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3 nights / 4 days Annapurna Foothills Trek using Ker & Downey Lodges on full board basis with an English speaking trekking guide
per person based on 2 people sharing.
Lovely combination showcasing the highlights of Nepal and India
Huge amount of history and culture included in the itinerary and a brilliant introduction to Nepal and India
Lovely mix of bustling cities including Delhi and Kathmandu and the charming destinations of Jaipur and Pokhara.
Nepal has a Monsoonal climate with four main seasons. Autumn and spring are the two most favourable seasons for visiting Nepal. Autumn (September to early December) brings in clear weather with sunny days and warm nights. Spring (March to May) with occasional rain falls. From June to September, is the monsoon season.
Summer in Rajasthan extends from April to June. It is the hottest season, with temperatures ranging from 32 degrees C to 45 degree C, so not ideal for travel. The "Monsoon" (although in reality Rajasthan never receives much rainfall) extends from July to September. The temperature drops slightly, and humidity increases. 90% of the rain Rajasthan can expect occurs during this period. Lakes and rivers will be higher from mountain run-off and flowers and grasses come to life, bringing added colour to the landscape.
The Post-monsoon period is from October to November. The average maximum temperature is 33 degree C to 38 degree C, and the minimum is between 18 degree C and 20 degree C. The official "season" for hotels in Rajasthan starts in October. It’s a great time to travel - warm and sunny during and perfect for exploring and relaxing.
The fourth season is "winter", and runs from December to March. With day time temperatures still in the high 20's during the day this a very popular time to travel. Hotels are at the their busiest over the Christmas and new year period. Be aware though that December and January can have very cool mornings and evening and we suggest taking some warm clothing. Whilst temperatures in the desert areas are always hot in the daytime, they become some of the coolest areas of the state once the sun goes down. It’s also fairly standard to expect some fog in the major cities of Northern Rajstasthan and Delhi in December and January.
Nepal and India are a fantastic combination and this classic itinerary introduces you to the highlights of Nepal with a brilliant trek in the Annapurna’s and a great taste of India, in the cultural triangle of Rajasthan.
You will start your trip in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal and the largest metropolis in the country. You will hit the ground running here with its bustling, noisy and vibrant atmosphere. On arrival you will be met by your private guide and driver and we recommend two nights so that you can take in the all major sites including Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupud and Pashupatinath Temple. The history here is extraordinary and you private guide will effortlessly bring all of the ancient sites alive for you.
The next stop is to Pokhara, the adventure capital of Nepal. From Kathmandu you will take a short internal flight to Pokhara and here, the world is your oyster in terms of adrenaline pumping experiences such as paragliding and zip lining. However, if that is not of interest Phewa Lake is a beautiful and a relaxing place to stroll with a lovely relaxed charm which much of Pokhara offers. Again, like in Kathmandu, you will have a private guide and driver with you to help you uncover the beauty of the region.
Pokhara is not only a beautiful spot to spend a couple of days but it is also the gateway for the incredible Annapurna range. Today you meet your expert guide and team of porters to begin your three night trek through this incredible region. Over the next three nights you will trek from lodge to lodge, taking in the spectacular surrounding scenery so unique to Nepal.
Today, after breakfast, you will continue on to your next village stop of Ghandruk. As you climb out of the Modi valley you are treated to spectacular views and interesting scenery as you pass through working rice fields, forests and small little hamlets. On reaching Ghandruk you will have time to rest and unwind in the afternoon, or spend some time exploring the surrounding area further with your guide.
Today the trek continues as you make your way to the village of Majgaun. On the way you are likely to meet groups of donkeys and mules as they carry goods to and from the Gurkha villages.
As you depart the trek, descending back to Pokhara you’ll have the chance to get acquainted with the beautiful villages in the region as you pass through areas such as Patlekhet and Pothna, full of charm and character. On arrival in Pokhara you will be met by your private car to the airport for your onward flight to Kathmandu. Here you will have one final night in order to pick up any last minute souvenirs before your onward flight to India the following day. Of course if you would like more time in Kathmandu to unwind and relax after your trek we can tailor your itinerary completely for you.
Next on your adventure is over to India, which you will reach by a direct flight to Delhi. As one of the most populated cities in the world, it is literally bursting to the seams with life and there is something new and interesting to see behind every corner. As a city of two halves, with your private guide, explore the colonial parliament buildings of New Delhi alongside the skyscrapers of Gurgaon all the while being treated a whole host of unique people watching experiences as the city continues with daily life.
No highlight trip to India would be complete without a visit to the incredible Taj Mahal. From Delhi you’ll take a quick train ride to Agra, and from here you will be able to witness this masterpiece. As one of the most outstanding examples of Mughal architecture, this complex is a testament to the love of emperor Shah Jahan’s for his wife and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983.
To end your trip in India you will have three nights in Jaipur which a 4-5 hour drive from Agra. The scenery that you will pass through is stunning and if you can spare the time, we suggest breaking up the journey with a one night stop along the way which is a brilliant way to experience the rural side of India. If time is tight, then this is not an issue as your guide will make interesting stops along the way, making the drive more of an experience rather than just a transfer.
The Taj Mahal at sunrise is often on many people's ultimate wish lists and it never disappoints. Seeing the sun rise over this amazing monument makes you sit back in awe as Taj's colour slowly changes as the sun shimmers against it.
Delhi has some of the most amazing restaurants. We always keep our ear to the ground about the latest places to dine, and speak to all our guests about dinner reservations before they travel.
Head to Old Delhi's most famous market, Chawri Bazaar, and discover the incredible sights and smells. Your foodie tour will take you around the narrow streets, where your guide will talk you through the variety of delicacies on offer.
Explore New Delhi, the area that Britain constructed between 1911 and 1931 as their new Imperial capital in India. Think of leafy, wide avenues, and white-washed bungalows. See the vast Rajpath, the Parliaments Buildings and Humayun's Tomb.
Amber Fort, the ancient Rajput capital is located on a hill 11km / 7 miles north of Jaipur. Amber was the capital of the Kachhwaha Rajputs from 1037 until the Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh founded Jaipur in 1727.
Jaipur is awash with craftsman and artisans which make an amazing wander through the streets unforgettable. You will enjoy the sights with a personal guide.
A walking tour of Jaipur brings the city to life through its out of the way nooks and crannies, colourful markets and vibrant culture.
Head into central Kathmandu for a walking tour around Kathmandu Durbar Sq with your private guide before heading to Swayambhu Stupa overlooking the valley. Finish at Kaiser Cafe for lunch.
Take a full day exploring both Old and New Delhi taking a Rickshaw through Chandni Chowk and visiting the Jama Masjid Mosque, Rajpath & Humayun's Tomb.
Boudhanath Stupa & Pashupatinath, both close to each other to the east of Kathmandu. Boudhanath is the largest Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu whilst Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world.
Patan is one of the major cities of Nepal located in the south-central part of Kathmandu Valley. It is best known for its' rich cultural heritage, particularly its tradition of arts and crafts.
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