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Kathmandu to Mumbai

Asia is the continent where overlanding all started, and Dragoman has been the leading operator there since our first trucks went through in the 1980s - take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading into the wilds, well away from the usual tourist trail. Starting in the enchanting Nepalese capital of Kathmandu, we visit the serene forests of Chitwan before entering the beautiful chaos that is India! Our journey to Delhi will take us through the holy city of Varanasi, the stunning Erotic Temples of Khajuraho, the incredible Mughal cities of Fatehpur Sikri and Jaipur, and of course the most iconic building in all of India - the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra! From Delhi we enter the magnificent land of Rajasthan, visiting the white lakeside city of Udaipur, the blue city of Jodhpur, and the golden city of Jaisalmer. We'll also head out on a camel safari in the Thar Desert and discover the awe-inspiring ancient caves of Ajanta and Ellora, before arriving at the bright lights of Mumbai. A phenomenal Indian experience sure to leave you with many wonderful memories!

  • Duration: 31 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: WHM1/158020
  • Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Finishes: Mumbai, India
You will Visit
  • Kathmandu
  • Chitwan National Park
  • Gorokphur
  • Varanasi
  • Khajuraho
  • Agra
  • Taj Mahal
  • Jaipur
  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • Delhi
  • Bikaner
  • Jaisalmer
  • Jodhpur
  • Sambhali Trust
  • Udaipur
  • Mandu
  • Ajanta
  • Ellora
  • Mumbai

Itinerary

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Day 1: Kathmandu

Important Joining Hotel Change for Departures starting between 5th October 2017 and 8th November 2017 only: 

Hotel Manang

Paknajol Thamel

44600

Kathmandu

Tel: +97714700888

Please note if your trip departs outside of these dates you will be staying at our normal joining hotel as per your trip notes. 

Border Information: If you are joining the trip in Kathmandu, you will most likely enter Nepal at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (IATA code: KTM).

Wrapped around the Himalayan mountain range is the remarkable country of Nepal. It is the birthplace of the Buddha and is a land of legend and beauty. Within its narrow confines Nepal contains an utterly spectacular variety of culture and landscapes. Nepal has a stunning natural beauty and a simple charm.

There is an important group meeting at 6:00pm. Your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where and when this important meeting will take place.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Kathmandu before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Kathmandu.

In Kathmandu we stay in a good quality hotel.

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Day 2: Chitwan National Park

Today we will leave Kathmandu after breakfast, driving through stunning scenery down to the Terai grasslands. Our destination is Chitwan National Park, where we will stay for the next 2 nights.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

If we arrive in good time we will make a visit to Bis Hajaar Tal, also known as 20,000 Lakes, which is a wetland area near the Royal Chitwan National Park. Here we will get the opportunity to see peacocks, wild boars, deer and there is also a slim chance of seeing tigers and rhinos. If we cannot visit 20,000 Lakes today we will make our visit tomorrow.

In Chitwan we will stay in a local guest lodge.

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Day 3: Chitwan National Park

Today we'll spend the day exploring the national park by canoe and on foot, and there is the option to take a jeep safari! There will be an opportunity to see a traditional Nepali dance demonstration in the evening.

In Chitwan we will stay in a local guest lodge.

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Day 4: Chitwan National Park

Today we'll spend the day exploring the National Park by canoe and on foot, and there is the option to take a jeep safari! There will be an opportunity to see a traditional Nepali dance demonstration in the evening.

In Chitwan we will stay in a local guest lodge.

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Day 5: Gorakhpur

Border Information: Exit Nepal at Belhiya, enter India at Sonauli.

Today we enter the legendary country of India. India has so much to offer, from the beautiful landscapes of the Himalayas, to the amazing temples and coastlines, rich culture, and of course the food!

This morning we have a fairly relaxed start to the day before packing up and driving to the border. We will cross the border to India and continue on a short drive to the town of Gorakhpur.

We will stay in a local hotel in Gorakhpur.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

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Day 6-7: Varanasi

Today we will continue driving and reach the holy city of Varanasi in the evening.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours.

On the following day we will get up very early for an included boat trip down the Ganges. This is a magical time of day to see the famous ghats and watch the morning rituals of the thousands of people who come here to purify themselves in the holy river. We will have auto-rickshaws for the rest of the day to explore the rest of the city - we will have the opportunity to use them to visit a traditional silk workshop and the Mother India temple.

