Nepal and India Overland Overview

Join Intrepid on the ultimate adventure travel experience in Nepal and India. From Kathmandu, travel into the heart of India and visit the coast before returning to Nepal.

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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.

  • Admire the exquisite palaces of Jaipur
  • Be impressed by the temples of Puri
  • Behold the beauty of the Taj Mahal in Agra
  • Cruise the backwaters of Kerala
  • Dive into the chaos of Delhi
  • Laze on the beaches of Goa
  • Look for elephants in the Royal Chitwan National Park
  • Mix it up in Mumbai

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Finish:

    Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 21
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    All meals when camping
  • Accommodation:

    Beach hut (1 nt), Bush camp (no facilities) (6 nts), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nts), Camping (with facilities) (12 nts), Guesthouse (9 nts), Homestay (1 nt), Hotel (49 nts), Houseboat (1 nt)
  • Transport:

    4x4, Camel, Overland vehicle, Train
  • 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, 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

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    2509kg pp per trip
  • 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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Day 1 Kathmandu

Kathmandu is like an alluring whirlwind of sights, sounds, smells and colours. Almost overwhelming, its charm and history peaks out from the most unexpected places rendering most visitors enamoured.

Days 2-3 Royal Chitwan National Park

Home to tigers, one-horned rhinos, leopards and hundreds of other species, beautiful Chitwan National Park covers hundreds of square kilometres of forests, grasslands and flood plains.

Day 4 Sunauli

A border town between India and Nepal, Sunauli names both sides of the divide and is a small place with a few currency changers and travel agencies.

Days 5-6 Varanasi

The holy city of Varanasi, sitting on the River Ganges for thousands of years, attracts scores of pilgrims and travellers wanting to discover something divine.

Days 7-8 Bandhavgarh National Park

Founded in 1968, Bandhavgarh National Park was once a royal hunting ground. The park has India's biggest tiger population and is rich in animal species and birdlife.

Days 9-10 Khajuraho

Khajuraho is a small, friendly city that is best known for its Hindu and Jain temples that are adorned with erotic carvings depicting the Kama Sutra.

Days 11-12 Agra

Famed for the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal, Agra is a city with a fascinating history and is rich in Mughal heritage, lush gardens and exquisite buildings and temples.

Days 13-14 Jaipur

Jaipur was designed by royalty and has delighted visitors for centuries with its pink-hued buildings, wonderful bazaars and rainbow of bright colours dancing along hectic streets.

Days 15-16 Delhi

It's big, it's bold, it's busy - and there is nowhere in the world quite like it. Delhi's sights and sounds are sure to engage and intrigue.

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

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. 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. Located within the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is like an ancient oasis with its heritage architecture, medieval temples and crumbling, yet majestic, fort.

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.
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