Golden Triangle with Bhutan Visit
Duration11 Nights / 12 Days
Destination CoveredDelhi – Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Abhaneri – Jaipur – Paro – Thimpu
HighlightsRickshaw ride in Delhi,Tonga Ride in Agra,Step of wells visit,Elephant ride in Jaipur,Taktsang Monestry,Tango Monastery
OptionalCooking class in Delhi/Jaipur, Vintage Car / Chariot ride in Jaipur, High Tea with Indian Family, Heritage walk in Delhi/Jaipur,Rajasthan folk dance with Dinner at Chokhi Dhani in Jaipur
We can customise it as per your Requirement & Budget
IncludedWarm welcome in Typical Indian StyleAssistance on arrival /departure and during Hotel check-inHotel accommodation on Double sharingDaily breakfast at HotelAir-conditioned Medium Sedan Car for 02 & Toyota Innova in case of 04 persons with knowledgeable driver during India tourDeluxe Vehicle during Bhutan tourElephant ride at Amer fort – JaipurVisa fee to BhutanSouvenir gift at the time of deparutreAll applicable Government TaxesServices of English speaking local knowledgeable guide during sightseeing
ExclusionsInternational / domestic airfareMonument entrance feeTips to hotels, guide and driverAny drinks or meals other than mentioned aboveAny visa/insurance feesAny other services note specifed above
Day 01: Arrive Delhi (By International flight)
Day 02: Delhi sightseeing
After a leisurely breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi Old Delhi - A sight-seeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting - Red Fort - The red sandstone walls of Lal Qila, the Red Fort, extend for two km and vary in height from 18 meters on the river side to 33 metres on the city side. Shah Jahan started construction of the massive fort in 1638 and it was completed in 1648. Jama Masjid - Jama Masjid The splendid mosque built by Muhammad Ali Shah in
the typical Mughal style with two minarets and three domes, lies to the west of the Hussainabad Imambara. Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Also, visit the Swami Narayan Temple and Bangla Sahib Gurudwara Proceed for the visit of New Delhi
New Delhi - An extensive sight-seeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit:- Humayun's Tomb - Built in the mid 16th century by Haji Begum, senior wife of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, Humayun's Tomb is an early example of Mughal architecture built in Delhi. Lotus temple ( known as Bahai Temple), Qutub Minar - 13 km to the south of Connaught Circus at Lalkote of 8th century Tomor Rajputs, the 72.5 mts high Victory Pillar stands as a victory stand of a Muslim King Qutub-ud-din-Aibak in India. A drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, The President's Residence, and a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. End with the visit of the Lotus temple at the sunset Overnight at Delhi
Day 03: Drive from Delhi to Agra
After an early breakfast, drive to the city of Taj (Agra) Arrive Agra and transfer to hotel
In the afternoon visit the The Agra fort - situated on the banks of Yamuna River, North West of the Taj Mahal, this majestic fort was started by the Emperor Akbar and it developed as a strong hold of the Mughal Empire, under successive generations. This majestic fortress of red sandstone encompasses within its 2.5 km long endosure walls,
the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many visionary palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan, audience halls such as the Dewan I Khas and two very beautiful mosques.
Later visit the Taj Mahal - a white marble Tomb build in 1631 - 1648, seat of the Mughal Empire by Shah Jahan for his wife, Arjuman Banu Begum or Mumtaz MahalIn the evening, free to explore the Agra's rich heritage of handicrafts and a marble making factory. Overnight in Agra
Day 04: Drive from Agra to Jaipur visiting Fatehpur Sikri & Abhaneri enroute
After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Jaipur known as "pink city" and the capital of Rajasthan named after Jai Singh, the former Maharaja of Jaipur. Enroute visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, a place worth visiting to discover how once the city could have been which has now turned into ruins, situated 26 miles west of Agra, it was build at orders of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Proceed for Jaipur and the next halt is Abhaneri
Abhaneri is a small town village, situated at a distance of 95 kms before Jaipur, on Agra –Jaipur road. The place is popular for the amazing 'Baoris' (step wells) and Harshat Mata Temple. Famour Abhaneri Stepwell called Chand Baoli, belonging to the 11th century AD. This stepwells is a marvel of architecture & has beautifully carved panels inserted into the sides. The steps, in sets of 4 or 5, are in the shape of an inverted 'V'. The carved stone pillars, which are somewhat damaged now, were once strong enough for supporting pulleys to draw water. Several storeyed verandahs surround this beautiful stepwell. Also visit the Harshat Mata Goddess Temple nearby belonging to the 9th Century. Later proceed to Jaipur. On arrival check in at Hotel. Overnight in Jaipur
Day 05: A day in Jaipur for visits
Day 06: Leave Jaipur for Delhi by surface.
