Nepal Monument

19-Day Escorted Tour to India & Nepal
Limited time offer of $3999*usd     Including Air from Montreal

India & Nepal 19-day tour!

Trip Highlights

Package Includes
  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip international flights Montreal-New Delhi, New Delhi-Montreal
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: New Delhi-Kathmandu, Kathmandu-Chitwan, Pokhara-Kathmandu & Kathmandu-New Delhi
  • 17 nights accommodations
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 39 meals: 17 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 12 dinners with wine (including 2 home hosted dinners, and welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Bottled water provided during sightseeing excursions
  • Services of English-speaking tour managers throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Special Features

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals
  • Drive past the India Gate War Memorial in New Delhi
  • See the sandstone Qutab Minar Victory Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the astonishing Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a symbol of India’s rich history
  • Ascend to spectacular Amber Fort with its gorgeous Palace of Mirrors
  • Attend an elegant gala dinner in Samode, filled with delectable local specialties and great entertainment
  • Enjoy a visit to the Gandhi Smriti, the official residence and a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi
  • Stand at the Buddhist Stupa of Swayambhunath, the oldest shrine in the world
  • Learn more about the rich culture and hospitality of the Nepalese people at a village themed lunch with traditional favorites from a local farm
  • Spiritual journey to Pashupatinath, one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world
  • Special prayer ceremony and blessing from the Holy Lama in Boudhanath
  • Elephant Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park takes you to view wildlife in their natural habitat
  • Tour the Pokhara Valley with its natural wonders including cascading Devi’s Fall
  • Home hosted farewell dinner

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Itinerary Map
Jodhpur, India
Elephants in India
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Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1 – Depart for India

Depart for India

DAY 2 – Arrive in New Delhi

Welcome to India! Arrive in the energetic capital city of New Delhi; meet your representative and transfer to the hotel. Time to rest and relax after your journey and acclimate to the new time zone
Overnight: New Delhi

DAY 3 – Discover New Delhi

Begin your discovery of Delhi at the Gandhi Smriti (formerly Birla House), a museum dedicated to Gandhi, Father of the Nation. Then drive past the imposing India Gate war memorial, Presidential Palace and Parliament House. Understand more about Sikh culture on your visit to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, a prominent Sikh house of worship, with its shining golden dome dominating the skyline. After lunch at a popular restaurant, visit Old Delhi. Travel on a cycle rickshaw along the bustling main street of Chandni Chowk. Stop to photograph the imposing Red Fort before your visit to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, with a courtyard capable of holding over 25,000 devotees. After the city tour, tour the National Museum, the largest in India, with over 200,000 works of art, covering over 5,000 years. Afterwards, a “tuk-tuk” (auto-rickshaw) takes you to your hotel. This evening, meet your fellow travelers and Tour Manager at a briefing on the remarkable experiences that await you in India and Nepal
Overnight: New Delhi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4 – Travel to Agra

Depart New Delhi to Agra, with its enchanting past, rich heritage and architectural masterpieces. En route, visit the graceful Qutab Minar Victory Tower, the world’s tallest minaret, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival in Agra, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy all of the delights of this splendid city. Dinner at the hotel. Tonight, celebrate “love” at an optional evening performance of Mohabbat-e-Taj a series of plays that portray the intense love of the Shah Jahan for his wife and depicts the lavish lifestyle of the Mughal era
Optional: Mohabbat-e-Taj Show (PM)
Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 – Visit the Amazing Taj Mahal

A memorable day as you visit the astonishing Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved Queen. This is perhaps the most perfect architectural monument in the world, built of white marble and precious stones over a 22 year period – considered the finest example of Mughal architecture. Afterwards, visit Kalakriti Marble. The Taj Mahal inspired the Kalakriti family to become the manufacturer of fine inlaid marble work. Marvel at the museum quality workmanship as you watch a demonstration of the timely process of marble carvings, filigree and stone inlay. Then browse Kalakriti’s home furnishings and decorative items. In the afternoon, discover the red sandstone Agra Fort, with its incredible maze of walled courtyards, mosques and lavish private chambers reflecting the grandeur of the Mughal Empire; this monument has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour continues to the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah built of the finest Indian marble embellished with mosaics and inlay of semi-precious stones. Tonight, an evening with a local Indian family in their home. Enjoy a traditional home-cooked Indian dinner, along with conversation about life in India today
Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 – Travel to Jaipur, Abhaneri Village

