Kathmandu to Kolkata

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  • 2012-01-01 - 2013-12-31

The ultimate adventure travel experience in Nepal and India

Journey Overland through the amazing lands of Nepal and India, taking in the colourful cultures, impressive icons and stunning sights along the way. Experience the very best of these two countries - from the busy cities filled with animated people, crowded bazaars and commercial enterprise, to the small, remote villages where a slow-paced rural life endures. Be awed by the immense beauty of the Taj Mahal, the warm glow of a Goan sunset and the displays of faith around every corner in Varanasi. Escape the heat in the cool climate of Darjeeling plantations, cruise the waters of Kerala, try to spot tigers and elephants in national parks and embark on an exciting safari into the desert. Mix with local children, pilgrims, market traders, tribal people and farmers and see the heart and soul of India and Nepal in these proud people. This adventure travel experience delivers many moments of breathtaking beauty and thrilling fun - don't miss the chance to see the very best of Nepal and India.

  • Behold the beauty of the Taj Mahal in Agra
  • Cruise the backwaters of Kerala
  • Dive into the chaos of Delhi
  • Explore the historic streets of Kathmandu
  • Get spiritual in Varanasi
  • Laze on the beaches of Goa
  • Mix it up in Mumbai
  • Sleep under the stars in the Thar Desert

Kathmandu to Kolkata Summary

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Day 1 Kathmandu

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.

Days 2-3 Royal Chitwan National Park

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.

Day 4 Sonauli

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.

Days 5-6 Varanasi

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.

Days 7-8 Bandhavgarh National Park

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.

Days 9-10 Khajuraho

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.

Days 11-12 Agra

Home to the glorious Taj Mahal, Agra also boasts the sprawling Red Fort. Take a rickshaw ride to these impressive monuments.

Days 13-14 Jaipur

Experience the eerie desolation of Fatehpur Sikri and explore the amazing palaces of the renowned 'Pink City'.

Days 15-16 Delhi

The journey continues in Delhi - a metropolis crammed with the magic and mystery of a million stories. Dive into the chaos and perhaps celebrate the adventure with a Kingfisher beer.

Day 17 Bikaner

Located in the Thar desert, Bikaner is known for its camel farm, great food, rustic charm and extraordinary palaces, fort and temples.

Days 18-20 Jaisalmer/Camel Safari

Located within the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is like an ancient oasis with its heritage architecture, medieval temples and crumbling, yet majestic, fort. Journey into the desert of Jaisalmer on camels, watching the sun set over the dunes and enjoying a campfire evening before sleeping under the stars. Like a city risen from the desert sands, Jaisalmer's sand-coloured buildings, busting bazaars and fascinating living fort all help give the city a wonderful old-world feel.

Days 21-22 Jodhpur

India's enigmatic 'Blue City', Jodhpur, has a captivating Old Town with palaces, heritage buildings, colourful streets and the Mehrangarh Fort shining like a jewel high above the city.

Day 23 Pushkar

With an ethereal lake in its centre and dusty desert hills in the background, Pushkar is resplendent in its natural beauty, spiritual heritage and architectural loveliness.

Days 24-25 Udaipur

With dusty hills in the background and tranquil lakes its centrepiece, Udaipur is a truly beautiful city with fabulous heritage buildings, restaurants and narrow laneways.

Day 26 Ratlam

Once a well-known trading town, Ratlam is now known for its gold and silver shops, and its khoa (like ricotta cheese).

Day 27 Mandu

Founded in the 6th century, Mandu was an important military outpost for many centuries and is now the site of some remarkable and well-preserved ruins.

Days 28-29 Ajanta/Ellora

Thirty spectacular cave monuments, decorated in Buddhist paintings and sculptures and dating from the 2nd century BC to the 5th century AD, can be found in Ajanta. Between the 5th and 10th century AD, Hindu, Buddhist and Jain temples, monasteries and chapels were intricately carved into the hills around Ellora - the result is breathtaking.

Days 30-31 Mumbai

A city of contradictions and never dull, Mumbai has truly wonderful sights vs the hard to see; incredible cultural depth vs rampant consumerism; immense riches vs crippling poverty.

Day 32 Ganpatipule

With endless white beaches and a small town that is virtually tourist free, Ganpatipule is a tranquil haven home to the famous Ganpati Temple.

Days 33-34 North Goa

Tinged with a Portuguese flavour, the state of Goa is blessed with lovely beaches, rich traditions, mouth-watering cuisine, World Heritage buildings and a wealth of attractions.

Days 35-36 South Goa

Take a break from the world on the southern beaches of Goa, where sun-filled days, fresh tropical foods and relaxation play a big part of the day.

Days 37-38 Hampi

Hampi is a relaxed village awash with captivating ruins and temples of the 15th-century city Vijayanagar, now a World Heritage site.

Day 39 Bush Camp

Travel through the heart of southern India taking in sights, colours and Indian rural life along the way. Set up camp among the wilderness.

Days 40-41 Mysore

The peaceful city of Mysore has a score of lovely parks, grand buildings, well-regarded yoga centres and an incredible palace, the product of its Wodeyar Dynasty heritage.

Days 42-43 Wayanad District

Home to natural beauty and a wondrous wildlife sanctuary, India's Wayanad District has verdant hills, lush plantations and the aroma of spices in the air.

Days 44-45 Kochi

As a centre for the spice trade for centuries, cosmopolitan Kochi has an intriguing mix of cultural influences from both the Indian continent and overseas.

Day 46 Kerala Backwaters

With numerous canals linking the countryside and being the gateway to the gorgeous Kerala backwaters, life in Alleppey centres around the water.

Days 47-49 Varkala

Blessed by dramatic cliffs falling into the Arabian sea, Varkala is an unassuming town with a relaxed feel and some great temples, beaches and eateries.

Day 50 Madurai

With incredible temple complexes and a recorded history going back to the 3rd century BC, Madurai has some wonderful buildings and heritage sites to discover.

Day 51 Trichy

Tiruchirappalli - or Trichy to most - is famed for its cheroots (cigars) and temples, especially the colourful and ornate Ranganathaswamy temple complex and sacred, towering Rockfort.