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11-Day Best of India & Kathmandu Valley: Taj Mahal & Himalaya

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


  • Tour code: INOT-SA-001C
  • 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 driving 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
Meal: Breakfast
Day 3: Delhi - Kathmandu

After hotel checkout, Odyssey representative will escort you to Delhi airport for your flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, be greeted by our Odyssey representative and transferred to hotel where our representative assists you with hotel check-in and briefs you about the following tours. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Kathmandu
Meal: Breakfast

Day 4: Kathmandu - Patan (Lalitpur) - Kathmandu

Optional: If weather is nice, you could take an optional flight trip to see Mt. Everest & Himalaya up-close in the morning, which takes about one hour and all seats are window guaranteed. 1 hour schedule Flight USD200 per person. City tour starts with an exploration of Kathmandu Valley from Ason Tole Vegetable & Spice Market which offers vivid local life of Nepali people. Continue your visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square where you will see Kumari Temple which houses the living Goddess and have an external view of Taleju Temple and Kala Bhairav. Afternoon, proceed to Patan city (about 15min driving) to visit the Panta Durbar Square - one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley. Later at dusk visit Swayambhunath, a stupa on the top of hill, offering the panorama of Kathmandu city. 

Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Kathmandu - Bhaktapur - Nagarkot

After breakfast, you will visit Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa. Afternoon head to Bhaktapur city where you will discover Bhaktapur Durbar Square, one of the seven UNESCO's World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley. Later transfer to Nagarkot, check in to hotel. In the evening enjoy unobstructed sunset view from your lovely hotel (if weather permits). 

Overnight: Nagarkot
Meal: Breakfast

Day 6: Nagarkot - Kathmandu - Delhi

Wake up in the early morning, enjoy the breathtaking sunrise view of high snow-capped mountains at your hotel. Have a good rest before checking out from hotel at noon. Afternoon you are escorted to the oldest temple in the Kathmandu - Changu Narayan Temple which boasts a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside. Later return to Kathmandu city and be escorted to airport for your flight back to Delhi. Upon arrival, be transferred to your Delhi hotel. Odyssey representative assists you with hotel check in and briefs you the itinerary for tomorrow.

Overnight: Delhi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Delhi - Agra

After breakfast and hotel checkout, head to Agra by private AC vehicle (4-5 hours) with your private driver. Stopover for coffee break or photo opportunities are at your request any time en-route. On arrival check in at hotel. Later enjoy high tea at Hotel Khema with the brilliant Taj Mahal backdrop.

Overnight: Agra
Meal: Breakfast

Day 8: Timeless Taj Mahal

Rise early for a visit to the Taj Mahal in all its glory as the sun is rising, which is the best time to see this world-famous manmade wonder. Return to your hotel for breakfast and freshen-up. Afternoon visit Agra Fort and end your day at Mehtab Bagh (moonlight garden), on the opposite side of the Yamuna River, which is a nice place to witness the sunset at Taj Mahal.

Overnight: Agra
Meal: Breakfast

Day 9: Agra - Jaipur

After breakfast, head west to Jaipur (approx. 5 hours) stopping en route to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the former royal city and capital of Emperor of Akbar, boasting one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendor at its height. Check in to hotel upon your arrival at Jaipur. Rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight: Jaipur
Meal: Breakfast

Day 10: Jaipur City Highlights

Today you have a full day private tour of Amer Fort and Jaipur city. The morning journey starts with a jeep ride ascend to the entrance of Hillside Amer fort, located in Amer, a town 11 km away from Jaipur city. Inside also visit the fabulous Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors). 
Return to Jaipur city you will be taken to Maharaja City Palace, a royal palace with seven storeys as well as Jantar Mantar, the observatory. This wonderful observatory is attracted by mathematician as well as astronomers of whole world. City palace is perfect blend of all three excellent styles (Mughal, Rajput and European). Another palace, Hawa Mahal is popular all over world for it magnificent architecture. You will be taken through pink rose garden, the business center of Jaipur. 

Overnight: Jaipur
Meal: Breakfast

Day 11: Jaipur - Delhi, Departure

After check-out from hotel, transferred to Delhi (4.5-5 hours). Upon arrival, you may take advantage of this time for a last minute gift shopping before our representative escorts you to the international airport for your return flight.

Meal: 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.

Meals

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.

Breakfast

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.

Lunch

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.

Dinner

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: Best of India & Kathmandu Valley: Taj Mahal & Himalaya

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Clients: Antonella Martoglio

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Mavis Jiang
We have just booked our holiday in India with Mavis. She was very responsive and her help in arranging our tailor-made tour was great! Surely it will be an amazing experience! �
Rating: May 27th, 2017

Clients: Maureen Muldaur

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Eric Kong
We haven't taken our trip yet, but the service we've received from Eric Kong has been superb. He put together an India itinerary that is fabulous and has been such an excellent communicator, helping us all the way along. Eric, you're the best!
Rating: May 19th, 2017

Clients: David Walker

Travel Consultant:
Don Li
Summary:We had a great time and we would take another tour with Odyssey Tours. I definitely would (and have) recommended this company to my friends and family.Before the tour:The planning process could not be easier. We initially were interested in a Delhi, Agra, Jaipur tour. Later, we decided to add Ranthambore, and there were absolutely no issues. Don prepared us well for the trip, making sure we had all of the necessary documents and with advice for what we would need once we were there.The tour itself:The tour itself exceeded all expectations. We had a great driver who picked me up from the airport at the beginning of the tour and dropped us off at the airport at the end. Part of the experience of going to India is the food, and it didn't disappoint. The tour guides and our driver were excellent resources to suggest restaurants and, having a driver, it was very easy to get around. The tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and the tours of the sights were extremely interesting. Because it was a private tour, we could really make the most of our limited time there because the guides always knew where to go (we didn't have to figure it out) and we weren't waiting for a bunch of other people.
Rating: May 16th, 2017

Clients: Matt Wong

Travel Consultant:
Laura Li
My family and I (a party of 4 people) booked our 10 day tour with Odyssey to Kathmandu and Bhutan.Our travel plans were arranged by Laura Li at Odyssey, who provided a first class service. She was attentive and flexible to our needs and was knowledgeable about the areas we were visiting. She was also very efficient at responding to our emails be it changes to our itinerary or questions about our trip. During our trip, she continued to stay in touch checking that we were happy with all the arrangements and that everything was to our satisfaction (needless to say everything was just perfect!).Our tour guides Anita Adhikari, in Kathmandu, and Kinley Gaaza, in Bhutan, were both extremely accommodating and knowledgeable and could not do enough to ensure our trip went smoothly and, more importantly, we were all enjoying ourselves.We are especially grateful to Kinley and our driver in Bhutan, Mr Sangay. When my wife opted to rest at the hotel the day before we were due to climb to the Tiger’s Nest, Kinley ensured all arrangements were made at the hotel so that my wife was well looked after before we left for the days excursion. And when we went to the Tiger’s Nest, both Kinley and Mr Sangay looked after us all, ensuring we were all safe as we rode horseback up to the cafeteria!For my family and I, Laura will certainly be the first port of call when making arrangements for our next holiday.
Rating: May 13th, 2017

Clients: Susan Larsen

Travel Consultant:
Owen Zhou
Many thanks to Owen for organising our tour of northern India. I would definitely recommend him and Odyssey tours. We were looked after every step of the way with a local guide meeting us at each hotel and helping us check in. On top of that we received a call from head office every 3 days to check everything was OK.
Rating: May 9th, 2017
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