Ain't no Mountain High Enough Trip Notes

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  • Trip code : GINI
  • Trip length : 19
  • Trip starts in : Kathmandu
  • Trip ends in : Delhi
  • Maximum group size : 16
  • Ages : 18 - 39
  • Accommodation : 2 Nights Sleeper Train, 2 Nights Jungle Lodge, 14 Nights Hotels/Guesthouses
  • Transport : Boat, Jeep, Local Bus, Sleeper Train, Taxi, Hotels/Guesthouses

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  • Delhi
  • Jaipur’s Amber Fort
  • The Ganges and Varanasi
  • Having a (eye)ball in Nepal
  • When you absolutey, positively have to sleep
  • Buddhism's birthplace in Lumbini
  • Nothing beats a campfire singalong. These guys know what we're talking about
  • Udaipur and Lake Pichola
  • Off-the-beaten-track in Nimaj Bagh
  • The Great Thar Desert trading town of Jodhpur
  • The wildlife of Chitwan National Park
  • UNESCO World Heritage-listed Taj Mahal
  • Kathmandu’s hidden old town

India, Nepal… We’re comin’ for ya! Kick off in Kathmandu, hang with the animals in Chitwan, check out Buddha’s birthplace (Lumbini), visit beautiful Varanasi, see the Taj (and take one million photos), meet local families in Tordi Garh, play in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Dehli… Bazinga! To punish himself for falling asleep while meditating, Buddha cut off his eyelids. These eyelids then grew into the tea plant, because drinking tea will keep you from falling asleep. We love a good Buddha legend. 

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Day
1-2

Kathmandu

Accommodation: Hotel Shakti or similar, Kathmandu

When it comes to whizzing around Kathmandu, rickshaws are the way to go.

See the giant Buddhist Stupa at Bodhnath and the city's most sacred Hindu site, Pashupatinath.

Day 1

  • If arriving early, perhaps wander down to Durbar Square, the spiritual heart of Kathmandu
  • Pre-departure meeting in the evening, and an optional group dinner

Day 2

  • Visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world
  • Stop by the most famous Hindu temple in the country, Pashupatinath
  • Plenty of free time to explore Kathmandu under your own steam
Day
3-4

Chitwan National Park

Accommodation: Royal Park Hotel or similar, Chitwan National Park

Drive by the small town of Tadi to reach our lodge in the village of Sauraha. Take a jungle safari  and hopefully spot rhino, tigers and leopards (oh my).

  • Catch a morning bus up the rim of the Kathmandu Valley 
  • Go wildlife spotting for rhinoceros, sloth bear, deer, a range of different bird and perhaps even tigers
  • Optional jeep, dugout canoe and bird watching walks.
Day
5

Lumbini

Accommodation: Lumbini Budha Garden or similar, Lumbini

Lumbini was the site of Buddha's birthplace way back in 563BC. See some temples and the Ashoka Pillar.

  • Visit the birthplace of the founder of Buddhism
  • Explore temple complexes constructed by Buddhists from Japan, China and Myanmar
  • Get acquainted with the ancient Ashoka Pillar and Maya Devi Temple
  • Sleep overnight in a jungle camp
Day
6-8

Varanasi

Accommodation: Hotel Surya or similar, Varanasi

One river, thousands of uses: bathing, praying, cremating the dead, laundromat, notorious hangout for The Beatles. You name it, and someone's done it in the Ganges.

  • Witness life and death rituals during an early morning Ganges boat cruise
  • Take a guided walk through the city's lanes and bustling alleyways
  • Board an overnight sleeper train bound for Agra
Day
9

Agra - Taj Mahal

Accommodation: Hotel Royal Residency or similar, Agra

Flowers, chocolates, diamonds, mini-breaks - all these gestures will seem lame once she's been to the Taj. You're going to need to think bigger.

