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Delhi to Kathmandu Exclusive Tour – 17 Days

Bhutan Cultural Tour

Delhi to Kathmandu–17 days is one of the perfect travel experiences of the world. From the great bustling cities of the Indian plains to the peace and tranquility of the highest mountains on earth this is both an exciting and rewarding trip. The unique religious customs, marvelous food, colourful clothes and the tremendous impact of the smells and sights of this region all combine to produce an intoxicating effect on the visitor.

In India we catch sunrise on the Ganges, one of the greatest travel experiences. The kaleidoscope of temple colours, the millions of different Gods and the smell of incense burning during religious ceremonies are unique to India and play a part in every Indian's life. We travel between Agra and Varanasi using India's extensive rail network giving us ample time to meet the friendly, interesting and hospitable people. There is excellent cuisine everywhere whether vegetarian or meat eater.

By contrast, Nepal is dotted with small towns and villages, many in the foothills of the Himalaya, and the pace of life is appreciably more relaxed. The largest populations are Hindu and Buddhist, but there are also large numbers of tribal groups who live in the mountains and practice their own beliefs, the Sherpas being the most famous.

We spend two days at Chitwan National Park where deer, wild boar, crocodiles and the elusive tiger are best viewed riding on the backs of Asian elephants, in dug-out canoes or on organised treks. Pokhara gives the finest view of the mighty Himalaya; the town is dominated by the great Annapurna range where towering mountains dominate the skyline and the surrounding foothills. Finally, the journey heads to Kathmandu; a city with a remarkable history and rich cultural heritage. The city sometimes feels like a living museum with beautiful old houses, palaces and temples, curious hill folk and religious devotees. This is a busy and varied itinerary taking in the best this region has to offer.


Outline Itinerary

Day

Program

Places

Attitude

Walking/driving duration

01

Arrive Delhi and transfer to the hotel

Delhi

 

02

In Delhi ( Visit Old & New Delhi)  

Delhi  

 

03

Delhi to Jaipur by drive ( 265 km)

Jaipur 

4 hrs driving

04

In Jaipur

Jaipur  

05

Jaipur, Fatehpur Sikri & Agra ( 232 km)

Agra

4 hrs driving

06

In Agra

Agra

07

Agra to Jhansi by Train, Orchha & Khajuraho

Khajuraho

08

Khajuraho/Varanasi fly

Varanasi  

09

In Varanasi

Varanasi

10

Varanasi/ Lumbini by drive

Lumbini  

9 hrs driving

11

Lumbini/ Chitwan by drive

Chitwan  

 

3 hrs driving

12

In Chitwan

Chitwan

 

 

13

Chitwan/ Pokhara by drive

Pokhara

827 m

5 hrs driving

14

In Pokhara

Pokhara

827 m

 

15

Pokhara/Kathmandu

Kathmandu

1336 m

5 hrs driving

16

In Kathmandu

Kathmandu

1336 m

 

17

Depart Kathmandu

 

 

 

Detail Itinerary

DAY 01

ARRIVE DELHI

Arrive Delhi, you will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel. There are no planned activities for this day, so check into to the hotel (check-in time is 12.00 midday). There will be a brief meeting by your local Indian guide regarding your trip to India.

Rest of the time free
Overnight at the hotel
Meals Included: No

DAY 02

OLD & NEW DELHI

After breakfast, we will proceed for full day tour of Old and New Delhi, a city truly full of fascinating contrasts, where by day, temples are packed with the devout, and by night, hotel discos are packed with the affluent. Begin at the modern Laxmi Narayan Temple which enshrines Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the Hindu Trinity. Popularly known as the Birla Temple for the noted industrialist family which built it, Laxmi Narayan Temple was one of the first major Hindu places of worship that allowed the lower caste Harijans (untouchables) inside after Mahatma Gandhi made entry of Harijans one of the conditions for inaugurating the temple

Continue to Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, built at the site of his cremation on the banks of the Yamuna River. Drive past the Red Fort and continue to the Jama Masjid, site of an exquisite mosque in red sandstone and marble. Completed in 1656 after six years of work by 5,000 laborers, it is considered one of the loveliest houses of worship in the world.

