Exodus trip info: http://www.exodus.co.uk/holidays/ain.html *
BBC Country profiles
(No need to get there early, well in January at least….! I didn’t see more than 10 people there when I applied for and then returned to collect my visa the next morning. If you ignore the hour I waited from 9am to 10am for the Visa section to open, during which time I was joined by 5 other “queue-beaters”, the waiting time was less than 5 mins.)
- Lonely Planet Guidebook to Rajasthan
- Lonely Planet – India map
- Lonely Planet – Delhi details
- Lonely Planet – Delhi map
- Lonely Planet Guidebook to Nepal
- Lonely Planet – Nepal map
- Lonely Planet – Nepal details
- Lonely Planet – Kathmandu map
BBC weather forecasts
Itinerary and map (http://www.exodus.co.uk/mappages/ain.html *)
Day 1 Start Delhi.
Day 2 Visit Red Fort and New Delhi; free afternoon to explore.
Day 3 To Jaipur; afternoon sightseeing including City Palace and Amber Fort.
Day 4 Morning sightseeing in Jaipur; afternoon to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri.
Day 5 Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal and visit Red Fort. Overnight train to Allahabad.
Day 6 To Chunar Fort via Vindachal Temples at Mirzapur; board boats and cruise on Ganges to Varanasi.
Day 7 Dawn boat ride by bathing Ghats. Free to explore, or visit Sarnath, the site of Buddha’s first sermon.
Day 8 Cross border to Nepal.
Day 8-10 To Chitwan N.P. Elephant safaris, jungle walks and river trips.
Day 11 To Pokhara with views of Annapurnas.
Day 12 Sunrise over mountains. Free to explore or daywalk to Sarankot.
Day 13 To Kathmandu, following Marsyangdi and Trisuli river valleys.
Day 14 Visit Pashupatinath and Bodnath; free afternoon to explore.
Day 15 End Kathmandu.
* 28 March 2014 Update: Well, that’s a first – Exodus have asked me to remove my links back to their website as they’re having trouble with their Google rankings due to “unnatural links” pointing to their website. Hence the unlinked URL to the trip and map pages (v old style!).