Delhi to Kathmandu on a Shoestring
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India and Nepal are less places to see than places to do, and this fast-paced 15-day tour ensures you live every moment to the fullest. With other youthful travellers, you'll sail the Ganges, have the opportunity to take a jeep safari in Chitwan National Park, and breathe deeply in the Himalayas of Nepal. It's a mix of classics like the Taj Majal and backpacker faves like Pushkar wrapped up in a riot of colour. And we do the planning but leave the choice of excursions up to you. Don't just explore South Asia — live it.

  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Supplier Tour ID: AHDU/133029
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Delhi, India
  • Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • Delhi
  • Pushkar
  • Jaipur
  • Āgra
  • Varanasi
  • Lumbini
  • Chitwan National Park
  • Pokhara
  • Kathmandu



Day 1: Delhi

Arrive at any time. Visit the India Gate and Connaught Place in the evening.
After the group meeting in the afternoon, there will be a short orientation walk of Delhi, visiting Connaught Place by metro and walking to India Gate.


Day 2: Delhi/Pushkar

Take in the great vibe of this town on an orientation walk. Opt for an afternoon camel ride.
After settling into our accommodation, we will have an orientation walk around Pushkar, including the lake, ghats, and also the the 14th century Brahama temple. Spend some time this afternoon exploring the markets, or jump on a camel and head out for a sunset ride in the desert.


Day 3: Pushkar/Jaipur

Hike up to Savitri Temple in the morning to watch a gorgeous sunrise in Pushkar, then travel on to Jaipur. Enjoy an orientation walk.
Before dawn on Day 3 we climb to the hilltop Savitri temple to watch the sunrise over this holy place. Following that, we travel to the city of Jaipur.


Day 4: Jaipur

Take a guided tour of the Amber Fort, then enjoy some free time to explore Jaipur.
There are so many things to do with your free time in Jaipur. Opt to visit the amazing City Palace with its fine collection of textiles and costumes or the Hawa Mahal, or "Palace of the Winds". You may want to discover more of the wisdom and history of the Mughals by wandering around the Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in the 1700's or opt to sit back and relax if you like -- sip a cocktail in any of the luxuriously converted palaces, now operating as 5 star hotels. Opt to get active by pre-booking a cycle tour or sharpen your culinary skills by pre-booking a cooking class with a local family. There is also the option to pre-book a balloon ride, depending on the time of year.


Day 5: Jaipur/Āgra

Enjoy a guided tour of the impressive Taj Mahal.
Travel by early morning train to the Muslim city of Agra, site of India's most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal. Enjoy a guided visit to this icon of Mughal architecture.


Day 6: Āgra/Varanasi

Opt to visit Agra Fort and Baby Taj. Take an overnight train to Varanasi.
In your free time, opt to ride a cycle rickshaw and visit the Baby Taj and Agra Fort.


Day 7: Varanasi

Take an orientation walk along ghats and the old city. Head to the temples and explore, or hop on a boat and sail the Ganges at sunrise or sunset.
There is an included orientation walk of the city, and you can opt to take a boat out onto the sacred Ganges River. If you take an evening boat ride, you will have the opportunity to witness a candle flower ceremony.


Day 8: Varanasi

Enjoy more free time to explore Varanasi.
Enjoy free time to explore Varanasi.


Day 9: Varanasi/Lumbini

Step back in time and check out Buddha's birthplace.
Today we leave India and travel to Nepal. This will be a longer travel day -- it may take up to 12 hrs total to reach the city of Lumbini.


Day 10: Lumbini/Chitwan National Park

Take an orientation walk of Barauli town, then opt for a bike ride. Enjoy an overnight homestay with the indigenous Tharu community.


Day 11: Chitwan National Park

Enjoy a free day to explore the surrounding village and rice paddies before spending another night with the Tharu community. Opt to take a jeep safari through Chitwan National Park.


Day 12: Chitwan National Park/Pokhara

Get your bearings in town on an orientation walk. Opt to go paragliding or catch a Himalayan sunrise up Mt Sarangkot.
Travel from the plains to the mountains by bus.
Clearly the most stunning of Pokhara's sights is the spectacular panorama of the Annapurna range. Opt to travel out to Sarangkot (1592m), only 5 kms north east of Pokhara, for a spectacular sunrise of the surrounding mountains. The walk back down through farms and forest to Pokhara is wonderful and takes between 2-2.5 hours. Paragliding is another option during your stay here.


Day 13: Pokhara

Visit the Sisterhood of Survivors Project, a grassroots organization that trains survivors of human-trafficking to become certified paralegals. Explore Pokhara during free time in the afternoon.
Opt to go paragliding over Pokhara lake by pre-booking the Paragliding in Pokhara extra when booking your tour.


Day 14: Pokhara/Kathmandu

Travel the last leg of the trip through the wild, rugged Himalayan landscape to Nepal's capital and largest city, Kathmandu. Get a feel for the city on an orientation walk.
If time permits, enjoy a short orientation walk of Kathmandu with your CEO upon arrival. Kathmandu is fascinating at every turn, and some travellers prefer to simply wander, seeing where chance, fate, or the city may lead them.

If you have the time, be sure to check out world-famous Durbar Square, the King's Palace, the burning ghats at Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath Stupa on your own.


Day 15: Kathmandu

Depart at any time. Opt for an Everest flight this morning, if weather permits.
If you are interested in a scenic flight to view Mt Everest, you can pre-book the flight when booking your tour. Alternatively, your CEO can assist you with booking the flight on tour.

    • Your G for Good Moment: Barauli Community Homestay, Royal Chitwan National Park Your G for Good Moment: Barauli Village Orientation Walk, Royal Chitwan National Park Your G for Good Moment: Sisterhood of Survivors Project, Pokhara
    • India Gate and Connaught Place visit
    • Guided tour of the Amber Fort and the Taj Mahal
    • Savitri Temple sunrise hike
    • Visit to Buddha's birthplace
    • Orientation walks in Pushkar, Jaipur, Varanasi, Pokhara, and Kathmandu
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Simple hotels or guesthouse (twin-share) (11 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), homestay (2 nt)
    • 1 lunch
    • Train, metro, local bus, charter bus, rickshaw
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore the vibrant streets of urban India
  • Sail down the Ganges
  • Get a glimpse of traditional life in small villages
  • Experience a jeep safari in Chitwan National Park
  • Learn to make traditional Nepalese dumplings
  • Marvel at Nepal's mountain views.