  • Visit the mighty Taj Mahal
  • Optional trip to Agra Fort
Day
10

Tordi Garh

Accommodation: Hotel Tordi Garh or similar, Tordi Garh

This is a little gem of a village. Explore nearby temples and forts and sleep in a 16th century castle. Warning: your hand will get tired from all the waving and your mouth will ache from all the smiling. The locals here are extremely friendly.

  • Drive through beautiful countryside to Tordi Garh, a village rarely visited by travellers
  • Meet local families and experience local life
  • Visit the markets and the village temple
  • Journey to a fortress and ruined temples outside of Tordi
  • Spend the night in the palace back at the village
Day
11-12

Jaipur

Accommodation: Hotel Mrignayani Palace or similar, Jaipur

The Maharajah's harem was not allowed to be seen, so The Palace of the Winds was built so they could see what was going on outside. It's a big honeycomb-shaped structure, with about 1000 tiny latticed windows for peeking through.

Day 11

  • Travel to the crowded and colourful streets Jaipur

Day 12

  • Take a trip to the medieval Amber Fort
  • Visit the Old Bazaar and The Palace of the Winds
  • Free time to do as you please in Jaipur
Day
13

Nimaj Bagh

Accommodation: Nimaj Hotel Rawla Bagh or similar, Nimaj

This place has barely changed in centuries and it doesn't get many travellers. It's a real "off the beaten track" experience (slightly off topic, but has anyone actually seen this beaten track?)

  • Stay in an orchard run by the nobles of Nimaj
  • Visit surrounding villages and meet Gujjars (cattle breeders) and other communities
Day
14

Jodhpur

Accommodation: Hotel Indrashan or similar, Jodhpur

Drive to the Blue City of Jodhpur, on the edge of the Thar Desert. Sadar Market is the place for fisherman's pants (handy in India, daggy at home), carpets, incense and tea.

  • Visit the Meherangarh Fort and the Sadar Market
Day
15-17

Udaipur

Accommodation: Hotel Mahendra Prakash or similar, Udaipur

Udaipur is often referred to as the Venice of the East. Why? Well here's a hint - it's not because of all the roads. Then it's an overnight train to Delhi. Snorers, you will be named and shamed.

Day 15

  • Travel to Udaipur, watching southern Rajasthan's scenery unfold

Day 16

  • Visit different caste villages around Jodhpur
  • Take a local bus to Udaipur

Day 17

  • Explore the Jagdish Temple and  the City Palace
  • Head to Delhi on an overnight sleeper train
Day
18-19

Delhi

Accommodation: Hotel Perfect or similar, Delhi

By now you've had long enough to accept that in India, cows are more important than you. It's just one of the many weird and wonderful things you'll tell your friends when you get home.

Day 18

  • Explore Chandni Chowk, the old city's market area, as well as Connaught Place
  • Free time to relax or do some sightseeing of your own
  • Perhaps visit the Jama Masjid, the Red Fort and the Raj Ghat - where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated

Day 19

  • The trip ends this morning after breakfast, but Delhi's got plenty more to offer those that wish to stick around

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  • Gecko’s expert English-speaking local tour guides throughout the tour, and local site guides at some sites.
  • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Kathmandu including Bodhnath Stupa and Pashupatinath; Lumbini including temple complexes, Ashoka Pillar and Maya Devi Temple; Varanasi's back lanes and crowded alleyways; Agra including the Taj Mahal; Jaipur including Amber Fort, Old Bazaar and The Palace of the Winds; Jodhpur including Meharangarh Fort and Sardar Market; Udaipur including City Palace and Jagdish Temple; and Delhi including Chandni Chowk and Connaught Place.
  • Morning boat ride on the Ganges to witness the rituals on the ghats.
  • Royal Chitwan National Park – lodge accommodation and entrance fees.
  • Off-the-beaten-track experience in Tordi Garh – village walk, visit to ruined temples and a fortress, and a jeep safari.
  • Overnight accommodation in 16th Century Tordi Palace. - Stay at Nimaj Bagh and a village walk to meet the locals.
  • Free time to explore Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Delhi.
  • Overnight train from Varanasi to Agra and Udaipur to Delhi. Accommodation in air-conditioned sleeper class with three-tier sleeping berths (two sheets, a blanket and a pillow provided per person).

