Start in Kathmandu and end in New Delhi! With the overland truck tour Moghuls, Mahel & Mayhem, you have a 16 day tour package taking you through Kathmandu, Nepal and 7 other destinations in Asia. Moghuls, Mahel & Mayhem includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, transport and more.
Border Information:?If you are joining the trip in Kathmandu, you will most likely enter Nepal at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (IATA code: KTM). Wrapped around the Himalayan mountain range is the remarkable country of Nepal. It is the birthplace of the Buddha and is a land of legend and beauty. Within its narrow confines Nepal contains an utterly spectacular variety of culture and landscapes. Nepal has a stunning natural beauty and a simple charm. Please note: If joining in Kathmandu you will be met by a local guide on the first day where you will have a brief meeting at 6pm. On the second day you will be transported by private transport to Chitwan National Park where you will join your Leaders and truck! Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Kathmandu?before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Kathmandu. In Kathmandu we stay in a good quality hotel.Optional activities:Discover Kathmandu on a guided city tour: NPR 1000Visit the sacred Hindu Pashupatinath Temple, dedicated to Nepals unofficial national deity: NPR 1500Visit the former royal palace of Narayanhiti and see the crown jewels of Nepal: NPR 500Get out of the city and explore the nearby national park of Sundarijal, and see its idyllic waterfalls and rock formations: NPR 500Visit the beautiful and tranquil Durbar Square in the nearby medieval town of Bhaktapur, and visit its nearby museums: NPR 1500
Today we will leave Kathmandu after breakfast, driving?through stunning scenery down to the Terai grasslands. Our destination is Chitwan National Park, where we will stay for the next 2 nights. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6?hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!). If we arrive in good time we will make a visit to?Bis Hajaar Tal, also known as 20,000 Lakes, which is a wetland area near the Royal Chitwan National Park. Here we will get the opportunity to see peacocks, wild boars, deer and there is also a slim chance of seeing tigers and rhinos. If we cannot visit 20,000 Lakes today we will make our visit tomorrow. In Chitwan we will stay in a local guest lodge.Activities included:Explore the village of Chitwan by foot.Take a jeep safari around the stunning wetland area of 20,000 LakesWitness the fascinating and impressive local tradition of Tharu stick dancingOptional activities:Explore the heart of the incredible Chitwan National Park on a jeep safari (alternative to the 20,000 Lake excursion): NPR 3500
Today well spend the day exploring the national park by canoe and on foot, and there is the option to take a jeep safari! There will be an opportunity to see a traditional Nepali dance demonstration in the evening. In Chitwan we will stay in a local guest lodge.
Today well spend the day exploring the National Park by canoe and on foot, and there is the option to take a jeep safari! There will be an opportunity to see a traditional Nepali dance demonstration in the evening. In Chitwan we will stay in a local guest lodge.Activities included:Explore the village of Chitwan by foot.Take a jeep safari around the stunning wetland area of 20,000 LakesWitness the fascinating and impressive local tradition of Tharu stick dancingOptional activities:Explore the heart of the incredible Chitwan National Park on a jeep safari (alternative to the 20,000 Lake excursion): NPR 3500
Border Information:?Exit Nepal at Belhiya, enter India at Sonauli. Today we enter the legendary country of India. India has so much to offer,?from the beautiful landscapes of the Himalayas, to the amazing temples and coastlines, rich culture, and of course the food! This morning we have an early?breakfast before packing up and driving to the border. We will cross the border to India and continue on a short drive to the town of Gorakhpur. We will stay in a local hotel in Gorakhpur. Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.
