11 nights/12 Days India’s Golden Triangle and Best of Bhutan Private Tour

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Duration

12 Days 11 Nights

Region

North India, Rajasthan, Bhutan,

Tour Type

Cultural Tour, Special Tour, Festival Tour, Private Tour

Travel Style

Group & Private Tour

Group Size

1 pax onwards

About this tour

This is tour is perfect combination in experiencing the culture and beauty of the main sights of two most friendly countries in the Indian subcontinent– enjoy visit to the 3 cities of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra that make an almost perfect triangle. The golden part refers to the wealth of culture, history and magnificence on offer and visit the incomparable Taj Mahal and much more and then carry on to Bhutan, also known as the Abode of Gods, is a hidden paradise perched high on the mighty Himalayan ranges. It is rated as one of the happiest places on earth. From listening to the flutters of the Tibetan flags flying and the rolling prayer wheels to taking a leisurely stroll in nature a trip to Bhutan is sure to calm your soul. Enjoy the beauty and calmness of Bhutan, a feature so striking that attracts voyagers from all over the world.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Jaipur – Visit the famous Pink City including the City Palace and Jantar Mantar – a space observatory made centuries ago
Amber – Explore the iconic 16th century Amber fortress and also enjoy birds eye view of Jaipur city

Agra – Visit the impressive Agra Fort and India’s legendary Taj Mahal

Delhi – Visit Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb and the India Gate and enjoy Rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Old Delhi

Bhutan – Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views and peaceful vibes of the Monasteries and grandeur of the
Dzong ( Forts). Enjoy its unsurpassed raw natural beauty and forests covering at least half of the country.

Food – Treat your taste buds to mouth watering North Indian cuisine – Mughlai, Punjabi and Rajasthani and try the famous Dilli ki Chat. Relish the wholesome Bhutanese dishes that consist of curries, stews and rice, some packed with chilli peppers to maintain a feeling of warmth.

Note: This is a private tour for couple or a family or group of friends with your own private vehicle and personal guides and drivers. Please raise a request for the same to us and we will revert to you

Itinerary

(Flights to be booked on own). You will be met on arrival and transferred you to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to relax and overcome your jetlag.

Overnight in Jaipur

Meals: Dinner

In the morning you will enjoy a guided tour of Delhi. Explore Old Delhi’s heritage walking through the narrow lanes and also experience a rickshaw ride. During your sightseeing you will enjoy visit to Sikh Gurdwara, Jama Masjid, Rajghat - Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial followed by visit to the beautiful Lotus Temple. You will also drive past India Gate, Presidents House and lutyen’s building now home to major Govt. ministries.

Explore the local markets and soak in sounds and aromas of the Delhi, the heart of India.

Overnight in Jaipur

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

After breakfast, you will be driven to Jaipur (around 5 hours drive).Rest of the day is at leisure to relax.

In the evening you will be taken to a lovely but simple cafe located in Naharagarh Palace, perched on top of a hill, it offers a stunning bird’s eye view of the city.Enjoy watching the sun going down over the city sipping a cup of coffee, “chai - Indian tea” or a glass beer.

Overnight in Jaipur

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

Visit the ancient palace of Amber Fort, which is a superb example of Rajput architecture. It sits on a hilltop overlooking Lake with stunning views.

One of the most spectacular buildings contained in the fort is the Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors), with its walls completely covered with tiny mirrors; it becomes a dazzling fantasy with the light of a single match. Later we visit the key sights of pink city of Jaipur which is blessed with a wealth of wonders.Here you see the pink, delicately honeycombed sandstone windows of the Palace of the Winds, the Observatory- a fine example of positional astronomy and the Maharaja's City Palace, which has amazing collection of royal textiles, arms and ammunition. The bustling bazaars of the old city are a great place to shop and explore.

Overnight in Jaipur

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

Drive to Agra (around 5 hours), on the way we will stop at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, where you will enjoy a leisurely rickshaw ride in the park with a bird-watching guide in attendance. .

We will also enjoy visit to a local school and village to enjoy interaction with children and villagers.

After lunch at a nice local restaurant you visit the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri.

Walk through the city with your guide hearing the intriguing story behind the abandoning of the city and learn about its great Architecture

Overnight in Agra

Meals: Breakfast or Lunch.

