India Nepal and Bhutan Tour


India Nepal and Bhutan Tour

 Bhutan

16 days from £2199 pp  Including flight from LHR

This trip provides you with opportunity to explore India, Nepal and Bhutan in your own style.

At a Glance

  • The scenery
  • Great spots
  • Monasteries & Temples
  • Culture
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This trip provides you with opportunity to explore India, Nepal and Bhutan. You will enjoy great scenery, culture and sports in these countries. The holiday starts from vibrant capital city of India, Delhi with visits to Agra & Jaipur. After enjoying Golden Triangle of India, you will fly to Kathmandu, Nepal where you will enjoy sightseeing. Then takes you through the Kingdom of Bhutan’s historical cities Paro, Thimpu & Punakha.

Highlights 

>>Return economy flights from London Heathrow – Delhi; Kathmandu – London Heathrow (1 stopover 1-4 hours)
>>Delhi – Kathmandu economy flight [checked luggage - 15-20kg]
>>Departures available from UK regional airport at the surcharge
>>Airlines; Turkish, Oman, Qatar, Jet, Etihad, KLM, Air France, Gulf, Lufthansa
>>Outbound and inbound flights will be between 6.30am and 11.30pm
>>Valid for selected flights & dates; surcharge may apply for alternative flights
>>Hand luggage: 1 bag up to 7kg
>>Check-in luggage: 20-30kg (varies as per airlines)
>>Kathmandu – Paro – Kathmandu economy flight [checked luggage - 15-20kg]
>>Breakfast each morning in India & Nepal (Bhutan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
>>All transfers in India, Nepal & Bhutan
>>This holiday is financially protected under ATOL licence 7375

Optional

>>Upgrade to 5 star hotels in India & Nepal for £599 per person [Delhi - The Suryaa; Agra - Taj Gateway; Jaipur - Hilton; Kathmandu - Shangri La Resorts]
>>Add Mountain flight to Everest [Himalayan experience] for £199 per person

The Experience

DAY 1 | DEPART LONDON HEATHROW

Today you will board on an overnight plane to New Delhi.

Overnight is in plane.

DAY 2 | ARRIVE DELHI

Today you will arrive at Delhi’s International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a LUMLE representative will meet you as you exit the arrivals terminal building and transfer you to your hotel.

Perhaps there is no other capital city in the world so steeped in history and legend as the Indian capital Delhi. It was the magnet, which drew the Mongols, Turks, Persians, Afghans, Mughals and the British, all of whom contributed to its glorious but turbulent past. The fascination with Delhi was such that even though it was abandoned many times, its rulers returned to it again and again rebuilding it at least seven times. Today, the twin cities of Old and New Delhi still intrigue Indians and tourists alike as the cultural and political capital of the largest democracy in the world.

Overnight is in hotel.

DAY 3 | IN DELHI

Early morning you will embark on the combined city tour Delhi. Delhi is divided into two parts New and Old Delhi. First you will visit the old part of Delhi. You will visit:

Jamia Masjid – One of the oldest Mosques in Asia followed by a rickshaw ride in the old narrow streets of Chandini Chowk, silver streets and spices Markets, and then later visit the Red Fort (photo stop only) and the Rajghat – Cremation place of Mahatma Ghandi. Following this you will take a break at local ethnic restaurants (at own cost).

After lunch, you will kick of the second part of your Delhi tour for sightseeing of New Delhi by drive past The Rashtrapati Bhawan and Parliament of India and visit the India Gate, a war memorial. Then you’ll visit the famous Humuyus Tomb – replica of Taj Mahal made of sandstone and marble. Other highlights of the day include visits to Lotus Temple – belonging to the Bahai Faith. Later visiting the Tallest Minaret called Qutub Minar and return to hotel.

Overnight is in hotel.

DAY 4 | DELHI – AGRA

After breakfast you begin your journey to Agra (214 Km /5 Hrs).

Upon arrival in Agra you will check-in at your hotel and a representative will assist you to complete your check-in formalities.