Today we will continue driving and reach the holy city of Varanasi in the evening. Estimated Drive Time - 9 -10 hours. On the following day?we will get up very early for an included boat trip down the Ganges. This is a magical time of day to see the famous ghats?and watch the morning rituals of the thousands of people who come here to purify themselves in the holy river. We will have auto-rickshaws for the rest of the day to explore the rest of the city - we will have the opportunity to use them to visit a traditional silk workshop and the Mother India temple. In Varanasi we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.Activities included:At dawn drift down the holy River Ganges in VaranasiOptional activities:Explore the stupas and temples of Varanasi: INRVisit the Mughal-era mosque of Gyanvapi in Varanasi: INRVisit the ancient site of Isipatana and the museum in the town of Sarnath, one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world and where many Buddhist nations have built temples in their national styles: INR 400
In and around KhajurahoToday we will have a full drive day to the town of?Khajuraho.? Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours. On the next day we will head out for an included?guided visit to?the Khajuraho Erotic Temples. The next day is free to explore the area, relax on the banks of the river, or take an optional jeep safari to the nearby?Panna National Park in search of wildlife. In Khajuraho we will stay in a campsite with good facilities.Activities included:Guided tour of the famous erotic temples at KhajurahoOptional activities:Jeep safari through Panna Game Reserve: INR 1500
After breakfast we leave our campsite and head?to the city of?Agra. Most of today will be spent travelling and we will arrive in the evening. Estimated Drive Time - 9-11?hours. On the following day?we will have an included day tour of the major sites of Agra, starting with sunrise at the world-famous iconic mausoleum of the?Taj Mahal, followed by a visit to the?Agra Fort. In Agra we will?stay in a local hotel.Activities included:See the stunning Taj Mahal and visit the Agra?Fort at Agra.Optional activities:Explore the peaceful grounds of the Itmad Ud Daulah mausoleum, often described as a draft of the Taj Mahal: INR 310
We leave Agra today and head overland to the pink city of Jaipur, stopping en route at Fatehpur Sikri (the old capital of the Mughal Empire). Estimated Drive Time - 5-6?hours. On the following day?we will have a full day exploring the sites of Jaipur on rickshaws with our local guide.?Whilst in Jaipur there will also be the option for an early morning or late afternoon hot air balloon ride over the city. In Jaipur we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.Activities included:2 night stay and guided tour of Jaipur, the beautiful Pink CityExplore the fascinating 18th-century astronomical observatory of Jantar MantarVisit the ancient citadel of the Amber Palace, a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architectureDiscover the perfectly-preserved 16th-century Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri, and its beautiful temples and monumentsOptional activities:Take an unforgettable sunrise or sunset balloon ride over the forts and palaces of Jaipur: USD 280See a traditional outdoor Rajasthani Kathputli puppet show in Jaipur: INR 100Head out to see a Bollywood movie at the Raj Mandir, one of Indias most famous and elegant cinemas: INR 170
Today we leave Jaipur and travel to the chaotic Indian capital of New Delhi. Estimated Drive Time - 6-7?hours. In New Delhi we will stay in a friendly local hotel.
Today we will have an included?guided tour of Old?Delhi, heading to the Mughal Jama Masjid mosque, a local tea-maker, a Sikh temple, and the local spice markets. We will also have some free time to freely explore the sights of Delhi in the afternoon.? Activities included:Take a walking tour through some of the back streets and narrow alleyways of Old Delhi, discovering the hidden side of the cityOptional activities:Explore the Sanjay Colony slum area of Delhi on a guided tour to see the micro-industries, schools and residential life there: INR 1000Freely explore the colossal Mughal Red Fort in Old Delhi, built by the emporer?Shah Jahan in 1648?upon moving the capital there: INR 500Visit the stunning Mughal-era mosque of Jama Masjid in Old Delhi, and climb its iconic minarets for an unrivalled view of the old city: INR 400Visit the Indira Gandhi Museum in Delhi, dedicated to the former Prime Minister who was assassinated by her own bodyguards in 1984: INR 100See the ground-breaking?modern architecture of the Delhi Bahai Temple, known as the Lotus Temple due to its unique shape: USDSee the India Gate at the end of Delhis ceremonial axis, built to commemorate all Indians who have died in various wars: USDExplore the site of?Humayun?s Tomb, a phenomenal early Mughal tomb that is said to be a major inspiration for the Taj Mahal: INR 250Discover the phenomenal 13th Century?Qutab Minar and?Mehrauli Archaeological Park in the south of Delhi, an intricately-carved pillar built during the Sultanate era of Indian history: INR 600
Border Information: If you are leaving in Delhi, you will most likely exit India from Delhis Indira Gandi International Airport (IATA code: DEL). Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Delhi. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation?in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.