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12 Day India and Nepal Tour

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Classical India with Nepal Womens Only Guided Tour
12 Days
2 Countries

Nepal, India

5 Cities

Kathmandu, Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Varanasi

19 Meals

5 Dinner with Wines, 11 Breakfasts, 3 Lunchs

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 20
Tour brand Insight Vacations
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Day 1

Welcome to Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal! On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport you will be greeted by an Insight representative and transferred to your hotel, the Hyatt Kathmandu. At 17:00 meet your Travel Director and venture out in Thamel on a rickshaw ride. Head to a local restaurant for a welcome reception, drinks and dinner.

Patan Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal
Hyatt Regency View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Hyatt Regency

About the Hotel

Kathmandu, Nepal

The Hyatt Regency is set on 37 acres of landscaped grounds, created in the traditional Newari style of Nepalese architecture. With spacious rooms designed with comfort in mind, relax in a peace and serene environment. Located in close proximity to some of Kathmandu's most important Buddhist sights, you are surrounded by traditional and culture.

Style

  • Traditional
Authentic Dining Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with fellow guests in Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu Welcome Dinner

Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 2

Kathmandu the City of Beauty

Start the day bright and early with a morning visit to Kathmandu City. See the tranquil Swayambhunath Temple. Stop in Patan, the third largest city in Nepal, for an included lunch. Originally called Lalitpur or “City of Beauty” in Sanskrit, explore this pretty city with a Local Expert in the afternoon. Highlights include the Golden Temple, Durbar Square and Mul Chowk, the largest and oldest of the Royal Palace’s three main chow squares. Enjoy the flavors of the region in the evening with an indulgent dinner.

Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hyatt Regency View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Hyatt Regency

About the Hotel

Kathmandu, Nepal

The Hyatt Regency is set on 37 acres of landscaped grounds, created in the traditional Newari style of Nepalese architecture. With spacious rooms designed with comfort in mind, relax in a peace and serene environment. Located in close proximity to some of Kathmandu's most important Buddhist sights, you are surrounded by traditional and culture.

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Swayambhunath Kathmandu, Nepal
Visit Swayambhunath Temple in Kathmandu

Visit sacred Swayambhunath, known as the Monkey Temple for its mischievous inhabitants.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Durbar Square Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu Durbar Square Tour

Tour Durbar Square and Royal Palace.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 3

Kathmandu's Spiritual History

Delve into Kathmandu’s spiritual history with a morning visit to the Pashupatinath Temple on the banks of the Bagmati River and take in the impressive Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. Head to the city of Bhadgaon, before visiting a local pottery workshop where a local craftsperson provides a demonstration. In the evening head to an inspirational talk by a woman who summited Mount Everest. She’ll discuss her experience guiding through some of the most challenging terrain on earth.

Boudhanath Stupa and prayer flags Kathmandu, Nepal
Hyatt Regency View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hyatt Regency

About the Hotel

Kathmandu, Nepal

The Hyatt Regency is set on 37 acres of landscaped grounds, created in the traditional Newari style of Nepalese architecture. With spacious rooms designed with comfort in mind, relax in a peace and serene environment. Located in close proximity to some of Kathmandu's most important Buddhist sights, you are surrounded by traditional and culture.

Style

  • Traditional
Insight Experiences Mount-Everest Kathmandu, Nepal
Hear from a Woman who Summitted Mount Everest

Hear an inspirational talk led by a woman who summited Mount Everest, the highest point above sea level on Earth.

Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Top Rated Highlights Pashupatinath Temple Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu Pashupatinath Temple Visit

See the holiest of Hindu shrines, Pashupatinath Temple.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Boudhanath Stupa Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu Boudhanath Stupa Visit

Visit the colossal stupa, Boudhanath.

Included in Trip

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Top Rated Highlights Bhadgaon Excursion Kathmandu, Nepal
Excursion to Bhadgaon

Enjoy an excursion to the ancient capital Bhadgaon.

