Luxury Holiday Packages

Rajasthan Exclusive
 

15 Days / 14 Nights

 

ITINERARY

Day 01:   Arrive in Delhi

 

Delhi, the capital city, unwinds a picture rich with culture, architecture and human diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums, galleries and gardens. It is comprised of two contrasting yet harmonious parts, the Old Delhi and New Delhi.

 

Late evening arrive in Delhi. On arrival, you will be welcomed by our staff and transferred to your hotel in Delhi (Rooms will be booked from 1200 hrs).

 

Overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 02:   Delhi

 

In the morning have sightseeing tour of Delhi.

 

In Old Delhi, drive past Red fort, built in Red Sand stone this imposing fort is 3 Kms in perimeter with the height of the wall varying from 18 to 30 meters at places.

 

Visit Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. Completed in 1658 this Mosque has three gateways, four angle towers and two 40 m high minarets. It is India’s largest mosque where more than 20.000 people can kneel in prayer.

 

You will visit Gandhi Smriti Museum, where Mahatma Gandhi spent his last 144 days of his life. A quiet and calm place to visit, it highlights various aspects of the life of Mahatma, his ideas, principles and values (Closed on Mondays).

 

In New Delhi, visit Bangla Sahib Gurudwara is a pilgrimage centre for both, Hindus and Sikhs. One can visit the main complex bare-footed only, covering one's head and wearing conservative clothes, covering legs and shoulders.

 

Drive past Janpath, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament, Government Buildings and India Gate. India Gate was built as a memorial to commemorate the 70,000 Indian soldiers killed in the First World War.

 

Also visit 12th Century Qutab Minar. It is 238 feet in height, 47 feet at the base and tapers to nine feet at the apex. The tower is ornamented by bands of inscriptions and by four projecting balconies supported by elaborately decorated brackets.

 

Overnight in the hotel.

 

 

Day 03:   Delhi – Agra (230 Kms)

 

In the morning drive to Agra.

 

Agra, the city of Mughals offers you an opportunity to explore the massive monuments, majestic buildings, and the popular arts and crafts.

 

On arrival in Agra, check in at the hotel.

 

In the afternoon visit Agra Fort; built by Emperor Akbar on the west bank of the river Yamuna and beautified with palaces and gardens by Jehangir, Agra Fort today dominates the centre of the city. The crescent-shaped fort with its 20-metre high, 2.4-km outer walls contains a maze of buildings that form a small city within a city.

 

In the morning visit Taj Mahal, a poem in white marble, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal. (Taj remains closed on every Friday).

 

It took twenty-two years and hard toil of more than twenty thousand workers to construct Taj Mahal. The beauty of the Taj Mahal is enchanting and it reflects the marvelous beauty of architecture of the Mughal period.

 

 

Overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 04:   Agra – Fathepur Sikri - Ranthambore (290 Kms)

 

In the morning drive to Ranthambore. Enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri. 

 

Fatehpur Sikri is a beautiful and deserted city built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century. The Mughals later abandoned this city for lack of water. Fatehpur Sikri had a short life of splendor. Once Akbar left it in 1585, it never regained its lost importance and has remained the most magnificent and well-preserved ghost city of India.  

 

Later proceed to Ranthambhore.

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Ranthambore used to be the hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Later it was declared as a game sanctuary in 1955. In 1980, it was declared as a national park and listed among the reserves protected under Project Tiger.

 

Overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 05:   Ranthambore

 

In the Morning enjoy the Jeep Safari in Ranthambore National Park.

 

The park is most famous for its diurnal tigers. For a relatively small area, the park has a rich diversity of fauna and flora - species list includes 300 trees, 50 aquatic plants, 272 birds, and 12 reptiles including the Marsh Crocodile & amphibians and 30 mammals.

 

A tiger, the park’s pride makes it one of the best places in the country to observe them. Apart from that a large numbers of Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Gazelle, Boars, Mongoose, Indian Hare, Monitor Lizards and a large number of birds.

 

Later in the afternoon also enjoy Afternoon safari into the national park.

 

Overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 06:   Ranthambore - Jaipur (180 Kms)

 

Morning drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival check in the hotel. Overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 07:   Jaipur

 

In the morning visit Amber Fort with Jeep / elephant ride.

