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Explore India & Nepal
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17 days

from $3,471 AUD

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Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Casual trips offer immersive travel experiences at an unbeatable value with free time and plenty of choices built into the itineraries. Accommodations are comfortable, well-located, and modest. Trips are led by dynamic local guides, some meals and activities are included, and transportation is provided for included excursions.

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Visit the highlights of Rajasthan and Kathmandu and stay in a family home in a rural Indian village.
  • Meet a Nepalese National Geographic grantee who is working to preserve ancient weaving traditions.
  • Spend a night in a Buddhist monastery and participate in daily rituals alongside the monks.
Itinerary

Discover northern India’s famed Golden Triangle and get immersed in Nepalese culture on a 17-day journey. Explore the Taj Mahal and encounter the iconic colors of Rajasthan. Spend a night at a Buddhist monastery and meet with one of the brave women from SASANE, a program that trains former victims of trafficking to become paralegals. From epic sights to intimate encounters, every moment packs a big punch.

Day 1: Delhi

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included through Women on Wheels, a G Adventures-supported project.

Day 2: Delhi/Āgra

Enjoy a youth-led walk through Delhi as part of the G Adventures-supported City Walk project. Later, explore Old Delhi with your CEO before an afternoon drive to Agra.

Day 3: Āgra

Spend the day visiting the highlights of the walled city of Agra including the famed Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort.

Day 4: Āgra/Jaipur

Drive to Jaipur, visiting the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and the village of Abhaneri, which has one of India's deepest and largest stepwells (tank gardens).

Day 5: Jaipur

Explore the "Pink City," known also as Jaipur, including the Amber Fort, City Palace, and the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). Listen to a local historian/scholar discuss the spirituality, social fabric, customs, and traditions of India.

Day 6: Jaipur/Pachewar

Drive to the rural village of Pachewar where we stay in a heritage home. Exploring this traditional village is like stepping back in time. Walk and meet with locals and explore how urbanization affects village life, modernization and its benefits and disadvantages, as well as simple village customs and traditions.

Day 7: Pachewar/Delhi

Drive back to bustling Delhi. Opt to join your CEO for a group dinner.

Day 8: Delhi/Kathmandu

Transfer to the airport and catch a flight to Kathmandu.

Day 9: Kathmandu

Spend the day exploring Kathmandu and surrounding areas, including Boudhanath Stupa, one of the world's largest Buddhist shrines. Also visit the Royal City of Bhaktapur, exploring Hindu temples, pagodas, and monuments, including the stunning wood-carved palace in Durbar Square. After, visit the Sisterhood of Survivors Project and learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) before enjoying an authentic local lunch. You'll also meet one of the women that has graduated from the Sasane paralegal program.

Day 10: Kathmandu/Pharping

Opt to take an early morning Everest experience flight, then visit ancient Swayambhunath Buddhist temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the holiest shrines in Kathmandu. Then, visit a local home to learn about National Geographic grantee Chhing Lhomi, who works to preserve ancient weaving traditions of the Upper Mustang region through the Himalayan Indigenous Society. Depart the city to Pharping for a unique overnight stay at a Buddhist Monastery guesthouse. Learn about monastery life from the inside, then enjoy a chanting and prayer service. Opt to walk in the surrounding village and countryside.

Day 11: Pharping/Kurintar

Wake up early to enjoy the sunrise and morning chanting from the monastery. After, drive to Kurintar and hike to our remote lodge on the banks of Trishuli River and valley. Opt to relax and enjoy the pool or take a hike in the surrounding countryside.

Day 12: Kurintar/Chitwan National Park

Drive to our lodge located on the bank of the Rapti river which borders the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chitwan National Park. After lunch, board a traditional boat to view wildlife along the river.

Day 13: Chitwan National Park

Explore Chitwan National Park with expert local guides. Activities can include a village walk, boating, nature walks, and a jeep safari in search of rhinos, leopards, wild elephants, monkeys, and crocodiles. Also meet with a local tiger “technician” who will give a presentation about the Nepal Tiger Trust, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of tigers in Nepal. Our expert will join us on a jeep safari to teach us how tigers are tracked, protected, and monitored with help from the local community. If we’re lucky, we may catch a glimpse of one of these elusive great cats. This evening, return to our lodge and enjoy a Tharu cultural dance program presented by local villagers.

Day 14: Chitwan National Park/Pokhara

Drive to beautiful Pokhara and immerse yourself in stunning views of the Himalayas. Enjoy an orientation walk with your CEO and opt to have dinner at one of the popular restaurants in town.

Day 15: Pokhara

Hike up to Sarangkot and enjoy the sunrise and sweeping Annapurna Himalayan views. Later, hike to the brilliant World Peace Pagoda, a stunning monument built by Buddhist monks from Japan. After, visit a Tibetan refugee settlement to learn more about this community by viewing their photo gallery and enjoying a local Tibetan lunch. This afternoon, opt to try paragliding or go boating in Phewa Lake.

Day 16: Pokhara/Kathmandu

Catch a flight back to the capital, Kathmandu. Enjoy free time for shopping or opt to visit the Pashupatinath Ghats

Day 17: Kathmandu

Depart at any time.

