Delhi to Kathmandu

A classic `Discovery` holiday and one of Asia`s great journeys




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Holiday Overview


  • Watch the sun rise over the peerless Taj Mahal at Agra
  • Stroll the streets of India`s `Pink City` of Jaipur
  • Take an early morning boat ride on the Ganges at Varanasi
  • Safari on elephant-back at Chitwan, Nepal

This classic and deliberately relaxed overland journey between the Indian capital of Delhi and the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu, stopping off at many of the outstanding highlights of northern India en route, is one of the finest jorneys in Asia. Starting out with a Delhi sightseeing tour, this 2-week discovery holiday then takes us south into the princely state of Rajasthan where we have a day of guided sightseeing in each of the famous cities of Jaipur and Agra. We can visit the impressive Amber Fort on elephant-back and watch the sun rise on the magnificent Taj Mahal. Continuing our journey by sleeper train to Varanasi, an early morning boat ride on the sacred River Ganges is amongst the undoubted highlights of the holiday. Crossing the border into Nepal, we visit the birthplace of Buddha at Lumbini, enjoy a variety of wildlife activities at Chitwan National Park and complete this sensational holiday with a day's exploration amongst Kathmandu's colourful temples. Adventure guaranteed - from the plains of India to the mountain kingdom of Nepal!

Is this holiday for you?

This is an active touring trip which involves some easy walking mostly when visiting monuments, forts etc. We will walk for a few hours (slowly and with with plenty of stops) on at least one of the wildlife safaris we undertake while staying in Chitwan National Park. Naturally there is a fair amount of time spent in vehicles but the itinerary is designed to minimise the number of long journeys and with 2-night stays in Jaipur, Varanasi and Chitwan, this should not feel like an arduous overland journey.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Delhi. Transfers from Delhi Airport are provided.
  • Drive through rural India to the impressive Amber Fort. Explore the fort and overnight in Jaipur.
  • Visit the Palace of the Winds, the Janta Manta Observatory and the City Palace. Overnight in Jaipur.
  • Drive via Fatehpur Sikri to Agra. Visit the Agra Red Fort and overnight in the city.
  • Visit the Taj Mahal at dawn. Afternoon free for sightseeing or shopping. Overnight train to Varanasi.
  • Arrive Varanasi. Free day for sightseeing. Evening aarti ceremony and overnight in Varanasi.
  • Early morning boat ride on the Ganges and afternoon visit to Sarnath. A second night in Varanasi.
  • Drive north to the World Heritage site of Lumbini, Lord Buddha’s birthplace, in Nepal.
  • Explore Lumbini in the morning. Then, drive to Chitwan for a first wildlife safari.
  • Guided wildlife activities, on foot, by boat and on elephant back. Overnight at Chitwan.
  • A final early morning jungle activity. Then, after breakfast at the lodge, drive to Kathmandu.
  • In Kathmandu with a guided tour of some of the city sights. Afternoon free and overnight in Kathmandu.
  • Departure day. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided.
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Map & Itinerary

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Delhi. Transfers from Delhi Airport are provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Delhi. Transfers from Delhi Airport are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with lunch. In the afternoon, a city sightseeing tour by minibus is provided. Alternatively, you may choose to take it easy at the hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Drive through rural India to the impressive Amber Fort. Explore the fort and overnight in Jaipur.

    After breakfast at the hotel, we start our journey southwards to the 'pink city' of Jaipur. Taking our time for what is a fascinating drive, we will pass through a number of towns and villages and be able to get a snapshot of the colour and variety of Indian rural life. We will stop for lunch en route and also pay a visit to the town of Amber (or Amer) which was at one time the regional capital. The Fortress Palace here is known as the Amber Fort and was constructed in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar’s army. In Amber we visit the Hall of Victory, Chamber of Mirrors and Kali temple. Continuing into Jaipur we check into our hotel and enjoy a traditional dinner.

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  • Visit the Palace of the Winds, the Janta Manta Observatory and the City Palace. Overnight in Jaipur.

    We have a full day in Jaipur to visit several of the must-see places of the Pink City. We will certainly want to visit the Hawa Mahal (literally ‘palace of the winds’), an ornate facade of intricately carved windows where young Rajput princess would come to sneak a peak at the common crowd gathered below. We will also visit the surrealist architecture of the Janta Mantar astronomical observatory, and the City Place which is now a fascinating museum. We stay a second night in Jaipur.

