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Day 1 Kathmandu

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 Kathmandu

Today is a free day to explore the incredible city of Kathmandu, soak up its atmosphere, and visit its historical sites.
Activities(Optional)
Visit the former royal palace of Narayanhiti and see the crown jewels of Nepal - Cost: NPR 500
Visit the sacred Hindu Pashupatinath Temple, dedicated to Nepal's unofficial national deity - Cost: NPR 1000
Get out of the city and explore the nearby national park of Sundarijal, and see its idyllic waterfalls and rock formations - Cost: NPR 250
Visit the beautiful and tranquil Durbar Square in the nearby medieval town of Bhaktapur, and visit its nearby museums - Cost: NPR 750

Day 3 Nuwakot

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 4 Nuwakot

Today is a free day to explore the stunning village of Nuwakot and its surroundings.
Activities(Optional)
Freely explore the historic Nepalese village of Nuwakot and visit its 18th-century palace, once an important stop on the bustling Tibetan-Kathmandu Valley trade route. - Cost: NPR

Day 5 Pokhara

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 6 Pokhara

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!
Activities(Optional)
Take a boat out on Phewa Lake near Pokhara, basking in the spectactular mountain-and-forest scenery of one of Nepal's most beautiful spots - Cost: NPR 500
Head out to the stunning Phewa Tal Lake on an unforgettable pony trek through the lush forests near Pokhara - Cost: NPR 4000
Take an early trip to the summit of Sarangkot to witness the incredible sunrise while surrounded by some of the world's highest mountains, with the possibility of trekking downhill back to Pokhara - Cost: NPR 4000
Visit one of Pokhara's beautiful ashrams to take a yoga or meditation course - Cost: USD 10
Head out on an adrenaline-fuelled white water rafting expedition near the adventure town of Pokhara - Cost: USD 40
Head out for an exhilarating mountain biking expedition in the mountains surrounding Pokhara - Cost: USD 40

Day 7 Annapurna Region

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 8 Annapurna Region

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.
Activities(Included)
Get into the heart of a Nepalese rural community in the Annapurna region, visiting a local school and helping out with various sustainable development projects in the village
Head out on a fantastic trek along the ridge at the start of the Mardi Himal Trail, taking in the unreal vistas of Annapurna and Machhapuchhare in the mountain ranges nearby

Day 9 Bandipur

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 stay in a fantastic local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Day 10 Chitwan National Park

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.
Activities(Included)
Explore the village of Chitwan on a tour by traditional ox and cart
Take a jeep safari around the stunning wetland area of 20,000 Lakes
Witness the fascinating and impressive local tradition of Tharu stick dancing

Activities(Optional)
Explore the heart of the incredible Chitwan National Park on a jeep safari (alternative to the 20,000 Lake excursion) - Cost: NPR 3500

Day 11 Chitwan National Park

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.
Activities(Included)
Explore the village of Chitwan on a tour by traditional ox and cart
Take a jeep safari around the stunning wetland area of 20,000 Lakes
Witness the fascinating and impressive local tradition of Tharu stick dancing

Activities(Optional)
Explore the heart of the incredible Chitwan National Park on a jeep safari (alternative to the 20,000 Lake excursion) - Cost: NPR 3500

Day 12 Gorakhpur

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 a fairly relaxed start to the day 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 to 14 Varanasi

Today we will continue driving and reach the holy city of Varanasi in the evening. Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 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.
Activities(Included)
At dawn drift down the holy River Ganges in Varanasi

Activities(Optional)
Explore the stupas and temples of Varanasi - Cost: INR
Visit the Mughal-era mosque of Gyanvapi in Varanasi - Cost: INR
Visit the ancient site of Isipatana and the museum in the town of Sarnath, one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world and where many Buddhist nations have built temples in their national styles - Cost: USD 5

Day 15 to 17 Khajuraho

Today we will drive to the town of Khajuraho, having some free time to relax at our treehouse campsite when we arrive. 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.
Activities(Included)
Guided tour of the famous erotic temples at Khajuraho

