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Delhi to Kathmandu

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Delhi to Kathmandu - Exodus Travels
Delhi to Kathmandu - Exodus Travels
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142 reviews
Starts
New Delhi
Destinations
+8
Ends
Kathmandu
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Highlights

  • Visit the Taj Mahal in Agra
  • Rickshaw ride through Delhi
  • Experience Kathmandu's Monkey Temple
  • Cruise on the Ganges River
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Travel style
In-depth Cultural, Adventure
Start in New Delhi and end in Kathmandu! With the in-depth cultural tour Delhi to Kathmandu, you have a 17 day tour package taking you from New Delhi to Kathmandu and through New Delhi, India and 9 other destinations in Asia. Delhi to Kathmandu is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

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  • Delhi to Kathmandu reviewer 1
    Written on November 12, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was the trip of a lifetime and I think it is safe to say I loved every minute of it. India was an assault on every sense colourful, filthy, inspiring and utterly mindlblowing and Nepal was a cool balm. If you have an adventurous soul a thrill for the different and a appetite for the intriguing then this is a trip for youWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Haas to be the train ride from Agra to Varanasi someone said before I went that a ride on an Indian train is something everyone has to do in their lives and it lived up to that. Varanasi rocked.What did you think of your group leader?Uttam was great it must have been like herding cats trying to get us all to the various buses, sights, restaurants etc etc. His was a consummate leader and made what must have been an extremely difficult task appear easy. Uttam was extremely passionate about India and Nepal and you couldn't help but be inspired by both his tale but also his knowledge on the region. Great guy and stonking leader, thrilled to have had him.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?There is a lot of bus travel so be prepared! The infrastructure in terms of roads was a surprise when it came to the condition of them so expect the unexpected and it is hoot tastique so there is never a quiet journey. I opted out of some of the elements most notably one in Varanasi because I really wanted to explore the city and I am so thrilled I did. It is somewhere magical so if you get a chance to get down and dirty so to speak then do it. Bring cards for the journeys. Don't forget a sleeping bag liner for the train bit There are fabulous things to buy so do ensure you bring enough money to indulge. Banana lassis are the way to go. Is there anything else you would like to add?Read City of Djinns before you go is an amazing book on Delhi and really sets the scene for the trip.

  • Delhi to Kathmandu reviewer 2
    Written on November 8, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A super holiday, with plenty of activity and sights, ranging from the apparent chaos on the roads in the cities to the peace and calm of the countryside.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Many memorable moments, including:- The magnificence of many temples visited in Delhi.- Buying an emerald eternity ring in the Exodus-recommended Jaipur jewellers for my wife.- The beauty of the Taj Mahal.- The frenetic scenes in the streets of Varanasi: A chaotic mix of pedestrians, cars, buses, vans, bicycles, dogs, cows all jostling for a wee bit of road.- Sunset over the river and mountains in Chitwan National Park.- The peace and tranquility of lakeside Pokhara.- The Garden of Dreams in Kathmandu - a haven of relative quiet in a noisy bustling city.What did you think of your group leader?Excellent!!!!Chandra was very knowedgeable and inspirational and (rightly) very proud of his country.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Several:- Take heed of all your leader says, especially in relation to what is safe to eat and drink.- Do not take malaria tablets on an empty stomach. I did early on and felt a wee bit poorly for an hour or so.- Do not drink or brush teeth using tap water - use only bottled water.- Keep an eye on your leader and fellow travellers when walking through crowded cities. Otherwise it would seem quite easy to become separated from the group. - Consider taking a sleeping tablet for the overnight train journey to ensure a good night's rest.- Take full advantage of the 'free time' to immerse yourself in the local scene.Is there anything else you would like to add?Enjoy the experiences - they are many and varied!Be prepared for bumpy roads and seemingly mad driving, albeit (to the credit of all road users) we noticed an almost complete absence of 'road rage'.

