16 Day Kaleidoscope of India with Nepal
Air & Land
Optional tours and gratuities.
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights New Delhi-Varanasi and Varanasi-New Delhi, New Delhi-Kathmandu, & Kathmandu-New Delhi.
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.
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Escorted Package Includes
- Round trip flights New York-New Delhi, New Delhi-New York
Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
- Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
- All intra-flights: New Delhi-Varanasi, Varanasi-New Delhi, New Delhi-Kathmandu, & Kathmandu-New Delhi
- 14 nights First Class accommodations
- 5 nights New Delhi
- 2 nights Jaipur
- 2 nights Agra
- 2 nights Varanasi
- 3 nights Kathmandu
- Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
- Hotel porterage
- All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
- 24 meals: 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners
- Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
- Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
- Entrance fees per itinerary
- Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
- Raj Ghat, memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation and site of his cremation
- Rickshaw ride along the lanes of Chandni Chowk, once the imperial avenue of Mughal royalty
- Amber Fort with its gorgeous Palace of Mirrors
- Visit the Taj Mahal, one of the most perfect architectural monuments in the world
- Boat ride at dawn on the Ganges to witness the solemn sunrise ceremonies
- Durbar Square, clustered with over 50 ancient temples, pagodas and palaces
†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates
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This moderately paced program has a few long travel days with five to eight hours driving between cities and one early wake-up call between 4 and 5 am for sightseeing in Varanasi. Some days will require walking for extended periods of time walking over uneven terrain, travel in 4x4 vehicles over rough terrain. Air pollution is a problem in many of India's major cities. Please see the CDC website and/or consult with your healthcare provider for specific recommendations. The use of a bandana or light scarf may help screen out some of the pollutants in the air. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here
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This first class hotel is located in the South Delhi neighborhood, overlooking the Lotus Temple.Hotel Details
This deluxe hotel is situated nearby the Jawahar Circle garden.Hotel Details
This superior first class hotel is a ten minute drive from the Taj Mahal.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is a 40 minute drive from the city center of New Delhi.Hotel Details
- Tours purchased while travelling may cost an extra 10% or more
- Tours often sell out. Avoid disappointment
- Save your cash. Credit card processing may not be possible locally
- Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure
- Book Online or call to book these tours up to 1 week before your departure
- The day the optionals operate varies by the day of the week
Enjoy the exotic flavors of Indian cuisine at a popular local restaurant. You’ll be entertained by performers in traditional attire as they re-enact stories of a past era with dance and music. This is a typical folklore show, not to be construed as a professional performance. Included will be an amateur puppet show, dancing with props and audience participation. Transfers to and from the venue are included.
Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.
|Day #5||01 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2020||$29.00|
Travel this evening to Dasawamedh Ghat on the Ganges River, aglow with oil-lamps and candles. Here, witness the unique collective prayer known as the "Aarti" ceremony and watch as the floating oil lamps illuminate the river. A group of priests perform the choreographed musical ritual with lamps, incense, and conch shells in perfect harmony, making their offerings to the deities. The entire atmosphere at river side is lively and bright and is a not-to-be-missed experience.
Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
Although a unique experience in the Ganges river, cremations are an important element in the Hindu religion. This tour may pass a Ghat where cremations are taking place.
|Day #9||01 Sep 2019 - 30 Sep 2021||$25.00|
Explore Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Delhi’s most visited tourist attractions. It is a brick minaret built in 1193 by Muslim conquerors, representing the beginning of the Muslim rule in the country. Standing at 240 feet tall, it is the tallest minaret in India, a truly impressive engineering feat. Admire its intricately carved decorations on the centuries-old sandstone and marble bricks and learn about the the Mughal presence in New Delhi. Wander through the site that also includes Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the first mosque built in India. Take a short walking tour at the nearby Mehrauli Archaeological Park, the site of Delhi's first city, dating back a thousand years. before visiting a nearby restaurant for light snacks with wine.
Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
|Day #15||15 May 2019 - 30 Sep 2020||$50.00|
This evening savor an authentic Nepalese meal at a traditional style restaurant accompanied by a cultural program including local ethnic dancing along with traditional music while you enjoy your dinner.
Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
|Day #12||01 Jan 2019 - 31 Aug 2020||$32.00|
Today, enjoy a city tour of Patan, also known as Lalitpur or the "City of Beauty", designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city is filled with Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments exhibiting skillful carvings, which makes it especially attractive for breathtaking photos. Visit Patan Durbar Square, a cluster of fine pagoda temples and stone statues, also serving as the economic hub of the city. At every step, you’ll see a magnificent piece of art or an image of a deity, testifying to the consummate skill of Patan's anonymous artists. The ancient palace of the Malla kings and the stone baths associated with various legends and episodes of history are especially interesting stops, along with the stone temple of Lord Krishna and the Royal Bath (Tushahity) with its intricate stone and bronze carvings.
Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
|Day #14||01 Sep 2019 - 31 May 2020||$39.00|
Enjoy an early morning flight on a small aircraft, with a window seat, for an hour of spectacular scenery over the tallest mountain peak on earth. You will be able to view some of the most incredible, and famous sights that Nepal has to offer. This is weather permitting so tour might be delayed or an alternative day may be scheduled.
Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
|Day #14||01 Sep 2019 - 30 Apr 2021||$239.00|
India was a fantastic experience and we must admit, a real eye-opening experience. Our guide, Bnanu, was the best tour guide we have ever had! He went above and beyond the call of duty. Can’t wait to book our next adventure with Gate 1.Linda S. Mount Pleasant, SC
Just arrived back from a 10 Day Tour of India’s Golden Triangle. Gate 1 Travel took all the work out of negotiating this confusing country. Each location has been carefully selected for safety and pleasure. The bus was comfortable, air conditioned and filled with bottomless clean bottled water, a must in India! Clever seating arrangements were rotated daily. Poised, professional, and knowledgeable you should consider yourself fortunate if Mansi is your tour guide. A strong female in a male dominated culture/country, she made the entire trip enjoyable and interesting. She is gifted with total recall and a magical memory, pulling endless stats and facts during her breathless talks. She also discussed her personal life bringing us even closer to this different culture. Not sure how she remained so composed with a couple difficult travelers. However, she took care of everyone’s needs and stayed with us for the entire journey. For all this I thank you. Gate 1 Travel will now be my first choice when selecting tours for this world traveler.Kevin S. Harbor City, CA
The trip to India was quite an experience. No other country would have such contrasts between rich and poor, modern and very old, different religions and varying landscapes. The forts, castles and maharajas estates were fabulous. The food was good. The folks on the tour as well as the tour director were great.George S. Oak Brook, IL
What a wonderful trip to India! We enjoyed it tremendously and had a great time. The selected hotels exceeded our expectations. Vinny, our tour manager was outstanding and went way and above his way to make sure all our needs were met for the entire group. The history of India was awesome and made it so interesting during our road trips that made driving to each city such a joy. I want to also thank the driver and assistant for getting us to each destination in a safe manner and always made sure we were able to stop and take the time for the group to get pictures of the best sites along the way. Gate 1 is my only choice of travel now. You guys are the greatest! Looking forward to my next trip soon this year.Adislado M. Austin, TX
