Discover Delhi to Kathmandu

Trip Overview

Sacred cities and temples, Pilgrimage sites, national parks and magnificent mountains; a classic journey from the plains of northern India to the mountain Kingdom of Nepal.

Delhi has had many rulers and a turbulent history, whereas the fabled city of Kathmandu was virtually cut off from the rest of the world until the last half century, and has been described as having more temples than houses and more gods than people. To travel between these two diverse cities is one of the most beautiful and fascinating journeys in Asia. For culture vultures the Taj Mahal, the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, the holy city of Varanasi or the Buddhist Stupas of Kathmandu may be the highlight whilst for those more interested in nature’s treasures, spotting rhino on an early morning elephant ride through Chitwan National Park or the first view of the mighty Himalaya will never be forgotten.

Day to Day Activity

Day 01: Arrive Delhi.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Delhi and drive to Jaipur.
Day 03: Sightseeing in Jaipur.
Day 04: Drive to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri.
Day 05: Sightseeing in Agra and overnight train to Varanasi.
Day 06: Arrive Varanasi, free afternoon,
Day 07: Sightseeing in Varanasi.
Day 08: Varanasi to Lumbini in Nepal.
Day 09/10: Drive to Chitwan and jungle activities.
Day 11: Drive to Pokhara.
Day 12: Sightseeing in Pokhara.
Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu,
Day 14: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Day 15: Depart Kathmandu.

Trip Highlight

» Good acknowledgment of the Hindu as well as Buddhist cultural sites
» The beautiful Amber Palace in Jaipur
» Sunrise or sunset at the Taj Mahal
» A chance to experience the famous Indian railways
» The mystical and holy city of Varanasi
» Elephant back safaris in Chitwan National Park
» Spectacular views of the mighty Annapurnas on the drive to Kathmandu

