Tour India and Nepal from the Ganges to the Himalayas.

From the sacred River Ganges to the summits of the Himalayas, tour India and Nepal on a trip where adventure and discovery await. From the most exciting places to visit in Delhi to the towering peaks surrounding Kathmandu, discover the spirit, culture and nature of this fascinating region. Visit the Taj Mahal of Agra, experience the chaos and colour of India's villages and marvel at the daily pilgrimage to the ghats of Varanasi on the banks of the Ganges. Delve into the history and religion of these two fascinating countries as you enjoy the highlights of India and Nepal.

Start
New Delhi, India
Finish
Kathmandu, Nepal
Countries
India,
Nepal
Themes
Explorer
Code
HHSEC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
496kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Visit the sights of Old Delhi
  • Discover the Taj Mahal of Agra
  • Quietly enter the ghost town of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Peak through the windows of the Hawa Mahal
  • Explore rural life and crumbling ruins in Orchha
  • Boat down India's holy River Ganges
  • See sunset soften the city of Varanasi
  • Visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha
  • Spot wildlife in Chitwan National Park
  • Experience the sublime beauty of the Himalayas
  • Wander the atmospheric streets of Kathmandu

Itinerary

Welcome to the capital of India, Delhi. A chaotic medley of bazaars, temples, mosques and colonial buildings, Delhi is an ideal place to kick-start this adventure. Weave through the cars, rickshaws and bullock carts to experience fast-paced city life. Stroll through the exuberant alleyways of Old Delhi and see the magnificent Jama Masjid. Visit a local Sikh temple to learn a little about this fascinating religion.
Travel by train to Agra. This former Mughal capital is home to some impressive buildings, including the romantic Taj Mahal of Agra and massive Red Fort that dominates the skyline. Admire the Taj Mahal's intricate carvings then visit the fort - a maze of halls, mosques, chambers and gardens.
Explore India's deserted palaces and pavilions of the Mughal kingdom in Fatehpur Sikri, a perfectly preserved ghost town. Visit a village and learn about life in rural India and enjoy an evening of traditional music and food during a heritage stay in a palace.
The gem of Rajasthan, Jaipur's pink sandstone 'Palace of Winds' and the lively streets make the city a colourful destination. This friendly town is brimming with bazaars full of jewellery, textiles and local art. If there's time, be sure to catch the latest Bollywood blockbuster in the Art Deco splendour of the Raj Mandir Cinema.
Colourful, chaotic and steeped in history, the capital of India, Delhi, will leave a lasting impression. Visit fortified Old Delhi - the crowded, narrow alleyways overflow with exotic sights and smells. Explore India's largest mosque and stop by a Sikh temple.
Visit the Taj Mahal of Agra - the ultimate monument to love. Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the ornate carvings and bejewelled marble of this mausoleum are truly breathtaking. Spend the afternoon exploring Shah Jahan's home in Agra, the impressive Red Fort.
Take a train across classical Indian terrain to Orchha, one of the most incredible tourist spots in Madhya Pradesh. Crumbling temples and palaces are scattered across rural countryside, which is full of friendly locals. Soaring temple spires and domes rise from the jungle in the Orcha Palace complex. Witness a cooking demonstration by a local family and visit a community project for an insight into papermaking.
Sail down India's River Ganges and see Indian river life up-close. Sail past humble villages in the day, before camping overnight on the banks of the sacred river.
Nestled on the banks of the Ganges, Varanasi is India's sacred heart and the ultimate destination for Hindu pilgrims. Wander the Old City, take part in a traditional candle-lit flower ceremony and boat down the river at sunrise, past pilgrims absolving their sins on the ghats of Varanasi.
Travel to the birthplace of Buddha, the beautiful town of Lumbini on the Nepalese border. Hop on a cycle rickshaw and explore the Maya Devi Temple, one of Buddhism’s holiest sites.
Cross the border and travel to Nepal. Look out for rhinos, monkeys, deer and the infamous Nepalese wild chickens at the Chitwan National Park. Enjoy a canoeing adventure on the Rapti River, before setting off on a guided tour of the park.
Pass rice terraces, deep gorges, pounding rivers and the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas en route to Kathmandu. Visit the 'Monkey Temple', see the Pashupatinath pires and join the pilgrims at Bodhnath Stupa.
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Inclusions

Meals
4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
Transport
Auto rickshaw, Canoe, Cycle rickshaw, Jeep, Local bus, Metro, Private vehicle, Shuttle Bus, Taxi, Train
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Deluxe permanent tent (2 nights), Guesthouse (1 night), Heritage Property (3 nights), Hotel (9 nights), Lodge (2 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • Agra - Motorised rickshaw tour
  • Agra - Red Fort
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Allahabad - Nehru House
  • Chitwan - Canoe safari, Bird Watching walk or Jeep safari
  • Chitwan - Crocodile breeding centre
  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
  • Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort guided tour
  • Jaipur - Hawa Mahal
  • Kathmandu - Bodhnath Stupa
  • Kathmandu - Pashupatinath Temple
  • Kathmandu - Swayambhunath Temple
  • Lumbini - Maya Devi Temple & Heritage Park
  • Orchha - Cooking class
  • Orchha - Orchha Palace
  • Orchha - Ram Raja Temple puja (prayer) ceremony
  • Orchha - Taragram visit
  • River Ganges - Overnight sailing trip
  • Rural heritage stay - Village walk
  • Varanasi - Old city walking tour
  • Varanasi - Sunrise boat ride
  • Varanasi - Sunset candle flower ceremony

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Important notes

1. This trip starts in Delhi on Day one at 1pm (2012); it will start in Delhi at 6pm in 2013.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.

TRIP CHANGES 2013

Please note this tour will be 19 days in 2013, instead of 20 days in 2012. The itinerary will be as follows:

Day 1-2 Delhi
Day 3-4 Jaipur
Day 5 Heritage Stay
Day 6 Agra
Days 7-9 Orchha
Day 10 Ganges Boat Trip
Days 11-12 Varanasi
Day 13 Lumbini
Days 14-16 Chitwan National Park
Days 17-19 Kathmandu

The detailed itinerary and prices will be released 1st November 2012

Trip notes

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