Make your voyage an unforgettable exploration by joining this ultimate overland adventure neatly connecting the cities of magical India and mysterious Nepal. Slowly leave Delhi behind and stock up on culture in the religious city of Lord Shiva, Varanasi, and the holy river Ganges. Add a spiritual touch of Buddhism in Sarnath and Kushinagar before you move overland towards the Nepali border. On the other side, spot rare wildlife in the magnificent Chitwan National Park and trek through less visited villages and enjoy mesmerising mountain views on the way. Make the perfect ending when rafting the Trishuli river – an experience for any adventurous heart – before Kathmandu welcomes you with open arms.
Included: Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Accommodation: 2 nights in local home stay, 2 nights in budget resort, 4 nights in budget hotel and 1 night in overnight sleeper train
Transport: Train ticket from to Delhi to Varanasi (sleeper class with aircon), local transportation and all transfers and sightseeing in a private vehicle with aircon in India. Normal tourist bus/local bus in Nepal.
English speaking guide: Local guide for sightseeing in Varanasi and Sarnath plus boat rides in India. Guide (English speaking) and porter(s)with their foods, accommodation and insurance during trekking in Nepal. Rafting guide and necessary equipment. Please note that drivers may speak limited English.
Experiences: Rafting on Trishuli River, 3 days trekking and visit to Chitwan National Park visit and elephant breeding centre in Nepal. Cultural, religious and temple excursions in India. All experiences are according to itinerary. Not included: · Nepal visa fee
· Meals other than mentioned
· Entrance while sightseeing
· All personal expenses and drinks
· Travel Insurance (compulsory)
All other expenses not stated as included in the above
· Make your overland transport a true adventurous exploration beyond the beaten track
· Stock up on cultural experiences and religious insights in Varanasi, Sarnath and Kushinagar
· Trek, drive and raft your way through Nepal and enjoy the serene mountain views
· Spot rare wildlife animals in Chitwan National Park
Day 1: Delhi – Varanasi
Board the afternoon/evening train from Delhi to Varanasi and watch life pass by as day turns into night outside the windows. Spend the night on board the train in sleeper berth.
If you are already in Delhi before commencing the overland explorer tour feel free to stop by the Visit Beyond Delhi office for inspiration, tips and tricks about Delhi and India in general.
Overnight: Train with sleeper berth and aircon
Day 2: Varanasi
In the morning, you will arrive the Varanasi railway station where your driver will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel.
In the afternoon leave for a temple tour of Varanasi, where you will visit Bharat Mata Temple, SankatMochan Temple, Durga Temple, and TulsiManas Temple. After attending the evening Aarti (worship) at river Ganges and visiting the KashiVishwanath Temple, you return and overnight at the hotel.
Overnight: Budget Hotel
Day 3: Varanasi
In the early morning, you will go on a boat ride taking you past the ghats.
After breakfast you will go on an excursion to Sarnath where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon in a Deer Park. It contains the most impressive remains, as well as a modern temple and the Dharmarajika, Chaukhandi and Dharnekstupas are outstanding. There are also the remains of a monastery, and the beautifully polished Lion Capital of Ashoka. Sarnath contains a rich library and at the MulagandhaKutirVihara, there are excellent frescoes by KosetsuNosu.
The Sarnath Museum, not far from the site, contains some of the finest specimens of Buddhist sculpture. The illustrious Mantra, 'BuddhamSharanamGachhami', owes its foundation to Sarnath. Besides Buddhism, it is also linked with Jainism. There is also a vast expanse of prehistoric ruins at Sarnath. Several Buddhist structures were raised at Sarnath between the 3rd century BC and the 11th century AD. The Ashoka pillar of Sarnath is the National emblem of India.
Continue your journey to the Ramnagar Fort. This is situated 14 kilometres from Varanasi and sited on the contradictory bank of river Ganga, built by Maharaja Balwant Singh.
Overnight: Budget Hotel
Day 4: Varanasi
Free day to explore Varanasi on your own. You may visit the Ghats and temple or just relax at the banks of river Ganges.
Overnight: Budget Hotel
Day 5: Varanasi – Kushinagar
Today you will drive to Kushinagar early in the morning (approx. 275 kilometres/6 hours). Upon arrival check in to your hotel and enjoy a bit of time to relax.
Later in the day you will explore Kushinagar. Visit Mahaparinirwana Temple (where Buddha took his last breathe), RambharStupa (cremation site of lord Buddha) and a Japanese Temple.
Child age: No child age, but pay same rate as adults
This tour is not recommended for: Children below 9 years of age
Guest house/Budget class hotel in standard room with private bathroom in India.
Basic home stay and budget resort in Nepal.
Train and AC Vehicle for the transfer in India. Normal tourist bus, local bus and walking in Nepal
Throughout the year in India.
In Nepal, the best trekking season is in spring and autumn where the weather is generally stable and even the high passes may be free of snow and relatively easy to traverse at times. Contrary, we do not recommend Jun-Aug due to monsoon rain. In general always be prepared for changes of weather!
Varanasi, Ganges Ghats, Sarnath, Kushinagar, Trishuli river, Chepang village, Chitwan national park
Warm sweater, jacket, trouser, sunscreen, insect repellent, good walking boots, medicine (if needed)