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10-Day Essence of India & Kathmandu

Tour route: India : Delhi - Jaipur - Agra, Nepal : Kathmandu

  • Tour code: INOT-SA-001
  • Price inclusions: All transportation mentioned in itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
  • Travel date: private tour with flexible travel date
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Day 1: International Arrival, Delhi at Leisure

Welcome to India! Upon arrival at India Gandhi International Airport, you are greeted by our representative. Transferred to hotel where our representative helps you check in and briefs you about the following tours. Have some free time on your own to adjust to the new time zone.

Overnight: Delhi

Day 2: Delhi Sightseeing

After breakfast, start your tour today with the visit to Old Delhi to see Jama Masjid and then a unique glance at local life by an exploration to the bustling local bazaar of Chandni Chowk on rickshaw. 

Pass by Red Fort before drive to New Delhi for Qutub Minar. Continue to Raj Ghat, drive along the city landmark of India Gate, President's House, Parliament House & Government Secretariat Buildings and stop for photo opportunity there. Finish today with an insight into the local religion at a colorful Hindu Temple- Laxmi Narayan Temple.

Tips: Female tourists are asked to wear robes before entering Jama Masjid. 

Overnight: Delhi
Meals: Breakfast
Day 3: Delhi - Jaipur

After a breakfast head to Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur, stopover for coffee break or photo opportunities are at your request any time en-route. On arrival, check in at hotel. The afternoon is free at leisure for you. Rest of the days at leisure. 

Note: Driving time in the program is approximate, subject to the traffic, weather and road conditions.

Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Jaipur Sightseeing

After breakfast, visit hillside Amber Fort (with a jeep ride up to the entrance), inside also visit the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors). Drive back to Jaipur and visit  Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). Continue to visit the City Palace Museum and Jantar Mantar. Drive through the pink rose residential & business areas before you are escorted back to the hotel. 

Tips: There are a lot of vendors hard sell around Amber Fort, if you have no interested in their goods, then don’t show any. Even "no thanks" is dispensable. 

Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Jaipur - Agra

Breakfast then head east to Agra, en-route a brief exploration to the former royal city of Fatehpur Sikri (about 1.5 hrs). After lunch proceed to Agra. Hotel check-in on arrival and rest of the day is at leisure. 

Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Agra - Delhi

Today you start from an early morning visit to Taj Mahal (closed on Friday) and return to hotel for breakfast and rest. Afternoon visit Agra Fort then drive back to Delhi. Upon arrival check in to hotel.

Tips: Strict security check is needed before entering Taj Mahal. Foods, plastic bags, chargers,etc are all prohibited things. We suggest you catch the sunrise view in the early morning for the temperature is relatively cool and avoid the peak time.

Overnight: Delhi
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Delhi - Kathmandu(By Air)

Morning at leisure. Late morning, our representative will escort you to Delhi airport for your flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, be greeted and transferred to hotel where your tour guide will help you check in and brief you about the following tours. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Kathmandu - Patan (Lalitpur) - Kathmandu

After breakfast, firstly drive you to the city for an exploration in the medieval city of Kathmandu to discover the rich culture of the Newari people with bustling narrow streets. You will visit the vegetable & spice market in Ason and many courtyards there that forms the base of living in Kathmandu. And continue to jammed bazaars and Kumari Temple which houses the living Goddess. After that, move to have an external view of Taleju Temple and then visit Kal Bhairab. 

Afternoon, step into the temple of Swayambhunath - a stupa on the top of hill - for an overlook the scenery of Kathmandu Valley. Later proceed to Patan city (about 15min driving) to visit the Panta Durbar Square - one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley.

Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Kathmandu - Bhaktapur - Kathmandu

Begin your today’s exploration from Pashpatinath Temple - one of the most sacred Hindu temples in the world. After, move to visit Boudhanath Stupa - the largest Buddhist Stupa in the world.

Afternoon you are escorted to Bhaktapur city (about 40min driving) where you will discover Bhaktapur Durbar Square, one of the seven UNESCO's World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley. Later continue to the oldest temple in the Kathmandu Valley, Changu Narayan Temple which boasts a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside.

Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Kathmandu Departure

Bid farewell to Kathmandu, our representative will escort you to the Tribhuwan International Airport for onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

Good accommodation choice will in no doubt enhance your tour experience. Our well-established partnership network with key hotel chains in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri-Lanka will bring you the benefits of competitive hotel rate and guaranteed room availability.

We pick hotels for you based on:

Location: geographically convenience values for your precious holiday time. So properties we use are either in downtown area close to main city attractions and amenities, or convenient for sightseeing or transportation.
Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.
Diversity for Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

Hotel Criteria for Each Tour Class

Note: Bhutan is less developed with fewer hotels criteria for choice, and most of the hotels there aren't as high standard as those in Western society.

Hotel Arrangement for Standard Tour Class

Usually conveniently located and meet the basic requirements of a comfortable stay: decorative lobbies and nice guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants may be average in size but offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. In most cases, staffs have basic command of English. Usually 3 star hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for Comfortable Tour Class

Normally you'll stay at formal and large hotels conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, room service, fitness center and swimming pool (in some cases there is no pool) all together offer an above-average accommodation experience.
Usually good 4-star hotels are adopted or boutique hotels at request. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.

