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

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
  • 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

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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Considered 'one of the seven wonders of India', the magnificent temples of Khajuraho date back to AD 1000.
Watch an unforgettable sunrise over the magnificent Taj Mahal. Later, visit the impressive Agra Fort.
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.
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.
Journey to beautiful Bikaner. Discover the Old City, striking palaces, temples and the impressive Junagarh fort.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
Admire stunning paintings and sculptures in the ancient Buddhist temples of Ajanta.
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.
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.
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.
The beachside bliss continues in South Goa. Lay back in colourful beachside huts and watch the local fisherman landing their catch.
Located within the ruins of Vijayanagara, the historic town of Hampi is shrouded in stories. Take a tour of the town on a rickshaw.
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.
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.
Jump on board a boat out to Fort Cochin. Watch the famous Kathakali dancers and visit India’s oldest church.
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.
Soak up the sun, splash in the surf and enjoy local tropical fruits in worry-free Varkala.
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.
See an incredible sunrise over the sea before strolling the spice-scented streets of Madurai.
Exchange curry for crepes as you soak up the French atmosphere in Pondicherry.
Discover the unique shore temples and pagodas in magical Mahabalipuram.
Smile at all sorts of reptiles at a snake and crocodile farm en route to the charming coastal city of Chennai.
Journey out to Tirupathi and follow a trail of pilgrims up to the revered Sri Venkateswara Temple in nearby Tirumalai.
Travel overland through the remote state of Andhra Pradesh into the heart of rural India.
Often referred to the ‘The Jewel of the East Coast’, Visakhapatnam is home to sweeping beaches, majestic temples and ancient Buddhist sites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cross the border back into Nepal and camp in the wild foothills of the Himalayas.
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.
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.
That’s full circle. Return to the streets of Kathmandu to wind up this epic adventure.
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Inclusions

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n/a
Transport
4x4, Camel, Overland vehicle, Overnight sleeper train, Train
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (4 nights), Camping (with facilities) (12 nights), Guesthouse (12 nights), Homestay (3 nights), Hotel (45 nights), Houseboat (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)

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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.
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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