Agra came into the limelight during the rule of the Afghan King Sikandar Lodhi – who had made it the capital of his empire. Later in 1526 A.D., the Mughal Emperor Babar took upon himself the task for rendering Agra, a unique character and beauty of its own. The next few hundred years of Agra witnessed the rise of the pomp and pageantry of three great Mughal monarchs – Emperor Akbar, Jehangir and Shahjahan. In modern times, the city of Agra is a thriving carpet industry where you can also find leather workers, sandstone and marble sculptors, some of whom claim to be direct descendants of the craftsmen who had helped build the Taj Mahal.

Visit the Taj Mahal, monument remain closed on all Fridays. Taj Mahal was built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. What makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow.

Later visit the impressive Agra Fort, the seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire for successive generations. The buildings within this sprawling fort complex represent the assimilation of different cultures, which was the mark of the Mughal period. Most of the structures within the Agra fort are a mixture of different architectural styles.

Overnight is in hotel.

DAY 5 | AGRA – JAIPUR

Today you will be proceeding to Taj Mahal for sunrise (without guide) and drive to Jaipur.

Enroute you’ll visit Fathepur Sikri and see famous Buland Darwaja, Panch Mahal and Mughal architecture. Arrive in Jaipur and transfer to hotel.

Overnight is in hotel.

DAY 6 | IN JAIPUR

After breakfast, visit Amber Fort. High above the city, the towers and domes of the Amber Fort are reminiscent of scenes from some fairy tale. The palace itself is within the enormous fort complex and is replete with halls, gardens, pavilions, and temples. The Hall of Mirrors is not to be missed where one lit matchstick can illuminate the entire room.

Later proceed to visit the City Palace Museum where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armoury of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, Also visit the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 AD).

Your tour also included is a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) – a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires.

Later walk through the colourful markets of Jaipur.

Overnight is in hotel.

DAY 7 | JAIPUR – DELHI

Morning after breakfast you will set your return journey to Delhi where upon arrival you will check in at your hotel.

Overnight is in hotel.

DAY 8 | DELHI – KATHMANDU [approx 1330 meters] BY FLIGHT

Today after breakfast you will be driven to Delhi International airport to board your further flight to Kathmandu.

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, our airport executive will meet & greet you. You will have some time to get settle down before you are escorted to the hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel; check in and you will be briefed for your onward holiday.

Overnight is in hotel.

DAY 9 | KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING

After breakfast, you will proceed for sight-seeing of Kathmandu valley by visiting following sites.

Durbar Square: So far as art and architecture are concerned, you need to look no further. This complex of places, countryards and temples built between the 12th and 18th century. The Durbar Square protected by UNESCO as the world heritage site in the social, religious and urban focal point of the city.

Pashupatinath: One of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, Pashupatinath lies 05 kilometres east of the city centre at the edge of the holy Bagmati river. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses, the scared linga or phallic symbol of lord Shiva chronicles indicate the temples existence prior to 400 AD.

Bouddhanath: It is also protected by UNESCO as an important world heritage site. It is the largest Buddhist Stupa in the world. It was built by Mandev in the 15th century AD.

Overnight is in hotel.

DAY 10 | KATHMANDU – PARO [approx 2195 meters] (by flight) PARO – THIMPU [approx 2320 meters]

Today you will be driven to Kathmandu airport to board your flight for Paro .

Following Customs / Immigration formalities and baggage collection, a LUMLE Representative will meet you outside the Arrivals Hall and escort you to your transfer vehicle.

Thereafter, straightaway drive to Thimphu ([54 Kms 1.5 Hrs approx.], the modern capital town of Bhutan with exciting blends of tradition and modernity. This bustling town is home to Bhutan’s royal family, the civil service, and Foreign Missions with Representation in Bhutan. It is also the Headquarters for a number of internationally funded development projects.

Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.

In the afternoon visit Changangkha Lhakhang and take a stroll along the town’s main street.

Changangkha Lhakhang – Built in the 12th century, it is the oldest temple in Town. It hovers over a ridge above Thimphu, near Motithang. Lama Phajo Drukgom Zhigpo who came to Bhutan from Ralung in Tibet chose this site to build this Lhakhang. The Lhakhang houses Chenrizig: an 11-headed, thousand-armed manifestation of Avolokitesawara as the central statue. The prayer books in this Lhakhang are larger than the usual Buddhist texts. There are large prayer inside the Lhakhang and small on the walls outside the Lhakhang.