Hotel Arrangement for Superior Tour Class

Usually properties are conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby and offer a better service and hotel facility than that in hotels of Comfortable Tour Class. Usually 4-4.5 star hotels or boutique hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for First Tour Class

Deluxe hotels with high-end service and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site with extensive menus for choice, room service available 24/7, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience. Usually 5 star hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for Deluxe Tour Class

The most luxury hotels are used and only available in some particular cities. These properties have top-notch service and unique location, such as a lake or a historic site, and usually incorporate some of the country’s most exquisite architecture traditions. Usually top 5 star or the best available hotels are adopted.


Normally, India Odyssey Tours put breakfast in your itinerary except for in Bhutan (all meals included). Lunch won’t be included for the sake of tour convenience, while dinner is also excluded as some travelers might want a little culinary adventure themselves. But surely your tour guide/driver is always glad to offer their advice.


It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.


Usually lunch won’t be included considering the fact that sometimes travelers may want to stay somewhere longer/shorter or need other minor changes during daily sightseeing, and it’s better to decide the lunch site then rather than pre-arranging it. For sure our tour guides/drivers will be happy to advice good places to you, and we strongly suggest qualified local restaurant or hotels around the scenic spots for the sake of your health.


Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in the incredible India & South Asia. This is why we offer you this flexibility of food choice, and you can always get advice from your tour guides/drivers.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across South Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.

All tour guides of India Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

Private Tour Guide

You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.

If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across South Asia.

Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.

Reviews on: Essence of India & Kathmandu

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Clients: Kerri Oakley

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Don Li
I have been working with Don from over 12 months for a trip to India. We have had lots of email communication on different tours. Because the tours are so flexible we had lots of ideas and budgets. After 12 months I was not sure if I could actually go however Don patiently corresponded with me until I could confirm my travel plans. We are now all booked YEAH!
Rating: February 23rd, 2017

Clients: Cynthia Harvey

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Don Li
On a friend's recommendation, we have just planned an 18 day trip to Rajasthan and Varanasi later in the year using Odyssey Tours. Don Li has been extremely helpful in planning an individualised trip with a driver. We are very much looking forward to taking the trip! Cynthia and Gary Vipond
Rating: February 21st, 2017

Clients: Christoph S

Travel Consultant:
Catherine Wang
We booked our trip to Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore and Jaipur through India Odyssey Tours. Catherine was our Agent and she did a marvelous job. She was very responsive to our ideas and requests including some last-minute changes in our itinerary. She booked outstanding hotels for us, arranged for a most reliable and friendly driver for the whole trip and several very friendly and knowledgeable guides at the various locations. As a consequence we felt most comfortable, safe and well-cared for at all times. Our first trip to India turned out to be one of the most memorable trips we have taken. Thanks Catherine!!
Rating: February 18th, 2017

Clients: Lorraine D

From: Canada

Travel Consultant:
Queenie Yang
We had an excellent experience with Odyssey India.. Queenie helped us arrange 3 wonderful weeks on very short notice. Odyssey was responsive and provided us with various options. We were able to tailor our trip to our liking while making good use of their experience and advice. They adjusted just prior the trip to allow us a few more days in certain places. They made it all so easy. Arranged guides; drivers; hotels and flights. For working couple travelling with short notice, Odyssey could not have been more helpful. Queenie also adds a very personal touch - she walked us through our programme and checked in with us before, during and after our trip. There were also Odyssey staff who checked in with us in each new city. Queenie also helped us when our flight arrival time was later than planned to ensure pick up times changed. The transportation we had through Uda Pradesh and Rajastan was comfortable and as made for stress free movement between places. It allowed us to fully enjoy our experience in India - we did not have to worry about getting places and in each place we were able to maximize our visits to superb sites (which they helped us pick and choose based on our interests). We would not hesitate to recommend Odyssey to anyone looking to travel to India. Thanks so much Queenie and all the Odyssey team. We look forward to our next visit. Lorraine and Duncan
Rating: February 11th, 2017

Clients: Lori Kyle

Travel Consultant:
Catherine Wang
Two friends and I just returned from a wonderful 3-week tour arranged by Odyssey. This was our first time in India and our first experience with Odyssey. We were delighted with all aspects of their service. Catherine Wang at the Beijing office listened to all our requests, was always responsive and created an outstanding itinerary. Every flight, city connection, driver and guide were perfectly organized. Our primary driver, Mr. Darshan Singh, was a particular delight and added much to the touring experience. He's very experienced and drove expertly and carefully in a country famous for its crazy traffic. The car was clean and stocked with beverages and snacks each day. Our guides were always knowledgeable. in Varanasi, Mr Ajai Yadav was an outstanding guide to this complex city. He is articulate and deeply versed in the culture and religions of the felt like we had our very own professor along with us! I recommend him highly.Odyssey's service is top-notch and I'll always choose them for my future travels. Thank you, Catherine, for creating a wonderful experience!
Rating: February 10th, 2017
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