Depart Agra to the small ancient village of Abhaneri in northern Rajasthan. Begin at Chand Baori, one of the largest step wells in India, fortified on all sides. This unique idea, conceived by the early natives to function as a water reservoir, is located adjacent to the temple dedicated to Harshat Mata, goddess of joy and happiness. Then, stop for an unforgettable experience….an authentic camel cart ride with lunch. Afterwards, continue to Jaipur, gateway to the desert state of Rajasthan. Arrive in this glorious city, with its stucco buildings lining the wide streets and you’ll understand why it is nicknamed the “Pink City.” The city was painted its unique color in 1876 to celebrate the first visit of the Prince of Wales to Jaipur. Drive past stunning hilltop forts and glorious palaces en route to the hotel. Time to explore the bargain-filled bazaars bursting with treasures and jewelry shops galore, including Bhandari Jewelry: Jaipur’s centuries-old craft community, world renown for its quality and design. Bhandari Jewelry, third generation gemologists, offers a spectacular array of gems, available loose or uniquely set in gold and silver, plus local handicrafts, stone and marble carvings, and paintings. Shop to your heart’s content, linger on your own, or return to the hotel. Tonight, share a flavorful Jaipur dinner together with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 – Amber Fort and the Palace of Mirrors

This morning, an excursion to the spectacular Amber Fort, a stunning fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles with its gorgeous Palace of Mirrors, incredible maze of courtyards, and lavish private chambers reflecting the grandeur of the Mughal Empire. Drive past the Hawa Mahal, the “Palace of the Winds” with its lacy ornamental façade. Arrive to the Amber Fort and ascend the hill to the ramparts by jeep, or on the back of an elephant (if available). From here, you can view the breathtaking panorama of Jaipur’s original city walls and the lake below. Stop for refreshments before shopping the vast collection of local handicrafts at Jaipur Handicrafts, offering premium quality handmade carpets, textiles, pashminas, pottery and paintings. Fabrics in all colors and texture are available for loose purchase as well as custom design work. Later the tour continues to the opulent City Palace, a former royal residence, now a grand museum with an extraordinary collection of miniature paintings, costumes and armory. Continue to be impressed while you stop at the beautifully preserved 18th century Jantar Mantar Observatory with its ingenious instruments. Tonight will be highlighted by the exotic flavors of Indian cuisine at a local neighborhood restaurant, while you’re entertained by performers in traditional attire as they enact various interesting dance moves on the rhythm of the accompanying musical instruments
Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 – Samode Safari and Gala Dinner

This morning, journey to nearby rustic village of Samode, set among the rugged Aravalli hills. Enjoy a jeep or camel (if available) safari around the hilly countryside into villages and fields. You will have the opportunity to interact with the locals and learn about their every day rural life. Afterwards, visit Samode Farm and witness a cooking demonstration of local specialties, followed by lunch. Later, check into the hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, attend an elegant gala dinner, where a royal welcome awaits you with soldiers, horses and camels on each side. The evening is filled with delectable food and entertainment, featuring local dancers and musicians. The night concludes with a spectacular fireworks display!
Overnight: Samode
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 – Jeep Safari, Travel to New Delhi

Morning departure from Samode to New Delhi. On the way, stop for a village jeep safari to have a glimpse of the village life followed by lunch at a hotel. Afterwards, travel to New Delhi. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel. Say goodbye to your India Tour Manager tonight as you prepare to embark on your next adventure
Overnight: New Delhi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10 – Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal

This morning, meet the representative who will transfer you to the airport for your flight from Delhi to Kathmandu, “The Roof of the World,” in the shadow of the Himalayas. You’ll be warmly welcomed and greeted with a traditional flower garland. Time to rest before this afternoon’s briefing by your local Nepal Tour Manager, describing the sensational experiences that await you in Nepal
Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11 – Swayambhunath, Cooking Demonstration, Boudhanath

