Delhi to Kathmandu

From £868, 15 days, across India, & Nepal Trip code: INDK

  • Adventure 3 out of 5
  • Relaxation 2 out of 5
  • Culture 5 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • See the sights of Old Delhi
  • Be romanced by the Taj Mahal
  • Explore ruins and rural life in Orchha
  • Sail the River Ganges
  • View sunrise over the holy city of Varanasi
  • Visit the birthplace of Buddha
  • Safari in Chitwan National Park
  • Breathe in the beauty of Himalayan panoramas
  • Discover the sights and sounds of Kathmandu

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From reminders of the Mughal dynasty in northern India to the snow-capped Himalayas of Nepal, this trip will truly inspire. Witness the colour and contrast between the bazaars of Delhi, the jungle in Orchha and the sacred Ganges. Be awed by the Taj Mahal and see sunrise over the holy city of Varanasi.

 

Come face-to-face with pilgrims, villagers, holy men and shopkeepers. For those wanting to travel by land between these two very different neighbours, this is the perfect journey.


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What will I be doing?

  • Delhi to Agra (Days 1 - 2)

  • Orchha to River Ganges Boat trip (Days 3 - 6)

  • Varanasi to Lumbini (Days 7 - 9)

  • Chitwan National Park to Kathmandu (Days 10 - 15)

Delhi to Agra: Days 1 - 2

Next Leg

Destination info

India is the second most populated country in the world, just behind China. Its slogan, ‘Unity in Diversity’ sums up the country rather well, and its citizens are deeply proud of this fact. All of the world’s major religions put in an appearance here, the best represented being Hindu (hence the many ‘sacred’ cows causing traffic jams in the capital, New Delhi!) as well as Muslims, Christians and Buddhists. The hustle and bustle is virtually constant, but there are always peaceful, spiritual spots that you can escape to easily. With a population of over 1.1 billion (2007 est.) it’s not really a surprise that it’s a bit noisy!

  • Location: India

Day 1 Delhi
Colourful, chaotic and steeped in history, this city will leave a lasting impression. Visit fortified Old Delhi - the crowded, narrow alleyways overflow with exotic sights and smells. Explore India's largest mosque and stop by a Sikh temple.

 

Day 2 Agra
Visit the Taj Mahal - the ultimate monument to love. Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the ornate carvings and bejewelled marble of this mausoleum are truly breathtaking. Also see where Shah Jahan was later imprisoned at the Red Fort.

Orchha to River Ganges Boat trip: Days 3 - 6

Next Leg

Destination info

India is the second most populated country in the world, just behind China. Its slogan, ‘Unity in Diversity’ sums up the country rather well, and its citizens are deeply proud of this fact. All of the world’s major religions put in an appearance here, the best represented being Hindu (hence the many ‘sacred’ cows causing traffic jams in the capital, New Delhi!) as well as Muslims, Christians and Buddhists. The hustle and bustle is virtually constant, but there are always peaceful, spiritual spots that you can escape to easily. With a population of over 1.1 billion (2007 est.) it’s not really a surprise that it’s a bit noisy!

  • Location: India

Days 3-5 Orchha
Soaring temple spires and domes rise from the jungle in the crumbling Orchha palace complex. Witness a cooking demonstration by a local family and visit a community project for an insight into papermaking.

 

Day 6 River Ganges Boat Trip
Sail down India's sacred Ganges and camp overnight on the riverbank.

Varanasi to Lumbini: Days 7 - 9

Next Leg

Destination info

India is the second most populated country in the world, just behind China. Its slogan, ‘Unity in Diversity’ sums up the country rather well, and its citizens are deeply proud of this fact. All of the world’s major religions put in an appearance here, the best represented being Hindu (hence the many ‘sacred’ cows causing traffic jams in the capital, New Delhi!) as well as Muslims, Christians and Buddhists. The hustle and bustle is virtually constant, but there are always peaceful, spiritual spots that you can escape to easily. With a population of over 1.1 billion (2007 est.) it’s not really a surprise that it’s a bit noisy!

  • Location: India

Days 7-8 Varanasi
Nestled on the banks of the Ganges, Varanasi is India's sacred heart and the ultimate destination for Hindu pilgrims. Wander the Old City, take part in a traditional candle-lit flower ceremony and boat down the river at sunrise, past pilgrims absolving their sins on the ghats.

