The himalayas

Day 1, 2 and 3 – New Delhi

Delhi has always enjoyed a powerful status among the pages of history. From the Turks, the Mughals to the Rajputs and the British, Delhi has captivated the attention of Kings, nobles, commoners and artists alike. This obsession has bestowed upon the land many beautiful renditions in the form of monuments, temples and forts. Each street of Delhi has a fascinating story to it and each story is a saga on its own. Drenched in tales of victory, sorrow, bloodshed and joy, Delhi the city is a monument of time itself.

From chic boutiques and up town malls to crowded galis that serve tasty hot appetizers, Delhi is a city that lives in a constant paradox. A place where you can find both the old and the new, the contemporary and the ancient, Delhi and its many faces will never seize to fascinate. The Jama Masjid, one of the oldest mosques of India to the Red fort, the colossal mammoth that hosts the Independence Day celebrations.

The breath taking Akshardham Temple, or the serene to the peaceful Lotus temple, the tall Qutub Minar to the tombs of Humayun, all give you a glimpse of the grandeur of old Delhi. And living in perfect harmony just a few meters away you will find a thriving modern contemporary present that has its share of high end malls, the metro rail and a thriving art scene. Experience all this and much more in the capital of India.

Day 1 Flight to New Delhi, India (the capital of the country)

Day 2 and Day 3 Trip to Swaminarayan Akshardham, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Red Fort, Raj Ghat, Humayun's Tomb, Qutub Minar, Lodi Gardens, India Gate, Lotus Temple, Chandni Chowk (Old Delhi). [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 4 and 5 – Agra

Resting on the banks of Yamuna, the water plays with the likeness of a monument that has stood as the timeless representation of love itself. Flanked between the bustling capital of the country, Delhi, and the cultural hub of north India, Lucknow, Agra still manages to attract the attention of traveller, scholars and wanderers alike who have an appetite for history. Agra is the legacy of the Mughal Empire where one can relive the grandeur that was the bygone era.

Sprinkled with monuments around every corner, don’t be too miserly with your visit to Agra. Around every corner of this dusty and rugged terrain, one can find a monument that is left behind by history as a work of art itself. The Taj Mahal that sits in all its elegance on the banks of the Yamuna River is representation of the timelessness of love. Commissioned by Shah Jahan, it took two decades to complete and a whopping 53 billion Rupees (which is the price estimate as of the present). The Taj Mahal is grandeur and sublime, it was built out of loss of love and stands tall today as the representation of everlasting love, the Taj Mahal is truly a wonder to marvel and experience.

While Agra is a delight in itself, another great city to visit along the way is Fatehpur Sikri, a city founded by Akbar the great. Laden with monuments and fine architecture Fatehpur Sikri is no less of a treat in itself.

Day 4 Bus to Agra. Trip to Taj Mahal and Agra Bazaar [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 5 Trip to Fatehpur Sikhri. Bus to New Delhi [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 5 and 6 – New Delhi

Delhi has always enjoyed a powerful status among the pages of history. From the Turks, the Mughals to the Rajputs and the British, Delhi has captivated the attention of Kings, nobles, commoners and artists alike. This obsession has bestowed upon the land many beautiful renditions in the form of monuments, temples and forts. Each street of Delhi has a fascinating story to it and each story is a saga on its own. Drenched in tales of victory, sorrow, bloodshed and joy, Delhi the city is a monument of time itself.

From chic boutiques and up town malls to crowded galis that serve tasty hot appetizers, Delhi is a city that lives in a constant paradox. A place where you can find both the old and the new, the contemporary and the ancient, Delhi and its many faces will never seize to fascinate. The Jama Masjid, one of the oldest mosques of India to the Red fort, the colossal mammoth that hosts the Independence Day celebrations.

The breath taking Akshardham Temple, or the serene to the peaceful Lotus temple, the tall Qutub Minar to the tombs of Humayun, all give you a glimpse of the grandeur of old Delhi. And living in perfect harmony just a few meters away you will find a thriving modern contemporary present that has its share of high end malls, the metro rail and a thriving art scene. Experience all this and much more in the capital of India.

Day 5 Bus to New Delhi. Evening free for leisure activities. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 6 Morning flight to Kathmandu, Nepal. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 6, 7 and 8 – Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal is one of the largest states in the Himalayas housing almost 1.4 million people. the colourful temples, the ancient buildings, the crowded bazaars, the overfilled streets and the constant yelling and chaos can become a little overwhelming to the unfamiliar, but this tenacious quality of Kathmandu, soon grows on you.

