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Delhi to Kathmandu Adventure
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If you’re looking to contrast the kaleidoscope of colour that is India with the pristine serenity of Nepal’s Himalaya mountains, then this 15-day trip across the ‘roof of the world’ has got your name written all over it! From the ghats of the Ganges to a 4x4 safari in Chitwan National Park, this amazing adventure opens up a magical part of our beautiful planet to anyone who hasn’t yet ‘seen it all’. Begin by exploring Delhi’s exotic culture, absorb the romance of the Taj Mahal and marvel at Pokhara’s natural beauty, before ending your trip in the magical Kathmandu.

  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 60.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 126293
  • Starts: Delhi, India
  • Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal
You will Visit
  • Delhi
  • Kathmandu

Itinerary

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Day 1: Delhi

There are no planned activities until a welcome meeting around 6pm. Head out for an optional welcome dinner with the group.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Women on Wheels Transfer

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Day 2: Delhi/Jaipur

Visit the India Gate and Connaught Place in Delhi before traveling to the "Pink City." Explore this beautiful city and opt to watch a Bollywood film.

Included Activities:
Delhi Orientation Tour
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))

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Day 3: Jaipur

Visit the Amber Fort clinging to the surrounding hills and stop and take a photo of the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds. This famous building is in fact only an elaborately carved facade built to enable the purdah ladies in the zenana to watch the goings-on in the street below without being seen.

Opt to visit the nearby village of Sanganer to see blue pottery, hand made paper or hand block printing. After, opt to see watch a Bollywood film in the spectacular Art Deco film house — the Raj Mandir.

Included Activities:
Amber Fort Visit

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Day 4: Jaipur/Āgra

Travel to Agra and visit the Agra Fort and Taj Mahal at sunset.

Included Activities:
Agra Fort Visit
Taj Mahal Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))

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Day 5: Āgra/Orchha

Travel by train and local 'tempo' to reach Orchha. Enjoy some time away from India's bustling city and gain insight into rural life.

Visit the Orchha Palace complex to learn more about the ancient history of the city.

Make time to enjoy an evening puja ceremony.

Included Activities:
Orchha Palace Visit

Transport:
Train (4.50 hour(s))
Auto rickshaw (0.50 hour(s))

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Day 6: Orchha/Varanasi

Visit Tarragram, a unique paper-making plant, set up to assist tribal women from the area. All the paper is made from recycled clothing and wood pulp. After enjoy free time in town. Opt to rent a bike or stroll along the river.

For lunch, opt to take a cooking class with a local family and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

In the evening, head to Varanasi by overnight train.

Included Activities:
Tarragram Visit

Transport:
Auto rickshaw (0.50 hour(s))
Basic overnight train (beds) (13.00 hour(s))

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Day 7: Varanasi

With free time, walk the narrow alleys, visit some of the hundreds of temples and shrines or wander the Old City.

Opt to visit the site of the Buddha's first sermon or sit on the banks of the Ganges watching life unfold around you.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk
Evening Ganges Boat Tour

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Day 8: Varanasi

Enjoy a sunrise boat tour along the Ganges before free time in this holy city.

Included Activities:
Morning Ganges Boat Tour

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Day 9: Varanasi/Lumbini

This is a long travel day to cross into Nepal. Enjoy the changing landscape and get ready to learn about the history and culture of Nepal.

Fun fact: Nepal is 15 minutes ahead of India. Set your watch.

Additional Notes:
It is possible for most nationalities to get a Nepalese visa at the border; you will need at least one passport size photograph and $25 USD. Nepal is 15 minutes ahead of India, time wise.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Nepal)
Buddha's Birthplace Visit

Transport:
Train (6.00 hour(s))
Taxicab (2.00-3.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (0.50-1.00 hours)

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Day 10: Lumbini/Royal Chitwan National Park (1D)

Travel through a belt of marshy grasslands, savannas, and forests at the base of the Himalayas. The region is home to rhinos, elephants, Bengal tigers, bears and leopards. In the evening, meet the local Tharu community and discover their culture.

Included Activities:
Tharu Community Experience

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)

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Day 11: Royal Chitwan National Park

Explore the park on a 4x4 safari before a walk through the village and rice paddies. Settle in for another night with your Tharu community hosts.

