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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. Visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the world’s largest Buddhist stupas, and the medieval city of Bhaktapur. Visit SASANE, the G Adventures–supported Sisterhood of Survivors project, to meet the women there and enjoy lunch. Then, talk with one of the participants to learn about the project firsthand. Later, meet with representatives from the Himalayan Indigenous Society and learn about National Geographic grantee Chhing Lhomi’s efforts to preserve ancient weaving traditions in the Upper Mustang region. (1B, 1L)

Day 10 — Pharping

Opt to take in breathtaking views of Mount Everest on a morning sightseeing flight. Explore Durbar Square, then drive to Pharping for an overnight stay at a Buddhist monastery guesthouse, participating in daily riturals alongside the resident monks. Walk the trails of the surrounding forest. (1B)

Day 11 — Kurintar

Drive to Kurintar and arrive at our nature lodge on 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—a UNESCO World Heritage site—for two days of nature walks, boating, and a jeep safari in search of rhinos, leopards, elephants, and elusive Bengal tigers. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Days 14 & 15 — Pokhara

Drive across the mountains to beautiful Pokhara. Go boating on Phewa Lake and then hike to the World Peace Pagoda. (2B)

Days 16 & 17 — Kathmandu

Catch a flight back to Kathmandu. The following day, depart at any time. (2B)

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Dates

2017
  • Feb 26 - Mar 14, 2017
  • Mar 19 - Apr 04, 2017
  • Apr 09 - 25, 2017 (sold out)
  • Sep 10 - 26, 2017
  • Oct 08 - 24, 2017
  • Nov 05 - 21, 2017 (sold out)
  • Nov 19 - Dec 05, 2017
  • Dec 03 - 19, 2017
  • Dec 17, 2017 - Jan 02, 2018
2018
  • Jan 07 - 23, 2018
  • Jan 28 - Feb 13, 2018
  • Feb 11 - 27, 2018
  • Feb 25 - Mar 13, 2018
  • Mar 18 - Apr 03, 2018
  • Apr 08 - 24, 2018
  • Sep 09 - 25, 2018
  • Oct 07 - 23, 2018
  • Nov 04 - 20, 2018
  • Nov 18 - Dec 04, 2018
  • Dec 02 - 18, 2018
  • Dec 16, 2018 - Jan 01, 2019

Trip Cost

Price From

$2,999

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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.