Kathmandu attracts score of people from all over the world, and each visitor who comes to this city in the Himalayas, has come for a very different reason. While Kathmandu attracts loads of tourist because of its location and its gateway to the Himalayas, Kathmandu sees a fair number of pilgrims who come here to visit the temples. Kathmandu is home to some of the most beautiful temples in the world. Attached to these temples are stories that make the temple even more fascinating. Added to this plethora of temples, Kathmandu also has bazaars, souks and flea markets that are famous all over the world. Whether its is shopping for antiques, or going on a well-planned trekking/ hiking trip, Kathmandu is the place to be. 

Day 6 Morning flight to Kathmandu, Nepal. Trip to Pashupatinath Temple, Buddhanath, Swyambhu and Kathmandu Durbar Squire. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 7 Early Morning flight to Mount Everest. Trip to Chindra Giri Hill. Evening free for leisure activities. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 8 Morning Flight to Paro, Bhutan. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 8, 9, 10 and 11 – Paro – Thimpu, Bhutan

// Paro, Bhutan

The small town of Paro has a long history, dating back to the 10th century and yet its streets and the town has come up only a few decades ago. Popular for Rinpung Dzong, the fortress monastery, Paro also boasts of many sacred sites and other lesser known historical buildings. The main street in Paro is lined with small shops and restaurants and give Paro its ethnic feel. Being a small town, Paro can be explored on foot as well and is completely worth the exercise.

The Dungtse Lhakhang is a beautiful temple built over five centuries ago and has stood the test of time. The new cantilever bridge connects one to hill of the Rinpung Dzong, which is home to Ta Dzong, the seven storied fortress built in the 17th century. The National Museum of Bhutan is now housed inside the Ta Dzong. Across, another bridge is the magnificent Ugyenpelri Palace, home of the Bhutanese royalty. A short travel of 10 kilometres will bring you to the Taktshang hermitage which stands on a 1000 metre cliff.

// Thimpu, Bhutan

The largest city of Bhutan, Thimpu is the capital city of the country but has an agrarian and livestock economy. Even the Royal Palace in Thimpu is surrounded by fields and you cannot reach this city by air. If you are surprised, Welcome to Bhutan, where the culture and happiness gain prominence over GDP and infrastructure. Thimpu’s development is controlled by an urban development plan that focuses on maintaining its ecology and that’s the reason you will see terraced fields and livestock in and around the capital city.

But that’s not all! Thimpu is home to many buildings connected to Bhutan’s rich Buddhist past such as TashichhoeDzong or Fortress of Glorious Religion, SimtokhaDzong or Palace of profound Meaning of Mantras, DechenPhrodrang or Palace of Great Bliss and many other monastries built between the 13th and 16th century. The Takin Preserve is home to the national animal of Bhutan, the takin, and located in close proximity to the capital city. Autumn also brings to Thimpu the four day Tsechu festival where the famous mask dances are performed.

Day 8 Morning Flight to Paro, Bhutan. Drive to Thimpu, Bhutan. Trip to Buddha Point, Tashichoe Dzong. [Overnight at Thimpu, Bhutan] [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 9 Day Trip to Punaka. Dochu La Pass, Punakha Dzong, Metshina Village, Rice Fields Of Chimi Lhakhang. [Overnight at Thimpu, Bhutan] [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 10 Drive to Paro, Bhutan. Trip to Tiger Nest Monastery, Traditional Hot Stone Bath. [Overnight at Paro, Bhutan] [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 11 Flight to Bagdogra, West Bengal. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 11 – Bagdogra

Nestled in the eastern end of the Himalayas is a small hill town of Bagdogra a hidden gem in the Darjeeling district in West Bengal. Covered in a lush blanket of green, the town is filled with tea plantations that render a sweet smell of earth to the air.

The constant gush of the river that flows through the hills are great for those who are looking for a challenging adventure. Or you may be one who loves to trek and explore the rugged terrain on foot; Bagdogra has something for you too. If it is wild life and natural fauna that you want to fill your day with, Bagdogra is blessed with dense vegetation that houses the great Indian Bison, the barking deer, Sambar, the mighty Indian Elephant and the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. Bagdogra is also for those who want to go sightseeing. This quaint town will charm you with its Kali Mandir, atop the hill offering its viewers a spectacular view of the Kanchenjunga peak and the peaceful ISKON temple that offers its visitors a quiet abode.

Day 11 Flight to Bagdogra, West Bengal. Drive to Kalimpong, West Bengal.

Day 11 and 12 – Kalimpong

Located at an altitude of 4,100 feet, the small hill town of Kalimpong sits nestled in the lap of the lesser Himalayas. Kalimpong enjoys a relatively milder climate which is why has attracted and continues to attract so many visitors. But this small hill town is not to be mistaken for your average, tourist clad hill station. Kalimpong is far from it. Apart from the quintessential qualities one looks for in a hill station, Kalimpong boasts a rich array of institutes that predate the independence of India. Kalimpong had from the beginning reserved a special place in the hearts of the British that had come to India. Wanting to make it a second home, the British set up institutions, schools and other education centres that are still running and have a name for themselves.

