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India, Nepal & Bhutan Highlight 17 Day Tour (12/20 Departure Only)

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Itinerary features:

Must see attractions: Taj Mahal
Provide experienced and professional tour guide with in-depth introduction of India
Agra: The most recognizable city of Mughal Empire. To Taj Mahal & beautiful red sandstone Agra Fort
Jaipur: The largest city of Rajasthan in northern India. Major attractions: City Palace Complex, Amber Fort, Wind Palace and Birla Temple 
Delhi: Visit Humayun’s Tomb, Qutb Minar, India Gate & Raj Ghat
A unique experience by riding elephant up to Amber Fort for spectacular view, then travel down by jeep
New Delhi: The capital of India. A modern city mixed with British influence.  India Gate is the memorial landmark of Indian soldiers who died in World War I
To Nepal known as legendary “Shangri-La”
Provide two domestic flights in Nepal (Kathmandu/Chitwan/Kathmandu) to save long-haul drive
Patan: Located south of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It features Durbar Square, ancient temples and Patan Museum. A unique experience to learn their culture and religion
Kathmandu: located at 1350 meters above sea level, the capital and largest urban city of Nepal
Swayambhunath Stupa was found 2500 years ago, it has Buddha’s eyes and eyebrows painted, symbolizing awareness. You can walk around the stupa in clockwise direction and to spin the prayer wheels
Chitwan National Park: Arrange elephant ride safari, a great way to see various wildlife in natural setting 
To Tharu village to learn about their traditional dance performance 
Pashupatinath: One of the most significant Hindu temples of Shiva, a unique experience of Hindu religion
Bhutan: World known “Gross National Happiness” country located in the Eastern Himalayas
Taktsang monastery: also known as Tiger’s Nest. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated in this monastery
Thimphu: the capital of Bhutan
Provide one bottle of mineral water per person per day on the coach

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Day 1

Origins/Delhi, India

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Today, we will take overnight flight to Delhi, the capital of India, arrive the next day.

Day 2

Delhi 

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Upon arrival, transfer to hotel & check-in.

<Dinner> Hotel Buffet

<Hotel> Taj Vivanta, Dwarka or similar

Day 3

Delhi

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Delhi City Tour:
◎Raj Ghat: The cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi
◎Red Fort: It was constructed by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan and served as the residence of The Mughal Emperors
◎Jama Masjid: The great mosque of Old Delhi, it can accommodate more than 25,000 people
◎India Gate: A memorial to 70,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who died in World War I
◎Presidential Palace and the Parliament
★Gandhi Memorial Museum: The museum has many collections of relics, journals, photos related to Gandhi (If museum were closed, we will tour Raj Ghat)
★Qutb Minar: Built in the early 13th century, the red sandstone tower is named after the religious figure Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
★Humayun’s Tomb: It is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun and the first garden-tomb in India, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site

<Breakfast> Buffet at hotel

<Lunch> Local cuisine

<Dinner> Local Cuisine

<Hotel> Taj Vivanta, Dwarka or similar

Day 4

Delhi-253km-Agra

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Agra City Tour:
★Early Morning, depart for Taj Mahal–one of the most graceful and extravagant monuments in India. A symbol of endless love and devotion of Emperor Shan Jehan to his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal.
★Agra Fort: Built by Emperor Akbar and beautified with palaces and gardens by Jehangir. It was here that Shahjahan died after seven years of imprisonment
★Marble store: You can see the process of marble inlay work
★Brief stop at Cashmere wool store

<Breakfast> Buffet at hotel

<Lunch> Hotel 3 Course

<Dinner> Buffet at the hotel

<Hotel> Jaypee Palace Hotel Agra or similar

Day 5

Agra-163km-Abhaneri-95km-Jaipur

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◎Abhaneri-A village about 95km from Jaipur. Visit the Temple of Harshat Mata. Martha brought the goddess of joy and light to ancient India. He descended on the beautiful Abanari, leaving her footprints. The temple is the representative of the local architecture.
★Visit Chand Baori (Step Well), a unique way to reserve rainwater during harvest season
Jaipur City Tour:
◎City Palace: This beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jingh during his reign. The premises consist several buildings, various courtyards, galleries and Museum. The Museum contains paintings, photographs, textiles and arms that used in the past. There are two huge sterling silver vessels of 1.6 meters height and each with capacity of 4000 liters on display in the City Palace
◎Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace): A unique five-story exterior with 953 small windows. The original intention was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen

<Breakfast> Buffet at hotel

<Lunch> Hotel 3 Course

<Dinner> Buffet at hotel

<Hotel> Radisson Jaipur City Center or similar

Day 6

Jaipur-277km-Delhi

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★Amber Fort: After breakfast, we will ride an elephant to Amber Fort located high on the hill. It was built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh. Visit the Mirror Palace, famous of its inlaid panels and mirrored ceiling. Then we will travel down by jeep
◎brief photo stop at Water Palace: It used to be royal family retreat in the summer
★Brief stop at Jewelry Factory

