Northern India & Nepal

Earth Journeys... created by Tauck and BBC Earth. Visit Kathmandu and Bhaktapur in the Himalayas... the Taj Mahal... Delhi... Mumbai... go on jungle safaris in Bandhavgarh and Chitwan national parks, and gain new insights into the natural and cultural worlds of Nepal and Northern India on one of our most exciting journeys.

Earth Journeys...created by Tauck and BBC Earth. From the Arabian Sea to the Himalayas, from the ultramodern architecture of New Dehli to the forests of Bandhavgarh National Park in India and Chitwan National Park in Nepal, our unique experiences show you the incomparable cultural diversity, compelling history, and spectacular natural beauty of the Indian subcontinent. Our Nepal and India trip immerses you in the Earth Journeys experience, featuring custom-made BBC Earth on-tour film vignettes plus other select BBC Earth touches. Set off on game-viewing safaris in search of the elusive tiger... fly over the landscapes of Mt. Everest on a flightseeing tour... visit a Buddhist monastery in Kathmandhu... discover the architecture of Bhaktapur, along the ancient trading route from Nepal to Tibet... feel the spiritual passion of the Taj Mahal, poetry in marble... explore the Heritage section of Mumbai... wander awestruck among the eye-opening Hindu temples of Khajuraho... and enjoy an unusual opportunity to join in hands-on community projects as a volunteer in places where there is need, working with local villagers to improve their lives, forging friendships across cultures.

Earth Journey - created with BBC Earth, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Himalayas & Mount Everest flightseeing, Agra & the Taj Mahal, Khajuraho temples, safaris in Bandhavgarh & Chitwan national parks, Q&A with Sherpa climber, village volunteer opportunity, exploring Mumbai's Heritage area

Traveling Well Includes:
  • On-tour film vignettes custom-made for Tauck by BBC Earth natural history experts plus other select BBC Earth touches
  • Small group adventure averaging 20 guests per departure
  • Stays at luxurious Oberoi hotels, in Delhi, Agra and Mumbai
  • A morning visit to the Taj Mahal
  • A three-night stay in Bandhavgarh National Park, one of India's most important tiger reserves, and a two-night stay in Nepal's Chitwan National Park
  • Flightseeing amidst the tallest mountains in the world, the Himalayas, for magnificent panoramic mountain views including Mount Everest
  • A meditation lesson with local monks in Kathmandu
  • A Q & A lecture with a sherpa who has climbed Mount Everest several times
  • Learning the art of dressing in a sari and turban for a special dinner
  • A visit to the timeless and vehicle-free Nepali city of Bhaktapur, with centuries-old squares where you will mingle with potters and woodcarvers
  • An optional community service project in a remote village
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 41 meals (16 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners); gratuities to local guides, service charges, admissions, taxes and porterage

  • Call (520) 445-6812 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14346796

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2019
    Duration
    17 Days
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1New DelhiArrive New Delhi

    Tour begins: The Imperial, New Delhi. A transfer is included from Indira Gandhi International Airport to The Imperial, New Delhi. Most international flights arrive between 11:00 PM and 3:00 AM local time, 10 1/2 hours ahead of the U.S. (EST). To ease the effects of jet lag, consider traveling to India a day early; ask at booking. You'll enjoy a Heritage Room at your landmark hotel, an iconic 5-star property occupying the most distinguished address in the heart of the capital. Your trip begins this afternoon with a welcome briefing by your Tauck Director, followed by a guided orientation tour of New Delhi including a drive through of Vijay Chowk, with views of the Secretariat buildings, Parliament House, the Presidential Palace and the India Gate, commemorating Indian and British soldiers. Next, stop at the Gandhi Smriti Museum, paying tribute to the inspiring leader, Mahatma Gandhi, who forced change through non-violent protest, leading to an independent India in the late 1940s. Join us this evening for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner.