It was the best trip I ever took, only the Patagonia trip was comparable! Bhutan is such a special place and I have only superlatives to say about it, the whole world should see it! Gate 1 did a great job with the itinerary, the pace, the hotels; very smart how the hikes were placed in the program and how we had the time to acclimatize; the tour directors, both Anup and Sangay were awesome (which I have to say, is always the case with Gate 1). Looking forward to our next adventure with Discovery!Anca T. Maplewood, MN
It was absolutely fantastic. The colors and the culture were amazing. Banhu was an outstanding tour manager. He kept everything informational and entertaining. I learned a lot about Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Indian/Nepal customs and way of life. Looking forward to my next trip to Kenya in July!Colleen L. Towanda, PA
Our trip to India and Nepal was fantastic. The 9 days were packed with beautiful and interesting places and experiences. Our tour director, Devendar, took great care while imparting his knowledge of the history, culture and people in India and Nepal, while Suresh told us all about the places and people in Kathmandu. We did the optional Everest flight which was very beautiful and exciting. This was our 3rd Gate 1 tour, hopefully not our last.Caroline H. New South Wales, Australia
Seeing the Taj Mahal has been on my bucket list for years. My gate one tour manager Sandeep, made India come alive for me. He provided history of the area and many stories at each site we visited which made you feel more connected. He set the stage for our visit to the Taj Mahal with the moving story of its construction. Experiencing the Taj Mahal was magical and something I will never forget thanks to Sandeep. This trip was just a taste of India but made me want to see more of the country. Thank you Gate one and Sandeep for a magical week in India.Patricia P. Hitchcock, TX
It was a great trip. Southern India was fantastic, with such a small, intimate group, great accommodations, and fabulous guide, all went brilliantly.Cedric R. Fredericksburg, VA
Terrific, as usual! We’re now in double digits with traveling with Gate 1! Shyam, our guide, was superb. He conveyed his love of country, gave a good explanation of each day’s activities, and made sure everyone in the group was satisfied. He’s a gem. Also, his helper, Rohan, was great, and the driver did a terrific job. We were very pleased with the hotel selections and the itinerary. We have 2 more tours scheduled with Gate 1 this year. Keep up the good work!Ronald R. Chicago, IL
Our trip was fantastic.The hotels, the program, the food, the security, the bus, the driver and the assistant were all excellent. However, the most amazing of all was our guide, Aparna. Unbelievable knowledge, passions and organizing skills. She made our trip unforgettable. Gate 1 did it again This was our third time with Gate 1 and all were great trips We are looking forward to the fourth in Ireland this summer.Stamatios V. Fort Lauderdale, FL
One of the best trips of my entire life! Thank you for everything Gate 1, a truly lovely experience.Dan H. Chicago, IL
Fantastic! We loved our fellow travelers, loved the trip, and our tour manager Mansi was the best. Looking forward to our next Gate 1 trip!David W. Briarcliff Manor, NY
Our trip was wonderful! We loved Sri Lanka. Our guide Shyam was the best. He handled everything, and made the trip very informative and fun. Gate 1 is a great company. We’ll be back!Gail E. Sacramento, CA
We had a great time. Gate 1 looked after us magnificently and our guide Jimmy was so informative, funny and ever so obliging. I would definitely travel with Gate 1 again.Wendy T. New South Wales, Australia
India was AMAZING!!! Absolutely loved it. Our guide Kapil was fantastic and had us all laughing all the time. Yet again, Gate 1 has been a really great company to travel with.Lara S. New South Wales, Australia
As usual, Gate 1 did not disappoint. Sri Lanka was fabulous... with an abundance of friendly people, fabulous landscape and micro climates. It was rich in history and spirituality (Budha and Hindu temples everywhere) make this island very interesting to discover. I would be interested in expanding my exploration into the Northern part of Sri Lanka sometime in the future. I need to find out where in the world I will travel to in 2020...Tamara R. Citrus Heights, CA
