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18 Day Grand Tour of India & Nepal

Travelmarvel Rail Journey starting in Amritsar and finishing in Kathmandu

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Travelmarvel's 18 Day Grand Tour of India & Nepal. Explore bustling Amritsar, Delhi and Agra before travelling to the incredibly spiritual Varanasi. Cross over into Nepal and discover historic Kathmandu, laid back Pokhara and the jungle of Chitwan.
Overview
Operator: Travelmarvel
Type: Rail Journey (Premium)
Max Group Size: 48
Duration: 18 Days
From: Amritsar to Kathmandu
Tour Code: RJTKTJ18
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: India
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1
Arrive Amritsar
Your adventure begins today as you arrive in the Indian city of Amritsar. Here, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Stay Two Nights: Amritsar, Radisson Blu Hotel
2
Amritsar
This morning after breakfast, you will visit the Wagah Border, which separates Pakistan and India, 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 before heading to the stunning Golden Temple, a Sikh holy shrine and one of India's most beautiful sights. Here, you'll also witness the Palki Ceremony, an atmospheric tradition where the Sikh Holy Book isparaded through a crowd of worshippers and 'put to bed'. (B/D)
3
Amritsar, Delhi
This morning you'll enjoy a guided tour of Amritsar, including another visit to the Golden Temple. You'll also visit the Jallianwala Bagh Gardens, an important memorial site. This evening you leave Amritsar and travel by train to Delhi. Stay Two Nights: Delhi, The Taj Palace (B/D)
4
Delhi
Today explore Old Delhi with a tour taking in the well known sights such as Jama Masjid and the Raj Ghat. Tour the historic streets and colourful markets of Old Delhi, and take a rickshaw ride through the lively bazaar. After lunch, move on to New Delhi to visit Humayun’s Tomb and India Gate. (B/D)
5
Delhi, Ranthambore
Depart Delhi after breakfast this morning and board your train bound for Sawai Madophur. Upon arrival, transfer by coach to your tranquil resort just outside of Rathambore National Park, the Hotel Abhyaran. Stay Two Nights: Sawai Madophur, Abhyaran Hotel (B/D)
6
Ranthambore
A day full of discovery ensures today in Ranthambore National Park. Enjoy a morning and evening Jeep safari through Ranthambore National Park and keep an eye out for hyenas and the elusive tiger. (B/L/D)
7
Ranthambore, Agra
Board the early train to Agra. Upon arrival in Agra, enjoy a guided tour of India’s most iconic site, the spectacular Taj Mahal. Cap the visit off with a memorable sunset over this impressive building. Stay: Agra, The Gateway Hotel (B/L/D)
8
Agra, Lucknow
This morning after breakfast, explore more of Agra before boarding your coach bound for the city of Lucknow. Almost a forgotten city to the British, Lucknow was a key locale of the British Raj and wonderful colonial architecture still exists here in abundance. Stay Two Nights: Lucknow, Vivanta by Taj - Gomti Nagar (B/D)
9
Lucknow
Today, enjoy an included sightseeing tour of Lucknow. Visit the famous La Martiniere Boys’ School, founded by an endowment from Major-General Claude Martin. Afterwards, proceed to the moving British Residency, which is the site of the tragic siege of 1857. (B/D)
10
Lucknow, Varanasi
Your final train journey of the tour takes you to Varanasi, the Hindu’s sacred city, which 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 on the banks of the Ganges. Stay: The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi (B/D)
11
Varanasi, Delhi
Awake early this morning to witness many Hindus flock to the Ganges River at sunrise to cleanse themselves of their sins, creating one of the most spectacular sights in India. After breakfast, take an excursion to Sarnath where Buddha gave his first sermon and is now considered the place where Buddhism began. This afternoon, board your included flight to Delhi where you will spend the evening. Stay: Holiday Inn Aerocity Delhi (B/D)
12
Delhi, Kathmandu
Today, fly to Kathmandu. On arrival, check-in to the Gokarna Forest Resort, in the peaceful forests just outside the city. This afternoon, visit the fantastic Boudhanath Stupa, the largest Buddhist Stupa in the world, adorned with Nepalese prayer flags. This afternoon, enjoy a visit to the Thangka School and a local art gallery. Stay Two Nights: Kathmandu, Gokarna Forest Resort (B/D)
13
Kathmandu
Today, visit the Durbar Squares of Kathmandu and Patan. These are social, religious and urban hubs of the cities and the ancient seats of power in the mountain kingdoms of Nepal. This evening, enjoy dinner at Rum Doodle restaurant. Before your meal, you’ll have the chance to meet a Sherpa who has climbed Everest and have the opportunity to talk with him about his unbelievable experiences. (B/L/D)