  • Delhi to Kathmandu reviewer 3
    Written on October 25, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Delhi to Katmandu was a wonderful trip with lots of historical sites and information,  lots of colour stunning scenary and leaves you with a desire to return.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The whole trip was inspirational but the most inspirational moment had to be the TajMahal. It is not every one that  gets presented with an engagement ring at the TajMahal especially after 29 years of marrige. What a wonderful surprise. The boat trip on the Ganges with the sunset, lightening and singing fishermen was unforgettable as was the visit to Chitwan national park.  What did you think of your group leader?Chandra  was a well organised and considerate guide always looking after us and somtimes looking for us especially when we sit in different bunks on the train. Chandra made the trip interesting and unforgettable and left me with the desire to return to India again some day.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?My advice would be to take heed of what the group leader tells you about food, water and where to go. If they advise you not to eat a particular food  do not eat it, always drink bottled water and do not brush your teeth with the tap water and always keep your eye on the others in your group so you do not get lost.Is there anything else you would like to add?Delhi to Katmandu was a fantastic trip and I would highly recommend it.

  • Delhi to Kathmandu reviewer 4
    Written on October 24, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A truly amazing experience for anybody willing to embrace the unfamiliar!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?It's hard to select one particular moment from such a huge selection of wonderful memories...Generally, I found witnessing a culture so completely different from our own fairly overwhelming!  Our tour guide, Chandra, took us for a few walks through some of the local streets and markets which were always eye-opening!  Also, sunrise and sunset (complete with thunderstorm!) on the Ganges were intense and memorable experiences!  And that first glimpse of the Taj Mahal!What did you think of your group leader?Chandra was fantastic in every way!  Not only did he provide us with good advice that kept us healthy and safe throughout the duration of the trip (one of my main concerns prior to departure!), it was obvious to me that he really cared about his role and his passengers, and demonstrated this through thoughtful and kind gestures which meant a great deal.  The holiday would not have been the same without him! - Thank you, Chandra!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?To fully enjoy the experience, embrace and enjoy the things that make it different from what you're used to!  Listen to the advice of your tour guide (eg. where to eat/not eat, where to go/not go!).Is there anything else you would like to add?Thank you for an unforgettable adventure!  I will treasure the memories of the places I visited and the people I met forever!

  • Delhi to Kathmandu reviewer 5
    Written on October 12, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was a truly memorable experience which stimulates all the senses. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Every day was inspirational and memorable but if pushed I would select the following three. * the three hour boat trip down the Ganges at sunset was a spiritual experience * the visit to the Taj Mahal exceeded all my expectations and, despite the crowds, was tranquil * the whole two day stay in the Nepalese jungle which was enhanced by the hospitality of our host guides I must not forget the whole train experience which was such good fun - from the hour long wait on the station to watching the sun rise over the Indian countryside! What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader Chandara was solicitous and organised, ensuring that our trip ran smoothly and that we stayed well throughout. He was fun to be with and his willingness to share his thoughts about his country and culture enabled us to make sense of what we were seeing. He was a great ambassador for his country and certainly made a significant contribution to our enjoyment.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I found the first two days confusing and stressful. However, once you go with the flow it becomes exciting and exhilarating. Always follow the advice of the tour guide and you will avoid any health problems.Is there anything else you would like to add?This trip has given me a taste for India and I would like to be able to go back to another part in the future. We were lucky to have shared the trip with a great group of people.

  • Delhi to Kathmandu reviewer 6
    Written on October 12, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was a truly memorable experience which stimulates all the senses. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Every day was inspirational and memorable but if pushed I would select the following three. * the three hour boat trip down the Ganges at sunset was a spiritual experience * the visit to the Taj Mahal exceeded all my expectations and, despite the crowds, was tranquil * the whole two day stay in the Nepalese jungle which was enhanced by the hospitality of our host guides I must not forget the whole train experience which was such good fun - from the hour long wait on the station to watching the sun rise over the Indian countryside! What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader Chandara was solicitous and organised, ensuring that our trip ran smoothly and that we stayed well throughout. He was fun to be with and his willingness to share his thoughts about his country and culture enabled us to make sense of what we were seeing. He was a great ambassador for his country and certainly made a significant contribution to our enjoyment.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I found the first two days confusing and stressful. However, once you go with the flow it becomes exciting and exhilarating. Always follow the advice of the tour guide and you will avoid any health problems.Is there anything else you would like to add?This trip has given me a taste for India and I would like to be able to go back to another part in the future. We were lucky to have shared the trip with a great group of people.

