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A Magical tour of India and the Himalayan Kingdoms
Starting from the Golden Triangle, bustling cities, and graceful temples of India to the mountainous nations of Nepal and Bhutan, the Indian subcontinent is a rich land of magnificent contrasts and varied cultures. Every avid traveler wishes to get a taste of this unique melting pot and only a few trips in the world can combine such diversities in a single trip as our magical India Nepal Bhutan tour. Starting in pulsating Delhi, the tour moves to the magnificent beauty of the Taj Mahal. Revel in the splendor of Varanasi before flying to Nepal to see the superb Newari architecture and stunning Buddhist shrines. Fly over the Himalayan ranges and feel the breeze gliding against your skin as you take a ride on the beautiful Phewa Lake. Finally, explore the Land of the Thunder Dragon - Bhutan whose exotic beauty will evoke a sense of unequivocal awe in you. This trip will take you on a journey of a lifetime and you will cherish it till eternity. So, what are you waiting for? Dive into this magical India Nepal Bhutan tour and find your way to paradise.
Delhi welcomes you
Upon your arrival at Delhi, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel. The bustling capital of India is a unique melting pot of the ancient and the modern world which coexist in harmony with each other and enhance the appeal of Delhi for travelers from far ends of the globe. Your arrival in Delhi will mark the beginning of this beautiful India Nepal Bhutan tour.
Bask in the glory of Delhi
A luxurious breakfast will set you right for the day.
You will set off on a sightseeing tour today which will take you across places like Raj Ghat, the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid. A visit to the Red Fort will take you back in time to the reign of the Mughals and the Jama Masjid will mystify you with its gigantic size.
The rickshaw ride at Old Delhi will be a unique and refreshing experience for you. Weaving its way through Chandni Chowk, the Red Fort, and the Jama Masjid, the bicycle rickshaw will get you acquainted with Delhi's vibrant colors allowing you to savor the delicacies that will leave you asking for more.
The contrast between rambling Old Delhi and well planned New Delhi will take you by surprise when you move on to your sightseeing tour of Imperial Delhi. You will be able to witness the spellbinding beauty of monuments like the Qutub Minar, India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan. You will also visit the peaceful Lotus Temple today.
Jaipur will mystify you
Pack yourself up with a delicious breakfast. You will then embark on your journey to Jaipur.
Famously known as the Pink City, this capital of Rajasthan is home to many royal palaces and historical forts. It is also rich in tradition and famous for its Rajasthani food.
You will spend the evening visiting the Birla Temple. Get yourself acquainted with the fascinating religious life of Jaipur as you feast your eyes upon the marble structure and the ornate statues of Lakshmi and Narayan and the carvings of the Hindu pantheon, Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and St Francis of Assisi in the temple. The soulful and melodious rendition of the Aarti Ceremony will transport you to a state of Zen as you watch the oil lamps being lit and waved in front of the beautifully dressed deities.
Witness the beauty of Jaipur
Your splendid day will begin with a trip to the Amber Fort.
Amber Fort Palace - Built by Man Singh I and his descendant, Jai Singh I, the Amber Fort is a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles.
Your afternoon sightseeing tour will allow you to witness the beauty of many magnificent attractions.
City Palace - You will be able to marvel at the beautiful design of this Palace which is a delightful combination of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture. The Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple, and the City Palace Museum are enclosed within this Palace.
Jantar Mantar - This astronomical marvel, located in Jaipur was built by Jai Singh II. This observatory consists of many astronomical instruments that were originally used to estimate the time by tracking the movements of the planets, the moon, and the sun.
Hawa Mahal - The "Palace of Winds" is a five-story building in pink splendor with carved trelliswork and elaborate balconies. In olden times, the ladies of the royal household watched royal processions from these balconies.
A walking tour of the Old Bazaar of Jaipur will make your evening magical. You will explore the Evening Bazaar, Cuisine, and Crafts of Old Jaipur. You can witness the skills of the craftsmen in the areas of Ghat Darwaza and Vishveshwar Ji. You can satisfy your gustatory needs by devouring some pakoras, aloo tiki, samosa, and sweets from the street food vendors.
Pass through Fatehpur Sikri and make your way towards Agra
Pack yourself up with a good breakfast and set off on a trip to Agra, en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri.