Activities(Optional)
Jeep safari through Panna Game Reserve - Cost: INR 1500

Day 18 to 19 Taj Mahal

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.
Activities(Included)
See the stunning Taj Mahal and visit the Agra Fort at Agra.
Community homestay to experience true Indian hospitality

Activities(Optional)
Explore the peaceful grounds of the Itmad Ud Daulah mausoleum, often described as a 'draft' of the Taj Mahal - Cost: INR 100

Day 20 to 21 Jaipur

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 the truck 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.
Activities(Included)
2 night stay and guided tour of Jaipur, the beautiful Pink City
Explore the fascinating 18th-century astronomical observatory of Jantar Mantar
Visit the ancient citadel of the Amber Palace, a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture
Discover the perfectly-preserved 16th-century Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri, and its beautiful temples and monuments

Activities(Optional)
Take an unforgettable sunrise or sunset balloon ride over the forts and palaces of Jaipur - Cost: USD 265
See a traditional outdoor Rajasthani Kathputli puppet show in Jaipur - Cost: INR 100
Head out to see a Bollywood movie at the Raj Mandir, one of India's most famous and elegant cinemas - Cost: INR 170

Day 22 Delhi

Today we leave Jaipur and travel to the chaotic Indian capital of Delhi. Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours. In Delhi we will stay in a friendly local hotel.

Day 23 Delhi

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. 
Activities(Included)
Take a walking tour through some of the back streets and narrow alleyways of Old Delhi, discovering the hidden side of the city

Activities(Optional)
Explore the Sanjay Colony 'slum' area of Delhi on a guided tour to see the micro-industries, schools and residential life there - Cost: INR 600
Freely explore the colossal Mughal Red Fort in Old Delhi, built by the emporer Shah Jahan in 1648 upon moving the capital there - Cost: INR 250
Visit the stunning Mughal-era mosque of Jama Masjid in Old Delhi, and climb its iconic minarets for an unrivalled view of the old city - Cost: INR 400
Visit the Indira Gandhi Museum in Delhi, dedicated to the former Prime Minister who was assassinated by her own bodyguards in 1984 - Cost: INR 100
See the ground-breaking modern architecture of the Delhi Baha'i Temple, known as the Lotus Temple due to its unique shape - Cost: USD
See the India Gate at the end of Delhi's ceremonial axis, built to commemorate all Indians who have died in various wars - Cost: USD
Explore the site of Humayun’s Tomb, a phenomenal early Mughal tomb that is said to be a major inspiration for the Taj Mahal - Cost: INR 250
Discover the phenomenal 13th Century Qutab Minar and Mehrauli Archaeological Park in the south of Delhi, an intricately-carved pillar built during the Sultanate era of Indian history - Cost: INR 250

Day 24 Delhi

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.
Activities(Optional)
Take a walking tour through some of the back streets and narrow alleyways of Old Delhi, discovering the hidden side of the city - Cost: INR 100
Explore the Sanjay Colony 'slum' area of Delhi on a guided tour to see the micro-industries, schools and residential life there - Cost: INR 600

Day 25 Bikaner

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 - 7-9 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!).
Activities(Included)
Witness the holy rats in the Karni Mata rat temple near Bikaner

Day 26 Jaisalmer

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 Jaisalmer

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.
Activities(Included)
Trek into the Thar Desert on an overnight camel safari with Rajasthani camel drivers

Day 28 Jaisalmer

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.
Activities(Optional)
Visit the beautiful and ornate 18th-century mansions of Salim Singh-ki Haveli and Patwa-ki Haveli - Cost: INR 70
3 nights at Jaisalmer to explore the medieval streets, the fort and the desert - Cost: INR 250
Watch the sunset from the stunning Amar Sagar Jain Temple in Jaisalmer - Cost: INR 100

Day 29 to 30 Jodhpur

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, rooms that have been set up by local families in their own homes for visitors. We will be splitting up into 2 or 3 small groups for our homestays. 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. 
Activities(Included)
Explore the blue city of Jodhpur and the mighty Meherangarh fort
Community homestay to experience true Indian hospitality
Visit and support the Dragoman-supported Sambhali Trust near Jodhpur, and see the excellent work they do to provide local women and girls with education and vocational skills