Today you will start very early in the morning and enjoy visit to mesmerising Taj Mahal; watch marble change its colours in the changing light during sunrise. Later you will enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then visit the majestic Agra Fort.

We will also visit the Marble factory to see the inlay work of local artesian; whose forefathers built Taj Mahal.

Later in the afternoon you will be driven to Delhi (around 4 hrs drive).

Overnight in Delhi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner.

Today morning transfer to the International Airport for your flight to Paro. Arrive Paro (Morning flight on Druk or Tashi Air). After immigration formalities and baggage collection, you will be met by our representative, and afterwards drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan with en-route stop at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. Three different style of stupas ; Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese adorn this confluence.

Shortly before reaching Chuzom, you will see on your left TschogangLhakhang, “the temple of the excellent horse”. It is a private temple, built in 15th century, as the result of visitation from Balaha, the excellent horse, a manifestation of Chenrezig, the compassionate Buddha.

On arrival, in Thimphu check-into the hotel. The capital town of Bhutan and the centre of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. With the population of about 90,000 it is perhaps still the world’s only capital city without a traffic light.

Relax for the rest of the day or you can enjoy a exploratory walk around Thimphu main street and market area..

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

After breakfast, sightseeing in Thimphu valley including visit to the following: the National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; the Institute for ZorigChusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts. Later visit Textile Museum, which provides insight into Bhutan’s one of the most distinct art form. Also visit Simply Bhutan,a living museum and studio encapsulating the cultural heritage of the Bhutanese people.

After lunch, visit King's Memorial Chorten continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (“the father of modern Bhutan”) who has wished to erect monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace.

Afterwards visit Trashichhoedzong, “fortress of the glorious religion”. This is the center of government and religion, site of monarch’s throne room and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans.

Later drive to Buddha Point (KuenselPhodrang). Located at a short drive from Thimphu city centre, visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (KuenselPhodrang). You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley.

Evening time can be spent strolling through the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts bazaar, to browse through example of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewelry, interesting items made from local materials.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner</p)

After breakfast at hotel, drive to Punakha across Dochula pass (3,O8Om). In Bhutan, the passes are marked by a large Bhutanese Chorten and prayer flag. Dochula pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas on a clear day.

Afternoon visit PunakhaDzong or (Palace of Great Happiness), built at the junction of the Phochu and Mochu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. This majesticdzong served as both the religious and the administrative center of Bhutan in the past.

It measures some 600 by 240 feet and has a six-story, gold-domed tower. Inside are courtyards and religious statuary that hint at the depth of history and spiritual tradition embodied here. Your guide will illuminate your understanding of this intricate culture that is exotic to us, though long established here.

Later in the day excursion to Chimi Lhakhang.

The Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana, meaning ‘field’. A walk through the village near the temple will give you rare glimpses into the daily life and lifestyle of the villagers.

Evening explore newly developed Wangdue town and its local market.

Overnight at the hotel in Punakha or Wangdue.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner</p)

After breakfast drive back to Paro descending back down from Dochu La, follow the way back up the dramatic Wang Chhu and ParoChhu river valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley.

En route visit SimtokhaDzong, the place of profound tantric teaching, this dzong now houses a school for the study of the Dzongkha language.

Later in the day after checking into hotel, proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons &armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

Then walk down the trail to visit RinpungDzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner</p)

After breakfast excursion to Taktshang Monastery (approx. 5 hours walk): It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognised as a most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On 19 April, 1998, a fire severely damaged the main structure of building but now this Bhutanese jewel has been restored to its original splendour.

On the way back to town stop at DrukgyelDzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong.

Along the way, visit the 7th century KyichuLhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, SongtsenGampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Evening an exploratory walk around main street and market area..

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner</p)

After early breakfast at the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Our representative will help you with exit formalities and then bid you farewell.

