Trip HighlightsTrip code: AHDU
- Travel across 2 countries in a pocket-friendly budget
- Exploring the hustle and bustle of Indian cities like New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Varanasi
- Visit monuments like Taj Mahal (Agra), Jama Masjid (Delhi), Amer Fort (Jaipur)
- Boat ride on the Ganges in Varanasi
- Paragliding experience in Pokhara
- Wildlife safari tour in Chitwan National Park
- Meeting the human-trafficking survivors at the Sisterhood of Survivors Project, Pokhara
- Make friends from different parts of the world
Experiencing a 15 days tour across two of the gorgeous Asian countries would perhaps be an ideal choice for your gap year adventure! Start your journey from the capital city of India - New Delhi, where the old world charm has beautifully mixed with the glitters of the modern day. See the sunrise over the ancient temples in Pushkar. Head towards Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan which is also known as 'the Pink city'. Witness the beauty of the Taj Mahal and later, soothe your senses at the holy city of Varanasi while enjoying a boat ride on the Ganges. Travel to the birthplace of Lord Buddha in Lumbini, from where the second phase of your journey will begin. Spot a few wildlife at Chitwan Nation Park, gaze at the snow peaks surrounding Pokhara and walk down the streets of Kathmandu before your amazing trip in this Himalayan hamlet comes to an end.
Day 1 - Arrival in New Delhi
Welcome to India! You'll arrive at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, where you'll meet our coordinator. The warmth and the bustling vibes of the city will absolutely charm you! There will be an Orientation Session after which you'll head out to explore the city and visit the India Gate and Connaught Place. If you are not tired, you can also visit the Jama Masjid and the lanes of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi.
Day 2 - Delhi to Pushkar
It's time to set out for Pushkar and explore the ancient temples in this beautiful town. There will be an Orientation walk, during which you'll be taken down the narrow lanes, visit the Brahma Temple and later, head towards the desert to see the sunset hues.
Day 3 - Pushkar to Jaipur
Your day will begin with a morning hike to the Savitri Temple, from where you'll get to witness the picturesque view of entire Pushkar during sunrise. Later, you'll travel to Jaipur. You can explore the Hawa Mahal, City Palace and the markets in the Pink City. For an authentic Rajasthani dinner, you can explore one of the most popular restaurants in the city, Chokhi Dhani.
Day 4 - Explore the Amer Fort in Jaipur
You'll be taken for a guided tour of the famous Amer Fort. You'll be in awe to see the grandeur of the Rajput architecture. After returning back from there, you'll be free to explore Jaipur on your own.
Day 5 - Jaipur to Agra
You'll be traveling from Jaipur to Agra today. After reaching the historic city which witnessed the glory of the Mughal rule. You'll be taken for a guided tour to the Taj Mahal, also known as the monument of love. No trip to India can be complete without visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site that's considered as one of the 7 wonders of the world.
Day 6 - Agra to Varanasi
You can spend the day exploring Agra on your own. Visit the Agra Fort, Akbar's Tomb and the local markets, if you wish to buy some souvenirs. Tonight, you'll be taking a train and traveling to the Holy City of Varanasi.
Day 7 to Day 8 - Explore Varanasi
It's time to explore the holy city of Varanasi. Considered as a Hindu pilgrimage site, Varanasi is located on the banks of River Ganges and visited by millions of people every year. You can visit the temples and go for a boat ride as well. Don't miss out the evening aarti as it'll be one gorgeous event to watch!
Day 9 - Varanasi to Lumbini
Excited much? This is your last day in India as you’ll be all set to move to Nepal - and your first destination will be the birthplace of Lord Buddha. It'll be a long tiring day, and take around 12 hours to reach Lumbini from Varanasi via Gorakhpur.
Settle down at your lodge once you reach, and take rest.
Day 10 - Lumbini to Chitwan National Park
Your day will begin with an Orientation walk around Barauli Town. You’ll travel to Chitwan today and spend your night at a homestay with the Tharu Community.
Day 11 - Explore Chitwan National Park
Considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chitwan will make you fall in love with its natural beauty. You can explore the paddy fields and small villages in Chitwan, and interact with the locals as well. But the main attraction surely would be going for a safari to spot a few animals in the wild.
Day 12 - Chitwan National Park to Pokhara
It's time to head towards Pokhara - a beautiful Himalayan town that's surrounded by the Annapurna Range. It'll be an added advantage for all adventure lovers, as you can go for paragliding at Pokhara.
Day 13 to Day 14 - Explore Pokhara
The best thing would be to catch the sunrise at the Sarangkot, which is just 5 km from there. There's the beautiful Phewa Lake, which is a popular tourist spot, and you can go for a quaint boat ride with your fellow travelers. You'll also be visiting a rehabilitation center where victims of human-trafficking have been sheltered by Sisterhood of Survivors Project. It'll be an enriching experience to meet all those beautiful souls who've struggled a lot to live a life of dignity.
Day 14 to Day 15 - Travel to Kathmandu from Pokhara and explore Kathmandu
On day 14, you'll be heading towards your last destination - Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. You'll be going for an Orientation Walk with our coordinator and explore the Pashupatinath Temple, Durbar Square, the King's Palace and much more. On day 15, you can also choose to go for a helicopter ride and take a closer look of the highest mountain, Mt. Everest.
Day 15 - Flight back home
You can book your flight back home on day 15, anytime after 12 PM. In case you wish to take the helicopter ride to Mt. Everest, you can book your return tickets accordingly and seek help from the coordinator regarding airport drop.
Dates & Cost
- Visit India Gate and Connaught Place (Delhi)
- Guided tour of the Amer Fort (Jaipur) and the Taj Mahal (Agra)
- Savitri Temple sunrise hike (Pushkar)
- Visit to Buddha's birthplace (Lumbini)
- Orientation walks in Delhi, Pushkar, Jaipur, Varanasi, Pokhara, and Kathmandu
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
- Accommodation on all days - Hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (11 nights), sleeper train (1 night), homestay (2 nights)
- International/Domestic Airfare
- Visa Fees
- Insurance expenses (can be purchased from us at minimal cost)
- Cost of Vaccinations
- Additional tours and activities (Sight seeing at different destinations and monument entry fees)
Accommodation - Simple hotels or guesthouse (twin-share) (11 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), homestay (2 nt).
A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used in India. These can vary in terms of service, efficiency and cleanliness. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home. Power cuts can and are a regular occurrence in many places, especially throughout North and Central India. Although a number of hotels have generators there may be times when these won’t work. It is also recommended when you are in your room to lock the door, as staff will sometime enter without reason.
Meals Included - 1 lunch
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with Go Discover Abroad you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Vegetarians will be able to find a huge range of different foods - India is vegetarian heaven. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.