Protected by the great Himalayas in the north and hugged by the ocean in the south, the Indian subcontinent cultivated its unique and splendid civilization throughout its long history. The incredible mahals and forts of ancient India, the mysterious temples and palaces of blessed Nepal, and the peaceful monasteries and towns of the hidden Bhutan - all of them will offer you a historical and cultural feast.
This 14-day trip will take you to experience the essence of India, Nepal, and Bhutan. It could be the trip of a lifetime.
- Visit the great monuments in Delhi to find the trails of the great dynasties in Indian history.
- Witness the miracle in the history of architecture and the symbol of true love, the Taj Mahal.
- Immerse yourself in the stories of the maharajas in the 'Pink City', Jaipur.
- Travel back in time to the Middle Ages in the temples and the palaces that are hidden in the Kathmandu Valley.
- Find the most beautiful monastery in Punakha and experience the inner peace brought by Tibetan Buddhism.
- Visit Taktsang Monastery to see where the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, Padmasambhava, meditated.
Itinerary in Detail
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Welcome to India. Meet our representative in the arrival hall of the airport and then he will escort you to your hotel and help you checking in.
Visit the biggest Mosque in India, Jama Masjid, to see how the Islamic and Indian cultures combine in this great architectural structure. Imagine how magnificent and solemn it is when 20,000 Muslims pray there. Then, take a rickshaw ride through the bustling Chandni Chowk market to the Red Fort.Explore this magnificent architecture of the Mughal dynasty.
In the afternoon, continue your visit to Qutub Minar. where Qutbuddin Aibak announced the advent of the Muslim sultans. It is a symbol of victory.
Drive to Agra in the morning and explore the erstwhile capital of the Mughal Empire. After lunch, visit Agra Fort, which is also called Red Fort. Imagine the luxurious lifestyle of the royal family in this fantastic palace. Don't forget to view the Taj Mahal in the distance from the Khas Mahal, feeling the loneliness of Shah Jahan as he missed his loved one. Then you will visit Mehtab Bagh for a romantic sunset view of the Taj Mahal. The Yamuna River flows between the garden and Taj Mahal peacefully, just like Shah Jahans love to his wife has never stopped.
Visit the Taj Mahal in the early morning. The closer you walk to this ivory-white marble mausoleum, the more moved you will be by the spectacular architecture and the true love that sparked its creation. It is a miracle in the history of architecture and also a symbol of the most beautiful emotion of human beings
And then you will visit the Itmad-ud-Daula (the baby Taj Mahal) and be impressed by the thousands of beautiful inlaid patterns.
You will be driven from Agra to Jaipur in the afternoon.
On the way to Amber Fort, you will have a picture stop at the landmark of Jaipur, the Hawa Mahal. Before going up to the fort, you will also visit an interesting step well. After entering the Amber For, you will feel that you have stepped back in time to the great dynasty. The corridor with elegant pillars, the lovely colors of the patterns on the walls, and the shining mirrors in Sheesh Mahal, any of them can make you forget to leave.
In the afternoon, continue your visit to Jaipurs City Palace. The abundant exhibits will highlight what life was like for the maharajas of Jaipur. Then visit the Jantar Mantar. Be impressed by the wisdom of the ancient Indians.
Visit the less touristy Nahargarh Fort in the morning to get a great view of Jaipur. It was originally built to enhance the city defenses and eventually became a summer house for the royal family. Your guide will show you the living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, washrooms, and cloakrooms of the maharajas and their wives. The beautiful colors on the walls of each room will impress you because of the natural resources they came from. The maharajas and their wives have gone forever now only the monkeys live nearby, guarding this old but beautiful fort.
You will fly from Delhi to Kathmandu. After checking in and having lunch in a local restaurant, you will walk around Kathmandu Durbar Square. You will get excited when the old temples and palaces come into view one by one. The whole square looks like a museum in the open air. You will travel back in time to the Middle Ages.
