Journey Overland through the amazing India to Nepal, taking in the colourful cultures, impressive icons and stunning sights along the way. Experience busy cities filled with animated people, crowded bazaars and commercial enterprise, as well as small, remote villages where a slow-paced rural life endures. 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
New Delhi, India
Finish
Kathmandu, Nepal
Countries
India,
Nepal
Themes
Overland
Code
HDOZC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 21
Carbon offset
2 050kg pp per trip

The ultimate adventure travel experience in Nepal and India


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
  • Explore the historic streets of Kathmandu

Itinerary

Arrive in India and travel into the heart of Delhi. Chaotic, colourful, captivating - India's capital is a sprawling city full of buzz and activity. Perhaps rub shoulders with the locals in the streets of Old Delhi or explore one of the many museums.
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.
The mighty Mehrangarh Fort dominates Rajasthan's second largest city. Climb the ramparts and look down over the quirky blue city of Jodhpur.
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 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.
Experience Indian rural life on an overnight camping expedition in the countryside.
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.
The tour continues to the caves at Ajanta and Ellora. Discover these remarkable, ancient complexes which feature beautifully decorated paintings and sculptures.
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.
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 or taste a fiery fish curry.
Visit the cathedrals of Old Goa. After exploring the World heritage-listed ruins, sit back and relax in beachside bliss.
Discover the village of Hampi, a picturesque town located within the ruins of Vijayanagara.
Spend a night camping under the stars on route to Mysore.
Breathe in the scent of sandalwood with a visit to the Maharaja's Palace of Mysore. Count out 1,000 steps on the climb up Chamundi Hill.
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, 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 the amazing stretches of the largest temple complex in India before visiting the Rock Fort and Sri Ranganathaswamy temple in Trichy.
Soak up the French atmosphere of Pondicherry and seek out crepes as a change from curry.
Visit the shore temples in laidback Mahabalipuram.
Historic Chennai was the site of the original British East India company settlement. Chennai is hot, humid but full of life - admire the colonial architecture and soak up the atmosphere of this frenzied city.
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.
Explore the villages, markets and milieus of the Orissa Tribal Area with a local guide. Meet the intriguing Bonda people and learn about the unique spiritual beliefs of the Pajara tribe. Home to more than 60 different communities, these remote hinterlands provide a fascinating insight into India’s tribal heritage.
One of the holiest places in India, pious Puri is best known for its pilgrims and long sandy beaches. Experience both sides of this important Hindu city by visiting the Konark Sun Temple before relaxing on a golden beach.
Soak up the vibrant city of Kolkata. See the Howrah Bridge, take a ride on a tram or check out some of India’s finest art galleries.
Admire the Indian countryside and cross the holy Ganges on the way to Sikkim.
Reach the foothills of the Himalayas and camp at the Ganga Ram Tea Plantation.
Explore the picturesque streets of Darjeeling, a collection of mountain villages linked by steps and lanes. Surrounded by colourful terraces of rice, tea, quinine and fruit trees, this town offers some truly stunning views.
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 packed with monasteries and temples to explore. Visit a centre for Tibetan Buddhism or take a stroll through an orchid sanctuary.
Return to Siliguri and camp overnight at the Ganga Ram Tea Plantation.
Cross the border into Nepal, spend a night camping in the shadow of snow-capped Himalayan mountains.
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 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, Train
Accommodation
Beach hut (1 night), Bush camp (no facilities) (6 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (8 nights), Guesthouse (9 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (38 nights), Houseboat (1 night)
Included activites
  • Ajanta - Guided Buddhist Caves visit
  • Bikaner - Karni Mata Rat Temple
  • Ellora - Guided Caves & Rock Temples visit
  • Gangtok - Rumtek Monastery
  • Ganpati Temple
  • Goa - Guided Old Goa tour
  • Hampi - Guided village tour
  • Jaisalmer - Overnight Camel Safari
  • Jodhpur - Megerangarh Fort & Palace
  • Karmi Farm - Charity Clinic visit
  • 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

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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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