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Delhi, Darjeeling & Beyond Delhi - Kathmandu

Trip Overview

This 67 day overland tour journeys from Delhi to Kathmandu through India, Nepal
67 DAYS THROUGH India, Nepal
RATING:
of 2 reviews
PRICE FROM:
$5,400 (USD) + 2,240 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
67 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, 4x4, Boat, Canoe, Overnight train, Train, Camel
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
10%
90%
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
WDZ
DEPOSIT:
$700 USD

Highlights

  Witness the holy rats in the Karni Mata rat temple near Bikaner

  Overnight Rajasthan camel safari into the Thar Desert

  2 nights in beautiful beach huts on the beach of Agond, Old Goa

  Discover the lost kingdom of Vijayanagar in the magnificent ruined city of Hampi

  Explore the amazing Maharaja's Palace of Mysore

  Visit the southern tip of Insda at Cape Comorin - Kanyakumari

  Stay in the French influenced enclave of Pondicherry

  Visit Madurai's Hindu Meenakshi Amman Temple, dedicated to lord Shiva

  Travel off the beaten track through rural Andhra Pradesh

  6 day guided tour through the rarely-visited Odisha Tribal Regions

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Delhi ( 23rd Sep 2019 )

Border Information: If joining the trip in Delhi, you will most likely enter India at Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (IATA code: DEL).

Today is a free day to explore Delhi. There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm - please look for a note from your tour leader when you arrive at the hotel giving more details about this meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Delhi before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Delhi.

In Delhi we will stay in a local hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a walking tour through some of the back streets and narrow alleyways of Old Delhi, discovering the hidden side of the city

INR 1000

Explore the Sanjay Colony 'slum' area of Delhi on a guided tour to see the micro-industries, schools and residential life there

INR 1000
Day 2 - Bikaner ( 24th Sep 2019 )

Today we start our journey with a full day drive to the city of Bikaner.

In Bikaner we will either stay in a local hotel or camp at an eco-lodge a short distance outside the city.

Estimated Drive Time - 10- 12 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Witness the holy rats in the Karni Mata rat temple near Bikaner

Included in Kitty
Day 3 - Jaisalmer ( 25th Sep 2019 )

Today we continue our journey with a drive to the ancient Rajasthani city of Jaisalmer, stopping at the Karni Mata (Rat Temple) for an included visit en route. 

In Jaisalmer we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.

Day 4 - Jaisalmer ( 26th Sep 2019 )

Today we will have a free morning in order to freely explore the sights of Jaisalmer. In the late afternoon we will head out on an included camel safari into the Thar Desert - exploring the desert with local Rajasthani camel drivers is the most authentic way to experience the area!

Tonight we will camp out in the desert, sleeping under the stars.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Trek into the Thar Desert on an overnight camel safari with Rajasthani camel drivers

Included in Kitty
Day 5 - Jaisalmer ( 27th Sep 2019 )

This morning we will return to Jaisalmer from our camel safari. The rest of the day will be free to relax or explore more of Jaisalmer and the surrounding area.

Tonight we will return to our hotel in Jaisalmer.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the beautiful and ornate 18th-century mansions of Salim Singh-ki Haveli and Patwa-ki Haveli

INR 200

Watch the sunset from the stunning Amar Sagar Jain Temple in Jaisalmer

INR 500
Day 6-7 - Jodhpur, Sambhali Trust ( 28th Sep 2019 to 29th Sep 2019 )

This morning we will drive from Jaisalmer to another famous Rajasthani city, Jodhpur. En route to Jodhpur we will make an included visit to the Sambhali Trust project (a charitable project that works for the empowerment of women and girls in Rajasthan), where we will learn about the efforts of the project and make a group donation from the kitty.

After our visit we will make our way to our accommodation, guesthouses that have been set up by local families for visitors. Depending on the group size sometimes we will be split up between different guesthouses.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.

