There's Nothing Sub About This Continent
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.
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
- Pre-departure meeting for the Nepalese part of the trip takes place this evening, as well as an optional group dinner
Hotel Shakti or similar
- 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
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.
Riverview lodge or similar
- 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
Day 5 - Lumbini
Buddha lived here until he was 29. In that time he founded Buddhism. What have you done lately?
Lumbini Budha Garden or similar
- 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
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.
Hotel Surya or similar
- 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
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?
Hotel Royal Residency or similar
- Visit the renowned Taj Mahal
- Perhaps take an optional trip to Agra Fort
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.
Hotel Tordi Garh or similar
- 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
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.
- Travel to and become acquainted with Jaipur's colourful streets
Hotel Mrignayani Palace or similar
- 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
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.
- 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
Hotel Perfect or similar
- The trip ends today after breakfast
What to Know
• 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).
- 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.
Trip Dates and Prices
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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
Susan - Australia, 1 Feb, 2104
Travelling with Geckos we really experienced the culture or the countries we visited. Our tour leaders were local and enthusiastically kept us informed of history, safety precautions and took us to places where we could best experience the country and its people. Don't expect luxury as the price doesn't include this but using varying modes of transport and staying in a variety of accommodation all added to the experience.
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Chloe - Australia, 1 Feb, 2104
Amazing trip, naggi is a very passionate knowledgable tour leader who made us fall in love with India