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Delhi to Kathmandu: Mountain Scenes & the Ganges

15 days, Delhi to Kathmandu

Now's the time to explore India and Nepal on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Make the most of every moment on this fast-paced 15-day adventure. With other young, like-minded travellers, you'll sail the Ganges, have the chance to take a jeep safari in Chitwan National Park, and breathe it all in among the Himalayas of Nepal. Think of this trip like a playlist of backpacker classics like the Taj Majal and Pushkar that you'll want to leave on repeat. We do the planning but leave lots of free time to dance to the beat of your own South Asian drum.

15 days

Delhi to Kathmandu

From$1045USD
was $1229
Valid on Apr 13 2021
Trip Code: AHDU

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Now's the time to explore India and Nepal on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Make the most of every moment on this fast-paced 15-day adventure. With other young, like-minded travellers, you'll sail the Ganges, have the chance to take a jeep safari in Chitwan National Park, and breathe it all in among the Himalayas of Nepal. Think of this trip like a playlist of backpacker classics like the Taj Majal and Pushkar that you'll want to leave on repeat. We do the planning but leave lots of free time to dance to the beat of your own South Asian drum.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Fast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers.

Service Level: Basic

Simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 18, avg 14.

Age requirement: 18-39

Visa Requirements

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15 days

Delhi to Kathmandu

From$1045USD
was $1229
Valid on Apr 13 2021
Trip Code: AHDU

Need a flight? We can help.

Search for the perfect flight at time of booking.

Round-trip to Delhi from

Looking for another airport? Search when you book. (details)

Special Offers

Expires on Dec 01, 2020 04:59 UTC
Promo Code G21GAA015ADV02Cyber

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

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100

Map of the route for Delhi to Kathmandu: Mountain Scenes & the Ganges

Places visited

Itinerary Notes

Want to experience the sights and sounds of Holi? Make sure you’re in India on March 10, 2020 or March 29, 2021 for the nation’s most colourful festival.

ARRIVAL DAY:
Please note that the Welcome Meeting and Delhi Orientation Walk for this tour begins at 2:00pm on Day 1.

Itinerary

Day 1Delhi

Arrive at any time and welcome to India's bustling capital - Delhi!

Embark on an afternoon orientation tour visiting Connaught Place and India Gate for those iconic photos. Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers over traditional Indian cuisine at Delhi's Kitchen with a Cause. Afterward, wander through the electric Karol Bagh market for your first night out; pick the best looking spot and cheers to new adventures and friends!

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Welcome Moment Meet Your CEO and Group| Your First Night Out Moment Connect With New Friends

Day 2Delhi/Pushkar

Travel by train through the arid terrain to Pushkar, often called Tirth Raj or the "king of pilgrim centres," home to the world’s only temple for the Hindu god of creation, Brahma. Get your bearings on an orientation walk around the colourful city visiting the lake, ghats, and of course the 14th century Brahama temple. Spend some time this afternoon exploring the markets or opt for an unforgettable evening by dressing in traditional Indian clothes before partaking in an authentic dinner cooked by cameleers in the desert while enjoying live entertainment!

Day 3Pushkar/Jaipur

Before dawn, climb to the hilltop Savitri Temple and catch the sun rising over the towering Thar Desert mountains. Afterward, travel by bus ?— always an adventure itself in India ?— to the pink city of Jaipur, home to India’s second most visited site, the Hawa Mahal, or "Palace of the Winds." Enjoy an orientation walk through the market stalls.

Day 4Jaipur

Embark on a guided tour of Amber Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site to check off your bucket list. The Fort's sandstone walls are perched on a hill almost blending in with the terrain, besides perfectly reflecting in Maota Lake creating a mirage effect (and perfect photograph). Wander through the halls, courtyards, and palaces inside and admire the intricate details. Afterward, head back to Jaipur and spend the free afternoon exploring the city with your fellow travellers and see where the night takes you.

Day 5Jaipur/āgra

Travel by early morning train to the Muslim city of Agra, site of India’s most famous landmark - the Taj Mahal! Immerse yourself in a guided tour and learn of the mausoleums unique history as you admire the iconic Mughal architecture.

Day 6āgra/Varanasi

Spend the day getting to know Agra. Opt for a cycle rickshaw ride to visit Baby Taj and the Agra Fort, the Taj’s less famous—but no less impressive—sister monument, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening, board an overnight train and wake up in Varanasi.

Day 7Varanasi

Take an orientation walk along Varanasi's ghats and through the old city. Afterward, opt to explore the temples and take in the spiritual energy of the city, or hop on a boat and sail the sacred Ganges River. If you take an evening boat ride, you will have the opportunity to witness a candle flower ceremony.

Day 8Varanasi

Another day, another adventure in Varanasi. Enjoy a free day to uniquely explore the spiritual capital of India. Opt to bathe in the sacred waters or visit Kashi Vishwanath, the Golden Temple, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Varanasi is your oyster!

