Delhi to Kathmandu Discovery
15 days from £713 (was £839)
- Visit India and Nepal on this epic adventure!
- Immerse yourself in Delhi’s charming chaos
- Experience India’s iconic sites including the Taj Mahal!
- Soak up the spirituality of the magical Ganges
- Explore Chitwan National Park
- Stay in a traditional Nepalese community
This monumental journey is an Indian infusion, taking you to some legendary landmarks and enchanting locations in India and Nepal. Your tour will begin in dazzling Delhi and end in Kathmandu, taking you through Pushkar, Jaipur, Agra, Varanasi, Lumbini and Pokhara along the way. You’ll tour the cool capital, visit stunning temples, boat along the sacred Ganges, experience Chitwan National Park and so much more! Plus, you’ll get a first-hand feel for some smaller local communities with cultural homestays and village visits in gorgeous off-the-beaten track destinations. You’ll travel with a group of globetrotter friends and an expert tour guide - what could be better? Don’t miss this enthralling experience in India and Nepal!
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Day 1: Welcome to India!
Arrive into Delhi and head to your Welcome Meeting and orientation tour which starts at 2pm this afternoon. Tonight, you’ll head to Connaught Place and the beautiful India Gate. You’ll love the cool chaos of the capital!
Day 2: Delhi to Pushkar
Transfer to Pushkar this morning and head out to see the city’s lakes and ghats. You’ll love taking snap shots of Pushkar’s distinctive landscape! Tonight, why not head out on an optional camel ride in the desert?
Day 3: Explore Pushkar and experience Jaipur
We’ll hike to the spectacular Savitri Temple this morning to experience a mesmerising sunrise. Then it’s on to Jaipur where we’ll see the city’s rosy sandstone buildings and check out a bustling market.
Day 4: Discover Jaipur
You’ll get to cross the Amber Fort off your bucket list today as we experience the site’s stunning palaces. Then, head out for some free time – we recommend seeing the picturesque Palace of the Winds.
Day 5: Awe inspiring Agra
We’ll head to Agra today, and nothing can prepare you for the utterly spectacular Taj Mahal! Get ready to be blown away by this mesmerising mausoleum – be sure to bring your camera! Enjoy free time to unwind later today.
Day 6: Agra to Varanasi
Spend free time checking out any last minute Agra attractions this morning. Later, we’ll board the overnight train to vivid Varanasi.
Day 7: Witness the spiritual splendour of Varanasi
Head out on an orientation walk of Varanasi and soak up the spiritual aura. This evening, you can opt to go on a Ganges boat trip and witness a serene candle and flower ceremony.
Day 8: Vibrant Varanasi
Spend a free day in Varanasi today! Uncover hidden temples, grab some delicious foodie fare and enjoy the amazing atmosphere.
Day 9: Varanasi to Lumbini
We’ll take a scenic transfer to Nepal today, this is a longer travelling day today and it could take up to 12 hours to reach Lumbini. Once we’ve arrived, we’ll head to our Lumbini accommodation to recharge after the journey.
Day 10: Chitwan National Park Communities
Marvel at Chitwan’s surrounding landscape today on an orientation walk. You’ll head through Chitwan National Park – see if you can spot any wildlife! Later, enjoy a Tharu community home stay and immerse yourself in the fascinating local culture.
Day 11: Explore Chitwan National Park
You’ve got free time today, why not opt to head out on a jeep safari through the National Park and try to sight a rare tiger? Later, return to your home stay and enjoy a tasty meal with your hosts.
Day 12: Chitwan National Park to Pokhara
Today you’ll bus to Pokhara, where an orientation walk will introduce you to the stunning Himalayan backdrop! There are plenty of optional activities on offer today, including paragliding, so let your guide know what you want to get up to!
Day 13: Pokhara
Find out how the Sisterhood of Survivors Project helps to improve the lives of survivors of human trafficking today, and learn to make momo (traditional dumplings) with these amazing women. You’ll be inspired by their talents and bravery. Later, chill out with some free time.
Day 14: Pokhara to Kathmandu
Today we’ll head to Kathmandu and go on a guided walk through the city. See Durbar Square and the majestic Narayanhity Palace, check out Boudhanath Stupa and witness the ritual of the burning ghats! Later, head out for some free time.
