Arrive at any time. There are no planned activities until a welcome meeting around 6pm. Head out for an optional welcome dinner with the group.
Visit the India Gate and Connaught Place in Delhi before traveling to the "Pink City." Explore this beautiful city and opt to watch a Bollywood film.
Marvel Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) and visit Amber Fort. With free time opt to visit nearby villages, the Jantar Mantar observatory or enjoy a drink in a converted palace. Visit the Amber Fort clinging to the surrounding hills and stop and take a photo of the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds. This famous building is in fact only an elaborately carved facade built to enable the purdah ladies in the zenana to watch the goings-on in the street below without being seen.
Opt to visit the nearby village of Sanganer to see blue pottery, hand made paper or hand block printing. After, opt to see watch a Bollywood film in the spectacular Art Deco film house ?? the Raj Mandir.
Travel to Agra and visit the Taj Mahal at sunset.
Enjoy the peaceful rural charm of Orchha and visit the Orchha Palace complex. Opt to witness an evening puja. Travel by train and local 'tempo' to reach Orchha. Enjoy some time away from India's bustling city and gain insight into rural life.
Visit the Orchha Palace complex to learn more about the ancient history of the city.
Make time to enjoy an evening puja ceremony.
Visit Tarragram, a unique paper-making plant, set up to assist tribal women from the area. After, enjoy free time in Orchha. Opt for a cooking class and lunch with a local family. In the evening, catch an overnight train to Varanasi. Visit Tarragram, a unique paper-making plant, set up to assist tribal women from the area. All the paper is made from recycled clothing and wood pulp. After enjoy free time in town. Opt to rent a bike or stroll along the river.
For lunch, opt to take a cooking class with a local family and enjoy the fruits of your labour.
In the evening, head to Varanasi by overnight train.
Arrive in the holy city of Varanasi. Take an orientation walk along the ghats and visit the old city. Enjoy a boat trip on the Ganges at sunset. With free time, walk the narrow alleys, visit some of the hundreds of temples and shrines or wander the Old City.
Opt to visit the site of the Buddha's first sermon or sit on the banks of the Ganges watching life unfold around you.
Enjoy a sunrise boat tour along the Ganges before free time in this holy city.
Cross into Nepal and visit Buddha's birthplace, Lumbini. This is a long travel day to cross into Nepal. Enjoy the changing landscape and get ready to learn about the history and culture of Nepal.
Fun fact: Nepal is 15 minutes ahead of India. Set your watch.
Travel to this UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoy an overnight homestay with the indigenous Tharu community. Experience their culture through dance and song, along with a traditional meal. Opt to go on a cycling excursion through the area. Travel through a belt of marshy grasslands, savannas, and forests at the base of the Himalayas. The region is home to rhinos, elephants, Bengal tigers, bears and leopards. In the evening, meet the local Tharu community and discover their culture.
Explore the park on a 4x4 safari before a walk through the village and rice paddies. Settle in for another night with your Tharu community hosts.
Travel into the beautiful scenery of the Annapurna Range in Pokhara. Pokhara has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. Opt to relax in a cafe, hire a boat and float around the lake, or shop for Nepali and Tibetan souvenirs in the endless stalls and shops.
Visit nearby Sarangkot for a sunrise walk with breathtaking views of the Annapurnas. Visit the Sisterhood of Survivors Project, a grassroots organization that trains survivors of human-trafficking to become certified paralegals. Meet some beneficiaries of the program and learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) with some of the women before enjoying an authentic local lunch. Explore Pokhara during free time in the afternoon. Travel out to Sarangkot for a spectacular sunrise over the surrounding mountains (weather permitting). The walk back down through farms and forest to Pokhara is wonderful and takes between 2-2.5 hours. Opt to paraglide over the lake of Pokhara and take in the stunning views.
Drive to Kathmandu, visiting Swayambhunath, the Monkey Temple, en route. En route to Kathmandu, visit Swayambhunath, the monkey temple, sitting high above Kathmandu city.
Swayambhunath is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible for many miles. To reach Swayambhunath climb 365 steps that lead up the hill. The area surrounding the stupa is filled with temples, painted images of deities and numerous other religious objects.
Arrive to the city in the afternoon and enjoy a short orientation walk. Highlights in Kathmandu include world-famous Durbar Square, the King's Palace, the burning ghats at Pashupatinath and the Boudhanath Stupa.
Take an optional Everest scenic flight. Depart at any time. There are no activities planned for today and you are free to depart at any time. If you are interested in a scenic flight to view Mt Everest, your CEO can assist in booking this option.