South Asia Culture Cradle, India Nepla Bhutan Tour

Highlights:

Take this tour of India, Nepal and Bhutan, follow the route as Delhi-Varanasi-Agra-Jaipur-Kathmandu-Chitwan-Pokhara-Thimphu-Punakha-Paro. Impressed by the colorful culture and various beliefs in South Asia.

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This tour is ready to be booked or tailored to fit your personal requirements,please contact us for quotation and custom details.
Travel Seasons:

Most countries in Asia can be visited throughout the year. Taking all factors into account, such as weather, traffic, cost..., there are always good places worthy visiting whenever you travel Asia. According to your personal schedule, we will arrange the proper and suitable itinerary of your targeted countries.

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Bhutan
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India
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Nepal
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Route:

Delhi - Varanasi - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur - Kathmandu - Nagarkot - Chitwan National Park - Pokhara - Paro - Thimphu - Punakha

Itinerary

Day1:

Delhi

Namaste! Welcome to India. Meet your tour guide who holds Bravo Asia Tours’ greeting board at Indira Gandhi International Airport. We will transfer to hotel so you can fresh up after your long flight. The rest of day will be free; you can arrange it according to your personal needs. Overnight in Delhi

Day2:

Delhi

Today, we will begin to explore the capital of India, where is also the start of our incredible India tour. We will visit the exterior of the massive and awe-inspiring Rashtrapati Bhawan and Delhi’s landmark structure India Gate. Then continue our tour to the National Museum (closed on Monday and Gazetted holidays). After that, we will visit the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, one of the most prominent Sikh gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi, India and known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan. Thousands of vegetarian meals are prepared daily and served to all visitors, regardless of race, religion or other status. After lunch, we will visit a UNESCO world Heritage site – Tomb of The Mughal Emperor Humayun. Your tour guide will take you a tour with rickshaw to the next UNESCO world heritage site of Delhi - the Qutab Minar. Overnight in Delhi

Day3:

Delhi

After breakfast in the morning, we will take an exploration of Old Delhi. Drive through the ancient city’s lost streets; enjoy an exciting rickshaw ride and walk with your tour guide through the crowded alleys of Chandni Chowk. We then will visit the Jama Masjid – the largest mosque in India. After that, we will have take some rest and have lunch. This afternoon, we will visit the third UNESCO world heritage of Delhi - The Red Fort, this magnificent complex was finished a decade before the mosque we visit in the morning. Both of them were built by Shah Jahan, who is also the Taj Mahal creator. Later, we will take you to this surprisingly calm and serenity oasis in Old Delhi – The cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, which is a simple yet stirring memorial to the father of India. Overnight in Delhi

Day4:

Delhi - Varanasi

Breakfast and checkout, you will be escorted to airport and catch a mid-morning flight to Varanasi. Be greeted by your tour guide at Varanasi Airport then transfer to hotel. Take a city tour of Varanasi including several temples along the holy river. Walk through the narrow lanes and through the crowded bazaars to discover a way of life that hasn’t changed much over the past few millenniums. Two of the highlights of Varanasi tour are the sunset and sunrise cruises on the Ganga. Float on the river and send off your own lamp in the oil lamp ceremony at sunset. Your boat enable you a great view of the hundreds of lamps as they are sent floating down the holy river. Overnight in Varanasi

Day5:

Varanasi

This morning cruise tour will start very early at around 6:00 AM. The boat offers an excellent view of all the activity on the Ghats. Along the river, you can witness the morning dip taken by pilgrims, ash immersed ceremony, newborn naming ceremony, women bathing with their sarees on and yoga or meditating men. Back to hotel and have breakfast. This mid-morning will be your free time. We will take a city tour of Varanasi in the afternoon after lunch. Overnight in Varanasi

Day6:

Varanasi - Agra

Today we are going to Agra by mid-morning flight. Meet your tour guide at Agra airport then transfer to hotel for check in. There is no activity in the rest of the day so you can take a rest after tour of previous days. Overnight in Agra

Day7:

Agra

Our tour today start e tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah, which is believed that its design inspired the creation of the Taj Mahal. This afternoon, we will visit the first red sandstone fort of North India, the Agra Fort. It was built in 1565 by India’s greatest Mughal ruler, Emperor Akbar. Enjoy a sunset visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the incomparable Taj Mahal. The world’s greatest monument dedicated to love is obviously a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Taj Mahal was completely by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653 A.D. as a memorial to his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. This spectacular white marble mausoleum was created by about 22,000 skilled craftsmen and it took 22 years to complete. Explore the amazing Taj and its surroundings until it is time to admire the sun’s rays setting on the façade of the world’s finest monument. Overnight in Agra