On the following day we will be in and around Jodhpur. In the morning we will have an included visit to the Mehrangarh Fort and Palace, and the afternoon is free to explore the city independently. 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the blue city of Jodhpur and the mighty Meherangarh fort

Included in Kitty

Community guesthouse to experience true Indian hospitality

Included in Kitty

Visit and support the Dragoman-supported Sambhali Trust near Jodhpur, and see the excellent work they do to provide local women and girls with education and vocational skills

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the Jaswant Thada, a beautiful marble cenotaph next to a picturesque lake built in memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II

INR 100

Learn all about Rajasthani cuisine at a cooking class at our guesthouse or homestay in Jodhpur

INR 1000
Explore the museum of the Jodhpur Royal Family in the Umaid Bhawan Palace, one of the world's largest private residences
INR 50
Explore the nearby Mandore Gardens and ancient ruined fort
Free

Go out on an exhilarating zip-lining excursion over the gardens of the Mehrangarh Fort

INR 2000
Day 8 - Udaipur ( 30th Sep 2019 )

After breakfast we set off for our drive to Udaipur, visiting the Jain Temple at Ranakpur en route. We will have 3 nights in Udaipur, giving us plenty of time to discover this amazing, romantic Rajasthani city.

In Udaipur we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 7 - 8 hours

Daily Activities

Included Activities

2 nights to discover the stunning white city of Udaipur

Included in Kitty
Day 9-10 - Udaipur ( 1st Oct 2019 to 2nd Oct 2019 )

On these 2 days we will have free time to explore the sites in and around Udaipur, take part in some optional activities, and relax on one of the many roof-top terraces in the city.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take an evening ride on the Udaipur Ropeway, to see the stunning vista of the city after sunset

INR 103

Learn all about the folk art, culture, songs and festivals of Rajasthan at the Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal cultural institution

INR 100
Visit the Animal Aid Unlimited animal shelter and hospital in Udiapur, and support the incredible work they do there to look after injured street animals in the area
USD 10
Visit the iconic Monsoon Palace, perched on a mountain overlooking Udaipur
INR 160
Explore the Pichola Lake, and it's famous temple islands of Jagniwas and Jagmandir, on a stunning and peaceful boat cruise
INR 430

Head out on a half-day horse ride through the beautiful surroundings of the foothills of the Aravalli Mountains around Udaipur

INR 3500

Visit the palaces of Udaipur

INR 700
Day 11 - Mandu ( 3rd Oct 2019 )

Leaving Udaipur, we will be joined by a local cook who will accompany us during the next few days whilst we are camping.

Today will mostly be spent travelling to Mandu via the backroads of rural Rajasthan. We will be off the tourist trail here and tonight we will be in a basic camp, perhaps on the edge of a local village.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 12-14 - Mandu, Ajanta, Ellora ( 4th Oct 2019 to 6th Oct 2019 )

Today we will visit Mandu, an extensive and largely abandoned hill-top fort from the Mughal era. We will then spend the afternoon driving to our camping spot near Kharwand Dam, en route towards Ajanta.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.

The next day we complete the drive to Ajanta, arriving in the afternoon. We will visit the complex of 29 ancient Buddhist temples cut into the rock face. We will find a basic camp nearby or continue onto Ellora depending on time.

Estimated Drive Time - 6 -7 hours.

The following day we will drive a short distance to Ellora where we will have an included visit to the ancient Buddhist, Hindu and Jain caves - a set of a small temples in the rock face dating from the 6th to 11th Centuries CE. We will camp in the grounds of a hotel tonight. 

Estimated Drive Time - 3 -4 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the tomb of Hoshang Shah, the first Muslim leader of Mandu - the tomb itself is India's first marble building and one of the most refined examples of Afghan-syle architecture in the country

Included in Kitty

Visit to the Jahaz Mahal (the Ship Palace) - the most famous building in Mandu

Included in Kitty

Take a guided visit around the incredible Buddhist rock caves and paintings of Ajanta, some dating back as far as the 2nd century BCE

Included in Kitty

Guided visit to the Buddhist, Hindu and Jain rock-cut temples and monasteries of Ellora

Included in Kitty
Day 15 - Mumbai ( 7th Oct 2019 )

Setting off early today, we will say goodbye to our local cook and drive to the bustling city of Mumbai.

