Classical India with Nepal

Operated by: Luxury Gold

13 Days from $6,175 per person

Countries Visited

India, Nepal

Locations Visited

Delhi, Kathmandu, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Orchha, Jhansi, Agra, Bharatpur, Jai… more Delhi, Kathmandu, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Orchha, Jhansi, Agra, Bharatpur, Jaipur
  1. Day 1 Delhi, A Rich Melting Pot

    Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. Welcome to India! On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, you will be greeted with a traditional floral garland and transferred to your hotel. In the evening, join your Travelling Concierge at 6:30 pm for your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Le Méridien New Delhi
  2. Day 2 Relaxed Start

    Ride by rickshaw through the lanes of Chandni Chowk bazaar in Old Delhi. See the Red Fort, visit the Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat and the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. See the Qutub Minar and drive along the Rajpath past the India Gate and Parliament House to visit the Tomb of Humayun.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Le Méridien New Delhi
  3. Day 3 Kathmandu

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Nepal, a mystical country nestled in the folds of the Himalayas. Relax at your exquisite, centrally located hotel.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Soaltee, Kathmandu
  4. Day 4 Durbar Square, Holy Shrines

    In the morning, explore Durbar Square and the ancient Royal Palace complex, laced with a myriad of temples, courtyards, statues and home to the Kumari, the Living Goddess. With a Local Expert, take an intimate look at the Narayanhiti Royal Palace and the rooms where the royal family ate, slept, worked, held ceremonies, and entertained guests, along with the wonderfully eclectic decor. On the outskirts of town see Swayambhunath, then continue to Patan to visit the sky piercing temple of Teleju, Statue of Yogendra Malla and Tibetan Handicraft Centre. In the evening, dine at The Factory where some of the most sought-after chefs in town congregate in the hip Thamel district.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Soaltee, Kathmandu
  5. Day 5 Magnificent Temples

    View Pashupatinath Temple on the banks of the Bagmati, one of the holiest Hindu shrines. Continue to Bodhnath, a colossal stupa, and Nepal's most important Buddhist site. Round off your sightseeing with a visit to the ancient capital of Bhadgaon, the main square containing innumerable temples and architectural showpieces. This evening, meet a local who has summitted Everest to hear a personal account of the Sherpa people and their role in Everest expeditions.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Soaltee, Kathmandu
  6. Day 6 Varanasi

    Enjoy a relaxed start to take advantage of the facilities in your hotel before being transferred to the airport for your flight to India's holy city of Varanasi. In the evening, take in a special, spiritual experience as you witness the holy Hindu Aarti ceremony at the riverside steps of the Ganges.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi
  7. Day 7 The Holy Ganges

    As the sun rises, enjoy tea or coffee at the hotel before embarking on a boat cruise to witness the scenes of devotion on the Ganges River. Return to the hotel for breakfast, followed by a city tour visiting some famous temples. Your adventure continues at nearby Sarnath, the deer park where the Buddha preached his first sermon. This afternoon there is the included option to visit an Akhara or traditional wrestling ground, to see Kushti, the ancient form of Indian mud wrestling with a history in Varanasi of over 5,000 years.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi
  8. Day 8 The Carvings of Khajuraho

    There's an early morning yoga session at the Ganges Ghats where the air is filled with spirituality. Later board a short flight to Khajuraho, where you enjoy a tour of one of India's Seven Wonders - the medieval Hindu and Jain temples, celebrated worldwide for their intricate and erotic carvings.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Jass Hotel Khajuraho
  9. Day 9 From Orchha to Agra

    En route to Jhansi, visit the citadel at Orchha, containing grand 16th century palaces and temples. After a delicious vegetarian lunch in a magnificent resort, transfer to the train station in Jhansi and board the Shatabdi Express. Enjoy your air-conditioned chair class seats on your journey to Agra.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Mughal (Mughal Chamber), Agra
  10. Day 10 Agra and the Taj Mahal

    Agra's fine heritage is revealed. Appreciate the flawless marble symmetry of the exquisite Taj Mahal, built by an emperor in memory of his beloved wife. Move on to visit the impressive Agra Fort to explore the palatial Royal Pavilions and gardens. Continue through Sadar Bazaar, one of the most highly reputed shopping destinations for handicrafts and leather products. In the afternoon, accompany one of the locals, walking through their village in the shadow of the Taj Mahal and learn about their way of life as an agriculturalist.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Mughal (Mughal Chamber), Agra
  11. Day 11 Jaipur, the Pink City

    Journey to historic Bharatpur and stop for lunch before your journey continues to the Pink City of Jaipur. Visit the famous spice and flower market and see girls nimbly threading garlands of flowers that will be used for offerings. In the evening, enjoy a change of scenery as you travel away from the bustling city, into the wilderness and beauty of the Aravalli Mountains. Here you will be treated to a delicious and authentic Rajasthani meal at Dera Amer restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Fairmont Jaipur
  12. Day 12 Jaipur Sightseeing

    Ascend by jeep to the Amber Fort, its royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirrors, glass and exquisite paintings. Back in Jaipur, see the Hawa Mahal, known as The Palace of Winds, and visit the City Palace Museum and royal observatory. Later, at your Celebration Dinner, enjoy drinks and authentic cuisine at 1135 AD Restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Fairmont Jaipur
  13. Day 13 Depart Jaipur

    Transfer to Jaipur Airport.

