Days
21
Price from
$1,920USD

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… BOOM.

Hard bits: Trekking the Annapurnas. Fun bit: whitewater rafting in thermally heated water. Best bit: practicing your Princess Di pose at the Taj Mahal.

TRIP CHANGES FOR 2017:
From 1st January 2017 this trip will change in duration from 21 to 20 days. In order to continue offering this combination trip we will now be spending one day less in Kathmandu in between our connecting trips. There are no other major changes to destinations or the itinerary. The new code for this trip in 2017 will be GIMPC.


Start
Kathmandu, Nepal
Finish
New Delhi, India
Countries
India, Nepal
Code
GIMP
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
7 reviews
Ages
Min 18 , Max 39
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. An 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

Momo is not to be confused with muumuu. One is a tasty Nepalese dumpling, the other is a gigantic, floral print dress last seen on Homer Simpson.

Feed your spiritual side at Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world.

Then feed your hungry side at Yak Cafe (not very popular with actual yaks).

If arriving early, perhaps wander down to Kathmandu's Durbar Square.

Pre-departure meeting and optional group dinner in the evening.
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.
Meals Included
  • 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 the lakeside cafes.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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. (Walking time: approx 6 hours)
Accommodation
  • trekking lodge or similar (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. (Walking time: approx 5 hours)
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. (Walking time: approx 5 hours)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
The legs get a rest today, with a jeep back 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.
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, gobble down some more mo-mo's and be thankful
you don’t have to go home. We're heading south towards India
tomorrow
Included Activities
  • Kathmandu - Bodhnath Stupa
  • Kathmandu - Pashupatinath Temple
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning you’ll take a lprivate bus across to Chitwan National Park (approximately 6 hours), which sits at the base of the Himalayas. 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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (2 nights)
Included Activities
  • Chitwan Park Entrance
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Leaving the park in the dust of your private vehicle, drive to the Nepalese border town of Lumbini (approximately 5 hours). 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.


Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lumbini - Ashoka Pillars, Maya Devi Temple & Heritage Park
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today it’s wave goodbye and say Namaste, as you leave Nepal and cross the border into India. 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). You will cross at Sunauli and head for Varanasi. This is 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.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Cross the border into India today
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.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Agra's not the prettiest city in the world, but the minute you see the Taj Mahal nothing else matters. It will blow every expectation out of the water. Try and refrain from letting your jaw hang open, you'll attract flies.

Accommodation
  • Hotel Royal Residency or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Welcome to one of our favourite places on the trip. Tordi Garh's our little secret. And you get to sleep in a 16th century palace (curtsying optional).
Travel through scenic countryside to Tordi Garh, its a long days drive, but we visit a place few travellers visit. Take an orientation walk and visit an old village temple and the local markets.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Leave after breakfast and head for Jaipur (approximately 3 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 – an amazing complex with various colourful courtyard gates, fascinating museums, and impressively moustachioed guards. Jaipur’s also a great place to sit back with a thali plate and enjoy some of the world's best people watching.
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. Maybe experience the cinema like never before with an extravagant Bollywood blockbuster at the memorable Raj Mandir Cinema.
Included Activities
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Jaipur - Hawa Mahal photo stop
Optional Activities
  • Jaipur - Balloon Safari - USD250
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
It’s back on the rails today as you hop on a day train to India’s capital (approximately 5 hours), sharing the journey with locals as the chai wallahs make their way down the carriages. Watch one of the world's greatest shows unfold as people, traffic, cows and kids all work together in a kind of organised chaos. After arrival you’ll catch the modern metro to Old Delhi and visit the old city's market area by cycle rickshaw, taking in Chandni Chowk as well as Connaught Place. With the rest of your time maybe book an Urban Adventure to get your last proper taste of India. An optional group dinner tonight is a great way to finish a memorable trip in this remarkable country. Otherwise, simply grab a chai, put your feet up and let it all soak in.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Your adventure through India and Nepal ends after breakfast this morning and you're free to leave the accommodation at any time. If you'd prefer to stay on in Delhi a little bit longer, then additional accommodation can be booked prior to travel (subject to availability).
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

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

Reviews

Our Epic Nepal to India trips score an average of 3.86 out of 5 based on 7 reviews in the last year.

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Important notes

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Indian authorities have announced that all 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes will be withdrawn from circulation. ATMs will not operate on 9-10 November 2016.
Until new notes are issued, you should not accept any denomination higher than 100 rupees (around AUD 2)
Please ensure you receive change from any purchases in 100 rupee notes or smaller.

INDIAN VISA
You must have a pre purchased Indian visa in your passport for this trip. An Indian visa is required prior to travel and cannot be purchased at border, Indian e-Visas are not valid for this border crossing

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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