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Taj Mahal, Himalayas & All-Inc. Paradise

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Malé
Chitwan
Kathmandu
Patan
Pokhara
Agra
Delhi
Jaipur
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Discover the essence of India and Nepal and the earthly paradise of the Maldives. Explore the epic Golden Triangle in India, including vibrant Delhi, the pink city of Jaipur and romantic Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. In Nepal, explore the Kathmandu Valley, discover the wildlife of Chitwan and soak up the views of the Himalayas in Pokhara. Finally, kick back in All-Inclusive bliss in the Maldives. 

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Night on board

Are you ready to experience the land of a thousand colors? Pack your bags and set off to your departure airport ready to check-in for a flight to Delhi, India's vibrant capital!* Night on board.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Delhi

Touch down in Delhi and transfer to the hotel. Get ready to explore the city and all it has to offer you, intrepid traveler! From the cacophony of sounds to the dizzying aromas and rainbow palette of colors, Delhi is the gateway to your Indian adventure! Be sure to explore its historic center, filled with the relics of its past under Islamic conquerors. Spend the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Delhi.

3rd Day: Delhi

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you'll explore the treasures of Old Delhi such as the majestic Jama Masjid Royal Mosque and lively Chandi Chow Street, for your first taste of Indian culture. Make like a local and embark on a rickshaw ride around the Red Fort, former residence of the Imperial Family. Next, admire Raj Ghat, where the legendary Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. In the afternoon, see a different side of the city in sparkling New Delhi, passing by the India Gate, the Mausoleum of Emperor Humayun, and the Presidential Palace. Overnight stay in Delhi.

4th Day: Delhi - Jaipur

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, begin your Rajasthan adventure and set off to Jaipur, the so-called Pink City. It's the capital of Rajasthan known for its fusion of Hindu, Jain and Mughal culture. Enjoy your first glimpse of the Rajasthani landscape as you travel through local villages and countryside. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. You will enjoy some free time in the afternoon to get to know the city or to simply relax. Be sure to capture the evening light, where the pink and the orange buildings exude a magical glow, complemented by the colorfully dressed Rajasthanis. You're likely to spot camel-drawn carts, characteristic of Jaipur's street scene. Overnight stay in Jaipur.

5th Day: Jaipur

Breakfast at the hotel. The first order of the day is a visit to the much-photographed Hawa Mahal, Palace of the Winds, one of India's most beloved historic buildings with a fascinating past. Next up, feel like a true adventurer as you embark on an exciting Jeep transfer to the atmospheric Amber Fort; have you ever felt more like Indiana Jones? Here you can see the palace of Jag Mandir and the famous Sheesh Mahal, a room embedded with beautiful, bright pieces of mirror, all the while imagining the glamorous lives of the Maharajas. In the afternoon, it's back to Jaipur for a city tour, including the illustrious Palace of the Maharaja, home to an informative museum that brings this era to life. Afterwards, get to know a little about India's scientific achievements at the Jantar Mantar, the largest observatory in the world. Imagine star-gazing from here! Overnight stay in Jaipur. 

6th Day: Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra

Breakfast at the hotel. You're getting closer to iconic Agra as you set off, once again, into the dusty landscapes of Rajasthan. Stop in the ghost town of Fatehpur Sikri, where time stands still, and pass through the Bulund Darwaza gateway, the highest gateway in the world and a monument of Mughal might! Arrive in Agra, Rajasthan's most romantic city, and you'll notice the contrasts between red sandstone and white marble in the city's buildings and feel its tantalising charms. Transfer to the hotel and in the afternoon visit the Agra Fort, a formidable structure which houses the picturesque Pearl Mosque. Just walking through the main gate, you'll feel like Mughal royalty! Return to the hotel and overnight stay in Agra.