Included in Trip

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Top Rated Highlights Pottery Workshop  Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu Pottery Demonstration

Visit a pottery workshop, where a local craftsman will provide you with a demonstration on this age-old craft.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 4

On to Vibrant Delhi

Head to the airport for your flight to Delhi, India. On arrival you’ll be taken to your hotel to settle in before joining your group and Travel Director for a trip to Akshardham Temple. Also known as Swaminarayan Akshardham, this Hindu temple is a spiritual and cultural campus dedicated to devotion, learning and harmony. The rest of the day is yours at leisure, ask your Travel Director for recommendations on where to explore, or perhaps relax at your hotel’s spa.

India Gate, Delhi, India
Hyatt Regency Delhi View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hyatt Regency Delhi

About the Hotel

Delhi, India

The Hyatt Regency Delhi is a centrally located hotel overlooking the Arcadian Cama Gardens. The hotel consists of contemporary décor, classy artworks and state-of-the-art facilities.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Flight Over New Delhi, India
Kathmandu to Delhi Included Flight

Take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Delhi.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Akshardham Temple Delhi, India
Delhi Akshardham Temple Visit

Visit the Hindu Temple of Swaminarayan Akshardham, a spiritual and cultural campus dedicated to devotion, learning and harmony.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 5

Exploring New and Old Delhi

This morning, head out on an exciting sightseeing tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi with your knowledgeable Travel Director. Drive past the Red Fort, the main residence of the Mughal dynasty until 1856. Founded in 1526, the Mughal Empire compromised the majority of the Indian subcontinent until 1707. Then, treat your palate to a culinary adventure on a food tour led by a chef who shares her insights into Dehli’s food scene. Next up, visit a Sikh temple and visit its community kitchen that prepares and serves free nourishing vegetarian meals to those in need. Drive past the President Palace, India Gate and Parliament House before ending the day with a tour of Humayun’s Tomb with your Travel Director.

Humayun's Tomb, Delhi, India
Hyatt Regency Delhi View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hyatt Regency Delhi

About the Hotel

Delhi, India

The Hyatt Regency Delhi is a centrally located hotel overlooking the Arcadian Cama Gardens. The hotel consists of contemporary décor, classy artworks and state-of-the-art facilities.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Chandi Chowk Bazaar in Old Delhi, India
Delhi Rickshaw Ride through Chandni Chowk Bazaar

Ride by rickshaw through the lanes of Chandni Chowk bazaar in Old Delhi.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Red Ford & Qutub Delhi, India
See the Red Fort and Qutub Minar in Delhi

See the Red Fort and Qutub Minar. Drive along the Rajpath to view the India Gate and Parliament House.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Raj Ghat & Emperor Humayun Delhi, India
Visit Raj Ghat & Emperor Humayun's Tomb in Delhi

Visit Raj Ghat, the memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. A black stone platform marks the spot where he was cremated. An...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Insight Experiences Food Tour Female Chef in Delhi, India
Food Tour with a Chef

Indulge your taste buds over a special food tour of Delhi with a passionate local chef. Gain insights into the city’s food culture, from hidden gem...

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Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Day 6

The Pink City

Travel to Jaipur, more affectionately known as the Pink City after the whole city was painted pink in 1876 for a visit from Queen Victoria. Explore culture over a Bollywood Dance Class Optional Experience. Later, join your Travel Director for an evening visit to a flower and spice market.

Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur, India
Hotel ITC Rajputana View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel ITC Rajputana

About the Hotel

Jaipur, India

Experience fine luxury at the ITC Rajputana, a property that reflects the spirit of the royal Rajasthan dynasty. Its regal-influenced design and lush gardens offer a retreat for guests after a day of exploring. Take comfort in their spacious guest rooms or rejuvenate with a treatment at the hotel's wellness spa.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Flower Market Jaipur, India
Jaipur Flower and Spice Market Visit

Visit the flower market and spice market and take in the sights and sounds.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Bollywood Dance Class in Jaipur, India
Bollywood Class

Learn to move like a Bollywood star in a dance class featuring iconic moves that typify this industry's stylised choreography. Take this skill home...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Delve into Jaipur

Ascend by jeep to Amber Fort. Built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, its royal halls mesmerize with their ivory, mirrors, glass and exquisite paintings. Experience India’s spiritual majesty with a special blessing ceremony. Tour the City Palace Museum and royal observatory Jaipur before joining the women of Pink City Rickshaw Ride seeing the Hawa Mahal and the Palace of Winds. Delve deeper into Jaipur’s rich heritage joining your Local Expert for a walk through the city’s historic lanes and observe artisans at work using age-old techniques. As the day concludes, enjoy a cooking session with a local family.

