About This Trip
This 13-day tour will take you to explore the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, the beautiful Dzongs in Bhutan, and the Golden Triangle in India. First, tour the three ancient cities of the Kathmandu Valley - Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan to see the famous Durbar Squares, which are fine examples of the life and style of the ancient kingdom. Then, visit the splendid Thimphu Dzong and trek to the iconic Tiger's Nest in Paro. India will be your last stop, where you will visit the landmarks of Delhi, Jaipur's Amber Fort, and the stunning Taj Mahal.
- 1 - 3Nepal
Kathmandu: Boudhanath Stupa, Kumari Temple
Patan: Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa
Bhaktapur: Durbar Square, Changu Narayan Temple
- 4 - 6Bhutan
Thimphu: Thimphu Dzong, Bridge of Tamchog Lhakhang
Paro: Tiger's Nest, Ta Dzong, Paro Dzong, Nation Museum
- 7 - 13India
Delhi: Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Laxmi Narayan Temple
Jaipur: Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, Sheesh Mahal
Agra: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Moonlight Garden
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal
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.Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu - Patan - Kathmandu
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.B Kathmandu
Day 3: Kathmandu - Bhaktapur - Kathmandu
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.B Kathmandu
Day 4: Kathmandu - Paro - Thimphu
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 Thimphu, 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.B L D Thimphu
Day 5: Thimphu - Paro
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.B L D Paro
Day 6: Paro
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.B L D Paro
Day 7: Paro - Delhi
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.B Delhi
Day 8: Delhi
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 Gandhi Smriti 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.B Delhi
Day 9: Delhi - Jaipur
After breakfast, depart for Jaipur by private A/C car with about 5 hours drive. Check into the hotel on your arrival and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.B Jaipur
Day 10: Jaipur
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. The Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) inside the fort is stunning and awaits you to visit.
Overlooking the Jaipur City from the nearby Nahargarh Fort and then 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 which is the world-famous observatory. You will pass through the business center of Jaipur when being driven back to the hotel.B Jaipur
Day 11: Jaipur - Agra
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. After arriving in Agra, hotel check-in and the remainder of the day is at your leisure.B Agra
Day 12: Agra
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.B Agra
Day 13: Agra - Delhi, Departure
It is time for farewell. After breakfast, a private transfer will take you from Agra to Delhi (about 4 hours), and then you will board your flight back home.B
- Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu
- Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu
- Tiger's Nest, Paro
- Thimphu Dzong, Thimphu
- Taj Mahal, Agra
- Amber Fort, Jaipur
- Agra Fort, Agra
- Humayun's Tomb, Delhi
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