     

    Note: Alternatively, continue to Delhi Airport arriving at 5:00 pm for flights after 9:00 pm. If extending your stay in Delhi, you transfer to the hotel.

     

    VIP Door-to-Door Transfer: On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.

    meals Breakfast
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Dining Summary

12 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners and 4 Dinners with Wine.

Included Highlights

VIP Experiences

  • Agra: Walk through a village in the shadow of the Taj Mahal with one of the villagers to discover the way of life as agriculturists next to India's most famous monument. Money generated from the tour is used for sanitation in the village and education for women.
  • Kathmandu: Meet a local who has summitted Everest, to hear a personal account of the Sherpa people and their role in Everest expeditions.

Journey Highlights

  • Agra: Visit inside the red sandstone fortress to witness the fairytale palaces, audience halls and mosques of the Mughal rulers.
  • Agra: Visit the Taj Mahal, a monument of love, built by a king in everlasting memory of his beloved queen.
  • Jaipur: Visit the flower market and spice market and take in the sights and sounds.
  • Jaipur: Ascend by jeep to the Amber Fort and stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls.
  • Jaipur: Your Travelling Concierge will show you the Palace of Winds. You then visit the City Palace Museum.
  • Delhi: Ride by rickshaw through the lanes of Chandni Chowk bazaar in Old Delhi.
  • Delhi: See the Red Fort and Qutub Minar. Drive along the Rajpath to view the India Gate and Parliament House.
  • Delhi: Visit Raj Ghat and the Tomb of the Emperor Humayun.
  • Fly to Kathmandu: Relax as you fly towards the Himalayas to reach Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu: With your Local Expert, take an intimate look at the Narayanhiti Royal Palace and the rooms where the royal family ate, slept, worked, held ceremonies, and entertained guests, along with the wonderfully eclectic decor.
  • Kathmandu: Tour Durbar Square and Royal Palace.
  • Kathmandu: Visit sacred Swayambhunath, known as the Monkey Temple for its mischievous inhabitants.
  • Kathmandu: Visit Patan's temple of Teleju and the Statue of Yogendra Malla.
  • Kathmandu: Visit the local Tibetan handicraft centre to see the colourful local crafts.
  • Kathmandu: See the holiest of Hindu shrines, Pashupatinath Temple.
  • Kathmandu: Enjoy an excursion to the ancient capital Bhadgaon.
  • Kathmandu: Visit the colossal stupa, Bodhnath.
  • Fly to Varanasi: Enjoy the scenery as your flight emerges from the Himalayas to reach Varanasi.
  • Varanasi: Join an expert in India’s religious rituals to learn more about the colourful candlelit tradition of Aarti as you participate in the sunset ceremony in the Ganges, against a backdrop of ringing bells and chanting music.
  • Varanasi: Take a dawn cruise past the Ghats on the Ganges River - an experience never to be forgotten.
  • Varanasi: During your brief orientation of the city, visit some of the famous temples. You'll also visit Sarnath, where Buddha first taught the Dharma.
  • Varanasi: Enjoy a visit to a traditional Indian wrestling ground.
  • Varanasi: Partake in an early morning yoga session at the Ganges Ghats - your Travelling Concierge will confirm if this experience is possible on your departure.
  • Fly to Khajuraho: Board your short flight to Khajuraho.
  • Khajuraho: Tour the famous temples.
  • Jhansi: Sweep past the Indian countryside as you ride the Shatabdi Express.
  • Orchha: Visit the palaces and temples of the fort.
  • Indian Festivals: Truly experience India by travelling during one of its famed festivals. Holi is the festival of color, symbolizing the end of winter and encourages the people to play, laugh, forgive and forget. Diwali is the festival of light celebrated by lighting oil lamps and fireworks to welcome in the Hindu new year.
Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
  • Festive Celebrations
  • 2020 Departures
  • Indian Festivals
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Indian Festivals
21 Oct 19 2 Nov 19 checkmark $6,175pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
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16 Dec 19 28 Dec 19 $6,350pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
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13 Jan 20 25 Jan 20 checkmark $6,175pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
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Indian Festivals
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6 Apr 20 18 Apr 20 checkmark $6,175pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
  • Festive Celebrations: Christmas and/or New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures.
  • 2020 Departures: are subject to change of itinerary, price, discount and hotels.
  • Indian Festivals: This departure includes an Indian Festival experience.
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Samuel Burstein
Travel date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Service
Excellent personalized service. Agents respond quickly to questions by phone or email. Record of prior travel with them is kept on file and thus arranging a new trip is easy.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy we could help you plan this trip to India and Nepal. It sounds like you had a fabulous time! Thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Vacation
Fantastic trip with extensive tours, excellent hotels and good meals. Travel guides were terrific, all very knowledgeable.
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