THE TRINITY – NEPAL, INDIA AND SRI LANKA
26 days

Here is a grand and seamless journey that takes you from Nepal in the far north to the isle of Sri Lanka, deep south in the Indian Ocean. Cradled in the Himalayas, Nepal’s culture contains the three religious strands of Hinduism, Buddhism and Shamanism, revealed as you explore Kathmandu and Pokhara.

India presents a rich multi-dimensional journey ranging from pious Varanasi and Delhi’s landmark architecture to Agra’s Taj Mahal and Rajasthan’s royal heritage in north India. As you travel south, you visit Mumbai, city of incredible contrasts. Further south, the lure of spices brought several visitors to the famed Malabar Coast and Kochi reflects these multiple influences, while in Chennai the focus is on the apogee of Dravidian sculpture at Mamallapuram.

Finally, Sri Lanka beckons. The sensational beaches in Galle, the tea gardens in Nuwara Eliya and the heritage monuments in Kandy are the main attractions. Colombo’s relaxed atmosphere is the perfect way to end your journey.

DAY 1 | KATHMANDU

Arrive in Kathmandu (alt 1,355m) today, where accommodation is held from 12 noon. Afternoon tour of Bhadgaon, one of the four ancient capitals in the valley. Attend a folkloric show this evening, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

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DAY 2 | KATHMANDU

Full day tour of Kathmandu, beginning with a morning visit to the hilltop Buddhist stupa at Swayambhunath, and Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple at Pashupatinath along the Bagmati River. In the afternoon, visit medieval Patan, the “City of Art”, before ending the day strolling through Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, always memorable despite the all too brief glimpse of the Living Goddess.

DAY 3 | KATHMANDU/ POKHARA

Fly to Pokhara (or drive, 200 km/6 hours), dramatically situated in the shadow of the Himalayas with the magnificent Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu ranges as the backdrop.

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DAY 4 | POKHARA

Spend the day at Pokhara (alt 827m), breathing in the mountain panorama and visiting interesting local sites. A half or full day walk, with picnic lunch, will gladly be arranged on request.

DAY 5 | POKHARA/ KATHMANDU/ VARANASI

Today, fly to Kathmandu and take a connecting flight to Varanasi. Late in the day, visit the ghats along the Ganges to view the evening prayer ceremonies and stroll through the traditional markets.

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DAY 6 | VARANASI/ DELHI

In the morning, visit Sarnath, where the Buddha preached his first sermon in 528BC after attaining Enlightenment. Then, fly to Delhi.

DAY 7 | DELHI

Full day tour of Old and New Delhi, exploring the medieval and pre-modern faces of India’s historic capital, epitomised by the Jami Masjid and Chandni Chowk, Humayun’s Tomb and the legacy of Lutyens and Baker.

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DAY 8 | DELHI/ AGRA

Drive to Agra (192 kms/4 hours). In the afternoon visit the magnificent Red Fort, and the iconic Taj Mahal at sunset (closed Fridays).

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DAY 9 | AGRA/ JAIPUR

Drive west to Jaipur (224 km 5 hours plus sightseeing time), en route visiting the celebrated medieval Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri.

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DAY 10 | JAIPUR

Morning tour of Amber Fort. In the afternoon, explore the City Palace, Jantar Mantar and the old city bazaars.

DAY 11 | JAIPUR/ UDAIPUR

In the morning, drive to Udaipur (380 kms/ 5.5 hours)

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DAY 12 | UDAIPUR

A full day tour of Udaipur’s lakeside palaces and old city bazaars (closed Sundays/holidays), and a motorboat cruise in the late afternoon.

DAY 13 | UDAIPUR/ MUMBAI

Morning flight to Mumbai. Afternoon tour of the busy thoroughfares, the waterfront, the famous open air laundry and the Botanic Garden.

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DAY 14 | MUMBAI

Morning excursion by motor launch to the 2nd century Elephanta Caves (closed Mondays/one hour each way). Afternoon is at leisure.

DAY 15 | MUMBAI/ KOCHI

Today late morning fly, to Kochi (Cochin). In the evening, enjoy a demonstration of Kathakali dance.

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DAY 16 | KOCHI

Full day tour of this atmospheric and historic port city (note: Indo Portuguese Museum closed Thursdays, Dutch Palace closed Fridays, Pardesi Synagogue closed Fridays/Saturdays).

DAY 17 | KOCHI/ CHENNAI

In the morning, fly to Chennai. Afternoon tour of the city. (Note: Government Museum & Art Gallery closed Fridays/holidays).

DAY 18 | CHENNAI

Drive along the fringe of the Coromandel Coast to Mahabalipuram (128 km roundtrip/1.5 hours’ drive one way), site of the 7th century port city of the Pallavas. Returning to Chennai in the afternoon, visit Dakshinachitra (closed Tuesdays/holidays), a unique cultural and architectural exposition on southern India.

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DAY 19 | CHENNAI/ COLOMBO/ GALLE

Fly to Colombo and drive down to Galle on the southwest coast, overlooking the Arabian Sea. Known to exist since 1400 BCE, the attractive fortress-city that remains today resulted from Portuguese and Dutch colonisation. Choose between town or seaside accommodations for your stay here.

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DAY 20 | GALLE

Sightseeing and leisure time in Galle.

DAY 21 | GALLE/ NUWARA ELIYA

Drive to Nuwara Eliya (253kms/ 6hours), the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea industry and hill country. The remainder of the day is at leisure and a variety of optional activities are available.

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DAY 22 | NUWARA ELIYA

Options include walks in the hills or the Horton Plains, a climb up to the sacred Adam’s Peak (2,243m/ 7,350 ft), cycling, mountain biking and golf.

DAY 23 | NUWARA ELIYA/ KANDY

Depart this morning for Kandy. Located in Sri Lanka’s high country, Kandy is redolent with aura, grace, history and scenery. The afternoon is at leisure.

DAY 24 | KANDY

A full day tour of Kandy begins at the Royal Botanical Gardens of 14th century vintage, home to over 300 species of orchids. At the Pinnawella Elephant Orphanage, visit abandoned and orphaned elephant calves that are reared here before domestication or a return to the wilderness. Stroll around Kandy’s lake before visiting the Temple of The Tooth, the country’s most hallowed religious site where the evening prayer service is accompanied by music and ritual drumming.

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DAY 25 | KANDY/ COLOMBO

After breakfast, drive to Colombo (100kms/ 2hours). Remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.

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DAY 26 | DEPART COLOMBO

Depart Colombo today for your onward destination

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