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The Essential India & Nepal tour starts in New Delhi and ends in Kathmandu. The Essential India & Nepal is a Wildlife Safaris And Game Drives tour that takes 16 days taking you from New Delhi to Kathmandu and through other destinations in Asia.

From Delhi to Kathmandu, embrace the traditions and customs of India & Nepal on this exotic combo tour. Plenty of sightseeing and adventure including visits to the Taj Mahal and elephant safaris in Chitwan National Park.
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Welcome to India! At the airport terminal keep your eyes open for the Travel Talk sign, as we pick you up from the airport and take you to our Delhi hotel.
Included Activities
  • Welcome Meeting
Optional Activities
  • Group Dinner
Meals
  • No
After breakfast, we begin to explore Delhi, a colourful and chaotic city. Our first stop will be Old Delhi which includes visiting the magnificent Red Fort, built
Optional Activities
  • No
Meals
  • Breakfast
Today, we leave early at around 8:00am from Delhi for Jaipur with the drive taking about 6 hours. Jaipur is a city of history and tradition which dates back to its foundation in the 17th century by Sawai Jai Singh, from whom it derives its name. Jaipur is almost equidistant from Delhi and Agra and forms part of the famed Golden Triangle, which so many travellers to North India embark on. In the evening we will visit Birla temple for evening Aarti.
Optional Activities
  • No
Meals
  • Breakfast
In the morning we start the Jaipur city tour where you get to visit the Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds. Afterwards we drive out of town to visit Amber Fort where you’ll be able to walk to the entrance of this traditional Rajasthani Fort and once inside the walls, you’ll see precious stones and mirrors embellishing the plasterwork walls. In the afternoon, we will visit the historic City Palace, a huge sprawling complex which is still home to the former royal family who live in one section. The rest has been converted into a museum which holds an impressive collection of royal weapons and the Hawa Mahal. Lastly, we visit the Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and features the world’s largest stone sundial.
Optional Activities
  • No
Meals
  • Breakfast
We drive to Dausa after breakfast and visiting Galta Temple (also know as Monkey Temple) and Abhaneri Stepwell. It’s a 100ft well made in 9th Century and is an architectural marvel. Visit a local family for tea or just for a visit (Tipping is expected) to experience a local house.
Optional Activities
  • No
Meals
  • Breakfast
After breakfast leave for Agra, En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri.
Optional Activities
  • No
Meals
  • Breakfast
The drive back to Delhi is on the agenda today and you’ll also have free time for shopping and sightseeing.
Meals
  • Breakfast
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport and fly Kathmandu, which is the capital and largest municipality of Nepal.
Optional Activities
  • Group Dinner
Meals
  • Breakfast
We start the day by exploring Kathmandu City, Swyambhunath and Patan. Our first stop will be Swayambhunath, an ancient religious architecture atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley where the Buddhist stupa is said to be more than 2000 years old. This hill also has a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples. Our second stop will be Kathmandu City known as Kantipur. Here you will visit the temple of the Living Goddess, who acknowledges the greetings of the devotees from the balcony of her temple residence, Kasthamandap temple, the source of the name Kathmandu and the Durbar Square, which has an array of temples overlooked by the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the ancient place of the Ex Nepalese Royalty. In the afternoon we visit the ancient city of Patan, once a kingdom in itself. Patan Durbar Square offers the finest display of Newari urban architecture in Nepal and there are temples devoted to Shiva, Krishna, Ganesh and Vishnu all actively visited.
Optional Activities
  • No
Meals
  • Breakfast
Today, we drive for about 6 hours to reach the Pokhara which is the second largest city in Nepal. Once we’ve reached Pokhara you’ll be able to wander around the beautiful lake city known for its superb mountain views. It is an enchanting city nestled beneath the snow-crested Annapurna Massif in a tranquil valley and is the starting point for many of Nepal’s most popular trekking destinations. The atmosphere on the shore of Phewa Lake is one of excited vitality as backpackers crowd the many bars and restaurants. At an elevation lower than Kathmandu and generally a few degrees warmer, Pokhara has a tropical feel to it and has the diversity of beautiful subtropical flora.
Meals
  • Breakfast
It is the first day of our trekking adventure where we start our journey by private transport to Nayapul to reach the Australian Camp. This camp offers a spectacular view of the snow-clad mountains of the Annapuran ranges, Hiunchuli, Fish Tail, Lamjung Himal and Manasla. We gradually descend up to Pothana then will stop at Deurali where we have lunch. After lunch, we progressively incline to Tolka where we stop for the night and stay in a local lodge. Here, you’ll see a spectacular view of Annapurna South and Himchuli mountains.
Optional Activities
  • No
Meals
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Today, the trek begins downhill and offers views of the Annapurna mountain range. You will pass more Gurung villages allowing you to see the huge farming communities in which they live in. Passing on, you will reach the villages of Pothana and Dhampus. Dhampus is one of the most famous touristic villages of western Nepal and offers visitors breath-taking panoramic views the Annapurna and Manaslu Himalayan mountain ranges. Tonight you’ll have dinner and stay overnight at a local lodge.
Optional Activities
  • No
Meals
  • Breakfast, Dinner
It’s an early morning start so you can enjoy the colourful sunrise over the Himalayas and then you’ll take an easy downhill trek to Phedi where you will pass rice fields and small cottages. When you reach the village of Phedi our vehicle will be waiting to take you back to Pokhara and then to continue our drive to Chitwan.
Optional Activities
  • No
Meals
  • Breakfast, Dinner
We have full day of exciting jungle activities today. The best way to reach the national park is by a jungle safari where you’ll end up at Chitwan National Park. This is considered one of the richest wildlife areas in Asia and boasts the last and largest remaining area of tall grassland habitat. Not to be compared with the wide open spaces of Africa, the intimacy of the search and discovery of Asian wildlife in its dense habitat is considered by many travellers to be equally rewarding and exciting.
Optional Activities
  • No
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu and in the afternoon you have free time for shopping and wandering.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Our trip will end after we say goodbye to our new friends over breakfast, bid you safe travels, and check-out of the hotel at 11:00am.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 3 star hotels and local lodge during trekking in Nepal
Meals
  • 15 breakfasts | 1 lunch | 4 dinners
Transportation
  • Air-conditioned non-smoking coach or mini-bus | Elephant failing Jeep ride at Amber Fort | Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
Flight
  • Flight from Delhi to Kathmandu
Airport Transfers
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
Guide
  • Services of experienced guide licenced by the Ministry of Tourism, English Speaking trek guide, English Speaking naturalist during jungle activities in Chitwan.
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to New Delhi and from Kathmandu are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Essential India & Nepal tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Duration 16 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 12 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends New Delhi, India/ Kathmandu, Nepal
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A deposit of 76 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 89 days before departure. For any departures within 23 September 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Essential India & Nepal tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Essential India & Nepal tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Essential India & Nepal tour. You can cancel the tour up to 90 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 89 days of departure.
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