Small Group Discoveries for our World Travelers…

+ Ride a pedicab through the colorful streets of Old Delhi and meet the merchants at the exotic Spice Market.
+ Behold the glory of the Taj Mahal at sunrise. At the close of the day, cross the river to a Mughal Garden for a sunset view rarely seen by other visitors.
+ Witness the Aarti Ceremony, an ancient Hindu ritual of light and devotion.
+ Venture off the beaten path to Chand Baori; this 1,000-year-old step well is one of India’s deepest and most beautifully carved.
+ Our leisurely stay in Kathmandu allows you to explore the ancient highlights of the city and the timeless tranquility of
the Nepalese countryside.
+ Includes 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites c
  • Day 1 - Welcome to Delhi

    Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted and escorted to our luxury hotel; the elegant Taj Palace is ideally located in the prestigious, city-center Diplomatic Enclave.
  • Day 2 - The Sights of New Delhi

    After a lavish buffet breakfast and a relaxing morning, you’ll join our engaging native-born guide for an afternoon tour of New Delhi. Marvel at the impressive India Gate, built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War, and visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib; here at the city’s largest Sikh temple, you’ll gain insight into India’s cultural diversity. Driving along the elegant Rajpath, you’ll also see Rashtrapati Bhawan - built in the early 20th century as the Viceroy’s residence and now the official home of the President of India. At Qutab Minar c, you’ll discover the tallest brick minaret in the world – a graceful, fluted, tapering tower completed in the 14th century with beautiful terra cotta embellishments and balconies. This evening’s congenial welcome dinner features fine Indian cuisine accompanied by wine and beer. Meals B+D
  • Day 3 - Colorful Old Delhi

    This morning’s expertly guided tour plunges you into the history and lively spirit of Old Delhi. Begin your exploration at Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque where you can ascend for sweeping views of Old and New Delhi. Then hop aboard a traditional pedicab – a delightful way to immerse in the timeless rhythms of the city. Travel along the lively streets of Old Delhi, and step off to explore the colorful and fragrant spice market. Browse among the many vendors as our expert guide offers insight into India’s enduring cultural and culinary traditions. After lunch, we’ll take you back to our luxury hotel for a free afternoon.  Meals B+L
  • Day 4 - Onward to Varanasi

    After breakfast, we’ll take you to the airport for your included flight to Varanasi. On arrival here in one of the world’s oldest cities, you’ll be escorted to the deluxe Taj Ganges Varanasi. You’ll arrive in time for lunch with time to relax in the afternoon. This evening, you’ll enjoy an à la carte dinner with wine.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 5 - On the Sacred Ganges

    Arise early this morning and journey to the banks of the Ganges for a guided boat excursion on this sacred river. In the soft golden light of dawn, you’ll witness thousands of devotees descending to these holy waters for purification – a powerfully moving ritual that has played out daily for centuries. This unforgettable excursion ends along one of the many ancient ghats that descend to the riverbanks. From here, a guided stroll through the narrow lanes of Varanasi immerses you in the timeless rhythms that endure in this millennia-old city. Watch as market vendors open for business, and see Assi Ghat; situated where the Assi River flows into the Ganges, these ancient steps are the southernmost of Varanasi’s 88 riverfront ghats. Before returning to your hotel for breakfast, you’ll also visit a wrestling gym and a Sanskrit School – two unique experiences that offer deeper insight into the ancient traditions that still endure here in Varanasi.

