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Trip code : GINI
Trip length : 19
Trip starts in : Kathmandu
Trip ends in : Delhi
Maximum group size : maximum 16


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

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. 




When it comes to whizzing around Kathmandu, auto rickshaws are the only way to go. See the giant Buddhist Stupa at Bodhnath and the city's most sacred Hindu site, Pashupatinath.Day 1If arriving early, perhaps wander down to Durbar Square, the spiritual heart of KathmanduPre-departure meeting in the evening, and an optional group dinnerDay 2Visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the worldStop by the most famous Hindu temple in the country, PashupatinathPlenty of free time to explore Kathmandu under your own steam


Chitwan National Park

Cross the Rapti River 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 tigersOptional jeep, canoe and walking safaris



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 BuddhismExplore temple complexes constructed by Buddhists from Japan, China and MyanmarGet acquainted with the ancient Ashoka Pillar and Maya Devi TempleSleep overnight in a jungle camp



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 cruiseTake a guided walk through the city's lanes and bustling alleywaysBoard an overnight sleeper train bound for Agra


Agra - Taj Mahal

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 MahalOptional trip to Agra Fort


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 travellersMeet local families and experience local lifeVisit the markets and the village templeJourney to a fortress and ruined temples outside of TordiSpend the night in the palace back at the village



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 11Travel to the crowded and colourful streets JaipurDay 12Take a trip to the medieval Amber FortVisit the Old Bazaar and The Palace of the WindsFree time to do as you please in Jaipur


Nimaj Bagh

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 NimajVisit surrounding villages and meet Gujjars (cattle breeders) and other communities



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



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 15Travel to Udaipur, watching southern Rajasthan's scenery unfoldDay 16Visit different caste villages around JodhpurTake a local bus to UdaipurDay 17Explore the Jagdish Temple and the City PalaceHead to Delhi on an overnight sleeper train



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 18Explore Chandni Chowk, the old city's market area, as well as Connaught PlaceFree time to relax or do some sightseeing of your ownPerhaps visit the Jama Masjid, the Red Fort and the Raj Ghat - where Mahatma Gandhi was crematedDay 19The trip ends this morning after breakfast, but Delhi's got plenty more to offer those that wish to stick around


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.



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.


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


  • 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).


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.


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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