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Gems of India Nepal Bhutan

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 VISITING:
 New Delhi/ Old Delhi/ Jaipur/ Amber/ Fatehpur Sikri/ Agra/  Kathmandu/ Paro/ Thimphu

DAY 01 / DELHI:


Arrive New Delhi.

Assistance on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Check-in time is 12 noon.

Delhi- Delhi as the capital of India Delhi is the seat of administration and the monuments which tell the saga of a bygone era stand there. These icons are testimony to the grandeur of past and also an attraction for the tourists. With an area of 1483 sq. Kms, Delhi is all set to acquire full statehood. The charm of Delhi has attracted Emperors, Conquerors and poor in equally. It is correctly said that Delhi is a land of 'Dilwalas' or for people with heart. This phrase acquires a true colour when one goes around the lanes of Delhi. Delhi-- a window to the kaleidoscope that is India. From a string of historical monuments to modern commercial centers, Delhi has evolved into an exceptional and dynamic destination offering a wealth of shopping and sightseeing activities. Tourism in Delhi has undergone a sea change in recent times as the city is in the process of a steady makeover.

Overnight at your hotel.

DAY 02 / DELHI

Morning guided city sightseeing tour of Old Delhi
having a panoramic view of Red Fort and then visit to Jama Masjid which is considered the biggest in India, Chandni Chowk - a typical Bazaar with narrow lanes and traditional traders Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. 

Afternoon guided city sightseeing tour of New Delhi visiting - the Qutub Minar,   Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, Parliament House, Laxmi Narayan Temple [Birla Mandir, Connaught Place and government buildings.

Overnight at your hotel.

DAY 03/ DELHI - AMBER –JAIPUR BY SURFACE (260 kms / 5 hrs)

Morning drive to Jaipur enroute visiting countryside and on arrival transfer to your hotel.
Afternoon guided city sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting the Maharaja’s City Palace, the Observatory, the Museum,   and the impressive Palace of Winds with the intricate facade carved out of pink sandstone.
Jaipur is about 275 km from Delhi and 250 km from Agra and forms the most chosen tourism golden triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. It a bustling capital city and a business centre with all the trapping of modern metropolis but yet flavored strongly with an age-old charm that never fails to surprise a traveler.

Overnight at your hotel.

DAY 04 / JAIPUR –AMBER - FATEHPUR SIKRI - AGRA BY SURFACE (250 KMS/5 HRS)

Morning guided excursion to fabled Amber Palace situated atop a hill overlooking the city. Amber (pronounced Amber) is situated about 11 kilometres from Jaipur and was the ancient citadel of the ruling Kachhawa clan of Amber, before the capital was shifted in the plains to present day Jaipur.

The Amber Fort set in picturesque and rugged hills is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Constructed by Raja Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by Sawai Jai Singh I the fort is made in red sand stone and white marble. The rugged forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise with a beautiful fusion of art and architecture. Amber is the classic and romantic fort- palace with a magnificent aura. The interior wall of the palace depicts expressive painting scenes with carvings, precious stones and mirror settings. In the foreground is the Maota Lake providing a breathtaking look. Built mainly for the warring enemies as a safe place, the heavily structured walls could defend the residents within the ramparts of the fort.
Later proceed to Agra enroute visiting countryside and Fatehpur Sikri . On arrival in Agra transfer to your hotel.

Fatehpur Sikri- Twenty-seven miles from Agra, is Akbar’s Capital where Phantoms of ancient pomp and splendor fill a deserted city, silent witnesses to a vanished dream.  The capital had to be abandoned by the Emperor for lack of adequate water supply.  The marble tomb of the Saint “Salim Chisti” and the Bulland Durwaza, the highest gateway in the world, are some of the highlights of the place.
Overnight at your hotel.

DAY 05 / AGRA – DELHI

Morning guided city sightseeing tour of Agra visiting Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

AGRA – Home of the world-famous TAJ MAHAL, best described as “poetry in marble’, because of its beauty, grace and exquisite workmanship. Also visit AGRA FORT, standing opposite the TAJ on the banks of the Yamuna River, which contains a wealth of palaces and monuments that recall the days of Mughal splendors.

Taj Mahal (Close on Friday) stands serene and awesome, on a raised marble platform, by the banks of the Yamuna, testifying to the timelessness of art and love. Its pure white marble shimmers silver in the soft moonlight, exudes a shell - pink glow at dawn, and at the close of the day, takes on the tawny, fiery hue of the  majesticsun.Shahjahan built the monument in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the 'lady of the Taj'. It has been called the most extravagant monument ever built for the sake of love. The construction of the Taj commenced in 1631, and was completed in 1653. Workers were gathered from all over the country and from Central Asia, and about 20,000 people were recruited to translate this wild dream into a reality.
Among the other monuments that Agra takes pride in is the Agra Fort, built by three of the greatestMughal emperors. The construction of this massive structure began in 1565, under Akbar, and continued till the time of his grandson, Shahjahan. Armed with massive double walls, punctuated by four gateways, the fort houses palaces, courts, mosques, baths, gardens and gracious pavilions within its premises. Among the fascinating structures that are to be found within the fort is the red sandstone Jehangiri Mahal built by Akbar for his Hindu queen, Jodhabai, was one of the earliest constructions illustrating the fort's change from a military structure to a palace.
Later proceed to Delhi enroute visiting countryside and transfer to your hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 06 / DELHI – KATHMANDU BY AIR

Morning transfer to airport in time to board flight for Kathmandu.

