Journey into a wonderland of the exotic and enigmatic, full of strange fascination - from the remarkable temples of Khajuraho and the splendid Taj Mahal, to the world’s only official living goddess. Uncover the mysterious ways of India and Nepal in luxurious comfort, knowing that every detail is taken care of by your Travelling Concierge.
Indian Festivals: Truly experience India by travelling during one of its famed festivals. Holi is the festival of colour, symbolising 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. Refer to dates and date chart notes to find out which departures travel during these wonderful, cultural experiences.
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.
Orchha: Visit the palaces and temples of the fort.
Jhansi: Sweep past the Indian countryside as you ride the Shatabdi Express.
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, 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 18:30 for your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.(Dinner with Wine)
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.(Breakfast)
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.(Breakfast)
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.(Breakfast / Dinner)
View Pashupatinath Temple on the banks of the Bagmati, one of the holiest Hindu shrines. Continue to Boudhanath, 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.(Breakfast)
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.(Breakfast)
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.(Breakfast / Dinner)
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.(Breakfast / Dinner)
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.(Breakfast / Lunch)
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.(Breakfast / Dinner)
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.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
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.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Depart Jaipur for Delhi.
Your journey draws to a close after breakfast, with a transfer to Jaipur airport for your flight back to Delhi. Should you be continuing on, please do not schedule connecting flights before 21:00 from Delhi. For those taking an early morning flight the following day, and needing to stay overnight at a hotel close to the airport, post-trip accommodation with included transfers is available. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.(Breakfast)