Itinerary: India – Nepal

December 2017

Departure

  • Wednesday 6th – Train from Cricklewood, London to Heathrow Airport.

Delhi, India

  • Wednesday 6th – British Airways flight from London Heathrow to Indira Gandhi International, Delhi, India (8 hours, 20 minutes).
  • Thursday 7th – picked up by a driver at the airport and taken to the home of a family friend in Sunder Nagar, Delhi (~ 1 hour).
  • Thursday 7th to Friday 15th – stay with family friend in Sunder Nagar, Delhi (8 nights).
  • Visit Humuyun’s Tomb, Old Delhi markets, Lodhi Garden and Khan Market.
  • Friday 15th – taken by driver from Sunder Nagar to Indira Gandhi International airport, Delhi.

Kathmandu, Nepal

  • Friday 15th December – IndiGo flight from Indira Gandhi International, Delhi, India to Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Friday 15th – picked up by host at the airport and taken to home stay in Banasthali, Kathmandu.
  • Friday 15th to Sunday 17th – stay in home stay, Banasthali, Kathmandu (2 nights). Organised through booking.com.
  • Walk to Thamel district.

Annapurna Region, Nepal

  • Sunday 17th – Tourist bus from Kathmandu to Dumre (132 km ~ 5 hours, 20 mins).
  • Sunday 17th – Local bus from Dumre to Besisahar (37 km ~ 2 hours).
  • Sunday 17th to Monday 18th – stay in Hotel Tukuche Peak, Besisahar (1 night).
  • Monday 18th – local bus from Besisahar to Ngadi (15 km ~ 1.5 hours).
  • Monday 18th to Tuesday 2nd January – trek the Annapurna Circuit from Ngadi (930 m) to Chame (2670 m) and then on to Ghyaru (3670 m) and return to Ngadi.
  • Wednesday 27th December – sidetrip hike from Chame (2670 m) to Lamjung Himal Base Camp (3700 m).

January 2018

  • Tuesday 2nd January – local bus from Ngadi to Besisahar (15 km ~ 1.5 hours).
  • Tuesday 2nd to Wednesday 3rd – stay at Gateway Himalaya Resort, Besisahar (1 night).

Kathmandu, Nepal

  • Wesnesday 3rd – tourist bus from Besisahar to Banasthali, Kathmandu (169 km ~ 6 hours, 30 mins).
  • Wednesday 3rd to Thursday 4th – stay in homestay, Banasthali, Kathmandu (1 night).
  • Visit Amideva Buddhist Park and Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple).
  • Thursday 4th – taxi from Swayambhunath to Thamel, Kathmandu.
  • Thursday 4th to Friday 5th – stay at Karma Travellers Home, Thamel, Kathmandu (1 night).
  • Visit Gaia Restaurant, New Orleans bar, Durbar Square area.

At this point we embark on separate journeys:

Clare’s Journey – India

  • Friday 5th January – Clare flies from Kathmandu, Nepal to Delhi, India.
  • Friday 5th – Taxi from airport to home of family friend in Sunder Nagar, Delhi.
  • Friday 5th to Monday 8th January – Stay in home of family friend in Sunder Nagar (3 nights).
  • Monday 8th – Taxi from Sunder Nagar to Hazrat Nizamuddin train station, Delhi.
  • Monday 8th to Tuesday 9th – Train from Delhi to Warora, Maharashtra (26 hours).
  • Tuesday 9th – Picked up from station and driven to Anandwan.
  • Tuesday 9th to to Wednesday 31st January – Attend Sanghaseva meditation and work retreat in Anandwan (3 weeks).
  • Wednesday 31st – Driven from Anandwan to Warora train station.
  • Wednesday 31st – Train from Warora to Aurangabad (12.5 hours).
  • Wednesday 31st – Auto-rickshaw from Aurangabad train station to Hotel Panchavati, Aurangabad.

