Nature cultural India & Nepal
India, it is often said, is not a country but a continent. From north to south and east to west , the people are different, the languages are different, the customs are different, the country is different. There are few countries on earth with the enormous variety that India offers. It’s a place that some how gets into your blood. ...See more
Nature cultural India & Nepal
India, it is often said, is not a country but a continent. From north to south and east to west , the people are different, the languages are different, the customs are different, the country is different. There are few countries on earth with the enormous variety that India offers. It’s a place that some how gets into your blood. This country has always been a favorite country for travelers. India enjoys the most extra ordinary history and cultures where man and nature are so closely linked, co-existing in a way that seems impossible.
In Nepal, this trip begins in the relatively high altitude forests of the Himalaya. Nepal has a wealth of birds and other wildlife. On a world scale the country is recognized as forming the major part of an area of specially high biological diversity known as the North & East Himalayan ‘hotspot’ together with Bhutan & Sikkim. Over 875 bird species have been recorded in Nepal so far and many more species are likely to occur. The region is species-rich partly because of its moist climate and the wide altitudinal range in the country from 65m at the southern border to the Himalayan peaks in the north with an altitude of over 8,000m.
India & Nepal offer some of the finest birding in the world with unforgettable scenery. Not only is the local birdlife extremely rich and sheer in number but also you can easily approach birds that you encounters. This classic journey is enhanced still further by visiting one of the wonders of the world-the ‘Taj Mahal’ and some of the India’s rich architectural heritage. This tour is also designed to make an exception for the One Hormed Rhinocerous & Tiger, surely one of the most evocative creatures on Earth. To see Asian Rinos & Tiger there is no finer and more reliable reserve than Chitwon National Park in southern belt of Nepal, protects a vast tract of largely deciduous forest which still holds many Rhinos & Tigers.
Though birding is the aim of the tour, we will take time throughout to tour some of the more outstanding Buddhist monasteries and monuments both in Nepal & India. The combination of two countries exotic cultures harmoniously integrated with the natural landscapes-unscarred by modernization make bird watching simply unbeatable.
This journey not only provides some of the wonderful birding and the opportunity to see some exciting mammals, but as well will show us something of the real India and an age-old way of Indian life.
- Chance to explore natural highlights and cultural insights of Northern India and Nepal
- Delhi Sightseeing at India Gate, Jama Masjid – India’s oldest and largest mosque, Qutab Minar and Raj Ghat
- Enjoy a tour of the City Palace and Jantar Mantar
- Hot air balloon ride over Jaipur, and sail over hilltop forts, regal palaces, sleepy villages, and stone carved temples
- Visit the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Lumbini
- Lots of jungle activities at Chitwan
- Explore Paradise Pokhara
- Kathmandu cultural Sightseeing
DAY 1: Arrival in Delhi. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 02: Sightseeing in Delhi. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 03-4: Sightseeing in Jaipur. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 05: Sightseeing in Bharatpur. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 06: Sightseeing in Taj Mahal. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 07: Sightseeing in Agara. Overnight at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08: Sightseeing in Khajuraho. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09: Fly Varanasi. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Boat ride on the ganges. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 11: Drive to Lumbini. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12-13: Chitwan National Park. Overnight a hotel.
Day 14-15: In Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 16-17: In Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 18: Sadly, we send you off to the airport for your flight back home.
Day 01: Arrival in Delhi,
Upon arrival into Delhi, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to relax or independently explore this bustling capital. Overnight at Delhi.
Day 2: Old Delhi
This morning, our welcome meeting takes place. An orientation tour of India’s capital includes bustling Old Delhi and more streamlined New Delhi. Highlights of our tour include India Gate, Jama Masjid – India’s oldest and largest mosque, Qutab Minar andRaj Ghat – site of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation. Tonight, we enjoy a Namaste Dinner at an Indian restaurant. Overnight at Delhi.