 

Amber Fort is situated on the crest of a hill seven miles north of Jaipur is Amber, capital of the Kuchwaha Rajputs from 1037 to 1728. Man Singh I built it in a style to rival Mughal grandeur and opulence. The city-palace is protected by towering outer walls; a further wall runs for miles along the hills surrounding the palace.

 

In the afternoon have sightseeing tour of Jaipur city.

 

Make a photo stop at the Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal), a sample of the perfection, build with the pink & red sandstone, beautifully carved and outlined with white border.

 

You will visit City Palace, a combination of conventional Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. It is a huge complex, which houses many courtyards, gardens, the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the city palace museum.

 

Also visit Jantar Mantar, built between 1716. It is located within the city palace. Jantar Mantar contains a collection of instruments for observing the movements of sun, moon, planets and stars. It was built to develop the interest of the people in Astronomy.

 

In the evening have Rickshaw Ride in local lanes of Pink City.

 

Overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 08:   Jaipur – Khimsar (280 Kms)

Moring enjoy your breakfast and later proceed for Khimsar. Khimsar Fort is located near Khinvsar village, in the Nagaur district of Rajasthan in India, halfway between Jodhpur and Nagaur, on the eastern edge of the Thar Desert. The fortress was built in 1523 by Rao Karamsji, the 8th son of Rao Jodha of Jodhpur.

 

Upon arrival check in the hotel. Enjoy your stay at Khimsar fort.

 

Overnight in the hotel.

 

 

 

Day 09:  Khimsar – Jaisalmer (288 Kms)

Breakfast and drive to Jaisalmer.

Jaisalmer induces a dramatic picture of utter magic and brilliance of the desert. One of the main draws is the daunting 12th century Jaisalmer Fort and beautiful havelis yet another interesting aspect of the Jaisalmer are the sloppy sand dunes while you ramble your way in a camel safari.

 

On arrival in Jaisalmer, check in at the hotel.

 

Rest the day is free at Leisure.

 

Overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 10:  Jaisalmer

 

In the morning visit Jaisalmer Fort, the beautiful landmark of the city. It is occupied by shops, stalls, and a number of other business concerns. It is also known as Golden fort, the mega structure merges with the golden hues of the desert ambience.

 

The Jain temple, situated inside the fort, made between 12th and 15th century, bears testimony to Rajasthan unique artistry.

 

Visit the Havelis; the mansions built by the wealthy merchants, which are still in very good condition. The intricate craftsmanship is beyond parallel. The Havelis like the Patwon-ki-Haveli and Salim-Singh-ki-Haveli are remarkable for their exclusive cutwork, yellow and red stone treatment and the bracket-shaped decoration of peacocks.

 

Bada Bagh, was commissioned by Maharawal Jait Singh in the early 16th century and completed by his son Lunakaran after his death.

 

Late afternoon drive to Sam Sand Dunes; situated at the edge of the Thar Desert. You will enjoy Camel ride with sunset in Sam.

 

Overnight in the hotel.

 

 

Day 11:  Jaisalmer – Jodhpur (290 Kms)

 

In the morning drive to Jodhpur.

 

On arrival in Jodhpur, check in at the hotel

 

In the afternoon you will visit the impressive Mehrangarh Fort on a 37 m low sandstone hill built by Rao Jodha in 1459. From the top of the fort one can get a bird’s eye view of the old city. You will notice the predominance of blue houses referred to as Brahmin houses - the colour being associated with the high caste.

 

Nearby, visit Jaswant Thada, an imposing marble cenotaph built in 1899 for Maharajah Jaswant Singh II, and smaller memorials to other Maharajahs of Jodhpur.

 

Overnight in the hotel.

 

 

Day 12:  Jodhpur – Udaipur (270 Kms)

 

Breakfast in the morning and drive to Udaipur. Enroute visit Jain Temples of Ranakpur.

The Ranakpur Jain Temple excels them all as an exquisite work of art and architecture. There are a number of beautiful and delicately carved sculptures in this shrine which defy comparison. The temple is an eloquent testimony to India's cultural heritage, her unique architecture and the vision and acumen of her past master artists.