  • Delhi to Kathmandu reviewer 7
    Written on October 7, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Namaste Do not worry, have a chicken curry. Lifetime experience and no regrets. Would do it all again :) What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Everything from beginning to end but in special the Varanasi boat ride and watching sunrise at the ganges, visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra and being in Nepal specially in Lumbini. Visiting a local farm and local villages far out in town. I felt very emotional about it while visiting the Buddha's birthplace, so beautiful. Kathmandu is also a great city and lot's to see it.What did you think of your group leader?What can I say aboout our group leader Chandra. :) I made a true good friend and also think he was a very professional and make sure me and the rest of the group was safe and confortable all time. If you have the chance to go in a group travel with him for sure you'll have a awesome time.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure you don't use the tap water for brushing your teeth and avoid street food without your guide telling what is safe or not. For the rest I would say enjoy and embrace it Indial & Nepal all the way.Is there anything else you would like to add?Don't worry about it, enjoy it India. Don't be prejudice or annoyed if something goes wrong, beside this is an adventure from Delhi to Kathmandu.

  • Delhi to Kathmandu reviewer 8
    Written on October 7, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Namaste Do not worry, have a chicken curry. Lifetime experience and no regrets. Would do it all again :) What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Everything from beginning to end but in special the Varanasi boat ride and watching sunrise at the ganges, visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra and being in Nepal specially in Lumbini. Visiting a local farm and local villages far out in town. I felt very emotional about it while visiting the Buddha's birthplace, so beautiful. Kathmandu is also a great city and lot's to see it.What did you think of your group leader?What can I say aboout our group leader Chandra. :) I made a true good friend and also think he was a very professional and make sure me and the rest of the group was safe and confortable all time. If you have the chance to go in a group travel with him for sure you'll have a awesome time.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure you don't use the tap water for brushing your teeth and avoid street food without your guide telling what is safe or not. For the rest I would say enjoy and embrace it Indial & Nepal all the way.Is there anything else you would like to add?Don't worry about it, enjoy it India. Don't be prejudice or annoyed if something goes wrong, beside this is an adventure from Delhi to Kathmandu.

  • Delhi to Kathmandu reviewer 9
    Written on April 19, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Incredible trip - a wealth of sights and experiences packed into two weeks.  It's a busy schedule, but well worth it!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Very hard to choose, but I did particularly love the evening boat ride on the Ganges at Varanasi.  There's a magical quality to the city and I felt so happy to be there, soaking up the atmosphere!Another highlight was the journey to Nepal.  Yes, it's a long, bumpy bus ride, but the scenery is amazing and absolutely fascinating, and I even found the slightly manic border crossing fun and exciting!  Arriving at the beautiful hotel in Lumbini for dinner and a beer was a good feeling at the end of the day.What did you think of your group leader?Ronit was very well organised and kept a good eye on us.  He was really helpful when I got sick one day - called a doctor as soon as we arrived at our hotel.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you're taking Malarone, take it properly!  I started it too early and on an empty stomach, resulting in a day feeling ill.For the overnight train, pack toilet roll, a sheet sleeping bag and some snacks for breakfast.Don't change too much money when you get to Delhi airport as it's easy to get it changed everywhere and you won't be able to use the large (500/ 1000 rupees) notes in Nepal.Don't worry if there's not much time to shop in India - there are tons of opportunities in Nepal (Pokhara and Kathmandu)!Is there anything else you would like to add?This is an absolutely fantastic trip - full-on itinerary, but thoroughly enjoyable.  I could only have seen and done a fraction of this if I'd tried to organise it myself - Exodus have planned a brilliant trip!  I would do it all again tomorrow if I could.

