Nepal, India & Bhutan - 81 Nights Overland Truck

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Start and end in Kathmandu! With the overland truck tour Nepal, India & Bhutan, you have a 81 day tour package taking you through Kathmandu, Nepal and 48 other destinations in Asia. Nepal, India & Bhutan includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, transport and more.

Itinerary

  • Kathmandu

    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

  • Chitwan National Park

    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

  • Chitwan National Park

    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.

  • Chitwan National Park

    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

  • Gorakhpur

    In and around GorakhpurBorder 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.

  • to 7: Varanasi

    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

  • to 10: Khajuraho

    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

  • Agra

    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

  • Fatehpur Sikri

    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

  • : Delhi

    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.

  • : Delhi

    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.

  • : Delhi

    Border Information: If joining the trip in Delhi, you will most likely enter India at Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (IATA code: DEL). Today is a free day to explore Delhi. There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm - please look for a note from your tour leader when you arrive at the hotel giving more details about this meeting. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Delhi?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 Delhi. In Delhi we will stay in a local hotel.Optional activities:Take a walking tour through some of the back streets and narrow alleyways of Old Delhi, discovering the hidden side of the city: INR 1000Explore the Sanjay Colony slum area of Delhi on a guided tour to see the micro-industries, schools and residential life there: INR 1000

  • : Bikaner

    In and around BikanerToday we start our journey with a full day drive to the city of?Bikaner. In Bikaner we will either stay in a local hotel or camp at an eco-lodge a short distance outside the city. Estimated Drive Time - 10- 12?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!).Activities included:Witness the holy rats in the Karni Mata rat temple near Bikaner

  • : Jaisalmer

    In and around JaisalmerToday we continue our journey with a drive to the ancient Rajasthani city of Jaisalmer, stopping at the Karni Mata (Rat Temple) for an included visit en?route.? In Jaisalmer we will?stay?in a comfortable local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.

  • : Jaisalmer

    Today we will have a free morning in order to freely explore the sights of?Jaisalmer. In the late afternoon we will head out on an included camel safari into the Thar Desert - exploring the desert with local Rajasthani camel drivers is the most authentic way to experience the area! Tonight we will camp out in the desert, sleeping under the stars.Activities included:Trek into the Thar Desert on an overnight camel safari with Rajasthani camel drivers

  • : Jaisalmer

    This morning we will return to Jaisalmer?from?our camel safari. The rest of the day will be?free to relax or explore more of Jaisalmer and the surrounding area. Tonight we will return to our hotel in Jaisalmer.Optional activities:Visit the beautiful and ornate 18th-century mansions of Salim Singh-ki Haveli and Patwa-ki Haveli: INR 200Watch the sunset from the stunning Amar Sagar Jain Temple in Jaisalmer: INR 500

  • Sambhali Trust

    This morning we will drive?from Jaisalmer to another famous Rajasthani city, Jodhpur.?En route to Jodhpur we will make an included?visit to the Sambhali Trust project (a charitable project that works for the empowerment of women and girls in Rajasthan), where we will learn about the efforts of the project and make a group donation from the kitty. After our visit we will make our way to our?accommodation, guesthouses that?have?been set up by local families?for visitors. Depending on the group size sometimes we will be split up between different guesthouses. Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours. On the following day we will be in and around Jodhpur.?In the?morning we will have an included visit to the Mehrangarh Fort and Palace,?and the afternoon is free to explore the city independently.?Activities included:Explore the blue city of Jodhpur and the mighty Meherangarh fortCommunity guesthouse to experience true Indian hospitalityVisit and support the Dragoman-supported Sambhali Trust near Jodhpur, and see the excellent work they do to provide local women and girls with education and vocational skillsOptional activities:Visit the Jaswant Thada, a beautiful marble cenotaph next to a picturesque lake built in memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II: INR 100Learn all about Rajasthani cuisine at a cooking class at our guesthouse or homestay in Jodhpur: INR 1000Explore the museum of the Jodhpur Royal Family in the Umaid Bhawan Palace, one of the worlds largest private residences: INR 50Explore the nearby Mandore Gardens and ancient ruined fort: INRGo out on an exhilarating zip-lining excursion over the gardens of the Mehrangarh Fort: INR 2000

