26 Day India, Nepal & Bhutan, Tradition & Majesty
Air & Land
|India, Nepal & Bhutan, Tradition & Majesty|
|Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi/Saket||New Delhi|
|Mundota Fort & Palace Jaipur||Jaipur|
|Novotel New Delhi Aerocity||New Delhi|
|Hotel Yak & Yeti||Kathmandu|
|Temple Tiger Green Jungle Resort||Chitwan|
|Temple Tree Resort & Spa||Pokhara|
|RKPO Green Resort||Punakha|
|Naksel Boutique Hotel & Spa||Paro|
Prices do not include optional tours, and gratuities.
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights New Delhi-Kathmandu, Kathmandu-Chitwan, Chitwan-Pokhara, Pokhara-Kathmandu, Kathmandu Paro & Paro-Kathmandu.
A visa is required for entry into Bhutan and is obtained on your behalf by Gate 1 Travel. This visa is required in addition to and separately from an India and/or Nepal visa.
Triple Rooms cannot be accommodated on this program.
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?
- Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
- Flights New York-New Delhi, Kathmandu-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-Kathmandu, Kathmandu-Chitwan, Chitwan-Pokhara, Pokhara-Kathmandu, Kathmandu Paro & Paro-Kathmandu
- 24 nights accommodations
- 3 nights New Delhi
- 2 nights Agra
- 2 nights Jaipur
- 1 night Mundota
- 5 nights Kathmandu
- 2 nights Chitwan National Park
- 2 nights Pokhara
- 3 nights Thimphu
- 1 night Punakha
- 3 nights Paro
- Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
- Hotel porterage
- All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
- 59 meals: 24 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 19 dinners with wine (including 3 home hosted dinners, and welcome & farewell dinners)
- Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
- 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
- Bhutan Visa
This itinerary requires a high level of physical fitness. The Tiger's Nest visit takes approximately 5 hours and requires a strenuous uphill climb including over 700 steps to reach the temple. All passengers must be able to hike unassisted.
- 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 Mundota, 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
- Stand at the Buddhist Stupa of Swayambhunath, the oldest shrine in the world
- Learn more about the rich culture and hospitality of the Nepalese people at a village themed lunch with traditional favorites from a local farm
- Spiritual journey to Pashupatinath, one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world
- Special prayer ceremony and blessing from the Holy Lama in Boudhanath
- Tour the Pokhara Valley with its natural wonders including cascading Devi's Fall
- 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" on the face of a sheer cliff above the Paro Valley
†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates
Is This Trip Right for You?
This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend two to three hours on our feet during tours and two to five hours driving between cities. The pace is moderate. Some of our tours require walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes. We hike on easy-to-moderate terrain during two hikes in Nepal. We hike on moderate to difficult terrain in Bhutan and we have many early mornings. We also travel up to 10,000 feet above sea-level. The Tiger’s Nest visit takes approximately 5 hours and requires a strenuous uphill hike including over 700 steps to reach the temple. All passengers must be able to hike unassisted. We have many early mornings. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking or who have heart conditions. Air pollution is a problem in many of India's major cities. Please see the CDC website and/or consult with your healthcare provider for specific recommendations. The use of a bandana or light scarf may help screen out some of the pollutants in the air. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.
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This superior first class hotel is beautifully located overlooking Mansagar Lake opposite Jal Mahal Lake Palace.Hotel Details
This deluxe hotel is a 45 minute drive from the city center of Jaipur.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is about a 30 minute drive away from the city center of New Delhi.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is centrally located in Kathmandu.Hotel Details
This superior tourist class hotel has magnificent views of Chitwan National Park.Hotel Details
This superior tourist class hotel is located nearby Fewa Lake.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is a ten minute drive away from the city center of Thimphu.Hotel Details
This first class hotel has beautiful views of rice fields and Chimi Lhakhang.Hotel Details
- Tours purchased while travelling may cost an extra 10% or more
- Tours often sell out. Avoid disappointment
- Save your cash. Credit card processing may not be possible locally
- Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure
- Book Online or call to book these tours up to 1 week before your departure
- The day the optionals operate varies by the day of the week
The Kalakriti Theater is the venue for this vibrant dance drama depicting a 17th 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.
Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.
|Day #4||21 Jul 2019 - 30 Apr 2020||$39.00|
Enjoy an early morning flight on a small aircraft, with a window seat, for an hour of spectacular scenery over the tallest mountain peak on earth. You will be able to view some of the most incredible, and famous sights that Nepal has to offer. This is weather permitting so tour might be delayed or an alternative day may be scheduled.
Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
|Day #11||01 Apr 2019 - 31 Dec 2020||$239.00|
This morning you will have the chance to do some exploring off the beaten path near the outskirts of the Kathmandu valley. We start out in Dhulikhel, an ancient town located about 20 miles east of Kathmandu city. We’ll hike among the rolling green hills, admiring the mountains stretching into the distance and traditional architecture that dots the area around this historic trading center along the old commercial route linking Nepal to Tibet. Along the way we’ll climb up to Devi Temple and stop at Shanti Ban, a serene forest that is home to a giant statue of Gautama Buddha. Our morning trek ends in Panauti village, a traditional Newar settlement rich in rural character. Here we will see a number of temples, including Indreshwar Mahadev Temple dedicated to Shiva and Bhairav Temple, along the idyllic, brick-paved streets lined with magnificent carved rest houses and stupas.
Please be advised this tour will involve 2-3 hours of walking and hiking over potentially rough, uneven terrain and a climb of 1000 steps with a brief break. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.
|Day #25||22 Jul 2019 - 10 Jan 2020||$85.00|
It was the best trip I ever took, only the Patagonia trip was comparable! Bhutan is such a special place and I have only superlatives to say about it, the whole world should see it! Gate 1 did a great job with the itinerary, the pace, the hotels; very smart how the hikes were placed in the program and how we had the time to acclimatize; the tour directors, both Anup and Sangay were awesome (which I have to say, is always the case with Gate 1). Looking forward to our next adventure with Discovery!Anca T. Maplewood, MN
Seeing the Taj Mahal has been on my bucket list for years. My gate one tour manager Sandeep, made India come alive for me. He provided history of the area and many stories at each site we visited which made you feel more connected. He set the stage for our visit to the Taj Mahal with the moving story of its construction. Experiencing the Taj Mahal was magical and something I will never forget thanks to Sandeep. This trip was just a taste of India but made me want to see more of the country. Thank you Gate one and Sandeep for a magical week in India.Patricia P. Hitchcock, TX
It was a great trip. Southern India was fantastic, with such a small, intimate group, great accommodations, and fabulous guide, all went brilliantly.Cedric R. Fredericksburg, VA
Terrific, as usual! We’re now in double digits with traveling with Gate 1! Shyam, our guide, was superb. He conveyed his love of country, gave a good explanation of each day’s activities, and made sure everyone in the group was satisfied. He’s a gem. Also, his helper, Rohan, was great, and the driver did a terrific job. We were very pleased with the hotel selections and the itinerary. We have 2 more tours scheduled with Gate 1 this year. Keep up the good work!Ronald R. Chicago, IL
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As usual, Gate 1 did not disappoint. Sri Lanka was fabulous... with an abundance of friendly people, fabulous landscape and micro climates. It was rich in history and spirituality (Budha and Hindu temples everywhere) make this island very interesting to discover. I would be interested in expanding my exploration into the Northern part of Sri Lanka sometime in the future. I need to find out where in the world I will travel to in 2020...Tamara R. Citrus Heights, CA
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We had a very nice holiday in Sri Lanka. This was our first trip with Gate 1 and we are 100% satisfied with the superior standard of hotels you chose for us. The itinerary was varied and interesting, changing between nature and culture. Our guide, Heshan, was excellent, very helpful and very knowledgeable about the history, flora and fauna. The coach was always clean and fresh flowers were put on our seats daily. The couch driver and the assistant were excellent, and worked well as a team to get us safely through the chaotic traffic in Sri Lanka cities. Overall, very memorable and positive experience. We will definitely use your company in the future and recommend you to our friends.Jessica L. Queensland, Australia
It was a fantastic trip. Heshan our guide was knowledgeable and nice. Fantastic food and wonderful country.Douwe D. Flagstaff Hill, Australia
