Golden Triangle – India & Nepal (17 days)

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flag Delhi - Agra - Ranthambore - Jaipur - Kathmandu - Pokhara - Chitwan
What's included?
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  • International Flight
  • Accommodation
  • Water
  • Meals
  • Escorted Tour
  • Domestic Flights
  • Airport Taxes Charges
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Tipping

Combine the majesty of India’s rich and cultural history, with the essence of Nepal’s exhilarating natural beauty. From the iconic Taj Mahal and Tigers of Ranthambore, to the awe-inspiring Himalayas and Chitwan National Park housing a rich variety of flora and fauna, where guests can connect with the surroundings through a seamless blend of indoor and outdoor space.

 

Day 1 UK Departure

Depart the UK with international economy flight to Delhi. We can also arrange departures from your local airport at no extra cost.

Day 2 Delhi arrival

Upon your arrival, you will be met by our representative at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. After a warm welcome, transfer to your hotel for 2 nights stay.

Day 3 Delhi

Today, enjoy the day discovering Delhi, pacing through the city which is as historic as modern, like 2 sides of the same coin!

Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, which includes a visit to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; a rickshaw ride through narrow alleys and lanes in Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest and largest trading markets of the country; and drive past Red Fort, the place that marked the announcement of India’s freedom from the British Raj.

Later in the afternoon, discover the modern city of New Delhi, visiting the Rajghat where Mahatma Gandhi was Cremated, later continue to visit Humayun’s Tomb, the first tomb in India with beautiful gardens. Later you visit Qutab Minar, a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture and the world’s tallest brick minaret and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the largest Sikh temple of Delhi, with a gold dome, still in active worship. Drive past President’s House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings, the most imposing features of Lutyen’s Delhi and take a photo stop at the iconic war memorial arch, the India Gate.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Day 4 Delhi to Agra

After breakfast, embark on a leisurely drive to Agra, city of the world famous Taj Mahal.

This afternoon visit the splendid Agra Fort, built in red sandstone, encapsulating magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens.

Then, witness the surreal views of the Taj Mahal. Step inside this eternal symbol of love and appreciate the intricate designs and symmetries that rhyme as a poem written in marble. Taj Mahal is an extravagant display of love, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. You may choose to stay back to see the glistening white marble beauty at sunset.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Day 5 Agra to Bharatpur

This morning we leave for Bharatpur. En-route, make a brief stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the capital city of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century. Continue your drive towards Bharatpur, upon arrival check into your hotel for an overnight stay.

Later this afternoon you will be transferred to a nearby village to take a guided walk and experiencing the life in the rural India. The rural life of Rajasthan reflects survival instincts of the local people. The people of these villages belong to different communities and are segregated according to the nature of their profession. The villages of Bharatpur hold their own distinct charm.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Day 6 Bharatpur to Ranthambore

Early this morning we visit the bird sanctuary – a marshy area, stretching over 29 sq km of forests, grasslands and shallow lakes, the park offers over 350 species of birds, native and migratory. Bharatpur is the Siberian Crane’s only known wintering ground in India. Enjoy a rickshaw ride inside the bird sanctuary.

Later you embark on a leisurely drive to Ranthambore, acclaimed as one of the best places in the world to photograph tigers in the wild. Continue your drive to Ranthambore and upon arrival; check in at your hotel for 2 nights stay.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Day 7 Ranthambore National Park

Today, enjoy morning & afternoon Jeep Safari (accompanied by a trained naturalist) into the national park. The Ranthambore National Park is one of the prime examples of India’s conservation program, Project Tiger. Once the hunting ground of Indian princes, this national park stands atop a 600m high hill range, and is covered with thorn trees, scrub and grasslands. Dotted with beautiful ponds, streams, lakes and old ruins, it is the home of the tigers of Ranthambore that have often been photographed by visitors from all over the world.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 8 Ranthambore to Jaipur

Today, enjoy an early morning Jeep Safari (accompanied by a trained naturalist) into the national park. Later embark on your drive to Jaipur the land of the Rajputs. Jaipur is an exuberance of colour, dance and traditional arts and crafts. Known, as the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur is home to ancient forts and palaces and is one of India’s most well planned cities. Upon arrival in Jaipur check in to your hotel for 02 nights’ stay.