Before sunset drive to Sangay gang View Point (2685 mts above sea level) to have view of the whole of Thimphu Valley and walk through hundreds of colorful prayer flags that dot the hill overlooking the Thimphu valley.

Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel in Thimphu

DAY 11 | THIMPU

After breakfast, proceed for a full day sightseeing of Thimphu Town and visit the following places:

National Memorial Chorten – The building of this landmark was originally envisaged by Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who had wanted to erect a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King (“the father of modern Bhutan”), and a monument to peace.

National Textile Museums – It opened in 2001, providing fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life. (Closed on Sun & Govt. Holidays)

Folk Heritage Museum, opened in 2001, provide fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life. This 3-storied, 19th century traditional house provides you a glimpse of the Bhutanese lifestyle, and artifacts from the rural households. One can come across typical household objects, tools and equipment. Besides, the museum also organizes demonstrations of rural traditions, skills, habits and customs and educational programs for children. (Closed on Sun & Govt. Holidays)

The National Institute for Zorig Chusum is commonly known as ‘the painting school’. It operates under the auspices of the National Technical Training Institute and offers 04 – 06 year courses that provide instruction in many of Bhutan’s traditional arts to students from throughout the country whose aptitude is more artistic than academic. The students follow a comprehensive course that starts with drawing and progresses through painting, woodcarving, embroidery and statue-making. (Closed on Sunday & Govt. Holidays – But open on Sat 1000 hrs – 1200 Hrs)

National Institute of Traditional Medicine (Exhibition area only) – It was established with the concept to merge Allopathic and traditional systems of healing. The work of producing herbal medicines is undertaken with the help of different medicinal plants found in Bhutan. There is also a training school for traditional medicine practitioners. The visitors can walk along the compound to view it from the outside.

Tashichho Dzong: This impressive fortress/monastery houses the secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of the Chief Abbot and central monk body.

Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel in Thimphu

DAY 12 | THIMPU – PUNAKHA [approx 1310 meters] [77 Kms 3 Hrs approx.].

This morning after an early breakfast, we will drive you to Dochu-la pass (3150 mts above sea level) stopping briefly to take in the view and admire the chortens, Mani walls, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the high Himalayan peaks towards the northeast will be revealed in all their glory.

On a clear day, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158 mts), Tsendegang (6960 mts), Terigang (7060 mts), Jejegangphugang (7158 mts), Kangphugang (7170 mts), Zongaphugang (7060 mts) a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana, and finally, Gangkar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7497 mts. On the way, visit the Semtokha Dzong, ‘The place of profound Tantric teaching’, stands sentinel on a hillock a few kilometers out of town on the way.
After Lunch, hike to the nearby Chimi Lakhang, a temple dedicated to the ‘Divine Madman’, an eccentric monk from the 16th century famous for many his many amusing, Rabelaisian folklore stories.

From there on we drive on to visit the impressive Punakha Dzong, the Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative center of the region. Damaged over the centuries by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored in recent years by the present monarch. It is open for visitors during the Punakha festival (early spring) and in the summer months, after the monk body has returned to Thimphu. The Dzong is placed strategically at the junction of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. This ancient fortress is the winter residence of the monastic order’s head and still serves as the administrative headquarters for the Punakha region. A picnic lunch will be served on the banks of the Punak Chhu at a vantage point of the stunning Dzong and confluence of the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu.

In the evening, take a stroll along the town’s main street.

Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel in Punakha

DAY 13 | PUNAKHA – PARO [54 Kms 1.5 Hr approx]

This morning, set off for Paro after breakfast. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.

After Lunch drive towards the north end of the valley to view the Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower and now the National Museum. The museum collection includes ancient Bhutanese Art & Artifacts, Weapons, Coins, Stamps and a small natural history collection. Then walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) situated at a commanding height overlooking Paro valley. Built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646, this Dzong now houses Paro’s monk body and the offices of the civil administration and is symbolic as the religious and secular center of all affairs of the valley.

Visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan

In the evening, visit a traditional farmhouse for an opportunity to interact with a local family and observe their lifestyle. Later, take a stroll along the main street for a few handicrafts shops.

Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel in Paro

DAY 14 | PARO

In the morning take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche, founding father of the Bhutanese form of Mahayana Buddhism, arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery. The main structure was severely damaged by fire in 1998, but after many years of painstaking restoration work, the complex has now been fully restored to its former glory.

In the afternoon, take an excursion to Drukgyal Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought off Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, “mountain goddess” can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong..

Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel in Paro

DAY 15 | PARO – KATHMANDU (by flight)

After an early breakfast, drive to Paro Airport to board a flight for Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport you will be assisted by our Representative to the hotel.

Overnight is in hotel.

DAY 16 | DEPART KATHMANDU

Today you will be driven to Kathmandu airport to board your flight for onward journey.

The Experience

DAY 1 | DEPART LONDON HEATHROW

Today you will board on an overnight plane to New Delhi.

Overnight is in plane.

DAY 2 | ARRIVE DELHI

Today you will arrive at Delhi’s International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a LUMLE representative will meet you as you exit the arrivals terminal building and transfer you to your hotel.

Perhaps there is no other capital city in the world so steeped in history and legend as the Indian capital Delhi. It was the magnet, which drew the Mongols, Turks, Persians, Afghans, Mughals and the British, all of whom contributed to its glorious but turbulent past. The fascination with Delhi was such that even though it was abandoned many times, its rulers returned to it again and again rebuilding it at least seven times. Today, the twin cities of Old and New Delhi still intrigue Indians and tourists alike as the cultural and political capital of the largest democracy in the world.

Overnight is in hotel.

DAY 3 | IN DELHI

Early morning you will embark on the combined city tour Delhi. Delhi is divided into two parts New and Old Delhi. First you will visit the old part of Delhi. You will visit:

Jamia Masjid – One of the oldest Mosques in Asia followed by a rickshaw ride in the old narrow streets of Chandini Chowk, silver streets and spices Markets, and then later visit the Red Fort (photo stop only) and the Rajghat – Cremation place of Mahatma Ghandi. Following this you will take a break at local ethnic restaurants (at own cost).

After lunch, you will kick of the second part of your Delhi tour for sightseeing of New Delhi by drive past The Rashtrapati Bhawan and Parliament of India and visit the India Gate, a war memorial. Then you’ll visit the famous Humuyus Tomb – replica of Taj Mahal made of sandstone and marble. Other highlights of the day include visits to Lotus Temple – belonging to the Bahai Faith. Later visiting the Tallest Minaret called Qutub Minar and return to hotel.

Overnight is in hotel.

DAY 4 | DELHI – AGRA

After breakfast you begin your journey to Agra (214 Km /5 Hrs).

Upon arrival in Agra you will check-in at your hotel and a representative will assist you to complete your check-in formalities.

Agra came into the limelight during the rule of the Afghan King Sikandar Lodhi – who had made it the capital of his empire. Later in 1526 A.D., the Mughal Emperor Babar took upon himself the task for rendering Agra, a unique character and beauty of its own. The next few hundred years of Agra witnessed the rise of the pomp and pageantry of three great Mughal monarchs – Emperor Akbar, Jehangir and Shahjahan. In modern times, the city of Agra is a thriving carpet industry where you can also find leather workers, sandstone and marble sculptors, some of whom claim to be direct descendants of the craftsmen who had helped build the Taj Mahal.

Visit the Taj Mahal, monument remain closed on all Fridays. Taj Mahal was built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. What makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow.

Later visit the impressive Agra Fort, the seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire for successive generations. The buildings within this sprawling fort complex represent the assimilation of different cultures, which was the mark of the Mughal period. Most of the structures within the Agra fort are a mixture of different architectural styles.

Overnight is in hotel.

DAY 5 | AGRA – JAIPUR

Today you will be proceeding to Taj Mahal for sunrise (without guide) and drive to Jaipur.

Enroute you’ll visit Fathepur Sikri and see famous Buland Darwaja, Panch Mahal and Mughal architecture. Arrive in Jaipur and transfer to hotel.

