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    Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal

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    At a Glance

    • Destination
    • Duration
      14 days
    • Trip Difficulty
      Easy Tour
    • Activities
      City Tour Only
    • Accommodation
      3 star and 4 star standard hotel options
    • Meals
      Bed and Breakfast Plan (BB Plan)
    • Vehicle
      Private Luxury Tourist Vehicles and Aeroplane
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    About - Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal

    The "Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal" offers an exquisite blend of cultural immersion, historical exploration, and natural beauty. Journeying through the vibrant cities of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra in India, travelers witness the grandeur of Mughal and Rajput architectural marvels, bustling bazaars, and the tapestry of India's rich history. Crossing into the serene landscapes of Nepal, the tour unfolds the mystical charm of Kathmandu and Pokhara, revealing ancient temples, lush valleys, and the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas. Crafted by Luxury Holidays Nepal, this tour is an amalgamation of South Asia's most iconic sights and experiences.
    From the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal in Agra and the pink palaces of Jaipur to the sacred shrines of Kathmandu and the tranquil beauty of Pokhara's lakes, the journey provides a holistic experience. The blend of India's pulsating energy and Nepal's calming spirit ensures that travelers witness the contrasting yet harmonious tapestry of traditions, landscapes, and histories these two neighboring countries have to offer.

    Features of the Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal

    Embark on a captivating journey through the iconic cities of North India and the picturesque landscapes of Nepal. This tour weaves together the historical grandeur, cultural richness, and natural beauty of two distinct yet intertwined South Asian nations. Here are the features of the Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal

    Diverse Cultural Immersion

    The Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal isn’t just a journey across cities and landmarks; it's a profound cultural odyssey that unveils the rich tapestry of traditions, rituals, art, and lifestyles rooted deeply in the history of these two neighboring nations.

    • Historical Confluence: The tour introduces travelers to the confluence of cultures. In India, one witnesses the synthesis of Mughal and Rajput heritages, particularly in cities like Delhi and Jaipur. Delhi, with its sprawling Red Fort and Jama Masjid, represents the zenith of Mughal architecture, while Jaipur's Amber Fort and City Palace echo the grandeur of Rajputana royalty. Meanwhile, in Agra, the Taj Mahal stands as an epitome of eternal love and Mughal artistry.

    • Spiritual Encounters: Nepal, known as the land of temples and stupas, provides a deep dive into Hinduism and Buddhism. The stupa of Swayambhunath or the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu is not just an architectural marvel but an active center of spirituality, with monks, devotees, and rituals being an everyday sight.

    • Lifestyles and Traditions: The journey through local bazaars and streets, whether it's Chandni Chowk in Delhi or the markets of Kathmandu, offers a glimpse into the daily lives of locals. Here, one can observe age-old trades, artisanal crafts, and traditional ways of life that coexist with modernity.

    • Festivals and Celebrations: If timed right, travelers might get to witness and partake in local festivals. India's colorful festivals like Diwali or Holi and Nepal's vibrant celebrations like Dashain or Tihar offer immersive experiences where one can understand the significance, rituals, and community bonds formed during these times.

    • Culinary Experiences: Food is an integral part of culture, and this tour promises a gastronomic journey. From the spicy street food of Delhi, rich curries of Jaipur, and Mughlai delights in Agra to the traditional Dal Bhat in Nepal or the delectable momos of Kathmandu, each dish narrates a cultural story.

    • Art and Craft: The region boasts a rich tradition of arts and crafts. Jaipur's block printing, Agra's marble inlay work, and Nepal's Thangka paintings are a testament to the skilled craftsmanship passed down through generations.

    • Language and Interaction: Each region has its dialect and language. Interacting with locals, understanding their greetings, and maybe picking up a few phrases can be both fun and enriching.

    • Traditional Performances: Cultural dances and music performances, especially in Nepal, offer insights into stories, legends, and histories that have shaped the local cultures.

    The Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal is a celebration of diversity. It's an invitation to step into a world where past and present coalesce, where tales of emperors and kings intertwine with everyday stories of the common man, and where every street, temple, or monument has a cultural tale waiting to be told.

    Historical Exploration

    The essence of the Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal lies in its deep dive into the annals of history, tracing the legacy of empires, kingdoms, and ancient civilizations that once flourished in this part of the world.

    • Delhi's Mughal Legacy: The very heart of India's capital, Delhi, beats with stories of the Mughal Empire. The Red Fort stands as a colossal red sandstone fortress symbolizing Mughal power and opulence. Close by, Jama Masjid, one of India's largest mosques, speaks of the deep Islamic influence. Humayun’s Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a precursor to the architectural style of the Taj Mahal.

    • Jaipur’s Rajputana Grandeur: As one wanders through Pink City, the capital of Rajasthan, they are greeted by grand palaces and forts. Amber Fort, atop a hill, showcases a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, while the City Palace in the heart of the city narrates tales of the royal family of Jaipur. The iconic Hawa Mahal, with its unique façade, is a marvel of Rajputana architecture.

    • Agra and the Tale of the Taj: Agra, once the capital of the Mughal Empire, houses the eternal symbol of love: the Taj Mahal. This white marble mausoleum, built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, remains a testament to the pinnacle of Mughal architectural splendor. Agra Fort, another UNESCO site, is a robust fortress displaying the might of the Mughal Empire.

