18 Day India & Bhutan, Tradition & Majesty

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India & Bhutan, Tradition & Majesty
Jaypee Vasant Continental New Delhi
Jaypee Palace Agra
Trident Jaipur Jaipur
Samode Bagh Jaipur
Novotel New Delhi Aerocity New Delhi
Ariya Hotel Thimphu
RKPO Green Resort Punakha
Naksel Boutique Hotel & Spa Paro

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Prices do not include optional tours, India visa fees, Bhutan visa fees and gratuities for guides/tour managers.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights New Delhi-Paro & Paro-New Delhi.

Triple Rooms at Trident Jaipur will be accommodated in a Single Room & Twin Room.

Triple Rooms are not available in Bhutan.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend 2-3 hours on our feet during tours and 2-5 hours driving between cities. The pace is moderate, with 4 one-night stays, 3 two-night stays, and 2 three-night stays. Some of our tours require walking over uneven surfaces, many steps or up and down steep slopes. We hike on moderate to difficult terrain and we have many early mornings. We also travel up to 10,000 feet above sea-level. The Tiger’s Nest hike is approximately 5 hours, including over 700 steps to reach the temple. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking, have trouble with high altitudes, or who have heart conditions.

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Accommodation Details

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Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip international flights New York-New Delhi, New Delhi-New York
    Other departure cities available. Please click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: New Delhi-Paro & Paro-New Delhi
  • 16 nights accommodations
    • 4 nights New Delhi
    • 2 nights Agra
    • 2 nights Jaipur
    • 1 night Samode
    • 3 nights Thimphu
    • 1 night Punakha
    • 3 nights Paro
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 39 meals: 16 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 13 dinners with wine (including a home hosted dinner, welcome dinner & farewell dinner)
  • Bottled water provided during sightseeing excursions
  • Services of English-speaking tour managers throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

 

Tour Highlights

 

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals
  • Drive past the India Gate War Memorial in New Delhi
  • See the sandstone Qutab Minar Victory Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the astonishing Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a symbol of India's rich history
  • Ascend to spectacular Amber Fort with its gorgeous Palace of Mirrors
  • Attend an elegant gala dinner in Samode, filled with delectable local specialties and great entertainment
  • Enjoy a visit to the Gandhi Smriti, the official residence and a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi
  • Travel to the spiritual mountain kingdom of Bhutan with its extraordinary scenery and striking monasteries
  • In Thimphu, a blend of old and new, observe monks serenely strolling in their crimson robes
  • Join Buddhists performing their daily rituals at the whitewashed National Memorial Chorten
  • Drive to Punakha, ancient capital of Bhutan, pausing to view the astounding snow-clad peaks of Bhutan
  • Visit Punakha Dzong, the most beautiful dzong in Bhutan with its towering whitewashed walls
  • Choose to hike to the world-famous Tiger's Nest monastery on the face of a sheer cliff above the Paro Valley


DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for India
Depart for India

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in New Delhi
Welcome to India! Arrive in the energetic capital city of New Delhi; meet your representative and transfer to the hotel. Time to rest and relax after your journey and acclimate to the new time zone
Overnight: New Delhi