Overnight is in hotel.

DAY 6 | IN JAIPUR

After breakfast, visit Amber Fort. High above the city, the towers and domes of the Amber Fort are reminiscent of scenes from some fairy tale. The palace itself is within the enormous fort complex and is replete with halls, gardens, pavilions, and temples. The Hall of Mirrors is not to be missed where one lit matchstick can illuminate the entire room.

Later proceed to visit the City Palace Museum where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armoury of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, Also visit the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 AD).

Your tour also included is a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) – a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires.

Later walk through the colourful markets of Jaipur.

Overnight is in hotel.

DAY 7 | JAIPUR – DELHI

Morning after breakfast you will set your return journey to Delhi where upon arrival you will check in at your hotel.

Overnight is in hotel.

DAY 8 | DELHI – KATHMANDU [approx 1330 meters] BY FLIGHT

Today after breakfast you will be driven to Delhi International airport to board your further flight to Kathmandu.

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, our airport executive will meet & greet you. You will have some time to get settle down before you are escorted to the hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel; check in and you will be briefed for your onward holiday.

Overnight is in hotel.

DAY 9 | KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING

After breakfast, you will proceed for sight-seeing of Kathmandu valley by visiting following sites.

Durbar Square: So far as art and architecture are concerned, you need to look no further. This complex of places, countryards and temples built between the 12th and 18th century. The Durbar Square protected by UNESCO as the world heritage site in the social, religious and urban focal point of the city.

Pashupatinath: One of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, Pashupatinath lies 05 kilometres east of the city centre at the edge of the holy Bagmati river. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses, the scared linga or phallic symbol of lord Shiva chronicles indicate the temples existence prior to 400 AD.

Bouddhanath: It is also protected by UNESCO as an important world heritage site. It is the largest Buddhist Stupa in the world. It was built by Mandev in the 15th century AD.

Overnight is in hotel.

DAY 10 | KATHMANDU – PARO [approx 2195 meters] (by flight) PARO – THIMPU [approx 2320 meters]

Today you will be driven to Kathmandu airport to board your flight for Paro .

Following Customs / Immigration formalities and baggage collection, a LUMLE Representative will meet you outside the Arrivals Hall and escort you to your transfer vehicle.

Thereafter, straightaway drive to Thimphu ([54 Kms 1.5 Hrs approx.], the modern capital town of Bhutan with exciting blends of tradition and modernity. This bustling town is home to Bhutan’s royal family, the civil service, and Foreign Missions with Representation in Bhutan. It is also the Headquarters for a number of internationally funded development projects.

Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.

In the afternoon visit Changangkha Lhakhang and take a stroll along the town’s main street.

Changangkha Lhakhang – Built in the 12th century, it is the oldest temple in Town. It hovers over a ridge above Thimphu, near Motithang. Lama Phajo Drukgom Zhigpo who came to Bhutan from Ralung in Tibet chose this site to build this Lhakhang. The Lhakhang houses Chenrizig: an 11-headed, thousand-armed manifestation of Avolokitesawara as the central statue. The prayer books in this Lhakhang are larger than the usual Buddhist texts. There are large prayer inside the Lhakhang and small on the walls outside the Lhakhang.

Before sunset drive to Sangay gang View Point (2685 mts above sea level) to have view of the whole of Thimphu Valley and walk through hundreds of colorful prayer flags that dot the hill overlooking the Thimphu valley.

Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel in Thimphu

DAY 11 | THIMPU

After breakfast, proceed for a full day sightseeing of Thimphu Town and visit the following places:

National Memorial Chorten – The building of this landmark was originally envisaged by Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who had wanted to erect a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King (“the father of modern Bhutan”), and a monument to peace.