It was a great trip. Our guide was very knowledgeable about everything which was appreciated. The accommodations and food were fantastic. The sights were wonderful. A fantastic trip in every possible way!David O. Florence, MA
Simply wonderful. Nepal is bustling with activity, with smells, with life! Most enjoyable were the walkabouts through Bhaktapur, and Tharu village in Chitwan National Park which allowed us to chat with the locals and have a closeup look at the way they live. The dinner, home visits and the conversations about life in Nepal were priceless. Bhutan is more than amazing! It’s pristine environment and culturally rich history is fascinating. I loved the dress-up in traditional Bhutanese dres. The hike to Tiger’s Nest, is wonderfully rewarding ... At first sight, Tiger’s Nest was blanketed with clouds, but as the clouds lifted it was breathtaking and hastened our steps. Thanks to our guides Rajesh (Nepal), and Dawa (Bhutan) and our drivers who did a stellar job in ensuring everything went smoothly!Joy T. Sandys, BM
I have traveled on small group tours quite often, but this surpassed all expectations. Our guide in India was outstanding and the group I traveled with have all said they would travel again with her. I will certainly be booking through Gate 1 again.Robert G. Vermont South, Australia
It was wonderful!!! The sites were beautiful, the guides were knowledgeable and the hotels were great!! My daughters and I really enjoyed the trip!!Cecilia B. Palo Alto, CA
The trip was wonderful. Our two tour managers put their hearts in it and made our trip a life time experience ....The tour guide in Nepal was very thoughtful to prepare the masks for us when walking through the dusty city ...Christine L. Augusta, GA
The trip was amazing! What a wonderful and unique experience. We were awash in an explosion of cultural sights, sounds, emotions, and immersions...What made the trip especially memorable was all the people to people interaction. From riding on a rickshaw through the streets of Delhi, to visiting a local village in Nepal, to having dinner with a Tibetan refugee family, to interacting with children at a local school in Chitawan. That's what's so great about discovery tours: small groups and lots of interaction with people!Mike G. Lansdale, PA
We had a wonderful trip to Sri Lanka, everything went smoothly. Stayed in superb hotels, food was really good, and really appreciated the food and beverage package. Nipuna the tour manager along with Ravi the bus driver were first class. Would like to have stayed in Nuwara Eilya an extra day. Gate 1 Travel is the best.....our second trip with you and hopefully not the last.Susan Y. Maleny, QLD, AU
We had a great time on your trip into India and will be looking for more of your interesting trips in the future. Thanks again to your Guide, Driver and his assistant for making it a very memorable trip for us.Vicki P. Emu Plains, NSW, AU
Our trip was a great success. Our guide Jay was very good, very passionate and knowledgeable about the subjects and good fun too. The hotels were all good and I enjoyed the restaurants we were taken to...I greatly enjoyed seeing the traditional dancers, seeing how bronzes are made, the silk weavers and much more...I would certainly not hesitate to travel with Gate 1 again.Christina C. Calico Creek, QLD, AU
The India vacation was excellent. My wife and I had a wonderful time and it was all due to the professionalism of the tour guide Seerdar and his staff. He was very knowledgeable, looks out for the safety of his group. It was amazing how the driver could maneuver his large bus through those narrow streets. Thank you and your team for making our vacation worthwhile. Kudos to Gate1!!!!Lakeram A. Queens Vlg, NY
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It is the most wonderful trip we had. Our guide jairaj is the best. The itinerary is very good. What a surprise to find south India so interesting. The resort hotels were awesome. My friends all ask why south India? What is there to see? Now after all our photos and stories, they are lining up to come and experience. I would be interested in other parts of India is it is proven as good.Lily C. Vancouver, BC, CA
Awesome. My trip was awesome. And it was a spiritual journey. India is the most fascinating country on Earth. For the first time in my life I was not ready to go home. This was my third visit to India with Gate1 and I am already thinking about a fourth. Our guide, Sridar was amazing. His patience and diplomacy with our group is worthy of a raise! I can't thank you enough for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful adventure.Stephen R. Akron, OH
Our trip was a tremendous experience. Such gentle and welcoming people, delicious food everywhere, and amazing sights and activities made truly wonderful memories. Our tour director ‘Jay' is very knowledgeable and very helpful. This is our third trip with Gate 1 and our second with Discovery Tours—and we’ll be coming back for more.David L. Sacramento, CA
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