Northern India & Nepal Tauck Tours

Northern India & Nepal

Earth Journeys: Created by Tauck & BBC Earth

This incredible tour takes you from high above the earth in the Himalaya Mountains to the Arabian Sea. Visit Nepal and discover Kathmandu and Bahktapur. Take in the awe-inspiring Mount Everest from a private plane. Search for tigers and white horned Rhinos in Nepal. In India explore the historic Delhi and Mumbai and view the stunning Taj Mahal.

The 17 day Northern India and Nepal tour from Tauck Tours is an Earth Journeys Tour in partnership with BBC Earth. Bring the destinations of your dreams to life in this collaborative tour that highlights everything you want from India and Nepal. You'll stay in the most amazing hotels, experience behind-the-scenes moments and take the travel tour experience to the next level with this Northern India and Nepal tour.


17 Daysfr. $11,690

  • 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
  • On-Tour Air (6 flights)
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • All customary gratuities for hotel and restaurant staff, local guides and drivers are included.
  • The customary gratuity to the Tauck Director is not included. Gratuitites should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis and not as a group.
  • All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, dry cleaning, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
  • Airline excess luggage charges, vaccinations, visa fees and services, airport arrival and departure taxes, individual train and airport transfers (when applicable), and other optional or incidental extras are not included.
  • All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
  • 16 breakfasts
  • 12 lunches
  • 13 dinners
  • The Imperial Hotel in New Delhi, India (2 nights)
  • Dwarika's Hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal (3 nights)
  • Meghauli Serai in Chitwan National Park, Nepal (2 nights)
  • Dwarika's Resort Dhulikhel in Dhulikhel, Nepal (1 night)
  • The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra in Agra, India (2 nights)
  • The LaLiT Temple View Khajuraho in Khajuraho, India (1 night)
  • Mahua Kothi in Bandhavgarh National Park, India (3 nights)
  • The Oberoi Mumbai Hotel in Mumbai (Bombay), India (2 nights)

Arrive New Delhi

New Delhi, India

Your Northern India and Nepal journey begins at 2:00 PM at 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

Your trip begins this afternoon with a welcome briefing, 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.

Dinner

THE IMPERIAL HOTEL, NEW DELHI

Old Delhi, Past & Present

Delhi, India

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.

Breakfast, Lunch

THE IMPERIAL HOTEL, NEW DELHI

Yoga & a Flight to Kathmandu

Kathmandu, Nepal

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.

Breakfast, Dinner

DWARIKA'S HOTEL

Himalayas Flightseeing and a Sherpa

Kathmandu, Nepal

Today your Nepal and India trip continues as you 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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DWARIKA'S HOTEL

Kopan Monastery, Boudhanath & Bhaktapur

Kathmandu, Nepal

On a lofty hill overlooking Kathmandu Valley, adorned with colorful prayer flags, statuary and sacred art, Kopan Monastery draws seekers of spiritual enlightenment from all over the world.

Join the Tibetan Buddhist monks as they start their day with prayer and meditation (a ceremony of bells and chanting mantras) before paying a visit to the famous stupa (spiritual monument) of Boudhanath, built during the 5th century, a colossal spherical temple that represents the Mind of Buddha (from a tower his painted eyes keep watch over Kathmandu Valley).

Next explore Bhaktapur, the third largest city in the valley, where cobblestone streets free from traffic make walking in this ancient, picturesque town of traditional art and architecture a pleasure. Its famous centuries-old craftsmanship continues; you will find potters, woodcarvers and weavers here as well as photogenic temples, courtyards and venerable squares, and you’ll have an opportunity to view their handiwork.

Breakfast, Lunch

DWARIKA'S HOTEL

Fly to Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park, Nepal

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MEGHAULI SERAI HOTEL

Morning Safari & Bathing Elephants

Chitwan National Park, Nepal

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MEGHAULI SERAI HOTEL

A Mountain Resort in Dhulikhel

Chitwan National Park, Nepal, Nepal

It’s possible to go on an early morning game drive before departing for your flight back to Kathmandu.

Dhulikhel, Nepal

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DWARIKA'S RESORT DHULIKHEL

Fly to Delhi & on to Agra

Agra, India

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.