In the late afternoon, move to Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple),which is a great place to enjoy the sunset and the birds-eye view of Kathmandu.You will find out how well Hinduism and Buddhism combine there. The eyes on the pagoda seem to have a magical power, which can comfort your mind.
After breakfast, you will explore the most magnificent square in the Kathmandu Valley. Patan Durbar Square will impress you with the stone carvings in Krishna Mandir, the amazing religious artworks in Patan Museum, and the exquisite pool for the king in Sundari Chowk.
In the afternoon, you will visit Pashupatinath Temple, which is the most important Hindu temple in Nepal. You can feel the spiritual strength even if you are not a Hindu. A lot of pilgrims and ascetic monks travel there. Dont be surprised if you see a funeral at a cremation ghat it could be a moment that stuns your soul.
After experiencing the spiritual strength of Hinduism, you will continue to Boudhanath Stupa to experience the piety of Tibetan Buddhism. Join the monks as they walk around the pagoda to immerse yourself in the culture of Tibetan Buddhism.
Take a morning flight to another secret place hidden in the Himalayas. After arriving at Paro International Airport, you will be driven to the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu.
On the way, you will visit the Buddha Dordenma.It is a massive golden statue of Shakyamuni on top of a hill and 125,000 smaller Buddha statues have been placed within it. The basement that the Buddha Dordenma sits upon is a large meditation hall.
Afterward, visit the Memorial Chorten. This large Tibetan-style chorten is a landmark of Thimphu. For many Bhutanese, it is where they perform their daily worship.
You will start your Thimphu exploration with Tashichho Dzong. Tashichho Dzong, meaning "the fortress of auspicious doctrine", has traditionally been the seat of the Dharma Raja and the summer capital of the country. It is the headquarters of the central government, just like the White House in America, Downing Street in Britain, and Zhongnanhai in China. The Tibetan-style buildings with white walls and red and golden roofs are surrounded by green trees and dotted with lovely flowers.
Visit the Folk Heritage Museum to discover the Bhutanese folk heritage and rural history and visit the National Library of Bhutan, which houses a collection of sacred religious books and priceless Buddhist manuscripts.
Finally, you will visit Bhutan Post Office Headquarters where you can make stamps with your own photos and put them on postcards for your family and friends.
You will head for Punakha and, on the way, you will visit Simtokha Dzong and Dochula Pass. Simtokha Dzong is also known as Sangak Zabdhon Phodrang (Palace of the Profound Meaning of Secret Mantras). At the Dochula Pass where you can have a stunning 360-degree panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range. You will be impressed by the snowcapped mountains and the 108 chortens gracing the mountain pass.
In the afternoon, you will explore the most beautiful dzong in Bhutan, the Punakha Dzong.It is also the most important dzong in Bhutanese history and is known as 'the palace of great happiness or bliss'.
You will be driven from Punakha to Paro in the morning. Visit Paro Dzong in the afternoon.The dzong has a long and fascinating history. Its full name is Rinpung Dzong, which means the fortress on a heap of jewels.
Afterward, you will visit the Ta Dzong,which houses the National Museum of Bhutan.The museum has a fascinating collection of arts, relics, religious thangka paintings, household items, arms, handicrafts, stuffed animals, and Bhutan's famous stamps, among others.
After breakfast, you will take an excursion to Paro Takts ang. It will take approximately 5 hours on a round-trip walk. Paro Taktsang is one of the most famous monasteries in Bhutan. There are 13 taktsang or "tiger lair" caves in which Padmasambhava meditated. This site has been recognized as a sacred place and was visited by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646. It is visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. It is worth hiking all the way there to explore one of the top 10 monasteries in the world.
Enjoy your free time in the afternoon.
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We recommend to experience palace hotels, heritage hotels, or nice resorts in order to get the high-quality service and to your experience.
Our Service Includes:
- Private transfers and English-speaking tour guide
- All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
- Hotel accommodation mentioned in the itinerary
- Breakfasts at hotels and lunches for every guided day
- Governmental taxes
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