Activities(Optional)
Visit the Jaswant Thada, a beautiful marble cenotaph next to a picturesque lake built in memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II - Cost: INR 55
Learn all about Rajasthani cuisine at a cooking class at our guesthouse or homestay in Jodhpur - Cost: INR 1000
Explore the museum of the Jodhpur Royal Family in the Umaid Bhawan Palace, one of the world's largest private residences - Cost: INR 50
Explore the nearby Mandore Gardens and ancient ruined fort - Cost: INR
Go out on an exhilarating zip-lining excursion over the gardens of the Mehrangarh Fort - Cost: INR 1800

Day 31 Udaipur

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 - 5-6 hours.
Activities(Included)
2 nights to discover the stunning white city of Udaipur

Day 32 to 33 Udaipur

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.
Activities(Optional)
Take an evening ride on the Udaipur Ropeway, to see the stunning vista of the city after sunset - Cost: INR 78
Learn all about the folk art, culture, songs and festivals of Rajasthan at the Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal cultural institution - Cost: INR 50
Visit the Animal Aid Unlimited animal shelter and hospital in Udiapur, and support the incredible work they do there to look after injured street animals in the area - Cost: USD 10
Visit the iconic Monsoon Palace, perched on a mountain overlooking Udaipur - Cost: INR 160
Visit the flamboyant City Palace of Udaipur, built in a fascinating fusion of Rajasthani and Mughal styles - Cost: INR 250
Explore the Pichola Lake, and it's famous temple islands of Jagniwas and Jagmandir, on a stunning and peaceful boat cruise - Cost: INR 430
Head out on a half-day horse ride through the beautiful surroundings of the foothills of the Aravalli Mountains around Udaipur - Cost: INR 1000
Visit the palaces of Udaipur - Cost: INR 100

Day 34 Mandu

Leaving Udaipur, we will be joined by a local cook who will accompany us during the next few days whilst we are wild 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 wild camp, perhaps on the edge of a local village. Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 35 to 37 Ajanta

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 wild camp spot near Kharwand Dam, en route towards Ajanta. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 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 wild camp nearby. 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 same campsite tonight. Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.
Activities(Included)
Visit the tomb of Hoshang Shah, the first Muslim leader of Mandu - the tomb itself is India's first marble building and one of the most refined examples of Afghan-syle architecture in the country
Visit to the Jahaz Mahal (or the Ship Palace)the most famous building in Mandu
Visit the deserted hilltop ghost city of Mandu
Take a guided visit around the incredible Buddhist rock caves and paintings of Ajanta, some dating back as far as the 2nd century BCE
 Guided visit to the Buddhist, Hindu and Jain rock-cut temples and monasteries of Ellora

Day 38 Mumbai

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 Mumbai

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 you 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.
Activities(Optional)
Take a guided tour of the backstreets, shops and schools of the Dhavari district, to experience a slice of the real Mumbai - Cost: INR 1200
Take a Bollywood dance class in one of Mumbai's premier dance studios - Cost: INR 500
Discover the marvellous collection of historical objects and art at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum, one of India's premier museums - Cost: INR 300
Explore the labyrinth of cave-temples on Elephanta Island near Mumbai, some of the most impressive rock carvings in all of India - Cost: INR 250

Day 40 Mumbai

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 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 41 to 42 Goa

We will start our journey 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 to 44 Old Goa

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 in beautiful beach huts on the stunning beach of Agonda, which is a perfect place to sit back and watch the fishing boats landing their catch, sample the delicious local cuisine, or visit the nearby beach of Palolem with its many bars and restaurants.