This magnificent fortified ancient city was founded by Emperor Akbar. Fatehpur Sikri is a fine example of Mughal architecture and a visit to this place will transport you to the era of the royalty of the Mughal courts. You will also see the Bulund Darwaza which is the largest gateway in the world.
Upon your arrival in Agra, you will be taken to your hotel.
The splendid beauty of the edifices made of white marble and red sandstone attracts tourists to Agra like moths to a flame. The imprints of the Mughal Empire can still be seen here and a walk down the narrow alleyways promises to tantalize the senses of every visitor as the rich aroma of the Mughlai cuisine floats in the air.
Agra will leave you spellbound
After breakfast, you will embark on a sightseeing tour of Agra.
Taj Mahal - Gawk at the most beautiful building in the world and feast your eyes upon the elegant domes, marble screens and the pietra dura inlay on your visit to the Taj Mahal.
Agra Fort –As you walk through the courtyards of this palatial red-sandstone and marble fortress, your amazement will reach unforeseen heights. You will also be able to visit the beautiful Pearl Mosque which lies within.
After Agra Fort, you will be taken to Baby Taj which is the tomb of I'timÄd-ud-Daulah.
The trip to Jhansi and Khajuraho
Have a delicious breakfast and travel to Jhansi, where we will dive into history by visiting the medieval city of Orchha. After a sightseeing tour of the Fort complexes of Orchha, you'll be transferred to the temple dominated by Khajuraho. After reaching, you will be driven to your hotel where you will relax for some time. You will then proceed for the sightseeing of the Famous Western Temples of Khajuraho.
The Western group of temples: The western part of the Khajuraho group of temples houses some of the most important temples in Khajuraho. The Kandariya Mahadeva, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, is the largest temple at Khajuraho.
Chaunsat Yogini Temple, Lakshamana Temple, Vishvanatha Temple, and the Chitragupta Temple are a few of the temples that will sweep you off your feet as you walk through their beautifully sculpted interiors.
In the evening, you will be serenaded by the Sound and Light Show at the Western Temples. These temples look ethereal under the light that is made to strike on them. The voices of the experts will echo in the background as they talk about the history, making of these temples, art, architecture, and various other interesting things.
You will visit the Eastern Set of Temples in the morning. The Brahma Temple, the Hanuman temple and the Vamana temple will take you on a journey of faith and spirituality. You can also pay a visit to the Jain temples like the Ghantai temple, the Parsvanath and the Shantinath temple that are present in this complex.
After this soul - touching visit, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Varanasi. Varanasi has been a great religious center for Hindus and one of their most sacred places of pilgrimage since eons. You will be lost in the breathtaking vibe of this picturesque place as soon as you arrive here.
On your way to the city, you will visit Sarnath which is one of the four key sites on the Buddhist circuit. You can relive the moments of Buddha's life, death, and enlightenment here. Emperor Ashoka erected magnificent stupas and monasteries here. The Archaeological Museum houses many ancient relics and sculptures of Buddha and these will transport you to the beautiful era of the Enlightened One.
Upon your arrival at the hotel, you will check-in and relax for a while.
In the evening, you will be taken to the Dasawamedha Ghat where you will witness the traditional Aarti Ceremony. Your senses will be filled with serenity as you watch the lamps being lit and as the chants of mantras fill your ears. The sight of the Ganges adorned with the floating lamps and aromatic flowers will fill you with unequivocal awe and this experience will surely help you to find your inner peace.
Varanasi unfolds before you
Early in the morning, you will be taken to the Dasawamedha Ghat where you will take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges. The beautiful sunrise will leave you spellbound as you board a boat with your guide and proceed to the middle of the river. A walk through the cobblestone streets along the banks of "Ganga" will get you acquainted with the culture and religion of the city. You will visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple on your way back to the hotel.
After breakfast, you will proceed for the guided tour of Varanasi including the Bharat Mata Temple, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, and the Banaras Hindu University. You will be able to appreciate the beauty of the Art Gallery and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb which lie within this university.
