Nepal & India Overland

Company : Intrepid Travel
Activities: Adventure Holidays / Tours
Countries: India / Nepal
Duration: 2 months to 3 months
Approx Costs: 3000+ to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Journey overland for 82 days through the amazing lands of Nepal and India, taking in the colourful cultures, impressive icons and stunning sights along the way. 

Experience the very best of these two countries – from the busy cities filled with animated people, crowded bazaars and commercial enterprise, to the small, remote villages where a slow-paced rural life endures. Be awed by the immense beauty of the Taj Mahal, the warm glow of a Goan sunset and the displays of faith around every corner in Varanasi.

Escape the heat in the cool climate of Darjeeling plantations, cruise the backwaters of Kerala, try to spot tigers and elephants in national parks and embark on an exciting safari into the desert. Mix with local children, pilgrims, market traders, tribal people and farmers, and see the heart and soul of India and Nepal in these proud people. This adventure delivers many moments of breathtaking beauty and thrilling fun – don't miss the chance to see the very best of Nepal and India.

Itinerary

Day 1 Kathmandu
Visit Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, and soak up its rich atmosphere. Perhaps sit on the steps in Durbar Square to see Nepali life swirl past or head out to visit the temples of Pashupatinath and Bodhnath.

Day 2-3 Chitwan National Park

Day 4 Gorokpur

Day 5-6 Varanasi
Set on the banks of the sacred River Ganges, Varanasi is awash with sights and sounds to overwhelm the senses. Learn the different uses of the ghats - both spiritual and secular.

Day 7-9 Khajuraho
Khajuraho was once the capital of the Chandella Kings who built the magnificent Hindu and Jain temples here around 1000 AD. Considered to be 'one of the seven wonders of India', the temples have been almost perfectly preserved.

Day 10-11 Agra

Day 12-13 Jaipur

Day 14-16 New Delhi

Day 17 Bikaner
Make the journey to Rajasthan's Bikaner, a fascinating town to explore with its striking palaces, temples and fort.

Day 18-20 Jaisalmer
Explore the Thar Desert outside Jaisalmer from high atop a camel and perhaps even sleep out among the dunes. Visit the Jaisalmer Fort and marvel at the huge city walls.

Day 21-22 Jodhpur

Day 23-25 Udaipur
An essence of romance is imbued in every stone of Udaipur and a walk through the old town brings a surprise with every corner. Walk the shores of Udaipur's Lake Pichola, look up at the towering City Palace and enjoy an evening haveli cultural performance.

Day 26-27 Mandu
Once known as the 'city of joy' and dating back many centuries, the hilltop fort of Mandu is an evocative and slightly eerie place to explore.

Day 28-29 Ellora
Experience Indian rural life on an overnight camping expedition in the countryside.

Day 30-32 Mumbai
Home to massive bazaars and the lights of Bollywood, Mumbai has a wealth of things to sample, taste, try and buy - and plenty of top notch sightseeing. Set off to explore this quintessential Indian city and mark the conclusion of the trip with a hot curry and cold beer.

Day 33-36 Goa
Take a train south along the coast to gorgeous Goa. Lap up the laid back atmosphere as you stretch out on the beaches of Vagator. Perhaps venture to nearby Arambol and Anjuna. Don’t miss one of the stunning sunsets over the Arabian Sea.

Day 37-38 Hampi
Discover the village of Hampi, a picturesque town located within the ruins of Vijayanagara.

Day 39-40 Mysore
Breathe in the scent of sandalwood on a visit to the Maharaja's Palace and lose track of time at the Shri Chamarajendra art gallery.

Day 41-42 Wayanad
Explore the tea and coffee plantations and surrounding hills of the Wayanad District.

Day 43-44 Kochi
Explore this island city on a boat tour. See India’s oldest church and witness the virtuosity of the Kathakali dance performers.

Day 45 Allepey
Cruise the canals of the picturesque backwaters, stop for chai and visit the markets of Alleppey.

Day 46-48 Varkala
Unwind another notch with a beach break in Varkala. Soak up the sun, play in the surf and taste the local tropical fruits.

Day 49 Kanyakumari
Previously known as Cape Comorin, Kanyakumari is located on the southernmost point of India. Take a short trip out to Vivekananda Rock and discover where Hindu spiritual leader, Swami Vivekananda, attained enlightenment.

Day 50 Madurai
Stand on the edge of India and feel the wind on your face before shopping up a spice-scented storm in the streets and shops of Madurai.

Day 51 Pondicherry
Soak up the French atmosphere of Pondicherry and seek out crepes as a change from curry.

Day 52 Mahabalipuram
Visit the shore temples in laidback Mahabalipuram.

Day 53-55 Chennai
Discover your inner reptile at a snake and crocodile farm before wrapping up this India adventure in the humid, historic city of Chennai.

Day 56 Tirupati, Tirumala
Head off the beaten track and into the heart of rural India. Travel Overland through the remote state of Andhra Pradesh, spending the night camping in the countryside.

Day 57 Vijayawada

Day 58 Visakhapatnam

Day 59-63 Odisha Tribal Area

Day 64-66 Puri

Day 67 Kolkata

Day 68 Overnight Train

Day 69-71 Darjeeling
Take the narrow winding roads out to tranquil Darjeeling. Enjoy some time relaxing amongst tea terraces and exploring the picturesque surrounds.

Day 72-74 Karmi Farm
Gain a fascinating insight into the lives of Indian hill farmers by staying at the Karmi Farm tea plantation. This atmospheric and scenic spot is the ideal place for a bit of rest and relaxation. For those feeling energetic, take a trek to the surrounding foothills and spot local birdlife.

Day 75-76 Gangtok
Considered to be one of the last Himalayan Shangri-las, Gangtok is a place of pilgrimage for many Buddhists. Visit the renowned Rumtek Dharma Monastery and maybe take a trip out to Tsomgo Lake.

Day 77 En Route - Nepal
Cross the border into Nepal and camp in the foothills of the wild Himalaya. Tonight, enjoy the spectacle of sunset framed by this phenomenal mountain range.

Day 78-79 Chitwan
Cross the border into Nepal and camp in the foothills of the wild Himalaya. Tonight, enjoy the spectacle of sunset framed by this phenomenal mountain range.

Day 80 Khatauti Khola
Pass rice terraces, deep gorges, pounding rivers and the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas en route to Khatauti Khola. Those feeling adventurous might want to try their hand at whitewater rafting.

Day 81 Kathmandu
Complete your India to Nepal adventure in cultured Kathmandu. Search hole-in-the-wall shops for souvenirs or trek to a nearby lookout for spectacular views of the Himalayas.

Day 82 Kathmandu
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From £4,549

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