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Deal ID: INDNEP18
DATES AVAILABLE: 04-Mar-2018
DURATION: 16 Days

Inclusions:

  • Economy class airfare from Australia to Delhi via Singapore with Singapore Airlines
  • 16 Day Highlights of India & Nepal Tour
  • Luxurious 4 & 5 Star Accommodation throughout
  • Breakfast daily, 2 Lunches & 8 Dinners
  • All land transport using air-conditioned coaches
  • Economy class airfare from Updapair to Mumbai & Mumbai to Kathmandu
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to monuments
  • Economy class airfare from Kathmandu to Australia via Singapore with Singapore Airlines
  • Fully Escorted by our HolidayPlanet Tour Host
  • Exclusive Luggage Strap & Ticket Wallet

Signature Exeriences:

  • Sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi and a Rickshaw ride
  • Early morning visit to Taj Mahal
  • Visit to Amber Fort by Jeep or Elephant ride
  • 2 night Jungle Safari experience to Ranthambhore National Park in shared Jeep or Canterl
  • Enjoy an Indian Movie at famous Raj Mandir Cinema
  • Rickshaw ride in Jaipur during the City Tour
  • Cultural show and dinner in Jaipur
  • Boat cruise on Lake Pichola in Udaipur
  • Sightseeing tours of Pashupatinath & Bhadgoan in Nepal
  • Nepealese dinner in Kathmandu
  • Optional early morning flight to the Everest ($205 Per Person)

 

 

 

 

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Important Notes About This Trip

This tour is escorted from Perth. Passengers from other cities will meet the group in Singapore on day one. Please contact us for more information.

  • Please advise your consultant if you are travelling on a non Australian passport. You must ensure you have at least two blank pages available on your passport. If your passport is due to expire within six months of your return date you must obtain a new passport.

  • All documentation must be spelled correctly. Please ensure that the spelling of the first name(s) and surname(s) on all documentation is correct as per the passport you will be travelling on. Once the tickets have been issued name change fees of up to 100% apply.

  • Certain countries require you to obtain a visa prior to your arrival. Please ensure you and your travelling companions obtain the most up to date information from the embassy, or consulate, for the countries you intend to visit. HolidayPlanet will not be held liable should you be denied entry, or boarding, for not having the correct travel documents. Entry to any country is at the discretion of the relevant immigration authorities on arrival. You can obtain additional information at www.visalink.com.au/holidayplanet or by phoning Visa Link on 1300 882 977.

  • Vaccinations may be required when travelling to certain countries. Please check with your local doctor or specialist vaccination clinic for up to date health requirements.

  • This tour requires a moderate level of fitness.

Minimum Tour Numbers:
The tour arrangements have been made on the basis of a minimum number of passengers travelling. In the event that less than the required number of passengers have confirmed their booking 60 days from the date of departure, Holiday Planet reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of monies paid, or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified fare.

Travel Insurance:
Adequate travel insurance is highly recommended to cover holiday members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the cruise and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accidents etc. It is always recommended that travel insurance be arranged at time of paying deposits.

Price:
Prices are per person based on twin share, unless otherwise stated and are and subject to availability.

Terms & Conditions:
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DATES AVAILABLE: 04-Mar-2018
DURATION: 16 Days
Highlights of India & Nepal - Pricing

Prices are to be considered as a guide only due to fluctuations in flight, hotel and cruise availability. Prices are based on per person, twin share unless otherwise stated. Some components may also require compulsory additional payments such as gratuities or visas. Prices are based on the lowest available cabin category at time of quoting therefore cabins may have an obstructed view at these rates. For unobstructed cabin categories please discuss your options with a travel consultant. Call or enquire now for up-to-date information.

The escorted tour arrangements have been made on the basis of a minimum number of passengers travelling. In the event that less than the required number of passengers have confirmed

their booking 60 days from the date of departure, HolidayPlanet reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of monies paid, or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified fare. Expenses of

personal nature, optional excursions, drinks and meals not specified are additional.

