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Delhi to Kathmandu

Take a classic journey from India’s plains to the mountains of Nepal



At a glance

* 13 nights hotels and lodges, 1 night sleeper train
* Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
* Travel by private air-conditioned bus and train

Take a classic journey from India’s plains to the mountains of Nepal

To travel between Delhi and Kathmandu, from the bustling cities of the Indian
plains to the peace and tranquillity of the highest mountains on Earth, is
one of the most beautiful and fascinating journeys in Asia. For culture, the
Taj Mahal, ‘the Pink City’ of Jaipur and the holy city of Varanasi are the
highlights. We also follow the footsteps of Buddha, visiting the sacred
Buddhist sites of  Sarnath and Lumbini. For nature, spotting rhino in
Nepal’s Chitwan National Park or the first view of the mighty Himalayas will
provide lasting memories.

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Type: Land Only

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What’s included

* All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners included
* All accommodation
* Transfer for group flights

 

Food:
All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners included.

You should allow £15 (approx. US) per day for other meals. You can eat
out very cheaply in India and Nepal, but if you go to more expensive
restaurants most of the time, you will spend more than the suggested amount.
In most of the towns there is a good choice between Indian, Chinese and
Western style food. If you are a vegetarian India and Nepal are probably two
of the best destinations you can visit. Tea and soft drinks are very cheap. A
(large!) bottle of beer is approximately £3 (approx. US.80). Drinking
water will be provided in large containers in our vehicle, so please bring a
water bottle with you to refill. Where meals are not included the leader
will encourage people to try certain restaurants and street food vendors.
They can make recommendations which will help boost small businesses and
celebrate local specialties. In India, we can even see how the food is made,
for example, masala chai (tea), samosa (mashed potato snacks), jalebe (Indian
doughnuts), lassi (yoghurt drink).

Start destination: Delhi

End destination: Kathmandu

Cycling profile

Day 1

The group flight will arrive into Delhi in the morning and we will transfer
to our hotel. Those who have made their own flight arrangements will join us
at the hotel during the day. You are free today to explore Delhi and rest
after your flight; rooms may not be available until noon but it is often
earlier than this.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 2

After breakfast we will have a tour of the capital. In Old Delhi we visit
Jama Masjid (India’s largest mosque). We then drive past the fine colonial
buildings in New Delhi. Built by the British Raj in the early years of last
century and set in spacious tree-lined boulevards, these now house various
Indian governmental departments. We then visit Humayun’s Tomb, one of the
earlier Moghul Emperors. In the afternoon we drive to the ‘Pink City’ of
Jaipur. This drive will take approximately 5 to 7 hours, depending on local
traffic.
*Comfortable Hotel*

 

Day 3

* *A full day to explore Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan and one of the
most attractive and colourful cities in India. Built in the late 18th
century, it is a planned city of broad avenues built of sandstone and painted
pink at a later stage. First we visit the City Palace. Formerly the residence
of the Maharaja it is now a fine museum containing rare manuscripts,
paintings, royal garments and weapons. Close to the palace is one of the most
intriguing sites of India, the observatory of Jai Singh. This is an assembly
of immense astronomical instruments made of marble and brass set in a
pleasant garden. We will also see Jaipur’s impressive landmark, the Hawa
Mahal, or Palace of the Winds. A few miles from the main city is the splendid
Amber Palace, rising above a lake. The imposing hilltop fort contains large
courtyards and interiors with fine decorations including inlaid alabaster
panels and a Chamber of Mirrors. We can walk up the hill through the massive
gateway to the courtyard. Jaipur is a centre of many handicrafts, such as
durries (woven rugs), carpets, printed cloth, semi-precious stones,
leatherwear etc.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 4

 We begin the day by driving to Agra via the deserted ancient city of
Fatehpur Sikri. Formally the capital of the Mughal Empire, this wonderfully
preserved ‘ghost town’ was constructed by Emperor Akbar between 1570 and 1585
and reflects his ideals in art, religion and architecture. This impressive
and well-preserved citadel became his capital in 1571, after the blessing of
a local Moslem holy man correctly predicted the birth of a longed-for son,
his successor the Emperor Jehangir. The mosque, designed to hold ten thousand
worshippers, the palaces, residences and halls of audience are all of
decorative red sandstone. But this magnificence only lasted 14 years, as in
1584 Akbar left Fatehpur Sikri to secure his outlying territories, leaving
this city much as we see it today. The site is one of the most atmospheric in
northern India and its position on a ridge overlooking the modern village
below, and its wonderful state of preservation give us with a taste of this
city’s majestic past.
*Comfortable Hotel*

