Classical India with Nepal - Small Group, 2021-2022

Tour Type: Regional Journey
Brochure Type: Ancient Civilizations 2021

Colourful cultures, remarkable temples and mystery await you in India and Nepal. Delve into this magical journey with your fellow travellers and discover these countries in all their glory. From meeting women who have summited Everest in Kathmandu, to a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi, you'll travel in style with your expertly trained Travel Director.

Authentic Dining
  • Kathmandu: Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Jaipur: Enjoy a special outdoor dining experience at the esteemed Dera Amer. With elephants roaming free on its land, the venue's primary purpose is to maintain an area of natural beauty, while protecting its wildlife.
  • Agra: Dine for lunch at the beautiful Laxmi Niwas Palace in Bharatpur.
  • Varanasi: Toast to your travels over a Celebration Dinner at your Hotel.
  • Dining Summary: 11 Breakfast (B), 4 Dinner (D), 2 Dinner with Wine (DW), 3 Lunch (L)
Insight Choice
  • Jaipur: Choose between visiting the royal observatory and see Jantar Mantar, a collection of 18th century architectural astronomical instruments, including the world's largest stone dun dial. Alternatively, join your Local Expert for a walk through the city's old lanes and see artisans working with age-old techniques.
  • Agra: Choose between a guided tour through Kachhpura and discover the locals' agricultural lifestyle, as you enjoy tea and pakora on a rooftop with views of the Taj Mahal, or alternatively, take part in a Make Travel Matter experience, Sheroes Cafe. A local structure run by women survivors of acid attacks. Be inspired by their resilience in rebuilding a life for themselves, while supporting their efforts to reintegrate back into the community. Discover more about the impact of acid attacks in India. It also advances SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities. Sheroes Cafe actively recruits and employs people from underrepresented populations who may otherwise find getting work difficult. Sheroes Cafe, ran and operated solely by women, also advances SDG 5: Gender Equality. The 'Sheroes' are women who have fought to survive after receiving a debilitating blow to their appearance and self-esteem by some members of the society. These women are on the way to becoming true fighters, who have the courage to live, work and walk in society and force them to re-evaluate its norms about beauty and appearance.
Insight Experiences
  • Kathmandu: Head to an inspirational talk by women who summited the Earth's highest mountain above sea level, Mount Everest.
  • Varanasi: Join an expert in India's religious rituals to learn more about the colourful candlelit tradition of Aarti as you participate in the sunset ceremony in the Ganges, against a backdrop of ringing bells and chanting music.
Top Rated Highlights
  • Kathmandu: Visit a pottery workshop, where a local craftsman will provide you with a demonstration on this age-old craft.
  • Fly to Delhi: Take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Delhi.
  • Delhi: Visit Raj Ghat and the Tomb of the Emperor Humayun.
  • Haryana: Visit the Heritage Transport Museum, a fascinating showcase of the evolution of transport in India.
  • Jaipur: Your Travel Director will show you the Palace of Winds. You then visit the City Palace Museum.
  • Agra: Enjoy the scenery as your flight emerges from the Himalayas to reach Varanasi.
  • Varanasi: Board your short flight to Delhi.
Included Insight Services
  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
  • We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available)
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination

