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16 Days Classic India Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour

16 Days Classic India Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour

(ITNB016) Delhi - Pink City - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi - Kathmandu - Lhasa - Kathmandu - Paro - Taktshang Goemba - Paro


The 16-day classic tour takes you to experience all the landmark attractions from India to Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. You will follow the classic golden triangle travel route from Delhi to Jaipur and Agra and later take flight to visit the Hindu temple and three major cities in the lively Kathmandu Valley. Then flying across Great Himalayas, you will explore mysterious Tibetan Buddhism and intriguing Tibetan pilgrims’ life in Lhasa. The final part of the journey lands you in mysterious Himalayan kingdom in Bhutan. You have a brief visit to its landmark cliff-built Goemba and learn more of this enchanting country.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi

Arrive at international airport in Delhi; you will be warmly received by our Indian guide and get transferred to hotel. You can relax yourself and explore around for the rest of the day.

Stay overnight in Delhi

Day 2: Day Tour in Delhi: Explore Old and New Delhi

After breakfast, we are expected to explore the historical Old and New Delhi. The first stop will be Jama Mosque, one of the largest mosques in India. You may enjoy the stunning architecture and enjoy the crowds for praying, esp. on Friday. Afterwards, you can take rickshaw ride via old Chandni chowk bazaar to visit Old Delhi and one of the largest spice markets in Asia.

Then we keep moving to Raj Ghat, the memorial of father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi. You can enjoy the peace and tranquility while strolling the enchanting garden and monument. Later, we head to New Delhi, built by British. You will pass the official office and residence of the president of India and visit iconic India gate, which is a memorial to patriotic Indian soldiers who died in WWI. Finally we will cover the Qutub Minar, a magnificent UNESCO world heritage site in New Delhi.

Stay overnight in Delhi

Day 3: Travel from Delhi to Jaipur (280 km; 5-6hrs drive)

Today we will head to Jaipur, the welcoming Pink City in Northern India. The long drive will pass idyllic Indian villages and Aravalli hills, etc. Upon your arrival in Jaipur, you can will be directly transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is for your relaxation or you may opt for touring Galta Ji, a monkey-ruled Hindu temple with unique architecture in Jaipur.

Stay overnight in Jaipur

Day 4: Day Tour in Pink City: Visit City Forts and Palaces

After tasty breakfast, we are on our way to tour the stunning Amber fort, a must visit UNESCO site in Jaipur. You may follow the stairs to explore the magnificent fort, or even enjoy the elephant ride. The main attraction of the fort is the Sheesh Mahal where the belgium glass used for the mahal. You can closely observe exquisite artworks and skillful stone cutting, etc.

Afterwards, we will head to visit City Palace, a superb royal property built by Maharaja of Amer during 1729-1734. The sublime architecture and a large collection of textiles, costumes and weapons jewels, etc. will blow your mind. The last stop takes you to Jantar Mantar, a perfect place for science geeks to explore astronomical instruments built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II.

Stay overnight in Jaipur

Day 5: Travel from Jaipur to Agra (280km;5-6hrs drive)

The long drive will take us from Jaipur to Agra, one of the major tourist cities in India. On the way, we will make a brief visit to 9th Century step well Abhaneri. The over 3000 crisscrossing steps arranged in a geometric architectural design will leave you in awe. Then the tour group is expected to tour Ghost city Fatehpur Sikri. You may stroll in the imperial complex of pavilions and palaces spread amongst a large abandoned 'city' peppered with Mughal masterpieces. Finally, you will arrive in the hotel in Agra.

Stay overnight in Agra

Day 6: Tour Agra and Drive back to Delhi ( 220km; 3-4hrs drive)

We will have an early rise to enjoy the sunrise at well-known Taj Mahal, believed to be one of the 7 wonders of the world. You may enjoy the spectacular architecture, take some brilliant pictures and walk through the history of India. Later, we drive back to hotel for breakfast and after check out from the hotel. We manage to explore Agra fort, the awesome military fort situated down river from Taj Mahal. Later, we will drive back to Delhi. You may do some shopping and enjoy the last night in India.

Stay overnight in Delhi

Day 7: Fly from Delhi to Kathmandu, Nepal

Take the morning flight from Delhi to Kathmandu. The non-stop flight normally takes around 1h40m. Then our Nepali guide will be greeting you and transfer you to hotel. The rest of the day is for free exploration.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 8: Day tour in Kathmandu: Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath and Patan City

The day starts with a tour of Kathmandu City, and takes in the famous Kathmandu Durbar Square. The most famous square in the city, the Durbar Square is the Royal Palace square in the city, and is surrounded by ancient buildings from the early 16th century. The magnificent architecture, exquisite decorations, and the intensity of historical items gives a great insight into Nepali culture.