Day8:

Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur

Mehtab Bagh, a 500-year-old Mughal garden located across from the Taj Mahal on the other side of the Yamuna River, provides a extraordinary place to enjoy a sunrise morning walk out. Back to hotel for breakfast and fresh-up. Checkout then we are going to drive to Jaipur en route to Fatehpur Sikri. This beautiful uninhabited city is the best preserved collections of Indian Mughal architecture in India. Today’s journey ends in Jaipur. Your tour guide will assist you with hotel chech-in. Sleep well and we will meet you next morning for tomorrow’s tour. Overnight in Jaipur

Day9:

Jaipur

Today, we will have a tour in and around Jaipur. Start with the Amber Fort and Palace, located near the walled city, is a UNESCO world heritage site. The massive For complex was originally built by Raja Mansingh and is one of India’s finest examples of Rajput architecture. Explore the chambers and hallways, which are famous for their exquisite designs and handcrafted embellishments. Return to the valley beneath the Fort and you are driven to nearby Samode for a unique Rajasthani experience. Tour the boutique Samode Palace which it now operating as a luxury hotel. Have a famous Rajasthani lunch at the Palace. After that we will have a camel safari through surrounding rural area. A village walk will take place, when you can observe how the locals go about their daily lives and work. Overnight in Jaipur

Day10:

Jaipur

Continue our exploration of the walled city of Jaipur. We will visit Jantar Mantar, a fascinating stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728. Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Wind), a intriguing façade built in 1799. With its detailed honeycombed façade filled with concealed windows, royal maidens once watched the streets below through the fabulous jali (lattice screens), which hid them from prying male eyes. Today snake charmers and fortune-tellers ply their trade below the same hideaway. The impressive view makes it the most photographed building in the country after Taj Mahal. Then to the City Palace, the former royal residence, part of which is still occupied by the Royal family and is not accessible to the public. After your lunch, we will visit the Albert Hall Museum which is a museum of the industrial arts. In the rest time of the day, you may take a stroll with your tour guide through the pink bazaar in the heart of the old town. Overnight in Jaipur

Day11:

Jaipur - Delhi - Kathmandu - Nagarkot

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be at leisure until your tour guide and driver escorting you to airport to flight back to Delhi, and then connect your flight to Kathmandu. Namaste! Welcome to Nepal. Be greeted by your tour guide of Bravo Asia Tours at the Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmand, Nepal. We will drive to Nagarkot(approximately 1hour), a village located 32 km east of Kathmandu on the valley rim. This small village provides a grandstand panoramic view of the Himalayas. You can see five of the world’s 10 tallest mountains – Everest 8848, Lhotse 8516, Makalu 8463 and Manaslu 8163. If time permit, we will have a tour to Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanth Stupa. Overnight in Nagarkot.

Day12:

Kathmandu - Chitwan National Park

We will take a flight to Chitwan (approximately 25minutes) today. Upon arrival at Chitwan, check in of your hotel and get ready for lunch. Our activities in Royal Chitwan National Park in the afternoon including: elephant safari, jungle walk and boat ride. Overnight in Chitwan

Day13:

Chitwan National Park

You activities today are set. So a early morning start on 5:30AM. Today’s activities include bird watching, elephant safari, jungle walk, crocodile observation trip by boat and visiting observation tower. Overnight in Chitwan

Day14:

Chitwan National Park - Pokhara

Check out and leave Chitwan for Pokhara (driving approximately 3.5 hours). Arrive at Pokhara and check in to your hotel. You are at leisure the rest of the day. Pokhara is part of a once vibrant trade route extending between India and Tibet. To this day, mule trains can be seen camped on the outskirts of the town, bring goods to trade from remote regions of the Himalaya. This is the land of the Magars and Gurungs, hard working farmers and valorous warriors who have earned worldwide fame as Gurkha soldiers. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the fish-tailed summit of Machhapuchhre rising behind it have to be experienced to be understood. At an elevation lower than Kathmandu, it has a much more tropical feel to it, a fact well appreciated by the diversity of beautiful flowers which prosper in the valley. The valley surrounding Pokhara is home to thick forest, gushing rivers, emerald lakes and of course, the world famous views of the Himalaya. Overnight in Pokhara

Day15:

Pokhara

Explore the old trading town of Pokhara where decorated pony trains from the Kali Gandaki trade routes jostle with men from the mountains, as they barter in the bazaar. Visit the Bindhyavasini Temple and the fascinating Butterfly Museum located in the grounds of the university. After lunch, we will enjoy a boat trip on Phewa Lake passing three-story villa where the King of Nepal maintains his winter home. Stop at the small golden temple to the Hindu god Varahi which is nestled in foliage on an island in the centre of the lake. You will see many fisherman and other pilgrims take their long canoes (carved from tree trunks) to the island to visit the shrine. Overnight in Pokhara