    • Kathmandu's Ancient Kingdoms: Stepping into Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, feels like opening a history book. The Kathmandu Valley was once divided into three kingdoms: Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur. Each of these cities has its Durbar Square, filled with palaces, temples, and courtyards that tell tales of the Malla kings. The centuries-old Swayambhunath and Boudhanath stupas give insights into Buddhist influences.

    • Pokhara’s Geological & Archaeological Wonders: While predominantly known for its natural beauty, Pokhara also offers historical glimpses with sites like the ancient Bindhyabasini Temple and the Gupteshwor Cave which is believed to be around 500 years old.

    • Chitwan’s Tribal Histories: Beyond the wildlife, Chitwan also holds traces of the ancient Tharu tribe. The local Tharu villages and cultural performances offer insights into their rich history and traditions.

    Throughout this tour, travelers aren't just sightseeing; they're time-traveling. Every monument, fort, temple, and stupa holds stories of conquests, love, spirituality, and civilization. The historical exploration of the Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal allows travelers to transcend time and immerse themselves in tales that shaped the subcontinent.

    Natural Beauty

    Woven into the fabric of the rich history and vibrant cultures of India and Nepal is the incredible natural beauty that these regions offer. The Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal not only highlights the architectural marvels and cultural wonders but also showcases the breathtaking landscapes, serene lakes, dense forests, and magnificent panoramas that make this journey visually and spiritually fulfilling.

    • Delhi's Green Lungs: Amidst the urban sprawl of Delhi, the Lodi Gardens and the Garden of Five Senses offer tranquil respites, presenting a blend of nature's tranquility and Mughal architecture.

    • Jaipur's Majestic Backdrops: The Pink City, Jaipur, isn’t just about forts and palaces. The Aravalli Range, one of the world's oldest mountain ranges, cradles the city, offering panoramic views, especially from vantage points like Nahargarh Fort.

    • Agra's Yamuna Riverside: The calm Yamuna River flows beside the Taj Mahal, adding a serene dimension to this iconic monument. The Mehtab Bagh across the river provides not just a vantage point for the Taj but also a peaceful natural setting.

    • Kathmandu Valley’s Diverse Terrains: Encircled by rolling green hills and dotted with terraced farms, Kathmandu is more than just its urban core. The outskirts of the valley present a lush tapestry of forests, rivers, and traditional farmlands.

    • Pokhara's Natural Wonders: Often referred to as the 'Jewel of the Himalayas', Pokhara is nature's masterpiece. The tranquil Phewa Lake, set against the backdrop of the Annapurna range, offers serene boat rides. The cascading Devi's Fall, the mysterious Gupteshwor Cave, and the panoramic views from the World Peace Pagoda further accentuate Pokhara's natural beauty.

    • Chitwan's Dense Jungles: Moving from the urban and mountainous settings, Chitwan National Park plunges travelers into the heart of Nepal's Terai jungles. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, offering sightings of one-horned rhinos, Bengal tigers, and various bird species amidst dense forests, grasslands, and wetlands.

    The Golden Triangle Tour is an exploration of contrasts – from bustling cities with their pockets of green oases to the calm lakesides with towering mountain silhouettes, from arid landscapes dotted with historical forts to dense jungles echoing with the calls of the wild. The myriad natural settings encountered throughout this journey add layers of depth and beauty to the traveler's experience, making it a holistic communion with both culture and nature.

    Guided Sightseeing

    An intricate blend of history, culture, and natural beauty defines the Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal. But to truly understand the tales behind every monument, the significance of each ritual, or the marvels of the natural landscapes, there’s nothing quite like having an experienced guide illuminate the journey. The guided sightseeing aspect of this tour is the bridge between the traveler and the intricate tapestry of stories and experiences these regions have to offer.

    • Delhi’s Historical and Architectural Chronicles: With a guide by your side, wander through the lanes of Old Delhi, discovering the stories behind the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, and Chandni Chowk. In New Delhi, uncover the colonial legacy of India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, and the Parliament House. Each monument becomes a chapter in the city's history, narrated eloquently by the guide.
    • Jaipur’s Royal Narratives: The Pink City is replete with tales of royalty, valor, and romance. A guided tour through Amber Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, and Hawa Mahal not only presents their architectural grandeur but also delves into the lives of the Rajput kings and their legendary tales.

    • Agra’s Mughal Love Stories: The Taj Mahal isn't just a beautiful monument; it's a symbol of eternal love. With a guide, the love story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal comes alive. Similarly, the histories of Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri transform from mere bricks and stones to sagas of empires, ambitions, and intrigues.

    • Kathmandu’s Spiritual Epics: Guided tours in Kathmandu offer a deep dive into Nepal’s rich spiritual heritage. The stupa of Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath Temple, or the intricacies of Patan's Durbar Square, when explained by a guide, offer deeper insights into the region’s Buddhist and Hindu confluences.

    • Pokhara’s Scenic Explanations: While Pokhara’s natural beauty can be self-evident, a guide can enhance the experience by explaining the geology of the Davis Falls, the legend behind the Tal Barahi Temple in the middle of Phewa Lake, or the historical significance of Bindhyabasini Temple.

    • Chitwan’s Wild Adventures: Navigating the dense jungles of Chitwan becomes an enlightening experience with a guide. Their expertise not only helps in spotting diverse wildlife but also in understanding their behaviors, the park’s conservation efforts, and the rich ecosystem.

    Guided sightseeing on the Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal isn’t merely about explanations; it's about enriching the travel experience. It’s about ensuring that travelers don’t just see, but also understand and feel the essence of every place they visit, forging deeper connections with the lands they traverse.

