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India - Tigers, the Taj Mahal & Nepal

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Departing 2017
* Price shown: 18 Sep 2018 from London Heathrow - LHR
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A land of exotic wonders

See India's pulsating capital city, New Delhi, the beautiful Taj Mahal and Rajasthan's pink city of Jaipur. Catch a glimpse of the tigers of Ranthambhore and enjoy a camel-cart ride on the edges of Sariska National Park. Cross into timeless Nepal and see its populous capital Kathmandu and idyllic Pokhara in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Discover the sights of New Delhi, including the historic Red Fort and Jama Masjid Mosque, the India Gate war memorial and the ruins of the Quwwat ul-Islam mosque
  • Take a rickshaw ride through the bewildering hustle and bustle of Old Delhi
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Agra, India's city of love
  • Marvel at the Taj Mahal
  • See Chand Baori, Abhaneri's astonishing stepwell
  • Go in search of Ranthambhore's tigers on two included safaris
  • See the Amber Fort
  • Visit Jaipur's exquisite Palace of the Winds
  • Enjoy dinner with a local family in Jaipur
  • Stay in traditional tented accommodation at Vanaashrya
  • Enjoy a camel cart ride and an Indian cookery demonstration
  • Visit the heritage Transport Museum
  • Explore Nepalese capital Kathmandu
  • Spend a full day in Pokhara, a Himalayan idyll, including the Gurka Memorial Museum and a cruise on Lake Phewa
  • Take a canoe ride in Chitwan National Park
  • See the sun rise over the Annapurna range
  • 15 nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation in a series of four-star and five-star standard hotels in Delhi (2 nights), Agra (1), Ranthambhore (2), Jaipur (2), Vanaashrya (1), Kathmandu (3), Pokhara (2) and Chitwan (2)
  • Nine lunches
  • Return flights from your chosen airport to Delhi and between Delhi and Kathmandu
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager in India and Nepal

Single rooms are available for a supplement

N.B. Visas are required for travel on this tour (see Further Information)

Itinerary

Day One

Your holiday begins with an overnight flight from the UK to Delhi.

Day Two

Arrive in Delhi, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel for lunch. This afternoon a guided tour of the Old City will introduce you to Jama Masjid Mosque and Raj Ghat, Gandhi's cremation site.

You'll also see the Red Fort and take a rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk. Before evening falls you'll see some of the city's Imperial highlights including the India Gate war memorial, the vast boulevard of the Rajpath and Parliament House.

Day Three

Explore the ruins of the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque and the ornate Qutb Minar tower, this morning. Later we'll plot a course for Agra, India's City of Love and site of the exquisite Taj Mahal. Built as a monument to undying love by grief-stricken Shah Jahan, after the death of his beloved wife, the Taj is seen in all its glory at sunset. Your guided tour of Agra will also take in the royal pavilions, palaces and courtyards of majestic Agra Fort.

Day Four

Today you'll visit Abhaneri, a small town famed for its amazing baoris (stepwells) and the mighty Harshat Mata Temple. Discover the architectural beauty of the Chand Baoli stepwell and its intricate carved panels.

Leaving Abhaneri you'll travel to Ranthambhore National Park, one of the prime examples of Indian conservation and your base for two nights. Once the hunting ground of Indian princes, this national park stands atop a 600-metre-high hill range and plays host to a number of India's elusive and endangered tigers.

After lunch, relax for the afternoon or take an optional visit to nearby Ranthambhore Fort. In the evening enjoy the 'tiger talk' with a local naturalist, in preparation for tomorrow's adventure.

Day Five

This morning you'll enjoy the first of two guided tours in search of some of the park's most revered inhabitants; striped hyenas, sambar deer, sloth bears and of course tigers (and maybe even a leopard). After lunch there will be another chance to see these and many other incredible creatures at close quarters, on your second guided tour into the park.

Day Six

Today you'll travel through Rajasthan to Jaipur, India's pink city, for a two-night stay. Settle into your heritage hotel in downtown Jaipur, and enjoy the on-site facilities, including a cooling outdoor pool.

Day Seven

Visit Amber, ancient capital of the Rajput Empire, with its magnificent palaces and temples dominated by the stronghold of the Amber Fort. Take time to marvel at the royal halls and the splendid views from the ramparts.

