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Delhi to Kathmandu

Take a classic journey from India’s plains to the mountains of Nepal



At a glance

* 11 nights hotels, 2 nights jungle lodge, all en suite, 1 night sleeper
train
* Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
* Travel by private air-conditioned bus

Take a classic journey from India’s plains to the mountains of Nepal

To travel between Delhi and Kathmandu, from the bustling cities of the Indian
plains to the peace and tranquillity of the highest mountains on Earth, 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 or the
Buddhist Stupas of Kathmandu may be the highlights. For nature, spotting
rhino in Chitwan National Park or the first view of the mighty Himalayas will
provide lasting memories.

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Type: Land Only

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What’s included

* All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners included
* All accommodation
* Transfer for group flights

 

Food:
All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners included.

You should allow £15 (approx. US) per day for other meals. You can eat
out very cheaply in India and Nepal, but if you go to the most expensive
restaurants most of the time, you will spend more than the suggested amount.
In most of the towns there is a good choice between Indian, Chinese and
Western style food. If you are a vegetarian India and Nepal are probably two
of the best destinations you can visit. Tea and soft drinks are very cheap. A
(large!) bottle of beer is approximately £3 (approx. US.80). Bottled water
is widely available. 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 India, we can even see how the food is made, for
example, masala chai (tea), samosa (mashed potato snacks), jalebe (Indian
doughnuts), lassi (yoghurt drink).

Start destination:

End destination:

Cycling profile

Day 1

The group flight will arrive into Delhi in the morning and we will transfer
to our hotel. Those who have made their own flight arrangements will join us
at the hotel during the day. You are free today to explore Delhi and rest
after your flight; rooms may not be available until noon but it is often
earlier than this.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 2

After breakfast we will have a tour of the capital. In Old Delhi we visit
Jama Masjid (India’s largest mosque) and in New Delhi we see the fine
colonial buildings. Built by the British Raj in the early years of this
century and set in spacious tree-lined boulevards these now house various
Indian governmental departments. We then visit the tomb of Humayun, one of
the earlier Moghul Emperors. In the afternoon we drive to the Pink City of
Jaipur: this drive will take approximately 5 to 6 hours.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 3

Today we have a full day to explore Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan and one
of the most attractive and colourful cities in India. Built in the late 18th
century, it is a planned city of broad avenues built of sandstone and painted
pink at a later stage. First we visit the City Palace. Formerly the residence
of the Maharaja it is now a fine museum containing rare manuscripts,
paintings, royal garments and weapons. Close to the palace is one of the most
intriguing sights of India, the observatory of Jai Singh. This is an assembly
of immense astronomical instruments made of marble and brass set in a
pleasant garden. We will also see Jaipur’s impressive landmark, the Hawa
Mahal, or Palace of the Winds. A few miles from the main city is the splendid
Amber Palace, rising above a lake where elephants bathe. The imposing hilltop
fort contains large courtyards and interiors with fine decorations including
inlaid alabaster panels and a Chamber of Mirrors. We can walk up the hill
through the massive gateway to the courtyard. Jaipur is a centre of many
handicrafts, such as durries (woven rugs), carpets, printed cloth,
semi-precious stones, leatherwear etc.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 4

We begin the day by driving to Agra via the deserted ancient city of Fatehpur
Sikri. Formally the capital of the Mughal Empire, this wonderfully preserved
‘ghost town’ was constructed by Emperor Akbar between 1570 and 1585 and
reflects his ideals in art, religion and architecture. This impressive and
well-preserved citadel became his capital in 1571, after the blessing of a
local Moslem holy man correctly predicted the birth of a longed-for son, his
successor the Emperor Jehangir. The mosque, designed to hold ten thousand
worshippers, the palaces, residences and halls of audience are all of
decorative red sandstone. But this magnificence only lasted 14 years, as in
1584 Akbar left Fatehpur Sikri to secure his outlying territories, leaving
this city much as we see it today. The site is one of the most atmospheric in
northern India and its position on a ridge overlooking the modern village
below, and its wonderful state of preservation provide us with a taste of
this city’s majestic past.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 5