The British settlements in Kalimpong also bestowed upon the place some fine architectural landscapes that seem almost artistic against the backdrop of the Himalayas. The small cottages lined along the slopes are rustic and in many ways heart-warming. So come along for a ride, where we take you to this quaint corner of India.

Day 11 Bus to Kalimpong, West Bengal. Trip to Forest Museum, Deolo Hill, Dr Graham Homes School, Durpin Monastery, Mangaldham, Pine View Nurseries (Cactus Only). [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 12 Bus to Darjeeling, West Bengal (post-breakfast) [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 12, 13 AND 14 – Darjeeling

From the snow-capped mountains that sit in the backdrop, to the rhythmic toot-toot of toy train that tickles ones whimsy to the lush carpet of green that spawns as far as the eyes can see, Darjeeling is a place that appeases to the every wandering heart. Travellers who have gone far and wide, have stopped to gaze at the wonder that is Darjeeling on the foot hills of the lesser Himalayas. Snuggled in northern tip of West Bengal, this paradise is home to the world famous Darjeeling tea.

Whether it is sitting and relaxing with a perfectly brewed cup of tea, or a leisurely walk around the tea estates. From long walks on the foot hill of the Himalayas to exploring the tea estates of Darjeeling there is a lot that this picturesque hill station has to offer. If you love to relax, you can do that with the world’s finest cups of brewed tea, or you can spend your time bird watching or exploring the uncharted regions around Darjeeling, there is a lot to do here. One of the most alluring feature of Darjeeling by far remains its warm and hospitable people, who always welcome new faces with a smile.

Day 12 Drive to Darjeeling, West Bengal (post-breakfast). [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 12 and 13 Excursion to Tiger Hill, Ghoom Monastery & Batasia Loop. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Ropeway, Tensing -- Gumbo Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center, Tea Estate, Natural History Museum, Peace Pagoda [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 14 Drive to Bagdogra, West Bengal. Flight to New Delhi. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 14 and 15 – New Delhi

Delhi has always enjoyed a powerful status among the pages of history. From the Turks, the Mughals to the Rajputs and the British, Delhi has captivated the attention of Kings, nobles, commoners and artists alike. This obsession has bestowed upon the land many beautiful renditions in the form of monuments, temples and forts. Each street of Delhi has a fascinating story to it and each story is a saga on its own. Drenched in tales of victory, sorrow, bloodshed and joy, Delhi the city is a monument of time itself.

From chic boutiques and up town malls to crowded galis that serve tasty hot appetizers, Delhi is a city that lives in a constant paradox. A place where you can find both the old and the new, the contemporary and the ancient, Delhi and its many faces will never seize to fascinate. The Jama Masjid, one of the oldest mosques of India to the Red fort, the colossal mammoth that hosts the Independence Day celebrations.

The breath taking Akshardham Temple, or the serene to the peaceful Lotus temple, the tall Qutub Minar to the tombs of Humayun, all give you a glimpse of the grandeur of old Delhi. And living in perfect harmony just a few meters away you will find a thriving modern contemporary present that has its share of high end malls, the metro rail and a thriving art scene. Experience all this and much more in the capital of India.

Day 14 Flight to New Delhi. Evening free for leisure activities. [Meals – B, L and D]

Day 15 Return flight back to Home. [Meals – B]

[B – Breakfast, L – Lunch and D – Dinner]

TRIP DATES

JULY 6 to JULY 21, 2017

Accommodation

4-STAR / 5-STAR HOTELS - INDIA & NEPAL

3-STAR / 4-STAR HOTELS - BHUTAN

MEALS

As Indicated Above.

TRANSFERS

Pick-up and Drop-to New Delhi Airport with our Hosts personally accompany you. You need to confirm the timings of your inward and outward flights at least three days in advance.

Transportation for excursions in a private, air-conditioned coach/car.

Flight to Nepal, Nepal to Bhutan, Bhutan to Bagdogra, India and within India are included.

FULL SERVICE SUPPORT

A local, English-speaking guide will accompany you on all the tours. 
Entrance fees to the sites specified in the itinerary is included.

Bhutan Visa is included.

GROUP SIZE

10 to 18 Adults (and Kids) where group size is derived by the number of adults.

EXCLUSIONS

International Airfare
Assistance with visa
Tips
Personal expenses (porter charges, phone calls, laundry etc)
Drinks during meals
Optional excursions and activities not specified in the itinerary
Insurance
Early check in or late check out charges
Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation

Peak season surcharges if any 
Taxes - 9 per-cent Government Taxes 

the cost

Adult (13 & ABOVE) - $4499 Per Person
Child (2 to 12 YEARS) - $2799 Per Person
Infant (0 to 1 Years) - $1499 Per Person

Prices above are on double occupancy. For single occupancy, please add-on $2299 per person.