This afternoon enjoy an included sightseeing tour of Jaipur, introducing the Palace of the Winds, the City Palace and the amazing astronomical observatory built by the city's founder Jai Singh II. Dinner tonight is with a local family in Jaipur.

Day Eight

This morning you'll head north to Vanaashrya. En route you'll make a stop at the atmospheric ruined fort of Bhangarh, dating from the 17th Century, where you'll enjoy a welcome tea or coffee. After a relaxing afternoon, hop onto a camel cart and visit the local village before a pre-dinner cookery demonstration with the chef. You'll spend the night in your private, air-conditioned, tent designed to give a sense of the India of the past.

Day Nine

En route back to Delhi, for your final night's stay in India, we'll make a stop at the intriguing Heritage Transport Museum, which showcases the development of road, rail and air in India.

Day 10

This morning you'll transfer to the airport for the short flight to Kathmandu in Nepal. On arrival your local guide and coach will be waiting to to take you to your hotel for the first of two nights in the Nepalese capital.

Dinner this evening will be at at the legendary Rum Doodle restaurant in the company of a Sherpa or Everest summiteer who will answer all of your questions about the world's ultimate climb.

Day 11

Today you'll enjoy an included guided sightseeing tour of ancient Kathmandu, a colourful, bustling and intoxicating city set amid the green foothills of the majestic Himalayas. Highlights include the UNESCO-listed Old City and the temples and pagodas of Durbar Square. You'll also take a walking tour through the royal city of Patan and visit Boudhanath, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in world.

Day 12

Leaving Kathmandu, today, you'll journey through the Himalayan foothills to slow-paced Pokhara. The city sits on the shores of Lake Phewa and boasts views of the snow-capped Annapurna range and triangular Fishtail Mountain. Enjoy a relaxing evening in preparation for an early start.

Day 13

Wake before dawn to drive a short way to Sarangkot Hill. Climb to the viewing platform, approximately 45 minutes up an at times steep but safe walk from which the breathtaking panorama of the world's highest mountain range unfolds with the rise of the sun.

You'll return to the hotel for breakfast before a fascinating day of visits to beautiful Davis Falls, the Tibetan Refugee Camp and the Gurkha Memorial Museum, as well as a cruise on Lake Phewa.

Day 14

This morning your coach will take you west to Chitwan National Park and the Jungle Villa resort, your home for two nights, close to the park's headquarters. Enjoy lunch on arrival, before an afternoon ox-cart ride to a local Tharu village - an indigenous population with unique culture.

Day 15

Rise early this morning to join a guide for a canoe trip up the Rapti River, home to gharial and marsh mugger crocodiles, and rare bird species. After a visit to the Crocodile Breeding Centre return to the hotel for breakfast, followed by an exciting elephant safari, hoping to sight one-horned rhinoceros, elephants, sloth bears, wild boar and - for the very fortunate - Bengal tigers.

This evening enjoy a traditional tribal dance show.

Day 16

Returning to Kathmandu, you'll spend a last evening in the Nepalese capital and enjoy your final dinner at a traditional restaurant with a cultural dance show.

Day 17

Transfer back to the airport and board your flight back to the UK via Delhi.

