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Ain't no Mountain High Enough

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Tour Code: GINI
Tour Duration: 19
Countries Visited: Nepal, India


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Overview

To punish himself for falling aslepp while meditating, Buddha cut off his eyelids. These eyelids then grew into the tea plant, because drinking tea will keep you from falling asleep. We love a good buddha legend.(Was Nepal & India)


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Tour Itinerary

Day 1-2: Kathmandu

When it comes to whizzing around Kathmandu, auto rickshaws are the only way to go. See the giant Buddhist stupa at Bodhnath and the city's most sacred Hindu site, Pashupatinath.

Day 3-4: Chitwan National Park

Cross the Rapti River to reach our lodge in the village of Sauraha. Take a jungle safari on elephant-back and hopefully spot rhino, tigers and leopards (oh my).

Day 5: Lumbini

Lumbini was the site of Buddha's birthplace way back in 563BC. See some temples and the Ashoka Pillar.

Day 6-8: Varanasi

One river, thousands of uses: bathing, praying, cremating the dead, laundromat, notorious hangout for The Beatles. You name it, and someone's done it in the Ganges.

Day 9: Agra - Taj Mahal

Flowers, chocolates, diamonds, mini-breaks - all these gestures will seem lame once she's been to the Taj. You're going to need to think bigger.

Day 10: Tordi Garh

This is a little gem of a village. Explore nearby temples and forts and sleep in a 16th century castle. Warning: your hand will get tired from all the waving and your mouth will ache from all the smiling. The locals here are extremely friendly.

Day 11-12: Jaipur

The Maharajah's harem was not allowed to be seen, so The Palace of the Winds was built so they could see what was going on outside. It's a big honeycomb-shaped structure, with about 1000 tiny latticed windows for peeking through.

Day 13: Nimaj Bagh

This place has barely changed in centuries and it doesn't get many travellers. It's a real "off the beaten track" experience (slightly off topic, but has anyone actually seen this beaten track?)

Day 14-15: Jodhpur

Drive to the Blue City of Jodhpur, on the edge of the Thar Desert. Sadar Market is the place for fisherman's pants (handy in India, daggy at home), carpets, incense and tea.

Day 16-17: Udaipur

Udaipur is often referred to as the Venice of the East. Why? Well here's a hint - it's not because of all the roads. Then it's an overnight train to Delhi. Snorers, you will be named and shamed.

Day 18-19: Delhi

By now you've had long enough to accept that in India, cows are more important than you. It's just one of the many weird and wonderful things you'll tell your friends when you get home.

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Included

- Gecko’s expert English-speaking local tour guides throughout the tour, and local site guides at some sites. - Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Kathmandu including Bodhnath Stupa and Pashupatinath; Lumbini including temple complexes, Ashoka Pillar and Maya Devi Temple; Varanasi's back lanes and crowded alleyways; Agra including the Taj Mahal; Jaipur including Amber Fort, Old Bazaar and The Palace of the Winds; Jodhpur including Meharangarh Fort and Sardar Market; Udaipur including City Palace and Jagdish Temple; and Delhi including Chandni Chowk and Connaught Place. - Morning boat ride on the Ganges to witness the rituals on the ghats. - Royal Chitwan National Park – elephant ride with wildlife guide, lodge accommodation and entrance fees. - Off-the-beaten-track experience in Tordi Garh – village walk, visit to ruined temples and a fortress, and a jeep safari. - Overnight accommodation in 16th Century Tordi Palace. - Stay at Nimaj Bagh and a village walk to meet the locals. - Free time to explore Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Delhi. - Overnight train from Varanasi to Agra and Udaipur to Delhi. Accommodation in air-conditioned sleeper class with three-tier sleeping berths (two sheets, a blanket and a pillow provided per person).

Not Included

International flights, arrival and departure transfers, airport/departure taxes, visas, pre or post tour accommodation, meals, optional tours sightseeing or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature, laundry and flights unless specified. Some places that we visit charge additional fees if you are entering with a camera or camcorder - your city guide will advise on these and they can be paid for locally.


Tour Dates

Start DateEnd DatePrice
16 Feb 201306 Mar 2013$1495
02 Mar 201320 Mar 2013$1495
16 Mar 201303 Apr 2013$1495
30 Mar 201317 Apr 2013$1495
13 Apr 201301 May 2013$1495
27 Apr 201315 May 2013$1495
11 May 201329 May 2013$1495
25 May 201312 Jun 2013$1495
08 Jun 201326 Jun 2013$1320
22 Jun 201310 Jul 2013$1320
06 Jul 201324 Jul 2013$1320
20 Jul 201307 Aug 2013$1495
03 Aug 201321 Aug 2013$1495
17 Aug 201304 Sep 2013$1495
31 Aug 201318 Sep 2013$1495
14 Sep 201302 Oct 2013$1495
28 Sep 201316 Oct 2013$1495
12 Oct 201330 Oct 2013$1495
26 Oct 201313 Nov 2013$1495
09 Nov 201327 Nov 2013$1495
23 Nov 201311 Dec 2013$1495
07 Dec 201325 Dec 2013$1495
21 Dec 201308 Jan 2014$1495
04 Jan 201422 Jan 2014$1495
18 Jan 201405 Feb 2014$1495
01 Feb 201419 Feb 2014$1495
15 Feb 201405 Mar 2014$1495
01 Mar 201419 Mar 2014$1495
15 Mar 201402 Apr 2014$1495
29 Mar 201416 Apr 2014$1495
12 Apr 201430 Apr 2014$1495
26 Apr 201414 May 2014$1495
10 May 201428 May 2014$1495
24 May 201411 Jun 2014$1495
07 Jun 201425 Jun 2014$1320
21 Jun 201409 Jul 2014$1320

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