A very early start to see the incredible spectacle of the sunrise over the
Taj. The Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz
Mahal, who died in 1631, built the beautiful white marble Taj Mahal. The Taj
is serenely beautiful and never fails to amaze a first time visitor; the
white marble exterior changes colour according to the position of the sun
during the day and is matched by the rich interior detail. Within striking
distance is the imposing Red Fort of Akbar, third of the Moghul Emperors,
whose mighty sandstone walls enclose the beautiful white marble Pearl Mosque
and the palaces, halls, courtyards and fountains of his sons and successors,
Jehangir and Shah Jahan. It is here that the latter spent his last years,
imprisoned by his own son Aurangzeb. Agra also offers a wide variety of
handicrafts including jewellery, inlaid and carved marble, carpets and
clothes and there should be time for some shopping. In the late afternoon we
transfer to Tundla, 35km from Agra, where we board the overnight train to
Varanasi.
*Overnight Train*

Day 6

We arrive in Varanasi in the morning and transfer to the hotel (rooms may not
be available until noon however efforts are made to make it earlier than
this). The afternoon is then free to explore this incredible city and its
winding streets, ghats and mystical temples or visit the nearby Sarnath
Temple, where the Buddha gave his first sermon (optional).
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 7

Varanasi, situated on the River Ganges, is one of the most holy cities in
India and stands at the centre of the Hindu Universe. As such, the city lives
and breathes Hinduism: there are thousands of pilgrims, wandering holy men
(Sadhus), religious leaders and casual visitors. It is a city to get immersed
in by exploring its maze of narrow lanes, the many temples and watch the
Hindu ceremonies that occur around the clock. Just before dawn, we take a
boat out on the Ganges to witness the extraordinary spectacle on the ghats,
the steps leading down to the river. Every day thousands of Hindu pilgrims
come to these three miles of riverbank to immerse themselves in the waters of
the holy Ganges. In the evening you can witness the aarti ceremony from the
banks of the river.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 8

We board our private bus and make an early departure for Nepal. It’s a
spectacular drive across the northern plains, passing through a few towns and
lots of pretty Indian villages. At the Indian border we leave our bus and
walk across through customs and immigration to Nepal (approx. 500 metres).
Once in Nepal, we enter the Terai, the narrow plain running along the
southern breadth of the country. We have a short drive (approx. 1 hour) to
Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, where we spend the night. Total
driving time approx. 12 hrs.
*Standard Hotel*

Day 9

Early this morning there is a short, optional rickshaw ride around the
Lumbini gardens. Buddha was born here and the area is being developed into a
place of pilgrimage for Buddhists from all over the world. Travelling east
and parallel to the mountains, we reach Chitwan (approx. 4 hour drive), where
we spend two nights. The park, with its jungle and thick forest, was the
former royal hunting ground and was set-aside as a conservation area in 1973.
The park and the surrounding forest covers an area of 923 square kilometres
of the terai and affords excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. 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. Over 500 species of birds have been
recorded in this area.
Wildlife activities are managed and escorted by experienced naturalists and
shikharis; included in your stay is a jeep safari and a dug out canoe
excursion. Other trips such as a village tour and birdwatching outings can be
organised depending on individual interests.
*Standard Hotel*

Day 10

Today, our journey to Pokhara is only 140km but will take 4-5 hours. We
follow the gorge of the Narayani River and soon we are in the foothills of
the Himalaya. The scenery changes dramatically from the forests and farmlands
of the Terai to steep terraced hills, and as we get closer to Pokhara we
begin to see the formidable Annapurna Range. Set at only 1,000m amongst
semi-tropical plants and with a delightfully warm climate, it is actually
much closer to the main Himalayan peaks than Kathmandu. Machhapuchhare, the
‘Fishtail Peak’, dominates the skyline especially in the clear morning air.
We stay in a simple hotel near to Lake Phewa, with a wide choice of
restaurants and other facilities close by.
*Standard Hotel*