Rise early this morning to join the one hour optional flightseeing of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world. Then, on to 1st century Swayambhunath, crowning a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley with its golden spire adorned with colorful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. This World Heritage Site is one of the most recognizable symbols of Nepal; the painted eyes of Buddha follow all who ascend the worn stone steps. Crowds of pilgrims and red-clad monks circle the complex, spinning the prayer wheels while scores of monkeys prance about in irreverent groups. Continue to Durbar Square, an amazing cluster of ancient temples and palaces that symbolize the country’s religious and cultural life, including sprawling Hanuman Dhoka, ancient palace of Nepalese Royalty and the Temple of Kumari, home to the Living Goddess. See the stone carved statue of ferocious KalBhairav, a colorful memorial to the Hindu God of Destruction and the Temple of the Goddess Taleju. A change of pace as you arrive at a popular restaurant for lunch and a specially arranged cooking demonstration of MoMo, one of Nepal’s national dishes. Afternoon visit to Boudhanath, the largest stupa of its kind in the world. Participate in a prayer ceremony and receive blessings from the Holy Lama at this extraordinary Buddhist monument. After an outstanding day, return to the hotel. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a Nepalese restaurant. Afterwards, we suggest a Rickshaw ride to see the city’s astonishing night lit temples and palaces
Optional: Mount Everest Flightseeing (AM)
Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 – Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath, Mt. Everest Mountaineer

An excursion takes you this morning to the medieval city of Bhaktapur, called the “City of Devotees,” a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lined with palaces, temples, statues and squares connected by a maze of pedestrianized streets. The 14th century Dattatreya Temple and the world famous Peacock Window at Tachapal keep visitors spellbound. Marvel at the intricately carved deities of the richly molded Golden Gate and enter the Palace of Fifty-Five Windows with its exquisite wood carvings. See the Lion’s Gate with its guarding statues, Nyatapola, the five-storied temple in Taumadhi Square and the astonishing Bhairab Temple, dedicated to Lord Buddha. Then, you visit the Pottery Center where you watch a demonstration of this fine craft by skilled potters. After a village inspired lunch, you embark upon a journey to the World Heritage Site of Pashupatinath, one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. On the banks of the holy Bagmati River, this temple is renowned for its beautiful architecture along with its cremation platforms spread along the river. You’ll see throngs of devotees meditating and praying on the steps throughout this sacred temple. At dinner tonight, an evening lecture and one-to-one conversation with a Nepalese woman mountaineer who has climbed Mt Everest — you’ll be inspired by her determination and courage
Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13 – Chitwan National Park, Jungle Resort

Flight this morning to the village of Bharatpur, with its ochre-colored thatched roof houses. Continue past small villages and terraced rice fields to the Tharu villages of Chitwan. Arrive at Temple Tiger Green Jungle Resort, nestled on the banks of the Narayani River and Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meet your Naturalist-Guide for a refreshing Welcome Drink and briefing about the park and the many different activities available during your stay. The resort, within its own surrounding forest, is designed to adjust to the natural harmony. No doubt you’ll enjoy this memorable experience in the midst of one of the world’s most beautiful nature centers. Time to settle in and savor a leisurely lunch before this afternoon’s very special adventure. Begin with a visit to the elephant stables followed by an exciting Elephant Jungle Safari that penetrates the dense grasslands to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Tonight, a slide presentation on the local wildlife by a senior Naturalist is followed by dinner at the resort’s Round House. Share stories of today’s elephant adventure with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Chitwan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14 – Chitwan National Park, Jungle Resort

Your day is filled with wonderful adventures starting with a morning Jeep Safari. Afterwards, you can choose to board a boat or paddle a canoe down the Narayani River. There’ll be plenty of opportunity to view the Gharial or Mugger crocodiles as well as a variety of water birds. Then, travel a short distance by jeep inside the park stopping for a picnic lunch in this lush natural oasis. A nature walk with a trained naturalist introduces you to some of the wildlife and the huge species of birds. You’ll learn more about Chitwan and its conservation efforts during your discussion with the guides. Later, an ox-cart ride to an authentic Tharu Village where you visit the museum and the homes of some of the indigenous people. In the evening, a delicious barbecue dinner accompanied by a performance by the local Tharu dance group
Overnight: Chitwan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15 – Pokhara’s Natural Wonders

Depart the National Park and travel to Pokhara, the second largest city of Nepal. Along the way, view miles of rice paddies, mustard fields and rural areas dotted with colorful villages. Arrive in scenic Pokhara, home to three of the highest mountains in the world. Lunch at the hotel. Afternoon tour of some of the Pokhara Valley’s natural wonders including cascading Devi’s Falls, (Hell’s Falls) which drops out of sight and is hidden in an underground gorge and the Seti Gandaki River, that flows throughout the city. Visit Gorkha Memorial Museum before continuing to the diverse Old Bazaar with its ethnic traders and stalls selling everything from edibles to gold — it’s definitely an interesting place to stroll. Here you also see the white domed Bindhyabasini Mandir, one of Pokhara’s most important shrines, dedicated to the Goddess Bhagwati. The rest of the day is at leisure in Pokhara. Dinner is on your own
Overnight: Pokhara
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 16 – Pokhara and the Annapurna Mountains

