INDIA & NEPAL ENCOUNTER

20 Days – India and Nepal

Highlights

Capture the perfect image of the majestic Taj Mahal in the spectacular morning light

Explore Ranthambore National Park, a vast wildlife reserve and home to tigers, leopards and marsh crocodiles

Spend the day at a unique Indian Festival, the annual Pushkar Camel Fair

Gaze at the spectacular sklyline of Pokhara, dominated by three of the ten highest mountains in the world and located on the tranquil shores of Lake Pokhara

Visit Bhaktapur, an ancient UNESCO world heritage site in the Kathmandu Valley

Tour the magnificent palaces in the romantic city of Udaipur

Discover the charms and flamboyant style of Jaipur, known as “The Pink City “

Wonder at the fascinating sites of Kathmandu including Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world

Ride through through the bustling streets of Old Delhi in a traditional rickshaw

Inclusions

AIRFARES INCLUDED

FULLY ESCORTED HOLIDAYS

VISAS, TRANSFERS & TIPPING INCLUDED

SMALL GROUP TOURING

INCLUSIVE SIGHTSEEING

2021 TOUR DATES & PRICES

DATES

TWIN

SOLO

19 October – 18 November 2021

$9,495*

SPECIAL OFFER: Book and pay your deposit by 31 March 2020 to save $500 per person

$11,495*

SPECIAL OFFER: Book and pay your deposit by 31 March 2020 to save $500 per person

* Prices are per person. For additional information on this trip, including tour suitability and activity levels, please refer to the detailed trip notes below.

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DAY 1

AUSTRALIA TO KATHMANDU, NEPAL

Our Escorted Escape begins as we fly from Australia to Nepal. On arrival in the evening at Kathmandu Airport, we are met by our guide and transferred to our hotel.

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel Kathmandu

DAY 2

KATHMANDU, NEPAL

Discover the fascinating city of Kathmandu. Beginning at Boudhanath, a large 5th Century Buddhist stupa. We then make our way to Pashupatinath, a holy Hindu shrine dating back to 200BC. View the treasure trove of unusual architecture at Patan Durbar Square with its exquisite wood carving, stone, brick and brass craftsmanship. Tonight enjoy a welcome group dinner.

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel Kathmandu

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 3

KATHMANDU, NEPAL

This morning we venture to Bhaktapur (which literally translates to “the place of devotees”), a UNESCO world heritage site in the Kathmandu Valley. It is considered a cultural gem, rich with a fascinating history and filled with ancient Hindu and Buddhist religious sites, palaces and courtyards.

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel Kathmandu

Breakfast

Lunch

DAY 4

POKHARA, NEPAL

Say goodbye to Kathmandu as we make our way to the city of Pokhara, located on the shores of the tranquil Lake Phewa. Here the skyline is dominated by three of the ten highest mountains in the world. In the afternoon, we make our way to the Peace Monastery situated on a hill, with sweeping views of the Annapurna Mountain Range reflected in Lake Phewa below.

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel

Breakfast

DAY 5

POKHARA, NEPAL

It’s a magical start to the day watching the sun rise over the Himalayas. On a clear day, the view of is spectacular. We will spend the rest of the day exploring Pokhara including the Pokhara Mountain Museum, Devi’s Fall and Gupteswar Cave, before boarding a boat on Phewa Lake to visit the Tal Barahi Temple.

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel

Breakfast

DAY 6

KATHMANDU, NEPAL

After breakfast, we return by air to Kathmandu. We stop for lunch in the fascinating Thamel shopping district of Kathmandu. Afterwards, we take to the narrow streets to explore the dizzying array of shops, temples and eclectic market stalls selling everything from pashminas to prayer flags.

Accommodation: Shangri-La Kathmandu

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

DAY 7

DELHI, INDIA

Today we farewell Nepal and fly to Delhi to begin our adventure in India. Stepping into the streets of this treasure-trove city, you will feel as if you’ve taken a journey back in time, with remnants of lost empires on almost every corner. From flower markets to sari-clad women, all the nuances of India are on show in Delhi.

Accommodation: jüSTa Greater Kailash

Breakfast

DAY 8

DELHI, INDIA

We spend the day exploring Delhi. We wind our way through the bustling, narrow labyrinths of Old Delhi on an exciting rickshaw ride. We visit Gandhi Smriti, a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Our next stop is the exquisite Sikh Temple, called the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, where more than 10,000 people are fed each day! This afternoon, we explore Agrasen Ki Baoli, a unique and historical stepwell. This evening we visit the shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin.

