Delhi to Kathmandu
India & Nepal, Discovery, 13 days - from £1,395 (land only) - from €1,955 (land only) - from $2,330 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Delhi. Airport transfers are provided for all clients arriving on Day 1. KE Land Only package services begin with lunch. In the afternoon, a city sightseeing tour is provided. Alternatively, you may choose to take it easy at our airport-accessible hotel.
Day 2: This morning, after breakfast at our hotel, we will set off on the drive south to Jaipur. This fascinating drive takes around 5 hours and allows us to take in some of the sights and sounds of Indian rural life. Shortly before arriving in Jaipur, we will stop off to visit the impressive Amber Fort. Overnight in a hotel in Jaipur.
Day 3: We have a Jaipur city tour which will include a visit to the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), the Janta Manta Astronomical Observatory and the City Palace. We spend a second night at our Jaipur hotel.
Day 4: Today, we drive to Agra via the old Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri which has been preserved as a superb example of a royal walled city. Continuing our journey to Agra, we visit the Red Fort and check in at our hotel.
Day 5: This morning at sunrise we visit the Taj Mahal one of the man-made 'Seven Wonders' of the World'. The afternoon is free for further independent sightseeing or shopping. In the evening, we transfer to the railway station to catch the overnight train across India to Varanasi.
Day 6: We arrive in Varanasi in the morning and transfer to our hotel in the city. The rest of the day is free for independent sightseeing in this holiest of Indian cities. In the evening we visit the ghats on the sacred River Ganges where we can witness the Aarti ceremony, which involves floating oil lamps. Overnight at our Varanasi hotel.
Day 7: Leaving the hotel in the dark, we make our way to the ghats once again, where we take boat out on the river for one of India's most magical experiences, watching the sunrise from the Ganges. We return to the hotel for breakfast and then drive to Sarnath ruins, the site of the Buddha's first sermon. We spend a second night at our Varanasi hotel.
Day 8: Today, we drive north, crossing the border into Nepal at Sounauli, before continuing to the World Heritage site of Lumbini, the birthplace of the Lord Buddha. This is a 10 to 12 hour journey including stops and border formalities.
Day 9: This morning we look round the famous sights of Lumbini including the Bodhi tree, the Asokan Pillar and the various temples and pagodas, both ancient and modern. We then have a relatively short (2 - 3 hours) drive to Chitwan National Park. In the afternoon we will go out wildlife spotting with a naturalist guide, before returning to overnight at our jungle lodge accommodation.
Day 10: An early rise to take advantage of the busy dawn time at the watering holes. We will return to the lodge for breakfast before going out again with our guide. During our stay at Chitwan we will make our wildlife observations on elephant back, on foot and by canoe. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 11: Another early start to see the dawn activity. After breakfast we then set off on the road to Kathmandu, driving through a picturesque mix of forest and farmland and with views of the spectacular Himalayan foothills. Arriving in Kathmandu in the early evening, we check in at our hotel.
Day 12: Those who wish have the option this morning to take a spectacular mountain flight. Later in the morning we have a guided tour of some of the city's most important sights. The afternoon is free for further independent sightseeing of for shopping in the colourful bazaar streets. We spend a second night at our Kathmandu hotel.
Day 13: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.