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Discover Moment

Day 9Varanasi/Lumbini

Today we leave India and travel to the peaceful land of Nepal. Step back in time and experience Buddha's birthplace - Lumbini, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and pilgrimage centre. Opt to visit the Maya Devi Temple, where the Queen gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama.

Day 10Lumbini/Chitwan National Park

Experience Nepali rural life at Barauli Village homestay, a G Adventures–supported project. Take an orientation walk, visiting friendly homes and learn about the Tharu daily life. Opt to venture to the Narayani river on a cycle tour.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Local Living Moment Barauli Community Homestay| Your G for Good Moment Barauli Community Connection

Day 11Chitwan National Park

Enjoy a free day to explore the surrounding village and rice paddies before spending another night with the Tharu community. Opt to take a jeep safari through the diverse ecosystem of Chitwan National Park for a chance to witness rhinos, crocodiles, monkeys, and maybe even the elusive bengal tiger.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Local Living Moment Barauli Community Homestay

Day 12Chitwan National Park/Pokhara

Travel from the peaceful plains towards the mystical Himalayan mountains, stopping in Pokhara. Get your bearings in town on an orientation walk. Be sure to capture a panoramic group photo with the stunning Annapurna range backdrop. If you want to get your adrenaline flowing, pre-booking the Paragliding in Pokhara excursion when booking your tour.

Day 13Pokhara

Visit the Sisterhood of Survivors Project, a grassroots organization that trains survivors of human-trafficking and at-risk women to become certified paralegals. Learn how to make momos (traditional dumplings) and enjoy a Napali lunch together while hearing of their bravery. In the afternoon, get to know Pokhara more in-depth by freely exploring this photogenic region. Gear up for your big night out at a lakeside bar with your new friends. Grab a drink on us and cheers to all the life-changing adventures you've just shared.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Sisterhood of Survivors Project| Your Big Night Out Moment Lakeside Bar

Meals included:

Lunch

Day 14Pokhara/Kathmandu

Travel the last leg of this trip through the wild, rugged Himalayan landscape to Nepal’s capital and largest city, Kathmandu. Get a feel for the city on an orientation walk. As Kathmandu is fascinating at every turn, simply wander around and see where chance, fate, or the city may lead you. Check out world-famous Durbar Square, King’s Palace, the burning ghats at Pashupatinath, or Boudhanath Stupa.

Day 15Kathmandu

Today is departure day, but do not fret! There is no such thing as goodbye, only until next time. Hug your new friends, exchange social medias, and depart at any time. If you crave more adventure, opt for an Everest flight in the morning (weather permitting).

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What's Included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Barauli Community Connection, Royal Chitwan National Park
  • Your G for Good Moment: Sisterhood of Survivors Project, Pokhara
  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends
  • Your Discover Moment: Varanasi
  • Your Local Living Moment: Barauli Community Homestay, Royal Chitwan National Park
  • Your Big Night Out Moment: Lakeside Bar, Pokhara
  • India Gate and Connaught Place visit
  • Guided tour of the Amber Fort and the Taj Mahal
  • Savitri Temple sunrise hike
  • Visit to Buddha's birthplace
  • Orientation walks in Pushkar, Jaipur, Varanasi, Pokhara, and Kathmandu
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Simple hotels or guesthouse (twin-share) (11 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), homestay (2 nt).

Meals

1 lunch
Allow USD355-465 for meals not included.

Transportation

Train, metro, local bus, charter bus, rickshaw.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

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

Everest Flight - From $225.00

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 Balloon Ride - From $260.00

Begin your day at dawn, just as the sun starts to rise over the incredible city of Jaipur. As you drift into the sky, enjoy the silence and serenity of the morning, watching as the day starts for the colourfully dressed inhabitants below. From high in the sky, you may float over ancient forts, exquisite palaces, and lively villages moving with people - and elephants! You may never want to come back down. Available August 15 - April 29.

Jaipur Cooking Class with a local family - From $25.00

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.

Jaipur Cycle Tour - From $35.00

With its many lanes and organized layout, Jaipur makes for the perfect location to explore by bicycle. Choosing to cycle through the city on this morning tour will introduce you to sights, sounds and smells that a vehicle just can't match, so grab a helmet and jump on your bike! Navigate the streets of the 'Pink City' with the help of your experienced guide, starting the day with a traditional Indian yogurt drink of Lassi. Marvel at the architectural wonders as you enter the walled part of the city and stop at the City Palace to visit the Govind Dev temple. Wander through the historical spices and sweets market, stopping for tea and a tasty snack of pakoras before heading towards the majestic Albert Hall Museum where the tour ends.

Paragliding in Pokhara - From $120.00

Clip into a harness and get ready to soar! Check out the views while paragliding above the lake of Pokhara surrounded by breath taking mountains. This is a great activity to cross off your bucket list.

My Own Room - From $259.00

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).

Delhi to Kathmandu: Mountain Scenes & the Ganges

| 15 days - Delhi to Kathmandu - from $1045 USD
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