    You’ll have time to relax this morning before our afternoon excursion to Sarai Mohana, a riverside village celebrated for the skill of its weavers. With lavish embroidery often using gold and silver thread, the silk brocade produced by these villagers is used in the finest saris – worn by brides and for special festivals and events. This evening, we’ll take you to Dashashwamedh Ghat. Situated close to Vishwanath Temple with broad steps leading down to the Ganges, this is an evocative setting to experience the Aarti Ceremony, an ancient and mesmerizing Hindu ritual of light and devotion. Afterwards, we’ll take you to dinner at Brijrama Palace, set on the banks of the River Ganges and famed for its traditional vegetarian cuisine. Meals B+D
  • Day 6 - Fly to Agra

    After breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your included flight to Agra. On arrival, transfer and check in to the 5-star ITC Mughal, built in grand Mughal style on 35 acres of luxurious garden grounds. Early this evening finds you mingling with residents who are out to enjoy the city’s many outdoor markets. With insight from our in-the-know guide, this experience offers a glimpse into daily life and Agra’s lively street-food scene. Back at your hotel, you’ll sit down to an à la carte dinner with wine.  Meals B+D
  • Day 7 - The Taj Mahal + Agra Fort

    Arise early this morning for a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal c as the crisp light of early morning strikes the iridescent and translucent façade of this iconic landmark. Stand in awe as our expert guide shares the dramatic tale of its construction by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Completed in 1652, skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and some 20,000 laborers worked for 17 years to build this edifice. Marble was brought from Makrana near Jodhpur and precious stones of onyx, amethyst, malachite, lapis lazuli, turquoise, jade, crystal and mother of pearl were carried from Persia, Russia, Afghanistan, Tibet and China.

    In the afternoon, you’ll tour the impressive Agra Fort c. Behind the impressive 1.5-mile long fortress walls that surround the complex, you’ll discover lovely grounds, mosques, audience halls and fairytale palaces. Dating back to the 16th century and reflecting elements of both Hindu and Islamic architectural styles, this fort is more aptly described as a magnificent, walled palatial city.

    As the sun dips towards the horizon, we’ll take you across the Yamuna River to Mehtab Bagh. Most visitors don’t know to come here, but this lovely Mughal garden located on the river banks across from the Taj Mahal offers some of the most captivating views sunset views of this monument to love.  Meals B+D
  • Day 8 - Journey to Jaipur

    Venture off the beaten to the village of Abhaneri to visit Harshat Mata Temple. Though much of the temple is now in ruins, this thousand-year-old treasure endures as testament to the importance of Harshat Mata, the ancient Goddess of Joy. Nearby is Chand Baori, a 1,000-year-old step well. With the earliest such wells dating back to the 6th century and once found throughout Rajasthan here on the edge of the foreboding Thar Desert, these ancient wells were crucial for storing water during the extremely dry months that follow the torrential seasonal monsoons. With 3,500 steps and 13 levels that descend nearly 65 feet, Chand Baori is one of India’s deepest and most beautifully carved step-wells.

    Continue your westward journey through Rajasthan, stopping for lunch en route to Jaipur. On arrival in India’s fabled Pink City, you’ll check in to the ITC Rajputana. Evoking the regal architecture and gardens of historic Jaipur, our 5-star resort promises modern comfort close to the historic heart of town. Your evening is free to enjoy, relax and dine as you wish.  Meals B+L
  • Day 9 - Discover Jaipur

    Founded in the 11th century and beautifully constructed from yellow and pink sandstone and gleaming white marble, the spectacular Amber Fort c just outside of town stands in testament to the once-powerful and never-conquered Rajput Kingdom. Entering through the towering Sun Gate, your fascinating guided tour reveals lavish courtyards, beautifully decorated halls and the dazzling Chamber of Mirrors.

    Back in the city, you’ll see Hawa Mahal, the oft-photographed Palace of Winds. Built at the end of the 18th century and comprised of delicately latticed windows, its ingenious design allowed women of royal families to remain concealed while they observed the hustle and bustle of the street below. At the City Palace Museum, our knowledgeable guide will enhance your tour of its extensive and carefully curated collection including miniature paintings, ancient weapons and traditional Rajasthani royal costumes. You’ll also visit Jantar Mantar c, an observatory built in 1726. You’re sure to be astounded by these architectural stone instruments – skillfully designed and constructed to measure time, predict eclipses and track the movements of the stars and planets; the largest instrument stands 90 feet tall and all are amazing. This evening’s elegant dinner features the fine regional cuisine of Rajasthan, accompanied by wine and beer. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 10 - Fly to Nepal with VIP Arrival Service in Kathmandu

