We have six weeks flying round trip from Delhi--mid Feb. to start of April. We've previously visited northern India for six weeks, but this will be our first trip to Nepal. I'm trying to estimate how much time to devote to each country. Unless we find Nepal absolutely fascinating, this will probably be our only trip there, whereas we plan to go to the south of India next year.
Having already visited India, I have some idea of what interests us there and the planning seems easier because of my familiarity. There are lots of places in India that I could see us visiting, but I am just uncertain about Nepal.
We are in our mid-sixties and aren't looking for hanging out or just chilling out in a place like Pokhara for days on end. Long treks are not for us. But, I think we will probably do a four day trek, and we are looking at the possibility of a three day rafting trip. We like to visit lesser known places in addition to the usual biggies, and we love just wandering and observing everyday life. We are more than fine in getting off the beaten path (that's what our trips to India mostly are), but we also like some creature comforts, so we aren't going to just stay in dumpy places. We have the budget to hire a car and driver in certain places to make transportation easier. I think we'll probably visit some places like Bandipur to get a feel for the area and to do some half day walks (other suggestions welcomed). Our last trip to India we had a disappointing visit to Corbett, so we don't really know if we want to spend the money again on a wildlife park in Nepal since I am guessing that Chitwan probably is similar in many ways to Corbett, and I think we have probably eliminated Bardia because of the time and expense and hassle involved in getting there.
So, what would you suggest for a split of our time? 50/50? Something else? I'd love to just be able to totally wing it, but I do need to get some of the logistics and transportation figured out.
Any thoughts you have, I'd love to hear them. And, if you've spent time in both countries, I like to see what you think.Thanks much.
Since I believe there are different people following the India and Nepal forums, I am going to post this both places.