Land of The Rajas to Home of The Thunder Dragon

from $3039
Duration:
11 Days
Type:
Private Tour
Run:
Everyday

Trapped between the Land of the Maharajas India and the Land of The Red Dragon China, is the Land of the Thunder Dragon Bhutan. Known as the last Shangri-La, truly a kingdom of peace and one with nature. Explore all of its wilds as you journey through Incredible India and then into Bhutan. Enjoy this India Bhutan Tour!

Included:
  • Meet and greet service by our representatives at airports
  • Assistance of our guest relations during your stay
  • All transfers to/from airport & hotel by a private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Accommodation in the mentioned hotels including daily breakfast except in Bhutan, full board
  • English-speaking tour guide during your trips
  • Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary
  • All service charges and taxes
Excluded:
  • International Airfare
  • Entry visa to India
  • Any optional tours
  • Personal spendings
  • Tipping
  • Flight India - Bhutan  (Delhi - Paro)
Itinerary:
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Day 1: New Delhi - Welcome to India

Upon your arrival in Delhi, you will be Greeted and Escorted by our Memphis Tours Executive to your Hotel and then check in. Enjoy this India Bhutan Tour!

Day 2: Agra City Tour

After breakfast, you will be driven to Agra. It is a town famous for its beautiful medieval monuments. On arrival in Agra, you will be transferred to your hotel. Later, you will visit the world famous monument of India the Taj Mahal, a poem in white marble, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal. (Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays.) After the visit, you will take a Tonga ride till Agra Fort. Tonga is a horse drawn carriage which was a popular mode of transport in the olden times. Agra Fort, situated on the west bank of the river Jamuna. Then, after enjoying your day, you will be back to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: From Agra to Jaipur

After breakfast, you will be driven to Jaipur. After checking in, your day is at your leisure.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Jaipur City Tour

After breakfast, enjoy the full day visit of Jaipur City. First, you will visit the Amber Fort which is one of the finest examples of Rajput architecture. It gives extensive views over a deep narrow valley and the wider plains beyond. Then you will visit Hawa Mahal: the palace of the wind (Hawa Mahal) with 953 windows and niches which were made so that ladies of the royal family could see the procession and events in the city without being visible to the people. In the evening enjoy Aarti Ceremony in Birla Mandir. “Aarti” is a very auspicious Hindu ritual in which they offer their prayers (traditional Hindi song) to God. The Guru or the Master with his devotees, sing the prayers along with the lighting of the small lamps. The experience, the view, and the positive vibrations are so inspirational that it is difficult to put into w After that, back to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Half Day Delhi City Tour

After breakfast, you will be driven to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, you will be transferred to your hotel. Later enjoy half day sightseeing of New Delhi. Begin With India Gate and Govt Buildings, Drive through Lutyens Delhi and see India Gate which commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who died in the 1st world war. Then you will Photo stop at Rashtrapati Bhawan once the Viceroy's residence is now the official residence of the President of India. Later, you will Visit the Humayun's Tomb, built by his wife Haji Begum in the 16th Century. An early example of Mughal architecture considered the predecessor of the Taj Mahal. After enjoying your day, you will return back to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Trip in Thimpu

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kathmandu airport to board flight for Paro. On a clear day, the panoramic views of the Himalaya are sensational, including Everest, but particularly exciting is the approach through the Bhutanese foothills and the landing, including a few steep, turns to land at the tiny airstrip of Paro. In Paro, you will be received by your Bhutanese guide and transferred to Thimphu that takes an hour. Thimphu has many places and sights to visit, in addition to several day excursion possibilities. It has relatively more choice in terms of the accommodations. First, you will visit Tashichho Dzong which is a fortress that serves as the office of the King, ministers and various government organizations. It is also the headquarters for the central monastic body of Bhutan. It is also the venue for Thimphu Festival in the fall season.
Then, you will visit Memorial Chorten which is a white and tall landmark of Thimphu that was 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. After that, you will see Zilukha Nunnery which is housed in Drubthob Goemba (monastery). There are good views of Tashicho Dzong, Golf course, and upper Thimphu. After that, you will visit Takin Sanctuary where 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 resembles a cow from the back, a goat in from the front, and it continues to befuddle taxonomists, who cannot quite relate to other animals. Then, you will see the Paper Factory where traditional papers were made from the daphne plant, using simple methods. Like rice papers, these papers are said to last longer. After that, you will visit Sangaygang View Point (Telecom Tower) where There's a wonderful view of Thimphu valley from the hillside below the telecommunications tower, high above the town at the end of a road that branches off from the approach to the youth center. 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.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Thimphu Village & Markets

After breakfast, we will drive towards the northern end of the valley for about 20 minutes to get started for an exciting walk to CHERI GOMPA (monastery). This is a pleasant rural walk, gently up a valley through paddy fields and woodland via a Tibetan village. Walk through the village along the track to Pangri Zampa gompa, by the river. Descend to the bottom of the hill, where your transport arrives to take you back to Thimphu. In the late afternoon/evening, you will be driven to the site of Colourful Weekend Market where people from all walks of life come to sell and buy their stuff. It's placed to get an experience with Bhutanese lifestyle, tradition, and culture. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Punakha City Tour

