Days
20
Price from
$1,575USD

From Rajasthani heritage stays to the beauty of the Himalaya, this trip has it all.

From the deserts of Rajasthan to the Holiest River around, cross into Nepal to where Buddha did his thing, before some rafting and a bit of a trek around the Himalaya's. We love this trip, and we think you will to.


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

Why we love this trip

  • Experience village life in Tordi

  • Marvel in awe at the wonders of the Taj

  • Explore Jaipur's Amber Palace

  • Enjoy an early morning on the Ganges in Varanasi

  • Visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddism

  • Spot Rhino'sin Chitwan National Park

  • Trek the mighty Himalaya

  • Kick back by the lake in Pokhara

Is this trip right for you?

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

  • Weather in India can be very hot in summer so ensure that you pack accordingly, and transport can be delayed by fog in January to February.

  • This trip crosses the India-Nepal border on Day 9.

  • The Nepal section of this trip has a trekking component of up to 6 hours a day at a max of 2200mtrs

  • This trip has an included rafting activity on days 3 and 4. You will need to be able to swim to take part in this activity.

  • Weather can change rapidly in the mountains, please ensure you have read the packing list for suitable clothing.

Itinerary

This Himalaya adventure kicks things off in Delhi. Before your Welcome Meeting this evening at 6pm today, wander the streets, sip on your first chai and try to decipher that famous Indian head wobble. Does it mean yes? Does it mean no? And why aren’t they saying anything? Mull it over with your new travel mates at an optional group meal in the evening.
Optional Activities
  • Culture Vulture Delhi Urban Adventure - INR2500
  • Delhi - City Food Crawl Urban Adventure - INR3500
  • Delhi - Gandhi's Delhi Urban Adventure - INR2500
  • Delhi - Humayun's Tomb - INR500
  • Delhi - Qutub Minar - INR500
  • Delhi - Red Fort - INR500
  • Delhi - Home-Cooked Experience Urban Adventure - INR4000
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Keep this one quiet. Your next destination takes a bit of work to get
to, but that’s because it’s our little secret! You will journey through
picturesque countryside by private vehicle to Tordi Garh, a remote,
rarely visited village (approximately 5 hours). 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. As
you take a walk around the village you might think it's polite to let
the local kids beat you at cricket. Don't bother. They're ruthless,
bloodthirsty and out to win. Lick your wounds on a walk to the
ruined temple and fortress.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Head off for Jaipur (approximately 2.5 hours). Your free time here in the friendly, busy ‘Pink City’ is perfect for haggling to your heart's content, the bazaars and backstreets filled with textiles, precious and semi-precious gems, and blue pottery. You can also drop by one of India’s finest palaces – the Royal City Palace – where the guards’ moustaches are almost as impressive as the building itself. You can also hit the streets for raj kachori chaat – a big fluffy chaat served with chutney, yoghurt, chilli and potato. Then cool off with a lassi from Lassiwala on MI road, Jaipur's oldest and most famous lassi shop.
Included Activities
  • Jaipur - Walking Tour
Optional Activities
  • Jaipur - City Palace - INR400
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
For anyone that wants to see the Pink City a bit differently this morning there’s the option to drift high over Jaipur in a hot air balloon, a highlight for many visitors. For more information please see the important notes section of your trip notes. Later in the morning you’ll drop by Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), the impressive five-storey façade with pink, honeycombed windows making it the most photographed building in the country after Taj Mahal. Then it’s out to the old capital of Amber and an exploration of the hilltop fort complex known as the Amber Fort. The rest of the day is free for you to use as you like.
Included Activities
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Jaipur - Hawa Mahal photo stop
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Say hi to the locals as you join them on a public bus to Agra today (approximately 5 hours). 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.
Included Activities
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This is a bucket-list day.
For some reason local families find it more interesting to take photos of you than the actual Taj Mahal. But none of it matters, you'll be too busy standing there with your mouth gaping open to notice. If you’ve got the energy there’s the option to head out to Agra Fort and stroll the palatial gardens of this red sandstone stronghold with cheeky monkeys in tow. Next stop Varanasi! Tonight it’s time for a unique slice of Indian life aboard an overnight sleeper train (approximately 12 hours).
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Alight in one of holiest cities around, the ultimate destination for Hindu pilgrims who travel from far and wide to experience this spiritual city. Overflowing with temples, shrines and devotees, Varanasi might not be one of the world's cleanest cities but there’s no doubt it’s one of the most amazing. Maybe take the chance the chance to perfect your yoga in this most chakra-balancing of places.
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. Even if you're not the spiritual sort, you can't help but get goosebumps. 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 it’s wave goodbye and say Namaste, as you leave India and travel to the border and then into Nepal and the town of Lumbini. That means it’s time to charge up your music and fish out your book as there’s a long day of travelling ahead (approximately 8-10 hours including stops). This is no ordinary border town, but the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, and one of his four holy places of pilgrimage. You’ll check out the beautiful Ashoka Pillars and hop on cycle rickshaws to the Maya Devi Temple, the actual site where Lord Buddha is thought to have been born. Today you'll bunk down in a jungle camp for the night.
Included Activities
  • Lumbini - Ashoka Pillars, Maya Devi Temple & Heritage Park
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take off you religious hat and pop on your safari one as you drive to Chitwan National Park by private vehicle (approximately 5 hours). UNESCO (who know at thing or two about this kind of stuff) declared it a World Heritage site in 1984, and it offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Asia. Kind of the Jungle Book come to life, there's rhino, deer, monkeys and a wide array of birdlife including the infamous Nepalese wild chickens all here.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning you’ll hop aboard a jeep and take a safari drive through Chitwan National Park. If you’re a very lucky person then 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.

Note: Optional 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.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
On to your final destination of the Nepalese patchouli–scented capital, Kathmandu (approximately 7 hours). Maybe book in for a massage or a yoga session when you get there to ease those body kinks. With the rest of your free time, perhaps visit the giant Buddhist Stupa at Bodnath, head out into the narrow streets – home to holy men, monks, bicycles, and sacred cows – and buy last-minute souvenirs or chill out with cool drink. Why not goodbye to your new travelling pals over one last dinner.
Optional Activities
  • Kathmandu - Day trip to Bhaktapur - NPR1500
  • Kathmandu - Early Morning Everest Scenic Flight - USD220
  • Kathmandu - Durbar Square - NPR1000
  • Kathmandu - Swayambhunath Temple - NPR200
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Your trip ends after breakfast. Check out the great range of Urban Adventures on offer in Kathmandu. 
Optional Activities
  • Kathmandu - Day trip to Patan - NPR500
  • Kathmandu - Rickshaw Night Explorer Urban Adventure - USD68
  • Kathmandu - Path to a Hidden Monastery Urban Adventure - USD83
  • Kathmandu - Kathmandu by Bike Urban Adventure - USD89
  • Kathmandu - Spiritual Nepal Urban Adventure - USD80
  • Kathmandu - Kathmandu Living Urban Adventure - USD80
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.

The following day 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 the lakeside cafes.
Included Activities
  • Trisuli Rafting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (1)
  • Lunch (1)
  • Dinner (1)
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.
Accommodation
  • Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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.
Accommodation
  • Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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.
Accommodation
  • Home Stay or Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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.
Accommodation
  • Pokhara Hotel or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Pokhara - Peace Pagoda - Free
  • Fewa Lake boating - NPR500
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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 wish you didn’t have to go home.

No accommodation is included tonight and you are free to depart any time after our arrival back in Kathmandu.

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.

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Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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

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

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is available to purchase on this trip
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.

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