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Taj Mahal & Tiger’s Nest

$4925

per person

This 2-week trip makes a perfect introduction tour of India and Bhutan all-in-one! Begin with a journey through India to witness the bustling and busy lifestyle. Explore its history of the Mughal empires and the British Raj through the kaleidoscope of India’s Golden Triangle: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Explore the heritage journey through Hindu and Islamic temples, ancient forts, beautiful palaces and the most magnificent shrine for a lost love, the Taj Mahal.

Continue to the eastern Himalaya mountains where Bhutan offers a life-renewing experience. Bhutan is the only country which measures progress by the happiness of its citizens rather than its wealth. It has been named by Lonely Planet travel guide as the top nation to visit in 2020. This country takes pride in its old culture and ways, so the introduction of anything new is carefully evaluated. For example, Bhutan was the last nation to legalize the television in 1999 over fears it would diminish its culture. This is one destination with a unique experience to remember. Its physical remoteness, cultural isolation and deep Buddhist traditions make any Bhutan tour an adventure for the mind, body, and spirit. Some may call it a refreshing insight away from modern day society.

14 Days, 13 Nights: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Thimphu, Punakha, Paro


TRIP OVERVIEW (*UNESCO World Heritage Sites)

 ✦ Customizable Private Tour 
  • Delhi City Tour
  • Jama Masjid Mosque
  • Cycle Rickshaw at Chandni Chowk Bazaar
  • Spice Market
  • Humayun’s Tomb*
  • Lunch at Sikh Temple, Bangla Saheb Gurudwara
  • Qutab Minar*
  • Mehtab Bagh (Moonlight Garden)
  • Taj Mahal*
  • Agra Fort*
  • Itimad-ud-Daulah Tomb
  • Fatehpur Sikri* (City of Victory)
  • Chand Baori Step Well
  • Jaipur City Tour
  • The Walled City of Jaipur*
  • Amber Fort*
  • Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors)
  • Jaipur City Palace
  • Jantar Mantar*
  • Kheri Gate Step Well
  • Tamchog Lhakhang (Temple)
  • Motithang Takin Preserve
  • Changangkha Lhakhang
  • Thimphu City Tour
  • Thimphu Weekend Market
  • National Memorial Chorten
  • National Library
  • School of Traditional Arts
  • Postal Museum
  • Simtokha Dzong
  • Tashicho Dzong
  • Dochu-la Pass Day Hike
  • Punakha Dzong (Palace of Great Happiness)
  • Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of the Divine Madman)
  • Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten
  • Drukgyel Dzong (Fortress of Victory)
  • Kyichu Lhakhang
  • Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)
  • Archery Demonstration

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR

Taj mahal , A famous historical monument , India

GLIMPSE INTO THE MAJESTIC PAST

The many past rulers have left behind numerous amazing forts, beautiful palaces, and fine architecture which are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Each historical monument possesses great history with its own unique identity.

BHUTAN’S SACRED TIGER’S NEST

No visitor leaves Bhutan without making the trek to Taktsang Palphug, aka the Tiger’s Nest. Situated on the edge of a cliff, some 1,700 feet above the rice fields of Paro, this 325-year-old monastery is the kingdom’s most sacred religious site.

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SHARE WITH OTHERS
At the Sikh Temple, everyone is welcome to partake in a free vegetarian meal in community dinning and some even help out in the kitchen.

SHARING A MEAL AT A SIKH TEMPLE

An eye-opening experience of the Sikh faith, their non-discriminating welcoming manner and festivity in the sacred temple. See the volunteers preparing 25,000 free meals daily. Share the roti, rice and curry with locals and other visitors.


    1

    Meet Up at Delhi (DEL)

    Upon arriving at Delhi airport, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.
    2

    Delhi | Old and New Capital City

    Delhi is the capital of modern India. It has also been the capital of at least seven previous civilizations as well as the British Raj, and each have left behind a trail of monuments.
    Explore the beautiful chaos of both Old and New Delhi, including Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque. Experience a busy & bustling local bazaar on a cycle rickshaw through Chandni Chowk and visit Khari Baoli (Spice Market). Next is Humayun’s Tomb of the Mughal Emperor. Photo op at Rashtrapati Bhavan (President’s Residence) and India Gate. Visit the most prominent Sikh temple, Bangla Saheb Gurudwara, and share one of the 25,000 free meals served daily in the temple.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch

    JAMA MASJID
    Largest mosques in India built between 1644 and 1656 at a cost of 1 million rupees.

