Travelling from Delhi to Kathmandu is a fascinating journey in Asia. In addition to exploring the two national capitals our comprehensive tour combines fabulous cultural sights – Forts and Palaces of Jaipur, Taj Mahal of Agra, Ganges of Varanasi and the exciting Chitwan National Park in Nepal famed for its rhinos.
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We start our journey in vibrant Delhi with a sightseeing tour to explore the rich cultural heritage of this great city. We then travel west to Jaipur - often described as the Pink City of India, boasting of its magnificent past, robust tradition, and above all, the architectural elegance and splendour of its glittering palaces.
A highlight of the trip is our sunrise visit to Taj Mahal where we see the pale marble change hue in spectacular fashion as the light changes with the movement of the sun. An overnight train journey is also an enjoyable experience in India and a great way to travel to Varanasi where fascinating Hindu bathing Ghats along the Holy Ganges beckons us. From here we head north to cross the border into Nepal for visits to Buddha’s birthplace and further to Chitwan National Park, famous for its population of Indian one-horned rhinoceros. A thrilling elephant-back safari practically guarantees our close encounter with the rhinos. Finally we reach Kathmandu, a valley on the threshold of the high Himalayan peaks. The city of Kathmandu is a great place to explore historic
sites, ancient temples and shrines of both Buddhist and Hindu religions providing a fitting finale to a memorable tour.
Please note: You can use this itinerary as a guide to fully customise this tour as per your budget and requirements. Flexible options include travel dates and duration, places visited, activities and experiences, hotel category (star/rating) and any specific requirements that you may have.
Arrive at the international airport of Delhi. After traditional welcome we transfer to the hotel for check-in. We rejuvenate ourselves for the following day. Overnight Hotel
Delhi Sight-seeing – Jaipur (260 kms/4-5 hrs). Today in the sightseeing programme of Delhi, visit Jama Masjid – the biggest mosque in India, India Gate – memorial built of India soldiers, and colonial buildings in the New Delhi area. In the afternoon drive to Jaipur. Overnight Hotel
Sight-seeing of Jaipur. In the full-day sightseeing tour of Jaipur visit Amber Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar (the 18th century observatory) and Hawa Mahal - some of the important monuments of Jaipur. Overnight Hotel
Jaipur – Ranthambore (180 kms/4-5 hrs). After having experienced Jaipur, it is time to drive to Ranthambore in quest of the Indian Tiger. In the afternoon go for a game drive in the National Park. Overnight Hotel
Ranthambore: Morning & Afternoon Game Drives. Today there are two game drives to increase our chances of sighting the elusive animal. One is scheduled for early morning and the other for late afternoon. Overnight Hotel
Ranthambore – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra (240 kms/4-5 hrs). This morning drive to Agra. On the away stop over at Fatehpur Sikri for a visit to the abandoned palace built by the Mughal king, Mohd. Akbar, who wanted to shift his capital there. Overnight Hotel
Sight-seeing of Agra & O/N train to Varanasi. At sunrise visit Taj Mahal and return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast visit Agra Fort. In the late afternoon catch the overnight train to Varanasi. Overnight Train
Arrive Varanasi. Arrive in Varanasi early in the morning and transfer to the hotel for check-in. In the afternoon visit Sarnath, the place near Varanasi where Gautama Buddha delivered his first sermon to his disciples. Overnight Hotel
Sightseeing of Varanasi. In the morning enjoy a boat ride on the Ganges/continue boat cruise to Chunar. In the evening make optional visit to the Ganges to witness the evening aarti ceremony. Overnight Hotel
Varanasi – Lumbini (400 kms/10-11 hrs). This morning leave for a long drive to Lumbini after crossing India-Nepal border. Since it is a long day there is nothing else scheduled for the rest of the day. Overnight Hotel
Lumbini – Chitwan (180 kms/4-5 hrs). In the morning visit the sacred Lumbini Garden and the famous Maya Devi Temple where Lord Buddha was born. Later drive to Chitwan National Park for stay for two nights. Rest of the day is free. Overnight Hotel
Chitwan National Park. In the fascinating day today in the Chitwan National Park: Jungle walk, elephant safari and a canoe trip is scheduled to keep all busy. Overnight Hotel
Chitwan – Kathmandu (170 kms/4-5 hrs) After breakfast drive to Kathmandu. Arrive in Kathmandu in the afternoon and check into the hotel. Rest of the day free to explore the city. Overnight Hotel
Sight-seeing of Kathmandu. Today there is a full-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city. Visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath temples and the Durbar Square, a place where palaces of Malla and Shah Kings are situated Overnight Hotel
Tour Concludes. After check-out from the hotel we are transferred to the international airport or any other point of our convenience in Kathmandu for our onward journey.
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Suitable for families with young children
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Fairly easy 5-6 hours of activity per day. May include some uphill sections, reasonable fitness recommended.
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