Essential India & Nepal

from $1800/per person

The 16-day Essential Nepal & India blends iconic natural beauty, marvellous wonders and adventure.
Visit the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra while discovering the Indian culture and lifestyle. Pose with the Taj Mahal along many impressive sites and cross to Nepal. Explore Kathmandu and its gorgeous ancient monuments before travelling to Pokhara for trekking. Walk around Chitwan National Park, while experiencing the jungle and rich wildlife.

Duration
16 Day
Destination(s)
India / Nepal
Starts in / Ends in
Delhi / Kathmandu
Departs on
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 Star hotel & local lodge
25-30 people

Sight Visited

  • Agra
    Agra

    Agra is the city of the Taj Mahal and has three UNESCO World Heritage sites; the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort in the city and Fatehpur Sikri nearby.

  • Amber Fort
    Amber Fort

    Amer Fort is the best tourist attraction of Jaipur and the sprawling complex combines both immense fortifications with unexpected beauty and charm.

  • Chitwan
    Chitwan

    Chitwan National Park is listed as a World Heritage site and consists of a diversity of ecosystems including the Churia hills, Ox-bow lakes and the flood plains of the Rapti.

  • Delhi
    Delhi

    No visit to India is complete without visiting both Old Delhi and New Delhi.

  • Fatenpur Sikri
    Fatenpur Sikri

    The royal city at Fatehpur Sikri is situated 26 miles west of Agra and was built at the orders of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. It is now a World Heritage site.

  • Jaipur
    Jaipur

    Jaipur is the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan.Located 260 km from New Delhi and forms a part of the Golden Triangle tourist circuit along with Agra .

  • Kathmandu
    Kathmandu

    Kathmandu is the capital and largest municipality of Nepal. It also hosts the headquarters of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.

  • Patan
    Patan

    Patan is a centre of Buddhist and Hindu culture. The city is full of religious art, temples, and monasteries and many religious festivals take place in Patan each year.

  • Pokhara
    Pokhara

    Pokhara is a sub-metropolitan and the second largest city of Nepal as well as the headquarters of Kaski District, Gandaki Zone and the Western Development Region.

  • Qutab Minar
    Qutab Minar

    Qutb Minar, at 72 metres, is the tallest brick minaret in the world and along with the ancient and medieval monuments surrounding it.

  • Taj Mahal
    Taj Mahal

    Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and is one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage.

ITINERARY

1
Day 1: Delhi
Welcome to India! We will pick you up from the airport and take you to our Delhi hotel. Meet with your guide and group at 6:30pm at the lobby for brief information about your adventures tour.
  • Complimentary airport transfer*
*Complimentary airport transfer is available on the first day of the tour for the flights arriving between 05:00am until 23:30pm. Please forward your flight details to info@traveltalktours.com email address to book it.  
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Day 2: Delhi City Tour
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 on the banks of River Yamuna by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan, as well as seeing Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Ghandi and the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. Once finished we will visit the jam-packed lanes of Chandni Chowk in a Rickshaw. This is the busiest commercial area of the city and brings to life the atmosphere of an oriental bazaar. In the afternoon we will head to modern New Delhi where you’ll be able to see many historic monuments such as the 12th century Qutab Minar which famous for the Ashokan iron pillar, Hjmayuns’ Tomb which is a forerunner of the Mughal style of architecture, and in contrast, visit the modern Lakshimi Narayan Temple. Lastly, we’ll drive past India Gate, the city’s World War I memorial, the President’s residence, Parliament House and the Secretariat buildings, all designed by Lutyens.
  • Meals: Breakfast
3
Day 3: Delhi, Jaipur
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.
  • Meals: Breakfast
4
Day 4: Jaipur
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.
  • Meals: Breakfast
5
Day 5: Jaipur, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
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. In the afternoon we'll check-in to our hotel and you can enjoy kite flying or play a cricket match with hotel staff. Later visit their organic farm, dairy & poultry farm followed by cooking demonstration by hotel staff.
  • Meals: Breakfast
6
Day 6: Agra, Taj Mahal
After breakfast leave for Agra, En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri. The abandoned, ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri lies some 40 km from Agra. The city was built by the Emperor Akbar in 1569, in honour of Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti, who prophesied that Akbar would have three sons. For 14 years Fatehpur Sikri was Akbar’s capital until a lack of water forced the city to be abandoned. The city is remarkably well-preserved, and visitors can see the Jama Masjid, the tomb of Salim Chisti, and several palaces Afternoon visit the Agra Fort and later during sunset visit the Taj Mahal. If there is one image that sums up India to the world, it is the Taj Mahal. This beautiful monument in Agra is an absolute must for every visitor. Taj Mahal, the white marble tomb built in 22 years (1631 – 1653) by the Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved Queen Mumtaz. Over 20,000 craftsman from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy laboured for 22 years to build this masterpiece. The Taj is closed on Fridays.   Meals: Breakfast
7
Day 7: Agra, Delhi
The drive back to Delhi is on the agenda today and you’ll also have free time for shopping and sightseeing.
  • Meals: Breakfast
8
Day 8: Delhi, Kathmandu
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport and fly Kathmandu, which is the capital and largest municipality of Nepal.
  • Meals: Breakfast
9
Day 9: Kathmandu
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.
  • Meals: Breakfast
10
Day 10: Kathmandu, Pokhara
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
11
Day 11: Pokhara, Nayapul, Trek Tolka
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.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
12
Day 12: Trek to Dhampus
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.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
13
Day 13: Trek to Phedi, Chitwan
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.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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Day 14: Chitwan National Park
We have full day of exciting jungle activities today. The best way to reach the national park is by a 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.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Day 15: Chitwan, Kathmandu
After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu and in the afternoon you have free time for shopping and wandering.
  • Meals: Breakfast
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Day 16: Kathmandu
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
  • Complimentary airport transfer*
*Complimentary airport transfer is available on the last day of the tour between 05:00am until 15:00pm Please book your transfer with your guide in advance.
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Price ($)

The tour price and the local payment cover the following services:

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 is not included in the tour price and local payment?

  • Any flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips & gestures
  • Visa fees
  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

UMAID LAKE PALACE - DAUSA


HOTEL WILDLIFE CAMP - CHITWAN


LOCAL LODGE TREK


USTAB HIMALAYA HOTEL - POKHARA


TRULY ASIA BOUTIQUE HOTEL - KATHMANDU


SEVEN HILLS - AGRA


SURYA VILLA - JAIPUR


SURYA INTERNATIONAL - DELHI


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