Satisfy your sense of adventure and spiritual curiosity on this true overland odyssey. From the great capital of China, travel across the vast Tibetan Plateau, through remote villages and the mountain kingdom of Nepal, and into the heady chaos of India. Ride the world's highest railway all the way to Lhasa and witness the intense spirituality of the Tibetan people in their remote monasteries, traditional homes and colourful marketplaces. Spot exotic creatures, explore temples and palaces and view icons such as Mt Everest, the Great Wall and the Taj Mahal on this epic travel experience rich in history, spirituality, culture and local interaction.

Start
Beijing, China
Finish
New Delhi, India
Countries
China,
India,
Nepal
Themes
Explorer
Code
CBSXC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 4, Max 12
Carbon offset
1 312kg pp per trip

Discover the intoxicating highlights of China, Nepal and India


Highlights

  • Visit the birthplace of Buddha
  • Spot exotic wildlife in Chitwan National Park
  • Get spiritual in Varanasi
  • Soak up the chaos of Delhi
  • Sail down the Ganges
  • Take the world's highest railway to the roof of the world
  • Hike the Great Wall
  • Travel through the breathtaking landscapes of mountainous Tibet
  • Shop for crafts in Kathmandu
  • Soak up the spiritual atmosphere of Lhasa

Itinerary

Welcome to bustling Beijing! Discover the awe-inspiring wonder of the iconic Great Wall of China on a trip to this impressive feat of engineering.
Travel from Beijing to Lhasa on one of the world's great train journeys and soak up stunning landscapes on the climb to the Tibetan Plateau.
Arrive in Lhasa, Tibet's eclectic capital city - a place of beauty and mysticism. Enjoy a cooking class and visit Potala Palace - the former residence of the Dalai Lama.
Spend the night in the atmospheric shadow of Samye Monastery, the oldest in Tibet.
Listen to the monks' morning prayers before taking a spectacular drive across the Kamba-La Pass. Make the pilgrim circuit at Pelkor Chode Monastery and see the imposing hill fortress of Gyantse Dzong.
Travel to Shigatse, one of the most spiritually important cities in Tibet, and explore Tashilhunpo Monastery. Browse Shigatse bazaar - a shopper’s heaven.
Journey onwards to the remote Sakya Monastery, which boasts a collection of rare medieval artwork.
Discover the world's highest monastery, Rongphu. Get higher again, trekking to Everest Base Camp - the view is out of this world.
Rise early and hit the road for a drive across the Tibetan Plateau. Travel onwards to Zhangmu and watch the harsh landscape give way to lush green valleys.
Cross the Nepalese border, trek to nearby villages or simply relax and enjoy the panoramic views.
The Mountains and Monasteries adventure ends in the narrow streets of Kathmandu with its great food and memorable sights. Recline in a cafe with a hot chai, shop for souvenirs or rise early to climb to Swayambhunath.
Explore the Chitwan National Park to experience some of Asia's best wildlife viewing. Enjoy a canoeing adventure on the Rapti River, before setting off on a guided tour of the park. Look out for rhinos, monkeys, deer and the infamous Nepalese wild chickens.
Travel to the border town of Lumbini, the sacred birthplace of Buddha.
The change of scenery from Nepal to India is immediate. Enter Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, and be greeted by holy cows ambling along the highway.
What better way to experience the sacred River Ganges than by boat? Journey down the waterway and experience life on India’s holy river. Enjoy a delicious meal before spending a night camping on the riverbank.
One of the world's oldest living cities, Varanasi is a hive of religious life. Take in this ancient city on a walk through its maze of alleyways, shops and stalls. In the evening, witness an unforgettable candle flower ceremony by the river.
Explore the historical palaces and grand buildings that are untouched by modern life and lie scattered across the countryside of Orchha. Test culinary skills at a cooking demonstration and visit a unique papermaking plant.
Visit the Red Fort, take a rickshaw tour and see the majestic Taj Mahal, one of the finest monuments ever constructed.
The adventure concludes in India's capital Delhi- alive with historical sites, museums, galleries and endless bazaars. The ruins of Qutb Minar, the Indira Gandhi Museum and Birla House are all worth visiting.
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Inclusions

Meals
3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport
Auto rickshaw, Bus, Cycle rickshaw, Jeep, Overnight sleeper train, Private Bus, Private vehicle, Public bus, Taxi, Train
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Guesthouse (4 nights), Heritage Property (2 nights), Hotel (18 nights), Lodge (2 nights), Overnight sleeper train (3 nights), Permanent tented camp (1 night)
Included activites
  • Agra - Agra Fort
  • Agra - Motorised rickshaw tour
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Chitwan - Crocodile breeding centre
  • Everest NP - Base Camp visit
  • Everest NP - Rongphu Monastery
  • Great Wall - Mutianyu section
  • Gyantse - Gyantse Kumbum
  • Gyantse - Pelkor Chode Monastery
  • Informal Chinese language lesson
  • Kathmandu - Bodhnath Stupa
  • Kathmandu - Pashupatinath Temple
  • Kathmandu - Swayambhunath Temple
  • Lhasa - Braille Without Borders school visit
  • Lhasa - Cooking class
  • Lhasa - Jokhang Temple
  • Lhasa - Nam-Tso Lake day trip
  • Lhasa - Potala Palace
  • Lhasa - Sera Monastery
  • Lhasa - Tibetan language lesson
  • Lumbini - Maya Devi Temple & Heritage Park
  • Orchha - Cooking class
  • Orchha - Orchha Palace
  • Orchha - Ram Raja Temple puja (prayer) ceremony
  • Orchha - Taragram visit
  • Sakya - Sakya Monastery
  • Samye - Samye Monastery
  • Shigatse - Braille Without Borders farm visit
  • Shigatse - Tashilhunpo Monastery
  • Varanasi - Old city walking tour
  • Varanasi - Sunrise boat ride
  • Varanasi - Sunset candle flower ceremony

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Notes

1. During 2012, due to government permit rules, there were restrictions on nationalities that could travel on specific departures. This may continue in 2013. Bookings will need to be requested and your sales or Intrepid agent will provide more information. Tibet may be closed to tourists at any time without warning.
2. Once you have obtained your Chinese visa please provide your booking agent with a scanned colour copy of the personal details page of your passport and your Chinese visa.

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