National Textile Museums – It opened in 2001, providing fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life. (Closed on Sun & Govt. Holidays)

Folk Heritage Museum, opened in 2001, provide fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life. This 3-storied, 19th century traditional house provides you a glimpse of the Bhutanese lifestyle, and artifacts from the rural households. One can come across typical household objects, tools and equipment. Besides, the museum also organizes demonstrations of rural traditions, skills, habits and customs and educational programs for children. (Closed on Sun & Govt. Holidays)

The National Institute for Zorig Chusum is commonly known as ‘the painting school’. It operates under the auspices of the National Technical Training Institute and offers 04 – 06 year courses that provide instruction in many of Bhutan’s traditional arts to students from throughout the country whose aptitude is more artistic than academic. The students follow a comprehensive course that starts with drawing and progresses through painting, woodcarving, embroidery and statue-making. (Closed on Sunday & Govt. Holidays – But open on Sat 1000 hrs – 1200 Hrs)

National Institute of Traditional Medicine (Exhibition area only) – It was established with the concept to merge Allopathic and traditional systems of healing. The work of producing herbal medicines is undertaken with the help of different medicinal plants found in Bhutan. There is also a training school for traditional medicine practitioners. The visitors can walk along the compound to view it from the outside.

Tashichho Dzong: This impressive fortress/monastery houses the secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of the Chief Abbot and central monk body.

Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel in Thimphu

DAY 12 | THIMPU – PUNAKHA [approx 1310 meters] [77 Kms 3 Hrs approx.].

This morning after an early breakfast, we will drive you to Dochu-la pass (3150 mts above sea level) stopping briefly to take in the view and admire the chortens, Mani walls, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the high Himalayan peaks towards the northeast will be revealed in all their glory.

On a clear day, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158 mts), Tsendegang (6960 mts), Terigang (7060 mts), Jejegangphugang (7158 mts), Kangphugang (7170 mts), Zongaphugang (7060 mts) a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana, and finally, Gangkar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7497 mts. On the way, visit the Semtokha Dzong, ‘The place of profound Tantric teaching’, stands sentinel on a hillock a few kilometers out of town on the way.
After Lunch, hike to the nearby Chimi Lakhang, a temple dedicated to the ‘Divine Madman’, an eccentric monk from the 16th century famous for many his many amusing, Rabelaisian folklore stories.

From there on we drive on to visit the impressive Punakha Dzong, the Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative center of the region. Damaged over the centuries by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored in recent years by the present monarch. It is open for visitors during the Punakha festival (early spring) and in the summer months, after the monk body has returned to Thimphu. The Dzong is placed strategically at the junction of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. This ancient fortress is the winter residence of the monastic order’s head and still serves as the administrative headquarters for the Punakha region. A picnic lunch will be served on the banks of the Punak Chhu at a vantage point of the stunning Dzong and confluence of the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu.

In the evening, take a stroll along the town’s main street.

Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel in Punakha

DAY 13 | PUNAKHA – PARO [54 Kms 1.5 Hr approx]

This morning, set off for Paro after breakfast. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.

After Lunch drive towards the north end of the valley to view the Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower and now the National Museum. The museum collection includes ancient Bhutanese Art & Artifacts, Weapons, Coins, Stamps and a small natural history collection. Then walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) situated at a commanding height overlooking Paro valley. Built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646, this Dzong now houses Paro’s monk body and the offices of the civil administration and is symbolic as the religious and secular center of all affairs of the valley.

Visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan

In the evening, visit a traditional farmhouse for an opportunity to interact with a local family and observe their lifestyle. Later, take a stroll along the main street for a few handicrafts shops.

Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel in Paro

DAY 14 | PARO

In the morning take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche, founding father of the Bhutanese form of Mahayana Buddhism, arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery. The main structure was severely damaged by fire in 1998, but after many years of painstaking restoration work, the complex has now been fully restored to its former glory.

In the afternoon, take an excursion to Drukgyal Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought off Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, “mountain goddess” can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong..

Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel in Paro

DAY 15 | PARO – KATHMANDU (by flight)

After an early breakfast, drive to Paro Airport to board a flight for Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport you will be assisted by our Representative to the hotel.

Overnight is in hotel.

DAY 16 | DEPART KATHMANDU

Today you will be driven to Kathmandu airport to board your flight for onward journey.

