Your adventure begins today as you arrive in the Indian city of Amritsar. Here, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Stay Two Nights: Amritsar, Radisson Blu Hotel
Meet your Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort and head out to the Wagah Border to witness the ceremony marking the lowering of both countries’ flags. Afterwards, you’ll return to the hotel for an official Welcome Dinner with your fellow travellers. (B/D)
Insider Experience: Following dinner, head to the stunning Golden Temple, a Sikh holy shrine and one of India’s most beautiful sights where you can witness the Palki Ceremony, an atmospheric tradition where the Sikh Holy Book is paraded through worshippers and ‘put to bed’.
This morning, set off on a guided tour of Amritsar, including another visit to the Golden Temple. You’ll also go to the Jallianwala Bagh Gardens, an important memorial site. This evening travel on the Shatabdi Express train to Delhi. Stay Two Nights: Delhi, Taj Diplomatic Enclave (B/D)
Today you’ll take a tour through the historic streets and colourful markets of Old Delhi before moving on to New Delhi to see India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar. (B/D)
Insider Experience: Set off on a rickshaw ride through Delhi’s lively bazaar.
Travel to Agra and enjoy a number of Insider Experiences. Stay: Agra, The Hilton Hotel (B/D)
Insider Experience: Journey to Agra on the Gatimaan Express train.
Travel by coach to the city of Lucknow. On arrival you’ll head to the famous La Martiniere Boys’ School, founded by an endowment from Major-General Claude Martin. Then, you’ll be transferred to the hotel for a delicious dinner. Stay Two Nights: Lucknow, Vivanta by Taj (B/D)
Today, set off on an included sightseeing tour of Lucknow and take in all of its incredible landmarks. Afterwards, proceed to the moving British Residency, which is the site of the tragic siege of 1857. (B/D)
Your final train journey of the tour takes you to Varanasi, the Hindu’s sacred city. It attracts thousands of pilgrims a year and is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. Tonight, watch the spectacular Aarti fire ceremony at the Ghats (steps) on the banks of the River Ganges. Stay: Varanasi, The Gateway Hotel Ganges (B/D)
Hindus flock to the river at sunrise to cleanse themselves of their sins, creating one of the most spectacular sights in India. Later, take an excursion to Sarnath, now considered to be the place where Buddhism began. This afternoon, board your included flight to Delhi where you will spend the evening. Stay: Delhi, Holiday Inn Aerocity (B/D)
Insider Experience: This morning, experience sunrise during a boat ride on the River Ganges.
Today, fly to Kathmandu. On arrival, check-in to the Gokarna Forest Resort, located in the peaceful forests just outside the city. This afternoon, explore the fantastic Boudhanath Stupa, the largest in the world, adorned with Nepalese prayer flags. Later, visit the Thangka Painting School and a local art gallery. Stay Two Nights: Kathmandu, Gokarna Forest Resort (B/D)
Immerse yourself in the history of Kathmandu with an Insider Experience. Tonight, go for dinner at Rum Doodle restaurant. (B/L/D)
Insider Experience: Explore Kathmandu and Patan’s historic Durbar Squares, the social, religious and urban hub of the cities.
Leave the city today and drive west to Chitwan National Park, stopping for lunch. Chitwan is home to an incredibly diverse variety of wildlife, including rhinos, sloth bears, leopards, crocodiles and of course, the elusive Bengal tiger. Stay at the Safari Narayani Lodge this evening, which offers basic but comfortable accommodation. Later this afternoon, head to the ethnic village of Tharu on ox cart and take part in an interesting discussion with local naturalists. Stay Two Nights: Chitwan, Safari Narayani Lodge (B/L/D)
After lunch, take a canoe ride on the river to look for two breeds of crocodile and a variety of bird species. Later, set off on a jungle walk through the National Park and pay a visit to the Gharial Breeding Centre. (B/L/D)
Insider Experience: Set out on a Jeep safari through Chitwan National Park. Keep an eye out for rhino and the incredible tigers.
This morning, drive back towards the Himalayas, past turquoise glacial rapids and jungle-covered peaks to Pokhara. Set on the shores of Lake Phewa, Pokhara is undoubtedly one of the world’s most scenic places. Stay for three nights at the Fish Tail Lodge, set on a peaceful island in Lake Phewa and accessible only by boat. Stay Three Nights: Pokhara, Fish Tail Lodge (B/D)
With a free day in Pokhara, explore this picturesque city at your own leisurely pace. Perhaps take a stroll along the shores of Lake Phewa, or spend some time being pampered at your hotel’s spa. (B/D)
After breakfast, explore Pokhara and visit Davi’s Waterfall and the Gurkha Museum, where you’ll have the chance to chat with an ex-British Army Gurkha. Then, embark on an early evening cruise on Lake Phewa to watch the sunset over Fish Tail Peak. (B/D)
Insider Experience: Today, you will drive up to Sarangkot, a mountain viewpoint that offers the once-in-a-lifetime experience of witnessing the incredible sunrise over the Himalayas.
Drive back to Kathmandu and check-in to your hotel. After a free afternoon, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at your hotel restaurant. Stay: Kathmandu, Radisson Hotel (B/L/D)
Today you’ll return to Kathmandu Airport for your return flight home. (B)