11 Day Golden Triangle of India with Nepal from $1999* pp

Includes Flightsreturn economy airfares  from $1999 per person twin share   escorted tourenglish speaking guides Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, and explore Old Delhi via a cycle rickshaw that takes you through the narrow and bustling lanes of Chandni Chowk. In New Delhi, visit the Sikh Temple and the museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, plus see the India Gate War Memorial, the Parliament House and the Presidential Palace. Stop at the Qutab Minar Victory Tower, the world’s tallest brick minaret, then continue to the famed “Pink City” of Jaipur. Here, ascend the hill to the 16th century Amber Fort, by jeep to admire the views of Jaipur’s original city walls and the lake below.

Travel to the medieval city of Agra, stopping in Abhaneri to visit the Chand Baori, one of the largest step wells in India. And of course, visit the Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest monument to love, where you will marvel at this monumental creation and its imposing white-marble dome, for which it is most famous.

Fly to Kathmandu, “The Roof of the World”. Venture into rural Nepal and visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Bhaktapur or join an optional Mt Everest Flight where you will enjoy an hour of spectacular scenery over Mt Everest. Enjoy a city tour of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, where you will visit Durbar Square, showcasing some of the finest architecture in Central Asia with more than 50 palaces, pagodas and temples.

the last customers who did this trip were truly amazed at all the inclusions, and all the activities they had included ~ Ed

 THIS DEAL EXPIRES at 5PM 18 APR 2018 

 

Departs SYD 24 AUG ’18
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 Final Book By 18 APRIL 2018  Deposit: $1999pp
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2018 Travel Dates

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*prices based on two people travelling, Twin Share Accommodation, and flying Economy Class. Sale airfares are correct and available as at date of eBrochure, but strictly subject to availability and confirmation from the Airlines. Space on escorted tours is subject to confirmation from tour operator. Book and confirm early to guarantee availability.

*WARNING, spots on these tours sells out very fast. Please ask for available dates so I can hold space for you. There are many more dates I can use, but Airfares and prices cannot be prepriced for many dates

~ Ask about a supplement to fly your preferred airline or alliance.

2019 Travel Dates

*prices based on two people travelling, Twin Share Accommodation, and flying Economy Class. Sale airfares are correct and available as at date of eBrochure, but strictly subject to availability and confirmation from the Airlines. Space on escorted tours is subject to confirmation from tour operator. Book and confirm early to guarantee availability.

*WARNING, spots on these tours sells out very fast. Please ask for available dates so I can hold space for you. There are many more dates I can use, but Airfares and prices cannot be prepriced for many dates

~ Ask about a supplement to fly your preferred airline or alliance.

Escorted Package Includes
  • Return trip flights Sydney-New Delhi, Kathmandu-Sydney
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: New Delhi-Kathmandu & Kathmandu-New Delhi
  • 11 nights accommodations
    • 3 nights New Delhi
    • 2 nights Jaipur
    • 2 nights Agra
    • 3 nights Kathmandu
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 15 meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 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
  • Gratuities for Tour Managers
Daily Itinerary

DAY 1, Friday – Arrive in New Delhi

Included In Package Airfare
Departure Airline Flight #   From To Arrival
24 Aug 2018 10:00AM Thai Airways Intl 476 Sydney, Australia Bangkok, Thailand 24 Aug 2018 04:20PM
24 Aug 2018 05:55PM Thai Airways Intl 315 Bangkok, Thailand New Delhi, India 24 Aug 2018 08:55PM