 

Overnight in the hotel.

 

 

Day 13:  Udaipur

After breakfast visit the City Palace towering over the Pichola Lake. Maharana Uday Singh initiated in the construction of the palace but succeeding Maharanas added several palaces and structures to the complex retained a surprising uniformity to the design.

 

Visit the Jagdish Temple; built by Maharana Jagat Singh I in 1651, the temple enshrines a black stone image of Lard Vishnu. The exterior and the plinth are covered with base relief of alligators; elephants, horsemen and celestial musicians rise in tiers.

 

Also visit Sahelion-ki Bari, ornamental pleasure garden specially made for the ladies of the palace in the 18th century. It has beautiful fountains, trees and flowers.

 

Nearby, visit Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum, exhibiting the brilliant collection of folk articles of Rajasthan. This rare compilation varies from typical rural-dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings.

 

In the evening enjoy boat ride on the Lake Pichola. This picturesque lake encloses the Jag Niwas Island and the Jag Mandir and the City Palace extends along its eastern banks.

 

Return back to hotel for overnight.

 

 

Day 14:  Udaipur – Mumbai (By Flight)

Moring transfer to airport to board the flight for Mumbai. Upon arrival check in the hotel. Afternoon enjoy the city tour of Mumbai.

 

Later Explore Mumbai as the locals do with a half-day tour around town, led by a private guide. Visit the most popular sights and experience the best parts of the city, with the flexibility of a specialized itinerary, planned based on your own personal interests.

 

You will be chamfered around to many of the classic tourist spots. Take advantage of the photo opportunities there and listen as your private guide explains their significance and histories. You will also be taken to some of the less common places that are just as interesting and essential to Mumbai.

 

Some of the popular destinations include the Gateway of India, the Victoria Terminus, Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach, a visit to Gandhi’s home, Malabar Hill, the Dhobi Ghat, and more.

 

Overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 15:  Mumbai - Departure    

Morning transfer to airport to board the flight for onwards journey.

Oberoi Exotic Vacations
 

6 Days / 5 Nights

 

ITINERARY

Experience the best of Incredible India in unparalleled luxury on an Exotic Vacation through India with Oberoi Hotels & Resorts. Oberoi packages the best of exotic vacations to experience a fascinating journey through India with a stay at some of the best hotels in the world.

Day 01:  Arrive in Delhi

Delhi, the capital city, unwinds a picture rich with culture, architecture and human diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums, galleries and gardens. It is comprised of two contrasting yet harmonious parts, the Old Delhi and New Delhi.

 

Late evening arrive in Delhi. On arrival, you will be welcomed by our staff and transferred to your hotel in Delhi (Rooms will be booked from 1200 hrs).

 

Overnight in the hotel.

 

 

Day 02:  Delhi

In the morning have sightseeing tour of Delhi.

 

In Old Delhi, drive past Red fort, built in Red Sand stone this imposing fort is 3 Kms in perimeter with the height of the wall varying from 18 to 30 meters at places.

 

Visit Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. Completed in 1658 this Mosque has three gateways, four angle towers and two 40 m high minarets. It is India’s largest mosque where more than 20.000 people can kneel in prayer.

 

In New Delhi, visit Bangla Sahib Gurudwara is a pilgrimage centre for both, Hindus and Sikhs. One can visit the main complex bare-footed only, covering one's head and wearing conservative clothes, covering legs and shoulders.

 

Drive past Janpath, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament, Government Buildings and India Gate. India Gate was built as a memorial to commemorate the 70,000 Indian soldiers killed in the First World War.

 

Also visit 12th Century Qutab Minar. It is 238 feet in height, 47 feet at the base and tapers to nine feet at the apex. The tower is ornamented by bands of inscriptions and by four projecting balconies supported by elaborately decorated brackets.

Overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 03:  Delhi / Agra

After leisurely breakfast drive to city of romance Agra.

Upon arrival check in the hotel.

Later enjoy your stay at fabulous hotel

Overnight in the hotel.

 

 

Day 04:  Agra

In the morning visit Taj Mahal, a poem in white marble, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal. (Taj remains closed on every Friday).