Day 15: Kathmandu
Today, your itinerary ends. Say goodbye to Kathmandu and swap numbers with your group!
Please note itineraries are subject to change.
- 14 nights accommodation
- 1 lunch
- Transport as per the itinerary
- All activities as specified in the itinerary
- Guided walk in Delhi
- guided walk in Pushkar
- Guided walk in Jaipur
- Guided walk in Varanasi
- Guided walk in Pokhara
- Guided walk in Kathmandu
- The support of your local tour guide
- 24/7 emergency support
- International flights
- Travel Insurance
- Any meals not indicated on the itinerary
- Optional activities
- Airport transfers
1 lunch is included. We recommend budgeting USD 355-465 for meals not included.
You’ll be staying a range of hotels and hostels throughout your trip, and you’ll also have 1 night on a sleeper train and a 2 night home stay. You’ll be staying in simple yet comfortable hotels and hostels on a twin or multi-share basis.
Hotels in Asia may be unlike the hotels you are used to back home, but this is all part of experiencing a new culture! Power cuts are common across India and Nepal, and while many hotels do have back-up generators, they do not always work. In the event of a power cut, please be patient as there will be very little the hotel or your tour guide will be able to do about it!
There are some cultural differences that you may need to be aware of before visiting India. Often, Indians will eat with their hands or with pieces of chapatti. If dining with Hindus, it is considered wholly inappropriate to share partially eaten food or to eat directly from the communal bowl. Because of the water in India you should be discerning when choosing where to purchase food, and should always approach street food vendors with caution. Please do ask your guide for advice when selecting any meals not included in your itinerary, as they can suggest some great places.
You’ll be visiting a range of cities and towns, and each has something special to offer when it comes to food! Asian cuisine is very diverse. Spice blends are used often to enhance the flavour of meat, seafood and vegetables, and dishes range from mild and creamy to hot and spicy! There’s something for all food preferences, however, and you’ll never be short of choice! It is worth noting that Hindus do not eat beef and Muslims do not eat pork, so there is a wide variety of lovely vegetarian cuisine in India and Nepal, and particular meat dishes may not be widely available in some regions.
The following tips are worth reading (and remembering!) regarding food and drink in India:
- Avoid salads, uncooked vegetables and un-pasteurised milk products such as cheese, as raw food is subject to contamination. Always peel your fruit yourself.
- Undercooked and raw meat, fish and shellfish may carry intestinal pathogens
- Cooked food that has been allowed to stand at room temperatures for several hours must be thoroughly reheated before consumption. If you are unsure about something avoid eating it altogether.
- Do not consume any yoghurt that has been diluted with water
- Wash your hands before all meals as you may often be eating without cutlery
- Tap water is only safe if boiled, filters and purification tablets are never 100% effective. Bottled water is always the safest option
- Avoid fruit juice and any beverages that have ice made from un-boiled water in them
- Ensure that any bottled water you purchase has an unbroken seal and try to stick to reputable brands
- Ensure that all dishes and silverware have been cleaned thoroughly
- Brush your teeth with bottled or purified water
- Hot beverages should be boiled fully before consumption
Your tour begins in Delhi on the afternoon of your programme start date (day 1 of the itinerary), please ensure that you arrive in time to attend your welcome meeting which is normally held at 2pm on your start date. If you arrive after 2pm, you will miss your welcome meeting and orientation walk.
If you wish to arrive the day before your start date, we can assist you in arranging additional nights of accommodation (for a extra charge), please contact us for details. Please arrange your flights to arrive into Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL).
An airport transfer is not included. In order to avoid taxi scams, we recommend pre-booking an airport transfer before you arrive.
Please note, we can arrange an airport transfer for you when you arrive. Please contact a Travel Advisor for more information.
Your trip ends in Kathmandu on your programme end date, no activities are planned for this day and you are free to depart at any time; however if you wish to book the optional Everest flight, this would take place on the morning of your trip end date. Therefore you if you wish to book the Everest flight (subject to availability and extra cost), please arrange your flights to depart from Kathmandu Tribhuvan Intenraional Airport (KTM) after 2pm on your programme end date, if you don't wish to book the Everest flight, you are free to depart at any time on your programme end date.
