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Explore India & Nepal

Take 17 exceptional days to discover northern Indias famed Golden Triangle and enjoy a priceless immersion in the heart of Nepalese culture. Explore the Taj Mahal and encounter the iconic colours of Rajasthan. Spend a night at a Buddhist monastery and meet with one of the brave 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
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  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
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  • 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:
Women on Wheels Transfer
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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)

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

Transport:
Plane

09

Day 9: Kathmandu (1B, 1L)

Spend the day exploring Kathmandu and surrounding areas, including Boudhanath Stupa, one of the world's largest Buddhist shrines. Also visit the Royal City of Bhaktapur, exploring Hindu temples, pagodas and monuments, including the stunning wood-carved palace in Durbar Square. After, visit the Sisterhood of Survivors Project and learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) before enjoying an authentic local lunch and lecture with one of the women who have graduated from the Sasane paralegal program.

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

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:
Swayambhunath Temple Visit
Traditional Weaving and Indigenous Peoples Lecture
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 accessed 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 with expert local guides. Activities can include a village walk, boating, nature walks, and jeep safari in search of rhinos, leopards, wild elephants, monkeys, and crocodiles. Also meet with a local tiger “technician” who will give a presentation about Nepal Tiger Trust, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of tigers in Nepal. Our expert will join us on a jeep safari to teach us how tigers are tracked, protected and monitored, with help from the local community. If we're lucky, we may catch a glimpse of one of these elusive great cats. This evening, return to the lodge and enjoy a Tharu cultural dance program presented by local Villagers.

Additional Notes:
The jeep safari is often prohibited during monsoon season by the park authorities; monsoon season is from June-September, and sometimes it can last till October. When the park is inaccessible, we will search out wildlife in the surrounding forest which is unfenced and just as likely to view animals. Boating is also subject to the water levels and local conditions on the Rapti River.

Included Activities:
Jeep Safari
Chitwan Village Visit
Chitwan Tiger Experience

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)

Hike up to Sarangkot and enjoy the sunrise and sweeping Annapurna Himalayan views. Later hike to the brilliant World Peace Pagoda, a stunning monument built by Buddhist monks from Japan. After, visit a Tibetan refugee settlement to learn more about this community, visit their photo gallery and enjoy a local Tibetan lunch. This afternoon, opt to try paragliding or go boating in Phewa Lake.

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
Tibetan Refugee Settlement

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 included through Women on Wheels
    • 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
    • Lecture on traditional weaving
    • Experience monastic life at Neydo Monastery
    • Visit Chitwan National Park for a lecture and jeep safari
    • Pokhara city tour
    • Visit with lecture and lunch at the G Adventures-supported SASANE Sisterhood of Survivors Project
    • Visit a Tibetan refugee community for lunch
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (14 nts), heritage hotel (1 nt), monastery guesthouse (1 nt)
    • 16 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
    Transport
    • Van, bus, auto-rickshaw, cycle-rickshaw, walking, plane, boat, 4x4
    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