Exodus trip info: http://www.exodus.co.uk/holidays/ain.html *
BBC Country profiles
Royal Nepalese Embassy, London – Visa information
(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.)
BBC weather forecasts
Nepal Weather Report
The Kathmandu Post
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!).
I’ve just booked the Exodus Delhi to Kathmandu trip I spotted earlier this week – paying extra for business class/premium economy flights but what the hell, travelling is why I work!
So next step is to sort out visas for Nepal, and possibly India (Grrrrr – I can’t believe that I may have to get another visa because the Kerala one expires on 03 Feb!!! Why was I so organised about getting my India visa for Kerala sorted out???), and to check out books and background info. Oh, and to transfer some [lost in a db move]
Well, having provisionally arranged to start at Norton Rose on 07 February, I met Sue Hobson today and fixed my leaving date for Friday 21 January….. so this evening I have been checking out holiday options, and in the wee small hours (well past 1am on 06 Jan), I found this Delhi to Kathmandu trip with Exodus (http://www.exodus.co.uk/holidays/ain.html)*:
Delhi, the booming capital of modern India, has had many rulers and contains a wealth of buildings and culture that bring to life its rich and turbulent history. Safe in its natural mountain fortress, the fabled city of Kathmandu was virtually cut off from the rest of the world until the last half century. Smaller, but no less fascinating, this city has been described as having more temples than houses and more gods than people. To travel between these two very different cities is one of the most beautiful and fascinating journeys in Asia. For culture vultures the Taj Mahal, the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, the holy city of Varanasi or the Buddhist Stupas of Kathmandu may be the highlight; for those more interested in nature’s treasures, spotting rhino on an early morning elephant ride through Chitwan National Park may feature as high on the list as their first view of the mighty Himalaya, towering 8000m. (26,000 ft.) above the plains on the India/Nepal border. On any journey however it is often the friendliness of the people you meet on your way that lasts longest in the memory.
Travel: Private bus, train, boat and elephant.
Group & staff: Min. 8, max. 16, plus leader, driver, local guides for sightseeing.
Accommodation: 11 nights hotels, 2 nights jungle lodge, 1 overnight train.
Food: All breakfasts and 1 lunch included; full board at Chitwan.
Travel dates: Fri 21 Jan 05 Sun 06 Feb 05
* 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 page.