 

Day 9 Lumbini
Travel to the birthplace of Buddha, the beautiful town of Lumbini on the Nepalese border.

Chitwan National Park to Kathmandu: Days 10 - 15

Destination info

Nepal is a country of superlatives. It’s in the Himalayas and the country has eight of the world’s 10 tallest mountains and 240 peaks over 20,000 feet. And, of course, it is home to Mount Everest, the highest point on earth (let’s give it its Nepalese name: Sagarmatha).

  • Location: Nepal

Days 10-12 Chitwan National Park
Visit an elephant breeding centre and keep an eye out for rhinos, monkeys, deer and the infamous Nepalese wild chickens.

 

Days 13-15 Kathmandu
Pass rice terraces, deep gorges, pounding rivers and the snow-capped peaks of the Himalaya en route to Kathmandu. Visit the 'Monkey Temple', see the Pashupatinath pires and join the pilgrims at Bodhnath Stupa.

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What's included?

  • All accommodation
  • Some meals
  • Activities and entrance fees as stated in your itinerary
  • Services of tour leader throughout the trip
  • 24 hour emergency support

What's not included?

  • All flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals
  • Airport transfers
  • Drinks
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature including spending money
  • Tips and gratuities

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

The minimum age is 18 years old. These trips can and do attract a variety of ages and customers will be of different nationalities too. It's all about having a passion for travel which is age-less!

 

Accommodation

Hotels/guesthouses (10 nts), camping (1 nt), air-conditioned permanent tent/cottage (2 nts), overnight train (1 nt)
Some of the accommodation along the way is very basic, staying in local guesthouses and homestays with limited facilities. Some facilities are shared and some accommodation has cold water only.


The style of accommodation described in the day to day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.


Accommodation on this trip is on a twin/multi share basis. Please note there may be times when you share a room with passengers travelling on different trips than your own.
 

 

Meals

While travelling with us you will experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialties so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat generally not all meals are included in the trip price.


This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Please check the 'meal inclusions' section of these notes for details of meals included.


Allow USD $290 for meals not included.

 

Tour Operator

This tour is operated by Intrepid Travel.

 

What is a Real Gap Experience Tour?

Our Real Gap Experience Tours are guided tours that are run through our (other) favourite travel companies. Typically, most of your travel will be on a bus/coach and you will stop off at a number of different destinations in your chosen country. We won’t be able to offer you a buddy list for these trips as people will book through different companies.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

 

What will I see in India and Nepal?

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Delhi to Kathmandu

Danielle Parsons - October 2015

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The whole trip was pretty amazing but the small town in orccha, the boat trip down the Ganges and seeing elephants just wandering down the street in Kathmandu was the highlights for me. Although all the temples you visit will leave you in awe.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

-you probably don't need half the stuff in your rucksack so go over your list again and again -try to talk to locals, especially the children, it will make their days -exchange only a small amount of money at the airport, the tour guide will be able to direct you to places with better exchange rates within the city

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Madeleine Grosse - October 2015

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Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Amazing experience, made some life-long friends!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Top highlight- Our fantastic tour guide Ravindra! He made our trip amazing. Other great highlights- Taj Mahal Ofcourse! Agra fort, The stupas of Nepal, Chitwan Jeep safari!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1- Don't expect 5 star luxury- all the accomodation is fantastic but this trip really let's you experience India and Nepal. 2 - A large scarf comes in handy to cover up in temples and to shade from the heat. 3- listen to everything your guide says! We heard some amazing facts and stories.

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Lana Diamond-cameron - December 2014

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(10/10)
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Unforgettable sights, meals and people, a real adventure!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Mayank our tour leader was amazing, very friendly and chatty and knowledgable, and really good fun! Would tell us about the places we visited as well as issues and topics in general which really made it a complete experience! The days on Chitwan National Park were another highlight, as were the trips to see various temples. Also the cooking demo in Orccha!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Buy socks to wear in the temples that you can throw away after your trip!

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Louisa Hills - February 2012

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(9/10)
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Brilliant, full on adventure in amazing places.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Sailing down the Ganges, and seeing wild Rhino in Chitwan National Park.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Girls - bring sports bras - if you need them for sport then you WILL want them for the Nepalese roads! If you feel sick tell your tour leader straight away - not only can they advise medical help, it gives them time to make any adjustments to your itinary. Use the police booth in the airport to book a taxi rather than getting one outside.

Delhi to Kathmandu2012-02-27

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