Women carrying water from stepwell Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Hotel ITC Rajputana View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hotel ITC Rajputana

About the Hotel

Jaipur, India

Experience fine luxury at the ITC Rajputana, a property that reflects the spirit of the royal Rajasthan dynasty. Its regal-influenced design and lush gardens offer a retreat for guests after a day of exploring. Take comfort in their spacious guest rooms or rejuvenate with a treatment at the hotel's wellness spa.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Walking Tour​, Jaipur, India
Jaipur Artisan Walking Tour

Join your Local Expert for a walk through the city’s old lanes and see artisans working with age-old techniques.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Jantar Mantar observatory, Jaipur, India
Jaipur Royal Observatory Visit

Visit the royal observatory and see Jantar Mantar, a collection of 18th century architectural astronomical instruments, including the world’s largest stone dun dial. 

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Insight Experiences Pink City Rickshaw city tour​, Jaipur, India
Pink City Rickshaw Ride

Jaipur offers endless experiences for curious travelers. Explore the Pink City on a rickshaw-tour led by local women who come from low-income house...

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Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Insight Experiences Cooking Session with local family in Jaipur, India
Cooking Session with local family

Whether you love fine food or gaining knowledge from locals, this cooking session followed by dinner with a family in Jaipur is the perfect way to ...

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Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Top Rated Highlights Jaipur Walking Tour, Rajasthan, India
Ascend by Jeep to Visit Amber Fort in Jaipur

Ascend by jeep to stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls of Amber Fort. Enjoy the shimmering mirrored walls and ceilings, the...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Palace of Winds Jaipur, India
Jaipur Palace of the Winds Visit

Join your Travel Director who will show you the marvel of Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds. Its 953 windows were designed to allow the ladies of the...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences A Henna Demonstration in Jaipur, India
Henna for Women

Embark on an exploration of the world of henna, the bright red and orange tattoos on women’s hands usually seen during weddings and festivals. On a...

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

Jaipur to Agra

In the morning, depart for Agra, home to the spectacular phenomenon that is the Taj Mahal. Along the way, stop for lunch at the beautiful Laxmi Niwas Palace in Bharatpur. When you arrive in Agra, the evening is yours at leisure. Make the most of the amenities at your hotel, unwinding before tomorrow’s adventure.

The Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara, India
Jaypee Palace Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

Jaypee Palace Hotel

About the Hotel

Agra, India

Jaypee Palace Hotel is a lavish creation, built with red sand stone and white marble giving it a striking exterior. This charming property is located in the heart of Agra with the historical centers just steps away. Alluring landscaped gardens to stylish rooms make for a truly majestic experience.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Authentic Dining Enjoy a regional lunch at Agra Laxmi Niwas Palace, Agra, India
Agra Restaurant Lunch

Dine for lunch at the beautiful Laxmi Niwas Palace in Bharatpur.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 9

The Taj Mahal

Before sunrise, travel to the Taj Mahal to see the world phenomenon in its best light. A symbol of love and flawless architectural creation, it was built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. Continue on to Agra Fort to. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and visit the Sheroes Café. This local business supports female victims of acid attacks who have been empowered by this organization.

Taj Mahal​, Agra, India​
Jaypee Palace Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Jaypee Palace Hotel

About the Hotel

Agra, India

Jaypee Palace Hotel is a lavish creation, built with red sand stone and white marble giving it a striking exterior. This charming property is located in the heart of Agra with the historical centers just steps away. Alluring landscaped gardens to stylish rooms make for a truly majestic experience.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Taj Mahal tomb, Agra, India
Agra Taj Mahal Visit

Visit the Taj Mahal, a monument of love, built by a king in everlasting memory of his beloved queen. Enjoy fast-track access through the gates mean...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Make Travel Matter MTM Sheroes cafe Agra, India
Meet the Inspiring Women from Sheroe's Cafe in Agra

Visit the 'Sheroes Café', a local business run by women survivors of acid attacks. Be inspired by their resilience in rebuilding a life for themsel...