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  • Drive via Fatehpur Sikri to Agra. Visit the Agra Red Fort and overnight in the city.

    Today we drive to Agra. En route we will stop at Fatehpur Sikri, one of the finest examples of a Mughal walled city. It was built between 1570 and 1586, during the reign of Emperor Akbar as an act of gratitude to a penniless saint who he encountered on this spot. Akbar made this the capital of his empire and then for some inexplicable reason, abandoned it. Scholars believe that the city was deserted due to lack of water or simply because the city was not in a strategic location. The shrine to the saint remains a place of pigrimage and the rest of the buildings, still intact arranged around a marble courtyard give a feeling of lost grandeur. Continuing on to Agra, we check in to our comfortable hotel and make an evening visit to the Agra Red Fort. Built initially by Emperor Akbar as a military stronghold in 1565 and later embellished by Shah Jahan, there are many fascinating buildings inside the massive 20 –metre thick walls, which stretch for 2.5kms around. After our visit we have an evening meal and stay overnight in Agra.

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  • Visit the Taj Mahal at dawn. Afternoon free for sightseeing or shopping. Overnight train to Varanasi.

    This morning we visit the Taj Mahal one of the man made 'seven wonders' of the world. An early start is rewarded by fabulous morning light on the marble walls. The Taj Mahal was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love, it took 20,000 craftsmen and labourers assisted by 1,000 elephants, 22 years to build and almost bankrupted the Mughal Empire. After our guided tour of this incredible monument and some free time to enjoy the surrounding gardens, we take lunch and the afternoon is free for further independent sightseeing in Agra or for shopping in the bazaar. In the evening we transfer to the railway station to catch the overnight train across India to Varanasi.

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  • Arrive Varanasi. Free day for sightseeing. Evening aarti ceremony and overnight in Varanasi.

    We arrive in Varanasi (also known as Benares) 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 which are the bathing steps along the banks of the Ganges, to view the informal daily ritual known as Aarti where oil lamps are floated on the river. Afterwards we enjoy a traditional Indian meal and we stay overnight in our Varanasi hotel.

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  • Early morning boat ride on the Ganges and afternoon visit to Sarnath. A second night in Varanasi.

    Leaving the hotel in the dark we make our way to back to the ghats 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 major sermon after gaining enlightenment. We spend a second night in Varanasi at the group hotel.

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  • Drive north to the World Heritage site of Lumbini, Lord Buddha’s birthplace, in Nepal.

    Today we drive north across the plains towards the border with Nepal. After approximately 8 hours we arrive at the border town of Sunauli where we have to disembark and walk the final 500 metres through two sets of immigration and customs to reach Nepal. Here we board our new Nepali bus and continue a further 27 kilometres to the World Heritage site of Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha.

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  • Explore Lumbini in the morning. Then, drive to Chitwan for a first wildlife safari.

    This morning we look round the famous sights of Lumbini including the Bodhi tree where the Buddha meditated and gained enlightenment and the Asokan pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka in 249 BC, which contains the oldest calligraphy in Nepal, granting Lumbini tax-free status in commemoration of the birth of Lord Buddha. We will also visit the various temples and pagodas ancient and modern that have been erected in the Lumbini Buddha Gardens. After lunch we have a relatively short (2.5 hours) drive to the Chitwan National Park where we stay overnight in a comfortable lodge.

    • Accommodation Lodge

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  • Guided wildlife activities, on foot, by boat and on elephant back. Overnight at Chitwan.

    We have a full day to explore the Royal Chitwan National Park, designated as UNESCO World Heritage site. Situated in a river valley basin along the flood plains of the Rapti, Reu and Narayani rivers, this sub-tropical Sal forest is home to the endangered one-horned rhinoceros as well as leopards, sloth bears and tigers. It is also rich in bird-life with more than 543 species recorded. This morning we make an early rise to take advantage of the busy dawn time at the watering holes. We go out with an expert naturalist guide who will know just where to find the animals. We 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. We have a second night at the lodge.

    • Accommodation Lodge

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  • A final early morning jungle activity. Then, after breakfast at the lodge, drive to Kathmandu.

