Nepal, India and Bhutan-19 days

Tour Highlights:

            •    Scenic flight to Pokhara (Nepal)

            •    Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhu (Nepal)

            •    Boating in Phewa Lake and visit to Davis Fall and Gupteswor Cave in Pokhara(Nepal)

            •    Chitwan National Park(Nepal)

            •    Laxmi Narayan Temple, India Gate, Parliament House, Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Gandhi Memorial in Delhi (India)

            •    Tomb of Akbar at Sikandra, Humayun Tomb & Qutub Minar in Delhi(India)

            •    Taj Mahal and  Itmad–ud–Daulas Tomb in Agra(India)

            •    Fatehpur Sikri in Jaipur(India)

            •    Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal in Jaipur(India)

            •    Explore Paro Valley and Thimpu in Bhutan(Bhutan)

             •   Gangtey Gompa, ChangangkhaTemple, Drugyul Dzong, National Museum, Simtokha Dzong, Ta-Dzong(Bhutan)

             •   Painting school, Centre of Traditional Medicines, BBS Tower, Thimphu zoo, SAARC Meeting Hall(Bhutan)

             •   Archery Ground, Changlimithang Stadium, Tashichho Dzong, National Library(Bhutan)


 

Trip Cost Includes:

            •   All ground transportation in private vehicles.
            •   Twin sharing accommodation in stars hotel

 

                         •  3 Nights in Kathmandu

                         •  2 Nights in Pokhara

                         •  2 Nights in Chitwan 
                         •  Twin sharing accommodation in government approved hotels for 5 Nights in Bhutan

                         •  Twin sharing accommodation in a star hotels for 6 Nights in India

 

              •   18 Breakfast, 7 Lunch and 9 Dinner

              •   All jungle activities in the national park.
              •   Airfare from Delhi to Paro including airport departure tax at Delhi airport.
              •   Airfare from Kathmandu to Pokhara including airport departure tax at Kathmandu airport.
              •   Airfare from Kathmandu to Delhi including airport departure tax at Kathmandu airport.
              •   Guided city tour with all entrance fees in sightseeing places according to itinerary
              •   Licensed English speaking knowledgeable local tour guide in each country
              •   Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
              •   City Map and T Shirt

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
On arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your pre booked hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure to freshen up and relax. In the evening you will be briefed about your daily tour activities and will be invited for welcome dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant.
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 02: Kathmandu

OPTIONAL: MOUNTAIN FLIGHT

Early morning you are transferred to the airport to board the mountain flight (OPTIONAL). The approximate one-hour mountain flight takes you close to some of the highest peaks in the world including Mount Everest. One can clearly see and identify the peaks, and see the Himalayan landscape and glaciers during the flight. Drive back to hotel for breakfast.
Breakfast at the hotel.

Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath, a pagoda style Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is considered to be the powerhouse of Hindu spiritual power in religious terms. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple is 6 kms from Kathmandu city and just a few hundred meters from the end of the runway at Tribhuwan International Airport. Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the main temple, but you can view the temple from the east bank of River Bagmati. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temples are the cremation grounds.

BoudhnathStupa: Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, this enormous stupa where thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the dome, beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha, which gaze out from the gilded central tower. This is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan Buddhist culture is accessible and unfetered, and the lanes around the stupa are crammed with monasteries and the surrounding is a paraphernalia for Buddhist life.

Kathmandu’s DurbarSquare: is one of three royal palace squares in the Kathmandu Valley. This site was the royal residence until the 19th century where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch use to take place. The two-hectare palace complex is divided into two main courtyards, and was initially constructed in the 16th century, although subsequent additions were made in the Shah dynasty in the 18th century and by the Rana rulers in the 19th century. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels and houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum, dedicated to the monarch who opened up Nepal to the outside world, and the Mahendra Museum, dedicated to his son, King Mahendra. At the southern end of Durbar Square is the Kumari Chowk. The gilded cage has the Kumari, a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. She is worshipped during religious festivals and makes public appearances at other times for a fee paid to her guards. Kashtamandap is the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree.

Swoyambhunath Temple: This Buddhist Stupa, said to be 2000 years old is a perfect architecture of gilded spire and white washed dome located under thousands of fluttering prayer flags. From the spire, four faces of Buddha stare out across the valley in the cardinal directions. The entire structure is symbolic. The white dome represents the earth, the nose like shape below the piercing eyes is actually the nepali number ‘one’ signifying unity, and above is a third eye signifying the insight of the Buddha, while the 13 tiered beehive like structure at the top symbolizes the 13 stages that human being has to pass through to achieve nirvana. The base is ringed by prayer wheels which pilgrims circuiting the stupa spin each one as they pass by.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Fly to Pokhara

After breakfast, transfer to airport for an early morning flight to Pokhara.
Pokhara: Situated about 200 km west of the capital Kathmandu, Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal and is the second most populous city in the country. Due to its proximity to the Annapurna mountain range the city is also a base for trekkers undertaking many short or long treks. The serene of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them makes Pokhara an ambience of peace and magic.

