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Essence of India & Nepal

Trip Length

Trip Code

22 days PIRN

Countries Visited

Nepal, India

Start City

End City

Delhi, Delhi, India Kathmandu
Essence of India & Nepal

A captivating journey through the essence of these two magnificent countries. A 20-day adventure beginning in Delhi, experiencing the Taj Mahal, encompassing the legendary Rajasthan villages and meeting the proud people. Continuing to the exotic Nepalese capital of Kathmandu, discovering Pokhara, beneath awe-inspiring snow-capped peaks, exploring the rural beauty around the lesser known Nepalese villages and immersing ourselves in the wilderness of Chitwan National Park. No visit to the Himalayas would be complete, without meeting Sagarmatha - Mt Everest; we will journey on a spectacular mountain flight and be moved by its timeless beauty.

 

Why we love it:

Essence of India & Nepal


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1-2: Delhi

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Taj Princess or similar, Delhi

Activities:

Day 3-4: Delhi - Jaipur

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Rani Mahal or similar, Jaipur

Activities:

Day 5: Agra

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Raj Mahal Hotel or similar, Agra

Activities:

Day 6-7: Orchha

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Bundelkhand Riverside or similar, Orchha

Activities:

Day 8: Khajuraho

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Usha Bundela or similar, Khaluraho

Activities:

Day 9-10: Varanasi

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Hotel Hindustan International or similar, Varanasi

Activities:

Day 11: Delhi

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Taj Princess or similar, Delhi

Activities:

Day 12: Kathmandu

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Shangri La Hotel or similar, Kathmandu

Activities:

Day 13: Kathmandu

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Shangri La Hotel or similar, Kathmandu

Activities:

Day 14-15: Pokhara

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Barahi Hotel or similar, Pokhara

Activities:

Day 16-17: Bandipur

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: The Old Inn or similar, Bandipur

Activities:

Day 18: Chitwan National Park

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Royal Park or similar, Chitwan

Activities:

Day 19: Chitwan

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Royal Park or similar, Chitwan

Activities:

Day 20: Chitwan - Bhaktapur

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Royal Park or similar, Chitwan

Activities:

Day 21: Bhaktapur - Kathmandu

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Bhadgaon Guest House or Similar, Bhaktapur

Activities:

Day 22: Kathmandu

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Shangri La Hotel or similar, Kathmandu

Activities:


Your Trip

What's Included

Transport

Not Included

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.


What to know

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Nepal
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent. All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad, the International airport, or on arrival at the India / Nepal border. Getting a visa at the airport can sometimes take time due to long queues. There have been instances when passengers were asked to show return flight tickets. You will also need to provide two passport photos and the following approximate fees in US dollars cash only: - Multi entry visa valid for 15 days - US$25 - Multi entry visa valid for 30 days - US$40 - Multi entry visa valid for 90 days - US$100 Please note if you are staying in Nepal for less than 24 hours while in transit a transit visa can be issued on presentation of your international flight ticket, there is a nominal charge of US$5 and one photo is required. Your visa application form may require you to state the dates on which you enter and exit that country. Please note we suggest you list your date of entry a few days before, and date of exit a few days after, your intended dates in case you encounter any delays or problems en route. To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website: www.timeanddate.com to be very useful.

India

Australia: Yes - in advance

Belgium: Yes - in advance

Canada: Yes - in advance

Germany: Yes - in advance

Ireland: Yes - in advance

Netherlands: Yes - in advance

New Zealand: Yes - in advance OR on arrival*

South Africa: Yes - in advance

Switzerland: Yes - in advance

United Kingdom: Yes - in advance

USA: Yes - in advance

There is NO visa on arrival in India for most nationalities. Indian visas can NOT be obtained in Nepal. Tourist visas are available in Single and Multiple Entry. Be sure to check the date you require a visa from and the length of time you will need to cover, especially if you change countries during your trip.