  • Delhi to Kathmandu reviewer 10
    Written on April 19, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Incredible trip - a wealth of sights and experiences packed into two weeks.  It's a busy schedule, but well worth it!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Very hard to choose, but I did particularly love the evening boat ride on the Ganges at Varanasi.  There's a magical quality to the city and I felt so happy to be there, soaking up the atmosphere!Another highlight was the journey to Nepal.  Yes, it's a long, bumpy bus ride, but the scenery is amazing and absolutely fascinating, and I even found the slightly manic border crossing fun and exciting!  Arriving at the beautiful hotel in Lumbini for dinner and a beer was a good feeling at the end of the day.What did you think of your group leader?Ronit was very well organised and kept a good eye on us.  He was really helpful when I got sick one day - called a doctor as soon as we arrived at our hotel.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you're taking Malarone, take it properly!  I started it too early and on an empty stomach, resulting in a day feeling ill.For the overnight train, pack toilet roll, a sheet sleeping bag and some snacks for breakfast.Don't change too much money when you get to Delhi airport as it's easy to get it changed everywhere and you won't be able to use the large (500/ 1000 rupees) notes in Nepal.Don't worry if there's not much time to shop in India - there are tons of opportunities in Nepal (Pokhara and Kathmandu)!Is there anything else you would like to add?This is an absolutely fantastic trip - full-on itinerary, but thoroughly enjoyable.  I could only have seen and done a fraction of this if I'd tried to organise it myself - Exodus have planned a brilliant trip!  I would do it all again tomorrow if I could.

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Start Delhi; afternoon free.
  2. Day 2: Visit Old Delhi and Humayun's Tomb; afternoon drive to Jaipur.
  3. Day 3: Full day sightseeing including City Palace and Amber Fort; evening free.
  4. Day 4: Drive to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri.
  5. Day 5: Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal and later visit the Red Fort; overnight train to Gaya.
  6. Day 6: Arrive Gaya; drive to Bodhgaya for afternoon sightseeing.
  7. Day 7: Drive to Saptaparni Cave. Later visit Venuvana Monastery and Vulture's Peak. Return to Bodhgaya
  8. Day 8: Train to Varanasi; visit Sarnath, site of Buddha's first sermon.
  9. Day 9: Dawn boat ride on Ganges visiting bathing ghats; free afternoon; evening witness the aarti ceremony.
  10. Day 10: Cross border to Nepal; to World Heritage Site of Lumbini.
  11. Day 11-12: To Chitwan National Park.
  12. Day 13: To Pokhara with views of the Annapurnas.
  13. Day 14: Sunrise over mountains; free day to explore or day walk to Sarankot.
  14. Day 15: Follow Marsyangdi and Trisuli rivers to Kathmandu.
  15. Day 16: Optional Everest flight; visit Pashupatinath and Bodnath; rest of the day free to explore.
  16. Day 17: End Kathmandu.

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    The names of the hotels on the itineraries can't be provided, as they are subject to change. However the standard will always be the same, a mixture of standard and more comfortable hotels and lodges, with one night on a sleeper train.

    To give you an idea of the type of hotels used, please find some examples of the hotels we've used for previous departures.

    • Hotel Jaypee Siddharth, 3, Rajendra Place, New Delhi
    • Hotel Fort Chadragupt, Near Central Bus Stand, Station Road Jaipur

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Recommended for India and Nepal. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
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Recommended for India and Nepal. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
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Recommended for India and Nepal. Ideally 3 months before travel.
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Yellow fever
Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for India and Nepal. Ideally 10 days before travel.
Japanese B encephalitis
Recommended for India and Nepal. Ideally 1 month before travel.
Meningococcal meningitis
Recommended for Nepal. Ideally 1 week before travel.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 1,615 km.
  • New Delhi (India)
  • 238 km
  • Jaipur (India)
  • 187 km
  • Fatehpur Sikri (India)
  • 36 km
  • Agra (India)
  • 537 km
  • Varanasi (India)
  • 268 km
  • Lumbini (Nepal)
  • 98 km
  • Chitwan National Park (Nepal)
  • 97 km
  • Pokhara (Nepal)
  • 5 km
  • Sarangkot (Nepal)
  • 149 km
  • Kathmandu (Nepal)

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