kathmandu

Exotic Nepal & India

from USD 2906
Tour Duration : 12 Nights / 13 Days

Alluring beauty of Kathmandu Valley makes to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site with around 50 temples in its fences. India offers an experience of bustling bazars of Old Delhi and a rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk. Those interested can enjoy an elephant ride uphill to Amber Fort, Jaipur and get treated like the royalty of yesteryear. Visiting the murals at Khajuraho is a guide to our everyday life activities. Seeing it sculptured adds more value to it. At dawn enjoy a boat ride at river Ganges - Varanasi, witnessing thousands of Hindu pilgrims performing the daily morning rituals. Not to be missed is the evening Aarti ceremony (religious prayer) that soothes ones soul and mind at the Ghats of Varanasi. We also visit Sarnath, the land of origin of Buddhism where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Cherish the beauty of White Marble the famous monument of love – “The Taj Mahal”. Endure the marble artistry in Agra, block printing and carpet weaving in Jaipur.

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All about the Exotic Nepal & India

This trip itinerary has been drafted by combining major places of tourist interests in the valley of Kathmandu and northern India. These two countries are a perfect blend for wanderers looking out for journeys rich in both biodiversity hotspots and culture. On one side, we observe the magnificent heritage of Buddhism and the Mughal Empire; while on the contrary, we get exposed to the dense national parks and world’s highest mountain peak.

We set on this journey from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, the heart of Nepal and its largest city. Here we explore the three ancient royal cities of Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu. These all have their own palaces and ornate palace squares each listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage site. We get a chance to go through the cobblestoned lanes of these squares to witness a fascinating maze of temples, shrines and market places all beside each other.

The tour then travels into India to explore the capital city of Delhi. From there we move onto Varanasi that gives the travelers an opportunity to see Hindu pilgrims in thousands of numbers as they congregate on the banks of the River Ganges. Later, we discover the amazing artistic legacy attached to this part of the country, like the exquisite murals of Khajuraho followed by the medieval Mughal marvels of Agra.

Following this we get an opportunity to enjoy a jungle safari, followed by an elephant ride to the Amber fort and other beautiful places of interest in Jaipur.

Heritage Sites

  • Amber Fort, Jaipur
  • Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
  • Humayun's Tomb, New Delhi
  • Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
  • Kathmandu Valley, Kathmandu
  • Khajuraho Temples, Khajuraho
  • Qutub Minar, New Delhi
  • Taj Mahal, Agra
  • Red Fort Complex (Old Delhi), New Delhi
  • Agra Fort, Agra

Tour Itinerary at Glance

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu (B,D)
Day 3: Kathmandu (B,D)
Day 4: Kathmandu- Delhi by Flight (B,D)
Day 5: Delhi (B,D)
Day 6: Delhi/ Varanasi by flight (B,D)
Day 7: Varanasi/ Khajuraho by flight (B,D)
Day 8: Khajuraho / Jhansi / Agra (Drive & Train# 12001–Shatabdi, Dep: 18:40 Hrs, Arr: 21:10 Hrs) (B,D)
Day 9: Agra (B,D)
Day 10: Agra / Ranthambore (Drive: 290 Km/ 6 Hours) (B,D)
Day 11: Ranthambore / Jaipur (Drive: 180 Km/ 4 Hours) (B,D)
Day 12: Jaipur (B,D)
Day 13: Jaipur / Delhi (Drive: 260 Km/ 06 Hours) (B,D)

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance

  1. Whats included in this tour
    • Hotels as mentioned or similar
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • All sightseeing and transfers by Air-conditioned transportation
    • Services of English Speaking guide for sightseeing (Local guides for 1-5 Pax and tour escort throughout the tour for 6 pax and above)
    • Entrances fees
    • Elephant Ride at Amber Fort (Subject to availability)
    • 2 Safaris through Ranthambore National Park (October to June Departures only) (Subject to availability)
    • Rickshaw ride at Old Delhi
    • Regional/domestic airfare in coach class
    • Sunrise boat ride on the river Ganges
    • Train Fare in Executive Class from Jhansi to Agra
  1. Whats not included in this tour
    • International airfare & departure taxes
    • Insurance & visa fees
    • Drinks/beverages with meals
    • Tips/gratuities
The tour packages General Terms and Conditions
  1. General Terms
    • The prices are Per Person on twin sharing basis.
    • Please note that smoking is prohibited in public and all parts of the hotels except in designated areas and bedrooms, where smoking is permitted.  Should you desire a smoking bedroom, please let us know.  The fulfillment of this request is subject to availability of smoking rooms and is not guaranteed. 
    • Unless specified, check-in at hotels in India is at 14:00 Hrs and check out is at 12:00 Hrs
    • Our liability does not arise in case of Force Majeure (political disturbances, natural phenomenon etc.)
    • Reporting time at the International at the airport is generally 3 hrs prior to departure of the flight.
    • Check-in counters of most flights close approximately 45 minutes before departure and boarding gates close about 15 minutes prior departure.
  1. Cancellation Policy