 

Also visit Agra Fort; built by Emperor Akbar on the west bank of the river Yamuna and beautified with palaces and gardens by Jehangir, Agra Fort today dominates the centre of the city. The crescent-shaped fort with its 20-metre high, 2.4-km outer walls contains a maze of buildings that form a small city within a city.

 

Evening visit Mother Teressa home.

 

Day 05:  Agra – Jaipur

Morning drive to Jaipur enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri. 

 

Fatehpur Sikri is a beautiful and deserted city built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century. The Mughals later abandoned this city for lack of water. Fatehpur Sikri had a short life of splendor. Once Akbar left it in 1585, it never regained its lost importance and has remained the most magnificent and well-preserved ghost city of India.  

 

On arrival in Jaipur, check in at the hotel.

 

Overnight in the hotel.

 

 

Day 06:  Jaipur

 In the morning visit Amber Fort with Jeep ride.

 

Amber Fort is situated on the crest of a hill seven miles north of Jaipur is Amber, capital of the Kuchwaha Rajputs from 1037 to 1728. Man Singh I built it in a style to rival Mughal grandeur and opulence. The city-palace is protected by towering outer walls; a further wall runs for miles along the hills surrounding the palace.

 

In the afternoon have sightseeing tour of Jaipur city.

 

Make a photo stop at the Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal), a sample of the perfection of the architecture built with the pink & red sandstone.

 

You will visit City Palace, a combination of conventional Rajasthani and Mughal architecture.

Also visit Jantar Mantar, built between 1716. It is located within the city palace. Jantar Mantar contains a collection of instruments for observing the movements of sun, moon, planets and stars.

In the evening have Rickshaw Ride in Jaipur city.

 

Overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 07:  Jaipur – Delhi

Morning drive back to Delhi. Upon arrival transfer to hotel to board the flight for onward journey.

Golden Triangle of India
 

7 Days / 6 Nights

 

ITINERARY

Day 01:  Arrive in Delhi

Delhi, the capital city, unwinds a picture rich with culture, architecture and human diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums, galleries and gardens. It is comprised of two contrasting yet harmonious parts, the Old Delhi and New Delhi.

 

Late evening arrive in Delhi. On arrival, you will be welcomed by our staff and transferred to your hotel in Delhi (Rooms will be booked from 1200 hrs).

 

Overnight in the hotel.

 

 

Day 02:  Delhi / Agra

In the morning have sightseeing tour of Delhi.

 

In Old Delhi, drive past Red fort, built in Red Sand stone this imposing fort is 3 Kms in perimeter with the height of the wall varying from 18 to 30 meters at places.

 

Visit Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. Completed in 1658 this Mosque has three gateways, four angle towers and two 40 m high minarets. It is India’s largest mosque where more than 20.000 people can kneel in prayer.

 

In New Delhi, visit Bangla Sahib Gurudwara is a pilgrimage centre for both, Hindus and Sikhs. One can visit the main complex bare-footed only, covering one's head and wearing conservative clothes, covering legs and shoulders.

 

Drive past Janpath, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament, Government Buildings and India Gate. India Gate was built as a memorial to commemorate the 70,000 Indian soldiers killed in the First World War.

 

Also visit 12th Century Qutab Minar. It is 238 feet in height, 47 feet at the base and tapers to nine feet at the apex. The tower is ornamented by bands of inscriptions and by four projecting balconies supported by elaborately decorated brackets.

 

Later drive to Agra. Upon arrival check in the hotel.

 

 

Day 03:  Agra

In the morning visit Taj Mahal, a poem in white marble, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal. (Taj remains closed on every Friday).

 

Also visit Agra Fort; built by Emperor Akbar on the west bank of the river Yamuna and beautified with palaces and gardens by Jehangir, Agra Fort today dominates the centre of the city. The crescent-shaped fort with its 20-metre high, 2.4-km outer walls contains a maze of buildings that form a small city within a city.

 

Evening visit Mother Teressa home.

 

Day 04:  Agra – Jaipur

Morning drive to Jaipur enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri. 

 

Fatehpur Sikri is a beautiful and deserted city built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century. The Mughals later abandoned this city for lack of water. Fatehpur Sikri had a short life of splendor. Once Akbar left it in 1585, it never regained its lost importance and has remained the most magnificent and well-preserved ghost city of India.  