You then continue the tour with a visit to the Swayambhunath Pagoda, which is one of the oldest Buddhist sites in Nepal. Swayambhunath is a huge golden stupa festooned with prayer flags that flutter in the breeze, on a hill that overlooks the entire city. Then it is on to Patan City, the second largest city in the Kathmandu Valley area. Patan City has one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Nepal that dates back to the 12th century, and is a great place to explore the Buddhist culture of Nepal.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 9: Day tour in Kathmandu: Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Bhaktapur City

You will also get to go further afield in Nepal, to visit the ancient Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath, one of the largest stupas in Asia, and a focal point for Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Set on the banks of the Baghmati River, Pashupatinath is one of Nepal’s famous UNESCO sites, and the sunset over the temple roofs is spectacular.

Another great place to see is Boudhanath, located on the ancient trade route. It is a place of meditation and part of the spiritual journey around Kathmandu. With one of the largest stupas in the world, it has been the site of many Tibetan prayers over the centuries. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the last place to visit for the day, with its pagoda and shikhara temples strewn around the royal palace. The square really highlights the ancient building arts of Nepal.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 10: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa

Take a flight to Lhasa, which is expected to last around 1h30m. Do take the left window seat, you can enjoy stunning bird’s eye view of Mt. Everest while flying past Great Himalayan Range. Upon your arrival, our local Tibetan guide will be expecting you and escort you to your hotel in Lhasa. The rest of the day is for you to have a good rest to acclimatize to the high altitude on Tibetan Plateau.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 11: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

Today's tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace which is the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

Then after lunch, tourists head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Outside, you can see pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor street, where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market.

Besides, we can taste Tibetan tea with locals in tea house; the welcome dinner will also be arranged accordingly.

With time permitting, you may go with tour guide to visit Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center. You can upgrade your service to enjoy Tibetan Culture Show in the evening (fr. 60USD)

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 12: Lhasa Tour - Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

In the morning, you are going to visit Drepung Monastery which is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. You can visit biggest monastery kitchen inside the monastery and enjoy Buddhist Sculpture Carving workshop near Drepung.

In the afternoon, Tourists will visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. The hot attraction is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon. In addition, you can tour the Tibetan religious scripture printing house; inside the monastery, you can see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 13: Fly from Lhasa back to Kathmandu

Our guide will escort you to Lhasa Gongga Airport for the flight back to Kathmandu. You will be transferred to your hotel, while we will handle the visa for Paro in the tomorrow.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 14: Fly from Kathmandu to Paro : Paro Rinpung Dzong and National Museum of Bhutan

Get transferred to Kathmandu airport in the morning and take flight from Kathmandu to Paro via Druk Air. The flight takes about 1h5m. Our Bhutan tour guide will escort you to hotel.

After lunch, we are about to visit Paro Rinpung Dzong and National Museum of Bhutan Located at the suburb of Paro City, Rinpung Dzong is a fortress built in the 17th Century to protect Paro valley, which offers you picturesque scenery and a sense of inner peace. Above the Dzong lies a round watchtower, which is now used as the National Museum of Bhutan, where you can trace back to the ancient Bhutan history and explore the diverse wild lives as well as splendid local culture and arts.

Stay overnight in Paro

Day 15: Day Trek to Taktshang Goemba and Visit Kyichu Lhakhang

Getting up in the fresh morning, we’ll start today’s trek to Taktshang Goemba (also known as Tiger's Nest). Standing on the cliff of Paro Valley, Taktshang Goemba (3120 meters) is the landmark of Paro as well as the holiest temple in Bhutan. It’s said that Guru Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche) had flied here on the back of a tigress and meditated in the caves on the cliffside for three months. From here, you can catch a panoramic view of Paro Valley.

After that, we’ll pay a visit to Kyichu Lhakhang (also known as Kyerchu Temple), the oldest and most beautiful temple in Bhutan. Surrounded by the fields, flowers and hills, Kyichu Lhakhang is home to the eight-year-old Buddha statue of Sakyamuni, historic relics, elaborate paintings and numerous Buddhist scriptures, etc.

Stay overnight in Paro

Day 16: Departure from Paro

Today, our tour guide will transfer you to Paro International Airport for your next destination. Tour service end.

Service Guide

Service Included:

  • Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
  • Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
  • Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
  • First aid kit;

Service Excluded:

  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
  • Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  • Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

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