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Treasures of India with Nepal Celebrate Diwali Summer 2019 tour

Treasures of India with Nepal Celebrate Diwali Summer 2019

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Travel Style: Array Mixed
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
17 days
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • CITY TOUR of Old and New Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai, Kathmandu and Patan
  • CRUISE across Mumbai Harbour to Elephanta Island
  • VIEW the Palace of the Winds in Jaipur, the Hanuman Dhoka palace complex, Mahadev Temple, House of the Goddess Kumari, Taleju Temple in Kathmandu and the Krishna Temple and Golden Temple in Patan
  • VISIT Humayun's Tomb, Qutub Minar in Delhi, Agra Fort, the Taj Mahal in Agra, City Palace, Amber Fort in Jaipur, the Prince of Wales Museum in Mumbai, the shrine of Swayambhunath near Patan, a local market in Kathmandu

Short Description

In India see the beauty of the Taj Mahal and celebrate the mesmerising Diwali festival with a local family in their home before embarking on this spiritual interlude to the ancient mountain kingdom of Nepal.

Style Group tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions N/A
Start City New Delhi
End City Kathmandu

Destinations

India Nepal

Attractions & Cities Visited

Delhi Jaipur Kathmandu Tibet Udaipur

Activities & Interests

Culture Historic sightseeing

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Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVE DELHI (3 NIGHTS)

Immerse yourself in the buzz of India's vibrant capital, Delhi. On arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel where you'll meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and local appetisers this evening.

Day 2: DELHI

The heady scents of spice linger throughout our rickshaw ride, navigating the busy streets of Old Delhi. We'll see the Red Fort, with its towering sandstone walls, before riding through the colourful Chandni Chowk market. Watch it rise and shine as the day's trading begins amidst the sounds of traffic. We'll visit Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India and admire its grandeur before enjoying the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Day 3: DELHI

We 'Dive into Culture' this morning, embarking on a guided walking tour to discover the work done by the Salaam Baalak Trust. Your visit will 'Make a Difference' to this non-profit organisation which aims to provide a caring environment for street children. Later, we'll walk through the bazaar of Paharganj, rubbing shoulders with the locals who flock to the market to shop every day. Lunch is at a local restaurant, before we head to the district of New Delhi, designed and built by the British in the 1920s. Here we'll visit the UNESCO-listed Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar before driving past Parliament House and India Gate, commemorating the Indian soldiers who died during WWI.

Day 4: DELHI - AGRA

Delve into the imperial history of the Mughal Empire as you explore the iconic, yet unexpected highlights of Agra. Visit the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort and stroll through the chambers of a royal residence that lay at the centre of the dynasty until the 17th century. As you drive through the city's crowded streets, connect with its vibrant spirit and raw energy.

Day 5: AGRA - JAIPUR (3 NIGHTS)

Gaze at the sun-kissed white marble of the Taj Mahal, arriving just before sunrise to see its elegant walls glow with rose and golden hues. Learn how this well-preserved landmark stands today as a monument of love, then return to the hotel for breakfast. Later, journey to Jaipur, the Pink City and gateway to the colourful state of Rajasthan, stopping for lunch en-route.

Day 6: JAIPUR SIGHTSEEING AND DIWALI PREPARATIONS

Visit the ornate City Palace this morning, then continue to the UNESCO-listed Jantar Mantar, featuring the world's largest sundial. Stop to admire the red and pink ornate façades of the Palace of Winds, whose latticed windows once revealed the outside world to the sheltered ladies of the royal household. Later learn about the tradition of hand block printing with a 'Local Specialist' and see how the Jaipur's exquisitely patterned cottons have been made for centuries. Afterwards, it's time to prepare for the Diwali celebrations. Choose your traditional Indian dress to be worn the following evening - the more colourful, the better! You'll also have an opportunity to delve into the art of turban tying and a favourite pastime in Jaipur, kite flying - giving you insights into the ancient customs and pastimes of the city.

