LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £49 PER PERSON!
A land of exotic wonders
OFFER ENDS 31st JULY*
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.
Fly overnight from the UK to Delhi.
Upon arrival, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel. After lunch, enjoy a guided tour of the city's most important sights as well as an exhilarating rickshaw ride through old Chandni Chowk.
After breakfast and another short sightseeing tour, board the coach for the journey south to Agra, home to UNESCO-listed Agra Fort and the marbled wonder of the Taj Mahal, seen in its glory at sunset.
Journey, via the ancient village of Abhaneri, with its astonishing Chand Baori stepwell and stunning Harshat Mata temple to Umaid Lake Palace, where lunch is included. Spend two nights in Ranthambhore National Park, former hunting ground of Indian princes and now the protected habitat for the famed, endangered 'Tigers of Ranthambhore' and other species.
An evening 'tiger talk' sets the scene for tomorrow's adventures.
Enjoy two open-air 'canter' (open-air vehicle) safari tours of the park today.
Join the optional excursion to Ranthambhore Fort, with its stupendous views of the park below, then journey north to 'Pink City' Jaipur, for a two-night stay in a heritage hotel.
Climb by Jeep to majestic Amber Fort, with its magnificent Royal Halls and stupendous views over the surrounding plain. This afternoon a sightseeing tour includes the City Palace, the amazing astronomical observatory, built by city founder Jai Singh and a drive by the exquisite facade of the 'Palace of the Winds'.
Bid farewell to Jaipur and journey across the desert plain into the Aravali Hills to the jungle resort of Vanaashyra, calling en route at the ruins of 17th-century Bhangarh fort.
This afternoon, enjoy a camel-cart ride and cookery demonstration before spending the night in an air-conditioned tent.
Head back towards Delhi, calling en route at the fascinating Heritage Transport Museum, with its impressive collections covering the development of India's road, rail and air travel industries, as well as transport related toys and memorabilia. Spend a last night in the capital.
Early this morning, transfer to the airport for the short flight to the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, as
colourful, bustling and intoxicating a city as any on earth - all the more exciting for its location amongst the green foothills of the majestic Himalayas. Enjoy dinner at the famous Rum Doodle restaurant - legendary climbers' haunt - and meet an Everest summiteer or Sherpa guide.
Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the Nepalese capital, highlights of which will include the UNESCO-listed Old City and Durbar Square, with its temples and pagodas. You'll also visit sacred Boudhanath, the most famous of the many Buddhist stupas, and enjoy a walking tour of Patan City across the Bagmati River, where yet more stunning temples draw pilgrims from around the world.
Make the scenic journey through the Himalayan foothills to Pokhara, on the shores of Lake Phewa. Spend two nights in this beautiful location, enjoying distant views of the stunning, snow-capped Annapurna range and triangular Fishtail Mountain.
Wake before dawn to drive to Sarangkot Hill and the climb to the viewing platform (approximately 45 minutes from the 'half-way' station and a stiff, if safe walk) from which the breathtaking panorama of the world's highest mountain range unfolds in a glorious sunrise. Return to the hotel for breakfast, and enjoy visits to beautiful Davis Falls, the Tibetan Refugee Camp and the Gurkha Memorial Museum. A wonderful day ends with an afternoon cruise on Lake Phewa.
Journey to the glorious Chitwan National Park, to spend two nights in the Jungle Villa resort close to the park's Kasara headquarters. Enjoy lunch on arrival, then an afternoon ox-cart ride to a local Tharu village, to meet the tribes-people and learn about their culture.
Enjoy an early morning's guided canoe trip along the Rapti River, home to Gharial and 'Marsh Mugger' crocodiles and rare bird species, before returning for a late breakfast and an Elephant Safari, as you join a mahout guide, hoping for a sight of one-horned rhinoceros, elephants, sloth bears, wild boar and - for the very fortunate - rare Bengal tigers. This evening, end your stay with a traditional tribal dance performance.
Return through magnificent scenery to Kathmandu for a last night in the capital, with a final dinner and cultural show at a traditional restaurant.
Transfer to the airport for the return flight, via Delhi, arriving back in the UK this evening.
The white marble of the Taj Mahal is being gradually cleaned in a process that will take up to four years. Parts of the monument's surface may be covered during this process though your visit and access to the main dome is not likely to be restricted.
Taj Mahal restoration work
British citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling overseas. Your passport must contain three blank pages and be valid for six months after your return date. A visa is also required for entry to 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 e-Tourist Visa application process at a cost of $75 (US) per person for entry to India. Other British passport holders, who are not British CITIZENS, must apply for a full visa which costs £112. 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.
Passports and visas
The cost of a visa for Nepal is currently £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..
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.
Hotel transfer times
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.
Combining hotel transfers
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.
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.
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.
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.
Changes to your hotels
*Low deposit of £49 per person applies to new bookings made between 21st June and 31st July 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.