There's Nothing Sub About This Continent 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 : maximum 16

highlights

  • Delhi
  • Jaipur’s Amber Fort
  • UNESCO World Heritage-listed Taj Mahal
  • Buddhism's birthplace in Lumbini
  • The wildlife of Chitwan National Park
  • When you absolutey, positively have to sleep
  • The Ganges and Varanasi
  • Kathmandu’s hidden old town
  • Aint' no mountain high enough
  • 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

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 clockDay 1Pre-departure meeting for the Nepalese part of the trip takes place this evening, as well as an optional group dinnerDay 2Visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the worldSwing by the most famous Hindu temple in the country - PashupatinathEnjoy 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 ValleyTry and spot Indian rhinoceros, sloth bear, deer, a multitude of different birds and rare tigersStay 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 MyanmarView the Ashoka Pillar and Maya Devi TempleSleep 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 GangesExplore Varanasi's back lanes and crowded alleyways on a guided tourBoard 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 MahalPerhaps 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 toVisit the fortress and ruined temples that lie slightly further afieldSpend 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 11Travel to and become acquainted with Jaipur's colourful streetsDay 12Visit the medieval Amber FortExplore the Old Bazaar and The Palace of the WindsEnjoy 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 13Visit the old city's market area - Chandni Chowk as well as Connaught PlacePerhaps view the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid and the Raj Ghat during free timeEnjoy a final optional meal with the groupDay 14The trip ends today after breakfast

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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.

trip-grade

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

included

  • 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).

not-included

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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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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