Itinerary
  • Day 01: Arrive New Delhi,
    Those on a group flight will arrive into New Delhi in the morning and we will transfer to our hotel. Those who have made their own flight arrangements will join us at the hotel during the day. You are free today to explore Delhi and rest after your long flight, rooms may not be available until noon but it is often earlier than this. CH,
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 02: Sightseeing in Delhi and drive to Jaipur.
    After breakfast, we will have a tour of the capital. In Old Delhi we visit Jama Masjid (India’s largest mosque) and in New Delhi we see the fine colonial buildings. Built by the British Raj in the early years of this century and set in spacious tree-lined boulevards these now houses various Indian governmental departments. We then visit the tomb of Humayun, one of the earlier Moghul Emperors. In the afternoon, we drive to the Pink City of Jaipur: this drive will take approximately 5 to 6 hours. CH,
    Overnight Comfortable Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 03: Sightseeing in Jaipur.
    Today we have a full day to explore Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan and one of the most attractive and colourful cities in India. Built in the late 18th century, it is a planned city of broad avenues built of sandstone and painted pink at a later stage. In the centre of Jaipur is the City Palace, formerly the residence of the Maharaja it is now a fine museum containing rare manuscripts, paintings, royal garments and weapons. Close to the palace is one of the most intriguing sights of India, the observatory of Jai Singh. This is an assembly of immense astronomical instruments made of marble and brass set in a pleasant garden. We will also see Jaipur's impressive landmark, the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds. A few miles from the main city is the splendid Amber Palace, rising above a lake where elephants bathe. The imposing hilltop fort contains large courtyards and interiors with fine decorations including inlaid alabaster panels and a Chamber of Mirrors. We can walk up the hill through the massive
    gateway to the courtyard. Jaipur is a centre of many handicrafts, such as durries (woven rugs), carpets, printed cloth, semi-precious stones, leatherwear etc. CH,
    Overnight Comfortable Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 04: Drive to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri.
    We begin the day by driving to Agra via the deserted ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri. Formally, the capital of the Mughal Empire, this wonderfully preserved 'ghost town' was constructed by Emperor Akbar between 1570 and 1585 and reflects his ideals in art, religion and architecture. This impressive and well-preserved citadel became his capital in 1571, after the blessing of a local Moslem holy man correctly predicted the birth of a longed-for son, his successor the Emperor Jehangir. The mosque, designed to hold ten thousand worshippers, the palaces, residences and halls of audience are all of decorative red sandstone. But this magnificence only lasted 14 years, as in 1584 Akbar left Fatehpur Sikri to secure his outlying territories, leaving this city much as we see it today. The site is one of the most atmospheric in northern India and its position on a ridge overlooking the modern village below, and its wonderful state of preservation provide us with a taste of this city's majestic past. CH,
    Overnight Comfortable Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 05: Sightseeing in Agra, overnight train to Varanasi.
    A very early start to see the incredible spectacle of the sunrise over the Taj. The Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631, built the beautiful white marble Taj Mahal. The Taj is serenely beautiful and never fails to amaze a first time visitor, the white marble exterior changes colour according to the position of the sun during the day and is matched by the rich interior detail. Within striking distance is the imposing Red Fort of Akbar, third of the Moghul Emperors, whose mighty sandstone walls enclose the beautiful white marble Pearl Mosque and the palaces, halls, courtyards and fountains of his sons and successors, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. It is here that the latter spent his last years, imprisoned by his own son Aurangzeb. Agra also offers a wide variety of handicrafts including jewellery, inlaid and carved marble, carpets and clothes and there should be time for some shopping. In the late afternoon we transfer to Tundla, 35km from Agra, where we board
    the overnight train to Varanasi. CH,
    Overnight Comfortable Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 06: Arrive Varanasi, free afternoon.
    We arrive in Varanasi in the morning and transfer to the hotel (rooms may not be available until noon however efforts are made to make it earlier than this). The afternoon is then free to explore this incredible city and its winding streets, ghats and mystical temples or visit the nearby Sarnath Temple, where the Buddha gave his first sermon (optional). CH,
    Overnight Comfortable Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 07: Sightseeing in Varanasi.
    Varanasi, situated on the River Ganges, is one of the most holy cities in India and stands at the centre of the Hindu Universe. As such, the city lives and breathes Hinduism: there are thousands of pilgrims, wandering holy men (Sadhus), religious leaders and casual visitors. It
    is a city to get immersed in by exploring its maze of narrow lanes, the many temples and watch the Hindu ceremonies that occur around the clock. Just before dawn, we take a boat out on the Ganges to witness the extraordinary spectacle on the Ghats, the steps leading down to the river. Every day thousands of Hindu pilgrims come to these three miles of riverbank to immerse themselves in the waters of the holy Ganges. Later we drive to the impressive sandstone Fort at Chunar overlooking the Ganges, after short visit to fort we take a cruise boat down on Ganges back towards the city of Varanasi. CH,
    Overnight Comfortable Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 08: Varanasi to Lumbini in Nepal.
    We board our private bus and make an early departure for Nepal. It's a spectacular drive across the northern plains, passing through a few towns and lots of pretty Indian villages. At the Indian border, we leave our bus and walk across through customs and immigration to Nepal (approx 500 meters’). Once in Nepal, we enter the Terai, the narrow plain running along the southern breadth of the country. We have a short drive (approx 1hour) to Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, where we spend the night. SH,
    Overnight Simple Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Days 09/10: Drive to Chitwan and jungle activities.
    Early this morning there is a short, optional rickshaw ride around the Lumbini gardens. Buddha was born here and the area is being developed into a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists from all over the world. Travelling east and parallel to the mountains, we reach Chitwan (approximately 4 hour drive), where we spend two nights. The park, with its jungle and thick forest, was the former royal hunting ground and was set-aside as a conservation area in 1973. The park and the surrounding forest cover an area of 540 square kilometers of the terai and affords excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Among the larger animals, you have an excellent chance of seeing the Indian one horned rhino, sambar and chital deer, guar, langur and rhesus monkeys, mongoose, jackal, otter and crocodile. The more elusive animals include tiger, leopard.

