Days
20
Price from
$1,528CAD

Zigzag your way from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Varanasi to Agra, Jaipur to Delhi

Fill your face with momos in Kathmandu and get ready for a HUGE trip. Rafting, beach camps, Pokhara lake chill times, Annapurna trek (awesome), animal guys in Chitwan National Park, jungles, Ganges boat rides in Varanasi, Taj Mahal (ie the epicest of epics), village markets, Jaipur, Delhi.


Start
Kathmandu, Nepal
Finish
New Delhi, India
Countries
India, Nepal
Code
GIMPC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18 , Max 29
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Trek the mighty Himalaya

  • Spot Rhino'sin Chitwan National Park

  • Visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddism

  • Enjoy an early morning on the Ganges in Varanasi

  • Marvel in awe at the wonders of the Taj

  • Experience village life in Tordi

Is this trip right for you?

  • You must have a pre purchased Indian visa in your passport for this trip. Indian visa is required prior to travel and cannot be purchased at border on day 13 of tip.

  • Indian e-Visas are not valid for this border crossing

  • The Nepal section of this trip has a trekking component of up to 5 hours a day at a max of 2200mtrs

  • This trip has an included rafting activity on days 3 and 4.

  • There are several long travelling days, including Kathmandu to Pokhara (7hrs), Lumbini to Varanasi (10hrs), Varanasi to Agra (12hrs).

Itinerary

Oh hello Kathmandu. Get acquainted with Kathmandu’s patchouli-scented capital by feeding your spiritual side at Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. Meet your Geckos crew at 6pm and have an optional dinner together.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Shakti or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Enjoy a morning drive over the rim of the Kathmandu Valley and, weather permitting, views of the Ganesh and Lantang ranges. Arrive in Baireni/Galaudi for an exciting white water raft on the Trisuli River. Hit the water and enjoy the thrill of the rapids aptly named Ladies Delight, Rock Garden and Snell's Nose. Camp on the beach, enjoy dinner by the river.
Included Activities
  • Trisuli Rafting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Get up, stand up!
Eat a tasty breakfast on the riverbank.
Have more fun on the river including negotiating the Monsoon and Upset. Late morning we end rafting at Kurintar and enjoy a light lunch and drive to Pokhara (4hrs). Arrive Pokhara in the afternoon. Chill out at a lakeside cafe, drink a tasty beverage, look longingly at nearby mountains.. repeat
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Hope you broke in your boots before the trip, cos this is where the trekking bit starts. There’s a dirt track leading to Birethanti and Shyauli villages. There’s a stone staircase up to Kimche, where you’ll stop for lunch. Then a bunch of stone flags lead you through fields of wheat to Ghandruk. That’s some diverse terrain right there.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
drive for 2 hours, 6 hours trek
Look east. That’s Landruk, the next village on the route.  Look down. That’s the Modi Kola River 600 metres below. Look around the corner. That’s Tolkha, your base for the night. What, you can’t look around corners? Ok, you’ll just have to trek there instead.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
4.5 hours trekking
Rhododendron is a tricky word to spell, but super pretty to look at. You’ll see a bunch of these bright pink and purple plants today. Do you know what you won’t see much of? Other people. We’ve picked a pretty remote trail from Dhampus to Hyenjakot, and tonight you get to stay with a local family. Pack your best smile and get an even bigger and better one in return.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
5 hours trekking
A short descent to Phedi today before we catch the public bus to Pokhara in time for lunch. Free time to do all the things you didn’t do the first time round. We can highly recommend taking a rowboat (doonga) out on Phewa Lake. If there’s blue skies you’ll have mountain views for miles. If it’s cloudy just use your imagination.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
1.5 hours trekking, 30 mins driving.
It’s a long bus back to Kathmandu so bring snacks. Once you’ve arrived back into Kathmandu (approx 3pm) there’s time to sip on banana lassis and to remember you're only halfway done.

Usually donations of used jackets and trousers/pants from Westerners do not fit Nepali porters who tend to be smaller. However donations of other clothing items such as socks, boots, sunglasses, warm gloves and sleeping bags are always welcome. Your leader can ensure that your donation is passed on.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
7 hours local bus
Travel by private bus to Chitwan National Park at the base of the Himalayas (125km, approx 6 hours).

Declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1984, Chitwan National Park is one of Nepal's premier destinations. The National Park offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Asia with rhinos, deer, monkeys and a wide array of birdlife including the infamous Nepalese wild chickens.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning you’ll hop aboard a jeep, meet your local guide and take a safari drive through Chitwan National Park.
maybe you might catch a glimpse of one of the 100-or-so Bengal Tigers that call the park home.


