Take 17 life-changing days to discover northern Indias famed Golden Triangle and enjoy priceless time immersed in the heart of Nepalese culture. Explore the Taj Mahal and the iconic colours of Rajasthan. Spend a night at a Buddhist monastery and walk through the streets of Pokhara with one of the women from SASANE, a program that trains former victims of trafficking to become paralegals. From big highlights to intimate moments, this unique itinerary is truly unforgettable.
Duration: 17 Days
Activities: Local Culture & Cuisine, History
Guide (Language): english
Start City: Delhi, India
Guaranteed Departure: No
Physical Demand: 3 - Average
Trip Rating: 0%
Trip ID: 155167
End City: Kathmandu, Nepal
|Duration: 17 Days||Guaranteed Departure: Yes|
|For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, History||Physical rating: 3 - Average|
|Accommodation standard: Moderate%||Traveller Tour Rating: 0%|
|Your Guide: English speaking||Tour code: 155167|
|Starts: Delhi, India||Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal|
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting, so check into to the hotel (check-in time is 12 noon) and enjoy the city.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Women on Wheels Transfer (1.00-1.50 hours)
Walk through the backstreets of Delhi with a young adult taking part in the G Adventures-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. Later, explore Old Delhi with your CEO before an afternoon drive to Agra.
Guided Walking Tour with New Delhi Streetkids Project
Old Delhi Guided Walk
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 200km)
Spend the day visiting the highlights of the walled city of Agra including the famed Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort.
Taj Mahal Visit
Baby Taj Visit
Agra Fort Visit
Drive to Jaipur, visiting the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and the village of Abhaneri, which has one of India's deepest and largest stepwells (tank gardens).
Fatehpur Sikri Visit
Abhaneri Stepwell Visit
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 240km)
Consider treating yourself to a night at the cinema. Going to see a Bollywood film in India is much more than what we are accustomed to in the west. The atmosphere, energy, and pure fun (not to mention volume!) has to be experienced to be believed.
Amber Fort Visit
City Palace Visit
Meet a Local Historian
The village is about 60km (37 mi) from Jaipur and has beautiful temples dedicated to different religions, including a unique sikh temple. The residents of the village are still involved in traditional commercial activities. You'll see pottery wheels, silversmiths, cobblers, traditional huts, old temples, and small stepwells.
Local Village Immersion
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 55km)
Drive back to bustling Delhi. Opt to join the CEO for a group dinner.
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 310km)
Arrive at the joining point hotel at any time as no group activities are planned except for a group meeting in the early evening, followed by dinner.
Enjoy a six-course dinner at Krishnarpan, a restaurant that serves fine Nepali cuisine (organic, too). This is a slow-dining experience reminiscent of the meals relished by the kings of yesteryear.
Kathmandu is fascinating at every turn and a great place to just wander, seeing where the city may lead you.
Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
Nepalese Welcome feast
Spend the day exploring Kathmandu, including Boudhanath Stupa, one of the world's largest Buddhist shrines, and the Royal City of Bhaktapur. After, visit the Sisterhood of Survivors Project and learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) from some of the women before enjoying an authentic local lunch and lecture with one of the women who have graduated from the Sasane paralegal program. Also, visit a local home and learn about National Geographic grantee Chhing Lhomi, who works to preserve ancient weaving traditions of the Upper Mustang region through the Himalayan Indigenous Society.
Some of the sites visited in Kathmandu were damaged in the earthquake in 2015. Restorations are ongoing to bring these beloved landmarks back to their previous glory.
Bodhnath Stupa Visit
Sisterhood of Survivors Project
Traditional Weaving and Indigenous Peoples Lecture
Experience the serenity of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. The monastery guest house offers comfortable accommodations in a peaceful setting with balconies and private western-style bathrooms. There are approximately 200 monks in residence following the Nyingmapa tradition. This is a new monastery (2006), and income from the guest house directly supports it.
Patan Durbar Square Tour
Overnight at a Buddhist Monastery
Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours, 25km)
Arrive at our remote lodge, which sits on a ridge amidst the hills and overlooks sandy beaches and a river. Forests cascade down the hillsides, enclosing tiny settlements of tribal people.
The lodge is only access by foot, so please expect a walk of approx. 30 to 45 minutes. Porters will be hired to carry our bags but please pack what you need for the night, as we will leave our larger bags in the vehicle.
Neydo Monastery Sunrise chant
Private Vehicle (3.50-4.00 hours, 125km)
Walking (0.50-0.75 hours)
Spend two nights enjoying cultural and wildlife excursions in and around Royal Chitwan National Park (RCNP), the oldest national park in Nepal. Established in 1973, it became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. Within its area of 932km² (579 mi²), RCNP is home to at least 43 species of mammals, 450 species of birds, and 45 species of amphibians and reptiles, including sambars, chitals, rhesus monkeys, tigers and langurs.
The specifics and order of activities may change, depending on the season and local conditions. Your CEO will confirm the exact activities and timing with the naturalists upon arrival at the lodge.
Chitwan Area Boat Excursion
Walking (0.50-0.75 hours)
Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours)
Explore Chitwan National Park and the village surrounding it. Activities can include a village walk, boating, nature walks, and a jeep safari in the park in search of rhinos, leopards, wild elephants, black bears, monkeys, and crocodiles. If we are very lucky, we may catch a glimpse of the elusive Bengal tiger. This evening, also enjoy a Tharu cultural dance program presented by local Villagers.
**Please Note: The jeep safari is prohibited during monsoon season by the park authorities; monsoon season is from June-September, and sometimes it can last till October. Boating is also subject to the water levels in the Rapti River.
Chitwan Village Visit
Nestled in a tranquil valley at an altitude of 827m (2,713 ft), beautiful Pokhara lies on a once vibrant trade route between India and Tibet. To this day, mule trains can be seen bringing goods to trade from remote regions of the Himalayas. This enchanting city has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. It is popular place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)
Enjoy the early morning sunrise and mountain views from Sarangkot, go boating in Phewa Lake, and hike to the World Peace Pagoda. Visit a Tibetan refugee settlement to learn more about this community, visit a photo gallery and enjoy a local lunch. This afternoon, opt to try paragliding.
The hike up to the World Peace Pagoda can be quite strenuous and is all steps up and back down. If you are not feeling so energetic, please let the CEO know and you can opt out of this activity.
Sunrise at Sarangkot
World Peace Pagoda Excursion
Phewa Lake Boat Tour
Visit a Tibetan refugee settlement with local lunch
Enjoy free time in the afternoon for exploring. Visit the burning ghats at Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath, or the monkey temple. Kathmandu is fascinating at every turn, and some travelers prefer to just wander, seeing where the city may lead them.
Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Feel free to depart at any time today, but remember that check out time from the hotel is 12:00pm.
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Trip Name: Explore India & Nepal
Duration: 17 Days
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Trip Code: 155167
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