7th Day: Agra - Delhi

Breakfast at the hotel. It's finally here, the day you tick the legendary Taj Mahal off of your bucket list! The ivory-white marble mausoleum, the brilliant domes, the fountain and that famous bench where everyone has their photo taken; today you'll experience it all for yourself! Home to the tomb of a Mughal Emperors beloved wife, both the story and the beauty of the structure itself may well leave you feeling teary-eyed and filled with a warm fuzzy feeling. Take some time to soak it all up and take the perfect photo, one you'll treasure for a lifetime. Afterwards, enjoy a scenic afternoon drive back to Delhi, where you can spend the remainder of the day reminiscing about your journey and all the wonderful, soul-stirring sights you've seen as well as the warm people who've shared their culture with you along the way. Overnight stay in Delhi.

8th Day: Delhi - Kathmandu

Breakfast at the hotel. Early in the morning, transfer to the airport to board the flight to Kathmandu. Arrive in the capital of Nepal, transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. The largest urban area in Nepal, Kathmandu is a fascinating metropolis, combining historic sites and modern Nepalese culture. Located at 1,400 meters in a bowl-shaped valley in central Nepal, Kathmandu is surrounded by the majestic Himalayas. Overnight stay in Nepal. 

9th Day: Kathmandu - Bhaktapur - Kathmandu

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, visit Bhaktapur, known as the 'City of the Devotees', to admire the great architectural beauty of the third of the three royal cities of the Kathmandu Valley. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bhaktapur's Durbar Square is the best-preserved square in the valley. The Royal Palace stands out, whose entrance door is a masterpiece in embossed art, as does the Nyatapola Temple, known as the Temple of the Five Roofs for it's five magnificently sculpted floors, making it one of the highest in the country. Later, continue to the oldest temple in the Kathmandu Valley, Changu Narayan Temple located in the village of Changu and dedicated to the god Vishnu. From here, take in the amazing views of the surrounding valley. Return to the hotel and overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

10th Day: Kathmandu - Patan - Kathmandu

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning we recommend an unforgettable optional Mount Everest flight-seeing excursion.* Head to the Kathmandu Valley, today, passing through Asan Tole, the main street of the capital's oldest shopping area, which offers a vivid display of local Nepalese life. Discover Nepalese culture and experience everyday life through the bustling narrow streets and courtyards of the city. Visit Durbar Square in Kathmandu, where you can see the Kumari Temple and the exteriors of the Taleju Temple and Kala Bhairav. In the afternoon, explore Swayambhunath Stupa, located at the top of a hill, to contemplate the beautiful landscape of the Kathmandu Valley. Later, discover the old city of Patan and visit its ancient Durbar Square, the oldest of the three in the valley. See the Royal Palace, home to beautiful patios and ornate windows and sanctuaries dedicated to Shiva, Ganesh and Vishnu. Afterwards, head to the Temple of the Living Goddess Kumari, who looks out onto the balcony to receive the greetings of the devotees. Return to the hotel and overnight stay in Kathmandu.

* Optional Mount Everest flight-seeing excursion: One-hour sightseeing flight on a fixed-wing aircraft for an experience of a lifetime. All the spectacular glaciers, snow-capped peaks and gorges glide below as you fly towards Mount Everest. Includes a flight certificate awarded at the end of the excursion. 

11th Day: Kathmandu - Chitwan

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off by road to Chitwan, passing by scenic landscapes during the approx. 4-hour journey. Arrive and get settled at the hotel. In the afternoon, set off on an hour-long nature walk to explore the beautiful surrounding area, scattered with cabins inhabited by the indigenous Tharu tribe, who have lived in the forests surrounding Chitwan for centuries. After a delicious dinner, enjoy an authentic Tharu Stick Dance Show, performed by local farmers, for an insight into Chitwan’s cultural roots. Overnight stay in Chitwan.