Day 07 : Delhi – Paro (By International flight)
Today in time you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight for Paro as per the following schedule.Fly into Himalayas with Druk Air, Bhutan's National Air Carrier. The green walls of the hills known as dooars or gateways, in to Bhutan from the plains of India rise ever higher as the plane flies north towards the Tibetan border. Silvery rivers rush along the valleys; waterfalls plunge down the forested mountainsides, and to the north,
the great snowcapped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise up to the heavens. Farmhouses dot the hillsides on either side of the plane. As the aircraft enters the Paro valley, look down and you will see the Paro Dzong on the hillside overlooking Paro Chu (river) with Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower and now the National Museum, above it.
You will arrive at Paro Airport where you will be welcomed by your Bhutanese local escort and transferred to your hotel for check in. Overnight in Paro.
Day 08: Paro sightseeing
After buffet breakfast, you will hike to visit magical monastery known as Taktsang (the “Tiger’s Nest). On our way Taktsang, we will see the famous 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, a temple said to be built in 659 by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet. It holds down the left foot of an ogress so huge that she covers Bhutan and most of eastern Tibet. Taktsang is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in the Himalayan World. The monastery
itself is perched on a granite cliff that drops 2,000 feet to the valley floor. The name is derived from a legend that Guru Rinpoche flew across the mountains to this spot on the back of a tigress, reaching a cave in which he meditated for three months, converting the people of Paro Valley to Buddhism during his stay. The path takes us through a forest of oak, blue pine and rhododendron, arriving at a small chorten surrounded by prayer flags. With a little more effort, we will reach a teahouse and a spectacular view of the Taktsang temples.
After lunch in the afternoon you will be driven up the valley to view the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, 18 km from Paro town on the northern side of the valley. It was from here that the Bhutanese repelled several invading Tibetan armies during the 17th century. Nearby visit traditional Bhutanese Farm House, which offers good insight into lifestyle of local people. Along the way, see the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Nearby visit a traditional farmhouse, which offers deep insight into lifestyle of local people Return to your hotel after sightseeing tour. Overnight in Paro.
Day 09: Paro – Thimpu
Day 10: Thimpu
After buffet breakfast in the hotel you will proceed to visit the Tashichhodzong - the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government's office and King's Throne room It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Proceed to the National Library, which houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature, with some works dating back several hundred years. Visit the nearby Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known
as the Painting School), where a six-year training course is given in the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. Also visit (outside only), the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, where the medicinal herbs abundant in the kingdom are compounded and dispensed.
Also visit the National Memorial Chorten. The building of this landmark was originally envisaged by Bhutan’s third king. Visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and privately owned crafts shops, which offer a wide range of handcrafted products, including the splendid thangkha paintings and exquisitely woven textiles for which Bhutan is famous. Also visit the folk Heritage and National Textile Museums, opened in 2001.Come back to your hotel for lunch. In the afternoon you will drive 12 Km north of Thimpu to hike to Tango Monastery - Not only rich in its historical event, today Tango is also the centre of higher Buddhist study for monks. It was built by the "Divine Madman" in the 15th century. The hike up will take approximately 45 minutes. The view from Tango Monastery is breathtaking. After hiking you will be driven back to Thimpu. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.