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Luxury

Passage Through India, Bhutan & Nepal

Kochi to Kathmandu
31 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: INBN31
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Ranthambore National Park

Take a safari to one of India's best tiger reserves, Ranthambore National Park, in search of the Bengal tiger.

Fly Over Mount Everest

Soar to new heights as you embark on a breathtaking scenic flight over the towering Mount Everest.

Trek to Tiger's Nest Monastery

Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery, a sacred buddhist site also known as Paro Taktsang, overlooking the Paro Valley.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 17 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions in six locations
  • Luxury dining – a total of 76 meals
  • Everything as detailed, including gratuities
  • Expert APT Tour Director

Map & Itinerary

Asia Map INBN31 2020
Kochi to Kathmandu

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest

Welcome to India! We’ll meet you on arrival and take you to your hotel in the ocean-bound oasis of Kochi. It’s time to explore this spice-laden city, located on the tropical Malabar Coast. A port known as ‘the Queen of the Arabian Sea’, which has lured traders for some 600 years.

Stay: Two Nights, Le Méridien Kochi

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance performance.


Today you’re in expert hands, as you’re guided through the heritage area of Kochi (also known as Cochin). Discover one of the world’s finest natural harbours with a stroll through Jewtown and a visit to the ornate Paradesi Synagogue. Later, wander along the city’s scenic promenade and take a look at the cantilevered fishing nets, introduced to the region by Chinese fishermen in the 14th century. Then head to St Francis Church, built in 1516, to explore Kochi’s Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial history. This evening’s welcome dinner with fellow guests rounds off the day.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Choose to join a Keralan cooking demonstration or opt for an Ayurvedic lecture and massage, to soothe mind, body and soul.


Time-honoured traditions are the order of today. After breakfast, travel to Kumarakom with a stop off at Kumbalanghi Village to discover an ancient way of life. Breaking for lunch and time to check into your hotel this afternoon.

Stay: Two Nights, Kumarakom Lake Resort

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Discover the traditional martial art of India, Kalaripayattu, which originated in Kerala. Learn how it is one of the oldest martial arts traditions in the world, but is gaining modern popularity after featuring in Bollywood movies.


It’s time to dial back in this balmy Keralan city. Ease into the day as you like or join a yoga class. Then cruise Kerala’s backwaters, tracing the Malabar Coast aboard a houseboat. These waterways once ferried rice and spices, and now offer a window onto islands, lagoons and India’s longest lake, Vembanad Lake. This evening serves up a delicious seafood dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Learn how traditional and modern dance forms blend beautifully as you take part in a Bollywood dance lesson.


After breakfast, transfer to board your flight to Mumbai, home to India’s Bollywood movie scene. Settle into your hotel before dinner tonight, a haven away from it all in central Mumbai.

Stay: Mumbai, Taj Mahal Palace

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Rise and shine early with an introduction to the Koli fisher-folk at the Khar Danda Koliwada indoor fish market. Then, delve into the sights of Mumbai. Visit highlights including India Gate, the Hanging Gardens, Kamla Nehru Park and Mani Bhawan (the National Ghandi Museum, dedicated to India’s best-known Indian activist). There’s a stop by Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai’s vast open-air laundromat before we whisk you away to the World Heritage-listed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, to board your luxury Deccan Odyssey train. Here, you’ll be greeted with a glass of bubbly and dinner, aboard your hotel on wheels for the next eight days.

Stay: Seven Nights, Deccan Odyssey

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  • Lunch
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India Gate during sunset

Wake to new horizons each day, starting in the city of Vadodara. After breakfast, head inland to the World-Heritage listed Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park. A site that offers historical glimpses of Hindu, Muslim and Jain architecture. There’s time to relax over lunch before returning to Vadodara to explore the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum. The museum is housed in the Maharaja’s Laxmi Vilas Palace, where a traditional Indian high tea is served, followed by a colourful folk performance.

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Journey to Udaipur and explore the City Palace on a tour before taking a boat ride across Lake Pichola. Enjoy a break with lunch back on board and a stroll around the Old Town.

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Explore the Blue City of Rajasthan in the Thar Desert today. Jodphur is packed with temples, forts and palaces to unearth. After lunch, join a walking tour to Mehrangarh Fort. Dinner tonight is a royal affair, a Marwar barbecue held in the fort’s maharaja courtyard.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a champagne reception and guided tour of the Kohinoor Gem Museum, home to an exquisite collection of Mughal artefacts.


Prepare for a day of pinch-yourself-moments. Begin by exploring Agra Fort, one of India’s finest Mughal forts, before marvelling at the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Enjoy lunch and time to shop at a local market.

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Huge ornate building with amazing orange sunset sky, India

Join a village walking tour in rural Sawai Madhopur, before lunch back on board. This afternoon’s safari takes place in one of India’s best tiger reserves, Ranthambore National Park. Look out for an array of wildlife that calls this park home.

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Rajasthan’s capital is within striking distance to the cliffside Amber Fort complex, your first discovery today. Continue to the City Palace in Jaipur before visiting the historic observatory, Jantar Mantar and a local market.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a range of dining options at your hotel for dinner this evening. Perhaps dine at the Orient Express restaurant for some European cuisine, or Spicy Duck, which brings a little taste of China to the heart of India. If you aren’t quite sure, head to the atmospheric Capital Kitchen and choose from a range of Indian, Asian and Western classics.


Leaving the Deccan Odyssey this morning, join a rickshaw tour of Old Delhi, then visit India’s largest mosque Jama Masjid. This evening enjoy a range of dining options.