Meals: Breakfast</p)

Hotel Information

Included/Excluded

  • In Bhutan all Inland transfers of clients in appropriate Non A/c Hyundai Tucsan or Santa Fe for 01- 02 Pax, Toyota Hiace for 3 to 6 pax & Toyota Coaster for 7 pax onwards .
  • In India all mentioned transfers in Chauffeur Driver Air-conditioned Car for upto 2 pax, Toyota Innova for 3 pax, Tempo Traveller ( Mini Van) for 4 - 09 pax.
  • Base category room accommodation in respective hotels/resorts in Bhutan & India as per the package opted in base category rooms.
  • All applicable meals while in Bhutan – Daily Breakfast and Dinner at respective hotels.
  • Daily lunch at local tourist class restaurants.
  • Meals as mentioned in India – Breakfast will be at hotel and Lunches/Dinners will be at hotels or local restaurants
  • All inland travel permits.
  • RGoB Royalties and taxes.
  • Local sightseeing with entrance fees as per the program
  • English speaking local guides for sightseeing in India as per program in each city
  • In Bhutan you will have an accompanying English speaking local guide from arrival till departure.
  • Rickshaw ride in Delhi
  • Delhi – Paro flight cost *USD 335 in Economy class included (airfares are subject to revision at the time of booking)
  • Bhutan Visa Fee of US$ 40/- per pax as on date included, subject to change.
  • All presently applicable hotel taxes & service charges, subject to change.

  • Camera fee wherever levied.
  • Any Travel Insurance( Note: We strongly recommend that you carry a overseas travel insurance)
  • Any Visa fee for India
  • Any other International or domestic flight tickets Travel & Medical insurance coverage.
  • Any additional taxes levied by the Government of India or Bhutan on the tourism sector in future will be payable by the guests
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as hard/soft drinks, laundry, phone calls, tips
  • Any item not mentioned in the price includes section.
  • Any sudden increase in the entrance fee. The price is based on the presently applicable fee.
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
  • All Hotels and services are subject to availability & confirmation
  • International hotel check in is at 1400 hrs and checkout is at 1200 hrs.
  • Early check in and late check-out subject to availability and with consent of the hotel.
  • Festival period surcharge may be applicable if travel dates fall on the festival dates (+/-4 days)

Booking Process & Information

Upon raising request for quote of your tour online, Travelbay will go through your request and will contact you with details regarding price, availability or any other details that you have requested. Our response is typically with-in 24 hrs . Once you give us a go ahead, we will request you to send us a booking advance and start holding accommodation and transportation for your tour.

As soon as we have confirmed the dates (usually within 48 hours sometimes a little longer at weekends) we will email you your booking confirmation. 

We will request further information from you to ensure that all your personal preferences are taken care of. This will include details such as  dietary requests, allergies, health issues, emergency contact and any special requirements. We will also request a copy of each traveller’s passport and the arrival and departure details.

Bhutan Information 

Interesting Facts 

Tourism in Bhutan is unique as it is referred as the “Switzerland of Asia.” From quant farming villages to magical forests to mountains where Yeti’s supposedly live, Bhutan is a place which has escaped the civilized touch of the rest of the world. It is The Land of “Gross National Happiness” whose philosophy is being practiced worldwide.

With its beautiful and largely unspoiled Himalayan setting, its rich flora and fauna, the mesmeric rolling hills and towering crags magnificent mountains, dense forests, pure air, delightful people and its vibrant Buddhist culture, Bhutan the “Land of the Thunder Dragon” or ‘Druk Yul’ has become an increasingly popular destination for international tourists. Bhutan often revered as, is still regarded as one of the last “Shangri-La’s” in the Himalayan region because of its remoteness, its spectacular mountain terrain, varied flora and fauna and its unique ancient Buddhist monasteries besides timeless images of its history.

The tiny kingdom of Bhutan shares with Nepal the world’s greatest concentration of mountains and living heritage of Buddhism. Flight to Paro can truly be described as a flight into fantasy. During the flight, a firsthand close up view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga and other famous peaks of the Himalaya range become a reality.

Language: English is widely spoken by an average Bhutanese. However, the official language of Bhutan is Dzonkha, though many regions have retained their dialects due to their isolation.

Local time: Six hours ahead of GMT and half an hour ahead of Indian Standard Time and one hour behind Thailand. Bhutan is eleven hours ahead of New York City.

Country code: The country code is 975.

Currency: Ngultrum is the local currency of Bhutan. It is equal in value to the Indian Rupees which is frequently used in place of Ngultrum. All major currencies like US Dollars, Sterling Pounds, Euros, Indian Rupees etc. and travelers’ cheque can be exchanged at the Paro Airport, Banks and Hotels.

Also Indian Rupee is acceptable all over Bhutan except Rs 500 and Rs 2000 currency notes. Credit Cards have limited acceptability and payment through credit card is accepted mainly by deluxe hotels and few selected Handicrafts establishments only.