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International flights, arrival and departure transfers, airport/departure taxes, visas, pre or post tour accommodation, meals, optional tours sightseeing or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature, laundry and flights unless specified. Some places that we visit charge additional fees if you are entering with a camera or camcorder - your city guide will advise on these and they can be paid for locally.

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RAW

Our Raw tours are best suited for those with a sense of adventure, are willing to step outside their comfort zone and don’t mind being thrown in at the deep end. For independent travellers who want to travel with others. Just the ticket for those aged between 18-35 or anyone young at heart who has an open mind, an eye on the budget and a nose for adventure. Authentic experiences that expand the mind rather than hold the hand.

Style Facts

  • The freedom to explore without breaking the bank
  • Time to do your own thing – or join in optional group activities
  • YOU choose where YOU want to eat
  • Basic accommodation
  • A variety of public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

Basic

Our Basic tours offer superb value and are ideal for those who are happy to forgo some creature comforts in favour of an authentic and fun experience. Under the leadership of a fully trained tour leader, you will enjoy all the highlights and freedom of independent travel with the convenience, security and companionship of a small group.

Style Facts

  • Plenty of free time to explore independently
  • Optional activities to suit your budget
  • Freedom to choose your own meals
  • Simple famliy run hotels
  • Mostly public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

This tour is operated by our partners Geckos Adventures

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A necessary bugbear of adventure travel, visas can appear complicated, costly and confusing to apply for. Imaginative Traveller recommend applying for visas with a professional visa service who can guide you though the process and take care of lodging and collecting your passport with multiple embassies, so we have teamed up with The Visa Machine.

The Visa Machine ‘live and breathe’ visas and have the expertise to provide current and accurate information and arrange the correct visas for your trip, quickly and at a good price.

Please click here for more information. 

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We strongly recommend you visit your doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you regarding the appropriate inoculations. In some places anti-malaria medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow yourself plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental check up is also highly recommended.

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Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

You will need to take cash to cover all additional expenses not included in your tour cost. These include food, drinks, optional sightseeing, tips, laundry, souvenirs and possible delays. If in doubt, bring more than you think you will need. It is always useful to carry an additional amount for emergencies. If there is a medical emergency you are sometimes required to pay at the time; providing your claim falls within the scope of your policy, your insurance company will make reimbursement later.

travel-insurance

You must have extensive travel insurance as a condition of booking with us, and without evidence of a valid policy you won’t be allowed to start your trip. Please click here for more information

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Responsible tourism is at the heart of Imaginative Traveller. For 20 years we have taken customers to places around the world in social and environmentally responsible manner, ensuring everyone involved respects and maintains the natural and often delicate balance of the destination.As travellers ourselves we are well aware of the impact that tourism can have and whilst economic gain from tourism is often fundamental to a country, it should never be at the expense of its culture or the environment. It is our aim to provide journeys that have minimal negative and maximum positive impact on the places we visit. We do not believe that, as visitors, we should impose our own cultures on others; rather that we should experience foreign cultures and appreciate them for what they are.We believe giving something back is essential. We therefore work with our customers and the people we visit to ensure the benefits go directly to contribute to local cultures and environmental conservation. This is not only good the communities we visit but it also gives our travellers more enriched adventures.For further information about responsible travel please click here.

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Itinerary Variation

While the information presented here details our planned itinerary, including routes taken, activities included, accommodation and meeting times, please accept that unforseen changes may occur. We are constantly on the lookout to improve our program and further enhance your experience. Naturally, we will keep you up to date with any last minute amendments to your tour.

Single room supplement

Most of our travellers like the thought of travelling with a few like-minded souls. There are NO compulsory single supplements on most tours as we simply arrange twin shared accommodation for you and another tour member of the same sex. But don't worry if that doesn't appeal. We do understand there are times when you just want a bit of privacy and 'me' time so we are more than happy to arrange a private room upon request when you book.

 

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