In Mumbai we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

Day 16 - Mumbai ( 8th Oct 2019 )

Border Information: If joining the trip in Mumbai, you will most likely enter India from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (IATA code: BOM).

There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel in Mumbai - please look out at the reception for a note from you tour leader with further details about this meeting. Otherwise, today is free to explore the sights and sounds of Mumbai. 

In Mumbai we will stay in a good quality hotel.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Mumbai before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Mumbai.

Day 17 - Mumbai, Overnight Train to Goa ( 9th Oct 2019 )

Today will be a free day to explore the city. This is also an opportunity to take a tour of the Dharavi slum areas of the city.

We will meet in the evening to head to the train station and board our overnight train to Goa - accommodation tonight will be on the train, where there are basic bunk beds with sheets provided.

Please note that the trains are often heavily booked in advance and it may not be possible to confirm tickets for all passengers. In the event that we cannot get a train ticket confirmed we will notify you to make alternative arrangements. This will generally mean you will travel by flight the next day and re meet the group in Goa. 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Experience a local overnight train from Mumbai to Goa

Included in Kitty
Day 18-19 - Goa ( 10th Oct 2019 to 11th Oct 2019 )

We will start our journey by taking the train along the coast to Goa. We will stay for 2 nights at the relaxed beaches of Vagator in the northern part of Goa. Most travellers are drawn to Vagator for the stunning sunsets, the laid-back atmosphere and the proximity of some other quieter beaches in the area such as Arambol and Anjuna.

In northern Goa we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities close to the beach.

Estimated Journey Time (on train) - 11-12 hours.

Day 20-21 - Goa, Old Goa ( 12th Oct 2019 to 13th Oct 2019 )

After our 2 nights on the northern beaches of Goa, we head off in the truck to the southern end of Goa. En route we will stop off at the site of Old Goa to spend some time independently exploring the area's colonial buildings.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

We will stay for 2 nights on either the stunning beach of Agonda or Palolem, these beaches are the perfect places to sit back and watch the fishing boats landing their catch or sample the delicious local cuisine.

Day 22-23 - Hampi ( 14th Oct 2019 to 15th Oct 2019 )

Leaving the beaches of Goa behind us, we set off on a full day drive into the state of Karnataka and to the village of Hampi. The village is located within the ruins of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the ancient Vijayanagara Empire. 

Estimated Drive Time - 9-11 hours.

On the following day we will have a guided tour of the historical sites around Hampi by rickshaw and on foot.

In Hampi we will stay in a comfortable local guesthouse.

Day 24-25 - Mysore ( 16th Oct 2019 to 17th Oct 2019 )

From Hampi we will have another full day drive to the city of Mysore, one of India's most attractive towns.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-12 hours.

On the following day we will have free time in Mysore to independently explore the city's beautiful gardens, palaces, and the Shri Chamarajendra art gallery.

In Mysore we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Day 26-27 - Wayanad ( 18th Oct 2019 to 19th Oct 2019 )

Today we travel up into the cool highlands and head to the hill-station of Wayanad, a small settlement surrounded by tea and coffee plantations. Enroute we will have the opportunity to visit the Eddakkal caves. A steep hike up allows breathtaking views over the local area and an insight into the carvings thought to date back over 3,000 years. 

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

We will have a free day in Wayanad where we have many options available. From hiking up Chembra Peak, visiting local waterfalls and tea plantations, or the chance to visit the nearby Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary.

Whilst in Wayanad we stay as guests of local families at a guesthouse where they have set up rooms for visitors in their homes.

Day 28-29 - Kochi ( 20th Oct 2019 to 21st Oct 2019 )

Today we will continue our journey with a full day drive to the coastal city of Kochi.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-10 hours.

