India - the Chaos, Charm & Calm

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4.5 Based on 15 Reviews
  • Trekking
  • Safari
  • Adventure
  • Wildlife
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  • duration 16 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 24
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Kolkata, India
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Explore the myriad attractions of Kolkata
  • Experience a local overnight train from Kolkata to Siliguri
  • Explore Darjeeling and the surrounding hills
  • 3 nights at the remote tea plantation, Karmi Farm charity project, rural hikes
The tour India - The Chaos, Charm & Calm starts in Kolkata and ends in Kathmandu. This is a trekking trip that takes 16 days taking you through Kolkata, Kathmandu, Khatauti Khola, Gangtok and 5 other destinations in Nepal and India. This is a guided group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

The trip name says it all; the Chaos, Charm and the Calm. The Chaos comes first. In fact, it virtually hits you in the face - try crossing the road in Kolkata and you will understand this. What a city Kolkata is; manic, mad and magnificent in a fading and time ravished manner, but no visit to India is complete without spending a couple of days experiencing this charming place.Equally, India is about train travel and so we include an overnight journey northwards to the foothills of the Himalayas and on to Darjeeling. Here is India's most famous train trip of all; the Toy train of Darjeeling. The narrow gauge track winds its way through villages and towns and up into the mountains to the city of Darjeeling. This is where the calm takes over and we walk and relax in the hills, five hours away from the city on a small farm retreat.Add in the splendour of the mighty mountains in Sikkim and its Buddhist charms, wildlife and spectacular drives in Nepal and you have a trip that you just should not miss.
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 15 reviews
  • Alice B
  • On Dec 15 2018
5 - Excellent
“Particularly enjoyed the karmi farm visit and hotoshi national park safari tents”
  • Roberta M
  • On Dec 15 2018
4 - Very Good
Very Good
“I loved Kolkata, Darjeeling, Karmi farm, scenery in Sikkim, Koshi nat park & Kathmandu.”
  • Jonathan S
  • On Feb 15 2018
5 - Excellent
“All good. Its like travelling but without having to be organised. And travelling by truck is great - its a great way to see the country without having to worry that the driver is a lunatic.

You are, however, stuck with the same people for a number of weeks. I would like to suggest some way of vetting these people - there is a definite opportunity to be stuck with one or two oddballs. I appreciate the need for patience with these things, but if youre talking about months on the road then it can get very difficult.”
  • Erik P
  • On Jan 22 2018
4 - Very Good
Very Good
“Overall the trip was good. We stayed at some so-so places, and some really great places, and got to see some wierd and wonderfull things.

However, there was some wrong things.
1 - The kitty was 500 USD, not 480.
2 - We did not need camping gear, at all. Tents were only offered on 1 night, and even then was an option to get a hut for 10 USD, which is much preferable to using half your luggage and carrying sleeping bag and mat up and down the many many stairs in Himalaya for 16 days.”
  • Day 1: Kolkata
  • Day 2: Overnight train to Siliguri
  • Day 3: Darjeeling
  • Day 4: Darjeeling
  • Day 5: Darjeeling
  • Day 6: Karmi Farm
  • Day 7: Karmi Farm
  • Day 8: Karmi Farm
  • Day 9: Gangtok
  • Day 10: Gangtok
  • Day 11: Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
  • Day 12: Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
  • Day 13: Chitwan NP
  • Day 14: Khatauti Khola
  • Day 15: Kathmandu
  • Day 16: Kathmandu
  • Comfortable Hotel 3 nights
  • Overnight Train 1 night
  • Basic Hotel 5 nights
  • Guesthouse 3 nights
  • Camping 3 nights
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 4 Lunches
  • 6 Dinner
  • Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Canoe, Overnight Boat
  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
  • Any international flights to Kolkata and from Kathmandu are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this India - the Chaos, Charm & Calm tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this India - the Chaos, Charm & Calm tour. You can cancel the tour up to 56 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 55 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 12 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 12 August 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 55 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

India - the Chaos, Charm & Calm tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this India - the Chaos, Charm & Calm tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Local Payment The local payment is a group fund, paid separately from the trip price on the first day of the tour. It covers everything that the group does together on the ground. This is primarily hotel accommodation and campsite fees, meals whilst camping (but not while eating in restaurants), and included activities and puts money directly back to the local community. The local payment, or kitty system, is unique to overlanding tours and provides maximum flexibility and best value on the road - you can see exactly what is being paid for, you get everything at cost price, it keeps costs competitive by leveraging group expenses and saves on administrative costs. The fund is run by the tour guide, and any excess left over at the end is returned equally to the group. Local prices are estimated in USD when we print the brochure then reviewed monthly as local costs and exchange rates vary throughout the year. It's therefore important once you book your trip to check the website regularly and just before departure for any changes to the amount.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • How much money do I need to bring with me?

    Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.

  • Is quarantine in Nepal in effect for arriving visitors?

    In response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. Please check the government travel pages and advisories of your home country and the official website of the Nepal Tourism board here.

  • What happens if someone gets altitude sickness, does the rest of the group continue on?

    It depends on the situation. Sometimes, altitude sickness can be treated and the trekker may wish to continue. If not, the rest of the group can continue on if they want and the sick person can descend.

  • How does it work with a porter?

    Generally, the porter will pick up the baggage in the morning and drop it at the hotel in the evening. You will not always be walking with your porter or have access to your bag during the day, while trekking. 

  • Is a visa on arrival available?

    Typically, yes. However, in response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. It may be necessary to obtain a tourist visa in your own country before travel. For updated information on visas, please check the Nepal Tourism Board and the Government of Nepal Immigration websites.


If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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