This afternoon you will visit New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. Whereas the walled old city is all tradition in all its facets, New Delhi is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards. Your tour to New Delhi begins with a visit to the Qutub Minar, the 234 foot high tower made of sandstone, known as the seventh wonder of Hindustan and the tallest stone tower in India and a wonderful example of Indo-Islamic architecture, complete with terra-cotta frills. At its foot lies the Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid, the first Muslim mosque in India erected in the 12th century on the site of a Hindu temple, from materials salvaged from 27 demolished Hindu and Jain shrines. Continue to the India Gate, a monument built by Edwin Lutyens to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I and the Afghan Wars, and then proceed to the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President's residence.
Overnight at the hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 03

DELHI & JAIPUR

After breakfast, you depart for Jaipur, popularly known as the Pink City because it was built of pink stucco in imitation of sandstone. This capital of the state of Rajasthan is a land of beauty, color and paradox. Here you find invincible forts and magnificent palaces and gardens, waves of sand dunes and serene lakes. Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed.

Arrive Jaipur and check in at the hotel

After check-in at the hotel, enjoy a stroll through the colorful streets and bazaars, where you can enjoy the colorful display of women's dresses and turbans of men, adding to the sense of timeless charm and wonder of this lovely and fascinating city.
Overnight at the hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 04

JAIPUR

This morning visit the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. En-route, stop at the Palace of Winds, the Hawa Mahal. Famous for its beehive like structure, the Mahal is an interplay of red and pink sand stone, carefully and painstakingly outlined with white borders and motifs, which served as an elaborate latticed facade behind which the cloistered ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below.

Continue to the Amber Fort, begun in the 17th century by Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar's most successful General. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. Ascend to the fortress by jeep or elephant (if available) to view the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls, many of them hung with magnificent wall paintings and some inlaid witprecious stones and mirrors. In the Sheesh Mahal – Hall of Mirrors – a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors lighting up the entire room

This afternoon, return to the city of Jaipur. Highlights of this afternoon's touring include the City Palace, an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The City Palace Museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armor, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings

Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar (Astronomical Observatory), a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja Jai Singh II at his then new capital of Jaipur between 1727 and 1733. The observatory instruments are in most cases huge structures, built on such scale so that accuracy of readings can be obtained. Enjoy the remainder of the day to wander about the local markets where you will find lovely silver jewelry, handicrafts and roadside mehndiwala (henna painters) who will paint ladies hands in the local tradition.

Overnight at the hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 05

JAIPUR, FATEHPUR SIKRI & AGRA.

After breakfast, drive to Agra, site of the world's most famous monument to love, the Taj Mahal. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to explore, with its buildings in near perfect condition. Continue drive to Agra, where the Mughals, who were great rulers as well as great builders, created their greatest architectural wonders. There are many wonderful monuments in Agra, such as the massive but elegant Agra Fort, the Itimad-ud-daulah's tomb, and the magnificent, deserted capital of Fatehpur Sikri, but the greatest of all is the Taj Mahal, considered a masterpiece of Mughal architecture. Arrive in Agra and check in at the hotel

Overnight at the hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 06

AGRA

This morning you'll rise early to enjoy an awesome view of the Taj Mahal at sunrise. This incredible place is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built in the mid 17th Century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work which is really astounding. You will have ample time to view and be mesmerized by this outstanding piece of architecture. Return to your hotel after the sunrise tour for breakfast. After breakfast, visit the Agra Fort, the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations and yet another example of impressive Mughal architecture. The present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. You will also visit the Hall of Public Audience and Royal Pavilions

This afternoon, lose yourself in the local marble and leather markets where you should do your best to bargain for the marble products and high quality leather wallets, shoes and belts. Be sure to visit the "Petra Dura Workshop" where you'll find beautiful marble inlay that is among the most renowned of India's handicrafts. During your visit enjoy an opportunity to watch as artisans create fine quality marble inlay pieces.

Overnight at the hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 07

AGRA, JHANSI, ORCHHA & KHAJURAHO.

