16 Day Kaleidoscope of India with Nepal

3 New Delhi, 2 Jaipur, 2 Agra, 1 Khajuraho, 2 Varanasi & 4 Kathmandu
Round trip airfare from JFK, 14 nights accommodation, all transfers, most meals and sightseeing
Price Includes
  • Round trip flights New York-New Delhi, New Delhi-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Khajuraho-Varanasi, Varanasi-New Delhi, New Delhi-Kathmandu, & Kathmandu-New Delhi
  • 14 nights First Class accommodations
    • 4 nights New Delhi
    • 2 nights Jaipur
    • 2 nights Agra
    • 1 night Khajuraho
    • 2 nights Varanasi
    • 3 nights Kathmandu
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 24 meals: 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

  • Raj Ghat, cremation site and memorial to Mahatma Gandhi
  • Rickshaw ride through Old Delhi’s frenetic 400-year old Chandni Chowk bazaar
  • Amber Fort with its gorgeous Palace of Mirrors
  • Visit the Taj Mahal, considered the most perfect architectural monument in the world
  • Khajuraho Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Boat ride at dawn on the Ganges
  • Durbar Square, clustered with over 50 ancient temples, pagodas and palaces

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for India
Depart for India

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in New Delhi
Welcome to India! Arrive in the energetic capital city of New Delhi; meet your representative and transfer to the hotel. Time to rest and relax after your journey and acclimate to the new time zone
Overnight: New Delhi

