The Road to Delhi Trip Notes

At Imaginative Traveller we always aim to provide accurate information for our travellers. Unfortunately information such as the price of optional activities is occasionally subject to change, and this means that we are constantly revising our trip notes. In order to ensure that you have the most up to date information for your trip we suggest that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure.

  • Trip code :GIRD
  • Trip length : 14
  • Trip starts in : Kathmandu
  • Trip ends in : Delhi
  • Maximum group size : 16
  • Ages : 18 - 39
  • Accommodation : 1 Night Overnight Train, 10 Nights Hotels/Guesthouses, 2 Nights Jungle Lodge
  • Transport : Bicycle Rickshaw, Boat, Local Bus, Private Vehicle, Sleeper Train, Taxi
If you plan to travel before the 1st January 2015 please contact us for details of the itinerary.
 

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  • Delhi
  • Nothing beats a campfire singalong. These guys know what we're talking about
  • When you absolutey, positively have to sleep
  • Jaipur’s Amber Fort
  • UNESCO World Heritage-listed Taj Mahal
  • Buddhism's birthplace in Lumbini
  • The wildlife of Chitwan National Park
  • The Ganges and Varanasi
  • Kathmandu’s hidden old town
  • Aint' no mountain high enough
  • Having a (eye)ball in Nepal

Embrace your inner hippy in Kathmandu, search for Bengal tigers at Chitwan, check out Buddha’s hometown, fall in love with Varanasi, ogle at the Taj, hang in a palace at Tordi Garh, go bazaar mad in Jaipur and finish up in Delhi. Once you hit Jaipur you'll be sharing the sidewalk with kids, cows, rickshaws, chai wallaws, street food vendors, stray dogs and about 3.1 million other people. Watch your step. 

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Day
1-2

Kathmandu

Embrace your inner hippy in Kathmandu. Order a plate of fried momo, practice some yoga, get a massage, marvel at the Bodhnath Stupa and use this time to reset your body clock

Day 1

  • Pre-departure meeting for the Nepalese part of the trip takes place this evening, as well as an optional group dinner

Day 2

  • Visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world
  • Swing by the most famous Hindu temple in the country - Pashupatinath
  • Enjoy free time for sightseeing, more temple-hopping or just plain relaxing
Day
3-4

Chitwan National Park


Explore the jungle, searching for Bengal tigers and the Indian rhinoceros. It's basically The Jungle Book come to life.

  • Catch a morning bus up the rim of the Kathmandu Valley
  • Try and spot Indian rhinoceros, sloth bear, deer, a multitude of different birds and rare tigers
  • Stay in a lodge overnight

 

Day
5

Lumbini

Buddha lived here until he was 29. In that time he founded Buddhism. What have you done lately?

  • Pay a visit to a multitude of temple complexes, constructed by Buddhists from Japan, China and Myanmar
  • View the Ashoka Pillar and Maya Devi Temple
  • Sleep overnight in a jungle camp

 

Day
6-8

Varanasi

Watch thousands of Hindu pilgrims cleanse their sins in the Ganges as you take a boat ride at sunrise. We won't lie, it's pretty moving stuff.

  • Experience an early morning boat ride on the Ganges
  • Explore Varanasi's back lanes and crowded alleyways on a guided tour
  • Board an overnight sleeper train bound for Agra

 

Day
9

Agra - Taj Mahal

Boyfriends take note: Emperor Shah Jahan spent over 20 years building this shrine to his second wife. How long has it been since you've bought anyone girlfriend flowers?

  • Visit the renowned Taj Mahal
  • Perhaps take an optional trip to Agra Fort

 

Day
10

Tordi Garh

We stumbled across this tiny village years ago, and everyone loved it so much we put it on the itinerary. The kids will adore you, the locals will feed you and you'll go to sleep in a 16th century palace.

