India & Nepal vacation, Delhi to Kathmandu
A thrilling 16-day snapshot of India and Nepal, by bus and train, including Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Varanasi, and the wildlife, Himalayas and history-rich Kathmandu in Nepal.
Old and New Delhi Pink City of Jaipur deserted ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri Agra sunrise visit to Taj Mahal Varanasi dawn boat ride on the Ganges Lumbini canoe excursion and jeep safari in Chitwan National Park Pokhara and day hike Kathmandu Optional Everest flight
US $3379excluding flights
Description of India & Nepal vacation, Delhi to Kathmandu
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
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This tour includes the wonderful chance to visit Chitwan National Park for a jeep wildlife safari and river trip. The park was the former royal hunting ground and was set-aside as a conservation area in 1973. Among the larger animals, you have an excellent chance of seeing the Indian one horned rhino, sambar and chital deer, guar, langur and rhesus monkeys, mongoose, jackal, otter and crocodile. The more elusive animals include tiger, leopard, leopard cat, sloth bear and Indian bison. Wildlife activities are managed by experienced naturalists and shikharis so by paying National Park fees at Chitwan, this tour contributes to the upkeep of this vital habitat and benefits those who work there.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleLocal Craft & Culture
We are keen to encourage guests to engage with the culture of India and Nepal and to purchase local crafts and services where possible. Your local guide will be able to recommend the best of the area’s colourful and vibrant markets and small businesses and through our commerce, tourist wealth is more evenly distributed. You might take the opportunity in Varanasi to explore the emporiums specialising in silks and brocades, have a massage by the banks of the Ganges or buy block printed material and pottery in Jaipur. Pokhara & Kathmandu are famous for Thangka Paintings and lots of Buddhist Souvenirs made by locals and Tibetan refuges living in Nepal. Your guides will be able to advise you on which to buy and which to avoid. For example, some bangles and other decorative items in Jaipur claim to be made of ivory and, although this is mostly fake, we are against the popularisation of this kind of product and make a point of including a warning in the briefing.
Accommodation & Meals
This trip sees you spend 11 nights in standard city tourist hotels and 2 nights in lodges, plus 1 night in an overnight train with air conditioning from Agra to Varanasi. You will notice that our hotels employ locally and use local produce from markets in the area wherever possible. The hotels are waste and energy conscious and have their own policies like asking guests to turn off the power when leaving a room in order to save electricity. Where meals are not supplied, our group leaders always encourage people to try local restaurants and street food vendors. They can make recommendations which will help boost small businesses and celebrate local specialties. In Jaipur, Varanasi and Delhi, clients can even see how the food is made e.g. Masala Chai (Tea), Samosa (Mashed Potato Snacks), Jalebe (Indian Donuts), Lassi (Yoghurt Drink), etc.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.