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Nepal, Bengal & Beyond Kathmandu - Kolkata

Trip Overview

This 75 day overland tour journeys from Kathmandu to Kolkata through India, Nepal
75 DAYS THROUGH India, Nepal
RATING:
of 2 reviews
PRICE FROM:
$5,980 (USD) + 2,660 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
75 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, 4x4, Tuk-tuk, Boat, Canoe, Train, Camel
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
10%
90%
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
WNK
DEPOSIT:
$700 USD

Highlights

  Wildlife safari time, Chitwan National Park

  Take a jeep safari around the stunning wetland area of 20,000 Lakes

  Drift down the holy River Ganges in Varanasi at dawn

  Walk around the iconic and stunning Taj Mahal

  Visit the impressive and sprawling Agra Fort

  Trek into the Thar Desert on an overnight camel safari

  Overnight Rajasthan camel safari into the Thar Desert

  Wild camp in remote areas and enjoy fine food from our local cook

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

  Visit the southern tip of Insda at Cape Comorin - Kanyakumari

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Kathmandu ( 28th Sep 2019 )

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.

There is an important group meeting at 6:00pm. Your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where and when this important meeting will take place.

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.

In Kathmandu we stay in a good quality hotel.

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 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

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

NPR 1500
Day 2 - Nuwakot ( 29th Sep 2019 )

Today our journey begins with a drive to the historic village of Nuwakot, one of Nepal’s hidden gems nestled in the central hills of the country. Full of ancient temples and palaces, Nuwakot has a beautifully serene atmosphere and rustic ambience - perfect for getting a taste of the calm pace of rural Nepalese life.

In Nuwakot we will stay in a hotel based inside an old manor house.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 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

2 nights at a stunning mountain resort, nestling in the foothills of the Himalaya

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

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

Freely explore the historic Nepalese village of Nuwakot and visit its 18th-century palace, once an important stop on the bustling Tibetan-Kathmandu Valley trade route.

Free
Day 3 - Nuwakot ( 30th Sep 2019 )

Today is a free day to explore the stunning village of Nuwakot and its surroundings.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Freely explore the historic Nepalese village of Nuwakot and visit its 18th-century palace, once an important stop on the bustling Tibetan-Kathmandu Valley trade route.

Free

Trek around the incredible hills, terraced fields and traditional villages in the area, taking in some of the awe-inspiring scenery

Free
Day 4 - Pokhara ( 1st Oct 2019 )

Today we will spend a little more time enjoying the serenity of Nuwakot, before taking a short drive to Nepal's second city - the adventure town of Pokhara!

In Pokhara we will stay in a local guesthouse.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

Day 5 - Pokhara ( 2nd Oct 2019 )

Today we will have a free day in the fantastic city of Pokhara. The area is famous for its myriad of spectacular waterfalls surrounded by fertile forests and towering mountains, for its fantastic choice of yoga and meditation retreats, and for its overwhelming choice of adventure activities from trekking to rafting to zip-lining to mountain biking!

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Take a boat out on Phewa Lake near Pokhara, basking in the spectactular mountain-and-forest scenery of one of Nepal's most beautiful spots

NPR 500

Take an early trip to the summit of Sarangkot to witness the incredible sunrise while surrounded by some of the world's highest mountains, with the possibility of trekking downhill back to Pokhara

NPR 4000

Visit one of Pokhara's beautiful ashrams to take a yoga or meditation course

USD 20

Head out on an adrenaline-fuelled white water rafting expedition near the adventure town of Pokhara

USD 50

Head out for an exhilarating mountain biking expedition in the mountains surrounding Pokhara

USD 45
Day 6 - Annapurna Region ( 3rd Oct 2019 )

This morning we take a short drive out of Pokhara to the small village of Dhampus, where we start our 3-hour trek to our Annapurna eco-lodge. The lodge is dramatically located in the foothills of the mountains of Annapurna and Manaslu, and is a paradise for taking walks through the stunning Nepalese countryside.

The trek is approximately 3 hours in total, and is relatively easy but is mainly uphill. The trek can be skipped by any individual if need be.

