Bagmati temples, Bengal tigers and blissful towns
Take the road less travelled from Nepal to India on this 10-day tour. Despite beginning and finishing in two well-known cities – Kathmandu and Delhi – this adventure avoids the tourist crowds in favour of slices of authentic daily life. Look for Bengal tigers in the jungle during two safari excursions in Bardia National Park, where recent Nepalese efforts have resulted in tiger populations doubling since 2009. Explore the palatial hallways and gardens of Lucknow’s Mughal- and colonial-era buildings. Check out the murals of the Beatles that decorate a deserted ashram where they had composed some of their hit songs at in the 60s, then watch a fire ceremony along a clear and blue stretch of the holy Ganges River.
Look for Bengal tigers and other wildlife on two safari excursions in Bardia National Park, where recent Nepalese efforts have resulted in tiger populations doubling since 2009.
Explore the faded beauty and mural-lined corridors of Chaurasi Kutia, a deserted ashram made internationally known after members of The Beatles resided there in the 1960s.
Watch the nightly Ganga Aarti ceremony unfold along the Ganges River in Rishikesh, gathering with the local community to watch this captivating ritual involving fire and music.
Discover the delights of under-touristed Lucknow, from the palatial grounds of the Bara Imambara religious complex to the rich, spice-heavy Awadhi food the city is famous for.
Spend the evening between safaris in a riverside lodge in Bardia National Park, surrounded by nature and falling asleep to the sounds of the jungle.
You must have an Indian visa in your passport prior to starting this trip. This trip crosses the Nepal—India border on day 7. Indian E-visas are not valid for entering the country at land borders.
Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. While we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.
Travelling across India wouldn’t be complete without a journey on a sleeper train. With padded bunks and vendors selling chai and samosas, they’re a quintessential Indian experience and perfect for catching up on sleep and getting more daylight hours to explore each destination.
Long distance and overnight trains in India are often delayed and occasionally cancelled due to heavy fog between December and February. Some patience and preparation (like a nice long podcast you downloaded earlier) will go a long way if this occurs.
Nepal and north India can get surprisingly cold in winter and (unsurprisingly) hot in summer. Please make sure you check seasonal weather guides, pick a travel time that suits your comfort level and pack accordingly.
If you would prefer to travel from Delhi to Kathmandu with a different itinerary, enter trip code HHSK on our website. For journeys between Kathmandu and Delhi for travellers aged 18-29 who prefer to keep their crew young see trip codes HHYK or HHYD.
1. A valid Indian visa is required prior to travel. This trip arrives into India overland from Nepal and e-visas are not valid at land borders.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip and is applicable for all nights with the exception the overnight train.
3. Please note that due to train arrival times there may not be any free time in Delhi at the end of this tour. We advise booking additional accommodation to extend your stay.
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