Kathmandu - Delhi, Oct '08
I'm off on an Intrepid trip Kathmandu - Delhi this coming October. Is anyone else going (or have been) on this trip? Although there is an itinary, I've been told there is enough free time to explore on your own. Any suggestions on where to visit?
The trip starts in Kathmandu, Lumbini, Varanasi, Orchha, Agra and ending in Delhi...never travelled before so will be an experience =)
glad i'm doing it this way around they also run Delhi to Kathmandu as i've heard Delhi can be overwhelming so hopefully this will ease me into it gently.
You will be well looked after, you will have plenty of time to explore your own interests, you will almost certainly travel with pleasant people and you will be with an organisation that is both culturally and environmentally responsible.
Your group leader will be full of suggestions as to how you might fill your spare moments, but the important thing is to read up in advance and develop your own ideas. This way you will have more ownership of your trip.
Lonely Planet, Footprints and Rough Guide are all good.
Really looking forward to it now, thanks Groo was unsure how much time we would really have so back to the Lonely Planets for ideas =)
If you can get to Kathmandu a few days early you might enjoy a couple of days travelling in the Kathmandu Valley. Nepal is a very easy country in which to travel and even as a single female you should have no problems. Even the Marxist guerillas were quite polite to travellers.
Here's a small excursion I took, and I'd thoroughly recommend it.
From Kathmandu I took an early afternoon tourist mini bus to Nagarkot where, if the weather is right, you have spectacular views of the Himalayas and even glimpses of Everest. There's a viewing platform further up the hill where people go for sunrise but I was quite happy with what I could see from the hotel.
Next morning I took a local bus to the bottom of the hill and struck off along the backroads to Changu Narayan, an extremely interesting ancient temple complex, village and a somewhat eclectic museum.
The walking was interesting, through villages and farms and very friendly people. I'm not entirely sure that I'd take this walk as a single female, however, as I did travel through some forested bits.
Off again, down the hill towards Bhaktapur, again walking through charming rural countryside and past decorated cows (part of Diwali - the previous day it'd been the dogs that wore garlands). When I got tired I flagged down a local bus and, took that into Bhaktapur, found a guesthouse, showered, changed and lay down for a rest.
Bhaktapur seemed a fine and ancient city filled with souvenir shops, art studios, purveyors of the very latest in antiques and people who wanted to take you back to their studio to see their artwork.
An hour or two later I emerged from my room and was greeted by an entirely different city. The tourists seemed all to have gone, the souvenir stands had disappeared and the whole ancient city was lit with small oil lamps. Young people went about singing, there was music in the air, I felt that I was somewhere back in the middle ages. One of the most magical experiences of my life - I had fluked Diwali. Your timing will put you pretty close to Diwali too.
Next morning it was the same medieval city, music, religious processions which I didn't undestand, people butchering water buffalo on the steps outside their houses.
And then, as I sat over breakfast over Durbar square, it all changed again. Air conditioned buses from Kathmandu began rolling in, the streets filled with westerners, some of whom wore face masks to ward off Asian impurities, and the shops and studios began to open.
Took a local bus back to Kathmandu.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
it's reassuring to hear that it's an easy country to travel in, going to look at the area surrounding my hotel and do a bit of planning!!x
Alice - my tour starts on the 4th of Oct so we arenâ€™t on the same one. no worries, I am sure we will both meet some cool people to travel with. Yay - not long to go now. : )
I would most definitely recommend the trip, it was fantastic I had such a great time.
The group was a real mix out of twelve of us there were 4 couples and 4 of us who went on our own. There was a mix of ages too, youngest being 20 the oldest being 60, but most of us were mid-20's to mid-30's.
There is a lot of travelling involved as you would expect but it was well worth it, and I can't wait to return to India in particular. You do also have a nice amount of free time to do your own thing in the various places, however for those in the group that want more activities with the group, the leader was more than happy to accompany them to other attractions during the free time.
If you want any more info, feel free to message me =)
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