    After another early start to see the dawn activity followed by breakfast at the lodge, we set off on the road to Kathmandu, driving through the most spectacular scenery of the Himalayan foothills. The road winds along river valleys and up and over a series of hills which are in fact the ripples from the impact of colliding continents. En route we can catch a glimpse of the fascinating life of this heavily populated region as we pass through towns and villages. The drive will take around 7 – 8 hours and we arrive in bustling Kathmandu in the early evening. After checking in to our hotel, there is time to explore the cosmopolitan area of Thamel with its brightly lit shops and bars before dinner.

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  • In Kathmandu with a guided tour of some of the city sights. Afternoon free and overnight in Kathmandu.

    Those who wish have the option this morning to take a spectacular mountain flight passing the giants of the Himalaya. Later in the morning we have a guided tour of some of the city's most important sights such as the stupa of Bodenath, the largest in the country, the ‘monkey temple’ of Swayanbath and the fabulous Durbar square with its ‘forest’ of temples. The afternoon is free for further independent sightseeing or for shopping in the colourful bazaar. This evening we will visit one of the excellent restaurants of the city for a farewell dinner.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Departure day. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided. There are lots of extensions that can easily be added to your holiday in Nepal. Why not pre-book a simple day-tour in the Kathmandu Valley, or a multi-day excursion to one of the important wildlife reserves at Chitwan or Bardia. Extension packages are also available to include a visit to neighbouring Tibet or Bhutan. Contact our office for details.

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Holiday Information

  • English-speaking local guide
  • Airport transfers
  • All land transport required by the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • Boat ride on the Ganges
  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort
  • Chitwan entry fee and all Chitwan activities

  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips to local staff
  • Entry fees to monuments and temples
  • Activities and excursions mentioned in the itinerary as optional
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses

During the tour we spend the following number of nights in hotels of 2 - 3 star standard in twin or double rooms with private bathroom: 1 night Delhi, 2 nights Jaipur, 1 night Agra, 2 nights Varanasi, 1 night Lumbini, and 2 nights Kathmandu. We also have 2 nights in a comfortable jungle lodge in Chitwan and 1 night in an A/C sleeper berth on the overnight train to Varanasi. Except the sleeper, all accommodation is on a twin share basis. If you are travelling by yourself we will pair you with another individual traveller of the same sex for room sharing. Single rooms are avaiable for a supplement.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All meals included from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 13

The food served at all the places we stay will be a mix of Indian and international. As part of the holiday experience most people will want to enjoy the flavour and tastes of India and the regional variation in the cuisine. However, more familiar western dishes will always be available.

Rendezvous at the group hotel on day 1 of the Land Only itinerary. Complimentary airport transfers are provided for all flights arriving in Delhi on this day. Complimentary airport transfers are also provided for all flights departing Kathmandu on the last day of the Land Only itinerary. Hotel contact details and an emergency telephone number, will be provided with your booking confirmation.

The group will be led by a professional English-speaking local Tour Leader.

Approximately £150 - £200 (or equivalent in US dollars or Euros) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses, including tips to local staff, soft drinks, etc. There are several opportunities to buy souvenirs on this trip. It is not necessary to purchase local currency (Indian Rupees) before you travel. Sterling, US dollars and Euro are all readily exchanged in Delhi. Since you will be changing the majority of your spending money into local currency on the day of arrival, we recommend taking this in cash. Note however that you will need to keep some of your spending money to change into Nepali rupees for the final part of your holiday. Travellers cheques are not advised as they can be difficult or time-consuming to exchange and often attract a poorer rate. It is also possible to withdraw money from ATMs in Delhi. Note that tourists other than Indian nationals are not allowed to bring Indian currency into Nepal and large amounts of Indian rupees should not be taken across the border. You can normally exchange Sterling and Euros at the border although US dollars is the best currency to use here. In Kathmandu Streling, Euros and US dollars are equally acceptable for exchange and it is also possible to withdraw cash fom ATMs. Credit cards can be used to purchase many goods in cities and major towns in India and in Kathmandu are particularly useful for more expensive souvenirs.

Tipping is an accepted and expected part of Indian culture, although you should only tip for services which are well done. Tipping of your local guides and drivers is best done as a group. We would suggest that you discuss this as a group and create a tips pool. The total amount that you can expect to pay in tips for your local guides and drivers is approximately £50 (in rupee equivalent).