What's included

  • Return economy flight from London Heathrow (1 stopover 1-5 hours)
  • Delhi – Kathmandu economy flights
  • Return economy flight from Kathmandu - Paro - Kathmandu
  • Accommodation on twin sharing at the hotels 3 star or similar
  • Daily buffet breakfast at the hotels mentioned
  • All (breakfast, lunch & dinner) meals in Bhutan
  • Entrance fees to the monuments for Bhutan only
  • All transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours in India, Nepal & Bhutan will be by air-conditioned vehicle
  • LUMLE representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
  • English speaking local guides as per the sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary (Separate escorts for Bhutan starting from 01 pax onward)
  • Mineral water in the vehicle throughout the trip (India & Bhutan only)
  • All currently applicable taxes on hotel & transport

What's not included

  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance charges at the monuments (India & Nepal)
  • Expenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic/non- alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax, any insurance etc.
  • Any meals other than the mentioned.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.

Accommodation

Your Hotels

Delhi : Rockland CR Park
Agra : Seven Hills
Jaipur : Surya Villa
Kathmandu : Rama Inn
Paro : Udumwara, Drukchen, Tenzinling, Gangtey Palace or Olathang Resort
Thimphu : Jomolhari, Phuntsho Pelri or Galingkha
Punakha : Meri Puensum, Zangto Pelri, Lobesa or Vara

Check-in : 15:00 hours
Check-out : Until 12:00 hours
Room occupancy : Maximum 2 adults and 1 child aged 0-17 per room

Offer is based on Twin share so 2 people must book to complete the offer. So valid with 2 full paying adults:

Single supplement : £1499

Hotels : If the hotels mentioned in the itinerary are unavailable you will stay in hotels of a similar standard

Internet Access : Free access to Wi-Fi at all hotels (in lounge or public area)

Wheelchair access : The hotels and tour are not suitable for wheelchair users.

Mobile number : Please be sure to fill in mobile number when booking. This is so that the driver can get in touch with you.

Flight Documents : Once your final payment has been processed, we will send you an email confirmation. You will receive all travel documentation required for your flights and accommodation shortly afterwards.

Flight Times : Please note that flights may be subject to change, delay or postponement by the provider and that flight times are provisional. We search for the best times for you and will do our utmost to provide you with the flights detailed above. However, please note that flight times are subject to availability and may be amended.

Visa : If you are travelling to India and Nepal, you will require India & Nepal visa. Please check with the India & Nepal Embassy in the country of your residence. For more details please visit http://www.nepembassy.org.uk/ for India visa https://www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html For Bhutan, we will arrange visa approval letter for you (at the cost £40pp) of to carry and your passport will be stamp at the airport upon arrival.

Vaccination : If you are travelling to India & Nepal & Bhutan, you may need to be vaccinated against Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Typhoid. For the most up-to-date health advice, you should visit your local doctor/GP or visit www.gov.uk.

Cancellation Conditions : This offer cannot be cancelled or modified

Important : Please be informed that the detailed itinerary for Bhutan may be changed due to unfavourable climatic conditions, National holidays & special events. We maintain the rights to alter the itinerary since tours are prepared in advance and unforeseen circumstances may arise during travel that mandate changes. Itinerary changes are made to improve your overall travel experience in Bhutan. Also note that since hotels are pre-booked and paid for, any change in itinerary will cost cancellation / re-booking charges eventually.

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If you wish to travel on any other date than dates above or have any other queries please call our office at 0203 006 2722 or email to sales@lumle.com

A private departures on any day all around the year can be arranged for this trek/tour, for more details and dates E-mail sales@lumle.com

AVAILABILITY OPTIONS

OPENED: This date is available and open for bookings.
LIMITED: There are very limited number of available places on this departure. Immediate booking.
GUARANTEED: We have reached minimum numbers and this trip is guaranteed to depart.
CLOSED: This date is currently unavailable. Please contact us, if you are interested in travelling on this date.

Your Program Duration = 16 Days
All the Prices are in GBP (£) Per Person.

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    • Flight time 12 hours (via Delhi, Calcutta or Kathmandu)
    • Timezone GMT+6 hours
    • Recommended airlines Druk Airways, Tashi Airways
    • Best season mid-Mar to mid-Jul and Sep to mid-Jan

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