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Explore India & Nepal

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 Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, History Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Moderate% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 155167
Starts: Delhi, India Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal
You will visit
  • Delhi
  • Kathmandu

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Delhi

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.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Transport:
Women on Wheels Transfer (1.00-1.50 hours)

02

Day 2: Delhi/Āgra (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Guided Walking Tour with New Delhi Streetkids Project
Old Delhi Guided Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 200km)

03

Day 3: Āgra (1B)

Spend the day visiting the highlights of the walled city of Agra including the famed Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort.

Included Activities:
Taj Mahal Visit
Baby Taj Visit
Agra Fort Visit

04

Day 4: Āgra/Jaipur (1B)

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).

Included Activities:
Fatehpur Sikri Visit
Abhaneri Stepwell Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 240km)

05

Day 5: Jaipur (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Amber Fort Visit
City Palace Visit
Meet a Local Historian

06

Day 6: Jaipur/Sāwarda (1B, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Local Village Immersion

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 55km)

07

Day 7: Sāwarda/Delhi (1B)

Drive back to bustling Delhi. Opt to join the CEO for a group dinner.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 310km)

08

Day 8: Delhi/Kathmandu (1B, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
Nepalese Welcome feast

Transport:
Plane

09

Day 9: Kathmandu (1B, 1L)

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.

Additional Notes:
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.

Included Activities:
Bodhnath Stupa Visit
Bhaktapur Excursion
Sisterhood of Survivors Project
Sasane Lecture
Traditional Weaving and Indigenous Peoples Lecture

Transport:
Private Vehicle

10

Day 10: Kathmandu/Pharping (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Patan Durbar Square Tour
Overnight at a Buddhist Monastery

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours, 25km)

11

Day 11: Pharping/Kurintar (1B, 1D)

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.

Additional Notes:
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.

Included Activities:
Neydo Monastery Sunrise chant

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.50-4.00 hours, 125km)
Walking (0.50-0.75 hours)

12

Day 12: Kurintar/Chitwan National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Additional Notes:
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.

Included Activities:
Chitwan Area Boat Excursion

Transport:
Walking (0.50-0.75 hours)
Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours)

13

Day 13: Chitwan National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Additional Notes:
**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.

Included Activities:
Jeep Safari
Chitwan Village Visit

14

Day 14: Chitwan National Park/Pokhara (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)

15

Day 15: Pokhara (1B, 1L)

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.

Additional Notes:
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.

Included Activities:
Sunrise at Sarangkot
World Peace Pagoda Excursion
Phewa Lake Boat Tour
Visit a Tibetan refugee settlement with local lunch

16

Day 16: Pokhara/Kathmandu (1B)

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.

Transport:
Plane (1.00 hour(s))

17

Day 17: Kathmandu (1B)

Feel free to depart at any time today, but remember that check out time from the hotel is 12:00pm.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer
    • Backstreets walking tour and project visit in Delhi
    • Tour of Old Delhi
    • VIsit the Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort
    • Excursion to Fatehpur Sikri and the Abhaneri step wells
    • Explore Jaipur
    • Talk with a local historian/scholar
    • Visit the village of Sawarda and overnight in a heritage home
    • Kathmandu city tour
    • Bhaktapur guided tour
    • Tour of Patan Durbar Square
    • Lecture on traditional weaving
    • Experience monastic life at Neydo Monastery
    • Visit Chitwan National Park including a village walking tour and jeep safari
    • Pokhara city tour
    • Visit with lunch at the G Adventures-supported SASANE Sisterhood of Survivors Project
    • SASANE walk and lecture
    • Internal flights
    • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (14 nts), heritage hotel (1 nt), monastery guesthouse (1 nt)
    Meals Included
    • 16 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • Van, bus, auto-rickshaw, cycle-rickshaw, walking, plane, boat
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Walk the backstreets of Delhi with a local guide
  • Experience the essence of serenity with an overnight stay at a Buddhist Monastery
  • Learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings)
  • Enjoy local living with an overnight homestay in a rural village
  • Join a family in arty (a Hindu prayer session)