There are also a number of optional activities available through your accommodation, including biking, bird watching, cultural performances, canoe rides and village tours.

Notes: Elephant Performances & Elephant Riding. While we respect each individual’s decisions while travelling, Geckos does not include elephant rides or unnatural performance activities on any itinerary, and we recommend you bypass these activities should they be offered to you during your stay. Professional wildlife conservation and animal welfare organisations, including the World Animal Protection (formerly the World Society for protection of Animals) advise that contrary to common belief, captive elephants remain wild animals and despite good intentions, unfortunately many venues are unable to provide the appropriate living conditions elephants require and this ultimately impacts their well-being. While there is some merit in the argument that the money that you pay for the activity goes towards keeping the elephants and their mahouts employed, we know that it also fuels demand for elephants to be captured in the wild or captive bred. We thank you for your support in improving the welfare of these majestic creatures.

Note: Prices change frequently and depend on the number of travellers taking part. Please check with your leader or accommodation for the most accurate and up-to-date costs.
Included Activities
  • Chitwan Park Entrance
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Leaving Chitwan, travel by private vehicle to the Nepalese border town of Lumbini (168km, approx 5 hrs).

The birthplace of Gautama Buddha, Lumbini is the Mecca of Buddhism, being one of its four holy places. It's said in the Parinibbana Sutta that Buddha himself identified four places of future pilgrimage: the sites of his birth, enlightenment, first discourse and death.

Travel on cycle rickshaws to the Maya Devi Temple, the site where Lord Buddha is believed to have been born.



Included Activities
  • Lumbini - Ashoka Pillars, Maya Devi Temple & Heritage Park
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This is a long travelling day as we make our way into India, crossing the border at Sunauli and continuing on to Varanasi (approx 8-10 hrs including stops).

The ultimate destination for all Hindu pilgrims, Varanasi is full of temples, shrines and devotees.Life is drawn to the sacred river Ganges here. Varanasi is one of the worlds oldest continually inhabited cities and one of its most amazing

Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today’s an early start, but it’s totally worth it as you take a boat ride on the Ganges at sunrise. You’ll pass the many ghats (stairs leading to the water) and temples along the river, and watch thousands of Hindu pilgrims cleanse their sins in the holy water. Then you’ll set off by cycle rickshaw to visit the oldest part of the city, with its maze of narrow alleyways packed full of small shops, stalls and huge, lumbering cows. See pilgrims performing rituals and ceremonies unchanged for hundreds of years and pass temples full of bell chimes and the smell of incense.
Included Activities
  • Varanasi - Sunrise Boat cruise
  • Varanasi - Old City Walking Tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today there’s lots of free time to explore more of Varanasi before you get a unique slice of Indian life aboard an overnight sleeper train bound for Agra (approximately 10 hours). You could take a trip to nearby Sarnath, one of the four main Buddhist pilgrimage destinations. The site is where Buddha preached his message of the path to enlightenment and features a number of stupas and museums to explore. There’s also the crumbling 17th century fort and palace on the eastern bank of the Ganges, Ram Nagar Fort. Otherwise take the chance to perfect your yoga in this most chakra-balancing of places.
Optional Activities
  • Varanasi - Sarnath day trip (entry only) - INR250
  • Varanasi - Ram Nagar Fort - INR150
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Agra might not be the prettiest city in the world, but the minute you check out its top-notch sites that won’t matter one bit. Enjoy a free day exploring Agras alternative highlights.
We arrive on a Friday so the Taj is closed to visitors, but there are outstanding views from almost every hotel rooftop in the area.
Join an optional trip and  jump on a motorised rickshaw to pick out the rest of the city’s monuments. If you’ve got the energy head out to Agra Fort and stroll the palatial gardens of this red sandstone stronghold with cheeky monkeys in tow, or check out Akbar's Mausoleum – a beautiful sandstone and marble tomb built for the greatest of the Mughal emperors.
Optional Activities
  • Agra - Agra Fort - INR550
  • Agra - Akbar's Mausoleum - INR210
  • Agra - Additional entries to Taj Mahal - INR1000
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
It doesn’t matter who you are, the Taj Mahal will explode all your expectations with the morning light shimmering off its white marble surface.
after our visit, jump into private transport and head off to the tiny Rajasthani village of Tordi.
We stumbled across this tiny village years ago, and everyone loved it so much we put it on the itinerary. The kids will adore you, the locals will feed you and you'll sleep in a 16th century palace with its owner as your host. Take a walk around the village or visit the fortress and ruined temples that lie a bit further away.
Included Activities
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Continue omwards in our private transport until we reach Jaipur (121km, approx 3 hours).