After an early breakfast, transfer to Agra Railway Station to board the 8:00 AM Shatabdi Express (air-conditioned cars) for Jhansi. Upon arrival, board your touring coach and drive the short distance to Orchha, picturesquely located on a bend along the Betwa River. This gorgeous medieval city, whose stone palaces and temples were built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th centuries, retain much of their pristine perfection despite the passage of hundreds of years. Among the abandoned structures in the temple complex, the beauty of the Jehangir Mahal, built to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jehangir in 17th, stands in sharp contrast to another structure in the same complex, the Raj Mahal, an earlier building adorned by colorful murals. A trail through the maze of intricate stairways leading to numerous turrets is an experience in itself.

After your visit at Orchha, continue by touring coach to Khajuraho, the great temple complex discovered in 1838 that was built between 950 and 1050 A.D. by the Chandela dynasty, who claim descent from the Moon God and a mortal, Hemavati, with whom the god fell in love. Most of the temples of the north were destroyed by invaders, but Khajuraho escaped and stands today as an island of beauty. Check into your hotel and enjoy the balance of the day to explore at your leisure.

Overnight at the hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 08

KHAJURAHO/VARANASI FLY

Your morning tour of Khajuraho focuses on the famous erotic temples, which represent some of the finest examples of temple architecture in Northern India. The remote location of Khajuraho meant that the temples were unharmed by Muslim invaders and as a result, the intricately fine carvings are in very good condition and are said to represent life in heaven. The majority of the temples were constructed in a sudden burst of creative and religious energy, between the mid-10th and 11th centuries. After ruling for about 500 years the Chandela dynasty fell to the might of Islam and consequently the religious centre of Khajuraho was abandoned. The temples remain as a reminder of a society that believed in the full enjoyment of life, with all the senses being a path to nirvana. Of the 85 original temples only 22 remain, but many are in very good condition and remarkably beautiful in design and architecture, including the Kandariya Mahadeva, the Chatrabhuj, Parswanath and Ghantai Temples which you will visit during your tour.

This afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for your short flight to Varanasi, the religious heart of Hindu India. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The city gets its inherent charm from its location on west side of the Holy Ganges, where bathing ghats are always bustling with life at any given time of the day. Written records of the Skanda Purana and the Mahabharata mention Varanasi's existence as long as 3000 years ago. It is probably the oldest inhabited city in India, and one of the world's most ancient. As a place of devotion and worship, Varanasi attracts thousands of pilgrims every year, and many Hindus in the latter part of their lives wish to spend their retirement here.

This evening, enjoy an Aarti Ceremony at the Assi Ghat. This ceremony celebrates the religious significance and history of Varanasi; replete with tales of plunder and destruction by conquerors and religious zealots.
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 09

VARANASI

This morning at dawn, have a cup of tea or coffee in the lobby before you depart for an unforgettable experience on a cruise on the river Ganges, stopping at the most important of the bathing ghats. From your boat, you will witness the rituals of Hindu pilgrims, which follow centuries' old tradition and belief that those who die in Varanasi or whose mortal remains are immersed in the holy Ganges, will be incarnated to human life in the next birth. The riverfront, in the early morning, is a spiritually uplifting sight that you will long remember as a highlight of your India tour

After your early morning tour of the bathing ghats, return to your hotel for a breakfast. Later, you will proceed for a visit to the city of Varanasi, including a visit to Vishwanath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and the most sacred shrine in Varanasi. Continue to Banares Hindu University, considered to be the largest residential university in Asia. Later in the afternoon, drive to Sarnath, located nearby north of Varanasi, which is a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists. During the 6th century C, Siddarth Gautama, who became known as Buddha, the "Awakened One" gave his first sermon. Return to Varanasi.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 10

VARANASI–SUNAULI (NEPALBOARDER)-LUMBINI

We have a long yet interesting drive today (approximately 8-9 hours), as we head north across the Gangetic Plains, through remote towns and villages to the Nepalese border at Sonauli. We walk through customs and immigration into Nepal and meet our Nepalese vehicle. From here, we have a short drive (approx 1 hour) to Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, where we spend the night.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 11

LUMBINI /CHITWAN BY DRIVE

This morning, we start our day with site seeing tour of Lumbini including various sacred places accompanied a local guide by rickshaw. We will have the opportunity to visit the birth place of the Buddha Peace lamp and the monastery of peace pagoda. Then, we drive to Chitwan which takes approx 3 hour enjoyable and scenic drive through the Tharu Villages of Chitwan. The ethnic tribe of the Tharu's is the local inhabitants of Chitwan and is agriculturists by profession. Then drive finally brings you to the lodge.