In the Annapurna Region we will stay in a local eco-lodge.

Estimated Drive Time - 1-2 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Head out on a fantastic trek along the ridge at the start of the Mardi Himal Trail, taking in the unreal vistas of Annapurna and Machhapuchhare in the mountain ranges nearby

Free
Day 7 - Annapurna Region ( 4th Oct 2019 )

Today we will explore the area around our eco-lodge, meet many of the locals, and get into the heart of the community. We will hopefuly visit a local school and give something back to the local community by helping to maintain their ingenious water systems.

Day 8-9 - Bandipur ( 5th Oct 2019 to 6th Oct 2019 )

Today we will embark on a stunning walk along the ridge, taking in the incredible vistas of Annapurna and Machhapuchhare mountains in the background! We will stop at a small village for lunch and then take the steep downhill trail to rejoin our overland truck on the main road. From there, we will drive to the delightful town of Bandipur.

The trek is approximately 5 hours in total, and is easy and relatively flat until the steep downhill section back to the main road which is a bit more challenging. The trek can be skipped by any individual if need be.

In Bandipur we will have 2 nights in a fantastic local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

On our 2nd day in Bandipur we will have free time to relax and explore the local surroundings.

Day 10 - Chitwan National Park ( 7th Oct 2019 )

Today we will drive through stunning scenery down to the lowlands of Nepal and the Terai grasslands. Our destination is Chitwan National Park, where we will stay for the next 2 nights.

If we arrive in good time we will make a visit to Bis Hajaar Tal, also known as 20,000 Lakes, which is a wetland area near the Royal Chitwan National Park. Here we will get the opportunity to see peacocks, wild boars, deer and there is also a slim chance of seeing tigers and rhinos. If we cannot visit the 20,000 Lakes area today we will make our visit tomorrow.

In Chitwan we will stay in a local guest lodge.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-4 hours.

Day 11 - Chitwan National Park ( 8th Oct 2019 )

Today we'll spend the day exploring the National Park by canoe and on foot, and there is the option to take a jeep safari! There will be an opportunity to see a traditional Nepali dance demonstration in the evening.

In Chitwan we will stay in a local guest lodge.

Daily Activities

Included Activities
Explore the village of Chitwan on a tour by traditional ox and cart
Included in Kitty

Take a jeep safari around the stunning wetland area of 20,000 Lakes

Included in Kitty
Witness the fascinating and impressive local tradition of Tharu stick dancing
Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

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

Explore the heart of the incredible Chitwan National Park on a jeep safari (alternative to the 20,000 Lake excursion)
NPR 3500
Day 12 - Gorakhpur ( 9th Oct 2019 )

Border Information: Exit Nepal at Belhiya, enter India at Sonauli.

Today we enter the legendary country of India. India has so much to offer, from the beautiful landscapes of the Himalayas, to the amazing temples and coastlines, rich culture, and of course the food!

This morning we have an early breakfast before packing up and driving to the border. We will cross the border to India and continue on a short drive to the town of Gorakhpur.

We will stay in a local hotel in Gorakhpur.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

Day 13-14 - Varanasi ( 10th Oct 2019 to 11th Oct 2019 )

Today we will continue driving and reach the holy city of Varanasi in the evening.

Estimated Drive Time - 9 -10 hours.

On the following day we will get up very early for an included boat trip down the Ganges. This is a magical time of day to see the famous ghats and watch the morning rituals of the thousands of people who come here to purify themselves in the holy river. We will have auto-rickshaws for the rest of the day to explore the rest of the city - we will have the opportunity to use them to visit a traditional silk workshop and the Mother India temple.

In Varanasi we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

At dawn drift down the holy River Ganges in Varanasi

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

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

Explore the stupas and temples of Varanasi

Free
Visit the Mughal-era mosque of Gyanvapi in Varanasi
Free

Visit the ancient site of Isipatana and the museum in the town of Sarnath, one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world and where many Buddhist nations have built temples in their national styles

INR 400
Day 15-17 - Khajuraho ( 12th Oct 2019 to 14th Oct 2019 )

Today we will have a full drive day to the town of Khajuraho. 

