Arrive at any time.
Embark on an afternoon orientation tour of Delhi, visiting Connaught Place and India Gate for those iconic photos. Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers over traditional Indian cuisine at Delhi's Kitchen with a Cause. Afterward, wander through the electric Karol Bagh market for your first night out; pick the best looking spot and cheers to new adventures and friends!
Travel by train through the arid terrain to Pushkar, often called Tirth Raj or the "king of pilgrim centres," home to the world's only temple for the Hindu god of creation, Brahma. Get your bearings on an orientation walk around the colourful city visiting the lake, ghats, and of course the 14th century Brahama temple. Spend some time this afternoon exploring the markets or opt for an unforgettable evening by dressing in traditional Indian clothes before partaking in an authentic dinner cooked by cameleers in the desert while enjoying live entertainment!
Before dawn, climb to the hilltop Savitri Temple and catch the sun rising over the towering Thar Desert mountains. Afterward, travel by bus ???? always an adventure itself in India ???? to the pink city of Jaipur, home to India's second most visited site, the Hawa Mahal, or "Palace of the Winds." Enjoy an orientation walk through the market stalls.
Embark on a guided tour of Amber Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site to check off your bucket list. The Fort's sandstone walls are perched on a hill almost blending in with the terrain, besides perfectly reflecting in Maota Lake creating a mirage effect (and perfect photograph). Wander through the halls, courtyards, and palaces inside and admire the intricate details. Afterward, head back to Jaipur and spend the free afternoon exploring the city with your fellow travellers and see where the night takes you. Opt to visit the City Palace with its fine collection of textiles and costumes or admire the mind-boggling architecture of Hawa Mahal. Discover more of the wisdom and history of the Mughals by wandering around the Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in the 1700's, or opt to sit back and relax if you like - sipping a cocktail in any of the luxuriously converted palaces. Opt to get active by pre-booking a cycle tour or sharpen your culinary skills by pre-booking a cooking class with a local family. If you aren't afraid of heights, pre-book a balloon ride to get an aerial view of the pink city.
Travel by early morning train to the Muslim city of Agra, site of India's most famous landmark - the Taj Mahal! Immerse yourself in a guided tour and learn of the mausoleums unique history as you admire the iconic Mughal architecture. If you want to see more of Jaipur before departing, pre-book the Cycle Tour and explore the city from a morning perspective.
Spend the day getting to know Agra. Opt for a cycle rickshaw ride to visit Baby Taj and the Agra Fort, the Taj's less famous??but no less impressive??sister monument, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening, board an overnight train and wake up in Varanasi.
Take an orientation walk along Varanasi's ghats and through the old city. Afterward, opt to explore the temples and take in the spiritual energy of the city, or hop on a boat and sail the sacred Ganges River. If you take an evening boat ride, you will have the opportunity to witness a candle flower ceremony.
Another day, another adventure in Varanasi. Enjoy a free day to uniquely explore the spiritual capital of India. Opt to bathe in the sacred waters or visit Kashi Vishwanath, the Golden Temple, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Varanasi is your oyster!
Today we leave India and travel to the peaceful land of Nepal. Step back in time and experience Buddha's birthplace - Lumbini, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and pilgrimage centre. Opt to visit the Maya Devi Temple, where the Queen gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama. This will be a longer travel day as it may take up to 12 hours to reach the city of Lumbini. Settle in with your fellow travellers and get to know each other as you take in the scenery.
Experience the Nepali rural life of Barauli Village. Take an orientation walk, visiting eco-friendly homes and learn about the Tharu lifestyle. Opt to venture to the Narayani river on a cycle tour. In the evening, immerse yourself in an overnight homestay with the indigenous Tharu community.
Enjoy a free day to explore the surrounding village and rice paddies before spending another night with the Tharu community. Opt to take a jeep safari through the diverse ecosystem of Chitwan National Park for a chance to witness rhinos, crocodiles, monkeys, and maybe even the elusive bengal tiger.
Travel from the peaceful plains towards the mystical Himalayan mountains, stopping in Pokhara. Get your bearings in town on an orientation walk. Be sure to capture a panoramic group photo with the stunning Annapurna range backdrop. If you want to get your adrenaline flowing, pre-booking the Paragliding in Pokhara excursion when booking your tour.
Visit the Sisterhood of Survivors Project, a grassroots organization that trains survivors of human-trafficking to become certified paralegals. Learn how to make momos (traditional dumplings) and enjoy a Napali lunch together while hearing of their bravery. In the afternoon, get to know Pokhara more in-depth by freely exploring this photogenic region. In the morning, opt to travel out to Mt Sarangkot (1592m), only 5 kms northeast of Pokhara, for a spectacular Himalayan sunrise over the surrounding mountains. The walk back down through farms and forest to Pokhara is wonderful and takes between 2-2.5 hours.
Travel the last leg of this trip through the wild, rugged Himalayan landscape to Nepal's capital and largest city, Kathmandu. Get a feel for the city on an orientation walk. As Kathmandu is fascinating at every turn, simply wander around and see where chance, fate, or the city may lead you. Opt to check out world-famous Durbar Square, the King's Palace, the burning ghats at Pashupatinath, or Boudhanath Stupa.
Depart at any time. Opt for an Everest flight this morning, if weather permits. If you are interested in a scenic flight to view Mt Everest, you can pre-book the flight when booking your tour. Alternatively, your CEO can assist you with booking the flight on tour.