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Exotic Nepal & India

Special Value Tour (SVT) Nepal & India

Combine the great highlights of the Kathmandu Valley with stunning Northern India in this two country adventure. This is a popular mix for travellers who want to enjoy both culture and nature – we will see not only the magnificent heritage of ancient Buddhism and the Moghul Empire, but also beautiful national parks and the world’s highest mountains. We start in Kathmandu, the capital and heart of Nepal, then move on to India’s vast artistic legacy, from the ancient monuments to the medieval Moghul marvels, Varanasi and beyond.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites covered in this tour
1. Humayun’s Tomb 2. Taj Mahal
3. Qutb Minar and its Monuments 4. Agra Fort
5. Red Fort Complex 6. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
7. Jantar Mantar 8. Amber Fort, Jaipur - Hill Forts of Rajasthan
9. The walled city of Jaipur, Rajasthan 10. Kathmandu Valley
11. Fatehpur Sikri    
Tour Information
Duration : 13 days
Minimum : 02 persons
Maximum : 15 persons
Price (From) : US$ 3029
Includes international air
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (Nepal)
Day 02: Kathmandu
(B, D)
Day 03: Kathmandu
(B, D)
Day 04: Kathmandu/Delhi (Flight) (India)
(B, D)
Day 05: Delhi
(B, D)
Day 06: Delhi/Varanasi (Flight)
(B, D)
Day 07: Varanasi
(B, D)
Day 08: Varanasi/Delhi (Flight) & Delhi/Agra (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 09: Agra/Fatehpur Sikri/Agra
(B, D)
Day 10: Agra/Ranthambore (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 11: Ranthambore/Jaipur (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 12: Jaipur
(B, D)
Day 13: Jaipur/Depart Delhi (Drive)
(B, D)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (Nepal)

Namaste – Welcome to Nepal! As one of the most enchanting travel destinations in the world, Nepal offers a heady mixture of unique culture proudly preserved, mind-boggling adventure and remarkable natural beauty. Upon arrival, we are transferred to our hotel and have the balance of the day free.

Overnight: Hotel Yak & Yeti / Radisson Hotel, Kathmandu (3 nights)

Day 02: Kathmandu

Stupa with prayer flags at sunrise, Swayambunath, Kathmandu Valley, Madhyamanchal (Central Region), Nepal

Today we explore the Kathmandu Valley*, a highlight of tours to Nepal. We start at the Durbar Square located in the heart of old city of Kathmandu. There are an incredible 50 temples in this area. We will visit the 17th century Durbar complex, Hanuman Dhoka, the Paravati Temple, the Great Bell and Drum, Bhairav, the Taleju Temple and an array of temples grouped around it, as well as the Temple of the Living Goddess, the Kumari. We then head to the stupa of Swayambhunath, located on a green hillock west of Kathmandu. Over 2,500 years old, this huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhists sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of Kathmandu. We conclude our exploration in Patan, the oldest city in the valley, said to have been founded by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century B.C. Patan is the cradle of arts and architecture of the valley and a great center of the Newari traditional arts and crafts, with 136 courtyards and 55 major temples. In the evening, we enjoy our Nepali-style welcome dinner. (B, D)

Note: In the early morning, we may take an optional scenic flight over the breathtaking Himalayas to see Mount Everest and other peaks.

Day 03: Kathmandu

Today we visit Bhaktapur¸ also known as Bhadgaon and home to exquisite examples of medieval art and architecture. A city of farmers, Bhaktapur is also known for its pottery and weaving. It is the best preserved of the valley’s three cities. We then head to Pashupatinath, considered to be one of the holiest Hindu shrines in the world. This temple of Lord Shiva is famous for its superb architecture, with a tiered golden roof and silver. We will only be able to view it from the eastern bank of Bagmati River overlooking the cremation grounds, as it is open solely to Hindus. We then explore Boudhanath, also known as `Little Tibet’ because of its unique atmosphere resembling old Barkhor marketplace in Lhasa. It features the biggest stupa in Nepal, encircled by houses and monasteries. Evening is free to explore the bazaars and meet the many different ethnic groups who call Kathmandu home. (B, D)

Day 04: Kathmandu/Delhi (Flight) (India)

Today we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Delhi. The capital of India is a fusion of ancient and modern. It paints a picture rich with culture, architecture and human diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums, galleries and gardens. On arrival in Delhi, we are met by our local representative and transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free.

