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Reader Holidays - The Best of India and the Himalayas from Bradford Telegraph and Argus
Departing March - May 2014
*Price shown: 05 May 2014 - IHD
Timeless beauty and ancient wonders
Come with us on the trip of a lifetime as you journey to Kathmandu, capital of the mountain kingdom of Nepal. Experience the intoxicating city and take the opportunity to enjoy a thrilling helicopter ride over the Himalayas before discovering sacred Varanasi, and the fascinating treasures of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
What The Price Includes
- Return scheduled flights, via Muscat, to Kathmandu, returning from Jaipur
- One piece of hold luggage per person
- Air-conditioned coach travel throughout
- 10 nights' half-board accommodation in a series of good hotels
- A guided tour of Kathmandu and a tour of the Old City by rickshaw
- A visit to Patan City and a carpet weaving demonstration
- Dinner in the Rum and Doodle restaurant
- Dinner at a Nepalese restaurant with a cultural folklore show
- Witness the Hindu ceremony of Aarti
- A riverboat tour of the ghats along the Ganges
- City tours in New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur
- A visit to the mausoleum at Sikandra
- A visit to the Taj Mahal at sunrise
- A visit to Fatehpur Sikri
- An elephant or jeep ride up to the Amber Fort
- The services of a Newmarket Tour Manager
- Government taxes and service charges
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Fly overnight flight from the UK, via Muscat, to Kathmandu.
You'll arrive by early evening in the remote mountain kingdom, transferring to the hotel for dinner. Take the opportunity to rest and relax after the journey, and catch your first glimpse of this extraordinary city, nestled amongst the green foothills of the majestic Himalayas.
Discover ancient Kathmandu today on our guided tour. Be enchanted by the sacred Boudhanath, the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and the famous 'Monkey Temple' of Swayambhu, and enjoy a tour of the Old City by traditional rickshaw, taking in Durbar (Royal Palace) Square and the surrounding temples. The day ends with dinner at the celebrated Rum and Doodle restaurant - haunt of the world's most famous mountain-climbers.
Join our spectacular optional excursion and take an early morning flight over the majestic Himalayas and Mount Everest, as the sun rises. Later this morning, visit Bhaktapur's Durbar Square, where temples and pagodas surround a breathtaking palace.This afternoon, visit stunning Patan City across the Bagmati River, and see traditional carpet weaving at a Tibetan refugee camp. The day ends with dinner at a Nepalese restaurant, complete with cultural folklore show.
After breakfast, enjoy a few more free hours in Kathmandu, before transferring to the airport for the afternoon flight south to Varanasi.Upon arrival, meet your tour manager and transfer to the hotel. After check-in, explore the city before this evening's sacred Hindu ceremony of Aarti - a ritual lighting of wicks soaked in ghee - in front of the Dasshashwamedh ghat by the Ganges.
Early this morning you'll board a riverboat to see the teeming, colourful ghats, all thronged with pilgrims performing their rituals in front of the temples. After breakfast, discover the ruins and temples at Sarnath, one of Buddhism's holiest shrines, on a guided tour. This evening, dinner will be served at the hotel.
After breakfast and a morning spent at leisure, transfer this afternoon to the airport for your flight to the Indian capital Delhi. Catch your first sight of the great metropolis before you check into your overnight hotel, where dinner is served this evening.
Discover the treasures of New Delhi - including the India Gate war memorial and the ornate Qutb Minar tower - on today's guided tour. This afternoon, you'll journey south-east towards Uttar Pradesh, arriving this evening for a two-night stay in Agra, the fabled 'City of Love'. En route, you'll visit the mausoleum of Moghul Emperor Akbar the Great, at Sikandra, a masterpiece of Moghul architecture.
An unforgettable day begins with a sunrise visit to the exquisite Taj Mahal. After returning to the hotel for breakfast, you'll enjoy a guided tour of Agra, including the serene Itmad ud Duala - the so-called 'Baby Taj' - and the royal pavilions, palaces and courtyards of the majestic Agra Fort.
Today you'll head across the plains into Rajasthan, studded with exotic temples and havelis - lavishly decorated mansions. En route, you'll visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, its great buildings and monuments still immaculately preserved. This evening you'll arrive in the fabled 'Pink City' of Jaipur, for a two-night stay.
This morning you'll visit Amber, the ancient capital of the Rajput Empire, with its magnificent palaces and temples dominated by the stronghold of Amber Fort. Climb to the fort by elephant or jeep and be rewarded with stupendous views from the ramparts. This afternoon enjoy a sightseeing tour of Jaipur to discover the stunning 'Palace of the Winds', the City Palace, and the astronomical observatory.
Transfer to the airport for the return flight home, via Muscat, arriving back to the UK in in the afternoon.
Passports and Visas
Visas are required for entry to India and must be applied for prior to departure. The current cost is GBP92 for British Citizens. This process is handled by the India Visa Application Centre on behalf of the Indian authorities. We will send you full details about eight weeks prior to departure. Passports must be valid for six months from the date of Visa application and include two adjacent blank pages. Entry formalities for Nepal are completed at the border and an amount of about GBP13 should be allowed for.
The following hotels are offered with this holiday (subject to availability and supplementary pricing)
India and the Himalayas Touring Hotel
You will be staying in a series of well-located hotels, all of which will be of a European five-star standard.Further Hotel Information »
You will be staying in a series of well-located hotels, all of which will be of a European five-star standard.Hide Hotel Information »