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
Get swept up in epic India and Nepal! This monumental journey is an Indian infusion, taking you to some legendary locations where you’ll be immersed in the very best that this country has to offer. You’ll also get to experience Nepal for a mesmerising multi-destination adventure!
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 be touring the cool capital, visiting stunning temples, boating along the sacred Ganges, experiencing Chitwan National Park and so much more! The amazing thing about this trip is that you’ll be exploring the most iconic monuments of India and Nepal and also getting a first-hand feel for some smaller local communities. You’ll be doing all of this with a group of globetrotter friends, and what could be better? If you’re ready for this enthralling experience then so are we!
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Day 1: welcome to India!
Arrive into Delhi and head to your Welcome Meeting and orientation tour. 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
Head out on an orientation walk today before an optional camel ride! Later, you’ll transfer to Pushkar and head out to see the city’s lakes and ghats. You’ll love taking snap shots of Pushkar’s distinctive landscape!
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 tantalising Taj! 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! 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 included 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 with the survivors. 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.
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Accommodation & Meals
You’ll be staying a range of hotels 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 sharing with 2 to 3 other travellers. Private rooms are available, and you’ll need to specify that you’d like a private room when you book your trip as this will incur an additional cost. Please contact us for further information regarding details and prices.
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!
Included meals are indicated in your itinerary, and you’ll be responsible for selecting and paying for any additional meals. Any meals not indicated in your itinerary are not included as part of this Real Gap Experience trip, but this will give you a chance to try some of Asia’s varied and vibrant cuisine.
There are some cultural differences that you may need to be aware of before visiting India. Oftentimes, 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 guide will always be on hand to advise you with any food or beverage concerns or queries you may have, and it is always best to ask them to assist you with the selection of any meals not included as part of your trip itinerary.
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Eligibility & FAQ's
The minumum age for the trip is 18 years and the maximum is 39 years.
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- All domestic transfers between destinations as specified in the itinerary
- Accommodation throughout the itinerary
- Transport as per the itinerary
- All activities as specified in the itinerary
- Guided orientation walks in Delhi, Pushkar, Jaipur, Varanasi, Pokhara and Kathmandu
- The support of your local tour guide
What's Not Included
- International flights
- Travel Insurance
- Any meals not indicated on the itinerary
- Optional activities
- Airport transfers
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Please note, you must have adequate cover in place before your trip begins. Whether you’re travelling for two weeks or two years, insurance is an essential part of your adventure and will help you enjoy your travels, secure in the knowledge that you have the protection you need. Of course you are free to buy insurance from any provider, however at Real Gap Experience, we have travel insurance that has been specifically designed to meet the needs of global travel that’s far from run-of-the-mill. If you think you’re already covered by an existing policy, such as those provided by credit card providers, check the policy very carefully to ensure it covers you for your Real Gap Experience, specifically: For the duration you require For the activities you’re planning on doing If you would like some further information about our insurance options please speak to one of our travel advisors.
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
It is your responsibility to have the necessary visas and travel documents for your time away.
All UK passport holders must apply for a visa before travelling to India. Other nationalities should consult their relevant embassy for visa and travel information. To cross the border into Nepal, you will require a visa. Contact the Nepalese Embassy to apply for your visa. At some land border crossings, visas will be available if you have two passport sized photographs and the necessary funds. In order to leave Nepal you’ll need to have a valid visa in your passport , and your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months when your submit your visa application.
It will be your responsibility to apply for and attain the relevant visas. Most countries require you to have at least 6 months’ validity on your passport before your intended stay. Please refer to the ‘Important Documents’ section of your online account for further information regarding visas.
Wi-Fi may be available at some of your hotels, but please note that it may not be as reliable or speedy a service as you are used to. There are reasonably priced internet cafes located in most major cities so you’ll be able to stay in touch with friends and family easily.
It’s always a good idea to bring non-polluting soap in case you ever want to do your own laundry. This also comes in handy if you’re choosing to pack light and need to wash any clothes. Laundry facilities will be offered at some of the hotels you’ll be staying at for a charge.
The international dialling code for India is +91, and from Nepal it is +977. Be sure to let your friends and families know that they’ll have to insert this code before dialling a number.