In the morning you will drive to Punakha, an old winter capital of Bhutan. En-route stop at Dochu La Pass, to view the eastern Himalayas, including Bhutan's highest mountain, Gangkar Punsum. The road then drops down through varied –ever changing forest, finally emerging into the highly cultivated Punakha valley. Afternoon, you will visit one of the most impressive Punakha Dzong and later hike to the Chimi Lhakhang – the temple of Divine Madman. You will see Punakha (sometimes Wangdue) that are two separate districts, but they are located in one valley (1½ hr drive apart). The accommodations may be in either one of these two towns but sightseeing generally includes a visit to both places. Punakha and Wangdue are located at a lower elevation and they have pleasant winters. After that, you will see Punakha Dzong or Pungthang Dechen Phodrang "Palace of Great Happiness" which is located at the confluence of two rivers (Phochu and Mochu). The building was damaged and rebuilt several times, due to flooding, fire, and earthquake. It is one exemplary masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture.
After that, you will visit Chimi Lhakhang that was built by lama Drukpa Kunley. 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. Then after enjoying your day, you will return back to your hotel and overnight at Punakha.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: From Punakha to Paro

After breakfast, you will be driven to Paro. First, you will visit Kichu Lhakhang which is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan that is built in the 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. After that, you will visit Dungtshe Lhakhang that was constructed by the great bridge-builder Thangtong Gyelp. 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. Then, you will visit Paro Rinpung Dzong that was consecrated by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyal on the site of the smaller fort. It is regarded as one of the finest Bhutanese architecture - with intricate woodwork, large beams slotted into each other and held together without nails. After enjoying your day, you will go to your hotel and Overnight in Paro.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Paro City 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 the entire Himalayas. You will begin with Taktshang - Tiger's Nest or Tiger's Lair as it often referred to for Taktshang Pelphung monastery which is one of the most venerated and famous of Bhutan's monasteries. It is located on the face of a sheer 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 trailhead, the walk till the Cafeteria is a steep one hour uphill. From the Cafeteria and areas around it, one can get a good close-up view of Taktshang. 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, the trail continues uphill for another 45 minutes to a high observation point 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 an 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, there is 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 are recommended for this hike. Further, if you have more time and ready for the 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.
Then, you will move to Drukgyel Dzong ruin that is located north of Paro town, near the end of the paved road. Drukgyal Dzong (victories fortress) was built around to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan-Mongol forces. It was later burnt in the fire accident. On a clear day, Mt. Jumolhari, Bhutan's holy peak is seen against its backdrop. After enjoying your day, you will overnight in your hotel in Paro.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Paro - Fly Back Home

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Paro airport to board flight for onward journey. Hope you enjoy this India Bhutan Tour!

Accommodation :
Golden Accommodation
Dhensa Boutique Resort
Dhensa Boutique Resort
Jaypee Palace Hotel & Convention Centre Agra
Jaypee Palace Hotel & Convention Centre Agra
Le Meridien Paro, Riverfront
Le Meridien Paro, Riverfront
Le Meridien Thimphu
Le Meridien Thimphu
Trident, Jaipur
Trident, Jaipur
Vivanta by Taj - Dwarka
Vivanta by Taj - Dwarka
June 2017
$ 4677 Per Person Travelling Alone
$ 3039 Per person in Double
$ 2717 Per person in Triple
July & August
$ 4677 Per Person Travelling Alone
$ 3039 Per person in Double
$ 2717 Per person in Triple
May & Sept
$ 5607 Per Person Travelling Alone
$ 3477 Per person in Double
$ 3147 Per person in Triple
Oct & Nov
$ 5899 Per Person Travelling Alone
$ 3577 Per person in Double
$ 3247 Per person in Triple
December 2017
$ 4839 Per Person Travelling Alone
$ 3067 Per person in Double
$ 2747 Per person in Triple
Jan, Feb, & March 2018
$ 6179 Per Person Travelling Alone
$ 3767 Per person in Double
$ 3429 Per person in Triple
Diamond Accommodation
COMO Uma Paro
COMO Uma Paro
COMO Uma Punakha
COMO Uma Punakha
ITC Mughal, Agra
ITC Mughal, Agra
ITC Rajputana, Jaipur
ITC Rajputana, Jaipur
Le Meridien New Delhi
Le Meridien New Delhi
Pullman New Delhi Aerocity
Pullman New Delhi Aerocity
Taj Tashi
Taj Tashi
June 2017
$ 6539 Per Person Travelling Alone
$ 4309 Per Person in Double
$ 3979 Per Person in Triple
July & August
$ 5907 Per Person Travelling Alone
$ 3977 Per Person in Double
$ 3649 Per Person in Triple
May & Sept
$ 7179 Per Person Travelling Alone
$ 4659 Per Person in Double
$ 4337 Per Person in Triple
Oct & Nov
$ 7549 Per Person Travelling Alone
$ 4867 Per Person in Double
$ 4539 Per Person in Triple
December 2017
$ 6909 Per Person Travelling Alone
$ 4509 Per Person in Double
$ 4187 Per Person in Triple
Jan, Feb, & March 2018
$ 7959 Per Person Travelling Alone
$ 5139 Per Person in Double
$ 4807 Per Person in Triple

 

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.

Payment Policy: 

Reservations should be made as early as possible to book your desired India tour, spaces will be secured upon receiving a deposit of 50 %. This deposit forms part of your final payment. Deposits can only be made by credit cards, wire transfer and or the Western Union, and the balance of payment to be paid one week before tour start date.

 

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 the commencement of the tour by notifying us in writing. The cancellation charges shall be as follows:

 

- From the date of booking until 45 days before your arrival date, 15% of the entire tour price will be charged.

- 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, travellers are advised to check with local consulates for full details regarding Visa requirements. Please note securing a valid visa for entry is the sole responsibility of the traveler.

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