Classical India With Nepal

India, Nepal & Sri Lanka

Regional Journey

Classical India with Nepal (Summer 2020)

Duration: 12 days Visiting: India, Nepal

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  • Optional experiences
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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.

  1. Day 1

    Welcome 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.

  2. Day 2

    Kathmandu 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

  3. Day 3

    Kathmandu'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.

  4. Day 4

    On 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, The Meridien Delhi. Perhaps check out its glamorous all-day dining café and bar on the 20th floor with panoramic views of Lutyens’ Delhi. Later join your group and Travel Director for a trip to Akshardham Temple. Also known as Swaminarayan Akshardham, this Hindu temple is also 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.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    Exploring 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.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    The 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, with an included lunch. Later, join your Travel Director for an evening visit at a flower and spice market. For dinner you’ll 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.

  7. Day 7

    Delve 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.

  8. Day 8

    Jaipur to Agra.

    In the morning depart for Agra, home to the illustrious 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.

  9. Day 9

    The Taj Mahal.

    Wake early for a visit to the Taj Mahal to see the monument to see this 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. Next, visit Agra Fort, the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty. The historic fort is made up of a number of impressive buildings, including the Sheesh Mahal or “glass palace” and the The Muthamman Burj. Catch up with your fellow travellers over dinner at your hotel this evening.

  10. Day 10

    On 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.

  11. Day 11

    The 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 Guatama 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.

  12. Day 12

    Leave 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.

Highlights

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Kathmandu: Visit a pottery workshop, where a local craftsman will provide you with a demonstration on this age-old craft.
  • 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

  • Indian Festivals: Truly experience India by travelling during one of its famed festivals. Holi is the festival of colour, symbolising the end of winter and encourages the people to play, laugh, forgive and forget. Diwali is the festival of light celebrated by lighting oil lamps and fireworks to welcome in the Hindu new year. Refer to dates and date chart notes to find out which departures travel during these wonderful, cultural experiences.
  • Kathmandu: Visit sacred Swayambhunath, known as the Monkey Temple for its mischievous inhabitants.
  • Kathmandu: With your Local Expert, take an intimate look at the Narayanhiti Royal Palace and the rooms where the royal family ate, slept, worked, held ceremonies, and entertained guests, along with the wonderfully eclectic decor.
  • Kathmandu: Visit Patan's temple of Teleju and the Statue of Yogendra Malla.
  • Kathmandu: Tour Durbar Square and Royal Palace.
  • Kathmandu: See the holiest of Hindu shrines, Pashupatinath Temple.
  • Kathmandu: Visit the colossal stupa, Bodhnath.
  • Kathmandu: Enjoy an excursion to the ancient capital Bhadgaon.
  • Fly to Delhi: Take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Delhi.
  • Delhi: Ride by rickshaw through the lanes of Chandni Chowk bazaar in Old Delhi.
  • Delhi: See the Red Fort and Qutub Minar. Drive along the Rajpath to view the India Gate and Parliament House.
  • Delhi: Visit Raj Ghat and the Tomb of the Emperor Humayun.
  • Jaipur: Visit the flower market and spice market and take in the sights and sounds.
  • Jaipur: Ascend by jeep to the Amber Fort and stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls.
  • Jaipur: Your Travelling Concierge will show you the Palace of Winds. You then visit the City Palace Museum.
  • Agra: Visit the Taj Mahal, a monument of love, built by a king in everlasting memory of his beloved queen.
  • Agra: Visit inside the red sandstone fortress to witness the fairytale palaces, audience halls and mosques of the Mughal rulers.
  • Fly to Varanasi: Enjoy the scenery as your flight emerges from the Himalayas to reach Varanasi.
  • Varanasi: Take a dawn cruise past the Ghats on the Ganges River - an experience never to be forgotten.
  • Varanasi: During your brief orientation of the city, visit some of the famous temples. You'll also visit Sarnath, where Buddha first taught the Dharma.
  • Varanasi: Enjoy an early morning yoga session at your hotel - your Travelling Concierge will confirm if this experience is possible on your departure.
  • Fly to Delhi: Board your short flight to Delhi.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Kathmandu: Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Jaipur: Indulge on a delicious local dinner outside at Dera Amer.
  • 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 Breakfasts (B), 2 Lunches (L), 3 Dinners (D) and 2 Dinners with Wine (DW).

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.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.

Accommodation

 

Hyatt Regency

Kathmandu (Traditional) - Nepal

The Hyatt Regency is set on 37 acres of landscaped grounds, created in the traditional Newari style of Nepalese architecture. With spacious rooms designed with comfort in mind, relax in a peace and serene environment. Located in close proximity to some of Kathmandu's most important Buddhist sights, you are surrounded by traditional and culture.

Le Meridien

New Delhi (Contemporary) - India

Conceptual in design, Le Méridien New Delhi showcases modernism with futuristic and contemporary architecture. Its location provides an easy reach of shopping and entertainment districts perfect for exploring or stay close and pamper yourself with a traditional treatment at the hotel spa.

Hotel ITC Rajputana

Jaipur (Traditional) - India

Experience fine luxury at the ITC Rajputana, a property that reflects the spirit of the royal Rajasthan dynasty. Its regal-influenced design and lush gardens offer a retreat for guests after a day of exploring. Take comfort in their spacious guest rooms or rejuvenate with a treatment at the hotel's wellness spa.

Jaypee Palace Hotel

Agra (Traditional) - India

Jaypee Palace Hotel is a lavish creation, built with red sand stone and white marble giving it a striking exterior. This charming property is located in the heart of Agra with the historical centres just steps away. Alluring landscaped gardens to stylish rooms make for a truly majestic experience.

Taj Ganges

Varanasi (Contemporary) - India

Opulence and warmth define Taj Ganges hotel, a property that embodies the experience of ethereal Varanasi located on the banks of the Varuna River. Contemporary rooms surrounded by acres of landscaped gardens offer the perfect retreat after exploring the ancient temple city.

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