PRICES & DATES

  • date 20 Oct 2019 - 05 Nov 2019
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  • date 03 Nov 2019 - 19 Nov 2019
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  • date 10 Nov 2019 - 26 Nov 2019
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  • date 01 Dec 2019 - 17 Dec 2019
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    $4,229 AUD Per Person
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  • date 15 Dec 2019 - 31 Dec 2019
  • double occupancy
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    $4,449 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $7,018 AUD Per Person

  • date 19 Jan 2020 - 04 Feb 2020
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    $3,471 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $5,840 AUD Per Person

  • date 02 Feb 2020 - 18 Feb 2020
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    $4,119 AUD Per Person
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    $6,488 AUD Per Person

  • date 16 Feb 2020 - 03 Mar 2020
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    $4,119 AUD Per Person
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    $6,488 AUD Per Person

  • date 01 Mar 2020 - 17 Mar 2020
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    $4,119 AUD Per Person
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    $6,488 AUD Per Person

  • date 08 Mar 2020 - 24 Mar 2020
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    $4,119 AUD Per Person
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    $6,488 AUD Per Person

  • date 15 Mar 2020 - 31 Mar 2020
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    $4,119 AUD Per Person
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    $6,488 AUD Per Person

  • date 29 Mar 2020 - 14 Apr 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $4,119 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $6,488 AUD Per Person

  • date 12 Apr 2020 - 28 Apr 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $3,899 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $6,268 AUD Per Person

  • date 26 Apr 2020 - 12 May 2020
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    $3,899 AUD Per Person
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    $6,268 AUD Per Person

  • date 06 Sep 2020 - 22 Sep 2020
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    $3,899 AUD Per Person
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    $6,268 AUD Per Person

  • date 13 Sep 2020 - 29 Sep 2020
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    $3,899 AUD Per Person
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    $6,268 AUD Per Person

  • date 20 Sep 2020 - 06 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $3,899 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $6,268 AUD Per Person

  • date 27 Sep 2020 - 13 Oct 2020
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    $3,899 AUD Per Person
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    $6,268 AUD Per Person

  • date 04 Oct 2020 - 20 Oct 2020
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    $3,899 AUD Per Person
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    $6,268 AUD Per Person

  • date 11 Oct 2020 - 27 Oct 2020
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    $3,899 AUD Per Person
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    $6,268 AUD Per Person

  • date 18 Oct 2020 - 03 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $4,119 AUD Per Person
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  • date 25 Oct 2020 - 10 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $4,119 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $6,488 AUD Per Person

  • date 01 Nov 2020 - 17 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $4,119 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $6,488 AUD Per Person

  • date 08 Nov 2020 - 24 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $4,119 AUD Per Person
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    $6,488 AUD Per Person

  • date 15 Nov 2020 - 01 Dec 2020
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    $4,119 AUD Per Person
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    $6,488 AUD Per Person

  • date 22 Nov 2020 - 08 Dec 2020
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    $6,488 AUD Per Person

  • date 29 Nov 2020 - 15 Dec 2020
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    $4,119 AUD Per Person
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    $6,488 AUD Per Person

  • date 06 Dec 2020 - 22 Dec 2020
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    $4,119 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $6,488 AUD Per Person

  • date 13 Dec 2020 - 29 Dec 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $4,339 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $6,708 AUD Per Person

  • date 20 Dec 2020 - 05 Jan 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $4,339 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $6,708 AUD Per Person

  • date 27 Dec 2020 - 12 Jan 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $4,339 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $6,708 AUD Per Person

  • date 21 Feb 2021 - 09 Mar 2021
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    $4,119 AUD Per Person
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    $6,488 AUD Per Person

  • date 28 Feb 2021 - 16 Mar 2021
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    $4,119 AUD Per Person
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    $6,488 AUD Per Person

  • date 07 Mar 2021 - 23 Mar 2021
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    $4,119 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $6,488 AUD Per Person

  • date 14 Mar 2021 - 30 Mar 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $4,119 AUD Per Person
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    $6,488 AUD Per Person

  • date 21 Mar 2021 - 06 Apr 2021
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    $4,119 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $6,488 AUD Per Person

  • date 04 Apr 2021 - 20 Apr 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,899 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $6,268 AUD Per Person

  • date 11 Apr 2021 - 27 Apr 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $3,899 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $6,268 AUD Per Person

  • date 05 Sep 2021 - 21 Sep 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $3,899 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $6,268 AUD Per Person

  • date 12 Sep 2021 - 28 Sep 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $3,899 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $6,268 AUD Per Person

  • date 19 Sep 2021 - 05 Oct 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $3,899 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $6,268 AUD Per Person

  • date 26 Sep 2021 - 12 Oct 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $3,899 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $6,268 AUD Per Person

  • date 03 Oct 2021 - 19 Oct 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $3,899 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $6,268 AUD Per Person

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. Optional activities are at an additional cost.

  • Accommodation: Hotels (14 nts), heritage hotel (1 nt), monastery guesthouse (1 nt)
  • Meals: 16 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Transport: Van, bus, auto-rickshaw, cycle-rickshaw, plane, boat, 4x4.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Meet a Local Historian, Jaipur
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Local Village Immersion, Pachewar
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: SASANE Lecture, Kathmandu
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Traditional Weaving and Indigenous Peoples Lecture, Kathmandu
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Overnight at a Buddhist Monastery, Pharping
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Neydo Monastery Sunrise Chant, Pharping
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Chitwan Tiger Experience, Chitwan National Park
  • Your G for Good Moment: Women on Wheels Transfer, Indira Gandhi International Airport
  • Your G for Good Moment: City Walk, Delhi
  • Your G for Good Moment: Sisterhood of Survivors Project, Kathmandu
  • Visit the Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort
  • Excursion to Fatehpur Sikri and the Abhaneri step wells
  • Explore Jaipur
  • Tour of Kathmandu
  • Bhaktapur guided tour
  • Visit Swayambhunath
  • Chitwan National Park village walking tour and jeep safari
  • Hike to the World Peace Pagoda
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $4,938

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

Age Requirement:12+

All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.