Nepal & India Overland Itinerary

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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      USD $4,198
      CAD $4,468
      AUD $4,639
      EUR €3,226
      GBP £2,776
      NZD $5,499
      ZAR R42,232
      CHF FR3,978
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      USD $2,210
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $6,528*
      CAD $6,992*
      AUD $7,215*
      EUR €4,929*
      GBP £4,320*
      NZD $8,255*
      ZAR R67,009*
      CHF FR6,039*
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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

Experience the allure of Kathmandu, Nepal's lively capital. Perhaps head out to the temples of Pashupatinath and Bodhnath or sit on the steps in Durbar Square to see Nepalese life in action.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 2-3 Chitwan National Park

After the chaos of Kathmandu, lap up the tranquility of the Terai grasslands and the Royal Chitwan National Park. Explore the parkland by canoe and foot - maybe even take a jeep safari!
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Day 4 Gorokphur

Enjoy a relaxed morning before crossing the border into incredible India. Get ready to be dazzled by age-old temples, stunning landscapes, mesmerizing culture and exceptional food.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 5-6 Varanasi

The spiritual capital of India, Varanasi is awash with sights and sounds to overwhelm the senses. Stare out in awe over the sacred River Ganges and learn all about the impressive ghats (steps down to the river) and the rituals of the local people.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 7-8 Bandhavgarh National Park

Watch the city sprawl slip into surreal wilderness on the drive out to Bandhavgarh National Park. Look out for tigers, deer and hyenas on a safari drive around the park.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 9-10 Khajuraho

Considered 'one of the seven wonders of India', the magnificent temples of Khajuraho date back to AD 1000.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 11-12 Agra

Watch an unforgettable sunrise over the magnificent Taj Mahal. Later, visit the impressive Agra Fort.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 13-14 Jaipur

Stop at historic Fatehpur Sikri en route to the ‘pink city’ of Jaipur. Explore the sites of Jaipur by truck – or if you like, by hot air balloon.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 15-16 Delhi

A metropolis jam-packed with the magic and mystery of a million stories, Delhi will delight and intrigue. Dive into the chaos and explore the many sights and sounds of the National Capital Territory.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 17 Bikaner

Journey to beautiful Bikaner. Discover the Old City, striking palaces, temples and the impressive Junagarh fort.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 18-20 Jaisalmer/Camel Safari

Take a camel safari through the Thar Desert before setting up camp among the dunes and sleeping out under the stars. Be entranced by the magic of the vast surrounds.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Hotel - 2

Days 21-22 Jodhpur

Visit the Sambhali Trust project (a charitable project that works for the empowerment of women and girls in Rajasthan) en route to to Jodphur. See how the massive Mehrangarh Fort dominates Rajasthan's second largest city.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1, Hotel - 1

Days 23-25 Udaipur

Stroll along the shores of Udaipur's Lake Pichola, stare up at the towering City Palace and relax on one of the many rooftop terraces.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 26 Mandu

Well off the tourist trail, ancient Mandu is an intriguing and interesting place to explore. Discover why it came to be known as the 'City of Joy'.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 27-28 Ajanta

Admire stunning paintings and sculptures in the ancient Buddhist temples of Ajanta.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 29 Ellora

Step back in time as you step into the Buddhist, Hindu and Jain caves of Ellora. These captivating formations date back as far as 6th century.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 30-32 Mumbai

Contrast the calm of Ellora with the mayhem of India’s most populous city. Venture out into this tremendous Indian city; discover massive bazaars and the looming lights of Bollywood.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 33-34 North Goa

Known for long sandy beaches, surreal sunsets and a relaxed vibe, Vagator in Goa’s North is the perfect place to sit back and unwind.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Days 35-36 South Goa

The beachside bliss continues in South Goa. Lay back in colourful beachside huts and watch the local fisherman landing their catch.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 37-38 Hampi

Located within the ruins of Vijayanagara, the historic town of Hampi is shrouded in stories. Take a tour of the town on a rickshaw.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Days 39-40 Mysore

