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Nepal, India & Bhutan

Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal
Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal

Visit: Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Taj Mahal, Jaipur, Delhi, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Mandu, Ajanta, Mumbai, Goa, Old Goa, Hampi, Mysore, Wayanad, Kochi, Alleppey, Varkala, Kanyakumari, Madurai, Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram, Chennai, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Odisha Tribal Area, Puri, Kolkata, Overnight train to Siliguri, Darjeeling, Phuntsholing, Thimphu, Punakha, Bumthang, Gangtey, Paro, Kathmandu

Tour Type: Group Tour

Accommodation: Budget

Overview

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This 81 day overland tour journeys from Kathmandu to Kathmandu through Bhutan, India, Nepal

Highlights

    • History & Culture
    • Adventure Activities
    • Boating

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 207054
Tour Type: Group Tour
Accommodation: Budget
Transport: User Defined##Overland expedition vehicle, 4x4, Private bus, Tuk-tuk, Boat, Flight, Overnight train, Train, Camel
Guide Language: Engligh
Travel Styles: Overland Expedition

Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal
Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 81 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

    Activities
    • Explore the village of Chitwan on a tour by traditional ox and cart
    • Take a jeep safari around the stunning wetland area of 20,000 Lakes
    • Witness the fascinating and impressive local tradition of Tharu stick dancing
    • Explore the village of Chitwan on a tour by traditional ox and cart
    • Take a jeep safari around the stunning wetland area of 20,000 Lakes
    • Witness the fascinating and impressive local tradition of Tharu stick dancing
    • At dawn drift down the holy River Ganges in Varanasi
    • Guided tour of the famous erotic temples at Khajuraho
    • See the stunning Taj Mahal and visit the Agra Fort at Agra.
    • Community homestay to experience true Indian hospitality
    • 2 night stay and guided tour of Jaipur, the beautiful Pink City
    • Explore the fascinating 18th-century astronomical observatory of Jantar Mantar
    • Visit the ancient citadel of the Amber Palace, a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture
    • Discover the perfectly-preserved 16th-century Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri, and its beautiful temples and monuments
    • Take a walking tour through some of the back streets and narrow alleyways of Old Delhi, discovering the hidden side of the city
    • Witness the holy rats in the Karni Mata rat temple near Bikaner
    • Trek into the Thar Desert on an overnight camel safari with Rajasthani camel drivers
    • Explore the blue city of Jodhpur and the mighty Meherangarh fort
    • Community guesthouse to experience true Indian hospitality
    • Visit and support the Dragoman-supported Sambhali Trust near Jodhpur, and see the excellent work they do to provide local women and girls with education and vocational skills
    • 2 nights to discover the stunning white city of Udaipur
    • Visit the tomb of Hoshang Shah, the first Muslim leader of Mandu - the tomb itself is India's first marble building and one of the most refined examples of Afghan-syle architecture in the country
    • Visit to the Jahaz Mahal (the Ship Palace) - the most famous building in Mandu
    • Take a guided visit around the incredible Buddhist rock caves and paintings of Ajanta, some dating back as far as the 2nd century BCE
    • Guided visit to the Buddhist, Hindu and Jain rock-cut temples and monasteries of Ellora
    • Discover the lost kingdom of Vijayanagar in the magnificent ruined city of Hampi
    • Explore the amazing Maharaja's Palace of Mysore
    • See the 7000-year-old Neolithic petroglyphs at the Edakkal caves en route
    • Relax at the Community Guesthouse in the hills of Wayanad
    • Evening visit to watch the classical Indian dance drama of Kathakali
    • Travel overnight by local boat through the Backwaters and experience the villages of Kerala
    • Visit to the historical Hindu Meenakshi Amman Temple, dedicated to lord Shiva
    • Visit to the Shore Temples & Pagodas of Mahabalipuram
    • Visit the Monday market in the indigenous melting pot of Goudaguda, soaking up the incredible atmosphere as the locals barter and trade their produce
    • Head out for a half day hike around the Goudaguda region, visiting nearby villages of the Kondha, Mahali and Paroja tribal people
    • Explore the rarely-visited Wednesday Market in Chakitona, the main weekly market for the Desia and Dongria villagers from the area
    • Learn about the incredible work of the New Hope Community Centre in the rural village of Muniguda
    • Bathe in the natural hot springs with the local villagers at the small temple of Taptapani
    • 3 nights to relax in the lovely coastal town of Puri
    • Explore the religious sites of Puri by cycle-rickshaw, including the Jagannath Temple, one of the four most sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites in India
    • Explore the ruins of the 13th-century Sun Temple of Konark near to Puri, shaped like a colossal chariot with elaborately carved stone wheels
    • Take a cycle ride through the stunning back-roads and villages near Puri, to visit the artisan village of Raghurajpur and see the fantastic array of handicrafts traditionally manufactured there
    • Experience a local train ride from Puri to Kolkata
    • Experience a local overnight train from Kolkata to Siliguri
    • Explore the outdoor market in Thimphu ( please note this is only possible if we are in Thimpu on a weekend ). 
    • See Thimphu's iconic National Memorial Chorten, a stupa built in 1974 to commemorate the 3rd King of Bhutan
    • See the incredible 52m-tall golden Buddha Dordenma statue in the hills above Thimphu, the largest sitting Buddha statue in the world
    • Visit the Tashichho Dzong in the capital of Thimphu, a beautiful 17th-century Buddhist fortress that serves as the current seat of the Bhutanese government
    • Stay for 2 nights in a rural farmhouse near Bumthang to enjoy a slice of genuine Bhutanese life, food, and hospitality
    • Visit the incredible Trongsa Dzong, the largest Buddhist fortress in Bhutan set against the stunning backdrop of the Black Mountains
    • Take a beautiful walk through the countryside of the Chokor Valley, stopping off at various religious sites enroute. 
    • Explore the colourful, recently-restored Gangtey Gompa, a monastic college famous for its annual festival to welcome the migration of black-necked cranes
    • Trek up to the village of Rinchengang, picturesquely situated on a steep ridge near Wangdi
    • Visit the impressive Paro Rinpung Dzong, one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture
    • Trek up to the iconic 'Tiger's Nest', the sacred Taktsang monastery which clings to the rock face 900m above the valley floor - the most famous symbol of Bhutan
    Tour Staff
    • 2 Dragoman crew (1 Dragoman crew and 1 local crew for the last trip section), Local guides where necessary
    Accomodation
    • 0% Camping - 0% Hotels