This evening explore the many facets of Jaipuri crafts such as semi precious jewels, pottery, colourful embroidered fabrics with mirror work, woven carpets etc – watch artisans at work and enjoy souvenir shopping in this colourful city of Jaipur.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Day 9 Jaipur

Rise early this morning to visit Jaipur’s famous Amber Fort. En route, take a guided walk through the flower market of Jaipur seeing the beautiful yellow and orange marigolds and other seasonal flowers, being traded. In close vicinity is also the wholesale vegetable market where farmers bring fresh produce to begin the day’s trading. Walking through the markets brings you to a junction where you will find the interesting and unusual milk traders of Jaipur, who bring their cattle’s fresh milk to be tested for quality, priced and traded on the spot. Be amazed at the primitive technique of testing quality of milk by dipping hands into large metal milk containers and evaluating the creaminess of milk supplied!

After a brief walk through the local trading markets, drive onward to visit Amber fort, built in the 16th century. The fort is a mesmerising blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The Amber Fort was used by the Rajputs for the dual purpose of defence and private residence. The fort encompasses charming gardens and magnificent palaces made from marble and precious stones, richly decorated with intricate stonemason works and paintings, which represented royal splendour and luxury of the Rajput era. To ascend up the fort, you may choose to walk, drive or take an elephant ride.

This afternoon take a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal, Palace of the Winds, with its unique layer-cake honeycomb windows designed to enable erstwhile women of the royal court to observe passing life without being seen; Jantar Mantar, the largest astronomical observatory built in stone, and the City Palace complex with its impressive gardens and museums.

 

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Day 10 Jaipur to Kathmandu

This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Jaipur airport for your flight to Kathmandu, Nepal.  Upon arrival in Kathmandu, meeting and assistance at the airport by English speaking representative and transfer to hotel.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Day 11 Kathmandu to Pokhara

After breakfast we take a leisurely drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, taking in the extraordinary views along the way. Upon arrival in Pokhara, transfer to hotel and rest.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 12 Pokhara

Today we have an early morning drive from Pokhara to Sarangkot – walk uphill for 45 mins to reach Sarangkot Height to view the spectacular sunrise (subject to weather) – we then walk down and drive back to Pokhara for breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, proceed to tour of Gurkha Museum, Devi’s Fall, Tibetan Village ad then sit back and relax with a one hour boat ride on Phewa Lake.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 13 Pokhara to Chitwan

After breakfast, we drive from Pokhara to Chitwan, again experiencing the outstanding scenery along the way. Upon arrival in Chitwan, we transfer to hotel and rest.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 14 Chitwan

Today is action packed with lots of activities to explore this wonderful national park. Events such as a Jungle safari (including elephant back safari in the community forest), nature walk, bird watching, canoeing (subject to water level) and jeep drive.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 15 Chitwan to Kathmandu

After breakfast, we drive from Chitwan to Kathmandu which takes approx. 5-6 hrs drive under the normal road conditions. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 16 Kathmandu

Today we have a full day exploring Kathmandu and it’s surroundings. the tour includes Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath and Patan City.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 17 Kathmandu departure

Today we transfer to the airport for our flight home. End of itinerary.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Delhi - 5* Le Meridien

5* Le Meridien

Located in the heart of the city , the iconic glass building of Le Meridien New Delhi has been recognised as one of the 100 Icons of Delhi. The hotel is located close to the institutions of both power and pleasure.