To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.
The minumum age for the trip is 18 years and the maximum is 39 years.
A visa is required for entry to India and must be obtained before you travel. You can apply for a tourist visa or an e-tourist visa via the Indian High Commission. Your passport will need to be machine readable, have two blank pages available for immigration stamps, and must have at least six months' validity remaining on entry to India.
You will need to obtain a visa to enter Nepal. These can usually be obtained in advance of travel or at the airport on arrival for certain nationalities.
All visa information is subject to change and you should consult the nearest High Commission or Embassy for the most up to date information.
Is English Spoken Throughout India And Nepal?
English is generally spoken throughout both India and Nepal. It’s always worth picking up a few local phrases, however, in order to show respect to local customs and so that you feel confident with the basics if you encounter somebody who is unable to speak English. It’s a good idea to refer to the language section of your trip notes and maybe even pick up a language guide.
How Much Spending Money Should I Bring?
This will depend on your individual spending habits. You will have to pay an International Departure Tax if travelling to India – this applies to all travellers and is not specific to this trip. In Asia, it is customary to tip service staff at a rate of 10%, so budget for this. There is also plenty of sightseeing to be done, and it’s best to look into the price of any sites you’ll be visiting during your free time, and any of our optional extras that you’d like to do.
What Can I Do During My Free Time?
You can get involved with loads of amazing experiences during your free time! Our top picks include the Qutab Minar in Delhi, Agra’s Nature Park, cooking classes in Jaipur and Ram Nagar Fort in Varanasi. In Nepal, you may want to visit the Mountain Museum in Pokhara or Bhaktapur in Kathmandu. Your guide will always be on hand to help you work out what you want to do in your free time, but it’s best to have a look in advance as this will make budgeting much easier!
Can You Tell Me More About My Guide?
Your guide will be on hand to help you get the most out of your Real Gap Experience and ensure that your travels run as smoothly as possible! Your guide can offer suggestions for things to see and do in your free time, and answer any questions you have about the regions you’re visiting.
Will I Need Vaccinations?
Vaccinations are often required for entry into India, and you should contact your GP for information regarding any vaccinations you may require.
Will I Need A Visa?
You will need visas to participate in this trip. Visa requirements will vary depending on your country of nationality, so we’d advise you to look at your government’s foreign ministry website. Indian tourist visas are valid for 6 months and will need to be obtained in advance – it is not possible to attain one at the point of entry.
You will require a separate visa for entry to Nepal. This visa can be obtained at the point of entry, but you should expect long queues and you’ll have to bring multiple copies of your passport photo! It is often easier to get both visas in advance. If you require any more visa information please contact us and we can assist you with applying for them. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct visas for your travels.
What Should I Do If I Encounter Flight Complications?
You shouldn’t expect any complications, but in the rare event that you experience them please contact your starting point hotel at your earliest convenience. You’ll then be able to leave a message for your guide.
Can I Book My Own Room For This Trip?
You can opt to book your own room for this trip, in which case you’ll have a private room for each night of your trip apart from night 6, when you’ll be on the overnight sleeper train. Opting to book your own room will incur an additional cost. Please contact us for details and prices.
Is It Okay To Travel Solo On This Trip?
Absolutely! Lots of travellers choose to embark on this trip solo. The great thing about getting involved in a Real Gap Experience is the fact that you’ll be with a group of fellow travellers, sharing your experiences. Groups tend to make friends really quickly. It’s equally okay to travel with a friend, boyfriend or girlfriend – you’ll still make lots of friends along the way!
What optional activities can I do? There are loads of brilliant optional activities on offer during these trips. If you’d like to participate in any of them just let your guide know and they can make all of the necessary arrangements! Please note that participation in any of these optional activities will incur an additional cost that you will be responsible to cover. You’ll find the optional activities listed below: India: Camel ride, City Palace visit, Palace of the Winds visit, Jantar Mantar, Cinema and Bollywood movie, Agra Fort visit, Baby Taj visit, Evening Ganges boat tour. Nepal: Village cycling, Chitwan Safari, Sarangkot Sunrise Walk, Paragliding, Everest flight
What's The Average Group Size?
The average group size is 14, the maximum group size is 18.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.