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India's Golden Triangle with Varanasi and Nepal 2020

11 days with Trafalgar   Rating: First Class

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 ARRIVE DELHI (2 NIGHTS)
Embrace the vibrant energy of Delhi, the capital of India. On arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel where this evening you'll join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and appetisers.

Day 2 DELHI SIGHTSEEING
We 'Dive Into Culture' this morning, embarking on an exhilarating rickshaw ride around Old Delhi. We'll view the UNESCO-listed Red Fort - its towering red sandstone palace walls considered to be the most opulent of the Mughal Empire, followed by a visit to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Our next stop at Chandni Chowk to see first-hand how its merchants spend their day trading enthusiastically. We continue along the ceremonial avenue Rajpath and past Parliament House and India Gate, commemorating the Indian soldiers who died during WWI. After lunch in a local restaurant, we'll head to the district of New Delhi, where we'll visit the UNESCO-listed Humayun's Tomb to admire its magnificent Persian-style façades of white marble and red sandstone. Then it's on to another UNESCO-listed site, Qutub Minar, the world's tallest brick minaret. Our evening is at leisure. (Breakfast)

Day 3 DELHI - VARANASI (2 NIGHTS)
Embark on a pilgrimage to the sacred city of Varanasi, located on the banks of the holy river Ganges. Immerse yourself in its spiritual surrounds, exploring the city's role as the centre of Hindu religion, before escaping to the countryside and 'Make A Difference' with a visit to Rameshwar village. 'Dive Into Culture' and witness first-hand how all local activities are aimed at sustainable livelihood and community empowerment whilst ensuring the economic growth of the under-privileged. Observe local women making papad and pickles, doing embroidery or making saris which they sell to the local markets. Visit the village school and the Shanti Dham Ashram, a catholic prayer centre for the Christian society living in Varanasi. Feed your soul as you cruise down the River Ganges to witness the ritual of Aarti, watching as the delicate diya laden with a candle and tiny blooms floats in a magical train down the river. Return to our hotel for dinner. (Breakfast)

Day 4 VARANASI SIGHTSEEING
Admire the pink light of sunrise appear over the River Ganges, watching the sights and sounds of Varanasi stir slowly along the banks of the river. Observe the locals taking their morning bath in the holy water while worshipping the rising sun. Then, return to your hotel for breakfast followed by a visit to Sarnath, one of the four holy Buddhist sites sanctioned by the Buddha himself for pilgrimage. Explore the spectacular collection of Buddhist artefacts dating back to the 3 BC and see the Lion Capital of Ashoka with its inverted lotus carving, adopted as the national emblem of India. Return to your hotel for an afternoon and evening at leisure.

Day 5 VARANASI - AGRA
Take a short flight to Agra to delve into the imperial history of the Mughal Empire and India's Golden Age. Visit the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort this afternoon, gaining insight into the heritage, rituals and traditions of the dynasty that ruled here until the 17th century. As you drive through the city's crowded streets, connect with its vibrant spirit and witness local life first-hand. Enjoy dinner at your hotel and consider joining an Optional Experience. (Breakfast)

Day 6 AGRA - JAIPUR (2 NIGHTS)
Rise with the birds, embarking on a spiritual encounter with the magnificent UNESCO-listed Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Watch as the white alabaster marble of this monument of love glows pink and gold at the first hints of sunrise, admiring the flawless architecture that took 18 years and over 20,000 craftsmen to complete. Return to your hotel for breakfast, then depart for Jaipur, the Pink City and gateway to the colourful state of Rajasthan. This evening, we 'Connect With Locals', joining a local family for a 'Be My Guest' dinner in their home. (Lunch)

Day 7 JAIPUR
Our first stop this morning sees us explore Jaipur's UNESCO-listed Amber Fort, one of the country's most exquisite examples of Rajput architecture. Marvel at its royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glass work, before returning to your hotel. En route, we'll enjoy a quick photo stop outside the Palace of Winds, whose latticed windows once revealed the outside world to the sheltered ladies of the royal household. This afternoon, we embark on a city tour including a visit to the ornate City Palace to see the seamless blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. Across the road from the palace is the UNESCO-listed Jantar Mantar, featuring the largest sundial in the world. Later this evening, we'll join our fellow guests and Travel Director for dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Farewell Dinner)

Day 8 JAIPUR - KATHMANDU (3 NIGHTS)
Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims throughout the ages, travelling to the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal and its capital, Kathmandu. On arrival, check in to your hotel, then join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for dinner in a local restaurant. (Breakfast)

