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Delhi to Kathmandu Adventure
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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

If you’re looking to experience the diversity of India and Nepal, this 15-day trip contrasts the colourful culture of India with the pristine serenity of Nepal's Himalayan mountains. From the ghats that line the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi to a 4x4 safari in Chitwan National Park, our expert CEOs will take you through a region of unsurpassed natural beauty and spirituality before revealing to you the rugged Himalayan landscape of Nepal’s magical capital, Kathmandu.

  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 100%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: AHDK.A/201396
  • Starts: Delhi, India
  • Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal
You will Visit
  • Delhi
  • Jaipur
  • Āgra
  • Orchha
  • Varanasi
  • Lumbini
  • Royal Chitwan National Park
  • Pokhara
  • Kathmandu

Itinerary

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Day 1: Delhi

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

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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.

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Day 3: Jaipur

Marvel Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) and visit Amber Fort. With free time opt to visit nearby villages, the Jantar Mantar observatory or enjoy a drink in a converted palace.
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.

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Day 4: Jaipur/Āgra

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

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Day 5: Āgra/Orchha

Enjoy the peaceful rural charm of Orchha and visit the Orchha Palace complex. Opt to witness an evening puja.
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.

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Day 6: Orchha/Varanasi

Visit Tarragram, a unique paper-making plant, set up to assist tribal women from the area. After, enjoy free time in Orchha. Opt for a cooking class and lunch with a local family. In the evening, catch an overnight train to 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.

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Day 7: Varanasi

Arrive in the holy city of Varanasi. Take an orientation walk along the ghats and visit the old city. Enjoy a boat trip on the Ganges at sunset.
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.

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Day 8: Varanasi

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

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Day 9: Varanasi/Lumbini

Cross into Nepal and visit Buddha's birthplace, 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.

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Day 10: Lumbini/Royal Chitwan National Park

Travel to this UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoy an overnight homestay with the indigenous Tharu community. Experience their culture through dance and song, along with a traditional meal. Opt to go on a cycling excursion through the area.
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.

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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.

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Day 12: Royal Chitwan National Park/Pokhara

Travel into the beautiful scenery of the Annapurna Range in 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.

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Day 13: Pokhara

Visit nearby Sarangkot for a sunrise walk with breathtaking views of the Annapurnas. Visit the Sisterhood of Survivors Project, a grassroots organization that trains survivors of human-trafficking to become certified paralegals. Meet some beneficiaries of the program and learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) with some of the women before enjoying an authentic local lunch. Explore Pokhara during free time in the afternoon.
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.

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Day 14: Pokhara/Kathmandu

Drive to Kathmandu, visiting Swayambhunath, the Monkey Temple, en route.
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.

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Day 15: Kathmandu

Take an optional Everest scenic flight. Depart at any time.
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
    • G Adventures for Good: Women on Wheels Transfer, Indira Gandhi International Airport G Adventures for Good: Barauli Community Homestay, Royal Chitwan National Park G Adventures for Good: Sisterhood of Survivors Project, Pokhara
    • 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 National Park jeep safari
    • Sarangkot sunrise excursion (Pokhara)
    • 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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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-organised 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 themself 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 travelled 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 differen t 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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Valentina B Posted on: 

Great tour for a real taste of India and Nepal.

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