Delhi To Kathmandu Quest - 10 Nights In-depth Cultural

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Start in New Delhi and end in Kathmandu! With the in-depth cultural tour Delhi To Kathmandu Quest, you have a 10 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 5 other destinations in Asia. Delhi To Kathmandu Quest includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Itinerary

  • Arrive Delhi

    Welcome to the intoxicating cacophony of colours, smells, spices, culture and chaos that is Delhi. Well bond with our Contiki fam today before kick starting our adventure.

  • Delhi to Agra

    Today well head leave the magical mayhem of Delhi behind and head towards Agra...Upon arrival in Agra, well visit the Elephant Rescue Centre, where well meet over 20 rescued elephants and witness the only elephant hospital in Asia. Then, youll have the opportunity to get your bucket list ticked with an optional visit to one of mankinds masterpieces: the majestic Taj Mahal (youll also get the chance to visit the 17th century Agra Fort). The Taj Mahal, the 17th century memorial building considered by many to be the most beautiful building in the world, naturally dominates Agra, but it isnt the only thing to be found here. The city, curving along the holy Yamuna River, is dotted with mausoleums, tombs and heaving marketplaces.

  • Agra to Lucknow

    Opt for a locally guided cycle tour of unseen Agra this morning to uncover the citys lesser spotted wonders. Then were headed to Lucknow on our air-conditioned coach.Well have a free evening to admire Lucknows ethereal bazaars, opulent Raj-era architecture and delicious food. Whether you decide to walk its broad boulevards or beautiful gardens, youll wonder how this place has escaped the overwhelming tourist attention of some other Indian towns.

  • Lucknow

    Long regarded as Indias centre for culture and art, Lucknow is full of wonders for us to explore this morning. We wont waste any time, as we start off with a locally guided sightseeing tour, coming up close to La Martiniere building - a beautiful and historic private school - and the Asafi Imambara, one of the most regal architectural complexes in the world. Taking almost a decade to build, the building famously employed locals in the region while a ravaging famine swept India. Lucknow is also famous for its Awadhi cuisine, so we recommend taking a culinary walk of the city, hopping in and out of roadside eateries and getting a complete taste of the local culture.

  • Lucknow to Varanasi

    See ya, Lucknow, were headed to one of the worlds oldest cities.Nestled alongside the Ganges is Varanasi, one of the holiest Hindu sites in the world - a place where pilgrims come to bathe in the sacred waters and cremate their loved ones. This place can be described as India in a nutshell - not for the faint of heart, but spiritual, riotous and touchingly passionate.

  • Varanasi

    Rise and shine! Were headed down to the river, boarding a small boat as dawn alights the Ganges. Well watch the Ghat in front of us slowly come to life, as pilgrims bathe in the holy river, wash away their sins and fill bottles with holy water (we wouldnt recommend doing the same - it may be holy but that doesnt mean its hygienic). After watching the sunrise from our boat, well weave our way through the narrow lanes, and get to see how life operates on the riverside. As the afternoon draws in, well explore the ruins of Sarnath, another holy location for another ancient religion. Located on the outskirts of the city, this is said to be the location from which Buddha delivered his first sermon after achieving enlightenment. Back to Varanasi in the evening, well witness the Aarti Ceremony, an fascinating ancient ritual performed on the steps of the Dashashwamedh Ghat.

  • Varanasi to Chitwan National Park

    Wasting no time this morning, were getting a speedy flight to Kathmandu, Nepal, before heading to...A world heritage reserve teeming with rhinos, deer, monkeys, elephants, sloth bears, and even the majestic Bengal Tiger.

  • Chitwan National Park

    One of the remaining undisturbed areas of the Terai region, this rich ecosystem is wedged between two river valleys on the outer Himalayas, which provide a beautiful backdrop to the steep cliffs and lush plantlands. This morning well take a jungle walk to soak in the spectacular beauty, before heading out on our once-in-a-lifetime jeep safari. One of the last safe havens for the one-horned rhino and the Bengal tiger - both heavily endangered - Chitwan offers one of the best wildlife spotting experiences on the planet.

  • Chitwan National Park to Kathmandu

    Today were headed back to Nepals bustling capital.Its time to uncover Kathmandu on a locally guided tour of its UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durbar Square - the old royal palace of the former kingdom, parts of which were tragically destroyed in the earthquake of 2015. As we walk, well marvel at the medieval temples, captivating courtyards and charming mayhem.

  • : End Kathmandu

    Our adventure ends today in Kathmandu, but our hearts will remain amongst the hills, jungles and sacred sites of India and Nepal, and theres always a new trek around the corner.

Inclusion

  • GST on total package
  • Accomodation in a well appointed room
  • Meals as per hotel plan and ones mentioned in itinerary
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary in an air-conditioned vehicle (except in the hills when the air-conditioner will be switched off)
  • All toll taxes, parking fees and driver allowances
  • All applicable hotel taxes

Exclusion

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  • All personal expenses, optional tours and extra meals
  • Camera fees, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages
  • Vehicle service on leisure days for sightseeing not included in the itinerary
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Tips, laundry and phone calls

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