.
An evening 'tiger talk' sets the scene for tomorrow's adventures.
Day FiveEnjoy two open-air 'canter' (open-air vehicle) safari tours of the park today.
Day SixJoin the optional excursion to Ranthambhore Fort, with its stupendous views of the park below, then journey north to 'Pink City' Jaipur, for a two-night stay in a heritage hotel.
Day SevenClimb by Jeep to majestic Amber Fort, with its magnificent Royal Halls and stupendous views over the surrounding plain. This afternoon a sightseeing tour includes the City Palace, the amazing astronomical observatory, built by city founder Jai Singh and a drive by the exquisite facade of the 'Palace of the Winds'.
Day EightBid farewell to Jaipur and journey across the desert plain into the Aravali Hills to the jungle resort of Vanaashyra, calling en route at the ruins of 17th-century Bhangarh fort.
This afternoon, enjoy a camel-cart ride and cookery demonstration before spending the night in an air-conditioned tent.
Day NineHead back towards Delhi, calling en route at the fascinating Heritage Transport Museum, with its impressive collections covering the development of India's road, rail and air travel industries, as well as transport related toys and memorabilia. Spend a last night in the capital.
Day 10Early this morning, transfer to the airport for the short flight to the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, as
colourful, bustling and intoxicating a city as any on earth - all the more exciting for its location amongst the green foothills of the majestic Himalayas. Enjoy dinner at the famous Rum Doodle restaurant - legendary climbers' haunt - and meet an Everest summiteer or Sherpa guide.
Day 11Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the Nepalese capital, highlights of which will include the UNESCO-listed Old City and Durbar Square, with its temples and pagodas. You'll also visit sacred Boudhanath, the most famous of the many Buddhist stupas, and enjoy a walking tour of Patan City across the Bagmati River, where yet more stunning temples draw pilgrims from around the world.
Day 12Make the scenic journey through the Himalayan foothills to Pokhara, on the shores of Lake Phewa. Spend two nights in this beautiful location, enjoying distant views of the stunning, snow-capped Annapurna range and triangular Fishtail Mountain.
Day 13Wake before dawn to drive to Sarangkot Hill and the climb to the viewing platform (approximately 45 minutes from the 'half-way' station and a stiff, if safe walk) from which the breathtaking panorama of the world's highest mountain range unfolds in a glorious sunrise. Return to the hotel for breakfast, and enjoy visits to beautiful Davis Falls, the Tibetan Refugee Camp and the Gurkha Memorial Museum. A wonderful day ends with an afternoon cruise on Lake Phewa.
Day 14Journey to the glorious Chitwan National Park, to spend two nights in the Jungle Villa resort close to the park's Kasara headquarters. Enjoy lunch on arrival, then an afternoon ox-cart ride to a local Tharu village, to meet the tribes-people and learn about their culture.
Day 15Enjoy an early morning's guided canoe trip along the Rapti River, home to Gharial and 'Marsh Mugger' crocodiles and rare bird species, before returning for a late breakfast and an Elephant Safari, as you join a mahout guide, hoping for a sight of one-horned rhinoceros, elephants, sloth bears, wild boar and - for the very fortunate - rare Bengal tigers. This evening, end your stay with a traditional tribal dance performance.
Day 16Return through magnificent scenery to Kathmandu for a last night in the capital, with a final dinner and cultural show at a traditional restaurant.
Day 17Transfer to the airport for the return flight, via Delhi, arriving back in the UK this evening. Back to top
AccommodationTigers, the Taj Mahal and Nepal Touring Hotels
You will be staying in a series of well-located hotels, all of which will be of a four- and five-star standard. In all cases, rooms have private bathrooms and air conditioning.Back to top
Taj Mahal restoration workThe white marble of the Taj Mahal is being gradually cleaned in a process that will take up to four years. Parts of the monument's surface may be covered during this process though your visit and access to the main dome is not likely to be restricted.
Passports and visasBritish citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling overseas. Your passport must contain three blank pages and be valid for six months after your return date. A visa is also required for entry to India and Nepal. Full details of how and when to apply will be sent out about eight weeks before departure. British CITIZENS and some other European nationals satisfying certain conditions may use the online e-Tourist Visa application process at a cost of $100 (US) per person for entry to India. Other British passport holders, who are not British CITIZENS, must apply for a full visa which costs GBP112. Note that all travellers of Pakistani descent, regardless of citizenship, will generally be subject to more detailed processing by the Indian authorities, which can take up to four months from application.
The cost of a visa for Nepal is currently GBP20.
You may also, at extra cost, use the services of CIBT, our recommended visa handling partner, who will handle the whole process for you..
Foreign Office Travel AdviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotelsShould circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Road ConditionsIn developing countries road networks are continually being improved and expanded, which can mean that, from time to time, roadworks and rough road surfaces can extend journey times. Some journeys are made on winding mountain roads and passes, which may also make for slow travelling - although the scenery is usually worth it! Many roads do not have separate pavements or safety barriers, and great care should be taken when crossing or walking alongside roads. Back to top