    HUMAYUN'S TOMB
    This tomb has the significance of being the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. 

    SPICE MARKET
    Inhale the aromatic atmosphere in the labyrinthine spice market.

    3

    Delhi – Agra | Qutub Minar, Moonlight Garden

    After breakfast, visit Qutab Minar - the world’s tallest brick tower and then a photo op at Lotus Temple. We then drive to Agra, the erstwhile capital of the Mughal Empire. We will watch a breathtaking, fully symmetrical sunset view of the Taj Mahal from across the river at Mehtab Bagh (Moonlight Garden).
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    International Landmark of the Taj Mahal

    SUNSET AT TAJ MAHAL
    A magical experience! The colors of the buildings change with distance and sun.

    Qutub Minar tourist attraction

    QUTUB MINAR
    A 12th century soaring Afghan-style victory tower and minaret of intricately carved sandstone.

    4

    Agra | The Legendary Taj Mahal

    Early morning, sunrise visit to the legendary Taj Mahal. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, who tragically died in childbirth in 1631. Then breakfast.
    Visit Agra Fort (Red Fort), a 16th-century Mughal fortress which also contains the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It offers splendid views across the river towards the Taj Mahal. Then let’s size down to visit the Itimad-ud-Daulah tomb, the "Baby Tāj”, a Mughal era mausoleum.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    TAJ MAHAL
    Catch a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse of the most beautiful building in the world.

    AGRA FORT
    A representative of the Mughal architectural tradition. 

    ITMAD-UD-DAULA TOMB
    Described as a "jewel box", and regarded as the inspiration for the Tāj Mahal.

    5

    Agra - Jaipur | Life In the Desert

    En route to Jaipur, we visit the ghostly former Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri (City of Victory), which has been deserted for over four centuries. Thanks to the very durable red sandstone from which it was built, Fatehpur Sikri remains well-preserved and is a fascinating place to explore.
    Stop in the village of Abhaneri to see Chand Baori, which is the largest and deepest step well in the world. This incredible well has a staggering 3,500 steps and is 13 stories deep. We continue the drive to Jaipur, the bustling capital of Rajasthan.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
     

    FATEHPUR SIKRI 
    City of Victory where architectural styles converged into a new strain.

    CHAND BAORI
    Built over a thousand years ago in the Abhaneri village of Rajasthan. 

    THE OLD CITY OF JAIPUR
    Founded in 1727, it's famously known as “Pink City” for its trademark building color. 

     
    6

    Jaipur | The Pink City of Jaipur

    Visit the stunning 16th century Amber Fort - a sprawling Rajput construction, perched on a hillside overlooking the dusty plains, regal palaces, sleepy villages, and stone carved temples below. Reaching its summit on a jeep (or request an elephant ride during reservation), we enjoy a tour of the fort's well-preserved interior grounds including Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) with its interior embellished of reflective glass tiles.
    Visit Jaipur’s City Palace, an imposing blend of traditional Rajput and Mughal architecture. Then Jantar Mantar which is an ancient open-air astronomical observatory and UNESCO world heritage site. Enjoy the sight of Jal Mahal (Water Palace), a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. Photo op at Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), its high screen wall allowed the women of the royal household to observe street life without being seen.
    If we have time, we’ll marvel at a 16th-century step well near Kheri Gate. The stepwell serves as the community well, gathering place and swimming hole.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    City Palace, Chandra Mahal Vacation Trip

    ROYAL PALACES OF THE PRESENT
    The current royal family still resides in a portion of Chandra Mahal within the City Palace.

    Amer Fort USA to India Tour

    AMBER FORT
    The historic 16-century site that overlooks the picturesque Maota Lake in Jaipur.