Day16:

Pokhara - Kathmandu

You are at leisure in the morning until transfer to airport for flight to Kathmandu. Meet your tour guide at Kathmandu airport then transfer to hotel for check in. The rest time of today is free. Overnight in Kathmandu

Day17:

Kathmandu

Today we will have a Kathmandu city tour, visit Kumari the Living Goddess, Kathamandap, the Big Bell and Kal Bharab. Then visit the Swayambhunath temple, Kathmandu’s oldest and best known religious monument. With a history that goes back at least 1500 years for the location, this ancient stupa is world renown and is visible from miles from all over the Kathmandu Valley. After lunch, we will take a tour to Patan City, one of the three queen cities of the valley. Patan is the city of fine arts, and we visit Durbar Square Krishna Mandir, and Mahavihar, the Goden Temple of Lord Buddha, built in the 12th century. Also visit the Tibetan centre. Overnight in Kathmandu

Day18:

Kathmandu - Paro - Thimphu

We will say goodbye to Nepal today and board on flight to Bhutan. Tashi Delek! Welcome to Bhutan, the country with the happiest people in the world. Meet Bhutan tour guide at Paro Airport then transfer to Thimphu – the capital town of Bhutan, en route to Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. Check in of your hotel in Thimphu then you are free to explore. Overnight in Thimphu

Day19:

Thimphu

After a leisurely breakfast, we will visit handmade paper mill, School of Arts and Crafts (closed on Sundays). Students learn 13 different main stream arts in Bhutan and polish their skills in this school. Then head to National Library and Simply Bhutan Museum. After that, we will drive pass by memorial chorten built memory of the 3rd King to the oldest temple in the valley – Changangkha Lhakhang. Our tour today will be concluded at Zilukha Nunnery. Overnight in Thimphu

Day20:

Thimphu - Punakha

Today’s drive passes through Dochu La pass (3100mts) making the most beautiful pass in Bhutan. 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens, built over the pass by queen mother in 2003 marks the pass more important than another passes. When the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a sight that stretches almost 180 degrees. Continue our drive to warm valley of Punakha. On arrival, check into the hotel. Afternoon, we will visit the most beautiful Punakha Dzong. ater in the day excursion to Chimi Lhakhang (from hotel it is about 15 minutes drive till motorable road and then walk starts through paddy fields and villages. This is total about 1.5 hour walk, including both way). The Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, also known as the temple of fertility. A walk through the village near the temple will give you rare glimpses into the daily life and lifestyle of the villagers. Overnight in Punakha

Day21:

Punakha

After breakfast hike up through fields of chilies, cabbages and rice along the banks of the Mo Chhu to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten (approx. 2 hours round trip walk), a stunning monument recently built by the Queens and consecrated in 1999. Afternoon visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang nunnery: Perched on a ridge amid pine trees and overlooking valleys of Punakha and Wangduephodrang, gleams the magnificent structures of Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang(Temple). The temple houses a 14-foot main bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara (Chenrigzig chagtong chentong). Other statues include those of Guru Padmasambawa, Gautama Buddha, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, Tsela Namsum, the 21 Taras and Tsepamay (Buddha of longevity). The Avalokiteshvara statue, one of the biggest in the country, was the handiwork of entirely local Bhutanese artisans. Overnight in Punakha

Day22:

Punakha - Paro

After breakfast drive back to Paro (approximately 4 hours, 125km) descending back down from Dochu La, follow the way back up the dramatic Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu river valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley. En route visit Simtokha Dzong, the place of profound tantric teaching, this dzong now houses a school for the study of the Dzongkha language. Later in the day after checking into hotel, proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes 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 inner courtyard are fine wall paintings Overnight in Paro

Day23:

Paro

After breakfast, we will visit Taktshang Monastery by walk for approximately 2 hours; comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended (for those who cannot hike we will arrange a horse for transfer up to cafeteria). This monastery is one of the most famous Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900 m above the Paro Valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is also called “Tiger’s Nest”. Afternoon drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought against Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snow dome of sacred Chomolhari, “Mountain of goddess” can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong. On the way, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Overnight in Paro

Day24:

Paro

Board on vehicle and drive to airport of Paro, from where, you will catch your flight onward to your next destination. Our tour service is finished now. The whole team of Bravo Asia Tours looks forward to meeting you again in your next trip to Asia.

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Dear Clients

This tour is ready to be booked or tailored to fit your personal requirements,please contact us for quotation and custom details.
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