Himalayas & Deep South

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Highlights
    Tour Staff
    Local Guides where necessary, Two Dragoman Crew Members
    Transport
    Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Private Bus, Tuk Tuk, Boat, Camel, Train
    Destinations
    • Asia
    • India
    • Nepal
    Tour Types
    • Adventure
    • Discovery
    • History
    • Cultural
    • Attraction-Based Hikes
    • Camel Ride
    • Eco
    • GAP Year
    • Historical
    • Horse Riding
    • Active
    • Local Guide
    • Local Living
    • Overland truck
    • Sightseeing
    • Walking Tour
    • Walking
    • Wildlife
    • Overland
    Day 1

    Border Information: If you are joining the trip in Kathmandu, you will most likely enter Nepal at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (IATA code: KTM).

    Wrapped around the Himalayan mountain range is the remarkable country of Nepal. It is the birthplace of the Buddha and is a land of legend and beauty. Within its narrow confines Nepal contains an utterly spectacular variety of culture and landscapes. Nepal has a stunning natural beauty and a simple charm.

    There is an important group meeting at 6:00pm. Your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where and when this important meeting will take place.

    Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Kathmandu before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Kathmandu.

    In Kathmandu we stay in a good quality hotel.


    Day 2

    Today our journey begins with a drive to the historic village of Nuwakot, one of Nepal’s hidden gems nestled in the central hills of the country. Full of ancient temples and palaces, Nuwakot has a beautifully serene atmosphere and rustic ambience - perfect for getting a taste of the calm pace of rural Nepalese life.

    In Nuwakot we will stay in a hotel based inside an old manor house.

    Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).


    Day 3

    Today is a free day to explore the stunning village of Nuwakot and its surroundings.


    Day 4

    Today we will spend a little more time enjoying the serenity of Nuwakot, before taking a short drive to Nepal's second city - the adventure town of Pokhara!

    In Pokhara we will stay in a local guesthouse.

    Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.


    Day 5

    Today we will have a free day in the fantastic city of Pokhara. The area is famous for its myriad of spectacular waterfalls surrounded by fertile forests and towering mountains, for its fantastic choice of yoga and meditation retreats, and for its overwhelming choice of adventure activities from trekking to rafting to zip-lining to mountain biking!


    Day 6

    This morning we take a short drive out of Pokhara to the small village of Dhampus, where we start our 3-hour trek to our Annapurna eco-lodge. The lodge is dramatically located in the foothills of the mountains of Annapurna and Manaslu, and is a paradise for taking walks through the stunning Nepalese countryside.

    The trek is approximately 3 hours in total, and is relatively easy but is mainly uphill. The trek can be skipped by any individual if need be.

    In the Annapurna Region we will stay in a local eco-lodge.

    Estimated Drive Time - 1-2 hours.


    Day 7

    Today we will explore the area around our eco-lodge, meet many of the locals, and get into the heart of the community. We will hopefuly visit a local school and give something back to the local community by helping to maintain their ingenious water systems.


    Day 8

    Today we will embark on a stunning walk along the ridge, taking in the incredible vistas of Annapurna and Machhapuchhare mountains in the background! We will stop at a small village for lunch and then take the steep downhill trail to rejoin our overland truck on the main road. From there, we will drive to the delightful town of Bandipur.

    The trek is approximately 5 hours in total, and is easy and relatively flat until the steep downhill section back to the main road which is a bit more challenging. The trek can be skipped by any individual if need be.

    In Bandipur we will have 2 nights in a fantastic local hotel.

    Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

    On our 2nd day in Bandipur we will have free time to relax and explore the local surroundings.


    Day 10

    Today we will drive through stunning scenery down to the lowlands of Nepal and the Terai grasslands. Our destination is Chitwan National Park, where we will stay for the next 2 nights.

    If we arrive in good time we will make a visit to Bis Hajaar Tal, also known as 20,000 Lakes, which is a wetland area near the Royal Chitwan National Park. Here we will get the opportunity to see peacocks, wild boars, deer and there is also a slim chance of seeing tigers and rhinos. If we cannot visit the 20,000 Lakes area today we will make our visit tomorrow.