    cat, sloth bear and Indian bison. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded in this area. Wildlife activities are managed and escorted by experienced naturalists and shikharis, they include elephant-back safaris, nature walks, dug out canoe excursions, village tours and bird watching outings, some or all of which can be organised depending on individual interests. L,
    Overnight jungle lodge, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 11: Drive to Pokhara.
    Today, our journey to Pokhara is only 140 km but will take 4 – 5 hours. We follow the gorge of the Narayani River and soon we are in the foothills of the Himalaya. The scenery changes dramatically from the forests and farmlands of the Terai to steep terraced hills, and as we get closer to Pokhara we begin to see the formidable Annapurna Range. Set at only 1,000 m. amongst semi-tropical plants and with a delightfully warm climate, it is actually much closer to the main Himalayan peaks than Kathmandu. Machhapuchhare, the 'Fishtail Peak', dominates the skyline especially in the clear morning air. We stay in a quite good hotel near to Lake Phewa, with a wide choice of restaurants and other facilities close by. SH,
    Overnight simple hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 12: Sightseeing in Pokhara.
    On our second day in Pokhara we hire a rowing boat to Barahi Temple, Hindu Temple of lord Shiva where you will see lots of Hindu pilgrims buying flowers, grains, doing puja and feeding for pigeon in the temple and then we go across the lake climbing steeply sometime through forest and terraces all the way up to the top where suddenly you will see a white painted big  world peace Buddhist Stupa is situated. From this place, there are spectacular views of the mountains making up the Annapurna range, which at this point are only 48km away- from Dhaulagiri in the west to Machhapuchare or Fishtail peak (6993m) and Annapurna 2 in the east. From here, we walk down hill other side on a village track at the bottom where there is Davis fall or“Patale Chhango”in Nepali, the out flow from the Phewa Lake making big underground waterfall to Seti River. We will visit Tashiling, a long established settlement of Tibetan refugees. We spend some time here watching wool being sorted, dyed and eventually made into Tibetan carpets which are exported all over the world and then visit the villages Buddhist monastery. We will also visit the mountain museum housing expedition memorabilia and information on ethnic groups, flora and fauna. You may like to start very early to go to Sarankot viewpoint to see sunrise over Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range.SH,
    Overnight simple hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu.
    We leave early for the long drive to Kathmandu. We drive along the Chinese built Prithivi Highway running parallel to the main Himalayan range. The distance is only 200km but it is a slow climb through the mountains and the journey will take most of the day (7 - 8 hours). The views, however, are stunning as we follow the Marsyangdi and Trisuli rivers, passing numerous villages and terraces stretching thousands of feet up the hillside. We arrive in Kathmandu in the late afternoon and check into our centrally located Yak and Yeti hotel. CH,
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 14: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
    Today there will be a half-day guided sightseeing tour visiting Pashupatinath, the most important Hindu temple in the valley, and Bodnath, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world. The rest of the time is free for individual exploration of Kathmandu valley. You may like to visit the Durbar Square of Kathmandu with its old Royal Palace and intricately carved temples, or Swayambunath, the 'monkey temple', set on a hill overlooking the city. Kathmandu also offers the most wonderful and varied opportunities for souvenir shopping: clothes, trinkets, Tibetan and Nepalese handicrafts and superb bookshops. It also has a wide variety of restaurants serving some of the best food from the sub-continent and you can also find wonderful pizzas and apple pies. If you wish early in the morning, there is the opportunity to take a scenic flight to see Mount Everest. CH,
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 15: Depart Kathmandu.
    The trip ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to the airport for the flight back home.
    Included meal: Breakfast,

Include/Exclude

Price Includes

» Transport-Comfortable Bus, elephant, on foot, canoe
» Accommodation - Comfortable hotels , Simple hotel and Lodge
» All sightseeing in India, Kathmandu, Pokhara, Lumbini and jungle activities in Chitwan
» Local leader throughout the trip, local guide and naturalist
» All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner), snacks, welcome drink, Tea/Coffee as listed in the itinerary
» Domestic flights and applicable taxes.
» All National Park permits and entrance fees
» Comprehensive medical kit

Price Excludes

» Personal expenses such as soft drinks, beverage, postage, laundry
» Meals in Kathmandu, Pokhara and India
» International flights and departure taxes
» Visa and passport fees
» Travel insurance
» Emergency evacuation
» Tips and gratuities
» Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Griffon Travel

Equipment List

You can bring your personal clothing if you already have them with you,if not it's worth buying all below mentioned clothing and equipments here in Kathmandu in good rates and your guide will help you with it.You will have plenty of time before the trek to buy stuffs in Kathmandu(thamel). 

 PERSONAL EQUIPMENTS FOR TREKKING 

  • Fleece beanie
  • sun glasses
  • Chapstick / Sunscreen
  • Face mask or Scarf
  • Hand towel
  • Wind stopper / waterproof top and bottom
  • Cold weather down jacket below waist
  • Fleece jacket and trouser
  • Trekking trouser
  • T-Shirts(short or long sleeves) dry fit is better
  • Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom
  • Wind stopper and fleece gloves
  • Socks and under wears
  • Trekking boot
  • Runners
  • Head torch
  • Personal medical kit
  • Water Bottle/Camel Pak
  • Trekking / Ski pole (optional. Handy for anyone with knee problem)
  • Spare batteries for Camera and flash light. Check charging facility along your journey
  • Day pack  Minimum 25L with side pocket for water bottle
Latest News
TAAN Pokhara Chapter Explored New Trail
A team of Trekking Agencies'' Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Association Pokhara has explored a new trekking trail that starts from Kushma of Parbat and ends at Baskharka of Myagdi district.

A 17-member team led by Narayan Sapkota, former president of TAAN Pokhara, started the exploration with a drive to Kushma from Pokhara. From Kushma, the walk started toward Banau (2150 meters) through Ghumti, Bagaicha, Bhatebari, Dhakdhake and Sidhali
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