Days 3-4: Jaipur
Delhi – Jaipur. On day 3 we travel by road to Jaipur also known as the Pink City. We enjoy a tour of the City Palace and Jantar Mantar – an old, yet cleverly designed space observatory. On Day 4, early-risers can opt for a morning hot air balloon ride over Jaipur, and sail over hilltop forts, regal palaces, sleepy villages, and stone carved temples. Afterwe enjoy a stately elephant ride and visit the stunning 16th century Amber Fort. After we stop at a cotton weaving house to see a demonstration of fabric dyeing and block printing before returning to Jaipur, evening at leisure. Tonight, if you would like to head out, keep
your eyes peeled for colourful papier mache puppets and traditional jootis – the Rajasthani shoe of choice. We’ll also visit a cotton trading/tailor shop which specialises in tablecloths and other articles block-printed with traditional Rajasthani designs and a very capable tailoring service where bolts of European-style fabric can be crafted into shirts and other garments meeting your specification. Prices are excellent and your new garb will be delivered to your hotel before we leave. Overnight at Jaipur.
Day 5: Abhaneri Stepwells & Rural India
Jaipur – Bharatpur via Abhaneri. Departing Jaipur we stop in the village of Abhaneri to see Chand Baori, which is the largest and deepest step well in the world. This incredible well has a staggering 3500 steps and is 13 stories deep. Next, we discover local life, traditions and visit the village school (if open) where we operate our ‘Change for Children’ programme. After hotel check in at Bharatpur and time to freshen up we visit Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we’ll enjoy a leisurely bicycle rickshaw ride through the park. Overnight: Bharatpur | Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Agra Fort & the Taj Mahal
Bharatpur – Agra. En route to Agra, we explore Fatehpur Sikri, former imperial capital of the great Mughal emperor Akbar. Built between 1569 and 1585, it has been deserted for more than four centuries, by all accounts abandoned in 1600 due to a meagre supply of water. In Agra, we visit the impressive Agra Fort before touring the legendary Taj Mahal and witnessing a glorious golden sunset. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, who tragically died in childbirth in 1631, the Taj Mahal in Agra is described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love and remains one of India’s most enduring symbols. Overnight at Agra.
Day 7: Orchha
Agra – Orchha. Striking south, we journey by express train to Jhansi and onwards by road to Orchha. Situated on the banks of the River Betwa, Orchha is dotted with temples and palaces built by Bundela rulers, which we’ll explore. Overnight at Orchha.
Day 8: Khajuraho Erotic Temples
Orchha – Khajuraho. Travelling south-east we arrive in Khajuraho which is renowned for its magnificent Hindu and Jain temples which were built during the Chandela dynasty from 950-1050 AD. The intricate stone carved temples are famous for their erotic sculptures, although why they were built still remains a mystery. In fact the Chandelas appear to have forgotten about the temples soon after they were completed and it wasn’t until they were rediscovered by the British that these exquisite masterpieces were fully appreciated in India. Overnight at Khajuraho.
Day 9: Fly to Varanasi
Khajuraho – Varanasi. Early this morning we offer a jeep safari in Panna NP, please see our wildlife safari Panna NP bolt on for details. This afternoon we bid farewell to Khajuraho and fly east to Varanasi. Perhaps the holiest city in India, Varanasi, also known as Benares or the city of Shiva, is also one of the oldest cities on earth. Sitting on the banks of the holy River Ganges, Varanasi has been a centre of learning for more than 2000 years and it’s an important Hindu pilgrimage site. Overnight at Varanasi.
Day 10: Boat Ride on the Ganges
This morning, we enjoy a sunrise boat ride on the holy Ganges river where we’ll view the ancient religious tradition of ritual cleansing that takes place on the many riverbank ghats (riverside steps). Later, we embark on a tour of the city. At sunset consider re-visiting the ghats for the evening pilgrimage, which is different to the dawn ritual. Overnight at Varanasi.
Day 11: Lumbini - birthplace of Buddha
Varanasi – Lumbini. Bright and early we drive north and cross the border into neighbouring Nepal. Our destination is Lumbini, where we can visit the birthplace of Lord Buddha in 623BC. The Lumbini Garden is famous for the Ashokan Pillar, which offers epigraphic evidence of Lord Buddha’s birth. Overnight at Lumbini.
