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 backwaters 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 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

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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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. 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 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). 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.
Leave Jaipur and travel 245kms to arrive in Delhi in the afternoon. Tour 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! Free day to explore Delhi.
Make the journey to Rajasthan's Bikaner, a fascinating town to explore with its striking palaces, temples and fort.
Explore the Thar Desert outside Jaisalmer from high atop a camel and perhaps even sleep out among the dunes. Visit the Jaisalmer Fort and marvel at the huge city walls.
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.
An essence of romance is imbued in every stone of Udaipur and a walk through the old town brings a surprise with every corner. Walk the shores of Udaipur's Lake Pichola, look up at the towering City Palace and enjoy an evening haveli cultural performance.
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.
Experience Indian rural life on an overnight camping expedition in the countryside.
Home to massive bazaars and the lights of Bollywood, Mumbai has a wealth of things to sample, taste, try and buy - and plenty of top notch sightseeing. Set off to explore this quintessential Indian city and mark the conclusion of the trip with a hot curry and cold beer.
Today is free to explore the sights and sounds of Mumbai.
The following day will be a free day to explore the city. This is also an opportunity to take a tour of the Dharavi slum areas of the city.
Take a train south along the coast to gorgeous Goa. Lap up the laid back atmosphere as you stretch out on the beaches of Vagator. Perhaps venture to nearby Arambol and Anjuna. Don’t miss one of the stunning sunsets over the Arabian Sea.
We will stay for 2 nights in beautiful beach huts on the stunning beach of Agonda, which is a perfect place to sit back and watch the fishing boats landing their catch, sample the delicious local cuisine, or visit the nearby beach of Palolem with its many bars and restaurants.
Discover the village of Hampi, a picturesque town located within the ruins of Vijayanagara.
Breathe in the scent of sandalwood on a visit to the Maharaja's Palace and lose track of time at the Shri Chamarajendra art gallery.
Explore the tea and coffee plantations and surrounding hills of the Wayanad District.
Explore this island city on a boat tour. See India’s oldest church and witness the virtuosity of the Kathakali dance performers.
Cruise the canals of the picturesque backwaters, 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.
Previously known as Cape Comorin, Kanyakumari is located on the southernmost point of India. Take a short trip out to Vivekananda Rock and discover where Hindu spiritual leader, Swami Vivekananda, attained enlightenment.
Stand on the edge of India and feel the wind on your face before shopping up a spice-scented storm in the streets and shops of Madurai.
Soak up the French atmosphere of Pondicherry and seek out crepes as a change from curry.
Visit the shore temples in laidback Mahabalipuram.
Discover your inner reptile at a snake and crocodile farm before wrapping up this India adventure in the humid, historic city of Chennai.
Today is a free day to explore Chennai. Please note that if you are leaving the trip in Chennai, there is no accommodation included tonight.
Travel to the town of Tirupathi and follow a trail of pilgrims to the Sri Venkateswara Temple. This revered Hindu temple sits high above the town on the holy site of Tirumala.
Head off the beaten track and into the heart of rural India. Travel Overland through the remote state of Andhra Pradesh, spending the night camping in the countryside.
Leaving Tirupati, we will spend the next few days overlanding through Andhra Pradesh, one of the least developed states in India. This is real off-the-beaten-track overlanding and we will aim to cover 420kms today to reach the small city of Vijayawada.
Today we continue our journey and drive 370kms through the back roads of Andra Pradesh. Our final destination tonight is the costal town on Visakhapatnam.
Home to over 60 tribal communities, Orissa's tribal areas are fascinating with music, dance, villages, markets and agriculture unlike anywhere else in India.
A Hindu holy city, Puri is revered for its Mathas (Hindu monasteries) and monuments, admired for its wonderful swimming beaches and treasured for its numerous fairs and festivals.
Today is a free day to explore the sights, sounds and flavours of Kolkata, India's largest city.
Most of today will be free time to continue exploring Kolkata, and we will have the opportunity to take an incredible photographical tour of the city. We will meet in the evening to take our overnight train to Siliguri.
Take the narrow winding roads out to tranquil Darjeeling. Enjoy some time relaxing amongst tea terraces and exploring the picturesque surrounds.
Gain a fascinating insight into the lives of Indian hill farmers by staying at the Karmi Farm tea plantation. This atmospheric and scenic spot is the ideal place for a bit of rest and relaxation. For those feeling energetic, take a trek to the surrounding foothills and spot local birdlife.
Considered to be one of the last Himalayan Shangri-las, Gangtok is a place of pilgrimage for many Buddhists. Visit the renowned Rumtek Dharma Monastery and maybe take a trip out to Tsomgo Lake.
Cross the border into Nepal and camp in the foothills of the wild Himalaya. Tonight, enjoy the spectacle of sunset framed by this phenomenal mountain range.
Cross the border into Nepal and camp in the foothills of the wild Himalaya. Tonight, enjoy the spectacle of sunset framed by this phenomenal mountain range.
Pass rice terraces, deep gorges, pounding rivers and the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas en route to Khatauti Khola. Those feeling adventurous might want to try their hand at whitewater rafting.
Complete your India to Nepal adventure in cultured Kathmandu. Search hole-in-the-wall shops for souvenirs or trek to a nearby lookout for spectacular views of the Himalayas.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
4x4, Camel, Overland vehicle, Overnight sleeper train, Train
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (4 nights), Camping (with facilities) (7 nights), Guesthouse (13 nights), Homestay (4 nights), Hotel (51 nights), Houseboat (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)

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Important 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.
5. Local Partner: Please note this Intrepid trip is operated by our experienced local partners Dragoman Overland. Your departure will be run in a Dragoman vehicle with a Dragoman crew.

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