NE5 Nepal, India & Sri Lanka

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Exotic, ancient, scenic Kathmandu Valley Chitwan National Park elephant ride Pokhara - extraordinary landscape Magnificent Taj Mahal & Red Fort; Varanasi: 2000 temples and shrines; Amber Palace (Jaipur); Former Portuguese enclave of Goa; Mysore's Maharaja's Palace; Belur & Halebid: exquisitely carved temples; Bangalore & Hassan: modern & traditional Kerala houseboat cruise; Muthurajawela Nature Reserve Anuradhapura: ruined capital Sigiriya complex: UNESCO site Kandy: hill country town

Trip Information


Inclusions

Breakfast and dinner are included daily. Local restaurants and hotels in Nepal; in India evening meals on tour will be taken mostly at hotels. Most restaurants of an international standard are associated with hotels. In some locales we endeavour to break up the buffet dinners with a meal at a local restaurant but, overall, the imperatives of hygiene and quality dictate hotel meals. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees are included for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for drivers, restaurant staff, porters, local guides. Airport transfers for land & air customers.

Exclusions

Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and international (if applicable) air taxes, visa fees, and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping, not included meals, visas, and locally paid departure taxes.

Seasonality and Weather

NEPAL: The Kathmandu Valley, at an altitude of 1310m (4,297 ft), has a mild climate, ranging from 14-22C (58-71F) in spring, and 5-20C (40-68F) in late fall. Nepal's weather is generally predictable and pleasant. There are 4 climatic seasons: Mar-May (spring), Jun-Aug (summer), Sep-Nov (autumn) and Dec-Feb (winter). The monsoon is approximately from the end of Jun-mid Sep. About 80% of the rain falls during that period, so the remainder of the year is dry.

INDIA: For most of the country, late October-March is (by far) the best time to visit. During those months, temperatures range from 40-70 F / 5-20 C in the north to 65-95 F/19-37 C in the south. March-June is dry and exceedingly hot (85-110 F/30-44 C), and June-October is monsoon time (20-80 in/50-200 cm of rain will fall in one season). While conditions can vary widely, you must be prepared for some heat.

SRI LANKA: Upland areas are cooler and more temperate and coastal areas are cooled by sea breezes. There are 2 monsoons, which occur May-Jul & Dec/Jan. The best time to travel weather-wise is between October and March, though you must be prepared for sticky at any time heat in this tropical climate.

Transport and Travel Conditions

Ground transport via private air-conditioned motor coach. Internal flights via scheduled carriers. The tour is not physically strenuous though it is busy; you must be prepared for some early starts, be steady on your feet, and be able to endure some heat and long days. We have numerous walking tours and visit several sites that are LARGE with steps and uneven surfaces. Porters are available at hotels but you must be able to manage with your baggage at airports

Accommodation

Accommodation in air-conditioned 3-4 star hotels. Hotel properties are mostly modern and Western style. Some are older, character properties with simpler rooms and perhaps no elevators. Our accommodation in Delhi cannot be considered "central" in a conventional sense. Delhi is a huge sprawling city with many districts and centres of interest / business; our hotel is well-located for what we want to accomplish on our city coach tour. Some properties have swimming pools. Laundry services at most hotels for a modest cost. Single rooms are limited and possibly smaller than twins. Porters are generally available (see 'Inclusions').

THE HOUSEBOAT will be approx 60 feet long and 13 feet wide in the middle. There are comfortable beds, and traditional lanterns, a sundeck for daytime relaxation. Some of the houseboats have the provision for air-conditioning, but most travellers do not care for the all-night gasoline engine noise required to run the units. Most people find that the peace and quiet, and comfort provided by a fan, are preferred.

Staff and Support

Tour Leader throughout, local drivers, local guides at various locations.

Group Size

10-21 plus Tour Leader


NE5 TRIP DETAILS

DURATION48 days

TOUR STARTKathmandu

TOUR ENDColombo