  • : Udaipur

    After breakfast we set off for our?drive to Udaipur, visiting the Jain Temple at Ranakpur en route. We will have 3 nights in Udaipur, giving us plenty of time to discover this amazing, romantic Rajasthani city. In Udaipur we will stay in a comfortable hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 7 - 8 hoursActivities included:2 nights to discover the stunning white city of Udaipur

  • 5 to 26: Udaipur

    On these 2 days we will have free time to?explore?the sites in and around?Udaipur, take part in some optional activities,?and relax?on one of the many roof-top terraces in the city.Optional activities:Take an evening ride on the Udaipur Ropeway, to see the stunning vista of the city after sunset: INR 103Learn all about the folk art, culture, songs and festivals of Rajasthan at the Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal cultural institution: INR 100Visit the Animal Aid Unlimited animal shelter and hospital in Udiapur, and support the incredible work they do there to look after injured street animals in the area: USD 10Visit the iconic Monsoon Palace, perched on a mountain overlooking Udaipur: INR 160Explore the Pichola Lake, and its famous temple islands of Jagniwas and Jagmandir, on a stunning and peaceful boat cruise: INR 430Head out on a half-day horse ride through the beautiful surroundings of the foothills of the Aravalli Mountains around Udaipur: INR 3500Visit the palaces of Udaipur: INR 700

  • : Mandu

    Leaving Udaipur, we will be joined by a local cook who will accompany us during the next few days whilst we are?camping. Today will mostly be spent travelling?to Mandu?via the backroads of rural Rajasthan. We will be?off the tourist trail here and tonight we will be in a basic camp, perhaps on the edge of a local village. Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

  • Ellora

    In and around ElloraToday we will visit Mandu, an extensive and largely abandoned hill-top fort from the Mughal era. We will then spend the afternoon driving to our camping spot near Kharwand Dam, en route towards Ajanta. Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours. The next day?we complete the drive to Ajanta, arriving in the afternoon. We will visit the complex of 29 ancient Buddhist temples cut into the rock face. We will find a basic camp nearby or continue onto Ellora depending on time. Estimated Drive Time - 6 -7?hours. The following day we will?drive a short distance?to Ellora where we will have an included?visit to the ancient Buddhist, Hindu and Jain caves - a set of a small temples in the rock face dating from the 6th to 11th Centuries CE. We will camp in the grounds of a hotel tonight.? Estimated Drive Time - 3 -4 hours.Activities included:Visit the tomb of Hoshang Shah, the first Muslim leader of Mandu - the tomb itself is Indias first marble building and one of the most refined examples of Afghan-syle architecture in the countryVisit to the Jahaz Mahal (the Ship Palace) - the most famous building in ManduTake a guided visit around the incredible Buddhist rock caves and paintings of Ajanta, some dating back as far as the 2nd century BCEGuided visit to the Buddhist,?Hindu?and?Jain?rock-cut?temples?and?monasteries of Ellora

  • : Mumbai

    Border Information: If you are leaving in Mumbai, you will most likely exit India from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (IATA code: BOM). Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Mumbai. 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.Optional activities:Take a guided tour of the backstreets, shops and schools of the Dhavari district, to experience a slice of the real Mumbai: INR 1200Take a Bollywood dance class in one of Mumbais premier dance studios: INR 500Discover the marvellous collection of historical objects and art at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum, one of Indias premier museums: INR 500Explore the labyrinth of cave-temples on Elephanta Island near Mumbai, some of the most impressive rock carvings in all of India: INR 750

