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  • Agra Fort, India
  • A camel getting ready for a safari in the desert, India
  • Hindu sadhu holy men, India
  • The Red Fort in Delhi, India
  • The Taj Mahal, India
  • Locals punting along the river in Chitwan National Park, Nepal
  • Fewa Lake in Pokhara, Nepal
  • The rooftops of Kathmandu, Nepal
Route:
Delhi to Kathmandu
Days:
29
Style: Worldwide Adventures
Code: INWI
From:

US$2,566

This is a truly diverse adventure, from a camel safari in the deserts of northern Rajasthan to trekking in the Annapurna foothills and everything in between. Explore decadent forts built by tribal kings, visit ornate and at times explicit carved temples, complete the ultimate India bucket list item by visiting the Taj Mahal and take a safari into Chitwan National Park, home to the critically endangered Asiatic rhinoceros and the Bengal tiger.

About this tour

  • Type of Travel: Public Transport
  • Group Size: Average 10-14. Maximum 16.
  • Recommended Age: 18-65
  • Physical Rating: Asia 3
  • Country: India, Nepal

What you need to know

  • We will try to run your tour as close to the itinerary as conditions will allow. On very rare occasions, local events may affect the way your itinerary operates. We ask for your flexibility and understanding in these situations.
  • The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. You will meet your Tour Leader at 18.00 for the pre-departure meeting. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre-tour accommodation.

Itinerary

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Day 1 to 1 - Arrive Delhi

Delhi is India's bustling capital, political and cultural centre, with a population of almost 13 million and is bound to be a city that keeps you on your toes no matter what time of day it is!

Many dynasties have ruled here and they have all left their own legacies in the architecture, culture and monuments. The city has been destroyed and rebuilt seven times in its long history. Distances are long in the city and walking to places can be futile. Take a bike rickshaw or a motorised rickshaw to get around some of the sites. You can visit the Gandhi Memorial Museum or the infamous Red Fort, maybe make your way to Humayun's Tomb in south Delhi, near Hazrat Nizamuddin station, one of Delhi's three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A popular way to discover Delhi for many people is to take a bicycle rickshaw tour and check out the view from Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India.

Included on your tour is an orientation walk through the Karol Burgh area in Delhi. This excursion is only available in the evening of the first day of your tour, before your pre-departure meeting. Ask a member of the reservations team for more details.

Included Excursions

Evening walk around Karol Bagh

Optional Excursions

Red Fort – US$10 • Qutab Minar – US$10 • Gandhi Memorial Museum – free • National Museum – INR 150 • Jama Masjid – free (camera charge INR 200) • Humayun's Tomb – INR 250 • Salam Balak Trust (This trust offers educational opportunities and meals to street children, teaching them trades and giving them the chance of a brighter future. If time allows your tour leader may bring you here or you can donate money through your tour leader.)

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Perfect or similar

Day 2 to 2 - Bikaner

We visit Bikaner in the north, the home of the impressive Junagarh Fort surrounded by what was once an elaborate moat. Bikaner is also referred to as an 'oasis town'. Here you could visit Lalgarh Palace, which is a red sandstone building surrounded by sand dunes and rocks. Outside of Bikaneer lies one of the most unusual attractions, the Karni Mata Temple, where some 2000 rats reside. The rats are seen as holy and are revered and they protected because it is believed that they have souls of the followers of Karni Mata in them. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit the temple every year to pay their respects to Karni Mata and her followers.

Included Excursions

,Rat Temple

Optional Excursions

Junagarh Fort – INR 200 • Lalgarh Palace – Free entry

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at Palace View Hotel or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 3 to 3 - Jaiselmer

We venture deep into the desert to Jaisalmer, 'the golden city', where you'll see that there is no shortage of markets or camels here, each in fierce competition with each other! Jaisalmer's main attraction is its medieval mud fortress, which is the only fort in the whole of India that still has people living in it today.

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Sand Castle or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 4 to 4 - Jaiselmer & Overnight Camel Safari

From Jaisalmer we take an overnight camel safari into the Thar Desert, which is a great way to unwind after experiencing the hustle and bustle of urban Indian life. From here we begin our journey into the photogenic Thar Desert by vehicle. This region is sparsely populated by some of India's most colourful and resourceful people, such as Bhati Rajputs, who are descended from an ancient warrior called Bhatti. We then reach the vast sand dunes where we will begin our overnight camel safari, which will give you the opportunity to experience desert life from a camel's back. Camel breeding is a common practice in this area. You will meet with your village herdsman and the camel which you will ride on the way to the camp. We venture out into the golden sea of sand and will have the chance to see nomadic herders, remote parts of the Thar Desert, rolling sand dunes and desert villages. We will camp under the stars and have a traditional meal cooked for us.