The sightseeing tour will be followed by the Street Food Tour. From traditional chaat, Banaras samosa and British Raj-inspired tea & toast to Kathai biscuits, rich saffron milk thandai, and summer yogurt lassi, Banaras has a variety of dishes that will leave you asking for more. For all the vegetarians, the rich taste of Banarasi Bathi Choka, chickpea infused roasted bread served with potato chutney will satisfy your gustatory needs while the non-vegetarians can visit the weavers’ alleys for some delicious Banaras biryani and kebab.
The journey to Kathmandu
After a delicious breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu which is a beautiful place filled with graceful temples, elegant palaces, brick-paved courtyards, and quaint streets. On arriving here, you will be taken to the hotel. The second phase of your India Nepal Bhutan tour will begin when you arrive in Kathmandu.
Gawk at the royalty of the Durbar Square on your afternoon visit to this place. Marvel at the beauty of the Taleju Temple, the temple of Kal Bhairav, Nautalle Durbar, Coronation Nasal Chowk, the Gaddi Baithak, the statue of King Pratap Malla, the Big Drum and the Jagannath Temple that are housed within this complex.
The most ferocious face of Lord Shiva, Sweta Bhairav, is also a major attraction here but it lies covered with a screen for most parts of the year. Dive into history by visiting the Numismatic Museum and Tribhuvan Museum which are located inside the Hanuman Dhoka Palace building.
Kathmandu will leave you spellbound
An early morning flight-seeing tour of the majestic Himalayas and Mount Everest will kick-start your day in the most splendid manner possible. As you fly above the unending Himalayan ranges in the high altitude aircraft, you will be able to marvel at the panoramic beauty of this place.
After this exhilarating experience, you will visit the Pashupatinath Temple, the Swayambhunath Temple, and the Boudhanath Stupa.
One of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the entire world, the Pashupatinath Temple will allow you to feast your eyes upon the Newari architectural style that covers this artistic marvel on your visit.
The Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath will charm you with its ancient, enigmatic, and holy vibe.
The colossal and ancient Stupa of Boudhanath will beguile you with its gigantic size. This Stupa is also a major center of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal.
Lose yourself in the beauty of Pokhara
Pack yourself up with a good breakfast after which, you will proceed to the airport for your local flight to Pokhara.
On reaching Pokhara, you will be transferred to your hotel from where you will be able to marvel at the beauty of the Annapurna range.
Pokhara ticks all the right boxes, with its beautiful scenery, thrilling adventurous activities, and great accommodation facilities. Also known as the 'Jewel of the Himalayas', this beautiful place houses many lakes that add to its serenity.
In the evening, you will head out onto the calm waters of Phewa Lake to gain a spectacular reflective mountain view. Nestled in the boat of your choice, you will be able to enjoy a splendid view of the Fishtail and the Hindu Tal Barahi Temple as you feel the breeze gliding against your skin. This experience will be an unparalleled one and you will cherish it till eternity.
Pokhara sightseeing tour
An early morning visit to Sarangkot will be the perfect start to your day. A clear view of both the Annapurna range and the Machhapuchare Mountains can be enjoyed here as you watch the sky get painted in hues of gold and yellow as the sun begins to rise.
After witnessing the spectacular sunrise, you will be brought back to the hotel for a delicious breakfast.
The sightseeing tour will begin with a visit to the splendid Devi’s fall. After taking in the refreshing air that surrounds this waterfall, you will move on to visit the Bindhyabasini Temple, the Seti Gandaki River, the Mahendra cave, and the Pokhra Museum.
After lunch, you will be taken to the Begnas and Rupa Lakes for a peaceful little getaway. After spending some magical moments in the vicinity of these lakes, you will move on to visit the Tibetan Monastery.
Welcome to Kathmandu
After an exquisite breakfast, you will move to the airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. You will be visiting Patan and Bhaktapur when you reach Kathmandu.
The temple dominated Durbar Square in Patan will take you down the road of spirituality as you weave your way through the beautifully adorned Jagannarayan Temple, Golden Temple, Kumbeshawar, and the Royal Palace. Satisfy your artistic needs by walking down the streets that are lined with metal smiths and Brassware shops just south of the Square. You will also get the chance to visit the four ancient stupas that mark the corners of Patan along with Nepal's famous zoo.
Bhaktapur will drench you in history as you take in the glory of the Malla rulers at the Durbar Square. The pottery, weaving, and woodcarving industries will take you down the road of fine art.