To dial a UK number from India or Nepal, simply place +44 before the desired UK number. There are public phone boxes across India and Nepal, from which you’ll easily be able to make international calls at fair rates. You can also purchase a basic mobile phone if necessary. Rates and rules will be variable depending on your network provider.
Also denoted as ‘Rs’ the Indian rupee is the official currency of India, and the currency of Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee. ATMs can be found in most major cities and towns but carrying cash and traveller’s cheques is recommended as power cuts can leave ATMs unavailable. All major travellers cheques are widely accepted but US dollar and Pounds sterling are the most popular. Please note that passports will always be needed when changing currency or travellers cheques. You’ll find your money goes a pretty long way if you purchase local foods and drinks!
It’s likely that you’ll need to withdraw cash at some point during your journey. Please be cautious and vigilant when doing so, and ensure that you are aware of the other people near the ATM, especially those that offer unsolicited assistance. It has been noted that individuals are operating unlawful withdrawals by placing ‘traps’ in ATMs whereby personal bank cards are being detained, causing the victim to believe their card transaction has not been completed, and leaving their bank card in the ATM which is then later retrieved by the thief. If your card is confiscated or are you are concerned that it has been tampered with, please report the case immediately to the bank, or cancel your card.
The traditional Indian greeting is known as a ‘pranaam’, which involves folding your hands together in a prayer gesture in front of your chest, without bowing. The standard Indian greeting ‘namaste’ or ‘namaskar’ can accompany this gesture, and this can be used to say hello or goodbye. Female travellers are advised to make the pranaam gesture when greeting both men and women, as some Indian men may use the Western tradition of handshaking to make inappropriate physical contact with women. Male participants should feel comfortable in shaking hands with men, and can also use the pranaam with both women and men.
In Nepal, the customary greeting involves pressing your hands together and saying ‘namaste’. In urban areas, shaking hands is acceptable between men. It is not customary to demonstrate close physical contact in public.
Typically, Indian and Nepalese clothing is more conservative than it is in the West. Travellers should adhere to conservative standards of dress in order to pay respect to Indian and Nepalese culture and avoid any awkward situations. In India, clothing is not necessarily about expressing individuality but about expressing group identity, status or religious traditions. It is best to dress in light clothes that cover your shoulders, midriff and knees. This will both prevent any unwanted attention and offer protection from the sun.
Smoking and Alcohol
Smoking and drinking is acceptable in India and Nepal, and readily available. In Nepal many men smoke tobacco as it is seen as a sociable experience. Smoking is not permitted in the homes of host families. Drinking is only permissible in moderation and anti social behaviour will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
Under no circumstances will the use, distribution or possession of illegal drugs be tolerated. Our guides have the right to expel any member of the group who decides to contradict this strict rule.
Unless you are staying in a hotel you will rarely have hot water. The cool water will take some getting used to, but it is often welcome after a hot day. Toilets will be a combination of Western and Asian. Please remember to place all toilet tissue in the bins provided, and not in the actual toilet.
While on excursions you may note that places often have Asian toilets, and many places may not have soap in the bathrooms. It is a good idea to bring some anti bacterial hand gel along with you.
Asia is not a particularly dangerous destination for tourists, but travellers need to stay alert and aware at all times as they would in any strange setting. Westerners are often targeted by pickpockets and petty thieves as they are known to carry more money and valuables. Be sure to keep a close eye on your possessions, especially when riding trains or buses or walking in public areas. Ensure you bring a secure bag with you to store any valuables and belongings. When in transit, money, documents and other small important items should be kept on you – preferably in a pouch or money belt. Valuable items such as cameras or phones should be kept in small bags that can be kept close at hands. It is important to photocopy all of your documents (insurance, passport, traveller’s cheques etc) and keep them in a different place to the originals. If you are carrying credit cards, be sure to keep a copy of the information and a customer service number in case they are lost or stolen.
Scamsters and low-level con men also target travellers in Asia. If you are ever in doubt about whether or not somebody you are talking to is trustworthy it is best to walk away and not accept any offers of service or assistance. When refusing offers, remain polite but firm. On this trip you will have 24/7 support and will often have the assistance of a guide, so advice regarding personal safety will be readily available.