    Lodging:The Imperial, New Delhi

    Meals: D
    Day 2New DelhiOld Delhi, past & present

    Discover not one, but two UNESCO World Heritage Sites today as you explore the centuries-old history and culture of Old Delhi and environs. Following a morning orientation tour of Old Delhi, visit Humayun's Tomb, constructed for the Mughal Emperor Humayan and other members of his family in the 1570s, and set within beautiful gardens. The first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent and the first large structure of its kind built of red sandstone, this Mughal creation popularized Persian-influenced architecture in India, and was an inspiration for the Taj Mahal in Agra. After lunch at a local restaurant, sightseeing continues as you marvel at the Qutb Minar Victory Tower, India's tallest minaret, five stories high. A red sandstone tower built in 1193 and covered with intricate carvings and verses from the Quran, it is part of one of the earliest surviving mosque complexes in India. Return to your New Delhi hotel in late afternoon and spend the rest of the day and evening as you please.

    Lodging:The Imperial, New Delhi

    Meals: B, L
    Day 3KathmanduYoga & a flight to Kathmandu

    If you like, enjoy a yoga class, then let your imagination take flight as you board a plane bound for Kathmandu in Nepal. Touch down for a three-night stay that celebrates the natural beauty and spiritual tapestry of this small mountainous country. Your family-run hotel has a rich tradition of hospitality. This evening, visit a renowned golden-roofed temple with silver doors that sits on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. Dine at one of the hotel's restaurants tonight.

    Lodging:Dwarika's Hotel

    Meals: B, D
    Day 4KathmanduHimalayas Flightseeing & a sherpa

    Set off early this morning for spectacular flightseeing* above the Himalayan landscapes of Mount Everest - an unforgettable experience. Back on the ground in the Kathmandu Valley, explore Patan Durbar Square, where ancient temples and pagodas - both Buddhist and Hindu - are clustered around the old royal palace. Climb aboard for a rickshaw ride, if you like. Lunch is served in a local restaurant. Before dinner tonight at your hotel, a Sherpa who's climbed Mount Everest gives a talk followed by a Question & Answer session.

    Lodging:Dwarika's Hotel

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 5KathmanduKopan Monastery, Boudhanath & Bhaktapur

    At nearby Kopan Monastery the monks start their day in prayer and meditation; join them during a morning visit before heading to the colossal stupa of Boudhanath, encircled by images of Buddha and hundreds of prayer wheels. After lunch explore the medieval town of Bhaktapur, where you'll find opulent palaces, temples and squares in a maze of cobblestone streets free of traffic. Craftsmen, potters, woodcarvers and weavers produce their wares here as they have for centuries; you'll have an opportunity to view their handiwork.

    Lodging:Dwarika's Hotel

    Meals: B, L
    Day 6Chitwan National ParkFly to Chitwan National Park

    This morning fly to Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the foothills of the Himalayas. The flora and fauna are particularly rich here. One of the few remaining populations of single-horned Asiatic rhinoceros lives in the park, and it's also one of the last refuges of the Bengal tiger. After lunch at your lodge, go on a river safari by boat and enjoy a sundowner.

    Lodging:Meghauli Serai

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 7Chitwan National ParkMorning safari & bathing elephants

    In an open-topped vehicle, head into Chitwan National Park for a safari and picnic breakfast. Later, watch the elephants take a bath in the river - and interact with them! After lunch enjoy a free afternoon or join us on a visit to a local village.

    Lodging:Meghauli Serai

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 8DhulikhelA mountain resort in Dhulikhel

    t's possible to go on an early morning game drive before departing for your flight back to Kathmandu. When you land, head for your resort in the town of Dhulikhel, where the views of the mountains might just leave you speechless. Enjoy a singing bowl demonstration and a cooking presentation before dinner at your resort this evening.

    Lodging:Dwarika's Resort Dhulikhel

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 9AgraFly to Delhi & on to Agra

    A morning flight takes you back to Delhi for our drive to Agra, home to one of the world's most famous edifices - and monuments to love - the Taj Mahal, built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, as a memorial to his wife. A perfectly symmetrical building, the monument's marble relief work is inlaid with precious stones. Your stay at The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra will take you back to a grand era of emperors. Dinner is at your choice of two of the hotel's fine restaurants tonight.