Accommodation: jüSTa Greater Kailash

Breakfast

Lunch

DAY 9

AGRA, INDIA

We farewell Delhi and make our way to Agra, home of the legendary Taj Mahal, built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, as an eternal monument of love to his wife. Later in the evening, we will visit the last of Mughal-built gardens, Mehtab Bagh, for an uncluttered view of the Taj Mahal.

Accommodation: Crystal Sarovar Premiere

Breakfast

DAY 10

AGRA, INDIA

We rise early to see the incomparable beauty of the Taj Mahal at sunrise, before taking a walking tour through the nearby village. It provides a fascinating insight into traditional rural life and the rich architectural heritage of India. We will tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Agra Fort, an imposing red sandstone citadel built originally as a military structure by Akbar in 1565 and partially converted into a palace during the time of Shah Jahan.

Accommodation: Crystal Sarovar Premiere

Breakfast

DAY 11

RANTHAMBORE, INDIA

We leave Agra and make our way to Ranthambore, home of the famed Ranthambore National Park, one of the biggest and most renowned national parks in northern India. En-route we visit Chand Baori, considered among the most beautiful of stepwells in India.

Accommodation: Jungle Vilas

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 12

RANTHAMBORE, INDIA

Ranthambore National Park was once a famous hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur – now it’s a major tourist attraction and a wildlife enthusiast and photographer’s dream. We traverse the park on morning and afternoon safaris in search of the elusive tigers. Spotting tigers in the wild can test your patience but it’s well worth the effort.

Accommodation: Jungle Vilas

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

DAY 13

JAIPUR, INDIA

Today we head to Jaipur, the “Pink City” and capital of Rajasthan. Within the pink walls, you will find lively bazaars, camel carts, cows and rickshaw drivers, as well as numerous historical sights. It is also renowned for its traditionally dressed Rajput men wearing colourful turbans and sporting magnificent moustaches. Tonight we dine on the authentic cuisine of Rajasthan with a local family.

Accommodation: Alsisar Haveli Hotel

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 14

JAIPUR, INDIA

We stroll through the lanes of Aund Meena – a village at the base of the iconic Amber Fort. The classically romantic Amber Fort is one of the finest examples in the world of a fort palace. On our return, we stop at the Anokhi Textile Museum to gain an in-depth knowledge of the prints authentic to this region. We explore the City Palace, which is still the home of the Jaipur Royal Family.

Accommodation: Alsisar Haveli Hotel

Breakfast

DAY 15

PUSHKAR, INDIA

We journey to Pushkar, set on Pushkar Lake, a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats where pilgrims bathe. Our visit is scheduled to coincide with the annual Pushkar Camel Fair. It’s a unique sight, and a wonderful opportunity to witness a centuries-old traditional Indian festival. This evening we visit the fairground and wander amongst the elaborately adorned camels.

Accommodation: The Orchard Hotel

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

DAY 16

PUSHKAR, INDIA

Join the activities at the fair today, where a walk through the awakening campground will allow us to observe the villagers as they prepare for the day. See the festivities in full swing with colourful rows of local handicrafts and a rich variety of street food stalls.

Accommodation: The Orchard Hotel

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

DAY 17

UDAIPUR, INDIA

We continue our journey to Udaipur, which is considered to be one of India’s most beautiful cities with picturesque lakes and innumerable palaces. We enjoy a private sunset boat cruise on Lake Pichola, which affords views of some of the most important historical monuments – fine Havelis, temples and palaces, including the City Palace.

Accommodation: Fateh Niwas Hotel

Breakfast

DAY 18

UDAIPUR, INDIA

We visit the magnificent City Palace, built-in 1725, an enormous edifice that stands on a hill on the banks of Lake Pichola. Stroll through the old city on foot, exploring its narrow lanes and bustling marketplaces before we visit the workshop of the Siklikar community. We will see how the weapons of the Rajputs were embellished with intricate inlay work using Gold or Silver wires.

Accommodation: Fateh Niwas Hotel

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 19

UDAIPUR, INDIA TO AUSTRALIA

Sadly it’s our last day in India. Legend has it that the elements of India have a magical power that will entice you to return in the future. Enjoy the morning at leisure before we make our way to the airport for our journey home.

Breakfast

DAY 20

AUSTRALIA

Our Escorted Escape concludes today. On arrival, farewell your new friends and tour host as you head home.

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