20 days in Nepal & India Itinerary

20 days in Nepal & India Itinerary

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20 days in Nepal & India Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  14 h
1
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 6 nights
Fly:  30 min
2
Pokhara, Nepal
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Darjeeling, India
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Lucknow, India
— 5 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Sydney, Australia


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6
nights
Kathmandu, Nepal

Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Kathmandu is known for historic sites, parks, spas, adventure, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Pashupatinath Temple - Gwola Mahadyo, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kathmandu trip maker app .

Sydney, Australia to Kathmandu is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Nepal Time (NPT), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect nights in Kathmandu to be colder, around 5°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Pokhara.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Helicopter Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
nights
Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara, the second largest city in the country, attracts visitors with its superlative natural wonders and easygoing atmosphere.
Pokhara is known for nature, adventure, historic sites, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and stroll around Pandeli Park, Sarangkot.

Before you visit Pokhara, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Pokhara is very close to Kathmandu. Traveling from Kathmandu in January, Pokhara is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Pokhara

Parks Tours Nature
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Walking tours
Parasailing & Paragliding
Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake) ©
Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake)

4
nights
Darjeeling, India

Darjeeling ©
The train, the tea, and the hills bring visitors to Darjeeling, one of India's most famous and well-preserved Raj-era hill stations.
Change things up with these side-trips from Darjeeling: Tharpa Choling Monastery (in Kalimpong) and Tarey Bhir (in Namchi). And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, don't miss a visit to Samthar Plateau, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Darjeeling trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Pokhara to Darjeeling takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, train, and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Darjeeling are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lucknow.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tharpa Choling Monastery, Tarey Bhir
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Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park ©
Tiger Hill ©
Tiger Hill
Kangchenjunga ©
Kangchenjunga

5
nights
Lucknow, India

Lucknow ©
A traditionally cultural city with peculiar architecture and a blend of civilizations, Lucknow offers popular sightseeing of a number of historic monuments.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nana Rao Smarak Park (in Kanpur) and Dewa Shareef Dargah (in Barabanki). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Bara Imambara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chandrika Devi Mandir, see the interesting displays at The Residency, and buy something for everyone on your list at East End Mall.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucknow journey planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Darjeeling to Lucknow in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Darjeeling in January: highs in Lucknow hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lucknow

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Dewa Shareef Dargah, Nana Rao Smarak Park
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Hazratganj ©
Hazratganj
Bara Imambara ©
Bara Imambara
Victoria Memorial ©
Victoria Memorial

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