This "India Nepal and Bhutan Tour" provides you with opportunity to explore India, Nepal and Bhutan. You will enjoy great scenery, culture and sports in these countries. The holiday starts from vibrant capital city of India, Delhi with visits to Agra & Jaipur. After enjoying Golden Triangle of India, you will fly to Kathmandu, Nepal where you will enjoy sightseeing. Then takes you through the Kingdom of Bhutan’s historical cities Paro, Thimpu & Punakha.
Arrive at Delhi’s International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a Bhutan Senses Travel (BST) representative will meet you as you exit the arrivals terminal building and transfer you to your hotel.
Perhaps there is no other capital city in the world so steeped in history and legend as the Indian capital Delhi. It was the magnet, which drew the Mongols, Turks, Persians, Afghans, Mughals and the British, all of whom contributed to its glorious but turbulent past. The fascination with Delhi was such that even though it was abandoned many times, its rulers returned to it again and again rebuilding it at least seven times. Today, the twin cities of Old and New Delhi still intrigue Indians and tourists alike as the cultural and political capital of the largest democracy in the world.
- Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi / Saket
- Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport
Early morning you will embark on the combined city tour Delhi. Delhi is divided into two parts New and Old Delhi. First you will visit the old part of Delhi.
Visit Jamia Masjid – One of the oldest Mosques in Asia followed by a rickshaw ride in the old narrow streets of Chandini Chowk, silver streets and spices Markets, and then later visit the Red Fort (photo stop only) and the Rajghat – Cremation place of Mahatma Ghandi. Following this you will take a break at local ethnic restaurants (at own cost).
After lunch, you will kick of the second part of your Delhi tour for sightseeing of New Delhi by drive past The Rashtrapati Bhawan and Parliament of India and visit the India Gate, a war memorial. Then you’ll visit the famous Humuyus Tomb – replica of Taj Mahal made of sandstone and marble. Other highlights of the day include visits to Lotus Temple – belonging to the Bahai Faith. Later visiting the Tallest Minaret called Qutub Minar and return to hotel.
Jamia Masjid, India Gate, Lotus Temple...
After breakfast you begin your journey to Agra (214 Km /5 Hrs). Upon arrival in Agra you will check-in at your hotel and a representative will assist you to complete your check-in formalities.
Agra came into the limelight during the rule of the Afghan King Sikandar Lodhi – who had made it the capital of his empire. Later in 1526 A.D., the Mughal Emperor Babar took upon himself the task for rendering Agra, a unique character and beauty of its own. The next few hundred years of Agra witnessed the rise of the pomp and pageantry of three great Mughal monarchs – Emperor Akbar, Jehangir and Shahjahan. In modern times, the city of Agra is a thriving carpet industry where you can also find leather workers, sandstone and marble sculptors, some of whom claim to be direct descendants of the craftsmen who had helped build the Taj Mahal.
Visit the Taj Mahal, monument remain closed on all Fridays. Taj Mahal was built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. What makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow.
Later visit the impressive Agra Fort, the seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire for successive generations. The buildings within this sprawling fort complex represent the assimilation of different cultures, which was the mark of the Mughal period. Most of the structures within the Agra fort are a mixture of different architectural styles.
Taj Mahal, Agra Fort...
- Courtyard by Marriott Agra
- Jaypee Palace Hotel & Convention Centre Agra
Today you will be proceeding to Taj Mahal for sunrise (without guide) and drive to Jaipur.
Enroute you’ll visit Fathepur Sikri and see famous Buland Darwaja, Panch Mahal and Mughal architecture. Arrive in Jaipur and transfer to hotel.
Taj Mahal for sunrise, Buland Darwaja, Panch Mahal
- The LaLit Jaipur
- Alsisar Haveli
After breakfast, visit Amber Fort. High above the city, the towers and domes of the Amber Fort are reminiscent of scenes from some fairy tale. The palace itself is within the enormous fort complex and is replete with halls, gardens, pavilions, and temples. The Hall of Mirrors is not to be missed where one lit matchstick can illuminate the entire room.
Later proceed to visit the City Palace Museum where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armoury of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, Also visit the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 AD).
Your tour also included is a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) – a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires.
Later walk through the colourful markets of Jaipur.
Amber Fort, City Palace Museum, Hawa Mahal
Morning after breakfast you will set your return journey to Delhi where upon arrival you will check in at your hotel.
Today after breakfast you will be driven to Delhi International airport to board your further flight to Kathmandu.
Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, our airport executive will meet & greet you. You will have some time to get settle down before you are escorted to the hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel; check in and you will be briefed for your onward holiday.
- Park Village Hotel by KGH Hotels and Resorts
- Hotel Woodland Kathmandu
After breakfast, you will proceed for sight-seeing of Kathmandu valley by visiting following sites.
Durbar Square: So far as art and architecture are concerned, you need to look no further. This complex of places, countryards and temples built between the 12th and 18th century. The Durbar Square protected by UNESCO as the world heritage site in the social, religious and urban focal point of the city.