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Here’s a list of your

Day by Day Itinerary

  1. 04 March 2018

    Perth Passengers: Meet your tour host and fellow travelers at Perth International Airport for your flight to Delhi via Singapore with Singapore Airlines. On arrival in Delhi you will be greeted by your local guide who will assist with a coach transfer to your hotel.

    East Coast Passengers will meet your tour host at the hotel in Delhi or whilst in transit at Singapore airport.

    Overnight in Delhi.

    Overnight: The Suryaa (or similar)

  2. 05 March 2018

    After breakfast proceed on the full day of sightseeing starting in Old Delhi where you will view the Red Fort from outside before walking through Chandni Chowk (Also enjoy a Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi), savouring the ambience of the oriental, crowded bazaar. Continue to India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid. Afterwards have a brief photo stop at India Gate, a memorial to the Indian servicemen who died in World War I. Continue to Humayun’s Tomb (the second Mughal Emperor) built in the mid-16th-century. This tomb is the first great example of a Mughal garden tomb and was the inspiration for several monuments such as the incomparable Taj Mahal. Later this afternoon, visit the always busy and jam-packed Connaught Markets, where you can find linen, clothing, saris, handicrafts, jewellery, books, home wares and everything in between.

    Overnight in Delhi.

    Overnight: The Suryaa (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast

  3. 06 March 2018

    After breakfast drive to Agra, on arrival check in at hotel. This afternoon, we visit the tomb of Idmad-Ud-Daulah a Mughal museum, often described as “Jewel Box” and sometimes called “Baby Taj”.

    Overnight in Agra.

    Overnight: Courtyard by Marriott (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

  4. 07 March 2018

    Early morning visit the Taj Mahal in all its glory as the sun is rising. No polluting vehicles are allowed within a 500m radius of the Taj Mahal complex, so at a designated point you will need to board a small electric cart to drive to the entrance gate. Here you will clear security and then be admitted to the complex. The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631. Spend 2 hours here. For admission to the main mausoleum area you are required to wear shoe covers (they may be provided on site, but please remember to bring an additional pair of socks just in case). Return to your hotel for breakfast and a chance to freshen up. Next is Agra Fort situated on the west bank of the Yamuna River and built by Emperor Akbar between 1565 and 1573. Its imposing red sandstone ramparts form a crescent along the riverfront and encompass an enormous complex of courtly buildings, ranging in style from the early eclecticism of Akbar to the sublime elegance of Shah Jahan. The barracks to the north are British additions from the 19th-century. A deep moat, once filled with water from the Yamuna River, surrounds the fort.

    Overnight in Agra

    Overnight: Courtyard by Marriott (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast

  5. 08 March 2018

    After breakfast drive to Ranthambhore, visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route. Located 40km from Agra, Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 after it was prophesised that the then childless Akbar would have sons if he moved his capital to the site. At great expense to the empire, the capital was moved here but sadly only occupied for 14 years before slowly being deserted and ruined after Akbar left the city due to a scarcity of water. Whilst here you visit the remarkably well-preserved and graceful buildings within the Ghost City including the Jama Masjid, tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal Palace and other palaces that speak of the grandeur and splendour of the Mughal Empire at the height of its power. Later continue drive to Ranthambhore, on arrival check in at hotel. The forest around Ranthambore was once the private hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur and is one of the largest national parks in Northern India. Ranthambore National Park is renowned for its tiger population; however you may also come across other wild animals such as leopard, nilgai, Wild Boar, Sambar, hyena and Sloth Bear. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure.

    Overnight in Ranthambhore.

    Overnight: Tigress (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  6. 09 March 2018

    Morning and Afternoon Jungle Safari to the Ranthambhore National Park by Shared Jeep or Canter. Please note, Photo ID is required when visiting the Park. Please ensure you bring your passport to gain entry.

    Overnight in Ranthambhore.

