Moghuls, Mahel & Mayhem
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If you have never visited India and want to see the key must dos, then this is the trip for you. It starts in Kathmandu and travels through the foothills of the Himalayas, allowing enough time in Nepal to see the differences between these two countries and enjoy Chitwan National Park and then it really gets into its stride in India.

The chaos of Varanasi can be a bit of a shock to the system, but add in the history and culture of the Mogul heartlands around Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Delhi and the splendours of the Pink City ofJaipur and you have a glimpse of India you will not forget.

For a slower pace of trip, with more in Nepal, there is also a 24 day Northern India & Nepal trip (WND).

  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Supplier Tour ID: WHI1/157973
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Finishes: Delhi, India
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Kathmandu
  • Chitwan National Park
  • Gorakhpur
  • Varanasi
  • Khajuraho
  • Taj Mahal
  • Agra
  • Jaipur
  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • Delhi



Day 1: Kathmandu

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.

Please note: If joining in Kathmandu you will be met by a local guide on the first day where you will have a brief meeting at 6pm. On the second day you will be transported by private transport to Chitwan National Park where you will join your Leaders and truck!

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.


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.


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.


Day 4: 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 an early breakfast 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.


Day 5-6: Varanasi

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

Estimated Drive Time - 9 -10 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.


Day 7-9: Khajuraho

Today we will have a full drive day to the town of Khajuraho.

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.


Day 10-11: 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.


Day 12-13: 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 rickshaws 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.


Day 14: Delhi

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

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

In New Delhi we will stay in a friendly local hotel.


Day 15: 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.


Day 16: 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 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.

    • Explore the village of Chitwan on a tour by traditional ox and cart
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    Tour Staff
    • 2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
    • 20% Camping - 80% Hotels
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