Map of Real Kathmandu to Delhi including India and Nepal

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.

This trip is for 18 to 29-year-olds

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Start
Kathmandu, Nepal
Finish
Delhi, India
Destinations
India, Nepal
Style
Basix
Theme
18 to 29s
Code
HHYD
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18, Max 29
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

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Why you'll love this trip

  • 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.

  • 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.

Is this trip right for you?

  • 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.

Itinerary

Namaste! Welcome to Nepal. This Himalayan adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm where you'll meet your tour guide and new travel pals. Look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place.If you arrive early, there's plenty to do in this vibrant city. Kathmandu’s most important Buddhist shrine, Swayambhunath Stupa and the nearby ‘City of Devotees’ Bhaktapur are well worth a visit. For some more structure, there are a number of Urban Adventures day tours that can help you delve deeper into Kathmandu's ancient architecture and rich cultural heritage.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Kathmandu - Rickshaw Night Explorer Urban Adventure - USD55
  • Kathmandu - Kathmandu Living Urban Adventure - USD66
  • Kathmandu - Early Morning Everest Scenic Flight - USD220
  • Kathmandu - Swayambhunath Temple - NPR200
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive in time for today's welcome meeting, 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). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand.
Leave Kathmandu behind this morning and hop on your private vehicle to the peaceful town of Pokhara, known as the gateway to the Annapurna Circuit – a popular trekking trail in the Himalayas that attracts travellers and hiking enthusiasts from around the world. The journey takes almost 7 hours so make sure you’ve downloaded your favourite music or packed a good book as you journey through Nepal’s picturesque landscape. On arrival, join your leader on an orientation walk around Pokhara before enjoying an evening at leisure. The lakeside area has great shopping opportunities, bars, and restaurants or perhaps you might fancy another massage – you’re on holiday after all!
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Pokhara - Orientation Walk
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Today’s travel time is approximately 7 hours.
Wake up among the spectacular scenery of Pokhara and enjoy a boat ride across the lake (Phewa Tal), which is the second largest in Nepal. The rest of the day is yours to explore at your own pace, with plenty of optional activities to choose from, you can spend your time however you please! Why not start with a visit the International Mountain Museum to learn some amazing tales of past climbing expeditions. You might like to take a break by the water’s edge and indulge in the ultimate Nepalese dish for lunch – dal bhat – a hearty vegetarian meal consisting of rice and lentils. Pokhara has an interesting old area well worth exploring, as well as an elaborate Hindu temple and a Buddhist monastery. As the day closes, perhaps visit the Peace Pagoda – with spectacular views of the Annapurna mountains – and watch the sunset over the famous fishtail peak – Machhapuchhare.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Pokhara - Phewa Tal Lake boat trip
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Pop on your safari hat as you drive to Chitwan National Park by private vehicle. UNESCO (who know a thing or two about this kind of stuff) declared it a World Heritage site in 1984, and it offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Asia. Think the Jungle Book come to life with rhinos, deer, monkeys and a wide array of birds, all found here. If luck is on your side, you may even spot a wild elephant, sloth bear or leopard so keep your eyes peeled.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Today’s travel time is approximately 6 hours.