  • : Mumbai

    Border Information: If joining the trip in Mumbai, you will most likely enter India from?Mumbai?Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (IATA code: BOM). There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel in Mumbai - please look out at the reception for a note from your tour leader with further details about this meeting. Otherwise, today is free to explore the sights and sounds of Mumbai.? In Mumbai we will stay in a good quality hotel. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Mumbai?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 Mumbai.Optional activities:Take a guided tour of the backstreets, shops and schools of the Dhavari district, to experience a slice of the real Mumbai: INR 1200Take a Bollywood dance class in one of Mumbais premier dance studios: INR 500Discover the marvellous collection of historical objects and art at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum, one of Indias premier museums: INR 500Explore the labyrinth of cave-temples on Elephanta Island near Mumbai, some of the most impressive rock carvings in all of India: INR 750

  • : Mumbai

    Today?will be a free day to explore the city. This is also an opportunity to take a tour of the Dharavi slum areas of the city. Please note that the trains are often heavily booked in advance and it may not be possible to confirm tickets for all passengers. In the event that we cannot get a train ticket confirmed we will notify you to make alternative arrangements. This will generally mean you will travel by flight the next day and re meet the group in Goa.?Activities included:Experience a local overnight train from Mumbai to Goa

  • 4 to 35: Goa

    We will start our journey early by taking the train along the coast to Goa. We will stay for 2 nights at the relaxed beaches of Vagator in the northern part of Goa. Most travellers are drawn to Vagator for the stunning sunsets, the laid-back atmosphere and the proximity of some other quieter beaches in the area such as Arambol and Anjuna. In northern Goa we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities close to the beach. Estimated Journey Time (on train) - 11-12 hours.

  • Old Goa

    After our 2 nights on the northern?beaches of Goa, we head off in the truck to the southern end of Goa. En route we will stop off?at the site of?Old Goa to?spend some?time independently exploring the areas colonial buildings. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 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!). We will stay for 2 nights?on either the stunning beach of Agonda or Palolem, these beaches are the?perfect places to sit back and watch?the fishing boats landing their catch or sample the delicious local cuisine.

  • 8 to 39: Hampi

    Leaving the beaches of Goa behind us, we set off on a full day drive into the state of Karnataka and to the village of Hampi. The village is located within the ruins of?Vijayanagara, the former capital of the ancient Vijayanagara Empire.? Estimated Drive Time - 9-11?hours. On the following day we will have a guided tour of the historical sites around Hampi by rickshaw and on foot. In Hampi we will stay in a comfortable local guesthouse.Activities included:Discover the lost kingdom of Vijayanagar in the magnificent ruined city of Hampi

  • 0 to 41: Mysore

    In and around MysoreFrom Hampi we will have another full day drive to the city of?Mysore,?one of Indias most attractive towns. Estimated Drive Time - 10-12 hours. On the following day?we will have free time?in Mysore?to independently?explore the citys beautiful gardens, palaces, and the Shri Chamarajendra art gallery. In Mysore we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

  • 2 to 43: Wayanad

    Today we travel up into the cool highlands and?head to?the hill-station of Wayanad, a small settlement surrounded by tea and coffee plantations. Enroute we will have the opportunity to visit the Eddakkal caves. A steep hike up allows breathtaking views over the local area and an insight into the carvings thought to date back over 3,000 years.? Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours. We will have a free day in Wayanad where we have many options available. From hiking up Chembra Peak, visiting local waterfalls and tea plantations, or the chance to visit the nearby Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary. Whilst in Wayanad we stay as guests of local families at a guesthouse where they have set up rooms?for visitors in their homes.Activities included:Relax at the Community Guesthouse in the hills of WayanadSee the 7000-year-old Neolithic petroglyphs at the Edakkal caves en routeOptional activities:Take a strenuous day-hike up the 2100m Chembra Peak, the highest peak in the Wayanad area: INR 1500Take a walk through the scenic Wayanad countryside to visit the Meenmutty or Kanthanppara waterfalls: INR 600

