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18 Days | Take an 18-day Premium adventure with Intrepid through India's Golden Triangle, Varanasi and Nepal.

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Experience India’s Golden Triangle and Nepal’s magnificent mountain peaks on this 18-day Premium adventure from Delhi to Kathmandu. Discover the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, witness the Mughal splendours of Delhi and Agra, safari through Ranthambhore National Park in search of tigers, and soak up the ambience of holy Varanasi. Continue to Kathmandu and visit a Tibetan community and search for big game in Chitwan National Park. Awash with highlights, from lavish palaces and vibrant bazaars to small villages nestled in the foothills of snow-capped peaks, this is an eclectic adventure not to be missed.

Trip overview

Map of Premium India & Nepal including India and Nepal
Start
Delhi, India
Finish
Kathmandu, Nepal
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Nepal, India
Physical rating
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Style
Premium
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
HHPHC
This trip generates 88.67 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Discover the beauty of both countries, from Jaipur’s Amber Fort and Agra’s iconic Taj Mahal to the mighty Himalayas.
  • Taste the best of Indian and Nepali cuisine during Exclusive Experiences, including a street food tour in Agra, a meal in the home of a Brahmin family in Jaipur and a cooking class with the Seven Women, a social enterprise helping disadvantaged women in Nepal.
  • Embark on safaris through Ranthambore National Park and Chitwan National Park in search of antelope, rhinos, sloth bears, leopards and the elusive tigers that call these parks home.
  • Enjoy two fantastic Feature Stays – an elegant heritage hotel in Jaipur, built in 1928, and a stylish resort perfectly placed on the border of Chitwan National Park.
  • Uncover different sides of local culture during Exclusive Experiences, including a visit to a royal haveli in Jaipur, a cruise down the Ganges with local musicians, and a cooking demonstration at a Tibetan community in Nepal.

Is this trip right for you?
  • In the summer months, Rajasthan can get very hot. Be sure to drink lots of water, pack light cotton clothing and use adequate skin protection. It can also get foggy between December and February, which can put a new spin on the already spectacular scenery. However, it may cause traffic congestion and delays.
  • Exploring Chitwan National Park's beautiful trails on foot requires a reasonable level fitness.

Itinerary

Map of Premium India & Nepal including India and Nepal

Inclusions

Meals

16 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 10 dinners

Transport

Auto rickshaw, Boat, Cycle rickshaw, Metro, Plane, Private vehicle, Jeep, Canoe

Accommodation

Hotel (13 nights), Jaipur Feature Stay (2 nights), Chitwan Feature Stay (2 nights)

Premium Inclusions
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support
Activities
  • Complimentary Arrival Transfer
  • Delhi - Welcome dinner
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Agra - Expert-led street food tour (as dinner)
  • Agra - Agra Fort
  • Ranthambhore National Park - Morning Wildlife Safari
  • Ranthambhore National Park - Evening wildlife safari
  • Jaipur - Home-cooked dinner
  • Jaipur - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Jaipur - City Palace
  • Jaipur - Private Royal Haveli visit with owner
  • Jaipur - Rooftop drinks overlooking old walled city (one drink included)
  • Varanasi - Sarnath
  • Varanasi - Sunrise Ganges boat trip
  • Varanasi - Sunset candle flower ceremony
  • Varanasi - Leader-led Old City walking tour
  • Varanasi - Sunset Ganges boat trip (musicians on board)
  • Delhi - Visit to the Jama Masjid Mosque
  • Delhi - Leader-led Old Delhi walking tour
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Delhi - Final dinner
  • Kathmandu - Welcome dinner
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Kathmandu - Pashupatinath Temple
  • Kathmandu - Durbar Square
  • Kathmandu - Boudhanath Stupa
  • Kathmandu - Thangka Painting Studio Visit
  • Kathmandu - Swayambhunath Temple
  • Bhaktapur - Leader-led walking tour
  • Nagarkot - Sunset local cocktail at Club Himalaya (one drink included)
  • Kathmandu - Cooking class at Seven Women
  • Pokhara - Phewa Tal Lake boat trip
  • Pokhara - Peace Pagoda
  • Pokhara - Tibetan community visit with momo lunch
  • Pokhara - International Mountain Museum
  • Pokhara - Sarangkot Viewpoint
  • Chitwan NP - Village tour
  • Chitwan - Sunset Snacks by Rapti River
  • Chitwan - Private bush dinner (on hotel grounds)
  • Chitwan - Canoe Safari
  • Chitwan - Jeep Safari Tour
Add on activities
  • Jaipur - Balloon Safari - USD280
  • Jaipur - Jantar Mantar Observatory - INR200

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Important notes

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. Please provide a scanned copy of your passport bio page at time of booking to secure a permit for your Ranthambhore National Park visit. Authorities at the park follow a strict booking process whereby permits are issued on a first come first serve basis. If we do not receive your passport scan in time we cannot guarantee you will be able to join the safari. Your full name will need to be provided exactly as it appears on your passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport) for flight tickets. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases, you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket if an amendment occurs.
4. This trip includes domestic and international flights as indicated on the trip map. The luggage allowance for domestic flights is 15kg for check in luggage and 5kg for carry on. The international flight between India and Nepal has a luggage allowance of 20kg for check in luggage and 5kg for carry on. You can store excess luggage at the start point hotels in Delhi and Kathmandu.
5. Travel is always an adventure and, as destinations reopen, there are a few challenges as everyone gets back up to speed and adjusts to the new normal. Our leaders are experts when it comes to dealing with anything unexpected along the journey, so pack your understanding and flexibility, sit back and relax while they take care of the rest.

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Reviews

3.8 out of 5 based on 6 reviews submitted.
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Julie · Traveled November 2023
Intrepid's Premium India and Nepal trip is one not to miss! The itinerary was perfect with activities and sites that were amazing. The extra level of comfort (nice hotels) and the included aspects (included local tips, extra included meals, super fun rickshaw rides) were worth it to have a wonderful trip. I am well traveled and this is one of my top trips of a lifetime. Our guides were top notch in every aspect. Don't miss this trip!
Review submitted 22 Nov 2023

Carol · Traveled October 2023
We have not encountered a holiday with Intrepid before but in future we will seek out holidays where there are Intrepid leaders. We felt very safe.
Review submitted 04 Nov 2023

Michael · Traveled October 2023
India and Nepal are 2 different countries that provide the visitors with such different experiences. Fantastic and culturally magical, without such tour guides like Ankita and Satya the tour would not be so successful.
Review submitted 05 Nov 2023

Hayley · Traveled April 2023
Fabulous countries, awful organisation with even WORSE hotels. The bars in India made up prices just looking at you. Hotels in Nepal were better, but the WiFi was pretty much non existent. Overall, awful.
Review submitted 21 Apr 2023

Philippa · Traveled April 2023
Please see my review of Intrepid Travel on Trust Pilot
Review submitted 19 Apr 2023
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