    b. Airfare:
    Refunds on airfares purchased through BTS will depend on the rules of the carrier and the applicable fare base used for the purchase of the ticket. BTS will charge a ser­vice fee of no less than 10% of the airfare paid by the Client. Clients are advised not to purchase airfares till the tour is confirmed and visas (if any) procured.

    c. In the case of Rail Journeys or luxury train tours, luxury cruises. Specific cancellation policy pertaining to the specific rail journey, luxury train, luxury cruises as laid down by the operator will apply. There will be a 10 % cancellation processing fee applied by Bestway2india in addition to the cancellation charges levied by the operator.

    CANCELLATION BY THE OPERATOR
    “Bestway2india”, “BTS” reserves the right to cancel the Tour due to an insuffi­cient number of participants. In such an event, and only in such an event, “Bestway2india”, “BTS” will refund the said Deposit to the Client. “Bestway2india”, “BTS” will have no further liability to the Client for damages or inconveniences caused to the Client. Client hereby expressly waives any claim he/she may have against “Bestway2india”, “BTS” for such cancellation. In the event that “Bestway2india”, “BTS” decides:
    a) that the Tour may jeop­ardize the safety or security of the Clients, “Bestway2india”, “BTS”, or any staff of “Bestay2india” “BTS” and/or Services Providers; or
    b) the Tour cannot commence and/or continue for circumstances beyond the control of “Bestway2india”, “BTS”, “Bestway2india”, “BTS” may, in its sole discretion, postpone, cut short or cancel the Tour at any time. Such changes and/or cancellations may be necessitated for political, military, health, weather conditions or other valid reasons affecting local conditions, but will not be limited to the aforesaid reasons only. In such an event the liability of “Bestway2india”, “BTS” is limited to refunding the Client such monies which represent unused services, less

    a. any monies expended by “Bestway2india” “BTS”
    b. any liability incurred by “Bestway2india” “BTS”, and
    c. a reasonable amount of the Tour Price for services rendered by “Bestway2india” “BTS”

  1. Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu

    Namaste – Welcome to Nepal! -one of the most enchanting travel destinations in the world - a heady mixture of unique culture proudly preserved, mind boggling adventure and remarkable natural beauty. We are then transferred to our hotel and have the balance of the day free.  

  2. Day 2 Kathmandu

    Today we explore the Kathmandu valley, starting at the Durbar Square located in the heart of old city Kathmandu. There are around 50 temples in the vicinity. We will visit the 17th Century Durbar complex, Hanuman Dhoka, the Paravati Temple, the Great Bell and Drum, Bhairav, the Taleju Temple and an array of temples grouped around it, as well as the Temple of the Living Goddess, the Kumari. We then head to the stupa of Swayambhunath, located on a green hillock west of Kathmandu. The site marks the point where the legendary patriarch Manjushree discovered the lotus of the ancient Valley Lake and is over 2,500 years old. The huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhists sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu. We conclude our exploration in Patan, the oldest city in the valley said to have been founded by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC. Patan is the cradle of arts and architecture of the valley, a great center of the Newari traditional arts & crafts with 136 courtyards and 55 major temples. In the evening we enjoy our welcome dinner, Nepali style. 

    Important Note: In the early morning you may take an optional scenic flight over the breathtaking Himalayas to see Mount Everest and other peaks. 
     