    HAWA MAHAL (WIND PALACE) 
    Lattice windows for royal ladies to observe street life without being seen.

     
    7

    Jaipur – Delhi (DEL)

    After breakfast, we return to Delhi and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
     
    8

    Delhi - Thimphu | Thimphu Walking Tour

    Transfer to Delhi (DEL) airport for your flight to Paro, Bhutan. Upon arrival into Paro, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
    En route we stop an iron chain bridge on the way to Tamchog Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the 13th century iron bridge builder. Guided walking tour in Thimphu with its busy shops, bazaars and photogenic citizens in national dress. Radio Tower and Motithang Takin Preserve which is the wildlife preserve of national animal of Bhutan. Changangkha Lhakhang, a 12th century temple perched like a fortress on a ridge above central Thimphu.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    THIMPHU CITY
    Thimphu is the capital and largest city in Bhutan with a population of around 80,000.

    CITY TRAFFIC CULTURE
    City of Thimphu is the world’s only capital city that eschews traffic lights. 

    MOTITHANG TAKIN PRESERVE
    A wildlife reserve area for takin, the national animal of Bhutan.

    9

    Thimphu | City Tour

    Today, we enjoy discovering more of the serene and beautiful city of Thimphu while exploring deep within their culture. The day begins with sightseeing at Thimphu weekend market (Thursday – Sunday only). Vendors fill the market with local produce and pink cubes of camphor and saffron. The National Memorial Chorten is a stupa built in memory of Bhutan's third King who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside this monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.
    Take a look into their artistic techniques and local handicrafts, from handmade paper, splendid Thangka paintings to exquisitely woven textiles. From the National Library and the School of Traditional Arts, Postal Museum, Simtokha Dzong (the place of profound tantric teaching, one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan) and Tashicho (Trashi Chhoe) Dzong.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    NATIONAL MEMORIAL CHORTEN
    In Thimphu, for many Bhutanese it is the focus of their daily worship.

    TASHICHHO DZONG
    Medieval fortress containing most of Gov't offices and the King’s throne room.

    SIMTOKHA DZONG 
    Overlooks the Thimphu Valley, it was built by Zhabdrung to consolidate his domain and subdue the demon.

    10

    Thimphu - Punakha | Dochu-la Pass Gentle Trek

    Today, optionally: an easy 5-hour trek at Dochu-la pass that heralds the most enchanting Himalayan views of Bhutan. After check out, we drive to Punakha where you will set out on an easy downhill trek towards Thinleygang Village passing through a forest of oak, maple, alder, hemlock and fir. The people of Thinleygang village mainly used this trail in the old days to move their cattle up to the pass in summer and back to the village in winter. Having reached the village of Thinleygang you will meet up with your driver and continue on to Punakha.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    DOCHU-LA PASS 
    Where 108 memorial chortens have been built by the eldest Queen Mother.

    ART, CRAFTS, AND TEXTILES
    See artisans at work producing traditional, intricate designs on cloth.

    LOCAL MARKET VISIT
    It's fun to browse these merchant offerings and check out the local merchandise.

     
    11

    Punakha | Punakha Dzong, Chimi Lhakhang

    Visit Punakha Dzong (Palace of Great Happiness) and walk over the antique wooden bridge (Puna Mocchu Bazam). Hike up to Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of the Divine Madman) situated on a hillock in the center of the valley. It is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kenley who in the late 15th century used his unorthodox ways of humor, songs, outrageous behavior and sexual overtones to dramatize his teachings and hence came to be known as ‘The Divine Madman’. This temple is also known as the ‘Temple of Fertility’ and is popular amongst couples wanting a child. It takes about 30 minutes to walk across the field to reach the temple. Refresh yourself with tea at a local farmhouse.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    PUNAKHA DZONG
    Palace of great happiness or bliss built at the junction of the two rivers in the 17th century. 

    RICE TERRACE FIELDS
    Enjoy the serene scenery and fresh air amongst the rice fields in unspoiled rural villages.

    Spin Bhutanese Buddhist pray wheels at Chimi Lhakang Monastery to recite prayers on your Bhutan holiday tours.