Kim’s Journey – Nepal

  • Friday 5th January – Kim takes tourist bus from Kanti Path bus stop, Kathmandu to Pokhara (205 km ~ 8 hours).
  • Friday 5th  – Taxi from Pokhara bus station to Mount View Pokhara Hotel, Pokhara.
  • Friday 5th to Saturday 6th – Stay in Mount View Pokhara Hotel (1 night).
  • Saturday 6th to Tuesday 9th – Stay in Hotel White Pearl, Pokhara (3 nights).
  • Tuesday 9th – Taxi from Hotel White Pearl, Pokhara to Ghattakola, near Phedi.
  • Tuesday 9th to Tuesday 16th January – Trek the Annapurna Sanctuary trek (8 days).
  • Tuesday 16th January – Bus from Ghattakola to Pokhara.
  • Tuesday 16th – Taxi from Pokhara to Hotel White Pearl, Pokhara.
  • Tuesday 16th to Sunday 21st – Stay in Hotel White Pearl, Pokhara (5 nights).
  • Sunday 21st – Taxi from Hotel White Pearl to Bus Station, Pokhara.
  • Sunday 21st – Bus from Pokhara to Sauraha (147 km ~ 6 hours).
  • Sunday 21st – Auto-rickshaw from Sauraha to Sapana Village Lodge, Sauraha.
  • Sunday 21st to Tuesday 23rd – Stay in Sapana Village Lodge, Sauraha (2 nights).
  • Monday 22nd – Canoe trip to Elephant Breeding Centre at Khorsor in Chitwan National Park.
  • Monday 22nd – Elephant safari through Chitwan National Park.
  • Tuesday 23rd – Jeep from Sapana Village Lodge to airport at Bharatpur.
  • Tuesday 23rd – Buddha Airlines flight from Bharatpur to Kathmandu (2o mins).
  • Tuesday 23rd – Taxi from Kathmandu Airport to Thamel, Kathmandu.
  • Tusday 23rd to Friday 26th – Stay in Karma Travellers Home, Thamel, Kathmandu (3 nights).
  • Wednesday 24th – visit Garden of Dreams and Durbar Square.
  • Thursday 25th – visit Pushupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa.
  • Friday 26th – Taxi from Thamel to Kathmandu airport.
  • Friday 26th – IndiGo flight from Kathmandu, Nepal to Delhi, India.
  • Friday 26th – Taxi from Delhi International airport to Sunder Nagar.
  • Friday 26th to Wednesday 31st – Stay in Sunder Nagar (5 nights).
  • Wednesday 31st – Taxi from Sunder Nagar to Delhi airport.
  • Wednesday 31st – Air India flight from Delhi to Aurangabad.
  • Wednesday 31st – Taxi from Aurangabad airport to Hotel Panchavati, Aurangabad.

At this point, Clare and Kim meet up and continue their journey together.

February 2018

Maharashtra State, India

  • Wednesday 31st January to Saturday 3rd February – Stay in Hotel Panchavati, Aurangabad (3 nights).
  • Thursday 1st February – Visit Bibi Ka Maqbara, Aurangabad (building inspired by Taj Mahal).
  • Friday 2nd February – Visit Ellora Caves near Aurangabad.
  • Saturday 3rd – Share taxi from Hotel Panchavati, Aurangabad to MTDC (Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation) Tourist Resort, Fardapur.
  • Saturday 3rd to Sunday 4th – Stay in MTDC Tourist Resort, Fardapur (1 night).
  • Sunday 4th – Visit Ajanta Caves, near Fardapur.
  • Sunday 4th – Bus from Fardapur to Jalgaon bus station.
  • Sunday 4th – Auto-rickshaw from Jalgaon bus station to Hotel Plaza, Jalgaon.
  • Sunday 4th to Monday 5th – Stay in Hotel Plaza, Jalgaon (1 night).
  • Monday 5th – Train from Jalgaon to Mumbai Central Station (8 hours, 15 mins).
  • Monday 5th – Taxi from Mumbai Central Station to Bentley’s Hotel, Mumbai.
  • Monday 5th to Tuesday 6th – Stay in Bentley’s Hotel, Mumbai (1 night).
  • Tuesday 6th – Taxi from Bentley’s Hotel to Mumbai International Airport.