Phewa Lake is a semi natural freshwater lake at an altitude of 742m located in the south of the Pokhara. The Annapurna range on the north is only about 28 km (linear distance) away from the lake, and the lake is famous for the reflection of mount Machhapuchhre and other mountain peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges on its surface.The Barahi Temple is situated on an island in the lake and thick forest lies on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake.

Davi's fall: Locally known as Patale Chhango is an awesome waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara airport on the highway to Tansen. The water that feeds the Davi’s Fall comes from the Phewa Lake, which follows a rocky stream to eventually rush down the waterfall and disappear. The passages that run under the ground are connected to the hole below the waterfall. The best time to view this spectacular sight is during the monsoon season when there is a high rainfall and the summer season. An interesting modern legend says that a foreigner named David was dipping in the Pardi Khola (river) when the floodgates of the dam were opened, sweeping him into an underground passage beneath the fall, never to be seen again.

Gupteswar Cave: Gupteswar Cave is a sacred cave, lies 2 km from Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Davi's fall and the cave is almost 3 km long. It has some big hall-size rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all fours. This cave holds special value for Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered.

Overnight: Hotel in Pokhara

Meals: Breakfast

Day 04: Visit Sarangkot for sunrise and Pokhara Sightseeing

Day 05: Drive to Chitwan (4 Hrs)

Drive to Chitwan from Pokhara. The highlight of Chitwan is the World Heritage listed, Royal Chitwan National Park which is the lush valley situated in the foothills of Churia ranges. This National Park is famous for its variety of wildlife, and with the snowcapped Himalaya in the distance.

Overnight: Hotel in Chitwan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Chitwan

Elephant ride, bird watching, jungle walks and dugout canoe ride

Overnight: Hotel in Chitwan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Drive to Kathmandu

We spend our last evening in Nepal sharing the excitement of trip enjoying dinner in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 08: Fly from Kathmandu to Delhi

On arrival at Delhi Airport, our representative will greet you and escort you to your hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure. In the evening you will be briefed about your daily tour activities
Overnight: Hotel in Delhi

Meals: NO

Day 09: Guided sightseeing in Delhi

After breakfast, we head for New Delhi sightseeing. Delhi gives you two extremes. There is an Old Delhi, retaining the tradition, whereas New Delhi gives you a fine blend in terms of culture. Our itinerary covers full day guided sightseeing of Delhi covering Laxmi Narayan Temple – a modern Hindu temple devoted to Goddess Laxmi and Narayana. India Gate – is located on Raj Path in New Delhi, Parliament House, Jama Masjid – largest mosque in India, Red Fort, Gandhi memorial, Humayun Tomb, Qutub Minar. In the evening return to the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel in Delhi

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Drive from Delhi to Agra

Morning drive to Agra. On the way, visit the tomb of Akbar at Sikandra. On reaching Agra,check into the hotel . Evening at leisure on your own.

Overnight: Hotel in Agra

Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Guided sightseeing in Agra

After breakfast, we go for tour of Agra which is famous for its Taj Mahal,  built by Shah Jahan, Mughal Emperor, to immortalize the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal. It has been a symbol of love ever since its construction. There are numerous other important monuments in Agra such as Agra Fort. It is a fantastic masterpiece of Indo Islamic architecture. It has many splendid buildings inside like Pearl Mosque, Moti Masjid, Diwan e Khas, Diwan e Am and Jahangiri Mahal. Also visit Itmad–ud–Daulas Tomb.

Overnight: Hotel in Agra

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12: Drive from Agra to Jaipur

Today we drive to Jaipur. On the way, visit Fatehpur Sikri, a city founded by Mughal Emperor Akbar. It has fantastic buildings inside like Jama Masjid , The Buland Darwaza , Palace of Jodha Bai , Birbal Bhawan and Panch Mahal.

Overnight: Hotel in Jaipur

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13: Guided sightseeing in Jaipur

Embark on a full day tour of Amber Fort situated on a hillock outside the city. Enjoy a thrilling joy ride on an Elephant up the hill. Explore the exquisite Sheesh Mahal inside the fort. It is also known as Palace of Mirrors and is very beautiful. The City Palace constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh is another popular sight. The regal grandeur of Jaipur has impressive assortment of gardens, courtyards and buildings with seamless fusion of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Also visit JantarMantar – the royal Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh and Hawa Mahal– the Palace of Winds.

Overnight: Hotel in Jaipur

Meals: Breakfast

Day 14: Drive back Delhi and fly to Paro, Bhutan

We drive back to Delhi to catch a flight to Paro in Bhutan in Druk Air. The flight offers you beautiful view of mountain and landscape. On arrival you will be received by our representative and take you to the prebooked hotel after visa formalities. Evening time at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15:  Explore the Paro valley and drive to Thimpu

Visit one of the ruined fortress of Drugyul Dzong which is strategically located at the fort. The fort defended the valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. We will continue on through the beautiful valley to visit the watch tower, known locally as Ta-Dzong. The tower was housed into the National Museum in the 1960s by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. At the northern end of the valley Mt Chomolhari (7320m) reigns in snow capped glory. In the afternoon we drive 65 kms in 2 hours to Thimpu

Overnight: Hotel in Thimpu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Explore Thimpu

Early morning we start for a city tour visiting Simtokha Dzong (17th century) which is the oldest Dzong in the country which stands on a lofty ridge at the end of the valley. It was built in the year 1627 and now houses the school for Buddhist studies. Then you will also visit a painting school, Centre of Traditional Medicines, BBS Tower, Thimphu zoo, SAARC Meeting Hall, Archery Ground, Changlimithang Stadium. In the afternoon you will visit the Tashichho Dzong on the bank of the river. It is the main Secretariat building which houses the throne room of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan and is also the summer residence of the monks.