    Comfortable Accommodations

    The Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal, while abundant in historical, cultural, and natural treasures, also recognizes the importance of rest and rejuvenation. After days filled with exploration and adventure, the tour ensures that travelers are offered a cocoon of comfort, luxury, and tranquillity. The accommodations chosen in this tour seamlessly combine local aesthetics with modern comforts, ensuring that guests experience the essence of the region while enjoying all contemporary amenities.

    • Delhi’s Urban Elegance: Whether it’s the 3-star Intercity or the plush 4-star ITC Welcome Hotel, accommodations in Delhi reflect a perfect balance of Indian traditions and modern sophistication. Strategically located, these hotels ensure easy accessibility to major landmarks while offering a serene escape from the city's hustle.

    • Jaipur’s Regal Charm: In Jaipur, establishments like the Rajputana Haveli and the Lemon Tree Premiere channel the city's regal heritage. They often incorporate Rajasthani art and architecture, allowing guests to experience the grandeur of the Rajput kings, all while enjoying modern amenities like spas, rooftop restaurants, and swimming pools.

    • Agra's Mughal-Inspired Comfort: Accommodations in Agra, whether it’s the 3-star Parador or the lavish 4-star Crystal Sarovar Premiere, often draw inspiration from the city’s Mughal past. Intricate designs, marble interiors, and curated gardens echo the aesthetics of the nearby Taj Mahal, creating a romantic and historical ambiance.

    • Kathmandu's Cultural Retreats: Hotels like the Holy Himalayas and the upscale Mulberry provide travelers with a sanctuary in the heart of Kathmandu. These accommodations often feature traditional Nepalese art, courtyards reminiscent of Newari architecture, and views of the surrounding hills and stupas, ensuring guests are always connected to Nepal’s cultural heartbeat.

    • Pokhara’s Lakeside Bliss: Hotels in Pokhara, such as the Hotel Lake Star or the luxurious Mount Kailash Resort, usually boast lakeside locations or mountain views. The tranquil setting of Phewa Lake, combined with the backdrop of the Annapurna range, ensures that guests wake up to nature's splendor every day.

    • Chitwan's Jungle Lodges: Chitwan accommodations, from Hotel Parkland to the more lavish Hotel Seven Star, offer unique jungle lodge experiences. Surrounded by lush greenery and often designed using local materials, these accommodations provide immersive wildlife experiences, complete with nature walks, campfires, and cultural performances.

    The choice of accommodations in the Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal is reflective of the destinations themselves - rich in local flavor, steeped in history, and always welcoming. Each hotel or lodge is chosen not just as a place to sleep, but as an integral part of the journey, ensuring travelers get a comprehensive and comfortable experience.

    Best Time to Visit the Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal

    Embarking on the Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal is a journey through diverse landscapes, cultures, and historical epochs. To maximize the experience, choosing the right time to visit is crucial. Factors like weather, local festivals, and regional events can significantly influence one's travel experience. Here's a guide to the ideal times to embark on this captivating tour:

    India (Delhi, Jaipur, Agra)

    Winter (October to March):

    • Pros: This is generally considered the best time to visit the Golden Triangle cities. The weather is cool and pleasant, making it ideal for sightseeing and outdoor activities.
    • Cons: It can be chilly in the early mornings and nights, especially in December and January. Also, due to the peak tourist season, expect crowds and higher prices.

    Summer (April to June):

    • Pros: Fewer tourists, which means less crowded attractions and potentially better hotel rates.
    • Cons: Temperatures can soar above 40°C (104°F). Sightseeing can be uncomfortable during mid-day.

    Monsoon (July to September):

    • Pros: The landscape turns lush and green, especially in the countryside. A different aesthetic appeal for photographers.
    • Cons: Humidity is high, and sporadic heavy rains can affect outdoor activities. Not the best time for sightseeing.

    Nepal (Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara)

    Autumn (September to November):

    • Pros: Clear skies and moderate temperatures make this the most popular time to visit. The major festivals of Dashain and Tihar also fall during this period.
    • Cons: During peak tourist season, some places might be crowded.

    Winter (December to February):

    • Pros: Cooler temperatures, clearer views of the Himalayas, and fewer tourists.
    • Cons: Chitwan might get cold, and early morning and evening temperatures in Kathmandu and Pokhara can drop significantly. High-altitude treks might be off-limits due to snowfall.

    Spring (March to May):

    • Pros: Second most popular tourist season with moderate temperatures. Rhododendron forests bloom in hilly areas.
    • Cons: Hazy skies might obscure some mountain views, especially in late spring.

    Monsoon (June to August):

    • Pros: Lush landscapes and fewer tourists. Ideal for botanists and researchers.
    • Cons: Frequent rains, leeches in trekking trails, and possible flight delays due to weather. Landslides may affect travel in hilly areas.

    While each season has its own charm and offers unique experiences, the post-monsoon and spring seasons stand out as the most favorable times to undertake the Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal. These periods ensure pleasant weather, clear views, and the added bonus of local festivals and events, enhancing the richness of the journey.

    Entrance fees are required for the Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal 

    The Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal covers various iconic landmarks, many of which have entrance fees. While these fees can change over time due to various factors like inflation, maintenance projects, and tourism policies, here is an approximate list of some of the key sites and their associated fees:



    • Red Fort (Lal Qila): ₹550 for foreigners.
    • Humayun's Tomb: ₹600 for foreigners.
    • Qutub Minar: ₹600 for foreigners.
    • India Gate: Free, but there's a fee for the nearby museums.
    • Lotus Temple: Free.