DAY 3, Sunday - Old & New Delhi City Tour
Begin in the walled city of Old Delhi, founded by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Travel along the winding streets to Raj Ghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation and site of his cremation and to Jama Masjid, the largest and best-known mosque in India. Stop for photos at the famous Red Fort, then continue along the lanes of Chandni Chowk, once the imperial avenue of Mughal royalty, on a cycle rickshaw. Then, on to New Delhi, a city of airy boulevards, lush parks, and gardens. Visit the Sikh Temple, and then drive past the imposing India Gate War Memorial to Indian and British soldiers, Parliament House and the Presidential Palace. Arrive at Humayun's Tomb set in stunning gardens, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening, meet with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager for an orientation meeting on the incredible journey that awaits you. Afterward, begin your discovery of Indian cuisine at a hotel restaurant
Overnight: New Delhi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday - Travel to Jaipur
Depart New Delhi to Jaipur, gateway to the desert state of Rajasthan. En route, stop for some photos at the graceful sandstone Qutab Minar Victory Tower, the world's tallest brick minaret, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive in glorious Jaipur, with its stucco buildings lining the wide streets and you'll understand why it is nicknamed the "Pink City." The city was painted its unique color in 1876 to celebrate the visit of the Prince of Wales. Drive past stunning hilltop forts and glorious palaces on the way to Bhandari Jewelry: Jaipur's centuries-old craft community, world-renown for its quality and design. Bhandari Jewelry, third generation gemologists, offers a spectacular array of gems, available loose or uniquely set in gold and silver, plus local handicrafts, stone and marble carvings, and paintings. Then, visit a bargain-filled bazaar before dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Amber Fort & Jaipur City Tour
Excursion to the spectacular Amber Fort, a stunning fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles with its gorgeous Palace of Mirrors. Ascend the hill to the ramparts by jeep. From here, see the panoramic views of Jaipur's original city walls and the lake below. Stop for refreshments before shopping the vast collection of local handicrafts at Jaipur Handicrafts, offering premium quality handmade carpets, textiles, pashminas, pottery, and paintings. Fabrics in all colors and texture are available for loose purchase as well as custom design work. Later, the tour continues to the opulent City Palace, former royal residence, now a grand museum with an extraordinary collection of miniature paintings, costumes, and armory. On the way back, stop at the well-preserved 18th century Jantar Mantar Observatory. Tonight's optional evening is highlighted by the exotic flavors of Indian cuisine at a local neighborhood restaurant, while you're entertained by performers in traditional attire as they execute various dance moves on the rhythm of the accompanying musical instruments
Optional: Dinner at Local Jaipur Restaurant with Cultural Performance
Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Travel to Agra via Abhaneri
Visit Birla Mandir Temple before departing Jaipur to the small ancient village of Abhaneri in northern Rajasthan. Begin at Chand Baori, one of the largest step wells in India, fortified on all sides. This unique idea was conceived by the early natives to work as a water reservoir, located adjacent to the temple dedicated to Harshat Mata, goddess of joy and happiness - an architectural jewel. Then after lunch, continue on to Agra, with its celebrated past, rich heritage and architectural delights. The rest of the evening is at leisure to enjoy the delights of this splendid city
Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Thursday - Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
A memorable day as you visit the astonishing Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved Queen. Perhaps, this is one of the most perfect architectural monuments in the world, built of white marble and precious stones over a 22 year period; considered the finest example of Mughal architecture. Afterward, stop at Kalakriti Marble. The Taj Mahal inspired the Kalakriti family to become the manufacturer of fine inlaid marble work. Marvel at the museum quality workmanship as you watch a demonstration of the timely process of marble carvings, filigree and stone inlay. Then browse Kalakriti’s home furnishings and decorative items. In the afternoon, travel to the red sandstone Agra Fort, with its incredible maze of walled courtyards, mosques and lavish private chambers reflecting the grandeur of the Mughal Empire; this monument has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, to the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah built of the finest Indian marble embellished with mosaics and inlay of semiprecious stones. Spend the evening at leisure
Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Friday - Travel to Khajuraho
This morning, transfer to the railway station to board the Shatabdi Express train to Jhansi. After lunch in Jhansi, continue to Khajuraho, site of the world-famous Khajuraho Temples with their erotic carvings, dating back to the Chandela Dynasty. Dinner is in Khajuraho
Overnight: Khajuraho
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - Chandela Dynasty Temples of Khajuraho, Flight to Varanasi
Begin the day with a tour of the exquisite Khajuraho Temples, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. Although over 1,050 temples were created, there are only 20 exquisite sculptures left today. Just a few of the sculptures you will see are the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple to Lord Shiva, the Bharatiya Temple, with its 11-headed sculpture of Vishnu and the Vamana Temple dedicated to the dwarf incarnation of Lord Vishnu. After lunch, depart this treasure trove in the afternoon on a flight to Varanasi, built on the banks of the sacred River Ganges. For centuries, pilgrims have come here for blessings and purification in the holy waters. In the evening, participate in the optional Sacred Prayer Ceremony at Dasaswamedh Ghat on the Ganges River, lit with oil lamps and candles illuminating the river. Here, you can witness the unique "Aarti" ceremony. The atmosphere is lively and bright - this is truly a not to be missed experience
Optional: Evening Sacred Prayer Ceremony at the Ganges River (PM)
Overnight: Varanasi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Sunday - Ganges Boat Ride, Hindu Temples Visit & Sarnath Sightseeing
Rise before dawn for a boat ride on the Ganges to observe the solemn sunrise ceremonies. Witness the riverbanks humming with activity as Hindu devotees perform their rituals on the "ghats" (steps) and offer prayers to the rising sun. Then, on to Bharat Mata Temple with its marble relief map of an undivided India, Durga Temple, and Benaras Hindu University. After the early morning tour, return to the hotel for breakfast. Later, visit the shopping district. A stay in Varanasi would not be complete without a stop at leading silk weavers, Mehta Silk. Browse beautiful silk brocades, scarves, sarees and decorative household items, all crafted by highly skilled weavers. Leisure time for shopping in the bustling bazaars before driving to Sarnath, the holy city where Buddha preached his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. The major events of Buddha's life are depicted in colorful wall paintings. Visit the Deer Park, Museum and Buddhist Temple. Tonight, gather together for dinner
Overnight: Varanasi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Monday - Flight to New Delhi
Spend your morning at leisure in Varanasi. Later in the afternoon, head to the airport for your flight to New Delhi. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel
Overnight: New Delhi
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Tuesday - Flight to Kathmandu
Early this morning, head to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Later in the afternoon, drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Durbar Square, showcasing some of the finest architecture in Central Asia with more than 50 palaces, pagodas, and temples. The square is home to two important temples, the Kasthamandap (Rest House of Wood), considered one of the oldest wooden structures in the world, and the 16th century Taleju Temple, which honors a form of the Goddess Durga, the Royal Palace complex with its gilded doorway, along with the visit to Machhendranath and Ason local market. Continue visit to the great stupa of Swayambhunath, with the eyes of Buddha painted on all four sides. This evening, enjoy an optional Nepalese meal at a traditional restaurant, accompanied by ethnic dancing and live music
Optional: Traditional Nepalese Dinner
Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Wednesday - Rural Nepal Excursion
The tour begins with a stop at Dhulikhel, a Newari town, where you will see spectacular views of the Himalayan Mountains, on a clear day. In the center of the old town, view temples adorned with wood carvings, fine examples of traditional Newari craftsmanship. Afterward, drive to Panauti, one of the oldest towns in Nepal, where you visit a school with a chance to interact with the children. Take a tour of Panauti, a town filled with temples and other religious sites. Later, continue to Bhadgaon (Bhaktapur), an ancient Newar city founded in the 9th century. The city's towering temples, comprise some of the finest religious architecture in the country. View the royal residential quarter of King Bhupatindra Malla and Nyatapola Temple, the tallest temple in all of Nepal, built in 1702, during the reign of King Bhupatindra Malla. Spend the balance of today getting a real feel of the Nepalese lifestyle by visiting Budhanilkantha. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Thursday - Kathmandu City Tour
Early this morning, participate in the optional Mount Everest Flightseeing tour. See spectacular scenery over the tallest mountain peak on earth from a window seat of a small aircraft. Begin your day with a visit to the Pashupatinath Temple, located on the banks of the Bagmati River, believed to mark the site where Shiva worshiped in the form of Lingam (only Hindus are permitted entrance). Continue to Boudhanath, an important Buddhist pilgrimage center and home to one of the world's largest Buddhist stupas. Spend the afternoon at leisure to explore the city on your own, or join the optional city tour of Patan, also known as "Lalitpur" or the "City of Beauty", designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is filled with Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments featuring intricate carvings. Included in the tour, is a visit to Patan Durbar Square, a cluster of fine pagoda temples and stone statues, also serving as the economic hub of the city. Tonight, dinner is at your hotel
Optional: Mount Everest Flightseeing (AM)
Optional: Half Day Patan City Tour (PM)
Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15, Friday - Flight to New Delhi
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to New Delhi. Upon arrival, check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own. This afternoon join the optional Qutub Minar & Mehrauli Archaeological Park Tour. Explore Qutub Minar, one of Delhi’s most visited tourist attractions and later take a short walking tour at the nearby Mehrauli Archaeological Park, the site of Delhi's first city. Conclude with a visit to a nearby restaurant for light snacks with wine. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at the hotel with your Tour Manager and newfound friends
Optional: Qutub Minar & Mehrauli Archaeological Park Tour
Overnight: New Delhi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16, Saturday - Return Home
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Notes :
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Khajuraho-Varanasi, Varanasi-Kathmandu, and Kathmandu-New Delhi
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates.
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  • Visa  required for India, Nepal
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