India & Nepal Explorer

Comfort, Delhi to Kathmandu

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Home to the Taj Majal, Delhi's Jama Masjid Mosque, and the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, this area is known as the Golden Triangle for a reason. But adventurous travellers know it's also bursting with small-town colours and regional culture. This compact 8-day tour offers plenty of time at the best monuments plus local markets, villages and a stay in a heritage hotel for a taste of traditional life. Everyone should see Rajasthan once in their life—this adventure makes it easy for all.

What’s included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Local Village Immersion, Sāwarda G Adventures for Good: City Walk, Delhi G Adventures for Good: Sisterhood of Survivors Project, Kathmandu
  • Arrival transfer included through Women on Wheels, a G Adventures-supported project
  • Walking tour and project visit with a local guide in Delhi
  • Tour of Old Delhi including Jama Masjid Mosque, Chandni Chowk market and Gurduwara Sikh Temple
  • VIsit the Taj Mahal, Baby Taj and Agra Fort
  • Excursion to Fathpur Sikri and the Abhaneri Stepwells (tank gardens)
  • Explore Jaipur including the Amber Fort, Jaipur City Palace and Hawa Mahal
  • Visit the village of Sawarda and overnight in a heritage home
  • Kathmandu city tour including Boudhanath Stupa
  • Visit with lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sisterhood of Survivors Project
  • Bhaktapur guided tour
  • Tour in Patan Durbar Square
  • Experience monastic life at Neydo Monastery
  • Activities in Chitwan National Park including canoeing, cultural program, Village walking tour and Jeep Safari
  • Pokhara city tour including Sarangkot, boating in Phewa Lake and hike to World Peace Pagoda
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Delve into ancient and modern india with a local guide
  • Walk delhi's backstreets and support a street kids rehabilitation project
  • Step back in time at historical forts and palaces
  • Connect with history during a night at a heritage village home
  • Marvel at the grand taj mahal and all its glory
  • Enjoy a local lunch at sisterhood of survivors (a g adventures-supported project)
  • Immerse in buddhist culture at a monastery guesthouse
  • Search out tigers in chitwan national park.

Itinerary

Day 1 Delhi There are no planned activities, 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
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 our CEO before an afternoon drive to Agra. Included Activities: City Walk Old Delhi Guided Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 200km)
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 Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 4 Āgra/Jaipur (1B) En route to Jaipur, stop for an hour at the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and the village of Abhaneri, which has one of India's deepest and largest stepwells (tank gardens). Arrive in Jaipur in the evening. Included Activities: Fatehpur Sikri Visit Abhaneri Stepwell Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 240km)
Day 5 Jaipur (1B) Consider treating yourself to a night at the cinema. Going to see a Bollywood film in India is much, 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 Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 6 Jaipur/Sāwarda (1B, 1D) The village is about 60 Kms from Jaipur and has a very interesting tone to it. It has beautiful temples dedicated to different religions and also has a unique sikh temple here. The residents of the village are still involved in age old commercial activities. You can see Bulls being used for taking out oil, potters on potter wheel, old gold and silver smiths, cobblers, very traditional huts, visit old temples, and small stepwells Included Activities: Local Village Immersion Transport: Private Vehicle (60km)
Day 7 Sāwarda/Delhi (1B) Drive back to bustling Delhi. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 310km)
Day 8 Delhi/Kathmandu (1B, 1D) Arrive at the joining point hotel at any time on Day 1 as no group activities are planned except for a group meeting in the early evening, followed by dinner. Enjoy a 6 course dinner at Krishnarpan Restaurant – it serves fine Nepali cuisine (organic, too) and 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 chance, fate. or the city may lead you. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Plane
Day 9 Kathmandu (1B, 1L) 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 about traditional Nepali food. Learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) from some of the women before enjoying an authentic local lunch. Included Activities: Kathmandu Guided Tour Bodhnath Stupa Visit Sisterhood of Survivors Project Bhaktapur Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle
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. Opt to participate in the life of the monks: eat alongside them and participate in their practice. 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: Durbar Square Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours, 25km)
Day 11 Pharping/Kurintar (1B, 1D) Arrive at our 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. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50-4.00 hours, 125km)
Day 12 Kurintar/Chitwan National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Royal Chitwan National Park (RCNP) is the oldest national park in Nepal and offers some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in Asia. 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, and langurs. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours)
Day 13 Chitwan National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Explore Chitwan National Park and the villages surrounding it. Enjoy a village walking tour, boating, nature walks, and a jeep safari in the park in search of Bengal tigers, rhinos, leopards, wild elephants, black bears, monkeys, and crocodiles. 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 Area Boat Excursion Chitwan Village Visit
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)
Day 15 Pokhara (1B) Enjoy the early morning sunrise and mountain views from Sarangkot. Later, go boating in Phewa Lake and hike to the World Peace Pagoda. Opt to go paragliding or just explore on your own. Included Activities: Sarangkot Sunrise Walk World Peace Pagoda Excursion Phewa Lake Boat Tour
Day 16 Pokhara/Kathmandu (1B) Enjoy free time in the afternoon for explorating and shopping. 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 chance, fate, or the city may lead them. Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Day 17 Kathmandu (1B) Feel free to depart at any time today, but remember that check out time from the hotel is 12:00 midday. Included Activities: Departure Day
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