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  3. Day 3 Kathmandu

    Today we visit Bhaktapur¸ also known as Bhadgaon and home to exquisite of medieval art & architecture. A city of farmers, Bhaktapur is also known for its pottery and weaving. It is the best preserved of the valley’s three cities. We then head to Pashupatinath, considered as one of the holiest shrines of all the Hindu temples in the whole world. The temple of lord Shiva, Pashupatinath, with a tiered golden roof and silver doors is famous for its superb architecture. Wey will only be able to view it from the eastern bank of Bagmati River overlooking the cremation grounds, as it is open to believers of the Hindu faith only. We then explore Boudhanath, also known as `Little Tibet’ because of its unique atmosphere resembling old Barkhor marketplace in Lhasa. It features the biggest stupa in Nepal and is located on flat land and encircled by houses & monasteries. The evening is free to explore the bazaars and get an opportunity meeting the many different ethnic groups who call Kathmandu home.  

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  4. Day 4 Kathmandu- Delhi by Flight

    Today we are transferred to airport for our flight to Delhi, the capital of India is a fusion of the ancient and the modern India. It unwinds a picture rich with culture, architecture and human diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums, galleries, gardens and exotic shows. On arrival in Delhi, we are met by our local representative and transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free.  

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  5. Day 5 Delhi

    An introduction of India with a tour of New Delhi. We visit Birla House, the last residence of Mahatma Gandhi which is now a museum depicting his illustrious life. We then visit the famous India Gate followed by the Houses of Parliament, Connaught Place and Humayun's Tomb*. This tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal.  We continue to Qutb Minar and its Monuments* Built in the early 13th century the red sandstone tower of Qutb Minar is 72.5 m high. The surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, a masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art and two mosques. 
    Our afternoon concentrates on Old Delhi, starting with the Red Fort Complex*. Named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone, it is adjacent to an older fort, the Salimgarh, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546, with which it forms the Red Fort Complex. The Red Fort is considered to represent the zenith of Mughal creativity which, under the Shah Jahan, was brought to a new level of refinement and each pavilion reveals architectural elements typical of Mughal building, reflecting a fusion of Persian, Timurid and Hindu traditions. After visiting the Red fort, we embark on a captivating journey on a Rickshaw passing through the narrow lanes of the famous Chandni Chowk Bazaar, it was originally built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan for his daughter Jahan Ara in 17th Century since then many changes have taken place however it still remains Old Delhi's one of the Oldest and busiest markets in Delhi. Finally end our rickshaw ride at Jama Masjid, Mughal majesty and India's largest mosque. After visiting the mosque we proceed to Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. In the evening we enjoy dinner at a well-known local restaurant. 
     

    Important note, Red Fort and Birla House are closed on Monday and shops in Chandni Chowk are closed on Sunday 

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  6. Day 6 Delhi/ Varanasi by flight

    A short flight gets us to Varanasi, one of the oldest living cities in the world. On arrival we are transferred to our hotel. In the afternoon we explore Sarnath, the site where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. Varanasi is also famous for its silk sarees and we visit some of the houses where the beautiful silk sarees are actually woven. In the evening we get to the banks of the Ganges to witness the Aarti ceremony, a Hindu religious ritual of worship, a part of puja, in which light from wicks soaked in ghee or camphor is offered to one or more deities after sunset. 

    Important note, Sarnath museum remains closed on Friday. 

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  7. Day 7 Varanasi/ Khajuraho by flight

    In the early morning we take a sunrise boat ride on the River Ganges. One of the cardinal principles of Hinduism is the belief in the holiness of the Ganges. Every morning scores of pilgrims and priests fill the riverbanks bathing in the holy waters and perform various rituals. This unique experience literally transports you to another world. After boat ride we explore old Varanasi, visiting the Bharat Mata Temple, which houses a huge marble relief map of India; the Durga Temple, the Tulsi Manas Mandir beside the Banaras Hindu University and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb. After the tour we come back to hotel for breakfast.
    Later we take a short flight to Khajuraho. On arrival in Khajuraho, we are transferred to our hotel. In the afternoon we explore the Khajuraho Group of Monuments* The temples at Khajuraho were built during the Chandella dynasty, which reached its apogee between 950 and 1050. Today only 20 temples remain and they fall into three distinct groups and belonging to the religions of Hinduism and Jainism. They strike a perfect balance between architecture and sculpture. The Temples are decorated with a profusion of sculptures that are among the greatest masterpieces of Indian art.
     

