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Explore India & Nepal

17 days, Delhi to Kathmandu

On this exciting South Asia journey, explore the three cities that form northern India’s famed “Golden Triangle”—Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur—and get a taste of mountain air and Buddhist culture in Nepal. Take in the ethereal beauty of the Taj Mahal and delve into the vibrant bazaars of rose-hued Jaipur. Then head to the Himalaya to discover ornately carved palaces and Buddhist monasteries, cook dumplings with women from the Sisterhood of Survivors Project, and search for tigers and elephants in Chitwan National Park.

17 days - Delhi to Kathmandu

From$28099HKD
Valid on Sep 11 2022
Trip Code: AHDNG

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On this exciting South Asia journey, explore the three cities that form northern India’s famed “Golden Triangle”—Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur—and get a taste of mountain air and Buddhist culture in Nepal. Take in the ethereal beauty of the Taj Mahal and delve into the vibrant bazaars of rose-hued Jaipur. Then head to the Himalaya to discover ornately carved palaces and Buddhist monasteries, cook dumplings with women from the Sisterhood of Survivors Project, and search for tigers and elephants in Chitwan National Park.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 3 - Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 10

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

17 days - Delhi to Kathmandu

From$28099HKD
Valid on Sep 11 2022
Trip Code: AHDNG

Need a flight? We can help.

Call us to book your flights! We'll find you the best option!

Creating ripples that change lives

The Ripple Score is an honest evaluation of how often we use local businesses and services to create each tour. With this score you can see the percentage of our local expenses that stay in the communities you visit. Learn more

Ripple Score

100

When you visit India, it assaults the senses, stretching them further than you may have thought is possible. You may hear calming religious music, see women dressed in vivid colors, and taste new flavors—not all of them spicy. You will smell fresh coconut milk and jasmine blossoms, and feel the smooth stones of temple floors beneath your bare feet,”—Louise Nicholson, National Geographic Traveler: India guidebook, 2010

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Places visited

Itinerary Notes

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Itinerary

Day 1Delhi

Arrive at any time; your arrival transfer is included through Women With Wheels, a G Adventures–supported project.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Women With Wheels Transfer

Day 2DELHI/AGRA

Set out to discover Delhi, the capital of India, which consists of two cities: historic Delhi and New Delhi, built by the British in the early 20th century. Explore New Delhi’s lively Paharganj district with a youth guide from the G Adventures–supported City Walk project, and hear about how the program provides opportunities to disadvantaged street youth. Then delve into the narrow, winding lanes of Old Delhi, visiting the 17th-century Jama Masjid—the largest mosque in India—and the Sikh temple Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib, located close to a busy shopping area. Drive to Agra this afternoon.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment City Walk

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3AGRA

Spend the day in historic Agra, which served as the capital of the Delhi sultanate and later of the Mughal Empire. Discover the Taj Mahal, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; widely considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, this breathtaking mausoleum was built by the emperor Shah Jahan for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Afterward, visit the exquisite tomb of Mumtaz Mahal’s grandfather, often referred to as the “baby Taj,” and explore Agra Fort, an impressive red sandstone citadel which conceals palaces of white marble within.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 4AGRA/JAIPUR

Travel to Jaipur, the capital of the state of Rajasthan. On the way, stop at the magnificent Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, a masterpiece of red sandstone, and hear about its fascinating history. The emperor Akbar built a short-lived capital here in the 16th century to honour a Muslim saint from the village of Sikri who had predicted the birth of his son, Jehangir. Then visit the Rajasthani village of Abhaneri for a walk around the Chand Baori—an ornately decorated stepwell or water tank constructed over a thousand years ago—learning about ancient Indian methods of water conservation.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5Jaipur

Explore Jaipur, known as the “Pink City” for its rose-coloured buildings. Take a tour of the sprawling Amber Fort, the former residence of Jaipur’s Rajput rulers; and visit Hawa Mahal, or the Palace of Winds, a stunning five-story sandstone building with distinctive honeycombed windows. We’ll also meet with a local historian to discuss India’s complex social fabric, customs, and architecture. Tonight, consider going to the cinema to watch a Bollywood movie—a truly unique experience.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Meet a Local Historian

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6Jaipur/Pachewar

Drive to the rural village of Pachewar, where we stay in a beautiful heritage home. Exploring this traditional community is like stepping back in time: walk and meet with local residents, observing potters, silversmiths, and cobblers at work; wander amid old temples and mud homes, perhaps witnessing a cooking demonstration; and note how urbanization and modernization have altered village life.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Local Village Immersion

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7Pachewar/Delhi

Drive back to bustling Delhi. This evening, opt to join the group for a farewell dinner.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8Delhi/Kathmandu

Transfer to the airport and catch a flight to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. After our welcome meeting, enjoy a six-course dinner featuring organic Nepali cuisine.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 9Kathmandu

Spend the day exploring Kathmandu, the colourful capital of this Himalayan nation. Pay a visit to Bodhnath Stupa, the holiest Tibetan Buddhist shrine outside of Tibet, and explore the wood-carved temples, pagados, and palaces of Bhaktapur, Nepal’s medieval capital. Afterward, visit the Sisterhood of Survivors Project, dedicated to supporting female survivors of human trafficking. Meet a survivor who has successfully completed the project’s paralegal training, and learn how to make momos—Nepalese dumplings—with women enrolled in the project’s hospitality program. Enjoy your creations for lunch.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Sisterhood of Survivors Project| Your Journeys Highlight Moment SASANE Lecture