There is no weight restriction on this trip other than imposed by your international carrier. However, we do ask you to restrict your baggage to one main item of baggage, plus a small daypack. Please note that during the border crossing from India to Nepal you will be required to carry your bags for approximately 500 metres. We recognise that for some of our holidays and for some of our travellers, the KE Trek Bag (see below) may not provide the best solution when packing for your trip. A bag with fitted wheels or a holdall with more than one compartment and more than one access zip can, in some circumstances, be more appropriate. Although it can be useful for our tour leaders when all members of the group have similar, identifying baggage, we have no problem if you choose to use an alternative bag.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Strong shoes or walking boots
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Lightweight trousers / pants
  • Shirts (at least one long-sleeved with collar) and T-shirts
  • Jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Eyewear – Sunglasses
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
  • Small daypack
  • Basic First Aid Kit - refer to trip notes for details
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 litre / 1 quart (x2)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash

The following items are optional:

  • Insect repellant
  • Headtorch / headlamp (power cuts can occur)
  • Pocket-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Camera, media, spare batteries
  • Travel clothes

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa India

All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $60 and you need to apply for this online prior to departure at Please download the detailed information document: Visa PDF India

Visa Nepal

All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days, $100 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. You will require 2 passport photos.

For all the regions of Nepal that we visit an additional permit is required. This is included in the holiday price and KE will apply for it, with your full passport details and 1 passport photo (sent by post or emailed). You must supply this to us at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

For the following holidays, in addition to the above, we will also require you to supply a copy of the information page of your passport (sent by post or emailed).

These trips are: Kanchenjunga (KAN), Mustang (MUS), Dolpo (DOL), Manaslu (MAN), Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu (NAP), Naar to Mustang (NTM), Humla and Limi Circuit Trek (HUM), Naya Kanga and the Ganja La (NKG), Yala Peak and the Ganja La (YPGL), Tent Peak (TPK), Ramdung and Parchemo (RAM), Mera Peak, Island Peak and the Amphu Labsta (MIP), Island Peak Climber (IPC), Peaks and Passes on Nepal (MTR); Mera Peak Climb (MER); and Chulu Far East & the Tilicho La (CTL); Tabsar Peak and the Tsum Valley (TVC), Mukot Peak (MKP).

You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

The currency of India is the Indian Rupee.

The unit of currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

Although there is no strenuous walking on this trip it makes a lot of sense to get some additional exercise before coming on any active holiday. Walking, jogging, squash and swimming are all good for developing fitness and stamina. Some of the days it will get quite hot and you should be prepared for this. Before departure, we suggest that you do some reading about the country, its people and culture.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The Subcontinent of India has four distinct seasons which can be categorised as Summer (March to May), Monsoon (June to mid-September), Post-monsoon (mid-September to November) and Winter (December to February). The summer months can be quite hot reaching 40 degrees Celsius by the end of April and beyond April the humidity begins to rise. Early mornings and late afternoons / evenings are warm and very pleasant in the North of India in the Summer. This is also the best time for wildlife spotting. With the onset of the monsoon in June India becomes unpleasantly hot and humid and it will rain heavily for some period during most days. With the ending of the monsoon there is a period of sunny skies and an easing of the heat. It can still be very warm during the post monsoon period but rarely uncomfortably so, and evenings are pleasantly cool. After November the temperatures start to fall. Daytime temperatures will remain warm (15 - 30 degrees Celsius) but it can become quite chilly at night and in January and February it is even possible to encounter frosts.

  • India. Lonely Planet
  • India. Rough Guide
  • Indian Wildlife. Insight Guide
  • Field Guide to the Mammals of the Indian Subcontinent. K. K. Gurung and Raj Singh
  • Birds of India. Richard Grimmett, Carol and Tim Inskipp
  • The Jungle Book. Rudyard Kipling

TTK State Road Maps

Locally produced maps at various scales showing road and rail network with intermediate driving distances. No information on topography is given but each map comes with a booklet providing further information on places of interest. To cover the whole journey to the Nepal border requires three sheets, Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Extend Your Holiday

Chitwan Jungle Extension

The jungles of southern Nepal are an interesting counterpoint to trekking in the foothills or the high Himalaya. Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge provides a relaxing and comfortable base for a wildlife safari and cultural village experience. On two full days of wildlife viewing in the National Park 'buffer zone' - the interface area between visitors and the animals that live at Chitwan – you will be accompanied by expert guides on safaris by jeep, boat, on foot and by elephant back.