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Make Travel Matter

Day 10

On to Varanasi

In the morning, drive to Delhi, then take a flight to Varanasi, one of the holiest cities in Hinduism. On arrival you’ll be checked into your luxury hotel, the Taj Ganges. A contemporary ode to its classical city, this five-star accommodation includes a pool, fitness center, traditional Indian Spa Therapies and a beautiful flower garden. In the evening, participate in an Aarti on the ghats, where you’ll offer prayers to the River Ganges. This spiritual ceremony is performed daily to honor the River Goddess Ganga. It is a Hindu religious ritual of worship and involves hundreds of diyas and flowers being released onto the river, as the words “Har Har Gange!” are chanted.

Diwali Candles, Varanasi, India
Taj Ganges View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Taj Ganges

About the Hotel

Varanasi, India

Opulence and warmth define Taj Ganges hotel, a property that embodies the experience of ethereal Varanasi located on the banks of the Varuna River. Contemporary rooms surrounded by acres of landscaped gardens offer the perfect retreat after exploring the ancient temple city.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Insight Experiences Aarti Chanting in Varanasi, India
Varanasi Aarti Chanting Sunset Ceremony

Join an expert in India's religious rituals to learn more about the colorful candlelit tradition of Aarti as you participate in the sunset ceremony...

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Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Top Rated Highlights Agra varanasi Flight, India
Agra to Varnasi Included Flight

Enjoy the scenery as your flight emerges from the Himalayas to reach Varanasi.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 11

The Holy City of Varanasi

Wake early for a breathtaking sunrise boat cruise on River Ganges, followed by a visit to an Akhara. Return to your hotel for breakfast before heading on a tour of Varanasi. This involves seeing the Sarnath, a sacred deer park where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma and the Buddhist Sangha first came into existence through Kondanna’s enlightenment. Later, enjoy a delicious Celebration Dinner with your fellow travelers and Travel Director at your hotel.

Ganges River, Varanasi, India
Taj Ganges View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Taj Ganges

About the Hotel

Varanasi, India

Opulence and warmth define Taj Ganges hotel, a property that embodies the experience of ethereal Varanasi located on the banks of the Varuna River. Contemporary rooms surrounded by acres of landscaped gardens offer the perfect retreat after exploring the ancient temple city.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Ganges River Sunset Cruise Varanasi, India
Varanasi Ganges River Cruise

Take a dawn cruise past the Ghats on the Ganges River - an experience never to be forgotten.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Holy town Varanasi and the river Ganges, India
Varanasi Orientation

During your brief orientation of the city, visit some of the famous temples. You'll also visit Sarnath, where Buddha first taught the Dharma.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Guests enjoying a Celebration Dinner
Varanasi Celebration Dinner

Toast to your travels over a Celebration Dinner at your Hotel.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 12

Leave Varanasi for Delhi

End your trip with an optional relaxing early morning yoga session in the fresh air by the banks of the holy Ganges River, a surreal experience. After breakfast and a transfer to the airport, head back to Delhi before your onward flights. Please do not schedule flights before 9pm.

Flight Over New Delhi, India
Included Meals Breakfast
Top Rated Highlights A window view of the wing of the Plane during a flight
Varanasi to Delhi Included Flight

Board your short flight to Delhi.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Yoga class, Varanasi, India
Yoga by the Ganges

Learn the age-old practice of yoga by the ghats (banks) of an ancient river at one of the oldest cities in the world, Varanasi. The practice of yog...

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Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

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Visit Swayambhunath Temple in Kathmandu

Visit sacred Swayambhunath, known as the Monkey Temple for its mischievous inhabitants.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Kathmandu Durbar Square Tour

Tour Durbar Square and Royal Palace.

Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Hear from a Woman who Summitted Mount Everest

Hear an inspirational talk led by a woman who summited Mount Everest, the highest point above sea level on Earth.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Kathmandu Pashupatinath Temple Visit

See the holiest of Hindu shrines, Pashupatinath Temple.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Kathmandu Boudhanath Stupa Visit

Visit the colossal stupa, Boudhanath.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Excursion to Bhadgaon

Enjoy an excursion to the ancient capital Bhadgaon.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Kathmandu Pottery Demonstration

Visit a pottery workshop, where a local craftsman will provide you with a demonstration on this age-old craft.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Kathmandu to Delhi Included Flight

Take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Delhi.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Delhi Akshardham Temple Visit

Visit the Hindu Temple of Swaminarayan Akshardham, a spiritual and cultural campus dedicated to devotion, learning and harmony.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Delhi Rickshaw Ride through Chandni Chowk Bazaar

Ride by rickshaw through the lanes of Chandni Chowk bazaar in Old Delhi.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See the Red Fort and Qutub Minar in Delhi

See the Red Fort and Qutub Minar. Drive along the Rajpath to view the India Gate and Parliament House.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Raj Ghat & Emperor Humayun's Tomb in Delhi

Visit Raj Ghat, the memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. A black stone platform marks the spot where he was cremated. An...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Food Tour with a Chef

Indulge your taste buds over a special food tour of Delhi with a passionate local chef. Gain insights into the city’s food culture, from hidden gem...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Jaipur Flower and Spice Market Visit

Visit the flower market and spice market and take in the sights and sounds.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Jaipur Artisan Walking Tour

Join your Local Expert for a walk through the city’s old lanes and see artisans working with age-old techniques.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Jaipur Royal Observatory Visit

Visit the royal observatory and see Jantar Mantar, a collection of 18th century architectural astronomical instruments, including the world’s largest stone dun dial. 

Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Pink City Rickshaw Ride

Jaipur offers endless experiences for curious travelers. Explore the Pink City on a rickshaw-tour led by local women who come from low-income house...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Cooking Session with local family

Whether you love fine food or gaining knowledge from locals, this cooking session followed by dinner with a family in Jaipur is the perfect way to ...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Ascend by Jeep to Visit Amber Fort in Jaipur

Ascend by jeep to stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls of Amber Fort. Enjoy the shimmering mirrored walls and ceilings, the...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Jaipur Palace of the Winds Visit

Join your Travel Director who will show you the marvel of Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds. Its 953 windows were designed to allow the ladies of the...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Agra Taj Mahal Visit

Visit the Taj Mahal, a monument of love, built by a king in everlasting memory of his beloved queen. Enjoy fast-track access through the gates mean...

See More
Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Meet the Inspiring Women from Sheroe's Cafe in Agra

Visit the 'Sheroes Café', a local business run by women survivors of acid attacks. Be inspired by their resilience in rebuilding a life for themsel...

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Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Varanasi Aarti Chanting Sunset Ceremony

Join an expert in India's religious rituals to learn more about the colorful candlelit tradition of Aarti as you participate in the sunset ceremony...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Agra to Varnasi Included Flight

Enjoy the scenery as your flight emerges from the Himalayas to reach Varanasi.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Varanasi Ganges River Cruise

Take a dawn cruise past the Ghats on the Ganges River - an experience never to be forgotten.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Varanasi Orientation

During your brief orientation of the city, visit some of the famous temples. You'll also visit Sarnath, where Buddha first taught the Dharma.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Varanasi to Delhi Included Flight

Board your short flight to Delhi.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

5 Dinner with Wines, 11 Breakfasts, 3 Lunchs

Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you'll enjoy on this tour.

Kathmandu Welcome Dinner

Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

Agra Restaurant Lunch

Dine for lunch at the beautiful Laxmi Niwas Palace in Bharatpur.

