India to Bhutan Trip

from $3050
Duration:
15 Days / 14 Nights
Type:
Small Group Tour
Run:
Selected Dates

India to Bhutan trip offers guests the opportunity to experience the treasures of India. Visit the highlights of India; travel from Delhi, the Capital to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, and then head to Jaipur, the pink city. After that head to Bhutan where you will visit the cities of Thimpu and Punakha. Discover the highlights of Bhutan:  Himalayas, The fortess of Tashichho Dzong, Memorial Chorten, the Chimi lhakhang temple and more.

Included:
  • Driver allowances, Petrol/Gas cost, Toll Tax, Parking, and Vehicle Insurance.
  • On arrival meeting & Assistance by our office Representative.
  • Exclusive assistance by our professionally trained staff.
  • Group Transportation by A/C vehicle as follow:

            - 02 – 03 Pax: Toyota Innova

            - 04 – 09 Pax: Tempo Traveler

            - 10 – 14 Pax: Mini coach

            - 15 Pax onwards: Large coach

  • Service of accompanying English-speaking tour manager
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • Monument entrance fee and permits
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Elephant ride in Jaipur
  • 1 dinner in Jaipur
  • All presently applicable taxes.

 

  • Note: Only one transfer included during arrival / departure, additional transfers implement extra rates

 

In Bhutan:

  • Local sightseeing with entrance fees where ever applicable
  • English speaking local guide from arrival till departure
  • Inland transfers by group appropriate Non A/c vehicle

           - Toyota Hiace: 3-6 Pax

           - Toyota Hi-Roof – 7-8 Pax

           - Toyota Coaster: 9 pax and above

  • Present applicable hotel taxes and service charges
  • Daily Breakfast and Dinner at respective hotels
  • Daily lunch at local tourist class restaurant
  • RGoB Royalties and taxes
  • All inland travel permits
  • Bhutan Visa Fee
Excluded:
  • International / Domestic flight tickets
  • Entry visa to India
  • Any optional tours
  • Personal spendings
  • Tipping

Note: Flight between India and Bhutan is not included.

Itinerary:
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Day 1 : New Delhi Arrival

The capital of India is a bustling metropolis that successfully combines the ancient and the modern in its folds. Delhi can broadly be divided into two parts, Old Delhi and New Delhi. Old Delhi was the capital of Delhi’s Muslim rulers notably the Mughals between 17th & 19th centuries. New Delhi on the other hand is referred to as the Imperial city when the British decided to move their capital from Calcutta in 1911. On arrival, you will be met transferred to the hotel for a non-alcoholic welcome drink.

Accommodation: Overnight in Delhi

Day 2 : New Delhi Tour

Breakfast: At hotel

Day: At leisure; perhaps pre-book a Delhi city tour.

Accommodation: Overnight in Delhi

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 : Welcome Agra

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Drive to the medieval city of Agra, home of the world-famous Taj Mahal. Agra is one of India’s prime tourist destinations for specifically this reason, though its attractions also extend to an array of other impressive historical sights. The Taj is in a league of its own and needless to say is a must-see for any visitor to the city. Commissioned by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the 15th century as a memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, it is an architectural masterpiece of exquisite craftsmanship and perfect proportions.

Afternoon: Enjoy your afternoon at leisure or perhaps book an optional tour to the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah.

Early Evening: At leisure or perhaps book an optional show about the Taj Mahal.

Accommodation: Overnight in Agra

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Optional: Tomb Of Itimad Ud Daulah - Agra:

Visit Itmad-Ud-Daulah, known as the "Baby Taj", the first Mughal structure totally built from marble. It is looked upon as the precursor of the Taj Mahal as far as elaborate carvings and inlay work are concerned.

Optional: Mohabbat E Taj, Live Show:

A series of play depicting the saga of love. The true and immortal love of Shajahan for Mumtaj Mahal- his beautiful wife; the lavish lifestyle of Mughal era; immaculate hardship of the artisans for 22 years that created the most precious specimen of craftsmanship ‘Mohabbat-the-Taj’ at ‘Kalakriti is exceptionally inviting. The effort to hold up the cultural and historical legacy of India is worth a glance

Day 4 : Agra Tour

Early Morning: Visit the Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays). Often considered the pinnacle of Mughal art in India, the Taj was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. When declaring it a world heritage site, UNESCO described it as “the jewel of Muslim art in India”. There are few words that can describe the magnificence of this monument. Marvel as light and colors transform this stunning monument in the beautiful rising sun’s rays.