Day 7: JAIPUR SIGHTSEEING AND CELEBRATE DIWALI

Admire the opulence of the UNESCO-listed Amber Fort this morning before returning to the hotel for some free time to prepare for tonight's Diwali festivities. This afternoon, 'Dive into Culture' with a visit to a local market and see the puja items which are used for the traditional worship of the deities as well as the lamps, flowers, fruits and sweets that the local people use in their celebrations. You'll have a front-row seat to the 'Festival of Lights', watching how devout locals light lamps, candles and beautifully decorated lanterns. 'Connect with Locals' as you join a local family in their home for the Diwali festivities and dinner. Learn about and take part in the puja sacred ritual and offering to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. The skyline of Jaipur lights up in a dazzling spectacle of fireworks as you return to your hotel.

Day 8: JAIPUR - NARLAI (2 NIGHTS)

We journey to Narlai and check into Rawla Narlai, a beautifully maintained heritage resort, which was once one of the Jagir villages of Jodhpur's royal family. Experience royal Rajasthan within its lavishly decorated walls.

Day 9: NARLAI

Embark on a Jeep safari into the nearby countryside and keep a keen eye open for deer and leopard in their natural habitat. Later, take a walk around Narlai village and gain insights into the traditional way of life of the villagers before they depart for the days' grazing. Later, meet one of the family members who'll share fascinating stories about the hotel and the locals. At dinner, descend into the 16th century baori (step-well) for delicious Rajasthani flavours.

Day 10: NARLAI - UDAIPUR (2 NIGHTS)

Leave Narlai behind and later revel in the romance of Udaipur - a mystical encounter with culture and traditions, enjoyed against the backdrop of the Aravalli Hills and shimmering Lake Pichola. Admire your colourful surrounds, boarding a scenic boat ride to watch the sunset glint off the lake's tranquil waters.

Day 11: UDAIPUR

Delve into the history of the Maharana era during a visit to Udaipur's exquisite City Palace, whose ornate walls overlook Lake Pichola. We trade tranquillity for the city's spirited markets and bazaars next, gaining a deeper understanding of the day-to-day lives of the citizens of Udaipur. Visit the Jagdish Temple built in 1651 with its ornate carvings and bronze figure of the Garuda, then proceed to the enclosed Garden of the Maids of the Honour, watching as water spurts from its marble elephants. After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy some free time or consider joining an Optional Experience.

Day 12: UDAIPUR - MUMBAI (2 NIGHTS)

Feel the passion and verve of cosmopolitan Mumbai, visiting Dhobi Ghat where you'll 'Dive into Culture' exploring the world's largest outdoor laundry. See the UNESCO-listed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a historic railway station built to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. This afternoon, marvel at the colossal Gateway of India, a huge archway on the water's edge that welcomed the first-ever visit to India of a British Monarch in 1911. Explore the exhibits of the Prince of Wales Museum, then stroll through the famous Crawford Market.

Day 13: MUMBAI

We sail across Mumbai Harbour to see the centuries-old rock-cut temples on Elephanta Island. The labyrinth of UNESCO-listed cave temples represents some of India's most impressive temple carvings. This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure or consider joining an Optional Experience. Join your fellow guests and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner later.

Day 14: MUMBAI - KATHMANDU (3 NIGHTS)

Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims throughout the ages, travelling to the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal and its capital, Kathmandu. On arrival, check in to your hotel, then join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 15: KATHMANDU AND PATAN SIGHTSEEING

