India & Nepal

People say it’s a life-changing experience. And there’s no doubt that when you make the incredible journey to India and Nepal, you’ll return with a new outlook on life and endless extraordinary memories. Fascinating and intriguing, this is a world that’s far removed from our western way of living.

Our wonderfully designed tour encompasses the very best that Northern India has offer. From fascinating Delhi and the Taj Mahal to Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world, you’ll visit holy temples and mosques, exquisite palaces, the mighty fortresses of the Moghul Empire and many powerful reminders of the past glories of the Raj.

City of temples, palaces and “ghats” descending to holy waters, Varanasi has been a cultural and religious centre for thousands of years. Legend has it that the city was founded by the Hindu deity Lord Shiva 5,000 years ago, growing famous for its fine muslin and silks, perfumes, ivory works and sculpture.

Then it’s off to Nepal, a complete contrast and rich in some of the world’s most astonishing natural beauty. You’ll take a once-in-a-lifetime flight to the Himalayas, seeing the staggering white peaks of Mount Everest, visit the captivating mediaeval city of Kathmandu, seek out rhinos, bears and tigers on an elephant-back safari through the jungles of Chitwan National Park, and share the peace and tranquillity of Buddhist monks at prayer.

You’ll be amazed and rewarded every day by the most dazzling and colourful array of unexpected sights, heady aromas, and a true culture shock of astonishing contrasts.

Holiday Highlights

  • A superb tour covering some of India’s greatest sights, including the Ganges at Varanasi, the unforgettable Taj Mahal, plus Nepal’s most fascinating landscapes and monuments
  • Return scheduled flights from London Heathrow and Manchester
  • Stay in hand-picked hotels, ranging from a simple three-star lodge in Chitwan National Park to five-star luxury in Delhi and Kathmandu
  • Visit the major sights of Old and New Delhi
  • See the breathtaking Taj Mahal and wonder at its incredible purity and symmetry
  • Spend two nights in the fascinating city of Varanasi on the banks of the Ganges, with boat trips on the river and a rickshaw ride through its teeming streets
  • Take one of the world’s most exciting flights – to see Mt. Everest and the Himalayas from the air
  • Take a once-in-a-lifetime elephant-back safari through the lush forests of Chitwan National Park, in search of rhinos and tigers
  • Gaze in awe at the remarkable artistry of the temple carvings of Khajuraho, expressing a joyous celebration of physical love
  • Visit Kathmandu, the centre of Nepali culture and wander through the famous Durbar Square, where royalty were once crowned
  • Stay in Pokhara, with its amazing close-up view over the great Annapurna range
  • Daily breakfast and five meals included
  • Escorted by our experienced tour manager

What's Included

  • The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Scheduled return flights; 13 nights accommodation with daily breakfast and five meals; all transport as indicated; porterage of one bag per person; tour of New & Old Delhi, visit to Taj Mahal & Agra Fort; visit to Orchha Fort & Chhatris; tour of Khajuraho temples; evening & morning boat ride on Ganges, rickshaw ride & city tour of Varanasi; visit to Sarnath; Kathmandu city tour; Mt. Everest scenic flight; elephant-back safari at Chitwan; boat ride on lake at Pohkara & early-morning trip to see sunrise over the Annapurna range; services of an experienced Riviera Tour Manager
  • NB: Whilst there are three opportunities to take the Everest flight during the tour, should weather conditions make flying unsafe (this is rare), the sterling equivalent of the fare will be refunded on your return to the UK.
  • Not included: India and Nepal visas
  • ​All British passport holders require a visa for India. Please ensure that you have at least two empty pages in your passport and that your passport is valid for a minimum of 190 days from the time of submitting your visa application. At the time of departure you will be able to travel as long as both the passport and the visa are valid.
  • India visas: Single entry tourist visas cost £80 per person, plus a £10.20 service charge and a £2 consular fee and can be applied for in person or by post.
  • Personal applications: to apply for an Indian visa please visit http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk where you can apply, pay online and schedule an appointment to submityour application in person at your nearest centre, dependent on your home address.
  • Postal applications: you must either apply and pay online, print off the completed application form, payment confirmation and submit by post; or alternatively, you may apply online, print off the completed application and submit along with payment by postal order. Personal cheques are NOT accepted. In both cases you must submit your passport along with a self addressed stamped envelope and two, 2” passport photos to: Indian Visa application Centre (WEST LONDON), The Visa Centre, First Floor - Part A Block, 50 Salisbury Road, Hounslow, TW4 6JQ
  • Please note handwritten applications are no longer accepted. Full details of costs, application form and addresses can be found on http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk, email: info.in@vfshelpline.com or tel: 0905 7570045 (calls cost 95p per minute). Visa fees are subject to change without notice and non-refundable.
  • Health Matters
  • Whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we would point out that in visiting a number of historical sites, paths may be uneven and uphill and we often enjoy walking tours of the main sights. Therefore this holiday may not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility. In the tropics temperatures and humidity levels will also be quite high for most of the year. Please consult your GP regarding the appropriate inoculations required for India at least a month before departure.
  • To make the most of your trip, we recommend you check the Foreign Office website at www.fco.gov.uk/travel
  • Health Matters
  • Whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we would point out that in visiting a number of historical sites, paths may be uneven and uphill and we often enjoy walking tours of the main sights. Therefore this holiday may not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility. In the tropics temperatures and humidity levels will also be quite high for most of the year. Please consult your GP regarding the appropriate inoculations required for India at least a month before departure.
  • To make the most of your trip, we recommend you check the Foreign Office website at www.fco.gov.uk/travel

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