Day 11

We can either relax by or on the beautiful lake in Pokhara, or the more
energetic can hike into the surrounding hills for even better views of the
peaks. There are many wonderful day walks in and around the Pokhara valley,
one of the best being to drive up to the remains of a fort at Sarankot, the
hill directly overlooking the lake and then walk back to Pokhara. An early
morning start is required to guarantee the clearest view, but once there, the
whole Annapurna range can be seen with virtually no intervening hills. This
is one of the best of all viewpoints for Machhapuchhare, most people’s
favourite mountain in the region. For many though, Pokhara is a place to
relax by either renting a rowboat or bicycle for a few hours and exploring
the lake and its shoreline at a leisurely pace.
*Standard Hotel*

Day 12

We leave early for the long drive to Kathmandu, along the Chinese-built road
running parallel to the main Himalayan range. The distance is only 200km but
it is a slow climb through the mountains and the journey will take most of
the day (7 – 8 hours). The views, however, are stunning as we follow the
Marsyangdi and Trisuli rivers, passing numerous villages and terraces
stretching thousands of feet up the hillside. We arrive in Kathmandu in the
late afternoon and check into our centrally located hotel.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 13

We have today to explore Kathmandu and the valley. In the early morning there
is the opportunity to take a scenic flight to see Mount Everest (this can be
booked and paid for on arrival in Kathmandu; see ‘Extra Expenses and Spending
Money’ section below regarding costs). Today there will be a half-day
sightseeing tour visiting Pashupatinath, the most important Hindu temple in
the valley, and Bodnath, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world. The
rest of the time is free for individual exploration of Kathmandu. You may
like to visit the Durbar Square of Kathmandu with its old Royal Palace and
intricately carved temples, or Swayambhunath, the ‘monkey temple’, set on a
hill overlooking the city.
Kathmandu also offers the most wonderful and varied opportunities for
souvenir shopping: clothes, trinkets, Tibetan and Nepalese handicrafts and
superb bookshops. It also has a wide variety of restaurants serving some of
the best food from the sub-continent and you can also find wonderful pizzas
and apple pies.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 14

Those on the flight inclusive package will depart for the airport this
morning for the daytime flight back to London; Land Only arrangements will
finish after check-out from the hotel.
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Customer Feedback

Delhi to Kathmandu

Summary:
This was a great trip which involved a lot of travelling ( by bus, train,
jeep and boat) but with the reward of visiting some beautiful and
historical places and having some wonderful experiences. The travelling times
for our group were often longer than suggested in the trip notes but this
was because at the time of our travel there was some major road construction
occurring. However the long bus trips did give one an opportunity to observe
the countryside, the Indian and Nepalese cultures and ways of life as one
passed through towns and villages. There was also the opportunity for the odd
nap as there were quite a few early morning starts. Also this gave an
opportunity to read up on, or reflect on the places visited as the trip moves
quickly across India and into Nepal.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
For me the inspirational moments of the trip were visiting the Taj Mahal,
getting close to the Indian one horned rhino in Chitwan national park and
the flight to Everest . The Taj Mahal is such an iconic building and to have
experienced its beauty and atmosphere at sunrise was inspiring. Our group
were so lucky at Chitwan …we saw about 10 rhino with 7 being distant
viewings but 3 were really close to the jeeps. Being a keen photographer of
animals this really made my trip !!! Am still wondering how Gaj our ” all
things can be sorted” guide managed to arrange that !!! Seeing Everest
and the Himalayas above the clouds….. not to be missed.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Gaj was our fantastic leader who looked out for our safety but also ensured
that we had a good time. He frequently asked us if our tummies were in
order… “because if your tummy isn’t in the right place your head isn’t
going to be in the right place”. For the majority, tummies were in the right
place for the whole trip and I am sure that this was partly owing to the
fact that Gaj knew where to take us to eat. A guide is always worth his
money for giving good advice to avoid unhappy occurrences and then if they
occur being able to sort things out . Gaj always gave us good tips on things
to do or not to do and always knew where we could change money, find a
chemist, procure a chain and lock for your suitcase or get passport photos
done . Besides all the practical stuff Gaj told us lots about the history and
culture of his country and answered all our questions enthusiastically.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Be prepared for the long drives.. its what you have to do to visit places
where some roads are not great.
The Nepalese immigration insist on pristine US dollar notes ( no markings and
flat) for your visa.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Its not a rest .. its an experience…..but a great one !!!