Breakfast: At hotel

Accommodation: Overnight in Agra

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional: Agra Fort

Known as the Red Fort of Agra, this walled imperial city was founded in 1565 by the Emperor Akbar (1556-1605) and is a well-deserving UNESCO World Heritage site, located just 2.5 kilometers from the famous Taj Mahal. Its palaces, grand mosques and elaborate public hall are crafted from pink-red sandstone and are testament to an era when Indo-Muslim art, strongly marked by influences from Persia, was at its height.

Day 5 : Bharatpur Tour

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Depart for Bharatpur – a birder’s paradise, en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri an eerily abandoned capital from the Mughal Empire between 1570 and 1586. Akbar built this city to celebrate the birth of his son and future heir to the throne, Emperor Jahangir. While Akbar is believed to have been illiterate, he took great interest in the arts and architecture; Fatehpur Sikri is one of his masterworks. Sadly, it served as capital for little more than a decade, eventually abandoned for lack of accessible water.

Afternoon: Upon arrival in Bharatpur; check in to the hotel. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure or book an optional visit to the Bird Sanctuary.

Accommodation: Overnight in Bharatpur

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Optional: Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary Tour By Bicycle/Paddle Rickshaws:

Enjoy an escorted visit to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary by bicycle/ paddle rickshaws. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is one of the finest bird parks in the world; Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (Keoladeo Ghana National Park) is a reserve that offers protection to faunal species as well. Nesting indigenous water- birds as well as migratory water birds and waterside birds, this sanctuary is also inhabited by Sambar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar

Day 6 : Welcome Jaipur

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Depart for the “Pink City” of Jaipur - Rajasthan’s capital, the origin of Jaipur’s nickname becomes immediately apparent as we enter the old city walls and greet the pink-colored buildings that rise at every turn. Jaipur is an excellent place to enjoy unparalleled shopping and people watching.

Afternoon: Arrive in Jaipur. You may want to spend time in the oldest and busiest of markets in the walled city, Johori Bazaar, a true feast for the senses. Aromatic spices fill the air, while oxcarts, rickshaws, cows, bejeweled women and men with shocking pink turbans jostle through the labyrinthine streets. Learn the art of Turban and Saree tying. The Turban is the crown that has been conferred upon naturally for men. It doesn’t matter whether he is a King or a simple commoner. Of all the turbans, the turbans of Jaipur, Rajasthan deserves special mention. In this part of the country, the turban is known as Paag, Safa or Pagdi. The art of wearing a turban is believed to be started by the Rajput community. The Saree, a symbol of Indian women’s attire has become an icon the world over. This simple one long piece of cloth measuring 5-9 meters in length did not lose its basic design and is still popular among contemporary Indian women as one of the best traditional and ethnic wear.

Accommodation: Overnight in Jaipur

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 : Jaipur Tour

Breakfast: At hotel

Day: At leisure; perhaps pre-book a tour of Amber Fort.

Accommodation: Overnight in Jaipur

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional: Half Day Amber Fort Tour (Morning):

Visit Amber Fort built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh. The fort is one of the finest examples of Rajput architecture and offers extensive views over a deep narrow valley and the wider plains beyond. The Fort was completed in the early 18th century, it was once, the capital of the Mina tribes, believed to be the original inhabitants of this region. The fort, sprawled along the Maotha Lake, boasts of a massive complex gateway, courts, stairways and pillared pavilions, and palaces that recall the glory and wealth of Amber's association with the Mughals. This is a beautiful and very well-preserved structure, built on four levels and surrounded by ruins, which served as the backdrop for the Mira Nair movie “Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love.”

Optional: Experience With The Elephants (Late Morning)

Visitors are taken on a journey to the world of elephants and are guided through an unforgettable experience with these magnificent creatures. Visitors are able to touch, feed, paint, wash, cook and get to know these animals. This tour offers visitors the incredible opportunity to walk hand-in-trunk with elephants. Enter the world of elephant with an Elephant Back Ride. Bare-back Elephant Back Riding enables us as humans to feel the power and bulk of an elephant in contrast with the quietness, delicateness and grace of these mammoth creatures’ movement as they walk/glide across the ground. Understand the height at which an elephant stands and experience their environment from an elephant’s perspective.

