Moghuls, Mahel & Mayhem

Kathmandu - Delhi

16 days through Nepal, India
FROM: $2220 USD
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Private Bus, Tuk Tuk, Boat
Comfortable Hotel 5 nights
Basic Hotel 5 nights
Camping 3 nights
Guesthouse 2 nights
Breakfasts x 12, Lunches x 5, Dinners x 5
$290 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice

If you have never visited India and want to see the key must dos, then this is the trip for you. It starts in Kathmandu and travels through the foothills of the Himalayas, allowing enough time in Nepal to see the differences between these two countries and enjoy Chitwan National Park and then it really gets into its stride in India.

The chaos of Varanasi can be a bit of a shock to the system, but add in the history and culture of the Mogul heartlands around Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Delhi and the splendours of the Pink City ofJaipur and you have a glimpse of India you will not forget.

For a slower pace of trip, with more in Nepal, there is also a 24 day Northern India & Nepal trip (WND).

This is a perfect trip for those who are short of time, but want to see the highlights of Northern India. Small hotels and guesthouses with limited camping make this an easy journey, but there are some long distances to cover.

Witness the fascinating and impressive local tradition of Tharu stick dancing

At dawn drift down the holy River Ganges in Varanasi

Guided tour of the famous erotic temples at Khajuraho

Explore the peaceful grounds of the Itmad Ud Daulah mausoleum, often described as a 'draft' of the Taj Mahal

Visit the Agra Red Fort and see some of the most exquisite architecture of the Mughal Period

Day 1 - Kathmandu

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

Wrapped around the Himalayan mountain range is the remarkable country of Nepal. It is the birthplace of the Buddha and is a land of legend and beauty. Within its narrow confines Nepal contains an utterly spectacular variety of culture and landscapes. Nepal has a stunning natural beauty and a simple charm.

Please note: If joining in Kathmandu you will be met by a local guide on the first day where you will have a brief meeting at 6pm. On the second day you will be transported by private transport to Chitwan National Park where you will join your overland leaders and truck!

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Kathmandu 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 Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Entrance: 1,500 NPR

Visit the oldest Hindu temple still in use in the Kathmandu Valley

Entrance: 300 NPR

Visit the ancient stupa of Boudhanath. It is one of the largest stupas in the world and on clear days offers views of Everest

Entrance: 400 NPR

Visit Durbar Square, the heart of the old town from where kings once ruled

Entrance: 1,500 NPR

Swayambhunath, or Monkey Temple as it is known, is an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley. It has ancient carvings, superb views of the surrounding valley and is crowded with monkeys mingling with the visitors.

Entrance: 200 NPR

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

Entrance: 500 NPR

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

Entrance: 1,500 NPR

Visit Lalitpur city and view a mass of temples in the Newa architecture style

Entrance: 1,000 NPR

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

Entrance: 600 NPR

Day 2 - Chitwan NP
Day 3 - Chitwan NP
Day 4 - Gorakhpur
Day 5 - Varanasi
Day 6 - Varanasi
Day 7 - Khajuraho
Day 8 - Khajuraho
Day 9 - Khajuraho
Day 10 - Agra
Day 11 - Agra
Day 12 - Jaipur
Day 13 - Jaipur
Day 14 - Delhi
Day 15 - Delhi
Day 16 - Delhi

Catherine B

Love being on the road in the truck, the people on the trip, the sights - too much to narrow down

Margaret L

I would have liked a bit more walking and activities if possible.

Valerie P

Loved it all. Prim and Matt are an excellent team who manage a selection of travellers with tact, courtesy and insight into what makes a trip great for all of our differing needs. Fab

Kevin K

From beginning to end including the service beforehand it was a superb service. I was treated extremely well and as a valued customer. During the trip there were very regular conversations and meetings to explain what was happening. At all times I felt safe as well which is very important to me.

Josephine C

It was just brilliant.