    Lodging:The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

    Meals: B, D
    Day 10AgraThe Taj Mahal & the Red Fort in Agra

    This morning, explore the Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a jewel of Muslim architecture renowned as one of the wonders of the world, on a sunrise visit or after you have breakfast - or both! Next up is a visit to the city of Agra and the 16th-century red sandstone Agra Fort, an enormous complex of fairy tale palaces and mosques once surrounded by a deep moat. This evening's Maharajah dinner will mean special preparations, with ladies being shown how to wear their choice of a traditional sari (with a delicate touch of henna painting), and the gentlemen putting on traditional turbans.

    Lodging:The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 11KhajurahoThe Temples of Khajuraho

    Fly to Khajuraho for an overnight stay. This small town is the site of a famous group of temples built between the 9th and 10th centuries by the Chandella Dynasty, praised by UNESCO for striking a perfect balance between architecture and sculpture; visit them today.

    Lodging:The LaLiT Temple View Khajuraho

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 12Bandhavgarh National ParkBandhavgarh National Park

    Drive to Bandhavgarh National Park, a wildlife reserve where leopards, deer, jungle cats, wild dogs, and tigers live - although it is very rare to spot the elusive tiger, a master of camouflage. After lunch embark on a jungle safari in an open-topped Jeep for a chance to catch sight of the wildlife. You'll stay three nights in this remarkable park.

    Lodging:Mahua Kothi

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 13Bandhavgarh National ParkA jungle safari & a village visit

    At daybreak, drive with expert trackers into the heart of the Bandhavgarh Forest, one of India's most scenic areas. Keep your camera handy - the wildlife at home here include tigers, leopards, sloth bears, wild boar, jackals and a variety of birds. After lunch back at the lodge, you can spend the afternoon on another jungle safari or visiting a local village.

    Lodging:Mahua Kothi

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 14Bandhavgarh National ParkSafari Drives & Help Village Efforts

    Enjoy a morning's jungle safari drive in Bandhavgarh National Park; in the afternoon, you can choose between further exploration on another jungle excursion, or lending a hand with one of several ongoing community projects alongside village residents. Attend an interactive cooking demonstration prior to dinner at your hotel.

    Lodging:Mahua Kothi

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 15MumbaiFly to Mumbai (Bombay)

    Depart Bandhavgarh National Park this morning for a flight to Mumbai on the Arabian Sea. Formerly known as Bombay, Mumbai today is India's richest city: hip, multicultural, cosmopolitan, home to Bollywood and a thriving financial center. Arrive in Mumbai mid-afternoon, then take a brief guided orientation tour of landmark city sights en route to your oceanfront luxury hotel. Dinner is at leisure in the hotel tonight.

    Lodging:The Oberoi, Mumbai

    Meals: B, D
    Day 16MumbaiMumbai's grand gateway & heritage sites

    Begin today's discovery of Mumbai, India's economic powerhouse, with a visit to the famed Gateway of India, a regal arch built to commemorate the 1911 visit of King George V and Queen Mary during the British Raj; this colossal waterfront monument is sometimes called the Taj Mahal of Mumbai. Explore the city's Heritage area, including a stop at the Baroque-style train station known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) and Central Railway Headquarters building - Mumbai's only UNESCO World Heritage Site - resplendent with vaulted roofs, arches, Gothic spires, flying buttresses, gables crowned by neoclassical sculptures, stone carvings, and friezes. After an afternoon spent as you please in marvelous Mumbai, join us for a farewell cocktail reception at your hotel this evening.

    Lodging:The Oberoi, Mumbai

    Meals: B, L
    Day 17MumbaiJourney Home

    Tour ends: Mumbai. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from The Oberoi, Mumbai to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. Most international flights depart between 2:00 - 3:00 AM; you should allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in.

    Lodging:

    Meals: B
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    11/24/2019$11,390.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
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    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice.

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