In Varanasi we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

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Day 8-10: Khajuraho

Today we will drive to the town of Khajuraho, having some free time to relax at our treehouse campsite when we arrive.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

On the next day we will head out for an included guided visit to the Khajuraho Erotic Temples.

The next day is free to explore the area, relax on the banks of the river, or take an optional jeep safari to the nearby Panna National Park in search of wildlife.

In Khajuraho we will stay in a campsite with good facilities.

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Day 11-12: Taj Mahal

After breakfast we leave our campsite and head to the city of Agra. Most of today will be spent travelling and we will arrive in the evening.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-11 hours.

On the following day we will have an included day tour of the major sites of Agra, starting with sunrise at the world-famous iconic mausoleum of the Taj Mahal, followed by a visit to the Agra Fort.

In Agra we will stay in a local hotel.

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Day 13-14: Jaipur

We leave Agra today and head overland to the pink city of Jaipur, stopping en route at Fatehpur Sikri (the old capital of the Mughal Empire).

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

On the following day we will have a full day exploring the sites of Jaipur on the truck with our local guide. Whilst in Jaipur there will also be the option for an early morning or late afternoon hot air balloon ride over the city.

In Jaipur we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

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Day 15: Delhi

Today we leave Jaipur and travel to the chaotic Indian capital of Delhi.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

In Delhi we will stay in a friendly local hotel.

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Day 16: Delhi

Today we will have an included guided tour of Old Delhi, heading to the Mughal Jama Masjid mosque, a local tea-maker, a Sikh temple, and the local spice markets. We will also have some free time to freely explore the sights of Delhi in the afternoon. 

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Day 17: Delhi

Border Information: If you are leaving in Delhi, you will most likely exit India from Delhi's Indira Gandi International Airport (IATA code: DEL).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Delhi. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

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Day 18: Delhi

Border Information: If joining the trip in Delhi, you will most likely enter India at Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (IATA code: DEL).

Today is a free day to explore Delhi. There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm - please look for a note from your tour leader when you arrive at the hotel giving more details about this meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Delhi before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Delhi.

In Delhi we will stay in a local hotel.

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Day 19: Bikaner

Today we start our journey with a full day drive to the city of Bikaner.

In Bikaner we will either stay in a local hotel or camp at an eco-lodge a short distance outside the city.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

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Day 20: Jaisalmer

Today we continue our journey with a drive to the ancient Rajasthani city of Jaisalmer, stopping at the Karni Mata (Rat Temple) for an included visit en route. 

In Jaisalmer we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.

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Day 21: Jaisalmer

Today we will have a free morning in order to freely explore the sights of Jaisalmer. In the late afternoon we will head out on an included camel safari into the Thar Desert - exploring the desert with local Rajasthani camel drivers is the most authentic way to experience the area!

Tonight we will camp out in the desert, sleeping under the stars.

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Day 22: Jaisalmer

This morning we will return to Jaisalmer from our camel safari. The rest of the day will be free to relax or explore more of Jaisalmer and the surrounding area.

Tonight we will return to our hotel in Jaisalmer.

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Day 23-24: Jodhpur

This morning we will drive from Jaisalmer to another famous Rajasthani city, Jodhpur. En route to Jodhpur we will make an included visit to the Sambhali Trust project (a charitable project that works for the empowerment of women and girls in Rajasthan), where we will learn about the efforts of the project and make a group donation from the kitty.

After our visit we will make our way to our accommodation, rooms that have been set up by local families in their own homes for visitors. We will be splitting up into 2 or 3 small groups for our homestays.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.

On the following day we will be in and around Jodhpur. In the morning we will have an included visit to the Mehrangarh Fort and Palace, and the afternoon is free to explore the city independently. 

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Day 25: Udaipur

After breakfast we set off for our drive to Udaipur, visiting the Jain Temple at Ranakpur en route. We will have 3 nights in Udaipur, giving us plenty of time to discover this amazing, romantic Rajasthani city.

In Udaipur we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

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Day 26-27: Udaipur

On these 2 days we will have free time to explore the sites in and around Udaipur, take part in some optional activities, and relax on one of the many roof-top terraces in the city.

