Nepal and India Overland Itinerary

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Camels trekking across desert dunes under blue skies

Visitor to India perched on bench in front of Taj Mahal

Markets and local sail boats spread along Goa beach

Local men canoeing along narrow river through heavy greenery

Birdseye view of blue village in India

Locals congregating at bank of the Ganges in Varanasi

Smiling local woman hard at work picking tea

Baby elephant investigating the vast environments of Chitwan National Park

View of Durbar Square from top of temple steps

Friendly locals interacting with tourists in Kathmandu

Day 1 Kathmandu

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 2-3 Royal Chitwan National Park

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 4 Sunauli

Spend a morning seeking out Chitwan's rare rhinos on a jungle walk or jeep safari. Travel to the Nepalese-Indian border.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 7-8 Bandhavgarh National Park

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 9-10 Khajuraho

Discover the magnificently decorated 'Kama Sutra' Temples of Khajuraho, which have stood for centuries.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 11-12 Agra

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 13-14 Jaipur

Experience the eerie desolation of Fatehpur Sikri and explore the amazing palaces of the renowned 'pink city'.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 15-16 Delhi

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 17 Bikaner

Travel into the sandy landscapes of Rajasthan to Bikaner, a fascinating town to explore with its striking palaces, temples and fort.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 18-20 Jaisalmer/Camel Safari

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.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Hotel - 2

Days 21-22 Jodhpur

The mighty Mehrangarh Fort dominates Rajasthan's second largest city. Climb the ramparts and look down over India's 'Blue City'.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1, Hotel - 1

Day 23 Pushkar

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 24-25 Udaipur

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 26 Ratlam

Experience Indian rural life on an overnight camping expedition in the countryside. Take time to meet the local children over a game of cricket.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 27 Mandu

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 28-29 Ajanta/Ellora

Discover beautifully decorated caves and camp out in the countryside.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 30-31 Mumbai

Adjust to the frenetic pace of Mumbai. Shop for souvenirs in vibrant bazaars, admire colonial architecture and sample local cuisine in restaurants and cafes.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 32 Ganpatipule

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.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Days 33-34 North Goa

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 35-36 South Goa

Visit the ruins of Old Goa and enjoy delicious local cuisine in one of Palolem’s bars and restaurants.
ACCOM: Beach hut - 1, Hotel - 1

Days 37-38 Hampi

Take a guided tour of Hampi, a historic village that was once one of the most beautiful cities of the medieval world.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Day 39 Bush Camp

Spend a night camping in the heart of rural India.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 40-41 Mysore

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 42-43 Wayanad District

Explore the plantations and surrounding hills of the lush Wayanad District.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 44-45 Kochi

Soak up the melting pot of cultural influences that converge in Kochi. Catch a kathakali dance performance and take a local boat tour.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 46 Kerala Backwaters

Cruise Kerala's famous canals, stop for chai and visit the markets of Alleppey.
ACCOM: Houseboat - 1

Days 47-49 Varkala

Unwind another notch with a beach break in Varkala. Soak up the sun, play in the surf and taste the local tropical fruits.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 50 Madurai

Stand on the southernmost tip of India then shop up a spice-scented storm in the streets and shops of Madurai.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 51 Trichy

Explore ornately decorated temples and forts in Trichy.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 52 Pondicherry

Soak up the French atmosphere of 'Pondy' and seek out crepes as a change from curry.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Day 53 Mahabalipuram

Visit the Shore Temples in laidback Mahabalipuram.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 54 Chennai

Journey to the bustle of Chennai and explore the temples and markets of India’s 4th-largest city.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 55 Tirupati

Mix with pilgrims at a holy temple of Sri Venkateswara Tirulalai.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 56 Bush Camp

Continue overland and camp in the remote countryside.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 57 Visakhapatnam

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 59-63 Orissa Tribal Area

Spend time in the remote tribal hinterlands of Orissa. Camp under the stars and visit tiny villages for a slice of rural life.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 4, Guesthouse - 1

Days 64-65 Puri

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 66-67 Kolkata

Known locally as the intellectual and cultural capital of India, Kolkata is a metropolis that constantly confounds expectations.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 68 Bush Camp

Spend a day travelling through the Indian countryside and in the evening, set up camp in the bush.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 69 Siliguri

Travel up into the foothills of the Himalayas and camp at the lush Ganga Ram Tea Plantation.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1

Days 70-71 Darjeeling

Enjoy the cool climate and slow pace of life among the green terraces of Darjeeling.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 72-74 Karmi Farm

Travel by jeep to a remote tea plantation where bird-watching, trekking and yoga are all on offer.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 3

Days 75-77 Gangtok

Choose to visit temples and monasteries to learn about the Tibetan culture and faith.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 78 Siliguri

Wind back down the switchback road to Siliguri.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1

Day 79 Bush Camp

Continue into the Himalayan foothills.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 80 Khatauti Khola

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 81-82 Kathmandu

Conclude this colossal Overland adventure amid the bustle and colour of Nepal's scenic capital once again.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1