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Taj Mahal & Tiger’s Nest

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This great 2-week trip is just right for an introduction tour of India and Bhutan!
Witness the history and culture of Indian and 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 you won’t want to miss. Its physical remoteness, cultural isolation and deep Buddhist traditions make any Bhutan tour an adventure for the mind, body, and spirit.

14 Days, 13 Nights: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Thimphu , Punakha, Paro  ✦  Customizable Private Tour

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR

A mesmerizing view of the Taj Mahal at sunset

Impressive Architecture from a Glorified Past

India is famous for its many historical monuments and the architectural skill involved, each historical monument possesses great history with its own specific identity. From its many past rulers, it has resulted in the numerous forts, palaces, and fine architecture. Many royal palaces and forts are awarded as UNESCO’s World Heritage sites, just name a few: Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Humayun’s Tomb, Jantar Mantar, Jaipur (Pink City), Qutab Minar and Taj Mahal.

Bhutan’s Sacred Tiger’s Nest

No visitor leaves Bhutan without making the trek to the 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. To get here takes about 5 hours round-trip hike, but simply walking these revered slopes is enough to induce a meditative mood.

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Delicious Food

Alongside being famous for its attractions, North India is also very famous for its collection of snacks and finger foods. Food on the streets or in restaurants are both very tasty and delicious. As you travel into various cities, you’ll get to sample the unique flavors behind each culture.

 


Tour Plan

Hotels
Dates & Prices

    1

    Meet Up at Delhi (DEL)

    Upon arrival into Delhi, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder 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 both Old and New Delhi, including Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque. Experience a busy & bustling local bazaar with 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 enjoy one of the 25,000 meals served 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 | Leaning Tower, Moonlight Garden

    After breakfast, visit Qutab Minar - the world’s tallest brick tower and a photo op at Lotus Temple.
    Drive to Agra, the erstwhile capital of the Mughal Empire. We will witness 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

    QUTAB MINAR 
    Built to celebrate Muslim dominance. See the world’s tallest brick tower with its 'natural' tilt.

    International Landmark of the Taj Mahal

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

    4

    Agra | The legendary Taj Mahal

    Early morning, sunrise visit of 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. Let’s size up 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 with reflective glass tiles.
    Visit City Palace, an imposing blend of traditional Rajput and Mughal architecture. It is a vast palace complex occupying nearly one-seventh of the Pink City with a series of temples, pavilions, gardens and palaces. Jantar Mantar, 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. See Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), it’s high screen wall allowed the women of the royal household to observe street life without being seen.
    If we have time, marvel at a 16th century step well near Kheri Gate. The step well 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 | 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 stop and cross an iron chain bridge to reach 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. 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 (10,000 ft/2,080 m) that heralds the most enchanting Himalayan views of Bhutan. After check out, drive to Punakha via Dochu La Pass. About 15 minutes from Dochu La Pass 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.
    This morning, embark on your return drive to Paro via Dochu La Pass. Visit Drukgyel Dzong (Fortress of Victory), 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. The climb is steep, so en-route you may stop for refreshments at a local cafeteria located halfway up the trail with a view of the monastery. Once we reach the Tiger’s Nest, enjoy the beautiful views and waterfall along with a visit to the monastery.
    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

    Hotel Information

    DestinationComfort Class Premium Class Luxury Class 
    DelhiFlorenceCall
    AgraUtkarshCall
    JaipurParadiseCall
    ParoCallCall
    ThimphuCallCall
    PunakhaCallCall
    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, Daily departures except for Wednesdays.
    YearTour DatesComfortPremiumLuxury
    2019Jan 11 to Mar 31CallCallCall
    2019Apr 1 to Sep 30CallCallCall
    2019Oct 1 to Dec 15CallCallCall
    2020Jan 11 to Mar 31CallCallCall
    2020Apr 1 to Sep 30CallCallCall
    2020Oct 1 to Dec 15CallCallCall
     

    Price Details

    • ‣ 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 $500 per person is required upon booking and full payment to be made 70 days prior to departure date.

    Flight Add-On

    • ‣ We work with all major airlines for the best routes and competitive pricing.
    • ‣ The nearest arrival airport is DEL (Delhi International).
    • ‣ The nearest departure airport is PBH (Paro International).
    • ‣ 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

    Exclusions

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

    Overview
    Tour Plan
    Hotels