    After breakfast, we’ll take you to the airport for your included flight to Nepal, via Delhi. On arrival in Kathmandu, our VIP Services begin near the airport’s immigration counter where you’ll be met and assisted through Arrival Formalities and baggage claim. Continue through Customs and transfer to the enchanting Dwarika’s Hotel. Built by the finest Nepalese craftsmen, our unique heritage hotel features organic linens and traditional handmade furnishings.  Meals B
  • Day 11 - Colorful Kathmandu

    This morning’s guided sightseeing begins in Durbar Square, where the Kingdom’s erstwhile rulers were crowned. It remains the heart of Kathmandu’s historic city center and it’s a great place to begin your exploration. Most of what you’ll see today dates back 300 to 400 years, but some buildings like the medieval Kasthamandap Temple, constructed in the 12th century, are hundreds of years older.

    Overlooking Durbar Square, Hanuman Dhoka is the ancient royal quarter of the city. Spread over 5 acres, its name is derived from the stone image of Hanuman, the Hindu Monkey God that sits near one of the main entrances. With most of the buildings and structures dating back to the 12th through 18th centuries, the complex is comprised of numerous courtyards, temples and palace buildings awaiting your exploration.  Touring the site offers a great introduction to the history of the Malla Dynasty that ruled the Kathmandu Valley from 1201 to 1769. Also near Durbar Square, you’ll visit Mahadev Parvati Temple with its richly ornamented windows and façade. Of course, you’ll also have a chance to explore Kathmandu’s lively and colorful markets.

    Outside the city center on the opposite banks of the Bagmati River, you’ll also visit the once independent city-state of Patan. Patan was one of the three ancient royal kingdoms in the Kathmandu Valley and here you’ll discover splendid Buddhist and Hindu temples - many ornamented with wood and stone carvings, fine statues, and ornate architectural details. Taleju Temple and the Golden Temple are among the highlights you’ll visit.  Meals B
  • Day 12 - Kathmandu Valley

    After breakfast, journey into the timeless Kathmandu Valley c to explore ancient Bhadgaon, another one of the three kingdoms of medieval Nepal. In the town’s main square, you’ll see architectural treasures like the Lion Gate and the Palace of 55 Windows. The 5-storied Nyatapola Temple is built atop impressive terraces adorned with large statues depicting Goddesses, Humans and Beasts.

    Then visit Boudhanath, the largest stupa in Nepal and venerated by both Tibetan and Nepalese Buddhists. Before returning to Kathmandu, you’ll also stop along the banks of the picturesque Bagmati River to see Pashupatinath Temple; dedicated to Lord Shiva this is one of the holiest Hindu shrines in the world. This evening’s farewell dinner features fine Nepalese cuisine and a lively cultural performance accompanied by wine and beer.  Meals B+D
  • Day 13 - Return to Delhi

    Fly back to Delhi where our tour ends for your connection to your onward flight. Meals B

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Our Small Group Journey Value

+ Comprehensive sightseeing with never more than 16 guests including all entry fees
+ 23 meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 a la carte dinners with beer and wine at midday and evening meals - plus a traditional Vegetarian Dinner in Varanasi+ 12 nights in our handpicked deluxe hotels
+ On-tour transportation and airport transfers with on-coach WiFi
+ All three internal flights
+ Luggage handling, hotel taxes, and airline fees for included flights
+ Gratuities for all waiters and porters

Trip Pricing

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Arrive Delhi - Per Person Double

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9/13/2019
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9/25/2019 $4999 $4499
 
10/27/2019
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11/8/2019
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$6399 $5899
Pushkar
1/17/2020
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1/29/2020 $5699 $5199
 
2/14/2020
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2/26/2020 $5699 $5199
 
3/2/2020
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3/14/2020
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$5699 $5199
Holi
4/17/2020
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4/29/2020 $5299 $4799
 

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  • Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
    • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
    • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
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    For Groups of 8 or more please call 800.221.2216
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Prices are per person, double occupancy, and may vary during holidays and trade shows. Additional surcharges and blackout dates may apply.