Days 12-13: Chitwan National Park
Lumbini – Royal Chitwan NP. Leaving Lumbini, we drive to Royal Chitwan National Park. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest national parks in Asia, Chitwan supports a population of a variety of species including Indian one horned rhino, bison, sloth bear, wild boar, deer, leopard and of course the magnificent, if elusive, Bengal tiger. On day 13 we enjoy morning and evening game drives. Overnight at Chitwan.
Days 14-15: Pokhara
Chitwan NP – Pokhara. Today we drive to Pokhara. Perhaps the most stunning of Pokhara’s sights is the spectacular backdrop of the Annapurna range and the striking fishtailed summit of Mount Machhapuchhre (6977m) spectacularly rising behind Lake Phewa. We enjoy a sightseeing tour on day 15 and an evening sail boat trip. The rest of our time in Pokhara is free – hike, bike, shop or relax – the choice is yours! Overnight at Pokhara.
Days 16-17: Kathmandu
Pokhara – Kathmandu. Driving north we arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. Kathmandu is Nepal’s biggest and most cosmopolitan city, the meeting place of a dozen ethnic groups and once one of the most important points on the caravan routes between Tibet and India. Our sightseeing will include an overview of the city taking in Pashupatinath Temple which stands on the banks of the River Bhaginiti, Swayambhunath Pagoda and colossal Bodhnath. We’ll also eplore Durbar square in the heart of Kathmandu, which is home to more than 50 stunning temples and shrines. After our tour there’s free time to relax, explore and shop on your own. For a unique experience, opt to take a Himalayan scenic flight to see Mt Everest. The hour long flight (offered by a number of local companies) offers views of a seeming endless chain of snow capped peaks, as you fly above the clouds, over glaciers and lakes, rivers, gorges and see the world’s highest and most enigmatic mountain – Mt Everest. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 18: Kathmandu
Our holiday concludes after breakfast today, with a departure transfer to Kathmandu Airport.
- Nepal multiple or double entry visa fee(ca $80) upon arrival in Kathmandu airport
- International flight
- Charges for photography inside the monasteries
- Travel insurance
- Any expenses of personal nature, such as alcohol and soft drinks, monastery donation Tips, Telephone, Medicines,Laundry, meals not mentioned in cities
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What makes this trip different?
Eco Trip Nepal has been working hand to hand with nonprofit social organization SWAN Nepal (Social Welfare Association of Nepal) from its initial years. We provide continuous support to SWAN financially as well as by organizing charity and volunteering tours in the remote village of Baglung district. Organizing your holiday through Eco Trip Nepal will not only provide the chance to explore the natural grandeur of Himalayan country Nepal but also you will be playing a vital role in bringing positive changes in the lives of local community.
Financial support to direct beneficiaries: In all our programs, we strive to ensure that we only use local operators and try to source all provisions from local businesses, so you can be sure that some part of the money paid to us for arranging your holiday goes to the needy people of Nepal. The money you pay for touring and trekking through Eco Trip Nepal directly benefits the local people through SWAN as we provide them certain percentage of our profits from each and every trip on regular basis. Our guests experience true satisfaction together with enjoyment from Nepal holiday.
Local development through tourism: Eco Trip Nepal along with SWAN has been working together in discovering new routes, making plans into action and constantly working on how it can positively impact on local community development through tourism. In this way we have developed the Eco-tourism Project which focuses to flourish local tourism preservation of nature and cultural heritages.
Community Tourism: We help experience the best of Nepal through the eyes of the local Nepalese community. We enhance community based tourism to help our guests discover local habitats and wildlife; celebrate and respect traditional cultures, rituals and wisdom. In this way community will be aware of the commercial and social value placed on their natural and cultural heritage through tourism, and this will promote community based management of these resources.
For more details, visit SWAN Nepal's website www.swannepal.org