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  8. Day 8 Khajuraho / Jhansi / Agra (Drive & Train# 12001–Shatabdi, Dep: 18:40 Hrs, Arr: 21:10 Hrs)

    In the morning we drive to Orchha to visit this amazing medieval fortress-city located on the shores of the Betwa River. The fort consists of several connected buildings erected at different times, the most noteworthy of which are the Raja Mahal and the Jahangir Mahal. We continue to the Railway Station in Jhansi to take our express train to Agra. Shatabdi Express trains are fully air-conditioned and travellers enjoy complimentary meals. On arrival in Agra, we are welcomed and transferred to our hotel. 

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  9. Day 9 Agra

    We start our day with a visit to one of the most well-known wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal*. An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. Situated on the right bank of the Yamuna in a vast Mogul garden, this funerary monument combines elements and styles of Persian, Central Asian and Islamic architecture. We then visit Agra Fort*. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan; audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques. We also visit Fatehpur Sikri*. Built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar, the City of Victory was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. The complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid and the artistically designed mausoleum of the revered Sufi saint, Salim Chisty. We end our tour with a visit to some of the local factories famous for inlay work on marbles and witness the complex art inlaying precious and semiprecious stones on the world-famous Marbles for the mines of Makrana. 

    Important note, Taj Mahal is closed on Friday

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  10. Day 10 Agra / Ranthambore (Drive: 290 Km/ 6 Hours)

    After breakfast we drive to Ranthambore, the former hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Ranthambore National Park lies at the edge of a plateau, and is bounded to the north by the Banas River and to the south by the Chambal River. There are several lakes in the park. It is named for the historic Ranthambhore fortress, which lies within the national park. The rugged terrain and the dense deciduous forests are major features of this national park, which has among the largest and most diverse collection of wildlife species in India. On arrival in Ranthambore, we check in our hotel. In the afternoon we take a safari through the National Park. On our journey we might see various indigenous animals, such as tiger, nilgai, chausingha, chital, chinkara, wild boar, jungle cat, ratel, hyena, porcupine, the Rhesus Macaque and the black-faced Langur. About 150 bird species can be found here including migratory birds that arrive in winter. 

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  11. Day 11 Ranthambore / Jaipur (Drive: 180 Km/ 4 Hours)

    Ranthambhore was established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in 1955 by the Government of India, and was declared one of the Project Tiger reserves in 1973.Ranthambore is famous for the famous Royal Bengal Tigers and spotting the big cat in its natural habitat can be an experience. In the morning we take another safari through the park. If we are lucky enough we may be able to spot tigers in their natural environment. After our morning safari, we drive to Jaipur, the rose-pink capital of Rajasthan, since most of the buildings in the old city are made of pink sandstone. 

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  12. Day 12 Jaipur

    This morning we are treated like the royalty of yesteryear with an elephant ride to Amber Fort*, located in a valley formed by a range of Aravallis known as Kalikho hills. The Palace and Fort are located on top of the hill with the city on slopes, and the valley protected by fort walls with four gates in the four cardinal directions. The construction of the fort began in 1592. It shows the evolution from the purely defensive fort settlements of the early medieval period to the palace fortress type of architecture typified in the 16th century. This palace fortress was never attacked or invaded. The fort comprises of number of gardens, courtyards and palatial spaces derived from Mughal architecture and are a distinguished example of 17th Century Rajput architecture. We return to Jaipur and experience the art of carpet weaving & block printing. Later we visit the majestic City Palace, which houses a rare collection of Indian art and the beautiful Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, where the ladies of the royal harem used to watch the city from behind the intricately carved facade. We also visit the Jantar Mantar*, an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century that includes a set of some 20 main fixed instruments designed for the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye. It is an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period. The evening is free to enjoy both shopping and the cultural experience in the bazaars. Jaipur is noted for its craftsmen, skilled in brass inlay, lacquer work and stone setting.

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  13. Day 13 Jaipur / Delhi (Drive: 260 Km/ 06 Hours)

    After an incredible tour of the Exotic India & Nepal, we are driven to Delhi where we check in at hotel Vivanta By Taj Dwarka New Delhi for day rooms until 8:30 PM. After a farewell dinner we are transferred to the international terminal for our flight home. We bid farewell to India after what will have been a memorable journey into history, culture, art, architecture, making new friends and lots of memories. 