DAY 3, Monday - Discover New Delhi
Begin your discovery of Delhi at the Gandhi Smriti (formerly Birla House), a museum dedicated to Gandhi, Father of the Nation. Then drive past the imposing India Gate war memorial, Presidential Palace and Parliament House. Understand more about Sikh culture on your visit to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, a prominent Sikh house of worship, with its shining golden dome dominating the skyline. After lunch at a popular restaurant, visit Old Delhi. Travel on a cycle rickshaw along the bustling main street of Chandni Chowk. Stop to photograph the imposing Red Fort before your visit to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, with a courtyard capable of holding over 25,000 devotees. After the city tour, tour the National Museum, the largest in India, with over 200,000 works of art, covering over 5,000 years. Afterwards, a "tuk-tuk" (auto-rickshaw) takes you to your hotel. This evening, meet your fellow travelers and Tour Manager at a briefing on the remarkable experiences that await you in India and Bhutan
Overnight: New Delhi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Tuesday - Travel to Agra
Depart New Delhi to Agra, with its enchanting past, rich heritage and architectural masterpieces. En route, visit the graceful Qutab Minar Victory Tower, the world's tallest minaret, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival in Agra, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy all of the delights of this splendid city. Dinner at the hotel. Tonight, celebrate "love" at an optional evening performance of Mohabbat-e-Taj a series of plays that portray the intense love of the Shah Jahan for his wife and depicts the lavish lifestyle of the Mughal era
Optional: Mohabbat-e-Taj Show (PM)
Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Visit the Amazing Taj Mahal
A memorable day as you visit the astonishing Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved Queen. This is perhaps the most perfect architectural monument in the world, built of white marble and precious stones over a 22 year period - considered the finest example of Mughal architecture. Afterwards, visit Kalakriti Marble. The Taj Mahal inspired the Kalakriti family to become the manufacturer of fine inlaid marble work. Marvel at the museum quality workmanship as you watch a demonstration of the timely process of marble carvings, filigree and stone inlay. Then browse Kalakriti’s home furnishings and decorative items. In the afternoon, discover the red sandstone Agra Fort, with its incredible maze of walled courtyards, mosques and lavish private chambers reflecting the grandeur of the Mughal Empire; this monument has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour continues to the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah built of the finest Indian marble embellished with mosaics and inlay of semi-precious stones. Tonight, an evening with a local Indian family in their home. Enjoy a traditional home-cooked Indian dinner, along with conversation about life in India today
Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Travel to Jaipur, Abhaneri Village
Depart Agra to the small ancient village of Abhaneri in northern Rajasthan. Begin at Chand Baori, one of the largest step wells in India, fortified on all sides. This unique idea, conceived by the early natives to function as a water reservoir, is located adjacent to the temple dedicated to Harshat Mata, goddess of joy and happiness. Then, stop for an unforgettable experience….an authentic camel cart ride with lunch. Afterwards, continue to Jaipur, gateway to the desert state of Rajasthan. Arrive in this glorious city, with its stucco buildings lining the wide streets and you'll understand why it is nicknamed the "Pink City." The city was painted its unique color in 1876 to celebrate the first visit of the Prince of Wales to Jaipur. Drive past stunning hilltop forts and glorious palaces en route to the hotel. Time to explore the bargain-filled bazaars bursting with treasures and jewelry shops galore, including Bhandari Jewelry: Jaipur’s centuries-old craft community, world renown for its quality and design. Bhandari Jewelry, third generation gemologists, offers a spectacular array of gems, available loose or uniquely set in gold and silver, plus local handicrafts, stone and marble carvings, and paintings. Shop to your heart's content, linger on your own, or return to the hotel. Tonight, share a flavorful Jaipur dinner together with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Amber Fort and the Palace of Mirrors
This morning, an excursion to the spectacular Amber Fort, a stunning fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles with its gorgeous Palace of Mirrors, incredible maze of courtyards, and lavish private chambers reflecting the grandeur of the Mughal Empire. Drive past the Hawa Mahal, the "Palace of the Winds" with its lacy ornamental façade. Arrive to the Amber Fort and ascend the hill to the ramparts by jeep, or on the back of an elephant (if available). From here, you can view the breathtaking panorama of Jaipur's original city walls and the lake below. Stop for refreshments before shopping the vast collection of local handicrafts at Jaipur Handicrafts, offering premium quality handmade carpets, textiles, pashminas, pottery and paintings. Fabrics in all colors and texture are available for loose purchase as well as custom design work. Later the tour continues to the opulent City Palace, a former royal residence, now a grand museum with an extraordinary collection of miniature paintings, costumes and armory. Continue to be impressed while you stop at the beautifully preserved 18th century Jantar Mantar Observatory with its ingenious instruments. Tonight will be highlighted by the exotic flavors of Indian cuisine at a local neighborhood restaurant, while you're entertained by performers in traditional attire as they enact various interesting dance moves on the rhythm of the accompanying musical instruments
Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Samode Safari and Gala Dinner
This morning, journey to nearby rustic village of Samode, set among the rugged Aravalli hills. Enjoy a jeep or camel (if available) safari around the hilly countryside into villages and fields. You will have the opportunity to interact with the locals and learn about their every day rural life. Afterwards, visit Samode Farm and witness a cooking demonstration of local specialties, followed by lunch. Later, check into the hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, attend an elegant gala dinner, where a royal welcome awaits you with soldiers, horses and camels on each side. The evening is filled with delectable food and entertainment, featuring local dancers and musicians. The night concludes with a spectacular fireworks display!
Overnight: Samode
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Jeep Safari, Travel to New Delhi
Morning departure from Samode to New Delhi. On the way, stop for a village jeep safari to have a glimpse of the village life followed by lunch at a hotel. Afterwards, travel to New Delhi. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel. Say goodbye to your India Tour Manager tonight as you prepare to embark on your next adventure
Overnight: New Delhi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Monday - Kingdom of Bhutan
