Trip Overview

Trip 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

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.

This trip is offered in partnership with
G Adventures.

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.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Seven Hills Tower (or similar)
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Seven Hills Tower (or similar)
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).
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Mandawa Haveli (or similar)
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Mandawa Haveli (or similar)
Day 6: Jaipur/Sāwarda
Drive to the rural village of Sawarda 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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Sawarda Palace (or similar)
Day 7: Sāwarda/Delhi
Drive back to bustling Delhi. Opt to join your CEO for a group dinner.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 8: Delhi/Kathmandu
Transfer to the airport and catch a flight to Kathmandu.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Traditional Comfort (or similar)
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Hotel Traditional Comfort (or similar)
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Neydo Monastery Hotel (or similar)
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Barahi Jungle Lodge (or similar)
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Barahi Jungle Lodge (or similar)
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Temple Tree Resort & Spa (or similar)
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Temple Tree Resort & Spa (or similar)
Day 16: Pokhara/Kathmandu
Catch a flight back to the capital, Kathmandu. Enjoy free time for shopping or opt to visit the Pashupatinath Ghats
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Traditional Comfort (or similar)
Day 17: Kathmandu
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast