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Experience more with so much included

  • A superb tour of India’s greatest sights, including the Ganges at Varanasi, the unforgettable Taj Mahal, plus Nepal’s majestic mountains, most fascinating landscapes and monuments
  • Stay in hand-picked hotels, ranging from a simple three-star lodge in Chitwan National Park to five-star luxury in Delhi and Kathmandu
  • Visit the major sights of Old and New Delhi
  • See the breathtaking Taj Mahal bathed in the soft morning light and wonder at its incredible purity and symmetry
  • Spend two nights in the fascinating city of Varanasi one of the world’s oldest cities, with boat trips on the revered river Ganges and a rickshaw ride through its teeming streets
  • Take one of the world’s most exciting flights – to uniquely see Mt. Everest and the Himalayas from the air
  • Take a safari with a naturalist guide through the lush forests of Chitwan National Park in search of rhinos and tigers
  • Gaze in awe at the remarkable artistry of the temple carvings of Khajuraho, expressing a joyous celebration of physical love
  • Visit Kathmandu, the centre of Nepali culture and wander through Patan Durbar Square
  • Stay in Pokhara, with its amazing close-up view over the great Annapurna range
  • Escorted by our experienced tour manager

Selected departures from January to April 2019

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At a Glance
3 to 5-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Visit 9 national parks
Daily breakfast & 5 meals
Expert tour manager
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

People say it’s a life-changing experience. And there’s no doubt that when you make the incredible journey to India and Nepal, you’ll return with a new outlook on life and endless extraordinary memories. Fascinating and intriguing, this is a world that’s far removed from our western way of living.

Our wonderfully designed tour encompasses the very best that Northern India has to offer. From fascinating Delhi and the Taj Mahal to Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world, you’ll visit holy temples and mosques, exquisite palaces, the mighty fortresses of the Moghul Empire and many powerful reminders of the past glories of the Raj. Nothing quite prepares you for the breathtaking beauty and majesty, the purity of the white marble, its exquisite ornamentation, precious gemstones or constantly shifting colours of the Taj Mahal. Created by thousands of craftsmen for Emperor Shah Jahan, in his wife’s memory, with whom he fell in love at first sight, it is one of the wonders of the world and still stands today as a symbol of eternal love.

Nearby is the 11th century Agra Fort – a UNESCO World Heritage site, fought over, destroyed and rebuilt over the centuries to become a walled city housing palaces, pavilions, mosques, gardens and priceless treasure, as befits the seat of the vast Moghul Empire.

City of temples, palaces and “ghats” descending to holy waters, Varanasi has been a cultural and religious centre for thousands of years. Legend has it that the city was founded by the Hindu deity Lord Shiva 5,000 years ago, growing famous for its fine muslin and silks, perfumes, ivory works and sculpture. Certainly 3,000 years old, it’s one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and probably the oldest in India. One of the seven sacred cities of the Hindus, Buddhism was founded nearby. You’ll see for yourself the towering Dhamekh Stupa where Buddha is said to have revealed his Eightfold Path to nirvana.

Then it’s off to Nepal, a complete contrast and rich in some of the world’s most astonishing natural beauty. You’ll take a once-in-a-lifetime flight to the Himalayas, seeing the staggering white peaks of Mount Everest, visit the captivating medieval city of Kathmandu, seek out rhinos, bears and tigers on a safari through the jungle, and share the peace and tranquillity of Buddhist monks at prayer.

Can you picture yourself on the summit of Mount Everest? Probably not! But few people will ever get as close as you will when you take a flight on our private plane, soaring high above the clouds to the vast scale of the immense Himalayas. It’s incredible to think here you are at the highest point on the planet, something you probably have never contemplated you could ever experience. You can take photographs of this amazing panoramic view from the cockpit. Chitwan National Park brings you close to one of the world’s finest natural wonders. Hills, raging rivers, flood plains, tropical forests, grassland and lush vegetation, the park is home to migratory birds, rhinos, leopards, elephants, bears and of course the elusive and endangered Bengal tiger. Seeing this wonderful wildlife in these natural surrounding is an unforgettable experience.

You’ll be amazed and rewarded every day by the most dazzling and colourful array of unexpected sights, heady aromas, and a true culture shock of astonishing contrasts.

Your Itinerary

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Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Scheduled return flights; 13 nights’ accommodation with daily breakfast and five meals; all transport as indicated; porterage of one bag per person; services of an experienced Riviera Travel tour manager

Included excursions are tours of New & Old Delhi, visit to Taj Mahal & Agra Fort; visit to Orchha Fort & Chhatris; tour of Khajuraho temples; evening & morning boat ride on Ganges, rickshaw ride & city tour of Varanasi; visit to Sarnath; Kathmandu city tour; Mt. Everest scenic flight; safari at Chitwan with naturalist guide; boat ride on lake at Pohkara and an early-morning trip to see sunrise over the Annapurna range.

Visas not included.

Whilst there are three opportunities to take the Everest flight during the tour, should weather conditions make flying unsafe (this is rare), the sterling equivalent of the fare will be refunded on your return to the UK.

The luggage allowance for internal flights is limited to one bag per person weighing no more than 20kg.

Visa Information

Nepalese Visa

Nepalese visas can be obtained in the UK, by post or in person at the Embassy of Nepal:

Embassy of Nepal
12A Kensington Palace Gardens,
London
W8 4QU

A 15 day visa is £20 per person and can take up to two weeks to process.  

Indian Visa

All British passport holders require a visa for India. Please ensure that you have at least two empty pages in your passport and that your passport is valid for a minimum of 190 days from the time of submitting your visa application. At the time of departure you will be able to travel as long as both the passport and the visa are valid.

Personal applications: to apply for an Indian visa please visit www.vfsglobal.com/india/uk where you can apply, pay online and schedule an appointment to submit your application in person at your nearest centre, dependent on your home address.

Online applications: British passport holders are now eligible to apply for an e-visa online, you must ensure your passport is machine readable and has a biometric chip (without this you may be denied entry into India). The cost of a single entry tourist e-visa is US$75.00 and will be converted into pounds by your bank. The website to apply for the e-visa is: indianvisaonline.gov.in. Here you will find all the information to assist you with the completion of your application.

Postal applications: you must either apply and pay online, print off the completed application form, payment confirmation and submit by post; or alternatively, you must apply online, print off the completed application and submit along with payment by postal order. Personal cheques are NOT accepted. In both cases you must submit your passport along with a self-addressed stamped envelope and two, 2x2” passport photos to: 

India Visa Application Centre (West London),
The Vista Centre,
First Floor – Part A
Block 50
Salisbury Road,
Hounslow,
TW4 6JQ

Full details of costs, application form and addresses can be found on www.vfsglobal.com/india/uk, email: [email protected] or tel: 0905 7570045 (calls cost 95p per minute).

Visa fees are subject to change without notice and non-refundable. 

Whilst care has been taken to ensure that the information provided relating to visa requirements is true and correct at the time of publication, changes in requirements after this time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. therefore, whilst we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest that you re-confirm requirements with the relevant embassy prior to travel.

Useful Information

Flight over Everest

Whilst there are three opportunities to take the Everest flight during the tour, should weather conditions make flying unsafe (this is rare), the sterling equivalent of the fare will be refunded on your return to the UK.

Luggage Allowance

The luggage allowance for internal flights is limited to one bag per person weighing no more than 20kg.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

En route to the first hotel in Delhi we will do some sightseeing, adding approximately 2 hours to the transfer time.

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport Transfer time
Delhi - Indira Gandhi International Airport Delhi 1 hr Kathmandu Kathmandu - Tribhuvan International Airport 30 mins

Fact File

  • Currencies: Indian Rupee, Nepalese Rupee
  • Deposit: £200 per person
  • Flight Time: Approx.  8 hours 30 minutes
  • Languages: Nepali, Hindi
  • Time Zone: GMT+5.5
  • Countries: India, Nepal

Connecting Flights

Flights with Jet Airways to London Heathrow will connect in Delhi (inbound journey). Please contact us if you would like timings and/or further information on the connecting flights. All flight details will be listed in your booking confirmation. 

Health

Whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we would point out that in visiting a number of historical sites, paths may be uneven and uphill and we often enjoy walking tours of the main sights. Therefore, this holiday may not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility. In the tropics temperatures and humidity levels will also be quite high for most of the year. Please consult your GP regarding the appropriate inoculations required for India at least a month before departure.

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

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