Optional: Traditional Indian Cooking Lesson (Evening)

Enjoy a lesson on Indian style cooking, interact with a local family and learn about the mysteries and secrets of Indian Cooking

Day 8 : Proceeding Jaipur

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Enjoy a tour of Jaipur including a visit to the City Palace built between 1729 and 1732 by the ruler, Amber Sawai Jai Singh II. The City Palace covers a large part of the total area of Jaipur; the palace complex was built as if there is a city within a city. A complex of courtyards, gardens, buildings, temples, fountains, pounds, courts, horse stable, workshops and playgrounds make up the palace grounds. Afterwards continue to the impressive Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory built in the early 1700s by Maharaja Jai Sing II, the astronomer to which this city owes its name. The term "Jantar Mantar" literally means "instruments for measuring the harmony of the heavens". It houses various architectural and astrological instruments that have caught the interests of astronomers, historians and architects around the world. It is considered to be one of the largest observatories ever built.

Afternoon: At leisure

Evening: Enjoy an Aarti Ceremony in Birla Mandir. “Aarti” is a very auspicious Hindu ritual in which we offer our prayers (traditional hindi song) to God. The Guru or the Master with his devotees, sing the prayers along with the lighting of small lamps. The experience, the view and the positive vibrations are so inspirational that it is difficult to put into words.

Accommodation: Overnight in Jaipur

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 : Welcome New Delhi

After breakfast drive towards Delhi. Upon arrival check in to the hotel.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10 : Thimphu Arrival

This morning transfer to Delhi International airport to connect flight for Bhutan.

On arrival in Paro you will be greeted and escorted by our Executive and continue drive to Thimpu, the modern capital town of Bhutan.

The flight into Bhutan takes you close to the great Himalayas, offering dazzling scenic views of some of world’s highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills with the silvery Paro Chu (Paro river) meandering down the valley below.

Arrive Thimpu and transfer to the Hotel.

Dinner & Overnight in the Hotel.

Day 11 : Thimphu Tour

Today explore Thimphu, visit Tashichho Dzong: This fortress serves as the office of the King, ministers and various government organizations. It also is the headquarters for central monastic body of Bhutan. Bhutan's spiritual leader Je-Khenpo and the monks of both Thimphu and Punakha reside here during summer. It is also the venue for Thimphu Festival in the fall season.

Memorial Chorten: This white and tall landmark of Thimphu was built in 1974 in the memory of third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who is popularly regarded as Father of Modern Bhutan. It is a four-storey tall white building, containing statues and iconography of deities from complex tantric teachings and serves as an important place of worship for Thimphu residents, as well as from other parts of the country.

Zilukha Nunnery: is housed in Drubthob Goemba (monastery). There are about 70 nuns who live and pray every day in the monastery. There are good views of Tashicho Dzong, Golf course and upper Thimphu.

Takin Sanctuary: Takin (Budorcas taxicolor) has been chosen as the national animal of Bhutan is based both on its uniqueness and its association with country's history and mythology. It is said that Devine Madman, a popular saint is said to have created it with his magical power at a large congregation of devotees. It resembles a cow from back, a goat in from the front, and it continues to befuddle taxonomists, who cannot quite relate to other animal.

Paper Factory: Traditional papers were made from the daphne plant, using simple methods. Like rice papers, these papers are said to last longer.

Sangaygang View Point (Telecom Tower): There's a wonderful view of Thimphu valley from the hillside below the telecommunications tower (elevation 2685m), high above the town at the end of a road that branches off from the approach to the youth centre. The complex also houses the broadcasting studios of Bhutan television. Don't photograph the telecommunications installation, but the valley is worth a few snaps. The area is known as Sangaygang and it becomes a lover's lane late at night. Overnight at Hotel, Thimphu

Day 12 : Welcome Punakha

In the morning you drive to Punakha, an old winter capital of Bhutan. En-route stop at Dochu La Pass, 10,000ft/3,048m to view the eastern Himalayas, including Bhutan's highest mountain, Gangkar Punsum, 24,770ft/7,550m. The road then drops down through varied –ever changing forest, finally emerging into the highly cultivated Punakha valley.

Afternoon visit one of the most impressive Punakha Dzong and later hike to the Chimi lhakhang – the temple of Divine Madman.