Excludes

    Activities
    • Discover Kathmandu on a guided city tour (Price: NPR 1000)
    • Visit the sacred Hindu Pashupatinath Temple, dedicated to Nepal's unofficial national deity (Price: NPR 1500)
    • Visit the former royal palace of Narayanhiti and see the crown jewels of Nepal (Price: NPR 500)
    • Get out of the city and explore the nearby national park of Sundarijal, and see its idyllic waterfalls and rock formations (Price: NPR 500)
    • Visit the beautiful and tranquil Durbar Square in the nearby medieval town of Bhaktapur, and visit its nearby museums (Price: NPR 1500)
    • Explore the heart of the incredible Chitwan National Park on a jeep safari (alternative to the 20,000 Lake excursion) (Price: NPR 3500)
    • Explore the heart of the incredible Chitwan National Park on a jeep safari (alternative to the 20,000 Lake excursion) (Price: NPR 3500)
    • Explore the stupas and temples of Varanasi (Price: INR )
    • Visit the Mughal-era mosque of Gyanvapi in Varanasi (Price: INR )
    • Visit the ancient site of Isipatana and the museum in the town of Sarnath, one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world and where many Buddhist nations have built temples in their national styles (Price: INR 400)
    • Jeep safari through Panna Game Reserve (Price: INR 1500)
    • Explore the peaceful grounds of the Itmad Ud Daulah mausoleum, often described as a 'draft' of the Taj Mahal (Price: INR 310)
    • Take an unforgettable sunrise or sunset balloon ride over the forts and palaces of Jaipur (Price: USD 280)
    • See a traditional outdoor Rajasthani Kathputli puppet show in Jaipur (Price: INR 100)
    • Head out to see a Bollywood movie at the Raj Mandir, one of India's most famous and elegant cinemas (Price: INR 170)
    • Explore the Sanjay Colony 'slum' area of Delhi on a guided tour to see the micro-industries, schools and residential life there (Price: INR 1000)
    • Freely explore the colossal Mughal Red Fort in Old Delhi, built by the emporer Shah Jahan in 1648 upon moving the capital there (Price: INR 500)
    • Visit the stunning Mughal-era mosque of Jama Masjid in Old Delhi, and climb its iconic minarets for an unrivalled view of the old city (Price: INR 400)
    • Visit the Indira Gandhi Museum in Delhi, dedicated to the former Prime Minister who was assassinated by her own bodyguards in 1984 (Price: INR 100)
    • See the ground-breaking modern architecture of the Delhi Baha'i Temple, known as the Lotus Temple due to its unique shape (Price: USD )
    • See the India Gate at the end of Delhi's ceremonial axis, built to commemorate all Indians who have died in various wars (Price: USD )
    • Explore the site of Humayun’s Tomb, a phenomenal early Mughal tomb that is said to be a major inspiration for the Taj Mahal (Price: INR 250)
    • Discover the phenomenal 13th Century Qutab Minar and Mehrauli Archaeological Park in the south of Delhi, an intricately-carved pillar built during the Sultanate era of Indian history (Price: INR 600)
    • Take a walking tour through some of the back streets and narrow alleyways of Old Delhi, discovering the hidden side of the city (Price: INR 1000)
    • Explore the Sanjay Colony 'slum' area of Delhi on a guided tour to see the micro-industries, schools and residential life there (Price: INR 1000)
    • Visit the beautiful and ornate 18th-century mansions of Salim Singh-ki Haveli and Patwa-ki Haveli (Price: INR 200)
    • Watch the sunset from the stunning Amar Sagar Jain Temple in Jaisalmer (Price: INR 500)
    • Visit the Jaswant Thada, a beautiful marble cenotaph next to a picturesque lake built in memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II (Price: INR 100)
    • Learn all about Rajasthani cuisine at a cooking class at our guesthouse or homestay in Jodhpur (Price: INR 1000)
    • Explore the museum of the Jodhpur Royal Family in the Umaid Bhawan Palace, one of the world's largest private residences (Price: INR 50)
    • Explore the nearby Mandore Gardens and ancient ruined fort (Price: INR )
    • Go out on an exhilarating zip-lining excursion over the gardens of the Mehrangarh Fort (Price: INR 2000)
    • Take an evening ride on the Udaipur Ropeway, to see the stunning vista of the city after sunset (Price: INR 103)
    • Learn all about the folk art, culture, songs and festivals of Rajasthan at the Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal cultural institution (Price: INR 100)
    • Visit the Animal Aid Unlimited animal shelter and hospital in Udiapur, and support the incredible work they do there to look after injured street animals in the area (Price: USD 10)
    • Visit the iconic Monsoon Palace, perched on a mountain overlooking Udaipur (Price: INR 160)
    • Explore the Pichola Lake, and it's famous temple islands of Jagniwas and Jagmandir, on a stunning and peaceful boat cruise (Price: INR 430)
    • Head out on a half-day horse ride through the beautiful surroundings of the foothills of the Aravalli Mountains around Udaipur (Price: INR 3500)
    • Visit the palaces of Udaipur (Price: INR 700)
    • Take a guided tour of the backstreets, shops and schools of the Dhavari district, to experience a slice of the real Mumbai (Price: INR 1200)
