We start on a cultural note taking in the great sights of Old and New Delhi before heading for the 'Pink City' of Jaipur in the desert province of Rajasthan. Here we'll see the Observatory, the graceful Palace of the Winds and the beautiful City Palace. Stopping at the 'ghost town' of Fatehpur Sikri en route, we soon reach Agra, home to the world's most photographed building, the breathtaking Taj Mahal.
Rural life along the Ganges
Travelling by train, we reach Mirzapur the starting point of our unique 3-day boat trip on the Ganges, that takes us to Varanasi. Sailing along the river offers the perfect point from which to observe life in rural India and we aim to stop at small villages and historic sites. Floating in to India's holiest city is a tranquil and deeply moving experience as we pass the colourful ghats where the throngs come to worship and bathe in the holy waters.
Chitwan & Kathmandu
Crossing the border at Sonauli we head for Chitwan National Park where we spend two days in the jungle reserve, which supports a variety of game. Known for its one-horned rhino and Bengal tigers, there are also leopard, sloth bear, four kinds of deer and over 300 species of birds. Finally we drive to Kathmandu, Nepal's historic and bustling capital city; with plenty of time to see the many bazaars, temples and stupas which give it its unique charm. There is also the option of taking a flight across the Everest region.
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