Discover northern India’s famed Golden Triangle and get immersed in Nepalese culture on a 17-day journey. Explore the Taj Mahal and encounter the iconic colors of Rajasthan. Spend a night at a Buddhist monastery and meet with one of the brave women from SASANE, a program that trains former victims of trafficking to become paralegals. From epic sights to intimate encounters, every moment packs a big punch.
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included through Women on Wheels, a G Adventures–supported project that trains and employs local women.
Walk through Delhi on an insider tour with a young adult from the G Adventures–supported City Walk project. Later, explore Old Delhi with our Chief Experience Offier (CEO) before an afternoon drive to Agra. (1B)
Spend the day visiting the highlights of the walled city of Agra, including the famed Taj Mahal, the “Baby Taj,” and Agra Fort. (1B)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line 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.
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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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.
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 $1,879
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.
Comfortable, mid-range hotels (14 nights), heritage guesthouse (1 night), monastery guesthouse (1 night)
16 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners. Allow an additional $335–435 for meals not included.
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.