  • 4 to 45: Kochi

    Today we will continue our journey with a full day drive to the coastal city of Kochi. Estimated Drive Time - 7-10?hours. On the following day?we will take a local boat to Fort Cochin and have free time to explore and visit various sites including the?Jewish Quarter, St Francis Church and the iconic Chinese fishing nets.?In the evening we will be able to see a performance from?the famous Kathakali dancers, Indias most spectacular dance drama. In Kochi?we will stay in a comfortable hotel.Activities included:Evening visit to watch the classical Indian dance drama of Kathakali

  • : Alleppey

    In and around AlleppeyLeaving the bustle of Kochi behind, today we embark on our included overnight houseboat cruise on the tranquil Keralan backwaters of Alleppey. We will often split into smaller groups to board our traditional Kettuvallom boats which will take us around the scenic rivers and spend the night aboard.

  • 7 to 49: Varkala

    After our fantastic overnight cruise along the Keralan backwaters, we continue our journey with a short drive to the beach resort of Varkala. Estimated Drive Time - 5 - 7?hours. We will have 3 nights here with free time to explore the surrounding areas and relax on the beautiful beaches. Varkala is well known for its beaches, and there are also lots of great local restaurants where you can sample the justifiably-famous Keralan cuisine. In Varkala we will stay at a beach resort.Optional activities:Head out for an evening performance of traditional Keralan Kathakali dancing: INR 300Get a traditional Ayurvedic massage in the Keralan town of Varkala: INR 1200

  • : Kanyakumari

    Today we will have a morning drive to Kanyakumari (also known as Cape Comorin), the very southern point of India. Here we will have free time to independently?explore the Vivekananda Rock and the surrounding sites. In Kanyakumari we will stay in a local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.Optional activities:Take the ferry over to Vivekananda Rock and explore the memorial to the Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda: INR 150

  • : Madurai

    This morning we have the option to get up early to watch the sunrise from the southern tip of India with thousands of locals, which can be an incredible experience! From Kanyakumari we then start heading back north again, and drive?to the holy city of Madurai. In the afternoon we will have an included?visit to the Sri Meenakshi Temple in Madurai. In Madurai we will stay in a comfortable local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.Activities included:Visit to the historical Hindu Meenakshi Amman Temple, dedicated to lord Shiva

  • 2 to 53: Pondicherry

    Today we head to the French-influenced town of?Pondicherry, and will have free time on arrival in the afternoon. Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours. We will have 2 nights here with plenty of time?to relax and soak up the atmosphere and?spend time exploring the town and its beautiful colonial architecture.? In Pondicherry we will stay in a local guesthouse. ?Optional activities:Sit down and relax with a coffee and a croissant at one of the many French Bakeries in town.?: INR 400Visit the spiritual community of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, founded in the early 20th century by the famous Bengali freedom fighter and spiritual leader: INR

  • : Chennai

    Border Information: If you are leaving the trip in Chennai, you will most likely exit India from Chennai International Airport (IATA code: MAA). Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Chennai. 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.Optional activities:Visit the Chennai Government Museum, and its incredible selection of antiquities including Roman artefacts and coins from all eras of Indias past: INR 250

  • : Chennai

    Border Information:?If you are joining in Chennai, you will most likely enter India in Chennai International Airport (IATA code: MAA). Today is a free day?to explore the sights, sounds and flavours of Chennai.?There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm - please look for a note from your tour leader when you arrive at the hotel giving more details about this meeting. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Chennai?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 Chennai. In Chennai we will stay in a comfortable modern hotel. *Important note* - if you are joining the trip in Chennai, please make sure that you send us a scan of your Indian visa as soon as you have obtained it. If you plan to take the e-visa option, please make sure you arrange this well in advance and send us a copy of your receipt as soon as possible.?If we do not receive this in advance, then we will?not have enough time to get your?permits for the Odisha Region?and you will not be able to visit this area.Optional activities:Visit the many historic temples, mosques, and churches of Chennai: INRVisit the Fort St. George, the site of the East India Companys first trading station in 1640, and the first British fort in India: INR 100Visit the Chennai Government Museum, and its incredible selection of antiquities including Roman artefacts and coins from all eras of Indias past: INR 250

