Rajasthan, the Deep South & Bhutan

Starts: Delhi, India
Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal

Visit: Delhi, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Mandu, Mumbai, Goa, Hampi, Mysore, Wayanad, Kochi, Alleppey, Varkala, Kanyakumari, Madurai, Pondicherry, 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


This 66 day overland tour journeys from Delhi to Kathmandu through Bhutan, India, Nepal


    • History & Culture
    • Adventure Activities
    • Boating

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 207052
Tour Type: Group Tour
Accommodation: Budget
Transport: User Defined##Overland expedition vehicle, 4x4, Private bus, Boat, Flight, Overnight train, Train, Camel
Guide Language: Engligh
Travel Styles: Overland Expedition

Starts: Delhi, India
Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 66 days
Physical rating: Basic


    • 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
    • Experience a local overnight train from Mumbai to Goa
    • Visit the Sri Kalahasti Temple, one of the most famous Shiva temples in South India
    • 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 full 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
    • See a fascinating local cooking demonstration and 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
    • 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 6-hour hike into the hills above Bumthang to visit the peaceful and remote Padtshaling Monastery
    • 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
    • 0% Camping - 0% Hotels


    • 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)
    • 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)
    • 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 )
    • 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 person (sharing double) $8,935 ($135/day)


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)

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


Tour Operator


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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