(13 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Delhi, Varanasi, Kathmandu, Agra, Jaipur
This private tour explores the highlights of two of the world's most fascinating cultural destinations: India and Nepal.
Begin in Delhi, the bustling capital of India. During private touring, experience highlights such as the UNESCO-listed Humayun’s Tomb and Qutb Minar, the Lodi Gardens, and a rickshaw ride through the colorful bazaars of Old Delhi, as well as upscale shopping districts.
Next, visit Varanasi (Benares), one of the oldest cities in the world and, as the spiritual center of the Hindu world, a major Indian pilgrimage site. Watch as believers congregate on the ghats (stone steps) along the banks of the holy Ganges River to perform ritual ablutions. Visit local villages and explore Varanasi’s old town, with its ancient universities and renowned silk shops. Also take an excursion to Sarnath, believed to be the site of the Buddha’s first sermon. If desired, visit master silk weavers and enjoy a private recital in the home of a local musician.
Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal, the crossroads of the Himalayas. With your expert private guide and driver, explore the best of Kathmandu as well as the most interesting towns in the surrounding valley: Patan and Bhaktapur. Browse atmospheric streets lined with boutiques selling jewelry, prayer wheels, Hindu temples, Buddhist thangkas and more. See spectacular squares featuring traditional architecture. Also enjoy excursions to the much-photographed Buddhist temples at Boudhanath and Swayambhunath, with their massive white stupas and fluttering prayer flags. One day, if desired, take a private fixed-wing scenic flight to view Mount Everest.
Fly to Delhi and then transfer by land to Agra for a spellbinding sunset or sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest monument to love. Also visit Agra Fort and local markets. Stay in the lavish Oberoi Amarvilas in a room with an uninterrupted view of the Taj.
Continue to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s great “Pink City,” visiting the centuries-old ruins at Fatehpur Sikri en route. See the rich architectural legacy of Jaipur’s merchants and maharajas—hill forts, palaces, the observatory, gardens, temples and havelis (courtyard mansions)—surrounded by stark desert. If desired, ride an elephant to Amber Fort. Marvel at the luminous saris of indigenous tribal women and the bright turbans of Rajasthani men. Explore medieval backstreets and browse bazaars selling textiles, leatherwork, woodblock prints, perfume, jewelry and Jaipur’s traditional blue pottery.
Conclude with a night in Delhi and enjoy last-minute shopping and sightseeing.
Arrive Delhi, India
Arrival transfer to hotel for 2-night stay
Full-day private touring in Old & New Delhi
Delhi - Varanasi
Private transfer and flight to Varanasi for overnight stay. Private city touring and visit to Sarnath
Varanasi - Kathmandu, Nepal
Morning private boat ride on the Ganges and city touring. Transfer and flight to Kathmandu. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 4 nights
Full-day private touring with guide and driver
Continue private touring in the valley. Option for fixed-wing scenic flight to see the Himalayan peaks
Full-day private touring or hiking excursion with guide and driver. Evening cultural performance
Kathmandu - Agra, India
Private transfer and flight to Delhi. Transfer overland to Agra for 2-night stay
Private touring including Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and other attractions in Agra
Agra - Jaipur
Private tour of Fatehpur Sikri en route to Jaipur for 2 nights
Private Jaipur touring, including morning elephant ride and afternoon city touring and shopping
Jaipur - Delhi
Transfer to Delhi for overnight stay
Private airport transfer
The Imperial New Delhi (first stay)
The Oberoi Gurgaon (second stay)
Dwarika’s or Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
The Oberoi Amarvilas
Per person (double occupancy)
Optional surcharge for regional business class flights (when available):
From $175 pp
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Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
Preferred rooms in the very best luxury hotels
Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our travel specialists
Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
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All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.
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