This is my 100th post – what a milestone! When I started this blog in August 2011, I did not expect it would become such a big part of my life! I also never expected that after a huge trip to Canada and the U.S. would I be able to keep such a large amount of travel. I wonder if having a travel blog has in some way actually encouraged me to go on more trips than I would have otherwise. If it has, I recommend you all get one! I think it is fitting to use my 100th post to announce that in June-July I will be travelling around Nepal and India for two weeks!
Mum and I are going on a tour called “There’s Nothing Sub about this Continent” with Gecko. It’s a small group tour of 10-15 people, and our itinerary is:
Day 1-2 – Kathmandu
Embrace your inner hippy in Kathmandu. Order a plate of fried momo, practice some yoga, get a massage, marvel at the Bodhnath Stupa and use this time to reset your body clock
- Pre-departure meeting for the Nepalese part of the trip takes place this evening, as well as an optional group dinner
- Visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world
- Swing by the most famous Hindu temple in the country – Pashupatinath
- Enjoy free time for sightseeing, more temple-hopping or just plain relaxing
Day 3-4 – Chitwan National Park
Explore the jungle on elephant-back, searching for Bengal tigers and the Indian rhinoceros. It’s basically The Jungle Book come to life.
- Catch a morning bus up the rim of the Kathmandu Valley
- Ride elephants into the jungle
- Try and spot Indian rhinoceros, sloth bear, deer, a multitude of different birds and rare tigers
- Stay in a lodge overnight
Day 5 – Lumbini
Buddha lived here until he was 29. In that time he founded Buddhism. What have you done lately?
- Pay a visit to a multitude of temple complexes, constructed by Buddhists from Japan, China and Myanmar
- View the Ashoka Pillar and Maya Devi Temple
- Sleep overnight in a jungle camp
Day 6-8 – Varanasi
Watch thousands of Hindu pilgrims cleanse their sins in the Ganges as you take a boat ride at sunrise. We won’t lie, it’s pretty moving stuff.
- Experience an early morning boat ride on the Ganges
- Explore Varanasi’s back lanes and crowded alleyways on a guided tour
- Board an overnight sleeper train bound for Agra
Day 9 – Agra – Taj Mahal
Boyfriends take note: Emperor Shah Jahan spent over 20 years building this shrine to his second wife. How long has it been since you’ve bought anyone girlfriend flowers?
- Visit the renowned Taj Mahal
- Perhaps take an optional trip to Agra Fort
Day 10 – Tordi Garh
We stumbled across this tiny village years ago, and everyone loved it so much we put it on the itinerary. The kids will adore you, the locals will feed you and you’ll go to sleep in a 16th century palace.
- Get to know the locals in Tordi Garh – a remote village that few travellers make it to
- Visit the fortress and ruined temples that lie slightly further afield
- Spend the night at the palace in Tordi, with it’s owner as your host
Day 11-12 – Jaipur
Haggle to your heart’s content in the bazaars and backstreets of the Pink City. Jaipur is famous for textiles (think table runners and made-to-measure suits), precious and semi-precious gems and blue pottery.
- Travel to and become acquainted with Jaipur’s colourful streets
- Visit the medieval Amber Fort
- Explore the Old Bazaar and The Palace of the Winds
- Enjoy plenty of free time to explore Jaipur at your own pace
Day 13-14 – Delhi
Watch one of the world’s greatest shows unfold as people, traffic, cows and kids all work together in a kind of organised chaos. Grab a chai, put your feet up and let it all soak in.
- Visit the old city’s market area – Chandni Chowk as well as Connaught Place
- Perhaps view the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid and the Raj Ghat during free time
- Enjoy a final optional meal with the group
- The trip ends today after breakfast