    • Taj Mahal: ₹1300 for foreigners.
    • Agra Fort: ₹650 for foreigners.
    • Fatehpur Sikri: ₹610 for foreigners.


    • Amber Fort: ₹550 for foreigners.
    • City Palace: ₹700 for foreigners.
    • Jantar Mantar: ₹250 for foreigners.
    • Hawa Mahal: ₹200 for foreigners.



    • Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple): NPR 200.
    • Pashupatinath Temple: NPR 1000 for foreigners (entrance for non-Hindus is restricted to the outer areas).
    • Boudhanath Stupa: NPR 400.
    • Patan Durbar Square: NPR 1000.
    • Kathmandu Durbar Square: NPR 1000.


    • Devi's Fall: NPR 30.
    • Gupteshwor Cave: NPR 100.
    • International Mountain Museum: NPR 500.


    • Chitwan National Park: The entrance fee for foreigners is approximately NPR 2000, but this can vary depending on the type of activities and duration of the visit.

    Note: The prices above are approximate and may have changed. Additionally, there are often separate, lower prices for SAARC country citizens in both India and Nepal. Always check the current prices before planning your visit. 

    Important Notes on the Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal

    The Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal promises a captivating blend of cultural, historical, and natural exploration. To ensure a seamless experience, here are some vital notes to consider:

    Visa Requirements:

    • India: Most nationals require a visa to enter India. It's advisable to apply for an e-visa online before traveling.
    • Nepal: A visa on arrival is available for most nationals at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. Check the latest visa policies based on your nationality.

    Health and Vaccinations:

    • Consult your doctor for any recommended vaccinations before traveling.
    • While malaria is rare in these regions, carrying a mosquito repellent can be beneficial.
    • Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies.

    Cultural Sensitivity:

    • Both India and Nepal have rich cultural and religious traditions. Dress modestly, especially when visiting temples, mosques, or other religious sites.
    • Always ask for permission before photographing people or religious ceremonies.


    • India: The official currency is the Indian Rupee (INR). ATMs are widely available in cities, but always carry some cash while visiting remote areas.
    • Nepal: The official currency is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR). Like in India, ATMs are found in cities, but it's advisable to have cash in hand in less urban areas.

    Weather: As discussed in the 'Best Time to Visit' section, weather conditions vary. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and pack accordingly.

    Tipping: While not mandatory, tipping is appreciated for good service in both countries, especially for guides, drivers, and hotel staff.

    Safety: Both India and Nepal are generally safe for tourists. Always be vigilant in crowded places, avoid isolated areas after dark, and keep your belongings secure.

    Connectivity: Mobile and internet connectivity is good in cities. For remote areas, especially in Nepal, connectivity might be sporadic. Consider getting a local SIM card for better coverage.

    Local Cuisine: Both countries offer rich and diverse culinary experiences. If you're not used to spicy food, request milder versions. Always drink bottled water and avoid consuming street food from vendors that seem unhygienic.

    Language: English is widely understood in tourist areas. Knowing a few local phrases can be endearing and useful.

    Shopping: Both India and Nepal offer unique handicrafts, textiles, and artifacts. However, be prepared to bargain in local markets. Make sure to check the authenticity of high-value items like gems or antiques.

    Transport Delays: Traffic congestion is common in cities. Also, flights, especially in Nepal, might face delays due to weather conditions. Always keep some buffer time in your schedule.

    By keeping these notes in mind and staying well-prepared, you'll ensure that your Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal is not just memorable but also smooth and hassle-free. Always remember to travel with an open heart and mind, embracing the unique experiences that come your way.

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    Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal Itinerary

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    Included in the cost for India Part

      All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport and hotel transfers
      For 3-star accommodation: Delhi (Intercity or similar), Jaipur (Rajputana Haveli or similar), and Agra (Parador or Similar) on a twin/double sharing bed and breakfast basis.

      For 4-star accommodation: Delhi (ITC Welcome Hotel or similar), Jaipur (Lemon Tree Premiere or Similar), and Agra (Crystal Sarovar Premiere or similar) on a twin/double sharing bed and breakfast basis.

      A safe and comfortable air-conditioned private vehicle throughout the trip with the driver, all-inclusive.
      A Driver with excellent skills and record, a good knowledge of the area you are visiting, and sufficient English to communicate.

    • GUIDE:
      An experienced, helpful, and friendly English-speaking Guide
      All staff's daily wages, salary, equipment, food & clothing.
      Sightseeing tour with a private vehicle and a professional guide.
      All government taxes and official expenses.

    Included in the cost for Nepal Part

      All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport and hotel transfers
      Accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel. In Kathmandu(Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar), Chitwan (Hotel Parkland or similar) and Pokhara (Hotel Lake Star or similar) on a twin/double sharing bed and breakfast basis.
      Accommodation with breakfast at a 4-star category hotel. In Kathmandu(Hotel Mulberry or similar), Chitwan (Hotel Seven Star or similar) and Pokhara (HotelMount Kailash Resort or similar) on a twin/double sharing bed and breakfast basis.
      Full board meal plan in Chitwan with all Jungle activities.
      Private Transportation Throughout the trip
      Pokhara - Kathmandu flight ticket
    • GUIDE:
      An experienced, helpful, and friendly English-speaking Guide in Kathmandu and in Pokhara
      All Nepalese staff & porter’s daily wages, salary, equipment, food & clothing.
      Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara Valley by private vehicle and a professional guide.
      Farewell dinner in Kathmandu in a typical Nepali restaurant with a cultural dance performance in the evening.
      All government taxes and official expenses.