 

On arrival in Jaipur, check in at the hotel.

 

Overnight in the hotel.

Day 05:  Jaipur

 In the morning visit Amber Fort with Jeep ride.

 

Amber Fort is situated on the crest of a hill seven miles north of Jaipur is Amber, capital of the Kuchwaha Rajputs from 1037 to 1728. Man Singh I built it in a style to rival Mughal grandeur and opulence. The city-palace is protected by towering outer walls; a further wall runs for miles along the hills surrounding the palace.

 

In the afternoon have sightseeing tour of Jaipur city.

 

Make a photo stop at the Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal), a sample of the perfection of the architecture built with the pink & red sandstone.

 

You will visit City Palace, a combination of conventional Rajasthani and Mughal architecture.

Also visit Jantar Mantar, built between 1716. It is located within the city palace. Jantar Mantar contains a collection of instruments for observing the movements of sun, moon, planets and stars.

In the evening have Rickshaw Ride in Jaipur city.

 

Overnight in the hotel.

Day 06:  Jaipur – Delhi

Morning drive back to Delhi. Upon arrival transfer to hotel to board the flight for onward journey.

Hornbill - Best of Bhutan
 

16 Days / 15 Nights

 

ITINERARY

The Hornbill Festival is a celebration held every year from 1 - 10 December, in Nagaland, Northeast India. It is also called the 'Festival of Festivals.' The Festival is named after the hornbill, the globally respected bird and which is displayed in folklore in most of the state’s tribes.

Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations.

 

29 Nov: Arrival at Delhi

Arrival at Delhi. Meet and greet by our staff with traditional welcome at airport and transfer to hotel.  Overnight in the hotel.

30 Nov:  Delhi / Dimpaur / Kohima  (By Flight + Surface)

Morning transfer to airport to board the flight for Dimapur and  straight drive to Kohima (approx. 75 kms/2-3 hrs.). On arrival transfer to your hotel and evening free.

Overnight in the hotel.

 

01 Dec:  Kohima  (Full day to enjoy Hornbill Festival)

Details of Hornbill Festival

Dates: 01-10 December (Every year)

Venue: Naga Heritage Village-Kisama (12 kms from Kohima city).

Organisor: Nagaland State Tourism And Art & Cultural Departments.

Hornbill festival starts in year 2000 to boasts 16 major tribes in Nagaland. The names of the tribes are not a typical recitation of Indian ethnic groups – the Angamis, the Aos, the Chakhesangs, the Konyaks, the Kukis, the Kacharis, the Sumis, the Changs, the Lothas, the Pochurys.

The Festival is named after the hornbill, the globally respected bird and which is displayed in folklore in most of the state’s tribes.

02 Dec:  Kohima  (Full day to enjoy Hornbill Festival)

Day is free to enjoy Hornbill festival at Kohima.

03 Dec:  Kohima / Kaziranga NP (approx. 200 kms/ 06 hrs.)

Morning after breakfast drive to Kaziranga National Park, famous for its one horn Rhinos. Arrive Kaziranga and transfer to your hotel. Evening is free.

 

Kaziranga National Park is spread over 850 sq kms across Golaghat, Nagaon and Sonitpur districts. Kaziranga National Park is also designated World Natural Heritage sites by UNESCO in 1985. Originally established as a reserve forest in 1908, Kaziranga was declared a sanctuary in 1916 to counter excessive poaching, especially of its most prized inhabitant, the rhinoceros.

Overnight in the hotel.

 

04 Dec:  Kaziranga National Park

Early morning enjoy Elephant safari to visit central range of the park. Return back to your hotel for breakfast. After breakfast Jeep safari. Afternoon after lunch enjoys your last Jeep safari into the park. Overnight at Hotel.

Jeep Safari Timings:

Morning Safari starts from 07.00 am till 09.30 am for 02 hours.

Afternoon Safari starts from 01.30 pm till 03.30 pm for 02 hours.

Elephant Safari Timings:

Central Zone of the park at 05.30 am and at 06.30 am for 40 minutes respectively.