Overnight: Andaz Delhi - A concept by Hyatt / Sheraton, New Delhi (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 05: Delhi

Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), Delhi, India

The capital of India is truly a tantalizing mixture of old and new. We start our morning tour with an exploration of New Delhi and a visit to Birla House, the last residence of Mahatma Gandhi. Next, take in the famous India Gate, followed by the Houses of Parliament, Connaught Place and Humayun’s Tomb*, built in 1570 as the first garden-tomb in India. Humayan’s Tomb inspired several major architectural innovations, including the Taj Mahal. Experience the stunning ancient minaret of Qutb Minar* before venturing into Old Delhi where we visit the historical Red Fort* built by the Moghul Emperor, Shah Jehan. Most of the Moghul forts were “Palace Forts“ as these were also the official residences of the royalty. We then embark on a walking tour through the bazaars at Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi’s oldest and busiest market. We then drive to the monumental Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. End the day at Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Evening we enjoy a welcome dinner at a local Indian restaurant. (B, D)

Note: Red Fort and Birla House are closed on Mondays and Chandni Chowk is closed on Sundays

Day 06: Delhi/Varanasi (Flight)

A short flight gets us to Varanasi, the oldest living city in India. Varaniasi was earlier called Banaras. On arrival, we are transferred to our hotel. In the afternoon we experience a joyful rickshaw ride (India’s famous 3 wheeler vehicle) to the banks of the River Ganges – the holy river for the Hindus. Here we witness the colourful Aarti ceremony, a Hindu ritual of worship. Aarti is the waving of lighted wicks before the deities in a spirit of humility and gratitude, wherein faithful followers become immersed in god's divine form. This is usually done at sunset. You may sit and watch and even participate with the devotees.

Overnight: Taj Ganges, Varanasi (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 07: Varanasi

Skyline of Varanasi along the shores of the Ganges River in the early morning, Uttar Pradesh, India

Early morning, after morning tea/coffee at the hotel lobby, we take a serene sunrise cruise on the River Ganges, soaking in the unique scenes along the river bank. One of the cardinal principles of Hinduism is the belief in the holiness of the Ganges. From our boat we will see scores of pilgrims and priests bathe in the river’s holy waters and performing various other rituals. This unique experience will make us feel as if we’re looking through a window to another world.  After our boat ride, we explore old Varanasi, visiting the Bharat Mata Temple, which houses a huge marble relief map of India; Durga Temple, the Tulsi Manas Mandir besides the Banaras Hindu University and the Mosque of Moghul Emperor Aurangzeb. After breakfast at our hotel we visit Sarnath, the site where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. Formerly known as Isipatana, it is here where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma in his first sermon and It is also here that the original Sangha (Buddhist monastic order) was formed. We will see silk weaving before returning to our hotel. Balance of the day is free. (B, D)

Day 08: Varanasi/Delhi (Flight) & Delhi/Agra (Drive)

We take a morning flight to New Delhi Airport. From here we take a road transfer to Agra. Agra is amongst the few privileged cities in the world to house 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites - The Taj Mahal, Red Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.  As we get closer to Agra, our eagerness to see this monument of love will start growing at an unprecedented speed. Evening, free to take a walk and see the Taj glittering (especially on full moon nights).

Overnight: Trident Agra / Tajview-IHCL SeleQtions / ITC Mughal, Agra (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 09: Agra/Fatehpur Sikri/Agra

Panch Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India

We start our day with a sunrise visit to one of the most well-known wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal*. An immense mausoleum of white marble, built between 1631 and 1648. Built by the Moghul Emperor, Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and a universally admired masterpiece of world heritage. Situated on the right bank of the Yamuna in a vast Moghul garden, this funerary monument combines elements and styles of Persian, Central Asian and Islamic architecture. After visiting the Taj Mahal, we return to our hotel for breakfast. Following some rest time, we visit Agra Fort*. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses the spectacular imperial city of the Moghul rulers. Explore fairy-tale palaces, audience halls and two very beautiful mosques.

Afternoon, we visit Fatehpur Sikri*. Built during the second half of the 16th century by the Moghul Emperor Akbar, this stunning complex was once the capital of the Moghul Empire. Just 10 years after its construction, the city with its beautiful temples, mosques and monuments were abandoned due to lack of water.  Surprisingly, many structures are still in existence and used even today including one of the largest mosques in India and the artistically designed mausoleum of the revered Sufi saint, Salim Chisty. We will learn of a very interesting historical fact associated with Salim Chishty and the Moghuls. Evening is free to explore this small town, Agra, home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. (B, D)

Note: On nights with a full moon, the Taj Mahal's pure white marble shimmers silver in the moonlight. Bestway Tours & Safaris can arrange an optional tour to enjoy this very special occasion.