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

On the next day we will head out for an included guided visit to the Khajuraho Erotic Temples.

The next day is free to explore the area, relax on the banks of the river, or take an optional jeep safari to the nearby Panna National Park in search of wildlife.

In Khajuraho we will stay in a campsite with good facilities.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Guided tour of the famous erotic temples at Khajuraho

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

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

Jeep safari through Panna Game Reserve

INR 1500
Day 18-19 - Taj Mahal, Agra ( 15th Oct 2019 to 16th Oct 2019 )

After breakfast we leave our campsite and head to the city of Agra. Most of today will be spent travelling and we will arrive in the evening.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-11 hours.

On the following day we will have an included day tour of the major sites of Agra, starting with sunrise at the world-famous iconic mausoleum of the Taj Mahal, followed by a visit to the Agra Fort.

In Agra we will stay in a local hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

See the stunning Taj Mahal and visit the Agra Fort at Agra.

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

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

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

INR 310
Day 20-21 - Jaipur, Fatehpur Sikri ( 17th Oct 2019 to 18th Oct 2019 )

We leave Agra today and head overland to the pink city of Jaipur, stopping en route at Fatehpur Sikri (the old capital of the Mughal Empire).

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

On the following day we will have a full day exploring the sites of Jaipur on rickshaws with our local guide. Whilst in Jaipur there will also be the option for an early morning or late afternoon hot air balloon ride over the city.

In Jaipur we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

2 night stay and guided tour of Jaipur, the beautiful Pink City

Included in Kitty
Explore the fascinating 18th-century astronomical observatory of Jantar Mantar
Included in Kitty

Visit the ancient citadel of the Amber Palace, a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture

Included in Kitty

Discover the perfectly-preserved 16th-century Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri, and its beautiful temples and monuments

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

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

Take an unforgettable sunrise or sunset balloon ride over the forts and palaces of Jaipur

USD 280
See a traditional outdoor Rajasthani Kathputli puppet show in Jaipur
INR 100

Head out to see a Bollywood movie at the Raj Mandir, one of India's most famous and elegant cinemas

INR 170
Day 22 - Delhi ( 19th Oct 2019 )

Today we leave Jaipur and travel to the chaotic Indian capital of New Delhi.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

In New Delhi we will stay in a friendly local hotel.

Day 23 - Delhi ( 20th Oct 2019 )

Today we will have an included guided tour of Old Delhi, heading to the Mughal Jama Masjid mosque, a local tea-maker, a Sikh temple, and the local spice markets. We will also have some free time to freely explore the sights of Delhi in the afternoon. 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

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

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

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

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

INR 1000

Freely explore the colossal Mughal Red Fort in Old Delhi, built by the emporer Shah Jahan in 1648 upon moving the capital there

INR 500

Visit the stunning Mughal-era mosque of Jama Masjid in Old Delhi, and climb its iconic minarets for an unrivalled view of the old city

INR 400

Visit the Indira Gandhi Museum in Delhi, dedicated to the former Prime Minister who was assassinated by her own bodyguards in 1984

INR 100

See the ground-breaking modern architecture of the Delhi Baha'i Temple, known as the Lotus Temple due to its unique shape

Free

See the India Gate at the end of Delhi's ceremonial axis, built to commemorate all Indians who have died in various wars

Free

Explore the site of Humayun’s Tomb, a phenomenal early Mughal tomb that is said to be a major inspiration for the Taj Mahal

INR 250

Discover the phenomenal 13th Century Qutab Minar and Mehrauli Archaeological Park in the south of Delhi, an intricately-carved pillar built during the Sultanate era of Indian history

