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The Road to Delhi - 2016

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Embrace your inner hippy in Kathmandu, search for Bengal tigers at Chitwan, check out Buddha’s hometown, fall in love with Varanasi, ogle at the Taj, hang in a palace at Tordi Garh, go bazaar mad in Jaipur and finish up in Delhi. Once you hit Jaipur you'll be sharing the sidewalk with kids, cows, rickshaws, chai wallaws, street food vendors, stray dogs and about 3.1 million other people. Watch your step. RETURNING TO NEPAL:Thank you for choosing to visit Nepal. It is a decision you can be proud of because by visiting you are helping Nepal get back on its feet after the devastating earthquake of April this year. The following trip notes reflect our itineraries before the earthquake occurred. As Nepal rebuilds, there are likely to be changes. We may not be able to visit some destinations and sights, some accommodation may be closed and some activities may not be available. We are working closely with our operations team in Nepal to finalise as much as we can.We will be able to let you know about some of these changes in advance before you travel. Others may need to be communicated to you by your tour leader once you are already in the country. We ask all our travellers to be flexible, patient and understanding both as you prepare for your travels and while on your trip in Nepal. Click here to view updates about the Nepal earthquake.

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Day 1 : Kathmandu

Embrace your inner hippy in Kathmandu, Nepal’s most famous patchouli-scented travel hub. Order a plate of fried momo, practice yoga, get a massage, marvel at the Bodhnath Stupa and use this time to reset your body clock. Just don’t get so Zen you forget about tonight’s crew catch-up.

Day 3 : Chitwan National Park

Take a bus up the seriously steep rim of the Kathmandu valley. Explore the jungle, search for Bengal tigers and play spot the Indian rhinoceros. It's basically The Jungle Bookcome to life. Bunk down in a super-cosy lodge for the night.

Day 5 : Lumbini

Kick on to laidback Lumbini and check out the beautiful Ashoka Pillars and Maya Devi Temple. Buddha lived here until he was 29. In that time he founded Buddhism. What have you done lately? Tonight you get to call a jungle camp home.

Day 6 : Varanasi

Today’s it’s goodbye Nepal and hellooooo India – the holy city of Varanasi, to be precise. Watch thousands of Hindu pilgrims cleanse their sins in the Ganges as you take a boat ride at sunrise. Share winding, crowded back alleys with huge, lumbering cows. And do a lot of yoga. We won't lie, it's pretty moving stuff.

Day 9 : Agra - Taj Mahal

Alight your overnight sleeper train in tiny Agra, home to the Taj. Boyfriends take note: Emperor Shah Jahan spent over 20 years building this shrine to his second wife. How long has it been since you've even bought anyone flowers? If you’ve got the energy head out to Agra Fort and stroll the palatial gardens with cheeky monkeys in tow. Classic India.

Day 10 : Tordi Garh

We stumbled across this remote village years ago and everyone loved it so much we put it on the itinerary. The kids will adore you, the locals will feed you and you'll go to sleep in a 16th century palace. What a day.

Day 11 : Jaipur

Push on to Jaipur and haggle to your heart's content in the bazaars and backstreets of the Pink City. Jaipur is famous for textiles (think table runners and made-to-measure suits), precious and semi-precious gems, and blue pottery. So buy something nice for your nanna.

Day 13 : Delhi

Your whizz-bang tour finishes up in Delhi. Watch one of the world's greatest shows unfold as people, traffic, cows and kids all work together in a kind of organised chaos. Grab a chai, put your feet up and let it all soak in.

Basic Details

Starts in: Kathmandu
Ends in: Delhi
Group Size: maximum 16


Highlights

- Delhi
- Jaipur’s Amber Fort
- UNESCO World Heritage-listed Taj Mahal
- Buddhism's birthplace in Lumbini
- The wildlife of Chitwan National Park
- When you absolutey, positively have to sleep
- The Ganges and Varanasi
- Kathmandu’s hidden old town
- Aint' no mountain high enough
- Having a (eye)ball in Nepal
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- Nothing beats a campfire singalong. These guys know what we're talking about


What's Included

- Gecko’s expert English-speaking local tour guides throughout the tour, and local site guides at some sites.- Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Kathmandu including Bodhnath Stupa and Pashupatinath; Lumbini including temple complexes, Ashoka Pillar and Maya Devi Temple; Varanasi's back lanes and crowded alleyways; Agra including the Taj Mahal; Jaipur including Amber Fort, Old Bazaar and The Palace of the Winds; and Delhi including Chandni Chowk and Connaught Place.- Morning boat ride on the Ganges to witness the rituals on the ghats. - Royal Chitwan National Park – lodge accommodation and entrance fees. - Off-the-beaten-track experience in Tordi Garh – village walk, a visit to ruined temples and a fortress, and a jeep safari. - Overnight accommodation in the 16th Century Tordi Palace . - Free time to explore Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park, Agra, Jaipur and Delhi. - Overnight train from Varanasi to Agra. Accommodation air-conditioned sleeper class with three-tier sleeping berths (two sheets, a blanket and a pillow provided per person).

Meals Included: , ,


Accommodation Styles

- Overnight train
- Hotels/guesthouses
- Jungle lodge


Important Information

Local Emergency Contacts:
In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency Gecko’s India office (the operator of this trip) can be reached on +91 1145 006 400 during business hours (9.30am to 6pm) or after hours on +91 9599 914 852 or +91 9999 005 019
NEPAL STRIKES:
Kathmandu Valley-wide transport bandhs (strikes) can be called at very short notice. When these bandhs are in place the Nepal Tourism Board and the Nepal Tourist Police in conjunction with the Himalayan Rescue Association run Shuttle Bus Services between various hotels in Kathmandu and the domestic and international airports; this service costs 300 rupees person.
FESTIVALS IN INDIA:
Please note travelling during major festivals such as Holi and Diwali can, at times, cause disruption the the published itinerary. Please see the 'Safety' section for more details.
Internal flights:
EU clients please see our safety page for important information regarding internal flights in Nepal.
ELEPHANT PERFORMANCES & ELEPHANT RIDING:While we respect each individual’s decisions while travelling, Geckos does not include elephant rides or unnatural performance activities on any itinerary, and we recommend you bypass these activities should they be offered to you during your stay. Professional wildlife conservation and animal welfare organisations, including World Animal Protection (formerly the World Society for Protection of Animals) advise that contrary to common belief, captive elephants remain wild animals and despite good intentions, unfortunately many venues are unable to provide the appropriate living conditions elephants require and this ultimately impacts their well-being. While there is some merit in the argument that the money that you pay for the activity goes towards keeping the elephants and their mahouts employed, we know that it also fuels demand for elephants to be captured in the wild or captive bred. We thank you for your support in improving the welfare of these majestic creatures. Further information is available here.
HOT AIR BALLOONING JAIPURHot air balloon flights are operated by Sky Waltz in Jaipur. Flights operate mornings from September to June and morning and evening from September to March. Morning flights depart around sunrise and evening flights late afternoon and last 60 mins. Return transfers, tea and coffee plus light refreshments and a certificate of flight are included in the cost. You can register your interest and pay your tour leader at your joining meeting on day 1 of your trip.Payment must be made in cash - INR/USD/AUD/GBP only pleaseFlights are subject to weather conditions and tickets are fully refundable.


About this page

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. You can check the most up-to-date version of the trip notes online at www.geckosadventures.com. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or your nearest Gecko's office. We are here to help you!

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