Upon arrival at lodge, you will be met and briefed by the Guest Relation officer regarding the park and the programs available. Lunch will be followed by a choice of activities arranged for you. Chitwan National Park is the home of the great one horned rhinoceros, sloth bear, wild boar, Gaur (bison), 4 species of deer, 2 species of monkeys, 2 species of crocodile, the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger, over 450 species of birds and various other reptiles.

Later in the afternoon, the guests will be taken for elephant safari or nature walks depending on the time of arrival at the resort. In the evening before dinner, the slide presentation about the flora and fauna of Chitwan national park will be organized by our well trained senior naturalists. This will be time when the guests can gather more information about the flora and fauna of Chitwan National Park.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 12

CHITWAN

Early morning guests will be mounted on elephant back and taken for a jungle safari for approx 2 hours penetrating through dense grasslands to view wildlife in their natural habitat. This grass commonly known as elephant grass is dense and grows to a height of 18‐20 ft. It is the favorite habitat for rhinoceros and other mammals.

After breakfast, you are taken to our elephant stables where a senior naturalist briefs about the interesting and unbelievable habits of elephant. Here one may witness the rare scene of the elephants at bath.

In the afternoon you may choose to relax around the resort or take a drive through the jungles for a canoe ride down the Rapti River. The river ride provides opportunity of viewing the gharial crocodiles as well as the mugger crocodiles, fresh water dolphins, otters and varieties of water birds. OR, You may also feel like going for a nature walk or birding with one of our naturalists to know more about the flora of the Chitwan National Park. Those on canoe ride are taken back to the resort four wheel drive jeep from the end‐point.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 13

CHITWAN/POKHARA BY DRIVE

After breakfast in the morning, since Chitwan is a bird paradise of resident and migratory birds, making it a delightful and educational experience for every bird watcher. Special bird watching tour can be arranged too.

Today, our journey to Pokhara is only 140 km but will take approx 4 - 5 hours. We follow the gorge of the Narayani River and soon we are in the foothills of the Himalaya. The scenery changes dramatically from the forests and farmlands of the Terai to steep terraced hills, and as we get closer to Pokhara we begin to see the formidable Annapurna Range. Set at only 1,000 m. amongst semi-tropical plants and with a delightfully warm climate, it is actually much closer to the main Himalayan peaks than Kathmandu. Machhapuchhare, the 'Fishtail Peak', dominates the skyline especially in the clear morning air.

Arrive Pokhara, we stay hotel near located to Lake Phewa, with a wide choice of restaurants and other facilities close by.

Overnight at the hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 14

IN POKHARA

After an early morning, you will drive to Sarangkot for sunrise view over the western Himalayas (weather permitting). Sarangkot is the highest point on the Pokhara valley rim. It is located an altitude of 1592 m above sea level. This place provides the best view of Pokhara Valley, Phewa Lake and beyond to the main spine of the Annapurna ranges (Annapurna South 7195, Annapurna I 7647, Machhapuchhre 6997, Annapurna III 7555, Annapurna II 7937, Annapurna IV 7525, Lamjung Himal 6986.

After breakfast, you will be taken to Phewa Lake for boat ride (approx 1 hr) including visit of Barahi Temple. Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in the country, is the center of all attraction in Pokhara. It is the largest and most enchanting of the three lakes that add to the resplendence of Pokhara. The Barahi Temple is the most important monument in Pokhara; built almost in the center of Phewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protector deity representing the female force Shakti.