On the following day we will take a local boat to Fort Cochin and have free time to explore and visit various sites including the Jewish Quarter, St Francis Church and the iconic Chinese fishing nets. In the evening we will be able to see a performance from the famous Kathakali dancers, India's most spectacular dance drama.

In Kochi we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Day 30 - Alleppey ( 22nd Oct 2019 )

Leaving the bustle of Kochi behind, today we embark on our included overnight houseboat cruise on the tranquil Keralan backwaters of Alleppey. We will often split into smaller groups to board our traditional 'Kettuvallom' boats which will take us around the scenic rivers and spend the night aboard. 

Day 31-33 - Varkala ( 23rd Oct 2019 to 25th Oct 2019 )

After our fantastic overnight cruise along the Keralan backwaters, we continue our journey with a short drive to the beach resort of Varkala.

Estimated Drive Time - 5 - 7 hours.

We will have 3 nights here with free time to explore the surrounding areas and relax on the beautiful beaches. Varkala is well known for its beaches, and there are also lots of great local restaurants where you can sample the justifiably-famous Keralan cuisine.

In Varkala we will stay at a beach resort.

Day 34 - Kanyakumari ( 26th Oct 2019 )

Today we will have a morning drive to Kanyakumari (also known as Cape Comorin), the very southern point of India. Here we will have free time to independently explore the Vivekananda Rock and the surrounding sites.

In Kanyakumari we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Day 35 - Madurai ( 27th Oct 2019 )

This morning we have the option to get up early to watch the sunrise from the southern tip of India with thousands of locals, which can be an incredible experience! From Kanyakumari we then start heading back north again, and drive to the holy city of Madurai. In the afternoon we will have an included visit to the Sri Meenakshi Temple in Madurai.

In Madurai we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Day 36-37 - Pondicherry ( 28th Oct 2019 to 29th Oct 2019 )

Today we head to the French-influenced town of Pondicherry, and will have free time on arrival in the afternoon.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

We will have 2 nights here with plenty of time to relax and soak up the atmosphere and spend time exploring the town and its beautiful colonial architecture. 

In Pondicherry we will stay in a local guesthouse.

 

Day 38 - Chennai, Mahabalipuram ( 30th Oct 2019 )

Today we have a short drive to the ancient city of Mahabalipuram, once the capital of the Pallava Dynasty in the 7th Century CE. On arrival we will have an included visit to the incredible Shore Temples and other monuments around the town ( time permitted ).

In the afternoon we will finish the short drive to the bustling coastal city of Chennai.

In Chennai we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5 - 6 hours.

Day 39 - Chennai ( 31st Oct 2019 )

Border Information: If you are joining in Chennai, you will most likely enter India in Chennai International Airport (IATA code: MAA).

Today is a free day to explore the sights, sounds and flavours of Chennai. There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm - please look for a note from your tour leader when you arrive at the hotel giving more details about this meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Chennai before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Chennai.

In Chennai we will stay in a comfortable modern hotel.

*Important note* - if you are joining the trip in Chennai, please make sure that you send us a scan of your Indian visa as soon as you have obtained it. If you plan to take the e-visa option, please make sure you arrange this well in advance and send us a copy of your receipt as soon as possible. If we do not receive this in advance, then we will not have enough time to get your permits for the Odisha Region and you will not be able to visit this area.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the many historic temples, mosques, and churches of Chennai
Free
Visit the Fort St. George, the site of the East India Company's first trading station in 1640, and the first British fort in India
INR 100
Visit the Chennai Government Museum, and its incredible selection of antiquities including Roman artefacts and coins from all eras of India's past
INR 250
Day 40 - Tirupati ( 1st Nov 2019 )

Today we start our journey with a drive to the bustling town of Tirupati. On the way we will have an included visit to the Sri Kalahasti temple. 

In Tirupati we will stay in a friendly local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the Sri Kalahasti Temple, one of the most famous Shiva temples in South India

Included in Kitty
Day 41 - Vijayawada ( 2nd Nov 2019 )

Leaving Tirupati, we will spend the next few days overlanding through Andhra Pradesh, one of the least developed states in India. This is real off-the-beaten-track overlanding, and we will arrive in the small city of Vijayawada this evening.