    • Take a Bollywood dance class in one of Mumbai's premier dance studios (Price: INR 500)
    • Discover the marvellous collection of historical objects and art at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum, one of India's premier museums (Price: INR 500)
    • Explore the labyrinth of cave-temples on Elephanta Island near Mumbai, some of the most impressive rock carvings in all of India (Price: INR 750)
    • Climb the 1000 steps to the summit of Chamundi Hill, to visit the famous Sri Chamundeshwari Temple and take in the views of the city below (Price: INR 100)
    • Take a strenuous day-hike up the 2100m Chembra Peak, the highest peak in the Wayanad area (Price: INR 1000)
    • Take a walk through the scenic Wayanad countryside to visit the Meenmutty or Kanthanppara waterfalls (Price: INR 60)
    • Get a traditional Ayurvedic massage in the Keralan town of Varkala (Price: INR 1200)
    • Head out for an evening performance of traditional Keralan Kathakali dancing (Price: INR 300)
    • Take the ferry over to Vivekananda Rock and explore the memorial to the Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda (Price: INR 150)
    • Two nights in the former French colony of Pondicherry (Price: INR )
    • Visit the spiritual community of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, founded in the early 20th century by the famous Bengali freedom fighter and spiritual leader (Price: INR )
    • Visit the Fort St. George, the site of the East India Company's first trading station in 1640, and the first British fort in India (Price: INR 100)
    • Visit the Chennai Government Museum, and its incredible selection of antiquities including Roman artefacts and coins from all eras of India's past (Price: INR 250)
    • Visit the many historic temples, mosques, and churches of Chennai (Price: INR )
    • Visit the Fort St. George, the site of the East India Company's first trading station in 1640, and the first British fort in India (Price: INR 100)
    • Visit the Chennai Government Museum, and its incredible selection of antiquities including Roman artefacts and coins from all eras of India's past (Price: INR 250)
    • Visit the Sri Venkatesvara Tirumalai Temple (Price: INR 300)
    • Educational visit to the Usthi Foundation rural project for children either in Puri or Kolkata (Price: USD 10)
    • Visit the Eden Gardens, the most famous and iconic cricket stadium in India (Price: INR )
    • See the famous Howrah Bridge over the Hooghly River, thought to be the busiest bridge in the world with 150,000 pedestrians and 100,000 vehicles crossing every day (Price: INR )
    • Discover the incredible array of art and historical artefacts on display at the Indian Museum in Kolkata, the largest and oldest museum in India (Price: INR 500)
    • Head out on a fantastic photographic tour of Kolkata, exploring the hidden gems, back streets, and photogenic spots of the city with a superb local guide (Price: INR 2000)
    • Explore the vast fields and parks of the Maidan (the 'lungs of Kolkata') and observe daily life away from the chaos of the city (Price: INR )
    • See the huge white marble Victoria Memorial, built in the early 20th century by the British Viceroy of India and a grandiose reminder of Kolkata's colonial past (Price: INR 500)
    • Visit the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Centre, a museum illustrating the life and work of the famous and controversial missionary (Price: INR )
    • Take an early jeep trip to Tiger Hill, where you can get an incredible sunrise view of Kangchenjunda, the 3rd-highest mountain in the world (Price: INR 500)
    • See the museum at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, containing many exhibits from mountaineering history and the grave of Tenzing Norgay, one of the first men to summit Mount Everest (Price: INR 200)
    • Time to explore the tea plantations (Price: USD 5)
    • 3 nights stay in Darjeeling to explore the surrounding hills (Price: INR )
    • Scenic train ride through the stunning Darjeeling foothills.  (Price: INR 1500)
    • Visit the Changangkha Lhakhang in the hills above Thimphu, a busy temple where parents come to recieve the names for their new-borns from the deity Tamdrin (Price: BTN )
    • Visit the National Folk Museum, a living museum to see a slice of traditional Bhutanese life as it would have been a century ago (Price: BTN 150)
    • Visit the Motithang Takin Preserve near Thimphu, a natural conservation area for the curious yak-like Himalayan Takin (Price: BTN )
    • 2 night stay at the 5 star Dwarika Hotel (Price: NPR 250)
    • Feast on a 9 course traditional Nepali meal (Price: NPR 750)
    • Discover Kathmandu on a guided city tour (Price: NPR 1000)
    • 2 nights to enjoy the sights of Kathmandu (Price: NPR 250)
    • Visit the sacred Hindu Pashupatinath Temple, dedicated to Nepal's unofficial national deity (Price: NPR 1500)
    • Visit the former royal palace of Narayanhiti and see the crown jewels of Nepal (Price: NPR 500)
    • Get out of the city and explore the nearby national park of Sundarijal, and see its idyllic waterfalls and rock formations (Price: NPR 500)
    • Visit the beautiful and tranquil Durbar Square in the nearby medieval town of Bhaktapur, and visit its nearby museums (Price: NPR 1500)