Breakfast, Dinner

THE OBEROI AMARVILAS HOTEL, AGRA

The Taj Mahal & the Red Fort in Agra

Agra, India

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THE OBEROI AMARVILAS HOTEL, AGRA

The Temples of Khajuraho

Khajuraho, India

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THE LALIT TEMPLE VIEW KHAJURAHO

Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park, India

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MAHUA KOTHI HOTEL

A Jungle Safari & a Village Visit

Bandhavgarh National Park, India

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MAHUA KOTHI HOTEL

Game Drives & Lending a Hand in a Village

Bandhavgarh National Park, India

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MAHUA KOTHI HOTEL

Welcome to Mumbai (Bombay)

Mumbai, India

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.

Breakfast, Dinner

THE OBEROI HOTEL, MUMBAI

Mumbai's Grand Gateway & Heritage Sites

Mumbai, India

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.

Breakfast, Dinner

THE OBEROI HOTEL, MUMBAI

Journey Home

Mumbai, India

Tauck's Nepal and Northern India trip 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.

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Important information:

  • All rates listed are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice. Your land package pricing will be confirmed and guaranteed once your deposit is received and applied to the booking, except where price increases may result from increases in government taxes or fees. Room configurations are subject to availability. Guests added to your party after the booking are priced at the prevailing rate at the time they are added.
  • Group size averages 20! All departures are small groups averaging 20 guests, ensuring a more intimate travel experience.
  • Note: Flying time to Delhi averages about 18 hours from gateway cities in the U.S., and may include a stop-over in Europe; most international flights arrive between 11:00 PM and 3:00 AM local time, 10½ hours ahead of U.S. (EST). To ease the effects of jet lag, consider traveling to India a day early, rather than arriving late at night on Day 1.
  • Tauck can arrange an extra night at The Imperial, New Delhi. Ask for details upon booking.
  • Special note about traveling on Northern India & Nepal: In order to access Bandhavgarh National Park, we will be traveling by coach on two-lane roads which may be very bumpy and uneven. Driving in India is unlike driving at home, and you may be unaccustomed – or even surprised by – local rules of the road. This trip is designed for guests who have a spirit of adventure and are comfortable traveling in vehicles for longer periods of time; it will not be suitable for anyone who has back problems.
  • Reserve your preferred 2020 departure date and we will advise you once the 2020 trip is finalized and priced. You will then have two weeks to cancel; should you cancel, you'll receive a full refund of your trip deposit and the cost of the Travel Protection Product (if purchased with Tauck Tours). If you are making your own air arrangements, do not book your flights until this trip is finalized as start and end cities may change.

ALL guests must carefully verify the existing identification requirements for their particular travel situation DIRECTLY WITH THEIR LOCAL CONSULATES OR EMBASSIES or with a visa service, as these requirements may change. Guests without proper documentation may be denied entry and will not be entitled to a refund
  • 60 days or more before departure: $1,000.00 per person
  • 59-8 days before departure: $1500.00 per person
  • 7-1 days before departure: $2000.00 per person
  • On departure day and later: 100% of total price
  • Any changes or cancellations to airline reservations made through Tauck either before or after departure are subject to the cancellation / change policies of the individual airlines. In n some instances these cancellation / change fees may be up to 100% of the ticket price.
  • Cancellation fees may also apply to any additional services, including extra night accommodations, independently supplied services, and optional excursions reserved prior to, during, and after the tour. If flight changes, including, but not limited to, flight cancellations or name changes, are requested after full land and air deposits are received, revision fees, change fees, or airline cancellation fees will apply.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing prior to tour departure. The cancellation policy will apply according to the date that the cancellation notification is received. The MINIMUM cancellation penalty is the deposit amount.
  • The purchase to trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
  • Land only “from price” is per person based on two people sharing a room together and does not include airfare unless expressly stated.
  • All prices are in US Dollars.
  • A $1,000 non-refundable, non-transferable, per-person, per-vacation deposit is required to reserve space for you. Payment of the deposit indicates you have read and accepted all Terms & Conditions. Your booking is not confirmed until the deposit payment is processed and you receive a confirmation invoice.
  • Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Within the final payment date, payment in full is required at time of booking to reserve space. Reservations (land, cruise, and air) are canceled if final payment is not received by the due date.
  • Additional deposits or payments are required for international air added to the start and/or end of your vacation.
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