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Day 1 : Kathmandu

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Day 2 : Kathmandu

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Day 3 : Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu

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Day 4 : India Gate, New Delhi

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Day 5 : Chandani chowk local market, New Delhi

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Day 6 : Ganga Arti, Varanasi

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Day 7 : Art on wall, Khajuraho

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Day 9 : Taj Mahal, Agra

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Day 11 : Ranthambore Tiger Reserve

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Day 12 : Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

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  1. FAQ 1 What is the most appropriate type of luggage to bring?

    We strongly recommend bringing a backpack or a duffel bag, as suitcases can be cumbersome and difficult to store in buses, under seats, etc. Keep in mind that you will normally have to carry your own luggage on and off buses and trains and up and down hotel staircases.

  2. FAQ 2 What vaccinations are recommended for this tour?

    It's important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information for the region you will be visiting. The only one qualified to provide you with this advice is your family physician or a specialist from a Travel Health clinic. Below are the links to a number of websites that contain excellent background information related to travel health issues. Nevertheless, these websites are no substitute for a personal consultation with a qualified medical professional. For Canadian Citizens: www.travel.gc.ca For American Citizens: www.nc.cdc.gov For UK Citizens: www.travelhealthpro.org For Australian Citizens: www.travelvax.com For EU Citizens: www.healthhype.com

     

  3. FAQ 3 What clothing should I pack for one of your tours?

    We always recommend packing as light as possible however the specific requirements for your tour will vary widely depending on where and when you are traveling. Our 'General Conditions' includes a suggested packing list and these can be downloaded from each individual tour page. The checklist is tour specific and based upon the experience of our ground staff.

  4. FAQ 4 Do your tours include international airfare?

    Travelers arrive from all over the world to begin our tours and it is not possible to include international airfare in our prices. We would be happy to help you arrange flights. Just ask for an air quote when making your booking.

  5. FAQ 5 What type of ground transportation is used on your tours?

    Our ‘General Conditions’ includes the details of all the transports used during the entire service. The details can be found on each individual tour page.

  6. FAQ 6 Are airport transfers included?

    All of our tours include airport transfers and the prices for the same are included in our tour rates.

  7. FAQ 7 Can I join a tour late or leave it early?

    It is possible to join a tour late or leave a tour early. Though you would be responsible for all costs associated with joining a tour late or leaving one early. If you feel this may be necessary please consult our Specialist before you book your tour.

  8. FAQ 8 Can you provide me with a list of the hotels we will be staying at?

    We use a variety of hotels en-route and a complete list of hotels is provided for your tour. Hotel voucher of each hotel registered for the tour is shared too.

  9. FAQ 9 I'm a single traveler, will I be charged a single supplement?

    All of our trips have a single supplement. The cost and the details vary by trip, so please refer to each tour page for details.

  10. FAQ 10 What are the age restrictions on your tours?

    There are no upper age limits for most of our tours (although for tours under ‘Trekking in the Himalayas’ and ‘Himalayan Panorama’ requires a fit medical condition. For the same, we have a ‘Medical Form’ which is mandatory to be filled by all age groups). For children below the age of 12 years, a parent/guardian should be present. If an assistance is needed, it is to be mentioned at the time of booking. The same will be chargeable.

  11. FAQ 11 How many people can join a tour?

    We keep our group sizes very flexible. So a group of 7 or a group of 70, we welcome all with the same zeal and fondness.

  12. FAQ 12 Who are my travelling companions?

    For privacy reasons, we cannot provide you with advance details on your traveling companions. However, our tours appeal to a wide range of travelers, most of whom share a traveling passion and a desire to experience these destinations at a grass-roots level. Our tours are conducted in English and so they attract many travelers from Canada, North America, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.

  13. FAQ 13 Can I book extra nights of hotel accommodation before or after my tour?

    Yes, in most cases we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels. Please contact our Specialist for price information. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.

  14. FAQ 14 Is tipping included and if not, how much should I budget?

    Tips are not included in the tour price and tipping is entirely at your discretion.

Overall Rating 5/5
Exotic India & Nepal Tour Experiences
Reviewed by Ronald on Apr, 2018
5/5

Experiences in Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Orchha, Jhansi, Ranthambore, Jaipur, and Kathmandu a lot!!

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