Colorful India & the Ganges River with Kathmandu 2021
16 Day River Cruise Delhi to Kathmandu
Starting at $6,089
Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Enter a world of color, culture, and cherished spiritual tradition of India and Nepal. Your guided tour of India, Nepal, and Ganges River cruise begins in the bustling city of Delhi. You’ll tour the city with your expert local guide, and take a rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk bazaar—brimming with everything from silver and spices to saris of every color. You’ll visit Qutub Minar—the world’s largest brick minaret, and see Delhi’s largest Sikh gurudwara (house of worship), before traveling to Agra—site of the legendary Taj Mahal. Join a sunrise excursion to the Taj Mahal—the iconic memorial build by Moghul emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife. More than 20 years in the making, the Taj Mahal stands as the pinnacle of love’s devotion, and is also yours to experience at sunset if you wish. You’ll enjoy the city of Jaipur, with its famous Palace of the Winds, and spectacular Amber Fort, before flying to Kolkata to board your Ganges river cruise. The holy river of Hinduism, the Ganges, slowly courses through one of the world’s most fertile and populated areas. Along its banks, human life is connected to its waters and you’ll get a glimpse of life away from India’s big cities. See muslin weaving in Kalna and candy making in Matiari. Stop in Murshidabad for an excursion to Azimganj and Jiaganj—to tour a historic manions and see a gold and silver making demonstration. Explore the fascinating Hare Krishna headquarters in Mayapur, and visit Saint Mother Teresa’s former home upon your return to Kolkata. In Kathmandu, sightseeing is spread over two leisurely days. Visits include Hanuman Dhoka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Temple of Kumari, residence of the Living Goddess, a child thought to be the reincarnation of a Hindu goddess. You’ll also journey to Patan and Bouddhanath, Nepal’s largest stupa. All of this and more await you on this once-in-a-lifetime guided tour of India and Nepal with a Ganges River cruise.
Destination & Sightseeing
|Day 1 Delhi, India:||Welcome to India|
|Day 2 Delhi:||See Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, and the Presidential Palace; rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk bazaar|
|Day 3 Delhi–Agra:||Sightseeing including visits to Qutab Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib; drive to Agra|
|Day 4 Agra:||Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal; Agra Fort; sunset visit to Taj Mahal|
|Day 5 Agra–Jaipur:||Drive to Jaipur; time at leisure|
|Day 6 Jaipur:||Morning Excursion to Amber Fort; afternoon sightseeing including visits to the City Palace and Jantar Mantar|
|Day 7 Jaipur–Kolkata (Embarkation):||Fly to Kolkata; onboard welcome reception|
|Day 8 Kalna:||Sightseeing by rickshaw; visit a temple complex to receive blessings from a priest and visit a muslin-weaver’s home|
|Day 9 Matiari:||Walking tour of village to interact with brass craftsmen and see traditional sweets being made|
|Day 10 Murshidabad. Excursion to Azimganj & Jiaganj:||Travel by electric rickshaw to see saree weaving in Jiaganj; Guided Walk through Azimganj to see the local crafts market, visit Bari Kothi; silver and gold making demonstration|
|Day 11 Mayapur–Guptipara:||Morning visit to the ISKCON temple in Mayapur; rickshaw ride through Guptipara to see pottery-making and a farmer’s home|
|Day 12 Kolkata:||Guided walk through the flower market; visit Mother Teresa’s Home, a home for orphaned children, and the Victoria Memorial Museum; farewell dance performance|
|Day 13 Kolkata–Kathmandu, Nepal:||Fly to Nepal|
|Day 14 Kathmandu:||Sightseeing with visits to Hanuman Dhoka and the Temple of Kumari|
|Day 15 Kathmandu:||Visit Bouddahanath; excursion to Patan|
|Day 16 Kathmandu:||End of vacation|
2 Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi Delhi India
Nestled amidst the heart of the historic Indian capital city, the iconic Taj Palace, New Delhi has held a distinguished position amongst the finest hotels of the world for close to four decades. Spread over six acres of lush gardens, the landmark hotel is synonymous with timeless luxury and unmatched hospitality. With panoramic views of the city's verdant protected greens, the hotel offers an inimitable confluence of epitomising elements of Indian art, warm, personalised service and unmatched luxury.
Taj East Gate Road, Uttar Pradesh Agra India
The Taj Hotel & Convention Centre has 239 plush rooms and features views of the Taj Mahal from the rooftop bar. There is also an abundance of dining options, an invigorating spa, and a variety of other amenities to make for an enjoyable stay.
Jacob Rd, Civl Lines Jaipur India
Set amidst 18 acres of beautifully landscaped Moghul gardens, this incomparable Palace dates back to 1745 A.D. A masterpiece in the Indo Saracenic style of architecture, it blends spotlight grabbing opulence with tantalizing comforts that transport guests to a world of Rajasthan magnificence. It is located downtown, close to the main shopping center and historical monuments.
Battisputali Kathmandu Nepal
Nepal has eight World Heritage sites and has won two Heritage Awards. One for the Medieval City of Bhaktapur and the other for The Dwarika's Hotel.The magnificence of The Dwarika's is its buildings of intricate carved wood and terracotta work that must have taken 10 million hours of the best craftsmen in Nepal. Every brick is handmade and every piece of wood work a centuries old original. But The Dwarika's is also about intimate luxury and the spirit and hospitality of the Nepali people.