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Delhi to Kathmandu

Summary:
A fantastic adventure from start to finish. India was hot, dirty, crowded and
chaotic. It was a riot of colour, noise and amazing photo opportunities!
Nepal was slightly less chaotic and provided a wonderful contrast to the
madness.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Both morning and evening trips on the Ganges were incredible. Not for the
faint-hearted, we watched cremations on the banks of the river.
We loved Chitwan even though we didn’t see the elusive tiger.
We went paragliding in Pokhara which was great fun.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Ronit was a great leader. We were a very small group, just four of us and
Ronit. We got on extremely well and Ronit just made everything easy. He was
knowledgable, informative and fun. He made navigating the chaos easy,
getting us on to the train for our overnight trip, getting us tuktuks and
rickshaws and adding his own experiences that he thought we would enjoy such
as taking us to the Sikh temple in Delhi where we made roti, stopping at the
brick factory, walking over a suspension bridge on the way to Pokhara and
taking us to eat street food at a stall in Agra.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
This is not a relaxing holiday. It is an adventure. Be prepared for long
journeys on terrible roads. There is always something to see but you will
spent a lot of time on the road. There are also some early starts. The
standard of driving, generally, is not great. It was particularly dusty in
Kathmandu. Some of the hotels are quite basic. Be prepared for sights you
would not see in the UK. Embrace the chaos and you will have an amazing
time!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I would highly recommend this trip. It was well organised from start to
finish. Excellent!

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Ann Neville

Summary:
For me it was trip of a lifetime. As a single traveller I enjoyed fabulous
company and appreciated the fact that gajraj ensured our comfort and safety
at all times.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
First sight of Taj Mahal and the spirituality and sense of peace of Ganges at
sunrise and sunset.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
His knowledge of India enabled me to better uderstand as well as question
what we were seeing. I felt he really shared a friendship with all of us.
Organising and predicting ways to enhance our experiences. Every thing from
beautiful garden restaurants to organising passport photos for someone’s
visa.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Don’t forget to pack chain and lock for bags on overnight train journey. Only
dull clothes for jeep safari.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Relax sit back and enjoy all of it.

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AIN 1102

Summary:
a good informative holiday. saw lots of interesting places as well as the
well known ones. had amazing experants traveling on the road plus the way of
life.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
lots every day had somthing to talk and think about. enjoyed Taj Mahai, early
morning on the Ganges, the hole visit to Chitwan.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Gajraj He was great, frienly, helpful, full of fun, helped us to understand
his country, answered our Questions

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
No need to bring water purifing for water in Nepal Water was freely given in
hotels.
A face mask is usful for the dust in the air even some local people have
them.

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Planes, trains and automobiles – but no Steven Martin story of mishaps

Summary:
I absolutely loved this trip from start to finish. The Taj Mahal was
everything I hoped it would be and more, the overnight train ride to Varanasi
was superb and being with such a lovely group and tour leader really made the
trip even more enjoyable. Having been on trips with long drives before, the
time we spent on the road didn’t phase me. I do think that off roading would
be a fairer description of most of India’s roads, while Nepal seems not to
have any completed roads at all (and this was not due to the earthquake). So
bus suspension and lack of air con were annoyances I could have done without,
but I tend to think everything is an experience just waiting to become a
traveller’s tale…. Delhi wasn’t particularly interesting, but as soon as
we got to Jaipur, the sights and sounds (and smells) of India really began to
get intense. The Amber Fort was worth the hot walk uphill and the deserted
city of Fatehpur Sikri was beautiful. The guides really helped you learn a
lot about the Mogul emperors (I can now recite this list of rulers!). All
this was even before we got to the Taj Mahal (just go and stare with wonder.
It truly is beautiful). As somebody who doesn’t ‘do souvenirs’, I was so
impressed by the quality of the craftwork we saw (carpets, jewellery, marble
tables) that I became a shopaholic! Beware the problem of space in your
luggage on the way home if you go on this trip…

