Holy Cow 14 days ° India & Nepal
Holy Cow! Drive the heartlands of India and Nepal... and blow up your mind. Nothing here is like it is at your home, but everything works with all the 100000+ gods there is around you!
° 14.10 - 27.10.2023
° With Own Group on your dates during months 09-11 and 03-04
Highlights of the Holy Cow Tour!
° Magical Varanasi with Holy Ganga... and Holy Cows ;)
° Chitwan National Park
° Himalayas from curve to curve with magnificent views
° 100000+ Hindu Gods and 1 Buddhist God
° Best of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur
° Pokhara, adrenaline centre of Nepal
° Holy Sarnath and Bodh Gaya
° People, culture, everyday life...
° Time machines, Enfield Bullets
° Driver & Bike ° 2980€
° Backseat ° 1980€
° Own Room ° 480€
Holy Cow Adventure From Day to Day
Day 01 | > Varanasi | d
Welcome to India and Varanasi! We wish you to arrive at our hotel by 6 pm. Welcome dinner is at 7m and after that, we take a walk through the old Varanaisi’s labyrinths to Dashashwamedh Ghat (main ghat) and to Manikarnika Ghat (main burning place) … and you know that you are far away from home! :)
Day 02 | Varanasi - Sarnath - Azamgarh | 110km, 3h 18m | b,l,d
Showtime! After paperwork, we take a warm-up drive to holy Sarnath. This is the place where Buddhism started to spread around the world. Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha) got his enlightenment in Bodh Gaya and in Sarnath he gave his first lessons to his 1st followers! From Sarnath, we hit India peaceful countryside ad drive to Azamgarh, the destination of our 1st driving day!
Day 03 | Azamgarh - Route66 UP - Lumbini (Nepal) | 200km, 5h 41m | b,l,d
In the morning we sing, ‘Get your kicks from Route66’ and hit Route66 Uttar Pradesh to Dohrigat. Our Route66 adventure on this tour is 42,7km long! From Dohrigat we turn north towards Nepal and Lumbini, which is also a holy city! Queen Mahamayadevi gave her birth to Siddhartha Gautama!
Day 04 | Lumbini - Tansen - Pokhara | 203km, 6h 19m | b,l,d
Before we start our engines we visit the most sacred Buddhist temple in the world. Maya Devi Temple, Buddha’s birth temple! Maya Devi is also a World Heritage site listed by UNESCO. From Lumbini we drive to Butwal an hour or so… and, the rest of the day is the big boy's amusement park! Here they call it the Himalayas! We drive from curve to curve with a big smile inside our helmets all the way to Pokhara! Nepal’s second-largest city!
Day 05 | Pokhara | 0km | b
Pokhara is kind of an adrenaline centre in Nepal like Queenstown in New Zealand! And it’s a day off with many options… rafting, zip-flying, helicopter flying, mountain biking, hot stone massage and so… or just relax and take a city tour on foot and have a Gorkha! Gorkha is a popular Nepalese beer brand! :)
Day 06 | Pokhara - Byas - Chitwan NP | 150km, 3h 37m | b,l,d
Our adventure on Enfiled time machines goes on! We have a beautiful ride to the best National Par in Nepal, Chitwan! Before dawn, we take a boat tour to the park! And we might or we might not see a Rhino or two!
Day 07 | Chitwan NP - Hetadu - Bhaktabur | 165km, 5h 16m | b,l,d
Today we wake up a bit earlier than normal. We go will have a game drive into the national park with a local ranger! After the game drive, we have our breakfast and take an Enfilddrive. Today to Holy Bhaktapur! After Hetaudu the Himalaya Roller Coaster starts again when we start to climb towards Bhaktapur curve after curve! Bhaktapur is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
Day 08 | Bhaktabur - Shankharapur - Bhaktapur | 50km, 3-4h | b,l
Today we enjoy small mountain roads and great views around Bhaktapur. We zigzag up to Nagarkot view tower and from there via Shankharapur and small countryside roads back to Bhaktapur. It’s half-day fun and the rest of the day is free!
Day 09 | Bhaktabur - Kathmandu - Bhaktapur | 0km (minubus) | b,l
Kathmandu can naturally not be missed when we are here! Today we are like real tourists and we have a day tour to Kathmandu! The Buddhist Swayambhu- and Boudhanath stupas are two of the main attractions in the city. Boudhanath is the one with the eyes which you see on many Napelese travel ads. But, the colourful and lively Pashupatinath Hindu Temple might still be no1… and it’s not just one temple, it’s a huge complex with many temples along Bagmati River with its cremation spots. Before heading back to Bhaktapur we take a momo lunch at Mangal Bazaar… which is also full of all those souvenirs you did not know in the morning that you need! ;)
Day 10 | Bhaktabur - Kamalamai - Janakpur | 210km, 5h 32m | b,l,d
On the road again! Now towards Janakpur with many many curves! In Hindu mythology, Janakpur is the birthplace of Sita, Rama’s wife which are both important figures in Hinduism! So, Janakpur is also a holy place. And unlike from the western world, religion is visible everywhere in Nepal and India. In Buddhism, there is one God, Buddha. But in Hinduism, there are about 100000 gods! Hindus have a god in everything!
Day 11 | Janakpur - Border - Patna (India) | 179km, 5h 31m | b,l,d
Janaki Mandir is a masterpiece of architecture, Nepal’s biggest temple, and the birthplace of Sita, so yes. We take at least an outside visit before we drive to the border! From the border we drive to Patna and voilá, we are on the shores of the Ganges river again! And it’s not a small river. Lenght of Ganga is 2704km and it’s the 15th longest river in Asia!
Day 12 | Patna - Jahanabad - Bodh Gaya | 110km, 3h | b,l,d
Patna is not really a tourist attraction, but our destination of the day, Bodh Gaya is very much. Holy Bodh Gaya is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites, and it’s the place where Buddha got enlightenment beneath a sacred Bodhi Tree. Our driving day today is short, so in the afternoon we have to go and get some enlightenment from the sacred sites of Bodh Gaya! Bodh Gaya is also a ‘winter city’ for many monks. Monks come here from the cold mountains!
Day 13 | Bodh Gaya - Daundnagar - Varanasi | 259km, 6h 45m | b,l,d
Back to Varanasi! Last driving day of our very colourful adventure and also the longest. It could be a bit shorter but we drive half of the day on the secondary nice countryside roads! When in Varanasi, we return our bikes, take cold beers and warm showers… and it’s time for the farewell dinner in some good restaurant.
Day 14 | Varanasi > | b
Departure day. You are free to fly anytime. We returned our bikes yesterday when we arrived back in Varanasi, but… if you did not stay in Varanasi an extra night on arrival, you might want to do it now!? Varanasi is a very unique city on the globe… one of the kind! A city that is easy to hate and love at the same time! :)