Enchanting Binsar, India
With hillsides cloaked in pine forest and dotted with stone houses, enjoy the gentle of pace of life in the beautiful, hidden villages of the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. Walk from village to village with your private guide, discover local traditions and relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of northern India.
Birthplace of Buddha, Nepal
Crossing the border from India to Nepal, visit the World Heritage Site of Lumbini - an important pilgrimage site famed to be the birthplace of Buddha. Discover ancient remains of Buddhist monasteries and stupas and visit the fascinating Maya Devi Temple and the pillar of Ashoka, set in sacred gardens coloured with prayer flags.
Heart of the Jungle, Nepal
Venture into the wild grasslands of the Chitwan National Park, home to one-horned rhinos, wild elephants and Bengal tigers. With a name meaning 'heart of the jungle', Chitwan is a World Heritage Site and offers wonderful opportunities for spotting animal and birdlife by jeep and elephant safari.
Himalayan Villages, Nepal
Head into the Nepalese foothills to enjoy enthralling walking to a backdrop of the towering peaks. Stay in comfortable guesthouses in the hillside villages and spend a night in a splendid tented camp below Sailung peak, where you can watch the sun rise over the Gauri Shankar range.
Outward journey: India
Day 1 Welcome at Delhi airport, transfer to Delhi guesthouse for overnight stay.
Day 2 An early morning transfer from your guesthouse takes you to the station to catch the day train into the foothills, to Kathgodam station. A road journey takes you from Kathgodam to Khali Estate, for a warm welcome and a relaxing stay in a double room garden bungalow.
In the Binsar Sanctuary
Day 3 - Day 7 After breakfast meet your guide to discuss the journey ahead. You visit and stay in three of the Binsar villages, with two nights in two villages, in community-owned guesthouses with simple twin bedroom accommodation. All meals are included throughout your stay, with picnic lunches taken when walking. Get to know the local traditions and enjoy life in the hillside villages, explore the terraced fields and woods, discover an array of wildlife and relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Day 8 Return to Khali Estate for another night's stay.
Journey further north
Day 9 After lunch, return by road to Kathgodam, in time to catch the overnight train. The Bagh Express takes you towards the border; through Lucknow to Gorakhpur.
Into Nepal: Buddhist monasteries and wild rhinos
Day 10 You are met on arrival at Gorakhpur and transferred by road to the Nepalese border crossing at Sunauli. Continue to the fascinating pilgrimage site of Lumbini and discover the fabled birthplace of Buddha. Spend the night in a comfortable hotel in Lumbini.
Day 11 - Day 12 After a morning exploring the ancient sites, your journey continues by road into Chitwan National Park Two nights here gives you time to enjoy elephant or jeep safaris into the park, where your guide helps you to spot the abundant wildlife - including, if you are lucky, rhino, sloth bear, elephant and the elusive Bengal tiger. Enjoy a gentle canoe trip down the Narayani River and explore the local tribal village.
Into the city
Day 13 - Day 14 A full day's drive takes you from Chitwan into Kathmandu, for an overnight stay in a charming hotel. Two nights here gives you time to explore this fascinating city.
Into the Sailung Hills
Day 15 Road transfer to Solambu Village (5-6 hours). Overnight in community-owned guesthouse.
Day 16 - Day 21 Walk between and visit the villages of Teksingh and Pasiban and the splendid tented camp at Kholakharka.
You walk between 4-5 hours each day, in the company of your own guide. The walking here involves some long but rewarding ascents. You will spend two nights in each village and one night at Kholakharka. Stay in simple, twin rooms in the village guesthouses.
Day 22 From Teksingh you walk to the village of Taar for your return transfer by road to Dhulikhel (4-5 hours), an old city which was used as a trading ground between Kathmandu and Tibet. Overnight at Dhulikhel Mountain Resort, located on an isolated hillock with a magnificent view of the mountains.
Day 23 A transfer from the hotel takes you to Kathmandu (1.5 hours), stopping en-route at Dhulikhel Bazaar. You are taken to Kathmandu airport for your homeward flight.
We look after you from the moment of your arrival at Delhi airport until your departure from Kathmandu. Your holiday includes transfers to the hills, accommodation in the village guesthouses, Chitwan National Park and in the cities. All meals provided during your stay in the villages and your own guide through the hills. In the cities and during transfers, meals are at your own expense.
The border crossing from India to Nepal at Sunauli is straightforward, and your driver will accompany you.
We ask our guests to make their own arrangements for international travel. For this holiday we recommend an outward flight to Delhi and a return from Kathmandu.
There are no direct flights to Kathmandu from the UK; Jet Airways offer flights via Delhi and Etihad offer flights via Abu Dhabi.
If your return flight from Kathmandu is via Delhi, we recommend booking a through-flight with the same airline. If you book separate flight legs with different airlines, you may need to pass through customs and passport control in Delhi, and would need a multiple-entry Indian visa to do this.
Travel information can be found here.
Please feel free to tailor your holiday to your exact requirements. The suggested itinerary can be extended if you wish to spend more time exploring the Indian and Nepalese foothills, or shortened if your time is limited. Our knowledgeable staff will be delighted to help fashion the holiday to suit you.
Stay in the villages
You may wish to prolong your exploration of the wonderful hill villages around Binsar in India and around Sailung in Nepal. There is so much to learn and appreciate about village life and the host communities would love to keep you for a day longer. In Binsar, your itinerary includes rest days, whereas in Sailung you walk each day. If you wish, you can add extra days to relax and enjoy your surroundings. For a further exploration of the indian foothills, why not add on a visit to the Saryu and Pindar Valleys.
Explore the cities
Choose to spend more time in the fascinating cities of Delhi or Kathmandu, or stay longer at the birthplace of Buddha in Lumbini.
Please do contact us to discuss your preferences.