Early morning hike to the viewpoint at the Peace Pagoda; see the unforgettable sunrise over the mountain peaks. A packed breakfast will be provided. The Annapurna mountain range dominates your northern view while the sweeping expanse of the Pokhara Valley looms over the south and east. This is a not-to-be-missed experience! Afterwards, lunch together at a local restaurant in Pokhara, followed by a visit to the International Mountain Museum. View the many exhibits focused on technique, equipment and materials for hiking, of great interest in a country that is dominated by hikers and trekkers. The museum is in a perfect location, surrounded by the stunning Annapurna mountain range — a favorite place for adventurers. Linger at the museum or return to the hotel. You’re invited this evening for dinner with a local family at their home. There will be lots of opportunity to share great stories, local legends and delicious home cooked food
Overnight: Pokhara
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17 – Return to Kathmandu, Ancient Patan, Farewell to Nepal

Return flight to Kathmandu for an excursion to the ancient city of Patan, known as the “City of Fine Arts.” Your tour begins at the main square, filled with breathtaking Hindu temples and striking Buddhist monuments. See the old Royal Palace, dominating all others in grace and grandeur and the 16th century stone Krishna Mandir, with its 21 pinnacles dedicated to Lord Krishna. Other landmarks include the Golden Temple, and the terra-cotta temple of Mahabouddha. Afterwards, time to rest and freshen up before tonight’s festivities. A very special home hosted Farewell Dinner has been arranged just for you — a perfect conclusion to your wonderful journey through Nepal. The friends and family of the host and hostess will join you as you bid farewell to Nepal, your Tour Manager and your fellow travelers
Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 18 – Depart Nepal, Flight to New Delhi

Your morning is free for last-minute exploration. As you depart your hotel, a “khada” will be placed on you, symbolizing a safe journey back home. (Khada is a traditional ceremonial scarf symbolizing purity, goodwill, and compassion). Upon arrival in New Delhi, transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel
Overnight: New Delhi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 19 – Depart India

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Featured Hotels

Jaypee Vasant Continental, New Delhi

This first class hotel is strategically situated amidst the Diplomatic Enclave of New Delhi.

Guest Rooms: Guest rooms are well appointed and decorated lavishly for a relaxing stay. Modern amenities include: air conditioning, satellite television, mini-bar, coffee/tea station and private bathroom with hairdryer.

Location: This hotel is located in an ideal location that offers easy access to various sites and attractions. The Basant Lok Shopping Complex is just a short walk away. On-site there is a full service health spa, fitness center and swimming pool.

Restaurants: The hotel’s Eggspecation Restaurant offers an impressive menu of more than 170 vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies ranging from local specialties to international dishes. Tapas serves drinks and snacks. Room service is available 24 hours.

Jaypee Palace, Agra

This deluxe hotel is centrally located in the main tourist district of Agra.

Guest Rooms: Rooms are spacious and luxurious with local Indian accents and many modern amenities. Hotel is built in Mughal period architecture. Enjoy the hotel’s outdoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath, jacuzzi, and fitness room.

Location: Hotel is situated near to major historical attractions: Agra Fort ( 3.7 miles), Taj Mahal ( 2 miles), and Sikandra ( 10 miles) The hotel is located 6 miles from the Railway Station.

Restaurants: The hotel offers several bars and restaurants serving Indian, International, and vegetarian cuisine.

Trident Jaipur, Jaipur

This superior first class hotel is beautifully located overlooking Mansagar Lake opposite Jal Mahal Lake Palace.

Guest Rooms: Hotel and rooms are decorated in local traditional style. Elegant architectural details and modern amenities make for a unique experience with the hotel’s spectacular site. All rooms have balconies with lake or garden views. Non-smoking rooms are available upon request. Enjoy the hotel’s outdoor heated pool, fitness center, table tennis, pool table, playground, and children’s activities.

Location: Unique and spectacular site overlooking Mansagar Lake and Aravalli Hills opposite the Jal Mahal Lake Palace (300 yards). Jaipur and Amber Fort are nearby at only 2.5 mile (10 minute drive). Kanak Vrindavan Temples are .5 mile and Hawa Mahal Place is 2.5 mile from the hotel.