INR 600
Day 24 - Delhi ( 21st Oct 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 25 - Bikaner ( 22nd Oct 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 26 - Jaisalmer ( 23rd Oct 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 27 - Jaisalmer ( 24th Oct 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 28 - Jaisalmer ( 25th Oct 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 29-30 - Jodhpur, Sambhali Trust ( 26th Oct 2019 to 27th Oct 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 31 - Udaipur ( 28th Oct 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 32-33 - Udaipur ( 29th Oct 2019 to 30th 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 34 - Mandu ( 31st 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 35-37 - Mandu, Ajanta, Ellora ( 1st Nov 2019 to 3rd Nov 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 38 - Mumbai ( 4th Nov 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 39 - Mumbai ( 5th Nov 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 your 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.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Take a guided tour of the backstreets, shops and schools of the Dhavari district, to experience a slice of the real Mumbai

INR 1200
Take a Bollywood dance class in one of Mumbai's premier dance studios
INR 500

Discover the marvellous collection of historical objects and art at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum, one of India's premier museums

INR 500

Explore the labyrinth of cave-temples on Elephanta Island near Mumbai, some of the most impressive rock carvings in all of India

INR 750
Day 40 - Mumbai ( 6th Nov 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.

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 41-42 - Goa ( 7th Nov 2019 to 8th Nov 2019 )

We will start our journey early 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 43-44 - Goa, Old Goa ( 9th Nov 2019 to 10th Nov 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 45-46 - Hampi ( 11th Nov 2019 to 12th Nov 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.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

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

Included in Kitty
Day 47-48 - Mysore ( 13th Nov 2019 to 14th Nov 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 49-50 - Wayanad ( 15th Nov 2019 to 16th Nov 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.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Relax at the Community Guesthouse in the hills of Wayanad

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See the 7000-year-old Neolithic petroglyphs at the Edakkal caves en route
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Optional Activities

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

Take a strenuous day-hike up the 2100m Chembra Peak, the highest peak in the Wayanad area

INR 1500

Take a walk through the scenic Wayanad countryside to visit the Meenmutty or Kanthanppara waterfalls

INR 600
Day 51-52 - Kochi ( 17th Nov 2019 to 18th Nov 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.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Evening visit to watch the classical Indian dance drama of Kathakali

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Day 53 - Alleppey ( 19th Nov 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 54-56 - Varkala ( 20th Nov 2019 to 22nd Nov 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.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Head out for an evening performance of traditional Keralan Kathakali dancing
INR 300
Get a traditional Ayurvedic massage in the Keralan town of Varkala
INR 1200
Day 57 - Kanyakumari ( 23rd Nov 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.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Take the ferry over to Vivekananda Rock and explore the memorial to the Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda
INR 150
Day 58 - Madurai ( 24th Nov 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.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit to the historical Hindu Meenakshi Amman Temple, dedicated to lord Shiva

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Day 59-60 - Pondicherry ( 25th Nov 2019 to 26th Nov 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.

 

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Sit down and relax with a coffee and a croissant at one of the many French Bakeries in town. 

INR 400
Visit the spiritual community of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, founded in the early 20th century by the famous Bengali freedom fighter and spiritual leader
Free
Day 61 - Chennai, Mahabalipuram ( 27th Nov 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.

Daily Activities

Included Activities
Visit the Chennai Government Museum, and its incredible selection of antiquities including Roman artefacts and coins from all eras of India's past
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Visit to the Shore Temples & Pagodas of Mahabalipuram

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Optional Activities

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

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
Day 62 - Chennai ( 28th Nov 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 63 - Tirupati ( 29th 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 - 5 - 6 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

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Day 64 - Vijayawada ( 30th 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 65 - Visakhapatnam ( 1st Dec 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 66-70 - Odisha Tribal Area ( 2nd Dec 2019 to 6th Dec 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 - 6- 7 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

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

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

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Learn about the incredible work of the New Hope Community Centre in the rural village of Muniguda

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

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Day 71-73 - Puri ( 7th Dec 2019 to 9th Dec 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 - 5 -7 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

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

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

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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 74 - Kolkata ( 10th Dec 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 75 - Kolkata ( 11th Dec 2019 )

Border Information: If finishing your trip in Kolkata, you will most likely exit India at Kolkata Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (IATA code: CCU).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Kolkata. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the 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.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Overland through West Bengal across the Gangetic plains

Free

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

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