Our tours were wonderful. Our guides on both tours were superb and each made our experience so much more enjoyable. Monish on the Triangle tour is a 10+++++ And, Pok on the Thailand tour was equally talented!!! They both shared much of themselves with us while doing the impossible task of managing our groups. I can’t express how much they both enhanced our experience!!!!!!! The sights and the cultural experiences were sooooo much more enjoyable with those two as our guides. Our hotels and meals were also very well chosen!Dean W. Lone Pine, CA
We had a great time in Sri Lanka! We enjoyed all the activities and learned a lot about the history and culture of the country. We look forward to our next Gate 1 trip in March.Elizabeth H. Kingwood, TX
It was a fantastic trip. Heshan our guide was knowledgeable and nice. Fantastic food and wonderful country.Douwe D. Flagstaff Hill, Australia
We had a very nice holiday in Sri Lanka. This was our first trip with Gate 1 and we are 100% satisfied with the superior standard of hotels you chose for us. The itinerary was varied and interesting, changing between nature and culture. Our guide, Heshan, was excellent, very helpful and very knowledgeable about the history, flora and fauna. The coach was always clean and fresh flowers were put on our seats daily. The couch driver and the assistant were excellent, and worked well as a team to get us safely through the chaotic traffic in Sri Lanka cities. Overall, very memorable and positive experience. We will definitely use your company in the future and recommend you to our friends.Jessica L. Queensland, Australia
We had a great trip. Everything went perfect. The guides were excellent. Some of the best we’ve experienced. Don’t let them get away. Transportation, hotels and food were all great!Richard M. Bettendorf, IA
My husband and I had a wonderful trip, due in large part to our guide, Kapil. He had an extensive knowledge of the history of India and ensured that we were well received in all of our stops. The hotels were all of a high quality as were the buses used to transport us. He endeavoured to make our trip memorable, especially as it was the time of the Diwali Festival. He included us in some of the local celebrations. He was an excellent advertisement for Gate 1 Travel.Ian D. Aspley, Australia
It was a great trip. Our guide was very knowledgeable about everything which was appreciated. The accommodations and food were fantastic. The sights were wonderful. A fantastic trip in every possible way!David O. Florence, MA
Both trips were excellent. Our guide in India and Thailand were superb. I have no complaints about either trips. The itinerary was good, the hotels were excellent, the bus was clean, the driver kept us safe and the bus boy was really good. During the trip, we were looked after really well. We will definitely be booking with your company again.Mary M. Red Deer, Canada
I really enjoyed this trip. It is the trip that has taken me the furthest out of my comfort zone and to the most exotic place I have been to date. I didn't know what to expect ... I loved the trip. The Indian people always returned my smile and they seemed happy. I enjoyed myself and came away with the impression of a beautiful country filled with history and natural beauty. I give a lot of the credit to our guide, Shalendra, for helping us on the tour understand the culture and way of life. This man was extremely knowledgeable about the places we visited. He came from the region we were visiting and his love for his province and people came through again and again. He also spoke with us on the tour about their way of living, politics and helped us understand that the western ideas are very different than the Indian perspective. I cannot say enough good things about Shalendra and give him full credit for making our trip so enjoyable. I feel I truly saw India with all its' flaws and beauty ... This trip really gave me a feel for the country without asking me to give up my western comforts. The hotels were spectacular, the itinerary kept us moving ... It really allowed me to see India in its natural state. I am thrilled with my trip... I cannot say enough good things about this trip. I will certainly travel with Gate 1 again, particularly to these exotic places as I always felt safe with our guide.Mary B. Quebec, Canada
