Explore Moguls, Mosques and Mahals on a tour of India and Nepal.

Take an adventure tour of India and Nepal and drift along the River Ganges at dawn in Varanasi, experience all the colours of Kathmandu, go in search of tigers in Bandhavgarh and see the world's most beautiful building - the stunning Taj Mahal. On this trip through Nepal and India you'll see all the highlights, as well as get a glimpse of everyday life - whether taking part in a spontaneous cricket match with the village kids or rubbing shoulders with the locals at a tea stall. Travelling Overland is the best way to experience these amazing countries so jump onboard and let the tide of India and Nepal carry you along.

Start
Kathmandu, Nepal
Finish
New Delhi, India
Countries
India,
Nepal
Themes
Code
HDOD
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4 Max 22
Carbon offset
490kg pp per trip


Highlights


Itinerary

Kathmandu, you will most likely enter Nepal at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport.

Wrapped around the Himalayan mountain range is the remarkable country of Nepal. It is the birthplace of the Buddha and is a land of legend and beauty. Within its narrow confines Nepal contains an utterly spectacular variety of culture and landscapes. Nepal has a stunning natural beauty and a simple charm.

There is an important group meeting at 6:00pm. Your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where and when this important meeting will take place.
Today we will leave Kathmandu after breakfast, driving 200kms through stunning scenery down to the Terai grasslands. Our destination is Chitwan National Park, where we will stay for the next 2 nights.

Drive time - 7 hours (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, borders and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

If we arrive in good time we will make a visit to Bis Hajaar Tal, also known as 20,000 Lakes, which is a wetland area near the Royal Chitwan National Park. Here we will get the opportunity to see peacocks, wild boars, deer and there is also a slim chance of seeing tigers and rhinos. If we cannot visit 20,000 lakes today we will make our visit tomorrow.

On the following day we'll spend the day exploring the national park by canoe and on foot, and there is the option to take a jeep safari! There will be an opportunity to see a traditional Nepali dance demonstration in the evening.

In Chitwan we will stay in a local guest lodge.
Today we enter India. India has so much to offer: from the beautiful landscapes of the Himalayas, to the amazing temples and coastlines, rich culture, and of course the food!

This morning we have a fairly relaxed start to the day before packing up and driving to the border. We will cross the border to India and continue on a short drive to the town of Gorokphur.

We will stay in a local hotel in Gorokphur.

Drive time - 10 hours (including the border crossing).
Today we will continue driving and reach the holy city of Varanasi in the evening.

Drive time - 9-10 hours.

On the following day we will get up very early for a boat trip down the Ganges. This is a magical time of day to see the Ghats and watch the morning rituals of the thousands of people who come here to purify themselves in the holy river. We will have auto-rickshaws for the rest of he day to explore the rest of the city - we will have the opportunity to use them to visit a traditional silk workshop and the Mother India temple.

In Varanasi we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.
Today we will drive the 415 kms to Khajuraho. Tomorrow morning we will have a guided visit of the erotic temples followed by a very short drive to our treehouse campsite.

Drive time - 9-10 hours.

On the 3rd day there is the option to head into Panna National Park in search of wildlife on a jeep safari, or you might prefer to explore the local area or just relax on the banks of the river at our campsite.

We will stay on a camp site in Khajuraho.
After breakfast we leave our campsite and head 400kms to Agra. Most of today will be spent travelling and we will arrive in the evening.

Drive time - 11-12 hours.

On the following day we spend the day exploring Agra by rickshaw, starting with sunrise at the Taj Mahal, followed by a visit to the Agra Fort.

We will stay in a local hotel in Agra.
We leave Agra today and head 230kms overland to the pink city of Jaipur, stopping en route at Fatehpur Sikri (the old capital of the Mughal Empire).

Drive time - 6-8 hours (depending on the time spent at Fatehpur Sikri).

On the following day we will have a full day exploring the sites of Jaipur on the truck with our local guide. Whilst in Jaipur there will also be the option for an early morning or late afternoon hot air balloon ride over the city.

In Jaipur we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.
Day 14
Today we leave Jaipur and travel 245kms to arrive in Delhi in the afternoon.
Drive time - 7 hours.
Whilst in Delhi we stay in a friendly local hotel.

Day 15
This morning we have a tour of Delhi. We'll meet our local guide and together, take the metro to Old Delhi where we visit Jama Masjid Mosque. We'll then walk through the old and secret streets of Old Delhi where we will stop at a local tea makers who will give us a demonstration about the Indian Masala Chai. After this we walk to the Food street where we can try a few Indian snacks. We'll then visit a local Sikh temple and from here, take a Cycle rickshaw to the local spice market! The evening is free to explore Delhi.
Overnight in a hotel.

Day 16
Today is a free day to explore Delhi. There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm - please look for a note from your tour leader when you arrive at the hotel giving more details about this meeting.
In Delhi we will stay in a local hotel.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (3 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights), Hotel (10 nights)

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