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Trip cost includes:

- Round trip air, including fuel surcharges and taxes from New York or Los Angeles

- Accommodation on a twin share basis

- Daily breakfast

- Airport / railway station transfers in India

- Sightseeing and excursions by air-conditioned vehicles, with English speaking local guides

- Entrance fees to all monuments listed in the itinerary

- Local taxes & service charges on the above

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Prayer rituals, Varanasi on the River Ganges, India


This is the perfect program to experience India and Nepal on a short trip, visiting some of the major sights and yet taking the time to explore off the beaten track! Starting with the imposing capital city of Delhi, travel to Agra to experience the magic of the Taj Mahal. The next stop is Varanasi, the holy city of the Hindus on the River Ganges, where you can virtually feel the soul of India. Then fly to Kathmandu in Nepal, to check out some of the highlights of this Himalayan destination; finally, visit Calcutta, a city like no other - charming, shocking and yet so fascinating - an experience not to be missed!


Red Fort, Delhi

Trip Highlights include:

  • 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

  • Delhi, the capital city

  • Romantic Taj Mahal in Mogul Agra

  • Varanasi, the holy city of the Hindus

  • Sunrise boat ride on the River Ganges

  • Kathmandu valley, Nepal

  • Scenic flight along the Himalayas

  • Calcutta, the City of Joy


Trip Itinerary

Days 1 - 2 - USA to India Leave the US just after midnight. Crossing the International Date Line, you arrive in Delhi the next evening.
Day 3 – Delhi to Agra After breakfast this morning, join a full day city tour covering both Old and New Delhi. Visit the busy Chandni Chowk - the silver bazaar – with its myriad shops selling not only jewelry but virtually everything imaginable; see the grand Jama Mosque, the impressive Red Fort and the broad avenues leading to the Parliament and other government buildings in this capital city. Leave Delhi in the afternoon and drive to Agra.
Day 4 – Agra A highlight of the trip awaits you this morning, when you visit the Taj Mahal to view this magnificent monument in the light of the early morning sun. This fabulous monument – a token of a man’s love for his wife – is breathtaking in its beauty and grandeur and is bound to leave you awed. This afternoon you will be taken on a tour of some of the other sights in and around Agra – including the famous Red Fort, with its palaces and royal buildings inside. Then board your overnight train bound for Varanasi.
Day 5 - Varanasi You will be met at the railway station this morning and transferred to your hotel. Later this morning, you will be taken on a tour of Varanasi, which is perhaps the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. The narrow alleyways of the old part of the city as well as the embankments on the river Ganges are almost like the settings of a movie on medieval India – except that the scenes unfolding in front of your eyes are very real! The evening is free for you to relax.
Day 6 – Varanasi to Kathmandu After a very early morning wake up call today, leave your hotel well before sunrise to go into the city center of Varanasi. Even at this early hour, the embankments on the river Ganges are a hub of activity as residents as well as Hindu pilgrims from all over the country prepare to bathe in the river at sunrise – considered a particularly auspicious time. A traditional, hand rowed country boat has been reserved for you to cruise on the river slowly as the sun makes an appearance on the horizon and life unfolds on the banks of the river, exactly as it has done for the past thousands of years. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Later transfer to the airport for your midday flight to Kathmandu in Nepal. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore Kathmandu on your own.
Day 7 – Kathmandu In the morning take a scenic flight along the Himalayas and Mount Everest (weather permitting). Later visit Durbar Square in the heart of the city, full of ancient historic palaces and courtyards. Perched on top of a hill with great views is the majestic stupa of Swayambhunath, built between 460 and 1200 AD. Its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley and it is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal. In the afternoon visit the medieval city of Bhaktapur just outside Kathmandu. It is a living gem of Hindu temples, pagodas, palaces and ancient monuments, some dating back to the 16th century.
Day 8 – Kathmandu Leave Kathmandu this morning and drive to Patan, one of Nepal’s beautiful royal cities. The Patan Durbar Square outstands with its most magnificent architectural splendor and unique artistic beauty. Visit a Buddhist temple known locally as Golden temple and Kumbeshwor, one of the two five-story pagoda temples of the valley.
Day 9 – Kathmandu to Calcutta (Kolkata) Enjoy some free time in Kathmandu this morning; later this afternoon fly to Calcutta.
Day 10 – Calcutta Take an orientation tour of the city, well known for its colonial era buildings, museums and art galleries. The afternoon is at you leisure. In the evening transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to the US.
Day 11 – Arrival US After an overnight flight, arrive back in the US.

Private Journey

Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, Kathmandu & Calcutta

11 Days from $2,873
including airfare


Tour of Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, Kathmandu & Kolkata

1/1 - 3/31/17 $2,940 $3,166
4/1 - 5/31/17 $2,873 $2,981
6/1 - 8/31/17 $3,113 $3,321
9/1 - 9/30/17 $2,993 $3,099
10/1 - 11/30/17 $3,180 $3,299
12/1 - 12/31/17 $3,420 $3,550
1/1 - 3/31/18 $3,298 $3,455
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Bahai'i Temple, New Delhi, India
A temple in New Delhi

Ancient observatory (Jantar Mantar) in Delhi
Ancient observatory in Delhi

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

River Ganges, Varanasi
Early morning, River Ganges


Kathmandu Temple
Swayambhunath Temple, Kathmandu

Street scene in Nepal
Street scene in Nepal


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