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Agra - 5* Jaypee Palace Hotel

5* Jaypee Palace Hotel

The regal Jaypee Palace Hotel and Convention Centre, a glorious structural blend of red sandstone and marble is spread over an unbounded 25 acres of elegantly landscaped luxuriant greenery. Sprinkled with enormous water bodies and endless walkways, this magical creation impeccably blends Mughal and contemporary architecture with modern amenities.

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Bharatpur - 5* Laxmi Niwas Palace

5* Laxmi Niwas Palace

Peace and tranquillity are synonymous to Laxmi Niwas Palace hotel which is located in Bharatpur in the state of Rajasthan. This is a recently constructed hotel (completed in 2008), but has similar architecture as the older Laxmi Vilas palace. Utmost care has been taken to give it the old-world grandeur as well as providing all facilities to the tourist.

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Ranthambore - 5* Nahargarh

5* Nahargarh

Nahargarh, the most luxurious hotel lies nestled at the foot hills of ‘Aravali ranges’ neighboring the Ranthambore National Park. Surrounded by a 16th century style fortress, Nahargarh is built like a traditional Rajput hunting palace complete with a vast “Char Bagh” or formal Mughal garden. It sure is the perfect base to explore Ranthambore from the lap of luxury filled nature.

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Jaipur - 5* Jaipur Marriott Hotel

5* Jaipur Marriott Hotel

Experience a winning combination of traditional luxury and modern convenience at the Jaipur Marriott Hotel. Entrenched in the cultural legacy of India’s Pink City, our hotel welcomes guests with refined elegance, contemporary amenities, and a prime location near Jaipur International Airport.

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Kathmandu - 5* Hotel Himalaya

5* Hotel Himalaya 

Nestled within 10 acres of exquisitely landscaped grounds, Hotel Himalaya has always been an ideal haven for business and leisure travelers alike, offering resort ambience with an intimate touch.

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Pokhara - 5* Pokhara Grande Hotel

5* Pokhara Grande Hotel

Pokhara Grande is the five star hotel of Pokhara, Nepal providing the right blend of service, luxury and quiet efficiency. Internationally acclaimed for all-round excellence and unparalleled levels of service, we have got our name listed among 10 best hotels of Nepal.

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Chitwan - 5* Tigerland Safari Resort

5* Tigerland Safari Resort

The Lodge is located in the quiet Jagatpur area. Situated alongside a tributary of the river Rapti, the lodge overlooks the national park and guests are often treated to the sight of deer and rhinos. The property celebrates environmental consciousness in all aspects of operations. The guest areas all have large windows and the lobby is open with uninterrupted views of the surrounding forest.

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Tour Prices include:

  • International economy flights;
  • Hotel accommodation as shown (based on twin occupancy);
  • Meals as described (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner);
  • Meeting and assistance on arrivals and departures;
  • Sightseeing excursions with English speaking guides;
  • All transfers and road transportation in air-conditioned vehicles;
  • Monument entrance fees for visits mentioned in program;
  • Train/Boat journeys where mentioned in program;
  • Domestic flights where mentioned in program;
  • All currently applicable taxes.

Tour Prices exclude:

  • Indian visa fee;
  • Nepalese visa fee;
  • Drinks during meals;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs etc;
  • Travel insurance (can be arranged, please ask for details);
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Optional tours ;
  • Early check-in or late check-out;
  • Flight and accommodation upgrades.
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We used Emperor for a group trip to India. they were fantastic with their choice of hotels (some truly incredible) their tour guide, the whole programme and their choice of airlines for the trip. We made things quite tough for them with different members of the group travelling for different periods and arriving in and out of different airports. We specifically had some issues with one of the airlines on the return leg of our trip, through no fault of Emperor, but they did their utmost to put things right and made the journey home as pleasant as possible by meeting the cost of a lounge at the airport for us do to the shortcomings of one of the airlines checking in procedures. The pre holiday package of information was very comprehensive and we were presented with very durable luggage tags. We would have no hesitation in recommending Richard and his team in tailoring a package for a trip to India. We had an amazing culturally stimulating trip and will certainly go back to India in the future.

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