Day 10: Agra/Ranthambore (Drive)

Our adventure continues as we set off for Ranthambore, the former hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Ranthambore National Park boasts one of the largest and most diverse collections of wildlife species in India. It’s rugged terrain and dense deciduous forests also offer stunning panoramas. After lunch at our lodge in Ranthambore, we take an adventurous safari through the park, spotting tiger, nilgai, chausingha, chital, chinkara, wild boar, jungle cat, rattle, hyena, porcupine and the black-faced langur. About 150 bird species can also be found here, including migratory birds that arrive in winter. The safari lasts for about 3 hours. Evening is fun time with the other guests and Resort team.

Overnight: Jungle Vilas, Ranthambore (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 11: Ranthambore/Jaipur (Drive)

Ranthambore was established as a game sanctuary in 1955 and declared a Project Tiger reserve in 1973. Spotting Ranthambore’s famous Royal Bengal tigers in their natural habitat is an awe-inspiring experience. Early morning, we take another safari through the park with our eye out for these majestic animals. After our morning safari, we drive to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Jaipur is also called the Pink City, since most of the buildings in the old city are made of pink sandstone. In the evening, we enjoy dinner followed by a unique Rajasthani cultural dance show.

Overnight: Trident Jaipur / Shiv Vilas / ITC Rajputana, Jaipur (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 12: Jaipur

Hawa Mahal Palace or Palace of the Winds in Jaipur, Rajasthan state in India

This morning, we are treated like the royalty of yesteryear with a journey to the Amber Fort, located in a picturesque valley among the Kalikho Hills. Known as the gem of Jaipur, this imposing fort dating from the late 16th century was never attacked or invaded. Built from a combination of yellow and pink sandstone and white marble, the fort includes distinguished halls, intricate carvings and ornate gardens. Next we return to Jaipur to visit the majestic City Palace, which houses a rare collection of Indian art. We also stop at the stunning Hawa Mahal, or Palace of Winds, where the ladies of the royal harem used to watch the city from behind the intricately carved façade, and the Jantar Mantar*, a historic astronomical observation site boasting instruments used to star-gaze with the naked eye. The evening is free to enjoy the one-of-a-kind shopping of the bazaars. Jaipur is noted for its craftsmen, skilled in brass inlay, lacquer work and stone setting. (B, D)

Day 13: Jaipur/Delhi (Drive)

After an incredible tour of the Exotic Nepal & India, we are driven to Delhi. Here we check in at hotel Vivanta By Taj Dwarka New Delhi for day rooms until 8:30 PM. After a farewell dinner, we are transferred to the international terminal for our flight home. We bid farewell after a memorable journey into the history, culture, art and architecture of incredible India. Or extend our adventure with India holiday tour packages to other regions of the country.

Overnight: Vivanta New Delhi, Dwarka, New Delhi (Day rooms) (B, D)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates & Prices

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2022 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Apr 03; May 01; 29; Oct 02, 09, 30; Nov 06, 13, 27        
VALIDITY (Apr 03, 2022 to Jun 10, 2022) US$ 3029 US$ 729 US$ 1100 US$ 1200
VALIDITY (Oct 02, 2022 to Dec 09, 2022) US$ 3406 US$ 1007 US$ 1100 US$ 1200
2023 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Jan 08; Feb 05, 12; Mar 12        
VALIDITY (Jan 08, 2023 to Mar 24, 2023) US$ 3406 US$ 1007 US$ 1100 US$ 1200
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2022 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Apr 03; May 01; 29; Oct 02, 09, 30; Nov 06, 13, 27        
VALIDITY (Apr 03, 2022 to Jun 10, 2022) CA$ 4029 CA$ 970 CA$ 1450 CA$ 1550
VALIDITY (Oct 02, 2022 to Dec 09, 2022) CA$ 4530 CA$ 1339 CA$ 1450 CA$ 1550
2023 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Jan 08; Feb 05, 12; Mar 12        
VALIDITY (Jan 08, 2023 to Mar 24, 2023) CA$ 4530 CA$ 1339 CA$ 1450 CA$ 1550


Notes

• Ranthambore National Park remains closed from July 01 to September 30 every year. In lieu therefore the night lost at Ranthambore will be compensated with an additional night at New Delhi also on 2 meals a day plan.
• Unless specified, check-in at hotels in India is at 14:00 Hrs and check out is at 12:00 Hrs.


Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Regional/domestic airfare in coach class
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 25 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation 
  • Services of local English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
  • Sunrise boat ride on the River Ganges
  • 2 Safaris through Ranthambore National Park (October to June Departures)
  • Rickshaw Ride in Varanasi
Not Included
  • International airfares
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 15 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.

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