13-Day Nepal, Bhutan and India Highlights
Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
- Overlook the view of Kathmandu Valley at Swayambhunath Stupa
- Go for sightseeing in and around the Durbar Square
- Hike up to the Paro Taktsang located on the cliff
- Explore the beautiful Amber Fort
- Get amazed at the incredible Taj Mahal
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- Day 1
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, our representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel with the driver. You will get an introduction to the following tour plan on the way or after check-in. The rest of the day is for your relaxation.
- Day 2
Enjoy your Nepal exploration from the medieval city of Kathmandu. Start for the Asan Tole, a central market jammed with vegetable and spice vendors selling everything for daily uses. Later, go for a visit to the Kumari Temple and external view of the Taleju Temple and the Kal Bhairav.
In the afternoon, head for the Swayambhunath Stupa, well known as the Monkey Temple, which sits atop the hill and the exceedingly steep stone steps leading up to the shrine is quite a challenge. After that, drive to the city of Patan where the famous Patan Durbar Square is located. Return to Kathmandu for overnight.
- Day 3
This morning, go to discover one of the most sacred Hindu temples of Nepal, the Pashupatinath Temple. Move to the Boudhanath Stupa, which is mentioned in Lonely Planet with the description of “In terms of grace and purity of line, no other stupa in Nepal comes close to Boudhanath”.
You will be taken to the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Located in the city of Bhaktapur, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the Changu Narayan Temple afterward, which is considered to be the oldest temple in the history of Nepal.
- Day 4
After breakfast, check out and leave for the airport for your flight to Paro, Bhutan. On arrival at Paro airport, your local guide will welcome you and escort you to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan, which will take a 1.5 hours’ drive. On the way, make a stopover for sightseeing at the iron chain bridge of Tamchog Lhakhang.
Once you arrive in Paro, check in and have lunch at a local restaurant. Later, visit the National Memorial Chorten, the Great Buddha Dordenma, which is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue, and then move to the Takin Sanctuary. The Thimphu Dzong (Tashichho Dzong) is today’s last stop, which houses the Bhutanese government.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 5
Spend a half day sightseeing in Thimphu by visiting the Folk Heritage Museum and the National Painting School, which is an institute providing instruction in Bhutan's 13 traditional arts including painting, woodcarving, embroidery, statue-making and so on. Move towards Bhutan Post Office Headquarters where you can make stamps with your own pictures as souvenirs.
In the afternoon, drive back to Paro with a trip to a farmhouse en route for a further understanding of local people’s life.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 6
A trekking to the incredible Paro Taktsang (the Tiger’s Nest) calls for an early departure from your hotel. The temple complex is a prominent Himalayan Buddhist site located in the cliffside of the upper Paro Valley.
After that, head for the Ta Dzong which houses the Nation Museum of Bhutan, and then visit the Paro Dzong, ranking as a high point of Bhutanese architecture.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 7
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel before a departure transfer to Paro airport for your flight to Delhi, the capital city of India. After arrival, meet our local representative and be escorted to the hotel for check-in. Have a good rest before the coming adventure in India.
- Day 8
Get to know this incredible city of Delhi on a full day highlights tour. First, you will head for Old Delhi to visit the Jama Masjid and pass through the Chandni Chowk on a rickshaw for an observation of local people’s life.
When driving back to New Delhi for the Qutub Minar, you will pass by the Red Fort. Later, visit the Raj Ghat and the Humayun's Tomb. Along the way of driving, you will witness the city landmarks including India Gate, President’s House, Parliament House & Government Secretariat Buildings. End today’s sightseeing at the Laxmi Narayan Temple, a brightly colored Hindu temple.
- Day 9
After breakfast, depart for Jaipur by private A/C car with about 5 hours’ driving. Having a stop for the coffee break is available at any time on your request on the way. Check into the hotel on your arrival and enjoy the remainder time at leisure.
- Day 10
Today, visit the Amber Fort situated on the hillside in the suburb of Jaipur. Its architecture is a noteworthy fusion of Rajput (Hindu) and Mughal (Islamic) styles. Step in the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) inside the fort.
After that, return to the downtown for other city highlights. Take stunning pictures when passing by the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). Continue your exploration to the City Palace, and the nearby Jantar Mantar that is the world-famous observatory. You will pass through the business center of Jaipur when being driven back to the hotel.
- Day 11
On this day, leave Jaipur for Agra and it will take around 5 hours. On the way, pay a visit to the Fatehpur Sikri, which is a short-lived capital city of the Mughal empire between 1572 and 1585. Proceed to the Abhaneri Step Well (without guide service). After arriving in Agra, hotel check-in and the remainder of the day is at your leisure.
- Day 12
It is worth getting up early for watching the Taj Mahal in the sunrise, and the morning is the best moment to see the different reflection of the mausoleum changing from the time. Get back to your hotel for breakfast and refreshment. In the afternoon, appreciate one of the finest Mughal forts in India at Agra Fort and afterward pay a visit to the Tomb of Itimad-ud-daulah (Baby Taj). Finish the day with a visit to the Mehtab Bagh (Moonlight Garden), where you could enjoy the Taj Mahal from a different angle.
Note: The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
- Day 13
It is time for farewell. After breakfast, a private transfer will take you from Agra to Delhi (about 5 hours), and then you will board your flight back home.
Reviews on This Tailored Tour
The only things we would change is the hotel in Jaipur (Leisure Inn Grand Chanakya)... nothing wrong with the hotel itself but a lot of the staff could not speak English and when we asked questions we felt we were being a nuisance to them because they seemed so uncomfortable talking to us. If I could make a suggestion, perhaps 'The Fern' in Jaipur would be a better option. We liked 'The Fern' in Agra the most in India out of all the hotels we stayed in and saw on their leaflet that they have another hotel in Jaipur and wished we could have stayed there also if we knew how good 'The Fern' would be, their staff and facilities.
Also the Visa on arrival situation for Nepal was annoying as there is a sign above the counter saying they accept card payments but when we got to the counter they said they only accept cash and accept USD or GBP only and would not accept Nepali currency. The only ATM machine available accepted mastercard only which we did not have. Luckily we were able to change the Nepali currency back to GBP and had exactly £40 to pay the Visa fees or else I'm not sure whether we would have been able to be granted access into the country. Please Queenie if you could advise future customers about this so they have enough cash in hand to pay the visa fee and have less hassle then that would be helpful.
But overall there was absolutely nothing wrong with the trip itself. We enjoyed the tour, were well looked after and would recommend My Odyssey Tours to future customers! 5/5 stars for their service and I would not hesitate to book another holiday with them again!
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