Kathmandu's golden roofs glow brightly on your City Tour to the heart of its old town and Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here you will gain a deeper understanding of its role in the centuries of rule over this mountain kingdom. Admire the traditional pagoda-style architecture reflected in the temples and palaces that surround the square - the Hanuman Dhoka palace complex, the Mahadev Temple, the House of the Goddess Kumari and Taleju Temple. Journey to nearby Patan next, renowned for its collection of ancient temples, carvings and palaces, which you will see first-hand during a visit to Patan Durbar Square, a generic name given to plazas and areas located opposite Nepal's old royal palaces. Delve into the ancient Buddhist heritage of the City of Beauty and visit the Krishna Temple and Golden Temple. The delicate art of thangka painting takes centre stage next, as you continue to a painting school to observe students painting religious scenes on cotton and silk. Later, 'Make a Difference' with a visit to the Tibetan Refugee Centre which features a handicraft centre and provides employment to the Tibetan refugees whose forefathers fled the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959. Among these were gifted Tibetan carpet weavers whose talents remain on display today at the Jawalakhel Handicraft Centre, along with traditional Tibetan handicrafts.

Day 16: KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING

Looming over Patan lies the UNESCO-listed shrine of Swayambhunath, which you will have an opportunity to visit today. Uncover its history spanning millennia and admire the galleries of prayer mills and gleaming white stupa, whose gilded spire provides the colourful eyes of Buddha a lofty vantage point from which to survey the surrounding valley. Share the intricately carved stone façades with the resident monkeys and admire the artistry of Nepalese craftsmanship as you walk through the remnants of Buddhist and Hindu iconography, said to be around 2000 years old. Then, visit a local market in the Thamel area and stroll through its narrow alleyways in search of the perfect mementoes of your trip. Return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure or consider joining an Optional Experience.

Day 17: DEPART KATHMANDU

Your soulful encounter with Nepal at its end, take a transfer to Kathmandu Airport for your onward flight.

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Best of Italy Tour for 13 days--actually 12 days. This was our 2nd Trafalgar tour--1st was Egypt---also terrible!
1) Could ONLY understand about 10 % of the travel director's harangue. Her name was Frederica. The same situation occurred in Egypt.
2) The bus driver named Theo was surly and rude.
3) The Travel Director constantly sold the extra excursions. These were 2.5 times more expensive then privately-made tours. Example in Rome--Crown Tours.
4) The food was terrible.
5) The hotels were at best 2-3 star. NO AC, low water pressure, and the breakfasts were poor.
6) Many hours were spent most days on the bus--4-8 hours. There were 49 passengers on this bus! You could not relax on the bus because the tour director constantly was speaking and selling optional excursions. Again, could not understand but 10 % of what she said.
7) We pre-paid gratuities, but wished that we had not done so. Neither the driver nor Travel Director thanked us. We will not prepay again, however, we will NEVER take another Trafalgar Tour.
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The trip was amazing and our travel guide was wonderful. We saw all the important attractions in every town/city we visited.

Carolyne and Christof deserves a raise!

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Service was fantastic. Had an amazing travel guide in Carolyne and she made the experience even more enjoyable with her leading us through the journey. She’s full of fun and I couldn’t have imagined a better experience. Our driver was great as well Christof. Always was on time and was very kind to us.
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The trip is well organized. Our travel director was very lovely, sweet and accommodating. Our coach is clean, and the driver drives very smoothly and relaxing. The local specialists in all tours are very well expert. I like how they explained every detail of their beautiful country.
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Kate and Ian did their best to make our trip as best as possible. Kate had great knowledge of the locations we visited and how Ian got the bus up around the small roads I'll never know. Thank you.
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the trip and the tour director were excellent. But our ride to Liberia airport was a disaster on wheels. The driver was not able to communicate with us about the problems as he doesnot speak english. On the way to liberia airport fumes started coming out from the back end of the vehicle. Stopped the vehicle and with the help of the local people the tire got changed and resumed the trip. The driver was not even keen to communicate with trafalgar .after another hour the vehicle completely got shut off. For a while we were stranded in the highway and trafalgar sent another 2 vans to pick up us all to airport. The return trip to airport was a disaster . Please use a vehicle with good conditions. Please do not put the tour members life in jeopardy.
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  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
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  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

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  • 16 buffet breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 7 dinners
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