Discover northern India’s famed Golden Triangle and get immersed in Nepalese culture on a 17-day journey. Explore the Taj Mahal and encounter the iconic colors of Rajasthan. Spend a night at a Buddhist monastery and meet with one of the brave women from SASANE, a program that trains former victims of trafficking to become paralegals. From epic sights to intimate encounters, every moment packs a big punch.

Trip highlights

City Walk, Explore the streets of Delhi with an adolescent tour guide from the G Adventures-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. As a former street child, your local guide will have a unique perspective on the city and can provide more information on the life of a child in India. The guided tour helps support the guide's college or university tuition.

Local Village Immersion, Step back in time and explore the traditional culture of the rural village of Sawarda. Meet with town elders to discuss how modernization is affecting village life.

Meet a Local Historian, In Jaipur, known as the “Pink City,” meet with a local historian and sociology scholar to learn about India’s complex social fabric and traditions, and discuss a range of topics from the country’s belief systems to its architecture.

Overnight at a Buddhist Monastery, Experience the serenity of a Buddhist monastery by spending the night in the comfortable accommodations of its guesthouse. Opt to take tea and enjoy the chanting rituals with the approximately 200 resident monks to gain understanding of their everyday life.

SASANE Lecture, Enjoy a talk with a woman who has graduated from the SASANE program, which trains victims of human trafficking to be paralegals who, in turn, fight trafficking. Gain valuable insight and learn about the struggles these brave women face in helping others.

Taj Mahal Visit, Cross one off your bucket list as you visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Explore the gorgeous white marble mausoleum, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a testament of his love for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

Tibetan Refugee Settlement, Visit the Tashiling Tibetan Refugee Camp, established as a temporary settlement in 1964. Walk through this friendly quarter (now home to over 500 people) before enjoying a traditional lunch at its restaurant to support the community.

Traditional Weaving and Indigenous Peoples Lecture, Learn about National Geographic grantee Chhing Lhomi, who works to preserve the ancient weaving traditions of the Upper Mustang region. Enjoy a talk from Chhing or one of her collegues about the Himalayan Indigenous Society and their ongoing efforts.

Itinerary - 17 Days

Day 1 Delhi

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting, so check into to the hotel and enjoy the city. We highly recommend booking a pre-night in Delhi to get over your jetlag and be ready for this very busy trip.

Included Activities:
Women on Wheels Transfer
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Delhi/Āgra (1B)

Enjoy a youth-led walk through Delhi as part of the G Adventures-supported City Walk project. Later, explore Old Delhi with your CEO before an afternoon drive to Agra.

Included Activities:
City Walk
Old Delhi Guided Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 200km)

Day 3 Āgra (1B)

Spend the day visiting the highlights of the walled city of Agra including the famed Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort.

Included Activities:
Taj Mahal Visit
Baby Taj Visit
Agra Fort Visit

Day 4 Āgra/Jaipur (1B)

Drive to Jaipur, visiting the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and the village of Abhaneri, which has one of India's deepest and largest stepwells (tank gardens).

Included Activities:
Fatehpur Sikri Visit
Abhaneri Stepwell Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 240km)

Day 5 Jaipur (1B)

Consider treating yourself to a night at the cinema. Going to see a Bollywood film in India is much more than what we are accustomed to in the west. The atmosphere, energy, and pure fun (not to mention volume!) has to be experienced to be believed.

Included Activities:
Amber Fort Visit
City Palace Visit
Meet a Local Historian

Day 6 Jaipur/Sāwarda (1B, 1D)

The village is about 60km (37 mi) from Jaipur and has beautiful temples dedicated to different religions, including a unique sikh temple. The residents of the village are still involved in traditional commercial activities. You'll see pottery wheels, silversmiths, cobblers, traditional huts, old temples, and small stepwells.

Included Activities:
Local Village Immersion

Transport:
Private Vehicle (60km)

Day 7 Sāwarda/Delhi (1B)

Drive back to bustling Delhi. Opt to join your CEO for a group dinner.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 310km)

Day 8 Delhi/Kathmandu (1B)

Kathmandu is fascinating at every turn and a great place to just wander, seeing where the city may lead you.

Included Activities:
Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos

Transport:
Plane

Day 9 Kathmandu (1B, 1L)

Spend the day exploring Kathmandu and surrounding areas, including Boudhanath Stupa, one of the world's largest Buddhist shrines. Also visit the Royal City of Bhaktapur, exploring Hindu temples, pagodas, and monuments, including the stunning wood-carved palace in Durbar Square. After, visit the Sisterhood of Survivors Project and learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) before enjoying an authentic local lunch. You'll also meet one of the women that has graduated from the Sasane paralegal program.

