The Road to Kathmandu

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The Road to Kathmandu

from £730
Duration: 15 days
Countries: India
Head from Delhi to remote Tordi Gargh, try the best street food in Jaipur, gape at the Taj, cruise down the Ganges, hang in Buddha’s hometown, see rhinos in Chitwan and finish in Kathmandu.

The Road to Kathmandu

Got a sweet tooth? India's got the cure. Take one, soft, fluffy ball of buffalo milk dough. Deep fry until it's the texture of a donut. Drop into sugar syrup flavoured with cardamom powder, rose essence and saffron. Eat. Repeat.


The Indian head wobble is confusing. Does it mean yes? Does it mean no? And why aren’t they saying anything? We still haven’t worked it out, can you?

Pre-departure meeting at 6pm and an optional group meal in the evening

Hotel Rockwell Plaza or similar


You might think it's polite to let the local kids beat you at cricket. Don't bother. They're ruthless, bloodthirsty and out to win. Lick your wounds on a walk to the ruined temple and fortress.

Journey through picturesque countryside by train and jeep to reach Tordi Garh, a remote, rarely visited village (378km, approx 5 hours).

Mingle with the local community and learn about village life.

Visit the markets and the old village temple.

Sleep overnight in the palace at Tordi.

Hotel Tordi Garh or similar


They're not afraid of a deep fryer in Jaipur.

Leave Tordi behind and head for Jaipur by jeep (120km, approx 2 1/2 hours).

Hit the streets for raj kachori chaat - a big fluffy chaat served with chutney, yoghurt, chilli and potato. Then cool off with a lassi from Lassiwala on MI road, Jaipur's oldest and most famous lassi shop.

Get acquainted with the busy streets and vibrant people of Jaipur.

Visit the stunning medieval Amber Fort.

Take a guided tour of the Old Bazaar and The Palace of the Winds.

Take some free time to explore on your own.

Hotel Mrignayani Palace or similar


On to Agra by local public bus today (236km, approx 5 hours).

They make you cover your shoes in funny little fabric shower caps. And for some reason local families find it more interesting to take photos of you than the actual Taj Mahal. But none of it matters. You'll be too busy standing there with your mouth gaping open to notice.

View the awesome Taj Mahal.

Optional visit to Agra Fort.

Board an overnight train bound for Varanasi tonight (600km, approx 12 hours).

Hotel Royal Residency or similar


You wouldn't swim in it for a million bucks. But my goodness the Ganges is pretty to look at. Even if you're not the spiritual sort, you can't help but get goosebumps as we take a boat ride at sunrise.

Get to know the spiritual heart of India.

Witness life and death rituals on the Ganges.

Embark on a cruise on India's most famous river.

Hotel Surya or similar


Cross into Nepal, first taking jeeps to the border and then a bus to Lumbini (total 300km, travel will take most of the day).

Visit the birthplace of the founder of Buddhism.

View temples built by Buddhists from all over the world.

Take a trip to the ancient Ashoka Pillar and Maya Devi Temple.

Sleep overnight in a jungle camp.

Lumbini Budha Garden or similar


Transfer to Chitwan by private vehicle (200km, approx 5 hours).

Stay in a jungle lodge close to Chitwan National Park.

Take a jeep safari into the jungle.

Be in with a chance of spotting rhinoceros, deer, sloth bear, a variety of birds and perhaps even tigers (if you're really, really lucky).

Perhaps set off on canoe, jeep or walking safaris.

Riverview lodge or similar


There's a bit of driving today as we head for Pokhara (200km, approx 5 hours), but if you look out the window you'll catch a glimpse of Ganesh, Mansalu and Annapurna ranges.
Relax lakeside and enjoy the lush and tranquil surrounds against the backdrop of mighty mountains.

Hotel Tulshi or similar


On to your final destination of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu (approx 7 hours).

Maybe book in for a massage or a yoga session when you get there to ease those kinks out of your back.

Enjoy free time, perhaps visit the giant Buddhist Stupa at Bodnath, buy last minute souvenirs or chill out with a massage or a drink

Hotel Shakti or similar


Our hotel is close to Durbar Square so stock up on last minute presents (Tibetan prayer flags, anyone?) followed by a final bowl of momo (dumplings).

More free time today.

Perhaps enjoy a final group dinner.

The trip ends today after breakfast, but for those who wish to stay on, Kathmandu's got a lot to see.

Hotel Shakti or similar

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Useful Information

Group size: 5 - 16
Transport: Bicycle Rickshaw, Boat, Bus, Local Bus, Sleeper Train, Taxi
Accommodation: 10 Nights Hotels/Guesthouses, 2 Nights Jungle Lodge, 1 Night Historic Hotel, 1 Night Overnight Train
Starts in: Delhi
Ends in: Kathmandu

Safety Information

Personal Safety:
Pick-pocketing and bag-snatching are common, particularly in airports and on buses. Take care when walking around at night. Avoid walking on your own and don’t carry large sums of cash. Keep valuables in a hotel safe if possible. Bars and restaurants now close at midnight as part of a government crackdown on illegal activities. Foreigners remaining in bars and clubs after hours have been detained by the police.

With the exception of medical and emergency evacuations, due to the safety risks involved we are unable to use helicopters as a substitute for cancelled or postponed internal flights or for any other itinerary alterations.

Travelling in India and Nepal whilst the Holi festival is on (a lunar festival but generally held in March every year), can at times be dangerous - a lot of locals participate in consumption of intoxicating substances. The day has been associated with physical violence and danger. Your leader will be advising you and your group on what places to avoid on this day and it may even be necessary for us to alter your itinerary for the day to avoid putting you or our group leader in high risk situation.

Traffic and Roads:
Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!

Seat Belts:
Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts.
Safety for Women Travellers:
Women should exercise caution when travelling in India. Reported cases of sexual assault against women are increasing; recent sexual attacks against female visitors in tourist areas and cities show that foreign women are also at risk. While the risk of an incident occurring on your trip is very low, below are some things you can do for your safety and peace of mind when travelling:

-  Respect local dress codes and customs, perhaps dressing more conservatively than you do at home
-  Avoid isolated areas, including beaches, unlit city streets and village lanes when alone at any time of day
-  Avoid travelling alone on public transport, or in taxis or auto-rickshaws, especially at night
-  If you have to use a taxi get them from hotel taxi ranks and use pre-paid taxis at airports. Try to avoid hailing taxis on the street. Some cities (including Delhi and Chennai) have special taxi services for women with women drivers
-  If you’re being collected at the airport by a driver make sure they have properly identified themselves before you set off. When leaving your compartment on overnight trains (ie. going to the bathroom), ask a male travel companion to accompany you where possible

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