Assistance on arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Kathmandu- The very name conjures up images of snow-covered peaks, snake charmers and mountaineers, holy men and sacred cows. Perhaps no other city on earth has seemed so mysterious. This city, capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal, lies in a wide valley hidden behind a wall of nearly impenetrable mountains. The sudden influx of modernity and tourists has made for some interesting and eye-catching contrasts in this Himalayan Shangri-La. Kathmandu Valley is dotted with countless shrines, temples, palace squares, charming old bazaars and ageless sculptures. Very much the abode of Lord Shiva and Gautama Buddha, a patron saint of the Sikhs has also walked here.

Overnight at your hotel.

DAY 07 / KATHMANDU

Morning guided city sightseeing tour of Kathmandu - The capital of the mountain Kingdom of Nepal is situated in a valley at an altitude of 4,550 feet above sea level and is surrounded by the lofty peaks of the world’s highest mountains.  Visit to Hanuman Dhoka which is the traditional seat of Royalty in Nepal, Pasupatinath, the temple built in Pagoda style, Kastha Mandap, and interesting temple in wood, Bodhnath and Asan Tole, a typical Nepalese market place.

Overnight at your hotel.

DAY 08 / KATHMANDU

Morning guided excursion to PATAN: The city of grace and fine arts situated across the river Bagmati. The ancient city a storehouse of medieval art and architecture with many Hindu and Buddhist temples, all elaborately carved and ornamented. It is also Nepal’s city of arts and crafts where artisans continue their traditional handiwork in wood and a variety of metals

Afternoon guided excursion to Bhatgaon: Earlier known as Bhaktapur, is the home of medieval art and architecture containing creations of sculptures, woodcarvings and colossal pagodas.  It is a city of devotees, which breathes an air of mystery.  Its haunting impressions of the Old World are left unspoiled by the psychedelic civilization of today.

Overnight at your hotel.

DAY 09 / KATHMANDU – PARO BY AIR

Morning free for independent activities and later transfer to airport in time to board flight for Paro.

Assistance on arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Paro is a historic town with many sacred sites and historical buildings scattered through the area. In addition, the Paro Valley is wide and verdant and is recognized a one of the most beautiful in all Bhutan.

Overnight at your hotel.

DAY 10 / PARO THIMPHU BY SURFACE

Morning guided city sightseeing tour visiting Drukgyel Dzong ,Taktshang Monastery ,Ta Dzong and The National Museum.
Taktsang Monastery, (Tiger's Nest). Precariously perched on the edge of a 1,200 meter cliff, this monastery creates an impressive sight, and is the unofficial symbol of Bhutan. It is about 2-3 hour, totally up-hill hike from the parking lot to the monastery, though there is a cafe located on ridge across from the Taktsang (about 90 minutes into the walk) that provides a welcome opportunity to take a rest and purchase refreshments and snacks. Taktsang was established as a sacred place for meditation by Guru Rinpoche who visited the site on his second visit to Bhutan in 747 CE, though the first monastery was not constructed until 1694. In 1998 a tragic fire destroyed most of the original buildings, but these have since been painstakingly restored to their former glory.
National Museum of Bhutan. Located in a former watch tower (which itself is a museum piece) above the dzong, the museum displays artifacts from Bhutan's history as well as examples of indigenous flora and fauna.
Evening drive to Thimphu enroute visiting country side and on arrival transfer to your hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 11 / THIMPHU – PARO

Morning guided city sightseeing tour visiting the National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts, the school of Thangkha painting and the traditional medicine institute, where centuries old healing arts are still practiced. Handicrafts Emporium, to see the exquisite artistry of traditional crafts, textiles. The Memorial Chorten dedicated to His Late Majesty, Kind Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Taschichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious religion) built in 1641 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and reconstructed in 1961, by the Late King, who is regarded as Father of Modern Bhutan.

Later in the evening drive back to Paro enroute visiting countryside and transfer to your hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 12 / PARO – DELHI BY AIR

Morning transfer to airport in time to board flight for Delhi.

Assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Evening free for independent activities.

Overnight at your hotel.

DAY 13 / DELHI OUT

Transfer to airport in time to board flight for onward destination. Check-out time is 12 noon.

Monuments Fees- are subject to change(Per Person)

Red Fort                                                                   = USD 5
Humayun’s Tomb                                                    = USD 5
Qutub Minar                                                             = USD 5
Taj Mahal                                                                 = USD 15
Agra Fort                                                                 = USD 6
KTM Durbar Square                                              = USD 11
Bodnath                                                                   = USD 2
Pashupatinath                                                         = USD 11
Patan City                                                               = USD 6



Bon Voyage

Note: all the above arrangements are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.