    Overnight: Tigress (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  7. 10 March 2018

    After breakfast drive to Jaipur, on arrival check in at hotel. Continue to Jaipur, known as the ‘Pink City’ for the colour of the buildings in the old town. Some parts of the road are very rough so the journey takes most of the afternoon.Jaipur was founded in 1727 as Mughal power within India was declining. The then Maharaja Jai Singh moved his capital from Amer Fort down onto the plain below. The city is now the capital of Rajasthan State and commonly called the ‘Pink City’ because of the pink paint on all the buildings in the old city area. This was apparently done to imitate the magnificent, red sandstone buildings of the Mughals and in an attempt to impress the Prince of Wales when he visited Jaipur in 1876. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure. Late afternoon enjoy an Indian Movie at famous Raj Mandir Cinema. Overnight in Jaipur.

    Overnight: Hilton (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast

  8. 11 March 2018

    After breakfast, you start today with a brief photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), tourists are unable to enter the building so you will be able to view it from the busy street opposite. Continue to Amer Fort or ‘Amber Fort’ as the British called it. Erected in 1799 by the Sawai Pratap Singh, Hawa Mahal was built so that the veiled ladies of his harem could observe, unnoticed, the lively street scenes below. After you arrive at the base of Amer Fort, you will take an elephant ride that will take you all the way up to the entrance. Inside the fort you will visit the Jag Mandir or the Hall of Victory, which houses the famed Sheesh Mahal. Visit the Maharaja’s City Palace this afternoon to explore the former Royal residence; part of the building has been converted into a museum, while the Royal family of Jaipur still uses the remaining sections of the palace. Outside the gate to the Maharaja’s City Palace is Jantar Mantar, the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. The observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition. Before returning to the hotel, stop for some shopping inside the walled city, where villagers from around Jaipur come to sell and trade their produce. This evening experience a cultural dance show with dinner.

    Overnight in Jaipur.

    Overnight: Hilton (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

  9. 12 March 2018

    After breakfast you drive to Jodhpur, on arrival check in at hotel. Jodhpur today, the second largest city in Rajasthan located at the entrance to the Thar Desert in a region called Marwar. The old city, founded in 1459, is surrounded by a 10km long wall. The massive Meherangarh Fort overlooks the city and the red sandstone palaces within the fort form one of the most impressive complexes in Rajasthan. After breakfast proceed on the City of Jodhpur visiting the 5km long Meherangarh Fort situated on a 125m-high hill overlooking the city. This is one of the most impressive and formidable structures in Rajasthan. Within the fort are some magnificent palaces with meticulously carved panels, latticed windows or ‘Jarokhas’ with evocative names. The chambers of Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, the Sileh Khana and the Daulat Khana are noteworthy for the splendour and glamour of an era gone.

    Overnight in Jodhpur.

    Overnight: Ajit Bhawan (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

  10. 13 March 2018

    After breakfast we commence our drive to Udaipur, visiting the Jain temple complex of Ranakpur en route. Built in the 15th Century and located in the lovely valley of the Aravalli, the main temple in the complex is the Chaumukha (fourfaced). Temple, built in 1439. Its 29 halls are supported by 1,444 pillars, of which no two are alike. We also visit the Surya Temple, dedicated to Surya the Sun God, and other Jain temples before continuing on to Udaipur. The origins of Udaipur are based on a legend which tells of a holy sage that Maharaja Udai Singh encountered while hunting in the foothills of the Aravalli Range in Mewar. The sage told the King to build a palace in that exact spot and it would be well protected and so with this advice, Maharaja Udai Singh built his residence there. At the time, Chittorgarh was the capital of Mewar state, however in 1568 Chittorgarh was attacked by the Mughal emperor Akbar, and so Maharaja Udai Singh moved the capital to Udaipur. Today, the City Palace of Udaipur is still home to Maharaja Udai Singh’s descendants who remain rulers of this independent state. We will be able to tell if the Maharaja is in residence by the flag hanging from the palace wall.