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Day 28: Mandu

Leaving Udaipur, we will be joined by a local cook who will accompany us during the next few days whilst we are wild camping.

Today will mostly be spent travelling to Mandu via the backroads of rural Rajasthan. We will be off the tourist trail here and tonight we will wild camp, perhaps on the edge of a local village.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

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Day 29-31: Ajanta

Today we will visit Mandu, an extensive and largely abandoned hill-top fort from the Mughal era. We will then spend the afternoon driving to our wild camp spot near Kharwand Dam, en route towards Ajanta.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

The next day we complete the drive to Ajanta, arriving in the afternoon. We will visit the complex of 29 ancient Buddhist temples cut into the rock face. We will wild camp nearby.

The following day we will drive a short distance to Ellora where we will have an included visit to the ancient Buddhist, Hindu and Jain caves - a set of a small temples in the rock face dating from the 6th to 11th Centuries CE. We will camp in the same campsite tonight.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

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Day 32: Mumbai

Setting off early today, we will say goodbye to our local cook and drive to the bustling city of Mumbai.

In Mumbai we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Explore the village of Chitwan on a tour by traditional ox and cart
    • Elephant safari through the grasslands of Chitwan in search of Rhino & Tigers
    • Take a jeep safari around the stunning wetland area of 20,000 Lakes
    • Witness the fascinating and impressive local tradition of Tharu stick dancing
    • Explore the village of Chitwan on a tour by traditional ox and cart
    • Elephant safari through the grasslands of Chitwan in search of Rhino & Tigers
    • Take a jeep safari around the stunning wetland area of 20,000 Lakes
    • Witness the fascinating and impressive local tradition of Tharu stick dancing
    • At dawn drift down the holy River Ganges in Varanasi
    • Guided tour of the famous erotic temples at Khajuraho
    • See the stunning Taj Mahal and visit the Agra Fort at Agra
    • Community homestay to experience true Indian hospitality
    • 2 night stay and guided tour of Jaipur, the beautiful Pink City
    • Explore the fascinating 18th-century astronomical observatory of Jantar Mantar
    • Visit the ancient citadel of the Amber Palace, a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture
    • Discover the perfectly-preserved 16th-century Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri, and its beautiful temples and monuments
    • Take a walking tour through some of the back streets and narrow alleyways of Old Delhi, discovering the hidden side of the city
    • Witness the holy rats in the Karni Mata rat temple near Bikaner
    • Trek into the Thar Desert on an overnight camel safari with Rajasthani camel drivers
    • Explore the blue city of Jodhpur and the mighty Meherangarh fort
    • Community homestay to experience true Indian hospitality
    • Visit and support the Dragoman-supported Sambhali Trust near Jodhpur, and see the excellent work they do to provide local women and girls with education and vocational skills
    • 2 nights to discover the stunning white city of Udaipur
    • Visit the tomb of Hoshang Shah, the first Muslim leader of Mandu - the tomb itself is India's first marble building and one of the most refined examples of Afghan-syle architecture in the country
    • Visit to the Jahaz Mahal (or the Ship Palace)the most famous building in Mandu
    • Visit the deserted hilltop ghost city of Mandu
    • Take a guided visit around the incredible Buddhist rock caves and paintings of Ajanta, some dating back as far as the 2nd century BCE
    •  Guided visit to the Buddhist, Hindu and Jain rock-cut temples and monasteries of Ellora
    Tour Staff
    • 2 crew and local guides as necessary
    Accomodation
    • 20% Camping - 75% Hotels
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Richard C Posted on: 

Authentic, fun and brilliantly thought through vehicle to cope with all types of roads. Both driver and truck coped with Indian roads incredibly well.

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LAURA P Posted on: 

Very impressed with the facilities on the truck. All of the equipment was kept in really good condition.

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Anthony G Posted on: 

For its outward appearance the vehicle is both surprisingly comfortable for travelling, and impressively fitted out for both long-distance travel and independent living.

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Stephen (Robert) C Posted on: 

Overall very good and very interesting trip. A really good taster for India.

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Adamson D. Posted on: 

Overlanding is a fantastic concept which takes away some of the admin of travelling without losing the sense of adventure.

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This was an exceedingly enjoyable trip, through a country of great variety of sights and an amazing history, shared with an exceptionally amiable group of companions and a crew who guided us through this non-stop positive experience.

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