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Set out on an epic journey to northern India and the rugged landscapes of Nepal. Explore the legendary Taj Mahal and the iconic monuments of Rajasthan, and join a family for a Hindu prayer session in a rural village. Then it’s onward to Nepal, where you’ll discover the dazzling stupas of Kathmandu, the wildlife of Chitwan National Park, and the spectacular mountain scenery of Pokhara.
Visit the highlights of Rajasthan
and Kathmandu and stay in a family
home in a rural Indian village.
Meet a Nepalese National
Geographic grantee who is working
to preserve ancient weaving
Spend a night in a Buddhist
monastery and participate in daily
rituals alongside the monks.
Itinerary - 17 Days
Day 1 — Delhi
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer
included through Women on Wheels, a G
Adventures–supported project that trains and
employs local women.
Day 2 — Delhi/Agra
Walk through Delhi with a
young adult from the G Adventures–supported
New Delhi Streetkids Project. Later, explore Old
Delhi with our Chief Experience Offier (CEO) before an afternoon drive
to Agra. (1B)
Day 3 — Agra
Spend the day visiting the
highlights of the walled city of Agra, including
the famed Taj Mahal, the “Baby Taj,” and Agra
Day 4 — Jaipur
Drive to Jaipur, exploring the
deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and
the village of Abhāneri, home to one of India’s
largest step wells (tank gardens). (1B)
Day 5 — Jaipur
Explore the “pink city” of Jaipur,
including the Amber Fort and the City Palace,
and view the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of Winds. Enjoy a talk with a local historian
about India’s social fabric and customs. (1B)
Day 6 — Sāwarda
Drive to Sāwarda and step
back in time as we explore this traditional, rural
village. Meet the town elders to discuss life here.
a guesthouse in the village. (1B, 1D)
Days 7 & 8 — Delhi/Kathmandu
to Delhi. The next day, transfer to the airport
and catch a flight to Kathmandu. Enjoy our first
taste of Nepalese food at a welcome dinner.
Day 9 — Kathmandu
Spend the day exploring Kathmandu and surrounding areas, including Boudhanath Stupa, one of the world's largest Buddhist shrines. Visit the Royal City of Bhaktapur, exploring Hindu temples, pagodas, and monuments, including the stunning wood-carved palace in Durbar Square. Later, visit the Sisterhood of Survivors Project and learn how to make Nepalese momos, or dumplings, before enjoying an authentic local lunch and lecture with one of the women who have graduated from the Sasane paralegal program.
Day 10 — Kathmandu/Pharping
Opt to take an early morning Everest experience flight, then visit ancient Swayambhunath Buddhist temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the holiest shrines in Kathmandu. Visit a local home to learn about National Geographic grantee Chhing Lhomi, who works to preserve the ancient weaving traditions of the Upper Mustang region through the Himalayan Indigenous Society. Depart the city to Pharping for a unique overnight stay at a Buddhist monastery guesthouse. Learn about life in the monastery from the inside, enjoying a chanting and prayer service. Opt to stroll the surrounding village and countryside. (1B)
Day 11 — Kurintar
Drive to Kurintar and arrive
at our lodge, which sits on a ridge amid the hills
and overlooks the banks of the Trishuli River.
Choose from a variety of optional activities,
including nature walks or visits to local villages. (1B, 1D)
Days 12 & 13 — Chitwan National Park
Drive to Chitwan National Park, the oldest national
park in Nepal, which offers some of the best
wildlife-viewing opportunities in Asia. Established
in 1973, it was designated a UNESCO World
Heritage site in 1984. Enjoy two days of nature
and culture walks; boating; and a jeep safari in
search of tigers, rhinos, leopards, elephants, and
more. Meet a representative of the Nepal Tiger Trust to learn about the nonprofit's work to protect the country's tiger population. Our expert will join us on a jeep safari to teach us how tigers are tracked, protected, and monitored with help from the local community. (2B, 2L, 2D)
Days 14 & 15 — Pokhara
Nestled in a tranquil
valley, Pokhara lies along a once-vibrant trade
route between India and Tibet. To this day,
mule trains can be seen bringing goods from
remote regions of the Himalaya. Visit the
Tashiling Tibetan Refugee Camp, established as
a temporary settlement in 1964. Walk through
this friendly community, now home to over
500 people, and see a photo gallery documenting its
history before a traditional lunch at the camp’s
restaurant. Opt to try paragliding or go boating on Phewa Lake. (2B, 1L)
Days 16 & 17 — Kathmandu
Catch a flight back to Kathmandu. Enjoy free time in the afternoon
to explore on your own. You may also opt to
visit the burning ghats at Pashupatinath and the
1,500-year-old temple and World Heritage site
of Swayambhunath, perched on a hilltop above
the city. Depart at any time the next day. (2B)
Our newest line of trips, offered in partnership with G Adventures, blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.
My Own Room
During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.
My Own Room Option: From $1,299
Arrival transfer, internal
flights, transport between destinations and to/
from included activities, and activities as listed in
the itinerary. The optional scenic flight to Mount
Everest and the balloon ride in Jaipur are at an
Meals Included 16 breakfasts, 3 lunches,
5 dinners. Allow an additional $335–435 for
meals not included.
Transportation Van, bus, auto-rickshaw,
cycle-rickshaw, walking, plane, boat
You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.