Welcome to the highlights of two remarkable nations, with ten days of culture and history in India, then ten days of Nepalese nature and spirituality. Cultural adventure is followed by the ease and relaxation of a four-day trek and the jungle. Along the way you will experience boutique hotels, colorful markets, palaces, forts, trains, temples, desert, wonderful food and local encounters.
Delhi – Absorbing the Indian Energy
Bustling streets, crowded markets, the splutter of tuk-tuk exhausts...Delhi might not seem the most relaxing place to start but the capital city has had a facelift in recent years. It’s now far more inviting than most people realize. Touch down at the redeveloped airport and travel into a new part of the city, where your hotel stands high above the streets. Check-in and check out the views from the rooftop terrace, while discussing the next few days with your guide. Nothing specific is planned for today, but the guide will take you to a neighborhood or restaurant, something that will suit the mood and help you make easy first impressions of India.
Delhi – Colorful Markets, Ancient Monuments, and Indian Fine Dining
Agra – Relaxed Start and Taj Mahal at Sunset
Agra – The Ode to Love and a Mughal Ghost Town
Jaipur – An Indian Train Experience to the Pink City
Jaipur – Monkeys, Forts, and Fascinating History
Day 7 - 8
Udaipur – A Delightful City on the Lake
Jodphur – Immersed in Another Ancient City
Delhi – A Morning of Exploring; A Night in the Capital
Kathmandu – Cultural Discovery in the Ancient City
Kathmandu – Everest Views and Spa Relaxation
Pokhara – A Charming Town on the Lake
Day 14 - 17
Pokhara – Four-Day Annapurna Region Trek
Chitwan National Park – Sarangkot Sunrise and the Rhinos
Chitwan National Park – Intimate Jungle Safari
Kathmandu – More Safari and Back to the Capital
Kathmandu – Departure
- Escape into the brilliance of the Himalayas with a relaxed four-day trek through Nepal’s Annapurna region
- Connect with the vibrancy of Indian culture, an omnipresent highlight during the first ten days
- Explore the spiritual history of Kathmandu, where three ancient kingdoms refuse to buckle under earthquake damage
- Discover the wonder of Mughal history, from the Taj Mahal to the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri and the Pink City (Jaipur)
- Feast your eyes on wild rhinos and elephants, the wildlife highlights of a two-night safari in Nepal’s Chitwan National Park
- Relax on the lake, in both the charming Rajasthani city of Udaipur and the quiet Himalayan town of Pokhara
- Travel through the best of India’s old-world cities, spending two days each in Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur
- Gaze upon Mount Everest and watch sunrise over the Himalayas
- Visit temples covered in monkeys, meet with monks in monasteries, travel to remote Gurung villages, and tour enigmatic local markets
- Some of the journeys are superb, like an Indian train experience, trekking in Nepal, and driving through the Rajasthani desert
You can’t see all of India and Nepal in three weeks. But you can delve into most of the experiences that make these countries so unique. Colorful marketplaces of smells and sounds. Cities painted in a single harmonious color. The Himalayas and the tranquility of a mountain trek. Meeting locals in temples, traveling on a train, discovering Mughal wonders, and finding rhinos in the jungle. There’s Buddhist spirituality, Hindu energy, and dusty old-world towns reminiscing of a time of empire. It would take three years to see everything in these two countries, but three weeks offers a truly in-depth tour, while traveling at a comfortable pace.
Your ten nights in India are spread across five iconic destinations. Start in Delhi, the convenient entry point and a city that mixes the old and new of local culture. Drive to Agra and find that there is more than the Taj Mahal, like the fabulous remains of Fatehpur Sikri. Take the train to Jaipur and immerse yourself in the famous pink city. Then drive through rural Rajasthan to Udaipur, perhaps India’s loveliest city, where palaces stand on islands in a lake. Old Jodphur is small and very old, completing the classic triangle of distinctive Rajasthani cities. With local guides you explore more than monuments though, like markets, temples, monkeys, and a wonderful variety of food.
Fly to Kathmandu and spend two nights in a city undergoing great change. One day involves cultural discovery – three ancient kingdoms are located here – the other gives you views onto Everest. Fly to Pokhara and a relaxed day on the lake, then escape into the mountains with an easy four-day Himalayan trek. Stay in Gurung villages, savor the serenity, and appreciate the beauty of the Annapurna range. The trekking rhythm is a wonderful antidote to modern life and the trek can be adjusted to most levels of fitness. Stay in nature with the following two days in Chitwan, the legendary home of rhinos and elephants. After all the cultural discovery, Annapurna and Chitwan provide the kind of getaway that helps you reset and reenergize for home.
$4,090 per person (excluding international flights)
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