18-to-Thirtysomethings: Delhi to Kathmandu on a Shoestring (AHDU)
Countries Visited: India, Nepal Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences Simple and clean hotels, guesthouses and hostels chosen for location and character Affordable public and private transport for maximum cultural interaction Plenty of optional activities tailored to your interests and budget
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Basic
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 18, avg 14.
Meals Included: 1 lunch
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Explore the vibrant streets of urban India, sail down the Ganges, get a glimpse of traditional life in small villages, experience a jeep safari in Chitwan NP, Learn to make traditional Nepalese dumplings, marvel at Nepals mountain views.
India and Nepal are less places to see than places to do, and this fast-paced 15-day tour ensures you live every moment to the fullest. With other youthful travellers, youll sail the Ganges, have the opportunity to take a jeep safari in Chitwan National Park, and breathe deeply in the Himalayas of Nepal. Its a mix of classics like the Taj Majal and backpacker faves like Pushkar wrapped up in a riot of colour. And we do the planning but leave the choice of excursions up to you. Dont explore South Asia - live it.
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|Day 1||Delhi||Day 1 Delhi|
After the group meeting in the afternoon, there will be a short orientation walk of Delhi, visiting Connaught Place by metro and walking to India Gate. Additional Notes: Please note that if you arrive after 14:00, you may miss the welcome meeting and orientation tour. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Delhi Orientation Tour
|Day 2||Pushkar||Day 2 Delhi/Pushkar|
After settling into our accommodation, we will have an orientation walk around Pushkar, including the lake, ghats, and also the the 14th century Brahama temple. Spend some time this afternoon exploring the markets, or jump on a camel and head out for a sunset ride in the desert. Included Activities: Pushkar Orientation Walk Transport: Train (6.50 hour(s))
|Day 3||Jaipur||Day 3 Pushkar/Jaipur|
Before dawn on Day 3 we climb to the hilltop Savitri temple to watch the sunrise over this holy place. Following that, we travel to the city of Jaipur. Included Activities: Savitri Temple Climb Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 4||Jaipur||Day 4 Jaipur|
In Jaipur, your CEO takes you on an included tour of the Amber Fort, which seems to cling to the surrounding hills. Opt to visit the amazing City Palace with its fine collection of textiles and costumes or the Hawa Mahal, or "Palace of the Winds". There are so many things to do with your free time in Jaipur. You may want to discover more of the wisdom and history of the Mughals by wandering around the Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in the 1700s or opt to sit back and relax if you like -- sip a cocktail in any of the luxuriously converted palaces, now operating as 5 star hotels. Included Activities: Amber Fort Guided Tour
|Day 5||Agra||Day 5 Jaipur/Agra|
Travel by early morning train to the Muslim city of Agra, site of India's most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal. Enjoy a guided visit to this icon of Mughal architecture. Included Activities: Taj Mahal Guided Tour Transport: Train (5.00 hour(s))
|Day 6||Varanasi||Day 6 Agra/Varanasi|
In your free time, opt to ride a cycle rickshaw and visit the Baby Taj and Agra Fort. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (13.00 hour(s))
|Day 7||Varanasi||Day 7 Varanasi|
There is an included orientation walk of the city, and you can opt to take a boat out onto the sacred Ganges River. If you take an evening boat ride, you will have the opportunity to witness a candle flower ceremony. Included Activities: Orientation Walk
|Day 8||Varanasi||Day 8 Varanasi|
Enjoy free time to explore Varanasi.
|Day 9||Lumbini||Day 9 Varanasi/Lumbini|
Today we leave India and travel to Nepal. This will be a longer travel day -- it may take up to 12 hrs total to reach the city of Lumbini. Additional Notes: It is possible for most nationalities to get a Nepalese visa at the border; you will need at least one passport size photograph and $25 USD. Nepal is 15 minutes ahead of India, time wise. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Nepal) Transport: Train (7.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
|Day 10||Chitwan National Park||Day 10 Lumbini/Chitwan National Park|
Take an orientation walk of Barauli town, then opt for a bike ride. Enjoy an overnight homestay with the indigenous Tharu community. Included Activities: Barauli Community Homestay Barauli Village Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)
|Day 11||Chitwan National Park||Day 11 Chitwan National Park|
Enjoy a free day to explore the surrounding village and rice paddies before spending another night with the Tharu community. Opt to take a jeep safari through Chitwan National Park. Included Activities: Barauli Community Homestay
|Day 12||Pokhara||Day 12 Chitwan National Park/Pokhara|
Travel from the plains to the mountains by bus. Clearly the most stunning of Pokharas sights is the spectacular panorama of the Annapurna range. Opt to travel out to Sarangkot (1592m), only 5 kms north east of Pokhara, for a spectacular sunrise of the surrounding mountains. The walk back down through farms and forest to Pokhara is wonderful and takes between 2-2.5 hours. Paragliding is another option during your stay here. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (5.00 hour(s))
|Day 13||Pokhara||Day 13 Pokhara (1L)|
Visit the Sisterhood of Survivors Project, a grassroots organization that trains survivors of human-trafficking to become certified paralegals. Explore Pokhara during free time in the afternoon. Opt to go paragliding over Pokhara lake. Included Activities: Sisterhood of Survivors Project
|Day 14||Kathmandu||Day 14 Pokhara/Kathmandu|
If time permits, enjoy a short orientation walk of Kathmandu with your CEO upon arrival. Kathmandu is fascinating at every turn, and some travellers prefer to simply wander, seeing where chance, fate, or the city may lead them. If you have the time, be sure to check out world-famous Durbar Square, the King's Palace, the burning ghats at Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath Stupa on your own. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (7.00 hour(s))
|Day 15||Kathmandu||Day 15 Kathmandu|
Depart at any time. Opt for an Everest flight this morning, if weather permits. Additional Notes: Please note that if you would like the opportunity to take the optional Everest flight, your departure flight must depart no earlier than 12pm. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: N/A
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