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 2, Saturday – 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 Jama Masjid, the largest and best known mosque in India. On a cycle rickshaw, continue along the lanes of Chandi Chowk, once the imperial avenue of Mughal royalty. After lunch, on to New Delhi, a city of airy boulevards, lush parks and gardens. Visit the Sikh Temple and drive past the imposing India Gate War Memorial to Indian and British soldiers, Parliament House and the Presidential Palace. Enjoy a visit to Gandhi Smriti, the official residence of Mahatma Gandhi, where he spent the last 144 days of his life, that is now a museum. The tour continues with a visit to 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. Tonight is at leisure to begin your discovery of Indian cuisine at one of the fine regional restaurants
Overnight: New Delhi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3, Sunday – 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 a bargain-filled bazaar. Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday – Amber Fort, Jaipur
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. Spend the afternoon at leisure strolling through the city’s delightful gardens, or, join the optional tour to view the well-preserved 18th century Jantar Mantar Observatory and drive past Hawa Mahal, the “Palace of Winds” with its lacy ornamental façade. 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. 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: Half Day Jaipur Tour (PM)
Optional: Dinner at Local Jaipur Restaurant with Traditional Folk Dance
Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Tuesday – Travel to Agra via Abhaneri
Depart 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 day is yours to enjoy this splendid city. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday – Taj Mahal
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 the most perfect architectural monument in the world, built of white marble and precious stones over a 22 year period – considered the finest example of Mughal architecture. Afterwards, 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, participate in the not to be missed optional tour 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. Enjoy the evening at leisure
Optional: Half Day Agra Tour (PM)
Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Thursday – Travel to New Delhi
Depart Agra this morning and return to New Delhi on your last day in India. Upon arrival, time to freshen up before tonight’s festivities. Tonight, attend a festive Farewell-to-India Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: New Delhi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday – Flight to Kathmandu
Today, depart India for Kathmandu, Nepal, “The Roof of the World”. Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed with a traditional flower garland and transferred to your hotel. Time to rest, relax or explore the city for the remainder of the day
Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Saturday – Dhulikhel, Temple Complex in Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath
Join the optional Mt Everest Flightseeing and enjoy an hour of spectacular scenery over Mt Everest, during an early morning flight. The day starts with a visit to Dhulikhel, a Newari town, known for having spectacular views of the Himalayas. Afterward, depart for the medieval city of Bhaktapur, known as the “City of Devotees”, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk along the maze of winding streets lined with homes and temples dating back to the 13th century. Marvel at the intricately carved deities of the richly molded Golden Gate and the Palace of Fifty-Five Windows, with its exquisite wood carvings. View the Golden Sprout, the Taleju temple complex, and Nyatapola, the five storied temple in Taumadhi Square. Later, embark upon a spiritual journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pashupatinath. One of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, attracting thousands of pilgrims each year. The Temple, on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, a tributary of the Ganges, is renowned for its beautiful architecture. Home to Kathmandu’s funeral ghats, a series of cremation platforms are spread along the river. You’ll experience throngs of devotees, meditating and praying on the steps throughout the temple. Next, you visit Boudhanath, the largest Stupa of its kind in the world. The unique aspect of this extraordinary Buddhist monument, is the hundreds of prayer wheels and 108 images of Buddha set into the niches around this mesmerizing structure from the 5th century. Afterward, return back to the hotel. Tonight, do not miss out on the opportunity to partake in the optional dinner of traditional Nepalese cuisine
Optional: Mount Everest Flightseeing (AM)
Optional: Traditional Nepalese Dinner
Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Sunday – Kathmandu City Tour
Begin the day with a tour of Kathmandu City, capital of Nepal. Visit Durbar Square, an amazing cluster of ancient temples and palaces epitomizing the religious and cultural life of the people. Stop at sprawling Hanuman Dhoka, ancient palace of Nepalese Royalty and the Temple of Kumari, home to Nepal’s most important living goddess. See the stone carved statue of ferocious Kal Bhairav, a colorful memorial to the Hindu God of destruction, followed by a visit to the magnificent Temple of the Goddess Taleju. Later continue to Swayambhunath, a 2,000 year old Buddhist Stupa, celebrated as the oldest Buddhist shrine in the world, with its lofty copper spires adorned with fluttering prayer flags. This majestic ancient structure crowns the hilltop overlooking the Kathmandu Valley – the four sides painted with the compassionate eyes of Buddha. Swayambhunath is one of the most recognizable symbols in Nepal, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterward, return to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Monday – Return Home
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Included In Package Airfare
Departure Airline Flight #   From To Arrival
03 Sep 2018 01:30PM Thai Airways Intl 320 Kathmandu, Nepal Bangkok, Thailand 03 Sep 2018 06:15PM
03 Sep 2018 07:20PM Thai Airways Intl 475 Bangkok, Thailand Sydney, Australia 04 Sep 2018 07:20AM
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Visa Info

