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India's Golden Triangle with Kathmandu

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10 Day India's Golden Triangle with Kathmandu Itinerary (Cosmos)
Countries Explored: India, Nepal
Trip Style
Regional Discovery
3 - 4 Star
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Fully Guided, Locally Guided
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Read reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Cosmos 10 Day India's Golden Triangle with Kathmandu. Discover the gems of the Golden Triangle and Kathmandu without spending a fortune on this 10-day budget-friendly holiday in India and Nepal. Your tour of India begins in the iconic city of Delhi, with overnights in Agra and Jaipur as well. Called the Golden Triangle, these three cities are beloved destinations home to many fascinating and beautiful sites. In Delhi, see India Gate and the pink Presidential Palace. You’ll ride through the vibrant Chandni Chowk bazaar...read more by rickshaw. Visit Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar before departing Delhi for Agra.

Here, you’ll marvel at the splendid Taj Mahal at sunrise as the sun rays reflect changing hues of the spectacular marble monument to love. Visit the colossal red sandstone Agra Fort where Shajahan spent his final days in the pavilion amid the Mughal Palace and Room of Mirrors. Complete the triangle with two nights in the pink city of Jaipur—home to the legendary Amber Fort. Explore its alabaster Hall of Victory and incredible Chamber of Mirrors. Visit Jantar Mantar and the City Palace Museum to browse ancient art and artifacts.

Next, you’ll travel to fascinating Kathmandu, Nepal. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Nepal’s iconic capital city, including a visit to the historic seat of royalty at Hanuman Dhoka. Visit the residence of the Living Goddess at Temple of Kumari, and travel to Bouddhanath—one of the world’s largest stupas and the centre of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Marvel at the Hindu and Buddhist sites in Patan’s Durbar Square. A moving and marvellous experience amid the Himalayas!


Welcome to Delhi, a magnetic blend of old and new, and the capital of modern India. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Your day starts with a walking tour through Lodhi Gardens, home to the tombs of the Lodhi Dynasty and a popular spot for Delhiites to start their day. Then drive to see India Gate and the Presidential Palace. Take a rickshaw ride through the alleys of Chandni Chowk, a captivating bazaar, and visit Jama Masjid. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. (B)

This morning, visit Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar, the world's tallest brick minaret, dating back to the 11th century. Next, explore Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi's largest and most prominent Sikh gurudwara (house of worship). After lunch at a local restaurant, travel to Agra and settle in for the evening. (B/L/D)

Start your day with a sunrise visit to the famous Taj Mahal. This remarkable monument, commissioned by Sjahjahan as a memorial to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, took 22 years to build. This afternoon, visit Agra Fort, a colossal, red sandstone UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising the spectacular Mughal Palace with audience halls, the Room of Mirrors, and the pavilion where Shahjahan spent his last days. (B)

Today, stop at Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the sandstone palaces, elegant courtyards, and victory gate of this ghostly place built in 1569 and deserted by its people when water ran out. After lunch, travel to Jaipur, often referred to as the "Pink City." (B/L)

Start with a visit to the legendary Amber Fort, known as the "Sleeping Beauty of Rajasthan." This fortress-palace has a somber exterior that hides a richly ornate interior of royal apartments, including an alabaster Hall of Victory and a superb Chamber of Mirrors. After lunch, visit Jantar Mantar and explore the City Palace Museum with its collection of paintings, carpets, weapons, and costumes.

Lastly, visit Ladli, a training program teaching orphaned and destitute children valuable skills to keep them off the streets. Here learn about the project, interact with the children, and help them practice their English. (B/L)

Fly to Kathmandu (via Delhi), Nepal's capital city. (B)

Your morning sightseeing tour starts with a visit to Hanuman Dhoka, the historic seat of royalty. Then, visit the Temple of Kumari, residence of the Living Goddess and said to be constructed from the wood of a single tree. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B/L)

Today, travel to Bouddhanath, one of the largest stupas in the world and a focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Then, continue to Patan, formerly known as Lalitpur (City of Beauty). Here, stop in Durbar Square, the city's centre of business and home to several Buddhist and Hindu sites. (B/L)

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Adventure is knocking with everything you need for perfectly affordable touring. Cosmos includes hand-selected accommodations, guided sightseeing, and seamless transportation between destinations—with value-minded travel lovers in mind. Explore with expert Cosmos Tour Directors and Local Guides, and private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi. Local Guide and sightseeing vehicle in Kathmandu.

  • 10 Breakfasts
  • 5 Lunches
  • 1 Dinners

  • Delhi Jaypee Siddharth Hotel (First-Class)
  • Agra Jaypee Palace Hotel & Convention Center (First-Class)
  • Jaipur Four Points by Sheraton Jajipur, City Square
  • Kathmandu Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu (Superior Tourist-Class)

  • Airport transfers at your arrival and departure destination are not included in the price of the tour.
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.
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Another Satisfying Cosmos Tour 3 , WA, Australia, Sep 2016
Again, the tour was well organised and executed. I experienced no problems at all. The group was small, the coach was very comfortable with reclining seats and the air conditioner kept things very cool. The tour director was a local, loved his country and was knowledgeable about the sites we visited. He was also happy to answer questions we asked about ...read more the culture, politics and past history of India. He was very calm, relaxed and was not flustered by anything. The driver and his aide were separated from the director and passengers in their cabin, which cut out potential distractions. One really needs to be concentrating and focused when driving around the busy city centers of India. Every tour day we received a bottle of water from the driver's aide.

I thought it was great that during the day all tour members were in the coach together or touring sites. We all had lunch together at mostly restaurants, which had good selections and environments. During the evening and night we had our free time. We visited and toured all the sights that were listed in the brochure plus one more. The attractions were nearly always immaculately maintained. There are plenty of hidden gems in India and the architecture of buildings reflected a glorious past and one hopes that the people can resurrect that somewhat in the future.

The hotels we stayed at offered quiet, large rooms and felt very western. The included breakfasts had large varieties of food and drink. We lived in very luxurious environments considering the average standard of living for the locals. Each hotel offered complimentary bottled water and along with what we received on the bus was sufficient for my requirements. One has to be firm with the street sellers and exercise vigilance with people wanting money. It was necessary for me to wear long sleeve shirts, pants and a hat to avoid sunburn. We often had to tip but relatively speaking it represented small amounts. Security was tight at the major sites so expect to be scanned and frisked on occasion. Overall, I was very pleased with the tour and glad to have participated and would recommend it to anyone who would like to experience different sights and smells that are normally present in western nations.
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