05 Dec:  Kaziranga – Manas (approx. 360 Kms / 07-08 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive to Manas National Park, located in Western Assam in the Foothills of Himalaya bordering Bhutan. The park harbors more than 20 endangered species and is famous for its unique scenic beauty. It is also an Important Bird Area.

 Arrive Manas and transfer to your hotel/resort. Overnight in hotel or resort.

06 Dec:  Manas National Park

Early morning explore the pristine beauty and wilderness of the jungle on the back of an elephant (for one hour) in the Bansbari range of the park.

Afternoon jeep safari in the most beautiful point of Manas National Park–Mathanguri and you could also have an experience of night safari while returning back to your hotel or resort.

Overnight at Hotel or resort.

07 Dec:  Manas – Gelephu (approx. 140 kms/4-5 hrs.)

After breakfast drive to Gelehpu (Bhutan Border). Upon arrival check in the lodge.

Gelehpu is Located 280m above sea level, Gelephu under Sarpang district  is the largest flat land in Bhutan having its history dating back to 1960s when primitive settlement was shifted from the banks of Mao Chhu river to the present area which used to be known as Hati Sahar (Elephant infested place). Having the intense rainfall,  vegetation of Gelephu could be classified as tropical forest with some broad-leaf evergreen trees and the region is also dominated by cash crops. Location of Gelephu is quite favorable for cross-border trade between India & Bhutan and the town also emerging as important gateway for tourists.

Evening explore Gelephu town on foot where you will see farmers from nearby villages aggregated around the town square to sale their farm products like vegetables, egg, dairy products, honey etc. There is also opportunity to visit a local farmhouse in one of the nearby villages to experience Lhotsampa (southern Bhutanese) lifestyles which is quite different from their northern counterparts.

Overnight at the hotel / Lodge in Gelephu.

08 Dec:  Gelephu – Punakha (approx. 193 kms/ 7 hrs.)

Morning proceed to Punakha with picnic lunch. It is an interesting, scenic drive through many picturesque villages, farmlands and diverse vegetation that are home to rich flora and fauna.

On the way you will pass through a mega Punatsangchu Hydro Power Project which is going to generate 1220MW, in its full swing. Later, you’ll cross first ever highway tunnel in the country which is around one kilometre. You will also reach Damphu town, a small active business centre for Chirang Dzongkhag, the region known for its mandarin (orange) and banana production.

Upon arrival in Punakha check in the hotel. Overnight in the hotel.

09 Dec:  Punakha - Thimpu (75 Kms / 03 hrs)

 

Morning visit of Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lakhang.

Punakha Dzong: Also known as ‘The Palace of Great Bliss’, Punakha Dzong was built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region. The Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history and on 17 December, 1907, the first King of Bhutan Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuk, was crowned here . Damaged by six catastrophic fires, an earthquake and once by flood, the Dzong has been fully restored by the fourth King.

Chimi Lhakhang: This temple, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who in the late 15th century used humour, songs and outrageous behaviour to dramatise his teachings and due to this also known as ‘Divine Madman’. Chimi Lhakhang is also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon.

Later drive to Thimpu.

Overnight in the hotel.

Enroute visit Dochula pass: The most known pass in Bhutan, about 24 km drive from the Capital City Thimphu. It is at around 3080 m height. On a clear day, spectacular view of the mighty Himalayas mountain ranges can be seen from here. The pass also has 108 Druk  Wangyal  Khangzang Chortens which is believed to bring multi fold merit to all sentient beings.

Upon arrival check in the hotel. Rest of the day is free to explore Thimpu city. Overnight in hotel.

 

10 Dec:  Thimpu

After breakfast at hotel, take a scenic hike to Tango monastery (approx. 2 hours round trip walk). This picturesque three-storey tower monastery was founded in 12th century and reconstructed in the 15th century by the fabled ‘Divine Madman’, an eccentric monk who meditated in a cave near the monastery. Situated north of Thimphu, one way it takes about 30 minutes drive and approx one hour walk through shaded rhododendron forests to reach the monastery.

Afternoon visit :

The Institute of Zorig Chusum: Students are taught the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan in this institute.

National library: It holds vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts.

Textile Museum: It provides insight into Bhutanese distinct art form.

