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.

Start
Kathmandu, Nepal
Finish
Kathmandu, Nepal
Countries
India,
Nepal
Themes
Overland
Code
HDOLC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 21
Carbon offset
2 509kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Mix it up in Mumbai
  • Sleep under the stars in the Thar Desert
  • Laze on the beaches of Goa
  • Be impressed by the temples of Puri
  • 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

Start the journey in Kathmandu, Nepal's colourful capital. Perhaps sit on the steps of Durbar Square to witness life swirl past or relax in a cafe with a cup of hot chai.
After the bustle of Kathmandu, travel down to the jungle lowlands for a touch of peace and quiet. Visit the local elephants and seek out the rare wildlife who make their home in Royal Chitwan National Park.
Spend a morning seeking out Chitwan's rare rhinos on a jungle walk or jeep safari. Travel to the Nepalese-Indian 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 Bandhavgarh National Park, famous for its tiger population. Take a safari and keep an eye out for the big cats, as well as deer, hyenas and porcupines.
Discover the magnificently decorated 'Kama Sutra' Temples of Khajuraho, which have stood for centuries.
Home to the glorious Taj Mahal, Agra also boasts the sprawling Red Fort. Visit these impressive monuments on a rickshaw and spend time exploring these iconic sites.
Experience the eerie desolation of Fatehpur Sikri and explore the amazing palaces of the renowned 'pink city'.
Continue the adventure in Delhi - a metropolis crammed with the magic and mystery of a million stories. Dive into the chaos and perhaps kick back with a Kingfisher beer.
Travel into the sandy landscapes of Rajasthan to Bikaner, a fascinating town to explore with its striking palaces, temples and fort.
Explore the Thar Desert 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 India's 'Blue City'.
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 the very stone of Udaipur and a walk through the old town brings a surprise with every corner. Walk the shores of 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. Take time to meet the local children over a game of cricket.
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.
Discover beautifully decorated caves and camp out in the countryside.
Adjust to the frenetic pace of Mumbai. Shop for souvenirs in vibrant bazaars, admire colonial architecture and sample local cuisine in restaurants and cafes.
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, taste a fiery fish curry or roam the local markets.
Visit the ruins of Old Goa and enjoy delicious local cuisine in one of Palolem’s bars and restaurants.
Take a guided tour of Hampi, a historic village that was once one of the most beautiful cities of the medieval world.
Spend a night camping in the heart of rural India.
Breathe in the scent of sandalwood with a visit to the Maharaja's Palace. Count out 1,000 steps on the climb up Chamundi Hill.
Explore the plantations and surrounding hills of the lush Wayanad District.
Soak up the melting pot of cultural influences that converge in Kochi. Catch a kathakali dance performance and take a local boat tour.
Cruise Kerala's famous 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 ornately decorated temples and forts in Trichy.
Soak up the French atmosphere of 'Pondy' and seek out crepes as a change from curry.
Visit the Shore Temples in laidback Mahabalipuram.
Journey to the bustle of Chennai and explore the temples and markets of India’s 4th-largest city.
Mix with pilgrims at a holy temple of Sri Venkateswara Tirulalai.
Continue overland and camp in the remote countryside.
Spend time in the beachside town of Visakhapatnam before travelling into the hinterland to camp under the stars and get a a slice of rural life in tiny villages.
Spend time in the remote tribal hinterlands of Orissa. Camp under the stars and visit tiny villages for a slice of rural life.
One of the holiest cities in India, Puri is home to many impressive temples. Further up the coast, the magnificent Sun Temple of Konark is truly remarkable.
Known locally as the intellectual and cultural capital of India, Kolkata is a metropolis that constantly confounds expectations.
Spend a day travelling through the Indian countryside and in the evening, set up camp in the bush.
Travel up into the foothills of the Himalayas and camp at the lush Ganga Ram Tea Plantation.
Enjoy the cool climate and slow pace of life among the green terraces of Darjeeling.
Travel by jeep to a remote tea plantation where bird-watching, trekking and yoga are all on offer.
Choose to visit temples and monasteries to learn about the Tibetan culture and faith.
Wind back down the switchback road to Siliguri.
Continue into the Himalayan foothills.
Travel into Nepal, journey through the fertile lands of the Terai and overnight in an eco-camp where canoeing, rafting and kayaking are all available.
Conclude this colossal Overland adventure amid the bustle and colour of Nepal's scenic capital once again.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
4x4, Camel, Overland vehicle, Train
Accommodation
Beach hut (1 night), Bush camp (no facilities) (6 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (12 nights), Guesthouse (9 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (49 nights), Houseboat (1 night)
Included activites
  • 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
  • Gangtok - Rumtek Monastery
  • Ganpati Temple
  • Goa - Guided Old Goa tour
  • Hampi - Guided village tour
  • Jaipur - City tour
  • Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri
  • Jaisalmer - Overnight Camel Safari
  • Jodhpur - Megerangarh Fort & Palace
  • Karmi Farm - Charity Clinic visit
  • 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
  • Orissa Tribal Area - Guided village & market tours
  • Puri - Konark Sun Temple
  • Tirupati - Sri Venkatesvara Tirulalai Temple
  • Trichy - Roch Fort & Sri Ranganathaswamy Temples
  • Varanasi - Ganges boat trip

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Notes

1. With increasing concerns about tourists embarking on tribal safaris, the government of Orissa has imposed strict rules for trips to areas inhabited by tribal groups. As a result, the Orissa part of our itinerary has changed and we will now stay in hotels, lodges, or campgrounds associated with local NGOs rather than bushcamping in villages. We will also travel with a local guide for the duration of the visit to the tribal area and have more meals and activities included. This has all resulted in a significant increase in the kitty for this trip compared to what has previously been advertised.
2. Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.
3. In order to confirm your place on this trip we will need a scanned copy of your passport, passport photo and your Indian visa as soon as possible after booking.
4. For trips in Southern India that occur over Christmas and New Year please allow approximately $130USD extra on the kitty for seasonal increases in accommodation costs.

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