Chitwan Jungle Tharu Lodge Extension

From $980 per person

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Malla Hotel

From $100 per room per night

Gokarna Forest Resort Kathmandu

From $138 per room per night

Shanker Hotel

From $100 per room per night

Situated next to the grounds of the former Royal Palace and only a 10-minute walk from the popular Thamel district, this former Rana residence was converted into a hotel in 1964. The original architecture was based on a French palace and the hotel has a grand appearance. Set in a large and beautifully tended garden, it provides a hideaway from the hustle and bustle of city life and is an ideal base from which to explore Kathmandu. All its rooms which are en-suite have been recently refurbished and the hotel facilities include 2 restaurants, 2 bars and a swimming pool where you can also order drinks.


From $116 per room per night

Florence Inn

From $97 per room per night Combining comfort and elegance with economy, the Florence Inn is our preferred group hotel in Delhi. Well appointed throughout and with a smart lobby, it is immaculately clean. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The Florence Inn is just 5 minutes walk from Karol Bargh market and the metro station making it an ideal location for exploring the city.

Shangri La

From $119 per room per night Another of Kathmandu’s original ‘luxury’ hotels. While the sophistication of its amenities may be upstaged by Kathmandu’s more modern concrete and glass hotels, the Shangri La maintains an old world charm that cannot be beaten. Located in the diplomatic enclave of Lazimpat, away from the hustle and bustle yet just 10 minutes walk from tourist centre of Thamel, the hotel is set in a pleasant garden and facilities include a pool, tennis court and massage therapist. The hotel has a speciality Indian restaurant and a garden café serving international cuisine as well as a bar.

Dwarikas Hotel

From $279 per room per night Dwarika’s is a heritage hotel modelled on the grandeur of the palaces of the Newar Kings. Consisting of several buildings arranged around a quiet courtyard, the hotel incorporates many original 15th – 17th century features in its architecture from the lifetime collection of its founder. The rooms are in the same Newari style and lavishly luxurious in their appointments. Its location close to Pashupathinath and Bouddhanath is perfect for exploring this side of Kathmandu. There are 3 restaurants serving Nepali, Japanese and international cuisine, a bar, spa and fitness centre, and a swimming pool.


From $166 per room per night Situated in Lutyens’ Delhi within 10 minutes walk of the famous Lodi gardens and Khan Market, Claridges oozes old-world charm and luxury. Set in a landscaped garden with swaying palm trees, you can get right away from the hurly burly and enjoy gracious Indian hospitality. The guest rooms and suites are classically decorated and equipped with all modern conveniences as you would expect in a hotel of this calibre. Claridges contains several excellent restaurants offering a choice of world cuisine and there is an outdoor swimming pool and a health club.

Maidens Hotel

From $133 per room per night Operated by the Oberoi group and set in 8 acres of garden with shady trees, Maidens is one of Delhi's oldest hotels. Built in the early 1900s, it has retained its colonial charm and offers spacious well appointed rooms with high ceilings. The hotel has a restaurant serving international and Indian cuisine, a garden terrace extending to an open courtyard, and a small intimate bar. There is no pool. Located in Old Delhi, it gives easy access to Mughal monuments and the colourful Chandni Chowk bazaars.

Manor Hotel

From $144 per room per night This 2-storey, 15-room boutique hotel in a pleasant garden setting is very distinctive. With clean modern lines and contemporary furnishings the Manor Hotel has an understated elegance and comfort which is very appealing. Its public areas contrast cool Italian mosaic flooring with warm rich wood panelling, and you can enjoy a high level of service which is friendly and efficient. The hotel has an award winning restaurant and a bar. There is no pool but the hotel has a Wellness centre with yoga and massage. The Manor is located in a quiet residential area close to the Lodhi Gardens.

Ambassador Hotel

From $133 per room per night Situated in Lutyens’ Delhi next to Khan Market, this art deco style hotel designed by British architect Walter George in 1945, is a listed heritage building. Its location makes it convenient for both the airport (22km) and the city centre (10 minutes by dive). The Vivanta-by-Taj Ambassador is operated by the Taj group of hotels, so you can expect the best of hospitality and service.

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