    BUDDHIST PRAYER WHEELS 
    Spin the prayer wheels at Chimi Lhakang Monastery to recite your meditative prayer.

    12

    Punakha - Paro | Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten

    After breakfast, take an hour hike through fields of chilies, cabbages and rice along river banks to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten from where you will see beautiful views of Mo-Chu River and the villages below. Then embark on your return drive to Paro via Dochu La Pass with a visit to Drukgyel Dzong (Fortress of Victory), and Kyichu Lhakhang Temple.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    KHAMSUM YULLEY NAMGYEL 
    Built in 2004 by HM the Queen Mother, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck, in Nyizergang. 

    THE PERSPECTIVE OF LOCALS
    Locals here manage their spiritual and material happiness equally.

    13

    Paro | Taktshang Monastery, Archery Demonstration

    We save the best for last as today we hike to Tiger's Nest. This monastery is the most sacred place in Bhutan, visited by all Buddhists at least once in their lifetime. Round trip hike takes approx. 5 hours; alternatively, if you don’t wish to hike, you may ride a pony part of the way.  The national sport of Bhutan is archery so your trip wouldn't be complete without observing an archery demonstration.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    TIGER'S NEST MONASTERY
    Once in a lifetime experience. Takshang is one of the most spiritual places in the world. 

    PRAYER WHEEL AT PARO
    Send a wish while spinning the giant prayer wheel on your way to the Tiger's Nest.

    14

    Depart Paro (PBH)

    After breakfast the tour ends. Hotel check-out and transfer to Paro International Airport for your return flight home or onward journey.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast 
    Overview
    Hotels
    Dates & Prices

    Hotels

    We carefully handpick our hotels to ensure they provide you with the best comfort and experience. For Private Tours, you may request a specific hotel as one of the customizable options.
    DestinationComfort Class Premium Class Luxury Class 
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    AgraCallCall
    JaipurCallCall
    ThimphuCallCall
    PunakhaCallCall
    ParoCallCall
    Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation. 

    Accommodation Classification

    • COMFORT ⭐⭐⭐- 3-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
    • PREMIUM ⭐⭐⭐⭐- 4-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
    • LUXURY ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- 5-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations

    Overview
    Tour Plan
    Dates & Prices

    Dates & Pricing 

    PRIVATE TOURS
    YearTour DatesPremiumLuxury
    2020Jan 11 to Apr 15$5,115Call
    2020Apr 15 to Sep 30$4,925Call
    2020Oct 1 to Dec 15$5,180Call
    2021Jan 11 to Apr 15$5,200Call
    2021Apr 15 to Sep 30$4,995Call
    2021Oct 1 to Dec 15$5,265Call
     

    Price Details

    • ‣ Daily departures except for Tuesday.
    • ‣ Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare.
    • ‣ Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply during applicable major holidays. Special rates for single travelers or larger groups are available on request - please inquire.
    • ‣ Note that tour prices vary according to season. If your tour straddles two seasons then each portion will be priced according to that season.

    Deposit

    • ‣ A deposit of $300 per person is required upon booking and full payment to be made 60 days prior to departure date.
    • ‣ Monthly installment plan is available - please inquire.

    Flight Add-On

    • ‣ We work with all major airlines for the best routes and competitive pricing.
    • ‣ The nearest arrival airport is Delhi - Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL).
    • ‣ The nearest departure airport is Paro – Paro International Airport (PBH).
    • ‣ Contact us for more detail and pricing.

    Inclusions

    • ‣ Airport Transfers, Meet and Greet
    • ‣ Hotel Accommodations
    • ‣ Daily Breakfast and Selected Meals (See tour plan for details)
    • ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
    • ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments & Attractions per Itinerary
    • ‣ Bhutan Visa Fee

    Exclusions

    • ‣ Air Fare
    • ‣ Travel Insurance
    • ‣ Medical Expenses
    • India Visa Fee
    • ‣ Gratuity
    • ‣ Personal Expenses

    Overview
    Tour Plan
    Hotels