Our trip was wonderful. Our small group of 19 people was perfect. I have never been on a trip where everyone got along so well, nobody wanted to leave. This was due mostly to our guide Jimmy. He had to be the best guide I have ever encountered in my 40 years of traveling . His two assistants were as good also. They made our trip memorable, exciting and so much fun. We will surely recommend this trip to others. Also we will be using Gate 1 again.Wanda R. Hallandle Beach, FL
It was an amazing experience for both India and Nepal. Our guide Kapil was a delight, he was a wealth of information, humorous and attentive to everyone. I would definitely travel with Gate 1 again.Margaret C. New York, NY
My friend and I enjoyed our trip to India and Nepal with Gate 1. This was due primarily to our tour guide “Viney." Gate 1 has an excellent representative. I am also a tour guide (in Arizona) and have worked with many other guides. Viney is one of the very best ... He was very knowledgeable and shared India’s history and culture with us - just what I wanted to learn on this trip. It was due to this experience that I will be planning another Gate 1 adventure in the near future.Barbara R. Scottsdale, AZ
Simply wonderful. Nepal is bustling with activity, with smells, with life! Most enjoyable were the walkabouts through Bhaktapur, and Tharu village in Chitwan National Park which allowed us to chat with the locals and have a closeup look at the way they live. The dinner, home visits and the conversations about life in Nepal were priceless. Bhutan is more than amazing! It’s pristine environment and culturally rich history is fascinating. I loved the dress-up in traditional Bhutanese dres. The hike to Tiger’s Nest, is wonderfully rewarding ... At first sight, Tiger’s Nest was blanketed with clouds, but as the clouds lifted it was breathtaking and hastened our steps. Thanks to our guides Rajesh (Nepal), and Dawa (Bhutan) and our drivers who did a stellar job in ensuring everything went smoothly!Joy T. Sandys, BM
It was wonderful!!! The sites were beautiful, the guides were knowledgeable and the hotels were great!! My daughters and I really enjoyed the trip!!Cecilia B. Palo Alto, CA
The trip was wonderful. Our two tour managers put their hearts in it and made our trip a life time experience ....The tour guide in Nepal was very thoughtful to prepare the masks for us when walking through the dusty city ...Christine L. Augusta, GA
I have traveled on small group tours quite often, but this surpassed all expectations. Our guide in India was outstanding and the group I traveled with have all said they would travel again with her. I will certainly be booking through Gate 1 again.Robert G. Vermont South, Australia
Our trip to India was fantastic ! I'm more than happy with Gate1 and with your organized trips. India is our 3rd trip with Gate1 and I don't have one single thing to complained ... I personally would not be able to organize my own time better. Gate1 vision of traveling and seeing world is fantastic for people who likes to travel . Your tour guides makes trips really enjoyable and memorable . We arrived back to Canada and India was way more then just amazing trip.Aleksandra V. Ontario, CA
Hi there, The India trip was so amazing, everything ran smoothly, I was impressed with how organized and detailed every aspect was. Jimmy, our tour guide did a fantastic job!Anastasia S. Los Angeles, CA
Our trip to India was incredible! Our tour guide, Jimmy, was attentive, helpful, personable, reliable, and approachable. His assistant and bus driver were also very helpful throughout the trip. I didn't know much about India and booked the trip because my friends found a great package. I was a little nervous since the culture is very different; however, all my doubts were gone once we arrived and met the Gate 1 team and our group. Everything exceeded my expectations and I wish we had more time in India. I will most likely book anther trip with Gate 1 in the future. Thanks again for an unforgettable trip.Estefania P. Parkland, FL.
