Northern Circuit ex Kathmandu

Take in the capital of Nepal, two impressive national parks, the spiritual heart of India, the Taj Mahal and the thrumming metropolis of Delhi - this is an overland journey to whet the appetite and leave you wanting more! From an elephant trek through the jungle and a night camping beneath the stars, to the ghats of Varanasi and the stunning Amber Palace in Jaipur, experience the colour and culture of these two nations, taste the cuisines and immerse in the adventure.

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.

Days 2-3 Royal Chitwan National Park

After the bustle and crush of Kathmandu, travel down to the jungle lowlands for a touch of peace and quiet. Visit the local elephants and seek out rare wildlife in the Royal Chitwan National Park.

Days 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.

Days 11-12 Agra

Home to the glorious Taj Mahal, Agra also boasts the sprawling Red Fort. Take a rickshaw ride to these impressive monuments.

Days 13-14 Jaipur

Experience the eerie desolation of Fatehpur Sikri and explore the amazing palaces of the renowned 'pink city'.

Days 15-16 Delhi

The journey concludes in Delhi - a metropolis crammed with the magic and mystery of a million stories. Dive into the chaos and perhaps celebrate the adventure with a Kingfisher beer.

Day 4 Sonauli

Spend a morning seeking out Chitwan's shy and rare one-horned rhino on a jungle walk or jeep safari then travel to the Nepal-Indian border.

Days 7-8 Bandhavgarh National Park

Stop in at the erotic temples of Khajuraho then visit a second national park - this one is famous for its tiger population. Take a safari and keep an eye out for the big cats - as well as deer, hyenas and porcupines.

Days 9-10 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 are in three geographic groups: western, eastern and southern. Because they were built in quite a remote and inaccessible location, the western group of temples have been almost perfectly preserved.

Days 17-18 Amristar

Get on the road and travel to Amritsar, home to the famous Golden Temple. Explore this grand complex, discovering its significance to the Sikh religion before making camp in the grounds of a local guesthouse.

Days 19-20 Dharamasala

Make tracks into the mighty Himalayas and visit the home of the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.

Days 21-22 Shimla

Venture high into the heart of the mountains to Shimla. Explore this delightful hill-hugging city, which was declared the summer capital of the British Raj in India in 1864. In free time, take the opportunity to visit the majestic Viceregal Lodge.

Day 23 Bush Camp

Enjoy the verdant north Indian scenery on the journey towards Corbett National Park, stopping to camp en route.

Days 24-25 Corbett National Park

Keep eyes peeled for tigers while on a jeep safari in Corbett National Park. Soak up the tranquil park surrounds, listen to the nearby chatter of native birds, or head off on an optional walking tour or elephant trek.

Days 26-27 Royal Bardia National Park

Farewell the mountains of India and cross into Nepal. Enjoy more exciting game drives in Royal Bardia before chilling out at the park lodge.

Day 28 Butwal

Set out across the Nepalese countryside, passing through remote villages and an ever-changing terrain.

Days 29-30 Pokhara

Arrive in pristine Pokhara to revel in crisp mountain air and soak up immensely beautiful scenery. While here, perhaps indulge in some of the many outdoor activities on offer including whitewater rafting and trekking.

Days 31-32 Kathmandu

Travel from Pokhara to Kathmandu, the eclectic, chaotic capital of Nepal. Experience the full gamut of flavours, sights and sounds in this bustling city and celebrate the tour's end with a group dinner.

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