In Vijayawada we will stay in a basic local hotel. 

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

Day 42 - Visakhapatnam ( 3rd Nov 2019 )

Today we continue our journey and drive through the back roads of Andra Pradesh. Our final destination tonight is the costal town of Visakhapatnam.

In Visakhapatnam we will stay in a local hotel on the sea front.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

Day 43-47 - Odisha Tribal Area ( 4th Nov 2019 to 8th Nov 2019 )

Today we will begin our guided tour through the rarely-visited Odisha Tribal Regions. In these regions the itinerary has to be kept fairly flexible, allowing us the freedom to alter things slightly if we hear of any special events or market days in particular villages. However, we will generally follow the plan below:

On the first day we will have an early start from Visakhapatnam to arrive in a small village called Goudaguda in time to visit the Monday markets. Beautiful earthen pottery is skillfully produced in this area and you may even get the chance to try this for yourself.

In Goudaguda we will stay in a local guesthouse which has been styled on local tribal houses.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

On the following day we will have a guided walk in the morning through the countryside around Goudaguda, visiting the neighbouring Mahali and Kondh tribal villages. We will return to our guesthouse in Goudaguda for the night. 

On the next day we will drive to the lively Chatikona Market, a weekly highlight for the Dongria Kondh tribe. We will then travel through the hills to the village of Muniguda, our destination for tonight. 

In Muniguda we will stay in basic local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

On the following day we will drive further through an Elephant Range. We will then walk into the Desia Kondh indigenous community. They are distinguished by the unique facial tattoos of the women. After a village visit and picnic lunch we will continue to Baliguda. 

In Baliguda we will stay in a local basic hotel. 

Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours.

On the next day we will drive to the fascinating fishing town of Gopalpur, a once major port for the East India Company which has an interesting decaying charm. We will have a free afternoon to independently explore the town on arrival.

In Gopalpur we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the Monday market in the indigenous melting pot of Goudaguda, soaking up the incredible atmosphere as the locals barter and trade their produce

Included in Kitty

Head out for a full day hike around the Goudaguda region, visiting nearby villages of the Kondha, Mahali and Paroja tribal people

Included in Kitty

Explore the rarely-visited Wednesday Market in Chakitona, the main weekly market for the Desia and Dongria villagers from the area

Included in Kitty

See a fascinating local cooking demonstration and learn about the incredible work of the New Hope Community Centre in the rural village of Muniguda

Included in Kitty

Bathe in the natural hot springs with the local villagers at the small temple of Taptapani

Included in Kitty
Day 48-50 - Puri ( 9th Nov 2019 to 11th Nov 2019 )

Today our tour of the Odisha tribal areas comes to an end and we drive on to the small town of Puri.

Puri is one of the holiest pilgrimage places in India. On arrival we will explore the old pilgrim route by cycle-rickshaw, taking in ashrams, Hindu monasteries, a palm leaf manuscript library and the awesome Jagannath temple.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours.

We will spend 3 nights in Puri. On the first full day here, we will take a short drive back to visit Chilika Lake and explore the lake by boat and take a walk through some of the surrounding fisherman's villages. 

On the second full day, we will begin with a cycle ride through rice paddies and rural hamlets, meeting local craftsmen and women and watching them demonstrate their unique crafts. In the afternoon we will have a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Konark Sun Temple.

In Puri we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

3 nights to relax in the lovely coastal town of Puri

Included in Kitty

Explore the religious sites of Puri by cycle-rickshaw, including the Jagannath Temple, one of the four most sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites in India

Included in Kitty
Explore the ruins of the 13th-century Sun Temple of Konark near to Puri, shaped like a colossal chariot with elaborately carved stone wheels
Included in Kitty

Take a cycle ride through the stunning back-roads and villages near Puri, to visit the artisan village of Raghurajpur and see the fantastic array of handicrafts traditionally manufactured there

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Educational visit to the Usthi Foundation rural project for children either in Puri or Kolkata

USD 10
Day 51 - Kolkata ( 12th Nov 2019 )

Today we will travel by train to Kolkata, the largest city in India. We will have free time today and tomorrow to independently explore this remarkable city, or take an optional photographic tour.