Punakha: (sometimes Wangdue) are two separate districts, but they are located in one valley (20km - 1½ hr drive apart). The accommodations may be in either one of these two towns but sightseeing generally include visit to both places. Punakha and Wangdue are located at a lower elevation (approx. 1,250m above sea level) and they have pleasant winters. Cactuses, Oranges, bananas and sub-tropical plants are found here. Farmers are able to grow more than one crop in a year. Punakha was once the winter capital of Bhutan, the tradition that is still held by the Central Monks and Jekhenpo, who reside here in Punakha Dzong during the winters and return to Thimphu, which is their summer capital. In Wangdue, there is a small town on the ridge and large Wangdue Phodrang Dzong.

Punakha Dzong: or Pungthang Dechen Phodrang "Palace of Great Happiness" is located on the confluence of two rivers (Phochu and Mochu). It was built in 1637 by Shubdrung Nawang Namgyal and following the ancient traditions, it serves as winter residence for chief abbot (Je-khenpo) and the monks of Central Monastic Body, who returns to Thimphu in the summer. The building was damaged and rebuilt several times, due to flooding, fire and earth quake. It is one exemplary masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture.

Chimi Lhakhang: was built by lama Drukpa Kunley in 1499. He subdued the demoness of the Dochu la with his ‘magic thunderbolt of wisdom.’ A wooden effigy of the Lama’s thunderbolt is preserved in the Lhakhang, and childless women go to the temple to receive a wang (blessing) from the saint.

It’s a 20-minute walk across the rice fields from the road at Sopsokha to the temple. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana. There are very few monks at the temple, which is surrounded by a row of prayer wheels and some very beautiful slate carvings. Overnight at hotel, Punakha.

Day 13: Paro Arrival

After breakfast drive west via dochula pass 3080 m, weather permitting enjoy the Bhutan Himalaya peaks above 7000 mts. Continue driving to Paro for another 1 hour.

Kichu Lhakhang: Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in the 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. The story goes that a giant demoness lay across Tibet and the Himalayas, which was preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples in a single day to pin the ogress to the earth forever in 659AD. Of these 108 temples, 12 were built in accordance with precise plans at key points. The temple of Jokhang in Lhasa was built over the very heart of the demoness and Kichu is said to have been built on the left foot.

Dungtshe Lhakhang: Dungtse Lhakhang was constructed by the great bridge-builder Thangtong Gyelpo in 1433. It is said to have been built on the head of demoness, who was causing illness to the inhabitants. The building was restored in 1841 and is a unique repository of Kagyu lineage arts. You may or may not be permitted inside but can walk around this three-storey Chorten-type building.

Paro Rinpung Dzong: Rinphung Dzong was consecrated in 1645 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyal on the site of smaller fort. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries it served as a bastion against invasion from the north. It is regarded as one of the finest Bhutanese architecture - with intricate wood work, large beams slotted into each other and held together without nails. In it houses the giant 30m X 45m Thangka (Thongdrol), commissioned in mid 18th century, displayed on the last day of Paro Tsechu festival. Rinphung Dzong is the district headquarter of Paro and residence of state monks under Paro rabdey.

Overnight at hotel, Paro.

Day 14: Paro Tour

In the morning hike to the Tiger’s nest. You can also take a pony ride to halfway to the most highlighted Buddhist temple in entire Himalayas.

Taktshang - Tiger's Nest: Tiger's Lair or Tiger's Nest as it often referred to for Taktshang Pelphung monastery, is one of the most venerated and famous of Bhutan's monasteries. It is located on the face of a sheer 900m cliff above the floor of Paro valley. It is an impressive and un-miss-able sight but accessible only by walk or to ride mules/pony. If you need the riding horse, you must ask your local guide to arrange it on the previous day. From the trail head (2600m), the walk till the Cafeteria is a steep one hour uphill (about 350m ascent). From the Cafeteria (2940m) and areas around it, one can get a good close-up view of Taktshang. Savor views of the monastery over a well-deserved cup of tea and biscuits at the cafeteria.

For those who wish to proceed further from here, one must be able to walk. Usually Ponies/horses will not take people beyond this point and neither will they take you downhill. From the cafeteria, trail continues uphill for another 45 minutes to a high observation point (3140m) where there is a Chorten (stupa). From this vantage point, the lookout to the monastery is a very spectacular and seems almost close enough to touch. It is now on the other side of a deep chasm, only around 150m away as bird flies, but takes half hour or even more to reach. Continue down the flight of cliff-hanging steps on the narrow trail to a beautiful waterfall that plunges down the deep chasm and alongside is a retreat hermitage, jammed dramatically into a rock crevice. Then climb up the flight of steep steps to the monastery. At any point on this walk, you can always return if you find it too difficult. Once inside the monastery, there are several shrines or temples to see with few monks in residence. After visiting Taktshang monastery ’s many shrines, most tours schedule lunch at the Cafeteria upon return. After lunch, retrace back to the road-head where you started in the morning. The retrace back is all downhill and always on foot as it is not suitable for riding pony/horse. Please note that proper walking boots is recommended for this hike. Further, if you have more time and ready for more challenging day, there are several monasteries, temples, retreat houses in the surrounding area of Taktshang. The most notable among them are Zangdopelri and Ugyen Tsemo as described separately.