Elephant Performances & Elephant Riding: While we respect each individual’s decisions while travelling, Intrepid does not include elephant rides or unnatural performance activities on any itinerary, and we recommend you bypass these activities should they be offered to you during your stay. Professional wildlife conservation and animal welfare organisations, including the World Animal Protection (formerly the World Society for protection of Animals) advise that contrary to common belief, captive elephants remain wild animals and despite good intentions, unfortunately many venues are unable to provide the appropriate living conditions elephants require and this ultimately impacts their well-being. While there is some merit in the argument that the money that you pay for the activity goes towards keeping the elephants and their mahouts employed, we know that it also fuels demand for elephants to be captured in the wild or captive bred.
This morning you’ll hop aboard a jeep, meet your local guide and take a safari drive through Chitwan National Park. Chances are high you'll see a great one-horned rhinoceros and you might even catch a glimpse of one of the 100-or-so Bengal Tigers that call the park home. The afternoon will be all yours to enjoy as you wish. You might like to book an optional jungle walk with a local guide, take a canoe ride, hire a bike and explore the area or even visit the Crocodile Breeding Centre, to name a few. With endless ways to fill your afternoon, why not speak to your locally-based leader to get their best recommendations.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chitwan National Park - Park Entry
  • Chitwan National Park – Jeep Safari
Optional Activities
  • Chitwan National Park – Community Forest Jeep Safari (per vehicle) - INR5900
  • Chitwan National Park – Crocodile Breeding Centre - INR111
  • Chitwan National Park – Jungle Walk (per guide) - INR516
  • Chitwan National Park – Canoe Ride - INR663
  • Chitwan National Park – Additional Park Entrance - INR1475
  • Chitwan National Park – Bike Hire - INR188
  • Chitwan National Park - Boat Crossing - INR1475
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today travel by private vehicle to Nepal’s border town of Lumbini (about 5 hours). No ordinary border town, Lumbini is the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, and one of his four holy places of pilgrimage. Check out the beautiful Ashoka Pillars and hop on cycle rickshaws to the Maya Devi Temple, the actual site where Lord Buddha is thought to have been born.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lumbini - Heritage Park
  • Lumbini - Maya Devi Temple
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Today's travel time is approximately 5 hours.
This is a long travelling day as you make your way into India, crossing the border at Sunauli and continuing on to Varanasi (approximately 9 hours including stops). One of holiest cities around, Varanasi is the ultimate destination for Hindu pilgrims who travel from far and wide to experience this spiritual city. Overflowing with temples, shrines and devotees, it might not be one of the world's cleanest cities but there’s no doubt it’s one of the most amazing. After your arrival, enjoy an evening at leisure and perhaps head out for your first taste of Indian cuisine – chicken tikka anyone?
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Today’s travel time is approximately 9 hours including stops.
Today’s an early start, but it’s completely worth it – a sunrise boat ride along the sacred Ganges is a revelation and even if you're not the spiritual sort, you can't help but get goose bumps. Pass the many ghats (stairs leading to the water) and temples along the river, and watch thousands of Hindu pilgrims cleanse their sins in the holy water as the sun rays bathe the surrounds in glorious shades of amber and orange. Afterwards, set off by auto rickshaw to the oldest part of the city, to explore its maze of narrow alleyways packed full of small shops, stalls and lumbering cows. See pilgrims performing rituals unchanged for hundreds of years and pass chiming temples as wafts of incense fill the air.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Varanasi - Sunrise Ganges boat trip
  • Varanasi - Leader-led Old City walking tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Enjoy lots of free time to explore more of Varanasi before you get a unique slice of Indian life aboard an overnight sleeper train bound for Agra. You could take a trip to nearby Sarnath, one of the four main Buddhist pilgrimage destinations. The site is where Buddha preached his message of the path to enlightenment and features several stupas and museums to explore. There’s also the crumbling 17th-century fort and palace on the eastern bank of the Ganges, Ram Nagar Fort. Otherwise, take the chance to perfect your yoga in the ultimate chakra-balancing place.
Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Varanasi - Sarnath - INR250
  • Varanasi - Ram Nagar Fort - INR250
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Tonight’s sleeper train is approximately 10 hours.
Agra might not be the prettiest city in the world, but the minute you check out its top-notch site that won’t matter one bit (of course, we're talking about the glorious Taj Mahal). You’ll arrive on a Friday, so the Taj is closed to visitors, but there are outstanding views from almost every hotel rooftop in the area. Enjoy a free day to explore Agra's alternative highlights. An optional trip on a motorised rickshaw takes you to some of the city’s best monuments. If you’ve got the energy, head out to Agra Fort and stroll the palatial gardens of this red sandstone stronghold (with cheeky monkeys in tow) or check out Akbar's Mausoleum, a beautiful sandstone and marble tomb built for the greatest of the Mughal emperors.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Agra - Agra Fort - INR600