We advise that you check your government’s advice before travelling abroad. For UK, American and Australian customers please see the relevant links below;
The FCO have updated their information to recommend the following for female travellers visiting India;
“Women travellers should exercise caution when travelling in India even if they are travelling in a group. Women should use caution when travelling in India. Reported cases of sexual assault against women and young girls are increasing; recent sexual attacks against female visitors in tourist areas and cities show that foreign women are also at risk. British women have been the victims of sexual assault in Goa, Delhi, Bangalore and Rajasthan and women travellers often receive unwanted attention in the form of verbal and physical harassment by individuals or groups of men. If you are a woman travelling in India you should respect local dress codes and customs and avoid isolated areas, including beaches, when alone at any time of day. Avoid travelling alone on public transport, or in taxis or auto-rickshaws, especially at night. If you have to use a taxi, get them from hotel taxi ranks and use pre-paid taxis at airports.”
Here are some useful phrases in Hindi to remember when you get to India. English is widely spoken across India. We also suggest you obtain a language guide for the destination(s) you are travelling to.
- Hello/Goodbye - Namaste
- Thank you very much - Bahut bahut shukriya
- Thank You - Dhanyavad
- Yes - Haan (ha)
- No - Nahi
- Do you speak English? - Kya aap angrezi samajhte hain?
- What is your name? - Aapka naam kya hai?
- My name is… - Mera naam … hai
- How are you? - Aap kaise hain?
- Fine, and you? - Bas ap sunaiye?
- Nice to meet you - Aapse milkar khushii huyii
- Do you understand? - Kya ap samjhi
- I don’t understand - Main samjha nahi
- Hello – Namaste
- Thank you – Ghanyavad
- How are you? – Hajur Sancai Hunuhunch
- Nice to meet you – Hajur sang bheter khusi lagyo
The climate in India varies depending on location, but can generally be split into three seasons. The hot season begins roughly in February or March, and peaks in June with highs of 45 degrees Celsius. During hot season, Delhi generally has a temperature in the high 30’s.
Monsoon season brings steady rain across India and Nepal from the beginning of July until September. The weather stays hot, however, and it doesn’t rain all day – although generally it will rain at some point every day. Monsoon season can cause muddy conditions, and serious flooding is a possibility. Throughout the rest of the year Nepal features clear skies and warm weather.
Most travellers choose to visit India during the cool season from October to April when temperatures aren’t too hot or too cool. Expect temperatures from 11-26 degrees in Delhi and 23 – to 30 degrees in Southern India. Winter in India can get surprisingly cold in the Northern regions, but temperatures in the South tend to be beautifully warm!
When planning your trip, you should be aware of the major national holidays celebrated throughout the country. However, although businesses and government offices are closed on public holidays, tourist attractions and shops are almost never closed. The main impact on the tourist of these holidays is the increased competition for travel and accommodation from Indians who use long weekends to get away from the big city. To view a list of the public holidays for India, please see the link below: www.timeanddate.com/holidays/india/
SUPPORT AND ADVICE
Your safety is paramount which is why all our programmes have been visited and assessments have been conducted to ensure any major risks have been minimised. 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. In addition our overseas partners and coordinators are on hand in-country to assist you. You may also want to consider our one day Gap Year Safety Course so you are well prepared for your overseas adventure find out more at www.realgap.co.uk/safety-course
We know that the last thing you want to worry about when you’re planning your trip of a lifetime is whether your money is in safe hands. As a leading global gap year provider it’s our job to make sure your finances are secure, so when you book with us you can be confident that we do just that. Real Gap Experience is part of Gap 360 Ltd. The owners of Gap 360 have been providing gap years and adventure holidays for young people since 2003.
Your money is safe and secure when you book with Real Gap Experience. Our membership of ABTOT (The Association of British Tour Operators Trust) means that you can rest assured that that the monies you have paid to Real Gap are completely secure. Gap 360 has provided a financial bond which will cover you in the event of the financial failure of the company. Beware: Don't book with an organisation that has no financial protection for their clients. Not only are they breaking the law, you could lose all your money or be stranded overseas. If you have any questions about the financial protection that applies to your booking then please ask our team and they'll be happy to help.
The information contained in this trip note has been compiled with great care and is provided in good faith. Any itinerary featured is correct at time of release. However, our itineraries may change as make improvements that result from traveller’s comments, our own research or from time to time as a result of Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice.
You can rest assured that it is always our goal to provide you with the most rewarding trip and experience ever!
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