Pashupatinath: One of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, Pashupatinath lies 05 kilometres east of the city centre at the edge of the holy Bagmati river. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses, the scared linga or phallic symbol of lord Shiva chronicles indicate the temples existence prior to 400 AD.
Bouddhanath: It is also protected by UNESCO as an important world heritage site. It is the largest Buddhist Stupa in the world. It was built by Mandev in the 15th century AD.
Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath
Today you will be driven to Kathmandu airport to board your flight for Paro. Following Customs / Immigration formalities and baggage collection, a BST Representative will meet you outside the Arrivals Hall and escort you to your transfer vehicle.
Thereafter, straightaway drive to Thimphu , the modern capital town of Bhutan with exciting blends of tradition and modernity. This bustling town is home to Bhutan’s royal family, the civil service, and Foreign Missions with Representation in Bhutan. It is also the Headquarters for a number of internationally funded development projects.
Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. In the afternoon visit Changangkha Lhakhang and take a stroll along the town’s main street. Changangkha Lhakhang – Built in the 12th century, it is the oldest temple in Town. It hovers over a ridge above Thimphu, near Motithang. Lama Phajo Drukgom Zhigpo who came to Bhutan from Ralung in Tibet chose this site to build this Lhakhang. The Lhakhang houses Chenrizig: an 11-headed, thousand-armed manifestation of Avolokitesawara as the central statue. The prayer books in this Lhakhang are larger than the usual Buddhist texts. There are large prayer inside the Lhakhang and small on the walls outside the Lhakhang.
Before sunset drive to Sangay gang View Point (2685 mts above sea level) to have view of the whole of Thimphu Valley and walk through hundreds of colorful prayer flags that dot the hill overlooking the Thimphu valley. Overnight at the Hotel in Thimphu
Changangkha Lhakhang, Sangay gang View Point
- Terma Linca Resort & Spa
- Druk Thimphu Hotel
Continue sightseeing in Thimphu. Visit the School for Arts and Crafts, The National Library housing the collection of Bhutanese scriptures dating back to the 8th century, the Traditional Paper Factory and a fascinating replica of a medieval farmhouse at the Folk Heritage Museum. If there is time, you may visit the nursing pen for the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan, and Tashichho Dzong, ‘the fortress of the glorious religion’ housing some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body. Other options for the day include a hike to Tango and Cheri Monasteries (45 mins), two of the most ancient monasteries in the Thimphu region. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.
School for Arts and Crafts, The National Library, Tashichho Dzong...
Drive over the Dochu-La pass (3,100 meters), which on a clear day offers an incredible view of Himalayan peaks before descending into the Punakha valley (3 hrs). In the Dochu-La area there are vast Rhododendron forests that grow to tree size and bloom in late April/early May covering the mountains in a riot of glorious spring colour.
Punakha was the ancient capital of Bhutan. On arrival, visit Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’. The three story main temple of the Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver. After lunch, enjoy a walk to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of Drukpa Kuenly. He inherited the Divine Madman title since he revolted against the orthodox Buddhism in his time. Overnight at your hotel in Punakha/ Wangdue.
Dochu La pass, Punakha Dzong, Chimi Lhakhang
- Drubchhu Resort
- Dhensa Punakha Resort
In the morning drive to Yabesa village and hike to through ricefields and up to Khamsum Yueley Namgyal Chorten, built by her majesty the queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk. Perched high on a hill on the bank of the river, the Chorten houses paintings belonging to Nyingmapa Traditions. Take a picnic lunch on a picturesque riverside before exploring the Wangduephodrang Dzong. Built in 1639 the strategically located Dzong is perched on a spur at the confluence of two rivers.
Drive back to Thimphu where you will have an opportunity to visit handicraft and souvenir stores. Afterwards proceed to Paro, visiting Simtokha Dzong en route. The Dzong, built in 1627, is the oldest in Bhutan. It now houses the Institute for Language and Culture studies. On arrival in Paro, check into the hotel. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.
Khamsum Yueley Namgyal Chorten, Simtokha Dzong
- Naksel Paro Hotel
- Haven Paro Resort
After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery. The trail is broad and the walk of approximately 2 hours uphill takes you almost a kilometre above the Paro valley floor (for those who cannot hike we will arrange a horse for transfer up to the viewing point). The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The Monastery is also an important pilgrim site for the Buddhists. The great Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. He then mediated in a cave there for three months where the monastery was later built. Nearby there is a teahouse where you can stop for refreshments.
In the afternoon drive to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, an historic monument built by the Shabdrung to commemorate his victory against invading Tibetans in 1644. In fine weather the towering peak of the sacred Mount Jomolhari (7314m) appears as a stunning backdrop. On the return drive to Paro, visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo.
Alternatively, day 13 could be spent on a day trip to the Haa Valley, one of the most picturesque districts in Bhutan. Reached via the beautiful Chelila Pass, Haa Valley is characterised by its surrounding rugged and mountainous terrain. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.
Taktsang Monastery, Drukgyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang
After breakfast drive back to Paro airport and connect your onward flight.
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