Afternoon you'll visit the Mountain Museum housing expedition memorabilia and information on ethnic groups, flora and fauna. We'll also visit Tashiling, a long established settlement of Tibetan refugees. We spend some time here watching wool being sorted, dyed and eventually made into Tibetan carpets which are exported all over the world.

Overnight at the hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 15

POKHARA/KATHMANDU BY DRIVE

We leave early for the long drive to Kathmandu, along the Chinese built road running parallel to the main Himalayan range. The distance is only 200km but it is a slow climb through the mountains and the Journey will take most of the day ( Approx 6 hours). The views, however, are stunning as we follow the Marsyangdi and Trisuli rivers, passing numerous villages and terraces stretching thousands of feet up the hillside. We arrive in Kathmandu in the late afternoon and check into our centrally located hotel.

Overnight at the hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 16

IN KATHMANDU

We have today to explore Kathmandu and the valley. In the early morning there is the opportunity to take a scenic flight to see Mount Everest (this can be booked and paid for on arrival in Kathmandu)

Today there will be a half-day sightseeing tour visiting Kathmandu Durbar and Swayambhu Stupa

There is an opportunity to take an optional excursion to the almost perfectly preserved Newari town of Bhaktapur in the eastern corner of the Kathmandu Valley. Also known as Bhadgaon or City of the Devotees, Bhaktapur evokes the feel of a medieval village, a snapshot of a time when the city lay along the prosperous trade routes between Tibet, China and India. The ancient centre of the town is a dazzling collection of temples that has earned it a place on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

Overnight at the hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 17

DEPART KATHMANDU

You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We hope you enjoyed the tour with us and we expect that you plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal again.

Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight time, a representative from Natraj Trekking will transfer you to the airport.

Meals included: Breakfast

Cost Details

Cost Include

INDIA PORTION

  • All transfers/tours by air-conditioned by private vehicle
  • Local station English speaking guide as per the itinerary
  • Monument entrance fee as per the itinerary
  • Indian movie at raj Mandir in Jaipur
  • Boat ride in Varanasi
  • Deep Mala ceremony in Varanasi
  • 3.18% govt. Service tax

Train Fare

  • A/c chair car train fare between Agra/Jhansi

Airfare

  • Airfare for Khajuraho/Varanasi

Accommodation in India

  • 02 nights at Regent Grand or similar with breakfast in Delhi
  • 02 nights at Paradise or similar with breakfast in Jaipur
  • 02 nights at Siris 18 or similar with breakfast in Agra
  • 01 nights at Clarks Khajuraho or similar with breakfast in Khajuraho
  • 02 nights at Meraden Grand or similar with breakfast in Varanasi

NEPAL PORTION

  • All transfers/tours by air-conditioned by private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Local station English speaking guide in Lumbini, Pokhara and Kathmandu
  • Monument entrance fee as per the itinerary
  • Rickshaw tour in Lumbini
  • One hour boat ride at Phewa Lake in Pokhara
  • National Park Fee in Chitwan
  • Elephant Safari, canoeing, nature walk, bird watching, etc, in Chitwan
  • Services of a jungle guide/naturalist in Chitwan
  • Government taxes

Accommodation in Nepal

  • 01 nights at Hotel Lumbini Garden or similar with breakfast in Lumbini
  • 02 nights at Tigerland Safari Resort or similar with breakfast in Chitwan
  • 02 nights at Hotel Trek O Tel or similar with breakfast in Pokhara
  • 02 nights at Hotel Shanker or similar with breakfast in Kathmandu

Cost Exclude

  • International Airfare
  • Nepal Visa Fee / India Visa Fee
  • Personal expenses (Tips, beverage, laundry, telephone call, etc)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunch and dinner not mentioned in the itinerary

The above rates are valid till December 31, 2013

Note: The price does not include: undue escalation in fuel prices, new taxes levies on hotels and transportation services or any hikes in entrance fees. Any large tax hikes and new levies shall be payable extra and shall be billed accordingly with prior notice.