Day 45 to 46 Hampi

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.
Activities(Included)
Discover the lost kingdom of Vijayanagar in the magnificent ruined city of Hampi

Day 47 to 48 Mysore

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.
Activities(Included)
Explore the amazing Maharaja's Palace of Mysore

Activities(Optional)
Climb the 1000 steps to the summit of Chamundi Hill, to visit the famous Sri Chamundeshwari Temple and take in the views of the city below - Cost: INR 100

Day 49 to 50 Wayanad

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. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours. Over the 2 days that we have in Wayanad we will have the chance to hike up Chembra Peak, visit local waterfalls and tea plantations, visit the petroglyphs at the Edakkal Caves, and to visit the nearby Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary. Whilst in Wayanad we stay as guests of local families at a homestay, where they have set up rooms for visitors in their homes.
Activities(Included)
See the 7000-year-old Neolithic petroglyphs at the Edakkal caves en route
Relax at the community Homestay in the hills of Wayanad

Activities(Optional)
Take a strenuous day-hike up the 2100m Chembra Peak, the highest peak in the Wayanad area - Cost: INR 1000
Take a walk through the scenic Wayanad countryside to visit the Meenmutty or Kanthanppara waterfalls - Cost: INR 60
Overland through the Western Ghats - Cost: INR 800

Day 51 to 52 Kochi

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.
Activities(Included)
Evening visit to watch the classical Indian dance drama of Kathakali

Day 53 Alleppey

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. 
Activities(Included)
Travel overnight by local boat through the Backwaters and experience the villages of Kerala

Day 54 to 56 Varkala

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 - 3-4 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.
Activities(Optional)
Get a traditional Ayurvedic massage in the Keralan town of Varkala - Cost: INR 1200
Head out for an evening performance of traditional Keralan Kathakali dancing - Cost: INR 300

Day 57 Kanyakumari

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.
Activities(Optional)
Take the ferry over to Vivekananda Rock and explore the memorial to the Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda - Cost: INR 150

Day 58 Madurai

This morning we have the option to get up early to watch the sunrise from the southern tip of India with thousands of locals, what 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.
Activities(Included)
Visit to the historical Hindu Meenakshi Amman Temple, dedicated to lord Shiva

Day 59 to 60 Pondicherry

Today we head to the French-influenced town of Pondicherry, and will have a 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.  
Activities(Optional)
Overnight in the former French colony of Pondicherry - Cost: INR
Visit the spiritual community of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, founded in the early 20th century by the famous Bengali freedom fighter and spiritual leader - Cost: INR

Day 61 Mahabalipuram

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.
Activities(Included)
Visit to the Shore Temples & Pagodas of Mahabalipuram

Activities(Optional)
Visit the Fort St. George, the site of the East India Company's first trading station in 1640, and the first British fort in India - Cost: INR 100
Visit the Chennai Government Museum, and its incredible selection of antiquities including Roman artefacts and coins from all eras of India's past - Cost: INR 250

Day 62 Chennai

Border Information: If you are joining in Chennai, you will most likely enter India in Chennai International Airport (IATA code: MAA). Today is a free day to explore the sights, sounds and flavours of Chennai. 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 Chennai 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 Chennai. In Chennai we will stay in a comfortable modern hotel. *Important note* - if you are joining the trip in Chennai, please make sure that you send us a scan of your Indian visa as soon as you have obtained it. If you plan to take the e-visa option, please make sure you arrange this well in advance and send us a copy of your receipt as soon as possible. If we do not receive this in advance, then we will not have enough time to get your permits for the Odisha Region and you will not be able to visit this area.
Activities(Included)
Overnight stay in Chennai

Activities(Optional)
Visit the many historic temples, mosques, and churches of Chennai - Cost: INR
Visit the Fort St. George, the site of the East India Company's first trading station in 1640, and the first British fort in India - Cost: INR 100
Visit the Chennai Government Museum, and its incredible selection of antiquities including Roman artefacts and coins from all eras of India's past - Cost: INR 250

Day 63 Tirupati

Today we start our journey with a drive to the bustling town of Tirupati. In the afternoon there will be an optional visit to the Sri Venkateswara holy temple in the nearby town of Tirumala. ( Please note if you wish to visit the temple there is a dress code of Dhoti with upper cloth for men and saree or half-saree with blouse or churidar with pyjama and upper cloth for women. It is also quite difficult to get tickets to visit the temple due to the high numbers of pilgrims visiting the temple during this time,  if we can not get any tickets available we will visit Srikalahasteeswara temple instead ).  In Tirupati we will stay in a friendly local hotel. 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!).
Activities(Optional)
Visit the Sri Venkatesvara Tirumalai Temple - Cost: INR 300

