The ultimate adventure travel experience in Nepal and India

The beauty and mystique of Nepal and India are captured in an unforgettable experience that will bamboozle and delight - an adventure tour from Kathmandu to Chennai. Travel overland through Himalayan passes to the Chitwan jungle in search of tigers. Discover the spiritual hub of India in Varanasi and visit the magnificent Taj Mahal before jumping headlong into the chaos of Delhi. Ride a camel into the Thar Desert and explore the spice-scented cities of Jodhpur and Pushkar before saying 'Welcome to Bollywood' in Mumbai. End this epic, unforgettable journey by soaking up the relaxed atmosphere of southern India.

Start
Kathmandu, Nepal
Finish
Chennai, India
Countries
India,
Nepal
Themes
Overland
Code
HDOCC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 21
Carbon offset
1 652kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Mix it up in Mumbai
  • Sleep under the stars in the Thar Desert
  • Laze on the beaches of Goa
  • Cruise the backwaters of Kerala
  • Dive into the chaos of Delhi
  • Look for elephants in the Royal Chitwan National Park
  • Explore the historic streets of Kathmandu
  • Get spiritual in Varanasi
  • Admire the exquisite palaces of Jaipur
  • Behold the beauty of the Taj Mahal in Agra

Itinerary

Visit Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, and soak up its rich atmosphere. Perhaps sit on the steps in Durbar Square to see Nepali life swirl past or head out to visit the temples of Pashupatinath and Bodhnath.
After the bustle and crush of Kathmandu, travel down to the jungle lowlands for a touch of peace and quiet. Visit the local elephants and seek out rare wildlife in the Royal Chitwan National Park.
Spend a morning seeking out Chitwan's shy and rare one-horned rhino on a jungle walk or jeep safari then travel to the Nepal-India border.
Set on the banks of the sacred River Ganges, Varanasi is awash with sights and sounds to overwhelm the senses. Learn the different uses of the ghats - both spiritual and secular.
Visit a second Indian national park - this one is famous for its tiger population. Take a safari and keep an eye out for the big cats, as well as deer, hyenas and porcupines.
Khajuraho was once the capital of the Chandella Kings who built the magnificent Hindu and Jain temples here around 1000 AD. Considered to be 'one of the seven wonders of India', the temples have been almost perfectly preserved.
Home to the glorious Taj Mahal, Agra also boasts the sprawling Red Fort. Take a rickshaw ride to these impressive monuments.
Experience the eerie desolation of Fatehpur Sikri and explore the amazing palaces of the renowned 'Pink City'.
Visit Delhi, a thriving metropolis crammed with the magic of a million stories. The best way to enjoy this city is to dive straight into the chaos!
Make the journey to Rajasthan's Bikaner, a fascinating town to explore with its striking palaces, temples and fort.
Explore the Thar Desert outside Jaisalmer from high atop a camel and perhaps even sleep out among the dunes. Visit the Jaisalmer Fort and marvel at the huge city walls.
The mighty Mehrangarh Fort dominates Rajasthan's second largest city. Climb the ramparts and look down over the quirky blue city of Jodhpur.
World famous for its huge camel fair, Pushkar is a fascinating place to visit at any time of the year. Perhaps explore the main bazaar or soak up the serene spirituality of the many temples.
An essence of romance is imbued in every stone of Udaipur and a walk through the old town brings a surprise with every corner. Walk the shores of Udaipur's Lake Pichola, look up at the towering City Palace and enjoy an evening haveli cultural performance.
Experience Indian rural life on an overnight camping expedition in the countryside.
Once known as the 'city of joy' and dating back many centuries, the hilltop fort of Mandu is an evocative and slightly eerie place to explore.
The tour continues to the caves at Ajanta and Ellora. Discover these remarkable, ancient complexes which feature beautifully decorated paintings and sculptures.
Home to massive bazaars and the lights of Bollywood, Mumbai has a wealth of things to sample, taste, try and buy - and plenty of top notch sightseeing. Set off to explore this quintessential Indian city and mark the conclusion of the trip with a hot curry and cold beer.
Leave the lively streets of Mumbai and head for the sleepy coastal town of Ganpatipule. Starkly different to the developed, commercial vibe of the big city, Ganpatipule is the perfect place to relax on spotless beaches by azure waters. Visit the Ganpati Temple and learn why locals consider this idyllic location to be blessed.
With palm-fringed beaches and Portuguese-influenced towns, Goa offers options for both exploration and relaxation. Hang out on the sand or taste a fiery fish curry.
Visit the cathedrals of Old Goa. After exploring the World heritage-listed ruins, sit back and relax in beachside bliss.
Discover the village of Hampi, a picturesque town located within the ruins of Vijayanagara.
Spend a night camping under the stars on route to Mysore.
Breathe in the scent of sandalwood with a visit to the Maharaja's Palace of Mysore. Count out 1,000 steps on the climb up Chamundi Hill.
Explore the tea and coffee plantations and surrounding hills of the Wayanad District.
Explore this island city on a boat tour. See India’s oldest church and witness the virtuosity of the Kathakali dance performers.
Cruise the canals, stop for chai and visit the markets of Alleppey.
Unwind another notch with a beach break in Varkala. Soak up the sun, play in the surf and taste the local tropical fruits.
Stand on the southernmost tip of India then shop up a spice-scented storm in the streets and shops of Madurai.
Explore the amazing stretches of the largest temple complex in India before visiting the Rock Fort and Sri Ranganathaswamy temple in Trichy.
Soak up the French atmosphere of Pondicherry and seek out crepes as a change from curry.
Visit the shore temples in laidback Mahabalipuram.
Wind up your India adventure in the humid, historic city of Chennai.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Camel, Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Beach hut (1 night), Bush camp (no facilities) (3 nights), Camping (with facilities) (7 nights), Guesthouse (4 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (36 nights), Houseboat (1 night)
Included activities
  • Agra - Guided Taj Mahal tour
  • Agra - Red Fort
  • Agra - Rickshaw ride
  • Ajanta - Guided Buddhist Caves visit
  • Bandhavgarh NP - Tiger Safari
  • Bikaner - Karni Mata Rat Temple
  • Chitwan NP - 20,000 Lakes wetland area
  • Chitwan NP - Elephant Safari
  • Ellora - Guided Caves & Rock Temples visit
  • Ganpati Temple
  • Goa - Guided Old Goa tour
  • Hampi - Guided village tour
  • Jaipur - City tour
  • Jaisalmer - Overnight Camel Safari
  • Jodhpur - Megerangarh Fort & Palace
  • Khajuraho - Guided temple tour
  • Kochi - Fort Kochi boat tour
  • Kochi - Kathakali performance
  • Madurai - Kanyakumari visit
  • Madurai - Sri Meenakshi Temple
  • Mahabalipuram - Shore Temples & Pagodas
  • Mysore - Maharaja's Palace
  • Trichy - Roch Fort & Sri Ranganathaswamy Temples
  • Varanasi - Ganges boat trip

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