November to February are the coldest months to travel in India and Nepal, however, it is the best time to visit as it avoids the rain and oppressive heat of the summer months. Average temperatures can range from 5 to 25 degrees Celsius (41 – 77 degrees Fahrenheit). At midday, the days can be quite warm, sunny and pleasant, with the colder temperatures experienced in the early mornings and evenings.
This pilgrimage requires a fair bit of walking at times (especially up and down steps at Vulture’s Peak in Rajgir) so a reasonable degree of fitness is required to participate on this pilgrimage. Also sitting crossed legged on the ground at times (in particular at Buddhist sites and inside temples) may be necessary as it is not always possible to arrange chairs for seating. A ground sheet will be supplied for your comfort, though you may wish to bring a small cushion or purchase one around Boudhanath Stupa.
This pilgrimage includes lovely scenic drives through the countryside and at times these journeys may be up to 4-6 hours in length. As a result we cannot guarantee all toilet stops will be held at designated toilet facilities, and ‘nature stops’ may be required as part of the travel. Also please note special dietary requirements cannot be catered for as the group meals will be taken at the hotels which have their own set menu.