Day 64 Vijayawada

Leaving Tirupati, we will spend the next few days overlanding through Andhra Pradesh, one of the least developed states in India. This is real off-the-beaten-track overlanding, and we will arrive in the small city of Vijayawada this evening. In Vijayawada we will stay in a basic local hotel.  Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

Day 65 Visakhapatnam

Today we continue our journey and drive through the back roads of Andra Pradesh. Our final destination tonight is the costal town of Visakhapatnam. In Visakhapatnam we will stay in a local hotel on the sea front. Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

Day 66 to 70 Odisha Tribal Area

Today we will begin our guided tour through the rarely-visited Odisha Tribal Regions, which we will comprehensively visit over the next 6 days. In these regions the itinerary has to be kept fairly flexible, allowing us the freedom to alter things slightly if we hear of any special events or market days in particular villages. However, we will generally follow the plan below: On the first day we will have an early start from Visakhapatnam to arrive in a small village called Goudaguda in time to visit the Monday markets. Beautiful earthen pottery is skillfully produced in this area and you may even get the chance to try this for yourself. In Goudaguda we will stay in a local guesthouse which has been styled on local tribal houses. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours. On the following day we will have a full-day guided walk through the countryside around Goudaguda, visiting the neighbouring Mahali and Kondh tribal villages. We will return to our guesthouse in Goudaguda for the night.  On the next day we will drive to the lively Chatikona Market, a weekly highlight for the Dongria Kondh tribe. We will then travel through the hills to the village of Muniguda, our destination for tonight. On arrival we will be welcomed by the New Hope Charitable Trust (a local NGO helping to uplift the poor and disadvantaged), and in the afternoon we will have a cooking demonstration and spend some time with the children and the elderly people of the New Hope Trust. In Muniguda we will stay in basic rooms in the grounds of the charitable trust. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours. On the following day we will drive further through an Elephant Range. We will then walk into the Desia Kondh indigenous community. They are distinguished by the unique facial tattoos of the women. After a village visit and picnic lunch we will continue to Baliguda.  In Baliguda we will stay in a local basic hotel.  Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours. On the next day we will drive to the fascinating fishing town of Gopalpur, a once major port for the East India Company which has an interesting decaying charm. We will have a free afternoon to independently explore the town on arrival. In Gopalpur we will stay in a local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.
Activities(Included)
Visit the Monday market in the indigenous melting pot of Goudaguda, soaking up the incredible atmosphere as the locals barter and trade their produce
Head out for a full day hike around the Goudaguda region, visiting nearby villages of the Kondha, Mahali and Paroja tribal people
Explore the rarely-visited Wednesday Market in Chakitona, the main weekly market for the Desia and Dongria villagers from the area
See a fascinating local cooking demonstration and learn about the incredible work of the New Hope Community Centre in the rural village of Muniguda
Bathe in the natural hot springs with the local villagers at the small temple of Taptapani

Day 71 to 73 Puri

Today our tour of the Odisha tribal areas comes to an end and we drive on to the small town of Puri. Puri is one of the holiest pilgrimage places in India, and has a wonderful long sandy beach. On arrival we will explore the old pilgrim route by cycle-rickshaw, taking in ashrams, Hindu monasteries, a palm leaf manuscript library and the awesome Jagannath temple. Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours. We will spend 3 nights in Puri. On the first full day here, we will take a short drive back to visit Chilika Lake and explore the lake on bamboo-pole-driven canoes. There may also be the opportunity to visit the Usthi Children's Foundation in the town. On the second full day, we will begin with a cycle ride through rice paddies and rural hamlets, meeting local craftsmen and women and watching them demonstrate their unique crafts. In the afternoon we will have a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Konark Sun Temple. In Puri we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.
Activities(Included)
3 nights to relax in the lovely coastal town of Puri
Explore the religious sites of Puri by cycle-rickshaw, including the Jagannath Temple, one of the four most sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites in India
Explore the ruins of the 13th-century Sun Temple of Konark near to Puri, shaped like a colossal chariot with elaborately carved stone wheels
Take a cycle ride through the stunning back-roads and villages near Puri, to visit the artisan village of Raghurajpur and see the fantastic array of handicrafts traditionally manufactured there