12th Day: Chitwan

Rise early in the morning and enjoy a coffee/tea break before heading off to Chitwan National Park to seize the day and the tranquillity of the natural environment during the quiet hours of the morning. The area surrounding Machan Country Villa is a true paradise for birdwatchers, so keep your eyes peeled for some of the rarer species. Enjoy a nature walk with a naturalist expert who can point out the abundant birdlife before returning to the hotel for a well-deserved breakfast. Afterwards, get to know the behaviours and characteristics of the majestic Asian elephant and stop for lunch. Continue your adventure with a 3-hour jeep safari through the jungle to the shores of the Narayani River where a traditional boat awaits to take you on a tranquil river cruise. Look out for local wildlife such as crocodiles and water birds before returning to the shore. In the evening, enjoy an informative presentation by a jungle expert to learn more about this unique ecosystem. Return to the hotel for dinner. Overnight stay in Chitwan. 

13th Day: Chitwan - Pokhara

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, set off for Pokhara, a journey of around 3.5-hours long. En route, visit Bandipur Village, a small hilltop settlement and an amazing example of Newar culture. This charming village is home to precious 18th-century architecture, a number of small cafes and shops. Continue to Pokhara, nestled in a quiet, forest-covered valley. Arrive, get settled at the hotel and spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, soaking up the fantastic views of the Himalayas and the five Annapurna peaks. Overnight stay in Pokhara.

14th Day: Pokhara

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off early in the morning to Sarangkot to see the sunrise over the Himalayas, if weather conditions permit. Located at 1592 meters above sea level, it is the most popular spot to enjoy the magnificent views of the Pokhara Valley and the mountains and they are slowly illuminated by the rising sun. Afterwards, take a boat ride on Phewa Lake, see the beautiful Devi Waterfall and explore the Sacred Cave of Gupteshwor. Continue to the bustling Old Bazaar of Pokhara, a pleasant traditional place, full of merchants selling fabrics, food and gold, among other authentic Nepalese products. Return to the hotel and overnight stay in Pokhara.

15th Day: Pokhara - Kathmandu

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, head back to Kathmandu, enjoying the spectacular scenery along the way. Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the city at your leisure. Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

16th Day: Kathmandu

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy a guided visit to Boudhanath and Pashupatinath. The Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath, one of the largest in the world and an icon of Nepal, sits on an octagonal base and is surrounded by the houses of Buddhist Lamas. Afterwards, discover Pashupatinath Hindu Temple on the east bank of the river, the most important and oldest of the Kathmandu Valley, dedicated to Shiva and surrounded by an exuberant natural environment. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure to stroll through the city or make some last-minute souvenir purchases. Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

17th Day: Kathmandu - Night on board

Breakfast at the hotel.* Bid farewell to Nepal as you transfer to the airport to board a flight to the Maldives. Night on board.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast.

18th Day: Maldives

Touch down in Malé and transfer to your hotel with an exciting speedboat, passing paradise atolls and admiring the landscape. Arrive at the hotel and settle in, ready for an idyllic All-Inclusive stay. Overnight stay in the Maldives

19th Day: Maldives

All-inclusive. Enjoy a day at your leisure in the Maldives, soaking up the breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean from the comforts of a white-sand beach or exploring the abundant sea life on a snorkelling excursion. The facilities at the resort are there to make your stay as blissful as possible, so make the most of them as you begin to unwind from the stresses of daily life. Overnight stay in the Maldives. 

20th Day: Maldives

All-inclusive. Enjoy your final day in the Maldives at your leisure. Make the most of your last moments in paradise by exploring the island and finding the most perfect stretch of beach in which to contemplate the picture-perfect ocean views. Arrange a romantic meal or enjoy the resort entertainment to bring a memorable close to your idyllic escape. Overnight stay in the Maldives. 

 

21st Day: Maldives - Night on board

Breakfast at the hotel.* Sadly, it's time to bid farewell to the paradise shores of the Maldives. At the indicated time, take a speedboat transfer to Malé to catch a flight back to the UK/Ireland. Night on board.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

22nd Day: UK/Ireland

Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.