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Day 5

 A very early start to see the incredible spectacle of the sunrise over the
Taj. The Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz
Mahal, who died in 1631, built the beautiful white marble Taj Mahal. The Taj
is serenely beautiful and never fails to amaze a first time visitor; the
white marble exterior changes colour according to the position of the sun and
is matched by the rich interior detail. Within striking distance is the
imposing Red Fort of Akbar, whose mighty sandstone walls enclose the
beautiful white marble Pearl Mosque and the palaces, halls, courtyards and
fountains of his sons and successors, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. It is here
that the latter spent his last years, imprisoned by his own son Aurangzeb.
Agra also offers a wide variety of handicrafts including jewellery, inlaid
and carved marble, carpets and clothes and there should be time for some
shopping. In the evening we make our way to Agra Fort train station to catch
our overnight train to Varanasi.

*Sleeper  Train*

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Day 6

On arrival in Varanasi we transfer to our hotel. Please note rooms may not be
available until noon but efforts are made to make it earlier if  possible.
In the afternoon we vist the nearby Sarnath Temple.  Sarnath is as sacred to
Buddhists as Varanasi is to Hindus. The main monument at Saranath is the
Dhamekh Stupa which is the very spot where Buddha is believed to have given
his first sermon. Evening free. *
Comfortable Hotel*

Day 7

* *Varanasi, situated on the River Ganges, is one of the most holy cities in
India and stands at the centre of the Hindu universe. As such, the city lives
and breathes Hinduism: there are thousands of pilgrims, wandering holy men
(Sadhus), religious leaders and casual visitors. Immerse yourself by
exploring its maze of narrow lanes, many temples and watch the Hindu
ceremonies that take place around the clock. Just before dawn, we take a boat
out on the Ganges to witness the extraordinary spectacles on the ghats; the
steps leading down to the river. Every day thousands of Hindu pilgrims come
to these three miles of riverbank to submerge themselves in the waters of the
holy Ganges. In the evening you can witness the aarti ceremony from the banks
of the river.
Comfortable Hotel

Day 8

* *We board our private bus and make an early departure for Nepal. We drive
across the northern plains, passing through a few towns and lots of Indian
villages. At the Indian border we leave our bus and walk across through
customs and immigration to Nepal (approx. 500 metres). Once in Nepal, we
enter the Terai, the narrow plain running along the southern breadth of the
country. We have a short drive (approx. 1 hour) to Lumbini, the birthplace of
the Buddha, where we spend the night. Total driving time approx. 12 hrs.
*Standard Hotel*

Day 9

Early this morning there is a short, optional rickshaw ride around the
Lumbini gardens. Buddha was born here and the area is being developed into a
place of pilgrimage for Buddhists from all over the world. Travelling east
and parallel to the mountains, we reach Chitwan (approx. 4 hour drive), where
we spend two nights. The park, with its jungle and thick forest, was the
former royal hunting ground and was made a conservation area in 1973. During
your stay you can enjoy an optional ox cart ride in Tharu village or an
evening dance performance; both providing a glimpse into the fascinating
lives of the local tribe. 
*Standard hotel*

 

Day 10

Chitwan National Park and the surrounding forest covers an area of 923 square
kilometres of the terai (low land region in southern Nepal) and affords
excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Amongst the larger animals, you
have an excellent chance of seeing the Indian one horned rhino, Sambar and
Chital deer, guar, langur and Rhesus monkeys, mongoose, jackal, otter and
crocodile. The more elusive animals include tiger, leopard, leopard cat,
Sloth bear and Indian bison. Over 500 species of birds have been recorded in
this area.

Wildlife activities are managed and escorted by experienced naturalists and
shikharis and included in your stay is a jeep safari and a dug out canoe
excursion. Birdwatching outings can also be organised.

