Feed both your spirit and sense of adventure on an epic road trip through Nepal and India.
Embrace your inner hippy in Kathmandu, watch the sunset over the Himalayas in Pokhara, search for the one-horned rhino in Chitwan, check out Buddha’s hometown of Lumbini, sail along the sacred Ganges in Varanasi, be mesmerised by the Taj Mahal, hang out in a palace at Tordi Garh, go bazaar mad in Jaipur and finish up in big and busy Delhi. The road from Kathmandu to Delhi is long and winding, but oh so worth it.
Get your Himalayan fill in super-zen Pokhara, where you can paddle around Phewa Lake surrounded by views of gargantuan mountains.
Fall asleep to the calls of the jungle in Chitwan National Park, then embark on a jeep safari in search of rhino, deer, monkeys and the elusive Bengal Tiger.
Visit Madi Valley and enjoy a relaxing evening at a community homestay project working alleviate human impact on the surrounding nature and wildlife.
Lumbini is no ordinary town. Visit the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, and tour its temples and the legendary Ashoka Pillars.
Ditch your alarm, there’s only one way to wake up in this world and that’s with a sunrise sail along the Ganges.
The Taj Mahal may be one of the most recognisable buildings in the world, but do you know its poetic history? A local expert will fill you in.
Finish the trip in the chaos of Delhi. It's all kinds of crazy as well as all kinds of delhi-ciousness. Don't leave without your leader showing you where to get the best street food.
You MUST have an Indian visa in your passport prior to starting this trip. E-visas are not valid for entering the country at land borders and visas are not available on arrival. This trip crosses the Nepali-Indian border on Day 5.
This trip involves travel on public transport, covering long distances and subsequently some long days of travel. Long distance and overnight trains can often be delayed and occasionally cancelled due to heavy fog between December and February. Some patience will go a long way towards your enjoyment here. Sit back, relax, watch the scenery go by (a book or podcast won't hurt either).
Weather in India and Nepal can be very hot in summer and surprisingly cold in winter, please pack accordingly so you aren't caught out! Check seasonal weather guides and pick a travel time that suits your comfort level.
If you would prefer to travel from Delhi to Kathmandu on a similar itinerary for 18-29s, see trip code HHYK on our website. For journeys between Kathmandu and Delhi for travellers of all ages, see trip codes HHSK or HHSD.
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.
A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement exclude Day 5 (Homestay) and Day 7,9 (Sleeper Train) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. Hot air balloon flights are operated by Sky Waltz in Jaipur. Flights operate mornings from September to June and morning and evening from September to March. Morning flights depart around sunrise and evening flights late afternoon and last 60 mins. Return transfers, tea and coffee plus light refreshments and a certificate of flight are included in the cost. You can register your interest and pay your tour leader at your joining meeting on day 1 of your trip. Payment must be made by cash in either INR/AUD/USD/GBP only and is USD$260pp (subject to change). Flights are subject to ticket availability and weather conditions. Tickets are fully refundable in case of poor weather.
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