The Road to Kathmandu
Head from bustling Delhi to remote Tordi Garh, get down and dirty with the best street food in Jaipur, gape at the Taj, cruise down the holy Ganges in Varanasi, hang in Buddha’s hometown (Lumbini), see a few sloths and rhinos at Chitwan, swing through Pokhara and finish up in Kathmandu.
Got a sweet tooth? India's got the cure. Take one soft, fluffy ball of buffalo milk dough. Deep fry until it's the texture of a donut. Drop into sugar syrup flavoured with cardamom powder, rose essence and saffron. Eat. Repeat.
Day 1 - Delhi
The Indian head wobble is confusing. Does it mean yes? Does it mean no? And why aren’t they saying anything? We still haven’t worked it out, can you?
Pre-departure meeting and an optional group meal in the eveningHotel Rockwell Plaza or similar
Day 2 - Tordi Garh
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.
Hotel Tordi Garh or similar
- Journey through picturesque countryside to reach Tordi Garh, a remote, rarely visited village
- Mingle with the local community and learn about village life
- Visit the markets and the old village temple
- Sleep overnight in the palace at Tordi
Day 3-4 - Jaipur
They're not afraid of a deep fryer in Jaipur. 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.
Hotel Mrignayani Palace or similar
- Get acquainted with the busy streets and vibrant people of Jaipur
- Visit the stunning medieval Amber Fort
- Take a guided tour of the Old Bazaar and The Palace of the Winds
- Take some free time to explore on your own
Day 5-6 - Agra - Taj Mahal
They make you cover your shoes in funny little fabric shower caps. And 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.
Hotel Royal Residency or similar
- View the awesome Taj Mahal
- Optional visit to Agra Fort
- Board an overnight train bound for Varanasi
Day 7-8 - Varanasi
You wouldn't swim in it for a million bucks. But my goodness the Ganges is pretty to look at. Even if you're not the spiritual sort, you can't help but get goosebumps as we take a boat ride at sunrise.
Hotel Surya or similar
- Get to know the spiritual heart of India
- Witness life and death rituals on the Ganges
- Embark on a cruise on India's most famous river
Day 9 - Lumbini
Embrace a bit of pedal power today, and check out the place where Lord Buddha was born.
Lumbini Budha Garden or similar
- Cross into Nepal
- Visit the birthplace of the founder of Buddhism
- View temples built by Buddhists from all over the world
- Take a trip to the ancient Ashoka Pillar and Maya Devi Temple
- Sleep overnight in a jungle camp
Day 10-11 - Chitwan National Park
Stay in a jungle lodge close to Chitwan National Park
Riverview lodge or similar
- Take a jeep safari into the jungle
- Be in with a chance of spotting rhinoceros, deer, sloth bear, a variety of birds and perhaps even tigers (if you're really, really lucky)
- Perhaps set off on canoe, jeep or walking safaris
Day 12 - Pokhara
There's a bit of driving today, but if you look out the window you'll catch a glimpse of Ganesh, Mansalu and Annapurna ranges. Get up early while the kids are selling trays of pastries, chocolate croissants and cinnamon rolls.
Drive to Pokhara
Day 13 - Pokhara - Kathmandu
Another driving day... this time your destination is the Nepalese capital Kathmandu. Maybe book in for a massage or a yoga session when you get there to ease those kinks out of your back.
Drive to Kathmandu
Enjoy free time, perhaps visit the giant Buddhist Stupa at Bodnath, buy last minute souvenirs or chill out with a massage or a drinkHotel Shakti or similar
Day 14-15 - Kathmandu
Our hotel is close to Durbar Square so stock up on last minute presents (Tibetan prayer flags, anyone?) followed by a final bowl of momo (dumplings).
More free time today
Perhaps enjoy a final group dinner
The trip ends today after breakfast, but for those who wish to stay on, Kathmandu's got a lot to seeHotel Shakti or similar
What to Know
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; 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.
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.
The Road to Kathmandu
James - Australia, 7 Apr, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The value for money was excellent, I doubt that we would've been able to pay for the accommodation, transport and activities for less than the cost of the trip, even if we were to organise the trip ourselves. I felt safe at all times.
The Road to Kathmandu
Gillian - New Zealand, 22 Jan, 2014
The trip was all that I expected and more. The professionalism of the two guides - Pradeep and Binod - was amazing. They were so organised, informed and helpful, and went over and above their duties to ensure that we were looked after at all times - this even extended to getting medications when anyone fell ill. There were 2 members of our tour who elected from the onset to be 'Independent" of the group, making things very difficult for both tour leaders, as well as the rest of the group. The way that Pradeep and Binod handled this was a real credit to them both. They ensured that the rest of the group were in no way compromised by the actions of these 2 ladies. I would really like to thank both of them for making this trip so fantastic. A lifetime experience that I will dwell on for many a year. I would not hesitate to use Gecko Tours again if all their guides are as good as the two we had!
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