Prices

 Departure AirportDatePrice From
Aberdeen19 Sep 2017 £2499.00
Aberdeen03 Oct 2017 £2599.00
Aberdeen24 Oct 2017 £2599.00
Aberdeen14 Nov 2017 £2649.00
Aberdeen16 Jan 2018 £2629.00
Aberdeen27 Feb 2018 £2629.00
Aberdeen10 Apr 2018 £2499.00
Aberdeen08 May 2018 £2499.00
Aberdeen18 Sep 2018 £2499.00
Aberdeen02 Oct 2018 £2649.00
Aberdeen23 Oct 2018 £2649.00
Aberdeen13 Nov 2018 £2699.00
Belfast City19 Sep 2017 £2499.00
Belfast City03 Oct 2017 £2599.00
Belfast City24 Oct 2017 £2599.00
Belfast City14 Nov 2017 £2649.00
Belfast City16 Jan 2018 £2629.00
Belfast City27 Feb 2018 £2629.00
Belfast City10 Apr 2018 £2499.00
Belfast City08 May 2018 £2499.00
Belfast City18 Sep 2018 £2499.00
Belfast City02 Oct 2018 £2649.00
Belfast City23 Oct 2018 £2649.00
Belfast City13 Nov 2018 £2699.00
Edinburgh19 Sep 2017 £2499.00
Edinburgh03 Oct 2017 £2599.00
Edinburgh24 Oct 2017 £2599.00
Edinburgh14 Nov 2017 £2649.00
Edinburgh16 Jan 2018 £2629.00
Edinburgh27 Feb 2018 £2629.00
Edinburgh10 Apr 2018 £2499.00
Edinburgh08 May 2018 £2499.00
Edinburgh18 Sep 2018 £2499.00
Edinburgh02 Oct 2018 £2649.00
Edinburgh23 Oct 2018 £2649.00
Edinburgh13 Nov 2018 £2699.00
Glasgow19 Sep 2017 £2499.00
Glasgow03 Oct 2017 £2599.00
Glasgow24 Oct 2017 £2599.00
Glasgow14 Nov 2017 £2649.00
Glasgow16 Jan 2018 £2629.00
Glasgow27 Feb 2018 £2629.00
Glasgow10 Apr 2018 £2499.00
Glasgow08 May 2018 £2499.00
Glasgow18 Sep 2018 £2499.00
Glasgow02 Oct 2018 £2649.00
Glasgow23 Oct 2018 £2649.00
Glasgow13 Nov 2018 £2699.00
London Heathrow19 Sep 2017 £2299.00
London Heathrow03 Oct 2017 £2399.00
London Heathrow24 Oct 2017 £2399.00
London Heathrow14 Nov 2017 £2449.00
London Heathrow16 Jan 2018 £2429.00
London Heathrow27 Feb 2018 £2429.00
London Heathrow10 Apr 2018 £2299.00
London Heathrow08 May 2018 £2299.00
London Heathrow18 Sep 2018 £2299.00
London Heathrow02 Oct 2018 £2449.00
London Heathrow23 Oct 2018 £2449.00
London Heathrow13 Nov 2018 £2499.00
Manchester19 Sep 2017 £2499.00
Manchester03 Oct 2017 £2599.00
Manchester24 Oct 2017 £2599.00
Manchester14 Nov 2017 £2649.00
Manchester16 Jan 2018 £2629.00
Manchester27 Feb 2018 £2629.00
Manchester10 Apr 2018 £2499.00
Manchester08 May 2018 £2499.00
Manchester18 Sep 2018 £2499.00
Manchester02 Oct 2018 £2649.00
Manchester23 Oct 2018 £2649.00
Manchester13 Nov 2018 £2699.00
Newcastle19 Sep 2017 £2499.00
Newcastle03 Oct 2017 £2599.00
Newcastle24 Oct 2017 £2599.00
Newcastle14 Nov 2017 £2649.00
Newcastle16 Jan 2018 £2629.00
Newcastle27 Feb 2018 £2629.00
Newcastle10 Apr 2018 £2499.00
Newcastle08 May 2018 £2499.00
Newcastle18 Sep 2018 £2499.00
Newcastle02 Oct 2018 £2649.00
Newcastle23 Oct 2018 £2649.00
Newcastle13 Nov 2018 £2699.00

Tigers, the Taj Mahal and Nepal Touring Hotels

You will be staying in a series of well-located hotels, all of which will be of a four- and five-star standard. In all cases, rooms have private bathrooms and air conditioning.

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Further Information

Passports and visas

British citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling overseas. Your passport must contain two blank pages and be valid for six months after your entry date to Nepal. A visa is also required for entry to both India and Nepal. Full details of how and when to apply will be sent out about eight weeks before departure. British CITIZENS and some other European nationals satisfying certain conditions may use the online India e-Tourist Visa application process at a cost of $62 (US) per person. Other British passport holders, who are not British CITIZENS, must apply for a full visa for India which costs £92. The visa for Nepal currently costs £20. You may also, at extra cost, use the services of CIBT, our recommended visa handling partner, who will handle the whole process for you. Note that all travellers of Pakistani descent, regardless of citizenship, will generally be subject to more detailed processing by the Indian authorities which can take up to four months from application.

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

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