Stay: Two Nights, Delhi, Taj Palace Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today, meet with a local family for a cooking demonstration and lunch. Later, take a drive by Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President of India’s official residence) with a visit to India Gate and Humayun’s Tomb. Tonight, you’ll dine at the Masala Library restaurant.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast, board your flight to Varanasi, where we’ll meet and transfer you to your hotel. Later, join a River Ganges evening prayer cruise and fire-lit Aarti ceremony, before exploring Varanasi’s Old City with a guide.

Stay: Two Nights, Varanasi, Taj Gateway Hotel

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Bustling village along the river, India

On a Ganges River cruise today, float past the burning ghats (steps) where ceremonial cremations are still carried out in the traditional way. Back in the city, discover the spiritual heart of modern-day India on a visit to Sarnath, an important Buddhist centre.

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  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Take part in a yoga session on the banks of the Ganges River. Alternatively, you might want to learn about Indian traditional music as you meet a local guru.


Discover more of Varanasi before boarding your included flight to Kolkata, gateway to your adventure through Bhutan and Nepal. Here, we’ll meet and transfer you to your hotel.

Stay: Holiday Inn, Kolkata Airport

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Board your included flight to the Kingdom of Bhutan this morning, where you’re met on arrival and transferred to your hotel in the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu. There’s a stop en route in Chuzom to admire its stupas (Buddhist shrines) and a visit to Tachogang Monastery. Later, tour city sights including the National Institute for Zorig Chusum, the National Library and the Folk Heritage Museum.

Stay: Three Nights, Thimphu, Taj Tashi

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  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

At the National Textile Museum, choose from a guided tour, weaving demonstration, learn about the museum’s Dyeing Program, or view the private collection not on display to the public. Then gain insight into the local industry as you visit the Handmade Paper Factory.


There’s much to discover around Thimphu today including a stop at the National Memorial Chorten. After lunch, visit Buddha Point before travelling to the Mothihang Takin Preserve to meet the takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Round off the day by walking the Sangaygang-Wangditze nature trail. From Sangaygang’s viewpoint, the Thimphu Valley stretches out before you.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy an interactive lesson with the monks of Pangri Zampa, whose students learn about astrology based on Buddhist philosophy.


Today tour the fortress of Tashichho Dzong, built in 1641, then visit the Centenary Farmers Market. Tonight, dine on Bhutanese specialties at your hotel.

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Travel to Punakha today, via the stunning mountain scenery of Dochula Pass. In Punakha, visit Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, a modern-day religious monument, before a raft ride down the Mochu River. After, enjoy lunch and a visit to Punakha Dzong.

Stay: Two Nights, Punakha, Dhensa Boutique Resort

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Learn from monks at Nalanda Buddhist Institute followed by a meditation class.


Then, wind your way up to Talo Village to experience Bhutanese rural life. Stop via Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery before lunch back at your hotel. Later, see Chimi Lhakhang, an ancient Buddhist monastery.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Attend an exclusive cooking class and learn how to create Bhutanese delicacies.


Returning to Paro today, check into your hotel and enjoy lunch. This afternoon, visit the city’s former watchtowers, Ta Dzong and Paro Dzong, which are now museums housing extensive collections of national and historic artefacts.

Stay: Three Nights, Paro, Zhiwa Ling Heritage

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Take your pick today. Travel to the cliffside Paro Taktsang or Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Take a journey through Bhutan’s highest road pass of Chele La for spectacular views, or relax at your hotel with a spa treatment.


Choose what you would like to do in Paro today.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
View of white temple on side of mountain, Bhutan

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Dress up in a traditional Bhutanese Kira to watch a mask dance cultural performance.


Visit the village of Lango, you’ll find that tradition still informs much of Bhutanese daily life. Later, enjoy a refreshing stop for lunch and to tour a local brewery. Tonight, enjoy dinner.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Hear from a mountaineer who has conquered Mt Everest.


Today, board your included flight to Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. Touch down with time for a city tour, including Durbar Square, and a rickshaw ride through Thamel Market. Tonight, dine on Nepalese cuisine and hear from a mountaineer, who has climbed Mt Everest.

Stay: Two Nights, Kathmandu, Dwarika’s Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Early this morning, enjoy a scenic flight over Mount Everest.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Visit Patan Durbar Square and join your preferred workshop such as thangka painting, pottery or stone carving.


Early this morning, take a once-in-a-lifetime scenic flight round Mt Everest. Then, visit Patan Durbar Square to join your preferred workshop such as thangka painting, pottery or stone carving.

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  • Dinner

This morning, fly to Bharatpur and transfer to Chitwan National Park. After lunch, head to a nearby river for a canoeing safari. Rhinos, Asian elephants and birdlife are just some of the many wildlife species found along the riverbanks. Tonight, relax and enjoy a Tharu stick dance performance.

Stay: Two Nights, Chitwan, Taj Meghauli Serai

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Your jungle adventure continues this morning with a walking safari to spot native wildlife, and the chance to discuss your findings with a jungle expert.

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Wing your way back to Kathmandu one last time, for a tour of the ancient city of Bhaktapur. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner.

Stay: Kathmandu, Dwarika’s Hotel

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  • Dinner
Prayer wheels, Nepal

We’ll meet and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight.

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Travel & Accommodation

The Deccan Odyssey

Welcome onto India's Palace on Wheels, the Deccan Odyssey as you roll through the heart of this fascinating country.

Kumarakom Lake Resort

Escape from it all to the lush tropical surrounds of Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kerala.

The Taj Tashi

Uncover a land of mythology with a stay at Taj Tashi, nestled in the folds of Bhutan’s Thimphu Valley.

As a family-owned company, we take great pride in treating each and every guest as part of the family