*Visa on arrival is available for select nationalities, including New Zealanders provided that specific criteria can be met. See link below for more information. http://www.incredibleindia.org/en/india-essentials-travel-tip/travel-tips/getting-your-visa

The Indian Government has advised that from December 2014, all visa applicants will need to be physically present at a visa application centre, by appointment, to submit their applications and biometric data, including fingerprints and facial imagery). ALL Australian travellers to India will need to personally attend their nearest consulate to complete their visa formalities.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Nepal

For good general guides to Nepal, India, Tibet and Bhutan, the Lonely Planet guide-books are very helpful. (They even have phrase-books which are very handy.) There are numerous books written about the Himalaya. Check your local library, new and old book-shops, and also the Internet can provide useful information on books to read. Kathmandu has many excellent bookshops where many of the books below can be found.

Travellers Tales and Guides Nepal Lonely Planet Guide: - (Hugh Finlay, Richard Everist, Tony Wheeler)

Tiger for Breakfast-Peissel-1966 Schoolhouse in the Sky-Hillary-1968

When Men and Mountains Meet-Keay-1977

Kathmandu-Kelly-1989

Many People Come, Looking, Looking Rowell-1980

Natural History Birds of Nepal-Fleming-1976

Forests of Nepal-Stainton-1972

Stones of Silence-Schaller-1980

Heart of the Jungle-Gurung Himalayan Flowers and Trees-Meirow/Shreshta-1978

Mountaineering Into Thin Air-Krakauer-1997

Everest the Hard Way-Bonnington-1976

White Limbo-Hall-1985 Annapurna-Herzog-1952

Ascent of Everest-Hunt-1953

The Climb-Anatoli Boukreev Left for Dead-Beck Weathers

India

India Lonely Planet-Sarina Singh

A Passage to India-EM Forster

A Suitable Boy-Vikram Seth

Chasing the Monsoon-Alexander Frater


Important Information

Road Travel in Nepal
Travel in the sub-continent is not always easy and we find that a good dose of patience certainly comes in handy! Road rules are not always followed and some of the traffic in Kathmandu is chaotic. Particular care should be taken when crossing roads.

Everest Flight
Please be aware that like any flight into the mountains, the Mt. Everest flight is subject to weather.

 

Local Tour Leaders
By employing and training local guides to lead our group holidays, there is a two-fold benefit. Firstly, we provide employment opportunities for the local community. Just as importantly is the benefit to you, the traveller. Your tour leader’s friendship, humour, passion and intimate knowledge of the region will be key factors in making your holiday a success.

Tipping and Tipping Kitty
Although the culture of tipping may not be part of your own culture, it is nonetheless part of the culture in this area of the world and it is often the way some people supplement their earnings. Tipping has also become an accepted part of the tourism culture in the region. On our trips your tour leader can advise you on this matter; however, as a guideline we would recommend a tip of 5-10% in restaurants and US$1 to US$2 per person, per day for a local guide. The bellboys at hotels will appreciate a small tip for carrying your bags. Taxi and rickshaw drivers do not expect a tip. If you are unhappy with a service, of course, you are under no obligation to leave a tip. However, if the service has been satisfactory, a tip is always appreciated....with a smile! To protect you from the sometimes seemingly endless soliciting of tips, we suggest you discuss with your tour leader about setting up a tipping kitty whereby everybody contributes an equal amount (this amount can vary from trip to trip, but a good approximate is US$3 per person per day). Your tour leader can then distributes tips along the way (except restaurant tips) to local guides and hotel porters, etc. and keeps a record of all moneys spent. Please note that this kitty is not designed to provide a tip for your tour leader.

Tipping Your Tour Leaders and Drivers
It is also customary to tip your tour leaders at the end of the trip, if you are happy with his/her service. A minimum tip of US$3 per day from each member of the group is the standard amount expected. Your drivers are also professionals and when you see how chaotic the roads can be, you'll appreciate their expertise! A tip of at least US$3 per person per day would be appropriate if you are happy with their services.

INTERNAL FLIGHTS: EU clients please see our safety page for important information regarding internal flights in Nepal.

Local Emergency Contacts In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency Peregrine’s India office can be reached on +91 1145 006 400 during business hours (9.30am to 6pm) or after hours on +91 9999 916 229. In Nepal, we can be reached by telephone on the following numbers: Balaram +9779851068827 Niraj: +977 9851023167 Dil: +9779851059148

 

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

10 September 2014


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