  • : Tirupati

    Today we start our journey with a?drive to the bustling town of Tirupati. On the way we will have an included visit to the Sri Kalahasti temple.? In Tirupati we will stay in a friendly local hotel. 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!).Activities included:Visit the Sri Kalahasti Temple, one of the most famous Shiva temples in South India

  • : Vijayawada

    Leaving Tirupati, we will spend the next few days overlanding?through Andhra Pradesh, one of the least developed states in India.?This is real off-the-beaten-track overlanding, and we will arrive in the small city of Vijayawada this evening. In Vijayawada we will stay in a basic local hotel.? Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

  • : Visakhapatnam

    Today we continue our journey and drive through the back roads of Andra Pradesh.?Our final destination tonight is the costal town of Visakhapatnam. In Visakhapatnam we will stay in a local hotel on the sea front. Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

  • 9 to 63: Odisha Tribal Area

    Today we will begin our guided tour through the rarely-visited Odisha Tribal Regions. In these regions the itinerary has to be kept fairly flexible, allowing us the freedom to alter things slightly if we hear of any special events or market days in particular villages. However, we will generally follow the plan below: On the first?day we will have an early start from Visakhapatnam to arrive in a small village called Goudaguda in time to visit the Monday markets. Beautiful earthen pottery is skillfully produced in this area and you may even get the chance to try this for yourself. In Goudaguda we will?stay in a local guesthouse which has been styled on local tribal houses. Estimated Drive Time - 6- 7 hours. On the following day we will have a?guided walk in the morning through the countryside around Goudaguda, visiting the neighbouring Mahali and Kondh tribal villages. We will return to our guesthouse in Goudaguda for the night.? On the next day we will drive to the lively Chatikona Market, a weekly highlight for the Dongria Kondh tribe. We will then travel?through the hills to the village of Muniguda, our destination for tonight.? In Muniguda we will stay in basic local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6?hours. On the following day we will drive further through an Elephant Range. We will then walk into the Desia Kondh indigenous community. They are distinguished by the unique facial tattoos of the women. After a village visit and picnic lunch we will continue to Baliguda.? In Baliguda we will stay in a local basic hotel.? Estimated Drive Time - 6-8?hours. On the next day we will drive to the fascinating fishing town of Gopalpur, a once major port for the East India Company which has an interesting decaying charm. We will have a free afternoon to independently explore the town on arrival. In Gopalpur we will stay in a local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.Activities included:Visit the Monday market in the indigenous melting pot of Goudaguda, soaking up the incredible atmosphere as the locals barter and trade their produceHead out for a half day hike around the Goudaguda region, visiting nearby villages of the Kondha, Mahali and Paroja tribal peopleExplore the rarely-visited Wednesday Market in Chakitona, the main weekly market for the Desia and Dongria villagers from the areaLearn about the incredible work of the New Hope Community Centre in the rural village of MunigudaBathe in the natural hot springs with the local villagers at the small temple of Taptapani

  • 4 to 66: Puri

    Today our tour of the Odisha?tribal areas comes to an end and we drive on to the small town of Puri. Puri is one of the holiest pilgrimage places in India. On arrival we will explore?the old pilgrim route by cycle-rickshaw, taking in ashrams, Hindu monasteries, a palm leaf manuscript library and the awesome Jagannath temple. Estimated Drive Time - 5 -7 hours. We will spend 3 nights in Puri. On the first full day here, we will take a short drive back to visit Chilika Lake and explore the lake by boat and take a walk through some of the surrounding fishermans villages.? On the second full day, we will?begin with a cycle ride through rice paddies and rural hamlets, meeting local craftsmen and women and watching them demonstrate their unique crafts. In the afternoon we will have a guided tour of the UNESCO?World?Heritage site of the Konark Sun Temple. In Puri we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.Activities included:3?nights to relax in the lovely coastal town of PuriExplore the religious sites of Puri by cycle-rickshaw, including the Jagannath Temple, one of the four most sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites in IndiaExplore the ruins of the 13th-century Sun Temple of Konark near to Puri, shaped like a colossal chariot with elaborately carved stone wheelsTake a cycle ride through the stunning back-roads and villages near Puri, to visit the artisan village of Raghurajpur and see the fantastic array of handicrafts traditionally manufactured thereOptional activities:Educational visit to the Usthi Foundation rural project for children either in Puri or Kolkata: USD 10

