Im travelling through SEA for some 6 months starting this July and I am thinking about doing a "in the middle" trip to Nepal and India around october. I see flights are cheap from KUL to New Delhi on Air Asia and then there are not too bad prices from New Delhi to Kathmandu. Im thinking 2 weeks in India to get a glimpse of the country and then 2 o 3 in Nepal to see some amazing landscapes and monasteries. Im really excited about this two countries since I am a photographer and the visual content would surely be amazing.
Has anyone around done something like this before? any tips, suggestions, warnings?
Definately fly! the overland route takes ages and is very uncomfortable and exhausting and one of the worst journeys ever, for a little extra you can fly, its more convenient and is very quick too. Check http://www.cleartrip.com/ for the best deal flights which will give you all the prices for all the airlines and the times etc....
I'd take the overland route simply because you see and experience far more. It depends, of course, on your stamina! We flew, from London, into New Delhi, then took a bus to Jaipur, then another to Agra. We then took the train to Varanasi (overnight) and then, finally in India, another bus to Chitwan in Nepal. From there, we took buses again to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu from where we flew out. Exodus do that exact route as a Discovery Tour so you could get some inspiration from that trip and investigate buses etc. It can be very challenging mind you, and you might want to fly some of the routes.
For photography, to name but a few - Taj Mahal at dawn, Amber Fort at Jaipur as well as the Jantar Mantar Mughal observatory, Varanasi and the Ganges, Chitwan National Park in Nepal (from the back of an elephant), Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and the Golden Temple (Patan) in Kathmandu and then, of course, the Himalayas. The foothills of Nepal are also quite amazing as are the local villages you'll see if you go by bus, instead of flying over them...
namaste and best wishes for Diwali to all :o)
Am about to hit the road from India to Nepal, but I'd like some advise from you guys. which would be the best route to follow, which border to pass? there are so many, UP, bihar, west bengal...which is the less troublesome, and which is offering the best scenery of all???
looking forward to your suggestions!
#7 arounddworld has been a member since 6/11/2010. Posts: 1