Dates & Prices

DEPARTURE DATES

We will easily organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date Please send us an e-mail at info@natrajtours.com.np for the package cost

PRICE

Group Size Cost in USD Per Person
02 Person US$1995
03-05 Person US$1930
06-09 Person US$1660
10-14 Person US$1570
15 & above Person US$1445
Single supplement US$840

INDIA PORTION

DAYS NTS

CITY

3/4 * HOTELS WEBSITE
01/03 02

Delhi

Regent grand www.hotelregentgrand.com
03/05 02

Jaipur

Paradise www.paradisehotels.in
05/07 02

Agra

Siris 18 www.siris18.com
07/08 01

Khajuraho

Clarks Khajuraho https://khajuraho.hotelclarks.com
08/10 02

Varanasi

Hhi or Meraden grand www.hhihotels.com OR
http://meradengrand.com
  09 NTS      

NEPAL PORTION

DAYS

NTS

CITY

3/4 * HOTELS

WEBSITE

10/11

02

Lumbini

Lumbini Garden Hotel

www.newcrystalhotels.com

11/13

02

Chitwan

Tigerland Safari Resort

www.tigerlandnepal.com

13/15

02

Pokhara

Hotel Barahi

www.barahi.com

15/17

01

Kathmandu

The Shanker Hotel

www.shankerhotel.com.np

 

07 NTS

 

 

 

Practical information

Equipment Check List for Delhi to Kathmandu Exclusive Tour

You are recommended to consider the following equipments as essentials while packing for your trip. Please use this list as a guideline. Adjustments to the list can be done according to your needs, interests, duration of your trip, season of your trip, etc.

Packing for your trip

  • Windproof jacket
  • Warm sweater/fleece
  • Comfortable walking shoes or sandals
  • Water bottle
  • Sunhat
  • Swimsuit
  • Day bag
  • Padlocks/Cable locks

Equipment: A torch. Binoculars for animal & bird watching in Chitwan National Park, a universal bath plug and antibacterial hand wash, are useful to have along.

Mens and womens clothing should cover shoulders and be on or below the knee. Women especially should always dress conservatively to avoid unwanted attention and not to cause offence; vests, tight fitting trousers, short skirts and shorts are not recommended. Please note you DO NOT need a sleeping bag for this trip. As you will be visiting Chitwan please do bring some long sleeved neutral coloured clothing. This will help prevent mosquito bites and will also improve you chances of seeing game, which are scared of bright colors.

Baggage and Baggage Allowance

The standard weight limit for hold baggage on the recommended international carrier for this trip is 20kg. We recommend packing only one piece of checked baggage. As advice about luggage allowances for both hand and hold luggage is subject to change, we suggest you check your airline's for the latest information prior to your departure. Please remember that you are expected to carry your own luggage at times, so don't overload yourself.

Notes about your Accommodation

Although accommodation choices in India & Nepal are expanding and overall standards improving, please note that whatever the level, from basic guesthouse to high end city centre hotel, you should always be prepared for standards to be different than in the West. For example, even in the best hotels, plumbing and electricity supplies can be somewhat erratic and although the welcome is always warm, service levels may be less efficient than you may be used to.

Our selection of hotels to be used for any category are chosen based on standard of hygiene, standard of service and food, location, etc

Booking a Single Room

All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.

On this particular tour we are pleased to be able to offer customers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room for each night of the tour. Please refer prices section for single room option prices for this tour.

Passports and Visas

India All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Nepal Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. You will also need a passport photo. The visa fee can be paid in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros.

Vaccinations and Health

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad. There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for this trip.

Recommended vaccinations for this trip are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Malaria prophylaxis is essential on this trip, and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited on this trip. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information.

Insurance

It is recommended of joining any of Natraj Trekking trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange insurance.

Local Time

GMT +5hrs 30 mins (India) and +5hrs 45mins (Nepal).

Electricity

230/240 volts AC, 50 Hz. There are recharging facilities at all the hotels and jungle cottages, the electricity supply is not 100% reliable but it is usually only off for short periods of time.

Group, Staff and Support

The group will generally be between 2 and 16 people. There will be a local station guide and drivers where needed.

Meeting and greeting in Nepal

Please note that our local guide will meet you at the Sunauli (India & Nepal ) Boarder and you will escort to Lumbini.