    In Chitwan we will stay in a local guest lodge.

    Estimated Drive Time - 2-4 hours.


    Day 11

    Today we'll spend the day exploring the National Park by canoe and on foot, and there is the option to take a jeep safari! There will be an opportunity to see a traditional Nepali dance demonstration in the evening.

    In Chitwan we will stay in a local guest lodge.


    Day 12

    Border Information: Exit Nepal at Belhiya, enter India at Sonauli.

    Today we enter the legendary country of India. India has so much to offer, from the beautiful landscapes of the Himalayas, to the amazing temples and coastlines, rich culture, and of course the food!

    This morning we have an early breakfast before packing up and driving to the border. We will cross the border to India and continue on a short drive to the town of Gorakhpur.

    We will stay in a local hotel in Gorakhpur.

    Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.


    Day 13

    Today we will continue driving and reach the holy city of Varanasi in the evening.

    Estimated Drive Time - 9 -10 hours.

    On the following day we will get up very early for an included boat trip down the Ganges. This is a magical time of day to see the famous ghats and watch the morning rituals of the thousands of people who come here to purify themselves in the holy river. We will have auto-rickshaws for the rest of the day to explore the rest of the city - we will have the opportunity to use them to visit a traditional silk workshop and the Mother India temple.

    In Varanasi we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.


    Day 15

    Today we will have a full drive day to the town of Khajuraho. 

    Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

    On the next day we will head out for an included guided visit to the Khajuraho Erotic Temples.

    The next day is free to explore the area, relax on the banks of the river, or take an optional jeep safari to the nearby Panna National Park in search of wildlife.

    In Khajuraho we will stay in a campsite with good facilities.


    Day 18

    After breakfast we leave our campsite and head to the city of Agra. Most of today will be spent travelling and we will arrive in the evening.

    Estimated Drive Time - 9-11 hours.

    On the following day we will have an included day tour of the major sites of Agra, starting with sunrise at the world-famous iconic mausoleum of the Taj Mahal, followed by a visit to the Agra Fort.

    In Agra we will stay in a local hotel.


    Day 20

    We leave Agra today and head overland to the pink city of Jaipur, stopping en route at Fatehpur Sikri (the old capital of the Mughal Empire).

    Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

    On the following day we will have a full day exploring the sites of Jaipur on rickshaws with our local guide. Whilst in Jaipur there will also be the option for an early morning or late afternoon hot air balloon ride over the city.

    In Jaipur we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.


    Day 22

    Today we leave Jaipur and travel to the chaotic Indian capital of New Delhi.

    Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

    In New Delhi we will stay in a friendly local hotel.


    Day 23

    Today we will have an included guided tour of Old Delhi, heading to the Mughal Jama Masjid mosque, a local tea-maker, a Sikh temple, and the local spice markets. We will also have some free time to freely explore the sights of Delhi in the afternoon. 


    Day 24

    Border Information: If joining the trip in Delhi, you will most likely enter India at Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (IATA code: DEL).

    Today is a free day to explore Delhi. There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm - please look for a note from your tour leader when you arrive at the hotel giving more details about this meeting.

    Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Delhi before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Delhi.

    In Delhi we will stay in a local hotel.


    Day 25

    Today we start our journey with a full day drive to the city of Bikaner.

    In Bikaner we will either stay in a local hotel or camp at an eco-lodge a short distance outside the city.

    Estimated Drive Time - 10- 12 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).


    Day 26

    Today we continue our journey with a drive to the ancient Rajasthani city of Jaisalmer, stopping at the Karni Mata (Rat Temple) for an included visit en route. 

    In Jaisalmer we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

    Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.


    Day 27

    Today we will have a free morning in order to freely explore the sights of Jaisalmer. In the late afternoon we will head out on an included camel safari into the Thar Desert - exploring the desert with local Rajasthani camel drivers is the most authentic way to experience the area!

    Tonight we will camp out in the desert, sleeping under the stars.