It was wonderful. Gate 1 always does a great job. I especially loved the hotels and the ideal locations! Mandu, the tour guide was EXCEPTIONAL!! He was very helpful, caring and informative.Rose L. Alameda, CA
Highlights of my trip were Seema the guide, she was excellent. The bus was comfortable and the hotels (most of them were 5 star in my book. Plenty of opportunities for meals and all travelers were well taken care of. BUT the best of all was all the wonderful sites, history, culture, religions and philosophies. It was an education bar none. I definitely got my monies worth and more.Jeanne J. Shoreline, WA
Our trip was everything we hoped for and more! Our tour guide Seema Singh was delightful and very organized. She was extremely knowledgeable about history and current events. She kept us on schedule and added other things such as an Indian wedding, which was delightful! She also gave great suggestions for things to do on our free time. I would suggest everyone sign up for the optional tours as they were all an added bonus to the trip. The motor coach in India was so nice, as was the driver and assistance. The food was so good, only too much of it! I loved trying all the new items...As for the hotels The Trident chain was so nice! We felt very cared for by the staff and the beauty and cleanliness of the hotels were so welcome after our long days. Our guide in Nepal Sanjay Nepal was great also. He has a great sense of humor, knowledge of his country and was flexible in his schedule which we had to be to see Mt Everest...We have traveled with Gate 1 before and will do so again. I tell everyone "Call Gate 1!"Marilyn R. Tooele, UT
The trip was amazing! What a wonderful and unique experience. We were awash in an explosion of cultural sights, sounds, emotions, and immersions...What made the trip especially memorable was all the people to people interaction. From riding on a rickshaw through the streets of Delhi, to visiting a local village in Nepal, to having dinner with a Tibetan refugee family, to interacting with children at a local school in Chitawan. That's what's so great about discovery tours: small groups and lots of interaction with people!Mike G. Lansdale, PA
Trip was amazing! Our guide, Neelam, was fantastic. Hotels and food were great. Everything went smoothly and seemed well organized. I'm going to look at Gate 1 first the next time I'm ready for another vacation!Spring Valley, CA
Trip was excellent, loved India, great guide and incredible bus driver! Gate1 does a really good job and I will definitely go on more of your tours!Susan J. Henderson, NV
We had a wonderful trip to Sri Lanka, everything went smoothly. Stayed in superb hotels, food was really good, and really appreciated the food and beverage package. Nipuna the tour manager along with Ravi the bus driver were first class. Would like to have stayed in Nuwara Eilya an extra day. Gate 1 Travel is the best.....our second trip with you and hopefully not the last.Susan Y. Maleny, QLD, AU
Really enjoyed my 13 day India tour...Everything exceeded my expectations- hotels and coach transport were top notch and the historic buildings around the Golden Triangle and in Mumbai were wonderful. But the highlight for me (even slightly better than the Taj Mahal) was seeing a tiger up close in Ranthambore. I'm very impressed with Gate 1 tours and am considering another holiday with them.Glenda C. Bawley Point, NSW, AU
Our trip was a great success. Our guide Jay was very good, very passionate and knowledgeable about the subjects and good fun too. The hotels were all good and I enjoyed the restaurants we were taken to...I greatly enjoyed seeing the traditional dancers, seeing how bronzes are made, the silk weavers and much more...I would certainly not hesitate to travel with Gate 1 again.Christina C. Calico Creek, QLD, AU
We had a great time on your trip into India and will be looking for more of your interesting trips in the future. Thanks again to your Guide, Driver and his assistant for making it a very memorable trip for us.Vicki P. Emu Plains, NSW, AU
Thoroughly enjoyed my trip to India. Have nothing but praise for Gate 1 travel from my first communication with you here in Sydney and for all who made my travels enjoyable. The organisation was exceptional with no worries for me. My tour leader, Sony Singh, was very impressive, efficient, and approachable. Another Gate1 trip should be on the horizon.Heather G. Lake Heights, AU
Our trip was fabulous! We are so pleased with Gate 1 and are looking forward to another adventure with Gate 1. Our guide in India was just terrific. We feel lucky to have gotten Manish Nagar for our trip. We are recommending Gate 1 to family and friends who are interested in travel.Susan P. Mesa, AZ
We had a wonderful time. I did a lot of research before we left on the historical aspects of the areas in India and Nepal which we were going to visit. And as always, it was more beautiful in person. Our guide Kapil was just the right blend for our group. Knowledgeable with a good sense of humor. Keeping a group that large happy, interested, and moving in the right direction must be a challenge. And he did it with seemingly no effort.Edward B. N Chesterfield, VA
My trip was fantastic!. The tour director in India did and exceptional job. I learned a lot from her not only about the history the culture at the religion of India but also know developments in the country. She did an excellent job of managing the entire tour and made it a very memorable experience. Her knowledge was incredibly impressive. Anil The tour director in Nepal Did an outstanding job. Incredibly knowledgeable and exceeded any expectations I had. I had such a great time that when I return home I started to look at other Gate 1 tours.Joffre M. Brightwaters, NY