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Number of Reviews: 83 Overall score: *****
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Delhi to Kathmandu

AIN 1102

5
a good informative holiday. saw lots of interesting places as well as the well known ones. had amazing experants traveling on the road plus the way of life.
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Delhi to Kathmandu

Planes, trains and automobiles - but no Steven Martin story of mishaps

5
I absolutely loved this trip from start to finish. The Taj Mahal was everything I hoped it would be and more, the overnight train ride to Varanasi was superb and being with such a lovely group and tour leader really made the trip even more enjoyable. Having been on trips with long drives before, the time we spent on the road didn't phase me. I do think that off roading would be a fairer description of most of India's roads, while Nepal seems not to have any completed roads at all (and this was not due to the earthquake). So bus suspension and lack of air con were annoyances I could have done without, but I tend to think everything is an experience just waiting to become a traveller's tale.... Delhi wasn't particularly interesting, but as soon as we got to Jaipur, the sights and sounds (and smells) of India really began to get intense. The Amber Fort was worth the hot walk uphill and the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri was beautiful. The guides really helped you learn a lot about the Mogul emperors (I can now recite this list of rulers!). All this was even before we got to the Taj Mahal (just go and stare with wonder. It truly is beautiful). As somebody who doesn't 'do souvenirs', I was so impressed by the quality of the craftwork we saw (carpets, jewellery, marble tables) that I became a shopaholic! Beware the problem of space in your luggage on the way home if you go on this trip... Varanasi was interesting to see and I loved the experience of a high speed Tuc Tuc ride through incredibly crowded streets. The flower laying moment on the Ganges was lovely, but public burning of bodies on funeral pyres at the water's edge may not be everyone's cup of tea (interesting but wasn't really mine either). Sunrise over the Ganges and the peacefulness of the boat ride was lovely though. On to Nepal and a remarkably trouble free border crossing near Lumbini (though don't bring US dollars with ANY pen marks on them as the borders guards like them pristine). The birthplace of the Buddha was a very restful sight to visit, before we made our way to Chitwan National Park. Don't go believing you will see a tiger (impossible), a sloth bear (unlikely) or even a rhino (3 hours in before we spotted our first), but again I've done safaris before so was quite happy with what we did see. On to Pokhara, where the volume of dust on the 'roads' meant you would struggle to identify any of the beautiful scenery outlined in the trip notes. Pokhara felt quite westernised and I'm not really a daredevil sports fan, but I really liked the drive to Sarankot to see sunrise over the Annapurna range and the walk back down. The highlight of Kathmandu for me was the flight over Everest: well worth the extra money! I managed to spend literally every last penny, dollar, rupee or Nepalese rupee I brought with me by the time we got to the airport for the flight home, which I reckon is a sign of a good holiday. Do not rely on ATMs to give you money when you need it though. Luckily the group members frequently turned banker to help each other out so it didn't really matter (and craft places always take credit cards...). Finally, the group were lovely and the tour leader was excellent. Don't bother with single room supplement as it is fun to share. I didn't bother but got a single room for free anyway because the others had paid the supplement (but I spent this saving on the beautiful crafts...). As a first trip to India, this was just right. I'd highly recommend it.
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Delhi to Kathmandu

Delhi to katmandu. Mr A P Rae

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There were too many long bus journeys, we spent a great deal of time on the road , the buses you provided would not be out of place on the Fintstones, the hotels in India were too far from the centre of the cities in a nut shell I was extremly disappointed.
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Delhi to Kathmandu

Delhi to Kathmandu

5
I really enjoyed my trip. I was a little worried about travelling to India on my own.This trip was a wonderful taste of India. I have always wanted to see the Taj Mahal.There was alot of early mornings and bus travel but the experience of travelling through the towns and villages of India was most interesting.The hotels were of a good standard.I have been trekking in Nepal so it was rather nice to relax instead.
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Delhi to Kathmandu

The Road To Kathmandu (without Dorothy Lamour)

5
To be honest I didn't know what to expect from this trip. My wife was a little concerned about going to India but the itinerary looked so good that she was persuaded. No need to worry, from our arrival in Delhi to our departure from Kathmandu we were looked after, guided, kept informed and treated to some amazing sights, sounds and food. This was an incredibly informative, entertaining and exciting journey. We loved it!
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Delhi to Kathmandu

To Kathmandu Via CO2

3
If you like sitting in traffic jams then this is the trip for you! It's possible to enjoy pollution choking traffic jams in 4 Indian cities, plus several cities in Nepal. The destinations, when you get to them, are often stunning and very memorable, but you will have to endure many long hours of travelling, and many choking traffic jams, to get to them. The trip was enjoyable but not, in my opinion, "leisurely" in terms of the pace of the trip, which involves many early starts and very long days of travelling on, at times, very poor bumpy roads. The scenery in Nepal is, however, simply stunning, which does lessen the pain of the journey somewhat. If you can put up with the travelling and the congestion and pollution, then you will find this trip to be rewarding.
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Delhi to Kathmandu

I am definitely buying a tuktuk!

5
Fantastic trip. It was a holiday of two halves, experiencing the brilliant chaos of India followed by the peace and natural beauty of Nepal. Some amazing temples and brilliant sights. My highlight was Varanasi, the tuktuk through the streets heading down to the Ganges was like an outtake from Mario Kart, the crowds and scenes were amazing. There's loads to do in Pokhara, you can go paragliding, whitewater rafting, bungee jumping or just go for a relaxed walk around the lake. I also highly recommend the Everest flight! Every day was an adventure and the food...thumbs up! I was also fortunate to have a fantastic tour group to share it all with, highly recommend.
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Exodus Response

We would like to thank Michael for his review and we are pleased to hear that he had a fantastic trip. We decided to cease offering elephant rides on our adventures as of January 2015. Chitwan National Park was, however, an exception as elephant riding for conservation purposes, rather than pure recreational purposes, remains a grey area. We are currently looking into our policy regarding Chitwan. Please follow this link for more information: https://www.exodus.co.uk/responsible-travel/elephant-riding

Louise Ungless - Product Manager for India
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Delhi to Kathmandu

Great Trip

5
This was our second Exodus tour (the other being in Turkey). Exodus promises that the trip is guaranteed if at least 4 people are going (I am sure they lose money if that is the case). We had 5, and had a wonderful time. The guide was well informed, experienced, and responsive to our wishes. Hotels were better than expected. This trip includes quite a bit of travel time via motor coach and 1 overnight train, so you need to be prepared for some pretty long hours driving; but that is what you have to do, to see the wide variety of experiences included in this trip. One week in the tourist 'triangle' of India, followed by a different experience in Nepal, is well worth the effort. Kudos to Exodus for following through on their pledge, and for a very well executed plan.
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