Drukgyel Dzong: A Drukgyal Dzong ruin is located 14kms north of Paro town, near the end of the paved road. Drukgyal Dzong (victories fortress) was built around 1644-49 to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan-Mongol forces. It was later burnt in fire accident in 1951. On a clear day, Mt. Jumolhari, Bhutan's holy peak is seen against its backdrop.

Overnight in Hotel, Paro

Day 15: Final Departure

After early breakfast at the hotel drive to Paro airport for your sensational take-off and scenic Himalayan flight past Chomolhari, Bhutan’s second highest peak.

Accommodation :
Hotels:
  • The Grand New Delhi / New Delhi
  • Jaypee Palace Hotel and Convention Centre / Agra
  • Laxmi Villas Palace / Bharatpur
  • Hilton Jaipur Hotel / Jaipur
  • Vivanta by Taj Dwarka Hotel / New Delhi
  • Le Meridien Thimphu / Thimphu
  • Dhensa Boutique Resort / Punakha
  • Le Meridien Paro / Paro
May-Sept
$ 3050 Price Per Person
Oct-April
$ 3220 Price Per Person
  • Note: These prices are valid only for minimum 2 Persons

 

Dates:

  • 21st February 2019    
  • 14th and 21st March 2019    
  • 4th and 25th April 2019    
  • 2nd and 23rd May 2019    
  • 5th and 26th September 2019    
  • 10th and 24th October 2019    
  • 14th and 28th November 2019

 

Prices:

Tour price currency is set to USD but you can pay in Euro or British pound. The prices quoted per person per tour and prices are always updated to ensure you receive the best possible price. Prices valid all the year, except during Christmas 2018 and New Year 2019.

 

 

Child Policy:

- 0 - 4.99 Free of Charge

- 5 - 10 pay 25% of tour price

- 11 - 11.99 pay 50% of tour price

- 12+ pay full tour price as per adult person

 

Note: If the tour package includes flights, trains, jungle safari, private monument, an extra supplement will be applicable to the child.

 

 

Payment Policy: 

An invoice shall be generated, once received confirmation on a tour. The deposit 50% of the total cost, will be required at the time of confirmation. You can pay by bank transfer or credit card. This deposit counts as part of your final payment. The balance 50% is payable 30 days before the commencement of the tour plus any applicable insurance premiums. 

Note: Kindly note that in special cases wherein a hotel requires 100% payment in advance (during festive period i.e. Pushkar Fair, Christmas, New Year, etc.), will be payable along with 50% tour deposit. As per hotel policy, this amount will not be refundable.  

 

 

Tour Cancellation Policy:

You may cancel your booking at any time prior to commencement of the tour by notifying us in writing. The cancellation charges shall be as follows:

  • If you cancel before 45 days of tour commencement date, there will be no cancellation fees, except components which require per booking (train, flight and safaris).  
  • If you cancel on or before 44-30 days of tour commencement date, 25% of the entire tour price will be charged.
  • If you cancel on or before 29-15 days of tour commencement date, 50% of the entire tour price will be charged. 
  • Less than 14 Days before arrival 100% cancellation will be applicable. 


Changes By You: 

If you request any changes to your travel arrangements once we have confirmed a booking, all out of pocket charges, including charges imposed by our suppliers, will be payable by you. If after the commencement of your tour you request any changes to your travel arrangements, we will do our best to implement them, but we cannot guarantee that it will be possible. In the event of such change(s) being made, you will be liable for any cancellation charges that may be levied for the previously booked service and for any costs incurred by us and our suppliers in attempting to secure any revised arrangements. Any name changes must be provided to us in writing and are subject to any airline/ train fees or penalties.

 

Passports & Visa Fees:

All Passengers are responsible for securing proper documentation prior to joining the tour. Passports are required; in addition, travelers are advised to check with local consulates for full details regarding Visa requirements. Please note securing a valid visa for entry is sole responsibility of the traveler.

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