In the evening, you will enjoy an exquisite Nepalese meal at one of Kathmandu's top typical Nepali restaurants. A candlelit dinner along with a charmingly entertaining traditional and cultural show will make your evening a magical one.
The journey from Kathmandu to Paro and Paro to Thimphu
After a spectacular flight over the Himalayan ranges, you will be met by the tour representative at Paro. The splendid drive from Paro to Thimphu (capital city) will mark the beginning of the final phase of your India Nepal Bhutan tour.
An afternoon visit to Kuenselphodrang will allow you to marvel at the gigantic size of the Buddha Dordenma statue situated there.
In the evening, you will visit the Memorial Chorten built in the memory of the third King of Bhutan.
Get acquainted with Thimphu
After breakfast, you will visit the Folk Heritage Museum and the Institute of Zorig Chusum.
An afternoon visit to the town and Crafts bazaar will get you acquainted with the different types of handicrafts sold here while an evening visit to Tashichho Dzong will show you the working of the Bhutanese government.
From Thimphu to Punakha
Pack yourself up with a good breakfast and set off on the journey to Punakha over the Dochula Pass. Enjoy a splendid view of the Himalayan mountain ranges and get a look at the Gasa Dzong on your way. Dive into spirituality by visiting the 108 memorial stupas known as "Druk Wangyal Chortens" on your way.
All about Punakha
After breakfast, you will set off on a hike that will take you through the vast rice fields situated along the banks of the Mo Chhu. Your trial will bring you to the stunning Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten.
In the afternoon, you will visit the winter residence for the Central Monastic, the Punakha Dzong.
The drive from Punakha to Paro
The 3- hour drive from Punakha to Paro will bring you across the picturesque temple of fertility, the Chimmi Lhakang.
On reaching Paro, you will check in to your hotel and relax for the day.
Revel in the splendor of ParoÂ
You will be visiting the Dumgtseg Lhakhang today. This temple is an example of spirituality and skillful architecture. Believed to be built to wade off evil spirits, the Lhakhang Temple is built in the form of a chorten.
Ta Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan will drench you in the colors of history as you take a look at the ancient Thangka artifacts. Paro Rimpung Dzong and the traditional wooden cantilever bridge that leads to it will form a part of this thrilling sightseeing tour. An evening visit to Paro Town will refresh your mind.
Hiking to Taktsang Monastery
After breakfast, you will be driven to Ramthongkha.
The hike that will take you to the Tiger's Nest Monastery will be an exhilarating one and every moment of it will be utterly rewarding. Clinging precariously to a rock cliff overlooking the Paro Valley which lies approximately 3000 feet below, the Tiger's Nest Monastery is every nature lover's paradise and here, you will find all the peace that you have been looking for.
A unique hot stone bath followed by typical Bhutanese dinner in an old traditional Bhutanese house will make your evening a magical one.
From Paro to Kolkata
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport where you will board a flight to Kolkata.
The former British capital of India boasts of an illustrious past which can be seen through the fascinating art, marvelous architecture, and grandiloquent literature of the city. The cultural and intellectual hub of India, Kolkata is a beautiful mix of artistic grandeur and dazzling culture.
Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel and you can then relax for the day.
Kolkata will give you a thrilling experience
You will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city after breakfast.
Victoria Memorial - This white marbled opulent structure, surrounded by a lush green garden, houses a museum that will take you down the road of history with its oil paintings.
The Howrah Bridge- This engineering marvel, situated over the wide waters of the Hooghly River, is Kolkata’s most iconic landmark.
Howrah Station- Situated on the other side of the Howrah Bridge, this is the world’s largest railway station.
For a beautiful astronomical experience, you will be taken to the Birla Planetarium where you will be able to enjoy an interesting astronomical show.
The last part of your India Nepal Bhutan tour will stay in your memory forever as you take a cruise on the Hooghly River. Through the Sunset cruise of the River Ganges, you can admire the exotic beauty of the endless sky that gets bathed in myriad shades of gold. The monuments will light up before your eyes as you sail towards Belur Math and this experience will make your evening a magical one.
Depart with beautiful memories
You will depart from Kolkata with memories of this beautiful India Nepal Bhutan tour that will stay with you till eternity. Your flight will take you back home or to the next destination.