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  • Add Royal Chitwan National Park

    3-Day Post-Tour Extension from $1099

    Royal Chitwan is one of the last refuges of the highly endangered one-horned Indian Rhino and home to healthy populations of tigers, leopards and other jungle animals. We include 2 nights at the deluxe Taj Meghauli Serai lodge, guided safaris, roundtrip air from Kathmandu and more.

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Our Private Journey Value

+ Comprehensive private sightseeing including all entry fees
+ 23 meals: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 8 dinners with beer and wine at all midday and evening meals
+ 12 nights in our handpicked hotels including luxury Oberoi hotels
+ On-tour transportation and airport transfers with on-coach WiFi
+ All three internal flights
+ Luggage handling, hotel taxes, and airline fees for included flights
+ Gratuities for all waiters and porters

Trip Pricing

  • Traveling as a single?

Arrive Delhi - Per Person Double

Dates   Standard Accommodation
Departure Return   Regular Deal
1/5/2019 9/30/2019 $5999 $5499
 
10/1/2019 12/20/2019 $5999 $5499
 
1/6/2020 4/30/2020 $5999 $5499
 

Select all Deals that apply for best available price.

  • Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
    • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
    • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
    • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
    • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!
    For Groups of 8 or more please call 800.221.2216
  • Save $1000 per couple + $500 solo on all of our Small Group, Small Ship and Private Journeys when you pay-in-full at time of booking.

Extend Your Trip

  • Add Royal Chitwan National Park

    3-Day Post-Tour Extension from $1099

    Royal Chitwan is one of the last refuges of the highly endangered one-horned Indian Rhino and home to healthy populations of tigers, leopards and other jungle animals. We include 2 nights at the deluxe Taj Meghauli Serai lodge, guided safaris, roundtrip air from Kathmandu and more.

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    3 Day Freestyle Tour

    Explore the medieval kingdoms & enduring cultural traditions of the lovely Kathmandu Valley. Our comprehensive private touring includes Kathmandu, Patan and Bhadgaon.

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  • Rosetta from IL gives this tour 

    Delighted by all the sites; experiencing the vibrancy of India & Nepal & the variety. Great trip!


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    Date Traveled: 2/15/2017

  • Chris from CA gives this tour 

    The only thing that really delighted me about the trip was seeing the Taj Mahal. The hotels were all lovely especially the Trident in Agra and Japour, and the Hyatt in Kathmandu. I don't think that I was really prepared for the wide spread poverty and dirty conditions and horrible over crowding, and the huge numbers of wandering animals. Our guide for India was ok, not great, and the guide in Nepal never stopped talking long after he had lost his audience. Too much information is useless especially on such hot days. Tour members were easy to be with and I'm glad I went. Your tour arrangements all worked out well. The 2 bike tuk-tuk rides were not very comfortable, especially for me as I had to ride with the only other single person who happened to be a man who I was not comfortable with. I did ask for my own driver but was refused. Especially the ride back from the Ganges. In the dark the driver went some random way to avoid the congestion, I guess, and it was scary. Sadly, it took 38 hrs. to get back to LA from Nepal, and I got sick on the way home thanks to the cold that was given to me by one of the tour members. I would travel with your company again, but not to India. Once was enough. The bus drivers were all great.


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    Date Traveled: 10/13/2016

  • Thomas from LA gives this tour 

    Delighted by the guides, city tour.


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    Date Traveled: 10/12/2016

  • Chirstine from CA gives this tour 

    Fly by Mt. Everest was the highlight.


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    Date Traveled: 10/12/2016

  • Tom from LA gives this tour 

    Delighted by the guides in India, Rickshaw rides. I have mixed feelings about this trip. I cannot it was my favorite trip and I cannot say I did not enjoy it. I t had some very long days and some very short nights. Also some long time between meals. However, if you made the sacrifice, you were rewarded with a plethora of sights, sounds and smells you will always remember.


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    Date Traveled: 10/12/2016

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