<Breakfast> Buffet at hotel

<Lunch> Hotel 3 Course

<Dinner> Local Cuisine

<Hotel> Taj Vivanta, Dwarka or similar

Day 7

Delhi / Kathmandu, Nepal

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Today fly to Kathmandu, upon arrival, city tour will follow:
◎Durbar Square, we will visit Kumari Palace-home of “Kumari”, the living goddess. This is the tradition of worshiping young prepubescent girls as manifestations of the divine female energy in Hindu religious traditions (If Kumari is present, please do not take photo of her)
◎Taleju Temple: One of the oldest temples in the square, and dedicated to Goddess Taleju Bhawani. It is not open to public but can take photo from outside
◎Old Palace
◎Jagannath Temple is noted for the erotic carvings on its roof struts
◎Shiva-Parvvati Temple

<Breakfast> Buffet at hotel

<Lunch> Self Arrangement

<Dinner> Western Cuisine at hotel

<Hotel> Hyatt Regency Kathmandu or similar

Day 8

Kathmandu / Pokhara

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★Going to the airport this morning, flying to Nepal's second largest city, is also a resort in the central part of the country - Pokhara, a film that feeds the population - the lost horizon (the last Shangri-La). The majestic Nepalese sacred mountain - the fishtail peak, reflected in the sparkling Lake Fawa, enjoy this simple and quiet scenery. Admire the river valleys of the Davis Falls Himalayas and enjoy the natural beauty of the water.
★Arrange to take a boat on the Lake Fawa, enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas, enjoy the tranquil scenery and visit the island in the middle of the lake. There is a golden temple in the island of Vala, watching many fishermen and pilgrims, long-distance canoes carved with trunks, and the island is fragrant, not to have a general flavor.

<Breakfast> Buffet at hotel

<Lunch> Local Cuisine

<Dinner> Local Cuisine

<Hotel> Hotel Pokhara Grande or similar

Day 9

Pokhara-150km-Chitwan National Park

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◎Start early in the morning and head to the World Peace Pagoda to enjoy the sunrise. Follow the ancient road to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the peak of the fishtail peak. The first sunlight shines from the clouds and shine on the earth. As the clouds move away, the Annapurna Mountains and the Himalayas are presented in front of you.
★Go to the National Wildlife Refuge of Nepal - Chitwan National Park. Experience a series of "Jungle Wilderness Tour", explore the Taru tribes in the oxcart, visit the tribes, use the yellow clay to build the house, there are few decorations in the house, in addition to simple, simple, cannot find more appropriate adjectives.
★Dinner arrangement to enjoy the Tharu Stick Dance folk dance performance; this dance originated from holding a wooden stick to attack the enemy or frighten the beast, and then evolved into a traditional dance, high- pitched rhythm and cultural characteristics.

<Breakfast> Buffet at hotel

<Lunch> Local Cuisine 

<Dinner> Hotel Cuisine

<Hotel> Barahi Jungle Lodge or similar

Day 10

Chitwan National Park / Kathmandu-8km-Patan

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★This morning, start with elephant-ride safari to dense grasslands and you will spot variety of wildlife
★Flight back to Kathmandu
◎Patan City and tour Patan Durbar Square, best known for its rich traditional arts and crafts. There are many temples, such as Sundari Temple, Mahadev Temple

<Breakfast> Buffet at hotel

<Lunch> Local Cuisine

<Dinner> Western Cuisine at hotel

<Hotel> Hyatt Regency Kathmandu or similar

Day 11

Kathmandu / Paro, Bhutan-50km-Thimpu

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After breakfast, fly to Paro. Upon arrival, transfer to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.
Thimphu City Tour:
◎General Post Office: they issue many special stamps for collections. You can purchase stamps or postcard to send home
◎Buddha Dordenma statue is made of bronze, overlooking Thimphu city. It is one of the largest Buddha in Bhutan and southern Asia, at a height of 51.5 meters. The main statue was sponsored by Singaporean.

<Breakfast> Buffet at hotel

<Lunch> Local Cuisine

<Dinner> Local Cuisine

<Hotel> Le Meredien Thimphu or similar

Day 12

Thimpu

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After breakfast, we will take you to Cham dance performance. “Cham” is a lively masked and costumed dance. It is a form of meditation and an offering to the gods.
◎National Folk Heritage Museum, where you can learn more about their rural life and culture.
◎National Library, established in late 1960’s. Most of the books were written in Choekey (classical Tibetan), but some works in Dzongkha and Sanskrit.
◎National Memorial Chorten, built in 1974 in memory of their third king-Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928-72). They have paintings and sculpture that depicting Buddhism
◎Takin Preserve, a wildlife reserve park for Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Takin is created by Lama Drukpa Kunley in the 15th century. A Tibetan saint Drukpa Kunley, popularly called by the epithet “The Divine Madman” is credited with creating the tamin with unique features. Bhutan people asked him to conjure a miracle before them. The saint agreed to do so provided he was fed for lunch with a whole cow and a whole goat. Once served he devoured the food of both animals and left out the bones. He then took out the head of the goat and fixed it to the skeleton of the cow and uttered abracadabra and he created a live animal, which had the head of the goat and the body of the cow. The animal was then given the name dong gyemtsey(takin)
◎Trashi Chhoe Dzong, built in 1641 by Shabdrung Rinpoche to accommodate government officials and central monarchy.

