India And Bhutan Tour

Day 1: Arrive & Drive to Thimphu:

Upon arrival you will be transferred to hotel through fascinating valley of Paro to Thimphu. Later visit Memorial Stupa, Majestic Tashichhodzong, which houses office of the king and the ministers. In the evening leisure in town.

Overnight at Thimphu in Hotel

Day 2: Thimphu 

Thimphu sightseeing includes visit to Buddha point, Textile museum, Folk and Heritage Museum, Traditional Handmade Paper Factory, Painting School, nunnery temple, Sangaygang viewpoint and takin Mini zoo and National Handicraft Emporium. Evening free walk in Thimphu Centenary Park with local lovers.

Overnight at Thimphu in Hotel

Day 3: Thimphu-Punakha 

After breakfasts proceed to Punakha across Dochula pass (3,100m). And catch glimpse of eastern horizon. After enjoying the spectacular panoramic views of Bhutan’s snow capped peaks along the Tibet border over cuppa and snacks at Dochula, begin 2hr ridge top walk to Lungchuzekha temple/ retreat center. The trail is through rich vegetation of moss laden birch, hemlock and rhododendrons trees, with excellent views of peaks and the valleys. Wind Horse adopts this trail since 2009. Our guides clean and maintain this trail. And later visit to the temple of divine madman, also well known as the temple of fertility.

Overnight in Hotel

Day 4:Punakha

Morning drive north of Punakha Dzong till Samdingkha village via Shangana Village on the way you will do the photography  Later make visit to Punakha Dzong located island of Pho Chu and Mo Chu Rivers and other seights as per available of time.

Overnight at Punakha in Hotel

Day 5: Punakha-Paro

After breakfast drive back re-routing Punakha Thimphu high way via Dochula pass. After arrival, visit to Ta Dzong (national Museum) and Rinpung Dzong (the fortress of the heap of Jewels built in the 17th century). After lunch visit Kyichu Lhakhang, Dungtse Lhakhang.

Overnight at Paro in Hotel

 

Day 6: Paro (Day excursion to Taktsang Monastery)Tiger nest monastery a quintessential Bhutan travel experience. After lunch visit ruined Drukgyel Dzong the place of historic war between Tibet and Bhutan in 17th century.  Evening leisure walk around Paro mini town.

Overnight at Paro in Hotel

 

Day 7: Paro-Delhi By Flights

After early breakfast departure transfer to Paro Airport to board flight to Delhi(India).

On arrival at Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport, our company representative will be waiting to welcome you at Arrival lounge with Placard. He will assist you till hotel and give the all important document and discussed about the next day tour

 Delhi- 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.

 Overnight stay

Day 8: Old Delhi & New Delhi sightseeing

After breakfast, our guide will meet you and start today sightseeing.

Today’s Sights

Red Fort- Built in Red Sand stone this imposing fort is 3 kms in perimeter with the height of the wall varying from 18 to 30 meters at places. When the Red fort was being built Yamuna used to flow on its one sides and there were deep moats on the other. Today Yamuna flows almost a kilometer away from the fort and the moats has dried up.

Jama Masjid– This is the largest mosque in India at the height of 40m where you are able to view Delhi from the minarets of this last architectural project of Shah Jahan.

Later on visit To Chandni Chowk which is known as old Delhi Market and you may  enjoy the street food of Delhi and  our guide also will take you to the  India’s largest spice wholesale market.

 Post Lunch  our guide will take to the New Delhi where you will explore the below places.

 Qutub Minar- In 1199, Qutbuddin raised the Qutab Minar either as a victory tower or as a minaret to the adjacent mosque. From a base of 14.32 mtrs. it tapers to 2.75 mtrs. at a height of 72.5 mtrs. It is still the highest stone tower in India, one of the finest stone tower in India, one of the finest Islamic structures ever raised and Delhi’s recognized landmark. It was completed by the Sultan’s successor and son-in-law, Iltutmish. The tomb of Iltutmish, which he himself built in 1235, is nearby, Its interiors are profusely decorated with calligraphy, though the dome has collapsed

Humayun Tomb- built by the wife of Humayun, Haji Begum in the mid 16th century, this red sand stone structure is considered to be the predecessor of Taj Mahal. The structure is one of the best example of Mughal Architecture. Humayun’s wife is also buried in the red and white sandstone, black and yellow marble tomb.

 Drive  Pass to India Gate and president house.

Rajpath & India Gate -Flanked by ornamental ponds and lawns, Rajpath is host to the Republic Day Parade. The two secretariat buildings and Rashtrapati Bhawan on the Raisina hills are located on the two sides of this immensely broad road. Previously the Boat Club, besides the Rajpath, was host to many demonstrations and Rallies. India Gate is towards the eastern end of Rajpath.