    What's Excluded


      International flight airfare.
      Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu, Pokhara and India
    • ADD-ON:
      Everest Scenic Flight on the Second day and Kathmandu - India flight ticket
      Extra nights’ accommodations. In case of early arrival or late departure, domestic flight cancellation (due to any other reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
      Travel Insurance (for trip cancellation, interruption, medical treatment, repatriation, etc.)
      Telephone Calls, Internet, laundry, soft drinks, beers, and any Alcoholic beverages.
      City sightseeing and entrance fees (USD 60 per person)
    • FILMING:
      Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
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    • Group and Family Discounts
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    • TIPS:
      Tips for the guide & driver. (Tipping is Expected).
    • EXTRA:
      Any other services, activities or personal expenses, which are not mentioned in the itinerary and other items not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.

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     The visa requirements and processes for India and Nepal, two culturally rich and diverse nations, are fairly straightforward for tourists. Here’s an overview:

    India Visa

    • Type: Most tourists opt for an e-tourist Visa (eTV), which is intended for short-term stays and tourism.

    • Application: The eTV is available for citizens of over 160 countries and can be applied for online.

    • Validity: eTV is usually valid for stays ranging from 30 days to 365 days, depending on the type of e-tourist Visa you choose. Some options allow multiple entries, while others are limited to a double or single entry.

    • Processing Time: Usually processed within 72 hours, but it's recommended to apply at least four days before the date of arrival.

    • Entry Points: The eTV is valid for entry through 28 designated Airports and 5 designated seaports. However, you can exit from any authorized Immigration Check Post (ICP) in India.

    • Fee: Varies based on the country of residence and type of visa. The fee is divided into categories, with some countries getting a fee waiver on certain occasions or reduced fees.

    Nepal Visa

    • Type: On Arrival Visa for Tourism.

    • Application: Citizens of most countries can obtain a visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and at some land borders. Alternatively, you can apply for a visa at a Nepalese embassy or consulate before traveling.

    • Validity: Tourist visas on arrival are typically available for 15, 30, or 90 days. Multiple entries are allowed.

    • Processing Time: On the spot at the airport or border. However, to save time, it's advisable to come with a pre-filled visa application form, which you can download from the official Immigration Department of Nepal website.

    • Fee:

    • 15 days – USD 30
    • 30 days – USD 50
    • 90 days – USD 125
    • Special Note: Citizens of Afghanistan, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Palestine, Somalia, Syria, and Zimbabwe are currently not eligible for a visa on arrival and must apply in advance.

    General Recommendations:

    • Always keep a few passport-sized photographs handy, as they are often required for visa applications.
    • Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay.
    • Some regions in India, especially in the northeast, may require special permits.
    • While traveling, always carry a copy of your passport and visa. It's useful for check-ins and might be required at certain sites.

    Before planning any trip, always check the latest visa requirements and advisories for your specific nationality and any updates or changes in visa policies.


    The Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal offers a gastronomic journey just as much as it provides a visual and cultural one. The cuisines of both countries are rich in flavor, variety, and tradition. Here's an overview of what to expect:



    • Street Food: Don't miss out on 'chaat' varieties like Aloo Tikki, Golgappa (Pani Puri), and Chole Bhature.
    • Mughlai Cuisine: Mouth-watering kebabs, biryanis, butter chicken, and creamy gravies.
    • Desserts: Jalebi, Kulfi, and more.


    • Mughlai Cuisine: Due to its Mughal legacy, enjoy dishes like Kormas, Nihari, and Sheermal.
    • Local Specialty: Petha, a sweet treat made from white pumpkin.


    • Rajasthani Cuisine: Sample dishes like Dal Baati Churma, Gatte ki Sabji, and Bajre ki Roti.
    • Sweets: Ghewar, Moong Dal Halwa, and Kalakand.



    • Newari Cuisine: Unique to the Kathmandu Valley, sample dishes like Chatamari, Bara, and spicy pickles.
    • Thakali Cuisine: A traditional set meal that often includes rice, lentils, and various meat/vegetable sides.
    • Momo: Tibetan-style dumplings that have become a staple in Nepal.


    • Local & International: Due to its tourist nature, Pokhara offers both local Nepali food and a wide range of international cuisines.
    • Lake-side Cafes: Enjoy fresh trout fish dishes at the lakeside eateries.


    • Local Tharu Cuisine: Sticky rice with fish curry, chicken curry, and various local vegetables.
    • Jungle BBQ: Some lodges might offer a jungle BBQ experience with game meat, though increasingly this is becoming rare due to sustainability concerns.

    General Tips:

    • Always drink bottled water and avoid tap water to prevent any waterborne diseases.
    • Street food is delicious, but choose vendors that are popular among locals and appear hygienic.
    • In India, most dishes might be spicier compared to Western standards. If you prefer milder foods, always mention it while ordering.
    • Vegetarians will find a plethora of options in both countries. In fact, many traditional dishes in India, especially around Jaipur, are vegetarian by default.
    • In Nepal, “Dal Bhat” (lentil soup with rice) is a staple and is consumed twice daily by most Nepalese. It often comes with various vegetable and/or meat curries and is highly nutritious.