Simply Bhutan: A living museum and studio encapsulating rich cultural heritage of Bhutanese people.

Takin Reserve Centre: The takin, the national animal of Bhutan can be seen here.

Evening explore Thimphu main street and market area. Also visit the Local Crafts Bazaar, to browse through example of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewellery, interesting items made from local materials.

11 Dec:  Thimpu – Paro (approx. 60 kms / 1.5 hrs)

Morning drive to Paro. Upon arrival check in the hotel.

Afternoon visit of Paro:

Paro Rinpung Dzong: Literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”, built in 1646. Some of the scenes in the film Little Buddha (1993) were filmed in this Dzong.

Kyichu Lhakhang: This is one of the oldest Buddhist temple in Bhutan. The Tibetan King, Songtsen Gompo, to consecrate the entire region of Himalaya, in the 7th century miraculously built 108 temples. Kyichu Lhakhang is considered to be one of them.

In the evening walk around Paro town and valley at your own pace.

12 Dec:  Paro

After breakfast, excursion to Taktshang Monastery.

Taktshang Monastery: This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below.  The primary lhakhang was built surrounding Guru Rimpoche’s Meditation cave in the 1684 by Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava flew here on the back of a tigress. It is about 5 hours round trip walk however, one feels truly blessed reaching the monastery.

Afternoon  sightseeing includes:

Ta Dzong: An ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan.

Ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong: It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans army and drove them back. Peak of Jumolhari ‘Mountain of the Goddess’ can be seen on a clear day from here (7,314 m).

Traditional Farm House : Picturesque farm houses dot Paro valley amongst fields and hillsides.  Bhutanese farm houses are very colorful, decorative and traditionally built without the use of single nail. All houses follow the same architectural pattern. A visit to Farm House is very interesting and offers a good glimpse into the lifestyle of a farming community.

13 Dec:  Paro – Delhi (By Flight)

Morning transfer to airport to board the flight to Delhi. Upon arrival half day city tour of Delhi with some shopping opportunities.

The sightseeing of Delhi includes: Qutub Mihar, India Gate, drive past to President house and Parliament building.

Later check in at hotel and dinner. Rooms will be available till final departure.

14 Dec: Delhi / Departure (By Flight)

Early in the morning transfer to airport to board the flight for Europe.

Nepal - Tibet - Bhutan
 

15 Days / 14 Nights

 

ITINERARY

Day 01:  Kathmandu/ Arrival

Kathmandu is the capital city of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, the largest Himalayan state in Asia.

Upon arrival check in the hotel. Overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 02:  Kathmandu

In the morning visit Kathmandu city, a city that looks likes a living museum.

You will visit the Durbar square, Hanuman Dhoka, the ancient royal residential quarter, Mahadev and Parvati temple, Machhender Bahl holy place for the Buddhists and Hindus, temple house of Kumari, the vestal virgin or the living goddess.

At the Pashupatinath Temple view the most sacred of Nepal’s Shiva shrines. You will be permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Bagmati River. Behind the temple are the cremation grounds.

Later visit Swaymbhunath stupa, a Buddhist shrine believed to be more than 2000 yrs old on the hillock of western part of Kathmandu.

Overnight in the Hotel.

 

Day 03:  Kathmandu

Morning Optional Mount Everest flight:

In the morning visit the second Sister City of the capital, Bhadgaon (Bhaktapur) “the City of Devotees”. You will visit Durbar Square with King Palace specially its golden gate and 55-Windows-Palace (15th century), the 5- story Nyatopala-Temple, the highest and probably the finest temple in Kathmandu Valley, built by King Bhupatindra. The 2-story Bhairabnath-Temple (18th century) as well as the Dattatraya Temple dedicated to God Vishnu and the Pujahari Math with its famous Peacock Window.

 

Day 04:  Kathmandu/Lhasa (By Flight)

Morning transfer to airport to board the flight for Lahasa.

Kathmandu / Lhasa (KTM is 1200m above sea level, Lhasa is 3650m. So it needs some time to acclimatize the altitude.)