  • : Kolkata

    Border Information:?If finishing your trip in Kolkata, you will most likely exit?India at?Kolkata Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (IATA code: CCU). Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Kolkata. 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.Optional activities:Overland through West Bengal across the Gangetic plains: INRVisit the Eden Gardens, the most famous and iconic cricket stadium in India: INRSee the famous Howrah Bridge over the Hooghly River, thought to be the busiest bridge in the world with 150,000 pedestrians and 100,000 vehicles crossing every day: INRDiscover the incredible array of art and historical artefacts on display at the Indian Museum in Kolkata, the largest and oldest museum in India: INR 500Head out on a fantastic photographic tour of Kolkata, exploring the hidden gems, back streets, and photogenic spots of the city with a superb local guide: INR 2000Explore the vast fields and parks of the Maidan (the lungs of Kolkata) and observe daily life away from the chaos of the city: INRVisit and support the Usthi Foundations school and farm for impoverished children in Kolkata, and see the amazing work they do (if available): USD 10See the huge white marble Victoria Memorial, built in the early 20th century by the British Viceroy of India and a grandiose reminder of Kolkatas colonial past: INR 500Visit the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Centre, a museum illustrating the life and work of the famous and controversial missionary: INR

  • Kolkata

    In and around SiliguriBorder Information:?If you are joining in Kolkata, you will most likely enter India at Kolkata Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (IATA code: CCU). There will be an important group meeting at the joining hotel at 10:00am. Please look out for a note from your tour leader at the hotel reception when you arrive for more details about this meeting. The afternoon is free to explore Kolkata. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Kolkata?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 Kolkata. We will meet in the evening to board an?overnight sleeper train from Kolkata to Siliguri - accommodation will be aboard the train tonight, where there are bunk beds with sheets provided.Activities included:Experience a local overnight train from Kolkata to SiliguriOptional activities:Visit the Eden Gardens, the most famous and iconic cricket stadium in India: INRSee the famous Howrah Bridge over the Hooghly River, thought to be the busiest bridge in the world with 150,000 pedestrians and 100,000 vehicles crossing every day: INRDiscover the incredible array of art and historical artefacts on display at the Indian Museum in Kolkata, the largest and oldest museum in India: INR 500Head out on a fantastic photographic tour of Kolkata, exploring the hidden gems, back streets, and photogenic spots of the city with a superb local guide: INR 2000Explore the vast fields and parks of the Maidan (the lungs of Kolkata) and observe daily life away from the chaos of the city: INRSee the huge white marble Victoria Memorial, built in the early 20th century by the British Viceroy of India and a grandiose reminder of Kolkatas colonial past: INR 500Visit the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Centre, a museum illustrating the life and work of the famous and controversial missionary: INR

  • : Darjeeling

    We will arrive into Siliguri at around 9:00am this morning, meeting our?jeeps and drivers at the station for our onward journey through the narrow winding roads to?Darjeeling. The town of Darjeeling?is really more a collection of villages situated on a high ridge, linked by a series of steps and winding lanes and surrounded by rice and tea terraces. Jeeps are used in this region rather than our overland truck as they are perfect for the?narrow, steep and winding roads of the area.? Estimated Drive Time (in jeeps) - 3-4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the vehicle?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!). In Darjeeling we will stay in a local hotel.