Activities(Optional)
Educational visit to the Usthi Foundation rural project for children either in Puri or Kolkata - Cost: USD 10

Day 74 Kolkata

Today we will travel by train to Kolkata, the largest city in India. We will have free time today and tomorrow to independently explore this remarkable city, or take an optional photographic tour. In Kolkata we will stay in a comfortable hotel. Estimated Journey Time (by train) - 7-8 hours.
Activities(Included)
Experience a local train ride from Puri to Kolkata

Day 75 Kolkata

Border Information: If you are joining the trip in Kolkata, you will most likely enter India at Kolkata Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (IATA code: CCU). Today is a free day to explore the sights, sounds and flavours of the incredible city of Kolkata. 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 Kolkata 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 Kolkata. In Kolkata we will stay in a comfortable hotel.
Activities(Optional)
2 nights to explore Kolkata, India's most enigmatic and bewildering city - Cost: INR 200
Overland through West Bengal across the Gangetic plains - Cost: INR
Visit the Eden Gardens, the most famous and iconic cricket stadium in India - Cost: INR
See the famous Howrah Bridge over the Hooghly River, thought to be the busiest bridge in the world with 150,000 pedestrians and 100,000 vehicles crossing every day - Cost: INR
Discover the incredible array of art and historical artefacts on display at the Indian Museum in Kolkata, the largest and oldest museum in India - Cost: INR 200
Head out on a fantastic photographic tour of Kolkata, exploring the hidden gems, back streets, and photogenic spots of the city with a superb local guide - Cost: INR 2000
Explore the vast fields and parks of the Maidan (the 'lungs of Kolkata') and observe daily life away from the chaos of the city - Cost: INR
Visit and support the Usthi Foundation's school and farm for impoverished children in Kolkata, and see the amazing work they do (if available) - Cost: USD 10
See the huge white marble Victoria Memorial, built in the early 20th century by the British Viceroy of India and a grandiose reminder of Kolkata's colonial past - Cost: INR 200
Visit the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Centre, a museum illustrating the life and work of the famous and controversial missionary - Cost: INR

Day 76 Overnight train to Siliguri

During the day we will have free time to independently explore Kolkata, and we have the opportunity to take an optional photographical tour of the city. Whilst in Kolkata, your leader will assist you in arranging you Sikkim permit (you will need to bring passport photos and a photocopy of your passport photo page). We will meet in the evening to head to the train station and board our overnight train to Siliguri - accommodation tonight will be on the train, where there are basic bunk beds with sheets provided.
Activities(Included)
Experience a local overnight train from Kolkata to Siliguri

Day 77 to 79 Darjeeling

We will arrive into Siliguri at around 9:00am this morning, meeting our jeeps and drivers at the station for our onward journey through the narrow winding roads to Darjeeling. The town of Darjeeling is really more a collection of villages situated on a high ridge, linked by a series of steps and winding lanes and surrounded by rice and tea terraces. Jeeps are used in this region rather than our overland truck as they are perfect for the narrow, steep and winding roads of the area. We will continue with the jeeps all the way until the trip returns to Siliguri (after Gangtok). Estimated Drive Time (in jeeps) - 3-4 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 spend 3 nights in Darjeeling, giving us plenty of time to relax, enjoy the surrounding area and take part in some optional activities. In Darjeeling we will stay in a local hotel.
Activities(Optional)
Scenic train ride through the stunning Darjeeling foothills.  - Cost: INR 1500
Overland to Silguri - Cost: INR
3 nights stay in Darjeeling to explore the surrounding hills - Cost: INR
See the museum at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, containing many exhibits from mountaineering history and the grave of Tenzing Norgay, one of the first men to summit Mount Everest - Cost: INR 200
Take an early jeep trip to Tiger Hill, where you can get an incredible sunrise view of Kangchenjunda, the 3rd-highest mountain in the world - Cost: INR 500