  • Get to know the locals in Tordi Garh - a remote village that few travellers make it to
  • Visit the fortress and ruined temples that lie slightly further afield
  • Spend the night at the palace in Tordi, with it's owner as your host

 

Day
11-12

Jaipur

Haggle to your heart's content in the bazaars and backstreets of the Pink City. Jaipur is famous for textiles (think table runners and made-to-measure suits), precious and semi-precious gems and blue pottery.

Day 11

  • Travel to and become acquainted with Jaipur's colourful streets

Day 12

  • Visit the medieval Amber Fort
  • Explore the Old Bazaar and The Palace of the Winds
  • Enjoy plenty of free time to explore Jaipur at your own pace

 

Day
13-14

Delhi

Watch one of the world's greatest shows unfold as people, traffic, cows and kids all work together in a kind of organised chaos. Grab a chai, put your feet up and let it all soak in.

Day 13

  • Visit the old city's market area - Chandni Chowk as well as Connaught Place
  • Perhaps view the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid and the Raj Ghat during free time
  • Enjoy a final optional meal with the group

Day 14

  • The trip ends today after breakfast

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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; 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, a visit to ruined temples and a fortress, and a jeep safari.
  • Overnight accommodation in the 16th Century Tordi Palace .
  • Free time to explore Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park, Agra, Jaipur and Delhi.
  • Overnight train from Varanasi to Agra. Accommodation air-conditioned sleeper class with three-tier sleeping berths (two sheets, a blanket and a pillow provided per person).

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We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

  • Agra - Agra Fort entrance
    US$8
  • Chitwan - Canoe Trip
    US$11 (per person)
  • Chitwan - Jeep Safari
    US$18 (per person)
  • Delhi - Full day tour of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort (from Delhi)
    US$170/entrance fees US$18 & US$8
  • Delhi - Half-day sightseeing tour of New Delhi including India Gate, Raj Ghat, President's Palace, Humayun's Tomb & Qutab Minar
    US$50 per car / US$20 entrance fee
  • Delhi - Sound and Light Show
    US$40 per car/entrance US$5
  • Jaipur - Half-day sightseeing tour of city palace, Jantar Mantar, Albert Hall, gardens & temple
    US$50 per car/entrances US$15.
  • Jaipur - Tour of Nahargarh Fort
    US$40 per car/entrance US$3.
  • Kathmandu - Bhaktapur entrance
    US$15
  • Kathmandu - Half Day tour to Bhaktapur & Patan
    US$60 approx
  • Kathmandu - Mt Everest scenic flight - including transfers
    approx US$210
  • Kathmandu - Patan entrance
    US$7
  • Kathmandu - Taxi to Bodnath Stupa
  • Kathmandu - Taxi to Pashupatinath
  • Tordi Garh - Half day tour of village and surrounding countryside
    US$10-15 depending on number of participants
  • Varanasi - Half-day city tour of Varanasi
    US$40 per car
  • Varanasi - Half-day tour of Sarnath
    US$40 per car/entrance US$4

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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 18-39 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.

Discovery

Discovery tours are all about exploring & experiencing the world with like-minded people, dipping your toe beneath the usual tourist surface & discovering the real essence of a region. They are genuinely innovative, exciting & imaginative tours that offer that little bit more to travellers.

This tour is operated by our partners Geckos

 

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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.

We suggest an appropriate allowance for additional meals of US$250. This is for FOOD only and does not include drinks and snacks. As a result of customer feedback, we recommend you allow a figure of between US$80 and $120 for your DRINK and SNACK requirements, additional to the amount suggested for meals. Use a higher figure particularly if you are travelling during the hot season when you will require more fluids.

In addition you should carry sufficient funds for extra sightseeing and optional activities. We suggest that you allow approximately US$50- $80 for additional sightseeing tours.

Shopping is a personal thing that, again, varies enormously. On average, people spend anywhere between US$50 and US$200 on souvenirs, art, tailor-made clothes etc.

 

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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