India & Nepal - Tigers, Taj & Temples

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  • Newmarket Holidays

A land of exotic wonders

Discover the glorious ‘Golden Triangle’ cities, Ranthambhore’s protected tigers, and an ancient land in the shadow of the mighty Himalayas. Begin your wonderful adventure in Delhi, India’s delightful, bewildering capital, before visits to Agra - home to the peerless Taj Mahal - tiger refuge Ranthambhore National Park and Jaipur - with its majestic Amber Fort, are followed by a stay in the jungle resort at Vanaashrya. You’ll then fly to Nepal, the beautiful Himalayan kingdom, where ancient, mythic Kathmandu, magical Pokhara at the foot of the Annapurna mountain range, and UNESCO-listed Chitwan National Park are unforgettable highlights.

Highlights

Holiday Highlights

Two safaris in search of Ranthambhore's tigers
The Taj Mahal at sunset in Agra
A guided tour of Nepal's captivating capital, Kathmandu
The sights of New Delhi, and a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi
Chand Baori, Abhaneri's astonishing stepwell
Visit Amber Fort and Jaipur's exquisite Palace of the Winds
Dinner with a local family in Jaipur
Staying in cottage accommodation at Vanaashrya
Spend two days in Chitwan National Park
Enjoy a canoe trip and jeep safari
See the sun rise over the Annapurna range
A day in Pokhara
Dinner at the climbers’ restaurant, the Rum Doodle

Destinations
  • Nepal
  • India
  • Indian Subcontinent
  • Indian Subcontinent
Tour Types
  • 50 plus
  • Wildlife
  • Cultural
  • History
  • Seniors
  • Air Holidays & Breaks
  • Faraway Worldwide Holidays
  • AIR
Departure Points
  • London Heathrow
  • Manchester

Itinerary

Day 1

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

Day 2

Arrive in Delhi, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel for lunch. This afternoon, explore the ruins of the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque and the ornate Qutb Minar tower on a guided tour.

Day 3

This morning a guided tour of the Old City will reveal 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. Later, 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. 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 4

Start your day with the unforgettable view of the Taj Mahal at dawn, seen from across the Yamuna River. Later, 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 Baori 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 you're free to relax for the afternoon, then in the evening enjoy the 'tiger talk' with a local naturalist, in preparation for tomorrow's adventure.

Day 5

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 6

An optional excursion this morning brings the chance to visit Ranthambhore Fort. We'll then 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 7

Visit Amber, ancient capital of the Rajput Empire, with its magnificent palaces and temples dominated by the stronghold of the Amber Fort. Climb by Jeep to the Fort, and 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 8

Bid farewell to Jaipur and journey across the desert plain 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, cottage designed to give a sense of the India of the past.

Day 9

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

Early this morning, you'll transfer to the airport for the short flight to the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, set in the foothills of the Himalayas, and as colourful, bustling and intoxicating a city as any on earth. On arrival your local guide and coach will be waiting to take you to your hotel for the first of two nights in the Nepalese capital. Dinner this evening will be 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

Enjoy a guided tour of the Nepalese capital. Highlights will include the UNESCO-listed Old City and the temples and pagodas of Durbar Square. You'll also visit Boudhanath, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in world, and take a walking tour through the royal city of Patan.

Day 12

Leaving Kathmandu, today, you'll follow a scenic route through the Himalayan foothills to Pokhara on the shores of Lake Phewa. Spend two nights in this beautiful location, enjoying distant views of the Annapurna range and triangular Fishtail Mountain.

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 the halfway station, and from which the breath-taking panorama of the world's highest mountain range unfolds as the sun rises. 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 an afternoon 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 (an indigenous population with unique culture) village.

Day 15

Rise early this morning to join a guide for a canoe trip along 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 jeep safari, as you join a naturalist guide an head in search of one-horned rhinoceros, elephants, sloth bears, wild boar and - for the very fortunate - Bengal tigers. This evening, end your stay with a traditional tribal dance performance.

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 to the airport this afternoon and board your overnight flight home via Dubai.

Day 18

What's Included

15 nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation with 10 lunches 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), plus one night on the aircraft
A guided tour of Agra
Three safaris
Return flights to Delhi via Dubai (returning from Kathmandu via Dubai)
An internal flight from Delhi to Kathmandu
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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