Itinerary changes

Depending on the prevailing situation, itinerary can be modified to some extent after consulting with your trek guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original.

your own after getting back in Kathmandu.

MONEY MATTERS
Currency Information

The national currency of India is the Indian Rupee (INR), with an exchange rate of 80 to the UK£ and 47 to the US$. The national currency of Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR), with an exchange rate of 139.5 to the UK£ and 89 to the US$. Exchange rates are correct at the time of publication.

It is illegal to import or export Rupees. Do not accept torn or (very) dirty banknotes from banks or in change as they will almost certainly not be accepted as legal tender. Please ask for low denomination notes of 100 and 500 Rupees, as 1000 Rupee notes will be more difficult to use.

Money change facilities are available on arrival at Delhi's international airport (rates may not be favourable) or at the hotel in Delhi.

You can change Nepalese rupees back into Sterling or US dollars on departure from Nepal at the airport. You will need to show exchange receipts so please keep these.

ATM availability/Credit Card Acceptance/Travelers cheques

ATM machines are now widely available in the course of the trip (Delhi, Jaipur, Varansi, Pokhara and Kathmandu) and are generally reliable (Visa and MasterCard are best); you should not rely on these 100% of the time though so please take some cash with you as well. Please inform your bank before departure that you are travelling to

India and Nepal and carry the relevant telephone number with you in case they put a block on your card.

You can pay with credit cards in bigger shops all over India and Nepal.

Well known brands of travellers cheques can be exchanged but this can take time and banks are not always open when you need them. You can bring Sterling, Euros or US Dollars.

Extra Expenses and Spending Money

Many sites now charge a small fee for cameras and you should allow another £5 (approx. US$8) for these.

It is recommended that you allow at least £5 (approx. US$8) per day for personal expenditure such as stamps, postcards and soft drinks.

India & India have very good opportunities for shopping, especially for locally made goods, and during your trip it is highly likely that your local guides will take you to emporiums as well as workshops where these goods are made. Many people find this a great opportunity to buy local handicrafts, silk, jewellery and carpets. Guides will often assume that visitors will want to go shopping, it is very much part of the culture, but if you do not wish to go please make this clear to your local guide at the time.

Optional Excursions (approximate costs, depending on group sizes)

The optional mountain flight is approx. US$185 (including transfers) plus 200 NPR domestic departure tax. It is best to pay for the mountain flight in US$ cash or US$ TC (please note $20 TC are no longer accepted in Nepal). If you pay for the flight by credit card there will be a 4 % card charge.

Important Notice

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

Know before you go

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs, including advice re: the legality of and local attitudes towards same-sex relationships.

Tipping

Tipping is the accepted way of saying 'thank you' for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your guides, porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work.


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Trip Highlights

  • Sunrise or sunset at the Taj Mahal
  • The grand Amber Palace in Jaipur
  • A chance to experience the famous Indian railways
  • Visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century
  • Visit Khajuraho which focuses on the famous erotic temples, which represent some of the finest examples of temple architecture in Northern India
  • Khajuraho to Varanasi fly
  • The mystical and holy city of Varanasi
  • Elephant safari in Chitwan National Park
  • Magnificent views of the Annapurnas from Pokhara

Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration : 17 Days (Delhi to Kathmandu)
  • Trip Grade : Easy (Cultural Tours)
  • Accommodations : 09 nights in India & 07 nights in Nepal
  • Meals : As mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation : Private vehicle /Train/Aero plane
  • Group Size : Minimum 2 pax / Maximum 18 Pax
  • Price : ON REQUEST

Client Reviews

QuoteHi Anil
MANY, MANY, MANY thanks for organising our tour itinerary while in Nepal. We had an ABSOLUTELY fantastic time in Chitwan, Pokhara and Dhampus. We shall never forget it, and so enjoyed the experience, the wonderful and friendly people, the culture, the food, the country, the mountain trekking, jungle walks, bird watching, wildlife, elephant rides, canoeing, village walks, photography, and other general "tourist stuff".

Howard Adam
President & CEO

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