In Kolkata we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Estimated Journey Time (by train) - 8 -9 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Experience a local train ride from Puri to Kolkata

Included in Kitty
Day 52 - Kolkata ( 13th Nov 2019 )

Border Information: If you are joining the trip in Kolkata, you will most likely enter India at Kolkata Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (IATA code: CCU).

Today is a free day to explore the sights, sounds and flavours of the incredible city of Kolkata. There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm - please look for a note from your tour leader when you arrive at the hotel giving more details about this meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Kolkata before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Kolkata.

In Kolkata we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the Eden Gardens, the most famous and iconic cricket stadium in India

Free

See the famous Howrah Bridge over the Hooghly River, thought to be the busiest bridge in the world with 150,000 pedestrians and 100,000 vehicles crossing every day

Free

Discover the incredible array of art and historical artefacts on display at the Indian Museum in Kolkata, the largest and oldest museum in India

INR 500
Head out on a fantastic photographic tour of Kolkata, exploring the hidden gems, back streets, and photogenic spots of the city with a superb local guide
INR 2000
Explore the vast fields and parks of the Maidan (the 'lungs of Kolkata') and observe daily life away from the chaos of the city
Free
Visit and support the Usthi Foundation's school and farm for impoverished children in Kolkata, and see the amazing work they do (if available)
USD 10

See the huge white marble Victoria Memorial, built in the early 20th century by the British Viceroy of India and a grandiose reminder of Kolkata's colonial past

INR 500

Visit the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Centre, a museum illustrating the life and work of the famous and controversial missionary

Free
Day 53 - Overnight train to Siliguri, Kolkata ( 14th Nov 2019 )

During the day we will have free time to independently explore Kolkata, and we have the opportunity to take an optional photographical tour of the city.

Whilst in Kolkata, your leader will assist you in arranging you Sikkim permit (you will need to bring passport photos and a photocopy of your passport photo page).

We will meet in the evening to head to the train station and board our overnight train to Siliguri - accommodation tonight will be on the train, where there are basic bunk beds with sheets provided.

Daily Activities

Included Activities
Experience a local overnight train from Kolkata to Siliguri
Included in Kitty
Day 54-56 - Darjeeling ( 15th Nov 2019 to 17th Nov 2019 )

We will arrive into Siliguri at around 9:00am this morning, meeting our jeeps and drivers at the station for our onward journey through the narrow winding roads to Darjeeling. The town of Darjeeling is really more a collection of villages situated on a high ridge, linked by a series of steps and winding lanes and surrounded by rice and tea terraces.

Jeeps are used in this region rather than our overland truck as they are perfect for the narrow, steep and winding roads of the area. We will continue with the jeeps all the way until the trip returns to Siliguri (after Gangtok).

Estimated Drive Time (in jeeps) - 3-4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

We will spend 3 nights in Darjeeling, giving us plenty of time to relax, enjoy the surrounding area and take part in some optional activities.

In Darjeeling we will stay in a local hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Scenic train ride through the stunning Darjeeling foothills. 

INR 1500

Overland to Siliguri

Free

3 nights stay in Darjeeling to explore the surrounding hills

Free

See the museum at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, containing many exhibits from mountaineering history and the grave of Tenzing Norgay, one of the first men to summit Mount Everest

INR 200

Take an early jeep trip to Tiger Hill, where you can get an incredible sunrise view of Kangchenjunda, the 3rd-highest mountain in the world

INR 500
Day 57-59 - Karmi Farm ( 18th Nov 2019 to 20th Nov 2019 )

Today we will leave in our jeeps for Karmi Farm, a beautiful estate located in a remote rural area nearby.