    Overnight in Udaipur.

    Overnight: Radisson Blu (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast

  11. 14 March 2018

    This morning we enjoy a cruise on the 4km long Lake Pichola, fringed with hills, palaces, havelis, ghats and temples. While on the cruise we will see the Lake Palace, formally known as Jag Niwas, built between 1734 and 1751. It was once a royal summer retreat and is now one of the world’s greatest hotels. It is also a popular location for film shoots, including James Bond’s Octopussy. Later drive around Fateh Sagar Lake, which has a garden café on its island. Located nearby are the Folk Museum and Mewar Art Gallery. Although the Folk Museum is small and has been neglected a bit over the years, the unique variety of ethnic groups and cultures of the hills around Udaipur make this visit well worthwhile. We also visit the Sahelion Ki Bari Gardens (Garden for the Maids of Honour). This delightful 18th-century retreat in the north of the city was built for the Queen of Udaipur, whose dowry included 48 maids. We visit the massive City Palace which overlooks Lake Pichola. The City Palace, built in 1725, comprises of 11 palaces including the Dilkhush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal and the Palace of Lord Krishna, all of which are ornately decorated. We then walk down the street leading from the gates of the palace to our bus where we have the opportunity to shop in the local stalls and street hawkers along the way.

    Overnight in Udaipur.

    Overnight: Radisson Blu (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast

  12. 15 March 2018

    A transfer to Udaipur Airport for our flight to Mumbai. We will be met at Mumbai airport and trasnferred to the hotel. After arrival proceed on the city tour of Mumbai visiting the Gateway of India, Mumbai’s principle landmark. This arch of yellow basalt was erected on the waterfront in 1924 to commemorate King George V’s visit to Mumbai in 1911. Drive pass the Secretariat of Maharashtra Government and along the Marine Drive which is fondly known as the ‘Queen’s Necklace’. Visit Mani Bhawan, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his visits to Mumbai. Drive past the Victoria Terminus, the principal railways station of Mumbai, a beautiful building that symbolise the ethos of the Edwardian architecture, well worth a photo stop. At the Church gate station see the Dabbawala’s- a unique tiffin delivery service run by over 5000 semiskilled workers of delivering lunch to corporate executives from their homes. Visit the ‘Dhobi Ghat’, an open laundry where Mumbai’s ‘dirties’ are scrubbed, bashed, dyed and hung out to dry – a nice photography stop well worth a visit. Visit the ISKON Temple devoted to Lord Krishna in time for the noon Arti and then continue to the colourful Crawford market and Flora fountain a large bustling square, in the heart of the city. Explore the local markets in Mumbai.

    Overnight in Mumbai.

    Overnight: Marine Plaza (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

  13. 16 March 2018

    A transfer to Mumbai Airport for our flight to Kathmandu. We will be met at Kathmandu airport and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

    Overnight in Kathmandu.

    Overnight: Soaltee Crown Plaza (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast

  14. 17 March 2018

    After breakfast we commence a morning tour of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. Pashupatinath is Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrine and one of the subcontinent’s great Shiva sites. The supreme holiness of the site stems from the Shiva linga enshrined in its main temple and its location. It expresses the very essence of Hinduism as pilgrims, priests, devotes, temples, ashrams, images, inscriptions and cremation Ghats intermingle with the rituals of daily life, all sprawled along the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. The temple’s origins are obscure, an inscription dates from 477, but a shrine may have stood here for 1000 years before that. Sadhus in Hinduism are wandering holy men or monks revered for being good. Many Sadhus are also Yogis who are practitioners of meditation. They have chosen a life away from or at least on the edges of normal society to focus on their own spiritual practice. Talking with a Sadhu is said to either be wildly confusing or deeply insightful. Either way being able to speak Hindi is a huge advantage in deciphering what they are saying. However a few Sadhus do understand more English than you might at first have guessed. Sadhu’s are peaceful and do not have any possessions. Bouddhanath is one of Nepal’s most distinctive monuments and one of the most important Buddhist sites in Nepal and, with a diameter of over 100 meters, amongst the largest in the world. There are a number of legends accounting for the stupa’s construction, but it is generally believed to date from the 5th century. All stupas contain holy relics and Boudha is said to contain the remains of the past Buddha Kasyapa. Boudha is a particular focus for Kathmandu’s Tibetan community and throughout the day there is a constant stream of people circling the stupa spinning prayer wheels and reciting mantras. Surrounding the stupa are six major monasteries and a host of smaller ones as well as cafes, restaurants and shops selling Tibetan carpets and Newari silversmiths. This afternoon, visit Bhaktapur city. Bhaktapur though lies only at the distance of 13 km to the east from the capital city, Kathmandu, one can have an opportunity to experience a different world, the world full of vibrant cultures, colorful festivals, generation old craftsmanship, and on top of that the very worth experiencing indigenous lifestyle – still preserved old house, still practicedtraditional ways of welcoming guests, still practiced culinary and cutlery and what not, still many more to experience, simply live in Bhaktapur. As you walk in, you cannot but be overcome by a feeling of inner harmony. Such is the art and architecture and the special layout here. The Palace of 55 Windows built during the period of King Bhupatindra Malla in 1754 situated to the left as you enter through the city gate, inspires admiration. The National Art Gallery is also housed inside. The palace entrance, the Golden Gate known as SunkoDhoka in Nepali is a masterpiece in repousse art. In front of the palace building is a medley of temples of various designs. Amongst the three Durbar Squares in the Valley, the Durbar Square in Bhaktapur is the best preserved one.

    Overnight in Kathmandu.

    Overnight: Soaltee Crown Plaza (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

  15. 18 March 2018

    An Early morning mountain fight to the Everest is an optional excursion today. The supplement is AU$205 per person and is weather permitting. The Himalayas has always been a great source of mysticism. The Mountain Flight offers this rare, fascinating opportunity to embrace the legendary Himalayas and discover the ineffable beauty that is guaranteed to be one of the most mesmerizing experiences ever. The Mountain Flight is enjoyed by thousands of people every year. The flights are operated by domestic airlines. They are operated only if the weather permits to ensure good visibility and safety. The one-hour Mountain Flight takes off from the Kathmandu Airport to the Everest, a must-see landmark in Nepal and at 8848 m, the highest and most majestic peak in the world. Other peaks include Lhotse (8516 m), Kanchenjunga (8586 m), Makalu (8463 m), Manasalu (8136 m), Annapurna (8,091 m), Nuptse (7855 m), Ganesh (7,429 m), Langtang Lirung (7234 m), Chamlang (7319 m), Gauri Shankar (7134 m), Amadablam (6812 m) etc. The Mountain Flight is an hour of pure delight; soaring 25,000 ft. above ground it offers a breathtaking view of the mighty Himalayas. Zipping above clouds, though the seemingly endless scintillating snow capped peaks, over glaciers and gorges, this is the journey through the world’s highest peaks. One hour long sightseeing by fixed wing aircraft is a lifetime experience. All the spectacular glaciers, snow capped peaks and gorges glide below as one flies toward Mt. Everest to circle around Amadablam Mountain bringing as close as 10 nautical miles to Mt. Everest. At the end of the trip, airlines provide the passengers with a certificate signed by the flight captain that they had flown with Everest view flight. If the mountains are not visible due to the weather, passengers are offered a full refund. This evening enjoy a Nepalese Dinner.

    Overnight in Kathmandu.

    Overnight: Soaltee Crown Plaza (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

  16. 19 March 2018

    As our tour draws to an end, a transfer by coach to Kathmandu Airport awaits for your return flight home to Australia via Singapore with Singapore Airlines.

    Meals: Breakfast

  17. 20 March 2018

    Arrive Australia.