The neighbouring nations of India and Nepal are are so similar in some ways and in others quite different. Ultimately, they make the perfect pairing when it comes to creating an adventurous holiday. Begin your journey in northern India, taking in the Golden Triangle before travelling further north, across the border, to the unique city of Kathmandu and the wildlife-rich plains of Chitwan National Park.

INDEPENDENT TOUR

Suggested route & duration

10 nights Delhi to Kathmandu

  • Delhi: 2 nights

  • Agra: 1 night

  • Jaipur: 2 nights

  • Kathmandu: 2 nights

  • Chitwan: 2 nights

  • Kathmandu: 1 night

About this independent tour

This is a private itinerary including a car and driver and local English-speaking tour guides for sightseeing. The itinerary is completely flexible, so you can choose your own number of nights, change accommodation, add excursions and extend your holiday.

Recommended highlights

DELHI In India’s bustling capital, you’ll divide your time between the contrasting Old and New Delhi quarters. In Old Delhi, you’ll visit fantastic landmarks including the historic Red Fort, the Chandni Chowk bazaar and the resplendent Jama Masjid, the biggest mosque in India. In New Delhi, take a driving tour around the city taking in sights such as the impressive colonial-era Presidential Palace and Humayun’s Tomb.

AGRA One of India's most popular destinations, Agra is home to the renowned Taj Mahal. During your time here, you'll visit the cultural wonder at both sunrise and sunset, notably the best times of the day to see the ratiant beauty of the stunning while marble mausoleum. You'll also visit the Red Fort of Agra, a 16th Century red sandstone monument which was once the main residence of the Mughal Empire.

JAIPUR Continue to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital, via the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, the ancient capital of the Mughals. You’ll visit the beautiful Amber Fort, a sprawling historic palace complex situated within the Aravalli Hills. You’ll then return to the city to visit the stunning City Palace complex and the royal observatory of Jantar Mantar, a true delight for those interested in astrology.

KATHMANDU Nepal’s capital sits at 1,350 metres above sea level, in a bowl-shaped valley in central Nepal and has a rich history that spans approximately 2,000 years. Visit the royal city of Patan, which is the centre of Buddhist and Hindu culture and rich in historic temples and monasteries. You'll also visit Kathmandu's Durbar Square and the iconic Swayambhunath Temple.

CHITWAN Travel south through the southern foothills of the Himalayas to the lowland plains of the Terai region where the country’s famous national park, Chitwan, is located. Enjoy a range of activities from your lodge, the Jungle Villa Resort, such as nature walks, canoeing and bird watching. The lodge is located on the edge of the Rapti River, just across from the park on the opposite bank. The park covers an area of 360 square miles and is home to a variety of rare wildlife species including Bengal tigers, leopards, sloth bears, Asiatic rhinoceros and Asian elephants.

Tailor your tour

This suggested itinerary is the perfect introduction to northern India and the mountainous nation of Nepal. To enhance your trip, we recommend upgrading to the ultra luxurious Oberoi Hotels and Resorts’ properties in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur or even stay in a former Maharaja's palace such as Jai Mahal Palace in Jaipur.

If you want to extend your time in India, you could check out one of Goa's gorgeous beach resorts or Kerala's authentic lakeside retreats such as the Kumarakom Lake Resort or the exquisite Coconut Lagoon.

It is easy to fall in love with Nepal's unique culture and stunning scenery, so if you would like to spend more time in this small nation, speak to one of our Personal Travel Experts. We would recommend adding a stay in Nagarkot, famed for it's awe inspiring views of the Himalayas at sunrise and sunet, and if you are feeling inspired, you could take part in sunrise yoga on the hotel terrace.

Our Personal Travel Experts are there to help you create your perfect India and Nepal holiday so pick up the phone or pop in to one of our stores to start your adventure.