Price

Price person (sharing double) $10,040 ($124/day)

Deposit:

100% per person for bookings made 0 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 0 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Flexible

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

Trip Price generally includes accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

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Bhutan, India, Nepal Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Taj Mahal, Agra, Jaipur, Fatehpur Sikri, Delhi, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Sambhali Trust, Udaipur, Mandu, Ajanta, Ellora, Mumbai, Goa, Old Goa, Hampi, Mysore, Wayanad, Kochi, Alleppey, Varkala, Kanyakumari, Madurai, Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram, Chennai, Tirupati, Tirumala, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Odisha Tribal Area, Puri, Kolkata, Overnight Train To Siliguri, Darjeeling, Phuntsholing, Thimphu, Punakha, Bumthang, Gangtey, Paro
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Local Culture & Cuisine,Historical Sites,Active/Adrenaline,Boating

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Dragoman

Dragoman has a proud history, standing at the forefront of the overlanding industry since the company's formation in 1981. Our first overlanding expedition to Nairobi and back set off in the summer of 1982, with our first trips to Asia following in 1984. In 1989, Dragoman launched operations in South America, and in 1994 (now with 13 trucks) we expanded out to Central America.

2001 Dragoman took over the assets of Encounter Overland, and we have been proud overlanding partners with Intrepid since 2008. Dragoman became the owners of Imaginative Traveller in 2011, the same year that our first truck arrived in South East Asia. Finally, in 2013 we entered North America, and were the first ever overlanding company to visit Burma.

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