Restaurants: Jal Mahal restaurant is set on a veranda for panoramic views, serving International and Indian specialties. Enjoy a refreshment at the Masagar Bar.

Samode Bagh, Jaipur

This first class hotel is located in the former private garden retreat of the Samode royal family.

Guest Rooms: The guest rooms are located in tents. The tents feature elegant decor and comfortable wooden furnishings. All of the tents have a porch, air conditioning and a private marble bathroom.

Location: The hotel is located in the former private garden retreat of the Samode royal family. The Samode Palace is about a ten minute drive away. Enjoy the hotel’s spa, gardens, fountains and outdoor pool.

Restaurants: The hotel’s dining room serves a variety of Indian wines along with Rajasthani, Indian, Chinese and Continental fare.

Novotel New Delhi Aerocity, New Delhi

This first class hotel is about a 30 minute drive away from the city center of New Delhi.

Guest Rooms: The rooms are decorated with modern decor and comfortable furnishings. All rooms are fitted with amenities for a pleasant stay, such as an in-room safe, air conditioning and a private bathroom with a hairdryer.

Location: The hotel is within a mile of the Delhi Aerocity metro station. The city center of New Delhi and the India Gate are about a thirty minute drive away. Enjoy the hotel’s on-site sauna and outdoor pool.

Restaurants: Guests can enjoy international cuisine at the Pluck restaurant. The Honk Asian Restaurant serves dinner daily, and Cafe Pluck is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Beverages are available at the hotel’s Pling bar.

Hotel Yak & Yeti, Kathmandu

This first class hotel is centrally located in Kathmandu.

Guest Rooms: The rooms are decorated with contemporary furnishings and regional style decor. All rooms are equipped with modern amenities, including tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar and a private bathroom.

Location: The hotel is located in the city of Kathmandu. The Narayanhiti Palace Museum and the Garden of Dreams are within a half mile. Kathmandu Durbar Square is about a mile away. Enjoy the hotel’s gardens, casino, beauty salon, fitness center, tennis courts, jacuzzi and pool.

Restaurants: The Sunrise Cafe features a buffet and a la carte menus. The cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Chimney Restaurant serves international fare for dinner. Guests can enjoy a beverage in the Pub.

Safari Narayani Hotel, Chitwan

This tourist class hotel has splendid views of the Rapti River and Chitwan National Park.

Guest Rooms: Guest rooms are in rustic style country cottages with regional style decor. All rooms have a ceiling fan and a private bathroom.

Location: The hotel overlooks the Rapti River. Nearby attractions include the Gharial (Crocodile) Breeding Centre and Chitwan National Park, which has a variety of wildlife including one horned rhinos, Royal Bengal Tigers, and elephants.

Restaurants: The hotel has a restaurant that features fixed breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Guests can enjoy beverages at the hotel bar.

Temple Tiger Green Jungle Resort, Chitwan

This superior tourist class hotel has magnificent views of Chitwan National Park.

Guest Rooms: The guests accommodations are decorated with wooden furnishings and regional style decorations. All rooms are fitted with a balcony, air conditioning and an attached bathroom.

Location: The hotel is situated nearby the Narayani river. Chitwan National Park is about a short thirty minute boat ride away.

Restaurants: Guests can enjoy splendid views and delicious cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant. Tasty beverages are available at the hotel’s bar.

Temple Tree Resort & Spa, Pokhara

This superior tourist class hotel is located nearby Fewa Lake.

Guest Rooms: The guest rooms are decorated with regional style decor and furnishings. All rooms are equipped with a porch or balcony with views of the hotel’s garden, complimentary internet access and a private bathroom.

Location: During their stay, guests can enjoy the hotel’s spa and infinity pool. The hotel is located nearby Fewa Lake. The city center of Pokhara is about three miles away.

Restaurants: International fare is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Bay Leaf restaurant. Guests can enjoy scrumptious dishes at the hotel’s Tree House restaurant. Snacks and beverages are available at the Island Bar.

 

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*Price displayed in US dollars, per person, double occupancy, Applicable to October 09, 2017 departure, other dates available at various prices. Includes return airfare from Montreal plus domestic flights, airport taxes, transfers, accommodations, certain meals plus sightseeing & entrance fees as per itinerary. OPC Indemnity Fund fee of $1 per $1,000 of travel products sold is additional. Limited space, other conditions and restrictions may apply. Not all travel dates available. Limited space. Offer expires May 16, 2017 and is subject to change or cancellation at any time.

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