Day 9 KATHMANDU AND PATAN SIGHTSEEING
Kathmandu's golden roofs glow brightly on your City Tour to the heart of its old town and Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here you will gain a deeper understanding of its role in the centuries of rule over this mountain kingdom. Admire the traditional pagoda-style architecture reflected in the temples and palaces that surround the square - the Hanuman Dhoka palace complex, the Mahadev Temple, the House of the Goddess Kumari and Taleju Temple. Journey to nearby Patan next, renowned for its collection of ancient temples, carvings and palaces, which you will see first-hand during a visit to Patan Durbar Square, a generic name given to plazas and areas located opposite Nepal's old royal palaces. Delve into the ancient Buddhist heritage of the City of Beauty and visit the Krishna Temple and Golden Temple. The delicate art of thangka painting takes centre stage next, as you continue to a painting school to observe students painting religious scenes on cotton and silk. Later, 'Make A Difference' with a visit to the Tibetan Refugee Camp which features a handicraft centre and provides shelter to the families of Tibetan refugees who fled the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959. Among these were gifted Tibetan carpet weavers whose talents remain on display today at the Jawalakhel Handicraft Centre, along with traditional Tibetan handicrafts. (Breakfast)

Day 10 KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
Looming over Patan lies the UNESCO-listed shrine of Swayambhunath, which you will have an opportunity to visit today. Uncover its history spanning millennia and admire the galleries of prayer mills and gleaming white stupa, whose gilded spire provides the colourful eyes of Buddha a lofty vantage point from which to survey the surrounding valley. Share the intricately carved stone façades with the resident monkeys and admire the artistry of Nepalese craftsmanship as you walk through the remnants of Buddhist and Hindu iconography, said to be around 2000 years old. Then, visit a local market in the Thamel area and stroll through its narrow alleyways in search of the perfect mementoes of your trip. Return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure or consider joining one of Trafalgar's recommended Optional Experiences. (Breakfast)

Day 11 DEPART KATHMANDU
Your soulful encounter with Nepal at its end, take a transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (Breakfast)

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All This Included
Enjoy a spiritual interlude with India. Candle-lit rituals on the River Ganges, palaces, forts and tombs, a riot of colour and vibrancy around every corner - your exploration of centuries-old heritage takes you through the sandstone and marble halls of the Amber Fort and the exquisite Taj Mahal.

Dining Highlights

  • 10 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • Handcrafted Highlights

Included in the price

  • Intra Tour Air New Delhi to Kathmandu
  • Intra Tour Air Tax New Delhi to Kathmandu
  • Intra Tour Air New Delhi to Varanasi
  • Intra Tour Air Tax New Delhi to Varanasi
  • Intra Tour Air Varanasi to Agra
  • Intra Tour Air Tax Varanasi to Agra
  • Intra Tour Air Jaipur to New Delhi
  • Intra Tour Air Tax Jaipur to New Delhi
Highlights
The Trafalgar Difference
  • DIVE INTO CULTURE with a visit to a thangka painting school in Patan. (Day 2)
  • MAKE A DIFFERENCE with a visit to the Tibetan Refugee Centre which features the Jawalakhel Handicraft Centre. (Day 2)

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR of Kathmandu and Patan
  • VISIT the shrine of Swayambhunath near Patan and a local market in Kathmandu
  • VIEW the Hanuman Dhoka palace complex, Mahadev Temple, House of the Goddess Kumari, Taleju Temple in Kathmandu and the Krishna Temple and Golden Temple in Patan
Accommodations
Delhi: Sheraton New Delhi
Varanasi: Radisson
Agra: Double Tree by Hilton
Jaipur: Hilton
Kathmandu: Crowne Plaza Soaltee
Notes
  • * Travel to Asia often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1.
  • * Please contact the consulate/embassy and family doctor for further details on medical vaccinations that may be required for specific countries.
  • * A valid passport with at least six months validity after your return date is required.
  • * Full passport details are required at 70 days prior to departure. 
  • * Canadian passport holders require a visa for India and Nepal.
  • * For the India visa, guests must print out their full flight itinerary including their e-ticket number in order to enter any airport in India.  Due to heightened security at the airport, they must also have their passport and visa handy at all times.
  • * Visa can be obtained at the Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport. Guests must bring approx. $30.00 USD cash per person (subject to change) and 2 recent coloured passport-sized photos. This is a 15-day multiple entry visa.
  • * Brochure price includes economy air & related charges for internal flights within India only. Round-trip air from your gateway city to the itinerary's start/end city must be purchased.
  • * Internal Flights - Luggage weight allowance is limited to 44 lbs / 20 kg per person.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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