Start in Kathmandu and end in Mumbai! With the adventure tour Nepal, the North & Rajputs, you have a 39 day tour package taking you through Kathmandu, Nepal and 19 other destinations in Asia. Nepal, the North & Rajputs 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. There is an important group meeting at 6:00pm. Your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where and when this important meeting will take place. 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 former royal palace of Narayanhiti and see the crown jewels of Nepal: NPR 500Visit the sacred Hindu Pashupatinath Temple, dedicated to Nepals unofficial national deity: NPR 1500Get 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
In and around NuwakotToday our journey begins with a drive to the historic village of Nuwakot,?one of Nepal?s hidden gems?nestled in the central hills of the country.?Full of ancient temples and palaces, Nuwakot?has a beautifully serene atmosphere and rustic ambience - perfect for getting a taste of the calm pace of rural Nepalese life. In Nuwakot we will stay in a hotel based inside an old manor house. Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 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:2 nights at a stunning mountain resort, nestling in the foothills of the HimalayaOptional activities:Freely explore the historic Nepalese village of Nuwakot?and visit its 18th-century palace, once?an important stop on the bustling Tibetan-Kathmandu Valley trade route.: NPR
Today is a free day to explore the stunning village of Nuwakot and its surroundings.Optional activities:Freely explore the historic Nepalese village of Nuwakot?and visit its 18th-century palace, once?an important stop on the bustling Tibetan-Kathmandu Valley trade route.: NPRTrek around the incredible hills, terraced fields and traditional villages in the area, taking in some of the awe-inspiring scenery: NPR
Today we will spend a little more time enjoying the serenity of Nuwakot, before taking a short drive to Nepals second city - the adventure town of Pokhara! In Pokhara we will stay in a local guesthouse. Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.
Today we will have a free day in the fantastic city of Pokhara.?The area is famous for its myriad of spectacular waterfalls surrounded by fertile forests and towering mountains, for its fantastic choice of yoga and meditation retreats, and for its overwhelming choice of adventure activities from trekking to rafting to zip-lining to mountain biking!Optional activities:Take a boat out on?Phewa Lake near Pokhara, basking in the spectactular mountain-and-forest scenery of one of Nepals most beautiful spots: NPR 500Take an early trip to the summit of Sarangkot to witness the incredible sunrise while surrounded by some of the worlds highest mountains, with the possibility of trekking downhill back to Pokhara: NPR 4000Visit one of Pokharas beautiful ashrams to take a yoga or meditation course: USD 20Head out on an adrenaline-fuelled white water rafting expedition near the adventure town of Pokhara: USD 50Head out for an exhilarating mountain biking expedition in the mountains surrounding Pokhara: USD 45
In and around AnnapurnaThis morning we take a short drive out?of Pokhara to the small village of Dhampus, where we start our?3-hour trek to our Annapurna eco-lodge. The lodge is dramatically located in the foothills of the mountains of Annapurna and Manaslu, and is?a paradise for taking walks through the stunning Nepalese countryside. The trek is approximately 3 hours in total, and is relatively easy but is mainly uphill.?The trek?can be skipped by any individual if need be. In the Annapurna Region we will stay in a local eco-lodge. Estimated Drive Time - 1-2 hours.Optional activities:Head out on a fantastic trek along the ridge at the start of?the Mardi Himal Trail, taking in the unreal vistas of Annapurna and Machhapuchhare in the mountain ranges nearby: NPR
Today we will explore the area around our eco-lodge, meet many of the locals,?and get into the heart of the?community. We will hopefuly visit a local school and give something back to the local community by helping to?maintain their ingenious water systems.
In and around BandipurToday we will embark on a stunning walk along the ridge, taking in the incredible vistas of Annapurna and Machhapuchhare mountains in the background! We will stop at a small?village for lunch and then take the steep downhill trail?to rejoin our overland truck on the main road.?From there, we will drive to the delightful town of Bandipur. The trek is approximately 5 hours in total, and is easy and relatively flat until?the steep downhill section back to the main road which is a bit more challenging. The trek can be skipped by any individual if need be. In Bandipur we will have 2 nights?in a fantastic local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours. On our?2nd day in Bandipur we will have free time to relax and explore the local surroundings.
Today we will drive through stunning scenery down to the lowlands of Nepal and the Terai grasslands. Our destination is Chitwan National Park, where we will stay for the next 2 nights. 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 the 20,000 Lakes area today we will make our visit tomorrow. In Chitwan we will stay in a local guest lodge. Estimated Drive Time - 2-4?hours.
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 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Setting off early today, we will say goodbye to our local cook and drive to the bustling city?of Mumbai. In Mumbai we will stay in a comfortable hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.
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