Varanasi Celebration Dinner

Toast to your travels over a Celebration Dinner at your Hotel.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Hyatt Regency
Hotel ITC Rajputana
Jaypee Palace Hotel
Taj Ganges

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Languages across India and Nepal: The official language of India is Hindi, one of the 22 officially recognized languages of India. In addition to Hindi, India and Nepal recognizes several other regional languages as official languages at the state and union territory levels. These include Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Kannada, Odia, Malayalam, Punjabi, Assamese, Maithili, and others, depending on the respective states and regions. The official language of Nepal is Nepali. Nepali, also known as Gorkhali, is the most widely spoken language in Nepal.
  • Currency used in India and Nepal : The currency of India is the Indian Rupee (₹). The currency of Nepal is Nepalese Rupee (र).
  • Capital Cities:: New Delhi (India) and Kathmandu (Nepal).
  • Time Zone(s) in India and Nepal : Indian Standard Time (IST) and Nepal Standard Time (NST). The time difference of Nepal is unique and differs by 15 minutes and 45 seconds from the neighboring countries and standard time zones.

 

India and Nepal passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip.
  • Visa Requirement: A Tourist Visa is required to enter Indial and Nepal. Learn more about obtaining visas for India and Nepal.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Nepal's weather and climate vary significantly due to its diverse geography and elevation. The country experiences a subtropical to alpine climate range. The Terai region in the south has a hot and humid climate with temperatures reaching up to 40°C (104°F) in summer. The hilly region has a moderate climate with mild summers and cool winters. The high Himalayan region has a cold and harsh climate, with extremely cold winters and cool summers. Monsoon season, from June to September, brings heavy rainfall to most parts of Nepal, particularly the southern and central regions. The best time to visit Nepal is during the autumn months of September to November when the weather is generally clear, offering stunning views of the mountains and pleasant temperatures.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits for Asia Tours

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10." For internal flights within Asia tours, there is generally a 44-lb luggage allowance.

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

When going on a guided tour of Asia, it's essential to pack smartly to ensure you have all the necessary items without burdening yourself with excessive luggage. Here's a limited packing list that covers the basics for your trip:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • A pair of comfortable walking shoes or sandals for exploring.
  • Lightweight and breathable clothing suitable for warm and humid weather. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and one or two long-sleeved shirts for cooler evenings or places with mosquitos.
  • A light sweater or jacket for cooler climates or air-conditioned spaces.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: A compact travel umbrella or a lightweight, packable rain jacket.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.

Miscellaneous:

  • A lightweight and foldable day bag to carry essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A small phrasebook or language app for basic communication when you're out exploring on your own (without your Travel Director)
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Consider the specific cultural norms and dress codes of the countries you visit to ensure respectful attire. Adapt this packing list to your specific needs and the duration of your trip, and you'll be well-prepared for your guided tour of Asia!

Electricity

Most Asian countries run on 220-240 volts at 50Hz AC (Alternating Current) electricity. However, there are some exceptions in certain regions. Here are some voltage variations for specific countries or regions in Asia:

  • Japan: Japan uses 100 volts at 50Hz in eastern Japan (including Tokyo) and 100 volts at 60Hz in western Japan (including Osaka). It's essential to check the voltage requirements for the specific area you will be visiting.
  • Malaysia: Malaysia uses 230 volts at 50 Hz.

Always verify the voltage and frequency for the particular country you'll be visiting, as using incompatible devices can lead to damage or malfunction. If you plan to bring American appliances or electronics to Asia, you will likely need a voltage converter and a plug adapter. Here's what you need to know:

  • Voltage Converter: American appliances designed to run on 110 volts may not function properly or could be damaged if connected directly to the higher voltage in Asian countries. A voltage converter (or voltage transformer) will allow your devices to work safely.
  • Plug Adapter: The physical shape of electrical outlets in Asian countries may also differ from those in the United States. You'll need a plug adapter to match the American-style plug with the outlets in the destination country.

It's essential to check the voltage and plug type requirements for the specific Asia country you plan to visit, as they might vary slightly from one country to another. Some modern electronic devices, like laptops and smartphones, are often designed to handle a wide range of voltages, so they might only require a plug adapter. 

Before your trip, verify the compatibility of your appliances and devices. You can find this information on the labels or tags of your electronics or in the user manuals. If in doubt, consult with the manufacturer or a qualified electrician.