Additional Notes:
Some of the sites visited in Kathmandu were damaged in the earthquake in 2015. Restorations are ongoing to bring these beloved landmarks back to their previous glory.

Included Activities:
Bodhnath Stupa Visit
Bhaktapur Excursion
Sisterhood of Survivors Project
SASANE Lecture

Transport:
Private Vehicle

Day 10 Kathmandu/Pharping (1B)

Experience the serenity of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. The monastery guest house offers comfortable accommodations in a peaceful setting with balconies and private western-style bathrooms. There are approximately 200 monks in residence following the Nyingmapa tradition. This is a new monastery (2006), and income from the guest house directly supports it.

Included Activities:
Swayambhunath Temple Visit
Traditional Weaving and Indigenous Peoples Lecture
Overnight at a Buddhist Monastery

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours, 25km)

Day 11 Pharping/Kurintar (1B, 1D)

Arrive at our remote lodge, which sits on a ridge amidst the hills and overlooks sandy beaches and a river. Forests cascade down the hillsides, enclosing tiny settlements of tribal people.

Additional Notes:
The lodge is only accessed by foot, so please expect a walk of approx. 30 to 45 minutes. Porters will be hired to carry our bags but please pack what you need for the night, as we will leave our larger bags in the vehicle.

Included Activities:
Neydo Monastery Sunrise Chant

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.50-4.00 hours, 125km)
Walking (0.50-0.75 hours)

Day 12 Kurintar/Chitwan National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend two nights enjoying cultural and wildlife excursions in and around Royal Chitwan National Park (RCNP), the oldest national park in Nepal. Established in 1973, it became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. Within its area of 932km² (579 mi²), RCNP is home to at least 43 species of mammals, 450 species of birds, and 45 species of amphibians and reptiles, including sambars, chitals, rhesus monkeys, tigers and langurs.

Additional Notes:
The specifics and order of activities may change, depending on the season and local conditions. Your CEO will confirm the exact activities and timing with the naturalists upon arrival at the lodge.

Included Activities:
Chitwan Area Boat Excursion

Transport:
Walking (0.50-0.75 hours)
Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours)

Day 13 Chitwan National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Explore Chitwan National Park with expert local guides. Activities can include a village walk, boating, nature walks, and a jeep safari in search of rhinos, leopards, wild elephants, monkeys, and crocodiles. Also meet with a local tiger “technician” who will give a presentation about the Nepal Tiger Trust, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of tigers in Nepal. Our expert will join us on a jeep safari to teach us how tigers are tracked, protected, and monitored with help from the local community. If we’re lucky, we may catch a glimpse of one of these elusive great cats. This evening, return to our lodge and enjoy a Tharu cultural dance program presented by local villagers.

Additional Notes:
The jeep safari is often prohibited during monsoon season by the park authorities; monsoon season is from June-September, and sometimes it can last till October. When the park is inaccessible, we will search out wildlife in the surrounding forest which is unfenced and just as likely to view animals. Boating is also subject to the water levels and local conditions on the Rapti River.

Included Activities:
Jeep Safari
Chitwan Village Visit
Chitwan Tiger Experience

Day 14 Chitwan National Park/Pokhara (1B)

Nestled in a tranquil valley at an altitude of 827m (2,713 ft), beautiful Pokhara lies on a once vibrant trade route between India and Tibet. To this day, mule trains can be seen bringing goods to trade from remote regions of the Himalayas. This enchanting city has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. It is popular place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)

Day 15 Pokhara (1B, 1L)

Hike up to Sarangkot and enjoy the sunrise and sweeping Annapurna Himalayan views. Later, hike to the brilliant World Peace Pagoda, a stunning monument built by Buddhist monks from Japan. After, visit a Tibetan refugee settlement to learn more about this community by viewing their photo gallery and enjoying a local Tibetan lunch. This afternoon, opt to try paragliding or go boating in Phewa Lake.

Additional Notes:
The hike up to the World Peace Pagoda can be quite strenuous and is all steps up and back down. If you are not feeling so energetic, please let the CEO know and you can opt out of this activity.

Included Activities:
Sunrise at Sarangkot
World Peace Pagoda Excursion
Tibetan Refugee Settlement

Day 16 Pokhara/Kathmandu (1B)

Enjoy free time in the afternoon for exploring. Visit the burning ghats at Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath, or the monkey temple. Kathmandu is fascinating at every turn, and some travelers prefer to just wander, seeing where the city may lead them.

Transport:
Plane (1.00 hour(s))

Day 17 Kathmandu (1B)

Feel free to depart at any time today, but remember that check out time from the hotel is 12:00pm.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

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