Included Excursions

Camel ride & camp in the desert

Accommodation

1 night(s) on overnight camel safari

Meals

1 Breakfast(s), 1 Dinner(s)

Day 5 to 5 - Jaiselmer

The following day we continue our journey back to civilisation. The scenery becomes more fertile and densely populated as we head back Jaisalmer.

Included Excursions

Visit Jaisalmer Fort,Visit the abandoned village of Kuldhara

Optional Excursions

Folklore Museum – INR 100 • Jain Temples – INR 20 • Havelis of Jaisalmer – various free - INR 30

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Sand Castle or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 6 to 7 - Jodhpur

Busy Jodhpur is Rajasthan's second largest city, dominated by its spectacular Mehrangarh fort. Located in Western Rajasthan you'll see endless golden dunes, camels slowly trekking into the distance and desert landscapes as far as the eye can see.

You will have ample free time for sightseeing. If you take the option to visit the Majestic Fort, you will see why Jodphur is known as the 'Blue City'; many houses in the old city are painted blue and you can admire this amazing view from the fort. There are many optional excursions and activities that you can try if you feel like involving yourself with the local culture and tradition, why not try a cooking, art or Hindi class? You can also choose to visit the old city with its stone temples and lively markets. Or take a wander through the new city, which houses several palaces, such as the art-deco Umaid Bhawan Palace, museums, Kaman art gallery for contemporary Indian art, and a small exotic zoo in the gardens of the Government Museum.

Optional Excursions

Meherangarh Fort – INR 300 • Cooking class – from INR 450

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels at K.P Heritage Haveli or similar

Meals

2 Breakfast(s)

Day 8 to 9 - Udaipur

Set in the Girwa valley, Udaipur 'the city of lakes' is located in southern Rajasthan. It is one of the most popular cities in the region with its placid lakes and green gardens. This is a truly captivating city and as a result it has been dubbed 'the most romantic city in India'. Surrounded by beautiful lakes, marble palaces and stunning gardens, Udaipur will most likely offer a refreshing change to the desert surrounds you have seen so far. It provides an insight into the variety and geographical diversity that characterises India. Udaipur is also home to one of the most luxurious hotels in India, the Lake Palace, which is the former Maharajas Palace in the middle of the lake. There are plenty of sightseeing options in Udaipur as well, including the City Palace, which is an impressive complex of several palaces.

Included Excursions

Jagdish Temple & Markets tour,Entry & Guided Tour of Udaipur City Palace,Rajasthani Cultural Dance

Optional Excursions

Boat ride on Lake Pichola – INR 325 • Full body massage – INR 700-800 • Hot air balloon ride US$200 per person, based on 7 people (morning and evening flights are available for about 1 hour including snacks and transfers to and from your hotel)

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Janak Niwas or similar

Meals

2 Breakfast(s)

Day 10 to 11 - Jaipur

Jaipur is Rajasthan's capital and most visited city, and is a bustling, lively destination. It is known as the 'pink city' because of its pink wash buildings although time has faded some of this colour. Make sure you check out the Old City with its bazaars, palaces and havelis. There's also the popular Nahargarh (Tiger Fort) which is a small fort with towering walls. You may also wish to go on a group visit to Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) which is one of Jaipur's most famous attractions - a five storey high Baroque- like structure built to enable the veiled ladies of the harem to observe the street scenes below, out of sight of the people below. The following day there is free time to view the city independently. Try the fresh fruit juices from the street markets (remember to ask for no water or ice!). You could shop for souvenirs and look out for the Meenakaari (enamel work) and Kundankaari (inlay work with gems), which are the two styles of jewellery made by local artisans. Alternatively you could wander around the old city taking in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Or why not visit the Amber Fort, which used to be the capital of the city.

Included Excursions

Visit Amber Fort,Visit to Birla Hindu Temple

Optional Excursions

Hawa Mahal – INR 50

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Jai Niwas or similar

Meals

2 Breakfast(s)

Day 12 to 13 - Agra

Today you will travel by train to the industrial city of Agra, steeped in history and tradition, and home to the world-famous Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal never ceases to amaze all who visit to marvel at what is possibly the greatest testimonial to love and romance ever built. It was commissioned between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife.

There is more to Agra than monuments of love, and other popular attractions include the Agra Fort and Tomb of Itimad-Ud-Daulah. You will have free time in Agra to explore at your leisure or book some optional excursions. Your tour leader will offer suggestions and assist you with these.

You have the option to watch the sun set over the Taj Mahal - a truly incredible sight (this will be organised with your tour leader). You might also like to visit Fatehpur Sikri - a complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style. Built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for 10 years. The day will be free to explore Agra further and admire some of Hinduism's most holy sights.

