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16 Days Tour for Nepal & North India
Destination: Kathmandu – Chitwan National Park – Gorakhpur – Varanasi - Bandhavgarh National Park – Khajuraho – Agra – Jaipur – Delhi
Duration: 16 Days / 15 Nights
Welcome to Kathmandu! If you are joining the trip in Kathmandu, you will most likely enter Nepal at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport.
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.Overnight stay at Kathmandu.
On Day 2, we will leave Kathmandu after breakfast; we drive 200kms through stunning scenery down to the Terai grasslands. Our destination is Chitwan National Park, where we will stay for the next 2 nights.
Drive time - 7 hours (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, borders and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
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, and deer there is also a slim chance of seeing tigers and rhinos. If we cannot visit 20,000 lakes today we will make our visit tomorrow.
On Day 3 we'll 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.
Border Information: Exit Nepal at Belhiya, enter India at Sonauli.
Today we enter 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 a fairly relaxed start to the day 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.
Drive time - 10 hours (including the border crossing).
On Day 5 we will continue driving and reach the holy city of Varanasi in the evening.
On Day 6 we will get up very early for a boat trip down the Ganges. This is a magical time of day to see the 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. Explore the stupas and temples of Varanasi
In Varanasi we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.
Today we will spend most of the day travelling as we journey 350kms overland from Varanasi to Bandhavgarh National Park, famous for its tigers!
Drive time - 11-12 hours.
On Day 8 we will go on a half-day jeep safari in search of tigers and other wildlife. There will also be some time to relax around the lodge campsite. Please note that the jeep safari could be morning or afternoon.
In Bandhavgarh National Park we will camp in the grounds of a forest lodge.
(NB - Trips travelling in India before 1st October will not be able to visit Bandhavgarh NP due to the park being closed. Instead, the itinerary will spend longer in Chitwan NP in Nepal and spend time at the Royal Beach Camp activity centre in the Himalayas. We will also visit the deserted palaces and temples in Orchha).
2 nights in Bandhavgarh National Park in search of leopards and tigers, including a jeep safari
Today we will drive 210kms from Bandhavgarh to Khajuraho. In the afternoon we will have a guided visit of the erotic temples followed by a very short drive to our tree house campsite.
Drive time - 9-10 hours.
On Day 10 there is the option to head into Panna National Park in search of wildlife on a jeep safari, or you might prefer to explore the local area or just relax on the banks of the river at our campsite.
We will stay on a camp site in Khajuraho.
After breakfast we leave our campsite and head 400kms to Agra. Most of today will be spent travelling and we will arrive in the evening.
Drive time - 11-12 hours.
On Day 12 we spend the day exploring Agra by rickshaw, starting with sunrise at the Taj Mahal, followed by a visit to the Agra Fort.
We will stay in a local hotel in Agra.
See the stunning Taj Mahal and visit the Agra Fort at Agra.
We leave Agra today and head 230kms overland to the pink city of Jaipur, stopping en route at Fatehpur Sikri (the old capital of the Mughal Empire).
Drive time - 6-8 hours (depending on the time spent at Fatehpur Sikri).
On Day 14 we will have a full day exploring the sites of Jaipur on the truck 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.
Today we leave Jaipur and travel 245kms to arrive in Delhi in the afternoon.
Drive time - 7 hours.
Whilst in Delhi we stay in a friendly local hotel.
Your journey with Alluring India Destination is now complete.