Varanasi was interesting to see and I loved the experience of a high speed
Tuc Tuc ride through incredibly crowded streets. The flower laying moment on
the Ganges was lovely, but public burning of bodies on funeral pyres at the
water’s edge may not be everyone’s cup of tea (interesting but wasn’t really
mine either). Sunrise over the Ganges and the peacefulness of the boat ride
was lovely though.

On to Nepal and a remarkably trouble free border crossing near Lumbini
(though don’t bring US dollars with ANY pen marks on them as the borders
guards like them pristine). The birthplace of the Buddha was a very restful
sight to visit, before we made our way to Chitwan National Park. Don’t go
believing you will see a tiger (impossible), a sloth bear (unlikely) or even
a rhino (3 hours in before we spotted our first), but again I’ve done safaris
before so was quite happy with what we did see. On to Pokhara, where the
volume of dust on the ‘roads’ meant you would struggle to identify any of the
beautiful scenery outlined in the trip notes. Pokhara felt quite westernised
and I’m not really a daredevil sports fan, but I really liked the drive to
Sarankot to see sunrise over the Annapurna range and the walk back down. The
highlight of Kathmandu for me was the flight over Everest: well worth the
extra money! I managed to spend literally every last penny, dollar, rupee or
Nepalese rupee I brought with me by the time we got to the airport for the
flight home, which I reckon is a sign of a good holiday. Do not rely on ATMs
to give you money when you need it though. Luckily the group members
frequently turned banker to help each other out so it didn’t really matter
(and craft places always take credit cards…).

Finally, the group were lovely and the tour leader was excellent. Don’t
bother with single room supplement as it is fun to share. I didn’t bother
but got a single room for free anyway because the others had paid the
supplement (but I spent this saving on the beautiful crafts…). As a first
trip to India, this was just right. I’d highly recommend it.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The Taj Mahal without a doubt.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
He was great. Knowledgeable, funny, friendly, organised and with an air of
command (but without making us feel we were part of a platoon). Gaj was a
pleasure to have as our tour leader.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
It’s all in the above review!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
No.

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Delhi to Kathmandu

Summary:
Very enjoyable experiences.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
I enjoyed all that we saw and did. We visited a school on request to give
pens and paper. Thought seeing sun rise on the Ganges and sending a light
down the river very moving. Loved staying at Chitsan another chances to flot
on the water and seeing all the animals. Didn’t see the tigers though.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Gajraj was very good with information and helped us to understand his
country. He was full of fun to that helped us all to get on together. Pleased
that he fixed for us to visit a school.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Water in Nepal is readily available no need for water purifying stuff. Lot
of dust a face mask is a good idea to have if you suffer with a bad chest.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Loved all the things we saw and did.

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delhi to kathmandu

Summary:
a trip that far exceeded expectations.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
the human spectical of Veranasi

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
simplly the best

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Delhi to Kathmandu

Summary:
I really enjoyed my trip. I was a little worried about travelling to India on
my own.This trip was a wonderful taste of India. I have always wanted to see
the Taj Mahal.There was alot of early mornings and bus travel but the
experience of travelling through the towns and villages of India was most
interesting.The hotels were of a good standard.I have been trekking in Nepal
so it was rather nice to relax instead.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
I enjoyed visiting the Amber Palace in Jaipur but the sun rising over the Taj
Mahal and the visit to Varanasi were my favourites. The Chitwan in Nepal is
up there as well.Never a dull moment.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our group leader Jated was very experienced with great people skills.He was
very proud of his country and knowledgable.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Enjoy every moment.