Included Excursions

Entry & guided tour of the Taj Mahal

Optional Excursions

Fatehpur Sikiri guided tour – US$5 • Agra Fort – INR 300 • Sikandara – INR 150 • Akbar's Mausoleum – INR 300 • Itmad-ud-Daula – INR 150

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Mani Ram Palace or similar

Meals

2 Breakfast(s)

Day 14 to 15 - Orchha

In Orchha we will visit the Ram Temple as well as enjoying an heritage walk around the city. You can also visit the beautiful Fort. Built by the first King of Orchha in 1501, it was built on the banks of the Betwa River, surrounded by a battlement wall. It consists of intricate temples and a roof with eight domes on top. Along with the fort there are several other temples to enjoy or sit back and relax on the river.

Included Excursions

Orchha Heritage Walk,Evening Visit to Ram Temple

Optional Excursions

Jahaghir Mahal/Orchha Palace – US$6 • Rafting – US$7 (Seasonal) • Village Visit – US$6

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Aditya or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 16 to 16 - Basari Village

Get a feel for local life in the small village of Basari. Here we can enjoy a tour through Basari, discovering the makeshift religious shrines, the smell of incense wafting in the air. Visit a local school (except in school holidays), and discover the caste system that differentiates the houses.

A perfect place to get off the beaten track with friendly locals, Basari Village will take you away from the hustle and bustle of the big Indian cities, for an authentic Indian experience.

Included Excursions

Village Walk,Visit a local school (exc school holidays)

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Hammer Ghari or similar

Day 17 to 17 - Khajuraho

Khajuraho has been growing in popularity in recent years due to the nearby temple. Here exotic architecture has given the temple the nickname of the Kama Sutra temple. You will be able to view the sculptures here, watch the sound and light show in the evening and learn about the story behind the statues.

Included Excursions

,Walk about Khajuraho market

Optional Excursions

Western Group of Temples at the Kama Sutra – US$6 • Panna Tiger Reserve – US$30 • Sound and Light Show at the Kama Sutra Temple – US$6

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Siddharth Khajuraho or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 18 to 18 - Overnight Train to Varanasi

After exploring Khajuraho we board an overnight train to the holy city of Varanasi.

Included Excursions

Entry & Guided Tour of Kama Sutra Temple

Accommodation

1 night(s) on overnight sleeper trains

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 19 to 19 - Varanasi

Varanasi is one of India's most holy cities and attracts many Hindu pilgrims. We join the crowds along the holy ghats (steps leading down to the water) lining the sacred Ganges where pilgrims take a purifying dip in the river. We also can enjoy an evening boat trip to view the river in all its glory and the significance it plays in the lives of the people. The rest of the day is free to wander through the old city with its maze of narrow alleyways, and visit the temples of one of the oldest and longest inhabited cities in the world.

Included Excursions

Puja Ceremony & boat ride down the River Ganges,Maya Devo Temple

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Siddharth Varanasi or similar

Day 20 to 20 - Lumbini

Today we travel down the dusty roads to Lumbini which lies in the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal. Lumbini is said to be the place where Gautama Buddha 'the apostle of peace and the light of Asia' was born in 623 B.C. The most important temple at Lumbini is the Maya Devi Temple, marking the traditional site of the Buddha's birth. The temple stands on the site of earlier temples and has been a place of pilgrimage for hundreds of years. The area around Lumbini is entirely Hindu, but many Buddhist temples and shrines from various nations are scattered around the holy site itself.

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at Lumbini Guesthouse or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 21 to 22 - Chitwan National Park

We travel to Chitwan National Park. The park is UNESCO World Heritage listed (1984) and is home to one of the last populations of single-horned Asiatic rhinoceros and also of the Bengal tiger. The park is situated in south central Nepal, covering 932 square kilometres in the subtropical lowlands of the inner Terai. The area comprises the Tikauli forest - from Rapti river to the foothills of the Mahabharat - extending over an area of 175 square kilometres. The area became the country's first National Park in 1973.

We stay inside Chitwan National Park and you will have a choice of optional excursions to enjoy from canoeing and jungle walks to jeep safaris as you keep an eye out for the elusive tiger. In the evening, after a delicious dal baat dinner we watch a Tharu Cultural Dance Show, understanding the different interpretations of the Tharu dances.

Included Excursions

Entry to Chitwan National Park,Tharu Cultural dance show

Optional Excursions

Canoeing – US$10 • Jungle Walk – US$10 • Elephant Breeding Centre – US$5 • Jeep Safari – US$20

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels at Chitwan Cottage or similar

Meals

2 Breakfast(s)

Day 23 to 23 - Pokhara

We head to the stunning lake town of Pokhara with spectacular views of the Annapurna mountains. The town is situated on the banks of Lake Phewa Ta, the second largest lake in Nepal. This town itself is very quiet and laid back providing a great base for trekking. Here you can grab some last minute equipment in preparation for your hike in the morning.