  • : Darjeeling

    Today is a free day in Darjeeling to?relax, enjoy the surrounding area and take part in some optional activities.Optional activities:Take an early jeep trip to Tiger Hill, where you can get an incredible sunrise view of Kangchenjunda, the 3rd-highest mountain in the world: INR 500See the museum at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, containing many exhibits from mountaineering history and the grave of Tenzing Norgay, one of the first men to summit Mount Everest: INR 200Take a guided tour of the Happy Valley Tea Estate to learn about a tea cultivation and production.?: INR 100Scenic train ride through the stunning Darjeeling foothills.?: INR 1600

  • : Phuntsholing

    In and around PhuntsholingBorder Information:?Exit India at Jaigaon,?enter Bhutan at Phuntsholing. This morning we will drive in locally-chartered jeeps from Darjeeling?to the Bhutanese?border at Phuntsholing, where our local Bhutanese?guide will be waiting to receive us at the border gate. This afternoon we will walk down to Bhutanese immigration to get the visa process underway in order to save time in the morning.? In Phuntsholing we will stay in a local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 6 -8 hours (in jeeps and locally charted bus).

  • : Thimphu

    In and around ThimphuThis morning we will finalise our visas and then start our journey?into Bhutan with a?drive in a locally-chartered bus from the warmer climes of Phuntsholing up to the?capital of Thimphu, nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. We will have time in the evening to take a stroll around Thimphu and start to take in the atmosphere and culture of this beautiful country and its gentle way of life. In Thimphu we will stay in a local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 5 -7 hours (in locally-chartered bus).Activities included:See Thimphus iconic National Memorial Chorten, a stupa built in 1974 to commemorate the 3rd King of BhutanSee the incredible 52m-tall golden Buddha Dordenma statue in the hills above Thimphu, the largest sitting Buddha statue in the worldVisit the Tashichho Dzong in the capital of Thimphu, a beautiful 17th-century Buddhist fortress that serves as the current seat of the Bhutanese governmentVisit the Changangkha Lhakhang in the hills above Thimphu, a busy temple where parents come to recieve the names for their new-borns from the deity Tamdrin

  • : Thimphu

    Today we will have a day in Thimphu for sightseeing. We will have an included city tour from our local guides, including the Changangkha Temple, Memorial Chorten and the Takin Reserve.Activities included:Explore the outdoor market in Thimphu ( please note this is only possible if we are in Thimpu on a weekend ).?Visit the Motithang Takin Preserve near Thimphu, a natural conservation area for the curious yak-like Himalayan TakinOptional activities:Visit the National Folk Museum, a living museum to see a slice of traditional Bhutanese life as it would have been a century ago: BTN 150

  • : Punakha

    In and around PunakhaIn the morning we will drive to the old capital Punakha, via the Dochu La Pass at 3050m, where we will stop for a hot drink and to enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Eastern Himalaya ranges. We will?notice?the change of climate and vegetation as we approach the low-lying Punakha at 1250m?altitude.? This afternoon we will visit the imposing Punakha Dzong (Palace of Great Happiness).?Built in 1637 CE, it is strategically placed at the confluence of two rivers, the Po Chu and the Mo Chu. After this, short walk to Chimi Lhakhang? (Temple of Fertility) built in the 15th?century by the ?Divine Madman? (Lama Drukpa Kuenley). In Punakha?we will stay in a local farmhouse, where we will experience a genuine slice of Bhutanese life and hospitality. The facilities here will be rather basic, but the accommodation is exactly how a typical Bhutanse family live, and the food is in no way adapted for tourists.? Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours (in locally-chartered bus).