22 days trip including flights*

20 days and 19 nights in destination

1

LON - DEL

2

LON - DEL

Delhi

3

Delhi

4

Jaipur

5

Jaipur

6

Agra

7

Delhi

8

Kathmandu

9

Kathmandu

10

Kathmandu

11

Chitwan

12

Chitwan

13

Pokhara

14

Pokhara

15

Kathmandu

16

Kathmandu

17

Maldives

18

Maldives

19

Maldives

20

MLE - LON

21

MLE - LON

22

MLE - LON

* It can change according to your date of travel

Accommodation: 19 Nights

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Available Activities

Activities availability is subject to departure dates and itinerary selected.
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Optional

Mount Everest Flight-Seeing

One hour long sightseeing on a fixed-wing aircraft. All the spectacular glaciers, snow-capped peaks and gorges glide below as you fly towards Mt. Everest. Includes a flight certificate awarded at the end of the excursion.
Suggested activity for day 10

The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. 
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  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Delhi, Maldives - UK/Ireland.
  • International flights: Delhi - Kathmandu, Kathmandu - Male. *
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  • 19 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
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  • 16 breakfasts, full-board in Chitwan and all-inclusive in the Maldives **
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  • Transfers in air conditioned vehicle.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary. ***
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Speedboat transfers in the Maldives.
  • Boat ride on Phewa Lake.
  • Garden Room in the Maldives.
  • ATOL Protection.
  • English-speaking guide in India & Nepal.
  • Rickshaw ride in Delhi.
  • Jeep Transfer at the Amber Fort

Not included

Indian visa and Nepalese Visa (required), drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

If you are travelling with a UK passport, you will require:

Indian visa: For other passport holders, we recommend that you check with the Indian Embassy for further details: https://www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html

* Due to the customs clearance rule of the government of India, if your flight calls at another city in India before arriving in Delhi, confirm at the departure desk in the UK/Ireland whether you should pick up your suitcase and pass customs control at the airport where the connection is made. Remember that if the flight stops in Mumbai you will need to pick up your luggage. Keep in mind that normally this whole process takes approximately 60 minutes. 

Documentation of the internal flights will be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

** All-Inclusive package includes: Breakfast (7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.), Lunch (12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.), and Dinner (7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) served in Maaga Restaurant and Afternoon Tea served at Bluu Restaurant, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, all day and night including bottled water, non-carbonated drinks, house brand soft drinks, fruit juice, draught beer, red and white house table wine, house brand spirits and a selection of cocktails at Bluu Restaurant. All-Inclusive activities: Local Island visit excursion per minimum stay of four nights, Kayak, Sup, Volleyball, Windsurf, Paddle Boat, Foosball, Billiard and Board games (Subject to availability). Lessons and certificates are available for an extra charge.

*** The order of the itinerary can change according to the day of departure of the flight.

Thursday/ Sunday: 2 nights in Delhi at the beginning, 1 night in Delhi at the end.

Monday/ Friday: 1 night in Delhi at the beginning, 2 nights in Delhi at the end.

  • Entry requirements
    Passport with a minimum of six months validity and at least two blank pages.
  • Visa
    A visa is required to enter the country. Issued by the embassy or online E-Visa application one month before arrival in the country.
  • Currency
    Indian Rupee.
  • Language
    Hindi and English.
  • Electricity
    220 V in the majority of the country. Electrical sockets are European style however an adapter may be useful.
  • Health
    Please consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.
  • Time zone
    GMT + 5:30.
  • Other useful information
    Foreigners cannot bring Indian Rupees into the country, although you can bring foreign currency and exchange it once you arrive.
  • Tourist Office website
    http://www.incredibleindia.org/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.

Tips in India are subject to the decision of the client based on the level of satisfaction of the service provided and the experience in general. Taking into account that they are not obligatory, they are usually expected.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

 

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