A friendly, busy town crammed with palaces and bazaars full of jewellery, textiles and folk-based arts, Jaipur is a firm favourite with travellers.

In your free time here you could:

Take a walk to the city's crowded and colourful bazaars, which sell a wide variety of artisan goods. Semi-precious stones are the local speciality - be sure to wander by the stalls at least once.

Go to Jaipur's Royal City Palace - one of India's finest - and spend time exploring the various rooms and apartments.

Discover the extravagance of a Bollywood blockbuster, with all the Hollywood-style elements of action, romance, drama and music (sometimes all rolled into one), at the spectacular Raj Mandir Cinema.


Included Activities
  • Jaipur - Walking Tour
Optional Activities
  • Jaipur - City Palace - INR400
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning, take an optional hot air balloon ride. Floating across the skyline of Jaipur in a hot air balloon can be a highlight of the trip.
Note: Ballooning can be done over the city on the morning of day 11 between September and June. For additional information, please see the important notes section of the Essential Trip Information.

Make photo stops at Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), the most photographed building in the country after Taj Mahal, before travelling out to the old capital of Amber and explore the hilltop fort complex known as the Amber Fort.
Included Activities
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Jaipur - Hawa Mahal photo stop
Optional Activities
  • Jaipur - Balloon Safari - USD250
  • Jaipur - Bollywood Movie - Raj Mandir Cinema - INR400
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take a day train (260km, approx 5 hours)

India's capital is an exciting, busy, and often chaotic city but it's also one of the most interesting in the world with historical sites from different eras, museums and galleries, shops and endless bazaars! Watch one of the world's greatest shows unfold as people, traffic, cows and kids all work together in a kind of organised chaos. Grab a chai, put your feet up and let it all soak in.

After arrival we take the modern metro to to Old Delhi and visit the old city's market area by foot including Chandni Chowk as well as Connaught Place. 

enjoy an optional dinner tonight with your group to say goodbye to this fine country
Included Activities
  • Delhi - Old Delhi Walking Tour
Optional Activities
  • Delhi - City Food Crawl Urban Adventure - INR3500
  • Delhi - Home-Cooked Experience Urban Adventure - INR4000
  • Culture Vulture Delhi Urban Adventure - INR2500
  • Delhi - Gandhi's Delhi Urban Adventure - INR2500
  • Delhi - Qutub Minar - INR500
  • Delhi - Humayun's Tomb - INR500
  • Delhi - Red Fort - INR500
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Your whizz-bang tour finishes up in Delhi. Watch one of the world's greatest shows unfold as people, traffic, cows and kids all work together in a kind of organised chaos. Grab a chai, put your feet up and let it all soak in. If you've got an extra day or two, don't forget to check out the great range of Urban Adventures on offer.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Transport

Auto-rickshaw, Bicycle rickshaw, Boat, Bus, Jeep, Minibus, Private vehicle, Sleeper train, Taxi, Whitewater raft

Accommodation

Camping, Historic hotel, Jungle lodge, Trekking lodge, Hotels/guesthouses, Sleeper train

Included Activities

  • Trisuli Rafting
  • Chitwan Park Entrance
  • Lumbini - Ashoka Pillars, Maya Devi Temple & Heritage Park
  • Varanasi - Sunrise Boat cruise
  • Varanasi - Old City Walking Tour
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Jaipur - Walking Tour
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Jaipur - Hawa Mahal photo stop
  • Delhi - Old Delhi Walking Tour

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Important notes

INDIAN VISAS
You must have a pre purchased Indian visa in your passport for this trip. E-Visa's are not permitted and visas cannot be purchased on the border.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
a single supplement is available to purchase on this trip and is valid for all nights with the exception of the camping on day 2 and the overnight train on day 14.

FITNESS
A good level of fitness is required. You will trek on hilly terrain, generally on well-defined paths, walking between 4-5 hours per day. Altitude may exceed 2200 metres - check the trip notes for details.  Rafting on the Trisuli River is grade 3+.

HOT AIR BALLOONING JAIPUR
Hot air balloon flights are operated by Sky Waltz in Jaipur. Flights operate mornings from September to June and morning and evening from September to March. Morning flights depart around sunrise and evening flights late afternoon and last 60 mins. Return transfers, tea and coffee plus light refreshments and a certificate of flight are included in the cost.
You can register your interest and pay your tour leader at your joining meeting on day 1 of your trip.
Payment must be made in cash - INR/USD/AUD/GBP only please
Flights are subject to weather conditions and tickets are fully refundable.

Essential Trip Information

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