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Tour Operator
Insight Vacations
Offer valid through 3/31/2021
12 Days
Escorted - Yes
Day 1KathmanduWelcome to Kathmandu: Welcome to Nepal! On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport you will be greeted by an Insight representative and transferred to your hotel, the Hyatt Kathmandu. At 17:00 meet your Travel Director, before moving on to Thamel for a rickshaw ride and head to a local restaurant for a Welcome Reception, drinks and dinner. (Dinner with Wine)
Hyatt Regency, Kathmandu.
Day 2KathmanduKathmandu the City of Beauty: Start the day bright and early with a morning visit to Kathmandu City. See the tranquil Swayambhunath temple. Later, stop in Patan, the third largest city in Nepal, where you will enjoy an included lunch. Originally called Lalitpur or 'City of Beauty' in Sanskrit, you'll explore this pretty city with a Local Expert in the afternoon. Highlights include the Golden Temple, Durbar Square and Mul Chowk, the largest and oldest of the Royal Palace's three main chow squares. Indulge on local flavours in the evening as you enjoy dinner at a nearby restaurant. (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Hyatt Regency, Kathmandu.
Day 3KathmanduKathmandu's Spiritual History: Delve into Kathmandu's fascinating spiritual history in the morning. Visit Pashupatinath Temple, located on the banks of the Bagmati River, before taking in the impressive Boudhanath stupa, one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. Next you'll head to the city of Bhadgaon, before visiting a local pottery workshop where a local craftsman will provide a demonstration. In the evening head to an inspirational talk by a woman who summited the Earth's highest mountain above sea level, Mount Everest. She'll talk to you about her experience guiding some of the world's most interesting people through some of the most challenging terrain on earth. (Breakfast)
Hyatt Regency, Kathmandu.
Day 4DelhiOn to Vibrant Delhi: Head to the airport for your onwards flight to Delhi, India. On arrival, you'll be taken to your modern contemporary hotel, Le Meridien New Delhi. Later, join your group and Travel Director for a trip to Akshardham Temple. Also known as Swaminarayan Akshardham, this Hindu temple is a spiritual and cultural campus dedicated to devotion, learning and harmony. The rest of the day is yours at leisure, ask your Travel Director for recommendations on where to explore, or perhaps relax at your hotel's spa? (Breakfast)
Le Meridien, New Delhi.
Day 5DelhiExploring New and Old Delhi: This morning, head on an exciting sightseeing tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi with your Travel Director. Drive past the Red Fort, the main residence of the Mughal dynasty until 1856. Founded in 1526, the Mughal Empire compromised the majority of the Indian subcontinent until 1707. In the afternoon, visit a Sikh temple and visit its community kitchen, a place preparing and serving free vegetarian meals to those in need. Later, drive past the President Palace, India gate and Parliament House, before ending the day with a tour of Humayun's Tomb with your Travel Director. (Breakfast)
Le Meridien, New Delhi.
Day 6JaipurThe Pink City: Travel to Jaipur, more affectionately known as the Pink City, after the whole city was painted pink in 1876 for a visit from Queen Victoria. Enjoy a visit to the Heritage Transport Museum in Haryana, a fascinating showcase of the evolution of transport in India, before Lunch. Later, join your Travel Director for an evening visit to a flower and spice market. Dine at the esteemed Dera Amer. Situated in the wilderness close to Jaipur, this outdoor dining experience truly connects you to nature. With elephants roaming free on its land, the venue's primary purpose is to maintain an area of natural beauty, while protecting its wildlife. (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Hotel ITC Rajputana, Jaipur.
Day 7JaipurDelve into Jaipur: Ascend by jeep to Amber Fort. Built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, its royal halls mesmerise with their ivory, mirrors, glass and exquisite paintings. Once here, experience India's spiritual majesty, with a special blessing ceremony. In the afternoon, take a city tour of Jaipur and see the Hawa Mahal, or the Palace of Winds, and visit the City Palace Museum and royal observatory. Explore Jaipur with Insight Choice. Choose between visiting the royal observatory and see Jantar Mantar, including the world's largest stone dun dial, or alternatively, join your Local Expert for a walk through the city's old lanes and see artisans working with age-old techniques. (Breakfast / Dinner)
Hotel ITC Rajputana, Jaipur.
Day 8AgraJaipur to Agra: In the morning depart for Agra, home to the spectacular phenomenon that is the Taj Mahal. Along the way stop for lunch at the beautiful Laxmi Vilas Palace in Bharatpur. When you arrive in Agra, the evening is yours at leisure. Why not make the most of the amenities at your hotel, Jaypee Palace? Home to a spa, salon and fitness centre, unwind before tomorrow's adventure. (Breakfast / Lunch)
Jaypee Palace Hotel, Agra.
Day 9AgraThe Taj Mahal: Wake early for a visit to the Taj Mahal, to see the world phenomenon in its best light. A symbol of love and flawless architectural creation, it was built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. Continue on to Agra Fort. Explore Agra with Insight Choice. Choose between taking a guided walk through Kachhpura and discover the locals' agriculturist life. Enjoy tea and pakora on a rooftop with views of the Taj Mahal or alternatively, visit the 'Sheroes' Cafe supporting women who are victims of acid attacks but refuse to give up and are fighting for a better life. Catch up with your fellow travellers over dinner at your hotel this evening. (Breakfast / Dinner)
Jaypee Palace Hotel, Agra.
Day 10VaranasiOn to Varanasi: In the morning, take a flight to Varanasi, one of the holiest cities in Hinduism. On arrival you'll be checked into your luxury hotel, the Taj Ganges. A contemporary ode to its classical city, this five-star accommodation includes a pool, fitness centre, traditional Indian Spa Therapies and a beautiful flower garden. In the evening, participate in an Aarti on the ghats, where you'll offer prayers to the Ganges river. This spiritual ceremony is performed daily to honour the River Goddess Ganga. It is a Hindu religious ritual of worship and involves hundreds of diyas and flowers being released onto the river, as the words 'Har Har Gange!' are chanted. (Breakfast)
Taj Ganges, Varanasi.
Day 11VaranasiThe Holy City of Varanasi: Wake early for a breathtaking sunrise boat cruise on Ganges River, followed by a visit to an Akhara. Return to your hotel for breakfast, before heading on a tour of Varanasi. This involves seeing the Sarnath, a sacred deer park where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma and the Buddhist Sangha first came into existence through Kondanna's enlightenment. Later, enjoy a delicious Celebration Dinner with your fellow travellers and Travel Director at your hotel. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Taj Ganges, Varanasi.
Day 12DelhiLeave Varanasi for Delhi: End your trip with a relaxing early morning yoga session at your hotel, before breakfast and a transfer to the airport. Head back to Delhi before your onward flights. Please do not schedule flights before 9pm. (Breakfast)

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Notes: Some passports may require Visas, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements as documents may not be issued at borders in India and Nepal. (09 Nov, 22 Jan, 08 Feb and 09 Nov) This departure experiences Diwali dinner and celebrations with a local family in Jaipur. (23 Mar and 23 Mar) This departure experiences Holi dinner and celebrations with a local family in Jaipur. (19 Oct, 04 Jan, 01 Mar, 09 Apr, 04 Jan, 08 Feb, 01 Mar and 09 Apr) Additional Indian Festivals: 04 Jan departure experiences Makar Sankranti in Varanasi, 22 Jan departure experiences India Republic Day in Delhi, 31 Jan departure experiences Basant Panchmi in Delhi, 21 Feb departure experiences Mahashivratri in Jaipur, 29 Mar departure experiences Gangaur Teej Festival in Jaipur, 08 Oct departure experiences Dusshera in Jaipur.

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