  • : Bumthang

    In and around BumthangToday we drive to Trongsa, the gateway to central Bhutan at 2180m. Set amidst spectacular scenery, Trongsa Dzong, the ancestral home of Bhutan?s royal family, commands the eye from miles away.?We can also visit Ta Dzong - the newly opened museum in the watchtower is dedicated to the Wangchuk dynasty, tells the stories of the Dzong and the valley, and features personal belongings of the kings and queens of Bhutan. We then continue through some of Bhutan?s most beautiful landscapes to Bumthang, an area of high valleys at 2580-3100m. In Bumthang we will stay again in a local farmhouse with basic?facilities. Estimated Drive Time?9 - 8 hours (in locally-chartered bus).Activities included:Stay for 2 nights in a rural farmhouse near Bumthang to enjoy a slice of genuine Bhutanese life, food, and hospitalityVisit the incredible Trongsa Dzong, the largest Buddhist fortress in Bhutan set against the stunning backdrop of the Black Mountains

  • : Bumthang

    We will spend today sightseeing in Bumthang, the spiritual heartland of Bhutan, with its many legendary monasteries, temples and palaces. Bumthang is the collective name for an area of 4 valleys - Chokhor, Tang, Ura and Chhume. Our guide will take us on a fascinating walking and/or driving tour of a variety of sacred sites including Jamba Lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang and Tamshing Lhakhang. We can also visit Bhutan?s largest Dzong, Jakar, with its picturesque location overlooking the Chokhor valley.Activities included:Take a beautiful walk through the countryside of the Chokor Valley, stopping off at various religious sites enroute.

  • : Gangtey

    Today we drive to Gangtey at 2900m. On arrival we can enjoy the views of the immense and remote Phobjikha valley and the black mountain ranges.? We will visit Gangtey Gompa (one of Bhutan?s oldest monasteries which has recently been extensively renovated) and explore the valley where the villagers continue to live a traditional Bhutanese rural lifestyle.?This is the site where black-necked cranes visit in their hundreds in November each year after spending the summer in Tibet. In Gangtey we will stay in a local hotel. Estimated Drive Time 6 -7? hours (in locally-chartered bus).Activities included:Explore the colourful, recently-restored Gangtey Gompa, a monastic college famous for its annual festival to welcome the migration of black-necked cranes

  • : Gangtey

    Today we will head out for a day hike in the beautiful Phobjikha Valley. We will first visit the Black-necked Crane Information Centre which has lots of information on both the environment of the the Phobjika Valley and the?migrating birds the valley is famous for. From here we will walk through local villages and forests of blue pine trees covered with lichen ( know as old mans beard ) up to the Gangtey Gompa, beore following the Nature Trail walk back to our hotel.? The walk takes approximately 6 - 7 hours for casual trekkers.

  • : Paro

    In and around ParoToday we will drive to Paro, where, on arrival, we will have an included visit to the impressive Paro Dzong, one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture. In Paro we will stay in a local hotel. Estimated Drive Time 6 -7 hours (in locally-chartered bus).Activities included:Visit the impressive Paro Rinpung Dzong, one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture

  • : Paro

    Today we take a day walk to the ?Tigers Nest?, the sacred Taktsang monastery which clings to the rock face 900m above the valley floor. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site riding on a tigress, and subsequently meditated here for 3 months. It is one of Bhutan?s most holy sites and draws pilgrims not only from Bhutan but also from neighbouring Buddhist countries.?? ?Activities included:Trek up to the iconic Tigers Nest, the sacred Taktsang monastery which clings to the rock face 900m above the valley floor - the most famous symbol of Bhutan

  • : Kathmandu

    Border Information:?Exit Bhutan?at Paro, enter Nepal at Kathmandu. Today we will take a short flight from Paro to Kathmandu in Nepal. On arrival we?will have?free time?to explore the incredible city, soak up its atmosphere,?and visit its historical sites. Please note: ?The?flights between Bhutan and Nepal will be with Druk Air or Bhutan Airines - both airlines?sometimes change their schedules at short notice. If this happens we will inform you of any itinerary changes as soon as possible.? Optional activities:Discover Kathmandu on a guided city tour: NPR 1000Visit the sacred Hindu Pashupatinath Temple, dedicated to Nepals unofficial national deity: NPR 1500

  • : Kathmandu

    Border Information:?If you are finishing your trip in Kathmandu, you will most likely exit Nepal at Kathmandu?Tribhuvan International Airport (IATA code: KTM). Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Kathmandu. 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.Optional activities:Visit 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

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