Optional Excursions

Paragliding – NPR 8500 • Boat ride on lake – NPR 400/hr • Mountain biking – NPR 200/hr or NPR 800 full day • Kayaking on lake – NPR 200/hr

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at Baba Lodge or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 24 to 25 - Annapurna Foothills

After a big breakfast, we take a car to the start of our trek and we begin our climb in to the Annapurna Foothills, the views become even more beautiful as we climb to our first nights accommodation at 1900m. We enjoy snow-capped peaks, blue lakes and rivers. The deep valleys and high mountains surrounding the Annapurna Himal include varied terrain, from subtropical jungle to a high, dry landscape.

We spend two days hiking through the Annapurna foothills. The views are breathtaking and the trails are scenic. A guide explains the flora and fauna that we pass and we are assisted by porters who carry your toiletries and a change of clothes. We sleep in rustic lodges along the way and pick up litter along the route. It is a magical two days where you get the opportunity to walk through small villages.

Included Excursions

Annapurna Foothills Trek,Annapurna Foothills Trek

Accommodation

2 night(s) in lodges at Hari Lodge or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 26 to 27 - Pokhara

After two nights in the foothills, we return to Pokhara where you can rest your aching feet by the lake and take in the scenery. We visit a Tibetan Refugee Camp to watch how the women make silk rugs and you can hire a boat out on to the lake and also hike up to the Japanese Peace Pagoda. You can hire mountain bike to explore the countryside around the lake.

Included Excursions

Visit Tibetan Refugee Camp,Walk up to World Peace Pagoda

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels at Baba Lodge or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 28 to 28 - Kathmandu

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is surrounded by snow-capped mountains while Kathmandu Valley has the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in such a small area and is surrounded by verdant agricultural hills scattered with traditional villages and ancient holy temples and shrines used by both Buddhists and Hindu worshippers.

Explore the many attractions this city has to offer. The backstreets around Durbar Square and Palace are bustling with life with throngs of people going about their lives and selling on the road. Random cows wander the streets, taxis hoot and narrow alleyways overflow with spices, vegetables and handicraft shops with intriguing and unpleasant smells, incessant noise and pollution – triggering a sensory overload. You could also venture to ominously named freak street or Jochne named by the hippies during the 1970s.

Optional Excursions

Car for full day tour – NPR 3500 • Van for full day tour – NPR 5000 • Local guide full day – NPR 2800 • Local guide half day – NPR 1400 • Swyambhunath Temple – NPR 200 • Boudhanath Temple – NPR 1500 • Everest mountain flight – US$191 + USD $2 airport tax

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Kathmandu Prince or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 29 to 29 - Depart Kathmandu

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

What's Included

Excursions & Activities

  • Evening walk around Karol Bagh
  • Rat Temple
  • Camel ride & camp in the desert
  • Visit Jaisalmer Fort
  • Visit the abandoned village of Kuldhara
  • Jagdish Temple & Markets tour
  • Rajasthani Cultural Dance
  • Entry & Guided Tour of Udaipur City Palace
  • Visit Amber Fort
  • Visit to Birla Hindu Temple
  • Entry & guided tour of the Taj Mahal
  • Orchha Heritage Walk
  • Evening Visit to Ram Temple
  • Village Walk
  • Visit a local school (exc school holidays)
  • Walk about Khajuraho market
  • Entry & Guided Tour of Kama Sutra Temple
  • Puja Ceremony & boat ride down the River Ganges
  • Maya Devo Temple
  • Entry to Chitwan National Park
  • Tharu Cultural dance show
  • Annapurna Foothills Trek
  • Visit Tibetan Refugee Camp
  • Walk up to World Peace Pagoda

Accommodation

24 night(s) in hotels, 1 night(s) on overnight camel safari, 1 night(s) on overnight sleeper trains, 2 night(s) in lodges

Transportation

Train, Public Bus, Car, Private Vehicle, Minibus, Overnight Train, Trek, Taxi

Meals

23 Breakfast(s), 1 Dinner(s)

Other

Tucan Travel tour leader

What's Not Included

  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
  • International flights to/from the start/end of your tour and departure taxes  
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.  
  • Optional excursions - On each trip, you may find there are some excursions that are not included. This might be because they are not to everyone's taste or there may be various options of differing value to choose from. More information on the excursions we recommend is listed under each day of your itinerary though prices may vary. If you are after something in particular, don't hesitate to ask your tour leader.
  • Airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodation

Group

Group Size: Maximum 16. Average 8-12.

Tour Suitability: This tour is recommended for people aged 18-65. For more information on what to expect, click here.

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