TOUR DESCRIPTION PROVIDED BY G ADVENTURES
If you’re looking to experience the diversity of India and Nepal, this 15-day trip contrasts the colourful culture of India with the pristine serenity of Nepal’s Himalayan mountains. From the ghats that line the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi to a 4×4 safari in Chitwan National Park, our expert CEOs will take you through a region of unsurpassed natural beauty and spirituality before revealing to you the rugged Himalayan landscape of Nepal’s magical capital, Kathmandu.

Itinerary

Day 1 Delhi

There are no planned activities until a welcome meeting around 6pm. Head out for an optional welcome dinner with the group. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Women on Wheels Transfer

Day 2 Delhi/Jaipur

Visit the India Gate and Connaught Place in Delhi before traveling to the “Pink City.” Explore this beautiful city and opt to watch a Bollywood film. Included Activities: Delhi Orientation Tour Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 3 Jaipur

Visit the Amber Fort clinging to the surrounding hills and stop and take a photo of the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds. This famous building is in fact only an elaborately carved facade built to enable the purdah ladies in the zenana to watch the goings-on in the street below without being seen. Opt to visit the nearby village of Sanganer to see blue pottery, hand made paper or hand block printing. After, opt to see watch a Bollywood film in the spectacular Art Deco film house — the Raj Mandir. Included Activities: Amber Fort Visit

Day 4 Jaipur/Āgra

Travel to Agra and visit the Taj Mahal at sunset. Included Activities: Taj Mahal Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 5 Āgra/Orchha

Travel by train and local ‘tempo’ to reach Orchha. Enjoy some time away from India’s bustling city and gain insight into rural life. Visit the Orchha Palace complex to learn more about the ancient history of the city. Make time to enjoy an evening puja ceremony. Included Activities: Orchha Palace Visit Transport: Train Auto rickshaw

Day 6 Orchha/Varanasi

Visit Tarragram, a unique paper-making plant, set up to assist tribal women from the area. All the paper is made from recycled clothing and wood pulp. After enjoy free time in town. Opt to rent a bike or stroll along the river. For lunch, opt to take a cooking class with a local family and enjoy the fruits of your labour. In the evening, head to Varanasi by overnight train. Included Activities: Tarragram Visit Transport: Auto rickshaw Basic overnight train (beds)

Day 7 Varanasi

With free time, walk the narrow alleys, visit some of the hundreds of temples and shrines or wander the Old City. Opt to visit the site of the Buddha’s first sermon or sit on the banks of the Ganges watching life unfold around you. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Evening Ganges Boat Tour

Day 8 Varanasi

Enjoy a sunrise boat tour along the Ganges before free time in this holy city. Included Activities: Morning Ganges Boat Tour

Day 9 Varanasi/Lumbini

This is a long travel day to cross into Nepal. Enjoy the changing landscape and get ready to learn about the history and culture of Nepal. Fun fact: Nepal is 15 minutes ahead of India. Set your watch. Additional Notes: It is possible for most nationalities to get a Nepalese visa at the border; you will need at least one passport size photograph and $25 USD. Nepal is 15 minutes ahead of India, time wise. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Nepal) Buddha’s Birthplace Visit Transport: Train Taxicab Private Vehicle

Day 10 Lumbini/Royal Chitwan National Park (1D)

Travel through a belt of marshy grasslands, savannas, and forests at the base of the Himalayas. The region is home to rhinos, elephants, Bengal tigers, bears and leopards. In the evening, meet the local Tharu community and discover their culture. Included Activities: Barauli Community Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 11 Royal Chitwan National Park

Explore the park on a 4×4 safari before a walk through the village and rice paddies. Settle in for another night with your Tharu community hosts. Included Activities: Chitwan 4×4 Safari

Day 12 Royal Chitwan National Park/Pokhara

Pokhara has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. Opt to relax in a café, hire a boat and float around the lake, or shop for Nepali and Tibetan souvenirs in the endless stalls and shops. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 13 Pokhara (1L)

Travel out to Sarangkot for a spectacular sunrise over the surrounding mountains (weather permitting). The walk back down through farms and forest to Pokhara is wonderful and takes between 2-2.5 hours. Opt to paraglide over the lake of Pokhara and take in the stunning views. Included Activities: Sarangkot Sunrise Walk Sisterhood of Survivors Project

Day 14 Pokhara/Kathmandu

En route to Kathmandu, visit Swayambhunath, the monkey temple, sitting high above Kathmandu city. Swayambhunath is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible for many miles. To reach Swayambhunath climb 365 steps that lead up the hill. The area surrounding the stupa is filled with temples, painted images of deities and numerous other religious objects. Arrive to the city in the afternoon and enjoy a short orientation walk. Highlights in Kathmandu include world-famous Durbar Square, the King’s Palace, the burning ghats at Pashupatinath and the Boudhanath Stupa. Included Activities: Swayambhunath Temple Visit Kathmandu Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 15 Kathmandu

There are no activities planned for today and you are free to depart at any time. If you are interested in a scenic flight to view Mt Everest, your CEO can assist in booking this option.