<Breakfast> Buffet at hotel

<Lunch> Local Cuisine

<Dinner> Local Cuisine

<Hotel> Le Meredien Thimphu or similar

Day 13

Thimpu-84km-Punakha

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After breakfast, depart for Punakha via Dochula Pass where you can see 108 Chotens & Druk Wangyal Chorten. Upon arrival, city tour will follow:
◎Punakha, located 1,200 meters above sea level, once was the capital of Bhutan. In 1907, Punakha Dzong was the site of the coronation of Ugyen Wangchuck as the first King of Bhutan. Due to its pleasant weather, many Bhutanese consider Punakha a summer retreat
◎Chimi Lhakhang, a Buddhist monastery near Lobesa. This temple is also known as the temple of fertility. People believed that by praying at this temple, they will have a child very soon.
◎Punakha Dzong, located at the junction of two rivers (the Pho Chu and Mo Chu), it is the 2nd largest Dzongs of Bhutan. It was established in 1637 and the administrative center of the government and Religion, also known as “the palace of great happiness”.

<Breakfast> Buffet at hotel

<Lunch> Local Cuisine

<Dinner> Local Cuisine

<Hotel> RKPO Green Resort Punakha or similar

Day 14

Punakha-125km-Paro

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After breakfast, depart for Paro, upon arrival, orientation tour will follow:
◎Kyichu Lhakhang Temple, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Originally built by Tibetan Emperor Songtsan Gampo. From 1836 to 1838 the temple was restored by Khenpo Sherab Gyaltshen. In 1968, the 3rd king’s wife Ashi Kesang Wangchuck built a Guru Temple, there is a 5-meter-high statue of Guru Rinpoche and Kurukulla in the temple. To the right of Guru Rinpoche is a chorten containing the ashes of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
◎National Museum, established in 1968. The museum possesses more than 3000 works of Bhutanese art, sculpture & bronze statues
◎Rinchen Pung Dzong, a Buddhist monastery and fortress overlooking the Paro valley
◎Nyamai Zam, a traditional wooden covered bridge located below the Dzong

<Breakfast> Buffet at hotel

<Lunch> Local Cuisine

<Dinner> Local Cuisine

<Hotel>  Le Meredien Paro Hotel or similar

Day 15

Paro

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After breakfast, depart for Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), a sacred temple located on the cliffside of Paro valley. The temple complex was built in 1692, it is said that Guru Padmasambhava has meditated for 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks, 3 days and 3 hours in the 8th century. The legend said that Guru Padmasambhava flew to Taktsang from Tibet on the back of Yeshe Tsogyal, whom he transformed into a flying tigress for the purpose and landed at the cliff, which he anointed as the place for building a monastery(The hike is strenuous, there are three stops from the parking to Tiger’s Nest, It takes about 3 hours to Cafeteria). After the hike, we will return to Paro.

<Breakfast> Buffet at hotel

<Lunch> Local Cuisine

<Dinner> Local Cuisine

<Hotel> Le Meredien Paro Hotel or similar

Day 16

Paro/Kathmandu

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After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, city tour will follow:
◎Visiting the Sex Temple (commonly known as Monkey Mountain or Four Eyes Temple) with more than 2,500 years at dusk. The self-sacred temple is a Buddhist pagoda blessed by Manjushri. The tower has a history of more than 2,500 years. This pagoda has a golden tower or a huge Buddha's eye, which makes it impossible for the world to ignore its light.
◎Visit Bouddhanath, the largest pagoda in the world. The pagoda is surrounded by a small cylinder that can be rotated. It is called a prayer wheel. You can turn the prayer wheel clockwise and walk around the tower to pray. The reincarnation of the next generation.
◎You will have a free time to shop for local products and souvenirs.

<Breakfast> Buffet at hotel

<Lunch> Local Cuisine

<Dinner> Local Cuisine

<Hotel> Hyatt Regency Kathmandu or similar

Day 17

Kathmandu / Origins

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Transfer to airport for homebound flight to origins and ends this unforgettable journey.

<Breakfast> Buffet at hotel

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Pricing

Departure Date

20

DEC

2019

Adult: $4,999
Child: NA
Single Supplement: $1,850
  • Minimum Group Size: 4 people (English speaking guide), 10 people and more (Mandarin or English-speaking guide)

Tour fare include:  4~5-star hotel, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (as indicated in the itinerary), Transportation, Entrance Fee & Domestic flights

Tour fare excludes: International Airfare, Personal expense, any expense not included in our itinerary, Tips (tour leader, guide and driver: USD$10 per day), Visa Fee, Travel Insurance (If full payment paid 60 days prior to departure date, we offer medical travel insurance for US residents only)

*Tour fare, air ticket, tax and fuel surcharge are subject to change based on fluctuation in price, please call us when register our tour

*We reserve the right to adjust the itinerary and price change 30 days prior to tour departure date

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