Day 1. To Delhi
Fly direct from Heathrow to Delhi on British Airways or Virgin Atlantic.
Day 2. Delhi
Morning arrival in Delhi. Afternoon sightseeing of Old Delhi including an exhilarating cycle rickshaw ride to the Jama Masjid through the bustling Chandni Chowk and it’s back roads, once the centre of the city Shah Jehanabad in the Mughal times. Finally continue onto the moving Raj Ghat- Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation site, before returning to the hotel. Overnight at Colonel’s Retreat Homestay.
Day 3. To Agra
Morning sightseeing of vibrant New Delhi including the imposing Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and the India Gate. Afternoon drive to Agra. Two nights at Hotel Mansigh Palace.
Day 4. Agra
Breath-taking sunrise visit to the serene Taj Mahal to watch the sun slowly caress the white marble, awakening the day and distant memories. After breakfast explore Agra Fort built by successive Mughal rulers to show their power and might! Notice the many varied architectural styles of the complex reflecting each Emperor’s taste. Also visit the lovely Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah.
Day 5. To Jaipur
Morning drive to Jaipur en route visit Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful deserted city, built by the remarkable Mughal Emperor Akbar. Pause by the graceful marble Tomb (Mazar) of Salim Chisti in the middle of the Emperor’s courtyard, where generations of women have come to pray for a male heir. Also visit en route the Abhaneri Stepwell built in 800 AD. Two nights stay at the Diggi Palace.
Day 6. Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort slowly meandering up the winding road seated upon a caparisoned elephant. Inside the fort with its austere exterior, there’s a delight of murals, frescoes, paintings, wonderful intricate carvings and complex mirror work. Lunch at the historic 1135 AD restaurant. Afterwards visit the extraordinary Astronomical Observatory, Palace of Winds and City Palace Complex with its fascinating museum.
Day 7. To Kathmandu via Delhi
Early morning flight to Delhi. Connect to flight to Kathmandu. Evening walking tour of Pashupatinath, followed by a tour of Boudhanath. Two nights at Kathmandu Guest House.
Day 8. Kathmandu
Morning Kathmandu sightseeing including Durbar Square & Swayambhunath. Remainder of day at leisure.
Day 9. To Chitwan National Park
Morning fly to Bharatpur. Transfer to Chitwan National Park. Afternoon jungle safaris seeking out the elusive tiger and one horned rhino. Two nights at Jungle Villa Resort.
Day 10. Chitwan
Full day of jungle activities.
Day 11. To Pokhara
Morning drive to Pokhara. Evening a boatride on Lake Phewa watching the flickering images of the mountains in the waters. Two nights at Temple Tree Resort.
Day 12. Pokhara
Early morning drive to Sarangkot for incredible sunrise. After breakfast Pokhara sightseeing.
Day 13. To Kathmandu
Drive to Kathmandu through stunningly scenic countryside. Overnight at Kathmandu Guest House.
Day 14. To Thimphu via Paro
Morning fly to Paro. Met and transferred to Thimphu. Two nights at Hotel Phuntsho Pelri or similar.
Day 15. Thimphu
Full day sightseeing of the capitol city includes the Trashichhodzong - the beautiful medieval fortress/Monastery, the National Library which houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature, Institute for Zorig Chusum, the National Memorial Chorten, the governmentrun Handicrafts Emporium and privately owned crafts shops, the Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums.
Day 16. To Paro
Morning drive to Paro. Afternoon visit the Ta Dzong, originally as a Watch Tower, houses the National Museum. Then follow the trail down to Rinpung Dzong. Two nights at Olathang or similar.
Day 17. Paro
After breakfast in the hotel, drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress from where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. Along the way, see the 7th C. Kyichu Lhakhangone of the most sacred shrines in the country. Visit also includes the Taktsang Monastery (approx 4 hours steep walk) famously known as the Tiger’s Nest.
Day 18. To Delhi
Morning fly to Delhi. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Colonel’s Retreat.
Day 19. To Heathrow
Fly to Heathrow on British Airways or Virgin Atlantic flight.
Per Person on a Double/ Twin share basis £3,550.00
International & internal flights in economy class.
Accommodation with en-suite facilities.
Full Board (Kolkata on bed & breakfast)
Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing.
Transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicles.
Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary.
Bhutan Visa & Royalty Fees.
Full ATOL Bonding.
Visa Fee for India.
Any optional Excursions.
Any expenses of a personal nature.