India Gate is a 42m high stone arch of triumph. It bears the name of the 85,000 Indian Army Soldiers who died in the campaigns of WW1, the North-West Frontiers operations and the 1919 Afghan Fiasco. Below the arch is the memorial to the Unknown Soldier. India Gate is surrounded by green grass lawns and trees.

Overnight stay

 Day 9: Delhi To Agra

 After Breakfast drive to Agra, on arrival our company representative will meet you and do the check-in formalities and then you will be taken to the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

 Today’s Sights-

Taj Mahal- Described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love, it was constructed by Mughal emperorShah Jahan as a memorial to his queen Mumtaz Mahal, made out of white marble took 22 years to complete (1630-1652 AD). Ustad Ahamad Lahori, a Persian Architect, is said to be the main designer and planner for this magnificent memorial. On full moon nights, the glory of the Taj is at its best. Over the centuries, the Taj has attracted more visitors than perhaps any other Monuments in the country, and it is all too easy resort to conventional superlatives when describing it. What makes the Taj 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 and glowes pearl-like in the moonlight and during the monsoon.

Agra Fort–  Construction of the massive red sandstone Agra Fort on the bank of the Yamuna River was begun by Emperor Akbar in 1565, though additions were made up until the rule of his grandson, Shah Jahan. In Akbar’s time the fort was principally a military structure, but during Shah Jaha regin it had partially become Palace. It is an imposing strcture with walls of red sandstone almost three kilometers long. Entered through the Amar Singh Gate, the eastern part of the fort contain palace, audience hall and mosques built by three emperors. The fort presents a good sampling of their favored architectural styles.

Akbar drew on Islamic and Hindu traditions and the result is eclectic. By Shah Jahan’s time the style had become so homogenized that it is impossible to seprate the Hindu and Muslim strands. The Diwan-i-Am (public audience hall), the beautiful Diwan-i-Khas (private audience hall) and the magnificent Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque) were also added by Shah Jahan. After visit these two monuments back to hotel. Evening free for shopping or at Leisure. Overnight stay

Day 10: Delhi To Jaipur, En Route Visit Fatehpur Sikri and Chand Baori

After Breakfast drive to Jaipur , on the way you will visit two famous monument , Fatehpur Sikri and Step well (Chand Bouri).

Today’s Sights-

Fatehpur Sikri- En-route Jaipur you will visit Fatehpur Sikri which is 40 Kms from Agra built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other Palaces.

The Chand Baori is a stepwell built over a thousand years ago in the Abhaneri village of Rajasthan. It is one of the largest stepwells in the world and also one of the most beautiful ones. Located in the eastern part of the province of Rajasthan, it was built by King Chanda somewhere in the 9th century. The Chand Baori is not an easy landmark to find, thus it is one of the hidden secrets of India!

Later on you have your lunch and then continued drive to Pink City Jaipur.

Jaipur has been called the Pink City ever since Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II had built it in 1727. It is the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the Universe through nine rectangular sectors sub-dividing it. The architect who formalized the city’s plans on the Shilpa Shastra, the epic Hindu treatise on architecture, mixed it with the sublimate of the Mughal and Jain influences of those times. Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed. On Arrival, you will be check-in to Hotel. Evening drive pass to Hawa Mahal and Visit Birla Temple.

Hawa Mahal- Hawa Mahal or the Palace of the Winds, a fantasia of 953 ornated windows set in a rose-colored five storey facade. The palace has tier upon tier of curved arch surmounting fairy casements with “jali” – lattice work screens. From here the ladies of the court could look out at festive processions without jeopardizing their modest seclusion.

Birla Temple- Birla Temple, Jaipur At the foot of Moti Dungri fort is the Birla Temple. This temple forms one of the most beautiful attractions of Jaipur. Birla Temple of Jaipur looks stunning, when it is brightly lit in the night. The construction of the temple started in 1977 and it went on till 1985. On 22nd February 1985, the temple deity was invoked and was opened for public to visit. the temple was built by Birla Group of Industries, one of the business tycoons of India.

Return to your hotel and Overnight stay

Day 11: Jaipur- Guided Tour Of Pink City Of Royal Rajasthan

After Breakfast full day city tour of Pink City.

Today’s Sights-

Amer Fort- built in 16th century by Maharaja Man Singh, it sprawls on the hillside. Its construction was started by Raja Man Singh but completed by his descendant Jai Singh. Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthan fort palace. Amber today is nothing but a reflection of the glorious past of the fierce Kachwaha Dynasty that ruled over this region from 12th to 18th century. The Amber fort is built in red sandstone and white marble; the palace complex has very interesting apartments. The old township of Amber lies at the foothills of the palace and has an old world charm. The rugged walls of this fort may not look beautiful from outside, but the interior is a virtual paradise and painted scenes of hunting and wars adorn the walls along with precious stones and mirrors set into the plaster.