    Exploring the food culture in both countries gives insight into their traditions, history, and way of life. Enjoy the journey for your taste buds just as much as the one for your eyes!

    Transportation on Journey 

    Traveling through the Golden Triangle of India and Nepal offers an amalgamation of various transportation experiences, ensuring that the journey is just as memorable as the destinations. Here's a detailed look into the transportation elements of the tour:


    Private Vehicle Transfers:

    • Luxury Holidays Nepal ensures a safe and comfortable air-conditioned private vehicle for transfers between cities like Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra. These vehicles are modern, well-maintained, and equipped with safety features.
    • Journeys between cities can range from 4 to 6 hours, with pit stops at local eateries and places of interest.


    Private Vehicle Transfers: Similar to India, Nepal offers private vehicle transfers for long journeys. For instance, the drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan or from Chitwan to Pokhara provides scenic vistas of the Himalayan foothills and the countryside.

    Domestic Flight: The journey between Pokhara and Kathmandu will be via a domestic flight. This short flight offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan range, especially if the weather is clear.

    General Transportation Features:

    • Skilled and Knowledgeable Drivers: The drivers provided by Luxury Holidays Nepal are skilled, with an excellent track record and a deep knowledge of the routes and regions you'll be visiting.

    • Guided Tours: In both India and Nepal, you'll often have a dedicated vehicle for sightseeing with a knowledgeable guide, ensuring that you get detailed insights into each destination's history, culture, and significance.

    • Comfort: Emphasis is placed on traveler comfort, especially during long drives. Vehicles are spacious, allowing for adequate legroom and luggage storage.

    • Safety: Safety is a top priority. Drivers adhere to local traffic regulations, and vehicles undergo regular maintenance checks.

    • Scenic Routes: Especially in Nepal, the journeys between cities take you through picturesque landscapes, terraced fields, river valleys, and quaint towns, making the transit as much a part of the experience as the destinations.

    Transportation during the Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal is curated to ensure reliability, comfort, safety, and an immersive experience for travelers. Whether you're gazing out at the Indian countryside or marveling at the Himalayan peaks during your flight, the journey promises to be unforgettable.

    Group Leader during the journey

    During the Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal, having a competent and knowledgeable group leader is crucial for an enriching and hassle-free experience. Luxury Holidays Nepal ensures that travelers receive top-notch guidance and leadership throughout their journey. Here's an overview of the role and features of the group leader:

    Local Expertise: Our group leaders are well-versed in the historical, cultural, and social dimensions of each destination. Their knowledge isn't just academic; it's enlivened by local tales, legends, and personal experiences, adding layers of depth to each site you visit.

    Safety and Comfort: Ensuring the safety and comfort of our travelers is paramount. Group leaders are trained to handle emergencies, understand local health and safety protocols, and ensure that each member of the group is comfortable and well-taken care of.

    Bridging Cultures: India and Nepal, though neighboring countries have diverse customs and traditions. The group leader acts as a cultural bridge, elucidating local customs, explaining etiquette, and ensuring that travelers can engage respectfully and meaningfully with local communities.

    Logistical Coordination: From hotel check-ins to coordinating transportation and ensuring timely departures, the group leader manages the behind-the-scenes logistics, ensuring a seamless and hassle-free experience for travelers.

    Personal Touch: Beyond the formalities of tour management, our group leaders often form genuine bonds with travelers. They're your go-to person for any concerns or queries, or even if you're looking for a good local restaurant or shopping recommendations.

    Language Assistance: While English is widely spoken in tourist circles, there might be instances, especially in local markets or remote areas, where language could be a barrier. Our group leaders are proficient in local languages and dialects, ensuring smooth communication wherever you go.

    Tailoring Experiences: We understand that each traveler is unique. Group leaders are adept at gauging the interests of the group and might suggest impromptu detours or experiences that they believe will enhance the tour.

    Eco-sensitive and Responsible Tourism: We are deeply committed to eco-friendly and sustainable tourism. Our group leaders emphasize responsible travel, ensuring that our presence respects local environments and communities.

    Choosing the right group leader is a meticulous process for us. We are not only chosen based on our knowledge and expertise but also our passion for our homeland, our interpersonal skills, and our commitment to delivering unforgettable experiences. With us by your side, your journey through the Golden Triangle of India and the diverse landscapes of Nepal is bound to be an insightful, enriching, and memorable adventure.

    Internet and SIM card for Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal

    The Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal, while rich in cultural and historical experiences, traverses regions that are well-connected in terms of telecommunications. Both India and Nepal offer reliable mobile networks and internet services in most urban areas, with some considerations for travelers:


    • SIM Cards: Prepaid SIM cards are widely available at the airports in major cities, as well as at numerous stores throughout cities and towns. Popular mobile service providers include Airtel, Vodafone-Idea, and Reliance Jio.

    • Documentation: To get a SIM card in India, you'll typically need a copy of your passport, visa, and a passport-sized photograph. Sometimes, an address proof of where you are staying might also be required.

    • Internet: Most hotels, restaurants, and cafes in tourist areas provide free Wi-Fi. However, the speed might vary. In larger cities, 4G services are prevalent, while in smaller towns, 3G might be the standard.


    • SIM Cards: Nepal's two major mobile service providers are Ncell and Nepal Telecom (NTC). SIM cards are available at Tribhuvan International Airport and numerous vendors in Kathmandu and other cities.