There are ATMs in Bhutan but currently they only operate with their respective Bhutanese banks. Since the ATMs currently do not function with outside banks, ATM facility cannot be used by visitors. Traveler’s checks / cash are best option if you need additional money.

Weather in Bhutan

Autumn (Late September to Late November) is the ideal time for trekking and for travelling throughout the country, when skies are generally clear and the high mountain peaks rise to a vivid visible against clear blue sky.

Spring, (Mid-March to May), is recognized as the second best time to visit Bhutan for touring and trekking. Although you may experience more clouds and rain than in the autumn, you can also get good view of the high Himalayan peaks. The magnificent rhododendrons, magnolias and other wildflowers are in bloom and birdlife is abundant.

The monsoon usually arrives in early June and lasts till mid-September. Light to heavy rain expected mainly in the afternoons and evenings.

Winter (December to early March), the sky is bright and sunny but cold, especially when the sun hides behind the mountains in the mornings and evenings. At night, the temperature falls below zero.

How to get there

This tour starts in Delhi, India and ends in Paro, Bhutan.

There are flights from all major countries to Delhi, India and other cities too. From Paro Bhutan, you can either take flight back to Delhi or Kolkata or even cities like Kathmandu, Nepal  and Bangkok and from there you can connect to you onward flight

Visa information

For Bhutan we will just require a copy of  your passport and will take care of your visa on arrival

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India Information

India Facts

Capital City: New Delhi

Population: 1.366 billion

Languages: There is no national language in India. Hindi and English are both official languages. India has over 1,000 spoken languages. The languages with the most number of speakers are Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi and Tamil.

Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)

Time Zone: (GMT+05:30) Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi

Dialling code: +91

Religion: Hinduism is the predominant followed by Islam, Christianity, Sikh, Buddhism and Jainism

India weather

The best time to visit India is from October through to March. At this time, the weather across India is mostly warm and dry.

India is a large country with a huge range of varying climates. Most of the country is sub tropical with hot, humid summers and mild winters. Below is a very general overview to give you some idea of what to expect.

North India

  • Winter (October to March): The weather in the winter time in North India makes it a pleasant time to travel. It is not too hot nor is it too cold – although in some of the more alpine places it can get chilly – take some warm layers.
  • Summer (April to July): Summers can be hot in North India, particularly in May, June and July. The highs can reach 40°C and the lows drop to around 27°C.
  • Monsoon (July to September): This is when the North sees the most rain.

South India:

  • Winter (October to February): The temperatures are cooler at this time of year on the coastal regions (23°C to 32°C). The areas in the hills can be much cooler (15°C to 21°C).
  • Summer (March to May): Summers can be hot and humid in the South but sea breezes bring down the temperature and it’s a great time to visit the hill stations and tea plantation areas.
  • Monsoon (June to September): The rains start in June and bring the temperatures down. The areas in the hills become misty and lush. The beaches in the South can get choppy.

How to get there

This tour starts in Delhi, India and ends in Paro, Bhutan.

There are flights from all major countries to Delhi, India and other cities too. From Paro Bhutan, you can either take flight back to Delhi or Kolkata or even cities like Kathmandu, Nepal  and Bangkok and from there you can connect to you onward flight

Interesting facts on India

  • India, Pakistan and Bangladesh used to be one country. After British rule ended in 1947 these countries eventually became independent.
  • Delhi is the capital of India but Mumbai is the most populated with a population of over 20 million.
  • India prides itself on being the world’s largest democracy. In the 2009 election there were over 417 million voters.

Visa information

Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to India. You need to apply for and receive your visa before you depart.

You can apply for an e-visa online or you can apply for your visa via VSF Global who works in conjunction with the Indian embassy. For more information you can visit our visa information page.

To find out the visa requirements for India, you can also check here with Visalink.

Please note: We attempt to provide you with the latest information and links. However, please be aware that it is each traveller’s responsibility (and not Travelbay’s) to ensure that you have a valid visa if required for any country you visit.

Frequently asked questions

Once you have paid for your booking and received confirmation of your travel dates from Travelbay, your holiday is guaranteed on your chosen departure date - except in cases of major weather events and alike in which case we do our best to adjust your holiday accordingly.

Durations

Multi Day

Languages

English

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