    Day 28

    This morning we will return to Jaisalmer from our camel safari. The rest of the day will be free to relax or explore more of Jaisalmer and the surrounding area.

    Tonight we will return to our hotel in Jaisalmer.


    Day 29

    This morning we will drive from Jaisalmer to another famous Rajasthani city, Jodhpur. En route to Jodhpur we will make an included visit to the Sambhali Trust project (a charitable project that works for the empowerment of women and girls in Rajasthan), where we will learn about the efforts of the project and make a group donation from the kitty.

    After our visit we will make our way to our accommodation, guesthouses that have been set up by local families for visitors. Depending on the group size sometimes we will be split up between different guesthouses.

    Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.

    On the following day we will be in and around Jodhpur. In the morning we will have an included visit to the Mehrangarh Fort and Palace, and the afternoon is free to explore the city independently. 


    Day 31

    After breakfast we set off for our drive to Udaipur, visiting the Jain Temple at Ranakpur en route. We will have 3 nights in Udaipur, giving us plenty of time to discover this amazing, romantic Rajasthani city.

    In Udaipur we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

    Estimated Drive Time - 7 - 8 hours


    Day 32

    On these 2 days we will have free time to explore the sites in and around Udaipur, take part in some optional activities, and relax on one of the many roof-top terraces in the city.


    Day 34

    Leaving Udaipur, we will be joined by a local cook who will accompany us during the next few days whilst we are camping.

    Today will mostly be spent travelling to Mandu via the backroads of rural Rajasthan. We will be off the tourist trail here and tonight we will be in a basic camp, perhaps on the edge of a local village.

    Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.


    Day 35

    Today we will visit Mandu, an extensive and largely abandoned hill-top fort from the Mughal era. We will then spend the afternoon driving to our camping spot near Kharwand Dam, en route towards Ajanta.

    Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.

    The next day we complete the drive to Ajanta, arriving in the afternoon. We will visit the complex of 29 ancient Buddhist temples cut into the rock face. We will find a basic camp nearby or continue onto Ellora depending on time.

    Estimated Drive Time - 6 -7 hours.

    The following day we will drive a short distance to Ellora where we will have an included visit to the ancient Buddhist, Hindu and Jain caves - a set of a small temples in the rock face dating from the 6th to 11th Centuries CE. We will camp in the grounds of a hotel tonight. 

    Estimated Drive Time - 3 -4 hours.


    Day 38

    Setting off early today, we will say goodbye to our local cook and drive to the bustling city of Mumbai.

    In Mumbai we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

    Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.


    Day 39

    Border Information: If joining the trip in Mumbai, you will most likely enter India from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (IATA code: BOM).

    There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel in Mumbai - please look out at the reception for a note from your tour leader with further details about this meeting. Otherwise, today is free to explore the sights and sounds of Mumbai. 

    In Mumbai we will stay in a good quality hotel.

    Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Mumbai before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Mumbai.


    Day 40

    Today will be a free day to explore the city. This is also an opportunity to take a tour of the Dharavi slum areas of the city.

    Please note that the trains are often heavily booked in advance and it may not be possible to confirm tickets for all passengers. In the event that we cannot get a train ticket confirmed we will notify you to make alternative arrangements. This will generally mean you will travel by flight the next day and re meet the group in Goa. 


    Day 41

    We will start our journey early by taking the train along the coast to Goa. We will stay for 2 nights at the relaxed beaches of Vagator in the northern part of Goa. Most travellers are drawn to Vagator for the stunning sunsets, the laid-back atmosphere and the proximity of some other quieter beaches in the area such as Arambol and Anjuna.

    In northern Goa we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities close to the beach.

    Estimated Journey Time (on train) - 11-12 hours.


    Day 43

    After our 2 nights on the northern beaches of Goa, we head off in the truck to the southern end of Goa. En route we will stop off at the site of Old Goa to spend some time independently exploring the area's colonial buildings.

    Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

    We will stay for 2 nights on either the stunning beach of Agonda or Palolem, these beaches are the perfect places to sit back and watch the fishing boats landing their catch or sample the delicious local cuisine.