    • Documentation: Similar to India, you'll need a copy of your passport and a passport-sized photograph. The registration process is straightforward and quick.

    • Internet: Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, guesthouses, and cafes, especially in tourist areas like Thamel in Kathmandu and Lakeside in Pokhara. Do note that in more remote areas or certain parts of the journey, the internet connection can be spotty.

    By staying connected through internet and mobile services, you can enhance your travel experience, share real-time memories, and stay updated while navigating the picturesque landscapes of the Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal. 

    Safety on the Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal

    Safety is paramount when traveling, and this holds especially true for the Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal, given the diverse range of experiences and locations it encompasses. Here's a comprehensive overview of safety considerations and measures for this unique tour:


    • Tourist Scams: As with many popular tourist destinations, be wary of scams in major cities. Always negotiate fares before hopping onto a rickshaw or taxi. Be cautious of unsolicited advice leading to "tourist offices" or "recommended shops."

    • Water and Food: It's advisable to drink bottled water and avoid street food unless recommended by trusted sources. Stick to reputed restaurants, and when in doubt, eat cooked food over raw items.

    • Crowds: Places like Delhi and Jaipur can get crowded. Always keep personal belongings close and consider using anti-theft bags.

    • Travel Health: Vaccinations and medications for travel to India might be recommended. It's wise to consult with a travel health clinic before your journey.


    • Altitude: If traveling to elevated regions, altitude sickness can be a concern. It's essential to acclimatize properly and be aware of the symptoms.

    • Trekking: If you indulge in trekking, always go with a guide or in a group. Ensure you have adequate trekking insurance and emergency evacuation options.

    • Road Safety: Road conditions in Nepal can be challenging, especially in rural areas. If traveling by road, always use reputable transportation services, and avoid night travel when possible.

    • Water and Food: As in India, drink bottled water and eat at reputable restaurants. Be cautious with street food.

    General Safety Tips for Both Countries:

    • Local Customs and Etiquette: Respect local customs, traditions, and religious sentiments. Dress modestly when visiting temples or religious sites.

    • Emergency Contacts: Keep a list of emergency numbers, including your country's embassy or consulate in both India and Nepal.

    • Travel with Reputed Tour Operators: Traveling with a recognized operator like Luxury Holidays Nepal ensures that safety standards are adhered to, from transportation to accommodation.

    • Travel Insurance: Always travel with comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and loss of property.

    The Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal is a journey through regions that are generally safe for tourists. By taking basic precautions and being aware of your surroundings, you can ensure that your trip is not only memorable but also secure. Remember that the local people in both India and Nepal are known for their hospitality, and a respectful approach will often be reciprocated with kindness.

    Health and Vaccination

    Ensuring your health and safety during a journey like the Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal is paramount. Here’s what you need to know about health precautions and vaccinations for this unique tour:


    • Recommended Vaccinations: While no vaccinations are mandatory for travelers to India (unless you are coming from a yellow fever endemic area), some recommended vaccines include Typhoid, Hepatitis A and B, Cholera, Japanese encephalitis (if traveling to rural areas), and Rabies (especially if you plan to interact with animals).

    • Malaria: Prophylactic medications for malaria may be recommended if you are traveling to certain parts of India. Consult with a travel health clinic for the most current advice.

    • Food and Water Safety: Avoid drinking tap water; opt for bottled water. Avoid ice in beverages. Street food can be tempting but eat at places that are popular and look hygienic. Freshly cooked food is generally safer.


    • Recommended Vaccinations: Similar to India, recommended vaccines include Typhoid, Hepatitis A and B, Cholera, and Rabies. If you're trekking or staying in rural areas for an extended time, consider the Japanese encephalitis vaccine.

    • Malaria: The risk of malaria is present in certain low-altitude areas of Nepal. If your itinerary includes these areas, you might consider taking preventive medications.

    • Altitude Sickness: If you're trekking in higher altitudes, be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness. Acclimatization and medications like Acetazolamide can be helpful.

    • Food and Water Safety: Similar precautions as in India apply. Drink bottled or boiled water and avoid raw foods in places where hygiene is doubtful.

    General Tips for Both Countries:

    • Traveler's Diarrhea: This is a common ailment for travelers. Always have a basic first-aid kit, including anti-diarrheal medications. If symptoms persist or are severe, seek medical attention.

    • Pollution: Cities like Delhi can have high levels of air pollution. If you are sensitive or have respiratory conditions, consider wearing a mask.

    • Heat and Dehydration: Especially in the summer months, the heat can be intense. Stay hydrated, use sunscreen, and wear a hat or cap.

    • Travel Health Insurance: Always travel with comprehensive health insurance that includes emergency evacuation, especially if you plan on trekking or participating in adventurous activities.

    • Medical Facilities: Both India and Nepal have modern medical facilities in major cities. However, services can be basic or limited in remote areas.

    Traveling to diverse regions like India and Nepal brings a range of experiences, but being prepared health-wise ensures a smoother journey. With the guidance of tour operators like Luxury Holidays Nepal, you can also receive local insights into staying healthy throughout your trip.

