There's Nothing Sub About This Continent

Delhi
Nothing beats a campfire singalong. These guys know what we're talking about
When you absolutey, positively have to sleep
Jaipur’s Amber Fort
UNESCO World Heritage-listed Taj Mahal
Buddhism's birthplace in Lumbini
The wildlife of Chitwan National Park
The Ganges and Varanasi
Kathmandu’s hidden old town
Aint' no mountain high enough
Having a (eye)ball in Nepal
  • Embrace your inner hippy in Kathmandu, search for Bengal tigers at Chitwan, check out Buddha’s hometown, fall in love with Varanasi, ogle at the Taj, hang in a palace at Tordi Garh, go bazaar mad in Jaipur and finish up in Delhi.

     

    Once you hit Jaipur you'll be sharing the sidewalk with kids, cows, rickshaws, chai wallaws, street food vendors, stray dogs and about 3.1 million other people. Watch your step.

     

    Itinerary

    Day 1-2 - Kathmandu

    Embrace your inner hippy in Kathmandu. Order a plate of fried momo, practice some yoga, get a massage, marvel at the Bodhnath Stupa and use this time to reset your body clock

    Day 1

    • Pre-departure meeting for the Nepalese part of the trip takes place this evening, as well as an optional group dinner

    Day 2

    • Visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world
    • Swing by the most famous Hindu temple in the country - Pashupatinath
    • Enjoy free time for sightseeing, more temple-hopping or just plain relaxing
    Hotel Shakti or similar

    Day 3-4 - Chitwan National Park

    Explore the jungle, searching for Bengal tigers and the Indian rhinoceros. It's basically The Jungle Book come to life.

    • Catch a morning bus up the rim of the Kathmandu Valley
    • Try and spot Indian rhinoceros, sloth bear, deer, a multitude of different birds and rare tigers
    • Stay in a lodge overnight
    Royal Park Hotel or similar

    Day 5 - Lumbini

    Buddha lived here until he was 29. In that time he founded Buddhism. What have you done lately?

    • Pay a visit to a multitude of temple complexes, constructed by Buddhists from Japan, China and Myanmar
    • View the Ashoka Pillar and Maya Devi Temple
    • Sleep overnight in a jungle camp
    Lumbini Budha Garden or similar

    Day 6-8 - Varanasi

    Watch thousands of Hindu pilgrims cleanse their sins in the Ganges as you take a boat ride at sunrise. We won't lie, it's pretty moving stuff.

    • Experience an early morning boat ride on the Ganges
    • Explore Varanasi's back lanes and crowded alleyways on a guided tour
    • Board an overnight sleeper train bound for Agra
    Hotel Surya or similar

    Day 9 - Agra - Taj Mahal

    Boyfriends take note: Emperor Shah Jahan spent over 20 years building this shrine to his second wife. How long has it been since you've bought anyone girlfriend flowers?

    • Visit the renowned Taj Mahal
    • Perhaps take an optional trip to Agra Fort
    Hotel Royal Residency or similar

    Day 10 - Tordi Garh

    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 go to sleep in a 16th century palace.

    • Get to know the locals in Tordi Garh - a remote village that few travellers make it to
    • Visit the fortress and ruined temples that lie slightly further afield
    • Spend the night at the palace in Tordi, with it's owner as your host
    Hotel Tordi Garh or similar

    Day 11-12 - Jaipur

    Haggle to your heart's content in the bazaars and backstreets of the Pink City. Jaipur is famous for textiles (think table runners and made-to-measure suits), precious and semi-precious gems and blue pottery.

    Day 11

    • Travel to and become acquainted with Jaipur's colourful streets

    Day 12

    • Visit the medieval Amber Fort
    • Explore the Old Bazaar and The Palace of the Winds
    • Enjoy plenty of free time to explore Jaipur at your own pace
    Hotel Mrignayani Palace or similar

    Day 13-14 - 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.

    Day 13

    • Visit the old city's market area - Chandni Chowk as well as Connaught Place
    • Perhaps view the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid and the Raj Ghat during free time
    • Enjoy a final optional meal with the group

    Day 14

    • The trip ends today after breakfast
    Hotel Perfect or similar
  • What's Included

    • • Gecko’s expert English-speaking local tour guides throughout the tour, and local site guides at some sites.

      • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Kathmandu including Bodhnath Stupa and Pashupatinath; Lumbini including temple complexes, Ashoka Pillar and Maya Devi Temple; Varanasi's back lanes and crowded alleyways; Agra including the Taj Mahal; Jaipur including Amber Fort, Old Bazaar and The Palace of the Winds; and Delhi including Chandni Chowk and Connaught Place.

      • Morning boat ride on the Ganges to witness the rituals on the ghats.

      • Royal Chitwan National Park – lodge accommodation and entrance fees.

      • Off-the-beaten-track experience in Tordi Garh – village walk, a visit to ruined temples and a fortress, and a jeep safari.

      • Overnight accommodation in the 16th Century Tordi Palace .

      • Free time to explore Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park, Agra, Jaipur and Delhi.

      • Overnight train from Varanasi to Agra. Accommodation air-conditioned sleeper class with three-tier sleeping berths (two sheets, a blanket and a pillow provided per person).

    Not Included

    • International flights, arrival and departure transfers, airport/departure taxes, visas, pre or post tour accommodation, meals, optional tours sightseeing or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature, laundry and flights unless specified. Some places that we visit charge additional fees if you are entering with a camera or camcorder - your city guide will advise on these and they can be paid for locally.

    Safety Information

    Personal Safety:
    Pick-pocketing and bag-snatching are common, particularly in airports and on buses. Take care when walking around at night. Avoid walking on your own and don’t carry large sums of cash. Keep valuables in a hotel safe if possible. Bars and restaurants now close at midnight as part of a government crackdown on illegal activities. Foreigners remaining in bars and clubs after hours have been detained by the police.

    Helicopters:
    With the exception of medical and emergency evacuations, due to the safety risks involved we are unable to use helicopters as a substitute for cancelled or postponed internal flights or for any other itinerary alterations.

    Festivals:
    Travelling in India and Nepal whilst the Holi festival is on (a lunar festival but generally held in March every year), can at times be dangerous - a lot of locals participate in consumption of intoxicating substances. The day has been associated with physical violence and danger. Your leader will be advising you and your group on what places to avoid on this day and it may even be necessary for us to alter your itinerary for the day to avoid putting you or our group leader in high risk situation.

     

    Traffic and Roads:
    Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!

    Seat Belts:
    Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts.

    Train and bus travel in Nepal and India is not always easy. Buses and trains are often late and at times they can be overcrowded. A good deal of patience is required to get the most out of your journey. However travelling by road and rail is an excellent opportunity to meet the locals and can be a rewarding experience. Generally, overnight train travel is in air-conditioned sleeper class which offers three-tier sleeping berths. Two sheets a pillow and a blanket are provided but we recommend you bring along a sleeping bag liner for extra comfort and hygiene. Toilet facilities on Indian trains are also quite basic.

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  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    There's Nothing Sub About This Continent

    Adam - Canada, 25 Jan, 2014
    5
    Overall Rating

    I can't say enough good things about this trip! The leaders, group, sites, sounds, tastes and even the smells truly made this trip one to remember and worth going with Geckos. It was well paced and we were well taken care of allowing us to truly experience Nepal and India.

    There's Nothing Sub About This Continent

    Colleen - Canada, 26 Jan, 2014
    5
    Overall Rating

    Amazing trip! There was lots of travel involved, but that's what we signed up for and all that we saw was totally worth it!

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