Travel by flight to Paro in the spiritual mountain kingdom of Bhutan with its striking monasteries and magnificent mountain scenery. Here, you'll also see traditional dzongs dotting the landscape, a distinctive type of fortress architecture with towering exterior walls surrounding complexes of courtyards, temples, and monks' accommodations. Tucked away between China and India in the heart of the Himalayas, Bhutan remains a uniquely distinct country. Upon arrival in historic Paro, drive to the capital city of Thimphu, a fabulous blend of old and new. Time to stroll through the main square and get acquainted with your new surroundings. Tonight, a briefing by your Tour Manager about the adventure that awaits you in Bhutan, followed by a Welcome Dinner together at the hotel
Overnight: Thimphu
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Tuesday - Discover Thimphu
In Thimphu, you observe monks strolling serenely in their crimson robes and workers wearing traditional ghos and kiras. Your day begins with a visit to the indigenous Medical Hospital, and the Painting School where students learn thirteen different Bhutanese crafts over the six-year course including paper making, masonry, painting, sculpture, embroidery and much more. At the National Library, view the largest book in the world before proceeding to the Folk Heritage Museum to tour the medieval home used by Bhutan's Queen mothers. Here, you enjoy a lunch of traditional Bhutanese cuisine served in the impressive and historic courtyard. At the Royal Textile museum, view unique displays of textile designs and watch a multimedia presentation before ascending Big Buddha Hill for commanding views of the entire Thimphu Valley and continue to Tashichho Dzong, a majestic fortress-like building. Tonight, dinner is at the hotel
Overnight: Thimphu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Wednesday - Memorial Chorten, Chari Meditation Temple, School of Astrology, Takin Zoo
This morning, you join Buddhists performing their daily ritual of turning the giant red prayer wheels at the whitewashed National Memorial Chorten with its shining golden finial, dedicated to the third king of Bhutan. Next, you drive to the important Chari Monastery, a meditation center where monks often spend a minimum of three years in meditation. A hike in the area reveals some of the natural treasures including mountain goats and langurs that gather around the temples. A picnic lunch near the Thimphu River offers delightful serenity. Afternoon visit to the School of Astrology, where you learn more about this very popular study followed by many families and young monks. Afterwards, reach the Takin Zoo where you'll finally meet a Takin, the rare national animal of Bhutan. The rest of the day is yours. Perhaps shop in one of the many handicraft stores to bring some treasures back home. At dinner this evening, High School students in traditional dress will join you and bring costumes for you to try. Opportunity to dress as a Bhutanese! It will be a great photo opportunity!
Overnight: Thimphu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Thursday - Lobesa, Chimi Lhakhang Monastery, Punakha
An early start this morning as you drive through the scenic terrain of the Himalayas to Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan, pausing at Dochhula Pass to view the astounding snow-clad peaks of Bhutan (on a clear day.) You pass over one hundred monuments and see many colorful prayer flags on your way to the Royal Botanical gardens. After lunch in the village of Lobesa, continue to Chimi Lhakhang, a monastery and fertility temple dedicated to a famous monk also known as "the divine madman." Famous for being unorthodox and trying to make Buddhism more relaxed, he is considered a hero in Bhutan. The monastery is also a fertility temple and couples who want to have children often come here. Later, you experience the soothing sounds of chants and spiritual music as you enter a nearby nunnery or temple. Before dinner at the hotel, gather to learn how to create a Mandala out of colorful rice, a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism that represents the Universe
Overnight: Punakha
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Friday - Punakha Dzong, Sisina Farm House, Tachogang Lhakhang, Paro
Visit Punakha Dzong, center of power until 1907, considered the most beautiful dzong in the country with its towering whitewashed walls accented by elaborately painted gold, red and black wood. By tradition, all of the Kings of Bhutan are crowned here in the 100-pillar Coronation Hall, decorated with massive gold statues and murals depicting the life of Buddha. Afterwards, travel to Paro, stopping along the way at the legendary Wang Sisina Farm House for a delicious traditional Bhutanese meal served by the hostess, in original earthenware. An interesting cultural show and tour of the vast courtyards of this 300 year-old-home will also be arranged. After, drive to Tachogang Lhakhang near Chuzom, one of the temples founded by a Tibetan saint who also designed and erected many iron suspension bridges in the early 15th century, making parts of Bhutan accessible for the very first time. At an incense making shop you learn more about this craft, and how this has become a popular small industry in this area. Arrive in the town of Paro for an orientation walk before heading to your hotel. Dinner is at the hotel
Overnight: Paro
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15, Saturday - National Museum, Ringpung Dzong, Temple of Kyichu
Morning tour of Paro's National Museum, housed in an old hilltop watchtower resembling the shape of a conch shell. You're guided here by a local historian/writer who interprets for you the museum's valuable collection of antique paintings, festival masks, religious statues and stone carvings. Next, on to Ringpung Dzong, one of the most impressive dzongs in Bhutan, a masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. Don't miss the unique painting of Milarelpa, considered the master of meditation by the Buddhists. Walk down to the cantilevered wooden covered bridge that spans the Paro Chhu, a reconstruction of the original bridge washed away in 1969. After lunch at a local restaurant, on to the 7th century Temple of Kyichu; tour the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong, built as a symbol of victory when the Mongolian and Tibetan invaders from the north were defeated. Enjoy a wonderful afternoon tea served inside the ruins of this astonishing setting. Tonight, dinner is at the hotel
Overnight: Paro
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16, Sunday - Ascend to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
If you’re adventurous and physically fit, get ready for a memorable hike to world-famous Tiger's Nest or Taktshang Palphung Monastery. Located on the face of a sheer cliff above the floor of the Paro Valley, this not to be missed site is accessible only by walking or by a mule or pony (optional and pre-arranged only). This sacred pilgrimage site is where the great tantric mystic, Padmasambhava flew on the back of the tiger and brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan (mythical belief). The Monastery clings to a cliff soaring 3,000 feet above the valley floor at an altitude of 10,000 feet. Along the way, you can hang prayer flags for world peace, or for people who are hungry, ill or in pain (in Buddhism, a prayer flag is considered a blessing). Stop for lunch and admire the breathtaking views from the cafeteria before slowly descending. Tonight at dinner, bid a fond farewell to your newfound friends and Tour Manager with whom you shared this extraordinary journey in Bhutan
Overnight: Paro
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17, Monday - Depart Bhutan, Flight to New Delhi
Depart from the airport in Paro on a flight that takes you back to India. Upon arrival in New Delhi, transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel
Overnight: New Delhi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 18, Tuesday - Depart India
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast


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Mohabbat-e-Taj Show

The Kalakriti Theater is the venue for this vibrant dance drama depicting a 16th century Mughal era love story that defines the Taj Mahal. Watch and listen (in a choice of languages by headset) as Shah Jahan and Queen Mumtaz Mahal profess their love for one another, and he creates the Taj Mahal in her memory. You will see the most realistic replica of the monument existing today. Animated action, brilliant costumes and powerfully resonant vocal performances. Best for those tenacious and would enjoy resounding vocals in local parlance.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #4 01 Sep 2016 - 30 Apr 2017 $29.00
01 Aug 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $29.00
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Spiritual Southern India, February 2017
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Had a great time. The guide, driver and his helper were all great. Gate 1 personnel were at the airport to greet me and the driver and assistant on the way back were there on time and were very courteous. The sites were incredible and the hotels were amazing. I really learned a great deal about S. India's country, its culture, religion and people. I would recommend this trip to any seasoned traveller that hasn't visited India. Thank you, Gate 1, for putting together such a comprehensive trip and for executing the plans so professionally.

Janice K. Newport Beach, CA
Spiritual Southern India, January 2017
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Our trip was fantastic. Our fellow travelers made it extra special. This is my 2nd trip with Gate 1 and I'm pleased with the level of service . Our tour guide, Sushila, was extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the history of all the sites we visited we visited. We will definitely travel with Gate 1 again.

Lallbachan S. Ocoee, FL
Spiritual Southern India, November 2016
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Back home after an amazing trip to South India. Hotels, meals, entertainment and our tour manager were excellent. I am looking forward to my next trip in January to Myanmar. I am a very satisfied customer, congrats to Gate 1 for providing excellence.

Ana H. Coral Gables, FL