Included Activities:
Chitwan 4x4 Safari

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Day 12: Royal Chitwan National Park/Pokhara

Pokhara has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. Opt to relax in a café, hire a boat and float around the lake, or shop for Nepali and Tibetan souvenirs in the endless stalls and shops.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))

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Day 13: Pokhara (1L)

Travel out to Sarangkot for a spectacular sunrise over the surrounding mountains (weather permitting). The walk back down through farms and forest to Pokhara is wonderful and takes between 2-2.5 hours.

Included Activities:
Sarangkot Sunrise Walk
Sisterhood of Survivors Project

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Day 14: Pokhara/Kathmandu

En route to Kathmandu, visit Swayambhunath, the monkey temple, sitting high above Kathmandu city.

Swayambhunath is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible for many miles. To reach Swayambhunath climb 365 steps that lead up the hill. The area surrounding the stupa is filled with temples, painted images of deities and numerous other religious objects.

Arrive to the city in the afternoon and enjoy a short orientation walk. Highlights in Kathmandu include world-famous Durbar Square, the King's Palace, the burning ghats at Pashupatinath and the Boudhanath Stupa.

Included Activities:
Swayambhunath Temple Visit
Kathmandu Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))

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Day 15: Kathmandu

There are no activities planned for today and you are free to depart at any time. If you are interested in a scenic flight to view Mt Everest, your CEO can assist in booking this option.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer included through the G Adventures-supported Women on Wheels project
    • India Gate and Connaught Place visit (Delhi)
    • Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal tour (Jaipur)
    • Taj Mahal entrance
    • Agra Fort entrance and guided tour
    • Orchha Palace complex visit
    • Ganges River boat trips at sunrise and sunset, including candle flower ceremony (Varanasi)
    • Varanasi orientation walk along the ghats and old city
    • Buddha's birthplace visit (Lumbini)
    • Chitwan NP jeep safari
    • Stay with the indigenous Tharu community (Chitwan)
    • Sarangkot sunrise excursion (Pokhara)
    • Lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sisterhood of Survivors Project
    • Kathmandu orientation walk
    • Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) visit
    • Border crossing support
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (10 nts), homestay (2 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), deluxe air-con tents (1 nt)
    • 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Train, metro, local bus, charter bus, private van, auto-rickshaw, cycle-rickshaw, tempo, 4x4, riverboat
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore the vibrant streets of Agra
  • Uncover bustling Delhi and beautiful Jaipur
  • Enjoy a sunset cruise on the River Ganges
  • Travel by jeep safari in Chitwan NP
  • Experience Nepal's mountain views


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Valentina B Posted on: 

Great tour for a real taste of India and Nepal.

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Linda B Posted on: 

The way things were done made it feel like a real adventure

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Joanna R Posted on: 

A well-organized tour that gave a good overall insight into northern India and Nepal.

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Gary G Posted on: 

Delhi to Kathmandu provides an interesting and challenging cultural immersion into northern India and Nepal-a unique area with much to see and experience. This is not a vacation but an adventure and for some, perhaps a once in a lifetime trip. Well worth the effort and strongly recommended.

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Maxine V Posted on: 

It was a life changing experience being in India and Nepal, I have never experienced such a difference in life styles and people, it was a little scary at times, mainly during travel on the roads that have no rules.

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James K Posted on: 

The tour was a great tour although the countries themselves were very different from what I was expecting. It was a growing experience for me as a person and we had an excellent tour guide to make it a great experience.

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Hayley I Posted on: 

The tour really gave a wonderful overview of India and Nepal, really enjoyed it

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Sandra T Posted on: 

This tour was all I had hoped it would be--a great experience of the northwestern part of India and of Nepal.

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Michelle S Posted on: 

This is the first G Adventures Tour that I have traveled on my overall impression is that you absolutely know everything there is to know with regards to travel. The combination of cities on the tour was absolutely spot on with a number of different aspects put together to form and overall full experience of India. Every need was catered for and every request filled to absolute satisfaction. I will definitely look to book with G Adventures again.

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David S Posted on: 

Really nice tour. Hotels were great and I really enjoyed all the fun activities.

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