Bihar State, India

  • Tuesday 6th – Air India flight from Mumbai to Gaya, Bihar State (1 hour, 30 mins).
  • Tuesday 6th – Taxi from Gaya airport to Rahul Guest House, Bodhgaya (14 km ~ 30 mins)
  • Tuesday 6th to Monday 12th February – Stay in Rahul Guest House, Bodhgaya (6 nights).
  • Tuesday 6th to Monday 12th – Visit Mahabodhi Temple complex.
  • Thursday 8th – Visit Thai Temple/Monastery, Bhutan Temple, Japanese Temple.
  • Friday 9th – Visit Turgar Tibetan Temple/Monastery, Vietnamese Temple, Great Buddha Statue.
  • Monday 12th February – Auto-rickshaw from Bodhgaya to Gaya Train Station (17 km ~ 40 mins)

Uttar Pradesh State, India

  • Monday 12th February – Train from Gaya to Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh State (4 hours, 10 mins).
  • Monday 12th February – Auto-rickshaw from train station to Assi Ghat in Varanasi.
  • Monday 12th to Thursday 15th February – Stay in Sahi River View Guest House (3 nights).
  • Thursday 15th February – Auto-rickshaw from Assi Ghat to Dashashwamedh Ghat.
  • Thursday 15th to Saturday 17th February – Stay in Shiva Guesthouse (2 nights).
  • Saturday 17th to Friday 23rd February – Stay in Kautilya Society Guest House (6 nights).
  • Friday 23rd February – Auto-rickshaw from Varanasi to Sarnath (10 km ~ 1 hour).
  • Friday 23rd to Monday 26th February – Stay in Namo Buddha Guest House (3 nights).
  • Monday 26th February – Taxi from Sarnath to Varanasi Airport (26 km ~ 1 hour).

Delhi, India

  • Monday 26th February – IndiGo flight from Varanasi to Delhi (1 hour, 35 mins).
  • Monday 26th February – Taxi from Delhi Airport to Sunder Nagar, Delhi.
  • Monday 26th February to Saturday 3rd March – Stay in Sunder Nagar, Delhi (5 nights).
  • Thursday 27th February – Visit the Red Fort in Delhi.

March 2018

  • Thursday 1st March – Return train from Nizamuddin Railway station, Delhi to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal, Agra.
  • Saturday 3rd March – Taxi from Sunder Nagar to Delhi Airport.

Goa, India

  • Saturday 3rd March – IndiGo flight from Delhi Airport to Goa Airport (2 hours, 50 mins).
  • Saturday 3rd March – Taxi from Goa Airport to Caravela Home Stay in Panjim (28 km ~ 44 min).
  • Saturday 3rd to Tuesday 6th March – Stay at Caravela Home Stay, Panjim (3 nights).
  • Tuesday 6th March – Taxi from Panjim to Olaulim Backyards (14 km ~ 30 mins).
  • Tuesday 6th to Saturday 10th March – Stay at Olaulim Backyards (4 nights).
  • Saturday 10th March – Taxi from Olaulim Backyards to Benaulim Beach in South Goa (47 km ~ 1.5 hours).
  • Saturday 10th to Monday 12th March – Stay at Blue Corner Beach Huts, Benaulim Beach (2 nights).
  • Monday 12th March – Taxi from Blue Corner Beach Huts to Goa Airport (23 km ~ 45 mins).

Delhi, India

  • Monday 12th March – Flight from Goa Airport to Delhi (2 hours, 10 mins).
  • Monday 12th March – Taxi from Delhi Airport to Sunder Nagar, Delhi.
  • Monday 12th to Wednesday 14th March – Stay in Sunder Nagar, Delhi (2 nights).
  • Tuesday 13 March – Visit Qutb Minar in Delhi.
  • Wednesday 14th March – Taxi from Sunder Nagar to Delhi Airport.

London, UK

  • Wednesday 14 March – British Airways flight from Delhi, India to London Heathrow (8 hours, 50 mins).