Enjoy an in-depth exploration through the delights of India and Nepal

Combine the best of India and Nepal in one superbly comfortable trip. Experience the colour and chaos of Delhi's bazaars, visit erotic temple carvings in Khajuraho and witness intimate displays of faith on the burning ghats of Varanasi. Roam the grounds of the iconic Taj Mahal, head out on a jungle safari and listen for the whispering prayer flags of Kathmandu. Throw in temple towns and village visits, lakeside retreats and mountain hikes, spiritual moments and local interactions for an unforgettable tour bursting with incredible adventures.

New Delhi, India
Kathmandu, Nepal
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 18
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
1 095kg pp per trip


  • Participate in a candle ceremony on the Ganges
  • Sample the delights of Delhi's street food culture
  • Marvel at Jaipur‘s ornate Hawa Mahal
  • Uncover the erotic temple murals in Khajuraho
  • Witness holy rituals in sacred Varanasi
  • Haggle with stall holders in Kathmandu's bazaars
  • Soak up Pokhara’s peaceful lakeside vibe
  • Go back in time in Bhaktapur


Travel by the city's modern metro system to Old Delhi to see India's largest mosque and explore timeless bazaars and scented spice markets.
Visit Jaipur and experience the irresistible charms of the 'Pink City'. Climb to the hilltop Amber Fort before visiting magical Hawa Mahal, or 'Palace of the Winds'. Enjoy some free time to admire the Jaipur's bustling bazaars and perhaps explore the impressive City Palace. End the day with an optional Bollywood blockbuster experience.
See why the gleaming Taj Mahal is often referred to as 'a teardrop on the face of eternity', and watch as the building's exquisite marble inlay produces a mesmerising shimmer effect. Learn the tragic story behind the Taj’s construction before visiting the enormous Red Fort, which looms over the city from high and looks over the Yamuna River.
Nestled on the banks of the emerald Betwa River, charming Orchha is the perfect spot to learn the art of Indian cooking at a culinary class. Take a tour of the town's temples and palaces, where the superb architecture is a legacy of raja rule. Stop by a sustainable papermaking plant and see how local women use recycled clothing and wood pulp to create products.
Travel to the remote plains of central India and be captivated by Khajuraho temples. Admire carvings that depict ancient Hindu legends and the mysterious Kama Sutra. In the evening, perhaps take the opportunity to enjoy a traditional dance performance or a home-cooked vegetarian meal.
One of India's most sacred cities, Varanasi is awash with temples and shrines. Witness devotions of faith along the banks of the Ganges and experience the magic of a sunset candle flower ceremony.
Haggle with locals in Varanasi's colourful bazaars before a flight back to the capital. Back in Delhi, perhaps unwind in the grounds surrounding Humayun's Tomb or head to bustling Connaught Place for some shopping.
Welcome to the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. Head to Durbar Square to admire its delightful architecture and observe city life.
Catch an early flight to Pokhara – Nepal's lively trekking town that is nestled beside a placid lake and backed by the soaring Annapurna Range. Relax on a boat ride across the lake for excellent views of the mountains. Stare up at the peaks and watch the mountain tops glisten with silky white snow. Visit the Peace Pagoda and the fascinating International Mountain Museum. The following day is a free day to partake in whatever activities take your fancy.
Rise early for a morning drive to the traditional Nepalese settlement of Bandipur. Still housing traditional Newari homes with carved wooden windows and slate roofs, this delightful mountain town has somehow managed to withstand the effects of tourist development. Take in the views and explore this incredible settlement while witnessing the workings of a traditional Newari village.
Head to Chitwan National Park and get to know the wildlife of the region. Search for Indian rhinos, deer and exotic birdlife in the park and, if you're lucky, maybe spot a tiger. Afterwards, watch a Tharu dance troupe perform a cultural program before a tasty dinner. The following morning, hit the Rapti River in a canoe to see marsh mugger crocodiles before jumping into a jeep and exploring a nearby village.
Appreciate the peaceful simplicity of Bhaktapur while walking down narrow streets from square to square or along cobblestone laneways to watch local traditions come alive.
After breakfast, return to Kathmandu for a final team dinner and to celebrate this adventure through India and Nepal.
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21 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Boat, Cycle rickshaw, Metro, Plane, Private Bus, Private vehicle, Train
Guesthouse (3 nights), Heritage Property (2 nights), Hotel (10 nights), Lodge (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Agra - Agra Fort
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Bandipur - Guided walk
  • Chitwan - Canoe safari, Bird Watching walk or Jeep safari
  • Chitwan - Jeep safari
  • Chitwan NP - Jungle walk
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Everest View Flight in early morning
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort guided tour
  • Jaipur - Walking tour
  • Jama Masjid
  • Kathmandu - Day trip to Bhaktapur
  • Kathmandu - Guided city tour
  • Kathmandu - Guided tour of Swayambhunath Temple
  • Kathmandu - Pashupatinath Temple
  • Khajuraho - Home-cooked lunch & family visit
  • Khajuraho - Kama Sutra temples
  • Khajuraho - Traditional dance performance
  • Orchha - Cooking demonstration
  • Orchha - Orchha Palace
  • Orchha - Ram Raja Temple puja (prayer) ceremony
  • Orchha - Taragram visit
  • Pokhara - Boating on Phewa Lake - entrance fee only
  • Pokhara - Peace Pagoda
  • Varanasi - Old city walking tour
  • Varanasi - Sunrise boat ride
  • Varanasi - Sunset candle flower ceremony


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Important notes

1. All flights as part of the itinerary are included in the tour cost for this trip.
2. A complimentary arrival transfer is included. Please advise us of your flight details at time of booking.
3. This trip is operated by our experienced sister company Peregrine Adventures.
4. Please note that due to ongoing construction works at Khajuraho Airport, many airlines have reduced the number of flights into and out of this airport. As a result we have had to reroute some trips between Khajuraho and Varanasi to an overnight train replacing the flight. Please be aware that while we will continue to do all we can to secure tickets on the limited flights available, this change may need to be made last minute to your itinerary. Your leader will notify you at the Group Meeting of any changes. All activities will continue to be included.
5. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.

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