Rest of the day is free to explore the local market and surroundings. Overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 05:  Lhasa

Morning visit Potala palace, Drepung Monastery & Norbulingka (Potala was the winter palace of the Dalailama, which was originally built in the 7th century by the king SotsenGampo and rebuilt to the present size by the 5th Dalai lama in the 17th century. Built in the mid-18th century by the 7th Dalailama, Norbulingka, the Jewel Park was the Dalai lama¡¯s summer palace, it covers 100 acres with palaces, pavilions and a zoo.

Drepung monastery; Built in1416 by Tsongapaj disciple Jamyang-choje, Drepung Monastery is the biggest Gelupa monastery in the west suburb of Lhasa.

Overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 06:  Lhasa

Morning visit Sera monastery; Jokhang temple & Barkhor Street (Sera is the second biggest Gelupa Monastery in the north suburb of Lhasa, which was built in 1419 by Tsongapa disciple Sakya-yeshi. Situated at the heart of the oldest section of the Lhasa city,Jokhang , one of the oldest temples in Tibet, was built in the 7th century by the 33rd king Sontsanganbu. Barkor is the middle pilgrimage circuit around Jokhang temple.)

Overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 07: Lhasa/Kathmandu

Morning transfer to the airport to board the flight for Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu transfer to hotel.  Overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 08:  KTM– Paro – Thimpu (By Flight)

In the morning, transfer to Airport to board the flight for Paro.

On arrival in Paro, you will be welcomed by our your accompanying guide in Paro Airport. Later drive to Thimpu.

 

Overnight in hotel.

 

Day 09:  Thimpu

In the morning visit Simply Bhutan Museum (Closed on Sundays) & Folk Heritage Museums, a fascinating testimony of Bhutan’s living traditions.

Visit of Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang) from where you can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley. You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country.

 

Also visit National Memorial Chorten, within which there are finely, executed wall paintings and delicately fashioned statues which provide deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.

In the afternoon visit Motithang Takin Preserve also known as the Thimpu Zoo by many is a small natural preserve for the Takin Bhutan’s national animal. It was originally a mini zoo, but it was converted in a preserve later on as the Takin.

 

Overnight at the hotel in Thimpu.

 

Day 10:  Thimpu – Dochula– Gangtey (130 Kms / 04 hrs)

In the morning drive to Gangtey across Dochula pass (3080m) enjoying fascinating mountain views, mani wall and prayer flags. If skies are clear, you will see the highest peaks of the Bhutan from the pass.

 

On arrival in Gangtey, check in at the hotel.

Overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 11:  Gangtey– Trongsa (125 Kms / 04 hrs)

In the morning visit Gangtey Goempa, perched on a small hill that rises from the valley floor; is the only Nyingmapa monastery on the western side Bhutan.

drive to Trongsa.

 

Upon arrival check in the hotel.

 

In the afternoon visit Trongsa Dzong. Built in 1648, it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Also visit the Museum of Monarchy, Ta-dzong. The museum focuses on the history of the monarchy of Bhutan. It has 11 galleries and a media room where visitors can watch a documentary program on the history of Trongsa.

Overnight at the hotel in Trongsa.

 

Day 12:  Trongsa / Punakha (129 Kms / 03 ½ hrs)

Morning drive to Punakha. Upon arrival check in the hotel.

Afternoon visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955, and still serves as the winter residence of the monk body. The first King, Ugyen Wangchuck was crowned here in 1907. The fortress has withstood several damages from fire, earthquake and flood. The latest flood of Oct' 1994 caused great damages to the fortress but miraculously spared the statue of Buddha Jojampa.

 

Day 13:  Punakha – Paro (128 Kms / 03 hrs)

Morning visit Later drive to Paro.  Upon arrival check in the hotel.

Evening visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watch Tower, it now houses National Museum of the country and boasts antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

 

Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning 'fortress of the heap of jewels' which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the courtyard of the Rinpung Dzong are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala. Overnight in Paro.

 

Day 14:  Paro (Tiger Nest)

Toda take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery hence it is called "Tiger's Nest". The excursion to monastery takes about 5 hours for round trip.

 

While return to Paro town visit en route Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom.

 

Day 15:  Paro / KTM (By Flight) / Europe

Morning transfer to airport to board the flight for Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu connect another flight for onward journey.

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