*Standard Hotel*

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Day 11

* *Today, our journey to Pokhara is only 140km but will take 4-5 hours. We
follow the gorge of the Narayani River and soon we are in the foothills of
the Himalaya. The scenery changes dramatically from the forests and farmlands
of the terai to steep terraced hills, and as we get closer to Pokhara we
begin to see the formidable Annapurna Range. Set at only 1,000m amongst
semi-tropical plants and with a delightfully warm climate, it is actually
much closer to the main Himalayan peaks than Kathmandu. Machhapuchhare, the
‘Fishtail Peak’, dominates the skyline especially on a clear morning. We stay
in a simple hotel near to Lake Phewa, with a wide choice of restaurants and
other facilities close by.
*Standard Hotel*

Day 12

* *We can either relax by or on the beautiful lake in Pokhara, or the more
energetic can hike into the surrounding hills for even better views of the
peaks. There are many wonderful day walks in and around the Pokhara valley,
one of the best being to drive up to the remains of a fort at Sarankot, the
hill directly overlooking the lake and then walk back to Pokhara. An early
morning start is required to guarantee the clearest view, but once there, the
whole Annapurna range can be seen with virtually no intervening hills. This
is one of the best of all viewpoints for Machhapuchhare, most people’s
favourite mountain in the region. For many though, Pokhara is a place to
relax by either renting a rowboat or bicycle for a few hours and exploring
the lake and its shoreline at a leisurely pace.
*Standard Hotel*

Day 13

* *We leave early for the long drive to Kathmandu, along the Chinese-built
road running parallel to the main Himalayan range. The distance is only 200km
but it is a slow climb through the mountains and the journey will take most
of the day (7 – 8 hours). The views, however, are stunning as we follow the
Marsyangdi and Trisuli rivers, passing numerous villages and terraces
stretching thousands of feet up the hillside. We arrive in Kathmandu in the
late afternoon and check into our centrally located hotel.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 14

We have today to explore Kathmandu and the valley. In the early morning there
is the opportunity to take a scenic flight to see Mount Everest (this can be
booked and paid for on arrival in Kathmandu; see ‘Extra Expenses and Spending
Money’ section below regarding costs). Today there will be a half-day
sightseeing tour visiting Pashupatinath, the most important Hindu temple in
the valley, and Bodnath, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world. The
rest of the time is free for individual exploration of Kathmandu. You may
like to visit Durbar Square of Kathmandu with its old Royal Palace and
intricately carved temples, or Swayambhunath, the ‘monkey temple’, set on a
hill overlooking the city.

Kathmandu also offers the most wonderful and varied opportunities for
souvenir shopping: clothes, trinkets, Tibetan and Nepalese handicrafts and
superb bookshops. It also has a wide variety of restaurants serving some of
the best food from the sub-continent and you can also find wonderful pizzas
and apple pie.

*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 15

Those on the flight inclusive package will depart for the airport this
morning for the daytime flight back to London; Land Only arrangements will
finish after check-out from the hotel.
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Customer Feedback

Great, varied trip

Summary:
Concise itinerary of some key sights in Northern India and Nepal. Varied
sights covering important Moghal, Buddhist, Hindu sites, mixed with wildlife,
rural landscapes, lakeside resort and Himalayan vistas.
Good pace, not too rushed, not too many bus trips, chance to experience
overnight rail journey. Good standard of hotels, good breakfasts with local
and Western choices. Trip was considerably enhanced by having Mayank as our
leader.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Seeing Varanasi in all it’s intensity ; driving through rural Bihar and
seeing all village life on the road, the paranama of Everest on a mountain
flight ; the energy of Kathmandu, great end to the trip

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Mayank was outstanding : incredable knowledge, good communicator, ever
helpful, always going the ‘extra mile’ to solve problems, and good company at
meal times with an easy, natural manner.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
India is an assault on your senses – come with an open mind and flexible
attitude, it will grip you like no other country. Nepal is more chilled, nice
contrast to India but people and mountains will want you to return.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Ask for Mayank

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Excellent jam-packed adventure

Summary:
After a fair amount of research into which trip/company to select, I opted
for this one. I opted for this trip for a few reasons – I’d previously done
another excellent trip with Exodus, only 1 overnight train (just enough!),
the itinerary sounded fascinating with some different places included to
other similar tours. I was extremely pleased with my choice – an adventure
from start to finish, amazing places, loads learned, a fabulous group and a
brilliant tour leader.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
So many to mention – a true sensory experience. Varanasi was a huge
highlight – people watching, the Ganges, the Ghats and the various ceremonies
we saw – including beautiful weddings. The mountain scenery in Nepal was
breathtaking – including the drives to get to Pokhara and Kathmandu, the
Pokhara paragliding experience and Everest flight from Kathmandu. The
Pashupatinath complex and Bodnath temple in Kathmandu. Learning about the
Hindu and Buddhist history, beliefs and traditions was fascinating (including
the Bodhgaya stay and day trips). Finally, our 13 strong group and Jatin were
very special people to share this experience and adventure with.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Jatin was absolutely brilliant – this would have been a tough and complex
trip to manage and Jatin worked tirelessly to make sure everything came
together, that we were all safe and well, and that we had a brilliant time.
Whether someone needed meds, first aid, money, recovery of a
misplaced/lost/left-behind item, souvenirs … Jatin was always on hand and
happy to help (he even rolled his sleeves up to help fix the bus!). Jatin’s
knowledge and experience was superb, he cared and his happy nature made us
smile. A huge credit to Exodus.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Bring plenty of hand sanitiser (and use it regularly!), drink loads of water,
bring an open-mind and be prepared to go with the flow. This is a really
fun adventure trip – there are some early morning starts (for activities or
to travel), rough and bumpy roads, long days, squat toilets and often
facilities which might not meet our usual standards – go with it, it’s really
worth it. The long travel days weren’t so bad as the views and outside life
was fascinating to watch.