Overnight: Hotel in Thimpu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17:  Thimpu to Wangdiphodrang

After breakfast today, we will explore the key sites of Thimpu on a relaxed guided tour. This is the modern capital of Bhutan, a lively place. Highlights include the memorial chorten built in memory of the late third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, commanding 15th century ChangangkhaTemple, the traditional indigenous hospital, the National Library with its treasure troves of manuscripts and ancient texts and the traditional painting school where education is free for students to learn the ancient skills of traditional painting. Later on, it is time to drive through beautiful countryside to Wangdiphodrang (1300m/4,264ft) via Punaka, around 3 hours across the DochulaPass.

Overnight: Hotel in Wangdiphodrang

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18:  Wangdiphodrang to Paro

Wangdiphodrang lies to the south of Punaka and is the last town on the highway before entering central Bhutan. Here we will visit the 17th century Dzong as well as Gangtey Gompa, a 16th century monastery and the only monastery which follows the Nyimgmapa sect. Afternoon we will back to Thimpu and further to Paro for the overnight.

Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19:  Departure flight home

 

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Best Season

The best season for this tour is any time of the year except for the rainy months of July and August.

Weather

Weather depends on the season you are travelling. During the winter months of December, January and February it is cold at night and relatively warm during the daytime, with the temperature ranging from 4°C at night to 22°C. During the summer months of March, April and May, the weather stays prefect as the temperature averages 25°C to 34 °C  during the day. From September to December, following the monsoon, the temperature gets cooler and allows for a great time to travel.  Depending on the season and the country you are travelling to, the temperature could range from -15°C to 40°C.

Accommodation

We provide twin sharing star hotel accomodation in Kathmandu. In Bhutan we provide Government approved hotels that are clean and well maintained with hot and cold water, telephones with international dialing and fax facilities. During Bhutan stay all the hot drinks and all meals are included in the trip price.

Food

In Bhutan all hot drinks and all standard meals are inlcuded in the trip cost. In Nepal, breakfast and two dinner (welcome and farewell) are included in the trip cost.

In Nepal, all the restaurants that we dine at cater for Continental, Chinese, Mexican, American based cuisine with some local influences, always plenty to choose from. In Bhutan, local Bhutanese food are spicy like the Indian food.

Transportation

We use comfortable and reliable vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups; whereas we use the best 4WD SUVs as our support vehicle. These vehicles are extremely sturdy, spacious and reliable assuring comfortable journey. For larger groups, we also use supported trucks to carry your luggage. You will have a vehicle, an English speaking and local language speaking guide and a licensed driver at your disposal at all times.

Nepal Visa & Visa Fee

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD

Bhutan Visa

We handle the visa procedures for you. The Bhutanese government sanction visa only after the receipt of full payment in advance. The visa fee is included in our tour price. You need to email us the copy of your passport for visa procedures. Actual Bhutan VISA is stamped in your passport on arrival to Paro airport. Without visa clearance number, tourists cannot board the flight or enter the country. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs forwards a copy of this visa clearance to the concerned Druk Air stations and other entry points; we also fax a copy of the visa clearance document to our clients for their reference. While the actual visa is stamped on arrival, the initial visa clearance is also required at the time of issuing Druk Air Tickets.2 copies of original passport-sized photographs are required on arrival in the country.

.Communication

In all the four countries, telephones and Internet and international calls are readily available Phone calls can be made from public booth in bigger towns. Internet cafes are also available at bigger towns, check with your guide for the best cyber cafes in each town. You can also have a roaming facility added to your mobile phone. If you buy local  SIM cards of each country, you could stay in touch with your family and friends most of the time from your own personal phone

Vaccination

No vaccinations are compulsory in these countries, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also do recommend for a dental check-up prior to travelling and you should know your blood group in case of emergency in your travel

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on your tour, you need to inform to us

Credit Cards

Only few establishments in Bhutan accept credit card payments . In Bhutan there are only few ATM's for credit card (Master card / Maestro) US Dollars (cash or Amex travelers cheques) or Euro Cash is suggested and convenient to cover any personal expenses. 1US$ is equivalent to Nu. 55 and 1 Euro is equivalent to Nu.69 as of today  NU= Ngultrum, the Bhutanese currency

Tour Guides

We provide Licensed English speaking and local language speaking guide during your stay in each country

Insurance Coverage

A travel insurance policy that covers medical expenses, evacuation, theft and loss is recommended.

Departure Dates

The tour will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.

Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at  + 977 9841414582

 

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