Estimated Drive Time (in jeeps) - 3-4 hours.

We will stay at Karmi Farm for 3 nights, which gives us lots of free time to enjoy some fantastic hikes around the region, visit the Karmi Farm Clinic charitable project, go bird watching and to relax and take in the stunning views from the lodge.

In Karmi Farm we will stay in a guest lodge.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit to the Karmi Farm charity project

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Trekking in the foothills of Darjeeling

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Day 60-61 - Gangtok ( 21st Nov 2019 to 22nd Nov 2019 )

After breakfast we will leave Karmi Farm in our jeeps and continue to Gangtok, the hilltop capital of Sikkim.

Estimated Drive Time (in jeeps) - 5-7 hours.

On the following day we will have an included visit of the nearby Rumtek Dharma Monastery in the morning, leaving the afternoon free for you to independently explore Gangtok.

In Gangtok we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Travel to the far north, into the Himalayas in beautiful Sikkim

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Explore the incredible 18th-century Rumtek Monastery, the home of the Karmapa Lama, the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu sect of Buddhism

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Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Ride a yak at beautiful Tsomgo Lake in Sikkim

INR 3500
Day 62-63 - Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve ( 23rd Nov 2019 to 24th Nov 2019 )

Border Information: Exit India at Panitanki, enter Nepal at Kakarbhitta.

Today we travel in our jeeps back to Siliguri, where we will finally join our Dragoman overland truck! We will then drive over the border into Nepal and continue onto Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours in the jeeps, 4-6 hours on the truck.

We will spend 2 nights in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve birdwatching and enjoying the local wildlife. Here we will stay in comfortable safari tents

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Stay at the beautiful Koshi Tappu Wildlife Camp, exploring, relaxing and spotting the many different species of birdlife around the reserve. 

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a jeep safari through the wildlife reserve with the hope of spotting wild water buffalo, river dolphins, or maybe even the one wild elephant.

USD 45
Day 64 - Chitwan National Park ( 25th Nov 2019 )

Today we will leave the plains of the Terrai behind and head towards Chitwan National Park. 

Estimated Drive Time 7 -9 hours.

In Chitwan we will stay in a comfortable local hotel. 

 

Day 65 - Khatauti Khola ( 26th Nov 2019 )

This morning there will be time to do a safari around the national park and after lunch we will journey to Khatauti Khola, home to the Royal Beach Camp eco-adventure camp in the Nepalese mountains. 

There are several optional activities on offer here such as kayaking, rafting and hiking or simply relax in the quiet surroundings. 

In Khatauti Khola we will camp at the Royal Beach Camp. 

Estimated Drive Time - 3 -4 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Overnight stay at the Royal Beach Camp outward bound centre in the Himalayas

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Whitewater rafting, kayaking and other mountain adventures in the Himalayas

USD 35
Head out for half a day of canyoning in the gorges of the Trishuli River near Khatauti Khola
USD 35
Day 66 - Kathmandu ( 27th Nov 2019 )

This morning we will spend some free time at the Royal Beach Camp to give us more time to take part in the optional adventure activities there, then after lunch we will drive the last stretch up to Kathmandu, the evocative capital of Nepal. 

In Kathmandu we stay in a comfortable local hotel. 

Estimate drive time - 4 - 5 hours

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Discover Kathmandu on a guided city tour

NPR 1000

Visit the beautiful and tranquil Durbar Square in the nearby medieval town of Bhaktapur, and visit its nearby museums

NPR 1500

Visit the former royal palace of Narayanhiti and see the crown jewels of Nepal

NPR 500

Visit the sacred Hindu Pashupatinath Temple, dedicated to Nepal's unofficial national deity

NPR 1500

Get out of the city and explore the nearby national park of Sundarijal, and see its idyllic waterfalls and rock formations

NPR 500
Day 67 - Kathmandu ( 28th Nov 2019 )

Border Information: If you are finishing your trip in Kathmandu, you will most likely exit Nepal at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (IATA code: KTM).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Kathmandu. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

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