Try and carry some snacks to keep the energy levels going – Jatin and the
drivers often stopped at street vendors to get us fruit or other snacks
during the day. During the long journeys, we stopped every couple of hours
for a leg stretch, cuppa and a loo break. We were always told to shout if
anyone needed an earlier stop. We encountered an unscheduled 6 hr delay, due
to protests, on the morning train to Varanasi and many of us were very
grateful for saving some our breakfast box leftovers which kept us going.

The overnight train was an adventure. We made sure we had a good feed at
lunchtime and we stopped off at the shop for some snacks. I carried a
lightweight sleeping bag liner for the overnight train – I used it because I
carried it, but the bedding provided seemed clean enough to use without the
liner. However, it did get a little chilly during the night so the extra
layer was welcomed. One thing I wished I’d packed was some cards or small
games, but we made our own fun in the end.

US $ are very useful to carry – crisp and un-torn notes. Indian rupees can
be carried into and used in Nepal.

Don’t overpack – hotel laundry facilities were cheap and good, and best used
on 2 night stays. I used the hotel laundry facilities in Bodhgaya and
Varanasi. Bodhgaya was slightly cheaper, but neither expensive at all.

Get over the cappuccino love! Mainly instant coffee all the way until Pokhara
– but the Masala Chai is a good substitute.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
This is a superb trip for an India first-timer or someone wanting to get a
taster of Nepal and North India- It gives a taste of so much – people, ways
of life, forts, palaces, mountains, countryside, nature, temples, Hindu and
Buddhist insights/learning, trains, roads etc. The trip visits many UNESCO
world heritage sites. It requires a bit of stamina (for the travelling days
and early starts). Both India and Nepal are challenging and daunting
countries and this trip made the experience do-able, straighforward and easy.

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Delhi to Kathmandu

Summary:
This was a great trip which involved a lot of travelling ( by bus, train,
jeep and boat) but with the reward of visiting some beautiful and
historical places and having some wonderful experiences. The travelling times
for our group were often longer than suggested in the trip notes but this
was because at the time of our travel there was some major road construction
occurring. However the long bus trips did give one an opportunity to observe
the countryside, the Indian and Nepalese cultures and ways of life as one
passed through towns and villages. There was also the opportunity for the odd
nap as there were quite a few early morning starts. Also this gave an
opportunity to read up on, or reflect on the places visited as the trip moves
quickly across India and into Nepal.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
For me the inspirational moments of the trip were visiting the Taj Mahal,
getting close to the Indian one horned rhino in Chitwan national park and
the flight to Everest . The Taj Mahal is such an iconic building and to have
experienced its beauty and atmosphere at sunrise was inspiring. Our group
were so lucky at Chitwan …we saw about 10 rhino with 7 being distant
viewings but 3 were really close to the jeeps. Being a keen photographer of
animals this really made my trip !!! Am still wondering how Gaj our ” all
things can be sorted” guide managed to arrange that !!! Seeing Everest
and the Himalayas above the clouds….. not to be missed.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Gaj was our fantastic leader who looked out for our safety but also ensured
that we had a good time. He frequently asked us if our tummies were in
order… “because if your tummy isn’t in the right place your head isn’t
going to be in the right place”. For the majority, tummies were in the right
place for the whole trip and I am sure that this was partly owing to the
fact that Gaj knew where to take us to eat. A guide is always worth his
money for giving good advice to avoid unhappy occurrences and then if they
occur being able to sort things out . Gaj always gave us good tips on things
to do or not to do and always knew where we could change money, find a
chemist, procure a chain and lock for your suitcase or get passport photos
done . Besides all the practical stuff Gaj told us lots about the history and
culture of his country and answered all our questions enthusiastically.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Be prepared for the long drives.. its what you have to do to visit places
where some roads are not great.
The Nepalese immigration insist on pristine US dollar notes ( no markings and
flat) for your visa.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Its not a rest .. its an experience…..but a great one !!!

