‘An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind’ – Mahatma Gandhi. The man makes a good point. That's the kind of wisdom this place inspires.
Accommodation: Hotel Rockwell Plaza or similar, Delhi
Karl Pilkington summed up Delhi quite well: "My eyes have never been so busy. There's always something there going 'look at me!'"
Accommodation: Hotel Tordi Garh or similar, Tordi Garh
How good is Tordi Garh? Ask anyone who's been and they'll say: "best part of the whole trip". Ask anyone who's never heard of it and they'll probably say: "is that the near Mexican joint near your place? Let's go!"
Accommodation: Hotel Mrignayani Palace or similar, Jaipur
Head to the bazaars for a colourful Jaipuri quilt (rajais) or some sandals (mochris). Or pop into one of the tailors for some trousers or a made-to-measure suit.
Accommodation: Hotel Royal Residency or similar, Agra
It took more than 20,000 people over 20 years to build the Taj. No wonder they make you take your shoes off.
Accommodation: Hotel Surya or similar, Varanasi
There's a certain etiquette that applies on overnight trains in India: always share your food, kick your friend if they're snoring too loudly, offer your bottom bunk to any elderly people stuck on the top and don't gloat too much when you win at cards.
Accommodation: Lumbini Budha Garden or similar, Lumbini
Chuck away the razors and embrace your inner hippy on our night in a jungle lodge. Your spiritual side should feel all tingly because Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
Accommodation: Riverview lodge or similar, Chitwan National Park
Travel by elephant or dugout canoe in search of tigers and rhinos. Spotting a tiger is rare these days but you never know your luck (did you pack your rabbit foot/four-leaf clover/lucky undies?)
Accommodation: Tulsi Hotel or similar, Pokhara
There's a bit of driving today, but if you look out the window you'll catch a glimpse of Ganesh, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges. Get up early while the kids are selling trays of pastries, chocolate croissants and cinnamon rolls.
Accommodation: Tulsi Hotel or similar, Pokhara
If you're feeling homesick, an overnight homestay in Hyenjakot is just what the doctor ordered: home cooked meal, a bit of laughter and a relaxed family atmosphere. The only thing missing is your mum.
Accommodation: Hotel Shakti or similar, Kathmandu
Swing by Durbar Square to see the famous Kathmandu Guest House, where The Beatles once stayed. Oh, and Ricky Martin. But not at the same time (that would be too much excitement at once).
All tours are led by experienced regional tour guides in Nepal and India. All transportation and accommodation as indicated in detailed Trip Notes. The following sightseeing trips are included: Royal Chitwan National Park - park entrance fees and one elephant ride; Agra - one visit to the Taj Mahal including transport, entrance and local site guide fees; Tordi Garh - village walk and jeep safari; Jaipur - one visit to Amber Fort including transport, entrance and local site guide fees; Delhi - an orientation walk around Chandi Chowk and Janpath including transport.
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.
We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
20 January 2013