India & Nepal holiday, Delhi to Kathmandu
Description of India & Nepal holiday, Delhi to Kathmandu
To travel between Delhi and Kathmandu, from the bustling cities of the Indian plains to the peace and tranquility of the majestic Himalaya range, is one of the most beautiful and fascinating journeys in Asia. For culture, the Taj Mahal, the Pink City of Jaipur, the holy city of Varanasi and the Buddhist Stupas of Kathmandu are unforgettable highlights. There is also the chance to understand the region’s wildlife, spotting rhino, monkeys and deer in Chitwan National Park, to do a day hike in the shadow of the Himalayas and even a flight past mighty Everest, the tallest mountain in the world.
This small group guided holiday includes 11 nights in hotels and two nights in a jungle lodge, all ensuite, and one night sleeper train between Agra and Varanasi. In between, you’ll travel by private air-conditioned bus while in India and private non air-conditioned bus in Nepal.
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This tour includes the wonderful chance to visit Chitwan National Park for a jeep wildlife safari and river trip. The park was the former royal hunting ground and was set-aside as a conservation area in 1973. 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, leopard cat, sloth bear and Indian bison. Wildlife activities are managed by experienced naturalists and shikharis so by paying National Park fees at Chitwan, this tour contributes to the upkeep of this vital habitat and benefits those who work there.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
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We are keen to encourage guests to engage with the culture of India and Nepal and to purchase local crafts and services where possible. Your local guide will be able to recommend the best of the area’s colourful and vibrant markets and small businesses and through our commerce, tourist wealth is more evenly distributed. You might take the opportunity in Varanasi to explore the emporiums specialising in silks and brocades, have a massage by the banks of the Ganges or buy block printed material and pottery in Jaipur. Pokhara & Kathmandu are famous for Thangka Paintings and lots of Buddhist Souvenirs made by locals and Tibetan refuges living in Nepal. Your guides will be able to advise you on which to buy and which to avoid. For example, some bangles and other decorative items in Jaipur claim to be made of ivory and, although this is mostly fake, we are against the popularisation of this kind of product and make a point of including a warning in the briefing.
Accommodation & Meals
This trip sees you spend 11 nights in standard city tourist hotels and 2 nights in lodges, plus 1 night in an overnight train with air conditioning from Agra to Varanasi. You will notice that our hotels employ locally and use local produce from markets in the area wherever possible. The hotels are waste and energy conscious and have their own policies like asking guests to turn off the power when leaving a room in order to save electricity. Where meals are not supplied, our group leaders always encourage people to try local restaurants and street food vendors. They can make recommendations which will help boost small businesses and celebrate local specialties. In Jaipur, Varanasi and Delhi, clients can even see how the food is made e.g. Masala Chai (Tea), Samosa (Mashed Potato Snacks), Jalebe (Indian Donuts), Lassi (Yoghurt Drink), etc.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.