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Delhi to Kathmandu

Summary:
A fantastic adventure from start to finish. India was hot, dirty, crowded and
chaotic. It was a riot of colour, noise and amazing photo opportunities!
Nepal was slightly less chaotic and provided a wonderful contrast to the
madness.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Both morning and evening trips on the Ganges were incredible. Not for the
faint-hearted, we watched cremations on the banks of the river.
We loved Chitwan even though we didn’t see the elusive tiger.
We went paragliding in Pokhara which was great fun.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Ronit was a great leader. We were a very small group, just four of us and
Ronit. We got on extremely well and Ronit just made everything easy. He was
knowledgable, informative and fun. He made navigating the chaos easy,
getting us on to the train for our overnight trip, getting us tuktuks and
rickshaws and adding his own experiences that he thought we would enjoy such
as taking us to the Sikh temple in Delhi where we made roti, stopping at the
brick factory, walking over a suspension bridge on the way to Pokhara and
taking us to eat street food at a stall in Agra.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
This is not a relaxing holiday. It is an adventure. Be prepared for long
journeys on terrible roads. There is always something to see but you will
spent a lot of time on the road. There are also some early starts. The
standard of driving, generally, is not great. It was particularly dusty in
Kathmandu. Some of the hotels are quite basic. Be prepared for sights you
would not see in the UK. Embrace the chaos and you will have an amazing
time!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I would highly recommend this trip. It was well organised from start to
finish. Excellent!

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Delhi to Kathmandu

Summary:
Very enjoyable experiences.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
I enjoyed all that we saw and did. We visited a school on request to give
pens and paper. Thought seeing sun rise on the Ganges and sending a light
down the river very moving. Loved staying at Chitsan another chances to flot
on the water and seeing all the animals. Didn’t see the tigers though.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Gajraj was very good with information and helped us to understand his
country. He was full of fun to that helped us all to get on together. Pleased
that he fixed for us to visit a school.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Water in Nepal is readily available no need for water purifying stuff. Lot
of dust a face mask is a good idea to have if you suffer with a bad chest.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Loved all the things we saw and did.

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delhi to kathmandu

Summary:
a trip that far exceeded expectations.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
the human spectical of Veranasi

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
simplly the best

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Delhi to Kathmandu

Summary:
This is an ideal trip for those who want to have a taste of India and Nepal
and not much time to do it in.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Being the first people into the Taj Mahal and having no-one in our
photos…and then the place being absolutely rammed 10 minutes later.
The amazing Hindu ceremony along the river Ganges at sunset where thousands
and thousands of people turned up to worship.
Trekking fishtail mountain to see the sunrise.
Visiting the amazing Buddist and Hindu Temples… and of course Bang Bang
Bollywood film!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Vivek was amazing. I have been on 3 exodus trips now and he was the best by
far.
His years of experience shone through as he took care of restaurant bookings,
extra trips and basically anything else we could possibly want (and we wanted
a lot!).
He was extremely caring and protective (which as a solo female traveler was
appreciated) without making us worried and made the time every day to have
conversations with each of us.
As well as this he joined in on almost all of the optional activities despite
probably having done them countless times already and we were all sad to say
goodbye at our last meal as a group.
He also provided never ending cough sweets to the whole group as we each
passed a cold back and forth to each other all trip!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
This is an intense trip – I was not prepared for exactly how busy and loud
India would be and add this to the long days and early starts and it is hard
work but just make sure you take the opportunity for some down time when you
can get it. It’s absolutely worth doing.

Practical info- wifi is at every hotel you go to and there’s about 3 places
you can get laundry done too so don’t be tempted to over-pack.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
It was a fantastic trip but i think the day trip to Chunar once you’ve
arrived in Varannasi is unncessary.
A few of us opted to go to the site of the Budda’s first sermon instead and
get massages in the hotel and it was fantastic and a chance to relax after
the overnight train, whereas the people who went on the day trip spent a very
long time travelling to go to a fort which they said wasn’t as good as the
ones we’d already seen.
There is so much to do in Varannasi that it seemed odd to spend one of the
two days travelling elsewhere.

