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Explore India & Nepal

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 17 Days | Delhi to Kathmandu
  • Group Size: Max 16

Trip Details

 

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.

Trip Highlights

    • 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 traditions.
    • 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 Fort. (1B)

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. Stay in a guesthouse in the village. (1B, 1D)

Days 7 & 8 — Delhi/Kathmandu

Drive back 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. (2B, 1D)

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. (1B, 1L)

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)

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Dates

2017
  • Oct 08 - 24, 2017 (sold out)
  • Nov 05 - 21, 2017
  • Nov 19 - Dec 05, 2017 (sold out)
  • Dec 03 - 19, 2017
  • Dec 17, 2017 - Jan 02, 2018 (sold out)
2018
  • Jan 07 - 23, 2018
  • Jan 21 - Feb 06, 2018
  • Jan 28 - Feb 13, 2018
  • Feb 11 - 27, 2018
  • Feb 18 - Mar 06, 2018
  • Feb 25 - Mar 13, 2018
  • Mar 04 - 20, 2018
  • Mar 11 - 27, 2018
  • Mar 18 - Apr 03, 2018
  • Mar 25 - Apr 10, 2018
  • Apr 01 - 17, 2018
  • Apr 08 - 24, 2018
  • Apr 22 - May 08, 2018
  • Sep 02 - 18, 2018
  • Sep 09 - 25, 2018
  • Sep 16 - Oct 02, 2018
  • Sep 23 - Oct 09, 2018
  • Sep 30 - Oct 16, 2018
  • Oct 07 - 23, 2018
  • Oct 14 - 30, 2018
  • Oct 28 - Nov 13, 2018
  • Nov 04 - 20, 2018
  • Nov 11 - 27, 2018
  • Nov 18 - Dec 04, 2018 (sold out)
  • Dec 02 - 18, 2018
  • Dec 09 - 25, 2018
  • Dec 16, 2018 - Jan 01, 2019
  • Dec 23, 2018 - Jan 08, 2019

Trip Cost

Price From

$3,249

Activity Level

Light/Moderate

Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

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Cost Details

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

What's Included

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 additional cost.

Accommodations
Comfortable, mid-range hotels (14 nights), heritage guesthouse (1 night), monastery guesthouse (1 night)

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

Optional Experience

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.