    Insurance for the Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal

    Traveling through the Golden Triangle of India and Nepal involves various experiences, from urban exploration and historical sightseeing to potential adventure activities and wildlife encounters. Given the diversity of activities and the occasional unpredictable nature of travel, having a suitable insurance policy is vital. Here's an overview of considerations for insurance on the Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal:

    Medical Insurance:

    • Emergency Medical Evacuation: Ensure that your policy covers emergency medical evacuation, especially if you plan to explore remote areas or partake in adventure activities in Nepal.
    • Treatment Coverage: It should cover treatment costs for potential illnesses, including altitude sickness if you venture to higher altitudes in Nepal.
    • Medication and Hospitalization: Look for policies that cover prescription medications and hospital stays.

    Trip Cancellation and Interruption: Given that plans can change, especially in the current global context, a policy that covers trip cancellations or interruptions can help reclaim some expenses.

    Personal Belongings and Baggage: Considering the length of the trip and the number of transfers, there's always a chance of baggage delays, losses, or theft. An insurance policy should offer coverage for lost, stolen, or damaged personal belongings.

    Travel Delays and Disruptions: Natural events, strikes, or other unforeseen circumstances can disrupt your itinerary. Insurance can cover additional accommodation or food expenses during such delays.

    Adventure Activities: If you're planning on partaking in adventure activities like trekking, white-water rafting, or jungle safaris, ensure your insurance covers these specifically. Not all standard travel insurance policies do.

    Liability: This provides coverage if you're found liable for injuring someone or damaging their property.

    Repatriation: In unfortunate circumstances, insurance can cover the cost of returning your body to your home country.

    Investing in a comprehensive insurance policy for the Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal provides peace of mind, allowing travelers to fully immerse themselves in the experience, knowing they're protected against unforeseen events.

    Checklists for the Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal

    Preparing for the Golden Triangle Tour of India and Nepal requires thoughtful planning. Here's a comprehensive checklist to ensure you have everything you need for your journey:

    Travel Essentials:

    • Passport: Valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay.
    • Visas: Ensure you have the necessary visas for both India and Nepal.
    • Travel Insurance: Ensure it covers medical emergencies, cancellations, and other unforeseen events.
    • Flight Tickets: Hard copies can be handy in case of electronic failures.
    • Emergency Contacts: List of personal emergency contacts and contacts of your accommodation and tour operator.

    Clothing and Accessories:

    • Comfortable Attire: Lightweight, breathable clothing for warm days and a couple of warmer clothes for cooler evenings.
    • Footwear: Comfortable walking shoes and sandals.
    • Rain Jacket/Umbrella: Especially if traveling during the monsoon season.
    • Sunglasses & Hat: Protect yourself from the sun.
    • Swimwear: If your accommodation has a pool or if you plan to partake in water activities.
    • Reusable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated and be eco-friendly.

    Health and Safety:

    • First Aid Kit: Basics like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and pain relievers.
    • Prescription Medications: In their original packaging with a copy of the prescription.
    • Vaccination Records: Especially if required at your destination.
    • Sunscreen: SPF 30 or higher.
    • Insect Repellent: For protection against mosquitoes and other insects.
    • Hand Sanitizer and Wet Wipes: For quick clean-ups and general hygiene.
    • Water Purification Tablets: Especially if you venture into remote areas.


    • Smartphone/Camera: With chargers and necessary adapters.
    • Power Bank: Handy for long day trips.
    • Plug Adapter/Converter: Check the plug types for India and Nepal.
    • Headphones: For your entertainment needs during commutes.


    • Daypack: For carrying essentials during daily excursions.
    • Guidebooks or Travel Apps: For reference and deeper insights into the places you visit.
    • Snacks: Non-perishable, easy-to-carry items for the journey.
    • Personal Hygiene Products: Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.
    • Tissue Packs: Always handy, especially in places where restroom facilities might be basic.
    • Notebook and Pen: To jot down your experiences or any essential information.
    • Locks: For your luggage or hostel lockers.

    Money and Finances:

    • Local Currency: Some in cash for small purchases and tipping.
    • Credit/Debit Cards: Ensure they work internationally and notify your bank of your travel plans.
    • Money Belt or Hidden Pouch: To keep your money safe.

    Before your departure, it's always good to check with your tour operator, Luxury Holidays Nepal in this case, for any specific recommendations tailored to your itinerary. Always take personal preferences and needs into account when packing for your journey.

    Trip Extensions/Add-on trips

    Luxury Holidays Nepal offers the opportunity to extend your journey beyond the Golden Triangle and explore additional captivating destinations in the region. Here are some enticing trip extensions and add-on options:

    Nepal: Discover the majestic Himalayas and the vibrant culture of Nepal. Explore Kathmandu Valley, go trekking in the Annapurna or Everest regions, or visit the serene lakes of Pokhara.

    Bhutan: Experience the mystical kingdom of Bhutan, known for its stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Explore the charming capital, Thimphu, visit ancient monasteries and hike through pristine valleys.

    Tibet: Embark on a spiritual journey to Tibet, often referred to as the "Roof of the World." Explore Lhasa, the capital, and visit iconic Buddhist monasteries like the Potala Palace.

    India: Discover the mystical allure of South India's temples, immerse yourself in the spiritual vibes of Varanasi by the Ganges, or relax on the serene beaches of Goa; expand your journey in India to unearth its diverse tapestry of cultures, landscapes, and traditions.

    These trip extensions allow you to immerse yourself in the unique cultures, breathtaking landscapes, and spiritual traditions of these enchanting destinations. Luxury Holidays can seamlessly organize these add-on trips to complement your Golden Triangle India Tour, creating a truly unforgettable and comprehensive travel experience.

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