    Day 45

    Leaving the beaches of Goa behind us, we set off on a full day drive into the state of Karnataka and to the village of Hampi. The village is located within the ruins of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the ancient Vijayanagara Empire. 

    Estimated Drive Time - 9-11 hours.

    On the following day we will have a guided tour of the historical sites around Hampi by rickshaw and on foot.

    In Hampi we will stay in a comfortable local guesthouse.


    Day 47

    From Hampi we will have another full day drive to the city of Mysore, one of India's most attractive towns.

    Estimated Drive Time - 10-12 hours.

    On the following day we will have free time in Mysore to independently explore the city's beautiful gardens, palaces, and the Shri Chamarajendra art gallery.

    In Mysore we will stay in a comfortable hotel.


    Day 49

    Today we travel up into the cool highlands and head to the hill-station of Wayanad, a small settlement surrounded by tea and coffee plantations. Enroute we will have the opportunity to visit the Eddakkal caves. A steep hike up allows breathtaking views over the local area and an insight into the carvings thought to date back over 3,000 years. 

    Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

    We will have a free day in Wayanad where we have many options available. From hiking up Chembra Peak, visiting local waterfalls and tea plantations, or the chance to visit the nearby Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary.

    Whilst in Wayanad we stay as guests of local families at a guesthouse where they have set up rooms for visitors in their homes.


    Day 51

    Today we will continue our journey with a full day drive to the coastal city of Kochi.

    Estimated Drive Time - 7-10 hours.

    On the following day we will take a local boat to Fort Cochin and have free time to explore and visit various sites including the Jewish Quarter, St Francis Church and the iconic Chinese fishing nets. In the evening we will be able to see a performance from the famous Kathakali dancers, India's most spectacular dance drama.

    In Kochi we will stay in a comfortable hotel.


    Day 53

    Leaving the bustle of Kochi behind, today we embark on our included overnight houseboat cruise on the tranquil Keralan backwaters of Alleppey. We will often split into smaller groups to board our traditional 'Kettuvallom' boats which will take us around the scenic rivers and spend the night aboard. 


    Day 54

    After our fantastic overnight cruise along the Keralan backwaters, we continue our journey with a short drive to the beach resort of Varkala.

    Estimated Drive Time - 5 - 7 hours.

    We will have 3 nights here with free time to explore the surrounding areas and relax on the beautiful beaches. Varkala is well known for its beaches, and there are also lots of great local restaurants where you can sample the justifiably-famous Keralan cuisine.

    In Varkala we will stay at a beach resort.


    Day 57

    Today we will have a morning drive to Kanyakumari (also known as Cape Comorin), the very southern point of India. Here we will have free time to independently explore the Vivekananda Rock and the surrounding sites.

    In Kanyakumari we will stay in a local hotel.

    Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.


    Day 58

    This morning we have the option to get up early to watch the sunrise from the southern tip of India with thousands of locals, which can be an incredible experience! From Kanyakumari we then start heading back north again, and drive to the holy city of Madurai. In the afternoon we will have an included visit to the Sri Meenakshi Temple in Madurai.

    In Madurai we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

    Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.


    Day 59

    Today we head to the French-influenced town of Pondicherry, and will have free time on arrival in the afternoon.

    Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

    We will have 2 nights here with plenty of time to relax and soak up the atmosphere and spend time exploring the town and its beautiful colonial architecture. 

    In Pondicherry we will stay in a local guesthouse.

     


    Day 61

    Today we have a short drive to the ancient city of Mahabalipuram, once the capital of the Pallava Dynasty in the 7th Century CE. On arrival we will have an included visit to the incredible Shore Temples and other monuments around the town ( time permitted ).

    In the afternoon we will finish the short drive to the bustling coastal city of Chennai.

    In Chennai we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

    Estimated Drive Time - 5 - 6 hours.


    Day 62

    Border Information: If you are leaving the trip in Chennai, you will most likely exit India from Chennai International Airport (IATA code: MAA).

    Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Chennai. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.


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