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 10Kathmandu/Pharping

Opt to take an early morning flight over Mount Everest, catching a glimpse of the highest peak on the planet; then venture to the ancient hilltop temple of Swayambhunath, decorated with vibrant prayer flags and home to troops of rhesus monkeys. Later, we’ll hear about National Geographic Grantee Chhing Lhomi’s efforts to preserve the weaving traditions of the Upper Mustang region through her work with the Himalayan Indigenous Society, a Kathmandu-based nonprofit. Then depart for nearby Pharping, known for its Buddhist pilgrimage sites, and settle into a tranquil monastery guesthouse for the night. Get an insider’s view of monastery life, and enjoy a chanting and prayer service; or opt to take a walk in the monastery’s peaceful grounds.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Traditional Weaving and Indigenous Peoples Lecture| Your Journeys Highlight Moment Overnight at a Buddhist Monastery

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 11Pharping/Kurintar

Rise at dawn to listen to the monks’ morning chanting, and witness a stunning sunrise. Then drive to the small riverside village of Kurintar and hike to our lodge, nestled on a forested hill overlooking the Trishuli River. Opt to relax by the pool or take a guided walk through the surrounding countryside, stopping at local villages.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Neydo Monastery Sunrise Chant

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 12Kurintar/Royal Chitwan National Park

Today, we travel towards Chitwan National Park, Nepal’s oldest wildlife reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The park is home to 68 recorded mammal species, including the one-horned rhino and the Bengal tiger, as well as hundreds of species of birds. Check in to our lodge, located on the banks of the East Rapti River. After lunch, board a traditional flat-bottomed boat for a river safari, keeping your eyes out for aquatic birds, crocodiles, and other riverine fauna.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 13Royal Chitwan National Park

Spend the day exploring Chitwan National Park on a variety of excursions; activities differ depending on the season. Set out on a jeep safari through the grasslands and forests, seeking out rhinos, leopards, elephants, monkeys, and the elusive Bengal tiger. Meet with a “tiger technician” from the Nepal Tiger Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to the protection and conservation of these majestic cats. Visit a farming village bordering the park for a glimpse of rural life, and return to our lodge this evening in time for a dance performance by the local Tharu people.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Chitwan Tiger Experience

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 14Royal Chitwan National Park/Pokhara

Drive to Pokhara, an enchanting town set on the shores of turquoise-hued Phewa Lake against a backdrop of snowcapped Himalayan peaks. Enjoy a guided walk around the city, and opt to have dinner at a popular local restaurant.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 15Pokhara

Venture to Sarangkot village early this morning and hike to the famed Sarangkot lookout to witness a breathtaking sunrise over the Annapurna Himalaya. Back in Pokhara, climb up a lush forest path to the gleaming white Peace Pagoda, built by Japanese monks after World War II. Later, visit a Tibetan refugee settlement, established by the United Nations in 1964. Learn about the history of the community on a walk through their photo gallery, and enjoy a traditional Tibetan lunch. In your free time, opt to go paragliding, or take a boat tour of Phewa Lake.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 16Pokhara/Kathmandu

Catch a flight back to the capital, Kathmandu. Enjoy time to shop in the bustling Thamel district, or choose to visit Pashupatinath Temple, the most sacred Hindu temple complex in Nepal.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 17Kathmandu

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Meet a Local Historian, Jaipur
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Local Village Immersion, Pachewar
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: SASANE Lecture, Kathmandu
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Traditional Weaving and Indigenous Peoples Lecture, Kathmandu
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Overnight at a Buddhist Monastery, Pharping
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Neydo Monastery Sunrise Chant, Pharping
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Chitwan Tiger Experience, Royal Chitwan National Park
  • Your G for Good Moment: Women With Wheels Transfer, Indira Gandhi International Airport
  • Your G for Good Moment: City Walk, Delhi
  • Your G for Good Moment: Sisterhood of Survivors Project, Kathmandu
  • Visit the Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort
  • Excursion to Fatehpur Sikri and the Abhaneri step wells
  • Explore Jaipur
  • Tour of Kathmandu
  • Bhaktapur guided tour
  • Visit Swayambhunath
  • Chitwan National Park village walking tour and jeep safari
  • Hike to the World Peace Pagoda
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (14 nts), heritage hotel (1 nt), monastery guesthouse (1 nt)

Meals

16 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
Allow USD325-425 for meals not included.

Transportation

Van, bus, auto-rickshaw, cycle-rickshaw, walking, plane, boat, 4x4.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

Everest Flight - From $1749.00

Get a close look at awesome Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world, without having to do any climbing; this one-hour plane tour will give you an unforgettable experience.

Jaipur Cooking Class with a local family - From $199.00

Join a local family in Jaipur as they welcome you into their home and share their recipes and best-loved dishes with you. Get hands-on with the ingredients and learn how to prepare pakodas, vegetable dishes and Indian breads such as chapatis and puris. Once the hard work is done, get to know your hosts over lunch. Savor the flavours of your creations with the additions of other vegtable dishes, daal and raita, and finish the meal with a sweet treat.

My Own Room - From $11439.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.

Make it a private tour

Book this tour as a private departure - with your own CEO and all the benefits of a G Adventures group tour - for any group, big or small (even just one traveller).

Explore India & Nepal

| 17 days - Delhi to Kathmandu - from $28099 HKD