  • Agra - Akbar's Mausoleum - INR300
  • Agra - Additional entries to Taj Mahal - INR1300
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
It doesn’t matter who you are, the Taj Mahal will explode all your expectations with the morning light shimmering off its white marble surface. After your visit, jump into private transport and head off to the village of Tordi. This remote and rarely visited township offers a fantastic glimpse of the real Rajasthan, the locals will feed you and you'll sleep in a 16th-century palace with its owner as your host (and there's a ruined temple and fortress nearby). Settle in, then savour delicious local flavours in tonight’s included dinner.
Accommodation
  • Heritage Property (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Kick on in a private vehicle to Jaipur, India's oh-so-pretty Pink City. You'll have plenty of free time here to haggle to your heart's content at the bazaars and backstreets where vendors sell a variety of textiles, precious and semi-precious gems and stunning blue pottery. Drop by one of India’s finest palaces, the Royal City Palace, where the guards’ moustaches are almost as impressive as the building itself. Food lovers will want to hit the streets for raj kachori chaat, a big fluffy chaat served with chutney, yoghurt, chilli and potato. Then cool off with a lassi from Lassiwala on MI road, Jaipur's oldest and most famous lassi shop. Cinema buffs won't want to miss the chance to take in a Bollywood blockbuster at the spectacular Raj Mandir Cinema.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jaipur - Leader-led walking & market tour
Optional Activities
  • Jaipur - City Palace - INR700
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Today’s travel time is approximately 3 hours.
If you're keen for a different view of the Pink City, an optional early morning hot air balloon ride is a trip highlight for many visitors. For more information please see the 'Important Notes' section of your trip notes. Later in the morning, you’ll drop by Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), the impressive five-storey facade with pink and honeycombed windows is it the most photographed building in the country after the Taj Mahal. Then it’s out to the old capital of Amber and an exploration of the hilltop fort complex known as the Amber Fort. The rest of the day is free for you to spend as you like.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Jaipur - Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Wind)
Optional Activities
  • Jaipur - Balloon Safari - USD260
  • Jaipur - Bollywood Movie at Raj Mandir Cinema - INR400
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take a train ride to India's capital. This exciting city is overflowing with incredible historic sites, museums and galleries, shops and endless bazaars. Watch one of the world's greatest shows unfold as people, cars, rickshaws and cows all work together in a kind of organised chaos. Sit back with a chai and let it all soak in. Later today, take the modern metro to Old Delhi and visit the old city's market area by foot, exploring Chandni Chowk and Connaught Place. Visit Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib, one of the oldest and most iconic Sikh shrines in Delhi and try your hand at making chapatis in the community kitchen. This shrine is visited by devotes on a regular basis and everyone is welcome here irrespective of their religion, caste or gender. To end your day, have an optional dinner tonight with your group to say goodbye to this incredible country.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Delhi - Leader-led Old Delhi walking & rickshaw tour
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Delhi - Visit to the Jama Masjid Mosque
Optional Activities
  • Delhi - Qutub Minar - INR500
  • Delhi - Humayun's Tomb - INR500
  • Delhi - Red Fort - INR500
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Today’s travel time is approximately 5 hours.
Your adventure comes to an end this morning. If you'd prefer to stay on in Delhi a little bit longer, we'll be happy to help with additional accommodation, which can be booked prior to travel (subject to availability).
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

1 dinner

Transport

Cycle rickshaw, Boat, Public bus, Private vehicle, Overnight sleeper train, Taxi

Accommodation

Hotel (10 nights), Overnight Sleeper Train (1 night), Heritage Property (1 night), Jungle Lodge (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Pokhara - Orientation Walk
  • Pokhara - Phewa Tal Lake boat trip
  • Chitwan National Park - Park Entry
  • Chitwan National Park – Jeep Safari
  • Lumbini - Heritage Park
  • Lumbini - Maya Devi Temple
  • Varanasi - Sunrise Ganges boat trip
  • Varanasi - Leader-led Old City walking tour
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Jaipur - Leader-led walking & market tour
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Jaipur - Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Wind)
  • Delhi - Leader-led Old Delhi walking & rickshaw tour
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Delhi - Visit to the Jama Masjid Mosque

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Important notes

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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