Tour India and Nepal from the Ganges to the Himalayas

From the sacred River Ganges to the summits of the Himalayas, tour India and Nepal on a trip where adventure and discovery await. From the most exciting places to visit in Delhi to the towering peaks surrounding Kathmandu, discover the spirit, culture and nature of this fascinating region. Visit the Taj Mahal of Agra, experience the chaos and color of India's villages and marvel at the daily pilgrimage to the ghats of Varanasi on the banks of the Ganges. Delve into the history and religion of these two fascinating countries as you enjoy the highlights of India and Nepal.

Start
New Delhi, India
Finish
Kathmandu, Nepal
Countries
Themes
Explorer
Code
HHSEC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
283kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Visit the sights of Old Delhi
  • Discover the Taj Mahal of Agra
  • Quietly enter the ghost town of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Peak through the windows of the Hawa Mahal
  • Explore rural life and crumbling ruins in Orchha
  • Boat down India's holy River Ganges
  • See sunset soften the city of Varanasi
  • Visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha
  • Spot wildlife in Chitwan National Park
  • Experience the sublime beauty of the Himalayas
  • Wander the atmospheric streets of Kathmandu

Itinerary

Namaste. Welcome to India. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you bring these details to provide to your leader. If you're going to be late, please inform hotel reception. Perhaps visit the World Heritage-listed Humayun's Tomb, Qutub Minar or Red Fort of Delhi if you have any spare time.

Notes: If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Join your group leader on an excursion through Old Delhi. Ride the city’s metro system, and then hop in a rickshaw to the once water-filled square of Chandni Chowk. Discover the Jama Masjid, Delhi’s oldest mosque, before learning about the history of the Sikh religion at the Sheeshganj Gurudwara.
Travel by express train into Rajasthan and on to its capital, Jaipur (approximately five hours). A friendly, busy town crammed with palaces and bazaars full of jewellery, textiles and folk-based arts, Jaipur is a favourite for many travellers. Visit the Jai Mahal and the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), then head over to Jaipur's Royal City Palace and explore its extravagant rooms and apartments. Later, discover one of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur.
Choose to take an early morning hot air balloon experience, often a highlight of visiting Jaipur. Ballooning can be done over Jaipur on the morning of day four between September and June. For additional information, please see the Important Notes section of the Essential Trip Information. In the afternoon around 2.30 pm, visit the Amber Fort. Set on a hilltop overlooking Maota Lake, the fort is an authentic example of Rajput architecture and the Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors) is one of its more spectacular buildings.
Leave the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur behind and drive to Karauli (approximately 3.5 hours). This delightful town was founded in 1348 and is packed with rural ambience and traditional temples. Take a guided walk around the Old Quarter, interacting with friendly locals and learning about rural Indian life off the tourist trail. Be sure to visit the eclectic market stalls along the way and sample some seasonal local sweets made from Indian ingredients, including petha (pumpkin), jiggery (organic sugar), peanut brittle and gazak (sesame seeds).
Take a train across classical Indian terrain to Orchha, one of the most incredible tourist spots in Madhya Pradesh. Crumbling temples and palaces are scattered across rural countryside, which is full of friendly locals. Soaring temple spires and domes rise from the jungle in the Orchha Palace complex. Witness a cooking demonstration by a local family and visit a community project for an insight into papermaking.
Sail down India's River Ganges and see Indian river life up-close. Sail past humble villages in the day, before camping overnight on the banks of the sacred river.
Nestled on the banks of the Ganges, Varanasi is India's sacred heart and the ultimate destination for Hindu pilgrims. Wander the Old City, take part in a traditional candle-lit flower ceremony and boat down the river at sunrise, past pilgrims absolving their sins on the ghats of Varanasi.
Cross the border into Nepal and travel to the birthplace of Buddha, the beautiful town of Lumbini. Hop on a cycle rickshaw and explore the Maya Devi Temple, one of Buddhism’s holiest sites.
Look out for rhinos, monkeys, deer and Nepalese wild chickens at the Chitwan National Park. Enjoy a canoeing adventure on the Rapti River, before setting off on a guided tour of the park.
Pass rice terraces, deep gorges, pounding rivers and the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas en route to Kathmandu. Visit the 'Monkey Temple', see the Pashupatinath pires and join the pilgrims at Bodhnath Stupa.
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Inclusions

Meals
4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
Transport
Auto rickshaw, Canoe, Car, Cycle rickshaw, Jeep, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private vehicle, Shuttle Bus, Train
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Guesthouse (1 night), Heritage Property (3 nights), Hotel (10 nights), Lodge (2 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Chitwan - Canoe safari, Bird Watching walk or Jeep safari
  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
  • Delhi - Old Delhi Walking Tour
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Kathmandu - Bodhnath Stupa
  • Kathmandu - Guided tour of Swayambhunath Temple
  • Kathmandu - Pashupatinath Temple
  • Lumbini - Maya Devi Temple & Heritage Park
  • Orchha - Cooking demonstration
  • Orchha - Orchha Palace
  • Orchha - Ram Raja Temple puja (prayer) ceremony
  • Orchha - Taragram visit
  • Orientation Walk of Orchha
  • Rural Heritage Stay - Village Walk
  • Varanasi - Old City walking tour
  • Varanasi - Sunrise Boat Ride
  • Varanasi - Sunset Candle Flower Ceremony

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.

Trip notes

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Reviews

Our Highlights of India and Nepal trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews in the last year.

Highlights of India and Nepal , March 2015

Highlights of India and Nepal , March 2015