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The Road To Kathmandu (without Dorothy Lamour)

Summary:
To be honest I didn’t know what to expect from this trip. My wife was a
little concerned about going to India but the itinerary looked so good that
she was persuaded. No need to worry, from our arrival in Delhi to our
departure from Kathmandu we were looked after, guided, kept informed and
treated to some amazing sights, sounds and food. This was an incredibly
informative, entertaining and exciting journey. We loved it!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
This question needs pluralising! It is impossible (and unfair) to choose a
single inspirational moment, there are so many. Taj Mahal, flight to
Everest, The evening Aarti ceremony in Varanasi viewed from a boat on the
bank of the Ganges were truly spectacular and quite moving moments. So were
the village visit, sunrise over the Annapurna’s, forts, mosques, temples
and bus rides. However, on our first evening waiting to cross a busy road in
Delhi and along strolls an elephant was an unexpected moment I won’t
forget.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Jatin was excellent. If you had a problem, a question, a special request or
just wanted to chat about life in general he was your man. He even found an
Iphone screwdriver for me so I could repair my phone, now that is service.
He had a vast knowledge about the history, wild life and culture of both
India and Nepal. Without his input we would have had a good trip, with it we
had a smooth, well informed excellent trip. I must not forget to say thanks
also to Gujraj who assisted Jatin for the first few days. You will be in
safe hands with both guides. I would like to say a big thank you to both
men.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Go with an open mind. India is smelly, dirty, polluted, chaotic and
overcrowded. It is a developing country after all. However you must mix all
this with the incredible cultures, places of worship, sights of incredible
architecture (manmade and natural) and the warm, friendly, welcoming people
you will meet along the way. If you do you will have an unforgettable
experience.

Take along all the hand sanitiser you can, together with the usual stomach
medicines. The biggest problem on our trip was the common cold which worked
its way through most of our group over the two weeks. We only had one upset
stomach. This may be due to the choice of venues for meals, our copious use
of the hand sanitiser, or just luck!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
This is an Exodus trip, it is run to a budget. It is our third trip with the
company. We have always had excellent guides, comfortable hotels, early
mornings and long journeys often over poor roads. That is all part of the
experience. You should expect this and accept that it is just one part of
what will be an amazing, unforgettable journey. If you want more comfort,
higher prices and more time to spend in your hotel don’t use Exodus. For
long, full, eventful and informative days that maximise your time in the
country go with his company. We loved it! Chile next!

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I am definitely buying a tuktuk!

Summary:
Fantastic trip. It was a holiday of two halves, experiencing the brilliant
chaos of India followed by the peace and natural beauty of Nepal. Some
amazing temples and brilliant sights. My highlight was Varanasi, the tuktuk
through the streets heading down to the Ganges was like an outtake from Mario
Kart, the crowds and scenes were amazing. There’s loads to do in Pokhara, you
can go paragliding, whitewater rafting, bungee jumping or just go for a
relaxed walk around the lake. I also highly recommend the Everest flight!
Every day was an adventure and the food…thumbs up! I was also fortunate to
have a fantastic tour group to share it all with, highly recommend.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Seeing the Taj Mahal will exceed your expectations, photos just can’t do it
justice!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Ajay was brilliant, he looked after us well. We felt safe, entertained and
well informed throughout. It was great knowing he was there to take care of
everything.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
There are some long (and sometimes very bumpy) coach journeys involved so
make sure you’ve got your playlists organised. Don’t let this put you off
though, the distances travelled are well worth it.

Make sure you’ve got spare batteries for your camera as well because you’ll
want to capture everything!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I skipped the elephant safari in Chitwan as I wasn’t comfortable with how the
elephants were treated. Perhaps I was being overly cautious but I didn’t like
what I saw and read at the breeding centre. I think a bit more education on
how the elephants are used and how they are looked after would have helped. I
should have done some research before I booked the trip as the elephant
safari was included rather than optional, so whether I took part or not in
that activity, I had already contributed to it. I’d suggest to Exodus that
this be made optional in the future so people can make the choice once they
see it close up.

Again, I’m probably just over cautious and I don’t want to put anyone off
taking part unnecessarily but more education on these animals would have
really helped.

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

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Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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