Lastly, in Chitwan there is an elephant ride which I was unsure about as it
is agreed upon by most animal charities that elephants should not be used in
this way as you cannot know the treatment of the elephant, where they have
come from (e.g stolen from herd) or beaten to be tame, worked all day… it
would be reassuring to know that Exodus have looked into the company used to
verify that the elephants are well treated.

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Delhi to Kathmandu

Summary:
The trip started early on the first day in India and continued at pace
throughout: the scenery was breathtaking. In spite of repeated early morning
starts at 4.30 – 5am we were amazed by the sheer numbers of people everywhere
at all times of day and night.
The journeys between cities were long even though the distances were
relatively short – the roads are dreadful! However, we didn’t witness any
aggression or accidents even though the views of the chaotic traffic were
scary at times!
The accommodation was really good and far better than we either expected or
that we have had on previous trips. Food was plentiful, tasty and excellent.
We deliberately ate veggie and completely avoided any tummy upsets.
The overnight ‘sleeper’ train was quite an experience – we boarded 1.5 hours
late around 12.30 am and arrived in Varanassi 6 hours later than planned at
2pm – interesting and actually quite fun even though we didn’t sleep much!
Our guide Gajendra (G) was experienced, friendly, knowledgeable and super
efficient – a great guy!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
It is hard to choose one experience from such a brilliant trip. There were a
lot of amazing moments. The Ganges at both dawn and dusk, the elephants and
the swim with the elephants, the sheer colour and smells and noise of the
cities – all absolutely fantastic. But – The ‘Diana bench’ at the Taj Mahal
at dawn was beyond anything that we ever anticipated – it was simply
awe-inspiring!
We were fortunate to be there during the festival of Holi. This was terrific
fun, and it took about a week to get all the dye and paint off after being
plastered from head to toe in coloured paints.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Brilliant! He was just great. Nothing was too much trouble and he made the
whole trip appear effortless.
Of course, he was working very hard behind the scenes but he just made
everything happen.
He didn’t even loose anyone in the crowds of Delhi at night!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Book this trip – it is not a physically energetic trip, but it is great. We
added a week of trekking in Nepal to get the legs moving after eating and
drinking far too much in India.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
One of the best trips that we have been on. It’s quite hard work because
India is such a big country and , if you want to see things, you have to put
in the time on the road – well worth any minor inconvenience and a few very
short nights!

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Delhi to Kathmandu

Summary:
What and interesting an amazing trip and one I will never forget. The sheer
madness of India and then the peacefulness of Nepal. Both countries where
special and great in their own way and I loved every minute.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Every moment was inspiration from seeing the first tuk tuk in Dehli, visiting
the Taj Mahal, the mosques in Jaipur and the amazing times on the Ganges in
Varanasi. The sunsets and sunrises where amazing, early mornings but it was
so worth it. I loved the peacefulness of Nepal and I loved Chitwan, Pokhara
and Kathmandu, each had its own beauty and the mountain ranges and scenery
was truly magnificent.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Pacham was a gem, an amazing person with so much knowledge of the countries
and with a friendly smile no matter when you saw him. He was helpful
throughout the trip and made the trip more special. We had so many laughs as
a group and Pacham definitely had a few good jokes and stories. He deserves
an award 🙂

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Have a great time as I know that you definitely will!!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Well done Exodus, you are brilliant.. This was my second trip with you and I
have already booked my next trip for December and cannot wait. Keep up the
good work.

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DELHI TO KATHMANDU

Summary:
I have been lucky enough to travel to many places over the years, India and
Nepal are now at the top of my list of places I must go back to. Every day
brought amazing views, experiences and food! The group were all like-minded
and brilliant to travel with.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
We had lovely clear skies for a lot of the trip so the sunrises over the
different landscapes were incredible. Although seeing the Taj Mahal and
Everest will remain with me forever, it was spending time on the ghats and on
the water at Varanasi that took my breath away. Drifting along the river in
the Chitwan National Park came a close second.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Badam Sing made all of us feel instantly at ease. He shared a lot of
information about his life, childhood and religion with us which gave a very
personal insight into India. He dealt with schedule changes calmly and
efficiently, changed things around to make the best use of our time, and did
his best to arrange things to suit the requests of different members of the
group. I was really grateful that Badam didn’t bombard us with information
on the long journeys – allowing us time and peace to watch the scenery as we
drove. I really can’t praise him highly enough!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Do as many of the optional trips as you can. Don’t miss the Everest flight.
Bring an iPod for the long journeys and several memory cards.
january/February was a great time to travel.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Loved it and can’t wait to go back!

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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