We suggest buying an adapter with a voltage converter to help reduce the number of things you have to pack. Additionally, it's essential to get any required adapters or converters for your electronic devices before embarking on your guided tour and bringing them along. It's crucial to be cautious when using electrical devices in foreign countries, as using incorrect voltage or plugs without the right adapters can cause damage to your devices or even pose a safety hazard.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

In many hotels across Asia, hairdryers are commonly provided in guest rooms or available upon request. However, the availability and quality of hairdryers can vary depending on the hotel's star rating, location, and amenities.

It is important to keep in mind that the voltage of the hair dryer provided by the hotel will match the local electrical standards of the country where it is located. If you would like to use your own hair dryer, you will need a voltage converter (transformer). Before using your hair dryer or any electronic device, it is essential to verify voltage compatibility and use the appropriate plug adapter if necessary. Although many modern hair dryers are designed to be dual voltage, meaning they can work on both 110 volts and 220-240 volts, it is always recommended to double-check the label or user manual to be sure.

If you are unsure about the electrical compatibility or amenities provided by a specific hotel, you can contact them directly before your trip to inquire about the availability of hair dryers and other electrical considerations for international travelers. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but cannot find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is common in hotels across Asia, especially in urban and tourist areas. As Asia experiences diverse climates and varying temperatures, air conditioning has become a standard feature in most hotels to provide comfort to guests, especially during hot and humid weather.
  • However, the availability of air conditioning can vary based on the type of accommodation and the specific location within each country. Some hotels in Asia may have energy-saving initiatives, which could include setting temperature limits on air conditioning during certain hours. This is especially true for eco-friendly or environmentally-conscious hotels.

Regardless of where in the world your tour visits, we do our best to ensure your transportation is as comfortable as it can be.

Coach travel on Asia Tours

  • Asia tour vehicles do not have Wi-Fi on board
  • There are no onboard restrooms -  there are regular rest stops.

Airport transfers

Transfers will depend on the trip you choose and vary among destinations. In general, if you are joining or departing your guided vacation on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included. You’ll find specific information on your itinerary page.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

Traveling to Asia on a guided tour can be an exciting and enriching experience. Staying informed, prepared, and cautious will go a long way in ensuring a safe and enjoyable travel experience. Always stay in touch with your Travel Director and always follow their recommendations.

Here are some health advice and recommendations for travelers heading to Asia:

Visit the Doctor: Before embarking on your trip, schedule a visit with a medicine specialist or your healthcare provider. They can provide personalized health advice based on your medical history, current health status, and the specific countries you'll be visiting.

Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, evacuations, and trip cancellations.

Personal Medications: Bring an ample supply of any prescription medications you require, along with a copy of your prescriptions. Keep them in their original containers. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Vaccinations: While there are no vaccine or testing requirements, travelers should ensure that all routine vaccinations are up to date. Commonly recommended vaccinations for travelers to Asia may include:

  • Routine Vaccinations: These include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap), and influenza.
  • Hepatitis A and B: These protect against food and waterborne diseases.
  • Typhoid: Another vaccine to guard against food and waterborne illnesses.

Malaria Prevention: Malaria is present in some parts of Asia, especially in rural or forested areas. Consult with your healthcare provider about the appropriate antimalarial medications and mosquito bite prevention measures (e.g., insect repellents, mosquito nets) for your specific destinations.

Insect Bite Prevention: Protect yourself from insect bites, as they can transmit diseases like dengue, chikungunya, and Zika. Use insect repellents containing DEET or Picaridin and wear long-sleeved clothing and pants to reduce the risk of bites.

First Aid Kit: Carry a basic kit with essential items like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, antidiarrheal medication, and any prescribed medications.

Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water, especially in hot and humid climates, to prevent dehydration.

Hand Hygiene: Carry hand sanitizers and use them frequently, especially before eating or after touching surfaces in public places.

Respect Local Customs: Be aware of and respect local customs and traditions, as some practices may have health implications.

Avoid Street Food if Unsure: While trying local cuisine is a highlight of travel, be cautious about eating from street vendors or in places with questionable hygiene standards.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these. 

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Samuel Burstein
Review date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018
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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.
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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.
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Fantastic trip with extensive tours, excellent hotels and good meals. Travel guides were terrific, all very knowledgeable.
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