Day 80 to 82 Karmi Farm

Today we will have one last free morning to explore Darjeeling. After lunch we will leave in our jeeps for Karmi Farm, a tea plantation located in a remote rural area nearby. Estimated Drive Time (in jeeps) - 3-4 hours. We will stay at Karmi Farm for 3 nights, which gives us lots of free time to enjoy some fantastic hikes around the region, visit the Karmi Farm Clinic charitable project, go bird watching and to relax and take in the stunning views from the lodge. In Karmi Farm we will stay in a guest lodge.
Activities(Included)
Visit to the Karmi Farm charity project
Trekking in the foothills of Darjeeling

Day 83 to 84 Gangtok

After breakfast we will leave Karmi Farm in our jeeps and continue to Gangtok, the hilltop capital of Sikkim. Estimated Drive Time (in jeeps) - 5-7 hours. On the following day we will have an included guided visit of the nearby Rumtek Dharma Monastery in the morning, leaving the afternoon free for you to independently explore Gangtok. In Gangtok we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.
Activities(Included)
Travel to the far north, into the Himalayas in beautiful Sikkim
Stay overnight in the stunning Yamthung Valley in Sikkim
Ride a yak at beautiful Tsomgo Lake in Sikkim
Explore the incredible 18th-century Rumtek Monastery, the home of the Karmapa Lama, the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu sect of Buddhism

Activities(Optional)
Explore the colourful Rumtek Monastery in Gangtok - Cost: INR 10

Day 85 to 86 Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve

Border Information: Exit India at Kakarbhitta, enter Nepal at Kakarbhitta. Today we travel in our jeeps back to Siliguri, where we will finally join our Dragoman overland truck! We will then drive over the border into Nepal and continue onto Koshi National Park Wildlife Reserve. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours in the jeeps, 4-6 hours on the truck. We will spend 2 nights in Koshi National Park birdwatching and enjoying the local wildlife. 
Activities(Included)
Stay at the beautiful Koshi Tappu Wildlife Camp, exploring, relaxing and spotting the many different species of birdlife around the reserve. 

Activities(Optional)
Float down the Koshi river on a rubber boat - spend the day looking for warders and raptors and some Wild Water Buffaloes on the sand banks. - Cost: USD 44

Day 87 Chitwan National Park

Today we will leave the plains of the Terrai behind and head towards Chitwan National Park.  Estimated Drive Time 7 -9 hours. In Chitwan we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.   

Day 88 Khatauti Khola

This morning there will be time to do a safari around the national park and after lunch we will journey to Khatauti Khola, home to the Royal Beach Camp eco-adventure camp in the Nepalese mountains.  There are several optional activities on offer here such as kayaking, rafting, hiking and mountain bikings or simply relax in the quiet surroundings.  In Khatauti Khola we will camp at the Royal Beach Camp.  Estimated Drive Time - 3 -4 hours.
Activities(Included)
Overnight stay at the Royal Beach Camp outward bound centre in the Himalayas

Activities(Optional)
Whitewater rafting, kayaking and other mountain adventures in the Himalayas - Cost: USD 35
Head out for half a day of canyoning in the gorges of the Trishuli River near Khatauti Khola - Cost: USD 35

Day 89 Kathmandu

This morning we will spend some free time at the Royal Beach Camp to give us more time to take part in the optional adventure activities there, then after lunch we will drive the last stretch up to Kathmandu, the evocative capital of Nepal.  In Kathmandu we stay in a comfortable local hotel.  Estimate drive time - 3.- 4 hours
Activities(Optional)
Feast on a 9 course traditional Nepali meal - Cost: NPR 750
Discover Kathmandu on a guided city tour - Cost: NPR 100
Enjoy a scenic flight over Mount Everest - Cost: USD 200
2 nights to enjoy the sights of Kathmandu - Cost: NPR 250
Visit the former royal palace of Narayanhiti and see the crown jewels of Nepal - Cost: NPR 500
Visit the sacred Hindu Pashupatinath Temple, dedicated to Nepal's unofficial national deity - Cost: NPR 1000
Get out of the city and explore the nearby national park of Sundarijal, and see its idyllic waterfalls and rock formations - Cost: NPR 250

Day 90 Kathmandu

Border Information: If you are finishing your trip in Kathmandu, you will most likely exit Nepal at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (IATA code: KTM). Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Kathmandu. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman 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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