Here you will enjoy the elephant ride till Fort, which give you another experience.

Jal Mahal- The Jal Mahal Palace at Jaipur lies on the way to Amber and it is at a distance of 6.5 km from the striking city of Jaipur. There are many memorials of the royal families which the tourists can bystander on their way to the palace. The Jal Mahal Palace at Jaipur is strategically placed in the centre of the Man Sagar Lake. It is really inspiring to see the first four floors of this fabulous building, which are submerged under the waters of the lake. Only the top floor of this beautiful palace is visible to the watcher. The lake and the palace offer some of the best views that are simply a feast to the eyes

City Palace- Known as core of the Rajasthan, which is situated in the heart of the city. The Palace is now converted in a museum except for a one section where the erstwhile royal family still lives. The Palace cum museum is constructed in the fortified campus style and covers more than half of the old city. There are different sections of the museum dedicate to subjects like arms and ammunition, textile and costume, and art gallery. A pride of peacocks adorn an ornate doorway in Jaipur’s City Palace. Palace retainers stand at attention as in the past when Jaipur Court was headquartered here. The palace is now a fine museum and houses a remarkable collection of textiles , paintings, manuscripts, and extraordinary weapons. On display are two huge urns of silver, said to be the largest silver vessels in the world. Nakkarkhana-ka-Darwaza, the imposing gateway of the City Palace guarded by stone elephants, is monumental.

Lunch Break- Company guide will be take you at Good Indian Restaurant for Lunch

Albert museum is one of the oldest museums of the state. Colonel Sir Swinton Jacob designed it in 1876 to greet King Edward VII as Prince of Wales on his visit to India. It was opened to public ten years later. Positioned amidst the gardens of Ram Niwas Bagh in Jaipur, this museum has an assortment of rare articles on its display including textiles, carpets, paintings, metal and wood crafts, pottery, arms and weapons, flora and fauna of the state, toys, dolls and even an Egyptian mummy that belongs to the Ptolemaic Epoch. It is also known for housing the famous carpet, which portrays the scene of a Persian garden carpet with running water streams that was bought at a dear price from Shah Abbas of Persia, by Mirza Raja Jai Singh I. It also puts on show the miniature paintings of a number of sub-schools of Rajasthan.  Evening free time for shopping. Overnight stay.

Day 12: Jaipur to Pushkar By Car,

After breakfast drive to holy city pushkar , visit the Breamha Temple, Sarovar Lake and Enjoy the camel ride  etc and evening visit Market. Overnight stay.

Day 13: Pushkar to Udaipur

After breakfast drive to Udaipur, on arrival at Udaipur our local person will meet you and transfer to your hotel.

Udaipur, was founded in the year 1568 by Maharana Udai Singh after his final unsuccessful attempt to defend the Mewar capital, Chittaurgarh from the invading Mughals under Emperor Akbar. The Kingdom of Mewar was considered the most respectable among all Princely states in Rajasthan & still remembered for the courage to protect the Kingdom. The site for Udaipur was chosen for its natural beauty, abundant water & natural protection afforded by the surrounding forests & Aravali mountains. It is set on the edge of three lakes & also known as the “City of Lakes & Palaces”. Undoubtedly one of the most romantic cities in India, its beautiful Palaces are mirrored in the calm waters of Lake Pichola & the city is a brilliant kaleidoscope of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces & temples. Evening you can enjoy the boating on Lake Picholla. Overnight stay.

Day 14: Udaipur

After Breakfast full day sightseeing of Udaipur.

Today’s Sights- Toady we visit the City Palace, an intriguing collection of buildings contributed by various Maharana’s (Kings) after Udai Singh & built in the year 1725. The magnificence of the Palace starts right from its entrance at the northern Tripolia Gate that brings us to the central courtyard, the best place to view the facade of filigreed balconies & ornate cupola-topped towers. Sahelion ki Bari (Garden of Maids of Honour) is an ornamental garden built by Maharana Sangram Singh for his daughter & the Ladies of the Queen’s court. He built the garden with several fountains, pools & is decorated with chiselled pavilions & elephants. The fountains worked on the unique hydraulic technique devised in the year 1700 AD & work till today. Later we visit Jagdish Temple, the Indo-Aryan temple, built in the year 1651 AD by Maharana Jagat Singh, is the largest & the most beautiful temple of Udaipur with noteworthy sculpted images. We also enjoy boat ride on Lake Pichola, the beauty of the lake is enhanced by the surrounding hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats & embankments. The Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) & Jag Mandir, the two island palaces on the lake look like pearls in the lake.

Evening you can enjoy the Rajsthani folk dances. Overnight stay.

Day 15: Udaipur

After Breakfast check-out from hotel and visit Monsoon Palace and then continued to departure to Udaipur Airport. Fly Out to Delhi and connecting flight to Delhi. End Of The Trip.

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