14
Kathmandu, Pokhara
Drive towards the Himalayas, past fast flowing rivers and jungle-covered peaks to Pokhara. Set on the shores of Lake Phewa and with staggering views of Fishtail Peak, Pokhara is undoubtedly one of the world’s most scenic places. Stay for three nights at Fish Tail Lodge, set on a peaceful island in Lake Phewa and accessible only by boat. Stay Three Nights: Pokhara, Fish Tail Lodge (B/L/D)
15
Pokhara
With a free day in Pokhara, perhaps explore the picturesque city at your own pace or simply relax and enjoy a day of serenity in this laid back locale. (B/D)
16
Pokhara
After breakfast, explore Pokhara and visit Devi's Waterfall and the Gurkha Museum, where you'll have the chance to chat with an ex-British Army Gurkha. Then 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. Enjoy an early evening cruise on Lake Phewa to watch the sunset over Fish Tail Peak. (B/D)
17
Pokhara, Kathmandu
This morning, 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)
18
Depart Kathmandu
Today you'll return to Kathmandu Airport for your return flight home. (B)
1
Arrive Amritsar
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
2
Amritsar
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’.
3
Amritsar, Delhi
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)
4
Delhi
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.
5
Delhi, Agra
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.
6
Agra, Lucknow
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)
7
Lucknow
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)
8
Lucknow, Varanasi
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)
9
Varanasi, Delhi
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.
10
Delhi, Kathmandu
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)
11
Kathmandu
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.
12
Kathmandu, Chitwan
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)
13
Chitwan
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.
14
Chitwan, Pokhara
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)
15
Pokhara
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)
16
Pokhara
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.
17
Pokhara, Kathmandu
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)
18
Depart Kathmandu
Today you’ll return to Kathmandu Airport for your return flight home. (B)
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Journey Highlights
Journey Highlights
  • Visit the stunning Golden Temple in Amritsar
  • Ride a rickshaw through the streets of Delhi's Old City
  • See one of the finest Mughal forts in India, Agra Fort
  • Be captivated by the colours of the Taj Mahal at sunset
  • Experience a magical sunrise during a boat ride on  the Ganges in Varanasi    
  • Visit the historic Durbar Squares of Kathmandu and Patan
  • Enjoy a Jeep safari in Chitwan National Park
  • Be amazed by once-in-a-lifetime views of the sun rising  over the Himalayas in Sarangkot
Trip Inclusions
Trip Inclusions
  • 17 nights in quality accommodation
  • The services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Manager
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as specified
  • Airport transfers, tipping and porterage
Included Meals
Included Meals
  • Includes 37 meals -17 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 16 dinners
Trip Notes
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices include transfers and tipping
  • Porterage is included at train stations and hotels
  • Prices are for land and rail only. Flights not included
Journey Highlights
Journey Highlights
  • Visit the stunning Golden Temple in Amritsar
  • Take a fascinating rickshaw tour of Delhi
  • See one of the finest Mughal forts in India, Agra Fort
  • Be captivated by the colours of the Taj Mahal at sunset
  • Experience a magical sunrise during a boat ride on the River Ganges in Varanasi
  • Visit the historic Durbar Squares of Kathmandu and Patan
  • Enjoy a Jeep safari in Chitwan National Park
  • Be amazed by once-in-a-lifetime views of the sun rising over the Himalayas in Sarangkot
Trip Inclusions
Trip Inclusions
  • 17 nights in premium accommodation
  • The services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort
  • Airport transfers, tipping, internal flights and porterage
Included Meals
Included Meals
  • 37 meals -17 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 16 dinners
Trip Notes
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Rail Itinerary operated with our partner Great Rail Journeys
  • Prices include transfers, tipping, internal flights as specified and port charges
  • Prices are for land/rail and internal flights as specified only
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