One of India’s most attractive towns, Mysore is renowned for palaces and cultural celebrations. Count the 1,000 steps up Chamundi Hill and breathe in the soothing scent of sandalwood on a visit out to Maharaja's Palace.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 41-42 Wayanad

Travel up into the hills of Wayanad. Explore local tea plantations, see age-old petroglyphs at the Edakkal Caves and visit the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary.
ACCOM: Homestay - 2

Days 43-44 Kochi

Jump on board a boat out to Fort Cochin. Watch the famous Kathakali dancers and visit India’s oldest church.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 45 Allepey

Meander along the tranquil backwaters of Keralan to Allepeyon a houseboat. Explore the city’s canals, lagoons and beaches, savor cups of spicy chai and visit bustling marketplaces.
ACCOM: Houseboat - 1

Days 46-48 Varkala

Soak up the sun, splash in the surf and enjoy local tropical fruits in worry-free Varkala.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 49 Kanyakumari

Journey down the coast to Kanyakumari, the southernmost point of India. Stare in awe at the impressive Vivekananda Rock and learn the story behind the monument.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 50 Madurai

See an incredible sunrise over the sea before strolling the spice-scented streets of Madurai.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 51 Pondicherry

Exchange curry for crepes as you soak up the French atmosphere in Pondicherry.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Day 52 Mahabalipuram

Discover the unique shore temples and pagodas in magical Mahabalipuram.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 53-54 Chennai

Smile at all sorts of reptiles at a snake and crocodile farm en route to the charming coastal city of Chennai.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 55 Tirupathi

Journey out to Tirupathi and follow a trail of pilgrims up to the revered Sri Venkateswara Temple in nearby Tirumalai.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 56 Vijayawada

Travel overland through the remote state of Andhra Pradesh into the heart of rural India.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 57 Visakhapatnam

Often referred to the ‘The Jewel of the East Coast’, Visakhapatnam is home to sweeping beaches, majestic temples and ancient Buddhist sites.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 58-62 Odisha Tribal Area

Peruse local markets, walk through picturesque countryside, watch a cooking demonstration, take a dip in temple hot springs and mingle with the locals as we journey through the Odisha Tribal Area.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3, Guesthouse - 2

Days 63-65 Puri

Follow the old pilgrim route by rickshaw in pretty Puri, passing by ashrams, monasteries and temples. Later, cycle through rice paddies, meet local craftsmen and paddle on Chilika Lake.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1, Hotel - 2

Days 66-68 Kolkata

Take a train out to India’s largest city, Kolkata and be entranced by this vibrant city. Embark on a photographic tour and capture moments to remember for years to come.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 69-71 Darjeeling

Drive the narrow, winding roads to delightful Darjeeling. Some of India’s most delicious tea comes from these parts – go and explore the surrounding tea terraces.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 72-74 Karmi Farm

Keep an ear out for local birdlife as you hike through the lush surrounds of the Karmi Farm Lodge. Or, sit with a hot brew and take in the scenic vistas from the verandah.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 3

Days 75-77 Gangtok

Packed with monasteries and temples, the hilltop capital of Sikkim, Gangtok, is considered one of the last Himalayan Shangri-las. Take a tour of the nearby Rumtek Dharma Monastery, explore the tranquil surrounds or take a trip out to Tsomgo Lake.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 78 Barhara

Cross the border back into Nepal and camp in the wild foothills of the Himalayas.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 79 Chitwan

Listen to the noises of the night on an evening nature walk in Chitwan and learn all about local culture at a Tharu culture show.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 80 Khatauti Khola

Stare out in awe at the ethereal snow-capped Himalayas on the drive out to Khatauti Khola. In the afternoon, those feeling adventurous might want to try their hand at whitewater rafting, mountain biking or kayaking.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 81-82 Kathmandu

That’s full circle. Return to the streets of Kathmandu to wind up this epic adventure.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1