Arrive at any time. Highlights in Kathmandu include world-famous Durbar Square, the King's Palace, the burning ghats at Pashupatinath and the Boudhanath Stupa.
Get to know the beautiful city of Kathmandu with an orientation walk in the morning, followed by free time to explore. Opt to get up close to the world's highest mountain with the Everest Flight. Later, drive to Pokhara. En route to Pokhara, visit Swayambhunath, the monkey temple, sitting high above Kathmandu city.
Swayambhunath is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible for many miles. To reach Swayambhunath climb 365 steps that lead up the hill. The area surrounding the stupa is filled with temples, painted images of deities and numerous other religious objects.
Visit nearby Sarangkot for a sunrise walk with breathtaking views of the Annapurnas. Visit the Sisterhood of Survivors Project, a grassroots organization that trains survivors of human-trafficking to become certified paralegals. Meet some beneficiaries of the program and learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) with some of the women before enjoying an authentic local lunch.
Explore Pokhara with some free time in the afternoon. Opt to go paragliding over Pokhara and soak in the views. Travel out to Sarangkot for a spectacular sunrise over the surrounding mountains (weather permitting). The walk back down through farms and forest to Pokhara is wonderful and takes between 2-2.5 hours.
Pokhara has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. With free time, opt to relax in a cafe, hire a boat and float around the lake, or shop for Nepali and Tibetan souvenirs in the endless stalls and shops.
Travel to this UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoy an overnight homestay with the indigenous Tharu community. Experience their culture through dance and song, along with a traditional meal. Opt to go on a cycling excursion through the area. Travel through a belt of marshy grasslands, savannas, and forests at the base of the Himalayas. The region is home to rhinos, elephants, Bengal tigers, bears and leopards. In the evening, meet the local Tharu community and discover their culture.
Explore the park on a 4x4 safari before a walk through the village and rice paddies. Settle in for another night with your Tharu community hosts.
Travel to Lumbini and visit Buddha's birthplace. Enjoy an orientation walk and explore with some free time.
Cross the border into India and board a train to the holy city of Varanasi, arriving at night. This is a long travel day to cross into India. Enjoy the changing landscape and get ready to learn about the history and culture of Nepal and India.
Fun Fact: India is 15 minutes behind Nepal. Set your watch.
Enjoy a sunrise boat tour along the Ganges before walking along the ghats and exploring the old city. In the evening, return to the river for a sunset boat trip and see a different side of Varanasi. With free time, walk the narrow alleys, visit some of the hundreds of temples and shrines or wander the Old City.
Opt to visit the site of the Buddha's first sermon or sit on the banks of the Ganges watching life unfold around you.
Enjoy free time in this holy city and opt to visit Sarnath. In the evening, catch an overnight train to Orchha. Travel by train and local 'tempo' to reach Orchha. Enjoy some time away from India's bustling city and gain insight into rural life.
Arrive in Orchha and visit Tarragram, a unique paper-making plant, set up to assist tribal women from the area. After, enjoy free time. Opt to witness an evening puja. Visit Tarragram, a unique paper-making plant, set up to assist tribal women from the area. All the paper is made from recycled clothing and wood pulp. After enjoy free time in town. Opt to rent a bike or stroll along the river.
Enjoy Orchha's peaceful rural charm and visit the Orchha Palace complex. For lunch, opt to take a cooking class with a local family and enjoy the fruits of your labour. Later, board a train for Agra. Visit the Orchha Palace complex to learn more about the ancient history of the city. Opt to become a chef for a day and learn how o cook traditional Indian food with a cooking class held by a local family.
Visit the iconic Taj Mahal at sunrise. Afterwards, travel to the "Pink City" also known as Jaipur.
Get to know Jaipur on an orientation walk and stop for a photo at Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). Explore the impressive Amber Fort before some evening free time. Opt to watch a Bollywood film or enjoy a drink in a converted palace. Visit the Amber Fort clinging to the surrounding hills and stop and take a photo of the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds. This famous building is in fact only an elaborately carved facade built to enable the purdah ladies in the zenana to watch the goings-on in the street below without being seen.
Opt to watch a Bollywood film in the spectacular Art Deco film house ?? the Raj Mandir.
Drive to bustling Delhi and visit the India Gate and Connaught Place.