Australians should check information on the Smarttraveller Website

Most Australians traveling on an Australian passport will require a visa for this itinerary. Entry to India requires a visa in advance, however most Australians will be able to complete an electronic version. Check for updated information on the Smartraveller Website

Most New Zealanders traveling on a New Zealand  passport will require a visa for this itinerary. Please check the Safetravel Website.

Accomodation
The Park, New DelhiThe Park ImageThis first class hotel is located in the city centre near to Connaught Place, with easy access to government and commercial districts.Four Points by Sheraton Jaipur, City Square, JaipurFour Points by Sheraton Jaipur, City Square Image
This first class hotel is located on popular Tonk Road close to shopping and restaurants. Trident Agra Hotel, AgraTrident Agra Hotel ImageThis superior first class hotel is located in the heart of Agra, not far from the Taj Mahal.Novotel New Delhi Aerocity, New DelhiNovotel New Delhi Aerocity Image
This first class hotel is about a 30 minute drive away from the city center of New Delhi. Soaltee Crowne Plaza Hotel Kathmandu, KathmanduSoaltee Crowne Plaza Hotel Kathmandu Image
This first class hotel is located on 11 acres of gardened grounds in the suburban area of Tahachal.

Optional Tours
Prices are per person and can be booked individually if only one person wishes to go.

Day #4

Half Day Jaipur Tour

Half Day Jaipur Tour ThumbnailThe afternoon city tour of Jaipur begins at the magnificent 18th century Jantar Mantar Observatory. Drive past Hawa Mahal, the “Palace of Winds” built in 1799, with its lacy ornamental façade, allowing royal ladies to view the city from the windows. Later, the tour continues to the opulent City Palace, former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal style, now a grand museum with an extraordinary collection of miniature paintings, costumes and armory.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

AUD$28.00
Day #4
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Enjoy the exotic flavors of Indian cuisine at a popular local restaurant. You’ll be entertained by performers in traditional attire as they re-enact stories of a past era with dance and music. This is a typical folklore show, not to be construed as a professional performance. Included will be an amateur puppet show, dancing with props and audience participation. Transfers to and from the venue are included.Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

AUD$38.00
Day #6

Half Day Agra Tour

Half Day Agra Tour ThumbnailAfternoon visit to the red sandstone Agra Fort, built by Moghul Emperor Akbar in 1565. The Fort’s incredible maze of courtyards, marble mosques and lavish private chambers reflect the grandeur of the Mughal Empire. Next, to the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah “a jewel box” built of the finest Indian marble embellished with mosaics and inlay of semi-precious stones. In the central chamber, view the yellow marble tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah and his wife, hand-painted with floral decorations and screens of geometric latticework. Based on its layout, designs and latticework, this mausoleum is considered the imminent precursor to the Taj Mahal.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

AUD$38.00
Day #9

Traditional Nepalese
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DinnerThis evening savor an authentic Nepalese meal at a traditional style restaurant accompanied by a cultural program including local ethnic dancing along with live traditional music while you enjoy your dinner.Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

AUD$42.00
Day #10

Mount Everest Flightseeing

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Enjoy an early morning flight on a small aircraft, with a window seat, for an hour of spectacular scenery over the tallest mountain peak on earth. You will be able to view some of the most incredible, and famous sights that Nepal has to offer. This is weather permitting so tour might be delayed or an alternative day may be scheduled.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

AUD$376.00